Oscar de la Renta

This week the world lost one of it’s great designers. He dressed the “ladies that lunch” and was famous for his Red Carpet designs. He has been dressing the stars for years – from Jackie Kennedy and Hilary Clinton right through to Taylor Swift and Amal Clooney. Here we celebrate his wonderful creations.
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Burleigh Headland Walks

Australian weather is all sunshine and blue sky but sometimes finding a bit of bush can make your walk along the beach just a little shadier and pleasant.
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We recently discovered a little gem of a walk immediately north of Tallebudgera Creek, on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Burleigh Headland National Park is 27 ha of rainforest and bushland that sits on the edge of the gorgeous ocean. There are two main walks: The Ocean Walk (30 mins) and the Rainforest Walk (45mins).
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Along the way stop to take in the view as it is amazing and you may even spot a migrating whale (between June and November) breaching in the waters as well.
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Choose one or the other of the tracks or power around both like we did so you don’t feel bad about stopping off for a lovely afternoon tea at a local café on the way home.
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Good Food and Wine Show

Over the weekend we attended Brisbane’s Good Food and Wine Festival. A good part of the day was spent sampling food, tasting wine, beer, spirits, juices and more, or watching and participating in cooking demonstrations. There was a lot to see, eat and drink at the festival but here are some of our favourites from the day.
Barilla Cooking Class – learnt to cook pasta in 20 minutes.
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Wine Tasting – bought a bottle of red
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Food Tasting – bought and sampled for free on the day
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Design your own shoes…

No one wants to buy the generic shoes these days, everyone has their own ideas of what they think shoes should look like. Everyone has their own fashion and style and so they should. These days it is common to design your own shoes over the internet and then have them delivered right to your door step, and it is so easy to do!
Shoes of Prey – design your own pumps, sandals, wedges, ballet flats and more!
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Converse – design your own high tops, low tops, Chuck Taylors, connies.. whatever you call them
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Nike – design your perfect running shoe
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An apple a day…

Who doesn’t love biting into a crunchy apple and having that fresh burst of sour hit your mouth? We love apples and what better way to eat an apple than to pick it straight off the tree first? We went out to Belkin Family Lookout Farm, about 30 minutes outside of Boston, for a day of apple picking, and pumpkin picking and even a bit of grape picking.
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The best way to travel

The best way to travel and see a country is to use the public transport! Yes, you may sit next to weirdos or smelly people or people who want to talk a lot but it’s all part of the experience. Instead of catching a flight from one city to another consider alternative options! The train, a boat, a bus, a motorbike – possibilities are endless! Here are some ways we have traveled around the world.
Local train
Fast boat
Slow boat
Tuk tuk


Dad’s traditional ‘Steak n Veg’

This one is great if you need a bit of iron in your diet, and do not want to go to a lot of trouble – an old school comfort food – for two (or one with leftovers).
Any veggies in the fridge.
2x rump steak
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1. Roast the veggies that you can and boil/microwave what you can.
2. Cook the steak at the last minute (on the BBQ is best) when the veggies are nearly ready.
3. Make up some gravy (directions on the gravox packet) and pour over the top.

Bon appetite!