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How to Get the Most out of Your Sleep this Winter

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Written by Alison Gallagher Sunday, 28 June 2015 12:11

Winter is a time to rest and retreat, to go inwards and cut down on socialising. The cold weather is an invitation to snuggle up indoors, indulge in comfort foods, and spend quality time alone or with loved ones. Late nights out tend to be replaced with nights spent at home watching movies, reading books and cooking up a storm. Cold salads, icy drinks and fresh juices are harder to digest and don’t satisfy in the cooler weather, instead it’s slow cooked meats, warming stews and soups, and steaming cups of tea and hot chocolate keeping our bellies happy.

The long nights lure us into bed sooner, and keep us under the covers for longer

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Eat Cheap for a Week - Cosy Comfort Food for Winter

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Written by Alison Gallagher Saturday, 20 June 2015 12:33

Living on a budget can mean we miss out on things we want, we have to make sacrifices and spend wisely.  It can also teach us so much about being patient, conscious of our spending, and teach us about being resourceful and creative with what we do have.
Giving in to the occasional treat is nice, and the joy of saving up for something you genuinely want is rewarding and motivating. Simple things like budgeting and planning carefully for our meals is a very effective way to save, as well as ensuring we don’t waste food (or money), and sometimes having limited funds allows for a greater scope of imagination, as we find ways to merge foods and flavours in new and interesting ways.
I’ve put together a simple (and cheap!) shopping list of affordable foods to form the basis of an entire week of yummy dinners, including one night with an extra portion for a buddy or a beloved and dessert to finish off!

fresh ingredients to keep you healthy this winter

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Mrs P - Shaping clay, dreams and bank balances

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 12 June 2015 11:06

Career Spotlight - Ceramic Artist 

I've only met Brianna Peterson once (but I've been a long time admirer of her clay creations), and her energy, motivation and confidence was a delight to behold.  Mrs P, as she likes to refer to herself, is whirlwind of creative energy and is carving out a life and career out of clay, ambition and artistic integrity. Her recognisable and highly regarded ceramic creations are sold through her business Mrs Peterson Pottery and have been sold everwhere from quirky market stalls, online, in high end boutiques and Art Galleries.  I recently had a chat to her about building her own sucessful business, staying on top of finances and listening to her intuition.  

Mrs P is carving a life she loves out of clay
Mrs P carves out a life she loves out of clay

 

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Dress for Success

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 05 June 2015 17:09

A job interview can be an exciting yet daunting experience. You’ve obviously impressed the powers that be (on paper) to make it to the shortlist for interviews, now it’s time to meet them face to face and demonstrate your employability. It’s hard not to get carried away and start imagining yourself sitting amongst your new colleagues before you even step into your interview, and in fact a little bit of ‘visualising’ to stay positive and project good vibes your way is a good thing. But even better is to focus on the making a good impression and work towards looking the part and feeling confident and positive during the interview itself.

win your dream job with preparation and nice hair
win your dream job with a suitable skill set and enviable shoes            image from flickr

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It's never too early to start building your financial foundations

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 29 May 2015 10:04

I recently stumbled across a young girl selling her wares at an arts and crafts market. She stood with her various items for sale with a smile on her face and hope in her heart, and it was beautiful to see. Something about her relaxed enthusiasm and youthful optimism made her handmade pieces all the more attractive. To her left was a woman with a stall about three times the size, she had an ecclectic array of hand-crafted steam punk inspired jewellery pieces and was busy with many people browsing her stall, several customers waiting to make purchases. Between them stood a young shy boy, who also had for sale handmade items crafted out of tiny plastic toys and lego pieces. I stopped to talk to the girl, give her some encouragement and to compliment her on the pieces of jewellery she had for sale, and it soon became apparent that the three stall holders were connected.

10 year old kayla selling her creations

A very young entrepreneur, Kayla aged 10 selling her handmade jewellery

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The Mission to Become a Minimalist Mum

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 22 May 2015 13:10

Becoming a stay at home mum has afforded me less time to myself, but oddly, over the past 8 months, I have still found the time to whittle away precious hours online, filling shopping baskets at various sales websites (in most cases not actually completing the transactions), fantasizing about the next Boystown lottery home becoming my own in order to accommodate a growing family and are ever expanding collection of 'stuff', and scrolling through the many ‘deals’ emails to find really excellent savings. There is the occasional win where I might find something heavily discounted which I actually need or use – but in most cases I have to justify the purchase and then try to find space for it. And I’m still waiting for that call from Boystown….

get back to the bare bones in time for winter
Get back to the bare bones in time for Winter's retreat          image by Alison Gallagher

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