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Why Jars are the new adult lunch box

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 23 January 2015 09:43

You may have noticed some of the trendy cafes around town now serve their juices and even some of their meals out of glass jars. In fact, you might even find your alcoholic cocktail served in a jar with a sprig of mint. What is the go? What ever happened to the humble glass? Why are we ingesting meals and beverages out of what is usually destined for the recycling tub? I decided to investigate this new craze and find out for myself.

green is the new black and jars are the new multipurpose accessory
green is the new black and jars are the new multipurpose accessory                   flickr

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How to refresh your home with a tiny budget

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:55

Walking through my front door after a long day is one of my favourite things. The welcome site of my space filled with familiar and treasured things, nothing beats coming home. I fling my bag on the couch and flick my shoes off. Even more wonderful is coming home to a space which has been recently cleaned or tidied, or even better, recently updated. Comforts of home include having the familiar around us, but a change is as good as a holiday so having new things to look upon, or a fresh feel to the same space, can make coming home feel even better. It’s home, but its fresh, revived, energised, not stagnant.

a few simple touches can transform your home                                    image from flickr

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Plant Paradise on a Budget

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Written by Alison Gallagher Friday, 09 January 2015 15:35

Inner city living has many perks. Being close to all the offerings of a city, from café lunches to late night pub brawls, theatre and festivals are just a few. There is always somewhere to go, an exhibition to visit, shops to explore. But one thing that can be missing for city dwellers within their own homes, is a ‘little bit of green’, a patch of grass, a garden, something in a pot to care for. There are plenty of houses in Australia’s capital cities which do have gardens or courtyards, but for those of us who live in apartments, having that connection to the earth, having some greenery around can be a challenge.

free cuttings of aloe vera have thrived on my shady balcony
free cuttings of aloe vera have thrived on my shady balcony

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Makeover on a Budget

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Written by Alison Gallagher Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:16

The festive season is a wonderful time of year to catch up with loved ones, party and hopefully have a bit of time to rest.  Taking time out over the Summer break to pamper yourself as well as beautify yourself for the party season should boost your confidence and help you to feel ready for the new year ahead.  

DIY spa experience to make you feel good
Feet First - take some time out this Christmas

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How to De-stress on a Budget - Part 2

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Written by Alison Gallagher Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:59

We looked at some great ways to unwind on a budget last time, but there are so many ways to take time out, that they have spilled into a second blog! Here are even more ideas to get you stepping away from the stress and alleviating your anxiety: 

Find your inner zen 

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