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  • I’m Having Another Baby!
    by Hannah Gale on June 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    And just like that, the cat is finally out of the bloody bag. As of today I am 23 weeks pregnant and feeling alright. I’m frazzled by pregnancy insomnia, the demands of a wild early-waking toddler without the respite of pre-school of grandparents, but also frazzled by the wild world rampaging on around us. It’s

  • Mini Reviews For Every Nintendo Switch Game I’ve Played
    by Hannah Gale on May 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Whilst this post might be incredibly niche, lord almighty I am bloody pumped to write it. Nintendo reminds me of the happiest flickers of childhood memories. It reminds me of playing Diddy Kong Racing during summer holidays that felt as though they’d go on forever, and sharing a £10 Pokemon Red walkthrough guide with my

  • 21 Things All Parents of Toddlers Know To Be True
    by Hannah Gale on May 21, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Yes, they’re cute. And yes, they do give great cuddles every once in a while but lord almighty, they’re a tornado of complete and utter chaos. Here’s 21 things all parents of toddlers know to be true… 1. Grandparents are wildly wonderful for free childcare. They’re also wildly wonderful for giving your child an entire

  • Getting A Mortgage When Self-Employed: My Experience
    by Hannah Gale on May 19, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Before I’d even entered into the idea of getting a mortgage with a self-employed income, I’d assumed it would be hideously hard. I’d heard loads of horror stories about how you basically had to go through 17 people, pray for a miracle and then maybe sign your soul away. Having successfully secured a mortgage in

  • Three SS20 Fashion Trends You Can Wear At Home
    by Hannah Gale on May 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Ah yes, that glorious sunny, happy lull between spring and summer when you’d usually be buying cute new swimming cossies, desperately trying to find denim shorts that cover your bum cheek creases, and hunting out evening holiday dresses that are best accessorized with a tan and a large Aperol Spritz. Alas, this is in fact

  • HIIT Stepper Workout (30 Mins, Total Body)
    by Nicole on June 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

    This hiit stepper workout will take you 30 minutes (28.5 to be exact). I know not everyone has access to a stepper or step bench in their home/apartment, so I don’t post a ton of workouts requiring them as equipment. I do have one at my parents house though, so when I’m visiting, I like The post HIIT Stepper Workout (30 Mins, Total Body) appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Guided Warm Up for HIIT Workouts
    by Nicole on May 28, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I’m excited to share this warm up for hiit workouts with you all! While I do love the intensity of interval training, it can do more harm than good (especially on your joints) if you don’t prepare your body properly for the work. And honestly, even with the proper warm up, it may not be The post Guided Warm Up for HIIT Workouts appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Loop Band Workout – Low Impact, Total Body
    by Nicole on May 25, 2020 at 9:00 am

    This loop band workout is low-impact. No jumping = no noise, so it’s a great quiet home workout. The resistance band will be mainly used to incorporate upper body, so don’t go too heavy with your band choice. And for those of you who only watch my videos to see Pickles, you’ll be happy to The post Loop Band Workout – Low Impact, Total Body appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • 4 Plank Challenges to Try
    by Nicole on May 23, 2020 at 9:00 am

    These quick plank challenges range from 4 to 8 minutes. (That’s total time with rest—you won’t be holding a plank that whole time!) I like doing them as a workout finisher or as buy-in before starting a longer workout. Planks are often thought of as an “ab exercise.” And they certainly are great for strengthening The post 4 Plank Challenges to Try appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • DIY Mouthwash for Canker Sores with Essential Oils
    by Nicole on May 20, 2020 at 9:03 am

    This DIY mouthwash for canker sores uses essential oils to help reduce pain (especially while eating) and reduce healing time. I’ll share the blend recipe that I use and then dive into all the ways you can customize it to make it work for you. When I got a canker sore, I used this mouthwash The post DIY Mouthwash for Canker Sores with Essential Oils appeared first on Pumps & Iron.

  • Black Lives Matter
    by Aura Davies on June 1, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    A letter from our editors, where to donate and access advocacy resources, and more on listening, learning, and supporting.

  • A Nighttime Sound Bath for Relaxation and Sleep
    by Kelly Martin on May 29, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Holistic healer Jasmin Harsono works on a vibrational level, dealing with Reiki energy, chakras, and the like. But the easiest way to understand her work is to dial up the volume, press play, and close your eyes. And then, hopefully, nod off.

  • 4 COVID-19 Stories Worth Reading Right Now
    by Jessie Geoffray on May 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Every week, we corral compelling wellness stories from around the internet. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re focusing on articles that help us stay informed about the novel coronavirus.

  • How Common Is Domestic Abuse and What Can We Do to Help?
    by Rachael McKeon on May 29, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    “Domestic violence is a public health crisis,” says Ruth M. Glenn, the president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a domestic abuse survivor. And the COVID-19 pandemic has driven an already suppressed problem further underground. So what can we do to help?

  • The Newfound Wellness-ish Obsessions Bringing Us Immense Satisfaction
    by Rachael McKeon on May 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    What is it about these little micro obsessions that brings such intense satisfaction? Three of our most discerning colleagues share the wellness-ish pleasures they’re leaning into right now.

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  • Raising Race-Conscious Children
    by Joanna Goddard on June 1, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Cup of Jo has been running for 13 years (!) so we’ve decided that every week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past.… Read more The post Raising Race-Conscious Children appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

  • Have a Great Weekend.
    by Joanna Goddard on May 29, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    What are you up to this weekend? We’re giving each other haircuts! Wish us luck, it’s definitely harder than it looks. Have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web… Camping?… Read more The post Have a Great Weekend. appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

  • Quarantine Greeting Cards
    by Joanna Goddard on May 29, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    By the wonderful Grace Farris. P.S. Books I could write and becoming an adult.… Read more The post Quarantine Greeting Cards appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

  • On Becoming Anti-Racist
    by Joanna Goddard on May 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    The recent tragedies — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Christian Cooper — have been devastating and consuming. So, what can we do next?… Read more The post On Becoming Anti-Racist appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

  • A Week of Outfits: Rebekah Taussig
    by Haylie Swenson on May 28, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Kansas City-based Rebekah Taussig is a writer, teacher, and the creator of the Instagram feed @sitting-pretty. When she was younger, Rebekah says, she used to cut her wheelchair out of photos.… Read more The post A Week of Outfits: Rebekah Taussig appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

  • Coffee Break: 6-Sound White Noise Machine
    by Kate Antoniades on June 1, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    If you're looking for a white noise machine, this is a great, affordable option. The post Coffee Break: 6-Sound White Noise Machine appeared first on Corporette.com.

  • This Weekend
    by Kat on June 1, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    This world, man. This is a quickie thread amplifying conversations readers are having about the BLM protests, suggesting small actions, and directing you to further reading -- please feel free to add your own links in comments. (Feel free to skip this thread if it isn't your cup of tea.) The post This Weekend appeared first on Corporette.com.

  • Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Floral-Embroidered Stretch Wool Jacket
    by Elizabeth on June 1, 2020 at 11:45 am

    A navy blazer is a great wardrobe staple piece. This navy blazer is for when you’ve got all your staples covered and want to add something a little more fun. The post Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Floral-Embroidered Stretch Wool Jacket appeared first on Corporette.com.

  • Weekend Open Thread
    by Kat on May 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I don't think we've ever featured this longtime best-selling sandal... and it's 40% off now. The post Weekend Open Thread appeared first on Corporette.com.

  • Weekly News Update
    by Corporette Staff on May 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Safety considerations for summer activities this year, upgrades to Sephora's Beauty Insider program, and what fitness will look like in the future. Plus, on CorporetteMoms we shared advice from working moms on using grandparents as caregivers. The post Weekly News Update appeared first on Corporette.com.

  • At Home in London with Beata Heuman
    by Stacey Bewkes on May 31, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    While Swedish born interior designer Beata Heuman brings a streamlined Scandinavian sensibility to her interiors, it’s her playful irreverence that sets her apart. Perhaps it should come as no surprise after almost a decade of working for legendary British designer Nicky Haslam, known for his witty, worldly and well heeled interiors.… The post At Home in London with Beata Heuman appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in Los Angeles with Johnson Hartig
    by Stacey Bewkes on May 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    While Johnson Hartig’s talents and interests have always been extensive and wide ranging, he found his calling in 2001 with his celebrated fashion brand Libertine. Hartig and his then business partner Cindy Greene, brought a fresh and inventive vibe to fashion, melding punk street fashion references with high art and culture by repurposing vintage pieces with creative and sometimes controversial embellishment.… The post At Home in Los Angeles with Johnson Hartig appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in Cartagena with Richard Mishaan
    by Stacey Bewkes on April 18, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    With a love and knowledge of fashion, architecture and design, Colombian born, New York based designer Richard Mishaan has, for over 25 years, created interiors that effortlessly meld timeless and contemporary design with a sophisticated flair. Every project, whether residential, commercial or hospitality expresses Richard’s worldly take on modern luxury, including art and furnishings that help tell the story of the space with personality and appropriateness.… The post At Home in Cartagena with Richard Mishaan appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in London with Nina Campbell
    by Stacey Bewkes on March 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    With an international following and commissions around the world, Nina Campbell is one of the industry’s most well known and respected designers. And while you may know Nina’s work and products, what you may not be familiar with is her fabulous wit and sense of humor.… The post At Home in London with Nina Campbell appeared first on Quintessence.

  • At Home in the Kitchen with Bunny Williams
    by Stacey Bewkes on March 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Our second installment of At Home in the Kitchen takes us to the chic Manhattan home of interior design icon Bunny Williams and husband, legendary antiquarian and shopkeeper John Rosselli! A move to a slightly bigger and brighter apartment on a higher floor in their classic 1920’s upper east side building, precipitated a thoughtful renovation.… The post At Home in the Kitchen with Bunny Williams appeared first on Quintessence.

  • Chronic illness has made me a self isolation...
    by Frances Ryan on June 2, 2020 at 8:38 am

    After months of staying inside it’s natural to feel nervous about leaving the safety of our homes - even if we desperately want to. One writer, who is no stranger to self-isolating, explains what to expectCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is a strange feeling to be sick in a pandemic. I don’t just mean for the ones who fall ill from the virus. I mean the rest of us. Those who were ill long before “coronavirus” entered the vocabulary, […]

  • My obsession with sex ruins all my relationships
    by Pamela Stephenson Connolly on June 2, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I want to have sex two or three times a night and it forces my partners to ask for a break, which makes me feel rejected. What can I do?I am a 29-year-old man. I spend too much time thinking about sex, masturbating or having sex. I masturbate three to five times a day, down from seven to eight when I was younger. Every time I start dating a new woman, I move quickly to a pattern of having sex two to three times a night, almost every night of the week. Although they like it initially, they often […]

  • Home school in Dagenham: three children, no...
    by Donna Ferguson on June 2, 2020 at 6:30 am

    As headteachers complain that little promised tech has arrived, one family tell of their daily lockdown struggle Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen Kelly Rivers left school at 15 she never dreamt she would one day be thrown into the role of teacher to three of her six children, and with no access to a computer, tablet or printer. But that is the challenge she has been facing under lockdown – and she has been finding it tough.“I have to message a […]

  • Habitat hasn't delivered my order – and it's...
    by Rebeccas Smithers on June 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

    You can only use Facebook or Twitter, where they seem to be ignoring most peopleHabitat has taken about £70 for an order which has not arrived, and I have been unable to speak to anyone.It seems to have closed its phone lines and you can only use Facebook or Twitter, where they seem to be ignoring most people. I have seen numerous posts about the same issue: goods not arriving, or arriving damaged, and with no way to make contact. Continue reading...

  • 10 of the best novels set in Portugal – that...
    by Oliver Balch on June 2, 2020 at 5:30 am

    From a Saramago masterpiece to Monica Ali’s rural blues, via mountains, cities and coast, bookmark this reading list for a flavour of Portugal – and its people• More fiction trips: Italy | France | Spain | GreeceMy initial instinct on moving to Portugal a few years ago was to fill my bookshelf with non-fiction. There lay the path to the country’s history, culture and politics, I figured. And, so it proved. Titles such as Roger Crowley’s excellent Conquerors and […]

  • MyDeal Slashes Onboarding Costs for New Sellers
    on April 9, 2020 at 5:38 am

    All businesses around the world are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian retailers, whom were already suffering from the winds of change before the crisis, now face the toughest economic conditions in almost a century – particularly for our friends in brick-and-mortar.There has never been a more apt time for retailers to diversify their sales channels and use marketplaces to keep sales coming through. MyDeal recognises its importance as a vital sales channel to its sellers during these unprecedented times.Effective immediately, MyDeal is slashing the cost of its onboarding package. New sellers integrating onto the marketplace will now only pay $500 (exc. GST) to onboard with MyDeal. This 50% discount is eligible to all new sellers until 30 June 2020.The onboarding package will give sellers a fully managed integration and onboarding service accompanied with 2 email newsletter spots upon launch to get sales through the door right from launch.Please go to marketplace.mydeal.com.au to enquire about becoming a seller on MyDeal and making use of this discount.We are all in this together; and together we will get through this stronger, better and more united.

  • How the right tools and resources can make a world of difference
    on October 8, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Imagine you’re a freelancer who spends their days on the keys, sipping on a skinny cappuccino and enjoying a plethora of various projects. Imagine you’re a multi-faceted company who delivers on campaigns for clients of all walks of life. No matter what kind of professional you are, you’ll have some way or format of coping with the influx of work. Your project processes and ability to navigate deadlines will have a set flow and nature, and as someone who works in your own specific field, you’ll know exactly what kind of expectations are placed around all of this.But when times get tough and deadlines are maxing out, how exactly do you take control of all the projects you have going on? Where can you find clarity when things are becoming overwhelming, and turning into a potential mess? From tools through to high-performing resources, professionals need to adopt efficient systems to cope with the ebb and flows.In this post, we walk through why the perfect solution can make all the difference to your business success. Scalability and customisationAny kind of agency management software can offer the kind of flexibility you need to successfully grow your business. Even if you’re a lone wolf, this kind of solution allows you to change roles rapidly, match shifting clients’ needs and customise the interface. If you’re a team with several people in it, this allows you to adopt the most efficient possible process to responsibilities, workflow and clarity. And if the scope of the project changes, your project management software can too.The ability to manage approvalsIn the digital age, streamlining the feedback and approval process – especially on creative assets – can get messy. From endless email threads to navigating the many stakeholders involved, this is where the ultimate agency management software solution really comes in handy. See historical data on who approved what, where feedback was positioned and what’s been delivered to date. Know exactly where delays are occurring or where work needs to be carried out.Productivity is keyWhen your teams know what exactly is expected of them, or can see how a project is on track, productivity can skyrocket. Instead of going in blind into any kind of project – whether you’re a blogger, salesperson or graphic designer – have a firm understanding of where you need to focus your efforts and why. The right system offers you the ability to see clearcut timelines in a clean, non-distracting interface; in the end, this can make or break the success of your workforce.ConclusionIf you’re not sure where to start, consider by asking yourself how your team could be better placed. Is there a lack of unity in goals? Is there a lack of clarity around responsibilities and roles? Do you sometimes feel lost when it comes to navigating feedback? All of these aspects play a crucial role in the success of your business. Luckily, however, it can all be easily mitigated with software that tracks each of these elements. It just takes a bit of research towards finding the right solution for you.

  • 3 Considerations Before Buying in Brisbane
    on July 30, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Brisbane rules. Our winters are less severe than southern capitals, dress shorts are acceptable business attire, you can find a carpark within two minutes of your destination and if you jump into your car and get driving you’ll find yourself at some of the world’s best beaches in no time.Brisbane property is also top quality. We have a median house price that would barely secure a rancid carport in Melbourne or Sydney. Furthermore, our allotments are so large that scoring a “six and out” in backyard cricket requires a knock Bradman himself would be proud of.All this said, successfully investing in Brisbane property can be treacherous without a little insider knowledge.Here are three tips for ensuring success. 1. Life is Different HereProperty Pursuit Buyers Agent director Meighan Hetherington says investors must avoid imposing out-of-town rules on our chilled Brisbane lifestyle. She believes homes benefit from our relaxed outdoor living.“The important things are the layout of the property and how it flows out to entertaining areas.”“We’re also not that fussed about having lockup car accommodation — a carport is quite acceptable. I find a lot of push back from interstate investors not understanding that that’s completely acceptable and won’t negatively impact potential for capital growth or the rentability of a property in Brisbane.”Air conditioning is now vital for renters and owners too, Ms Hetherington said.“Tenants used to be quite satisfied with ceiling fans, but it’s become a must to have it (air conditioning) installed in about the last 18 months.” 2. Know Your WantsCharacter homes differ between Brisbane and other states, according to Ms Hetherington.“Brick and tile low set on concrete slabs are not as well regarded by owner-occupiers who are hopefully the future buyer of your property and where your capital growth will come from.”Character Queenslanders up on stumps are the most sought-after, despite potentially greater maintenance costs.“Properties with the tin roofs and the timber walls and the cracks in the walls and the air coming through the window (joinery) — those sorts of properties. While they look like a nightmare to an interstate investor, they’re probably the ones that are most sought after by future buyers,” said Ms Hetherington. 3. Hill Living is Good LivingAlthough homeowners in other parts of the country like a cruisy stroll on low-lying property, us Brisbanites love a good ascent (and, of course, corresponding descent). Ms Hetherington said hills are a great aspect of Brisbane’s charm with natural light and improved airflow being great benefits.“So sometimes those areas that are down flat and quite walkable are the areas that might suffer from flooding or rising water.” Looking to Invest in Brisbane?If you are looking to purchase property in a beautiful, relaxed city, a pre-handover inspection Brisbane is vital. Building inspectors Brisbane can ensure that your potential property is of the highest standard and that you’re not paying too much for a property with defects.Building inspections Brisbane is the best way to ensure you are paying the right amount for your property. A thorough building inspection Brisbane will find if there are any problems that the current owner is trying to hide – ensuring you don’t get caught out in the overall sale price. 

  • How to Get People Through Your Checkout Faster
    on April 11, 2019 at 6:47 am

    What makes a happy, memorable customer experience? Ask a handful of different demographics and you’re likely to get a dizzying array of diverse answers.However, it is generally accepted that good customer service ticks the following boxes:Great Communication SkillsA friendly smile and some amusing banter can make a customer’s day and put a spring in their step. Human beings are tribal and quite loyal by nature. If a customer enjoys the great communication they receive at an establishment, they’ll keep coming back for more.However, “great communication skills” can sometimes mean knowing when not to talk. If a customer is on the way to work or in the middle of a difficult day, hearing what the barista had for breakfast may not be exactly what they’re looking for. Having great communication skills means tuning into the needs of the customer.Product KnowledgeThis is a big one. Whether it is a supermarket, a café cart or a silver service restaurant, there’s nothing more frustrating for customers than asking seemingly simple questions that can’t be answered.Schedule regular meetings with your staff to bring them up to speed with any product changes. There’s nothing more impressive than a waiter who knows the menu back to front, plus can recommend complementing dishes or drinks from a place of knowledge.Patience and Problem SolvingPatience is a really important component of good customer service. There are going to be times when things unexpectedly break down or go wrong. Train your staff (and yourself) in alternative solutions, dealing with complaints and being calm as the proverbial cucumber under pressure.EfficiencyThis last point is arguably the most important. The world we live in feels busier and busier…so no-one likes to be kept waiting. One of the key things you can offer is well-planned efficiency.Your staffing is key – make sure all your employees know which areas they are covering, and what their core responsibilities are.Beyond all that, consider this: ever have a lovely meal and then had to wait half an hour to pay the bill? No matter how delightful the food, this kind of experience can leave a sour taste. Make sure your payment systems are as slick as the service. Your Point of Sale (POS) systems are key to this process, i.e. the apparatus and software you have in place.Luckily, there are hospitality POS systems that are tailored to the needs of this industry. Utilise special features such as the ability to split the bill or track inventory to improve your overall efficiency and impress customers into coming back.If your customer service and efficiency are ticking the above boxes, you’ll be on the right track to success. 

  • Best Day Trips For Darwin
    on March 14, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Darwin has plenty of drawcards itself but for a truly memorable Northern Territory wilderness experience, you really should do some of the incredible day-trips which are within easy reach of this laid-back tropical coastal city.Even if you’ve only got a limited amount of time, day trips from Darwin allow you to experience all the rugged beauty, fascinating wildlife, history, culture and extraordinary natural phenomena of the NT’s top-end. Here are our faves that will have you gasping in disbelief and definitely wanting MORE!Litchfield National ParkThis beautiful wilderness area is located an easy hour’s drive from Darwin and is known for its spectacular waterfalls and crystal clear natural swimming pools, monsoonal rainforests, weird and wonderful rock formations, magnetic termite mounds, sculpted cliffs, towering sandstone pillars of the Lost City and historic sites. There are also plenty of bush trails and boardwalks showcasing the natural beauty and abundant fauna and flora of this 1500km2 park.Kakadu National ParkAlthough Kakadu covers an area that is larger than the entire country of Slovenia, you can still get a taste of all that this amazing 20 000km2 park has to offer during a day trip from Darwin. If you’re travelling by road, you can reach this UNESCO World Heritage Site in around two hours from Darwin and it’s possible to visit some of its famed attractions in one action-packed day! Marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, cruise down Yellow Waters and look for crocs, walk through canyons and forests, driver over rugged escarpments, be amazed by flocks of migratory birds on the wetlands or take a helicopter trip for an incredible bird’s eye view.Mary River RegionIf you travel about 100kms east from Darwin, you’ll find the Mary River wetlands which aren’t just home to the world’s largest concentration of saltwater crocs, they’re also a great spot for bushwalking (with trails to suit all fitness levels) and wildlife spotting in the vast waterlily-rimmed billabongs. One of the most popular activities here is a Jumping Crocodile Cruise in the Corroboree Billabong where giant reptiles leap from the water to grab the dangling buffalo meat - just remember to keep your hands to yourself!And if birds are your thing, don’t miss the Fogg Dam wetland area which you’ll find en route from Darwin to Mary River. It’s home to over 30 different species of our feathered friends including egrets, jabirus, kingfishers, brolga, kites, whistling ducks, magpie geese, sea eagles and black cockatoos. You can also visit the Windows on the Wetlands on the way, a panoramic look-out point perched on the crest of Beatrice Hill, one of the highest points on the Adelaide River floodplain as well as enjoy the interactive exhibits at the visitor centre.Sweets LagoonFor the ultimate in Top End action and excitement, a half-day trip from Darwin to Sweets Lagoon and the surrounding floodplains with Outback Floatplane Adventures is a must. They offer a scintillating combination of a scenic floatplane experience, a relaxing billabong cruise and a heart-pumping airboat ride - all in the one outing. And in addition to the scenic aerial views and the dramatic glory of Sweets Lagoon, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the biggest crocs in the NT too (completely safely of course!). And if you’re really lucky, your chopper will be piloted by TV star, animal expert and owner of Outback Floatplane Adventures, Matt Wright.Tiwi IslandsIf you’re after an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, you should visit the Tiwi Islands, situated a mere 80kms north of Darwin. The ‘Island of Smiles’ is an easy day trip from Darwin and offers the perfect blend of nature and culture. Learn about traditional art and burial rituals, experience totem dances and a smoking ceremony and enjoy a spot of fishing or a relaxing stroll in the stunning surroundings.With its wild and wonderful attractions within easy reach, Darwin is the perfect launching pad for experiencing all the action, adventure, excitement, amazement and of course, awe-inspiring beauty of Australia’s remote northern territory. But with so much to choose from for your Top-End itinerary and so many awesome discovery trips from Darwin on offer, it can be a challenge knowing where to start!Choosing a reputable tour operator is key. The Northern Territory is spectacular and has so much to offer, but there are some important things to consider including the timing of your visit, safety and sensitivity to local culture and customs. An experienced operator with extensive local knowledge is your best bet, plus they’ll know where to find the hidden treasures and secret spots.For more information or to book your day trip from Darwin with the most experienced local tour operator, Outback Floatplane Adventures. They offer a range of action-packed half-day and full-day tours from Darwin as well as an exclusive overnight adventure which showcases the very best of the Northern Territory.

  • June 2020 Theme: Seeking Pleasure in the Everyday
    by Kate Arends on June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Editor’s Note: This post was written and scheduled before protests began in Minneapolis and St. Paul following the murder of George Floyd. We decided to publish this piece because for many of us, finding the small signs of goodness, even in the midst of so much suffering and unrest, is how we find the strength to keep going forward. Please know that in response to current events, we will do our best to adjust content whenever we can. Continue reading June 2020 Theme: Seeking Pleasure in the Everyday at Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived.

  • How to Fit Tidying up Into Your Existing Routine
    by Meggie Maas on May 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    No matter what type of cleaner you are, today contributor Meggie Maas is sharing a few tips for inserting tidying up into your existing daily routine. Continue reading How to Fit Tidying up Into Your Existing Routine at Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived.

  • Bird by Bird: On Taking Small Action
    by Tala Ciatti on May 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Many of us (myself included) have learned from personal experience that overwhelm can often lead to paralysis and inaction, whether in regard to work or personal to-do lists or civic duty. Today we're sharing an article originally penned by mental health counselor Tala Ciatti in 2016. In it, Tala writes about the important impact small practices and small actions can make in our lives. Continue reading Bird by Bird: On Taking Small Action at Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived.

  • How White People Can Be Better Allies to the Black Community
    by Jackie Saffert on May 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    We're sharing a list of ways to become better allies to Black people, by keeping the conversation going and donating and reaching out to public officials (and more). Continue reading How White People Can Be Better Allies to the Black Community at Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived.

  • The Make-Ahead Sandwich That Will Have You Looking Forward to Monday Mornings
    by Kate Arends on May 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    This post is brought to you by KitchenAid® Smart Oven+ with Powered Attachments. I’m a die-hard breakfast person. I wake up hungry and look forward to it when I go to bed at night. For years I’d treat myself to a coffee shop breakfast sandwich and could tell you what to order at which national chain to get the best flavor, texture, etc.  Perhaps it’s a sign of the times (hello, social distancing) or the state of my budget, but I had to quit my favorite morning ritual. Continue reading The Make-Ahead Sandwich That Will Have You Looking Forward to Monday Mornings at Wit & Delight | Designing a Life Well-Lived.

  • The Ultimate Collection of Easy Pasta Salad Recipes
    by Julie Blanner on June 1, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    An easy pasta salad recipe just might be the ultimate summertime food. It’s fast, flexible, and gets more delicious by the day. Find all the BEST pasta salad recipes right here - and don’t forget to pin and save for later so you don’t miss any of these delicious combos!

  • The Best Easy Biscuit Donuts
    by Julie Blanner on May 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Learn how to make biscuit donuts… an old-fashioned, fast and incredibly easy homemade donut recipe! If you’re looking for a recipe for easy donuts, these golden brown delicious treats are exactly what you’re craving.

  • Benjamin Moore White Dove
    by Julie Blanner on May 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Benjamin Moore White Dove is a paint color that is tried and true. Beloved by homeowners and interior designers alike, this is a warm white paint that you can use with confidence - read on to find out why!

  • A Strawberry Summer | 20 Must Have Strawberry Recipes
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