{Same Sex Plebiscite} Why you should vote yes

So not sure why you should vote yes on the plebiscite? I got the answer for you….

The main reason you should vote yes is, well because…

It doesn’t affect you.

It really won’t change your life at all.

I think that’s the bit that so many people are missing about this whole thing.

You can still go on living your conservative life. If you vote yes, your heterosexual life isn’t going to change. You will still be married. You will still be accountable to your partner. You will still be your partner’s beneficiary. Your marriage will be no less valid.

But here’s the thing, it won’t change your life at all, but it will change someone else’s life. So much more than you will ever know.

You are gifting someone a chance to have a family that is recognised by all. A family that is happening already. Love is love regardless of how you feel.

You don’t need to necessary support gay rights, but you should support human rights.

By ticking the box and posting back your vote you are giving someone out there the chance you feel validated. The chance to feel love. The ability to see their life no longer covered in discrimination but rather in equality.

So don’t waste your chance to change someone else’s life for the better. Shouldn’t everyone have the right to love?

It won’t affect you, but mate I guarantee your vote will affect others.

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{Girl Crush Tuesday} Woman crusader Bree

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4

Today we are saluting the wonderfully brilliant, powerfully motivating Bree Stedman.

Bree is an emotional confidence expert who helps woman to identify, acknowledge and utilise their emotions with personal power. She is a mentor and motivator who helps all types of women break down their emotional barriers and the cut out the self-sabotage.

Bree has a way of motivating women with positive energy and personal empowerment to help us ladies live our best lives.

She has recently released her first book – Own Yours BS and it immediately became an International Best Seller. One of my friends recently attended one of her workshops and was astounded with how much clarity came from the course and the book.

Bree isn’t afraid of teaching women that their emotions aren’t some sort of weakness, but quite the opposite. Emotion is power when channelled correctly.

So, here’s to our friend Bree – congratulations on all your hard earned success and best of all, thank you for teaching all little girls the beauty of a strong, well equipped woman.

Bree

{The Design Nest} Heritage love

One of our very favourite contributors to the blog is the delightful Christine Ghrayche from One x One Interiors. Christine operates One x One Interiors in Orange and offers individually tailored interior design and architectural services to her clients.

Christine is a passionate lover of all things design and has a brilliant ability to see the beauty in the everyday. She is a mother of two, a coffee addict and wine lover.

We are delighted to have Christine and her knowledge onboard. So if you have any design questions, Christine is your go to!

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Heritage Homes 

Orange, Bathurst and all the other towns throughout the Central West are filled with beautiful period homes, and with many of those homes going through a generational change, they are also undergoing updates to suit the modern family.

If you’re lucky enough to have a heritage-style home it’s important to plan your renovations in a way that is sympathetic to the original details and let them inspire you, so that any additions don’t seem out of place. Here are some tips to emphasise that period-drama.

Navy

Inky blues can add a sense of depth and luxuriousness to your space (read more in Why Navy Is The New Black) while still keeping the overall tone of the room fairly neutral. A beautiful example of this is Greg Natale’s Clark Payne House below, which features stunning navy walls contrasted against white trims; allowing the heritage details of the cornices and skirting boards to shine.

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Clark Payne house by Greg Natale Design

Shaker Cabinets

Characterised by their recessed centre panel, shaker cabinets are an ideal style for heritage homes due to their refined simplicity and timeless appeal.

Available in a huge range of profiles, including molded and straight edge finishes, the shaker cabinet can be combined with traditional pulls, as featured in the image below, or with contemporary handles depending on your desired look.

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Shaker Cabinets Pinterest

Lighting

There’s chandeliers, pendants, downlights, track lights, sconces, and that’s just the beginning, so when it comes to lighting we really are spoiled for choice. But, when it comes to heritage homes I tend to lean towards chandeliers and sconces due to their detail and period charm.

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Kristen Marie Interiors Malibu

When you’re considering your lighting in your bathroom you of course think about the style of lighting and if it compliments your overall heritage scheme, but also where the lighting is being placed. Remember, lighting must be first and foremost, functional for everyday tasks such as applying makeup and shaving.

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Tamara Magel New York

Finally, It is important to keep in mind that when you decide to renovate or extend your heritage beauty, that any changes you do make will be adding to the history of the house and how it will be viewed by future generations.

For help with your renovation or extension visit www.onexoneinteriors.com.au  to get started.

Christine Ghrayche, owner of One x One Interiors and lover of all things design, is a passionate interior designer, mother of 2, coffee addict, wine lover, and has called Orange home for

{Girl Crush Tuesday} The fabulous Edwina

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4

Today we are saluting the brilliantly clever, wonderfully friendly Edwina Bartholomew.

Edwina is a journalist and TV presenter who studied locally at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Edwina lights up TV screens across the country and is well known for her approachability and sense of humour.

Edwina can be found on various shows for channel Seven including Sunrise, Sunday Night and The Morning Show. She is the bright and bubbly face delivering some of the most important news across the Country.

Edwina is down to earth, funny and informative. She shows all little girls that hard work and a good attitude with take you just about anywhere in the world.

So here’s to you Edwina, thanks for being our girl crush Tuesday!

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{Bachelor AU} Recap with shite drawings. Episode three.

So ep3 of sexy hot churros twenty17 gives us the first big pash – A pig chase and the farewell of the mightily flexible.

So our first date is on a boat – and if you wanna forget you’re on a boat you won’t -because Laura and MattyJ talk about being on a boat for like the whole time. They are cute. He has had her eye on her since the very beginning (big words fella, it’s been like 6 days, I’m not sure your endurance really shows much credit) and she has been crushing hard since the very beginning. Oh. sigh.

The best bit is how fkn nervous she is and she does what most of us do and WON’T. STOP. TALKING. Think similar to: “I had a guinea pig named flea when I was five” – “I don’t like peas” – I broke my nail when I was 13″ – “Gee I like boats”.

They draw pictures of each other.

They giggle and flirt awkwardly (read above: guinea pig)

Then there is a fkn moment that seems to last for 27 years when they stare into each other’s ridiculously dreamy eyes and they pash. Like a good ol’ fashioned pash but on the positive, this time neither party makes a dash!

It’s adorable and slightly wet but the first kiss of the season always is.

Cheers to the adorable ones. bach 3

At the group date we are transported back to King Henry(?)’s time. There are massive costume dresses and pig chasing.

Nothing says 2017 like making girls wear old fashioned dresses, get dumped in a cage and chase baby pigs around in order to win a date with the one eligible bachelor *that reminds me must burn bra again soon in protest of something*

2 girls win and head to the ‘bachie banquet’

Next is a game of quoits (the toss a ring on a stick game) but to make it interesting they wack the girls into sacks. Genius right??

Then there is a fkn vicious game of soccer – like brawling would be a nicer way to say it.

The two winners from each group are off to dinner with hot royal churros.

Leah decided to play dirty (shocking I know) and fakes her true feelings “Oh, I take on everyone else’s problems. I’m so selfless. I’m a lover of the people” *cough cough*

Bachie is all like woah babes you alright?

Anyways then we roll around to the cocktail party – just the usual – Leah hates Simone – Simone hates Leah – Jennifer is fkn hilarious

Then the beat drops and tears are flowing and the most flexible in the group Akoulina is sent packing. She doesn’t seem too sad. Having said that she does seem a bit pissed about still wearing medieval wear.  READ: Where’s all the Alex Perry Couture?

Until next time my fancies…

THE GOOD: Laura is pretty popular and Elora is still cruising even if she was in the bottom three this week (well played producers)

THE BAD: Leah again needs to go to class something called “How not to lie to boys and like it”

Until next time – may the rose be forever in your favour.

{Girl Crush Tuesday} The marvellous Maddie

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4

Today we are saluting the brilliantly talented, creative genius that is Maddie Veitch from Ivory Rose Botanicals. 

Maddie is a local mama who is working hard for herself and her family. Not long ago she opened Ivory Rose Botanicals in George Street Bathurst and since that time has shown herself to be the front-runner in floral design.

Maddie will help with everything from a simple bouquet for your bestie, all the way up to your wedding arch super pieces. She doesn’t just sell flowers, she literally creates art.

Ivory Rose Botanicals also holds really fun classes in floral arrangements, everything from headpieces to flower centrepieces.

Plus, the totes best thing is rolling into her little studio and getting to hang out with Maddie and her beautiful little boys.

The Central Nest loves supporting local women working hard to make a difference and Maddie is certainly doing that. So, thank you Maddie for giving my little girls someone to look up to so they realise you really can strive to have it all.

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{The mama life} Here’s a Guide to Better Skincare

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Giving and caring so much for others makes mamas forget that they have to first take care of themselves. When was the last time you pampered yourself with some spa time or a night out with the girlfriends? Chipped fingernails, frizzy lifeless hair and dried out skin shouldn’t be your daily pesky Good Morning! Even with little time and no budget you should be able to afford the beauty care which you deserve. Here are some no-fooling tips to look flawless and with the slightest effort.

No more bad hair days

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It is astonishing how mamas manage to hocus-pocus tasty snacks with basically nothing left in the fridge. They tend to forget though that some very basic beauty care ingredients are right in front of their noses. If your hair is too oily, apply on dry hair a mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and grated peel of one lemon. Allow it to set for some 15 minutes and rinse with plenty of water. This hair mask will remove any buildup from hair products and excess oil from your scalp, balance hair´s natural pH levels and even cure dandruff.

In case your hair is frizzy and ruptured go for this moisturising mask. Mix together 1 whole ripe avocado (or banana), 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp olive oil. Apply it on dry hair starting from the hair ends. Let it set for about half an hour and then rinse in the shower.

For extremely damaged hair, try this creamy leave-in conditioner. 2 tsp slightly melted coconut oil, 4 tsp aloe vera gel, and 1 tsp avocado oil mix well together and apply on hair.

To achieve a popular sun-kissed wavy effect, you can also opt for clip in hair extensions.

The second baby face

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Mamas are always there to remind us to put on sunscreen, wash our face and leave that pimples be. But when it comes to looking after their own skin, they are a lot more neglectful. This is especially true of new moms who barely get a shuteye. Still, try to follow a basic skincare routine. Always remove your makeup and clean your face the moment you’re behind the house door. To avoid dark pigmentation spots, wear a sunscreen or stick to an SPF moisturiser. And we can’t stress enough the importance of being moderate. Before going to bed apply a retinol serum on the problematic areas only and leave the rest of your skin to breathe and rejuvenate during sleep. Our skin can endure only so many products. It is best if these are light concoctions made of organic ingredients. For this reason, and to effectively beat tiredness and waning youth, go for natural and nutritious products. You’ll never go back to your old skin care routine.

Warrior pose

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Just like with using only selected quality products which will repair rather than leave more damage, you should also care more for your whole body and well being. So, no smoking, moderate drinking, and if possible, avoid eating fast food on the go. Most of these are coping mechanisms for the times we are fighting stress and anxiety. Include daily workouts in your routine and remember to stay hydrated. There are many apps to help you stay on track with this. Register for a yoga and meditation class. This way you’ll relax, tone your body and meet new friends.

Where is your lunch box?

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Your body cannot function properly without a healthy and balanced diet. This is what kids hear on a daily basis, but parents forget to take proper care of their own well being. How often did you hear yourself say, I’ll eat later or what’s left, Don’t worry about me, I’ll get something outside. Even if your family is devoted wholeheartedly to a healthy lifestyle, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

One excellent cheat sheet is to cook a couple of days ahead. Make some yummy quinoa salad with vegetables or dried fruits and nuts. It’s packed with protein, fibres and vitamins. Check store-bought food for too much added sugar. Keep your plate jazzy and colourful.

Day in day out, try to kick out one bad habit and embrace positive change.

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