• SilverOwl Dinner Planner
    Food,  Lifestyle

    Simplify your Life with the Art of Dinner Planning

    The never-ending chant of “What’s for dinner tonight?” is called out in households across the world on a daily basis, often driving the chief cook completely bonkers! It sometimes feels like you’ve just got over making dinner one night and it’s time to start thinking about the next one. I actually love cooking and often feel enthused about the evening meal and keen to try out new recipes, however I still go through phases when I find the endless slog of selecting and preparing meals really monotonous. Employing the simple art of meal planning, specifically evening dinner planning, has saved my sanity on many occasions in the last few years.…

  • maca powder
    Health

    Maca Powder and Menopausal Hot Flushes

    Maca is a Peruvian plant that is grown high up in the Andes. It is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables and related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. It is rapidly becoming known as a superfood due to its high nutrition content and many health benefits. The root of the maca plant is ground up to produce a fine powder that can be mixed with food or drinks, or taken in a tablet form. The powder is becoming increasingly available in supermarkets and health food stores across Australia. As well as being great for improving energy levels and stamina, maca is purported to enhance libido, improve fertility, reduce…

  • Melbourne skyline
    Feelgood Friday,  Relationships

    Walking by the Beach

    Hello to Feelgood Friday! This week had been pretty crap. I’ve been unwell all week with a stinking cold and am feeling just a little sorry for myself. I missed writing my planned blog post earlier in the week but didn’t want to miss Feelgood Friday today as well. Sadly, there hasn’t been that much to appreciate in the last few days, although I have been grateful for the extra soft tissues I purchased at the supermarket last weekend! For today’s reflection and appreciation I’m looking back to last Sunday and the lovely walk I had with my very close friend of 19 years,  AH. For the last year or…

  • Person Smell Sense Of Smell Woman Scent Of Roses
    Fashion,  Feelgood Friday,  Lifestyle

    Feelgood Friday – Stop and Smell the Roses

    Today is the first day of a new regular blog spot focusing on the importance of self-reflection and appreciation for what is around us. Sometimes life can be so hectic that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Well, the roses are sweet smelling and beautiful, and they deserve to be noticed. In Feelgood Friday I will look back on the week and write about something that made me feel good. I will reflect on the things that affected me in a positive way, whether large or small, and take a few moments to really appreciate their presence in my life. So this week I’m going to stop and…

  • woman on beach reading
    Health,  Lifestyle,  Midlife

    Ten Tips for Staying Healthy in Midlife

    Staying healthy in midlife should be a priority for us all. The longer we are fortunate enough to be walking this beautiful earth the more important it becomes to take care of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately many midlife women put their own health on the backburner as they take care of everyone around them – partners, children and ageing parents. I have seen many friends and family, both women and men, become ill and have their active adult life ripped away from them early. It is so very sad and often preventable. There are things that we should all be doing to take control of our own…

  • clothes photo
    Fashion

    Online Fashion for Inbetweeners

    I’m a medium sized woman. Not slim but not plus sized. I’m busty and curvy with hips and a round tummy. I’m an inbetweener. I don’t like shopping in most high street fashion boutiques. I feel like a fish out of water as soon as I walk through the door of Kookai or French Connection. If I dare to venture in to an uber-now fashion store I usually only manage a cursory glance at the racks before I’m out of there as fast as I can go. I decided many years ago that these kind of stores are not intended for women like me. I am much more comfortable browsing…

  • Long silver hair image
    Lifestyle,  Midlife

    Rocking the Silver Greys in Midlife

    Since the age of 45 I have had a full head of silvery grey hair. The freedom of having ditched the dye is a big deal, but an even bigger deal for me is to be my authentic self. In midlife I have found the inner confidence not to worry about what other people think or be bothered by the archaic idea that grey hair is for the elderly. But my transition to grey wasn’t particularly smooth. I first attempted to ditch the dye a few years earlier but gave up under the pressure of a looming job interview and the fear that I would be rejected based on my…

  • Soft tofu
    Food,  Health

    The Benefits of Phytoestrogens in Menopause

    What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are compounds that occur naturally in plants that have a similar chemical structure to oestrogen. The body’s oestrogen receptors treat phytoestrogens in a similar way to the oestrogen that it biologically produces. What are soy isoflavones? Soy is a unique food as it contains high levels of isoflavones which are a type of phytoestrogen. Soy isoflavones have the ability to bind with the body’s oestrogen receptors and cause either a weak oestrogenic or anti-oestrogenic activity depending on the stage that the woman is at in her reproductive life cycle. As women get closer to menopause, these phytoestrogens can help to regulate hormones and ease some of…

  • Stethoscope
    Health

    My Colonoscopy Experience

    It’s standard practice in Australia to receive a government funded bowel test kit when you turn fifty. My kit turned up in the post within a week or so of my birthday. I duly put it aside thinking I’ll get around to it some time. After all, there is no bowel cancer history in my immediate family and I have had a healthy vegetarian diet all my life. I can imagine myself getting all sort of illnesses in my latter years, but bowel cancer is a long way down the list. It was nearly three months before I eventually opened the kit and did the two faecal tests. I was…

  • Couple walking in forest
    Relationships

    Make the Small Things Count

    I’m a firm believer in the importance of the small things in life. Small gestures of love and kindness can make the biggest difference in a relationship. Tell your partner that you love them and give them a kiss every day. Draw a surprise heart in the steam on the shower glass. Take the time to go out for coffee and share a slice of cake. Make time to talk to each other about what’s going on every day. Laugh about anything and everything. Find fun in the mundane and ordinary. Take a walk in nature and share the beauty of the great outdoors. Take a day trip or weekend…