Extras Cover and Alternative Therapies

Using extras cover for alternative therapies

Medicare offers very little in terms of alternative therapies, other than acupuncture as part of a GP consultation. This means that you’ll need to have health insurance Extras cover to avoid out-of-pocket costs if alternative/natural therapies are important to you. Here’s what you need to know about using Extras cover for accessing alternative therapies services. This post is brought to you by Health Insurance Comparison.

What Kind of Alternative Therapies Are Available on Extras Cover?

A lot will depend on your health fund. Some policies are more generous than others in terms of what they will cover and depending on the health fund, you may be able to claim on things like acupuncture, aromatherapy, remedial massage, reflexology, shiatsu and Chinese herbalism. If you want to access a range of treatments, it’s definitely worth shopping around to see what different health funds are prepared to cover.

Who Can I See For Treatments?

Most health funds will require you to see practitioners that are approved by them to be eligible to make a claim. In some cases, this may just mean that they need to be licensed with the relevant professional body but it can be more complicated than this.

Seeing a practitioner that is not recognised by your health fund can mean that your claim is not valid so it’s important to know whether you can see a particular provider through your Extras cover. If you have already chosen a particular practitioner, it’s definitely worth checking to see if they will be recognised by your preferred health fund(s) before you commit yourself to a particular policy.

What Level of Cover Should You Have?

Alternative/Natural/Complementary Therapies will sometimes be available on basic Extras policies but this will not always be the case. Where it is available on basic Extras cover, you can expect to be limited in terms of the annual limits (and therefore, the amount that you can claim for Alternative Therapies per calendar year before you’ll start to incur out-of-pocket costs for future appointments). This is something to think about if you want to have treatments on a fairly regular basis but don’t want to pay out of your own pocket beyond a certain point.

Be aware that some health funds combine alternative therapies with other Extras such as physio, chiro and osteo when it comes to annual limits. This is something to stay away from if you know that you’ll get a lot of use from alternative therapies and may also want to access other services within the same annual limits bracket.

Mid to top level Extras cover is usually more generous in terms of annual limits but this can still be limited to hundreds (rather than thousands) of dollars per year.

Waiting Periods for Extras Services

For the most part, Extras services have waiting periods that you’ll need to serve before you are able to make a claim. This refers to the length of time that you’ll need to have had a particular Extras treatment on your policy before you are eligible to claim. Technically, health funds are able to set their own waiting periods for this but many of them have around a 2 month wait time for alternative therapies.

If you know that you’ll access this type of treatment fairly regularly, it’s therefore best to buy Extras cover or adapt an existing Extras policy to include alternative therapies at least a couple of months before you expect to make a claim to be sure that you won’t have to pay out of your own pocket.

If you’re switching to a different health fund and have already served a waiting period with them for alternative therapies, you shouldn’t have to do this again with your new insurer.

Getting Value for Money

Some health funds offer money back on Extras claims, which is a great way to get the most out of your health insurance if you are confident that the policy on offer will work well for you in terms of the therapies available and the annual limits. At HealthInsuranceComparison.com.au, we compare quotes from some of Australia’s major health funds to help consumers to find the right health insurance policy for their needs and budget.

What is your favourite alternative therapy you would like to claim for?

 

 

Diet Of Plenty – Book Review

The first day of Spring seems like the perfect day to dive into a book with the word DIET in it!

As we shed the layers of clothes and lament over all those warming hot chocolates and hearty winter fare we enjoyed, our thoughts turn to shedding some excess poundage and getting into shape.

How many diets have you tried?

How many products have you bought that promised amazing results?

If you are anything like me, you could make quite a list!

I love food and especially sweet things.

A little while ago I decided that my goal for Spring was not to find some amazing diet plan that would turn me into a super model, but would make a concerted effort to reduce my sugar intake, as my first step to a leaner and happier me.

When I saw a callout to review a new book that included the word ‘diet’ and ‘plenty’ together, I knew I had to put my hand up.

Diet of plenty book review

 This book is NOT about measuring, weighing, rules, must-do’s, guilt trips, denying or starving.

This book IS all about changing focus.

This book will gently guide you away from feeling guilty and deprived.

If you are like me, you start out on a new diet or program determined to succeed this time, and by the afternoon it’s all fallen in a heap because the pack of biscuits in the cupboard were just way tooooooo tempting and then you feel guilty.

Instead of that same old roundabout you will discover so many ways you can nourish your body and mind and reap the rewards.

Each chapter has a goal to be reached, but you get there at your pace, adjusting your habits as slowly or as quickly as you are comfortable with.

The first chapter is titled FEAST. There is no mention of weighing, measuring, portion control or restrictions.

Each chapter is full of hints, tips and good food suggestions.

There is also plenty of explanation as to why some foods and habits have such a negative effect on our health.

Bad eating habits develop over time and new good habits also take time.

This book is not just about food – exercise, shopping habits, cooking, discovering new ways to view your life and self love are all vital parts to becoming a healthier you.

Take Amy’s advice and throw away your scales and start to nourish your body and mind instead.

Before you join another club or buy another magic pill (that probably wont work), why not give this a try.

This could be the best $5.95 you ever spend on your health, download your copy NOW!

(This is not an affiliate link, I am simply sharing an awesome find)

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Why are Pure Essential Oils so expensive?

Why are these tiny bottles of pure essential oils so incredibly expensive?

I have been addicted to Aromatherapy for such a long time. I love these little gifts from nature that can make healing smell so delicious, but some sure do come with a hefty price tag.

If you have never experimented with essential oils, it can be so tempting to run into the discount store and score a little brown bottle for $2.00 and you are good to go.

Please do me and your family a HUGE favour and leave them exactly where you found them. They are created synthetically, so they are simply chemical cocktails that pretend to smell good, and they don’t even do that well.

Pure Essential oils on the other hand are produced from plants. Flowers, fruit, stems and even some barks are used to create these delicious aromatics that can be incredibly effective for helping the body heal, uplift your emotions or are a viable alternative from chemical based cleaning products.

Why are essential oils so expensive

Just to put a little perspective on what is required to create the real thing, have a look at some of these figures…

* It takes approximately 100 kg of lavender plants to yield 1.5 litres of pure essential oil.

* It takes 8 million flowers, all hand picked before the sun rises to extract jus  1kg of jasmine oil.

* You need 100 kg of rose petals to yield only 20ml of oil.

* Essential oils are usually sold in 12ml bottles and these contain 240 drops – for direct massage you use 3 drops, in a burner you use 6 drops and in a bath you use 9 drops. So each bottle has a lot of applications in it.

As you can see, it takes a lot of natural resources to create these precious oils.

It is imperative that you use quality essential oils if you wish to enjoy better health. Many people are put off from trying aromatherapy because of the cost.

Young Living and Doterra are a major reason that the costs appear to be so high. I have used both, and their quality is superb, but their prices are heavily loaded to ensure that their consultants earn good income. Not just the person that introduced them to you, but well up the line also receive monetary reward. I have no issue with MLM companies that offer a good product, but I am a bargain queen and I always want the best for less.

Thankfully I have found some great alternatives that supply awesome product without all the commissions loaded in.

Perfect Potion stores are one of my fav places to wander around. Beautiful scents and beautifully designed stores make shopping a pleasure. The quality is excellent and they also have lot’s of other products such skin care and detox teas.

When it’s time to do a restock, I can’t go past New Directions for quality and value. They have a huge range of essential oils that you can buy in a variety of bottle sizes which is handy. Essential oils that I use a lot I buy in bigger bottles and just get tiny ones for the oils that I only use occasionally. They also have fabulous fragrance oils  that I do occasionally use and even goodies you can use to make your own skin care etc.

If you have never experienced aromatherapy, keep your eye out as I am going to be doing some introductory posts on how to set up a basic kit for home and the myriad of ways they can be used.

Do you use pure essential oils at home?

What are your favourites?

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Happy Planning My Way To Increased Productivity!

Using a diary or planner to make lists and remember important things is nothing new.

Whilst many people have embraced modern technology to keep track of everything and have gone paperless, a few months ago I discovered a whole new world of planning like nothing I had seen before.

There are groups on Facebook (that I have joined) for people totally addicted to creating gorgeous planner pages that are inspiring yet practical at the same time.

I have been quietly watching from the sidelines as the planner world went into frenzy mode following the anticipation of Erin Condren’s release of her new planners and the subsequent waiting and then delivery of these highly sought after items.

I love pretty things, I love crafting and I love organisation and really wanted to jump on the bandwagon.

Unfortunately these planner come at a price and if you live ‘down under’ a really big price.

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Erin Condren.com has this and many more planners available.

With the Australian dollar tracking in the low 70’s plus delivery costs to Australia, you need to invest about $130.00 to get the rose gold edition.

That is a lot of money for some printed paper and a rose gold tone covered coil.

In the mean time I also found another alternative that you can buy in Australia for a much more respectable figure of just under $50.00.

Every year I buy a traditional diary and religiously enter in everything I need to do for about 1 week and then I slack off. It’s boring!

I decided I wanted a planner to decorate and use as an incentive to make better use of my time.

It is not hard for me to relax for a few minutes a few hours by scrolling through social media every day.

My goals and dreams are not going to become a reality if all I do is think about them.

I need to take action and use my hours at home after work to be more productive and procrastinate a lot less.

AND then something awesome happened…..

On all these group pages that I follow there are lots of RAK (Random Acts of Kindness).

I saw a post from a lady in the USA who offered a Create 365 Happy Planner as a ROK and to be eligible to win in you had to live outside the USA or Canada as she understood our despair at the prohibitive costs for us.

Well….I was the lucky winner!

Create 365 Happy Planner Australia

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It took a couple of weeks to get here, but this baby is now mine!

To say I am excited is an understatement.

This planner runs from July but she even sent me some blank date inserts so that I could start using it straight away.

Decorating my Happy Planner

This is my first attempt at decorating a week layout and adding in the things I have to do.

Stickers, washi tape and goodness knows what else will fill my week with prettiness.

My new plan of attack starting from today is that I MUST complete my To-Do’s before I spend time on social media or relaxing in any shape or form, so that when I do I don’t have to feel guilty about it.

Being a single mum l do have very full days with work and running the household. As I experiment with this style of planning I will break up my week into practical chunks and get shizz done!

Wish me luck!!!

Do plan or just go with the flow?

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How To Ask Your Intuition For Advice!

Do you struggle to make decisions quickly?

Sometimes we have to make choices and the longer we think about the question our logical brain will throw so many negatives our way you can talk yourself out of anything!

This could mean you miss out on golden opportunities or amazing experiences because we can’t make the decision to take action, incase it is not the best thing for us.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get the perfect advice every time?

How to ask your intuition for advice

Our intuition or gut feeling will ALWAYS guide us in the right direction.

Unfortunately good old powerful ego will throw you lot’s of curve balls to try and keep you safe and in the same spot you are right now, as then it has done it’s job perfectly.

Learning to trust your intuition is a powerful tool and this exercise I discovered whilst snuggled up in bed on a cold Friday night catching up on my IPad magazine collection is simply awesome. O Magazine does an fabulous job blending practical stuff with a little ‘woo woo’ goodness. Just my style.

Anyway, even though I was warm and cosy, I jumped out of bed to try this to see if it worked.

TUNE IN TO YOUR INTUITION EXERCISE

– Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and stand up tall but relaxed.

– Have your arms relaxed by your sides.

– Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths in and out.

– Think about something that is really bad for you. Like drink driving, or eating chocolate for breakfast everyday. You can think about the particular thing or post it as a question. ‘Should I drink and drive?

– Focus on the question or thing and feel how your body moves.

– Yes, it will move! (Kind of freaky, but very fun).

– Bring your body back to centre.

– Think about something that is really good for you. Like eating lots of vegetables or drinking plenty of water.

 – Focus on that thought and see how your body moves this time.

Try it BEFORE you scroll down to see what it means.

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ALMOST everyone will feel their body lean backwards when they focus on something that is not good for them. Your intuition is telling you ‘back away’ from that which is not good for you.

When you focus on something that is good for you, you will most likely lean forward as your intuition is telling you that this is good for you so go ahead and grab it.

Don’t worry if your body did move in a different way. Just try the exercise a few more times and learn to read the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ signals that your body likes to use.

Every time you are faced with a decision, break it down into parts that will be good or not good for you and use this exercise to build confidence in taking action before you will miss out again.

Another great tool you can use for getting answers from the best source, ie YOU is by using a pendulum.

Have fun, and let me know how you go.

xx N

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Making Time For Me Everyday – #icad2015

I am no amazing artist but I really do enjoying dabbling in art and craft.

It can be really therapeutic to play with pens, paint or thread. It is no wonder that one of the most current crazes is adult colouring books.

I have been working away on some inspirational art pieces that will one day make into an online store right here.

But like so many of us life is just so damn busy that often my creative pursuits get put on the back burner as work and running the household as a single parent takes up so much of my time.

Flipping through Instagram as you do, I found this little challenge that starts on the 1st of June.

#ICAD2015 is not a competition and there are no prizes, for 61 days you are invited to create a mini art work….on an index card!

The challenge is about the DOING…It is the process of creating each day that matters

#icad2015 art supplies

There is only one rule – you have to create your art on an index card.

I found lined and blank index cards at the newsagent.

Everything else you use is completely up to you.

Pens, paint, pencils, stickers, stamps, washi tape, pictures from magazines or bits of fabric can be used, anything that you can write, draw or stick on will work.

There are daily prompts that you can use for inspiration.

There is also some ‘warm-up’ prompts if you want to start playing now.

There is a Facebook group you can share your creations to, or simply be inspired by what others have done.

Upload your creations to Instagram using the hashtag #icad2015.

Daisy Yellow Art is the creator of this challenge and you can get all the details here!

61 days = 61 cards = 61 little blocks of time to have some fun.

Some people have already been madly prepping cards in readiness. I have just played with a few.

Index card preparation for #icad2015

I like the lined one for lettering or list type cards and will use the blank ones for painted backgrounds as I think they look nicer.

You could use the time each day to make pretty lists or you could make some cards to give to friends and family.

Or you can just do it for you, making time to have a little fun.

Do you make time to do something just for you everyday?

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Fitness And Health Expo Giveaway

 Do you like going to Expo’s?

Two weeks ago I went to the Mind, Body and Spirit Festival and yesterday I went to the Craft and Stitches Show.

Both of these Expo’s were full of things that interest me and I got lot’s of inspiration and access to products that are not available in shops near me.

Wishing now I had bought more of the Pana Raw Organic Chocolate – Sour Cherry & Vanilla, it is just so good!

If looking after your health and fitness interest you and you live in Melbourne, then you cannot miss the Fitness and Health Expo happening next month, AND I have been given 3 double passes to give away.

Fitness and Health Expo Melbourne

Find out all about the expo here.

If you need motivation or simply want to discover all the latest tools and services you simply cannot miss this haven of all things good for your health and fitness.

Be inspired by health guru’s such as Michelle Bridges, Commando, world class athletes and fitness experts.

Try out the latest equipment, get up to the minute nutritional advice, see all the latest product releases and make the most of special offers that expo’s always offer.

The double passes are valued at $60.00 each and are valid for Sunday, 12 April.

If you would love to go simply leave a comment and let me know you would like to be in the running. Share with your Melbourne friends and family so they can be in the running for a great day out.

Competition closes Wednesday, 01 April at 5.00pm AEST

Good luck!

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Bad Berries And Vile Veggies – Say No To Foreign Food!

Frozen fruit and vegetables are a convenient way to get your ‘5-a-day’, but there are some very bad berries out there that are serving up more than you bargained for, a dose of Hep A!

Who would have thought that those little balls of yumminess that are right at home in your smoothie or splashing around in your yoghurt could pack such a punch.

Well known and trusted Australian brands such as Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet have had to recall their frozen berry products, as the cheap imported berries that make it in to their bags and boxes have not been screened or tested and have been the cause of Australian’s contracting Hepatitis A.

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One fifth of China’s natural water supplies is toxic to touch!

Unfortunately Australia is a very small player in the production of berries worldwide as most of our continent does not have cold enough weather necessary for plants to produce their luscious crop. Too keep prices down, companies have no choice but to outsource supplies from nations that will keep supplies up at minimal cost.

Whilst berries have been in the spotlight over the last couple of weeks, and rightly so, they are not the only foreign produce making it’s way on to our tables and it will only be a matter of time that more incidents of Hepatitis A or some other illness makes it on to the news.

A recent story on ABC’s Landline, explained how Aussie farmers are under threat by our desire to save a few dollars and possibly risk our health…..the following letter arrived in my inbox (original author unknown)

BUY ONLY BIRDSEYE AND EDGELL!

Think about this and circulate to your family and friends: The ONLY Australian manufacturer of frozen Australian grown vegetables (Simplot Australia) is not far from closing because a number of the other well-known Australian brands have moved their plants to New Zealand in order to capture the Chinese vegetable market where they market via New Zealand to Australian tables (without the food being labelled specifically as Chinese) and Simplot is finding it hard to compete.    This was shown on the program Landline on the ABC
SHOULD SIMPLOT CLOSE, THIS MEANS THAT NO AUSTRALIAN GROWN FROZEN VEGETABLES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL AND WE WILL BE RELYING ON FOOD GROWN TOTALLY OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA.

  For a number of reasons this is not a good situation.
1. As most people know, other countries do not necessarily have the strict guidelines for growing their vegetables that Australia has and by buying Australian we can be sure that lethal chemicals that may be used in other countries will not be used on Australian vegetables. 2. We would be losing Australians jobs. 3. If ever the world became unstable regarding wartime we would not be able to feed ourselves
It is imperative that we all support these Australian brands selling good Australian vegetable products (via Simplot):  Birdseye and Edgell.

Next time you shop, please think about the future of Australian food.
What do you reckon folks? Let’s buy Birdseye and Edgell. Some of us love our designer labels.  We buy premium brand shoes, premium brand clothing and well known premium perfumes and handbags. BUT … we also look buy the cheapest food we can for our children to eat.  That doesn’t make sense. This is so true.  The farmers in Tasmania are extremely worried about Simplot’s impending closure. They also have a lone food processing plant in Bathurst subjected to the same uncertainty. If these last remaining plants close, it means that China then has total control over our fresh/frozen vegie industry.

It is particularly disturbing to see that Chinese-grown vegetables are coming in branded as a product of New Zealand.

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We have choices, let’s support Aussie farms and our health.

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Buy organic, buy from local markets, grow your own or have farmers fresh supplies delivered to your home.

Australia has strict rules and regulations in place for our safety. Hepatitis A can take up to 6 months to clear your system and cause a lot of pain and symptoms when the virus takes hold.

Our economy will thank you too!

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Mastering Google Analytics For Blogging Success!

Mastering Google Analytics and understanding all the data it provides is THE key to growing your blog, earning income and working with brands that fit!

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Many of us start blogging and initially treat it as an online diary or simply as a way to share what is going on in our head.

As we start to get readers, thoughts of making money for our efforts are bound to creep in.

We will ponder, is it possible to actually make money from our love of writing?

My blog was born at an extremely difficult time in my life, I needed a distraction. I picked a host, registered a domain name and started writing. The budget was tight, so I had to figure out how to do everything myself. Four years on I am still here.

My knowledge of SEO, Analytics, hyperlinks etc. was a big fat zero. I am happily a jack of all trades, but a true master of none, yet!

Paid work has come my way in a gentle trickle, but I have not actively gone out looking for it. Quite simply my confidence in understanding exactly what my position of influence is and what I can offer is lacking.

Brands want to invest their dollars, where they will see a return on investment, it is as simple as that.

So how well do you know your stats?

Can you measure your growth over the last 12 months?

Do you know exactly where your traffic is coming from and what promotional tools are actually working?

How good is your bounce rate?

Do you know what measures to take to increase it?

Do you use Google Analytics to set goals for blog growth?

Can you totally drill down traffic source effectiveness so that you can not only sell sponsored content, but upsell shout-outs that you know will rock?

How often will your readers ‘bump’ into the brand?

Do you know how to move a brand from single serve to frequent flyer?

Can you convince a brand that working with you will be more effective than a TV or radio ad?

If you cannot answer a definite YES to all of the above, you need some help from a Google Geek Girl!

I took part in a trial run of a great value course offered by Talk About Creative. If you are going to learn, you might as well learn from those that are true experts in this field. For a very small investment and a couple of hours of your time, you can get the answers to all of the above and more! ‘Blogger Analytics’ will give you the confidence to understand and appreciate your value so that brands will listen when you talk.

Have you invested in you and your blog to help you grow and thrive?

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Never Give Up!

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Day 31 – 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout!

Never Give Up On Your Dream!

If you don’t know what your dream is, go and find it!

Get very clear on how you want your life to look, write it down, commit it to memory and then go and get it!

Visualize it, talk about it, see it, feel it.

Working yourself to the bone for others, or to simply please others has to stop.

Your happiness must be your priority.

Your happiness will increase the happiness of everyone around you.

Life is not meant to be hard work, struggle and exhaustion. We create that world and we can also create a new one.

Stop settling for second best, I am over it and you must be to.

Let’s do this….

THE END – Thirty one posts in thirty one days, it’s a big commitment, one that I have never actually managed before.

This time I did it, even though it took a few catch up days, the last one is right on time.

This month has been one of my toughest, with some pretty revolting things happening, I have had every excuse in the book to call it quits and try again another time.

On some days it was a struggle to get the posts done, but on other days it was a welcome therapeutic distraction, and the words came out with such ease, even though my head was in turmoil.

Congratulations to everyone that actually finished, it is an amazing feat and you should feel so proud.

To those that didn’t, I have been there and done that, and there will be more challenges in the future, try again until you succeed.

Wishing everyone of you a life of fun, ease and joy!

For the full wrap up of all 31 posts, please start here!

A Gentle Way To Release Stress And Struggle!

Sometimes life throws some pretty big piles of s**t our way!

Out of the blue, when you least expect it. Just when things seem to be going so well.

That happened to me this week. Cruising along merrily and holy moly, a big annoyance now needs attention.

More often than not, when these things occur, tantrums and tears will follow.

The brain will go into overdrive, throwing all sorts of horrible outcomes at you. You feel a tightening in your chest or a knot grow in your stomach.

Struggle is tough and painful, and I for one are totally over allowing myself to wallow in self-pity and anger. It gets me nowhere and is just prolongs the agony.

You have 2 choices, keep feeding the mind by focusing on the problem, or finding a way to refocus on a better outcome.

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Changing our ‘self talk’ is the only way to release ourselves from stress and struggle. Change your story and you change your energy!

Allowing things to work out will not happen if you keep beating yourself up and remaining stressed.

When you are in a grip of panic, try these powerful words to help bring some relief. Choose ones that apply or create your own, specific to the situation you face.

‘I allow peace’

‘I allow joy’

‘I allow calm’

‘I allow rest’

‘I allow relaxation’

‘I allow grace’

‘I allow flow’

‘I allow things to work out well’

‘I allow harmony’

‘I allow good health’

‘I allow great outcomes’

‘I allow play’

‘I allow release’

‘I allow fun’

‘I allow success’

‘I allow creativity’

‘I allow love’

‘I allow happiness’

Simply breathe deeply and gently repeat your phrases over and over.

There is the power to bring relief from stress and struggle when you speak the right words and focus on allowing things to work out, even if you have no idea right now how it well happen.

What do you need to allow right now?

Did Someone Mention Handbags?

 

 

When I hear the word handbag, my ears start listening and my eyes start looking!

I have a confession to make, I am slightly addicted to handbags.

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OK, I might just have one or two or ten!

There are a few Aussie bloggers that have been bearing the contents of their handbags.

Kirsten from Kirsten & Co should have at least 10 new bags after her trip to the US.

Emily from Have A Laugh On Me desperately needs a new bag, maybe I could send her one.

and Mumabulous is getting her serpent on, thankfully not the live variety.

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This is my bag for the week, a gift from my girls!

Love Colette bags, great value and incredibly sturdy.

contents of my bag

My bag is no-go rubbish zone, bad Feng Shui to have it stuffed full of crappola!

WALLET – A vital necessity and this one is a $10.00 bargain off Ebay. All important goodness is housed perfectly in this one. I like big wallets with lot’s of card slots.

NOTEBOOK & PEN – As much as I have embraced modern technology, when it comes to jotting down idea’s or important facts I prefer to write it rather than type it.

FOLD UP CARRY BAG – I am soooo over going into Aldi and having to juggle my purchases in my arms. I am also sooooo over buying more shopping bags, I have way to many of them. So I now keep this zip up bag in my handbag permanently. When it is full, it is time for me to exit Aldi immediately.

GLASSES – I was surprised that I only found one pair in my bag, normally there is more lurking in the bottom. I always carry my good ones and a few cheapie pairs to wear at work, as I am tired of dropping the good ones on the ground while I am working and watching them smash into little bits.

CARD HOLDER – Nifty little holder for ALL those store cards that I only use occasionally (cough, cough).

LIPPIES – Minimum of two, often more, if I wear nothing else, must have lipstick on when I leave home.

HAIR TIES & SAFETY PIN – Between the three of us, one of us always needs a hair tie and a safety pin can save you from all sorts of embarrassing moments.

NAIL FILE – Pet hate, hooks on nails. My nails grow like weeds and are usually pretty long. When disaster strikes and I break one, I have to file it ASAP.

COFFEE COINS – Just in case…….must have coffee, always some gold saviors lurking in the side pocket.

NAME BADGE – I might forget my name, I can just glance down for a reminder. 🙂

IPHONE LENS ATTACHMENT – Great for taking awesome shots with your iPhone, has a macro, fishbowl and panorama lens.

GARAGE BIPPER – Now if I just had a voice controlled garage door I would not need this thingy in my bag. It’s so sensitive that sometimes I just have to lift up my bag and the garage door goes up.

KEYS – No keys, no drivies.

LOCKER KEY – Keeping things safe at work.

TITANIUM PAIN PADS – Handy mini pads you can stick on sore parts of your body. Work wonders, thanks Daiso.

Must stock up on mints, I have none!

Are you game to reveal all?

Share the contents of your bag and post the link in the comments and I will add you to the list – free link love.

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