Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Mindfulness at Work: eliminate distractions, increase productivity, develop stronger leadership skills & reduce stress – advance copies available!
With ever increasing modern technology, it’s easy to become distracted by things at work that take away our focus from the tasks at hand. Mindfulness at Work (Exisle Publishing, $24.99, July 2013) is the complete guide to using mindfulness (the art of paying attention to what’s going on in our lives right now) to help us work more productively and overcome common workplace distractions.
With over 20 years of both clinical and personal experience, Dr Stephen McKenzie provides readers with practical tools to increase productivity & decision making, reduce stress and develop stronger leadership skills. The book includes real life workplace examples, showcasing how certain techniques can be applied to any worker looking to increase focus in their occupation. Mindfulness at Work is a clearly written, comprehensive guide to decluttering our mind and improving our working life.
Author Dr Stephen McKenzie has over 20 years of experience in researching and teaching a broad range of psychological areas, and is co-author of the highly successful book Mindfulness for Life.
Exclusive to Exisle Publishing.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
You’re about to taste the finest Olive Oils from around the world thanks to the new Australian owned Extra Virgin Olive Oil gourmet range, Eliunt.
When garnishing your dish with Eliunt Extra Virgin Olive Oils, you are adding a final magic touch which allows the natural flavours of the food to dance on your palate.
The unique mix of flavours from 10 regions around the world will enhance all your dishes, whether it’s a canapé, main or even a dessert.
With the name inspired by the “Eliunts” who were Olive Oil farmers in ancient Italy, the company founder, Juan Hitos (originally from Spain, but resides in Australia), set out on an around-the-world trip to source the world’s finest Olive Oils.
“The results of this search are Oils with personalities as unique as the regions they come from. All were harvested using different techniques in various climates and altitudes. Some are strong and bitter due to early harvesting while others are subtle and soft as they are made from fully ripened olives,” Juan explains.
Each Olive Oil embodies a unique flavour and aroma so vastly different to their neighbouring countries. The entire Eliunt collection incorporates Sonoma (USA), Olivar (Spain), Anfora (Italy), Athena (Greece), Mount Ida (Turkey), Ahiram (Lebanon), Holy Oil (Jordan), Oasis (Tunisia), Tradico (Portugal) and Vitality (Australia).
Eliunt is the perfect gift for the foodie who has it all. So next time you need a present for a friend or want to thank someone for a lovely meal, forget the wine or box of chocolates, gift them with a beautiful collection from Eliunt. Eliunt packs come in a variety of options including;
The Compendium RRP $124,95
This package includes 10 fine Extra Virgin Olive Oils from around the world. Each has a unique and exquisite flavour, colour and aroma. Delight your senses and learn the story behind each of these special Oils. The Compendium Pack also incorporates a display holder the Oils and a hand-drawn booklet to transport you through the history of Olive Oil. Your journey is about to begin.
Make your own (three RRP $43.95 and five RRP $68.95 flavours)
Let your imagination fly around the globe and let your taste buds pick either three or five of your favourite Eliunt Olive Oils.
Intercontinental Gift Pack RRP $44.95 for three pack and RRP $69.95 for five pack
Olive Oils from the Intercontinental regions come from outstanding groves carefully selected. The three pack includes Italy, Australia and Lebanon. The five pack includes Oils from Jordan, Tunisia, Greece, USA and Australia.
Mediterranean Gift Pack RRP$44.95 for three pack and RRP $69.95 for five pack
Mediterranean Olive Oils are famous for their outstanding fruity aromas and flavours. The three pack includes Oils from Italy, Greece and Spain and the five Oils include Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Guilt forces Australian women to give up the foods they love - psychologist urges women to forget the forbidden fruit and focus on positive goals.
New research shows that Australian women are feeling pressure to give up the foods they love, including fruit juice, and that 75 per cent say t hey have changed their eating habits in the past 12 months for this reason.
The research conducted by Berri also revealed that 60 per cent of Australian women admit to feeling forced into giving up the foods they love including sweets, salty snacks, sugar, carbohydrates, fast food, dairy and fruit juice.
Australian women are under more pressure to give up certain foods than men. It was revealed that women are changing their eating habits more often in order to achieve a health or weight goal, with women in the 25-34 age bracket feeling the most pressure to give up the foods they like.
Findings from the Pure Profile national survey of 1000 women and men across Australia showed that many of the pressures on them to give up certain foods came from external sources such as society, advertising, friends and family.
The majority indicated that the ultimate reason for giving up foods they love comes from their inner-self and a sense of guilt, resulting in feelings of sadness or failure when they do not obtain their desired outcome.
Psychologist from the Positive Psychology Institute, Paula Robinson, is sadly not surprised by the results as she says, "I see women giving up the things they love quite often in my practice."
She suggests that women can adjust their thinking to produce more positive outcomes.
"Avoidance goals are more likely to be associated with 'giving up'. For example 'these are the foods I must avoid'."
This avoidant thinking can produce negative emotions, such as feelings of sadness, frustration and guilt when the goals are not achieved.
"But women can feel more empowered if their goals are framed in a more positive light."
Paula continues, "For example, creating an approach goal which is a focus more on what you can have, rather than what is 'forbidden'. Like, 'this is a list of the foods I can have'. This positive reframe allows you to approach success rather than avoid failure," she said.
A new juice drink from Berri Australia – be by Berri – offers a great alternative to the avoidance goal of 'giving up'. It gives Australian women a chance to enjoy the drink they like but with less sugar and calories.
be by Berri spokesperson, libby Hay, commented on the need for a product like be by Berri:
"We knew there were some women who were saying no to fruit juice because they were concerned about sugar content and calories. So in response to this, we developed be by Berri, which gives women the chance to say yes to fruit drinks again without worrying so much about calories or sugar.
"With 50 per cent less sugar, only 80 calories per serve... and with a great fruit taste, we expect be by Berri will be the new fruit drink of choice for Australian women," Libby said.
Available in two great flavours: Pineapple and Mango + Apple and Pomegranate, be by Berri is available in two sizes, 350ml and l.5 iitres, in leading supermarkets across Australia.
Visit be by Berri.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Visit Royal Doulton.
Monday, June 17, 2013
We would like to introduce the Palace Garden collection for the home from Laura Ashley.
This collection is inspired by the continuing trend for reviving classic florals, but adding that all important twist, Palace Garden is very grand with beautifully interpreted painterly patterns in a strong new colour palette, which combines both cranberry & cassis reds with charcoal & dove grey.
Visit Laura Ashley.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Yankee Candle has a beautiful selection of sweet scents to beautify your dresser or bathroom this winter.
From sweet Sugared Apple and Crème Brulee to the calming essence of Lavender Chiffon, the Pure Radiance collection offers contemporary style and long-lasting fragrance to create a warm and inviting ambience in any space. Choose from delicate tea lights, reed diffusers or flat cotton ribbon wick candles which provide a consistent, even burn for a flawless, glowing flame.
Yankee is available to purchase online at www.yankee.net.au and in selected independent boutiques nationwide.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The smile is often the first thing people notice and the last thing they remember, and its importance extends far beyond expressing happiness. A smile is one of the most important facial features. It may improve quality of life, both professionally and personally, and a correlation between a smile and success, confidence and good health has been identified. So always remember to smile - it may get you further than you think!
Here are Dr Michael Tam’s top five reasons why a glowing smile is important:
1. Smiling will make you attractive and approachable
Most people consider a person's smile to be the most important feature when it comes to making a good first impression. Research shows that 94 per cent of men and women said they notice a person's smile before noticing their eyes, height or their figure. Additionally, a person who is smiling is generally perceived to be friendly and approachable and an attractive smile connotes a certain type of personality.
2. Smiling can change your mood
In psychology, there is a theory called the 'facial feedback' hypothesis, which states that facial movement can influence emotional experience. In simple terms, an individual may actually be able to improve their mood by simply smiling. For example, someone who is forced to smile during a social event will actually come to find it more enjoyable.
Test this theory at home by watching a cartoon with friend. One of you should hold a pencil in your teeth while doing so, the other should smile. Both rate the cartoon while doing so and see who has the most enjoyable results!
3. Smiling improves health
Numerous medical and psychological studies have found that through the triggering of certain hormones, a smile promotes good overall health. It can lead to lower heart rates, steady breathing and the ability to smile through stressful situations.
Smiling has been found to boost levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is a vital part of regulating our moods. There is a biological connection to elements of happiness in the production of serotonin. Also smiling can trigger the production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
An American study also found a direct link between smiling and a boosted immune system!
4. Smiling makes you appear successful
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that an attractive smile can make an individual appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and wealthy to others. Participants of the study were shown pictures of eight individuals and asked to quickly judge the people as to how attractive, intelligent, happy, successful in their career, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy, popular with the opposite sex and sensitive to other people they were.
Those judged most successful has recently undergone cosmetic dentistry!
5. Smiling relieves stress
As a result of all of above smiling can actually relieve stress. Plus, our brain normally uses 24 per cent of our oxygen. Long-term smiling creates an additional 10 per cent of oxygen and glucose into the bloodstream. This in turn energizes, improves learning, and increases memory. Smiling gives you that extra oxygen and competitive edge and depending on your occupation, having the edge can reduce stress!
By Dr. Michael Tam of Cosmetic Dentist Australia.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Create photo-quality posters using your Instagram photos in just 10 minutes at www.postercandy.com.au.
Showcase your memories rather than keeping them on your phone or in closed albums with PosterCandy. Candid wedding shots, childhood memories, travel snaps and your favourite foodstagrams can be shared with the household thanks to the affordable price-point.
All PosterCandy posters are of photo-quality and come in a range of sizes to suit standard IKEA frames.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
New KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender - Blend, Chop, Whip, Puree, Mince, Shred and Froth with Ease
If you've been searching for a kitchen tool you' ll enjoy using every day, it's time to get excited: introducing the new KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender, available from April 2013 at quality kitchenware stores.
The KitchenAid Deluxe Hand Blender is a joy to use. Perfectly weighted with a rubber hand stick grip, its powerful 200-watt motor quietly blitzes through any culinary task, whether it's blending, shredding, mincing, chopping, whipping, pureeing or frothing.
The KitchenAid Deluxe Hand Blender is great for any small, daily job that requires a quick, smooth and uniform result. Be it for simple tasks such as pureeing soups and baby food with the 'S' Blade, or more adventurous culinary creations like whipping up batches of fresh herb mayonnaise with the 'Whisk', chimmichurri marinades and spice rubs or exotic curry pastes in the 'Chopper,' or healthy breakfast smoothies for one in the 'BPA-free jug' which comes as a standard inclusion.
A unique offering among its competitors, the KitchenAid Deluxe Hand Blender features a removable patented pan guard to prevent scratching cookware when pureeing soups and to protect the blade when it's not in use.
The sleek white handy storage case houses all the attachments neat, tidy and in the same place - so no more rummaging through cupboards and drawers looking for rogue pieces of equipment. It's also great for couples and apartment living, as it takes up minimal cupboard and bench space.
Monday, June 10, 2013
We are delighted to announce the new Coastal Living collection for the home from Laura Ashley.
The call of the coast lifts the spirit and allows a breath of fresh air into your home.
The Coastal Living collection is all about simplicity and comfort using a classic palette of new washed sea spray blues with neutral linens and white. Textured fabrics and slouchy upholstered furniture create a relaxed feel however far away from the waves your home is.
The Cabinet Furniture is the new Dorset range which is classically elegant featuring a gentle chalk wash that harmonises perfectly with the solid ash tops whilst contrast brushed steel effect handles and hinges introduce a contemporary twist.
Gorgeous home accessories pull it all together beautifully to create a calm, peaceful family retreat.
Visit Laura Ashley.
Friday, June 7, 2013
In a world of mass-production, these artworks stay true to their cultural heritage. This practice is about being mindful of detail, valuing the history and putting time into creating small items. The practice encourages the maker to be naturally meditative as they create. "Slow" ends up being a way of being.
The timeless silhouettes from PaperCuts have been revisited with vintage appeal. The 'Vintage Birds' collection are a set of 3 hand-cut and beautifully mounted PaperCuts, presented in a vintage look timber frame.
The new navy PaperCuts in white frame have a fresh and modern coastal feel. They also have a new gift card range with the papercut images translating into print perfectly to compliment the framed hand cut artworks.
Each artwork is presented in PaperCuts' premium quality, contemporary frames with velvet backing, which are then lovingly boxed, labeled and ticketed.
Visit Hardwick & Cesko.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The International Institute of Home Staging, which offers the first and only interactive online home staging and property styling courses in Australia, has launched today to help budding designers learn the art and business of making homes attractive to buyers.
The demand for home staging professionals, has reached an all-time high in Australia, as real estate agents and vendors alike are realising how much it can impact final sale prices.
Naomi Findlay, Founder of The International Institute of Home Staging Staging said, "The courses offered are put together by a fantastic array of Australian design, styling and business mentors that provide great insight into what is a growing industry. It's designed to teach other people how they can make money on their own property sales or start their own property styling and home staging business," she says.
Naomi founded the International Institute of Home Staging after she enjoyed instant success with her own home staging business, SILK Home Staging & Styling. Naomi has been struggling to keep up with increasing demand, styling 100 houses over the past year and currently styling 30 per month.
Naomi explained, "The International Institute of Home Staging offers education at various levels, from introductory to more advanced certificate courses, giving students the tools and insights required to start their own successful home staging business just like mine, or even to just sell your own home for more."
Soon after launching her business, Naomi realised there was a huge demand for talented home stagers in Australia. It also concerned her that there was lack of a code of standards for the practice, so she set about using her education qualifications and her expertise in home staging to develop the formalised online courses to help the practice evolve locally.
Drawing on years of teaching, postgraduate qualifications in training and assessment, adult and tertiary education and a PhD on effective elements to education, Naomi designed the online courses not only to cover all of the theoretical and practical aspects of staging, but also to include subjects like business, cashflow, marketing and social media.
"The courses offered are put together by a fantastic array of Australian design, styling and business mentors that provide great insight into what is a growing industry. You too can make more money on your property sales or start your own property styling and home staging business," she says.
Home staging is a systematic process that involves many elements and aspects of maintenance, marketing and styling that, when combined, showcase a property's strong points. It is widely becoming acknowledged as an essential marketing tool when selling a property in the modern marketplace.
The results speak for themselves. After enlisting founder, Naomi Findlay's help, one homeowner received $30,000 more than they were expecting after forking out a mere $750 for styling. Another, after floating their property on the market for four months, spent $1990 on styling and sold it in seven days for $85,000 more than they were anticipating. And another, perhaps Naomi's favourite impressive example, spent $351 and went on to sell the property before auction for $155,000 more than the figure they'd had in mind!
This expertise, along with insights from other design, styling and business mentors, is designed to help Australian home owners, renovators, interior designers, property developers and budding entrepreneurs learn more about home staging so that they have the best chance of achieving the maximum sale price for their property in the least amount of time, or so that they can start their own home staging business.The industry response has already been enthusiastic. A selected group of industry professionals were offered a pre-release look at the Introductory Course provided by IIHS, including interior stylist and property stylist Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs. She found the course to be, "in-depth, exciting and well-structured, with real insights into the staging and styling world. The course gives you the skills and practical knowledge to confidently start your own staging and styling business. I loved the ease of the course and really feel that the way Naomi has written this course will set you up to succeed."
Visit International Institute of Home Staging.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Wedgwood introduces the Ashlar collection, an exquisitely designed range that takes inspiration from the contemporary work of Neoclassical architect, Robert Adam.
This modern, elegant collection draws on the geometric patterns and textural shapes of the striking architectural movement, creating a collection that is both distinctively English and identifiably Wedgwood.
Ashlar’s contemporary elegance is perfectly suited to all tastes and culinary needs, with a broad offering of 33 white fine bone china essential tableware pieces that can be purchased as a full set or individually to update an existing service.
The Ashlar collection takes its name and inspiration from textured distressed block stone, the masonry of which has adorned houses for centuries. Iconic round, hexagonal and square shaped plates feature in the collection to create an aesthetic that perfectly encapsulates the neo-classical characteristics of Ashlar, and the distinctive style that has become Wedgwood’s signature for the past 250 years. The unique shapes allow the mix and match plates to stand alone or be combined to create striking geometric patterns.
The collection provides an effortlessly refined finish and a stylish blank canvas, ideal for any occasion, from fine dining events to everyday family meals, with the low hollow shapes adding a modern touch to the table.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
malebox is a well established online website offering innovative and stylish mens’ fashion accessories – helping men express their unique personalities.
With an impressive range of fashion accessories to compliment any outfit, malebox offers a user-friendly website, with exceptional customer service and affordable prices.
malebox’s range of products include cufflinks, watch boxes, tie holders, wallets, clocks, watches, gloves, collectables, hampers, belts, and much more!
Monday, June 3, 2013
Stress, weather and lack of sleep are just some common factors that can have an ill affect on health and wellbeing. As a result, it’s vital to have a diet rich in a variety of natural antioxidants – however, consuming the recommended daily dose of fruit and vegetables to achieve this can sometimes be a daunting task. Thankfully, better-for-you food company, Vitality Brands had made this much easier by creating delicious AntiOx Chocolate and Snack Bars, which are high in natural antioxidants that help boost immunity!
AntiOx assists with fighting the free radicals that can cause poor health, improving the immune system and overall sense of wellbeing.
AntiOx Snack Bars are made with superfruits, wholegrains and forest fruits and covered in 70% cocoa dark chocolate (which is sugar-free and sweetened naturally with stevia). Thanks to its high cocoa content, the chocolate provides an additional source of antioxidants. The bars come in three varieties – Goji, Acai and Chia & Quinoa.
Both Acai and Goji berries contain a very high concentration of antioxidants. In fact, acai berries have a higher antioxidant capacity than any other known berry – twice as much as blueberries and ten times the amount in grapes! Goji berries are a rich source of vitamin C, with 500 times more than the same quantity of oranges. They also contain complex vitamins B1, B2 and B6 which are required for converting food and drink into energy as well as vitamin E, which is rarely found in fruit.
Quinoa has an extremely high protein content compared with other grains, has more calcium than milk and is rich in iron, fibre and vitamins B and E. It also contains all nine essential amino acids. Chia contains significant levels of omega 3 (of plant origin), fibre, protein, calcium, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium.
AntiOx Chocolate combines the antioxidant super power of 70% cocoa dark chocolate and superfruits, goji and acai. The result is an antioxidant hit that is equivalent to twelve cups of green tea! AntiOx Chocolate is available in two varieties; Acai and Goji and is sweetened naturally with stevia – eliminating excess calories.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a measure that rates the antioxidant value of foods. In order to stay healthy, humans need a daily ORAC intake of 3,500-5,000 units. AntiOx Snack Bars have an ORAC rating of 7,000 while AntiOx Chocolate has a rating of 26,000 per block. That’s a whole lot of goodness!
“Even the healthiest person is susceptible to colds and flues, particularly in the cooler months,” says Wladimir Budnik, Vitality Brands’ R&D Director and Food Scientist. “AntiOx Chocolate and Snack Bars were created to help your immune system keep these nasties at bay. They’re convenient, delicious snacks which also harness the potent power of antioxidants by combining dark chocolate with superfruits and grains.”
Visit Vitality Brands.