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2014: A Year of Changes

2014. What a year! When I recap on the year that has almost come to an end, I realise what a mammoth 12 months it has been for me and my family. So many adventures and so many changes! The year started for hubby and I embarking on an epic six month trip circumnavigating our…

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By 50 Shades, December 23, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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10 Things I Love About Christmas

Well another year is almost done and dusted and like everyone else I’m asking “where has this year gone”?  After years of dreading Christmas because of: a. It is a lot of hard work for the person hosting Christmas lunch. b. The whole giving and receiving of presents has got out of hand. c. You…

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By 50 Shades, December 11, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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The High Price of Being a Woman

  Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my niece’s wedding and not only witnessed the beautiful bride getting hitched, and she did look stunning, but also my daughter in her first ever role as bridesmaid. It was a most joyous occasion and everyone looked dapper dressed up to the nines. Not wanting to…

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By 50 Shades, October 15, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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10 Things Not to Say to Your Adult Children

Experience from 25 years of parenting has taught me what to say and what not to say to my adult children.  After all they have been around so long and are fully worldly wise and they don’t need to be reminded about some of the lessons in life that I have learned (mostly the hard…

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By 50 Shades, March 31, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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The Icing on the Cake

  We have all heard of the idiom “the icing on the cake” which means something good that is added to another good thing.  This perfectly describes my very talented and beautiful daughter. She is not only very smart but she can decorate a cake as good as any professional cake decorator that I have seen. A…

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By 50 Shades, January 24, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Words of wisdom from my mother

      The best thing I learned from my mother. “Get an education and make your own way in the world” My mum gave up her nursing training when she got married at the tender age of 18 years and she always regretted her decision (which was pretty commonplace back in the 1950’s).  She…

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By 50 Shades, May 6, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Are we a Nanny State?

  There was a time when we all thought how lucky we were to live in this big beautiful country or ours.  The problem is that the states and territories throughout Australia are increasingly becoming more and more restrictive.   We are becoming what is commonly referred to as “The Nanny State”. There are new laws…

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By 50 Shades, April 26, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

WAS I EVER ME?

My mum said to me the other day that during her early married life with my father she was trying to be someone she wasn’t. When I asked her what she was trying to be, she replied “like your Dad’s sisters”, (my four paternal aunts).  In other words, a fabulous cook, housewife and mother who was immaculately groomed…

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By 50 Shades, November 26, 2012 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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