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Best Winter Holiday Escapes

Best Winter Holiday Escapes

I live on the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland where they say the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next!  The average Winter temperatures here are between 12.5 to 21.5 degrees C and most of the days are sunny and dry. Plus the sea water temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees C.  So…

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By 50 Shades, June 15, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Taormina: A Sicilian Treasure

Taormina: A Sicilian Treasure

After three very busy days of seeing the sights of Rome, we caught a train to the port of Rome at Civitavecchia to embark on our 12 day Mediterranean Cruise. It was all aboard at noon and we set sail that evening only to wake up the next morning cruising past the island of Stromboli with…

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By 50 Shades, June 12, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Summer Holidays Essentials List

Summer Holidays Essentials List

I know that it is winter here in Australia, but many of us still like to escape the cooler months and head north where it is Summer all year around. For example, Bali is a very popular choice for a Winter escape. So before you pack up and go I’m happy to provide you with…

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By 50 Shades, June 8, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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When in Rome

When in Rome

Going to Italy has always been a dream of mine. I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks in this country recently and as they say “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. So of course this is what I did! I drank copious amounts of Italian wine and devoured delicious pizza and pasta every single day. Undoubtedly I…

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By 50 Shades, June 5, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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How To Beat The Post-Holiday Blues

How To Beat The Post-Holiday Blues

You know that feeling of overwhelming home sickness when you are away for a lengthy period? That desire to return home to what’s familiar and to see family, friends and pets and get back into your routine. I almost always get this feeling when I’m getting towards the end of my holiday. However as soon…

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By 50 Shades, June 1, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Down on the Ranch at El Questro

Down on the Ranch at El Questro

We experienced several station stays on our travels around Australia, but the one whose reputation preceded itself, was down on the ranch at El Questro in the East Kimberley region of North Western Australia.

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By 50 Shades, May 26, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres

Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres

Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres – It sounds like a dreadful place! One of the oldest cities in the United States, where key events took place during the American Revolution is a historically significant city in the north east state of Massachusetts.

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By 50 Shades, May 23, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Are you ready for a Cruise Holiday?

Are you ready for a Cruise Holiday?

I always thought I would be taking a cruise much later on in life, when I was old. Friends were forever asking me “are you ready for a cruise holiday”?

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By 50 Shades, May 19, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Mind, Body and Soul – Embracing Yourself As a Whole and Creating a Better YOU!

Mind, Body and Soul – Embracing Yourself As a Whole and Creating a Better YOU!

What we don’t hear much of is that we need to take care of ourselves as a whole being, one who has more to them then just the body. A human being who also has a mind and soul that need to be cared for, a mind and soul that need to be embraced, exercised and made to feel important.

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By 50 Shades, May 16, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
Outback NSW – A Loop Around Lightning Ridge, Bourke & Cobar

Outback NSW – A Loop Around Lightning Ridge, Bourke & Cobar

Outback NSW might not be an area that you have previously considered worthy of a visit. But it is right at the top of my list of favourite places to visit.

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By 50 Shades, May 12, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She 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, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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