Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flirty thirties ...

So one of my friends is turning 30 this week and she's feeling apprehensive. 

I've tried telling her she's a spring chicken, and that birthdays are just dates and numbers really, aren't they? But she's got it in her head that it's all downhill from here.

And it's true, that for some women, turning 30 can be a milestone that many would prefer to skip over entirely.

What a waste!

Instead of mourning the alleged end of your youth, stand back and take a good luck at the situation.

A century ago, turning 30 would be akin to a mid-life crisis. Today, 30 is the start of an entirely new chapter in your life, and you are still very much young enough to embrace it all.

Plus, there's no question that you are smarter now than you were at 20. Use your wisdom to take on the next decade of your life. And keep these reminders in the back of your mind. Thirty might be the end of your twenties, but it is far from the end of your life.

Perspective: Now You Have Some
Think back to something that defined your twenties. It might have been getting turned down for your dream job, or it might have been breaking up with your serious-at-the-time boyfriend. Either way, it probably felt like the end of the world. When you are just starting life as a young adult, even relatively minor setbacks can be devastating, and you might not have understood how to deal with them. At 30, you can take setbacks in stride. Getting turned down for a promotion might spark you to apply for a new job elsewhere. You know that not getting a call back from a guy you like isn't the end of world; it's just his loss. Having an extra decade of experience gives you incredible perspective, and it can actually make you a more competent person in all areas of your life.

Insecure? Not Anymore
For many women, their twenties are a time of insecurity. You might not have felt smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough or outgoing enough over the past decade. By your thirties, however, many of the biggest insecurities should be long gone. People at this stage of life no longer make snap judgments about people based on how they look or what they wear, and you don't have to conform in the same way that you might have in the past. You can wear the outfits you love, style your hair the way that suits you and decide to pursue any profession you think is a good fit. At 30, it's time to speak up and let the world know that you are a confident, sexy woman.

You Have Friends Who Are In It For The Long Haul
Throughout the first few decades of life, many people are friends out of convenience. It's easy to be friends with the children in your classroom, and maybe you loved the girls in your university dormitory. Once you have an established life, some of those casual friends might fall away. The ones that stick around, however, are in it for good. The friends you have at 30 will be the ones that stand by your side for an entire lifetime, and knowing that these loved ones have your back is an incredible feeling to have.

You Are Building a Life
At 30, the days are done when you never planned ahead or thought about anything past your next birthday. It's time to think about saving for retirement, buying a home and taking care of your health. One of the "grown-up" decisions you'll need to make is getting health insurance coverage. Comparing private health insurance can give you a policy that fits into your budget, and it is just one way to mark the passing of your carefree twenties.

You Know What You Want — Mostly
Think about what you wanted in a man when you were twenty. Things like hair colour and bicep circumference might have topped the list back then, and there's no reason they still can't now. However, women in their thirties have a deeper understanding of what they want out of partners, relationships and life. You don't have to have things set in stone, but it's nice to have real goals that you can work towards.

Instead of acting like your 30th birthday is a funeral for your youth, throw a party. Celebrate the passing of one era and the entry into a decade full of confidence, security and love.

Have you ever had a birthday that scared you? 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

We're not chicken!

One of the fun things about being a blogger is being invited to launches and information events where you get to catch up with other bloggers and learn about products and services.

And so it was that the kids and I were invited to a family barbecue courtesy of B-Brand and Lenard's. 

The kids were with their Dad that weekend, so I took a grown-up friend instead.

The event was held at a beautiful Brisbane park, right on the river, where even I couldn't get lost, thanks to the Lenard's rooster, who kindly showed us exactly where to go. (Not the first time I've been told where to go ...)

Isn't he handsome?

The gorgeous Lenard's girls cooked up a storm 

 Goodie bags

 Some of the yummies for lunch...

 Mmm ... chicken 

 A cooking demonstration ...

 A babble of bloggers ...

 Instant noodles ... A new product at Lenard's and a quick alternative to takeaway

 Looks just like the photo ... yum

 A quick salad for a weekday dinner

 Everyone wanted a plate like this...

The most delicious kebabs ...

Contents of the goodie bags ...

Disclosure: Maid In Australia was a guest at the barbecue and received the above goodie bag and a gift voucher for the purposes of this review. This is not a paid review. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Look kids, no hands! (Okay, maybe one...okay both then!)

Why should kids have all the fun?
I've often thought that, as they've whizzed past, wind in their hair, sun in their faces, as they've explored the great outdoors on their scooters.
My childhood was never that much fun.
So I was thrilled when I had the chance to reveal a Crisp Big Wheel Scooter.
It's a scooter that's built for adults!
With big 200 mm wheels - important for Mums with dodgy balance (or maybe that's just me) - it's built for speed. And style.
There's also an extra-wide, grippy, low deck that's more like a skateboard than a scooter.
But it's not daggy. Not at all. (More on that later...)
I was a bit nervous about taking on a scooter for my first time in years.
But with the kids' encouragement I took it, gingerly at first.
"You just put push off with your foot and hang on Mum," shouted Chase.
"Don't go too fast," warned Harmonie.
And I did it!
Slowly, and a bit shaky at first, then faster.
And soon I was zooming up and down the street with ease.
It felt awesome to feel that rush of freedom again, and I really did experience glimpses of what it was like to be a kid again. Okay, not as agile and fit as a kid, but the potential was there.
And the kids thought it was hilarious and wonderful at the same time that I could join them on their scooters, and we could ride together as a family.
And I'm amazed at what awesome exercise it \is. No wonder the anklebiters are so fit!
The scooter may be larger than usual, but it folds easily,so it fits into the back of the car. So it's easy to take to the park with the kids' scooters.
I can't tell you how much fun it is to go to the park together and scooter around with them. I tell you, sometimes I find myself lining up with them when the ice-cream truck turns up!
The kids love the scooter too, rating it way better than either of their own. In fact, they usually take it in turns to ride it to school.
See, that's because it's not daggy.
"Cool ride," says the lollypop lady.
"That's really wide," says Miss 10's friends.
"That's good," says Mr 12's friends.
"Can I get one in blue?" says Mr 12.
"I wonder if it comes in pink," says Miss 10.
"Can I have a turn?" says MY friends.
We love that there is room for a decent-sized drink bottle as well.
It arrived in a large box but was easy to put together - Mr 12 managed it with ease, and was pushing me gently out into the street to try it out before I knew it.
With scooters so popular and so much fun for kids I'd certainly recommend a Crisp Big Wheel Scooter for Mum or Dad - or any big kids really.
I can now keep up with my kids in the park, and we can go for scooter rides together after school or on the weekends, which is way more fun than me trailing them in the distance and trying to keep up.
Who knows? I'm probably improving my fitness as well.
Certainly, my jeans are looser since I got my scooter a few weeks ago.
And I haven't fallen off once!
 Is it for me?

Hands off! This one has my name on it ... 

 And I'm off!

 Harmonie's turn ...

 The latest school run accessory ...

Even Kit Kat can't help but take notice!

Disclosure: Crisp Big Wheel Scooters gifted Maid In Australia a scooter to review for the purpose of this post.