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Melbourne Cup. The race that stops a nation.

Melbourne Cup. The race that stops a nation.

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Like life, any horse on any day can win. The important thing is to show up.

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Q&A with a drought-affected Queensland Farmer

Q&A with a drought-affected Queensland Farmer

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"The drought is really just horrible. Today we were expecting some rain, and it hasn't come. I know how much it upsets me and I can see how much it upsets and frustrates the farmer and there isn't anything we can do."

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“It’s an incredibly personal battle”

“It’s an incredibly personal battle”

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Imagine waking each morning trying to maintain hope amidst growing debt and the feeling you’ve failed your family’s legacy while jeopardising your children’s future.

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To the teachers who shape who we are

To the teachers who shape who we are

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As we mark World Teacher’s Day this October that small moment sums up the incredible power of a true teacher – a person who will take those in need under their wing as they lead the group to achieve

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Mens suicide-more common than we think

Mens suicide-more common than we think

Health

We may groan and complain about them. But at the end of the day we love them dearly and we wouldn't do without them.

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Life is so precious

Life is so precious

Health

Around 7 years ago I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy when I was hospitalised with sustained Atrial Fibrillation (AF). I was very sick and this was serious for both myself and my unborn child.

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Standing On My Own Two Feet

Standing On My Own Two Feet

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...Clinton has just told of his relationship with Nelson Mandela and how Mandela taught him a lot about love and forgiveness. I am inspired by what he said and can relate so strongly to his words that in a strange way, I feel the story is being told directly to me, for me.

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'Having it all' is a lie for Australian women

'Having it all' is a lie for Australian women

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An anonymous dear molly member responds to a recent article, which featured in the Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Who's got your back?

Who's got your back?

Relationships

The power of female friendships and knowing that your closest mates have your back.

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Anxious? Who me, and two-thirds of women I know?

Anxious? Who me, and two-thirds of women I know?

Health

A survey of over 15,000 Australian women has revealed two-thirds feel anxious or on edge, with women aged 18 to 35 most likely to feel the strain.

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A game changer for women's sport

A game changer for women's sport

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The inaugural National Rugby League Women's Grand Final will take place tomorrow afternoon.

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Police Remembrance Day

Police Remembrance Day

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There's little appreciation, often a tremendous amount of criticism and let's face it, they're not bringing home the big bucks for all their troubles and sacrifice. Yet thousands of men and women choose this very career. They are doing it for the greater good, and we should all be grateful. Every day, but especially today.

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School holidays. Heaven or Hell?

School holidays. Heaven or Hell?

Motherhood

A lot of families use school holidays to take a ‘break' get away and go camping or fishing or visit a resort of some kind. But is it really a break?

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The fudge that broke the camel’s back

The fudge that broke the camel’s back

Motherhood

Every now and then, a series of seemingly innocuous, unrelated events conspire to turn those sage words and astute wisdom against us.

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Perspective

Perspective

Career

Perspective. It's an interesting word. Right at this moment, I am trying to get some, while it feels like my ‘work world' is falling apart.

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What the hell are we doing wrong?

What the hell are we doing wrong?

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As a society, we have to ask ourselves how we can protect our most vulnerable? Our disabled, our women and most significantly our children are the ones that we as a progressive society need to care for.

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Student refuses to stand for the National Anthem

Student refuses to stand for the National Anthem

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Agreeing with Pauline Hanson doesn't come easily to me, but I have to say I stand with her on this one.

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It’s the ‘where were you day?'

It’s the ‘where were you day?'

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It's a point in time where we can all remember where we were, how we heard the news and what we were doing.

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The US Open women's final was disappointing

The US Open women's final was disappointing

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The final was not what anyone expected, least of all her opponent little known Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old Japanese national playing in her first ever grand slam final.

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How to do makeup in minutes and look polished.

How to do makeup in minutes and look polished.

Style & Beauty

2018 Queensland Makeup Artist of the Year Amanda Ramsay has over 15 years experience working the red carpet, celebrity, advertising and fashion circuit in Sydney.

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Why can’t a Bishop be King?

Why can’t a Bishop be King?

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"I think the difficulty is they can't see a woman do that kind of job, no matter how proficient she might be and how competent and experienced she might be, and that is a real difficulty for the party to deal with."

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How do women shape up as we mark Women’s Health Week?

How do women shape up as we mark Women’s Health Week?

Health

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes it’s easy to let the basics slide, particularly when it comes to health and wellbeing.
If that sounds like you, this week is Women’s Health Week, an important opportunity to reflect on our wellbeing and take some time out to tend to our physical and mental health. It’s also the chance to note some interesting women’s health statistics, while looking to the improvements we can make.

As we walk, run or Zumba our way into Women’s Health Week, here’s what you need to know…

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Which loo, what gender child? You be the judge.

Which loo, what gender child? You be the judge.

Motherhood

Granted, it’s a first world problem, but for many parents, we’ve all been there…standing outside the loo wondering which gender toilet to send your child into while weighing the pro’s and cons of safety, convenience and propriety.

Well, for one Noosa father it ended in an interesting national debate that shaped up a little like this…

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Adversity doesn’t define us

Adversity doesn’t define us

Health

“Your daughter is unlikely to survive. Her injuries are too great.” These are the words the emergency doctor said to my parents following the accident.

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The loss of a great American and humanitarian

The loss of a great American and humanitarian

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The death of Senator John McCain, aged 81 to brain cancer is a loss for us all.

No matter what your political persuasion, Republican or Democrat, you have to admire the man for his bravery, his heroism and above all his patriotism- his love for his country and his fellow countrymen.

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Where are you travelling this year?

Where are you travelling this year?

Travel

Are you going anywhere exciting for Christmas? No doubt you have your flights booked, your hotel sorted and your passport ready. But have you thought about what vaccines you may need? Or what medications you should take with you in case you get sick?

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Five top romantic getaways

Five top romantic getaways

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Get involved in a good karma charity event on Saturday 1 September 2018!

Get involved in a good karma charity event on Saturday 1 September 2018!

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#Yoga4Dignity 2018 is a women’s charity yoga event that will bring thousands of women from all over Australia together to touch our toes, open our hearts and Share the Dignity.

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Lead, arsenic and lacquered teeth

Lead, arsenic and lacquered teeth

Style & Beauty

Six strange beauty trends that make Botox seem banal

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Permission to fail

Permission to fail

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In an age where success is plastered across our social media accounts and news feeds, here’s a quick insight into failure, why we should embrace it and encourage our kids to relish it as well.

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Family Doctors Plus

Family Doctors Plus

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Celine Dion. Nothing short of brilliant.

Celine Dion. Nothing short of brilliant.

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The difference between these the two stars was night and day.

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Breastfeeding – beautiful but not always easy

Breastfeeding – beautiful but not always easy

Motherhood

All right ladies, set down the judgmental glances and discard the defences, this week is Breastfeeding Week – a beautiful ode to a natural act that raises more than the occasional hackle in otherwise rational women.

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Why bitching is downright bad for you

Why bitching is downright bad for you

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Whether it’s the sly comment about a colleague, or the outright session discussing the endless negative attributes of your neighbour, at one time or another we’re probably all guilty of having a damn good bitch.

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International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship

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The International Day of Friendship began in 2011 as an effort by the United Nations to promote friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals. It is observed on July 30. For children in poverty, the day takes on special meaning, as friends can be a source of strength, support and social development.

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Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

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Growing Up in Pornland: Girls Have Had It with Porn Conditioned Boys

Growing Up in Pornland: Girls Have Had It with Porn Conditioned Boys

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Pornography is moulding and conditioning the sexual behaviours and attitudes of boys, and girls are being left without the resources to deal with these porn-saturated boys.

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Strange places Australia’s wealthiest mums have been getting-it-on

Strange places Australia’s wealthiest mums have been getting-it-on

Relationships

Yesterday afternoon I sat down to read about what some of the wealthy Sydney mums who reside on the lower North Shore have been up to.

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Something just for Mum

Something just for Mum

Relationships

Like many things, book clubs are a great way for girlfriends to come together.

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Inequality starts young

Inequality starts young

Motherhood

It would be nice to think we’d learned some lessons and the generation of girls currently growing up in our homes will have a future framed by equality. But a recent report indicates this may not be the case.

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Women must be safe everywhere

Women must be safe everywhere

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Every now and then a tragedy beyond our comprehension prompts us as a society to look in the mirror. In the past few weeks, Australia has done just that, examining our reflection in the wake of comedian Eurydice Dixon’s rape and murder in Melbourne.

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Keepin’ it real amidst the glitz of TV

Keepin’ it real amidst the glitz of TV

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As the entertainment industry nurses its annual hangover, here are three reasons to love the Logies and two women who managed to keep it real amidst the theatrics of reality TV…

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Connecting and supporting women

Connecting and supporting women

Relationships

My clinic Family Doctors Plus recently presented an education session at a local Primary School. It was a session on “Puberty for Girls” and for this session, Heather came up with this brilliant idea of highlighting connections amongst women.

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A long road to equality for Saudi women

A long road to equality for Saudi women

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So, it’s the fifth day now that women in Saudi Arabia have been able to drive. Good on the Crown Prince. But while you are at it and you're lifting bans to enable women to do more, how about you focus on the following things that women still can't do. 

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Sanity is the only reality

Sanity is the only reality

Motherhood

With 2018 well and truly here and New Year’s resolutions perhaps becoming a fading memory, I thought I would share some of my revised thoughts on what is important to me as a working mother. So here is why trying to have it all but also remaining sane is more important FOR EVERYONE.

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Work, kids and the pursuit of sanity

Work, kids and the pursuit of sanity

Career

It was four in the morning, and I was on the bathroom floor, hugging the toilet bowl; struck by a severe gastro bug for the second time in a month. Since my two-year-old had started day care, it seemed we were hit by a different virus every week. To make matters worse, I was heavily pregnant. And I was due on a plane in two short hours, to manage a major conference as part of my marketing job at a big bank.

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Such a little word, so hard to say

Such a little word, so hard to say

Motherhood

“Yes of course I’ll look after your kids for the weekend, help you move house, bake 150 cupcakes for the school fete, meet that unreasonable work deadline, and spend my Saturday on a cold sporting field manning the canteen!”

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Put your hand up if you are a murderer

Put your hand up if you are a murderer

Motherhood

Put your hand up if you are a murderer? There seems to be a lot of us women out there who are just that. That is, according to a pro-life Christian group who have recently been filmed harassing women as they enter an abortion clinic.

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News headlines over the last week have canvassed two celebrity suicides, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

News headlines over the last week have canvassed two celebrity suicides, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

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News headlines over the last week have canvassed two celebrity suicides, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Both people had, according to us, the outsiders looking in, the greatest of lives.

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Fending off the flu

Fending off the flu

Health

As the temperature begins to drop, Australia is bracing for another flu season. And if last year is anything to go by, 2018 could be a shocker. In 2017, the influenza outbreak was the worst in a decade, and a quarter of a million people were formally diagnosed with the virus.
As we brace for winter 2018, here are the top tips for fending off the flu...

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Dear Barnaby Joyce

Dear Barnaby Joyce

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Dear Mr Joyce,
It has come to my attention your media advisor is currently on maternity leave, so attached is my application for what I understand to be a challenging role.

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What it’s like to really be gluten free

What it’s like to really be gluten free

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I’m gluten free. Yes, I’m one of those people. But let me be clear. It’s not by choice. Hell, I wish I wasn’t.

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Why you won’t find my kids on Facebook

Why you won’t find my kids on Facebook

Motherhood

I’m going to come right out and say it. I’ve always viewed Facebook with a little trepidation and fear. So much so that up until recently my personal profile featured a blank image, no information and a long-abandoned maiden name. That’s despite the fact I work in social media and enjoy a livelihood based on telling other people’s stories.

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All in a week’s work for these two

All in a week’s work for these two

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Could George and Amal be any cooler?

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NAPLAN from a mum's perspective

NAPLAN from a mum's perspective

Motherhood

It doesn't define you, it doesn't test all those characteristics that make you 'you'.

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The symptom of a far greater disease

The symptom of a far greater disease

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She may have a league of fans, but this week Kim Kardashian is under fire for a move that many say promotes eating disorders.

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So where will you be?

So where will you be?

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That's the question that many women, all of us grown up, mature adults, have been asking each other the past few days? For me, the 19 May 2018 has been locked in the diary for weeks.

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What the…

What the…

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Asking a baby if it is okay to change their nappy; seriously?

According to the author of this statement, ‘it teaches the child about consent'. Deanne Carson who made this statement has received a lot of flak for it.

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Do you lose some of your courage when you have children?

Do you lose some of your courage when you have children?

Motherhood

I’ve heard it a 100 times. The ‘before I had kids’ line. Like ‘before I had kids I’d jump out of a plane. Before I had kids I’d take that risk. I’d take rides in small aircraft. I'd do that trek, I’d bungee jump…skydive’ and so on. The lists are long and diverse yet the one thing which women who make such a statement often follow it up with is. ‘Not now, not with the kids being as young as they are. I’d never take that risk’.

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Yes, You’re Worth Less. Now What Are You Going To Do?

Yes, You’re Worth Less. Now What Are You Going To Do?

Money Matters

We’ve come a long way since bra burning and talk of glass ceilings but if you think women have attained equal status with men, think again.

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When Mother’s Day Hurts

When Mother’s Day Hurts

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Over the next week will see an abundance of cards, a bevvy of flowers and pretty much every school classroom in Australia hard at work whipping up all manner of crafty delights for the annual event that is Mother’s Day.

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5 Tips for the Practice of Gratitude

5 Tips for the Practice of Gratitude

Spirituality

On the 25th of March 2018 I reached my “2000 days of gratitude” milestone, in essence, every day for more than five years I had found things in my day to be grateful for and I have written those moments down. When people find out that I have kept gratitude journals for over five years they will often ask me to share with them some tips about starting a journal. I often share these five things that I believe one should keep in mind when starting a gratitude journal.

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Today I Had My Yearly Mammogram

Today I Had My Yearly Mammogram

Health

I have that sick feeling in my stomach. The nervous butterflies have been there for the last few days. Not the good ones either.

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Meet friends and share interests with dear molly Dynamic Chat

Meet friends and share interests with dear molly Dynamic Chat

Relationships

dear molly is about to get a whole lot more interactive with the launch of our all-new Dynamic Chat feature this week.
“Your what?” We hear you ask…well reach out for that coffee and let us take a moment to explain. We’re a little bit excited about the potential it offers.

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Barbara Bush, former US first lady, has passed away at 92

Barbara Bush, former US first lady, has passed away at 92

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A few days ago Barbara Bush passed away at the grand old age of 92. She was known more for her role as wife and mother to former US Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush than career woman.

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Top 5 Girls Weekend Getaways

Top 5 Girls Weekend Getaways

Travel

Everyone leads such busy lives these days and as a woman, your needs are often on the bottom of the pile (after your husbands work event or your daughter's ballet class) but there is nothing quite so rewarding as carving out an entire weekend to go away with good girlfriends. Here are 5 top girls weekend destinations.

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I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger

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I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger. ‘It’s not a game, it’s a shame’ has been coming from my mouth quite regularly these past few days. It’s easy to sledge when you’re winning and aren’t we just! It’s a gold rush and it’s all the Aussie way.  And it brings out the worst in me. I can’t help it. It’s my competitive nature coming out. But last night, as my 6-year-old did the ‘Dab’ that Usain Bolt is so famous for and chanted my words, I thought ‘perhaps it’s time to reign it in a bit’.

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We've all been there - Wedding Guests

We've all been there - Wedding Guests

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We’ve all been there. Or most of us have if we have had the onerous task of compiling a guest list for our wedding. Arguments with our partner over whom we should and shouldn’t invite are commonplace. I remember my now husband saying to me when we were in dispute over our guest list. ‘He’s a really good mate, we have to invite him’. ‘If he’s such a good mate, then why is this the first time in 3 years that I’ve ever heard his name mentioned’… Great Aunty Shirley, twice removed just has to be on the family table because we won’t be able to face her at Christmas if she isn’t invited….and so the saga continues. The joys of organising a wedding. Many times over I’ve heard friends lament: ‘wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper if we just went to Vegas?’

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Injectables first, surgery next

Injectables first, surgery next

Style & Beauty

Seems like fewer people are opting for surgery, well yes and no…instead plasticsurgery.com.au notes people are scheduling injectables before they elect the knife.

That’s their big-ticket trend for 2018 and here’s an insight into why…

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Under the knife or injection? That’s the trending question

Under the knife or injection? That’s the trending question

Style & Beauty

It was just a brief glimpse in the wing mirror of the family station wagon that elicited the murmur of horror.
A couple of previously endearing crows’ feet had been joined by a troupe of deep facial rivulets, the fiord in the brow was now more a crevasse than a crease.
Welcome to your 40s, the wing mirror silently screamed, where the rigours of life run deep!

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How did the 1982’ Commonwealth Games inspire you?

How did the 1982’ Commonwealth Games inspire you?

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Remember that wink? You know, from 1982…When Matilda the boxing kangaroo came around the track at the Opening Ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane and gave the crowd including the Queen her famous wink.  When Rolf Harris (if only we knew) sang ‘Tie me Kangaroo down sport’ as the youngsters dressed as kangaroos jumped on trampolines. It was the early 80’s in Brisbane and as a 5 year old, I sat high in the stadium seats watching on with my parents. I guess what we now call the ‘nose bleed’ section is where we were.

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The power of #NOW

The power of #NOW

Career

I am one of the lucky ones. I can’t claim to be a part of any of the women’s movements that have been circulating since the scandalous tales of Harvey Weinstein became public. You see, I’ve never been sexually harassed in the workplace. I’ve never had to deal with the trauma that that entails.


The #MeToo movement launched in America and the #NOW Australia campaign, started by Australia’s Tracey Spicer are wonderful initiatives. They acknowledge and draw attention to the very real and sad circumstances surrounding so many women in the workplace. Harassment, intimidation and abuse are just some of the things that many women have suffered in silence from. Now, thanks to some incredibly brave women leading the charge, the cover surrounding such atrocities is being lifted and women everywhere are telling their own stories. 

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Harmony Day - what it means to me

Harmony Day - what it means to me

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In Australia, today, the 21 March 2018 marks Harmony Day. It is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community.

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Kids in the playground

Kids in the playground

Motherhood

I’m a mother of two sons and a daughter. My daughter is very little but both my sons are at school, albeit very junior grades. Each day I drop the older one off and I hide behind the bag racks and watch him and his mates for a minute or two.

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Here's to the women...

Here's to the women...

Relationships

International Women's Day has come and gone for another year. The lunches, the morning teas, the high teas, the afternoon teas, the inspirational quotes so widely circulated on social media are over for another year. It's a day that women should and do celebrate. It's a time to catch up with friends, connect with other like-minded women and listen to inspiring stories told by women.

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Osteoporosis - "That only happens to old people, doesn't it?"

Osteoporosis - "That only happens to old people, doesn't it?"

Health

Well, it depends what you mean by “old”.  Certainly, if you consider over 50 “old”, then you are right – because more than 4.7 million people over 50 in Australia have poor bone health, and subsequent increased risk of fractures. However, even quite young athletes, such as distance runners, can have very low bone density, and suffer stress fractures.

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Physio, Pilates and your Pelvic Floor

Physio, Pilates and your Pelvic Floor

Health

A pelvic floor – we all have one (males and females), but, like most of our body parts, we don’t think much about it until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, something goes wrong with our pelvic floors pretty darn often. In fact, according to statistics, over 5 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. This translates to 1 in 3 women having some type of urinary incontinence. However, most women seem to just accept this as “part of the package”, and very few seek help for this most treatable of issues.

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Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Spirituality

Recently I watched a commencement speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven, a retired U.S Navy Seal, in 2014 to the graduating class at the University of Texas. I was so intrigued listening to his speech which recounted 10 lessons he learned from his 6 months of gruelling, demanding, tiring and debilitating Navy Seal training. These 10 lessons not only apply to life as a Navy Seal, but it equally applies to the challenges that each and every one of us endure as human beings living in an uncertain world.

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Top 5 Family Destinations

Top 5 Family Destinations

Travel

As a Travel Agent I am often asked what the best destination is for a family holiday is-here are my top 5 choices.

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Let's Talk About Dementia

Let's Talk About Dementia

Health

Dementia is an umbrella term for a cluster of symptoms that affect cognition, behaviour, and functioning.

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Our interview with Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients

Our interview with Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients

Career

dear molly founder Clare Sultmann sits down for a one-on-one with international best selling author, TV presenter, international speaker, motivator and award-winning businesswoman, Kim McCosker founder and author of 4 Ingredients. With close to 9 million copies sold across the 4 Ingredients titles, Kim McCosker shares her story from a humble start to international success.

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How To Foster a Successful Working Au Pair Relationship

How To Foster a Successful Working Au Pair Relationship

Motherhood

A truly successful Au Pair working relationship comes from investing in the working relationship from Day 1.

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Tips for a Successful Au Pair Hire

Tips for a Successful Au Pair Hire

Motherhood

Ok, so you’ve thought about it and you feel you may be at the point where you want to start the process of looking for an Au Pair. This is the crucial bit–don’t be too desperate to find someone, make sure you wait for the right person.

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“Have you heard…she’s got an Au Pair!”

“Have you heard…she’s got an Au Pair!”

Motherhood

Are you considering hiring an Au Pair for the first time? Vanessa Douglas gives us her top tips for hiring an Au Pair.

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Growing up we all want to be a Princess? Or do we?

Growing up we all want to be a Princess? Or do we?

Relationships

There’s a new Royal in town. On the 19th May this year the Royal family will welcome with open arms Meghan Markle to its tightly knit clan. Details are emerging of the big day. It’s got me thinking. About the fairy tale we all grew up with. In 1981 when Charles married Di, one of the most televised events in history, I was a 4 year old living in the Qld mining town of Mt Isa. I remember it as if it was yesterday. We all sat around our small television and watched the fairy-tale unfold. The beautiful bride in the flowing dress marrying her handsome prince. Ok prince. As the years unfolded the union would be anything but the fairy tale we all thought it to be.

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How do you teach your children to be ‘hungry’ in a world where they have so much?

How do you teach your children to be ‘hungry’ in a world where they have so much?

Motherhood

It’s a constant battle. You want your children to have more than you did as a child. You want for them every opportunity, every experience, everything that you had growing up and more. It’s just a natural thing. Every parent knows the feeling.

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Good financial habits to pass on to your kids

Good financial habits to pass on to your kids

Money Matters

Teaching your kids about money can be just as important as maintaining their health with a well-balanced diet. Children grow smarter every day and encouraging them to practice good money habits now is a great way to help them stay in control of their finances later on in life.

But the question is what lessons should you be passing on? And more to the point, how? Well, every family works differently, but below I’ve outlined some money lessons that get taught in my household, and might be worth introducing in yours as well.

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Trying to Conceive? Here's what you should know about pre-pregnancy diets

Trying to Conceive? Here's what you should know about pre-pregnancy diets

Health

Happy New Year! The New Year always brings lots of resolutions, for example, to lose weight and/or exercise more. It is also the time when women start thinking about pregnancy. The first step is to conceive, in other words, to get pregnant. And a common question that my patients ask me is - when should you stop drinking alcohol and start eating like you are a pregnant?

Here is an excerpt from my book “Mum’s guide to..pregnancy” by Dr Maria Boulton (available through www.drmariaboulton.com) that answers that question and also discusses the accuracy of pregnancy tests.

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School Lunches Unpacked

School Lunches Unpacked

Motherhood

We all know that in order to be healthy, happy, and to achieve their potential, children and young people need to eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. And contrary to popular (my children’s) belief, it is possible to provide them with a healthy school lunch that not only tastes great but is good for them. I know I am not alone when I say that preparing school lunches is one of my least favourite chores. However, I have vowed that this year, it will not be my undoing each weekday morning.

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Don't ignore your bowel

Don't ignore your bowel

Health

I’m a gastroenterologist, it would be professionally embarrassing to be diagnosed with bowel cancer.  So I dutifully fronted up for my second colonoscopy recently, and I bought my sister along with me to support her through her first time.  She can’t quite reconcile that I work and socialise with the doctor who performs my colonoscopy, that I have the procedure performed at the endoscopy unit where I work each day, or that I return the favour every 3-5 years for several nurses, doctors and friends when they are due for their colonoscopy.  She feels the same way about my GP who is a good friend and doesn’t turn a hair when I turn up for my PAP smear. 

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What do I know for sure?

What do I know for sure?

Spirituality

"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have," Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah speaks about what she knows for sure often. Indeed she has written a whole book about it. She has mastered the phrase in every sense of the word.

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Reflections: Looking Back, Moving Ahead

Reflections: Looking Back, Moving Ahead

Spirituality

Only a few days ago the whole world welcomed the new year and a new chapter in our lives begun.

As we are still in the early stages of 2018, it’s always refreshing to take a moment out of the busyness to reflect on the year that was and how far we have come. I reflect on what I’m grateful for and appreciate what I’ve been able to experience thus far. I also like to ponder how many more years I have left and what I want to do in that time, along with the aspects of my life I want to change.

Reflection can be a revitalising experience, it can help you refocus, take stock and open your mind up to new direction and opportunities. Sometimes though, a moment of reflection can be a painful task, bringing up memories and decisions we would rather forget, but cannot shake off.

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A guide to Lawyering-Up

A guide to Lawyering-Up

Money Matters

Having been raised in a family of lawyers, with a father who was a respected Queen’s Counsel and had an utter dedication to, and love of, The Law, from an early age the standards of excellence required to be a high calibre lawyer were instilled in me.

So, in the spirit of Dear Molly, I thought it may be beneficial over coming weeks to jot down a few general points to bear in mind when it’s time to lawyer-up. The points are not the be-all and end-all and are not legal advice, but hopefully provide some useful general guidance.

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Taking the leap into a new career at 40

Taking the leap into a new career at 40

Career

As a profession, television journalism isn't pretty. Yes, it's exciting and yes, it can be glamourous (who doesn't love free clothes?) however, it's also downright brutal and often very bizarre.

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What tennis season means to me

What tennis season means to me

What's Trending

Christmas may be my most favourite time of the year, but tennis season in Australia which follows just after, is a close second.
 
Some of the greatest life lessons I’ve learned have come from the tennis courts. Competitive sport gives you a work ethic, provides comradery, teaches you tenacity, discipline, self-respect and perhaps, most importantly, resilience.

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The four resolutions that will save busy women the most money in 2018

The four resolutions that will save busy women the most money in 2018

Money Matters

Life’s craziness is taken to a whole new level by present purchasing, large-scale entertaining, holiday organizing and constant indulging… such that getting financially fit is probably way down your 2018 priority list.
 
But it should be near the top. So I’m going to lay out for you – at a go-get-‘em-girl glance – the four money moves that could save your busy self more than $5000 this New Year. 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

What's Trending

The last day of 2017...

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Raising Boys without girls and how they learn from us

Raising Boys without girls and how they learn from us

Motherhood

I am sick, really sick with some hideous flu-type virus and have picked up gastro on top as a real treat. So, I have been lying here, deep in thought, trying to distract myself from my own temporary misery.

As I lay here, I am being nursed by my eight-year-old son, Tom. He has so far managed to keep the other two boys inside (we are on acreage) and bring me water and a wet cloth, as he said I felt hot.

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Your rights when returning to work after children

Your rights when returning to work after children

Career

For some, the idea of returning to work after having a baby can be an intimidating process. Just as the fog of sleep deprivation starts to slowly lift your return to the workplace may be looming around the next corner.

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Super-simple Christmas recipes

Super-simple Christmas recipes

What's Trending

Christmas comes but once a year, and it’s a great opportunity to show a little home-baked love with easy recipes that are destined to delight.

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Behind the veil of miscarriage and grief

Behind the veil of miscarriage and grief

Motherhood

Sadly not all pregnancies progress to a happy ending. A quarter of pregnancies will miscarry in the first trimester, some pregnancies will not proceed past the second or third trimester, and some babies will sadly pass away at birth, shortly before birth or soon thereafter.
Not only do the expectant parents have to cope with grief but also the loss of the dreams that were carried in the womb. Dreams of seeing their baby in the nursery they prepared so lovingly will remain just that, dreams.

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“Give it a try,” said the heart

“Give it a try,” said the heart

Career

“It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” said the heart.
(author unknown)

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The essential art of self-care

The essential art of self-care

Health

When was the last time you did something just for yourself, had some much-needed ‘me time’?

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The frightening truth about childhood obesity

The frightening truth about childhood obesity

Health

What can we, as parents and caregivers, do to ensure a bright, healthy future for ourselves and our families? Read our top five tips for a healthy lifestyle for our children.

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Finding strength in gratitude

Finding strength in gratitude

Spirituality

In July 2015, I had reached my goal of 1000 days straight being grateful. Once I had reached my goal I decided to aim for 10 years straight. I figured if Oprah could do it, then I could do it.

In a beautiful twist of fate, in the same year that I completed my 1000-day goal and set my new 10-year goal, Oprah happened to come to Brisbane on a speaking tour.

Oprah heard that I had completed a gratitude journal for 1000 days straight and during her show she asked me to stand up to talk about it.

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A “holiday” with small children

A “holiday” with small children

Motherhood

It’s Monday morning at my son’s school and the mothers are giving my face a second glance. No wonder. I have two large red marks on the side of my chin, which look like I’m going through puberty again.

‘How was your trip?’ someone asks me...

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Finding calm within uncertainty

Finding calm within uncertainty

Health

Humans make decisions every day of their lives - what to eat, what to wear, who to interact with.

For some of us those decisions are more significant or have the potential to have serious consequences. For example doctors aim to practice evidence-based medicine where science points us in the right direction, but sometimes we don’t have a definite answer.

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The divorce process -  when I do becomes I don’t

The divorce process - when I do becomes I don’t

Relationships

In 2015 there were 48,517 divorces granted in Australia compared to 113,595 marriages. This means that about one in every two couples in Australia who say ‘I do’ eventually say ‘I don’t’.

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10 Tips for empowering women through self defence

10 Tips for empowering women through self defence

Health

“One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognised pandemics of our time.” Nicole Kidman

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Ditch the diet for good

Ditch the diet for good

Health

I went on my first diet at age nine and continued on the diet carousel well into my late 20s developing some pretty damaging eating practices and body image issues along the way.

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Hormonal mood swings – they’re not in your head

Hormonal mood swings – they’re not in your head

Health

From puberty to menopause, women have shifting levels of hormones but it’s only in fairly recent times that researchers have discovered links between these fluctuating hormones and our range of emotion.

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why dear molly?

why dear molly?

Relationships

Strength, support, loyalty, courage and friendship are what the name dear molly means to me.

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Top tips for expressing decorating style

Top tips for expressing decorating style

Style & Beauty

Your home is a reflection of you, your family and your loves. What you surround yourself with should create a feeling of happiness, comfort and practicality regardless of budget.

Here are the top tips for creating your dream home!

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Expat allure – embracing a world of adventure

Expat allure – embracing a world of adventure

Travel

People end up becoming expats for lots of different reasons. For many it is about job opportunities, others fall in love, and some just seek a different life from what they’re used to at home. I am a hybrid of all three.  

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The power of a debrief with friends

The power of a debrief with friends

Health

For many women, getting the opportunity to go away for a few days may not be feasible and that’s ok.

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Anxiety – Is it more common than we think?

Anxiety – Is it more common than we think?

Health

I know that I have become more paranoid. I am acutely aware that bad things can and do happen to any of us at any time, with no warning signs.

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Dial down the motherhood mindset

Dial down the motherhood mindset

Motherhood

Think of your life and now think of your friendships. Think of your inner circle.
I guess you would think you know a lot about your friends and you probably do. I certainly feel that I know my friends, but how well do you really know them?

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Who me? A binge drinker? I only drink at events

Who me? A binge drinker? I only drink at events

Health

I’m secretly cringing as I type this but it’s the truth and it’s the case for many women. 

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