Saturday, 18 August 2018

The best advice my dad gave me: Elliot Dean, Temerity Digital

Back by popular demand - our special Father's Day series, The Best Advice My Dad Gave Me continues this year...

"The best thing my dad taught me was to always be myself. That way I would always attract the right people and be surrounded by those that had similar values and morals. I have always had true friends and avoided any toxic relationships which has resulted in a happy and fulfilling life." Elliot Dean. 

Elliot is the owner of Temerity Digital, a boutique online marketing agency in Melbourne helping small to medium businesses grow their web presence.

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Goran Zivanovic, author

"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

This quote resonates with me because of its simplicity. It's not the torture of mental and physical pain that keeps a person bogged down during distress; it's the isolation. Feeling alone and unsupported during this walk on hot coals is the most crippling form of hell. However, when you see that puddle of icy water up ahead, you also notice people on the sidelines cheering you on.

Goran Zivanovic authored the controversial novel, Acupuncture of The Mind, out of respect for those going through hell.

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Monday, 9 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Annette Densham, PR Specialist at

"'People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.'

In business there are so many people spruiking themselves as experts. Buy my course. Do my program. Learn my secrets. But people actually want to know you care about them first. This reminds me that in everything I do ot must come from a place of caring; not what's in it for me."

Annette Densham is an award winning PR specialist working with startups and micro businesses. Learn more about Annette at

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Lori Cheek,

"My favorite quote that keeps me fueled every day of my entrepreneurial journey:

'You just can't beat the person who never gives up.' - Babe Ruth

Determination is the absolute number one characteristic required for an entrepreneur to succeed. After building my dating business, Cheekd, for over eight years, I’ve got a laser-focused vision to succeed and will do almost anything to keep this business flourishing.When most people would have quit, I only hustled harder. I think my personal approach, passion and dedication mixed with my relentless conviction that failure is not an option has been the recipe that has lead to my success. I could definitely be the poster child for the age-old phrase “what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger” but no matter what… in the end, I’m going to have a magical story to tell."

Lori Cheek is an architect turned Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Cheekd a mobile dating app that makes missed connections obsolete. Learn more at

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Mazdak Mohammadi, founder of blueberrycloud

"My life-changing quote was received at a very young age (around 4-5) and it came through a poster my parents at pinned to my wall. I don't believe an author was cited however, it read as follows:

'I can because I think I can.'

The quote resonates with me because it reflects what I believe to be true about my role in life. I have always looked at obstacles with a fire that says "I can because I think I can". This attitude has found me success in my life, and it is one of my most powerful mental tools." - Mazdak Mohammadi

Mazdak Mohammadi is the owner of blueberrycloud, a digital marketing studio based in Vancouver, Canada. . Mazdak has helped hundreds of local small, and larger brands exploit the unique opportunities available to them within the arena of digital marketing. Notable brands include Glacier Media, Rogers Foods, Cushman & Wakefield and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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Monday, 2 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Lois Letchford, author

"'Well, he's the worst child I've seen in twenty years of teaching!'. This statement was made by the school diagnostician in Brisbane (Australia) about my son, Nicholas. He was 7 years old. My son failed first grade and the diagnostician who did the IQ testing made this statement. I responded with "If he is the worst kid ever, then don't expect him to learn like everyone else!". I taught my son to read and write, on May 12 2018, he received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Oxford University."Lois Letchford

Lois Letchford is the author of Reverse: A Memoir. Learn more about Lois and her book at

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

My Favourite Quote: Bruce R. Mendelsohn

"Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, 
your ego goes with it." - Colin Powell
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

πŸ’The Best Anniversary Gifts 🎁

The Best Anniversary Gifts

Anniversaries. How do you choose a gift that expresses your love and gratitude for your other half? It's a mighty task that most people find too overwhelming, so they just opt for a safe card instead. But choosing the perfect anniversary gift doesn't have to be daunting, or expensive. We've put together a list of our fav anniversary gifts for many of the milestone anniversaries. There's also plenty more on our website, so you'll be sorted for your next anniversary!
We're also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Sunday 24/6/18.  
Use Discount Code ANNIVERSARY in the Discount Code field when you place your order.

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)
Suck UK Cooking Guide Apron $48.95
1st Anniversary: Cotton
Suck UK Cooking Guide Apron $48.95
If you don't know already, you'll work out pretty quickly in the first year of marriage if your partner can cook...or not. If not, this handy apron will give your life partner some tips on how not to burn food. 
30 Day Challenge Activity Box
2nd Anniversary: Paper
30 Day Challenge Activity Box $29.95
Inspire your lover (or yourself) to feel happier, get fitter, cook and love better, take better pics, or just slow down with one of these 30 Day Challenge Boxes. 
The Game 'The Keeper' Leather Wallet
3rd Anniversary: Leather
The Game 'The Keeper' Leather Wallet $149.95
This one's for the cricket-loving lover. 
Sow-n-sow Seeds
4th Wedding Anniversary: Fruit and Flowers
Sow-n-sow Seeds $9.95 or 2 for $15
Wedding anniversary gifts don't need to be expensive, and can still have a thoughtful message. These seeds are also the gift that keeps on giving when the plants grow and start to flower. 
Thoughtful Gardener Hand Trowel and Fork
5th Anniversary: Wood
Thoughtful Gardener Hand Trowel and Fork $49.95
No gardener can live without their trusty hand trowel and fork. This set comes beautifully packaged and presents well as a gift. 
Suck UK Hippo Bottle Opener
6th Anniversary: Iron
Suck UK Hippo Bottle Opener $54.95
If you’ve ever seen a hippo eat a watermelon (seriously, google it!) then you’ll know that a hippo would be perfectly capable of opening a beer bottle. But they might swallow the whole bottle! This hippo is a little smaller than a real-life one, and is the perfect party guest. He’ll happily remove the cap from your bottle without so much of a sip of your drink – gotta love that!
Copper Luggage Tag
7th Anniversary: Copper
Luggage Tag in Copper $59.95
Even when travel keeps you apart, you'll stay in your life partner's heart every time they look at this unique handmade luggage tag. 
Bronze Fishing Lure
8th Anniversary: Bronze
Fishing Lure "HOOKED ON YOU" Bronze $54.95
The ultimate unique gift for a fisherman (or woman), complete with a loving message. 
9th Anniversary: Pottery
Rosanna Voyage Champagne Reims Porcelain Tray $29.95
Every anniversary celebration deserves a little champagne.  
A Well Balanced Diet tin wall plaque
10th Anniversary: Tin
A Well Balanced Diet tin wall plaque $19.95
A great gift for those who enjoy the occasional glass of vino!
Leff Amsterdam One 35 Wall Clock
11th Anniversary: Steel
Leff Amsterdam One 35 Wall Clock $174.95
Clocks are one of our favourite gifts for any occasion, but they work particularly well as a special anniversary gift. 
Cantina Master Decanter
15th Anniversary: Crystal
Cantina Master Decanter $70
Celebrate this special anniversary with a nice bottle of red, decanted in this gorgeous crystal decanter.  
25th Anniversary: Silver
Cantina Silver Super Oxy Funnel $45
A handy little wine gadget designed to aerate and filter your wine quickly. Funnel also works nicely with the Cantina Master Decanter (above) for express decanting if you're impatient and just want to drink your wine now!
YMMN Wallet in ruby red
40th Anniversary: Ruby
YMMN Wallet in ruby red $150
Ok, so this isn't a real ruby. But as far as colour goes, this wallet is as ruby as you can get. It's also pretty stunning. 
45th Anniversary: Sapphire
Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather Card Wallet $150
When it comes to blue sapphire colour, you can't go past these gorgeous Kinuya AWA AI wallets. This beautiful wallet is suitable for men and women, and is great for people with lots of cards. 
Fisher Bullet Space Pen in gold Titanium Nitride
50th Anniversary: Golden
Fisher Bullet Space Pen in gold Titanium Nitride $69.95
This Gold Titanium Nitride pen is guaranteed to impress. The elegant styling of this pen is timeless, and a piece to be treasured forever. This could also be easily personalised with engraved initials for an added 'wow' factor.  
80th Anniversary: Oak
e+m Maximo Wooden Pen in oak $45
Wow! You made it to your 80th wedding anniversary - congratulations!!! There are probably few things you need at this age, apart from good company, a comfy chair and something entertaining to watch on the telly. Oak seems a very random choice for this anniversary, but short of planting an oak tree, this beautiful pen from German brand, e+m is a sight to behold. They are also thicker pens, and easier for older hands (that might be troubled by arthritis) to grasp...just saying. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

My Favourite Quote: Jared Carrizales,

"You're always one decision away from a totally different life." 
- Mark Batterson

"I'm lucky enough to do business with my partner in life, and I often think about this quote in our relationship when we sometimes struggle or argue. We were so close to not even having a relationship (or a business!) but because of the strength that her and I both have, we are able to work through problems that sometimes sneak up on both fronts. We have this quote on a magnet on our refrigerator, and it's a constant reminder to have patience, not react with blunt emotion, and that we make our own future so we better make it good."

Jared Carrizales is a marketing coordinator for, and founder at Jared has worked with Kari to help spread her message of career growth and networking to audiences around the world. In the meantime, they share adventures wherever they go.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

My Favourite Quote: Beecher Bowers, Shenandoah Websites

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

"This anonymous quote (that's attributed to many different people) has reminded me that we need to step beyond our comfort zone if we want to achieve our goals. Always push your limits." - Beecher Bowers. 

Beecher Bowers is the Owner at Shenandoah Websites in Edinburg, Virginia

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

HANDMADE GIFT IDEA: Breakfast Basket

I don't know many people who wouldn't love breaky in bed on their birthday or anniversary, and this gift basket would definitely make a one fancy breakfast! We love the pre-made Gingerbread pancake mix, as well as the idea of luxury cured meat, a beautiful maple syrup and bubbles. This would also make a memorable housewarming gift:-)


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

COOL CARD: Birthday Workout

The best kind of workout there is!

Source: Retrospect

My Favourite Quote: Carlita, Travel Blogger at

"The quote which has changed my life is short and concise, 'work until your idols become your rivals'. Unfortunately the author of this quote is unknown, however the reason it resounds with me so much is because it reminds me every day to work hard until I the people I idolise become my equals. With hard work and persistence, everyone has the potential to reach the greatness of the people they admire."

Carlita is a travel blogger and photographer based in Australia at

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

My Favourite Quote: Lynn Anderton,

"My favourite quote is 'it takes one to know one'. I don't know who said this but it was something that was always said by parents and peers in my youth.

It's very relevant to what I do in my work today as people are too quick to blame or cite failures on others but strangely life is like a mirror and most of the time we have to look towards our own behaviour first and foremost."

Lynn Anderton helps people lead their own lives by learning to negotiate their relationships with others better. Learn more about Lynn at

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

My Favourite Quote: Kate Doyle, Director, FuelBox

"I lived in Singapore for 6 years and decided to return to the UK and set up my own business. I was looking for a tattoo design/word to commemorate my time in Singapore. The National anthem of Singapore is Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore). The word ‘Majualah’ (onward) so fitting and poignant as I left for a new adventure. I also have ‘Dance like no-one is watching’ tattooed. I lead my life the way I want to."

Kate Doyle is the Director, FuelBox UK  

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

HANDMADE GIFT IDEA: Cordless Drill Storage and Charging Station

Ok, so this one requires a few more woodworking skills than other DIY projects, but what an awesome idea! We love that everything is kept together on the wall, rather than the workbench or floor - and it looks great! I reckon we all know someone who'd love one of these:-)


Thursday, 24 May 2018

My Favourite Quote: David Black, actor, director, producer and musician.

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" - Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

"I felt that the first part was about the balance of how much you do for others as opposed to thinking about yourself, but the second part had me perplexed for a long time. I then realised that it was about learning to speak up and asking for what is due to you." - David Black. 

David Black is an actor, director, producer and musician. 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

My Favourite Quote: Lauren Clemett,

"You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself, any direction you choose." 
- Dr Suess

"I loved Dr Suess books as a kid (and still do) - something about the rhythm of the rhyme and the lessons in the lyrics. But this quote really connected with me when I began helping people with personal branding because, in an ever increasingly confusing and overwhelming world, I think it's important to retain your sense of direction.

We are constantly being told we should be on social media, connect on LinkedIn, go networking, write a book, start a blog or a vlog or a reality, once you know where you want to go in life, you can choose your own direction instead of listening to what others think you should do." - Lauren Clemett. 

Lauren Clemett is an international award-winning personal branding consultant and best-selling author. Learn more about Lauren and her business at

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