5 Tips for creating a Balinese Garden and a sneak peak of ours in WA

PicMonkey Collage Rain 1

Welcome to my Balinese garden which is looking a little wet this morning. As soon as I heard the rain I knew I just had to get out as soon as I woke up and take some photos. The garden was … [Read more...]

New Blog, Great Gatsby Quotes, and Life in the Old Days

Great Gatsby quotes and new blog

Just to let you know that I've started a new blog called "Lifestyle Fifty". It's for fun, feisty and funky women of a certain age, and together with guest posters I'll be writing about issues relevant … [Read more...]

How to buy the perfect gift at Easter and beyond (not including chocolate or white elephants)

How to buy the perfect gift

There's so much more to Easter than chocolate bunnies and easter eggs. And heaven knows aren't we trying to be good and cut down on saturated fats and sugar? Perhaps this Easter, if you're into … [Read more...]

Why an Empty Nest isn’t always best. The Empty Nest Syndrome.

Empty Nest Syndrome

When the kids fly the nest, what do you plan to do? Go on holiday without having to please everyone, sleep in late, chuck out all the iron-on name tags, never pack a lunch ever again, find time to … [Read more...]

Help! It’s a Melanoma. Why you should get your skin checked regularly.

Help it's a Melanoma.

There’s a moment in everyone’s life when you suddenly stop sweating the small stuff. When the world seems to stop spinning and remains motionless on its axis. When breathing stops. Just for a … [Read more...]

The Casanova guide to Valentine’s Day

Casanova guide to Valentine's Day

From kings and queens to presidents, poets, actors and actresses, history is filled with the stories of famous love stories and unrequited romances. In the popular imagination Casanova needs no … [Read more...]

How to lose weight – even if you can’t stick to a diet.

How to lose weight the healthy way

My hand is up, I have to admit, I've fallen off the healthy eating rails this last week. We've had friends staying with us, and every night (and some days) have been filled with all the very best … [Read more...]

7 Lifestyle Tips and How to lose weight the Healthy Way. Week 3.

Lose weight the healthy way by Jo Castro

Weight LossTips to help you stay on track and focussed. Thank you for joining in the quest to lose 5kgs (in a healthy way) and for all your encouraging comments, your emails and the Facebook … [Read more...]

6 healthy weight loss tips. Week two.

Healthy eating

Do it Lose 5 - Healthy weight loss. It's week two on ZigaZag's lose 5kgs the healthy way, and I hope if you're tagging along that you had a successful first week? If you missed part one, then here … [Read more...]

How to lose weight the healthy way. A Quest and a Question from WA.

How to lose weight the healthy way

Travelling lots, even if it's just discovering something or somewhere new locally, is something I love to do. But even a weekend away can play havoc with an exercise routine and healthy eating plan. … [Read more...]

What do women want in a blog?

The Queen and I, by Dave Castro

Do you prefer reading travel stories or articles about life issues? I’ll admit. I often get bloggers’ block, when I have tons of ideas to blog about, many at the half-edited stage in my drafts … [Read more...]

Make Mine A Green Pear Reviver! “Shades of Jose”

Melbourne

Today I'm travelling, but ficticiously, to Melbourne in search of a cocktail called a Green Pear Reviver for a Nuffnang Australia competition. Nuffnang recently hosted a Blog Conference in … [Read more...]

The Secret and the Drunk monkey

Western Australia

The power of positive thinking According to quantum physics it seems that I’m essentially only an illusion. A little blob of vibrating energy that flits about, effecting little change in an ever … [Read more...]

What’s great about the 21st Century

Travelling the world has become so varied in the 21st Century, and sailing is not just a way of getting from A to B anymore.

"The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there." From the Go-Between.   I don’t believe in the good old days. I’ll admit the world is facing many crises but I still … [Read more...]

Farewell Christmas in Australia, Hello New Year!

All I want for Christmas

Christmas in Australia And so Christmas is over. The last of the turkey has been eaten, the ham bone is boiling in the pot smelling delicious ready to be made into soup. And our grown-up children … [Read more...]

6 Reasons (not) to write a To Do list

On the Live Life Fabulously To Do list - go for a walk

I'm a big lists person. I make lists all the time. The sad thing is it doesn’t make me more organized, far from it it seems to have the opposite effect because I have lists scrawled on scraps of paper … [Read more...]

The (not so) Glamorous life of a (mid-life) blogger

Melbourne by Jo Castro

Melbourne I’m sitting on the white sheets of a bed in the Formule 1 Hotel on Elizabeth Street in Melbourne eating passion fruit yoghurt out of the tub, using the plastic lid which I’ve fashioned … [Read more...]

Empty Nester

Big Swamp Wildlife Park

“Out out Damn spot”, cried Lady Macbeth, and I feel a little the same these days as I cast off the shackles of my old thinking and child rearing chains to embrace all that’s so new in our brave new … [Read more...]

Give me the Sunset

Sunset 2 x

There are people who love the quiet peaceful moments of dawn when the sun makes its appearance over the horizon and the world is fresh and new. I am not one of them. In fact, apart from my husband, … [Read more...]