Compiled by Bec Townsend
It's that time of year again.... Fathers Day. Along with Christmas and Dad's Birthday it's another day of the year where I'm left scratching my head wondering what on earth to buy my dad as a gift.
He's like most Dads, a simple soul who doesn't really want for anything but a cold beer and a relaxing bbq where he entertains us with silly dad jokes and funny stories from his youth. Most years I brainstorm and try to think of something amazing for Fathers Day, the type of present that says "You're the best Dad!"... unfortunately the best I come up with is a Bunnings Gift Card!
This year I hope to find something better, and to help me out I've got some suggestions from local businesses!
Written by Tori England
You've got the dress, booked the reception venue and now it's time to choose a photographer. But there are so many available, all offering different packages, and different styles...
So who do you choose?
Whether it's for a wedding photographer, baby cake smash, maternity shoot, or finding a nice image to have framed as a gift, choosing the right photographer goes beyond what prices they offer.
Local photographer, Tori England, shares with us her tips on what we should look for when choosing the right photographer for our needs...
Written by Nicole Wilson
Do you live in a great neighbourhood and consider the people next door as friends? Or is it like most neighbourhoods nowadays where people keep their heads down when they see the person across the road, or only speak to the lady next door if they really have to?
Nicole shares with us her neighbourhood story...
My partner and I built our house about 6 years ago, and I would have to admit that we were part of the neighbourhood club who doesn’t wave to our neighbours and solely rely on the boundary fence to keep us from even seeing each other.
Written by Bec Townsend
I just received the best news via email!
"This is to re-notify you of the 500,000.00 was deposited here by the Heritage Lottery Board in the western union office in your name is available for pickup" Woohoo! I'm rich....... They gave me their full name and this guy is the "Branch Coordinator" AND "Transaction Managing Director" - wow he must be important and there's even a phone number so it is definitely legit...
This is not a real offer of course, I've never played the lottery that they are talking about and I know a rat when I smell one, but sometimes they aren't so obvious. Do you feel protected against scam artists and identity thieves?
Written by Tori England
It's that time of year again! The days will soon be getter much warmer and people start to flock back to the water in droves.
Even though Townsville winters are warm and we don't experience too much of the 'winter hibernation', we still need to think about digging out the swimsuit, replacing jeans with shorts and for some of us getting our 'Summer Body' back into tip top shape.
Tori England gives us her top tips...
Are you a 'Multiples' family living in Townsville or the surrounding area? Or perhaps your latest ultrasound as discovered more than one pair of tiny feet. If you are family whose numbers are made up with Twins, Triplets (or more!) then you will already know how valuable support and extra help can be.
Bec Christo recently contacted the Townsville Women website to tell us about a local organisation providing support and information to Multiples Families and also to tell us a MEGA raffle where we could win a Thermomix or vouchers for Flight Centre or Bunnings.
Bec writes "Townsville and District Multiple Birth Association Inc (T&DMBA) was formed in 1984 by a small group of mothers with twins. We now have a rapidly growing membership and provide support to many multiple birth families in Townsville, Ingham, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Arlie Beach and the NW Qld area..."
Cathy Marais is a young mum living in the central Qld town of Gladstone with her husband and two young children. Only a few short months ago she was given a diagnosis that will severely affect her quality of life in the future but she has chosen to fight!
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects over 23000 people nationwide with 4 new diagnoses made daily. The degenerative disease can affect almost every part of your body and it can attack very quickly. Most MS sufferers become wheelchair bound due to severe difficulties walking, muscle spasms, fatigue and a host of other painful symptoms.
Medication will not cure MS but there is a treatment available overseas that can halt the progression and Cathy, along with the help of close friends and family, has begun fundraising efforts to help pay for the overseas travel and associated treatment costs. Any money raised over her goal will be donated directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland.
There are two monster raffles currently running with the prizes available anywhere in Australia. How would you like to cruise down the highway on your brand new Harley? Or perhaps you like the idea of cooking up a storm with the help of a new Thermomix. Tickets are available to purchase now or you can make a donation here.
Written by Cathee Warren
Photos by Bec Townsend
Less than 30km's south of Townsville is a little piece of natural beauty - Bowling Green Bay National Park and Alligator Creek. With a camping area, picnic area, nature walks and a top swimming spot, the National Park is a great option for a day visit or weekend camp. I took the kids out for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of winter and once I got over the shock of how low the water level was, I was quickly reminded of why I love this part of the country.
If you haven't taken the drive out to Bowling Green Bay National Park I strongly suggest you do. Get back to nature, have a chat with a Scrub Turkey, swim in cool fresh water and listen to the birds chirping in the background. All this and only a short drive from Townsville!
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