Coastal Living

Creamy Carbonara

Amanda Scali   29/04/2019 11:55am

Is there anything better than a big bowl of delicious spaghetti pasta on a weeknight that is simple, easy to get on the table pronto, and will keep bellies full and the whole family happy?


This super easy, and yummy creamy carbonara recipe is the perfect little pasta for the first week back at work after school holidays and the Easter break.


It’s the kind of comfort food that reminds you that it’s not all bad that holidays are over.

Home improvement on a budget

Amanda Scali   16/04/2019 11:55am

It might be that you are getting ready to sell your current home, or you might on the other hand just be looking for a way to spruce up your existing space. Whatever your reason for wanting to make home improvements there might be a financial barrier holding you back from making some much-needed changes.


If you’re selling your home the cash flow might be tight due to a new home purchase or a family or lifestyle change, but there are home improvements that you can achieve on a tight budget, you might just need to put in the extra work.


Here are some tips to get you started.

Egg-cellent fun!

Amanda Scali   15/04/2019 11:58am

As Easter and the school holidays approach we start thinking about how we will entertain the kidlets for a couple of weeks, and (try to) keep them away from the sweeter treats that the Easter bunny brings.


Hand-dying eggs has been an Easter tradition for many to keep young minds, and the young at heart busy over the Easter period. It’s a fun thing to do and a great way to get the creativity flowing.


If you have never done it before give it a go this Easter, just have plenty of newspaper and old clothes on hand to keep everyone and your house looking good.

Support local

Alison Burgess   1/04/2019 11:59am

It might be the person passing you on the street, the person sitting next to you on the bus on your way into work, or the one waiting in the shopping line to put their groceries through the auto teller.


And it could be you, sitting here reading this very blog.

Why we should watch more sunsets and less Netflix

Amanda Scali   18/03/2019 11:53am

Nobody panic, it’s only mid-March… MID MARCH!


There are a lot of theories as to why life seems to zip by at such a fast and crazy pace as we get older.


Society has become busier, people are more connected and the once 9 – 5 work hours are blurred with emails on weekends and a constant expectation to always be on.


And the world we live in can be cruel and offer up events that are hard to grapple with, leaving us pondering the purpose of humanity.


There has been a whole lot of sadness around in the past week with the events in New Zealand, and whilst we come to terms with another senseless act of aggression where there should have been compassion and love, it’s time to bring us back to our roots and what is truly important in life.

Some common real estate myths debunked!

Alison Burgess   12/03/2019 11:54am

There are a lot of assumptions that go on around the real estate market about the best way to do things, i.e. the best time to sell, etc.


So, we thought we’d tackle some of these myths head on to help you make the decision about when to buy or sell a property.

A rental to call home

Amanda Scali   25/02/2019 11:51am

When you are renting a property, you will inevitably find things with that property that you would like to be a little different, or a little better than it currently is, but as you don’t own the property, you might think those improvements are nothing more than a wish list.


Well, that doesn’t need to be the case.


For landlords, it’s in your best interests to have your property looked after and well maintained to keep its rental value optimised, and its re-sale value the best it can be.


Further, a happy and content tenant will be more inclined to go above and beyond to look after your property like it was their own and make little value-adding enhancements along the way.

Live like a local

Alison Burgess   18/02/2019 11:52am

What does community mean to you? It might mean knowing that you live somewhere safe, somewhere you know your neighbour’s first name or maybe it’s somewhere you can get involved with the local surf lifesaving club?


Community means something different to each and every person, but it should be front of mind when you are moving to a new home, state or country.


Why? Because a sense of community that suits our lifestyle is as important, if not more important than the type of house we buy and the conveniences around it.


A community can be the difference between being involved as a young mum with a partner at work for long hours or being isolated and feeling lonely at home with a new bub.


If you are moving to a new suburb or home, how do you integrate into the local area to make it feel more like home?


It can be a daunting process moving to a new place where you don’t know anyone or have any close friends, so here are our top tips:

Planning for change

Amanda Scali   29/01/2019 11:08am


It’s always interesting to see how different people go about deciding on which house to buy, particularly for owner-occupiers as they can have a far more complex set of priorities than investors who are looking mainly for cash flow and returns.


People are inevitably at different stages in their lives when we meet and have different needs when purchasing a home, but how many of us really take the time to think through where we will be in 5 -10 years, and will this house still suit of lifestyles?

Make the most of your Australia Day!

Amanda Scali   21/01/2019 11:38am

With Australia day just around the corner, our minds wander to the ever-important question of what do we cook for our guests on Australia day that will have everyone at the party feeling happy, healthy, and patriotic?


For us, there’s nothing quite like the good old Aussie BBQ fired up on Australia day, with a load of prime Australia Lamb on the menu.


If you’re someone who struggles to come up with just the perfect thing for the day, not to fear, we’ve got you covered with this great recipe for mouth-watering Lamb chops that’s sure to be the perfect accompaniment to your celebration of all that makes Australia great.

Adelaide comes alive for Kids in January

Amanda Scali   14/01/2019 11:49am

January is absolutely one of the best months to live in Adelaide, and for the kids still enjoying their well-earned, extended holiday break before the start of the new school year, there are ample things to see and do to keep them out of trouble.

The other side of the investment bubble

Alison Burgess   7/01/2019 11:50am

There’s been more stringent regulation in recent times in the property investment market.

The financial regulators have been cracking down on the banks’ previous habit of lending far more than they should to people wanting to invest in property, and their willingness to lend interest-only, rather than the more expensive principal and interest loans.