When you speak, your tone and body language say more than your words do as indicated by Albert Mehrabian's 7-38-55 Rule. This is especially important to remember when you are speaking to your parents. Whining, an aggressive or defensive tone, throwing your hands in the air and rolling your eyes are all sure ways to get your parents off side. If you want them to really hear you, try to control your tone and gestures. It might be helpful to do some breathing exercises, listen to some music or journal your feelings before you speak to them.
There's nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up on a cold winter's day. Here is Jamie Oliver's recipe for hot chocolate. I like to add a couple of squares of dark chocolate to make it extra rich and chocolatey. Stir it until it melts and enjoy. Marshmallows are optional.
Not everyone knows how to make instant coffee and even if you do, here is a little hack to make it a bit more special.
Even if you don't drink tea, it's important to know how to make a cup of tea for someone else.
This is a skill everyone should know, especially as we ditch the thongs and drag our boots out of the cupboard.
Rips are the strong currents of water that suck the water from the shore back out to sea. The best way to stay safe is to swim between the flags at a patrolled beach. Surf Life Saving Australia performs 10,000 rescues each year (www.news.com.au). If you do find yourself stuck in a rip, here is what to do.
The summer holidays is the perfect time to sort through your wardrobe. The Sydney Morning Herald has a helpful article on how to do this - you can read it here. I like the first step:
Dump everything in your closet onto your bedroom floor. All of it. Every bra, every sock, the t-shirts, all the dresses – everything needs to come out before anything can go back in. You want your bedroom to look like you've been burgled.
In the past I have sorted my wardrobe with the clothes in it and I'm not as ruthless as I should be. I'm definitely going to try it this way next time. I have a bin pile for clothes that are worn out and a donate pile for clothes that I don't wear anymore or don't fit. When putting clothes back, I like to keep like items together such as dresses, pants, t-shirts. Good luck.