Weekend Wit: A Tribute To Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Hopefully you all get spoiled on your special day tomorrow.

As you know it’s not an easy task raising kids. You need to think on your feet, adapt to unique situations, be a parent and not necessarily a friend, plus listen to constant advice from us mums. So fellas, enjoy your day. Sit back, crack a cold beverage and have a chuckle at the joys of fatherhood.

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Let’s begin with some fathers who have found out that sometimes having kids can be tricky; convention goes out the window and you just have to wing it as you go along.

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Now for some fathers who are probably not going to win popularity competitions from their offspring.



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For the dads who know that sometimes fatherhood means going above and beyond.


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And finally, what makes fathers so different to mothers.

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September 5, 2015

Father’s Instinct: Detroit Man Attacks Daughter’s Killer In Court

With Father’s Day approaching, I think it’s appropriate to examine the significance of the father-daughter relationship.

A man has attacked the killer of his three-year-old daughter in a Detroit courtroom. On August 28, Dwayne Smith punched defendant Clifford Thomas in the back of the head. He was restrained by security before the brawl could progress. Thomas, 34 is accused of accidental homicide, along with girlfriend (and mother of Smith’s child), Jasmine Gordon, 25.

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Smith’s daughter Jamila was hospitalised with multiple blunt force trauma injuries in September last year. Thomas and Gordon told hospital staff that Jamila had fallen, but it was very quickly ruled a homicide. Thomas was sentenced to between 6 and 15 years for involuntary manslaughter, and 1 to 2 years for resisting and obstructing a police officer. Gordon received 7 to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter, and 14 to 25 for aiding and abetting child abuse, to be served simultaneously.

Smith’s actions could have landed him in some seriously hot water. Vocal disturbance in a courtroom is grounds for at the very least a fine, let alone punching a defendant. However, no charges were laid against him. Regardless of engaging in a skirmish that could have turned nasty, the judge did not find him in contempt of court.

You know what? Fair enough.

I don’t condone violence as a solution. However, I believe that any father whose little girl has been brutalised and murdered would instinctively react this way, if presented with the chance. Smith faced a tiny window of opportunity; it was all that he needed. I would hazard a guess that he had no control over his actions; primal instinct took over. I know that my father, who is the gentlest, most reasonable man to ever walk the planet, would more than likely do the exact same thing.

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I think we should cast aside the frantic present-buying and truly acknowledge the value of fathers. The bond between fathers and daughters is unique, and more important than modern society is allowing us to believe. With the feminist push becoming stronger every day, the roles of men in the lives of women are becoming increasingly downplayed.

In terms of equality, choice, and mutual respect, this is a good thing. However, the father-daughter relationship is being swept along in the current. We are losing out because of it. It’s neither a myth nor an accident that women are attracted to men with similarities to their fathers. Our first example of a male relationship is the father-daughter bond, and it informs how we relate to other men. If you have a good relationship with your father, you’ll see him in all your male friends/flings/lovers. I will happily admit to the Oedipus Complex; I’m always stupefied when I realise how many character traits my latest flame tends to share with my own father.

Regardless of this, it’s becoming less acceptable for fathers to express the same concern for daughters that they have in bygone eras. It’s almost frowned upon for a father to police what his daughter wears, and he’s discouraged from telling her that her virginity is special, and should be given to the right person at the right time. That advice is deemed “not progressive”. A decade ago, it would have been common sense.

Ladies, let’s make an effort this Father’s Day to really appreciate the father-daughter bond. If you have a fantastic relationship with your dad, be thankful. If you don’t, think about ways to heal. If the temptation is to marginalise fathers from the lives of our daughters, just think of the grief Dwayne Smith is facing upon losing his. Female autonomy is not devalued by male influence; in the case of the father figure, it is enriched by it.

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September 4, 2015

The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re frantically shopping around for last minute gift ideas. Rather than dish out the tried-and-tested but oh-so-boring socks and underwear package, take a look at these fabulous prezzies guaranteed to see your dad smiling all day! Dads are precious; remember, you’ve only got one. Make him feel special!

RELATED: Happy Father’s Day: In Celebration of Hands-On Dads

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Viktor&Rolf – Spicebomb: From Sephora, this masculine tip of the hat to the feminine perfume Flowerbomb is the epitome of style and scent. Your dad will love this sensual eau de toilette! Spicy, audacious, deluxe; it has everything to enjoy! Father's day, dad, celebration, fun, gift guide, presents

Topman Mi-Pac Messenger Bag, 20GBP

Topman Mi-Pac Messenger Bag: Join the growing trend of men’s satchels with this practical and stylish messenger bag from Topman! The Mi-Pac bag is as attractive as it is useful, and will definitely put a smile on Dad’s dial! Father's day, gift guide, presents, dad, fun, celebration

Noel Printed Polo from Cotton On, $24.95AUD

Noel Printed Polo: Spring is here, summer is on its way, and what better way to prepare Dad for the warmer weather than with this stylish printed polo shirt from Cotton On? Lightweight and stylish in a variety of colours and styles. Buy now and get 2 for $40!

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Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press, $37AUD

Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press: Everybody loves a good toasted sandwich, so why not get dad the Kogan Grill and Sandwich Press? Cook everything from meat to vegetables to panini, and enjoy lighter, healthier cooking as the fat drips away! Complete with temperature control and perfectly timed grilling, this is the perfect Father’s Day gift the whole family will love! Father's Day, gift guide, dad, fun, celebration presents

Felix Italian Black Wallet from Antoine and Stanley, $32.50AUD

Felix Italian Black Wallet: Made of 100 per cent Italian leather, this slim fit wallet from Antoine and Stanley is the perfect finishing touch. With four card pockets and two small change pouches, it will fit right in! Available in a variety of colours including tan, dark grey, Italian black, brown and Italian brown. Father's Day, gift guide, dad, present, fun, celebration

Netflix Gift Card, $20, $30, or $50AUD

Netflix Gift Card: Family time over a good film is convenient and fun with a Netflix gift card! Purchase them at any 7/11, Myer, Woolworths, Big W, Coles, Target or Australia Post. Entertainment for anyone and everyone!

September 2, 2015

Happy Father’s Day: In Celebration Of Hands-On Dads

With Father’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, September 6, SHESAID examines what life is like for modern-day dads and how fatherhood has evolved over the years – arguably, for the better and the greater good of all.

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Forty years ago, when I was born, it’s fair to say fathers were mostly absent when it came to child-rearing. Your father was the traditional breadwinner and disciplinarian whom you mostly saw in the evenings and on weekends, if you were lucky.

Back then, dads could hide behind their newspapers or their games of golf, while their poor harried wives primarily raised the kids. And while you adored your mostly hands-off dad – for whom working outside of the family home was the norm – you mainly looked to your stay-at-home-mum for emotional and moral guidance.

Oh how times have changed: thanks to the advent of feminism and women’s growing economic emancipation and independence, today’s modern-day dads have been forced to take on vastly different fatherhood roles than those of previous generations.

Today, fathers are very much hands-on – from pregnancy through to the birth suite and beyond. What’s more, today’s modern-day dads want to be actively involved in raising their kids; it’s hard to fathom this was once not the accepted norm and fathers weren’t even allowed to be present when their wives gave birth! Instead, bewildered dads were ushered out into waiting rooms leaving their wives all alone at such an all-important, life-changing, emotionally-charged moment.

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Nowadays, it’s the norm for dads to share in every aspect of co-parenting if you’re fortunate enough to have a loving and supportive partner and the father to your children by your side, just as my husband is. However, the modern-day father comes in many forms: he may be gay or straight; a stay-at-home-dad or office worker; an adoptive dad or step-parent; or a separated or divorced dad, both of whom usually predominantly parent from afar.

Much is written about mother love, but psychological research across families from all ethnic backgrounds suggests fathers’ love and affection is vitally important – indeed, it has been shown to be as crucial, powerful and pervasive as the influence of a mother’s love. Fathers who play a permanent and loving presence in their childrens’ lives boost their social, emotional and cognitive development and functioning. Interestingly, children with loving fathers are less likely to struggle with behavioral or substance abuse problems.

And while father-son relationships are incredibly important – every dad is their son’s first hero – the father-daughter bond is one of the most influential and significant relationships in a girl’s life. In fact, the pivotal role a father plays in shaping his daughter’s self-esteem and social and emotional development cannot be overstated. It’s everything: fathers show their daughters, by example, how they can create a loving, trusting relationship with a man and also teach them how to be self-confident and self-reliant.

Just this weekend gone, I watched, with both awe and pride, my husband happily act out scenes from The Little Mermaid, complete with props, at the request of our feisty, little two-year-old and three-year-old daughters. The girls adore their father and their shared joy was a beautiful thing to behold.

And today, it’s positively trendy to be a hands-on dad, with A-list celebrities the public face of modern-day fatherhood. Look at the pin-up example of hunky, English former professional footballer David Beckham: what woman hasn’t swooned over the endless stream of cute pics in the press of him with his four children, particularly the youngest, his daughter Harper? I don’t know about you, but Beckham and Harper (pictured) are so adorable together, it makes me feel a tad clucky. His wife, former Spice Girl and fashion icon Victoria Beckham is one lucky lady.

And another prime A-list example of a modern-day dad is gorgeous actor/producer Brad Pitt, whom – by all accounts – very much co-parents his six children with his wife, actor/director Angelina Jolie.

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So, what’s it like to be a modern-day “rad dad”? An everyday blokey hero, who’s actively involved in child-rearing? And how does it feel to be in such a vastly different fatherhood role to that of your own dad?

Noosa’s Marty Hardinge, CEO and managing director of leading global retail marketing company, 5P, is a busy, hands-on dad to three kids, a 12-year-old son and two daughters aged 11 and 8.

He runs the home-based business along with his wife, 5P founder Jennifer Porter, as well as playing an active role in child-rearing, co-parenting, housework and the endless “taxi service” pick-ups/drop-offs associated with school-age kids. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“My dad thought that looking after the family meant working hard, but not being there. I think being a good dad is working hard inside the family,” Marty says.

“And being able to work from home allows me to be a hands-on dad. I love having the opportunity to spend more time with my kids than if I was in a corporate office all day. It gives me the flexibility to do a hard day’s work and still coach the local under-12 soccer team.”
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Meanwhile, Noosa Style Ceremonies‘ popular wedding celebrant Jay Flood, who is also director – head of content at traffic and lifestyle content supplier Flood Active, also relishes being a hands-on dad. He has two sons aged 13 and 11, whom he actively co-parents with his film publicist wife, Nicola Warman-Flood.

“I work a fair bit from home, as much as I can. And in the early days, I used to organise shifts and other work around just being able to be there from when our sons were first born,” Jay says. “It’s huge – Nicola and I have been pretty lucky – we’ve both spend most of our working lives here (Noosa) in pretty flexible roles so we’ve been able to be there for every little thing in our sons’ lives, which has kind of always been a goal.

“That’s what we always wanted to do – if we were going to have kids we wanted to be in their lives. I always talk about it with Nic – I remember coming home as a kid, probably when I was ten or 11, and saying to my mum: ‘Where’s dad?’ Well, dad was at the pub! He’d go straight from work to the pub! I can’t imagine doing that. Our dads were real authoritarian dads, who learned from their own fathers, and I’m sure some of them turned the tide a little bit.

“I’m 40 now and fatherhood has changed so much for the better. I saw my dad, when he got older, he wanted more of that connection with us kids – I have two brothers – but I think a lot of that connection comes from being there when you’re a kid and I could see him yearn for it when he got older. You can bridge those gaps and make it happen, but if you’ve got it from the very start it’s much better for the kids and much better for the parents.

“I much prefer being a hands-on dad – I hated having to leave the boys with Nicola, especially when they were littler. The whole reason you’re going to work and trying to make a life is so you can spend time with your family. When they’re little, your kids really need you to help them get a start in life, but as they go into the teenage years, emotionally they still need you a lot, but I think we’re kind of in-between that and getting ditched!”

Despite juggling two businesses, Jay says he always finds a way to spend quality time with his sons. “Just this morning, the boys came to work with me. The little guy surfs, so he goes out and then I take him to school. Even though it’s maybe a hassle for him to get up at 5am, you get to spend all that time together. And he went to school stoked because he had a surf this morning, hung out and then he had a pie. I said to him: ‘All kids don’t have this life!’ And he went to school beaming and he said: ‘Oh, this is so good.’

“All that hard work in raising kids becomes so worth it. Just this morning, a girl from work said: ‘Gee, your boys are so nice – they’ve got such good manners, they’re amazing.’ And the first thing I said was: ‘That doesn’t come naturally’. It takes time and effort, but it’s a wonderful gift to see your kids grow and develop.”

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August 29, 2015

Daddy Cool: Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Actually Love

Father’s Day doesn’t have to mean boring socks and jocks; these snazzy and stylish gifts are sure to blow his hair back. Shop to it – Father’s Day looms large on Sunday, September 6.

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1. Wax on, wax off: Does your dear, old dad have a moustache that’d make former Australian cricketer Merv Hughes jealous? Gift him Penhaligon’s London Bayolea Moustache Wax, $19. It’s a great facial hair accessory for men to keep their moustache neat, tidy and with perfectly twizzled ends. Find it via www.agencedeparfum.com.au or phone (02) 8002 4488.

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2. The smell test: Put your dad ahead in the style stakes with Costume National Scents’ Soul EDP 100ml, $199. Warm, spicy and manly, this unique scent centres around the iconic warm trail of pure amber. It’s top notes include cardamom, pink pepper and bergamot. Find it at leading department stores and viawww.agencedeparfum.com.au or phone (02) 8002 4488.

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3. The time machine: Help your active dad beat the clock with these stylish TRIWA watches. The Midnight Hvalen Black, $359, is a contemporary designed diving watch with a classic, sharply defined silhouette with a contemporary twist.

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Meanwhile, the Original Duke Lansen Chrono Brown, $399, is a sleek, sophisticated chronograph, set within a polished stainless steel case with push buttons. Find these luxury watches via www.triwa.com.


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4. Bring his sexy back: Get your dad to take better care of his skin with this fab Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Set, $179. It includes an Exfoliating Wash, Shave Gel, Post-Shave Balm and Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. It’s everything your dad needs and more to minimise the signs of aging, condition and moisturise. Find it via www.arbonne.com.

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5. The sky’s the limit: Is your dad a modern-day renaissance man? Chances are, he’ll also love the Arbonne Sky For Men Cologne, $87. It’s a masculine expression of his strength and spirit, with notes of citrus, woods and refreshing herbs. Find it via www.arbonne.com.

father's day, fatherhood, father's day gift guide6.  A happy camper: Does your darling dad loving nothing more than kicking back in the great outdoors? He’s bound to love this Big Foot Chair, $149.99, from Coleman Australia. Designed for extra strength and comfort, with a wheeled storage bag, he’s bound to love baby. Visit www.colemanaustralia.com.au.

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7. He’s a master chef: Give dad a real treat with this portable Roadtrip Grill LXE, $349.99, from Coleman Australia. He’s bound to love bringing it along on your next glamping trip. After all, there’s never a better place to enjoy a BBQ than the great outdoors!

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August 27, 2015

Get The Look: Trendy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, don’t leave it to the last minute to buy your dad a present. We’ve teamed up with our friends at THE ICONIC to bring you some seriously trendy clothes, shoes and accessories that dad is going to love! Don’t forget to tag us with purchases on Instagram: @shesaid.

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August 21, 2015

5 Father’s Day Gifts To Avoid

With Father’s Day approaching, we’ve decided to focus on the gifts you shouldn’t be getting your loved one this year. Rather than purchasing the same type of present each September, why not buy dad something he would actually use! In the meantime, avoid the following gifts – which he probably already owns.

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Who else buckles at the last minute and buys dad a collared shirt? Although it’s a staple, we’re probably guessing that he has an entire drawer filled with the same shirt. Next!

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Pretty much in the same boat as the collared shirts (with a little penguin embroidered onto the left side). Give it a pass! Skip this gift and get him something a little less predictable with your siblings.

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Power tools

While some fathers might be excited at the prospect of a new hacksaw for Father’s Day (my dad included), don’t take that chance with your own. Try something a little more personalised that he can actually use on a daily basis.

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Do not make this same mistake this year. We’ve all been there, left it to the last minute and somehow a pack of beer makes perfect sense. If you are going down the alcohol route, choose a cellar wine which will hold its value – and flavour.

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Statement t-shirt

Dad jokes might be funny (well, sort of) but statement t-shirts are best left for gag gifts. If you’re planning well ahead of time, choose a personal joke that the entire family (dad included) can enjoy for years to come. Otherwise, give the standard dad joke t-shirt a miss for this year.

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August 9, 2015

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

So you’ve only got a couple of days/hours to spare and the weekend is choc-o-block with events and… wait, it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Thank goodness for late-night shopping and this guide on what to rush out and pick up for your dad right NOW!


With the VS for Men i-PRO Intensive Clipper dad will be able to craft a stylish on-trend hair cut thanks to the POWER of the Intensive’s heavy-duty 4.0V DC motor. With 3x more cutting power than a regular magnetic motor for an ultra powerful cut, it will give him the ultimate salon-even haircut quickly and easily. PRECISION – XL Professional Performance Blades made from especially hardened Japanese steel for ultra smooth effortless cutting will help him finish the job.


Braun WaterFlex is waterproof up to five metres. This electric shaver is specially designed for use with water, foam or gel, turning shaving into gliding for a closer more comfortable shave.


Max’s Chocolate Fondue Tower is the perfect gift to bring out your dad’s inner child along with the rich Milk Caibos which melts into a smooth chocolate fondue. This delicious dipping ritual, ideal with strawberries, marshmallow or banana, will bring the whole family together.

Men Expert Vita Lift Gift Pack

For the man looking to combat the signs of ageing, the Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Father’s Day Gift Pack includes a Vita Lift Cleansing Cream, Tough Stubble Shaving Gel and Vita Lift 5 Daily Moisturiser.  All L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Father’s Day Gift Packs are available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse from mid-August to September 2014.


Patrón Silver is a crystal clear, ultra-premium tequila and the brand’s iconic variation. This incredibly versatile spirit is ideal for a number of cocktail recipes – margaritas, paloma’s, tequila and tonic – and the ideal treat for dad this Father’s Day.

September 4, 2014

Stylish Gifts For Father’s Day

Forget about that magazine subscription or same old collared shirt for your dad this year, it’s time to inject a little style into your annual Father’s Day gifts. Perfect for the man in your life who loves nothing more than to indulge in his favourite fashion, skincare and of course sophisticated taste of liqueur. These presents will prove to be a god-send for your dad this Father’s Day!

Glen Grant Ten Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, $59.99

This easy-drinking liquor is packed with flavour and makes for the perfect gift this Father’s Day. Named as a ‘superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live’ this special blend is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol, $269

Why break the bank on a stylish watch when you just don’t have to? Daniel Wellington is known all over the world for their minimalist and often classic approach when it comes to watches. The classic leather band and large face is sure to be a hit.

Clarins After Shave Energiser, $37

Create the perfect shave by using this specialised after shave energiser which is packed with purslane and centella to purify skin and reduce razor burn. Apply a light patting motion onto problem areas after cleansing and shaving the face.

Tom Ford For Men Eau de Toilette, $112

A light, unisex perfume with scents of spice, modern wood and a touch of blush to create a luxurious fragrance for both day and night. Available in both 50ml and 100ml bottles.

What are you buying dad for Fathers day?

September 3, 2014

Give Dad Some Healthy Time Out This Father’s Day

While the typical Aussie dad is probably not expecting to receive a stay at a health and wellness retreat this Father’s Day, according to Brigid Walsh, general manager of Golden Door Health Retreat and Spa Elysia, giving the men in our lives time out from their busy lives and the tools required to achieve optimal health and wellness, could be the most important gift of all.

Brigid says:

“The archetypical Aussie bloke is considered to be strong, independent and resilient, but when it comes to their health, more often than not they only seek help when something goes wrong. The most astounding part is that only 27 per cent of men seek professional help when in despair, which suggests many men are struggling to live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life that is also sustainable.” 

With more alarming statistics supporting men as being in some of the highest “at risk” categories in our country, The Golden Door Australia’s renowned men’s wellness expert David Ball agrees:

“Recent ABS statistics suggest that 70.3 per cent of men are overweight or obese. Not only does this substantially increase their risk of chronic disease but it also negatively impacts on their quality of life and increase their risk of early death.”

Additionally, according to beyondblue, one in eight men will have depression and one in fivemen will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives.  As we know, depression is a high risk factor for suicide and men make up 80 per cent of the ‘at risk’ group.

It may be that Australian men’s general reluctance to care for their health properly stems from societies view about what it means to be masculine underpinned by an Australian culture that endorses men to be tough, sporty and independent with a “she’ll be right mate” attitude and “never say die” approach.

David says:

“The emphasis on what it means to be a male can often conflict with health maintaining behaviours such as seeking advice about health and wellbeing, utilising health services and taking a break for ‘me-time’ when it is required.

“Further, the culture in which we live which gives us the major framing of our lives as men is derived from the sport we play, the friends we have, the school we go to, to the work choices available to us. We are often seen as the pillars of strength our families can constantly rely upon and in support of this notion, it can seem at times like there is little time left to focus on ourselves as often as we could or should.”

David Ball’s unique men’s wellness retreat is held regularly at The Golden Door Health Rereat & Spa Elysia and focuses on giving men the tools needed to achieve a life balance and become effective leaders of themselves, their work and their families.

Located just two and a half hours north of Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa, Elysia offers a range of world-class health and wellness programs, led by renowned professionals and developed to motivate change and inspire lasting results. Featuring luxury one, two and three bedroom villas with packages inclusive of a range of informative health and wellness seminars, an extensive program of group fitness activities and relaxation classes, holistic and alternative therapy options, indulgent spa treatments, variety of premier leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, wellness centre with meditation and yoga studio plus all inclusive nutritious gourmet cuisine. For more information go to http://www.goldendoor.com.au


August 31, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Food, Glorious Food!

Is your dad a bit of a culinary genius? Or does he just really, really love his food? Either way, you can tantalise his tastebuds and help him wow in the kitchen with these fabulous foodie finds in this, SHESAID’s third Father’s Day Gift Guide. Don’t forget – your beloved dad’s big day is looming large – Father’s Day is on Sunday, September 7. Shop to it!

Barbecue of his dreams: Make your dad’s day, hell even his year with the Weber 57cm One-Touch Silver Kettle Barbecue in blue, (pictured above), $309. Its features include an aluminium one-touch cleaning system, a single lever opens and closes the bottom vents and easily sweeps out the ashes and a heavy gauge nickel plated hinged cooking grill allows the addition of extra fuel and smoking woods. What’s more, it also includes The Complete Australian Barbecue Kettle Cookbook (pictured below) which includes recipes and barbecuing tips. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Full of beans: Is your dad a coffee connoisseur? Delight him with a gift pack from Merlo Coffee this Father’s Day, with Merlo shining the light on Kenya in its September Bean of the Month program. Aside from exotic coffee flavours your old fella’s bound to love, by sourcing beans from these regions Merlo is assisting local businesses that fund North Sumatran foster homes for orphaned children as a part of their Hands of Hope initiative. This bean has a vibrant peach, floral and nectar aroma, pointed citrus acidity and a juicy body. Yum! Order online at www.merlo.com.au.

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Top shelf idea: If your dad loves his Jack Daniel’s, celebrate him in style by treating him to the ultimate gift – a bespoke bottle of Gentleman Jack, engraved with your very own personalised message to him. Gentleman Jack is the fine liquor brand’s premium whisky; combining a twice-charcoal mellowed whiskey, it is said to offer incomparable smoothness, with a  full-bodied flavour featuring fruit and spices – ensuring a warm, silky finish. Visit the Gentleman Jack Australia FB page: facebook.com/gentlemanjackaustralia for more info. Gentleman Jack is available in 700ml bottles only, $64.99.

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Smooth operator: Help your dad perfect smoothies, juices and shakes on the go with this groovy, compact blender from Kambrook. The Blitz2go Blender, $49.95, features quality stainless steel blades, a quick 300 watt motor and BPA-free plastic bottles to blend and remove for quick consumption. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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The top dog: Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods is the brains behind the ultimate Mad Dog Chilli Sauce, which is perfect for any spice-loving mad dog dad. Mad Dog Chilli Sauces, $9.95 each, are available in a range of delicious flavours and may just be the perfect accompaniment to make every meal special for the top dog in your home. The Chilli Jam in particular is said to be a palette-sizzling, must-have for all dads who like to show off their culinary skills at the barbeque – perfect to serve with chargrilled steak, chicken or fish. Mad Dog Chilli Sauces are stocked nationally at all good food stores and online at www.yarravalleygourmetfoods.com.au/stockists.

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Dessert king: Gift your masterchef in the making the Avanti Creme Brulee Ramekins with torch, $84.95. If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with a dad, or father of your children, who can rustle up the popular French dessert, reward them with this four- piece set made from the highest quality ceramic. Plus, who doesn’t love a kitchen torch! Speaking of which, this baby automatically ignites, operates at any angle, and heats up to 121°C. Sold! Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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August 27, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Go, Go, Gadget!

Does your beloved dad love gadgets and big boys’ toys? What dad doesn’t? Treat him to some of these hot, new tech gifts this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, and you’re bound to achieve favourite-child status. Here, in SHESAID’S second of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to shop the latest tech stuff for your dad like a boss.

Work it, baby: Help your dad get his groove on while he works up a sweat with the Bose SIE2 Sports In-Ear Headphones, $149. They’re specifically engineered for exercise, so are sweat and weather-resistant. In addition, the headphones will stay comfortably, yet securely in place, and deliver robust Bose sound to keep dad energised. Go dad, go! Find these at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Movie night: If your dad’s a move buff, he’ll dig seeing three of MGM’s signature films Rocky, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and RoboCop (pictured), meticulously re-mastered and now presented on Blu-ray for a high-def home viewing experience. Just add beer and popcorn, and your dad will be in heaven! Find these babies at JB Hi-Fi, at $15.98 each. Visit www.jbhifi.com.au for your nearest store.

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Action hero: JOBY has launched two adaptable mini tripods enabling active dads to get creative with their compact digital gear: the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic, $14.95, and JOBY MPod Mini Stand (pictured), $18.95. The JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic is a mini-tripod with magnetic feet which secures to all types of metallic objects, designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras. Meanwhile, also mini in size, but said to be mighty in practicality, the JOBY MPod Mini Stand fits most smartphones, making it easy to set up a steady shot. For stockists, email support@maxwell.com.au.

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Fitness junkie: Fitness freaks will dig the Dick Smith Life Trak Move 300 Act Tracker, $79.98, a wearable tracker that is said to be unique, stylish and accurate. Your dad’s activity progress can be displayed graphically by hour, day, week or workout. What’s more, it can connect and sync to compatible smartphones. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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What’s on da box: Does your dad dream of a big-screen TV? Make his dreams a reality with this 32″ HD LED TV which also features a built-in DVD Player, PVR function for recording Digital TV and more. At $349, you may need to rope in a sibling or two to share the cost. Find it at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

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Time traveller: If your dad is a watch aficionado, he’ll be chuffed with these Melbourne Watch Company beauties: the Flinders, $549 (pictured below), and the Hawthorn (pictured at top), from $395. Named after Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, the Flinders exudes simple elegance and versatility. Meanwhile, the Hawthorn is aimed at bridging the gap between dress and sports styles and is available in a black, tan or steel strap. Visit www.melbournewatch.com.au.

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August 25, 2014

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Cool, Daddy Cool

Give your dad the gift of good taste this Father’s Day on Sunday, September 7, with these stylish, yet manly grooming products. Here, in SHESAID’s first of a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, we show you how to spoil your dad and give him no excuse not to have sensational products in his man bag. Besides, you can always say that Brut 33 had “had its day” after it “accidentally” found its way into the bin. All manscaping items are available at www.davidjones.com.au or at David Jones stores. Phone 133 357 for stockist details.

Business class: Is your dad a bit of a jetsetter? Or does his job require him to regularly travel? He’ll love this Natio Men’s Travel Skincare Kit, $24.95 – the perfect companion for any trip. What’s more, it’s no fuss and compact for dads who like to travel light. The kit contains Natio’s Daily Shampoo, Daily Face Wash, Firming Face Moisturiser and its Smooth Shave Gel. These products suit all skin types.

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Animal instincts: Your dad may find shaving a new, sensory experience, with this Mason Pearson Pure Badger Shave Brush, in regular, $185. Actually made of hair from the belly of badger, this gentle brush performs a double duty of exfoliating his skin. Its ultra soft tip creates a rich foam, is gentle to the skin and softens skin for a smooth shave, apparently. I don’t know, I don’t shave my face, but it sure looks nice.

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Hairy situation: Does your beloved dad sport facial hair in places he shouldn’t? Help him manscape those hairs into submission with the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer in bahama blue, $19.95. A smaller version of Tweezerman’s award-winning slant tweezer, it’s so efficient and handy, you might find yourself wanting one too. This baby is made from stainless steel and is said to grab every hair, every time.

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A good sport: Your dear, ol’ dad doesn’t have to be David Beckham to enjoy a sporty man fragrance. The Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Sport Eau de Toilette, 75ml, $99, will have him feeling fresh and manly in no time. The citrus fragrance has top notes of green apple, mint, mandarin orange and cedar; middle notes of sage, ginger and green notes and base notes of fern, amber, musk, sandalwood, patchouli and oakmoss. Basically, he’ll smell bloody good.

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Smooth operator: Is your dad the type who needs some help when it comes to classy manscaping products? Hopefully, he’ll dig this posh beauty: the L’Occitane Eau Des Baux Deodorant, $26. This alcohol-free stick deodorant is said to glide on easily, dry fast, and prevents bacteria from developing. What’s more, its long-lasting scent is said to be “woody and mysterious” – very James Bond.

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Perfect gentleman:
A gentleman always has fresh breath: help him be at his best with the Aesop Mouthwash, $25. This alcohol-free formulation is said to provide a solution to the sensitive problem of oral malodour without disturbing saliva production of the natural pH of the mouth. Plus, anise and spearmint will leave your dad’s mouth cool, refreshed and hydrated. No doubt, your mum will thank you for this one too!

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August 13, 2014

Father’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Scrambled Eggs In Tortillas

Treat dad to perfect scrambled eggs with spicy stewed tomatoes, sweet corn and spring onion tortilla. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and he’ll feel like a king all day!

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins


8 eggs
½ cup skim milk
3 tsp margarine
1 tbsp olive oil
8 tomatoes, large and ripe, chopped
1 – 2 chillies, seeds removed and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Pepper and a pinch of sugar to taste
2 tsp butter
1 cup sweet corn
½ cup spring onion, sliced
2 tbsp coriander, chopped
8 tortillas


1. Heat fry pan and add oil, garlic, chilli. Fry gently while stirring.

2. Add chopped tomatoes, season and simmer until soft and thickened, stirring occasionally.

3. Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl and season. In a separate pan melt the margarine then add the egg mix gently stirring with a spatula until just cooked.

4. Place sweet corn and margarine in a plastic container, heat in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.

5. Place tortillas into bowls, top with tomato, eggs, sweet corn, spring onion and coriander. Perfect served with avocado, sautéed mushrooms or baked beans.

Breakfast in bed? Taking him out somewhere special? How do you treat dad on Father’s Day?

August 26, 2013

Father’s Day Book Gift Guide

Australia’s largest bookseller Dymocks has Father’s Day gift shopping sorted with their annual Father’s Day book recommendations, covering the best new biography, crime, sport, cooking, history and fiction titles.

Some of Dymocks’ Father’s Day choices include Ugly by Robert Hoge – a remarkable biography of the life journey of Robert Hoge; Never Back Down by Lee Child – the highly anticipated second instalment to the Jack Reacher series; and Accept the Challenge by Leigh Matthews – the life and lessons from the world of Australian Rules Football.

For foodie fathers, Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals is a great choice, whilst history fanatics will love In Great Spirits, the World War I diary of Archie Barwick. For dads looking for escapism, the fictitious world of British government scandal and criminal underworld workings in The English Girl by Daniel Silva, is sure to keep them on the edge of their seats.

Father’s Day book picks for dad:


1.      Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, RRP $49.99
2.      Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, RRP $49.95
3.      Bill’s Italian Food by Bill Granger, RRP $49.99
4.      The Blue Duck by Darren Robertson and Mark La Brooy, RRP $39.99
5.      Fired Up Vegetarian by Ross Dobson, RRP $34.99



1.      Ugly by Robert Hoge, RRP $32.99
2.      A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, RRP $29.99
3.      Clive by Sean Parnell, RRP $39.99
4.      Ian Frazer by Madonna King, RRP $29.95
5.      Stillways by Steve Bisley, RRP $27.99



1.      Never Go Back by Lee Child, RRP $32.95
2.      Watching You by Michael Robotham, RRP $29.99
3.      The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth, RRP 32.95
4.      Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson, RRP $32.99
5.      Mistress by James Patterson, RRP $32.95



1.      The English Girl by Daniel Silva, RRP $29.99
2.      Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler & Tom Perry, RRP $29.99
3.      Cairo by Chris Womersley, RRP $29.95
4.      The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker, RRP $29.99
5.      The Heist by Robert Schofield, RRP $29.99



1.      In Great Spirits by Archie Barwick, RRP $39.99
2.      Too Bold To Die by Ian McPhedran, RRP $29.99
3.      Tell My Sons by Mark Weber, RRP $32.95
4.      Killing Fairfax by Pamela Williams, RRP $39.99
5.      Eyre: The Forgotten Explorer by Ivan Rudolph, RRP $39.99



1.      Accept the Challenge by Matthew Leigh, RRP $45.00
2.      Home Truths by Craig Bellamy, RRP $39.99
3.      More Important Than Life or Death by Peter FitzSimons, RRP $29.99
4.      Hold The Line by Matthew Scarlet, RRP $34.99
5.      Amen by Will Swanton, RRP $27.99

What are you getting dad for Father’s Day?

August 16, 2013