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Wooloomanata Station, VIC
What do you do?
You’ve become a very familiar face on Australia’s television screens. How have you found juggling your amazing career and family life?
I’m clocking up 20 years in the industry this year and I must admit it’s been a huge challenge combining motherhood with a profession that I adore. I feel I’ve eaten a lot of humble pie lately, understanding that everything happens for a reason. Had I not stepped back from TV last year, I wouldn’t have completed my second book (due out in March), or been able to launch my wool range of baby clothes. You can have it all, just not all at the same time.
You’re hosting the must-attend Cool Australia Women’s Valentines Day lunch again this year…What are your green goals or hopes for the future?
To have more people buy wool rather than synthetic fibres…Now that’s a great goal to get behind. Wool has always been my passion (even before marrying my handsome sheep farmer) as I understand it’s sustainable, practical and affordable qualities.
We read that you have very sensitive skin, what are a few beauty products you can’t live without?
I can pretty much look at a beauty product and break out. However Cetaphil, is perfect and cheap. I find the new Estee Lauder Idealist range really lovely too. I recently had an older straight man say ‘wow your skin is lovely’ and I thought ‘thankyou Estee’. I’m also a total Mecca makeup junkie – I love it!
With two young boys, what are your top tips for travelling with children?
1. When on a plane with a small child, the ascent and descent hurts their ears, so they must have something to swallow, or suck on.
2. Once airborne, it’s all about distraction: books, toys, DVD’s – anything but sugar. You MUST avoid hyping them up on sugar because you want them as calm as possible – not manic. (Your fellow passengers will agree).
3. Remember a child pretty much wants your company and activity on holidays – they will not be impressed with flash hotels or locations so don’t waste your money or energy there.
4. Try to make the travel time direct and short.
5. Call ahead and do your research on as many things as possible. Today’s hotels have plenty to offer so you only need your suitcases when you travel.
6. Finally, a holiday should be about being together. The bells and whistles need not apply.
My must haves…
1. My family and my garden
2. Friends who love me for me and can instigate a good belly laugh
3.Work that allows me to smile, feel valued, be creative, is in the perfect location and pays me well
4.Volunteer outlets. In my case Landcare Australia, working with OCRF and Mission Australia. I find these make my heart sing, when you can so effortlessly help others
5. I’m a huge fan of Vitamins – Natures Way is great and Echinacea is wonderful when travelling to help fight bugs