Sunday, May 12, 2019

Motherly Wisdom - Celebrating Mother's Day

Over the years, the strong women in my life have always shared their words of wisdom with me. I'm grateful for this because as I've grown older, their words seem to have more meaning.

I thought I would ask some celebrity mothers, what motherly advice have the women in their lives  have shared with them?

Jessica Rowe 

The best piece of advice from my mum was, "stop looking at yourself in the mirror and get busy doing something!"

Jess has been busy for years! She's a mother of two, television host, author, cat lover, and a crap housewife (a self-confessed crap housewife). In her latest book, she delves into the reality of not being Nigella Lawson in the kitchen (so relatable for me) and just not being the 'perfect housewife' but embracing it instead.

Diary of a Crap Housewife, is funny and honest. It's available in all bookstores now or online at Booktopia


Jessica Rowe


 Alison Brahe-Daddo

I must confess, I wanted to be Alison when I was a teenager. She was everything I wanted to be, she was beautiful and a Dolly Magazine cover girl. If you were an Australian teenage girl in the early 90s, you would understand my excitement to have Alison participating on my blog!

Alison is married to actor Cameron Daddo and they share three beautiful grown-up children together. 

She is also a patron of Rize Up Australia, a support and advocacy group who do incredible work with domestic abuse survivors.

The best advice Alison's mother gave her is, "when your child brings home their loved one, find something you like about them because you will build a wedge between you and your child if you only pick out the negative."

That is something very important for parents to take note of when their children are growing up. Something I will remember. 

Alison Brahe-Daddo


Kate Ceberano

Singer/songwriter Kate Ceberano's grandma, Kathleen Joyce, told her, "a little bit of what you fancy does you good".

What a beautiful way to look at life! 

I fancy listening to Kate's new album with Paul Grabowsky. It's called Tryst and it is a collection of love song and reinterpretations of some of the great love songs from the past 50 years. 


Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, Tryst



Shanna Moakler

Shanna's mother, Gail Moakler, told her, "reach for the stars, the world is yours!" 

Shanna is a mother of three, a model, an actress, a reality television star, Miss USA 1995, an activist and she has her own line of makeup called, Smoak Cosmetics

She has fulfilled many of her goals in life with the love and support from her mother.



Shanna Moakler




Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and mother figures around the world, past and present.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Daughter of Bad Times - Rohan Wilson ::GIVEAWAY::

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party.

'I'm a great fan of Rohan Wilson - and this is his best novel yet.' - Favel Parrett, bestselling author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes 

'It's impossible not to consider, as you read Daughter of Bad Times, that everything in 2075 is already here now and we are doing nothing to stop it. An utterly compelling vision by one of our finest writers.' Heather Rose, bestselling author of The Museum of Modern Love

'Ferocious and brilliant' The Australian Book Review on To Name Those Lost


'What better pitch than helping the refugees of the world? Who doesn't want to help refugees, right? The five Australian facilities are immigration detention centres, sure, but they're also manufacturing plants. That means two revenue streams for one facility. And we also clean up our image. We're not just a corrections company anymore-now, we're building communities, we're saving lives.'

Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived. 

Yamaan turns up in an immigration detention facility in Australia, trading his labour for a supposedly safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it's Eaglehawk MTC, a manufactory built by her mother's company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. 

Now Rin must find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past and a string of bad choices catch up with them both. 

In its vision of the future, Daughter of Bad Times explores the truth about a growing inhumanity, as profit becomes the priority.

Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson is available now. Click here to purchase.






**GIVEAWAY**

With thanks to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this intriguing book, Daughter of Bad Times to giveaway.

All you need to do is follow my Instagram page instagram.com/retrogoddesses and email me your name and address to retrogoddess@mail.com Easy! Each book is valued at $29.99.

Please note, you must be living in Australia to enter.

This giveaway will be drawn on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email.

Author of Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson


Monday, April 1, 2019

The True Story of Maddie Bright :: Giveaway ::

The True Story of Maddie Bright – by Australian writer Mary-Rose MacColl.  

You will love the key character Maddie (old and young) as her story sweeps through time and intersects with the lives of Edward VIII and Princess Diana, two of the most loved and hated figures of the twentieth century.  

Sweeping fascinatingly through history from WW1 to the early  21st century, you’ll get caught up in the genuine hysteria of ‘The Digger Prince” Royal Tour of Australia – some 99 years ago, when Prince Edward visited 110 towns and cities in less than two months. 

The True Story of Maddie Bright is also a moving and cautionary tale for our times – about the cult of celebrity in its many forms.

Mary-Rose MacColl says, “It’s called the TRUE story and obviously it’s a novel and novelists have no duty of care to history but I like to stick to historical fact wherever I can and when it comes to real people, I research them pretty thoroughly to understand them enough to have them walk around in the novel believably.’

This novel is available in stores now.



***With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this fascinating novel to giveaway***

For your chance to enter, please email your name and address to retrogoddess@mail.com, with The True Story of Maddie Bright in the subject line. 

Please note that this giveaway is only open to residents in Australia.

The giveaway will be drawn a Monday, 15th April 2019 at 5pm Sydney time.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Remembering the celebrities who passed away in 2018.


In Memoriam. 


Penny Marshall, actress/director. Aged 75.



Stan Lee, comic book legend. Aged 95.



Sondra Locke, actress. Aged 74.



Mac Miller, rapper. Aged 26.



Charlotte Rae, actress. Aged 92.



Emma Chambers, actress. Aged 53.



Dame June Whitfield, actress. Aged 93.



John Mahoney, actor. Aged 77.



Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer. Aged 91.



Tab Hunter, actor. Aged 86.



Burt Reynolds, actor. Aged 82.



Neil Simon, playwright. Aged 91.



Aretha Franklin, singer. Aged 76.



Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV personality. Aged 61.



Kate Spade, fashion designer. Aged 55.



Verne Troyer, actor. Aged 49.



Avicii, DJ/musician. Aged 28.



Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist. Aged 76.



Margot Kidder, actress. Aged 69.



Dolores O’Riordan, singer. Aged 46.



Unfortunately, there were many more I could have added but the list would have been too long.



*The images on this page are not my own - they have been sourced from the internet.



Monday, October 22, 2018

Michael - My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS by Jen Jewel Brown and Tina Hutchence.

Michael - My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS by Jen Jewel Brown and Tina Hutchence

It’s very rare for me to become so engrossed in a book, that I can’t put it down. This book was one that I keep thinking about even weeks after I finished it.

Tina Hutchence writes about her brother in such a loving, caring, older sister kind of way.

I enjoyed reading about his childhood in Sydney, Hong Kong and Los Angeles and his family dynamics.

His adventures with Helena Christensen and the time they spent at his French villa, were a highlight for me and it seemed that this period of Michael’s life was when he was most happiest.

Reading about his relationship with Paula Yates, was difficult. I know that it’s only Tina’s side of the story but it felt claustrophobic.  Michael’s life in London seemed like a cage he couldn’t get out from...constantly harassed by the tabloids and he couldn’t just pack up and head to other country because Paula to stay in the U.K., so she could be with her daughters with Sir Bob Geldof. Michael didn’t want to be away from his daughter, Tigerlily. A difficult situation that was compounded due to Michael’s brain injury acquired from an assault in Copenhagen, Denmark before his relationship with Paula.

Tragic end to a beautiful man.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century - Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph’s original ‘Raising Boys’, has been my favourite parenting book since having my son, over 11 years ago.

If you aren’t familiar with Steve Biddulph, he is one of Australia’s most respected and well-liked family therapists. Look him up, he has wonderful advice.

His book ‘Raising Boys’ has been updated with new information (yay!). This updated book has a new title, ‘Raising 21st Century Boys’.

The new information includes:
  • Cutting-edge science about brain and normal development including the latest findings on testosterone and how those precipitate the full-on fours and the emotional eights.
  • How puberty can be turned into a wonderful time for making better men.
  • Getting the school starting age right, finding a boy-friendly classroom, and what to do at home so your boys love stories, reading and books (love this!).
  • How role modelling really works and how being a single mum or dad can work out just fine.
  • A reminder that no two boys are alike, and we have to get to know our own unique little boy.

Key topics include:
  • Boys and crying
  • Boys and ‘bad’ behaviour 
  • Reading and communication
  • Countering the effects of porn
  • Transgender/gay children and the development of sexuality development.

This book is like having a therapist at home. Highly recommended for all parents of boys.

Available on paperback or Ebook.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs

The first dedicated book with creative ideas and resources for bullet journallers, scrapbookers, card makers and other creative compulsive planners and decorators.

Bullet journals are the ultimate asset for people who want to be mindful and productive at the same time. They’re the new obsession for creative organisers and planners everywhere, helping millions to de-stress by allowing them to list commitments, goals and interests in a fun and imaginative way. But what if the journaller is lacking inspiration, isn’t a talented artist or lacks confidence when it comes to unleashing their inner creative?

This is where Sami Sparrow comes in with a handy flip-through book of ideas: icons, banners, borders, wreaths, illustrations and lettering. As well as this traceable art, there are bonus how-to steps and stencils, making Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs the essential practical resource for organising your life in an imaginative way that reflects the sentiment, mood and character of the moment.

RRP $19.95. In stores and online now.



With thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have three copies of Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs to giveaway.

To enter, please share from my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/retrogoddesses 


Please note - you must have an Australian address to enter this giveaway.