You may have attended a wedding recently and seen a sign which asks you to hashtag (#) any photos you take with a string of words put together usually with no spaces and no capital letters.


The reason for this?


Weddings bring together people from all parts of our life and many of them have never met and probably will not meet again, however they are all there to celebrate the couple getting married and have a connection with that couple.


This usually means people will want to see and share photos of the wedding, and that usually happens online these days.


With many wedding photographers taking weeks to return photos, some (not all) couples will be happy for guests to share photos that they have taken.


The problem with many social media sites, and the settings that most people have in place on Facebook, is that any photos that they have will only be shared with people that they are friends with on Facebook, or Instagram, meaning that other guests will not see these photos.


Hashtags (#) create something akin to an album that people can view if they know the name of the album. The name being the chosen hashtag, this allows all wedding guests to view the album and share their pictures not only with the couple but with other guests.


If there are particular photos that you are in or like, you should tag yourself in them so that they appear in your newsfeed as well and you can easily find them, in the future. If you want to print them, usually you can download photos and print them.

Toys for your grandchild

Toys for your grandchild

While many children’s Christmas/birthday lists may include a range of toys and devices that are expressive and electronic in nature, these do not need to be the only gifts that they receive. As a grandparent you have the distinct advantage of having seen many different children’s toys emerge over the years and seeing what does well and what doesn’t.

Finding toys from your childhood, or toys that you remember your children playing with is not only special for your grandchild, as it has a sentimental meaning, but often may become a hot favourite.

Toys come and go in waves. With toys such as the yoyo, marble, the slinky, spinning tops, jack in the box, collector cards, skipping ropes and yo ho Diablo coming into vogue every few years in the school yard.

Children may even enjoy learning games that you played in the school yard, including ball games, singing games, or board games. Taking time away from their devices and allowing children to discover new games is a very rewarding experience.

Often childrens’ lives are very busy. Help your grandchild slow down and play only one or two games that take longer, can help improve their concentration. Many old games and toys are being lost over time. Pass them on! It can be a fun walk down memory lane for you and a great journey of discovery for your grandchildren.

Many sites such as etsy.com are a great place to find long-forgotten games, as they have section for toys, and many of the toys are handmade, and hark back to older games.

What to do with grandchildren

What to do with grandchildren

You may feel that with all their new technology and toys it is difficult to find something to do with grandchildren, but this does not necessarily have to be the case.

Children love attention and one of the greatest roles that grandparents can play is to be there for their grandchildren, and teach them about the world, both the modern and the past. While your grandchildren may seem like they are glued to their devices, you may find that unsticking them is not only simple but also enjoyable for you both.

Younger children simply love being with their grandparents. Like children of all previous generations, children have an unlimited ability to amuse themselves, and while it may take a little more encouragement, children are still able to make great games out of very little including boxes and everyday household items. Remember, it really won’t hurt your grandchild for them to be bored for a little while, indeed it is boredom that will probably lead them to discovering new games.

Simply taking your grandchild out for a walk and talking to them, will help to develop a special bond with them. Children that are a little older may really enjoy helping you with everyday tasks, but be prepared: these tasks may take much longer than they usually do. Allow your grandchildren to help you with your baking or cooking; having tools such as aprons ready for them, can make this something that they really look forward to.

Your grandchildren may even really enjoy learning about your garden or woodworking projects, and allowing them to join in can provide hours of fun for everyone involved.

Slightly older grandchildren may simply enjoy hearing about your life: children enjoy discovering that you were once young like them and someone other than a grandparent. While your grandchild at certain ages may not take well to being told stories, they may like hearing stories that come from looking at photo albums and asking you questions about what they are interested in about your life.

Perhaps you have a new grandchild and you are at a loss for baby games. Here is a website that helps you find games that can help your grandchild developmentally.http://www.babycentre.co.uk/c25004199/baby-games


Grandchildren like inviting you into their world, and once they understand that you have not grown up with technology, they may enjoy demonstrating all that their toys and devices can do, and be only too willing to help you with your technical problems. It might be handy to have a notepad ready and to remind them that they need to slow down what they are saying and break it into little steps, as for them often things may seem like common sense and they might skip these steps. Perhaps even drmonstrate by teaching them how to use an “old” machine like a sewing machine, which has a few “common sense” steps that are not so common anymore, so that they understand how to break down the steps.

Ensure that you enforce your house rules, it can be very difficult with grandchildren as their parents may have different rules to your house rules. Establishing early on that there are rules at grandma and granddad’s and rules at Mum and Dad’s that might be different is important.

You may like to go over these with their parents and ensure everyone is on the same page and if there are any tips or tricks that you can steal.

How to use the internet to pursue or improve your hobby

How to use the internet to pursue or improve your hobby

Do you have a hobby or an interest that you want to pursue or improve upon?

While we may often be used to our hobbies by meeting with friends, attending classes or joining a local group, the world is quickly changing, and a great way to gather information, share information and find people who share similar interests is the Internet. Often you might be in a geographically remote area, or you might have an interest that is very specific and few people have the skills that you need in order to progress, or you might just be interested in a new perspective.

While face to face contact and are very rewarding, the Internet should not be viewed as a terrifying foe, rather as a helper that can enrich your interests. But getting started on the online world can be a difficult and daunting task.

One of the first places to start is a Google search it may seem that this is a little to obvious, but the best place to start is to simply type in what you are looking for and hit search. This might be “how to make earrings “or “information about woodwork.”

Try a range of word combinations, and look beyond the first page of search results. You may also be interested in something very specific that you can identify in an image, if this is the case, try a word search and then choose the image selection in above the search term, this will let you look at all the images related to that word and take you to the websites that have that image.

Once you have found several sites that have the information you are interested in you should visit them to ensure that they are legitimate and have all that you are interested in.  If you find some information that you are interested in, you might be able to establish email contact and ask to be put in touch with local groups or you can simply add your stat e or suburb to  your search and you might find one in your area.

Here are a few places that you might find information from:


Groups and Associations

There are a range of different groups and associations that you might find links to on the Internet. These could be local, national or international groups or associations, some might have chat rooms that you can join, others may have links to suppliers and training that you might be interested in.

You should ensure that these sites are legitimate but often you will find like minded individuals who are willing to help you and share their information and skills.




YouTube has a wealth of videos which will show you how to do just about anything. Go towww.youtube.com and search for your hobby or interest and you’ll find many like-minded people who will help you. Also check out our Guide On YouTube to show you more about how to use YouTube.

Hobby Sites

You may be aware of hobby sites for your particular site, you may have heard of them through friends, found them online or been directed to them by hobby shops. Again be wary but often the enthusiast on these sites will be more than willing to help you further your hobby.



Pintrest is akin to a pin board on the Internet where you can look at ideas that people have on their pin board and pin it to yours. Many people who pin on pint rest may have websites; stalls or information hat would be useful for your hobby.


Etsy is more of an online shop that sells hand made crafts and makes it easy for smaller business to sell their wares.


What to be wary of:

·      Never give out your details to anyone you don’t know personally

·      Never give out your bank details

·      Never agree to meet up with someone you don’t know personally Never post photos that could give away personal information about yourself

Retirement Villages in NSW: What you need to know

Retirement Villages in NSW: What you need to know

It is a big investment to buy into a retirement village and in NSW advice can be found at the fair-trading website: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/. Information provided here is summarized from the fair trading website as well as the NSW retirement villages act:http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rva1999217/.

The information provided here is only in summary form, and all decisions should be based on legal and financial advice as well as the advice offered by the government.

UPDATE: If you are looking for a retirement village in Australia, please visitvillagesforseniors.com.au

What is a retirement village?

What constitutes a retirement village can vary widely but generally, one partner must be over 55 and retired, as well as being able to live independently


What information must be provided to me? 

When you are enquiring to retirement village the village must provide you with a general enquiry document. This document will provide you with general information about the village, including the type of village, the cost and the village facilities. You should make enquiries with a range of villages and compare their general enquiry documents to see which suits your circumstance the best.

You may ask for a full disclosure statement for any unit you are interested in and indeed a disclosure statement must be given to you 14 days before you sign a contract. The disclosure statement is more detailed than the general enquiry document and includes information about the costs to enter, live and leave the village. All documents should be considered with the help of financial advisors.


Clarification of terms? 

· Leasehold Arrangements – Where the village operator owns the premises and you lease the unit from the operator. if you sign a long term lease, it is registered on the title deed.

· Loan and License arrangements – Where you pay an ingoing contribution up front in return for the right to occupy the premises.

· Strata or community title schemes – Where you purchase the unit and become the owner and a member of the owners corporation.

· Rental arrangements – A small number of villages offer premises for rent to retired people. You sign the tenancy agreement and pay rent like their tenants in the general community. The agreement may contain a term excluding you from the retirement village laws. You are covered by tenancy laws instead.


Your contract

Before you enter into a contract, you need to carefully consider your decision; you need to ensure you have looked at a range of retirement villages and that you understand the terms and conditions in your contract. Make sure that you fully understand all the terms and conditions, if you are unsure ask the village operator to explain them to you in detail and obtain independent advice from your solicitor or financial advisor. The retirement village laws specify a standard from of village contract tat operators can use.


Fees and Charges

There will be a range of fees and charges that you might need to pay, these will be different depending on what retirement village you are dealing with. The following are some of the charges that you might come across. Always ask if you are unsure of fees or charges:

  • Waiting list
  • Holding deposit
  • Ingoing contribution/purchase price
  • Contract preparation(max. $200)
  • Recurrent fees
  • Termination fees and charges


Below you will find a checklist provided by the department of Fair Trading NSW:


Moving your loved one into a nursing home

Moving your loved one into a nursing home

It is always difficult to see your parents or partner move into a nursing home, this is even more difficult if your parents or partner do not want to move into a nursing home, or unaware of the need to move into a nursing home.

Many people have a set idea of what a nursing home or old persons home is, and these are usually not pleasant. Thankfully most retirement homes are no longer like this and often once family members have moved they can settle in and enjoy the experience.


Moving loved ones is often riddled with guilt as well, with many people promising loved ones they will not move them into a retirement home. The problem is sometimes there is no other option, if you are looking after a partner the strain can just be too great or you have realized that your parents simply can no longer safely live alone and you cannot cope with juggling children, partners and the concern for your parents safety. It is important that you understand that there is no reason to feel guilty, you need to make your decision on what is best for you loved one and seek help if you are feeling guilt over this.


Let us have a look at a few things that you can do to make the transition a little easier for yourself and your loved ones.


Regular conversations


Having regular conversations may not be an option for you, if your situation has rapidly changed, but if you are starting to worry about moving your loved one in the future, having regular conversations about nursing homes makes conversations closer to the date less painful.


Regular conversation make a move seems less daunting and allow your loved one, time to not only come to terms with the move, but also ask questions about fears they might have.


There is a line of thought that advocates not telling a loved one until they move to lower their time for worry about the move, and this may work for some people, you will know what suits your situation the best.


Make it their choice


We all like to feel that we have control of our lives and what we do, we do not like being told what do, and often if we are told what to do, even if we know it is best for us, if our self determination or freedom to choice seems to be threatened we are unlikely to agree to change.


Allow your loved the option to choose, this may mean that the move takes longer, or you need to have multiple conversations, but it is important that your loved feels like they were able to choose.



Multiple conversations


Coming to terms with moving into a home will not happen over night, and it will  take multiple conversations over time. You need to be prepared to discuss nursing homes, allow time for you loved one to think about it and discuss it again.


You may need to look for opportunities to discuss moving into a home, these could include discussing friends who may have moved into a home, bringing to their attention near misses and the need to be neat help in the future.


Medical professionals


Including medical professional in your loved ones move can help in two ways, firstly it can help to take the blame off family and secondly it can lend weight to what you are saying.


Be united


It is often difficult to come together as a family, often distances and conflicting schedules make it difficult, but it is important at at a time like this to come together and help one another. The family must agree on what course of action they would like to take, so that there are no factions within the family. It is often helpful to have a discussion as a family before talking to your loved one, so that you can discuss what you all feel comfortable with and how you would like to tackle the topic of moving. This may or may not be helpful for your situation.


Remember, family members will react differently and many may have strong opinions that you didn’t expect. Either way it is a very emotionally charged situation and should be handled with delicacy and diplomacy.


Happy Friends


If you have friends who have successfully moved into a retirement home and are happy, ask them to talk to your loved one, or go and visit them in the home, let your loved one seethe positive side of retirement living.


Try before you by


Many retirement homes, will allow a week or a month stay before you commit to the home. It can be easier for your loved one to transition into care if they know that they are able to try the accommodation before they have to commit to it.


See the positives


If you loved one agrees to view a home, book the appointment as soon as possible. When you are viewing the home point out all the benefits, the on-site care, the yard, that they do not have to attend to alone but can still enjoy.




If your loved one is viewing several homes, let them decide upon what amenities they like and that they will find to be useful, or will make them happy. Specifying preferences allows your loved one to take ownership of the move and will make the transition much easier for them.




Plan all the activities that your loved one can join in, be informed how they can join in activities and help them to join these activities in their first weeks, so that hey can meet other residents and settle in well.


Smooth Move

Make the move as smooth as possible, measure furniture and make it fun. Treat moving into a home as a move into a new apartment (which it is). It does not need to be terrible, dreary and sad. Instead your loved one is moving somewhere safe and this new home should be exciting and the move should be treated like a move to a new apartment.


Be prepared for depression


A move at any time in life is not easy and for many people moving into a retirement home can represent lack of independence and as step away from family. These feelings are difficult for anyone, the family need to be prepared for days where your loved one, no matter how well the move goes, feels sad, misses their home, misses friends and family or the familiar. Be prepared and know that you have made the right choice and have done so with their best interests at heart .




A retirement home is not a place to drop off your family, it should simply be viewed as a change of address, where there is more care available. A change of address should no mean less visits, just because they are physically safe does not mean you should decrease your visits, rather you should enjoy your loved one’s new home with them.




We all remember the excitement of moving into our first homes, moving into a retirement home might not seem as exciting, but going shopping for one or two new ornaments or things that a loved one might need can help to make the occasion a little less daunting and add a little spice to the move. A trip may also give you time to talk to your loved one and alleviate some of their fears.


Make it homely


No one wants to live in a beige room with beige walls, no photos in a room that is exactly the same as the room next door. Make the new room or apartment homely. Add touches, such as photos, decoration and memorabilia. A house is not a home, so make the new place a real home.


Talk to them


We all like to know that we are import and what we do is valuable, ask your loved one about their new surroundings, how do they feel are they enjoying it and what is going on. Really listen and ask.




Become familiar with the schedule of activities in the home, encourage your loved one to join in activities that might interest them or that encourage socialisation.


The outside world


Humans are social beings, and we like to see the world that we live in. Make sure that once your loved one is in the home you still organize regular, fun and relevant activities outside the home.

How to clear your web browser cache and why

How to clear your web browser cache and why


I recently called a company, from whom I order regularly as I could no longer log into my account. The advice I received was to “clear out my cache” and call back if that didn’t help. Great advice, pity I didn’t know what my “cache” was or how to clear it out. I only had a vague notion it had something to do with my internet history, so let me tell you what your cache is why you may need to clear it and finally how to clear your cache.


Your cache is more than just the history of where you have been on the internet, when you visit a webpage or website, your computer will remember certain pieces of information. This may be picture files, or data files, the server from the website’s end will determine what information your computer stores and for how long. This may sound terrible but is commonplace for most websites, and is actually done to speed up your experience. There are ways to avoid this happening and we will discuss this a little later.


You may then ask why a company would require you to clear out your cache, the reason is simple. Just as with books and paperwork, there are updates that are required of websites, and companies are continually updating their websites.


When a website updates their site that your computer has some cached information for, you skip the longer process of extracting all the information from the website as some of it already saved in your cache. However, if a company has updated their website, the information that you have saved may no longer be relevant and you may find that you are having trouble accessing some or all of the site.


Clearing your cache means that your computer will now have to retrieve all the information including new information from the website, and thus ensuring you have the most up to date version running on your computer.


It is a little like when a computer person asks you to turn your computer on and off, all this is really doing is, giving your computer time to clear part of its active memory, and then turning it back on allows it to access all the information again, in a clear manner, where any updates are correctly installed.


You may now feel that you do not want your computer to cache information and indeed in your browser (internet) settings. You can achieve this by choosing “Incognito Mode” in Chrome, or “Private Browsing” in other browsers. This mode allows you to browse the internet but no information will be cached and little information about you except your computer will be given to the website you are visiting.


For the most part it is ok to leave your cache running as normal, but if you do need to clear your cache, below is a lots of how to do it for different web browsers:



Cuff – personal security device that looks good

Cuff – personal security device that looks good


Cuff is billed as a personal security device that is wearable, and that is a fairly accurate brief.

Cuff is a small chip that can be inserted into a range of different jewellery types. It is activated when the wearer presses the cuff, and this then sends an alert.

Alerts are sent to a preselected circle of friends, an alert is sent to their phone, and if they are wearing a cuff as well, it will also vibrate. The information that they receive to their phone will include your location.

A cuff can also be used as a means of sending a message to a particular person in your circle, this will send a smaller alert and a smaller vibration that lets your fried or family member know that it is not an emergency but that you are trying to reach them.

An alert is a great way to keep in contact with family and friends, but also an incredible way to ensure that they are safe, and have access to help wherever they are.

Watch the video and read the website to see a little more about Cuff. 

How to spot a fake review on the internet

How to spot a fake review on the internet

There are a range of websites that let customers review goods and services on the internet. Some of the more popular ones include: Trip Advisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet and food websites.

However you may be a little skeptical of how genuine the reviews are on these websites. While sometimes it may be impossible to tell the difference between a fake and areal review, usually it is possible to tell the difference, and we will share a few tips with you now:


Popularity of the site

Some sites are amazingly popular in certain cities, are updated often, and are used by locals to find great deals, food or activities. While in other areas, the exact same website might be exploited by business owners and be of little use. For example, Yelp is currently popular in San Francisco, however in Los Angeles it is less popular and not as valuable.

A good way to tell is to look at the dates when posts were posted, and have a look at how often new posts are updated, and if they are coming from a range of people, at different times.


Range of People

Many sites will try and combat people who have multiple personalities online. You should be aware that if a review sounds like a press release, or well scripted and only focuses on the positives or the negatives, this is likely a fake. Although some people will write reviews like this, they are uncommon, and most reviews you will find will be written in a much more casual manner.

Some websites will also let you look at other reviews posted by the same person. This will also give you an insight; if they have written 10 reviews for one place only then chances are that they may not be real reviews.


Get to know your person

Some websites such a Trip Advisor may have a person who has reviewed an entire trip or country. It pays to read a few of their posts, so that you can see if you share similar tastes and interests or if you agree with what they are saying. If you do or even if you don’t then you will have a good benchmark to start form.

Read On

Do not just read the most recent few reviews. Read a range of reviews, but keep in mind if you read older posts, things may have improved or changed.



If you are reading about a certain product, read the good and bad reviews, things that you may not have even considered can be brought up that might sway you one way or another.



Researchers at Cornell University have developed software to spot fake reviews. Their latest test of 400 truthful reviews and 400 deceptive reviews saw the software spot fake reviews 90 per cent of the time. The software has been implemented into a website named www.reviewskeptic.com and is free to use.

Are you at risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

Are you at risk of Alzheimer’s disease?


Have you wondered if you are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and what you can do about it?

Well now you can take a ten to fifteen minute online questionnaire developed by the Australian National University This is a well-researched project, that is evidence based assesses your exposure to known risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The data used to make these assessments has been collected over decades, following adults.

You can elect to take the questionnaire and have the results downloaded to your computer, so that they are private. You may be asked to complete this by a practitioner or you may just wish to undertake this for personal use.

Once you have answered the questions, which range in topic from family history, exercise, social interaction and other social factors you will be given a scare, this score will indicate the risk of you developing Alzheimer’s disease.

While the test is not a 100% accurate, it is a great tool and the best feature is that it offers advice as to what you can do in your risk areas to lower your risk. These are incredible protective measures, and will only take 10-15 minutes of your time, but may change your future.

The information is presented to you in a bar graph with an X representing where you stand, in regards to risk. You are then able to email yourself a report or download a report and then clear your details if you so desire.

If you decide to view your report online, the report will tell you why equations were asked and how these affect your chances of being affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

You can see which sections need attention as they are labeled as green, yellow or red headings, and they then explain what steps you can take as preventive measures, and why they are important or why current research has shown them to be important.