Empowered
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Empowered

Expert energy-saving tips From simple changes around the house to mindful energy consumption habits, there are a range of practices homeowners can adopt to reduce power bills and minimise the strain on the power grid. If you’re looking for some easy, practical tips to put into action straight away, take a look at these seven energy-saving strategies to help empower your household, plus do your bit for a more sustainable future.   Close blinds, curtains and doors during very hot or cold days Sunlight can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. Keep blinds and curtains closed during very hot days, especially during the hottest part of the day, to block out solar heat. The same is true for chilly days when you want to keep warm inside the house.   Use fans strategically Ceiling fans commonly consume less electricity than air-conditioning units and can be effective in cooling down rooms when used correctly during hot days. Ensure they are turned off in unoccupied rooms.   Set air conditioning efficiently If using...
Resort Round-up
Living Gems

Resort Round-up

Welcome to another edition of Resort Round-up which gives an insight into some of the fun and fabulous activities, events and special occasions enjoyed by homeowners within our Living Gems communities. Here are just a few: At Amber by Living Gems there were major celebrations held to welcome the opening of the over-50s lifestyle resort’s much awaited $10.5-million Country Club which is set to become the hub of the community. It will also be a wonderful venue for future entertainment and social events, many of which are already in the planning stages and no doubt will feature on these pages in coming months. Games, singing and dancing were enjoyed by more than 80 people attending a recent Saturday Night Live event held at Ruby by Living Gems. The night began with music while residents caught up with friends, neighbours and family. There were gifts for all the women and lucky prizes for different activities. The night’s compere, Michael, had everyone play a Pick-a-Box...
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Anzac biscuit ice-cream sandwiches

Enjoy a twist on tradition this Anzac Day Anzac Day is a special commemorative event with several traditions observed every year including dawn services, coffee and bundy, two-up and Anzac biscuits. This Anzac Day, Chef Matt Conquest shares some tips on how to make the humble Anzac biscuit even better. “It’s simple! Just by adding your favourite ice cream, like rum and raisin, you can make great little ice-cream sandwiches,” Matt said. “You can make a lovely homemade ice cream using the recipe at right or you can buy a good quality ice cream and get your favourite chocolate bar and crunch them up and fold it through your ice cream for added crunch, chew, and flavour and make ice-cream sangas with that.” Matt says making ice cream takes care and time to ensure a nice smooth texture that doesn’t become icy. “For a smooth and creamy finish, make an anglaise cream and then freeze it down in a beater bowl and stir it during the...
Living Gems

Resort Round-Up

Welcome to another edition of our Resort Round-up which provides an insight into some of the fun and fabulous activities, events, and special occasions enjoyed by homeowners within our Living Gems communities. Here are just a few: Residents at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront enjoyed a Polynesian-themed night held in their beautiful Country Club. The songs of the islands inspired all to sing and dance along. While the men enjoyed learning the haka, the women were quick to pick up the hula. Entertainment coordinator Gayle Harris led the way and displayed her sunny personality, with sunflowers for all to see. It was a truly wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Sunday afternoons at Ruby by Living Gems is traditionally enjoyed with social drinks, nibblies and get-togethers at the Country Club. Recently, they stepped it up a notch by holding Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon with The Goggomobiles, their resident band, who kept everyone entertained for more than two hours with wonderful sixties and seventies...
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Creating memories

Great ideas for activities with the grandkids One of the greatest pleasures in being a grandparent in retirement is having the time to enjoy spending with the grandchildren. Children share a special bond with their grandparents with studies showing that spending time with grandparents contributed positively to a child’s wellbeing by providing a listening ear and sage words of advice based on the experience of raising their own children. In the past few decades, due to both parents being in the work force, grandparents are playing an increasingly important role as active caregivers and many children are spending much more time with ‘nan and pop’ than ever before, said Living Gems CEO Adrian Puljich. “There are few things more precious than seeing the delight in the eyes of your grandchildren as they discover something for the first time,” he said. “And seeing life through a little one’s eyes is a sure way to feel younger yourself.” Here are some creative activities that you can do...
Sizing down, living it up!
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Sizing down, living it up!

Practical tips and strategies on downsizing The thought of downsizing for retirement can be a daunting experience. But rather than seeing it as an end of an era, successful downsizers find it a liberating experience – part of taking stock of where and how you’d like to spend your post-work life. One of the first things to do is treat downsizing as an adventure, said Living Gems CEO Adrian Puljich. “Downsizing is a great opportunity to upsize your lifestyle and get back that most precious of commodities – time,” he said.Treat it as an adventure Having done your homework on the ideal location and selected the right lifestyle community for you, it is important to really get to know the area you’re moving to, said Adrian. “Make sure you’re familiar with the location of shops and essential services like doctors, dentists and vets,” he said. “Increase your anticipation of the move by exploring the local area such as parks, shopping, entertainment, and landmarks.”Declutter, declutter, declutter There are...
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Flex your mussels for a delicious treat

Black lip mussels are an often-overlooked seafood option for lunch or dinner, but they are a delicious and relatively cost-efficient ingredient. Chef Matt Conquest said his black lip mussel recipe includes a base sauce and if you want to change it up you can add extra ingredients. Home chefs can create a creamy option by adding a teaspoon of fennel seeds and one cup of cream to the sauce. Ingredients Serves 2-4 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 4 golden shallots, peeled and sliced 4 large garlic cloves, minced 1 long red chilli, diced or chopped (optional) 2 cups dry white wine 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 bay leaves Sea salt (Matt says not to season with salt until you try the sauce later during cooking.) Good amount of cracked black pepper 2kg or 2 packs of live mussels, scrubbed and debearded 4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped 200g spinach, optional Crusty bread, sliced and grilled or fresh for serving Method To make the sauce base, heat up a heavy-based pot to medium high for sautéing. ...
Budget boost - Rightsizing revs up retirement nest eggs
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Budget boost

Rightsizing revs up retirement nest eggs Choosing to downsize from the family house to a rightsized home that better suits your lifestyle can provide a major financial boost to your retirement funds. Last year, the Australian Government announced incentives to encourage older Australians to downsize their homes to free up housing stock for younger families. And it’s not just those who are eligible for the aged pension who will benefit. The Downsizer Superannuation Contribution Program The Downsizer Superannuation Contribution Program allows Australians over the age of 55 who plan to downsize, to put up to $600,000 per couple ($300,000 for individuals) into their superannuation account. The program isn’t new, but a rule has recently changed which lowers the age at which one can access the scheme. Prior to 1 January 2023, only people over the age of 65 could use the program. Another thing to note is that the Downsizer Superannuation Contribution Program has no upper age limit. This is important because once you reach the age of...
When less is more - Health and wellbeing benefits of downsizing
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When less is more

Health and wellbeing benefits of downsizing Downsizing the family home after the kids have left the nest is a major life milestone which comes with some surprising advantages that go beyond having less gardening and home maintenance to worry about. If you’re considering making a downsizing move, you’re not alone, says Living Gems CEO Adrian Puljich. “According to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, more than half of Australians over the age of 55 have either downsized or have thought about it,” he said. “And that comes with some downsizing benefits that you may not have considered when it comes to rightsizing to an over-50s lifestyle resort like Living Gems.”A sense of security living in a gated community Living Gems resorts are gated communities. “That’s great peace of mind, whether you are at home or travelling,” said Adrian. “But there’s more than just physical security, there is also the comfort of knowing your neighbours by name and that each resort has on-site resort management.”Less maintenance...
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Frame that shot

Pretty as a picture! Living Gems’ popular photo competition returns for 2024. We’re looking for creative photographs that showcase why the Living Gems lifestyle is simply lifechanging. They can be terrific travel destinations, wonderful wildlife photography or fabulous times with friends. Entries are open to all Living Gems homeowners. The best photograph each month will be featured on the back page of Thrive magazine as well as on Living Gems’ Facebook page. Get snapping! The competition will run until 1 November 2024. Submissions should be sent to [email protected] March Photo Winner This month’s contributor wishes to remain anonymous, but tells us this remarkable photograph of a baby dinosaur stampede was taken at the Age of Dinosaurs exhibition at Winton in Outback Queensland. You could be our next photo competition winner. Just submit your photo to [email protected] for submitting your photos. Photos must be: Be taken by you Be at least 2MB in size Include the location of the photograph, along with any interesting information about the destination.
Resort Round-up
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Resort Round-up

Welcome to another edition of our Resort Round-up. Living Gems communities are renowned as places where homeowners can keep fit and healthy as well as having lots of fun, with something new happening almost every day.Talk about close calls! Luck was on Aileen McColl’s side on Christmas night when a tornado hit the Gold Coast and sent a large gum tree in the park behind crashing down onto her Living Gems Gold Coast home. The luck was in the fact that Aileen, 62, and her two dogs were at a friend’s home enjoying some festive fare at the time. It wasn’t until she arrived home later that night that the full extent of the damage was revealed. “The gum tree hit my carport, bathroom, bedroom, lounge and dining areas. All I saw at first was the carport but then, when I opened the front door, it was devastation central. The ceilings had collapsed, and broken metal was strewn across the mattress...