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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.
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Resort Round-up

Welcome to another edition of our Resort Round-up. There is never a dull moment at our Living Gems communities with so many activities and fun things happening all the time.   The festive season was a time for get-togethers for family and friends with many special moments and memories shared throughout our Living Gems communities. Homeowners from across our Living Gems resorts ensured everyone had a good time with celebrations ranging from small gatherings to major get-togethers at restaurants, in resort Country Clubs and other dining and entertainment venues. There was plenty of laughter and dancing when an estimated 85 Gold Coast Living Gems residents came together for a fabulous dinner dance in the Recreation Hall to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. They certainly had a spring in their step as they danced the night away as well as enjoying some delicious traditional Christmas cuisine. At Sapphire by Living Gems, residents were quick to get into the swing of a brand-new year at...
Charm your Valentine
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Charm your Valentine

Serving up cocktails and canapes is an enchanting way to make Valentine’s Day a memorable occasion and Chef Matt Conquest has just the recipe for success. He recommends preparing Atlantic salmon or ocean trout as part of a tasting board by using cured salmon or salmon Gravlax, making it ideal for serving as an entree or as a canape. Beetroot adds a lovely rose colour to the salmon when cured and it can also be partnered with gin instead of vodka to make a Miss Peacock Gin cocktail. Beetroot and gin-cured salmon can also be paired with dill creme or cream fraiche, capers and caperberries, cucumber and red onion (either fresh or pickled), fresh herbs, bagels, fresh baguettes or crisp breads, toasted French sticks or savoury mini pancakes. When curing the salmon, keep in mind that the longer it is cured for – between 24 and 72 hours – the more moisture is drawn from the fish and the richer the colour. Ingredients Salmon Gravlax cure 500g fresh...
Adventure ahoy!
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Adventure ahoy!

Seeing the world in ship shape fashion Book a holiday you’ll love and savour the experience of discovering the world at a more relaxed pace on a cruise. Whether you’re an adventurous solo traveller, sightseeing with friends or indulging in a second (or third) honeymoon, you are bound to create life-long memories. Ahoy travellers! These holiday packages are open to all Living Gems homeowners. To book these cruises or to receive more information, visit Norman’s website: integritytravel.com.au Around Australia Make 2024 the year you really get to discover Australia. Last month’s Thrive magazine featured three fabulous roadtrips that explore our nation’s interior. But if a long roadtrip is not for you, how about a cruise around Australia, where you unpack just once and have all the destinations come to you? Join retired travel agent Norman Pressey and his wife Carol from Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront on a 28-day cruise, departing on 4 June from Brisbane and get ready to explore the big capital cities as well as...
The relationship check-up
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The relationship check-up

Tips for keeping the spark in your love life How healthy is your relationship? Is it time for a check-up? How about a check in? Many couples discover that being free from the responsibilities of raising a family, going to work and maintaining a large property puts the focus back onto their relationships, says sexologist and relationship therapist, Naomi Hutchings. In the absence of these time-intensive activities, couples risk putting themselves under pressure to perform – particularly around Valentine’s Day, she said. “My first piece of advice is, don’t be fazed by big events. If you don’t normally make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, then you shouldn’t feel obliged to spend money on the day,” she said. “The only people putting pressure on you are the florists and jewellers. “However, if going all out for Valentine’s Day is something you always do together, and it is a special part of your relationship, then you should continue to do it and cherish it.” The key...
Losing the ‘love handles’
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Losing the ‘love handles’

Tips for shaping up your mid-section   While there may be a little more of you to love, many of us are keen to lose those ‘love handles’ — the visceral skin and fat that sits over our hips. And there’s good reason as fat in that area may increase the risk factors for a variety of diseases. Health and and fitness professional, Josh Kristenson, has some great tips for shaping up around the mid-section. And why not try these tips with your significant other? Exercising together is a great way to bond and reach your fitness goals in good company. 1. Calorie-conscious choices When it comes to managing love handles, being mindful of the calorie density of fats is crucial. Choose leaner cuts of meat, use less or no cooking oils, and opt for low-fat milks and other products. This way you can naturally reduce calorie intake without impacting on nutrition which is the first step in supporting your efforts to address love handles. Understanding...
Love me do
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Love me do

Enduring romance thrives at Living Gems ‘Happily ever after’ doesn’t just happen in romance novels. A lifetime of love and devotion is on display at Living Gems communities right across Queensland. This Valentine’s Day, homeowners share their photos and memories of their special day. Rod and Janene Griffith Amber by Living Gems 9 March 1974 Married at the Methodist Church, Graceville Rod and Janene will celebrate 50 years of marriage on 9 March. They were married just after major flooding devastated Brisbane in 1974. They can still recall how organisers of their reception at the Boulevard Tropical Gardens on the river at Indooroopilly – where three metres of water had flowed through the reception area and gardens – had to scramble to get the venue ready for their special day. “It poured on the day, and after the reception we only just made it through rising waters to get to the airport to fly to New Zealand for our honeymoon. It’s a day we will...
Living Gems sparkle
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Living Gems sparkle

2023 has been a busy year in our active communities. What a year 2023 has been! Our wonderful communities have had fun socialising and going on travel adventures. But more than that, our homeowners also show great heart with fundraisers and practical support for vital local charities. Last year kicked off to a great start with fresh and modern new branding for Living Gems, along with a new website and the launch of Thrive, a glossy magazine for and about our amazing Living Gems residents, current and future! Over the past 12 months, the beautiful new Country Club at Amber by Living Gems really started taking shape and it won’t be long before it is ready for its grand opening in early 2024. The $10.5 million double-storey facility will become the heart of this lovely community. Throughout the year street parties have been the order of the day as new homeowners were enthusiastically greeted by their neighbours. Lots of friendships have been formed with...
The resolution revolution
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The resolution revolution

How to make those New Year’s resolution goals stick For many of us, it’s a resolution we make every year: improve our fitness and enjoy the benefits of increased energy and strength. But where do you begin? Fitness coach Josh Kristenson has some practical tips. Did you know small lifestyle changes that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine will help support your fitness goals whether they be increased energy, losing weight, improved strength or better sleep? 1. Setting realistic fitness goals Being specific in your objectives means you are more likely to achieve them. Rather than making broad statements such as, “I want to increase my fitness.”, give yourself a tangible goal - i.e. "I'll go to aqua aerobics every week and walk a circuit of the resort every morning”. Creating quantifiable goals and a time frame to achieve them in makes it easier to track progress and give you those small wins that will encourage you to keep going and even expand...
Take the long way home
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Take the long way home

Discover Australia via the roads less travelled Whether you have your own caravan and RV or are looking to hire one, we have some of the best Australian roadtrips that you can travel at your leisure.Your starting point is the Queensland border down of Hebel where, in the great Australian tradition, the centre of town happens to be the local pub where you’ll find plenty of character in both the décor and the people. Just down the road from the pub is the Hebel General Store and Caravan Park which is the perfect place to stay the night. About 350kms north, on the Carnarvon Highway, is the sizable outback town of Roma, home to the largest cattle saleyards in the southern hemisphere. Explore Queensland’s history and visit the Mount Abundance homestead, built in 1860 on the first settlement site in the region. While you’re there, check out The Big Rig oil and gas interpretative centre. Stretch your legs at Injune or stay a...
Get your gut right
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Get your gut right

The way to a healthy body and mind A healthy gut can play a crucial role in your mental, physical and emotional health, according to accredited practicing dietitian Carly Barlow. "Looking after your gut health, and the friendly bacteria or microbiome inside, is key to a healthy body and mind," said Carly. Carly explained that the gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms, both good and bad bacteria, that live in our gut. "A healthy gut has a lot of good bacteria which produces what's needed to reduce inflammation in the body. They produce helpful chemicals that also provide many health benefits," she said. She said the way the microbiomes achieve this is through the food we eat. "Essentially, good healthy food provides fuel for the bugs to produce those helpful chemicals." Research has seen advances in gut microbiome knowledge and scientists are beginning to understand how the balance of different types of microorganisms in our gut determine our overall health, according to Carly. She said...