Stay Above the Weather this Cold and Flu Season

It’s not the end of the world, but you can often feel that way when you’re run down with sickness, especially in winter. We’ve got a few hot tips to get you through the next few months.

Take your fight-amins
If your Vitamin D levels run on empty in winter, there goes one of your body’s lines of defence. It does a great job of encouraging your body to fight off
colds. FACT: according to Canadian researchers, taking 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a week may cut your risk of upper respiratory infection in half.

Make your face a handsfree zone
Unless you’re thinking about introducing sterile surgical gloves into your winter wardrobe, keep your mitts off your mug. People who touch their eyes and nose are 41% more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections than folks who go handsfree, according to a study conducted by the Journal of Occupational Health.

Say hello to yoghurt
Cold and flu viruses may just have an Achilles heel more common than you’d think – Greek yoghurt! In a study published in Clinical Nutrition, people who consumed a specific stain of probiotics daily reduced their risk of catching one of these bugs by 27%. Try and aim to eat at least one serving a day of Greek yoghurt with live cultures.

Refill your meditation
Contemplate perfect health for yourself and take a moment each day to meditate. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who meditated took 76% less sick days then those who needed to keep their zen in check. Meditating helps you to stay focused, calm, and alleviates stress – often when you’re most vulnerable to being run down.

Order a shot
The number one thing you can do to prevent the flu is get vaccinated! Even if another strain infects you, the flu shot helps to reduce symptoms. (PS it’s free for those over 65.)

Sweat it out
Korean researchers report that exercising switches on your immune response so make sure you stay active when you’re sick – even if you don’t feel like it!

Plan Your Holiday Like a Pro!

So, you’ve just booked your fantastic holiday (perhaps you were inspired by the expedition cruise) – but now what? Getting ready and organised is much more than simply just packing. Why not add these 5 tips into your holiday packing routine to help remove some of the last minute stress.


Why not start the holiday looking your best and make sure all those personal appointments (any health appointments / check ups and having your hair or nails done etc) are done before you leave. This way, it’s one less thing for you to worry about while you’re away and you don’t look back on the happy snaps and think… ‘Geez, I wish I had had my roots done!’

Documentation and Communication

Make a copy of all essential information (passport, itinerary, credit cards, insurance) and email it to yourself as well as to a trusted, emergency contact. That way, someone will always know where you are and can help if any documents get lost or stolen along the way.

It’s worthwhile checking in with your phone service provider, just to see if there will be any additional charges and what coverage is available, especially if you are traveling somewhere remote or overseas. There’s nothing worse than being stung with an unsightly phone bill upon your return. Also notify your bank of your travel plans so that they don’t block your account thinking your holiday transactions are suspicious.


Make a list of any special items or travel supplies you might need (always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared) and also pick up a few snacks or frozen / non-perishable food to eat upon your return. Trust us, future you will be thankful they don’t have to go straight to the grocery store.


Living in a secure Orianna’s resort gives you an extra level of comfort to know that you no longer have to worry about your home’s security while your away! Gone are the days of asking a neighbour to collect your mail, turn on the lights every now and again and just check that your home is undisturbed. In saying this, don’t forget to ask your friends to water plants and garden while you’re away!

However, one little tip that might save you later is to put some ice cubes in a zip-lock bag and keep it in the freezer. By doing this, you’ll know straight away if you’ve lost power or not, and whether your frozen food is still safe to eat.


If your trip is overseas, some extra things to think about include whether your passport is still valid 6 months after your return, do you need any visas or extra immunisations. Another good idea is to take some maps / guides / translation information as your phone might not always work. And last but not least, don’t forget the power point adapter and to get some money exchanged.

Regardless of your travel plans, whether it is an overnight trip, week long, month long or an extended period, just add these tips into your routine and modify when necessary. How great is it that you can easily plan your trips without reinventing the wheel every time you want to go.

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New Year’s Resolutions – How unrealistic can we get?

New Year’s Resolutions – How unrealistic can we get?

Create realistic New Years Resolutions this year that you might actually stick too (and have fun while doing too!)

We spend a lot of money on family and friends (and ourselves hopefully) at Christmas and then vow that we will start saving earlier next year, or even look for more ideas on how to DIY Christmas for a cost-saving activity.
For most people, the New Year’s Resolutions we set for ourselves are not only unrealistic but they may also be a contributing factor towards feeling unsatisfied in ourselves in the year to come. Here are some realistic, achievable and meaningful resolutions that you can set and work on all year round.

  1. Learn a party trick
    Knowing a cool party trick (hopefully one that no one else knows!) is a great icebreaker at social events. Mastering a new skill – no matter how pointless – can increase your self-esteem and earn you some serious social kudos at the next party you attend. Whether it be a magic trick, a mental mind game, an unusual musical instrument or something physically impressive, you are sure to gather a group of new friends around you.
  2. Call a friend or family member once a week
    Write down a list of people that you don’t get to speak to as often as you like. Make a conscious effort (write it in your calendar) a schedule of one person to call, text or email every week. Maintaining networks of people around us takes a lot of time and effort but by spreading your energy evenly across the important people in your life you will find yourself more connected and more involved each time you make that conscious effort to reach out to them.
  3. Be a ‘Yes’ person for one month
    Have you seen the movie ‘Yes Man’? No? Then that is the first step to this New Year’s Resolution. Watch it! Then apply the theory to one month in the New Year where you cannot say no (okay…maybe say no to a few less things). You will be surprised at the experiences that you have that you may never have had the chance to when you always just say no!

New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be unachievable. Start with these 3 simple ideas to kicking off 2018 and while you’re at it, add visiting Orianna Sandstone Point to your list of things to do! Contact Karen to book your private tour today.

Christmas DIY Ideas

Looking for a way to DIY your Christmas? Try these fun and cute ideas to dress up your home and wow your family and friends!

1. Cookie Canisters
Recycle your pringles containers and dress them up with some crafty inspiration and you have your very own Christmas cookie canister that you can pack full of goodies for family and friends

2. Snowman Candles
For quick and effective decorating, buy some cheap white candles and drape them with old buttons, scraps of fabric and draw a face on them and you have a bunch of little snowmen around your home.

3. Toilet Roll Bon-Bons
Start collecting your empty toilet rolls now and wow your guests with homemade bon-bons! Include little trinkets inside and wrap in Xmas paper, tied up at the ends with ribbon and this is a cheap and fun Christmas idea.

There are so many more ideas online to save money and utilise items around your home to make some amazing Christmas decorations. Orianna residents will be celebrating Christmas with their neighbours in a number of different ways. If you’d like to join in the fun, you can too, visit to learn more about becoming a part of Orianna Lifestyle Resorts today!

Things to do with the grandkids these school holidays!

Things to do with the Grandkids these school holidays!

You may have just had a visit from the Grandkids these school holidays and perhaps you were stumped to find something different to do with them! Be prepared for when the Christmas holidays arrive and show off your cool Grandparent self with these local and awesome ideas for busting boredom.

Osprey House Environmental Centre

Take the kids to the Osprey House at North Lakes where they will get to observe ospreys raising their young and experience the nesting habits of these unique birds. Follow that up with a visit to the koalas, some bird watching and a picnic and you’ve got yourself a great day out for everyone!

Visit their website or call 07 3886 4463 for more information.

Hyperbowl Strathpine

Tenpin bowling is a great activity to do with kids that doesn’t break the bank or the back. The Hyperbowl at Strathpine is open 7 days a week and also has a café for that mid-game snack! There’s nothing like a bit of competition between family members.

Visit their website or phone 07 3205 4033 for more information.

Aqua Park Bli Bli

This activity may not be for the feint hearted but there are plenty of spots to relax around the park as well. Aqua Park at Bli Bli has a series of inflatable slides, runways and jumping pillows that are sure to be a hit with the kids and tire them out too!

Visit their website or phone 07 5448 7555 for more information.

Seniors Card Perks You May Not Know About

Seniors Card Perks You May Not Know About

Queensland is the sunny state and the lucky state when it comes to discounts and incentives for seniors in comparison to other states across Australia. Queensland seniors can make the most of the varying discounts available, but you first need to know what you can get and where you can get it from.

We conducted a search of the Queensland Government website to see what perks are available that you might be missing out on and found over 310 discounts within a 20km radius that range from products, services and everything in-between.


Magazine Subscriptions

Get 10% off all magazine subscriptions including Taste, New Idea, Better Homes and Gardens and Quilters Companion. You name the magazine, book or newspaper and it’s bound to be 10% off with a Seniors Card!

Travel Insurance

Thinking of going on a holiday and should organise some travel insurance? Many companies offer 10% off for those with a Seniors Card! More money kept in your pocket for the trip!

Public Transport

Seniors Cards allow you to travel on public buses and trains for a fraction of the cost that you would usually pay! You will need to apply for a Seniors card +go by visiting the Seniors Card website online or calling 13 74 68. Explore the local area and beyond for next to nothing!


Nobody enjoys the dentist but you can make it a little less painful by getting 10% off the gap amount for general dental at 1300SMILES dentists! Just show your Seniors Card when you visit any one of their stores.


These are just a few of the crazy amount of perks that you can get when you show your Seniors Card. From muffins and coffees to optometrists and even car repairs and servicing. Make sure you always ask for a Seniors discount!

Want to check out more deals yourself? Head to the QLD Government website.

One more perk that you may not know about is the first-class facilities and resort style living available to over 50’s at Orianna Lifestyle Resorts which has some pretty good perks of it’s own! Find out more today!