Mental health matters – tips to keep your mind game strong during self-isolation and quarantine
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Mental health matters – tips to keep your mind game strong during self-isolation and quarantine

A month ago the thought of binge-watching Netflix, not having to wear pants and round-the-clock food deliveries would have sounded pretty great but now that it's our reality for the foreseeable future at least, it feels somewhat different. Life as we know it has changed and while there is a lot of emphasis on taking care of your physical health, what of your mental health? During times of increased stress it's more important than ever to look after your overall wellbeing, so we've compiled a list of little things that can have a big impact on your outlook to keep your mind game strong. more

Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town
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Decorate your home office with local art from online collective Cream Town

As with a lot of professions, the arts industry and local artists in particular have have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a lot of individuals completely losing their income. To help ease the financial strain, newly launched online art collective Cream Town is helping to support these artists by selling their works as prints. If you're currently working from home and have a little bit of spare cash, now is the time to shop local and purchase an eye-catching piece for a good cause. more

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How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis
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How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis

Gold Coast, right now our beloved music and arts industry (among others) is in crisis. All over the world, musicians are being forced to cancel concerts and tours left and right to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Industry bodies are tallying losses over $200 million in Australia's music scene alone, and there will be more to come. While public health is paramount, the cancellations have affected everyone from artists to crew, management, promoters, agents, vendors, publicists, merchandisers, drivers, loaders, riggers and everyone else who relied on live events for their income. Visual artists have also taken a heavy hit to their ability to generate a living with city-wide gallery closures forcing the cancellation of upcoming exhibitions. We're all facing a tough road ahead but if you are in a position to help, here are a few ways you can show your support to the coast's… more

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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks
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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks

With many schools shut down across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping young minds both entertained and active whilst they are stuck twiddling their thumbs at home is a monumental challenge. Doing its part to help the homebound community, audio entertainment retailer Audible has released more than 100 kid-friendly audiobooks to stream – for free! more

Shop local (from the comfort of your couch) at The Village Markets' first-ever Insta Market this weekend
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Shop local (from the comfort of your couch) at The Village Markets’ first-ever Insta Market this weekend

For the past 12 years, The Village Markets has been an integral platform for makers and creators across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. It's so much more than just a successful market –  it's a creative community for small businesses, as well as a stepping stone that has turned countless local designers (like Peony and Zulu & Zephyr) into international brands. It's a facilitator of entrepreneurship. A mentoring hub for people with a dream. Even now, amid these insanely unsettling times, TVM's support for the creative community remains unhindered. Instead of a physical market, TVM is going digital – and its first-ever Insta Market is happening this weekend. more


The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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Bandcamp is donating today's share of sales to musicians
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Bandcamp is donating today’s share of sales to musicians

One of the world's biggest repositories of independent music is doing its part to help support artists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. For Friday March 20 only, Bandcamp will be donating its share of revenue from all sales to the artists. If you've been eyeing off a record or eye-catching band tee, now's the best time to snag it! more

Top tips for staying on-task while working from home
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Top tips for staying on-task while working from home

Theoretically working from home is a dream – no morning traffic, no annoying impromptu meetings in the tea room and you can finally be in control of the music playlist. It's great, in theory, but sometimes the reality is very different indeed. All of a sudden you start noticing all of the little things that need doing around the house (looking at you, Mount Washmore), the noisy neighbours and the constant distractions that beg for your attention and before you know it you've wasted an hour searching the cupboard for snacks. To help keep you on-track and on-task, we've compiled a handy list so you can make the most of your stint working from home.  more

Knowledge is power – the best resources to inform yourself on COVID-19
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Knowledge is power – the best resources to inform yourself on COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic is no joke and should be taken seriously. That being said, there are a lot of unreliable information sources that can muddy the waters around what is and isn't true in regards to current coronavirus statistics and self-care practices. Amid all of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it's important to equip yourself with information from only reliable sources. Here is a list of essential links to keep handy that will help inform and prepare you for the duration of the outbreak. more

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Explore your own backyard with a staycay at QT complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks
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Explore your own backyard with a staycay at QT complete with bug rolls and boozy ice-blocks

We’ll come right out and say it, we love the Gold Coast. We do, it’s true! We love it so much that we struggle to go away on holidays because we have everything we need right here – beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and cafes and plenty to see and do, but sometimes life gets in the way and you spend your weekends doing mundane stuff at home instead of getting out eating, drinking and exploring. If you can't remember the last time you enjoyed a little holiday at home or are in need of a little R&R, QT Gold Coast is giving our readers the chance to enjoy a staycay with a special readers-only discount and free drinks!  more

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Veja and Rick Owens collaborate to create kicks with conscience
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Veja and Rick Owens collaborate to create kicks with conscience

When it comes to sneakers, not all are created equal. Some (read: most) are made from various types of plastic and unsustainable rubber, which doesn’t bode well for you in terms of comfort but it’s also not great news for Mother Earth. Thankfully there’s a fashion-led alternative from French footwear company Veja and lauded fashion designer Rick Owens, who have come together for a second time to set a new standard for kicks with conscience. more

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Wear your heart on your sleeve with a Helping Hands bracelet to support Australian bushfire aid efforts
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Wear your heart on your sleeve with a Helping Hands bracelet to support Australian bushfire aid efforts

The fires that raged throughout much of December and January were beyond devastating but even now as the embers begin to die down, the true impact on the land, animals and people is just beginning to be felt. The James Street Initiative is joining forces with Brisbane artisans Blue & Grae to release a limited-edition run of unisex leather bracelets to provide a little helping hand to those people and animals impacted by the Australian bushfire crisis. 100-percent of the proceeds will be donated to charities assisting communities and wildlife in recovery efforts. more

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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses
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Embark on an adventure with an Empty Esky to support fire-affected businesses

The fires that ravaged our beautiful country at the start of this year were beyond devastating but for some, the hurt is just beginning. Many of the towns and businesses affected rely on tourism during the peak times to get them through the quieter times of year so they need your help now more than ever. Empty Esky is a national movement of foodies and adventures on a mission to support small businesses affected by the Australian fires. more

Beauty
Hummm your way to glowing skin with a new two-step routine
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Hummm your way to glowing skin with a new two-step routine

Do you remember when a cleanser, toner and moisturiser constituted a skincare routine? These days, we're conditioned to believe we need a complex 26-step regime of lotions and potions to treat every possible skin condition from pores to premature ageing. If you're feeling overwhelmed or are suffering from product fatigue, there's a new Australian skincare label that is pioneering a nifty two-step routine that is right up your alley.  more

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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer
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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer

Nothing says summer like a huge power bill. In an attempt to beat the heat we often find ourselves pumping the air conditioning and spending more time indoors on our electrical devices. Wish you could stop your costs rising like the mercury on your thermostat? Us too, but it can be tough to know where to start. To help you keep your cool (physically and financially) we’ve done our research and put together seven tips for conserving energy on hot days. Plus as an added bonus, your reduced energy consumption will also benefit the environment. more

Shop for a cause – here's a bunch of homegrown labels and brands that are donating to bushfire relief
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Shop for a cause – here’s a bunch of homegrown labels and brands that are donating to bushfire relief

The ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires have left us all feeling helpless, but the overwhelming number of generous individuals and businesses stepping up to support the victims and our firefighters – whether it be by donating funds, spreading awareness, volunteer efforts or fundraising – is nothing short of an amazing feat. Through tough times such as these, our Aussie spirit of kindness and generosity never ceases to prevail. Here is a list of homegrown brands and labels that are donating part (or all) of their sales profits to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal and related charities. more