The littleBIG guide to wellbeing at work

It’s the busiest time of year with Christmas parties, social gatherings, concerts, night markets, and plenty more. We are all trying to fit everything in and DO IT ALL. Our health can take the back-burner and saying ‘yes’ to some things may mean pushing other things down our priority list. Sadly, one of the first things we tend to sacrifice is our own physical and mental health.

We’ve got a list together of tips to stay on top of your health this silly season!

  1. Wake up and move your body – Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”, interviewed and studied the behaviours of CEOs for years before writing her book. She explains prioritising your morning and the way you start your day has a direct correlation to how successful you are at work. If you are a procrastinator, waking up and doing exercise will not only get the workout done early but it will also boost serotonin levels in the brain, increasing your mood and let’s face it, making you a happier, nicer colleague to be around! Hallelujah!
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast – Unfortunately, this is a huge one for most busy professionals. You get to work, the phone rings, your meeting arrives early, you’ve got 100 unread emails, you fed the kids, but you forgot to eat yourself! This is setting you up to make bad food choices because your blood sugar levels will drop and before you know it, you are craving and reaching for that processed sugar snack or that caffeine fix to satiate you until lunch.
  3. Have a water jug at your desk – If you are in an office with heating or air conditioning then it is easy to get dehydrated. If you have a jug at your desk, you will be reminded to drink water throughout your day.
  4. Be mindful at work – Mono-tasking is the new multi-tasking. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with workload so before you open ten tabs on your desktop, write a list and prioritise your tasks. If you work mindfully on one task at a time, you are going to work smarter not harder. You won’t have to check over the mistakes you’ve made so you’ll take half the time.
  5. Check yourself before you wreck yourself – Self awareness is the key when it comes to working in teams. Your attitude and behaviour will always affect those around you. Do you ever have a feeling or get a vibe when you meet someone without them saying one word? If you need to take a break or have five minutes in peace, go for a walk, have a coffee, or even chat to a colleague about how you are actually feeling. It helps to ride the waves of those emotions with supportive people around you – and be honest about it, suppressing will only make it worse.
  6. Let it go – Nobody is perfect and if someone annoys you or does something that you don’t agree with, talk about it with them directly and then move on. Don’t waste extended time and energy on things you don’t need to. We are all guilty of creating an elaborate story in our head and holding onto negative feelings.
  7. Take regular breaks throughout your work day – There is plenty of research now that proves productivity comes in bursts. The Pomodoro Technique is one method that enables you to learn to work with time and not against it. The aim is to focus while the timer is on, then you are rewarded with a break where you can snack, get a cup of tea or coffee, or just a bit of fresh air outside.

These tips, along with choosing real and wholesome food, scheduling in regular workouts, putting yourself first when it comes to health, and just learning to say no, are absolutely essential to being the healthiest and happiest human you can be. It’s time to make this December a good one by getting ahead of those New Year’s resolutions!



Meet Millie Archer – homewares dreamed and designed with love in Melbourne

Established in July 2015, Millie Archer is a small batch designer brand that produces no more than 100 pieces of each design. Every design costs no more than $100; ensuring that each item is exclusive yet affordable.

With the turn of every season, Millie Archer launches a new collection to keep living spaces fresh, aspirational and up-to-date. Each collection is a combination of uniquely designed feature pieces (wall prints, cushions) as well as fashionable everyday items (mugs, coasters).

The introduction of a single Millie Archer design changes the look and feel of every home or office. The versatility of each piece allows for effortless integration into any space, and in turn updates the aesthetic of any room.

Key collection pieces include:
⦁ Baskets
⦁ Cushions & throws
⦁ Glassware & mugs
⦁ Hanging planters
⦁ Prints
⦁ Terrariums
⦁ Vases

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Founded on a mutual love of homewares and design, Millie Archer is the brainchild of Melbourne couple, Paul Jager and Laura O’Keeffe.

Following 18 months of intense research, the couple pooled together their skills, style and background to create beautiful, minimalist homewares with a scandi/vintage edge.

The name Millie Archer was created by combining Laura and Paul’s favourite names: Millie and Archer.

“The name was a big decision,” Laura says.

“It was like naming a child. We would say the name on a daily basis more times than we would say each others.”

“We knew it had to be fresh and catchy in the hope that it becomes part of everybody’s style vocabulary.”

Laura’s background is in retail marketing, having worked for retail mecca Chadstone Shopping Centre for four years before moving into digital marketing and then onto Millie Archer.

Paul has a Bachelor and Honours degree in Commerce and Economics and has managed his family’s small business for the past six years.

The couple say each Millie Archer design is given as much care, love and attention as they dedicate to each other.

“We hope everyone falls in love with Millie Archer as much as we have!”


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‘New York loft meets French apartment’ is the timeless appeal that Finch & Lane introduces to the Melbourne interiors market.

Born from a desire to produce and sell quality lifestyle living and dining furnishings, Finch & Lane makes exquisite things accessible to everyone.

Opening in April 2016, Finch & Lane is owned and operated by Stephanie and David Rew and showcases beautifully crafted furniture and home furnishings as well as rare vintage movie posters, artfully restored, which altogether create a complete furnishing solution for the home.

High quality is top of mind for Finch & Lane throughout the entire production process. From sourcing the perfect materials and craftsmen, to their newly restored historic 1920’s flagship store in Malvern, all the way through to their impeccable customer service. Their furnishings incorporate exquisite joinery and intricate upholstery detailing. Luxurious Belgian linen puts a tasteful finish to charming yet functional pieces of furniture.

Elegant and graceful in design with a subtle colour palette, each range comprises of a number of key shapes and designs that have been well researched and developed with outstanding quality a key factor in the sourcing model.

Their materials have been sourced from around the globe to ensure that the end product is uncompromised in terms of materials, workmanship and quality.

The Finch & Lane poster collection includes rare posters (with some the only in existence), that will provide a unique conversation piece for art collectors, stylists, property owners and corporates alike. David brings extensive knowledge with him to Finch & Lane after sourcing his first movie poster at the age of 14 (American Graffiti, 1973).

Finch & Lane is directed toward a niche market interested in buying quality pieces for a tasteful home.

Each piece of furniture from Finch & Lane has been made by master craftsmen with superb attention to detail and quality.

The furniture offering includes living and dining pieces such as cabinets, bookcases, dining tables and chairs, buffets, sofas, loungers, and armchairs just to name a few. Combining the individual passions of the owners (quality design and movie poster expertise), each range is named after favoured movie stars including Marlon Brando, Jean Harlow and the lovable Audrey Hepburn.

Crafted primarily from white American Oak sourced from North Carolina, the timber is beautifully crafted to bring a perfect mix of functionality and design. All other timbers are reclaimed Elm or Fir from heritage buildings no longer in use. Throughout the whole production process, Finch & Lane encompassed a natural penchant to ensure all of their pieces were sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

One hundred per cent Belgian linen upholstery is used to produce a luxurious feel and rugs are made using bamboo silk, viscose and/or wool emphasising the stunning Finch & Lane style.

Bek Sheppard from Bek Sheppard Styling boasts about the beautiful aesthetic a piece of Finch & Lane furniture brings to your home and how each piece and range has been so well considered.

“Finch & Lane’s bespoke furniture and interior décor is simply stunning. The furniture is timeless, sophisticated and effortless and customers will be sure to discover a truly beautiful selection of products to suit their home.

It’s really refreshing to find a new interiors store in Melbourne that has found its own niche market that will enhance any living and dining space”.

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Known for its original approach to the humble meatball, The Meatball & Wine Bar – Flinders Lane brekky menu includes some all-time favourites for the first meal of the day, guaranteed to get you off to a great start.

Continuing its tongue-in-cheek storyline, The Meatball & Wine Bar is on the ball with their new breakfast menu, offering the traditional toasty, available in five delicious flavors including Bolognese, Mushroom with Pork Sausage and Nutella with Banana.

For the traditionalists, homemade crumpets are on offer but severed with Honeycomb Butter or Lemon Curd for a twist. With a nod to their Italian roots, the Avocado Caprese combines fresh avocado and heirloom tomatoes combined with mozzarella and basil on toasted Quinoa bread.

The Breakfast Hero is the perfect mix of brekky favorites and includes truffle scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach, cheddar and basil for a full protein hit while fresh fruit salad with yoghurt, honey and granola provides another option for those on-the-go.

For the ultimate wake up before work, The Meatball & Wine Bar – Flinders Lane breakfast menu also offers eye-opening coffees by Dukes, combined with specialty milks from Milk.Lab and Jonesy’s and awesome teas from Storm in a Tea Cup. Or for those needing an extra pick-me-up, why not stop in and indulge in a Virgin Mary on the run.

This new breakfast offering is in response to customer demand and illustrates the brand’s desire to expand their offering. Customers are invited to call ahead so that breakfast is ready to take away for those who still need to pound the pavement to get to work.

Visit The Meatball & Wine Bar

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Instagram – @meatballWB

For additional information please contact:
Rhianna Senior 03 9025 9574 / 0421 806 902 /
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About The Meatball and Wine Bar
The Meatball & Wine Bar offering can currently be found in three locations in Melbourne; 135 Flinders Lane – Melbourne, 105 Swan Street – Richmond and 98 Smith Street – Collingwood. All balls and accompaniments are made lovingly with the highest quality ingredients, sourced locally. Beef Balls are nothing but 100 per cent pasture fed Black Angus, Pork Balls are made using Black Berkshire pig and Chicken Balls are produced from free range and certified organic chooks. Fish in The Meatball & Wine Bar fish balls are line caught in Australian waters and Vege balls are produced only from home grown seasonal vegetables.


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Victorian law firm Moores and not-for-profit hub Our Community have released a Child Protection Toolkit to help not-for-profit organisations and schools to promote child safety and prevent institutionalised child abuse.

The Child Protection Toolkit has been released in the wake of new Victorian legislation that came into effect for most not-for-profits, including education, disability, religious bodies, sport and maternal and health care service providers, on January 1 this year.

The changes, introduced under the Crimes, Child Wellbeing and Education Acts, impose on organisations a range of new child protection obligations.

The Child Protection Toolkit explains the Victorian changes as well as the wider social and legislative context, and sets out practical advice to help organisations across Australia meet their compliance obligations and ensure their environment is a safe place for children. It also takes into account the ongoing Royal Commission Parliamentary inquiry, which is expected to be finalised in 2017.

The toolkit has been written by Moores, drawing on its extensive experience working with not-for-profit organisations on these issues, and is edited, published and distributed by Our Community.

Lead author Catherine Brooks, a Principal at Moores, says she is passionate about helping to prevent institutional child abuse. She says that by making the toolkit available at no cost to Australian organisations, Moores aims to help preserve every child’s right to a safe childhood.

“By downloading this toolkit and putting in place the strategies, policies and procedures it recommends, organisations will be taking the first invaluable step toward preventing child abuse,” Ms Brooks said. “We at Moores are committed to making a positive social impact and we’re proud to be helping society’s most vulnerable people (our children) in this way.

“With a rise in the number of Australian children receiving child protection services each year*, it is vital these new laws are understood and taken seriously so we as a community can work together to reduce this number year-on-year. We’d like to see these figures reduced to zero.” According to Ms Brooks, the pro bono value of the toolkit is $75,000.

Our Community released the Child Protection Toolkit to its database of 80,000 members today. It is also be available on the Our Community website – visit

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Women leading the way in unlikely business sector

ASX-listed technology services firm, DWS, has for the first time appointed a female to serve on their Board of Directors.

Jodie Moule, Co-Founder of Symplicit – Australia’s largest customer experience (CX), design and innovation consultancy – was announced onto the Board at a recent Annual General Meeting.


Jodie, a psychologist, and her industrial designer husband, Stephen Moule founded Symplicit in 2003 – the company now employs 65 staff across three states (NSW, VIC, QLD).
Jodie says that her background in psychology gives her a broader perspective for being able to understand human behaviour and this helps not only in her role on the Board of Directors for an IT Services firm, but most importantly led her to work in an industry not typically populated with women.
“Having a psychology background, I never thought I would end up in the IT business space. The reality is that I started out in a career that was about understanding people and those skills have transferred across to a completely different industry that also requires a high level of understanding of human behaviour given that all technology is built for use by people.
“I am honoured to be the first female on the DWS Board of Directors and hope that we see more women in these sorts of roles across the industry generally.” Jodie said.
Symplicit are specialists in understanding and interpreting customer behaviours through deep understanding of habits and behaviours, and translating these into strategic design solutions for organisations – this approach is known as Human Centred Design. Their keen focus on customers separates them from other agencies, helping them champion the new era of putting the customer first and using Human Centred Design methods to create products, systems and services that create a competitive advantage for their clients.


The business believes that understanding human behaviour allows you to change the customer experience, and that change happens through creative thinking and clever, simple design.


Jodie’s background in clinical and organisational psychology coupled with Stephen’s experience as an industrial designer led them to create the successful innovation and design company Symplicit.


Symplicit have worked with local and international companies such as Telstra, ANZ, PayPal, eBay, DHL International, Coles, Officeworks and Queensland Ambulance Service.


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Melbourne’s ‘BEST’ Market traders revealed

Following the overwhelming success of public voting in the 2015 Melbourne Market Awards, the expert panel of judges have spoken – naming Melbourne’s ‘BEST’ Market Traders from the Markets of Melbourne (Prahran Market, South Melbourne Market, Queen Victoria Market and Dandenong Market) across 14 categories.

Judges Russell Zimmerman (Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association), Nicky Riemer (Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Union Dining) and Hilary McNevin (Freelance Food and Wine Writer) assessed each of the 53 ‘Favourites’ secret-shopper-style, scoring them on a range of criteria including service, quality of advice, stall presentation and standard of produce/wares.

The results have been tallied and Melbourne’s Best Market Traders were announced at the exclusive Award Ceremony last week at The Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD, hosted by ex-MasterChef contestant and blogger (The Wholehearted Cook), Dani Venn.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Melbourne’s Best Market Traders for 2015:

Category Winner Market
Poultry and Game The Chicken Pantry Queen Victoria Market
Fruit & Vegetables Georgie’s Harvest South Melbourne
Meat Gary’s Quality Meats Prahran Market
Delicatessen Curds and Whey Queen Victoria Market
Specialty Food Peanut Market Dandenong Market
Seafood Aptus Seafood South Melbourne Market
Coffee Padre Coffee South Melbourne Market
General Merchandise Louise’s Pet Supplies Dandenong Market
Eateries The Mussel Pot Prahran Market
Nursery and Flowers Azalea Flowers South Melbourne Market
Fashion and Accessories Gianna Molinaro South Melbourne Market
Services Lotto & News South Melbourne Market
Hair & Beauty Better Price Cosmetics & Toiletries South Melbourne Market
Veteran Trader Gary McBean from Gary’s Quality Meats Prahran Market
ULTIMATE BEST Gary’s Quality Meats Prahran Market

The big winner of the night was Gary McBean from Gary’s Quality Meats with the Prahran Market trader taking out a trifecta: Best Meat Trader, Best Veteran Trader and Ultimate Best Trader.

The Veteran Trader Award recognises those who have committed more than 20 years of service and hard work to their Market, whilst the Ultimate Best Trader Award rewards the trader with the highest overall combined score from the three judges.

Gary is a fourth-generation butcher and has been a part of the Prahran Market family since 1975. He has been consistently recognised for his efforts, with his three awards this year following two consecutive Best Meat Trader Awards in 2013 and 2014 – ultimately cementing his place at the top in 2015.

Other stand-outs this year include Georgie’s Harvest (South Melbourne Market), Padre Coffee (South Melbourne Market) and The Chicken Pantry (Queen Victoria Market) who have each been named the Best in their respective categories for the third consecutive year as well.

Celebrating the best of Melbourne’s most historic Markets, this was the third annual Melbourne Market Awards program, as presented by the Markets of Melbourne.

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Eat humane with the RSPCA’s Choose Wisely

Launched this week, the RSPCA’s Choose Wisely initiative is asking all Australians to support humanely produced food when eating out. is a simple online directory that makes it easy for everyone to do their bit to improve the lives of farm animals produced for food. For anyone who cares about animal welfare, Choose Wisely is the logical choice.

The growing trend in food provenance is moving beyond the weekly farmers’ markets and going mainstream. Research shows that 85% of Australians agree it’s important that the meat, eggs and dairy products sold in Australia are farmed in a humane way.  Major supermarkets have been making this shift to meet consumer demand.

Now with more than three quarters of Australians agreeing humanely produced food is important when eating at a café or restaurant, the RSPCA saw the growing need to help customers make a better choice for animal welfare when dining out. Enter the Choose Wisely initiative. Launched with a new website this week, the Choose Wisely search tool, which features hundreds of businesses, will be the go to foodie directory making it easy for people who are dining out to find businesses serving humanely produced food.

Heather Neil, CEO RSPCA Australia states, “We know that people care about animal welfare, and want to ensure the food they eat comes from animals that have been treated humanely. By using Choose Wisely to find a café or restaurant that serves higher welfare food, consumers can now take an active role in improving the lives of farm animals in Australia.”

While it’s become easier to purchase and prepare higher welfare food when eating at home, eating out is more challenging. Choose Wisely solves this with a simple search tool that lists businesses, by locality and cuisine that are serving higher welfare food, such as cage-free eggs.

High profile personalities such as Australian fitness guru, personal trainer, author and TV personality Michelle Bridges is on board to support the cause. She says:

“The reason I support Choose Wisely is simple: animal welfare is important to me. Choose Wisely makes it easy to find a café and restaurant that serves humane food. I hope others will join me in supporting this fantastic initiative from the RSPCA and Choose Wisely when next dining out.”

Chef and Author, Simon Bryant, is also passionate about humane food. He says, “I’ve noticed how many people now take a huge interest in where their food comes from and they’re rejecting inhumane farming systems. The biggest animal welfare issues are related to layer hens producing eggs, meat chickens and pigs. Getting on board with Choose Wisely is simple and a great way to support positive change.”

RSPCA’s Choose Wisely initiative is another step towards a more humane Australia. By using Choose Wisely and supporting those businesses committed to putting humane food on the menu, individuals can make a huge difference to the welfare of farm animals.  For more information visit the Choose Wisely website

Social Media: #RSPCAchoosewisely Instagram: @RSPCAchoosewisely

Wellineux’s Wellness Workshop number 4 – ‘Rest’

The lovely team at Wellineux have been busy bees hosting a series of wellness workshops named ‘Atelier‘ and number four in the series is set to impress!

The workshops are designed to support guests through their very own ‘Journey of Me’ (JOM), which complement Wellineux’s marquis tool to wellness, the JOM – a beautifully presented eight month wellness journal (received free at your first workshop).
The fourth workshop installment Rest will feature Kerry Rowett as guest speaker. More on this below!
Take it from us, these workshops are insightful and motivating and we can’t wait for ‘Rest’.

Tuesday 27 October, 2015
Time: 7am – 9am
Cost: Individual workshop – $77.00 inc gst – Book here
Location: Mardo’s, Corner of Raglan & Crockford Streets, Port Melbourne 
About the workshop:
– A nourishing refined sugar and gluten free whole foods breakfast, food intolerance friendly
– Gift box full of goodies designed to foster your rest
– Tips and practical tools to implement into your life immediately
– Access to Unity – Wellineux’s exclusive, members only online content
– Options for further development
– 15 minute free coaching session (valued at $50)
– Amazing giveaways on the day
About the speaker: 
Kerry Rowett is a Kinesiologist who works with her clients worldwide via Skype from her home base in Adelaide, Australia. She is passionate about helping people create alignment in their lives and businesses. She has worked with many hundreds of clients over thousands of sessions to help them deal with work stress, increase energy levels, reduce symptoms of anxiety, attract relationships or jobs they desire, clear money blocks and align to other business, work or personal goals.