Kareena Preston

The first ten years of my life were like most other kids of the 70’s and 80’s. I grew up on a big ¼ acre block in the suburbs of Perth, with my Mum, Dad, sister, cat, chickens and duck. We had a big lemon tree, a vegetable garden and a swimming pool. The neighbourhood kids were friends and we played tennis on the street and rode our bikes. As long as our mums knew whose house we were at, all was ok.

At age ten, I was diagnosed with Asthma and I spent a good portion of my 6th year of school at home on a nebuliser. It is also when I really began to swim for my health. To this day, you will still find me in and around the water. I love swimming so much I have also been a swim coach for over 30 years.

Life went on and as I grew into my late teenage years I began to look more closely at what I was eating, products I was using and how it affected my health. This was the late 1980’s before it was ever ‘cool’ to be environmentally conscious or aware of the toxicity of commercial products for ourselves and our planet.

I had come across a local Soap Maker operating out of Fremantle. I adored the natural ingredients in her soaps and at every opportunity, I had them well stocked in my bathroom.

I was continuing to battle brittle Asthma, with no relief from the Cortisone medication the doctor continually prescribed. I had adjusted my diet many times. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free. I had also begun to eliminate almost all chemicals from my home to reduce symptoms.

Fast forward ten years ago and I had more control of my asthma. But the wheel of fate had one last nasty turn in the form of excema. I had never suffered from excema. But when I met my now husband, Alex, I broke out all over my body and to this day, need to carefully manage my food and product exposure (and stressors) to keep it under control.

A few years ago, while continuing my swimming coaching career at a small, local swimming club, I was looking for a hobby to keep me occupied between the early morning starts, the evening coaching shift and the travel demands that came with the job. One day, I came across a Soap Making Kit. I purchased it there and then, thinking that maybe I can make beautiful natural soap so I didn’t have to spend so much money buying soap.

After all, I knew whatever I did, it needed to be kind to my skin and kind to the earth.  I made my first batch of soap over the Easter of 2017.

It turned out better than I expected. From that day, I was hooked. I did every bit of research I could. I decided that I would make soap for my family and friends. BUT, other people wanted to buy my soap and Christmas sales kept me busy, allowing me to buy more equipment and ingredients.

My little business now has a full all natural range of 14 soaps, 4 shampoo bars, lip/beard/belly and nipple balms, shower steamers and many other products as I continue to expand. My niche is teaching and educating on natural additives. This has become my focal point in an industry that promotes pretty-smelling toxic products!

Today, swimming coaching is the hobby and I am happily making soap and other products full time, that are kind to my skin and kind to the earth.

Kinds Regards
Kareen Preston

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Melanie Scott K9 Training
Melanie Scott K9 Training

Melanie Scott K9 Training

Hi, I’m Melanie, I started Melanie Scott K9 Training, I’m also the CEO and founder of the Not-for-Profit Foundation, K9’s 4 Valour, 6 years ago when I decided to move forward with a new career path, I made a really big choice of leaving the police force, during this time I found great comfort, joy and love for dogs, I wanted to be able to train dogs my way rather than be confined to a set of training methods, I found even more joy in creating fun ways for training methods, plus with the added bonus of being my own boss, it led to a win-win situation for me, as I also needed to be able to manage my health.   

As a lot of people who go into business have concerns on a number of levels, I did too have my own concerns with my health issues, can I do it with my “chronic pain and PTSD?”, “Can I keep up with daily operations?” I asked myself these questions many times.  I didn’t let those “What if’s” and “Can I?” questions stop me, after all the dogs and their owners need me and I know I have what it takes and the intellect to help them.

So I found ways to overcome these problems by pacing out my workload to lower the risk and limit the pain flaring up, I schedule in for me to take out time for myself so my mind, as well as my body can relax before I begin to feel overwhelmed. 

I teach people how to understand their dog and how to get the best out of their dog regardless of the dog’s breed, age or size.  Dog training is actually also people training, we are the ones who need to learn the skills just as much as the dog does, training people on how to train their dog plays a big part in all of my services.

  • Puppy training
  • Dog behaviour and obedience
  • Assistance and therapy dog training
  • Puppy and dog training on Zoom

You can get the same results training your dog online as you can get from a trainer in person, and also gives me the ability to reach people across the world and outside of my home base in Camberwell, Victoria, also giving you the ability to stay within the comfort of your own home, without worrying about restrictions or having someone having to visit your home, it’s super safe and Covid-19 friendly.

I use my dogs for demonstrations and answer any of my client’s questions during my consult and any of the chosen training services that I provide, what satisfies me the most is seeing a client proud of their dog, seeing that rekindling bond and my clients feeling satisfied and confident in the new training methods they have learnt themselves.  

My love for dogs doesn’t stop there, I have 2, Paddington and Hamish, I also have 2 cats, Clawdia and Macy.  You can donate or buy gifts to support our Not-for-Profit organisation. 

“K9s 4 Valour provides Service Dogs to assist past and present First Responders who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”.

I hope that one day someone reads my story and is inspired enough to start their own business, one thing I suggest is “research your industry and target market, always be open to learning

Melanie Scott K9 Training

Melanie Scott K9 Training

new skills, ask for help if you need it and GO FOR IT”.

“Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself ~ Eleanor Roosvelt”.

 

Yours Kindly ~ Melanie Scott

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Arm yourself with information and it will be a breeze. Knowledge is power. Power provides confidence. We connect.

Anne

Anne

The Director and Licensee of BAFC Settlements, Anne Meiklejohn is the Owner of an award-winning Settlement agency. They settle property all over Western Australia.  Every settlement has a unique story. It starts with a beginning, middle, and an end. The team understands that it can be a stressful time…. we spend time to understand. It’s not a one size fits all approach. Human connection is the secret ingredient. A personalized approach to all our settlements puts the heart back into the process.

Over 25 years in the settlement industry we have seen a lot of transactions. Some great, some a nightmare. What I have noticed is it all comes down to communication before the transaction. Once the transaction is signed the “horse has bolted.” At the end of the day, open communication will save you money.

Buying and selling houses can be a time consuming and stressful time.

But it doesn’t have to be.

 

My top tips;

Attention

1. Think outside the box.
Just because you grew up in an area doesn’t mean you have to stay in that area. Think about where you spend a lot of time. Look at the overflow suburbs Where you would like to live and then look at the suburbs surrounding them. This may be more affordable Look at accessibility via freeways and public transport. Don’t just look at what’s in front of you. Look around the corner!

2. Look at all the costs of buying a house.
Contact a settlement agent and go through the fees and charges. The most common charge that people focus on is stamp duty. There are many governments and third party charges that come into the equation. Settlement costs, lenders mortgage insurance, Landgate registration fees, Water and Council inquiry fees, Strata inquiry fees and levies, Water rates, council rates, bank fees for loan applications, termite inspection reports, and building inspections reports. You have a house and content insurance policy, any repairs that may be needed, or renovations you are considering. Contact a settlement agent, insurance companies, building inspectors, termite inspectors, bankers, and brokers to get an idea of the fees involved. Do your research…get the information.

3. Look out for Grants.
You may know about the first home owners grant and the different rates of stamp duty, but there are other grants available you may be eligible for. REBA First Homeowners assistance grant offers up to $2000.00 and can cover the cost of settlement and bank fees (certain conditions apply) Building grants. BAFC Settlements can provide you with assistance for the completion and submission of these applications. First home buyers look into the shared equity schemes available with Keystart and the Department of Housing.

4. The finance Broker
Just like a settlement agent, a finance broker is worth their weight in gold. Find a great broker. Be honest and upfront with them about your expenses and debt. They will be able to ascertain your eligibility for the loan. Your settlement agent and broker will work closely together working on amounts needed for final settlement.

5. Ask lots of questions
A great settlement agent will be able to guide you through the purchase prior to signing a contract. Engage their services early on. Don’t wait until the contract is signed. It’s too late then. BAFC

Settlement can guide you through the settlement process and give you ideas on conditions that you should include in the contract. Some conditions may need to be drafted in such a way to save you money or to protect you.

NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS.

6. Put that offer in.
Ask to see all necessary paperwork before putting in an offer. A copy of the Certificate of Title, the strata plan. Send them through to BAFC Settlements so they can check to see if there are encumbrances affecting the property. Your research will help you put in a confident offer. You know how much money you can borrow, you know what your costs are going to be, you are happy with the conditions to include.

7. Slow down and read, read, read.
The settlement could be delayed if the documents are not signed and completed correctly. This delay could result in more charges and expenses for you. Take time to read through the contracts before signing them and if in doubt give us a call.

BAFC SETTLEMENTS have a team of conveyancers

  • We are contactable after hours
  • No charge for a consultation
  • Free Verification of Identity
  • Mobile service
  • You will never have to feel unsupported.
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BAFC settlements

 

 

www.bafc.com.au. Ph 9335 9133 ALL HOURS.

CLB Luxe

CLB Luxe

Hi Christie-Lee here, I am a Gold Coast girl who loves anything and everything involving health, wellness, and beauty. I started CLB LUXE because I wanted to share my love for natural skincare and also my love of crystals. I believe relaxing your mind, body, and soul is very important in our stressful lives and I wanted to help women make time for some self-care skincare rituals they can do in the comfort of their own home that will benefit how they feel. We have 3 main crystal skincare products these are our signature face roller and Gua Sha massage sets, our crystal eye masks, and crystal face masks. These are products anyone can use that make you feel great, destress your mind, body, and soul.

Our crystal Face Roller and Gua Sha sets are incorporated into your already existing skincare routine.  These come in Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jade, and Clear Quartz crystal.

CLB Luxe

CLB Luxe

You will use these with your existing face moisturisers and serums to help your skincare absorb better, keep your skin’s circulation moving which will give you a beautiful glow from the inside out, help with any muscle tension in the face and neck, especially amazing for those of you who clench your jaw or grind your teeth. The Gua Sha will plump out fine lines, reduce puffiness, and help lymphatic drainage in your face which can cause toxin build-up under our skin. Using these will also help reduce acne and redness in the skin.  Using these skincare tools will help you sleep better by relaxing the face and creating a feeling of relaxation. These crystal skincare items can be used at home to create your own at-home facial treatment.

The Gua Sha skincare tool has been used for years in Chinese medicine and acupuncturists still use it in their practice to treating patients and many day spas have also incorporated a Gua Sha facial into their spas as it is known as the natural facelift because it instantly lifts, contours and plumps the face by using long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue that will increase blood flow, help move stagnant energy in the body that helps with inflammation and helps promote healing. Gua Sha is used with a moisturiser or serum to help it slide along the face upwards to lift and contour the face and jawline. If you are someone who works all day on a computer and is always looking downwards you may have developed something called ‘tech neck’ this is from constantly looking down which creates neck wrinkles. We have our vibrating rose quartz face roller that is battery operated and uses 6000w per minute to plump wrinkles on the face and the neck as well as lifting and contouring. The vibrating roller is a popular one with celebrities. All face rollers can also be used over the top of a sheet mask to help the serums sink into the skin better. As well as the face you can use your Gua Sha to naturally plump the lips which is a great alternative to lip filler, use it on the body to help with scars, stretch marks, fluid retention in the legs and also helps with women who breastfeed to massage the area to prevent mastitis and milk blockage.

If you suffer from dry, easily irritated, puffy eyes, dark circles, migraines, stress or anxiety you will love our crystal eye masks.

CLB Luxe

CLB luxe

These are hand sewn using 174 individual crystals to create our Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Jade, and Clear Quartz crystal eye masks. These can be used in meditation, at the end of a yoga or pilates session to relax, used while having a relaxing bath, used to help you fall asleep, ‘I actually fall asleep with my amethyst eye mask on sometimes”. They are an instant relaxant and many people who suffer from stress and anxiety fell these really help them calm down. Being natural crystals they are very calming and great to use when you first wake up as natural crystals are cool to the touch so these help de-puff the face before you get out of bed and put makeup on. You can also place these in the fridge in summer for an extra cooling effect which also helps women with menopause when they are having hot flashes. The coolness also helps to close pores in the skin. The mask can be turned upside down over the mouth area to de-puff the lower face and get the circulation moving. These crystal masks are also available as a full face mask which is for those who want the ultimate crystal mask experience, they use 247 crystals and cover the entire face.

Many models and actors use these masks to help brighten, de-puff and give their faces the ultimate relaxation before the go to a shoot.

All these products help create glowing skin that helps eliminate toxins from the skin and keep the lymphatic system moving so there is no stagnant lymph. You will feel relaxed being able to give your face and neck a daily massage as we have so many muscles in our face and neck that need love just like the rest of our body and our face and neck often get forgotten so these products are great, easy to use and can be used anywhere.

CLB Luxe

CLB Luxe

If you are looking for a natural alternative to botox and fillers to help with anti-aging, skin firmness, skin contouring and that is beautiful and relaxing I would recommend a face roller set as they are easy to use, you can do it morning or night, even while watching Netflix. You will notice immediate results and when you choose your crystal your skin will also be getting the benefits of using a natural crystal on the skin. Rose Quartz is a beautiful crystal for self-love, purifies the heart, and opens it to love, great for inner peace and friendship. Clear Quartz is popular for manifesting your dreams into reality and also a master healing crystal, Amethyst is amazing for circulation, helps with insomnia, great for meditation, and heal the mind. Jade is a popular protective stone that brings good luck and friendship and soothes the mind of negative thoughts.

We believe every woman should feel worthy, beautiful, and loved and that is our aim through our products.

Christie-Lee

Christie-Lee

Kind Regards

Christie-Lee Britten
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