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In true Melbourne fashion, we’ve been delivered a whirl-wind of weather this year, from a 30+ degree heat wave in autumn to torrential rain and a cold spell in the middle of summer.

Talk about “what’s right is left and what’s left is right” – am I right!? Okay – I’ve confused myself.

You’re not a true Melbournian unless you are complaining about the weather. But it’s time to face the facts, winter has arrived which means open fires, red wine and, of course, our favourite winter indulgences.

12070729_1713714118868317_2046424386_nPeach Keen Mumma’s Flourless pumpkin pie chocolate chip muffins

Whether you are a carb-craver or lust for the sugary things in life, we’ve put together a list for you of our favourite comfort treats to keep us going through the coldest months of the year!

For the ‘fuss free’ cookers

If the dark trek home from the office or a long rainy day inside with the kids has you reaching for a bag of Doritos and a glass of red wine (or 3) for dinner (we’ve all been guilty of it), then keep on reading.

Whether you are too tired to cook or if you just plain hate it at the end of the day – reality is, you may be missing out arguably the most delicious meal of the day, and all the nutrients that come with it.

‘Fuss Free Cooking’ may have the answer to our problems…thank goodness!

Her Curry Pumpkin, Quinoa and Lentil Soup only has five steps!! That’s right, F-I-V-E steps.

Double the recipe and have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…okay, maybe not breakfast.

Plus you can freeze it and have it next week when you feel yourself reaching for that packet of Doritos after a long day.

Fuss Free Cooking's Curry Pumpkin, Quinoa and Lentil Soup

Photo Cred: Fuss Free Cooking

Food is one of life’s guilty pleasures, and when the Melbourne nightlife in winter is scarce, so too is the dating scene – we count on those satisfying indulgences.

When it’s Friday night after a long week spent at the office, at home with the kids or racking your brain for blog ideas – cooking dinner is well and truly off the cards!

‘The World Loves Melbourne’ has introduced us to the most satisfying winter comfort meal to drown out the busy week and prep us for the weekend.

‘The Ribs and Burgers Degustation’ at Ribs & Burgers features a selection of the best bits of the menu – including 2 burgers, fries and of course, what they are famous for, their succulent ribs!

Perfect when you can’t decide, or want everything on the menu…

The board is made to share – so, bring a friend to cosy up with to enjoy this winter warmer.

Order with a Pale Ale! Enjoy!

The World Loves Melbourne's Ribs And Burgers

Photo Cred: The World Loves Melbourne

Something for the sweet tooth…

We all can appreciate the importance of a sweet tooth – some more so than others. Whether it’s a snack to get you through the morning or an after dinner treat by the fire with a glass of red, this recipe ticks all the boxes.

Peanut Butter is the latest craze when it comes to all things delicious and healthy! That is, unless you eat half the entire jar by yourself.

If you’re obsessed with chocolate, peanut butter and brownies on their own (we are here at Nuffnang) and you can’t decide between the three, there is a solution…

‘Create Make Bake’ has created the ultimate dessert – Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies (drool like Homer Simpson here).

Warning! You may be tempted to eat the entire tray.

Create Bake Make's Peanut Butter And Chocolate Brownies

Photo credit: Create Bake Make


Words by:
Georgie Wolfe

Amber Holyoake
Nuffnang Community Team

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Reflecting back on blogging “way back when”, a lot has changed!  It’s 2015 now, and blogging is bigger than ever in Australia. To help you take your blogging game to the next level, we’re giving away eight Better Blogging Essentials Packs – worth over $1,200 each! Keep reading to find out how you can win for your blog.

Nuffnang has just turned 8 years old, and it wouldn’t be a celebration without all of you! With over 8,000 bloggers in our Australian community, a million bloggers worldwide, and an infinite number of stories, we raise our glasses to you, the blogger. Please join us in celebrating the long-lasting bond of the blogging community! Hear hear

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While we could have had you all ’round to our office for a toast, an online celebration in the space that we all work and play in seemed better suited. So to all the Aussie bloggers out there, we want to hear about your journey as a blogger. Not every blog kicks off at expert level! And some “first ever” posts may be a little embarrassing if you’ve grown a lot since then. Would you believe even Nuffnang got its start from a Pussycat Dolls concert in the UK where our co-founders first met? (True story!)

This year, we’ve got Better Blogging Essentials Packs — worth over $1,200 each! — for eight lucky bloggers.

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Included in the Better Blogging Essentials Pack are:

FBInfluence: FBInfluence is the #1 Facebook marketing training program. Over 20,000 people trust FBInfluence as their go-to source for FB Marketing training. With step-by-step video modules and an interactive forum for all your questions, FBInfluence is the ultimate resource for any blogger wanting to leverage Facebook to drive targeted traffic to their blogs. You’ll win a training membership, valued at $137, granting you online training course and forum access.

Canva: Canva makes it simple to create beautiful blog graphics, social media materials and marketing materials to promote your blog. You’ll win $100 Canva credit to purchase stunning stock photography, layouts and graphics to use in your designs.

oDesk: Get the expert help you’ve always wanted for your blog! Anything you can do on a computer—from graphic design to software development—can be done on oDesk. You’ll win a $50 credit to be used toward any oDesk job posting. Whether you need a writer to help write the perfect bio or a full-fledged software development team to rebuild your blog, oDesk’s tools and talent can accommodate.

Authority Content: This DIY program by Melbourne SEO & Video is a 3 step system that you can follow to increase your conversions, traffic & authority positioning – using the present, product, promote framework.

Gleam: Gleam is a user friendly competitions platform loved by over over 30,000 brands and bloggers around the world. Get an exclusive 1 year full Pro subscription worth $390 with access to email provider sync, beautiful templates, custom landing pages, access to user data plus the ability to run photo contests with Gleam’s new Gallery app.

Video Traffic Academy: Start taking advantage of the power of video content! You’ll win one course membership enabling you to learn easy and effective ways of creating videos, leveraging all parts of a video to boost your Google rankings, and drive massive traffic to your blog.

To enter to win one of the Better Blogging Essentials Packs, leave a comment below with the following:

1) A link to your very first blog post (don’t be shy!)
2) What’s one thing you’ve learned as a blogger since that first post?

Eight lucky winners will be chosen based on their answers. You’ve got until 5pm AEDT Tuesday, 10 March to enter.

Know someone who might like to win a Better Blogging Essentials Pack? Share this post and tag #Nuffnang8irthday

Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team

Quick Poll: What device are you using to read this post?

If you’re like many Australians, you’re likely using a smartphone or tablet! As Aussies are spending more and more time using the web via handheld devices, how they share their content is changing too. In addition to our blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, Nuffnang AU is now also on Dayre!

Dayre (pronounced Day-ree) is a new social media platform for blogging on the go.

NuffnangAU on Dayre

Dayre is an app that allows you to blog from your mobile phone or tablet. Dayre is for busy people with more to say than 140 characters, or that a filtered photo will allow. It’s the perfect window behind-the-scenes for updates on the go, and now Nuffnang AU is sharing updates there too!

You have the option of 5 different types of content to mix and match into your posts: Text, Photo (with filter options!), Video, Stickers, or Location.

 

Chronicled day-by-day, Dayre is the next big thing in social and the easiest way to blog on the go. Be sure to follow @Nuffnangau on Dayre to see behind-the-scenes of blogger events and campaigns, as well as our usual team antics of course!

All the staff from Team Nuffnang have been having heaps of fun with Dayre already, so be sure to follow along! Leave a comment below with your Dayre handle so we can follow you too!

Don’t forget to subscribe and be in the know of our latest news at FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, Instagram and… now DAYRE!

Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team

Dubai is the land of dreams: the tallest buildings, the best shopping, the perfect playground for adventure. With hundreds of world-class restaurants and stylish bars and clubs to choose from, Dubai is a city where gastronomy and nightlife thrive. It’s a city of rich in culture, home to over 200 nationalities with prided Arabian roots.

Nuffnang Bloggerati are heading to the Middle East this December in partnership with Dubai Tourism on Australia’s largest international social tourism campaign, and you could be coming along! Now you have the chance to win the trip of your dreams with Nuffnang bloggers and Dubai Tourism! Keep reading to find out how.

NNDubaiDreams

Share your Dubai Dreams and you could win the ultimate trip for two to Dubai this December! The prize package includes return airfare from your nearest capital city, luxurious hotel accommodation, and activities to experience Dubai like none other. You and a travel companion will join Nuffnang Bloggerati on the trip of your dreams!

To win, simply answer the question: “What do you dream of in Dubai?” via a social media post with the hashtags #NNDubaiDreams and #MyDubai.  Your answer can be text, photo, video… Get creative! The best post as determined by our panel of judges wins.

* Social media posts must be publicly visible and include both #NNDubaiDreams and #mydubai hashtags to be eligible
* Entry is open to residents of Australia with a valid passport
* Winner must be available to travel December 3 – 12, 2014

Get inspired with Dubai Tourism and start sharing your Dubai Dreams to win!

 

Full Terms and Conditions

Valissa
Nuffnang Community Team

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TOP AUSSIE BLOGGER TALENT JETSET TO DUBAI

Australia’s top talent bloggers will this week embark on Australia’s largest international social tourism campaign, partnering with the Dubai Tourism Australia & New Zealand Office to capture the excitement and diversity of Dubai.

Australia’s largest blogging community Nuffnang is partnering with Dubai Tourism to send its talent core, Bloggerati of 21 bloggers with seven staff to experience first-hand the rich culture Dubai has to offer.

The campaign forms a significant part of Dubai Tourism Australia & New Zealand Office’s Digital Strategy where 21 bloggers, two blog readers and Nuffnang staff will fly to Dubai in early December, in return receiving a reach close to 8 million.

Nuffnang’s Managing Director Felicity Grey says the idea to send Bloggerati talent to Dubai arrived when she first witnessed the diverse talent of the Nuffnang group upon accepting the role of Managing Director earlier this year.

“Bloggerati is the most diverse blogging talent group in the country covering a variety of categories from food, travel fashion and lifestyle and interiors to health and fitness, parenting and craft. Nuffnang’s Bloggerati is the only blogger talent group to cover it all, so Dubai with its kaleidoscope of attractions makes perfect sense for our group to showcase the breadth of activities available,” said Ms Grey.

“Dubai Tourism is delighted to partner with Nuffnang on their annual Bloggerati Getaway, to showcase Dubai’s diverse attractions and experiences to the various audiences that their top bloggers attract. The bloggers will be visiting Dubai’s iconic attractions as well as uncovering some of the unexpected experiences Dubai offers to our region,” said Director, Dubai Tourism – Australia and New Zealand, Julie King.

“The Dubai Blogger Getaway will be supported by our partners The Address Hotels & Resorts – Palace Downtown Dubai, The Address Downtown Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall, and Vida Downtown Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and Shangri-La Hotel Dubai.”

The bloggers and social media influencers will be leveraging the #MyDubai initiative, created by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, with a request for residents and visitors to join him in sharing photos, videos and stories on social media and show their experiences of Dubai.

The intention is to celebrate the everyday lives of the people and communities of the Emirate and show the city that is beneath the landmarks, headlines and superlatives. The Australia #MyDubai initiative will provide the opportunity to showcase and uncover some of Dubai’s hidden gems and lesser-known highlights to the Australian market.

“This is the first time Australia has seen an international tourism board commit to an impressive Blogger Getaway of this size. Nuffnang is proud to be part of this industry-first and our bloggers are ecstatic to be working with Dubai,” said Ms Grey.

The 21 talent bloggers making the journey to Dubai include:

Food Porn, www.fdprn.com

Learning 4 Kids, www.learning4kids.net

Learn With Play At Home, www.learnwithplayathome.com

Inside Out Style Blog, www.insideoutstyleblog.com

My Poppet, www.mypoppet.com.au

Sharon the Make Up Artist, www.sharonthemakeupartist.com

Interiors Addict, www.theinteriorsaddict.com

Be A Fun Mum, www.beafunmum.com

Couturing, www.couturing.com

School Mum, www.schoolmum.net

Sesame Ellis, www.sesameellis.com

One Crafty Mumma, www.onecraftymumma.com

Life, Love and Hiccups, www.lifeloveandhiccups.blogspot.com

The House That AM Built, www.thehousethata-mbuilt.com

Move Fuel Love, www.movefuellove.com

Chloe’s Addiction, www.chloeting.com

Vintage Current, www.vintagecurrent.com.au

Melbourne Girl, www.melbournegirl.com.au

Esme & The Laneway, www.esmeandthelaneway.com

The Home Journal, www.thehome-journal.com

The Life Creative, www.thelifecreativeblog.com

One lucky blog reader and a friend also have the chance to share the Dubai experience with their favourite blogger, by entering to win a trip to Dubai with the blogging contingent. Details will be released via the travelling bloggers in the coming week.

Felicity Grey
Nuffnang Community Team

Nuffnang supports the Australian blogging community to create, engage and share information. As blogging is a young marketplace with limited rules and regulations, Nuffnang believes it is up to the community as a whole to shape a successful future for the blogosphere and help grow its sustainable future.

As Australia’s largest blogging community, we actively support all bloggers, large and small, to blog about their passions and interests. Nuffnang doesn’t condone unethical behaviour when it comes to the blogging community or working with agencies and brands.

In the nearly six years Nuffnang has been facilitating campaigns between bloggers and brands, we’re proud to say the bloggers we’ve worked with have shown exceptional professionalism and work ethic and their work has really shaped the power and influence of this industry.

To maintain this professionalism and cement it for the industry, Nuffnang Australia will be developing a Blogging Code of Ethics.

Nuffnang believes the blogging industry has matured and now is the time to cement what we as a community feel is the right way to engage online, with one another, and with brands and agencies to ensure a viable and sustainable future for us all.

We as a community have the power to shape our sustainable future. Bloggers will decide this future and Nuffnang is actively encouraging input to this Code of Ethics from every member of the Australian blogging community.

Nuffnang wishes to collaborate with all bloggers to draft this document which will guide blogging behaviour and activity in this country and promote and foster positive and professional engagement.

Nuffnang Australia will not be supporting bloggers financially or otherwise who actively seek to discourage the values and ethics formulated in collaboration with the community.

To collaborate with Nuffnang Australia on the drafting of the Blogging Code of Ethics, Nuffnang encourages you to email info@nuffnang.com.au with your ideas, thoughts, opinions and input.

Thank you to all of you who make this community the wonderful, colourful and collaborative place that it is. We appreciate every one of you, and look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can further strengthen the Australian blogger community.

– Felicity Grey
Nuffnang Australia Managing Director

Felicity Grey
Nuffnang Community Team

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