June 2016

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JUNE 2016

Whale Watching Cruises Life beyond Postnatal Depression Winter Fashion Tips & Much More...


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Editor’s letter

Hello and a big welcome to my June Issue of Family Living Magazine. In this Issue we are featuring LJ Hooker (Mona Vale’s) property of the month. We all love to keep upto date with the property market so we will be bringing you a property feature in each Issue. Im also excited to see that Fantasea Palm Beach will be commencing their whale watching cruises this month. This is a fantastic thing for families to experience together. Or why not check out the ferry timetable inside and take a ride to one of our amazing locations with the kids.

This months cover photo was taken by Keiva from KEIVA BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/KEIVABAKERPHOTOGRAPHY

We also have great articles for parents on how to get past Post Natal Depression, children & night terros, finding Joy in everyday life, how to make your garden suitable for the kids and some winter fashion tips to ensure we are looking stylish this season. Annika from Northern Beaches Kids Guide also has some Whats On tips for us to keep us and the kids entertained this month. I hope you enjoy reading this edition and remember to tell our advertisers that you heard about them from Family Living Magazine so that we can continue to provide the magazine for free.

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In this issue… 7

LJHooker- Property Of The Month

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Whale Watching & ‘The Emu In The Sky’

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Pilates Sessions Run by Physiotherapists

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Life Beyond Postnatal Depression

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Greenwood Early Education Centres

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Effortless Layering For Winter

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Children & Night Terrors

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Finding Joy In Your Everyday Life

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Make Your Garden Suitable For Children

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What’s On In June?- NBKG

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Property Of The Month 11 Quarter Sessions Road, Church Point.

Expansive North East Views of Pittwater Privately positioned and surrounded by beautiful park like gardens, this impressive residence on over 1400sqm offers panoramic Pittwater views and a wonderful opportunity for any family looking for room to move. • 3 large living areas • Large kitchen with casual dining area • Great opportunity to add a granny flat • Four spacious bedrooms, 2 with ensuites • Full length veranda’s front and rear

• Rear veranda overlooking huge land holding with views from living room, dining room, kitchen and all bedrooms • Enormous elegant formal living room with beautiful wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings and timber flooring • Separate formal dining room with timber floors • Extra large double garage with remote panel lift door • Plenty of storage areas throughout the property, including huge under house storage area

Call the office on 9979 8000 for more information.

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Whale Watching And The

‘Emu in the Sky’ See the majestic beauty of the humpback whale during their migration from Antarctica up the east coast of Australia along with panoramic views of the Palm Beaches idyllic coastline. Join this scenic cruise for an unforgettable close-up look at these amazing creatures as they migrate to warmer seas. The whale watching season is already upon us (May to November each year), and from Sunday 26th June to October 9th Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries will be launching their first whale watching expeditions from Palm Beach wharf and Ettalong. At Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries our goal is to have each passenger depart our vessels with a greater understanding and appreciation of the magnificent creatures. Family Living Magazine together with Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries would like to share with you an aboriginal story by John Oates – a Wailwan descendant and member of the Darkinjung Guringai Tdjudibaring Community of the Central Coast to explain the Coastal Cultural 8 | familyliving magazine

Landscape of the ‘Emu in the Sky’. “They have shared their knowledge and wisdom with me for many years and continue to do so,” John said. “When Biami, the Creator, is descending toward Mother Earth Dinawan, The Emu is in the Mirrabooka, the Milky Way, dancing under the Southern Cross,” he explains. (The famous Emu rock engraving at Elvina Track at Kuringai Chase National Park pictured shows this connection to the night sky; note the feet pointed behind, as if flying.) “When this time comes, the Blue Whale, the Grandfather of the ocean, sends a message to Gupar, the Dolphin, to keep the mullet close so the People can come together to feast,” John continues. “Not long after this the Humpbacks come past to go north to have their babies. “The Stars, the Moon and the Sun then align for the winter solstice and it is then that all the People gather for Ceremony,


FANTASEA

to celebrate Belonging together in the Lore, in the Love of everyone and everything in the embrace of Mother Earth.” If you are looking for a awe inspiring day out for the family then why not take the kids to see our amazing whales in their natural habitat. Its right at our doorstep and bookings can be made online or instore 1118 Barrenjoey Road Pam Beach (opposite the wharf). More info www.palmbeachferries.com. au or phone 9974 2411. *With thanks to Uncle Richard Farley and Uncle Paul Gordon and the Gunni Takun Cultural Association Inc.

Departure from Palm Beach Wharf and Ettalong • Licensed bar on board • Hosted experience with commentary • Complimentary tea/coffee* • Free Wi-Fi Book online, in store or over the phone * Food and beverage offerings will be subject to sea conditions

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Ferry Timetable and Fares Central Coast Services

Journey Duration: Approx 30min each way

Palm Beach - Wagstaffe - Ettalong

Palm Beach to Ettalong via Wagstaffe am

Departing 6:30

Monday - Friday Saturday

pm

7:30

9:00

10:30

12:00

2:00

3:00

4:00

5:00

6:15*

7:30

9:00

10:30

12:00

2:00

3:00

4:00

5:00

6:15**

9:00

10:30

12:00

2:00

3:00

4:00

5:00

6:15**

Sun / Public Holiday * Terminates at Ettalong

**1st October to Easter Monday only

Ettalong to Palm Beach am

Departing 6:00

Monday - Friday

7:00

Saturday

Fares

pm

8:00

9:30

11:00

12:20

2:30

3:30

4:20

5:30

8:00

9:30

11:00

12:20

2:30

3:30

4:20

5:30

6:40*

9:30

11:00

12:20

2:30

3:30

4:20

5:30

6:40*

Sun / Public Holiday * 1st October to Easter Monday only

Wagstaffe to Palm Beach via Ettalong am

Departing Monday - Friday

5:50

6:50

Saturday

pm 9:20

10:50

12:30

2:20

3:20

4:30

5:20

7:50

9:20

10:50

12:30

2:20

3:20

4:30

5:20

6:35*

9:20

10:50

12:30

2:20

3:20

4:30

5:20

6:35*

* 1st October to Easter Monday only

Pittwater Services

Journey Duration: Approx 45min return

Palm Beach - Bennetts - Bonnie Doon - Basin - Currawong - Mackerel

Monday to Friday Departing

am

Palm Beach

pm

SINGLE

RETURN

Adult

$11.30

$22.60

Concession

$5.70

$11.40

Child

$5.70

$11.40

$2.90

ALL (U5 FOC)

Hop

7:50

Sun / Public Holiday

Ettalong TICKET

FRIDAY EVENINGS ONLY

9:00 10:00

11:00

12:00

2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00

6:00 7:00

8:00*

between wharves

Cartage

The Basin - Mackerel SINGLE

RETURN

Adult

$7.80

$15.60

Concession

$3.90

$7.80

Child

$3.90

$7.80

$2.50

ALL (U5 FOC)

Hop

between wharves

9:10

10:10

11:10

12:10

2:10

3:10

4:20

5:20

6:20 7:20

8:20*

Cartage

9:15

10:15

11:15

12:15

2:15

3:15

4:20

5:20

6:20 7:20

8:20*

Basin

9:20

10:20

11:20

12:20

2:20

3:20

4:20

5:20

6:20 7:20

8:20*

Ferry 10

7:45

Currawong

7:55

9:25

10:25

11:25

12:25

2:25

3:25

4:15

5:15

6:15 7:15

8:15*

Mackerel

8:00 9:30

10:30

11:30

12:30

2:30

3:30

4:10

5:10

6:10 7:10

8:10*

Arrive Palm Beach

8:10

9:45

10:45

11:45

12:45

2:45

3:45

4:45

5:45

6:45 7:45

* The 8pm departure does not return to Palm Beach

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays Departing

am

pm

Palm Beach

9:00

10:00

11:00

12:00

1:00

2:00

3:00

4:00

5:00

6:00

Bennetts

9:10

10:10

11:10

12:10

1:10

2:10

3:10

4:10

5:10

6:10

Bonnie Doon

9:15

10:15

11:15

12:15

1:15

2:15

3:15

4:15

5:15

6:15

Basin

9:20

10:20

11:20

12:20

1:20

2:20

3:20

4:20

5:20

6:20

Currawong

9:25

10:25

11:25

12:25

1:25

2:25

3:25

4:25

5:25

6:25

Mackerel

9:30

10:30

11:30

12:30

1:30

2:30

3:30

4:30

5:30

6:30

Arrive Palm Beach

9:45

10:45

11:45

12:45

1:45

2:45

3:45

4:45

5:45

6:45

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$3.00 $100.00***

TICKET

Bonnie Doon

Bennetts

(from)

Ferry 10

(from)

$3.00 $69.00***

For more timetable information during school holidays and Christmas day visit our website Charges apply for excessive camp equipment. *** $2.00 Merchant fee for credit card payments. Minimum $50 EFTPOS transactions. Concession = Seniors/Pensioners, Unemployed, Veterans/WarWidows, StudentCards Children = 5 to 15 years Children under 5 years = free of charge

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PILATES SESsIONS RUN BY QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPISTS Located in Mona Vale in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, we enjoy developing individualised programs tailored to each person in order to achieve the benefits that come from doing Pilates. This is a big difference between doing Pilates at Fix & Flex versus doing it in other settings. After completing a thorough assessment, a personalized program that is unique to your body, needs and goals is developed for you by a qualified physiotherapist. We then progress the exercises as you become stronger and as your body becomes more able. Your session can be as gentle or as challenging as you want, whether you are suffering from pain, recovering from surgery, pregnant or an elite athlete. We use traditional Pilates equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac/Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, and Mat, and also newly developed equipment called the SurfSet® and CoreAlign®.

The Pilates session types available to book are Private (1 on 1), Duet (2 on 1), and Group (maximum 3 clients to 1 instructor), with each person working with a different specially designed program. Due to your sessions being run by a physiotherapist, you may also be able to claim back a rebate from your private health fund. The rebate amount will vary depending on your level of cover and health fund, so please check with your health fund for the exact amount of cover they allow.

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Life Beyond Postnatal Depression

To understand p o s t n a t a l depression, it is wise to gain absolute clarity of it’s meaning. Post-natal depression is suffered by a mother following childbirth, arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood and fatigue. It is perfectly normal for a women’s body to experience drastic changes whilst returning back to its original form. This is part of the birthing process and to be expected to some degree. But what happens when the psychological and physiological emotional rollercoaster lasts for weeks, months or years?

selfish if publicly voiced, thus she hid them from the world and struggled with them internally on a daily basis. This struggle led to highly suppressed emotions that turned into spontaneous outbursts. She was living in her mind, not present, lacked focus and was building resentment towards those closest to her.

What natural and mindful processes are available to provide greater levels of balance, as well as physical and emotional relief? How can you transcend beyond the pain and use this experience as a powerful transition forward?

She replied, “I feel like I’ve lost my freedom, it’s just the freedom, nothing else”. Hearing these words rang music to my ears, as when we know the fantasy, we can begin to bring it off a pedestal and expose one sided illusions for what they really are…one sided. Together we took her previous form of freedom prior to having her child and looked at the drawbacks. To her surprise upon reflection, she quickly began to realize she used to live day to day, didn’t look after her body, lacked financial management, was disconnected to her family and had very little direction in

I consulted with a beautiful woman in her early 30’s whom was experiencing post-natal depression since the birth of her first child. She genuinely appreciated her family and child, yet felt a loss of time and energy for things that were truly valuable to her. Perceiving these thoughts would be considered 12 | familyliving magazine

Having completed 100’s of cases of depression, I know that every depression holds a fantasy that my clients compare their life too and feel frustrated when it doesn’t come true or elated when it does. So I asked her “What are you comparing your life to? What is this perceived positive fantasy that you’re wishing your life would be?”


Once we had brought the infatuation into balance, we looked at the benefits of her new form of freedom as a mother. She realized that as a mother she had started managing her finances, accumulated saving for the first time, more freedom during the day since eliminating her full time job, re-engaged with family, and had taken more trips with her husband allowing her time to travel, relax, plus approximately 100 other powerful benefits.

her appreciation towards those that she loved and decrease the emotional outbursts. Balancing our thoughts and perceptions has a truly powerful impact on the transition between childbirth and recovery. It is wise for mothers to gain sound knowledge on what you can do to heal your body and mind after a life changing experience. When you feel 100%, you’re able to give yourself and others 100% of you.

HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

life. We continued this process until she came to 100 realizations on the original form of freedom.

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This simple approach of seeing both sides allowed my client to increase

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Greenwood Childcare Early Education Centres Thea dynamic Book tourduo behind the successful their lives. With emphasis given to the early learning Imagine centre, Greenwood creation of worldly, this for your childeducated and kind today! Frenchs Forest, have been with the personalities, the company stresses to – Working alongside an Urban Farmer and Environmental Educator

centre since its very beginning. Laura, their students the importance of giving to transform their playground into an edible outdoor classroom the Centre Leader and Rachel, to and being aProgram part of their own – A bilingual head startthe with back our French Language Community Manager are leading the communities. As a part of the uniquely – Develop body and self awareness with Yoga charge for Greenwood in forming the crafted G-Learning Curriculum, the – The skills to become curious and engaged lifelong learners futures for the– Preparation children of Frenchs children have French, yoga, cooking, with the skills for lifelong health & wellbeing gardening and sport classes regularly, housed in the beautiful specially all inclusive made centres that invoke a homely environment as soon as you walk in the front door.

BeneFits

– Extended care 7am–6pm Within Dietitian the G-Learning Curriculum that – Inhouse Paediatric & Nutritionist all Greenwood centres adhere are the – Meals prepared fresh, daily by our qualified to Chef G-Pillars. are fundamental – Yoga, French, Music &These Sportspillars Programs – Nappies, wipes toilet training provided to a&child’s learningassistance in their centre, with – Online portal to your child’sthe daily portfolio them signifying 6 vital skills for a child – Custom built studio toyoga learn& music in their continued education. – SPF Sun Protection The pillars are: G Me: Emotional

awareness and resilience; G Active: Physical Difference development; G Knowledge: Experience the Greenwood Early literacy; G Whiz: Early numeracy and technology; G Talent: Art, music and movement; G Earth: Exploration of Forest, helping shape amazing global the natural world. citizens, ready for the world! Events are another noteworthy Greenwood is a swiftly expanding element of the childrens’ experience at brand. With nine centres across Sydney Greenwood that each centre undertakes and the Blue Mountains, and a few to celebrate and commemorate days of more on the horizon, the team behind significance over the year. One of the the venture are committed to giving more recent events was Mother’s Day, children the most balanced start in with the children and their mothers

ENROL NOW AT FRENCHS FOREST VISIT greenwood.com.au or CALL 1300 947 336

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We spoke with Laura at the beautiful state of the art centre in the heart of Frenchs Forest. What’s your favourite part of the centre? Every ounce of detail - the care and love that is invested in every element of the centre still amazes me. The team created the most extraordinary environment that it makes even me want to touch and explore everything. Greenwood truly captures the “child’s play” spirit that sits deep within every adult. I could bounce on the Jumping Pillow all day long! Of the 6 G Pillars, which resonates

most with you? G Earth. My grandfather was a gardener, so my connection with natural environments stemmed from that relationship. Even more so, I believe the learning and exploration that spurs from a connection with the physical environment is invaluable at any age.

CHILDCARE

having a very special morning tea, making memories for life, and giving their mothers some presents to cherish.

What do you consider to be most empowering for a child? The ability for their voice to be heard. For a child to know their thoughts are valued will allow them to express themselves, shape their own learning and ultimately build a sense of connection and understanding with the relationships they form. Greenwood inspires the development of this confidence in every child.

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Effortless Laye The cooler months are finally upon us!! Whilst I am definitely missing the warmer days, there is something quite comforting about getting all rugged up for the winter season. Only yesterday, I pulled on my warm woolly coat, beanie and chunky scarf to brave the park with the kidlets! Brrrrr So I thought this would be a perfect time to share my effortless layering tips to keep you looking stylish through the cooler months:

I also love the merino blends in store, they are light-weight but oh so warm. You can add a light jumper at this step if you really feel the cold.

Step 1 Start with the basics (neutral is best) - a long sleeved round or v-neck tee, long skivvy or button down shirt are a perfect starting point (thermals under any of these will give you an extra layer of warmth).

Step 2 Add the bottoms - jeans, leggings, jeggings or thick tights with a skirt of your choice. A jersey knit or ponte materials are a good choice if that fits with your body shape. If you prefer to throw on a dress and layer from there, a knitted blend is on trend this season. A shift dress will do just as nicely as you can begin to layer with a long tee underneath. 16 | familyliving magazine


Step 3 - Accessorize This is a really important step in the layering process. If the weather warms up and you start to lose the layers your outfit will still look put together. Remember less is more. Add a scarf, snood, pendant or necklace. Any sort of accessory will do however make sure it ties in with your outfit. Be playful at this step and add a colour that suits your skin tone and compliments your outfit. Last but not least add a thick jumper, long line cardi, trench, blazer, leather jacket or for extra warmth a puffer coat. So you don’t resemble the Michelin man, choose a puffer that is a fitted to your shape and belted. This is by far my fave investment piece for winter.

FASHION

ering forWinter

Jill Green is a personal stylist and mum of two boys. Brighter Styling offers affordable styling for mums (or anyone) on the beaches www.brighterstyling.com 0438 784 403

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PARENTING

Children & Night Terrors A Night Terror is a rather mysterious infliction that occurs during the deep, non-dreaming sleeping phase, (usually within 2 hours after falling asleep) causing children to cry out, thrash, bolt awake or shock themselves from sleep. Night terrors differ from a standard nightmare in that they do not occur during a dreaming phase of sleep, rather than being a particular vision or scary dream a night terror is a sudden fear reaction that occurs while your child moves from one sleeping phase to the other. They can often last several minutes or longer, sometimes leading to injuries from thrashing or falling out of bed. As you can imagine, this can be frightening for young children and lead to serious sleep anxieties if not handled with sensitivity and gentle care! Fortunately, Night Terrors generally occur in no more than 6% of young children - so fingers crossed your child doesn’t encounter them – however, if your child does experience Night Terrors, there are several steps you can take to reduce their severity and occurrence. Firstly, ensure that your child is getting enough sleep! By making sure your child’s sleep routine is well regulated and consistent, you can avoid fatigue and reduce their level of anxiety around bedtime. Stress also plays a crippling role in the occurrence of Night Terrors, so as discussed

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last month, developing a calming bedtime ritual that reduces anxiety can significantly reduce the severity or Night Terrors. Finally, if your child is in the midst of experiencing a Night Terror, be careful not to alarm him or her, it is best to allow your child to come out the Night Terror in their own time. The most important part you play in the Night Terror is to monitor that your child is physically safe, avoid interfering as this prolongs the episode. Due to the nature of Night Terrors and their effect on the body, they will often cause your child to wake themselves in sudden (gentle) fits or movements, often creating anxiety or stress. If you wake your child from a Night Terror with restraint or force, the sudden shock, coupled with the image of you or your partner can be confusing and create a greater sense of fear. Rather than intervening, allow the Night Terror to take it’s course and gently soothe your child gently back to sleep. These incidents are often more upsetting for the parent as children do not usually remember the next day, so it is best not to talk about the Terror in the morning. Here’s to happy (night terror free!) sleep for you and your child! Thank you to Cheryl from the Sleep Coach for this article. www.thesleepcoach.com.au


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Finding Joy in Your Everyday Life

Does

this sound familiar? Despite having a full and privileged life, you often find yourself feeling bored, apathetic or discontent. You seek happiness in a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate, a new purchase. You live for your next holiday. You continually work on bettering your finances, analyse and tweak your diet, download meditation apps, read inspiring articles, seek parenting tips and craft ideas for the kids, discipline yourself to exercise more, and look for something more interesting to do on date night. You are doing all the ‘right’ things to improve yourself and your life, so why does life seem so…blah? I asked myself this question many times as I realised that in our eternal quest to be happier and more successful in all we do, we were getting too serious, too perfectionist, too mundane, and forgetting how to simply enjoy life.

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I mean, what’s the point of striving to be a better parent, more successful, richer, healthier and happier if we are not enjoying doing it? The thing is, many of us have forgotten how to be joyful, and what brings us joy. We even shush our children when they squeal and skip around the room joyfully, yet there they are showing us how to live a better life. They are reminding us that we don’t have to change our whole lives or wait for a holiday to find joy. The joy we desire is already inside of us. We just have to reconnect to it! I believe we can do this through discovering our personality types and value sets, learning to love and care for ourselves, uncovering our personal blocks to living joyfully, connecting to our inner child, and making some key changes to our mindset and lifestyle to make time and space for joy. Here are some of the simplest changes


you can start with today. Move - Motion creates emotion, so move your body in ways that make you feel youthful, frivolous, and free. Put on music and dance when you’re cooking and washing dishes. Let go of your inhibitions and skip down the footpath! Sway your hips at every chance, tap your foot to the tune in your head, run, yoga pose, and swim…whatever works for you! Change your language – Start to notice how much you say words like ‘I can’t’, ‘I’m not’, and ‘I don’t want’. As you catch yourself, change them to ‘I can’ ‘I am’ and ‘I want’. You’ll soon see how much your words affect your mood and outlook. Wherever possible, stop doing things you don’t enjoy. Realise there are some things you don’t actually have to do, social events you’re not obligated to attend, and things you can delegate to others or get help with. For the things you must still do, find a more joyful way to do it. For example, if you hate going to the supermarket, organise home delivery or have fun shopping at the farmer’s market instead. Bex Rasmus is a mother, teacher and holistic lifestyle coach who uses various self-development tools such as NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) in her 8-week Reconnect to Your Joy courses, to guide others toward a more joyful everyday life. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious, so if you want more joy in YOUR life, get together with Bex and catch the bug!

Reconnect To YourJoy An 8-Week Transformational Course WHEN: 8 weekly sessions. Next course starts 21st July 2016. TIME: Thursday evenings 7-9pm (weekday morning course time TBA) WHERE: N. Narrabeen Community Center & other N. Beaches venue COST: $222 for 8 week course For more info & bookings: http://reconnecttoyourjoy.eventbrite.com/ FB Group: Reconnect To Your Joy info@reconnecttoyourjoy.com.au

Course Facilitator Bex Rasmus Mother, Teacher and Coach

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Boomerang Bags On Saturday 25th June at 11am on the steps of the Avalon Community Centre, Old Barrenjoey Rd Avalon, Boomerang Bags Avalon will be the first to launch on the Peninsula. Surfrider Foundation and Living Ocean introduced this initiative to Avalon with the support of Rob Stokes , our local State Parliament member and our Mayor Jackie Townsend. We will be rolling out 7 Boomerang Bag boxes to be located in front of Mitre Ten , Avalon Butchers, Fresh Green Grocers , Avalon Health Food Shop, Hertfords Pharmacy, The Organic Shop and Pittwater Recreational Centre. In each Box we will include approximately 100 Bags .These cloth bags are free to the public and have been made by our committed volunteers to Borrow when shoppers have forgotten to bring their own and then when not required they “ Boomerang “ them back to the Boomerang boxes. What this gives to our shoppers is a facility to stop the use of plastic bags and help free our Beautiful community of the destruction that is caused to our waterways , beaches and wildlife . Using one of our “”borrow and bring back “” boomerang bags will save approximately 600 single use plastic bags from entering landfill and the ocean each year. We will be having a free sausage sizzle for the public and cupcakes and bubble 22 | familyliving magazine

blowing stations for all the children who can come and join us on this occasion. Our local choir will be there along with members from Barrenjoey High to provide us with their talents to add music and fun . We are sending invitations to all members of our Schools , Surf Club , Churches, Environmental Groups and all concerned members of the public to join us and see for themselves this project . We will ask them to spread the word that if our community of Avalon can achieve this initiative they can start their own project by doing it one shop at at time or a box at a time at their Church , Surf Club or where ever they run their community projects from. Let’s all get on board and roll this initiative out around the Peninsula which will send the message” Loud and Strong “to the NSW government that it is time that Single Use Plastic Bags be banned --just as other countries around the world have done. This initiative started in Burliegh Heads Queensland in 2014, Avalon was the 4th community to follow at the beginning of 2015 . We have collectively made in excess of 18,000 bags between us -- this equates to saving approximately 8 tons of waste diverted from landfill. Look us up on

www.boomerangbags.org


Avalon Beach Family Dental’s goal is to provide you and your whole family with high quality, yet affordable dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment. We love kids…even the BIG ones! “Your comfort is our priority, and we are happy to take the time to find out exactly what we can do to make your dental experience the best it can be” says Dr Astrid Kylstra.

“We believe in Minimal Intervention Dentistry which concentrates on diagnosing any decay early before it gets to the point of needing a filling, and focusing on establishing proper oral hygiene routines and diet and lifestyle choices.”It can be tricky to plan any appointments for yourself

especially with children, so the surgery has a playroom so the kids can watch a DVD, colour- in and play with toys while you are having your treatment. It is important to create a positive environment for the children, as going to the dentist can be a bit daunting, for all involved!

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Make Your Garden Suitable For Kids A garden is a space in which to enjoy the simple pleasure of being outdoors – the sky, the sun, warm breezes and a true sense of relaxation and of simplicity. This is especially true for children, who relish the freedom a garden gives for them to run and play, discover nature, share a secret moment or just be alone and private. A good family garden will be designed for the pleasure of all the members of the family, especially the children. A garden that tempts children to come outside with features they will enjoy, greatly increases their health and well-being by providing opportunities for physical activity and mental development. Equally, the garden needs to satisfy its adult users, so the secret is to challenge and stimulate the children without turning the whole garden into a playground. Since the goal of having an outdoor area is to provide opportunities for real play, constructed features should be open to creative use. It is better to provide elements that can be manipulated and used creatively than to build items for a specific single use. Even so, it is remarkable how even features that were planned for a specific purpose will be re-invented by the creativity of children, 24 | familyliving magazine

sometimes to the great surprise of the designer. Children grow up, so consider what futures uses can be made of play areas so they are configured during construction for easier conversion. Once the playhouse is of no more interest a swimming pool could be built in the same area. Parents of teenagers are often anxious to know where they are and having the pool at your house will ensure their friends come to you, not the other way round! If space is limited, even a plunge pool will be a popular spot in the heat of summer. Garden Features for Children If the garden is large enough, an area of grass for running around and ball games is an obvious place to start thinking of the children. An attractive playhouse perhaps softened with vegetation extends the opportunities for the type of play that gives growing bodies the exercise they need. Notice how the low hedge defines the area, limits the movement of smaller children and works as a ball-catcher too. In summer a tent can be put up on the lawn, creating a cubby-house and even a chance for older children to spend their first night outdoors before tackling real camping trips


added to an existing wall or building as a simple project. A Child’s First Garden Children love to get involved in real garden activities too. Give them their own vegetable and flower garden where children from an early age can see seeds grow and eat the product of their work. Choose quick-growing salad vegetables like radish, carrots

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Sandpits don’t have to be very large to quickly catch the attention of the

smaller children. Besides providing the usual buckets and spades, consider adding building blocks in bright colours and shapes that can be turned into castles and forts. Water is a great addition too. Here there are several design possibilities. A wading pool is great if the children can be supervised or are old enough to use it safely. A built-in variation on’ running through the sprinkle’r can be made with a concealed outlet in a paved and drained area – perhaps with a childfriendly tap that will run for a minute and then turn off. That way water is conserved and there is no standing water to create a safety hazard. A birdbath will add water too. Even more it will attract birds, which children love to see. This kind of exposure to wildlife is an important way children learn to share the planet. A bird-feeder nearby will create even more interest. As children get older and learn to draw and then write, they want to do it outdoors too. To avoid a graffitiexhibition all over the garden, give them their own blackboard. It can be

and a mesclun mixture, or put in tomato plants and watch them ripen. It is so much easier to get children to eat vegetables if they have grown them themselves. Studies show that children who can delay gratification are more successful in life and waiting for plants to grow and ripen is a great way to develop that ability from an early age. As well, small flowering-plants, like marigolds for example, can be grown in pots and given as gifts to visiting relatives and friends, giving children an opportunity to be proud of their skills. Thank you to mother of two Lyndall Keating from Garden Society for your gardening tips. www.gardensociety.com.au

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RECIPES

ROASTED CARROT SOUP INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • • • • •

5 large carrots, peeled, quartered lengthwise 1 large parsnip, peeled, sliced into lengths the same thickness as the carrot Olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp curry powder 8 cups stock (I like the salt-reduced chicken stock, but obviously vegie stock will keep this dish vegetarian) 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets 1/4 cup red lentils, rinsed, drained Salt & pepper Cream (optional)

METHOD 1.  Preheat the oven to 220C. Line a baking tray with kitchen paper. Spread the carrots and parsnips over in a single layer. Drizzle with oil and toss to

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coat evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, place a large saucepan over low/medium heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and when hot, toss in the onion. Cook, stirring often for 6-8 minutes until softening and turning golden. Throw in the garlic and spices. Stir for a minute so that the fragrance of the spice releases. Pour over the stock, cover the pot and bring to the boil. When boiling, add the cauliflower and lentils. Recover, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, adding the roasted vegies whenever they’re ready (they need to simmer in with everything for at least 10-15 minutes, so just extend the simmering time if need be). Use a stick blender to blitz the soup into a lovely smooth texture. Season to taste. Serve with crusty bread and an optional slurp of cream. (Adults might also like a scattering of coriander.) Serves 2 adults and 3-4 kids. familyliving magazine | 27


EASY CHICKEN PILAF INGREDIENTS • •

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2 tbsp olive oil 500g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed (chicken breasts are too dry in this dish – you can use them but will need to add extra oil) 1 onion, diced 1 carrot, peeled, grated 1 zucchini, peeled, grated 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp minced ginger 1–2 tsp garam masala 1½ cup long-grain rice (try basmati) 3 cups vegetable stock ¼ cup sultanas 1 cup frozen peas Chopped red chilli, coriander leaves and peanuts (optional), to serve

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3.  Add the onion to the dish, stirring until starting to go golden, then add the carrot, zucchini, garlic, ginger and garam masala. Continue to stir for 2 minutes until the vegies are soft. Add a touch more oil if the pan is very dry. 4.  Pour in the rice, coat all the grains well before adding the stock. Return the chicken to the dish. Cover and place in the oven for 20 minutes. 5.  Remove the dish from the oven and stir through the sultanas and peas. Re-cover and set aside for 5 minutes more. 6.  Serve as is for the kids. Top with chili, coriander and peanuts (if using), for the adults. Serves 2 adults & 2 kids “Wendy Blume is the creator of Vegie Smugglers, a brand dedicated to solving the dinnertime dramas of Australian households. Her 8th book, Kitchen Collection ($34.95), features 125+ family-friendly recipes and is available at www.vegiesmugglers.com.au


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What’s On In June

This months highlight’s brought to you by Northern Beaches Kids Guide

WEDNESDAY 1ST

THURSDAY 2ND

FRIDAY 3RD

• Who’s New At The Zoo Puppeteria Castle Cove 10.30-11.15am

• Storytime Forestville Library 10.15-10.45am

• Drop In Kangamoose Music Dee Why Surf Club 10-10.45am

• Baby Bounce Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Storytime Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Beaches Market Rat Park Warriewood 8am-1pm

SATURDAY 4TH

SUNDAY 5TH

• Manly West Organic Market - Manly West Public School 8am-1pm

• Water Inflatable Fun Warringah Aquatic Centre 1-4pm

• Saturday Night Kids Club -

• Lego at the Library Mona Vale Library 2-4pm

Cheeky Monkeys Playhouse 6-9pm

TUESDAY 7TH • Interactive Baby Play Mona Vale Library 9.20- 10am

WEDNESDAY 8TH • Hoyts Prams at the PixHoyts Warringah Mall 11am-12.30pm

• Free Seminar: Help Your Child

• Peek a Boo KindygymPittwater Sports Centre Brookvale Oval 7.30-9.30pm 9-9.30am Make a Successful Start to School -

FRIDAY 10TH • Beaches Market Rat Park Warriewood 8am-1pm • Rhyme Time Dee Why Library 11-11.30am MONDAY 13TH

SATURDAY 11TH • Warringah Community Markets Warringah Church, Beacon Hill 10am-3pm

TUESDAY 14TH

MONDAY 6TH • Mums and Bubs Special Offer Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary 10am-11.30am • Toddler Time Manly Library 10.30-11.15am THURSDAY 9TH • Who’s New At The Zoo Puppeteria Castle Cove 10.30-11.15am • Storytime Manly Library 10.30-11.15am SUNDAY12TH • Kids Day Terrey Hills Tavern 3-5pm • Frenchs Forest Organic MarketParkway Hotel 8am-1pm WEDNESDAY 15TH

• Toddler Time Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Storytime Forestville Library 10.15-10.45am

• Peek a Boo KindygymPittwater Sports Centre 9-9.30am

• Rhyme Time Dee Why Library 11-11.30am

• Rhyme Time Wrringah Mall Library 11-11.30am

• Hoyts Prams at the PixHoyts Warringah Mall 11am-12.30pm

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FRIDAY 17TH

• Storytime Forestville Library 10.15-10.45am

• Beaches Market Rat Park Warriewood 8am-1pm

• Storytime Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Drop In Kangamoose MusicDee Why Surf Club 10-10.45am

SUNDAY 19TH

MONDAY 20TH

• Narrabeen Village Market - • Peek a Boo KindygymPittwater Sports Centre Berry Reserve, Narrabeen 9-9.30am 8am-4pm • Kids Day Terrey Hills Tavern 3-5pm

• Rhyme Time Dee Why Library 11-11.30am

WEDNESDAY 22ND

THURSDAY 23RD

SATURDAY 18TH

• Manly Village Public School Market - 8am-4pm • Manly West Organic Market Manly West Public School 8am-1pm TUESDAY 21ST

• Mini Super Trouper Playtime Belrose Supa Centa 9.30- 11.30am • Who’s New At The Zoo Puppeteria Castle Cove 11-11.45am FRIDAY 24TH

• Storytime Mona Vale Library 10-11am

• Storytime Warringah Mall Library 10.15-10.45am

• Beaches Market Rat Park Warriewood 8am-1pm

• Baby Bounce Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Storytime Forestville Library 10.15-10.45am

• Rhyme Time Belrose Library 11-11.30am

SATURDAY 25TH • Manly West Organic Market Manly West Public School 8am-1pm

TUESDAY 28TH

SUNDAY 26TH

• Free Seminar: How to Manage Your Child’s Meltdowns-

Brookvale Oval 7.30-9.30pm

MONDAY 27TH

• Palm Beach Markets Governor Phillip Park 9am-3pm

• Toddler Time Manly Library 10.30-11.15am

• Kids Day Terrey Hills Tavern 3-5pm

• Rhyme Time Dee Why Library 11-11.30am

WEDNESDAY 29TH

• Mini Super Trouper Playtime - • Peek a Boo KindygymPittwater Sports Centre Belrose Supa Centa 9-9.30am 9.30- 11.30am • Hoyts Prams at the PixHoyts Warringah Mall 11am-12.30pm

WHAT’S ON

THURSDAY 16TH

THURSDAY 30TH • Storytime Warringah Mall Library 10.15-10.45am • Storytime Forestville Library 10.15-10.45am

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among the top ranking primary schools in Australia. John Colet School is a multi-faith co- We still have a few places available for educational infants and primary school Lower First (kindy) in 2017 and some in Belrose with a strong emphasis on other Grades. To arrange a school tour character development and spiritual please call our Registrar Mrs Belinda Early Education Centres values such as self-awareness, presence James on 9451 8395 or visit our website and attention. At the same time, www.johncolet.nsw.edu.au the school has a record of achieving 6 WyattAve high academic results and also has a Belrose NSW 2085 commitment to an enriched education, Telephone 9451 8395 for all students, –which includes an www.johncolet.nsw.edu.au Working alongside an Urban Farmer and Environmental Educator annual Shakespeareto transform Festival, their choral playground into an edible outdoor classroom singing and classical – Alanguages. bilingual head start with our French Language Program

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is Mindfulness. We have been teaching children simple acts of Mindfulnessall for inclusive more than 30 years. And our multi-faith philosophy introduces the children to their responsibilities as global citizens.

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