Kid Magazine Issue Eight

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AUGUST 2013 - issue EIGHT

Party tips & inspiration; fashion fit for a king; hair trends; plus all your favourite news, reviews and more


Awesome prizes not just for the kids! Details on page 7 2




’m halfway on my journey to motherhood, reaching the 20week mark this week. Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations at our exciting news. I am enjoying the first movements of my baby alongside the heartburn (oh the heartburn!) and the joy of seeing my belly grow. Now I really can use the excuse that I have nothing to wear. This month I will be heading to the Melbourne Kids Instyle show to check out the upcoming seasonal trends and chat with the amazing people behind the brands we all love. I am sure the room will be buzzing and I will come home energised with even more ideas for how we can keep growing Kid Magazine and bringing you even more exciting news and reviews. If you would like to be part of Kid Magazine and share your own story or contribute an article for us in one of our five categories (fashion, health & beauty, food, fun and home) I would love to hear from you. You can get in touch by email – My August top five are: 1. The Sapling Child range that everyone (even the Duchess of Cambridge) is going crazy for right now. Sapling owner and designer, Peta Stinson, gives us some insight into this organic range for babies on page 10 2. See page 34 for some our favourite party goodies for your next celebration. From invites to decorations, activities and more, I’m particularly in love with the Lark Doily Bunting 3. QV Skincare is out to educate families on the importance of skin-toskin connection with newborn babies. Who needs an excuse to cuddle their baby right? But we got the lowdown on why it is important and some great tips for baby massage on page 22 4. Page 16 has all the mums of baby boys covered with some of the cutest fashion fit for a King 5. Love Mae is launching a new range of wallpaper so you can wrap your home in the charming Love Mae signature prints. LOVE! See page 62 Until next month, you can find us at for more of the things you love.


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Introducing Sapling Child


Kitchen rennovations made easy


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Introducing Sapling Child


What’s happening in August. Find out now

More amazing prizes to giveaway to our Kid Magazine readers this month. Enter now

Organic fantastic are two words to describe this Aussie label taking the world by storm

Jeanswest Maternity Denim Kristin Laidlaw, Jeasnwest Denim Product Manager answers our questions on the Jeanswest maternity range 4


Trending in hair


Calling all party suppliers

The experts share their tips on the latest cut, colour and style trends for busy mums

Tanya Castellino reveals the best way to choose a supplier for your next celebration


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Calling all party suppliers


Delicious family recipes

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Kitchen transformations

The craft revolution Get to know the girls from Kiddie Create and their growing craft business

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Fun party food ideas and more the family will love

The New Zealand mum and her low sugar water drinks the kids will go crazy for

The lowdown on the easy way to rennovate your kitchen

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Jeans for Genes Day Jeans for Genes Day is the major fundraising event for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, who is on a mission to reduce the number of children born with genetic illnesses.

National Science Week National Science Week celebrates the contributions Australian Scientists have made to the world. There are hundreds of activities, events and debates across the country during the week. The theme for this year’s National Science Week is A Century of Australian Science.

Homeless Persons Week Homeless Persons’ Week is an annual awareness raising week to highlight the over 105,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Australia provides information sheets and resources to support events all around Australia

Daffodil Day Daffodil Day is one of the Cancer Council’s most loved fundraising events and this year, every daffodil and every donation grows hope - hope for more survivors, hope for better treatments and hope for greater support. World Breastfeeding Week World Breastfeeding Week aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. 6

Cupcake Day Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is the biggest bakeoff in the Southern Hemisphere and involves Cupcake Cooks around Australia baking cupcakes and hosting a Cupcake Party to raise vital funds for the RSPCA

Keep Australia Beautiful Week Keep Australia Beautiful National Association The aim of the Keep Australia Beautiful campaign is to demonstrate the easy ways people can help the environment and also save money by making a few simple changes around the home and in their daily lives.

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visit for competition details A three month subscription to Babble Box valued at over $150

One of five goody boxes from Water Buddies valued at $40 each

One of eight La Dee Da Fairytale Dance Party dolls valued at $22.99 each

A Sapling Child prize pack valued at $120

A pair of Trio earrings from liminal jewellery valued at $80 A pair of 100% leather Allegra shoes from Mini Treasure Kids valued at $54.95 7

One of two family passes to see Hidden Universe 3D at IMAX Darling Harbour valued at $63 each

One of five Hello Kitty Body Mist prize packs containing two of the popular fragrances valued at $10 each

Featuring cool Aztec embodied knits, chambray denim shirts and dresses, graphic t-shirts and leggings and fashion-forward patterns and colours is the Free by Cotton On range for 9-14 year olds. The range is fresh, age-appropriate and importantly affordable and loved by kids. The range is available online at au and smaller collections available in select Cotton On Kids stores.

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Fabrik has released their first ever women’s range due to popular demand and the collection is sure to impress! Known for their gorgeous girls and baby clothing, Fabrik specialises in embellishments such as lace panels, pin tucks and hand stitching, giving garments a ‘handicraft’ feel and the love that they deserve. Fabrik owner and designer Sarah Hardie wanted to create a collection that “can be worn when having lunch with your girlfriends, going to a festival, shopping at the farmers markets or even on a weekend away.” Visit for more information

Sleep’n Round is sleepwear you would be proud to be caught at the shops in. Launching into David Jones stores this month the collection includes an assortment of onesies, tees, leggings and other sleepwear essentials that ooze cool and bring style between the sheets. Sleep’n Round is available from select David Jones stores nationally, or the Sleep’n Round concept store, 389 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC, 3141. 8

SUPPORi Baby Slings are a Japanese product new to the Australian market. Designed for babies who can sit up by themselves to around 13kg, the weight of the baby is balanced on the hip and deltoid rather than pulling on the neck and trapezius muscles. Weighing less than an iPhone the SUPPORi folds up to fit in your palm or easily in a handbag. Available in 30 colours, celebs such as Kate Hudson have been spotted with the SUPPORi. Prices range from $57.95 - $61.95, available from


An Australian mum of three frustrated at the limited selection of labels in our department stores and the exorbitant prices of international brands has hit the web and written a book with her findings. World Wide Wardrobe by Ella Rogers is the first comprehensive guide to the best fashion sites around the world that let you buy International designer brands up to 80 per cent off. Including men’s and women’s fashion for all sizes, maternity, babies and kids, shoes and accessories the book is your guide to saving money and looking fabulous! World Wide Wardrobe is available for $19.95 at and independent bookstores. An eBook version is also available from Amazon or Apple ibooks.

Referee, negotiator, expert multi-tasker, fashion stylist… just a few of the titles any mum can lay claim to. MOTHERof is a new lifestyle brand all about appreciating motherhood and all that comes with it. To celebrate the launch they have released a collection of ‘frat’ bands for mums. Whether you are a Mother of Boys (MOB), Mother of Girls (MOG) or Mother of Each (MOE) the bands will hold a special place in your heart as they recognise the unique challenges you face as a mum. The bands are available from and retail for $29.95. 9

INTRODUCINGTHE SAPLINGCHILDRANGE From the spark of an idea three years ago to designer threads fit for a Prince, Sapling Child is a growing (or more like exploding) label that is a must have for every new bub. First launching onto the market 18 months ago, husband and wife team Peta and Charles Stinson are the dynamic duo behind the burgeoning brand. It was while living in Fiji three years ago and dressing her youngest child in organic clothes that the Sapling seed was planted. “Some organic fabrics are beautiful and have such lovely prints, but chemical dyes are used and chemical processes are used in the dying and printing process. It didn’t make sense to me to buy organic, yet still have all those nasties in the fabric! That’s when I decided I wanted to do something different, and affordable”, says Peta. The Sapling range is all GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified with all garments and trimmings made from 100% organic certified cotton and printed with organic vegetable dyes that are free from toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The organic eco-choice for Sapling is not just about protecting babies sensitive skin from the risk of exposure to some of the most toxic chemicals traditionally used in textile production but also because it is better for the farmers and 10

the environment. “It’s not just a better choice for babies, but it’s a better and more sustainable choice for the planet”, says Peta. Featuring equally nature inspired designs, Peta used her childhood memories as inspiration for the prints. Childhood summers spent in Canada brought about the camping bears and the bird in tree print is Peta’s take on the birds and blossoms that featured on her clothes as a young girl. As for the owls Peta explains, “I don’t know if you remember, but owls also used to be so big in the 80s, we used to have these strange big brown and green owls on our curtains!” Before the birth of the royal baby Sapling received an order from the Duchess of Cambridge. I can’t even imagine the excitement that would have ensued following that order! “We actually sent out a range of goodies, which if course was exciting, but we’ll be even more excited if we can grab an elusive shot of the bubby in Sapling! How amazing would that be?” One thing is for sure that whatever Prince George is spotted wearing will be the new Sapling best seller. Peta’s advice to other new mums planning their baby’s wardrobe? “Don’t plan too much. Grab the essentials, and all the fun stuff that’s too cute to pass up. Have fun, and buy as you go!” 11

As an expectant mum I have been getting very distracted on the Sapling website trying to pick what my bubba will wear. As we are waiting for the surprise with baby’s gender I have already added the Dove Grey Kimono and Owl on Branch Long Sleeve Bodysuit to my Babylist. I have been assured by Peta that there are some new items coming to the Sapling range soon so stay tuned! In the meantime, check page 7 for your chance to win a Sapling prize pack valued at $120. Parents to three young boys (Max 9, Finn 6 and Oliver 3), Charles and Peta are based on the Gold Coast after having spent a few years overseas feeding Charles wanderlust and the family love of adventure. Running a business on top of such a busy brood must be a challenge but the pair seem to have it down pat. Peta manages the front end including design, wrapping, mail outs and communications while Charles is responsible for the back end of the business from orders, warehouse, photography and mailing. The flexibility of running your own business is a drawcard for Peta, “I can take my computer or sketch pad to the park and work while the kids are playing. I can still do pick ups and drop offs and work around them, although it also means that I end up working late and on weekends!” Find Sapling at, Saplingchild or

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than half the battle. The challenge remaining is the clumsy fingers and joy of flinging food across the table. Not to worry though, Jo also has a solution for that with her book Mealtimes Without Mayhem.

Food on the floor, liquid covering the table and not a second to enjoy your own meal is a scenario most mums would be able to relate to. Fussy eaters, restless wrigglers and kids being kids causes much mayhem at dinner tables the world over each and every day. Mother Jo Turner was only too aware of the challenges of family mealtimes and so with her son set about creating a child booster seat perfect for use in the home and portable for use when eating out. The Toosh Coosh Kids’ Support Seat was the result and mums around the country are loving this simple idea that is so effective. For most children over three years of age, they are too big for a high chair but sitting in a regular chair leaves them reaching for the table. A situation that inevitably results in mess and also frustration from both the child and the parents. While many parents resort to cushions or even phone books to solve the dilemma, they still aren’t the ideal solution for this problem. Toosh Coosh features a bum shaped seat that little bodies fit perfectly into encouraging them to sit still, and in fact from our experience making it harder for them not to!. Made from durable material, and environmentally friendly to boot, Toosh Coosh is soft enough for comfort but will stay put on the chair with a child’s body weight. Unlike other booster seats on the market Toosh Coosh comes in only two colours, black and red, meaning it will fit with most décor and not stand out as super “kiddie”. This is also great for older kids who still need a booster but don’t want any childish designs. So if the kids are comfortable, less able to wriggle and are actually able to reach the table in a seat they will enjoy sitting in that is more 13

I gave the Toosh Coosh a run with my threeyear-old niece and while she was hesitant to start with, especially with me eagerly watching on and quizzing her about how she felt about the seat (calm down Aunty Sara) she really took to the seat. I noticed that even after she left the table to play with her brother that she came back to that seat to take up the prime Toosh Coosh position and join in the conversation we were still having around the table. Feedback from her mum has been that the seat has been helping with settling her at the table. If only there was a Toosh Coosh alternative for settling her in every situation! Toosh Coosh isn’t just for home but comes in a handy bag that can be taken when visiting friends or eating out. It is lightweight so easy to carry and can even be used in some movie theatres. Suitable for kids aged 3-8, it can also be used at a desk to give a boost for homework (sorry Mum and Dad you may still be required for those tricky maths questions though) or for younger children while doing craft activities. Toosh Coosh is available from au. Jo Turner’s book Mealtimes Without Mayhem can be purchased at mealtimeswithoutmayhem. com.


Q&A with Kristin Laidlaw

Denim Product Manager, Jeanswest We quizzed Kristen on the Jeanswest maternity range for all you yummy mummiesto-be who don’t want to give up your denim favourites as your bump grows. What are the style differences between maternity jeans and regular jeans? Jeanswest maternity jeans are in-step with fashion and are designed with absolute comfort in mind, for the changing bodies of mum’s-to-be. Designed in traditional five pocket styling, the added functionality of our Maternity jeans is what makes them so special. Featuring an adjustable elasticised waistband, our Maternity jeans allow the waistline to expand with your growing body. The low front rise means the jeans don’t cut into your growing waistline or get pushed down by your growing belly! They also feature a mock zipper and mock pockets which increase comfort, reduce bulk and ensure you don’t lose the appearance of regular jean features. The double layered elastic tummy band is designed for maximum comfort, firmness and support for your expanding belly, which is especially important as your belly grows bigger.

What should women be looking for when shopping for the perfect pair of maternity jeans? As a mum, I know that when your body starts to grow, so does the feeling of anxiety that you will have nothing to wear that is complimentary or that will look good! Jeanswest recognise that mum’s-to-be don’t want to hang up their favourite jeans for nine months but still want to look and feel fashionable! We also recognise that comfort is key with your changing body, so we’ve tried and tested all our Maternity jeans to ensure maximum comfort. The denim fabrics we use are high quality, super soft and super stretchy and they’re not too heavy or stiff, while they hold their colour and shape extremely well, wash after wash. We’ve also limited heavy wear templates so our maternity jeans are slimming and flattering. 14

Are there any sizing differences between maternity and regular jeans that women should be aware of? No, the great thing about our maternity jeans is that our mum’s-to-be can continue to wear their normal jean size, as we’ve made the necessary adjustments to see them through their pregnancy without having to try on bigger sizes.

The Jeanswest range features ‘over the bump’ bands. What is the benefit of these as opposed to ‘under the bump’ styles? We decided to do the over the bump tummy bands as it gives a lovely secure feeling of support and comfort as the belly grows and grows. When you’re reaching the end of your pregnancy (between 28-40 weeks) the band will help keep your jeans in place. Once you give birth, you’ll be transitioning back to your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the band will transition with you until you can finally button up the front of your favorite pre-pregnancy jeans again!

Is there anything else you want to tell us about the Jeanswest maternity range? Our Core Maternity Jeans are always available in sizes 6-18 in Super Skinny, Skinny and Bootcut fits, in over four washes and in short, regular, long and extra-long leg lengths. We also have Slim Capri’s in Dark indigo and Black, and fashion styles like Skinny Capri’s, Skinny 7/8s and Boyfriend jeans for Spring Summer 2013. Women can continue to wear our maternity jeans after giving birth, while their tummy slowly returns back to a more normal shape. Also, our Tummy Trimmer jeans are a great option for new mummies with post pregnancy 15

bodies, as they have a higher waistline with specially engineered pockets that help to flatten your tummy and give the appearance of a slimmer frame. Our Core Tummy Trimmer jeans are available in Slim Straight and Slim Bootcut fits, again in short, regular, long and extralong leg lengths. Your perfect maternity and post-pregnancy jeans are waiting for you at Jeanswest!. For more information on Jeanswest and the maternity range visit

END Kristin’s top three tips for retaining style while pregnant 1. Invest in a couple of pairs of comfortable jeans to rotate and wear day or night! 2. There will be days where you feel exhausted and just wish you could relax on the couch, so wear solid colours up top and choose colours that are uplifting and brighten up your face. 3. Pamper yourself and keep your skin and hair looking healthy, so you feel good and confident with your changing shape. You’ll be glowing!

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Just in time for the birth of Prince George, check out this collection fit for a King 1 - Mix @ Coles Giraffe Bodysuit, $6.00, 2 – English Soldier, $41.80, 3 – Hootkid Ahoy Shorts, $39.95, 4 – Pumpkin Patch Window Pane check shirt, $32.99, 5 – Essentials Singlet Bodysuit, $19.95, 6 – Hey Stretch Baby Shoes, $39.95, 7 – Camping Bear Long Sleeve Bodysuit, $24.95, 8 – King Baby Bib, $16.50, 9 – Plum Indigo Paisley Story Playsuit, $29.95, David Jones and other Plum retailers and online at 10 – Hootkid Mum’s Little Star romper (Navy), $32.95, 11 – Damon Short Sleeve Tee, $19.95, au 12 – Woven Pant, $39.95, 13 – Little Boy Blue Kimono, $26.95, 14 – Newborn Nightie, $54.95, 5


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An incorrectly positioned seat belt while pregnant can exert extreme pressure against the abdomen in an accident or situation where the driver is forced to break suddenly. Dreambaby® has launched an updated version of the Bump Belt™ with added protection and comfort for both mother and child while as a driver or passenger. The Bump Belt™ holds the seat belt in place under your baby bump and can easily be moved between cars. Suitable for use between two and nine months pregnant the Bump Belt™ is RRP $34.95 and available at Baby Bunting and other good baby stores, Toys R Us and selected pharmacies nationally.

If you are struggling to get enough fibre in your diet, Slim Secrets, one of our favourites for a quick and healthy snack, is here to help. The new Slim Secrets Daily Fibre Power Bar has been designed to keep you full for longer, boost your fibre intake and reduce bloating. Packed with wholesome seeds, Goji and Tahini it will leave you feeling revitalised and invigorated. Available online at au , at selected Woolworths, selected health food stores and Pharmacies. RRP $2.95 for a 40g bar. 18

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Post-natal exercise specialist and Mum of 2 Jen Dugard has helped 200 Sydney mums in the last year alone to achieve the health and fitness goals they had dreamed of post baby. Now she has written a book to share her knowledge and experience with mums everywhere. Covering philosophies including healthy mummy, healthy baby and rebuilding from the inside out the book is an easy-toprocess guide for stressed mums who want to achieve their best ever post-baby body. The book is RRP $24.95 and available for purchase from

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For the perfect pout, ChapStick has released new ChapStick Day & Night to give you round the clock lip protection and moisture. Use the Day formulation with added SPF 15+ and enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for day repair and glimmering lips. ChapStick Night is the ultimate lip protector with Aloe Vera for long last moisturisation throughout the night. For perfectly kissable lips, no matter the time of day pick up ChapStick Day & Night from leading supermarkets and pharmacies Australia wide.


Nappy Bag Essentials just for mum

Before being a mum your handbag was likely full of hand creams, perfume, lip stick or whatever your favourite beauty indulgences were. Once you become a mum your handbag becomes a portable nursery with nappies, bottles, bibs, spare this and that just so baby has everything they need when you venture out of the house.

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But there are still a few beauty essentials you need to ensure you carry in your bag so you can still look and feel your best.

2. A hairbrush Chances are you will walk out of the house, arrive at your destination only to look in the mirror and realise you haven’t brushed your hair. A quick brush will leave you feeling instantly better. Also great for moments when baby might spew in your hair – just rinse it out, give it a quick brush and you will look gorgeous.

1. Sunscreen You are probably so focused on protecting baby’s skin from the elements that you forget about your own. Carry a tube of sunscreen in your bag so once baby is

Try Clinique Super City Block 40ml, $36, David Jones, Myer, Terry White and selected independent pharmacies and

Try Taylor Madison by Brushworx Soft and Smooth Handbag Brush, $14.95,, Priceline and selected stockists of all leading professional products including leading salons and pharmacies 3. Hand cream As a mum it is likely that your hands are dry and cracked from looking after baby and potentially neglecting yourself. Pop a tube of hand cream in your bag so that when you have changed babies nappy while out you can quickly moisturise your hands and get them back looking soft and smooth. Try The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, 100ml, $21.95, The Body Shop retail stores or online at 4. Nail File A snagged nail is bad at the best of times but the last thing you want is to be scratching bubs skin with a jagged nail. Snagged nails are easily fixed in seconds with a quick file. Keep a good quality file in your bag and pull it out for any nail dilemmas. Try Revlon File-N-Smooth Nail File, $8.95, Priceline & leading pharmacies 20

5. Lip Gloss No need for a mirror, lip gloss will add instant shine to your face and keep your lips feeling soft. Choose a gloss with a colour or opt for a neutral shade depending on your preference. Lip gloss is great for the everyday when you may not have had time to pop any other make-up on. Try Burt’s Bees Lip Shine, $14.95, David Jones, Harrisons Pharmacies, Kleins Perfumery, Terry White Chemists and selected retail outlets 6. Baby Wipes It goes without saying that you will have baby wipes with you wherever you go for those endless nappy changes but remember that they don’t just have to be used for dirty bottoms. Gone are the days when you can make a quick dash to the bathroom to clean yourself up after dripping sauce on your top or when something sticky has found its way from your plate onto your hands. Keep a small packet of wipes close by in your bag for a quick clean up on the spot. Try GAIA Natural Baby Bamboo Baby Wipes, 20 pack, $2.99,

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The skin connection Most people love a hug and the safety and warmth it provides and this is even more so for young babies seeking security and comfort from their mother in the months after birth. Leading household name, QV Skincare is setting out to educate Australian families about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after and in the months following childbirth. Author and parenting expert Jodie Benveniste says, “It is all about creating a connection between you and your baby and skin on skin contact helps that. It is bringing all the senses together through touch and warmth and smell and it helps your baby to feel really safe and secure and create that loving connection.” Skin-to-skin contact has been found to assist in better temperature and heart rate regulation, more settled sleep patterns, the establishment of baby’s skin with mothers friendly bacteria offering greater protection against infection and resulting in lower stress levels and calmer babies that cry less. Known as kangaroo care, skin-to-skin contact is not only helping your baby but also giving you those lovely opportunities to cuddle your precious newborn and build a loving connection. Benveniste advises that you should build skin-to-skin contact into the daily things you already do with your baby such as during bath time and feeding. It isn’t just mums who benefit from skin-to-skin contact and while I was having images of my husband bottle feeding our baby while he was topless on the couch, Benveniste assured me that just a 22

few buttons undone would be enough to get the contact required for dad to build a loving connection with his precious baby. Cuddling, bathing, feeding and holding hands are all great ways to create opportunities for skin-to-skin contact, but what about in the colder months when you are doing everything you can to keep baby warm? Benveniste suggests wrapping a blanket around baby and yourself so you can keep each other warm. One of the ways to encourage skin-toskin contact is through baby massage. Recent research shows that regular baby massage can make bones grow stronger, improves the digestive system and increases blood circulation. It is also one of the most pleasing ways to calm your baby, and to help them get a good night sleep. Baby Whisperer and author, Elizbaeth Sloane states, “Infant massage offers bubs pain relief from teething, wind and tummy upsets, plus helps with the infant’s mental health, helping to produce a calmer child that has more trust in their parents,”


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Trending in Hair The experts share their tips to bring out your inner goddess with fresh and fashionable hair trends and style tricks perfect for busy mums..

Cut and Colour Alicia Courtenay and Sally Schmidt of Wilson Marz Paddington ( reveal the four cut and colour trends of the season. Messy Textured Bob The hottest hair trend right now would have to be the Messy Textured Bob. Any length from jawbone to collar bone, incorporating graduation through the back. This style works perfectly for busy mothers, as it is fuss free and on trend. Examples, Karlie Kloss and Nicole Ritchie. Full Fringe If you find yourself pressed for time and are always tying your hair back, a Full Heavy Fringe is a great way to frame your face and look polished without having to spend hours blow drying. Example, Alexa Chung. Honey Blonde If you are a blonde and are finding it hard keeping up colour appointments, ask your colourist to work some darker Honey Tones through with your highlights. Therefore, extending the life of your colour as your re-growth won’t be as obvious. Example, Rosie Huntington Whitley. Balayage Although Balayage has reached its peak it is the perfect choice for brunettes as they can achieve lightness through their hair and only need to see their colourist twice a year. Example Alexa Chung. 25

On trend styles Celebrity Hair Stylist, Alex PF Jackson (, shares his top four on trend styles. Style One Create a loose pony on top of the head. Style One

Divide into two smaller ponies and make two random plaits. Wrap around and loosely pin as desired. Add hair embellishment. Style Two Make a side braid leaving out some loose edges at the hair line in the front. Join into a low pony tail.

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Wrap the extra length of the pony tail around and pin in loosely. Style Three Part hair where desired (using a side or middle parting). Leave out the front section of your hair from ear to ear. Tie your hair into a low pony tail. Then tear the crown area and join into pony tail. Pull the hair around each side from in front of the ear.

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Twist inwards and pin both sides into the middle and conceal ends. Don’t worry about it being to neat. Style Four This one is really easy and looks great. Take random sections of your hair then twist each one onto itself so it curls up.

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Then, pin in the areas where desired to keep it close to your head.

Spring clean your hair Get your hair ready for Spring with these tips from at home hair care experts JoBaz ( Get a trim Nothing will make you feel fresher than a trim. It’s important to get your hair in great shape in spring as we get the most growth in the warmer months. A trim every 6-8 weeks is ideal to keep your hair in excellent shape and to ensure your split ends don’t move up your hair shaft. Whether it’s an inch or two, a clean trim will leave your hair looking noticeably healthier. Brighten up Amp up your new routine with a spring inspired hair colour. Going a shade or two lighter on your base colour will give your skin instant warmth, while highlights on the crown of your head make a huge difference. Alternatively a punch of bright colour (think orange-reds or vibrant pinks) is sure to stand out in the warmer days ahead. If you need to remove colour build beforehand or if you make a mistake with your colour choice, don’t worry too much as JoBaz Hair Colour Remover will be on hand to take you back to your natural shade. Give your hair brushes a bath How can you expect to keep your hair clean if you’re brushing it with a dirty brush? Loose ends, dust and dirt; it all gets onto our hair brushes and that’s why

they need a regular wash. Remove any hair that’s built up in the brush (wetting the hair brush first often makes it easier to take out). Fill a container large enough to hold the brush with half hot water and half vinegar. Let soak in a tub for 20 minutes, rinse and allow it to dry overnight. Try something new A new season means a new look and spring is a great season to sport a straight ‘do. JoBaz Everyday Straight Hair will give you straight and shiny tresses without wasting hours every day on styling tools that often result in dried and fried locks. Give your styling tools some TLC Because heat tools like curling irons or straighteners get used so much – dirt, oil, product and grime can build up on the surface, leading to less than perfect styling results. When your styling tools are unplugged and cooled down, wipe them down with a damp lukewarm cloth until clean. Treat your hair to a condition Rescue and rejuvenate winter hair that’s dry or damaged with a deep conditioner. A conditioning treatment will help restore the nutrients and vitamins your hair has lost over the winter season. Try JoBaz Everyday Straight Hair. It contains advanced Collagen and Keratin Protein complex which hydrates and strengthens damaged hair. Seep your strands in oil Give your hair an at-home oil treatment to rejuvenate your hair. Sweet almond and coconut oils are all great botanicals to use to help repair damaged hair. Apply small amounts of your preferred botanical oil onto damp hair until it’s completely worked into your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and a warm towel and let it set for 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo. To condition brittle ends and smooth fly-aways, mix a few drops of botanical oils with a few drops of sandalwood oil and run it through the ends of your hair. Both JoBaz Everyday Straight and Hair Colour Remover products are available from selected Priceline, Woolworths, Big W and pharmacies at an RRP of $29.95.

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With the release of the latest Superman movie, there will be many kids wanting to be just like their favourite superhero. Warner Bros Consumer Products have teamed up with E3 Style to develop innovative new electronics featuring the iconic DC Comics Superhero, Superman. The range will be the source of hours of entertainment and includes a Superman Digital Camera Pack, Superman Camcorder/Headphones Pack, Superman Headphones, Superman CD Boombox, Superman Alarm Clock and Superman Laptop Bag. Products are available now from Big W stores.

fun Targeted at kids aged 4-10 years, Mr Fothergill’s have developed a range of kids gardening products called “Little Gardeners”. The packet seeds, garden starter kits, windowsill pots and grow & create kits encourage responsibility as the kids care for the plants while managing their own project. It also gets them outside in the great outdoors and gives them sensory and textual experiences of touch, taste, smell and bright colour. The range is available at Bunnings and independent garden centres now. Prices range from $2.80 - $9.95. 28

Do you know that 50,000 trees are harvested each year just to make Christmas wrapping? Let alone the trees harvested for wrapping paper for other occasions. WinC has the answer to help reduce the wrapping paper impact on our environment with 100% cotton wraps. The wraps present beautifully, are a unique solution to dress your gifts and can be re-used for the ultimate environmentally friendly solution. WinC Cotton Gift Wraps are available from Prices start from $4.95.

Combining light, compact manoeuvrability with cool urban styling, Urbo2 is even better than before. Go to all the places you did pre-baby, now with your little one. With 20 parent-designed new features, this second generation model has evolved to be the ultimate pushchair for your city life. Suitable from birth to 15kg the Urbo2 weighs 9kg and includes chassis, fully reclinable & reversible seat unit, canopy, rain cover, shopping basket & insect net. For stockists visit RRP $749.


The La Dee Da Fairytale Dance Party is a collection of the most beautiful dolls with enchanting fashions, hairstyles, makeup and shoes. Unlock the fairytale with Dee as The Frog Prince; Cyanne as Rapunzel; Tylie as Snow Queen; and Sloane as Little Red Riding Hood. Each doll comes with enchantingly detailed hair and make-up, fairytale-inspired fashions, story-inspired clutch, plus a doll stand and Design and Activity Book. Available from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia from August.

Add some fun to your drinks with the new colourful drinking jars from homewares label Rainy Sunday. Using Ball Mason preserving jars and handlacquered lids the unique jars are available in a variety of colours and sizes. Kids will love drinking healthy drinks from the funky jars and they are perfect for entertaining guests or will make the drinks table at your next party too good to touch! Prices start from $10 including jar, lid and retro straw. The drinking jars are available at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and design stores around Australia. Also available online at with hire services available in Sydney and Brisbane. 29

CALLING ALL PARTY SUPPLIERS... By Tanya Castellino, Life’s Little Celebrations

Planning your child’s birthday party can be stressful and as mums we sometimes just don’t have the time or energy to do everything ourselves. However using some wonderful suppliers can make a huge difference between being a stressed out exhausted mum at your child’s birthday, and being able to enjoy the occasion! These days you can find some amazing businesses able to do just about anything for a kid’s party! Perhaps you want someone to make a fun cake or cute cookies for the party, or someone to design an invitation to match a theme? Maybe you want some bunting or tissue pom poms to decorate the party. Or you want an entertainer for the kids and a photographer to capture all the memories? The new Life’s Little Celebrations children’s party directory lists fabulous party suppliers around the country to help mum’s connect with quality businesses when planning their kid’s celebrations and to save them time in their party planning! However with all the businesses and suppliers available - how do you find and choose the best?

Money matters We can’t pretend we all have limitless budgets for our kid’s parties. However a decision based purely on price may lead to a disappointment in quality. If you only choose suppliers who provide you the cheapest quote then it may cost you more in the long run! The cost of the product/service should be only one of the factors to consider when choosing a supplier. 30

What money can’t buy Excellent customer service rates high in my eyes as far as choosing a party supplier and is something you can’t put a price on! You want to choose a business/supplier who return your e-mails/calls promptly, who really listens to what you want and who is friendly and approachable. In the early stages of receiving a quote and discussing what you are after you should be able to gauge the level of service this supplier will provide you with.

Images speak louder then words High quality of work is also of utmost importance! Often you can deal with party suppliers all online without ever seeing them or their work in person. However by viewing their website & their Facebook page you can gain an idea of their reputation and the standard of their products and service. View their galleries/photo albums and also look for testimonials on their Facebook page wall. 31

Great party tips Cakes & Dessert makers When choosing someone to make the birthday cake or desserts make sure you see images of their past work and if possible taste some samples. Most cake & dessert suppliers have numerous images on their website or Facebook page and often they will also have testimonials from clients which is always important to look out for. You will also want to ask about pick up/ delivery options and flavour options.

Invitations & Printables If you’re looking for someone to supply you with personalised invitations or printables it’s important to not only find someone with a design you like but there are also other considerations. Different suppliers will supply different items (e.g. invite, thank you tag, cupcake toppers etc.) in packages so you will want to make sure they supply the items you are after. You’ll also want to find out how much customisation can be made and make sure you clarify if you are ordering printables for you to print yourself OR if there will be actual printed items posted to you. Some suppliers will have images on their website or Facebook page of clients parties who have used their stationery so you can view how the finished product may look. 32

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them exactly what they will provide, setup and pack up times

Although there are some big name party shops they may not always provide the best service or the most unique products. Small businesses are fantastic to deal with because often if you need something last minute or something ordered in for you they will be happy to do it. Look out for quality online party stores and join their Facebook page so you can be notified of their sales.

Aim for suppliers who have a high standard of service & quality, who are passionate about what they do & who are genuinely interested in your child’s celebration! It will help ease the stress off you and ensure you can enjoy your child’s party with hopefully a little more sleep the night before!

Entertainment Children’s party entertainment isn’t cheap so you want to make sure you receive entertainment that will genuinely keep the kids engaged! When choosing entertainment it’s important to find out what is included in the time you have booked an entertainer for, how many kids they cater for and also see images from their clients’ parties to gain an idea of their show. Testimonials are also very important so look for these on their Facebook page or website.

Event stylists There are some talented businesses that will take a load of stress off you by planning your child’s party or perhaps style a dessert table for the party. This industry is booming and it is important when making a decision to choose someone whose style and work you love and who shares the same taste as you! You should also look carefully at photos of their work to really see the quality of the food and decorations they supply and the quality of their styling. It’s also important to discuss with

To get started in sourcing some quality suppliers visit the Life’s Little Celebrations children’s party directory . Find it at and connect with a range of businesses from party hire businesses, cake makers, photographers, party boutiques and more!

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How to make a Lion Mask, from Riot Art & Craft! You will need: 138011 Teachers Choice Honeycomb Mesh 136572 1 X Carnival Arts & Crafts Yellow Felt Sheet 136571 1X Carnival Arts & Crafts Deep Yellow Felt 136579 1X Carnival Arts & Crafts Orange Felt Sheet 136598 1 X Carnival Arts & Crafts Black Felt Sheet 141036 Carnival Arts & Crafts Black Chenille Stems 135618 Teacher’s Choice Dress Up Mask Cut Outs 137407 Carnival Arts & Crafts Soft Grip Scissors 151631 Craft Line Fabric Glue 118029 Darice White Elastic Stapler Step 1. Template Line one of the mask shapes up to your plate, and trace the eyelids into the centre of the plate. You will be using both, so they will need to fit together once decorated. Step 2. Lion’s mane Cut your light yellow & orange felt into strips approx 2cm wide. Do the same with your gold honeycomb. Loop the felt over, and staple around the back of the mask shape in alternating colours. Once finished, take any single layer felt offcuts and your honeycomb and slot in front of the loops to create a bit of texture. Step 3. Lions face Once happy with the arrangement of the mane, glue deep yellow felt over the front of the mask, hiding any staples and trim to size. Take your mask shape, and glue onto the plate, so that the eyes match up. Step 4. Details Cut out a triangular nose, eyelids, and two circles to decorate the face. Add folded pipe cleaners for whiskers. Once you have the shape outline for the bottom of the plate, trim it along the circular felt to match. 36

How to make an Owl Mask, from Riot Art & Craft! You will need: 137913 Teacher’s Choice Paper Plates 150184 Carnival Arts & Crafts Light Blue Tissue Paper 140764 Foamtastic White Glitter Foam Sheet 140762 Foamtastic Gold Glitter Foam Sheet 149655 My Memories Blue Glitter Scrapbook Paper 136872 Angie Winter Gold Sequin Palette 137407 Carnival Arts & Crafts Soft Grip Scissors 129339 Carnival Arts & Crafts PVA Glue 118029 Darice White Elastic Stapler Circular template, such as a bottle lid- approx 3cm diameter Step 1. Template Hold the plate up to your face and work out where the eyes need to be. Draw a dot with a graphite pencil, and then using a circular template (such as the lid of a bottle) draw circles around these. Carefully cut your eyes out. Step 2. Eyes Double over your white foam and cut out a large teardrop – use the same template to cut out the eyes. Place these over the eye holes, and use as a guide to cut off the bottom of the plate, following the outline of the foam. Cut out a circular part at the top too. Step 3. Decorate Before you glue the foam down, cut out around 25 small scalloped crepe pieces (make sure they’re double layered by folding it over) and then paint a very thin layer of PVA and place these around the inner circle of the plate to create a feathered edge. Leave the remaining rim of the plate exposed. Next slot in your sequins behind the feathered edge. Now glue on your foam teardrops, add extra scalloped feathers if there are any exposed areas. Scrunch up your crepe squares, and glue these between the foam tear drops. Finally cut out two round circles for the eyes, once again using your circular template, and finally a beak. Once dry, staple a piece of elastic to either side, and it’s ready to wear. 37

Leading the craft revolution Hands up if you have a craft box overflowing with pipe cleaners, paper, googly eyes and an array of bits and bobs that just never seem to get used? Two Melbourne mums, Erin Hayley and Belinda Paul, saw how much their friends were spending on entertaining their kids and decided to do something about it. These second time mummas with new bubs set about to develop Kiddie Create, a craft subscription service delivered straight to your door every week “Like all mums, I want to keep my kids creative, imaginative and stimulated at home, and I want those activities to be easy and accessible,” Paul says. “With our subscription service, the craft supplies go directly to homes so all parents have to do is hand the pack over and let their children work their magic.” After an anonymous trial with 10 friends they were off into the world of business. And with four kids under three between them at the time nonetheless! A first of its kind in Australia, over the last 18 months Kiddie Create has been going from strength to strength and building a growing craft business. Within the first three months of launching they were working with Gap Kids on POP UP craft Clubs in Gap Kids stores in Sydney and Melbourne. Earlier this year they also partnered with the fabulous Little Melbourne ( on another POP UP Club. “You just never know where the next POP UP Club will be, and that’s the beauty of it – we will be coming to a location near you,” Paul says. “And parents, you might even score a nice little reward for yourselves on the day, just for bringing your craft-loving 38

child along!” A lover of Australian firsts, Kiddie Create was also the first Australian business to partner with Artkive, the clutter-free way to save and enjoy your child’s artwork. Recently Kiddie Create has added a social responsibility element to their business in the form of a partnership with The Phoebe Foundation. Customers can order a Kiddie Create gift bundle for $9 that will be donated to The Phoebe Foundation for distribution to a sick child. $2 from the purchase of the pack is donated to The Phoebe Foundation towards funding their programs, training and research. Kiddie Create also have a creative solution for fundraising for those groups that are sick of trying to flog boxes of chocolates or standing over a hot BBQ for their school or group. With Kiddie Create, individual craft bundles are purchased by the fundraisers for $5 and then resold for $7 and there is no sugar involved! The beauty of the Kiddie Create packs is that once you have subscribed all you have to do is wait by the mailbox each week for your pack to arrive. The packs come compete with everything the kids will need to make a craft project including instructions. For the more creative kids or those who don’t like to be bound by the rules and instructions of life, they can create their own project and let their imagination take control. Parents are no longer having to purchase all those bits and bobs that can be expensive and also take time. For the less creative parents they can just enjoy the time spent with the kids without having to think up their own new and different craft projects. One thing for sure about Belinda and Erin, the brains behind Kiddie Create, is that they are bursting with energy and in everything they do you can see the passion and love they have for bringing craft into homes in a simple and stress-free way. Subscriptions cost $29 per month (you will receive a craft bundle each week) or for kids parties you can even purchase packs for $7 each to keep your little guests entertained. A recent wedding saw the girls create a craft bundle for the little guests at the wedding to craft their own bride and groom. Genius! 39

Kiddie Create tips for encouraging creative play

Kiddie Create tips for the not so craft savvy ‘grown ups’ Allow for mess Let your child discover on their own! Don’t fret about doing it “right” as it doesn’t matter... Be flexible Be present - help them, encourage and guide them if they are frustrated Do a little bit of craft everyday or every second day. Get them used to “craft time.” It may be when the new baby is asleep, it maybe first thing in the morning while they are raring and ready to go, it maybe while you are preparing dinner - but allocate a time that is fun, creative time Make it enjoyable - simple Use different tactile items. Soft, hard, magnetic, feathery, sticky etc. Change the “craft” up regularly Collect items from things around the house. An empty bottle or jar, a lid, leaves from outside, an old box or packaging - whatever you find

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Above all have fun! Praise your child whilst doing the craft activities Look at your child’s interests. A character in a book, dolls, superheroes and recreate this into craft projects. For example, make a superhero costume for a teddy bear or make some doll furniture out of things around the house Having a project something that the kids are interested in will hold their attention longer Be prepared. Have a range of craft essentials ready like scissors, paper, glue, pom poms, ribbons, sticks, play dough etc. Craft can be anything! It can also be outside. Build a fortress outside using old bricks or sticks and leaves Think colours - kids love colour Let your little ones explore. The first time they may only sit for 4 mins, the next time it may extend to 10. But over time and as they age they will engage longer Put their artwork on show. Be proud. Kids love to see their own masterpieces on the fridge or wall (Most Kiddie Create packs come with magnets)

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1 - New Home Wooden Greeting Card, $5.95, 2 – Able and Game New Baby Card, $5.45, 3 – Wedding Letterpress card, $6.00, 4 – Hallmark ‘The Collection’ range, from $4.99, in-store from leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally 5 – Lemon Meringue Greeting Card, $6.95, 6 – Typography card, $1.20, 7 – My Yellow Boots Card, $5.50, 8 – Welcome to the World card, $5.00, 9 – Able and Game Birthday Card, $5.45, 10 – Hallmark ‘The Collection’ range, from $4.99, in-store from leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally 11 – Hallmark Baby Card, $5.99, in-store from leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally 12 – Tea Hope Greeting Card, $6.95, lalalandshop. 13 – Pirate Marcello Card, $5.50, 14 – Just A Note card, $1.20, 15 – Hallmark ‘The Collection’ range, from $4.99, in-store from leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally 16 – Handmade Birthday Boy Card – 3 Superheros, $3.50, 17 – Hallmark Inflatables Card, $7.99, in-store from leading retailers, newsagents and selected gift stores nationally 43

If you are after a delicious and hearty soup without wanting to spend hours at the stove making the perfect pot then check out the new Darikay range of homemade-style, hearty soups. Available in nine delicious flavours including Classic Pumpkin, Hearty Vegetable, Moroccan Minestrone, Parsnip & Wild Rocket, Parzotta, Thai Pumpkin, Red Curry, Italian Minestrone, and Sweet Potato and Red Lentils. The soups are all dairy and gluten free and more than half the range is less than 500kJ per serve making them a great healthy option for a quick meal. Available from supermarkets across Australia. RRP $6.99 for 560ml (double serve) or $4.99 for 365ml (single serve).

A delicious home cooked Indian meal is about to get easier with the introduction of The Spice Tailor range of Indian curry sauces. The brainchild of British chef Anjum Anand, The Spice Tailor range includes Keralan Coconut Curry, Original Tikka Masala, Delicate Korma Curry, Rustic Rogan Josh, Mangalore Herb Curry, Spiced Spinach Curry, Punjabi Tomato Curry and Southern Pepper Curry. Free from artificial colours, preservatives and added flavours The Spice Tailor is available on the shelves of Coles Supermarkets now for RRP $4.99.

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Over 1 million Australians are gluten intolerant and over 200,000 suffer from Coeliac disease. Coles recognised the growing need for these shoppers to have access to a quality range of affordable gluten free products. The new Coles Simply Gluten Free range includes 40 new products such as pizza bases, pasta, cereals and cakes. The products are available on Coles shelves now. 44

The Thermomix performs the function of 10 different appliances all in one compact machine. Between chopping, blending, cooking, juicing, weighing and more it is the perfect solution for time-poor mums who want to get meals on the table for their children in minutes. If you are lucky enough to have one of these magic appliances and are looking for recipes for your family, Thermomix has just released a baby and toddler cookbook written by the granddaughter of cooking royalty Margaret Fulton, Louise Fulton Keats. RRP $35, available from thermomix. or through a Thermomix consultant by calling 1800 004 838


ely inspired range of some of Sunbeam’s key small appliances is now available with one of Florence Broadhurst’s iconic designs, the Japanese Floral print. The perfect synergy between two Australian icons of design, style and luxury and reputation of timeless patterns and trends in contemporary fashion. Currently available exclusively at David Jones. 45

Research has found that only one in five Australian kids consumes their Recommended Dietary Intake of calcium per day. Parmalat, in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products, have made it easier for Aussie kids to increase their intake in a fun and nutritious way. Tweety and Scooby Doo feature on a new range of Paul’s yoghurt helping kids to increase their calcium intake in a fun, nutritious and tasty way. The yoghurt is available in Coles Supermarkets in a 12-pack of either Tweety or Scooby-Doo yoghurt.

Herby Barbeque Lamb Serves 10 1 packet The Spice Tailor Mangalore Herb Curry 350g – 400g lamb rump cut into large 10 3cm cubes 3 large cloves garlic, peeled 12g fresh ginger, grated 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon cumin and garam masala powders Teaspoon black pepper Small red onion, finely sliced Using a mortar and pestle grind the spices from The Spice Tailor spice packet until fine, add all or half of the dried chilli for heat, adjust to suit individual tastes. The chilli takes time to break down in the pestle and mortar and can be left in small pieces but the spices should be fully ground. Blend together the garlic, ginger, lemon juice, oil, the spices the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning and lemon juice to taste, it should be tangy and slightly salty to taste. Place the lamb inside, cover and marinade for 1-3 hours in the fridge. Take out of the fridge 30 minutes before eating and add the remainder of the sauce. Preheat your oven to 180C. Place the really well coated lamb on an oiled baking sheet and cook for 8 minutes or until it’s cooked to individual likings. Drizzle with some melted butter (optional) and serve hot in the roti round with one or two slivers of red onion on top. 46 46

Ricotta-stuf fed eggplants in a spiced tomato and spinach sauce Serves 2-3 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium-large eggplant, cut into thin 1cm slices lengthways 1 packet of The Spice Tailor Punjabi Tomato Curry sauce 100ml milk Large handful of spinach, washed, finely shredded Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Ricotta filing 175g fresh ricotta ½-ž small red onion, finely chopped 1 heaped tablespoon shredded fresh mint ½-1 teaspoon small green chilli, finely chopped Heat about 1/3 of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Lightly salt the eggplant slices and add as many slices as will fit in the pan, cook over a moderate flame until golden brown, turn over and repeat. This will take around three minutes a side. Remove and place on a plate and repeat with the remaining slices until they are all cooked. Mix together all the ingredients for the filling; season with salt and pepper to taste. Grind together the fresh spices, from the spice sachet in The Spice Tailor Punjabi Tomato Curry, in a mortar and pestle, leaving out the chilli and the bay leaf. In the same frying pan, add the bay leaf and along with the sauces from The Spice Tailor Punjabi Tomato Curry and bring to a boil. Add the milk and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add in the spinach and half of the pounded garam masala or to taste. Cook until the sauce has a creamy consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. In the meantime, place a tablespoon of filling, about an inch from one of the thin edges of each slice of eggplant, and carefully roll each up into a well stuffed log. Once the sauce is creamy, carefully place the stuffed eggplants back into the saucepan, turn the heat down, spoon over the sauce so they are covered and allow to warm through for about 3 minutes before serving with some rice, crusty buttered bread or a salad. 47 47

Shepherd’s Pie Serves 6 500g lean mince 1/2 cup GF fruit chutney 400g cauliflower 1 tablespoon olive oil Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a non-stick frying pan, brown the mince over medium heat. Season with sea salt and pepper and mix the chutney through. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the florets from the cauliflower. Cook the florets in a saucepan of gently boiling water until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, add the olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and mash until nice and smooth. Pour the mince into a baking dish, top with an even layer of mashed cauliflower, and season again lightly. Bake until the top is golden around the rim, about 15 minutes. From 4 Ingredients Gluten Free Lactose Free 48

Sticky Citrus Ribs Serves 4 2 oranges zested and juiced 1 tbs grated ginger ½ cup hoisin sauce 1kg pork spare ribs Combine the oranges, ginger and hoisin sauce in a large bowl and add the ribs. Coat well, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place ribs in a tray and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the marinade turns into a sticky caramel and the pork is nice and brown. 49 49

Road testing – Aeroplane’s Sweet Treats Trusted in jelly for more than 85 years, Aeroplane has spread its wings with the new Sweet Treats desserts range, including jelly slices and mousses. With family favourites including Strawberry Jelly Slice and Chocolate Mousse, Aeroplane’s Sweet Treats are kid-friendly dessert mixes the whole family will love. We received the complete range of Sweet Treats to test run and give our verdict. Both the Jelly Slices and the Mousses were so simple to make. The Jelly Slices take slightly longer to prepare as each layer needs to be set in the fridge but the Mousses were ready to eat within five minutes, although I set them in the fridge for a firmer mousse. Who doesn’t have great memories of eating Aeroplane Jelly as a kid? The Strawberry Jelly Slice and Lime Jelly Slice take you straight back to those memories but with a modern twist – a biscuit base and a creamy middle layer with the jelly set on top. A word of warning – these treats are very sweet so you could even cut the finished product into less than the recommended 12 pieces as a small piece is certainly sweet enough. If you are serving the slice at a birthday party, the layers can easily be cut if a child doesn’t like a particular layer so everybody wins! The mousse was really surprisingly amazing. Firstly, I was impressed with how quickly it was ready. I was skeptical how the packet mousse and 500ml of full cream milk could produce a creamy mousse but I was pleasantly surprised. Only a few minutes with the electric beater and it was ready. I served the mousse in glasses for a simple yet effective presentation. The packs do have a few ideas for how to add a twist (such as a honeycomb chocolate bar 50

crushed on top of the Choc Honeycomb Mousse or fresh berries served with the Chocolate Mousse – YUM!) but the mousse is so versatile that you really could do anything with it. Perhaps serving the mousse as a dessert canapé at a party in smaller glasses and with a garnish of chocolate or berries. As it is prepared in only 5 minutes but tastes so good it is the perfect easy dinner party option. Aeroplane’s Sweet Treats are available in the dessert aisle of your local Woolworths supermarket now. The Jelly Slices retail for $4.99, and the Mousses for $3.74.

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Thai Chicken Balls Serves 8 500g chicken mince 1 spring onion, finely diced 2 tbs. Gourmet Garden Thai Fresh Blend 1 tbs. Gourmet Garden Coriander Mix all ingredients together and then using a tablespoon roll into balls and in a nonstick fry pan, on a medium-high heat, cook for 6 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Optional: Serve with a little sweet chilli sauce to dip, and a green salad for dinner. 52 52

Fruit Loaf 350g dried fruit 60g All-Bran Original 3/4 cup cold tea 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon Âź teaspoon mixed spice 110g brown sugar 1 apple, peeled and grated Cut any large pieces of fruit to the size of a raison. Combine fruit, All-Bran, tea and syrup in a large bowl and set aside for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 21 X 11 cm loaf tin with baking paper. Sift the flour and spices together. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Add the egg and flour mix to the fruit and stir to combine. Add the apple and mix together. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in tin before removing to a wire rack to cool. Can be served spread with salt-reduced margarine or ricotta. Can be sliced and frozen. *Fibre per serve = 11.5g or 38% of recommended daily intake. Note that fibre per serve is an estimate only, based on Foodworks 2007. Figures are rounded to the nearest 0.1g and may differ to what is actually consumed. 53

Muesli Cookies Serves 20 125g salt-reduced margarine, diced 3 tablespoons maple syrup 125g raw sugar 2/3 cup (100g) self-raising flour 50g All-Bran Original 165g untoasted muesli 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Preheat oven to 175g. Place the margarine, syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until the margarine is just melted and ingredients combined. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Place tablespoons of mixture onto two baking trays, flattening slightly, and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on trays. *Fibre per serve = 11.5g or 38% of recommended daily intake. Note that fibre per serve is an estimate only, based on Foodworks 2007. Figures are rounded to the nearest 0.1g and may differ to what is actually consumed. 54 54

Slow Cooked Soft Beef Tacos 1kg diced beef 1 tbsp Mexican chilli powder 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp sweet paprika ¼ tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp garlic flakes ½ tsp onion flakes 1 tsp flaked salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 2 medium brown onions, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes 8 soft tortillas (recipe link here) 200g sour cream, to serve 100g grated taste cheese, to serve 1 lime, cut into wedges, to serve In a large bowl, place the beef and spices and toss to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes. Place the removable slow cooking bowl onto the stove top and heat over a medium heat. Add the oil, onion and garlic and sauté until golden brown. Add the beef and sear until just starting to brown. Stir through the tomato paste and diced tomatoes and place onto the ‘HIGH’ setting and allow to cook for 6 hours, stirring every few hours. Serve on soft tortillas with sour cream and cheese and roll to close. NOTE: Optional toppings include shredded lettuce, avocado, tomato, grated cheese, salsa and red onion. This recipe was developed using a Kambrook Appliance. Recipe and photo courtesy of Kambrook. For more recipe ideas go to 55

Sweet as... 80% less sugar Have you ever thought about the amount of sugar your kids are consuming just in what they are drinking? One New Zealand mum did and has created a product that kids love with 80 per cent less sugar than many popular juices. Sian Leonard is a mother of three children, aged 15, 9 and 5, who was struggling to get the kids to drink water. With one of her children suffering a sugar sensitivity due to mild autism and ADHD she was fed up with the sugary meltdowns that sugar-laden fruit drinks or orange juice inevitably led to. “As a Mum of three, I’d had my fair share of watching my kids go from happy and content to climbing the walls and becoming irrational after too much sugar and I wasn’t alone; millions of parents around the world can relate to this.” “Much of our son’s behavior and ability to concentrate is almost entirely managed by limiting his sugar consumption”, said Leonard. After exhaustive research and scouring of the supermarket shelves in New Zealand, Leonard discovered that not only was there not a product that would meet her needs but also that she wasn’t alone when it came to fussy drinkers. The Australian research tells a similar story with 64 per cent of Aussie kids not drinking the recommended 1.5 litres of fluid per day. Drawing on her fourteen years experience in sales, marketing, product development, brand strategy 56

and category development Leonard set out on a mission to develop the closest thing possible to water but with a little added flavour to satisfy the sweet tooth. “Many popular juices contain as much sugar as Coke, but are deceptively marketed as healthy due to their fruit base. “Some beverage companies are using licensed popular characters that children and parents trust to encourage them to buy their products knowing they contain almost as much sugar as a can of Coke and that children will ‘pester’ their parents for them”, explains Leonard. To combat this Leonard and her kids created their own bottle design and characters: Bubble Merfriend, Carter the Deep Water Robot, Baloopa the Starfish, Milla in her Magical Crabsuit and Jam the Jellyfish. “The kids chose the logos, helped select the character underwater theme and evolved the story creation of two kids who thanks to Carter’s clever invention are able to wear magical suits which allow them to venture to the magical world of the Blue Spring. The two ‘kids’ characters are inspired by their personalities and named after them ‘Carter and Milla’, they tasted every flavour sample, 57

chose the blue sleeve colour and gave us the big thumbs up on our unique bottle shape.” The super cute characters feature on the bottles so they are a great alternative for parents to offer the kids when they might be begging for another more sugary drink with the latest popular character splashed on the packaging. The big test is do the kids like the low sugar alternative drink? Our expert panel gave them a good trial and the reaction was “Oh yum!”. The kids loved the drinks and even the adults thought they were pretty tasty. Just enough sugar to add some flavour for the kids but the drinks are refreshing and don’t leave any sugary feel or taste in your mouth. A great combination we say.

Water Buddies launched to the New Zealand market in October 2012 and they are now available in Australia through Woolworths and independent supermarkets and New Zealand Natural Ice Cream outlets with more distributors soon to be announced. Containing New Zealand spring water with natural flavours and just 1.8 per cent sugar (1/2 teaspoon of sugar per 100ml as compared to up to 3 teaspoons of sugar found in Coca Cola and other popular juice brands), Water Buddies fill a large gap within the health segment of the children’s beverage market. Leonard is proud of her achievement with more than one million Water Buddies having been produced to date. “The biggest buzz is receiving thanks from parents for being the catalyst for changing their children’s drinking habits. Many families are using Water Buddies to transition kids off juice and fizzy drinks and then onto water with huge success. It’s a good feeling knowing we’re making a difference.” For information about the range, please visit: www. You can also follow the company on Twitter at @waterbuddies or waterbuddies

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Sandwich Sushi 1 loaf of sliced wholemeal bread 3-4 tbl spoons cream cheese 1 small tin of tuna, drained well 1 carrot, grated Half a cucumber, cut into batons 1 chicken breast, diced 50gm semi sun dried tomatoes, diced 50gm feta, crumbled 1. Cut the crusts of each slice of bread and using a rolling pin, flatten. Spread each slice with a small amount of cream cheese. 2. On the longer side of the bread, lay across some tuna in a line, followed by grated carrot and cucumber. Roll the bread up, tucking the filling in as you go. Cut each roll into 3 pieces. 3. Arrange on a platter and serve Note: To help prevent your sandwich sushi from going stale once it’s served, arrange it on top of some lettuce leaves. 60 60

Lets face there is only one reason kids love parties (aside from the presents). It’s because they know they will get to gorge themselves on lollies, cake, fairy, bread and all the food that they don’t usually get to eat. But if your a mum looking for a healthier alternative to sausage rolls and party pies then give this sandwich sushi as go. They are so simple and everyone will love them. I’ve made these for a bunch of parties and they are always a hit. You can fill your sandwich sushi with whatever you want. Keep it simple for kids, ham and cheese, mashed egg and mayo or PBJ. For adults, ramp it up to gourmet with some smoked salmon and watercress or roast beef, mustard and rocket. The great thing about sandwich sushi is that it’s familiar. A twist on an old favourite. You will have to do very little convincing to get your kids to try it. A whole loaf of bread will cater for lots of people, however use a few slices to create something different for lunch for toddlers and kids. I used cream cheese as the ‘glue’ to keep my rolls together but you can use mayo, pickles, mustard etc.

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If your house isn’t already covered wall to wall in Love Mae goodness then have a look at their new range of gorgeous wallpapers. Instantly brighten bare walls and rooms in need of a lift with designs featuring bursts of autumn blooms, floral gardens, red roses and stormy bouquets, floating feathers and more. Made from a high quality 150gsm non woven coated paper, each roll is 10m x 70cm RRP $280. As the paper is non vinyl it can breathe, preventing mould and moisture. Available exclusively from or call (02) 6677 9225.

At new online homewares destination you will find an eclectic mix of gorgeous pieces from designers in Sweden, France, Denmark, Belguim and Australia. The range includes colourful melamine tableware, vintage print tumblers and cake stands, weekend bags, funky storage containers, retro print tins and suitcases plus a delightful range of stationery, children’s dinner sets and unique gifts. Shop by brand, product , colour or collection. Make sure you check out the RICE Denmark range for some totes exclusive to Neapolitan and some of the coolest melamine tableware we have seen.

home b With an ever growing awareness of our environment and the impact we have on it the Goodbye Detergent range of environmentally friendly cleaning scrubs and pads is a welcome answer. The re-usable scrubs and pads consist of natural abrasives that make it easy to clean with no need for soaps and detergents. The products are also packaged in 100% recycled cardboard. Able to be used on a variety of surfaces, the scrubs and pads are available online at for RRP $8.95 each..

Enjoy the smell of wine without the nasty hangover with the “wine candle” collection. Available in Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Chard beautifully boxed and have a fresh and invigorating fragrance. Th wine inspired triple-milled soaps designed to soften the skin with while leaving a fresh, fruity fragrance. The candles are RRP $31.95 For stockists call Banks & Co on 1800 266 32 62

ites Australian designed linen label, You & Boo is now available at As the only online stockist you will find the gorgeous signature You & boo prints in bath towels, cot blankets, cot sheets and pram blankets. With a fresh colour palette of pink, navy, orange, blue and stone in soft, premium cottons you will love the collection. Prices range from $19.95 - $59.95.. Keep the kids warm with a new best friend in the shape of an Aroma Home Hotties. Filled with ceramic beads (not wheat) and fragranced with calming lavender and chamomile, the beads are enclosed in a removable and microwaveable calico bag which is placed in the soft toy character for instant warmth. Kids will love the cute characters and you may even find yourself snuggling up to one when the kids have gone to bed. The knitted animal Hotties have a RRP of $39.95 each. For stockists email or call (03) 9308 8831.

Banks & Co skincare donnay, the candles are The range also includes a rich and creamy lather 5 and soaps RRP $16.95. 25. 63

Time to upgrade your kitchen? It’s easy as... The kitchen is the heart of the home and when it is looking tired with out of date fittings, fixtures and colours it doesn’t feel as inviting. Given the number of meals you prepare each week as a mum the time spent in the kitchen really adds up. You want a warm and welcoming kitchen that you will enjoy spending all that time in. But if you do have a kitchen in need of a makeover the costs can very quickly add up. 64

But according to kitchen makeover specialists Granite Transformations, updating your kitchen to keep up with the latest trends doesn’t have to be a timely and expensive exercise. Jessie Harvey, Granite Transformations Resident Trends Expert says, “For a portion of the cost of a complete demolition and rebuild, a makeover or renovation will transform your tired old kitchen into a stunning feature.” And it seems that the days of a complete kitchen demolition and rebuild are a thing of the past with more than 10,000 people opting for kitchen makeovers in 2012 in Australia alone. “By working with existing surfaces and cabinets, a makeover will give your kitchen a new feel and fresh look. The size and shape of your current benchtops can be altered utilising our exclusive Trend Surfaces, while cupboards can easily be updated with new doors and handles. Then, finish the look with a stylish splashback, giving your kitchen a new designer feel,” says Harvey. In terms of stylish splashbacks, Granite Transformations reveal that bolder splashbacks along with colourful kitchens are one of the most popular trends in kitchens this year. “Granite Transformations splashbacks are the ideal solution as they provide protection from moisture and grease and are an easy way to make your kitchen really stand out with a decorative statement,” Harvey says. Granite Transformations has just released a new

Mosaic range called Trend Mosaic Slabs. These slabs are mounted on a thin and flexible backing board and the quickest and smartest system for laying glass mosaic tiles on large surface areas like kitchen walls, alcoves and splashbacks. The Mosaic Slabs can be laid directly over any existing surface without the need for ripping out old material reducing installation times and eliminating waste. Harvey says a great kitchen makeover doesn’t need to be complicated and can be achieved by following a few simple tips. “My advice is not to complicate the layout too much; this way you can have a simple kitchen makeover without the expense of doing a complete demolition. Choose a company that has products that are backed by a warranty and installed by a qualified tradesman.” Granite Transformations is the only national network of kitchen makeover specialists in Australia with over 40 branches across the country. They are the exclusive supplier of Trend Surfaces®, an engineered stone range combining the finest quality quartz, granite and recycled glass with a state-of-the-art polymer base, producing diamond-polished surfaces that are non-porous, heat, scratch, stain and impact resistant. By virtue of their unique production process, Granite Transformations’ slabs are just 6.5mm thick, which means they can be installed directly over existing benchtops and splashback surfaces, saving time and money. Visit for more information.

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Granite’s tips for a better kitchen makeover Work out your budget first. This will be the deciding factor on what you’re able to do Determine how you use your kitchen, and how you WANT to use your kitchen. Work out what you need (more cupboard space, bigger island benchtop), before deciding on the layout Stick with a makeover/renovation as opposed to a complete demolition. It’s better for the environment and makes life easier, with a makeover being completed in just a couple of days Keep the colour palette light and fresh and just add a splash of colour with a feature splashback. Great new colours include ‘Pietra Serena’ or ‘Terra Chiara’ Engineered stone splashbacks are also an emerging trend for the simple advantage that there is no grout to clean. Plus they create a seamless look that flows beautifully with the stone benchtop Choose quality products and workmanship that is backed by a warranty. The strongest benchtop product on the market today is Granite Transformations Trend Surfaces. The Surfaces are heat, scratch, stain and impact resistant and come with a 10 year warranty