September 2013 - issue nine
indulge in the best fashion for spring/summer, beauty, food and awesome gifts dads will love this fatherâ€™s day
Awesome prizes not just for the kids! Details on page 7
his past month has been crazy! It started with a trip to Melbourne for Kids Instyle where I connected with some of the coolest labels in Australia for kids. There is such passion in this industry and it is contagious. The creativity and innovation astounds me and I love being part of it! The September issue is our biggest issue yet. As we finally launch into Spring (yeeha!) we have some of the best Spring/Summer fashion trends for you and the kids covered. It’s time to start packing away the Winter woolies and getting ready to lap up the sunshine. We only have three issues left this year so if you have a story you would like to share or that you think we should know about please get in touch. You can send me an email to email@example.com. I love hearing from you all as each issue comes out so keep the feedback coming! My September top five are: 1. Anyone that knows me will know I live in a state of organised chaos. I’m hoping Jana Kingsford’s 8 tips for spring cleaning the home on page 74 will help me 2. There is lots happening in September listed on page 6. Remember to ask those around you “Are you ok” on 12 September, R U OK? Day 3. I was at the launch of That Bird Label from birdsnest.com.au. A gorgeous feminine range designed for every woman. Make sure to check it out on page 8 4. Makeup Free Me is a terrifying concept but one that I will be participating in on Friday 30 August. Visit page 36 for all the details 5. One of my favourite home brands is Love Mae and the lovely Peta shares her story and tips for home decoration on page 80 Until next month, you can find us at www.kidmagazine.com.au for more of the things you love.
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How is Dad going?
Win Win Win
10 unique beauty tips that you may not have known
What’s happening in September. Find out now
More amazing prizes to giveaway to our Kid Magazine readers this month. Enter now
Save with these exclusive deals for Kid Magazine readers from Mix Apparel, Kiddie Create and Sweet Themes
Spring/Summer kids Four key trends for Spring/Summer 2013 for super stylish littlies
Spring/Summer ladies Not to forget mum we have two of the hottest trends this season
28 What’s in that makeup?
Georga Holdich, Founder of Pure Poppet explains the importance of non-toxic products on kids skin
Bare face freedom
Delicious family recipes
8 steps to get your spring cleaning done
In the jungle with Jan
Love Mae sweet inspiration
46 Craft for dad
A fun craft idea the kids can make dad for Fathers Day
Spa at home Four fabulous products you can use for the spa treatment in your own home
The great outdoors
Make dadâ€™s day Super cool gifts to have dad grinning from ear to ear this Fatherâ€™s Day
Hit the kitchen with these tasty and delicious family recipes
Beautiful tableware for all your Spring outdoor entertaining
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National Health & PE Day Encourage the family to get active today, whether it be a sport or playing outside together, the whole family will benefit from getting moving
The Little Mermaid Ariel and her friends are back and digitally restored on 3D blu-ray, DVD and digital. Share this classic with your kids and enjoy the under the sea adventures of The Little Mermaid
Ready Steady Wiggle Tour Tickets go on sale today for the Australian tour of the Wiggles new live show on around the country. Visit ticketek.com.au for information
Father’s Day Spoil dad and thank him for being him. Cook him breakfast, mow the lawns or check page 44 for our super cool gift ideas.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day Because some times you just need to talk like a pirate so why not make a day of it? Ye better or ye be walkin’ the plank!
World Parks Day An opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces. Take the family on a picnic or barbecue, volunteer with a conservation group in your area or just get outside and enjoy the scenery
R U OK? Day R U OK? Day envisions a world where all people are connected and protected from suicide. It aims to do this by encouraging and empowering all people to regularly and meaningfully ask ‘are you ok?’ to support those struggling with life. Visit ruokday.com
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There is a new online baby and kids shop on the scene selling the TINY TRIBE range exclusively as well as the ever popular SO SOOKI. tinytribe.com.au launched in August with a fabulous range of affordable pieces for mini fashionistas. Catering from newborn to seven years you can expect to find everything from funky prints to everyday essentials all in the latest season trends. For TINY VIP members, shipping is free for purchases over $75. The signature packaging is a must see â€“ divine! s.
50,000 women have told Australian online retailer birdsnest.com.au about their style, body shape and favourite colours and birdsnest have turned that information into a brand new fashion label designed to celebrate women. THAT BIRD LABEL features a range of stylish Summer dresses and maxi skirts to flatter every female silhouette. With vibrant colours and inspiring prints, each piece in the range is names after a native Australian bird. You can get your hands on the range online at birdsnest.com.au. Prices range from $89.95 - $99.95 kidmagazine.com.au 8
Popular in the States for the last 70 years, Original Salt Water sandals are reminiscent of the sandals of your childhood with a classic plaited style. Now available from moosaidthecow.com.au they come in a range of colours including shiny purple, red, fuschia as well as traditional silver, yellow and white. With leather upper, non-rusting brass buckles and non-slip rubber soles, Original Salt Water sandals are machine washable and the perfect addition to you little ones Summer wardrobe. Available from moosaidthecow.com.au for $69.
the kidstore is Australiaâ€™s newest kids clothing label providing great designs for real kids with big imaginations. Offering simple and affordable items for kids to create their own unique style, the kidstore caters for babies size 0-3 months all the way to kids 7-12 years. The current Summer range is a tropical holiday story featuring stripes, checks and animal prints. Gorgeous designs the kids will love! Available online at thekidstore.com.au.
Soludos are leaders in the adults espadrilles market, and now for the very first time, have introduced junior size espadrilles to their brand offering. Sweet, fun prints, classic stripes and primary block colours feature across the classic espadrille and lace up espadrille shoe styles in delightful miniature sizes. Available from select boutiques around Australia from September 2013. RRP $28 - $46
Our favourite enamel bangles are now available in junior sizes with the new add-hoc shrunk range! Featuring vibrant girly colours, the bangles are the new must have girlsâ€™ accessory. Wear one or layer them for jingle effect in either a plain hinge or bamboo style bangle. You can also pick up a matching silicone purse for the ultimate accessory princess. Add-hoc shrunk bangles are $14.95 and silicon purses $5 each. For stockists visit inmixedcompany.com.au. kidmagazine.com.au 9
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A nod to the furry and feathered friends kids love, animals and animal prints will be pawsitively popular this season 1 - SOOKIbaby Baby Funky Monkey Raglan Snapsuit, $34.95, sookibaby.com.au 2 – Nappy Cover Stampy, $9.95, oobi.com.au 3 – Pumpkin Patch Sublimation Print Tee, $24.99, pumpkinpatch.com.au 4 – Hoo are You? Soft Soled Leather Baby Shoes, $39.95, cheekylittlesoles.com.au 5 – Doodlebug Bamboo Overalls, $44.95, ilovedoodlebug.com.au 6 – Nicky Dino T-shirt, $32, oobi.com.au 7 – MOZI Mini ‘Circus Baby’ Baby Boy Romper, $29.95, mozi.com.au 8 – Mooce Cat Singlet, $24.95, mooce.com.au from September 9 – Hootkid The Bat Harem Pant, $39.95, hootkid.com 10 –Attipas Animal Shoes, $14.95, attipas.com.au 11 – Lulu & George Pony Pyjamas, $32.95, luluandgeorge.com.au 12 – Wild Thing Singlet in Purple, $20.95, littlevillains.com 13 - Claire Girl Tunic Dress Eggshell Zebra, $39.95, mamadoo.com.au
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a fashion pattern
From stars to stripes, checks and chevrons, patterns are all the go in 2013 1 - Gia Sherbert Skirt, $54.95, oobi.com.au 2 – SOOKIbaby Baby Funky Monkey Half-Moon Pocket Legging, $32.95, sookibaby.com.au 3 – Pumpkin Patch Smocked Gingham Dress, $36.99, pumpkinpatch.com.au 4 – Natalia Blue Shorts, $34.95, oobi.com.au 5 – Geometric Fusion Soft Soled Leather Baby Shoes, $39.95, cheekylittlesoles.com.au 6 – Mooce RaRa dress, $41.95, mooce.com.au from September 7 – Pumpkin Patch Check Shirt, $29.99, pumpkinpatch.com.au 8 – Hootkid Urban Fedora Hat in Hot Pink, $25.95, hootkid.com 9 – Lulu & George Napoleon Pyjamas, $32.95, luluandgeorge.com.au 10 – Bloomer Pinup Pink, $24.95, oobi.com.au 11 – Four in the Bed Charlotte Pink Gingham Nightie, $42.95, available from leading childrenswear boutiques nationally and online at fourinthebed.com.au 12 – ergoPouch airCocoon Swaddle, from $27, ergopouch.com.au 13 – e3-M Ruffle Dress - Grey Marle/French Navy Stripe, $69.95-$74.95, eenimeeni.com 14 – Li’l Ludy Red Spot Frill One Piece, $59, for stockists call 0420 978 780 (available from September) 15 – Kallio S/S Contrast Shirt, $83, kallionyc.com 16 – Master and Miss Geometric Onesie, $30, masterandmiss.com.au 17 – ALFIE Skater Dress in Light Paint Spaltter Print (available from November), $49.95, alfieapparel.com
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smell the roses
Bouquets and bunches of the ever popular floral as we jump into Spring
1 - Acorn Bella Sunhat, $29.95, bonzabrats.com.au 2 – SOOKIbaby Baby Dandelion 3 Layer Frill Neck Snapsuit, $34.95, sookibaby.com.au 3 – Pumpkin Patch Rose Dress, $46.99, pumpkinpatch.com.au 4 – Four in the Bed Jess Moonrose Nightie, $39.95, available from leading childrenswear boutiques nationally and online at fourinthebed.com.au 5 – Nappy Cover Tea Garden, $9.95, oobi.com.au 6 – eeni meeni miini moh Rockmelon Print Smock Dress, $89.95, eenimeeni.com 7 – Apple Pie Jewellery Daisy Headband, $14.95 each, minette.com.au 8 – Mix @ Coles Floral Boydsuit, $6, mixapparel.com.au 9 – Megan Park Girl, $149, meganpark.com.au 10 – Pumpkin Patch Cherry Print Jean, $34.99, pumpkinpatch.com.au 11 – Frilly Tushies Flower Power Ruffle Nappy Cover, $22, frillytushies.com.au 12 – Plum Country Floral Pintuck Sundress with Matching Pants, $29.95, plumcollections.com.au 13 - Fabrik ‘Jemima’ Dress, $59.95, fabrikstore.com 14 – Toshi Sunhat Amalfi in Sunshine, $34.95, toshi.com.au kidmagazine.com.au 17
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Kids will be dreaming of sailing the high seas this Summer in nautical inspired gear
1 - Plum Sailor Story Navy Spot Apron Playsuit, $29.95, plumcollections.com.au 2 – SOOKIbaby Baby Sailing Classic Short Sleeve Tee, $28.95, sookibaby.com.au 3 – Sea Change Soft Soled Leather Baby Shoes, $39.95, cheekylittlesoles.com.au 4 – Four in the Bed Freddy Sailing on the Sea PJ Set, $42.95, available from leading childrenswear boutiques nationally and online at fourinthebed.com.au 5 – Plum Anchors Away Blue Stripe Tee with Anchor Embriodery, $25.95, plumcollections.com.au 6 – Attipas Marine Pre Walker Shoes, $14.95, attipas.com.au 7 – the kidstore Blue Boat Singlet Romper, $18, thekidstore.com.au 8 – Hootkid Anyday Dress, $36.95, hootkid.com 9 – the kidstore Anchor 3pc Hat, Tee and Legging Set, $30, thekidstore.com.au 10 – Rashoodz Baby Rash Suit, $44.99, rashoodz.com.au 11 – Plum Swimwear Sailor Girl Rash Top Frill Edge, $24.95, plumcollections.com.au 12 – Doodlebug Anchor Pocket Tee, $34.95, ilovedoodlebug.com.au 13 – SOOKIbaby Baby Love Boat Frilly Skirt Snapsuit, $34.95, sookibaby.com.au 14 – Toshi Sunhat Ahoy in Marine, $34.95, toshi.com.au
Monochrome 2013 is classic black and white with funky prints and dazzling accessories 1 - Trimester™ - Metropolis Colourblock Wrap Dress, $99.95, queenbee.com.au 2 – Mix @ Coles Stripe Zip Black Dress, $25, mixapparel.com.au 3 – diana ferrari Roxanne heels, $139.95, dianaferrari.com.au or call 1800 101 285 4 – Matrix Code of Conduct Dress, USD$64.99, modcloth.com 5 – Jump Julia Cap Sleeve Crossover Dress, $129.95, birdsnest.com.au 6 – Just Add Sugar Primmadonna Cami, $49.95, birdsnest.com.au 7 – diana ferrari Stanwyck clutch, $69.96, dianaferrari.com.au or call 1800 101 285 8 – Nest Ring in 950 Sterling Silver, $109, lacorvin.com 9 – Doodle Your Best Top, USD$27.99, modcloth.com 10 – Layers necklace, $54.95, ilovelola.com.au 11 – Elm Knitwear Cancun Dress, $119.95, 03 5222 8881 12 - Turn Up the Lace Tap, USD$34.99, modcloth.com 13 - That Bird Label ‘Lori’ Fit and Flare Dress, $99.95, birdsnest.com.au 14 - Mix @ Coles Spot Crew Neck Raglan, $19, mixapparel.com.au
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Think florals, spots, leopard print or wherever you feel the Summer taking you 1 - Have the Dance Floor Dress, USD$119.99, modcloth.com 2 – diana ferrari Como capri pants, $119.95, dianaferrari.com.au or call 1800 101 3 – Fringed Benefits necklace – Red, $59.95, ilovelola.com.au 4 – Jackie Taupe White with polka dot bow, $89.95, wendyhollyshoes.com.au 5 – Grace Classic in Leopard Print, $199, sirensswimwear.com 6 – That Bird Label ‘Robbie’ Shift Dress, $99.95, birdsnest.com.au 7 – diana ferrari Louisa dress, $179.95, dianaferrari.com.au or call 1800 101 8 – Red Polka Dot Strappy Wedge, $99, www.toms.com 9 – Talisman Mystic Silk at Sequins & Sand , $395, sequinsandsand.com.au 10 – Cielo Red Dots blue Leather Watch, $89.95, bijoux.com.au 11 - That Bird Label ‘Maggie’ Wrap Dress, $99.95, birdsnest.com.au 12 – Positano necklace, $49.95, ilovelola.com.au 13 - Everly Grey - Harmony Maxi Dress, $119.95, queenbee.com.au 14 – Wanderlust Clothing Two Tone Tunic Dress, $85, wanderlustclothing.com 15 - Bouquet Thanks Top, USD$34.99, modcloth.com 16 - Eloise Bikini in Barbados Blue Spot, $190, sirensswimwear.com 17 - Twist of Gait Sandal in Turquoise, USD$29.99, modcloth.com kidmagazine.com.au 23
ChapStick has been loving lips for over 100 years and now there is even more to love with a range of new limited edition Lipkits. Available in seven different collectable cute retro designs all kits feature SPF+ protection and three flavours, Strawberry, Classic and Green Apple the latest flavour exclusively for the LipKit range. ChapStick Lipkits are $8.99 each and available now from pharmacies Australia wide.
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Australian natural skincare brand, Sukin, has launch a very special Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil in support of the McGrath Foundation with the aim of donating $20,000 directly to the Foundation. Available throughout September and October in 25ml ($19.95) and 50ml (32.95) Sukinâ€™s Rose Hip O can be used regularly to help soothe skin condition such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea and assist skin renewal to help maintain optimal sk health. Available from selected pharmacy and heal food stores nationally including Priceline, Chemis Warehouse, My Chemist and Terry White Chemist Limited time only, while stocks last. kidmagazine.com.au 24
Infused with coconut milk and sweet almond oil, the new Schick® Intuition Pure Nourishment is ultra moisturising with a scent reminiscent of a tropical island getaway. The unique moisturising solid that surrounds the four ultra thin wire wrapped blades means that no shaving gel or body wash is needed. Simply add water and shave! Schick® Intuition Pure Nourishment is available for $12.69 at Woolworths, Coles, Priceline and pharmacies nationally. A three pack of refills is RRP $13.49.
The new Ultra CC Powder from Ultraceuticals is more than just a mineral foundation. It contains active anti-ageing ingredients to smooth and brighten, antioxidant environmental protection all in a triple milled powder for a silky flawless finish. It conceals imperfections and thanks to the airtight close mechanism it ensures you can carry the powder with you on the go and not end up with a nasty mess in your handbag. Available in five shades to suit your complexion for $69 from leading clinics and David Jones stores and ultraceuticals.com.
Whether you live with dry skin everyday or feel its affects due to the weather you will know that treating it can be hard. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula has come to the rescue with its new Intensive Relief range, formulated naturally without any parabens, phthalates, fragrance or colour. With a Moisturising Lotion, Concentrated Cream, Treatment Oil, Moisturising Body Wash and Facial Moisturiser the range uses Cocoa Butter as the staple ingredient and is affordable for everyday use. Available from Woolworths stores in September
Discover petal power with the new Camomile Make-Up recover Collection from The Body Shop. Using Community Fair Trade camomile, the range is super gentle on skin leaving it feeling soft and fresh while removing all traces of the days make-up. Including Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover ($18.95), Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover ($17.95), Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ($26.95) and Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil ($26.95) the range is available in store in September. Visit bodyshop.com.au for more information.
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How is Dad going? By Tim O’Leary for PANDA
Association) has developed a website just for dads, called ‘How is Dad Going?’ (www.howisdadgoing.org. au). The website has videos and information about fatherhood, dads and postnatal depression, and also helps dads whose partner might be suffering from postnatal depression. Another aim of the website is to promote fatherinclusive practice to service providers to remind them that new dads are on a steep learning curve too and even if they are not depressed it is always good to ask, how is dad going? There can be lots of triggers of postnatal depression for dads, for some relating to how men can internalise their worries and concerns. For every new dad, there are challenges in becoming a father, both in terms of ‘learning on the job’ and being the dad that they hoped to be, not to mention coping with the impact of a new baby on their relationships.
Dom came to counselling feeling nothing like his normal self when his baby was six months old. Neither he nor his wife had had anything like a decent night’s sleep yet. Being a company manager, Dom wasn’t afraid to take on challenges and achieve goals, but this was getting beyond him. Before his son was born he was excited about fatherhood and never imagined that six months in he’d be sitting in a counselling room, saying, “I think I’ve got depression.” We are more and more familiar with new mums having postnatal depression but around one in 20 Australian men also experience postnatal depression as new fathers. For these dads, having depression can make them feel ashamed and isolated from their families. Dads with postnatal depression might be finding the going especially tough due to old childhood issues resurfacing when they become a father. It might also be that work was already stressful and combined with stress around having a new baby, the demands might overwhelm their coping abilities, like Dom. This is why PANDA, (Post and Antenatal Depression
Most men are prepared for the changes to their sexlife during pregnancy and after a baby but for many men sex doesn’t mean fun and pleasure alone. It is often the way that a man feels most physically and emotionally intimate with his partner. When their sex life takes a back seat, especially if his partner is totally exhausted or depressed, she will be in survival mode and sex is usually the last thing on her mind. This can trigger feelings of frustration and rejection for many men. What’s needed is a way to keep the relationship strong by communicating and working as a team so both mum and dad can feel connected. It’s good to know also that things will get better with time and as life settles. If dad doesn’t have an outlet for his stress he can find that he is falling into less productive ways of coping, perhaps he is drinking more or overworking which, either way, sees him more disconnected from his family. There is increasing understanding that postnatal depression is a highly treatable condition that responds very well to support and treatments. This may or may not involve medication, but support
and counselling can equip men with improved communication and stress management skills that they can use in all areas of their life.
Out of his postnatal depression, Dom emerged with a stronger relationship with his baby boy and a greater level of communication and closeness with his partner.
If dad’s partner has postnatal depression, he is a major factor in her recovery. If he is supportive, she will get better quicker, but if he is unsupportive then he can compound her situation and her depression may worsen or take longer to end.
Tim O’Leary is a therapist and educator in private practice.
In Dom’s case, he realised that it wasn’t just the baby that was stressing him, but that a whole lot of his own childhood issues had been triggered by becoming a father. He had a distant relationship with his own dad, in whose eyes he had never felt good enough. Over time Dom and his partner learnt a different way of working together and sought advice about how to help their baby sleep better. Dom kept seeing his counsellor who helped him put to rest some old and painful issues. This saw him becoming a more relaxed and involved father. He realised that he then had an opportunity to give his son the kind of father-son relationship that he’d always yearned for, but never had.
People concerned about postnatal depression should visit Howisdadgoing.org.au or www.panda.org.au To make a donation to PANDA go to www.panda.org.au/ donate-to-panda
What is your child’s skin rea By Georga Holdich, Founder of Pure Poppet We all know little girls often love to get into adult makeup and dress up just like their mothers but we’re only recently starting to understand the issues surrounding adult makeup and the toxicity of many of the ingredients included in our beloved cosmetics and skincare. It’s more important than ever that we are using natural and nontoxic products on our children, on ourselves and in the home, ensuring safe products are readily accessible for all little poppets and dangerous toxins aren’t in the reach of small children You assume it’s the safest place for kids to play but hazards around the home can be more deadly than parents realise, particularly liquid cosmetics and cleaning products. According to a study conducted by the NSW Poisons Information Centre, over 80% of poisoning cases were caused by ingestion in 2011, with children aged between one and five recording the highest incidence*. An article released by Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) has confirmed that known cancer causing toxins found in mum’s make up and cosmetics, are potentially being absorbed into Australian children’s blood streams. The three top ingredients SCA advise to avoid include mineral oil and petroleum, both known carcinogens*, as well as talc which is highly suspected to be cancer causing and contain traces of asbestos. Every child enjoys dressing up but they should not be playing with just any old make up. You really have no way of knowing what is in the products you purchase unless you buy a trusted brand or those that have
received the SCA Australian Certified Non-Toxic stamp. As the skin is the largest organ in the body, anything we put on it has more significant effects for children, who have a much lower tolerance to toxins compared to adults. According to SCA, it’s not only mineral oil, petroleum and talc we need to be looking out for. Recent research from The Canadian Report ‘Heavy Metal Hazard’, found high levels of hazardous heavy metals, for example lead and cadmium, that are linked to serious illness and allergies which are still freely being used by cosmetics companies. Some of these ingredients have been linked to birth defects, asthma, migraine, cancer, ADD learning and memory loss, to name a few.
As a mum to young girls you see them get into everything and they want to use whatever you are using so it’s important to ensure you always have a natural alternative on hand. 60% of what you put onto your skin soaks into your blood stream so it’s important for not only children but adults as well to use organic, natural or non-toxic brands. Pure Poppet’s range of products are free from ferric ferrocyanide, artificial dyes, FD&C colours, talc, bismuth oxychloride, mineral oil (and its derivatives) and paraben preservatives. Chemicals found in make up are easily absorbed into the skin in the same way that hormone therapy treatments or smoking cessation medications are administered. These medications are often in patch form, which are applied directly to the skin so the medication passes kidmagazine.com.au 29
through and enters the bloodstream. Applying make up or skin care products to the body will do the same, allowing the ingredients, whether toxic or not to enter the bloodstream. High quality and natural ingredients often cost more and generally won’t be found at the local $2 shop but when it comes to the safety of children and yourself it’s important to look for the non-toxic option. Especially when it comes to children’s dress up products and skincare for your precious poppet! * NSW Poisons Information Centre 2011 Annual Report * according to the International Agency For Research on Cancer
10 unique beauty tips that you may not have known
By Sharon McGlinchey, Director of MV Organic Skincare and Sensitive Skincare guru
MV Organic Skincare is the creation of a true skincare artisan, Sharon McGlinchey. Sharon’s passion, love and attention to detail have set a precedent in the formulation of organic skincare and has earned MV a cult following around the world. Originally developed for those with skin sensitivities such as eczema and rosacea, the gentleness of MV’s products and the efficiency of the organic ingredients provide both dramatic results and cumulative health benefits for people with all skin types. Originally developed for those with skin sensitivities such as eczema and rosacea, the gentleness of MV’s products and the efficiency of the organic ingredients provide both dramatic results and cumulative health benefits for people with all skin types. Sharon shared her ten unique beauty tips that you may not have known! Remove your cleanser with a warm cloth instead of water. By reducing exposure to the often harsh and drying effects of water, your skin will feel softer, plumper and look less blotchy. Don’t exfoliate your face too often, as over- exfoliation not only removes surface dead skin cells but also the healthy skin cells that are designed to protect us. One of the most obvious contributing factors to sensitivity that I see in my clinic is due to over- exfoliation – particularly when using a granular scrub or products containing hydroxy- acids. Apply Pure Jojoba to your freshly cleansed face before taking a hot shower. The jojoba will protect your skin from the drying effects of the hot water. kidmagazine.com.au 31
When applying a clay mask, never let it dry completely as this tends to draw moisture back from the surface of your skin resulting in dry, tight and irritated skin. MV’s masks are guaranteed sun-died whereas many clays used in cosmetics are oven baked for speed. This destroys all of the active minerals, leaving only a drawing action, which can be irritating. Customers mix the mask themselves right before application to ensure that the skin gets the maximum benefits from the minerals while they are still active. A mask that is already wet/ pre mixed will not be as beneficial for your skin as the minerals are only active for a short amount of time after water has been added. Spritz your face with a Hydrating Mist (such as MV’s Rose Hydrating Mist) before applying a high quality organic moisturiser, taking the beneficial nutrients deeper in the skin. This way you will use less moisturiser and avoid over burdening the skin. What you do use will penetrate more deeply, giving your longer lasting hydration. The majority of skincare, personal care and cosmetic items should be used within 6 months of opening. Make sure that you spring clean your bathroom cabinet
and make-up bag every few months as you would be surprised at the potentially harmful and toxic products that we use regularly with no idea of the possible dangers. Over time ‘active’ ingredients diminish and this is particularly true of natural and organic products where essential oils and plant oils form the majority of the formula. Aroma, efficacy and shelf life can be reduced dramatically if exposed to heat or sunlight so always store these products in a cool dark place. For some of us, congestion is a condition that worsens in the summer months and it could be because of the sun protection that you have been wearing daily for many months! I suggest that if you work in an office Monday to Friday, that you keep your sun cream for the weekends when you really do need it. On the days that you do need sun cream and wear makeup, don’t wait until you go to bed to remove your sun cream, makeup and grime of the day, remove this as soon as you get home with a cream cleanser and warm steamy cloth. Your skin will feel incredibly clean but not stripped. Switch from a night cream to Pure Jojoba during the hot and humid months. Jojoba is not an oil at all, it is a super- fine liquid wax which is similar to the skins own sebum. It does not clog and absorbs quickly, leaving no residue, which is perfect for summer! Visit mvskincare.com for more information about MV Organic Skincare
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The Spa Treatment is in store from September. Visit thebodyshop.com.au. As mums it can be hard to find any Prices range from $4.95 - $27.95. time for yourself let alone time to book into a spa for a facial, massage or manicure! There are so many great Eternal Cosmeceuticals The Lift at home pamper products on the market today and we have picked four The Lift is a simple facial mask that you do at home just that will give you the spa feel without once a week which will exfoliate, hydate, refine pores, lift sagging skin and stimulate your facial muscles giving having to walk out your front door. you back a more defined jaw line and noticeably tighter
Opallac Gel Polish Kit Gel manicures are great for mums given the low maintenance and long wear. Opallac Gel Polish gives a 14-day manicure with no dry time, no chips and no smudges. With the Opallac Starter Kit you will have everything you need for your own at-home gel mani from just $99. Complete with base and top coat, three gorgeous colours, UV lamp and Opallac 2 in 1 Shine and Soak beautiful nails are just a few coats of polish away! Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands before putting them under the UV lamp to protect your skin from the UV rays. Opallac Starter Kits can be purchased from Priceline stores and wwww.opallac.com
The Body Shop® Honeymania™ Range While some days you may feel more like a worker bee than the Queen Bee, indulge in The Body Shop Honeymania™ Range and all your worries will buzz away. Made with Community Fair Trade honey from the Ethiopian rainforest, these bath and body products smell good enough to eat. Choose from the Body Scrub, Bubble Bath Melt, Soap or Shower Gel to wash away the day and follow it up with the divine Body Butter to moisturise and leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth. And just because you will probably be tempted to taste the sweet smelling range you can indulge your lips with the heavenly Lip Balm. The Body Shop® Honeymania™ Bath & Body collection
facial contours. Mix the liquid booster with the mineral powder to create a smooth paste, paint this on to your face, neck and décolletage and let The Lift work its magic. Sit back and relax or even do the vacuuming if
you must! Be ready for the tight feeling as it sets on your skin but just think of the results. The Lift 10 treatment kit is available for $235 but check into eternalcosmeceuticals.com.au for regular special offers.
Annabel Trends Gel Range Your skin, particularly your hands and feet, can become so dry if you donâ€™t take the time to moisturise. The Annabel Trends Gel Range is all about locking in moisture. The gel heel covers and socks, gel neck wrap and gel gloves all contain a self activating gel that has specially selected ingredients including jojoba oil, olive oil, vitamin E and lavender oil that instantly add hydrating and conditioning properties. Pop them on at night when the kids go to bed and sit back while they hydrate your driest areas. Prices start from $12.95. Contact Annabel Trends on (07) 5593 4755 or visit annabeltrends.com for stockists.
Bare face freedom If you went makeup free for a day what do you think would happen? Would you receive horrified glances from friends and coworkers who arenâ€™t used to seeing you in your natural state? Or would your skin shrivel up from the unfamiliar naked feeling? Or perhaps none of this would happen, the world would go on as normal and you could even contribute to a good cause?
Going makeup free for a day is exactly what recently established charity movement Makeup Free Me is asking you to do on Friday, 30 August. But it doesn’t stop there, they are also asking you to get your family and friends to sponsor you for baring your face to raise funds for the Butterfly Foundation, a charity that provides support and services for Australians suffering from negative body image.
when you hear some of the statistics cited by Matthew.
Makeup Free Me was founded by Merissa Matthew who, six months into a communications role with a major retailer, quit her job after being inspired to do something greater. 12 months later her vision of going makeup free for a day to raise awareness around body image has eventuated. Matthew describes it as a “bizarre idea that wouldn’t go away”. And no wonder it wouldn’t go away
Makeup Free Me is certainly not an anti-makeup cause. Matthew admits that she goes out every day with her full face on. The idea of going makeup free for a day is about using a simple concept to start a deeper conversation about where true self-worth comes from. The ultimate goal of Makeup Free Me is about empowering women to develop and nurture positive body image.
“90% of 12-17 year old girls in Australia are on a diet of some kind and that is a shocking statistic. 9 out of 10 girls feel pressure to be thin and it doesn’t surprise me that when Dove did their research not too long ago, only 4% of women around the world could call themselves beautiful,” said Matthew.
Matthews says, “Negative body image can be distressing in itself but it can also lead to low self-esteem, depression and clinical eating disorders. It is important to address this and start a new conversation in the public arena by doing something positive. Some of the responses we are getting is that women are doing this to show their young daughters that while makeup isn’t bad they are beautiful regardless of whether they are wearing makeup or not. It is a platform to go much deeper into conversations.” If the thought of going makeup free for a day terrifies you then Matthews has some advice. “One of the things I always say is do it with a group of girlfriends. If you are going in to work get all the girls at work to do it together. One, it becomes a bit more fun to do it together as a challenge and you aren’t alone. The other thing is, I have gone out to the shops without makeup to trial it and get myself ready for it. It is a feeling of freedom and it is
refreshing, but scary at the same time. I did a couple of those outings and realised its not as scary as I thought it was going to be.” To find out more about going makeup free on 30 August or the Makeup Free Me movement, you can visit makeupfreeme.com.au. The funds raised through Makeup Free Me will go directly to The Butterfly Foundation’s preventative programs around positive body image, selfesteem development and media literacy education.
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If your kids have a love of mind-boggling facts, crazy stories and jaw-dropping pictures, make sure you pick up a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Dare to Look out this month. From the world’s shortest policewoman to a hampster rampage and pictures of life-size dogs made from bike chains there is something for every child and even the adults too! Using the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! App the kids can unlock bonus hidden content including exclusive videos, images and more. Available from: All good book and department stores, newsagents and online retailers for $49.99.
Even the most reluctant of readers will be drawn into the enchanting mystery of Mr Agasvari Goes to School from writer J.J. Part. Beautifully written, the style draws the reader into the tale of brothers Christopher and Mitchell and the mysterious Mr Agasvari. With a charming humour the book will appeal to kids of all ages and have them asking for more. Independent readers will love immersing themselves in the story while the style is appealing for mums and dads reading to younger story lovers. Mr Agasvari Goes to School will be available at major book retailers and online stores for $19.95 from 1 September.
Head to Toys R Us and Toyworld stores across Australia to pick up the super cute Kawaii Crush range hitting shelves this month. Kawaii Crush fans can create their own Kawaii towns filled with the new Cuddly Pet Collection or large 20cm dolls complete with silky long hair and custom hair styling accessories. Fill the town with your favourite kiosk mini shops and don’t forget wheels to get around. You might find yourself playing along when the kids have gone to bed! Prices start from $5.99
Capture the imagination of fairy loving littlies with the Flutterbye Flying Fairy flying onto Big W shelves this month. You can easily control Flutterbye Flying Fairy with the wave of your hand. She responds to you and her surroundings, floating above your hand, soaring into the sky. Choose from Flutterbye Flying Fairy ‘Love’ or her sisters ‘Dream’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Rainbow’, Flutterbye Flying Fairy will spin through the air for five minutes from each 30 minute charge. Launch her from her jewel box charging station or from your hand. Catch her before she flies away. $49.99 exclusively from Big W stores.
Adding to the current much loved Fisher Price® Rainforest collection is the Rainforest Friends Collection featuring Musical Gym (RRP $99.99), Jumperoo™ (RRP $199.99) and Newborn-to-Toddler Rocker (RRP $99.99) along with a range of baby gear and newborn and infant toys. The collection is designed to give babies and infants a playful and fun way to learn and grow. The Rainforest Friends collection is available at leading toy and specialty nursery retailers nationally. The Rainforest Friends Jumperoo™ and Newborn to Toddler Rocker are exclusively available at Target
Confetti is the ultimate retro cool party decoration and now inviteme has the party gear to match. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, spring racing or a fun kids party theme the confetti range evokes a feel of celebration with gorgeous pastel hues for the warmer months. The range includes paper plates, paper cups, treat bags, wooden spoons and printed milk bottles. Get your confetti on this party season at inviteme.com.au
TRIVIA QUIZ WHO SANG THIS? WHO SAID THAT? Test your knowledge of Disney’s The Little Mermaid by answering the trivia questions below!
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Fathoms Below A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef
Daughters of Triton A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef
Circle the letter next to the correct answer!
Part of your World A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef Under the Sea A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef
Kiss the Girl A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef
Les Poissons A) Ariel B) Ursula C) Sebastian D) Sailors E) Ariel’s Sisters F) Louis the Chef
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Yeees, hurry home, princess. We wouldn’t want to miss old Daddy’s celebration, now, would we? A) Ursula B) Triton C) Sebastian D) Ariel
She’s got legs, you idiot! She traded her voice to the sea witch and got legs! Geez, mon! A) Ursula B) Triton C) Sebastian D) Ariel
Sebastian, I’m concerned about Ariel. Have you noticed she’s been acting peculiar lately? A) Ursula B) Triton C) Sebastian D) Ariel
Poor Unfortunate Souls A) Ariel C) Sebastian E) Ariel’s Sisters B) Ursula D) Sailors F) Ursula & Ariel
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Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Septem ber The animated classic, The Little Mermaid, is one of the gems in the Disney library. And, Disney has now spectacularly transformed this classic for the first time on Blu-ray, with a new state-of-the-art digitally restored picture and brilliant high definition sound! The digitally restored picture and sound are wonderful, but the story and music are the real selling points. Based on a mermaid who falls in love with a human, the film introduces viewers to Ariel, a young mermaid who isn’t happy with life under the sea - so she goes to extreme measures to try and attract the love of a handsome prince. But to live happily ever after she must first overcome obstacles thrown at her by the evil sea witch, Ursula. I watched The Little Mermaid with my four year old niece who was mesmerised by the bright and vivid colours, the animation and the addictive music. Her favourite being ‘under the sea’. It really took her into a magical land resulting in her eyes being glued to the screen. Even though I saw this year’s ago, it didn’t matter, the Blu-Ray version makes it worth another view. This classic is highly recommended for both adults and kids. Take a break out of your busy schedule, grab the kids and snug up on the lounge for 80 minutes.
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Dad’s Desk Tidy Brighten Dad’s office this Father’s Day with a desk tidy in his favourite colour. A simple DIY project, this personalised stationery set will add a unique touch to Dad’s workspace reminding him how much you care.
Step 1 Cover a table or other surface in a well-ventilated area with newspapers or drop sheets. Protect the surrounding area with additional dustsheets or newspaper.
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Step 3 Hold the spray can approximately 30cm from the items and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke. For best results keep the can the same distance from the surface while spraying.
Pencil holder and/or desk tidy Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in Dad’s favourite colour ($13 RRP) Newspaper/dust sheets Cloths
Step 2 Wipe the stationery items with a cloth to make sure they are free from dust or dirt. Place them on the drop sheets.
Step 4 Apply several light coats a few minutes apart. Leave the desk tidy to dry completely for 24 hours. Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint is available from independent hardware stores nationally.
In the jungle with Jan Imagine coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda. Rather than running away in fear, it was this experience that diverted the career path of Jan Latta from advertising creative director to author and wildlife photographer. When faced with this animal in 1994, Jan was told by her guide that there were fewer than 600 mountain gorillas left in the world. This sparked a series of True to Life books on endangered animals, which has seen 15 books in the past 19 years.
Lattaâ€™s passion for animal conservation has taken her to Africa, Borneo, India, China, Sri Lanka and Uganda to photograph and write about animals in the wild. Her aim is to educate children on conservation, â€œI want children to understand about the endangered animals of the world and help to save them. So many animals are endangered and will disappear in 10 years. By the time children are adults some species will be gone forever. This is very sad. Education is very important for the survival of the endangered animalsâ€? Latta shared.
The True to Life series each follow a different animal that Latta has had the pleasure of photographing. Leopards, meerkats, giraffes, pandas, cheetahs and more. The latest book in the series is The Diary of a Wildlife Photographer, a journal of Latta’s adventures in the wild. Eight trips to Africa following wild animals, the mountains of China for pandas, the Borneo jungle for orangutans, Sri Lanka for the elusive leopard, Uganda for Dr Jane Goodall’s chimps, and India for the endangered tiger. One can only imaging the wonder that Latta
has experienced in her travels around the world and working with some of the largest and most amazing animals on earth. “I had a wonderful experience with two cheetahs in Nanyuki, in Kenya. One was purring so I put my hand on his throat to feel the vibrations. It was the most magic moment of my life. It was also great fun playing with 12 baby pandas in the Wolong mountains in China.” In amongst all the excitement and adventure however there have been a few scary moments. “Top of the list would be a 6 tonne bull elephant
in musth charging the jeep. Thankfully it was only a mock charge and he stopped a few metres from the jeep. In Borneo, I was terrified when a huge male orangutan – 150 kilos of wild red hair – charged me in the jungle,” Latta says of her two scariest experiences. As a conservationalist with a passion for educating children we asked Latta for her top tips for kids who are aspiring animal conservationalists and parents who would like to encourage their kids to find out more. 1. When I’m doing a school or festival presentation I always suggest sponsoring an orphan elephant though the David Sheldrick Trust. It is so rewarding. Each month you receive a report about your chosen orphaned elephant. It’s only $50 a year. I’ve received so many emails from mothers saying their children were thrilled to be involved with this charity. 2. Join the animal charity groups so you receive up to date information about what is happening, and then see what you can do to help.
3. When you are old enough, be a volunteer in Africa, or China, or India. It is a great experience, and you learn so much being close to the animals. Join as many conservation groups on line to learn the latest news and where you can volunteer. The Diary of a Wildlife Photographer is available now. Visit truetolifebooks.com.au for more information on how to purchase.
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Not that you need an excuse to eat ice-cream but as the weather warms up a cold treat is the perfect pick-me-up. Australia’s leading premium tub ice-cream CONNOISSEUR® is now available on a stick! Available in five mouth-watering flavours – Murray River Salted Caramel with Macadamia, Kangaroo Island Honey with Pistachio, Madagascan Vanilla, Sumatran Coconut and Cookies & Cream, all encase in a thick coat of luxurious Australian made premium milk chocolate. The delicious CONNOISSEUR® stick range is available now at Coles, Woolworths and select independent retailers. RRP $3.80 each of $7.99 for a 4 pack
For those savoury cravings that hit in the afternoon there is now a healthier alternative to reach for with the new Special K Cracker Crisps. Available in two delicious flavours – Sour Cream & Chives and Honey Barbecue they are air popped with 60 per cent less fat than regular chips. Made from a combination of potato and brown rice, the Cracker Crisps are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Available at Coles and Independent retailers from the first week of September. Visit specialkfoods.com.au/snacks. aspx for nutrition information
food bites A slushy is now so simple without any trips to the service stations thanks to the Chill Factor Slushy Maker. Enjoy the convenience of making slushies at home and it is so easy! Simply freeze the Chill Factor cup then add your favourite chilled drink, squeeze the cup until see the slushy forming and in less than a minute you will have your own frozen slushy treat. Use juices, soft drinks, favoured milk or for the creative ones dream up your own concoctions. Chill Factor Slushy Maker is available in a variety of funky colours and can be purchased at Big W and online at chillfactor.com.au. RRP from $14.95
Make your own fresh and fruity Summ juice, yoghurt and fresh fruit pieces indulgent occasions. Available in a ra for both hot and cold treats so try using sized chocolates. Visit zokuhom.com
Author of best-selling cookbook SuperCharged Food and this year’s over-all winner of the BUPA Health Blogger Awards Lee Holmes has cooked up yet another serve of delicious recipes… but this time just for children with the release of Supercharged Food for Kids. Featuring more than 90 delicious, wholesome recipes and meal ideas, Supercharged Food for Kids is an inspiring guide for parents to supercharge their children’s diet and keep them in tip top health. Supercharged Food for Kids is an e-book with RRP $18. Visit superchargedfood.com for more information
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Adding to Kim McCosker’s 4 Ingredients Wellness Trilogy is 4 Ingredients Diabetes, the first ever cookbook endorsed by Diabetes Australia –Vic, the leading charity and peak consumer body working to reduce the impact of diabetes. With over 60 carefully developed recipes from breakfast to mains including vegetarian options and snacks, 4 Ingredients Diabetes is a must have for anyone living with or living to prevent diabetes. The easy to follow and prepare recipes come with important nutritional information for each serve and importantly still pack a flavour punch. 4 Ingredients Diabetes is available from 1 September for RRP $19.99.
mer treats with Zoku Slow Pop Makers. Experiment with fruit or try creamy chocolate, caramel and lashings of cream for ange of sizes, Round Pop and Mini Pop makers can be used g melted chocolates to make home-made lollipops or bite m for more information. Zoku Classic Pops, Round Pops and Mini Pops all retail for $29.95.
Monte Carlo Biscu its Serves 25 Base: 185g unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 cups plain flour 2 1/2 tsps McKenzie’s Baking Powder 1/2 cup McKenzie’s Desiccated Coconut 1 cup raspberry jam Cream Filling: 60g unsalted butter 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 3/4 cup icing sugar 2 tsps milk Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease oven trays. Beat butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla essence in a small bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Transfer to a larger bowl and stir in sifted flour, baking powder and coconut in two batches. Roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into oval shapes. Place about 2.5cm apart on the trays. Flatten slightly. Bake biscuits for approximately 12-15 minutes or until browned. Allow to cool. Cream Filling: Beat butter, vanilla essence and sifted icing sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add milk and beat for a further minute. Sandwich biscuits with jam and cream filling. Tips/Variations: Biscuits can be made ahead of time, just keep unfilled biscuits in an airtight container for up to a week.
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White Cho c & Berry Cheesecake Serves 8 250g plain chocolate biscuits 100g butter, melted â…“ cup boiling water 4 tsps McKenzieâ€™s Gelatine 500g cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup icing sugar 1/2 cup full cream milk 300g white choc, melted 1 1/2 cups thickened cream, whipped 300g fresh or frozen berries Grease and line a 24cm spring form pan. Process biscuits into fine crumbs using a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and add melted butter. Stir until well combined. Use your fingertips to evenly press into base of prepared pan. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Place boiling water into a heatproof bowl. Sprinkle with gelatine and use a fork to stir until gelatine dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and milk until smooth. Stir in gelatine, white chocolate and cream. Gently fold in berries. Pour mixture over biscuit base. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Release sides of pan. Place cheesecake on a serving plate and garnish with fresh berries and shavings of white chocolate. Tips/Variations: Choc & Berry Cheesecake: Replace the white chocolate for dark chocolate. White Choc & Dark Choc Layered Cheesecake: At step 5 add cream and gelatine to cheese mixture. Then divide the cheese mixture in half and add 150g melted white chocolate to one half and 150g melted dark choc to the other half. Omit berries. Pour dark chocolate mixture on bottom of biscuit base. Freeze for 10 minutes. Pour white chocolate mixture on top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Garnishwith shaved chocolate.
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Salted Cara mel Slice Serves 24-48 Base: 3/4 cup McKenzie’s Rice Flour 1 tbs McKenzie’s Arrowroot 2 tsps McKenzie’s Baking Powder 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup McKenzie’s Desiccated Coconut 125g unsalted butter, melted Caramel: 30g unsalted butter 395g canned sweetened condensed milk 2 tbs golden syrup 2 tsps McKenzie’s Australian Natural Sea Salt Choc Topping: 200g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely 2 tsps vegetable oil Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm rectangular pan or slice tin. Base: Combine rice flour, sugar and coconut in a medium bowl. Stir in butter. Press flour mixture evenly and firmly into pan or tin. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. Caramel: Combine butter, condensed milk and golden syrup in a medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth. Pour over base. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool. Chocolate Topping: Stir chocolate and oil in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Spread chocolate mixture over caramel. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until set.
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Slow Co oked Chorizo a nd Borlotti Bea ns Serves 6 375g McKenzie’s borlotti beans 500g chorizo sausage (approximately four), skins removed and sliced 1 onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 bay leaves 2 tbs fresh oregano 1 tbs paprika 1 ham hock 6 cups beef stock McKenzie’s Whole Black Peppercorn Grinder, to taste Rinse beans and place in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 175°C. Place sliced chorizo into a cold frypan and slowly bring up to a medium heat on stovetop. This process helps dissolve the fat in the sausage. Add onion and cook until soft. Stir through garlic for one minute. Add bay leaves, oregano, paprika and beans. Stir well. If the saucepan can be placed in the oven, add ham hock to saucepan and pour in stock. Stir gently and cover. If not, pour chorizo and bean mix into a large ovenproof pot, add ham hock and stock, stir gently and cover. Place in oven for 2 hours. After one hour reduce heat to 150°C. Season with pepper to taste. Before serving, remove meat from ham hock, discard bone and stir ham through the dish. Tips/Variations: Serve with mashed potato, steamed rice and vegies or just by itself with some crusty bread! Half an hour prior to end of cooking, add some sliced broccoli, carrot and cauliflower for a colour and nutrient boost! To make this dish child friendly, omit paprika and ensure that the chorizo is mild, otherwise any other mild sausage could be used.
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Su mo ma ndari ns with Muesli 1 cup natural low-fat yogurt Sumo mandarin wedges Slivered almonds Muesli (low-GI preferable) Honey (optional) Spoon yogurt into a bowl. Sprinkle with muesli and slivered almonds. Drizzle with honey to sweeten (optional). Top with fresh Sumo mandarin wedges
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Ma ngalore Herb Cu rry with Pork Serves 2-3 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil 1 packet of The Spice Tailor Mangalore Herb Curry 500 grams of pork fillet, cut into 3cm pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Heat oil in pan, add the spices and cook for 20 seconds. Add the pork and brown lightly for 2 minutes. Stir in the main sauce and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Add a splash of water if necessary. Serve with rice, naan, roti or parantha. Tailor to Taste Use these handy tips to customise your dish: Try skinned chicken tights or joints for a deeply delicious dish; cook for 30-35 minutes, adding water as necessary. Add cubed leg of lamb for a lovely, earthy lamb curry (cook for 1-1â€˘ hours or until the lamb is tender). Add a tablespoon of sour cream or coconut cream and a little squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with a little fresh coconut or a swill of coconut milk to bring out the flavours of this dish. Sauce facts This wonderfully aromatic curry is much loved in the South-Western region of Mangalore, but has remained something of a local secret. The lush coastal areas in this part of the country as well as a wealth of whole spices provide an abundant larder from which to craft this fantastic cuisine. This Mangalore Herb Curry pays homage to these flavours as well as the fragrant taste of coriander to create this vibrant curry that is just a little bit different from Indiaâ€™s others.
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Orig i nal Tikka Masala with Chicken Serves 2-3 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil 1 packet of The Spice Tailor original Tikka Masala 2 large chicken breasts, diced into 2cm cubes Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Heat oil in pan, add the spices and cook for 20 seconds. Add chicken, brown lightly and add the base sauce; simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add the main sauce and bring to the boil. Continue cooking for 3-6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with rice, naan or parantha. Tailor to Taste Use these handy tips to customise your dish: Tikka Masala is delicious with fish, prawns, such and pork. Tikka Masala is also a great vegetarian alternative and works well with paneer, mushrooms and lentils. Marinate skinned chicken thighs in the base sauce, grill for 8 minutes until charred, shred or chop up and finish off in the main sauce for a great smokey flavour. Add green chillies and green peppers for a karahi style dish. Sauce facts Tikka Masala is thought to be a British invention, but its true origins are firmly rooted in India as the restaurant favourite, Butter Chicken. The chicken itself is normally marinated in a lovely spiced yoghurt base before being cooked to smoky perfection in a searing hot tandoor. It is then shredded and stirred into the masala. The masala is a harmony of sweet and tart tomatoes and mellow spices with hints of garlic and ginger. It is loved by all Indian and is known to be the king of all North Indian sauces. kidmagazine.com.au 65
Chicken No odle Soup Serves 4 1-packet brown rice noodles 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 onion finely chopped 4 fresh celery leaves torn 3 celery sticks sliced 3/4 cup carrot sliced 2 Tb minced dried parsley 1 bay leaf 1/2 tsp. thyme Freshly cracked black pepper Celtic Sea salt to taste 2 chicken breasts roughly chopped 1 head broccoli roughly chopped 1/2 cauliflower head roughly chopped 1 cup green beans chopped 5 cups homemade chicken stock 1 TBS wheat free tamari 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar Cook noodles as per directions so that they are “al dente” Brown onion in a saucepan in coconut oil Add celery, carrot and herbs and sauté for a further 3 minutes and season Add chicken and sauté for 4 minutes stirring often Add vegetables then pour in stock, and tamari and ACV bring to boil and reduce and simmer for 20 mins Just before serving the soup, add the noodles to the pot and stir to separate For more information visit www.superchargedfood.com or follow lee on facebook and twitter
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Co cao Bomb Crackles 2 cups brown rice puffs 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/3 cup coconut sugar 6 TBS coconut oil 2 TBS coconut butter 3 TBS cacao powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper cup liners. Place rice puffs in a bowl. In a food processor process coconut sugar until it resembles a fine powder. Place a bowl over boiling water on the stove top and add in coconut sugar, coconut oil and butter and cacao powder until melted on a medium heat. Add desiccated coconut and stir well. Remove from heat, mix all ingredients together and spoon mixture into liners. Place in the refrigerator to set. For more information visit www.superchargedfood.com or follow lee on facebook and twitter kidmagazine.com.au 68
Su mo Ma ndari n Cake 125 g butter, softened ¼ cup milk ½ cup Sumo mandarin juice 2 eggs ¾ cup caster sugar 1 ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted Finely sliced rind of 1 Sumo mandarin** Sumo mandarin syrup: 1 cup caster sugar Rind of 1 Sumo mandarin, sliced thinly 2/3 cup Sumo mandarin juice* 1/3 cup water Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 20cm diameter cake tin with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on medium-high speed until soft. Add caster sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine. Add half the flour. Stir to combine. Add remaining flour. Stir to combine. Add milk slowly, stirring to combine. Add Sumo mandarin juice slowly, stirring to combine. Mixture should be smooth. Sprinkle the Sumo mandarin rind into the batter (see picture). For a stronger flavour, add extra Sumo rind. Fold through. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Pour over hot Sumo syrup and serve warm. Sumo mandarin syrup Using a wooden spoon, stir ingredients in small saucepan over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered without stirring for two minutes. Pour into medium heatproof jug.
*You can squeeze the juice by hand, or pulse the mandarin flesh in a food processor until smooth **Use a knife to carefully carve the zest off the fruit and slice into thin slivers. Remember to rinse the Sumos beforehand.
Healthy H u m mus Serves 4 1 cup (200g) dried chickpeas 1 clove garlic, crushed 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon tahini In a bowl, soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas in 3 cups of water overnight. Drain, and reserve liquid. In a blender or food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini. Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved liquid, until desired consistency is achieved. Serve in individual shot glasses with a selection of fresh veggie sticks. Nutritional Information Per Serving Energy 958.8kJ Total Fat 6.85g Saturated Fat 0.8g Sodium 17.5mg Carbohydrate 31.2g Fibre 9.7g
Chicken on Sweet Corn Pu ree Serves 4 4 large (200g each) corn cobs 4 x 150g boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 tablespoons (20g) coriander seeds, ground 1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes Remove the kernels from the corn by carefully cutting downwards. Steam the corn and puree with a little of the water from the steamer. Season to taste. In a nonstick frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of water and cook the chicken over moderate / high heat for 4 to 5 minutes each side, or until cooked through. In the last minute, add the coriander seeds and cracked pepper, turning to completely coat the chicken. Set aside to rest. Add the tomatoes and sauté until just softened. Serve the chicken on the sweet corn puree and top with sautéed tomatoes. One of the key ways to maintain a healthy weight is through portion control. The recommended portion size of lean protein e.g. chicken breast meat for a main is 100 –150g. Naturally this is a guide only, the exact amount would depend on many factors; including body weight, age, gender, height and how active you are. Nutritional Information Per Serving Energy 1,567kJ Total Fat 7.3g Saturated Fat 1.2g Sodium 74mg Carbohydrate 27g Fibre 14.2g
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Brighten up your walls with Muffin & Mani’s new range of chic wallpapers in over 200 patterns, prints and murals in every design and colour imaginable. The wallpapers are heavy duty with a washable paper top later and nonwoven backing. With designs for babies and kids, bedrooms and studies and everything in between the hardest part will be making the decision on which to buy. Muffin & Mani wallpapers are available from moosaidthecow.com.au with prices starting at $220
Add a splash of colour to your laundry with the new Retro Dots and Checks range of colourful, retro-look laundry acc from SteadySticks. The laundry is an oft forgotten room in the filled with white goods and dirty clothes. These new accessor banish the white and embrace bright. Available in mix and peg buckets (RRP $24.95), laundry powder containers (RRP scrubbing brushes (RRP $4.95) and brooms (RRP $9.95) in taupe. For more information visit steadystic
Embrace the kitchen memories of your childhood with the Dome collection from Nan Huchy. The range will have you dreaming of c apples, scones with jam and cream, creaming soda, fairy floss and The full range includes tea towels, classic pot-holders, oven mitts a aprons as well a selection of aprons tailor made just for kids. Even t ‘undomestic’ goddess will find inspiration in Domestic Bliss! Dome available along with the entire Nana Huchy range at nanahuchy.co beautiful boutiques all over Australia and New Zealand, from Augu kidmagazine.com.au 72
Kitchen cessories e house ries help d match $29.95), red and cks.com.
If you have some old furniture lying around that needs a makeover thing about adding a coat of paint and new handles for a refreshed look. Online store Zakkia has launched the Our Animal Range consisting of four super-cute ceramic animal shaped drawer knobs including a rabbit, deer, owl and horse design. The knobs can be used on drawers, wardrobe doors or on the wall as hooks. The range starts from $7.90 and is available from zakkia.com.au
Say goodbye to that hideous looking plastic tableware with the range of bamboo Impact Eco Tableware. Break and chip resistant, heard wearing and designed to last for many years it is the perfect solution for serving the kids dinner or easy outdoor entertaining. In gorgeous soft colours of Oat, Cocoa, Tangerine, Melon, Avocado & Mint and unique print ranges, Impact Eco Tableware is BPA, PVC, and Phthalates free and not a Petroleum based product. The range is available from ecoimpact.com.au.
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A new range of canvases and stationery just for girls has launched providing a simple and elegant design choice that mums will also love. Jane Harbison Design is a Brisbane based design company with a signature design of a fun and quirky young girl exploring the outdoors. With a simple colour palette the range co-ordinates across the canvases and stationery so your little one can mix and match or stick with her favourite design. The range is available from janeharbison.com.
Steps To Get Your Spring Cleaning Done In A Day By Jana Kingsford, mumsjugglingact.com
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a month long project. I’m all about getting things over and done with quickly so that I can spend more time doing things I enjoy. The slow and steady wins the race approach to cleaning doesn’t get me excited or motivated. So here are my tricks to getting motivated and maybe even a little bit excited about your Spring cleaning. It’s time to welcome Spring with open arms and wake your home up from it’s Winter hibernation. Get rid of energy draining stuff, papers, piles, scuff marks, finger prints, loose CDs and DVDs, put away the coats, the wrappers in the car, the toaster crumbs, the dusting (almost mouldy) blinds, the cutlery drawer crumbs, splatters on the splash back… It’s time, let’s do it…
Step 4: Use a Timer Set your timer for each room to correspond with the time you have for cleaning the whole house. It’s time for some mathematical equations here. Yippee! The Spring Cleaning Equation How long have you got to clean _________________? How many rooms have you got to clean ___________? 5 hours (300 minutes)/12 Rooms = 25 minutes each room Hours / rooms = approx. time per room that you have to do the Spring cleaning.
Step 5: Be a Real Estate Agent Make a list of all the rooms in your house. Now go around and write a list of the things that need cleaning in that room. Look at your house through the eyes of a Real Estate Agent. What would she notice? Example Spring Cleaning Checklist
Step 1: Schedule it! Schedule the Spring Cleaning Scrubbing Session. A good chunk of the day needs to be dedicated to this and nothing else. Put it in your calendar right now.
Step 2: Work With Your Work rhythms Unless you’re a machine, work with your work rhythms. I like to do a 45:15 ratio. Which means 45 minutes intense cleaning to 15 minutes real rest (i.e. no Facebooking girls!). If you’re still firing on all cylinders after 45 minutes of intense cleaning, then by all means, keep going until you feel the need to rest for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Make a Playlist Make a 45-minute playlist to go with your 45 minute cleaning session. Roughly 9 – 10 songs. The end of this playlist will signal time to stop and rest. This playlist is best put onto your mobile phone if you have a smartypants one. If not, then just use a CD player.
1. Clean Wet Areas Bathroom Toilet Kitchen Laundry 2. Clean Rooms Main bedroom Kids bedroom Nursery Lounge room Dining room Office area 3. Clean Outside Back deck Kids play area 4. Clean Car Wash Car Vacuum interior Declutter 5. Whole House Sugar Soap Walls Vacuum Mo
Step 6: The K.I.S.S Cleaning Kit – Keep It Super Simple! You don’t need to have all the latest gadgets and sprays to do your Spring cleaning. You just need the basics.. 1. Mr Sheen 2. All Purpose Spray 3. Glass Spray 4. Glass squeegee. 5. Shower Spray 6. Dusting mit 7. Sugar Soap 8. Bucket for sugar soap water 9. Sponge
Step 7: Cleanliness Requires Ruthlessness Clear off the entire surface of your kitchen bench, clean and then replace with only what you want and need. Same goes for the office desk, bathroom bench and bedroom drawers, before you clean these areas, take every single piece off the surface, clean it down and then replace only what’s necessary
Step 8: Get Overwhelmed or Get It Done! You can’t be overwhelmed and productive at the same time. Being overwhelmed is as useful as doing nothing. Like every big task, you have to break it down into little and then start on the first one. Now, what are you waiting for? Start at step one and get moving, Spring is here! Let’s celebrate and start this season fresh and ready for the end of year madness. Jana Kingsford is a mother of 3, under 30 entrepreneur and founder of Mums Juggling Act, mumsjugglingact. com, a website for mums with big dreams to go to for support, encouragement and resources to thrive while they strive for their dreams.
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As the weather warms up be inspired by this selection of outdoor tableware for your Summer entertaining
1 - Curtis& Clarke Lime apple and Guava candle, $31.95,1800 266 325 2 – Ashdene Santorini Summer Brilliant Blue acetate jug, $16.95, ashdene.com.au 3 – Our Kitchen Garden Cane Drinks Tray, $44, ourkitchengarden.com.au 4 – Taupe Red Sacrborough Stripe Napery Set, $25.99, beachabodeliving.com.au 5 – Michael Design Works Paper Placemats in White Christmas, $19.95, villamondo.com 6 – Kimmidoll melamine bowls, , $12.95 each, email@example.com for stockists 7 – French Bazaar Mini Labo wooden tray from French Bazaar, $65, frenchbazaar.com.au 8 – Indigo Floral Tablenapkin, $5, shakiraaz.com.au 9 – Salt&Pepper DINE Retro Light Blue 150x35cm Felt Runner, $29.95, saltandpepper.com.au or call 1800 246 987 10 – RICE Melamine Plate in Purple, $12.95, neapolitan.net.au 11 – Yellow Kalamkari Tablemat, $7, shakiraaz.com.au 12 – Our Kitchen Garden Vintage Server, $39, ourkitchengarden.com.au 13 – RICE Tumbler in Blue, $7.95, neapolitan.net.au 14 – Marc Newson Unbreakable Wine Glass in Black, $9.95, David Jones, BCF, hardtofind.com.au, sooper.com.au, palmproducts.com.au 15 – Neon Pop Placemats, $60 for a set of 4, www.styledsealeddelivered.com 16 – RICE 4L Cooler Tank in Green/Pink Casablanca, $89.95, neapolitan.net.au (available October 2013) 17 – Retro Tray, $24.95, www.styledsealeddelivered.com 18 – Eco Friendly Bamboo Bowls in Apple, $34.95 each, sampan.com.au 19 – Chevron Chalk Placemats, $29.95 for a set of 2, daju.com.au
Love Mae Sweet Inspiration In the last five years, Love Mae has grown from a desire to fill a gap in the market for wall friendly décor to a brand synonymous with stunning design and must have pieces for every home. With a focus on vintage colour and design, Love Mae captures the essence of beauty and what it means to be a kid. Mum and Love Mae Director Peta O’Neill was looking for a new opportunity after finding that her photography career was taking her away from her family on the weekends. After pairing up with two friends Love Mae was launched and the rest is history. The Love Mae designs are inspiring in their simplicity. Floating feathers, beautiful birds, pretty florals, horses, foxes and pirates are just some of the designs featured in the fabric wall stickers, bamboo dinnerware, techno decals, wall paper, partyware, and wrapping paper in the Love Mae range. Peta explains the inspiration for the range, “Being primarily a children’s product I find the little ones around me are a source of non stop inspiration. I also find inspiration in the world that I live in and the people that surround me. Also thanks to our wonderful customers we receive inspiration daily.“ When she isn’t busy creating Love Mae goodness, Peta is entertaining friends and family and spending time in her garden. “I love entertaining and can’t think of anything better than sharing laughs, drinks and amazing food with good friends both old and new. My family and I live in the country so we find people come to stay rather than a quick visit, which has me smiling constantly.” Despite being surrounded by beauty at home and creating beautiful things everyday for work, Peta admits that balance isn’t an easy thing to achieve. “I’m constantly working on this balance and I know I’m not alone. I think most mother’s find this a daily challenge. Luckily I have the best husband in the world that understands my limits too well and manages to support me in every way possible. I’m always looking for the best ways to keep myself happy so that balance naturally occurs and rolls on. I love life and think that this helps me keep it real. Meditation and healthy eating are first and foremost kidmagazine.com.au 81
to a healthy outlook. I’m about to start to exercise again and hope this has an impact on my energy levels. And lets just say, some days are definitely better than others!” For all your long-term lovers of Love Mae or even if this is your first taste of the Mae loveliness, stay tuned for the next season launching in January next year. Having just achieved one of her biggest dreams of releasing a wall paper range, Peta is contemplating the next dream. “I love the idea of working with paper more, I do love paper. Whether this love comes out in the form of prints, party products or book products I’m not sure yet.” Whatever comes next we can’t wait to enjoy it’s beauty! Visit lovemae.com.au to view and purchase the Love Mae range.
Love Mae is the ultimate accessory for the home so we asked Peta to share her top decorating tips in the hope that her impeccable taste might wear off on us!
For the home: 1. Keep it simple and functional. Children love to have their own space that is easy to maintain and that they can call their own. I have in my girls rooms a series of shelves a little too high for them to reach where I put all their gorgeous items that aren’t played with as much. This order at eye level helps relieve the feeling that I need to tidy their room all the time. There is too many amazing things to do other than tidy. I think its important to work with the space and feel of the home and the personalities within. Your home is the most personal space you have, so why not really show case this uniqueness. 2. Budget can dictate a lot of decisions, I more than understand this... but enjoy making some things and buying others. Your inner creative can be encouraged by sheer acceptance of what you can afford. Some of my favourite pieces are pre loved items that no one else wanted, with a bit of love and hard work they became the perfect piece for that room.
For the nursery: 1. Think outside the box and plan carefully. Invest where you need to ie a good cot that converts into a toddlers bed is a wise decision. Get something beautiful for your budget as it will be one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the room and will certainly have a presence. 2. I love a good rug also! And lets say you will probably spend quite a bit of time on that piece of soft flooring. 3. Great shelving for good pieces to be displayed on I believe is essential. And storage for all the un-sightly’s mandatory. This will create the balance of a beautiful yet functional baby / children’s room.
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