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reflections Blink and you’ll miss it. Honestly, where has the year gone? It has certainly been a big one for MamaMag. And what a difference a year makes... I’ve expanded across Melbourne and taken my little team from five cool mums to nine, with an extra 12 people every month doing deliveries. That’s been no easy task and certainly hasn’t come without both emotional and financial struggles, but it’s part of my MamaMag journey and that’s been so special to me. I was recently asked to speak at the annual Kids Business Blogger’s Brunch. Having never had a proper online presence until this year, I was really hoping I’d finally get an invite, so I was amazed when I was asked to speak on the day and tell the room full of Australia’s most influential mummy bloggers about my MamaMag journey! Preparing for that day was a great time for me to look back on this year and the last few years of my life and how and why I have gotten to where I am today. Rebuilding my life and career after my marriage break up has certainly been a rollercoaster ride, juggling two spirited children on my own, but it makes me really proud. A few people came up to me after and said they had been following me since day one and my journey and magazine had brought much inspiration to their lives. It really cemented the reason I do what I do and couldn’t have come at a better time. And so it is December. I made it through another year of MamaMags. Phew! I have mixed feeling about Christmas. After years of huge Christmas days when I was married, it is now the one day I really feel alone. Our extended family don’t celebrate with us anymore so it’s just my sister’s family and mum. Last year I spent the afternoon sunbaking on the beach by myself after the kids went up to their dad’s for lunch! But to cap off a pretty tough and challenging 2016 I’ve finally met someone special and even though I wont be seeing him Christmas day, I know I’ll wake up like I do every day to a beautiful text message and feel much joy in my heart, and that’s enough for me. Merry Christmas mamas. xxx
Contents Jingle bells, Jimmy tells Chatting with Jimmy Giggle
1 of 6 family passes to
Parklife 8 Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc Christmas crackers Fun things to do this December
Rainbows & unicorns Perfect party when Lotte turns 4
A-Z of school holidays 18 26 things to do around Melbourne
Mornington Racecourse Dec 27-Jan 8th and Caulfield Racecourse Jan 11th-24th 2017
Safety series part 4 Drowning and water safety
Mama can cook Summery delights from Leaf
Everything is Rozy Chatting with Rozalia Russian
The hardest decision Deciding when to start school
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jingle bells, jimmy If you have kids, then this name is probably one that you are more than familiar with and for good reason. Jimmy Rees has been lulling our kids to sleep during the Goodnight Hour since 2009. In recent years he’s been spending more time entertaining 19 month old son Lenny. With Christmas coming up we chatted to jimmy about what it means for his family and also about his upcoming Christmas show. Rees is the middle of three brothers who grew up in Mount Eliza, living in the same family home for 22 years with their insurance broker father, Mark, and mother, Judy, who worked in childcare before raising her family. Rees tried his luck at university, studying arts, media and drama, but found it all too serious. He dropped out of Deakin University in Burwood after auditioning for a role on ABC 3 at the age of 21. He didn’t get the role, but a casting director warmed to his audition tape and called him to say “you don’t have the job but we’ve got something else for you”. The rest is history! We heard on the grapevine you’ve left Melbourne for a more permanent base in Sydney where Giggle and Hoot is filmed. Are you heading back to VIC for Christmas? Tori and I moved up to Sydney a few months ago. We were previously based up here as this is where I film, but we moved back to Melbourne when Lenny was born to be around family and have that support for a while. But with all the travel I was missing my little family too much, particularly when Lenny started to talk. Talk us through a Rees family Christmas… Last year our Christmas plans were thrown out a bit as I was asked to sing at the carols. We rehearsed during the day and Tori and Lenny came in the evening. At the end of the night all the cast got up at the end and I took little Lenny up on stage. It was awesome. Lenny spent Xmas in a Santa onesie with a beard. We wet ourselves laughing, he was so cute.
Christmas day we spend dividing our time between families down on the Mornington Peninsula. There are quite a few kids on both sides so it’s always fun but chilled out. Do you have any special memories of family Christmases as a child? We used to do some funny things as kids. We’d do Christmas breakfast at the family home… we had an old garage that we’d open up and host a big BBQ breakfast. There are lots of kids on Dad’s side of the family so we’d have pinatas for the kids and lots of fun and games. We has acres of land to run around. Dad used to hide our Xmas presents around the house and garden so we had to hunt around for them. Santa bought snorkels and flippers one year. Dad had hidden them every where. I found a flipper under the sofa. Dad would just laugh and say “Santa’s so clumsy, he drops stuff everywhere”! Do you know what Santa is bringing Lenny for Christmas this year? Hoping a little scooter. He is very cautious. He took a while to get going crawling and walking so we are trying to encourage him to get moving around more. Who was the nasty person who spoilt the Santa dream for you and how old were you? I can’t remember who told me. Maybe at school. Potentially my older brother, ha, most likely. We used to play jokes on dad as our youngest brother was 5 years younger than us so I had to play along with the whole Santa thing for a while. Dad would say we needed to give Santa a beer so we’d leave out 6 beers expecting them all to be drunk!
tells Do you miss living in Melbourne? Yes and no. I feel I can live anywhere. As long as I have my little family together. It’s nice to explore new areas and make new friends. Any plans to add a little sibling for Lenny any time soon? Definitely try for another. It’s on the card just yet, but another for sure. Not sure about three just yet though, ask me in a few years. What special features can we expect at this years Christmas show? It’s quite different from last time. A few more Giggle and Hoot characters. Last year was more of a concert, bit basic, less of a story line. We have a big story line this time round. Giggle Fangs comes in and makes the sky all dark - don’t ruin Xmas! There are more songs, some songs that are Christmas-ified G&H songs. Xmas elves. Pirate Hoot beard. Hoota-claus. It’s all very silly and fun. Lots of audience participation too! It’s Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy, getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. Will Jimmy Giggle and Hoot be able to brighten the sky again and help save Christmas? Will they need help from some special Owl Pal friends? Find out in this live musical spectacular, Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas!
Catch Jimmy and the gang in Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas. Monday 19 Dec – Frankston Arts Centre. www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au Tue 20 and Wed 21 Dec – Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse. artscentremelbourne.com.au For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: abc.net.au/abcevents and livenation.com.au
Parklife Peter Scullin Reserve, MORDIALLOC Corner of Centreway and Beach Road
The kids will love this well equipped pirate themed playground, which caters for a wide range of ages including toddlers.
swing, two person pommel bounce and seesaw are also features and there is an interesting circular flying fox.
It is located on the foreshore near the beach, so you can double up your visit with a frolick in the bay! The main feature is the pirate ship play structure with shade sails above. It has two large and one small tunnel slides, two wave slides, spiral slide, tunnels, lots of inclined climbing mats, firemanâ€™s pole, naughts and crosses, abacus and shop front. There is a smaller ship play structure for younger kids with slide, climbing mat, firemanâ€™s pole, curved ladder and shop front. A baby and a senior swing, nest
Plenty of room to run around and kick the ball, play frisbee, or bring kites to fly. Take a stroll on the nearby jetty and see if you can spot some fish or stingrays. You will find unshaded seats and tables around, plus BBQ facilities and water tap. Toilets are close by and you will find shops, cafes and restaurants nearby, easy to grab some fresh drink or food if you are feeling too lazy to barbecue. Keep in mind there is ticketed parking, so be aware before you head in.
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christmas crackers Mama’s picks to get you through December! Bayside Carols in the park
Tues 13 Dec , 5pm-9.30pm, Dendy Park, Brighton East. Pre-show activities for children start at 5pm and the main concert kicks off at 7.30pm with soloists performing a blend of traditional and new carols, a massed choir comprising local community choirs, Vocally Wild and Mosaic, plus the Southern Area Concert Band. Over 12 food trucks to choose from and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Carols by Kingston
Sun 11 Dec, 6.30pm - 10pm. Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Hwy, Highett. This FREE family friendly event showcases terrific performers inc. Kate Ceberano, along with children’s entertainment, a visit from Santa, a market featuring handmade Christmas gifts and fireworks at the end of the night.
Glen Eira Carols in the Park
Sat 10 Dec, 5.30pm to 8pm. Bentleigh Hodgson Reserve, Bentleigh. Sing and dance with our favourites The Kazoos, plus live performances by Justine Clarke, Bananas in Pyjamas Christmas Show and the Australian Girls’ Choir. Hosted by Spencer McLaren with special surprise visitor and roving performances by The Bouncing Elves.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
On now – Dec 23rd, Caulfield Racecourse. The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything that you love about Christmas, plus an International Spectacular Christmas Show that will amaze everyone. Fun rides for all ages including ferris wheel and giant slide. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is for every child and the ‘inner-child’ in all of us. www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au
Twilight Christmas Festival
9 Dec 5 - 9pm, Rippon Lea House and Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick. Capture the spirit of the season with friends and family at the annual Twilight Christmas Festival! Enjoy the summers evening with craft workshops, market stalls, carols, food trucks, mansion tours and much more. www.ripponleaestate.com.au
Mon 12 Dec, 11am & 1:30pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. Sing along to a collection of classics and new favourites with a range of well-known artists. Line up includes Michael Cormick and Suzanne Johnston with the Salvation Army Melbourne Staff Band and The National Boys Choir. www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight
Sat 24 Dec, 8pm - 11pm. Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This beloved family tradition has a long and proud history, with the event turning 78 in 2016, the night promises to be as vibrant and captivating as ever. Bring your family for a night of unforgettable live performances. carols.visionaustralia.org
Christmas Square, City
On now – Sun 25 Dec, daily 10am-11pm, City Square. Discover nutcracker soldiers, interactive candy canes and get a free photo with Santa. As part of the TAC’s #BePresent campaign, a giant interactive present will find a home in Christmas Square. Deck yourself out in festive decorations for a free, personalised photo and Christmas card!
Myer Christmas Windows
On now – Thursday 5 Jan 2017, 7.30am – late, Myer Bourke Street. Based on the book ‘One Christmas Eve’ with a particularly Melbourne and Australian flavour.
Myer Giftorium and Santaland On now – Thur 5 Jan, Bourke Street Mall.
Your one-stop Christmas shop plus meet Santa and ride on his train. Note fees apply for photography and there is an online booking system (though you can try to walk in).
Santa’s Post Box and Australia Post Giving Box On now – Fri 16 Dec, City Square
Write a letter to Santa and donate a gift at the Australia Post Giving Box where your donation will be delivered to a child in need.
DJ’s Christmas Treasure Hunt Weekends until Sun 18 Dec, David Jones, Bourke Street. Collect your Treasure Hunt Passport from the ground floor of David Jones Bourke Street and follow four steps for your chance to WIN. First prize is a $10,000 David Jones Gift Card!
Santa’s Christmas Spectacular
On now – Sun 18 Dec, Wonderland Spiegeltent at Melbourne Star. Wonderland Spiegeltent will be hosting the amazing Santa’s Christmas Spectacular Circus Show! See the crazy acrobatic elves get themselves into all sorts of mischief in Santa’s Toy Workshop. With bigger tricks and even crazier stunts, these elves will not disappoint! www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au
A Merry Market Christmas
Fri 23 Dec, 6am – 9pm, Queen Victoria Market. On the night before Christmas Eve, head into Queen Victoria Market for your last minute Christmas gifts and all the freshest Christmas fare! Open until 9pm for the first time in the Market’s history, you’ll be greeted by Santa and his elves and will enjoy roaming entertainment, live music and interactive kids activities throughout the day. www.qvm.com.au
Christmas Projection Show
Now – Sun 25 Dec, daily from 9pm – late, Federation Square and Melbourne Town Hall. This Christmas will see City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Projection Show at Melbourne Town Hall extend to Fed Square, decorating the Swanston Street facades with festive cheer. Visit Fed Square, and then follow the Christmas lights and decorations along Swanston Street for the feature show at Melbourne Town Hall before you revel in some late night Christmas shopping in Melbourne’s many unique local boutiques and major retailers. fedsquare.com/events
Santa train at Queenscliff
10 and 17 Dec, 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm, Queenscliff Station. Enjoy a steam train ride from Queenscliff to Lakers Siding and return. Hear Mrs Claus reading an Australian Christmas story, sing Christmas carols with their caroling elf, plus Santa will present each child with a gift. Christmas themed face painting for the kids and a children’s activity pack with ideas to help prepare for Christmas. bellarinerailway.com.au/santa-train
Gingerbread Village by Epicure
Thu 1 Dec – Sat 24 Dec, Melbourne Town Hall. Admire iconic Melbourne landmarks and locations all made out of gingerbread. Entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds go to the Royal Children’s Hospital. www.epicure.com.au/about/gingerbreadvillage-by-epicure
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Habitots, Albert Park: Art party & finger food. www.habitots.com.au Sparkles & Frosting, Brighton: Custom unicorn cake & cupcakes. www.facebook.com/sparklefrostingcakes Arlo & Co. Melbourne: cake topper, wooden name plaque, custom printed birthday board & custom bamboo place settings. www.arloandco.com.au Mary Mary Studio, Coburg: Flower wreath for table & Little jars of happiness. www.marymary.com.au Electric Confetti, Brighton: Neon ice-cream & rainbow. www.electricconfetti.com Poppies for Grace, Melbourne: Jumbo balloons with fringe and honeycomb balls. www.poppiesforgrace.com Cookies By Julia: Unicorn, ice-cream & rainbow cookies. @cookiesbyjulia Vickie Liu, St Kilda: Pastel mini doughnuts www.vickieliu.com Puddle Ducklings: Custom unicorn flowercrown. www.facebook.com/PuddleDucklings/ Lark, Ballarat: Laura Blythman party plates & cups, unicorn jumbo balloon with streamers, unicorn streamer set. www.larkstore.com.au Tiny People: Tutu Du Monde dress, The Dreamery Tutu. www.tinypeople.com.au Photography: Thanks to Derek Sheerin and the gorgeous parents! 17
A-z of school holidays Arts Centre Melbourne. Head to the Arts Centre Melbourne for Room on the Broom, adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler. 4 – 15 January. www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids, their workshops, performances and classes are imaginative, engaging and fun! Albert Park. www.gasworks.org.au
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Harbour Town Smurf Village. Meet Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf, Painter Smurf and many more living happily in the village. Plus, kids can attend the Smurf Craft Village each weekend and let their imaginations run wild as well as taking home a special Smurf keepsake. Free daily until Sat 24 Dec. www.harbourtownmelbourne.com.au
off the walls. BOUNCEinc is a massive indoor trampoline park for all ages which is all about jumping high and landing safe. Venues in Glen Iris, Blackburn North and Essendon Fields. bounceinc.com.au
Collingwood Children’s Farm. Be a farmer for a day these summer holidays as you feed the animals, let the chickens out, do some farm chores, collect the horses and learn to groom and saddle them. This program is open to children aged 10 - 16 years old. www.farm.org.au Day out with Thomas. A must for the
Thomas mad child. The whole family will enjoy unlimited rides with Thomas in the Troublesome Trucks, a 45 minute return train ride with one of Thomas’ Friends, plus all the boys and girls can meet Sir Topham Hatt! bellarinerailway.com.au/day-out-with-thomas
Enchanted Adventure Garden.
A multi-award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat. Get tangled in a maze, go Tube Sliding or book a Tree Surfing adventure. Or just set up a picnic and listen to the laughter. www. enchantedmaze.com.au
Frankston Sand Sculpting.
Walk amongst 5 metre towering giants as you explore fanciful lands of dinosaurs and dragons, sea creatures and spaceships, pirates and princesses – all brought to life with over 3,500 tonnes of sand. Sandsational play pit, facepainting and more! From Boxing Day. www.sandsculpting.com.au
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IMAX Melbourne: Let David Attenborough lead you on a fascinating 3D nocturnal adventure, Museum Alive, through London’s famous Natural History Museum. Encountering extinct creatures that are brought to life right in front of our eyes. Opens: 2 January imaxmelbourne.com.au
Junior Rangers. The Junior Ranger program encourages kids to explore Victoria’s amazing parks with a real park ranger. Junior Rangers can take part in cool activities like rock pool rambles, historic tours and spotlight night walks. For kids aged 6-12. juniorrangers.com.au Kew Traffic School. Grab your bike and
get outdoors at the Kew Traffic School these holidays. The Kew Traffic School has had a re-development of the bike track with new surfaces that the children can ride or walk on, a renewal of the much loved cubbies and shops, and a designated area for “off-road” skills.
Luna Park. From the moment you step
inside Mr Moon’s giant mouth, you are exposed to a world full of carnival flair, from the rides that send you sky-high, to historical carousel rides, Melbourne’s Luna Park has been the face of fun in St Kilda for generations. Luna Park offers a range of attractions for all ages from mini roller coasters such as the Silly Serpent, to nail biting thrill rides such as the Pharaoh’s Curse and Power Surge. lunapark.com.au
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NIDA. NIDA run Holiday courses for all school age groups helping identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work. www.open.nida.edu.au
Up Unlimited/Clip n Climb. At UpUnlimited climbing is open to anyone, any age, any ability. Their newest venue brings you more climbing, new challenges and even higher walls. You can race your mates on the SPEED WALL or pit your skills against the newest climb - ASTROBALL. Moorabbin and Richmond. www.upunlimited.com.au
Children’s Gallery is a wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds to explore, play and learn. Future palaeontologists will excavate fossils, traverse the discovery garden, explore plants and stories; and for everyone who loves to dance, there will be a ‘camouflage disco’. Opens Dec 4th. museumvictoria.com.au
O’Brien Group Arena. Skate With Santa every weekend from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 24th December between 11 and 3pm. See if you can keep up with the big man in the red suit! www.obriengrouparena.com.au Prahran Market. On Tuesdays the team from Peninsula Animal Farm host their animal farm experience. Friday mornings enjoy FREE kids’ dance classes offered by the Next Gen team from Space Studios. www.prahranmarket.com.au
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Virtual Reality Creation. Explore and
experiment with virtual reality using the easy to use world-building program Cospaces, create an amazing virtual world that you can view in 3D as you build it. Kids aged 6 and older. ACMI Jan 7th and 14th www.acmi.net.au
Wild Action Keepkeeper Experience.
Spend a whole day with zoologist Chris Humfrey, from ABC’s hit series “Chris Humfrey’s Wild Life!”, at his very own private zoo in Mount Macedon. Get up close and personal with over 2000 animals with this hands-on experience, which is offered nowhere else. www.wildaction.com.au
Summer Nights. Melbourne’s largest and best array of global street food, artisan and vintage stall holders and quirky activations. You’ll be floating around the historic Market sheds with the cream of Melbourne’s busking scene and roving entertainers. www.qvm.com.au
Features 6 foam pit lanes, 3 dodgeball courts, 4 slam dunk lanes and a large free jump court. www.xtremeair.com.au
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The kids will love the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. There’s lots of fun places to explore including the Ruin Garden, the Meeting Place (which has a water feature that sprays up out of the ground in summer!), a Wetland Area, Bamboo Forest, The Gorge, Plant Tunnel, Kitchen Garden (full of yummy vegetables!) and The Rill (a gentle waterway that runs through the Garden). www.rbg.vic.gov.au
Splashland. Splashland is the inflatable
waterslide park for kids, with 7,000m2 of slippery summertime fun for kids aged 5 to 12, Splashland will be sliding into Mornington Racecourse from 27 December 2016 – 8 January 2017, and then slipping over to Caulfield Racecourse from 12 – 24 January 2017. www.splashland.com.au
The Snowman is a family-friendly Christmas concert performed with live orchestra and the animated film of The Snowman projected on the big screen. Saturday 12 December 2015 11.30am www.melbournerecital.com.au
Xtreme Air Trampoline Park.
Your child can become a Junior Chocolatier in a hands on class learning to make their very own chocolate creations with European Chocolatiers. www.yvci.com.au/classes
Zoo: Breakfast with the Gorillas. Delight in a
delicious buffet breakfast at Melbourne Zoo, then see the Western Lowland Gorillas enjoying an early morning forage while hearing from the keepers about these fascinating animals. Selected Saturdays in Jan and Feb. www.zoo.org.au
Drowning and Water This Safety Series we are taking about drowning and water safety. Summer in Australia is blue skies and clear water, pools, beaches and fun, but the danger of drowning is real. It’s a horrible thought for any parent that you could lose your child, to any cause, but to think that it is from something we take for granted, water, well the result can be heart breaking. The horrifying tragedy behind drowning is that it is preventable, but more importantly it isn’t just the pool or beach that can cause havoc, it is other things around our home that are a part of our every day activities such as the toilet, mopping bucket, baths, dog bowls and much more! Anything that can cover the nose and mouth of an infant is considered a danger for drowning.
Interesting Fact! “Children can drown in very small amounts of water! Water that is deep enough to cover their nose and mouth is enough for a small children to drown in” – Nataly Tormey WWC So let’s start this awareness process at the beginning on how can we prevent these tragedies in our home but let’s also think about when we are going on that long awaited relaxing family holiday.
Prevention at home Bath time During bath time it is essential for the child to have 100% adult supervision. The use of bathing tools such as bath seats does not suffice for supervision. Each moment your child is in the bath they require an adult with them.
Some tips during bath time: • Prepare for bath time. Ensure that you have clothing, towels, and anything required after bath time ready before the bath is full. This will reduce the risk of you having to leave the room. • Ensure that the bath is not too full and that soaps and lotions that are slippery are not used. • Using grips at the bottom of the bath will help create friction. • Once the bath is complete empty the bath promptly and restrict access to wet areas without adult supervision. Home pool When it comes to having a pool at home there are multiplethings to consider. These include fencing, gates, environment, ability to supervise, chemicals and electricity. The Australian Royal Life Saving Society has created a short but informative video and checklist. Go to www.royallifesaving.com.au Have you considered all the other areas in your home that could be a drowning risk to your child? Some other areas to think about are; • Buckets • Inflatable pools • Eskies • Water tanks • Irrigation channels • Drains
• Pet bowls • Spas • Streams/lakes • Fish ponds • Water features
As the statistics have shown it’s our little ones from the ages of 0-4 at highest risk! At these ages they are very inquisitive and will explore areas that aren’t to be explored. The process of exploring leads children into unsafe zones that they are unable to detect as dangerous. Taking measures to prevent these incidences is very important however keep in mind that supervision is always essential.
Safety Safety Series Part 4 Prevention on holidays Before you go on your adventure Your children are going to love exploring the water while you are away, whether you are basking in the sun at the beach and the children are diving for treasures in the ocean or they are slipping and sliding at the water park. So before you go it might be a great opportunity to get your children prepared and start thinking about some swim lessons. Swim lessons are available in your community from a swim school provider. When you register your child be sure to advise them of your needs and your time frame before you jet set and go so they can work with you to ensure your child has some of the basic survival skills. When youâ€™re out and about It is important to be aware that regulations of safety around water are very different from one country to another and that goes the same for natural water conditions at a beach or a swimming hole. Before you dive in head first do your research with the locals and ask them about the conditions of the water and ensure it is safe before you cool off. Once you are there, talk to your children about ensuring they stay within reach and how important it is not to go off on their own. Make sure your little ones always stay within arms reach and you are supervising constantly. Introducing safe play zones will help enforce this with your children.
Interesting Fact Indulging in a private villa with a pool? In some countries you can hire a temporary pool fence to keep your little ones safe in your accommodation!
First Aid Any water prevention information site will explain the importance of knowing First Aid and CPR. If you are required to rescue your child it is very important to know how to do CPR. We offer these classes and if you are unable to attend a class we can provide further resources for you, your family and your community.
Read www.royallifesaving.com.au www.swimandsurvive.com.au www.infantswim.com
Listen Listen to a follow up interview with Nataly Tormey, founder of WONDERWOMAN Children First Aid on Little Rockers Radio.
Learn WONDERWOMAN Children are the founders of Community Funded Family First Aid programs. Thanks to local sponsors and support we can provide affordable and accessible infant and paediatric first aid for all families. Find more information at www.wonderwomanchildren.com
mama can Cook! With the warm weather finally here, outdoor barbecues, picnic dinners on hot night and Christmas on our doorstep, what more could you want than some clever healthy salads for dinner thanks to the team at Leaf?
Nectarine, buffalo mozzarella and rocket salad Ingredients:
Cut nectarines into wedges.
3 cups wild rocket
Combine rocket, nectarine wedges, mozzarella and basil in a large bowl and set aside.
3 white nectarines 2 buffalo mozzarella balls, pulled apart Â˝ cup basil leaves DRESSING Âź cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Whisk together the oil and vinegar in a small bowl and season to taste. Drizzle dressing over salad, toss lightly to combine and serve immediately.
This month’s recipes are from the team at Leaf, Brighton and Elwood. www.theleafstore.com.au
Brocballs with garlic tomato sauce Ingredients:
2 bunches broccolini
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
1 cup almond meal ½ cup grated cheese ¼ cup parmesan cheese
Steam broccolini for ten minutes, until tender and bright green, leave to cool.
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pulse steamed broccolini in food processor until chopped, add to bowl with almond meal. Add cheese, parmesan, basil, parsley and garlic. If desired, add cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to season.
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Whisks eggs in a small bowl and stir into broccolini mixture.
2 large free range eggs
Shape mixture into 12 balls, pressing firmly. Place on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
¼ cup diced brown onion
Serve brocballs drizzled with sauce and enjoy!
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 1 400g can crushed tomatoes 25
Watermelon and radish salad with goats cheese Ingredients:
Thinly slice and cut watermelon into rough triangles.
500g chilled watermelon 150g soft goats cheese 4 red radishes 2 shallots 1 cup mint
Thinly shave radishes and shallots on a mandolin or carefully with a knife and scatter over the watermelon.
1 cup basil
Roughly chop herbs and sprinkle over the watermelon.
For the dressing, whisk ingredients in a bowl, season to taste, then drizzle over watermelon salad and serve.
1/3 cup verjuice 2 Â˝ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Arrange watermelon on a platter and dot with small spoonfulâ€™s of goats cheese.
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everything is Rozy Rozalia Russian is one of Australia’s most popular fashion bloggers and has now turned her experience in the fashion world into her own business, launching her own fashion and lifestyle blog, Rozalia. Along with her nightclub famous husband Nick, this uber stylish mama to threeyear-old daughter Willow Valentina is due with baby number two in the new year. We chat about motherhood and that ultimate work-life balance. Is this pregnancy much more special having your daughter Willow to share it with?
baby in her tummy. She talks to my stomach and kisses and cuddles it.
The second pregnancy doesn’t get as much special treatment as the first as it’s sort of like, ‘ok I’ve been through this before’! Early on it was hard for Willow to understand what was happening but now that I am carrying around a huge basketball that Willow can see, she now definitely understands. She told me she is going to be a good big sister and help me with the new baby.
What is your favourite pregnancy outfit?
What has been different about this pregnancy compared with your first?
Some of my go to labels have been both maternity and non-maternity. Kookai and Scanalan and Theodore have been great for both day and night wear. I also stocked up on Bae the Label, ripe maternity and Legoe Heritage who all offered stylish maternity options.
It has definitely gone a lot quicker as I don’t have time to just sit and relax. Between working, looking after a three year old and moving house, there are no real downtimes, which makes the day go super quick. I feel like during the first pregnancy you are so precious and cautious whilst second time around it’s just like ‘ok let’s just get on with it’.
Tell us about the new Cybex by Jeremy Scott pram we’ve seen you with. Talk about a fashion accessory!
Is Willow looking forward to becoming a big sister?
I have been taking the pram for a little spin at home and testing it out. It is so easy and light to push and has countless practical functions. Baby Russian will definitely be one stylish baby.
Willow is super excited, she tells every one she is going to be a big sister and that mummy has a
When I am pregnant I like to wear super tight stretchy dresses to show off the bump. I feel if I wear any thing too loose I just look frumpy.
It’s definitely a fashion accessory! It is by far the coolest pram I have every seen! Cybex have spent years and years perfecting a pram that is not only practical but also very stylish and Jeremy Scott has just taken it to a whole new level!
Any other must haves for baby number two? A Baby Bjorn carrier! I have witnessed many girlfriends carrying their new bubs around in the carrier whilst chasing after their toddlers. It’s so much easier when you have your hands free rather than always carrying them as you can still get on with the day and get things done! What advice would you give to mums out there on balancing work, motherhood and fitting in time for yourself? You are never going to have it all together, and even the women who you think have it all figured out still have their struggles. No mum is perfect and we need to stop being so hard on ourselves. What is your favourite thing to do when you get a chance to go on a date night with Nick? We both love our food and cocktails so we love heading out to dinner and drinks with friends and just having a fun and relaxing night out. What is Nick up to now that Eve is closed? He is still heavily involved with his events business and at the moment he is getting ready to throw his annual New Years Eve party and then St Kilda Festival early next year. The plan
this year was for him to have the year off and for us to travel. We headed to America for a couple of months and whilst we were over there checking out different bars and restaurants, Nick got itchy feet and decided he wasn’t ready to hang up the night club boots just yet! Any funny parenting tales from the last few years with little Willow? The stuff that comes out of Willow’s mouth nowadays which is just hilarious! I love the way a three year old sees the world and just says it how it is! So she has us laughing every day. As parents, I guess the first couple of months were the hardest but also the funniest. I recall one night it must have been around 3am and neither Nick nor I had slept and there was massive code brown! The poo explosion was on another level! I remember I was gagging, trying to throw the nappy to Nick to get rid of, then he dropped it and poo just went all over his legs. He quickly showered and then picked her up like 15 min later and she just vomited all over him and back in the shower he went. It was just one of those “OMG moments”. “Is this what our life has come too?” We swapped the 3am cocktails for 3am poo explosions. In those situations all you can do is laugh. It’s the only way to get through the newborn phase. 29 29
The hardest decision “The hardest decision I ever had to make for my child turned out to be the very best one I ever did. It took me almost a year to make the decision, but I am really glad I did.” This time last year I was in a quandary. My daughter, Emme, had just turned four. She was lively and creative and funny and vibrant. She was thriving in her pre-school program alongside all her friends. She could climb a tree and kick a ball and pretend to be Queen Elsa of Arendelle almost all at once. But while she was happy and settled, I was in a state of turmoil about what (at the time) was one of the biggest parenting decisions I had yet to face. Emme has one of “those” birthdays, you see. That grey area where she could go to school the following year, or she could wait. Each year, across Melbourne, many parents with children born in the four months of the year face a similar decision: should she start school next year at four and a half, or should she wait till she was five and a half? We’d never faced such a decision before. It was one that felt monumental, almost too big for just us. We were just Emme’s parents, after all. I debated the fact that many of her friends, some even born just weeks apart from her were going to school that year, and I looked at her medical history and eyesight problems that saw her wear a patch for several hours a day, and wondered whether just one more year might really be the best way to go. In the end, 3 main factors helped the decision along. The first was advice from her eye specialist, who suggested that with another year under her belt her vision might be better for starting school.
The second was the advice of the educators at her early education center. They were the ones teaching her school readiness program and knew the most about how she was doing. And the third reason was me. I just wanted one more year with my little girl and one more year to let her learn and develop through play! Twelve months on, and I am now confident it’s the best decision we ever made. She isn’t bored or under-stimulated as she learns every day at preschool, through a dedicated school readiness program that introduces important concepts like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and selfcare skills. And I know she is supported by her educators who are aware of her social and emotional development too. It’s hard to advise other parents going through this turmoil, because what is right for one child isn’t necessarily right for another. What I would suggest is to make sure your child is enrolled in a preschool or kindergarten like Only About Children, which offers a specialised school-readiness program run by a tertiary educated teacher, as well as support by an in house allied health specialist team of Occupational Therapists, Speech, Hearing and Vision Specialists who provide each child with ongoing School Readiness Screenings. That way, you can feel confident that in the year before they start school they will have the very best possible opportunities they can. By Shauna Anderson for Only About Children Inspired early learning and kindergarten Cheltenham, Hampton, South Melbourne and Southbank. For other campuses visit oac.edu.au
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Local resident Anna Chisholm has created a store with a cornucopia of the interesting and beautiful fashion, home wares and bits and pieces. Imagine a home curated with original artworks and limited edition prints, on-trend accessories and welcoming furniture and rugs. A wardrobe stocked with recognized brands as well as emerging designers. Imagine a life of friends and family thrilled with personal (and beautifully wrapped!) gifts. This is the Bungalow approach. 187 Booran Road www.bungalowtradingco.com.au 4. Hendrick’s Burgers Newly opened at the start of November, the lovely peeps from Mr Brightside are at the helm of this new burger joint. Mama recommends the Neon Tiger, chicken with coleslaw and spicy mayo on a brioche bun, or perhaps the Hendricks schnitzel, perfect with chips and salad. These burgers seriously kick arse and the chips have just the right amount of salt and crunch. At first I thought the chips serving was fairly small but was fooled when I couldn’t get through them after attempting to finish the burger. 181a Booran Road. www.hendricksburgers.com.au 5. Booran Reserve Glen Eira have always done playgrounds well and this one will be no exception. Opening in December, the space will contain a diverse range of play experiences for children of all abilities including water elements, climbing ropes, a double flying fox and swings. Interactive landscaping will provide opportunity for sensory play and exploration of the natural environment. Two picnic shelters will contain barbeques and picnic tables and will provide one of many options for social gathering and relaxation. Corner Booran and Glenhuntly Road. 32
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The good things in life Nothing is simpler than going for a run. You don’t need anything special besides a good running outfit and a pair of trainers to get you started. There is no need to overcomplicate running by thinking we need expensive gear; bluetooth headphones, watches even tracking devices, you just need to lace up and run. Simple. Running is one of the only sports that allows you to train literally anywhere; the park, inner city, even inside on a treadmill. You don’t need a license, timetable or booking it’s literally put one foot in front of the other in any surround that suits; you can literally run anywhere – even the water. Running is a sport anyone can participate in; this is what makes this form of exercise so assessable. Run in a group for a social activity or solo for some ‘catch up on my own thought time’ running gives you a certain freedom that no other sport can offer.
Benefits of running: Mental Rough day? Tough night? Don’t feel like going out for a run? All you have to do is make it past the front door, that doesn’t sound hard does it? If after a few hundred meters you just aren’t feeling it, turn around and make your way back home, at least you can say you tried. But we all know, the chances of you returning back home is minimal and we both know that you won’t feel any worse after your run, actually we put money on it that you will feel a whole lot better. Exercise such as running helps pump blood to the brain helping you think more clearly as well as releasing chemicals like endorphins and serotonin, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria boosting your overall mood. No wonder you feel such clarity and are in such a good mood after a run. One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Running can reduce stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension, not a bad trade off for the recommended guideline of at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical exercise on most or all days of the week. Practicing the mindfulness action of running daily not only reduces your stress levels but also improves your overall mental health.
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How to start running
In addition to the psychological benefits, the physical benefits of running are vast. Scientists have discovered that a daily run can assist you to live a longer life due to improvements in your cardiovascular health by increasing your heart rate and working the heart muscles regularly, improve bone health which increases bone density and prevent injury and the onset of osteoporosis, improve lung capacity and promote better breathing. It boosts your immune system, helps you be more focused, sleep better, maintain balance of the body – do we need to go on?
Step 1. Change into your active wear, put your trainers on and lace up
Whether you choose to run for health reasons including maintaining weight goals, make new friends or to assist with mental health and wellness the fact is, running makes us feel good. The mental and physical benefits of running are much longer than your excuses so what are you waiting for, it’s time to run!
Step 5. After 30mins slow to a walk until your breath gradually returns to normal. You will now feel energized, less stressed and that one step closer to sound physical fitness.
Step 2. Walk to the front door; additional extras include child in pram (excellent weight and resistance training), the dog, hydration and music Step 3. Start slow with a jog and build up to a faster pace after around 10minutes Step 4. Maintain a comfortable pace; you should be able to hold a conversation whilst running – unless you are doing intervals
Run well. By Amanda Meggison, Nutrition advisor, Food Coach and Endurance athlete. Run Stop Shop Hampton, South Melbourne and CBD. www.runstopshop.com.au
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best foot forward Children’s school shoes are undoubtedly the most important shoes your child will wear in their lives. A child’s foot is extremely susceptible to change due to its soft and pliable nature. Choosing the correct shoe and understanding how to have it fitted properly is key to ensuring good foot health and development for children. With so many brands and a large variation in price (some as cheap as $10 and as expensive as $160) it is very important to know what to look out for when purchasing a shoe. Knowing which shoe design features are important for good foot health is crucial and can most likely prevent significant foot and leg problems from developing. Buying new shoes a week or two from the start of the new school year is best. This will ensure that the summer growth spurt children usually go through will have passed and the size, most likely, will be appropriate for a longer period of time. Also, purchasing two weeks before the start of school allows the child to slowly wear their shoes in for a few hours over a few days. Buying new shoes at the end of the day is also advised, as children’s feet can swell throughout the day, measuring them at their “biggest” allows for the shoe to be fitted properly.
So what do you need to look for in a new school shoe? 1. Leather upper and inner of shoe. 2. The heel counter of the shoe should be high enough to cup the ankle bones and be stiff. 3. Select a shoe with a rigid middle and ensure that the shoe only bends at the toes. 4. The shoe needs to be wide enough and deep enough for your child’s forefoot and toes. 5. Laces, velcro and buckles are best. How much growing room does my child need? Buying shoes that are too big can be just as much of a problem as buying shoes that are too small. The general consensus amongst most podiatrists is the shoe should be one thumb width bigger (approx. 14mm) than the child’s longest toe. Always remember: To check your child’s foot growth each term. If you child wears orthotics make sure you have them at the time of the fitting unless otherwise advised by your podiatrist. Take the school socks your child will be wearing for the fitting. If you are unsure always ask for clarification from the salesperson or your podiatrist. www.childrenspodiatry.com.au 444 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
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Swim safely this summer If just one activity was to represent summer in Australia, it would be swimming. Hot days spent at the beach or river, games of Marco Polo in the backyard and birthday parties at the community pool are all a part of our quintessential Aussie summer. Preparing our kids to navigate a hot summer safely, is one of the many gifts a parent or grandparent can bestow upon a child. It provides a certain freedom that can teach confidence and independence, whilst reducing the likelihood of our loved ones becoming a tragic statistic. Heartbreakingly, 50 children under the age of 16 drown each year in Australia, with most deaths occurring to toddlers under the age of 5 years. According to research conducted by the Royal Life Saving Society, many of these deaths could have been prevented, with formal swimming lessons such as their tailor made Swim and Survive Pathway Program, said to reduce the risk of a toddler drowning by up to 88%. Not only does enrolling your child in an accredited Learn to Swim program benefit the child with his or her swimming ability, swimming is lots of fun and provides plenty of health benefits, including, keeping the heart and lungs healthy, improving strength and flexibility, increasing stamina and improving balance and posture. Swimming lessons also benefit children via challenges and through the rewarding of their accomplishments as they progress through the swimming levels, assisting with self-confidence and belief in their abilities. Swimming is also a
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Four water safety tips for this summer: 1. Water safety begins with you. Be within armâ€™s reach when your family is in, on, or around any water.
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