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Issue 2 // Spring 2011


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Issue 2 // Spring 2011



Mathilda’s Magazine Email // mmag@pulse - Editorial enquiries // 07 3390 8053 EDITORIAL

Editorial Team // Pulse PR Editorial Director // Rachael Zelensky Feature Writers // Amanda Hibberd & Amy Lynch ADVERTISING SALES Sales Team // Pulse PR Sales Administrator // Emily Parker Advertising Enquiries // EVENTS / MARKET BOOKINGS Site Bookings // Administration Contact // Danielle Eastick DESIGN & ART DIRECTION Lily&Cino Studio // STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY Taryn Newland // COMPETITIONS CLOSING DATE The closing date for all competitions featured in this issue of Mathilda’s Magazine is COB Friday 26 August 2011. All competition entries must be sent through to the magazine’s competitions team. Email: PRIVACY NOTICE This issue of Mathilda’s Magazine may contain offers, competitions and promotions that require you to provide information about yourself.

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It is with great pleasure that we unveil Issue 2 of Mathilda’s Magazine and just in time for our planned August markets! The success of Issue 1 has been overwhelming and we thank you or your kind emails, competition entries and helpful editorial suggestions. At a time when household expenses are rising and making ends meet seems that little bit more challenging each week, we are thrilled to be able to offer our loyal followers a good read at no cost. To this end, there are a few helpful features in this current issue – from top budget relieving tips to price friendly kids’ activities, we have great suggestions that will save you money to ensure you can buy that extra something special at the next Mathilda’s Market. The Markets will kick off nationally again in August so be sure to review our Events Page to see when your next market will take place. Finally, to our online readers – don’t be shy! Please let me know what you think of our mag either via email or via the Mathilda’s Facebook page. I look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions for Issue 3!



Mathilda’s Issue 2

contributors Louise Stewart Education & Literacy Expert

Taryn Newland Photographer, Director of BVA Photography Taryn relishes her role as National Event Photographer for Mathilda’s Market. With a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography, Taryn is a natural light photographer specialising in pregnant bellies, newborns, babies and weddings. Her creative talents also extend to crafting, styling, baking and design. Taryn recently had her third child Aurelia (affectionately known as Lolly) and is also mum to Siena who is 10 and son Dante who is 8.

With a Bachelor of Education and Literacy, Louise has been involved in English teaching and literacy professional development in Queensland and Victoria for 13 years. Her passion is literacy education particularly with disadvantaged students and schools and the use of grammar in the teaching of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Currently her work in Victoria includes developing and contributing to a range of literacy professional learning tools for teachers in government schools in both primary and secondary.

Meredith O’Connor Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, mother, apprentice baby traveller. Meredith O’Connor has been teaching in Queensland for nearly two decades. Her specialty areas include Rachael Zelensky early childhood eduBusiness Owner, cation, literacy and Artist, Illustrator & children’s literature. mother of two! Despite her experience Rachael Zelensky in all things early is the owner and childhood, when it operator of Mathilda’s came to embarking Market and Boutique on her first overseas Markets. trip with her toddler daughter, she felt a An accomplished little out of her depth. artist and published Facing the challenge illustrator, Rachael head-on, like any good moved from runteacher, she did a lot of ning her own small research and planned business showcasing it all in great detail. her own artwork to creating events Meredith shares her that showcased the amusing anecdotes creative talents of and great travelling others. Bringing to the tips via her blog. table over 10 years experience in Retail Management both in Australia and abroad, this busy mum of two never stops, but confesses that she wouldn’t have it any other way!


Dr Rebecca Anne Stewart (MBBS FRACGP MClinEd) G.P. and Medical Educator

Emma Owers Dietician B. Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)

Emma Owers is an Accredited Rebecca is a General Practising Dietitian Practitioner and (APD) through the Medical Educator Dieticians Association in Townsville, North of Australia. Emma Queensland, where has worked in private she has lived for most practice and for the of her life. She divides her work time between public sector in regiontraining GPs and medi- al and metro areas cal students, research, including work with Paediatrics. Emma’s and supporting the project work has health needs of her included developing local community. Her guidelines for health areas of special interand nutrition within est include women’s daycare centres and health, pregnancy the provision of educacare, paediatrics, tional sessions aiming management of to foster good nutrition skin cancer, health education and mental with primary school children. health. Rebecca is involved in many reEmma has a broad search projects related knowledge of nutrito General Practice tional requirements and has disseminated for children of all ages her research through with a special intermedical journals and est in allergies and conferences around intolerances. Australia. After hours, Rebecca’s main focuses are her two beautiful girls, aged 9 and 4, and her very tolerant husband!

Louise D’Allura Revamp Professional Organisers Pty Ltd

Susan Volz Artisan and Hobby Farmer Susan Volz, the Brisbane-based artisan behind bespoke homewares company, Our Kitchen Garden, is a down to earth mother in every sense. From doting wife and mum; dedicated hobby farmer; avid gardener; passionate country cook; inspired designer and crafter; market stall operator; and committed locavore, Susan applies a holistic approach to healthier and more sustainable living. Susan’s newest baby, Our Kitchen Garden is an extension of her and her family’s passion for all things homegrown and quality home wares that can be treasured.

The ever-organised Louise is a qualified Home Economist, a member of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) and an accomplished member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO). Louise’s background as a home economist/ nutritionist has been heavily influenced by her Italian heritage where food, eating and vegetable patches are fundamental parts of life! It’s no surprise with this background that Louise became a qualified Home Economist/ Nutritionist and worked at Nutrition Australia delivering health promotion programs, teaching hands-on cooking classes, and organising trade shows and seminars. These days, Louise shares her passion and enthusiasm for being organised and healthy eating through her business Revamp Professional Organisers.


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feeling social? page 18


events page 12


strawberry fields forever page 20


what’s for dinner? page 22


travelling with tots page 24


the great indoors page 26


katrina & amie from the block page 30 frugal families page 32

precious moments page 34

numeracy at home page 36


nutrition in pregnancy page 40 more than just the blues? page 44


sugar and spice and all things nice page 48 our favourite things page 50 market must haves page 52

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Monday August 1st

Adventure Kids (Ages 4-6)

From 3.30pm to 4.30pm New Farm Park, Brunswick St, New Farm Highlights: Keep your kids warm this winter with this exciting outdoor program that features activities such as putting up tents, orienteering, parachute games, super rockets, bush walking, water squirting challenges, obstacle courses and treasure hunts. Adventure Kids will run every Monday afternoon from 18 July to Monday 22 August for free! Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking around New Farm Park, also accessible by bus and ferry.

Monday August 1st – Monday September 19th

Kindercraft at Splodge

Locations in Adelaide: Melbourne St, Brighton, Seaford, Mawson Lakes and Burnside Highlights: Unleash your kids’ creative side with Kindercrafts 8 week workshop. Together with your child, enjoy the fun and interactive games mixed in with craft and art. Each workshop has all materials supplied and provides your child with craft activities they can take home and treasure. For further information and bookings contact: Ph: 0435 096 673 or email or visit

Saturday August 6th – Sunday October 2nd Surrealism for Kids

From 10am to 5pm GOMA, Grey St, South Bank, South Brisbane, QLD Highlights: The Children’s Art Centre presents Surrealism for Kids, featuring an exciting range of interactive activities and games designed to open up your mind and broaden your imagination. Transport/Parking: GOMA is accessible by Bus, train and ferry, there is also paid underground parking and street parking available.

Saturday August 6th

Brisbane Mathilda’s Market

From 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Highlights: A perfect Queensland outing with over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. Look out for our live entertainment, bouncy castle and face painter! Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking around the Racing Club! Visit


Thursday August 11th – Friday August 12th

The Happiest Show on Earth

From 5.30pm Tasmania Theatre Royal, 29 Campbell St, Hobart

Highlights: Book your family in early to see the latest spectacular presented by Theatre Royal. This engaging, vaudevillian comedy aimed at 4-8 year olds will be sure to amaze with acts of circus, music and illusion. Bookings essential. Contact: 6233 2299 or

Saturday August 13th

Adelaide Mathilda’s Market

From 9am to 1pm The Burnside Ballroom, Cnr Greenhill & Portrush Rds, Tusmore Highlights: Handmade treats and gourmet sweets with over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. A lively and bustling atmosphere perfect for a family day out! Visit

Sunday August 14th

Brisbane Boutique Markets

From 8am to 1pm Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf. Visit

Sunday August 14th

Perth Mathilda’s and Boutique Markets

From 9am to 1pm Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

Highlights: The best of both worlds with Mathildas and Boutique Markets come together for one very special market event! See the very best in local craft, design, food and fashion. Visit or

Sunday August 21st

Melbourne Mathilda’s Market

From 9am to 1pm Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd

Highlights: A wonderful outing with over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. A lively and bustling atmosphere perfect for a family day out! Transport/Parking: Oodles of free parking at rear of Town Hall!! Visit


Saturday August 27th

Sydney Mathilda’s and Boutique Markets

From 9am to 1pm Moore Park, The Entertainment Quarter, Byron Kennedy Hall, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park Highlights: The best of both worlds with Mathildas and Boutique Markets come together for one very special market event! See the very best in local craft, design, food and fashion. Transport/Parking: Paid parking is located near the venue. Visit or

Sunday August 28th

Hobart Mathilda’s and Boutique Markets

From 9am to 1pm Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart Highlights: The best of both worlds with Mathildas and Boutique Markets come together for one very special market event! See the very best in local craft, design, food and fashion. Visit or

Sunday August 28th

Canberra Mathilda’s Markets

From 9am to 1pm Park Hyatt Hotel Majestic Ballroom, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking around the Park Hyatt Hotel! Visit:

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 September The Baby & Toddler Show

From 9.30am – 4.30pm daily Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Highlights: Want the best for your pregnancy, baby and toddler? Find it all under the one roof at this essential expo featuring over 100 of the latest brands and cool boutique finds for expecting and new mums. Shows also taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Admission: Tickets at door $20 each, early bird tickets $15. Visit:

Sunday September 4th

Toodyay Miniature Railway

From 11am to 3pm every Sunday during September Duidgee Park, Toodyay, Perth Highlights: Book a ride for your family on the miniature Avonlink or steam engine and enjoy a picturesque ride through the countryside. Make sure to keep an eye out for emu’s and kangaroos! Bookings essential. Contact: (08) 9574 2435 or


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Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer LIVE Starts 10.30am Riverside Theatres, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW Highlights: Dora the Explorer is back by popular demand after last years smash hit tour, come along and use your map-reading, counting, music and language skills to help Dora and her friends find the city of lost toys. Contact: +61 2 8839 3399 or visit

Saturday September 10th

Farmers’ Market at Collingwood Children’s Farm From 8am to 1pm 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne

Highlights: The whole family is welcome to experience over 70 Victorian producers brought directly to the heart of the city on the second Saturday of each month. As a plastic bag free event, bring your own trolley, baskets and bags to stock up on the freshest fruit and veg around! Transport/Parking: Buses run to the Farm. Paid parking available on site.

Saturday September 17th Baby and Kids Market

Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park (EPIC), Flemington Rd, Mitchell, ACT Highlights: With a range of pre-loved goods for boys and girls available (birth – 7 years) there will be many a bargain to be had. Transport/ Parking: Parking is provided at the front of the building and EPIC. Admission: $3 (children free)

Wednesday September 21st – October 3rd Northcote Kid’s Festival

Northcote Town Hall, 198 High St, Northcote, Victoria Highlights: The ultimate in school holiday’s entertainment sees Studio One at Northcote Town Hall hosting a fabulous range of kid-friendly entertainment. From hands on workshops to music and theatrical performances there is something here for everyone! Transport/Parking: Town Hall accessible via bus or train and side street parking available for 1-2 hours and all day. Bookings Contact: (03) 9481 9500 or

Saturday October 1st Zoo Grooves

From 1.00pm - Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Obley Rd, Dubbo, NSW Highlights: Get ready for a fun filled family day out at the Taronga Zoo, with great live entertainment, animal encounters and free activities for the kids. The event also helps support the Zoo’s conservation efforts with the Tasmanian Devil. Transport/Parking: Dubbo is easily accessible by air, rail and road Visit:


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Sunday October 2nd

Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm

From 10:30am to 2:30pm 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne Highlights: Bring the whole family out to experience a bit of country life in the big city along the Yarra River at Collingwood Children’s Farm in Melbourne. Featuring hay rides, a BBQ and seasonal activities, come visit our friendly cows, horses, pigs, goats, chickens and other animals! Transport/Parking: Buses run to the Farm. Paid parking available on site, with proceeds going to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Saturday October 8th

Farmers’ Market at Collingwood Children’s Farm

From 10:30am to 2:30pm 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne Highlights: The whole family is welcome to experience over 70 Victorian producers brought directly to the heart of the city on the second Saturday of each month. As a plastic bag free event, bring your own trolley, baskets and bags to stock up on the freshest fruit and veg around! Transport/Parking: Buses run to the Farm. Paid parking available on site, with proceeds going to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Sunday October 9th

Brisbane Boutique Markets

From 8am to 1pm Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf. Visit

Sunday October 30th

Melbourne Boutique Markets

From 9am to 1pm Malvern Town Hall, Cnr Glenferrie RD & High St, Malvern Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Visit

Sunday October 30th

Rhymes Kids Music Festival

From 8am to 4pm Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale Highlights: Get ready to rock this October at the Ryhmes Kids Music festival. With headlining acts including Peter Combe, Lazy Town Live Show and Angelina Ballerina, this is one big day out your kids won’t want to miss! Bookings essential. Contact:

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If the thought of your kids succumbing to school holiday boredom has you shaking in you booties, fear no more! The Play Hive features a collection of fantastic holiday boredom busters, as well as an impressive compilation of parental advice available for free download from their website. Also on offer is a range of brilliant baby toys, games, puzzles and books – keep this one in mind if you are struggling with baby shower and birthday gift ideas.

If the mention of glue and glittery paint sends your kids into a frenzy, this is a site well worthy of a look. Kids Craft Weekly is a free online newsletter that features a collection of fun, educational and stress-free craft ideas for you and your kids to enjoy. If the weekly newsletter does not fully satisfy your craft cravings, pay a visit to their fantastic Facebook page that is full of brand spanking craft ideas for you to try at home. And for those Queens of craft out there why not share your tips and tricks with others, they are always on the hunt for new suggestions!


Tickle the Imagination

This exciting new online magazine celebrates the talent of the handmade and creative community in Australia. With the first issue not set for release until September we have impatiently turned to their blog spot for a sneak peek of what is to come and boy are we impressed! From inspiring photographs to crafty DIY projects, Tickle the Imagination is sure to rekindle your creative flames and introduce you to innovative ways for indulging your creativity including the handmade into your day to day living. Be sure you check out their Twitter and Facebook page for more unique ideas and additional information regarding their up and coming magazine.

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Pick Plan Play

Here at Mathilda’s you know we like to keep things quick, easy and simple and this is why we are so in love with Pick Plan Play. This online calendar allows parents to discover a variety of interesting and engaging activities that are guaranteed to keep the kiddies amused and entertained on the rainiest of days. Whether you are looking for art and crafts, outdoor fun, cooking classes or educational workshops, Pick Plan Pay has it covered, there is something there for everyone to enjoy.

Send your little astronaut to infinity and beyond with the help of the NASA website. Here you can watch live streams from space, view galleries of stars and planets and visit the NASA Kid’s club or Student section where educational games and activities can be played. If a real out of this world experience is what you are after, the sites interactive section is for you. Here, you are able to create your very own planet, experience augmented reality and watch NASA’s journey to Earth in 3D!


our favourite app! Pitter-Pad

We all know how quickly littlie’s feet grow and this often makes determining shoe size difficult, especially when it comes to estimating sizes when shopping online. Pitter-Pad is designed to make shopping online that much easier by not having to download potentially inaccurate printouts or purchase costly archaic home measuring devices. The App designed for infants, toddlers, and kids (up to size 12 US), features an international size converter an optional shoe width interface and a custom colour palette. Now that’s a foot-tastic idea!


strawberry fields forever

If there is one fruit to grow this season, make it strawberries. They are quick to bear fruit, easy to grow, expensive to buy and of superior quality when home grown. Susan Volz gives the juice on growing these bite-size taste sensations.



Fast track your way to a winning strawberry crop by dividing your runners (off shoots), propagated from robust parent plants or purchased from a garden centre, discarding those with unhealthy and crusty roots as you go. Prepare a clean garden bed for sowing and start digging evenly spaced holes, piling a small amount of soil in the centre of each. Gently place the crown on the soil, fanning out the roots over the mound. Back fill with soil and firm, ensuring the crown is kept at ground level. Water in well and mulch, avoiding the sensitive stems. For those who have left their run a little late, get back on track by using more established plants.


Growing strawberries is a piece of cake if you follow some general ground rules. Strawberries are shallowrooted and will need regular watering in hot conditions, particularly if they are in pots. Keep fruit and leaves clean and dry by placing straw around the base of each plant. This will also help keep weeds under control and hold soil moisture. Remove any diseased fruit or leaves as soon as you spot them and keep pesky birds at bay with some light netting. Remove the runners to conserve the plant’s energy for fruit production or use to propagate new plants for the next season - you really will have strawberry fields forever!

The strawberry harvest is the sweetest pick of the season so be sure to get the kids involved when the time is ripe. Fruit is ready for harvest 4-6 weeks after blossoming and only those that are brightly coloured, glossy and firm, should be picked. Providing your little hunters and gatherers aren’t caught red-handed with their own private stash, harvest will last up to eight weeks, ensuring you have a steady supply to sweeten the pot. Blend into coulis and freeze in ice cube trays, pour over freshly made pancakes, shake up a smoothie (or a decadent daiquiri for mum), bake in a tart or preserve in berry delicious

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home-made jam for spreading on scones or your morning toast.

High hopes for home-grown strawberries but limited space to work with? Get your supply off the ground using specialised pots, hanging baskets and even old wheelbarrows, ornately positioned on a sunlit deck, balcony or courtyard.

Whatever you do this season, look after your strawberry fields forever and they will look after you!


Do you say to yourself:

“If I had more time I'd be able to make healthy food. Getting takeaways is quicker and easier. I don't have time to spend thinking about what to create.”

Take a moment to stop and breathe! Home Economist & Professional Organiser, Louise D’Allura steps through the tricks to effective menu planning. Download Louise’s FREE guide “Solving the What’s For Dinner Challenge” by visiting her website




t always seems to pop up when we are in the middle of being busy, or the clock catches your eye - how can it be 5pm already!? You race to the fridge and freezer (mentally if you’re at work) only to find you have three potential meal options but you’re missing key ingredients in all three. Menu planning can save you a lot of time and energy. There are lots of different systems you can use. When I work with my clients we spend time working out what style suits them best, for example, some like to plan their meals according to what is on sale each week, others like to plan a month ahead, others don’t like to plan at all because they don’t know what they will feel like – and yes that is still a plan you can plan for! In our busy lives it is more important than ever to recognise that having a flexible supply of food in your fridge, freezer and pantry is key to getting healthy food on the table. When your kitchen and food storage areas are set up and organised in line with YOUR menu planning style it is so much easier to achieve your health goals. Here are some tips I teach all my Menu Planning Your Way clients to help them menu plan their way!



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TIP 1 Know your own style

Know thyself is one of the most well known quotes – and for good reason! As soon as you stop fighting who you are, you can actually find your own recipe for order – yes we can even come up with a plan when you don’t like to plan because you don’t know what you’ll feel like!

TIP 2 Always have a shopping list

I wasn’t sure if this should be tip 1 – it is just so important. The trick is to train yourself to write on the list as soon as you take something from the fridge, freezer or pantry. You can avoid a lot of impulse purchases by not shopping when you’re hungry or when the kids are tired or hungry.

TIP 3 Organise your kitchen

Having a pantry filled with food that you can’t find or see makes it near to impossible to cook, let alone get healthy foods on the table. If you really want to make your life easier and get healthy foods into your life, it’s time to get your kitchen, pantry, fridge and freezer working with you, not against you. Declutter your pantry twice a year and organise your kitchen once and for all. I promise it will make cooking so much easier.

TIP 4 Utilise pre-prepared foods

Back in 1996 I coined the term FCF to refer to a style of cooking that gave you the flexibility to use a combination of fresh, canned or frozen (FCF) foods in your meals. The trick is to have a list of recipes that support the usual contents of your fridge, freezer and pantry so you’ll be able to whip together meals ranging from a frittata, spinach and feta pie, healthy fried rice, laksa or a stir-fry. There are a range of products that can help you save time and allow you to make healthy choices. You need to weigh up investing money to save time (buying stir-fry meat, prewashed salad, 90 second brown rice), or investing time to save money (chopping the thigh/ breast yourself, washing salad leaves, cooking brown rice)? If you are looking at


pre-packaged foods choose those with an ingredients list that looks like what you would use yourself – do the ingredients look like you’re in a chemistry lesson, or do they look like they come from the earth?

TIP 5 Cook ahead

The secret to getting ahead is to cook items that can form the base of other dishes. A great example is Bolognese sauce – it offers a range of Italian dishes (pasta, lasagne or pizza) to Mexican (chili con carne). Mince also works well with rissoles that can double as spaghetti and meatballs. Don’t forget to label your containers with the date, plus instructions on how to cook and serving suggestions.

TIP 6 Revamp your dinner!

Revamps as we like to call it (rather than leftovers) is a brilliant way to get on top of your weekly menu. Growing up it was a way my mum and dad taught my brother, sister and I the value of food, using your creativity and getting involved in the creation of dinner. A great example of a Revamp is cooking extra pumpkin, so the next night you can make pumpkin, feta, baby spinach and red onion pizzas! Fabulous, tasty and dinner is ready in no time at all!

TIP 7 Who's helping?

You might also like to consider adding into your menu planning chores around cooking, cleaning and washing up/ stacking the dishwasher. Have fun with your meal planning and remember to celebrate your success by saving the difference between what you currently spend on food and the amount you save by meal planning and put that money towards a “family fun fund” or a holiday.



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travelling If the thought of embarking on a world trip with young children in tow sends you into a cold sweat, you’re not alone... Meredith O’Connor explores the essentials for planning a trip with tots.


ravelling with tots can be a journey worth waiting for. With a little careful planning, you can have that experience of a lifetime, with the added dimension of seeing things through a child’s eyes. When we made the brave decision to venture overseas with our nearly-2 year old, the real fun began. Like any other child-related experience in the preceding two years, we were apprentices in all things toddler travel. What followed that auspicious decision was a lot of research and considered planning. There is no doubt, travelling with toddlers and what is thought to be a ‘must have’ in the bag is somewhat different

than those days of single travel. My best advice would be to do as much research as you can beforehand. By way of a short cut though, here are the top ten travelling toddler tips generated from our independent European travels.

a place to stay

This can be your hardest decision, after deciding to go in the first place. www.tripadvisor. com is a great starting point for accommodation searches, room options and family reviews. Generous sized rooms (so as to fit a port-a-cot comfortably) with tea/coffee facilities and a minibar is ideal. A fridge allows you to keep milk


and other baby foods, while a kettle allows you to heat things.

a baby carrier

An essential item in some cities where cobblestones and narrow footpaths make navigating with a pram near on impossible. Research the market for the right sized carrier for the weight of your child. There are great ones available that will comfortably carry toddlers in a variety of positions, freeing your hands to manage other luggage or tasks.

a robust pram

Baggage handlers, cobblestones, public transport and steep stairs combine to test the

fit well. Several pouches and pockets also help with organisation and ease of access.

resilience of any pram. Our extremely light and compact pram came with a travel bag which was great for aircraft and rail check in, providing it with a little extra protection and easier carrying when not in use.

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Embrace it! Long haul flights, in-flight entertainment, museums, art galleries etc are not renowned for being the most appealing for toddlers to while away hours on end. When it all gets too much, having some comforting familiar screen time is a real lifesaver. Prior to setting off we converted and saved several hours of favourite viewing on our portable devices. A small laptop and a couple of smart phones provided us with hours of entertainment, as well as a means of communicating with loved ones. Many coffee shop chains offer free internet wireless. Shout yourself a coffee and settle down to network with all those left behind.


Maybe an obvious choice, but what is not so obvious is the hours of wear that could lead to back pain. Backpacks with padded shoulder straps and a waist strap make for a more ergonomic ride. Try them on when buying to ensure they

Include a small melamine plate, plastic cutlery, two small plastic containers with lids (one sandwich size and the other for snacks), a water bottle and a bottle for milk. Consider also taking a few packets of favourite non-perishable snacks. Fresh milk is not always an option and certainly not freely available in flight. Long life UHT milk is ideal as it comes in 200ml portion packs; it doesn’t require refrigeration and the packs can be easily dispersed throughout your luggage.

entertainment pack

Keeping a toddler amused while confined in an aircraft cabin for a 16 hour stretch may sound like torture, but a well thought out pack of unseen, compact art and craft activities and toys can be a life-saver. Drip-feed them throughout the journey to make them last!


Take as many as practicable. Quality and choice are somewhat lacking in Europe particularly. A new compact travel nappy has just hit the market place, making it easier to pack a greater quantity. Make up a quick grab change pack for

easier changes in flight and while out sightseeing.


Liquids, Gels and Aerosols (LGA) restrictions apply on all international flights. All LGAs taken on board must be stored in separate 100ml containers and in one clear plastic zip lock bag no greater than 20cm x 20cm. Baby foods however, are exempt from this regulation. Check with your local authority.

the ‘don’t forget’ list • Basic first aid kit

• Power adapters • Travel insurance • 100ml bottle of washing detergent (for clothes & dishes) • Disposable wipes • Travel guide books • Green shopping bag (many retailers overseas no longer provide plastic bags) • Baby toiletries • A comfort toy or two

And on that parting note, don’t forget the camera to capture all of those wonderful moments that you will treasure for many, many years to come.

Some useful websites Travel Toddler

Family Travel

Seat Guru

Trip Advisor

Little Gulliver


Smart Traveller

Australia’s DFAT, provides current travel advice and warnings, as well as a useful PDF for download called ‘Travelling Parents’


the great (in)doors The mercury has been dropping all season long so we’ve been in search of climate-friendly activities to keep the little ones toasty and totally entertained in the great indoors.


here is a world of exploring, activities and fun to be had in the great indoors. Transform a mountain of pillows and blankets into a comfy castle or a fort, look for those long lost abandoned socks and transform them into cheeky puppets or simply invite the children and their stuffed toys to your very own teddy bear picnic in the comfort of your own living room. Go ahead, take a peek around your home – you’ll be surprised how much fun your children will have in the great indoors!

the great (in)doors activity list build your own fort

Gather the troops and invade the cupboards and rooms. Get them to collect

pillows, blankets, sheets and a few odd chairs to help build their own fort. Then help them choose their rations of winter snacks (including our delicious Anzac biscuits) and toys to hold them over for the winter.

your socks of all sizes and colours, collect bits of yarn and string, buttons, beads and sharpies and let the transformation begin! Put on a sock puppet parade showcasing everyone’s creations and give them their very own designated drawer – for solo socks only.

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sock puppet parade

We all know there are a mountain of poor single socks waiting to be paired with their cotton companions. Instead of spending time sorting through laundry piles, why not dedicate a day to crafting new characters? Gather


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teddy bears picnic

Any day is the perfect day for an indoor picnic! Invite the kids to bring at least one stuffed animal friend to a warm winter spread held in the family living room. Get out the rug reserved for

summer park outings and create an authentic experience with special picnic ware and construction paper cut-out ants sprinkled along the outskirts of the settings.

the kitchen. The following recipes are tried and tested by Mathilda’s and can all use a bit of assistance from your mini bakers!

the great (in)doors recipes apple cheese pizza

Ingredients 1/2 cup cream cheese 1 (12 inch) pizza base 3 large apples 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

cooking with kids

With all of this building, creating and organising, someone has to feed the hungry troops, sock makers and teddy bears! Keep the little ones busy during cold weather season by asking them to don their favourite apron and lend a hand in

1. Spread cream cheese over pizza crust & arrange apple slices to cover crust. Sprinkle cheese on top.


coloured cones with fresh fruit


2. Bake for 30 minutes at 230c.

fairy bread

anzac biccies


Assorted coloured ice cream cones

(featured on Mathilda’s Market Blog on 25 April 2011)

1 loaf bread Butter or margarine Colourful Sprinkles

Fresh seasonal fruit (grapes, berries, watermelon, apple, banana)

1.Butter bread.

1. Dice fruit into bite sized pieces.

Ingredients 1 cup plain flour, sifted 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup dessicated coconut 125g butter 2 tbsp golden syrup 1 tbsp water 1/2 tsp bicarb

(featured on Mathilda’s Market Blog on 8 July 2011)

2. Liberally cover with sprinkles. 3. Slice bread into appropriate sizes and serve.

1. Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. 2. Melt the butter and add the golden syrup and water, then stir the bicarb into the mixture. 3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.   4. Place small balls on a greased tray and bake at 175c for 15mins. Just divine when still warm and a bit soft...enjoy!


2. Arrange fruit into ice cream cones and serve immediately.


katrina & amie from the block

This page: Amie (L) and Katrina (R) Opposite: The girls (almost) winning guest bedroom from week 1



ell known to the Mathilda’s family (Katrina is the mastermind behind our fabulous blog), we have been avidly following the progress of Katrina and Amie on the current season of Channel 9 The Block. We stole 5 minutes from their busy schedule to have a chat about their experience and to see if the girls have any design tips for our readers.


How did you enjoy “The Block” experience?

A I loved it overall. It was the hardest and most tiresome challenge ever, but I have also never laughed so much. I have learnt new things, met new people and did things people would never do in their lifetime.


How has life changed since “The Block”?

K Not much has changed really. Of course I am being recognised and am chatting to lots of people, but overall I am still the same average normal Mum. I am still in my pj’s until lunch, washing, ironing, grocery shopping and battling with school holidays like everyone else. I don’t expect things to change dramatically. The experience has just given me some more confidence and I have learnt a lot about

me as a person. I am teaching my boys that life is what you make it – get out there and give everything a go.


What does your family think of your newfound celebrity? K My family is excited and really proud. After all, it’s not every day a normal Mum gets to be on TV 5 nights a week for 8 weeks. They love to watch me and think it’s a great laugh. It gives my whole family something exciting to talk about everyday!


Already established as a successful social media freelancer and now also appearing on TV, you must be busy! Do you have any tips for managing working life and parenthood?

K I am very busy, but all working Mum’s are busy. I do a lot of work at 5am before the kids get up and I am in bed around 9pm every night. I am awesome at multitasking and I know how to say no if things are getting too much. Of course my husband is amazing so is always helping around the house. You can’t do everything yourself, so I hold everyone accountable at home. The kids help too.


What’s your prediction for top home design trends this year? A Industrial, industrial, industrial mixed with natural wood and white walls.


Do you have any favourite blogs or sites that you think our readers would enjoy? A I have not had time to read blogs for a long time! I am so out of the loop! I have been busy perusing the shops in Melbourne so I am loving the trends there. Some of my fav shops were: Meizai, Herman & Herman, Mark Tuckey and Nook Vintage. To keep across Katrina & Amie’s experiences & their design tips, be sure to follow Katrina’s blog



With the cost of living rising and Australians becoming more conscious about their spending habits, we asked our Facebook fans and colleagues for their top tips for stretching the family budget...

If you have school children, make their morning tea. Muffins, pop corn, cupcakes, slices – heaps of ideas around and you can save good dollars doing this especially if you have a couple of kiddies at school.

Watch the pennys and the pounds will look after themselves! Knowing where your money goes is the best way to budget effectively. Keep a diary for a month to see where all the extra dollars are going - you’d be surprised! Andrea ‘Bird’ Browne

Make your own yoghurt. It’s dead easy and tastes AMAZING!!!! I save around $25per week for a family of four! Paparella Photography

Courtney Wilson


Buy your groceries online. Most metro supermarkets deliver and it’s home shopping bliss. No carting the baby into the shops and no impulse buying! We have saved over $100 per week just by shopping online and being able to stick to our shopping list.

When it comes to keeping kids entertained at parties or at home in the holidays, parents can find themselves spending a small fortune! But with a bit of research & creativity, that doesn’t need to be the case. With prices starting at $10, toy hire is an excellent example of how a little bit can go a long way. Grab a Donna Hay kids mag for theming inspiration, a cake tin for DIY baking, organise a couple of traditional party games like pass the parcel, along with some fun hire toys & you’re set! You can even extend the hire as a special treat for the birthday boy/girl!

Amanda Hibberd

Invest in energy saving lighting and heating. If you can get gas, don’t hesitate to do it! Danielle Mulhern

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Mums Alex & Sophie from boutique event styling business, Avie & Lulu, share their tips for the perfect christening or naming ceremony.

Pick a clear theme and stick with it – too many ideas will be confusing and hard to deliver. Traditional christening themes might revolve around christening candles or stick to colour themes or floral themes for maximum impact.

Blogs are an excellent source of inspiration for your christening event. Source examples of colour themes, unique ideas for party favours, menu ideas and more!

The colour palette for your christening will drive the styling of your event, food choices, invitations and thank you cards. Thoughtful colour palettes equate to maximum impact and can be really easily done. Two or three colours per palette work best.

Begin with the invitation, this sets the mood for the event and then all other details will follow. Don’t scrimp on the invitations, these are an essential theming tool and will set the tone for your event.

From party favours to christening cake, it is the finer touches that will make the day truly memorable and will ensure lasting keepsakes of the day.

An experienced event specialist will be able to carefully select each element of your special day creating a christening that is truly spectacular and memorable.

Avie & Lulu is a boutique styling business, specialising in planning beautiful events for Melbournians. From beautiful dessert tables, unique favours, distinct invitations, exquisite cakes and beautiful floral arrangements, Avie & Lulu offers a one-stop shop for events. Find out more by visiting



Louise Stewart explores the role of numeracy within our homes. 36


ue to the publicity surrounding the recent NAPLAN tests I thought it was time to look at numeracy and its place in our homes. Early literacy practices are usually well understood by parents however numeracy is a newer concept and parents are often not as confident in identifying activities that promote it in the home. Here’s what Alice and Oscar consider to be numeracy in their home:

“There’s something good about it because if you want to share lollies between five people and you want all of them to have the same amount of lollies, maths helps you to share them out equally.” Alice “Maths helps your mind with video games because you have to work out the percentages of your scores and how fast you should be going.” Oscar As Alice and Oscar have demonstrated, numeracy is an understanding of concepts that helps us to solve problems and make sense of time and distance. When playing or watching sport, cooking, shopping, reading a map or train and bus timetables numeracy is used to interpret the numbers, identify patterns and

use reasoning to develop a solution. These skills will support children to develop confidence in mathematics working and thinking at school. While as a teacher I have experienced parental angst regarding their children’s reading and writing abilities, I have to admit that the same level of anxiety is often not shown in the area of numeracy and mathematics when children fail with some parents being of the attitude that it is not necessary for success. However the world is rapidly changing and so are the types of industries and occupations our children will enter. Therefore our children need to be equipped with skills and knowledge of all areas of the curriculum to give them the best chance for success. Like reading and writing, attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics can be fostered at home to develop in children a positive disposition to all things mathematical. Research tells us that when it comes to mathematics children’s attitudes towards it, developed in the home, can influence their performance from a very early age. Unlike reading and writing, some parents themselves tell their children they were never very good at mathematics which may perpetuate the negativity around mathematics children often bring to school. When numeracy and mathematics is practiced in a practical way in the home it helps children develop a positive attitude towards it (Pound, 2006, p. 143). There has been much research


demonstrating again and again that children’s early understanding and confidence with numeracy concepts prepares them for mathematics success throughout their schooling. (Aubrey, Dahl & Godfrey, 2006; Mousley & Perry, 2009).

There are many ways parents can promote enjoyment of numeracy learning in the home:


Sing songs and nursery rhymes that include numbers such as Five Little Ducks and Baa Baa Black Sheep


Have your child count as far as he or she is able to and then encourage your child to join you while you continue counting


Ask your child to start counting from a number other than one. This will help them when they need to add two groups together and can start counting from the larger group


Ask your child to tell you the number before or after a number. How old will you be next year? How old were you last year?


Play games such as Dominoes, Snakes and Ladders, Yahtzee, card games or board games involving a die with dot patterns. This will help your child to recognise patterns and count. Change the die to one showing numbers to help your child read and recognise numbers


Encourage your child to use mathematical language — how much, how big, how small, how many


Discuss the use of numbers, patterns and shapes in your dayto-day life - numbers found on library books, spatial patterns or shapes in playgrounds, in the home and architecture


Talk about occasions when you are using mathematics in daily jobs and real life situations - cooking, map reading, building and playing sport


Explore situations using money such as shopping, budgets and credit cards


Estimate, measure and compare lengths and heights, how heavy or light things are and how much containers hold


Talk about different ways to solve a problem


Uses of everyday tools like tape measures or kitchen scales and discuss the units of measure


Ask ‘does that make sense?’, ‘is the answer reasonable?’ or ‘what other ways could we do this?’


Observe and use timetables, calendars and clocks for different purposes like study periods, holiday planning and catching public transport


Help your child to work out how much things cost and what change they will receive


Play number games using magazines, books, newspapers and number plates


Organise, categorise and count collections of things like toys, books, clothing and shoes nce children begin school mathematics can often be an anxiety inducing exercise for both children and



parents. By introducing numeracy into everyday activities in the home, children can learn to develop positive attitudes towards mathematics demonstrating how it is used constantly in our everyday lives, removing the fear and peaking student’s interest and enjoyment. Most state government education departments in Australia have developed resources for parents to support the early introduction of numeracy concepts to children in the home enabling parents to be proactive in supporting their children’s mathematics achievement. This article has been adapted from the following resources: http://www.curriculumsupport. mathematics/numeracy/parents/ index.htm aboutschool/participation/201tips. htm do-the-maths/maths-for-the-family Bibliography Aubrey, C., Dahl, S., & Godfrey, R. (2006). Early mathematics development and later achievement: further evidence. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 18(1), 27-46. Kokkinos, J 2011, The value of parents’ contributions to their young children’s mathematics understanding May 15, 2011, viewed June 1, 2011, <http://learning21c.wordpress. com/2011/05/15/the-value-ofparents%E2%80%99-contributions-totheir-young-children%E2%80%99smathematics-understanding/> Pound, L. (2006). Supporting mathematical development in the early years. (2nd ed.). Berkshire, England: Open University Press.

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A nutritious diet is essential for day to day wellbeing, but as Emma Owers discusses, this is especially true during pregnancy.

Your food choices can affect both your babyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and your health in the future. Contrary to popular belief, you only need a small amount of extra food in your diet while pregnant.


However, it is your nutrient needs that are increased, making a nutritious diet essential in this important time to ensure you and bub get all the nutrition you need for healthy growth.


BREADS/CEREALS 8-12  serves daily

Here is a summary of daily food requirements needs during pregnancy.

1 serve equiv. to:

VEGETABLES/ LEGUMES 5-6 serves daily 1 serve equiv. to:

1 slice of bread 1/2 med bread roll 1/2 cup cooked rice, pasta or noodles 1/2 cup breaky cereal 1/4 cup muesli or oats

1 medium potato/yam 1/2 med sweet potato 1 cup lettuce/ salad 1/2 cup cooked veges

FRUIT   4  serves daily

MEAT/PROTEINS 1.5  serves daily

1 serve equiv. to:

1 piece med sized fruit 2 pieces small fruit 20 grapes or cherries 1/2 cup juice 1 cup canned fruit 1 1/2 tbsp sultanas

1 serve equiv. to:

65-100g cooked meat or chicken 80-120g cooked fish 2 small eggs 1/3 cup cooked legumes 1/3 cup almonds      

MILK/YOGHURT/ CHEESE   2 serves daily 1 serve equiv. to:

1 cup milk 40g (2 slices) cheese 200g yoghurt 1 cup custard

EXTRA FOODS   0-2.5 serves daily 1 serve equiv. to: 2-3 sweet biscuits 30g potato crisps 2 scoops ice cream 1 tbsp (20g) butter, margarine or oil



Folate is extremely important in the month prior to falling pregnant and in the first trimester. Adequate folate intake decreases the risk of your baby being born with spinal abnormalities such as spina bifida. High sources of folate include broccoli, salad greens, spinach, fortified cereals and some fruits. If you are planning a pregnancy or in your first trimester, eat a variety of folate rich foods and take a folic acid supplement with at least 400 micrograms per day of folate, one month prior and during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Iron requirements during pregnancy also increase. Iron is needed so that new red blood cells can form and carry oxygen in your blood allowing your baby to grow. The best sources of iron in our diet are animal food sources such as lean red meat, green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals and legumes. If you are vegetarian/vegan, you should speak with your midwife or dietitian to ensure that you are meeting daily iron recommendations.


• Tea and coffee reduce iron absorption and should be avoided at meal times containing high sources of iron • Calcium also reduces iron absorption, so avoid taking any

iron supplements with meals including milk, cheese or yoghurt • High fibre cereals such as unprocessed bran can also reduce iron absorption so limit these to 2tbsp per day • Antacids can also reduce iron absorption so reduce your use of these • Iron absorption is helped by including vitamin C rich foods such as tomato, capsicum and citrus fruits in your diet • Iron absorption is also helped by including green leafy vegetables with your animal protein at a meal.


etting enough iodine in your diet during your pregnancy helps your baby’s brain development and growth. In Australia, it is recommended that all pregnant women take a supplement containing 150 micrograms of iodine per day as well as including natural food sources of iodine in your diet. Good sources of iodine are: seafood, iodised salt, eggs, fortified margarine and bread with added iodine. As mentioned earlier, a folate supplement is necessary in the first trimester of your pregnancy, and you may need an iron supplement if you have low levels or iron. A multivitamin is not necessarily needed though, un-

A QUICK NOTE ON FISH Fish is extremely important to include in your diet during pregnancy as it is a natural source of protein, omega 3 fish oils, iodine and is low in saturated fat. It is the type of fish that you need to be careful about during pregnancy.  There are some fish that contain higher levels of mercury, which can cause damage to your baby’s nervous system. 


less you have an unbalanced diet (refer to above table for recommended daily intakes). If you plan to take a multivitamin, choose one that is made specifically for pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before taking any supplements.


While pregnant, caffeine breakdown is prolonged in your body. A maximum of 2-3 cups of coffee per day or 4 cups of tea is acceptable, but caffeine free drinks are a better choice. It is better to limit your intake of caffeine containing food and drinks.


Alcohol can cross the placenta and cause growth, mental and physical problems in your baby. There is no known safe level for consuming alcohol while pregnant, so the safest option is not to drink at all while pregnant. 


ausea and vomiting, heartburn and constipation can also be common during pregnancy. If these issues are affecting your ability to have a balanced diet - here are a few tips that may help: 


• Eat small amounts often (2nd hourly) as an empty stomach can make nausea worse • Carbohydrate foods can be

The guidelines set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are as follows: Pregnant women & women planning pregnancy (1 serve=150 grams) 1 serve per fortnight shark (flake) or billfish (swordfish/ broadbill & marlin) (no other fish that fortnight) OR 1 serve per week Orange Roughy (Deep Sea Perch) or catfish (no other fish that week) OR 2-3 serves per week of any other fish & seafood not listed above.

more easily digested, such as dry toast, crackers, fruit or cereal • Avoid strong smells or foods that make your nausea worse try cooking in the microwave to avoid smells • Avoid sugary and fatty foods

• Eat small regular meals • Avoid fried, fatty or spicy foods • Avoid coffee, tea, cola, chocolate drinks and alcohol • Do not bend after meals • Wear loose fitting clothes • Do not lie down after eating • Prop yourself up on a few pillows while sleeping


• Include plenty of fibre in your diet such as vegetables, fruit,

HEALTHY WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY Here is a simple guide for expected weight gain during pregnancy. You can ask your midwife or dietitian to calculate you BMI (body mass index) to work out your expected weight gain, as this will depend on your weight before the pregnancy.  BMI is a measure of your weight for height.  If you BMI prior to pregnancy was. Your expected weight gain should be:


= Approx. gain

< 18.5   = 18.5 - 24.9  = 25 - 29.9   = >30    =

If you have any concerns regarding your nutritional needs while pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor, midwife or dietitian.



Pre-preg BMI

nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads & cereals • Drink lots of fluids (water is the best choice) • Keep active, it will help get things moving!

12.5 - 18kg 11.5 - 16kg 7 - 11.5kg 5 - 9kg

Trying to meet these guidelines will help both you and your baby’s long-term health. If you are not gaining enough weight, your baby may not be getting all essential nutrients and this has been linked with preterm birth. Too much weight gain can increase your risk of gestational diabetes, complications with delivery and increased blood pressure.

The bacteria listeria, found in some foods, can lead to an infection known as listeriosis. This can cause premature birth, miscarriage or damage in your unborn baby. You can reduce your risk by: • Choosing freshly cooked and prepared food • Thawing food in the fridge or using a microwave for defrosting • Washing you hands, chopping boards and knives after handling raw foods • Cooling left over food in the fridge • Make sure foods are heating to above 60 degrees Celsius and cold foods are below 5 degrees Celsius • Ensure that foods are fresh and used within their use by date • Heat leftovers to above 74 degrees over 2 minutes • Eat any leftovers within 24


ow that you know some of the basics about healthy eating during pregnancy, it is important to consider the nutrition of your baby after they are delivered. • Breastfeeding is the way we were designed to feed our babies • The World Health Organization and the Australian Department of Health recommend that all babies are breastfed exclusively for around the first 6 months of their lives and continue to receive breast milk (with other food


hours and ensure they are ‘steaming’ • Cook all meat, fish, chicken or eggs thoroughly • Don’t refreeze food if it has been thawed Avoid potential listeria containing foods such as: • Unpasteurised dairy products • Soft serve ice cream and thick shakes • Soft cheese like Camembert, Ricotta, Brie, fresh Fetta (unless cooked) • All pate and ready to eat cold meats (ham, cooked chicken, salami) • Raw or smoked seafood (oysters, sashimi, sushi and salmon) • Home prepared meats older than 24 hours Finally - wear gloves when gardening & wash hands afterwards, avoid contact with cats & use gloves when handling cat litter.

and drink) into their second year and beyond • Breast milk protects your baby from infections, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, obesity, some allergies and asthma • It also protects mothers from ovarian and breast cancer, osteoporosis and other diseases This information was taken from the Queensland Government publication ‘Healthy eating during pregnancy’, updated in June 2010 and located at

health// more than

just the blues?

Dr Rebecca Stewart discusses the early days of parenting.


t’s day three after the stork miraculously swooped into your life, leaving behind a beautiful bundle of baby joy. The happy hormones have been doing a great job of masking the intimate details of the final moments of your pregnancy – until today. Day three(ish) – the baby, stunned from the enormity of entering the big bad world starts to wake up, the reality of how a crying infant is going to influence your life dawns on you, your milk comes in, the hospital food is getting boring, all the presents are opened, the flowers are dying, the visitors have stopped coming – and soon you have to manage at home. Understandably, for 80% of new

mothers, the ‘Baby Blues’ has set in. When you think about the amount of change that happens in the first few days after delivery, no wonder our emotions become a little bit tricky. Knowing what to expect, that this ‘phase’ is normal and common, and that it will likely resolve with awareness and TLC will go a long way in making this bump in the road easier to navigate. But what if it doesn’t disappear? ne in every six women in Australia develops Postnatal Depression. I’m sure many of you are astounded that this condition is so common. So how is it different



to ‘Baby Blues’? If ‘Baby Blues’ is severe or lasts longer than two weeks it can be a sign that Mum is at risk of Postnatal Depression (PND). Other risk factors include a difficult pregnancy and delivery, a difficult baby, past history of maternal depression, lack of financial security and lack of emotional support. You might have noticed during your pregnancy, or at your six-week check, that the doctor or midwife asked you to fill in a questionnaire about how you were feeling. In Australia, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale is being used to help health professionals and women to detect the signs of PND early so that support can be offered.

This scale is not a ‘test’ nor does it confirm a diagnosis of PND, it’s just a tool to gather more information, so if you are asked to complete it, do so honestly for your own, and your baby’s benefit.


he question I am commonly asked in my practice is, “Isn’t the way I’m feeling normal for a new mum?” As a new parent, fatigue and exhaustion are accepted as par for the course and it is often hard to know where ‘normal’ ends and something more serious starts. This is the point where your GP, partner, midwife, child health nurse, obstetrician, and close friends are invaluable as they can provide an alternative perspective on how things are going – but only if you ask. Many Mums won’t realise there’s something wrong until bub is becoming more independent – about 6-9 months – and things are not getting easier as they should. Sometimes it is only after a subsequent pregnancy that a parent realises that the previous one wasn’t as happy as it should have been. One of the reasons why Mums don’t want to consider PND as a possibility is that they don’t want to take medications (in general or because of breastfeeding), or think that nothing can be done. If left untreated, PND can cause marriage and family problems, financial problems, difficulties becoming and staying employed, drug and alcohol use, anger management problems and suicide. Importantly PND has a serious impact upon the bonding between parents and babies, but if picked up early, can be managed effectively with counselling, supports and in some cases medication. It is impossible to wind back the clock on the first few months (or indeed the whole of) your children’s lives – don’t be afraid to discuss how you feel as these early moments of your child’s life are too precious to miss!

PND Checklist To complete this set of questions, mothers should circle the number next to the response which comes closest to how they have felt IN THE PAST 7 DAYS. I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things: 0 - As much as I always could 1 - Not quite so much now 2 - Definitely not so much now 3 - Not at all I have looked forward with enjoyment to things: 0 - As much as I ever did 1 - Rather less than I used to 2 - Definitely less than I used to 3 - Hardly at all I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong: 3 - Yes, most of the time 2 - Yes, some of the time 1 - Not very often 0 - No, never I have been anxious or worried for no good reason: 0 - No, not at all 1 - Hardly ever 2 - Yes, sometimes 3 - Yes, very often I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason: 3 - Yes, quite a lot 2 - Yes, sometimes 1 - No, not much 0 - No, not at all Things have been getting on top of me: 3 - Yes, most of the time I haven’t been coping at all 2 - Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual 1 - No, most of the time I have coped quite well 0 - No, I have been coping as well as ever

I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping: 3 - Yes, most of the time 2 -Yes, sometimes 1 - Not very often 0 - No, not at all I have felt sad or miserable: 3 - Yes, most of the time 2 - Yes, quite often 1 - Not very often 0 - No, not at all I have been so unhappy that I have been crying: 3 - Yes, most of the time 2 - Yes, quite often 1 - Only occasionally 0 - No, never The thought of harming myself has occurred to me: 3 - Yes, quite often 2 - Sometimes 1 - Hardly ever 0 - Never The total score is calculated by adding together the numbers you circled for each of the 10 items. The higher the score, the more likely it is that the person completing the questionnaire is distressed and may be depressed. Scores provide only a rough guide as to whether a woman has postnatal depression. For a full diagnosis, it is important to see a doctor.

For further information, support or resources, the following are useful: Beyond Blue

The Black Dog Institute www.blackdoginstitute. inpregnancypostnatal/postnataldepressionpnd.cfm

Australian Breastfeeding Association Freecall:1800 686 2 686



Sugar ‘ n Spice and all things nice

Frilly and fun, pretty and pink, we are dreaming up sweet visions of vintage lace, florals and soft palettes! Because we all know that girls just want to have fun, why not get creative when it comes to your little princess! There’s a long list of Mathilda’s Market retailers offering gorgeous goods with feminine flair. From accessories and clothing to design and décor, here’s a small sample to inspire your next shopping trip.

naughts & crosses Look how lovely the girls’ day and party dresses are from naughts & crosses. In addition to offering a boutique range of accessories, toys, paper dolls and interior décor, all dresses are handmade from 100% cotton fabrics and easily transition from season to season. Designed to inspire colourful childhood mem-

dots & daisies We are loving the gorgeous products from dots & daisies, offering a beautiful range of hair clips, headbands, gift sets and accessories for girls. These modern, simple designs (no flouncy over the top embellishments here) come with a foam grip which means they’re extremely comfortable to wear - and most importantly, they won’t slip out in even the finest hair. 

ories, each unique piece is made to become a very special keepsake long after your little girl’s all grown up.

frilly tushies These mums came together to recreate the classic practice of using fancy lace pants for disguising disposable nappies. Made from 100% Australian cotton, Frilly Tushies has since evolved into a range of beautiful and adorably girly colourful nappy covers for babies, with a range of clothing for girls. We guarantee their designs will make you smile with delight once you see your own little one’s tushy embellished with bright ruffles and frills!


three little owls Categorised by activity ‘wear, eat, sleep, bath’ the team’s range of stylish products are for all sorts of occasions (we just couldn’t help but long for the fabulous fairy and butterfly wall stickers by Little Chipipi). Decorate your little girl’s room with bright decals that encourage her to get creative and rearrange as she pleases. With a passion for fashion and staying on top of trends, the

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Three Little Owls will help you sort out all of your online shopping needs!

peachies kids art We’ve all caught our little ones (or have been caught ourselves back when we were little ones!) trying on mum’s big girl shoes. Whether they were heels, flats, wedges or thongs, little ones want to feel stylish too. Mooky Shoes were created to fill a fashion void, offering comfortable, practical, affordable and most importantly – trendy moccasins for children. Get your little A moment fixed in time, your child’s most prized possessions captured for future years to come. Peachie Kids Art’s creator is inspired by the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood and has created a charming collection of limited edition prints and canvases for parents and children

alike. These beautifully styled photographs will make the perfect addition to any little girls’ room!

ladies a pair of hot pink moc-croc moccasins and while we can’t promise she’ll stop trying on your heels, we do know she’ll feel like a fashion star! We are bloomin’ crazy about JD

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Baby’s bloomers and pettiskirts for little lasses! With a bit of sass and a lot of class, these pretty products are the perfect cover up for your newborn or little miss. JD also offers a line of hats, headbands and tops all hand picked by the owner and self-proclaimed ‘girly-girl’, to ensure you’re getting the best of the

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Your little girl will be recreating her own Alice in Wonderland moments with the Butterfly Hair Garden’s tea sets for children. With full settings for Do you and your daughter delight four all packed neatly into a pretty pink case, at the mention of pearls, ballerina this travelling tea set is the perfect party piece! skirts, accessories and bags? Enter Miss Oli, In addition to tea sets and children’s suitcasoffering glamorous goods for babies to ladies! es, they have a selection of headbands, Whether it’s a unique hair clip for hats, clothing and party favour your little lady or a trendy bag for packs for all occasions. yourself – why not do some shopping together and make it a fashionable


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The Couch by White and White Suitable for children up to 5 years, The Couch by White and White is a super stylish must have for your home! We are loving the modern fabrics used to create The Couch which is made from comfortable foam filling and stain and water resistant coverings. Retailing at $159, The Couch also folds our to create a daytime rest space for your little one. For further information visit

Swish Little Fish We are loving the unique babies bath wear on offer through Swish Little Fish. Made from sustainable, ecofriendly natural fibres, the bathroles, mitts, slippers, face cloths and hooded towels are available in a variety of vintage coloured trims and optional appliquĂŠs.

Havoc Denim Proudly Australian, the super stylish Havoc Denim range is much loved by mums because of its high quality, durability and sturdiness. The latest collection by the label is fresh, quirky and features fun styles of coloured denim, fashion forward dresses, t-shirts, jackets and skirts. For stockists or more information, visit



shop// Tidy Books Bookcase The innovative Tidy Books Bookcase is the perfect way to foster a love of reading with your children. Offering toddlers and children independent and easy access to their favourite books, the practical bookcase system also encourages early alphabet recognition. Allowing books to be presented ‘front facing’, the bookcase has a colourful, tactile alphabet plus front panels that prevent the books from spilling onto the floor. Visit

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This fantastic learning resource has been developed by Playgroup NSW to stimulate babies within their first year, encouraging learning through play. With 52 colourful activities grouped by age to compliment baby’s ongoing development, there is a new and exciting activity to explore each week. Best of all they are completely affordable at only $20 per set. The cards are available for purchase online. Visit


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Umbrella Prints Umbrella Prints is an Australian textile house specializing in hand screen printed patterns on beautiful natural organic materials. We are big fans of their devine colour combinations and eye for design! Be sure to visit their website for further information

must haves!

happy as larry

We love this Brisbanebased business run by a family of two sisters and their mother! The mondocherry trio design handmade artwork, decorations and vintage tags using beautiful fabric prints and specialty paper sourced from old books, flea markets and charity shops. Inspired by a rich colour palette, you can find their products online, at stockists in QLD, NSW and VIC and at Mathilda’s Markets of course! y as Larry

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Inspired by the natural world and all things organic, comes this homegrown label that is as kind to your little one’s skin as it is to the environment. The eco-friendly family behind Eco Peko have created a fashion range that is made from 100% certified organic cotton or bamboo and boasts a creation process that is green from top to bottom - talk about ecofriendly! You can find their gear for your own little greenie online, at numerous stockists throughout Australia and of course at Mathilda’s Market. Find Happ

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Speed up your little one’s learning with Mm is for me’s collection of wall stickers, handmade children’s clothing and furnishings featuring letters and hand drawn images that show little ones the sounds of the letters of their name. Developed, designed and hand produced on a Sunshine Coast Strawberry farm, these eye-catching and adorable prints are perfect for a unique first birthday gift. Find Mm is for Me in


Sat 6 Aug, 9am-1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot


Coined the ‘unique sticky silver tape’ Quicksticks is set to encourage imagination, creativity and recycling, by providing craft-loving families with a revolutionary product. The silver tape, inspired by the tape found at the end of duct tape rolls, is now made exclusively for Quicksticks and to their specifications, which means it is really simple for kids to use! The tape can be used to transform a plain old box into a rusty robot, a shiny skyscraper or what ever else a child may dream up. Find Quicksticks in


Sat 27 Aug, 9am-1pm. The Entertainment Quarter,Bryon Kennedy Hall, Moore Park

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This Melbourne based business knows the winning combination when it comes to children’s clothes. The Zipper Tree is committed to providing beautifully handmade and affordable children’s garments that are of the highest quality and craftsmanship. With gorgeous designs for girls and boys, this is one collection you or your little one won’t want to grow out of! Find Th

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Welcome to a world where your imagination can run wild – where remarkable wooden & acrylic shapes & words spark daydreams of animals & adventure! Their wall art designs, words, silhouettes and mobiles make for lovely keepsakes and are internationally renowned for their quality & durability. Choose from custom-made shapes, animals, letters & mobiles available online or at Mathilda’s Markets. Find Pip&Co in


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Playtime has never looked better with the creative collection of toys and children’s gifts available from Look Mummy. We especially love Find Lo ok Mum my in their range of BoonBath goods and Sat 13 Aug, 9 the Lilliputiens am-1p The Bu m. r Liz Reversible Cnr Gr nside Ballroo eenhill m, HandbagRds, Tu & Portrush smore too cute!


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balloon balls

Finally an indoor-friendly ball that won’t end with your favourite vase reduced to a million pieces! This clever Brisbane-based mum of three will have Aussie mum’s breathing a collective sigh of relief! Inspired by her love of sewing and knowledge as a physiotherapist, Balloon Balls makes the impossible possible by providing a new, safe and indoor ball solution for active kids. With each ball coming complete with a list of fun developmental games devised by a qualified Physiotherapist and available in a range of different colours and designs, it comes as no surprise that these are bouncing out the door! To get a hold of a Balloon Ball visit them online or at Mathilda’s Market.


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Your search for gorgeous handmade jewellery ends here! Featuring stunning jewellery and accessories, handcrafted using the highest quality components and set amongst exquisite sterling silver, the What Katie Did Next collection is full of breath-taking

beautiful pieces. Inspired by the current trend for unique fabrics and embellishments, you can browse the entire collection online and find them at a variety of markets and retailers. xt in

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Feed your inner child with the fantastic range of colourful and practical children’s products from Kalamazoo Kidz. Think beautiful beanbags, comfy cushions, brilliant bedding and more! All products have been ‘crash dummy tested’ by kids to ensure appeal, quality and durability. Check out their online store or visit them at Mathilda’s Market. Find Kala

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