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Issue 5 // Winter 2012


snuggle in!

get cozy with your family this winter

creative flair WIN iLo

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how to nurture creativity in kids

snow good get away to ski the slopes!

olympic spirit

get the family excited about London 2012!

Bake Mum’s day with our homemade treats!

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Mathilda’s Magazine Email // mmag@pulse - pr.com.au Editorial enquiries // 07 3390 8053 EDITORIAL Editorial Team // Pulse PR Editorial Director // Rachael Zelensky Feature Writers // Amanda Hibberd, Elaine Blattner & Rebecca FitzGerald ADVERTISING SALES Sales Team // Pulse PR Sales Administrator // Fiona Forrest & Rebecca FitzGerald Advertising Enquiries // mmag@pulse-pr.com.au EVENTS / MARKET BOOKINGS Site Bookings // info@mathildasmarket.com.au Administration Contact // Danielle Eastick DESIGN & ART DIRECTION Michelle Freer // www.michellefreer.com STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY Taryn Newland // www.tarynnewland.blogspot.com COMPETITIONS CLOSING DATE The closing date for all competitions featured in this issue of Mathilda’s Magazine is COB Friday 22 June 2012 (unless otherwise specified). Where indicated, all competition entries to be sent through to the magazine’s competitions team. Email: mmag@pulse-pr.com.au 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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welcome to winter! I love the onset of winter – just the thought of cuddling up to the kids on the couch is so very appealing. For that reason, we thought we would deliver this issue to the theme of winter and a range of warming foods and creative play ideas for indoors. We couldn’t of course forget about the forthcoming London Olympics which I’m sure your littlest sporting heroes will be very excited about – go Australia! Here at Mathilda’s we have spent the past month or so developing our new initiative to foster up and coming designers. If you have ever considered retailing with us, now might be just the time to dip your toes in the retail pool. We will be giving away a free annual Mathilda’s site to one lucky entrepreneur in each state so be sure to read on for more details. Be sure to enjoy Issue 5 and share your Olympic decorations with us on Facebook!


Rachael Zelensky Business Owner, Artist, Illustrator & Mother of two! Rachael Zelensky is the owner & operator of Mathilda’s Market & Boutique Markets. An accomplished artist & published illustrator, Rachael moved from running her own small business showcasing her own artwork to creating events that showcased the creative talents of others. Bringing to the table over 10 years experience in Retail Management both in Australia & abroad, this busy mum of two never stops, but confesses that she wouldn’t have it any other way! www.mathildasmarket.com.au www.boutiquemarkets.com.au


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contributors Louise D’Allura Revamp Professional Organisers Pty Ltd

Dr Rebecca Stewart

Dr Rebecca Anne Stewart (MBBS FRACGP MClinEd) G.P. & Medical Educator Rebecca is a General Practitioner & Medical Educator in Townsville, North Queensland, where she has lived for most of her life. She divides her work time between training GPs & medical students, research, & supporting the health needs of her local community. Her areas of special interest include women’s health, pregnancy care, paediatrics, management of skin cancer, health education & mental health. Rebecca is involved in many research projects related to General Practice & has disseminated her research through medical journals & conferences around Australia.

The ever-organised Louise is a qualified Home Economist, a member of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) & 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 & vegetable patches are fundamental parts of life! It’s no surprise with this background that Louise became a qualified Home Economist/ Nutritionist & worked at Nutrition Australia delivering health promotion programs, teaching hands-on cooking classes, & organising trade shows & seminars. These days, Louise shares her passion & enthusiasm for being organised & healthy eating through her business Revamp Professional Organisers. therevampexperience. com.au

After hours, Rebecca’s main focuses are her two beautiful girls, aged 9 & 4, & her very tolerant husband!

Louise D’Allura

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Fiona Baxley Hodgees

Fiona Bazley Hodges B.Ed Hons Drama/Film & Television Fiona Bazley Hodges is the Artistic Director of Bazil Grumble, a creative arts company based in Brisbane but with an extensive regional & international touring program. Fiona is also a specialist Arts Teacher & consultant in early education settings & schools & has 16 years experience teaching children, young people & adults including the development & facilitation of professional development programs in creative arts for educators. As an established producer, performer, writer & director, Fiona has a passion for working within early childhood settings. She believes drama is an amazing avenue to assist children to develop their oral language skills & early literacy & is eager to share her knowledge of practical strategies that promote the physical, social & emotional development of young people. bazilgrumble.com.au

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 & weddings. A creative allrounder, her creative talents also extend to crafting, styling, baking & design. tarynnewland.blogspot.com

Taryn Newland

mondocherry Designers & Bloggers mondocherry is very much a family affair with two sisters, Clare, & Joy with their Mum, Sue, who love working together surrounded by the beautiful fabrics, piles of papers & vintage children’s books used to create their unique artworks & original stationery.


The mondocherry girls also love pottering around their homes & readily admit to all having a cushion obsession. With plenty of children’s parties under their belts & to come in the future (Clare has 6 children, Joy has 2!) they enjoy the challenge of creating imaginative & memorable occasions with lots of individual touches. mondocherry.com.au | mondocherry.blogspot.com

Emma Owers Dietician, B. Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) Emma Owers is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) through the Dieticians Association of Australia. Emma has worked in private practice & for the public sector in regional & metro areas including work with Paediatrics. Emma’s project work has included developing guidelines for health & nutrition within daycare centres & the provision of educational sessions aiming to foster good nutrition with primary school children. Emma has a broad knowledge of nutritional requirements for children of all ages with a special interest in allergies & intolerances.

Emma Owers

Meredith O’Connor Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, mother, traveller. Meredith O’Connor has been teaching in Queensland for nearly two decades. Her specialty areas include early childhood education, literacy & children’s literature. Despite her experience in all things early childhood, embarking on her first overseas trip with her toddler, she felt a little out of depth, so she did a lot of research & planned it all in great detail. Meredith shares her amusing anecdotes & great travelling tips via her blog. Meredith O’Connor



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We’re giving one lucky person in each state the chance to win:

• A site at each Boutique Markets in your state for a whole year!

• Brand exposure & promotion for your win with the help of our PR consultants • Advertising support including a profile in the e-newsletter for your state

for your chance to win: Simply register as a Retailer on the Boutique Markets website (www.boutiquemarkets.com.au). Make sure sure to include in your application a paragraph (50 words or less) explaining why you want to win a Boutique Markets site for a year. Our team will shortlist the entrants & the top 5 finalists from each city will be loaded onto Facebook. The entry that is most popular with our Facebook fans (ie. the most likes) wins. It’s that easy!

Competition runs from 13 April – 28 May. Visit our website for further terms & conditions.

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contents explore


page 12

page 34


feeling social? page 18


warming winter decadence page 20

bake mum’s day page 22


fuel for thought page 24

leaving on a jet plane page 28


olympic fever


teddy bear’s picnic page 36

space solutions page 40

snow far away page 42

winter snugglepots page 44


winter reading page 46


nurturing creativity

a few of our favourite things

indoor imaginations

market must haves

page 30

page 32

page 50 page 52

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explore// events

winter ‘12


brisbane boutique markets

King George Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane. From 9am to 1pm.

Brisbane Boutique Markets is a little shopping paradise in the heart of the city. The market will display local, handmade clothes, accessories, stationary & more. The perfect Sunday outing!



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collector village pumpkin festival Village Centre, Church Rd, Collector.

It’s the day for all things pumpkin!! The 2012 Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is on again & will feature a wonderful array of pumpkin exhibits, food stalls, art, craft, gifts & entertainment for all the family.  Cost: Adults $5, Kids FREE


MCA National Centre for Creative Learning, 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney. Bring your friends & dive into the MessRoom – a place for experimenting with new ideas, technologies & art-making. From creating graphic art, to music & animation, zine-making & digital mashups – each MessRoom will feature a variety of workshops on the day’s theme. Exclusively for people aged 12–18. Cost: $20 p/person, $15 for MCA members & concessions. Bookings essential. www.mca.com.au/events/messroom-1-messing-time


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steam train sunday

Roma Street Station, Brisbane. Selected Sundays only. All aboard! Travel through Brisbane on an historic steam train & relive the splendour of a bygone era. It’s BIG LOUD FUN as you board the steam train at Roma Street station for a one-hour trip through the city. Pass through city stations & enjoy river crossings on your journey aboard vintage carriages. Cost: Adult $20, Conc. $17, Child (4-15 $11.50, under 3’s FREE) Family $59 www.queenslandrail.com.au/Community/Pages/SteamTrainSunday

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explore// friday

elmo’s world tour

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Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. Join Elmo & the Sesame Street gang as they circle the globe in this allsinging, all-dancing stage show touring Australia in 2012. Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster & Elmo use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination that sees the gang visiting China, Zambia, France, India & Australia! Prices vary & bookings essential. www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au/site/what-is-on


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The Entertainment Quarter, Byron Kennedy Hall, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park. From 9am to 1pm. Come along to Sydney’s Mathilda’s Market for the massive event it’s set to be! With over 100 stalls, the Sydney Mathilda’s Market is a parents’ haven of children’s clothes, crafts, toys & accessories.

Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Melbourne.

Oddball inventors Wallace & Gromit, present in many of our nostalgic memories of childhood, will be the subjects of a new exhibition at Scienceworks. In a lifesize replica of Aardman’s colourful sets, indulge your miniature self by taking on the role of an apprentice inventor & get hands-on with some of their creations. With the help of these much-adored stop motion characters, you can also learn how to protect your precious ideas with copyright law. Prices $7.50 - $19.00. Bookings essential. www.museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/ discoverycentre/wallace-and-gromit


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sydney mathilda’s market

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Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot. From 9am to 1pm A perfect family day out, parents will find handmade clothing, gorgeous accessories, delightful décor and everything in between. Bundle up the family and head to Mathilda’s Market in Brisbane.


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explore// can dance for a cure



Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Corner Port Rd & Adam St, Hindmarsh, South Australia.

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Imagine dancing your little bootie off & waking up the next day knowing you’d helped a great cause. Sounds pretty cool, huh? Well, you can do just that as part of Can Dance for a Cure. Hitting the stage at the AEC on May 26, dance schools along with some of Adelaide’s youngest & brightest stars will strut their stuff while helping raise awareness. Bookings essential. www.premier.ticketek.com.au/shows


hobart mathilda’s & boutique markets



Hobart Function & Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart. From 9am to 1pm.

Check out this fabulous combined shopping haven of the best local crafts, design & fashion – the perfect family outing!



perth mathilda’s & boutique markets Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood. From 9am to 1pm.

This great combined event puts all your shopping in one place. Mathilda’s boasts the best in baby goods, handmade clothing, delightful décor & everything in between so parents can spoil the kids & themselves!



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bush magic storytime in the gardens bird stories

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Rodd St, Acton. Storytime features on the first Friday of each month at 10am. Enjoy a story, a short walk or craft activity at a special spot in the Gardens. Follow the signs from the Cafe or check in at the Visitor Centre for location details on the day. Please ensure all children come with sun protection, closed shoes & a supervising adult. Bookings not required. $2 per child.

art baby volume 1: mca collection Museum of Contemporary Ar 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney.

Parents & carers are invited to join tours of MCA exhibitions for a babyfriendly art experience. Prams/front packs/slings are recommended. $15 Adults, $10 MCA Members & Concessions (includes coffee afterwards at the MCA Café) www.whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/13469-art-baby

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Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra. The Nutcracker on Ice is thrilling audiences with exhilarating displays of breathtaking high-speed leaps & throws, & awe-inspiring acrobatics, coupled with the most graceful & sublime ice dancing. Boasting a 25-strong cast of World, European & National Championship skaters, The Imperial Ice Stars are set to once again astound & mesmerise audiences with their adrenaline-rich, dramatic performance, all within the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage. Prices vary, bookings essential. www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au/site/what-is-on

melbourne boutique markets

Malvern Town Hall, Cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern. From 9am to 1pm.

In a city renowned for its bustling shopping precinct & one-off designer items, this event will bring out the best of Melbourne’s local fashion, food, design & décor.



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sydney boutique markets

The Entertainment Quarter, Bryon Kennedy Hall, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park. From 9am to 1pm. Support local, independent designers with stalls featuring exclusive & uniquely made art, design, crafts & fashion. We promise you won’t go home empty handed!





sydney mathilda’s market

The Entertainment Quarter, Byron Kennedy Hall, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park. From 9am to 1pm. Come along to Sydney’s Mathilda’s Market for a parents’ haven of children’s clothes, crafts, toys & accessories. This market is a one stop shop for the most beautiful & unique wares for you & the little one.

melbourne mathilda’s market

Malvern Town Hall, Cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern. From 9am to 1pm. This market is set to please the crowds with the best of the best in local décor, fashion, food & accessories. Shoppers will not go home empty handed with clothing, accessories & delicious delights a plenty.



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daily bargains, news & inspiration


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feeling social?

Connect with Mathilda’s!

Visit our favourite blogs, apps & websites.

adelaide bargain mums


This website will change the way you shop! Jasmine Boothey, Adelaide mum of one, started the site to help families who were time poor and budget conscious find the best deals each week on everything from nappies to bargain school holiday activities in your area. It even includes a forum for families to share DIY tips, recipes and topical discussions. Enjoy a grocery store from your living room!

australian baby blog

sh1ft.org/babyblog This blog is a collection of the best products, news and advice for pending and new mums. We loved exploring this space with its wide range of articles and giveaways.

draw something

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This app is hours of fun! Currently at the top of the app store, the game lets you draw and share with your friends. For a little bit of competition, you can play with your friends – kind of like online charades!

itchee feet blog itcheefeet.com/blog

Love travelling with your kids? Check out the Itchee Feet Blog, all about children who travel and the adults who travel with them! We loved their unique travel activity book – Around The World In 80 Ways.


kids site kidsites.com

This site is a one-stop shop for child-friendly websites. Websites are divided into categories from educational activities including learning about animals and dinosaurs, to fun stuff including crafts and comics. There’s even a section for grown ups! This one will not only keep your child amused but it’s educational too!

kids in australia

kidsinaustralia.com.au With a Kids Zone and a Parents Zone, this website has plenty of content to amuse the kids and parents. Featuring colouring pages, recipes, games and health notes – the site is well worth a visit! Mathilda’s Magazine // Winter 2012 www.mathildastmarket.com.au


warming winter Nothing screams winter more than a rich, steaming cup of hot chocolate & we have just the recipes to keep you warm this winter, even if the temperature is dropping outside. Chocolate connoisseurs beware, these recipes are delicious & extremely addictive!

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hot chocolate This recipe is so simple it’s dangerous! In only 4 minutes you will have a deliciously frothy hot chocolate. Ingredients (makes 3 cups) • 3 cups milk • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate, grated • 1 tablespoon white sugar • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 egg • Marshmallows to finish DIRECTIONS • Place milk into a microwavesafe container & microwave on high for 2 minutes • Mix in chocolate, sugar & cinnamon • In a small bowl, whisk an egg until smooth; mix this into the chocolate mixture • Return to microwave & cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until foamy (be careful not to let it boil) • Whisk until smooth & pour into 3 mugs • Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or marshmallows

hot chocolate Enjoy this sweet hot chocolate with a Canadian twist. Ingredients (makes 4 cups) • 1/4 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 1/4 cup hot water • 1 tablespoon butter/margarine • 4 cups milk • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or flavouring • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 12 large marshmallows

DIRECTIONS • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa & salt • Stir in hot water & butter; bring to a boil. Add the milk, maple syrup or flavouring, vanilla & 8 marshmallows • Heat through, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted • Ladle into mugs & top each with a marshmallow

of Belgium Take your taste buds on a tempting European journey with this treat suitable for the whole family. Ingredients (makes 4 cups) • 1L milk • 230g bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped • 115g Belgium chocolate (usually at a gourmet deli), finely chopped. • Pinch of salt • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon DIRECTIONS • Warm about one-third of the milk, add the chopped chocolates & salt, stirring until the chocolate is melted • Whisk in the remaining milk, heating until the mixture is warmed through (add the cinnamon if desired) • Use a hand-held blender or whisk & mix the hot chocolate until it’s completely smooth • Serve with whipped cream & chocolate curls

chilli hot chocolate If a deliciously creamy, steamy & dreamy hot chocolate doesn’t quite hit the spot – try adding some more heat to the normally traditional recipe.

Ingredients (makes 4 cups) • 150g unsweetened chocolate, chopped • 2 1/2 cups milk • 1/2 cup sugar • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground chilli DIRECTIONS • Warm milk in a heavy saucepan until it is hot to the touch • Add chopped chocolate & sugar, whisking until well-blended • Add cinnamon & chilli powder, whisking thoroughly • Heat over low-medium heat until ingredients are mixed through. Serve with marshmallows if desired.

spiced chocolate With the winter spices of nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves, this hot chocolate conjures thoughts of grandma’s kitchen. Ingredients (makes 4 cups) • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered drinking chocolate • 2 cups milk • 2-3 cloves, crushed (put the cloves on your cutting board & crush them with the flat of your knife; or crush them with a mortar & pestle) • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg DIRECTIONS • Pour milk in a heavy saucepan & heat over low heat • When milk is hot to the touch, add the drinking chocolate & whisk continuously until blended • Whisk in spices & heat to serving temperature, do not allow to boil • Serve with ANZAC biscuits or a slice of apple pie

Pictured this page: Apple tarts and opposite: Autumn Apple Pie


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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the time of year where kids everywhere ponder exactly what will show mum how cherished she is. A time for breakfasts in bed, family gatherings and gift giving, you can take the cake this Mother’s Day by making something truly spectacular (and delicious!). Make it a ‘mum’entous Mother’s Day this year with these delicious baked goodies!

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POLENTA HEART BISCUITS INGREDIENTS 2 cups plain flour (spooned & levelled) 1/2 cup polenta 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 to 2 drops red or pink food colouring

• In a small bowl, whisk together icing sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, & 1 3/4 teaspoons cold water. Whisk in food colouring. With a small spoon, spread glaze inside heart. Let set 15 minutes. recipe courtesy: mathildasmarket.blogspot.com.au

• Remove from heat. Add the liqueur & stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap & place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm enough to roll into balls.

METHOD • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, polenta & salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter & 1/2 cup sugar on medium- high for 3 minutes or until creamy. Add egg & 1 teaspoon vanilla & beat until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture & beat to combine. • Place 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl; roll dough into 2-3cm balls & coat with sugar. Transfer to two baking paper-lined baking sheets. With the bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 4cm in diameter. Press a heart-shaped cookie cutter into each (do not cut through). Bake until cookies are golden at edges (roughly around 10 minutes), rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on wire racks.

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INGREDIENTS 200g good-quality milk chocolate 1/4 cup (60ml) thickened cream 1 tbs dark rum or liqueur of choice 200g chocolate melts

METHOD • Place the milk chocolate & cream in a medium heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Use a metal spoon to stir chocolate mixture until chocolate melts & mixture is smooth.


• Use a teaspoon to scoop out 1 1/2 teaspoonsful of chocolate mixture & use your hands to roll into a ball. Place on a plate or oven tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with remaining chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap & place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm. • Place the chocolate melts in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Use a metal spoon to stir until chocolate melts & mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. • Line an oven tray with baking paper. Use a fork to dip a truffle into the melted chocolate to evenly coat. Remove truffle, tapping the fork gently on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess melted chocolate. Transfer to the lined tray. Repeat with remaining truffles & melted chocolate. Set aside for 30 minutes to set. recipe courtesy: taste.com.au

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fuel for With the Olympics coming up, many children will be watching our athletes & aspiring to their own sporting dreams. Emma Owers details the right nutrition for your little champions’ growing bodies.


porting dreams cannot be achieved without the right fuels for growing bodies. Good nutrition & hydration play an integral role in keeping young children’s bodies running, as we all know they are continually on the go!  If your child is participating in planned exercise, it’s important to provide fuel

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for their muscles before the activity begins. This fuel comes in the form of carbohydrate. Snacks should be rich in healthy carbohydrate, low in fat & easy to digest. They should also be usual & enjoyed foods to prevent tummy upsets. Carbohydrate foods include yoghurt, milk, custard, fruit, breads, cereals, biscuits, pasta, rice, lentils & legumes such as baked beans & starchy vegetables like potato, sweet potato or corn.  Choosing lower glycaemic index (GI) foods provides a slower release of fuel into the body & more sustained energy throughout physical activity.  So now we have an idea of how to fuel our children’s bodies before sport. However, it’s also important to


make sure that we refuel their bodies during & after any physical activity. If your child is participating in higher intensity activities for more than 1 hour, it is important to provide a carbohydrate snack so that they can maintain skills & keep their brains sharp.  Eating & drinking after exercise also ensures that we refuel the body, repair muscle & rehydrate. Some examples of carbohydrate choices during & after exercise include cereal bars, fruit, sandwiches or muffins.


he other essential element during any activity is adequate fluid. Fluid helps us to regulate our body temperature & allows muscles to contract & relax. Drinking fluids while doing activity also helps to replace the

fluid lost through sweat. Inadequate fluid intake can result in dehydration, which impairs skill level & leads to mental fatigue. More severe dehydration can increase the risk of nausea, vomiting or gut problems such as diarrhea after exercising.   It is also important not to drink too much fluid as this can result in serious issues. The most important things to do are to ensure that your child is

well hydrated before they begin any physical activity. Urine colour is a good indicator of hydration status & a pale yellow colour indicates good hydration. Dark urine represents a dehydrated state. Water is the best choice for low intensity & shorter duration activity. 

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By providing our children with appropriate & longer lasting fuels before, during & after activity & ensuring their hydration, we are paving the way for healthy, future champions.

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lso remember, thirst is not a good indicator of hydration, as you are often experiencing significant fluid deficits before you even feel thirsty.

low GI This information has been taken from the fact sheets ‘Fluid in Sport’, ‘Eating & drinking after sport’ & ‘Eating & drinking before sport’ from Sports Dietitians Australia (www.sportsdietitians.com.au) This is general information only. For individual advice,consult an accredited practicing dietitian.


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Saturday 25th August

Sunday 26th August

Saturday 28th July

Entertainment Qtr, Byron Kennedy Hall, 122 Lang Road, Moor Park.

Brighton Town Hall, Cnr Carpenter & Wilson Streets, Brighton.

Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot.

Retailer bookings are open and can be made via: www.mathildasmarket.com.au




Are you prepared for overseas travel? Dr Rebecca Stewart explores the health considerations families should make before boarding...


ell, we’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of - NZ! I must admit to being an overseas travel virgin at my advanced age of late 30s. I have a husband who fears missing a TV show ‘in case it’s never on again’, & strongly believes ‘why go overseas when you can see what’s there on the tele?’ He also has an irrational fear that no beer other than the one with the little man on it will suffice for relaxation. But, as all good wives do, I discovered the key to change his mind - it wasn’t the incessant whining of the children ‘but we’ve never seen snow’, or the incentive of cheap flights & accommodation whilst I attend a work conference in NZ. You guessed it - it was a footy game - NQ Cowboys vs. NZ Warriors. Now we are travelling for 6 hours internationally to see a football game

on enemy territory bravely wearing our Cowboys regalia. I am going to go to great lengths to ensure that we have seats close to an exit & will try & sit with our fellow fans so we don’t need to access our travel insurance after encounters with the enemy. So the excitement for our trip is building, heightened by the news that my sister, her husband (also enticed by the footy) & the cousins are coming along.   My 10-year-old, whilst verbally planning her week of snow

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adventures, all of a sudden & eyes wide open, exclaimed ‘If it’s winter we’ll need a flu needle’ & from here the glee abated. The times are too numerous when my patients (often on the way out the door after their consultation) mention that they are taking off overseas next week & add ‘I don’t need any needles do I Doc?’ It drives me nuts! I see lots of families & Uni students who unfortunately don’t take the health perils of travel seriously enough yet expect all & sundry to come to their rescue when things go belly up - at least most are sensible enough to have travel insurance.

So, some simple recommendations when considering your health whilst travelling:



Make sure you’re healthy before you go! If you’re on regular medication make sure it’s safe to carry into another country (check the Embassy recommendations) & take enough with you for the trip. Ask your GP for a travel letter outlining what you’re taking with you & carry it on your person, with spares in your checked-in luggage. If you have a chronic health condition, ensure it’s under control before you take-off & take a summary of your medical conditions with you (GPs can print them out).

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do outrageous things! Just because an activity is available & looks cool, doesn’t mean that it is indemnified by that country or by your travel insurer.


Have an itinerary & share it. Let someone know where you’re going to be & when in case anything happens.


Make sure you have adequate travel insurance. Enough said!

Have an understanding of how the health system works in your destination. Will you be able to access a doctor that speaks English? Where is the Australian Embassy in that country? How do you buy medication if you need to?


Know what sort of risks & disease is prevalent. For example, monkeys in Thailand & dogs in Bali carry rabies, Polio in Pakistan etc. Most importantly either AVOID the risks or have the recommended vaccination if available.


Consider simple preventive activities. For example, take mosquito precautions, always wash your hands, use safe drinking & tooth brushing water, check for food hygiene & the quality of your accommodation.


reducing the amount of hurt & most vaccines give lifelong immunity after an adequate course so will not need to be repeated for further travel. It’s worth also checking with your GP if there are any other medicines you need to take with you (and if so should go on your travel letter). Malaria medications, things to stop chucking & diarrhoea, broad-spectrum antibiotics, paracetamol, antihistamines - in developed countries these will be easy to acquire but are harder to come by in other places.  


o back to the flu vaccine… I explained to my terrified daughter (who last time when she had a flu vaccine required sitting on by another doctor in the practice after being retrieved from the practice car park where she was hiding) how horrible it would be to be sick & snotty in the snow & that basically if she objected she’d miss out on a snow-fight with her cousins. Sometimes threats are the only way unfortunately. My 5-year-old is severely asthmatic & never complains as she is reminded all too often of the joys of being really unwell. Thank goodness there are no other vaccines for this trip.


ravel vaccines should be thought of as an investment in your health & a form of insurance, just like the travel insurance we are all happy Unless you are young & silly & invin- to pay for. There are many cible, don’t choose to mixed vaccines now;


hen planning overseas travel, if you’re not sure what you’ll need health-wise, make an appointment to discuss things with your GP at least six weeks before you travel as vaccinations take time to work. Travel medicine is not a ‘by-the-way’ appointment & deserves adequate time to be done properly. Take along your vaccination records if you have them, & a list of where you’re going & when so the GP can assess your risks properly. Include activities that are high risk, including going to the football in enemy territory! I am looking forward to our sojourn, even having spent the morning buying thermal underwear whilst it was 32 degrees outside! The passports are done, the insurance purchased. The vaccinations will be sprung on unsuspecting children very soon, footy jerseys are packed & the itinerary is set. The only thing I haven’t managed to work out is how to smuggle the XXXX through customs!

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creativity Children love to play, explore, dream, imagine & create! Fiona Bazley Hodges explores how we can nurture creativity in our children.


hildren are intrinsically creative, they are curious by nature & like to explore possibilities. They are not limited by facts & they are not bound by convention. They ask questions & make meaning of the world based on their intuition. Childhood is the garden in which creativity flourishes. As a parent though, how can we nurture that creativity? How can we ensure that our children are continuously learning through creative pursuits? As a teacher of the arts, many parents say to me, “I am not creative. I’ve never been artistic & I don’t know where to begin with my children.” I always remind them that nurturing a child’s creativity doesn’t mean that you need to be artistic in a traditional sense.

“When creativity is

encouraged & rewarded, children feel a sense of

self worth & develop

confidence in their ability to generate unique ideas”

everyday tips

Creativity & the arts are indeed linked, & rightly so, however creativity is about thinking in an innovative way. It is about celebrating the process of discovery

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on the way to creating a product or outcome. It is about being inspired & using the imagination to dream about the possibilities. When creativity is encouraged & rewarded, children feel a sense of self worth & develop heightened confidence in their own ability to generate unique & valuable ideas.

• When children ask questions, always be truthful & take the time to give the best answers that you can. If you don’t know the answer, encourage them to help you


• Create a gallery in your home of your children’s art work. Change it regularly & remember you can’t keep it all so make sure you photograph it so that it can be kept digitally forever • Pull faces in front of the mirror or use each other’s faces as plasticine

find the answer together. Pose questions as well. Ask “what if...” or even “imagine if...” • Remind children that there are many ways to achieve an outcome & that there can be many ways that are ‘right’ • Ask your child’s opinion as often as possible as they will appreciate that you value their contribution According to one of the most creative minds the world has ever known- Albert Einstein, “creativity is intelligence having fun”. So as parents, how can we promote creativity in our young children & have fun at the same time? Here is a list of suggestions to get you having fun, pushing the boundaries & celebrating the world around us creatively with your favourite little ones.


• Act out a story & use ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. A towel for a cape or a wooden spoon for a microphone. Experiment with fabrics, textures, light or darkness, music or sound effects • Create a dress up box made of pieces of fabric, beads, glasses, hats that inspire creative choices & combinations • Encourage children who are not yet able to read to “read” you the story by looking at the pictures

• Recycle. Reuse. Upcycle. Teach your child the difference • Draw a face on a balloon & let it be your friend • Encourage your child to sing their own songs. Give them a theme & see what song they can make up. Make up some lyrics together • Encourage drawing rather than colouring in & provide

“creativity is

intelligence having fun”

out & about

• Go to the theatre, markets with a handmade focus, art gallery, library, festivals. Stop & watch buskers or street performers • Write your name with a sparkler • Dance in the sun with your shadow as your partner • Try to find the pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow • Write your name in the sand at the beach (big enough for people to see it from planes) • Go for a daily walk & use nature as artistic inspiration. Encourage your child to create a centre piece on the table for mealtimes with flowers & leaves from the daily walk. For variety make it a coin walk (flip a coin at the corner, heads go left tails go right) • Use a paintbrush to dig a hole. It’s a little bit like being an archaeologist!

einstein mixed media for art projects such as clay, plasticine, play dough, chalk, paint or pastels • Give your child their own space to create & don’t be in a rush to pack it all away. It’s important that the creations can be developed. You can’t rush creativity! • Teach children to fold, cut & experiment with origami & flying origami (paper planes) • Get them to come up with a story & then go & take photos that would be the illustrations. Print them out & ta-da! A book that has been digitally illustrated by your child!



reativity is inside all of us. Just like other skills, it needs to be nurtured and practiced daily so that it can develop and grow with your child. One of the greatest gifts you can offer your child is encouragement & acknowledgement that their curiosity is valued because a child whose creativity is nurtured will have the confidence to reach for the stars.

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indoor imaginations.

So the kids are locked up inside a little more during the winter months. No need to go stir crazy as there are plenty of indoor activities for warming their little imaginations.

dress for playful success.

Head to your local op shop or toy store for tutus, old sunnies & other odd bits & pieces to create a costume chest. Your kids will love rummaging through your old beads & handbags to create no doubt one very theatrical look!

scrap it.

Encourage your children to capture & create their own memories by making scrapbooks. Using photos, paper & other embellishments, you can also encourage them to record their memories with journal inspired entries. Drawing upon their artistic & writing skills, scrapbooking is a fun developmental exercise. Best of all the books can be kept for reminiscing when they are a little older.

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indoor treasure hunt. Embark upon an exciting treasure hunt by hiding a number of small toys, books or special snacks around the house. Create a treasure map to mark off discoveries & behold – a cheap & entertaining activity that’s perfect for rainy or cold days.

bounce, race & wrestle.

Toys that encourage your children to be active are always a big hit at Mathilda’s & we are quite amused with the inflatable toys from Zooba. Allow your children’s imagination to run wild as they learn to balance, bounce, race & wrestle in a fun interactive way. From zebras & lions to cows & horses, there is a whole Zooba menagerie to be explored. Best of all, mums can take the cover off & pop in the washing machine for easy cleaning – perfect!

create your own castle.

A few sheets, some chairs & plenty of creative licence will see the corner of your lounge room convert into a whimsical castle! For the ultimate indoor castle, we couldn’t go past Kalamazoo Kidz & their Kidz Kastle. Perfect for the bedroom to hang over your child’s bed for a special bedroom cocoon, or in the rumpus room where Kings & Queens of your child’s favourite fairytales come alive.

tepee not tv.

A castle not your little chief’s style? Perhaps they’ll appreciate the Bright Clouds Tepee a little more. Featuring removable wall art & door decorations, an internal panel, window & floor mat, the Tepee is a hotpot for creative play. Visit their website www.joyjoie.com.au


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olympicfever The London Olympics are just around the corner & we have just the ticket for bringing the Olympic arena into your household. Get active, get online & get creative, as you share this special sporting milestone with your family’s little champions!

chat to a


Gather your classmates & chat with one of Australia’s Olympic heros. Established in 2008, the Chat To A Champ program allows Olympians to share their experiences with young school aged fans. There are quite a few chats scheduled for Term 2 so be sure to line up your teacher & classmates. For further information teachers can head to: www.london2012. olympics.com.au/ education/chat-to-a-champ

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rings of glory Decorate your lounge room with Olympic inspired décor to show your support for the Australian team. From Australian flags to Olympic rings, there are plenty of iconic symbols that you can recreate in your own home. Create medals for home tasks completed and torches or hand waivers for cheering on your favourite teams.




get outdoors for your own mini-olympics!

eat like champions!


ll you need is a wide, open space, party poppers for starting guns, some old stockings, washable spray-paint, chocolate medals (you can substitute the chocolate for a Gold Star Chart for a healthier option) & voila – you have yourself a fun day outdoors that’s of Olympic standard!

Egg & spoon relay

Use washable spray paint to draw lines for a track (the length will depend on how old your little ones are). Give each child an egg (hardboiled is usually best!) & spoon. Ready, set… GO!

3-legged race

Try pairing with your kids for this one. Using the same track as the egg & spoon race, tie yourselves together with an old stocking; map out your secret strategy & GO!


With a hacky sack. How far can you throw the hacky sack? Give the kids three tries, marking their name for each throw with the spray paint. Why not heat up the competition & have a mum versus dad battle!


Instead of jumping over a hurdle, let’s roll under it! Using the track laid out, draw a line crossing over the track every 5 to 10 metres. When the kids reach these lines they have to lie down & roll over them. Ready… Go!

Obstacle course

Have the kids go treasure hunting for items to use in their course – the park’s playground usually has a good obstacle course, if not running around trees & collecting logs will do. Have the kids work together to map out their course. It gets them involved & they know where to go! To make it a bit more interesting, why not get mum or dad to compete against the kids? They can teach you the route, but can you beat them through it?


Give your meals a round the world theme in celebration of the Olympics, explaining to your children what the food is & what country it represents. Keep the foods simple – you’ll be amazed at how many of these foods are already firm family favourites!

AMERICAN HOT DOGS ITALIAN PIZZA CHINESE OMELETTES MEXICAN TACOS GREEK SALADS AUSTRALIAN BBQ BRITISH BUBBLE & SQUEAK For drinks, offer beers & wines from around the world to the adults & fruit punch for adults & children.

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Every teddy bear, that’s been good, Is sure of a treat today. There’s lots of wonderful things to eat, And wonderful games to play. Beneath the trees, where nobody sees, They’ll hide and seek as long as they please. Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic!

along their favourite teddy to the party. Befittingly, the party was held outdoors in a local park. Bunting sewn from gingham and old boxes and crates created the picnic atmosphere while a large piece of gingham was used to create the picnic rug. Teddies adorned the party space and teddy bear ears were made for each child using fur and plain headbands.

For little Tilly, turning 2 meant a birthday party of picnic proportion – a teddy bear’s picnic that is! Tilly’s mum, Clare, is the creative genius behind fabric and paper design studio Mondocherry and had plenty to bring to the picnic table so to speak. “We love experimenting with paper and textures so designing the invitations was plenty of fun”, Clare advised. Each picnic guest was sent a boxed invitation, created from matchboxes covered with brown paper and printed with the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song. Inside the party invitations was a little teddy made from felt and each guest was encouraged to also bring


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play// There was plenty to do at the party with lots of teddy songs being sung including “Round and Round The Garden”, “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Touch The Ground” and the classic “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”. Clare explained, “It was important that the activities on the day were age appropriate for Tilly and her friends who are still essentially toddlers. They loved the singing and we also played Ring A Roses with our teddies and read books about teddy bears.”

when you have the party outdoors or in a park”, added Clare. To finish the day, each guest was given a take home bag made from brown paper bags with a teddy face and big furry ears attached. The bags were filled with lots of teddy bits and pieces, sure to continue the teddy bear adventure at home! images courtesy mondocherry.com.au

Tilly and her friends were able to make puppets from different sized wooden spoons and used these to create a puppet show of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which was undoubtedly the most popular activity of the day. Even finding the birthday cake was a fun filled activity with the tiny teddy enthusiasts following a trail of teddy prints to the cake. The theme continued with picnic inspired ‘lunch boxes’ given to each child. The lunchbox featured patty cake cases filled with tiny honey sandwiches, berries and a teddy bear biscuit. Teddy bear faces were also made from Oreo biscuits and smarties. “We find it’s easier for this age group to give them their own food rather than have a buffet table. It’s also a very convenient option

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As we head into the winter months & we start to retreat indoors, we can become acutely aware of just how much or how little living space we have. Louise D’Allura helps you stop & take stock of your space situation… Mathilda’s Magazine // Winter 2012 www.mathildastmarket.com.au


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o the weather is cooler & throughout the course of spending more time indoors, some thoughts of moving are starting to creep into your head because “you’ve run out of space”. You’ll be happy to know that you aren’t alone on this front. According to an Australia Institute survey, one in eight people move house so they could accommodate their ‘stuff’. The good news is that with a little planning, there are a number of simple strategies to help you find space & improve the functionality of your home.

SPACES HAVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES If you’re not clear on what the purpose of a space is, it becomes a catch all area. Take time out to describe the purpose of each space as it helps you to work out the valuable items are needed in that area & those that could belong elsewhere.

ITEMS DON’T HAVE HOMES If you don’t put things away is it because items don’t have a place they can call their own? If this is what’s going on for you, start by looking at the items you use the most & work out one reliable & consistent location


that the items can live – & label it! This may also be a sign that you need to look at additional storage solutions to ensure that all items have space to ‘belong’ somewhere in the home.

I COULDN’T BE BOTHERED TO PUT THEM AWAY If there is a barrier to using the system you’ve set up it might be because it is not logical, or it’s difficult to put things away. This might be because there’s just no room to put the items back, or it involves too many steps (fold clothes vs hang). In some cases it might not be obvious where items go (labels help in this situation).

TOO MUCH STUFF FOR THE SPACE YOU HAVE If you can’t fit all your items comfortably into a space, it might be because you have too many/too much. One thing we can’t hide from is the math of stuff. You can only fit a certain volume of things in a dedicated space. Take the time to weed through your items on a regular basis & keep what you love the most that’s in good working order.

SO WHY DO WE KEEP SO MUCH STUFF? Here are a few of the most popular reasons for keeping too much stuff & some strategies to help you look at the thoughts that keep us cluttered.

I MIGHT NEED IT SOMEDAY Sometimes we keep items in volumes we will never use. This is particularly the case for used gift bags & wrapping paper. If it is low cost & you can’t see yourself using it within 6 months or it can be easily replaced within a day or two, it might be worth parting with. The goal is to ask yourself, what’s the worst that would happen if I didn’t have this? When was the last time I actually needed or used it? By keeping this what am I giving up (space for something else more important)? As much as possible - be selective with what you keep.

I’M GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT & WEAR THIS AGAIN If you’ve got a wardrobe full of multiple sizes, pick only a few outfits worth keeping in a holding pattern. When you achieve your goal weight, chances are you’ll want to go


out & buy new clothes to proudly show off your hard work!

SO-AND-SO GAVE ME THIS I’m sentimental so I have been known to struggle with this too because items often remind us of people we love. The true value comes when you have items out in the open & on display to be enjoyed & shared. If you love it, use it, if not someone else may appreciate it & use it more than you ever will.

I PAID GOOD MONEY FOR THIS If you find yourself saying this quickly ask what has more value - this item you no longer have any use for or the way you enjoy your house? The item... or your happiness? The item... or your space?


hen you can start to understand your reasons & what the barriers are, it will be easier to pin point what you need to do to make getting organised easier. Best of luck with your winter declutter & remember – be ruthless! If you need some quick & easy tips to help you get organised at home or at the office download Louise’s Get Revamped Little by Little guide from: TheRevampExperience .com.au/products.

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Snow Far Away Forget hitting the beach & waves, as the cooler climate creeps in, now is the time to be thinking about Australia’s white season. Australia has plenty of great snow holiday options, most only hours from major cities & centres. With the white stuff so close by, there has never been a better time to explore the Australian slopes & the winter fun they offer.

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mount hotham

Known as Australia’s ‘powder capital’ & renowned for its myriad of steep & diverse valley runs, Hotham is ideal for experienced skiers & beginners alike.


Perisher, the largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere, is the perfect place to take the family on a winter wonderland adventure. From Snowy Daycare for your baby (aged 6 weeks - 3 years) to their Fab Four Snowsports School, the Resort offers a range of family friendly programs & lessons. www.perisher.com.au

mount buller

An easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is close enough for a day’s escape yet far enough away for a holiday. Buller offers an extensive lift system providing access to over 300 hectares of skiable terrain for all levels of ability. The kids will love the village toboggan & snow tubing parks. Kids under 5 ride free at Buller & for the months of June to September, kids can stay free also. www.mtbuller.com.au

Staying at Hotham Alpine Resort is a unique alpine experience due to the village’s spectacular ridge top location at 1740m. The Resort also boasts a number of activities that the kids will simply love including tobogganing, kids snowmobiling & dogsledding tours. www.mthotham.com.au

Warm up to these winter snow deals perisher

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This offer gives each person a free days skiing or boarding at Perisher as well as a free nights accommodation at selected properties in Perisher & Jindabyne.

Enjoy kids pricing on lift, lessons & rental all the way through to Year 12s. Buller Sports include helmets for all kids rental packages making it easy to put a ‘lid on your kid’.




MORE SNOW FOR YOUR DOUGH Receive an $80 gift card per night of stay, when making a booking of 2 nights or more at The Station.

At many accommodation houses in June & September at Mt Buller kids can stay FREE. Ask about Kids Stay Free offers when you book on 1800 BULLER for great deals for kids under 15.

During Value Season when accompanied by a paying adult & pre-booked with a 3 night or more accommodation package. Plus children under 5 ski FREE

WEEKEND ONLY DEALS Grab a two-day Weekend Pass for Saturday & Sunday for only $185 for adults & $93 for kids. Available all season long!

www.perisher.com.au/the-station/ rates-and-reservations/specials


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swish little fish Swish Little Fish

We love the range of super soft, eco-friendly bamboo bath wear for little babes. The exquisite handcrafted range includes baby bathrobes, hooded towels, bath mitts, face cloths, shower caps & slippers. Their super comfy products are kind to the environment, can be personalised & all are hand finished in a vintage trim. We love their gift sets as the perfect winter gift!


Winter is all about nestling, snuggling & snoozing… or Snoozle. These products are perfect for giving your baby the perfect night’s sleep. Their range of sleeping products is centred on the benefits of a stable undisturbed sleeping schedule. Their Kanoe hammock is made entirely from certified organic cotton & eco dyes, beneficial to sensitive babies, & it doesn’t require a mattress or cot bedding. Sweet dreams…

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Winter Snugglepots

It’s that time of year when the temperature has dropped, the days seem shorter & just that little bit greyer. Has there ever been a better opportunity to find a cozy nook for cuddles & reading with the kids? From fluffy pj’s to toasty clothing, we’ve found a selection of perfect winter wares for your kids this season.

mulberry tree organics

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Mulberry Tree Organics is an environmentally conscious & socially responsible business that just so happens to have the most gorgeous jumpsuits! Bringing together beautiful children’s clothing in a rainbow of colours from the best global organic clothing brands, Mulberry Tree Organics introduces warmth & colour into your children’s winter wardrobe.

Four in the Bed is a unique brand offering your kids the most comfortable & stylish sleepwear. From classic checkered flannel pajamas for your little man to a poppy polka dot nightie for your princess, Four in the Bed is sure to keep your little ones warm & soundly asleep.

toastyandwarm Toastyandwarm

Toastyandwarm will keep your children, well … toasty & warm! The brand offers funky crochet clothing, knitted baby clothes & accessories for your kids. All products are handmade & every product has a unique sense of style & individuality, just like your little one.


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WINTER READING Cold winter nights are the best times to snuggle up with a warm blanket. Add someone special and a great book to the mix and the stage is set for reading magic. 2012 is the National Year of Reading and what better way to foster that love for reading than spending quality time together. Meredith O’Connor reviews the children’s books for 2012 as shortlisted by The Children’s Book Council of Australia. Check out their website for other titles that are sure to prove popular with your little bookworms: www.cbca.org.au/ shortlist_2012

THE BLACK BOOK OF COLOURS Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria (translated from Spanish by Elisa Amado) 2010, Walker Books (RRP Hardcover $19.95)

It is not often that a children’s book comes along that engages the reader in a completely unexpected way. We saw it with Herve Tullet’s, Press Here (Mathilda’s Magazine Issue 3, Christmas 2011). This book is another amazing example. The Black Book of Colours invites the reader to ‘see’ the world through Thomas’s eyes. The only thing is, Thomas can’t see colours: he hears, smells, touches and tastes them. Thomas is visually impaired. The entire book, as its name suggests, is black except for the white text. The Braille translation and beautiful relief illustrations entice the reader to read the book with their finger tips. An intriguing title and an even better read. A truly remarkable book worth exploring with your kids. Highly recommended for all ages.

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Nick Bland

Nick Bland

Pasketti’s Little Star lands in Penny le the night is backyard, and in a twink , though, it is filled with fun. Eventually . time for Little Star to go home fall up? But how do you make a star



Jane Yolen, Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Dunbar 2010, Walker Books (RRP Paperback $19.95)

The Sunday Times boldly announces from the cover of this book that it ‘deserves a place in every child’s library.’ If you are looking for a simple anthology of poetry to introduce rhyme and rhythm to your little ones, then this book is hard to beat. Polly Dunbar artfully brings colour to the words of a variety of different poets. The anthology is sorted into four simple sections — me, my house, outside and time for bed. A great collection for immersing young children into the world of poetry. “Bed In jumping and tumbling We spend the whole day, Till night by arriving Has finished out play What then? One and all, There’s no more to be said, As we tumbled all day, So we tumble to bed. Anonymous”

Nick Bland

2010, Scholastic (RRP Hardcover $24.99)

Nick Bland returns with another enchanting children’s picture book. Penny Pasketti used to pretend that the stars in the night sky were her friends. That was until one landed in her back yard!


2008, Walker Books (RRP Hardcover $24.95)

Together Penny and Little Star share a night of adventure, giggles and secrets before Little Star must return to his home, far, far away.

This innovative little book has a unique way of building suspense and prediction with young readers. Each page is semi-transparent, revealing just a silhouette of who is hiding in the foggy, foggy forest. Turn the page and a well-known character is uncovered. Discover all the characters as they get up to all sorts of antics!

Penny Pasketti exhausts all her thinking trying to come up with ways to get Little Star back up! But sadly, down follows all too quickly. A delightful read, beautifully illustrated by Bland. Take time to carefully absorb the pictures as well for much more is happening than what the text suggests.

Who can this be in the foggy, foggy forest? Cinderella and Snow White… in a water pistol fight! Repetitive rhyming text and familiar fairytale characters will prove to be a winner with very young readers.

Recommended for 2 to 6 years.

Recommended for 2 to 6 years.

Highly recommended for 0 to 6 years.


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With their beautiful range of baby shoes made out of 100% cotton with a button & elastic fastening loop, Buster Boo shoes are both practical and, well, - plain cute! Each shoe has an internal padded layer of cotton wadding for that extra protection. These shoes will have your bub looking uber cool this winter.



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The stylish design team from Kiekaboo has up for grabs their designer HiLo Highchair valued at $399; & this uber funky highchair could be yours! But we think this prize is so fantastic you should have to do a little work to get it. Head to the HiLo Chair page (kiekaboo.com.au/ pages/HiLo-High-Chair) & discover what makes this chair so unique. Then head to our Facebook page (facebook.com/ pages/Mathildas-Market) to find the image of the HiLo Highchair (hint: head to our photos) & post which two attributes of the highchair appeal to you most.

jujo baby www.jujobaby.com.au Check out the beautiful winter warmers at Jujo Baby for the little person in your life. The exceptionally high standard of these 100% cotton knits makes for luxuriously comfortable & warm clothes for children.

We love that it’s made out of all recyclable products. What appeals to you the most?

cherub baby

Jujo baby offers a boutique range that combines exceptional quality with easy care (all of their garments are machine washable), affordability & beautiful designs. Using traditional knitting techniques such as Fairisle, cables & Aran with a contemporary palette & styling detail the range is traditional with a twist, you’ll find something beautiful to keep your little one snug & stylish

this winter.

www.cherubbaby.com.au We are loving the safe, innovative & reliable childcare products from Cherub Baby. Priding themselves on being 100% Australian owned, Cherub Baby offers a range of clever & useful products to start your baby’s journey, from baby bottles & warmers to the fantastic new On The Go Baby Food Pouches. The pouches have a world first detachable colour change spoon to indicate the temperature of the contents. This clever innovation is perfect for those winter warmer soups & drinks!


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must haves!



Not shoes, not socks … SMOPS! With winter on its way, it’s best to plan ahead to protect those precious little feet. Introducing the adorable answer to odd socks and missing shoes, these clever European socks come in a range of colours attached to a non-slip, easy to put on and very stylish leather shoe. Find SMOPS in


Sunday 29 April 2012, 9am-1pm Malvern Town Hall, Cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern Find SMOPS in


Sunday 27 May 2012, 9am-1pm The Old Woolsto re, 1 Macquarie St reet.

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mad alice jewellery


This gorgeous range of jewellery will make your little girl feel like a princess. Each piece is delicately and individually hand crafted using sterling silver, glass pearls and best of all? A little BLING ... Swarovski crystals bring a little sparkle to every piece. And if you’re looking for a great party activity, Mad Alice Jewellery offers Jewellery Making classes for your little girl’s birthday! Find Ma

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i spy baby

ispybaby.com.au It’s time to get all warm and snuggly with the latest sleeping bags, blankets and wraps that’ll keep your little one safe and cozy at bedtime. With gorgeous patterns and cute designs, your little one will sleep peacefully through the cool winter months. Check out I spy Baby’s range of special needs toys, educational toys and pretend play toys as well so little ones can play and learn by day and sleep soundly at night. Spy ind I






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daisy & moose


Specialising in unique handmade baby and children’s wear and accessories, get ready to fall in love with the Daisy and Moose collection. Inspired by the old school charm of vintage fashion and underpinned with the strong belief that all children’s wear should be made from cotton, we can guarantee your kids will be cool and comfortable in this brand this winter. Find Daisy & Moose in

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Sunday 29 April 2012 9am-1pm

Malvern Town Hall, Cnr Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern Find D

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hugs & inspiration

hugsandinspiration .com.au These designs are created with an air of whimsical imagination. Perfect for decorating your child’s room, no matter their age. From balancing ballerinas to animated animals, your individualised artwork will surely be a crowd pleaser. Find Hugs & Inspira

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poppet pieces


Poppet pieces will have your little poppets cruising around in style. Offering a greener version to disposable nappies, these easy to use cloth nappies are quick drying, hard wearing and best of all, they are adorable! Find Pop

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Mathilda's Magazine Issue 5 // Winter 2012  

It's Issue 5 of our free quarterly online publication, Mathilda’s Magazine! This one features our handpicked guide for events, shopping, tra...

Mathilda's Magazine Issue 5 // Winter 2012  

It's Issue 5 of our free quarterly online publication, Mathilda’s Magazine! This one features our handpicked guide for events, shopping, tra...