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Issue 6 // Christmas 2012


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Filled with seasonal craft ideas, recipes & more!


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rachael’s welcome Christmas is without a doubt, our favourite season at Mathilda’s. From our round of bumper Christmas events to Christmas shopping & theming – it’s hard not to get caught up in the fun & excitement of the silly season. As we head into our round of Christmas markets, we have cause for double celebration with news that we will now hold events in: Launceston (TAS), Geelong (VIC), Newcastle (NSW), Townsville (QLD) & Toowoomba (QLD). There’s nothing like spreading a little Mathilda’s cheer beyond the big city limits! We are also celebrating the launch of our new market venture, Tween2Teens Market. If, like me, you have a fashion conscious tween you are sure to rejoice over our planned ‘tween friendly’ brand which will showcase age appropriate & unique fashions for our soon to be teenagers. We hope you enjoy our Tween feature in this edition & look forward to welcoming you to a T2T event near you very soon! And before you ask - our Christmas printables were so popular last year, we have again included them in this edition for you to print & create in just a few easy steps. Last but not least, we are inviting our loyal Mathilda’s following to offer us feedback regarding our market events - things that you like & those that you would like to see improved. If you are interested in offering your feedback be sure to complete our 2012 Market Research Survey prior to the 16th November. A big thank you for making our Mathilda’s year so very special – we hope you enjoy this edition & look forward to seeing you at a Mathilda’s event in 2013! RACHAEL ZELENSKY - DIRECTOR, MATHILDA’S MARKET.

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!


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contributors Dr Rebecca Anne Stewart (MBBS FRACGP MClinEd)

G.P. & Medical Educator

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is a leading parenting author and speaker. For over a decade, he has presented workshops and coached many parents towards being better parents and creating connected families. Justin is also a well recognised media authority when it comes to parenting, having appeared regularly on the Today show, The Project and national radio programs. He is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and other national blogs and magazines. Away from work, Justin is a proud husband and father to five daughters – giving him endless opportunities to practice what he preaches!

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

Dr Rebecca Stewart

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Louise D’Allura

Louise D’Allura

Revamp Professional Organisers Pty Ltd therevampexperience.

The ever-organised Louise is a qualified Home Economist, a member of the Home Economics Institute of Australia & an accomplished member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers. Louise’s background as a home economist & nutritionist has involved working 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.

Taryn Newland

Photographer, Director of BVA Photography

With a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography, Taryn is a natural light photographer specialising in pregnant bellies, newborns, babies & weddings, who also relishes her role as official event photographer for Mathilda’s Market. A creative allrounder, her creative talents also extend to crafting, styling, baking & design.

Taryn Newland


Designers & Bloggers |


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

Emma Owers

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

Emma Owers

Meredith O’Connor

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, mother, traveller.

Meredith O’Connor

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.


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Sunday 25 Nov 9am – 1pm King George Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane.

Sunday 18 Nov 9am – 1pm Toowoomba Turf Club, Hursley Road, Toowoomba.

Sunday 25 November 9am – 1pm Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield.

Sunday 11 November 9am – 1pm The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Rd, Geelong.

Sunday 11 November 9am – 1pm The Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart.

Saturday 24 November 9am – 1pm Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron St, Launceston.

Saturday 3 November 9am – 1pm Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling St, Balmain.

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Sunday 11 November 9am – 1pm Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave, Canberra.

Sunday 4 November 9am – 1pm Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Stirling Angus Pavillion, Adelaide Showgrounds.

Sunday 25 Nov 9am – 1pm Fremantle Town Hall, William St, Fremantle.

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contents explore events

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feeling social? page 18

eat simplify your christmas menu page 20

sweet christmas treats page 24

make christmas crafts & ideas page 26

christmas printables page 28

health reading nutrition labels page 30

a hat for happiness page 34

learn celebrating australian authors page 38

live technology childhood friend or foe? page 40

spring has sprung! page 42

celebrating fashion tween style! page 44

shop time to tween page 48

christmas gift guide page 50

meet our market faces page 54

market must haves page 60

safe fun in the sun page 36

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summer event calendar

QLD events brisbane mathilda’s market Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. You’ll love meeting the friendly, fun & enthusiastic crafters, artists, designers & dressmakers at Brisbane’s Mathilda’s Market. This special Christmas shopping event will be your last chance to get your Mathilda’s fix for the year so don’t miss out! Ample parking, ATM facilities and relaxed shopping atmosphere.

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Toowoomba we are launching our first ever Mathilda’s Market in your city just in time for Christmas! Meet our creative stallholders & enjoy the gorgeous children’s products on offer. See a sneak peak of who is trading via the Mathilda’s Market website.

Adventure kids is a program guaranteed to keep your kids active over the holidays with lots of action in the outdoors. Activities include putting up tents, orienteering, parachute games, bush walking, obstacle courses & treasure hunts! Parents can come along too! Suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Ph: 07 3102 5438/0412 004 603 (Bookings not required).




Toowoomba Turf Club, Hursley Road, Toowoomba. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry.

Abbotsleigh Street, Holland Park. 3:30 – 4:30pm. Free entry.


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going places at sciencentre Cnr Grey & Melbourne St, South Bank, South Brisbane Get your children excited about discovering the science behind transport & travel at the new Sciencentre exhibition, Going Places. With over 20 new interactive exhibits your child can climb aboard a flight simulator, try their luck sailing a land yacht or even test their skills controlling the traffic flow of a city. Suitable for all ages & with free admission this is day set to be enjoyed by the whole family.

iga lord mayor’s carols in the city Riverstage, Garden Point Road, Brisbane. 7:15 – 10:15pm Bring the whole family along to watch the Carols in the City for a night of true inspiration & entertainment. The Carols for 2012 features a stellar lineup of Australian’s amazing talent including your favourites, Troy CassarDaley, Colin Buchanan, The Wiggles & many more!

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perth mathilda’s market & boutique markets Freemantle Town Hall, William St, Freemantle From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. Both Mathilda’s & our sister event Boutique Markets, combine to bring you a diverse range of unique & limited edition products. Held at the gorgeous Fremantle Town Hall, this special Christmas shopping event is not to be missed!

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Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street Balmain. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry.


Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Sydney’s special Christmas Boutique Markets can help with a range of limited & unique goods on offer. Come down & spoil yourself!



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sydney mathilda’s market Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton St, Leichhardt. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. If you have a passion for children’s fashion, you won’t want to miss this special Christmas shopping event. See designer baby & children’s fashion, décor, accessories & unique product lines as over 90 retailers display their wares.

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Until 31st December 2012, Sydney Tower Eye, Market Street Travel through the city’s most spectacular sites the 4D way, including the Sydney Harbour, its famous coastline & other iconic landmarks without leaving your chair. Be prepared for in-theatre effects such as bubbles, wind & fire. This is sure to be an exciting & exhilarating family day out! Cost: Children from $7.50/Adults from $12.50. Ph (02) 9333 9200 or visit

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splasher’s water playground 10am – 7pm, Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Keep your children cool this summer with Splasher’s Water Playground! Suitable for all ages, the spectacular indoor water playground will keep kids entertained for hours with water cannons, spray jets, bubbling beach fountains & slippery water slides. COST: Child $6.00 / Adults $7.00

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explore VIC events geelong mathilda’s market & boutique markets The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Rd, Geelong. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. What could be better than a stroll along the pier & a spot of relaxed shopping at our next combined Mathilda’s & Boutique Markets event? If you are interested in purchasing unique fashion, jewellery, accessories, gourmet food & home wares, then come along to the next Boutique Market to celebrate our Geelong launch.


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santa’s circus spectacular show Wonderland Fun Park, 120 Pearl River Road, Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands, Melbourne. Be amazed and see the aerial snow angel & crazy acrobatic elves as they perform amazing tricks with daring delight. Enjoy the Christmas village after the show where your children can post their special letters to Santa. COST: $10.00 if tickets are booked online or $15.00 at the ticket box.


melbourne mathilda’s market Caulfield Racecourse. Station Street, Caulfield. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. Support Melbourne’s most talented artists, crafters & designers by coming to the next Mathilda’s Markets. Enjoy a day of shopping, eating & relaxing with friends & family!

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Every Sunday 9am – 10am, Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands. Introduce your child to the ice with this FUNtastic program! There are loads of different toys; games & music as well as snow play areas for your child to enjoy a totally different toddler experience. Parents are encouraged to join the fun – but don’t worry if your not a confident skater, runners are encouraged! COST: $20.00 per child (one parent per paying child can play free of charge.

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TAS events





hobart mathilda’s & boutique market The Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry.



Support Hobart’s best local talent at our combined Mathilda’s & Boutique Markets event! Be spoilt for choice with gorgeous limited edition children’s merchandise & a range of other handmade décor, homewares & fashions.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron St, Launceston. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry.


See Launceston’s creative community at their very best as they showcase their wares at this special Christmas combined event. All retailers have been handpicked to ensure only the best quality & product range.


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canberra mathilda’s & boutique markets Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry.

Enjoy the best of both worlds at this special combined Christmas event of Boutique & Mathilda’s Market! With over 50 stalls showcasing Canberra’s best local talent in art, fashion & design it will be impossible to leave empty handed.

SA events adelaide mathilda’s & boutique markets Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Stirling Angus Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds. From 9am – 1pm. Free entry. With this combined event you can find all your shopping in one place! Mathilda’s Market offer a range of gorgeous children & baby products whereas Boutique Markets offers home wares, accessories, jewelry, clothing & much more. Watch out for Dora & Boots who will make a special appearance!



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daily bargains, news & inspiration

feeling social? Visit our favourite blogs, apps & websites.

art my kid made

Have you ever found yourself running out of space on your fridge from all the gorgeous drawings your children give you? Art My Kid Made is our favourite new app! This app is not only designed to help parents capture & store photos of their real-world artwork, it allows you to share these with family, friends & any social media sites. Forget worrying about where to place your children’s artwork – it is as easy as a touch of a button!

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Mum’s Personal Assistant This free app is a mother’s best friend! Mum’s Personal Assistant organises your to-do-lists & tasks, simplifies your grocery lists & even schedules appointments by syncing your calendars. If you’re short on time, the location feature identifies outlets close by so you can complete those errands easily & quickly. You’ll never forget a thing again with this clever app!

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Connect with Mathilda’s!

australian baby blog

Stop the endless search for children’s clothes, toys & activities because the Australian Baby Blog has all the answers! Tracey, a mother of 2 from Sydney has put together this blog to help mothers out by sourcing the best children’s fashion & products & by giving advice from everything from pregnancy to nursery. The Australian Baby Blog will have you hooked!

pbs kids

super healthy kids

Here at Mathilda’s we know how difficult meal times can be – especially when it comes to feeding children healthy food. At Super Healthy Kids there are fun, easy & healthy recipes from breakfast to snacks & special holiday occasions. There are also free meal plans, which make it simple to provide healthy meals to the whole family!

Beat the school holiday boredom with this fantastic website designed purely for the kids entertainment. With videos & games themed around their favourite characters like Sesame Street, Clifford, Curious George, Arthur & other childhood classics, your children will be entertained for hours!

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simplify your

christmas menu Louise D’Allura discusses ways to simplify your Christmas menu this year, keeping you out of the kitchen & spending more time with your family & guests!

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hey don’t call it the silly season for nothing. Christmas, while a great amount of fun, can also lead to some serious stress in the kitchen! I’ve put together some ideas to simplify your Christmas menu & take the frazzle out of the Festival season.

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more variety Look for ways to incorporate seasonal produce & cut down the time you’re in the kitchen so your day is more relaxed.

left with a month’s supply of ham, turkey, chicken, & roast meat. Statistics show the most common postChristmas online searches include “recipe ideas for Christmas leftovers”.


f you know you’ll have leftovers it’s time to get creative! ‘Revamps’ as we like to call it (rather than leftovers), are a brilliant way to get on top of your weekly menu. The ‘revamps’ philosophy is all about transforming ‘leftovers’ from a boring rerun to an exciting sequel, without hardly any work! Growing up it was a way my mum & dad taught us the value of food, using your creativity & getting involved in the creation of dinner. It is worth testing it out at Christmas so you can use this strategy all year.

take by applying some basic principles of ‘revamping’ including: • adding new ingredients • changing your cooking method • adding different textures • adding extra flavours You’ll see just how easy it is!

roast chicken as asian salad

To convert our roast chicken into an Asian salad, we used the ‘revamp’ principles of: • flavour: add fish sauce, lime juice & sweet chilli sauce • ingredients: add coriander, noodles, sprouts & cabbage • method: simply toss the ingredients together!

Zucchini & asparagus are both in season at Christmas so why not make them stars of the Christmas Day menu with a Zucchini Slice & an Asparagus Quiche. The best thing is that you can make these the day or night before with the kids & Here I take a Christmas We use all four principles to serve them cold – so easy & menu staple: roast chicken. convert the leftover chickdelicious! I can give it a whole new en into a fabulous laksa.

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Look for ways to introduce a little more variety to your Christmas table by including a platter of smoked salmon or if you are having ham, chose an organic nitrate free ham.

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Traditionally our Christmas menus focus heavily on meats, so much so we are


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• flavour: with coconut milk & laksa paste • ingredients: noodles, tofu, carrot & prawns • cooking method: simmer chicken in liquid coconut milk & paste • texture: silky soup with vegetables tender to bite

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spicy chicken & rocket pizza Convert your roast chicken into this flavoursome gourmet pizza: • flavour: indian tomato chutney or curry paste for the pizza base sauce • ingredients: assemble on a pizza base with capsicum, onion & top with cheese • method: oven bake till crisp & golden • texture: dress with rocket & drizzle with yoghurt

eat want more? The ‘Revamps Philosophy’ makes meal times so much easier! If you’d like more ideas including over 30 Revamps for transforming the 10 most common meals on Australian dinner tables, check out our Meal Planning Guides on our blog: You’ll never cook every night of the week again!

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with the kids: Try this child- friendly asparagus quiche Ingredients • Sliced nitrate free ham or smoked salmon (50g or 6 slices) • 1 onion chopped • 3 eggs • ½ cup plain flour (or Besan/Chickpea flour) • 1 ½ cups milk • 1 cup grated cheese • salt & pepper to taste • 1-2 bunch asparagus • fresh/dried herbs Method Preheat oven 200C or 180C (fan). Grease a baking dish. Chop ham/salmon into slices (using child friendly knife*) Put in baking dish. Put chopped onion into baking dish (adult should chop the onion). Crack eggs into a bowl & whisk, then add the milk. Measure flour, add to eggs/milk & mix well. Add cheese & seasonings then pour over the ham & onion in the baking dish. Chop woody ends off asparagus with child friendly knife* & arrange on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, make a salad.

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* or other age appropriate/skill appropriate knife.


sweet christmas treats On our favourite foodie Donna Hay’s website we found this Christmas recipe corker & we had to share. Christmas trifle is an absolute hit in the Mathilda’s family & we are sure you will enjoy creating this masterpiece too!

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• 1 ½ cup (375g) mascarpone • ½ cups (160ml) single (pouring) cream • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 18 sponge finger biscuits • 1 cup (250ml) dessert wine • 250g strawberries, trimmed & sliced • 300g fresh raspberries • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream, extra • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted Place the mascarpone, cream & sugar in a bowl & whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside. Lightly grease & line a 7cm x 32cm tin with non-stick baking paper with enough paper to hang over the sides.

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Dip 6 sponge fingers in wine & place in the base of the tin. Top with half the strawberries & half the raspberries. Spread with half the mascarpone mixture. Dip another 6 sponge fingers in wine, place on top of the mascarpone & top with remaining berries. Top with remaining mascarpone mixture. Dip the remaining sponge fingers in wine & place on top of the mascarpone. Cover with plastic wrap, place on a baking tray & weigh down with cans of food. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Turn out onto a serving plate. Place the extra cream & sugar in a bowl & whisk until soft peaks form. Spoon over the trifle to serve. Serves 8.

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christmas craft Christmas is a great time of the year for holiday craft activities. Not only will your little ones be kept amused, they’ll take great delight in creating gifts & decorations for family & friends!



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It’s all about the packaging & with these cute as a button little bounty boxes, the opportunities for decoration are endless. Fill with a handwritten note, candy, earrings or hairclips.

Have any odd baby socks lying around the house? Put them to good use with this hanging Advent Calendar assembled from a mix of stray & new baby socks & some ribbon. Fun to make & the perfect way to mark the season for your toddler or child. Fill each mini stocking with an age appropriate treat, toy or trinket. Source: Martha Stewart: Kids Christmas Crafts. Photo: Annie Schlechte

Source: Martha Stewart: Kids Christmas Crafts. Photo: Annie Schlechter


wreath The temptation will be to NOT eat this wreath that looks great & is incredibly easy to make. Simply cut out the centre of a paper plate. Cut a 1m long string of dental floss & tie one end to the paper plate. Thread the other end through a needle & using the floss thread, string the popcorn & wrap around the plate until the entire plate is covered – voila! Source: Martha Stewart: Kids Christmas Crafts. Photo: Annie Schlechter

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so effective. Print the basic cooking instructions on a tag or some card. Here’s what you’ll need: Equipment • You'll need a 1L glass jar with a lid


wrapping paper We simply loved this idea that we saw on the Mollymoo blog. You can’t get a more personalised & lovingly made gift-wrap than one you have created yourself! The kids will love adding their personalised touch to the papers & it couldn’t be easier to do. Simply take a roll of drawing paper, brown Manila paper or craft paper & using paints, buttons, twine, rubber stamps & paint create your own masterpieces.

Jar ingredients • 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour • 1/4 tsp baking powder • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar • 3/4 cup (65g) rolled oats • 100g craisins (dried cranberries), see variation • 130g white chocolate chips Extra ingredients for making cookies • 125g butter, melted & cooled • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda & salt into a bowl. Spoon the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar. Top with brown sugar, then caster sugar. Top with oats, craisins & then chocolate chips. Seal jar. Give as gift. Baking To make cookies, preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty jar into a large bowl. Add butter, egg & vanilla. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls & place on baking trays approximately 5cm apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking, or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Serve.

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ing. Another really simple Christmas gift idea that the kids can put together is this cookie in a jar concept. Layering festive dry biscuit ingredients in a jar & decorated with some ribbon is just so simple but


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free holiday printables! What is Christmas without gifts, so we’re giving away our free Xmas decoration printables to get you in the spirit! Simply download the templates, then follow the simple instructions to get your house glowing with festive 2. Try making these lovely hangingThey garlandsare by attaching cheer! so easy to make, you can even get the to a piece of string vertically using kids involved & make it a fun holiday project! tape, glue or staples.

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Confused by nutrition labels? Emma Owers explores how to decipher the nutritional panel before your next supermarket visit.


utrition information panels on packaging in Australia are governed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) but most consumers find them difficult to decipher & nutrition claims to be confusing. Here is a simple guide to how to interpret the most important parts of the nutrition information panel to help you weed through health claims & misleading packaging. You might want to take your reading glasses along for your next supermarket visit though – the panel can often be quite small!

WHAT WILL I FIND ON THE NUTRITION PANEL? According to FSANZ guidelines, there are six main categories that must be listed on a nutrition information panel. These are: - amount of energy in kilojoules & kilocalories - grams of protein - grams total fat & saturated fat - grams of carbohydrate & sugar - amount of sodium (a component of salt) In addition, if a food makes a statement on its packaging,

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for example, ‘a good source of calcium’, the nutrition information panel must provide information on the calcium content of that particular food to justify the claim.


ll of this information must be provided per 100g/100mL of that food item & per serve (with the serving size being determined by the company that produced the food). Herbs & spices, tea, coffee & mineral water do not require nutrition information panels, as they provide no significant nutritional value while foods that are not packaged

or have packages less than 100 square centimetres or are packaged at the point of sale do not need to show nutrition information panels.

likely to vary between different companies that can leave you scratching your head in the supermarket aisle trying to do your sums!

Ingredients lists must be provided & be listed in order of descending weight e.g. the first ingredient listed contributed the largest amount to that product & the last ingredient contributed the least.


Packaged foods must also provide information about the percentage content of the key or characterising ingredient of that product. As an example, apple pie would need to provide the percentage content for apples. Many foods nowadays are known to cause severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. Foods containing peanuts, tree nuts, milk, sesame seeds, egg, shellfish, fish, soy or wheat must have these ingredients declared on their label (including trace amounts). Gluten is also a potential allergen & must be declared as well as sulphite preservatives (if 10mg or more per kilogram is present in the food). Use By & Best Before dates, as well as warning statements about things such as caffeine or artificial sweeteners, additives & information on genetic modification can also be included on labels. For more information on these particular topics, see the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website at: www.foodstandards.

SO HOW DO I INTERPRET THE LABEL? Often it is more useful to use the ‘per 100g/100mL’ column in order to compare products, instead of the ‘per serve’ column, as the serving sizes are

The energy value (in kilojoules) of the food shown is derived from the total fat, carbohydrate, protein, fibre & alcohol that is in that food & that is used by your body when the food is digested.

FAT You will always find the total & saturated fat content listed on the nutrition information panel (and often the trans, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats if the product has made a health claim). High levels of saturated fats in a food can be detrimental to your cholesterol & heart health. For general health, aim for foods that provide less than 10g of fat per 100g (or less than 10% fat). Preferably, we want these foods to have less than 1/3 of that fat being of the saturated variety. However, for children under the age of 2, low fat products should be avoided due to the high-energy needs of children at this age for their growth & development.


carbohydrate content is derived from the starch & sugar content of a food. Carbohydrate is our body’s most efficient source of fuel & helps to fuel our brain & muscles throughout the day as well as helping to maintain energy levels & moderate our hunger. The sugar content of foods is also listed separately & includes the natural occurring sugar in the foods as well as those added to products during processing. For general health, aim for less than 10g of sugar per 100g for general products, but you can allow for up to 25g for cereal-based products to allow for things such as dried fruit.

SODIUM Sodium is found in many processed foods as it is a flavour enhancer & also a preservative. High sodium intake is linked with higher blood pressure levels & risk for stroke so lower sodium choices are always preferred.

DIETARY FIBRE This is not required to be listed on the panel (unless a health claim related to fibre, sugar or carbohydrate is made by the product). Higher fibre choices aid in healthy bowel activity.


Protein is also an important macronutrient for development & growth in all children. The highest sources are from meat, fish, egg, poultry, cheese & milk/milk products. Vegetable based sources include nuts, beans, lentils, dried peas & cereals.

CARBOHYDRATE Carbohydrate is found in breads and cereals, pasta, rice, milk, some vegetables, legumes and fruits. The total


Watch out for high sources of fat, sugar or sodium in the first few ingredients listed on the packet as these will likely contain high amounts of these items. Common terms used for sugar include white, brown, raw & caster sugar as well as honey, golden, maple or corn syrup, fructose, glucose, sucrose, lactose, maltose, dextrose, disaccharides, malt, mannitol, molasses, monosaccharides, sorbitol or xylitol.

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HEALTH CLAIMS • ‘Baked not fried’ sounds healthy but products with this statement on them may still contain high amounts of fat so check the nutrition information panel to be sure. • ‘Percentage fat free’ is a reliable indicator of total fat content, for example, 99% fat free indicates that a product contains 1% fat or 1g of fat per 100g that is acceptable for general healthy adults who are watching their weight. • ‘Low fat’ is also a reliable claim as it indicates that the product contains 3g of fat per 100g or 3% total fat. • Health claims that specify a nutrient’s link to a health condition can only be listed if there is evidenced based research available to verify that claim, e.g. a statement such as ‘rich source of calcium for strong bones & teeth’. • ‘No cholesterol’, ‘low cholesterol’ or ‘cholesterol free’ on foods derived from plants, (e.g. margarine or oil), are meaningless as plant based foods contain virtually no cholesterol.

DINING OUT When eating out, nutrition information panels will not always be available. Often food chains will be able to provide a brochure with the nutrition information panel for their menu or you can refer to the many websites & free mobile phone applications such as Calorie King, Weight Watchers or apps created by private health care funds. 

Another useful source of information is NUTTAB 2010 which is an Australian & New Zealand database available online that provides a breakdown of thousands of foods on the market & can be found at: consumerinformation/nuttab2010/ nuttab2010onlinesearchabledatabase/onlineversion.cfm


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This information has been taken from Food Standard Australia New Zealand, the New South Wales Food Authority & the Better Health Channel Victoria & can be accessed at the following websites: consumers/food-labels/label-facts/ nutrition-labelling consumerinformation/ labellingoffood bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/ Food_labels_explained

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t the time of writing this article, the hats on my rack are piling up. Today I’m wearing my GP hat, my teacher hat & primarily, my mother hat. On the days when I am not in the practice, my other job is to educate GP registrars (doctors completing their GP training). Last weekend I attended an inspirational session facilitated by a senior colleague on “making learning fun”. The group was reminded that the outcome of learning should be that the learner does something differently tomorrow that they didn’t or couldn’t do today. This concept is inde-

pendent of whether you are a child or adult (although some academics would argue the differences between these groups). My interest was particularly captured when my colleague pointed out that children find it difficult to clean their room, do their homework or remember the number of countries that make up Europe BUT they can easily recite the 100 plus types of Pokemon & their magical powers or name every Barbie DVD & its storyline. He explained that absorbing the factual stuff uses the same mental processes as the more mundane things & does all

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have a purpose. Over the weekend, these theories were proven to me with my eldest child. She is not academically inclined (nor mathematically) & is “limping” through to high school so she can choose the things she likes to do. She is a drama queen & songstress for whom homework is a tedious chore that she feels has no point but to – & quote – “tell me when I can read well enough to read a script”. My favourite line though is “I don’t need maths as I’ll be so famous I’ll have an accountant.” One could only hope! So this week our drama queen attended a drama workshop.

ties so as to build their selfesteem & promote resilience so that they can ride the bus to a career that best suits them. This concept of guidance was again put to the test when I did my monthly Saturday morning stint at the surgery. A particular patient had been seen by 3 other practices that week & felt like she was not improving (she in fact had a viral chest infection that was running a normal course). No one had taken the time to explain to her how things would pan out & after discussing some options for making her feel better (putting aside the useless antibiotics she had been given), she left the consult gratefully informed with plans for the next day & signs of what to look out for if things got worse. As she walked to the front counter she told me I should see the little one in the room next door who looked a bit unwell – it was my youngest with a belly ache. Ah yes, back to my mum hat – I was supposed to have finished work an hour earlier to be home & caring for her.

You don’t need to be a superstar or high-powered ‘mumpreneur’ to face the pressures of raising children, working & managing personal relationships. Dr Rebecca Stewart explores the many roles of a working woman & the importance of just being happy!

Day 1 was extreme exhaustion & the child of the night was in bed by 7:30pm but not before accurately reciting two pages of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Day 2, she came home & wrote a fourpage play script, beautifully structured, totally unprompted & proceeded to type it upon the computer (thank goodness for spell check). Day 3 was the compromise on the script & the reworking with her friends at the drama workshop. Day 4 was a presentation of the finished drama piece & 2 other memorized performances. For me though, the most important outcome from the week was a child with improved

self-esteem & resilience who reinforced the fact to me that it’s not just the nerdy kids that make the world go around & that learning (just like my colleague had indicated) could indeed stretch beyond the academic stuff. This of course, got me thinking about how our education system approaches kids that don’t quite fit the mould. It is hard for teachers with so many little ones & limited resources to bring out the best in all & there is no doubt they do a great job. As parents, however, it’s our job to go the extra mile & provide our children with the opportunity to explore activi-


The simple truth is – there is no interchangeable hat that will capture all of our roles & obligations. Juggling motherhood, family life & working will always be an interesting game but knowing what role we play in all of these aspects will make life easier. Recognising that we are influenced by so many domains is important & makes my job of guidance as a GP, but most importantly as a mum, that little bit easier. Guiding my little drama queen through the confusion of what she is “meant to be” & helping her to find things that make her feel good was quite rewarding. I figure if she is feeling good & is resilient she will succeed & if she doesn’t, it doesn’t matter as she will certainly be happy.

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safe fun

in the sun!


make use


sun exposure during peak UV times (between 10am & 3pm)

of available shade or create shade for the pram, stroller or play area. The material should cast a dark shadow. They baby will still need to be protected from scattered & reflected UV radiation

a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen to small areas of the skin that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, neck & hands, remembering to reapply the sunscreen every two hours or more often it is wiped or washed off

cover as much skin as possible with loose fitting clothes & wraps made from closely woven fabrics.

keep an eye choose a hat that protects your child’s face, neck & ears

on the baby’s clothing, hat & shade to ensure they continue to be well-protected

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There is n that usin o evidence g sunscre babies is har mful, en on a some ba bies may lthough dev minor sk in irritatio elop n. Try suns c or cream reen milks s for sens itive skin whic h are les s likely to irritate the skin.

According to Cancer Council Australia almost 14% of adults, 24% of teenagers and 8% of children are sunburn on an average Summer weekend. If you are in the pool, at the beach, playing in the garden or simply having a BBQ, we have some great tips from the Cancer Council for safe fun in the sun…

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celebrating australian authors As the National Year of Reading draws to a close, we celebrate some of the great children’s books published in Australia this year. The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the winning titles for Book of the Year 2012 recently with Early Childhood Book of the Year 2012 going to all time favourite author Nick Bland for his delightful book, The Runaway Hug.

Flood by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley (reviewed Issue 4, Autumn 2012) was awarded Honour Picture Book of the Year 2012 & the beautiful Ben & Duck by Sara Acton was awarded the Crichton Award for first time illustrator. In this edition of Mathilda’s Magazine, Meredith O’Connor takes a look at these award winning titles, as well as some Christmas books for the whole family to enjoy.

the runaway hug Text © Nick Bland, 2011 Illustrations © Freya Blackwood, 2011 Scholastic Press. RRP $24.99 (Hardcover)

For the very first time, popular children’s book author & illustrator, Nick Bland, teams up with highly acclaimed illustrator Freya Blackwood in The Runaway Hug. This book is sure to delight readers, young & old. Little Lucy asks for a hug before bed from her busy mum, but mum has only one hug left. Promising to return it, Lucy borrows her hug & then shares it around the family. That is, until Annie the dog runs away with it! The wonderful illustrations in this book beautifully complement Bland’s storytelling. It is impossible to resist a wry smile at the turn of every page, as any family with children would identify with the antics of this family. Highly recommended for 3-6 years.

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discover the

national year of reading

ben & duck Text & illustrations © Sara Acton, 2011 Scholastic Press. RRP $24.99 (Hardcover) $15.99 (Paperback)

Ben & Duck is Sarah Acton’s first children’s book & it is a beauty! The water colour illustrations draw the reader into the world of Ben as he heads off to the park to feed the ducks. There was only one duck there on this day… a very large one, who happily ate all of Ben’s bread. Not content with that, Duck decided to follow Ben home in the hope that his new friend might have some other offerings. Follow Ben’s travels as he tries to duck & weave across the countryside! There appears to be no escaping this duck! A great story about friendship & perseverance, with a warm undercurrent of humour. Highly recommended for 2-6 years.

princess & fairy a very sparkly christmas Text & illustrations © Anna Pignataro, 2008 Scholastic Press. RRP $15.99 (Paperback)

Princess & Fairy return in this sparkling version of Anna Pignataro’s look & find book. Princess & Fairy have been busy bunnies preparing for Christmas when they are asked to decorate the grandest tree of all. Each page takes us into another exciting part of Fairyland, all the while setting us the challenge of finding all the decorations on the list. The lyrical verse is perfect for bedtime reading while older children will enjoy the ‘look & find’ aspect. Recommended for 4-8 years.

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aussie christmas classic: the night before christmas, the classic edition

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Illustrations © Charles Santore 2011. Applesauce Press. RRP $24.99 (Hardcover)

In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.”

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, …and, so starts the well known & well loved poem written by Dr Clement C Moore in 1823. This beautifully illustrated version is the perfect choice for a Christmas book. Using the traditional text, award winning children’s book illustrator, Charles Santore has brought the words to life with some amazing illustrations & fold-outs. Destined to become a family favourite & a must-have on anyone’s bookshelf.


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technology: childhood friend or foe? Justin Coulson has released his latest parenting publication: What Your Child Needs From You: Creating a Connected Family. To purchase his book or find out more about Justin, visit

You may have noticed an interesting trend. People, particularly children, are walking around staring at screens all day. They stare, swipe, & poke at screens in the car, at work or school, & even in restaurants & cinemas. We seem to be addicted to screens! Parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson explores the pros & cons for technology in the family home.

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esearch indicates that we are struggling with these guidelines. A recent study found kids aged 9-16 are online an average of 99 minutes every day! Older children are online over 2½ hours a day... well above safe guidelines (and that’s not including TV or time on the computer when not online). Why does it matter? After all, technology isn’t all bad is it?

+ the pluses + Kids being online can be great for learning & education. + It’s amazing for entertainment. + It’s becoming invaluable for many parents to get some stress relief by handing the kids a phone to be a distraction so they (the parents) can have a few minutes of peace & quiet.

- the minuses


amilies are increasingly connected to technology – but the online connections we are creating can easily impact on the quality of our personal connections that matter so much for our wellbeing.

the guidelines

Researchers are discovering that technology can have some concerning negatives. These include: - A negative impact on physical, social, psychological, & cognitive wellbeing. - Exposure to unwanted & even dangerous content and people. - The increased risk of addiction to the online world.

The Australian Department of Health & Ageing has published guidelines suggesting that children aged five to eighteen have a maximum two hours screen time per day. Children between two & five should have no more than 30 minutes per day, & screen time is not recommended at all for kids under two.

what should parents do? With growing online access, parents are wondering what the best course of action might be. The following suggestions may be useful: + Have a simple conversation with your kids about the issue: You might discuss the government’s suggested guidelines, or others that align with your own values & feelings. Plus you can sensitively chat about the potential online dangers that exist. + Work with your children to develop appropriate solutions: Rather than ‘laying down the law’, it can be helpful to listen to your children’s ideas & arrive at mutually agreeable limits or policies around being online. + Install filtering software: You can download free filters for PC’s & laptops, tablets, & smartphones. + Establish technology free zones: For safety, & to minimise too much use, it can be useful to only allow online access in public areas of the house. + Establish technology free times: To keep connections strong in the real world, encourage one night (or more) a week that is technology free after five. Spend time together talking, playing games & eating. Make it more fun to have the phone & computer off than on! Technology can be good & bad. As parents monitor their children’s online behaviour & set effective limits with their kids, it’s more likely to be good.


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update your

has sprung! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the days are starting to get a little longer & there’s a little spring in everyone’s step. Yes – Spring has sprung! With the very welcome change in weather, there are plenty of things to break your winter hibernation & celebrate the great outdoors...

Tulips, daisies and lilacs blossom beautifully in spring – and the kids will love helping you pick different colours and varieties.


veggies with the kids! Children & vegetables may not be a match made in heaven (in their eyes anyway!), but kids will love growing a vegetable garden themselves. Capsicum, broccoli, watermelon, rockmelon, tomatoes & carrot are great to plant at this time of year & the kids will love seeing their garden progress over the summer months.

have a


After a season of soups & stews, prepare some delicious picnic foods & enjoy a day out with the family. You can even get the kids to help out with preparing salads, sandwiches & drinks. Find a tasty collection of picnic food recipes at collections/picnic+recipes

dust off the


Grab your thongs & BBQ tongs & dust off the BBQ. Sizzling snags, roasts, charred veggies & even fruit all make great accompaniments for your BBQ. We simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than with a relaxing lunchtime barbie.

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try this!

embark on a spring

treasure hunt

This is a fun holiday idea – perfect for enjoying the warm Spring sunshine & getting the kids away from the xbox! Draw pictures or apply photos of treasure hunt items to an old egg carton then send the kids out with their carton to find & fill! Best of all, you can tailor the treasure items to suit your child’s age, follow a theme & even hide little trinkets around the garden. So much fun!

bbq mango cheeks with honey & yoghurt gelato

Ingredients • 215g (1 cup) caster sugar • 250ml (1 cup) water • 160ml (2/3 cup) honey • 520g (2 cups) Greek-style yoghurt • 300ml pouring cream • 3 ripe large mangoes, cheeks removed, peeled • Olive oil spray • 2 tbs unsalted pistachio kernels, coarsely chopped • Honey, extra, to serve Method Place the sugar & water in a small saucepan over medium heat & stir until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low & cook, without stirring, for 4 minutes or until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Stir in the honey. Transfer to a large bowl & set aside to cool. Add the yoghurt & cream to the sugar syrup & stir until well combined. Pour the yoghurt

mixture into a square 23cm (base measurement) cake pan. Place in the freezer for 6-8 hours or until firm. Use a metal spoon to transfer one-quarter of the yoghurt mixture to the bowl of a food processor & process until smooth. Transfer to a sealable plastic container & place in the freezer. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining yoghurt mixture, adding each batch to the container. Cover & place in the freezer for 4 hours


or until firm. Preheat a barbecue grill on high. Lightly spray both sides of the mango cheeks with olive oil spray. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly charred. Divide the mango cheeks & gelato among serving plates. Sprinkle with the pistachios & drizzle over extra honey. Serve immediately. Source: Australian Good Taste (Jan 2008, Page 73). Recipe: Cynthia Black. Image: Ben Dearnley.

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Celebrating fashion... ! e l y t s een


Tackling a ‘tween’ birthday celebration presented a whole new challenge for the Mondocherry team but combining fashion with food & a good dose of fun made for a memorable occasion. Happy 11th birthday Hannah!

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With a Funky Fashion party theme agreed upon, the Mondocherry creatives set about styling an event suitable for even the most chic fashionista. Little hatboxes which were found in a craft shop were painted in stripes & used as invitations. A little felt hat was slipped inside the box with party details secured to the box’s base. Pops of fuchsia enhanced the predominantly black & white colour palette while folded & taped newspaper created a wall of dresses hung on coat hangers, hats & other must have fashion accessories. A clever addition to the day was the use of an iMac (with photobooth program) to create a photo booth. A vintage trunk full of dress up items including masks, wigs, feather boas, fans, parasols, moustaches & glasses was put to use as the party girls took great delight in striving poses for individual & group photos. Well known fashion houses (yes,


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even Chanel was present at this party!), formed the basis for fashion treasure hunt clues, with the girls searching the house & solving puzzles throughout the course of the hunt. We implemented clues such as pictures of actresses on the red carpet with our funky party fashionistas having to correctly identify which ones had been voted best & worst dressed. The girls loved matching photos of iconic styles with the correct era also.


A big highlight on the day was a craft activity allowing the party guests to paint a pair of canvas shoes, which they could then take home. Some pre-planning is required for this activity – you must remember to obtain their shoe sizes when accepting RSVPs! In true fashionable style, the party food was minimalistic with old fashioned favourites (including sausage rolls & pies) teemed with little cocktail umbrellas & dress shaped biscuits (thanks to a biscuit cutter from Lark). The birthday cake was a grey hat – an edible version of the invitation. A clever styling feature we thought! The party theming was completed with blank paper mache paper bags that were painted & filled with various items. Once the girls had taken a silly photo, these were inserted into the bag slot to personalize each bag & ensure that each girl left with their own individual memory from the day. Oh to be a eleven years old again!

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hey’re taking over the world… A bit dramatic granted, but with children aged 7 – 14 years being more technological advanced & fashion conscious than ever, the term “Tween” is gathering momentum. Sharing a unique set of characteristics including a more heightened perception as to what is in & out of style than previous generations, Tweens are known for their understanding & use of technology, social media & relative retail influence, having either their own budget or being able to significantly influence the items purchased by their parents. Mathilda’s has its very own Tween (in the form of Rachael’s daughter Ella) who at aged ten has inspired the launch of a brand new sister event for Mathilda’s – Tween2Teen Market. Director of Mathilda’s Market Rachael Zelenksy explains she has traditionally found shopping

for Ella frustrating. “Tweens aren’t quite old enough for many of the existing fashions on the market but similarly, find children’s fashion too immature.” “There are many designers out there who have created apparel for Tweens with a view to allow kids to discover their own style through quality, age appropriate & fashionable clothes.” “Our Tween event will aim to meet the gap that’s currently in the market where cheap, branded & inappropriate clothing is no longer considered stylish or preferred by younger consumers.” There will be a Tween2Teen Market event in a city near you throughout 2013 so be sure to register to receive updated event information via:

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50 au/web/angelakitney Artist designed greeting cards, gift wraps, organisers & more.

artrooms Custom framing for your child’s art into one unique collage.

parrot says Funky girls Lycra leggings with images printed onto the fabric.

kyrah pty ltd New-Age children’s book series empowering children’s lives.

park eden Custom made stylish fabric covered magnetic memo boards

tigeroy leaf paper & journals Creative & practical gifts for Tweens. Fun, innovative paper products that help tell a story & will be a hit with your Tween!


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Deck the halls... Christmas shopping calls! There is no better place to pick up a Christmas treasure (or three) than from one of the many Mathilda’s Market retailers. Offering a selection of handmade & limited edition goods, our retailers offer everything from kids clothing to linens & room décor. Take a look at a few of our favourites in this Christmas Gift Guide!

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silver smock

silver smock was born out of a love for making beautiful children’s things. Their range includes long sleeved bibs & dribble bibs in designer fabrics. With a lack of long-sleeved bibs on the market, creator of silver smock, Tamesin Pope is hoping to meet a gap for parents everywhere with her range of useful cover bibs. “The idea is practical - to save your children’s clothes & I figure we may as well do so using a range of simply beautiful fabrics.” Tamesin entered Mathilda’s Ready To Retail? competition after receiving an e-newsletter & will now retail at Mathilda’s Market in Canberra for a whole year.  Tamesin explains, “The inspiration for my business is to create products that will be practical & useful to a mother as well as being beautiful & affordable.” Meet Tamesin & see her bibs at the Christmas Markets in Canberra on Sunday 11th November.

Here at Mathilda’s Market, we love supporting independent labels, fostering new & emerging talent & encouraging fresh looks & designs. So earlier this year, Mathilda’s went on the search for a new retailer in each state to welcome to the Mathilda’s & Boutique Markets family. The Ready to Retail competition received a great response and, after a nailbiting Facebook vote, the public chose six winners for Mathilda’s Market & four winners for Boutique Markets. Read below to discover more about our Ready To Retail winners…

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juliet’s closet

Inspired by everything vintage, the beautifully designed & thoughtfully made clothing created by Juliet’s Closet replicate vintage designs with a beautiful modern twist. Juliet’s Closet also fosters the development of young women with gifts that encourage girls to explore their creative abilities like painting, drawing, writing & generally just creating.   After witnessing first hand the type of clothing chain stores were selling to young girls, owner & creator of Juliet’s Closet, Megan King, decided there had to be better designed

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clothes for girls ages 7-14. Megan explains, “It is a passion & a mission of mine to make a difference to the self-esteem & confidence of young ladies.” “Attending Mathilda’s Market in Sydney will be a wonderful opportunity for customers to touch & feel our products up close & for me to gain valuable insights into what their needs & requirements are.” Meet Megan & see her beautiful designs at the Christmas Markets in Sydney on Saturday 17th November. Snoozle



paper doll creative

gingerbread corner

Paper Doll Creative is a playful, contemporary & refreshing collection of uniquely handmade, framed paper artworks. The simple, sophisticated & uniquely 3D art is created for children & grown-ups to enjoy in their homes. Lovingly made by mother of two & interior designer, Carmel Purcell, the beautiful designs of Paper Doll Creative are born from an eclectic mix of timeless patterned paper, fabrics & clippings from recycled storybooks & magazines to create shapes that have a 3D quality.    “With the arrival of my first child, I decided to furnish our baby’s nursery where my love of sophisticated, colourful, contemporary & refreshing art came to life.” “Mathilda’s Market will allow me to create real ‘face-to-face’ relationships & will allow people to touch & feel my finished products.” Meet Carmel & see her funky designs at the Christmas Markets in Brisbane on Saturday 27th October.



i spy bags

Never again will you hear the phrase “are we there yet?” with these boredom-busting travelling treasure hunts from I Spy Bags.   A fun & educational tool for developing finer motor skills, owner Jodie Snooks says I Spy Bags are great for those occasions where children (& adults!) need to be occupied. Jodie says, “They are excellent to use while travelling, shopping & in waiting rooms, keeping those little fingers & minds occupied while you wait. “I was inspired by an idea I saw in America which was being used for autistic children, in schools & rehabilitation programs, as well as in nursing homes for dementia & arthritis patients.”

Adorable animal faces for children’s parties, gorgeously detailed teacups for high tea, elegant designs for weddings & every creative cookie concept in between are offered by Janet & Michelle from Gingerbread Corner. A year & a half into their business, Janet & Michelle heard about Mathilda’s Ready To Retail? competition on Facebook & entered for their chance to win a site at the Melbourne markets. Janet explains, “We create homemade gingerbread & vanilla cookies to suit all events & occasions.” “Our goal is to grow our business to a stage where it can be our full-time focus (as oppose to a business we do when we are not at our day jobs).” Meet the gourmet girls & their baked goodies at the Christmas Markets in Melbourne on Sunday 25th November.

Meet Jodie & see her clever I Spy Bags at the Christmas Markets in Hobart on Sunday 11th November.



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memory clouds

happy feet shoes

Memory Clouds offers uniquely personalised children’s clothing, home wares & accessories. Embellished with names, photographs & special messages from loved ones, these nostalgic keepsakes from beanbags to clothing make for long treasured keepsakes for your little one.

Introducing the clever & beautifully designed squeaky shoes for babies & toddlers from Happy Feet Shoes. With removable squeakers, the shoes come in designs for both boys & girls. All shoes have leather lining for breathability & flexible rubber soles to move with the contours of precious little feet.

Memory Clouds founder, Heidi advised that her focus for the next 12 months will be upon growing & diversifying her business.

Owner Sandra Hagerty said, “I was looking for quality shoes that were affordable for my own children. I felt the market lacked in this area - so with this in mind, Happy Feet Shoes came to be!”

Heidi says, ‘I distinctly remember conjuring up this idea of a little cloud of memories, where a child could sit & take in the world around them in the comfort of their own story & not that of a licensed cartoon branded product. I wanted the ‘Memory Clouds’ to tell the child’s story, with photos, messages from loved ones & tactile elements they could touch & feel’.  

“Squeaky shoes can really help with children who are delayed in walking. We’re all about happy feet here!”  

Meet Sandra & see her gorgeous range of shoes at the Christmas Markets in Perth on Sunday 25th November.

“The business has flourished since that initial idea & in addition to retailing at the Markets over the next 12 months, I’m also planning to expand into an online bespoke store to attract a wider audience.” Meet Heidi & see her creations at the Christmas Markets in Brisbane on Snoozle Sunday 25 November.

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lamonster handmade clothing


lily loves pearl NSW

appleye jewellery designs

Owner, designer & creator of Appleye Jewellery Designs, Naomi Dootson, is getting personal with her beautiful handmade & personalised jewellery. Naomi designs & creates all pieces in-house with hand forged, formed & hand stamped 100% recycled sterling silver, which she affectionately refers to as re-purposed. “Unlike mass produced jewellery, slight imperfections are to be expected, which I feel adds to the charm & character of each unique design,” she says. “It will be such a joy to meet people & chat with them about how & what I create and find out about their journey of creating as well.” 

Meet Naomi & see her inspiring designs at the Christmas Markets in Sydney on Saturday 3rd November.

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Lily Loves Pearl create certified organic skincare products that will cleanse, balance & nourish your skin gently, thoroughly, daily. Inspired by her Gran (Pearl) & Aunt (Lily) who would blend up facemasks & potions in the kitchen, owner Samantha Molineux proudly promotes the fact that her products are made with local ingredients & love. “I am committed to educating people about using pure, organic ingredients on their skin & would encourage our customers to be part of our journey for a healthier body & healthier planet,” says Samantha.

Meet Samantha & discover her luxurious range of body products, including the Hyper Hydrate Moisturising Cream, at the Christmas Markets in Melbourne on Sunday 25th November. LamonsterHandmadeClothing

The wonderful range from Lamonster Handmade Clothing has a focus on quirky fabric & unique designs. Inspired by seeing her carefully & lovingly made designs on her own daughter, owner & creator Kathy Lamont wants to provide people with the highest quality handmade garments for children. “Handmade items are just wonderful to give & receive - there is so much thought put into a handmade item. It is treasured & looked after & is the ‘special outfit’ you put onto your child for an event such as a birthday or weekend get together,” says Kathy.

Meet Kathy & see her beautiful handmade designs at the Christmas Markets in Perth on Sunday 25th November.

You can meet all these lucky winners & see their products at each Mathilda’s or Boutique Markets. For market dates & venue information be sure to visit our market websites: /


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must haves!

little skipper

catie’s cupcakes

At the heart of Little Skipper is a love of beautiful illustrations reminiscent of childhood & childhood stories. Little Skipper treasures can be hung on the wall, sent in the post, placed near the heart or taken out to tea, producing limited edition archival prints, custom name prints, greeting cards & gift-tags. All illustrations are handdrawn in Melbourne by Sally Gross making a unique gift for the young & young at heart! Catie’s Cupcakes will add the sweet touch to your next celebration, with delicious cupcakes for any occasion. Make this Christmas extra special (not to mention extra delicious!) with a range of great flavours & creative Christmas designs. Catering is also available for the office Christmas party with delivery, set-up & stand hire available. Find Catie’s Cupcakes in

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Sunday 25 November 2012, 9am-1pm Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield

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fairy frocks

Do you have a little fairy that loves to be pink, sparkly & frilly? Fairy Frocks has anything your little one could ever want from gorgeous fairy singlets, fancy dress costumes, tutus, skirts, accessories & more. The little ones in your life will sparkle with so many great Christmas ideas! Find Fairy Fr ocks in


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Fremantle Town Hall, William St.

très divin

For those that have a passion for perfectly packaged gifts, look no further than Très Divin.

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Saturday 17 Nove mber 2012, 9am-1pm

Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Specialising in gorgeous grosgrain Street, Leichhardt ribbons, quality gift wrap, exquisite cards & quaint gift tags, they have everything you need to create a divine looking gift. The stunning accessories makes gift-wrapping a gift in itself.

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minette vs. corey

baby bowtique

The collaboration (& rivalry) between these two jewelers allows for the pooling of creative ideas, refined skills, double the genius & the motivation of competition. The jewelry from minette vs. corey is fresh & modern, as well as cute & everyday, handmade with heart & a high level of quality. The gorgeous range of cufflinks, earrings, pendants & rings vary in materials, colour, shape & theme, making for fresh & funky items, perfect as a Christmas gift!

Baby Bowtique is a young fashionista’s dream, with handmade, unique & individually designed boutique hair bows, clips, bandanas & headbands. Suitable for dayto-day wear or to glam up a birthday dress or to add to an extra special Christmas outfit, there’s something for every diva. You can even have a custom-made piece specially made for your little princess! Find Ba

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Enter a world of something mystical, magical & amazing. The Fairy Door Store will allow your little one to enter a world of imagination, adding a little touch of magic to their lives. Each Fairy Door comes beautifully packaged & includes a special bag of fairy dust, & a magical golden key that only the fairies can use to open the door. Leave fairy dust footprints & little presents to make birthdays & the tooth fairy extra special for your little ones.


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Your little one will sleep in style this summer with the gorgeous & funky range of summer pajamas from All Things Owl. Why not make them the perfect Christmas gift with a super cute matching owl softie. The owl softies are 100% & the perfect snuggle buddy for your little one.


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