Busy Mums Mag
Volume 12 September 2016
First Aid Tips
Get Ready for Summer
Spring, Summer 2016 Special Edition
Mums & Childrenâ€™s Fashion
Editors Note Thank you for joining us for our latest edition of the Busy Mums Magazine. I am so proud to bring together a Magazine aimed at offering Solutions for Busy Mums. Unfortunately, many of todayâ€™s mums struggle; trying to achieve a work/life balance, causing most of us to feel overwhelmed and stressed from time to time. While it would be fantastic; it is unrealistic to offer a fix-all solution, so we are giving you the next best thing. Snippets of ideas and solutions in a quick and easy to read online magazine. The Busy Mums Magazine hopes to help mums with tips and tricks to cope with the day to day Motherhood tasks as well as finding quick and easy ways to look and feel great within themselves. We hope you enjoy our latest issue and would love to hear from you with any thoughts or suggestions of topics that you would like us to cover. Wishing you a happy balanced life! Lorraine
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Table of Contents
Sun Protection Recommendations for Children & Adolescents Food Additives & Medical Conditions Connecting with your Kids these Holidays School Holiday Activity Ideas Children’s Product Reviews
Lifestyle Spring Cleaning Special Spring Cleaning Handy Hints Lifestyle Product Reviews
Food Let’s Cook Together - ideal school holiday recipes
Fashion Spring Summer 2016 Swimwear, Clothing & Accessories Choosing Swimwear to flatter your shape Swimwear for Mums Home IPL Treatments
Travel Other New Books Competitions & DVD Releases New and Noteworty items
Tips for First Aid when Camping DIY First Aid Kit Tips for your Family First Aid Kit
Sun Protection Recommendations Childhood is a critical time during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to lead to skin damage and skin cancer later in life. As parents, we play an important role in ensuring the health and safety of our children’s skin, and helping them establish protective habits early. Modelling good sun protection behaviour ourselves means that our children are more likely to do the same. When UV levels are above 3, it is imperative that sun protection is used. This information is readily available in the newspaper, on the radio and on various apps and the Bureau of Meteorology website. When the UV levels are below 3 (usually from May to August), sun protection isn’t generally required, but it is recommended to use protection if children are likely to be near reflective surfaces, such as hitting the slopes during snow season. We don’t want to stop our children enjoying outdoor play. It is essential for their health, well being and development. However, by using the following recommendations and keeping the whole family protected, we can all enjoy some fun in the sun. 1. Use protective clothing. If you can see skin, UV rays can damage it. Try covering up as much as possible with loose-fitting, cool and breathable clothing. Long shorts, elbow length tops and darker coloured clothing offer great protection. Rashies for swimming provide high UV protection and keep the skin cool without getting tight when wet. 2. Use broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For skin that can’t be covered up completely, a sunscreen needs to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Choose easy to apply products and remember to re-apply after swimming or playing and every 2 hours. Avoid sprays, as it is difficult to measure how much has been applied. Give each child their own sunscreen and encourage them to apply it themselves from about the age of three in front of a mirror (under adult supervision of course!). Be generous with application - it’s not about making sure the tube or bottle lasts a long time, it is about ensuring adequate protection from sun damage. One application should be between 30-50mL of sunscreen. Be a good role model for your children - they learn best from following what adults are doing, so apply your own sunscreen too.
3. Seek shade. Babies 12 months and under need to be well-protected and kept in shade as much as is practically possible. Their sensitive skin is not able to deal with chemical sunscreens as well as an older child or adult. They absorb a higher amount of any chemical applied to the skin, so widespread chemical sunscreen use isn’t recommended. It’s important to recognise that there haven’t been an adverse effects occurring as a result of sunscreen absorption, so certainly use is recommended if all skin cannot be completely covered to protect against UV damage. Ultra Violet light can still reflect off surfaces like sand and concrete, so even in the shade, keep hats and sunglasses on and keep skin covered on high UV days. 4. Put on a hat. A great sun protective hat covers the head, face, ears and neck. Wide-brimmed hats are best. Baseball style caps leave the ears, cheeks and neck exposed and are not recommended. It can be difficult to get your child to wear a hat at times. It’s all about persistence and getting them to understand that it is a non-negotiable part of a routine for outdoor activities. Role modelling is again crucial. If parents wear hats, their children are more likely to follow suit.
for Children & Adolescents 5. Donâ€™t forget eye protection. Eyes are particularly sensitive to UV damage, and even one day in the sun can result in a burned cornea. Cumulative exposure may lead to cataracts later in life. A combination of a hat and sunglasses will give optimal eye protection during high UV times. Check that sunnies are close-fitting and preferably wrap around the eye, and that they meet Australian standards for UV protection. Summers in Australia are filled with fun days in the sun, and it need not lead to future skin issues for our children. Children learn behaviours from their parents, and one of the most important lessons we can impart is that of healthy skin and sun protection. Because we know, early skin care and sun protection can make a difference. Written by Deborah Williams Pharmacist, Formulator & Mother Deborah Williams is an award-winning Pharmacist and Pharmacy owner, and has been involved in pharmaceutical formulary as a consultant for leading dermatologists in Melbourne. From this experience, she developed a special interest in skincare, which became targeted to childrenâ€™s skin when she became a mother. Deborah has been formulating skin products for patients for over a decade and has decided to make a skincare range exclusively for girls to meet a need in the community. Her formulations have been developed using a range of highly effective, nourishing and protective botanicals and active ingredients, safely complemented by the best of science. For further information and young skincare advice, or to shop Girl Lane, visit www.girllane. com.au. MumsDelivery readers will receive an exclusive 15% discount by entering Promo Code: MyGirl15 upon checkout.
Food Additives & Medical Conditions Is there a connection between food additives and asthma, epilepsy and food allergies? With an increasing number of children being diagnosed with asthma, epilepsy and food allergies, it is no surprise that there is an enormous amount of information available regarding this topic. However, like with anything, before jumping to conclusions parents must take their time and research, as well as watch their child closely for reaction and changes when consuming any new food. Not all preservatives are artificial. Some preservatives and food additives naturally occur in foods. So, it’s not surprising that kids with food allergies and intolerances are often sensitive to natural chemicals associated with their allergies. This begs the question - what kind of food additives and preservatives could trigger asthma or epilepsy in children? 1. SALICYLATES - There has been much research done, but not yet absolutely proven, that many of the naturally occurring substances may trigger asthma. One of these is ‘salicylates’ which is an aspirin-like, naturally occurring chemical found in curry powder, paprika, oranges, apricots, ginger, honey, berries and fruit skins, tea and almonds. 2. SULFITES - Sulfites are preservatives that occur naturally. Sulfites are responsible for preventing foods from turning brown when food is exposed to air. When some people with asthma have an adverse reaction to sulfites, it can result in mild to life-threatening symptoms. Sulfites can be found in wine (most children are safe from this), dried fruits, white grape juice, frozen potatoes, certain jams and jellies. 3. TARTRAZINE – Although unproven, Tartrazine may also trigger asthma symptoms. Tartrazine is a yellow dye, commonly used in in beverages, candy, ice cream, desserts, cheese, canned vegetables, hot dogs and seasoning salts.
4. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - MSG is a flavor enhancer used in packaged meats and foods. Some studies show that people with asthma may have more severe episodes after consuming foods that contain MSG. There has also been a number of reports on how certain food additives, such as preservatives 280-283 and bread preservative 282 can cause epilepsy seizures. This is why one of the most popular diets for people with epilepsy is the Elimination Diet (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Elimination Diet) which assist with the investigation and management of children with a suspected food intolerance. As parents, we are constantly alert and trying to protect our children from harm. Our main duty is to keep them as healthy as possible, as far as their environment allows it. A large part of this is educating our children of what has a positive effect on their body, as well as what doesn’t and its impact. It is, without doubt, a huge learning curve for both the parents and children. But parents can be assured that they are not alone and should seek assistance. Children with allergies and medical conditions should always carry action plans and information with them to help their carers in case of emergency. Article written by Viktoria Komornik, founder of AllerBuddies in Melbourne, medical alert bracelets for children. Find out more at www.allerbuddies.com.au
Connect with your kids these school holidasys In this busy world of drop-offs, weekend sports, late night homework and a hundred and one other tasks, many parents look forward to a break from the busy term-time routine to connect with their kids, yet taking the time to connect is often a challenge, and school holidays can often end up as a disappointing ‘disconnect’, say experts. “We live in the age of ‘connection’ yet many parents feel disconnected from their kids because they are time-poor and school holidays give them a chance to complete other tasks. All too quickly the holidays draw to a close and we haven’t achieved what we had intended, leaving both children and parents unfulfilled,” says Nicole Pierotti, psychologist. Nicole says that rather than making grand plans to go on a round of excursions, movies and trips, to plan some ‘down-time’ that allows parents and kids to spend time connecting on real terms. “Connecting is just about spending meaningful time together. The time where you really listen or just be together without jumping up to flip the dinner, feed the cat or hang out the washing,” says Nicole.
Nicole says that just ten to fifteen minutes is all we need to connect with our kids. “That connected fifteen minutes will be the fifteen minutes that they will remember about their day. They won’t remember the washing, the meals, the tidying but they will remember you sitting down with them and gazing at them and really listening to what they are saying, making or sharing. Even if you have to work this school holidays and they need to go to vacation care, you can still connect with your children at the end of the day and spend some meaningful time together,” says Nicole.
Here are Nicole’s top tips to connect with your child this school holidays: 1. Simply sit together and draw. Whether it be scribbles for two year olds, shapes for three year olds, tracing for 4 year old and colouring in for school kids. 2. Grab the play doh, add a placemat and get busy having fun. Try asking your child what it is they want to make and let them take the lead. 3. Take in some fresh air and play outside: find a ball and kick, throw, bounce and catch, kids of any age love this time. 4. Pick up a bucket of chalk and find a piece of concrete or pavers and draw. What to draw? It can be a road to ride their bike on, a shop, their name to trace over, or a picture of them. 5. You can make car travel your connecting time, spot words on signs, letters on number plates, brands on cars. Nicole says that if parents are short on ideas, then grab some inspiration on line: “Pilot Pen has some great craft ideas parents can download - grab some Frixion Colors and have fun rubbing out and starting again!” Nicole Pierotti is a child psychologist and parenting expert. She runs her own clinic ‘Baby Smiles’ based in Queensland. For further information, visit: www.babysmiles.com.au. For further information about Frixion Colors and some fun craft ideas, visit: www.pilotpen.com.au.
School Holiday Activity NSW
This September school holidays, Seymour Centre will proudly present the roar-inspiring Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo from 27th September – 1st October. Children aged 5+ will love this wildly acclaimed show, with prehistoric creatures ranging from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever roamed the planet! In this fun and educational show, children will learn how to feed and interact with Erth’s amazing array of unmistakably ‘alive’ creatures. http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/erth-dinosaur-zoo/
Embrace the chill these school holidays with ‘Cool Days Out’ at Sydney’s best attractions. ‘Cool Days Out’, the ultimate boredom busting adventure pass which provides access to Sydney’s original cool kids on the block, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney and the Sydney Tower Eye. From meeting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s resident dugongs to snapping a selfie with A-List celebrities at Madame Tussauds Sydney, ‘Cool Days Out’ means every family member will be entertained these school holidays. Little adventurers will learn about Australia’s unique animals through daily keeper talks at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, bigger kids will be able to take Instagram-worthy snaps from the Observation Deck of the Sydney Tower Eye and parents will be able to relax and unwind with food and beverage options available at each attraction. For more information on how to make the most out of these school holidays, please visit: www.cooldaysout.com.au The 50th consecutive Kids in the Park program will operate EVERY DAY of the NSW spring school holidays across Sydney Olympic Park. Boasting more than 60 activities - including FREE and good-value options Kids in the Park spring 2016 is designed to appeal to all ages, interests and budgets. Hot off Australia’s first Olympic medal in the sport at the recent Rio Olympic Games, Archery activities for various ages and skill levels are pin-pointed for fun; as are the FREE Games at the Armory where kids can experience activities played during the first half of the 1900s including hoop rolling, paper craft, knuckle games and quoits. For full details, visit kidsinthepark.com.au Choo Choo! Entertain and delight your family these School Holidays with the BRIO Play Event hosted by Hobby Co, QVB. Childsmart, Australia’s leading distributer of high quality toys, nursery and kids lifestyle products and Hobby Co are partnering to stimulate growing minds and create happy childhood memories this October. On Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of October from 11am-3pm each day, children and parents alike are invited to play with an enormous amount of trains, tracks and the entire world of railway products from treasured kids toy brand BRIO. With giveaways and special offers on BRIO merchandise.
ideas VIC September School Holidays will be a true WONDERLAND of entertainment as the Wonderland Spiegeltent at Docklands presents a jam-packed line up of wondrous, amazing and thrilling family shows that are sure to keep the kids smiling until its time to go back to school. So Let’s Play! Dr Hubble’s Bubble Show will have you holding your breath as giant silky bubbles come alive. Big bubbles, small bubbles, exploding bubbles and bubbles inside of bubbles. Magic Tony and his animal menagerie of bunnies, doves and a guinea pig called Giovanni will keep eyes wide in amazement as The Bag of Tricks Magic Show delivers a magical experience that will keep audiences guessing at every turn. Buckle up for a trip in the Dinosaur Time Machine as two adventurous performers use science, circus and puppetry to give you a glimpse into the dinosaur world. One of Australia’s most popular children’s acts, Woody’s World, will have the kids laughing and clapping in delight Find out more here: www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au/
Parenting Based on the most downloaded app of all time (nearly 3.5 billion downloads), finally find out why the birds are so angry in The Angry Birds Movie, now available to own. The highly awaited hit animated comedy takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. That is of course until the arrival of suspicious green piggies who threaten to overrun their haven. To celebrate the home entertainment release, the Angry Birds and wellness expert and teacher Bonnie Morgan have created these ‘cheat sheets’ on how to become your favourite birds.
Reviewed Tambo Teddies – Basil Bear Meet Basil! Basil is a gorgeous, soft sheepskin teddy that is the cuddliest addition to any family. Being handmade in Australia from 100% woollen sheepskin, he’s a lovely and truly authentic Australian gift.
Read the full review to see why your child would love Basil and how he has an iconic
Play-Doh: As Play Doh celebrates their 60th Birthday we look at why so many families love it and the benefits it offers children.
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Lupi Lu an innovative toilet seat designed for toddlers and young children! The fantastic concept of having a smaller toilet seat hole, PLUS the normal sized toilet seat beneath that, makes for an easy transition in toilet training for your youngster. See how it helps in the toilet training process in our review.
VTech Rattle & Roll Racer VTech Baby’s Rattle & Roll Racer is a bright, fun car with a happy race car driver that will have your beautiful baby laughing and chasing it with glee It turns out, the Rattle & Roll Racer is quite clever! There are two ways to play with the car and it has great developmental effects. See the review
Spring Cleaning Special
Spring Cleaning: the annual deep-clean of one’s home in preparation for warmer weather and a fresh clean start after the long, cold winter. Apparently Spring cleaning is not supposed to last the entirety of Spring...but it can in our house (mostly due to procrastination) haha!
To avoid becoming overwhelmed with the multitude of jobs at hand, I recommend making a list of cleaning tasks that need completing, then choosing one or two items to tick off at a time. Some days you’ll may be super-efficient and get lots done, and some days less. That’s what happens when you have kids and the key learning lesson here is being flexible.
2016 Spring Cleaning Task Sheet.
Below I have created a Spring Cleaning Tasks Sheet that you download and print here. Use this task sheet to cover some of the key spring cleaning tasks. Tick them off as you go to gain satisfaction for tasks completed. Once completed not only will you feel better, your house will look great too. We have broken the tasks down into living areas to make it easier and by doing certain areas at a time, your cleaning efforts may be more effective.
Total House Tasks
• Light Fittings: Clean bugs from all light fittings and wipe dust off light bulbs. (You’ll be surprised how much difference this can make to the lighting in your home!). • Windows: Be sure to clean both inside and out. I use white vinegar diluted in a water sprayer and paper towel to clean my windows: it’s cost effective, efficient and environmentally friendly. Where possible, remove flyscreens, taking them outside for a quick brush and hose off. Ensure they dry completely before putting them back on the windows. • Carpet: The vacuum can only clean so well! It’s good to give
them a good clean by a professional carpet cleaner or by one of the hired steam cleaners from places like Bunnings or Woolworths, etc. every second year or so! For the year in between, spot cleaning with a spray carpet cleaner and drying with the hair dryer if it’s not a hot sunny day does the job. • Skirting Boards: It seems like a big job, given they follow all the inside walls of the house, but it’s only really dust that you’re wiping up so little effort is required. I use an old wet toothbrush to go along then follow by a dry rag to dry them. • Drains: I do this more than once a year, but it’s nice to do them and have everything nice and clean at the same time! Simply pour 1/4 cup Bicarb Soda down the drain, then follow with 1 cup of white vinegar. The kids love watching the yucky stuff bubble up and disappear back down the drain! This cleans the walls of the drain pipe to avoid excess build up which in effect avoids blockages.
Tip: Give each child an antibacterial wipe and ask them to clean the skirting boards– MD gives each child a room and a treat at the end for a job well done.
Lifestyle • Walls: Ideally, I should wipe down all the walls to get rid of dust and grime. But I don’t have the time nor inclination to do that, so I spot clean all the hand marks off the walls with a CHUX dipped in a bucket of warm soapy water, then wipe over with clean water. Tip: Depending on the state of your walls, you may be better off painting them and giving your home a new, refreshed look.
• Kitchen Cabinets: Build up tends to accumulate, and dust sticks to the grime on the cupboard doors that tends to come with cooking meat (and cooking in general!). Warm soapy water does the trick! • Stainless Steel: Wipe over your stainless steel with a damp cloth to remove excess food or grime. Follow with a paper towel damp with white vinegar to leave your stainless steel shining and streak-free. • Dishwasher: (I don’t have a dishwasher; this is for the majority of households out there who do have one!). Remove excess food out of the bottom, then run a cycle with special cleanser formulated to clean the entire system. • Appliances: Just a little maintenance goes a long way. Empty your toaster of crumbs, wipe the outside and give the cord a wipe over. To clean the inside of your kettle, add 1 cup of white vinegar to half a kettle of water and boil it. Tip it out, boil a full kettle of water to remove any lingering vinegar, tip out and it’s done! I love a clean kettle, as the water level becomes clearly visible again through the indicator window. • Fridge: Wipe down the outside, including the handles and seal. Empty contents of fridge, clean shelves & drawers with a cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Dab some vanilla essence on the seal to maintain a fresh scent. • Oven: Scrape off excess food. Sprinkle baking soda on the floor of the oven, followed by a few drops of white vinegar: allow to foam, then wipe away the loosened remaining grime.
• Closets: Sort clothes, putting winter clothing to the back and bringing out the brighter, lighter clothing to the front. Toss anything that you no longer need (to the op shop, for friends, to sell, or if your favourite t-shirt has fallen apart, like some of mine, put aside for *sniff* cleaning cloths). • Mattresses: Sprinkle Bicarb Soda evenly over the mattress and leave for a few hours to draw out moisture and odours. Then vacuum the mattress using the crevice attachment, and spot clean any stains with an upholstery cleaner then allow to air dry. • Bedding: Whilst your mattress is airing, why not give your bedding a good wash! Doona inserts need to be washed in accordance to the individual tag, then once it’s completely dry, you may as well give your bedroom a whole fresh look by putting on a different cover! Don’t forget to wash your mattress protector too! And pillows can be aired by removing all pillow slips and placing on top of the washing line wires for at least an hour in full sun each side.
• Lounge Chairs: Vacuum surfaces of lounge, run a lint roller over it and spot clean any stains in accordance to your lounges’ fabric. If you have a leather lounge, using a leather cleaner and conditioner (protector) quickly clean and wipe the conditioner into the lounge.
Bathroom & Laundry
• Grout: Clean grout with grout cleaner and an old toothbrush, then rinse. • Washing Machine: Run an empty machine load on hot with 1 cup of white vinegar to keep it
Lifestyle fresh and high functioning. If you have a front loader, wipe the inside of the door and around the seal to get any grime away. • Brooms & Dusters: Vacuum broom & duster bristles, then swish in warm soapy water and allow to dry in the sun.
• Outdoor Furniture: Wipe down table & chairs with warm soapy water, then hose and allow to air dry. • Outdoor Areas: Using a high pressure gurney you can clean paths, driveways and fencing to look fantastic. • House: Using a cobweb brush, wipe away all the cobwebs from around the house. Following this, you can hose the house down or use a cleaning solution to spray on the house and wash off. Whilst the list seems long, some of these tasks are quick and easy to do and others can be done by home maintenance professionals to save time. I suggest setting aside a day where the weather is nice and sunny. Ideally a day where the whole family can help is useful as although the children will help in varying degrees most are happy to complete certain tasks. For those a little older, this day could represent a great opportunity to earn some pocket money. Written by Sara J, busy mum to two busy young boys
ecostore is excited to announce the launch of their nasty-chemical-free homecare range in pharmacy leader Chemist Warehouse. The range consists of six must-have products to ensure a spotless household that is safer and healthier for you, your family and the environment. There are currently over 80,000 different chemicals present in everyday products, with growing concern that many are unsafe. Toxins can be found in everyday household cleaning and laundry products, personal care and cosmetics, with research suggesting links between some ingredients and health concerns including hormone disruption, allergies, asthma and even cancer. The ecostore products available in Chemist Warehouse are: • ecostore Laundry Powder Ultra Sensitive – 1kg $7.99 • ecostore Laundry Liquid Ultra Sensitive – 1L $8.99 • ecostore Multipurpose Spray Cleaner Orange & Thyme – 500ml $5.99 • ecostore Toilet Cleaner Citrus – 500ml $5.99 • ecostore Dishwash Liquid Grapefruit – 1L $6.99 • ecostore Dishwash Liquid Ultra Sensitive – 1L $6.99
Clean As A Whistle Home Services is one of the most approached spring cleaners in Brisbane because of their reliability and committed services catered at highly competitive prices. Their team of skilled and experienced professionals basically focus on those core areas that are usually missed while everyday cleaning. http://www. cleanasawhistlehomeservices.com.au/
Spring Cleaning Handy Hints
I’m sure we all have different knacks and tips to make Spring Cleaning tasks easier and more efficient! Here are a few that I hope will help other busy mums out there this Spring: • Don’t throw away socks with holes or that are now single: keep them in the laundry for dusting. Putting two socks on your hands and wiping over venetian blinds, under drawers that the mop doesn’t fit under etc. is a great way to clean as it means you don’t end up with dust and grime caked under your nails and up your arms! • Never throw away old toothbrushes! They make tasks such as cleaning door tracks and grout so much easier and faster. • When it comes to cleaning your fan blades and/ or air conditioning vents, clean them well with a cloth and warm soapy water. And allow to dry. Then polish them with car polish; polish on and buff off with a clean soft cloth! Future cleans will mean very easy and quick wiping over the polished surface: no more scrubbing or soaking! • Cut up any worn out or excessively stained clothing to be used for cleaning rags, rather than buying cleaning cloths. I keep mine in a bucket in the laundry. • Once you’ve cleaned your window and door tracks with warm soapy water and an old toothbrush, let them air dry and then run a dry cake of soap along the runners. This leaves a coating to keep your windows & doors sliding smoothly. • Door hinges: nobody likes a squeaking door, particularly tired parents who really don’t want their child woken by an annoying door squeak! Cooking oil spray works a treat and doesn’t leave that strong lubricator smell that some lubricators can. Simply spray onto the hinge, work the door open and closed a few times and wipe up any excess oil with a paper towel. Such an easy and effective solution and way to avoid a household annoyance. Happy Spring Cleaning, and enjoy the warmer weather! :) Written by Sara J, busy mum to two busy young boys
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Gogo Smile Complete Teeth Whitening Kit Although I brush my teeth twice a day I have noticed that they have progressively yellowed over the years. Living on a family budget, the process of whitening my teeth kept falling into the ‘not now, maybe later’ basket. See what I thought of the at home DIY Gogo Whitening kit.
Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Beard Trimmer With more men growing beards; manscaping has become a growing trend. My husband is constantly growing a beard, managing it for a while; then shaving it off from time to time. As such we are always on the look-out for great men’s grooming products that work well and were excited to test the latest Beard Trimmer from Philips.
Soxy Beast Soxy Beast is a Melbourne based sock subscription service. You pay a small amount for a pair of bold, artist designed socks to be delivered straight to your door. You get a gorgeous pair of designer socks delivered straight to your door. Find out more Oziris Azure Lounge Review Lightweight & compact, the Oziris Azure Lounge is about to revolutionise the outdoors as you know it! Whether you’re camping, spending the day at the beach, catching the sunset or simply kicking back in the garden with the kids, you’ll be doing it in comfort with the Azure lounge. See the complete review
Weet-Bix Slice Ingredrents • 5 Weet-Bix crushed • 1½ cups white flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 2 tbsp cocoa • ¾ cup dessicated coconut • 1 cup sugar • 1 tbsp golden syrup • 200g margarine • 1 tsp vanilla essence
These Banana and Coconut Milk Pops are yummy treats. Easy to make they suit all tastes as they are vegan, gluten and sugar free.
Icing: • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted • 2 tbsp cocoa • 1 tbsp margarine Method 1. Combine Weet-Bix, flour, baking powder, cocoa and coconut in a mixing bowl. 2. Place sugar, golden syrup and margarine into a saucepan and simmer until sugar is dissolved. 3. Add vanilla essence and blend together. 4. Pour the liquid blend over dry ingredients and mix together. 5. Press into a 20cm x 30cm lined baking dish. 6. Bake in a moderate oven, 180°C, for 15 minutes or until firm. Remove from oven and cool. 7. To make icing combine icing sugar, cocoa and margarine in a bowl. Gradually add boiling water mixing until desired thickness is reached. 8. Spread icing over slice. Make 20 slices.
Banana and Coconut Milk Pops
Ingredients 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 can of coconut milk 2 tbsp of shredded coconut Method 1. Place the mashed banana into your chosen popsicle molds, fill it up to the half way mark, freeze for an hour or until set. 2. Fill the remaining molds with the coconut milk and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Freeze overnight. To remove popsicles from molds, run under hot water for 10 seconds. Option: This recipe is 100% sugar free, however, if you prefer something slightly sweeter, mix the banana and coconut milk together with 2 tbsp of honey and top with shredded coconut and freeze.
Popcorn is a whole grain! Be sure to use airpopped popcorn to avoid the chemicals in microwave popcorn. Ingredients • 4 cups freshly air-popped popcorn • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or another oil of your choice) • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste • 3–4 tablespoons chopped Basil Method • 1 Melt the coconut oil and slowly pour over the popcorn, tossing as you go. • 2 Add the cheese, salt, and basil. Toss again. • Makes 4 cups popcorn Recipe provided from The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox Book. 27,000 Wholesome Combos to Make Lunch Go Yum! The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox is available from www.exislepublishing.com.au and wherever good books are sold. RRP $29.99
These are so full of goodness that they barely count as a dessert. And they freeze great for later. Ingredients • 1/3 cup coconut oil • 1/3 cup honey • 2 eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 cup spelt or whole grain flour • 1 cup old-fashioned oats • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup sliced almonds • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries Method 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Then beat in the vanilla. 2. Mix the spelt, oats, baking soda, and salt in a separate large bowl. 3. Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture until just barely moistened. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients. 4. Scoop 1-inch balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Gently flatten the cookies. Bake for 8–10 minutes. Makes 16 cookies
Recipe provided from The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox Book. 27,000 Wholesome Combos to Make Lunch Go Yum! The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox is available from www.exislepublishing.com.au and wherever good books are sold. RRP $29.99
Cheese & Vegemite Scrolls Cheese and Vegemite scrolls are a family favourite. My children love it and they offer the perfect children’s snack or a great addition to lunchboxes.
Crunchy Cookies Crunchy cookies base with the addition of sultanas and coconut make for a really crunchy and tasty cookie. Enjoy with alternative fillings. Recipe From Symply Too Good To Be True Book 1 Makes: 15 Cookies
Ingredients: • 6 tablespoons (90g) Flora Light® margarine • ⅓ cup sugar Ingredients • 1 egg white • Puff Pastry • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut • Cheese, grated • ½ cup sultanas • Vegemite • 1 cup self-raising flour • 1 egg, whisked with 1 tsp water • 2 tablespoons skim milk • 2 cups corn flakes Method 1. Separate a Puff Pastry Sheet and cut in half (we • cooking spray used the full sheet, however the scrolls were very Method big and took a long time to bake) 1. Preheat oven 180 C fan forced. In a large cheese-vegemite-scrolls-recipe2. Spread mixing bowl cream margarine and sugar. Vegemite all over the puff pastry leaving 2-3 cms 2. Add egg white and beat, fold in coconut, at the beginning and end so that you can secure sultanas, flour and milk, mix together. the scroll together. 3. Fold in corn flakes until ingredients are 3. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese over the top combined. 4. Add egg mixture to the end strip of the scroll 4. Drop a dessertspoon of mixture onto a 5. Roll the puff pastry up into a sausage pushing baking tray that has been coated with the part with the egg mixture firmly to the other cooking spray. Flatten each cookie. puff pastry 5. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. 6. Turn onto its side and roll in like a snail’s shell, Cool on wire rack. securing the end to the scroll with another dab of egg mixture between the puff pastry. VARIATIONS: FOR A PLAIN BISCUIT OMIT 7. Repeat with the other puff pastry sheets to SULTANAS, ADD ½ TEASPOON VANILLA create your scrolls. ESSENCE OR REPLACE SULTANAS WITH 8. Put in a greased pan and bake in the oven at CURRANTS OR REPLACE SULTANAS 180 degrees, cooking for around 20 minutes or WITH ½ CUP CHOCOLATE CHIPS. until pastry is golden and crispy. I couldn’t believe how easy these Cheese & Vegemite Scrolls were to make. The possibilities are endless too…think… Nutella & Banana or Coconut, Ham & Cheese…
Spring, Summer 2016 Photog
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Choosing Swimwear to Flatter Your Shape
Shopping for swimwear can be a frustrating and time consuming experience, especially if you don't know which style is best suited for your body.
All women have different bodies and different areas of our body which we may like more than others, this is key when choosing your perfect swimsuit. You want to accentuate the areas you love and downplay the others. A simple tip to do this is choose solid darker colours for the areas you would like to down-play and bright colors and fun prints on the areas you would like to highlight or accentuate. As no two women are the same it makes it hard to put our bodies into specific types so instead of saying women need to select out of 4 body types they fit, it is better to just give you some tips on how to choose a swimsuit that suits you and flatters your body best. If you are not so in love with your bottom half the best thing to look for when choosing swimwear is draw attention up by choosing an interesting neckline or a print on the top half of a swimsuit, also having a swimsuit with a solid bottom will help downplay the area also. Avoid choosing swimwear with boyleg bottoms they will not help downplay this area. Other options could be to wear a swimdress or choose to wear a complimenting wrap or skirt with your swimsuit which also gives you a little more coverage. If you have a bigger bust area you are best to look for swimsuits which have thick supportive straps and built-in underwire support. Look for swimsuits with higher cut arm holes. They are a great way to give those bigger bust some added support and are also very flattering.
Wanting to downplay your tummy area choose one piece or tankini swimsuits with built in tummy control support and swimsuits which have a ruching or are gathered on the front. They are a flattering choice and can help define your waist and curves while helping to conceal the area you are not too fond of.
If you are not as curvy as you would like you can help create the illusion of curves by choosing swimwear with molded cups or light padding in the top. Halter necks work well creating the illusion of more curves. Choosing a swimsuit bottom with added embellishments like frills, tie-sides or ruched bottom will help create the illusion of added curves. Women with a smaller top half that would like to create the illusion of an hourglass shape by choosing a bandeau style top will help the bust area appear wider and give you your desired hourglass shape. The most important tip though when buying a swimsuit is to make sure you choose a swimsuit you love, because if you don’t love it you won't wear it. Written by Suzie Gennari. Suzie is the designer of TOGS Swimwear. Suzie’s international modelling career and her experiences in the fashion industry have come together to create a line of swimwear featuring flattering cuts and styles that for the past 20 years have been embraced by a wide range of women worldwide. Find TOGS Swimwear’s new 2017 collection now available at www.togsswimwear.com
Swimwear for Mums Breastfeeding Swimsuit by Laila & Spot The swimsuit you've been looking for! Features a supportive and adjustable in-built bra, flattering rouching and very handy breastfeeding access through pretty metal drop down clasps. RRP: AUD$80 http://lailaandspot.com.au/catalog/ productdetails.aspx?ProductID=444
Platypus Australia Womenâ€™s Swimwear With colour blocking and slimming contouring, this ladies panel swimsuit oozes style and comfort. UPF 50+ offers excellent sun protection, the highest possible, blocking out more than 97.5 % of the sun's harmful rays. Fabric is a high quality Matt Nylon LYCRAÂŽ. Ultra chlorine resistant, breathable and quick drying. RRP $74.95 https://www.platypusaustralia.com/summer-2016/ womens-collection.html
Swimwear with the Laila & Spot 'Wear it Your Way Fringed Scarf' In and out of the water, or hanging around the pool, this look is super simple and so versatile. This new item from Laila & Spot can easily be adjusted to fit most sizes and converted to many different styles! RRP: AUD20 http://lailaandspot.com.au/catalog/ productdetails.aspx?ProductID=492
Platypus Australia Women’s Swimwear With colour blocking and slimming contouring, this ladies panel swimsuit oozes style and comfort. UPF 50+ offers excellent sun protection, the highest possible, blocking out more than 97.5 % of the sun's harmful rays. Fabric is a high quality Matt Nylon LYCRA®. Ultra chlorine resistant, breathable and quick drying. RRP $74.95 https://www.platypusaustralia.com/ summer-2016/womens-collection.html
Breastfeeding Tankini by Laila & Spot Prefer a bit more coverage? This tankini will tick all the boxes. Drop down clasps for easy breastfeeding, supportive brafit, and super cute shorts. RRP: AUD85 http://lailaandspot.com.au/catalog/ productdetails.aspx?ProductID=449
Platypus Australia Womens Sun Jacket With colour blocking and panelling, this ladies sun jacket oozes style and comfort. Stay protected under the sun with this UPF50+ long sleeve sun jacket, a guarantee to block at least 97.5% harmful UV rays. Fabric is a high quality Matt Nylon LYCRA®. Ultra chlorine resistant, breathable and quick drying. RRP$64.95 https://www.platypusaustralia.com/ summer-2016/womens-collection.html
Maternity Yana Swimsuit by Cache Coeur With its racer back design and integrated bra, Yana by Cache Coeur is the ideal maternity swimsuit for sporty and supportive swimming. Made from soft, light and breathable fabric with four way stretch, this fast drying swimsuit will adapt perfectly to your pregnancy body. $99.95 Available from: www. aquamaternity.com.au/yana-swimsuit
Halterneck Navy Stripe Swimsuit by JoJo Maman Bebe Show off your shape whilst feeling supported in this classic navy striped swimsuit from JoJo Maman Bébé. Ideal for the pool or beach, this affordable swimsuit is designed to fit throughout your pregnancy with an internal shelf bra and stylish halterneck straps. $74.95 Available from: www.aquamaternity. com.au/halterneck-navy-stripe-swimsuit
Black and White Stripe Tankini by JoJo Maman Bebe Flatter your shape in stylish monochrome stripes with this tankini set from JoJo Maman Bébé. With removable padded cups, adjustable wide straps and briefs which can be worn under or over your bump $74.95 Available from www.aquamaternity.com. au/black-and-white-stripe-tankini
Home IPL Treatments Getting hair free for Summer is a top Beauty Tip and it’s just become easier for Busy Mums as you can now take advantage of at home IPL systems to remove your hair permanently from the comfort of your own home at a fraction of the price of salon laser treatments.
Home IPL Hair Removal
Home laser hair removal offers the opportunity for mums (and dads) to take advantage of a quick, effective hair removal device from the comfort and privacy of their own home. Most home laser treatments use IPL technology. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and works by sending multiple wavelengths of light therapy to target the pigment within your hair follicles.
Benefits of Home IPL Hair Removal Treatments
• Convenience. The biggest benefit by far is the convenience it offers. Busy mums can treat themselves while baby is asleep, on the weekend while hubby is home or when everyone is asleep at night. • Privacy. You are in your own home and no one else needs to know what you are doing. This is perfect for those who are more modest and especially for men who may be embarrassed to visit salons or admit they are a little too hairy. • Ability to tailor results. You can focus on problem areas, patches that haven’t responded as well to give you better results. • Quick. Home IPL hair removal devices still over quick results with both lower legs and underarms only taking 20mins to treat. • Effective. While the IPL treatments vary from Laser, they too are effective, however you will need to treat yourself more regularly initially and then continue with maintenance treatments. • Easy. After getting rid of the majority of unwanted hair, occasional maintenance treatments are required. With a home IPL hair removal system, you can treat these as and when required with ease. • Cost. Home IPL treatments offer a far more cost effective option than visiting a salon to get numerous treatments. For laser to be effective, you need at least 8-10 treatments plus the occasional maintenance treatment. If you get more than one area treated, for example, treating your underarms and half legs, you can expect to pay around $29+$79 per visit. At 10 visits you have already spent over $1000 a price higher than many IPL home treatments and if you
purchase your own at home IPL treatment – you can treat all of your body (plus hubbies). • Less Painful. IPL is less intense than laser which offers a benefit in that there is little to no pain other than occasionally in sensitive areas.
Will IPL Hair Removal work for you?
Before you invest into a Home IPL Hair Removal device, ensure that your skin tone and hair colour are conducive to good results with the laser treatment. In general, laser and IPL on blonde, red and grey hairs is ineffective. If you have a light skin tone, laser is more likely to work for you and if you have a dark brown to black skin tone you need to seek advice as laser and IPL treatments may affect your skin pigmentation. If you are considering doing home laser hair removal, here are our tips to make the laser treatments more effective. 1. Getting ready. Prior to your treatment you will need to shave the hair on the treatment area. Do not wax or epilady as this removes the hair at the root. IPL Treatments work by zapping the hair at the root; hitting and destroying the hair follicle. If you remove the hair from the roots, your treatment is likely to be ineffective. 2. No Creams. Do not apply cream or sunscreen prior to your IPL treatment. 3. Exfoliate. A few days after treatment, it is best to exfoliate your treated areas with an exfoliating glove to ensure that any regrowth does not become ingrown. 4. When doing large areas, you can use a highlighter to mark your legs into squares/sections. You can then focus on treating each square. This makes it easier to know where/what you have treated and what you still need to do. 5. If you are quite sensitive and find the IPL treatment too painful, take a Panadol 30minutes before treating yourself. Please note: While we say permanent hair removal, there are times when the follicle isn’t damaged enough and/or it recovers. You will still find from time to time that you receive a little bit of ‘maintenance’ hair growth. This growth at least is generally finer and thinner.
IPL at Home Treatments Reviewed MumsDelivery have been fortunate enough to trial a few at Home IPL Treatment options. Take a look at our reviews.
The Philips Lumea Prestige The Philips Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device emits high-intensity light pulses (IPL) that cause hair follicles to shed naturally, leaving behind amazingly smooth skin. Most treatments take less than 15 minutes. Suitable for both face adnd body treatments
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BABYLISS PARIS HOMELIGHT COMPACT An Easy to Handle IPL Hair Removal Device that works with your smartphone/Tablet to Guide you through each treatment, every step of the way. Read the Review
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know? • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women aged 20-39 years (1) • Regular breast self checks are an easy way to become familiar with and monitor breasts for changes and if the cancer is found while limited to the breast, 96% of patients will be alive five years after diagnosis (2) • 58% of women aged 25 to 39 rarely or never self check their breasts, yet 79% recognise breast checking is an effective way to help identify breast cancer (3)
Let’s check together.... QV has partnered with the McGrath Foundation to turn an everyday moisturiser into a valuable tool to assist in identifying changes that could be an early sign of breast cancer, available in pharmacies from October 2016 QV Self Check Breast Cream has been designed to encourage women to self check their breasts as part of their every day skincare routine with $2 from every pack sold going directly to the McGrath Foundation. Each pack also includes detailed instructions to educate on how to self check your breasts.
I’m pledging to check - will you? .... #IPledgeToCheck @McGrathFoundation
Source: (1) Australian Government, Cancer Australia [Internet}. 2016 [cited 2016 June 1]. Available from: https://breast-cancer-in-young-women.canceraustralia.gov.au/ (2) Cancer Council Australia, Breast Cancer [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2016 June 14]. Available from: http:// www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/breast-cancer.html (3)Consumer breast self check habits survey, T Garage, commissioned by QV, National Sample n=226, Jan 2016. Data held on file.
First Aid Tips When Camping
Camping is such a fun, family friendly holiday option. So with warmer weather approaching, MumsDelivery took the time to speak with Elastoplast Skin Expert, Robyn Hutch, to gain valuable First Aid information and tips to help make your camping experience more enjoyable.
1. What are the most common injuries likely to be experienced when camping? Cuts, bruises and scrapes are all very common when camping, especially when it comes to children. Trips and falls are frequent injuries, particularly on uneven surfaces and outdoor environments. As a result, ankle or wrist sprains can occur when hiking, walking, running and negotiating unfamiliar terrain. Burns can also be a common kind of injury. Sunburn can arise from powerful UV rays, on any day of the year, even when overcast. Secondly, burns can also occur from camp fires, boiling water and cooking wares if care is not taken.
What is the best way to treat them?
For wounds, cuts and scrapes it is important to clean, treat and cover the cut so that you can continue enjoying your camping adventures and to ensure the wound does not get infected. Disinfectant is a useful tool for cleaning the wound, followed by the appropriate size plaster. For serious wounds with bleeding this is best treated with direct pressure and elevation of the wound above the heart. For lengthy periods in the sun donâ€™t forget the use of sunscreen and wear protective clothing. Keeping hydrated is also important and pretty simple, but it is easily forgotten about. Drinking water even in the colder environments is important. Young children often need reminding to keep hydrated. This can help avoid sunstroke. For burns, these areas need to be treated immediately by holding the affected area under cold running water for 20 minutes. For serious burns, do not apply lotions and do not remove anything sticking to the burn. Cover the wound with a non-stick dressing and seek help.
3. What are the top 10 essential first aid items to always have close by? 1. Adhesive plasters 2. Nitrile gloves 3. Scissors 4. Re-sealable plastic bags 5. Wound dressings/bandages 6. Roll of adhesive tape 7. Emergency Thermal Blanket 8. Gauze roll 9. List of emergency numbers 10. Antiseptic swabs
Do you have any tricks/tips to calm a wounded child?
Keep Calm; always try and keep a relaxed tone of voice and limit your facial expression, no matter how threatening the wound may look. If your child is under the age of 5, cover the wounds with a cloth as you treat them. Ideally you would have another adult do the bandaging while you comfort and distract the child. For children between 6 and 12 it can be useful to make the child feel more involved in the process, which basically distracts them, so letting them hold the ointment bottle or packaging of plasters can be surprisingly effective. With technology it is easy to use a phone, iPad, TV or portable electronic device to take the attention away from the wound or injured area. Overall, maintaining a positive approach and constant reassurance is what will hold you in good stead.
How do you spot shock and treat it in children?
Shock is an involuntary response to a trauma or injury. For adults and children, signs and symptoms include: • • • • • •
Weak, rapid pulse Cold, clammy skin Rapid breathing Faintness/dizziness Nausea Pale Face, Fingernails, lips.
It is best to lay the patient down and keep them warm and comfortable. Loosen their clothing, try and raise their legs above their torso to improve blood flow to the brain. Most of all, keep them comfortable. If bleeding is obvious, which can easily lead to shock, firmly press a clean cloth or pad on the wound to prevent further blood loss and wrap with a bandage. If there is an abdominal trauma refrain from giving the child anything to eat or drink. If your child is awake, providing water in small and frequent amounts are ok.
Importantly, reassure the child and encourage them to relax and keep still. Distractions help! To treat any emergency for children or adults follow the DRSABCD action plan: Danger Response Send for help Airway Breathing CPR Defibrillation
Travel Lifestyle 6. What advice can you give to teach children if mum/dad get hurt and need help? Assuming that the situation is severe, it is always useful for children to know the emergency phone numbers or know where they are located and where the phone/mobile is located. The emergency staff will be able to guide the child through the necessary steps and also try to keep them calm. Before a camping adventure, teach your child how to use the basic elements of a first aid kit and where it is being kept during your trip. Fortunately, many schools now incorporate a basic first aid lesson into their teaching. Recommended Plasters to take with you: • Elastoplast Peppa Pig Character Strips RRP $2.56 • Elastoplast Antibacterial Plastic Plaster RRP $4.99 • Elastoplast Plastic Water Resistant Plasters RRP $4.99
Create your own First Aid Kit by downloading our DIY First Aid Kit template detailing the products we recommend your First Aid Kit should have. Feel free to add your own products or comment on ours with further suggestions
Tips for your Family First Aid Kits
With many accidents occurring at home or while out and about, it is essential for families to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the home AND in the car. A first aid kit, will keep all your emergency items in one container and can assist with ease of initial treatment. We spoke to Mary Dawes, the Director of First Aid For You, for her tips on First Aid Kits for families. Mary advised that not only are first aid kits essential, it’s in times of need that you can never locate that pack of band-aids or the bandage wrap to act as pressure bandage for snake bite (don’t apply a tourniquet, as this cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of the affected limb). Having all the items in a well-stocked First Aid Kit helps make the initial treatment of the wound easier and more effective. Tips for your Family First Aid Kits • Firstly, ensure everyone in the family knows where the first aid kit is kept and that it can be reached by the children and adults. • Both kits (in the home and car) should have child-friendly antiseptic cream for the kids as most regular brands may be too strong on little skin, it’s also good to have some “character” and waterproof Band-Aids in there, they’re great distraction therapy and will have the child focusing on something other than the injury. • In the kits have a list of numbers and any allergies your family has. If possible laminate the sheet so it’s reasonably waterproof. Also keep these numbers on the fridge in the home for ready-reference. • Nappy bags are must in first aid kits, for any rubbish removal and for when people are feeling like they may throw-up. Finally, it’s never too early to teach the kids how to ring “000” – start from an early age and have them recite their address too, many children can be very helpful in time of need. The First Aid For You Kids course, empowers kids aged 4-13 years with essential skills. Take a look at the DIY First Aid Kit Option MumsDelivery has designed or save yourself the time and effort of creating your own Family First Aid kit by purchasing a complete kit from First Aid For You, which has space for personal medications, as well as having everything included clearly labelled to easily find what you need quickly in the event of an emergency. See the kit and all its inclusions here: www.firstaidforyou.com.au
The Everything Princess Book 101 Crafts, Recipes, Stories, Decorations & More! Bursting with 160 full-colour pages of crafts, stories recipes, virtues, activities, games, parties, hairstyles, dances, costumes, and hundreds of charming tips on how to befit your royalty, The Everything Princess Book is a gorgeous, lavishly designed, musthave compendium for all things princess. Sweet, delightful, and often funny, this guidebook helps you: AUTHORS: Barbara Beery, Brooke Jorden, Michele Lynne Robbins Illustrator: David Miles The Everything Princess Book is available September 1 from www.exislepublishing.com.au and wherever good books are sold. RRP $29.99 Noah's Ark Lift & Look Book Colourful and whimsical, Noah's Ark captures the fun and friendly story of Noah, the animals, and the ark in a lift-and-look foam board book. Children will enjoy this fun and fascinating retelling of Noah’s ark in colorful images and four lift-and-look panels. A perfect quiet book or interactive experience for your child. AUTHOR: David Miles is the author of Book. Noah's Ark is available October 1 from www.exislepublishing.com.au and wherever good books are sold. RRP $14.99 THIS YEAR CHRISTMAS IS AT HOME! Join the family from Christmas at Grandad’s Farm and Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House as they take their turn to host Christmas lunch. Written to the rhyming meter of ‘O Christmas Tree’ this book will encourage young readers to singalong. Brilliant illustrations have lots of funny things happening on the sidelines and readily capture the excitement of a family Christmas from a child’s perspective. Availalbe from September 2016. Written by Claire Saxby and Illustrated by Janine Dawson. HARDBACK, $16.95, Suitable for 2+years MILA REALLY IS MAGNIFICENT… Mila has everything she needs to be a lion tamer…except lions. So she practises on her long suffering dog Ralph, who doesn’t much care for his paper mane and would much rather be asleep on the sofa. Luckily, Mila’s parents really are lion tamers for a circus and although Mila isn’t allowed to tame the real lions, but she’s going to try anyway. When she opens the gate to the lions’ cage to slip in, they slip out. Quite casually. They have sharp teeth and pointy claws. This could be a problem… Available from September 2016, written and illustrated by Celeste Hulme, HB, $19.95, Suitable for 3+ years
Mechanica Set at the end of the 23rd century, when earth can no longer support wildlife and humans have created robotic creatures – Mechanica - for their own nostalgic enjoyment. However some of the Mechanica escape and develop on their own. This book is a field guide for the future showcasing some of the mechanical bugs, birds, bats and snakes and other animals which were created by those corporations who were largely responsible for the extinction of the species in the first place and those that evolved once some of the Mechanica escaped. Aaimed at 8 + readers, but adult book lovers will gravitate towards it – just because of its sheer beauty, strong steampunk style and fictional narrative. Lance Balchin is the author and illustrator. Available from 1 September 2016 Hardback | $24.95 | Suitable for 8+ years Counting on You Following on from the fly away success of You Have My Heart comes the next winning collaboration between award-winning author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Robyn Cowcher. This is the perfect gift to let someone know that you appreciate all the things they do for you. Written by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Robin Cowcher, HardBack, $14.95, Suitable for 3+ years,
To celebrate 100 years of May Gibbs’ first book Gumnut Babies HarperCollins Children’s Books, Australia has released a new beautiful centenary hardcover edition (RRP: $39.99) Redesigned to showcase May’s original illustrations, it includes a bonus biography on the enigmatic Cecilia May Gibbs. http://www.harpercollins.com. au/9781460752555/gumnut-babies/ Australian singer Elly-May Barnes is showing her support of the centenary with an exclusive Story Box Library video storytelling presentation of the timeless tales. Elly-May is the Ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, which, is one of the two charities May Gibbs bequeathed her copyright proceeds to on her passing. EllyMay’s video is now available via https://storyboxlibrary.com.au/ preview A Ferret Named Phil is the anti-bullying children's book by 22 year old South Australian writer William Reimer. It is the tale of a small ferret overcoming a big bully without resorting to violence. Told completely in rhyme with captivating watercolour illustrations. Designed for Ages 3 - 7 RRP: $22.95 plus postage www.aferretnamedphil.com.au
Win, Win, Win! Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with all the latest competitions Win 1 of 10 Monster High DVDs The Ghoulfriends dream of a school where monsters would be welcome. Join The them as they celebrate the monsters among us! Available from: 5 October 2016
Win a Children’s Book We have four Children’s books from Exisle Publishing to be won! Choose either an Everything Princess Book or a Noah’s Ark book. We have two of each to give away.
GET SANTA Get Santa is a classic story about believing in yourself and allowing some things to be magic and unexplainable. Follow the story of young orphan Julius who finds himself transported into a magical Christmas world to find Santa Claus before Christmas Eve. Available on DVD from: 5 October 2016
WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH Just in time for Halloween, be there for the beginning of the thrilling monster movement as The Ghoulfriends dream of a school where monsters would be welcome. Join The Ghoulfriends as they celebrate the monsters among us! Available from: 5 October 2016
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE Based on the most downloaded app of all time (nearly 3.5 billion downloads), finally find out why the birds are so angry in The Angry Birds Movie, available to own on Digital from September 1, 2016 and 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-rayTM 3D, Blu-rayTM & DVD from September 22, 2016. The highly awaited hit animated comedy takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds â€“ or almost entirely. That is of course until the arrival of suspicious green piggies who threaten to overrun their haven.
Introducing BOND FUSION; A revolutionary system that repairs, rebuilds and creates new bonds within the hair to offer more flexibility during chemical services, without comprising the integrity of hair. Bond Fusion is available at selected salons nationwide. For more info: www.keune.com.au
Milk flavouring straw brand, Sipahh, has responded to Australian consumers’ passion for iced coffee with an innovative caffeine-free, coffee flavoured straw that contains less than 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar Ice Cool Hipster Latte has a subtle iced coffee flavour without the need for ice cream, cream, syrups or other added sugars. It’s a classic Australian iced coffee with a new look. Ice Cool Hipster Latte straws come in a 10-pack and are available exclusively via the Sipahh online store for $3.99.
TraVino Spillproof Wine Tumbler Ever tried fitting a wine glass into a camping chair? Or knocked over a wine glass at the Moonlight Cinema? Keep your drink free of debris with TraVino! With DNA of a reusable coffee cup, but holding much more precious cargo, we designed it with a clever slide-lock double seal lid so you get to enjoy the last drop, rather than the ground. RRP: $14.95 Available from: www.travino.com.au/
Dreambaby® have launched their new Cosmopolitan Security Gate, a new and very versatile safety gate, packed with features including an easy One-Handed Operation feature for adults – great when your hands are full – and smart Stay-Open technology for when the kids are not around! Constructed of sturdy metal and timber, providing your gate with security, strength and style, the Dreambaby® Cosmopolitan Security Gate is a must-have for busy families! RRP $49.95 The Dreambaby® Cosmopolitan Security Gate is available through leading baby stores nationally.
The Tamar™ Valley Dairy, famous for making yoghurt the way it is meant to be, has created a welcome Australian first – a range of all-natural Greek yoghurts designed especially for kids. Tamar Valley Kids All Natural Greek Yoghurt has no sugar added. Packed in a handy one twist-cap 110g pouch, there are three flavours in the range – Vanilla, Strawberry and Tropical. Each pouch is sold separately and is available now from Coles and Woolworths as well as some independent retailers RRP $1.98. www.tamarvalleydairy.com.au
LG X Power smartphone The new LG X Power smartphone is made for those who have a thirst for longer battery life. Whether you’re playing your favourite game, watching movies or listening to music, the larger-than-life battery enables you to keep going. RRP: $349 Available from: JB HI-FI
Tuutu Baby Box Finnish Designed and Australian Made, the Tuutu Baby Box doubles as a bed and a change table with inclusion of natural and organic baby products. It's perfect start package for your new baby saving money, space and planet’s natural resources. RPP: $239 All mumsdelivery customers 20% off and free shipping Australia wide. Use code Mumsdelivery at the checkout www.tuutu.com.au. Offer valid until 31/12/2016.
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Published on Sep 26, 2016
Published on Sep 26, 2016
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