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Pet Love!

HeaLth benefits of pets


Cure Winter Boredom Blues

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Winter Issue 2014

Features On The Cover

From the desk...

Pet Love! 10 Health Benefits of Pets

Role Models:


Are you being the type of person you want your child to be



Super Foods To Fight The Flu 21 Cure Winter Boredom Blues 19 Pink or Blue? 7 Is Your Teen An Entreprenuer 13

Community Who When Where Family Buzz 4 Family Comps 5 Family Hot Spots 6 School News 12 Family Diary 16 Family Gallery 18 Family Directory 33

Wellness Mind Body Spirit I Have A Sore Ear 20 Dr. Vicki Exercise With Baby 22


inter time is here again, I don't know about you but I love dressing up in my scarves and hats with those stunning winter coats and boots. However with winter comes the dreaded "I'm bored" from kids stuck inside on those rainy days - we have a list of solutions for you that really work p19. Also we have added two new sections, Wellness and Lifestyle that cover How to Exercise with Baby p22, Be Inspired by Nature p29 and Super Foods to Fight the Flu p21. To make this possible I extend a huge welcome to our new contributors to NR Family for this issue - Jo Sweeny {Personal Trainer}, Patricia Di Tullio {Interior Design} and Portia Tresselt {Nutrition}. Enjoy & Happy parenting!


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10 No Fuss Decorating Ideas 28 Be Inspired By Nature 29 Love2Shop 30 Family Favourites 31 Kids Page 32

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THE TEAM... PUBLISHER: Cortnei Laird ABN:24 741 924 946 EDITORIAL CONTENT: Cortnei Laird Dr. Vicki Liu Holly Green Jennifer Granger Joanne Sweeny Patricia Di Tullio Potia Tresselt ART DIRECTOR: Cortnei Laird ADVERTISING: Cortnei Laird PROOF READER: Emily Handley DISTRIBUTION MANAGER: Camron Grant



FAMILY buzz and took the time to inspected the three new refrigerators donated by Farmer Charlies for students use. The party included Susan Deshi from Pirlos Fruit Barn and Salina Edmonds form Farmer Charlies who are both

Eventually it was time to go but not before presenting the award to the winner of our Healthy Eating poster competition, Congratulations Bebe Geurts. At the end of the day Everyone wore smiles form ear to ear. Parting words from the Mayor, "I am so impressed by Caniaba PS, its teachers, parents and students. You can be rightfully proud of your school community".

great supporters of the healthy eating, all made their way back to the Canteen to talk to chef/ Caniaba Kid's Cafe brainchild Pete Fasco, along with Deb Regeling and Stef Hepburn who presented the Mayro with her own personalized Mayor Jenny Dowell apron. The ribbon was cut at recess time and many of the children took the opportunity to introduce themselves.


he grand opening of Caniaba Kid's Cafe by the Mayor of Lismore Jenny Dowell was a wonderful success. P&C president Deb Da Fre escorted the Mayor on a tour of the school. The Mayor was particularly impressed with the tomatoes the students have grown in their vegetable garden


Shout out to Tommy Franklin, the Happiest Man Alive, with Bangalow’s Dance Lab Australia, who grooved their way down the hill at the Billy Cart Derby in the Grand Parade on Sunday 18th May. Tommy was out front with Dance Lab hip hop-funk-jazz specialist, Natalia Jonasson, leading her enthusiastic students and boogy-loving parents to Pharrell Williams’ hit song ‘Happy’.

Timeless interiors for your life style Where should I have my baby? Midwife or doctor? What about water birth? Breastfeeding? Pain management?

• Unique solutions for drapery, furniture and re-upholstery • All aspects of interior design and decoration • Residential Commercial Hospitality Contact Patricia ph 6688 4768 m 0417 336 816

Are you pregnant and overwhelmed by all the decisions you’re facing? Do you wish you could find one central place to find out about the maternity services in our region? There’s so much information out there, it’s hard to know where to start...

Maternity Coalition, Northern Rivers Branch is now offering 2 hour information sessions for expectant parents about all maternity services in our region - from Ballina to Lismore to Tweed. 5:30-7:30pm Tuesday 17 June 2014 Red Tent Yoga Tasman Way, Byron Arts and Industry Estate $5 / person - Tickets at door

More information at and RSVP at: - Events page


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FAMILY COMPS 2 to WIN! valued at 69.95 each Meet the Cabbage Patch Glow Party Kids! When it’s time for bed and the lights go out, their PJs and sleep masks glow. Just like the original Cabbage Patch Kids, each Kid comes with the traditional baby powder scent, a unique one-of-akind name, adoption papers and Birth Certificate.

BOOK $200 Worth of Books, ages from Child to Adult, something for everyone!

Healthy Eating Prize Pack Over $200 worth of Goodies

PACK INCLUDES: 1 x Breville Fountain Juicer (from The Good Guys Ballina), 1 x Kids Portion Perfection Plate (from Great Ideas in Nutrition), 1 x Kids Cheeki Stainless Steel Drinkbottle (from Cheeki), 1 x Kids Scratch n Sniff Reading Book (from Smellies) &.. Most importantly 1 x Copy of Healthy Mumma Healthy Bubba Cookbook & Wellbeing Guide for Toddlers!

AUTUMN 2014 WINNERS... Prize 1 - T.Madden Prize 2 - C.Jukes Prize 3 - U. Vedda Prize 4 - W.Brough, K.Davies, R.Yourell, Hazel & Ellie. *See Pet Comp Entries on p10. To be in the draw to WIN one of our giveaways just email us a contribution - either a photo, letter, drawing, recipe, your tips and tricks on kid rearing or fun ideas for the home. We want to hear from you! Email Prizes drawn on August 15th 2014.

*Winner C.Jukes and her family portrait shoot. Images by Kate Nutt Photography. Please mention NR FAMILY magazine when responding to adverts





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knockrow Macadamia Castle, just off the high way, has a great anim al p an 18-hole m ark, ini-golf course, a min iature train, playgrounds, barbecues and a cafe.


murwillumbah Spend a couple of hours visting exhibitions at the Tweed River Art Gallery. Enjoy lunch at the gallery cafe (with spectacular views) or go to Budd Park or Knox Park for a picnic.

BYRON BAY Circus Arts Byron Bay -Kids can enjoy the Play Space complete with jumping castle while parents relax with a coffee from the Big Top Café. Rain or shine, Circus Arts Byron Bay offers original, fun and exciting activities for everyone!

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Pink or Blue? T

he pink or blue question is disputable nowadays, isn’t it? After all, it’s so easy to tell the gender of a baby before the happy day, so there’s no need to guess. Well, that’s not strictly true. Even with the advances in technology, ultrasound pictures aren’t always one hundred percent certain, and many parents prefer to be surprised. If you’re shopping for a new baby without knowing the gender, you still might have to decide whether to buy pink or blue. You could always flip a coin – heads its roses and ribbon, tails you pick up the little sailor suit. There are more efficient and practical ways to make sure that you pick up clothing and accessories that will be appreciated and useful. Gender-Neutral Colours: The easiest way, is to stick with gender neutral colours in your choices. As a society, we’re fond of dressing babies

in pastels, but you don’t have to limit yourself to pale yellow and baby green to be safe. There are lots of other gender-neutral colours to choose from. Primary and bright, clear secondary colours are another great way to avoid the gender tangle when selecting clothing and accessories for baby. Bright red, blue, green and yellow sleepers will look adorable no matter what gender the baby turns out to be. Pick onesies in turquoise, orange, dark green or red, either all a solid colour, or with contrasting ribbing along the edges. Go for the unusual. Imagine how high the adorable meter will raise if you outfit baby’s room in tuxedoed penguins sporting bright red, blue and yellow ribbons, or pick up a t-shirt emblazoned with red, yellow and blue balloons. You can even pat yourself on the back for choosing bright colours for the baby’s room and accessories.

As much as we love pastel baby toys, babies respond far better to bright, clear colours. Gender Neutral Patterns: If you’re not sure on the boy/girl issue, keep in mind that you can err more easily on the boy side than the girl, for example a baby girl in a t-shirt printed with sports motifs is cute. Teddy bears and duckies are one gender-neutral choice, but you can find adorable, unique prints that will stand out. Some of the more clever that we’ve seen around lately – Noah’s Arc Lions and tigers, traffic signs, TV shows like Sesame Street, seasonal themes (bunnies, candy canes, pumpkins). Other gender neutral patterns that work for boys or girls clothing include candy colour stripes, odd-size polka dots paint splatter and abstract patterns. Pick a motif, pick a colour and have a blast with clothes and accessories that don’t scream boy or girl.

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Health benefits of Pets

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aving a pet is one of the healthiest investments you can make to your long-term health and happiness. We know that having a pet enriches our lives, and scientific studies in the last decade, have clearly shown how companion animals benefit both our bodies and our minds. Apart from lazy days in the sun, walking, fetching, and guaranteed smiles throughout the day, pets provide health benefits that extend far into the body and mind, such as lower blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety level as well as providing pet owners with both opportunities for exercise and playfulness and affection. Pets in return, respond well to stability and the love and affection pet owners lavish upon them. Many of the benefits of having a pet are less tangible. Pets allow for physical contact and offer consistent companionship, as well as unconditional love. People with pets generally remain more stable emotionally during crises than people without pets. Pets also offer protection socially from separation anxiety and isolation for people who don’t have as much opportunity to interact with other people. It would seem that taking care of a pet would be a lot of work. In fact, it is that work, that maintenance – walking, feeding, grooming, fresh water, playing and petting, which lowers the heart rate, decreases

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anxiety and stress levels, increases serotonin and the release of betaendorphins in pet owners. Even just getting up to open the door for a dog to be let in or out, or changing the water for the kitty, require some cardiovascular exercise, and increase joint flexibility and keep joints limber and agile. Consistent minor exercise like this, ensures healthier bodies for pet owners. For parents, there are many positives to bring a pet home for your child. Firstly feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility as well as sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings. Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet and children who are exposed or who grow up in homes with pets are less likely to develop allergies and asthma. Pets can also be a doorway to learning for a child. It can stimulate a child’s imagination and curiosity. While people who have pets tend to be happier, more independent and feel more secure than those without pets, it’s important to select the type of pet that is best for you. You’ll benefit from having a pet whose needs coincide with your lifestyle. No matter what type of pet you welcome into your home, they can provide many therapeutic and health benefits for you and your family.



BELLA is a 7 year old Sharpei x. She is medium in size and fully grown with a short black coat. Sadly her owner was seriously ill and couldn't care for her any longer and ARRG was called to help. She is a gentle dog and would be a great companion dog.

BUSTER is a 5 month old male fox terrier x. He is small to medium in size and fully grown with a short tan and white coat. He has had a tough time but will love and patience from his foster carer has gained his confidence and loves cuddles. RILEY is an attractive small Ridgeback x. He is 5 months of age and medium in size and has a short tan coat. He was rescued by ARRG from the Lismore pound death row. He has a lovely nature and gets on with other animals.

BREE is one of 2 ten week old kittens being given away 'FREE' in Lismore and a caring person rescued them and brought them to ARRG. She is a pretty kitten and is cream with ginger markings and medium coat. Both Bree and Bluey her brother are very affectionate, indoor kittens and litter trained.

BRIDIE is a 12 week old Staffie x puppy, she will be small to medium in size when fully grown and has a short dark brindle and white coat. She was dumped in Lismore and taken to the pound noone came to collect her and her time was up when ARRG rescued her. Bridie is very sweet and cuddly.

HARLEY is a handsome 1 year old male Boxer x Staffie. He is medium in size and fully grown with short brindle coat. He is well trained and loves affection and lots of walks. TAFFY is a handsome 2 year old Kelpie x Husky. He is medium in size and fully grown, He is tri coloured and has a short coat. Taffy was Lismore pound death row when his time was up. He is very smart and well behaved & needs an dog smart home/person. ZARA is a pretty 4 month old female Russian blue x kitten. She has a lovely colour per her breed with a short coat. She was dumped and ARRG was called to rescue her. She is very affectionate & outgoing.

At Goonellabah Nestle In Childcare Centre we aspire to promote children’s well-being, development and learning. We aim to provide stimulating education within a creative programme supported by the Early Years Learning Framework which ensures the holistic development of each child.

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ALL our animals are vaccinated, microchipped and desexed and wormed up to date and an Adoption fee applies, for dogs $200 for cats $180 and a trial period of 10 days is included to ensure they settle in to their new home. Ideally a home with another friendly animal for company and playtime or a stay at home person/family with lots of time to exercise and care for them for the WHOLE of their life is required. For more information about these animals or about the many others call our centre Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm on 66221881 or 66221020. View our animals at or on our Facebook page.

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Alstonville Public School, Alstonville Nineteen students from Years 5 and 6 represented Alstonville Public School in Phase 1 of Netball NSW Schools Cup on Thursday 22nd May in Mullumbimby. Alstonville fielded two teams on the day, Alstonville Reds and Alstonville Blues. Both teams won their first game and the Reds went on to win each and every subsequent game thereafter, placing them overall winners of their division on the day. This fantastic effort has guaranteed them a place in Phase 2 of the Cup at the regional carnival in Casino later in July. BANGALOW PUBLIC SCHOOL, BANGALOW Well done to both Mabel and Freya who represented our school at the Regional Netball Trials. Freya has now been selected as a State Representative in Netball.

Broadwater Public School,BROADwATER Congratulations to Amali Gaiter and Mikayla Hyslop who were identified as two students who demonstrated our school value of Responsibility. Both Amali and Mikayla were presented with a special certificate at assembly. Well done girls! Casino Public School, CAsino Casino Public School’s dance troupe attended rehearsals in Lismore last week for the Far North Coast Dance Festival. They will open the Dance Festival’s program on Tuesday, June 3 at the Gold Coast Entertainment Centre.


Burringbar Public School, Burringbar Years 1, 2 & 3 enjoyed a special visit from Mrs Kerri Turnbull from Murwillumbah High School and made “Magic Mud”. This was a great fun activity and all the children had a wonderful experience as scientists experimenting with Kerri. On Tuesday 10th June all our students will be involved in a visit from Questacon with the “Science Circus “ visiting show. Emmanuel Anglican college, BALLINA Congratulations to Max Lambie who was selected this week to be included in the Foxtel Allstar team. Maxwell was selected by Robbie Anderson a former coach at Everton FC (who also coached Wayne Rooney) who praised his football attacking abilities. They will travel to Florida in July for two weeks with Tim Cahill representing Australia in the Disney Cup, an International Football Tournament where over 20 countries will be participating.

Evans River k-12 School, Evans Head Ms Sharpe and our Junior School Captains attended the GRIP Leadership Conference in Tweed Heads. There were over 500 student leaders at the conference and they were led through a series of activities designed to support them in their roles back at school. Our Captains, Tully Brednow, Noah Boutle, Holly Richardson and Riley Perkins represented our school with enthusiasm and commitment

ST. BRIGID'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, KYOGLE This year St. Brigid's School in Kyogle celebrates 100 years! There will be an open day at the school on the Saturday 16th August with a lot of great opportunities to meet old friends and teachers , a formal dinner on the Saturday night and Mass and morning tea on Sunday 17th August! We welcome all past teachers, students and friends of the school to join us. For more information you can email cinnamonclark@! St Joseph's Primary School, ALSTONVILLE Year 6 Fundraising are holding a mufti day on Friday 13th June. The theme is 'Come dressed as a staff member' and Year 6 is challenging the staff to come dressed as a student! A gold coin donation will be given with prizes for best dressed in each stage. WOODBURN PUBLIC SCHOOL, WOODBURN The start of term 2 has seen two of our classes playing host to students from Southern Cross University who are in the final year of teacher training. Both Miss Fisher and Mr Layzell have worked with the supervising teachers and their classes to maintain a high level of educational experiences. I trust that both Miss Fisher and Mr Layzell will leave us taking with them great memories of our school and students, and also a strong passion and commitment for the careers that lay ahead.

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Is Your Teen An Entrepreneur?


re you hoping you’ve got your own Bill Gates in the making in your home? As a parent you can probably tell pretty easily whether or not the entrepreneurial spirit is evident in your child. Some kids make it very obvious that the regular nine-tofive will not be a part of their future. For others, you might need to investigate a bit further to see. Ask these simple questions about your teen to see if they have the entrepreneurial spirit. If your answer is “yes” to one or more, you probably do.

1. Does she ask what she can do to earn more allowance? Is she willing to take on jobs around the house instead of hanging out with her friends? Does she do her chores and work with vigor and excellence?

2. Did she have the best lemonade stand on the block? Did she go the extra mile to make sure that her stand was profitable and her product and service brought back customers over and over again? 3. Does she value flexibility and independence more than the “sure thing” of an hourly job? Does she make comments about wanting something “more” than just flipping burgers or selling pink t-shirts? 4. Does she work well on her own? In her free time is she thinking of other ways to make money or start a business? When you give her a job or chore around the house does she jump in and do it quickly and efficiently? 5. Is she a self-learner? Does she spend time researching and reading for her schoolwork and outside of that? Does she enjoy finding out more about how to use the computer to her advantage?

If, indeed, you do have a young entrepreneur budding in your midst, you might want to start her off in a business of her own today, before the university bills start piling up! Benefits include building confidence, focus and drive whilst utilising problem solving skills. The experience will serve her well now and in the future!

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- Jennifer Granger


eing a parent is one of the most daunting jobs any of us can ever undertake. There isn’t a manual. The instructions available are sketchy at best and the responsibility overwhelming. This leaves us with only one reliable source to count on: ourselves. Who we are as people ultimately filters down to our children whether we believe it or not. Becoming the best example you can be for your children starts with consciously evaluating who you are as a person each day and striving for constant improvement and balance. The thing to remember is that children learn by observing their parents. No one is perfect but as you learn from your mistakes and make the necessary adjustments, your children will be watching.


Good healthy self-esteem flourishes in children when they can be open and honest with their emotions. They learn those skills from those who care for them. If you are in denial about what is wrong in your life, it will poison the way you see yourself, and in turn, that denial can poison the way your children view themselves. Sad but true. However if you as a parent own up to your mistakes and apologize to your children for your bad behaviour or poor decisions, they will learn that it’s OK not to be perfect. They will learn that a person can be in the wrong, but can make it better by apologizing and learning from that mistake. Owning up to unhealthy choices and learning from them, produces a strong basis for sustainable self-worth, whether you are an adult or a child.

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Another way of reviewing how balanced you are as an adult and a parent is to truly ask: “What kind of man or woman am I?” It might sound simple, but times have changed dramatically in the past 50 years. The lines between the genders have become blurred. There are no clear demarcations on what it means to be a man or woman today. For example, how do we show our daughters that they can be their own person fully and completely, while at the same time not losing connection with their valuable feminine side? How do we demonstrate to our sons what it means to be an honourable man in these times of gender neutrality? Increasingly, the onus is on us as parents to be both genders simultaneously, but what does this actually mean?


at work and at home will be accessing their masculine quite a bit; masculine energy helps you get things done. But when a woman’s life is taken over by too much “doing” and she does not take enough time to rest, meditate or nurture herself, she loses touch with her feminine essence. Her daughters and sons will see only an exhausted mother who never takes time for herself. Likewise, a man who chooses to spend virtually all his time thinking and pondering life, nurturing himself, but never really “doing” or “working” at anything, he has all but lost touch with his masculine essence. He will be unable to model to his children how a true man acts, how men are naturally designed to be doers, providers and protectors.

Therefore as mothers and fathers, you must It means that if you are a woman, your feminine strive for a healthy inner balance between aspect needs to be strong and viable, and if you your masculine and feminine. Being way out of are man, your masculine needs to be robust. balance is a form of denial that impacts your But I bet if you look around, you’ll see a lot of ability to model a healthy gender balance for highly masculine-oriented women and more your children. feminine-acting men than ever before. Children who are raised by balanced, kind Is this good for the family or the children? That parents have a good roadmap for their is the question. behaviour. When their parents exhibit a healthy sense of themselves as men and First, let’s understand what is going on. women, children have the best chance of Each human person has both feminine and becoming confident, successful and happy masculine energy deep inside themselves. adults themselves. They can choose to use more of their feminine ABOUT THE WRITER: Jennifer Granger is a or more of their masculine essence, and how transformational coach from Melbourne, Australia much they use of each determines how their and the author of a new ground-breaking book, lives will proceed. “Feminine Lost: Why Most Women are Male”. In There is nothing really wrong with women accessing their masculine, as long as they don’t overdo it and lose touch with their feminine. So women who have many responsibilities

it she explains the state of affairs between men and women today and explains how maintaining a healthy inner energetic balance improves your intimate relationships and all aspects of your life. For more information visit

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Family Gallery

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Enjoying a beautiful day at the beach at Brunswick Heads

my son said he cou ld be like Robin Hood on an adventur e. - Jacquie and Al and Clancy

d 2 weeks ol Finn, only - T.Reith Miss Marilyn Butte rcup of Tuntable Fa lls Community Nimbin. Only 8weeks old. - U.Peters

Little Nippers see letter below - B. Yourell

I wanted to share this gorgeous photo of my kids with you (and the rest of the Northern Rivers) at the end of the nipper season, they all love Nippers, they have been in it since they could start and now my eldest Aidan does water safety and Patrols. I love Nippers and would love to thank the Evans Head/Casino Nipper organisers, volunteers and parents for making it a brilliant club with a family friendly atmosphere. These organisations can not run without the help of volunteers and parents and are so dedicated to making sure our kids grow up knowing how to be safe on the beach. Aidan, 14, Abbie 7, Caleb 13, and Jacob 11.

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My 19 month old son Woody at the Lismo re library. Totally unpos ed! He got himself up there to reach the mag himself. -Meg

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ith the rainy days upon us, it is getting harder to shoo the kids outside to play. What is a parent to do when the kids are asking to be entertained? Here are some suggestions to place into a Boredom Jar decorated by the kids, when boredom strikes, have the kids pick out an activity to stimulate but kids be warned mum may enhance the fun by adding some chores to the mix.


Cure Winter Boredom Blu es We have the solutions For you!

Read A Book- reading is a joyful activity not confined to those rainy days, but a go- to favourite in most families. Write a Book- Let your Child's imagination run wild as they

compose literature on their own, or for the younger child to illustrate a story. Makes great keepsakes.

Act out a play or book - This is always entertaining as

your child acts out their favourite book, be warned the plot may take a unique turn. You could also make your play into a movie.

Indoor cubby houses – kids will architect a little place of their own with materials laying around the house, even things you never knew you had.

Indoor gardening – bring the outside inside. Cold weather Indoor picnic- Kids think eating on the floor is a big treat, can make you feel cooped up and a little piece of dirt can help lay an outdoor blanket on the floor and enjoy lunch together.

with the house blues, try creating a herb garden or sprouts.

Homemade play doh- Play-doh made from scratch is Bowling- transform the family room into a bowling alley. Six

incredibly easy, and you can make an endless array of colours bottles should suffice for bowling pins; if the bottles fall over too with basic food dye. Spread the outdoor tablecloth on the easily, fill them up with a little water or dry pasta for some extra floor, and give them a rolling pin, and some cookie cutters. weight.

Dancing – crank up the tunes and get grooving, increase the Hopscotch Fun - Make a hopscotch pattern on the living cool-o-meter by creating a disco theme. Dime the lights and give room floor. Who would have thought that a humble roll of each kid a torch to swirl around as they dance. Also great to masking tape could provide so much fun? exert that extra energy. Sensory table - Fill a series of bowls or washing basins full Craft, craft and more craft – keep an organised craft of textured objects, peeled grapes are still a good choice, as is closet stocked for those winter months. cold cooked spaghetti, steel-wool pads or jelly. Blindfold your kids, have them sift their hands through, and describe what they Letter writing to a pen pal - Help your child write a feel. Then challenge him to guess the object. letter to Grandma, her cousins, or a friend, and make someone’s day when they open their mailbox a few days later. Fashion show - take ‘dress up’ to the next level with a full staged fashion show complete with music and paparazzi. Play date with a friend – Invite your child’s good friend over, with a playmate they’re often engulfed in their own little Bingo – Improve your child's memory and help him learn with world in the playroom, content with each other’s company. this picture game. Try using pictures of family members, traffic signs, food or animals and take nine pictures and arrange them Treasure hunt - Think of some unusual spots around your into rows of three, then give your child nine playing cards or house, or plant some treasures in rooms and on shelves. Then checkers pieces to serve as bingo chips. When someone calls out make a list of objects, and have your child go on a treasure hunt. "Daddy" or "Stop sign", your toddler covers the picture with the If they can’t yet read, draw a sketch of the hidden item. card. Whoever gets three in a row wins. Games – Board games, Hangman, Charades, Eye Spy and Hide Build together – Have no time to build a project you've & Seek are now classified as 'Oldies' but we still say 'Goodies' or been waiting to do, like a bird feeder, dog house or spice rack, should we say retro in this this techno world. Kids give them a well the bad weather is here and you’re in luck as can have little apprentices to assist you. go, you'll love it!

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Your complete reference guide to everything that's happening in and around the Northern Rivers area over the next three months



Old & Gold Festival:

The whole town comes alive as people walk from house to house and venue to venue in search of treasure at the many garage sales and second hand treasure stalls! Tis is the perfect place to find something unique and precious! Info

Choralfest Northern Rivers 2014: Immerse yourself in a festival of singing out loud at the fourth annual Choralfest in Lismore, heart of the Northern Rivers. Bookings

8 Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk: The five and ten kilometre courses are Australian Athletics certified and the course follows the picturesque foreshores of Ballina. With around 500 participants last year, the 2014 event is shaping up to be bigger and better. http:// or Ph: 02 6686 9005.

June 9- 15 Men’s Health week


Les Illuminations: Katie Noonan & Sydney Dance Company with QSO: the incredible Sydney Dance Company and Katie Noonan will bring this magic to Brisbane and perform Les Illuminations with the acclaimed Queensland Symphony Orchestra. QPAC Concert Hall (Maestro Series) Pre-concert talk 7pm.

Lismore Lantern Parade: celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics. Info


3 Wonder-full Day, School Holiday Program Venue: outside Lismore Regional Gallery. Activities are free, donations appreciated.


10 Holiday workshops, Venue: Lismore Art Space, 1 Norris Street Lismore

13-19 National Diabetes Week

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July 20 Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival Organised by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond will be held on Sunday 20th of July at Ballina Jockey Club from 12.00pm till 5pm. Bookings au/whats-new-2014/





26 Opera at the Channon Featuring Opera singers from the Queensland Opera Company and more recently the professional opera group Operatif. The event is held at the picturesque country setting of Coronation Park in the Channon. Bookings


26 Rous Public School Bonfire night will be on Saturday from 5-8.30pm. There will be rides for all ages, local produce, plants, the famous Cafe De Rous, show bags, live music and a huge bonfire and fireworks display.Entry is $10 per family or $4 per individual.

15 Bangalow Music festival In 2014, guests from the USA, Singapore, Germany, Israel, and Australia will join the Southern Cross Soloists in a weekend of performances - spanning traditions of jazz, classical and contemporary chamber music. Bookings www. bangalow.html

Byron Bay Writer's Festival is an event that draws literature lovers and guest writers from across the globe. It consists of three days packed with literary lunches, readings, lectures and panel discussions with many respected writers. Bookings www.

August 22

Northern Rivers Markets Weekend of the Month 1st Saturday 1st Sunday 1st & 3rd Sundays 1st & 3rd Sundays 2nd Sunday 2nd & 5th Sunday 2nd Sunday 3rd Saturday 3rd & 5th Sunday Last Saturday 4th Sunday 4th Sunday

Location Brunswick Heads Riverside Market – Memorial Park, Fawcett Street 7.30am – 2pm Byron Bay Community Markets – Butler Street Reserve 8am – 2pm Lismore Cr Boot Market Lismore – Shopping Square 8am – 2pm Ballina Market – Canal Road 7am – 1pm Alstonville Community Market – Alstonville Showground 8am – 12.30pm Lennox Lakeside Market- Lake Ainsworth 8am – 2pm The Channon Craft Market – Coronation Park 9am – 3pm Mullumbimby Market – Stuart Street 7.30am – 2pm Nimbin Market – Community Centre 8am – 2pm Woodenbong Yowie Country Market – Woodenbong Public Hall 8am – 3pm Bangalow Village Market – Bangalow Showground 7.30am – 2pm Evans Head Market – Park Street Reserve 7.30am – 2pm

Weekly Farmers Markets

Every Tuesday Rainbow Region Organic Market – Lismore Showground 7am – 11am Every Thursday Byron Bay Farmers Market – Butler Street Reserve 7am – 11am Every Saturday Bangalow Farmers Market – Bangalow Pub Car Park 7am – 11am Every Saturday Lismore Farmers Market – Lismore Showground8am – 12pm Every Saturday Kyogle Craft & Farmers Market – Kyogle Memorial Hall, Cnr Summerland Way & Stratheden Street 8am -12noon Every Sunday Ballina Missingham Farmers Market – Kingsord Smith Drive 6am – 12noon

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during the winter, if a child is prone to recurrent middle ear infections, may be wise. Pressure build-up can cause the eardrum to bulge causing pain. If the eardrum bursts this can cause sudden relief of the pressure and the ear may leak some fluid. You should see your doctor for eardrops and keep the ear dry until the membrane has healed.

"I Have A Sore Ear" Dr. Vicki Liu


ith the onset of winter fast approaching and the cold and flu season along with it, the complaints of sore ears from children are not uncommon.

These infections generally resolve if the ear is kept dry for 2-3 weeks along with the use of antibiotic/antifungal eardrops as directed by your doctor. If they do not resolve then return to your doctor to see if further treatment is needed.

So what could a sore ear mean exactly? And can my child Middle Ear Infections still attend swimming lessons Ear pain can also mean there is an on Monday afternoon? Do they infection or fluid build-up in the middle ear behind the eardrum. As this is need a course of antibiotics? Sore ears can herald the arrival of an outer ear infection or an inner ear infection. It can mean a viral, bacterial or even a fungal infection. Most children will not need antibiotics and in some cases antibiotics can carry more complications with side effects than the actual illness.

Outer Ear Infections

The ear canal is the part of the ear on the outer side of the eardrum, and infections can occur here after swimming in non-chlorinated water and may present with itchy or painful ears with some fluid leaking from the ear.


where your balance centre resides, a build-up of fluid here can often cause some dizziness. The drainage tube connecting the back of the nose with the inner ear can become inflamed and blocked, thus not allowing excess fluid to drain properly during a common cold. In kids, the drainage tubes are more prone to blockage due to their anatomy as well as the fact they are in contact with some many other kids. Swimming below a depth of 60cm from the surface of water may also be sufficient to cause infected nasal secretions to go back up into the middle ear during upper respiratory infections. So avoiding swimming

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If an infection becomes long-term, some hearing loss can occur, which can be detrimental to a child’s learning.

When does my child need antibiotics for a middle ear infection? Generally kids aged over 2 years old who are not very unwell with the sore ear can be observed for 48 hours and then if pain persists after this time they may need some antibiotics after further discussion with your doctor. Indications for antibiotics for children with middle ear infections include: • children less than 2 years of age • children with severe illness with ear pain, or eardrum perforation • a child with known immunodeficiency • indigenous children • children with a cochlear implant All children should be given pain relief such as children’s Panadol to help relieve the pain of a sore ear.

Dr. Vicki Liu is a doctor and mother of three - an 8 year old, a 6 year old, and recently a new baby. She lives on a farm near Alstonville, NSW and is currently on maternity leave from working as a General Practitioner in the region. The Nature of the advice Dr. Vicki Liu gives in this column is general only and does not replace the care of your regular GP. If you have any concerns about your family's health, please visit your doctor.


What yo

Super Foods

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s the cold and flu season approaches, you may want to stock up on a few goodies that will support you in your recovery or even preventing those aches & pains, congestion and fever & chills.

you may find foods in your pantry or local farmers market that are equally super.

Consuming “Superfoods” may seem like the latest craze but it is simply about getting back to the basics.

Blue Green Algae from Klamath lake, spirulina, chlorella, goji and inca berries, maca powder, and so many more truly are super foods that may seem exotic and are worth trying. But

These “super” foods or ingredients are those that pack dense nutrients in a small package with minimum effort. The denser the nutrient content of

Black Pepper:

possibly the most commonly used spice is believed to bring down fever.

Parsley and Kale: These greens

are packed with protein to build your strength. General rule for leafy greens, the darker the greens, the higher the nutritional substance.

Sunflower seeds: among one of the best natural sources of vitamin E, with its antioxidant nature that protects cell walls from damage.


- Portia Tresselt


These antioxidant inspirations are immunity boosters at their best.

particular and adding fresh herbs to your meals for their antioxidant activity.

loaded with vitamins and almost all known minerals and amino acids. Fights infection

food for

a food, the quicker your body will be satisfied; allowing you to reduce your overall intake or calories. This is an important factor in staying well; especially when the immune system needs extra help, because our digestive processes take up much energy. Energy we have much less of these days in reserve. Here are some suggested super foods to keep you well so you don’t have to put up a fight against the flu this winter.

Oregano in

Bee Pollen:


Lemon/Lime juice, Cayenne Pepper: are high

sources of vitamin C.

Sprouts: are the most vitally packed and nourishing

foods we could possible eat. The health giving chlorophyll content if very high in the greens and the vitamin B content is very high as well. They can be grown in your kitchen year round and are a healthy snack that the kids will like - especially if they participate in growing their own.

Garlic: these pungent cloves

have anti-viral properties that may halt symptoms of a cold or flu.

Portia is originally from California and now lives in Lennox Head with her family. Over the last 25 years she has worked in preventative healthcare, focused on working with families using a WHOLE foods approach to help them grow and stay well together. Through her consultations, lectures and living food workshops, she hopes to encourage people to take an active role in their own health. She is the author of a recipe book called “Healthy Snacks and Meals for the WHOLE family.” To receive Portia’s Nutrition & Wellness newsletter, visit:

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exercise with Baby

Jo Sweeney is a qualified AIF Personal Trainer and owner of FIT COMPLETE Personal Training & Fit Mums N Bubs – the everybody fitness solution. Offering gym access, personal training, group fitness, 13 week transformation challenge and of course Fit Mums N Bubs. or


veryone knows that exercise is very good for your health but who has the time to spend all day at the gym when you have a lovable baby by your side with needs of their own. Not to worry, their are child friendly ways to get your thirty minutes of gentle exercise incorporated into your daily schedule, Personal Trainer Jo Sweeney reveals how!





This stretch can be done standing or sitting and is great for the tricep muscles, side abdominals, and latissimus dorsi (lats), the broadest muscle of the back. Raise both arms above head and interlace the fingers, reach for the sky and hold for 10-15 sec.

This exercise stretches the muscles, which go between each rib, the latissimus muscles, the external obliques (outer abdominals) and the triceps. Hands together over head and lean towards one side (pulling more with that hand) – hold 10-15sec repeat on other side. Important not to lean forward or back.

Sitting Hamstring (back of leg) stretch



Standing Hamstring - lower back & Glutes (butt) stretch Standing legs apart lower your torso forward, keeping back straight and without locking knees. Lean forward until you feel a nice stretch in lower back, hamstrings and glutes It’s important to remember that tight glutes and hamstrings can be the cause of lower back pain.

Leg swings - Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Hips Stand on one leg and swing the opposite leg side to side continuously to comfortable range of motion. Keep the torso upright. While both legs should be fairly straight, the knees shouldn't be locked, also draw the belly button towards the spine to switch on the abs . NB – better performed holding a sturdy object ie railing or bench.

Core Move: Alphabet Abs

Lying flat on your back with Sit with one leg out straight your child next to you or on and lean over to reach the your stomach, extend your legs toes of that foot. If you straight up toward the ceiling. can’t reach the toes that’s Then draw each letter of the ok! Try for knee or ankle alphabet with your toes while and keep challenging that saying the letter to your baby. flexibility. Keeping knee to Keep the moves slow and be sure to keep your belly button ground hold for 10-15 sec pulled down toward the floor. Aim to do one set of the entire and change sides. alphabet.

Disclaimer: The information provided within our Wellness section featured in Northern Rivers Family Magazine is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional advice or training. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician before starting any exercise programme or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your health & Fitness.


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Wellness Core Move: Bridge


Lie on the floor, feet flat on the ground and shoulder width apart comfortably away from your backside. Roll your hips under to lengthen the lower spine. Gently contract the glutes (butt) and feel your heels press into the ground and your hip joint moves towards the ceiling. Once you have reached a comfortable end of your range of motion, begin to slowly lower back to the ground, gradually releasing the muscles. Repeat 12 reps.



Core Move: Sit up or crunch

Start on your back with your legs bent and bub sitting on your tummy hold their hands or torso. Without using momentum, sit up as far as you can without lifting feet off the ground. If this is too hard, just try and get the shoulder blades off the ground (crunch). Roll back down into the starting position with full control. Do 20. Pull funny faces at bub along the way to get them laughing. Or put this and the bridge move together one set of 10 of each. *NB Although this exercise can define and increase the size of your abs, it does very little to expend calories or burn fat.


And let's not forget PLANK its a very important exercise…..Start off on a yoga mat in the pushup position. Lower both your forearms to the ground so that both your elbows and fists are flat to the ground. Your palms should be balled up, and directly underneath your shoulders. Curl your toes under and engage your abs by tilting your pelvis and pulling your belly button toward your spine. If Core Move: Reverse Crunch Lie on the floor on your back, with knees bent and hands holding this is too hard you can stay on your knees, but still draw the baby’s hands or their torso, whilst they lay on your shins, for an belly button up. Straighten your body but keep your neck and spine neutral. Imagine that you're a plank of wood, and that aeroplane ride. Lift legs and bend knees to 90 degrees. you're straight as an arrow. Flex your abdominals and squeeze EXHALE: Pull knees in toward chest and hold for 2 seconds. your glutes. Hold this position until after the burning begins. INHALE: Slowly lower legs back to starting position. *MB - Don't use your momentum to swing your legs up. Try to keep Keep your eyes on the floor in front of you. Avoid raising your butt. Your body should ¬make a straight line from your heels to the motion controlled by your abs. the back of your head.


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Tick eHealth off your parent ‘to do’ list


s a busy parent, juggling the needs of your children with a hundred other tasks, remembering your family’s health information can be a challenge. Registering for an eHealth record is a simple, secure way for you to manage and track your family’s health. With an eHealth record you and your child’s health providers will be able to access their health information when it is needed, even if they get sick in the middle of the night. Australians can now choose to register themselves and their children for an eHealth record. The National Personally Controlled Electronic Health (eHealth) Record system, developed by the Australian Government, is an online system designed to make it easier for you to track and manage your children’s healthcare. It provides participating healthcare professionals treating you and your children with better and faster access to your important health information. Access whenever and wherever you need it Currently, health records are either paper based or stored in different places and systems so doctors and nurses often have to spend time chasing paperwork. An eHealth record brings together a summary of you and your child’s key medical information, drawn from records already held in different parts of Australia’s healthcare system. Having an eHealth record means you can access your health information online, whenever and wherever you need it. You can also share this information with healthcare professionals you authorise. It won’t matter how many doctors you and your child see; if you give them permission they will all be able to view the same health information. This means that you or your healthcare professionals will be able to see an up-to-date summary of your child’s medical information straight

away, helping your child to get the care they need more quickly. “Registering was so simple,” said Amanda, mum of two, “I did it online and it only took around 10 minutes. Now I have access to both my children’s eHealth records.” The eHealth record stores key health information such as allergies, current medications, immunisations records, details of recent medical history and any previous adverse reactions to treatments. “It is so useful and one less thing to worry about. Now I know that my children’s medical information is all online and in one place and I can access it at any time”, Amanda said. Safe and secure Records are protected by strong security and privacy safeguards to prevent any unauthorised access; so you know that all your family’s health information is safe and secure. You will be able to access you and your child’s records using a secure password and login. Going mobile The eHealth record is now mobile; if your child has an eHealth record you can download a free app onto your iPhone or Android phone which allows you to view and add information to your child’s eHealth record when you are on the go. The child’s eHealth record mobile app lets parents view a range of information such as growth charts and reminders about health checks and immunisations. Ellie’s mum, Hannah, said “I love having my daughter’s information on my phone. It was so useful having her immunisation information to hand when I registered her for daycare

rather than remembering where it was all written down, or requesting it from her GP.” Getting bigger everyday The eHealth record system is continuing to grow as more healthcare professionals across Australia register and contribute to the system. Medicare Locals are working with health professionals to assist them in being ready to access the eHealth record system and support their patients in adding key medical information into their eHealth records. The Medicare Locals are also out and about, informing the public about the eHealth record system and providing assistance to help people register. Registration is easy If your child is under 18, you have parental responsibility for them and they are on your Medicare Card you can register them for an eHealth record. Registration is easy and you can do it in a variety of ways: • At your next GP appointment ask if they are set up with the facilities to assist you with registering. • Online by visiting www.ehealth. • By phone 1800 723 471 • In person, by visiting your local Medicare Australia Service Centre • In writing, by completing the registration application form available from Medicare Australia Service Centres or from www.

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Zucchini & Bacon Slice

6 x Large Free-Range Eggs, whisked ½ Cup Natural/Greek Yoghurt ¼ - ½ Cup Milk (any Milk variety you desire) ¾ Cup Grated Tasty Cheese 2 x Small Zucchini’s, grated (or 1-1 ½ Large Zucchini’s, grated) 1 x Brown Onion, finely diced 1 x Carrot, grated 8-10 x Short-Cut Bacon Rashers (fat & skin removed), finely chopped ¾ Cup Wholemeal Self-Raising Flour, sifted (or ½ Cup Cooked Brown Rice)

Here is a sneak peek from 'Healthy Mumma Healthy Bubba Cookbook & Wellbeing Guide for Toddlers' and to celebrate NR Family has teamed up with Healthy Mumma Healthy Bubba to giveaway a 'Healty EATING' Prize Pack, see comps page for details.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced). 2. Sift Flour into a large mixing bowl (add wholemeal husks caught in sifter) & set aside. 3. In another large mixing bowl, whisk Eggs. Then fold through Natural Yoghurt & Milk. 4. Now combine this wet mixture with the Flour. 5. Lightly grease a large glass/pyrex baking dish (we use 2.8L). Add grated Cheese, Zucchini, Onion, Carrot & chopped Bacon to the dish. 6. Now pour wet mixture on top. Mix & “level-out” ingredients with a spatula or spoon (note: consistency should be like a “very thick” muffin mixture ~ not too runny). 7. Bake for approx. 45-55 minutes (or until golden & skewer can be removed from centre clean). 8. Let cool in baking dish for approx. 5 minutes. Cut into portions & serve with a fresh Salad or steamed Veggies. *Tip! You can peel the green skin off your Zucchini (before grating) if you want to completely disguise this Veggie! Variations: Try steamed or baked Vegetables such as leftover baked Pumpkin with steamed Cauliflower & Broccoli.. Or, Roasted Capsicum, Baby Spinach Leaves & Fetta!

Banana Bread

2 Cups Wholemeal SelfRaising Flour, sifted 1TSP Cinnamon ½ Cup Raw Sugar ½ Cup Milk (any Milk variety you desire) 2 x Free-Range Eggs, whisked 3 x Ripe Banana’s, mashed 3TBSP Light Olive Oil 1TBSP Local/Raw Honey 1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced). 2. In a large mixing bowl add sifted Flour, Cinnamon & Sugar. 3. In another mixing bowl combine Milk, Eggs, Banana’s, Oil & Honey. 4. Now add wet mixture to dry. Stir through. 5. Pour into lightly greased loaf tin & bake for approx. 50-60 minutes (or until golden & skewer can be removed from centre clean). 6. Store in a sealed container in the fridge, or freeze & thaw as desired. *Tip! Enjoy chilled or toasted (serve with a little Organic Unsalted Butter or Spread). *Tip! Use cookie-cutters to cut cooked cake into fun shapes for the kids.

Berry-Blast Frozen Yoghurts

1-2 x Frozen Banana’s, snapped into pieces ½ Punnet Strawberries, washed & chopped 1/3 Cup Frozen Organic Blueberries ¼ Cup Chilled Coconut Water ½ Cup Natural/Greek Yoghurt (we like using “Farmers Union Greek Style Natural Yoghurt”) 1. Place ingredients into blender. 2. Press/tap the “pulse” button (repeatedly) in intervals, scraping down sides of blender when the blade becomes “stuck”. Repeat until smooth & creamy. 3. Pour into 4 popsicle moulds & freeze overnight. AUTHOR HOLLY GREEN: "Healthy Mumma Healthy Bubba stands for my passion & love for good food, good health & my two beautiful babies ~ Marshall (3) & Levi (1). The reason I started this book is because my first born Marshall proved to be a true “difficult-lil-eater” (especially when it came to trying any of his Fruit & Veg). Over the past few years we’ve developed recipes to disguise the texture of Fruit & Veg, and make meal-times fun again! We often get asked for our recipes (& tips) hence why we’ve put it all together in this book for fellow Mumma’s n Bubba’s to enjoy." Visit our Website:

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IN SEASON FORWINTER Fruit: Apple, avocado, banana, custard apple, grapefruit, imperial mandarin, lemon, lime, melons, navel orange, papaya, passionfruit, pomelo, quince, rhubarb, strawberries, tangelo. Veges: Artichoke, Asian greens, beetroot. broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, cauliflower, carrot, celeriac, celery, eggplant, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, kumara, leek, lettuce, olives, onions, peas, parsnip, pumpkin, silverbeet, swede, sweet corn, tomato, zucchini. Herbs: Garlic, ginger, horseradish.

Did you know? Chocolate was once used as currency. Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air. The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.

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Number Cookies 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Store-bought or homemade frosting Assorted sprinkles ◊ In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. ◊ In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition, then add the vanilla. ◊ Turn the mixer off. Add the flour and then beat just until combined. Remove the dough, shape it into a disk about 6 inches wide and wrap it securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour. (See Kelly's Notes.) ◊ When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.Remove the dough from the fridge and cut it in half. Roll half the dough between two pieces of wax paper until it's about 1/4-inch-thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes and place them roughly 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the remaining dough. (Leftover scraps can be re-rolled.) ◊ Refrigerate the cut-out cookies for 15 minutes. (This helps them keep their shape when baking.) ◊ Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes until pale golden, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired.

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Asparagus Quiche For the pastry 300 g, all-purpose flour 150 g, softened butter 1 Egg 1 Egg yolk 15ml Olive oil Salt To taste 100ml Water

For the filling 500g Green asparagus Salt To taste 400g Ricotta 3 Eggs 100g Parmesan grated Pepper To taste, freshly ground Nutmeg To taste

◊ Preheat oven to 180°C (200C fan). ◊ Combine the flour, butter, egg and egg yolk, 100 ml water, oil and a little salt and work to a smooth dough. ◊ Form into a ball, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes. ◊ Wash the asparagus, peel the lower third and cut off the ends. Either leave whole or cut into pieces. ◊ Cook in boiling salted, water for about 5 minutes, then drain, refresh in cold water and drain thoroughly. ◊ For the filling, mix together the ricotta, eggs and grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. ◊ Roll out the pastry to fit the dish. ◊ Grease the dish and line with the pastry. ◊ Arrange the asparagus attractively in the lined dish, then spread the ricotta mixture on top. ◊ Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, let cool then serve.

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Not all home decorating ideas require a heavy investment of time and money. If you’re looking for a few affordable home interior decorating ideas to freshen up a room over a weekend, try these ten:

no fuss decorating ideas

2. Paint a Wall - Paint one wall your favorite color and make it the focal point. Hang interesting art on that wall and move a nice piece of furniture there. *Note: Make sure that the color is one that is shared with several other objects and fabrics in the room.

1. Rearrange The Furniture-

Pull your furniture away from the walls. Try positioning it at intriguing angles. For example, a sofa arranged diagonally across a narrow living room will make the room look wider.

4. Lay an area rug-

3. Bring in PlantsGreenery always adds a breath of fresh air to a room.

An area rug is a wonderful way of defining a conversation area. Try one that complements the room. Lay it at an angle beneath your coffee table.

5. Hang Pictures or Mirror- Hang pictures that reflect your personality. Try frames that are more ornate. When hanging a mirror, try and position it so that it reflects and nice view or an interesting architectural element.

6. Group Figurines- Pull out your favourite collectibles. Show off your personality. Find a display area and group related objects together, in sets of three or five. Try and vary the shapes.

7. Add Some Decorative PillowsThe good news about decorative pillows is that they are an easy way to add textures and patterns to a room. Still better, they can be changed to jazz up a sofa or chair before your room is ready for a major makeover.

9. Add a throw or afghanSimilar to decorative pillows, throws and Afghans add texture to your furniture. They come in all kinds of natural and manmade fabrics. Find a pattern and style that you like. 8. Replace LampsLamps are probably the one thing in your home that will give othersa clue that your room is outdated. Seek out new and fresh lamps that make a statement. 10. Eliminate Clutter- Clutter has a way of eliminating the desired mood and effect of any room. Find storage spaces for papers, toys, and other items that take from the personality of a room.

◊◊ To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area. ◊◊ If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertiliser.


◊◊ To halve the time Ironing, Double the Heat. Use aluminum foil under the ironing board cover.The aluminum reflects the heat of the iron, effectively smoothing the underside of your clothes as you run over the topside.

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Be inspired by Nature - Patricia Di Tullio


e lucky residents of this beautiful part of the world, have so many stimuli right at our doorstep. When trying to decide which colours to use in selections for your home, head outside and observe what nature puts together. Start from the ground up. The earthy tones of crushed leaves and bark on a rain forest floor, transcends well into colour choices for carpets, tiles and timber. Take the clue from nature here – the finish should be honed or matt, not artificially glossy. If cooler colours are more for you, the varying greys of the area’s basalt rocks are the base of your scheme. With the greys, a level of sheen works well to reflect the light. When it comes to wall colours it’s back outside again. Check the muted whites and creams on the trunks of a Spotted Gum tree. The mottled darker tones are your contrast colours. If your rooms need fresher, crisper whites it’s off to the beach for inspiration…The foam on a wave as it crashes is a brilliant white to work with, so too is the colour of pearly sand. Even the noxious weed Lantana has colour accents in a perfect balance. I often wonder how nature has used yellow, pink, red, purple and orange in minute amounts with green foliage and it is in excellent colour proportion. And then there’s green. Be it the bright green of a bird’s nest fern, the silvery greens of Eucalypts, the lush green of a cut lawn, or the deeper hues of the Bunya Pine or Fig tree. Use this versatile colour in glass splash backs, feature tiles, soft furnishings, cushions, décor items, etc. Green goes with everything - it relates to the environment. Colour fads come and go, stay with nature – its classic colours are always on trend.

Recently re-located interior design business to the Northern Rivers. Many years experience in residential homes and commercial fit-outs. Assisting home owners and builders with colour and finish selections from concept to completion. Professional colour consultation, specification, custom furniture, drapes etc.

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LOVE2SHOP Paul And Stella NAPPy Bag $199.95 • FEATURES: • Includes a wet bag and baby changing mat • Cotton With EVA Coating • Leather Handle • Lining 100% Nylon The bag includes a wet bag and baby changing mat – perfect for travelling with babies! What’s more, with a chic leather handle and a strong 100% Nylon inner lining, the bag is both practical and elegant.

8 Pack Neon Pens RRP: $9.95 For brighter than brighter art, you can't go past this 8 pack of Neon Pens. With a gel ball point and a special scent for every colour, you'll be the hit of the party. Comes in a hard case with clip lock for simple storage and transport.

CinnaMint Tub Teas Tub Teas are sold in sets of two. They are Tub sized Tea Bags filled with aromatic herbs for use in the bath or shower. The CinnaMitt is available for purchase also, to hold your Tub Teas whilst bathing.

Air Hogs Helix 4x Quad Stunt Stockist: Big W, Target & Toyworld RRP: $129.99 The Air Hogs Elite Helix x4 Stunt Quad Copter performs backflips, barrel rolls and 180 flips at the push of a button! This remote controlled flying machine is made from crash - resistant materials for durability, and the four-ducted fans and onboard gyroscopic stabilization help maintain flight stability and control. The remote control ususes 2.4 GHz communication to provide a strong signal and can be used to charge the copter along with the included USB cable.

FLUTTERBYE Dance 'n Fly Fairy RRP: $14.99 Unveil a magical whirlwind of flight and dance with Flutterbye Dance ‘n Fly Fairy. Unlock the magical dancing of Flutterbye Dance ‘n Fly Fairies by placing Lilac, or Posie, on her perfume bottle and pulling the string to see her fly. Sing & Play Farm Suitable for 6 to 36 months RRP: $34.99ea Sing and Play Farm is a playful, engaging way to interact with life on the farm as little ones learn animal names and sounds, colours, rhythm and melodies. Children push buttons, turn keys, flip switches and more to build fine motor skills. Multimedia Titles RRP $44.99ea Adventure Sketchers! Draw. Play. Create. (for 5-8 year olds) Kids can save the kingdom and be a hero of their own design. Art and storytelling collide with this fast-paced, action-packed game that you can customise. Kids can create their own adventures by drawing their own hero and game props, and inserting themselves as the storyteller by recording their voice. Doc McStuffins (for 3-5 year olds) The Doc is in! Kids can join Doc McStuffins and her friends to rescue toys and care for them in her clinic. Use problem- solving and observation skills to do check-ups and treat toy patients while learning health and hygiene lessons along the way.


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BAG, CAR, CHIN, DISH, EAR, KIN, MAT, NEAP, PIN, PUMP, RANGE, STAR to reveal the names of the 11 edible plants (mostly fruits and vegetables).



PLAY ACTIVIES: 6-12 mths


Picture Cards

Finger Puppets

Getting Dressed

Babies at three to six months are still stimulated by black and white images. At this age introducing images of animals and objects in this highcontrast format will create further interest and visual exploration.

Pick out pictures to print out or cut out and wrap them around your fingers with a piece of tape. Use them to make up stories or sing songs. For example farm animals are great for singing the classic "Old MacDonald had a Farm."

Change the cards every couple of days to provide a novel environment.

Safety Tip: Puppets should be handled by adults only. Print-outs from your computer and cut outs are not baby-proof!

This activity will help your child understand the function of different articles of clothing and how they relate to his/her body. Play a mixed up clothing game. Put on different articles of clothing incorrectly, for instance: a sock on your hand, or a hat on your foot. Ask your child to show you where it really goes.

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Safety Tip: Avoid small accessories that may not be child-safe.


Ballina Community Health Centre Tel: 6686 8977 Free 3 week course for expectant fathers Men & Family Centre, Lismore Phone: 6622 6116


Course for expectant fathers Mon 6.30-8.30 for 3 weeks Bangalow Community Health Centre Tel: David Hughes 66870008 or 0401 145078


3rd Wed of month 10-11

6683 2019

Community Health Centre, Old School Site, Woodburn St Every Fri Call for appointment 6682 4899


Community Health Centre, Turnock St Call for appointment 6674 9500


Community Health Centre, Summerland Way (nr hosp.) Call for appointment 6632 1522 Tel: Taneal 6688 2331


Community Health Centre, Surrey St Four days per month Call for appointment



Alternate Mondays Cook Pioneer Hall Gordon St, Mullumbimby (Behind the Civic Centre) 10:30-12:30 am


Tel: Kirrah 0429 308851

NORTHERN RIVERS CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore Mon 6.30-9pm six week course

Tel: 6627 9600


Tues 9.30-11.30 Lismore Pregnancy yoga & birth prep Tel: Kirrah 0429 308851


Ballina Community Health Tel: 6686 8977 Byron Community Health Tel: 6685 6254 Mullumbimby Community Health Tel: 6684 1677


There are local groups at Alstonville, Bonalbo, Brunswick Heads, Ballina, Clunes, Kyogle, Lismore & Tweed Heads Tel: Jacki 0427 728269


There are local groups at Alstonville, Ballina, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads, Cape Byron (Rovers), Casino, Chinderah, Goonellabah, Kyogle, Lennox Head, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah Tel: Scouts Australia 1800 726887


Community Centre, Mackneys Lane Wed 9.30-2.30 appointments only Tel: 6686 8977


Lismore Community Health Level 1, 29 Molesworth Street Mon-Fri 8.30-5


Community Health Centre, Azalea St Call for appointment


6684 1677


Community Health Centre, cnr Wollumbin & Nullum Sts Call for appointment

6670 9400


Parent Resource Centre, Rajah Road Tues (Appointments 9am-3pm) Call for appointment

6684 1677

CWA rooms Alt. Fri afternoons Call for appointment

6682 4899





Community Health Centre, Oliver Ave Mon-Fri 8.30-5 Tel: 6625 0111


Community Health Centre, Canterbury & North Sts Call for appointment 6662 4444


Community Centre 4th Thurs every month

Tel: 6685 6254

Community Hospital 2nd Thurs every month Tel: 6685 6254 for appointment


Community Health Centre, Surrey St 3rd Tues every month Tel: 6683 2019

Tel: Sue 6687 8664


Child & Family Health Centre 2nd and 4th Wed of month


Senior Citizen’s Venue, Lismore Fri 10-12

Presbyterian Church, Ballina Wed 3.15-4.30

Tel: 6686 2083




10am - 12noon

Tel: Belinda Smith 6663 5204


Buddha Bar at the Piggery Wed 10-12.30 Tel: Suzanne 0402 590725


Pippies Early Childhood Centre Wed 9.30-11.30 Tel: Jacqui 6676 2694 CASINO Pratt Street (next to Scout Hall) Tues & Fri 10-12 Tel: Kate 6662 2113 Cudgen Primary School Tues at 9

Scout Hall, Wilson St, South Lismore Mon 10-12.30 Gold coin donation Tel: Glenn 6622 6116 Baptist Church, Raja Road, Ocean Shores Mon 10-12 Baptist Chruch, Rotary Dr. Tues 10-12

Kyogle Band Hall Mon 10-12 (term time only) Eden Creek Hall Fri 10-12 (term time only) Tel: 6632 1044 62 Fawcett St, Kyogle Thurs 9.30–11.30 (term time only) Tel: 6632 1338


Lennox Head Community Centre Tues 10-12 Wed 9.30-11.30 Tel: Debbie 6687 5360 MANY VOICES For culturally and linguistically diverse families YWCA, 101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah Mon 10- 12 (term time only) Tel: Zoe 6625 5809

MOPS Alstonville

(Mothers of Pre-schoolers) Alstonville Baptist Fellowship 2nd Fri (school term only) 9.15-11.30

Tel: 6628 5387

MT WARNING COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP 120 Glenock Rd, Uki Tues 9.30–11.30 $5 – incl. morning tea

Tel: 6679 5313

MUM & ME TIME Presbyterian Church, Park Ave, E. Lismore Tues 10-12 Tel: 6621 3655


Mummulgum Public School Tues 9.30-11.30


Eureka School Wed 9.30-11.30 Banora Point - Mon & Thurs 9.30-11.30 Cabarita - Tues 9.30-11.30 Murwillumbah - Wed 9.30-11.30 Tel: 07 5524 8711 41 Wilson St, South Lismore Wed 10-12 (term time only) Fri 10-12 (term time only) Nimbin Family Centre Tues 10.30-12.30 new babies Fri 10.30-12.30 toddlers

Tel: 6664 7205



Scout Hall, Cherry St, Evans Head Fri 10-11.30 Tel: Tricia 6682 4334


Baptist Church Hall, Ocean Shores Thurs 10-12


81 Cullen St. Tues 10-12 (under 2s only) & Fri 10-12 (ages 2-5 only) Tel: Sarah 6621 2489 Tel: 6621 2489


Tel: 6625 0111

Community Centre, Mackneys Lane


For Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families YWCA, 101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah Thurs 11- 1 (term time only) Tel: Zoe 6625 5809

PLAYGROUP 20 Spring Ave Fri 10-12


Bunjum Aboriginal Co-Op, 44 Tamar Street, Ballina Tues 10-12.30 Tel: Isobel 6686 5644





McCarthy Hall, St Joseph’s School, Alstonville Tues 9.20- 11 More info:


Anglican Hall, Ashton Road Tues 10-12 (term time only) $3 per session

Tel: 6672 3324


Playgroup House, Regatta Ave Tues, Wed & Fri 9.30-11.30




Community Health Centre, Granuaille Road Fri 9-12.30

Solarium, Ballina Community Hospital Thurs 10-12 Tel: Anne/Angela 6686 8977


Community Health Centre, Main Street Tues–Thurs 8.30 - 5 Tel: 6628 3901




Community Health Centre, cnr Fox & Cherry Sts 2nd and 4th Tues every month 10-11 For appointment Tel: 6686 8977

Community Health Centre, cnr. Fox & Cherry Sts Open clinics Mon 9.30-12 & Fri 9-12 Appointments Mon 2-4, Wed & Thurs 9-12 & 2-4, Fri 2-4 Tel: 6686 8977




3rd Tues of month 1.30-4


Tel: 6620 7687

Tel: 6686 8977


Tel: 6624 1422

HONEYBEES PLAYGROUP Murwillumbah Tues 9.30-11.30

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Baptist Church Hall, Rajah Road Wed 10-12 (term-time only) Tel: Johanna 0423 202623


St Bart’s Church Hall Ages 0-5 Music, craft, games Thurs 9.30-11.30 $3/family Tel: Barb 6628 3089





Tel: 1800 171 882


Presbyterian Church, Ballina Thurs 10-11.30 (term-time only)

Tel: 6686 2083


Tumbletown, Everleigh St, Murwillumbah Wed 9-12 Tel: Gwen 6672 7273


Brunswick Heads Mon 10.30 Byron Bay Wed 10.30 Goonellabah Fri 10 & 11 (baby bounce), Tues 10.30 Kingscliff Wed 10.30 Lennox Head Thurs 10.30 Lismore Mon 10 & 11 (baby bounce), Wed & Thurs 10.30 Murwillumbah Wed 11 Fri 11 (baby bounce) Tweed Heads Tues 11 (baby bounce) Wed & Thurs 11


9.30am, Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Dalley St. Mullumbimby. Tel: 1800 6862686


Rainbow Children’s Centre, East Ballina Tel: 6686 6889

BALLINA/BYRON FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE Home visits, advice, advocacy Mon–Thurs & alternate Fri 62 Tamar Street

Tel: 6686 4109


Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre Mon & Thurs 9.30-11.30 Tel: 6676 4555


Youth Drop In Centre




YWCA, 101a Rous Rd, Goonellabah Tues 10-12pm (term time only) Tel: Zoe 6625 5809


Scout Hall, Cherry Street Evans Head Tues 9.30-12.30 Tel: Tricia Cook 6682 4334


41 Wilson St Wed 10-12 & Fri 10-12 (under 2s only) Tel: Sarah 6621 2489

Tel: David 0428 864 189

Quays Drive, Ballina Sat8.30-11

Tel:0402 300490


CLC Roxy, 5 Geneva St. Kyogle Tues 9.30–11 (term time only)

TODDLER TIME GROUP Lismore Anglican Parish Hall Mon. 9.30 - 11.30 Tel: Trisha 0433952360 TINTENBAR PLAYGROUP

Tintenbar Hall, Cnr. of George & Tintenbar Rd Wed 9.30-11.30 (term time only) $3 Tel: Sara 6687 8363

TREGEAGLE PLAYGROUP Tregeagle Hall Thurs 10-12 $4/session

Tel: Melissa 0400 285525



Saunders Oval Wed and Fri evenings 4pm onwards

Parenting support, home visits & counselling 149 Canterbury Street Tel: 6662 6792



Tel: Jenny 6682 4216


Tel: Gary Roberts 0418 467053

Primary Campus, Hall Dr., Murwillumbah Mon 9-11.30 (term time only) Tel: 6672 2922 or 0417 604454


Community Centre, 9 Sinclair Street Mon 10-12 Tel: 6683 4185



Wyrallah Public School (off Tregeagle Rd) Wed 9-11.30 Tel: Jenny 0407 281282


41 Wilson Street, South Lismore Thurs 10-12

Tel: 6622 3143

PRE-SCHOOL ACTIVIES STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Alstonville Tues 11 Ballina Tues & Fri 11


FAR NORTH COAST CENTRE FOR AUTISM Early intervention programs and resource centre for families of children with ASD

Tel: 6628 3660

Evans River School Oval Wed 4.30-6.30




Mullum High School oval Fri 4.30pm

RICHMOND VALLEY SWIMMING CLUB Evans Head Aquatic Centre Mon-Fri squad training Club night Fri

Free and confidential advice Ballina Care Centre, Tamar Street 3rd Mon of each month Tel: 6622 2171

Tel: 6682 5885


Buddy up with another Mum & get a surf in Every Tues at Evans head surf club & every Fri at the Pass, Byron Bay 9.30-12 Tel: Roxy 0448 649959

Next to the Cudgen (Kingscliff) Surf Club Mon 9


Hundred Hills Estate Park, Cnr Old Lismore Rd & Riveroak Dr. Wed 8-9 Tel: Shanelle 0419 488150


Ambrose Brown Park (nr roundabout with Coronation Ave) Thurs 9


Support group for Autism or Aspergers Wed 9.45-12 Tel: Mullumbimby Community Health on 6684 1677


Lismore - 2nd Fri of month 10am Lismore Library (downstairs) Ballina - 4th Tues of the month 1pm CWA rooms Mullumbimby - 1st & 3rd Wed of the month


Promoting pleasurable parenting 6-7 week course Child & Family Health Centre, Goonellabah Tel: 6625 0111 Or Ballina/Byron Family Centre Tel: 6686 4109


Support group for Aspergers children and young people 1st and 3rd Sat of month Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre Tel: Debbie 6676 0483


Family focused service for children with delayed development/disabilities Birth to school age Rifle Range Rd, East Lismore Tel: 6621 6421


South Tweed Heads Parenting support and personal development courses W: Tel: 07 5524 8711


Adult male mentors for boys aged 7-14 Byron Bay Tel: 6680 8582


Counselling, advice, advocacy and support for women in the Byron Shire Tel: 6684 4299

Lismore (and outreach at Ballina) Counselling, advice, courses, training Tel: 6622 7003




Home visits, support groups, playgroups Tel: 6621 2489



Tullera Hall, Dunoon Road Fri 9.30-11.30

Support for children aged 0-12 with additional needs Tel: 6685 3023



Jacaranda Park, Jacaranda Drive, Byron Bay Thurs 10-12 (during school term) Tel: 6680 4919

Tel: 1300 872281


Parents of Autism Spectrum Support Tel: Susan 6622 6651


Court House, Ballina 2nd & 4th Wed every month 9-12 Tel: 6621 2082

Regatta Avenue Tues & Wed 11-1, Sat 10-1 Or by arrangement Tel: 6686 0275 or 0411 719074



Monthly fathers support group meeting 1st Wed. of month 6.15-9pm 17e Keen Street, Lismore Cost $5 (includes dinner) Tel: 6622 6116


Byron Community No Interest Loans Scheme W: or Tel: 6685 6807


Free legal advice, info & referrals 16 Carrington Street, Lismore Tel: 6621 1000


The Cabin, Cnr Jonson & Kingsley Sts Tel: 0424 729942 or 6685 6717 (Denise)


St James Anglican Church Hall, Campbell Rd Tel: 6632 1057


Ground floor, city library Tues and Sat 9.30-11.30 term time only POTTSVILLE BEACH Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre Mon-Fri 9.30-12.30


Day stay help with feeding, unsettled behaviour and sleep issues Tel: 6622 8705






Tel: 6621 1044 or 1300 720 606

Rajah Rd Mon-Thurs 10-4 Information, referrals, parent support & programmes Tel: 6680 4919


Support for families with children aged 0-12 years Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre Tel: 6684 1286

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For 12-25-year-olds living in Byron Shire Tel: 6685 8771 Murwillumbah Baptist Church Alt. Fridays 7.30-9.30

For 12-25-year-olds living in Ballina Shire Tel: 6628 7400

Much of the information in this section has been gleaned from public websites and notice boards. No responsibility is taken by Family Magazine for the accuracy of information herein.

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Volunteer this Daffodil Day Friday 22nd August

This Daffodil Day, every daffodil, every donation, grows hope; hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cancer-free future. Our aim this Daffodil Day, Friday 22 August 2014 is to raise $8.25 million. Cancer Council NSW is seeking volunteers of all ages to lend a hand this Daffodil Day. Whether you come as an individual, school group, work team, family or group of friends, you can help us raise much needed funds for cancer research, patient support, advocacy and prevention programs. Cancer Councils has pre-existing sites that you can support, as well as ‘team leader’ opportunities, which will see you manage your own site & volunteers. Daffodil Day is fun, incredibly worthwhile and a great way to meet new people and help us grow hope for a cancer-free future.

Registrations are now open at Visit the website for all site locations and shift times available across NSW, including train stations, shopping centres and CBD areas, where you can help sell fresh daffodils and merchandise.

For more information visit or contact Sarah on 6639 1303 or Lend a hand to help beat cancer this Daffodil Day. Together we can grow hope for a cancer-free future.

NR Family_Winter 2014  

A Free Quarterly Parenting/Lifestyle Magazine for the Northern Rivers Region.

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