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ISSUE 35

magazine of choice for local families

Sibling WARS! Bickering or Bullying?

Gold Coast

Special Cover photo courtesy of Little Details Photography

Event

Guide

Kids

MINI MAG Inside

Down

Syndrome Awareness Meet Charlie Parsons

Pinky

Complete Guide of

Mckay

October events

Coming to Townsville

win Tickets to see the Ten Tenors at the Civic Theatre

Details page 3


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Hello everyone and welcome to our October edition. Where has the year gone? Next month we’re celebrating our 3rd birthday and the following month…gulp…it’s Christmas! Since joining the PakMag team I have had the pleasure of meeting so many inspiring mums in Townsville and we thought it would be great to get a few together for a lunch. So we’re organising a special Mums in Business brunch on 12 October that will be a great opportunity to kick back, have some fun, and maybe even do some networking! See page 3 for more details if you would like to join us. Thanks to I4Fun for a fantastic laser tag PakClub last month and to all the pirates who turned up! I can’t wait for the next one on 26 October at the Northern Beaches Leisure Centre. Until next time, I hope you enjoy this edition and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.

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parents 02 What’s New 04 Embracing all abilities 07 Parent Power 09 Catholic Education 11

Pinky McKay

12 Sibling Wars 15

Helping your child deal with grief

17 Women & Finance 19

PakHealth

Editor: Elaine Seager Publication & Sales Manager: Natalie Griffiths NQ Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Jutta Dempsey, Amanda Cranston and submitted writers Phone: 4053 3331 Fax: 4053 3350 Sales Phone: 0407 831 962 Email: info@pakmag.com.au Postal: PO Box 761, Hyde Park QLD 4812

Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advised to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PakMag are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.

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Kid’s MiniMag

babies 35 Baby News: Baby’s Day Out

things to win

20 Nutrition

03 WIN Tickets to the Ten Tenors

23 PakFood

28 WIN Movie Tickets to Planes

25 What’s On

29 Four mystery prizes to WIN

27 Mini Mag

50 WIN a mystery prize

35 Baby’s Day Out 38 FASHION

Publisher: Bree James

kids

41 BEAUTY: Dominiques

cover

42 HOME: Parents Retreat 45 Travel Managers 47

Family Guide to the Gold Coast

50 Fav Pets / Prize Winners

Model: Charlie Parsons Photography: Thanks to Little Details Photography

51 The Shores Escape 52 Biz Directory 53 Mum’s Place 54 Out & About 56 Mummy Laughs with HotFM Find us exclusively in your local: www.pakmag.com.au

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October

inBRIEF Ten Tenors

Halloween PakClub 26 October (6pm-8pm) Northern Beaches Leisure Centre

what’s new

KINGPIN News

Thanks to our sponsors Queensland Country Credit Union and 4TO, our next PakClub event will be a ghoulishly Halloween themed party. Dress to scare and you could win prizes for being the best dressed. There will be a jumping castle thanks to Amusements Plus

Kurrimine Beach

and remember to bring your swimmers.

Mum’s in Biz Brunch

NEW Water Park Now Open

Kingpins at Cannon Park have recently expanded their arcade and amusement area following a $200,000 investment in the very latest amusement games and

The summer’s coming and it’s time to get splashy!

attractions including AtomicRUSH, a fully interactive

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park has added to its huge

family attraction. Seventeen new ticket prize games

swimming pool and giant inflatables by building a

have also been imported directly from the USA with the

small waterpark on the premises too. They also now

majority catering to younger kids like Pig Out, Galaxy

have new family beach houses which are perfect for

Whacker, Dizzy Chicken and Ocean Air Hockey. See

some time “away from it all’. Call them on 4065 6166

page 24 for details about Kingpins Halloween Night

for more information and to book (book early for

31 October (6pm-9pm)

weekends and summer holidays).

Glencore Greek Fest

25 November (7.30pm) at Townsville Civic Theatre

12-13 October

After sellout shows in Europe and the US, the Ten Tenors will be touring along the Queensland

Riverway

coast next month. This is the only tour planned in Australia until 2015 due to international

Strand Sunset Cinema 11-12 October

commitments and they’re coming to Townsville! Tickets: $79.60 plus booking fees through The 14th Glencore Greek Fest will be on again at

This is a new event that’s FREE for everyone to enjoy.

www.ticketshop.com.au

Each night they will be screening an animated movie

Riverway over the weekend of 12-13 October with lots of Greek music and dancing, delicious food, fireworks and children’s entertainment. It’s great fun for the whole family and it’s a free event!

12 October (11.30am-2pm) Crown on Palmer, Palmer Street

Come along and join us for a fun lunch at Crown on Palmer with other mums in business on Saturday 12 October.

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3-6 October (10am-4.30pm)

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TECC visit www.craftevents.com.au

• Cocktail food and dessert supplied • Entertainment plus a fantastic lucky door prize

The original Stitches & Craft Show is returning to Townsville to inspire and inform with everything from

on arrival, cocktail food, dessert and entertainment.

paper craft, home décor, DIY ideas, sugar craft including

They can be bought online at www.pakmag.com.au.

cupcake decorating, ceramic painting workshops and

This event is proudly sponsored by Queensland Country

lots more. Cost: $15 adults, $14 children (5-16 years). Go

Credit Union and PakMag.

to www.craftevents.com.au for more information.

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Tickets cost $30 and include a complimentary drink

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By Louise Costanzo

his month is Down Syndrome Awareness Week, a campaign to raise awareness of children with

Down syndrome, to inform people about the condition, to dispel a few myths and ultimately to celebrate those born with that little extra chromosome.

“What no one tells you about having a child with a disability is all the wonderful people you have the opportunity to meet. And no one tells you how proud you will be of all their amazing achievements. Things you may take for granted with other children, like learning to walk, talk

The Parsons family are just like any other family.

and read, take on an extra significance. I think

There’s mum and dad, Rebecca and Chris plus

that Charlie’s greatest accomplishment so far

their four children – Lily (11), Molly (9), Charlie

was his first day at a mainstream school. We

(8) and Mia (5).

were so proud of him and the whole family

Charlie was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was four days old after his first

Photo thanks to Little Details Photography

have realised before Charlie came along.

turned out to cheer him on including both sets of grandparents.”

paediatrician hospital visit. Rebecca says,

As with other conditions there are many myths

“Initially my husband and I were in shock

and misconceptions about Down syndrome.

– there had been no indicators during the

“One of the greatest myths is that children

pregnancy to suggest that anything was wrong.

with Down syndrome can’t learn. Charlie could

However, we gradually got used to the idea and

read before he went to prep and he learns new

now, eight years on, we really don’t really dwell

things every day. A child with Down syndrome

on it much, it is just part of our lives. Charlie has

can learn just like anyone else, it just might

a few specialists that he sees a couple of times

take them a little longer, that’s all. People with

a year, and he has regular therapy sessions, but

Down syndrome can actively contribute to

on a whole he is just like any other eight year

our society. They can teach us a lot about love,

old boy.”

trust and compassion and they should not be

She describes Charlie as a healthy, cheeky boy who loves Angry Birds and music. “Charlie is treated just the same as the rest of our children. They know that Charlie has special needs but really he is just their brother. Our youngest

dismissed as dumb or stupid. Just like anyone else, they have strengths and weaknesses and their strengths should be encouraged and fostered. Love them for who they are; embrace their abilities.

child, Mia, asked me a few months ago when

“There are so many things that we love about

Charlie was going to ‘grow out of’ his special

Charlie, but most of all we love his cheeky sense

needs. I had a bit of a laugh and explained that

of humour – he can have us in stiches at times,

he wouldn’t grow out of it, that it was part of

and not a day goes by when he doesn’t make

him, just like her blue eyes.”

us laugh. Having any child changes a parent,

All families have challenges and the Parsons family are no exception, however Rebecca also says there are many upsides to having a child with Down syndrome that she would never

but having Charlie has taken me and my husband on a different journey and has taught me a lot about myself and my ability to be a parent to all my children.”

Embracing

All Abilities

Cheeky, loving and sometimes stubborn, Charlie Parsons has all the traits of a typical eight year old, but this Townsville youngster also has a little something extra – an additional chromosome – which meant he was born with Down syndrome.

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Education

Series Story thanks to Dr Craig Murison

Parent Power Children do much better at school if their parents are actively engaged in their education and even time-poor modern parents can make a difference to their child’s attitude to learning Parents play a vital role in the education of their

You can also sit down with your children and

The fact that many people feel very time poor

children. It is clear that when parents display an

talk to them (calmly) about their report card or

seems to have added to the degree to which

open interest and are actively involved in their

the results on an assignment. Ask them what

parents expect schools to take care of their

children’s learning, children generally achieve

they think they did well and what they can do

children’s learning needs. The simple truth is that

better results at school and are more engaged in

to improve for next time. This is one way to

without parent backup children are unlikely to

learning. However, in many families these days,

demonstrate your interest to your child. Talk to

realise their full potential. Schools cannot take

both parents work and as a result they are often

them encouragingly about why doing their best

the place that parents hold in their children’s

time poor and find it difficult to juggle their

is important.

learning journeys.

multiple commitments.

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What happens at school is really important, but

As one prominent educator recently said of State

The good news is it doesn’t always have to take a

without backup from home it is nothing more

Government plans to involve parents even more

lot of time to have a positive impact on children’s

than just a good start. The Queensland Teacher’s

in the education of their children, ‘…(the plan)

learning outcomes. Something as simple as

Union was quoted recently referring to research

encourages parents to instruct kids to value the

letting your children see you reading can make

which shows that school is responsible for 20 per

learning experience by creating a relationship

a difference. It might be a novel, or a newspaper,

cent of a child’s learning, while family and the

between what happens in the classroom, home

or even a repair manual for a car. The simple

social environment contribute 40 per cent each.

and community… this is about recognising that

fact that they see that you value reading has an

Parents are therefore the primary educators of

school cannot possibly do it all’ and how ‘vital

impact.

their children.

parents are in the learning process’ (Courier Mail 13/03/13). www.pakmag.com.au

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By Catholic Education

Enrol now for Kindy Pickerings Jeep

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Enrolments for Kindy at Catholic school sites are now welcomed.

Sturt Street, Townsville www.pickerings.com.au

Catholic kindergarten programs area available at

with parents/carers encouraged to apply early

More than 13,000 students attend Catholic schools

St Clare’s Catholic School (Burdell), St Anthony’s

to avoid disappointment. Enrolment application

in the Townsville Diocese. Our social media sites

Catholic College (Deeragun), Ryan Catholic

forms are available on the Townsville Catholic

are a great way to share news and keep updated

College (Kirwan) and St Joseph’s School, The

Education website www.tsv.catholic.edu.au/

with important information during your journey

Strand (North Ward) and St Joseph’s Catholic

kindergarten or by contacting the office on

with Catholic Education.

Primary School (Mount Isa). Kindergarten is also

kindergarten@tsv.catholic.edu.au

offered at the St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres which are supported by Townsville Catholic Education, in Mundingburra, Kirwan, Rasmussen, Ingham, Palm Island and Mount Isa. Enrolments for Kindergarten in 2014 are invited,

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Once your child begins their learning journey with Catholic education, whether it is at one of our

We welcome you to our growing Catholic

early learning centres, kindergartens or schools, it

Education community. For more information

is a great idea to connect with us on social media

visit www.tsv.catholic.edu.au

to keep up to date with news and events.

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PinkyMcKay Parenting guru, author and lactation specialist Pinky McKay is coming to Townsville next month to run a seminar on Toddler Tactics and introduce new mums to the health benefits of ‘boobie bikkies’.

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and low breast milk supply and then find they

Pinky hopes her seminars will bring a renewed

and knowing how stressful the toddler years

have a cranky baby,” she says. “It’s frustrating to

confidence to parents of toddlers and provide

can be for some parents, Pinky’s seminar aims

know that most new mothers barely have time

them with tools to encourage good behaviour

to reassure parents about milestones, behaviour

to make a sandwich, let alone cook nutritious

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and gender differences. “I want to provide parents

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the toddler years is by far my favourite,” she says.

them feeling overwhelmed by comparisons

B vitamins, minerals, iron and Omega 3 essential

“Toddlers are honest and perceptive, they live

against other children,” she says. “Each child has

fatty acids.” Pinky explains that the biscuits

in a world of wonder and imagination and find

a different personality and no two are the same

nourish the nervous system of both mum and

delight in almost anything. They know how to be

so parents need to work with their own child to

baby, help boost energy and milk supply and

happy and are just a joy to be around.”

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and the difference between bringing up boys

The Bamboobies are heart-shaped nursing pads

compared with girls. She will also be talking

which are discreet, hygienic and absorbent pads

about her lactation cookies called Boobie Bikkies,

which help prevent thrush and bacteria. The

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By Jutta Dempsey

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he researchers found that the effects

[2] Establish rules of behaviour that are not

of mental health distress due to mild

crossed in your home. These should include

sibling bullying tended to be more

putting other people down by using labels

profound for younger kids under nine years

such as ‘dumb’ or ‘hopeless’. Any form of

old - their measures of anxiety, depression and

physical aggression such as hitting or kicking

anger were much higher. A similar study in

must also be a no-no. When the line is crossed,

2012 showed that teens that fought with their

additional consequences need to be in place

brothers and sisters also showed more anxiety,

for the perpetrator, such as loss of technology

depression and/or self-esteem issues.

privileges for the rest of the evening.

Parents are well aware of the affects of bullying

[3] Parents should not be referees in the

on children and consequently when a child is

disputes between their children but allow for a

bullied at school most parents seek and expect

verbal discussion of the problem if the children

intervention by the school to eliminate the

are old enough. A ‘bickering’ table is a great idea

problem. Therefore, rather than dismissing

until the children work it out or 10 minutes is

conflicts at home as ‘part of growing up’, they

up. Conflict resolution skills are taught in this

must question whether their children’s bickering

manner for the children to use independently

really is harmless or whether the conflict is

next time.

crossing over in to chronic verbal and physical abuse.

to feel jealous sometimes, and although Adam

siblings cross over into bullying when:

had a great game, you had a great art exhibit

– there is no to and fro. • The aggression is intended to cause harm and humiliation. • A ‘bully-victim’ dynamic has been established where the weaker sibling will say things under their breath or set up scenarios to get revenge because they cannot stand up to the stronger sibling. • Jealousy festers between siblings due to parents labelling one child in a positive light due to a talent or ability, such as the athlete or brighter one.

Sibling

WARS More

serious than you might think

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characteristics of both children i.e. “it’s normal

Normal rivalries and jealousies between

• One child is consistently the victim of another

Brothers and sisters have been taunting and trading blows since Cain and Abel and most families see it as a normal part of growing up. However, new research amongst a sample of 3,600 children aged 17 and under has shown that 32 per cent reported being bullied by siblings. Other studies have revealed the figure to be as high as 78 per cent.

[4] Defuse jealousy and point out the positive

last week.” [5] If there is a cycle of bullying going on in your household, start by setting up a positive reward system where the siblings all get a reward point for cooperating. Children these days have many privileges that they should ‘work’ for by displaying positive behaviour such as being kind to others. Choose privileges that will entice the bully sibling but also motivate the victim so that the victim sibling doesn’t try to undermine the bully. Sibling rivalry gives you an insight into how your child will cope when pushed to the limit or when they are under extreme pressure. You can use these sibling fights to help your children

• One of the siblings needs to be the ‘boss’

learn to manage their emotions and develop

and control others to the point of getting

effective conflict resolution skills.

aggressive and demeaning.

The ramifications of ignoring sibling bullying

It is vitally important for any child’s mental

include an increased risk of psychological

wellbeing that they feel safe and secure in their

problems in your children. Sometimes it may

own home environment so if you’re concerned

be a red flag to indicate underlying disorders

that the sibling bickering going on between

such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,

your children may be crossing over into bullying

Oppositional Defiance Disorder or Generalised

it is important to take immediate steps, just as

Anxiety. In these cases professional assessment

you would expect a school to do.

and therapeutic intervention may be necessary.

Here are some things you can do: [1] Hold both kids accountable for the behaviour by putting them both in time out.

Jutta Dempsey has worked with

This is important because you probably will

families and children for over 30 years

not have seen everything that occurred prior

and is the principal psychologist at

to the altercation and by singling one out for

Directions Learning

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kids

Issues Story thanks to Kate Wilkinson

Helping your child deal with grief Early one morning, I climbed into my four-year-old's bed and told her that her aunty had passed away. Aunty had been very sick, but her loss was still painful. There were a lot of questions: “How long will it take us to drive to Heaven?” “Did it hurt her?”

difficult once she started kindergarten.

counsellor, Mal McKissock, most people can deal with their grief within the family. Kids’ Helpline also agree that helping your child work through

my breath catch.)

their feelings includes doing things as a family, maintaining normal routine and allowing your child to talk about their feelings and helping them

“I don’t love Aunty anymore because she died.”

express their grief appropriately.

Then it became an excuse:

We spent a lot of time with our extended family,

“You can’t be mean to me. My aunty went to

eating meals together, going for weekend trips

heaven.” (We did explain that was not appropriate.)

away and working together to make sure that

Tears would flow uncontrollably and she would

a wonderful distraction for everyone.

wail, asking why her aunt had died when we

each family member was supported. This provided

Fortunately, educators are well trained in helping children deal with grief and my daughter’s teacher was extremely supportive, giving her space to cry and keeping us updated about behaviours that she was exhibiting that could be related to her grieving process. Over the year, she has grown and matured, as children do, and she no longer uses her loss as an excuse to get what she wants and talks about what she remembers about her aunt. There are times when we all cry and feel sad, but we have found that supporting each other and allowing

My daughter also found an outlet in art and

each person space to express their feelings has

happened to be.

created pictures that showed how happy Aunty

worked wonders for helping our child to deal with

All of us struggle to come to terms with loss, but

was in heaven as she was no longer sick and had

her pain.

a wonderful view of fireworks. While this often

were at the shops, at the park, or wherever we

as grown-ups, we are able to work through our grief thanks to our wisdom and experience. This

made us feel sad, it was a beautiful way for her to release her emotions in an appropriate way.

Another piece of wonderful advice from

Another difficulty we had to surmount was

Kids’ Helpline is that “small steps and

differing triggers. Being an extraordinarily

changes in behaviour, and great patience,

work through their raw feelings the way adults do.

empathic person, once my daughter was upset

are important parts of recovery and

about something, it would remind her that she

starting anew.”

Fortunately, there are websites and community

was sad about her aunt and it would be virtually

is definitely not the case for smaller children. They have barely grasped using their words instead of throwing tantrums and cannot be expected to

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impossible to comfort her. This was particularly

parents to help their children. According to grief

“Can I die too so I can see her?” (That one made

Then there was hurt and anger:

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Women Finance

News money

Women Beat Men

The latest tips in the world of finance

SMART Ways

by Gail Glasby

Smart ways to battle higher costs With living costs on the increase, many Australians are feeling the pinch, but new research shows most of us are taking sensible steps to make our money stretch further.

Start by taking a look through your transaction account statements. If you’re paying a regular account fee of say, $5 a month, switching to a no-fee account could see you save $60 each year.

According to the survey by ING Direct, eight out of ten Australians say their living costs have climbed over the past 12 months with the main culprits being higher utility bills, grocery costs and fuel.

Next, check the rate you’re paying on your credit card. There’s a tremendous range of interest rates charged on different cards – from 9.25% to almost 23%. On a card balance of about $3,000 switching from one of the most expensive cards to one charging about 10% could see you save about $300 in annual interest costs.

On the plus side, it also seems as though the majority of households experiencing higher bills are using smart strategies to make ends meet. Six out of ten (60%) are shopping around for bargains, 53% are spending less and making do with what they have, and 49% are shopping more carefully at the supermarket. It‘s amazing how we tend to seek out discounts on items like groceries or clothing yet we often fail to take the same approach with our everyday bank account, credit card, insurance or home loan. Yet big savings can be made on these products.

A new survey has shown that women are much better at keeping on top of finances by budgeting and saving than men but they drop the ball when it comes to longterm wealth generation.

The same principle of shopping around also applies to car insurance and home and contents cover. With big variations in premiums between insurers, you could make substantial savings by comparing policies and costs at renewal time.

The ME Bank survey for MoneySmart Week also

Gail Glasby is a Financial Planner from ipac north queensland and can be contacted on 4772 2200 for more information, or visit www.ipac.com.au/northqueensland

doing so within 12 months compared to only 36%

showed that while a similar percentage of men and women are planning to invest in shares, bonds and property, there is a big difference in when they believe they will do it – 51% of men who are planning to invest are confident they will start of women (26% of women didn’t know when they would achieve this goal at all). Effie Zahos, Editor of Money magazine, says setting a goal with a realistic budget and a timeline is the first step.

These articles contain general financial advice only and do not take into consideration your personal circumstances.

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PINK RIBBON Day

28 October

Nearly 3000 Queensland women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and tragically over 460 women will lose their lives to this terrible disease each year.

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Compassionate & kind

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This is why all Queenslanders will come

provide support services to improve the

together on Pink Ribbon Day, Monday 28

quality of life for those affected by breast

Dr. Jan Garrard at Deakin University says that the

October, to show their support for the one

cancer, along with research into potential

reason modern children are not meeting physical

in eight Queensland women who will be

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Corn Juicy Fruit

by Rebecca McKenna

Do you often wonder whether you should be giving your kids fruit juice? You might be thinking that fruit is good for you so why is fruit juice ‘bad’? Juice is not necessarily ‘bad’, however, when fruit is juiced and given in large amounts, it can become a big sugar hit for your kids. Water is always going to be the best option, and you can probably already hear your kids saying, “BORING”!!! It is fine to give your kids fruit juice, but it is best to do so in moderation (125ml per day). If you find your child is replacing juice for water you may need some alternative ideas. • Choose a natural 100% fruit juice with no added extras • Give your kids juice as a weekend treat • Water it down. Pour a glass of water and add a small amount of juice • Freeze some juice in an ice cube tray. The kids will love to suck on these on a hot North Queensland day!

Yummy corn can be used in so many ways and is a fantastic source of dietary fibre, niacin, folate,

One of my favourite childhood treats was a home made fruit juice ice block in summer, it always seemed so much more exciting because I had helped Mum make them myself. The great thing about these is that it is an appropriate amount of juice, you know exactly what is in the ice block and the biggest worry you will have is making sure the kids don’t put their sticky little juice fingers all over the furniture!

vitamin C and carbohydrate for long lasting energy. It is generally available all year round and can be bought fresh, frozen or tinned. Corn can be steamed, boiled or cooked on the BBQ with a sprinkling of paprika. It can also be used to make delicious corn fritters or added to savoury muffins for an extra flavour hit.

Rebecca McKenna is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (www.healthmanagement.com.au) who specialises in children, psychology of eating and weight loss. You can connect with Health Management and ask Rebecca questions on Facebook.

If you are looking for fruit juice alternatives that your kids will enjoy, try adding some orange or strawberry pieces to a jug of water, or a couple of teaspoons of Milo in some milk to keep their bones growing super strong.

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October 2013 entertainment & events DATE 1/10/13

• Mini Golf & Jumping Castle fun

Book now for Xmas

• Children, Teen & Adult Party Packages • Special Group Booking Packages available • Kiosk offering hot food, cold drinks & snacks • Fully licensed & catering available

Kings Road, West End (opp Showgrounds)

VENUE Museum of Tropical Queensland

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME A Spirited Commissioner: Colonel Charles Evans 1911-1918

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

12.00pm

www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

COST Free

1/10/13

Townsville Cultural Centre

School Holiday Workshop: Boomerang Throwing

10.30am

4772 7679

$14

1/10/13

Old Courthouse Theatre Townsville

Chooka Parker in Concert

11.00am

4722 5232

$15

1/10/13

Old Courthouse Theatre Townsville

Chooka Parker in Concert

6.30pm

4722 5232

$15

1/10/13

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Percival's Life Drawing

6.30pm

0401 429 021

Free

1/10/13

117 Young St Ayr

Ayr Handcraft Group

12.00pm

4782 5580

Cost

1/10/13

Northreach Baptist Church

Mainly Music: Interactive music for young children

9.45am

4723 2371

$5

1/10/13

Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

Playgroup

9.30am

4783 4243

$4

1/10/13

Pinnacles Gallery

Art Escape: Moulding Media with Artist Mary Parkes

10.00am

4773 8871

$15

1/10/13

Pinnacles Gallery

Art Box: Art activites for under 5's

10.00am

4773 8871

Free

2/10/13

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Railways in North Queensland

12.00pm

www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

Free

2/10/13

Townsville Cultural Centre

School Holiday Workshop: Creation Storytelling

10.30am

4772 7679

$14

2/10/13

Old Courthouse Theatre Townsville

Chooka Parker in Concert

11.00am

4722 5232

$15

2/10/13

Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walking Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

2/10/13

Thuringowa Library

Storytime with La Luna Youth Arts

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

3/10/13

Aitkenvale Library

Free Parent Information Session

9.30am

4727 8370

Free

3/10/13

Townsville Cultural Centre

School Holiday Workshop: Palm Frond Weaving

10.30am

4772 7679

$14

3/10/13

TECC

Stitches & Craft Show

10.00am

www.craftevents.com.au

Cost

3/10/13

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Townsville, Trains and Troops - the story of our railways in wartime.

12.00pm

www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

Free Cost

3/10/13

Townsville Civic Theatre

A Festival of Russian Ballet

8.00pm

4727 9797

3/10/13

School of Arts Theatre

Holidance - Shake a Leg

9.00am

www.soatheatretownsville.com.au Cost

4/10/13

Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

4/10/13

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Rail Trails - Preservation of Railway Heritage

12.00pm

www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

Free

4/10/13

TECC

Stitches & Craft Show

10.00am

www.craftevents.com.au

Cost

4/10/13

Paul Sadler Swimland

Intensive Learn to Swim Holiday Program

3.30pm

townsville@paulsadlerswimland.com

Cost

4/10/13

Townsville PCYC

Townsillvania's Masquerade Ball - Theatre Restaurant

6.30pm

0407 600 720

4/10/13

School of Arts Theatre

Holidance - Shake a Leg

9.00am

www.soatheatretownsville.com.au Cost

5/10/13

Thuringowa Library

Journey with the Doctor (Who)

10.00am

4773 8817

Free

YOu’re invited tO

“ride the river”

COmmunitY event Sunday 27 October, 7am at Sherriff Park (Love Lane, Mundingburra) Take a guided cycling tour with friends and family along the beautiful Ross River. Two featured cycling tours available. Suitable for all ages. Be quick! The first 100 people to register receive a free cycling pack! To register visit council’s website www.townsville.qld.gov.au or call 1300 878 001.

PHONE: 4771 3999 OPEN: 7 DAYS

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DATE 5/10/13

green = kids

VENUE TECC

blue = adults

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Stitches & Craft Show

TIME 10.00am

FOR MORE INFO www.craftevents.com.au

COST Cost

5/10/13

Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adult Outdoor D.I.Y Projects workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

5/10/13

Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Woodwork Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

4778 5646

Free

5/10/13

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Blues Festival

5/10/13

School of Arts Theatre

Holidance - Shake a Leg

9.00am

www.soatheatretownsville.com.au Cost

6/10/13 TECC

Stitches & Craft Show

10.00am

www.craftevents.com.au

Cost

6/10/13

Flinders St Townsville

Cotters Markets

8.30am

0417 721 822

Free

6/10/13

Strand Park

5K Swisse Color Run

thecolorrun.com

Cost

6/10/13

Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adult Outdoor D.I.Y Projects workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

6/10/13

Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Woodwork Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

8/10/13

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

6.30pm

0401 429 021

Free

Percival's Life Drawing

8/10/13

Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

Playgroup

9.30am

4783 4243

$4

8/10/13

117 Young St Ayr

Ayr Handcraft Group

12.00pm

4782 5580

Cost

9/10/13

Thuringowa Library

Storytime with La Luna Youth Arts

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

9/10/13

Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

9/10/13

PaediaTricks Occupational Therapy

Food Therapy Group for Picky Eaters

10.00am

0418 437 274

Cost

9/10/13

Aitkenvale Library Park

Messy Play in The Park

9.30am

4727 8370

Free

10/10/13 Aitkenvale Library

Loud Lounge - Guitar hero Battle ages 13-17

3.30pm

4773 8818

Free

10/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10.00am

4738 8818

Free

4783 4243

Free

11/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: Gravity

10.30am

11/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

11/10/13 The Strand

Strand Sunset Cinema

6.00pm

www.strandsunsetcinema.com.au

Free

12/10/13 Pioneer Park Kirwan

Xstrata Greek Fest

9.00am

www.greekfest.com.au

Free

12/10/13 Aitkenvale State School

Renegade Handmade Marketplace

8.00am

renegadehandmade.blogspot.com.au

Free

12/10/13 North Townsville Community Hub

Art & Soul Workshops: Re-Cre8tiv Mosaics

1.00pm

0414 647 709

$60

12/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adults Home Organisation D.I.Y Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

12/10/13 The Strand

6.00pm

www.strandsunsetcinema.com.au

Free

11.00am

4726 9000

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13/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Garden Creatures Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

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13/10/13 Flinders St Townsville

Cotters Markets

8.30am

0417 721 822

Free

13/10/13 Pioneer Park Kirwan

Xstrata Greek Fest

9.00am

www.greekfest.com.au

Free

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yourGUIDE DATE

VENUE

14/10/13 Event Cinemas

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Bring Your Baby: Gravity

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

10.30am

COST Cost

14/10/13 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11.00am

4773 8818

Free

15/10/13 Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

Playgroup

9.30am

4783 4243

$4

15/10/13 117 Young St Ayr

Ayr Handcraft Group

12.00pm

4782 5580

Cost

15/10/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Percival's Life Drawing

6.3-pm

0401 429 021

Free

4783 4243

Free

4773 8818

Free

15/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walking Group

5.15pm

16/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: Gravity

12.30pm

16/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Indigenous (Murri) Bookclub

6.00pm

Cost

16/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Storytime with La Luna Youth Arts

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

16/10/13 PaediaTricks Occupational Therapy

Food Therapy Group for Picky Eaters

10.00am

0418 437 274

Cost

16/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Loud Lounge - Live Band Heat FX ages 13- 17

3.30pm

4778 8818

Free

17/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10.00am

4738 8818

Free

18/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: Diana

10.30am

18/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Preservation of Indigenous Old Photos & Documents

9.00am

4738 8818

Free

Cost

18/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Multicultural Storytime for Preschoolers

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

18/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

19/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adults National Water Week D.I.Y Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

19/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Grow your Own Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

19/10/13 Townsville Community Learning Centre

Car Boot and Cake Stall

8.00am

0407 160 372

Free

19/10/13 The Venue

Mega Tribute

5.00pm

4724 2800

$30

20/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adults National Water Week D.I.Y Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

20/10/13 Flinders St Townsville

8.30am

0417 721 822

Free

4726 9000

Cost

4773 8818

Free

Cotters Markets

20/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Grow your Own Workshop

11.00am

21/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: Diana

10.30am

21/10/13 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11.00am

Cost

21/10/13 Turf Club Cluden Townsville

Rock n Rodz Nostalgia Festival

4724 3007

$5

21/10/13 Tony Ireland Stadium Kirwan

Not 2 Old 2 Dance ( Rock Concert)

www.not2old2dance.com

$63

22/10/13 Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

Playgroup

9.30am

4783 4243

$4

22/10/13 117 Young St Ayr

Ayr Handcraft Group

12.00pm

4782 5580

Cost

22/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

22/10/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Percival's Life Drawing

6.30pm

0401 429 021

Free

22/10/13 Sir George Kneipp Lecture Theatre JCU

Author Tim Winton - New Novel Eyrie

7.00pm

4771 3824

$5

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blue = adults

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yourGUIDE DATE

VENUE

22/10/13 Thuringowa Library

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Shrink Art Jewellery

TIME 10.30am

FOR MORE INFO

COST

4727 8325

$5

23/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: Diana

12.30pm

23/10/13 PaediaTricks Occupational Therapy

Food Therapy Group for Picky Eaters

10.00am

0418 437 274

Cost

23/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Storytime with La Luna Youth Arts

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

4738 8818

Free

Cost

24/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10.00am

25/10/13 Event Cinemas

Bring Your Baby: About Time

10.30am

25/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

25/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Rocktober Music Triva Quiz

6.30pm

4773 8815

Free

26/10/13 Northern Beaches Leisure Centre

PakClub Halloween Party

6.00pm

26/10/13 Sheriff Park Townsville

Pregnancy Loss Australia - Teddy Bears Picnic

10.00am

Cost 4726 9000

Cost Cost

26/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Halloween Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

26/10/13 Riverside Gardens Community Centre

Toastmasters International

9.00am

4799 2184

26/10/13 Thuringowa Library

ABC 500 Words Workshop

9.00am

4773 8815

Free

27/10/13 Sherriff Park, Love Lane, Mundingburra

“Ride the River” Community Event

7.00am

www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Free

27/10/13 Flinders St Townsville

Cotters Markets

8.30am

0417 721 822

Free

27/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adults Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry D.I.Y Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

27/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Kids Halloween Workshop

11.00am

4726 9000

Cost

28/10/13 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11.00am

4773 8818

Free

29/10/13 Woolworths Carpark Ayr

Burdekin Heart Foundation Walkimg Group

5.15pm

4783 4243

Free

29/10/13 117 Young St Ayr

Ayr Handcraft Group

12.00pm

4782 5580

Cost

29/10/13 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Percival's Life Drawing

6.30pm

0401 429 021

Free

4783 4243

$4

0418 437 274

Cost

Playgroup

9.30am

Bring Your Baby: About Time

12.30pm

30/10/13 PaediaTricks Occupational Therapy

Food Therapy Group for Picky Eaters

10.00am

72 Hervey Range Road thuringowa Central

• Skating • inline Hockey • artiStic Skate • roller Derby • roller Hockey & More

Free

11.00am

29/10/13 Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre

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Cost

26/10/13 Bunnings Warehouse, Duckworth St Adults Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry D.I.Y Workshop

30/10/13 Event Cinemas

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gENERal SkatE: thu 4-6pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat & Sun 10-12pm & 2-4pm • $12 entry • Skate Hire $3 all agES lEaRN tO SkatE: tue 4-5pm ($7 inc skate hire), Sat 9.30-10am ($12 inc skate session afterwards until 12pm, skate hire $3)

PHONE: 4755 4422 www.sk8way.com.au

Cost

30/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Storytime with La Luna Youth Arts

10.00am

4773 8818

Free

31/10/13 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10.00am

4738 8818

Free

This is a free listing. Submit your event info to: admin@pakmag.com.au

Regular Markets COTTERS MARKETS 8.30am-1pm every Sun at Flinders Mall STRAND NIGHT MARKETS 5-9pm 1st Fri of the month (May-Dec) at Strand Park WILLOWS MARKETS 7.30-11.30am every Sun at Willows Shopping Centre BALGAL BEACH MARKET 3.30pm-7pm 1st Sat of the month Fisherman’s Landing Café MOUNT VIEW PLAZA MARKETS 8am-2pm every Saturday

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SUNDAY MARKETS – CASTLE HILL PCYC THURINGOWA COMMUNITY MARKETS 8am-1pm 1st Sunday of each month HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS (MAGGIE ISLAND) 9.30am-1.30pm last Sun of every month at Horseshoe Bay Foreshore CHARTERS TOWERS SHOWGROUND MARKETS 7.30am-11.30am 2nd Sun every month CHARTERS TOWERS STOCK EXCHANGE MARKETS 8am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month on Mosman Street

INGHAM MARKETS 3rd Sun every month at Rotary Park AYR MARKETS 8.30am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month at Plantation Park FARMERS MARKET 6am-12.00 noon 2nd & 4th Sat of the month at North Shore Town Centre SATURDAY NIGHT MARKETS Every Saturday from 2-9pm at 87 Ingham Road, West End (opposite Showgrounds) 1st market kicks off on the 10th November

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BY Elaine Seager

Baby’s Day

Out

Baby’s Day Out, an annual event designed to celebrate our babies’ place in the community and their right to be breastfed anywhere anytime, will be celebrated in Townsville again this month.

melvilles Farm Baby Animal Parties Children’s

Party Package From $495

+GST (3 hour duration)

InclusIons: • Party facilities • Up to 40 people* • Animal Nursery • Pony rides • Jumping castle

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registered last year and it is anticipated that even

adults) can get a balloon, have their face painted

more events will be held this year.

find breastfeeding in public unacceptable. Former

and play on the playground.

Manager of Breastfeeding Friendly Communities, Alannah Shore, says “Over 90% of Australian mothers leave hospital breastfeeding their babies, so it’s time the whole community shows its support and makes sure that these mums don’t feel uncomfortable when their baby needs to be breastfed.”

people ranging from newborn babies to 60 year old granddads. This year, the event will be bigger

*$10pp for additional people over 40

and better and include a sausage sizzle, cupcake stall, coffee stand, face painting and balloons, as

• Timmy the train rides • Tractor hay rides • Miniature “Cobb & Co” carriage rides • Chevy bus rides • Carousel (activities are available at a cost & must be pre-booked)

well as a ‘Strollers and Supporters Walk’.

Full Catering facilities with a variety of Party Menus to choose from

circuit from Sister Kenny Park (the enclosed

to Book:

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4778 8388

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cupcakes, or stop by the sausage sizzle. Kids (and

2009 survey which found one in four Australians

Last year’s event, in Townsville, attracted over 150

additional activities

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The idea for Baby’s Day Out was born out of a

The Strollers and Supporters Walk involves a playground near the water park) to Strand Park and back. On return from the walk participants have an opportunity to purchase coffee and

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is

“Our midweek event last year was overwhelmingly

encouraging women, their friends and families

successful,” says local event co-coordinator Angela

to get out and about in their communities by

Norton. “This year we’ve moved it to a Saturday to

gathering in places like parks, playgrounds and

accommodate working families and to encourage

beaches to share a meal or a snack, thus sending

more dads to come along.”

a message to the whole community that babies

All members of the community are welcome to go along and show their support at Baby’s Day Out. The event is not just for breastfed babies and their mums. Of course, bottle feeding bubs and their families are also welcome, as are people without children. The event is not about excluding anyone; it is about making Townsville more inclusive and baby friendly. Baby’s Day Out is an initiative of the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s Breastfeeding Friendly Communities and is being celebrated around the country on 26-27 October. Over 60 events were

have a right to be breastfed anywhere, anytime. “By participating in Baby’s Day Out, we can show the wider community that breastfeeding is a normal part of life for a baby. Just as we socialise when we eat, so babies have the right to be included in their family’s normal activities and not be taken away to have their meals or snacks in cars or toilets or under blankets” says Mrs Shore. Baby’s Day Out is on 26 October (9am12pm) at Sister Kenny Park, The Strand (the fenced playground near the water park). For more information call Naomi on 0409 062 087 or go to www.babysdayout.org www.pakmag.com.au

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Baby

GAGA for Gourmet

October 2013

Baby books

review new Books

POTTY Watch

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybird! By Mem Fox Little ones will love this simple story of hide and seek as they search for the ladybird on each page.

According to Canstar Blue’s annual parent opinion research many babies (46%) eat better quality food than their parents! More than two thirds (69%) say they like to make sure their baby enjoys a regular diet of super-foods such as avocado, blueberries, salmon, broccoli and goji or acai berries. One third

Varicose Veins

(33%) of parents feed their babies organic food but they don’t eat organic food themselves.

Statistics show that 8 out of 10 women who have had two or more pregnancies will experience varicose veins. There are several reasons for this

regular gentle exercises, going for a

including an increase in the amount of

quick walk if you’re sitting or standing for

blood circulating in the body, weight gain

prolonged periods and eating a balanced

putting pressure on the pelvic veins and

diet. Also monitor your lower veins for

progesterone causing the blood vessel

changes or discomfort and consult with a

walls to relax.

vein health specialist to get a prescription

Dr. Peter Paraskevas, a leader in the

for a graduated compression stocking.

Gift

idea

RRP $19.99

Noah Dreary By Aaron Blabey An interesting tale about a boy who

The research also investigated attitudes towards eco-friendly baby products and found that

complains so much

while almost half of all parents (46%) rated eco products very important for their baby, only

his head falls off. The

29% considered chemical-free, environmentally friendly products very important for the rest

doctor can’t fix it so

of the family.

what will he do? RRP $24.99

Given that half the battle of toilet training is reminding your child to go to the toilet, a new product has entered the market to take care of that for you!

Baby Dental Tips

by Smile Dental

Xander's Panda Party

Often parents wonder why it’s so important to protect baby’s

By Lina Sue Park

first teeth when they will eventually fall out anyway. The first

A joyful tale of

teeth are necessary for chewing and speaking but they are also the

fun from a master

space holders and pathways for the adult teeth to erupt. If they are

storyteller and winner

lost early to tooth decay, it can lead to crooked teeth in later life.

of the prestigious

non-surgical treatment of varicose veins,

Between pregnancies non-surgical

says there is little you can do to prevent

treatment is available which will help

Potty Watch is a toilet training timer that allows you to set

varicose veins during pregnancy but you

elevate painful symptoms and physical

a timer to remind your child to go to the toilet with a fun

Newbery Medal.

can try sleeping on your left side, doing

appearance.

catchy song. For more info go to www.pottywatch.com.au

RRP $19.95

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Fashion edition BY Rachel Holiday

Sailor

Went to Sea

Ahoy there matey! Let your little boy embark on a fashion voyage to see, see, see the bottom of the deep blue sea in smart nautical stripes and sea-life prints.

ocTober 2013

Once Upon a Time

$25.95, Peter Rabbit @ Myer (000-2)

$10, Target (Ages 1-7)

Take your little characters on a storybook journey through‌ $19.99, Pumpkin Patch (Sizes 1-13)

Teddy

Bears Picnic

$39.95, Milkshake @ Myer (Ages 3-8)

If you go down to the woods today dress your little girl in a

$16, Target (Ages 1-7)

juxtaposition of pretty summer florals and durable denim. $29.95, eenimeeni.com Stylish and sun-protectant

$25.95, Jack and Millie @ Myer (Sizes 0,00,000)

$69.95, Evie’s Sister @ Myer (Ages 8-14)

$36.95, Pumpkin Patch (Ages 1-5)

old

$12.99, Pumpkin Patch

McDonaldFarm

Mix bright block colours with a checked print here and a checked print there for a classic and on-trend look. $15, Target (Ages 0-18 months)

$24.95, Cotton On Kids

Twinkle

Little Star

Fairy Tales

$29.95, Milkshake @ Myer (Ages 3- 8)

Your little star will shine like a diamond in the sky donned in tulle, lace and pastels: a look worthy of a fairy tale.

$15, Target (Ages 1-7) Brightens up play dates

$25.95, littlestyles.com.au

$29.95, Frankie Ray at eyetribe.com.au

$24.95, Cotton On Kids (Ages 1-8) $26, Target (Ages 7-16)

$35, Target

$161, Le Petit Boudoir (Ages 6-11)

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$12.95, littlestyles.com.au

$12, JK Kids (Baby)

$54.95, Guess @ Myer (Ages 12-24 months)

$16.95, Bonds (Sizes 000-2)

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Beauty edition

ocT 2013

escape the day and revive your senses

SAVE $100

*

Dominiques

Beauty

review

30min infrared detox cabin session 30min warm stone back massage

Flowers & Funk

35min eminence organic facial treatment

Story thanks to Michelle Dryburgh

NormAlly $195 Now oNly $95

They say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. And that’s certainly the case for the fun and friendly team at Dominique’s Flowers and Funk. But behind the scenes of this vibrant fashion jewellery and accessories boutique, is arguably one of the hardest working teams in Ayr.

At tropical north day spa we offer more than service we offer an experience. Our professional, friendly and fully qualified spa therapists will take you on a journey that will relax the mind, relieve muscle tension, rehydrate the skin and replenish the soul. Choose from our extensive list of spa treatments and packages. spa menu, price list & gift vouchers available at tnds.com.au *Promotion will run Mon-Fri, October 2013. Not to be used with any other gift voucher or promotion. Please mention discount upon booking, as we have limited promotional appointments available. Full payment of treatment due upon booking to secure discount.

For more info call 4779 7648 or visit www.tnds.com.au

Many locals already know mother and daughter duo Jenny and Dominique Papale and their small team of staff for their first-class styling advice and friendly customer service.

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There’s a store near you Aitkenvale - 290 Ross River Road PHONE: 4725 5244 Kirwan - 36 Thuringowa Drive PHONE: 4773 4224 Woodlands - Woodlands Shopping Centre PHONE: 4751 6286

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FEEL HEALTHY

FEEL GOOD

The team is now also gaining recognition for its seamless event planning, function hire and management of the popular wedding venue Populin’s Hall. From elegant high teas for ten guests to extravagant weddings for 300, the girls pride themselves on their personalised approach to creating a unique environment for each and every event. It can be a challenge – but Jenny says that’s what makes it so much fun. “We might be working on three or four weddings at a time which all have a similar feel, and we have to call on everyone’s creativity to bring something special and different to each one,” she said. “There’s such a creative vibe all the time and we’re always on our toes. It’s such an exciting environment to work in.”

Dominique’s Flowers and Funk began as a florist and gift shop five years ago. But as Jenny found herself becoming more involved in wedding planning, she saw an opportunity to take the business in a new direction. It was then she and Dominique, who was still at school but working in the store during afternoons and weekends, shifted the focus of the shop front onto jewellery and accessories, while also developing the function planning

All of this is set in the sophisticated, contemporary setting of the Queen Street boutique. “The shop is a work of art in itself,”

and event hire services.

wavelength,” she said.

Today Dominique’s offers a one-stop shop for brides to be, from finding the perfect accessories to complement their gown and bridesmaids dresses, to hand picking the décor for their special day. And it’s not just brides who love Dominique’s, with an ever-changing array of jewellery and accessories for all occasions, from glamorous formal pieces to casual day wear and everything in between.

Jenny said. But what Jenny says gives the business the greatest cutting edge, is the close working relationship between her and her daughter. “Dominique is very young, she’s 21 and I’m 45, so she has different ideas and ways of doing things, but we’re both on the same “Dominique led the business in a whole different direction when she joined and introduced new suppliers which now sees new stock arriving in store every two weeks.” For more information on Dominques visit www dominiquesflowersandfunk.com or drop in to see the team at Shop 1, 107 Queen Street, Ayr. www.pakmag.com.au

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Home edition

Retreat

Oct 2013

TREND This season’s latest trend is gradient dyed fabrics. We’ve incorporated this new look by using a teal blue throw with a soft gradient to pastel blue

x a l e r o t e c a l p A

to accent the stained glass window.

Design Tips Flooring Tips

FlooringTips GREAT idea for carpet

Parents

r e tr e a t Thanks to the team at Bold Interiors

Bold Interiors Design Tips:

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retreat that doesn’t add a great deal to the

[1] Choose neutral tones and

[5] Add lots of cushions – okay,

overall cost of carpeting, choose a thicker

luxurious textures for a relaxed and

men don’t usually like them but they

welcoming look

do look beautiful and comfy!

underlay. Your feet will thank you as

[2] Use pops of colour to break up

[6] Furniture - a well-designed

wardrobe is a must. Speak to a

cabinetmaker or Bold Interiors for

customised storage. Don’t forget a

nice bedside table that looks good

and also provides useful storage.

the neutral scheme

[3] Treat yourself to some beautiful

After a hectic day of looking after children every parent deserves a sanctuary – somewhere relaxing in the home where you can retreat to

For a gorgeous luxurious feeling in your

bedlinen – there are some wonderful

Australian textile designers worth

checking out. Have a look at Aura

bedlinen (www.aurahome.com.au)

[4] Lighting – create ambient lighting

but have enough bedside lighting

so you can curl up with a great book.

A beautiful light shade can add

interest and character to the room

you hop out of bed onto a floor of clouds!

[7] Window treatments – curtains

soften the space and are a great way

to add colour or a pattern. Alternatively

use a plain block out fabric with sheer

curtains hung in front.

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Travel guide October 2013

if it needs painting, we have the paint.

Travel

ideas

Cruising with Kids

By Jodie Payne (Travel Managers)

automotive, house, industrial, marine, texture Coatings, timber Finishes, trade Paint & sign suPPlies markets

If your idea of a holiday involves no cooking, no cleaning, free babysitting and the occasional cocktail, then maybe a cruise is for you.

See us, the paint experts, before you buy paint anywhere else. (note: Men – please bring your wifes permission slip to purchase paint without her being present.)

Ships are like hotels – they have different facilities and very different standards of accommodation and service. Some ships don’t accept kids at all but others are specifically family-oriented. If you are travelling with a baby, it’s important you are aware of the age limits regarding infants.

oPening hours monday to Friday 7am-5pm • saturday 8am-1pm

The children’s facilities on different ships also vary greatly. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are fabulous for families – they have a tots nursery and a Kids Club starting from three years of age.

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The kids clubs on Cruises are amazing with many different activities on board based on age but they include pizza and ice cream parties, discos, talent shows, movie nights and science experiments. Royal Caribbean even has ice skating, rock climbing, water slides, surf simulators and zip lines. Meanwhile parents can hit the gym, have a massage, read a book on deck in the adult only sanctuary, take a cooking class or go for a nap! For some people, the destinations you go to are the focus of the holiday while for others it’s ship itself, but most agree that the best part of any Cruise is the food. All ships offer a huge assortment of dining options, with something to offer even the fussiest of eaters. The main dining rooms and buffet restaurants are always included in the Cruise fare while specialty restaurants are an additional surcharge (small but usually worth it). One great advantage for families is being able to take the kids to an early dinner, and then dropping them to the kids club for the evening while you have dinner alone.

Top Tips [1] Family-oriented Cruise lines to check include Royal Caribbean International, Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, P&O

Cabins differ greatly between ships in terms of configuration, outlook and cost but cruising is great for the budget. Meals, accommodation, kids club and entertainment are all included in your fare. Drinks, shore excursions and some specialty restaurants are at an additional cost. Once your deposit is paid, you don’t need to pay your final payment until about 60 days prior to departure. A cruise will create an unforgettable family holiday – and usually one you will want to repeat.

[2] Let your kids choose their own cruise lanyards. You will all need one. [3] Book REALLY early for school holidays – some ships have

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quotas per age group like a childcare centre.

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Travel

gold coast special

Holiday Tips

Family Guide to

the GoldCoast Story by Kylie Stokes & Elaine Seager

The Gold Coast is a mecca for families and with gorgeous surf beaches, world class golf courses, lush green rainforest and lots of Theme Parks you are guaranteed an action-packed holiday where you’ll never run out of things to do.

If you’re planning on travelling during school holidays it’s always a good idea to plan your trip well in advance as this will ensure you get the best deals on flights and accommodation. Getting Around Hiring a car is the best way to get around the Gold Coast if you’re travelling as a family. Having your own vehicle will provide you the greatest flexibility and allow you to easily explore the surrounding regions at your leisure. For those who prefer to avoid driving, check out the transfer passes that are available. There are various passes available with one of the best covering your choice of a three to 14 day period including transfers to accommodation from Gold Coast Airport, unlimited scheduled transfers from your accommodation to the major theme parks and unlimited use of the scheduled shopping shuttle service.

Hire a car

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Travel guide

Gold Coast

NEW

October 2013

Check out Dreamworld's newest and scariest attraction that's just been launched: Zombie Evilution

Bike Riding

Swimming

Family Guide to

the GoldCoast

Tickets:

Other Things to Do:

accommodation. Make sure you book

Whilst you can buy individual day passes to each

• Australian Outback Spectacular – A fun

of the parks, the best value approach for families

evening out for kids which celebrates the

properties will guarantee this.

is to purchase a pass that allows you unlimited

courageous spirit of the Australian horse while

entry over a certain time period so you can come

you enjoy a delicious three course dinner.

and go as you please during your holiday.

THEME Parks [1] Dreamworld – For 30 years this has been the Gold Coast’s must-do attraction with hectares of thrill seeker rides

[3] Sea World – home to polar bears, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks, Sea World is the most educational of the parks and it also has a few rides for kids. [4] Wet ‘n’ Wild – Australia’s premier water park with lots of ‘splashtacular’ slip and slide fun. The perfect place to cool down in the summer holidays but it’s very popular so get there early.

• Super Pass - unlimited entry to Warner Bros.

• Jetboating on the broadwater

supervised kids club with a water park and

• Skypoint Observation Deck – see spectacular

style with family and interconnecting rooms

Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild for 28 consecutive days for one low price

21 consecutive days TIP: Beat the Crowds • Arrive early

360 degree views of the Gold Coast at Q1

• Shopping - visit Pacific Fair or Harbour Town

• Crown Towers Resort – one to three bedroom

for some serious retail therapy

apartments available. Children are well catered

• The Hinterland - for a change of pace explore Lamington National Park, Mount Tamborine and Springbrook for the Glow Worm Caves.

• Visit on rainy days

• Sport - watch a Titans or Gold Coast Suns

rather than going to the closest attractions • Pre-purchase tickets online

available. This is THE resort for families. (Check out their FREE offer on page 46)

• Go midweek

• Head further afield when you enter the park

adventure playground on site. Rooms are hotel

• Jupiters Casino - take in a stage show

during footy season. • Beaches – enjoy the world famous Surfers Paradise or one of the beautiful canals.

• Use e-ticket express gates

Accommodation:

Coast’s newest park is smaller than Wet ‘n’ Wild and has some of

• Check out ‘early entry passes’ and ‘virtual

The Gold Coast has an abundance of affordable

the most cutting edge water based attractions.

queuing’ devices

self-contained apartments and hotel style

[5] Whitewater World – adjoining Dreaworld, the Gold

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through to 12 year olds. The resort has a fully

to Dreamworld and WhiteWater World over

memorabilia for film lovers.

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caters for families with kids from babies

our leading native wildlife adventure parks

There’s also Wiggles World for younger kids.

action stunt show, wandering cartoon characters and movie

• Paradise Resort Gold Coast – this resort truly

Your options include:

• Holiday World Pass - unlimited entry

studio, Warner Bros. Movie World has thrill rides, a daily live-

Recommendations:

• Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - One of

including the ‘Big 6’, interactive shows and animal attractions.

[2] Warner Bros Movie World – Doubling as a movie

interconnecting hotel rooms because not all

for with features such as a lagoon style pool, games room and children’s playground. • Mantra Sun City – located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this resort offers a great range of accommodation plus they have a kid’s games room and a waterslide. • Sea World Resort & Water Park – Families are well catered for here with a Kids Club and WaterPlay aqua playground. Rooms are hotel style.

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Pets

BY Holly Moore

fav

Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

Shores

October entries

The

Escape

Prize winner

Ralph loved by Sofie

Bentley loved by Tahnee

Myer & Frankie

Ginger Meggs

Email your photo, name/s & address to: photos@pakmag.com.au • Deadline for photos is 18 October for the November 2013 edition of Pakmag.

Winners prize

Congratulations to our September prize winners! To claim your prize drop into the 4TO/HOTFM office, 9 Martinez Ave The Lakes, Hyde Park, between 9-5pm Mon to Fri & collect your prize.

The Shores Holiday Apartments

Heading to Mackay anytime soon? The Shores Mackay apartments at Blacks Beach are perfect for a family getaway. Going away on holidays with little ones can

of townhouses, beachfront villas or deluxe villas.

as a Chinese restaurant, bakery and burger cafe

sometimes feel like such a big effort but the

They all come with free cable television, DVD/

about five minutes walk away. There is also a

precious time spent away together as a family is

Video players, iPod docking stations, direct dial

supermarket if you want to stock up on supplies.

always well worth it. On our recent trip to Mackay

phones, and wireless internet connections.

The local tavern is about 10-minutes walk away

the stress of getting organised was well and truly outweighed by the pleasure of staying at The Shores Holiday Apartments in Blacks Beach. The location was perfect – close to the city (only 15 minutes) but far enough away from it to provide a

Dinosnores:

Grown Up’s 2:

real sense of peace and tranquillity.

• Donna Warner

• Tracey Schmid

When we arrived the managers Peter and Kerryn,

• Sarah Wickham

greeted us with a smile and gave us an outline of

Planes Tickets: • Nikki Tinus 0406183285 • Christy Maudsley

Percy Jackson:

• Christy maudsley • Kelly Nettle • Colleen O’Connor

what the area had to offer visitors. Our discussion about the chance viewing of whales, turtles, birdlife and their resident goannas Wiggy and Ziggy soon got our girls bouncing around with excitement.

• Gay Taylor

The Shores Apartments offer a variety of

• Donna Warner

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Our beachfront villa was beautifully styled and included a large living space, full kitchen, internal

and the Eimeo Hotel is well worth the five-minute drive for the spectacular views out to the islands.

laundry, plenty of storage and comfortable beds,

We had a wonderful stay at The Shores and would

as well as air conditioning, fans and security

highly recommend it to other families visiting

screens throughout.

Mackay. It was peaceful, clean and comfortable

Best of all, the apartments are set in beautiful tropical gardens that front on to six kilometres of flat wide beach which is perfect for a morning run, a family game of cricket, or an afternoon stroll, you could even try your luck at a spot of fishing. Within

and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Perhaps more importantly, our girls thoroughly enjoyed playing hide and seek with all the other kids staying there and finding lots of exciting new ‘hidey’ places to explore.

the complex there are four pools including a toddlers wading pool and spa. There is also a large common barbecue area with two electric plates, and floodlit tennis and volleyball courts.

The Shores Holiday Apartments Mackay are located at 9 Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach

If you don’t have any luck catching fish for dinner

Mackay. For more info call 4954 9444 or

there is a fish and chip takeaway nearby as well

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A new initiative by the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local program is providing an opportunity for young indigenous women to learn practical ways to manage their family’s health.

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‘Mum’s Place’ is a term that’s evocative of Sunday

services and develops pathways to support better

Part of the original vision for this program

dinners, perhaps roast lamb and rosemary with

outcomes for indigenous mothers, their babies

included the creation of a community garden

steaming vegetables and a kindly, listening

and families.

where participants could learn practical skills

ear. And certainly ‘Mum’s Place’, a new and exciting community-based support facility for young indigenous mothers and their children, does provide a safe, homely environment and opportunities to learn about holistic, healthy lifestyle options. Peace of mind with Certificate III qualified  staff consistently providing the highest  quality pathology service available Collectors with Advanced Skills Training in: • Paediatric 0 – 5 yrs • Children 5 – 12 yrs SNP will accept all pathology referral forms

Over 20 cOnveniently lOcated centres Call 4779 3277 to find the best centre for you

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The key to Bubba’s Business success is that young indigenous women are getting help from indigenous women health workers. These indigenous health workers provide the women with a range of support including antenatal care, baby care, practical assistance, nutrition and

The facility, which opened in June this year, is the

parenting skills. They also teach the mums about

initiative of a Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local

immunisations, early developmental milestones,

program, Bubba’s Business. Bubba’s Business

early detection and timely treatment of hearing,

provides intensive and comprehensive health

sight, speech and other developmental issues.

services from before birth and continues through the first eight years of the child’s life to improve health, resilience, social competence, cognition and language. Bubba’s Business also promotes a multi-disciplinary team approach in primary care that connects mums and bubs to health

about food and nutrition. With input from Townsville’s indigenous community who helped plan and build it, this community permaculture garden is now producing fresh fruit, vegetables and bush tucker whilst providing a haven for work and play for young indigenous mothers. Mum’s Place participants now have an opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience of growing, caring for, harvesting and cooking with fresh food produced from this garden. Or they can just simply come along to the garden and spend quiet

Mum’s Place is an extension of this program

time enjoying the space or yarning while they

and provides playgroups for the children while

watch their children.

teaching the young women how to manage a home, their health and their family’s health with guidance from older indigenous women.

For more info on Mum’s Place or Bubba’s Business please contact Liz McAvoy on 4421 7782. www.pakmag.com.au

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Tiffany at the Botanical Gardens

Lillian at our PakClub Pirate Party

Jessica at the Botanical Gardens

Corbin at our PakClub Pirate Party

Lucas at PakClub

Allanah at PakClub

Daniel at PakClub

Zara at PakClub

Out & About photos thanks to Cheeky Monkey photography > www.cheekymonkeyphotos.com.au

Jake at Queen Street Gardens

Josh at Queen Street Gardens

Rebecca at Queen Street Gardens

Rowan at the Botanical Gardens

Out & About photos thanks to Cheeky Monkey photography > www.cheekymonkeyphotos.com.au

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By Tianna Graham

Laughs mummy

Eva is now nine months old and so much has changed this month! She is now fully crawling and, as predicted, she is

me eating crackers and wanted one. I gave her

continued the conversation with my friends,

turning my world upside down and back to front.

one to suck on and kept on talking to my mates

but there was silence. I looked up and noticed

She follows me everywhere around the house

sitting across from me. Next thing I know Eva has

their jaws were on the floor. They, as a couple

opening all the cupboards and draws in her path.

taken off a massive bite of the biscuit and starts

with no kids, couldn’t believe what they had

Not content with just crawling, she has also just

choking. I started patting her on the back and

just seen. How could that much vomit come

figured out how to pull herself up on her knees

trying to fish the piece of biscuit out of her mouth

out of something so little and how on earth did

and then stand while leaning on something, her

which caused her to do a massive cough followed

I manage to react so quickly and catch it in my

first tooth has come through and she’s inhaling

by a projectile vomit.

hand?

This is when my Mummy ninja skills suddenly

I smiled, picked up another cracker with the hand

kicked in. Imagine this in slow-motion like some

I had just used to catch the vomit and said, “So

kind of martial arts movie - I snapped my hand

when you are you guys having kids?”

her food and she’s loving mashing bananas in her hands and face. Her desire to explore food, usually whatever biscuits or crackers mummy is eating, brings me to the lesson I have learnt this month – all Mums develop ninja reflexes. Picture the scene. We were at a friend’s house having a BBQ one Saturday and Eva and I were sitting on the brand new couch. Eva could see

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up under Eva’s chin and managed to catch the projectile spew as it came flying out, somehow completely missing the squeaky clean new couch. As I mopped up the mess in my hand I casually

No surprise what their answer was, haha.

Tianna Graham x



PakMag Townsville - October 2013