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• Meet our AusMumpreneur of the Year Award winners Toni & Nikki of tonic p 8 • 2012 AusMumpreneur Awards Special feature p10 • Meet all of the AusMumpreneur Awards winners p12

• Christmas Gift Guide for baby, toddlers, kids, mums & dads! p30 • 5 apps your kids will LOVE p46 • Post-pregnancy exercise p 44 • Health & beauty p42 • Moving your family p48 • 5 page Summer Reading special p58

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meet the mumpreneurs

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• Catherine Langman of Cushie Tushies p52 • Rebecca Richardson of Ways to Amaze p50 • Pia Argiratos of Powered Life p51

• The story behind Nando’s p54 • Streamlining your online business efforts p56 • Legal contracts & what happens when they end


e’re delighted to bring you our latest issue of AusMumpreneur magazine! As Mumpreneurs ourselves we understand the complexities, challenges and obstacles this career choice brings and the importance of a strong and supportive team of people around you to guide you and help you through the tough times and celebrate with you in the great times.

AusMumpreneur In this issue we editor’s image by celebrate the magazine achievements of Australia’s best and brightest ‘Mumpreneurs’! The talented Editors women who balance family and business to create a unique Peace Mitchell & lifestyle that works for them! Over the past 8 weeks we have Katy Garner had the pleasure of getting to know these women better and have been inspired and amazed by the success they’ve Advertising had, the challenges they’ve overcome and the passion they enquiries posses for doing something that they love.

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2012 AusMumpreneur of the year winners

Nikki Horovitz & Toni Joel of tonic

Meet our 2012 AusMumpreneur of the Year Award winners, Toni & Nikki, the two best friends have successfully created an internationally recognised business and a lifestyle that works for them and their families. In an attempt to find the elusive balance between motherhood and owning a business, the pair launched tonic, a venture to source a complete range of gift products for retailers.

entrepreneurship, the pair attributes their longevity and success to their determination to be true to their initial vision for tonic: to provide a range of luxurious, unique and quality Australian-made products.

“We both had significant careers prior to having our first kids. We wanted to be great mothers but quickly realised that as people we needed more, and we both missed the intellectual and creative stimulus of business. We also saw a real opening in the market for good-looking, high quality gift items, beautifully packaged at an affordable price. Then tonic was born.” Nikki explains.

“We believe having a core idea supported by strong values to drive your business are essential to success. We have never waivered from the things we value – honesty, value, family and integrity. Plus, the ability to laugh when things get tough never goes astray!” Nikki explains.

Toni and Nikki recently celebrated 20 years in business. With common values of family, creativity and

Nikki adds, “That’s been key for us – ensuring balance. This was one of the main reasons we wanted to own our

Toni adds, “tonic has evolved into a business that we are even prouder of today. Knowing our products are stocked in hundreds of stores around Australia is Over time, and as their business concept expanded, testament to the dedication we’ve shown, but not tonic adapted to the market and evolved into the beautiful home fragrance, bath and body range that it is to the detriment of balancing our work and our lives outside the business.” today.

own business. 20 years on, we are so thrilled to reach this milestone and also proud to still be 100% Australian owned and made.” The pair celebrates the milestone following their latest accomplishment; being named 2012 AusMumpreneurs of the Year at the AusMumpreneur Conference in Sydney last month. Recognising successful women in business, the awards received over 200 entrants, and aims to acknowledge entrepreneurial Australian ‘mums’. The panel selected Toni and Nikki from an impressive line-up of finalists, unanimously agreeing that the pairs ability to build a successful business while consistently balancing the demands of their families over the past 20 years was an inspiration for other mums hoping to find the at times elusive work/life balance. The pair work in the business 3 days a week and have always agreed that family must come first. Toni explains “The secret is being able to compartmentalise. When we are at work we are 100% focused on the job, and when we are at home we give our full attention to our families. As our children are growing up, we are really noticing the demands at home are changing – in a good way. We can proudly say that from the very beginning, with the help and support of our husbands and kids, we’ve been able to work efficiently and effectively.”

“Establish a core belief for your business and don’t let those values change. If you have faith in your business and make it the best that it possibly can be, you’re halfway there. Be sure to choose something you are truly passionate about, and lastly, don’t rest on your laurels.”

The authentic tonic ethos of beauty, simplicity and quality explains how the brand has achieved ongoing success over the past two decades. With a range of items to revive, relax, renew and refresh, tonic offers essentials for the individual and the modern home. From fabric gifts to home fragrances and beautiful body products, tonic encompasses seven superb ranges Merci, Heritage, Gallery, Graphic and Liberty. All tonic products are proudly 100% handmade in Australia, are not tested on animals and are made with the highest quality, locally sourced materials and ingredients.

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2012 Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year

Tina Harris Lah-Lah

Someone who inspires you – Richard Branson Your favourite thing – too hard! So many favorites ummmm cuddles from kidlets mine and after shows, I get lots of cuddles :) A place you love to go on holidays – it sounds daggy but we just had the best family holiday in Bali. It was so much fun we’re going back next year. The album you're listening to at the moment – I should say Lah-Lah but I don’t like listening to myself. I think it would be Sara Gazarek What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – I think I like that I’ve actually embraced this I’m having so much more fun. I get to go and do school pick ups and still do the work I love. Now that’s cool.


What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – I have to say winning the award was amazing. The group of mums in my category were all such inspiring beautiful people. I’m so blessed to have met them and I hope we all stay in

What's your favourite movie & why – Singing in the Rain – it’s a classic, that’s they way life should be What's your favourite book & why- Happiness for no good reason – it’s a book that teaches mediation with the most amazing teacher. This book really changed my life. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – go for it and don’t look back. It can be overwhelming when you start but you don’t need to achieve everything today, just do it in bite size chunks and have fun

2012 Service Business AusMumpreneur of the Year

Kristen Semmens

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Someone who inspires you – My Dad. He has always had faith in me and supports me in everything I do. He gives words of wisdom when I ask and trusts my decisions when I don’t! He leads without bossing and loves unconditionally everyone he meets. I want to be a parent like him A place you love to go on holidays – If I actually ever went on holidays then I would probably have a favourite place! But if I could pick my dream holiday it would be a flight to London, a train ride to Paris and after I’ve had my fill of French cafes I would love to glide along the waters in Venice… *sigh. Your favourite thing – If you determine your favourite thing by how much time you spend with it then it would have to be my children, although some days I think my computer comes a pretty close second! What’s your favourite book - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier The album you're listening to at the moment – Michael Buble What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – Leading by example for my children mixed with the flexibility and freedom of being my own boss. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – The shock that someone else sees the same value in my company as I do! That was reward enough! What's your favourite movie & why –BBC Pride & Prejudice: I just love the moment when Darcy smiles slightly at Lizzy and she stands by the piano and smiles back. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Find someone, connect with someone, ask everyone, even pay someone, with the business knowledge in the areas that you don’t have. In most cases when you start out in business you don’t know what you need to find out; more simply put… you don’t know what you don’t know!! And it’s this person who can save you a lot of heart ache and get you going in the right direction.

2012 Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year

Elise Easdown What’s On 4 Someone who inspires you – Oprah has been an inspiration for many reasons, she feels like a long lost aunt to me and then there are many women in small business in Australia I find inspiring and motivating on a daily basis. Your favourite thing – Snuggles in bed with my little ones, long walks in the bushland, baking cakes and crisp white wine with friends on the weekend. A place you love to go on holidays – After moving to QLD, I often feel like I’m living a holiday so now I enjoy going back to where I grew up in Albury, NSW and enjoying the slower pace and tranquility of the country. The album you're listening to at the moment – We’re all enjoying a bit of Lah Lah’s Shake it like this album at the moment. No grown up music in our house unless it’s Playschool! What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – Being able to work from home is all I hoped it would be, from being able to drop into the kindy for special occasions, to having access to fresh herbs in the garden for lunch and having business meetings from my kitchen table What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – - The reaction from my family, friends, team and advertisers. They all feel like they’ve been on this journey with me. What's your favourite movie & why – I love any movie that involves travel and self discovery, so Eat Pray Love, Under the Tuscan Sun, Slumdog Millionaire are a few favourites. What's your favourite book & why- - I have loved all of Bryce Courtney’s novels and eagerly awaiting his next and final book, Jack of Diamonds coming out for Christmas What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Dream big and put your goals out to the universe, you never know where it will take you.

2012 Favourite Boutique AusMumpreneur of the Year

Simone Norris


Someone who inspires you – Any Fellow mum who is juggling work while raising a family. I believe there is nothing more difficult than the delicate balancing act a woman performs on a daily basis to make it through her day. Your favourite thing – I am so lucky that my profession is actually my most favourite thing - I just love graphic design. I feel so blessed to have been able to earn a living through something I love so much. A place you love to go on holidays – A beach on a tropical island with the occasional Kids Club session thrown in for good measure. The album you're listening to – A mind-blowing Radiohead playlist on my iPod. What do you love about being a mumpreneur – I love that I’m an active role model for my three girls, showing them that a woman can work and raise a family – that and the flexibility to pop into school and help with reading at any time is the cherry on the cake of my working life. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – I was bowled over by the line-up of nominees across all categories and listening to their stories as they spoke on stage was a real eye-opener. A genuinely warm and open environment, I was moved by how candid and open the majority of these women were. We’ve already taken on some of the advice and put it into action within our own business. What's your favourite movie & why – I love a movie with a strong female lead, particularly actresses like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Toni Collette. What's your favourite book & why- I love Lynley Dodd’s childrens books - such as Slinkly Malinky and Hairy Maclary. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – It will be harder than you expect, you will be tireder than you think but you won’t believe how rewarding it will be. Call upon help and advice from like-minded mums and be amazed at how supportive this growing community is.

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2012 Favourite Handmade AusMumpreneur of the Year

Michelle Jeanes

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Someone who inspires you – My Mum inspires me the most, she is the most amazing lady I know! Your favourite thing – Creating! Give me time, freedom and space to create and i’ll be lost for hours... days even :) hehe A place you love to go on holidays –The river, I love it’s serenity. The album you're listening to at the moment – Matchbox 20 - North What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – The ability to have total control of my life. I decide where I am going and what I am doing for the day. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – Being reassured that people actually do like what I do, because after all, they are not your average soy candles. What's your favourite movie & why – Field of Dreams - If you build it, they will come. What's your favourite book & why- - Callous Disregard. Because it explains the science behind the Autism epidemic and why/how environmental toxins are responsible. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Don’t be scared or fearful of the unknown and trust in yourself. Take baby steps setting up and research, research, research your topic.

2012 Favourite Blog AusMumpreneur of the Year

Jasmine Boothey Bargain Mums

Someone who inspires you – Richard Branson, I find his attitude to business inspiring Your favourite thing – My daughter! A place you love to go on holidays – New York, best place I have visited! The album you're listening to at the moment – Van She, Idea of Happiness What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – Getting to spend every day with my daughter, while still doing what I love and earning an income. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – The feeling of accomplishing something amazing! What's your favourite movie & why – I don’t get much time to watch movies, but Step Brothers is a movie I can watch time and time again and still get a laugh out of. What's your favourite book & why- Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity, I find his story fascinating and inspirational What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Make sure your business is something you are truly passionate about, and you will thrive!

2012 Product Innovation AusMumpreneur of the Year

Dyna Predebon


Someone who inspires you - My 11yr old son inspires me (suffering with very high anxieties) he now shows an inner strength to ‘give it a go’. The album you’re listening to at the moment -Pink – Greatest Hits So Far... Your favourite thing – My favourite thing ever.... is hearing my 3 boys all laughing together playing a game – a rare occurrence, so I stop to enjoy it when it happens. What’s your favourite movie & why - Grown Ups, it always makes me laugh. A place you love to go on holidays – We don’t usually go anywhere for holidays, our farm is our resort. What do you love most about being a mumpreneur - My time, my choice, my own expectations..... it’s the freedom to be me – both a mum and business woman. What’s your favourite book & why- Giraffe’s Can’t Dance – love reading this book to my boys, a lesson in believing in yourself when others may not and finding your own music in life. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards - Meeting and being surrounded by amazing mumpreneurs and finally realising and acknowledging I was one of them. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Listen to yourself and trust your own instincts – have faith in your decisions and let the light of your inner fire guide the way.

2012 Favourite Product AusMumpreneur of the Year

Kelly Northey Bamboo Bubby

Someone who inspires you – Everyday I am inspired by the other parents who I meet through my business. Your favourite thing –That would have to be my original Bamboo Bubby himself, now aged 2.5 years, who is definitely my most favourite thing in the world! A place you love to go on holidays – Anywhere warmer than South Australia, but especially Darwin, NT for its relaxed atmosphere. The album you're listening to at the moment – “Chapter 14: Mortality” by local musician Toby Goels (I love music like this for the ears, heart and soul). What do you love most about being a mumpreneur Being able to help others with a solution and support through an exhausting, upsetting and quite isolating time is what I love most. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – Winning the Favourite Product Award has generated some fantastic publicity and helped to spread the word of its benefits. What's your favourite movie & why – ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ it’s a great reminder about what is truly important in life and to treasure every moment with my child, because for too many people this precious time is unfairly cut too short. What's your favourite book & why- my current favourite is ‘The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future’ by Chris Guillebeau. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – If you have an idea, the determination and the drive - JUST DO IT, even if it at times seems daunting and overwhelming. Perseverance and persistence pays off, all you need to do is one thing every day - a year later you will be amazed with the journey!

2012 Eco Friendly AusMumpreneur of the Year

Dalal Ozdemir EarthyMamma

Someone who inspires you - My mum, a single mum of five kids who has had several of her own small businesses. She is always there for us and even helps with looking after her parents too. Your favourite thing – Internet shopping! A place you love to go on holidays – Malaysia particularly Redang The album you're listening to at the moment - Pinks latest album. What do you love most about being a mumpreneur - being able to take time off when i need too and working around my toddler What’s your favourite book & why- Chocolate for women, amazing book taught me to start loving myself for who i am. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards - the awards night for sure, felt like i won an Emmy award almost hehe What's your favourite movie & why - movies what are they? Haha Bridesmaids is my favourite movie of all time! because ive been there and done that many times. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Outsource outsource outsource, dont burn yourself out by trying to spread yourself thinly. Make sure you love what your doing too because if you don’t your customers will cotton on. The passionate are always the most successful.

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Katrina McCarter Bubbler Deals Someone who inspires you - Without question my mum! She has worked hard all her life and has shown me that you always have a go and follow your dreams. Your favourite thing – My laptop. I’d get twitching being away from it for more than 24hours. A place you love to go on holidays – Coral Bay is a magical place we take the family to every Easter. We camp, slow down from the hectic pace of life, snorkel every day, feed fish, read books, catch up on sleep and enjoy each others company. The album you're listening to at the moment - One Direction. My three kids are wild about them. If it were my choice I’d be listening to a bit of jazz. What do you love most about being a mumpreneur - I am really enjoying the great people I meet each day. Mums are nurturers by nature and they extend this to other mum’s in business. Having previously worked in a corporate, predominantly male industry it was a lovely surprise. What’s your favourite book & why- I have just finished reading The Night Circus. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards - It provided an opportunity for our customers to share their feedback and throw their support behind us. It also allowed us to gain some great publicity from Today Tonight, Fairfax Media Online and local papers which further grew our business. What's your favourite movie & why - Pretty much anything set in New York City. I love the energy, the people and the ‘anything goes’ attitude. I enjoy the underlying feeling of opportunity and people chasing their dreams amongst all the chaos. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Reach out to other mums in business. It’s a very supportive environment and there are plenty of mumpreneurs willing to assist you. So be brave - get out and network and ask plenty of questions- the AusMumpreneur network and conference has been wonderful in facilitating this for me and is well worth considering.

2012 Making a difference AusMumpreneur of the Year

Nicky Johnston Happy Hero Someone who inspires you – I am inspired by anyone who takes what life throws at them and weaves it into their life’s masterpiece. My mum modelled this for me and she is my inspiration. I hope I am doing the same with my boys, allowing them to experience life, failures and successes. What’s your favourite movie & why – My favourite kids movie would have to be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Your favourite thing – A Sleep in! It is a rarity for me, but is guaranteed at least once a year on Mother’s Day! A place you love to go on holidays – We have been going to Moama, Echuca every Christmas and the tradition has created our family’s memories of fun, laughter and great times. The album you're listening to at the moment – My hubby has set me up a play list of uplifting, inspiring, motivational songs which I always play on the iPod. What do you love most about being a mumpreneur – I love the flexibility. With four boys, life is very hectic and everyday is different, but my #1 priority (my family) can come first – always. What was the most exciting thing about winning the awards – Firstly, I was honoured to be alongside the most amazing collection of talented, successful and inspiring winners, but also, to know that although my business doesn’t quite ‘fit the box’, my vision, goals and business ethos, is making a difference to many. I hope to encourage and inspire others to achieve things that would otherwise just be a dream. What's your favourite book & why- My favourite book at the moment is a children’s book called “I love Lemonade” written and illustrated by a talented NZ couple Mark and Rowan Sommerset. What's the one piece of advice you would give to other mums starting out in business – Write down your dreams, no matter how farfetched they may seem – this is a great way to tell the universe where you want to be. Set small, realistic goals and celebrate each success. Allow yourself time to learn, develop and grow. Celebrate each success – always.

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Pregnancy is a tough time on any woman. Your body changes and therefore it is important to adjust or alter your exercise routine in order to support and assist your body, as well as your mindset throughout the journey of pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy, you gain weight. The weight distribution also changes – you gain more on your tummy and breasts, as well as your hips, which means that your body will be under strain from supporting that new weight. Your back will need extra support, due to the increased weight of your breasts and tummy, as will your core muscles, due to the weight of your baby.

muscles after the birth. A strengthened core not only means that you’ll be stronger throughout your pregnancy, but it will also help after the pregnancy in helping you to return to your pre pregnancy exercise routine.

One of the major benefits about exercises such as Pilates and yoga is also the improved mindset. Body awareness, coupled with an improved sense of self Think of it this way: throughout pregnancy, your can help you to become more relaxed, enabling you body becomes more and more nurturing than to more easily counteract the stresses of having ever before. So nurture your body through gentle a newborn baby. These exercises will help you to become more supple, and they will also help to give exercise, and you will in turn nurture your child. you time and space to yourself. Using your yoga mat as a place of relaxation could, in time, be like a enefits of oga and ilates mini vacation every day.

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Exercises such as Pilates and yoga aim to improve both your mind and body. One of the main benefits of Pilates is awareness of your body – through the movements you’ll learn how to use your body and how it feels to use your body. Pilates also helps to improve your core muscles, and it also helps to stabilise and balance your muscles. You can also see more specific advice on core exercises here. Awareness of your body is an excellent benefit during pregnancy, as it will help you to be in tune with the small signals your body gives about you and your baby. Becoming more in tune with your body is just a great way to improve your overall wellbeing. Become stronger and fitter will also help post pregnancy in the small movements associated with being a new mum, such as carrying your baby around or leaning over often.

If you are unable to exercise or if you don’t have the time to exercise on a certain day, make sure that you still take a little bit of time for yourself – whether that is in the bath, meditating, or even just sitting still and reading for 15 minutes. Taking time for yourself will help to refresh you, making you a happier mum. Understanding how to keep calm and controlled, especially when under pressure will enable you to become a less stressed mum in the long run. Yoga and Pilates are both excellent exercises for inner and outer strength, so trying both could in the long term help you to be a good mum. And you can see some easy exercises to do in our videos below: Pelvic floor exercises Exercises for the core The Superman exercise What About Other Exercises?

A strengthened pelvic floor will also mean that your labour is easier – understanding how to relax your pelvic floor means that you’ll find it a little Walking is an excellent exercise, especially for a new easier throughout the actual process of the birth, mum. It helps to improve your posture, tone your and you’ll also be able to improve your pelvic floor legs and arms (by pushing the pram) and it also

helps to burn off calories. Another great benefit of walking is that it gets you out of the house, and the cardiovascular benefits you get from a brisk walk will help to stave off heart disease. If you’re a little down on motivation, try walking with a friend – you’ll be much less likely to make an excuse if you have someone else to answer to. To improve the intensity of the walk, try adding wrist or ankle weights.

Remember that following the birth of your baby, your main priority should be to enjoy that time with your child. It’s not a time you’ll ever get back, so take a step back and savour it, rather than spend all day out running to shed the weight.

If you’re new to exercise, just add in exercise where you can. Fit in ten minutes here and there, perhaps three times a week, then increase it to five times a week, and then when you feel comfortable, add extra minutes into your exercise routine. Keep at it If you were a regular exerciser before the birth and you’ll eventually have an exercise routine that of your baby, you will benefit from adding higher you feel comfortable with. You’ll get there! intensity exercises into your routine post pregnancy. Things like running, aerobics and weight training Post pregnancy exercise isn’t about taking time could help you to lose weight and become fitter and away from your baby – it is about using it to improve your life with your baby and enabling you to enjoy healthier – but clear it with your doctor first. it more as a healthier, fitter mum. This article was written by Sol Walkling. She is the Lose Baby Weight & Healthy Mummy writer for the Lose Baby Weight website and The Healthy Mummy site. She is an expert in safe post pregnancy exercise and pilates. You can get daily health & weight loss tips at the Lose Baby Weight Facebook page, with over 35,000 other mums. The information above is provided as a guide only, not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific requirements, as these vary from person to person and it is always recommended that you consult your Doctor before beginning any exercise routine post pregnancy.


mobile apps your kids will


Sometimes, your children take over your mobile devices and seem to think that they OWN them, rather than being a tool for your business! These apps are for those times when you need to take a business call, answer emails or just need to have some “me” time for your business. There are some great app developer’s out there who are parents themselves and have developed apps in mind for children.

Reading Eggs (Eggy Words 100 and Eggy Words 250) HD for iPad and Spelling Grades 1-6 by Blake eLearning Both these apps are available for iOS and Android and have several options both free and paid versions. If you already have the reading eggs subscription (online), this is a great extension of that online software. Eggy words focuses on sight words and there are several ways this is achieved in the game. They have also released Spelling Grades for Years 1-6 to focus on the older children.

Talking Books (or Interactive eBooks) I used to love having the cassette and storybooks at home when I was growing up and now many of those stories have been transferred into interactive eBooks. This “Hairy McClary” book comes with the ability to listen to the story, or read the story manually. Key words are also highlighted as the story is being read. It has also the ability for colouring-in the pictures on each page. Their QBooks have been developed in several different languages and are available for both Android and iOS devices. Singing Fingers: Both Android and iOS Devices When you draw with this app it creates a musical sound as you are creating your picture. You can change the colours and also record your own voice for the app. A great application of this app is for children to practice drawing their letters and record their voice to assist them in remembering their letters or words.

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RED Handwriting (handwriting for all states) This app unfortunately is only available for iOS devices. This app allows children to practice their handwriting in both letters and numbers and select the appropriate ‘Australian State’ for each of the different styles. It is currently the only app on the market that does this and includes Australian phonetic phrasing so that children can practice along. You choose a character to start with and set up your own name/picture (handy for multiple kids in household) and then choose what state and type of lesson to practice i.e. upper case, lower case and numbers. This app won’t let you move on until you get it right and goes over it multiple times. Highly recommended!

Toca Boca (any of their apps): This is currently only available for iOS (but they are looking to release Android versions). Any of the “Toca Boca” apps are fantastic for kids of all ages (especially Under 10)and have an education focus with different elements (even I love playing them if I can get my iPad!) I love Toca Boca House (there are different tasks around the house such as sorting mail, ironing, washing, sweeping floors and giving the characters gifts when it’s mail time. It was great to talk to my Miss 4 after her playing this game about the sorts of things that she could help out with around the home. Megan Iemma is an acclaimed Mobile Learning Specialist (ADE) bringing to life mobile learning concepts for educational, corporate and industry based organisations. Megan is a qualified Educator with skills including article authorship,resource development, conference presentations,workshops and training.

Moving your family Interstate or internationally

When you arrive in a new city there are so many decisions to make. Your thought process and learning curve feel as if they are on steroids. It does not take long before you have the feeling of being like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Top three tips for Mums: Finding your mojo, again • Allocate one corner in the house, out of the way As mothers we need to keep a level of balance, harmony and put a big sign on it, “NOT TO MOVE.” Suitcases and routine in our families lives. Marlow’s Hierarchy of needs shows how we need love, shelter and food as are the obvious ones for here, but also, spare keys, last utility bills (for easy reference), phone and some of our most basic needs. All three of these needs game chargers, passports; the list is endless. What are shaken up during an international or inter state move. is important is to start this pile a few weeks out, then as you remember items they can go on the pile. A Trying to find your balance again can take some time, it is important to understand what challenges you might dining room or similar works well for this purpose, and ask the movers to pack this room up last. face, so you are not over whelmed if things don’t always go to plan. Lets face it, a move is stressful, try to minimise • Go online and order your first pack of groceries the stress by planning in advance, or, contacting a and cleaning supplies for the new home, to be relocation consultant who knows the common mistakes delivered the day you move in. and how you can avoid them. Technology can assist you immensely with your relocation. There are now smart phone apps to set your packing lists and moving “to do” list; you can research potential properties before you arrive and you can even set up an EBay account to sell all those items you are not shipping.

• Get some boxes a few weeks before you move out, label them “Rubbish” and “Donate”. You would be surprised how much the family actually sorts themselves, just because there is an easy to reach box at their bedroom door.

We as parents anticipate the hardship they might encounter – kids don’t think that far into the future. For the children, its here and now, today, this is what is important to me. So I encourage parents, prepare your children for things that might happen within a few days, don’t over whelm them with your concerns for their first day of school – when that is still two months away. And, you know what, a little soft serve ice cream brings back the smile in no time – even for teenagers. Take one day at a time, support and prepare them, Plan and prioritise what type of home you are looking for. but do not overwhelm them. Consider any large pieces of furniture you might have. Think • For all children, remember that what is not of hard floors or carpeting? Proximity to the beach; or are important to you, might be very important to trains and motorway access more important? them. Closing a teddy bear in a big brown box Start watching the available homes on the Internet for at can make a young child very anxious. Have least a month before you are arriving in your new city. This your moving boxes delivered to the house a few way you will know which homes have been on the market days earlier. Let the kids play with them! Give too long. Australia has a rental shortage, so any homes the children some colour markers and let them that are advertised for longer than a month perhaps have decorate the box. Trust me, it gives you some something wrong, such as construction work next door. peace and quiet and I can’t tell you how excited they are when they see their special box arrive at Phone the estate agents and ask questions. Ask if they have the new house. It makes such a special place for floor plans. Does the bathroom have ventilation – a window their Teddy bears to travel in. or extraction fan. If you are looking at apartments, check on Google Earth to see the orientation of the building, and ask the estate agent which side the apartment is on. • For very small babies and toddlers, consider using their senses to bring calm and comfort. Introduce Top tips for moving with children: a special song, or an aromatherapy fragrance. You should introduce this before you move, and For the first 16 years of my married life, we moved 14 then use it again in the new home. This will bring times, both interstate and internationally, until my familiarity to their new surroundings. eldest was 10 years old. So there are a few things I would like to share with you when it comes to moving • For school aged children, a little piece of paper with children. in their pocket with the teachers name, and The first one I want to shout really loud: “The kids will be space for any new friends will help the children all right!” to remember who they can call out to. Nothing worse than wanting to ask a question and you can’t remember a name. Very often, photographs you see on the Internet are not a true reflection of the current state of the home. You can also arrive at an open inspection and find a crowd, which makes a 15-minute viewing very difficult. Most people get so excited about the home they can forget to check for obvious signs of mould, or how many electric sockets there are. Of course a 15-minute inspection is not a lot of time, and whilst the home must have the right “feel” about it, you also need to choose using your head, so consider making yourself a list of things to check.

Founder of Personnel Relocations, Robyn Vogels, knows what it takes to move internationally, having spent 15 years of her life, moving and living around the world. Robyn’s understanding of cultures, language barriers; of moving processes, and urgency to make important decisions, has all mixed together with her love of helping others. There are few relocation companies that can relate to an international move the way Personnel Relocations can. The founder, Robyn Vogels has lived and worked in nine cities around the world, moved with children to three different continents, and now, settled in Melbourne, she shares her knowledge and experience with new arrivals. Being able to relate to a relocation is so important. Robyn has a deeper understanding of the families’ emotions and can anticipate their needs. Never overwhelming them with irrelevant information – but information when they need it. Melbourne has a rental shortage; this is particularly noticeable in the surrounding suburbs that feed workers into the city. With relocation support, the family can have a local confident to help with the process of narrowing down where to live, which school to send their children too and, how the transport works, just about anything to help them get settled, and make a positive start to their new life. Personnel Relocations provides both corporate and private relocation support. Offering a comprehensive accompanied support or an unaccompanied virtual support. They are the only Australian relocation company to ever be shortlisted for the internationa RE:LOCATE awards in London. Personnel Relocations was the 2010 runner up, for “Rising Star in Relocation” Mobile : 0449 769 439 email:

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Ways to Amaze Rebecca Richardson recently launched Ways to Amaze a website which encourages people to share their real life stories of kindness, with at least $1 going to a different charity each month, for every story contributed.

What was your inspiration?

I love coming up with ways to make people in my life or the community feel special and appreciated and Ways to Amaze was a natural extension of this. I was also fed up and disheartened watching all the sad and tragic stories that dominate the news and it was my aim to be able to feature positive news stories and shine a light on all the wonderful things that people do for each other. I really wanted a place that would help inspire people with real life ideas when they ask themselves the question “what special thing can I do for my husband / kids / neighbours today”?

for others, and even the simple act of counting kindnesses which we rarely have time to do, shows a significant impact on people’s lives and how it makes them happier. It’s basically a win for everyone, the giver and receiver. As the Dalai Lama, once said “When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also develop inner happiness and peace.”

What’s next?

I have been privileged to help support and raise awareness for four charities so far, Mum’s Like Me, Heartkids NSW, Matt Golinski’s Recovery Fund In addition, lot’s of studies show how important it Trust, Redkite, and this month I’m thrilled to is for our well being and life fulfillment to do things be supporting Movember, a global charity which raises vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. I have recently added a new feature to the site, whereby contributors now have the option of sending a thank you eCard to show their appreciation for what that special person has done for them and I plan to add more useful features in the future. One of the joys of launching Ways to Amaze is the people I have been in touch with who have similar values to me. I have recently signed up to be an interstate volunteer for a fabulous website called Givit (a targeted giving service which connects charities with quality items from the community) and an ambassador for World Kindness Australia so who knows what exciting journey lies ahead. On a personal level, I hope to inspire and teach my children that there is more to life than money and profit and you will be happy and successful by finding a meaningful purpose and by being kind to others.

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How sharing her expertise brought Pia

new opportunities Taking a moment to share her area of expertise saw new opportunities emerge for one of our AusMumpreneurs. After sharing some ideas and tips in the last AusMumpreneur magazine on how to protect digital gear from damage or failure, as well as using cloud-based systems to build a robust and flexible customer service system for your business, Pia Argiratos, owner of Powered Life was approached by several potential supplies from both within Australia and internationally. “It showed us that people both here and overseas are reading AusMumpreneur’s publications and are keen to engage with businesses run by Mums,” said Pia. And so they should, as Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that there are over 1.2 million home based businesses in Australia, and 63% of these are run solely or mainly from home.

More than two thirds of home based business use computers and they are contributing well to the huge growth of mobile technology use in Australia. According to research by Google, Australians have the second-highest per capita uptake of smartphones in the world behind Singapore. “Sharing our ideas in AusMumpreneur magazine has meant that we will have new opportunities and “We were pleased to be able to share some tips products in 2013 – an exciting result for Powered and ideas on how businesses can use mobile Life!” technology to support a strong business platform,” Powered Life is an online store for people to find said Pia. solutions to use mobile technology for work AND “We love technology and how it changes the game play, wherever they are. They offer top brand for busy people – especially businesses run by portable power packs so that you won’t miss that parents who are juggling customers, suppliers vital call or email while taking your kids to swimming and children. We understand it – and live it! – lessons – plug in and recharge anywhere. They and want to help more people succeed in home also have tough cases so mobiles and tablets can based business by supporting their use of mobile handle the rough and tumble of parenting life. A week away camping with the family isn’t the end of technology.” business when you have a solar charger – you can still keep tabs on the business and your customers from the bush or beach. Powered Life helps to keep businesses working wherever they are. They offer power solutions for mobile devices and your office, all from top brands including Powertraveller, Belkin, Eaton and Energizer. They also have tough cases to protect your mobile gear from leading brands including Otterbox, LifeProof and Gumdrop. For fast courier delivery anywhere in Australia, visit or email, or call Pia Argiratos on 1300 POWER 4 LIFE (1300 76937 4).

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Cloth solution, a bottom line advantage As any expectant mum, Michelle Fowler wanted to provide the best for her new baby. After researching all the options available to clothe her baby’s bottom, she decided that Modern Cloth Nappies were ideal. The birth of Shell’s first son in 2005 provided the inspiration for the very first Cushie Tushies nappy. “I wanted the benefits of cloth with the ease of disposables – I was looking for an allin-one that was absorbent, easy to use, in fun, brightly coloured fabrics. At the time, there weren’t too many options within my limited budget that covered all the bases, so I created my own!” It was such a fun and effective product that word spread. Pretty soon, Shell was making nappies for friends and strangers alike and, with the help of our customers’ feedback, the Cushie Tushie developed into the popular nappy that it is today. One friend who got into these early Cushie Tushies was myself. Now business partner, my background is in corporate advertising. But the ethical dilemma of designing packaging for a tobacco company and the boredom of creating advertising for a bank drove me to seek a more professionally satisfying and family-friendly role. So, after having used Shell’s nappies for two years, I jumped at the opportunity to join her in business. By 2008 Michelle was sewing 100 nappies a week and we needed to find a factory to take over, stat! After a six-month search with the help of an agent we found a small factory in Shanghai to produce our first 1000-piece order. Then there was the challenge of securing money to fund our expansion. We had all this demand from customers but needed to sort out the finance to keep production going! Banks had originally been supportive, but at the point of finalising the paperwork, the GFC hit and all of a sudden the bankers thought, ‘a modern cloth nappy? What is that?’ Trying to convince them this was the Next Big Thing and not such a risky investment took a rather stressful six months.

Michelle’s business partner & best friend Cath Langman of Cushie Tushies

The last four years have flown by rather quickly. Our product range has grown, our sales have grown, and our team has grown to include five employees in addition to Michelle and myself, as well as 15 sales contractors around Australia. We are now stocked in over 90 retailers nationally and are starting to export internationally as well. Michelle’s nappy-sewing days seem a distant memory now and, whilst we have bigger dreams still to achieve, we have already grown into a much bigger company than we anticipated when we started!

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Nando’s Peri-Peri How Nandos

started saving the world from dull, bland


boring food!

Many centuries ago, Portuguese explorers in search of spices, not only discovered the famous Spice Route to the East, but the people of Southern Africa also introduced them to their best guarded secret….. the tiny African Bird’s-Eye chilli. The same unique African Bird’s-Eye chilli that is still today the heart of the Nando’s delectable flavour and world famous Peri-Peri sauces. Because of its distinct flavour and addictive heat, PeriPeri soon became key to most dishes cooked by the original Portuguese explorers who fell in love with the beautiful country and its abundant offerings. A myriad of Peri-Peri recipes were developed in celebration of the newly discovered Peri-Peri taste sensation and these recipes became a source of family pride amongst southern African food lovers. Furthermore, they f lavour were faithfully and confidentially passed down from as a core ingredient of its worldgeneration to generation. famous Peri-Peri sauces. The range consists of PeriPeri Sauces, Table Sauces, Marinades, Mayonnaise and Our range of Nando’s Peri-Peri sauces were created Cooking Sauces and not forgetting our famous Perifrom just such recipes - a combination of old-world Peri Salt. We suggest using our sauces, Mayonnaise and mystery and fiercely guarded family secrets. (The Peri-Peri Salt as the peri-licious accompaniment to add various degrees of flavour of our Peri-Peri sauces is flavour to just about anything for both In-prep, while achieved by the skillful addition of varying amounts of cooking and after cooking. Our marinades are perfect that delightfully spicy, cheeky and healthy African Bird’s- to soak chicken or meat and infuse with flavour for the Eye chilli) ultimate Peri-Peri BBQ dinner. Our cooking sauces are a quick and easy meal solution that spell out a recipe for Nando’s Peri-Peri started in the small Johannesburg simple tongue thrilling meal solutions. suburb of Rosettenville, South Africa in 1987 when 27year old Robert Brozin’s good friend Fernando Duarte Our products use Peri-Peri to combine flavour with introduced him to Chickenland, a small Portuguese café varying degrees of heat that will satisfy your family in the south of Johannesburg. It was at this humble flavour profile from a Peri-Peri beginner to a fiery heat eatery in the heart of the local Portuguese community seeker. To help choose the right flavour profile for that Robert had the first taste of his dream - traditional your family, all products incorporate a heat rating and Portuguese style Peri-Peri chicken. The best he’d ever a Peri-ometer to clearly indicate the ideal heat level. tasted. And although he was sitting in one of the smallest Remember: All our products focus on flavour first then cafés in Johannesburg, Brozin envisioned building a in a heat level you can enjoy. global brand with this product. A brand which would not only be built on the most magnificent flavour in the Our products can be found in Nando’s Restaurants, and world, Peri-Peri, but which would capture a dream of in the tomato sauce isle of most Coles and Woolworth’s pride, passion and integrity. Adds Duarte, “When we supermarkets and selected IGA supermarkets. started bottling our Peri-Peri sauces in the early 1990’s, we had no idea that we would become a leading player Please visit our website in the hot sauce market worldwide.” for a detailed overview of our products, recipe ideas and a full list of Since discovering how good Peri-Peri tasted with flame- where each product can be found. grilled chicken, Nando’s has incorporated this magical

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streamline your business efforts by ophelie lechat

Entrepreneurs of all stripes often like to start several projects over time. That’s what the entrepreneurial spirit is all about! This can quickly become overwhelming as time goes on and projects pile on. Recently, we’ve seen a growing number of mumpreneurs, both in Australia and overseas, elect to sell off their previous online businesses and projects. While the idea of buying and selling websites can seem unusual, it’s quickly catching on with entrepreneurs worldwide. Just on, the #1 marketplace for buying and selling websites, websites sales have reached over $88 million in three years.

Chances are, if you’ve been building your site’s content for months (or even years!), this unique content, the people reading and the links pointing to it, hold a lot of value for website buyers.

Web sites don’t have to generate revenue to be successfully sold. Take, for example, TheMomCrowd. com, a blog that sold for $2,500 last year. The key to this sale? Quality content and lots of incoming links, which both hold value for website investors.

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Speaking of website buyers: who are these people buying websites? Often, it’s people looking to build This includes sites like, a web businesses themselves, but who prefer buying parenting product review site which sold for $30,000 ready-made websites to designing their own. in April 2012. This two year-old site had about 27,000 visitors per month and made over $2,000 Just think: when buying a website, you forego per month in revenue, but perhaps the best part of the lengthy development and design stages, the business is the perks received by the writers, and, instead, start off with an existing audience including a trip to the world-famous Yosemite Park. and monetization methods. Since sites on Flippa typically sell for about 12 months’ revenue, the One of our biggest sales by a mumpreneur, initial investment is quickly recouped., sold for $60,000 just a few months ago. The site, started in 2006, was originally With over 1400 listings live at any moment, it’s easy a blog. Over time, it grew into a forum and a content to find interesting listings, whatever your topic of site, pulling in over $1000 per month. The secret? interest. If you’d like to get new interesting listings Well-placed and relevant advertising, combined emailed as they go live, start an advanced search at and select “Save this search”. with quality content and regular visitors.

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when legal contracts come to an end what happens next? by larissa glubb When a contract comes to an end, whether by one party terminating the contract or the contract simply expires, the key or “primary” rights or obligations of the parties, as set out in the contract, usually come to an end at the same time. However, the end of a contract does not mean you can simply shake hands and walk away. Often the contract will contain specific obligations or consequences that “survive” termination or expiry. In well-drafted contracts you will usually find these consequences set out after the termination clause or in a separate survival provision. Sometimes, the consequences are dotted throughout the contract, so you will need to re-read it carefully to make sure that you continue to do (or stop doing) certain things once the agreement terminates or expires.

What Rights or Obligations last after Termination or Expiry? The answer to this will depend on your contract, but some more common ones include:

All Unpaid Fees become Due and Payable

Often a contract is terminated because the client or customer has failed to pay for the services or products received. If this is the case, then these fees remain due and payable even though the contract has ended.


Usually you will be obliged to continue to keep the other party’s confidential information secure. You must not use or disclose it to any other person. The other party will usually be obliged to keep your confidential information secure as well.

Return of Data & Information

time. If you are the party giving the representations or warranties, you’ll need to carefully consider the level of insurance you need and make sure it remains in place for a reasonable period of time after termination or expiry.

Limitation of Liability & Indemnities

Often the parties will confirm that the limitation of liability clause and any indemnity given by one party to the other will survive termination. This is because one party may not bring a claim against the other party until after the agreement has ended, so the limit on a party’s liability or the right to be indemnified against certain losses or damages still remain after termination.


Sometimes contracts will state that one party must not set up a similar enterprise or business in a particular geographical area or targeting similar customers for a period of time after termination or expiry. This restriction can remain in place for the stated period of time after the contract has ended.

You are normally required to return all data, manuals or information to the other party at the end of the Non-Solicitation contract. These types of clauses are common where the parties work closely together and one relies heavily on the expertise of the other. If the parties have End of Software License (or not!) Any software license or other IP rights granted by agreed a non-solicitation clause, this normally one party to the other during the term of Agreement, means that one party cannot offer a position to the may also cease. Sometimes though, licenses will other party’s employee for a set period of time after continue even though the contract has ended, the contract has ended (usually 6 months). depending on the deal the parties struck. Larissa Glubb is the founder of, where women Representations & Warranties entrepreneurs can access and download If the contract contains representations and / or affordable legal forms and contract templates warranties about the services or products, these to support their business. usually out-last expiry or termination, for a period of

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One Mountain Away Emilie Richards With nothing but brains, ambition and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a doanything-to-succeed real estate developer. She’s at the top of that mountain...but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, Charlotte’s alienated her family so completely that she’s never held or spoken to her only granddaughter. One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realises that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness. So Charlotte vows to make amends, not simply with her considerable wealth, but by offering a hand instead of a handout. Putting in hours and energy instead of putting in an appearance. Opening her home and heart instead of her wallet. With each wrenching, exhilarating decision, Charlotte finds that climbing a new mountain — one built on friendship, love and forgiveness — will teach her what it truly means to build a legacy. Whiskey Island Emilie Richards Once a struggling community of Irish immigrants, Lake Erie’s Whiskey Island has a past as colourful as the patrons who frequent the local saloon. A local gathering place for generations, the saloon is now run by the Donaghue sisters, whose lives and hearts have been shaped by family tragedy and a haunting mystery. When an act of violence sets the wheels of fate in motion, Megan Donaghue; a woman unwilling to trust in love, and Niccolo Andreani; a man unwilling to trust in himself, are determined to learn the truth about one fateful night in the family’s long-forgotten past. As an old man struggles to protect a secret as old as Whiskey Island itself, a murder that still shadows too many lives is about to be solved -- with repercussions no one can predict. Bilgarra Springs Louise Rotondo 1945 - Instead of the honeymoon that they embarked on, Sydney socialite Isabella Munro finds herself stranded without her new husband at Bilgarra Springs station. To a woman who has led an extremely pampered existence, it is a lifestyle unknown. Necessity and sheer force of will lead the young Isabella to draw on reserves of inner strength, all the while receiving a wakeup call to the futility of the lifestyle that she has so far led. Her life is irrevocably changed. Sixty-six years later, after the death of Isabella and a request delivered through Isabella’s solicitor, her granddaughter, Aurora, is sent to Bilgarra Springs. Aurora finds herself physically and mentally pushed past limits she never knew existed and is forced to confront the demons of her own past. Unaware of the connection between Bilgarra and her grandmother until her arrival, she also becomes privy to her grandmother’s secret that shakes the foundations of the family history as she knew it. Is anything really ever as it seems..

Close enough to touch Victoria Dahl For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn’t the land of golden opportunity. It’s the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she’ll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting… Cole Rawlins is a rugged Wyoming cowboy born and bred. Yet he can’t help but be drawn to the fascinating big-city girl who moves in across from him. He wants to get close enough to Grace to see past her tough façade, but if he does, she might see the real Cole. The one with a Hollywood history gone bad. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it becomes harder for him to keep his demons at bay- and those fires from long ago may burn them both. They’ll need more than scorching-hot passion to make this opposites-attract affair work. But if they can learn to trust one another enough to reveal their secrets, they just might have a chance at forever. After Moonrise, PC Cast After Moonrise, the elite detective agency, crosses into the dark side, but it can be dangerous when the living communicate with the dead...Haunted by P.C. CAST Curtis Raef can channel the most violent of emotions. His power has solved hundreds of police investigations. But his gift comes with a curse...cynical, hard and alone, he’s burning out fast. Then Lauren Wilcox arrives with a haunting case: her murdered twin sister is communing with Lauren’s spirit. Raef’s the only one who can help. But which twin does he want to save? Possessed by GENA SHOWALTER The picture Aurora Harper’s painting is so disturbing she’s convinced she’s witnessed a murder and suppressed the memory. Now she needs Detective Levi Reid to help her track down the victim - and the killer. But Levi’s dealing with his own issues, blacking out for no reason at all. They’ll step into the dark together...but are they ready for what they might find? That thing called love Susan Andersen For a guy she’s fantasized about throttling, Jake Bradshaw sure is easy on the eyes. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use. Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay—and his young son, Austin, who Jenny adores like her own—to become a globetrotting photojournalist. He can’t just waltz back and claim Austin now.   Jake was little more than a kid himself when he became a dad. Sure, he’d dreamed of escaping the resort town, but he’d also truly believed that Austin was better off with his grandparents. Now he wants—no, needs—to make up for his mistake. He intends to stay in Razor Bay only until he can convince Austin to return with him to New York. Trouble is,  with sexy, protective, utterly irresistible Jenny in his life, and his bed, he may never want to leave…

The Unfinished garden Barbara Claypole White A successful software developer, James has thrown himself into a new goal — to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan. He’ll confront his darkest fears and build something beautiful...a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, he knows she holds the key — even if she doesn’t think so. After her husband’s death, gardening became Tilly’s livelihood and her salvation. Her thriving North Carolina business and her young son, Isaac, are the excuses she needs to hide from the world. So when oddly attractive, incredibly tenacious James arrives on her doorstep, demanding she take him on as a client, her answer is a flat ‘no’. When a family emergency lures Tilly back to England, she’s secretly glad. With Isaac in tow, she retreats to her childhood village, which has always stayed obligingly the same. Until now. Her best friend is keeping secrets. Her mother is plotting. Her first love is unexpectedly, temptingly available. And then James appears on her doorstep. Away from home, James and Tilly begin to forge an unlikely bond, tenuous at first but taking root every day. And as they work to build a garden together,something begins to blossom between them — despite all the reasons against it. Boomerang Bride Fiona Lowe Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry—the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned… In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda— staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown,but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him. Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

Heather Gudenkauf One Breath Away In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered. In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother. As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage

Better than chocolate Sheila Roberts Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it? After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They’ll have a chocolate festival! Time’s running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town’s behind them, so everything’s bound to go smoothly…. Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother’s attempts to help aren’t helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It’s enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake’s also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there’s something even better than chocolate. Wired for Life Susan Pearse & Martina Sheehan Why do some people thrive while others merely survive? It seems that the answer lies not in the circumstances that we each experience, but in the brain that we each carry. It may have evolved over millions of years, but your brain still uses the same basic survival mechanisms to guarantee your survival as it did when your earliest ancestors walked the planet. In this modern world, these default threat responses designed to protect you are more likely to sabotage you and hold you back from experiencing all that life has to offer. Wired for Life will explain why you think, decide and act the way you do. It explores the 5 fears commonly triggered by your brain’s threat response – fear of failure, fear of losing control, fear of standing out, fear of missing out, and fear of facing the truth – and how they creep undetected into so many parts of your life, impacting on your ability to experience happiness, freedom, success and fulfillment.

Because I love you Barbara Toner What daughter doesn’t need advice? What mother can’t give it? Whether she’s 18 or 81 a daughter can always benefit from a second opinion on the condition of her soul, her heart, her head, her hair, her cleavage. Also her loves, her hates, her dreams, her debts, her teeth and sexting. No second opinion will be more valuable than her mother’s because it will be offered with love tempered by wisdom and in the certain knowledge that, without it this daughter will end her days on the streets, in the gutter, with spoilt children, gum disease and bosom droop. Barbara Toner acknowledges the universal truth that advice should only ever be offered if sought. She’s chosen to ignore it, as any self-respecting mother should, in this heartfelt address to her own three daughters. The result is an indispensable guide to be shared by mothers and daughters of all ages everywhere.

Matt Prestons 100 best recipes No one knows food like Matt Preston – one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, award-winning food writer, judge on MasterChef Australia... and a seriously good home cook. Gathered here for the first time are Matt’s recipes for the food he cooks at home for his own family – from his award-winning raspberry jam and ultimate Bolognese sauce to the creamiest pumpkin soup and the only muffin recipe you’ll ever need. These are simple, delicious recipes that work; a virtual A-Z of ideas for bringing a whole new world of flavour to the things you cook every day.

Party! The Ultimate Kids’ Birthday Party Book. Parties are fun, exciting and joyous. They can also be stressful, overwhelming and a challenge to organise. But with the right planning, and by breaking the day down into smaller, manageable components, you can give a professional party planner a run for their money. In this book, you’ll find all the hints, tips and ideas you’ll ever need to throw the kind of children’s birthday party that will be remembered for years to come. There are ten fully illustrated party themes include fairy princess, outer space, dinosaurs, cars & trucks, the zoo, craft, cooking, popstars and more. Full of ideas and step-by-step instructions for amazing decorations, food (both sweet and savoury, and including the allimportant cake), costumes, invitations and games to play, Party! will help you create the best-ever party for your child’s next birthday (with as little stress as possible!)

Good night, sleep tight Mem Fox Another perfect picture book from the creators of the bestselling Where is the Green Sheep? Bonnie and Ben have a favourite babysitter whose much loved stories ensure a wonderful whimsical world before bedtime.

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