peekaboo MEL // ISSUE 5 // JUNE 2012
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Twine & Teacups
CONTENTS FEATURES Shiny happy people Not only do the Koolaman Designs girls produce beautiful bling, they are beautiful people too Atlas’s map to party success Think parties, think New York guru Amy Atlas
New kid on The Block
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Shelley Craft: mixing babies, business and The Block is a breeze
Win yourself something fabulous from Argington, Silver Cross or Miyo
FASHION Winter warmers These delectable new-season fashion looks will warm your heart, and your kids
It’s the year of the big-brand birthdays. Marquise just blew out 80 candles and Fred Bare will do 20
PARTIES Party time
Need party inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. We have pages of brilliant parties and all the product info and tips you need to make them happen
ON THE COVER Tutu Du Monde Treasure Chest cape, Snow Queen tutu and Petal cap www.tutudumonde.com Styling by Bianca Shugg. Photo by Naomi V Photography www. www.naomivphotography.com.au
REGULARS Calendar/markets Noteworthy Hot Inspect these gadgets Travel Thai life Horoscopes by Elizabeth Ball Last page by Zac’s mum Black
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HELLO I PLANNED CLAUDIA’S FIRST BIRTHDAY FOR MONTHS, STAYING UP FOR HOURS ON A REGULAR BASIS CUTTING, PACKING, COOKING, GLUEING AND EVEN SEWING. I eBayed, I Spotlighted, I Googled (no Pinterest back then!!) just to make it the perfect party. She was my first child so this was my debut as a partyorganising mum. It was such a mission – almost like my wedding plans! Putting this ‘Party’ edition of Peekaboo together has only shown me what I did for Claudia was ‘miniature’ compared to the elaborate setups mums are doing today. Who else better to speak with and answer all of those party/dessert table styling questions but the lady of the hour, Amy Atlas, and our editor was lucky enough to get some one-on-one time with her, and even got some our our fans’ questions answered. It is a must-read. Other must-reads in this edition are the story on the fabulous Koolaman Designs sisters – down-to-earth girls who have turned a great idea into an equally as great business from their kitchen benches. And we were also lucky enough to catch TV personality Shelley Craft on the eve of the birth of her second baby – that woman has got loads going on! But one of my favourite sections this edition is the Winter Warmers fashion spread. We had such a blast styling and shooting those mini models. I hope you enjoy that section as much as we loved bringing it to you. And while on the subject of birthdays and parties, the Peekaboo crew would love to wish our Sydney and Melbourne editions a very happy first birthday! Yes, it’s been a year since we entered those brave new territories with our magazine and we have made so many new friends along the way. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your patronage. Now, let’s party!!
Creative director/publisher Bianca Shugg | email@example.com Editor Belinda Glindemann | firstname.lastname@example.org www.bellepr.com Graphic designer Vanessa Russell | email@example.com www.raspberrycreative.com.au Photographer Naomi Vasington | Naomi V Photography firstname.lastname@example.org | www.naomivphotography.com.au Special thanks Wendy Somerville, Michael Somerville, Jenna Somerville, Cambell, Claudia and Heidi Shugg xx
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PS. In a cool display of the power of the internet, we were lucky to be approached by an illustrator, who found our mag while trawling Facebook and was keen to be involved in it. Barb Bruno is also a fashion designer for Adidas kids from her home town of Barcelona. Yes, our readership now officially stretches to Spain! You can check out Barb’s work on page 62.
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DISTRIBUTION If you are interested in distributing our magazine, please suggest your business, childcare centre, cafe or boutique to firstname.lastname@example.org. Peekaboo Magazine is printed in Brisbane, Australia, by PMP Print. Distribution via Fastways and Australia Post. Peekaboo magazine is owned by Jumpin Publishing Pty Ltd. Peekaboo magazine is now printed on Australian-made paper stock. www.peekaboomagazine.com.au
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events DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE
YOUNG TALENT TIME TOUR
DISNEY ON ICE
WHERE VARIOUS LOCATIONS WHEN VARIOUS DATES FROM JULY 11 WEBSITE WWW.LIFELIKETOURING.COM
WHERE PALMS AT CROWN CASINO WHEN JULY 13, 14 WEBSITE WWW.YTT.COM.AU
WHERE HISENSE ARENA WHEN JULY 4-9 WEBSITE WWW.DISNEYONICE.COM.AU
Everyone’s favourite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure down under in NICK JR’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys show. Dora has lost her teddy bear and the search is on to retrieve him. With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out – you never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way! Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two-act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along.
During the school holidays, the cast of the recentlyrevived Network Ten show Young Talent Time will put on a live entertainment extravaganza for fans of all ages. YTT team member Adrien Nookadu said: “We can’t wait to do our first tour and perform for our fans. We’re jumping out of our skins with excitement and the whole cast are buzzing.” The Young Talent Team will perform a variety of group numbers and solo performances and will be joined on stage by hip hop dance group Lil’ Banditz Krew and the show’s host Rob Mills. Rob said: “The YTT Team are so very talented, I’m thrilled to be a part of their first live tour. Come along and be part of history! It will be a show of pure entertainment for all ages.”
It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter, Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch, a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Mickey and Minnie are firm family favourites and to see them on ice, after watching them on TV or reading them in books, is bound to impress the little guys and the big ones too.
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LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO IN THE COMING MONTHS, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN PEEKABOO’S EVENTS CALENDAR
Melbourne International Jazz Festival starts today and runs until June 10. There are kid/family events and other freebies on www.melbournejazz.com
Find a babysitter speeddating style today at House Cafe, 217 Commercial Rd, SouthYarra. Cool idea! www.meetasitter.com.au
05 It’s World Environment Day. Do something spesh to celebrate our planet with your kids to show them how important it is to respect our environment
Our fave ABC Kids’ character Dirt Girl will be live at eco carnivale, St Kilda Memo, Acland St, St Kilda with a six-piece band today www.dirtgirlworld.com
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will make her Aussie concert debut tonight at the Palais Theatre
Melbourne will go Ga Ga over the US pop sensation when she plays five show at Rod Laver Arena starting tonight. Keep your celebspotting eyes open!
Circus Oz will gleefully bring their latest “ridiculous debacle”, for audiences of all ages, to the big top at Birrarung Marr until July 15 www.circusoz.com
Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a musical about the world’s most loveable bunny, is at DrumTheatre today, 226 Lonsdale St, Dandenong www.drumtheatre.com.au
Oui oui! Experience France for a day right here in Oz. It’s Bastille Day y’all!
Mums can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the kids head back to school this week. While the craziness should settle, it’s back to the old lunchbox routine...
The Imperial Ice Stars bring The Nutcracker on Ice to StateTheatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank, for shows until July 29 www.artscen tremelbourne.com.au
Go green and plant something leafy for National Tree Day whether it be in your own backyard or at one of the many community sites. www.treeday.planetark.org
Melbourne International Film Festival starts today and runs until August 19. Check out the website for the full program of events www.miff.com.au
Strap on your favourite denim for Jeans for Genes Day today, raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. www. jeansforgenes.org.au
Sample Italian products, see fashion shows or attend a masterclass during La Dolce Italia at the Royal Exhibition Building www.ladolceitalia.com.au
The ever-popular musical Annie finishes up at th Regent Theatre, Collins St, today. Hopefully you got a chance to see everyone’s fave little red head?
Australia’s longest running children’s festival, Book Week, is on from August 18-24 with the theme ‘Champions Read’. Are you a champion reader too?
Today, back in 1835, the fi st European settlers landed on the north bank of theYarra River from the schooner, Enterprize, so it’s Melbourne Day today!
OFF TO MARKET WE GO... JUNE
Kids Market Central Vic June 2: The Liborius Centre, Panton St, Eaglehawk www.kidsmarketcv.com
Mathilda’s Markets July 29: Malvern Town Hall, corner Glenferrie Rd & High St, Malvern, from 9am-1pm www.mathildasmarket.com.au
Kids Market Central Vic Aug 25: The Liborius Centre, Panton St, Eaglehawk www.kidsmarketcv.com
Fairy Floss Markets June 24: The Manningham (next to Marcellin College), 1 Thompsons Rd, Bulleen www.fairyflossmar ets.blogspot.com.au Baby & Kids Market June 2: Coburg Town Hall, Coburg June 3: Croydon Leisure Centre, Croydon June 16: Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin June 23: Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Belmont June 24: Malvern Town Hall, Malvern www.babykidsmarket.com.au
Sugar and Spice Children’s Market July 22: St Ambrose Hall, corner Templeton & Anslow streets, Woodend, from 9am-1pm www.sugarandspicemarkets.com.au Baby & Kids Market July 28: One Community Church, 184 Surrey Rd, Blackburn, from 9am-1pm www.babykidsmarket.com.au
Mathilda’s Markets Aug 26: SpecialTween-to-Teen market, corner Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton www.mathildasmarket.com.au Baby & Kids Market Aug 12: Mum’s Big Day Out. Flemington Racecourse, from 9am-1pm. Aug 19: Malvern Town Hall, Malvern. Aug 25: Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Belmont. Aug 26: Croydon Leisure Centre www.babykidsmarket.com.au Melbourne Mamma’s Market August 26: Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown www.melbournemamma.com.au
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TAKE NOTE WHEN SOMETHING MAKES YOU SIT UP AND SAY ‘WOW, COOL!’, YOU JUST CAN’T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. SHARING IS CARING, RIGHT? MAKE SURE YOU SHARE THESE NOTEWORTHY THINGS WITH YOUR FRIENDS STORY BELINDA GLINDEMANN
THE BEST CRAPPY IDEA YOU’LL EVER SEE WWW.LITTLEDEERCREATIONS.COM
Now, when we tell you this product is crap, we are being truthful. It is poo. Well, elephant dung to be precise. Little Deer Creations have a beautiful range of gifts made out of Sri Lankan paper which is manufactured of dung fibres (80 pe cent) and a mix of office aste paper and rice paddy and banana plant waste. A percentage of profits goes into elephant conservation.
CLEVER CUP WWW.CUPPYCUP.COM
Many of you will have seen plastic popper juice box holders with handles to stop little drinkers from squirting themselves? Well, CuppyCup is a clever new juice box holder that is adjustable in size to suit all poppers and folds down flat for easy storing in your nappy bag. We likey.
WARM YOUR HEART DOVERANDMADDEN.BLOGSPOT.COM
With the cold weather definitely now set in, the images sent to us recently by Dover & Madden featuring their beautiful handmade
knits had us in a woolen frenzy (pictured above). If only we could squeeze our heads into one of their Size 00 beanies on cold mornings! Find Dover & Madden on Etsy, MadeIt and Facebook.
KISS THIS WWW.KISSITBETTERBAG.COM
The Kiss It Better Bag is the clever invention of Vanessa Williams, a First Aid trainer and mum to two. “When I became a mother I quickly realised that when your own children are involved, dealing with injuries can be a very stressful time,” Vanessa says. The wallet-sized version (RRP $40) can slip easily into your handbag ready to diffuse tears while you’re out and about. The included jellybeans and stickers are genius. There’s also a shoulder bag size and refill pa ks available.
SMALL STEP FOR MAN, GIANT LEAP FOR LITTLIES EVERYWHERE WWW.LEAPFROG.COM.AU
When you find yourself battling your toddler for quality time on your iPad or iPhone - like we do in our household - the new My Own Story Time Pad from LeapFrog is the answer (pictured above, right). A kiddy cross between a lap top and an iPad, this cute tech pad allows you to personalise your child’s play tailoring stories with their
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name and favourite things, creating a music playlist from more than 40 different songs, and customising emails from your family and friends. Can you believe it? My Miss 3 is very proud of her “high-pad” and has forgotten all about mine. Hooray for LeapFrog! RRP $54.99
WHOLE LOTTA FUN FOR KIDS WWW.LOTTAMAGAZINE.COM
Mid-year school holidays are within arm’s reach now, so it’s good to have a few boredombusting ideas up your sleeve. Enter Lotta Magazine (pictured above, left). Developed by a Brisbane graphic designer, the magazine is filled to the brim with fun activities for 5-10 year olds and not one ounce of advertising. The June edition is the Secrets issue with activities based on superheroes, spies, magic, mysteries and other surprises. The Lotta website is the place to buy this boredom-fighting bible and is also where you’ll find even more activity ideas on their ‘Show and Tell’ blog. There are back copies also available on the site including the Travel issue and the Story issue so there are plenty of ways to keep the cherubs amused these holidays.
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LEVEL 1, 302-320 BURWOOD RD, HAWTHORN WWW.CHESTERWHITE.COM.AU
17 MAIN ST, MYRNIONG WWW.THEPLOUGH.COM.AU
Inside this cosy and quaint café you’ll find an assortment of tables complete with wooden tubs filled with crayons, pencils and textas for the wee ones to enjoy, a craft menu and of course a food menu. Kids and adults are free to choose crafty activities like painting, badge making, collage and more with prices starting from as little as $1 and $2 per activity depending on what you would like to whip up. The helpful staff are only too happy to assist you with questions you may have about the craft menu while also fetching you a coffee – yes, one could safely say Crafternoon café is the place to visit to get a caffeine and craft hit all rolled into one.
The big sweetener for kids at Chester White are the iPads which are filled with child friendly games, not the blood and guts shooting ones, but wholesome fun educational ones. Mr 3 is slightly obsessed with my iPhone games at the moment so it was the perfect distraction – while we ate, he was in gaming heaven. The kids were perfect, I must say. Mr 3 had his orange juice and meal brought out to him quickly and Mr 1 was more than happy to munch on the grainy table bread and watch the chaos of the kitchen behind him. The kids’ menu is basic but very tasty and is very gourmet compared to your average kids’ menu and includes margherita pizza, penne napoli and good old fish and hips.
Recently renovated, The Plough is a cosy place with two open fireplaces and two areas to dine in. The new owners have revamped the pub, the menu and even have a cosy B&B for overnight visitors. The menu consists of good wholesome country pub food that is done to perfection. Now what about the little ones? Well The Plough has covered all bases for us foodie parents. For dirty bottoms, they have a change table in the toilets. For dining, The Plough offers highchairs and a good little kids’ menu, which has a variety of choices such as calamari, fish, pasta and even a junior steak, all at the very affordable price of $6 with chips.
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TOP OF THE POPS SEE YOU LATER CUPCAKES â€“THE LATEST PARTY TREND IS THE CAKE POP. THEY MIGHT LOOK FIDDLY BUT THEY ARE EASY AS PIE (WELL, PIE ON A STICK) WORDS LINDA VANDERMEER, AUTHOR OF RECIPE BOOK, SWEETS ON A STICK
Cake pops are so much fun and they make pretty portable party food. Plus, as a super bonus, they are so easy to make they are a great introduction to cooking for kids. Children love rolling the mixture into shape and, with practice, they can help dip and add sprinkles or decorations to create their own masterpieces. While this recipe is for Tim Tam cake pops, once you have the basics down pat you can whip up your own cakes using your favorite recipe or a packet mix, add enough butter cream icing to make the cake crumb moist and then follow the instructions from Step 2. Regular chocolate melts from the baking section of the grocery store can be used or, for a special occasion, buy already coloured candy melts from specialty stores to co-ordinate your pops with your party theme. Coloured candy melts have a light vanilla taste and they also set faster than regular chocolate melts which can be helpful when decorating your pops. www.bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com.au make the balls as smooth as you can. Place the Tim Tam
TIM TAM CAKE POPS
balls onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
fridge and holding the end of the lollipop stick, pop the Tim Tam ball into the melted candy ensuring the whole ball
3. Using a lollipop stick make a hole in the top of each ball
is covered/submerged. Remove the ball from the melts
pushing stick in about halfway. 1 packet regular Tim Tams (200g) cup full fat cream cheese
4. Place Tim Tam balls into refrigerator and chill until fir (about 1 hour). 5. Place chocolate melts or candy coating into a microwave
1 packet Nestle chocolate melts (375g) or 1 packet Wilton Candy Melts*
safe bowl with copha and melt in microwave in bursts of 60 secs on med-low until mixture is smooth. The mixture
1Â˝ tablespoons copha, melted
should be quite fluid and not too thick. If needed, add a
spinkles or sugar flower decorations (optional)
dip. Do not overheat the chocolate.
6-inch paper lollipop sticks*
6. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate
little more melted copha to the mixture to make it easy to
and then push the sticks into the Tim Tam balls using the holes you have already made. The melted chocolate should
secure the sticks ensuring that the balls do not fall off the
1. Place Tim Tams and cream cheese into blender and pulse for 10-20 secs until mixture is smooth and comes together in clumps.
stick during the dipping process. Repeat for all Tim Tam
2. Place about 1 tablespoon of mixture in the palm of your hand and roll into small balls using light pressure. Try to
to microwave for 45-60 sec bursts on med-low until
balls and return to fridge until chocolate has set. 7. Ensure that chocolate is still melted, if necessary return mixture is smooth. Remove the Tim Tam balls from the
and still holding over the bowl, gently tap the stick against your hand to help the excess melted candy to drop off the Tim Tam ball. The more care you take with this step the smoother your finished pop will be 8. If you are adding sprinkles to the pops, hold the pops over a shallow dish and shake the sprinkles over the pop before the chocolate sets. 9. Place finished pop onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper with the sticks upright. If you are adding sugar flower decorations, or the like, press them onto the pops at this stage and hold until set. Once set, the pops can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed, for up to fi e days. If you would prefer the pops to be upright allow them to set in an upright position by inserting them into a clean block of styrofoam wrapped in Gladwrap. * Note: lollipop sticks and Wilton Candy Melts are available through specialist cake decorating stores, Spotlight or on eBay.
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place APPLES AND JAM
FIZZ KIDZ MELBOURNE
217-239 MONTAGUE ST, SOUTH MELBOURNE WWW.APPLESANDJAM.COM.AU
141 WAVERLEY RD, EAST MALVERN 705 WHITEHORSE RD, MONT ALBERT WWW.FIZZKIDZMELBOURNE.COM.AU
SOUTHLAND SHOPPING CENTRE, CHELTENHAM WWW.CANDYHAIR.COM.AU
Run by two mums, Apples and Jam is a sweet, unique take on children’s parties and play spaces that does ecofriendly in style. Nature-based themes and handmade decorations are paired with great quality food and entertainment in beautifully presented events that are unmatched in their delivery of fun. Add to that a lack of waste and impact on the environment, that leaves a positive impression on both kids and adults, and it’s a winning combination. Located in a beautiful old school classroom, the space is a serene and spontaneous journey for the senses. It is where little girls can get lost in butterflies and blooms and busy boys can have fun with backyard bug adventures and old school games.
If you have a creative kid, then a Fizz Kidz party is the perfect option for the birthday boy/girl and their guests. With two venues to choose from, Fizz Kidz offers creative parties for children aged 4-18 years. There is a fabulous menu of products to choose from, where the girls can make fizzy bath bombs, chocolate lip gloss, flavoured lip balm and perfume while the boys can try their hands at producing some oooie goooie slime, camoflage paint or rainbow bath salts. Prices start at $26 per child and include two take-home creations. Fizz Kidz also offers school holiday programs for children aged 4-16 years but get in quick as sessions cater for 20 participants only and get booked out very quickly.
Candy Hair is a unique party experience your little ones will love. It is a child-centric hairdressing salon and party room dedicated to providing party fun and hassle-free haircuts in a bright and cheerful environment. Party experiences are offered for children aged 3-16 years, catering for both boys and girls with tailored themed parties including Superheroes, Glam Catwalk, Swashbuckling Pirates, Princess Tea Party and many more. Prices start at $20 per child and include a range of activities and products. Because they love children and want to give back to the community, Candy Hair regularly undertakes fundraising activities to support the Children’s Cancer Council of Australia and other good causes.
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INSPECT THESE GADGETS IF YOU WERE A KID OF THE EARLY 1980S YOU WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH THE ANIMATED TV SERIES ‘INSPECTOR GADGET’. CHANNEL YOUR INNER GADGET WITH THESE HANDY KITCHEN TOOLS. BUT BEWARE OF DR CLAW!
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SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE TWO SISTERS PLUS ONE GREAT IDEA EQUALS BESPOKE JEWELLERY BLISS FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN WOMEN, AND MEN STORY BELINDA GLINDEMANN PHOTOGRAPHY JO SHELDRICK OF WWW.STUDIORED.NET.AU
Driving north up the Silver City Highway on her way to Broken Hill for an agricultural fair back in 2008, Lisa O’Keefe could never have dreamed how the next chapter of her life would be written. In hindsight, the “Silver City” signs should have been a clue… Now, exactly four years on and driving up that exact same Silver City Highway on the exact same 4.5-hour trip from her home at Koolaman Station near Balranald in southwest New South Wales, to Broken Hill for the exact same agricultural fair, she and sister Stacey Clayton can reflect on what has been an unexpected yet shiny, happy journey in a short timeframe. You see, these sisters are the gurus behind the Koolaman Designs range of bespoke jewellery. Those stunning pieces of silver and gold jewellery – pendants and necklaces, bangles and bracelets, keytags and cuff links – made extra special and truly individual by the addition of hand-stamped names of their customers’ loved ones. Talking to Peekaboo from her car on the drive up to Broken Hill Agfair, Lisa is honest in her admission that the business’s success in a relatively short period of time has been astounding. “We just never thought it would be like this,” she admits. The girls and their older brother Carl grew up on the land at their parents’ farm near Rutherglen in Victoria.
Lisa, 36, studied agricultural science at university before landing a job as an agronomist. It was a uni friend who helped Lisa meet Christian and the pair went on to marry and move on to Christian’s parents’ property – Koolaman Station. The 73,000 acre piece of sheep- and wheat-farming heaven is now in fourth-generation hands with the addition of Lisa and Christian’s three kids – Augustus, 7, Eliza, 6, and Isobel, 3. Stacey, 33, took a slightly different career path, studying finance and accounting at university. While she and husband Luke are living on part of her family’s original farm, they utilise the wide-open space to operate a trucking business rather than going down the traditional path of farming the land. And the wideopen space is handy when you also have three kids running around – Chloe, 6, Leonard, 4, and Edward, 3.
ever come across,” Lisa gushed. “I really would have liked to have something like that of my own.” At the time, Lisa’s first born was six months old and Lisa was back at work after her first stint of materni y leave.
So, given the agronomy and finance backgrounds, and life in regional towns on vast pitches of dirt, you have to wonder how these girls became superstars of bespoke bling? Well, it’s simple. They saw a unique product and fell in love with it. It was Christmas 2006, and among all the frivolity of the festive season, the girls were enjoying a visit from a family member from Canada. The relative was wearing a really unusual necklace adorned with the names of her children that she had bought while in her home country.
With the baby bonuses from Gus and Eliza’s births in Lisa’s back pocket and Stacey being presented a handy wad of cash from the government for giving birth to Chloe, the mumpreneurs thought they’d utilise their new-found wealth and invest in this jewellery-making thing. Once the girls had designed and stamped a few pieces, wearing a path to and from the drawing board, they thought it was time to present to the world their shiny new product range (and when I say ‘present
“I thought it was the most gorgeous thing I had
“I just thought it would be great to wear something like that to work so you could have your child with you all the time.” So the girls began to search out an Australian business where they could order themselves some similar jewellery. And they couldn’t find one. Cue the lightbulb moment “We’ve both got crafty genes,” Lisa says. “My maternal grandmother taught me how to sew at an early age and I’d always been into craft. We were considering this jewellery, thinking ‘How hard can it really be?’. ”
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“ WE USED TO GIVE EACH OTHER HIGHFIVES EVERY TIME WE’D GET ONE OR TWO ORDERS COME IN”
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to the world’ I’m talking about a Mildura ladies evening – close enough, hey?). There were seven or eight pieces in the range at that time including the ‘Kate’ ring-shaped pendant, the ‘Chloe’ and ‘MaMa’ rectangular dog tags, and the small ‘Eliza’ disc pendants which are all still in the current range. “When the mothers there saw the jewellery they were raving about it,” Lisa says. It gave the sisters a glimmer of hope that they could turn this hobby into a fully-fledged business. She remembers the day her first ‘proper’ order came through. It was for a set of MaMa dogtags. That particular customer has continued to buy Koolaman Designs pieces right through the years. “We used to give each other high-fi es every time we’d get one or two orders come in,” Lisa laughs. While a stall at a following “dodgy” Melbourne baby show cost the pair financially in the start-up phase and was a major set back, it wasn’t enough to dampen their spirits. They continued to hone their craft and just before Mother’s Day in 2008 at Broken Hill Agfair, the business was cemented. “The response to the jewellery there was amazing. We were driving home with all this money and all these orders thinking ‘We’ve done it!’, ‘We’ve cracked it!’, ” Lisa recalls. Just like any start-up business being juggled in between pregnancies, births and busy baby days, Lisa says the girls didn’t draw a wage for three years. They did the work out of a love for the product and
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an increasing awareness that the range had potential. It also helps if you go into business alongside one of your closest friends. “We are so like-minded and in tune,” Lisa says of her relationship with Stacey. “We’ve been really close since we were 16 or 17 years old. We are always on the phone to each other – probably every day!” Having babies at the same time means the girls also understand the pressures of family life and always consider each other’s family situations before work commitments like trade shows, markets and other business trips away, for example. In fact, it’s their tight-knit family that keeps the sisters’ business dream alive. While on the phone to Peekaboo in her car, Lisa has Dad sitting in the passenger seat. He’ll be an extra pair of hands when they arrive at Agfair to show their wares and he will also share the driving responsibility when they make their return trip late on Sunday night. And Mum is back at Koolaman Station keeping an eye on the cherubs. The girls even rope in their cousins to man Koolaman Designs market stalls in Brisbane and Adelaide.
the girls more time to come up with new designs and work on taking the business forward. So what is each sister’s favourite Koolaman Designs piece? Lisa wears a circular ‘Mia’ pendant on a long, large ball chain and is also partial to her ‘Amelia’ seed necklace and matching bracelet. Stacey loves her similar ‘Audrey’ pendant as well as the ‘MaMa’ dog tags on a super long chain. Lisa says the ‘Audrey’ circular pendant is one of their best sellers along with the ‘Eliza’ and ‘MaMa’ dog tags, but they find that popularity for pieces is seasonal and dependent on celebratory events on the calendar such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. And why does she think their jewellery has been so popular? “There’s the quality – they are nice heavy silver pieces – and then there’s the fact that they are so individual, but I think it’s mainly just because of the emotional response. People just fall in love with them.”
“We really have Mum and Dad to thank for all this,” Lisa says. “And I’m lucky to have my inlaws on the property as well. It’s all about trust. When we need to bring some help into the business we know we can always trust our family first”
So what’s next on the Koolaman Designs drawing board? Check out their website for the brand new ‘Hide’ range, just launched in May, which features the traditional Koolaman silver pendants but displayed on cool Kangaroo leather wrist bands and wider leather cuffs. While they are unisex, they will be pitched at the male wearer. Lisa says her “blokey bloke” husband Christian is a big fan of his cuff and hasn’t taken it off since obtaining it four months ago.
While Lisa and Stacey started out hand stamping each individual piece themselves, they have since been able to employ some help with the process. There are three other mums, living on farms around Koolaman Station, who pitch in with stamping to give
Peekaboo readers can only hope that the Koolaman Designs girls keep at their craft, producing new and exciting bling for the rest of us to enjoy. And, can I say that we are all grateful for the Silver City Highway – a road to success for two truly deserving mumpreneurs.
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for the grown ups... Parties are for kids, yes, but us adults love a stylish soiree too. This party had an Eat, Pray, Love theme and was pitched as a Valentine’s Day luncheon affair with dear family members invited to share conversations over yummo food. Not everyone has a special partner to celebrate with on Valentine’s Day but everyone has people around them to call ‘family’ and this table was a celebration of all those special people. Li-Ann from ham&pea and Thetis from Little Sooti put together this table to demonstrate how effective a simple setting can be, and how easily and quickly it can come together just by pulling together bits and pieces from home. A neutral and earthy colour palette of yellow and brown, complimented by a variety of green flowers in season, set the clean and rustic tone for the day. Concept and styling by ham&pea www.hamandpea.com and Little Sooti www.littlesooti.com.au, photography by Lee Bird Photography www.leebirdphotography.com.au, printables by ham&pea www.hamandpea.com, cake, cupcakes and cakepops by Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes www.facebook.com/SweetcheeksCookiesAndCakes, artisan cheese by Farmgate cheese www.farmgatecheese.com.au, flowers by Ascha Jolie www.aschajolie.com.au. Location Babycinos cafe www.babycinoscafe.com.au
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Prepare well so when the party is in progress
Choose a theme and coordinate everything
Make your party unique with handcrafted
you can be part of the celebration. You donâ€™t
from invites, chocolate wrappers and lolly
elements. Easy options include recycling old
want to be so busy that you miss the magic
bags, to cupcake toppers and buntings
video cassettes into glossy black streamers
1. Contents sweet treat cones, $9 (pack of 12) www.partyandco.com.au 2. Lark aqua dainty doily plates, $6.95 (pack of 10) www.larkstore.com.au 3. Robert Gordon windmills, $6.95 (pack of 6) www.partyandco.com. au 4. Rex, from Lark, old-school milk bottles, $32.50 (crate of 6) www.larkstore.com.au 5. Robert Gordon fans, $7.95 (pack of 3) www. partyandco.com.au 6. The Party Studio large muslin bags, $9.35 (pack of 7) www.thepartystudio.com.au 7. Martha Stewart confetti baking boxes, $24.95 www.larkmade.com.au 8. Paper Eskimo straws $12.95 (pack of 50) www.thepartyparlour.com.au 9. Robert Gordon apothecary glass jar, $34.95 www.partyandco.com.au
buttons and bows... Ruby was the lucky birthday girl for this exquisite buttons-and-bows themed fifth birthday party. Her mum Dawn, from Ruby May Designs, wanted the colours to be delicate and pretty and she made the cake and the sugarpaste buttons to match. Although it took a little while to make all the buttons, Ruby’s mum was very happy with the end result. The cookies are by Nikki Coogle with extra little buttons added by Dawn to finish them o f. The white letters, from Typo, were embellished with buttons. The little marshmallow bags hang from a mini clothesline by Maileg. The labels are from Meri Meri (Dawn’s sister in Dublin has a shop called Treat-Deli & Gift shop). Dawn made the cupcakes and placed them on little stands that she also bought in Dublin (although the stands are meant for tealights, they worked well to give the cupcakes some height, she says). The personalised party bags are from Papernook. The birthday girl’s friends made button bracelets as an activity at the party and, among other treats, they enjoyed dipping fruit into melted chocolate. www.facebook.com/ruby-may-designs, www.maileg.dk, www.merimeri.com, www. papernook.com
Picking a theme and plan your menu,
Plan, plan, plan. Have loot bags, prizes,
Use the power of the net! You can easily
decorations, favors and cake around it.
decorations and games ready days before the
find all the inspiration and DIY tips ou need
Less is more but coordination is the key
event so you have time for the last-minute details
on Pinterest and other specialty blogs
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1. Lime Tree Kids large maracas 2-piece set, $19.95 www.limetreekids. com.au 2. Sombrero honeycomb centrepiece, $6.50 www.mrparty.com. au 3. Sambellina multi-coloured polkadot paper plates, $6.95 pack of 12 www. deerlittleparties.com.au 4. Ah-Tissue decorative pom poms, $24.95 (pack of three sizes) www.thepartyparlour.com. au 5. Rex, from Lark, vintage pin-thetail-on-the-donkey game, $19.95 www. larkstore.com.au 6. Down to the Woods’ Little Lamb Lek zigzag rug, from $740 www.larkstore.com.au 7. Little Circus icecream cups, $7.95 set of 12, www. larkstore.com.au 8. Kraft noodle box without handle, $1 each, and disposable wooden cutlery, from 15 cents each www.occasionbydesign.com.au
fie ta mexicana... Hamish and Luca’s parents decided they would use the countries they have travelled to, and loved, as themes to set the tone for their twin boys’ birthdays each year. Last year they kickstarted this idea with China (to pay homage to their Eurasian heritage) and this year they could not go past the vibrant energy and colours of Mexico - so they threw a fiesta for the boys. Mum Li-Ann wanted a to put together a modern fiesta and designed the invitations with a play on their identical features as a silhouette face with Aztec patterns which was then carried through the rest of the party. There was a lot of DIY involved with the backdrop and favours, and little bandanas for the drink bottles too. Li-Ann even got custom made fabric in the patterns of the invitation and had cute ponchos made for the boys. Each kid was given a sombrero to take home and the highlight for the little guests was definitely the hilli piñata and decorating their own maracas. The adults enjoyed helping themselves to homemade tacos at the taco stall. Concept, styling and backdrop by ham&pea www.hamandpea.com, invitation and printables by ham&pea www.hamandpea.com, cake by Just Call me Martha www.justcallmemarthaa.blogspot.com.au, cookies and cupcakes by Kiss My Cakes www.facebook.com/KissMyCakes.Australia, outfit and bunting by Meeky Muu www.meekymuu.com, dessert table by Harper Event Design www.harpereventdesign.com.au
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Entertainment is key. An interactive DJ will
Coordinate baby’s first birthd y and their christening/
Gathering little guests at child-sized tables
get the kids on the dance floor and keep
naming ceremony. It saves having to plan two separate
and chairs to eat, connect and celebrate is a
them involved with dance-offs and games
parties when you are probably already busy with a baby
wonderful way to honour another passing year
Outsource as much as you can. The less you have
Helium balloons look great, but they can be
Think like a photographer. The party is for the
to do, the more time you get to celebrate with
expensive. Using a needle and thread, string
kids but itâ€™s also for years to come. Create a
your child the one and only time they turn that age
standard balloons together for bigger impact
backdrop that is visually exciting and engaging
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Don’t forget it’s about what the kids will love
Choose games that involve all guests at the same
Don’t try to do everything yourself on the day.
and remember, not just what looks pretty for
time. If littlies have to line up or wait for their turn
Arrange for adult help. Take time to chat with
the other mums. Make the cake the stand out
they lose attention which equals party mayhem
the other parents and enjoy the party too
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1. Raspberry Creative ‘Yeeha’ cowboy fill-in i vites $18.95 (pack of 12), personalised $23.95 (pack of 12), lolly bag tags $6.95 (pack of 12) www. raspberrycreative.com.au 2. Meri Meri Howdy cowboy hat, $14.95 for eight www.partyandco.com.au 3. Meri Meri Howdy cowboy cupcake Kit, $24.95 for 24 cases and toppers in four styles www.partyandco.com.au 4. Ah-Tissue decorative pom poms, $24.95 (pack of three sizes) www.thepartyparlour. com.au 5. ham&pea wooden cowboy invitations, $15.50 www.hamandpea. com 6. Tinyme paper party bowls, $7.95 per pack of eight www.tinyme. com.au 7. Wannabe cowboy costume, $59.95 for shirt, chaps and vest www. partyandco.com.au 8. Poppies for Grace set of 15 treat bags, $12.95 www.poppiesforgrace.com
cowboy and indians... When Jack’s mummy wanted a ‘Cowboys and Indians’ theme for her son’s party, she instantly thought of Petit Atelier as an ideal space. Just Call Martha, The Little Big Company and ham&pea got together to style the fifth birthday bash with rustic blue gingham, burlap and a touch of red running though the styling of the theme. Leoni from Just Call Me Martha made a double chocolate mud cake with inspiration from the ham&pea invitation. The birthday boy loved the arrows sticking out of the cake as well as the cowprint gingerbread cookies which were made to match the rustic theme. Other food on the day included double salted caramel cupcakes, rustic Oreo pops and savoury food for the kids. ham&pea designed the fabric backdrop and printables. The gorgeous favour bags were from Sambellina with ham&pea thankyou tags on top. The fabulous head dress is from Seed kids and all the plates and cups were from Petit Atelier which has gorgeous products in store. The PaperCraft Room provided all the paper hanging pom poms in matching colours and the beautiful cutlery was from Paper Eskimo, which is in store at Petit Atelier. Little Big Company supplied the horse shoes, jars, old-fashioned labels, crates, caramel swizzle sticks and lollipops for the party which are also available at Petit Atelier. To keep the little guys busy, some of the activities on the day included making feather head dresses and painting timber hobbyhorses. Photos are by Sofi P Photograp y. www.justcallmemarthaa.blogspot.com.au, www.hamandpea.com, www.tlbc.com.au, www.petitatelier.com.au, www.sambellina.com.au, www.seedheritage.com, www.thepapercraftroom.co.nz, www.papereskimo.com, www.sofippho ography.com.au
Give kids a small container of food/drink at a
Consider a bomboniere gift for guests of your
For something fun and unusual to do at a party,
set time. This way they aren’t overwhelmed
christening/naming day. Try traditional sugared
make pizzas. Guests get to enjoy the spoils of their
by lots of food and there isn’t an eating frenzy
almonds, cute picture frames or French macaroons
efforts and there’s no food-prep stress for mum
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cookie monster COOKIES ARE A BRILLIANT WAY TO SHOW OFF YOUR CREATIVE STREAK AT YOUR NEXT PARTY. THEY ARE SO VERSATILE AND DESIGNS ARE ONLY LIMITED TO YOUR IMAGINATION Left, these colourful, striped, pi単ata sugar cookies have hollow centers that you can fill with a secret stash of your favorite candies. Break open or bite into these festive treats and be greeted with a sugary surprise. The step-by-step recipe, created by Sandra Denneler for SheKnows.com, can be found at www.sheknows.com/foodand-recipes/articles/958083/cinco-de-mayo-pinata-cookies
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ATLAS’S MAP TO PARTY SUCCESS STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM. LAMB AND ROSEMARY. SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE. GIGGLE AND HOOT. AMY ATLAS AND – OF COURSE – PARTIES! THE INTERNATIONAL QUEEN OF PARTY STYLING WAS AT THE TOP OF OUR EDITORIAL HIT LIST FOR THIS, OUR ANNUAL PARTY EDITION STORY BELINDA GLINDEMANN PHOTOGRAPHY JOHNNY MILLER
When you think of party styling experts there’s really only one name that instantly comes to mind – Amy Atlas. Peekaboo magazine was lucky to get some time with the amazing New Yorker last month to pick her brain about everything from her own memories of childhood parties to her new book and when she’s coming out to party with us.
years! I’d say Pastel Pretty, Honey I Love You, Forever Chanel and Take Me Away are a few of my favorites.
Can you remember the exact moment when you realised that you could/should earn a living out of dessert tables and party styling? After I had made lots of dessert tables for friends and many more were asking me to do them, I realised I could turn it into a business. I did take some time to explore it first. After it started to really catch on beyond my net of friends, it developed into a business.
What are some of your memories of your own birthday parties as a child? My earliest memory of a birthday party was my 8th birthday party. My Mom made it in our backyard and I remember friends came from all over. At the time, parties were not as big of a deal as they are now. I remember being so thrilled to have a custom train cake and playing games like musical chairs. The memories of that party still make me smile.
You were a lawyer in a previous life. Do you think you would have made a good lawyer if you had stuck at that career? I believe I was a great lawyer. I think there are many careers that one can be great at. However, I wasn’t necessarily happy practising law on an everyday basis. Happiness is key. Tell us about the process involved in compiling your new book, Sweet Designs. Was it a long process or did it come easily? And who got to eat all the goodies at the end of your shoots?! It was a pretty long process. It took almost three years from proposal to publication. When I’ve looked at books in the past, I never would have imagined all of the work that goes into them. I wanted to create a reference guide rather than a coffee table book and that meant creating detailed instructions and a lot of content in addition to the photos. From concept creation to recipe/craft creation to writing to photo shoots to edits to design of the book to the marketing of it, it is an enormous project. And the photo team snacked on most of the sweets each day at the shoot! What’s your favorite dessert table theme/chapter in the book and why? Oh, that is a killer question. I’m so attached to each and every chapter after working on and having these ideas in my head for
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What’s your all-time favorite recipe in the book and why? Again, a hard question! I do love the Key Lime bars on page 99. They are citrusy, refreshing and they have the most delicious graham cracker crust.
Nowadays, do you throw your own birthday parties or do you make hubby take you out instead? I love to make other people’s events special and memorable but for my own birthday, I tend to celebrate quietly with my husband and boys. In relation to kids’ birthday parties, what’s your favorite theme? My favorite theme for boys would be board games/games night since I love playing board games with my own kids. For girls, there is nothing quite like a spa party. Name three things you would include on a dessert table when styling both of those themes? For Games Night – my Twister cheesecake pops, domino blondies and marshmallow dice from the book. For the Spa Party – Essie polish coloured cupcakes, spa mask cupcakes and robe cookies. What are some simple, but effective, ideas to ensure your party is memorable? Keep it as simple as possible. The more work you give yourself, the less time you will have with your guests. I also like intimate parties so you can have quality time with each guest. What’s been the most memorable dessert table
you’ve ever styled and why? The most memorable dessert table that I styled was for a little boy’s birthday party. The planner wanted something that was really different than what I am used to and I had to push my creative limits. It is those times when you really grow. I loved the way the table turned out. More importantly, the client loved the table, too. Which US celebrity/public figu e would you most like to cater/style a party for? Oprah. Which Aussie celeb would you like to style a party for and why? What theme would it take? Hugh Jackman. It would definitely be a song-and-dancethemed table. Other than your family and friends, what’s the one thing you can’t live without? The outdoors What’s the one food you can’t live without? Peanut butter Eating all those amazing desserts and lollies (for market research purposes, of course!), how do you stay thin and fit? Yes, it is definitely for market research! While I do love my sweets, I try to eat everything in moderation. Also, I love running, which helps the body and mind. You have a huge following on Facebook - do you love social media? I love social media because it allows me to connect with my supporters directly. I can get feedback in real-time and I get to directly fin out from supporters what they like and don’t like. I also learn from them. Have you been to Australia before? I have not been there yet but plan on coming out there soon! What are you working on right now? Planning that trip to Australia! Tell us something people don’t know about you? I tend to be very hard on myself!
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1. Oobi Jackie red fur stole, $39.95 www.oobi.com.au Tutu du Monde princess sparkles tutu, $149, and feather headband, $35 www.tutudumonde.com 2. Tutu du Monde crystal petal cap, $59, and feather headband, $35 www.tutudumonde. com Ola & Olek ballet shoe dress, $70, Ola & Olek ballerina dress, $70, and Ola & Olek ballet shoe cape, $80 www.olaandolek.com Fox and Finch faux fur gilet, $74.95 www.minihaha.com.au Bergstein gumboots, $59.95 www.fawnandfox. com.au 3. Tutu du Monde feather headband, $35 www.tutudumonde.com Mini Rodini romper, $49 www.stylemilkshop.com 4. Mini Rodini tee, $45, and Mini Rodini cord jeans $69 www.stylemilkshop.com Furious Kingston Frankie fedora, $34.95 www.furiouskingston.com.au Oobi Rebecca dress, $54.95 www.oobi. com.au Bergstein gumboots, $59.95 www.fawnandfox.com.au 5. Tutu du Monde feather headband, $35, Princess Sparkles tutu, $149, and Peekaboo cape, $129 www.tutudumonde.com 6. Ola & Olek dress, $90 www.olaandolek.com Fox & Finch beanie, $27, Fox & Finch Scarlett dress, $72.95, Fox & Finch Scarlett cape, $59.95 www.minihaha.com.au Bergstein gumboots, $59.95 www.fawnandfox. com.au 7. Child one eeni meeni miini moh dress, $89.95-$99.95 www.eenimeeni. com Fox & Finch beanie, $27 www.minihaha.com.au Child two Oobi Rebecca Dress, $54.95, and Oobi Red Riding Hood cape, $129.95 www.oobi.com.au Child three Furious Kingston Johnny Varsity jacket, $129.95 www.furiouskingston.com. au Mini Rodini cord jeans, $69 www.stylemilkshop.com Child four Vanilla Bean pom pom beanie,$24.95 www.furiouskingston.com.au Fox & Finch faux fur gilet, $74.95, and Fox & Finch dress, $62.50 www.minihaha.com.au Bergstein gumboots in pink, yellow and lime, $59.95 www.fawnandfox.com.au Red Petite spotted Wellies, $39.95 www.wellies.com.au iini moh skinny fi e-pocket pant, $79.95 www.eenimeeni.com Mini Rodini anchor tee, $45 www.stylemilkshop. com Milk & Soda bow tie, $19.95 and Harry spectacles, $18.95 www.milknsoda. com.au Jonah and the Girl shoes, $39.95 www.jonahandthegirl.com 8. Mini Rodini shirt, $59, Mini Rodini skinny jeans, $69 www.stylemilkshop.com Milk & Soda hat, $29.95 and suspenders, $24.95 www.milknsoda.com.au Bergstein gumboots, $59.95 www.fawnandfox.com.au 9. Furious Kingston blue vest, $49.95, cotton check shirt, $59.95, varsity jacket $129.95 www.furiouskingston.com.au eeni meeni miini moh skinny fi e-pocket pant, $79.95 www.eenimeeni.com Mini Rodini anchor tee, $45 www.stylemilkshop.com Milk & Soda bow tie, $19.95 and Harry spectacles, $18.95 www.milknsoda.com.au Jonah and the Girl shoes, $39.95 www.jonahandthegirl.com 10. eeni meeni miini moh Enfant tee, $39.95, Enfant leggings, $36.95, and Enfant knotted beanie, $29.95 www.eenimeeni.com 11. Bebe by Mini Haha Lucy Emma dress, $42, Bebe by Mini Haha leggings, $24, Bebe by Mini Haha Spencer romper, $37, and Fox & Finch beanie, $27 www.minihaha. com.au 12. Tutu du Monde feather headband, $35, and All Things Nice tutu, $159 www.tutudumonde.com 13. Bebe by Mini Haha Lucy Emma dress, $42, Bebe by Mini Haha leggings, $24, and Fox & Finch beanie, $27 www.minihaha.com.au
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80 YEARS AND COUNTING EIGHTY CANDLES ON A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS AN ACHIEVEMENT IN ANYONE’S BOOK, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT EIGHT DECADES OF BUSINESS SERVICING AUSSIE KIDS STORY BELINDA GLINDEMANN
While Marquise is a clothing label that Australians will associate with the tiniest of babies, did you know the brand is actually a grand old dame herself? Marquise celebrates 80 years of operation this year and current owners, Daniel and Natalie Hershan, couldn’t be prouder. The original owners of the business were the Guerrings who came out from Switzerland in the 1920s and originally worked in knitwear. In 1932 they started Marquise babywear and built a strong reputation for quality around the label. The company was with the Guerring family right up until November, 2006, when the Hershans took over. “We are so delighted that we offer families quality products that can be passed down from generation to generation,” Daniel says. “Our campaign for Winter 2012 is a celebration of our 80th birthday and looks to where we want to grow the business to in the future.” Marquise is renowned and respected for creating classic clothing for babies in the finest 100 per cent breathable cotton. The Essentials range is, and always has been, all about comfy and snuggly singlets, bodysuits, sleepwear and more – those staple requirements in any new bub’s wardrobe. Since the Hershans have come onboard, the Marquise range has expanded and is now also offering fun fashion for bubs and toddlers, including the bright and cheery ‘fundies’ (fun undies) line which was introduced in 2009. Marquise Plus, an extension of the Essentials range, includes packs of singlets, bodysuits and studsuits with a pop of colour.
The brand is also dedicated to raising awareness for leading charities and will take part in the Sydney Children’s Hospital’s Gold Week this month. Marquise has enlisted Bassike, Mimco, camilla and marc and Fleur Wood to each transform a Marquise baby basics singlet with a personalised screenprinted design. The singlets will go into production and, retailing for $20 each, all of the proceeds will go directly to the hospital charity in support of seriously ill and injured patients. www.marquise.com.au www.westfield.com.au
‘BAREY’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY While on the subject of birthdays, we can’t forget about Fred Bare and the brand’s 20th birthday this year. A wholly Australian-owned company, Fred Bare was set up in 1992 by Fiona Sinclair and her partner Robert White. The pair wanted to produce a quality childrenswear product that offered fashion-forward styles using exclusive prints and artworks. The Fred Bare range is designed for babies through to 14 year olds and is the label of choice for celebs such as Miranda Kerr and her beautiful bub Flynn. www.fredbare.com
Photo courtesy of Fred Bare
“Our designs take their cue from the innocent whimsy of childhood with beautiful detailing or sweet prints adding a touch of understated charm,” Natalie says.
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WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING DOWN THE BARREL OF ORGANISING A KIDDIE PARTY THERE ARE SO MANY ELEMENTS TO FACTOR IN. WHILE YOU WANT THE KIDS TO HAVE A GREAT TIME AND THE BIRTHDAY BOY/GIRL TO STAR IN THE PRODUCTION, YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THE CAKE ROCKS, THE VISITING PARENTS ARE WOWED AND YOU DON’T END UP A MENTAL CASE BY THE END OF IT. READ ON FOR INSPIRATION FROM THESE NOTEABLE PARTY PEOPLE
What’s your favourite party theme for girls? And boys? Girls: hawaiian luau or anything pink. For boys, bike riding party at a bike track or making gooey green slime, rocket balloons and pizza. Give us three important elements involved in pulling off those party themes? When using licensed characters like Bob the Builder, Dora etc, think outside the square and only use small elements of those theme as it can start to look overcrowded and busy. Choose plain-coloured plates, cups and decorations to tie in and simplify it. Always take a photo of your child and the cake, before the guests arrive, as you may miss getting that perfect shot. Make the birthday cake base a week in advance and freeze it. Ice it the night before. It is also easier to ice frozen cake. What’s the one thing that mums tend to overlook? A helper to organise games and take photos so it give you time to organise food, drinks and keep things running smoothly. Mum’s need time to chat to the guests and have a chance to enjoy themselves too. What’s your one tip to mums just launching into kid-party organising mode? Write lots of lists! Try to buy in advance and make and freeze as much food as possible before the event. Who do you look to for party inspiration? Pinterest, Facebook and weddings (they always have beautiful tables, colour combos and favour ideas). Tell us about stand-out childhood memories of your very own birthdays? I really remember my brothers and I getting up to mischief on those days. And Mum’s great cakes, of course! What’s been your stand-out party triumph? And failure? My triumph is seeing happy faces on the kids. I have never had a failure but the rain has added a few stressful moments.
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What’s your favourite party theme for girls? And boys? Every little girl loves to feel like a princess so definitely a princess par y. For the boys, I love a party theme that makes use of their exuberant energy like a superhero party.
What’s your favourite party theme for girls? And boys? It all depends on the child’s interests. I usually look for what the child loves and work from there. For example, when my son was really into animals, I created a safari party.
Give us three important elements involved in pulling off those party themes? Choose a simple colour palette for your theme (three colours work well), source themed party printables to give your party some designer flair and organise activities and party games to suit the theme and age group.
Give us three important elements involved in pulling off those party themes? Make themes fun and stimulating for the children, stick to the one theme and make it consistent throughout (eg. colours and prints) and depending on the size of the party, don’t make it a stressful event - ask for help when needed. Usually people are very willing to help. Enjoy yourself – it should be fun all around.
What’s your favourite party theme for girls? And boys? I’d have to say anything beach- or pool-related as it can be styled for girls (whimsical and romantic) or boys (modern and funky). You can make the theme vintage or retro and there are so many colour options and props available.
What’s the one thing that mums tend to overlook? The value of great party printables. They can take your party to a whole new level of fun whether you use them to embellish a dessert table or incorporate them throughout the whole venue. What’s your one tip to mums just launching into kid-party organising mode? Decide on your theme and then go online. You’ll find a whole n w world of stylish invitations with matching printables to purchase or download for free to get the party planning started. The invitation should set the tone. Who do you look to for party inspiration? I draw inspiration from event designers like Preston Bailey and David Tutera through to elements from fashion, film and na ure. I find pa terns or colours can really spark my imagination for an entire party. Tell us about stand-out childhood memories of your very own birthdays? It would have to be the amazing birthday cakes my mother would make. From a business point of view, what’s been your stand-out party triumph? Failure? When Ferrari expressed how thrilled they were with the Ferrari party we designed. A memorable disappointment for me would be finding the per ect carousel ride for an event and not being able to fit it through the access point (luckily I realised before ordering).
Give us three important elements involved in pulling off those party themes? Keep it small, organise everything in advance (even if it’s still six months away) and stick to your budget. What’s the one thing that mums tend to overlook? Underestimating time for party set up and the final cost of a par y.
What’s the one thing that mums tend to overlook? It shouldn’t have to be an expensive event. Use what you already have around the house first. ecycle things before spending a lot of money.
What’s your one tip to mums just launching into kid-party organising mode? You also need to do your homework, research, source and devour websites that showcase parties.
What’s your one tip to mums just launching into kid-party organising mode? Make lists – guest list, theme, food, activities and so on.
Who do you look to for party inspiration? I always start my day on the Amy Atlas and Hostess with the Mostess party websites. I also love looking at Kate Landers for inspiration.
Who do you look to for party inspiration? Look at the child’s interests and what they are in to at that time. Inspiration is all around us. Tell us about childhood memories of your very own birthdays? The one thing that stands out was having a small backyard party with a few school friends and family. My mother made a good old fashioned doll cake for me and I thought it was the best birthday cake ever. What’s been your stand-out party triumph? Failure? Seeing smiles on the children’s faces and seeing how much fun they are having with all of the activities provided. In regards to a failure, I would have to say that when you have an outside party, try to keep the food table away from areas where ants can easily get to. Also have a back-up plan if organising an outside party as rain can ruin it very quickly!
Tell us about childhood memories of your very own birthdays? My birthday parties as a child were very simple, I remember bags of chips, lemonade and the table decorated with balloons and streamers. My mum actually hated baking and doesn’t have a crafty bone in her body, which is very ironic seeing as that is my passion in life. What’s been your stand-out party triumph? Failure? I have observed that parties with lots of hands-on crafts have been favourites amongst my peers and tend to go viral on the internet. My scariest request was creating edible stationary for a table to celebrate Kikki K’s 10th anniversary along with 80 edible stationary boxes as party favours. I had moments where I thought I would not be able to pull it off but in the end it was perfect.
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NEW KID ON ‘THE BLOCK’ WHILE THE CONTESTANTS OF HIT TV SHOW ‘THE BLOCK’ WERE UP TO THEIR ARMPITS IN PAINT AND PLASTER AND DUST, SLOGGING IT OUT ON THE SOUTH MELBOURNE SITE, ONE OF THE SHOW’S PRESENTERS WAS BUSY PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON HER OWN CREATION – BABY NO. 2 STORY BELINDA GLINDEMANN
Most of us working mums juggle babies and career and family and friends. And that makes us busy people. But when you are juggling babies and career and family and friends and pregnancy – and that career has you regularly travelling interstate with family in tow and requires you to be bubbly and fabulous on a television screen, then ‘busy’ takes on a whole new definition. Shelley Craft is well known to all of us. Whether you are watching her on hit renovation reality show The Block at the moment, or you relate her celebrity to Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show or even The Great Outdoors, at home she is just ‘Mum’. Shelley and her cameraman husband of two and a half years, Christian Sergiacomi, are the very proud parents of little Milla Grace but later this month the trio will become a quartet with the arrival of a sibling for Milla. When Peekaboo caught up with Shelley at her Byron Bay home recently, she is in ultimate Mum mode. Our conversation is peppered with those
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totally normal, innocent toddler interruptions – questions and whinges and tears and a few more questions – and Shelley is completely comfortable, switching seamlessly from business mode to mummy mode and back again. Shelley grew up in Brisbane’s Brookfield, attending Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and her parents still live in the Sunshine State. While she has been staying in South Melbourne recently while filmin The Block, home is Byron Bay and it’s also the place where she waits patiently for Daughter No. 2 to arrive. Yes, ‘daughter’ No. 2. “Yes, I have found out the sex. My life is so erratic that I like to lock in what I can possibly lock in. The knowledge gives me a bit of control,” she laughs. Bub is due on Shelley’s birthday on June 21 but she will deliver by C-section earlier in the month at John Flynn Private Hospital at Tugun – so her baby will be a “Queenslander!” which makes her happy. “I’ll be squeezing it in – or is that out! – between The Block open houses and the auction.” Shelley says it would have been fun to potentially have her new baby on, or around, her own birthday, as she herself was born the day after her father’s birthday. “I can always remember our family ski holiday at that time of the year when I was growing up,” she says. “We’d celebrate my birthday on the road, in the car, somewhere between Brisbane and the Snowy Mountains and then it would be Dad’s birthday the next day in a hotel somewhere.”
marriage to follow.” Shelley remembers Milla’s birth as a time of great celebration and, funnily enough, it was also a well-deserved break from her hectic schedule. “Hospital was the most relaxing one week I’d had in a long time,” she laughs. “No phone, no computer. When it was time to leave I asked the nurse where I had to go to ‘check-out’. She laughed and told me that they ‘discharged’ people from hospital – it wasn’t a hotel.” The idea of juggling two small babies and a career doesn’t faze Shelley. “Everybody does it,” she says. Milla is very portable at the moment and Shelley says she regularly hops on a plane with her daughter to travel to Sydney for filming of the Video Show and bub is also a regular visitor to The Block. “I’m not saying it’s easy to be getting on a plane every other week but you just have to manage the best way you can – the best way for you.” Shelley says her job as a parent is to educate her kids the best she can and including them in her and Christian’s worldly lifestyle gives them practical knowledge of, well, the world. In fact, Shelley could think of nothing better than bringing up her girls in Christian’s native Italy for a few years.
done,” she says. “It’s so rewarding and so fulfillin every day.” Shelley says she and Christian have been trying to explain to Milla about the impending birth, and Milla has some idea that there’s a baby in mummy’s tummy, but it’s all so much to take in when you’re 20 months old and concentrating on potty training. In keeping with our party theme this edition, Peekaboo had to know how Shelley’s first stab at organising a kiddie birthday bash went last year when Milla turned one. Being the uber-hostess, and with the majority of the couple’s family and friends in Queensland, Shelley says she and Christian bought their party to the people, coming up to Brisbane to celebrate Milla’s big day. With all the party preparations on track, including venue hire, a mobile baby animal farm complete with calves, chickens and baby goats and specially ordered cupcakes all tied together with a polkadot theme, there was one element she couldn’t plan for. That big nasty ‘unknown’ – the weather. “It was blowing a gale, pouring with rain and everyone was soaking wet,” she laughs. “But Milla had a good day and that’s the most important thing.”
“I’LL BE SQUEEZING IT IN – OR IS THAT OUT! – BETWEEN THE BLOCK OPEN HOUSES AND THE AUCTION.”
While Shelley understands some people will have an opinion about women who choose an elective caesarean delivery to suit their lifestyle, she says it’s the best decision for her and Christian. “Really, it’s just one day in a relationship you are going to have with your child for a whole lifetime,” she says. “It’s like weddings and marriages. Some people put all their effort into their wedding day without realising there’s a whole lifetime of
Even before No. 2 arrives, she’s not ruling out No. 3 although it will be a little further down the track this time. Shelley fell pregnant while still breastfeeding Milla which was a bit of shock. “But having a baby is the greatest thing we’ve ever
Even through the unknowns though, one thing is for sure – it’s an amazing time in Shelley’s life right now. We will watch (literally) and wait to find out later this month how all The Block’s stars go with their ‘creations’ – whether they are four-walled and painted or two-legged and blissful in their mum’s arms.
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THAI LIFE THAILAND OFFERS SOME GREAT FAMILY-FRIENDLY OPTIONS IF YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR AN ASIAN GETAWAY WITH THE LITTLE TACKERS IN TOW STORY CARLA ADAMS
Have you ever tried announcing that you are taking your four year old and six year old to an Asian country? Cue the horror stories. It seems every second non-traveller has heard tales of kidnapping, extortion and food poisoning on a lethal scale. While sorting fact from fantasy, the stories I had heard about Phuket, a traditional ‘family holiday’ destination in Thailand were consistent when it came to crowds, higher prices and young tourists partying hard (and noisily). We wanted to explore this beautiful southern island of Thailand, but we also wanted to relax in peace and quiet. Our solution? Go east. A 40-minute journey south east of Phuket airport will have you at the very tip of the island, at Cape Panwa resort. Well away from the tourist hubs along the western coastline of Phuket, this is a relaxed, elegant destination with its own private white sand beach, a variety of local dining options
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and fantastic views of Phuket’s southern coastline (from the spa on our balcony anyway). Miss Four and Miss Six could have been in any country in the world and they still would have been impressed most by the customised egg choices at the breakfast buffet. Would they have their eggs sunny side up or scrambled? In a plain omelette-for-one or with cheese and vegies? Maybe just a boiled egg on the side? Breakfast at the excellent buffet each morning consisted of such monumental decisions, before heading to the pool. If you’re four, six or even 30-something, it’s fun boarding the trolley car which takes you the very short (but very steep) journey from the main resort area down to the beachfront. There, an open-air restaurant serves up great pizzas and stir fry, icecream and drinks. We found a piece of white sandy cove all to ourselves one sunny afternoon, only to be disturbed by local staff whose job it is to
sweep the debris from the beach and keep it clean for the enjoyment of the tourists. I sought refuge in Cape Panwa’s open-air pavilion situated just back from the beach. Sae, my delightful 61-year old masseuse, has been massaging clients there for 18 years and is due to retire this year. “I get tired,” she said, an explanation somewhat challenged as she deftly hoisted my leg and forced it back into my chest, my knee turned out at a 40-degree angle. This is true Thai massage – it involves moderate gymnastic moves but, combined with the ocean breeze, Sae’s stretching, pulling and kneading left me truly relaxed. After dragging ourselves away to explore the excellent Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World, and eat at the amazing Suay Restaurant in Phuket’s old town, we headed up the eastern coastline to an even less populated area –Yamu. Club Yamu’s
TICK THIS BOX On your Thai getaway, don’t miss: Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World This is a fabulous, diverse, interactive way to spend an afternoon. You’ll learn more about spiders and scorpions than you expected and then twirl out into the garden where hundreds of butterflies dance t classical music, landing on (and entrancing) you. A silkworm exhibition, giant koi ponds and whimsical landscaping create an atmosphere of the unexpected. Be warned - take insect repellent. www.tourismthailand.org/au
villas are modern and amazingly spacious. We stayed in a Garden Residence and it was bliss to have our two-story residence serviced every day. ‘Juk’s Adventures’ is one of the best kids’ clubs we have ever encountered – our girls demanded to go each day. The club takes up a full two-storey garden residence building and is air conditioned. Downstairs are climbing walls, a ball pit, boxes of toys and a full range of high-quality Scandinavian wooden toys. The children are taken from activity to activity and each is engaging and creative, from plaster painting to the best balloon artist I’ve ever seen, to chill-out zones and story time. But the pièce de résistance here is the 1600sqm swimming pool – one of the largest on Phuket. Its granite wall and sparkling blue tiles create a stunning atmosphere to soak up the sun. Club Yamu’s one restaurant serves classy Thai fare but there are a few other good options around; Yamu Seafood is located almost directly across the road from the entrance to the resort. The owners are Muslim so alcohol is not served, but fabulous fruit frappes were enough to quench our thirst on a muggy evening. A serene sunset seaview, gently bobbing traditional fishing boats and a host of crabs making busy preparations for the night on the shoreline had us entranced. Just 10 minutes drive
by taxi from the resort will take you to Gittano, a popular local ex-pat restaurant serving Mexicaninspired fare. Almost two weeks into our holiday we were relaxed and had avoided the crowds, but we felt we hadn’t yet seen the real Thailand – you know, the one without breakfast buffets. Locals recommended nearby Koh Yao Noi island and it was just the thing. Taking a taxi to the local dock, we paid a pittance for our ticket and boarded the faded old wooden longtail boat with a little trepidation. The patchwork of lifejackets stored above us seemed very old – but I supposed no use was a good thing, right? With a roar we took off, crashing through the sea, almost at eye level with the surface. Various emerald tipped islets and islands emerged from the haze of the turquoise Malacca Strait, into which Miss Four and Miss Six trailed mini-wakes with their hands. Disembarking at Koh Yao Noi pier just over an hour later, we found our real Thailand. A local tuk tuk (motorbike with a seat for passengers at the back) driver took us on a tour of the island for $5. We drove through the local village, where housing ranged from sheets of metal stacked against each other to tiny concrete abodes, past rubber plantations, the primary school and tiny convenience ‘huts’ stocked with soft drink and fresh coconuts. We decided to
stop about halfway up the island’s east coast, on a stretch of muddy beach made interesting by plenty of crabs and coral (fun for the kids), and some tiny cafes serving up beers, fruit smoothies and platters of grilled seafood to tables plonked on the sand. It was simple, earthy and very pretty, with views out to local diving hot spots and only a handful of other tourists around. Accommodation on the island ranges from budget backpacker ($16 per night) up to luxury fi e star, but there’s only a few options at either end. After lunch our tuk tuk driver came back for us, for by then I’d read through the local guidebook and wanted to check out Rice Paddy, one of the most popular spots on the island to enjoy a great meal, a fabulous iced coffee or scrumptious homemade icecream, while watching friendly water buffalo in the fields below. We wished we could extend our day trip, and almost did when we missed the first and then the second longtail boats home. Yao Noi is considered by locals a ‘hidden secret’, being much closer to Phuket than other favourites like Phi Phi Island or Koh Lanta and it’s certainly as far from the crowds as a family on holiday in Thailand could ask for. www.capepanwa.com www.clubyamu.com www.tourismthailand.org (The writer and her family were assisted by Tourism Thailand)
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If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Victoria’s stunning snowfields and want to stay in luxury, Mt Buller Chalet is the place to go. The hotel’s peaceful atmosphere makes it an ideal choice for families looking for an escape from everyday life. Located directly in line with the fabulous Bunyips, Jumpbucks and Blast Off kids’ clubs, it’s an easy trudge from your accommodation, through the snow, to kick off a full day’s skiing. Kill that midday craving for hot chocolate at Apres Bar and Café and enjoy hearty dinners after a full day on the slopes. Mt Buller Chalet is just a three-hour drive from Melbourne and their doors are open all year round.
This one’s just for Mum and Dad. Less than two hours from Melbourne and offering the best in natural beauty and unique wildlife experiences, Hill of Content at Phillip Island is the closest you can get to an ‘island escape’ without leaving Victoria. With a range of accom options, the retreat’s luxuriously appointed rooms are romantic and tranquil. Gourmet breakfasts are provided during your stay and you can even get a massage without having to leave your room, with professional masseuses on hand. And just because you left the kids to be spoilt with Grandma and Grandpa doesn’t mean you should miss the nightly Fairy Penguin parade which Phillip Island is famous for.
Victoria’s 1850’s gold rush heritage is alive, exciting and very hands-on at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. With creative, stimulating and interactive experiences, children can enjoy the museum indoors, outdoors, above ground and below ground with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and more than 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of original mining ground, Sovereign Hill offers shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories and underground mines to explore. Activities include dressing up in traditional 1850s costume to have a souvenir portrait taken, panning for gold in the flowing creek, street theatre, traditional lolly making and 1850s-style shopping on Main St.
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Tommy, a kitchen girl at Flamant Castle, dreams of becoming a knight and when she is made the Keeper of the Blades, caring for all the swords in the castle armoury, it seems like her dream might come true. Introducing a feisty new character for girls who love adventure and want an alternative to ‘pink’ books. This is the first book i a fun and exciting series by Frances Watt and illustrator Gregory Rogers.
What would you do if you lost a pet? Where would you go if you found one? At the Rainbow Street Shelter a cockatoo will greet you and a little round dog will make you welcome. All the animals there need children to be their friends. Meet Bear the border collie, Buster the marmalade cat and Bessy the goat. Six tail-wagging, melt-your-heart stories of loyal, lost, playful and cuddly pets.
The river had burst its banks. The dam was overflowing. ‘Don’t go outside, Alex!’ Mum shouted. But just then Rabbit hopped out the open window. Chris McKimmie lives in Brisbane. This story grew out of his experiences during the big Brisbane floods of January, 2011.
Amani is going to be a flower girl. She’s counting the days, and there’s so much to do: cooking with Tayta, visiting the dressmaker, dancing at the party with all the bride’s friends. But when the wedding day comes, and all the guests are waiting, will Amani be the perfect flower girl? Join Amani in this joyous celebration of a Lebanese Muslim wedding in Australia.
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HOROSCOPES: JUNE-AUGUST 2012 WHAT’S IN THE STARS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THIS QUARTER? PEEKABOO MAGAZINE ASTROLOGER ELIZABETH BALL HAS THE ANSWERS – READ ALL ABOUT IT... ASTROLOGER ELIZABETH BALL WEBSITE WWW.ITSINTHESTARSONLINE.COM
ARIES March 21 - April 19
Reading, creative writing, foreign languages, computers or art classes will be fun for your children from June 12 and they may blossom in school (or enrol somewhere new) after June 20. You may be struggling for personal space, power (are you juggling family’n’career or miss your old job? ) and perhaps connection with your partner. Show the love on July 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 29, August 1, 3, 18, 19, 21, 30 and take care, you’re very fertile!
CANCER June 21 - July 22
Single Cancer parents might keep new lovers low-key until August 7 while married Crabs will prefer quiet family time. You may start home renovations after June 26, splurging on July 21, August 18, 21 and 30 while a lovely birthday gift is yours on June 30, July 5, 15, 25, 29, August 3. Sidestep your partner’s grouchiness on June 12, 30, July 17, August 16. A gorgeous holiday is possible June 10, 24, August 10.
LIBRA September 23 - October 22
Holidays are a siren call from June 12 but are especially irresistible on June 2, 5, 6, 14, 20, 21, July 5, 6, 23, 25, 31 or a girly getaway on June 30, July 15, 21, August 3. Your social calendar is packed on July 1, 21, 26, 29, August 4, 18, 21, 30. You can get stronger (physically and/or psychologically) from July 3, especially on July 10, August 16. You can successfully address debt issues on August 26.
CAPRICORN December 22 - January 19
You may return to work, freelance or set up a business on June 2, 5, 6, 14, 21, July 5, 23, 31. Your partner may be difficult on June 12, 21, 30, July 15, August 16, 17 but you’ll reconnect on June 10, 22, 24, August 10. You may receive a welcome refund, bonus, dividend or commission on June 30, July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30.
TAURUS April 20 - May 20
Your income zooms from June 12 thanks to freelance, consulting or a home-based business, a surprise gift of money or selling on eBay! Teach your kids from June 20 how to earn, save and spend pocket money. You may buy, sell, lease, renovate, or decorate your home or entertain guests on July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30. A holiday may be cancelled on June 30, July 3, August 16.
LEO July 23 - August 22
Your kids may say you’re going out too much as your popularity skyrockets from June 12. Great nights to catch up with friends include June 30, July 5, 15, 17, 25, August 3, and you may organise an exciting holiday on June 21, July 5, 6, 23, 25, August 19. A serious discussion about the kids’ teachers, school or learning ability may be in store on August 16, 18, 30. You may start home repairs from August 24.
SCORPIO October 23 - November 21
You may be very busy with tax, estate or inheritance matters on June 2, 6, July 5. You might successfully negotiate better work conditions on June 21, July 5, 23 and even get a promotion on July 5, 6, 15, 25, 29, August 1, 3, 19. A family holiday may be cancelled on June 12, 21 June, July 16, 17 thanks to work pressures but an escape on June 10, 22, 24, July 10 could be idyllic.
AQUARIUS January 20 - February 18
Your children bring you enormous joy now: enjoy June 2, 5, 6, 14, 21, July 5, 23, 31. Get romantic with your partner on June 30, July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30. A better salary is possible June 10, 22, 24, August 10 but watch out for backstabbing coworkers on June 12, 21, 30, July 15, August 16, 17.
GEMINI May 21 - June 20
Treat yourself to beauty treatments and new outfits from June 20. You may fall pregnant or try to conceive from June 26 but your libido is back from August 3! Delight in your kids’ inspiration at school on July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30; why not take an evening course with your bestie to discover something new? You may receive financial help from a family member on August 30.
VIRGO August 23 - September 22
Your career shines on June 2, 6, July 5 with talk of a raise with more responsibility on June 5, 14, July 31. Someone who admires your talents may surprise you on June 21, July 5, 23. Ultra-busy behind the scenes on June 30, July 5, 15, 25, 29, August 3, you’ll talk privately about money on July 6, 25, August 1, 19, 21, 30. Entertain at home on July 1, 26, August 4.
SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 21
From June 12, you’ll crave real closeness with your partner (or if single, to meet ‘The One’). Circle ‘Date Night’ for June 2, 5, 6, 14, 21, July 5, 23, 31 but beware: you’re super-fertile now! Holidays will be fun on July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30, but money issues may dampen your spirits on June 12, 21, 30, July 15, August 16, 17.
PIECES February 19 - March 20
Decorate, host and entertain happily at home on June 2, 5, 6, 14, 21, July 5, 23, 31. A bigger home is possible after June 12. Face money hassles head-on on June 12, 21, 30, July 15, August 16, 17 and you’ll have fun on June 10, 22, 24, August 10. Go for that great job on June 30, July 1, 5, 6, 15, 21, 25, 26, 29, August 1, 3, 4, 18, 19, 21, 30.
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BEFORE I HAD MY SON, I HAD LIMITED EXPERIENCE OF KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTIES STORY ZAC’S MUM BLACK ILLUSTRATION BARB BRUNO
Before I had my son, I had limited experience of kids’ birthday parties. The few my partner, Josh, and I had been to had been brief affairs. Not the parties, but our appearances. We were the “drop the ill-thought-out present on the table, grab a sausage, sit as far away from the kids as possible and make an early break for the door” types. Sadly, it’s not the best form to skip out early on your own kid’s birthday party so when Zac turned one, we had no choice but to try and make the event as palatable as possible. First up, we made sure we invited everyone who had forced us to go to one of their PG-rated parties. Family members of course get a look in, although we did omit creepy Uncle Des for fear he’d take up residence in the spare room and drill spy holes in the bathroom walls. Also, inviting the fam pretty much guarantees you’ll get help on the catering front. My mum was put in charge of sausage rolls, dip, mini pizza thingies and the all-important birthday cake – the very awesome jelly swimming pool with plastic babies floating in jubes and a pipe cleaner ladder, straight from the Women’s Weekly. Josh swore he would only attend if we could have some kind of animal on a spit, so he was left in charge of the meat portion of the event. I don’t know where he found the bloke, but the meat guy spent four hours standing near the shed, enveloped in smoke, before turning out the best-tasting chicken, lamb and pork anyone at that party had ever eaten. Neighbours on both sides were invited to make up for 12 months of middle-of-the-night crying from both Zac and I, and the rest of the invites were extended to those
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hapless friends who were yet to spawn but felt obligated to attend. A marquee was borrowed from a friend (less than festive with its Toyota slogans but beggars can’t be bogans about these things) and some large and obscene plastic toys were scrounged from the local toy library to keep the kids away from the stereo. Most importantly of all, my brother (who works at a winery) was, months in advance, roped into secreting bottles of wine under his jumper at the end of the working day to ensure maximum free drinking for everyone. So when the day in question did indeed roll around, I think I would almost go so far as to say it was actually a bit fun. Of course, Zac cracked it when we sang Happy Birthday (ruining all photo opps), a covert gang of toddlers was busted filling up a pot plant with cordial, two presents were broken almost immediately by children other than Zac, and there were a couple of drunk late-stayers who refused to leave at the end (yep, even kid parties have them) but overall it didn’t make me suicidal. In fact, it ended up being so painless that, against our better judgment, we ended up throwing Zac a smaller but equally as overcatered party when he turned two last year. Sadly, for Zac, I think that will be his last party for a while. Having just discovered we are having a surprise baby in October – four weeks before Zac’s third birthday – I know I will be too busy crying in the middle of the night with a needy newborn to spend hours making potato salad or ensuring nobody is sticking buttered bread in the DVD player. But friends and family rest assured, we’ll make it up to you with two parties next year. Sucked in.
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