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Well Summer is here again, bringing with it the hot days and steamy nights we love so much here in the lucky country, I am sure the kids are getting excited at the thought of Christmas while we hope like mad we can get everything done! This issue is full of specials and Christmas cheer so lets all work together to support all the Mums in business out there and have a happy holiday, Our best wishes for the season everyone and we look forward to ushering in the new year with lots of fun and sharing helpng each other as we go! Creative Director xx Bethaney & the Team Questions & Feedback Email: Online:

Carly Tribe

Lisa Cruse

Marina Perry

Katrina Dekka

Samara and Merydith

Vanessa Carnevale Elise Easdown Claire Chadwick

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Contents Lifestyle 7 Hair Problems? Wade shares his Home remedies for damaged hair 11 Are You a Gifts Person? Katrina explains the language of love 12 Home Office Makeover Helen share her tips to a clutter free office space 14 Inspiring Birth Story Share in Megans Birth story 16 Tips to surviving the Silly Season Follow Marina’s simple workout 20 Whats On Calendar Find out whats happening in your area 32 Recipe Ideas tips for cooking Christmas dinner and healthy recipes for Summer Business 40 Coffee with Dolly Share in conversation

between business women and find out what they think about present issues 45 Learn from the best read about how Dianne has taken her online business form start up to success. 48 What is your intention in Business? Vanessa shares why it is important to have one 51 ArlingtonMilne learn from the best about how to succeed in the online market

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Keep Hydrated! Not only do our insides and organs need an increased amount of water in the warmer months, but our skin does too. Ensuring you drink lots of fresh water each day, will not only do your body good, but your skin & hair will thank you for it too - the moisture keeps your skin clear and supple. Fake it, don’t bake it! We all love a good dose of Vitamin D. Feeling the sun on our skin and the energy it creates is addictive, but prolonged periods in the sun’s rays can cause serious harm to our body and overall health. A lot of people admit that having tanned skin makes them feel healthier and more confident. This can be achieved without hours of baking in the sun – get yourself a spray tan or rub-on mousse option. A cancer-free way to looking brown and bronzed! Pore Clogger! Due to sweating and heated pores, our skin can be prone to more breakouts in summer, as well as a constant oily glow. Sweating and oil production can’t always be controlled, but keeping your pores as clear as possible can. Avoid oily moisturisers during these hot months, or try a tinted SPF moisturiser instead of your daily foundation. Mineral Makeup is a savour during summer too – as it covers imperfections but still allows your skin to breathe Treat your hair! It’s common for your hair type to change over the summer months. The roots become oily quicker due to regular sweating and the unforgiving heat, yet the ends can become dry and frizzy! During these months, keep your hair soft by treating mainly the ends. Try some Olive Oil on the tips to maintain that natural goodness that your roots are getting more of. Wearing a hat outside, can also protect your hair and scalp from the harsh, damaging rays. Wear less! No, sorry, I’m not referring to clothes here! Minimise your makeup wear during summer. Too much makeup not only clogs your pores but it also turns gluggy and blotchy by the end of the day. Creased, creamy eye shadow and dripping foundation is not a good look. Wear less; keep it simple and go for mineral options where possible. Have fun with your look this season! Love summer! Love the way you look! Live beautifully! Summer is on it’s way. For most, this means long days in the sun – enjoying the beach or backyard. Picnics and BBQ’s, pool gatherings and plenty of family fun in the outdoors. For these reasons, summer is my favourite season. I love the longer days, warm mornings, and hey; I love any excuse to get out and about with my little family. However, my skin and hair do not love this season as much as I do. Just like winter, you skin reacts to the elements and special attention is required to keep you looking and feeling great. So, how can you feel like a Goddess this summer without spending a fortune? Simple, follow the tips above and you can’t go wrong

- Claire Chadwick

As the warmer months approach so do the issues of dry hair and sun damaged skin. As a full time hair and makeup artist i often get asked the best cures are for these troublesome hair and skin issues. Although the best cure is prevention if you failed to wear sunscreen or a SPF leave in moisturiser to keep your hair and skin protected there are alternatives which don’t entail you to run your nearest department store and forking out top dollar and praying to the beauty gods that the expensive products actually work. There are many Inexpensive and 100 % natural alternatives that you can whip up with ingredients you may already have in your fridge or pantry in the comfort of your own home . These are two fool proof home skin and hair care remedies to cure the Sun Damage 1) Honey and Avocado Hair Masque For dry sun damaged hair WHY: eggs are packed with vitamins A, D, and E – all great for shiny, healthy hair and added moisture. Honey helps retain moisture and ads shine Avocado is full of vitamin D which promotes hair growth as well as vitamin E which promotes a healthy scalp Olive oil smooths the hairs cuticle to help tame frizzy flyaway hairs What you need *1 Ripe medium sized Avocado *1 tablespoon of honey *1 tablespoon of olive oil * 2 Eggs *1 teaspoon of vanilla essence DIRECTIONS: *Combine oil, vanilla essence,honey and egg and beat for one minute until all ingredients have reached a fluid consistency *Mash avocado with fork or even better food processor and combine honey, oil and egg mixture until it reaches a creamy texture * Apply to Freshly Shampooed damp hair from root to tip and cover with cling wrap for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly and condition and style as usual

2) Simple Black Tea soothing treatment For Sun Damaged Skin WHY? Tea is rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and promotes healing What you need: *4 teabags *small pot *hand towel Directions: *Bring 4 cups of water to the boil on a stovetop and insert all four tea bags *leave to boil for 10 minutes or until water is quite dark *allow water to cool for at least an hour or until water is cold * using the hand towel soak up some of the tea and squeeze it directly over the affected area *Leave to settle into skin do not rinse off *repeat when effected area has absorbed the majority of the tea mixture *Repeat at least five times

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I love Summer. I’m always much happier and relaxed in the warmer If you or your bub have skin irritation or allergies, avoid sunscreens with alcohol, fragrances, or chemical preservatives. weather. I love the hot days and the warm nights, and generally Like sunscreens, there are lots of bug repellents which contain making the most of the beautiful weather. ingredients such as parabens, preservatives and other chemical irritants that can wreak havoc with those who have sensitive skin However, there are two things I don’t love about Summer. and allergies. I think you’ll agree that many even smell like a toxic 1. The amount of sun protection required; and chemical cocktail. 2. Mozzies! * There are some great natural alternatives for keeping insects at bay, and even some you can make at home by combining some Every year around this time I find myself surprised (pleasantly) at bug deterring essential oils with a natural carrier oil/cream. Simply the seemingly sudden intensity of the sun. It’s a quick reminder ‘Google’ natural insect repellent recipes. that it’s time to step up the sun protection for both myself and my If you’re not so keen on mixing up a brew in your kitchen, a couple daughter. of our favourite brands are Eco Kid bug-a-bug and Cherub Rubs And if that isn’t reminder enough that Summer is coming, I had my first mozzie bite last week! Ah…time to crack out the citronella Skin Guard. Some popular natural sunscreens to look for are WotNot, UV Natucandles and insect repellent. Like all mums, I am vigilant about sun and insect protection. I want ral and Eco. Whatever your choice, be sun-safe! to try to keep my daughter’s beautiful pristine skin free from sun When applying sunscreen remember to re-apply regularly, apply damage and nasty insect bites. However, I also want to make sure that I’m doing my best to reduce liberally, and don’t forget the tops of feet! Keep in mind that sunscreen should always be used in conjunction the number of chemicals that she comes into contact with. Espewith other sun protection measures. These include: cially with regards to sunscreen and repellent as these are going • Staying in the shade when possible. to be part of our daily lives over the coming months. But enjoying the great outdoors doesn’t have to mean layers of nasty chemicals. • Wearing sunglasses – UV protecting ones. • Avoiding going out into the sun during in the middle of the day There are some great natural options available too. when UV radiation levels are at their highest. • Wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Why look for more natural options? • Wearing sun-protective clothing, especially when swimming. Chemicals found in adult sunscreens can easily irritate the sensi(Look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection rating on the label.) tive skin of babies and children. So avoid sunscreens with paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA) and benzophenones like dioxybenzone, Now go out and enjoy the warm weather! oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone. Try to choose sunscreens made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, both of which offer ‘physical protection’ and are preferable to those containing ingredients that ‘chemically absorb’ UV radiation.


Carly Tribe is owner at Little Magnolia. She is a regular mum with an interest in natural health and believes making small changes matter…to people, and our environment.

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Are you taking a peek at before you come and pay us a visit? If you are a regular visitor to our website you already know that we are a friendly bunch, and welcome newcomers to our shores. You also know that there is never a dull moment on Bribie Island. During the month of November we all look forward to the big day that stops the nation. Yes, I am talking about the Melbourne Cup. Like all over the country, cup day is a big deal on our island paradise. Put on your best hat and come spend the day with us. Even better, come for a weekend. Just turn up, pasports are not required. Soak up the ocean views and enjoy the sunshine. We have some amazing parks and recriation areas suitable for families with children of all ages. In addition to the outdoors, our local library and museums have regular activities that young mums and dads can take the kids to. The Seaseide Museum, Abey Museum and the Community Art Centre alone are worth a visit to Bribie. Take the kids on a steam train ride or explore one of our weekly markets. For a unique shoppping experience you cannot go past Mayyada Bazzar. This establishment cannot be explained, it has to be experienced. Words such as amazing and unique, although true, don’t do it justice.


As soon as you reach the front door you know without a doubt that you are on a journey. Your senses are awakened and you don’t want to leave. Locals know where to go for that special gift. But that is not all they get out of Mayyada Bazaar. A sense of calm prevails while you are inside, and you always leave rejuve know where to go for that special gift. But that is not all they get out of Mayyada Bazaar. A sense of calm prevails while you are inside, and you always leave rejuvenated and in good spirits. You will be welcomed and encouraged to browse the isles filled with candles, incense, oils, jewelery, clothing, home furnishing and much more. Your time on Bribie Island would not be complete without a visit to one of our many cafes. For detailed information about Bribie Island and what’s on visit

“Are some of us just greedy and others not? I have just the answer you.” So christmas is coming upon us and it got me thinking about all the gifts that we give each. I’m sure some of you love presents and the are others out there who don’t care much at all for gifts. Why is that? you may ask. Are some of us just greedy and others not? I have just the answer you. The wonderful author Gary Chapman wrote a book on the five love languages. A wonderful book to read that will assist you in all of your relationships. In a nutshell it describes how we have languages in which we express our love. Chapman describes the five languages as: words of affirmation, touch, quality time, works and gifts. He informs that each of us have two main languages that we express our love through. It’s very easy to imagine the mother who cooks, cleans and runs around for her family expresses her love through works. The clingy child expresses their love through touch. So yes, the gift people communicate their love through giving gifts and receiving gifts. Before you may slip into judging mode, the gifts don’t have to be big it’s the meaning thats appreciated. Like one flower that reminded the partner of their first date. What’s important about these languages is that each person gives and receives love in their own language.

So it’s worthwhile knowing what your partner and children’s love language is. There is no point cleaning and cleaning for your child if their love language is touch because the love won’t be communicated to them. So if your in a relationship where the person’s love language is gifts, put some thought into it and give that person some love. Katrina Dekker 11

1) Time. Time to organise and declutter your office so that it works for you. The amount of time you need will completely depend on the state of your office. You might need two or three hours, or two or three days. As a guide I’d say err on the side of caution and add a bit of extra time to your guess-timate – because paperwork often takes longer to organise than you think.

2) Once you’ve found time to organise the space, the

next thing to do is to analyze what your organising problem is and come up with a strategy to solve it. Too many papers? Cull them. Not enough storage? Create some. Current system too complicated? Simplify it. Find organising boring? Make it fun! Really know what your problem is before you move on.

3) Now you need to get in and organise your paperwork. The idea is to have the simplest system you can – so that it’s easy to maintain and you’re happy to follow it. If you can aim to have no more than three or four steps to dealing with your paperwork you’ll be more likely to use the system you create.

As busy Mums one of the jobs we least like to do is our paperwork. It’s one of those tasks that seem to take too much time – time we’d rather spend doing something else! But with Christmas not far away, and New Years resolutions just around the corner, now’s a great time to get in and organise your home office - or at the very least start to think about it! So what do you need to ask Santa for so that you can start off 2012 with an organised home office? Once you’ve spent the time organising and decluttering your home office you need to maintain it. If you’ve followed the process above – and Santa delivered with lovely stationery – you’ll love spending time dealing with your paperwork. What better reward could a busy Mum ask for?!


4) Now comes the fun part! Santa may want to bring

you pretty storage boxes, hanging files or folders to organise and beautify your office – but he can only do this once he knows what he’s dealing with! If you’ve already done the hard work by analyzing the problem, coming up with a strategy and then organising your paperwork, you’ll know what you need. Go for it! Tell Santa exactly what you need – and hopefully he’ll get it for you!

- Helen Butler

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I expected you early and you came oh so late— the day before I was to be induced, in fact. Luckily, your big brother, who was born 30-something hours after my waters broke, had prepared me for a long wait. I had my first rush at around 9pm on a Saturday. Each one was far apart, but I knew from the first that these were no Braxton Hicks. Your Dada and I called the hospital and told them to expect me at some point during the night and then went back to bed. I knew this time it was important to conserve my energy and rest. I was amazed at how deeply I could sleep, in between the intensity of my rushes. When one began, I would wake up, breathe through it and go right back to sleep. By 6am the next morning, I had had enough of lying down and was eager to get things going, so I suggested Dada, North (my son) and I go for a brisk march along the beach. It was a cool crisp day, but the sun was shining. “I stopped every so often through a wave and focused on my breathing and, above all else, stayed calm and relaxed. ” When we arrived home, the boys headed to the park while I stayed behind in the safety and comfort of our bedroom. I felt sleepy so I decided to have a nap, even though I knew this might keep things going slowly. This was the best decision I could have made. I listened to my body and what it needed instead of trying to figure out what I should have


been doing to help labour progress. When the boys came home, I nibbled on half a sandwich and drank some raspberry leaf tea and stayed in the bedroom for a little while longer. After North’s nap, I decided we’d better go for another walk if I wanted my rushes to get closer together and if I wanted my waters to break soon. So, we set off to the playground on our last outing as three. Every so often your brother would ask, “What you doing, Mama?” as I leaned over the pram and huffed and puffed. Dada told him you were coming soon and I was just feeling a little funny in my tummy. I felt inspired to pick a few flowers on the way, as many wise women had suggested using them for visualisation. I trekked around a footy field a few times, gripping onto the little stems for strength and gazing down at the colourful petals.

“With every wave, I imagined my uterus blossoming and growing. At times I truly believed this technique was working and I could feel myself opening up.” When we got home, everything felt more intense. The rushes were much closer together. It was now 5pm on Sunday. I knelt on the floor against the bed, slipping and sliding on my knees for the duration of each rush. Long, deep exhales helped me to get through each wave and I often reminded myself to rest in between rushes. I calmly welcomed each contraction with the knowledge they were bringing you closer to me. At one point I panicked and began to wonder whether I could give birth without an epidural, or some form of pain relief, and then remembered Ina May’s saying about the power of words. In the privacy of my bedroom as I writhed around

on the floor, I said out loud to myself, “I can do this, I can do this.” At around six o’clock my waters broke. We called Grandma and Papa and told them to hurry. I slid down against the wall and breathed through another big wave. They were now only minutes away from each other. We got to the hospital in less than 10 minutes and walked up to the labour ward, it was 6.45pm. The midwives were waiting for me when we arrived, questions were asked and then, after what seemed like ages, they checked my progress. I was six centimetres dilated and during contractions was stretching as far as eight. I was emotional, moving from calm lucid moments to a wild animal-like state. I tried to ask the midwife how long she thought I had to go, as I again doubted my ability to go on. She asked me if I had the urge to push and I replied desperately, “Kind of... but I don’t know how.” Right then as another wave took over me, I let out a monstrous roar and my whole body took over and I gave a huge push and out popped your entire head! The midwives were now scrambling around trying to prepare everything in time for your arrival. With the next contraction your shoulders came out, and the next, your legs and feet. I only pushed three times. You were born one hour after we arrived at the hospital. You found your way to my breast right away and suckled for over an hour. I pushed out the placenta with ease, and two hours later I had a shower and ate an egg salad sandwich. I had no tears, no stitches and no wires or cords attached to my wrists.

giving me this gift. It will stay with me forever—you have taught me a great lesson—to love and trust my body, to listen and learn from it. I truly wish every mother could experience childbirth the way I did that evening, because after all is said and done, it really honestly feels so right and so good.

* No loud voices and bright fluorescent lights, clocks, intrusive strangers, unwanted, excessive staff with silly irrelevant questions and references to anything that requires the birthing woman to “think”— bringing her out of her primal, instinctual brain, into pain and fear and present-time thinking. “Keeping active during labour and adopting natural, upright or crouching positions is the safest, most enjoyable, most economical and sensible way for the majority of women to give birth.” ~ Janet Balaskas, active birth pioneer Author- Katrina Zaslavsky

“I have never felt so alive, I have never felt more proud of myself, and I have never felt more feminine. I felt so connected with our Mother Earth and to every other mother who has ever given birth.” Thank you my daughter. Thank you so much, for


Last month I discussed one of the biggest issues we struggle with as

mothers when it comes to exercise and wellbeing, time. It is absolutely our most valuable commodity and finite resource. As a mother of two beautiful girls under the age of 5, my day is not always my own. With work and family commitments, running a household, trying to find time to socialise (and take a breath!) exercise often falls into the too hard basket. As most mums can attest, our wants and needs often sit at the very bottom of the list, and during the Christmas period our wants and needs tend to disappear from the list entirely! There is a reason it’s called the silly season! There are endless temptations surrounding us, alcohol, sweets, boxes of chocolates we receive as gifts from well meaning relatives and the leftovers that taunt us from the fridge after Christmas meals. The added pressure of school holidays, Christmas shopping, meal preparation, visiting relatives and friends and parties often mean that exercise becomes neglected. Below is a list of tips that I find helps me to focus on health (both mental and physical) during the holiday season, while still enjoying myself!

Parties and Socialising

Drink plenty of water! Having a glass of sparkling water in hand can help to make passing up the Christmas cookies much easier. Try to avoid alcohol, but if you do want to drink choose an option like vodka, fresh lime and soda water. Eat a healthy meal or snack before you go, it will help you to avoid snacking on naughty party food. Keep some sugar free gum in your purse to help fight those sugar cravings! Make sure you eat regularly throughout the day rather than ‘saving it all up’ for one big meal and choose fresh, whole foods over processed ones.

Christmas Meals

When cooking for Christmas meals choose healthy options. Swap fatty roasts for grilled fish or chicken and serve a seasonal fruit platter and low fat jelly as a healthier dessert alternative. Use spices and herbs to flavour vegetables and meat, not butter or creamy sauces. Watch your portion size and eat slowly, let your food digest before you reach for that second helping. Listen to your body and stop eating when you are full. Carry healthy snacks in your handbag so if you become wrapped up in Christmas shopping (pardon the pun) you won’t reach for a fast food option.

Yule Tide Exercise

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Exercise will help you deal with added stress the holidays can bring and give you extra energy to get through the day. Break down your exercise routine to fit it in wherever you can, even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes. Choose activities that are easy to do at a moment’s notice: walking, running, skipping, squats, push-up’s etc. Get the most out of the time by working at a high intensity. Take the family on long walks and spend some quality time together. Keep your body moving! Park further away from the shopping center during Christmas shopping and walk briskly from store to store. Finally, Staying healthy and active over the Christmas period is the best gift you can give yourself!

4 Great Exercises to Keep You Fit and Fabulous over Christmas The setup is: • On all fours with hands shoulder-width apart. • Tuck your elbows in at the sides of your waist and keep them close to the line of your body • Retract your shoulder blades back and in slightly, while the sternum pulls away from the floor. Bringing your ribs flush against the inside of your shoulder blades. • The base of your ribs pulls back towards your spine • The pelvis is neutral. Hips and pubic bone are same plane. There is no crease through the front of your hips • Eyes look ahead of your body. Maintain the line of the spine. • Maintain a straight line through the body, from the shoulders down to the hips and then out to the knees and toes The action is: • Breath in while bending at the elbows (and only at the elbows). The entire body lowers towards the floor like a plank of wood. If you feel this ‘wood plank’ splintering or warping, you have gone too far. Reduce your range. • Breathe out as you press into your hands, straighten at the elbows and return to the top. * Complete 3 Sets of 12

The set up is: • Lie on floor on your stomach • Place hands either together or palms into floor • Place elbows on floor (bent at 90 degrees), directly under shoulders • Make sure your pelvis is in neutral, with your ribs connected in towards spine • Press out of your elbows to take shoulder blades down and in, engaging mid-upper-back stabilizer. • Draw your shoulders broad • Tuck toes under (level 2), or keep your knees bent and on the floor (level 1) • Eyes look just ahead of your hands on the floor • The action is: • Breathe in, connect your pelvic floor and perform your corset contraction • Breathe out and lift your torso from the floor so that your knees or toes (depending on level) create a straight line through your hips, ribs, and all the way to your neck and head. Hold. • The rules are: • No strain in your back • No sagging through the lower back. • No bums in the air, we need a neutral pelvis throughout!! •Ensure shoulders do not hunch up to neck. Hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute – rest and repeat

The setup is:

The setup is:

• Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder distance apart • Externally rotate your toes to the side of the room • Elongate tall through the crown of the head and maintain neutral alignment

• Start in rest position: lie on your back, knees apart, feet together, with your hands behind your head • Roll your shoulders back and down to the opposite hip pockets. Your chest is broad and your ribs are melted.

The action is: • Breathe in to prepare • Breathe out as your knees bend and travel in the same line as the toes. Pubic bone goes straight down to the ground. • Breathe in, engage through the glutes and press the weight through the heels as you extend and straighten the knees.

The action is: • Breathe in to prepare as you connect your pelvic floor and transverse abdominals • Breathe out as you fold the ribs to the hips and your head and shoulders float off the floor. Extend your right leg long and rotate the left armpit around to the right knee • Breathe in as you rotate your torso back to centre and switch legs • Breathe out and rotate left armpit to right knee

The rules are: • The knees should travel over the toes, opening to the sides of the room. • At the bottom of each squat you should be able to see your big toe just forward of your knees. • Your spine must remain completely vertical with no forward lean.

The rules are: • Elbows stay wide to the side of the room • Your ARMPIT (not your elbow) draws to the opposite knee • Your eyeline travels to each side of the room as you rotate 3 sets of 12

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Look up on Sunday November 25th for an inspirational sight, as mums across Australia fall from the skies raising funds and awareness for fellow mums in crisis. Hundreds of mums are set to skydive in unison in aide of new charity Support For Mums, launching October 2012. Alli Price from Motivating Mum, who aims to raise in excess of $20,000, has organized this unique initiative. Depression, illness and financial hardship are the day-today experience for families across Australia. Support For Mums will act as a first port of call in times of crisis offering practical short-term assistance. The pressures of family life often means that what “should” be the happiest point in any bodies life often turns out to be the lowest. Alli Price from Motivating Mum hears of the difficulties mums face every day and decided it was time to act. Recruiting sky dive participants from her Australia wide network, Alli Price hopes that Sunday 25th of November will not only raise funds, but also put the spotlight on the extreme challenges that mums face. For further information on Support For Mums visit www. Motivating Mum - Support and advice for mums in business. For further information visit

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As a couple of dedicated friends who met through work and wanting something more, Ameila and Luisa put their heads and talents together. With the inspiration being that their wasn’t enough good quality accessories available for little girls, they decided to do something about it and launch Baby O Bowtique. These very talented ladies have only been trading for 3 weeks now and already the interest in their gorgeous designs has been remarkable and with Christmas just around the corner their products are a fabulous choice for the little girls in your life. Their range is beautiful including interchangeable headbands, which can be changed to suit your outfit by simply changing the bow on top. They also have an option to get creative and make your own and with a price range starting from just $2.50 you can’t go wrong. Although they are boutique size, Baby O Bowtique are competitively priced, and with their friendly approach and personal service they are winning hearts everywhere. So why not pop into their online store and checkout their amazing products for yourself and stock up for Christmas.

A little craze swept through the houses of crafty Mums last Christ-

mas. They made the art of gift giving a little more fun, a little more festive and a little more resourceful. Children (and adults) all over were passing on little acknowledgement gifts to their classmates to say Thank you for being a great friend and Merry Christmas. A popular theme was the ‘Reindeer’ gifts. And I can see why – it’s a kid-friendly, fun and affordable subject to work with, no matter the age. Did you want to jump on board with the creative craze but didn’t have the time, money and resources? Yeah, me too! So I promised my daughter (and myself) that I’d be a little more organised in 2012 and we too would give a little something to each of her Kindy & Ballet friends. Whilst being organised, I also wanted to keep costs down – December is already a very expensive month without adding the cost of 30+ gifts for Ella’s buddies. Instead of buying pre-made templates or printables, and in an attempt to not buy something too commercialised, I decided to make my own. And since it’s the Season of Giving, I want to share these with you too. Simply download the templates and printables from my blog: for FREE, and then with a tiny bit of work and a minute cost, you too can create a fun little gift pack for your kid’s classmates. Available for you, for free, is the printable labels to make ‘Reindeer Noses’ and ‘Reindeer Food’.

What you will need:

• Download & Print the Christmas Reindeer Printables for FREE from: You’ll need a colour printer at home (or visit your local Office Works to use theirs). Simply print on standard white A4 paper. • Scissors or paper trimmer • A Stapler • Clear zip lock sandwich bags (2 per child) • Maltesers (enough for 8 per child) • Jaffa’s (enough for 1 per child) • Rolled Oats • Glitter 1. Simply print the FREE DOWNLOADS, and cut out along the crop marks. 2. Fold the labels in half, as these will be attached to the top of the bags in step 4. 3. For the Reindeer Noses – put 8 Maltesers and 1 Jaffa in each zip lock bag, and for the Reindeer Food packets – pour some rolled oats and a sprinkling of glitter into the bottom of each zip lock bag. 4. Roll the tops of the zip lock bags down to shorten and staple the appropriate label to the tops. 5. WAHLAH! Give each classmate a bag of each at the end of the school term and enjoy the gift of giving! Merry Christmas everyone. - Claire 25


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This strapless metallic dress from Witchery looks perfect on the beach dressed down with tan accessories and a straw hat. After the sun has gone down, kick off the sandals and put on some strappy heels, grab a sparkly clutch and you are ready to party.


When I dream of summer it’s always filled with sun, laughter, colour, sand and water. The reality is a little more like, hot, sticky and uncomfortable. Summer is all about colour, comfort and ventilation. You want to look great but feel good too. So it is important to look for clothes that suit you, your lifestyle and your environment. Whether you are sitting on a deck having a glass of champagne with your friends or at Christmas dinner with your in-laws, you don’t want to have to worry about your outfit.

Colour Mint is huge this season.

Soft and whimsical. Mix it with other pastels, creamy neutrals or navy and tan. Mint makes your summer tan glow. Neon is going to hang around for a little longer. Wear a little or wear a lot, just don’t wear it head to toe. Pick one or two pieces and mix them with subtler pieces. Patterns. Stripes will always be in fashion. Try wearing a few different striped pieces together. Bright florals are a summer favourite, look for a floral blazer to throw on at night time. Whimsical prints. Think birds, fruit and feathers.

Comfort The hot sun can be un-

comfortable enough without adding an uncomfortable outfit to it. When shopping for your summer clothes this season look for long flowing dressing and skirts, light long sleeved linen shirts, high-waisted flared pants, colourful shifts, skinny belts and strappy sandals.

Ventilation To look chic on warm

summer days it’s best to look for clothes made with fabrics that breath. Fabrics like cotton, linen, eyelet, chambray or silk are great. Sometimes fabrics like Polyester, acrylic and nylon can be uncomfortable. Must have summer accessories A great straw hat. This keeps you covered and cool Big sunglasses. These will protect your eyes and stop you from squinting. Water, water, water. Sunscreen. For long summer days and holidays you want to find pieces that can be worn from day to night or from your family to the in-laws.


Christmas Cooking Tips

Christmas is about spending quality time with family, and enjoying a spectacular feast makes the day extra special. However, if you have taken on the role of the “Christmas cook,” that special day can very easily become a stressful one! Here are some helpful hints to ensure your Christmas feast is a success.

1. Organise your plan of attack well in advance – Start search-

ing for recipes and make meal plans for the Christmas holidays. Think about what you would like to cook for Christmas Day, and perhaps make a “Christmas Cookbook” of recipes you have found and display them in a folder. 2. Shopping – Make a list of what you will need. Divide the list into perishable and non-perishable items including wine and spirits. Start stocking up on your non-perishable items by buying a few items each week leading up to Christmas. Buy your perishable items a few days before to avoid the last minute rush and store in the fridge. 3. Preparation – Peel your potatoes the day before and store in a pan of cold water ready for boiling on Christmas Day. Season the turkey so it is ready for cooking first thing Christmas morning. 4. Keep a record – On Christmas Day, use post-it notes to keep track of your food cooking times. Turkey and roast vegetables need cooking, salads need to be prepared, pudding needs to steam, table needs to be set. Prioritise and delegate! 5. Perfect Potatoes – Par boil the potatoes then allow to cool. Scratch roughly with a fork and season with sea salt. Place in a roasting tray with sizzling oil and roast in the oven until golden. 6. Turkey tip – Cook the turkey breast down in the roasting tray – this allows the fat at the back to seep through to the breast, keeping it moist. Turn over for the last half hour until golden. 7. Pudding – Replace the traditional Christmas pudding with a chocolate steamed pudding. Much more popular with the kids! - Merydith and Samara


Cooking with the Kids The festive season is upon us and what better way to celebrate the Christmas spirit by gathering the kids and getting crafty in the kitchen! The possibilities are endless when it comes to Christmas cooking. And why wait for Christmas Day to spoil yourself with festive food? The children will thank you for it; fun creative activities with a tasty treat at the end!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

You will need 12 precooked cupcakes Icing 80 g unsalted butter 250g icing sugar 25ml milk Green gel or liquid food colouring Sugar pearls and lollies 1. Add icing sugar and butter (make sure it is at room temperature) to the electric mixer. Beat on a slow speed until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the milk and beat until combined. Increase speed to high and beat for 3-5 minutes. 2. Using a disposable pastry bag and either a 1M or 2D Wilton piping tip, add the frosting to the bag and starting in the inner part of the cupcake, squeeze in a clockwise direction until it resembles a tall Christmas tree. 3. Decorate with sugar pearls (found at cake decorating stores) or your favourite lollies.


All kids seem to love chicken nuggets. A tasty little snack or a complete easy dinner all rolled into one these quinoa chicken and broccoli nuggets have it all. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins giving these little nuggets an extra kick. *Makes 12 nuggets *Preparation time 15 minutes *Cooking time 25 minutes Ingredients 1 cup cooked quinoa 500g chicken thigh, finely chopped ½ cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped ½ teaspoon fresh thyme ½ cup finely grated cheese ½ cup cooked broccoli 3 tablespoon butter, melted (optional)

Are your children fussy with fish? Fish is high in protein and contains important nutrients such as zinc, B group vitamins, folate, iodine and selenium. A tasty little finger food these fish fingers will be hard to refuse. Makes 1 child serve Preparation time 5 Cooking time 5 minutes

Ingredients 1 small fish filet, sliced into fingers (be very thorough when checking for bones) 2 tablespoons flour 1 egg, whisked 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a tray 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs Lemon thyme, finely chopped with baking paper. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, to 2. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped/minced chicken, quinoa, and broc- lightly fry coli. Mix to combine. 1. Cut fish into bite sized fingers. Dip each 3. In a separate bowl combine the breadfish piece in flour, egg, and then breadcrumbs, cheese and herbs. crumbs. Set aside and continue with all fish 4. Using your hands, create tablespoonpieces. sized balls and dip in the breadcrumbs. 2. Heat oil in a small frying pan over mePlace the balls on the baking tray and flatdium heat. Fry the fish for a few minutes ten into a nugget shape. Brush with butter either side. Remove from the pan and drain (if using). on a paper towel. 5. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, turn each 3. Serve immediately with oven baked nugget and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and nug- potato chips and salad. gets are golden brown.


Homemade pizza’s are a fun way to get kids involved in cooking. They will enjoy a little ‘treat’ while you enjoy watching them eat their vegetables. We’ve suggested some ingredients below but feel free to use anything your kids will enjoy. Makes 12 mini rounds Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes 4 slices good quality cooked turkey or ham ½ sweet potato, peeled 1 potato, peeled 1 zucchini 3 tablespoon salt reduced tomato puree 3 tablespoon ricotta cheese ½ cup grated cheese 2 slices wholemeal pita bread 1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. 2. Using a sharp knife, cut 8 circles out of the pita bread. You can use an egg ring as a guide. Then slice each of the vegetables as thin as you can and trim to roughly match the pita circles. 3. (Optional) Depending on the vegetables you are using, you could briefly steam the slices to ensure they are cooked through. 4. Layer the pizzas - pita round, tomato sauce, sweet potato, ricotta, turkey, zucchini, potato, grated cheese. 5. Place in the oven for around 8 - 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and the pita is just crispy.

Making tasty everyday snacks that are good for the kids can be a challenge. These little apricot coconut muesli balls are a delicious wholegrain sweet snack packed full of fibre and vitamin C. Pop them in their lunch box or serve them up for afternoon tea, the whole family will love them. Ingredients 2 cups oats 1 cup dried organic apricots, chopped 3 tablespoons raw honey 1 apple, grated (squeeze out excess juice) 1 cup desiccated coconut Method 1. Heat a frying pan over medium. Add the oats and toast for a few minutes, continue to stir to ensure the oats are toasting but don’t burn. Once lightly toasted (around 2 minutes), remove from the pan and place in a bowl. 2. In a food processor, add the toasted oats, apricots, apple and ¾ cup coconut. Process until well combined. 3. Remove mixture from the processor and roll teaspoon-sized balls of mixture. Roll each ball in the extra coconut and store in an airtight container or wrap individually and freeze.

Made with the right ingredients homemade dips can be a very healthy snack for kids. The cooked carrots and onions in this dip provide a natural sweetness they are sure to love and the red lentils add some protein and fibre. Try serving this dip to the kids with toasted pita bread or vegetable sticks Makes 2 cups. Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes 4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces ½ cup red lentils, rinsed and drained 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 heaped tablespoons natural or Greek yoghurt 1. Fill a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring to the boil. Place carrots in a steamer over boiling water and cook until tender. 2. After carrots have been cooking for a few minutes add lentils to the boiling water and cook for 8-10minutes or until soft (Alternative option: boil carrots and lentils together until soft and tender) 3. While the carrots and lentils are cooking, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. 4. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft. 5. Add cumin to frypan and stir, cooking for a further 1 minute.

Your kids will love helping you create the beautiful colours in these rainbow skewers, and you will love all the vitamins and minerals they get with each bite. Why not use them as dipping sticks with fresh yoghurt for an extra calcium boost. Makes 12 skewers Preparation time 20 minutes Ingredients 1 bunch red grapes 1 large punnet strawberries ½ rock melon ½ honeydew melon 4 kiwi fruit 1 punnet blueberries Method 1. Peel and chop the fruit into bite-sized pieces and arrange in colour order. 2. Thread fruit onto the skewers. 35

By Michelle Peden Low-Carb Vietnamese Rice Paper Roles (vegetarian, gluten free/ dairy free) 1 medium carrot grated 1 small cucumber, grated 1 each of red and yellow capsicum, cut into strips 1 small bunch snow pea sprouts 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon of fresh mint, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped 8 round rice-paper sheets

Step 1: Soak rice paper sheets in warm water for 10 seconds or hold under running tap for 10 seconds. Transfer to clean work surface. Step 2: Spoon on mixture, placing in middle of rice paper. Fold in sides and roll to enclose the filling. Repeat with remaining ingredi-

ents. Serve.

* Tip: Any filling can be used: cooked chicken or beef, egg, tofu, other vegetables - just to name a few! Hummus Balls: (vegetarian, gluten free/dairy free)

½ can Chickpeas 1 teaspoon authentic Curry powder (Clive of India if possible) 1 clove garlic ¼ cup olive oil (enough to make into paste) 4 teaspoons black and white chia seeds Salt and Pepper to taste Step 1: Combine all ingredients in food processor (except chia seeds) until smooth paste Step 2: Remove from food processor and roll into balls. Step 3: Pour chia seeds into plastic bag. Place one ball at a time into the bag of chia

seeds, ensuring no yellow hummus can be seen. Serve.

Tip: Great for a snack – also great for afternoon drinks!


Yummy Quick Bean Snack (vegetarian, gluten free/dairy free)

Ingredients: 1 can cannelloni beans (450g) ½ punnet fresh tomatoes 1 garlic 1 sprig fresh dill and mint Salt & Pepper to taste Dressing: ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup apple cider vinegar Juice of a small lemon

Step 1: Combine all ingredients, serve. (Will keep for up to 3 days, refrigerated)

Tip: Great for lunches – instead of worrying about bulky containers, reuse your empty jars!

High Protein Veggie Frittoto: (vegetarian, gluten free)

2 eggs ¼ cup carob protein powder ½ capsicum (any colour), diced ¼ cup cheese, grated 1 Shallot, diced Dash of oil or spray (to ensure Frittoto doesn’t stick!) Salt & Pepper to taste

Step 1: Base wok or fry pan with oil. Add diced shallot. Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine eggs and protein powder – whisk with fork until all ingredients are beaten together – No lumps. Stir through cheese. Step 3: Pour in batter mix. Add capsicum (or any other vegetables you like). Cook through thoroughly on both sides. Serve.

Tip: Any protein powder will suffice. I use Carob protein powder to reduce any intolerances to gluten or dairy. Also flour would be an alternative however the snack will no longer be high protein). Leave out the cheese to be dairy free!


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Our Special Quests

Vanessa from Dolly Vardens

Tash from Whimsy Petite Style

Juanita from Fabulous Everything Hair and Makeup

Mel from Missmel

Chrissy from The Lindy Charm School Design-a-Cupcake donated the yummy cupcakes

Kelly from Be A Fun Mum

Victoria Blue helped supply the gorgeous props

1.) Do you think being a mother changes your views on business and why?

Vanessa- Yes I do because my children become my why. It’s im-

portant to do what you’re passionate about but it’s also important to make sure your passion isn’t costing you financially or taking too much time away from your family. Kelly- Being a mother changes my perspective on life, including business. Part of that is the desire to be a good role model to my children, and in terms of business, I’ve learned to be fearless in following through with what I’m passionate about, owning my own decions and learning from my mistakes. Chrissy- Yes it does because you’re thinking about not only how you can grow this businesses to provide for the children you have, but you’re also thinking about your children in this world and you how you can make a difference in this world for your children.

2.) What was the turning point that helped change your business from hobby to full time career?

Vanessa- My business hasn’t been able to turn from hobby to

full time trading because of the way it is set up. When I created it, working only at weekends was great as it was all I wanted. Now I want more, so I will have to decide where to from here. Kelly- I started my blog as a creative outlet, and I had no intention of carving out a channel for working from home. The growth of my blog happened organically, and it took me by surprise! I put much of the growth of my blog down to the follow on from investing in something I’m passionate about, and taking up opportunities as they opened to me. The turning point for me, was when I picked up my first freelance writing job a few years ago (outside of my blog), and I thought with glee, “Someone is going to pay me for doing something I love? Awesome!”

Missmel- I entered Missmel as a business, not a hobby. From Day 1 it was a career for me. In the past I have had hobby businesses that were for fun and most while I worked fulltime. I resigned from my corporate career as a General Manager to start and run Missmel full time from home. 3.) What is your greatest regret in business? Missmel- I do not focus too much on ‘what could have been’,

but if I could change something, it would be to put as much planning and structure in my own business that I did for others in my career managing other businesses. Having plans, structure and even the old ‘policy and procedures’ enable you to grow and train as you bring in staff and contractors for your business. Kelly- Not starting with a good organisational system. I’m feeling the pain right now as I’m trying to do tax. Vanessa- That I said yes to jobs that were too far away, unknown entities which required me to go to great expense pre event only to then have them be a flop. Juanita- the only regret I have is not having the self- belief to throw caution to the wind and opening up my own salon sooner. It would have made our lifestyle somewhat different. But no complaints. Because your life makes you who you are, and it that’s the very best you can be, no one can ask anymore than that.

4.) What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Kelly- Have a mini-meeting with yourself, every month to three

months, to re-assess where you are at, where you are going, and why you are doing what you’re doing. This has been especially important for me, as there are many external factors that can affect my focus, like working with different brands, and there are many exciting opportunities that come my way too, so it can be easy

to drift away from why I do what I do. I believe in the value of engaging in life with my children, in the moments as they happen, and recognising them as something beautiful and I want to inspire others to enjoy this too. Chrissy- Focus on your own business and don’t worry about what other people are doing around you because whilst you’re not worrying about them, it means you are focusing on what you do and that’s the only way that you’ll grow. Missmel- To be true to who you are, what you do, and what you stand for. Keep your eyes on your path and your direction. Juanita- Be true to yourself no matter what.

5.) What skills or qualities do you wish you had?

Vanessa- I wish I had more accounting skills. I wish I had the abil-

ity to turn off and not take things so personally. This is something that I’ve tried to work on within myself over the past 2 years. Being in business puts you into contact with new people on an almost daily basis. I have had anxiety in the past and still get pangs of it and I will make myself sick in the stomach before I turn up at a market or event but I just try to think of coping strategies and talk myself through it. There are too many things that I want to do in life which will require me to be public and dealing with people. I have to get this under control now as I don’t want it to steer the direction my life takes. For me, anxiety equates to fear and when you’re in business for yourself, you have to be fearless! Chrissy- I wish I had more time. To get to more women, I wish I had more ability in marketing and writing because I think that as a small business you spend a lot of time and money outsourcing the things that you can’t do in-house. That for me is selling myself through a print media or through an online source. To get that creativity I guess, is something I wish I was better at. Kelly- I love learning new things. On the top of my list right now is to improve my photography skills (time to take my camera off auto!) and gain confidence in public speaking. Juanita- That’s a great question. As far as my profession goes I am fully qualified with the latest educational skills in hair and make up artistry. So long as I continue to keep these up to date the only other relevant skills I wish to acquire are to incorporate my fashion and styling skills. I love to design clothes and look forward to branching out with this in the future. Look out world, I wish to bring a little bit of FABULOUS to all women’s lives Tash- Quality...Ironically the quality I lack the most is infact that faith in my abilities.... It’s something I’m really trying to work on to grow myself. Skill....I’d love to learn to sew my own clothing. I can sew a basic straight line but have never given a pattern a go! I’m really inspired my retro and vi rage clothing...with a wardrobe full of it... But I have so many gorgeous vi tags fabrics I’ve come across or I herited that I’d love to get creative making my own clothing from :)

6.) Do you have a funny business story that has happened to you or with a client, in your career?

Vanessa- Last year we attended the Gold Coast Pet Expo. There was

a problem with the amount of coffee vendors that had been booked (there was basically more coffee vans than pet exhibitors). We ended up being asked to leave at the end of Day 1 (it was a 2 day event) due to another vendor threatening legal action against the Gold Coast City Council. We were saddened that we had booked accommodation for 2 nights and travelled all the way down to the coast for the weekend. Myself and 2 friends that were helping me decided to head down to the local pub for dinner that night. They were from England and hadn’t seen pokies before. I put $20 in the machine and pressed a button (I don’t know much about pokies either). We subsequently ended up with free spins and by the end, we had won $836. The fun that followed on from our win that night made what started as a bad day ended up as one of the best of my life and an evening that I won’t forget for a long time. I have never won such a large amount before or after that night but I really felt blessed because we were all feeling pretty low (and broke) leading up to having dinner that night. Missmel-I am an online business and not long after I started my business, my boyfriend thought he would be ‘sweet’ and send me an email through my contact us page on the website. He was totally unaware that my web designer also receives these emails, and all I can say is that he was advising me how much he missed me – we do not live together and he works long days/weeks away at times! Was funny and gave us all a laugh. Kelly- When I was in Thailand last year on a press trip, I met the editor from a well known magazine on a bus trip. We got talking, as you do, and I was telling her about my Dad, and how after my Mum died, he went to Africa to project manage the building of an orphanage. Many, many months later, she contacted me and ended up doing a story on my Dad, so that was cool, especially as it highlighted the great work he does. Never doubt the value of genuine conversations. Juanita- The best stories come from when my two best friends book their hair appointments on the same day (on purpose) to reek havoc but sorry guys, what goes on in the salon stays in the salon xx Tash- My core focus for the past 18 years has been my role as a mother. Until 8 years ago when I had opportunity to discover the beauty and loving people of Vanuatu. Shortly afterward my husband and I established a community aid program over there and have since spent a few months a year working over there and taking teams to contribute to various projects. Our vision is to one day live in a village full time. While Whimsy Petite gives me a wonderful outlet for my creative itch... Profits from the business actually fund our various ongoingeducational and community targeted projects. Whimsy gives me the ability to bless my clients and to bless our 43 friends living in need. And in that I am happy!

Q5) Why did you decide to create an online business? After identifying a gap in the online

Not yet.

market, I wanted to bring beautiful luxury lingerie and boudoir essentials into every bedroom in Australia. I wanted it to be a luxury experience from start to finish. The site design, the actual product and styling and, of course, the free express delivery and hassle free exchanges. Every order comes gift wrapped in a special keepsake box and can also include a personalised note.

Q3) What is your greatest motivator in business?

Q6) What in relating to your business is the most positive aspect of being online? Online

Q1) Where are you from?

Elwood, Melbourne.

Q2) Do you have Children and if so how many?

Hearing positive feedback from customers and followers. Also, being part of the big shift towards online, it’s an exciting industry to be in right now!

Q4) Tell us a little about your business and what was the inspiration was behind it?

Boudoir Wishes is an exquisite lingerie e-boutique where you will find everything you need to transform your bedroom into a dreamy boudoir. Offering women the most elegant, luxurious and carefully selected intimate apparel sourced from all over the world, our fashion forward customers have access to exclusive boudoir essentials. With the help of an online stylist with years of experience in lingerie fittings, Boudoir Wishes can assist in every detail of the buying process, making finding perfectly fitted and well-crafted lingerie easy!

Shopping is really gaining momentum and this will only increase as every month we see new shopping & fashion apps being released. I’m hoping I can get Boudoir Wishes more involved in a user engagement space, so just being a part of that movement is a great learning experience for me.

Q7) What are the negative aspects you have found from running an online business? Being

a small startup business you don’t have the funds for advertising and marketing I’d have to say building brand awareness and gaining the trust of your customers, due to not having that physical store.

Q8) Have you ever owned a physical store, if so was your experience negative or positive? No I have not.


Q9) If not would you ever consider moving offline and why or why not?

I believe online is the future of shopping. It’s so convenient and with most online stores doing free shipping/exchanges/returns you can try things on in the comfort of your own home and decide if you want to keep the item or not.

Q10) How important is social media to your business, and what social platforms do you use and why? It’s extremely important. We use

Twitter Facebook and Instagram and have recently started a pinterest page also. I think the more visual platforms like Instagram and facebook work best for us as we sell a product, not a service, and need the visual to interact with our customers & followers. We have recently launched the ‘hotness rating’ for each product where women vote in hearts and men in chillis to rate their favourite looks! This is a great feature for men who are struggling with what to buy their partners, as it shows which lingerie women have voted as their favourite (read: no more babydolls). It also works in reverse, when a woman wants to buy a special set to impress, she can see which sets men have rated the hottest!

Q11) What is your favourite part of running a business online? Being able to give the customer the choice to shop beautiful lingerie sourced from all over the world from the comfort of their own home/desk.

Q12) What would be your advice for anyone wanting to start their own online store? Do

your research and make sure your passionate about your product/service! It’s a hard slog at first but if you believe in your product keep at it and results will come.



Entropy - it’s all about energy! It’s more than a motto, it’s the motivation and driving force behind our business. All of the products we stock are about getting children active - either their bodies or brains. No fads, no gimmicks, no batteries and no plastic throwaways. We stock quality wooden and educational toys, games, puzzles, sports and activity equipment; and craft and craft kits. There is something for everyone, from babies through to hard-to-buy-for teenagers. Our ‘elves’ carefully select each and every item we stock based on quality, value for money, play value and of course - the fun factor.

Hunting for George is the combined brainchild of Melbourne based sisters Jo Harris and Lucy Glade-Wright. They began Hunting for George because of our passion to create and evolve an online space that offers more than just the usual ‘buy now it’s cheap (and crap)’ attitude that many retailers saturate the market with. They hand pick all of our products with a focus on building an eclectic mix of both local and international pieces. They help support and launch smaller, up and coming artists, as well as stocking larger, more established brands.

Occasional Butler is a service that enables you to finally get through everything on your to-do list. It connects you with people who can help get all types of jobs done. Butlers are people in your community looking to turn their spare time into spare cash by helping you. They may be a stay-at-home mum, a retiree, a student or casual worker. They may even have a skill, such as carpentry or dressmaking. No job is too small - or too obscure - for an Occasional Butler.

Fun stories that use simple, calming relaxation and visualisation techniques to help children slow down, ready for sleep. Guided relaxation and meditation designed specially for kids!

Every woman dreams of beautiful things. Although trends and fads come and go; elegance, sophistication, grace and style are never outdated. Lulu and I epitomises the simple, uncluttered style of screen immortals such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn by offering gorgeous accessories designed with passion and manufactured by artisans using the finest materials and workmanship for our jewellery stores.


Pleased to meet you. I’m Vanessa. Creator. Dreamer. Entrepreneur. Lover of Life. I’m also a Life Coach, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Blogger + Writer who followed her heart and found her purpose. Now I love helping other people achieve rich, fulfilling and purposeful lives. Connect with me at my space over at or on Twitter


In a recent coaching session, I asked a client what the intention for her business was. She replied, telling me she wanted to increase sales by 25% whilst maintaining the ability to work around her family. “That’s not what I meant,” I said, smiling. She paused, like many of my clients do, and asked me to clarify the question. I rephrased my question asking her what the intention was behind her business, why she was in business and what she wanted her business to bring into the world. Knowing why we do what we do from the “purpose” perspective should be at the core of everything we do. It comes before the goal setting. It’s our guiding force, our compass and by having the answers to these questions at the forefront of your mind, every day, you make it easier for yourself to keep your business on track. It’s great to have goals; in fact, they’re essential. But having a reminder of your sense of purpose - the real reason you got into business, and what your business offers at the very core, is basically an intention (or purpose) statement. This is a commitment to yourself but also to your customer - it’s the why you do what you do and what you want to bring the world through your business. It should tie in to what makes your heart sing and gives you that spring in your step. (If you don’t have that spring in your step,then there’s more work to be done in that space as I think everyone should have that spring in their step!) Think about what you and your business believe in, what’s important to you, and how do you want your customer to feel when they see you, buy your product,

read your work or engage your services? For example, an intention statement could look something like this: For a magazine: “To inform, inspire and empower parents in a positive way.” For a food author and speaker: “To make healthy cooking easier for busy mums.” For a chef: “To cook delicious meals that people love.” For a clothing manufacturer: “To create clothing that people love to wear and share.” When you’re in business, hiccups, frustrations and questioning whether you’re on the right track is an inevitable part of the journey. So having clarity around what exactly you want your business to bring the world makes sense. You can look back on your intention statement when things get hard. It’s also very useful for decision making. Let’s say you have a decision to make about the direction of your business, hiring new staff, adding new products or services, or the angle of a marketing campaign. By asking yourself whether your decision is in alignment with your intention statement, you can get a better idea of whether the decision is going to serve you. Decisions you make about the business ideally should be ones that help propel your business forward, or assist you reaching your goals. If you’re making decisions that aren’t aligning with your intention statement, you risk moving off track, and that’s sometimes when we lose sight of why we’re doing what we’re doing and we begin to feel confused with no sense of direction. Ever had that feeling? Hopefully an intention statement will give you one tool to help you overcome it.

Q4) What is your business or professional background?

If you glanced at my LinkedIn profile, a work history in sales and the travel industry would stand out. I really enjoyed the Business Development Manager role I had before I started a family. I think that is when I got a taste of wanting to be an entrepreneur. Having my own business is just something I want to accomplish.

Q5) Tell us a little about The Founding Mum and what was the inspiration was behind it for you?

Q1) Where are you from?

I have called Brisbane home since late 2006. I grew up in Mclaren Vale, SA. Yes, the wine region :)

Q2) Do you have Children and if so how many?

@3PumpkinsMum is my personal twitter handle. Boy, girl, girl. 4, 3 and almost 1.. Referring to my kids as Pumpkins has become my thing. I like to think of it as brand development practice, and part of my identity.

Q3) What is your greatest motivator in business and running a Networking group?

Feeling supported, not feeling alone, being a sponge, and soaking up knowledge from other like-minded women. Who says the Host of a group has to be the most experienced!?! Majority of networking events in Brisbane aren’t designed for mothers with young children. I can understand why not. But instead of complaining about it, I did something about it. I’ve been a Founding Mum on Meetup since 27 November 2010. I remember the date exactly because for me it’s like remembering your child’s birthday. I often refer to my Founding Mums group as my other baby. You don’t abandon a child, no matter how tough it gets. You get help. So I guess my fellow Founding Mums keep me motivated to run this group.

Jill Salzman’s own words describe The Founding Mum the best. “Founding Mums’ are real women making a difference and having fun doing it. We dress casually. We bring out noisemakers (Babies, toddlers, kids) and discuss the ultimate balancing act. We talk about opportunities to help our business grow. We share tips, we listen to expert advice and we come back for more. We create relationships, promote deeper connections and engage in ways distinct from the daily online blur.” Oprah played a part in my inspiration as well. I can’t take credit for Founding Mums. But I can take credit for bringing Jill Salzman’s vision to Brisbane. The very first time I connected with Jill II said “If Oprah can go Down Under, why can’t you?”

Q6) Why did you decide to take on such a group?

I think of myself as full-time mother, and part-time want-to-be entrepreneur. For various reasons, I don’t have the confidence, and time, to run my own business yet. I survived postnatal depression, and Founding Mums became a purpose, a passion, and a life jacket. Determined to make sense of how I had been feeling, the Founding Mums’ motto, “Helping Mums Get Down To Business” is my way of paying it forward, my way of continuous learning, and keeping up with skills I will need when I re-enter the work force, when my children are older. Being the Brisbane Host for the Founding Mums has helped me be a better Mother, and being a Mother of 3 young children, has helped me be a better Founding Mums Host.

Q7) Who are you biggest influences and role models in business and life? Jill Salzman, other Founding Mums, a key circle of special friends, my parents, and my husband. All very completely different people. So I hope that makes me a well rounded person.

Q8) What are your passions in Life, what do you aspire to be?

I aspire to be me. I aspire to be happy being me. I am passionate about my Pumpkins, and right now, my kids are my business, and ultimately everything I do, I am doing for them. I aspire to be a great role model, and be the best I can be. I have mixed emotions about when I can go back to work, and if I am ready to go back to work, so for right now I aspire to be the best mother (role model) wife, and Founding Mum Host I can be.

Q9) What is your dream or goal for The Founding Mums group?

I’d like to see other Founding Mums’ Exchanges established in different parts of Australia, as I’d like to see more creative ways that the charity Mummy’s Wish is supported. Since one person can make a difference, I look forward to seeing what a larger group of motivated Founding Mums can accomplish. I’ll channel my mother and say “the more the merrier”.

Q10) What would be your advice for mums wanting to start their own business?

Surround yourself with like-minded people. Don’t be afraid. You don’t have to know anything. You just have to know the people that do.


Pint Size Book Review Summer is well and truly on its way.

I love summer; the heat and the storms are some of my favourite things. I do however know not everybody enjoys this crazy time of the year. With Christmas Day in the mix of this heat and possible storm at any time it’s not always easy to work around. It is also at times unpredictable. This months Book of the month is all about the extremes of our weather in Australia. So if you have children who are scared or concerned about the up coming summer this series is one for you. Pookie The Roo series helps children to understand the dangers of natural disasters. Also learning along how they can help and protect themselves and the people around them. We follow Pookie the Albino Kangaroo through his heroic adventures during some very real natural disasters. Authors Deborah Grey Jennifer Stevens, Sheryl Garrick are 3 Australian Sisters who, although they don’t live close have managed to create a fabulous collection along side a very talented illustrator Kristina Modrzynski, Currently available Pookie The Roo and Friends Survive the Floods, Pookie The Roo Fears the Floods Pookie The Roo Braves the Bush fires - Lisa Cruse


Arlington Milne We talk with Rebecca and Louise about how they started and manage their online boutique.

Q1) Where are you from? Sydney Q2) Do you have Children and if so how many? Rebecca-Yes – one, a lovely baby girl, Noa – 5 months old Louise- Yes, 2 adorable kids, Isabella 6 and Henry nearly 2 Q3) What is your greatest motivator in business? Rebecca- Happiness & Success – I love my job & I love the freedom it now gives me to spend time with my family. Louise- To succeed, flexibility and to spend time doing something I love as well as time with my children. Q4) What is your business or professional background? Rebecca- My background is in sales, marketing, PR & product development for another Australian company. I left that job to start Arlington Milne as I was tired of working so hard for someone else & thought it was time to do something for myself. Put my money where my mouth was – so to speak! It has been the best career decision I have ever made! Louise- I was originally a PE teacher (not for very long), then I worked in sales and I have always been passionate about fashion and design. Q5) Tell us a little about your business and what was the inspiration was behind it? Rebecca- We design & manufacture handbags/wallets/accessories for the Australian market. My business partner & I had both been looking for a beautiful classic handbag & just couldn’t find one for a price that we were willing to pay – so we went out & did it for ourselves...not only do we have our own business, we now have a lot of beautiful classic handbags! Louise- Our business was started as we thought there was a gap in the market for beautiful classic products with an affordable price tag. The inspiration behind it was that life is too short to wonder what if, and I was working in a corporate job and could not see it offering the flexibility I desired to have with my children. Q6) Why did you decide to open a retail store? Rebecca- Our store is online only. I think it is just the way forward – I feel like retail is moving in that way & as a wholesaler/retailer you need to be at the forefront of what is happening in the marketplace, otherwise you will be left behind. Louise- We are wholesalers, but we love working with our creative and beautiful retailers. Q7) Who are you biggest influences and role models in business? Rebecca- Other designers & successful business women like Kate Spade & Sass & Bide. I guess all women/mothers who have suc

ceeded in running & owning successful businesses. Louise- I look to Aussie designers for inspiration and determination to succeed, in terms of Arlington Milne we are also influenced by strong women who have achieved great success in business such as; Sass and Bide, Kate Spade and ELK Q8) What are your tactics to running a business and a family? Rebecca- Having a brilliant, supportive & extremely patient family. My husband is actually on paternity leave at the moment, looking after our daughter while I have gone back to work. I had the first four months with her & now it is his turn. It takes a team to run a business & a family. We all just pitch in & help whenever is needed. Louise- Flexibility, compromise and to understand that you can’t do and be everything to everyone all the time! To also have a great support network around you and to think when it all gets too much that you are doing this for your family and kids so that in the long run we can work around our family commitments. Q9) What is your favourite part of running your own business? Rebecca- The diversity – every day is a new day & every day you are faced with a new challenge or issue to solve. I also love being my own boss & working when it suits me & my family. Louise- The freedom to follow your own dreams, to understand that you are the result of all your hardwork, that ultimately I am rewarded for all the hardwork and not my Employer!! And if I want to go to my daughters swimming carnival I can – There is no one I need to get permission from! Q10) What would be your advice for mums wanting to start their own business? Rebecca- Go for it! However, do a lot of research & be ready to work harder than you have ever worked before. It is definitely worth it for the freedom it allows you! But is also overwhelming & incredible stressful at times. You never know unless you give it a go – so just do it! Louise- Sometimes it is overwhelming, it is definitely hard work, but I think if you keep your end goal in sight – That you are doing this so you can spend time with your kids when they need you, then it is all worth it! My business partner and I keep photos of our kids in the office and when it all seems too hard we look at these and remind ourselves why we are doing this. And you will never know what you are capable of until you have a go.... That is the biggest thing for me... Life is too short to wonder what if.... To get inspired further head to their gorgeous website


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