Author Archives: Maraya

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About Maraya

Maraya can be found hiding in the car pretending to ‘work’, watching endless teen dramas, eating chocolate and dreaming of becoming the next Mrs Hemsworth (any of them will do!)

drowning prevention

Drowning prevention- are you protecting your kids?

drowning prevention

This post is sponsored by the Royal Lifesaving Australia

I’ve always been the overcautious parent around water. I know the statistics and when we had a pool put in for last summer I set some hard and fast rules. No mobile phone in the pool area to distract me, all towels, sunscreen, goggles etc. right there before we get in the pool, and never, ever leaving Tully in the pool area without an adult. But still, there was one time she could have drowned.

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gift wrapping

Gift Wrapping so they will never guess what’s inside…

gift wrapping

This post is sponsored by TK Maxx

We all know just how hard gift wrapping is so that the kids don’t guess what they are getting for Christmas. It’s pretty hard to hide building bricks, DVDs, clothing and books, so thanks to TK Maxx, we chatted to Vivienne Anthon, Australia’s expert gift wrapper from The Daily Wrap.

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Three quick and easy summer salad recipes

Summer salad

This post is sponsored by Woolworths

No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen in summer- not when we could be in the pool, or at the beach or just outside in the garden. Fresh salads are the easiest in summer so we have three super easy summer salad recipes that will literally not take you more than 15-minutes to make. I have tried and tested everyone and none of them took more than 15-minutes in the kitchen. They are also super easy- which is great because I’m no cook!

So here you are- your three, 15-minute summer salads!

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Can I use a Plane Pal or other sleep aid on Flights?

This post is sponsored by Plane Pal

My five-year-old has done two long-haul trips this year- once to the US and once to Scotland, and for both trips, she has used a Plane Pal sleep aid. The Plane Pal inflates and fills the footwell of the seat, creating a flat surface for your child to sleep on. It was a game changer for us, giving her a solid amount of sleep each flight and saving our sanity!

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Creating Christmas Traditions with your Family

We all have Christmas traditions from our families growing up and merging traditions can be hard sometimes. Does Santa wrap presents or put them unwrapped in a sack? Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? When we start our own families it can be nice to start our own traditions.

We have pulled together some ideas for you to help you create a magical family Christmas.

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How our local school benefits from Earn & Learn

This post is sponsored by Woolworths

To get a good understanding of how the Woolworths Earn & Learn program actually benefits schools, I sat down with Nathan Casey, a teacher and the Earn & Learn Coordinator for Narrabeen Lakes Primary School, as it’s one of our local schools and a small community, so I was interested in how the program works for them.

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