The Elves are coming, the Elves are coming! It’s almost time and if you (like me) need some fresh idea this year we have teamed up with The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition to pull together some of the favourite ideas, including some Aussie inspired ideas for your Elf this holiday season.
As a child I was a voracious reader. I was on chapter books by about five or six and I was hooked. I was never without a book – I belonged to all the libraries (although I was terrible at returning my books) and I struck up relationships with bookshop owners along the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I had my own chair at the second hand book shop I went to every day after school from the ages of eight to 10 – I was allowed to read in the store and they always swapped my books for me. On average I would read one book every afternoon, sometimes two.
When I was 10 I started a new school. I moved from a tiny little school, with a maximum of 24 kids, where every student was like my family, to our local public school. The public school had around 1000 kids and I didn’t know what hit me. Everyone looked the same in uniform, I could never find the same person twice and they had all know each other since kindy. I was completely lost, but then I joined Girl Guides.
The Royal Easter Show is a family tradition. I think I’ve only missed it three times in 40 years, and two of those times were because I was giving birth to Easter babies! There are five things we HAVE to do every year:
Have you walked into a Telstra store to upgrade your phone and they have offered you FREE accessories with your phone plan? Here’s how it normally goes – you walk in to get a new phone and your salesperson tells you that they are running a special deal at the moment. If you signup for that new iPhone they will give you $100/$300/$600 worth of accessories as a bonus. Well, check your bill – you are paying for these!
We all know that breast is best, but really, it’s fed that’s best. Statistics from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey shows that, while 96% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, less than half (39%) of babies are still being exclusively breastfed at 3 months. By 5 months, its less than a quarter (15%. (less than 4 months) and less than one quarter (15%) to 5 months. These statistics show that most mothers are transitioning their babies to a bottle at some stage, whether it’s due to personal choices or circumstances. However, zero information on bottle feeding is provided to new mums, so here’s what you need, and what you need to know about bottle feeding.
Swimming pools may be the leading source of fun in many Australian households over summer, but they are also the leading cause of drowning. 965 children under the age of five have died from drowning in Australia over the past 25 years with 52% of all drowning deaths between 1st July 2002 – 30th June 2018 occurring in a swimming pool. So how can you make sure yours is safe?
This one is for my Northern Beaches locals. If you live on the beaches, you know ‘The Square’. The Square has been my local shopping centre since I was a kid. I’ve seen it change from a tiny shopping centre with some resort wear boutiques and a Kmart with a café in it (who remembers those?), to a fully-fledged shopping centre with everything I need. So, if you live in our local area, here is why you should do your Christmas shopping at Warriewood Square…
Eating outside is one of the best parts of summer. We love to do dinner picnics down by the creek or at the beach, or even just in our own garden. The kids love the novelty and change in routine and, as Enid Blyton always wrote, “Food always tastes better outdoors”.
One of the big decisions we make as parents is when to let our child have a mobile phone. There are a number of factors to take into account when deciding, but one of the big things is that giving your child a smartphone means that you are giving them unsupervised access to the internet. Then there is choosing the right phone plan for kids. Kids can eat through phone data like crazy thanks to video streaming and games, and many parents have found themselves with a giant phone bill thanks to their children.