20 life skills all kids should have by 16

In this digital, convenience-centric and consumable age, children are spending more and more time in front of screens and less time with parents, learning manual, useful life skills that will help them to live independently (hence they don’t leave home until they’re well into their 20s or later!). Consequently, skills we all took for granted as … Continue reading 20 life skills all kids should have by 16

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Get cosy with new Noozie electric hot water bottle!

When's a hot water bottle not a hot water bottle? When it's a Noozie! There's nothing as lovely as snoozing in your bed or in front of the TV with a hot water bottle.  But sometimes hot water bottles can be a bit of a hassle to make and how many times have you over-filled your bottle … Continue reading Get cosy with new Noozie electric hot water bottle!

COULD DIRECT SELLING ALLEVIATE THE CHILD CARE HEADACHE?

A recent news story on the USA’s Today Show revealed how party plan and direct selling is skyrocketing with the advent of social media and giving mums the opportunity to create an at-home direct sales business and make big bucks. Scott Morrison’s new families package is likely to throw part-time working mums into a spin … Continue reading COULD DIRECT SELLING ALLEVIATE THE CHILD CARE HEADACHE?

Meet Sir Chris, the inspirational Rocking Horse Man!

Rocking Horse Man Crafts Old School Toys To Give Philippine Prisoners New Hope This week I came across a truly inspirational man. Chris Woolcock is an Australian master craftsman, whose carved wooden rocking horses have received international acclaim and now fund what he calls “his most important work” - teaching his skill to prison inmates … Continue reading Meet Sir Chris, the inspirational Rocking Horse Man!

WONDROUS INK HELPS KIDS DISCOVER WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE

Wondrous Ink’s personalised children’s book “Wondrous World” is an inspiring and heart-warming children's story that uses each letter of the child's name to show them why they are so special and unique in the world. Wondrous Ink books are perfect as gifts, but also as fundraisers and education tools for child care centres and pre-schools … Continue reading WONDROUS INK HELPS KIDS DISCOVER WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE

Inspirational Woman: Zoe Tuckwell-Smith

Ahh the lovely Zoe Tuckwell Smith. Check out her interview for ErePerezNaturallyBeautiful blog @ereperezmakeup

Zoe Tuckwell-Smith is one of Australia’s best-loved young actresses. Known for her leading role in Winners & Losers, she has appeared in many films and TV series, including Home & Away, All Saints and thriller, Gone. She lives in Melbourne with actor/director partner Damon Gameau and their one-year-old daughter, Velvet.

Your little girl has just turned one! How has your life changed in a year?

Magnificently. I never expected to love being a mummy as much as I do. It’s the most joyful I’ve ever felt!

How do you juggle working as an actress and being a mum?

I don’t really! I only went back for a few months after velvet was born to finish up a job i’d been on for some time. It was really difficult juggling it all. I’m finished now and have taken the rest of the year off to be a mum.

Are you a…

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Do you know your apps from your elbow?

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Help is at hand for IT Un-Savvy Parents!

It’s definitely a 21st century problem: Our kids know way more about technology than we do, and it’s time we did something about it. So says Yvette Adams, mum of two and author of new guide, “No Kidding: Why Our Kids Know More About Technology Than Us and What We Can Do About It?”

According to Adams, today’s kids are intuitively able to figure out every device, app, game and social network that comes their way. Just hand a tablet or a smartphone to a toddler, and watch what happens. They instantly, intuitively know what to do with it.

Children under two can already master laptops, smart phones and tablets with ease. My nine-year-old daughter said the other day: “It’s really funny watching old people try to use things like iPads.” And by old I hope she means anyone over 70, but…

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Loom rage!

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Has Your Child Been Possessed by the Loom Devil?

By Sophie Cross

Rainbow loom bands are taking over the world. Literally. They are apparently one of the most popular trends since EVER, and the money-spinner of the moment for every discount store, toyshop and street trader. They are appearing in practically every playground in the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been photographed wearing them, as have David Beckham, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.

They are the eighth best-selling toy of all time on Amazon and a ridiculously cheap fad in comparison to XBox, DS games and other expensive computer games.

But these cheap and colourful little bands are taking over in more ways than one. Personally everywhere I look in my house and the garden I can guarantee I will find at least 20 loom bands. They get EVERYWHERE. They’re down the sofas, in the floorboards, drawers…

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SIMONE KESSELL: Ere Perez Natural Beauty Ambassador

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IMG_0074Simone Kessell is an acclaimed Australia-based actress, model and television presenter, who was born in New Zealand, but calls Bondi home. She has recently starred in Channel Nine’s ‘Fat Tony & Co’, alongside Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell in the feature film ‘The Lovers’ and is currently appearing in Channel Ten’s Wonderland.

Simone, who is known for her healthy lifestyle, is the Natural Beauty Ambassador for Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics. Here she talks her beauty regime, and how she tries to blend in healthy living to the daily life as a busy working mum.

What is your daily beauty regime?

I always cleanse morning and night. A light spritz of rose water and a light Summer Moisturizer followed with a tinted SPF 30. At night I use an oil (Rosehip) or richer moisturizer. It just feels right. I only wear foundation if I am working or going out at night. I…

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Nits! The four letter word every mum dreads!

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It’s back to school time, which means it’s NIT SEASON!

Are you itching already?! No? Well, read on.

Head lice, commonly known as “nits” or “cooties” if you’re in the USA are the most incredibly frustrating and annoying little insects, that will, at some point, be the bane of every mother’s life.

The head louse is a tiny greyish-brown insect, about 2.5mm long. These little critters cling onto hair and are usually found in the scalp. They live on the blood of their generous host – your child! The female lays eggs that are attached to hair, close to the scalp and can be very difficult to remove. The baby louse hatches after about a week and leaves a little white eggshell on the hair, which is called a “nit”.

No matter how clean your child’s hair, he or she will not escape lice. In fact the greasier and dirtier…

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