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Bookworms Unite!

There’s nothing better than the feel and smell of a brand-new book in your hands. They also make the best gifts for our children. Practical, educational and fun. Here’s what’s hot in kids’ literature right now…   A year of nature poems By Joseph Coelho A beautifully illustrated portrait of one complete year in nature, with a double-page spread dedicated to each month from January through to December. S ...

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Recipe // Thyme mushroom pasta

This Thyme mushroom pasta is one of my favourite vegetarian mid-week meals. It’s quick and easy to make and really tasty. You can make it with any kind of mushrooms, but I like a mix of shiitake, oyster and field or Swiss brown mushrooms. Ingredients 50g butter 2 cloves garlic, finely diced 400g mushrooms, sliced or torn ¼ tsp thyme, dried (or 2 tbsp fresh leaves) Good pinch sea salt Black pepper, to taste ...

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Art Project // Happy Hearts

Love is in the air!!! Let’s celebrate it with this fun simple project that can be created using some basic cheap materials that I am sure you will have hiding in your house somewhere! In this budget-friendly heart design we will transform a piece of cardboard box, some pieces of paper, and a few buttons into a creative ‘hanging heart’ full of love!. Suitable for kids from 4 yrs and up – a great project for ...

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Book a Visit to Your Library These Holidays

The library is just one of those places that doesn’t lose its magic – children these days still love a visit to their local library as much as they did decades ago. And with the summer holidays now here, you’ve got the perfect patch of downtime to explore your local library. In 2017, Gold Coast parents and children made more than 86,000 visits to Gold Coast City Libraries’ early literacy programs - Storytim ...

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Your Questions, Answered

My daughter, 12, has started to ask me to drop her at our local shopping centre so she can hang out there and go shopping with her friends. I feel uncomfortable about this but I know I can't keep saying 'no' to her. How do I know when to start to loosen the apron strings? Parenting is about raising young people to be independent, responsible, connected young adults. Our role as parents is to make our role r ...

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Cheers Big Ears

Now we don’t condone drinking excessive amounts of alcohol but if you are reading this and have survived another year of keeping your kids alive and educated then, dammit, here’s cheers to you, dear parent! You’ll no doubt get a bottle of wine or two given to you this festive season – here’s a great way to easily turn that bottle into some yummo summer cocktails. Just add friends! Chrissy sangria Ingredient ...

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Sail Through Silly Season

With everyone so busy at this time of the year I wanted to remind you of one of my favourite quotes by Carl Bryan. "Taking good care of yourself means that your family get the best of you rather than what's left of you." With this mantra in mind here are some tips to have you sail through the silly season plus a delicious mocktail recipe to get you in the spirit! Start your day with 5 minutes of meditation. ...

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Apple iOS 12 Update is Great for Parents

Do you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad in your house that your children can use? If yes, then you’re an Apple Parent and the latest iOS software, iOS12 is just great for you, because the screen time & family sharing is a fantastic addition in this update. Screen Time will give you the type of control over your apple iOS device that only used to be available only through a paid service, like OurPac ...

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Upcycle Dream Web

What do you do with all of your plastic lids??  Instead of throwing them in the rubbish  how about starting a collection of plastic bits and bobs usually destined for landfill or recycling, that can be creatively upcycled into some unique art projects. In this fun budget-friendly project we will transform a piece of cardboard box, some old plastic lids, and a couple of collected feathers into a creative Dre ...

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Sonic Story

One Brisbane music teacher is proving the power of sound, the therapy in music and the fun in drums. There’s immense power in music. Have you ever found yourself belting out big lyrics in the privacy of your car while driving? Dancing to music while doing some mundane housework? Tapping along to a song playing in the background at a shop? And in experiences like these, have you noticed how the music has cha ...

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