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Spring 2018 Issue // Out Now

Welcome to our latest edition of haven magazine, blossoming with stories to celebrate a new season and the spring school holidays! A new season sprouts a new beginning (thank you Mother Nature) and for me this entails a bit of spring decorating at our beach shack, kick-starting a new fitness routine while my shoulder injury heals and maintaining an organised fridge #houseboss I will take some time off with ...

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Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

There's a party goin' on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times, and your laughter too. We gonna celebrate your party with you… I’m sitting here contemplating celebrations for a variety of reasons this afternoon: a) It’s haven magazine’s annual ‘Celebrate’ edition next month and we are busily writing stories about all types of fun and festive things! b) It’s my daug ...

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The Great Mobile Phone Handover

Are you hanging onto an old phone – a phone that you had planned to hand down to your child – because you’re concerned about the data and personal information still on it? According to new research from Mobile Muster – Australia’s government accredited mobile phone recycling program – data worries are holding people back from handing down their old phones, with 60% of Australians admitting that one of their ...

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5 of the Best Pram-Friendly Walks on the Gold Coast

Exploring the Gold Coast’s most picturesque flora and fauna with a pram or young ones in tow is child’s play if you know where to go. As a city that’s passionate about connecting the community with nature trails, it’s created meandering boardwalks and bitumen tracks that are pram-friendly and offer views of lakes, mangroves, cascading waterfalls and native wildlife such as koalas! Below are 5 of the best pr ...

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Having a Moment // Roblox

You’ve probably heard your kids talking about it – you may have even played it yourself. We’re talking Roblox, the online game that has got kids, particularly primary school-aged kids, totally hooked. To give us the low-down on all of the things that parents of Roblox-loving children should be aware of, we’ve brought in Jane Webster, experienced social media specialist and founder of Code9 Parent – an organ ...

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Clever Kids // The Brat Pack

We love it when kids achieve great things, which is why we’re so excited to introduce our new segment ‘Clever Kids’. First up, we’re chatting with the Brat Pack Tappers, the star tap group from KOTB Performance Academy who have been competing in Gold Coast, Brisbane and northern NSW eisteddfods for years now. They follow a gruelling weekly training regimen and undertake Australasian Dance Association exams ...

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Behind the Brand // Sunday Soldiers

If you’re looking to keep summer going all year ‘round, Sunday Soldiers just might be your new favourite kids’ clothing brand. Founder and designer Elise Doohan shares her inspiration for the business, the ups and downs and what keeps her going. What was your inspiration to start your own business? I have always loved fashion. When I became a mum, I found that my passion re-invented itself as a love for kid ...

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Spring Clean Your Relationship

The idea of a ‘honeyboom’ – a second honeymoon for parents to reconnect and enjoy one another’s company – might seem like the last thing on your priorities list. But, as it turns out, it could be exactly what your relationship needs. Research conducted by Carnival Cruise Line reveals that 30% of adults admit they haven’t had a grown-up conversation with their partner in over a year, and that one in three pa ...

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Building the Foundations for a Successful Reader // Rhyming

When we think of reading, we think of someone holding a book or a newspaper or these days an iPad or even a phone, but the foundations for reading, the crucial skills that are required for readers to be successful don't actually contain any actual ‘print’ (visual words or letters). Early/foundation skills for reading actually start with ‘hearing’ or a term you may have heard a before, phonological awareness ...

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50 Things to do These School Holidays

When school holidays strike, it can be hard to find the inspiration to make each day more fun-filled than the last. If your goal is a whole two weeks without hearing the words ‘I’m bored’, check out our comprehensive list of all things school holiday fun! Free fun: Try a free kids’ program – if there’s one thing that beats fun school holiday activities, it’s FREE fun school holiday activities. The Little Da ...

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