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If you’re looking for inspo for your kids, check out Vanessa Nansen, better known as @the_kmart_teacher, on Instagram. Based on the Gold Coast and with more than 12 years of primary school teaching experience and a lifetime of shopping nous, Vanessa searches the aisles of Kmart for out-of-the-box goodies that would be helpful to teachers and parents. The Kmart Teacher page is focused on sharing ideas and pr ...

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Fitting in the Fitness

Whether you have just had your first bubba or you’re a parent to toddlers or teens, there is no question that at any stage of parenthood exercise is fundamental to both your health, fitness and sanity. Finding ‘you’ time to walk, run, practise yoga, hit the gym or a group class is often overlooked or becomes a negotiable. But the truth is that without it you can sink into a routine where you lose focus on y ...

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Putting Mum First

Mums, don’t think that it’s only on Mother’s Day that you are allowed to put yourself first. A happy mum usually maketh a happy family unit. Ancient Chinese wisdom recognises that mothers are the root of the family tree. Her energy is the stabilising force that keeps the family emotionally secure and whether or not family members are aware of it, children, grandparents and, yes, even husbands all unintentio ...

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5 Workout Secrets

If having a lean and sculpted body is your goal then I’ve got good news for you: follow these 5 Workout Secrets and your goal will quickly become a reality. These secrets aren’t secret in the sense that you’ve never heard them before, because you likely have heard them. The secret is that by faithfully following each and every one of these 5 steps your progress will become automatic and your results will be ...

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Party, Party, Party!

Kids’ parties require a bit of planning and preparation to ensure all attending are catered for and not left feeling alienated due to a food intolerance, or worse a child falling ill due to a food allergy. In previous articles I have covered food and drink options and a little research will find any number of good healthy options for a successful party. With the number of children having allergies and intol ...

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Wake-Up Call

What is your morning routine like? Are you and the kids jumping out of bed with glee ready to tackle the day ahead and out the door with plenty of time to spare? Or like a lot of homes, is it a challenge to get the kids up, fed and nourished and to school on time? Morning rituals begin the night before. Many prep the lunches and have them packed ready to go. School bags packed and ready. Homework, library b ...

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Keep Your Smile Shining for Life

On World Oral Health Day on March 20, haven spoke to dental hygienist Sarah Holslag from Maven Dental about preventive dentistry, to help keep you and your family smiling brighter. “Preventive dentistry” might sound technical but it is simply the practice of caring for your teeth and gums to keep them healthy. We all know that daily brushing and regular dental cleanings can help to avoid cavities, gum disea ...

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Nature Cure

Have you heard of “nature cure”? It’s a term that underpins the philosophy of naturopathy and encompasses using nature to treat what ails us. The Medical Sanctuary’s Cassi Cowlam explains. The concept of “nature cure” is simple. It includes drinking plenty of fresh water, exercising daily, playing in the sunshine, eating as close to nature as possible and getting restorative sleep. It doesn’t sound that har ...

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The Classroom of Life

We often limit learning to a classroom, school or learning institute. But what if every moment of every single day is an opportunity to teach and learn? What if life is really one ginormous classroom? Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, children etc often claim their role in life by their title. But what if their title was not descriptive of their true role, and, what if our true role ...

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Hanging in the ‘Hood

As a kid, I remember local adventures either with the family or the kids in the street, off on our bikes or skateboards to the local park or footy ground. It was ‘pre’ bike helmets and backpacks filled with sunscreen, mobile devices, water bottles and insect repellent. If we were lucky, the kid that had the tennis ball and cricket bat was allowed to come with us and if not, someone might bring an empty tin ...

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