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5 Ways to Cut the Catering Costs of Your Next Kids Party

Something I see a lot at kids parties is over catering and food wastage! Kids generally don’t eat much at parties. They are busy running around playing games and are very distracted. So… Here are my top 5 tips to help you cut back on your party catering costs and waste. 1. PARTY LUNCH BOX This is seriously my all - time favourite! Individually portion each lunch box (cardboard or paper bag made in advance) ...

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Meet Chris, Lucas and Louisa

There’s a great kid called Chris. He was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. His answer was: “I want to be Michel Jordan when I grow up.” The next question he was asked was, “What do you need to do to achieve your dreams?”. He had three things: 1. Get bigger, 2. Shave his head, 3. Be black. I love Chris. He's a total dude. Then there is Lucas - he's 5. If he had one wish, he would wish for al ...

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Family First

My extended family gathered together recently to celebrate Christmas. It was wonderful! There were 29 of us – 12 adults and 17 kids. We spent a few blissful days in the country, swimming in dams and creeks, riding bikes, tubing behind a jet ski, eating leftovers in the shade, sleeping sprawled on spare spots on the floor and enjoying each other’s company. I reluctantly said goodbye, wishing the togetherness ...

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What if Life Was Meant to be FUN?

With all the stresses and concerns we have in our everyday life, we ask: "What would happen if our life was meant to be FUN?". Isn't our life supposed to be fun? Isn't it the point of ‘living’? What stops us from allowing the fun to come in regularly? Truth is, we are gone a long time and here a short time. So often we become caught up in pleasing others. What would happen if we let go of these limiting tho ...

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Caring for Your High School Newbie

If you’re the parent of an 11 to 12-year-old, chances are, this past month or two has centred on one thing and one thing only: high school. Pop culture tells us that high school pretty much sucks. Self-doubt, an unfamiliar environment, hormones and ‘little fish, big pond’ syndrome are just some of the things your tween has to tackle, and it can all get pretty overwhelming. Education expert Dr Kathy Murray r ...

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Cyber Safe For Life

A new partnership will see Coomera Anglican College take the lead in cyber safety, breaking new ground with a holistic approach to online awareness and wellbeing. Kicking off the year with a bang, Coomera Anglican College has cemented their place amongst Australia’s front-runners in cyber safety education through a new partnership with Family Zone, a tool that will keep students safe online both at home and ...

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Insta-Awesome // #getorganised

Remember how naïve and full of hope you were when you said you’d #getorganised on New Year’s Day? It may seem like a distant memory, but with these five Instagrammers who specialise in organisation inspiration, you can regain your mojo and stay motivated all year long. @simplyspaced We came for the soft pastels and clean lines but stayed for @simplyspaced’s genius ideas on home and life organisation. There’ ...

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Keep your school memories safe

The bulk of the team here at the haven office are, just like you guys, mums. We are also sentimental and bang up for any good organisational tool, so we LOVED the My School Yearbook. It makes storage of the kids’ school memories, awards, certificates and everything in between, so easy. There’s a pocket page for each year, from pre-school through to the end of high school. A good investment for mums of kids ...

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Improve Your Health in Three Easy Ways

Setting goals and forming healthy habits is really important for maintaining good health. However, take care to not overlook the basics.   In my opinion, there are three healthy habits that really do hold the keys to profoundly improving your health and wellbeing. No amount of dietary supplements or superfoods can replicate the benefits of these three habits. Learning more about them, and incorporating ...

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Having a Moment // Paint + Sip Classes

We love painting. We love wine. So, when we discovered there was a way to combine the two – and on a school night, no less – we were instantly hooked. Introducing your new favourite hobby: paint and sip classes. You’ve probably heard of them before. You gather your girls, book your spot and show up (wine in hand) for a few hours of painting and… well, sipping. We probably didn’t need to explain that. Paint ...

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