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July Reviews // Apps

We all love seeing what our children are getting up to during their six or seven hours at school, but we can’t often rely on them to bring their history assignments or short stories home with them. Seesaw captures student learning in any form, from photos, videos and notes to sketches and links, while also provide a channel of communication between teachers and parents. Your child can simply photograph or c ...

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July Reviews // Books

BUDDHISM FOR PET LOVERS David Michie Buddhism for Pet Lovers draws together ancient Buddhist wisdom, supported by recent and intriguing scientific findings, to provide fascinating insights into animal consciousness. Written with humour and compassion, and including extraordinary true stories from around the world, it reveals how our animal companions may indeed be among our most precious partners. For in he ...

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July Reviews // Digital Classrooms

In this, havens annual education edition, we thought it would be great to uncover some of the best digital resources when it comes to learning and our kids. Here's our top 5... LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Learning Through Play is a blog by Heidi, an early years teacher who is passionate about play-based learning, sustainability, creating inviting spaces and project based learning. The activities on her blog are e ...

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School Holiday Movie Releases

The holidays are almost here and the kids are so excited to see the latest movie releases... here's what you can find at your local cinema. DESPICABLE ME 3 (CTC) In cinemas June 15 Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 & Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters (Margo, Edith & Agnes) and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Joining Steve Carell ...

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June Reviews // Apps

The life of an online shopping addict (or aficionado, as we like to think of it) is a tough one. Surfing our favourite stores, scrolling through endless pages of products and emerging with a wish list as tall as we are – it can all get a bit much. If you’ve ever been in the midst of an online shopping marathon, adding webpage after webpage to a folder in your bookmarks bar titled ‘Things I Need’ (not ‘want’ ...

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June Reviews // Books

Work, Strife, Balance Mia Freedman You may know her as the co-founder and creative director of the women’s media company, Mamamia. Or maybe as the youngest ever editor of Australian Cosmopolitan way back when. Or maybe just as the namesake of that popular blog you see from time to time on your Facebook news feed. No matter how you know Mia Freedman, or how you think you know her, you’re about to know her a ...

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May Reviews // Insta-mums

The social media landscape is peppered with mums sharing their daily family delights with us voyeuristic followers. On the eve of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of Insta-mums who tickle our fancies with wit, humour, inspiring words and just the right filters. @tashsefton This mumma to boys Jay and Mac has had major success in the styling world. She and BFF Elle Ferguson are responsible for the blog-tur ...

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May Reviews // Apps

Gone are the days of trying to keep up with chore charts, calendars and shopping lists. OurHome is an app designed with families in mind. The simple and streamlined interface allows you to share tasks, important events and personal progress. Plus, it includes a fun rewards system to motivate the most unmotivated kids (and spouses!). You can connect across as many devices as you desire, meaning it’s hard to ...

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April Reviews // Books

THE THANK YOU DISH Trace Balla It's dinnertime at Grace's place. “Thank you, alpaca,” says Grace. “Alpaca?” asks Mama. “Why would you thank an alpaca?” A playful mealtime conversation becomes a joyful act of giving thanks in this heartwarming story about gratitude, community and eating locally, from a bestselling picture-book maker. For ages 3-6. Allen & Unwin, $19.99 COOK ME A RHYME Bryan Kozlowski Spe ...

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April Reviews // Apps

Our Party edition this month has the haven team thinking about special moments, so we were thrilled to find the Day One app. Day One is more than just a journal – its sleek and simple design allows you to record all your favourite moments across all of your favourite devices. Whether it’s everyday moments or once-in-a-lifetime memories, like parties, Day One is the best way to keep track of the special stuf ...

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