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Crafty stained glass Easter eggs

As we count down the days until Easter and look for ways to keep the kids entertained during the break, there are some easy craft ideas to get the family into the theme of things. Why not embrace some simple creativity for the littlies with two variations of these easy to make stained glass Easter eggs? It’s an oldie but a goodie in terms of craft ideas that can keep your busy three-year-old interested and your creative five-year-old enthralled. And yes, it’s got all the elements of fun required – A dash of cutting and crinkling and a sprinkle of...

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Myer’s Giftorium is the place for personalised gifts this Christmas!

Wow was being said by kids and grownups alike as we arrived in the magical Christmas wonderland that is Myer’s Giftorium for 2015. The moment we started up the escalators to the 6th floor we heard Christmas jingles, and there was no denying Christmas was coming and Myer was ready. The floor had you covered for all your Christmas needs from, traditional gifts and decorations, to new and funky gadgets and games. This year Myer has stepped up the level of gift giving to another level and is sure to be the place for your personalised gifts. From a personalised...

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Gotta love BabyLove’s new range

BabyLove CosiFit Nappies Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Stores and selected pharmacies You can get a little set in your ways when it comes to buying items like nappies, instantly reaching for the brand you know. So when it came to trying new BabyLove CosiFit nappies, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. It’s not a brand we’ve used before despite the attractive price ticket in the supermarket. We trialed the BabyLove walker variety for little miss 2, who is old enough to tell us when her undergarments aren’t comfortable or are in need of attention, and the verdict...

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Peppa Pig to create a Big Splash – Live!

Fresh from the sell out success of Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt comes Peppa’s brand new production, Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash, direct from London’s West End. The plucky little pig is set to splash onto Australian stages this October and November, touring capital cities Australia wide. But for now a panel of Family Capers’ youngest members took the opportunity to catch up with the lady who knows her best, actor Bekki Adams, to find out what makes Peppa Pig tick. Yep the fans (5yo, 4yo, 2yo) have been consulted and their top questions for Peppa Pig are as...

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Kids in the kitchen – and loving it

Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Get Kids Cooking If you want to encourage a love of good food in your children and have them involved in the meal making process then Get Kids Cooking is a great way to foster that interest. Whether as a gift idea or a fresh take on bringing cooking skills into your home, Get Kids Cooking is a cross between a membership club and cooking classes for children aged between 5 and 13. Each month a package is delivered to your door that includes a cooking utensil, a series of recipes, an ingredient list and...

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A dream come true with Disney

Reviewer’s Rating: Where to Buy: Disney.com.au I dared to dream my five-year-old’s first concert experience would be memorable, I dared to dream it would excite an interest and sense of intrigue in live entertainment … and the slightly mouth agape, lean forward in her seat response to Disney on Ice-Dare to Dream was all that I had hoped for. This week we joined a posse of primed and primped princesses to see the highly anticipated Disney on Ice-Dare to Dream performance in Brisbane, and boy did it live up to the “are we there yet?” hour of anticipation during our pilgrimage...

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An app to grow the mind and bust the boredom

Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Free from Officeworks, GooglePlay, AppleStore There’s a new go-to game in my household that has the children clamouring for my phone from the backseat of the car. It’s called Growing Minds and it’s a free app that comes courtesy of Officeworks. Designed for students from Prep right through to Year 12, the app features a series of games designed to “train the brain”. Downloadable from GooglePlay or the AppStore, the app comes with set games, while new ones can be unlocked when you visit any Officeworks store. Features and Benefits Easy to download...

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5 Secret Skills of being a Mum

As we power towards Mother’s Day and wax lyrical about the wonder of motherhood it’s time to pause for a second and ponder the small things about being a mum. These are the things each of us knows to be true as we wait outside our kids’ classroom eyeing the other incredibly competent women who seem to approach each day with aplomb. You will develop a tolerance of bodily fluids A friend recently noted she worried about becoming a mum as she has a phobic reaction to vomit. I give her a week with a newborn to achieve the things any psychologist may not. Vomit is no match for motherly love. As a mum you will clean it, keep hair out of it and occasionally even wear it, along with every other fluid a small child can produce. And by the time your child is three you won’t bat an eyelid, casually wiping it from your shirtfront as you embark upon your day. Multi-tasking will take on a whole new level Not only will you be able to conduct conversations while chiseling weatbix from your floor, you will also be able to cook a succulent roast for six while assembling lego creations, reciting the words to “Let it Go” and testing your six year old on her reading homework. Multitasking with children takes brainpower to a whole new level....

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3 breakfasts guaranteed to treat Mum

There’s no better way to express appreciation for Mum than ensuring she feels special on Mother’s Day. And there’s no better Mother’s Day treat than waking to a special breakfast, made with love by the family she cares for. So forget the standard toast in bed, here are three fabulous brekky recipes to get her day off to a fabulous start. Smoked salmon scrambled eggs Serves 4 8 eggs ½ cup milk 50g smoked salmon, finely diced Generous pinch of salt Sliced shallots Handful baby spinach 1 tspn red wine vinegar Sliced and toasted ciabatta Method Combine eggs with...

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Holiday Boredom Busters

There are few statements more ire-inspiring for a parent than “I’m bored”, especially when it’s coupled with the challenge of keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays. So how do you keep little minds occupied during the holidays and do so without breaking the bank? Here are five tips to bust boredom, break away from the TV and enjoy these school holidays. 1. The ultimate park challenge Forget casual trips to the park, saddling up on the see-saw and slipping down the slide, this is a challenge to find the best park in your greater area, and your kids are...

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5 tips for Easter camping with kids

  Easter brings out the nomads amongst as the warm days and cool nights prove just too tantalizing to ignore. It’s the perfect holiday for taking the family camping and an opportunity that many of us relish as we pitch a tent with friends. Even if you’re a seasoned camper, camping with kids presents a whole new set of considerations and excitement, from the endless questioning of “are we there yet?” to the delight of a campground Easter egg hunt. So if the open road and a campsite is your destination this Easter, here are five tips for Easter camping with kids. Accessible amenities Camping at Easter is hugely popular so sites must be booked well in advance. In the old days it might have been a case of any site will do, but with kids bear in mind the need to visit the amenities blocks…often. Tracking quietly through a campground at 3am with your just toilet trained toddler is challenging in anyone’s book, so ensure the loos are nice and close when you book your spot. Setup There’s been many a joke about how pitching a tent, reversing a caravan or erecting a trailer can be a relationship maker or breaker, but throw three small children into the mix and patience can be a virtue in short supply. There are a couple of options here; either set your...

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LearnMeter – An Educational Tool for the Technological Age

Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Free download from www.learnmeter.com For most parents computer usage and particularly the internet present a bit of a quandary. Yes, our children desperately need to be technologically literate, to be able to research online and utilise the learning games and tools that technology provides. But how do you know they are safe, learning and in some cases undertaking the activity they’ve lead you to believe? Well-enter LearnMeter. This new downloadable and free tool allows you to electronically monitor your children’s computing habits and gauge their learning activities, gaming activities and the websites they...

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Fun in the Spotlight for National Craft Month

Did you know that crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity? In fact, recent studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities ranging from scrapbooking to knitting can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness. Whether you’re looking to boost your health or are simply feeling crafty and have the itch to stitch, then March is the month to indulge your passion, with retailer Spotlight hosting National Craft Month. Throughout March the store will feature mini festivals celebrating the essential elements of craft, including a Cake Fest, Yarn Fest and Scrap Fest. National...

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