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Board Games vs The Movies

So I know we all want entertainment. It seems as though it is that endless black hole that we are spending money on. Of course it is the reason why we want money in the first place, right? We work 40+ hours a week so that in our limited spare time we can use that money to play. Well, whether it be boating, hiking, movies, games, or sports that you choose to spend your money on, the fact of the matter is, that some forms of entertainment are more or less expensive than others. Let me take you on a little tour. There are a few classifications of entertainment. One is the completely free group. This includes going on hikes, going on a walk, or playing some game that requires no additional items than one already possesses. The second is mid-range entertainment. This probably includes going out to eat or seeing a newly released movie. Just about anyone can afford this entertainment every once in a while. Then there is the third. This is your expensive forms of entertainment. These are the golfers, the boaters, and the shoppers. Too bad we can’t all be in the third category. Some would list board gamers as somewhere in between the second and third category, but I am here to tell you that this is a complete misconception. Board games are one...

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Time to make some Home Made Goo

An activity for you and the kids to make together that the kids will find amazing (and you might too) is to make homemade goo. This will provide hours of fun, but remind the kids to keep their mess contained. Maybe a large plastic container, or a couple of smaller one for each child if there is more than one, is a good idea. Ingredients Cornstarch Water Food colouring Container Method Combine cornstarch, water and a couple of drops of food colouring in your container. Mix together until combined and then get your hands in there and have a...

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Spicy Plum Chicken Kebabs

SERVES: 6 RECIPE FROM SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BOOK 6   MARINADE 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar) 1 teaspoon lemon grass chopped or (in jar) ½ cup plum sauce (SPC) ⅓ cup Hoi Sin sauce 1 tablespoon Pad Thai paste 800g skinless chicken breasts 12 wooden kebab sticks cooking spray   Combine all marinade ingredients. Cut chicken into large dice. Thread chicken pieces onto kebab sticks, dividing an equal amount to make 12 kebabs. Place into a large flat plastic container that has a lid and pour marinade over chicken. Place lid on and refrigerate overnight if possible or for at least 4 hours. Turn occasionally. When ready to cook, remove kebabs from marinade and either BBQ or grill, turning so all sides cook evenly. Pour marinade over chicken while cooking.   Variations: Replace chicken with very lean pork.   Suitable to be frozen.   Nutritional Information                    PER SERVE   CHICKEN PORK FAT TOTAL 4.1g 3.2g   SATURATED 1.0g 0.8g FIBRE   1.8g 1.8g PROTEIN   30.6g 30.6g CARBS   7.1g 7.1g SUGAR   6.4g 6.4g SODIUM   419mg 432mg KILOJOULES   1030 (cals 246) 995 (cals 238) GI RATING TOO LOW IN CARBS TO SCORE A RATING...

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Five Ways to Handle a Picky Eater

“Picky eating is a normal rite of passage for children,” according to paediatric nutrition expert Jill Castle. That doesn’t mean parents actually enjoy the often difficult process of trying to get their kids to eat their veggies, stop playing with their food and complaining about what is served at each meal. Luckily though, there are a variety of strategies that parents can use at home and while out and about with their children to help raise an adventurous eater who will go on to become a healthy, well-nourished and open-minded (when it comes to food) individual. Read on for...

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Make Your Own Bath Bombs

Making your own gorgeous bath bombs is pretty easy. If you can bake a cake or make a good sand castle, you can definitely do this. While children can’t be left unsupervised with essential oils, this is a fun activity to make together. One of my favourite blends for kids is lavender and clary sage. Lavender is well known for its healing and relaxing properties – perfect for skinned knees and any cuts and scrapes. Clary sage is lesser known, but it can be used to create feelings of joy and happiness, as well as for promoting a good night’s...

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Two-in-One Bugs for Beds, Friends or Just to Cuddle!

What Did We Review:  FlipaZoo Bee/Ladybug Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Big W FlipaZoo, the toy that flips for you!  A soft, cuddly toy, that flips to become something completely different! Features and Benefits: Collectable Creative Soft and cuddly – can be used as a pillow Fun and surprising Reviewers Experience When our FlipaZoo Bee arrived, we weren’t sure what to make of it.  This has been done before, right?  We’ve all seen the pillows in the shape of animals. However, the FlipaZoo Bee, can be ‘flipped’ around and suddenly, it’s a LadyBug! Dark colours on one side, and...

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Sleep easy while your babe sleeps easy!

A bassinet model that sets itself apart because of its multiple, rigorous finishes – it comes with a practical changing pad which easily attaches to the bassinet via a zipper with a safety device. A practical mesh window is hidden under the fabric on the side which allows you to keep visual contact with your baby easily. It has 3 different interchangeable leg positions: wheels, rocker and stationary. Magnets at the top and at the bottom of the window allow you to easily open, close or arrange the window – with no loose parts. It also features easy-to-reach side pockets for books and toys. It is available in six different colours and patterns. It is suitable for children from 0 to 6 months

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Children are Set to Fall in Love with Kim’s Adventure Travels!

‘Kim’s Adventure Travels – Punch-Up in the Punjab!’ is the first of three books written by the talented Peter Stephenson.
This book takes the reader on an amazing adventure across the country of Pakistan through the eyes of the Cook Family – mum Jenny, dad Peter, nine-year-old son Charlie and thirteen-year-old daughter Sam, and their tiny four-legged canine – the star of the story – a Jack-Russell terrier named Kim.

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Your Little Hero will Save the Day with Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots

Little heroes can pretend to save the day with Playskool Heroes the Transformers Rescue Bots figures. They can imagine going on daring missions and helping the Optimus Prime figure roll to the rescue! When an emergency strikes, the Optimus Prime figure is ready at a moment’s notice. Push the button to activate the figure’s rescue saw. Also look for other Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots figures to build a rescue team.

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Be Brilliant with The Sunshine Collective!

As a parent there is nothing more rewarding than being able to support my children in their Education. I’m always on the lookout for activities that encourage my children in their learning that are challenging, engaging and most important of all fun! I was very excited to try Brilliant Boxes from The Sunshine Collective. The Sunshine Collective is a Victorian based business established by two clever mums Lisa Donald-Goudie and Erin Gray that create educational boxes containing hands-on, fun activities for children in Preschool/Kindergarten through to Grade 6!

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Marks & Spencer – 3 for 2 Christmas Offer

Marks & Spencers have a great family saver on offer at the moment where you can choose 3 for 2 on selected items which makes them the prefect place to start browsing for Christmas. Get set for Christmas with 3 for 2 on gifts and more. Marks & Spencer – 3 for 2 Christmas Offer. Starts 4:30pm 5th...

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$25 off your first 2 Deliveries with HelloFresh

We know how important fresh food is for us and thanks to our friends at HelloFresh you can now get $25 off your first 2 deliveries. What yummy creations will you make with your HelloFresh Boxes? HelloFresh offers more than a meal. They send you nutritionally balanced recipes based on seasonal farm fresh ingredients delivered every week to your front door $25 off first two deliveries with HelloFresh...

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