Why buy Christmas cards, when you can create?

Taking some quiet time with a colouring book is the perfect way to escape the pre-Christmas rush. If you prefer creating your own drawings rather than colouring in, you can delight your family and friends by designing original Christmas cards and gift tags. STAEDTLER coloured pencils, fineliners and fibre-tip pens will turn hand-made and coloured-in designs alike into vibrant artwork.

This year no pile of presents under a Christmas tree should be without the fittingly-titled colouring book, “Johanna’s Christmas”, by bestselling artist and global STAEDTLER ambassador, Johanna Basford, together with STAEDTLER colouring products.

Swirling snowflakes, sweet candy canes and brightly decorated Christmas trees: Adult colouring Queen, Johanna Basford’s, new colouring book ‘Johanna’s Christmas’ brings the Christmas spirit to all fans of adult colouring. The Scottish illustrator has been working with STAEDTLER products to get her ideas down on paper since she was a student.

Joanna suggests that to make the finished pictures really come alive, try experimenting with a wide spectrum of shades to show subtle nuances in colour. 

The STAEDTLER range offers endless opportunity for creative expression.

colouring pensSTAEDTLER triplus fineliners - superfine, metal-clad tips ensure you can colour in even the most intricate designs with complete precision.
STAEDTLER triplus color fibre-tip pens - have a one-millimetre line width that enables filling larger areas quickly and cleanly – a big Christmas tree, for instance, or the broad branches of a holly bush.
STAEDTLER ergosoft coloured pencils - soft and richly-coloured leads mean you can blend individual colours easily with each other. The triangular shape and velvety soft surface ensure a good grip and relaxed colouring.


How Johanna creates colour in book cover

Johanna Basford uses the STAEDTLER Mars micro mechanical pencil for sketching out her patterns. This mechanical pencil is especially good for fine detail. When using a compass, for instance to draw a circular frame, she recommends the STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph, which comes in 20 different degrees.

Once she has her idea down on paper, the author draws over the pencil sketch with STAEDTLER pigment liners. These have indelible pigment ink and are available in line widths ranging from 0.05 mm to 2 mm for the most intricate details. According to Basford, they are perfect for creating even the finest lines, for instance thin veins on foliage.

And then your artwork is ready to be coloured in. If you want to give your work a glitzy and glamorous finish, apply sparkling festive accents using STAEDTLER metallic markers in gold and silver. These are suitable for creating opaque writing and decoration on light and dark paper and on cardboard – a glamorous look which also adorns the covers of Johanna Basford’s books.

More information about adult colouring, including fascinating tips on the most important basic colouring techniques, free colouring templates to download and product recommendations is available at www.staedtler.com.au.

Or visit #myCreativeEscape for a creative journey into the world of colouring!

Bubba Organics

The perfect gift for new mums

Bubba Organics is a new Australian baby skin care company that provides Pure, Natural, Organic by Nature® premium skin care for little ones.

Life long friends and owners Kerri and Mel owned a children’s boutique and started Bubba Organics after they received many requests from parents looking for honest, natural, organic baby and family skin care. Their search uncovered much misinformation and they could not find anything they were truly happy with - and so their journey began to develop a range themselves, even going back to school to learn how!

Bubba Organics is owned, designed and made in Australia to the highest ethical Australian standards using the finest locally sourced natural ingredients, in modern attractive packaging.

“As parents with children from tiny to teen who have experienced sensitive skin issues, we found it quite the challenge to find truly natural and effective products with no potentially harmful chemicals. We also wanted to ensure that our products were not tested on animals,” said Kerri

With no harmful chemicals Bubba Organics are baby care essentials that mums can trust and babies love. Packaging, point of sale material, product bottles & tubes are all recyclable.

 Kerri says, “We’ve kept our carbon footprint as a business to a minimum, making the ranges as planet safe as possible and helping preserve our earth for future generations.”

bath products

Bubba Organics Baby Hair & Bath Wash

Features an organic formula of Aloe Vera, Olive Fruit Oil and Calendula to provide essential nourishment for the delicate skin of babies. (250ml RRP $23.95, 500ml RRP $32.95)

Bubba Organics Baby Bottom Cream

Rich, creamy and smooth to apply, protecting the sensitive bottom area of babies. As

an added benefit, it is also a revolutionary product for everyone’s rashes and wrinkles! (125ml RRP $24.95, 75g RRP $26.95)

Bubba Organics Baby Moisture Lotion

Features natural ingredients such as Sweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera and Jojoba to naturally soothe, nourish and protect the delicate skin of babies. (250ml RRP $25.95)

Above available:  Australian Goats Milk and Lavender & Chamomile

Bubba Organics Baby Room Spray

Create a soothing and comforting environment for babies at bedtime. The Lavender & Chamomile assists with a peaceful and happy sleep while natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus & Melaleuca help keep germs at bay. (125ml RRP $24.95)

To learn more about Bubba Organics head to www.bubbaorganics.com.au .

Girl Lane

Girl Lane for a perfect tweens' Christmas

Girl lane is a new range of skincare, body care and haircare formulated especially for girls 14 years and younger.  The brand was founded by three very passionate mums who wanted products for their daughters that were gentle and effective enough to help protect and nurture their girls’ skin and hair. Luckily one of them was a pharmacist with a specialisation in dermatology who knew exactly what was needed. Using a unique balance between science and natural botanicals, Girl Lane provides quality care for young and fragile skin.

Perfect as a gift for an adored older sister, school “buddy” or girl cousin; or as a stocking filler for active young girls whom Mums would like to pamper…just a little.

hair productHair Sparkle Shine 

RRP $19.99 

Girl Lane's very special Hair Sparkle Shine misting treatment contains non-oily hair conditioners to repair and improve hair softness. Sparkling pearly pigments provide a unique experience for girls, adding radiance and shine to a year 6 graduation night!

Everyday Face Moisturiser SPF50+face cream

RRP $14.99

It’s never too soon to protect young faces with sun protection. Girl Lane's nourishing and hydrating SPF50+ Everyday Face Moisturiser strengthens and protects fragile skin. Formulated with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera this moisturiser is perfect for active outdoor girls to aid in the prevention of sun burn and pigment spots.

Girl lane Tinted BB Cream

RRP $16.99

The Girl Lane light-weight, tinted BB cream is perfect for older girls wanting even coverage to hide blemishes, or freckles at their special holiday parties! The use of natural minerals helps keep the skin protected without clogging pores. This medium-tinted face moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and gives a natural, fresh appearance!

'Essential Girl' Value Pack skin care for girls

Christmas Special $29.99  (valued at $57.00) 

Tween girls will be thrilled to receive the Essential Girl value pack – the perfect starter for a lifetime of skin care and protection. Girl Lane cleansing wipes are great for those on the go, while the Gentle Face Wash will leave girls’ skin feeling soft and super clean. The Everyday Face Moisturiser with SPF50+ is vital for young fragile skin, plus there is a bonus facial cleansing brush, all encased in a gorgeous make-up bag!

Products are available exclusively in store or online at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies, or online at https://girllane.com.au/

Jacana Kids

Jacana Kids is the brain child of Melbourne mothers, Jacqui Di Benedetto and Ana Garcia.

Several years ago, Jacqui was pregnant with twins and was told by doctors that one of her twins would be born blind and with several other development complications affecting speech and movement.

 Her son, Domenic was indeed sight-affected. At six months of age his sight miraculously improved but brought with it two separate conditions: Cerebellar Vermain Hypoplasia, a rare brain disorder wherein a part of the brain (cerebellum) fails to develop fully, impeding balance and movement, and Ocular Motor Apraxia (OMA), a neurological condition affecting controlled eye movement, often accompanied by speech difficulties, coordination issues, and developmental delays.

 Committed to providing opportunities for Domenic’s development, his parents reached out to various organisations that proved extremely beneficial to his growth and development.

 Three years on, Domenic is walking, running, jumping and even scooting! This leap in development has stunned his doctors and is largely due to the assistance of these services. From physical exercise, visual and mental stimulation and socialisation skills, Domenic is now thriving in a pre-school environment.

 Jacqui says I am so thankful for all the support given to us by Early Childhood Education Services. We gained the practical tools and emotional support to help Dominic be able to live a full and independent life.” kids climbing a tree

 Thanks can be practical, and now Jacqui Di Benedetto and Ana Garcia have launched their funky kids-wear label Jacana Kids online, to help raise money for charities who support the early childhood development of children with disabilities. Central to their ethos is the celebration of the artistic expression of children.

 From love hearts to monsters, the Jacana Kids range features pieces carefully doodled by the hands of little people, with 50% of all sales going to Early Childhood Development programs in Australia. Sporting a serious streetwear attitude, Jacana Kids is not just a fashion statement, but also a charitable one. 

Ana Garcia said “We wanted our clothing to represent the inherent joy of childhood and a child’s own artwork encapsulates that perfectly".”The duo designs each range with comfort and style in mind, using artwork from children from their chosen charities as well as those who just want to see their kids’ artwork in the mix.Each year Jacana Kids will donate 50% of their profits to different charities in Australia. This year their chosen charity is Yooralla, an organisation committed to supporting all people with disability to live independent and fulfilling lives.

 All Jacana Kids clothing are printed locally in Melbourne, using sustainable materials with manufacturers practicing ethical production values.

 To have the opportunity to see you child’s artwork reflected in upcoming Jacana Kids head to:




KODAK Moments

The name KODAK is synonymous with the history of photography

The KODAK MOMENTS App offers a place where consumers can safely and securely upload high resolution images in order to create and print memories, and then share them with family and friends in an ad-free environment

Free, and easy to use, the app platform is available for both iOS and ANDROID devices and allows consumers to store unlimited high resolution digital images.

Consumers can order a range of unique premium products, personalised with photos from their smart phone and delivered straight to their front door. These include photo prints, canvas prints, mugs, photo books, acrylic prints and more.

The KODAK MOMENTS App is free to download. Install the app, and then create moments, share memories, tell stories and have personalised products delivered to home or office. 

Smartphone with imageThe KODAK MOMENTS App to help relive special memories:

  • Includes unique storytelling features to create memorable Moments
  • Upload images in their original resolution with no downsizing
  • Ad free
  • Safe and secure social environment where privacy is valued
  • High quality personalised KODAK Photo Products delivered directly to consumers

Download the free KODAK MOMENTS App on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.


Elastoplast Peppa Pig Kids Plasters

Turn your child's bumps and bruises back into smiles with NEW Elastoplast Peppa Pig Kids Plasters.

For 100 years, Elastoplast has helped to give parents the confidence to treat and care for their children's scrapes and bumps with its range of first-aid solutions. Now Elastoplast is launching new Kids Character Strips featuring everyone’s favourite family series, Peppa Pig.

Children love putting plasters on every tiny bump, pinch or scratch they get – which as a preschooler, is probably every day! Now the solution for any scrape, no matter how big or small, can be as easy as carrying a box of Peppa Pig plasters.

New Elastoplast Peppa Pig Kids Plasters are skin-friendly, offering fast fluid absorption and long-lasting resistance to sweat, water and dirt. They are colour safe for children, provide easy, painless removal and come in a range of shapes and sizes – ideal for active and busy little ones.

Elastoplast Skincare Expert, Robyn Hutch says, “We know how easily bumps and bruises can come about, especially when it comes to our adventurous and energetic kids, so it’s important to be prepared with something that will turn the tears around quickly.”

“Our character strips combine high quality wound care technology with the appeal of popular characters that will help parents put smiles back on little faces,” she added.

Elastoplast Character Strips are available in supermarkets and pharmacies now.

Peppa Pig Prize Pack

To celebrate the launch of these cute new plasters, we have two Peppa Pig prize packs to giveaway!  Just write a 25-word tongue twister - featuring everyone's favourite character, Peppa Pig - and you could win!

Enter now

Entries close 11.59pm 21.09.16

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NIVEA for Dads

Mums, make room in the bathroom cabinet, Dad deserves to have his skin looked afer too!

Skin products Skin products

NIVEA have formulated two differnt ranges for Dad, not just for Fathers Day but for every day after that! NIVEA Men Classics range with the Originals selection, will help Dad's skin look healthy and nourished.

The NIVEA MEN range is specially designed for men with sensitive skin. Its formulation contains natural Chamomile and offers gentle protection and soothing care for easily irritated skin.

Sensative Pack - RRP $19.95

- Sensitive Face Wash 100ml
- Sensitive Shave Gel 200ml
- Sensitive Protective Moisturiser SPF15 75ml
- Sensitive Deodorant Aerosol 250ml

NIVEA Men Originals Regime Pack – RRP: $19.99
-Originals Exfoliating Face Scrub 75ml
- Active Clean 3 in 1 Shower Gel 500ml
-Originals Moisturising Shave Foam
-Originals Protective Moisturiser SPF15 75ml

Aldi exclusive

NIVEA Men Sensitive Regime Gift Pack – RRP: $24.99
-Sensitive Face Wash 100ml
-Sensitive 3 in 1 Shower Gel 500ml
-Sensitive Shave Gel 200ml
-Sensitive Protective Moisturiser SPF15 75ml

NIVEA Men Originals Regime Pack – RRP: $24.99
-Originals Cleansing Face Wash 100ml
-Sport 3 in 1 Shower Gel 500ml
-Originals Shave Gel 200ml
-Originals Protective Moisturiser SPF15 75ml

Available Chemist Warehouse, Target & Priceline.

Educational Experience Fundraiser 2016

Here’s a chance for parents to shop for children’s birthdays and support their children’s learning at the same time.

Spend on quality toys, gifts, games, books, puzzles or art & craft - all the while helping your chosen centre purchase their own valuable resources.fundraiser catalogue

Register your school, centre or organisation and Educational Experience will send out the 2016 catalogue for the use of parents and friends. Alternatively, direct them to the online site here

When making a purchase from the Fundraising range, parents can nominate your school, centre or organisation and Educational Experience will return back to your organisation 20% of the purchase price, in learning resource vouchers to spend with Educational Experience.

But there’s more! Firetruck

Schools, centres and organisations have a chance to win a $10,000 Shopping Spree with Educational Experience.


Everyone who purchases from the 2016 Fundraising range also have the chance to go into the draw to win a Choose Your Own Adventure” family holiday, valued at $10,000!

For more information, visit Educational Experience, your learning resource partner or call 1300 134 211

Global Kids Oz: Reconciliation Mats

Designed by Aboriginal artist Angela Marr-Grogan, ‘Reconciliation’ is a special piece that symbolises partnerships and working together to create positive change.

The reconcilation design features concentric circles which represent the connection between community and organisations, with layered dot work symbolising people coming together..

Available in 2.4m and 3m, mats are made from best attainable standards UV treated recycled polypropylene and come in a range of vibrant and culturally significant designs and colours.

play mat 

Be quick – these popular and practical mats sell out very quickly and have a range of practical uses such as defining an indoor play spaces or reading areas, or as hardwearing and easily rinsed-off beach or picnic mats.

Learn more about price and full range of sizes and designs at Global Kids Oz

Wise Inside

Wisetalk for families!

RRP $29.95 including GST

Are you . . wondering what is going on in your child's day when they are away at childcare or school? Struggling to find things to talk about with your child? Don't know what to say or how to say it? Curious about what your child is really thinking and feeling?

Learn more

Sipahh - fundraising the healthy way

Sipahh Fundraising Ventures is a dedicated program designed to help kids, clubs and schools raise money for their causes through the sale of Sipahh straws.

 As school returns, one thing is for sure, P & F committees around the country will be busy planning out the year’s calendar of fundraising events. Fundraising committees are actually small businesses, and like small business are short on time and on the search for products and events that can help raise much-needed funds for schools and community groups and at the same time keep the school or local community engaged and contributing.

Sipahh is an Australian invention that has been around for over 10 years.

Once upon a time there was an Aussie Dad called Peter who loved the goodness of fresh milk. Every day he would encourage his four children to drink milk. What he didn’t like were the flavoured milk powders and drinks that messed with the goodness of milk because they were full of artificial colourings, preservatives and too much sugar. So Peter, who was really good at making things, decide to invent the Sipahh straw.

Each Sipahh straw has been specially seeded with little tapioca balls that are derived from the cassava, or yucca plant. Tapioca has been selected especially to help carry the Sipahh flavour in the straws.

To use, simply place straw in a cup of chilled wholesome (reduced fat) milk or milk alternatives and sip.

People all over the world, including Peter’s grandchildren, can now enjoy the goodness of milk as part of a balanced diet – with less sugar and no artificial colours or preservatives.

Australian kids love Sipahh straws because they’re unique and novel; parents love them because they’re lower in sugar than many other options. With portion controlled servings and less than 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar per straw, Sipahh helps people drink more wholesome milk, less sugar every day.

The Sipahh Crate box

Each crate costs $26 (with free delivery for orders of 32+ crates).

It contains 24 x 4 packs and each 4 pack has an RRP of $2, making it an easy gold coin donation. The sales total of each crate is $48 ie a profit of $22 (and a margin of 46%).

Only 24 sales are needed to sell the whole carry box (that’s a lot less than most chocolate fundraising boxes)!

There are four flavours to sell in each Fundraising Crate

(6 of each flavour)

• Cocoa-Bean Chocolate

• Luscious Strawberry

• Okey Dokey Cookies and Cream

• Chilled Out Choc Mint

To order or for more information visit sipahh.com.au/

Sipahh facts

• Less than 1/2 teaspoon sugar per straw

• Portion controlled for everyday consumption

• No artificial colours

• No preservatives

• Abundant flavour options to suit every palate

• Perfect for people looking for a way to flavour their dairy-free alternatives

• Sipahh is Green Light in School Canteens (except SA), as long as it is served with reduced fat milk.

• Sipahh is 4.5 stars on the Health Star rating when served with reduced fat milk.

Sipahh straws do not contain milk, milk powder, or any other milk derivatives, but they are made in a factory with other products so may contain traces of gluten, crustacea, egg, fish, milk, peanut and soy.

Spencils - back to school we go

Spencil has launched a range of practical and affordable brand new products in fresh and fun designer prints, perfect for back to school.

High gloss pencil cases (20cm x 14cm) are the perfect size to fit stationery essentials for class or special items at home, with a special glossy coating making them vibrant and easy to keep clean.

New barrel pencil cases (21cm x 8cm) come in either high gloss or canvas finish and are the perfect size and shape to hold all your children’s most important writing tools.

Brand new large backpacks are sturdy and practical, with a large and convenient front pocket, side pocket, the all-essential drink bottle holder as well as padded and adjustable straps for comfort.

All available from http://www.spencil.com.au/

backpack backpack

Kids Backpack in Paris Girl and Alien Attack, $24.95.
• Adjustable, padded straps
• Two pockets for storage and water bottle holder
• Ideal size for children

lunch box lunch box

Lunch Box in Soccer and Teapot Cat, $12.95
• Food safe lining to keep food and drinks cool
• Handle to carry

lunch bag lunch bag

Lunch Bag in Panda Love and Sharks, $14.95
• Water resistant, neoprene material
• Machine washable
• Easy to carry and store flat

pencil case pencil case

Barrel Pencil Case in On The Street and Sugar Overload, $7.95
• Handy size
• Easy to fit in backpacks or bags
• Durable material
• Multi-purpose

Zak Australia lunch-ware range

To help those fastidiously organised mums out there, Zak Australia have put together the best of the best in licensed children’s dinnerware, lunch and hydration products – the perfect stocking filler for the little ones!
With characters ranging from Frozen’s Elsa to Kevin the Minion, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to My Little Pony, or Hello Kitty and Thomas the Tank Engine, every child is sure to have their favourite.
The Zak Australia demand forecast predicts Shopkins, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Minions.
Shopkins are the popular new line of super cute, super tiny, grocery-themed tiny collectables that kids are going crazy for.
Star Wars is also back this year, with the soon-to-be released film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.
And of course, Zak couldn’t forget the Minions, who took over with their own movie this year.
Kids can then get back into the classroom for a new school year with these practical and fun licensed lunch and drink bottle ranges. Zak Insulated lunch bags have a Velcro strip for easy opening and closing, and a silver lining that’s easy to clean and keeps lunches cool. Lunch bags rrp $12 and drink bottles rrp $10

lunch bag Strawberry lunch bag Character lunch bag
metal drink bottle metal drink bottle metal drink bottle

Zak Australia maintains a strong focus on social responsibility and environmental awareness, manufacturing products that are all Bisphenol –A (BPA), phthalate and lead free. Many products are also dishwasher and microwave safe. Products are available across major retailers Woolworths, Coles, Target, and Kmart.

Mayvers Super Spreads

Local, family-owned health food brand Mayver’s has launched four new all-natural, pure-state table spreads made with super powered wholefood ingredients. Mayver’s new range provides a natural alternative to leading supermarket brands of table spreads which often include hidden nasties such as palm oil, hardened fats, emulsifiers and chemical additives.

“We’re a small family company and our promise is genuine. We handpick our ingredients and use traditional chemical-free processing such as water hulling, oven roasting and stone grinding to deliver a natural, healthy table spread that is as close to homemade as possible”, says owner Paul Raff.
Mayver’s is proud to be one of the first companies to introduce the recently approved Health Star Rating system (HSR) to its labeling. Introduced by the Australian Government in June 2014, the voluntary Health Star Rating system calculates energy, saturated fat, sodium, total sugars, fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content, dietary fibre and protein content to assign a score from 0.5 to 5 (with 5 as the healthiest option).

Mayver’s new Original Super Spread is a mix of Chia, Sesame and 5 ‘super nuts’ - Almonds, Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts, Peanuts and Cashews - simply crushed, blended and bottled into nothing but pure-state goodness. HSR 5
Mayver’s Super Natural Peanut Butter – Crunchy and Smooth varieties. Deliciously healthy, they’re made with 100 per cent Australian peanuts that are simply crushed, bottled and blended with a splash of sea salt to give it that added zing! HSR 4.5
Mayver’s Dark Chocolate Super Spread, a delicious pure-state original spread variation, blended with all-natural dairy-free dark chocolate made with cacao! With only 6g/100g of cane sugar, it has 80 per cent less sugar than leading brands and contains no palm oil, hardened fats or dairy – a big win for Mums looking for a healthier option! HSR4

The Australian Dietary Guidelines include nuts in the protein food group and recommend a daily serving of 30g. Nut varieties are generally rich in a few nutrients
Almonds – protein, calcium and vitamin E
Hazlenuts – fibre, potassium, folate and vitamin E
Brazil nuts – fibre and selenium
Cashews – non-haem iron (ie plant-based) and low GI
Peanuts – niacin, vitamin B6

According to Nutrition Australia, nuts are good for your health.
Research shows eating pure-state foods, such as nuts can
• help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
• Nuts and seeds have been clinically proven to help regulate blood cholesterol, maintain healthy blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels, which also reduces the risk of Metabolic Syndrome.
• and decrease dangerous spikes throughout the day.
• Preliminary studies also indicate that nuts may reduce the risk of gallstones, help maintain bone health and slow brain aging.
• Peanuts are packed full of Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. Resveratrol has been found to have protective functions against cancers, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mayver’s new Super Spread range is available from Woolworths, Coles and independent grocers and health stores in the peanut butter aisle. Mayver’s product range also includes eleven pure-state table spreads available in the health food aisle of Woolworths, Coles and leading health food shops.
There are also over 100 recipes to try available at www.mayvers.com.au

Parenting books

book cover

Vege smugglers: Recipes that sneak the good stuff in

by Wendy Blume • Bright New Media $24.95

Great title and interesting layout and design make this an attractive addition to the weapons available to get kids to EAT their vegetables! Recipes show some asian influence with kids versions of udon, okonomiyake (japanese pancake) and kedgeree as well as suggestions to jazz up menus for adults.


This=that child size: A life size photo guide to kid's food serves

by Trudy Williams • $50 online at www.kidsfoodtalk.com.au

Portion size has a dramatic impact on a child's food intake, with research showing that children eat almost one-third more food when served double portions, and also take bigger bites. There are over 342 life-size photos of food in seven categories which clearly show serving sizes. Parents will be surprised (and should be reassured) at the smallness of recommended portions. A valuable visual aid to help create awareness of food quantities consumed by children.


The kooky 3D kids cookbook

Hardie Grant $24.99

A new twist and a fun way to encourage kids into the kitchen, this book taps into the 3D craze by including 3D glasses to look at the food images! 24 popular recipes include corn fritters, lamb and veggie kebabs and superstar sundaes. Warning parents - don't look at them without the glasses as you'll feel seasick!


The reading bug...and how you can help your child to catch it

By Paul Jennings • Penguin $29.95

Who better to write a book for parents on inspiring a love of reading in their child? Winner of every children’s choice award in the country and with book sales of 8 million, Paul Jennings knows a thing or two about what kids want to read. Without a doubt, he believes the involvement of parents is the best indicator of how well a child will read once they start school. Written in clear and simple prose, Jennings offers many strategies and suggestions from a lifetime of reading and writing books for children.


Your toddler month by month

By Dr Tanya Byron • DK $49.95

You may have come across Tanya Byron on Foxtel’s Little Angels programs. This is a comprehensive guide to the physical development of your toddler, and also their emotional needs. There are strategies to manage behaviour in a firm but loving manner, as well as a usuful section describing what your toddlers wants and what he needs.


Heart to heart parenting

By Robin Grille • ABC $35.00

The tag line on the cover sums up Grille’s philosophy of parenting – ‘nurturing your child’s emotional intelligence from conception to school age’. The book does not focus so much on techniques and tips for parenting, but rather on how to build relationships with children by understanding how children see us and the world around them. 


Growing great girls, Growing great boys

By Ian and Mary Grant • Random House $29.95

Respected NZ parenting experts, parents and grandparents, the Grants bring a welcome dose of common sense to the topics of parenting boys and girls. While many parenting principles are universal, “Grandma’s rule” – ‘You can do what you want to do, when you’ve done what you have to do’ is worth remembering!. Each book addresses issues specific to girls and boys, by age; for example the prevailing ‘slut culture’ so damaging to girls. Whether parents like it or not, they dismiss extended day care for very young babies, on the established developmental grounds that babies need one consistent familiar person to whom they can attach.


The new child – in search of smarter grown-ups

By Don and Patricia Edgar • Wilkinson Publishing $34.95

Don and Patricia Edgar have well established credentials in the world of children and families. Don Edgar was founding Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Patricia Edgar directed the Australian Children’s Television Foundation for over 20 years. They are uniquely placed to comment on the changing conditions of childhood and its challenges for parents. The Edgars argue that ordinary family life has changed – with onslaughts from online media technologies, the exploitation of children as consumers and the growth of the “all about me” culture.


Life strategies for dealing with bullies

by Jay McGraw • Simon & Schuster $19.95

While there’re lots of books published about bullying written for parents, there are far less that are for kids to read. Written with the same common sense as his famous father (Dr Phil), it’s pitched squarely at preteens. Using kid-friendly language he offers recognisable types – the two-faced friend, the stuck up kid, the bad mouth - as well as scenarios such as e-bullying, then offers solutions and things to think about in a journal format that kids of this age will find very accessible.


The book of grandparents

ABC $27.95

Clearly a topic which is flavour of the month – this collection also gives well known grandpas and pops a voice. Perhaps it’s because, as Normie Rowe points out – the boomers are now becoming grandparents in an era when so many families are a mix of blends that grandparents are often the constant in a child’s changing world.

Braun Touchless+forehead thermometer

The telltale grizzling, the hot-as-pancakes forehead… great, it’s fever time again. Thermometer pack

The last thing you need now is the stress of a complicated or unreliable thermometer; the stress of trying to remember what’s a fever and what isn’t… and last but definitely not least, the stress of trying to wrangle an unwilling child into having their temperature taken in the first place!

Luckily fever experts Braun have come up with the ultimate child-friendly solution: the new Braun Touchless + forehead thermometer.

For the first time ever, Braun’s dual technology makes it possible to switch between “touch” and “touchless” mode – taking a reading from up to 5cm away from the forehead, but with ability to switch to the traditional forehead touch method for added peace of mind.

Restless baby?  Grabby toddler?  Child fallen asleep?  It’s super easy to take their temperature with the Braun Touchless + forehead.  And you know it’s accurate too, with Braun’s patented satellite sensor which captures 2 x more body heat from the forehead than other ‘no touch’ technology.

Braun’s new thermometer also features a ‘traffic-light’ style, colour-coded display which makes fevers simple to interpret.   The colour background tells you instantly how high your child’s fever has reached (Red = high fever, Yellow = moderate fever, Green = normal).

And that pesky positioning?  Not an issue with Braun.  Like a car with parking sensors, the Touchless + forehead will alert you if the thermometer is correctly (or incorrectly) positioned via a series of beeps and a display on the screen – this further guarantees accurate results, every time.

So let’s count the ways you’re less stressed with Braun:  two super-fast modes of fever monitoring for even the grumpiest kind of sickie, guaranteed accuracy, instant fever analysis and positioning guidance that’s sleep-deprivation proof.  What could be simpler?

Find the new Braun Touchless + forehead, RRP $99.95 at selected pharmacies.  For more information or stockists visit www.fgb.com.au or phone 1800 655 841.

FESS for coughs and colds

The common cold is the most frequent illness in the world with children affected the most. According to NPS Medicinewise, on average children catch five to ten colds a year, which is more than adults, because they have not been exposed to as many cold viruses as adults.                       

According to consultant paediatrician, Dr Jonny Taitz, colds and other related illnesses are seasonal and mainly occur in winter but have little to do with cold weather and more to do with the amount of viruses circulating at the time.

“Colds during winter have always been high especially for younger children who are more likely to develop a cold as they spend more time indoors and come in close contact with other children. The most common virus that leads to the common cold is the rhinovirus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat.”

Dr Taitz offers tips to help prevent children's colds and flu this winter:

  • Encourage regular hand washing
    The best things you can do to prevent whatever is going around is to encourage regular hand-washing, especially before eating meals
  • Stop the spread of germs
    Teach children to sneeze or cough into a tissue or even their bent elbow as coughing into the hand will only spread those germs around on the next thing they touch
  • Keep hand sanitizers within easy reach
    Encourage school-age children to use hand sanitizers after play or pack a small pack in their school bags to help curb the spread of germs from other children
  • Keep hands away from face
    Remind children not to touch their nose, eyes, or mouth which is a common path for germs to spread
  • Don’t send children to school or day-care sick
    Although this might be tough for working parents it is important not to send children to school when sick as this will just keep the virus spreading around
  • Keep toys clean
    If your child has frequent play-dates with other children who may be sniffily make sure to wash his or her toys well after each play

FESS is a natural product that will help parents manage their child's symptoms of coughs and colds.

medicine Clinically proven Little Coughs ® is a natural great-tasting cough syrup specifically developed to soothe coughs and chest congestion for your little one and is free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. Clinical studies have found natural Ivy leaf extract to be effective and extremely well tolerated by children. Available from pharmacies nationwide for RRP $13.95 for 100mL and $18.95 for 200 mL www.littlecoughs.com.au
nasal spray

FESS Little Noses is a gentle saline solution, which loosens and thins mucus to help clear a blocked nose and moisturise dry nasal passages to allow your child to breathe easier, naturally. It is also available without a special FESS nasal aspirator.  Available from pharmacies nationwide RRP $12.95 http://fesslittlenoses.com.au

nose spray

Children’s FESS® saline nasal spray helps clear away excess mucus and stimulates the nose’s natural defences. The gentle saline solution is non-medicated and preservative free and can be used as often as needed to help your child breathe easy. Available from pharmacies nationwide for RRP $11.95 www.fess.com.au


Little Eyes® are gentle hypoallergenic wipes specifically designed to cleanse the delicate area around little one’s eyes and are pH balanced to match your child’s own tears. Little Eyes are ideal for softly wiping away crusting and sticky residue from eyes and eye lashes.  Available from pharmacies nationwide for RRP $15.99 www.littleeyes.com.au



Licetec V-Comb

It’s Nitbusting Time
Children have been back at school now for 8 weeks or so, with plenty of time for head lice to rear their ugly heads, so to speak.

Never fear, a West Australian innovator has spent 10 years on a crusade against head lice, turning to technology in the never-ending war against head lice infestation.
Moshe Maor has developed the Licetec V-Comb™ – an electrical hand held device incorporating combing and vacuuming to eliminate head lice and eggs from hair with the ease of combing.

Driven by the frustrations of a parent dealing with reoccurring head lice, Moshe, said he felt there
was a need to fill a ‘gap in the market’ for a chemical and allergy free solution.

licetec v comb“The V-Comb is basically a one-off cost and can be used again and again on more than one child.

“Unlike other head lice treatments, the V-Comb captures head lice and eggs into a disposable filter, allowing parents and children to see exactly what’s been removed from the hair.

“It gives them the chance to see the whole head lice lifecycle, with eggs and head lice all securely captured in the disposable filter,” Moshe said.

The economical alternative is chemical-free, meaning it is ideal to combat the new breed of chemically-resistant head lice, identified by recent research*.

The V-Comb is used by separating hair in to small sections and thoroughly combing with the hand held device daily to break the head lice life cycle. The device draws live head lice and eggs into the capture filter for no-mess and hygienic disposal.

Easy to clean and allergy free, V-comb can be purchased from local pharmacies or licetec.com.au


• There is a common misconception that head lice are linked to poor hygiene. Head lice actually prefer clean hair – it’s easier for them to cling to.

• Lice can’t jump – they’re wingless and crawl or swing through hair very quickly. The only way they can be transferred is via head to head contact.

• Research has shown head lice are becoming resistant to chemicals in over-the-counter treatments.

• Lice don’t care if you have long or short hair. They will live in your hair, no matter what length it is.

• Studies have shown lice can survive after an overnight treatment of mayonnaise, white vinegar, olive oil, tea tree oil or Vaseline®.

• Lice love the heat. Their favourite spots are the top of the head, behind the ears, and the nape of the neck. The require blood and heat to survive and feed every three to six hours.

• Spraying the house with pesticide won’t get rid of head lice.


papaya goldAustralian owned and manufactured PapayaGold is a new variation on the pawpaw market.

PapayaGold® paw paw ointment contains a combination of high strength paw paw with a therapeutic strain of Manuka Honey 20+.

Paw paw fruit is valued not only for its delicious flavour but also because of its health benefits. Paw paw is the common name for the Carica Papaya, a tropical fruit that has long been utilised as a traditional medicine for a range of ailments and conditions. This plant has played a very important role and has been revered in many civilisations for its various health giving properties.

The other key ingredient is the Bio Active Manuka honey 20+, which is known worldwide for its medicinal applications. Not all Manuka Honeys have therapeutic properties. Only the honey with a bioactive rating of 16 and above are classified as therapeutic.

Native to New Zealand’s north island, Manuka is the Maori name for the trees, from which the bees source the nectar to produce the honey. The purest strains of Manuka honey are made by bees that interact with just one species of flower which is generally found at high altitude.

The University of Waikato developed a test which rates the anti-bacterial properties of Manuka Honey. Samples are taken by the University from every hive of Manuka Honey to determine the appropriate rating.

The PapayaGold® paw paw ointment enriched with Bio active Manuka honey 20+ contains no “nasties”. The ointment is fragrance free, and has no parabens or sulphates!

 PapayaGold® has a recommended retail price of $4.95 and is the next generation Paw Paw Ointment.

Nature’s Care Paw Paw baby products

paw paw baby productsNature’s Care Australia has introduced a new formulation for its popular Paw Paw Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and Paw Paw Baby Balm.

Made with real Paw Paw and all-natural derived plant-based ingredients, Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is 100 per cent soap free and pH balanced so it cleans baby’s delicate skin without over-drying.  

It has a fresh, fruity aroma that makes bath-time fun.  Free from nasty chemicals, it is the perfect all-in-one shampoo and body wash to keep your baby or toddler clean from head to toe and comes in a handy pump dispenser for ease of use.

Renowned for its therapeutic qualities, paw paw (also known as papaya) has been used since ancient times.  It is rich in Omega nine and is full of antioxidents, especially vitamins A and C, known for their skin enhancing properites – keeping baby’s hair, skin and scalp soft and hydrated, just as Mother Nature intended.

Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Balm is reformulated to contain a nourishing blend of Beeswax, Sunflower seed oil and Vitamin E, to protect and sooth baby’s delicate skin at nappy change time. Used for centuries in natural medicine, paw paw seed oil is known for its skin healing properties.  It contains the enzyme papain, which helps skin repair and renewal – perfect for baby’s sensitive skin.

Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Balm is also great for mums too.  Can be used in breast-feeding to protect nipples (cleanse away the product before feeding), or keep in your handbag to use on lips, hands and body – anywhere you need to moisturise and protect skin.

Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Balm, 100g is available exclusively from Woolworths priced $6.99. Nature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, 500ml is available from Woolworths, priced $8.99.

Nature’s Care is an Australian company that develops, manufactures and distributes a range of nutritional and natural skin care products throughout Australia from their headquarters in Sydney.  Visit www.pawpawaustralia.com.au and www.naturescare.com.au for more information.