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Posted on 30 Nov 2016

 

1. Cooking Spray

Squeaky door?  Spritz a little cooking spray on the hinge (have a paper towel ready to catch any drips), then swing the door back and forth to ensure the oil coats the hinge.  You can also use it to lubricate keys that tend to stick in locks, remove bugs from your car bumper bar, and coat your hands before using your fingers to roll meatballs or shape burger patties (it’ll prevent the food from sticking to them).   Believe it or not, it’ll even help your next manicure – a light spray over nail polish helps it to set and dry quicker.

Posted on 16 Nov 2016

Have these simple tricks up your sleeve next time you hear the dreaded words:  "I'm booooored" and you'll be the coolest parent on the block!

1. Batting practice

Take one pack of water balloons, fill 'em up, put in a basket and practice hitting them with a plastic baseball bat!

Posted on 08 Nov 2016

Jelly really is a win-win treat food.  Kids love it, and it's super easy to make. And if there's one jelly recipe that never goes out of style, it's frogs in a pond. This classic, 2-ingredient kid's party treat will keep all your little guests happy over the holidays, and looks deceptively tricky whilst actually being extremely easy.  Whip some up before the kids arrive and you'll quickly be the favourite aunty/friend/grandparent of all time.

You'll need:

2 x 65g packets of jelly (blue or lime green are perfect)
8 chocolate frogs
8 clear plastic cups

Posted on 03 Nov 2016

Everybody loves pancakes, but you don’t have to stick to round circles. Delight the kids (and the big kids!) this weekend and get creative with these super-special pancake treats.

Basic Pancake Batter

Ingredients:
1.5 cups milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon bi-carb soda
1/3 cup caster sugar
25g butter, melted

Directions: Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour &  bi-carb soda into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.

Posted on 19 Oct 2016

If your kids are captivated by Halloween, why not try a bit of ‘spooky craft’?  Whether or not you allow trick or treating, it’s a great way for them to feel part of the atmosphere.

This ‘Halloween goo/slime’ is really just home-made play dough but with the added addition of eucalyptus essential oil – unique scents will help capture your kids’ imaginations and encourage creative play (plus, eucalyptus’ antibacterial properties help keep little fingers germ-free!)

Posted on 06 Oct 2016

Brushing teeth can be a battlefield (for us) and a bore (for kids). We've all witnessed their half-hearted attempts at it, and we know that 10 seconds of swishing around just won't cut it.

But short of nagging until our throats are raw, how can we instill proper dental hygiene technique (and avoid those dreaded fillings at the dentist)?   Make it fun!  Try these handy tips.

1. Playing dentist

Kids might not realise their "technique" isn't good, simply because they've never been taught.  By letting them imitate proper technique on a doll or a puppet, they can more clearly see & learn.

Posted on 07 Jul 2016

 

Head lice.  Two words on a school or daycare notice to strike fear into the heart of any parent.  Just one critter the size of a pin head can mean hours of applying smelly chemicals, combing impossible tangles and of course, endless whinging. 

Head lice have been around since pretty much the beginning of civilisation (they appear in Ancient Egyptian art) and they’re not going anywhere, infesting up to 35% of 4-11 year old Australian school children every year.  This immortal parasite is a hardy little species, figuring out how to become immune to many of the chemical treatments on the market.

Posted on 25 Nov 2014

This Halloween, why not try a bit of ‘spooky craft’?  Whether or not you allow trick or treating, it’s a great way for kids to feel part of the atmosphere.
 
This ‘Halloween goo/slime’ is really just home-made play dough but with the added addition of eucalyptus essential oil – unique scents will help capture your kids’ imaginations and encourage creative play (plus, eucalyptus’ antibacterial properties help keep little fingers germ-free!)