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    12 Most Ridiculous Santa Letters

    Having been good all year round, your kids would probably be starting to write their Christmas wish list for Dear Old Father Nick. As we know, kids can be rather cute hoping that the big friendly guy will reward them with the latest fad toy. It’s often the case that what they write on their Letter to Santa would bring a smile to our face, but when you have infinite posibilities for what present you’d like to unwrap on the Christmas Day,  you’d be surprised just how ridiculous their requests can be.  1. That’s a bit hoarsh of the kid 2. The kid whose Dad knows Santa 3. This kid deserves a Nobel Peace Prize 4. Santa’s got a curfew 5. Ra Ra ooh la la! This kid is Gaga for his doll. Just give it to him! (wink wink parents) 6. Don’t you just hate it when they don’t come with batteries! 7. This ‘baby’ got back… 8. I think her daddy might not approve of at least one of them… 9. You hear that parents, I mean Santa, you got a couple years to make that happen. 10. I mean, stuffed chicken is good. 11. Noted, Santa will give your sister coal for Christmas 12. Abort! Abort! Abort!   We hope you enjoy the holidays. Please share your Letters to Santa story. 

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    20 Hilarious Notes Written By Kids

    We know how kids can be adorably cute but at the same time be brutally honest – they have no filter and so say whatever they feel. This is one of the reasons why parenting is one of life’s joys. See below some of our favourite hilarious notes written by kids. 1. Aww, we can’t come in? That stinks! 2. Ooooh, brutal…   3. I’m sure mommy will apprecitate this 4. Ouch… 5. Same thing, right? 6. Love is conditional 7. Someone’s on mummy’s ‘bad list’ 8. It kills to respect one’s own privacy 9. The kid will go far 10. Um, of course the tooth fairy will mind, she’s gotta make a living 11. That’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard 12. Well it won’t kill her to try 13. I think bunny needs to go on a diet 14. Are those tears of joy or sadness? 15. Hopefully the neighbour got the message 16. I wonder how long his ‘new life’ will last 17. If only life’s problems can be solved this easy 18. It was cute while it lasted   19. Someone love’s their mama… 20. Poor Ethan, what did he do to his brother?    

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    Healthy Snacks for Kids Recipes

    Nowadays, we get so health conscious about what we feed our kids. Making healthy snacks for kids can be time consuming because you would need to make it from scratch. But there can be a way to make preparing quick, easy and fun.  We recommend these simple recipes that will leave your kid smiling for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.  Rainbow   Fruit  Skewers Ingredients 7 raspberries 7 hulled strawberries 7 tangerine segments 7 cubes peeled mango 7 peeled pineapple chunks 7 peeled kiwi fruit chunks 7 green grapes 7 red grapes 14 blueberries Take 7 wooden skewers and thread the following fruit onto each – 1 raspberry, 1 hulled strawberry, 1 tangerine segment, 1 cube of peeled mango, 1 chunk of peeled pineapple, 1 chunk of peeled kiwi, 1 green and 1 red grape, and finish off with 2 blueberries. Arrange in a rainbow shape and let everyone help themselves. Fruit and Nutty Yoghurt Ingredients 3 tbsp chopped mixed nut 1 tbsp sunflower seed 1 tbsp pumpkin seed 1 sliced banana 1-2 handfuls berries (frozen and defrosted is fine) 200g vanilla yoghurt Mix the nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Mix the sliced banana and berries. Layer up in a bowl with yoghurt and enjoy.    Ricotta Strawberry French Toast Ingredients 1 large egg, beaten 300ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 slices thick-cut white bread 2 tbsp butter 50g ricotta 2 tbsp honey 100g strawberries, some sliced, some halved 2 mint sprigs, leaves picked In a wide dish, whisk the egg, milk and vanilla together. Coat one side of the bread slices in the liquid, then carefully flip them over and leave them to soak for 1-2 mins. Melt 1 tbsp of the butter in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and add two slices of bread. Cook for 5 mins or until golden, then turn to cook the other side for another 5 mins. Transfer to a plate and cook the other two slices in the rest of the butter. Halve the toast on the diagonal and spread each slice with the ricotta. Drizzle over the honey and a pinch of flaky sea salt, and arrange some sliced strawberries in a fan across the toast. Decorate the plate with the halved strawberries and mint.    Coconut Quinoa & Chia Porridge Ingredients For the porridge ½ vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out, or ½ tsp vanilla extract 15g creamed coconut 4 tbsp chia seeds 125g coconut yogurt For the topping 125g pot coconut yogurt 280g mixed summer berries, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries 2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional) Activate the quinoa by soaking overnight in cold water. The next day, drain and rinse the quinoa through a fine sieve (the grains are so small that they will wash through a coarse one). Tip the quinoa into a pan and add the vanilla, creamed coconut and 600ml water. Cover the pan and simmer for 20 mins. Stir in the chia with another 300ml water and cook Read more [...]

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    Top Online Websites for Christmas Shopping 2017

    Whether you’re a fan or not, Christmas is coming to town. For some, people have been shopping for Christmas as early as December 26th. (I know, who shops that early?) If you’re reading this now and you haven’t crossed off names on your Christmas shopping list (and the big day is in a matter of weeeks then), worry not as there is still time to shop for the whole family. Since you might be leaving it to the last minute we can assume you are not one that enjoys shopping in crowded malls during the busiest part of the year. And every year you promise yourself you won’t do this to yourself again.  So why not skip the xmas shopping in malls this year and opt to shop online. We recommend the top websites with unique, interesting gifts perfect for kids on Christmas.  VTech VTech Toys Australia is an award winning electronic learning toys company offering the best learning toys on the market today.  Shop for children aged 0-7 years old. Visit Facebook Visit Webite BooKid From games, puzzles, workbooks and activity books, there are lots of choices to find the perfect gift for toddlers and children. Helping to nurture the young child’s thought-process, memory fine motor skills and creative expression, the toys are designed to improve the child’s learning and development. Visit Facebook Visit Pinterest Visit Webite   Nature Crafts for Kids If you’re an educator, parent or carer looking for ideas to encourage kids to spend more time playing outside and being creative with nature, then these toys are for you! Visit Facebook Visit Instagram Visit Pinterest Visit Website   Sensory Oasis for Kids Specialising in quality Sensory Products that help fulfil the sensory needs of children with Autism, ADHD, Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder. Visit Facebook Visit Instagram Visit Pinterest Visit Website    Pia & Per  Pia and Per is the brand for a range of childrens silver enamel jewellery for girls and boys from 0 to 10 year. Selections include bright colours and cute designs flower, hearts and butterflies for girls, and tractors, firetruck, motorcycle and soccerball for boys. It is great to dress your kids up with accessories that suit their age. The high quality product which has been available in Norway for generations is now in Australia through selected outlets.   Visit Website                  

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    Cruise the Gold Coast in Affordable Luxury

    Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic and popular holiday destination. It’s a place perfect to spend the whole day under the sun and on the waves. But from afar, that’s where it can truly be appreciated.  When you just want to escape the city, take to the sea and hire a boat for a whole day of fun. Gold Coast Party Pontoons have luxurious vessels perfect to accommodate you and some friends and family. Whether you go swimming, snorkling or fishing, you and a group of 12  will have an incredible experience – promise guaranteed.    You start your journey boarding at the marina. Due to our central location in the city, Gold Coast Party Pontoons allows you to travel as far south as Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, east to Stradbroke Island, Wavebreak Island, West to Sanctuary Cove and North to Tipplers Bar and Cafe or Couran Cove.  We recommend cruising to Wave Break Island for a picnic, snorkling, fishing or just plain relaxing. You need no boating skills to enjoy a day on the Gold Coast Broadwater with an experienced guide as part of the crew.  Our hire boats are usually self drive because no license is required but we can offer a guide to travel with you. (additional cost)  This takes all the stress away, and you will learn how to handle the boat and gain experience that will give confidence to hire on your own at a latter date. Stress is the last thing we want you to experience. Boating is a seriously fun activity, let us introduce you to this wonderful lifestyle.  Our “skippered” hire can include an onboard guide for the whole hire period, or we can take you to a great spot on the Broadwater, and see you safely moored and then return to guide you back at the end of the day. See our options at our website.   Our Party Pontoons are not just for partying.  They also make the perfect fishing boat hire platform on the Gold Coast Broadwater. Our custom built Pontoon Boats are wide, stable and low to the water which is exactly what you need when chasing the many great fish species in the Broadwater. The whole family will love your fishing trips with room to move around for the kids, comfortable padded seating and even a fully enclosed flushing toilet. Bring your own fishing gear or you can use ours (please let us know in advance).   Hiring a BBQ Boat from Gold Coast Party Pontoons allows you to enjoy this millionaire’s playground on a BBQ budget.  No license is required to drive the BBQ Boats which are equipped with the best quality Stainless Steel BBQs, staineless steel sinks with running water and a huge cool box to keep your food fresh and drinks cold. Drop a line over the side and enjoy fresh bream or flathead on the BBQ or bring your own meat. You can trust that your boat will come with many other facilities Read more [...]

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    Rhythm Factory Holiday Dance Party

     Boys and Girls, we’re celebrating all things Christmas! 6th November 2017 – 16th December 2017  At all 9 of our venues! Bookings Required   With Christmas approaching fast, it’s time to get in the festive spirit . Starting the 6th November and running until the 16th December, all of our Fabulous Programs with be running their own unique Christmas Program. Help us count down the week to Christmas with our Christmas Programs filled with: Fun Christmas themed weekly activities Well known Christmas songs Imaginative Role Plays Parents, grandparents and siblings are all welcome to come and watch   Join us for 1 week or every week – new dancers welcome anytime!  Classes can be attended as CASUAL DANCERS or why not join us as UNLIMITED DANCE TIME MEMBERS!  BOOK YOUR SPOT ONLINE TODAY   Our Venues: Beaumaris Bentleigh (Tucker Road) Benteligh (Patterson Road) Brighton Black Rock Carrum Downs Chelsea Heights Clayton  Mentone   Head on over to our website to find out more: https://rhythmfactory.com.au/christmas-program/ We can’t wait to meet you!!

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    How​ ​to​ ​Spend​ ​More​ ​Quality​ ​Time​ ​With​ ​Your​ ​Kids

    Parents want their kids to feel loved and appreciated; spending quality time together can help prove that. You may assume your kids know just how much you love each one of them but without spending consistent time together, it becomes impossible to build a relationship that stands the test of time. Here are fun ways on how to spend quality time with your kids whether they are teenagers or in preschool. Connect with your teenagers Spending time with your teenagers takes effort, time and a willing participant. If you’re a parent who wants to spend quality time doing fun things with your teenage kid, then you need to alert them in advance. Making too many plans can overwhelm and discourage your kids. To make the easy transition focus on creating memories together even if it’s just for a few minutes. If your teen likes shopping, then go to the mall together and if they like video games then join them for a game or two. Stepping into your teens world can lead to a natural conversation and improve the relationship. Embark on making healthy meal plans together Your kids are more likely to grab junk food if it’s in plain sight. Processed foods have unhealthy additives that increase the chances of getting various diseases. Introducing healthier snack options at an early age encourages your kids to eat healthy foods. If you’re a busy mum, you can use the weekend to bond with your kids by making homemade meals that will be consumed the following week. Maximize on the little time you have by allowing your children to help you stock the front part of the fridge and cabinets with healthy snacks such as yogurt. Go grocery shopping together Taking time to make homemade snacks ensures you control the taste, portion sizes, and available nutrients. Take your kids with you during grocery shopping and let them pick healthy ingredients which you can turn them into snacks or meals. When your kids remain healthy, you will be thankful that you took the time to make their life better. Work together as a family Working together as a family provides transparency on the various matter and gives room for adults to act as role models. It also provides motivation, support and makes the whole process fun instead of a chore. Set up a cleaning roster where the entire family can do general cleaning or go out for dinner where you can eat as a family or do something active like going for a walk, bowling or a physical activity that your kid enjoys. Bond with your kid through reading While academic excellence is the main reason why parents teach their children to read; reading can strengthen the parent and child relationship. Book sharing at the end of a busy day fosters social interaction and makes learning enjoyable. Parents who bond with their kids can know which subjects they find challenging. Since kids love to explore and be active, educating your children through active Read more [...]

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    Halloween Party at Lollipops Playland and Cafe (Bundoora)

    Our FAVOURITE dress up party yet!!! Scary or Sweet? Superhero or Villian? Prince or Princess?  DRESS UP IN YOUR FAV COSTUME AND JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY!!! SPOOKY LUCKY DIP UPON ENTRY FROM 4PM ONWARDS Open until 7:30PM + $8 ENTRY 4PM ONWARDS!  Looking to have a party? EASY! Take advantage of our WEEKDAY SPECIAL PARTY PACKAGE and book your party on the night! Visit our Facebook event page For more information visit our website

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    Explore Great Barrier Reef – Boat Hire with Boab Boats Cassowary Coast

    Hop on aboard your very own private hired boat with your friends and family and explore what Cassowary Coast has to offer.  Boab Boats Cassowary Coast is the recommended location for individuals looking to hire from Babinda, Bramston Beach, Innisfail, Tully, Krrimine Beach, Mission Beach and Cardwell. The Great Barrier Reef It’s easily accessible from our location, in some areas less than 15km. The Cassowary Coast region has over 25 offshore Islands. Several of these locations offer camping facilities. Imagine enjoying a couple of days of fishing, snorkelling and exploring our tropical islands. Barnard Island National Parks The Barnard Island Group comrpises of seven continental islands – Bresnahan, Hutchinson, Jessie, Kent and Lindquist (North Barnard Islands) and Sisters and Stephens (South Barnard Islands). The islands lie 5 – 10km offshore from Kurrimine Beach, which is approximately 130km south of Cairns and 240km north of Townsville.  The islands can be reached by Boab Boats Kakadu Tinny or our Hall Cabin from Mourilyan Harbour and Kurrimine Beach.  Bush camping is available on Stephens and Kent islands. Imagine your own private island for a day, why not camp the night and go fishing on our boats during the day.  Dunk Island National Park The Family Islands are off the North Queensland coast, between Tully Heads and Mission Beach. Dunk Island, 4.5km east of Mission Beach, is the largest and most northerly of the group. Access to Dunk Island is by Boab Boats Kakadu tinny or our half cabin from Wongaling and South Mission beaches. Named by Lieutenant James Cooks in 1770, Dunk Island is teeming with marine life such as sea turtles and dugongs.  Family Islands is within the traditional sea country of the Bandjin and Djiru Aborginal peoples, who, for tens and thousands of yeas, have collected, gathered and hunted the rich marine and island resources for food and materials. Hinchinbrook Island National Park Hinchinbrook Island is 8km off the Queensland coast at Cardwell. Access to the island is either by Boab Boat Kakady Tinny or our Half Cabin from Cardwell or Lucinda (Dungeness). Protected since 1932, Hinchinbrook Island is one of Australia’s largest island national parks. It is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is separated from the mainland by the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel. Surrounded by marine park waters, the fringing reefs and seagrass beds are home to some vulnerable species, including dugong and green turtles. Hinchinbrook Island is renownded for its range of habitats including misty, heath-covered mountains, sandy beaches, paperbark and palm wetlands, and extensive woodlands (as well a really great fishing area).   Now that you know where to set sail, it’s time to do some exploring for yourselves. Plot a course for an adventure and choose Boab Boats Cassowary Coast. Available boat ramps: Mourilyan Harbour, Innisfail Town Ramp, The Coconuts, Bramston Beach, Cardwell, Hinchinbrook Harbour, Mission Beach For more information check out the website: https://www.boabboats.com.au/cassowary-coast/

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    Lollipops Playland and Cafe (Bundoora)

    🎃🦇🕸️🕷️Something spooky is happening at Lollipops Bundoora 🕷️🕸️🦇🎃 Want to have a party on the night? Take advantage of our WEEKDAY SPECIAL PACKAGE – Limited spots left so do not miss out – Call 8456 0644 today!!! 🍭🍭 BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW!