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    Anzac Day

    Anzac Day is here! Some of you might be wondering what this day is all about. If you are, then continue reading! If you already know, then we have a list of commemoration services in Australia and New Zealand’s major cities below! But first, what is Anzac Day anyway? ANZAC DAY is a national day of remembrance for both countries, which broadly commemorates all Aussies and Kiwis who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, as well as the contribution and suffering of those who have served. It was originally devised to honour the members of the ANZAC, or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who served in the Gallipoli Campaign. Why April 25? When Britain declared war in August 1914, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles, a narrow strait that can be used to travel from Europe to Russia, to the allied navies. April 25 was the day the ANZAC forces landed on Gallipoli, meeting resistance from the Ottoma Turkish defenders. Why is it important? During the Gallipoli campaign alone, 8700 Australians and New Zealanders suffered and died for our freedom. The number is much higher if we take into account other wars and conflicts. ANZAC Day is the perfect day to remember their sacrifices and contributions, and to meditate on what our countries would be like without their efforts. If you’re a descendant of some of these soldiers, then this day might be extra special for you! If you’re looking for services near you, we’re here to help! Check out the list below. Canberra Dawn Service Location: Australian War Memorial Schedule: 5:30 AM The Australian War Memorial will host a Dawn Service in close cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT. It’s a standing ceremony conducted in the dark prior to sunrise. It is likely that the weather will be cold so be sure to dress for the conditions. The Anzac Day Breakfast will be held afterwards. The National Ceremony Location: The Australian War Memorial Schedule: 10:30 AM This year marks the 104th anniversary of the landing of the Anzac troops at Gallipoli. It’ll follow the traditional order of service including a Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Commemorative Address will be delivered by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC. Adelaide The Dawn Service Location: National War Memorial, North Terrace Schedule: 6:00 AM The annual commemorative march from the memorial to the Cross of Sacrifice in North Adelaide will be held prior to the service. Keith Payne, Australia’s oldest living Victoria Cross recipient, will join the service this year. He received Australia’s highest military honour for rescuing fellow soldiers while under enemy fire and suffering his own injuries during the Battle of Ben Het in 1969. Darwin Dawn Read more [...]

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    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Mother’s Day is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to show your mom, or the mother of your children, how grateful you all are that she is in your life!   One of the best ways to show your appreciation is through heartfelt and thoughtful gifts! Check out our list of gift ideas and recommendations below.   Handwritten letter/card A handwritten and heartfelt letter from the kids will surely make her feel appreciated and special! Handwriting bracelet Order a custom bracelet to preserve a piece of handwriting from her own mother or grandmother, or even from you! Flower Vase If your mother/wife loves flowers, then she will surely appreciate a beautiful vase. While you’re at it, get a bouquet that would complement its design/ Heart-shaped photo collage Create a collage using photos of priceless moments with the little ones. It makes for a fitting Mother’s Day gift, not to mention sentimental wall art. A set of mugs If she loves drinking coffee and tea, then she will surely appreciate cute mugs. We suggest getting her beautiful hand-painted ones or personalised ones. A cookbook If she enjoys cooking, then you can’t go wrong with a cookbook filled with simple and unique recipes! A new bag or a new pair of shoes Most, if not all, women will appreciate both, even if they already have a lot of them! If you know the type of bags and shoes she uses the most, then it’d be great to give her new ones. Personalized Necklaces Get them simple and elegant necklaces, either with her initials, or bars containing the names of her children! Chocolates Everybody loves chocolates! If you’re worried about her health, then get her sugar-free chocolates instead!  Books or eBook readers If she’s a bit of a bookworm, then she’d love it if you give her a copy of her favourite author’s latest piece. You could also get her eBook readers like Kindles along with digital copies of her favourite titles.   Apron Give her something new and cute to wear as she works her magic in the kitchen. Notepad A stylish notepad for to-do lists is something every mother needs! A personalized rolling pin If baking is something that interests her, this will help her add a bit of flair and a personal touch to her pastries! Calligraphy quote art Spell out how much she means to you using printable art. Adult colouring books This will surely bring out her inner kid! Having colouring sessions can also help her manage stress. Diffuser All mothers need to unwind! Give her the gift of relaxation through essential oils and a diffuser! A diffuser is mainly used to freshen up a room’s aroma. The mist it creates can be absorbed by the skin and can have a soothing effect. Eye masks and neck pillows These will help her feel more comfortable whenever you travel! Nobody knows your mother/wife more than you! Be sure to consider what she would like before choosing a gift!   Read more [...]

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    Things to do during Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to show your mom, or the mother of your children, how grateful you all are that she is in your life!   There’s no better way to show your appreciation than the gift of time! Check out our list of fun family activities below.   Mother’s Day Awards Ceremony Have everyone dress up and hold a ceremony in honour of the mothers in the family! Have family members make up their awards ahead of time!   Karaoke This activity will give everyone an opportunity to show off their vocal skills. If you’re having a large family gathering, don’t get too carried away! Give most of the spotlight to all the mothers in the family, this day is about them after all.   Book a family photo shoot Preserve wonderful moments with the family during this special day! You’ll surely enjoy the pictures for years to come!   Turn your kitchen into an ice cream parlour Create a DIY sundae bar in the kitchen. Pick your favourite toppings and place them in a row! Don’t forget to clean up afterwards! She’ll appreciate it! Let her sleep in If your mother/wife has been in stressful situations recently, then a few hours of uninterrupted sleep is one of the best gifts you can give! Have breakfast ready by the time she wakes up!  Go on a relaxing picnic Any mother would enjoy hanging out and eating with her favourite people outdoors! Movie tickets Make sure to consider what she would like! You can either have fun with the family or let her have some alone time.  Or maybe a date with you(her partner) or her friends. Make her a delicious dinner If she always prepares the meals, working with the little ones to give her a night off would be a wonderful gesture! Take care of the chores and let her binge-watch as much as she wants! You and the kids can do the sweeping, mopping, and the scrubbing. Give her a proper day off and take care of everything for her! Go outdoors and appreciate nature You can either stroll through a botanical garden or go for a day hike!   Visit a museum or a gallery If there’s a new exhibit or gallery that she wants to check out, take this opportunity to have fun with the whole family! Let her explore a passion project Everyone wants to learn something new! Whatever her interests are, there’s probably a workshop for it! Depending on what she wants, you and the little ones might even be able to take the class with her! Go shopping with her Help her in her hunt for deals at the flea market, visit antique shop, or shop for clothes or any other things that she might want or need! Schedule a massage for her   Nobody knows her more than the family! Don’t forget to consider her personal preferences!   Want to do more Read more [...]