Great new Snooze kids bedding range in store from April

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 Kids’ bedrooms - a place to live, learn and grow!

 

Snooze understands the important role a child’s bedroom plays in their personal development, representing a blank canvas against which they can express their personality, creativity and mood. A child’s bedroom is a haven of personal space, and one that needs to create a sense of individuality and independence.

 

National Product Manager for Snooze, Adrian Galiazzo, says that with a little planning, the placement of bedding and furniture in a child’s bedroom can easily help transform it into a nurturing environment for play, study, and of course, for rest.

 

“Parents have told us that detailed product research helps the decision-making process when it comes to purchasing a new bed for their children. At Snooze, we provide all the tools parents will need to make the right choices for their kids, investing both for now and for the future,” said Galiazzo.

 

Snooze is the place to turn to for inspiration, with advice provided in each store on how you can create the latest, on-trend bedroom looks, with innovative products to bring your decorating vision to life with ease.

 

Snooze’s great new children’s bedroom range hits stores in April, with new colour schemes, design elements and fun themes for kids which will inspire and make designing your little ones’ room a delight and not a drag!

 

Key areas to consider when choosing a bedding ensemble for your child include ensuring it is practical, but also fun, with the flexibility to grow and change as quickly and easily as your children’s interests.

 

Snooze’s new kids’ range of beds and bedroom accessories encapsulates everything it means to be a kid - one day its dragons and princesses, the next it’s room for study books! Snooze has something for every age and stage for you to get the look.

 

Additionally, a great range of accessories are also new in store, with cushions, mats, blankets, toys and stickers to complete kids bedroom looks and helping to finish off any theme or colour scheme for a range of ages and interests.

 

For more information, please visit www.snooze.com.au.

FALLS CREEK, FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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FALLS CREEK, FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

Falls Creek Alpine Resort is the perfect place for an unforgettable family experience.

 

Falls Creek offers some of the most celebrated slopes in Australia, so it’s the perfect place for all standards of skiers and snowboarders to have a time-to-remember on and off the snow.

 

Falls Creek is great for beginners, with 80% of the resort being dedicated skiers and snowboarders at the beginner or intermediate level. This includes the famous ‘Wombat’s Ramble’, Australia’s longest beginner run. Falls Creek offers lessons for all ages and abilities through group lessons and a Snow Club for children. Private lessons are also available, perfect for those who want to progress a little further under the one-on-one tuition.

 

Pete the Snow Dragon is a favourite of Falls Creek visitors. The loveable Falls Creek icon performs two shows a week with singing, dancing, games and prizes. Many children can be seen around the resort wearing the Pete the Snow Dragon merchandise, including a tail, around the resort.

 

Falls Creek caters for the whole family, shuttles give easy access around the resort for young legs, and the new Snowplay Park allows the small children to experience the snow and play in a safe environment.

 

In the Summer season, there are plenty of activities for all the family, from scenic walks to bike rides, canoe hire to Segway tours. Rocky Valley Lake is the highest significant body of water in Australia at 16000m and here you can fish, kayak, boat and swim. Falls Creek offers breathtaking scenery and so it’s the perfect place to get the whole family outdoors for fresh air. It’s also a lot quieter than heading to the beach.

 

Day care is available at Slalom Plaza at the base of the chairlift. The centre offers the highest quality of care being part of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care, and also registered with Centrelink so you can apply for the Childcare Rebate. With morning, afternoon and all day sessions, bookings are highly recommended.

 

There are hotels at Falls Creek to suit families of all types and sizes, from large communal lodges where your children can mingle to hotel and apartment rentals, perfect for those wanting their own private living space.

 

Accommodation is also available with child friendly dinner arrangements at the hotel restaurants. Children are supervised while they eat at 6.30pm and adults can enjoy a drink at the bar and then adults eat at 7.30pm while the children are entertained to their heart’s content. Hotels offering this service include Pretty Valley and Diana Lodge. There is something for every dining budget at Falls Creek.

 

Falls Creek leaves no stone unturned in offering your family an amazing experience in the heart of the scenic North-East Victorian countryside.

 

For more information, please visit www.fallscreek.com.au

 

Book release: Diary of a First-time Mum by By Nicole Hall

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An uncensored account of all the stuff that really happens

New parents can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of information available on sleeping, feeding, burping, weighing and changing their new baby. So how do you wade through it all and fi nd out what life with your new baby will really be like?

 

Diary of a First-time Mum is an unusual achievement. The author, Nicole Hall, documented her life as a new parent, jotting down her thoughts in the wee hours of the morning as she breastfed. The result is a comprehensive account of all the stuff that really happens when you become a mum for the first time.

 

Nicole says: ‘When I came home with my new baby I was aware I may have a lot to learn. I mean I was aware of some things, like the fact that new babies need regular feeds and sleeps, but the rest (i.e. everything else) I discovered only as they suddenly occurred. Having a baby is a huge learning curve and there are some things you can only learn by going through them yourself.

 

‘I wrote this book for pregnant women (and their partners) and for new mothers. Everything I share here, everything I’ve learned and found out about being a new mum, I wish I had before my babies were born. I hope it will provide invaluable pre and post birth insights and be a useful companion to all eager to - be mums like I once was / still am.’

 

At times hilarious and sad, poignant and quirky, Nicole’s diary shares her intimate experiences

of everything from labour to changing nappies, endless poo, mastitis, sleep patterns, changes in her body and the joy of getting to know her new sons.

 

She also shares her inner thoughts on her transition from being a professional working woman to fulltime stay-at-home mum.

 

Nicole says the support of family, friends and health workers was invaluable: ‘I had so few ideas about babies or parenting. I had no idea how it would feel to have a little one attached to me all the time, I had no idea what to do with a sick baby. These people became our instruction manual.

 

‘Now I have children, the way we live seems nonsensical to me. We, the primary parents, are all

slaving away in our little boxes; all doing the same thing, all coming up against the same challenges. I imagine that in tribal communities fi rst-time mothers do not have such a diffi cult time.

 

‘Speaking from my own experience I would advise any new mum not to struggle on their own. It may be the most rewarding job in the world, but it’s also the hardest. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family, friends and community services, and join a mother’s group - you will quickly find everyone is in the same boat!’
 
Publication: 15 March 2010
$26.95, paperback ISBN 9781921462122
Available in bookshops and online at www.finch.com.au

 

 

About the author

Nicole Hall is a clinical psychologist and (nowadays) 34-year-old mother of two young sons. Nicole has a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adolescents and young

adults in public health and more recently, in private practice.

 

Nicole is currently involved in mental health research.

SIDS and Kids introduce its new range of baby wipes

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SIDS and Kids introduce its new range of baby wipes

 

SIDS and Kids, Aussie Wipes produce Red Nose Baby WipesSIDS and Kids who does its best at ‘being silly for a serious cause’ with its zany red nose day has partnered with Aussie Wipes to launch its new range of baby wipes to support research into sudden infant death syndrome all year round.

 

A percentage of sales from the wipes will fund vital research into stillbirth, safe sleeping practices and support services to bereaved families. In Australia each year over 3,500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child from stillbirth or during the first month of life. SIDS and Kids relies almost totally on the support of the community.

 

“Our new Red Nose Baby Wipes are a perfect extension to our loved Red Nose Day brand and offer Australian’s another easy way to support sudden infant death syndrome all year round. Partnering with a quality Australian manufacturer like Aussie Wipes means we have a good quality product that also does good. We hope more Australians buy our wipes to help save more babies lives,” says Leanne Raven, Red Nose Day CEO.

 

Red Nose Baby Wipes are specifically formulated to be not too wet and not too dry,dermatologically tested, pH balanced and hypoallergenic. They are available in scented and unscented 100 wipe packs and 30 wipe travel packs. They are the only baby wipes in Australia accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council to help manage our forests and are dermatologically tested to be delicate on baby’s skin.

 

Red Nose Baby Wipes is aiming to sell over one million packs per year to help fund research into stillbirth, SIDS and safe sleeping practices. Available from the SIDS and Kids online store, bulk orders only of nine pack of 100 wipes per box for $35.90 + p&h www.sidsandkidsshop.org or www.aussiewipes.com.au phone: 1300 4 Wipes

A PERFECT GIFT FOR THE “UBER-MUM” THIS MOTHER’S DAY

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Forget about flowers, chocolates and gifts that won’t last. Created specially to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Uberkate “Family Compass” is the perfect gift to spoil your mum with this year.
 
As a mother of two young children, Sydney-based silversmith Kate Sutton knows how important it is to keep her kids close to her heart. So for Mother’s Day she has created a necklace that does just that, the “Family Compass”.
 
Each Uberkate piece is handcrafted by Sutton and personalised with embossed initials of the mother’s loved ones.
 
“My inspiration for this necklace is the compass. I wanted to design a piece, which like a compass, will guide a mother through life by keeping her family close.” said Sutton.
 
“As a mum I always want my family near and this necklace ensures my family is with me, wherever I may be.
 
“My mum is so important to me and every year I try to come up with something new for Mother’s Day that I know she would love,” said Sutton.
 
The Family Compass is available in three styles. “I’ve designed the pieces so they will appeal to those who like wearing gold, silver or even both,” added Sutton.
 
Uberkate designs are for people who desire to wear unique and personalised pieces that ‘mean something’.
 
All purchases can be made online at www.uberkate.com.au or through selected retailers from a RRP of $395.
 

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