Ready to tear your hair out at extended lockdown news? Legoland’s got your back!

Ok, so another 7 days is not what any of us wanted. Gawd this is just downright painful isn’t it? Thank goodness for LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre who is launching a FREE virtual masterclass series which is (almost) guaranteed to stop the kids making mess, arguing and giving the cat another haircut.

What is this Master Class??

The Minifigure Photography Master Class, hosted by LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Master Model Builder Kieran Jiwa (that’s him up the top there), begins tomorrow (Wednesday 21 July) and runs over five days. *Yes five days of fun!!

Join the Master Class online HERE

Developed for children aged 7-12, the Minifigure Photography Master Class will teach kids everything they need to know about creating awesome and eye-catching photos featuring LEGO Minifigures in exciting scenes!

The hands-on course will be delivered online by LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Master Model Builder Kieran Jiwa, who will cover how to create your own mini photography set, and how to take and edit awesome photos, over five days.

Kids can tune in to watch the daily video session with Kieran and download the accompanying worksheet after school each day.

Join the Master Class online HERE

At the end of the week, kids are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #LDCMinifigurePhotography to show their custom creation to the world and go in the draw to win a family pass to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne and an awesome LEGO photography prop pack!

For further information about the free Minifigure Photography Master Class, visit: https://www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com/melbourne/whats-inside/legoland-fun-hub/minifigure-photography-master-class/

Join the Master Class online HERE

Located at Chadstone Shopping Centre, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is an indoor LEGO playground that features MINILAND Melbourne, two rides, multiple build and play zones, soft play zones, a 4D cinema, and a LEGO retail store. The attraction is designed specifically for families with children aged 3-10. The attraction is closed during the current lockdown but retail purchases can still be made online.  

Puffing Billy Dog Express launches for pooches great and small

It’s no surprise that we love Puffing Billy! It truly is one of Victoria’s greatest adventures and we are so thrilled to share the news that they have just launched their Puffing Billy Dog Express! Yessss! Your Pup can hop on the train with you and be whisked to some incredible walking trails! This is the stuff of puppy dreams let me tell you!

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Beginning Saturday 29th of May, passengers and their four-legged family members can travel on a monthly Lakeside to Gembrook service with the introduction of the Puffing Billy Dog Express.

Accommodating one dog per booking, all furry travellers will enjoy a 40-minute journey through the unspoilt Wright State Forest, over three historic timber trestle bridges – including the tallest on the entire line at 60 metres long and 15 metres high – and past Cockatoo and Fielder station as the train climbs towards Gembrook. 

Journey: 

Lakeside – Gembrook, return.

Time: 

12.15pm service departing from Lakeside

Cost: 

$15.00 per dog (maximum 1-2 per carriage booth)

Dates:

Saturday 29th May

Saturday 31st July

Saturday 28th August

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Passengers and their four-legged family members can travel on a special monthly Lakeside to Gembrook service while in the comfort of enclosed compartment carriages.

Visitors can start the day at Emerald Lake Park, with plenty of walking tracks and trails for families and dogs to explore before boarding dog-friendly carriages at Lakeside Station.

Once arriving at Gembrook, passengers and dogs alike have ample time to play in the adjacent J.A.C Russell Park and wander through the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail, making it an afternoon not to be missed with your family, friends, and furry pals.

Book Online Now!


Things to remember

As with all puppy days out, it is vital you remember all the usual things to keep you, your dog and other passengers happy!

  • Poop bags *essential
  • Water for everyone including your furry friend
  • Snacks (human & dog)
  • Leash, collar, tags

Please also be mindful of our wonderful Victorian wildlife and keep your dog under control at all times! Remember, strangers don’t know how adorable your pup is, so licks on the face may be unwanted!

Who’s coming walkies with us?

For all the latest updates head to PuffingBilly.com or check out their socials below.

Cosplay and the kids! Getting ready for Oz Comic Con 2021!

With the exiting news that Oz Comic Con is coming back in the shape of an awesome Pop Up this coming weekend (6th-7th March), we had a chat to the team to find out exactly what Cosplay is and how YOU can get THE kids in on the action if YOU’RE newbies LIKE US!!

What is cosplay and how can I cosplay my kid?

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Simply put, cosplay is when you dress up and emulate a character from a TV show, film, book, toy or game. Cosplay is a bit more involved than just your average Halloween style of dressing up, cosplayers study and actually make their cosplay costumes. Additionally, cosplayers learn and take on the personas of those characters, interpreting their voices and copying their mannerisms. 

Some cosplay costumes are incredibly detailed and use skills such as leather work, moulding and metal work and they can take the cosplayer months, sometimes even years, to create. They are often  intricate, very creative and incredibly impressive.

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As a parent, you can get as involved or not involved in the creation of a child’s cosplay. Nowadays there are a lot of really good finished fancy dress options online, for example – insert link. Just buying one of these could do the trick if you haven’t got the time or the inclination to get too involved. Everything from the Marvel Universe characters to Japanese Anime costumes and characters from video games.

If you want to get more involved in the actual creation of the costume, again, the internet will be your friend, with lots of resources being available online about making costumes, props and even wigs. Additionally, the likes of Spotlight now stock dress making patterns for a number of character outfits.

There is a large cosplaying community in Australia and so you can find cosplayers on social media and also in cosplay groups, like Sydney Cosplayers, Cosplay in Australia who are on Facebook. There are also groups that are specific to a particular skill or element of cosplay, for example, The Replica Prop Forum. The cosplay community are a very lovely, generous group of people who will share patterns, skills and their projects to help you get involved.

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What is a con?

A con is short for convention and this is the get together spot for cosplayers and pop culture fans. You may have heard of Oz Comic Con before, which was mainly for people who were interested in comics originally, but over the years these cons have grown to include all sorts of things – comic artists, gaming, pop culture merchandise, workshops, talks etc., as well as it being a place for the cosplay community to meet up, show off their costumes and exchange stories with their peers.


Oz Comic Con is holding a Pop Up event on March 6th-7th at the Sydney Showgrounds, so if you and your children would like to get involved and check out the cosplay scene, this would be a great place to start.

Head to https://ozcomiccon.com/occ-pop-up-sydney/ for further information. 

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Win one of six ultimate family road trips thanks to Peppa Pig and Everyday Rewards!

The nation’s favourite cheeky piggy, Peppa Pig, has partnered with Everyday Rewards to give families the chance to win an ‘Oink-tastic’ road trip to an Australian destination of their choice!

With six family road trips up for grabs worth $5000  each, it’s an exciting opportunity for parents and their little piggies to escape for a much-needed three-day adventure after the year that was 2020.  

Ten Peppa Pig prize packs worth $200 are also up for grabs  

From 14th January to 15th February 2021, anyone who spends $15 minimum in a single transaction on Peppa Pig t-shirts,  plush toys, books or the World of Peppa Play set in BIG W stores or BIG W online and scans their Registered Woolworths  Rewards Card will go into the draw to win. Entrants will also be in the running to win one of ten Peppa Pig prize packs worth a whopping $200 each.  

A campervan tours along a windy road through the hills and by the ocean. The day is a clear and blue, ideal for touring.

Open to Australian residents 18 years and over in VIC, NSW, QLD, ACT, SA, WA and NT, the family road trip prize will  cover up to two adults (over 18 years) and up to two children (under 11 years).  

As one of Peppa’s favourite things to do is embark on adventures, the major prize includes everything needed to enjoy  the ultimate road trip filled with endless snorts and giggles!  

To get families on the road and set up for camp, the trip covers three day hire of a 4-person campervan with collection  sites available in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart, as well as 3 night’s campervan pitch hire at  a campsite in the winner’s chosen destination. With multiple options available nationwide, it’s a chance to explore  somewhere completely new or return to a treasured spot.  

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Peppa knows it wouldn’t be a family holiday without a visit to an exhilarating theme park, a trip to the zoo or a wander  through one of Australia’s top museums, so included in the prize is family admission to an attraction of the winner’s  choosing. Also on the cards is a sightseeing boat trip to explore the coast, a family dinner out and $1000 spending  money. Oh, Goody! 

To make sure the fun family memories are captured forever, winners will receive a Fuji Instax Mini Camera with 50  shots, as well as a JVC Portable Wireless Speaker to soundtrack the trip. The little ones will also be snorting in delight with a Peppa Pig prize pack sure to keep them entertained while on the road.  

Entrants will receive one entry for every full $15 spent in an eligible transaction, with multiple entries accepted. The six  winners of the family road trip and the ten winners of the Peppa Pig prize pack will each be drawn on 26th February  2021 and notified within 2 days.  

Peppa Pig knows the joy of going on a holiday is spending valuable time with loved ones, so who better to take you on an ultimate family road trip!  

To read the competition’s full terms & conditions, please visit www.woolworthsrewards.com.au/competitions offers/peppa-pig.html from January 14th. 


This is a promotion run by Everyday rewards and not by The Wilsons of Oz.

Serious flippin’ fun with Acro Kids

Honestly, school holiday fatigue is kicking in. I know it’s only week 3 but the struggle is real. Christmas is over, the presents are rapidly sinking to the bottom of the toy box, and we are inching toward unacceptable levels of screen time whilst mama works!

Thankfully Acro Kids have come to the rescue with their exceedingly good holiday program at their incredible new venue, and as I type, the freshly showered children are curled up on the sofa, well and truly exhausted! #Thankyou

Develop your child’s acrobatics and parkour skills, fitness, coordination, stability, strength and confidence!

Acro Kids offer fun, energetic, non-competitive, recreational gymnastics and parkour programs designed for children aged 1 all the way to teenagers (school holiday program is from aged 3.5), from beginner to advanced.

My children haven’t done anything like this before. Acro Kids has been their first foray into parkour and gymnastics, and from their very first class, they were hooked. Both are buzzing when I pick them up, and are tripping over each other to show me their newly learnt skills and tricks, which today included nailing a walkover and perfecting their flips and aerials. All these newly accomplished skills are honed by the gentle and supportive guidance of the fabulous coaches & Mr.D.

The pride, the sense of achievement and the desire to improve are what makes Acro Kids one of the best activity programs available for youngstersLiv Wilson

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to get your children active this summer, and into the new school year, you must must must check out Acro Kids! Trust me, you’ll have all the feels when you pick up your hot, sweaty, proudly cartwheeling children!!


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My children are 8 (boy) and 12 (girl) and both love these classes equally.

ACRO KIDS SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAMSJanuary 2021

Mornington & Mordialloc

Let the Acro Kids team entertain your kids at their Acro and Parkour/Ninja workshops and full day holiday programs these holidays!

2 hr Workshops – $30 per child

The popular Acro, Parkour and Acro/Ninja workshops are designed by qualified and experienced Gymnastics coaches for children aged 3.5 – 16 yrs of all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. Children will learn and practice gymnastics and parkour fundamentals including tumbling, cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, flips, aerials and much more! Circuit style program with fun games! 

Parkour workshops include super fun obstacle courses where the aim is to use both mind and body to run, climb, jump and vault from one station to the next.

Full Day Holiday Program – $85 per child

A combination of the Acro Kids popular acro and parkour/ninja workshops in an epic all day program. Designed for school aged children of all levels of ability and experience. Children will learn gymnastics and parkour fundamentals including tumbling, flips, aerials, cartwheels, handstands, barrel and commando rolls, fence jumps and much more! 

The program will run from 8.30am-3pm. We have extended care available until 5pm for an additional $20 per child. Children staying for extended care will have afternoon tea, supervised free play and a movie to keep them entertained!

Places are limited so avoid disappointment – BOOK HERE (link to https://www.acrokids.com.au/school-holiday-program/ )

Term time program information and fees can be found here, or you can contact Acro Kids directly via info@acrokids.com.au or by calling 0477 079 970.

All of ACRO KIDS qualified coaches have Working with Children checks and First Aid training. Parents can drop off and pick up. There will be 1 trainer to 9 children ratio during the acro and parkour activities. Children will need to bring snacks, lunch, a water bottle and lots of energy! 
Read Acro Kids Covid Safe Plan here

Book review- Love your Brain

With so much going on in our little people’s worlds at the moment, there was no better time for this fabulous little book to hit our mailbox. Emotions have been running away with us over the past 10 months, (thanks lockdown) and honestly, I’m not sure any of us really took enough time to sit down and talk about how or why we were really feeling the way we were feeling.

Love Your Brain, written by none other than Chaos to Calm legend Chrissie Davies, is a brightly coloured, fun and interactive book that takes the readers on a journey of discovery. Discovery of our emotions, the way our brain works, how we can look after our brains and what we can do when big feelings take over our bodies. *Not just for kids hey. We all need a read!

Love Your Brain is the perfect brain bible, fun fact checker and most importantly, go to guide for parents and children to turn to in order to understand their behaviour more positively, and discover how to become brain builders, together.

“When we truly understand that children don’t see the world in the same way as adults, and we teach them how to keep their brains happy and healthy, we understand that this is really the most important parenting tool we will ever need” Chrissie Davies

As a busy mama to an even busier 8 and 12 year old, we can easily forget to stop and be kind to ourselves. Emotions can run high in our house, however, Love Your Brain’s enchanting narrator ‘Little Brainiac’ gave us all a gentle reminder to stop, calm down and love our brains so that they can love us back. I delighted in the calming nature of this read, and we all appreciated the emphasis on everyone’s brain being unique. I particularly loved being able to confirm to my children that “Yes, it’s ok to feel like that”, put a name to the emotion and reiterate how important it is that we are healthy & sleep well. *Thank you Chrissie!

“I created this book specifically for you to use with kids to help them understand the importance of learning about their brains, and it is my goal to hear the words “love your brain” in every family & classroom worldwide. I also hope that this book is used as a tool for teaching children about inclusion, neurodiversity and embracing our differences.”Chrissie Davies

Love Your Brain emphasises the naming of emotions, and most importantly, how to manage them. This is a huge thing for our little ones. It’s incredibly hard for our children to open up about how they feel if they don’t really have a name for that ‘knotted feeling in their tummy’. Monty loved the idea that his brain is a computer and we spent ages chatting about his ‘amazing super computer brain’.

This is going to be an “always on the table” book in our house. One that we can dip in and out of whenever we need the reassurance, the guidance or the gentle reminder to feed our brains and give them a break every now and again.

If you have children, this is a book that will keep on giving. It is the perfect way to teach your little one about their emotions and about keeping their brain as healthy as can be! Gift this book this Christmas, and think of it as one of the greatest investments you’ll make in your child’s future.


Love Your Brain

Written by Chrissie Davies and Illustrated by Lou Pennisi

RRP $24.95


We were gifted this book, however, as always, these words are my own and honest opinion xx

Take your family on a city skyline glamping experience!


Oh wow Melbourne! How many million years has it been since we were allowed to roam the city streets, pick up glorious cups of much needed coffee from the laneways, and visit all the fabulous corners of this city we call home? It feels like forever doesn’t it? However long it’s really been, it’s been far too long and I know lots of us are crying out for some city time. Well, it looks like we may not have to wait much longer, and I have a feeling I’ve found just what you and the kids need to give you all those Melbourne city vibes!

Unique & unforgettable experiences

Just to remind you why our city is so magnificent, Melbourne Marriott Hotel have come up with a glorious city glamping experience for you to enjoy with your family. Imagine their little faces when they see this pre Christmas treat. Awwwww!

When you book this long awaited escape, your 5-star room, which comes with a private courtyard, will feature a glamping teepee for the kids plus all the necessities such as sleeping bags, pillows and outdoor chairs.

The kids get to enjoy a fun night under the stars whilst mama & papa get to snooze in the comfort of a dreamy Marriott bed! We have totally earned this after the year we’ve had! I can picture myself there now. Hotel beds are just the best aren’t they? An added bonus with this package is you get a late check-out up to 1pm, so there’s plenty of time for a lazy brekkie, a little walk and even more fun time in the teepee for the kids whilst you kick back with the paper!

What’s included?

Private courtyard with Tepee tent

Large double bed

Range of custom cushions and blankets

Sleeping bags for 2 children

Fire pit with fairy lights

Individual courtyard mood lighting

Relaxation camp chairs for parents

Picnic table and chairs

Selection of games and board games

Family Picnic Hampers are also available to order to have in the courtyard or take to the park.

Reservations

For reservations or enquiries: Email: mhrs.melmc.ays@marriotthotels.com

Tel: (+61) 3 9662 3900

To book your family’s once in a lifetime adventure under the city stars click here!


About the Melbourne Marriot Hotel

Discover 5-star amenities and an enviable city center location at the wonderful Melbourne Marriott Hotel. Situated downtown, this contemporary hotel is just a short walk away from theatres, shopping, parks, attractions and restaurants. Unwind in stylish, spacious accommodation, featuring plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi – many rooms with stunning Melbourne city views. For relaxation, the Marriot offers a fantastic fitness center with an indoor pool and high-tech gym. Grab cocktails in the Elements Lounge and Bar or indulge in modern Australian cuisine at the hotel’s on-site restaurant. The Melbourne Marriot has an ideal downtown location, exploring top attractions with your family couldn’t be easier.

If people slept outside under the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently – Unknown

I’d love to know if you book this adventure, so keep me posted xx Liv

Fabulous hands on coding adventures with Osmo

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It will come as no surprise, we are quite frankly, sick to the back teeth of remote learning. Motivation has well and truly run for the hills, and this mama is about to follow!! I have been endlessly googling ways to get my littlest dude interested in something…anything!!

Then this arrived!

If you’re not familiar with Osmo (*where have you been?) then let me share this fabulous creation that turns your kids iPad into all sorts of incredible interactive learning experiences! Think super fun games and treble it! Whether your little one is a music lover, a budding coder, or aspiring mathematician, Osmo has all the right games to inspire, engage and excite your child.

Transforming how children learn

Osmo is leading the way when it comes to actively engaging children in the learning process, and we were so excited to receive their brand new Coding Starter Kit. In no time at all a little someone got straight to it.

One of the greatest things about Osmo is the ease of setting it up. I always dread that box opening, the thick instruction manual and the kids tearing things apart, all whilst I struggle to undo the packaging properly. Osmo is none of that. It’s so easy to get unpacked, set up and learning in a very short space of time!

Osmo brings back the essence of play and encourages core life skills; creative thinking and social interaction by creating an open environment for kids to problem solve, gain positive feedback and interact with one another. Osmo can be played by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface and instinctively brings people together, as the first truly multi-generational connected gaming device with STEM learning at its core – Osmo

Monty has been learning coding at school for a little while, however this was another level. He’s a hands on kinda guy and loved being able to move the pieces on the table to create game play on the screen, and moved quickly from basic concepts up through the Coding Jam (intermediate) and on to the Coding Duo advanced puzzles. Watching him nail his coding techniques through a fun adventure was so great. The characters are cute, the sound effects are fun, and it’s by far the greatest tool kit we have in our house to keep him entertained, engaged and even more crucially, learning.

If your kids would love to learn to code, I can’t think of a better way to teach them. The joy and excitement, along with the sense of achievement this coding kit brings to our house is wonderful. We have loved playing together as a family, taking turns, and also leaving Monty to navigate his own way through. It’s really no wonder Osmo have won so many awards!


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You can buy the Osmo Coding Starter kit online at Osmo or you can head to Amazon Australia . If you’re in the UK you can find Osmo on Amazon UK. You can also follow this link to find a list of other Australian stockists.

RRP $179.00 – Suitable for ages 5-10

If you’d like to see what else Osmo have for your children, follow the links below and immerse yourself in a fabulous world of learning that I know your kids are going to LOVE!

We were kindly gifted the Osmo coding starter kit, however, as always this is my honest review in my own words xx Liv

Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning – Diane Ackerman – Contemporary American Author

Annie and the Waves – turning the tide on drowning

Annie and the Waves Author Biography: Louise Lambeth 

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Louise, Peter & Isobel Lambeth

Drowning is preventable yet it is the third largest cause of accidental death worldwide.  The 2019 Royal Life Saving Drowning Report records that 276 people drowned across Australia. Additionally, 584  people experienced non-fatal drowning that can lead to lifelong medical complications.  Staggeringly, 42% of these were children aged 0-4!

Whilst community education has been identified as essential to help prevent drowning not all children are able to access surf education! As a surf lifesaver with an early childhood background Louise understands how powerful a safety message conveyed through storytelling can be! 

Louise’s journey to print has been a long and emotional one motivated by a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented: page-03.jpg

‘The biggest misunderstandings in surf safety are caused by our lack understanding of the surf environment, the risks and the safety strategies we can put in place before we go to and when we are at the beach!’ 

‘I wrote ‘Annie and the Waves’ in 2012 just before I went on my first of 4 tours as a Surf Life Saving NSW ‘Beach to Bush’ presenter, educating country primary school children on how to stay safe when they visit the beach. But it took another 6 years to publish the book!’ 

‘In 2014 my surf club was involved in the search and rescue, that all too soon became a search and recovery, of a 5-year-old boy who drowned at Pearl Beach on the NSW Central Coast. The components of risk were exactly the same that I had written in my story two years earlier…. a moment lapse in supervision, a young child on the water’s edge, a surging wave that swept him off his feet and into the deep water. The difference was that in my story there were strategies in place that ensured a safe outcome. 

It made me think; What if my book had been published and this family had read it, could this tragedy have been prevented?

g3DUcUzs.jpegFrom that moment on Louise was determined to discover how to publish a book … It was a huge learning curve but in November 2018, Annie and the Waves was endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia and finally published.

The book is now in its third print run there is still so much more to do! Annie and the Waves has been reviewed and endorsed by teachers and librarians and the positive feedback from children, parents and grandparents keep Louise committed to finding ways to provide books to children, early learning centres, schools and libraries. 

With a background in research Louise has undertaken a pilot study to investigate whether ‘Annie and the Waves’ increases children’s knowledge of the key safety messages found in the book. She presented the results at the 2019 World Drowning Prevention Conference in Durban South Africa and at the 14th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference in Brisbane on 26th November 2019.

Louise is also committed to providing alternate book formats to children with disabilities and an audio version is now available.

‘One of my lifesaving roles is as an inclusive nipper buddy working with children of various abilities. It’s really rewarding and a lot of fun. Our Seagull Nippers, who include children on the autism spectrum, love and respond to having ‘Annie and the Waves’ read to them. I have also worked with children with a vision impairment through Guide Dogs ACT and NSW. I want to make ‘Annie and the Waves’ as accessible to as many children as possible including: 

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  • Children with dyslexia. The font and choice of matt paper for the book was chosen to be dyslexia friendly 
  • Children with vision impairment or a text disability. An audio version is being made especially for them 
  • Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are 160% more likely to drown than a child not on the spectrum! Reading about surf safety in a child’s own home or school before coming to the beach will help to provide a pathway for transitioning to the beach environment 

Louise’s wish or goal for Annie’s story

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Louise is developing a series of books called ‘Safety by Story’ with the first series focused on water safety. 

My goal is to help prevent drowning! There are many reasons people may not access surf safety programs. These include location, access to transport, culture, cost or other challenges. I would love for all Australian children to have access to read ‘Annie and the Waves’, in their home, a local library, their childcare or their school. 

But there are also more stories to tell….. in fact I have 6 more water safety story ideas for children aged 0-12 and their parents! 


 

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Annie and The Waves is beautifully illustrated by Carissa Hariss and is a book that will undoubtedly save lives. If you have children, if you’re a teacher, an educator or carer you need this book.

To find out more about Annie and The Waves please check out the website and social media channels.

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2020 has taught me I’m only nice when I can go out!

Ugh! Day 45,765,024 of lockdown and now we’re under curfew here in Melbourne. A State of Disaster is currently underway! For most of us who have been doing the right thing, this is just another smack in the face from the assholes that seem completely unable to think about anyone but themselves. Yes I’m looking at you, the party people and the 25% of people with a positive covid test who didn’t stay at home and isolate! IMG_8161

As I now have even more time to sit at home, #thankyou, I thought it was probably a good time to find a space that isn’t covered with pencils, umpteen Apple devices and crumbs, open my lap top and write about what this whole covid-19 disaster has taught me and what, if anything, I have learnt.

 


Liv’s Lockdown Learnings

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From very early on in this whole debacle, I came to the conclusion that in order to be a great teacher you must have oodles of patience, you must be kind all of the time, and you must be gently accepting of handwriting refusal. I can confirm I am not a great or even a good teacher. I have found the whole remote learning thing intolerable, unrelenting and downright cruel. I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed a minute of it. Remote learning has left me even more in awe of what teachers do every day, and when this is over I will be making a placard and marching for better pay, even longer holidays, and regular expensive gifts for all teachers!!

Staying Home, Staying Safe

The novelty of “staying home & staying safe” very quickly wore thin in our house!! There are only so many movie afternoons, and sweet little family games of scrabble you can play before you start turning on each other and throwing monumental tantrums. Being Super Mum, arranging all sorts of wonderfully educational activities, very quickly IMG_4472turned into 9 hour stints on the x-box and days without even seeing the children leave their rooms. I have battled with the screen time thing, I have gained about 20kg from insisting we all bake together, and I have vacuumed the bedroom carpets so often I think they need replacing.  I understand we need to do this for the sake of humanity but staying home for this length of time is brutal… Let me out!!

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Working from home

Is there even such a thing anymore? How can anyone work from home, whilst the dog whines for another fucking walk, the children need help with their work, and snacks need to be made every 18.2 seconds?

I work from home even when we’re not in the midst of a global pandemic and I’ve always been great at organising myself and my time, not anymore! The thought of actually having to get work done within any sort of time frame, has become a gargantuan task that feels like walking with my eyes closed, through treacle with splinters in every one of my toes. Yes, it’s that bad!IMG_3839

Meal times

Where do I even start? How can anyone even…….

Being nice

This far into lockdown, I have almost given up even attempting to be nice if I don’t feel like it. It’s all I can do to grunt at my family when I get up in the morning. The thought of what lies ahead each day literally mutes me from the instant my eyes peel themselves open through the mascara I’ve slept in. *Hey, don’t judge me, I’m living through a pandemic…  I appreciate we’re blessed to have a roof over our heads, to have food and warmth, but god, everyone is annoying me!! The way they speak, ask for food, drop stuff, trip over things, breathe, chew their food, change the channel on the tv, ASK ME QUESTIONS ALL THE TIME….. I’m a grenade right now and my pin has been pulled!IMG_4976

So, what have I learnt?

2020 has taught me I really, really like going out!! I like going out to eat, for walks, to socialise, to drink, to dance, to visit places, to travel, to sightsee, to explore, to meet new people, to work, to exercise, to shop; and if I can’t go out, I’m not a very nice human…….. So, for the sake of my family, please, please stay home, stay well and do the right thing. Our sanity is relying on you all!!!

 

 

Do the right thing, even when no one is watching. It’s called integrity!

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