Kidding Around Essentials … Making a change and fundraising with ecostore!

If you are like us, you are trying your best to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Don’t get me wrong, we are definitely not a “perfect poster family” – but we are trying to do better! ecostore-logo-495abef587e118e350596fcc31ba644e

ecostore were kind enough to send us a hamper of their products recently and I have to say we have since used everything and have even replaced some that ran out. The kids and I love the lip balm and the hand wash comes in a handy push pack so that you don’t use any more than you need. I love the laundry detergent – it smells divine and actually works on Tim’s stinky work clothes! Actually, all of the products smell so good! IMG_7753.JPG

ecostore is celebrating a key brand milestone at the moment, having sold 3 million bottles of their sustainable Carbon Capture™ packaging. To make this packaging, they converted 92% of their packaging to renewable plastic grown from the sugarcane plant (which is a safer alternative to petroleum based plastic). The revolutionary technology produces packaging that’s not only 100% recyclable, but that allows renewable crops to trap CO2 as they grow, storing CO2 in the plastic – hence “Carbon Capture™”. Since making the switch last year to Carbon Capture technology, ecostore have saved a staggering 1,556 tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to using regular plastic! CC-product-row-icons-lockup

To find out more about the Carbon Capture Pak or more FAQ’s then click HERE!

ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands is so passionate about the use of this technology, he’s made the Carbon Capture intellectual property available for any organisation to utilise in an effort to encourage FMCG giants to follow ecostore’s leading example. Wouldn’t it be great if all big businesses shared this amazing philosophy?Fundraising-Blog-Image

If that wasn’t enough, ecostore are also offering fundraisers an alternative to chocolate drives and raffle tickets. Good Soap for a Good Cause is a new program offering local communities a healthy alternative for raising funds for a cause of their choice. Given 1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese, ecostore aims to provide families and community groups with a healthier alternative to raising money for good causes without compromising on quality and choice.IMG_7777.JPG

The ecostore Good Soaps are available in both Lemongrass and Grapefruit & Mint varieties, and contain NO nasty chemicals like cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), propylene glycol or synthetic dyes, which are often, found in personal care products and have been linked to skin irritations. Good Soaps are proudly made in New Zealand, are cruelty and GE free.

ecostore offers support and guidance for community groups throughout their fundraising journey, with a SOAPport Kit containing tips on running a successful fundraiser, tally sheets to keep track, seller’s flyers and certificate template to recognise individual fundraisers hard work supplied to each fundraising team.

The soaps retail for $2.50 each, with $1.00 from each unit sold contributing to the fundraising team’s nominated cause.profit-calculator

Check out these TOP 10 FUNDRAISING TIPS!

So, if you would like to make a change, reduce your carbon footprint or do your bit to protect the environment for future generations- look out for ecostore products, give them a try and join them in their efforts to raise the bar for Australian industry standards.

MORE INFORMATION

ecostore’s range of laundry, cleaning, home, personal care and baby products is available from Woolworths, Target, Babies R Us, Officeworks and selected quality independent retailers, and the full product range can be purchased from ecostore.com.au.

The Good Soaps fundraising range is available for easy online purchase via the website www.ecostore.com.au, where you can arrange to have your order shipped directly to you free of charge.


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Competition Time … Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage

MISTER MAKER & THE SHAPES

mister maker2Get ready Mini Makers! MISTER MAKER is coming back with his brilliant, fun and interactive live show, and we have tickets for every State to giveaway!

The show is packed full of arty adventures and there’ll be a big ‘make’ for everyone to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and of course we can’t forget The Shapes!

We had a chat with Phil Gallagher (aka Mister Maker) in the lead up to his Australian tour.

Thank you so much for chatting with Kidding Around Australia, Phil / Mister Maker! Great to chat with you! Thank you.

Can you tell us a bit about the Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage! tour? We are so proud to be bringing our show back to Australia – it is a big, bright, bold and happy live show, celebrating creativity and fun! We have new makes for you – the production has art at its heart but also includes a lot of the things that make live theatre exciting – singing, dancing, audience interaction…and The Shapes!!! I hope everyone that comes to see the show has a wonderful time (and is surprised by my dance moves!).

Mini Reporter, Alegría would like to know:

What you are making on your show? Is it a bird, or something paint-ish or something that will pop up? Mini Makers and grown-ups will be asked to join us on stage to get arty and play games…plus there is a big make that everyone in the audience can help Mister Maker with. 

Do the Doodle Draws sometimes run out of craft stuff? Not yet – let’s hope that doesn’t happen in the middle of the live show!!!

Mister Maker, what is your middle name? I don’t have one – First name Mister, second name Maker! 

Are you going to make videos of Mister Maker when you are in Australia? Not this time…we are here for our biggest live show yet…and The Shapes are ready to dance!

You and the Shapes travel around the world a lot, what do you do when you are not making something? I am away from home a lot, so seeing my family is important to me. I go walking with my Dad…or have a cup of tea with Mum! I love watching football and cricket but don’t get much time to do it these days. My local soccer team from the UK is Gillingham (in English League One) and I try to watch as many games as I can, home and away.

What are you looking forward to most whilst touring Australia? Amazing people, amazing food, amazing places to visit…and very loud audiences!

Do you have any tips for travelling? Drink plenty of water and have lots of 80s classics on your music player.

Do you have any special causes that you support? I support lots of wonderful charities & community events back in the UK – please give a shout out to my local Hospital Radio Medway – based where I was born, in Gillingham, Kent. 

Thank you so much for your time, Best wishes & love to all, Phil  

GIVEAWAY TIME!

We have one family pass for Sydney, Adelaide and Subiaco and two family passes to give away for Thursday 30 June at 4pm in Melbourne!

TO ENTER OUR MISTER MAKER COMPETITION, SIMPLY COMMENT ON THIS POST AND TELL US WHO YOU WANT TO TAKE WITH YOU AND WHY! (Please make sure you let us know what city you want to go to and we will do our best to get your preferred time!)

COMPETITION CLOSES 5PM AEST 28 JUNE 2016. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY THEREAFTER!

MORE INFORMATION

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au

2016 TOUR DATES

JUNE

SUN 26 LAUNCESTON, PRINCESS THEATRE

WED 29 MELBOURNE, RECITAL CENTRE

THU 30 MELBOURNE, RECITAL CENTRE

JULY

FRI 1  MELBOURNE, RECITAL CENTRE

SUN 3 SYDNEY, OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL

MON 4 SYDNEY, OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL

THU 21 ADELAIDE, FESTIVAL THEATRE

SAT 23 PERTH, REGAL THEATRE

SUN 24 PERTH, REGAL THEATRE

Competition Time! The Big Freeze Festival

bigfreezeEvery year as the weather gets colder, our conversations always turn to snow and when can we go and play in it. A holiday or day trip to the snow can be too expensive for some families, and even though Tim is an avid snow lover, we have found ourselves waiting for snow on nearby hills so we can go and play for free!

This year, instead of hoping for snow to fall on the weekend (we can’t just drop everything now that Alegria is in school) we are very excited that there is guaranteed to be snow in Cranbourne, Victoria at The Big Freeze Festival during this years winter school holidays!bf5.jpg

The Big Freeze Festival will be held from 2-10 July 2016 at the Cranbourne Racecourse in Melbourne, and we can’t wait to play in the snow village, snow pit and snowball toss, slide down the winter inflatable slide, visit the snow village and forest, participate in the workshops, craft, construction play and everything else that is on offer during this amazing family event.

Tickets cost $28 for children aged 2-12 years* or $16.50 for adults, children aged 13+ and toddlers aged 1-2 years who will be entering the snow play zone.

Guess what? *Every children’s (2-12 years) ticket includes a four park pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks (Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm) valid until 25 December 2016.

COMPETITION TIME!Win-Tickets-to-TBF2

We have one family pass (consisting of 2 adult tickets and 2 child super pass tickets) for Saturday 2 July 2016 to giveaway (your snow pit session time to be allocated based on availability).

To enter, visit The Big Freeze Festival website by clicking here and pay particular attention to who the festival sponsors are (they’re right at the bottom of the page)!

Then, come back and comment on this blog post which sponsor you like best and why!

Competition closes on June 27 at 11.59pm AEST. The winner will be announced at 9am on June 28, 2016. Good luck!bf2

MORE INFORMATION

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Big Freeze’s website at www.thebigfreezefestival.com.au

Make sure you follow The Big Freeze on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.bigfreeze

Oz Comic-Con

If you would like to do something today which will keep the kids busy and is guaranteed to provide you with lots of fun and people watching opportunities then the annual Oz Comic-Con convention at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is just the thing!comic con5

Be warned though, there are so many people!! It’s a sensory explosion with colour, noise and crowds, so if that will be challenging for your child then perhaps give this one a miss!

Georgina Says … Get there early – the line to get your wristband is LOOOOONG!

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We dressed up as a family of Star Wars characters to join the spectacular Cosplayers and their amazing costumes.oz comicPayno dressed as Chewbacca was most definitely a hit and stole our thunder a little bit! It took him over an hour to walk from the front door to the back wall due to being stopped for hundreds (if not thousands) of photos. We were stopped as well, but not nearly as much! payno

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papThe effort put into costumes is impressive – our favourites were Mr. Fredricksen, Russell and Kevin from the Pixar movie “Up”, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the “Robot”. comic con6oz comic con 1

For us, the peacefulness of the Family Activity Room was a welcome change. We left Payno to his fans and whilst I sat on a really comfy bean bag, the kids explored the play zone. There is an oversized chess game, connect four, colouring in and puzzles to keep the little ones entertained. comic con4

comic con 7.jpgFor those of you who like shopping, there are plenty of retail options. There are celebrity guests (which you could pay to get an autograph), workshops and Q&A panels. You can chill out and play a board or card game, play video games, laser tag and anime playing non-stop.oz comic concomic con3

Make sure that you have lots of change, as the lines for food are long and the food itself is very expensive. The vending machine seemed like a good choice but wouldn’t take notes so that left us with some hungry tummies. In hindsight, some sandwiches in the bag would have been a good idea!

Our first Oz Comic-Con experience was busy, and I would like to go out-of-costume so that we could explore completely. I am sure there is so much we missed!

I’ll finish this post, by saying we were on the Channel 9 news and also on the Daily Mail international website! A very exciting end of our day which I am sure we will be talking about it for years to come!3525A99300000578-0-image-a-7_1465639794466

MORE INFORMATION

www.ozcomiccon.com

Spotlight Cosplay Costumes for Oz Comic-Con

This post is sponsored by Spotlight Stores

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you will have seen that I am busy making my Rey costume for Oz Comic-Con.OCC2015-Logo (1) (1)

Oz Comic-Con celebrates all that is cool, awesome and nerdy where attendees can unleash their inner geek! There are celebrity guests, all of the latest merchandise, games in the gaming zone, cosplay costumes and heaps of fun for the kids!

As Cosplay newcomers, we decided to go with a Star Wars theme for our family and we were so happy that Payno was able to join us. Payno has the most amazing Chewbacca costume that he wore last Halloween (that’s Tim as the Shark!) and we wanted to match him for Oz Comic-Con!wookie halloween.jpg

Spotlight Stores were kind enough to support us in this endeavor and we have chosen three costume options that you could also try at home.Z01200_rounded

Firstly, for the children we purchased ready-made costumes. Alegría has chosen to go as Princess Leia and Isaac chose Kylo Ren. This option is by far the easiest, however, I did have to take Alegría’s dress up because it was too long.yaya and isaac comic con.jpg

For Tim’s costume, we modified existing clothing to make his Han Solo costume. I made some small changes to a top that I found at the op-shop and Tim will be wearing some awesome boots I found at the back of my dad’s wardrobe! I don’t think Tim was too thrilled about me adding “blood stripes” to the sides of his pants! Payno has made a utility belt and pistol that he is kindly lending to Tim and I got him a wig from Spotlight’s Sparty section! tim

My Rey costume was by far the most time consuming to make but it was also the most rewarding. Spotlight have a range of patterns, however, I made my own using newspaper. In hindsight, it would have been easier to buy the pattern! I am proud to say that I made the entire costume (except for my non-regulation Doc Martins … I know the die-hard Cosplayers won’t forgive me, but I wasn’t buying new boots for the day!).mumma.jpg

Spotlight will also be on hand at Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne to sell Cosplay fabrics and DIY costume supplies as well as offering tips, tricks and advice for getting your next costume started. They will also provide fans with a fix-it station to mend broken costumes and will be giving out store vouchers – hopefully I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions!

I am putting together a DIY tutorial so you can make your own Rey costume soon – watch out for that next week!

So tell us, are you going to Oz Comic-Con? Are you going in costume? Please come up and say “Hi” if you see us!

More Information

www.spotlightstores.com.au

www.ozcomiccon.com


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ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.