WIND IN THE WILLOWS, The Australian Shakespeare Company

WIND IN THE WILLOWS IS STILL TOADALLY OUR FAVOURITE!

It’s been two years of us telling anyone who will listen about how fantastic Wind In The Willows is! If you have the chance to join Mr. Toad, Ratty, Weasel, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and the Head Chief Rabbit in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne to watch them bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s famous tale about life on the riverbank, then please do it!

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Now in it’s 31st year, Wind in the Willows begins with the Head Chief Rabbit turning everyone into rabbits with a waggle of the ears, a wiggle of the nose and some whispering willows!
As ‘rabbits’ you are encouraged to get involved and become part of the adventure by singing out loud, running through the gardens and laughing at all the crazy antics!

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GEORGINA SAYS

DON’T FORGET TO PACK A PICNIC FULL OF YUMMY GOODIES, A RUG TO SIT ON, A HAT, INSECT REPELLENT AND SOME SUNSCREEN. THE PRODUCTION MOVES LOCATION HALF WAY THROUGH SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY TO FOLD UP YOUR PICNIC RUG, GRAB YOUR STUFF AND GO FOR A LITTLE STROLL TO THE NEXT SET.

We LOVE this show if you haven’t already picked up on it! Our top tip is to make sure you send the kids off with the cast and stay behind for some adult jokes and fun! We laugh until our cheeks hurt! This is interactive theatre at it’s best and you and your family will be talking about it, singing the songs and counting down the days until next year!

So, HOP TO IT, the season finishes soon so book your tickets and don’t forget to get a photo with the cast after the show!

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MORE INFORMATION

WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Enter via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue

BOOKINGS:www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au or call 8676 7511

Tickets are available at the on-site box office unless sold out, box office opens one hour prior to each performance.

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Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

Trick or Treat Halloween Balloons!

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Our Trick or Treat Halloween Balloons are a fun and easy-to-prepare activity that will have the entire family in fits of giggles!

What You Need

  • Balloons
  • Black permanent marker
  • Green paper (to make leaves – optional)
  • Various treats (we used wrapped lollies and chocolates)
  • Jelly (we watered it down so it was runny. You could also use slime but that’s hard to get out of hair!)
  • Toothpick or nail scissors for popping the balloon

To Construct

Select your balloons! We used orange balloons to represent pumpkins and placed either treats or jelly in each balloon.

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Next, blow up the balloon and tie a knot in the end.

Finally, it’s time to get creative! We drew some to look like jack-o-lanterns and some that were ‘scary’!

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Add some green leaves cut out of paper, if you wish!

Note: Make sure you make an even amount of trick and treat balloons.

To Play

Taking it in turns, hold a balloon above each players head and pop the balloon! Take your time to create some suspense…

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Note: It’s really important that the person who is playing has no idea what is in their balloon. That will make their reactions hilarious! There’s nothing like the threat of jelly all over your head to make you cringe!

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More trick or treat tips can be found on the Carnival Cruise Tips blog post HERE.

Take a look at their Halloween Trick or Treat video filmed onboard Carnival Spirit, in their very own candy lolly shop Cherry on Top. Delicious!

Happy Halloween!

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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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Kidding Around Essentials … Smash “Love Mum” Collection

COSMETIC BAGS

The Smash Cosmetic Bag is an essential for any busy Mum on the go! It is the perfect size to fit into your handbag and has just enough space for the products you require throughout the day (it would be too small to travel with, but perfect for day to day use!) and is easily accessible with a wide opening.

Price $10gym bag

GYM BAG

The Smash ‘Love Mum’ Gym Bag is perfect for active Mums. I love the inspirational gold print on the front! The bag features a zippered side pocket (to keep your keys and phone secure), twin compartments with a water resistant internal divider (helps separate and organise your clean and dirty gear) and a drawstring closure for easy access which can also be used as backpack straps.

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SHOPPING BAG AND UMBRELLA GIFT SET

This is in high rotation at our house! The shopping bag is perfect for the environmentally conscious Mum that shops in the rain, hail or shine!

The Gift Set features an Umbrella (which even though it blew inside out on the St Kilda pier still works a treat!) and a reusable shopping bag which folds up into a small pouch, it even has a handy detachable clip so that you can hook it onto your handbag or pram so it is never forgotten.

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LADIES LUNCH BAGS

As I said, we have been using Smash lunch bags for a while – Tim takes his to work every day and now there is a pretty pink one for me! The Smash Love Mum Lunch Bags are available in two shapes, the Wayra and the Nyla, and are light weight but highly durable, easily accessible and boast original Australian created designs.

Best of all both Lunch Bags feature Smash’s new Blue IQ Smart Lining, a new innovation in bag lining it is engineered to the highest International Food Standards, exclusive to Smash, and is perfect to keep food colder and fresher for longer!

Price – $12-$15

Overall, these are great value gifts for the mum in your life!

Smash’s Love Mum Collection is available exclusively at Coles from April 25th, 2016.

For more information please visit:
www.smashenterprises.com.au
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Kidding Around Essentials … Dyson AM10 Humidifier Review

humid-bstileLast month, our friends at Dyson sent us a new Dyson AM10 Humidifier so that we could try it out! I have been waiting for someone to get sick so that I could really put it through it’s paces (which sounds terrible … but you and I know that life with kids means that illness is never too far away!!). As we have been relatively healthy, we have been enjoying it for it’s ‘other’ use – a fan! Yes, you read that correctly – not only is it a humidifier, it can also be used as a fan for high-velocity air cooling in summer! It doesn’t oscillate but it’s great on a summer night.

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Before we go into the nitty gritty, some of you may not know what a humidifier is and why you need one. Basically, a humidifier makes humid air – it puts moisture back into the air we breathe. Our home and work environments are so climate controlled with the use of heaters/air conditioners that our air tends to get dry which can cause dry skin/lips, respiratory discomfort, dry sinuses, nose bleeds, and other health issues. I’m not a health professional, so please do your own research, but it is my experience that humidifiers can help soothe or prevent these concerns and help ease the symptoms of a cold and other respiratory conditions (if you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier).

As you will be aware if you follow us on social media (and you should by the way!), Alegría had her tonsils out last week. Poor little thing. I remember VIVIDLY the pain involved.

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Tim was talking to his mate at work (who recently had his tonsils out) and he suggested that sleeping with a humidifier helped him. He said he was waking with a dry, sore throat – and whilst it is still going to be sore we thought maybe it wouldn’t be AS sore. So, this was our chance to see how easy the Dyson AM10 Humidifier would be to use!

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We all know that Dyson invest MILLIONS of dollars into research and development so whilst there are other cheaper humidifiers on the market the Dyson AM10 humidifier is top notch!

The Dyson humidifier uses Air Multiplier™ technology to project hygienic, humidified air quickly and quietly. It can disperse mist evenly throughout a 16m2 room so it had no problem in Alegría’s bedroom.

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We have used other humidifiers and vapourisers in the past with success but I was always concerned about mold and bacteria growing in the water compartment. Before releasing any mist, Dyson’s Ultraviolet Cleanse technology uses a three-minute cycle to kill 99.9%
of bacteria in the tank of water. Every drop of water is exposed to an ultraviolet light and then atomized by a piezo (whatever that is!). This ensures that any mist projected is  always 99.9% bacteria-free.

The Dyson humidifier measures temperature and humidity and adjusts accordingly to create a comfortable environment. This means that there’s no over humidification (which means no condensation forming on the walls and windows – thank goodness). You can manually change the settings but we used the AUTO mode so that the machine could do it’s thing!

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The Dyson humidifier is controlled by a remote control with 10 precise airflow settings and is magnetised to stay on the unit – a great feature of all Dyson fans / humidifiers. The accurate humidistat and efficient water management system means the humidifier can be used continuously for up to 18 hours using one 3 litre tank of water and there’s a built-in sleep timer for automatic turn off.

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It’s easy to use and the important parts are detachable. The water tank is see-through so you know when to refill through the twistable valve (that seals water tightly), it has a strong handle  and it all snaps back easily into the unit. It is recommended on the guide to clean the parts with a citric acid solution – I often wonder how important these things are … because it’s not very high on my priority list!

We found it very safe for kids (the unit doesn’t get hot and the steam is quite cool) and the only thing we would change is that we would add oscillation to the fan. It is bulky which makes storage tricky and you definitely wouldn’t pack it to travel (except in a caravan … I’d find a spot for it if we had a caravan!).

Overall, we love it. I can’t tell you definitively if it helped with Alegría’s tonsillectomy pain as she can’t really tell us (even if the pain was lessoned, then it’s still pain to her) – but if “Old Mate” at Tim’s work is to be believed he reckons it does! I definitely won’t hesitate in using the Dyson Humidifier if anyone gets a cold or is chesty in the future!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.dyson.com.au

Cost: $799.00 AUD


Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

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.