Surviving Head Lice: How to Prevent Them and What to do When Your Child Gets Them

A few weeks into the school term and it has already happened. The HEAD LICE ARE BACK alert has been delivered into the inbox of each and every parent at my daughter’s school. Cue 700 kids scratching their heads and twice as many parents feeling something creepy and crawly up the back of their own necks.
FYI: This blog post has been sponsored by NeutraLice. Post concept and words are my own.
I understand the panic. I do. This is why:

IMG_7473 (1).JPGMini has amazingly curly locks and as much as I love her masses of ringlets, the idea of having to brush it, let alone comb it gives me conniptions. We got through prep unscathed which I put down to a few things:

  • Always putting her hair up for school. Check out Pinterest for cut hairstyles. Plaits, buns, whatever, as long as it is up.
  • School hat lives in a locker or a school bag and not in a big old pile with everyone else’s.
  • Hair spray. Sounds weird but it keeps loose hair from becoming like a swinging vine for little Tarzan lice

Despite your best efforts though, a case of head lice is probably something you are going to have to tackle sooner or later. But fear not, when I noticed a couple of suspect looking dots on Mini’s hair I treated it with NeutraLice and it was much easier than I anticipated.IMG_8858 (2)First of all I just put the lotion on Mini’s dry hair. I made sure it was absolutely saturated so none of the tiny beasts could escape the apocalypse. The first thing I noticed was that it doesn’t have that awful chemically smell that I remember from my own childhood.

IMG_8862 (2)Once her hair was covered I rubbed it into her scalp. Apparently, lice like to hang out behind the ears and near the neck so it’s always good to give those areas a bit of extra attention. We then let it soak in and do its thing for 10 minutes. Note: Mini has HEAPS of hair and we used about a third of the bottle during this treatmentIMG_8864

Then came the bit that I was dreading: the combing. However, not one single tear was shed in the combing of Mini’s hair! Totally different to my own experiences but maybe this formula is just different compared to what was on the market 30 years ago? Or maybe as the third girl in my own family my parents had zero patience when it came to combing out nits. Look, I am not saying that I have deep trauma from those weeknight combing sessions back in 1988 but let it be known that in grade three my mum took me to a hairdresser and had ALL my hair cut off because I refused to let her brush it. My older sisters told me I was a boy and frankly, I have been preoccupied with my hair ever since. So as a result, I am always very gentle with Mini’s scalp and I am happy to report that it remained intact throughout this process. Unlike my love for my sisters #neverforget
Okay, childhood trauma aside, once it was combed through we rinsed out the lotion and dried Mini’s hair with a towel. I put in some conditioning foam to soften it and then gave it another brush for good measure.

IMG_8883 (2)There you have it. One lice free head ready to face another day of grade one.
It is important that you do a follow up treatment one week and two weeks after the initial treatment to be sure that they are gone for good. Trust me, every other parent at your child’s school will thank you for following the instructions!
What we liked about this product:


  • Mild smell. It actually reminded me of glazed cherries.
  • Quick and easy to use. Took only slightly longer than a usual hair washing session
    Suitable for sensitive skin. Mini is quite a rashy kid and her skin was a-ok with this treatment.

Hot Tip: Because lice spread so enthusiastically, it’s a good idea to treat everyone in the household at the same time. This product is suitable for adults and children (over the age of 6 months.)
For more info on NeutraLice products head to their website here:
We purchased this product from a Priceline pharmacy and it is available in most pharmacies.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.


Part Two: Rainbow Light Therapies

To read part one where Mini had a session with Kim from Rainbow Light Therapies, check out Excavating Undertones with Rainbow Light Therapies |Local Biz Review. This time, it was my turn to take time out and head to Langwarrin to the cosy hideaway that is Rainbow Light Therapies.

I’ve been really stressed out lately. I think it’s the kids, the hot weather, the work and the life. I explained all this to Kim during our session and within minutes she confirmed what I already knew: anxiety. I’ve struggled with it on and off my whole adult life and even though I am all about transparency, I don’t like admitting when I have it. But Kim saw through that almost instantly and had me up on her treatment table as quick as a flash.

This is where Kim is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Behind her eyes I just know that there is so much going on. She’s picking up on things unseen and feeling energy but her manner is so calm, so in control that I found myself wanting to throw myself at her feet and wail “Fixxxxx meeeeeee.” Kim would probably argue that there’s nothing to fix. That stress and anxiety are a natural part of life and that the strategies in coping with, rather than trying to rid ourselves of, are going to have a much more positive impact in the long term.


During my treatment,  I lay on a treatment table (like a massage table) and, with my permission, Kim lightly touched different areas of my body. She was clearing out all the old crap by sweeping it out through my feet.

What I felt: Emotional. I cried. A lightening in my stomach area.

What I thought about: Well, nothing really. We chatted during the treatment but I was very much in the moment with Kim.

What happened afterwards: I lost my appetite for a few days. Thought ALOT about the topics we had covered. Tried to be more gentle with myself and stop being such a psycho. It seemed to work.


It ended up being quite a personal experience (more personal than when I got a spray tan before I met Matty J and got my boobs out with a very nice woman I’d met on the internet) so it’s hard to put it into words without delving into 97 of my ongoing issues. But I did feel lighter afterwards and I felt compelled to make another appointment.

Mini Update: She is still sleeping really well. She does yoga every night before bed and, apart from when she was recently sick, she has been staying in her bed all night. Yay!

You can get in touch with Kim via her website here



Excavating Undertones with Rainbow Light Therapies |Local Biz Review.

If I said the word “aura” to you, would you stop reading this blog post on account of it being too woo-woo? What about if I said “holistic counselling”? Whether you acknowledge the link between body and mind or not, I think we can all agree that stress and anxiety DO take their toll on how we react and feel in every day life. Agree? Phew, let’s carry on then.

When Kim Norton, the beautiful brain behind Rainbow Light Therapies approached me to see if I’d like to learn more about her business in Langwarrin, I was unsure what to expect. So like all good mother’s I volunteered Mini for a session. Mini is big into mediation and is on a first name basis with the forces of the universe. She is also a deep thinker (like both her parents – the poor kid got a double dose of the ruminator gene.) and is quite empathetic. This translates to being a typical (slightly erring on the side of highly intelligent) kid but one whom cannot watch films (not even Paw Patrol) and you can forget about anything with loud noises (ie circus acts, motor bikes.) She has also taken to jumping into our bed in the middle of the night which means no one gets any sleep. Cue cranky mum. I am sure I am not alone in this issue!

So, we went down to meet Kim and see if she could help us out with this particular challenge. We’ve done straight up bribes and….well actually that has been our one and only strategy up until now. Sticker charts, ACTUAL money #desperate and promises of toys.


This is what occurred during the session:

  • I walked in and felt instantly calm. The space is professional but welcoming.
  • It occurred to me within 5 minutes that Kim actually knows exactly what she is doing. All ideas I had of woo-woo nonsense went out the window.
  • Mini TALKED. And talked. And talked. She was talking about how she sees shadows in her bedroom and about how much she loves her pink wall and about how sometimes when she starts thinking about something she cannot distract herself and she just keeps thinking about it. I had no idea about any of this.
  • Kim gave her three things to try when she wakes up at night in order to go back to sleep in her own bed. Then Mini practiced those things.

To be completely honest, I held about 55% hope that Mini would suddenly start sleeping in her own bed. That night we did our teeth, book, yoga routine and I tucked her in before reminding her of her three new strategies. And then the magic happened. SHE. DID. NOT. GET. UP. UNTIL. MORNING. Whaaaaaa? It worked! And then it worked the next night and the next. Admittedly there has been a blip or two during the last two weeks; when Dylan goes out she slyly announces that it’s a girl’s night and I find her tucked up next to me in the morning. But overall, there has been a massive improvement.


Kim also sent me some reading material about empathy in children and it was really relevant not only to Mini but to our whole little family.

If you’d like to learn more about Kim and what she could offer you or your family, take a look at her website. FYI, Kim is registered for NDIS and is a member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapies. She is accredited and has a current Working With Children’s Check.

Tune in next time to hear all about what happened when I booked MYSELF in for an appointment to tackle stress, anxiety and my lifelong need to be in charge (read: control freak.)


Flash Mob Alert!

The Frankston Waterfront Festival is being held on Frankston Foreshore over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of Feb. We have been madly rehearsing for a special surprise during the event-a flash mob!  IMG_8558.JPG

I’ve been wanting to be in a flashmob since that Fat Boy Slim filmclip back in the 90’s. There’s something thrilling and weird (but cool) about the whole thing!

IMG_8583.JPG For this particular mob, there will be adults and kids from across Frankston and the surrounding areas joining forces to perform in front the crowd on both Saturday and Sunday.

Have you ever been in a flash mob? Or even better, have you ever seen one?

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The Frankston Waterfront Festival includes food trucks, entertainment for the kids (don’t miss the fireworks at 9:45pm on Saturday night from Frankston Pier) plus a chance to celebrate how terrific Frankston is.

For more info on the events and activities over the weekend visit The Frankston City Council Website

Mornington Pier. The perfect place for a walk after dinner on the Mornington Peninsula.

Have you taken a walk down on the Mornington Pier lately? We went the other night and it was seriously beautiful. There were people fishing, the tour boats were coming back in and as the sun dipped down and the heat went out of the day we realised that we were in the perfect spot on the Mornington Peninsula for an evening stroll.


And there are so many great spots on Main Street to enjoy your dinner before your walk. I’ve recently been to Mi Mexico and Bronx Napoli 1999 and they were both seriously delicious. You basically cannot go wrong.

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We were not the only ones enjoying the beautiful evening.


What’s your favourite place to enjoy dinner and a walk on the Mornington Peninsula? Drop it into the comments and let me know. X

Brambles Berry Farm in Langwarrin |Cheap & Cheerful Family Fun

Have you discovered Brambles Farm in Langwarrin? It is such a cheap way to spend the day with your family. We have been twice on the school holidays and spent just $10 each time and left with a heap of berries!


It’s a pick-your-own farm which is great if you have a couple of hours with the kids to fill. There’s also a small play ground area and table and chairs in the reception area so there are a few things to do.


Find them here:

The Bramble Farm
25 Lyppards Road, Langwarrin Victoria 3910

New Year’s Resolutions of a One Year Old

Found Emily’s New Year’s Resolution list today:

  1. Up my efforts in smearing banana on the pram. Mum loves how it looks like bird poo and makes people in Safeway judge her.
  2. In 2017 I only went to the hospital once or twice. Increase this to at least once a month. Ideas: Fall off kitchen table on to floor boards (hit head? break arm?) Endless possibilities with new cat inc. cat door injuries. Maybe just an old fashioned trampoline mishap? Start research into ED’s busiest times.
  3. Start childcare. Mum feels guilty about this one so I’ve got to keep the pressure on by hitting her computer whenever she is on it, not falling asleep in the evenings unless she is holding my hand and randomly vomiting whenever she is on a work call.
  4. Trash my sister’s room regularly.
  5. Grow some more teeth so that when I bite dad on the stomach is hurts even more.
  6. Bite dad on the stomach
  7. Lose 10202 socks or shoes
  8. Ruin $2991092 worth of clothes/homewares/carpet/plants
  9. Refuse to speak. That’ll freak her right out.
  10. Become even cuter so I can get away with all of this and still have them wipe my butt 6 times a day.



The Life Changing Magic of Stay-cationing on the Mornington Peninsula

Staying home for the school holidays? Me too! I actually love spending time at home and Insta-Bae is all about renovating our home while he has time off from renovating other people’s homes. (He’s currently noisily building a pantry while the baby naps and I am trying not to complain.) No packing, flights, currency conversion or shots; it is such a stress free way to spend the Christmas break.

Don’t let the fact that you are on home soil deter you from enjoying everything you would normally enjoy while on vacation. Here’s a few ideas to get you started and I bet you will come up with many more yourself (if you do, drop them into the comments so other’s can benefit from your creativity!)

  1. Explore your home town as though you are a tourist.


You can even take corny photos! This one is lemon-squeezy if you live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula as there is always something new to discover. To make it even easy-peasier, I’ve created a couple of hashtags so you can search Instagram for inspo. #MMPvisits will show you activities all over the Peninsula. To explore a specific suburb, use #MMPvisits and then add the name of the suburb (for example, type in #MMPvisitsMornington. If you want to see posts from our adventures in that particular suburb in your Instagram feed on an ongoing basis, you can even follow the hashtag on Instagram the same way you would follow an account. Simples!

Also check out The Penny Saver voucher book for discounts on all sorts of Morn Pen adventures!

2. Have a manicure/pedicure at home with the kids.


Massages and manicures are two of my fave things about travelling to places in South East Asia. But we have been recently enjoying these at home which is cheaper and also feels less exploitative.  Bo- Po sent me some of their brush on, peel off nail varnish which is perfect for kids as it requires no varnish remover to get it off.  I’ll be doing another giveaway for Bo-Po on Instagram in early 2018 so stay tuned! Or check out their range here

3. Fake-away.


Like takeaway but you cook it at home for 1/4 of the cost! Eating Thai, Mexican and Indian cuisine helps add to the illusion that you are on an International holiday. Plus shopping at Farmer’s markets or farm gate stores is so much fun.

Hopefully that’s given you  good start!

Have fun! x



How To: Shop Small in a Big Centre for Christmas.

There are two types of people in this world: The ones who have been doing their Christmas shopping all year, paying off lay-bys and ticking off lists, fresh tree in the corner with colour coordinated decorations and a personalised picture book at the ready for Christmas Eve. Then there’s people like me.

I still don’t have firm plans for Christmas day, my KK recipient will most likely get a voucher and for some reason Mini has ended up with about 20 presents and Emily only 2. And for the love of little baby Jesus WHAT am I going to buy my 12 year old nephew? And dad. And husband. And do I need to give something to the swimming teacher?

But you know what? There is still time my lovely friends. Time to pop down to the shopping centre and nail that list all in one hit. Now don’t panic, I am not telling you to go to Target and buy everyone Lego (however that would be awesome because everyone loves Lego.) You can still shop small, support local and get really lovely personal gifts. Here’s how!

Please note that this post was created in collaboration with Bayside Shopping Centre. The stores visited and all opinions are my own ideas and thoughts. 

First of all, you are going to have to take the kids. I know. It seems insane but no one can babysit at this time of year with all the break up parties and lunches etc. Once you accept that you are about to take your kids Christmas shopping it is okay. You’ve taken them shopping every other time and this is going to be just the same. DO NOT PANIC.

Stop one is We Wash U Shop. Drive directly to the We Wash U Shop car washing area underneath Woolworths and throw your keys towards one of the legends that work there. They may ask something like “Inside and out?” This is not a trick question-just say “YES! Clean the whole thing. Sorry about the coffee mugs and debris everywhere. I have kids!” and then tell them what time you will be back. Wave good bye to your filthy car because next time you see it, it’s going to look amazing. You can confidently pull up to Christmas lunch and pretend like you have your life together.


Okay, so kids in pram and up the escalators to begin. There are loads of places to grab a coffee but I usually go to the first cafe I see which is the one near the play area outside Kmart. Show your kids the play area while you are here and look them straight in the eye and tell them if they behave, you can come back for a play. ANY whinging, fighting, running off etc will mean that you are leaving immediately and remind them that SANTA IS WATCHING.

Speaking of Santa, head straight towards the awesome set up near Target to see him. The Gingerbread Land set is amazing this year. Did I forget to mention you need Santa photos? Well you do. They are usually hilarious and also make great gifts for in-laws and teachers.  Bayside has heaps of package options including frames etc and they print them on the spot. Or you can order a digital version to make it even easier to make into a photo book or a mug or something.

Okay, after you have seen Santa, drop into Taylormade directly beside Santa Land. They do framing and also loads of memorabilia. Look, I have no idea about sport but I did see a signed football boot in there from Luis Suarez. He plays football and bit someone’s ear OFF during a game. I actually think he did that twice. Weirdo. Anyway, the husband LOVES this sort of stuff and if I could deal with having it in my house I would totally buy if for him but unfortunately I have decided to buy him (me) new bed linen instead.

How are we feeling? Are the kids being okay still? If not, buy them a cookie from the café outside Target. Seriously, now is not the day to be judging your own parenting. Hot Tip: They also sell apple juice.

Now go down the escalators to the bottom floor and make your way outside into the arcade bit. From here you are going to go to Hoyts and get Goldclass tickets for your siblings and include a cute note about babysitting their kids for them. Side note: How come other people’s kids are not annoying like your own?

Then it’s time to give your kids and Ipad or phone or some Phenergan (jokes!) because you are about to walk into Mynd and you’ll want to enjoy this.  If you cannot find a present for every single person you have ever met here then you are not trying.

So, just buy everyone the Mermaid Oil. I have no idea what it is but I know that I need it and so does everyone else. I had a quick chat to the lovely lady working in there and her hot tip for Christmas gifts is the locally made organic skin care range OR (and stay with me here because she is on to something) synthetic flowers. I KNOW. It doesn’t make sense but it actually does make perfect sense if you stop thinking about 80s awful fake ferns. These are enormous King Proteas and the look real AF.

Once you have spent hundreds of dollars in Mynd (they stock Kip & Co. Bring your credit card) then you are going to pop next door to Mirror Mirror and sort out your Christmas party outfit.


Super easy to find clothes and a bag and jewellery AND shoes. After all that shopping you can also have a little sit down in their dressing room area.


How inviting does that look? But no! We must carry on. We are so close to being finished (ish).

Time to hit the book shop. Confession: I have recently been listening to audiobooks because they are awesome BUT nothing beats a real life actual book and no audio book app beats a real life independent bookstore.


Robinson’s has an awesome range AND sells gorgeous wrapping paper. The staff are really helpful and when your baby swipes a few badges off the counter and licks them, they just gently remove them from their chubby little fist and keep smiling. Wonderful!

So I did buy a few books here. REAL books which the baby spilt REAL apple juice all over within seconds of leaving the store. But that is the beauty of books! Even when they are all wet you can still read them. If you cannot find a book for every member of your family then surely, SURELY you will find something across the path in the art store.

You know what is a giant pain the neck? Kinder parties. And school parties. And just parties for kids in general. They always come with annoying requests for a disposable plate full of some sort of food for the children. Introducing, Cupcake Queens. (Just inside the doors back into the centre.)

Cupcake Queens was started by a couple when they couldn’t find anyone to make them a cupcake cake for their wedding. Can you believe there was a time when cupcake cakes were not a thing at weddings? Well luckily we no longer live in such a world and it is partly down to these guys starting this gorgeous little Cupcake shop.

How. Cute. Are. These? You can totally lie and pretend you made them. Or tell everyone about Cupcake Queens. Either way they will think you are a genius.

Right. So let’s just take stock of where we are at. Party clothes? Check. School party food? Check. Mermaid Oil? Check. Presents for everyone? Check.

So now it’s time to head back upstairs and let the kids go crazy in that play area. There is method in the madness-we are wearing them out because mama is about to get her own present. So, sleepy kids back in the pram, do a few laps around Henry’s and grab some fresh produce. Stone fruit is in season and berries are always a winner!

Are they asleep yet? YES! Okay, time to go to Chelsea Nails and get your chill on. The Gel Colour dries instantly and lasts for ages! I’ve had mine on for 4 days and there is no chips-they are still perfect.

They have massage chairs there that they imported from the U.S and the owner will give you a chilled bottle of water and you can just relax and enjoy. PLUS if someone gives you a beautiful ring for Christmas, then you can show it off with amazing nails! Winning.


How luscious are these sheets? They’re from Kip & Co which is a brand stocked at Mynd.

So, we are DONE. All finished. Kids are awake, shopping is finished and all you need to do is go and collect your amazingly clean car and get outta here!

If you are feeling the Christmas vibes and want to contribute to the community, then you can do THAT at Bayside too. Chelsea Nails has a box for donations to go to the Frankston Community Centre. This is why I love shopping small and local! So heart warming to see local biz supporting everyone in our community.


You can also donate work clothes to Fitted for Work. This organisation helps women look great and feel confident when going for job interviews. You’ll find them near Endota.

Good work people! You are ready for Christmas. Yay!


Cheat’s Guide to Good Family Food (without the stress & supermarket dashes).

If there’s one thing I dread more than school holidays, readers, hair brushing and finding matching socks it’s thinking of something to cook for dinner EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT. I resent meal planning and laugh in the face of shopping lists. I know some people who cook a different meal for each child each night and they don’t even seem mildly insane. This is not me.

By the same token, eating healthily is obviously really important because #scurvy. If this sounds like you then let me tell you about how I have found a perfect mix of convenience cooking without sacrificing health or taste.

Please note that this post was written as part of a collaboration with Marathon. All words and thoughts are my own.

Step one is to find an awesome organic fruit and veg supplier. There are HEAPS of amazing farm gate stores on the Peninsula so you are spoilt for choice if you have the time and inclination to spend some time looking around. I have found one in Frankston South that delivers. Yup. They pack a box full of whatever is in season and like organic food angels, leave it on my door step. Check them out here: The Organic Butler

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Step two is purchasing some packs of delicious food from Marathon’s Chef Direct range. They have a shelf life of 12 months from manufacture (if stored correctly) so I just leave mine in the pantry until I am ready to use them.

Step three is to heat up the Marathon product and team it with fresh, organic produce and there you have it! A beautiful family meal. This week, I have made:


Lamb Shanks with organic green vegies and Paris mash.

Who doesn’t love Lamb Shanks? I heat the shanks in the microwave while steaming vegetables and making the mash. Even the bubba eats this one herself!

Build-you-own baked potatoes with organic broccoli, carrot, capsicum, onion and cheese with Marathon Con Carne Mexican Mild Chilli.

The chilli is really mild so it was fine for the kids. They can pick and choose what they add to their potato so minimal whinging. Yay!

We also tried the Beef Meatballs from the Chef Direct range but ate them before I could get a snap. Opps.

Check out everything that is available to you from Marathon by checking out their website here: Chef Direct range from Marathon and stay tuned to our Instagram to see more great meals.

Happy cooking people!