New Café Alert! Saucery Café in Frankston.

Remember when Frankston was not that cool? I do. As young adults my sisters bought a property together in Funky Town and I thought they were crazy. 20 years later and I am Frankston obsessed! They were the smart (and rich) ones while I only just jumped onto the property market a couple of years ago and paid approx. 17 times more for my first home.

The more time I spend in Frankston, the more cool bars, boutiques and niche cafes seem to pop up. And this week, I have a super-cute one to share with you all!

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First up, let’s talk about the food. Because #important.

I had the risotto as pictured and my dining companion had some croquettes from the display section. Prompt table service from a friendly staff member and our meals were really delicious. Perfect thing to have on a wintery day in Melbourne.

But that’s not where it ends. This café has board games to choose from so you can spend an afternoon drinking great coffee and enjoy people watching out of the large street facing windows.

Sidenote: Have you played Mastermind lately? My six year old absolutely kicks my bum with it! I think she might be a mind reader. Would certainly explain how she keeps tricking me into letting her have chocolate. She sneakily chooses all the same colour pins when one would think a 6 year old would choose rainbow colours. Why is she smarter than me? I’m scared.

Talking of kids, there is also a gorgeous little activity nook lit up with fairy lights with colouring-in picture and pencils. Now this is the real test as to how committed a new café is to making parents feel welcome. Are the pencils actually sharp or will parents be pestered by their kids because they’re trying to draw with a blunt pink texta and a broken crayon? I am happy to report that all drawing implements were not only in tact but of good quality. It’s the little things.s4

Kids and adults menu all looked great too. Reasonably priced!

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Next time you are in Frankston, check it out. You will not be disappointed.

HOT TIP: If grabbing a coffee, purchase another one to pay forward to someone else. Saucery has a coffee card system that makes it easy to pay for 2 and leave a card there for the next person (or someone who needs warming up on these wintery days and cannot afford it.)

Find Saucery café at 7a Thompson St, Frankston or search @saucerycafe on Instagram

While you’re in Frankston, visit the Karingal book exchange. Free books for everyone! Learn more here:Karingal Book Hub

Emma Currie: Wine, Women & Wholeheartedness

 

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Photo by Tamlyn Patterson Photography

 

When I first moved to the Mornington Peninsula area a couple of years ago, I obsessively followed a gorgeous blog called Marvellous Mornington Peninsula. It’s author, Emma Currie, would blog about everything from wineries with playgrounds to day spas to where to buy the most beautiful blooms. She seemed to intuitively respond to exactly what I needed in my life!

I stalked her on Insta and when I finally met Emma in person at a blogger’s meet up, I was absolutely delighted to find that she is one of those rare people who is as beautiful in real life as she is on her blog.

Fast forward several months and in addition to writing her blog, working, raising a toddler and spreading Peninsula love on Instagram, Emma has launched Mornington Peninsula Wine Club- an open invitation to women to get together and connect with like minded people.

I sat down with Emma on the weekend and picked her brain about her why. This was going to be a formal Q and A session but, as always, once we got chatting it turned into a long convo so I will sum up the key points as best I can!

 

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Emma Currie, founder of Mornington Peninsula Mums Wine Club. Photo by Tamlyn Patterson Photography

 

It came as a surprise to me to learn that Emma can feel just as reserved and shy as the rest of us when it comes to meeting new people. The wine club was born from a desire to meet new mums and have some time out. That may have been where it started but since the first meet up in March 2018, it has evolved into something much bigger.

Maybe it’s because it’s obvious that this is a passion project. Maybe it’s because each meet up raises money for MSFIN (which you can learn more about here). Maybe it’s because small businesses recognise the value in sharing the love with dozens of locals and so supply awesome raffle prizes. Or maybe it’s just because Emma has tapped into a need for all of us to connect and engage. Whatever the reason, the club has gone from strength to strength over the last few months.

I, personally, have gone to each and every event. I love meeting locals and chatting to people about what they’re up to and what’s happening on the Peninsula. Highlights for me would have to be hearing Meredith Gaston (author/artist) talk about her take on wellness, meeting some lovely ladies I have only formally connected with via Insta and doing a flower-crown making workshop while drinking local wine at Mercetta in Mornington.

 

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Amanda Dark, Emma Currie and Katie Jones at the first Mornington Peninsula Wine Club event. Photograph by Tamlyn Patterson Photography

 

As you can see, each event is different. Guest speakers, raffle draws, workshops, informal group dinners; there’s even a pop up shopping night at Commonfolk Coffee coming up in June which is set to be epic. There will also be a Prosecco Van there! There really is something for everyone.

The July event is set to take place at beautiful Stumpy Gully Winery. I am so excited for that one as I have never been before and it’s been on my list for ages.

The best part (I think) is that tickets reflect the price of food and a glass of wine. No mark up. This is not a profit making exercise, it is truly something Emma does because she is a legend! The other great part is that you can come to one per year or all of them. There’s no membership; you just purchase your ticket for whatever event you want to go to.

So, have there been surprises along the way?

Emma says yes. “I have been surprised by how many ladies come along solo. It takes a lot of courage and I really admire them for that. Being a mum can be an isolating and bewildering experience. This offers women a chance to make new friends and I love making them feel special. Every woman deserves that.”

See! That’s why I love her so much. Such. A. Gem.

But don’t just take my word for it! I asked some locals why they decided to bite the bullet and come along to an event. Here’s what they had to say:

“I wanted to attend the wine night dinner because I wanted to meet people like me. I’m always keen to support local and I just wanted to get out of my comfort zone and meet people I wouldn’t necessarily get to meet in my day to day life. I feel like there are so many amazing women who I want to meet and chat with and this is a great opportunity for me to do that” says Karina (you can find Karina on Instagram here as @locallovin_morningtonpeninsula )

“There’s always such a great atmostphere at the MP Mums Wine nights!” says Lauren (who you can find on Insta here as @mpmade_scene_eat)

“The crown workshop was such an eye opener that we all need to take time out of our busy schedules to focus on us and our creative side. What a wonderful experience to learn how to make flower crowns with a lovely supportive group of women. Come as a group or come on your own, Emma makes sure everyone feels like they have been friends forever and when you throw in a glass of wine and great food it’s such a winner!” says Malene (find her on Insta here as one half of the @twotravellingplanners.)

“MPM Wine Club is such a great concept. I love connecting with amazing and talented local ladies on the Peninsula and checking out new places. The guest speakers always make sure it’s also about self development which I love. And wine, did I mention wine?” says Julia (you can find her on Insta as @mumsgottatravel here)

If you would like to learn more about the Mornington Peninsula Wine Club or would like to purchase a ticket for an upcoming event, visit www.marvellousmp.com/

While you are there, take a look around her blog. I promise you that you’ll learn something new and be inspired to explore this beautiful place we call home.

Thanks for chatting with me Emma! And thank you for giving me a reason to put on lipstick once a month!

Wine not your thing? How about coffee? Read about our fave drive thru coffee places here.

Disney On Ice giveaway Terms and Conditions

Official Rules for the Miss Morni Penni promotion

By entering the promotion referred to in these official rules (the Promotion”) you (the entrant) and we (the promoter whose details are set out below) are entering into a contract on the terms of these official rules (“Official Rules”).

            1. How to enter: You enter the Promotion by following @missmornipenni & tagging another Instagram account in the comment section.  By entering, you agree that we may rely on there being no present or future obligation to pay any fee to anyone or to obtain anyone’s consent or to provide any form of attribution in connection with your entry.
            2. Eligibility: Only individuals residing in **Australia** aged 18 and older can enter.  Our officers, employees, contractors, agents and suppliers and the immediate family members of any of them or of anyone associated with the Promotion are ineligible to enter.  Automatically or mechanically produced entries, and entries we reasonably consider to be inappropriate for any reason (eg because they are disparaging or unlawful) are ineligible.  There is a limit of one entry per individual and for this purpose an individual may be counted by an address (so that more than one entry using a particular address will be ineligible, regardless of whether more than one individual uses the same address).  
            3. Promotion period, place, time & date of selection : The Promotion starts at 8 PM on Monday 21.05.18 and closes at 8 PM on Thursday 24.05.18 The winner will be selected at 9 PM on 24.05.18 Times are **Melbourne, Victoria, Australia**
            4. Prize details: Details of prizes are 2 x A Reserve tickets

 Prizes in the Promotion are not allocated on the basis of a place within a country, for example a state, municipality or city.

Entries and prizes are not transferrable and are not redeemable for cash.  We will not substitute a prize unless the substituted prize is of the same or greater value than the original prize and the winner either agrees in writing or the original prize is unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control and we have made reasonable but unsuccessful attempts to reach agreement with the winner.  If a prize cannot be retained for any length of time after selection of a winner, we may deal with it prior to it being made available to the winner in a way we consider reasonably appropriate (which may include, if the law requires, preserving its reasonable value and after deducting the reasonable costs of any disposal having the proceeds held in trust for the ultimate winner).  The winner is solely responsible for all taxes and expenses in connection with acceptance or use of any prize (other than expenses expressly stated in these Official Rules as being included in the prize.)

            1. Prize value: The total prize value does not exceed **AU**  $96 as of Monday 21st of May.  This is calculated as the sum of the values of all possible prizes that can be won in the Promotion.  The values are the usual or recommended retail or market values of the prizes.
            2. Selection of winners: The Promotion does involve an element of chance.  You agree to be bound by the judge’s decision as final.** We will aim to undertake the determination of the winner in a fair and transparent manner.  If more than one prize is being determined, we will select the major prize winner first unless winning entries are eligible to be re-selected.  Where there are prizes other than the major prize we will select them in descending order of number and value. Winning is not contingent on being present at selection of winners.  Where practicable, we will afford members of the public the opportunity to witness selection of winners.
            3. Unclaimed prizes and re-selection: We will aim to distribute all prizes in the Promotion and will take every reasonable effort to identify and contact an entrant selected as a winner.  We will allow a reasonable period (and in any event one week or such longer legally required period) within which the person may claim their prize. It person selected as the winner of the prize does not claim the prize within the time provided in these Official Rules or if we have made reasonable but unsuccessful efforts to identify or contact the person, we may substitute another person as the winner using a subsequent selection.  The date of any re-selection will be as soon as reasonably practicable after the need for a re-selection process occurs. The time of day and place of the re-selection will be the same as for the original selection.
            4. Notification of winners: We are not required to confirm that entrants’ contact details remain up-to-date – that is entrants’ responsibility.  We will aim to notify all winners personally (eg face-to-face, mail, telephone or email) within 2 business days of selection and we will otherwise aim to make all results available within 7 days after selection.  We will make results known by posting details on any one or more of the media we use to publicise the Promotion.  If you are a winner and you claim your prize and comply with the other requirements of these Official Rules, we will do everything reasonably necessary to ensure you receive your prize within 28 days after your selection as a winner by the following means, namely Instagram messages. This is unless the circumstances of the Promotion or the nature of the prize require a longer period.  When we make the results of the Promotion known, we will do so in a way which is consistent with the type of Promotion.  We will not charge winners any fee upon receipt of their prize.
            5. Separate legal terms: There may be terms applicable to prizes in addition to those set out in these Official Rules.  Eg tickets to providers’ services (including entertainment events and travel-related services) are subject to providers’ terms of supply of those services.  Also, before allocating a prize to you, we may ask you to agree to some terms in addition to these Official Rules. These would be (a) a statutory declaration confirming your eligibility to be a winner; (b) providing us with any additional information we ask as being appropriate to allocate and manage the award of the prize and claiming your prize and (c) where the prize involves participation by others nominated by you, their consents to the collections, uses and disclosures of information about them which are similar to those you give us under these Official Rules.  These additional terms may be with someone other than us. Where Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 49 083 865 409 is not the promoter, some of the additional terms may be for a contract directly between you and that company. A copy of all these additional terms will be sent to you on request during the Promotion period and, if you are selected as a winner, before you decide whether to claim the prize. If we ask you to sign and return any such additional terms and we do not receive signed copies from you within one week (or such longer period as the law requires) after our request, we may take it that you have decided not to claim your prize, declare you as ineligible as a winner and select an alternate winner.  Entry into the Promotion may require you to, or allow you to, use any electronic (online) service which is not provided by us. Where you subscribe to such a service (eg are a member) and have entered the Promotion using it, you agree to abide by the terms of such service in addition to these Official Rules, including where required by that service provider, that you completely release that service provider and acknowledge that the Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with that service provider.
            6. Publicity: By entering, you agree that whether or not you are selected as a winner, we, our group companies and those with whom we or they have commercial alliances (eg prize providers and trademark licensors), and without payment of any fee or obtaining any further consents (a) may use and disclose information about or depicting you (eg your image and/or voice) to promote goods and services using such media (including electronic media such as email, SMS and social media platforms) and in such ways as is reasonable in the circumstances; and (b) will be given such cooperation as is reasonably requested of you as regards participation in media requests, eg being interviewed and photographed.  Where the promoter is not Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 49 083 865 409, you agree that the promoter has a commercial alliance with the company.
            7. Privacy and your information: We may collect, use and disclose information about you for direct marketing and data analytics purposes.  Such purposes may concern our goods and services, those of our group companies or those with whom there are commercial alliances (eg prize providers and trademark licensors).  The means of any direct marketing may include electronic media (email, SMS and social media platforms). We may also collect, use and disclose information about you for the purpose of giving effect to this Promotion and any award of a prize to you, as required or permitted by law, as set out in our privacy policy and otherwise consented to by you.  Our privacy policy gives you information on how and why we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information Where the promoter is not Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 49 083 865 409, you agree that Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 49 083 865 409 may also collect, use and disclose information about you for direct marketing and data analytics purposes on the terms of this clause.  You may access the privacy policy of this company at http://www.feldentertainment.com.au/PrivacyPolicy/ or contact the company by mail to15s/349-355 Bluff Road, Hampton, Victoria 3199 or by telephone to 03 9699 9322 to ask that you be sent a copy.

**Limitation of liability: use version 1 below only if the prize does note involve risk of personal injury.  If it does and is other than a prize allowing participation on ice, separate legal advice will be required. Use version 2 below instead of version 1 if the prize involves participation on ice.

Version 1 [no risk of personal injury involved in the prize]

            1. Law and our liability for the Promotion: These Official Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws in force in **insert e.g.  ‘New Zealand’, or ‘the State of Victoria, Australia’**.  Subject to your rights under Consumer Laws referred to below, you agree that in relation to the Promotion (a) we will not be liable for any circumstances in connection with the Promotion which are beyond our reasonable control; (b) if we are or become liable to you for any reason, our liability will be limited to any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by you up to a maximum of the total prize value referred to above, (c) we will not be liable for any other damages (whether those other damages are referred to as direct, indirect, consequential, special or otherwise) nor shall we be liable for any act or omission, negligent or otherwise, except to the extent allowed for in paragraph (b); (d) if any circumstances in connection with the Promotion occur which require some action by us, we may take such action as a reasonable promoter in our circumstances would take by way of response.  In some circumstances, this may involve cancelling the Promotion and any award of prizes under it; and (e) we are bound only by the terms set out or referred to in these Official Rules in respect of the Promotion and only those terms govern this Promotion and set out our agreement.

Version 2 [risk of personal injury involved because the prize involves participation on ice]

  1. Law and our liability
            1. If you win a prize to participate in an Ice show as part of the Promotion: You acknowledge that if you win a prize to participate in an Ice show (the “Show”) as part of the Promotion, you or a person nominated by you (“the Nominated Person”) will be provided with the opportunity to sit in a sledge in the get up of a cart (“Cart”) and to be moved around the ice rink on which the Show is presented, (the “Cart ride”).  If you accept that opportunity, you agree that the Cart ride is a recreational activity undertaken during the Show and you further acknowledge that participation in the Cart ride by you and/or the Nominated Person (subject to the acknowledgement in “Your Warranty regarding an unaccompanied Nominated Person” below) involves activities on and near ice and also involves risks which include any Obvious Risk and the following notified risks:
  1. a Nominated Person travelling in the Cart unrestrained and unaccompanied by you or an adult;
  2. stumbling, slipping and/or falling and/or coming into physical contact with the ice or another person or persons while entering or exiting the ice rink, or being on the ice, or being seated in, travelling in or exiting the Cart (“activities”) due to any act or failure to act by you or a Nominated Person or by a person assisting, or meant to assist you or a Nominated Person to undertake the activities or by any person on the ice rink or in the Cart;
  3. travelling to and from the place where the Cart ride is to occur;
  4. anything being thrown by a person including a person on the ice or a member of the audience at or toward or near the Cart ride, you, the Nominated Person or any person on the ice during the Cart ride;
  5. a person on the ice propelling, or meant to be propelling, the Cart, failing to control or to properly control (partly or at all) the direction or movement of the Cart;
  6. a collision or action being taken to avoid or minimise the risk of collision between the Cart and a person on the ice or any other thing on the ice;
  7. the Cart failing to remain on the ice or leaving the ice, either fully or partially; and
  8. any coming into contact with a person that has, or persons that have, an infectious or contagious illness or disease.  

(“Notified Risks”).

In this clause, propelling the Cart includes manually pulling or pushing the Cart, putting the Cart in motion, accelerating or decelerating the Cart, turning the Cart, and bringing the Cart to a stop.  

To the extent permitted by Law, you voluntarily (a) assume and shall ensure that each Nominated Person voluntarily assumes all Obvious Risks and Notified Risks and (b) assume sole responsibility and decision making in respect of the safety and welfare of each Nominated Person in relation to the Cart ride.  This includes to the extent permitted by law voluntarily assuming risks of any and all loss, injury or damage caused by, or arising from, an Obvious Risk or a Notified Risk.

            1. Your Warranty regarding an unaccompanied Nominated Person: You warrant that having regard to Obvious Risks and Notified Risks and the other terms of these Official Rules, you will only nominate and allow a Nominated Person to be involved in the Cart ride who is suitable for that involvement without being accompanied by you.  A reference in the terms of these Official Rules to participation by you in the Cart ride excludes you being on the ice or in, or near, the Cart during the Cart ride.
            2. Safety requirements: Without limiting the “Your Warranty regarding an unaccompanied Nominated Person” in subclause 12.2, you agree to be bound by the procedures and specifications for the Cart ride, including requirements in the interests of safety including the maximum weight, size or height of a Child permitted to participate in the Cart ride (“Child’s characteristics”) which may be advertised as part of the Promotion of the Cart ride and/or otherwise notified to you prior to or, if reasonably appropriate, during the Cart ride.  Devices which are required by individuals for mobility, such as wheelchairs, cannot be accommodated in the Cart for safety reasons.
            3. To the extent permitted by Law:
  1. neither of us is liable to the other for any liability loss, cost, damage, injury, expense or demand whatsoever and howsoever caused (including by breach of contract or tort, by default or negligence, pursuant to any occupier’s liability and by breach of privacy rights) arising from the participation by you and/or a Nominated Person in the Cart ride;
  2. each party releases and indemnifies the other from any liability loss, cost, damage, injury, expense or demand whatsoever and howsoever caused (including, without limitation, by breach of contract or tort, by default or negligence, pursuant to any occupier’s liability and by breach of privacy rights) and arising from the participation by you and/or a Nominated Person in the Cart ride; and
  3. if, notwithstanding the preceding clauses 12.4(a) and (b), either party becomes liable to compensate, or does so compensate, the other party for any liability, loss, cost, damage, injury, expense or demand arising from the participation in the Cart ride by you and/or a Nominated Person in the Cart ride, then the parties agree that their liability to each other is limited to the cost of the Cart ride.  If contrary to clauses 12.4(a) and/or (b), we become liable to compensate, or do so compensate, a Nominated Person, then you agree to indemnify and reimburse us for that compensation.
            1. If any or all of clauses 12.4(a), (b) and (c) for any reason do not apply, and the Show takes place in Australia, then we as a corporation supplying recreational services in Australia are permitted in Australia under sections 64 and 139A of the Australian Consumer Law to limit liability for death or personal injury in relation to the supply of those recreational services and, to the extent permitted by Law, we limit our liability for death or personal injury in relation to the supply of those recreational services to AUD100,000 per occurrence.  
            2. You are responsible for each Nominated Person.  You warrant that you are a person legally responsible for each Nominated Person, are able to enter into the terms of these Official Rules on behalf of or in connection with the Nominated Person and agree to be responsible in all respects for each Nominated Person.  
            3. You agree that we have no obligation to run the Cart ride in any Show.  
            4. Participation of a Nominated Person in the Cart ride is at our absolute discretion.
            5. We can withdraw the participation of, or cease the participation of, a Nominated Person in the Cart ride at any time before or during a Cart ride and a Nominated Person may be refused access to, or removed from, the Cart by us at any time.  Other than a refund of any price actually paid by you to participate in the Cart ride (which you agree will be your sole remedy), we will not be liable for any loss, cost or other harm suffered by you or a Nominated Person nor shall we be liable to satisfy any claim by or pay any compensation to you or a Nominated Person arising from us exercising our discretion under this clause.  
            6. In this clause 12:
  1. Australian Consumer Law means Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and any applicable similar consumer protection laws in the states and territories of Australia that mirror the provisions of that schedule.
  2. Cart, Cart ride, Nominated Person, Notified Risks and Show have the meanings given above;
  3. Child permitted to participate in the Cart ride means a person between the ages of 4 and 10 years of age who meets the Child’s characteristics in subclause 12.3;
  4. ice includes the ice rink and other locations on which performers perform in the Show;
  5. ice rink includes a gate or other access point to the rink and any surround or border delineating the rink;
  6. Law means either laws applicable in Australia exclusively or laws applicable in New Zealand exclusively, such that if the Show takes place in Australia, the law of the State where the Show occurs and in Australia includes the Australian Consumer Law as well as any applicable State and Federal law to that State or if the Show takes place in New Zealand, the laws of New Zealand including the Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
  7. Obvious Risk means a risk that is generally known as arising from the Cart ride or which ought to be reasonably known to you and/or a Nominated Person; and
  8. State means the State or Territory of Australia where the Show attended by you actually occurs.

End of versions 1 and 2**

            1. Your rights under Consumer Law and who you give your commitments to
            2. Regardless of anything else in these Official Rules, nothing in these Official Rules excludes, restricts or modifies the application of Consumer Laws or the exercise of any rights or remedies you may have under Consumer Laws where any such exclusion, restriction or modification would contravene Consumer Laws.  “Consumer Laws” refers to the **insert the following for an Australian promotion: Australian Consumer Law under Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic) and any applicable similar consumer protection laws in the states and territories of Australia.’  insert the following for a New Zealand promotion: ‘the Fair Trading Act 1986 (NZ) and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (NZ)
            3. In respect of your promises under these Official Rules, we, in entering into the terms of these Official Rules shall be deemed to be doing so for ourselves and also as agent for and on behalf of and for the benefit of each of Our Associates and, to this extent, each of Our Associates shall be deemed to be a party to the terms of these Official Rules and your promises under these Official Rules are enforceable by each of ourselves and each of Our Associates directly. In these Official rules, ‘Our Associates’ includes (with each corporation individually described as a Principal) any or all of:
  1. a director, officer, employee, agent or subcontractor of us;
  2. **delete this if FEA is the promoter**Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd ABN 49 083 865 409
  3. the Walt Disney Company;
  4. Buena Vista Theatrical Group Limited;
  5. Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows Inc;
  6. any related body corporate of the Principal within the meaning of, in Australia, the Corporations Act 2001 or in New Zealand, the Companies Act 2003;
  7. a body corporate that is engaged in a joint venture with us or with a Principal;
  8. if we transfer to, or licence, anyone to undertake any of our obligations under the terms of these Official Rules, any transferee or licensee respectively,

(with each of the above individually described as a Principal);  and

  1. any director, officer, employee, agent or subcontractor of a Principal or of any the entities in paragraphs (b) to (h) inclusive
            1. Complaints: If you are dissatisfied with the conduct of the promotion and remain so after any contact with us you choose you can make a written complaint to the government agency which regulates trade promotions in your location.  We will provide you with agency details on request.
            2. Our details: We are the promoter. Without limiting the other provisions of these Official rules, our rights under the terms of these Official Rules may be exercised by us and by our transferees, licensees and group members and by the contractors.**.  The promotion is not associated with or approved by The Walt Disney Company.

 

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: www.neutralice.com.au
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

Read about my own appointment here: Part Two: Rainbow Light Therapies

 

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

Want to read about another fun activity to do with kids? Check out Brambles Berry Farm in Langwarrin |Cheap & Cheerful Family Fun

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.

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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.

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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

Find out about another fun and free activity  on the Peninsula here: Rock On

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!

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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.

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Find them here:

The Bramble Farm
bramblefarm.com.au
25 Lyppards Road, Langwarrin Victoria 3910

After more cheap and cheerful fun? Take a look at: Free Art In Frankston

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.

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Want to learn how to make a super cool donut wall? Check out this post: DIY Halloween Donut Wall