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Wild Oats Housewares is exclusive distributor of some of Australia’s most loved homeware brands. Established in 2004, Wild Oats Housewares is an Australian business dedicated to distributing the best quality houseware brands from around the world, including Charles Viancin Kitchenware and Ironwood Gourmet.
Charles Viancin is a unique range of functional and attractive kitchenware made from silicone. Designed in France, Charles Viancin Kitchenware products include bottle stoppers, drink covers and markers, coasters, magnets, trivets, overboil rings and lids in a range of sizes and designs. The re-usable silicone lids form a 100% airtight seal on any smooth rimmed surface, and are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and foil. Each product is inspired by nature in the shape of flowers, leaves, fruit and vegetables. All the products are long-lasting and practical as they are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as being eye-catching additions to any kitchen.
Ironwood Gourmet consists of beautiful high-quality woodware including chopping and serving boards, trays, bowls, trivets and tea chests. The products are all handcrafted from Acacia wood from sustainable sources in Thailand.
Charles Viancin and Ironwood Gourmet are distributed in Australia exclusively through Wild Oats Housewares. Charles Viancin products RRP range from $4.95 to $44.95. Ironwood Gourmet products RRP range from $4.95 to $295.00. Images and samples are available on request. For more information please visit www.charlesviancin.com.au or www.ironwoodgourmet.com.au
Choosing what school to send your children to is a big decision and many factors will come into play. If you are planning on sending your children to a private or catholic school, cost may be one of the biggest considerations.
New research out from ANZ found that more than half of Australia’s parents intend to send their children to private school, however only one in 10 of them actually plan, prepare and save for this when their children are young.
A large number of parents (59%) indicated that not being able to afford private school was their biggest reason for not considering it.
Some of the findings from the research included:
- 24% of parents believe that planning for children’s private schooling should occur between ages one to three, only 10% actually do so
- 46% of parents held a savings account to fund private schooling, while 17% sourced additional income
Alongside this research, ANZ has launched their School Ready Tool, an interactive guide which approximates the cost of sending your child to a private school. You can also request your free personalised report which provides more detail on what you can expect to pay for your child’s education, and helps in mapping out a savings plan.
Use the tool here to explore schools and get tips on saving for your child's education.
The authority on global travel, Lonely Planet launches Lonely Planet Food this September. Lonely Planet travel guides have been a staple of travel for over 40 years, with recommendations on the best places to dine and drink a reliable go to for travellers.
This isn't the first time Lonely Planet have published food titles with The Food Lover's Guide to the World, The Food Book, The World’s Best Street Food, The World’s Best Spicy Food and The World’s Best Brunches providing inspiration to foodies over recent years. Last year, Lonely Planet expanded it's stable of culinary titles, publishing the From the Source recipe book series.
The new Lonely Planet Food imprint brings these culinary offerings under one umbrella and there are new titles coming in September.
From the Source: Japan and From the Source: Spain will be available from September 7 offering foodies the world's most authentic dishes and recipes straight from the kitchens of the people that know them best.
From the Source: Japan comes at a time when Japan is one of the world's 'it' destinations and offers recipes from passionate local cooks sharing their region's classic dishes.
Stews and soups are popular in Northern Japan, along with local seafood specialities, such as salmon and crab in Hokkaidō. Tokyo’s modern cuisine blends tradition with flavours from around the globe. To the west, Nagano and the Japan Alps are regions of hearty mountain fare. Kansai boasts the country’s most refined cuisine in Kyoto, and the hearty, down-to-earth fare of Osaka. Western Japan is known for fresh fish all year round, while Okinawa and the southwest islands are known for pork dishes and a local cuisine notably distinct from that of other parts of Japan.
From tasty tapas to sticky stews and paellas, From the Source: Spain features Madrid’s famous seafood alongside the contemporary-meets-classic gastronomy of Basque Country and the fiercely traditional cuisine of Northeast Spain.
LONELY PLANET’S FROM THE SOURCE: JAPAN and FROM THE SOURCE: SPAIN
Published 7 September 2016 / 272 pages, full colour, hardcover / RRP: $34.99 ea.
(Also available: 2015’s From the Source: Italy and From the Source: Thailand, $34.99 ea.)
Get out your loudest shirt and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children. The official Loud Shirt Day in Friday October 21, but why wait. You could even have several Loud Shirt Day's to raise more funds.
How to Participate
- Choose a date that fits. The official date for Loud Shirt Day 2016 is Friday October 21. But if this doesn’t suit, feel free to choose another date that does.
- Plan your Loud Shirt Day. Get creative – cakes and catwalk? Hawaiian shirt competition and raffle? Flashiest frock with a hamper prize? Whatever you do – remember that this is one day where you can get seriously loud and wear your support for deaf children.
- Invite people to come along and support your Loud Shirt Day. Use the posters you’ll find in your kit, and the online fundraising tools. Send an email to everyone you know letting them know what you’re up to with Loud Shirt Day and asking for their support.
- Wear your support. Show off your best loud outfits. Wear something extra loud on the day you hand out posters. Email a pic of yourself in something loud. Let everyone know how easy and fun it is to be involved.
- Say “thanks” to everyone who supported you or participated. Let them know how important their contribution is. Perhaps send them a link to one of the real stories of deaf children who’ve learned to speak so your friends and supporters know what a difference they’ve made.
- Collect your donations. Be sure to keep a record of how much money you have raised. Afterwards follow the banking instructions in your information pack to return the funds you’ve raised.
- Sit back and give yourself an enormous pat on the back. More deaf children will get the help they need to speak thanks to the fun you’ve had on Loud Shirt Day.
Loud Shirt Day is a positive fundraising campaign – Friday 21 October 2016.
It’s an excuse to wear your brightest clothes (love ‘em, hate ‘em, whatever) and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as your clothes have colour and pizzazz, it will be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.
If you’re the social and energetic type, why not organise an event at work, school or with friends? Create a theme – wear your best and brightest frock, the most hideous shirt, the most outrageous outfit – and get people to contribute on the day for the honour of participating (and having a really good time).
Any excuse for a get together is good. Have it over morning tea, lunch, and don’t forget the catwalk parade!
To host or participate, just register online. You’ll be sent a kit containing all the information you need.
All funds raised go to the centre in your state.
How will the funds be used?
Your gift will help the centre in your state give deaf children sound and speech
Your support will open doors to better education and employment choices, social integration with the hearing world and the chance to contribute to their community.
All centres receive only a portion of their funding from state and federal governments, and rely heavily on corporate and community support and fundraising to raise the funds necessary to deliver intensive therapy services to those families that need them.
It is only through gifts like yours that hundreds of deaf and hearing impaired children can now tell their mothers and fathers they love them.
To register or donate head to loudshirtday.com.au
Kidz Fashion Week, Australia’s first and only dedicated children’s fashion festival, has announced an open casting call for the 2016 event.
Committed not only to showing the latest in kids’ fashion, Kidz Fashion Week is designed to help children become confident, happy people, by providing the opportunity for kids of all backgrounds to walk the stage.
Through an online application process, children from all around the country are able to submit their audition to take part in the event. From catwalk skills to dancing to general stage presence, the Kidz Fashion Week team is looking for a range of skills from children and teens aged 5 – 17 years to take part.
To be held in Melbourne this September, Kidz Fashion Week is a fully chaperoned event that also supports charity – a charity chosen by the children involved. Chaperoning supplied by professional agency Kidz on Set ensure that every group of 10 children has an adult companion supervising them at all times.
From swimwear to formal wear, Kidz Fashion Week 2016 will not only display the modeling talents of the nation’s children, but also the designers catering to this market. (Please note underwear will not feature and all swimwear will include sarongs / cover ups.)
Parents of interested children are encouraged to apply online at http://www.kidzfashionweek.com.au.*
When: Week commencing 22nd August
Details: Auditions to be submitted online at http://www.kidzfashionweek.com.au
Casting Director: Highway Casting - Melbourne
7 menu trends offered across restaurants that home deliver from GF-VEG-DF-EF and miso caramel, to matcha and meat-free.
There’s a lot of change happening in the world of food home delivery – and it’s not just a greater volume of restaurants and faster delivery times. From combined gluten-free-and-vegan dishes on demand through to more obscure food trends, cooking methods and flavours, Australians can now get just about any kind of diet or food craze catered for, straight to their front door.
Having analysed its 7500 restaurants across Australia, online food delivery platform Menulog.com.au has curated seven of the latest trends you should know about, and where to get your fix.
1. Gluten free ITALIAN
Yes, it’s not an oxymoron, it exists. You don’t have to go without Italian food just because you have a gluten-free diet. There are more and more places offering gluten-free dough with all your favourite toppings and in some cases, gluten-free pasta to boot. Mama mia!
Try Frankie’s Pizza in Victoria’s Ascot Vale for their amazing gluten-free pizzas, and Mario Brothers in Sydney’s Crows Nest for gluten-free pasta and pizza options.
2. Water sautéing
Adding oil to a stir-fry does not have to be obligatory – in fact there have been studies that have found that exposing oils to high heat can result in the production of oxidized compounds and free radicals detrimental to your health. Water sautéing is cooking method that retains the flavour of sautéed vegetables without using heated oils. You can always drizzle your favourite oil on top once cooked.
Try B Thai Cuisine in Sydney’s Darlinghurst for your favourite ginger chicken or beef chilli basil stir-fry, all sautéed in – you guessed it – water.
3. GF, VEG, DF, EF
Meat free Mondays just got a whole lot fancier, with more and more carnivores turning meat down in favour of dishes that are all GF, VEG, DF, and EF (gluten-free, vegan, dairy free and egg-free). From gluten-free base pizzas with dairy-free cheese, to vegetarian American-style burger and hot dog bars, there’s vegie versions of your favourites popping up all over the country. Several restaurants in Sydney have recently gone 100% vegetarian or vegan over the past 6 months too, including Gigis in Newtown, Yellow in Potts Point, and Gelato Blue in Newtown.
Try Manoosh Pizzeria in Enmore Sydney for their gluten-free Vegan Paradise pizza, or Ayla’s Café in Adelaide for a host of vegie dishes from the famous ‘a-Not-Dog’ to vegan burgers and raw vegan cheesecake.
One of the biggest trends of 2016 was matcha, literally meaning ‘powdered tea.’ Matcha is the superfood of superfoods, a powerhouse of anti-oxidants, and it’s now available home delivered. Best incorporated into sweets or drinks, you can even get matcha green tea crepes, and Matcha thickshakes.
Try Yummy Puff café in Melbourne’s Green Tea crepe cake with slow cooked red beans and mini mocha with its Green Tea Milk Tea, made with Taiwanese High Mountain and Japanese green tea, vanilla ice cream and slow cooked red beans. Micky’s in Paddington, Sydney, also offers a Green Matcha thickshake.
Souping is the new juicing – a popular health choice. The appeal of souping is easy detoxing, as soups don't strip fibre off your drinks, so they're filling as they are nutritious. The secret to good soup is a good stock, or broth. Try The Grazery in Mentone, Victoria, for its 48-hour cooked Bone Broth, popularised by Pete Evans and Paleo crusaders. Or for something more fragrant, Kushi Q in Brisbane’s St Lucia offers the tastiest vegetable and fired tofu ramen soup.
6. Raw desserts
The raw food craze sees no signs of waning. Raw food is replacing baked cakes in the dessert category in a big way. Primarily, we are seeing sweet dishes made from nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables that are uncooked, and not heated above 46 degrees c. But is it almost too good to be true – a thick slice of cheesecake, a slab of creamy chocolate or an oozy piece of caramel slice, minus the sugar, dairy and gluten? The Grazery in Mentone, Victoria, offers everything from raw cheesecake to a raw caramel slice and raw cacao walnut cookies, but also try Zen House in Adelaide for its vegan raw chocolate cake.
7. Miso caramel
We’re not talking miso soup, we’re talking miso caramel flavour. A whole new level of salted caramel, it’s sweet but savory, and is the perfect ice cream flavour, and it can be delivered to your front door. Watch out for miso caramel flavoured dishes such as Sake in Double Bay’s caramelised miso cod, or straight up in a Miso Caramel milkshake with vanilla ice cream from The Milk Bar in Sydney’s Redfern.
Whether a home office space is used professionally, for household admin or for the kids homework, it can often be the last place you have time to keep organised. Clutter expert and professional organiser, Georgie Rees, has shared her top tips to keeping clutter at bay. Clinical and Coaching Psychologist and Founder of the Positivity Institute, Dr Suzy, has also analysed just how much of a psychological impact these organisational changes can have.
Wading through a ‘to-do’ list is the day to day reality of many professionals, which means the attention given to working environments can be limited.
What’s not often considered is that decluttering, organising and styling a workspace – whether at home or place of employment – can help facilitate greater clarity, headspace and productivity.
To help Australians easily create a positive, clutter-free working environment, Officeworks has teamed up with Professional Organiser and Declutter Expert, Georgie Rees of Clutterfly, to provide practical tips.
Psychologist and Founder of The Positivity Institute, Dr Suzy Green, has also contributed her insights to help people understand the psychological benefits of these tips.
1. Start by thinking big!
Just as you have set goals and ideal outcomes for your career or personal aspirations, you need to apply these same objectives to your workspace. In the first instance, think about the kind of mood you would like to set through colour schemes and designs, and what the key areas are in your space that you would like to improve. This will help give you clarity and provide you with a clear direction to start your overhaul. Make sure you involve any family members or friends sharing the space in the thinking - that way everyone will feel involved.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
There are real motivational benefits in creating an inspirational vision of what you desire. Particularly if you then create smaller, specific and shorter term goals that leads to that future. Creating a mood or vision board of your ideal office space can inspire you to take action and help you stay “primed” to find just the right pieces of office furniture or materials you need.
2. Get the order right
As with any task, you need to do things in an orderly manner to achieve the best results. Start by decluttering your space, getting rid of any obvious excess papers, files and folders on your desk. Once complete, organise what’s left. When your workspace has some structure it will become a much easier and enjoyable place to work. Lastly, and most importantly, maintain this new organised structure you have created. This is the invaluable part, as it will allow you to evolve the organisation of your workspace as and when you need.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
There’s significant research to highlight the benefits of an ordered and decluttered environment. Clutter can have a negative impact on sustained attention - a high level of visual stimuli in our environment is naturally going to compete for our attention, meaning it can be difficult to get what we need and quick. This can result in feelings of stress and overwhelm, which should be avoided in any workplace.
3. Systems are your friend
Even if it’s just you and your laptop, every workspace needs some structure. This stops the buildup of ‘excess’ stuff. Whether it is paper piles or files on the computer, taking the time to create an organised filing system means that access will become so much easier, while saving you valuable time and mental energy. It also creates a better working environment, as you know where certain documents live. Remember to create synergy between your filing systems by keeping the same folder structure and naming method.
4. Encourage empty space and group items
Leaving ‘empty space’ in a working environment is a good thing. Don’t be tempted to fill a shelf or cover a clear table with magazines for the sake of it. When things are clear and spaced out you have the clarity to find things more easily. Take this concept a step further and group all related things together, so there’s only one place where these items can be. It could be as simple as putting printer supplies and paper next to the printer – you could keep an open ream of paper in an in-tray for ease when the printer runs out of paper. You will be surprised how much time this can save.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
Physical space helps provide you with much needed mental space. Clear and decluttered space allows for greater levels of attentional control, so grouping items or having a place for everything will allow for greater levels of productivity and efficiency.
5. Focus on your vertical space
Walls are often not utilised enough, but they provide a brilliant opportunity to add colour and additional storage to your workspace. If you have a free wall, why not use paint to transform the area. Depending on your overall theme, a pop of colour may be great for creative thinking and a calming pastel tone could be what you need to promote productivity. Utilise this wall further by installing a simple document sorter, a great tool for categorising paperwork. To keep things from cluttering up your desktop, consider adding some drawers underneath - to be extra organised, why not label each draw.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
If you choose to use your vertical space for visual inspiration, rather than storage, go for images that support your goals or inspire you. Pictures of friends and family can also provide further positive connotations. If you choose to paint your wall, select a colour that has an impact on you. Colour therapy research suggests that cool colours, like blues and greens, are calming whereas hot colours like reds and oranges can lead to greater levels of energy.
6. Personalise and feel inspired
Feeling neat and tidy helps give you the focus to do your best work, but you also need to feel inspired. If you’ve chosen a certain theme, pattern or colour scheme, ensure you tie in soft furnishings and desk essentials throughout. If you’ve chosen a monochrome theme, choose black and white stationery to complement this look. These additional touches will help make you feel inspired to create wonderful work, plus will add a point of difference to your office space and the rest of your home or office.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
Dependent on how much autonomy you have to design/change your workspace, consider it as an opportunity to either leverage or develop the character strength of “Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence” (take the free VIA Character Strengths Test www.viacharacter.org). Research has shown that using character strengths in our everyday life can enhance well-being and achievement.
Having a collection point set aside for different types of office waste should be a consideration when organising your workspace. Purchase distinct bins or in-trays to house near the printer for recycled or shredded paper. When that is full, move it to an allocated place out of the main traffic area of your home or office. You will easily be able to see what needs to be disposed of and can plan when and where to do it i.e. e-waste, sensitive documents, or general recycling. You can safely dispose of old batteries, phones, computers, toner and ink cartridges at your local Officeworks for free.
8. Don’t stop there
The old phrase ‘finish what you started’ rings true when managing a hectic workload. Keep your newly organised workspace in-check by unpacking equipment after use, like files or equipment. These items will then be in place for the next time you need them and won’t clutter up for weeks after. To give yourself a little leeway, why not allocate one area where things are in an ‘organised mess’ - after all, most feel that creativity needs space and sometimes you need to leave things unfinished. Try to limit it to one project at time so the area doesn’t become too messy. For projects, why not try a simple trestle table that can be packed up when not needed.
9. Put it in the schedule
Setting routines ensures harmony and increases productivity. Whether you prefer online or paper tools to keep on top of the ‘to do’s’, if there is a core schedule it will help you stick to what you’re working towards. If you have important weekly tasks, set a diary reminder to stay on top of it. A daily or weekly to do list is also key to staying organised. There are lots of daily planners available which look stylish in the office or on the go - be sure to keep your planner updated as the day/project evolves. If you prefer quick reminders, bright, bold sticky notes are also a great tool for setting reminders.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
Scheduling in “to-dos” is a highly effective way of moving towards your long term and short term goals. Research has shown that aligning your short term goals (which includes your daily actions/tasks) to your long term goals leads to greater success. To create a balance, ensure you schedule both work tasks and personal tasks.
10. A refresh is as good as a holiday
We all know the feeling of being stagnant when things don’t change (and our mind becomes blind to things we see every day), so be sure to give things a refresh every so often. This will rejuvenate the office as well as your mindset. You could move your desk around and create a new office layout, or keep it simple by adding some plants or update your stationery. Even replacing your desk chair can do wonders for your daily routine as it can alter your posture and overall desk experience. If your previous chair was a dark colour, why not mix it up by going with a bright, patterned design.
Dr. Suzy Green says:
Research has shown that there are massive benefits to “mixing it up”. This means that changing your environment around, either big or small changes can give you a boost of energy and greater levels of creativity and inspiration.
Through our work with the autism community, a common theme for parents is how to navigate their own and other children’s birthday parties.
Sugar, music, lots of guests and unfamiliar locations can be challenging for children at the best of times, but is especially troublesome when you throw autism into the mix.
But teaching children to be inclusive, as well as celebrating the diversity and differences of their classmates is an important part of growing up. So don’t let a challenge turn you off hosting an autism inclusive party.
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- It’s all about the talk: Touching base with parents ahead of time can help mitigate some of the uncertainty about what’s needed on the day. If you’re hosting the party for your child with autism, explaining to parents how it might differ to other parties can help them prepare their children ahead of time. Also, if your child has a friend with autism and you’re unsure how you can be more inclusive, reaching out to their parents, inviting them along and showing a willingness to make accommodations goes along way to setting the tone for the day.
- Structure: Many of us don’t appreciate that parties can be quite chaotic, confusing and difficult to join in. The more you have activities that have a structure – a predictable pattern of steps – the better. So for birthday parties, games like ‘pass the parcel’ are easy to join in.
- Predictability: The more you can explain what is going to happen & when the better. Typically this is done with some sort of visual timetable and will include start & finish times as well as key events through the party.
- Expectations: Parties are occasional events and full of ‘out of routine’ activities. It really helps to have a shared understanding of what is going to happen beforehand (who is coming, why, what the positive social rules are). This might include rules around eating cakes – we wait until someone cuts slices, share with everyone & maximum 2 slices!
- Alternative activities: Consider having a section of the party with fun things to do as an alternative to the regular party games. Whether that’s a slime station, Lego, or activities that are familiar and enjoyable – somewhere to decompress without having to go home
- Happy birthday song: For some kids, singing the happy birthday song can actually be very overwhelming. For some, it is the noise that causes the meltdown, for others, it is the unexpectedness. Prepare your child ahead of time for when this is going to happen, or else simply go without it. Autism birthday parties don’t have to follow any rules, except for the ones you make for them.
- Be aware of sensory issues: It goes without saying that most kids with autism have sensory issues. Be aware of the amount of noise, smells, touch, and visual chaos in your party and adjust according to your child’s needs. Strike a balance between stimulating and relaxing activities. A quiet retreat space is valuable, and be aware of signs of stress or sensory discomfort and act early.
- Go with the flow: We can’t stress this enough – don’t have a jam packed strict schedule unless you’re prepared to deviate based on everyone’s enjoyment. If someone is overwhelmed and wants to sit something out, that’s okay! Hide away any items that are very special or difficult to share, and have a good time!
Across July, Autism Spectrum Australia is encouraging people to host parties and get togethers to raise money and awareness for autism in Australia. Download our Big Birthday Bake Club starter pack, and head to our website to register your July event: https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/bakeclub
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'Other than calls and texts what is the one smartphone function you can't live without and why?'
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