The 7 Stages of Grieving

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The 7 Stages of Grieving - Book tickets here

When: Friday 19 May 6:30pm, Saturday 20 May at 2pm and 7pm

Where: The Studio, Sydney Opera House

Tickets: from $20 + Booking fee

The 7 Stages of Grieving opens at the Sydney Opera House Friday 19 May, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, which saw Aboriginal people recognised in the Australian Constitution. The reworking of this play highlights what has changed for Aboriginal people in the past 20 years and what hasn’t. It is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation. Parts of the script have been updated to reflect Australia’s evolving relationship with Aboriginal culture. Notably, Kevin Rudd’s apology speech has been included as well as recent politicians who comment on Aboriginal affairs such as Tony Abbott, Andrew Bolt, Pauline Hanson and even Donald Trump! It shares true and personal stories that need to continue to be told. And perhaps most importantly, it starts conversations between parents and teens about closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

 

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World's most loved musical Grease!

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THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCTION OF GREASE PARTIES ONTO THE STAGE IN SYDNEY AT QUDOS BANK ARENA

The world’s most loved musical, GREASE, will hit the stage at QUDOS BANK ARENA starring over 600 performers in the largest production ever staged.  GREASE THE ARENA EXPERIENCE Tickets are on sale  from www.greasearenashow.com or www.ticketek.com.au

The ultimate party musical features all the favourite hits including; "You're the One That I Want", "Greased Lightnin'", "Summer Nights", “Beauty School Drop Out” and "Born to Hand Jive". This is a unique arena spectacular that you cannot afford to miss.

SINGING IN THE RAIN’s Meghan O’Shea and Drew Weston (Ghost The Musical) take on the iconic roles of star-crossed lovers, Sandy and Danny.  And, after taking the nation by storm with her critically acclaimed performance as Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of HAIRSPRAY - THE BIG FAT ARENA SPECTACULAR, Lauren McKenna will swap the can of hairspray for a Pink Ladies jacket when she takes on the role of Jan.  Also starring X Factor’s Barry (Southgate) Conrad as Kenickie, Ruby Clark as Rizzo, Stacey de Waard as Frenchie and Emily Monsma as Marty alongside a mass ensemble of over 600 young performers.

Grease is the timelessly funny story of 1950s teen love, cliques, and peer pressure. Join your favourite Rydell High students, Danny & Sandy, The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies along with a cast of hilarious characters as they jive and bop their way to Graduation. It's GREASE like you've never seen it before! Take the whole family along for a night you'll never forget!

Produced by Harvest Rain, this production will follow in the footsteps of their previous arena productions of CATS and HAIRSPRAY, which both played to capacity audiences and rave reviews around the country.

GREASE - THE ARENA EXPERIENCE plays at QUDOS BANK ARENA, Sydney Olympic Park for two shows only on Saturday 20th January at 2pm & 8pm.

Tickets will go like GREASED LIGHTIN’. Book now at www.ticketek.com.au

 

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Why us? or Why not us?

Why us? or Why not us?

 

"God never gives you more than he knows you can handle”

Comforting words from the Bible but with the events that would unfurl for me and my family they were words that didn’t seem realistic or possible for me to believe.

 

Up until 2 years ago I thought I had a pretty uneventful normal but still wonderful life. I had a loving, caring family and friends who were always there for us. My husband and I had 2 children now married with 3 grandchildren between them and whom we all treasured. So 2 years ago, when my son, Matthew and daughter in law Jodi, announced they were expecting twins we were all delighted. The twins we found out a little later were identical girls and so they became affectionately known as the Twincesses. Finlay, their little boy was 3 years old at the time so we all knew life would get a whole more hectic.

 

The girls were due to be born in the August of 2011 but complications meant they had to be delivered early at 34 weeks and taken straight into the neo-natal unit at Preston Hospital. It was such a relief when both were successfully born, even though they looked so tiny in the incubators, and wires all over their tiny bodies.

 

It was 3 weeks later when we would hear the news that Doctors, fearing the girls were not developing as they should, suspected there was a strong possibility that they had Downs Syndrome. Tests were carried out, the results of which would take a week to be back with us. I can’t begin to tell you how long that week felt or what thoughts were flooding our minds. I prayed every day that the girls would be ok and for God to take away our fears of what could and would be if the results were positive.

 

I’ll never forget the look on Matt and Jodi’s faces when they walked through our door on the Friday evening after being at the hospital all day together waiting for news. They looked frightened, lost, emotionally and physically drained – the results were positive and both of our beautiful girls had DS. We sat in a bewildered silence, no-one knowing what to say or do – just shell shocked, scared and fanatically worried. How would we cope with this – whatever this was? What did it all mean? How would we get through? What would the future hold? We could find no words which would comfort any of us.

 

I have to admit none of us knew anything about DS, but it all felt very scary. My own thoughts as a grandma were how to protect these vulnerable little girls from a world which can seem, at times, so cold, heartless, cruel and judgemental. I spent sleepless nights preparing for the future that I couldn’t comprehend and so no wonder I never found any answers. I felt as a family we could be there for their every need and protect them while they were children but what would happen when the girls reached adult hood? What would they make of our world but more importantly what would the world make of them? There were so many myths and misunderstandings surrounding this condition that worried me to death. Fortunately, I have since learned that most of those worries are simply that – myths and misunderstandings and I also found out that spending so much in the future worrying what might be, stops you from living in the here and now and missing so much of life which is good. Before the girls came out of hospital we had it confirmed that Abigail was deaf and Isobel had a hole in her heart!

God never gives you more than he knows you can handle.

Those words kept coming back to me – but I felt I couldn’t handle all this hurt and confusion and fear that was happening.

However the day after we had the news, I had a message from Matt inviting his dad and I to visit the hospital with Gemma, our daughter. Still lost and bewildered we arrived at the hospital to be met by Matt with a huge smile on his face, full of excitement and anticipation. We were ushered into a lovely bright room where Matt told us that he had permission to bring the babies in for cuddles and kisses and so we waited for him to bring them in. What has happened we asked Jodi, Matt seems so different? She told us that Matt had broken down when they had arrived home that night and having asked himself the question “Why us?” came back with the answer “Why not us? We have been chosen because we can give the girls the life they need – full of love and fun but most of all an acceptance for who they are”

As he wheeled the girls in, I think we were all touched by his Positivity, his love and commitment for his children – If he could, we could!! He talked excitedly about his vision to set up the Twincess Campaign, and so a Trust fund was set up to prepare for their future.

 

 

 

 Visit www.twincess.co.uk to read more about their wonderful journey so far.

Twincess was set up by us – Matt and Jodi Parry after our twin daughters Abigail and Isobel were born with Down’s Syndrome on June 29, 2011.

Twincess is place where families of those with Down’s Syndrome can connect, share, support and celebrate! It is about providing frank and honest advice based on real, personal experience. There’s a lot of negativity around the condition with the focus often being around what children with Down’s Syndrome can’t do. Twincess is about highlighting what they can do.

 

 

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PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE NATIONAL TOUR DATES

PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE NATIONAL TOUR DATES

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” is an action packed, high-energy adventure featuring catchy music that is set around the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. The drama unfolds when the race is about to begin; Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.  

 

CANBERRA – *Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 and *Sunday 2 April, The Playhouse Theatre, canberratheatrecentre.com.au

MELBOURNE - Saturday 8 and *Sunday 9 April, Margaret Court Arena, www.ticketek.com

BRISBANE - Thursday 13, *Friday 14 and *Saturday 15 April, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, www.ticketek.com

SYDNEY – *Friday 21, Saturday 22 and *Sunday 23 April, Darling Theatre, ICC, www.ticketek.com

PERTH – *Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, www.ticketek.com

  

The show combines stunning theatrical scenery set against a high-tech video wall to visually transport families to popular locations from the TV series such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain. VStar Entertainment, who are the world’s leading creators of theatrical puppets, have taken an innovative approach to bringing the pups, amazing vehicles and packs to life on stage.


The show runs for 1 hour and 20 minutes (across two acts and an intermission).

 

 

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Easy Corn & Zucchini Fritters!

Easy Corn & Zucchini Fritters!

These easy Corn and zucchini fritters are a great alternative to taking sandwhichs to work or school. The best thing about them is you really can add anything you like to them, provided the mixture is not to moist they always work well.

Ingredients

2 zucchini (grated)

100g of tasty cheese (grated)

1 can of corn kernels (drained)

1 small onion or shallots  (finely diced)

A good handful of roughly chopped coriander

3 eggs

1 cup of bread crumbs

Salt and Pepper

Method

The thermomix version, is to pretty much put all of these ingredients (barr corn and eggs) into the bowl and turbo for 4 seconds. Then add the corn kernels and eggs, and mix together.  Fry on low in some good quality olive oil and allow to cool on some paper towel.

The non- thermie version is to grate (or blend) all of the ingredients bar corn and eggs and once all mixed together throw the rest of the ingredients in and fry in some good quality olive oil.

Squeeze some of the water out of the zucchini – to do this, pop it into a clean tea towel and squeeze the excess water out over the sink.

I served these for breakfast with some crispy bacon OR when all the males are asleep you can sneak off and have the last two for lunch with a smidge of sweet chill, just a smidge.

This recipe makes about 10.

Enjoy!

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Amazing Christmas Lights Display!!!!

Amazing Christmas Lights Display!!!!

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambage Court Christmas Lights 2016. We have over 100,000 Christmas Lights on show with some great new items for your enjoyment. Our address is 10 Cambage Court Davidson.

Please share the display with your family and friends. 100% of the funds raised will be equally divided between Red Nose formally (SIDS and Kids), Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Display times!

December 3rd - 14th December will be 8pm - 10:30pm
15th - 27th December 7:30pm - 11:00 pm
28th December - 2nd January 8:00pm- 10:00 pm
*above times are confirmed unless the Weather is adverse

Website www.cambagecourtchristmaslights.com

 

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Win a Peppa Pig Summer Party Prize Pack Worth $150

Win a Peppa Pig Summer Party Prize Pack Worth $150

To celebrate Summer Peppa Pig has put together a fantastic collection of gorgeous items to GIVE AWAY to one of our lucky readers to help get them all ready for the warmer days ahead of us.

This fabulous prize pack includes:

1x Peppa’s fishy friends book $12.99
1x George Zoggs life jacket $44.99
1x George Goggles $14.99
1x Candy Hair bobble kit $10.00
1x Peppa Art Smock $11.95
1x Peppa Pig Party Pack $15.95
1x Peppa Pig Party Masks $4.67
1x Peppa Pig Outdoor Fun Swing Play Set $29.99

(Total Value: $145.54 plus p&p)

Enter here and good luck! http://bit.ly/2gIbzfw

 

 

 

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CleverPatch - free freight offer - don't miss out!!!

CleverPatch - free freight offer - don't miss out!!!
Over 4000 craft products to choose from!
 
Simply order over $29.95 (inc GST) and quote the promo code ABCFREE12 to receive standard freight free*! 
 
ONLINE ORDERS ONLY! 
 
*Additional freight charges may apply to certain remote areas depending on size, weight and final destination of your order.   
 
Ends Monday 28th of November 2016
 

 

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney next weekend and it's bigger and better than ever before!
 
Look forward to a smorgasbord of entertainment for your little ones with live performances by Hi-5, a life-size Thomas & Friends train, jumping castle, petting zoo and so much more!
 
But that's not all... you can shop from over 150 local and international brands, test drive a whole range of hot pram brands on our purpose built Pram Trial Track, presented by Jeep and even get top tips from Parenting Experts such as Pinky McKay. 
 
Register before 5pm AEST, 22 September to get your FREE ticket!
 
Tickets on sale now - click here

 

 

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Jump! Swim Schools Hackham receives award!!!

Jump! Swim Schools Hackham receives award!!!

Congratulations to Jump! Swim Schools Hackham.

Jump! Swim Schools Hackham wins Inclsuive Swimming Award from the Australian Swim Schools Association!!

Jump! Swim School said the following: 

"I asked my staff which category of award they thought we should nominate our swim school for and resoundingly the response was “inclusion”. Inclusive practices refer to the approach where children without or with a disability are provided with the same opportunities, and those with a disability are provided with a less restrictive curriculum that acknowledges their special need. My personal view is also that every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim, and during my 26 years of being a qualified instructor I have seen many “miracles” occur in the pool. 

Jump! Swim Schools prides itself for being small, private facilities in order to specialise in baby and preschool learn to swim classes. Here at Jump! Swim Schools Hackham our pool has quickly become popular for children with special needs, most notably those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  With far less distractions than larger centres and a program that encourages praise and progress, along with very patient and caring instructors, it is the ideal environment for those children who are easily distracted or have sensory issues or just need that extra bit of attention. 

 

Testimonials tell it all: 

Here is a recent testimonial from a parent who also tells Sharyn she is like “Mary Poppins” in the swimming pool 😊 

Another testimonial

“I wanted to write a quick testimonial to express our gratitude for your help and kindness. Our 2 children have been attending Jump at Hackham since the centre opened in January. Right from our first communication with Sharyn prior to the centre opening we have found her to be warm, friendly, accommodating and helpful. Our son is autistic and has traditionally found swimming lessons difficult due to the sensory nature and group environment. Sharyn and her team have worked hard with us to accommodate his unique needs so that he can make the most of his time in the pool. We are thankful to have found a swimming school that is willing to think outside the box and look at each student as an individual. I think there is a big market for swimming lessons with the positive and gentle approach you model, I hope more families find you so they don't feel like swimming lessons are "too hard".”

Sharyn believes they are practicing inclusive behaviour by doing their best to accommodate those families who may not be in a financial position to pay the up front fees or the monthly fees that are demanded by many swim schools. Jump! does have a restrictive financial policy but we have been able to work with parents on payment plans that allow their children to attend class as a priority. We welcome everyone to our centre and work together so that every child gets that opportunity for good quality learn to swim experiences.

http://jumpswimschools.com.au/hackham/

https://www.facebook.com/jumphackham 

ABC Members: 50% off first calendar month of lessons (new customers only).

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SPOT!!! WIN WIN WIN

SPOT!!! WIN WIN WIN

Thanks to our friends at Theater Terra, we have 5 SPOT PRIZEPACKS up for grabs including tickets and merchandise for our readers right around the country!

See Spot – LIVE at one of the following venues:

  •   The Concourse Concert Hall – September 23 – 25

  •   Seymour Centre, Sydney September 27 - October 2

  •   Riverside Theatre, Parramatta – October 4-6 

  •   Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth - October 11 – 15

    Spot was first created in 1980 by British illustrator Eric Hill and Spot’s adventures are still one of the most popular book series in the world for toddlers and young children.

    Click here to purchase tickets

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Date night without leaving the house!

Date night without leaving the house!

 

Now I love to cook! I find it so therapeutic and relaxing. Yes even with a little ones at my feet asking me to help all the time,  I love to hear the words, ‘I helping too’. They get the bowls out along with every cooking utensil in the draw they can lay their little hands on. Its loads of fun watching them practicing their pretend cooking skills.

 

I do 99.9% of the cooking at home. Hubby confesses that he’s not confident at cooking however, he is always keen learn and will help out when I need it.

 

So this got me thinking. We were due for a date night and given that he’s not that confident in the kitchen, why not have a date night of cooking together? I thought homemade pizza’s would be the pretty easy to start with. We made up the pizza dough,  I got hubby to arrange all the toppings we wanted and we began rolling out the bases together and making our pizza’s. It’s great to include the kids in making the pizza’s, they love it and have such fun building up their little master pieces. I also find if they help cook they are more likely to eat it!

 

We have a ball doing it together and made loads of mess but had the most beautiful homemade pizza’s. Hubby thought that it was pretty easy to do and said he felt confident enough to give them ago himself in the future, guess who's having pizza every night now! haha

 

After finally getting the kids to bed, we settled on the couch with some wine and watched Game of Thrones. What better way to end a fun afternoon than in the arms of your best friend on the couch eating pizza!

 

Date night’s don’t always have to be about organising a baby sitter and going out for dinner, keep it simple, inexpensive and most of all enjoyable. 

 

Does your hubby or partner cook? If so what’s their signature dish?

 

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The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to clean your dishwasher. I do this once a week as it keeps the dishwasher sparkly clean.

Your dishwasher will be sparkling in no time by following these few simple steps.

1. Make sure dishwasher is empty of all dishes. (including wine glasses lol)

2. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 2 cups of vinegar (I use home brand white vinegar) and set on the top rack of the dishwasher.

3. Run through on a hot cycle once and that’s it your dishwasher will come out clean and sparkly, the vinegar will remove any unwanted food smells as well.

4. Wallah too easy! Leaving you more time to put your feet up and have a cuppa or a wine!

 

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Lemon Sour Cream Cup Cakes

Lemon Sour Cream Cup Cakes

 

Lemon Sour Cream Cupcakes

 

These cupcakes are my husbands absolute favourite, they are tangy and moist and its hard to stop at one. They also work really well with oranges as well. This is a super easy one bowl cake yum!

 

Ingredients

 

125 g soft butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 tablesppons lemon juice
3 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sour cream

 

Icing

 

1/4 cup lemon juice

 

2 cups icing sugar

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C.

 

Add all cupcake ingredients to a food processor or Thermomix and blend until smooth.

 

Place 14 cupcake cases in a muffin tray.

 

Pour mixture 3/4 f the way up each case, they will rise quite high.

 

Pop in the oven for 25 minutes until the tops go slightly golden.

 

In the mean time mix the lemon juice and icing sugar to create the icing.

 

Spread on the top once cupcakes are cooled, or pour on when hot for a warm gooey lemony mess yum!

 

Makes 14

 

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Win Family Pass to Peppa Pig Live!

Win Family Pass to Peppa Pig Live!
Following it's successful opening around Australia last year, Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash is back by popular demand to tour the country one more time in 2016!
 
 
You could win a family pass to see Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash. 

 

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How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

Party Pax has been designed to help busy parents host a fabulous party for their loved ones, whilst saving you time and money.  This is a one stop shop for kids birthday parties, christenings and baby showers.  Each pack has been tailored for the time-poor, party-planner in you.  

You will receive everything you need to host an amazing party - DIY cake, DIY cupcakes, decorations, tableware and a little inspiration - in one box, delivered straight to your door.

LET US TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF YOUR PARTY!!!

https://www.partypax.com.au 

ABC Offer 10% discount. Quote ABC and the last four digits of your barcode to receive the offer when ordering. 

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SplashDance these school holidays

SplashDance these school holidays

**TOUR ALERT** ABC KID's TV's SplashDance is coming your way Sydney & Wollongong in their first series of LIVE SCHOOL HOLIDAY SHOWS! 

For tour dates, news updates, competitions and giveaways visit Splashdance on FACEBOOK 

Book your tickets now!

ABC members receive $5 off any CD or DVD purchase - show your card at the time of purchase. 

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