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Celebrating Midwives With Medela!

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I met my Mid wife when I was 30 weeks pregnant, I actually had intended on hiring a midwife earlier but every time I mentioned to someone that I wanted a mid wife I was looked at as if I was going to have a back yard birth.

As it was my first pregnancy I didn't really know which way to go, I knew I wanted a calm as possible birth, natural and if possible at home. To some this may be scary especially for a first time mum, but it's how I had always envisioned my pregnancies. So at 30 weeks I finally bit the bullet and decided not to let outside influences affect my decision, my husband I agreed that we would meet with one and see how things went.

My first appointment with my mid wife, was actually beautiful she did all the things that I would normally get done in a hospital visit, but she took time, she placed her hand on my belly smiling as if I was bringing one of her own family members into the world, I automatically felt at ease with her. She explained the whole process in a kind and gentle manner and I couldn't help but feel connected to her after one visit, besides feeling like I connected with her I also felt really secure that she knew what she was doing.

Not only did she help with the planning and birth but she was also their after the birth to help me with breast feeding and adjusting to being a new mum. Using a mid wife might not be for everyone but I am glad that I followed my gut and used one.

 Medela recently showcased the survey they conducted with 7,800 Australian mothers to better understand how midwives supported them on their motherhood journey. You also would have seen the interview they conducted with a few mums in this clip, to show how everyone’s experience is different.

 

 

 Medela is not only a leading global producer of technologically advanced breast pumps and vacuum technology. They also conduct a lot of research and provide education to the community and breastfeeding mums. Medela have been reaching out to the community through various exciting innovative programs assisting breastfeeding mums. Medela are excited to extend their support of mums through their new mobile app MyMedela, their free blog site and education for mums and health professionals.

 

Medela have also been kind enough to offer a $100 Medela voucher to their store www.medelastore.com.au to enter “In 25 words or less how did a midwife support you during those first few days of motherhood?” Please email your entry to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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10 Things Your Son Needs To Hear You Say

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Are you raising a boy? Me too! If your boy is anything like mine, you’ve got your hands full! Imparting wisdom might not come easily in between the scraped knees, the squashed bugs, the dirt that gets into every nook and cranny on the daily, and the inherent need to climb every tall thing they encounter. But when they’re not tearing up the house and trying to ride on the family cat like it’s a pint-sized pony, our boys are listening to us. They may not always acknowledge it, but their little brains are soaking it all in as they form their ideas of the world – so the words we speak to them are integral to their development. Here’s what we should be imparting on our little lads:

  1. “You’re so smart”

When boys are young, it can be easy to focus on their physical attributes as that is where a lot of their energy is focused. From toddlerhood, they’re busy testing their physical capabilities and limitations, while their female counterparts are generally focusing on language development and problem solving – so it can become easy to cheer them on when they kick a goal or win a race, but might seem less natural to applaud the way their minds work. Make sure they know that they’re worth more than their ability to catch a ball or run around an oval.

  1. “It’s OK to cry”

It’s widely known that older generations of men were taught to suppress their emotions because crying, or even showing signs of distress, were considered weak and feminine. As a result of those bottled up feelings, male depression has become more and more prevalent. Stop the cycle and encourage your boy to cry when he needs to let it out.

  1. “I love and respect you”

For boys (and men), respect is as much a sign of your love for them as your hugs and kisses are. It’s important for them to feel loved, and it’s important for them to feel heard and appreciated.

  1. “Calm down and breathe”

I don’t know what it’s like to experience a testosterone-fuelled rage, but I do know that there are thousands of stories out there of men whose anger boiled over and in an instant someone was hurt – a partner, a child, a friend, a stranger. While I’m not suggesting that a simple suggestion to “breathe” is the be-all, end-all of anger management for men, it’s a starting place for boys. Make sure your son is equipped with coping mechanisms for his anger when it strikes.

  1. “You don’t have to be good at everything”

Boys (particularly our sweet little alphas!) are driven to win. They want to be the best at everything, or at least really good. So when they find themselves struggling with something, they get frustrated and are likely to give up on it – then beat themselves up over the failure of it all. Make sure they know that not only do they not have to be good at everything they try – it’s not humanly possible!

  1. “You are brave”

Bravery is a big deal for boys – so it’s important that they feel acknowledged when they’re being brave. Of course, just as they need to be able to cry, they also need to know that it’s OK not to be brave – but having their bravery recognised helps to affirm it.

  1. “You are handsome”

Sure, boys are often happy to wear the same muddy jeans and ripped T-shirt every day for a week if you’ll let them, but deep down, of course they want to look good (or at least passable). Yes, a nine-year-old boy will probably outwardly groan if his mum regularly tells him how handsome he is, but a teenage boy who has made the effort to dress nicely for a school dance needs to hear it – it will really boost his confidence.

  1. “You can play with dolls if that’s what you like”

Gender-specific toys are becoming a thing of the past because parents are realizing that a baby doll isn’t going to cause their son to be less of a man when he grows up. Who would have thought!? In fact, it turns out that boys grow up to be Dads just about as often as girls grow up to be Mums. So if your boy chooses to play with a doll over a dinosaur, embrace it! I promise it won’t harm his development.

  1. “Your hard work will be worth it”

The society we live in today is a convenient one in a lot of ways. There are short cuts, hacks and products to make all kinds of things quicker and easier, from Thermomixes to dry shampoo. I mean, we can run our entire lives from behind the screen of an iPad. Hard work can easily become a foreign concept, especially to younger generations. Teaching our sons the value of hard work now is essential for their future tertiary studies, jobs, relationships and house-keeping… because there are just some things that can’t be short cut-ted!

  1. “Tell me more”

Women can talk your ear off if you let them, but men aren’t always as forthcoming. Whether they’re talking about something good, something bad, something hard, or something funny, they don’t fall over themselves trying to provide every last detail. Teach your son the art of expressing himself, his ideas and his emotions adequately by prompting him with questions that show him you’re listening, and that what he’s saying is important.

Raising a boy (raising any child, for that matter!) is a wonderful privilege, but one that comes with so much responsibility. Offer the above words to your son, and he will reap the rewards throughout his entire life, raising him to be the best man he can be.

 

 

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The Reason Why I Let My Kids Have Unlimited Screen Time!

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We are a pretty high tech family, my husband's background is in I.T and tech and I work full time in social media and online, so to say that we are tapped into some sort of device at any given time would be an understatement.

Our kids 5 and 7 also love technology, I love that my 5 year old can pretty much work most devices easily.

It's no secret that technology is addictive, I mean you only have to look around you at any given time and you are sure to see someone looking at their phone. I use to feel super guilty that our kids were being raised in a world where it seems everyone is locked into some sort of device over engaging, interacting with other people and outside activities, but the truth is, it's the way the world is going.

Teenagers now can spend 20 minutes taking the perfect selfie to upload to social media and I am sure in 20 years time when we don't even have to leave our homes for anything we will be longing for the days when our kids chased Pokémon's and took selfies. My era was lucky in the fact that we had a childhood pre internet, where our kids now have been raised with the internet and have never known any different.

My kids also go to a school that promotes technology, at any given time they can send me a video recording or take a photo of their work that I can log into see it. In addition to traditional schooling they also do a lot of work on ipads and know how to navigate google and the internet, probably better than most adults do.

I never really had an issue with my kids being on technology but I definitely had an issue with them not wanting to do anything else but be on technology, I felt like I was going a bit bonkers when I would ask my children to hop off a device as it was always followed by a tantrum, it was also a real struggle to get them to play outside, do homework, chores or anything else for that matter.

I knew something had to change, It wasn't until my husband said jokingly one morning, oh let them have as much tec time as they want, that's when a penny dropped.

I thought yep that's what I am going to do, I am going to let them have as much tech time as they want provided that they did the following.

I put together a chart that had everything on it that they needed to do before they could touch any device, this included, Ipad, computer, my phone, and TV. I spoke to them and told them that they could have as much technology as they wanted and it was actually up to them how much time they got to spend on their favourite devices,  but they had to make sure that everything on the following list was ticked off first.

 

In mornings they had to:

Breakfast

Clean teeth

Get dressed

Make bed and make sure room is neat < this doesn't have to be perfect just done.

Lunch and bag packed

Shoes on

Hair done

As soon as this is done my kids are free to go on ipad, computer, tv phone etc.

 

In the afternoons they have to:

Read / homework

Unpack bag

Uniform in wash or hung up if not dirty.

In summer 30 - 45 mins play outside

Bath/shower in winter they have bath soon as they get home.

This is normally all done before 4.30

After that they are allowed as much tech until 6pm dinner, at this time we all put tech away, my husband and I put our phones up until kids are in bed.

 

We have never done tech at night so they don't know any different as far as going on it after dinner, I like this to be a wind down time for them and we normally read, talk or sometimes play a game.

I swear this has been the best thing I have done in a long time ha! My kids get up at 7am every morning  and we leave the house at 8.20am and they at least have 30 mins screen time in the mornings, this is because they know if they don't move they don't get screen time. Even when I have trouble getting them out of bed, all I have to say is you won't have much screen time and they normally jump up < and to be honest most times they are already up and dressed before my alarm goes off.

I have found by giving my kids the feeling that the are allowed as much time as they want provided they have done everything really makes them more responsible, again my issue was never the time they spent on the devices but the fact that it would take them forever to get anything else done. I don't ask for perfection with their jobs etc but they have to have a good go at it.

The key is to follow through, if my 2 don't do what's on the list they don't have any tec that day, and yes they cry and carry on but normally the following day they are back ticking off that list ha!

On the weekends we are pretty cruisey with tec time in saying that we do get out and do a lot of family stuff. We do plenty of outdoor activities, both my kids do karate, swimming and gymnastics and we regularly cook and play sport together, so it's not all technology, but in the era we now live in, tec is not going anywhere so for us it was good to find a balance sooner rather than later.

This is what I have found works for us, do you have any tips for tech time in your house?

Oh I should also add that although we let our kids use technology we are well aware of what they are watching or playing :)

 

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Our Top Tips For Cooking With Kids!

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Most kids love to cook and although it can be a hassle for parents to let them help in the kitchen, it is surprising just how quickly kids can learn and be quite helpful.

My 7 and 5 year old can cook basic things like eggs and pikelets and they have a good understanding of kitchen safety, I love seeing the joy on their faces as we cook.

Below are our top tips for cooking with kids:

Expect a lot of mess, believe me if you tell yourself from the beginning that it is going to be messy then you are less likely to lose patience, there will be the odd bit of flour or a cracked egg on the floor, I try to remember that all messes can be cleaned and that teaching my kids how to cook is more valuable than a clean kitchen. In saying that I also teach my kids to tidy up after themselves, if they spill something they need to have a go at wiping it up < and yes sometimes this makes more mess haha!

Explain things, take your time to explain what utensils are used for, what certain ingredients do and why we measure and weigh things, you will be surprised how much your child will retain the information and how spot on they can be when it comes to measuring. It's also good to cover food hygiene.

Let them touch and taste what they are making, this is not only fun for them but it teaches them about different flavours and textures, ask them questions like do you think this is sweet enough? Do you think its thick enough? kids love having control over a recipe.

Be prepared, get all the ingredients out ready with the recipe, if your child is able to read get them to guide siblings in what steps to take.

Be prepared for imperfection, odd shaped biscuits under cooked cup cakes are all part of learning, if something doesn't work out try and problem solve what the issue could have been and even get your child to make a note on the recipe for next time. If we have messed up a recipe I always revisit that recipe and see if we can perfect it, it is a great way of teaching the kids to keep trying and they love it when it turns out right.

Have fun, before to long you will most probably have teenagers who won't want to go anywhere near a dish haha so enjoy the time with your little ones in the kitchen, not only are you teaching a great life skill but you are also creating amazing memories with your kids.

And always make sure your kids are supervised in the kitchen, this is pretty much a no brainer :)

Some easy recipes I cook with my kids are:

4 ingredient cookies, I give the kids the dough and they can spen ages cutting out cookies.

Anything like ball recipes like these ones: White chocolate balls!

Cupcakes and muffins

 

Do you have any tips to add for cooking with kids? Leave a comment on our face book page :)

 

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Memorable Mum Moments with Curash™

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Anyone who has more than one child knows the struggle of siblings squabbling. Seriously I love being a mum but if there is one thing I can not stand its hearing my 7 and 5 year old argue and whinge at each other, it always ends in tears and normally they are mine ha!

In between the fights and tantrums there are plenty of nice mum moments though and I witnessed one today. I couldn't here much noise coming from their bedrooms and normally that isn't a good sign, so I went to check on them to see what they were doing. Before I got to the door I could hear them talking to each other about their Dolls, I peeked around the corner and saw they were dressing their dolls with about 30 Curash™ baby wipes spalled out around them, they had been playing babies and cleaning their dolls with the wipes. It seriously was the cutest thing to watch < even if they were wasting the wipes. To see their natural little mothering instincts come out was so sweet to see. Obviously my kids love Curash wipes as much as I do!

We have been using Curash™ products since we first bought home my eldest daughter 7 years ago and have found their products to be the best on the market.

We love how they have a complete range of products to care for babies skin from top to bottom. And given that they have been providing expert skin care advice for 35 years, it puts my mind at ease when using it on my little ones.

We love that the baby wipes are specially formulated irritant free wipes for extra sensitive skin. Soft, strong and gentle on your baby’s skin, they also come in value and bulk pack varieties.

Curash™ Fragrance Free baby wipes are developed with your baby’s delicate skin in mind and the makers of Curash™ ensure they’re:

  • Ideal for Newborns
  • Irritant Free
  • Dermatologically Tested
  • Soap and Paraben Free
  • Thick and Soft
  • Alcohol Free and pH BalancedAdded benefits include:
  • Curash™ Fragrance Free baby wipes are paediatrician and dermatologist tested, making them perfect for giving your baby a complete clean after each nappy change.

They also:

  • Help protect against nappy rash
  • Pop-up wipes – grab with one hand, so you always have a free hand to keep hold of your little one.

 

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Megan's Miracle Babies

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After what I thought was an uneventful pregnancy with my first baby in 2006, I was told at an appointment that he was very, very sick and if there was any chance of saving him he needed to be delivered immediately, and that he was. Angus was born at 28 weeks and 2 days gestation due to severe IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction) he weighed a tiny 790 grams. After 12 weeks of ups and downs in the NICU he came home, only to return to the NICU 10 days later where he required a tracheostomy which he had for 11 months. Angus had some complex health problems for his first 18 months due to his prematurity and when he was 15 months old he had a complete reconstruction of his trachea.

When he was 2 years old we decided that we were brave enough to try for another baby. Unfortunately that journey continued for the next 19 months. A miscarriage and IVF treatment and then miraculously we fell pregnant naturally. Things never felt right. I was on medication to try to avoid another premature birth, which was not to be the case.

On the 18th April, 2010 our angel baby Hamish was born at 19 weeks. Hamish had passed away sometime before he was born due to being severely growth restricted. Our hearts were broken and we had a little boy who couldn’t comprehend that his brother had gone to heaven before he even got to meet him.

Immediately we started to try again. Then another miscarriage. 9 months later I was pregnant again. I had problems from the start and at 19 weeks I was told that this baby would not make it. How could I lose another baby? I was offered a termination. I refused. Week after week my baby held on surprising all the specialists, who to this day are still amazed that he made it. At 24 weeks my waters broke and I was admitted to hospital. After many weeks and daily ultrasounds, the baby was struggling.

Saxon was delivered in October 2011 at 28 weeks and 4 days weighing 846 grams. He spent 16 weeks in hospital and then was home on oxygen until he was 6 months old. He completes our family. I have 2 earthly angels and 1 heavenly angel. I still yearn for another baby, but acknowledge just how lucky I am to have my 2 miracle boys.

 

 

 

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10 Things Your Daughter Needs To Hear You Say

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So – you want to raise a strong, brave, empowered, independent daughter. That’s awesome – as her parent, you are in a pretty great position to do that through your parenting style, your actions and your words. There are some words that can have significant power in your daughter’s life, and it’s important that she hears them not only from teachers, mentors, friends and peers, but specifically from you. Build your daughter up to be the very best version of herself by speaking these words over her:

  1. “You’re a good person”

Girls rely heavily on others’ opinions of them, and there is a swarm of nasty (not to mention unfounded!) comments out there waiting to attack her character as she grows older and more impressionable. Other peoples’ negative opinions can become a self-fulfilling prophesy if they’re not balanced with more truthful reminders of her goodness. It may seem obvious, but she needs to be assured that she is inherently good in order to believe it.

  1. “You have amazing ideas”

Give power to her ideas and let her know that they are unique and valuable from an early age. Girls who believe in their ideas become women with initiative and self-confidence.

  1. “You know the answer to this problem

Sometimes, girls know the answer to something but need a little push to commit. Encouraging her to practise committing to a solution now will teach her to trust her instincts and decision-making as an adult.

  1. “You’re really good at this”

Acknowledging your daughter’s natural talents validates her abilities and encourages her to continue honing her skills. She is constantly going to face people who she perceives to be better than her, so it’s essential to instil the belief that her own abilities are not dependent on being the best; that she is absolutely talented regardless of how talented others might be too.

  1. “I love you”

Some families have these words constantly on their lips, but others go with the notion that actions speak louder than words, and though unspoken, everyone knows that they are loved. And yes, most of us know that our parents love us, but the words “I love you” are extremely powerful to hear all the same. Teach your daughter that your love for her is unconditional by ensuring that you say it regardless of her behaviour, emotional state, grades or achievements.

  1. “I’m proud of you”
    Throughout her childhood (and hopefully beyond!), you are one of the people she is going to most want to impress. When you see that she has worked hard to achieve something, acknowledge it. Let her know you’ve seen the effort she has put in, and tell her that she has done well.
  2. “It’s ok to make mistakes”

It is very common for women to become perfectionists who beat themselves up over mistakes and perceived failure. Don’t let your daughter fall into that trap! By helping her believe that mistakes are just a normal bump in the road, you are raising her to pick herself up and carry on rather than dwell on the things she does wrong. Plus, by accepting her, mistakes and all, you become an unequivocally safe place for her to run to if she is ever in trouble.

  1. “You don’t need to follow in my footsteps”

Because she doesn’t. She might have your eyes, but she’s her own person with her own interests, talents and passions - not a younger, fresher-faced carbon copy of you. Sure, she may love the idea of taking on the family restaurant someday, or of growing up to be a lawyer just like you, but if she doesn’t – it’s not a personal attack against you. It’s simply a sign that you have raised a strong, independent daughter.

  1. “I wouldn’t change a thing about you”

It is important for your daughter to be comfortable to be herself around you, always. Don’t set impossibly high standards for her, and don’t compare her to siblings or friends. Simply let her know that she is perfect and wonderful in your eyes. Allow her to flourish in her own skin, not feel like she’s constantly disappointing you.

  1. “You are beautiful”

It’s no secret that when it comes to their appearance, girls are ridiculously hard on themselves. Girl as young as six are looking in the mirror and critiquing the way they look compared to their peers and the images of young women in the media. No doubt you see your daughter’s unique beauty better than anyone, so help her to see herself through your eyes.

Imagine living in a world in which an entire generation of women grew up with the unquestioning understanding that they are strong, uniquely talented, equal individuals. Parents of girls, it starts with you! Your words have power, so speak them wisely and intentionally, and raise your daughter to see the amazing person that she is.

 

 

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A special Miracle Baby

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My husband and I were due to have our son Byron on the 2nd of February 2013. Just after Christmas in 2012 I went for my 30 week check up and was rushed to hospital straight away as my blood pressure was high and I had way to much protein in my urine sample, upon arrival at Rockingham hospital W.A  I was transferred to King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth CBD about an hour and a half from where we were living. My husband is Navy so we both lived somewhere with no family support as they were on the other side of Australia. 

They then discovered that I had severe preeclampsia and that  Byron was shunting blood through his brain and he had actually stopped growing 2 weeks prior, they told me I had to go in for an emergency c section straight away as the preeclampsia will stop once he is out. 

Byron was born and I briefly saw him then off he scooted in NICU and myself upstairs, I remember the conversation with my husband going into the C section, I said to him " no matter what, never leave his side " lucky for me my mum got a red eye flight and was there to support me.

I went up to my room and kept begging to go see my baby, they told me that once I could feel my legs again I could go down and see him. 

My last set of Obs where done before I could go down and see Byron and next minute it turned into an emergency and I was rushed to ICU, my blood pressure had sky rocketed and they were worried that I was going to go into cardiac arrest. My husband Don was caught in between 2 worlds, he had a son in NICU and a wife in ICU. Lucky for him everyone in NICU was extremely welcoming and helpful and my husband put up his hand because I was in ICU and did the skin to skin ( as seen in one of the photos ) because I wasn't there to. He knew all of everything that was going on and all the NICU staff made sure he felt comfortable and calm and knew what was going on every second of his time there.

Byron was gorgeous, he was just small, he held his own temperature and he was breathing fine. He weighed in at 1kg then dropped a bit of weight. 

After 3 days I finally got to go to NICU and meet my gorgeous little boy, he was perfect.  We had problems with Byrons weight for about 8 weeks, he was tube fed for 7 weeks and I remember every night at midnight going to weigh him and finding out he had lost 10grams and just breaking down because it took 4 days for him to put on that 10grams, then I also remember celebrating when he had put on 20grams. It was such an emotional rollercoaster, I made some life long friends including staff throughout our time there. 

Byron is now 4 he is still a little fella for his age but he is strong, he is strong at heart and in his mind. 

He has the best sense of humour and everyone falls in love with him.

Yes he still has ups and downs and still gets hit pretty hard when it comes to viruses a bit more then the bigger kids do.

But nothing puts him down, ever. 

  

 

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The Most Popular Baby Names For 2017!

The Most Popular Baby Names For 2017!

With 300,000 babies born in 2016 there were sure to be some new and unique names, but did you know the most popular names where actually more traditional, with 2,145 boys being named Oliver and 1,817 girls named Charlotte.

There were however a few new names that we had never heard of and according to  McCrindle  these are the most popular baby names for 2017.

Most Popular Boys names for 2017!

1 Oliver 2145

2 William 1696

3 Jack 1666

4 Noah 1439

5 James 1269

6 Thomas 1254

7 Ethan 1193

8 Lucas 1148

9 Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson1087

10 Lachlan 1022

11 Mason 1019

12 Alexander 1017

13 Henry 1012

14 Liam 992

15 Charlie 991

16 Max 983

17 Harrison 964

18 Leo 961

19 Samuel 929

20 Hunter 894

21 Jacob 866

22 Isaac 860

23 Hudson 854

24 Benjamin 851

25 Cooper 849

26 Oscar 842

27 Levi 836

28 Harry 786

29 Joshua 781

30 Xavier 777

31 Elijah 763

32 Ryan 726

33 Archer 700

34 Archie 691

35 Riley 662

36 Sebastian 653

37 Harvey 652

38 George 634

39 Daniel 618

40 Jayden 601

41 Logan 584

42 Patrick 579

43 Finn 568

44 Lincoln 561

45 Flynn 549

46 Nate 540

47 Eli 537

48 Edward 520

49 Tyler 508

50 Aiden 507

51 Theodore 502

52 Arlo 492

53 Jordan 490

54 Hugo 485

55 Luca 482

56 Connor 480

57 Kai 474

58 Michael 470

59 Zachary 470

60 Austin 442

61 Angus 440

62 Louis 438

63 Ashton 434

64 Joseph 429

65 Luke 402

66 Blake 398

67 Hamish 392

68 Owen 391

69 Matthew 391

70 Beau 386

71 Nicholas 383

72 Dylan 374

73 Chase 368

74 Jake 366

75 Carter 354

76 Jasper 350

77 Charles 336

78 Caleb 330

79 Adam 321

80 Muhammad 320

81 Toby 313

82 Nathaniel 311

83 Felix 295

84 Sonny 270

85 Nathan 249

86 Ryder 247

87 Darcy 246

88 Dominic 243

89 Christian 237

90 Spencer 234

91 Fletcher 221

92 Gabriel 215

93 Ali 206

94 John 193

95 Lewis 193

96 Maxwell 182

97 Marcus 180

98 Hayden 169

99 Vincent 164

100 Parker 153

 

Most popular girl names for 2017!

1 Charlotte 1817

2 Olivia 1632

3 Mia 1401

4 Ava 1397

5 Amelia 1375

6 Isla 1203

7 Sophia/Sofia1163

8 Chloe 1115

9 Grace 1082

10 Emily 1076

11 Evie 1072

12 Sophie 1032

13 Lily/Lilly 1017

14 Ella 977

15 Isabella 953

16 Zoe 951

17 Ruby 937

18 Harper 935

19 Evelyn 919

20 Ivy 890

21 Matilda 866

22 Scarlett 786

23 Lucy 778

24 Sienna 761

25Isabelle/Isabel760

26Maddison/723

27 Willow 713

28 Georgia 698

29 Aria 659

30 Emma 649

31 Zara 641

32 Hannah 634

33 Eva 620

34 Mila/Milla 610

35 Layla 554

36 Abigail 551

37 Audrey 531

38 Violet 463

39 Alice 439

40 Piper 434

41 Savannah 407

42 Ellie 406

43 Annabelle 398

44 Stella 392

45 Imogen 392

46 Jasmine 388

47 Mackenzie 376

48 Madeleine/Madeline373

49 Elizabeth 363

50 Alexis 356

51 Maya 356

52 Poppy 350

53 Phoebe 349

54 Penelope 349

55 Frankie 343

56 Sarah 334

57 Eleanor 333

58 Hazel 326

59 Summer 325

60 Emilia 321

61 Chelsea 315

62 Addison 314

63 Anna 305

64 Harriet 298

65 Claire 297

66 Indiana 294

67 Billie 288

68 Eloise 288

69 Ayla 286

70 Bella 283

71 Paige 279

72 Lola 277

73 Elsie 272

74 Eliza 271

75 Jessica 269

76 Rose 269

77 Aurora 268

78 Eden 261

79 Daisy 239

80 Ariana 224

81 Olive 219

82 Bonnie 210

83 Alyssa 203

84 Hayley 198

85 Thea 195

86 Victoria 187

87 Holly 185

88 Aaliyah 180

89 Charlie 176

90 Quinn 174

91 Molly 162

92 Heidi 158

93 Eve 148

94 Aisha 143

95 Lara 141

96 Peyton 138

97 Florence 119

98 Alexandra 108

99 Brooklyn 98

100 Sadie 97

 

 

 

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Give Your Opinion And Go Into The Draw To Win $1000 With Café Study!

Give Your Opinion And Go Into The Draw To Win $1000 With Café Study!

Café Study is looking for mums and mums -to - be that would like to give their opinion and feedback on a wide range of products, from parentling, entertainment, travel and general lifestyle products. The best part is by simply giving your feedback you will be rewarded with points that you can redeem for cash or vouchers and its FREE to join.

 

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Responding to tantrums with gentleness

Responding to tantrums with gentleness

As a toddler-mum, I am no stranger to tantrums. It seems that with every passing month of toddlerhood the tantrums are becoming longer, more intense… and harder to deal with. It’s part and parcel of parenting a toddler, I know this, but when I’m in the thick of those banshee wails and that angry, frantic flailing of limbs – I panic. Every time. I cannot reason with this tiny, ticked off little person. I cannot convince him to stop. I can’t even bribe him. His tantrums usually end with both of us reaching emotional exhaustion.

Recently, I noticed some blog posts and articles popping up around the place suggesting a patient, gentle response to tantrums. I wasn’t convinced. Cooing softly at a scrunched up, red little face didn’t sound like smart parenting to me. Treading softly around him and giving him what he wanted in order to keep his screaming to a minimum didn’t appeal either. To be honest, the whole gentle response thing seemed more like pandering and less like parenting.

Then I witnessed a gentle response in action.

I was on my way into a Café, and walked by a mum standing beside a crying little girl on the footpath. It was a tantrum in full swing, and I readied myself to issue the empathetic knowing smile, waiting for the inevitable huffy, “Stop crying! You’re being silly! I’m going to count to three! We’re going home right now!” You know, those standard panic-buttons we hit when the tantrums strike in public.

Instead, the mum sat down beside her, looked her lovingly in the eyes, and spoke to her gently, “I’m here. I know you’re upset. It’s okay. When you’re done crying, we can go back inside together.”

Did the little girl instantly stop crying? Of course not! When it comes to tantrums, there’s no magical off-switch. But the tantrum didn’t escalate, either. Mum and daughter sat together, waiting for the storm to pass.

Tantrums are based on:

-        Anger

-        A sense of injustice

-        Sadness

-        Fear

-        Uncertainty

None of these are pleasant feelings, and toddlers deal with them the best way they know how. They don’t have the ability to rationalise, and they don’t have a full grasp on perspective. So when they throw themselves on the floor in a full-blown tantrum, it’s because the world is ending. It seriously is. What I have learnt about responding gently and patiently when my toddler cracks it, is that it’s not about giving into whatever hair-brained idea has derailed him this time. It simply means being a soothing, safe place for him the whole time, so that when he stops for a breath, I’m there, loving him and cuddling him and telling him it’s okay. This is a stark contrast to the angry, fed-up, impatient mum he might have dealt with before – and I know which option would help me cheer up if I were in his shoes! Plus, as an added bonus, I find that concentrating on an intentionally gentle reaction actually keeps me calm in the face of a tantrum. His tantrum may not end any sooner, but it does end better – for both of us!

Here are my tips for keeping your cool and responding to tantrums with gentleness:

-        Pause. Breathe. Shake off any frustration that has started to build.

-        Avoid using phrases such as “Stop this now!”, “You’re being silly!” and “Don’t do that!” Instead, focus on responding with “I’m here”, “I know you’re upset” and “It’s not nice to feel angry, is it?”

-        Don’t try to rationalise with your toddler. Don’t try to distract him. All of his focus right now is on the big emotion he’s experiencing.

-        Get down to his level – standing over him when he’s feeling vulnerable can be intimidating

-        Be patient. Ride the waves and be ready to cheer him up when the screams turn to whimpers and he begins to listen to you once more.

-        When he moves on, you move on – don’t dwell on the tantrum or the reason behind it.

Gentleness isn’t generally our default response when it comes to tantrums, but with practise it can become second nature. Give it a try – see if it makes a differenc    

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Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

 

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GIVE AWAY - 1 X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

 GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs ENTER HERE 

I love this sleep suit as my son hates blankets and is a little too big to wear a sleeping bag. I can never find the matching tops and bottoms for pyjamas either - so this is the perfect solution! 3 kids and I finally have the solution for my 3rd child! 

Today was the first day this school term that I have looked half decent at school drop off, you see for the past couple of weeks my 3 year old has been climbing into bed with us at all hours of the night, sleeping on me with limbs I didn't even know he had haha. As any mum who has little ones climb into bed  with them knows that you don't get a lot of sleep at all, if you are anything like me you roll out of bed in the morning, rush around to get kids ready for school and its not before you are dropping kids off and talking to other parents that you realise you didn't even brush your hair ha!

My husband and I have tried everything to get our 3 year old to stay in his bed, we noticed that since the weather has changed and gotten cooler that he has been coming in and saying that his cold. < no matter how many blankets we put on him.

So we were pretty excited when we received the X - Tend Sleepsuit in the mail, these suits are great they have removable sleeves for the warmer nights as well. The X -Tend Sleepsuit is perfect because he is not one for keeping his blankets on, hence him coming into bed with us every night.

Well what do you know the last 3 nights he has slept through, which means I have as well, which equals a happy mum

These suits really are amazing and  they are luxurious, super-soft, certified organic cotton; no polyester, no harmful chemicals and pesticides, creating a healthier option for baby – while being super practical for parents.

The X-Tend Sleepsuit is an Australian-first invention that grows with baby! Simply extend the arms and legs of the suit once the baby is ready for the next size. Boasting handy features such as removable sleeves, hand and feet mittens and two way front zippers, it’s suitable for babies 6 months up to 7 years of age. For babies 18 months and up, a unique extra-large drop seat feature makes nappy changes or middle of the night toilet stops so much more convenient. The X-Tend Sleepsuit keeps baby safe and comfortable all night without the worry of kicking off blankets.

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I Miss My Husband!

I Miss My Husband!

 

“I miss you.”

I say these words to my husband far too often these days. Sure, the man gets home from work around 6 every day, watches TV with me for an hour or so most evenings, and sleeps beside me every night, but it’s not enough. Since having our son 18 months ago, our marriage has changed – in good ways, but also in challenging ways – and our quality time has suffered.

There is one other time in our marriage when this has been a problem – and it was right at the very beginning. We didn’t live together until after we were married, and within weeks of saying “I do” I realised that we were going days without connecting properly. Now that we were finally living together, we were both working on the assumption that we would just see each other all the time at home – which, in theory, freed us up to make lots of individual plans with friends and commitments to other people. But we quickly learnt that living together is not enough, and despite the fact that we were seeing each other regularly, we were not focusing enough on connecting regularly. It was our first lesson on marriage, and luckily we caught it quickly enough to change our habits before we did any damage.

Now with a little human in the Donovan family fold, we’ve fallen into the trap of taking each other for granted again. Don’t get me wrong – we’re fine, we’re happy, we’re very much in love – but still, we miss each other. That connection we’ve enjoyed so easily for over eight years now is a little harder to catch thanks to six o’ clock dinners, bedtime routines, teething, tantrums and toys all over the floor. When we flop down on the couch at the end of the day, it’s not often to spend quality time together – it’s to recover!

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you miss your husband as much as I miss mine? Here are some simple ways that may help you to reconnect.

Really talk

I can go days of building up things that I want to open up about with my husband, but never feel like there’s time to do it. I blame Netflix. Open conversation is so important in marriage though, and shouldn’t be reserved as something that happens once every few days. Go beyond the usual “How was your day?” small talk and delve deeper. Some couples have a set list of probing questions that they ask each other at the end of every day. I find it really beneficial to sit outside in our backyard when I want to have a good conversation with my husband in the evening. Something about the night sky, the lack of distraction and the openness of the space tends to foster our best chats.

Make eye contact

We can let a whole conversation slide by without ever looking someone in the eye these days – whether we’re loading the dishwasher, scrolling through Facebook, getting dressed or wrangling a toddler. Purposefully locking eyes while conversing instantly ups the connection and makes both people feel listened to and valued.

Laugh together

There is something wonderfully bonding about enjoying a laugh with someone – it aligns you for a moment and makes you feel like they just get it. Getting out of the house to enjoy a comedy show might not be the easiest when you’re deep in the throes of parenting, but watching a funny movie at home together (or heck, even dog videos on YouTube) should be equally satisfying.

Snuggle

A lack of physical connection is one of the quickest ways to grow apart from a spouse, so make sure to spend intentional time just holding (and being held by!) each other.

See a counsellor

Though I have not personally gone down the road of marriage counselling before, I have heard many people shouting the praises of a marriage ‘fine-tune’ once in a while, and it makes sense. Sometimes we need help to unpack all of our feelings before we can build our way back to a proper connection. Seeing a marriage counsellor is never a sign of failure – it’s a sign that you care about your marriage, and you want to put measures in place to protect it.

 

Our roles as parents are super important – but so are our roles as husband and wife! At the end of the day, our kids will grow up and leave home… but our spouses are in it for the long haul. Taking constant care of your relationship will help strengthen it and build a connection that will last for years to come.

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Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl. If there’s an opposite to “outdoorsy”, that is me. Indoorsy? Is that a thing? Let’s go with that. I am indoorsy. I choose dinner parties over picnics, yoga over hiking, and reading on the couch over laying on a beach towel in the sun. The sun-kissed, brown-as-a-berry skin I enjoyed up to the age of about 11 is but a distant memory. Pale and proud; that’s my jam.

For the last 18 months, this indoorsy girl has also been a mother. As an immobile baby, my son became very familiar with the confines of our home, of cafes and shopping centres, of friends’ houses and the local library. When he began walking, he was initially content with laps around the house and trips to indoor play centres. But pretty soon, he wanted more. He would stand banging on the back door, begging to be let outside. It was ingrained in him; he yearned to be outside. And so we began making trips out into the yard. Trips to the park. Trips to the beach. And my son became a wild boy.

When he goes outside, he comes alive. He runs, he tumbles, he explores. He gets dirt on his hands and knees. He sits and watches beetles in the grass. He splashes in the mud. He cries when it’s time to go back inside. And despite my indoorsy tendencies, going outside with him has become one of my favourite things.

I recently watched the short film “Canvas of my Life”, featuring the actor Jason Momoa talking about his creative childhood, and the way he is now raising his kids to be wild, free creatives. And despite the fact that it’s actually just a super-long ad for Carhartt pants, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Because for all my love of air conditioning and cups of tea, nothing beats a shot of a pack of happy kids racing through the woods and climbing rocks with big, wild grins plastered across their faces. That’s the kind of joy I want for my kid.

There are a number genuine of benefits to outside play, too.

1.     It’s active

Put a kid in the confines of four walls with a bunch of toys, and he will sit and play. Let him loose in a yard with grass, trees and dirt, and he’s unstoppable. Kids are natural explorers, and they just love to run. Being outside lends itself to active play.

2.     It’s sensory

They can smell the grass, hear the birds and cicadas, feel the wind on their face and crunch leaves beneath their feet. Outside play fully engages all the senses – yep, even picking up a handful of dirt for a sneaky taste counts!

3.     It’s healthy

They soak up some good old vitamin D, they inhales bucket loads of fresh air, and they stretch those little limbs in new ways, which contributes to their muscle development.

4.     It’s interesting

Our outside environments are subject to constant change – changes in the weather, new weeds popping up between the pavement, new leaves falling from the shrubbery. There are always holes to be dug, ants to be trailed behind and flowers to be picked. The engagement is endless!

5.     It’s confidence-building

Outside play is often quite independent, which gives kids a massive sense of self-confidence as they learn their capabilities and test their limits.

The benefits of outside play are endless, and so important for developing kids. These days I aim to get outside with my son at least twice per day – and I have to say I think I enjoy it almost as much as he does! So let’s hold that thought on my “pale and proud” skin – I just might end up revisiting that berry-brown glow after all!

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How Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

How Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

 

As a mum of three enchanting little girls (she said objectively and with a sigh of love), I’ve had my share of failures and successes with upbringing my kids. Not only does the process have a learning curve, but every baby has a unique tempo, personality and needs, so while there is much to learn with the first one, I had to reshape my mum-self to be better suited for my second and once again, for my third daughter.

 

Some things, however, such as swaddling and babywearing helped me stay sane and grow a deep, loving relationship with each of them. That doesn’t mean that all kids and parents enjoy these methods equally, so it’s important to always bear in mind your baby’s health and habits. Let me share with you how swaddling helped me be a better parent and my girls become as lively and happy as they are today!

 

Swaddling Calms Fussy Babies

 

All of my daughters have always had a temperament and they’ve never been afraid to express it! From day one with my oldest daughter, the wiggling and crying were almost endless, which of course lead to numerous sleepless nights. As soon as I started wrapping her up into a tiny burrito, she fell asleep more easily, reacted better to sleeping on her back, didn’t wake up so often and actually cooed more than cried.

 

While some medical experts wouldn’t recommend swaddling, others have recognized its effects on boosting your baby’s ability to sleep better and wake up well-rested and happy.

 

It Has Many Health Perks

 

The comfortable tightness of your swaddle encourages your baby to breathe slowly and mostly use belly breathing, which has endless benefits, from having a soothing effect, to increasing the amount of oxygen your baby gets. This, in turn helps regulate digestion and reduces potential inflammations and rashes. Once I learned all of this, I slept much more peacefully knowing that my baby is safe and sound.

 

It’s good to know that when your baby starts breathing only through the nose and starts trying to sleep on the tummy, it’s a good indicator that you can stop using swaddling and your baby will sleep, well, like a baby!

 

Warmth Boosts the Feeling of Safety

 

Just like when you keep your baby close, on your chest or in your arms, the feeling of warmth when you put them in swaddles naturally soothes your child. I imagine it would be like sleeping in a constant, cosy hug, embraced by that familiar fragrance of safety and cleanliness.

 

The comfortable, safe position of your baby’s hips, back and neck actually allows your baby to relax even when awake. The cotton is designed in such a way to provide a toasty protective layer in winter, and a light, breathable layer during summer, so your baby will be stress-free all the time.

 

How to Pick the Perfect Swaddles

 

If you are a newbie parent or you have many curious minds to confront like I do, door-to-door store shopping is out of the question. And again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get your kids swaddles to match their emerging personalities and find something that just looks like your little bundle of joy. Nowadays you can easily buy swaddles online, check out recommendations of mums who have already tried the brand and use the benefit of home delivery.

 

Look for swaddles that are made of 100% cotton, to ensure proper breathability and hip support, so that your baby can sleep in a natural position. Also, check if it’s a one-size-fits-all, or if you should first weigh your wee one. Remember, a quality swaddle will also serve as a feeding cloth, a light blanket, and a safe toy! You’ll have your gorgeously designed and perfectly safe swaddle ready for your baby in no time.

 

All in all, I now have my two girls already in school and the youngest one in kindergarten, all three curious and clever, emotionally very warm but independent, and they surprise me daily with their bright ideas and incredible imagination. I’m having a hard time believing that they have grown up so fast and that burritos can produce such extraordinary originality and character!

 

I owe at least some of their present confidence and healthy self-love to bringing them up with swaddles and all kinds of baby slings that let us bond and become close. It seems that letting them enjoy their burrito-selves was beneficial in many ways, for me as much as it was for them. Now, our relationship grows deeper and stronger every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for having three happy little girls that will surely grow up to be amazing people. The bottom line is, motherhood truly rocks!

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20050502/swaddling-helps-babies-sleep

 

http://www.normalbreathing.com/why-when-to-stop-swaddling.php

http://www.lilfrasercollection.com.au/collections/swaddle-baby-wrap

 

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How To Help Your Little Ones Cope with Kindergarten Anxiety!

How To Help Your Little Ones Cope with Kindergarten Anxiety!

In no way are my children different than those around them; they have a good home, loving parents (yes, we do work too much but we try not to have it impact our relationships with the kids), almost all the opportunities they can imagine and – in all – a very healthy support system to build up their personalities from.

 

However, there are some things that aren’t really rooted in the family, per se; social anxiety (or any other type of it) is predominantly triggered through the child’s interaction with people/kids unknown to them, and surroundings that don’t instill them with confidence and security. It isn’t strange to have a small child develop a form of social anxiety from the early age, usually when starting kindergarten, preschool or school. Naturally, if the child is showing signs of anxiety even without obvious triggers, you should consult your pediatrician and establish roots of such behavior.

 

When my youngest started kindergarten, it was a very difficult time for us. I had already went back to work a few months prior and adjusting to all the changes made at the office while I was away took a lot of energy and time. Lilly wasn’t that happy about kindergarten from the get go, but we figured – she just doesn’t want to be away from her siblings. However, it turned out to be more than that.

 

Whenever she’d come back home, she’d be upset and sad; her teachers told us that she cried every day and avoided mingling with other kids. They didn’t want to alert us until it was every day, for a month in.

 

This is when we knew we had to address the issue and that the current state of things wouldn’t simply “go away”. Here’s what we did, and it helped.

 

Recognize the problem

 

Instead of just letting Lilly “find her way around things”, we actually took the time to acknowledge her feelings and see what the problem is. At first, she didn’t want to communicate anything. Slowly, without pressing her, we managed to learn what was happening. She told us that each time we left her at kindergarten, she feared we would never come back to pick her up. We were pretty surprised; after all, she lives in an adoring family, so her fear of being abandoned was very strange to us.

 

Rationalize their fears

 

After we had established the problem, we realized the best thing to do is rationalize her fears. Talking to her on several occasion got us to understand where everything was coming from. She told us a few kids from her class had similar situations and that it got her very sad and afraid. We managed to soothe her and explain we were not going to leave her, ever. Her amazing teachers at Little Learning School were fantastic in helping us communicate this to her, reassuring her with a positive and safe environment.

 

Be open about the experience

 

Even though she was very little at the time her anxiety got triggered, we weren’t condescending about the fear itself. While she still wasn’t mature enough to understand the complexity of the issue of being abandoned or living in a divorced home, we explained to her that divorces do happen, that mums and dads sometimes don’t live together, that parents die and that negative things can happen, for sure. However, we made her understand that no matter what happens, we’ll never leave her or neglect her.

 

Take a bright approach

 

A positive approach is a healthy approach. Make sure your child understands the benefits of kindergarten and see it as a place of happiness. After all, this is where they’ll gain new experiences, meet new friends, expand their horizons and have fun. Sports, dance classes, abundance of toys and activities, great playground designs, etc. – it’s all at their immediate reach and they should be reminded how blessed they are to enjoy this opportunity.

 

When your children are facing a situation like this or similar to this one, it’s important to stay calm and act confident around them (even when you have doubts). You are their guiding strength, and they need to read reassurance in your body language and hear encouragement in things you say – don’t ever forget it.

 

References:

 

http://www.parents.com/health/mental/dealing-with-anxiety-in-children/

 

https://www.littlelearningschool.com.au/

 

https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/anxiety-101

 

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Get a bonus Red Nose Aussie Animal plush toy with every AUSTRALIAN BABY CARD purchased from Shop Red Nose this January!

Get a bonus Red Nose Aussie Animal plush toy with every AUSTRALIAN BABY CARD purchased from Shop Red Nose this January!

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Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs!

Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs!

Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs, the multi-award winning online reading program for kids aged 3–13!

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Support A Great Cause This Christmas And Shop With Red Nose!

Support A Great Cause This Christmas And Shop With Red Nose!

ABC Baby Card proudly supports Australian charity Red Nose by donating from card sales. Red Nose raises funds for research, advocacy and education to create a future where no baby or child dies suddenly and unexpectedly. Support this great cause by shopping with Red Nose. ABC Card holders get 15% off most items in Shop Red Nose, just use the code: rednoseABC

There are some great products to choose from, check out this silver photo-frame money box: http://www.shoprednose.com.au/silver-money-box-christmas-gift-with-bonus-ballerina-movie-activity-booklet.html was $29.95 now $12.72 (with rednoseABC code).

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