• Cpr Challenge
    Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting,  Social,  Uncategorized

    CPR Challenge – Saving a child’s life.

    4 minutes

    Did you know, that in Australia each year 260 children die and 58,000 children are hospitalized from accidental injuries?   These are big numbers!  Would you know how to help a child who was unconscious and not breathing?  That’s what the people at KidzAid want to know.  I have vague memories of my first aid training, pre-children, and I keep putting a paediatric first aid course on my to-do list.  I still haven’t completed one.  

    Here are some more stats for you.  For every minute that CPR is not performed when needed, the chance of the child’s survival decreases by 10%.  After 4 minutes without oxygen, your child can suffer irreversible brain damage.  That’s scary stuff.  So basically, what happens in the first five minutes holds the key to saving their life.  Five minutes is not enough time to allow professional help to arrive.  

    We therefore need more people of all ages who are trained and willing to provide immediate CPR to our kids, while waiting for help to arrive.  And that’s where KidZaid Paediatric First Aid Training comes in.  And to highlight the issue, and raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the KidZaid team will convert the Palladium at Crown Melbourne into a large training centre, and offer training to parents and families, and break a world record at the same time!  There will family fun day activities; celebrity CPR challenges, jumping castles, roving princesses and superheroes, toddler playzone and more.  

    Cpr Challenge

    We’ll be there – it should be a great day!  We’ve never gone into the city on Good Friday and with all the family oriented activities happening with the Good Friday Appeal, it should be a really fun day.  And I’m so pleased this opportunity to learn paediatric first aid has arisen, and in a way that provides support to the excellent Royal Children’s Hospital.  

    Details:  Entry is free, with a $5 registration fee to complete the CPR training (all proceeds to the Good Friday Appeal).  To make this even easier, there is a special $15 family CPR registration price, that allows parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have all the important adults in their child’s life trained for one low cost.  Training sessions will run hourly throughout the day and to secure your spot, register today at www.cprchallenge.com.au. Check out the website for more information and follow along with the CPR Challenge on facebook, & twitter.

    Tell me, have you completed a paediatric first aid training?  Is it up-to-date?  Are you going to attend the CPR Challenge? 

    CPRChallenge

  • Alfred Nicholas Gardens
    Family,  Kid Friendly

    Autumn in the Dandenongs

    Victoria had a long weekend recently, so we took advantage and headed up the mountain for a picnic lunch.  We live a stones throw from Mount Dandenong, and it is such a beautiful place to live.  We decided to head to the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, in Sassafras.  I have never been there before, which is amazing, given I grew up in the area!  

    So we drove up the mountain, winding our way past the huge line of cars and people who had decided to visit the Dandenong Ranges National Park and, I’m assuming, the 1000 steps Kokoda Memorial Trail.  Yep, you heard right, the 1000 steps.  Have you been there?  It is a three km 1.5 hour return walk, that was created in the early 1900’s and was adopted by Victoria Veterans of the Kokoda campaign (WW2).  Apparently, the walk is very similar to the first 100 metres of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.  People were parked for miles up the road!  

    Alfred Nicholas Gardens

    We kept going though, and found ourselves at the lovely Alfred Nicholas Gardens.  They’re amazing, and we didn’t even get to see the majority of them.  Because, you know, small children.  We took a picnic and a pram, but the next time we go, I would not take the pram and I would pack the picnic in a back pack.  The paths are great, and if you need a pram, they are definitely suitable, but it would have been easier without I think.  Unfortunately they were draining the lake for maintenance when we visited, but there was still a lot to see.  Ms 3 insisted we would find fairies, and took along her wings to help the search. 

    Autumn in the Dandenongs

     The paths lead down to the lake, and to a boat house, and to a fabulous large space, where the kids just wanted to run and run.  They found a ‘fairy’ tree, they were amazed by the size of the trees and it was just so wonderfully quiet and peaceful.  Just gorgeous. 

    Autumn in the Dandenongs
    Fairy Tree

     If you’re in Melbourne, and haven’t been, I recommend making the drive up the mountain.  Especially now, as we head into Autumn.  The colours are always amazing this time of year, and I think we’ll be taking another trip soon.  Plus, all that walking tuckered out the little ones! 

    Alfred Nicholas Gardens

    Do you like to take breaks in your own backyard?  Tell me about it! 

  • The Nappy Collective #DVForum Domestic Violence
    Social,  Womanhood

    Challenging our own backyard: A Conversation about Domestic Violence

    The Nappy Collective #DVForum Domestic Violence
    Sandra Jacobs, Det Supt Rod Jouning, Rosie Batty, Giaan Rooney.  Photo: Marc Alperstein

    By the end of February this year, 14 women had been murdered in “domestic violence incidents”.  There have been more since.  That’s two a week.  It’s also a number that has doubled for the same time last year.  It’s an atrocious number.  But it’s also not just a number.  They are women.  Mothers, daughters, sisters.  Humans.  

    On February 26 I was honoured to be able to take part in The Nappy Collective‘s Blogger #DVForum.  A number of bloggers were invited to participate, with the view to developing connections and conversations aimed at challenging “misinformed view points” (Rosie Batty).  The forum was MC’d by Giaan Rooney, who did a fabulous job, and the discussion panel was Rosie Batty (Australian of the Year), Sandra Jacobs (The Nappy Collective) and Detective Superintendent, Rod Jouning (Head of Sexual and Family Violence Unit, Victoria Police).  Richenda Vermeulen (nTegrity) then guided the blogger conversation.  

    Domestic Violence #DVForum @nTegrity
    Richenda from ntegr!ty. Photo: Marc Alperstein

    We listened to these amazing speakers, and I’m pretty sure that we were all at times horrified, moved, amazed and fired up.  As some of you know, prior to having children I worked for over a decade in Child Protection and with at risk children and families.  The stories of domestic violence were not new to me.  The climbing numbers outrage me.  The continued victim blaming dismays me.  

    The question of a ’cause’ of domestic violence was raised.  And Rosie Batty, and Det Supt Rod Jouning were both crystal clear in their responses.  This is a gender issue.  As Rosie Batty said, domestic violence is a choice.  It is about power and control.  Det Supt Jouning described it as men having a sense of entitlement to control women.   “We have an ingrained culture of victim shaming. The responsibility is on us to change”.  

    It was acknowledged that people often, don’t know how to help.  That those who have not experienced domestic violence do not know where to begin to help someone in this situation.  Rosie talked about this, and about her experience.  “One of the most disappointing responses is judging the victim” ie why doesn’t she leave?  She spoke about how the well meaning advice from friends left her feeling judged and critiqued.  Because it was all simple, straightforward advice.  That doesn’t help someone who is in survival mode.  Someone who is at greatest risk of harm when they decide to leave.  Her advice – guide the woman to a Domestic Violence crisis line.  They provide perfect advice, they understand the situation and are focused on safety.  They do not judge.  Rosie talked about us needing to believe women.  To have compassion, to support and to empower women.  That “we need to demand change. Let’s get feisty about it!”

    Rosie Batty.  Australian of the Year #dvforum
    Rosie Batty. Photo: Marc Alperstein

    Also present was Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria.  She was very clear also, about this being a gender issue.  About the excuses that are made when men choose violence against their partners and children.  That they ‘feel powerless’.  This only serves to boost their sense of entitlement.  She spoke about us needing to challenge sexism, and to have “zero tolerance to the reasons men choose violence”.  To demand change.  

    Fiona McCormack, CEO DVVIC
    Fiona McCormack, CEO DVVIC Photo: Marc Alperstein

    There were several things I took away from this forum, but the main point I wanted to highlight today was the need to demand change.  From our political leaders, from perpetrators and from the social norms that support, if not encourage, some men in their choice to use violence.  With thanks to The Nappy Collective and ntegr!ty, there is now a bloggers collective, that I am proud to be part of, with a structured plan to take this conversation further.  So stay tuned!  This is an issue that I feel very passionate about.  I am amazed I have an opportunity to be part of this collective, and a movement to change.  

    The Bloggers Collective against #Domesticviolence
    The Bloggers Collective. Photo: Marc Alperstein

    If you would like to do some more reading, check out the posts from some of the other bloggers who attended the forum:  A Blog of Her Own, Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting, Engaging Women, and The Mother Load are a few who have already started the conversation. 

    If you would like to join this conversation please do so!  Let’s keep the conversation respectful and mindful that everyone has different experiences.  

    If you feel you need assistance in relation to any of the issues talked about here, please, contact any of the following:

    Safe Steps:  www.safesteps.org.au Manage crisis response and refers to state-wide refuges.  1800 015 188 (Toll free)

    Domestic Violence Victoria www.dvvic.org.au  

    For immediate assistance contact 000

     

     

  • Cocobella Kids Coconut Water
    Food,  Kid Friendly,  Product Reviews

    Cocobella Kids! – A Review

    *This is a sponsored post.  I received product for myself and for the kindergarten my little one attends for use in fundraising.  All opinions are my own.*

    Cocobella Kids Coconut Water Do your kids love juice?  Mine do, and I am reticent to let them have too much.  So much sugar!  But I wouldn’t mind if they wanted to drink coconut water.  I drink coconut water, and find it refreshing when I want something other than plain water.  It’s not sweet, and love it after some exercise.  Mr 2 doesn’t mind plain coconut water, but Ms 3.5 – no way.  Scrunches her nose up, and I receive a resounding ‘yuck!’ whenever I try to get her to taste it!

    So when I was presented with an opportunity to test the Cocobella Kids Coconut Water on my little ones at the recent Kids Business Bloggers BBQ, I gave it a go.  And was pleasantly surprised!  Ms 3.5 loved it – especially the Apple Berry Breeze flavour.  And Mr 2, well of course he drank it down as quick as a flash.   

    Cocobella Kids Coconut WaterSo I was very happy to do a review of the coconut water, as were the kids – there was much excitement when the box arrived!  And it was perfect timing – with kinder starting, these little packs are the perfect size for lunch boxes.  Now, let me tell you some of the nitty gritty.  Cocobella Kids is a lunch-box-friendly and healthy coconut water drink for kids made from 70% coconut water, 30% fruit juice and nothing else.  No added sugar, no added colours or flavours and no additives or preservatives.  This is why I am happy for the kids to have this drink.  The majority of it being coconut water, massively reduces the amount of sugar they are taking in when they drink it, compared to average fruit juice drinks (see table below for some comparisons).  I really love the size of these packs – they fit in the lunch boxes, they’re easy to hold for my toddler and they can even slip into a bag easily.  They freeze, so are great for keeping snacks cool and fresh as well.  I’ve been a fan of coconut water for a while now – it’s naturally rich in minerals, particularly potassium, so I have no issues with giving it to the kids.

    Cocobella Kids Coconut Water

    And the most important opinion, being the kids?  They have loved having these in the house!  They get 10 out of 10 from the kids.  I will buy these again for the kids, and I think they would be great for kids parties too.  I really do like having this option available, and I’m sure the kids do to – because I wont buy straight juice for them and this is the only way they will get ‘juice boxes’!!  And yes, to any family members reading this, I am well aware that I have now become my mother!!  Hehehehe.  

    Tell me – do you buy juice for your kids?  Do they like coconut water?  

    If you want further information about the Cocobella Kids range, you can check out their website here www.cocobellakids.com.au or search #cocobellakids on your favourite social media site.  Cocobella Kids is available in 200ml Tetra-Pak (BPA free) and in two yummy fruit flavours (apple berry breeze, tropical island) Cocobella Kids retails for $3.49 per 3-pack in Woolworths supermarkets nationally.  

    Cocobella Kids Brand Comparison

     

  • #ASGsLittleLearner
    Family,  Kinder,  Product Reviews

    ASG Little Learner Pack – A Review

    *I received an ASG Little Learner Pack in order to complete this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.*  

    #ASGsLittleLearner

     

    Have your little one’s started school or kinder this week?  How are you feeling – anxious, proud, relieved?!  Our Ms 3 starts three year old kinder this week, and BOY is she excited.  For the past five days she has appeared next to my bed in the mornings declaring it is kinder day, and wanting me to get up.  She’s very gorgeous 😉 

    This will be our first year parenting in the world formal education.  So I thought, why not start a series about it.  With tips, hints, resources, product reviews etc that might just be helpful to other parents out there, new or otherwise.  I think I’ll call it The Kinder Files.  

    To kick the series off, I’ve got a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack.  When I was offered the opportunity to do this review, it was perfect timing, having just started planning this little series.  So let’s start with the nuts and bolts.  The Little Learner Pack comes to you from ASG. ASG is focused on supporting children’s education – it’s all they do. They’re typically known for their educational funds, however this pack is an example of the educational resources they provide.

    The pack contains the following:

    • The Cat in the Hat DVD
    • five hardcover children’s books from highly regarded education consultant, Michael E Bernard, featuring stories on how to get along, confidence, resilience, being organised and persistence
    • a membership to MY ASG, an ever-expanding source of articles and resources from parenting experts
    • discounted access to Parentingideas Club, an online parenting centre founded by Michael Grose – one of Australia’s leading parenting experts
    • discounts on CDs and DVDs distributed by Marcom Projects, ASG’s multimedia educational products division
    • discounted health insurance with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity

     The pack is targeted to pre-school kids, up to about six years of age, and contains $180 worth of products.  I’m really impressed with this pack.  Of course, MS 3 loves the DVD – Dr Seuss has been a hit in our household ever since we started reading to her, when she was just a wee bubba.  I love that she loves Dr Seuss stories.  They are such fun to read.  But the books have also been a great hit with her.  I thought they may have been a little ‘old’ for her – they’re stories about things like getting along, being organised and persistence, but she loves them.  She loves the story about getting along, all about Sally learning that other people’s feelings matter, and she loves the one about Lucy and her dream to play the violin.  Given that she is starting kinder, I really think these books will be a lovely way to talk with her about these subjects.  The fact that she keeps suggesting them at bedtime is a pretty good indicator that they’re a-ok  🙂 

    Something that I think is going to be of great benefit is not only the MY ASG membership but the discount to the Parentingideas Club.  MY ASG provides articles and resources aimed at supporting children’s education.  The subjects covered span from toddler tantrums to teaching children about social media and safety.  The Parentingideas Club provides support, information and resources covering age appropriate parenting strategies.  I think I’ll be signing up for this ASAP!  I’m finding this current stage of development with Ms 3 to be “challenging”, and the Parentingideas Club covers parenting styles, birth order of children, sibling matters and a whole lot more.  It looks to be a fabulous resource, for parents with children of all ages. 

    If you think any of this sounds like it could be of use to you and your family, head on over to the ASG site here, where you can purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack.  It costs $49.95 and has over $180 worth of material and resources.  

    As an added bonus, check out the competition ASG are running – you could win a share of $15,000 to put towards your child’s education.  Enter here.  

    If you decide to purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack, or are already a MY ASG member, let me know!  I’d love to know what you think.  And I can’t wait to develop this little series further – let me know if you have any topics you think would be useful and I’ll see what I can do 🙂 

    ASG website:  http://www.asg.com.au 

    Linking up with Mamma Raj Says #reviewroundup

     

     

  • #bloggers_bbq
    Blogging,  Family

    A New Year

    Welcome to my first post for 2015!  How was your festive season?  I hope it was lovely, and filled with relaxation and joy.  We had a lovely time – The Mister had three whole weeks off, and we managed to celebrate Christmas, my birthday,the New Year and the Mr 2’s birthday along with a little trip away and some laundry DIY – phew!  More on those in a few later posts. 

    For 2015, I’m taking some active steps for inspiration and organisation – both for here on the blog, and in ‘real’ life.  Here at Tully & Mishka, I’m going to be using the beautiful and super useful Blogger’s Bazaar 2015 Blog Planner.  Have you seen it?  So much organisation!  Hopefully, it will help me with some more regular blogging, and moving Tully & Mishka in the direction I would like it to (I have lots of plans in my head!!!).  Also, this weekend, I’m going to the Kid’s Business Bloggers BBQ.  Anyone else going – would love to catch up!  

    #bloggersbbq

    In the ‘real’ life department, Ms 3 starts kinder this year!  It’s three year old kinder – her birthday is in May, so she will be one of the older kids.  She is soooooooo ready for kinder!  And so am I, just quietly 🙂  I plan to blog a bit about this coming transition.  So 2015 brings busy times.  So organisation is really an over-arching goal for me this year.  Life is about to become very busy!

    Tell me, any big plans for you this year?  Does anyone have their first, or last, starting kinder?  

  • Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014
    Family,  Just For Fun

    Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway

     

    Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014

     * This is a sponsored post.  I received tickets to the opening night for myself and my family *

     It’s 10 Friday’s until Christmas.  Holy smokes, I don’t even know how the year has gone so quickly!  Have you started planning?  We haven’t, well not really.  I mean, we’ve worked out where and when we are having Christmas dinners – one of them is at our house!  Yikes, I really need to start planning!  

    It’s exciting, Christmas at our house.  Ms 3.5 is now old enough to get it.  She knows there will be a Santa visit, and that there will be presents and fun.  And that makes it so much more exciting for us.  Mr nearly 2 doesn’t get it yet, but he will love the tree decorating when we do it.  And they are going to LOVE Santa’s Magical Kingdom.  And I mean, flip their lids kind of love!  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Have you been?  We haven’t.  But we’ve heard good things.  It runs from 15th November until 23rd December and is being held at the Caulfield Racecourse.  Frankly, it looks amazing fun!  According to the information I have received, there be the following: 

    A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
    • Snow Castle and Activity Land
    • Meet Santa and receive a free gift!
    • A spectacular brand new Christmas themed circus show
    • Roving Christmas characters
    • A Christmas craft area where you can decorate your own gingerbread man and decorate your own Christmas decoration
    • Interactive story reading with Mrs Claus
    • Gingerbread land
    • Amusement Rides and laughing clowns including a carousel, Santa’s Slay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Platform Ride and Australia’s Largest Super Slide!

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Check out the website, it has more information.  And tickets are currently on sale.  

    So now for the giveaway!  You can win a family pass (tickets for 4, worth $130) to the opening weekend!  Woo!  All you need to do is comment on this blog post, and tell me, what is your favourite part of Christmas?  I’ll get the Mister to choose which comment he likes the most!  Also fill in the widget below.  Comp ends 9th November and I will email the winner.  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

     
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