Brisbane Kids Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. 2016-08-26T12:49:42Z http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/feed/atom/ WordPress Knight Photography http://www.knightphotographybrisbane.com <![CDATA[5 tips for better family photos (taken by you)]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150381 2016-08-25T23:11:25Z 2016-08-25T10:49:41Z 1. Find the light At risk of stating the obvious, light is probably the most important part of getting a nice looking photo. I could write a book on all the considerations that go into finding good quality light but there are a few quick tips that will get you started. The best times of ...

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1. Find the light

At risk of stating the obvious, light is probably the most important part of getting a nice looking photo. I could write a book on all the considerations that go into finding good quality light but there are a few quick tips that will get you started.

  • The best times of day to get nice even photos are very early in morning and late afternoon. At all other times you will need to find some shade to get photos that don’t look either way too bright or way too dark.
  • If you are inside find a place next to a window before you start using the flash. If you use the flash just realize that the photos are going to be very flat and not of optimal quality.
  • Cloudy days are great for nice even light. If you have a cloudy day, shoot anywhere using some of the tips highlighted below.

For more information on light check out Knight Photography’s The 3 reasons you might be disappointed after taking a photo.

2. Get close, bring heads together and make triangles

If you want to capture engaging photos you need to fill the image frame with people (if not, you’ll be relying on composition, which is a lesson for another day).

There are three main tips to capturing engaging photos:

  1. Get nice and close and fill the frame with the subject/s
  2. Tell everyone to get their heads together
  3. If you have a group of people try and make triangles with their heads as demonstrated below.

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3. Know you camera/phone

This one is a must. Learn what you camera is capable of and the all of the different functions. Cameras on phones are very advanced these days but sometimes you need to look more into their functions to best take advantage.

Look into a number of different applications and find the one with your style of usability and advanced functions. My picks for both shooting and editing include VSCO and Snapseed.

4. Get on their level

When photographing kids it is important to get down on their level to best capture the essence of being a child. Photos from above can make them seem very insignificant and won’t capture their personality. Phones are great for this as you can simply hold it really low and shoot away. If you are struggling to hold the camera low and press the shutter most phones have a 2 second timer that works a treat.

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5. Increase your skill (not your gear)

People can get a little carried away with wanting best gear thinking this will make them a great photographer. One hot tip is that the more expensive the gear, the harder it is to use. Yes you can buy an expensive camera and shoot in auto all day long but you will soon find that auto won’t be all its cracked up to be once optimal conditions change.

Spend time just shooting with your phone/compact camera, experimenting with different angles, lighting and composition. A good photo is 90% talent and 10% equipment.

I hope these few tips might get you out of trouble for the time being. If you are interested in more support and training flick Knight Photography a message and we can support you with anything you need.

Extra tip…after all this if you still can’t get your photos to sing…contact Knight Photography…guaranteed to make memories you will be proud to have on your wall 😉

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[What most surprised me about becoming a working mama]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150403 2016-08-25T03:42:17Z 2016-08-25T03:42:17Z By Nina Tovey When I first fell pregnant, I declared proudly to anyone who would listen I would never be one of ‘those mums’ who answered a work call with children detectable in the background. I would work out a way as the head of a busy public relations consultancy run from home to avoid ...

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By Nina Tovey

When I first fell pregnant, I declared proudly to anyone who would listen I would never be one of ‘those mums’ who answered a work call with children detectable in the background. I would work out a way as the head of a busy public relations consultancy run from home to avoid that *ever* happening, because.. well, if you really want to know it’s just not professional!

The mums reading this will no doubt be nodding knowingly, and will easily predict how that story ended. When my little girl arrived, I learned no matter how hard I tried to control my new reality, there was no way I was winning that particular battle. It was just one of the many things I miscalculated when it came to my new role as a 24/7 juggler. Here are a few more of my biggest surprises so far about life as a working mama:

It’s easier for me to connect with people at work

When it came to how parenthood would impact my work prospects, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had noticed anti-mum sentiment in some workplaces and remember actively avoiding ‘family planning’ conversations as I didn’t want to be pegged as less committed to my clients or career. When I noticed one long-term contact suddenly stop referring me for work soon after I announced my pregnancy, I prepared myself for the worst.

However I’ve experienced the complete opposite since my little bundles arrived. I’ve never had more work enquiries than during my two maternity leave ‘breaks’. And as a consultant who works off-site to my clients and misses many of those everyday shooting the breeze conversations, it can give me a way to connect with people I work for through shared experiences and understanding. It humanises me.

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People rate a working mama

After I took on a major project when my son was five months old, I had this moment of clarity during a client meeting. I had just presented to the CEO, and I thought of how surreal it was I hadn’t once shared with him the fact I was such a new mum over the weeks we’d spent working together. Why hide the fact I had a tiny baby at home waiting to be fed on my return? So I told him right then! His head spun a little, yet I felt nothing but support and respect for my juggling skills – it was a girl power moment.

The notion that women become somehow ‘less than’ career wise after becoming mothers is being debunked all around us. I salute the mothers who take extended breaks from work when their children are very young – it is a beautiful thing. But it is not the right model for every family. As a small business owner I chose to return to work quickly, and I’ve never felt more driven than since my babies arrived. I can do more with less, I’m more focussed and I bring a fuller perspective to the table.

When it comes to many of the women in my life, it is a similar story. I have never seen them fiercer and more fuelled to create and grow their own businesses and careers than since becoming mothers. And I can tell you it is because of the great strength they draw from those little muses in their lives.

Elsa was right – sometimes you have to let it go

On the occasion everything turns to baby poo, which it inevitably does from time to time, I’ve learned it can be best to surrender. One week a bug took out both kids and my husband, and I was burning the candle at both ends working days and nights trying to look after everyone, including my clients. So instead of cancelling a work meeting in the city early one morning, I pushed through in a haze and was rewarded with a self-inflicted ding in my car on the way in. My work meeting, finances and sense of wellbeing all suffered that day because I pushed too hard.

This one is a work in progress, but I’m slowly getting my head around appreciating the power of release. It can be the smartest option for everyone involved. Being a mum has taught me there is only so far an elastic can stretch, and sometimes the best option for our work and family is to be kind to ourselves.

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About Nina Tovey

Nina Tovey is a thirty something writer, proud as punch mama, seachange enthusiast and founder of communications consultancy Yoke Communications. She’s also excitedly cooking up a new website for mums called Mamasay. You can follow her on Instagram or twitter.

Martin Higher Education are delighted to have Nina Tovey as a guest contributor. To find out how Martin Higher Education can assist you in becoming a ‘working mama’ click here.

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Ngaire Stirling http://www.brisbanekids.com.au <![CDATA[The Sleep Solution Program]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150493 2016-08-25T02:19:33Z 2016-08-25T02:19:33Z The Baby Sleep Company have released their much awaited Child Sleep Solution Program which is a collection of videos and ebooks empowering parents to get their child sleeping. The owner of The Baby Sleep Company, Katie Forsythe revealed the idea came about by her inability to service the huge volume of parents who needed help ...

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The Baby Sleep Company have released their much awaited Child Sleep Solution Program which is a collection of videos and ebooks empowering parents to get their child sleeping. The owner of The Baby Sleep Company, Katie Forsythe revealed the idea came about by her inability to service the huge volume of parents who needed help with their child’s sleep routines.  The Baby Sleep Company has spent the last 5 years growing a network of certified child sleep consultants that service parents across the country both in home and via skype. When it became clear that there were more parents seeking their sleep advice than the business could service, the Child Sleep Solution program was born. The program is practical and more like a how to guide than a theory textbook though there are supporting documents that explain the WHY about the techniques. The aim to is get babies and children sleeping better with a money back guarantee provided on sleep improvement.

The Child Sleep Solution Philosophy

The Baby Sleep Company’s philosophy is, “If it is not a problem for you, it is not a problem”. Katie believes that parents can co sleep and feed to sleep and wake throughout the night and if they are ok with that situation then it’s ok. If they decide they feel it is becoming a problem for their family then they can use the Child Sleep Solution Program to implement techniques that will get their little one sleeping. The key is that the parents need to see the sleep issue as a problem and want to change it.

The Program offers a couple of different techniques and does not employ or support the cry it out method. They provide support in helping parents to choose a method that suits them and also advice in the event they decide to change. In addition to the helpful program information, they also provide an email support offer for anyone who needs clarification on a sleep issue or technique, (this included in the program price).

Child Sleep Solution Program

The Online Child Sleep Program

includes….

* Ideal room environment * Age appropriate wakeful periods * Nurturing emotional wellbeing through sleep guidance * Nutrition and child sleep * Underlying medical conditions * Ideal bedtime routine * Ideal naptime routine * Which method is right for our family * How to break the feed to sleep association * How to introduce a comfort toy * Tips for avoiding disturbing older siblings * Teaching your older baby to find their dummy * When should I introduce a pillow * Maintaining toddler sleep with a newborn * Sleep regressions * How to keep in a feed overnight * Travelling and sleep * Extra tips for multiples * And MORE!!

In addition to the core program videos and ebooks are another dozen plus videos and documents that offer advice on everything from dummy removal through to using a gro clock. When parents buy the membership they gain 12 months access to all the core files and sleep techniques as well as access to all the bonus material. Best of all, by following the program, they will also gain the gift of sleep. Find out more at the Baby Sleep Videos website.

 

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Melanie Birkbeck <![CDATA[Xavier Flexi Schools Network Review]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=147539 2016-08-26T01:47:08Z 2016-08-25T01:48:35Z Xavier Flexi Schools Network consists of five separately registered Non State Schools that provide a flexible and diverse curriculum to over 500 students aged between 12 and 20. Known as Flexible Learning Centres (FLC’s), the aim of the FLC’s is to meet the needs of young people who have disengaged from mainstream education. Through building ...

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Xavier Flexi Schools Network consists of five separately registered Non State Schools that provide a flexible and diverse curriculum to over 500 students aged between 12 and 20. Known as Flexible Learning Centres (FLC’s), the aim of the FLC’s is to meet the needs of young people who have disengaged from mainstream education. Through building relationships and celebrating the uniqueness of each student the program encourages students to re-engage with the education system.

Xavier Flexi Schools Network

  • Mount Isa Flexible Learning Centre
  • Townsville Flexible Learning Centre
  • Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre
  • Inala Flexible Learning Centre
  • Centre Education Programme

The Centre Education Programme was initiated in 1987 followed by four Flexible Learning Centres in 2006. The arching Edmund Rice Education Australia was established in 2007. Xavier Flexi Schools Network is named after St Francis Xavier the patron Saint of the former Christian Brothers Queensland province in recognition of the contribution the Christian Brothers have made to address the needs of young people disenfranchised from education.

Xavier Flexi Schools Network Philosophy and Values

“The aim of the Flexible Learning Centres (FLC’s) is to respond to the complex needs of young people who have been marginalised from mainstream education. Each school achieves its aim by building honest and authentic relationships with young people and their families, supporting and celebrating the uniqueness and dignity of each individual young person. FLC’s provide holistic learning experiences that address the social needs of young people and promote their emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic development. The purpose of the learning experiences is to empower young people to take personal responsibility for their actions and learning, achieve greater autonomy and self-reliance and to engage in the transition to further education and/or employment.

The services educational approach of flexible timetabling, smaller learning groups, strong staff/young people relationships and relevant curriculum enables the delivery of creative teaching responses to individual young people’s learning needs, incorporating their cultural and spiritual backgrounds.

Learning experiences are holistic and address the social and emotional needs of young people, promote well being, and develop cognitive and academic skills. Learning experiences are also linked to educational outcomes of state, territory and national curriculum frameworks in middle school and senior subjects in addition to nationally accredited vocational education and training courses.” (Source: Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth +)

Image courtesy of Youth Plus

Image courtesy of Youth Plus

Xavier Flexi Schools Network

There are four Flexible Learning Centres in Queensland: Mount Isa Flexible Learning Centre, Townsville Flexible Learning Centre, Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre, Inala Flexible Learning Centre as well as the Centre Education Programme. Each Centre offers a supportive learning experience for students.

Flexible Learning Centres offer numerous educational opportunities including:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Vocational Educational and Training Course
  • Practical hands-on experiences
  • Community participation within key local services
  • Life Skills
  • Preparation for the future including Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Work Experience
  • Support for young peoples’ health and wellbeing

Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre

Initially established as a part of the Edmund Rice Education, ‘It’s up to you’ Outreach Program, Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre (IFLC) operates a program that supports young people as they reengage in education. IFLC an accredited school within Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth+ and has been in its current location since 2012. By providing a safe and supportive environment, students are “empowered to develop autonomy in their own lives and take responsibility for their learning and educational goals.” (Source: Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth +). IFLC’s core principles are Respect, Honesty, Participation and Safe and Legal. The School has created a holistic learning environment that supports the social and emotional needs of students. By offering relevant education options student develop key academic skills that help them transition to further education and/or employment.

Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre is located at 1 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich, QLD. Find out more about the school at www.youthplus.edu.au or phone 0448 335 44

Inala Flexible Learning Centre

The Inala Flexible Learning Centre was initially established outreach program in partnership with Oxley District of the Queensland Police Service and Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth+. Building on the success of the program, Inala Flexible Learning Centre was recently accredited as a non-state school and offers an education pathway for students who do not wish to attend mainstream schools. The School provides a safe and supportive environment where students can focus on developing their literacy, numeracy, social and life skills.

Inala Flexible Learning Centre is located at 79 Poinsettia Street, Inala, QLD. Find out more about the school at www.youthplus.edu.au or phone 0407 895 247.

Mt Isa Flexible Learning Centre

Mt Isa Flexible Learning Centre (MFLC) is a coeducation Catholic school accredited within Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth+. By providing a holistic learning experience the school addresses the social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic needs of students. MFLC is committed to social justice and “stands in solidarity with disadvantaged people of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds with a particular sensitivity to Indigenous culture.” (Source: Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth +).

Mt Isa Flexible Learning Centre is located at 74 Abel Smith Parade, Mt Isa, QLD. Find out more about the school at www.youthplus.edu.au or phone (07) 4743 5262.

Townsville Flexible Learning Centre

Townsville Flexible Learning Centre (TFLC) is a coeducation Catholic school accredited within Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth+. The Schools prepares students for further education and/or employment by focusing on participation and retention as will as the “development of moral reasoning through the application of the four principles (respect, safe and legal, participation and honesty). The centre has a clear commitment to social justice and stands in solidarity with disadvantaged people of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds.” (Source: Edmund Rice Education Australia – Youth +).

Townville Flexible Learning Centre is located at 22-26 Ingham Road West End, Townsville, QLD. Find out more about the school at www.youthplus.edu.au or phone (07) 4724 9600.

Image courtesy of Youth Plus

Image courtesy of Youth Plus

Enrolment at Xavier Flexi Schools Network

Students can enrol directly with each of the individual learning centres. Contact your nearest FLC for more information and an application pack.

Xavier Flexi Schools Network at a Glance

  • Xavier Flexi Schools Network locations:
    • Mount Isa Flexible Learning Centre
    • Townsville Flexible Learning Centre
    • Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre
    • Inala Flexible Learning Centre
    • Centre Education Programme
  • Enrolment capacity: 500
  • Grades: Year 11 & Year 12
  • Co-educational
  • School Chaplains and Student Welfare Workers
  • Educational opportunities include:
    • Literacy and Numeracy
    • Vocational Educational and Training Course
    • Practical hands-on experiences
    • Community participation within key local services
    • Life Skills
    • Preparation for the future including Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Work Experience
    • Support for young peoples’ health and wellbeing.

Why Choose Xavier Flexi Schools Network

One of the key features of Xavier Flexi Schools Network is the social inclusion and empowerment of students who would otherwise be disengaged from their education. Small class sizes and a flexible curriculum that focuses on individual interests and the needs of the students enables educators to engage students who have been marginalised from mainstream schools. By empowering young people to take personal responsibility for their actions and learning, they achieve greater autonomy and self-reliance and are able to better transition to further education and/or employment.

Find out more about Xavier Flexi Schools Network at www.youthplus.edu.au or phone (07) 3447 1009.

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Leigh Knaus Child <![CDATA[The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show @ QPAC | Brisbane November /December]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150442 2016-08-24T07:30:16Z 2016-08-24T07:30:16Z QPAC has just announced that the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will return to Brisbane in November and December 2016. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show After performing to sold out crowds across Australia and throughout the world last year, this beautiful theatrical production is based on one of the most famous children’s book of all time- ...

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QPAC has just announced that the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will return to Brisbane in November and December 2016.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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After performing to sold out crowds across Australia and throughout the world last year, this beautiful theatrical production is based on one of the most famous children’s book of all time- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Featuring over 75 magical puppets created by the amazing New York’s Puppet Kitchen, the show will see some of Eric Carle’s most popular books come to life on stage. The show will retell the story of not only the caterpillar that ate his way through the week only to emerge from his cocoon as a beautiful butterfly  but also of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly all by the very talented Eric Carle.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller and directed by Naomi Edwards, this Australian made show is the perfect introduction for Brisbane Kids to the theatre  as it entertains the whole family not only with timeless stories but also breathtaking puppets and colourful props.

Recommended for Brisbane Kids aged 2 years and over, this fantastic puppet theatre production will have everyone mesmerized and is sure to entertain and delight not only Hungry caterpillar fans, but Eric Carle fans of all ages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Performances :

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All The Very Hungry Caterpillar Shows are being performed at The Cremorne Theatre, QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) at the Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank , South Brisbane.

  • Tuesday 29th November @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 30th November @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1st December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Friday 2nd December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Saturday 3rd December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Sunday 4th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 7th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Friday 9th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Saturday 10th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Sunday 11th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 13th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 14th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Thursday 15th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Friday 16th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Saturday 17th December @ 10am and 12.30pm
  • Sunday 18th December @ 10am and 12.30pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is approximately 50 minutes in duration and has no interval.

Ticket Prices for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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  • $39.90 per A Reserve Ticket
  • $34.90 per A Reserve Ticket (Group Booking of 4+ )
  • $29.90 per B Reserve Ticket
  • $6.95 service and handling fee applies

Please note: Kids 12 months and under are free when sitting on a parent/guardians knee.

Tickets are on sale now!

For more information and to book tickets click here.

You can check out what to expect from the show below:

To find out more about the shows that are coming to Brisbane that your Brisbane Kids will absolutely love, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Heavenly Biscuits and Treats in Brisbane]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150425 2016-08-24T06:21:37Z 2016-08-24T06:21:37Z Heavenly Biscuits and Treats is owned by Delia Ambroselli-Domanti, a mother of two.  Located in Clayfield, Brisbane, Heavenly Biscuits and Treats is a Five Star Eat Safe registered kitchen.  Delia offers a variety of sweet treats for children and people of all ages. Allergy Free Treats Why spend your hard earned money on allergy free ...

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Heavenly Biscuits and Treats is owned by Delia Ambroselli-Domanti, a mother of two.  Located in Clayfield, Brisbane, Heavenly Biscuits and Treats is a Five Star Eat Safe registered kitchen.  Delia offers a variety of sweet treats for children and people of all ages.

Allergy Free Treats

Why spend your hard earned money on allergy free treats that are inedible and spoil your party experience?  Heavenly Biscuits and Treats offers a delicious range of gluten free cupcakes, cakes, brownies, slices and biscuits.  Delia’s clients are amazed at how beautiful her treats taste and often comment on the fact that they would never know that they are gluten or egg free.

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Party Catering

Do you want something different for your party?  Are you time poor?  Do you want to WOW your guests with tasty and memorable food? Let Heavenly Biscuits and Treats make the cupcakes, cakes, slices and biscuits for you.  Use Heavenly Biscuits and Treats to create amazing, delicious party bags and bonbonniere for your special guests.

Call now on 0408 728 362 to discuss your catering requirements with Delia.  She will make recommendations to cater for your Birthday, Christening or special event.  She will also ensure that the parents are well catered for.

Cakes for Tweens – I’m not a baby anymore

Heavenly Biscuits and Treats knows how to cater for Tweens, offering a wide range of products to satisfy every sweet tooth.  Tweens love simple cakes with just a touch of class and sophistication.

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What sort of designs can I expect from Heavenly Biscuits and Treats?

Heavenly Biscuits and Treats are not store bought or machine cut treats –  they are homemade and hand cut.   Cupcakes and cakes can be topped or filled with creams, buttercreams or creams mixed with Belgian chocolate; fondant can also be used to top your cupcakes and cakes. Heavenly Biscuits and Treats does not specialise in sugar art.  Colour matching to your favourite colour is not guaranteed.

How to order and order deadlines

You can order from Heavenly Biscuits and Treats’ website, which is www.heavenlybiscuitsandtreats.com.au or email heavenlybandt@optusnet.com.au or call 0408 728 362

When to order

Heavenly Biscuits and Treats would love as much time as possible to fit your order in, so please do not delay and avoid disappointment.

Payment

50 % payment of your treats is due no later than 7 working days before the event.  This can be done as a direct deposit or cash.

Cancellations

Unfortunately, Heavenly Biscuits and Treats cannot assist with cancellations.  Even due to unforeseen circumstances, Heavenly Biscuits and Treats requires final and full payment of all goods on the day of the event (as you can appreciate that time and ingredients have gone into making your items)

Pick up or drop off of orders

Located in Clayfield, Brisbane, Heavenly Biscuits and Treats offers predominantly pick up options.  However, delivery can be organised for an additional fee.

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Testimonials – What people say about Heavenly Biscuits and Treats

Happy Gluten Free customer:

“Over the past year or so my family has had the pleasure of enjoying several of the Gluten Free goodies that Heavenly Biscuits and Treats offer. Whether it be cupcakes for a birthday, honey jumbles for a play date or brownies “just because”, I know my daughter, who has intolerances, is perfectly safe to eat them and  that they will always taste delicious. ( Let’s face it not all GF goods taste great!). I would recommend Heavenly Biscuits and Treats to anyone looking for quality treats for any event.”Julie Kordic (Wilston)

Happy Gluten Free Brownie and Pavlova Customer:

“I have had the pleasure of eating cakes and slices from Heavenly Biscuits and Treats.  As a healthy alternative we chose Delia’s delectable Gluten Free Brownie Slice.  It was perfect, not too sweet or messy and full of texture – Wow!!!  I can also recommend the Lemon Curd Pavlova with fresh fruit, it was heavenly.  My kids loved this too.  My baking skills are good but not at this level.  With no fuss our treats were delivered and Delia’s commitment to the quality is second to none.  Thank you so much Heavenly Biscuits and Treats.”Jakki Zeolla-Murray (Nundah)

Happy Tween Mum

“Recently, I ordered a birthday cake for my daughter’s upcoming 13th Birthday with Delia from Heavenly Biscuits and Treats.  I cannot recommend Delia more highly, as my daughter’s cake was absolutely sensational in every way.  From the beautiful flower detail, to the writing on the cake, the mint green colour Delia found for this (my daughter’s favourite colour) and the amazing fondant.  Though what even more exceptional, was the actual cake inside  Oh my goodness, I have never tasted a chocolate cake quite like this one.  My daughter, myself, my husband and the birthday party guests raved about how amazing the cake tasted and everyone asked for seconds.  My daughter was so thrilled with the entire cake and I was so happy with the entire experience.  Delia’s cakes are simply stunning on the outside and inside!  Her professionalism, clear dedication to achieve excellence and friendly approach makes finding a special cake for your child a very easy experience.”Sarah Thompson (Clayfield)

To find out more about Heavenly Biscuits and Treats, including a full gallery of their gorgeous and delicious creations, please visit www.heavenlybiscuitsandtreats.com.au.

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Can I become a foster carer?]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150291 2016-08-22T02:38:33Z 2016-08-22T02:38:33Z At the heart of it, fostering is caring for another person’s child – for as little as a few days or weeks, or sometimes years until they’re able to join their family again or head out into the world as an adult. Never underestimate the lasting difference you could make in a child’s life by ...

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At the heart of it, fostering is caring for another person’s child – for as little as a few days or weeks, or sometimes years until they’re able to join their family again or head out into the world as an adult.

Never underestimate the lasting difference you could make in a child’s life by providing them with a home, a positive family experience and a place where they feel safe, supported and cared for.

Become a Foster Carer in Brisbane

Mercy Community Services is looking for new foster carers in the areas of Caboolture, Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Beaudesert, Greater Ipswich and South West Queensland and we invite you to get in touch with them to find out more about how to become a foster carer.

They need carers of all ages and background, so whether you’re young or old; working or retired; single or a couple – Mercy would love to hear from you.

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What type of foster care can I provide?

Foster caring is not one size fits all. Each child or young person’s circumstances are unique and their care is tailored to their needs. Mercy Community Services work with you to find the right fit for both you and the child needing care. There are many of types of foster care for you to consider – you might provide respite, emergency, short or long-term care. So, you can be a foster carer full time, part time, or just on weekends, and you can tell Mercy the age and gender of children you’d like to care for.

Elizabeth and Paul, foster carers with Mercy Community Services, said: “We have really, really, loved the experience of being foster carers, and hope to do it for as long as we can. Just give children love, lots of love. If you open your heart and your home and just love the children in your care, it’s amazing what they can do and what they can achieve.”

What support do Foster Carers receive?

Mercy Community Services’ friendly foster care team will support you through every step of the journey. They offer carers-dedicated foster care workers, information and training, after-hours on-call support, and invites to special carer events. You’ll also receive remuneration for the cost of foster caring from the Queensland Government.

Whether you’re ready to apply to become a foster carer, or are just thinking about it, we invite you to get in touch. Call 1300TOFOSTER (1300 863 678), or visit www.caretofoster.com.au to read more about becoming a foster carer with Mercy Community Services.

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Cath Johnsen <![CDATA[Learn about bush tucker in Brisbane and grow your own]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=150240 2016-08-21T05:31:16Z 2016-08-21T05:31:16Z Bush tucker may be only a recent addition to the menus of trendy Brisbane restaurants, but it has been a mainstay of the local indigenous people’s diets for hundreds of years. Back in the 1980s and 90s, the iconic Bush Tucker Man brought bush foods into the mainstream with his popular television show and associated ...

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Bush tucker may be only a recent addition to the menus of trendy Brisbane restaurants, but it has been a mainstay of the local indigenous people’s diets for hundreds of years.

Back in the 1980s and 90s, the iconic Bush Tucker Man brought bush foods into the mainstream with his popular television show and associated books.

More recently, there’s been a resurgence in the growing and use of bush tucker plants, which can be easily cultivated in the average backyard.

Learning about bush tucker in Brisbane is a great way to teach kids about our country’s cultural heritage, and to work together as a family to plant, nurture and harvest food to eat at home.

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Growing bush tucker in your family garden

A number of Brisbane nurseries, including Kumbartcho Sanctuary, sell native plants that you can purchase to grow in your home garden.

Here’s five bush food plants that grow well in Brisbane:

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle is native to the Brisbane area, and its leaf is used to make essential oils and to flavour dishes such as shortbread, pasta, fish and tea blends. Lemon Myrtle is also an attractive garden plant with glossy green foliage and white flowers in Summer. Once you have a plant established, you may like to try some of these delicious lemon myrtle recipes.

Native Raspberry

Although not as sweet as their European counterpart, the Native Raspberry is still good for eating, and excellent for jam making. Native to eastern Australia, the small Raspberry shrub flowers and fruits between October and April. What could be more Australian than a pavlova topped with native berries?

Australian Finger Lime

The Australian Finger Lime has attracted international interest in recent years, and is highly sought after as an accompaniment for seafood, drinks and desserts. This native citrus tree is still found growing wild in the rain forests of the border ranges of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales. Today it’s also found growing in many backyards!

Davidson’s Plum

There are several species of Davidson’s Plum, which are traditionally found in the rain forests of northern New South Wales and north Queensland. The fruit has a dark purple skin and red flesh. The plums can be eaten straight from the tree (they taste a little tart) or can be turned into jams, jellies, sauces and wine.

Macadamia Nut Tree

Macadamia nuts were enjoyed by indigenous Australians long before Europeans settled. This delicious and healthy nut can be eaten raw, roasted or cooked into many recipes. The macadamia nut tree can grow up to 20 metres, however, dwarf varieties are available. Because it is native to South East Queensland, it is a hardy plant and suitable for backyard gardeners. It’s not so easy to crack the nut from its shell, but it is well worth the effort.

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Learn more about bush tucker in Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha regularly hold bush tucker workshops for children and adults, located in their innovative ‘Kitchen in the Gardens’. During the workshops, participants are able to taste some native plants, such as berries that were commonly sourced by Aboriginal people. The workshops are usually open to children aged five years and older, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

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Bush Tucker and Food Safety

It’s really important to stress to your children that not all native fruit and berries are edible. In fact, many are poisonous and can be dangerous if consumed. With a little research, you can grow a huge selection of bush tucker in Brisbane and teach your Brisbane Kids more about plants that are safe to eat.

The 2016 Parks Alive Festival will feature Bush Tucker workshops at Mt Coot-tha on Sunday 28th August. Find out more about this wonderful event here. Another place where you can sample both native and exotic fruits is at Tropical Fruit World in northern New South Wales.

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Should I be concerned about childhood Gaming Addictions?]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=149473 2016-08-17T23:29:05Z 2016-08-17T23:27:49Z Playing games is a normal part of development for any child. With the significant improvements in video game design and interaction over the past 30 years, video games are increasingly more engaging and vivid and the number 1 form of entertainment for many children. Why? Because it engages parts of brain that releases chemical (neurotransmitters) ...

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Playing games is a normal part of development for any child. With the significant improvements in video game design and interaction over the past 30 years, video games are increasingly more engaging and vivid and the number 1 form of entertainment for many children. Why? Because it engages parts of brain that releases chemical (neurotransmitters) that make us feel good. Therefore players can become drawn to seeking more and more of the nice feelings and rewarding sensations that comes with gaming, through more time gaming.

Lots of children and adults really enjoy gaming and find it a way to take a break from daily life, unwind, or engage with each other routinely. Many parents do not perceive it as a problem until significant, and undesired, emotional responses and behaviours develop that they find challenging and want support with. So managing gaming addiction is not about totally removing gaming from a family’s life in most instances, and more about restoring more helpful boundaries around gaming and device use. Encouraging other activities as alternatives to gaming is also really important, but often hard work and more time consuming for parents.

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Short Term Gratification

Video games involve short term gratification loops whereby players receive constant reinforcement/reward in different forms from relatively little input. Compared to longer-term gratification tasks like building or making something, where the ‘reward’ or satisfaction of the task is not experienced until after many hours/days/weeks of effort have been exerted. With these sorts of tasks, it is also often about adults helping to model and facilitate the enjoyment of working towards a goal or end product.

How many hours of gaming is recommended for children?

There is no clear guide to how many hours a child of a certain age should spend gaming, with current screen use recommendations considered outdated and unrealistic. This article further explores the research.

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Why does my child have a gaming addiction?

For many children, increased gaming or a gaming addiction, is an indication that they are experiencing a problem/s in other areas of their life. So the gaming issue can be seen as an indication of other challenges, rather than the primary issue itself. For example, gaming and technology often serve as a way to avoid uncomfortable feelings and experiences in the short term that relate to anxiety. In such instances gaming would be considered the symptom, rather than the problem itself, and therefore the underlying issue needs to be worked on in addition to the gaming.

Why is gaming addiction a problem?

A significant consequence of engaging in any activity too frequently, is that the person may lose interest in, or reduce their involvement in other activities or interests that provide a sense of achievement or facilitate helpful social interactions.

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Warning signs

Indicators of a child becoming addicted to gaming varies based on individual situations, different cultures, house rules, parenting values and personalities. Here is a list of some possible symptoms of gaming addiction. However, it should be noted that having some of these symptoms does not mean your child definitely has a gaming addiction. If you are concerned please speak to a professional for further support. Some possible symptoms include:

Psychological Signs of Video Game Addiction

  1. Extreme mood swings and emotional over-reactions when a child has to stop gaming, or isn’t able to play games for some reason.
  2. Withdrawal symptoms – when a child becomes distressed, irritable or panicked about going without gaming for a couple of days.
  3. Preoccupation with gaming – when gaming is the only thing the child talks about in any detail.

Physical Signs of Video Game Addiction

  1. Poor self-care or personal hygiene when children would prefer to avoid these tasks in lieu of gaming.
  2. Health conditions that develop or become worse as a lack of physical activity – eg headaches, sore eyes.
  3. Poor physical fitness – when a child isn’t able to walk a short distance or becomes physically fatigued after minor exertion.

Behavioral Signs of Video Game Addiction

  1. Declining interest in school activities.
  2. Loss of interest in other activities that the child used to find rewarding eg physical activities.
  3. Increased aggression towards others, particularly those who limit, interfere with, or prevent gaming time.

Relationship Signs of Video Game Addiction

  1. The child isolates him- or herself from other friends and only interacts with people online through their chosen game.
  2. Parents find it progressively harder to relate to their children and engage them.
  3. More conflict with others.

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Strategies and ways to manage unhelpful patterns of gaming or addictions

The following ideas may help your family address gaming addictions within the household –

  • BOTH parents sitting down with the children and discussing the challenges or costs of gaming in the household (it can be helpful to write a few ideas down to get the conversation started).
  • BOTH parents sitting down together with the children and writing down (not just talking generally) a SPECIFIC plan/schedule for future gaming and technology use (with time windows and days of the week when it is permitted and under what conditions – eg AFTER homework, showers and chores are done).
  • Permitting gaming time before routine tasks are completed is a common and predictable source of regular conflict for many families, so make it a family habit to do the chores BEFORE gaming.
  • Try to set a good example of moderate screen use. Parents need to be mindful that although they may not be gaming themselves, they are often modelling engagement and use of technology and devices much of the time.
  • Behavioural reinforcement strategies – eg that involve earning tokens, rewards or rewards charts to redeem for time gaming . This is one way of actively developing and promoting the more healthy mindset in children that gaming is a reward for regular effort and to be engaged in after other ‘more boring’ and compulsory tasks are completed. Instead of gaming as an entitlement, and every other activity can fit around it
  • Use “conditional yes” instead of saying “no” to game time. The child hears “yes” instead of “no” and is more likely to undertake the conditions to get the reward. For example –

Child: “Mum can I play on the computer?”

Mum: “Yes, after you have done your homework”

  • Encourage other activities, including ones your child does solo, with peers, or with family members. If your child has a choice of gaming or going on a family hike, they are likely to choose the more immediate option: gaming, so encourage them out the door. Most kids find they enjoy themselves once they are engaged away from the screen.
  • If parents feel unable to manage a child’s gaming, or if they feel that there might be some challenges in other parts of the child’s life that are contributing towards excessive gaming or overuse, then parents are best advised to speak with a psychologist or mental health professional to help them understand the challenges and how best to manage the situation
  • Many children will be drawn to playing video games for more and more hours if no boundaries are defined BEFORE use and expectations set. So it is important for parents to establish boundaries on when and how much time can be allowed for gaming, and discuss these with children before they play.

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When to seek help for gaming addiction in children

Gaming is a popular and easily-accessible past-time for many people, both adult and child. It can be highly entertaining and rewarding, but increasing numbers of families are finding gaming is linked with difficulties in other areas of life. When gaming is taking over you or your child, or linked with unfavourable changes in behaviour, emotional wellbeing, relationships and other commitments, it may have become an addiction.

If you feel your child is having progressively more problems relating to the overuse of technology or gaming, or if you feel they have developed a gaming addiction, it can be helpful to seek professional advice from a psychologist or health professional with experience in this area

Reducing the risk of addictions or problematic patterns of gaming developing often involves a combination of scheduling appropriate and predictable times and time periods of use, adults modelling limited use of gaming and devices (setting an example) and engaging with kids in a more balanced use of free time- eg setting regular times to play other non-screen based activities with children in order to help promote their interest in those activities as an alternative to gaming.

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Bianca Eastman and Steve Rushton are Child Psychologists with Changes Psychology, a mobile child psychology clinic that comes to your home, your child’s school or child care centre in Brisbane, Springfield or Ipswich. The team of child psychologists at Changes Psychology provide practical and therapeutic support for families with children aged from birth through to teens. They can help with issues such as: gaming addictions, toddler tantrums, bullying, aggressive behaviours, anxiety, sleep, learning and attention difficulties, Autism and Aspergers, parenting skills, family separations, and adjustments.

Call (07) 3062 4535, or visit changespsychology.com.au to find out more.

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Melanie Birkbeck <![CDATA[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]> http://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=149504 2016-08-17T11:43:17Z 2016-08-17T11:43:17Z Re-enter J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world and meet a host of intriguing new characters when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released in cinemas in November 2016. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander is a writer and wizard well known to Harry Potter fans as the author of the Hogwarts text ...

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Re-enter J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world and meet a host of intriguing new characters when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released in cinemas in November 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander is a writer and wizard well known to Harry Potter fans as the author of the Hogwarts text book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In this film of the same name, we meet up with Newt Scamander seventy years before Harry Porter enters Hogwarts. Newt is a “magizoologist” and when he arrives in New York in 1926 he has been travelling the world for the past 12 years in search of magical creatures. What is meant to be a quick stopover in New York to attend a meeting at the Magical Congress of the United States of America soon turns to mayhem.

Things start to get complicated when an incident with Jacob, a ‘No-Maj’ (American for Muggle) leads to Newt’s magical case being misplaced and some of its inhabitants escaping. The escaped  magical creatures have a disastrous effect on the already strained Wizarding/No-Maj relationship. We know from ‘A History of Magic in North America’ that the wizards and witches in America are very cautious of non-magical people due to events like the Salem Witch Trials. In current times there is the fanatical New Salem Philanthropic Society to be wary of. Lead by Mary-Lou, the extremist organization is dedicated to the eradication of all wizard-kind.

As Newt hunts for the magical beasts on the loose we’ll get to experience some of the stranger creatures of the magical world. The Niffler is a rodent-like creature with a long snout, a coat of black fluffy fur and an attraction to shiny objects. The Lethifold is a carnivorous and highly dangerous magical creature that resembles a think black cloak and eats humans! The Billwig is a native Australian insect that is around half an inch long and is a vivid sapphire blue colour. Anyone unfortunate enough to be stung by a Billywig will suffer giddiness followed by levitation. The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous creature that looks like an ape with long silky hair. This highly sought after creature can make itself invisible and its pelts can be woven into invisibility cloaks. Possibly the most beautiful creature from the suitcase is the Thunderbird, a magical bird native to North America and is related to the phoenix.

Newt is assisted in his search for these creatures by Porpentina Goldstein, her sister Queen Goldstein and Jacob Kowalski, the only main character that is a No-Maj. Along with his new allies, Newt races to find the missing creatures and calm the raising tensions between the magical and non-magical worlds.

This first installment of the Fantastic Beasts trilogy is written by J.K. Rowlings and is her first screenplay. The film is produced by other Harry Potter alumni David Heyman who also produced all the Harry Potter films. David Yates is directing having previously directed and produced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  The original score is in good hands with James Newton Howard who has scored over 100 films including Pretty Woman, The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight, The Bourne Legacy and The Hunger Games series.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has an impressive ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Starring alongside them are Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Samantha Moron, Zoe Kravitz, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight.

Fans will be able to buy the published screenplay in November shortly after the movie release. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fantastic production with amazing costumes and special effects that will immerse viewers in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding universe in an exciting and adventurous way. It will most certainly leave us wanting more.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be in cinemas nationally on 17th November 2016.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM BELOW:

This year sees a host of great family movies come to the big screen. You can find out all about them in our Movies We Love section.

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