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WORDS: Brooke Michell & Professor Sarah Blunden @ Sensible Sleep

Brooke Michell is a Psychologist, and mother of 4 children. Brooke works with Professor Sarah Blunden at Sensible Sleep, which incorporates the Paediatric Sleep & Psychology Clinic, and is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of children and families. The experienced Psychologists at Sensible Sleep promote the use of gentle, responsive and evidence-based approaches to improving sleep, based on their understanding of child development and family systems.

If the summer holidays has resulted in a slip towards later bedtimes and morning sleep ins, now is the time to start adjusting in preparation for school next week!

Reset the body clock

Adolescents in particular have a natural tendency to go to sleep later and wake up later during school holidays, so the trick to resetting the body clock for any school children is to begin waking up and going to bed 15 minutes earlier.

Every couple of days move the wake up time and bedtime earlier by another 10-15 minutes until the target bed and wake times are reached.

It can be tricky to be disciplined about sticking to the new earlier times, so it may be helpful to use an alarm clock, or enlist the help of a parent.

Bright light in the AM, not the PM

To reinforce the new earlier wake times children should be exposed to bright light and sunshine as soon as they wake up, and this will help them to be alert.

And at night-time, children should avoid bright light’s and screens in the hour before bedtime (e.g. TV, phones, laptops) to allow the body time to produce melatonin, the sleepy hormone which helps you to fall asleep.

What about weekend sleep ins?

On weekends we recommend that despite the temptation, it is better to avoid sleeping in.

Sleeping in will disrupt the sleep routine and mean that the child won’t be tired enough at bedtime, resulting in a later bedtime on Sunday night, then waking up for school on Monday exhausted after not having enough sleep.

After school napping

Children needing an after school nap should sleep no longer than 20 minutes to avoid them entering a deeper sleep phase that will interfere with the nighttime sleep.


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Bubba-Licious: A Fringe show for babies and toddlers

Bubba-Licious: A Fringe show for babies and toddlers

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Bubba-Licious: An Adelaide Fringe show for babies and toddlers

A Fringe show for Adelaide’s newest audience members!

Life with a baby or a toddler can be tough.

Hugely rewarding, life changing, exhausting, priority changing and exhilarating all at the same time. These tiny humans come into our lives and remake our understanding of everything we’ve ever known… including how much sleep we need to function. We instantly love the children we care for and want to give them the world. Unfortunately they aren’t quite ready for most of the experiences the world has to offer.

Bubba-Licious: Sell out Fringe show in 2020

Bubba-Licious was 2020’s surprise sell out hit of the Fringe. This year it returns to the stage revamped for a larger venue.

The stage show, which has been written for infants aged between 6 months and 3 years, brings together lighting effects, puppetry, music and a variety of other sensory stimulations to awaken wonder for the babies and toddlers in the audience!

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Bubba-Licious: Inspired by parenthood

The show is written and performed by Kat Grey, proud mum of her 3.5yo toddler.

Kat has been producing and performing shows at the Adelaide Fringe for 6 years. Once her son was born she began looking for performances that would be appropriate for him. While there are a wonderful selection of performances that are baby-friendly, where he is welcome to sit on an adult’s lap to watch as long as he stays quiet, there wasn’t really anything that was a performance specifically to engage his admittedly narrow interests. With studies confirming the benefits of encouraging infants to experience a variety of sensory experiences for babies and young children, Kat set out to create the show she was looking for.

So Bubba-Licious was (pun intended) BORN!


Mums, dads and caregivers can be part of the Fringe atmosphere

Beyond the performance itself, Kat is hoping to create an opportunity for new mums, dads and carers to come out of the house and be a part of the magical Fringe atmosphere.

Being performed at Gluttony, within Rymill Park, Kat hopes that her show will be part of a family day out with parents then staying to bond over food, drink and sunshine like normal human beings.

Gluttony has made great efforts to ensure their facilities are family friendly (including having parenting rooms available within the park) making it a perfect fit for this new show.

bubba licious

Event Details:

Sat 20 Feb – Sun 21 Feb: 11am, 11:45am
Sat 27 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 11am, 11:45am
Sat 6 Mar – Mon 8 Mar: 11am, 11:45am
Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 11am, 11:45am
Sat 20 Mar – Sun 21 Mar: 11am, 11:45am
Duration: 30 minutes
Venue: Ukiyo at Gluttony – Rymill Park

For more information or to buy tickets:


IMAGES: Adam Davies Photography

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The Adelaide Food Fringe is BACK on the table

The Adelaide Food Fringe is BACK on the table

Adelaide food fringe

The Adelaide Food Fringe is BACK on the table

The Adelaide Food Fringe today announced a return for their second shot at an inaugural year with an expanded festival program of 9 days from Friday 7 May to Sunday 16 May 2021.

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Open Access Food Festival

Back and ready to start from where they left off, the open access food festival is encouraging all food and beverage businesses, brewers, wineries, distilleries, venues, clubs, producers, multicultural communities and cultural institutions to share their food and beverage experience by becoming a part of its 2021 program line-up and registering their event at adelaidefoodfringe.com.au.

Supporting SA’s incredible food and beverage industry

As South Australia’s 100% open-access food and drink festival, the Adelaide Food Fringe program exists to support and celebrate the state’s incredible food and beverage industry. What SALA and the Adelaide Fringe is to amateur, emerging and established artists and performers, the Adelaide Food Fringe is for the people, businesses and venues working in food and beverage in SA.

Adelaide Food Fringe

Diverse and affordable program

With an affordable, diverse and accessible food and beverage program for everyone to enjoy, it importantly, is NOT a festival with a fenced in area and food vendors. The whole state is a potential festival site as every business, club, venue or premises presenting a food or beverage related event is the venue.

Adelaide Food Fringe Director Vic Pisani said the festival concept was created to make food and beverage businesses, producers, venues, clubs and cultural communities the stars of their own Statewide food festival that they also effectively curate.

“As a festival,100% of our line-up is curated by the businesses, clubs and individuals bringing their events to our program. Because I don’t curate any of the program I’m just as excited as anyone to see what the lineup will be.”

Adelaide Food Fringe donates to Foodbank

The Adelaide Food Fringe donates 10% of all net registrations fees collected to charity partner, Foodbank. However, because of COVID and the impact it had on the wider community, the festival decided to donate 100% of its 2020 net registration fees collected to help with the extra demand for Foodbank’s service. The donation resulted in 1080 meals provided to South Australians and in 2021, the festival has a target to provide funding for 5000 meals through registrations and any event pledging a percentage of their event’s profits to Foodbank.

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International Pub Week

Adelaide Food Fringe’s International Pub Week initiative was co-created by Pirate Life Brewing and is all about celebrating the culinary, cultural, social and economic impact of Pubs to life in SA through a program stream that will drive activity and support pubs in through the challenging COVID environment they’ve had to navigate.

Thanks to Pirate Life Brewing, the festival will dedicate a week between Sunday 9 May and Sunday 16 May for pubs to registered their special ‘International Pub Week’ events, functions and food and beverage offers in the program as well as share stories and shine a spotlight on the pubs, publicans, patrons and people behind some of our great locals.

The Adelaide Food Fringe
7-16 May Across South Australia


You’re invited to Still Aware’s Birthday for Babies

You’re invited to Still Aware’s Birthday for Babies

birthday for babies stillaware You’re invited to Still Aware’s Birthday for Babies!

Join Still Aware for a birthday celebration of all babies chasing butterflies in the sky.

Birthday for Babies is an annual charity event held at Alfie’s Butterfly Market in Glenelg, South Australia.

Honouring all babies chasing butterflies above

Organised by Australia’s first Stillbirth Awareness Charity, Still Aware, the event is held on the 12th of February every year in honour of all babies chasing butterflies above.

Birthday for Babies aims to provide a safe space for families to celebrate and honour their precious babies, whilst raising awareness of preventable stillbirth. Featuring twilight markets with a range of local artisans, foodies, and bereavement organisations there is also a very special a live butterfly release in remembrance of a special child or children born still.

6 families daily are affected by the tragedy of stillbirth

The event began in 2015 in remembrance of the over 2000 babies born still in Australia every year and to raise awareness of the 6 families daily affected by such tragedy.

The first of this annual event was held in memory of Alfie Foord-Heath, a beautiful angel who was born without breath of February 12th, 2014. Alfie’s mother, Claire, founder of Still Aware, had the vision to create an event where every family can celebrate their babies birthdays, particularly those we hold in our hearts.

Families who cannot make the event can opt to host a Birthday For Babies fundraising event and honour their precious baby in their chosen way.

Event Details:

Date: Friday 12th Feb 4pm-7pm
Location: Alfie’s Butterfly Market, Glenelg

This year Birthday For Babies is held on Friday the 12th of February at Alfie’s Butterfly Market Glenelg.

Being a Friday this gives a great chance to come down, enjoy some food and drink, browse Alfie’s Butterfly Market, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere whilst celebrating all babies chasing butterflies above.

Live Butterfly Release

Included is the annual Live Butterfly Release which is a stunning honorary display for both parents and children.

To pre-purchase a butterfly for the release:

stillaware butterfly release

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roast lamb with garlic and rosemary recipe


If you’re celebrating Australia Day with a big cook up, what could be more ‘Strayan than Roast Lamb? Nothing, that’s what!

The team at the Adelaide Central Market have hooked us up with the most mouth watering roast lamb recipe just in time for Aussie Day celebrations!

Australia Day Roast Lamb Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours


2kg leg of lamb
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons baby capers, drained
50g quince paste, chopped
2/3 cup (50g) fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 small sprigs rosemary, extra

Mint salsa verde

1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon baby capers, drained
¼ cup baby cornichons
1/3 cup mint leaves
¼ cup parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

Place lamb on a chopping board lengthways, use a sharp knife to cut incisions right through the meatiest part almost to the bone, at 4cm thick intervals.

In a medium mixing bowl combine rosemary, thyme, garlic, capers, quince paste, breadcrumbs and two tablespoons of olive oil, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper.

Place spoonfuls of stuffing into the lamb incisions and tie with string to secure.

Scatter lamb with extra rosemary, drizzle with remaining olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook in preheated oven for 2 hours, or until cooked to your liking*. Cover the top with foil after the first hour, to prevent stuffing burning.

For the salsa verde, combine all the ingredients together in a food processor, pulsing until finely chopped.

Remove lamb from roasting tin, lightly cover with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes.

Remove string from the rested lamb and carve across the leg, parallel to the bone. Serve with mint salsa verde.

*NOTE: to calculate cooking time for lamb
medium = 25 minutes per 500g + 25 minutes
well done = 30 minutes per 500g + 30 minutes


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Shop local

Shop local and find your pantry essentials and fresh produce at the Adelaide Central Market.

Open Tuesday – Saturday. Please check with your favourite trader if you are visiting, as stall trading hours may be subject to change.


Tuesday 7.00am – 5.30pm
Wednesday* 9.00am – 5.30pm*
Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm
Friday 7.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 7.00am – 3.00pm

Closed Sunday and Monday | *Selected stalls open



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New nature play space in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden

New nature play space in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden

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New nature play space in Blackwood’s Wittunga Botanic Garden

Construction starting this week

A unique play space in the Wittunga Botanic Garden will start construction this week, as just one of the many upgrades at the Botanic Garden on the way.

Construction will start this week on the educational and interactive playground, which is set to have an accessible trail around the lake’s perimeter, a wheelchair trampoline and plenty of nature play opportunities, as well as a lake viewing platform.

wittunga concept plans

Opening March 2021

Set to open in March 2021, the playground was designed with help from local primary school students to understand the needs of the community and is being built with wheelchair access to encourage an inclusive and friendly space for all.

To encourage children to develop a connection to nature from an early age the design includes playful educational elements about flora and fauna.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said Aboriginal Kaurna culture will be celebrated in the playground and it will be a welcoming, inclusive space.

“A native reed-filled, dry billabong area will be created and a wodli – or house – will provide the opportunity for loose play construction,” Dr Sutherland said. “An in-ground wheelchair trampoline will delight children with accessibility needs and adults can have some fun on a super-sized park bench too.”

The nature play space is funded through the $649 million Adelaide City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and South Australian governments, and the City of Adelaide.

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The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Adelaide Fringe

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Adelaide Fringe

amazing drumming monkeys
The Amazing Drumming Monkeys at the Adelaide Fringe

The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Rundle Park | Kadlitpina, East Terrace, Adelaide

Febuary 20 – March 21

A show where puppets play live instruments!

A show where the parents are as engaged and entertained as the young children!

A show that has toured nationally and internationally for over 17 years!

It’s a very rare thing for a show to be as enduring and as loved as the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, and they’re back this year at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, with their adorable variety show, aimed at 2-8 year olds (but is great entertainment for all ages)!

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Funky live drumming for all ages

For over 10 years The Amazing Drumming Monkeys Show has entertained thousands of children (and adults), at thousands of events around Australia and abroad. Based in Adelaide, the Monkeys have become so popular they have 2 teams operating full time and can perform at multiple events on any given day!

The 2 monkey puppets (Bongo & Congo) play African drums, lead audiences in songs & dances, perform magic tricks and (low tech) special effects gags etc. The show also features beautiful positive messages, such as caring for our environment, and getting along with each other.

The Monkeys appeal to a great range of people, places, and events. The show has cute & funny monkeys for the kids, great drumming for the adults, variety segments for all ages, and a message for the world.

amazing drumming monkeys adelaide fringe

A word of warning – The songs never leave your head! Famous all over Australia, this show is not to be missed!

★★★★★ “Our Favourite Concert” Rolling Music, Shanghai China.

★★★★1/2 “Top Banana!” Adelaide Advertiser.

“The Next Wiggles” NT News.

“The Next Bananas” Triple J.

“Banging good fun!” WOMADelaide.

“The most Iconic South Australian band since Cold Chisel” Dave at Stirling market.

Children’s / all ages / Umbrella Revolution
Feb 20 – March 21 / $20 – $65 / 40min

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Win: 1 of 3 copies of Siblings! by Rocio Bonilla

Win: 1 of 3 copies of Siblings! by Rocio Bonilla


Win: 1 of 3 copies of Siblings! by Rocio Bonilla

Siblings! is a witty and imaginative new book that illustrates the difficulties that can arise in a family due to sibling rivalry, and we have 3 copies (RRP $25.99) to give away!

siblings book

About Siblings!

Family trips and gatherings can bring to the surface the age-old issue of sibling rivalry. For children and adults alike, sibling rivalry can be easily triggered, stressful and difficult to resolve.

How children relate to each other in a family can cause considerable distress to their parents, particularly when the interaction consists of seemingly constant fighting, tears, drama, name-calling and tale telling. This is often highlighted in school holidays as parents juggle siblings of different ages with opposite interests and personalities. According to Dr Kimberley O’Brien, one of Australia’s leading child psychologists, “Family holidays are no fun for parents when supervising siblings, preventing squabbles and suggesting solutions is a full-time job”.

Addressing a topic that impacts most families, Dr O’Brien uses Siblings! as a tool to help resolve rivalry. According to Dr O’Brien, “It uses humour to find leverage between brothers and sisters. It’s most effective with children aged 4 to 10 years and works best as a bedtime story to introduce the concept of different perspectives”.

Siblings! was published in Australia with the Institut Ramon Llull.

Win: 1 of 3 copies of Siblings by Rocio Bonilla

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Win: A BebeLuxe Multi-Use Cover

Win: A BebeLuxe Multi-Use Cover


Win: A BebeLuxe Multi-Use Cover

Thanks to bebeluxe, we have a Multi-use cover to giveaway (RRP $54.95). Designed for mums and babies with the aim of making motherhood more practical bebeluxe pieces are designed to complement your everyday outfit!

When breastfeeding, the Bebe Luxe Bamboo Multi-Use Cover provides you with 360° privacy, protects your baby from the elements and keep them from distraction. As a capsule or pram cover the Bebe Luxe Bamboo Multi-Use Cover also protects your baby from the elements, keeps them snug and secure and provides a physical barrier from unwanted touching and germs.

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  • Capsule cover
  • Bassinet / pram cover
  • Breastfeeding / express pumping cover
  • Shopping trolley cover
  • Highchair cover
  • Wrap/blanket
  • Infinity scarf



Win: A BebeLuxe Multi-use Cover

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The Tutor Doctor difference

The Tutor Doctor difference

Tutor Doctor

The Tutor Doctor difference

Providing the educational building blocks to help your child become a high performer at school and in life.

Tutor Doctor is a one-to-one, in home and online tutoring company that works with students of all age groups, across all subject matter.

The Tutor Doctor difference is the customised approach they apply to each of their students, appreciating every student as a unique individual.

Tutor Doctor

A thinking cap tailored to your child’s way of thinking

Tutor Doctor Tutoring is not a one-size-fits-all model, sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs, with tutors spending time upfront assessing a students skills, strengths and areas for growth.

Uncovering the unique way each student learns

Tutor Doctor provides a customised learning plan, specific to your child, reflective of their needs, and in conjunction with their school curriculum.

Whether you have a teenager trying to get their geometry skills to the next level or a young child working on their reading skills, the qualified tutors at Tutor Doctor can provide services for all grades, levels, and subjects.

Choosing a Tutor for your child can be tricky

It can be confusing and frustrating when it comes to finding an in-home or online tutor for your child.

You’re looking for someone with a number of different qualifications, someone that is knowledgeable, friendly, understanding, and flexible.

But most of all, you’re looking for a tutor that can meet your child where they are, to get them where they need to go. To empower your child and to build their confidence in academics and in life.

Tutor Doctor takes away the stress of finding a tutor, and supports your student and family every step of the way.

The Tutor Doctor Tutors

Making learning personal. In person and online.

As parents, we understand that our child will need the right tutor for their specific academic goals and struggles, personality, and learning style. Tutor Doctor understands this too.

Tutor Doctor finds professional tutors that don’t just have the right qualifications on paper, but have a passion for what they do and possess excellent people skills. Tutors who can build relationships with students and help them feel comfortable during sessions.

Tutor Doctor Tutors are:

  • Passionate about working with students and helping them improve their educational experience
  • Collaborative, working closely with parents and teachers to keep everyone informed about a student’s progress and needed support
  • Consistent. You can rely on the tutors to show up on time and on schedule—whenever is most convenient for you.

The Tutor Doctor Difference – at a glance


  • One-to-one, in-home tutoring
  • Academic coaching & study skills support
  • Accommodates your schedule
  • Collaborates with teachers
  • Lessons aligned with classroom curriculum


  • Free consultation
  • Complimentary academic and learning-style assessment
  • Personalised goal-setting strategies


  • Comprehensive tutor assistance and support
  • Students expertly matched via proven system
  • Criminal background checks
  • Subject matter specialists
  • Reports prepared after every session
  • E-tutoring available


  • Proactive family communications
  • Able to share hours among family members
  • Customer feedback system
  • Dedicated and caring support
  • Resources for families, students and tutors
  • Money-back guarantee

Tutor Doctor gets real results

Every student benefits from one-to-one attention and curriculum tailor-made for their education level.

Tutor Doctor’s process gets real results, meaning your child will be able to confidently enter the classroom knowing they have the skills and knowledge to excel.

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