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PODs and Puffs: new snacks in town for your kiddos

PODs and Puffs: new snacks in town for your kiddos

PODS

From little things big things grow!

Little snacks for your little (and big!) people

Are your kiddos suffering snack fatigue? Tired of the same old stuff in the pantry or leaving lots in the lunchbox? Well there’s a new snack in town and it’s a little bit gourmet and a lot delish!

Perfect for little snackers, POD aka “Protein On Demand”, is a new gourmet snack brand introduced by Pangkarra, family food producers local to the Clare Valley.

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Sweet or Savoury

These moreish, addictive snackaroos include six flavours of handy 40g roasted pulse snack packs, with sweet and savoury options (cinnamon yogurt? Yes please!), as well as three flavours of chickpea puffs; little morsels of cloud-like goodness that you just can’t stop eating.

Three times the protein

The POD range is ideal for snacking on, for kids, for adults, for lunch boxes and for life on-the-go. And, make sure you’re sitting down for this… the puffs have 60% less fat than potato chips and three times more protein! Somebody pass those puffs!

chickpea puffs

Perfect for that 3pm craving, and for those looking for healthy snack options (including nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan varieties), that utilise clean food while still providing a hit of flavour that really hits the spot.

SA Grown

The South Aussie grown POD pulses are carefully cooked and lightly seasoned, and pack a generous serving of protein, the perfect healthy replacement for those sugary protein bars, and with none of those sneaky additives we all try to avoid. As an added feel good bonus, by choosing the POD range, you’ll also be supporting local Aussie chickpea farmers!

POD is where peas and beans start their life, a place that nurtures little legumes from the earth – through to harvest; and perfect for nurturing little tummies too.

 

For more information:

pangkarrafoods.com.au

 

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Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard by Mini Mad things

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard by Mini Mad things

Mini Mad Things ‘Unboxed’ available for preorder

Creative, crafty, kids company Mini Mad Things has revealed plans for a special new project; ‘Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard’, a beautiful children’s craft activity book all about the creative adventures you can have with cardboard boxes!

You can help be a part of making this project become a reality by supporting the Kickstarter campaign and preordering a copy of ‘Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard’.

What is Unboxed?

‘Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard’ is a book about using cardboard boxes to make cool creations that inspire creative play! It’s about using something you already have to inspire new, fun, individual or collaborative ideas that involve initiative and creativity!

In a world of finite resources and growing consumption, Mini Mad Things want to encourage the creative use of simple, recycled materials, like the humble cardboard box, to create play. Encouraging our little ones to re-purpose what they already have is not only great for our planet, it also requires creative thinking to see new possibilities beyond the original purpose, helping our children become the resourceful inventors of the future.

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LESS screens: MORE Imagination, Creativity and Play.

As parents we all sometimes need a little inspiration; fun craft project ideas that will get your little ones away from screens, using their own imaginations, problem solving and engaging in creative play. That’s where Unboxed comes in!

What’s in the book?

  • 15 project ideas to make, using cardboard boxes, including rockets, a huge marble run, cubby houses, dress-up costumes, a city, cars and lots more.
  • Lots of other fun creative ideas and a special bonus project.
  • Inspiration for making a creative space at home for your little ones.
  • A list of basic craft supplies to build your craft cupboard.
  • Ideas for using household RECYCLING and SUSTAINABLE crafting tips.
  • Simple building technique ideas for creating with cardboard.

Each of the project ideas presented in the book are not only fun to make but also create something that your little ones can then play with. For example, building a huge pirate ship that they can then sail the seven seas in!

Why back this project? – Your amazing rewards

If you’re not familiar with crowdfunding, this is how it works;

  • you make a ‘pledge’ by pre-ordering our book
  • once the book is printed you will receive your copy
  • Mini Mad Things aims have all orders sent out by the end of October so they will be with you in time for Christmas.

By backing this project and helping Mini Mad Things raise the funds to complete the first print run you have the opportunity to purchase our book at discounted prices up to 20% off, plus the chance to get your hands on a few other LIMITED EDITION goodies.

Pre order your copy of ‘Unboxed: Adventures in cardboard’

For more information: 

minimadthings.com

 

Lunch boxes rejoice – Great Wrap is here!

Lunch boxes rejoice – Great Wrap is here!

It’s not glad wrap, it’s GREAT wrap!

School lunch box packing is one step closer to being guilt free with Great Wrap, a new, Aussie designed, plastic free cling wrap that breaks down quicker than orange peel!

What is Great Wrap?

Great Wrap is a plant-based alternative to the handy kitchen staple – and it can go straight into your home compost system or green-waste bin when you’re done with it.

All ‘green products’ are not created equal!

So what’s the difference between compostable and biodegradable?

Biodegradable cling wrap usually means that product was made from regular plastic and an organic additive was blended in. This means it breaks down much quicker, but sadly it breaks down into micro plastics that then flow into our ecosystems and never disappear.

Compostable cling wrap can be made from many things. If it is certified, then it must breakdown in a compost pile in under 180 days and leave behind zero toxins.

So what is Great Wrap made from?

Great Wrap’s certified compostable and biodegradable cling wrap is made from PLA (corn starch) and a bio-based PBAT. This has been certified home compostable with DIN Certco.

great wrap

What if it doesn’t end up in a compost pile?

Composting Great Wrap is the best result as it can be repurposed and used in your garden or by your local council.

If Great Wrap ends up in landfill then it will break down in 2 – 5 years. If it it sits on your shelf then it will last about 2 years.

The green gurus behind Great Wrap

Great Wrap

Julia and Jordy Kay are the team behind Great Wrap. Julia, an architechture graduate and winemaker Jody developed their plant based resin mix for Great Wrap over 18 months ago with the help of professors, industry experts, manufavturers and suppliers.

Great Wrap costs $8 for a 30-metre roll, or six rolls for $42. It’s available online.

For more information: 

www.greatwrap.co

 

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KIDDO BOOK CLUB: Best August New Release Books

KIDDO BOOK CLUB: Best August New Release Books

Kiddo Book Club AugustAugust New Release Books

Another month, another stack of new books to choose from!

As always, of course, we understand sometimes the most you get to read when you’re a parent is the instructions on the back of a box of chicken nuggets (why is it so hard to remember what temperature to cook them at and for how long??). But when we do get those hallowed moments to sit down with a book, it better be a page turner.

That’s why in KIDDO Book Club we do all the hard work for you, by putting together our top picks of the new release books each month.

We also always include a few for the kids too, because grubby little fingers love brand new pages to turn too!

Adult Fiction

The German Midwife
Mandy Robotham

Germany, 1944. A prisoner in the camps, Anke Hoff is doing what she can to keep her pregnant campmates and their newborns alive. But when Anke’s work is noticed, she is chosen for a task more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. Eva Braun is pregnant with the Führer’s child, and Anke is assigned as her midwife. Before long, Anke is faced with an impossible choice. Does she serve the Reich she loathes and keep the baby alive? Or does she sacrifice an innocent child for the good of a broken world?

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $29.99
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Across the Water
Ingrid Alexandra

In a remote, boat-access-only house, Liz’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she watches the people who live in the three identical houses that sit side by side across the creek. But it’s the middle house Liz finds herself drawn to most: the beautiful young mother, Dee Waters, and her baby.

When Dee and her baby go missing, last seen by the murky waters of Oyster Creek, it is a suspected murder-suicide. After all, it’s no secret that Dee never wanted children. She wasn’t coping with the baby. Everyone in the town believes she leapt to her death, taking her child with her. Everyone except Liz.

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $24.99
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The Comeback
Ella Burman

A deep dive into the psyche of a young actress raised in the spotlight under the influence of a charming, manipulative film director and the moment when she decides his time is up.

At the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, teen star Grace Turner disappeared.

Now, tentatively sober and surprisingly numb, Grace is back in Los Angeles after her year of self-imposed exile. She knows the new private life she wants isn’t going to be easy as she tries to be a better person and reconnect with the people she left behind.

But when Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man who controlled her every move for eight years—she realises that she can’t run from the secret behind her spectacular crash and burn for much longer. And she’s the only one with nothing left to lose.

Alternating between past and present, The Comeback tackles power dynamics and the uncertainty of young adulthood, the types of secrets that become part of our sense of self, and the moments when we learn that though there are many ways to get hurt, we can still choose to fight back.

Release date: 11/08/20
RRP: $45.99
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Olive
Emma Gannon

new release books august

Olive is many things. It’s OK that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $29.99
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People Like Us
Louise Fein

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‘I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.’ A love story set in 1930s Germany. Hetty, daughter of an SS officer, falls in love with Walter, a Jew – but will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Release date: 18/05/20
RRP: $32.99
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The Jacaranda House
Deborah Challinor

the jacaranda house

Polly is living in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, working as an exotic dancer. She’s desperate to bring her young daughter, Gina, to live with her, but beneath her brash confidence lie dark secrets which threaten to
drag her under. Rhoda and Star, transgender performers and Polly’s flatmates, bring stability to Polly’s and Gina’s lives. Yet this unlikely little family will find themselves threatened in more ways than one.

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $32.99
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Adult Non-Fiction

Laywer X
Anthony Dowsley & Patrick Carlyon

lawyer x

Melbourne’s Gangland War was an era dominated by murders, stings, hits, drug busts, corruption and greed. It took the police a decade to curtail the violence and bring down criminal kingpins Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel, and their accomplices. When the police finally closed the case file, just how they really won the war, with the help of an unlikely police informer, would become a closely guarded secret, and its exposure the biggest legal scandal of our time.

Release date: 20/08/20
RRP: $34.99
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The Altar Boys
Suzanne Smith

Glen Walsh and Steven Alward were childhood friends in their tight-knit working-class community in Newcastle, NSW. Both altar boys at the local Catholic church, they went on to attend the city’s Catholic boys’ high schools. Steven became a journalist; Glen a priest. But when Glen discovered another priest was sexually abusing boys, he reported the offending to police, breaking canon law and his vows to the Catholic ‘brotherhood’ in the process. Just weeks before he was due to give evidence against the highest cleric to ever be charged with covering up child abuse, Father Glen Walsh was dead. Two months later, his friend Steven also died. Ensuing investigations revealed they were among at least 60 men in the region who had taken their own lives. The Altar Boys is a powerful expose of widespread and organised clerical abuse of children in one Australian city, and how the coverup in the Catholic Church extended from parish priests to every echelon of the organisation.

Release date: 20/08/20
RRP: $34.99
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Finding Freedom
Omid Scobie & Carolyn Durand

With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple’s lives as few outsiders can.

Release date: 12/08/20
RRP: $34.99
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Children and Young Adult

Pea and Nut: Go for Gold
Matt Stanton

Meet Pea and Nut: best friends and also … best rivals! When a chilled-out panda and a hyperactive flamingo go head to head, there can be only one winner. Pea the panda relaxes by the pool. Nut the flamingo doesn’t do relaxing. It’s time for a race, and this time Nut is going for gold!

The second book in the hilarious bestselling series featuring two adorable oddballs by bestselling author Matt Stanton.

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $17.99
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Loveless
Alice Oseman

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The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia
and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $17.99
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Marshmallow Pie The Cat Superstar
Clara Vulliamy

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A hilarious new series from Clara Vulliamy, the author-illustrator of Dotty Detective, about grumpy cat Marshmallow Pie and his reluctant pursuit of stardom. Perfect for fans of Toto the Ninja Cat or The Secret Life
of Pets.

Marshmallow Marmaduke VanillaBean Sugar-Pie Fluffington-FitzNoodle is a big, fluffy (and grumpy) cat. He LOVES the easy life. His new owner, Amelia Lime, has grand plans to turn Pie into a STAR… But Pie thinks he’s a star already, to be honest!

Release date: 05/08/20
RRP: $9.99
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Bluey: My Dad is Awesome
Bluey and Bingo

Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!

Everyone loves Bandit, especially Bluey and Bingo! Find out what makes this true blue dad so special in this hilarious and heartwarming book. A gorgeous hardback book that will make the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and hugely popular ranges of books, toys, clothes, games and more. It holds the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 260 million plays for Series One, and is the winner of an International Emmy for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme.

Release date: 04/08/20
RRP: $16.99
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Your Wild Child available for Pre Order

Your Wild Child available for Pre Order

‘Your Wild Child’ Nature Play book available for Pre Order

Author of ‘Your Wild Imagination’, Brooke Davis, has announced a follow up book to the 2019 nature play activity book, entitled ‘Your Wild Child’.

To be released into the world on 9 September 2020, pre orders are available now, and you’ll be able to secure the book up to 20% off, as well as a few extra special bonuses for ordering early.

Say hello to ‘Your Wild Child’

your wild child

‘Your Wild Child’ will have all the things you love about ‘Your Wild Imagination’, easy to follow instructions, engaging nature play based activities for kids 2-12 years, and stunning photography thanks to local Adelaide photographer @sweet_little_light.

Aussie made and sustainable

Getting out in nature also involves respecting our living world, and caring for it. As such, all the books are printed in Australia using local and sustainably sourced paper, with vegetable based inks.

Caring for the environment is a top priority, which is also why the books will be packed with plastic free packaging and carbon neutral shipping for all orders – both wholesale and retail.

Our diverse society

You may recognise three familiar faces in Your Wild Child; Milly, Archer and Paige who featured in Your Wild Imagination have once again done a phenomenal job demonstrating the activities.

You’ll also notice six new faces as the team welcomed Deng, Joseph, Amelia, Maya, Elle and Julian to join the crew. Showcasing our diverse society is fundamentally important in all forms of media. Children’s books are especially significant and are well placed to do this.

Order Your Wild Books

The Your Wild Books online shop offers a small curated selection of products that perfectly complement the activities in the books.

Your Wild Imagination is currently sold in more than 70 children’s shops and bookshops around Australia, as well as in Singapore, New Zealand and the USA.

Your Wild Child will join those shops from 9 September 2020.

With plans for at least 6 more books, we’re all going to be set for wild adventure ideas with our kiddos for some time to come!

While you’re waiting for your copy of ‘Your Wild Child’, you can still get your hands on a copy of Your Wild Imagination.

Full of engaging activities for kids aged 2-10 years, ‘Your Wild Imagination: nature play activity book for kids’ is beautiful, practical and easy to use. Perfect for discovering new ideas for outdoor play, and also finding ways to bring nature indoors.

For more information: 

wildimagination.com.au

@yourwildbooks

 

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Natural handmade playdough from The Good Dough Co

Natural handmade playdough from The Good Dough Co

natural playdough

Simple. Mindful. Natural. Playdough.

Adelaide Hills based company The Good Dough Co. is taking playdough back to the bare essentials; literally.

Scented with essential oils or natural food based scents, the hand made sensory playdough is all natural and perfect for squishing in little (and big!) hands.

Born out of a love of imaginative play, and the need for every day mindfulness, the family behind The Good Dough Co. value the importance of learning through play.

“We’re proud to offer the highest quality, most unique playdough, perfect for sensory play. From our family to yours, we put lots of love and careful attention in each item. We hope you enjoy playing and creating, as much as we enjoy bringing it to you”.

For big kids too

But why should the kids get all the sensory fun?

The Good Dough Co. playdough is designed and created for everyone to enjoy, adults too! Whether it’s playing along side your kiddos (guilty!), or even taking it into the office, the essential oils are uplifting or calming and a handful of dough makes for a great stress ball. And with scents like lemon, coconut, chocolate, lavender and patchouli, orange and peppermint, they smell good enough to eat! Technically, since they’re all natural, you CAN, but we don’t advise it, perhaps save your dough eating for pizza and keep your Good Dough for playing with!

Each order is made by hand and to order, so is unique to you, and stored in a quaint little screw top jar to maintain optimum freshness for up to 6 months.

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Creating small worlds of play

The Good Dough Co. also offer ‘small world’ discovery sets to accompany the natural playdough, so kids can make their own farms, dinosaur land or have a blast with intergalactic space sets (complete with starry glitter playdough!). These sets aim to help children develop crucial creativity and fine motor skills in a fun way. Rolling and stamping dough has a calming effect, and is great for developing hand-eye coordination.

To purchase or find out more:

thegooddoughco.com

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