Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Popsicles



These homemade chocolate pops tastes just like chocolate Paddle Pops. You start with nice creamy chocolate custard and then freeze them into popsicle moulds to make great summer treats. 

Ingredients
500mls milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp cornflour 

Method
1. Place the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk in the sugar, cocoa and cornflour. Stir constantly until the mixture is has thickened. 
2. Pour into popsicles moulds and freeze.
 
Notes
• You can use reconstituted powdered milk in place of fresh milk for this recipe.
• This recipe makes 6 popsicles.
• Find popsicle moulds at your local discount store for a few dollars.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Teething Toy


Sooth sore gums with Alimrose's adorable teething ring. Featuring a soft natural wood ring which is safe enough to place in the mouth and adorned two adorable hanging rattles.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Perfect Nappy Bag



Mia Bossi's Katie Nappy Bag is super stylish and lightweight. Mia Bossi couture nappy bags lend the perfect amount of sophistication and style to complement the ultimate adorable accessory... your baby. Direct from the U.S. these fashionable and multifunctional bags are a celebrity favourite.
 
This stylish bag is also extremely versatile. Once your baby grows, your Mia Bossi can be used as a normal bag. The insert which comes with your bag is removable and can be replaced with a computer insert (available separately) custom made to fit your Mia Bossi bag. A great bag to see you through your baby years and beyond.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Buttermilk Baby


Buttermilk Baby is fast becoming one of Australias most delicious brands. It is fresh, fun and a little whimsical. Featuring a gorgeous range of infant and toddler wear with unique age appropriate prints and styles, each garment is designed in Australia and created from quality soft cottons. So keep your little one looking stylish this summer with these gorgeous outfits…
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ice Painting



We came across this great and fun idea for ice painting on Kidspot. It's a good one to do on a hot summer’s day – it's cooling, fun and colourful. Definitely a job for old-clothing!   

What you need
Ice cube tray
Water
Food colouring
A skewer
Paper   

How to
1. Fill the ice cube tray with water. 
2. Drop two drops of colouring into each cube, starting with the four main colours first. 
3. Use the skewer to stir the colour into the water so it blends properly. 
4. Start mixing colours to fill up the rest of the trays - use one drop of each colour (one red and one yellow for orange etc). The more colouring you put in, the more it will stain when the ice melts! 
5. Freeze overnight. 
6. Place ice into a bowl and let the kids paint! Keep another bowl of warm, soapy water and a towel nearby so the kids can clean (and warm!) their hands.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Swim Nappy

 
The Bambino Mio swim nappy from Baby On Holiday features a soft cotton, water resistant lining designed to prevent leakage meaning no additional nappy is needed. Lightweight and comfortable on yours baby’s skin, the swim nappy is machine washable making it great for the environment, too.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Maxi From QueenBee



This stylish maxi from QueenBee is super soft, super comfy, super chic, and is flattering to any bump! Pair with some simple sandshoes for everyday or team it with a pair of beaded flats and some coloured jewellery for a special summer bbq.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sushi For Kids


 

Get your kids helping in the kitchen and cook up a storm with this great recipe for sushi!

Ingredients (makes 24)
1 1/2 cups sushi rice 
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon caster sugar
4 nori sheets
2 tablespoons whole-egg mayonnaise
1 Lebanese cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 medium avocado, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, grated
Salt-reduced soy sauce, to serve

Method
1. Rinse and drain rice 3 times or until water runs clear. Place in a sieve over a bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to drain.
2. Place rice and 1 1/2 cups cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until water has absorbed. Remove from heat. Stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, place vinegar and sugar in a microwave-safe jug. Microwave on high (100%) for 30 seconds. Stir to dissolve sugar. Transfer rice to a large ceramic dish. Using a spatula, stir to break up lumps. Slowly add vinegar mixture, lifting and turning rice, until rice has cooled.
4. Place 1 nori sheet, shiny-side down, on a sushi mat. Using damp fingers, spread 3/4 cup rice over nori, leaving a 2cm strip at 1 short end. Spread 2 teaspoons mayonnaise over centre of rice. Arrange one-quarter cucumber, avocado and carrot over mayonnaise. Using the sushi mat, roll up firmly to form a roll. Cut into 6 slices. Repeat with remaining nori sheets, rice, mayonnaise, cucumber, avocado and carrot to make 24 pieces. Serve with soy sauce. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mocka Original Highchair



The Mocka Original highchair sets the standard in highchair safety, functionality and quality. From first solids through to first days at school and beyond, the Mocka Original highchair adjusts to provide a safe, comfortable, and sturdy first chair as your child grows.
 
Holding up to 60kg in weight, your Mocka Original wooden highchair will become a treasured piece of furniture that your children will use for years to come. Multiple tray settings, adjustable seat and footrest heights and armrests allow the highchair to grow safely and comfortably with your child. No more slippery cushions or unsafe stools, as your baby becomes a toddler, the Mocka Original wooden highchair easily transforms into a height-suitable seat at the dining table.
 
Made from solid beech-wood, the Mocka Original wooden highchair can’t tear, buckle, or warp. Its solid design meets international safety standards, and can be easily and hygienically wiped clean.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Baby Name Trends



Choosing a baby name often takes far more head-wrangling than it does deciding on the nursery décor or picking an antenatal class. Jo Bounds, from Kidspot, has given us the low down on baby name trends…

The classics 
The top four boys' names chosen by Australian mums and dads in 2010 are all classic - Jack, William, Oliver and Thomas. These Aussie names have spanned generations and are back in favour once again this year. The same goes for the girls, with the top ten chart of female baby names including Emily, Sophie, Charlotte and Chloe. Even though there are other big naming trends this year, it seems we just can't go past the classics.
 
Numerals as names 
Posh Spice has ignited the trend for using numerals as names, by calling her baby girl Harper Seven. While baby name experts say the number seven hails from football shirt worn by Harper's dad, David Beckham, he says their love of the number extends far beyond that. "The main reason behind Seven was it symbolises spiritual perfection – the seven wonders of the world, the seven colours of the rainbow – and in many cultures it is a lucky number," says David. It’s a name that’s set to multiply in popularity with parents around the world.
 
Nanna names 
Old-fashioned names are another big baby naming trend. Jennifer Connelly called her baby Agnes and Christina Appelgate's bub has been saddled with Sadie! Hazel and Mabel are two other nanna names picked up by modern mums, along with Harry, Frank and Archie for baby boys.
 
Surnames as first names 
Cooper. Jackson. Harrison. A big trend is using a surname as a first name. It comes down to the fact that strong surnames make ultra-masculine first names for boys - and sound even more powerful when matched with a strong surname. A sub genre of the trend is to replace the middle consonants with an 'x', so Jackson becomes Jaxxon.
 
Royal names 
While ‘Pippa’ (or Philippa) hasn’t rated highly as a girls’ name in previous years, it’s rocketed up in baby name search engines following the Royal wedding in 2011. Combine that with the fact William is still the second most popular boys' name, and we predict that the Prince could throw Jack off his throne as the most popular boys' name following the April nuptials.
 
Country and city names 
While Posh called her son Brooklyn after finding out she was expecting her son while in New York, singer Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have continued the trend by calling their baby Bronx, after another NYC area. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani were on the island of Jamaica when they decided to use the capital city, Kingston, as their baby’s name. Alicia Keys has gone one step further and called her son Egypt!
 
Girl names with a V 
Girl names with a V consonant make for a very strong sound that gives a certain sophistication and strength to a female name. New parents are steering away from wishy-washy long girls' names and leaning towards the easy-to-pronounce shorter monikers that have a bit of a punch to them. Expect to see Eva, Ivy, Olivia and Ava name tags on a kindergarten coat peg near you.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Night Owls Kids Film Fest



Sydneysiders this one is for you… Darling Quarter presents Little Darlings NIGHT OWLS KIDS FILM FEST! Experience FREE outdoor cinema from 10 – 23 January screening 14 classic and contemporary family favourites. The fun starts at 6pm with films commencing at 6:45pm nightly. Best in pyjamas will win free Night Owl t-shirts every night! Films program includes…

Monday 16 | Sound of Music (1965) 
Tuesday 17 | Tangled (2010) 
Wednesday 18 | Ratatouille (2007) 
Thursday 19 | Sleeping Beauty (1959) 
Friday 20 | Wizard of Oz (1939) 
Saturday 21 | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 
Sunday 22 | Happy Feet (2006) 
Monday 23 | Doctor Do Little (1965) 

Pack a picnic or give the cook the night off and choose from a selection of movie snacks available from Darling Quarter eateries. Park at Darling Quarter after 5pm weekdays or all day weekends for only $5! Night Owls is on from 10-23 January at the Community Green, Darling Quarter. For further details get hold of a NIGHT OWLS flyer available from all eateries at Darling Quarter or check our Facebook event page.