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Apr
01

Easter Hat Ideas Part 3

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So heading into the last week of Term 1 many schools are having Easter Hat Parades next week.

I’ve done a couple of posts in previous years on Easy Easter Hats, which you can find here:

Easter Hat Ideas

11 Easter Hat Ideas Part 2

So here are a few more:

(Click on the text below each picture to link to source and instructions)

Eggs and feathers Easter Bonnet

Farmyard Easter Bonnet

Giant Carrot Easter Bonnet

Dinosaur Easter Bonnet

Flower Bunny Ears

Bunny Party Hats

Funny Bunny Hat

Oz style Easter Bonnet

Traditional Easter Bonnet

Funky Bunny Glasses

Bunny Face Paper Plate

Easter Chick Paper Crown

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1. The name “Rebalance” was what piqued my interest in the first place. Let’s face it, the start of the school year, sports, other after school activities, getting back into routine after a long summer break. I really needed to rebalance! So when I found out about a new studio opening in Coffs Harbour I was one of the first to sign up.

2. The location is fabulous, on Orlando Street next to Mother Nature’s (behind Goodyear). Easy parking, Mother Nature’s is right there if you need to duck in for any fruit and veg, basic grocery items, bread or milk. Molly & Me is next to that if you need a before or after class coffee!

3. The times of the classes are great. Starting at 5.30am with classes throughout the day right up until night. I found the 9.30am classes perfect on the days I don’t work as they time perfectly with after school drop off. There are also classes on Saturday mornings.

4. Friendly atmosphere. Unlike some gyms I’ve experienced, all the members are so friendly, chatty and relaxed. There are a really nice bunch of ladies that attend classes. The actual building is really lovely and fresh, a big airy space with nice light.

5. All inclusive. The exercises whether it be Pilates, Barre, Mat classes, Reformer or Yoga are all designed for any age, any fitness level. There are always loads of options and the instructors encourage you to stop whenever you need to have a little break. Absolutely no pressure!

6. The instructors are SO lovely. Nicole is the manager and takes a lot of the classes and she is so laid back and approachable, super friendly and even remembers your name! All the instructors are very attentive and encouraging without judgement.

7. Ask anyone that knows me: before I joined Rebalance I would NEVER have said the words “enjoy” and “exercise” in the same sentence. But the varied classes at Rebalance I enjoy! They are all low impact but boy, do can they burn! The moves are all about form and slow and steady movements so I feel in a way it’s a form of meditation to concentrate and focus on a single part of your body. And the best thing of all are the stretches after each exercise.

8. They have an app! You have to book your classes but it’s super easy to install the app, sign in and see all the classes on each day and book in. You can also check what classes you have booked into so no need to remember or write them down somewhere else. (You can also do all this on a computer as well).

9. Booking classes makes you go! Once I book in, my mentality changes and I feel committed to going. Of course you can cancel out classes via the app but I find booking myself into a class makes me go instead of just showing up at a designated time (and managing to talk myself out of it).

10. They have an awesome introductory offer – $97 for 28 days – up to 3 reformer classes plus unlimited mat work, yoga and barr After that there are heaps of different ongoing membership options so you can choose the type of membership depending on your budget and how many classes you can attend each week.

To find out more about my new favourite place:

Check out their Facebook page

http://www.rebalancepilatesandyoga.com/ or give Nicole a call on 0478 812 526 or email

coffs@rebalancepilatesandyoga.com

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Jan
23

Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Recipies

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I have a new (school) year resolution – that is to bake more items for school lunches – thereby making mornings easier, kids eat healthier and get more of a variety of yummy, homemade food in their lunchboxes.

This is what I am baking and making this week:

Cheese and Bacon scrolls

Ham & Zucchini Pikelets

Zucchini, Corn and Cheddar loaf

Banana and Raspberry bread

Milo and Coconut cookies

Spinach, Corn and Feta muffins

Apple and Pear Muffins

Here are some other websites I’ve come across with a load of other ideas.

If you have any of your own I’d love to hear about them!

 

https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/lunchbox-ideas/freezer-friendly-lunch-box-food-ideas/

http://childhood101.com/2016/01/25-freezer-friendly-lunch-box-ideas

http://planningwithkids.com/2015/01/19/lunch-box-ideas-can-freeze/

 

And even more on Pinterest!

 

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Nov
18

Darlington Park: Part 2

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Read about the truly marvellous idea of a staycation here.

and Read Part 1 on our stay at Darlington Park here.

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So, aside from the wonderful accommodation, the gorgeous, well maintained park and super relaxed atmosphere, I’ve saved the best until last – the facilities for families and kids is phenominal!

Now I don’t often let my kids wander off without an adult but Darlington Park feels like another world, safe and peaceful and I didn’t have any qualms about letting the kids go off to the jumping pillow or playground on their own.

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There are two jumping pillows (one for big kids and one for little kids), a fenced in playground, a games area AND the most amazing pool area with two huge pools, a little pool for babies and not one – but two slides.

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There is also a weekly activity guide for more family fun!

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There are also lots of other activities we didn’t have time to do: go-karts, archery, lawn bowls and tennis. And if you are an NRMA member you will receive a 50% discount on all activities.

Darlington Park has it’s own beautiful cafe called “Ponds Cafe” with heaps of seating inside and out, a great menu with very reasonable prices. (my kids loved the $2 cornettos after a big day of swimming).

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There is also a golf course alongside the ocean where the friendly kangaroos seem to enjoy the course as well.

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AND of course, I mentioned the beach?

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But possibly the biggest thrill for my kids was the kangaroos. They are so tame and you can find them in different areas of the park. They told us at check in not to pet or feed them which is fine, but what a wonderful place to co-exist with these beautiful animals.

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Now if at the end of a holiday brothers are walking arm in arm (which NEVER happens, like the photo below) – then it must’ve been a pretty damn good holiday! Thanks Darlo!

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To find out more about Darlington Park including accommodation, specials, park information and more make sure you have a good look at their website.

You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with special events and activities, accommodation specials and more.

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