Author: TMP

How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories with Weight Watchers No Count

I’m tired of keeping track! I keep track of my family, my work hours, our budget, steps taken and yes my weight! I want to lose weight but I don’t need yet another thing to keep track. All I want to do is eat healthier and lose weight without the hassle of counting calories or trying to figure out correct portion sizes. So I was intrigued to hear about the Weight Watchers No Count option. It was the main focus of a special degustation breakfast I was invited to last week held at the Royal Botanic Garden Restaurant in...

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Disney on Ice Presents Frozen Review

Frozen fans will love Disney On Ice presents ‘Frozen’ as it’s two hours of Frozen fun. I’m a big fan of Disney On Ice as it’s an extravaganza of visual treats and musical delights. I love the costumes, inventive backdrops and of course the ice skating. Even though it’s all about Frozen, the show opened up with Mickey and Minnie and a whole cast of Disney characters including Ariel, Snow White, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Nemo and Dory. It’s always a treat to see your favourite characters glide across the ice! And then it was on to the main...

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July 2017 School Holidays: What’s On in Newcastle & The Hunter

July 2017 School Holidays: What’s On in Newcastle & The Hunter July school holidays can be tricky. The weather can be a bit unpredictable so here’s loads of indoor and outdoor activities to keep kids occupied for the July school holidays. Whether your kids are interested in art, books, science, movies or being outdoors, there’s something for everyone. And it’s not just for school-aged kids, there’s plenty of holiday activities planned for the under 5 crowd. Visit the Events page on The Mummy Project website for a day-by-day guide for what’s on around the area. Libraries & Museums Starting with...

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‘Ollie’s Treasure’ Book Review

This cleverly written book by local author and psychologist Lynn Jenkins introduces the concept of mindfulness to kids. Ollie, a cute but cheeky little rat, receives a treasure map from his grandmother leading him to a treasure that will bring him happiness. As he follows the map, he encounters different activities to observe, smell, feel, listen and taste and eventually discovers his “treasure”. The beautiful drawings by local illustrator Kirrili Lonergan bring to life Ollie’s adventures. It’s a wonderful book to read with your kids to encourage them to use their senses as they notice the world around them. Ollie’s Treasure  is published by EK Books. RRP $24.99.  Ages: 4 – 8 The Mummy Project received a review copy. For more information about Lynn Jenkins, read the Q&A below. Lynn was kind enough to answer some questions about herself and her upcoming addition to the popular Lessons of a Lac series. What inspired you to write Ollie’s Treasure? A passion for early intervention and mindfulness – educating children in useful emotional ‘tools’ they can start using early in life and strengthen as they grow older. What’s the benefit of mindfulness for kids and parents? Lots! It teaches us to pause. This is needed in kids’ lives these days. They know how to rush and do a lot but valuing and nurturing ‘pausing’ might not happen so much. Practicing mindfulness...

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Help for Lake Mac Families with the You’re Kidding Me Program

Lake Macquarie City Council’s ‘You’re Kidding Me’ program for the second half of 2017 is now available.  The You’re Kidding Me program was launched a couple of years ago with the aim of supporting families as they navigate the journey of raising children. The program offers families in Lake Macquarie free access to expert advice, support and strategies that families can implement in their own home. In 2017, You’re Kidding Me Program will cover a wide range of topics throughout the year. Sessions include: ·         Emotion Coaching your child by Eastlake Family Support ·        Sleep and settle by Natalie...

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A Magical Time at Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

The most magical place on earth! There’s no doubt that the Magic Kingdom is steeped in nostalgia. From the moment you enter this magical place, you’re surrounded by Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie as well as famous landmarks like Cinderella’s famous castle. The Magic Kingdom at Disneyword in Orlando is truly a magical place for all things Disney. With a spare day on our recent Florida holiday, we decided to squeeze in a visit to the Magic Kingdom. To be fair to do justice to Disneyworld encompassing four parks Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Studios and 2...

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Visit Sunny St Petes in Florida

Flicking through the Florida guidebook, we were intrigued by the sound of the St Petersburg – Clearwater region. Sandy white beaches, balmy weather and an arts and culture mecca. This sounded just like our kind of area so we’ve arrived here for five days to get a taste of Sunny St Petes. We decide to base ourselves in downtown St Petersburg, a convenient location to explore the area. We’re staying at the Hilton Bayfront which is accurately named being conveniently located on Tampa Bay. We actually have views of the bay from our room. Hint, upgrade to the Executive...

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Beyond Space: A Family Visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Space is definitely the final frontier! If you’re holidaying in Central Florida, don’t miss the Kennedy Space Center. It’s a fantastic attraction to take the kids that’s both entertaining and educational. It ended up being one of the highlights of our trip to Florida and a destination that the entire family enjoyed. Not only is it a training area and launch site, the Kennedy Space Center hosts an amazing visitor complex. This complex shares the the history of the American space program and provides a glimpse of the future in space travel. We arrive at 9am just before the center opens buzzing with excitement. It’s been of a dream of mine to visit since I was a kid when we watched shuttle launches at school. After reading up about the Kennedy Space Center, we had a pretty good idea of the things that we wanted to see. First up was the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition which flew 33 space missions. We rush to get there as we’ve heard it can get very busy. You can’t miss the entrance to Atlantis as it’s an flanked replica copies of the liftoff engines and a bright orange tank. Inside the building, visitors are greeted with a short 12 minute film that describes the history behind the spaceship. And then it’s time to actually view the Atlantis. It’s a thrill to see it...

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A Family Holiday in Fort Worth, Texas, City of Cowboys and Culture

Consider Fort Worth dubbed the City of Cowboys and Culture as a stopover destination for a couple of days if you’re travelling via Dallas-Fort Worth. We recently enjoyed a short break in this friendly and laid-back city and enjoyed every moment of it. After booking the long 15 ½ hour flight from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth on route to Florida, we decided to spend a couple of nights in this western town. Unfortunately, due to a flight delay, we only ended up having 36 hours to explore Fort Worth but it was enough to give us a taste of this...

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Winter Fun & Fashion at The Mummy Project Style Event Fundraiser at Charlestown Square

A wet winter’s day didn’t prevent more than forty people from enjoying The Mummy Project Style Event Fundraiser at Charlestown Square.  (All proceeds from the event went to the NICU at John Hunter Children’s Hospital). It was a great night of fun, fashion and friends. The event was presented by Charlestown Square Stylist, Natalie Baker who provided expert commentary to a parade of models. Amy, Maddie, Trina, Lauren, April and Elke showcased a range of girls and women’s winter fashion. Fashions were chosen from a variety retailers at Charlestown Square including Target, Cotton On, Bardot, Suzanne Grae, Jeans West,...

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‘The Chalk Rainbow’ Book Review

Written from the view of an older sister, The Chalk Rainbow by local author Deborah Kelly explains the reality of living with a child who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She explains some of his traits such as not eating black food, wearing black clothes or even walking on anything black like the asphalt driveway. To cheer him up, she starts drawing a chalk rainbow which allow him to walk across the driveway. When they run out of chalk, she comes up with an ingenious idea to allow him and the rest of the family to create more “rainbows”. These rainbows allow her brother to explore more of his community as well as bring the family closer together. With more kids being diagnosed with ASD, this book targeted at young readers provides insight into the condition of autism in a way that kids will understand. The book encourages kids to accept others’ differences and gives insight into what life is like for kids with autism. Deborah writes in a sensitive and caring manner about the challenges and opportunities for families living with ASD.  The illustrations are equally as wonderful with local author Gwynneth Jones imbuing colour onto each page. The Chalk Rainbow is published by EK Books. RRP $24.99.  Ages: 4 – 8. The Mummy Project received a review copy. For more information about Deborah Kelly, read the Q&A...

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Little Bang Discovery Club at Newcastle Region Library

Newcastle Region Library is offering an innovative science program for preschoolers aged 3 to 5. A membership-only club for junior discoverers aged 3 – 5. In this four-part series, children and their parent or carer learn the art of discovering and scientific enquiry. The Little Bang Discovery Club will be presented by a science educator from the SMART program (University of Newcastle) in partnership with Newcastle Region Library. It’s $20 for the 4 week program and bookings are essential via EventBrite. For more information, visit SESSIONS FOR 2017 Wallsend District Library – SOLD OUT Starts Tuesday 6 June, 10am – 11am New Lambton Library Starts Friday 4 August, 10am – 11am City Library Starts Monday 9 October, 10am – 11am PROGRAM Week 1: Collecting and Classifying Objects Being a junior discoverer takes some special skills. In this first session, you will learn how to be a discoverer. Using your very own ‘Discovery Box’, we will explore the art of collecting and classifying objects. Week 2: Weighing and Measuring In this session, we will learn about weighing and measuring – one of the first and most important skills of early discoverers. Week 3: Experimenting Explore the world of experimenting. Today, we will ask lots of questions about what we see in our experiments and you will design your own experiments to find the answers. Week 4: Science Fair In...

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Disney Pixar Fim Festival @ Reading Cinemas Charlestown
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Storytime @ East Maitland Library
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Rock n Rhyme @ Newcastle City Library
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