Apr 232016

Pan Macmillan Australia

I know I am not the only mum who loves reading but is always short on time. While we would love to dream away with a nice big novel the reality is that generally a few pages at a time is all we can manage before duty calls (at least at our house it does!). Written by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine this latest edition to the O’s Little Book range would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for those book-loving mums with little time:

O's Little Book of Love and Friendship

It may be small in size but this sweet bundle is filled from cover to cover with real, touching stories about the one thing that makes the world go round: love. From the hand of some seriously talented writers and even Oprah herself O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship contains 22 bitesize recollections, memories, stories and conversations that will inspire the heart and warm the soul.

Between partners, between family and between friends, this gorgeous story bundle shows that love comes in many shapes and sizes and sometimes it walks into your life when you least expect it to. The great thing about O’s Little Book is that there is something in it for everyone, every woman will discover a couple of stories they can really relate to and at only a few pages per chapter you can just squeeze in some bedtime reading before closing your eyes and drifting away.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship (RRP $24.99) by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Dec 172014


Christmas Countdown – Day 17

What’s better than receiving a fabulous present on Christmas morning? Receiving one every quarter for a whole year! Extend the gift giving over the next year with a ABC4Kids magazine subscription featuring your favourite TV characters like Giggle & Hoot or the Octonauts:

Octonauts MagazineEach Octonauts Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is filled from cover to cover with fun ocean themed stories, games, puzzles, craft and much more. Go below sea level with the Octonauts crew and explore the magical underwater world, learn all about sea creatures and help your Octonauts friends solve mysteries. You also get more than 50 Octonauts stickers, perfect for decorating, an art project and to share with your friends.

Giggle & Hoot MagazineGiggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is the perfect boredom buster for the school holidays. Our kids love receiving the latest magazine in the mail and Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle and all their other ABC4Kids friends keep them entertained for hours. The craft activities are always a big hit and I love that the magazine has something to offer for different age groups making it ideal for siblings to enjoy together.

The Giggle Galaxy Board BookThree: Time for a story or a sleepy time song. This sweet The Giggle Galaxy Board Book (RRP $12.99) board book is perfect for toddlers and will fit right into your 5 steps to bed routine. Join Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle on their Giggle Galaxy adventure, because the text is the same as the Giggle Galaxy song you may find you have to sing it instead of read it, you better get your best singing voice ready!

To find out more about ABC4Kids, to read all about your favourite TV shows and to order ABC4Kids merchandise online visit www.abc.net.au/abcforkids.

For your chance to win a $60 ABC4Kids Prize Pack containing a 1-year Giggle & Hoot magazine subscription, a 1-year Octonauts magazine subscription and a Giggle & Hoot Giggle Galaxy Board Book enter our giveaway below:

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Jul 202014

Giggle amd Hoot Logo

While we had some lovely sunny days during our school holidays we also had plenty of cold and rainy days and it wasn’t for some great craft activities I may just have gone a tad crazy. The latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine arrived just in time and it was a huge hit with the oldest three kids, it kept them busy for ages:

Giggle & Hoot Magazine July

The new look Giggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95) offers 27 pages of colouring in fun, games, craft projects and 60+ stickers per issue featuring Giggle & Hoot and lots of other friendly ABC4Kids characters. All content is created by ABC Magazines’ senior editorial team in consultation with an early childhood expert so it’s not only super fun for little ABC4Kids fan but also gets the tick of approval from parents thanks to its educational qualities.

This month readers can join Giggle & Hoot for great spotting and counting activities, to play the Owl Pal board game, trace letters and shapes, add some colour to Ben and Holly, help Maya the Bee through the maze and much more. According to miss 3 the big winner was Peppa Pig snap, a cute matching game for younger kids.

The winner of today’s giveaway will receive 20 copies of the latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine for you to share with your kindy friends, class mates or sports buddies, because sharing is so much fun!

To find out more about Giggle & Hoot magazine, to see which issues are currently available and to order your copy online visit www.abcshop.com.au.

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Dec 092011

Sponsored by Nuffnang

Over the past weeks I have been sharing many great Christmas gift ideas, helped lots of parents save money on their Christmas shopping and even gave some decoration tips but somehow I have not been feeling 100% happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and enjoy giving gifts, I cherish time spent with family and sing along with Christmas songs but for me there is more to it than that. I know it may not be popular or hip in everyone’s eyes but I (and my family) celebrate CHRISTmas, not just Christmas or xmas, and this is more important to me than all my hip Christmas shopping finds. When I spotted this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly one thing jumped out to me from the cover straight away: Stars who have faith.

I often feel that I am one of a minority and sadly there are not many famous people who speak out publicly about being a Christian, giving the impression that it may not be very popular to express your religion in public. To come across such a well known and much loved magazine and look at the faces of five famous Australians who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in is very encouraging. Like me these five people celebrate Christmas because of Jesus’ birth and they implement this into their Christmas day activities in different ways.

I loved reading about Masterchef winner Kate Bracks, who’s family celebrates the birth of Jesus with one of Kate’s delicious chocolate cakes (unfortunately no recipe there but to make up for that this issue of Women’s Weekly magazine (when purchased in store) does come with a free recipe book full of beautiful Christmas dishes including the yummiest desserts). What better way to explain Christ’s birthday to children than with a real birthday cake with candles? Yes her children do get presents but that is not what Christmas is all about.

Then there is Elka Whalan, the former Olympic swimmer who I very much admire for speaking out on national tv about her opinion on drugs. Expectant mum Elka is pictured in a beautiful shot showing off her baby bump, she will be very busy this Christmas with two little ones but she is not complaining. She feels abundantly blessed and being grateful for all you have is also part of Christmas (and other days too, something I sometimes forget when I am tripping over all the toys my lovely kids have once again not put away).

What really hit home for me is the interviews with former treasurer Peter Costello and NRL player William Hopoate (yes, the Women’s Weekly is not only about women!). I never really thought of how hard it can be for men to be outright about their beliefs in a male work environment (obviously much harder than it is for me being at home with my children). I take my hat off for them and feel inspired to be open about what Christmas means to me, even if it is not popular! So here we go: To all of my lovely readers, have a very blessed CHRISTmas! My chest feels a lot lighter now that I’ve said it!

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas present? Give your loved ones a magazine subscription this year and you can win a tropical escape to Hawaii with Magshop’s Christmas competition. Treat your family and friends to a magazine subscription today – it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year round!