About a year ago I wrote about Aunty Rozzy and her mission to educate young children about healthy food through music and fun. It has been a busy year for me but it looks like Aunty Rozzy has been very busy too, so I thought it was time for a little catch up and a chat about her latest product (stay tuned for a giveaway soon). Meet Aunty Rozzy:
What does your ideal Sunday look like?
Sleep in. Enjoy a cooked breakfast of fresh orange juice, poached eggs together with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes with my husband at home. Lounge around and catch up with hubbie and papers, followed by a skinny latte a bit later in the day at my favourite cafe across the road. Then a good, long walk along the beach or a bike ride. Light supper for dinner and off to bed early!
Why did you start Aunty Rozzy?
It kind of evolved. I originally thought I was making a CD for kids. I’d finally embraced the idea and determined to get started when I was at my parent’s place for dinner together with one of my sisters. When my mother placed chicken broth in front of Charlie – he stated that he didn’t like carrots. I told him that I realized the problem was that he thought they were his Mum’s carrots where as these were Nanna’s carrots, and they would be perfectly fine! Four at the time, he bought the story and ate his soup. Fast-forward a couple of months and it’s the same meal and Charlie again explains very politely to my mother that he doesn’t eat carrots. My father chirps up and says these are Nanna’s Carrots – you’ll be fine… and I thought – great name for a song! I went home and wrote the first song: Nanna’s Carrots.
Shortly after that, life took me to live in the UK and then NY where I was shocked to see the state of childhood obesity. Greatly concerned about childhood obesity and knowing that music was such a great vehicle for getting a message across, I decided to continue creating songs around food. Little did I realise that Australia was heading down the same route.
Next, a colleague heard the song and thought it would make a great book, hence the book and CD sets of “Nanna’s Carrots” and “The Incredible Edible Alphabet”. My heart and intention was always to have a CD and DVD and finally – “It’s Yummy Tummy Time!” in both versions. Its great to see the impact these songs and books are having on kids. So much positive feed back that their children are insisting on putting a carrot into their lunch boxes!
Where do you draw your inspiration from for new Aunty Rozzy products?
Music is my first passion followed closely by food. The products come from both those inspirations. Although kids really embrace music at a very early age, they all still learn through different senses. Therefore the range of CD, DVD and Book and CD sets combined with live shows has been developed.
What is (currently) your most popular Aunty Rozzy product?
That’s got to be the DVD “Its Yummy Tummy Time!”
What can we expect of Aunty Rozzy in the future?
At the macro level – we’re hoping to get to TV! At the more immediate level, we are excited about making further headway into the Early Learning Sector with our Aunty Rozzy Live Shows for Preschools and Birthday Parties. With Aunty Rozzy currently relocating from Melbourne to Sydney, the shows will continue in Melbourne and get started in Sydney. Watch this space!