School holiday challenge activity: How to build an indoor cubby house

School holiday challenge activity: How to build an indoor cubby house

Do you remember collecting your mum’s best bed sheets and dining chairs and creating a cosy nook to escape to from the real world? Encourage your kids to do the same these school holidays. This activity is a particularly good one for those times when bad weather forces everyone indoors. They’ll simply lose themselves for […]
5 simple steps to a stress free week

5 simple steps to a stress free week

The daily pressures of being a busy parent might leave you frustrated, drained or overwhelmed, but there are simple ways to find a little serenity amongst the chaos. Take a ‘time out’, and don’t feel guilty about it – You might see any type of self‐care as ‘indulgent’ or ‘impossible’, but it really is vital […]
10 must‐read tips for a healthy pregnancy

10 must‐read tips for a healthy pregnancy

Pregnancy is the perfect time to start taking extra special care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. So if you’re trying to conceive or already have a baby on the way, consider the following tips to increase your chances of having a problem‐free pregnancy, healthy baby and speedy recovery after the birth: Start early ‐ […]
10 weekend activities to get you and the kids outside

10 weekend activities to get you and the kids outside

Did you know that many kids today spend as little as just over an hour each weekday and fewer than five hours on weekends outdoors?1 Many kids prefer to watch TV, play video games or even do chores and homework than venture out of the house!1 Parents too, can become caught up with indoor activities, […]
Benefits of fish oil for active families

Benefits of fish oil for active families

Fish oil is a convenient and superior source of omega 3 essential fatty acids which are needed for the maintenance of general health across all life stages. This makes it a good addition to the diet of active families. Fish oil’s health benefits are many and include: Pregnancy and infant health – Omega 3 fatty […]
Benefits of krill oil

Benefits of krill oil

We’ve seen an abundance of advertising for krill oil but are you any wiser of krill’s benefits and how it compares to its omega 3 counterpart fish oil? Krill oil is derived from a tiny crustacean that resides in the icy waters around Antarctica. Just like fish oil, krill is naturally rich in omega 3 […]
Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls

These nutritious bliss balls make the perfect morning or afternoon treat for kids and grown‐ups alike. You could also package them up as a unique and healthy gift. Makes around 20 balls What you’ll need Food processor. Air tight container. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats. ½ cup walnuts or almonds*. ½ cup pumpkin seed (pepitas). […]
Healthy Christmas gift ideas that kids can make

Healthy Christmas gift ideas that kids can make

Do you tend to leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute and find yourself scrambling to think of gift ideas for all your nearest and dearest? If this sounds familiar, why not get into the true holiday spirit with your kids by crafting handmade presents that are not only thoughtful but won’t drain the […]
Do I need a zinc supplement?

Do I need a zinc supplement?

Zinc is an essential mineral that is needed for many important functions in the body. It helps build new tissues, and supports growth and development, immunity, healthy skin, bone strength and reproduction. Zinc is naturally available through the diet from foods such as shellfish, beef, pork, turkey, chicken, beans, chickpeas, yoghurt and cashews,1 as well […]
Healthy Christmas pudding recipe

Healthy Christmas pudding recipe

Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without the traditional pudding. Here is our healthy child‐friendly (i.e. non‐alcoholic) version that is quick to make and sure to take centre stage at the table. This is also a recipe that the kids can easily help prepare as there is barely any cooking involved. Makes about 8 mini puddings. What […]
Healthy Christmas tree cookie recipe

Healthy Christmas tree cookie recipe

These healthy Christmas cookies are bursting with flavour and nutritional goodness. They’d go equally well with a glass of eggnog or as a festive party favour. For a unique gift idea, layer all the dry ingredients in a jar, secure with an airtight lid and attach a recipe card. Makes around 20 cookies. What you’ll […]
How can I boost energy and stamina naturally?

How can I boost energy and stamina naturally?

Are you feeling a little flat and finding it hard to get‐up‐and‐go? Skip the coffee and sugar stimulants in favour of these natural energy boosters: Exercise – Although it may seem counter‐intuitive, expending energy by engaging in regular exercise can in fact fight fatigue in the long run.1 Getting that extra energy boost needed to […]
School holiday challenge activity: How to stage a play

School holiday challenge activity: How to stage a play

Staging a play is fun and easy for everyone involved and will help nurture your child’s creativity. You can perform just about any story, find everything you need from around the house, and entertain the kids for a whole afternoon with your theatrical adventure. Here’s a rough guide on how to do it: What you’ll […]
How to start something healthy in the New Year and stick to it

How to start something healthy in the New Year and stick to it

A new year is the perfect time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make, and to start afresh. Many of us will join in this ritual and vow to make a whole host of resolutions. Unfortunately, a large number of people will break them by February. Here are our tips on […]
Start something healthy with a good breakfast

Start something healthy with a good breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but not many of us eat the kind of breakfast that we should. Morning time constraints, when we’re trying to get ourselves and our kids ready and out the door, can make it challenging. But eating breakfast fit for a king is […]
Start something healthy with healthy breakfast foods

Start something healthy with healthy breakfast foods

Your mother and her mother before her were right – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. It helps refuel the body after fasting all night, supports brain power and concentration, and helps you achieve a healthier weight because you’ll be less likely to snack on unhealthy foods later […]
Start something healthy with these easy health tips

Start something healthy with these easy health tips

Being ‘healthier’ doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your entire diet and lifestyle. Sometimes all it takes are a few simple tweaks. Start something healthy today with these quick‐and‐easy health tips for the whole family: Do some morning yoga stretches like cat‐cow and downward dog or several star jumps. It will help boost circulation, revive […]
Start something healthy with these healthy living tips

Start something healthy with these healthy living tips

The benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle can last a lifetime and it’s never too late, or early, to start something healthy. Try including the following healthy living tips into your family’s daily routine: Aim for two fruits and five veggies – Fruit and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals and […]
Top reasons multi‐tasking parents take multivitamins

Top reasons multi‐tasking parents take multivitamins

Being a parent is often akin to being a master multi‐tasker. While doing 100 different things at once can help you achieve a lot more in a shorter space of time, it can potentially also affect your health and wellbeing. Taking a daily multivitamin may be one step in helping mums and dads give their […]
How to get the kids outside this summer

How to get the kids outside this summer

Some days it’s near impossible to encourage the kids to move away from the computer, television or video game and get them outside for some fresh air. While this might not be a problem during a cold and wet winter, in summer there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the great outdoors and the health […]
Why do I need fish oil?

Why do I need fish oil?

In recent years fish oil has been hailed for its health‐giving effects and has become an increasingly popular health remedy for people of all ages. You may still be wondering what all the fuss is about and questioning if your body really needs it. What exactly is fish oil? Fish oil is derived from the […]
Healthy eating guidelines for kids

Healthy eating guidelines for kids

Good nutrition in kids is vital for their proper growth and development so it’s important that kids eat well to receive all the nourishment their growing bodies need. As a parent, encouraging healthy eating habits in your little ones can have long lasting effects; behaviours regarding food that are learnt during childhood can have a […]
Healthy and nutritious menu ideas for kids’ parties

Healthy and nutritious menu ideas for kids’ parties

When you’re hosting a party for your child, it can be challenging not to give in to the typical party fare; it’s often convenient, cheap and sweet! However, if you’re concerned about kids’ nutrition and don’t want to deal with the after‐effects of too much sugar and artificial additives, try some of the healthier treats […]
Do I need an omega 3 supplement?

Do I need an omega 3 supplement?

Omega 3 fatty acids are necessary for human health but our bodies cannot make them. You therefore need to obtain them from food or supplements. Omega 3’s play a number of important roles in the body including: Supports the normal development and function of the brain in children. Helps maintain heart health and assists in […]
Benefits of looking after your joints while young

Benefits of looking after your joints while young

Healthy joints are important for the enjoyment of everyday life, yet they can easily be overlooked when we’re young. By protecting your joints now, while they’re in good shape, may help maintain their health and mobility, and reduce the risk of developing joint problems later on. Whether your joints are in peak condition or you’re […]
Benefits of fish oil for busy mums

Benefits of fish oil for busy mums

Although we know it’s good for us, consuming the recommended two to three servings of oily fish every week isn’t always achievable, especially for busy mums. That means we may be missing out on important omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for a healthy body. Giving your body a daily boost of omega 3 […]
Transition tips for parents with kids starting Kindergarten

Transition tips for parents with kids starting Kindergarten

For a young child, it can be frightening to suddenly confront a complete change in routines and social groups so moving from home or preschool to “big” school can often be a little nerve wracking. These simple tips will give you some confidence when getting ready to face the first day of kindergarten together. Before […]
How does tea and coffee affect your iron intake?

How does tea and coffee affect your iron intake?

There’s nothing quite like getting the kids into bed and sitting down after a long day to a hot cup of tea or coffee to help you unwind. It’s a habit many parents love and for some, a drink they can’t do without. After all, it’s a good way to add a little extra water […]
Allergic or intolerant: what are the differences?

Allergic or intolerant: what are the differences?

Allergic reactions and intolerances to food and other dietary materials aren’t uncommon. In fact, about one per cent of all adults are affected by a food allergy, while roughly five per cent of all children will experience an allergic reaction to something in a food or drink1. On the other hand, many people suffer from […]
5 healthy summer snacks for the whole family

5 healthy summer snacks for the whole family

When summer rolls around we can all look forward to tasty fresh produce – the upshot of which is that so many of them can be great for you! So, when the weather warms up and many of these foods come into season, there’s no better time to include them in your meals and snacks […]
The importance of a sleep routine

The importance of a sleep routine

Having a sleep routine in place can help improve the quality of sleep for the whole family. When we make a consistent effort to relax and unwind before bed time and let go of the day’s stresses we will generally get to sleep more easily and wake up recharged the following morning. A relaxing sleep […]
Coping with a fussy eater at breakfast

Coping with a fussy eater at breakfast

Breakfast is often a rushed affair where Mums and Dads are trying to get both themselves and their kids ready and out the door. Coping with a fussy eater at the same time can make mornings even more hectic. But there are ways to take the stress out of breakfast time and ensure kids get […]
Five tips for coping with a fussy eater at dinner time

Five tips for coping with a fussy eater at dinner time

If you have a fussy eater, you probably dread the dinner time negotiation. After all, it’s at the end of the day, you may be a little tired and the kids are more than likely exhausted after a busy day. The last thing anyone wants is a showdown over the broccoli, but you’re determined to […]
Fussy eater recipes for kids

Fussy eater recipes for kids

If you’ve become disheartened over many discarded meals, here are some recipes that even the fussiest of fussy eaters won’t be able to refuse. Tasty Tacos – Set up a taco bar with an array of toasted tortillas, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, avocado, coriander, grated cheese, natural yoghurt, lime wedges, mince, chicken, fish or beans […]
Fussy eating food habits in children

Fussy eating food habits in children

It’s not unusual for kids to be fussy eaters. In fact it is estimated that nearly half of all children go through a fussy eating stage and even 22% of parents admit to being picky too.1 There are all kinds of fussy eaters. Those who: Refuse to try new foods. Only eat certain foods such […]
Top 10 tips for a fussy eater

Top 10 tips for a fussy eater

If you have a little one in your household that’s a fussy eater, you’re certainly not alone. Refusing to eat or turning up their noses at new foods is simply part of being a kid, which can be difficult when you want to ensure they’re getting all the nutrients they need to grow and be […]
Brisbane twins design the Socceroos' official mascot

Brisbane twins design the Socceroos’ official mascot

Talented Brisbane twins Tom and Harrison Searle won an Australia-wide competition to design the Socceroos’ official mascot, and the proud pair were on hand in Gosford on Sunday for the unveiling at the first of two Socceroo Fan Days. Football Federation Australia (FFA) and official vitamin partner, Cenovis, offered Australians a once in a lifetime […]
Essential supplies for the first day of Kindergarten

Essential supplies for the first day of Kindergarten

The first day of Kindergarten is the start of a big adventure in learning for kids. Ensuring they have everything they need to start the year off right is essential! You have probably received a list of requirements during orientation day but in case you haven’t, this list may be a handy reference. Plain graphite […]
Tips on buying school uniforms

Tips on buying school uniforms

Back to school can be expensive and tiring, and while the school will usually direct parents to an official supplier who holds the range of uniforms required for the year it’s worthwhile undertaking your own price comparisons with the specialty shops and variety discount stores who carry school wear as well. Alternatively ask the school […]
Healthy at any age – In your 40’s

Healthy at any age – In your 40’s

Reaching the big 4‐0 is quite an achievement and signals the end of our young adulthood years. This can be a time when you may have growing children and a demanding job, which makes it easy to put your health aside. Whilst your 40s is still young, it’s an important decade to evaluate your health […]
Healthy at any age – in your 50’s

Healthy at any age – in your 50’s

Our 50’s are an exciting time of life, after all 50 is the new 40. By now we’ve accumulated decades of life experience; many of us will have had several career changes and brought up a family who may now be adults starting their own families. The future looks bright. These are good years, but […]
Healthy at any age – In your 60’s

Healthy at any age – In your 60’s

Being a 60 something in today’s world is a lot different to how our parents and their parents lived during their 60’s. Compared to earlier generations, retirement is coming later so we’re now likely to be working throughout most of our 60’s, our children may still need our support and we’re generally healthy. Because our […]
Family health tips for holidays

Family health tips for holidays

Going on holiday is designed to be a fun and relaxing time – and hopefully most of the time, it is! However, it’s still a good idea to take your overall health into account while on the road, especially when kids are involved. If you’re heading to the beach or plan to explore the great […]
Healthy at any age – in our 30’s

Healthy at any age – in your 30’s

For many of us our 30’s can be hectic; you may have just started a family, moved up in your career or are in the middle of renovating your first home. Our responsibilities increase, our schedules get busier, and if we’re not careful, we can become so preoccupied that we neglect our health. But taking […]
Thinking about introducing a dog into the family?

Thinking about introducing a dog into the family?

Many families enjoy all the fun, affection and activity that comes with having a pet.But deciding on which type can be a tricky decision as can bringing a new pet into a family with young kids. Dogs are particularly popular, but is a dog right for your family and situation, and how will it affect […]
Healthy at any age – In your 20’s

Healthy at any age – In your 20’s

In our 20’s most of us are at our physical peak but this can also make us feel invincible. During this exciting decade where most of us will be completing our formal education and living independently, we tend to adopt poor lifestyle choices like eating junk food, staying out late and skimping on sleep, consuming […]
Back to school tips for parents

Back to school tips for parents

When your kids are returning to school from a long break or exciting holiday, things can get hectic. Often the normal routine has relaxed and that might mean that during the first few days back at school it will be challenging to get out the door on time. However, here are a few tips to […]
The importance of antioxidants in winter

The importance of antioxidants in winter

Antioxidants help to keep us healthy by protecting the body’s cells from free radical damage due to normal body functions and exposure to toxins and pollutants. The army of warriors that make up our immune systems (our immune cells) can also fall victim to free radicals, which means antioxidants are important for helping to keep […]
Your immune system

Your immune system

Your immune system is an amazing thing. It helps to protect us and fights infection from microbes such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system is made up of specialised cells, including white blood cells and lymphocytes, as well as chemicals and proteins called antibodies.1 How does the immune system develop? We’re all born with […]
Teaching kids fair play

Teaching kids fair play

When you have children, you quickly begin to learn the art of compromise! While sometimes it can be all too easy to give them just what they want when they’re throwing on a tantrum, it’s a good idea to stick to the rules as often as possible and by doing so, help to teach them […]
Igniting your creativity spark

Igniting your creativity spark

[By Clare Chadwick] I truly believe that creativity runs on an ever-turning cycle. It’s a wave that you can jump on board and ride. It’s a process of give and take. Some of us are naturally creative. It’s in our blood, we’re born like that. Others have to search for stimulus and inspiration to fire […]
Top four fun meal ideas for picky eaters

Top four fun meal ideas for picky eaters

If despite your best efforts your picky eater is turning up their nose at what you put on the table or in their lunchbox, try these fun healthy kid‐friendly meal ideas. Traffic light sandwiches – Lay two slices of wholemeal bread on a cutting board. Use avocado to butter the bread. Lay lettuce on the […]
Co-Sleeping. When your bed is no longer YOUR bed

Co-Sleeping. When your bed is no longer YOUR bed

[By Claire Chadwick] I didn’t realise how many opinions and arguments were involved in the topics surrounding raising kids, until I became a Mother. Sometimes it feels like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. You have to tread lightly with the how’s and why’s of the way you parent, which […]
Is your child a fussy eater?

Is your child a fussy eater?

According to some experts, a child is considered a fussy eater if they’re unwilling to try new foods at least half of the time.1 They may also only like certain foods, lose interest in food altogether, love something one day, refuse it the next, become sensitive about mixing certain foods or particular about how their […]
Top strategies to win over fussy eaters

Top strategies to win over fussy eaters

While it’s considered normal for kids to go through periods of fussy eating, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating for parents. However, there are some tried and tested strategies that may help your child become a more adventurous eater. Some of the Cenovis Mums have shared what they do and what they try to […]
How to tell an allergy from a cold for kids

How to tell an allergy from a cold for kids

Every now and again, your kids will have a stuffy nose. But how can you tell if this common complaint is due to an allergy or the common cold? Here are some signs to look out for and what you can do if think you may be dealing with allergies. Deciphering your symptoms: Allergies & […]
Toddlers and fussy eating

Toddlers and fussy eating

Toddlers are notoriously fussy eaters, which can be a source of stress for many parents. We all want our kids to thrive and it can be hard not to worry when they refuse to eat their veggies or only eat small amounts at mealtimes. In fact, it’s estimated that eight out of ten Mums and […]
Top seven ways to get your child to eat their veggies

Top seven ways to get your child to eat their veggies

If there is one food group that kids will avoid, it’s veggies. They seem to be born with an instinctive aversion to the nutrient‐dense vegetable kingdom, which may get a little frustrating come dinner time. However with a little creativity and patience there are ways to encourage your fussy eater to not only eat their […]
How do I choose the right milk for my family?

How do I choose the right milk for my family?

Milk is a staple for every fridge in Australia – we need it for our cereals, our coffees and our milkshakes. But how do you choose which milk is right for your family? With so many options on supermarket shelves, we often have to pick between different coloured tops without really knowing exactly what’s in […]
Top 10 tips for picky eaters

Top 10 tips for picky eaters

We all want our kids to grow up strong and healthy and that means eating a variety of nutritious foods every day. Unfortunately, when you have a picky eater in the household, this is easier said than done. But there are ways to avoid waging a war over broccoli at the dinner table: Be a […]
Garden herbs that heal

Garden herbs that heal

There is nothing quite like using your very own herbs from the garden to add a little flavour to your meals. But did you know many of these common herbs can be used for medicinal purposes and could be a valuable addition to your family’s first aid kit? We’ve listed ten of our favourite healing […]
How to set up a soccer field at home

How to set up a soccer field at home

Soccer is an extremely beneficial sport for kids and with World Cup fever taking over it’s a great time to learn a thing or two about the World Game! Not only does it help boost fitness, encourage healthy bones and muscles and improve motor skills like coordination and balance, it also fosters great personal attributes […]
Encouraging your child on the sporting field

Encouraging your child on the sporting field

Almost every parent has experienced that mother or father standing at the edge of the sport’s field, yelling out instructions to their kids. While this type of involvement with your kids sport can be unhelpful, there are some tips on how you can encourage your child in sports, without them being embarrassed by your sideline […]
How garlic can help your immunity

How garlic can help your immunity

Garlic is a pungent herb that has been used as a food and medicine for various purposes since ancient times. 5000 year old Sanskrit records documented the use of garlic and the Chinese have been using it for over 3000 years.1 Traditionally, garlic has been used as a warming herb to relieve the symptoms of […]
The benefits of sport for kids

The benefits of sport for kids

Sports have a number of benefits for children that go beyond simply keeping them fit and healthy – although they go a long way in achieving that, too! Sporting and fitness The Australian government guidelines for physical activity for youth states that “Children and young people should participate in at least 60 minutes (and up […]
Signs and symptoms of low immunity

Signs and symptoms of low immunity

A healthy immune system is essential for overall wellbeing and to ensure that we stay free of illness. However, our busy modern lives are full of things that may lower our immunity, such as stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and working long hours. We often hear about the negative impacts these factors may have […]
How to keep the whole family healthy in winter

How to keep the whole family healthy in winter

Keeping colds and flu at bay in winter is always a challenge, especially when you have the whole family to try and keep healthy. While there is no guarantee that you can create a cold and flu free zone this winter, a good balanced diet will help provide plenty of nutrients that will boost your […]
Regular health check‐ups you can do at home

Regular health check‐ups you can do at home

While regular check‐ups with your GP are recommended, there are simple health checks you can do at home in between visits. By taking just a few minutes out of your day, week or month to do the following health self‐checks you can learn to recognise if something is out of the ordinary. After all, you […]
Creating a family routine

Creating a family routine

Putting a structured family routine in place might be something to consider for the benefit of your family this year. While you can’t guarantee a routine will eliminate hectic moments and tears or tantrums, routines can go a long way in fostering a calm, healthy environment. While a family routine can have some repetitive elements, […]
Three reasons olive leaf is good for your skin, hair and health

Three reasons olive leaf is good for your skin, hair and health

While the olive tree is most well‐known for its fruit crop and oil, its leaves have been used for eons due to their health benefits. Packed with antioxidants and plant nutrients, the extract from the leaves of the olive tree (olive leaf) may help keep your body fighting fit both on the inside and outside. […]
How to baby-proof your home

How to baby-proof your home

Those about to become first-time mums, will need to start thinking about how to make the home safer for your child. It’s best to start these plans early as those nine months will disappear very quickly. Although your baby is unlikely to ever be out of sight as a newborn, it still pays to cover […]
Bone builders for kids

Bone builders for kids

Strong bones are an important but often neglected aspect of our overall health. Building strong bones during childhood is especially important because it lays the foundation for healthy bones in later years. Here are some things you can do to help boost your child’s bone building power. Get them outside Modern kids are often stuck […]
The cost of having a cold…

The cost of having a cold.

With winter fast approaching it’s time to batten down the hatches and get ourselves settled indoors where it is nice and cosy…along with everyone else in the household. As you’d expect colds are more common in the winter months mainly because people are in closer contact with each other at this time of year simply […]
How to prepare kids for a new baby in the family

How to prepare kids for a new baby in the family

Just one of the many things to think about when you find out you’re pregnant is how to prepare your other children for the arrival of their new baby sibling. Much of the way you approach the subject will depend on them. How old are they? How mature are they? How interested are they in […]
Simple ways to strengthen your immune system

Simple ways to strengthen your immune system

Keeping yourself and the rest of the family healthy can be hard work, especially during the winter months when coughs and colds seem to be doing the rounds everywhere. Fortunately there are simple steps you can take to support your immune system and keep yourself as healthy as possible. Reduce stress Stress is a part […]
Encourage your kids to try new sports

Encourage your kids to try new sports

Sport and physical activity are an important part of a healthy childhood. Sport supports the growth and development of bones and muscles, helps to control weight, eases levels of anxiety & stress and helps children to foster social skills like fair play, teamwork and leadership. But how do you encourage kids to play sport when […]
Preparing your child for school

Preparing your child for school

Starting your child at school is a big moment for parents and kids alike. However, there are ways you can make this significant transition easier and steps you can take to ensure your child is prepared as much as possible. Here is some advice to help you manage this important period. In the months before […]
Exercise ideas for the whole family

Exercise ideas for the whole family

Exercise is an obvious and extremely important part of everybody’s health. However, these days more and more people are increasingly inactive, as technology means that we don’t have to move as much to do certain tasks or get around. Technology also means there are more distractions indoors, such as computers and video games that keep […]
How to cover a book in contact paper in six easy steps

How to cover a book in contact paper in six easy steps

When school starts there will be a flurry of book covering happening in homes across Australia. But covering a book can be extremely frustrating, especially when dealing with contact paper! This simple guide will help you master the skill in no time, leaving more time for the family to enjoy the remaining holidays. These tips […]
The importance of sleep for newborns

The importance of sleep for newborns

Everyone needs sleep but some need it more than others. At the top of the sleep‐need list are newborns who generally spend more time asleep than awake. It’s a pity that this can’t be said about their sleep‐deprived parents. Getting enough sleep is important for newborn babies as it supports their healthy growth and development, […]
Are probiotics all they're cracked up to be?

Are probiotics all they’re cracked up to be?

Are probiotics good for my family? You can find all sorts of products in the supermarket and pharmacy when it comes to probiotics. But are they as great as everyone claims? The short answer is yes. Probiotics can help to boost your family’s health in a variety of ways and we’ve included a few below […]
Exercising with your baby

Exercising with your baby

Parents of newborns will know it’s hard to squeeze in any time for yourself – let alone time for exercise! However, it’s important that when your doctor gives you the okay to start exercising again after childbirth, you keep up a fitness regimen. This will help to keep your energy levels up and maintain a […]
Quick and easy lunchbox ideas

Quick and easy lunchbox ideas

Packing lunch doesn’t have to be time consuming. There are many ways to pack a healthy and nutritious lunch in a short amount of time so there shouldn’t be any reason not to eat well every day. Below are some ideas to get you started: Sandwiches A quick and nutritious sandwich is easy to make. […]
How to pack a school lunch in 5 minutes

How to pack a school lunch in 5 minutes

When you’ve got a million other things to do, packing a lunchbox for your child can seem like a mammoth task and then come all the concerns: will they eat it? Are they getting enough of the right foods? Is it healthy enough? Luckily, there are ways to put a lunch together so it will […]
Online Etiquette

Online etiquette

[By Claire Chadwick] Once upon a time, if you wanted to say something to someone – you did it face to face. Nowadays, there are multitudes of platforms for us to communicate on. Yes, this is a good thing and makes some aspects of our lives easier; but in other ways, it has fostered a […]
Ten steps to a better pregnancy

Ten steps to a better pregnancy

While expecting a baby is a wondrous event in the making, it can often feel anything but, with the morning sickness, cravings, constant fatigue and digestive discomfort. However there are ways to cope with the many challenges of pregnancy to help keep you feeling good and to ensure your baby gets the support they need […]
The benefits of preschool

The benefits of preschool

When a child is around the age of 3 or 4, you may consider sending them to a preschool or continue with your current arrangements. Of course, sometimes the decision is made for the parents due to their financial situation or lifestyle and there is no choice but preschool. While each choice is personal and […]
Three ways to prepare tomatoes

Three ways to prepare tomatoes

Tomatoes are not only delicious, readily available all year round and affordable, they’re also incredibly good for you. This fruit has been linked to health benefits for a variety of diseases, but is also very versatile and simple to incorporate into family favourites new and old. Below are three ideas to get you started with […]
Weekday breakfast ideas for the kids

Weekday breakfast ideas for the kids

Healthy, balanced meals are important for everyone – and that includes breakfast. For children especially, breakfast is an essential meal to give kids enough energy to get through the morning. However, every parent knows sometimes it’s hard enough to get the children out the door in the morning, let alone make sure they’ve eaten a […]
Tips to top up your kids calcium

Tips to top up your kids calcium

Calcium is an important nutrient for kids as it’s vital for building strong and healthy bones and teeth and maintaining their strength later in life. It also plays a crucial role in the health and functioning of nerves and muscle tissue. While many foods contain calcium it can be difficult to make sure little fusspots […]
Healthy food swaps for picky eaters

Healthy food swaps for picky eaters

Will your child only eat one or two foods and then refuse to eat anything else? Do they have an aversion to anything green, just because of the colour? Do they dislike peaches because they’re ‘hairy’ or bananas because they’re ‘squishy’? Sounds like you have a picky eater on your hands and you’re certainly not […]
Tips to beat the morning rush

Tips to beat the morning rush

A good breakfast will set the kids up for a full day of learning and play. Somehow though, the morning rush is not the easiest time to organise breakfast. If you need a little help organising, why not try these tips we’ve pulled together below: Get up 10 minutes earlier – We know this can […]
What is royal jelly?

What is royal jelly?

Royal jelly has been used as a dietary supplement for hundreds of years in East Asia and has recently gained popularity in the west as well. So, what exactly is it? Royal jelly is a milky white substance secreted by nurse worker bees. It contains high levels of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. […]
Royal Jelly health benefits you didn’t know about

Royal Jelly health benefits you didn’t know about

Royal Jelly is the food of queen honeybees, hence the name. It’s a gelatinous milky‐white substance secreted by the glands of young nurse worker bees, which is used to feed and nurture their reigning queen so that she can be bigger, more fertile and live longer than all the other bees. Because of this, Royal […]
Feeding the fussy eater: 15 tips to help during mealtimes

Feeding the fussy eater: 15 tips to help during mealtimes

It can be easy for tension to mount in a household when you have a fussy eater in your midst, but there are many ways you can deal with fussy eating during mealtimes in a positive way: Set an example – Kids naturally emulate the people around them so if you want them to eat […]
Benefits of propolis

Benefits of propolis

Bees make propolis by gathering buds from certain trees and mixing it with beeswax, pollen and other bee secretions. It’s used to disinfect the hive, seal cracks, build panels and as a means to embalm intruders. This sticky resinous substance also has benefits for human health and has been used for thousands of years for […]
Five things you didn’t know about propolis

Five things you didn’t know about propolis

You may have heard of propolis or even seen it on the shelf, but do you know what it actually is or why it might be good for your body? Below are five things that you may not know about this intriguing natural supplement. Bees create propolis to build their hives – Propolis is a […]
Health benefits of olive leaf

Health benefits of olive leaf

What exactly is olive leaf? Medicinal olive leaf is an extract that comes from the silvery green leaves of the olive tree (Olea europaea), a tree which has been an integral part of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culture for centuries. While olives and olive oil are used for food, olive leaf has been known since […]
Bringing baby home – The first eight weeks after childbirth and what they don’t tell you

Bringing baby home – The first eight weeks after childbirth and what they don’t tell you

Bringing your new baby home can be incredibly exciting, demanding and daunting all at once, especially during the first couple of months. Whether it’s your first, second or fifth baby, it takes time to get to know your baby, time to recover from childbirth, and time to feel like your old‐self again. How you feel […]
What is Propolis?

What is Propolis?

Propolis is a hard resinous material that bees make by gathering resin and sap from the buds of poplar and cone‐bearing trees and combining it with beeswax and other bee secretions to use in the construction of their hives. It is generally used as a sealant for unwanted small spaces in the hive. Along with […]
Six tips to encourage your kids to read

Six tips to encourage your kids to read

Reading is an exciting adventure in anyone’s life as it gives them a lifelong path into many worlds which not only allows their imagination to soar, but encourages their creativity and literary skills. Reading can also help children to develop their knowledge and verbal skills simply by reading and learning at their own pace. If […]
How much iron do we need?

How much iron do we need?

The importance of iron in your diet is widely accepted, but there can still be some confusion around exactly how much the body needs of this essential nutrient as this largely depends on age and gender. For example, babies and toddlers need a surprisingly large amount of iron to support their rapid growth. From the […]
Garlic and health: How garlic can improve your health today

Garlic and health: How garlic can improve your health today

Why is garlic so good for my health? Garlic is a versatile herb that not only enhances the flavour of food but is prized for its numerous health benefits including support for our immune and cardiovascular systems. Underneath that pungent odour is a complex combination of nutritional goodness. Garlic bulbs contain organosulfur compounds, protein and […]
What is a probiotic?

What is a probiotic?

A ‘probiotic’ is a term used to describe the different types of ‘live’ good bacteria that help to maintain the natural balance of beneficial bacteria in our bodies. A healthy digestive system contains billions of good bacteria which are needed for a number of body functions including: To help guard against the overgrowth of harmful […]
Unexpected benefits of olive leaf

Unexpected benefits of olive leaf

Olive leaf has a long history of use as a traditional remedy for many types of ailments. Nevertheless recent research has found some surprising health benefits of this herb. It has more than double the antioxidant power of green tea and vitamin C. A recent study conducted by Australian researchers found that olive leaf extract […]
The benefits of a probiotic

The benefits of a probiotic

Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that we all have and need in our gastrointestinal tract. These beneficial bacteria have a number of important benefits for our bodies. Probiotics help maintain digestive health Our digestive tract is the natural habitat for a large and dynamic bacterial community of both the good guys and the bad. Good bacteria […]
How to add veggies into your fussy eater's diet

How to add veggies into your fussy eater’s diet

It’s well-known that come meal time, some children just won’t eat their vegetables. No matter what kind of negotiation skills you have, kids often pass through fussy eating stages and just won’t go near the broccoli or brussel sprouts. However, it’s essential that your child gets enough vitamins and minerals for their growth, development and […]
Seven nut free lunch ideas

Seven nut free lunch ideas

School is approaching fast and so is the constant search for interesting lunchbox ideas. Many schools today have restrictions on what can be packed for lunch. Often this includes a nut free policy to protect those with allergies. So if you need to switch out the peanut butter sandwiches, try these suggestions to keep the […]
Probiotic supplements for kids

Probiotic supplements for kids

Why would my child need a probiotic supplement? Probiotics have a number of important health benefits, especially for little tummies. They help to boost the levels of ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria that live in our digestive tract therefore helping to encourage healthy digestion, supporting our immune defences, protecting against the not‐sofriendly bacteria and helping produce […]
Common myths and facts about children and sleep

Common myths and facts about children and sleep

Sleep is a vital need for every growing mind and body. Kids who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and less likely to be moody and behave like little monsters, and that’s a fact. When it comes to children and sleep, there’s a lot of information floating around that may not necessarily […]
Saturdays, Schmaturdays!

Saturdays, Schmaturdays!

[By Claire Chadwick] Each Friday afternoon, I get that little buzz. The “yahoo the weekend is here” buzz. You know the one, don’t you? That amazing sense of freedom, that only a Friday can bring! But then that relaxed state-of-mind is quickly dumped out the window early Saturday morning, because Saturdays seem to be just […]
How to sneak extra veggies into kids

How to sneak extra veggies into kids

It can be quite a struggle at times getting kids to eat their vegetables but there are ways to sneak them into their food so they are none the wiser! Here are the Cenovis Mums’ ingenious tricks of the trade: The ‘Hulk’ smoothie – Combine yoghurt, milk of your choice, spinach, banana, chia or flax […]
The benefit of a daily immune boost

The benefit of a daily immune boost

We are constantly under attack from hundreds of viruses, bacteria and other microbes on a daily basis, without even knowing it. Our immune systems are the body’s defence against these foreign invaders and operate with a silent army that helps ward off illness to keep us healthy. Most of the time our immune systems do […]
Top tips for preparing for multiple births

Top tips for preparing for multiple births

When you find out you’re having more than one baby you may go through a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from surprise and sheer terror at the thought of coping with more than one baby, to excitement at having double, or even triple, the fun! Birthing and raising multiple babies has a unique set of challenges […]
Hospital bag checklist

Hospital bag checklist

With the multitude of things to plan when waiting for your baby’s arrival, it’s easy to forget about packing a bag for the hospital. By the time you reach 36 weeks, you should be ready to go to the hospital at the drop of a hat – just in case the baby arrives sooner than […]
Me Time! Is there such a thing?

Me Time! Is there such a thing?

[By Claire Chadwick] “Me time.” Two words that are thrown around a lot in today’s society of busy people – especially by women and mothers. It’s something we strive for, fight for, yearn for and work for…..but does it really need to be that hard to find? Well…yes….in most cases, I think it is harder […]
Three reasons why your kids might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Multivitamin

Three reasons why your kids might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Multivitamin

Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Multivitamins are chocolate flavoured squares that are not only delicious but may be a valuable ‘treat’ for active growing bodies. Here’s why: Kids can be fussy – Are your little ones picky eaters? Do they turn up their noses at the healthy meals you prepare? If this sounds familiar, it could […]
Three reasons why your kids might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Healthy Bones

Three reasons why your kids might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Healthy Bones

Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Healthy Bones are yummy vanilla flavoured squares that have a number of advantages for kids and parents alike: Tops up kids’ daily calcium intake ‐ Kids need a lot of calcium during their growing years to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium will also help support healthy muscles and nerve function. […]
What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

While they sound very similar and are often confused, prebiotics and probiotics are not the same, although they both help to enhance the growth of healthy bacteria in the body and aid healthy digestion. Probiotics are types of ‘living’ friendly bacteria similar to those that inhabit our digestive tract. They are naturally found in cultured […]
The benefit of a daily multivitamin boost

The benefit of a daily multivitamin burst

Despite our best efforts, preparing and eating healthy balanced meals every day can be difficult especially when our lives are so busy. This may mean we fall short on the essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs to perform at its best. Even if we’re eating well, daily factors such as stress or strenuous […]
Olive leaf and cholesterol

Olive leaf and cholesterol

Cholesterol, a waxy fat‐like substance found in all cells of the body has many important roles to play. It’s needed to make hormones, it’s converted into vitamin D in the skin with exposure to sunshine, it makes up the bile acids that help us digest foods and it helps create the outer coating of all […]
The benefits of olive leaf

The benefits of olive leaf

Olive leaf comes from the olive tree (oleo europaea), a native of the Mediterranean region and has been used over many centuries for its medicinal properties. In fact, it was even mentioned in biblicaltimes.1 Olive leaf extract has many benefits for the body, some of which have been listed below. Antioxidant power – Olive leaf […]
The benefit of a daily energy burst

The benefit of a daily energy burst

Many parents often feel tired and it’s no wonder when we’re all trying to juggle all the hectic comings and goings of a busy family. Whether we’re working full‐time or raising the kids, trying to keep the house clean and running smoothly, dealing with a busy social calendar and looking after everyone else’s needs all […]
Five quick morning breakfast ideas

Five quick morning breakfast ideas

Most people know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and how well your kids function at school can be helped by the breakfast they eat. Find the breakfasts that work for your family lifestyle and start something healthy today with these five quick breakfast ideas: Toast a bagel and spread with peanut […]
10 after school snacks for hungry kids

10 after school snacks for hungry kids

Start something healthy with these 10 snacks to give your little learners the energy for homework and play. Remember, try to keep the portion small so it doesn’t spoil their dinner! Crisp bread with peanut butter or celery sticks with peanut butter are great to crunch on. Microwaved pappadums with a healthy vegetable dip. Instead […]
Getting your baby to sleep

Getting your baby to sleep

There are various ways to help your baby settle and sleep better, and what works for one baby may not necessarily work for another. It’s normal for newborn babies to wake every few hours throughout the day and night for feeding or attention from you. After three months, a baby will start to recognise the […]
Three reasons why your child might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic

Three reasons why your child might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic

Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic sweetie treats have been designed especially with kids in mind and are an easy way to top up their dietary intake. Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic supports kids growing bodies in the following ways: Good for little tummies ‐ Probiotics are strains of active ‘good bacteria’ that live in our […]
Why do kids need probiotics?

Why do kids need probiotics?

From the time we are born, billions of good bacteria find their way into our digestive tract where they help the digestive system do its job as well as support immunity and overall health. As babies are being born they are exposed to a healthy dose of friendly bacteria as they pass through the birth […]
Getting your toddler to sleep: quick and practical tips for saying goodnight

Getting your toddler to sleep: quick and practical tips for saying goodnight

Whether you’re dealing with bedtime rebellion or night time awakenings, getting your toddler to sleep is no small feat. The ‘terrible twos’, where a toddler decides to assert their independence by being negative and defiant, are a reality for many parents and can be particularly testing at bedtime. Here are some quick and practical tips […]
Baby name trends of 2013

Baby name trends of 2013

If you’re about to have a baby, no doubt one of the biggest decisions on your list is choosing the name for your little one. To help with this decision we’ve taken a look at the top trending names for 2013. 2013 was the year of royal baby George, but his chosen name only came […]
Three reasons why your child might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic

Three reasons why your child might benefit from Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic

Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic sweetie treats have been designed especially with kids in mind and are an easy way to top up their dietary intake. Cenovis Kids Vita Buddies Probiotic supports kids growing bodies in the following ways: Good for little tummies ‐ Probiotics are strains of active ‘good bacteria’ that live in our […]
Why do kids need probiotics?

Why do kids need probiotics?

From the time we are born, billions of good bacteria find their way into our digestive tract where they help the digestive system do its job as well as support immunity and overall health. As babies are being born they are exposed to a healthy dose of friendly bacteria as they pass through the birth […]
Kids and probiotics

Kids and probiotics

What are probiotics and what do they do? Probiotics are types of ‘friendly’ or ‘good’ bacteria that naturally reside in our gastrointestinal tract, where they play a role in maintaining healthy digestion and keeping us well. The human digestive system contains around 400 different types of good bacteria that help reduce the growth of harmful […]
Summer beauty tips

Summer beauty tips

[By Claire Chadwick] Summer is on it’s way. For most, this means long days in the sun – enjoying the beach or backyard. Picnics and BBQ’s, pool gatherings and plenty of family fun in the outdoors. For these reasons, summer is my favourite season. I love the longer days, warm mornings, and hey; I love […]
Essential Vitamins - K

Essential Vitamins – K

Essential Vitamins - Folate and Folic acid

Essential Vitamins – Folate and Folic acid

Essential Vitamins - E

Essential Vitamins – E

Essential Vitamins - D

Essential Vitamins – D

Essential Vitamins - C

Essential Vitamins – C

Essential Vitamins - A

Essential Vitamins – A

Essential Vitamins - B1

Essential Vitamins – B1

Essential Vitamins - Biotin

Essential Vitamins – Biotin

Essential Vitamins - B6

Essential Vitamins – B6

Essential Vitamins - B5

Essential Vitamins – B5

Essential Vitamins - B3

Essential Vitamins – B3

Essential Vitamins - B12

Essential Vitamins – B12

Essential Vitamins - B2

Essential Vitamins – B2

Eat your vitamins! – for women

Eat your vitamins! – for women

As busy active women, it can be hard to achieve a well‐balanced diet that provides everything we need to nourish our body and mind whilst juggling both family and work commitments. Our bodies need over 40 vitamins and minerals to function properly, but getting all of these can be quite a challenge. As tempting as […]
9 superfoods for every day meals the whole family will love

9 superfoods the whole family will love

Superfoods are the high achievers of the food world. They include certain fruits and vegies that you may already include in your diet like blueberries or broccoli, as well as the weird and wonderful foods straight from the Amazon, likes Acai berries. What they all have in common is that they are incredibly rich in […]
Getting kids to bed and keeping them there!

Getting kids to bed and keeping them there!

For many kids (and their exasperated parents!), bed time is their least favourite time of day and as such, they can be particularly cunning at putting it off. Fortunately, there are ways to make bedtime run a little smoother and help your little night owl stay in bed and get to sleep. Create a bedtime […]
Relaxation techniques to help children sleep well

Relaxation techniques to help children sleep well

Getting hyped-up little night owls to wind down at night can be a challenge for even the most patient of parents among us and can leave everyone frustrated and exhausted. One way to make your evenings a little calmer and help get your child ready for sleep is to include relaxation exercises in their bedtime […]
How where you live could impact a child’s sleep

How where you live could impact a child’s sleep

In order to sleep well, we need to have the right sleeping conditions. Light, noise and temperature can greatly affect how we sleep and thus how we feel the next day, and this is especially true for children. Sometimes these factors are unavoidable because of where we live but regardless of your location, there are […]
Why boosting your immunity can help you ward off colds and flu

Why boosting your immunity can help you ward off colds and flu

Colds are caused by a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, sinuses and airways.1 Influenza is also caused by a viral infection but is generally more debilitating than a cold, with symptoms including fever, body aches, fatigue, and dry cough.2 Fortunately, there are ways to ensure your
Am I getting enough vitamins and minerals now that I’m pregnant?

Am I getting enough vitamins and minerals now that I’m pregnant?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to ‘eat for two’ when pregnant, even if you’re expecting twins or triplets!1 While a small amount of extra kilojoules is recommended, it’s more important to eat a wide variety of healthy foods to ensure your nutritional needs are met as well as those of the precious […]
Pregnancy and vitamin supplements

Pregnancy and vitamin supplements

Pregnancy is an exciting and special time in a woman’s life. Navigating all the dos and don’ts of pregnancy can be overwhelming, as every mum wants to give their baby the best possible start in life. With this in mind we’ve put together some of the most common questions new mums‐to‐be have. When should I […]
Childhood insomnia

Childhood insomnia

What is childhood insomnia? Children with insomnia have difficulties either falling asleep or staying asleep at night. In children, insomnia could last a few nights or could be long term, lasting weeks or months. Because sleep is so important for resting and restoring growing minds and bodies, a lack of sleep may affect how they […]
Co‐sleeping and its effects on children

Co‐sleeping and its effects on children

What exactly is co‐sleeping? Co‐sleeping is a practice in which babies sleep close to one or both parents as opposed to sleeping in a separate room, often in the same bed. In many cultures, co‐sleeping is the norm until babies are weaned or in some cases may continue as the child gets older. In western […]
Easing childhood fears about bedtime

Easing childhood fears about bedtime

Monsters, creatures and things that go bump in the night can make a small child understandably anxious and afraid. Coupled with nightmares and terrors, some kids might be too scared to even go to sleep. Imaginary fears and nightmares are a normal part of development and often a product of a vivid imagination. But they […]
Tips on how to help children unwind before bed

Tips on how to help children unwind before bed

For adults, sleep is a precious commodity and many of us desperately yearn for eight hours of undisturbed slumber. For young kids, sleep is seen as the enemy and something that takes them away from all the fun. As such, getting your kids to hit the hay each night can be a battle and one […]
13 Ideas to keep the family cool this summer

13 Ideas to keep the family cool this summer

Every summer it seems we’re surprised by the heat that comes along, so this year we want to help you prepare before you find the kids hanging out in front of the fridge! These are some tips to keep the whole family cool while making the most out of the warmer weather.

Socceroos partnership

Socceroos partnership

Cenovis and the Socceroos commercial. Cenovis joins the Socceroos family as official vitamin partner. Here at Cenovis, we know families – and we know that a family is a lot like a team. They work together to achieve goals, as well as encouraging and inspiring one another. Cenovis is committed to inspiring more Australian families […]
How much sleep do children need?

How much sleep do children need?

Getting enough sleep is especially important for little growing bodies as it directly impacts on their physical and mental development.1 On the other hand, a lack of sleep can make a child disagreeable and test a parent’s patience. So how do you know if they are getting enough? The amount of sleep a child needs […]
How to help your child get a good night’s sleep

How to help your child get a good night’s sleep

Some kids find it hard to switch gears after a jam‐packed day, which can be particularly challenging at bedtime. We know that sleep is important for growing minds and bodies so how can we help our little energiser bunnies unwind and get their much‐needed Zzzz’s? There are a number of natural ingredients available to help […]
Is my child getting enough calcium? Five tips to ensure your kids get what they need

Is my child getting enough calcium? Five tips to ensure your kids get what they need

Childhood is a time of growth and kids need lots of calcium to make sure their bones are strong and healthy. Fortunately, increasing your child’s calcium intake to make sure they’re getting enough isn’t very difficult. Here are some easy tips to help you: Include calcium rich foods at snack time Snacks between meals are […]
How to get your children back to bed after midnight waking

How to get your children back to bed after midnight waking

It’s 2am and you’re sound asleep when you hear the plea for ‘muuuummmmmmy’ or feel the presence of a little night time visitor by your bed. Sound familiar? All kids have times when they wake up through the night for various reasons, and while some kids may be able to settle themselves back to sleep, […]
How to help the whole family rest easy

How to help the whole family rest easy

When there’s a problem sleeper in the household it can affect the whole family including siblings and at least one parent (more than likely you!). Whether your child is resisting going to bed or waking up regularly through the night, it can disrupt everyone’s quality of sleep resulting in sleep deprivation and a household of […]
Childhood sleep and daylight saving

Childhood sleep and daylight saving

Most of Australia advances their clocks one hour during the warmer months of the year which means an extra hour of daylight in the evening to do the things we love. But it can also cause some disruption in normal sleep patterns for kids and parents alike. The amount of light around us has a […]
Iodine and your child’s brain development

Iodine and your child’s brain development

What is iodine? Iodine is an important mineral that’s found in a wide range of plant and animal foods. It’s vital to good health because it’s an important component of thyroid hormones, which regulate growth and energy metabolism. Unfortunately, many areas of Australia have soil that’s low in iodine, meaning the food produced in those […]
Establishing a childhood sleeping pattern that will last a lifetime

Establishing a childhood sleeping pattern that will last a lifetime

Teaching your child good sleeping habits from a young age will help create a lifetime of restful nights’ sleep. Kids need plenty of Z’s to rest and restore their growing minds and bodies but many will experience sleeping problems like resisting going to bed or waking up throughout the night. To help your little one […]
Three reasons why a Cenovis Kids Vita Chewies Calcium supplement could benefit your kids

Three reasons why a Cenovis Kids Vita Chewies Calcium supplement could benefit your kids

Why should I give my child a Cenovis Kids Vita ChewiesCalcium supplement? Cenovis Kids Vita Chewies Calcium helps to support healthy growing bones Kids need calcium during their childhood and into their teens to build and develop strong healthy bones. Unfortunately 70% of kids are not getting enough of this bone‐building mineral through their diet,1 […]
Kids Omega 3 needs

Kids Omega 3 needs

Most Australian kids are not consuming enough omega 3 fatty acids for optimal health. These vital nutrients are necessary for normal childhood growth and brain, eye and nerve development. Fish is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids but when it comes to foods that kids hate, fish is likely to be […]
Herbs, vitamins and foods to support the immune system

Herbs, vitamins and foods to support the immune system

When you or a family member is sick in bed with a cold or flu, it can wreak havoc on the entire household. School days are missed, sports activities have to be cancelled and arrangements have to be made for someone to stay home and look after the sick. This can mean that you have […]
How your child’s sleep affects you

How your child’s sleep affects you

A child with a disrupted sleeping pattern will not only result in a cranky, overtired and irritable little monster (that couldn’t possibly be yours!), but will wreak havoc on the sleep and patience of the whole family. Whether the simple act of going to sleep at a respectable hour becomes a nightly battle with your […]
School holiday ideas to save your sanity!

School holiday ideas to save your sanity!

[By Claire Chadwick] Last holidays, I couldn’t help but notice the plethora of Facebook statuses from parents who were loosing their minds trying to keep the kids entertained all day, everyday. The school holidays always start off with that unreal sensation of freedom. There’s adrenalin and relief and pure happiness. So much hope and anticipation […]
Alternative sources of calcium for kids

Alternative sources of calcium for kids

Due to the rapid growth that happens during childhood, kids need more calcium in their daily diet than adults do. As children grow, their calcium needs increase steadily until they reach puberty and continue to be high until early adulthood.1 It’s well known that one of the best sources of dietary calcium is milk and […]
Bedwetting and sleep habits: Breaking the cycle of sleepless nights

Bedwetting and sleep habits: Breaking the cycle of sleepless nights

Bedwetting is something that many young kids and parents will face. It’s simply a natural part of development that kids grow out of. It’s not a psychological problem, a disease, or due to laziness or attention seeking. Children who wet the bed may simply not wake up when their bladders are full, urinary control development […]
Winter Warmers: Soups that are super quick

Winter Warmers: Soups that are super quick

Nothing can warm you up on a cold winter’s day quite like a hot bowl of hearty soup. One of the great winter comforts, soup is also a fantastic way to up your daily intake of nutrient dense vegies, it’s economical and will guarantee you a weeks’ worth of leftovers. Plus warm liquids like soup […]
Calming the kids for bed

Calming the kids for bed

Getting your kids to bed on time can be challenging for kids and parents alike. Your little ones will usually be hyped up after their adventure-filled day and might find it difficult to unwind when there is still so much fun to be had. To help send your little night owls to a peaceful slumber […]
Ahh! I need play-date ideas!

Ahh! I need play-date ideas!

[By Claire Chadwick] For fulltime stay-at-home parents organising and attending play-dates is almost a must. The days can be long and repetitive …and even lonely. I know from my experience with my stay at home days, I started to yearn for adult conversation. Putting aside our needs as adults to interact and get out of […]
Lullabies to relax restless children

Lullabies to relax restless children

Any tired parent who has ever tried to get a restless and wound up child to sleep knows that bedtime can be a battle. Singing a lullaby is a tried and tested sleeping remedy that has been used to coax kids to sleep for generations and could be included in your young child’s bedtime routine. […]
Help! My child hates reading.

Help! My child hates reading

[By Claire Chadwick] There is this enormous amount of information and research on why it’s important to read to kids, and expose them to a world of literacy from a young age. As an author, teacher and a parent I fully support this information. But what happens if your child, despite your best efforts, dislikes […]
Chicken Soup Is Good For The Winter Soul.

Chicken soup is good for the winter soul.

[By Claire Chadwick] We’re well into the winter months now. Although winter is not my favourite season, I must admit that the idea of couch snuggles, bright coloured scarves, hot chocolates and the smell of burning fireplaces is pretty inviting. Yet with these cold damp months, also comes the onslaught of colds, flus and tummy […]
Eat your vitamins – Kids

Eat your vitamins – Kids

A healthy balanced diet will provide our little ones with the nutritional goodies they need to grow big and strong. Vitamins and minerals are essential for the healthy functioning of growing bodies and to ensure your child receives their recommended intake, it’s important to provide them with a wide variety of fresh foods. Unfortunately, this […]
Eat your vitamins – Teens & Adolescents

Eat your vitamins – Teens & Adolescents

Healthy eating throughout the teenage years is crucial to support the body through this time of rapid growth and change. Unfortunately this is usually easier said than done. A survey completed in 2007 found that teenage boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 16 consume only half their recommended serves of fruit and […]
Eat your vitamins – 50+

Eat your vitamins – 50+

While being over 50 means you might experience a few more niggles and pains, it also means you can leave many of your cares and worries behind and embrace life. You may look at yourself in the mirror and see a few more wrinkles, but with wrinkles comes wisdom, experience, and a life well lived. […]
Top ten foods to keep you energised

Top ten foods to keep you energised

Do you turn into a zombie without your morning coffee? Do you find yourself constantly yawning and reaching for sugar laden treats to get you through the day? The amount of sleep you clocked the night before may not be the only reason your energy levels are slumping. The types of food we eat play […]
Eat your vitamins – Men

Eat your vitamins – Men

While women may seem to have greater nutritional needs than men given the demands that biology places on them, men also need to pay attention to their own set of unique nutritional requirements. In Australia, men are more likely to get sick from serious health problems than women,1 which is thought to be in part […]
Four benefits of taking echinacea before cold and flu season arrives

Four benefits of taking echinacea before cold and flu season arrives

With winter on the way it is time to start thinking about what we can do to keep ourselves and our families healthy during the inevitable cold and flu season. Of course it is not always possible to avoid catching colds and flu altogether but we can do things now, before winter arrives, that will […]
How to stay motivated in winter

How to stay motivated in winter

As the weather gets cooler it becomes so tempting to snuggle into ugg boots and tracksuit pants, curl up on the couch and indulge in stodgy comfort food. However, we all know this isn’t going to be very helpful come September when the weather starts to warm up, or assist in protecting your body against […]
Simple stretches for the office

Simple stretches for the office

It is not uncommon to get to the end of a long working day and realise you have barely left your desk or lured yourself away from the computer screen. Besides feeling emotionally tense, your shoulders will more than likely be hunched up around your ears, your neck will be stiff and you will probably […]
Lullabies to help your kids get to sleep

Lullabies to help your kids get to sleep

Singing a lullaby to your young child before bed is a great way to soothe them to sleep and might be a good addition to their bedtime routine. Even if singing isn’t your strong suit, you will never have a more appreciative or less critical audience (so lap it up while it lasts!). If singing […]
Recipes to get your taste buds talking

Recipes to get your taste buds talking

Are you sick of the same old weekly rotation of meals? We’ve come up with a list of several healthy, delicious and family-friendly ideas for you to add to your repertoire, that even the pickiest of eaters will devour!
How to fly a kite

How to fly a kite

Kite-flying has a certain magic to it, even for grown-ups! When we watch someone flying a kite it all seems pretty easy, but there are some basics you need to know in order to keep your kite flying high in the sky.
Family survey results 2013

Family survey results 2013

How to make a kite

How to make a kite

The only thing that beats the joy of simply flying a kite is making your own to fly! The whole family can get involved, taking turns between steering, cheering and assisting with take-off. You might even find just watching the kite soar, dip and twirl high above is exciting, especially knowing you had something to […]
Get healthier in one day

Get healthier in one day

Boost your body at breakfast For a perfectly healthy start to the day, swap processed and sugary breakfast cereals for wholegrain oats. They provide many health benefits, such as increasing the hormones responsible for appetite control, boosting immunity, acting as a natural laxative due to their fibre content, and improving insulin sensitivity which helps our […]
Make the journey destination fun

Make the journey destination fun

Any parent who’s ever taken the family on a holiday that required over an hour of travel knows these trips can range from mildly chaotic to incredibly frustrating to “we’re never going on holidays again!” But with some planning and a few tricks up your sleeve, you could make your journey destination fun (or at […]
Christmas in July events around the country

Christmas in July events around the country

Celebrating Christmas in July gives us Southern hemisphereans a chance to experience what a ‘traditional’ Christmas might feel like. Why should we wait until December for the fun and frivolity of Christmas time when there are so many Christmas in July events to attend? Bondi Winter Festival – With a huge ice-rink, alpine ski hut […]
Berry sorbet

Berry sorbet

Ok, so it has quite a bit of sugar in it, but we all need a treat sometimes. And these particular treats are bursting with real fruit but with no fat, so it’s perfect for kids (and for mums!). What you’ll need: Ingredients 1¼ Cups water ½ Cup sugar 1½ Cups raspberries or strawberries 1 […]
Fun fruit salad in a watermelon basket

Fun fruit salad in a watermelon basket

With a serving basket made out of the watermelon skin (it can be as elaborate or as simple as you like), your kids will realise how much fun fruit can be! What you’ll need: Ingredients 1 Medium sized watermelon 1 Can canned diced pineapple 2 Cups seedless green grapes 2 Apples – cored and chopped […]