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Looking After Our Mental Health In A Post-Pandemic World

Looking After Our Mental Health In A Post-Pandemic World

What does life look like with our mental health in a Post-Pandemic world? Stay at home orders, loss of employment, mask wearing, social distancing, financial pressures and loneliness are all […]

Your Spring-Cleaning Checklist, Sorted

Your Spring-Cleaning Checklist, Sorted

With more time spent at home than ever before, it’s a great opportunity to get stuck into spring cleaning and organising projects. From the kitchen to the bedroom, our handy spring-cleaning checklist will have your home spotless!

Tips To Create A Better Sleep For Children – Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant

Tips To Create A Better Sleep For Children – Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant

CWM interviewed Maryann Wild from Little ZZZ Sleep Consultant today about all things sleep; tips, guidance, support and more. If you are part of our Facebook community group for women, […]

School Holiday Activities Kids Can Enjoy At Home

School Holiday Activities Kids Can Enjoy At Home

Are you looking for lockdown activities to do in the School Holidays? For many in lockdown, it may seem that there isn’t much to look forward to during the Spring […]

Trash or Treasure? How To Deal With Inherited And Sentimental Clutter

Trash or Treasure? How To Deal With Inherited And Sentimental Clutter

Wondering how to approach all those generously gifted and inherited items? My top tips for when you are left with much more than fond memories.

Supporting Learning While Homeschooling

Supporting Learning While Homeschooling

It is fair to say remote learning has put an enormous pressure on our children, our families and our teachers – even more so when working with hidden disabilities such […]

How One Central West Family Discovered Their Daughter Had A Rare Genetic Condition

How One Central West Family Discovered Their Daughter Had A Rare Genetic Condition

One local Mum, Sam Smith has shared her family story about her daughter’s experience with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a rare genetic condition affecting children. What is Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)? […]

What’s The Buzz With Beehives?

What’s The Buzz With Beehives?

It’s official, I am now a beekeeper. Truth be told it’s only been a year and I don’t feel I do that term justice but in those 12 months I […]

LOCKDOWN: Effects On The Oral Health Of Our Children.

LOCKDOWN: Effects On The Oral Health Of Our Children.

While oral health may not be on the top of our priority list during lockdown, you may benefit from some oral health tips to navigate your way.

Nutrition For Tweens And Teens During Lockdown

Nutrition For Tweens And Teens During Lockdown

Are you worried about your child’s mental health and eating patterns? This article may help to address concerns regarding mental health and poor eating habits particularly in our tween – […]

How To Prepare For The School Holidays Amidst The Uncertainty

How To Prepare For The School Holidays Amidst The Uncertainty

The last few months have not been without their challenges. We’ve been in lockdown, battling remote learning from our often already remote locations and unsure of what the future holds. […]

Raising A Transgender Child

Raising A Transgender Child

Here is a personal story of a Mum who is experiencing the parenting journey of raising a transgender child. I raised my child with the intent of growing a wonderful […]

Lockdown Rocky Road Recipe

Lockdown Rocky Road Recipe

Are you looking for fun and delicious lockdown recipe activities? My son Marlsy and I created our own fun rocky road recipe after he was inspired by watching a video […]

Lockdown And Life On The Spectrum

Lockdown And Life On The Spectrum

Are you in lockdown with a child on the spectrum? For those that are blessed to have a child on the spectrum, you will be fully aware of the roller […]

Understanding The NDIS

Understanding The NDIS

Most people are well aware of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a scheme designed to help Australians living with a significant and permanent disability. The problem is, many of us are also well aware that it can be quite difficult to navigate, particularly at times when stress levels are already high due to your family members not having the essential services they need.

Food For Thought – What To Eat During The HSC

Food For Thought – What To Eat During The HSC

Do you have an HSC student in your household and not sure what to feed them? The HSC can be a gruelling time for our kids. It’s important to fuel […]

Ash Barty – A Local Tennis Hero

Ash Barty – A Local Tennis Hero

Am I proud of Ash Barty? Well that’s an understatement. Proud, is just one of many words to describe this young Australian. I was so lucky to meet Ash briefly […]

Warning Signs And Risk Factors Of An Eating Disorder

Warning Signs And Risk Factors Of An Eating Disorder

Did you know? Over 1 million Australians are living with an Eating Disorder and only a quarter are getting treated! This is alarming, especially considering how dangerous eating disorders are […]

What To Do If Your Child Is Involved In A Bullying Incident

What To Do If Your Child Is Involved In A Bullying Incident

What to do if your child is involved in a bullying incident If you learn or suspect that your child has been involved in a bullying situation, your first step […]

Learn the Facts, Pfizer Vaccine

Learn the Facts, Pfizer Vaccine

We’ve heard a lot about the Astra Zeneca Vaccine so now that the Pfizer vaccine is available in Australia it’s time to learn some facts about this vaccine. The COVID-19 […]

Central West Mums, We’ve Got Your Winter Vacation Care Sorted

Central West Mums, We’ve Got Your Winter Vacation Care Sorted

The school holidays are just around the corner, so if you haven’t already, now’s the time to make your vacation care bookings… or risk an endless alternating loop of “I’m […]

Bullying: How to navigate an imperfect system

Bullying: How to navigate an imperfect system

How to use documentation to your advantage when approaching your child’s school.

School Readiness Programs

School Readiness Programs

Would you like to more about School Readiness Programs and why they are so important? In our Q & A Live video with Michelle Wood from Clever Cookie Academy has […]

Covid Vaccine, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Covid Vaccine, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Last week I had my first covid vaccine- the AstraZeneca vaccine. Developed by a team based in Oxford, UK, this vaccine has had some really bad press recently. I’ve got […]

Decluttering – The Science Behind Getting SORTED!

Decluttering – The Science Behind Getting SORTED!

It is not uncommon for our clients to tell us how being more organised in their homes by using phrases such as “Life Changing” or “Incredible difference” or “I feel so much clarity”. Anecdotally I know that a good tidy up or declutter makes me feel so much better – but is there any scientific evidence behind this feeling?

Preventative Health, Central West

Preventative Health, Central West

Did you know? Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness and disability in Australia today with 89% of deaths in 2018 associated with these chronic conditions. These include; Cardiovascular […]

The Benefits Of Vacation Care for School Aged Children, Central West

The Benefits Of Vacation Care for School Aged Children, Central West

School holidays are meant to be idyllic, right?  Long family board games, walks on the beach, picnics and trips to the movies. Making memories.  Ummm.  Sometimes. And then sometimes school […]

What To Look Out For In A Before And After School Program

What To Look Out For In A Before And After School Program

Here is a guide on what to look for in a before and after school care program This parenting business is a tough gig. The decisions you need to make […]

Cooking Back To School – Fill Your Freezer

Cooking Back To School – Fill Your Freezer

The silly season has come and gone and now it’s time to think about the school season again. Dear reader I sympathise with you. On top of a busy day […]

Social Media Etiquette

Social Media Etiquette

Central West Mum Anonymous Author… Living in the 21st Century as a parent certainly has its perks. The mobile phone has also become our personal camera and digital diary when […]

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Central West Mum Anonymous Author  I remember when I found out I was pregnant. My first thought was “I wonder if it’s a boy or girl” closely followed by the […]

Mother’s Intuition – Why You Should Trust It

Mother’s Intuition – Why You Should Trust It

Central West Mum Anonymous Author Dear Mum’s, you know that gut feeling you get?  The feeling that’s almost like an angel tapping on your shoulder telling you something is not […]

Real Life Reviews – Lyndal’s Review Of Jaguar F-Pace

Real Life Reviews – Lyndal’s Review Of Jaguar F-Pace

Meet Lyndal; a Central West Mum with a young family of 4.  Juggling her routine with two little ones in tow isn’t an easy act to nail when planning playdates, […]

Real Life Reviews – Katie’s Review Ford Everest Sport

Real Life Reviews – Katie’s Review Ford Everest Sport

Meet Katie; a time-poor Central West Mum of 5 kids and her husband works a schedule of 7 days on and 7 days off with the mines! With a busy […]

Real Life Reviews – Julie’s Review Ford Escape

Real Life Reviews – Julie’s Review Ford Escape

Meet Julie; a Central West Mum who runs a tight ship with three active kids and all the sports gear required to go with them. Julie then zooms to numerous […]

Real Life Reviews – Anna’s Review Hyundai Tucson

Real Life Reviews – Anna’s Review Hyundai Tucson

Meet Anna; an adventure loving Mum of two boys and two dogs who cruise all over the Central West for Rugby and other road trips. Families come in all shapes […]

Kid’s Cooking – Christmas Spiced Cookies

Kid’s Cooking – Christmas Spiced Cookies

Christmas traditions If there’s one Christmas treat you can nail this year, it’s these! My boys and I have been making these for a number of years now since living […]

Santa Photos and activities

Santa Photos and activities

What’s On If you are asking the question about where to have a photo taken with Santa this year, here are some venues for you to visit. The Complete Camera […]

Orange Anglican Grammar – Year 12 Graduation In 2020

Orange Anglican Grammar – Year 12 Graduation In 2020

2020 has been a Year of firsts for schools and for our community For the first time Orange Anglican Grammar were unable to welcome the families to take part in […]

How To Get Active Everyday

How To Get Active Everyday

Getting up and active every day is so important for both children & adults alike…. but how can that be made simple?

Family Road Tripping Tips

Family Road Tripping Tips

The beauty of a good ol’ family road trip is a budget wise option that gives you the flexibility and freedom to head to your destination at your own pace. […]

Celebrating Scots All Saints College Year 12 students

Celebrating Scots All Saints College Year 12 students

As Year 12 students approach the end of their schooling Scots All Saints College ensured this important milestone was celebrated well. There have been many challenges faced by all schools […]

Kinross Wolaroi School Graduation Day

Kinross Wolaroi School Graduation Day

After a challenging year for Year 12 students, students can finally celebrate the HSC exams finishing this week. On Saturday 14 November 2020, Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange will bring […]

Bathurst Scots All Saints College Preparatory School – Opening 2021

Bathurst Scots All Saints College Preparatory School – Opening 2021

As the population of young families moving to pockets of the Central West increase, there is a huge demand for available spots in pre-schools and prep schools. News off the […]

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression

What is Postnatal Depression? This is different to the “baby blues” that many women experience in the first few days after having a baby, and which resolves quickly. Many women, […]

Contraception for couples – Mens Health, Why have a Vascetomy?

Contraception for couples – Mens Health, Why have a Vascetomy?

When the subject of “the snip” comes up in conversation most men will try to change the subject. Despite this, vasectomy remains the safest and most successful form of permanent […]

Movember and Prostate Cancer screening – Men’s Health

Movember and Prostate Cancer screening – Men’s Health

Men’s Health: So November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and also Movember. This is a favourite time of the year for most men as instantaneous societal approval is given for […]

Careers with Horses

Careers with Horses

Lindy Maurice is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Industry Careers. After living overseas and starting a family, the country called her all the way back to Borenore, […]

Halloween activities

Halloween activities

Even with COVID-Safe Guidelines released from the NSW Government for Halloween this year, there are plenty of activities you and your family can do to make Halloween fun. After my […]

The Impacts of Stress on the body

The Impacts of Stress on the body

We all live in a stressful environment and this can have large impacts on your body. Find out how to identify if your body is stressed and some simple strategies to compact the impacts of stress.

Helping Young Children Through The Death Of A Loved One

Helping Young Children Through The Death Of A Loved One

Death, dying and grief is overwhelming for all. There are so many unpredictable emotions and experiences during this time and knowing how to give sudden and unexpected news to children […]

Healthy Dog Needs with The Dog Lady

Healthy Dog Needs with The Dog Lady

Looking after our dogs to be the happiest they can be is important, but it’s not always easy to understand how. Learn types of enrichment you can implement into your […]

Incy Interiors – An interview with Kristy Withers

Incy Interiors – An interview with Kristy Withers

Creating the ultimate space for your child is no easy task. As they grow their room requirements change; it may morph from a nursery with a cosy cot to the […]

Disabilities – What you need to know when seeking support and services in NSW

Disabilities – What you need to know when seeking support and services in NSW

Circumnavigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be difficult at the best of times, even for those with a significant knowledge base surrounding it. So, for those individuals that […]

Let’s Celebrate SPRING!

Let’s Celebrate SPRING!

What’s your favourite thing about the new season? It’s a season that’s so full of life, growth and beauty to discover and share with our kids. There are so many […]

Mindful Moments for Daily Bliss

Mindful Moments for Daily Bliss

Every new generation has its own sources of stress… everything from school pressures, friendship dramas, cyberbullying, dramas at home, and even concerns about social issues like the environment and human […]

Decluttering Your House and Mind for Spring

Decluttering Your House and Mind for Spring

Honestly, nothing feels better than waking up to a clean home (unless the kids woke up before you, then it’s back to square one) and Spring is the perfect time […]

5 Family Friendly Cellar Doors to Visit in the Orange Region

5 Family Friendly Cellar Doors to Visit in the Orange Region

When planning what cellar doors to visit with kids, it is no easy feat when there are approximately 50 in the Orange region. Here you’ll find a trusted guide of cellar doors that are both family-friendly and provide a lovely tasting experience too.

Jackarooing

Jackarooing

My son Sam is currently away on his gap year jackarooing on a Cattle Station up in Northern Queensland in the Gulf country.  He finished Year 12 last year and […]

Family Law During a Pandemic

Family Law During a Pandemic

Amorette Zielinski talks to Alice Burnes from Cheney Suthers Lawyers about Family Law during a pandemic. Other helpful resources: Statement from the Hon Will Alstergren – Parenting Orders and COVID-19 […]

3 Lifestyle Hacks for Healthier Families

3 Lifestyle Hacks for Healthier Families

As parents, we can often feel pressured to give in to the requests (or demands) of our kids. Sometimes it saves arguments, other times it’s just quicker and easier to […]

Tax Time Tips

Tax Time Tips

I simply can’t believe that it’s already September with the deadline of 2 November looming for lodgment of your 2020 tax return. This year feels like the unwanted gift that […]

Helping your child survive the HSC!

Helping your child survive the HSC!

For year 12 students a lot of their energy at the moment would be focused on the HSC. This is a build-up after 13yrs of schooling and hard work. This […]

Family Traditions & Rituals: Connecting Us In Times of Change & Uncertainty

Family Traditions & Rituals: Connecting Us In Times of Change & Uncertainty

Family rituals and traditions are an important part of life for many families and can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. They create our childhood memories […]

Indoor Games for Rainy Days

Indoor Games for Rainy Days

Just because it’s raining (with more predicted during winter), doesn’t mean that your kids need to be parked on the couch all day! There are loads of activities, games and […]