Danielle Colley

Danielle Colley

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Danielle Colley is an award nominated blogger and freelance writer who gets around a bit. Between her love of human interest stories, photography and food, Danielle’s life is anything but dull. She lives in Sydney with her two children, D Man and Kiki, and a cat named Pants who is a bit of a jerk.
In her spare time she eats ice cream straight from the bucket whilst drinking wine.

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At home winter workout

Keep your body moving and active this winter with this quick and dynamic at home workout you can do in your lounge room. 

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Danielle Colley 26 May 17 Be active
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What is attachment parenting?

Ever wondered what attachment parenting is and whether you should be trying it with your bub? We investigate.

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Danielle Colley 09 May 17 Babies
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Do's and don'ts on parenting: the five most 'Googled' questions

A definitive guide of the do's and don'ts on parenting... if only!

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Danielle Colley 09 May 17 Babies
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Not all breast lumps are sinister but all must be checked out

During a not-so routine breast check, mother of two Danielle Colley found a breast lump. She shares her experience of doctors’ appointments,… read more

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Danielle Colley 10 Apr 17 Cancer
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Jade's story: Cerebral Palsy and living life to the fullest

Jade Heinstman has a lesson for us all with her approach to living with a disability and not letting it hold her back from reaching her goals.  

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Mar 17 Raising children
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The possible pitfalls of pedicures

Getting a quick pedicure may land your feet in more than just hot water.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 15 Feb 17 Wellness
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Vitamin D may help ward off dementia

Vitamin D is essential for good health for everyone, but it is especially crucial to the ageing adult.

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Danielle Colley 03 Feb 17 Dementia
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Ten ways to help keep gym motivated well into the new year

New Year’s often means people sign up for a gym membership with high hopes to get fit but usually by mid-February our motivation wanes and we stop… read more

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Danielle Colley 22 Dec 16 Be active
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Team Family vs Australian Cricket-Team: Family bonding in a minute

When the Cooper’s met the Aussie cricket team, they put the ‘quality’ into quality time.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 19 Dec 16 Raising children
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Five reasons why family time is important

Families are like gardens; the more you water them, the more spectacularly they may bloom. Here are five reasons to connect with your family today.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 19 Dec 16 Raising children
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Darren Lehmann talks about the importance of family time

There’s a lot of travel when you’re the coach of the Australian cricket team, so family time becomes more precious than ever.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 19 Dec 16 Raising children
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It's never too late to take centre stage

A hint of drama has arrived at a Bupa Aged Care in Traralgon... A not-so-young girl in a red cape is on the run from a wolf, while a dastardly doctor… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 19 Dec 16 Keep connected
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Diabetes friendly Christmas: desserts

With a few tasty tricks you can keep your blood sugar levels and your taste buds happy this Christmas.

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Danielle Colley 09 Dec 16 Diabetes
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Diabetes friendly Christmas: main meal

With a few tasty tricks you can keep your blood sugar levels and your taste buds happy this Christmas.

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Danielle Colley 09 Dec 16 Diabetes
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Diabetes friendly desserts: baked apples and tropical crunch trifle 

Even when you need to watch what you eat, you can enjoy a little something sweet.

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Danielle Colley 08 Dec 16 Diabetes
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How to choose the right trainers for your child

Planning for the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon? Find the right sport shoes for your child from the word GO!

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Danielle Colley 06 Dec 16 Raising children
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Why sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory

Making a statement while saving your eyes? Now that’s a win, we look at why sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. 

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Danielle Colley 29 Nov 16 Wellness
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How to make Christmas in hospital a little merrier

Whether you or a loved one needs to stay in hospital this festive season it doesn’t need to be strictly “treatment as usual” Here are some ways to… read more

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Danielle Colley 25 Nov 16 Emotional issues
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How to groom your puppy

Grooming your dog is an essential part of taking care of them, but it is also a lovely time for you to bond. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Nov 16 Raising children
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Protecting your puppy around the home

Puppies are very similar to children in that they’re inquisitive by nature, and love to get into mischief.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Nov 16 Raising children
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Becoming a parent for the second time: your emotional wellbeing

When you become a mum for the second time, you know what to expect, don’t you? Well, the truth is, probably not.

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Danielle Colley 22 Nov 16 Pregnancy
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How to take care of your puppy's teeth

Just as oral care is important for humans, so too is it important for our four legged friends. Oral care is sometimes overlooked in our pets but it… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 22 Nov 16 Raising children
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Diabetes friendly desserts: Peach, Mango and Pistachio Terrine and Berry Filo Tarts

Living with diabetes means you need to be mindful about what you eat, but these desserts - eaten in moderation - mean you don’t have to miss out on… read more

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Danielle Colley 21 Nov 16 Diabetes
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A heart-friendly Christmas feast

Keep it healthier  this Christmas with these delicious recipes  that are not only tasty, but are also heart friendly. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Nov 16 Heart health
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Tips to look after yourself during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an amazing time, but it also comes with some huge changes. Take a look at a few ways that you can look after yourself, and in turn… read more

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Danielle Colley 21 Nov 16 Pregnancy
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A merry little gluten-free Christmas: savoury suggestions

Just because you have food intolerances doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious festive food.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 16 Nov 16 Healthy eating
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A healthier Christmas makeover: entrée and desserts

With Christmas fast approaching, many people are preparing to put on a feast. Here are two great recipes to help make your feast a little healthier. 

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Danielle Colley 11 Nov 16 Healthy eating
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Tips for looking after yourself after giving birth

A new baby is incredibly exciting, but the changes to your life can come as a bit of a shock. You must look after yourself before you can look after… read more

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Danielle Colley 11 Nov 16 Pregnancy
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A healthier Christmas makeover meal

A roast turkey with all the trimmings is a very traditional Christmas meal. But take a look at these recipes which may help make your feast a little… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 11 Nov 16 Healthy eating
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A merry little gluten free Christmas: sweet suggestions

Just because your tummy says no to wheat, it doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all of the festive treats. Here are some recipe ideas…

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 11 Nov 16 Healthy eating
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Zombie eyeball jelly cups

Creep out your kids this Halloween with these scary and gross looking zombie eyeball jelly cups.  

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 24 Oct 16 Raising children
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Cheesy bones with blood sauce

Check out our macabre snack idea for cheesy bones with blood sauce to help you get your spook on this Halloween. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Oct 16 Raising children
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Mummified sausages

These super cute mummified sausages are wickedly delicious and are sure to keep the little ghouls happy this Halloween.  

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Oct 16 Raising children
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Bolognaise Jack-O-Lanterns

This Halloween why not swap the sugar loaded lollies for some homemade treats, like these Bolognaise Jack O Lanterns.  

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Oct 16 Raising children
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5 signs you may be overdoing it and what to do about it

While having a full life is not something to be shunned, having an overfull life is something that may cause you to burn out in the long run. Here… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 14 Oct 16 Wellness
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What to do when panic attacks!

Here are some helpful tips on how to help manage a panic attack in everyday situations: on public transport, on a plane, in a crowded place, at… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 12 Oct 16 Mental Health
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Healthier kids' parties: carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Check out this delicious healthier cupcake recipe - carrot and ginger cupcakes with cream cheese icing. It's not sugar free but it's a healthier cake… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 03 Oct 16 Raising children
Strawberry Cocoa trifles Families

Healthier kids' parties: strawberry cocoa trifles

No one wants to serve boring food at a kids' party, but is it possible to make fun delicious treats which aren't jam packed full of sugar? Danielle… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 02 Oct 16 Raising children
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Healthier kids' parties: sausage rolls

Discover our favourite recipe for sausage rolls, with a little extra goodness and a little less naughtiness.They're perfect for kids' parties and… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 02 Oct 16 Raising children
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The backyard obstacle course

Bored by your regular exercise routine? Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and try this backyard obstacle course with the whole family.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 15 Sep 16 Be active
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Keeping fit with kids - The Park Bench Workout

Keeping fit with little ones under foot can seem like an impossibility but with a little know-how and motivation you can turn almost any space into a… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 15 Sep 16 Raising children
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Settling a new puppy in your home

A new puppy is just like a new family member. Settling them in and making them comfortable and secure is paramount to a happy pooch. It is only… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 14 Sep 16 Raising children
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Annette's hope: Finding purpose through art

Annette Lade’s life as she knew it was stripped from her in the blink of an eye, when a drink driver smashed into her car, leaving her a… read more

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Danielle Colley 13 Sep 16 Keep connected
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Introducing a new puppy to your home

There are few things in life more exciting than a new puppy, but bringing your pup home can be a little daunting for everyone at first.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 13 Sep 16 Raising children
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Puppy proofing your home

When bringing a new puppy home you need to remember that they are just like curious kids. As you would child-proof your home to ensure it was safe… read more

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Danielle Colley 13 Sep 16 Raising children
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How having active fun with kids can help grow well-adjusted teens

Teenage years can often be fraught with parenting challenges. As hormones reign supreme you can only hope the ground work you put in when they were… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 12 Sep 16 Raising children
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Why being active as a family is important for more than health

Most of our homes harbor more technology than ever before. Between television, computers, devices and mobile phones our kids have never been more… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 11 Sep 16 Raising children
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Working out with kids – Kettle bell workout

Getting to the gym can be a little bit hard sometimes because life and family commitments can get in the way.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 26 Aug 16 Raising children
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The beginners guide to cycling with kids

Once your kids have mastered riding a bike, cycling as a family can be a rewarding activity that is both fun and great way to get physically active.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 25 Aug 16 Raising children
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5 cycling routes in Adelaide to try with kids

Adelaide and surrounds are a glorious part of the world with much to offer by way of natural beauty. There are gorgeous beaches and majestic… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 25 Aug 16 Raising children
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Bike safety for kids

Kids zooming around on bikes is the stuff that childhood memories are made of. Initially, it’s riding around parks with your family and eventually… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 25 Aug 16 Raising children
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8 meal hacks for busy parents

Everybody wants to provide the best possible diet for their kids, but if you had known in advance that they’d require feeding three times a day plus… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 24 Aug 16 Raising children
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The great Australian pastime of drinking

The Saturday barbie is a cornerstone of the Australian social calendar and for some, it’s not always  a sober occasion. That’s certainly… read more

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Danielle Colley 22 Aug 16 Reduce alcohol
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Dying with dignity with those you love

We speak to Natalie who is living with terminal cancer about why it is important to her to die at home with dignity surrounded by her loved ones. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 18 Aug 16 Emotional issues
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Sergio's story

We talk to one of our residents about his story and why it's so important for him to be surrounded by beauty in his new home at Bupa Aged Care.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 15 Aug 16 Considering care
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How to broach the aged care conversation

My Grandpa is 90 years old. He’s been living at home with my Nana and they were doing fairly well until he had a stroke a couple of years ago.… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 09 Aug 16 Keep connected
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Cooking for one

Some people don’t mind cooking for one, but when it comes as a new task it can make daily food preparation a lonely feat.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 08 Aug 16 Stay independent
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New checklist may assist in early dementia diagnosis

A group of neuro psychiatrists and Alzheimer’s experts have developed a new questionnaire which may help to identify early warning signs of dementia.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 08 Aug 16 Dementia
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8 Ways to boost your productivity

How many times have you wished there were more hours in the day? Everyone’s lives are getting busier but sadly the hours in the day stay the same,… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 08 Aug 16 Wellness
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Seven meat - free recipes 

We look at the negative affects of eating too much meat and share some delicious meat free recipes. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 28 Jul 16 Healthy eating
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How facetime can help bring families together

While we often hear about too much screen time being detrimental to children, it appears that there is an exception to the technological rule:… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Jul 16 Raising children
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Puppy power in aged care: Doreen's story

When Martin Pascal-Murray was looking for a care home for his 85 year old mum, a special four legged friend named Charlie helped make the decision a… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 14 Jul 16 Considering care
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Caring for kids in rural Australia

Find out how the Royal Far West and Bupa have joined forces to help connect children in Australia to the care they need, regardless of where they… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 01 Jul 16 Raising children
Banana and berry muffins Healthier

Banana berry cereal muffins

Looking to use up those bananas that have been languishing in your fruit bowl for a bit long or do you just want to get rid of that last bit of… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 16 Jun 16 Healthy eating
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Eight fun indoor activities to entertain the family

When the weather turns feral outside, here are seven fun activities to help keep the kids entertained indoors so they don't turn like the weather.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 16 Jun 16 Raising children
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5 coping skills every new parent needs to know

You’ve read a few books, and you’ve set up your nursery. You’ve vowed to still make time to be a loving couple and you’re feeling quietly confident… read more

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Danielle Colley 10 May 16 Parental health
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Mums don't compare yourselves!

Generally first time mums don't have a lot of parenting experience. For the most part, they are all making it up as they go along.

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Danielle Colley 09 May 16 Parental health
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Mothers Day breakfast

If I had any say in it there would be multiple Mother's Days throughout the year. It seems to me that mums are always putting others' needs first and… read more

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Danielle Colley 27 Apr 16 Parental health
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The golf course that made a dream come true

Behind Oliver Green’s fading eyesight and precarious balance is a man who has lived an extraordinary life in his 96 years.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Apr 16 Considering care
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How to talk to kids about separation

It’s hard dealing with a marriage breakdown, there is heartache, disappointment and then the added stress of trying to work out all the logistics.… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 12 Apr 16 Raising children
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Part one: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

My work as a writer introduces me to many people around the world and I share their stories. Now and then, one of those stories burrows under my skin… read more

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Danielle Colley 11 Apr 16 Be active
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Lunchbox inspiration

Many of us grew up with sandwiches on high repeat in our lunch boxes, but when you compare our ‘80’s lunchboxes with Pinterest, you can’t help but… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 23 Mar 16 Raising children
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Healthier Easter treats to balance out your week: Part 2

Easter can, for some, be a time of great indulgence, with chocolate lurking at every turn. Indulging in some chocolate is all part of the fun, but if… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Mar 16 Raising children
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Healthier Easter treats to balance out your week: Part 1

Easter can, for some, be a time of great indulgence, with chocolate lurking at every turn. Indulging in some chocolate is all part of the fun, but if… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Mar 16 Raising children
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Breakfast on the go

Some quick breakfast recipes for those of us who are in a rush to get out the door in the morning but are a bit bored of popular options such as… read more

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Danielle Colley 17 Mar 16 Healthy eating
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Superfoods of 2016 and beyond

These days, supermarkets, and restaurants and café menus offer a variety of ancient grains, seeds and vegetables that are claimed to deliver… read more

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 05 Jan 16 Healthy eating
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Grandparents: how to help bring siblings home

Baby number two is on its way and you have the task of taking care of your older grandchild while baby number two is being born. This is a great… read more

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Danielle Colley 27 Dec 15 Babies
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Seven ways to be a helpful grandparent

Seven practical ways grandparents can help support new parents when baby first comes home.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 27 Dec 15 Babies
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Parenting: What's changed?

Attention all grandparents! Certain parenting techniques may have changed. Here is a quick rundown of some of the changes.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 24 Dec 15 Parental health
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Santa Fruit Skewers

Looking for a fun way to get the kids interested in cooking? These sweet treats are bound to get the kids off their devices and into the kitchen.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 09 Dec 15 Raising children
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Fruity Snowman

While Aussie kids may not be able to make a real snow man, these fruity delights are as fun to make as they are to eat.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 09 Dec 15 Raising children
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Gluten-free cheese and herb Christmas shapes

Those who can't eat gluten often miss out when it comes to shared snacks. But these Christmas crackers are bound to hit the spot.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 09 Dec 15 Raising children
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Fresh Christmas Tree

Struggling to get your kids to eat their fruit and veg? This festive feast for the eyes and palate is sure go down a treat.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 09 Dec 15 Raising children
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Egg and Cheese Santas

Christmas is a time for great indulgence, with sugary treats everywhere you turn. Which is why I've created some fun and healthy festive snacks. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 08 Dec 15 Raising children
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Guacamole and pitta Christmas trees

If you're looking for healthy and delicious snacks for the whole family try these quick and easy treats that look and taste amazing.

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 08 Dec 15 Raising children
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Healthy Halloween Fun: Part 2

Another two spooktacular recipes that are sure to get your kids bat(tling) for seconds this Halloween. 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 26 Oct 15 Raising children
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Healthy Halloween Fun: Part 1

Two tasty and fun Halloween recipes that are sure to get your kids to scream 'eeeeeeeew' but for all the right reasons this time! 

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 26 Oct 15 Raising children

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