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International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness and it’s an opportunity to get happy for a day and see if you can sustain it past the first argument with the kids.

In 2013 the UN started International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in everyone’s lives.

In 2015 the UN launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

On a personal level, happiness for me comes from a place of gratitude and grace. Sure, my kids will argue, I’ll have a bad day but when I look around with gratitude and grace I can see things differently. I am grateful that I have the day, that I have kids, that I am healthy and we are fortunate to be part of a loving and supportive family and community. When I take a moment and actually see what is before me I can’t help but feel happy.

Of course, there are things that drive me nuts like clothes on the floor, dishes on the bench next to the dishwasher and a puppy who continues to dig up my pride and joy but sometimes I have to just hide away, breathe and realise that these days will pass and for now I choose happiness.

Happy International Day of Happiness to you all.
Natalie

We’ve Found the Pot of Gold!

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We’ve Found the Pot of Gold!

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all!  We hope you’re all proudly wearing your green today and enjoying the celebrations of St Patrick’s Day.

At Made For School, we’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  It’s 10% off our entire Higgins Polo range and with 25 colours we’ve got more a shirt in every colour of the rainbow.  Why not grab a Burnt Orange one for Harmony Day on Tuesday or your happiest colour for International day on Monday.

Whatever you do, don’t pass up this pot of gold because it can only last for the month of March.

Natalie

RECIPE: Angel’s Nests

I’ve got a more than a few beautiful friends who are sensational cooks.  I always ask for recipes because when they make something and my child eats it then I want to make them at home to ease the stress at our table.  These delicious nests were a perfect side with our BBQ but are equally delicious on their own.  See if your kids enjoy these little nests as much as ours did.

RECIPE: Angel's Nests

RECIPE: Angel’s Nests

Ingredients:

  • 500g angel hair pasta
  • 125g grated parmesan cheese
  • 7 eggs lightly beaten
  • Chilli flakes or chopped parsley or basil to taste
  • Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Boil the pasta according to the directions on the packet.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs and add in the cheese and flavourings such as herbs or chilli.
  3. Drain the pasta and put into the large bowl with eggs and cheese.
  4. Toss to combine and coat in the eggs and cheese mixture.
  5. In a large frypan, heat on medium high and add some oil.
  6. Using tongs or a fork drop swirls of pasta into the pan and press down with a fork.
  7. Cook until golden brown and turn and cook the other side.
  8. Continue until all pasta is used.

These are great in the lunchbox cold the next day with salad.

Happy Cooking!

Natalie

Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Recipes

Shrove Tuesday

Tomorrow is a big day, Shrove Tuesday and the last day of summer.  I’m beginning to wonder why summer can go so fast and winter seems to last forever?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before lent begins on Ash Wednesday and it is often celebrated by making and eating pancakes.  This tradition started as a way of using up the foods not eaten during lent, sugar, eggs, butter and pancakes are always loved in our house.

We’ve got a couple of recipes to help with tomorrow’s celebrations, so get the aprons on and have a flipping time in the kitchen with these.

Our Pancake pops are easy to bake in the oven while the lunch boxes are getting filled.  Our favourite filling is blueberries but be as adventurous as you like.

If you really enjoy pancakes then this Pancake Mix is a great addition to your pantry.  We have a batch of this on ours and it is often used on the weekends.  The kids are now enjoying making us breakfast on the weekends so this mix makes it really easy for them.

Get ready for Shrove Tuesday and have some fun in the kitchen with the kids tomorrow.

Natalie

Library Lover’s Day

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Library Lover’s Day

Roses, chocolates and proclamations of love are being enjoyed around the world.  Some lovers, they share a different passion.  One of divine pleasure, of twists and turns and a scent that can be intoxicating.  That’s right, today may well be Valentine’s Day but we are celebrating Library Lovers Day instead!

What is not to love about a new thriller, a romantic dream or sharing someone’s life and dreams through an autobiography?

Today is the day to head down to the library with your favourite library bag, and slowly caress the spines and delicately choose your date for the next few nights.  Of course, you can always download a new e-book but does it really give you the joy and heady scent of those pages?

Whatever you choose today, grab your library bag and enjoy Library Lovers Day!

Natalie

UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science

UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science

UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science

We have a deep history of Australians who have made a difference to Australia and our global community.  At Made For School we honour some of these truly remarkable Aussies by naming our products after them so that their legacy and story will continue to be shared and celebrated.

Today, as we struggle against inequality in the field of science, we celebrate the UN International Day of Girls and Women in Science.  We have many fantastic Aussie scientists making a difference in our world today.  Looking through a brief period in time we are reminded of some great women scientists who made an impact on our world today.

In the late 1800’s one determined Aussie woman decided to chase her dream of studying medicine.  Unable to do this in Australia in the late 1800’s, Emma Constance Stone travelled to Pennsylvania to study and in 1888 graduated M.D., Ch.M. with first-class honours from the University of Trinity College, Toronto, Canada.  Constance went on to London to work at the new hospital for women.  This experience inspired her to found a hospital for women by women in Melbourne.

In 1890, Constance returned to Australia after working in London and became the first woman to be registered with the Medical Board of Victoria.  Constance’s sister, Clara followed in her footsteps and was allowed to study in Australia in 1887. 

Constance was instrumental in the establishing the Victorian Medical Women’s society, hosting the first meeting at her home.  In September 1896 eleven of Melbourne’s women, doctors decided to found the Queen Victoria Hospital for women which opened in 1899.

Today, as we strive to see more girls and women engaged in science we can celebrate the efforts of Constance Stone who forged the way for women to study medicine in Australia.  The efforts of Constance, her sister, Clara and other women doctors at the time made an incredible contribution to the health of poor women in Melbourne.

It is stories like that of Constance that have made a difference to the world we live in today.

Happy International Day of Girls and Women in Science, let’s celebrate and find ways to engage and inspire more girls and women to take on science as a career.

Chinese New Year 2017

 

Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year 2016

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar.  While we have Christmas and New Year as our special celebration, the biggest and longest celebration on the Chinese calendar is Chinese New Year.

Traditionally Chinese people clean their houses to drive away the bad luck of the previous year.  Next year might take a while to clean, as this year is the year of the Rooster.  If you were born in the year of the Rooster then this is considered to be your unlucky year.  The years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.  If you are a Rooster like my parents then you can read all about the year ahead right here.

I love any celebration, and the fact that we can join in the festivities all over Australia is exciting.  The hardest part, of course, is deciding what to do!  You can do some cooking, or lantern making at home with the kids or head out and enjoy the lion dance, firecrackers and discuss the importance of the red and gold that adorns everything especially at this time of the year.  A lot is happening throughout Australia so check out what’s going on in your neighbourhood.  For our Sydneysiders, head over here to see what’s going on.

To our partners and friends celebrating Chinese New Year, we wish you every success for a great year.

Natalie

Happy Australia Day 2017!

Happy Australia Day 2016

Happy Australia Day 2016

From our family to yours, Happy Australia Day!
We hope you have some fun with family and friends celebrating everything Aussie, including the flies, beach and pav!

Natalie

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May every great new day

Bring you sweet surprises
A happiness buffet.

Happy New Year to you,
And when the new year’s done,
May the next year be even better,
Full of pleasure, joy and fun. By Joanna Fuchs

Wishing you all the best for a fantastic 2017!

Natalie

Merry Christmas

The wrapping paper is all over the family room and the kids woke me screaming “He’s been, Santa has been!”.  It can only mean one thing, it’s Christmas Day.

May your hearts be filled with love and joy all day through.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Natalie

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