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A Father’s Day message

It is the eve of Father’s Day in Australia.

Our kids have bought their small gifts from the stalls at school and made a few other small gifts within the classroom. We also have a larger gift for my husband that is from all of us as a group.

As I handed over the card this evening for everyone to sign, Cameron (10y.o.) came up to me and asked what he should write as his message. I said  “How about ‘I love you” or ‘Thanks for being a great Dad!’ or you can even write a joke!”

Cameron got a gleam in his eye and ran off to write his message.

I absolutely cracked up laughing when I saw what he wrote.


True to form, Cameron took the opportunity to make a joke. I’m just surprised he wrote “I am a poop”, not YOU are a poop!”

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Hope your day is as entertaining as ours is going to be!

Bella 🙂


Military care packages

I have stolen this from my friend, Funtastic Early Childhood Ideas, who also happens to be a military wife. If some Aussies can jump on board, I am sure there would be many appreciative soldiers out there!

Bella 🙂


Here’s a simple little thing that we can all do at very little cost or effort that will make a big difference to one of our troops serving overseas.
Perhaps you may wish to send a soldier a care package.
The idea behind this is that some troops over in Afghanistan may not have family who are able to send them packages with things they may need or things that make their time over there just that tiny bit easier.
There may also just be a soldier who is finding their time over there difficult and just needs a bit of cheering up. It’ll get given to whoever needs it most.

Packages of love and respect are greatly appreciated

To send a care package to an Australian Soldier in Afghanistan, you need to purchase a “BM” size box (weighs 175g itself) from Australia Post, they cost around $2. They’ll give you some customs forms which you will also need to fill out. The address you need to send the package to is below. Make sure you seal all the edges of the box with packing tape. If the box after being packed… weighs less than 2kg, Australia Post will send it for Free.

Make sure all edges are sealed tight!

To give an example of what can be sent, a care package could be:

For a bloke

1 x Lynx Shower Gel Travel Size
1 x Pack of Schick Disposable Razors
1 x NON-AEROSOL Shaving Cream
1 x Lynx Roll On Deodorant
1 x Small Baby Powder (Talc)
1 x Chap Stick (SPF 30+)
3 x Bags of Allen’s Lollies (NOT CHOCOLATE)
1 x Beef Instant Noodles
1 x Pack of Scotch Finger Biscuits or Anzac Biscuits
2 x Canned Tuna (Pull Ring Style)
1 x Coffee Sachets or Tea Bags

Just some handy ideas

For a Female

1 x Dove soap or shower Gel
1 x Roll on Deodorant
1 x Chap Stick spf30
1 x small baby talc powder
3 x bags of Lollies
1 x Toothbrush and Paste
1 x Breath fresh mints
All those free shampoo and conditioner/face Cream/hand cream samples you accumulate or can get from your chemist and beauty counters
I x Pack of Anzac Biscuits or Ginger Nuts
1 x Coffee Sachets – Latte etc or Tea Bags

For those of you that are animal lovers, you may wish to do the following: sending care packages to our Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) with the following items included:
1 x box dog biscuits
1 x pack of Smackos or Liver treats or similar dried treat
3 x Tins sardines – dogs love them
1x toy – a frisby or tug rope
1 x tennis ball and don’t forget a couple of packets of lollies for the handler.

The dogs do a magnificent job under very trying conditions and quite a few have lost their lives serving their country.

Don’t forget our canine soldiers!

Things not to send:
Alcohol, Clothing (except socks), Aerosols, Cigarettes, Pork, chocolate (melts), Magazines with naked people.

But don’t limit it to this let your imagination do the walking. You may wish to also include a self addressed envelope and a letter, or include your email address as well just in case they want to contact you or have something specific they want you to get for them.

Mark your parcel To –
Australian Soldier – Male or Female or – Australian EDD and Handler (Explosives Detection Dog)
AFPO 60 Middle East Operations
Defence Force
NSW 2890

Blooms so sweet

Here we have another local business, and I have actually received a sample from here! I won a competition on her Facebook page and was given a lovely chocolate bouquet…which, in this house,  lasted about 20 minutes!

This lovely lady and I met through an online parenting forum a few years back. We were both living in the same town, and had child around the same age (though we have both gone on to have more!)

Not long ago, she started turning her hobby, making beautiful chocolate bouquets, into a business.

Since then, her hobby has grown from strength to strength.

She makes unique gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, and they are a great idea for the upcoming Easter! Chocolate bouquets are a great gift idea for those who have everything and a box of chocolate just isn’t enough.

She can personalise the bouquets too! If you want one for a teacher, or sporting coach…maybe your recipient likes butterflies? She can try to accommodate!

Contact bloomssosweet@y7mail.com today, or head over to her Facebook page, have a look around, and don’t forget to press “like” before you leave!