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IMAGINATION STATION – WHAT WILL YOU BE TODAY?

If you could be anything or anyone today, what would it be?

Come on, close your eyes and think about it.

Would you be a beautiful fish swimming around the coral in the Great Barrier Reef?

A mighty eagle, soaring above the land, a tiny fairy (I did say ANYTHING), sprinkling pixie dust and granting wishes?

 

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A famous actor, an astronaut, a brain surgeon, a leaf – what would you choose?

When you close your eyes and think about it, you are using one of our most wonderful tools – imagination.

This is the key reason dress-up play is so important, but there are lots of other benefits too – read on.

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BALI STORIES – HOW THE WEAK CAN CONQUER THE STRONG

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Did you hear about the bird that pecked out an elephant’s eyes?

The blind and thirsty elephant heard a frog croaking near a cliff and thought that water was nearby.

It ran towards the sound and fell into the ravine, killing itself.

Sad, I know, but the tale demonstrates how the small and weak can use their wits to defeat the big and powerful.

 

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EASY WAYS TO PAINT LIKE A PRO

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to paint like a pro.

If you read my post How to Draw the Line to Happiness you’ll understand all the benefits you gain by creating art.

The problem for many is they feel intimated by the prospect and unsure of how to start.

This week I’m sharing three pretty painting ideas – two of them emulate the masters.

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HOW TO DRAW THE LINE TO HAPPINESS

 

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It’s no secret the art soothes the soul but many people are intimidated by the prospect of creating their own art.

If this is you then you’re denying yourself the chance to be smarter and happier.

Arts, hobbies, and crafts are in the top six happiness inducing activities according to research.

What you may not know is that WHAT you draw can have a huge impact on your mood.

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10 REASONS YOU NEED TO COOK WITH YOUR KIDS

You know it’s going to be messy. You pray they don’t sneeze into the mixing bowl. You understand the patience of a saint will be required just to make a simple snack.

But the benefits of cooking with your kids far outweigh the mess and stress. This is one of the most important activities to share with children as we all need to eat.

We may get through life without ever painting that canvas we had planned, or knitting a scarf, but we won’t get through life without food.

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We may not all become chefs, but if we are taught at an early age to understand food – where it comes from, what it does, we are more likely to make wise eating choices later in life.

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THIS IS THE EASIEST DOLL YOU’LL EVER MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making woollen dolls.

With the weather getting cooler here in Australia our minds turn to all things warm and wool is one of the best of them.

Every year, inspired by the cooler temperatures, I vow I’m going to start, or finish, a knitted scarf or blanket.  Last year I managed about five small knitted squares – only 50 left to go – yay!

Obviously, knitting isn’t really my thing but I can happily make dozens of these cute little dolls and they are so easy even the Goddesses can make them.

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WORLD PEACE – IT’S A NUMBERS GAME

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The solution to world peace and harmony was revealed to us recently as we sipped on coconut water at a pool bar in Bali.

We were presented with a wide smile with bright white teeth and deep dimples as Marvellous Made’s Mathematical Solution was explained.

This amazing man spoke with great passion as he scribbled the Solution onto a serviette.

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WHEN THE LAST RESORT IS THE BEST RESORT

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What happens when you reach the last resort? You have the time of your life.

That’s what we discovered when, two years in a row, we accidently chose the last beachside resorts at two different towns.

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HOW TO MAKE A SMILING SHARK, A CUDDLY OCTOPUS AND MORE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – colourful sea creatures to celebrate ocean day.

Last week’s project, How to Create and Educate for World Oceans Day showed you how to make a shimmering seahorse, crazy crab, cute clams and collages.

This week we have a cuddly octopus, foil fish, CD fish, CD crab and a smiling shark.

Sharks get a bad rap. I admit I’m absolutely terrified at the prospect of coming across one in the ocean, so am careful to swim between flags at patrolled beaches and avoid the danger times of dusk and dawn while swimming.

The project this week is a friendly, smiling shark.

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WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

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You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.

I remember my mother quoting this to me when I was a tormented teenager.

I always thought she was such a liar. After all, didn’t I adore her more than anything on the planet? And didn’t I loathe myself with true teen tenacity?

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