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Coping with Grief
Grief is a normal emotional and physical response that can occur when we have experienced a significant loss and/or change in our lives. The loss of someone we love can result in emotional responses such as disbelief, anger, guilt, depression and a feeling of emptiness. Physical symptoms can include sleeplessness, loss of concentration, the feeling of detachment, and numbness.
It can take anywhere from two to five years to readjust after the loss of a loved one. Each person will react in their own unique way. There are certain chemicals released by the grieving person, sometimes for months after the death, which is normal. These chemicals change the way we think and feel. Often a Birthday, Christmas and the first Anniversary of the death of a loved one are especially difficult times.
Changes to Queensland’s Smoke Alarm LegislationUpgrade Your Smoke Alarms Today!
New smoke alarm legislation will make Queensland households the safest in Australia in relation to fire safety. The new legislation specifies that all Queensland dwellings will be required to have Interconnected Photoelectric Smoke Alarms in all bedrooms, in hallways that connect bedrooms with the rest of the dwelling and on every level. When one goes off, they all go off, giving everyone extra time to escape. A 10-year phased rollout of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms in Queensland will happen over three specific periods starting from 1 January 2017.
Plums! How to grow your own Plum Tree in a pot
Plums are a diverse stone-fruit coming in a wide range of shapes, sizes, skin colours and tastes which vary from extremely sweet to quite tart. They are delicious fresh and ideal for lunch boxes or snacks on the run. They are also fantastic in hot and cold desserts, stewed, grilled, baked or sautéed, and in fruit salads or pies. Plums make tasty sauces for various meats or ice-cream and can also be preserved in jams. Australian Plums are generally available between November and April, but growing your own Plum tree is one of the easiest and most prolific fruit trees to grow in your garden. If you have missed the bare-rooted planting season, you can still find potted plum trees at your local garden centre or nursery.
Happy Father’s Day!
Being a Father has its own challenges ~ Warm wishes on Father’s Day to all those Dads who face these challenges with smiles on their faces😊 Whether you are a Dad, Grand-dad Step-dad, or are in the role of a Dad… Happy Father’s Day! May your day be filled with all the love & happiness you deserve. Thank you for all your love and support, we appreciate you.
Blue-tongue Lizard Season!
As the days get longer and warmer, it’s not just humans that are drawn out into the sunshine, out in the bush or even just lazing around your own backyard, you might catch sight of this season’s crop of baby Blue-tongues! Born in late January, they’re just getting big enough to be easily seen
Spotting a bluey in your backyard during Spring is more common than you think. Here’s what to do if you see one;
Daffodil Day Appeal ~ August 27th 2021
The Power to make a difference is yours
The Power of the Flower lies in its ability not only to inspire hope, but to encourage people to take action.
The Daffodil Day Appeal is Cancer Council’s most iconic and much-loved fundraising campaign. It’s a chance for Australians to come together and show their Flower Power; their ability to create change in the lives of people impacted by cancer, by funding cancer research. In 2020, the Daffodil Day Appeal raised almost $1.5 million for life-saving cancer research, but looked a little different. Despite a global pandemic, Australians still dug deep and donated online to show their commitment to a cancer free future.
Monday, 10 May 2021
HELPING VULNERABLE VICTORIANS STAY WARM, AND COOL, FOR LESS
Victoria’s most vulnerable residents will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer thanks to rebates of $1,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to replace old heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners in homes managed by community housing organisations.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced that the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program is now open for community housing organisations to apply for rebates for their residents.
Friends! The Musical Parody Australian Tour
Join your six favourite friends at their favourite cafe for a night of unstoppable laughs with a new musical that lovingly lampoons the beloved NBC sitcom ~ Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates the misadventures of our favourite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990’s Manhattan. It’s a seemingly typical day in New York coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! Follow Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as they navigate life and friendship, all while reliving favourite moments from the smash hit TV show. Friends! The Musical Parody plucks the best moments from the show’s decade long run and recreates the moments through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. Friends! The Musical Parody will keep you laughing but will tug at the heart strings drawing audiences into stories we know and love! For more detail & to meet the cast, visit: www.friendsmusical.com.au
Preserving Your Legacy Through Preplanning
Have you given any thought as to how you want to be remembered? What kind of legacy you would like to leave? Did you leave footprints through your talents at work or leave impactful memories with your kindness and thoughtfulness of others? Thinking about your funeral, let alone prearranging it, can be difficult thing to do. However, it’s a really important thing. Discussing the highs and re-living the achievements of your life with those you hold dearest could be a wonderful experience, as well as provide loved ones with a level of comfort in knowing that when the time comes, they’ll have given you the respectful send-off you deserve. It can be incredibly rewarding to imagine some of the more intricate, finer details that preplanning a funeral can offer.
Tips To Help You Choose The Right Accountant
An accountant might be great at what they do, but may not always be the best fit for you. Here is a list of questions to ask when looking for the right accountant to suit your needs;
School Holiday Activity: Making Playdough
The possibilities for playdough play are limitless and evoke imagination. Provide the kids with playdough and a variety of materials to use and encourage them to create anything they can imagine! Sensory tools promote play and allow children to slow down and have fun while using their creativity.
This homemade playdough recipe is really easy to make and lots of fun!
What you will need:
• 1 cup flour
• 2 tsp cream of tartar
• 1/2 cup salt
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 cup water
• Food Colouring of your choice
Importance of Maintaining & Cleaning your Septic Tank
Septic Systems are like any other piece of household maintenance, maintaining them is always simpler, less expensive and easier than replacing them. This means that septic tank cleaning is actually an important piece of your home-ownership schedule. Just as you check your roof’s integrity, clean your gutters and maintain your home’s exterior and interior aesthetic through cleaning and care, so you should maintain your septic system.
Why you should not ignore your Leaking Shower!
It is said that most of the showers have a shelf life of up to 10 years, unless treated professionally. Surprising as it may sound, the truth is shower leak can damage not just the tiles in the shower cubicle, but even the carpet in adjoining area.
Handy House Extension & Renovation Tips
Extending your home is a great way to gain extra living space to grow, boost the resale value of your home and give an old or outdated design a modern facelift, without the hassle and associated costs of moving.
There are many ways to extend your current home. To name a few, you can reconfigure an existing space, build new rooms, add a second-storey and establish an outdoor entertainment area. Regardless, your idea has to be viable and compliant with council guidelines (whether you need council approval depends on the scope).
Here are a few handy tips to help make the process a little easier for you;
Winter, the season to declutter
Winter is the perfect season for decluttering, even though we often associate cleaning and home organising with Spring. But, between the early sunsets and cold temperatures, most people are inside their houses more often in the winter.
While you’re stuck inside, why not give yourself more space to enjoy your home by getting rid of clutter? Plus, the more organised your surroundings are, the more organised your life becomes, it’s a real mood booster!
Why you should enlist the help of an Arborist
Trees are really important to our everyday lives and they need proper care to ensure they stay healthy and vibrant.
Arborists specialise in the care of trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide the right care. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large specimens, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
Here are some of the reasons you should hire an Arborist for your tree care needs.
Top 5 Benefits of Solar Energy for your Home or Business.
There are many reasons why homeowners go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Many people are aware that solar is a great home efficiency upgrade and are eager to reduce their carbon footprint while also improving property value.
Whether your motivations for going solar are economic, environmental, or personal, this list of solar power benefits will have something for everyone. Here are the top five reasons why solar energy is good for your home and more popular than ever in Australia
5 reasons to choose a Coach Tour for your next holiday
Over the last 10 years, Coach Touring has become a more popular choice of travelling throughout Australia. It has become more luxurious, more imaginative and is attracting a wider range of guests. Numbers are booming. And coaches will take you to an ever-increasing number of destinations ever more tailored to particular regions, or themes such as food & wine. Here are just 5 of the reasons Coach Tours are a great way to explore this beautiful country of ours;
The Importance of Regular Cleaning & Maintenance of your Air Conditioning unit
Regular Air conditioner maintenance is important as it ensures your unit continues to run effectively and efficiently and ensures the air you breathe is fresh and not contaminated.
Every time you turn a mouldy air conditioner on, it’s spewing mould spores and bacteria into the air and your lungs. If you have a mouldy air conditioner, you are exposing yourself and the most vulnerable members of your family, friends, and colleagues to a raft of potentially serious, even deadly health problems. A mouldy air conditioner is a recipe for chronic illness and you need to fix it fast.
Regular cleaning of your unit brings about a lot of monetary and health benefits for you and your family, such as;
Happy Mother’s Day
Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. To all the Super Mums out there, we realise everyday is Mother’s Day, but hope this Sunday is extra special for you, filled with all the love & happiness you deserve. Happy Mother’s Day!
Crafty Idea ~
Mother’s Day Button Art Flower Cards
What you will need:
• A variety of Buttons
• A4 size colourful card stock paper
• PVA glue
• Green ribbon (for the flower stems)
• Lace ribbon (for card decoration)
What to do if your Property has a
Finding out that you have a termite infestation can make you stress and send you in a panic. Termites are well known for their ability to cause widespread and costly damage to properties.
Every Mother deserves a break!
Mother’s Day is fast approacing and it’s not easy choosing the perfect gift. Do we give flowers, chocolates, a book? Yes, sure these are thoughtful and no doubt mum will appreciate all of these things, but one thing every mum deserves, is a break! Why not surprise mum this year with a holiday gift voucher!
ANZAC Day ~ 25th April ~ Lest we forget
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
– Laurence Binyon
Crafty Idea ~ ANZAC Day Poppy Wreath
Transform your egg cartons into poppies and make a beautiful poppy wreath for ANZAC Day. An easy activity which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Lest we forget
Why Dancing is a great fitness activity
Getting fit does not have to be the chore it’s often perceived to be. Instead, dancing is one of the best fitness workouts there is and it’s fun! Dancing offers upbeat and inventive exercise, that promotes a more healthy and active lifestyle. Sociable, energising and life-affirming, dance has a whole host of body benefits, from aiding joint flexibility through to boosting mental wellbeing.
Here are our top 6 reasons why dance is such a great fitness activity.
Uluru Camel Cup
Join locals at this fun filled weekend of activities and experience a true Aussie outback style event. The multi-award winning Uluru Camel Cup, now in its tenth year, is a must-do on every outback travelers list.
Festivities kick off at the Uluru Camel Farm on Friday night with , live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on a favourite camel with the locals at the lively Camel Cup Calcutta.
Useful Checklist to help prepare and stage your property for sale
Presenting your property in the most attractive way can improve the value of your asset and therefore increase the selling price.
We have put together a handy checklist to help you to prepare and stage your home for potential buyers.
“Easter…the only time it is perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket!”
Hoping this Easter holiday brings you and your family health, happiness, and lots of love! Happy Easter from the team at Family Services Guide
CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMES ~ A memorable, unique gift
Easter is just around the corner and while chocolate eggs are yummy and a common gift to give at this time, not everyone likes chocolate (yes I know it’s hard to believe!) So finding the right, unique gift is not always easy. What do you get friends and family who already have everything? The answer to your problems is simple: CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMES. As a timeless, flexible, fully customisable choice, picture frames can be your go-to gift this year. Here are 4 reasons why custom picture frames make an ideal gift for everyone:View
Fun Easter Holiday Activity ~ COLOURING EGGS WITH FOOD DYE
• Food Coloring
• White Vinegar
• Hard Boiled Eggs
• Bowls or large cups
• Whisk (optional)
• Paper towels
The School Holidays are fast approaching, if you’re planning a family trip but haven’t decided on a destination, we suggest: CAPE YORK | LOYALTY BEACH
Situated only 45 minutes from Australia’s northern-most point – Cape York, Loyalty Beach Campground offers travellers the ideal location to pitch their base camp as they explore the Northern Peninsula Area. The campground boasts over 500 metres of grassed beachfront camping, with clean amenities, laundry facilities, and a fully stocked kiosk. Gas, Ice and EFTPOS facilities are available with MasterCard, Visa, and Bankcard being accepted. Power is available and Pets under supervision are welcome.View
5 Tips to help you choose the right Removalist when moving
So you’re moving, how exciting! Yet it can be a daunting task organising everything. The idea of opting to hire a Furniture Removalist becomes significantly important. The furniture removalist of your choice will make sure that all your valuables are transported to your new place safely. The following are a few important tips that may help you when looking for the right removalist for your needs:View
Cool ways to make drinking water more fun for kids!
While we all need H2O to survive, it can prove difficult to get kids to drink their recommended daily amount of water, especially after they’ve discovered alternatives like flavoured milk and juice. Since our bodies lose water through breathing, sweating and digestion – three things kids do frequently – it’s important that children are drinking enough to stay healthy and energised.If getting kids to drink enough water is a battle you’re familiar with, try these five simple tricks to encourage better hydration.View
Crafty Idea! Decorative Rocks
These decorative rocks are an extremely easy and fun activity to pass the time with kids of all ages! They are perfect for displaying on shelves, in your garden, or as a special gift! Pick smooth, flat rocks. You can decorate any rock, but it’s harder to decorate ones with ridges. If you can’t find them in nature, the craft stores sell them as do home improvement and garden centres.
5 Reasons Why You Need Regular Pest Control Services!
“Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout, I realised it was a red-back and I gave a great big shout!” This is not an uncommon occurrence! The average Australian house has hundreds of types of bugs living inside. As such, it’s essential to safeguard your space with regular pest control. And the number of bugs is just one major reason for doing it — here are five more justifications for hiring pest control services for routine check-ins.View
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To our valued readers and contributors, thank you for your ongoing love and support, wishing you everything that makes you happiest, today and always. Keep smiling!View
Happy Australia Day
Every year we come together on this day to celebrate what a magnificent country Australia is. We take the opportunity to enjoy all the great Aussie traditions that we love to do, like cooking a barbie, heading to the beach or having a game of backyard cricket. We are so lucky to live in a country where we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for. Warm wishes on Australia Day to all. Let us have a cheerful and wonderful day full of celebrations with our family & friends. Happy Australia Day!View
Hot Water Heater – To Repair or Not to Repair? That is the question
A water heater is one of the most important investments you can have in your home. It makes it possible for you to access hot water in the house when you need it and for heating up your home.However, just like any other appliances in the home, the water heater eventually breaks down and will need to be repaired or replaced. The big question for many people is whether it is time to repair hot water heater or to replace.Here are some pointers to guide you.View
Goodbye 2020…Hello 2021!
This past year has been one for the books! We just want to say how thankful we are for your support this year. From our entire team, we want to wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! Stay SafeView
Happy Holidays from the team at Family Services Guide!
Wishing you joy at Christmas and prosperity in the coming year. Thank you for being such an important part of what we do. We value our opportunity to serve you and look forward to doing so in the future. Stay SafeView
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Camping Trips prove popular for families over school holidays with 72% cabin occupancy, an increase on 2019 figures.
A $170 million boost over school holidays for regional tourism, an indication of the important role campers can play in the country’s recovery. Caravan Parks across Australia reached average occupancy levels as high as 72% in cabins and 64% in powered sites for the week commencing 28 September 2020 as confidence starts to return among Aussies looking to spend time with loved ones over the school holidays.Read more here…