Christmas, New Year and School Holidays gives us extra time with the family. Keeping young children entertained can be pretty demanding especially when the weather is too hot or stormy so Rosalie from our Office has listed some recipes to help keep the kids entertained when they are stuck inside the house.
Homemade play dough:
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour (add a couple of drops of food dye to what colour you like)
Stir, then knead until smooth
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag
Mix one part plain flour with one part water ( 1 cup of Plain flour to 1 cup water) until you get a thick glue-like consistency. Add a bit more water it its too think
Mix well with a spoon to get rid of all the bumps. Add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold.
Homemade Finger Paint:
3 tlbs sugar
½ tsp salt
½-1 cup plain flour
2 cups water
Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Warm until mixture thickens. Cool & pour into containers, add food coloring for different colors.
This summer has been a real treat for cricket enthusiasts.
Throughout December and January, Cricket was regular fixture on TV with the test series against India and the Big Bash on every night. This has probably been bad news in some households where I'm sure the battle for the remote has been fierce.
I was lucky enough to head across to Adelaide for the first test which ended in a spectacular fashion with Australia taking 8 wickets in a session to win the test. On Saturday we also made the trek to Melbourne to watch the local derby in the Big Bash. The whole experience was extremely entertaining from the fireworks and giant flames which you could feel from 200 metres away to the explosive batting. This match also finished in amazing fashion with one run off the last ball to win the game and some controversy in regards to whether the batsman was run out.
Happily for us enthusiasts and sadly for everyone else, the summer of cricket is far from over.With the One Day International Tri Series starting on Friday night followed by the World Cup starting in February there is plenty more cricket to come.
Hopefully Australia can do us proud in the World Cup and bring home the trophy. I know I will be watching, will you?
One tradition that we have at GMG is the Friday morning tea roster.
Each week a staff member has their turn to make or supply morning tea. We all have our morning break together in the tearoom to enjoy the food and time together. This has become an important part of the firm and is one of the first things that our new employees are made aware of - to prepare them for their turn.
250gms Butter or Marg
½ Cup Castor Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 tspn Vanilla
2 ¼ Cups Plain Flour
1 tspn Bi-Carb Soda
200 gms Choc Chips
1 Cup Crushed Nuts
Cream butter and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Sift the flour and bi-carb soda into the mixture, then add the choc bits and nuts. Place small spoonful's of mixture on to a baking tray lined with baking paper, allowing room for them to spread. Bake at 190C degrees for 10-12 mins or until firm .
Spoons on a Friday afternoon may never be the same!
Andy Millar was celebrating the end of his role as a partner in GMG accounting, with fellow partners, on his last day of full time work , when he was flash mobbed
He has been in public practice for 41 years, 34 of them as a principal in Swan Hill. Not one for ceremony, he was enjoying a celebratory afternoon tea with his partners when he was flash mobbed , by staff ,with a version of an old favourite , rejigged as the "Andy Man" . Check it out
Andy said it was "one of the moments of my career "
The Andy man's career continues though, his new role is a senior consultant with the firm, on a part time basis, specialising in superannuation, retirement, succession, auditing and associated issues
In a country town like Swan Hill, footy and netball is an important feature in the community. Weekend sport plays a huge part in work life balance for a lot of us. Work life balance describes the relationship between your work and the commitments in the rest of your life, and how they impact on one another.
For me, mid week netball is where it is at! Playing mid week has been such a great way to meet some new people, have a run around and a laugh with friends. Being undefeated and on top of the ladder is just an added bonus!
I haven't played a game of netball in six years so I'm much more comfortable getting back into it in an environment that is not so serious. I am playing in the Women's competition so we play Wednesday nights at the Basketball Stadium. It is fun, flexible and friendly and a great way to get back into fitness. Plus, it's indoors so no risk of those horrible weather conditions like rain and being frozen.
Mothers Day – a chance to spend time with and appreciate our lovely mums and thank them for everything they do for us.
For some people over the last 15 years, it has also been an opportunity to raise money for breast cancer research by running in the Mothers Day Classic. This year, I was one of those people.
I arrived at Beischer Park in Bendigo around 8:30am on Sunday. It was quite fresh and there was already a large amount of people gathered.
The 8km run was underway, and had been completed by some people already. I was running the 4km option and had roped my younger sister into joining me.
Neither of us have been runners in the past and it was the first time anyone in our family had decided to do a fun run. We set ourselves a goal of 30 minutes for completing the 4km circuit around Beischer Park and the Kennington Reservoir, and we finished in a time of 34:28 minutes.
There were times when I felt the need to slow to a walk, but still kept the pace up as much as possible. I'm proud of completing the run (my sister and I have differing views on how much of it I ran. She thinks three quarters, I think two thirds) and am also proud to have contributed $495 to breast cancer research.
Crossing the finish line and seeing my mum, dad, older sister and boyfriend waiting for me was a great feeling. They were all so proud of us for completing it – and mum suggested making it even more of a family event next year.
I chose to participate in the run because it is a cancer that affects so many people. As I get older and get to know more people, I'm realising that more and more people in my life have been affected by it.
Knowing now that I have what it takes to physically complete a fun run, I'm keen to do more - even though two days after, my legs are still really sore!
They say that the best things in life are free, and although I agree with that about 91.2% of the time, I did indeed get a wonderful reminder of that over the Easter break. I guess the 9.8% of me believes that yes getting out into nature and spending time with family is indeed free, but you need to fill the car (which costs you $) with fuel (which also costs $$) to be able to get to them in the first place, or get deep into said nature.
One of life's joys is being able to go out in a boat (which cost $) fishing with my son Dwayne and 2 grand sons â€" Jet aged 7 and Mitch aged 4. Not only is this a brilliant time of the year to indulge in a little fishing and camping, but the weather has been fantastic and so taking young gentlemen outdoors is a lot easier when you're not having to contend with the elements like wind and rain!
In the Swan Hill region we're incredibly lucky to live in the midst of 5 rivers, and on one of the longest rivers in the world - the Mighty Murray River, which has had, and continues to have it's share of environmental struggles like black water, salinity, European carp etc. These are truly magnificent natural resources we have here, which allows the production of some of the finest foods in the world in our fruit & vegetable domestic and export markets and our growing nut exports further downstream. I do believe it's important to teach our young people the importance of such brilliant rivers and how to look after themselves when around it, and how to nurture the longevity of the river itself. So taking my boys out on the river is such an important exercise in so many ways. For the grandson's it was all about fun and fishing. Result of 1 hour fishing = 16 e European carp and loads of smiles and fun had by all.
The best thing about it was of course the passing on of my knowledge. It's almost like it was the first time I realized I was the elder in the group, and passing on my stories, teachings and rules about the river. But if we can all pass on the knowledge we have acquired about respect for the river, the rules and enjoying the outdoors, well we might just have passed on something more valuable than we can ever imagine to future generations, and that, my friends is truly one of life's greatest, free gifts.
In recent changes, thousands of untouched super account balances will be handed over to the Australian Taxation Office.
The ATO is likely to receive a massive windfall if members of these lost and unclaimed accounts don't take action to recover these funds.
Previously the ATO could receive super accounts with balances of less than $200, however this amount has been increased to balances of up to $2,000. Superannuation fund providers have until May 31 to transfer these accounts across to the ATO.
Lost super sits in funds and belongs to people who have usually changed their name, address or job and cannot be found by their fund.
Unclaimed super is when the member meets eligibility requirements to withdraw it but the super fund cannot contact them.
If you think you may have a lost or unclaimed super account you can do free online searches at SuperSeeker, AUSfund or FindMySuper.
SuperSeeker also allows you to check your current super accounts and transfer your super to the super account you want to continue using.
If you need any further information, or would like some help finding or consolidating your super please give us a call.
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved together and what we can be proud of in our great nation "the land of opportunity".
On Australia Day, almost all of Australians will attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.
What makes an Australia Day barbecue a true Aussie experience isn't just the thrill of the grill and the great Aussie produce you can put on it but everything that goes around it â€" your friends, family and the tunes the Triple J hottest 100 (kicks off around mid-day Saturday). Who will finish at number 1 this year? 2012 was Gotye and he went on to become a star around the world, will it be Perth's Tame Impala or Aussie rapper 360?.
Who would you invite to your Aussie BBQ?
My choices areâ€¦
WARNIE Maybe not the current "Pommie" version he is a bit of a toss
PAUL REIFFEL: Will provide the backyard cricket umpiring
THE MELBOURNE VIXENS NETBALL TEAM â€" Yeah. They are good fun...
Some would say that working a 5 day week is a marathon but I say why stop on the weekends! I have recently signed myself up to do the Run for the Kids Marathon. I have 66 Days left of training before hopefully completing the run. Call me crazy, however I enjoy the challenge I will be faced with.
Last year I completed a 42km Walking/Pushing a Wheelchair Marathon which raised funds for the Swan Hill ECU bus. This year I'm upping the pace and doing my first 15km running Marathon. The Run for the Kids Marathon raises funds for the Good Friday Appeal, Royal Children's Hospital.
The Run for the Kids Marathon takes place on Sunday24th of March. I will start and end my 15km journey in the Kings Domain. During the run I will be faced with running through the Domain Tunnel, along the West Gate Freeway, over the Bolte Bridge and through the CBD.
If you would like to donate to me and help out the Royal Children's Hospital please CLICK HERE. Don't forget any donation over $2 you make is Tax deductable ;)