Oakwood Blog


10 tips on how to be an organised parent for healthy school lunches

We all know what it’s like at the beginning of the school year – new books, uniforms, and of course the mind-boggling requests for healthy school lunches. Here are 6 quick and easy ways to keep on top of your game for the school year ahead

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How to make your own Christmas crackers!

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to start preparing for the silly season ahead. Christmas crackers are a great addition to any dinner table – they are easy to put together and great fun for the kids. Also, don’t be afraid to get a little creative with the gifts inside each cracker – we often make our own edible treats or recycle old toys and lego figurines for the little ones. 

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Tackling Paralysis ticks

The Australian paralysis tick is a very dangerous little creature responsible for the death of hundreds of dogs and cats each year. It lives in bushy coastal areas along the eastern seaboard of Australia from north Queensland to eastern Victoria. Ticks are most prevalent from spring to autumn however they may occur at any time of year.


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5 ways to catch up on spring cleaning


As the days become longer and the weather warms up, it’s a good time to freshen up the home and clear out the dust and cobwebs from the cooler months. If you already haven’t done so, don’t stress here are some ways to spring clean your home!

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HELP- My cat scratches the furniture

Scratching of the furniture is one of the most common complains of cat owners and is a common reason for cats to be surrendered. It is important to understand that scratching is a natural behaviour for cats. It is how they remove the outer sheath of their claws, to expose their new sharper claws. It is not a behaviour that you can actually stop but there are several things you can do to prevent your furniture being ruined.

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Help! My Dog Chews Everything

Chewing is a perfectly natural behaviour for dogs – it’s instinctive and most dogs clearly enjoy it. Problems arise, however, when dogs chew things they shouldn’t. From a dog’s perspective it can be very hard to work out what they are and aren’t allowed to chew and this can be very frustrating for their owners.  But the good news is that it is possible to understand why your dog is chewing and how to stop it.

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Keep your house clean and cosy this winter

The chilly season is here! Shorter days and longer nights mean more time indoors. 

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Four Fun Ways to Keep Your Dog Active Indoors in Winter

Cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours signal that winter is approaching. During the colder months it can difficult to give your dog as much outdoor exercise as usual.  When it’s too dark or wet to head to the dog park, you can still keep your dog exercised and mentally stimulated with some creative indoor activities. This Month Dr Katrina Warren shares with us her four fun ways to keep your dog active indoors in Winter.

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How to keep your house clean (and dustmite free!) this winter

Do you know what dust mites are? A house dust mites are a type of mite that occur naturally in our home environment. They feed on dead skin flakes from our body, which we manage to ‘drop’ in bedding, carpets and soft furnishings throughout most homes.People’s reactions to dust mites are variable, but they are considered an allergen; their droppings are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms such as dermatitis or skin rash.The good news is that there are number of simple steps that you can take to reduce dust mite populations in your home.

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5 steps for clearing clutter from your home

2015 is now in full swing. You may have made resolutions at the beginning of this year that relate to becoming healthier, spending more time with family and friends, or maintaining a fresh and tidy home. Chances are, this final resolution will have been the hardest to keep. 

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