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Let's Begin Colouring-in

Let's Begin Colouring-in

Colouring-in is such a fun activity.                            https://busyizzy.com/pages/download-drawings 

You can colour in Busy Izzy and all of her friends too. Talkative Tess, Sensible Steven, Mathematic Max, Modern Mo Li, Worried Warren, Bossy Bobby, Secret-agent Skye, Even Evan and Izzy's adopted puppy, Newly Truly.

If you need to see the correct colour palette, follow this link: https://busyizzy.com/pages/busy-izzys-friends 

"colouring in pages" #colouringin #BusyIzzyandFriends #funandgames  #greatchristmasgiftideas #birthdaygiftideas

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Busy Izzy and Talkative Tess

Busy Izzy and Talkative Tess

Do you have a friend who talks a lot?
Natters and chatters and doesn't stop?
Busy Izzy has a friend like that.
She's Talkative Tess and she loves to chat.
Tess can talk with a mouthful of toast.
In all conversations she talks the most.
Tess can slowly, but mostly talks fast.
She likes to talk first, and always talks last.
Book three in the Busy Izzy and Friends Series. Read how Tess learns the importance of listening, friendship, kindness and co-operation.
This book is filled with fun and adventure. 

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Busy Izzy and Friends Visit Abbey Road

Busy Izzy and Friends Visit Abbey Road

It was a very exciting day when Stephen Kiely and I, along with, Busy Izzy and Friends, visited Abbey Road in London. September 2018. There were many excited "Beatles" fans lined up to walk across that 'famous' crossing.

History 

Innovating Music Since 1931. Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio in the world and a global music icon. Originally a nine-bedroom house built in 1829, it was purchased by the Gramophone Company in 1928 who went on to build the world's first purpose-built recording studio.

The Beatles released their album entitled,  'Abbey Road' on the 26th of September 1969.  It was recorded between 22nd February and the 20th of August 1969.

Its popularity is probably due in part to the album's success. The album debuted straight to number one in 1969, and is considered one of the greatest albums ever made by the Beatles. The recording studio EMI changed its name to Abbey Road, possibly as a direct result of its popularity.

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Today I became a member of Alliance of Independent Authors

Today I became a member of Alliance of Independent Authors

I guess there are many authors like me, who sit in their studios playing solitaire. Surrounded in thought and ideas and writing away the day.

I don't usually join groups, but the Alliance of Independent Authors has features that suit me.  I am looking forward to becoming more involved. 

There are many member benefits, including support for:

1. Editorial 2. Design, including cover and interior 3. Formatting and other production issues, 4. Distribution, 5. Marketing 6. Promotion 7. Licensing and publishing rights

I was excited to upload my three picture books as all three books and songs in the series are "great gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays".

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Always Fun Writing Songs for Busy Izzy and Friends

Always Fun Writing Songs for Busy Izzy and Friends

Stephen and I have been writing songs together for many years and we enjoy collaborating on the Busy Izzy songs.  Our writing and recording sessions are always lots of fun.  We bounce off each other very well. Sometimes I will come up with a melody or a lyric or both, and we’ll flesh it out together, or Stephen will present me with a variation which we’ll then combine. Sometimes it works the other way, with Stephen playing me a tune with a basic lyric, and I’ll have that in my head for a day or so before it sparks yet another idea. It’s an exciting process and we’re really happy with all the catchy songs we have written for Busy Izzy and Friends.

Have a listen to some of them: 

Here: on our website, or 

Here: on YouTube.

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Reading Your Puppy's Signals

Reading Your Puppy's Signals

A pet is not just a pet but your best friend too.
If you love your pet they will also love you.
Puppies communicate so we understand,
with a wagging tail or a lick on the hand.
A special look when they’re sad or afraid.
They’ll whimper and bark if their meal is delayed.
They have a natural understanding;
if you’re sad they can tell.
They’ll know something’s wrong
by their keen sense of smell.
They make sounds when they’re happy
and roll ‘round the floor.
When you show them affection,
they’ll come back for more.
A scratch at the door means to go out and play.
This is how they talk in their own special way.

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ABC Alphabet Song

ABC Alphabet Song

We have uploaded a new video! 

Kids everywhere will love to dance and sing along to the ABC Alphabet Song.

Sing and learn the ABC with Busy Izzy and Friends.  You can dance and sing the ABC Alphabet song!

Alphabet letters will become your 26 BFFs (Best Friends Forever).

Join all the kids as they dance, sing and learn their ABC's. Busy Izzy and Friends love to read and write with their 26 BFFs, all the letters of the alphabet and you're sure to learn your ABC's with this energetic and fun ABC Alphabet song!

My 26 BFFs.

Are the letters of the alphabet.

Letter by letter, getting alphabetter. 

My 26 BFFs.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. My 26 BFFs.

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Top 5 Networking Tips For People Who Hate Networking

Top 5 Networking Tips For People Who Hate Networking

Quite often networking can seem to be daunting and overwhelming. However, networking can actually be enjoyable and beneficial if you remember these five simple networking tips.  

Become a volunteer

This may seem like an unusual activity to undertake, but volunteering and networking actually go hand in hand. By dedicating your time as a volunteer, you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.

Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation and a vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life. By allowing you to help others while also helping yourself, it gives you purpose. It’s a win-win situation!

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Busy Izzy and Friends features on Kinderling Kids Radio

Busy Izzy and Friends features on Kinderling Kids Radio

Excited to announce that songs from the Busy Izzy and Friends catalogue are now playing on Kinderling Kids Radio. 

Listen to the "Welcome To Nix & Nax" album of songs.

The Busy Izzy and Friends songs are very popular with kids, teachers and parents. 

Here is a quote from head teacher, Nazan Polat Principal Prestons Primary

"Dear Roxanne and Stephen, thank you for the wonderful incursion earlier this week. Our students and teachers loved it!  The show and the songs were highly engaging and interactive and many meaningful messages in the story line. Thank you again and kind Regards". 

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Busy Izzy and Friends - Endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation

Busy Izzy and Friends - Endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation

The World Literacy Foundation is a global not-for-profit that works to lift young people out of poverty through literacy. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation operates on the principle that education is a basic human right. https://worldliteracyfoundation.org.

CEO, Andy Kay spoke of the relationship between the World Literacy Foundation and Roxanne and Stephen:

"On behalf of the World Literacy Foundation, I’d like to acknowledge Roxanne and Stephen for this wonderful series that they’ve developed. It’s really a privilege to be involved with it. I think it’s fantastic that they’ve decide to link the initiative with the World Literacy Foundation." says, Andy Kay.

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Set Time for Screen Time

Set Time for Screen Time

Did you know that the blue light emanating from digital devices, can penetrate young eyes and may cause retinal damage? 

This is because children’s eyes develop gradually, and they lack a certain filter that protects their eyes. Adults have protective pigments in their eyes that help prevent blue light exposure. Talk to your local eye care specialist about filtered lenses.  These filter out blue light and provide protection for children's eyes. It is important to 'set time for screen time' for our young ones.

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    Making and Baking Healthy Snacks

    Making and Baking Healthy Snacks

    I have always enjoyed baking and especially making healthy snacks. Just like Busy Izzy does.  She enjoys making healthy snacks for her friends, when they visit her at Nix & Nax. "Help yourself to my snaxalicious snacks", says Izzy to her friends.

    Do you love to cook?  I do and Busy Izzy does too.

    When my sister Elaine and I were really young, around 6 and 7 years of age, we would make huts at the back of our house on the farm.  Sometimes, our dad would help us out by putting up old sacks to make walls for our hut.  When the walls were up, Elaine and I would get busy, making mud pies, mud quiches, mud cakes... basically mud everything. It was lots of fun playing with mud. 

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    Story Behind The Story

    "People often ask where the idea for Busy Izzy and Friends came from.

    I guess it was a subconscious thing...I was born on a dairy farm and milking cows and working on the farm from the age of 7. 

    I would often write songs and poetry while milking and I was scared of the big cows and writing songs would take my mind off how big they were. But I loved them just the same and they were my favourite pets.

    When I was little, during a morning milking, I wrote a song called, "The Bluebird In The Treetop" and this is now one of the songs in the Busy Izzy and Friends, song catalogue.  Pretty cool indeed!

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    Show and Tell

    Show and Tell

    Children are influenced by their parents, guardians, older siblings and sometimes their friends.  They all become role models, whether they are a good or a bad influence.

    When children see their parents, other adults and older children showing respect for each other they usually do the same with their siblings and friends.

    Busy Izzy is a wonderful role model for all children and the Busy Izzy world is a great tool for parents and guardians.

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    How To Utilise Different Media Platforms And Mediums In A Positive Light To Change The Way That Children Learn

    How To Utilise Different Media Platforms And Mediums In A Positive Light To Change The Way That Children Learn

    With technology becoming more commonly used among children, it is crucial to utilise different media platforms and mediums in a positive light to change the way children learn.

    Although research clearly demonstrates that well-designed, age-appropriate, educational television can be beneficial to children of preschool age, studies on infants and toddlers suggest that these young children may better understand and learn from books and real-life experiences than they do from videos.

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    Creating a Memorable Kids Party with Busy Izzy and Friends.

    Creating a Memorable Kids Party with Busy Izzy and Friends.

    Children love to learn new and exciting things.  This is why it is important to not only entertain at a kid’s party, but make them aware of the importance of music, and movement, fun, healthy living, friendship, caring and loyalty.

     

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    Partnerships are great!

    Exciting news; 'Busy Izzy and Friends' has partnered with Prosper (Project Australia) to support the health and well-being of Australian children through performances, nutrition and cooking showcases, literacy and learning activities and other special events.

    Prosper (Project Australia) supports disadvantaged children; at home, at school and in the community. 

    https://prosperprojectaustralia.org

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    Busy Izzy Always Knew Exactly What To Do!

    Busy Izzy Always Knew Exactly What To Do!

    Here are some 'fun facts' about Busy Izzy.  She is a friendly 12 year old girl who lives in Green Grass Grove with her puppy, Newly Truly, and all of her friends live nearby. Izzy also...

    • owns a store called "Nix & Nax", where her friends love to visit.
    • has an organic veggie and herb garden and a song about it too. Izzy loves to potter around in her garden, growing veggies and herbs and She uses them in recipes she makes and bakes at Nix & Nax, and shares with her friends when they visit.  They all love sitting around the 'comfortable chair' eating snacks, telling stories, singing songs, laughing and telling jokes too.

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    Busy Izzy and her Friends visit Amity College

    Busy Izzy and her friends had such a good time visiting Amity College and hope to be back to catch up with their new friends again, soon!

    Amity School Principal, Mrs Nazan Polat, said the Busy Izzy and Friends show was "...one the best incursion into Amity College, ever!".

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    Busy Izzy's Compost Friend, 'Wormee'

    Busy Izzy's Compost Friend, 'Wormee'

    Here's Busy Izzy’s backyard friend, Wormee, to tell us all about making compost from food scraps.

    "Hi friends! I’m Wormee, a "compost vermi"...
    I lead my little friends through all the scraps.
    We live inside the compost bin that Izzy has out back, of her little store in Green Grass Grove, we call "Nix & Nax".
    I’m Wormee... and I'm on a journey.
    Just a taste of rotting waste, we'll all be moving in. We're a positive advantage in Busy Izzy’s compost bin.

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    "Sometimes A Friend" is on Facebook

    "Sometimes A Friend" is on Facebook

    We've been overwhelmed with the response by singers and performers who have recorded "Sometimes A Friend", 

    A little while ago, after the world began to realise that "staying at home" was the best thing to do while the Covid-19 virus was having such a big effect, Stephen and I thought it would be a nice gesture to have our friends and colleagues record their own version of our award-winning song, and upload it to the Busy Izzy and Friends Facebook page.

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    The Creative Process

    It is great to create and we have been feeling very creative lately.  Producing video clips for the series and writing more songs for the Busy Izzy and Friends stage show.

    I love working with Stephen Kiely (co-writer of the Busy Izzy and Friends song catalogue) We bounce off of each other really well while incorporating lyrical and musical ideas.  Playing around with clever internal rhymes and interchanging melodies is always lots of fun.  When work becomes play...it is a lot of fun!

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