National Pet Adoption Day

February 4th, 2016 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Animals

Hey GP Readers!

Did you know that this Saturday, February 6 is National Pet Adoption Day? This initiative by PETstock Assist and PetRescue is all about raising awareness  about pet adoption and encouraging Australians to give rescue pets a forever home. Sad but true, without adoption so many rescue pets end up in rescue shelters.

On National Pet Adoption Day pet rescue organisations will go to over 100 PETstock stores across Australia between 10am-2pm to raise awareness about this sad situation and hopefully find some rescue pets a happily furr-ever after! To find out more details including locations, check out: www.petstock.com.au/adoption-day-2016.

You Go, Girl: Bonita Sorrentino

January 22nd, 2016 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Stuff, The Magazine

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Here at GPHQ we’re all about celebrating girls doing amazing things. We love hearing inspirational stories of girl taking charge to make the world a better place! In our latest issue we chat to Bonita Sorrentino, a Melbourne teen who is a finalist in the Face of the Globe 2016 International Pageant and will be travelling to London and Disneyland Paris for the grand finals!  We think her story is a great example of channeling negativity in your life into something more positive and wanted to share more of our chat with her with all of you…

IMG_6620How did you become interested in getting involved with Face of the Globe?
In 2014 I was surrounded by group of friends who weren’t actually my true friends. There were constant fights, negativity and they always put each other down with negative comments. I couldn’t take it anymore and I made one of the biggest decisions of my life and stood up for myself. This did lead to being left out and I felt lonely for some time. It was so uncomfortable going to school because I was being laughed at in the hallways and given dirty looks. I started to realised true friends would never be like that to each other. I feel like everything changed at that time as I formed new friendships as well as reforming friendships with old friends. I was lucky enough to form a new group of friends who are supportive, encouraging and positive towards each other and that is how I found out what true friends are like. One night I was scrolling through my Facebook and I saw “Face Of The Globe Australia applications open now” so I immediately read it, to discover what’s involved and I finally built up the courage to apply. I was ecstatic when my application was approved and my next step was the preparations. The pageant is heavily charity orientated and that was something that I fell in love with. I never realised I would enjoy fundraising and charity and because of the pageant I have found a true passion of mine. Other aspects of the pageant are appearances, social media and of course what goes on on-stage.

What advice would you give to girls who are experiencing friendship dramas?
My friendship group at the time were not supportive of my goals or me and were always negative. I was going through a downhill spiral. I decided that if I wanted to have positive, fun and great experiences with true friends that I needed to break away from this group. The advice I would love to give to all young girls around the world would be to surround yourself with a people who love and support you, encourage you and always want to see you happy. I found a group of friends like this and with their support and encouragement, I was able to achieve a lot, and so will you. When you face your fears and work hard a lot of good things come your way. By facing your fears you can overcome anything! It’s really scary at the time but once you overcome the fear, amazing things will happen to you.

Is there anyone that inspires you? If so, who?
The person that inspires me the most is Tyra Banks. Tyra Banks is an international supermodel that has definitely left her mark in this world. As Tyra has said: “Flaws are awesome – so, ‘flawsome!”. No one is perfect, we should all embrace our flaws because without them we wouldn’t be who we are. When she was younger she was bullied and got called “light bulb head” and “giraffe” and was teased for being too skinny and lanky. She felt insecure and alone. She overcame all of this by believing in herself and having a lot of support from her mum. Now she is successful and has a foundation that invests in girls and women to help them realise their ambitions.

IMG_6852What’s been the most rewarding thing for you out of all these experiences?
The most rewarding part of my pageant experience is making new friends. Before the pageant even began I organized a few get togethers with other Melbourne contestants and I became friends with girls from the other states via social media. When we all met officially at the pageant the atmosphere was amazing, everyone was so kind and genuinely friendly. I have made close friendships through the pageant or as we like to say “sash sisters!”.

What’s in store for you this year?
2016 is a very busy and exciting year for me. I am starting year 12 as well as travelling overseas in April! I will be travelling to London and Paris to compete in the Face Of The Globe grand finals! There is endless fun at this pageant, on the first night we will be having a Spring Fling ball and a pyjama party in our awesome Face Of The Globe onesies!, we will then have our interviews, fitcamp with Chico, a Wild West evening show, the onstage pageant competition and the crowning! The whole event is held over a period of eight days. Regardless of where I place at the pageant I feel so fortunate that I have come this far and that I get to experience this overseas adventure!

To follow Bonita’s adventures, you can find her on social media under Bonita Sorrentino – Teen Face Of The Globe International Finalist 2016!

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Out of this World Fun!

December 18th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Stuff, Celebrity

Hey Girl Powerettes!

We are loving the new View-Master right now and it looks like we’re not the only ones! Aussie YouTube star Lachlan Powers recently gave this cool virtual reality device a go and shared a video of experience on his YouTube channel and we just had to share it with you guys

There’s only a week til Christmas, so it’s not too late to add this to your wish list! 😉 The View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack is $49.99 and available from Target, Big W, Kmart and Toys R Us. You can also grab View-Master Experience Packs like Destinations, Space and Wildlife, which are $18.99 each!

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WIN: Pan Blu-rays!

December 15th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Competition, Movies

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Hey Girl Powerettes!

Ready to embark on a magical and action-packed adventure? In Pan, a young orphan boy named Peter is whisked away to Neverland and put to work for mighty pirate Blackbeard. With the help of his new friends James Hook and Tiger Lily, will Peter discover his true destiny?

Pan is out on DVD and Blu-ray from December 23 and to celebrate its release, we’re giving away 10 copies on Blu-ray!  For your chance to win, make sure you grab the January 2016 issue of Girl Power and fill out the form below!

This competition has closed.

Terms and conditions:
1. Competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.
2. The competition starts at 9 am December 15, 2015 and ends 5pm on January 15, 2016 AEST.
3. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer the questions: “In GP 147, what page can you find our Pan review on?” and “What is the greatest journey you have been on?” The most creative answers as judged by the editorial team will win.
4. Ten winners will each receive a copy of Pan on Blu-Ray.
5. The total prize pool is valued at $450.
6. Entries will be judged at 9am on January 16, 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. The winner will receive their prize by post
9. All email addresses collected in the entry form will be added to the Girl Power Newsletter database. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time.

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Joyful Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe

December 9th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in food

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Hey Girl Powerettes!

One of our fave things about the festive season is whipping up a storm in the kitchen and making lots of delicious treats to share with others! McCormick Foods shared with us this delicious gingerbread cupcakes recipe that we just had to share with you girls. It’s a cool twist on traditional gingerbread men if you felt like changing things up this festive season! Read on to find out how to make them!

Joyful Gingerbread Cupcakes

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 cupcakes

Cupcakes ingredients:

  • 80g butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ginger, Ground
  • 1 tsp McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk, hot

Frosting ingredients:

  • 60g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (110g) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp McCormick Cloves, Ground
  • 2 tsp McCormick Cinnamon, Ground

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
2. Cream butter and caster sugar. Add golden syrup and all the egg.
3. Sift and mix together the dry ingredients for the cupcakes, except the baking soda.
4. Dissolve baking soda in the milk. Add flour mix to butter mix, stir well.
5. Mix in the milk. Pour combined mixture equally into the greased muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
6. For the frosting, beat together butter and cream cheese.
7. Add caster sugar and continue beating until light and creamy. Add the lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon.
8. Once muffins are cool, remove from tray and apply the frosting. Sprinkle extra cinnamon over the top if desired.

We’d love to see how your cupcakes turn out, so post up pics on social media and tag ‘@girlpowermag’, so we can see them! And for more awesome recipes like this, check out the McCormick Foods Facebook page. Happy Holidays!

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WIN: Breaking Through DVDs!

December 8th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity, Competition, Movies

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Hey Girl Powerettes!

If you’re an older Girl Powerette who loves dance flicks just like us, you won’t want to miss this! Breaking Through is a fun new dance movie that is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. The flick follows a dancer named Casey, who gets discovered on YouTube and becomes an online celebrity! Can Casey balance her online persona with her true self or will she lose everything that she cares about? You’ll have to watch and find out! Did you know that super talented music star John Legend is an executive producer on Breaking Through? With him on board, you can expect some awesome tunes in the movie! The movie also stars Aussie cutie Jordan Rodrigues – dude is nailing it in Hollywood right now!

To celebrate the release of Breaking Through, available at Sanity and JB Hi Fi, we’re giving away five copies on DVD! For your chance to win, make sure you grab the January 2016 issue of Girl Power (which includes our chat with Marissa Heart, who plays Tara in the flick) and fill out the form below!

This competition has now closed.

Terms and conditions:
1. Competition is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.
2. The competition starts at 9 am December 8, 2015 and ends 5pm on January 8, 2016 AEST.
3. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer the questions: “In GP 147, what page is our interview with Marissa Heart on?” and “If you could have a dance off with any star, who would you pick and what song would you dance to?” The most creative answers as judged by the editorial team will win.
4. Five winners will each receive a copy of Breaking Through on DVD.
5. The total prize pool is valued at $125.
6. Entries will be judged at 9am on January 11, 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. The winner will receive their prize by post
9. All email addresses collected in the entry form will be added to the Girl Power Newsletter database. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time.

 

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Jamie’s World

November 27th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Celebrity, Books

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Hey Girl Powerettes!

Hilarious YouTuber Jamie Curry has just released a book called Jamie’s World: They Let Me Write a Book!. You can find out all about it the latest issue of Girl Power, on sale now. Jamie was also recently in town for this fun book and we asked her a bunch of random questions. Check out what she had to say…

What are your pet peeves?
When people go “shhh!”. I hate “shhh!” It’s so annoying, especially when you’re in a big group and someone goes “shhh!” and then everyone goes “shhh!”. It’s like you’re all making noise. Other pet peeves is when someone asks what your pet peeves are and then they do it just to annoy me. It’s like “I trusted you”.

You used to play a lot of sports, can you tell me all the sports that you played?
Badminton, squash, tennis, cricket, golf, football, touch – I think that’s it.

Do you play any of those for fun now?
Yeah, I play golf. I’m a New Zealand golf ambassador and I play tennis with my friend Brianna and that’s about it. Like I’ll go and have a hit of badminton and stuff, but it’s hard to find people my age that play it. And of course football is a team sport and I can’t commit to a team sport.

What are three things that make you laugh?
People falling over really makes me laugh. People getting frustrated – it just makes me laugh that they’re getting frustrated. It’s like why, you’re just making yourself more frustrated. Ha! Cats being idiots like you know when they just jump off a table and hit a wall. It’s like “shame, that’s what you get for being a cat.”

What is your spirit animal?
It used to be a slow loris cause it eats rice but apparently they’re not supposed to eat rice. So I haven’t decided. Maybe a monkey, the real cheeky ones because I like to think I’m cheeky.

Describe your perfect day.
Just hanging out with friends,  being cruisy. No phones. The perfect day would be no phones because I don’t get to spend much time with my friends so when I do I’m like “Pay attention to me, not your phone!”

What are three things that freak you out?
The dark – I just don’t like it. I don’t like closing my eyes. I don’t like crowds, crowds freak me out and I don’t like the water. I used to. Literally it’s only been the last year and a half to two years, I just can’t get in the water. It’s irrational. I hate irrational fears, it’s so annoying

Where would you love to travel to?
I’d really like to go to Italy. I don’t know why, it just looks pretty. And I really like spaghetti bolognaise.

What do you want for Christmas?
I don’t know. My mum hates Christmases and birthdays because she’s like “I don’t know what to get you.” ‘cos I don’t really want anything. I don’t really need anything. I want a chilly bin, you guys call them an esky. Just a basic one, that’s me, simple.

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WIN: The Zen Den Nail Polish Sets!

November 26th, 2015 by Angela | 1 Comment | Filed in Beauty, Competition

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Hey Girl Powerettes,

Christmas is just under a month away and we’ve been busy ticking off presents on our lists for family and friends, as well as secretly hoping that we will be gifted things on our own wish lists! Whether you’re looking for sweet little gifts or want something for yourself, we’ve been eyeing the colourful and affordable nail polish range by The Zen Den and in the holiday spirit, are giving some sets away to you guys.

Ten lucky winners will score a set of 11 Zen Den nail polishes. For your chance to win, fill in the form below.

This competition has closed.

Terms and conditions:
1. Competition is open to Australian residents only.
2. The competition starts at 9 am November 26, 2015 and ends 5pm on December 14, 2015 AEST.
3. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer the question: “If you could create your own nail polish shade, what colour would it be and what would you call it?” The most creative answers as judged by the editorial team will win.
4. Ten winners will each receive a Zen Den nail polish set containing 11 different nail polishes.
5. The total prize pool is valued at $275.
6. Entries will be judged at 9am on December 15, 2015 at nextmedia Level 6, 207 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. The winner will receive their prize by post
9. All email addresses collected in the entry form will be added to the Girl Power Newsletter database. You may unsubscribe from this free service at any time.

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Watch This Face: Jordyn Jessica Yarker

November 25th, 2015 by Angela | 1 Comment | Filed in Celebrity

 

Jordyn on the set of Bella and the Bulldogs with star Brec Bassinger.

Jordyn on the set of Bella and the Bulldogs with star Brec Bassinger.

Hey Girl Powerettes!

We’re all about being on the lookout for rising stars, especially when they’re young Aussies! Meet 14-year-old Jordyn Jessica Yarker – this Gold Coast teen has scored a role on Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs and her first episode aired in the US last week. Jordyn plays new girl Asha, who SPOILER ALERT becomes Newt’s girlfriend!

This young star is also a musician and is currently recording an album. You can expect to hear some new tracks from her real soon!

Jordyn’s Bella and the Bulldogs episode will air in Australia next year, so keep your eyes out to grab the goss from Jordyn in an upcoming issue of Girl Power. This girl is going places!

 

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Brick-tastic Heroes

November 25th, 2015 by Angela | No Comments | Filed in Stuff, Art, craft and Design

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Hey Girl Powerettes,

Prepare to be amazed – the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has just opened the worldwide premiere of The Art of the Brick: DC Comics! This exhibition features incredible large-scale LEGO sculptures of your favourite DC Comics superheroes and supervillains including Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and The Joker, along with vehicles and environments from DC Comics.

Thousands of LEGO bricks were used in this exhibition! These impressive works of brick art were created by renowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya and is the world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired LEGO artwork ever.

This exhibition truly is a must-see and only at the Powerhouse Museum for a limited season. Head to https://maas.museum/powerhouse-museum/ for more details!

 

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