For the little people

Tasty toes

I don’t like tacos, said no Juan ever! These adorable taco baby booties let your little one fiesta until they siesta.

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Monkey business

Transform your child’s room into a wonderland with gorgeous wall decals from a Melbourne graphic designer. Made to order in Australia, the decals are made from a quality peel and stick fabric that is removable, reusable and installed in minutes. From the sweetest Australian baby animals to watercolour trucks and diggers, duck diving whales, fairies on toadstools, bunnies and dinosaurs, Melinda Longhurst’s whimsical illustrations will take your child’s bedroom to another level.

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In January last year, as bushfires raged their way across vast areas of our nation, Australian actor Ben Lawson watched the devastation unfold from his base in the US. In response to the horror witnessed, Ben transferred his feelings of anger and helplessness into an impassioned poem delivered via social media – a love letter to his homeland. Raw, funny and emotional, it challenged viewers to think deeply about our future as a nation. It is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and the shared love of our country. For maximum feelgood factor, all proceeds of the sale of the book are being donated to The Koala Hospital.

Allen & Unwin RRP $29.99

Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?

Your eye colour depends on the amount and distribution of melanin (a brown pigment) in the eye’s iris. Someone with a lot of pigment has brown eyes and an iris with less pigment (blue has the least) results in paler eyes. So which is the rarest eye colour? Let’s take a look at a global breakdown.

Brown: Somewhere between 70-80 per cent of the world’s population have brown eyes, making it the most common eye colour. It is widely believed that at one time, brown eyes were the human population default, with a series of mutations occurring to create shades of blue, green and grey.

Blue: Blue is the second most common eye colour globally. Estimates suggest that 8-10 per cent of the world’s population have blue eyes.

Hazel: Approximately 5 per cent of the world’s population sport hazel eyes. After brown eyes, a hazel iris contains the second most amount of melanin.

Amber: Consisting of a little more melanin than hazel eyes but not as much as brown eyes, amber eyes account for about 5 per cent of the world’s population.

Grey: 3 per cent of the world’s population have grey eyes. Grey eyes have little or no melanin, but they have more collagen in a part of the eye called the stroma. The light scatters off the collagen, making the iris appear a silvery hue.

Green: In terms of common eye colours, green eyes win the prize as the rarest colour. Just an estimated 2 per cent of the population view the world through green eyes.

Violet or red: People with albinism or ocular albinism have little or no melanin in their iris. This lack of pigment causes red or violet eyes. As eye pigmentation is important for vision, people with these eye colours often have problems with their eyesight.

Heterochromia: Heterochromia is when someone has two different eye colours – think David Bowie. This affects less than 1 per cent of the population. Some people are born with heterochromia. For others, an eye injury or health problem causes it.

Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/eye-color-percentage#eye-color-around-the-world.

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