October 22nd, 2015
Here’s the latest edition of the ‘Smile More’ comic strip, that appears in Just Kidding – Australia’s number one tween magazine.
This koala comic is all about having a change of scene. Camping out overnight, where you can dream freely right under the stars.
There’s something totally relaxing and refreshing about having a change of scene, especially when that scene is nature. It’s a powerful experience, and in complete contrast with your everyday life (unless you live in nature of course, in which case you should go to a huge city with sky scrapers, traffic jams and lots of hustle and bustle!)
Camping out overnight takes things to a whole new level. Sitting with friends around a camp fire, sharing your stories, listening, laughing. There’s a completely different rhythm to your life back home. And when you look up into the darkness (assuming it’s not overcast) all you can see are stars twinkling, great big clusters of them right across the sky. You’ll be amazed at how many you can see, as away from the towns and cities there’s no light pollution from buildings or street lights hiding them.
When it’s finally time to sleep, you will lie there quietly in your tent, waiting for those unexpected night time sounds. What was that? An owl, a fox, or maybe just the wind blowing through the trees? It will soon be morning and you’ll wake with the sun. Poking your head out of the tent flaps, you wonder who else is up and about yet.
The time will come to return back home again, and you may even feel a little sad. But remember this; you’re energised and invigorated, bursting with fresh ideas and inspiration, ready to tackle any challenges and grab hold of new opportunities.
A quick warning too. After your long drive home make sure someone else unpacks the vehicle. There’s a damp, crumpled tent and all the other equipment to deal with, it takes forever and is hugely boring!
So go on, get outside and get into nature, and spend a night dreaming under the stars.
Please note: If you’re a child, please ask your parents or guardian to take you camping, as whilst it’s a lot of fun you also need to make sure you stay safe.
July 15th, 2015
Here’s the latest edition of the ‘Smile More’ comic strip, that appears in Just Kidding– Australia’s number one tween magazine.
This koala comic is all about being happy with the way you look. We can all get really stressed out about how we look. Do we have a particular feature we don’t like? Are we wearing the latest clothes and brands? Are we in good enough shape? The list just keeps on growing!
No matter how stressed out you get about your appearance, remember that real friends will like you just the way you are. Well, as long as you don’t let your sense of style get too whacky!?
May 13th, 2015
Here’s the May edition of the ‘Smile More’ comic strip, that appears in Just Kidding – Australia’s number one tween magazine.
This koala comic is all about being happy on the inside. So what is being ‘happy on the inside’ anyway? Modern life is so busy and distracting that most of the time it’s just whizzing straight by us. It’s exhausting trying to keep up and we are constantly missing the simple things going on right under our nose.
So take a moment to engage with real life, go outside and marvel at the natural beauty around you, participate in activities. Talk to people and find out how they’re doing. Check in with yourself, how are you feeling? Are you looking after yourself?
March 26th, 2015
This weeks koala comic is all about relationships.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling a little bit down or maybe you’re having a problem with something, it’s good to get a little help from our friends.
Friends and family play a big part in our happiness. You’ll be healthier and happier if you can develop strong relationships with people. The great thing is that they benefit too, because relationships work both ways – they are social. And no, not social as in a ’social network’ (like Facebook) but as in talking to someone, communicating, caring and supporting each other.
So go on, off you go. Go and see what your friends or family are up to. You never know, they might be having fun and you’re missing out!
Also to mention, we’ve had some great news this week. Starting next month, Just Kidding magazine will be featuring our ‘Smile More’ kid-friendly comic. We’re thrilled as JK mag is the number one tween magazine in Australia, and very popular with kids, parents and schools. It's a great home for our Australian comic with super cute koala cartoons. Thanks guys!
March 3rd, 2015
Smile More™ the weekly webcomic kicks off again this week, so lots more koala cartoon pictures for you to check out.
Towards the end of 2014 we ran a competition in Just Kidding Magazine and the winners have just been announced. The competition was to answer the question, “What makes you SMILE MORE”. We had some great answers and the top 6 won cute koala plush prize packs.
Congratulations go to:
1. Lucia Strever from Noranda, Victoria.
2. Mariah Stavliotis from West Croydon, South Australia.
3. Amelia Hitzke from Clontarf, Queensland.
4. Charlie Slack from Perth, Western Australia.
5. Blythe Lambie from Rowville, Victoria.
6. Annie Jiang from Glen Waverley, Victoria.
A special Smile More Shoutout goes to Lucia Strever. She said that her cat makes her Smile More because he’s so cute and cuddly!
Congratulations Lucia, your answer has become the theme for this latest edition of our cute koala comic. Fluff is Smiling Bear’s pet cat, and it seems his idea of a cuddle is more like a quick wrestle 'n' roll!
You can see all the Smile More kid-friendly webcomics here. That’s more koala cartoons than you’ll know what to do with :-)
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October 11th, 2014
There’s nothing better than having really sweet dreams. That funny feeling in your tummy because you’re so happy.
And then, when you wake up for just a moment, you’re desperate to get back to sleep. You want to return to your dream.
But wait, this isn’t the same dream? Where has the sweet one gone? Oh well, you’ll just have to drift off on a different adventure…dream on dreamer.
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October 1st, 2014
We all get bored of doing the same old things, every single day.
The thing is, there’s no excuse for being bored. You create your own day, and it’s up to you to make it interesting.
Dig in deep – it’s time for a change!
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September 20th, 2014
When things have gone great, it’s nice to share in some kind of celebration. Whether it’s a hand sign, shake or slap, you’ve got to add your own personal touch.
As always, Smiling Bear and his buddies like to take things just that little bit further. Behold, the Highest Five – for good vibes!
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September 12th, 2014
Sooo long sucka! Winter's out, spring is in for Australia this month.
Where ever you are, why not celebrate with us by breaking a bucket of ice cream? And what ever you do, don’t hold back. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning, so start as you mean to carry on — with mega scoops!
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September 1st, 2014
Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! It’s tough getting up in the morning, especially when you’re one super-comfy koala!
Smiling Bear is particularly partial to a mug of that classic hot beverage, coffee. However, his brand of choice is a little more potent in the kickstarting department. Called Koffee with a K, one cup of this and there’s no turning back (especially back to bed)!
Disclaimer: Whilst there’s no actual recommended age to start drinking coffee, please be sensible. 18 or over seems like a good idea. Besides, until then you can use the equally effective cold shower or ice bath!
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August 16th, 2014
A flower is a smile from nature. Given as a gift, flowers are the perfect way to express happiness, love and friendship.
Their natural beauty and fragrance are uplifting, and their positive effect on people continues long after they’ve been received. Even just the simple act of giving them, makes you feel good.
Send them to someone special today, and bring your relationship into full bloom.
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August 8th, 2014
Is there something you’d like to change about your life? Something you really want to do or achieve but aren’t sure how to begin?
Then start thinking about the steps you need to take to make it happen.
Plant some small seeds in your life, as small seeds can grow ginormous!
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August 3rd, 2014
Continuing on from last weeks... Sauce Selection
Little known fact about koalas, they love ketchup, and not just at a BBQ either. Eucalyptus leaves can get awfully boring, so a little squeeze of Tommy K works wonders!
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July 25th, 2014
When you’re putting together your plate full of food at the BBQ, whatever you do, don’t forget the sauce selection.
Whether it’s a juicy steak, greasy hotdog or even a belly busting bean burger, it stills needs that little extra something. Barbecue, ketchup, mayo or mustard…hmmm, which sauce would you select?
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July 17th, 2014
Contrary to popular belief, image really isn’t everything. That said, it doesn’t hurt to take a bit of time getting ready each morning.
We’re not talking the kind of prep you’d do for your first music video here, but at the same time you don’t want to look as though you've slept outdoors for the last 3 nights.
It’s about looking your personal best, and appropriate for whatever it is you’re about to go off and do (and if that’s gaming on the sofa alone, then yes, your koala onesie is perfect).
So try and make just a little effort with your appearance, you’ll be amazed at how you look and feel more confident. Just watch out for those loose threads!
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July 7th, 2014
Some people think baking is a waste of time. We’re all so busy and can pick up any imaginable baked goods at the store anyway, so why bother? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Baking is simple, it’s all about creating something from nothing. You’re bombarded with great smells, textures and tastes. You accomplish something that’s incredibly fulfilling, baking makes you happy.
What better way to show appreciation to family and friends, than...with smile snacks! So, get on that baking buzz and start creating.
Oh, and here’s a little tip for when the baking is finished…get someone else to do the washing up :-)
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June 29th, 2014
We all waste time worrying about things that might never happen. Those nagging ‘what if’ fears that creep into our thoughts, "What if this happens?", or “What if that happens?” These thoughts can really stress you out.
The thing is though, what if ‘it’ doesn’t happen? Now, you’ve wasted all that precious time worrying about nothing, when you could have been living carefree and easy!
So next time you’re worried about something, instead of thinking ‘what if’, flip things around in your favour and ask yourself, “What if it doesn’t happen?”
Don’t worry, it’ll be ok.
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June 15th, 2014
There’s nothing better than a nice, long sleep. Perhaps not a koala-worthy snooze of 22 hours, but long enough so that you wake up naturally, without an alarm.
Is there really anything you can do to be happy in your sleep? Well, it turns out there is. The most important thing is to be careful about what you’re thinking, just as you go off to sleep. Think relaxing, uplifting thoughts, while being as calm as possible.
Whatever you do, don’t think about bad things, like the exam you’ve got tomorrow, or that time you made a fool of yourself in front of your friends. Keep it nice and positive.
And, just in case you do have a nightmare and wake up, keep your favourite teddy nearby for a quick snuggle. Smile more in your sleep, for some really sweet dreams!
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June 7th, 2014
Here in Australia we’re very lucky to have so many great beaches. We get a lot of good waves too, so a dawn patrol surf session with your mates is the perfect start to the day.
So why not try it? Sunrise at the beach with buddies – it’s breathtaking!
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May 30th, 2014
It’s so important to eat healthily, you’ll look and feel great. But with self-control, you can still allow yourself the occasional treat, just in moderation. It’s good to have a little of what you fancy, it brings a whole lot of joy!
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May 24th, 2014
There’s something really magical about blowing bubbles into the sky. Watch them drift up, up, and away. Who knows where they go?
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May 19th, 2014
You’re never sure which way life will lead you. The only thing that really matters is that you enjoy the ride.
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PS for Reddit: here's my proof of authorship :-)
May 8th, 2014
There’s been a bit of a cold snap in Sydney this week, winter is coming!
What do you wear to keep warm?
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May 2nd, 2014
Social networking is a dangerous business... especially here in Australia!
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