Dec 312011
 

Even though for many people the new year bringing a new (or rediscovered) passion for healthy eating the last evening of this year will no doubt be full of maybe not so healthy but delicious food and they are so right, you might as well enjoy it and indulge. Maybe you have been invited by friends to share the start of 2012 together whilst enjoying a typical Australian BBQ and yummy snacks brought by all the guests. If you are stuck for ideas on what to bring, and like me you are not much of a talented cook, you can still surprise everyone with a gorgeous plate of Whoopies.

Whoopies are a super hip trend that has blown over from the U.S., combining features of an all time favourite like sponge cake, the highly fashionable (but hard to make) macaron with a creamy filling to die for. If the idea of baking scares you you’ll be pleased to know that it takes just 4 every day ingredients and a packet of Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies for you to create your own little edible artworks. I can assure that if I can do it (see picture) you can too!

When you do your shopping today (don’t forget the two Public Holidays!) make sure you add one or two Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies to your trolley, you’ll find them in the baking aisle. Each pack serves 10-12 guests but you can make the whoopies any size you like: big indulgent, mouth filling whoopies or perfect snack sized mini whoopies. Preparing, baking and resting will take only 30 minutes.

There are currently two different styles of Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies available but the options don’t end there, you’ll find that there are many scrumptious variations possible using the Vanilla Sprinkle and Choc Vanilla Whoopie Pies as a base. Change the colour of the cakes, add spices, play around with the filling by adding fruit or jam, you can go as crazy as you like! To get you started you can find lots of great recipes on www.bettycrocker.com.au.

Betty Crocker Whoopie Pies (RRP $5.19) are available from Coles and Woolworths supermarkets Australia wide.

For more information about Betty Crocker, to take a closer look at the Whoopie Pies and to discover new recipes visit www.bettycrocker.com.au.

Dec 302011
 

When I go out with my little people I often get asked the same question: Where did you get that? Whether it is their clothing, little hairclips, cool shoes or even my nappy bag, mums love finding out where to buy the things that catch their eye even if it means approaching a stranger (I am guilty of it myself too!). I have no doubt I will get the same repsonse to my latest purchases and for once it is not rude to repeat their question, because ‘Where did you get that?‘ happens to be the name of the store I scored my latest bargain buys at. I have to stop myself from going back for more, especially with their current Boxing Day offer.

Until January 4, 2012, you get 20% off storewide at Where Did You Get That?, so even on all the already heavily reduced items in the sale sections. To profit from this great offer simply enter the code ‘BOXFB’ at checkout. Take a look at these awesome bargains waiting to be snapped up, and all under $15!

Daily Tea Girls Campanillas Ruffle Top $15.96 – 20% = $12.77
Daily Tea Girls Drawstring Skirt $18.36 – 20% = $14.69
Daily Tea Girls Jardin Ruffle Top $15.96 – 20% = $12.77

Daily Tea Boys El Capitan Graphic Tee $15.96 – 20% = $12.77
Daily Tea Boys Cangrejo Graphic Tee $15.96 – 20% = $12.77
Daily Tea Boys Diving Tee $15.96 – 20% = $12.77

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

Dec 292011
 

If living and eating healthier is one of your New Year resolutions (it is for many!) you are probably feeling very excited and motivated right now, just a few more days until the start of a new, healthier you. The first days, weeks or months might be relatively easy but for most people it gets harder after a while, get yourself in a good habit from the beginning by learning all about which foods are good for you so you always have healthy options to choose from. You can find out all about these superfoods in the awesome new book Supercharged Food by Lee Holmes.

You might know Australian author Lee Holmes from her regular column in the WellBeing magazine or her articles on Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics blog. Maybe you have already discovered her own website www.superchargedfood.com, the perfect place for people to learn all about healthy foods (and which ones to avoid), explore recipes and to find all the tools you need to look after yourself the best possible way. In her new book Supercharged Food Lee shares more than 90 delicious recipes that are healthy, nutritious, elegant, easy to make, boost your immunity and will provide you with refreshed energy.

If you could use some food guidance and are ready for a positive change in your diet this book might just become your food bible. With 192 pages of recipes, accompanied by beautiful full colour photographs and background information there is sure to be a mouthwatering meal to everyone’s taste, even changing just a few of your ordinary meals or snacks for a healthy supercharged alternative will do you well!

Supercharged Food is a real eye opener for anyone who thinks that eating healthy or dealing with allergies rules out all yummy food. These days many children (and adults) suffer from food allergies and it can be hard to adjust to the new diet and to come up with meals that appeal to everyone. All the recipes in Supercharged Food are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free so everyone can join in!

What I love about this book is that it contains a bit of everything, it covers your whole day from breakfast, lunch and dinner to desserts, drinks, snacks and much more. I was surprised by how achievable the recipes were with ingredients the whole family can enjoy (not just fancy grownup food). I have added many of the dishes to our family menu but some absolute toppers are spinach toast and aromatic herb & garlic crackers.

To find out more about Lee, to learn how food can change your life for the better and to order Supercharged Food (published by Murdoch Books, $34.99) online visit www.superchargedfood.com.

For your chance to win a copy of Supercharged Food visit www.superchargedfood.com and answer the following question: Which one of the online recipes would you love to try?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends January 29, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Dec 282011
 

Budburst Kids
What? 20% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until December 31, 2011
Where? www.budburstkids.com

Rudy and the Dodo
What? Up to 70% off in sale section
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.rudyandthedodo.com.au

Purebaby
What? 50% off storewide (excluding Essentials, Premi and Bedding)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until further notice
Where? www.purebaby.com.au

Charlipop Kids
What? 50% off End of Season Minymo, Zutano and Fixoni
How? Prices as marked
When? Until further notice
Where? www.charlipopkids.com.au

Where Did You Get That?
What? 20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BOXFB’ at checkout
When? Until January 4, 2012
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

Eternal Creation
What? 20-50% off storewide (excluding already reduced items)
How? Prices as marked
When? Ends January 15, 2012
Where? www.eternalcreation.com

About a boy
What? 50% off everything in the Super Sale boys, girls and womens categories
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until further notice
Where? www.aboutaboy.com.au

Sukimama
What? 20% off bottles, lunchboxes and backpacks
How? Enter the code ‘SCHOOL’ at checkout
When? Until January 8, 2012
Where? www.sukimama.com.au

Dec 272011
 

It may officially be summer but the Australian weather can’t seem to make up its mind, hot and sweaty one day and rain and hail storms the next. There is always a chance the weather will force you and the kids to stay inside these school holidays so don’t get caught out and stock up on some fun activities that you can do indoors. Craft supplies can be expensive but that is most certainly not the case with the new Funky Fun Mini range from Colorific.

The Funky Fun Mini range consists of three great craft sets suitable for children as young as 4 years old (some parental help needed) up to 10 years old. Each kit contains all kids need to create their own little artworks that can actually be used afterwards making it even more fun. What child doesn’t like the sound of making its own animal key rings, designer yoyo’s or (my favourite) shrinky jewellery?

Don’t let the name fool you, the creations may be small (and the $6.99 price tag is too!) but the entertainment factor of the Colorific Funky Fun Mini’s is high and kids can make multiple designs with just one small box  making it a great activity for siblings or friends to do together. Keep these kits in mind for upcoming birthdays too, they make a great gift that won’t break the bank.

To find out more about Colorific, to take a closer look at the Funky Fun Mini’s and to locate a stockist near you visit www.colorific.com.au.

Dec 262011
 

Determined to make the most of our four days off together we started our Saturday nice and early with a trip to the beach. Arriving at 9am it was a perfect, not too hot and not too busy and the kids had a blast playing in the water. For our youngest little treasure it was the first time she got to try the swimming part as all the other times before it was too cold. The minute we put her down on the sand she ran to the water as fast as her little legs could carry her, safely protected from the sun in her Mini Sandcrabs Sunsuit.

Mini Sandcrabs is a fabulous Australian store offering beachwear and accessories for little Aussie sandcrabs from 0 to 6 years old. In store you’ll find a fantastic selection of beach products, handpicked by mum Emma for their style and high safety standards. Your child’s health is not something to gamble with and with many Australian families spending their summer holidays at the beach it is important to select high quality, safe swimwear and accessories for your children.

Aside from a range of other well known brands Mini Sandcrabs also sells its very own Mini Sandcrabs label, designed and made right here in Australia. The Mini Sandcrabs collection is made using quick drying, lightweight, chlorine resistant fabric that offers UPF 50+ sun protection (blocking a massive 98% of harmful UVA/UVB rays). The timeless striped designs in bright colours suit boys and girls of all ages.

Both the one-piece Sunsuits (size 0-3) and the Rashies (size 2-6) feature long sleeves, a high neck line and front zip for easy dressing and undressing. Getting my baby water ready was super easy with the Sunsuit, she was trying to run off for a quick skinny dip but putting it on took just a second so no angry faces there. After our swim she had a little play in the sand (see picture) to dry up whilst we packed our bags, the suit was dry in an instant so she didn’t get cold which is a big plus.

To find out more about Mini Sandcrabs, to browse the range and to order online visit www.minisandcrabs.com.au.

For your chance to win your favourite Mini Sandcrabs design (Sunsuit or Rashie/Swimshort set by Mini Sandcrabs label only, subject to availability) visit www.minisandcrabs.com.au and answer the following question: Which Mini Sandcrabs style and colour would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends January 26, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Dec 252011
 

With the new year just days away I have been thinking of what 2012 will bring us. One big change for us will be the twins starting kindy later in the year. I know they are terribly excited about going to ‘school’ but I myself am a little nervous, I guess that is normal. They are just so gorgeous staring out the living room window, watching school kids walk past with their uniforms and backpacks.

Now that all those little students are on school holidays it is the perfect time for mums to take a closer look at the school supplies and make sure everything is up to scratch (and style) for the new year. Sukimama is helping you out by offering a fabulous 20% discount on bottles, lunchboxes and backpacks, simply enter the code ‘SCHOOL’ at checkout to benefit from this great special (valid until January 8, 2012). Take a look at some of the many hip styles on offer:

1. Beatrix New York Shark and Whale Water Bottle 400ml $17.95
Perfect size for a thirsty little student, made with 100% food-grade stainless steel and spill-proof spout cap. Free from PVC, phtalates and lead.
2. Beatrix New York Lucas Whale Lunch Box $36.95
Machine washable insulated lunch box made with heavy-duty nylon, free from PVC, phthalates and lead.
3. Beatrix New York Little Kid Nigel Shark Backpack $45.95
Matching backpack, a durable nylon design offering plenty of room inside as well as a smaller zipped pocket.

4. Dabbawalla Flower Power Lunch Bag $39.95
Made from eco-sponge, an innovative machine washable fabric that is certified free of lead, PVC, phthalates and over 100 other harmful substances.
5. Goodbyn Bynto Raspberry Lunch Bag $28.95
Features three compartments, dishwasher safe, is free from BPA, phthalates and lead and comes complete with 2 sheets of stickers and free bottle.
6. Goodbyn Sticker Set $10.50
Gorgeous sticker sets to personalise your Goodbyn lunch box, they are dishwasher safe and there are different styles available.

For more information about Sukimama, to browse the range and to order online visit www.sukimama.com.au.