Boredom busters on a budget

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Mar 312016
 

Coupon Codes

For kids the school holidays are all fun and games, but for parents it can be an expensive few weeks (especially if you have a big family like ours!). As you know I try to plan ahead and stock up on boredom busters well in advance, I always keep an eye out for awesome deals as I love a good discount on my shopping. You can save yourself time and money by using Australia Coupon Codes, they collect discount codes for some of Australia’s favourite stores so you don’t have to do the research, so easy!

Dress Ups

Even if the weather is forcing us to stay inside there is still plenty to do for our little tribe. We build cubbies, draw pictures, bake cookies, read books, construct towers and pretend to be a doctor, princess, fireman, red riding hood or anything else they can find in our dress up box.

CostumeDress ups can be a bit pricey but in my opinion they are a great investment, the kids get so much enjoyment out of them and it really encourages them to use their imagination. Not only are dress up fun at home, they are also great to have on hand for costume parties or book week. If your dress up box could do with a makeover you can save big bucks by using one of the coupon codes for Costumes.com.au.

HB JournalI have already shopped ahead for our European holiday later in the year and ordered the kids personalised diaries for the trip. The school has allowed us to take the children out of school for five weeks as long as they keep a journal of their holiday, who said homework had to be boring? We already use the Hippo Blue school gear (backpack, lunch box etc) so we know the quality is great and with the current Hippo Blue Coupon Codes applied the prices are awesome.

To find out more about Australia Coupon Codes, to browse all the current deals and to start saving visit www.aucouponcodes.com.au.

Sales & Savings – Week 13

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Mar 302016
 

Little ObsessionsLittle Obsessions
What? 20% off all toys and gifts
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2106
Where? www.littleobsessions.com.au

KidsberryKidsberry
What? 50% off storewide (Minimum spend $20)
How? Enter the code ‘EASTER’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2016
Where? www.kidsberry.com.au

WOW BabyWOW Baby
What? 10% off Lassig products
How? Enter the code ’15LASSIG’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2016
Where? www.wowbaby.com.au

BabyNestBabynest
What? 50% off Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until April 10, 2016
Where? www.babynest.com.au

Little Boo-Teek
What?
20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘HOP20’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2016
Where? www.littlebooteek.com.au

Miky BMikyB
What? 40% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘MIKYBAUG’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2016
Where? www.mikyb.com.au

Mar 292016
 

Trilogy

With Easter all wrapped up and the temperature dropping rapidly there is no denying it any longer: Summer is well and truly over. If yesterday’s weather is anything to go by we’ll be spending our upcoming school holidays in front of the wood heater, thankfully our woodshed if fully stocked! I love the warmth of our fireplace but I don’t like the effect it has on my skin. Time for Trilogy to come to the (skin) rescue:

Trilogy Starter Sets

Trilogy is all about luxurious, natural skincare with a range of specialised products to suit different skin types and conditions. If you are not sure which Trilogy product would suit your needs the new limited edition Discover Trilogy Starter Sets (RRP $26.99) are an excellent way to find your perfect fit:

Rosehip Oil AntioxidantEach of the four Discover Trilogy Starter Sets contains three travel-size Trilogy products carefully selected to cater for a specific skin type: Normal/Dry, Combination/Oily, Ageproof and Sensitive. With handy beauty essentials like cleansers, creams, serums, oils and lotions there is a lovely kit for everyone, the Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is one of my personal favourites and I can highly recommend the Vital Moisturising Cream.

Trilogy RosehipWhether you are looking to add moisture to dry patches, fight unwanted signs of ageing, soothe irritated skin or re-balance oily areas, these well-priced starter packs are an excellent way to test the waters and discover what works best for you, without breaking the bank. They are an ideal size for a short getaway and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift for your mum, aunty or mother-in-law.

To find out more about Trilogy, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.trilogyproducts.com.

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Memories on Monday

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Mar 282016
 

On Easter Sunday last year I surprised my parents in The Netherlands with an unexpected visit and a pregnancy announcement. Fast forward one year and we can not imagine our life without Harriet. How grateful we are for the precious gift of Easter and eternal life through Christ and how wonderful to be celebrating this with our beautiful tribe of children. We had a lovely long weekend including two visits to church, a meal shared with family and relaxing at home. Tomorrow we are off to see the oral surgeon for our little Hattie, I am a bit nervous but hopefully all goes smoothly.

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Good + Simple

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Mar 272016
 

Random House Australia

Eggs, cakes, tarts, slices, mousse, cookies and biscuits… for many of us this Easter weekend is filled with tasty chocolate treats in one or more varieties. If, after all this indulging, you need a bit of help to get back on the ‘clean eating’ track you are going to love this amazing new cook book from the skilful hands of the clever Hemsley sisters:

Good + Simple

Good + Simple (RRP $55) is an absolutely stunning cookbook that’s choc-a-block with delicious, healthy, nutritious recipes for the whole family. As you know I recently acquired a new food processor so I am terribly excited to try all these yummy foods, with a huge 140 different recipes to choose from there is no shortage of inspiration.

As food writers for Vogue sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are true masters in the kitchen. They specialise in homemade, wholesome and sustainable food that is big in flavour yet small in effort, just the way I like it. If, like me, you are a busy mum who has little time to cook difficult dishes but you do want to feed your family clean, healthy food Good + Simple is a must-have for your kitchen (and an excellent Mother’s Day gift idea).

Who doesn’t like the sound of cinnamon, raisin and quinoa muffins and 3-ways chestnut pancakes for breakfast or spinach and bacon tart with a nutty almond crust and Chinese style beef and broccoli for dinner. Or how about caulironi cheesespiced winter apple chutney or DIY noodle pot? I cannot wait to try them all out for myself.

Coconut Macaroons

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sweet treats included too. Last night we satisfied our sweet tooth by whipping up these scrumptious chocolate drizzle coconut macaroons, all it took was 10 minutes and just 6 ingredients. Move over Easter eggs, the Hemsley sisters are here with Good + Simple!

To find out more about Random House Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.randomhouse.com.au.

Mar 262016
 

The First Years

Yesterday it was six months ago that our sweet Harriet was born, six whole months of loving on our beautiful girl. Even though we’ve been through this baby stage four times before, I still enjoy every little bit of it. I just love the cuddles and the kisses and all those special ‘firsts’.

Harriet TFY

Babies grow so quickly and their needs change all the time, luckily when it comes to eating and drinking The First Years has got all stages covered.

Wean On Me cupAs Harriet is exclusively breastfed she has not had any experience with drinking from bottles, she doesn’t even take a dummy! However with three little teeth coming through she enjoys biting, chewing and drinking around the clock so we felt a small, spill proof sippy cup with some water might be a welcome distraction. She immediately grabbed on to the handles of the 207ml ‘Wean On Me’ Trainer Cup (RRP $5, 4 months+) and went for it, instant success.

Simply SoftAs your baby gets bigger and becomes more confident with drinking from a cup you can move onto the ‘Simply Soft’ Soft Spout Cup (RRP $5, 6 months+). Like its smaller sibling this 266ml cup has a nice, soft spout that is gentle on sensitive gums and tiny toothy pegs but has a taller, slimmer fit so children can learn to hold the cup properly by using two hands. All The First Years toddler cups are completely free from BPA, after all we don’t want any nasty chemicals near our precious bundles.

Simple SippyFrom 9 months onwards babies can start trying a more rigid spout like the ‘Simple Sippy’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack). These colourful cups and lids are stackable for more efficient storage. Not only does The First Years know exactly what works for little ones, they make mum’s life easier too with their clever ‘one piece lid’ design: there are no small pieces to lose, clean, take apart or fit together, so easy! All lids from the ‘One Piece Lid’ collection are interchangeable so you don’t even have to find the matching lid to the right cup saving you time and hassle.

Simple StrawLast but not least there are the cool ‘Simple Straw’ Cups (RRP $8, 2-pack), they are suitable for ages 18 months+ but our 3-year old still loves these ‘bottles’ (and I love the ‘no mess’ part!). Thanks to the pleasant price tag of the ‘The First Years’ feeding range (RRP $5-$8) you can afford to have one cup in the kitchen, one in your baby bag, one at grandma’s and one in the dishwasher, without breaking the bank.

The First Years toddler feeding range is available in many different designs to suit boys and girls and can be found exclusively at Target stores across Australia.

To find out more about The First Years and to browse the range visit www.thefirstyears.com.

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Top 5 Books for the Easter Break

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Mar 252016
 

Dymocks

You’d think our kids would be excited about the prospect of no school for two weeks, but they’re actually a little sad. They very much enjoy school and they particularly love our (almost daily) visits to the library. If your kids are avid readers too make sure you pick up some great new reads to keep them entertained during the holidays.

Here are our top 5 books for the Easter break:

Tiny TimmyNot a day goes by where our 7-year old son doesn’t read a book or two, he is known to even read a book while walking to school! He also loves to kick the footy with his friends so Tim Cahill’s latest book Tiny Timmy Makes the Grade! (RRP $12.99) really is the best of both worlds. If your sporty kid needs a bit of encouragement to open a book this is an excellent pick that is sure to win them over.

Tim is determined to make it onto the famous rep team, but first he will have prove his worth on the field. Earning a spot in the school squad is not easy so he better put his best foot (and his head!) forward if he wants to succeed. It’s a great story about teamwork, perseverance, doing your best and of course being active, something all kids can learn a lot from.  Featuring a fun, appealing font and filled with cool illustrations this Tiny Timmy adventure reads very easily, even the most stubborn reader will read his way through all 124 pages without realising.

Room on the BroomLearning to read is a tricky job and can be quite exhausting too so our miss 5 is not always in the mood to do her reading before bed. We find the best way to keep her focussed is by choosing a book about something she already knows and loves, it makes the story much more fun and real. She has seen Room on the Broom (RRP $14.95) on TV before and thinks it is terribly funny (and a little scary too!) so this is a real winner!

Written by Julia Donaldson (creator of The Gruffalo) this gorgeous book is a joy to read and listen to. It tells the story of a witch on a flying broomstick, who picks up a bunch of interesting passengers on her way. The text flows beautifully and rhymes, which invites young listeners to join in and ‘guess’ the next word. The pictures are colourful and detailed so there is lots to look at and spot on every page.

Pig the PugNext up is miss Sybbie (3), our little busy-bee who struggles to sit still. She recently spotted Pig the Pug (RRP $16.99) at the ‘big school’ so she thinks it is pretty awesome that we now have it in our own ‘library’ at home as well. We have read Aaron Blabey’s hilarious book ‘The Brothers Quibble’ over and over again and his writing style is so appealing to kids, he really knows how to engage young children.

This interesting looking character is called Pig the Pug, a round and wrinkly dog who hates sharing his food or toys with anyone. Then Trevor, a friendly sausage dog, comes along… will Pig learn to share and play together after all?

Dear ZooRight now she’s more into chewing books than reading them but, if she is anything like her siblings, I am sure it won’t be long until baby Harriet falls in love with reading too. Dear Zoo (RRP $14.99) by Rod Campbell is a great choice for the smallest family members, this sturdy board book introduces children to different animals and their characteristics through a fun game of lift-the-flap. Can you guess what animal is behind the flap?

If I Were The Easter BunnyJust in time for Easter we can’t go past If I were the Easter Bunny (RRP $14.99) by Louise Gardner, a colourful hardcover picture book about an exciting egg hunt, scrumptious chocolate eggs, fun and games in the park, pretty handmade bonnets and of course the Easter parade, after all the best Easter is one spent with friends. What would this weekend look like if you were the Easter bunny?

The book experts at Dymocks are here to help you stock your bookshelf in time for the upcoming school holidays with this awesome book deal: Buy 3 picture books for just $30! There are more than 30 great titles to choose from, offer ends end of April.

To find out more about Dymocks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.dymocks.com.au.