Jul 062017

It may have felt like this school term would never end, but tomorrow our school holidays finally kick off. We are looking forward to two weeks of chilling out and calming down at home and hopefully some time for this pregnant mama to put her tired feet up. The woodshed is stacked to the brim (I love a warm, cosy fire!) and we have stocked up at the library with books for our little bookworms. Of course it won’t be school holidays without a new movie to relax with so this latest Sony Pictures release comes right on time:

Did you know it has been almost 60 years since the world was first introduced to the quirky blue creatures called The Smurfs? People of all ages love following this interesting tribe on their many adventures, chased by the wizard Gargamel, his cat Azrael and a bunch of other evil characters. This Winter the Smurfs are back for a brand new expedition that will have fans sitting on the edge of their seat:

In Smurfs: The Lost Village a mysterious map sends Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through a Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a long lost village. Will they find it before Gargamel does? Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ is now available on Blu-ray (RRP $44.95) and DVD (RRP $39.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Sales & Savings – Week 27

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Jul 052017

Toy Universe
What? Up to 85% off Toy Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.toyuniverse.com.au

Kiddy Couture
What? 40% off storewide (Excludes sale items)
How? Enter the code ’40off’ at checkout
When? Until July 9, 2017
Where? www.kiddycouture.co.nz

Le Edit
What? 40% off the Into The Alps collection
How? Enter the code’ midseason40′ at checkout
When? Until July 7, 2017
Where? www.leedit.co

Pure Poppet
What? 10% off all Pure Poppet Natural Play Makeup
How? Enter the code ‘POST EOFY STOCKTAKE’ at checkout
When? Until July 9, 2017
Where? www.purepoppet.com

Munster KidsMunster Kids
What? 40% off storewide (Excludes discounted items)
How? Enter the code ‘halftimesale’ at checkout
When? Until July 5, 2017
Where? www.munsterkids.com

Paper EskimoSustainababy
What? Buy a Close Pop-in Newborn Nappy Pack and receive a FREE Stage 2 Bib and Nappy (RRP $48.90)
How? Free gift automatically added to your order
When? Until July 7, 2017
Where? www.sustainababy.com.au

Click and create with Build-a-Bot

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Jul 032017

What do you do when you need to bring ‘something robotic’ to school for Show & Tell? Build your own robot of course! With school being all about robots these last few weeks miss 6 was super keen to try her hand at making a robot herself, which turned out to be not only lots of fun but also very interesting with this exciting new release from the toy specialists at Colorific:

Build-a-Bot (RRP $39.99, ages 5+) is a fantastic range of toy building kits that introduces children to the basics of S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through play. Who knew learning about motors and sensors, magnets and levers could be so cool? The simple click-and-create system makes kids feel confident that their project is coming together properly and at the end they are rewarded with a robotic toy that really works.

Being only 6 years old Juliet did need a bit of help building her robot, supervised by Hip Daddy she looked at the photos and read the step-by-step instructions until her Build-a-Bot Bunny was ready to come to life. There is even a sticker sheet included so you can decorate and personalise your bot to your own taste. It was a really great activity to do together and the best part is that you can build/pull it apart as many times as you want.

The pretty pink rabbit robot was just up Juliet’s alley, it has the cutest little nose, huge bunny ears and a cheeky tail. It took a bit of patience but once complete it was finally time to introduce the tasty carrot, a clever food trigger that will magically get your bunny to hop around when the carrot touches its nose (Just makes sure you have two AA batteries on hand to make it work). To record your child’s achievement in style a build certificate is included.

One of the other things I really like about Build-a-Bot is that you can swap and change parts between the different kits to create your very own unique bots, what a great way to encourage young builders to use their imagination! There are currently three separate Build-a-Bot kits to choose from (Bunny, Dino and Fox) and with more than 20 pieces per set the combinations really are endless.

To find out more about Colorific, to take a closer look at the Build-a-Bot range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.colorific.com.au.

Sweet Seven birthday buys

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Jul 022017

Now that we’re in July the countdown is on until our big birthday month, with four August birthdays (maybe even five depending on when baby no.6 arrives) I have my work cut out for me! Over the last few months I have been writing down some gift ideas for miss nearly 7 and I think I am slowly getting there. I am yet to decide on a fun new board game, which is always one of the best received presents in our house, but I have already come up with these hip finds:

Rain or shine, our wonderful school is a big fan of nature play and the kids love getting outdoors in the school garden and looking after the school pets (we now have free range chickens, goats and even a lamb!). In this cold and wet season a good raincoat is a must, so I’ll be getting miss 6 the next size up in this cute Nordic Apples Raincoat (RRP $64.95). All our children wear Hatley raincoats and I can not recommend them highly enough! They are snuggly warm, keep kids dry and last really well, the quality is just amazing.

Donut Charm BraceletBeing the bright and happy girl that she is Juliet loves to add a pop of colour to her day. Whether it’s a colourful scarf, a pretty bow or a gorgeous piece of jewellery, anything that has rainbow colours is a hit. The talented Lauren Hinkley designs the most delightful Charm Bracelets (RRP $29.95) that look good enough to eat, I think this tropical combination would make the perfect birthday bracelet. There are many different looks to choose from and new creations are being added all the time.

Now that she has discovered Mathletics and WordMania Juliet happily does her numeracy and literacy homework, what a welcome change from that grumpy frown. As careful as she promises to be, accidents do happen so I might invest in a sturdy, shock proof iPad cover like this child-friendly style from casehaven.com.au (RRP $29.99). That way I know our iPad is well protected, it’s a perfect fit for small hands and she’ll love the funky pink colour.

If you have a great gift idea for a sweet 7-year old girl I’d love to hear from you, it might just make it onto our birthday shopping list!

Jul 012017

Pan Macmillan Australia

Over the last few months our miss Harriet has turned a real little bookworm who loves a good story (or two or four) before bedtime. She has established a nice pile of favourite books which she studies thoroughly every night. Seeing her pointing, smiling and copying words and sounds is so much fun and you can just imagine the delight when she discovered the pop-up surprise in this latest Charlie Chick adventure:

In Charlie Chick Finds an Egg the curious little chick stumbles upon an egg of rather large proportions, what a special find! What could be inside this giant egg? Join Charlie as he inspects his discovery and see it come to life through colourful lift-the-flap illustrations and pop-up surprises. As you can see Hattie is working hard on her chicken impersonation, Charlie Chick Finds an Egg is a lovely short read for little booklovers and the sturdy hardcover is ideal for small hands.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at Charlie Chick Finds an Egg (RRP $12.99) by Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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