Oct 302017
 

It may surprise you but even after six kids and with more than 53 months of breastfeeding under my belt I am still learning new things. As someone who always has an oversupply of milk I have seen lots of precious breastmilk drip away, soaking piles of towels every day. Of course I realised this was a real waste, but I was also hesitant to start pumping and increase my milk production (and my mastitis risk) even more. Until I discovered Milkbar

Milkbar Breastpumps is an Australian online store that specialises in, you guessed it, breast pumps. Proud owner and mama-of-two Diana has selected only the very best brands and is dedicated to providing Aussie mothers with valuable knowledge and expert advise when it comes to feeding your baby and finding the right product for you and your situation. Diana definitely hit the mark for me when she sent me this awesome pack by New Zealand brand Haakaa:

Quick and easy to use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump (RRP $27.90-$29.90) is not only a very effective but also affordable way to capture every valuable drop of breastmilk that comes out of your breast while you are feeding your baby on the other side. Based on the concept of suction you simply squeeze the Haakaa pump and place it on your breast, creating a vacuum seal around your nipple. Instead of your milk dripping away and going to waste it now flows straight into the Haakaa pump, it’s as easy as that!

On my very first try of the Haakaa pump I collected 90ml of breastmilk, without any effort and without the worry of overstimulating my breasts to make more milk. Since then I have been collecting my ‘excess’ milk at every feed which left me with quite a nice emergency supply in the freezer. It has also proven to be very handy for dissolving Ted’s daily reflux medication and even miss 2 (whom I had to wean six months ago) has been able to enjoy a little cup of breastmilk every now and then. Needless to say I am super chuffed with my Haakaa.

Featuring a simple one-piece design this compact pump is an absolute breeze to use and clean (great for sleep deprived parents), it can be cleaned in a steriliser, boiled water or dishwasher. There are no tricky bits to put together or go missing and no batteries or cords to mess around with, it’s always ready to go. You can store your breastmilk directly in your Haakaa using the funky Flower Stopper or Storage Cap or you can transfer the milk into milk storage bags or containers.

Especially for new mamas Haakaa has combined all your pumping essentials in the fabulous Haakaa New Mum Starter Pack (RRP $55), containing a 150ml Haakaa Breast Pump, Storage Cap, Flower Stopper and a box of 36 disposable Haakaa breast pads. Good to know: The Haakaa Breast Pump is made from 100% food grade silicone and is completely from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

To find out more about Milkbar Breastpumps, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkbarbreastpumps.com.au.

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Oct 292017
 

VTech

That’s it, the final school term of the year has begun! The big three kids have done incredibly well at school this year and we are so proud of them, they made some great new friends and brought home fantastic report cards and test results. As a reward for all their hard work (and to keep them busy in the school holidays) all of the kids were treated to a special present and with a brand new baby brother to photograph I am not surprised Olivia loves playing around with Kidizoom by VTech:

Packed with clever, cool and comic features the new VTech Kidizoom Duo (RRP $99.95, ages 3 to 9) turns creative kids into talented photographers in the blink of an eye. Here’s what we love most about Kidizoom:

As the name suggests this stylish kids camera has a dual lens, allowing kids to easily swap between making silly selfies and taking awesome snaps of friends, pets or family (especially cute baby siblings!), anytime they want. There is no need to turn your camera around and keep your fingers crossed that you get a great shot, a simple touch of a button is all it takes to change between the front- and rear facing camera.

The generous 2.4 inch colour screen, chunky shape and large buttons make it very easy for small hands to control the Kidizoom camera, our 4-year old mastered it in no-time and even our curious 2-year old will snap a picture or two if she can get her hands on it. Because we all know accidental knocks and drops are inevitable the Kidizoom Duo offers great peace of mind with a sturdy kid-tough design.

Olivia and her sisters have quickly become selfie-experts and they have the best time turning their selfies into art with the photo editor. There are loads of colourful decorations, pretty frames and silly dress-ups to choose from, so if you love photo booths and funny props Kidizoom has got you covered. How can you not giggle when giving your bald dad a funky hairdo or when your baby brother wears a big pink bow? Using the included USB cable all your Kidizoom creations can be transferred to your computer, ready to share with family and friends.

Not only can you capture precious moments on camera, you can even record your own voice, film your very own videos and create short movies. With the addition of special animations or funny effects you can turn average into awesome, flat into fun and plain into picture perfect, with the Kidizoom Duo the sky is the limit.  A real bonus treat are the 5 built-in games, they’re proving to be a great boredom buster on long car trips!

Powered by 4 AA batteries the VTech Kidizoom camera is ideal for use at home or holiday, just remember to pack some spare batteries or rechargeables so you don’t miss out on the shot of a lifetime! Hip tip: If desired you can expand the camera’s internal memory (ca. 200 photos) by adding a microSD or microSDHC card. The VTech Kidizoom Duo is available in blue or pink to suit both boys and girls.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Oct 252017
 

Prairie LanePrairie Lane
What? Extra 25% off selected decor items
How? Enter the code ‘DECOR25’ at checkout
When? Until October 29, 2017
Where? www.prairielane.com.au

mad-alice-jewelleryMad Alice Jewellery
What? Free Express Post on all ‘My Special Teacher’ gifts
How? Enter the code ‘TEACHER2017’ at checkout
When? Until October 31, 2017
Where? www.madalicejewellery.com

Broken Tricycle
What? 25% off your first Summer order
How? Enter the code ‘BROKSUM17’ at checkout
When? Until October 25, 2017
Where? www.brokentricycle.com

Little PinwheelLittle Pinwheel
What? Extra 15% off all Sale items
How? Enter the code ‘extra sale 15’ at checkout
When? Until October 31, 2017
Where? www.littlepinwheel.com.au

Kawaii Kids
What? Spend $100 or more and save 20% (Excludes Micro Scooters)
How? Enter the code ‘SAVE20’ at checkout
When? Until October 27, 2017
Where? www.kawaiikids.com.au

Lovely Linen
What? Up to 35% off selected Indus Designs blankets
How? Prices as marked
When? Until October 29, 2017
Where? www.lovelylinen.com.au

Oct 242017
 

VTech

With a brand new baby in the house and yucky viruses keeping us indoors, the school holidays were definitely not as exciting as they could have been. Although there were very few fun outings or special trips the kids still managed to pick up a whole heap of interesting facts from all around the world, without even leaving the house! Here’s how to make little ones world-wise with VTech:

With its bright colours and eye catching lights the large VTech Light & Flight Discovery Globe (RRP $59.95, ages 3-6) is inviting curious kids of all ages to go on an exciting journey around the world. Fasten your seatbelt and off we go…

Using the green joystick on the right little travellers can make their way around the Light & Flight Discovery Globe, stopping on exotic locations, explore deep oceans, visit faraway countries and discover different people, animals, landmarks and more. With 5 different modes of play and 37 hot spots for your aeroplane to land on there is plenty of learning to do, who knew a first geography lesson could be so much fun?

Miss 4 and miss 7 are a perfect example of the succes of ‘learning through play’, thanks to this awesome rotating interactive globe they are learning about the world’s continents and oceans, where certain people live and what you call them, they are even improving their language skills. Can you say hello in Portugese or thank you in Spanish? Where would you find the Niagara Falls and what do you call people from France? By the way, did you know Russia is in both Asia and Europe?

The Light & Flight Discovery Globe features one easy-to-use dial (to select your chosen mode of play) and one enter button, so it doesn’t take young kids long at all to get the hang of it. Once miss 4 worked out what each picture on the dial stands for she was off ‘unaccompanied minor’ style in no time! Being able to play without needing adult help really gives kids a feeling of independence and in the meantime I can catch up on my chores, double win.

The Light & Flight Discovery Globe is also a great tool to teach kids to carefully listen to instructions and the joy of finding the correct answer to a question. Repetition in the shape of a quiz helps children memorise their new-found knowledge and store it away for later. The kids are so busy playing that they don’t even realise they are learning as they go! Seeing miss 7 later look up certain countries from the globe in our children’s atlas proves it’s really sparked an interest, I call that a big success.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Oct 232017
 

mad-alice-jewellery

I know term 4 has only just begun but I always find this final school term has a sneaky habit of flying by. Most mums have a busy calendar filled with Sports Day and Photo Days, End of Year Concerts and Christmas celebrations and before you know it it’s the last school day of the year. Don’t get caught out when it comes to your annual teacher’s gift, Mad Alice Jewellery has got you covered with a present like no other:

Get your order in nice and early to receive FREE Express Post on all My Special Teacher gifts at Mad Alice Jewellery, simply enter the code ‘TEACHER2017’ at checkout. Don’t forget to add your teacher’s name in the comments box! Be quick as this offer ends October 31, 2017.

Recognising the importance of a warm and wonderful teacher the My Special Teacher Necklace (RRP $50) is the perfect combination of thoughtful and delightful. The handmade Swarovski gold pearl and sterling silver heart charm necklace would make a sweet accessory for the festive season, while the custom printed card adds a lovely personal touch. This pretty design comes ready-to-go in a signature Mad Alice Jewellery gift box, it doesn’t get easier than that.

Last year we surprised three of our teachers with some special Mad Alice Jewellery creations and they were extremely well received, the ladies were all pleasantly surprised by the original gift and the personal touch. We’ve already ordered ours for this year and the kids can’t wait to hand them out in a few weeks, they especially love the fact that the card is printed with the name of their special teacher.

To find out more about Mad Alice Jewellery, to browse the range and to order online visit www.madalicejewellery.com.

Oct 182017
 

Little StylesLittle Styles
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘MID25’ at checkout
When? October 22, 2017
Where? www.littlestyles.com.au

Planet PyjamaPlanet Pyjama
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘VIP’ at checkout
When? Until October 20, 2017
Where? www.planetpyjama.com.au

Sweet Creations
What? 20% off Flash Sale (Excludes furniture, pre-orders, sale items and bulky items)
How? Enter the code ‘Flash Sale’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.sweetcreations.com.au

MinifashionistaMinifashionista
What? Buy one, get one free on all clearance items
How? Enter the code ‘B1G1F’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.minifashionista.com.au

Kiddy Couture
What? 20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BIRTHDAYDEAL’ at checkout
When? Until October 18, 2017
Where? www.kiddycouture.co.nz

Merino Kids
What? Save 10% on Lightweight Merino Leggings
How? Enter the code ‘LEGS17’ at checkout
When? Until October 20, 2017
Where? www.merinokids.com.au

Oct 142017
 

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Isn’t it amazing how our babies, as tiny as they are, respond to their mama’s voice? I love seeing Ted turn his little head when he hears me talk and even my croakiest singing voice manages to calm him down during those midnight nappy changes in the dark. If you’re in need of some nursery rhyme inspiration you can count on The Wiggles to help you out:

Following on from their hit ‘Nursery Rhymes’ YouTube special and inspired by their own personal memories Australia’s favourite wiggly performers Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony are ready to entertain fans of all ages with The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes,

From all the good old classics that everyone loves like Three Little Kittens, Ring-a-Ring o’ Rosy and Old McDonald Had a Farm to more unknown tunes like The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Ride a Cock-Horse, The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes DVD  features more than 70 minutes of nursery rhyme fun. Kids can even practise their counting and colours in Arabic, Mandarin and other exotic languages!

Do you want to sing along with The Wiggles on the go? There is a The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes CD too, perfect for in the car or to play in your little one’s bedroom.

‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ is now available on DVD (RRP $14.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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