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Jun 102018
 

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If, like me, you have a big The Wiggles fan (or a few) in the family there may have been some frowns when yellow wiggle Emma announced she would be taking a break from performing for medical reasons. Thankfully she is on the mend after her hospital stay and this week Emma, together with her Wiggly husband Lachy, treated her little fans to a fabulous new DVD + CD release:

The Emma! & Lachy! Show proves that yellow and purple are a winning combination, both in marriage and in music. Singing and swinging, ballet and bouncing, dancing and dressing up… Emma and Lachy are ready to entertain the whole family with 24 catchy new recordings.

Young dancers will be able to enjoy a range of different dance genres from all over the world while budding musicians will enjoy seeing Lachy play the piano, supported by plenty of other musical instruments. Emma and Lachy are joined by Ponso the Pony, Phil the Fluter, ballerinas and fairies and if you look closely you may even spot another familiar Wiggles face too. If you can’t get the new tunes out of your head you can take them along in the car too with the The Emma! & Lachy! Show CD featuring 29 wiggly sing-along songs.

‘The Emma! & Lachy! Show’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) 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: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas!’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Jun 072018
 

“Go home and enjoy your son because he will be dead by the time he is 15-years-old” These words and the lack of information and support available in general is what prompted Boris Struk to create Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) so that no other parents should endure what he and his wife went through over 35 years ago.

Muscular Dystrophy is a term used for more than 60 neuromuscular disorders and it is defined as a progressive muscle destroying disorder which wastes all muscles away causing immobility, respiratory problems and cardiac complications. This is a condition which affects 1 in 625 Australians and 82 per cent of children aged 0-14 years with MD are boys. It’s a relentless and disgusting disease. Every day is worse than the previous day. They say the hardest thing is to see someone you love suffer. Well, imagine all the parents out there, their hearts stabbed daily.

Boris has been used as a punching bag for decades by frustrated and traumatised parents and relatives. He could have thrown the towel away and forged a career in marketing which he excelled at. It is his enduring love for his son and sense of duty for the MD community that kept him going. A cure has not been found yet and most likely won’t be found in his lifetime.

Muscular Dystrophy is not widely known in Australia. Maybe it is because progress in research is slow and one of the most challenging fields. This is the last step that Boris would like to achieve. To make Muscular Dystrophy known to the whole country, to have one day a year dedicated to it. A day for awareness and a day for fund raising. A day to recognise our kids and adults in our own backyards who are handed out premature death sentences.

MDA’s website has comprehensive information on all forms of MDs translated in 18 languages. We have been running 106 camps which are offer lifesaving respite for families and their carers. We offer support and programs and fund research. MDA has become an extended family for the MD community. In terms of money, MDA has injected millions into Royal Children’s Hospital and the MDA Neuromuscular Clinic.

Today, when a child gets diagnosed with MD, no parent gets told to go back home and just wait for their child to die. But there’s one more thing that can be done, our duty of care as a community. To recognise and acknowledge our national MD community, just for one day.

This is where National Superhero Week comes in. National Superhero Week 2018 will run from 3rd to 9th September, which will see people across Australia dress as their favourite superheroes to join the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. Register now at: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/nationalsuperheroweek

To find out more about Muscular Dystrophy and to see how you can help support this important cause visit www.mda.org.au.

Jun 062018
 

As you can probably imagine as a mum of six young children I see many toy crazes come and go. From squishy toys to fidget spinners, from collectible cards to Pokemon Go and everything in between, there is always something new all the cool kids are coveting. I’ll be honest, most of them don’t appeal to me at all but every now and then even this responsible grown-up goes a little gooey inside, like when I first spotted these gorgeous Bush Babies:

Who are Bush Babies, you ask? Far away in a magical place called Bush Baby World live a whole tribe of fabulous, fluffy creatures called Bush Babies, each cuddly character is unique, with its own name, story and special features. Together the Bush Babies go on all kinds of adventures and the good news is, you can join them!

Children can visit Bush Baby World online and see what the babies get up to in the animated Bush Baby World webisodes, picnics, parties, rescues and new realms, there is always something new for the Bush Babies to discover. All Bush Baby World webisodes are completely free to watch and there are some fantastic free activities to do too so with rainy Winter days in mind make sure to bookmark this page.

Thanks to the ever-growing Bush Baby World toy range you can welcome your favourite Bush Babies into your world and collect your very own Bush Baby family one furry friend at a time. There is even a Dream Tree where you can hang your Bush Babies in their sleepy pods. Did you know you can actually make your Bush Baby move its ears and eyes? Just use your finger to activate the clever little mechanism hiding in the back of the toys’ head and watch them wiggle.

One of the latest regions to be explored in Bush Baby World is Blossom Meadow, home to six sweet Blossom Bush Babies called Bluebelle, Petalina, Tillani, Butterlee, Pozee and Fleur. Our two newest family members have settled in beautifully, they have pretty floral bellies, big bushy tails and the cutest sparkly nose. Miss 5 and miss 7 think Butterlee and Fleur make brilliant bedtime buddies and they’re backpack size so they can come with us anywhere we go.

I’ve got the funny feeling that there are more Bush Baby adoptions to come… Will it be one of the sparkly Shimmies, a special scented Blossom, a mysterious Dreamstar or even a royal Bush Baby princess? Time will tell…

Bush Baby World toys are available now from leading toy retailers, prices start at RRP $16.95.

To find out more Bush Baby World, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you or online visit www.bushbaby.world.

May 302018
 

The uggs are back in use, the woodfire is on and the beds are made with flannelette sheets… the cold season has well and truly arrived! She may be old enough for a proper girl bed, but Hattie is definitely not big enough to manage the sheets and keep her quilt on throughout the night. Of course I hate to think that she’s laying there in the cold, so I trust ergoPouch to keep her warm all night long:

Super soft, padded and snuggly warm, stepping into a ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95) is pretty much like being wrapped up in a cosy quilt that fits your body like a glove. I secretly wish they made these awesome sleep suits in my size too!

Over the years ergoPouch has become known around the globe for its dedication to natural fibres, offering parents a safe choice for their baby and the environment. By avoiding nasty chemicals and itchy synthetic fabrics ergoPouch has also earnt the tick of approval from the Eczema Association, great peace of mind for those with sensitive skin! The Winter Sleep Suit outer is made with 95% organic cotton with a touch of elastane to allow active kids to move around freely, while the thick 100% organic cotton filling keeps cold chills at bay with a 2.5 TOG rating.

As Hattie is past the sleeping bag stage the Winter Sleep Suit is the perfect next step, it’s just as comfortable and warm and at the same time it allows her to hop in and out of bed by herself and walk around too. Dressing your little sleepy head and midnight nappy checks/changes are a breeze thanks to the special three-way zip, opening up both the front and back. It also has super handy fold-over cuffs at the wrists (up to size 2) and ankles, allowing you to cover tiny toes and little hands in just a flash.

The 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit is currently available in sizes 1 to 5 years and comes in three gorgeous prints to suit boys and girls: Midnight Arrows, Petals and Triangle Pops.

Hip tip: Sign up for the FREE ergoPouch newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and exciting arrivals and receive 10% discount on your first order.

To find out more ergoPouch, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ergopouch.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the ergoPouch giveaway photo for your chance to WIN an ergoPouch 2.5 TOG Winter Sleep Suit (RRP $64.95).

May 282018
 

Woohoo! For a while it seemed like our holiday would never come any closer but with less than 3 months to go we’re finally getting there. I have started packing the first gifts in our suitcases, stocked up on new pyjamas for everyone and set out six backpacks for our six little travellers. When you spend 24 hours travelling (and 5 weeks away from home) you have to bring some great boredom busters (read sanity savers), which is where LeapFrog comes in:

Juliet has owned her LeapPad Ultimate (RRP $199.95, ages 3-9) for about 8 months now so we’ve tested it through and through and I can not speak highly enough of this kid-friendly tablet. Designed by the toy-experts at LeapFrog and backed by a team of dedicated educators this amazing tablet is all about custom learning whilst having fun and staying safe.

Where do I begin? Let’s start with the basics, the LeapPad Ultimate (8GB) has all the popular tablet features like a powerful quad-core processor, dual camera to take photos and videos, WiFi connection (more on that later!), a music player, rechargeable battery and more. It also comes preloaded with a whole heap of cool games and apps that have been thoroughly tested to be appropriate, educational and safe.

From practising your ABC with Letter Factory Flash Cards to fun with animals and learning to care for them in Pet Pad Party, from finding out interesting milky way facts in the Cosmic Cleanup Science Game to solving a mystery in the Dog Show Detectives Interactive Storybook and much more, there is lots to discover when you first tun on your LeapPad Ultimate.

Of course there is plenty more where this came from, so you can expand your content with your choice of 1000+ LeapFrog learning games, videos and eBooks as your child grows and his/her interests change. You can either download them directly to your LeapPad via the LeapFrog App Centre (ideal for last-minute add-ons before a trip) or you can buy selected cartridges at your favourite LeapFrog stockist.

What really makes LeapFrog stand out, and makes its games so much more than just a game, is the special Just For Me learning technology. Without any effort from parents and without any need to change settings this clever technology recognises your child’s progress and automatically adjusts learning levels within the game. This keeps games fun and challenging and helps those little brains develop further.

As a mum of six I know all too well that every child is unique, their interests are different, they develop at different speeds and they struggle with different things too. I love that you can create a personal account for multiple children on one LeapPad device, so they can each access their own content and the games are tailored to their specific knows and needs. When it comes to selecting new apps for your tablet you can search by age and skill which helps you make the right educational choice for your child.

If the thought of allowing your children access to the internet terrifies you I have good news for you. Your child’s safety is LeapFrog’s top priority, which is why they have created a unique Kid-Safe Web Browser. All web content, videos, photos and pages that are accessible via LeapSearch have been triple checked and are deemed safe and appropriate by the LeapFrog learning experts. Here’s to the wonderful world wide web without the worries!

Many parents feel that tablets and small hands are not always a good combination and it’s true, accidents happen to the best of us! Thankfully the LeapPad Ultimate is durable and kid-tough, featuring a shatter-safe screen, super strong frame and wrap around bumper for extra protection. Even better, from the end of June you can get your hands on a new LeapPad Ultimate bundle which comes with a complimentary zip-up Carry Case to keep your LeapPad safe while travelling or in storage.

The LeapPad Ultimate + Carry Case Bundle will be available at BigW, good toy stores and selected online retailers.

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

May 272018
 

With princesses being hot news at the moment there are many girls dreaming of finding their own prince charming. Gorgeous dresses, a sparkling crown, a real castle, a dashing prince and preferably a golden carriage and some talking animals too, there is nothing as magical as a princess life. Especially for those little dreamers Disney has created a royal gift fit for a princess:

Exclusively available at Chemist Warehouse the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (50ml, RRP $19.99) will make any girl feel like a true princess. Each bottle of Story Book Perfume comes beautifully packaged in a special keepsake tin picturing one of Disney’s much loved princesses. Frozen, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which Disney Princess is your favourite?

As a mum of four girls I knew that these delightful scents would be a huge hit, the only question was which princess to match with which daughter… Going by the delighted look on their little faces I think I did well, big smiles all around and of course the house smells particularly nice these days as they are making very sure to keep up the perfume throughout the day! They really love the pretty tins with the peek-through window, a lovely place to store their treats and treasures.


Good to know: All Disney Princess Story Book perfumes are ethyl alcohol free and safe for children aged 5 and up. What a wonderful gift idea for your young Disney fan!

To find out more about the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume collection, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Disney Princess giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (RRP $19.99).

May 242018
 

I don’t know about you but this miserable winter weather is really weighing me down. The many broken nights, the dark, cold mornings and trying to keep up with life with six little kids… some days it is just about making it through the day and a few spare minutes to myself are hard to find. If you are in need of a little time-out too you will love this welcome treat from Chemist Warehouse:

Produced in France and warmly received in countries all over Europe, eco-friendly skincare brand Moments4me has now made it to Australian shores where it is rapidly becoming a big favourite with busy people desperate for fresh, revived skin.

Moments4me offers a range of high-quality, natural bio-cellulose face masks to suit many different skin types eg. rejuvenating, moisturising, anti-ageing, lifting and more. The range is completed by a de-puffing eye mask, perfect for tired mamas like me! Using natural, active ingredients and being cruelty free Moments4me is sure to appeal to those looking for ways to look after themselves the right way and achieve clean, pure skin.

Moments4me products are convenient, easy-to-use and surprisingly affordable with a pleasant price tag of just $10.99. Whether you are at home, on a business trip or holiday, make sure you always have one of the handy single use masks on hand for a quick pick-me-up. I love the fact that Moments4me is simple, straight forward and stress-free and mess-free too!

To find out more about Moments4me, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite products online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Moments4me giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Moments4me Pamper Pack (RRP $43.96).