Apr 232016

Pan Macmillan Australia

I know I am not the only mum who loves reading but is always short on time. While we would love to dream away with a nice big novel the reality is that generally a few pages at a time is all we can manage before duty calls (at least at our house it does!). Written by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine this latest edition to the O’s Little Book range would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for those book-loving mums with little time:

O's Little Book of Love and Friendship

It may be small in size but this sweet bundle is filled from cover to cover with real, touching stories about the one thing that makes the world go round: love. From the hand of some seriously talented writers and even Oprah herself O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship contains 22 bitesize recollections, memories, stories and conversations that will inspire the heart and warm the soul.

Between partners, between family and between friends, this gorgeous story bundle shows that love comes in many shapes and sizes and sometimes it walks into your life when you least expect it to. The great thing about O’s Little Book is that there is something in it for everyone, every woman will discover a couple of stories they can really relate to and at only a few pages per chapter you can just squeeze in some bedtime reading before closing your eyes and drifting away.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship (RRP $24.99) by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Apr 222016

Cake Lingerie

In just a few days baby Harriet will be seven months old. Seven beautiful months of baby cuddles, precious snuggles, cheeky smiles and many broken nights. As exhausting as they may be I really treasure those quiet feeds in the dark, babies grow up too fast! As you may remember I have worn Cake Maternity throughout my last three pregnancies and still do today, making breastfeeding simple and stylish.

Cake Gateau

Cake Maternity range is all about feminine, fashionable and functional maternity/nursing lingerie and sleepwear for beautiful mamas, here’s a little peek at the brand new Gateau collection:

Featuring beautiful deep colours and soft, luxurious fabrics the breastfeeding friendly Gateau collection is the perfect gift for new and expecting mamas this Mother’s Day. Ditch the old, baggy, unflattering tracksuits and swap them for Cake Maternity pieces that are designed to show off your beautiful baby bump and offer support in all the right places. As a long-time Cake fan I can safely say the fit, quality, durability and attention to detail are outstanding.

Gateau Cake Maternity

With two camisoles, two chemises, pants and a matching robe the new Gateau collection is ideal for mixing and matching, allowing you to create different looks to suit your personal taste and needs. During pregnancy and beyond, at hospital or at home, Cake Maternity will make you feel comfortable and confident. Prices start at RRP $59.90.

To find out more about Cake Maternity, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cakematernity.com.

Apr 212016


With the school holidays now in full swing the kids are spending hours on end at the kitchen table with markers, crayons, pencils and a huge stack of paper. But they are not the only who enjoy a bit of colour therapy, I am quite loving the relaxation myself too. The art and craft experts at Crayola believe that colouring in is great entertainment for all ages, which is why they have expanded their range with a special collection just for grown-ups:

Crayola Colouring

The Crayola ‘Adult Colouring’ Range is designed specifically for creative adults with premium fine-line markers and pencils in a rainbow of beautiful colours. I am secretly hoping hubby reads this hint and surprises me with a lovely stash for Mother’s Day…

Crayola Coloured PencilsIf you love soft shades and the ability to control the depth of your colour the Crayola Adult Coloring Colored Pencils (RRP $19.99, 50 pack) are your perfect pick. A light touch will give you a lighter colour which you can darken by adding layers or shadows, there is so much room for variety. With 50 different colours per pack the options are endless, seeing all these pretty pencils laid out is a joy for the senses.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ClassicOn the other hand, if you like the solid look of a deep, warm felt tip marker you will certainly enjoy the Crayola Adult Coloring Fine Line Markers (RRP $7.99, 12-pack). Thanks to their fine tip you can pull off thin lines and tiny details with great precision, staying in the lines is easy with this colourful bunch. I have to admit I am usually more a pencil-lover but these vibrant markers really are amazing to work with.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ContemporaryThe fine line markers are available in two different colour ways: the Classic Colors 12-pack is filled with bold, traditional shades and the Contemporary Colors 12-pack contains a slightly softer, modern colour palette. Now if only I had a cleaner and a cook to take care of my household so I could spend a few hours dreaming away above my new colouring book…sounds like bliss to me!

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

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Apr 202016

Milt & JoeMilt and Joe
What? Extra 30% off sale items
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.miltandjoe.com.au

What? 30% off all robes
How? Enter the code ‘JUST4MUM’ at checkout
When? Until April 22, 2016
Where? www.deshabille.com.au

Sirens SwimwearSirens Swimwear
What? 50% off selected styles
How? Prices as marked
When? Until April 24, 2016
Where? www.sirensswimwear.com.au

Baby DonkieBaby Donkie
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘BREAK’ at checkout
When? Until April 25, 2016
Where? www.babydonkie.com.au

The Little Kidz ClosetThe Little Kidz Closet
What? Up to 70% off Mid Year Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.thelittlekidzcloset.com.au

WDYGT?Where Did You Get That?
What? Free shipping on all orders containing new stock
How? Enter the code ‘DJECO-FALL’ at checkout
When? Until April 30, 2016
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

Apr 192016


Ahhh, school holidays! Two weeks without rushed breakfasts, making lunch boxes, washing school uniforms, looking for missing socks and waking up a sleeping baby to go to school… sounds like bliss to me. Of course it does mean I have to keep all five kids entertained at home and at times it can be hard to find something they all love and enjoy but our latest playroom addition by BRIO is a big hit with everyone:

Brio 1

As a typical 3-year old Sybil absolutely loves pretend play, she often turns up at the breakfast table wearing a costume of some sort ready to play. We have a big dress-up box with sparkly dresses, a red riding hood cape, doctor’s coat, fireman suit and much more for all the kids to share. When she spotted the BRIO Kitchen Combo in our playroom Sybbie immediately put on her chef’s hat and apron ready for some cooking and baking.

Brio 2

This lovely mini-sink and stove unit measures 60cm high which is a perfect size for pre-schoolers like Sybbie but it is still a good fit for the older kids too. They can easily reach the hot plates and the tap and also open the oven to check if the food is cooked yet. I love the fact that all the corners are slightly rounded (no painful accidents) and that the oven door shuts gently and does not have an actual window to keep little fingers safe during play.

Brio 3

The digital timer that really counts down is one of the most exciting features according to our kids, it’s like cooking in a proper oven just like mum. Simply turn the knob to make it count down from 15 seconds and it rings when the time is up, dinner is ready! The timer works on 3 AAA batteries. The kitchen comes as a flatpack (putting it together was a breeze) and is made from sturdy yet lightweight materials with wooden accents, making it very easy to lift and move around the room or even the house if needed.

Brio 4

Within no time Juliet joined in to eat the dishes served by her sister and once I dug up a checkered piece of fabric the playroom instantly turned into a restaurant. The twins designed menus and wrote a recipe book and (even at almost 8) were very keen to be sous-chefs and customers in our very own family restaurant. I can tell we will have lots of fun with the BRIO Kitchen Combo these school holidays, my next project will be some cute shelves to store the pots, pans and cutlery for the restaurant.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Apr 182016

Just a little heads up for anyone planning to visit us this week: Be prepared to find us in pyjamas (all day long!) surrounded by mountains of toys and washing. During the school holidays I am always a little more relaxed about tidying up and being dressed properly, it’s much easier on everyone. I am not sure how long it will last but for now these little munchkins are very happy to have the older three kids home during the day, the more playmates the better.

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Apr 172016

Usually about 4-5 months after giving birth I hit that horrible hair stage. I often joke ‘If only I lost the baby weight as quickly as my hair’ but it really isn’t a laughing matter. All that lovely thick pregnancy hair is falling out rapidly and I am left with dry, unruly hair that is impossible to brush. Most days I go for the messy bun escape but if I can find the time I prefer to fight the frizz with my Remington hair straightener, just whizz through and it instantly becomes easier to work with.

Remington Straightener

The limited edition Remington Shine Revival Straightener (RRP $49.95) combines smooth, shine and chic in one gorgeous pack that’s perfectly timed (and priced) for Mother’s Day in just a few weeks.

If you are dreaming of luscious locks, smooth strands and gorgeous gloss the new Shine Revival technology is just what you need. This limited edition straightener features floating ceramic plates (110mm) that are infused with Moroccan Argan Oil to condition your hair and add up to 86% more shine, who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Remington Pouch BrushBusy mums will love the fact that it heats up in just 15 seconds and you don’t need to wait until your hair is completely dry, the straightener can be used on both wet and dry hair. Special steam hydration vents steam out water from damp hair, locking in moisture whilst straightening and drying it at the same time. To complete the gift pack a matching heat resistant storage pouch and vent brush are included so you can keep all your styling essentials neatly together for storage or transport.

Remington’s Shine Revival straightener also offers variable heat settings (140°C – 230°C) to cater for all different hair types, an easy-to-read digital display, salon swivel cord for free movement, automatic safety shutoff and worldwide voltage, allowing you to enjoy your favourite styler at home and on holiday all over the globe.

Remington Shine Revival

As always Remington puts their money where their mouth is by offering a generous 2 year product warranty.

To find out more about Remington, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.