Jun 262015


Have your kids gone a little minion-crazy too?? Wherever I look I am surrounded by these interesting yellow creatures, they may be small in size but they’ve bowled everyone over with their quirky minions language and unique humor. With the school holidays coming up I am sure parents will be pleased to know that Crayola has just released a fabulous new range of products that allow kids to enjoy the minion-fun away from the screen:

Crayola Minions StickersLike most children our four kids (ages 2 up to nearly 7) absolutely love stickers. Give them a sheet of sticky pictures and you’re sure not to hear them for ages! Little minion fans are sure to enjoy the Crayola Minions Color & Sticker Book (RRP $4.99), you can colour in your favourite minions and decorate the pages with lots of funny stickers. With 32 pages and more than 50 stickers this is such a well-priced set, it would make the ideal sanity saver for long car trips.

Crayola Minions GooglyAre you ready for a game of ‘I spy with my very large eye’? Get out your crayons, pencils and markers, colour in the minions and watch them come to life with the Crayola Googly Eyes Minions Coloring Pad (RRP $4.99). The big googly eye moves around just like a real eye! The pad holds 18 pages including two ‘create your own minion’ pages, I wonder what your little designer will come up with!

Crayola Minions Colouring PagesWe all know what kids are like: size matters and the bigger the better! These Crayola Minions Giant Coloring Pages (RRP $8.49) measure a huge 32 x 49cm in size, it’s like creating your very own large poster for your bedroom. There are 18 posters in each pack so it’s perfect for siblings or friends to share and with a bit of luck they will give you some welcome peace and quiet these school holidays.

The exclusive Crayola Minion range is available at major retailers across Australia.

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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Jun 242015

KidslifestyleKids Lifestyle
What? 15% off storewide (Excludes Stokke and not available with any other promotions)
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY15′ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2015
Where? www.kidslifestyle.com.au

What? 30% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2015
Where? www.bedsok.com

KidslifestyleSafe Lace
What? All Safe Lace now $10 (normally $12.95)
How? Prices as marked
When? Ends June 30, 2015
Where? www.safelace.com.au

What? Up to 60% off Stocktake Sale (minimum spend $50)
How? Enter the code ‘STOCKTAKE’ at checkout for your discount to be revealed
When? Until June 30, 2015
Where? www.kidsberry.com.au

KidslifestyleRube & Harri
What? Nothing over $15 Closing Down Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2015
Where? www.rubeandharri.com.au

What? 20% off Earlybirds Velour Hats and Booties
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2015
Where? www.earlybirds.com.au

Jun 232015

Safe Lace

During the last school holidays I discovered a nifty little Aussie product called Safe Lace that promised to make life easier (and safer) for me and the kids. We have been testing it thoroughly for weeks and now that we’ve reached the end of term I am ready to make a verdict: it’s a winner!

Safe Lace (RRP $12.95 per pair) is a compact but very effective gadget that keeps laces in place and therefore people safe, no more tripping over loose laces! To ‘install’ Safe Lace you simply thread it onto your regular shoe laces at the top of your shoe, tie your laces like you always do and then fold down the top flap and ‘lock in’ your knot, it is so easy! Made from strong, flexible silicone Safe Lace is designed for everyday wear and can withstand the rough and tumble of kids’ play.

Safe Lace range

With four small children and a rapidly growing baby bump I was forever kneeling down to tie up loose laces, I’m so glad that tiring task is now taken care of. These days I secure the kids’ shoe laces in the morning with Safe Lace and I know they’ll still be neatly in place when they come home from school. Unlike the old-fashioned double knot (which can be tricky for young children to undo when it’s time for PE or sandpit play) you only need a single bow, the Safe Lace locks it tight and kids can still independently undo/do up their laces throughout the day.

Safe Lace

No more muddy, loose laces for Master 6!

Not only does Safe Lace prevent tripping and saves you the hassle of re-doing the knots over and over again, it also keeps laces clean and stops them from dragging through muddy puddles and dirty toilet floors. Clearly it is a great invention for school aged children but it can be very helpful for adults too, particularly those who work in high-risk places were safety is important (nurses, tradies, athletes, hospitality workers, swimming coaches and many more).

The universal Safe Lace design is suitable for most adult and children’s lace-up shoes and is available in ten stylish colours to suit your footwear, outfit, (school) uniform or personal taste perfectly. Right now you can pick up a pair of Safe Lace locks for just $10 in the Safe Lace EOFY Sale, be quick as this great offer ends June 30, 2015.

To find out more about Safe Lace, to browse the range and to order online visit www.safelace.com.au.

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Jun 222015

In Dutch there is a saying that goes ‘Wie wat bewaart, heeft wat’ which literally means ‘Who saves something, has something’ and that’s exactly the story behind today’s Mama on Monday look. Pretty much all of these pieces are a few years old and I am still enjoying them, now that’s budget friendly!

Mamaway Maternity Dress

Tony Bianco boots

Paba Allira

Maternity/Nursing Dress in navy marle by Mamaway
I originally picked this dress with its feminine ruffle front as a nursing garment when I was breastfeeding baby no.3 (a few years ago now!). The button front allows for easy nursing access and the loose fit was perfect for hiding those post-baby lumps and bumps. I pulled it out again when I fell pregnant with baby no.4 and wore it all through pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’m so glad I held onto it because I still love it and the thick, warm fabric is just what I needed this cold weekend.

Over Belly Style Leggings ($10) by Fertile Mind

Frampton Boots ($199.95) by Tony Bianco
These classic black wax leather boots were a Mother’s Day gift from hubby a few years back and I wear them all the time over leggings, tights and jeans. Yes they are in desperate need of a good polish (I’m too busy wearing them to find the time for that!) and I have had them re-soled once but they still are one of my favourite shoes and I can’t see myself saying goodbye to them anytime soon. I remember clearly how spoilt I felt when I first got them and I still feel like that when I slip them on. As a real Tony Bianco best-seller they return for another round every year and you can still purchase them in store today.

Paba Allira in Moonbeam by gr8x
About five years ago gr8x released a special, limited edition, leather nappy bag collection called Paba and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Allira in Moonbeam. Made from high quality Italian pebble grain leather they were quite the luxury piece and clearly well worth the investment, even after 5 years the leather still looks amazing and the design is just as fashionable today as it was back then.

Jun 212015

Mens Rings Online

In line with Australian tradition both my husband and I wear our wedding ring on our left ring finger, however in my home country The Netherlands most couples wear their wedding rings on the right hand side. Still a Dutch girl at heart I started wearing a plain silver band on my right hand to show that I am a proud wife. I know it sounds silly but every now and then I would look at my wonderful hubby and his bare right ring finger and feel he looked a little too ‘single’ for my liking. With his birthday last week and our wedding anniversary coming up I had the perfect excuse to ‘put a ring on it’ and jumped online to browse Mens Rings Online.

Mens Rings Online range

Mens Rings Online is an Australian online boutique that sells, you guessed it, mens rings in all shapes, metals and sizes. From white gold to yellow gold, from titanium to platinum, from classic to modern, from plain and simple to eye catching and patterned, there is a perfect style for everyone and every budget. Bonus: All Mens Rings Online purchases come beautifully packaged in a jewellery box and fabric gift bag, ready to be gifted to the lucky man in your life..

Titanium RingThe website is extremely easy to navigate and by ticking a few boxes you will be presented with a selection of rings that suits your wishes perfectly. In the end I decided on this classic, plain titanium wedding band, it’s simple, timeless and priced at $179 it is affordable too. Titanium is extremely strong (perfect for tradies) and hypo-allergenic so it will not irritate his sensitive skin. For a bit of help deciding on the right metal refer to the useful Metal Comparison Chart.

Often jewellery is considered more of a female gift and (aside from his wedding ring) hubby is not exactly one to wear anything shiny so I could only hope he would appreciate the lovely thought behind this carefully selected birthday present. I should not have worried, he absolutely loved it and immediately put it on with a big smile on his face. I know this will be one of those gifts that holds a special place in his (and my) heart forever because of our unique lovely story behind it.

A beautiful gift for a special birthday boy

A beautiful gift for a special birthday boy

As you know I am always honest here and there is no pretending that I am the perfect wife. I did struggle choosing the right ring size and unfortunately I was half a size off, at least I was close! Luckily the helpful team at Mens Rings Online knows that buying jewellery (online) can be tricky so they included a handy ringsizer with my order. I properly measured hubby’s ring finger and returned my purchase for an exchange, no hassle at all. The new ring arrived in no time and this time the size was spot on, happy faces all around.

To find out more about Mens Rings Online, to browse the range and to order online www.mensringsonline.com.au, shipping is free for orders over $60.

Jun 202015


Earlier this week I had a quick look at our family calendar and realised that the July school holidays are just around the corner, I can’t believe another term is over already! I love having the kids at home but (in our house) it does require a bit of extra entertainment to keep everyone happy and sane. If you are a NSW or ACT mum you are in for a treat as ABCKids star Lah-Lah and her big live band are coming your way for a fun-filled live tour:

After the massive success of the Lah-Lah live shows back in April the talented singer with her signature stripy socks is back for more these school holidays with the Lah-Lah Live In Concert tour. The musical ensemble has a busy few weeks planned and will be performing at 10 different venues across NSW and ACT, some shows have already sold out so be quick to book your seats!

Lah-Lah Live Show April

As if seeing Lah-Lah and the crew in all their musical glory isn’t enough fun just yet all tickets include an exciting Meet & Greet with Lah-Lah and the band after the show, don’t forget to bring your camera. Ticket prices start at   just $20 per person (+ booking fee) and children under 12 months are free making it affordable for all.

Lah-Lah Meet & Greet

Warm up your best singing voice, get those feet tapping and hips swinging and get ready for a fabulous outing that’s fun for the whole family. What a great opportunity for kids to experience a real band and watch a wonderful selection of instruments in action. Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Lola the Dancing Double Bass… which one is your favourite?

Lah-Lah Live Show

To find out more about Lah-Lah, to book tickets to the show and to shop for other Lah-Lah products online visit www.lah-lah.com.

Lah-Lah SocksFor your chance to win 1 of 3 family passes for Lah-Lah Live In Concert + a pair of Lah-Lah Stripy Socks (total RRP $90 per winner) enter our giveaway below. Each winner will receive 1 family pass (admits 4) to see the show at a NSW/ACT location of winner’s choice during the July School Holidays (June 30 – July 11), subject to availability of course. For a list of venues/availability click here.

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