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

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.

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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Jun 292017


The transition from primary school to high school is not easy for anyone, let alone when you are a nerd who has to earn his spot at a selective school full of super-nerds. Former primary school teacher, stand-up comedian and author Oliver Phommavanh is back with a brand new, rather funny and slightly nerdy Con-Nerd adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by young readers:

After making his way through a gruelling selection process clever Connor, also known by his friends as Con-Nerd, has been accepted at an exclusive school for high-achievers. To his great shock he discovers that he is longer one of the smartest kids in school and needs to work extra hard to even earn a decent mark. Making new friends is also a lot harder than he thought and he immediately bumps heads with cocky Andrew, who seems to be the no.1 student in every subject.

With all the extra school work, the struggle between holding onto old friends and finding new ones and an important challenge with Andrew to win Con-Nerd has little time to draw his famous comics, just when the awesome Comic Smash convention is coming up. In Super Con-Nerd (RRP $16.99) he learns the importance of friendships (old and new), of playing fair and of staying true to yourself.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jun 282017

Cheeky Chickies
What? 50% off storewide EOFY Sale + FREE shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘EOFYS’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? cheekychickiesfrc.bigcartel.com

Living Textiles
What? Up to 75% off sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.livingtextiles.com.au

What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY17’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.cleverstuff.com.au

Elle J
What? End of Financial Year Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.ellej.com.au

What? FREE Småland Winter Garden (RRP $76.50) with all orders over $250
How? Free gift will be added to your order automatically
When? Until June 30, 2017 (or until stock lasts)
Where? www.lundby.com.au

My Mini Me
What? 40% off all clothing (Excludes Hugo loves Tiki)
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY17’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.myminime.com.au

Jun 232017


I totally get it, after five babies my friends and family really don’t know what to get us anymore for baby no.6. Baby’s wardrobe is already filled with gorgeous clothes and we are fully kitted out with pram, carrier, car seat and other baby gear, all that is left is for baby to grow bigger and stronger before its arrival in September.

However one thing you can always make me, and any other expecting parent, very happy with is a new supply of ecostore goodies. As a big family of ecostore-fans who uses their natural skin, boy and haircare products every single day we always welcome a stock-up, I think it makes the perfect baby shower gift:

ecostore has lovingly developed a fabulous range of baby products that are gentle on your precious bundle and kind on the environment too. Wave goodbye to yucky chemicals, synthetic dyes and perfumes, mineral oils and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients and go green with ecostore. Of course it is not just a great choice for little ones, our whole family uses ecostore Baby Body Wash (RRP $8.99, 200ml). It’s soft on the skin and the lavender/geranium scent is not too overwhelming.

ecostore has your daily clean covered: we used the Baby Body Wash in the shower and for the kids’ bath we add a splash of playful bubbles with the ecostore Bubble Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) for extra fun. Hopefully the soothing ecostore Sleepytime Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) lives up to its name and will help us get some much-needed sleep when baby has arrived! Did you know the ingredients used in these bath products are so gentle that with proper greywater systems in place your bath water can even be re-used on your flower gardens, lawns and trees?

ecostore Baby Shampoo (RRP $8.99, 200ml) is a plant-based formula that cleanses your child’s hair whilst carefully protecting its natural properties at the same time, it gently strips away the dirt but not the important natural oils. A small amount goes a long way so a 200ml bottle lasts ages, especially if you only have a fine layer of baby hair to wash (unless our new baby surprises us all and is born with a full head of hair!).

I know the ecostore Baby Moisturiser (RRP $9.99, 200ml) was officially created for babies but I often reach for this nourishing moisturiser for my own sensitive pregnant mama-skin too. It is absorbed quickly and the light fragrance is really pleasant and not too strong. Once our baby has been born I can hold him/her close to my skin without worrying about what the baby is breathing in, if it is safe for baby it is safe for me too! This moisturiser is also perfect for a post-bath massage.

It may be small in size and in price but the ecostore Baby Soap Goat’s Milk & Lavender (RRP $2.99, 80g) is by far one of my best finds. This soft, creamy and natural soap is ideal for our older kids who wash hands countless times a day, there is no allergic reaction like they experience with many popular liquid handsoaps (and a block of soap is a lot less wasteful) plus I know they won’t be transferring yucky chemical nasties when they touch our tiny newborn.

To be honest I think the ecostore Nappy Balm (RRP $9.99, 60ml) could do with a new name, as this little jar of magic can be used for so many more things than red bottoms. Yes it does work wonders for nappy rash, but it can also bring welcome relief for cradle cap and other little skin problems, it is one of my first go-to products when our children’s skin is playing up. ecostore Nappy Balm is a wonderful non-greasy, non-staining barrier cream that helps protect your baby’s skin the natural way.

To find out more about ecostore, to locate an ecostore stockist near you or to order your favourite ecostore Baby products online visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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