Feb 052017

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I won’t lie, I have found this first back-to-school week rather stressful. As a result I *may* have indulged in a bit of online shopping therapy to get me through, please tell me I am not the only one? I love seeing the new Autumn/Winter styles slowly arriving into stores and I can’t wait to get started on the kids’ wardrobes for next season. Need some inspiration? The brand new Eeni Meeni Miini Moh collection has just been released and here are my favourites:

Now that she is a big kindy girl miss Sybil is working very hard at dressing herself in the morning, I think this stripey Boatneck Dress (RRP $64.95, size 12m – 5) would make a fabulous ‘easy’ kindy dress that is soft, comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Just add a pair of tights/leggings to make urgent toilet breaks a breeze too, there’s no time to wrestle with buttons or zips!

At almost 17 months old Harriet is no longer a baby, she’s running around everywhere and turning out to be quite the independent, cheeky toddler. Purple hues look amazing on her, so my pick for her would be the pretty Owl Frill Top in gorgeous Vervain Marle, matched up with the funky Indigo Marle Skegging (RRP $49.95, size 12m – 5). How cute is the ‘left’ and ‘right’ heart detail on the knees? So adorable.

I know that after a whole week in school uniform my girls are always looking forward to putting on something bright, comfortable and girly. Olivia would absolutely love the vibrant ‘lipstick’ hue of the Hoodie Dress (RRP $74.95, size 2-12) , but if your little lady prefers something a bit more subtle the dress is available in black marle too. I think it would make a great outfit for a relaxed winter weekend.

If you were to ask Juliet you can never go wrong with some bright pink and silver shine, take this sweet mix + match combi with the Relaxed Paris TopStriped Skegging (RRP $49.95, size 2-8) and as the star of the show the Silver Foil Gathered Skirt (RRP $69.95, size 2-12). The three styles look amazing together but can also easily be worn with other colours and garments that are already in your child’s wardrobe so you can create a range of different looks.

Last but not least our one and only boy who is growing so fast I can hardly keep up, can you believe he is already wearing the same shoe size as his mum? With the cooler season in mind I think the Gauge Knit Sweater (RRP $79.95, size 2-8) is a great mix of cool and classy. The Mist Marle is neutral yet adds a little touch of colour to an often dark and grey season. Team it up with the super relaxed Dude Pant (RRP $84.95, size 2 -12) and you’ve got yourself a winning combo that is sure to get the thumbs up from your favourite guy.

I may not have a little man to dress right now but that won’t stop me admiring all the stylish new Eeni Meeni boys gear. This season is far from boring with some great bright flashes mixed in with the timeless greys, blue and green tones. I love it when kids are allowed to be kids and can show a bit of spunk and personality through their wardrobe, you’re only young for a little while!

To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.

Feb 032017

After six long, noisy, happy, fun-filled weeks of school holidays our house is rather quiet this week. It may sound strange but I miss having the big four kids at home and I know Harriet misses them too, she loves having so many playmates around to make her laugh. On the other hand I am looking forward to spending more one-on-one time with her and seeing her grow and develop into a cheeky little toddler. Here are some awesome ‘Play & Learn’ activities to do at home:

All of our girls are big fans of pretend play and can spend hours cuddling their dolls or cooking up a storm in the toy kitchen. Combining many different ways of play this pretty pink Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart (RRP $79, ages 2+) is a delightful and durable investment for young families: Take a stroll around the house and practice your new walking skills, go on a pretend grocery shopping trip or enjoy a walk with your favourite dolly/ teddy. One thing is certain, Little Tikes sure knows how to keep both baby & kids happy!

Discover logic, learn about cause and effect and explore movement with this educational  Vilac House of Balls (RRP $75, ages 18 months+) game. The classic concept of the rolling balls never ceases to amaze little minds and kids will be intrigued by it for hours, watching each coloured ball make its way down the double sided house and finish its journey by ringing the bell at the end. This timeless wooden game would make a wonderful keepsake gift that will be treasured and enjoyed by generations.

Of course there is plenty of fun to be had outside the house too, when it comes to outdoor play equipment Harriet loves the swing, a picnic on the grass and messy water play. I am totally in love with this colourful Water Garden Activity Table (RRP $95, ages 18 months+), a fantastic design for shared play by siblings or friends as children can play on either side of the table and there are lots of accessories to go around. Young gardeners can plant their own flowers using ‘real’ gardening tools and water them with the watering can, what a great way to learn while having fun.

Do you have any other great Play & Learn activities to recommend? I’d love to know what’s keeping your toddler(s) entertained at home!

Feb 012017

Bambino Essentials
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘SALE25’ at checkout
When? Until February 7, 2017
Where? www.bambinoessentials.com.au

Buckets and SpadesBuckets and Spades
What? Extra 20% off all sale items
How? Enter the code ‘take20’ at checkout
When? Until February 5, 2017
Where? www.bucketsandspades.com.au

What? 40% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘LOVEYOU40’ at checkout
When? Until February 16, 2017
Where? www.hootkid.com

Penny Scallan Design
What? Extra 50% off all clearance stock
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.pennyscallan.com.au

Diamond Kidz
What? 70% off storewide (Excludes Petit Parisians)
How? Enter the code ’70OFF’ at checkout
When? Until February 1, 2017
Where? www.diamondkidz.com

Peanut GalleryPeanut Gallery
What? Up to 50% off Massive Stocktake Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.peanutgallery.com.au

Jan 252017

Nature's ChildNature’s Child
What? FREE Organic Play Mat (RRP $79) when you order a Finn + Emma Play Gym
How? Purchase your specially marked bundle online
When? Until January 31, 2017 or while stock lasts
Where? www.natureschild.com.au

What? Minimonkey Minichair was RRP $44.95, now $34.95
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 31, 2017
Where? www.minimonkey.net.au

KidslifestyleKids Lifestyle
What? 15% off storewide (Excluding all Stoke products)
How? Enter the code ‘SUMMER16’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2017
Where? www.kidslifestyle.com.au

Kidzwear Online
What? 20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘GIFTME20’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2017
Where? www.kidzwearonline.com.au

Hush Little Baby
What? 30% off all fashion
How? Enter the code ’30OFFCLOTHING’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2017
Where? www.hushlittlebaby.com.au

Bug Rugs
What? Up to 75% off New Year Sale (+ Free standard shipping Australia wide)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 31, 2017
Where? www.bugrugs.com.au

Jan 202017

With only one more week until the kids go back to school we’re busy shopping for the last bits and pieces and adding the final touches to school bags and uniforms. I can’t believe I will have two 8-year olds going into the ‘big building’ this year! They sure grow too fast, before we know it I’ll have twin tweens on my hands… If you already have a tween or teen girl heading back to school you’ll love this great ‘Back to School’ giveaway from our friends at Girl Lane:

Developed by a pharmacist using natural and botanical ingredients the Girl Lane product range will help young girls learn to care for their skin, body and hair the right way. With the start of a new school year in mind Girl Lane has put together this sweet pack for one lucky winner:

It is no secret that skin dries out quickly, especially in this hot, dry Australian summer weather and with airconditioners flat out in every home, car and school. Made with soothing Aloe Vera a quick spray of this compact Girl Lane Intensive Hydration Mist (RRP $11.99, 50ml) will help you wave goodbye to dry, irritated skin and welcome back calm, moisturised skin. Our daughter says it feels nice and cool, it’s definitely a thumbs up!

You are never too old or young to learn about slip, slop and slide and it is super important to teach our children to be aware and pro-active when it comes to sun protection. The Girl Lane High Protection Sunscreen (RRP $9.99, 40ml) is safe for sensitive skin and offers powerful SPF50+ protection against harmful sun. It’s an ideal size for backpacks or sports bags and is even 4 hours water resistant, bring on sports day and swim carnival.

At the end of a busy day it may be the last thing on your daughter’s mind, but a good cleansing routine will definitely help keep tricky teenage skin fresh and healthy. It doesn’t have to take long, these Girl Lane Gentle Cleansing Wipes (RRP $6.99, 25 pack) are quick and easy to use and can be used anytime and anywhere (they’re a great refresher throughout the day too). They are free from nasty parabens and SLS and instead treat the skin to a dose of nature’s goodness with Aloe Vera and pomegranate.

As a 33-year old mum I may not exactly be a girl anymore but that doesn’t mean the Girl Lane Tropical Paw Paw Lip Balm (RRP $5.49, 15g) can not be my favourite new lippy. This fruity Paw Paw balm feels, smells (and dare I say, even tastes) absolutely delicious. Containing a selection of caring ingredients like Papaya, Jojoba, Shea Butter and Macademia Oil it leaves lips soft and shiny and the lip shaped-applicator makes it easy for young girls to apply without mess or waste.

To keep your child’s school bag tidy and organised and all these handy body basics neatly together they are throwing in a cute Girl Lane Metallic Bag (RRP $10). This spacious storage bag is perfect for a trip to the toilets but also great for sports, school camp or a holidays. It even has a handy see-through front so you can see in a flash if you’ve got all favourite gear before leaving the house.

To find out more about Girl Lane, to locate stockist near you or to order online visit www.girllane.com.au.

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Jan 182017

The Stork NestThe Stork Nest
What? Up to 70% off January Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 18, 2017
Where? www.thestorknest.com.au

What? 28% off all toys
How? Enter the code ’28for28′ at checkout
When? Until January 22, 2017
Where? www.cleverstuff.com.au

Bubs & Beans
What? Up to 70% off Storewide Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.bubsandbeans.com.au

What? Free shipping on all Saltwater Sandals
How? Enter the code ‘SALTIES’ at checkout
When? Until January 21, 2017
Where? www.funkid.com.au

WDYGT?Where Did You Get That?
What? 20% off the ‘Back to School’ category
How? Enter the code ‘GET-BACK’ at checkout
When? Until January 19, 2017
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

Polka Dot Pop
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘NEWYEAR17’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.polkadotpop.com.au

Jan 172017

Whether it’s hot weather or pouring rain keeping the kids aside or even just a bit of peace and quiet while you cook dinner or hang up the washing, ABC Kids has got you covered with a brand new DVD featuring all the kids’ favourite shows:

From Thomas & Friends to Bob the Builder and from In the Night Garden to Peg + Cat and more, ‘ABC Kids: All Aboard’ is a delight for all young families. The DVD contains 6 train-themed episodes and runs for just over 40 minutes, a perfect little breather for mum and a great opportunity for little ones to sit and wind down at the end of a busy day.

There no sleeping tonight for the Pteranodon family who board the Dinosaur Night Train for a very special midnight adventure. In ‘Dinosaur Train: Stargazing on the Night Train’ the friendly conductor and his mother teach the train passengers all about constellations and after all that stargazing young Don even manages to spot a special ‘Don-stelation’. Now that’s cool!

A fun trip turns into a mystery when Peg and Cat take a group of passengers for a train ride. Along the way they learn about above and below, practice their counting and find out that subtraction means ‘to take away. Together with Detective Ramone the mystery of the missing belongings is solved in ‘Peg + Cat: The Train Problem’.

‘ABC Kids: All Aboard’ is now available on DVD (RRP $9.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABCKids, to locate an ABC store near you or to order your favourite ABC Kids products online visit www.abc.net.au.

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