Sep 042017

Who says twins are missing out by having to share their birthday with their sibling? At our house it definitely doesn’t mean half the fun, we just double the celebrations and spread them out over a whole birthday weekend. Special outings, yummy birthday treats and personal dinner requests, games, movies and staying up late, the twins just turned nine and we sure marked it in style.

As you know I love wrapping up a board game as it really is a gift that keeps on giving and the whole family gets to enjoy it. After spotting this cool new Hasbro release in a catalogue master 9 kept dropping hints for it, so he was over the moon to find it in his present pile.

Combining the timeless entertainment of Monopoly with the excitement of your favourite Nintendo game Super Mario Monopoly Gamer (RRP $44.99, ages 8+) is bound to be a hit with game fanatics of all ages. Thought you’d worked out your go-to Monopoly strategy? Think again! This funky twist on a much loved classic is shaking up the rules and will have everyone sitting on the edge of their seat.

After reading up on the game basics we bit the bullet and got the two dice rolling, exploring the new board, travelling through warp pipes, earning coins, discovering each character’s unique abilities, scoring special power-ups and of course collecting property along the way.

At the end of each trip around the board you get a shot at a Boss Fight, will you manage to beat the bully and score big? We found it is definitely helpful to have an adult on hand to explain the game, give instructions, supervise and play bank. Our tip: There are quite a lot of rules to learn so keep the manual within reach.

Up your game and expand your Monopoly Gamer family with other Nintendo friends and foes like Luigi, Boo, Rosalina, Wario or Diddy Kong. Each ‘Monopoly Gamer’ Power Pack (RRP $5.99) contains a new character figurine, a character card granting unique powers for even more Monopoly Gamer fun and a sticker. There are eight different Power Packs to collect, which Super Mario legend would you like to be in your next game?

If you are a real die-hard Nintendo fan and can’t wait to face off against the biggest opponent of all, Bowser, you must get your hands on the special ‘Monopoly Gamer’ Collector’s Edition (RRP $64.99, available only at EB Games). Featuring premium packaging, an exclusive Bowser token, an exclusive Bowser Jr. Boss card and more this is the ultimate Father’s Day gift idea for a Nintendo-mad dad.

To find out more about Hasbro, to take a closer look at the Monopoly Gamer board game and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hasbro.com.

Aug 302017

BèBè Designs
What? 30% off clothing
How? Enter the code ‘AUGUST17’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2017
Where? www.bebedesigns.com.au

What? 10% off Bebelicious moses baskets
How? Enter the code ‘Birthday10’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2017
Where? www.bebelicious.com.au

Soon MaternitySoon Maternity
What? 25% off storewide (Excludes gift ideas, gift vouchers, bed nests and accessories)
How? Enter the code ‘BIRTHDAY’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2017
Where? www.soonmaternity.com

Britt Australia
What? 20% off storewide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until August 30, 2017
Where? www.brittbear.com.au

What? 20% off selected breastfeeding essentials
How? Enter the code ‘essential20’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2017
Where? www.pigeonbaby.com.au

Life!Life! Live It Up
What? 15% off storewide Father’s Day Sale
How? Enter the code ‘ILOVEDAD’ at checkout
When? Until September 5, 2017
Where? www.lifeliveitup.com.au

Aug 282017

With the arrival of baby no.6 around the corner we are currently in a mad rush to finish our bedroom puzzle, something we always seem to leave until the very last minute! While we agreed that Harriet would have to vacate the nursery for the new arrival, at not even 2 years old (and still very much our ‘baby’) we also felt she wasn’t quite ready to move into a shared room with one of her older sisters. Our solution: A lovely toddler room fit for our little treasure…

As soon as I saw this dreamy StarBright Toddler Bed (Ages 18 months – 5 years) I knew it would fit our needs perfectly, it ticks every single one of our boxes! Designed for small legs the bed sits close to the ground, this makes getting in and out a breeze and will help your growing toddler feel safe, confident and grown-up. Harriet loves climbing in by herself and testing out her new bed (complete with fake snoring sounds), nap time or not!

Because safety is important to us I really appreciate the protective side panels that will keep little sleepyheads from accidentally tumbling out of bed as they sleep. Manufactured by Worlds Apart this easy-to-assemble bed is made with sturdy, high quality MDF and features a slat base, ensuring a durable and solid construction that is tested to the most stringent safety standards. The cute attached bedside table is even strong enough to double as a parent seat for that last bedtime story, how convenient is that?

Another delightful child-friendly feature of this sweet bed is the built-in night light that helps busy bees drift off to sleep peacefully and will turn off after 15 minutes. The moon-shaped light spreads a calming glow over the bed and projects a starry night sky onto the wall at the same time, it’s like sleeping in space! Unlike with separate night lights there are no dangerous loose cords or cables and it can not fall on the ground when little hands reach for it in the middle of the night.

The gender neutral colour scheme makes the StarBright bed a great choice for boys and girls, it easily fits in with any decor and you can simply dress it up with your favourite linen and wall decor to suit your taste. As I have a soft spot for cool, calming blue I made the bed with a crisp Starlight Blue Striped Fitted Sheet and the matching Pinwheel Quilted Comforter by CoCaLo. Although this bed looks and feels like a ‘big’ bed, thanks to the 140x70cm mattress size you can continue to use your normal cot bed linen which is great news for the family budget.

We have purposely kept Hattie’s room simple but fun with the addition of two pieces from the Worlds Apart BearHug range. To help keep the room organised and to encourage Hattie to tidy up after play we decided on the BearHug Stack Storage, a clever and compact storage unit that holds all her toys and teddies. When in use the three cubes can be separated so she can access all her treasures, and when packed away the unit’s small footprint leaves the room spacious and clean.

Inspired by her older siblings Hattie loves to get crafty which can cause a bit of trouble when she gets her hands on special markers, glitter paint, important paperwork and glue or when she climbs upon our high dining chairs to sit at the big table. This child-proof BearHug Desk solves all our trouble, she can sit at a perfect toddler height, the seat doesn’t wobble or fall over and she has access to her own crayons and paper. I just love this little art desk, I can already tell it will be one of her favourite spots in the house.

To add a pop of colour and brighten the plain walls Hattie and I added a generous sprinkle of the Multi Glitter Confetti Dots, it is like the colours were made to match the BearHug range. I loved how well the removable RoomMates wall decals came up in our girls’ room a few months ago and how easy they were to apply, so it was an obvious choice for Harriet’s toddler room. With 180 stickers per pack there was plenty of glitter to go around, our older girls instantly claimed the left-over dots for their room.

Harriet’s new room has turned into a pretty, playful and peaceful place which we think she will love and hopefully having her own special sanctuary will help make the transition easy and fun during this tricky time of becoming an older sister.

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

Aug 242017


No matter how old and grubby they are by now, I simply can’t get myself to throw out my two favourite childhood toys, a soft blue bunny with one twisted ear and a sleeping baby doll whose arms are slowly falling off. Childhood toys hold so many memories and emotions, no wonder we tend to hold on to them as we get older. Take Guff, a cheeky fabric friend like no other captured by the talented Aaron Blabey:

Thoroughly loved and tad scruffy from all the cuddles and laundry cycles, cheeky monster Guff (RRP $16.99) is irreplaceable. He follows his owner everywhere, bringing not only comfort and reassurance but also cheeky adventures and mysterious disappearances. Thankfully he always show up.. after all, what would you do without your Guff?

Featuring gorgeous illustrations in Aaron Blabey’s signature style, accompanied by simple text, Guff is the perfect picture book for young readers with a favourite cuddly toy, and everyone else who still cherishes their childhood friend.

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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Aug 232017

Mini Hippo
What? Buy a Yumbox Tapas lunchbox and add a spare interchangeable Tapas tray for just $14 (save $10.95)
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2017
Where? www.minihippo.com.au

Little Treads
What? 30-60% off all Winter boots
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.littletreads.com.au

Darlings DownunderDarlings Downunder
What? 30% off Close Pop-In Mix & Match 6-pack cloth nappies
How? Prices as marked
When? Until August 25, 2017
Where? www.darlingsdownunder.com.au

Baby Goes Retro
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until August 25, 2017
Where? www.babygoesretro.com.au

Eternal Creation
What? $20 Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.eternalcreation.com

Aussie WipesAussie Wipes
What? 30% off storewide (In stock items only, excludes Scented 900’s)
How? Enter the code ‘30%OFF’ at checkout
When? Until August 25, 2017
Where? www.aussiewipes.com.au

Aug 182017

Pan Macmillan Australia

With only a few weeks left until baby no.6 joins the family I feel like I am constantly in and out of hospital for check-ups, going for ultrasounds and last minute shopping. It’s rather exhausting for me but quite tiring too for miss Hattie who has to tag along everywhere I go. I am trying to make the trips as easy as possible with yummy lunnchboxes full of tasty snacks and some gorgeous books to read while waiting (there is a lot of waiting!). These lovely board books by the talented Louise Forshaw are absolutely perfect for your baby bag or your toddler’s backpack and I can’t wait to add a few more to our collection:

In Busy Vet (RRP $6.99) we take a look around the veterinary clinic, where we meet all kinds of animals. From cats to dogs and from turtles to lizards, there are so many different patients. Little readers will love exploring Busy Vet by pushing, pulling and sliding the tabs while listening to simple rhyming sentences. Made from sturdy cardboard these books are totally toddler-proof and very durable.

I wonder what treats they are serving up in the Busy Café (RRP $6.99) today? On display are scrumptious muffins, cakes, rolls, fruit and much more. Using the tabs kids can pay at the counter and ‘print’ a receipt, whip up a smoothie and a coffee for mum, this book is so much fun to look at. Priced at just $6.99 each, Busy Books are amazing value for money, now that’s a great gift idea that won’t break the bank!

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to discover all the different ‘Busy Books’ and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Aug 172017

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If you, like me, just discovered that the kids have grown out of their winter clothes before the cold season is properly over I’ve got good news for you: the famous Eeni Meeni Miini Moh End of Season Sale is on RIGHT NOW! This means you can refill that winter wardrobe with stylish threads (or stock up for next year)  without paying the big bucks, now that’s winning. With a huge 50% off the beautiful Autumn/Winter range there is no time to waste, run and grab those favourites:

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