Nov 232015

What a beautiful week we have had here in Adelaide, our Dutch visitors got a great taste of South Australian summers with some scorching hot days. Picking strawberries at Beerenburg Farm, playing in the garden, walks to school, swimming, BBQs with family… they’re simple things but so much fun when done with family. I know all of us will treasure these memories for years to come.

Monday Harriet

Monday Kids

Monday Strawberry Farm

Nov 222015

Roadshow Entertainment

For most children mummy and daddy are their first proper words, but of course our quirky 2-year old likes doing things a little differently. The traditional ‘Daddy’ has proven to be very tricky for her so hip daddy has been christened ‘Dougie’, don’t ask us why! I am sure in time she’ll work it out but for now we’re perfectly happy with Dougie, it never fails to put a smile on our faces. I wonder if this is also why she gets very excited when it’s time for the fabulous, fun and friendly dog Duggee to appear on ABCKids…

Hey Duggee DVD

In ‘Hey Duggee: The Super Squirrel Badge & Other Stories’ we follow Duggee and his buddies from the Squirrel Club as they learn about teamwork, responsibility, solving problems and helping each other. In each of the ten episodes the club members go on a different adventure and earn a new badge to take home.

Like the time that the Squirrel Club discovered a lost little duck and turned into real superheroes by returning the duckling to the happy mother duck, this good deed earned them the Super Squirrel Badge. Or how about the time Happy the crocodile accidentally ate the rabbits’ cake… Don’t worry, the Squirrel Club came to the rescue by baking a fresh round of cakes for the hungry bunnies, that’s the Cake Badge in the pocket. There is a never a boring day when you’re part of Duggee’s Squirrel Club!

‘Hey Duggee: The Super Squirrel Badge & Other Stories’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Nov 212015

Penguin Australia

A few months ago I introduced you to the Sporty Kids book series for young readers. Each bitesize book puts a different sport in the spotlight using a short, engaging story that children can relate to. Since then two new titles have been added to the range, which team will you be rooting for?

Sporty Kids TennisStefan loves a good game of tennis and is always practising his moves in the backyard, playing against the shadow monsters on the wall. The Smashing Demon, the Lobbing Lizard… they’re great competitors who put up a real fight but nothing beats a real friend to play with. In Sporty Kids: Tennis a new neighbour called Emma pokes her head over the fence and all of a sudden tennis becomes even more fun.

In Sporty Kids SoccerSporty Kids: Soccer Abby discovers the hard way that no one likes a show-off and that you have to work together in order to win. No matter how hard you can run, in the end soccer is a team sport and that means every player is important and has a role to play. Will she learn this valuable lesson in time to patch things up with her friend and teammate Pete so they can beat their opponents Luca and Sofia?

To find out more about Sporty Kids (RRP $9.99 per book) by Felice Arena, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 202015


Each year in the lead up to Christmas people ask me about my favourite Christmas gifts. With five children of different ages and with different interests these ‘top picks’ change all the time, but the one thing that has to be under the Christmas tree every year is a brand new pair of PJs. Before you dismiss PJs as boring, check out this awesome new fashion label that is making sleep cool again:


Meet Moodie, a super trendy collection of lounge/sleepwear for little trendsetters (ages 0-7) designed by talented duo Jody and Phebe. With such awesome threads the kids will be jumping for bedtime!

Moodie Boys

Tanks and shorts, long Johns, onesies, nighties, PJ sets… Moodie sleepwear (RRP $39.95-$49.95) is available in a wide range of styles and prints to suit sleepyheads of all ages and stages, there are even accessories to match. Made from super soft, high quality 100% prewashed jersey cotton Moodie clothing ticks all the important boxes: it is gentle on the skin, comfortable to wear and durable to care for.

Moodie sisters

I am really pleased with the fit and feel of the kids’ new Moodie pyjamas and there are no complaints of itchy tags, sharp zips or tight cuffs from my usually fussy sleepers who use every excuse to come out of bed. The graphic prints and bright colours are totally cool and I love that I can dress my girls in outfits that similar in colour yet not exactly the same, perfect for the annual Christmas photo!

Moodie Girls

Nice bonus: All Moodie gear comes with a cute gift tag attached, handy for the upcoming gift giving season! Just fill out the name of the lucky recipient and you’re good to go.

To find out more about Moodie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.ilovemoodie.com.

Nov 192015

Roadshow Entertainment

Do the Propeller, Hot Potato, Fruit Salad, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear… get ready to discover all your favourite The Wiggles songs all over again. Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony have teamed up with the famous Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and put 23 wiggly tunes in a refreshing new jacket (and no, it’s not a ‘leather jacket’):

The Wiggles DVD

Normally we only get to see the drums, guitar and keyboard, but in ‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ the team goes all out with an entire orchestra! For many children this will be a wonderful first introduction to an orchestra and proof that an orchestra can play much more than just classical music. It’s a great way to teach young music fans about different instruments and the role they play in making music (it’s all about teamwork!). Add in some ballet dancers and a dancing conductor and you’re in for 70 minutes of musical fun that will delight Wiggles fans of all ages.

‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ is available on DVD ($19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

The Wiggles CDIf your kids love The Wiggles as much as our children do they will enjoy listening to the musical quartet anytime and anywhere. You may not be able to play the DVD in the car but you can always sing along to the ‘The Wiggles: Meet The Orchestra’ CD (RRP $14.99), don’t forget to warm up your singing voice and press the repeat button! Getting from A to B is much more fun when The Wiggles come along.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse all The Wiggles DVDs and to order your favourite titles visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Nov 182015

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Nov 172015


Of course welcoming a new baby in the family is very special and we are all enjoying our tiny addition, in saying that it can also be a tricky time for older siblings. Having to be a little more quiet and patient than usual, playing happily on your own and lending a helping hand every now and then… I think our big four are doing an awesome job adjusting and to keep up the good spirits (and my sanity) all of them have been treated to a special gift. Miss 2 has scored this friendly fellow:

Feed Me Dino

The VTech Feed Me Dino (RRP $34.95, ages 18-48 months) is a fabulous interactive toy with plenty of interesting features to keep miss Sybbie entertained, in fact miss 5 quite enjoys a play with it too.

Feed Me Dino 1

As you may remember Sybil had us worried for a while with her lack of speech but she is now making lots of progress which is wonderful to see. At this stage it is all about ‘learning through play’ and with over 100 melodies, sounds and fun phrases Feed Me Dino has proven to be a great aid in expanding her vocabulary. We sometimes use the dino as part of our speech exercises but she also plays with it by herself or with her siblings.

Feed Me DIno 2

Sybil particularly loves practising her colours and fruits by feeding dino the eight coloured ‘coins’. At first she listened to the dino as he described his food and repeated after him, now she loudly names each colour and fruit herself before putting the coins in his mouth so she is picking things up really well. As we have learnt from the speech therapist repetition is key in the learning process and we can absolutely see this working for our little student.

Feed Me Dino 3

Feed Me Dino is quite a large toy with little wheels for pull-along fun, it has five chunky colourful buttons (great for teaching colours and shapes) that are easy to press and a spinning disc to play different songs and sentences. By pushing the light-up button on Dino’s head he will ask a question, eg. ‘I am hungry, can you feed me 6 pieces of food?’ or ‘Can you feed me the orange carrot?’, encouraging kids to follow up. Between the two modes of play (Numbers/Foods) there is plenty to learn for cheeky tots!

To find out more about VTech and to browse the range visit www.vtech.co.uk.