You’d think after 4 babies we know all about broken nights, but our cheeky no.5 absolutely takes the cake when it comes to terrible sleeping. I honestly can’t remember what it feels like to sleep an entire night without waking up! Even during the day Harriet is fighting the naps, so sneaky snoozes like these are extremely rare. Maybe there are some more teeth coming up? Perfect excuse for hip daddy to close his eyes for a while too…
I don’t know about you but not having to pack lunches every morning is one of my favourite parts of the school holidays. The kids and I love our lazy breakfasts and improvised lunch (usually warm), so we’re going to make to most of it before school goes back. If you’re back into school routine already and you’re looking for ways to make lunch more fun this awesome Mikki & Me deal is perfect for you:
Purchase any Yumbox lunchbox (the brand new snack size or the original) and receive a FREE Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutter. That means the more Yumboxes lunch boxes you buy, the more of those cool sandwich cutters you’ll get too, score! Your bonus gift will be added to your order automatically and LunchPunch designs are selected at random. Offer ends July 22, 2016, or while stock lasts.
The Lunch Punch is, well, a punch for your lunch (or breakfast, that’s fine too). Bigger than traditional cookie cutters the Lunch Punch is specifically designed for bread, in fact it punches easily through two slices of bread AND spread without crushing and flattening them. They are not only easy to use and clean (dishwasher safe) but they also cut very efficient with very little cut offs for minimal waste. Of course Lunch Punches are free of BPA, Phthalates and other nasties so they’re super safe.
Brrr…. with rain, wind, hail and even snow it sure feels like Winter here in South Australia! It’s the perfect weather for thick knits and cosy blankets to snuggle up with. From the moment we first wrapped our 4th baby in Minimink and felt its softness and warmth it has been a Winter favourite for our family. If you’re feeling the cold too here’s a toasty winter treat not to be missed:
Minimink What? 20% off storewide (Minimum spend $70) How? Enter the code ‘BABYITSCOLD’ at checkout + FREE shipping Australia wide for orders over $80 When? Until July 16, 2016 Where?www.minimink.com.au
Blankets for young and old, cushions, comforters, scarves, hats, pram liners… Minimink has the whole family covered. Our Minimink Throw permanently lives in the living room where there is always a little person resting with it. I love the classic, timeless look that fits in with any decor and doesn’t look childish at all. Even though it has been washed over and over again the faux fur still looks luxurious and fluffy, a testament to the excellent Minimink quality.
And there’s more: On top of the great savings Minimink is giving away a free gift with all orders over $50. In the comment section of your order simply mention your child’s age and gender and they will throw in a snuggly Minimink hat to keep little heads cosy and warm. What an awesome Winter deal!
To find out more about Minimink, to browse the range and to order online visit www.minimink.com.au.
When I ordered my very first piece of KicKee Pants gear a few years ago it was love at first sight. I was very impressed by the gorgeous prints, super soft fabrics, comfy fits and excellent quality, so the brand has been a personal favourite ever since.
With only a handful of Aussie stockists it is not easy for Australian mamas to get their hands on some KicKee Pants, but you can always count on eco boutique Avidiva to have some in stock:
Made from a luxurious bamboo blend KicKee Pants clothing is gentle against delicate baby skin, it is also nice and stretchy so your baby can move around freely and keeps baby warmer in winter and cooler in summer. By choosing bamboo you are making an eco-friendly, sustainable choice, providing you with peace of mind that your precious bundle is not breathing in any nasty chemicals.
Anyone who has met one (or all) of my youngest three girls as babies will recognise those pretty KicKee Pants ruffles. Ruffle footies, coveralls, pants, onesies and rompers, we’ve tried them all. I love how the simple addition of some sweet frills adds a special festive touch, whilst staying comfortable and practical at the same time. The KicKee Pants Stork Romper ($42, size 0-12m) is one my top ruffly picks, isn’t the jade colour divine?
The range caters for trendy little boys and girls and from birth up to 3 years (depending on the style), there are even a few pieces for lovely mamas who enjoy a little bamboo luxury. As a mother of five I am a firm believer in buying quality product that is durable and stands many washes, KicKee Pants has proven over and over again that their clothing maintains its softness and shape so it’s a real winner for us.
To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the KicKee Pants range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.
Now that Tommie and Olivia (almost 8) are in separate classes there is less of the natural twin competitiveness happening: they are busy with different activities and projects, hang out with their own friends at school and sometimes I wonder if they even see each other at all during the day! As much as they are different they are also very alike and at home they enjoy doing the same things, not always easy when you only have one of something…
As you may remember last year Olivia became the proud owner of a pretty pink Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech, 9 months later it is still very much a hot (read: argued about) item in our house. Tommie is secretly rather jealous of his sister’s watch so I noticed he put one his birthday wish list for next month too. Perfect timing as a brand spanking new version of this popular smartwatch has just arrived in store.
The new Kidizoom Smartwatch DX (RRP $89.95, available in Blue and Pink) is supersized in many ways: With more fun games to play, more awesome activities to explore and more memory to edit and store photos and videos this clever watch is guaranteed to get a big thumbs up from street smart youngsters. It comes packed with plenty of exciting new features and of course all the favourites from the original Smart Watch.
One of the most talked-about functions of the Smartwatch DX is Fun Time Master, which teaches kids to read the time using verbal cues (yay, for learning through play). Another new addition that our son will love is the pedometer mode, now he can finally be like mum and count his steps! The super clear, full-colour touch screen looks incredible and is super easy to use, so that even young kids can easily control their very own smart watch.
Like a real watch should the Smartwatch DX helps busy kids keep track of the clock, never before was being organised and on time this cool! With more than fifty different 3D digital and analogue displays to choose from children are able to customise their clock face to suit their taste, mood and personal preferences. Other handy time elements include an alarm, timer, stopwatch and even a calendar.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is start-ready with eight built-in games for play-on-the-go and a new motion sensor to explore three action challenges. The strong, kid-tough design is durable and developed with active kids in mind, it is even sweat- and splash proof. Just like your kids the Smartwatch DX does run out of energy sometimes, simply recharge with the included micro USB cable and it’s good to go for more smartwatch adventures.
Get even more fun out of your Smartwatch DX by downloading additional content through the VTech Learning Lodge. A clock, a gaming device, a photo camera and video recorder (and editor), a pedometer, just to name a few… the new Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is so much more than just a watch.
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is available right now exclusively at Target stores across Australia.
Whether you are a brand new mama or seasoned mother and whether you have one child or five, life as a mum can get pretty crazy at times. With a large family to keep me on my toes I know very well how overwhelming mothering can be, and how important it is to focus on yourself sometimes so you can regain your peace and calm. Need some help with that? Yoga and meditation teacher Rebecca Ryan has put together this helpful guide to help busy mums de-stress:
Mindfulness for Mothers (RRP $19.99) is handy book developed to help mothers create a sense of balance, awareness and calm for themselves and their children. With everyday life often being full-speed, plenty of stress and very little time to yourself Rebecca’s simple but effective exercises are just what you need to stay calm and in control.
You don’t have to be a meditation master to enjoy Mindfulness for Mothers, with Rebecca’s easy to follow instructions, practical explanations and gentle wisdom even meditation newbies will find this book a great help. I love that the Rebecca has collected exercises that fit into a busy family schedule: some you do by yourself, others you do with your baby, some take just seconds and others provide 30 minutes of winding down time… From visual activities to breathing techniques and body awareness training and much more, you can tailor your exercise to your personal situation and needs making Mindfulness for Mothers a sanity saver for every mum.
To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at Mindfulness for Mothers (RRP $19.99) by Rebecca Ryan and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.