Nov 242014

Whimsy Child

In case you haven’t realised today’s date yet: it’s the 24th of November which means you have exactly ONE month left to get Christmas ready. Whimsy Child is keen to help you kickstart that Christmas shopping list so they’ve got a hard-to-beat deal for you:

Right now you can save a huge 25% storewide at Whimsy Child with the code ‘KICK-IT!’, just be quick as this great offer ends today, November 24. Offer excludes Yumbox lunch boxes.

The Whimsy Child Play and Create categories has plenty of great gift ideas for boys and girls of all ages, from small stocking fillers to impressive gifts that will have the kids talking for weeks. If you are on a budget (aren’t we all?) these are my favourite gifts under $10, $20 and $30:

Eeboo Pipe Cleaner BunnyThe super cute and crafty Eeboo Pipe Cleaner Bunny ($7.75) would have to be my best gift under $10, if you use the KICK-IT! discount code you even get more than $4 change. It’s small, compact and affordable and it’s sure to keep the kids busy on your next car trip or rainy afternoon. Each pack contains 36 pipe cleaners in different sizes and colours as well as instructions to make the pictured project. For boys there is a Piper Cleaner Crab set available.

Automoblox Mini S9With $20 in hand I would say the Automoblox Mini S9 Sedan (normally $22.95, now $17.25) is an excellent choice. Automoblox cars can be pulled apart and rebuilt and if you have multiple designs you can swap and change between the different styles to create your very own unique ride. Personally I love the look of these ice blue wheels but there are other Automoblox colours, styles and sizes to choose from too.

Djeco Restaurant Play SetLast but not least, my hot pick under $3o is the Djeco Restaurant Play Set (normally $39.60, now $29.70). Who needs plastic fries and hamburgers when you can serve tasty looking delights like this in your toy kitchen? Moroccan, Japanese and Indian, the menu contains 12 colourful international food items made from durable wood for endless pretend play fun. Our 4 children all love playing the toy kitchen and I know they would very much enjoy this lovely set.

To find out more about Whimsy Child, to browse the range and to order online visit www.whimsychild.com.au.

Nov 232014

If you thought fairies are nothing but sweet and fluttery, pink and purple, glitter and fairy dust you clearly haven’t seen the latest Tinker Bell adventure from Disney yet:

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy Blu-rayIn Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy we meet a feisty, inquisitive fairy called Zarina. As a dust-keeper she is expected to act responsibly with the precious pixie dust but her curiosity gets the better of her and she starts experimenting with the beautiful blue pixie dust. An unfortunate accident is the result and Zarina is no longer permitted to be a dust-keeper so she decides to leave Pixie Hollow.


With her adventurous nature Zarina fits right in with a group of wild pirates and she is even crowned captain of the pirate ship. During a special celebration in Pixie Hollow Zarina returns to cause trouble once again, she steals the fairies’ supply of blue pixie dust while everyone is under a sleepy fairy spell… or maybe not everyone?


Tinker Bell and her friends managed to hide from the sleepy dust so they set off to find Zarina and return the blue pixie dust, it’s the start of an exciting and colourful chase surrounded by magic. While this is the 6th movie in the Tinker Bell series it is actually a prequel to Peter Pan and a very first introduction to the ticking crocodile and a young cabin boy who will later turn out to be Captain Hook. Hook is on a secret mission to learn how to make pixie dust to help him fly and to do so he needs Zarina.


Once Zarina discovers Hook’s secret agenda she tries to return the blue pixie dust to Tinker Bell and her friends, but that is easier said than done. Will the fairies manage to get back what belongs to them? Is there any way Zarina’s special dust mixing skills can be used to do good and what will happen to captain Hook?

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy is available on DVD ($39.95) and Blu-ray ($49.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Disney, to discover the latest releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.disney.com.au.

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Nov 222014

Nature's Care Paw Paw

As a mum of four young children I rarely leave the house without a nappy bag filled with baby essentials. Nappies, wipes, a clean outfit, some spare dummies, a bottle of water and some snacks, a few toys and anything else they may need when out and about. Even though I have a big bag there is little room left for any mama must-haves so I was pretty chuffed to discover a fabulous multi-purpose product from Nature’s Care Paw Paw that I can use on the whole family:

Paw Paw Baby BalmNature’s Care Paw Paw Baby Balm ($6.99, 100g) is a lovely fruity balm that has many different uses, it’s like a tube of magic. As the name suggests this natural ointment is perfect for the delicate skin of babies and children but adults can enjoy it too, it can be used all over the body as often as you like to keep skin soft and smooth and it’s an excellent emergency treatment for little dry patches or scrapes.

These last few weeks the weather has been very up and down so one day it’s cold and windy and the next day the air is hot and dry. I’ve been using the Baby Balm to nourish chapped lips, dry cuticles and little noses that turned red due to lots of nose wiping, the relief is almost instant and the smell is delicious. Who would have thought one simple, very affordable, product could be so handy? Great bonus: The bright pink colour is easy to spot in a full handbag.

Paw Paw Shampoo & Body WashSo I’ve seen first hand that Paw Paw does wonders for our skin but is it suitable for soft, fine baby hair too. The Nature’s Care Paw Paw Shampoo & Body Wash ($8.99, 500ml) is 100% soap free and PH balanced, it’s a great all-in-one product that cleans our littlest girl (who has short, curly hair) from top to bottom. The pump flacon is easy to use, I can hold my slippery baby with one arm and dispense the cleaner with the other hand.

Why Paw Paw? Paw Paw, also known as papaya, is well known for its therapeutic properties. It’s rich in Omega nine, antioxidants and vitamins that keep skin well moisturised and aid the healing process. Add to that a carefully chosen selection of all natural derived plant based ingredients like beeswax and sunflower seed oil and you’ve got a winning combination free from nasty chemicals.

Nature's Care Paw Paw range

The revamped Nature’s Care Paw Paw Range is made right here in Australia and consists of seven fantastic adult care products and nine great baby care products, two of which are exclusively available at Woolworths stores across Australia and online.

To find out more about Nature’s Care, to learn all about the properties of Paw Paw and to browse the range visit www.pawpawaustralia.com.au.

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Nov 212014

Mon Petit ZoReol

A Christmas wreath on the front door, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with an angel on top, sweet Christmas carols playing on the background, a nativity scene, all that is missing is a big Santa Sack filled with presents…

Mon Petit ZoReol Bags

This year the traditional Santa Sack has had a super trendy makeover, how awesome do these gorgeous paper sacks from Baby Donkie look?

Designed in France by the talented Audrey from Mon Petit ZoReol these stylish bags (RRP $20) are unique, practical, durable and reusable so they can be enjoyed again and again. They are made from strong paper and able to carry up to 65kg, that’s a lot of Christmas presents! There are eight different designs and colours to choose from, which one do you like most?

Mon Petit ZoReol Paper Bags

The awesome thing about the Mon Petit ZoReol bags is that they will last well beyond Christmas, they are perfectly suitable for presenting birthday gifts, party goods or just every day storage.

To find out more about Baby Donkie, to browse the Mon Petit ZoReol range and to order online visit www.babydonkie.com.au.

Nov 202014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Did you know there are only 4 weeks left of this school term? Before you know it it’s time for Summer holidays and we’ve found the perfect holiday read that is sure to keep the kids quiet (aside from a loud laugh here and there!), check out the newest title in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series:

The Long Haul

Author Jeff Kinney has gained a huge following through his best selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and fans around the globe have waiting for Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (RRP $14.99) to hit the shelves. Great news, you can stop counting down because it’s here!

For Greg Heffley it’s school holidays too and he is looking forward to doing absolutely nothing, except his mum has different ideas and decides to take the family on a road trip. Inspired by her favourite family magazine she has come well prepared with healthy snacks, a potty for Manny, interesting and educational car games, a Spanish language course and of course a ban on electronic devices, not exactly things Greg gets excited about.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Of course it wouldn’t be Diary of a Wimpy Kid worthy if the road trip wasn’t full of interesting and hilarious events. From stinky socks and fried butter on a stick to a bearded (and rather frightening) stranger and even a little piggy passenger, the Heffley family road trip is one that has to be read to be believed. Priced at $14.99 The Long Haul is a fabulous stocking filler for your young reader.

To find out more Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to browse the different titles in the series and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 192014

Baby Goes Retro
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Discount will be automatically applied at checkout
When? Until November 19, 2014
Where? www.babygoesretro.com.au

Ripe MaternityRipe Maternity
What? Free shipping Australia wide for orders over $150
How? Enter the code ‘FREESHIPNOV’ at checkout
When? Until November 30, 2014
Where? www.ripematernity.com

And The Little One SaidAnd The Little One Said
What? 25% off storewide (Excludes Freckle rugs)
How? Enter the code ‘Christmas’ at checkout
When? Until November 23, 2014
Where? www.andthelittleonesaid.com.au

The It KitThe It Kit
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘ITKITXMASHER’ at checkout
When? Until November 20, 2014
Where? www.theitkit.com.au

Lola & BenLola & Ben
What? 40% off Lola & Ben Organic Cotton Pebble Sleeping Bag
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.lolaben.co.nz

Angelfish DragonflyAngelfish Dragonfly
What? 20% off storewide (Excludes made to order items, teepees, santa sacks/stockings, Goolie Goolie, Hi-vis Kids, gift vouchers)
How? Enter the code ‘SANTA-20′ at checkout
When? Until November 19, 2014
Where? www.angelfishdragonfly.com.au

Nov 182014

Right now kids around the globe are writing down their favourite toys on crumpled pieces of paper, dreaming of a special Christmas morning spent unwrapping gifts around the tree. In the meanwhile Santa’s helpers, responsible for the shopping, scratch their heads trying to select the items from the wish list that get the thumbs up from both children and their parents. If your child has requested a tablet and you feel they are too young you better think twice, check out the newest design from LeapFrog:

LeapPad 3

The LeapPad 3 Learning Tablet (RRP $169, green or pink) is specifically designed for children aged 3-9 years old: it’s fun, compact, portable, kid-tough and give your child access to a world of educational, age-appropriate content that is approved by learning experts. The sturdy device has been thoroughly drop tested and features a shatter-proof screen as well as special impact zones for added protection.

LeapPad 3 pinkThe LeapPad 3 is fitted with a 2-way camera, microphone and comes with 10 free apps to get you started, additionally you can purchase separate game cartridges that work on any LeapPad tablet. With 4GB of storage space there is plenty of room to store your learning fun and personalised videos, photos, music and artwork and through the LeapFrog Learning Library you can purchase more than 700 Educator Approved games, eBooks and apps.

But there is more to the LeapPad 3 than the learning apps and games, using a WiFi connection children can browse pre-screened internet content using LeapSearch™ powered by Zui™. Unlike with many ordinary tablets parents can feel confident that all information, pictures and videos their child sees on the LeapPad 3 are safe and age appropriate and there are no accidental downloads or purchases, spam or pop-ups. The internet connection can be turned off if desired. Our 6-year old son is very eager to read, learn and discover, he is like a sponge and loves having so much interesting information at his finger tips.

The LeapPad 3 has a built-in rechargeable battery with a 6+ hour battery life making it ideal for car rides and plane trips. The battery can be recharged using the included USB charger/adapter, so easy and much cheaper than single use batteries! You can use the same USB cable to connect the LeapPad 3 to your computer where you can follow your child’s progress, download and upload content and customise your child’s LeapFrog experience by name, age and skills. Using LeapFrog Connect parents can create different profiles for different users so each player enjoys personalised play, great for siblings!

LeapPad 3 GreenOur three older children all have their own LeapPad and the effects of their LeapPad play on their school work is very noticeable, even their teacher has asked me what my secret is. We actually call it a different way of doing homework, it’s all about finding ways to make learning fun and engage your child in a way that appeals to them. Sometimes they don’t want to sit down to read a book yet they are happy to read an eBook or play a spelling game so we’re still working with the same theme.

In our family we are currently using the LeapPad 2, LeapPad Ultra and LeapPad 3, they’re all excellent designs but the LeapPad 3 is definitely my favourite model to-date. I love the light weight (it’s considerably lighter than the Ultra and even slightly lighter than the LeapPad2), built-in battery, impressive 5-inch high resolution full colour screen and fast speed. Between the LeapPad 3 and LeapPad Ultra the kids really enjoy the peer-to-peer play and chat function, they can send each other symbols and put together simple messages or visit each others pet in Pet Pad Party. To use this function the two LeapPads have to be in the same room so it is completely safe and children can not connect with strangers.

LeapPad 3 Carry CaseOur 6-year old daughter has claimed the LeapPad 3 as hers so we’ve purchased the cute pink LeapPad 3 Carry Case to keep it well protected when not in use. The new carry case has a handy handle so children can safely carry it like a bag and the revamped inside features a neat pocket/pouch to keep the LeapPad 3 safe and snug inside when you zip open the carry case.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.