Built for street smart kids: Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

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Jun 302020
 

Now that the older kids have settled back into school, I am realising more and more how much of a challenge our home isolation has been for miss Hattie. She was really enjoying her daily adventures with just mummy and Ted, then suddenly we were stuck at home spending our days madly trying to complete a gazillion homeschool duties for the big four. She handled all these changes like a champ and absolutely adores unicorns, so she totally deserves this amazing Kidizoom reward:

Like a good watch should the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 (RRP $89.95, ages 4+) helps busy kids keep track of the clock, never before was being organised and on time this cool! With more than 55 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.

So it tells the time, but what makes it smart? Think games and photos, videos and voice recordings, sound effects and selfies, a pedometer, a bunch of motion-controlled activities that will get kids up and moving and much, much more. As expected the front camera (for selfies) and side camera (to record exciting things kids spot when out and about) are getting a thorough workout in our house, and with 256MB internal memory there is plenty of room to store all the snaps.

As a mum I love that the Kidizoom Smartwatch encourages different ways of play, both on and off screen. When you’re on a long road trip, waiting at the doctor or have to sit quietly at grandma’s you can enjoy a fun on-the-spot game or brain buster. When you’ve got space to move and energy to burn you can challenge yourself in Funky Jump, Crazy Dance or Racing Run. Parents can also set a time limit to keep game time in check.

One of many educational functions of the Smartwatch DX2 is Time Master, a handy tool that teaches children to read the time using verbal cues (yay, for learning through play). Simply change the hours and minutes on the clock and then tap the owl teacher to hear your set time read out loud.

The Smartwatch DX2 features a super clear, full-colour touch screen that looks incredible and is very easy to use, so that even our young adventurer can easily control her very own smart watch. The strong, kid-tough design is durable and has been developed with active kids in mind, it is also splash proof for those little unexpected drops. Last but not least the gorgeous unicorn print watch brand is soft, flexible and adjustable in size to ensure a nice, secure fit on your child’s wrist. It’s definitely a perfect fit for our cheeky 4-year old!

Just like your kids the Smartwatch DX2 does run out of energy sometimes, but there is no need to worry about fiddly little button batteries. Simply recharge your watch with the included micro USB cable and within no time it’s good to go for more smartwatch adventures. You can use the same cable to upload your child’s photos and videos to your computer and save all the special memories for later.

The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 is start-ready with multiple built-in apps for play-on-the-go and you can get even more out of your watch by downloading additional content through the VTech Learning Lodge. Add some dazzling new clock faces, extra games, a real calculator or timer or maybe an awesome photo effect to spunk up your snaps, completely free of charge!

The Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 is currently available in 6 trendy colours at select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the Kidizoom range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Ready, Set, Action with Kidizoom

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Jan 142019
 

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Growing up in The Netherlands our Christmas holidays only lasted two weeks, so for me it still feels a little strange to have 6 long weeks of school holidays this time of year. Not that my kids are complaining, they love the summer holidays and having a brand new selection of Christmas presents to play with makes it extra fun! For master 10 this Vtech gift was an absolute winner and he has used it every single day so far:

The Kidizoom Action Cam 180° (RRP $89.95, ages 5+) is a compact, light, kid-friendly camera that is built for adventures. Fitted with a cool 180° rotatable lens that simply flips from front to back you will never miss a perfect picture or special selfie again, just point and click!

With the help of special effects, self-timer, background music, time-lapse and stop/slow/fast motion you can turn your photos and videos into unique pieces of art and fancy action shots. You can then share your files with your family and friends by exporting them to your computer. This is such a great way for my family in The Netherlands to see bits of our life in Australia, as seen through the eyes of the kids (instead of us adults). At 128MB the camera’s internal memory is not huge, however if you want to store more videos and photos you can expand the memory with a microSD card (not supplied).

Whether you are taking snaps at home, videoing a song or dance, recording your latest skateboard trick, cruising the bike track or even splashing at the pool or beach Kidizoom is always ready for action. Of course we wouldn’t want you to your ride your bike handsfree or lose your balance on your scooter so the Kidizoom Action Cam includes a handy bicycle mount that allows you to attach the camera to your bike or scooter. The mount is super easy to install and to use, in fact you don’t even need a screwdriver to set it up!

Because VTech knows active Aussie kids absolutely love the water the Kidizoom Action Cam 180° also comes with a special waterproof case that enables you to take your camera to the pool or beach and make the most amazing underwater photos and videos (up to 6 feet under water). Our kids can’t wait to test this out on our next trip to the beach! Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, or even surfing or paddle boarding (using the included adhesive mount), you’ll be able to record and relive your favourite watersport memories whenever you want.

But there is more, aside from taking photos and videos you can also use the Action Cam 180° to play three fun games: Ocean Dive, Forest Quest and Unicycle Challenge. Forest Quest is miss 5’s top pick, she loves moving the camera around to look through the binoculars and hunt for forest creatures. The built-in games are a fabulous boredom buster for long drives and have saved us from a lot of ‘are we there yet?’ questions these holidays.

Budget-conscious parents will be pleased to know that there is no needed for expensive batteries, that somehow always seem to run out at the most inconvenient of times. The Kidizoom Action Cam 180° has a convenient rechargeable battery, allowing you to charge it over and over again with the included USB cable. If you have a USB car-charger you can even charge it on the way to your next adventure, how easy is that?

The verdict: We have found the Kidizoom Action Cam 180° very child friendly: it’s easy to set up and easy to use, in fact our 5-year old daughter barely needed any help and knew her way with the camera in no time. This offers a great feeling of independence and the kids are always very proud to show off their photo art, videos or animations they have made. The Action Cam has definitely become a must-have for our family adventures!

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Nov 272018
 

I don’t know about you but I am absolutely loving this spring weather. Not too hot, not too cold and the perfect temperature to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Every morning I take the little two for a big walk in the reserve and in the afternoon/weekend the big kids explore the neighbourhood on their bikes and scooters. Miss 10 has really shot up this year so she has just traded her old scooter for a new set of wheels from Grit Scooters:

Designed specifically for active girls (Ages 6+) and built to perform the coolest of tricks the new Vibes collection is street smart in every way. The colour range is totally on-trend and the designs are eye-catching and full of personality.

I was not at all surprised that Olivia instantly fell in love with the Grit Vibes Dreamer. She’s quite the dreamer herself and loves to escape to another world with a good book but she also likes to get outside and go on real adventures. This scooter is her perfect match and together they are bound to travel far…

Grit Scooters prides itself in outstanding quality and durability to ensure their scooters stay strong and safe ride after ride, corner after corner and jump after jump. All Vibes scooters feature a sturdy heat treated, non-slip alloy deck, practical Grit flex footbrake and hi tensile steel hip fork to enable smooth moves at every angle. The ABEC 9 wheel bearings allow excellent flexibility, you won’t find better than that!

Young riders can ride the streets in class (the Vapor chrome colours are a real standout) and comfort (thanks to pleasant soft feel handle grips). Park or city, calmly cruising or racing off the ramp, these light weight scooters will take you anywhere with ease.

There are currently 7 different Grit Vibes scooters to choose from: Misty and Angel (20.8″ high), Dreamer, Destiny and Glam (21.6″ high) and Wild and Squad (23” high). The taller the scooter the wider/longer the deck, so there is a perfect scooter for every rider.

To find out more about Grit scooters and to take a closer look at the Vibe range visit www.gritscooters.com.au.

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PaperKrane

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Jun 252018
 

As expected of a baby who came into the world weighing a whopping 4.6kg our boy Ted didn’t stay little for long. Our big friendly giant has the strongest legs and is putting them to the test as much as he can, pulling himself up on couches, chairs and safety gates over and over again and falling over just as many times. With his first wobbly steps just around the corner he’s been wearing in his first pair of shoes, aren’t they gorgeous?

Designed right here in Australia by two clever mamas PaperKrane is destined to be the new go-to footwear label for growing Aussie feet. From cheeky crawlers to solid steps and rapid racing, PaperKrane has got a fit and a style that’s right for every little boy or girl, starting at a tiny size 0 all the way up to size 13.

Depending on the shoe size PaperKrane shoes feature either a SOFTI, MIDI or FLEXI sole, ensuring your child gets the right comfort and support for their age, stage and abilities. With Ted being a big boisterous boy he has jumped right past the faux suede SOFTI soles and started at MIDI. I just love how the suede sole gives him freedom to move and the durable suede noses protect his toes. The soft leather bends, moves and adjusts to his chubby feet beautifully.

My busybees Harriet and Sybil can skip, hop, jump and run to their heart’s content on the FLEXI natural rubber sole. Being active kids they never sit still and the flexible rubber sole doesn’t restrict them in their movements, they can stand on their tippy toes and the rubber just bends with them! On the inside the breathable cotton lining keeps feet comfortable and dry while the durable leather heel and toe offers support, protection and shape no matter what the activity.

All PaperKrane shoes are slip-ons (yes, even the lace-up styles), because let’s be honest, who has time for tricky knots or velco straps that catch onto everything! But don’t let the slip-on aspect fool you, my three guinea pigs have thoroughly tested them and thanks to the elasticised gussets your PaperKranes stay firmly in place until you’re ready to take them off.

Hip Tip: If you like to shake things up and change your look make sure you add a colourful Lace Pack (RRP $6.50) to your order, that way you can give your PaperKrane lace-ups a trendy makeover whenever you feel like it.

Not sure what size to get? Check out the helpful PaperKrane size chart to find the correct size based on your child’s foot measurement or Australian/European shoe size, that way you can purchase with confidence.

To find out more about PaperKrane, to browse the range and to order online visit www.paperkrane.com.au.

Dec 172017
 

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mazeactivewear.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Dec 012016
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 1

While the girls have been asking for quiet entertainment like dolls and art and craft supplies, our one and only son has been begging for a gift that’s a bit more exciting. He really enjoys spending his free time outdoors: running, kicking, bouncing, jumping, racing, as long as some speed is involved he’s happy. With this awesome Razor present waiting for him I have no doubt he’ll be spending the entire school holidays outside:

Snap, Strap and Roll! In just three simple steps Razor Jetts (RRP $49.99, age 6+) transform an ordinary pair of shoes into the coolest set of wheels.

razor-jettsJetts ‘Heel Wheels’ are designed for street-smart kids who love trying out different things and mastering a new skill, changing from walking normally to riding on your heels will require a bit of practice! Jetts are super simple to install, simply snap the ‘quick click’ frame onto your shoes, fasten the ankle strap for a secure fit and you’re good to go. The multi-fit design caters for shoe sizes US Youth 12 to Adult 12 and suits users with a maximum weight of 80kg, I think I might have to give it a try too!

jetts-razorTo add to the fun Razor Jetts come with removable spark pads that emit localised sparks when you’re cruising the neighbourhood and the spark pads come in contact with hardened outdoor surfaces. If that doesn’t make Razor Jetts the hottest Christmas gift of the year for active boys and girls I don’t know what will! Razor recommends leaving the spark action for ages 8 and up.

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

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Sep 272016
 

Globber

She may only be three years old but our miss Sybbie is always trying to keep up with the big kids, with all the older siblings off on their new scooters it was only a matter of time until this little adventurer followed suit. She’s turning out to be a real daredevil who loves cruising the local park on her Globber wheels (with mama watching nervously from the sidelines!):

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Being a 3-wheel scooter the cool Globber MyFREE Up (RRP $130, ages 3+) allows young riders to experience the joy and excitement of riding and controlling their own scooter, while being supported by a sturdy, well balanced frame that makes it easier for them to stay upright.

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This funky Globber scooter may be smaller in size but it is just as big in style, safety, durability and quality as the rest of the Globber family. The curved design looks playful and child-friendly and it rides super smooth. With a weight limit of 50kg and a height adjustable handlebar that can be changed from 67.5 up to 77.5cm the Globber MyFree Up grows effortlessly with your child so kids can scoot around for longer.

MyFREE Up PurpleDesigned with young children in mind the MyFree Up is fitted with a range of great features that ensure a safe, comfortable ride for little legs. Take for example the steering lock which locks the steering to help new riders master the stepping and rolling action (quite tricky when you’re learning!) without having to worry too much about steering at the same time. The special X-cross deck design creates a stronger deck and improves directional turning performance using the T-bar handlebar.

Personally I feel the low deck design is fantastic, it makes it so much for easier for kids to get on and off with confidence and thanks to not having to lift their feet that high riding is less tiring too. As a beginner Sybbie usually takes lots of little steps with short roll-outs, but the colourful dual-injection deck is roomy enough for small feet to stand next to each other when going down-hill or to have a rest while being pushed by a helpful adult.

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The MyFree Up is currently available in five trendy colours suitable for street smart boys and girls, so there is a perfect ride for everyone. Being a real girly-girl our little lady obviously voted for pink, she even insisted on a helmet to match!

To find out more about Globber, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.globber.com.au.

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