Sweet Stocking Stuffers

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Dec 152018


With just 10 sleeps to go until the big day parents across the country are madly getting organised, doing a last count of presents and wrapping them in secret. The time for online ordering is quickly running out, but here are fabulous little stocking filler ideas that won’t break the bank and are readily available at local retailers:

Our 3-year old Peppa Pig fan was over the moon to receive a Peppa Pig ‘Peppa’s Secret Surprise’ (Ages 3+, RRP $20) box which, I admit, didn’t actually fit in her shoe! These adorable cubes are like Pandora’s Box, there are little drawers galore and you never know what you’ll find inside. Each drawer holds a blind bag, so it’s a true ‘secret surprise’. The box is reusable and the perfect storage for small treasures.

Hiding inside the 6 drawers we found Rebecca Rabbit wearing a sparkly Christmas dress, a party crown, the most adorable little fairy wings, a hair brush, a toy present and a sheet of gemstones to jazz her up for the festive season. Who is coming to your party: Is it Peppa Pig, Suzie Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit or maybe Zoe Zebra? There are six different figures to collect for super Peppa fans.

Peppa Pig Peppa’s Secret Surprise is available at Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

I know they say you should never gift a pet for Christmas, but how can you possibly resist these cute TLC Kritters (Ages 3+, RRP $18)? These tiny kitties, puppies, bears and bunnies are looking for a forever home and someone to spoil them with lots of Tender, Loving, Care. Each little kritter comes in a small incubator to keep it warm and brings along a bunch of miniature pet accessories to help you care for your new adoptee.

All TLC Kritters have their very own nappy, with a colour change icon that appears when you clean your little friend in cold water. With the help of the incubator, nappy, dummy, baby bottle or medicine dropper and bow or bib your TLC Kritter will be thriving in no time. Each character comes with a special dissolving envelope to reveal your pet’s gender and adoption paper to make everything official. Check out the collector sheet to see which other kritters are still waiting to be adopted.

TLC Kritters are available exclusively at your local Kmart store or on www.kmart.com.au.

My big four absolutely loved finding these scented Bananas (Ages 4+, prices start at RRP $8) in their shoes. These tropical toys are available in a rainbow of colours to suit boys and girls and come as a single serve or a bunch of three (three serves of fruit a day, keep boredom away?). You can connect your bananas to each other and make your own big colourful bunch, just click them together at the top as your collection grows.

Once you peel your banana you’ll discover a quirky character living inside, accompanied by two mini mates. Will you get Pipo Panda, Lucy Leopard or Hermione Hamster? With 96 different characters to collect there are plenty of fun friends to find. You can decorate your banana with the included gemstone stickers and hang it up with the vine hanger. Bananas can be peeled over and over again.

You can find these fun fruits at Kmart, Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Toymate, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

Sweet Sale: 3 for 2 storewide at Smiggle

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Nov 282018


While Australian children are still impatiently waiting for Christmas celebrations to begin, my little half-Duchies are in luck. Every year on December 5th our family honours the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and the weeks leading up to it are filled with excitement and little gifts.

On several nights we’ve had six little shoes lined up in front of the fire place filled with drawings, craft, wishlists and even a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse. These are some of the little shoe-stuffers lined up for my girls this year:

So far this has been the biggest hit of them all, this Bow Alphabet Keyring (RRP $9.95) was a major success with my girl. She absolutely adores her glitter keyring and was so proud to show her friends at school. She instantly attached her to her schoolbag and has mentioned over and over again how much she loves it. This is a real sweet and personal gift and a good size to tuck in Christmas stockings (and shoes!). You can buy the Bow Alphabet Keyring in (almost) all letters of the alphabet.

If pink is not your colour and glitter not your thing, do not worry. There are loads of different alphabet key rings to choose from to suit both boys and girls.

The unicorn craze is still going strong here so this cute Bath Fizzy (100g, RRP $5.95) was a perfect pick. Nothing like a bit of fizz and fragrance to make bath time fun! The bath fizzies are available in unicorn, mermaid, star and heart shape and smell like strawberry, blueberry and berry vanilla. At just over $5 they’re a fantastic price and a great little add-on for birthdays too. If your girls enjoy a spot of DIY there is a great Make Your Own Bath Fizzies kit too, it would make a cool school holiday activity.

I’ll be honest, this pretty Time to Shine Clock (RRP $34.95, ages 6+) is a bit of a selfish gift. I’m secretly hoping that this sparkly sequin alarm clock will help my early risers stay in bed a little longer on weekends. It’s probably a Christmas wish that won’t come true but at least it looks awesome. When you press the button it lights up the room with a beautiful glow and even tells the time, day and temperature out loud! Our ideal ‘Time to Shine’ is 7am or later, what about you?

Just like their mama my girls don’t leave the house with a tube of lipgloss in their bag. They are always looking for different scents so this Shine Gift Pack (5-pack, RRP $19.95) is sure to be well received when it comes to unwrapping time. Raspberry, bubblegum and ice cream, balm, roller and gloss, it’s a fabulous haul for little beauty queens. You even get some cute hair chalk and nail stickers to complete the look!00

Hip Tip: There is no better time than today to stock up on stocking fillers, with a fabulous 3 for 2 offer on all Smiggle goodies. Be quick, offer ends November 29, 2018!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

Best Furry Friends

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Jun 222018

Anyone who knows me will know that I hate change. I am such creature of habit and I like it when things stay the same. This week has been a tough one for all of us as our children left their familiar school, their favourite teachers and their class mates and moved to a new school where we have to start all over again. It has been a sad goodbye to all their closest friends, but thankfully these little BFFs are small enough to come along:

An adorable bunch of Best Furry Friends (ages 5+) has just walked into Australian stores and they are quickly stealing hearts all over the country. From Rose the Pug to ‘Purple Jelly’ Zara the Sloth to ‘Metallic Pink’ Pippa the Pegasus, from a pretty pink frilly bag to a blue clamshell bag to a sweet donut bag, my girls just love the excitement of opening a blind bag. There are more than 60 different BFFs and bags to collect and one even more rare than the other.

You can build your BFF collection one creature at a time and store each in their very own BFF house, carrier or a pretty locket. They are a perfect size for small hands, pant pockets or school backpacks, so you will always have a little BFF on standby when you need a friend. BFFs make a great companion for little trips, doctor visits or (as we can testify) your first day at a new school.

Wherever besties Angelina, Cassandra and Zoe go their furry little friends go too, carried around in a stylish  bag or comfortably travelling in a special rolling pet carrier. Are you a sporty Cassandra, a serious Zoe or maybe an artist like Angelina? Each Besties Doll has a unique personality, she comes with a cool accessory, a fashion bag, a pet carrier and two BFFs. If you’re lucky you could even find the highly sought after limited edition Blossom Panda…. We’re still searching for her!

Of course miss Hattie didn’t want to miss out on all the fun, and thankfully there is a Best Furry Friend for the youngest family member too. Stardust the Pegacorn (ages 3+) is super soft, super cuddly and super sized and she loves coming along on all your adventures in a big carry bag. This Pat & Chat pal enjoys a good hug and if you pat her on the head she’ll reward you with 15 different chatty lines. Hattie takes Stardust everywhere and don’t you dare ask her to share her cuddly companion with someone else…

Who said you can only have one BFF? When it comes to Best Furry Friends you can have as many as you like, the more the merrier!

You can find the BBF range at all major toy stores and toy departments across Australia.

To find out more about Best Furry Friends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bestfurryfriendshq.com.

Busy Books giveaway

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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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Everything But Flowers

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Oct 212016


After taking an entire suitcase filled with presents to The Netherlands to surprise my family and friends our big gift cupboard is looking worryingly bare. Being an organised person I normally keep my cupboard fully stocked so with Christmas just 9 weeks away I am on a (rather desperate!) hunt to replenish my stash with some gorgeous new finds.


If you are preparing for Christmas too but you dislike busy carparks and lining up at the checkout I’ve got the perfect solution for you: Everything but Flowers is your online address for, well, everything but flowers… it’s a fabulous Australian store filled with awesome gifts for young and old, colleague or neighbour, that’s your Christmas shopping sorted.

ebf-growth-chartI don’t know about you but I always get a little nostalgic around Christmas time, especially when I see how much my five little ones have grown during the year. This stunning Birds Growth Chart would make a very special gift for baby’s first Christmas, imagine taking your baby’s measurements every year on Christmas day. The adorable bird print by Charley Harper makes it a beautiful decor piece for the nursery and the neutral green colour is just the shade for the season too.

ebf-rucksackNow that the weather has finally started to warm up a little it won’t be long until the swimming season kicks off. Love a refreshing splash in the pool or jump in the sea? Simply pop your towel and bathers in this handy Whale Rucksack and you’re ready to go. It’s lightweight, easy to use, made from organic cotton and of course it looks awesome. Priced at less than $20 it’s a great Christmas gift idea that won’t break the bank.

nanoblock-london-busThese gorgeous Nanoblock building kits are a brilliant boredom buster for the Christmas holidays, how cute is the Nanoblock London Bus? From sweet bunnies and puppies to cool dinosaurs and motorcycles, there are currently 15 different Nanoblock designs to choose from so there is a perfect kit for every child. With prices starting at just $12.95 they are gentle on the family budget too, they would make an awesome stocking filler for children aged 8 and up.


To find out more about Everything but Flowers, to browse the range and to order online visit www.everythingbutflowers.com.au.

Save 20% on Sponky

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Apr 152016


With lots of babies being born or still on the way amongst our family and friends I am always on the hunt for sweet baby gifts that both adorable and affordable. Sponky is proof that you don’t have to look far, this Melbourne chihuahua loves making little ones smile and does it without breaking the bank:

Sponky Play Mat

The Sponky toy range is designed right here in Australia and is inspired by a real Aussie dog and his furry friends. They are always up for a play, just like your baby.

Sponky SpiralThe current Sponky collection consists of a range of fun and fabulous baby toys packed with interesting colours, shapes, patterns, textures and sounds that will keep little minds busy for ages. From small toys to shake, rattle and chew to activity toys to attach your pram or car seat and even a play mat for floor-level entertainment, Sponky is the perfect baby-buddy for at home and on the go.

You can find the Sponky range in store at Australian online store Wow Baby, prices start at $7-$15 for the small toys up to $49.95 for the play mat. Want an even better deal? See below for a fabulous stockist offer:

Sponky range

Right now you can save a welcome 20% storewide at Wow Baby, discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, sale ends April 17, 2016.

To find out more about Wow Baby, to browse the Sponky range and to order online visit www.wowbaby.com.au.

Petilou by Le Toy Van

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Feb 262016

Le Toy Van

Our trip to The Netherlands may still be months away, but (in my opinion) it is never too early to start searching for gorgeous gifts to pack for family and friends. I am particularly excited about meeting some lovely babies for the very first time so I have started my hunt in the baby section.

Petilou birdy

This week I stumbled upon these adorable creations by the wooden toy specialists at Le Toy Van, aren’t they cute?

Petilou BoxDesigned specifically for the very young these pretty Petilou puzzles (RRP $14.50, 12 months+) are made with water based paint, have rounded corners and are easy to hold for little hands. They are a delight to look at and fun to play with and of course a lovely tool for encouraging fine motor skills in little people. Pleasantly priced at less than $15 they would make a sweet, affordable gift that won’t break the bank.

You can find these, and other items from the Petilou range, in store right now at Australian online store UrbanBaby, delivery is $9.50 Australia wide.

Petilou Puzzles

To find out more about UrbanBaby, to browse the Le Toy Van range and to order online visit www.urbanbaby.com.au.