Ty to the Rescue

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May 132019
 

Thirteen long years after I moved to Australia my brother and his family finally made it out to Australia for a holiday and boy, did we have fun. We had been counting down for months and managed to make loads of beautiful memories which I hope will last a lifetime. Of course when the welcome is so warm and wonderful the goodbye is utterly heartbreaking too and we’ve all been rather down this week. Time to cheer up my sad girls with some Ty surprises:

From the moment my little ladies first discovered Ty Beanie Boos they were absolutely taken by their big shiny eyes and they have been on every birthday and Christmas wishlist since. They are always checking the shops to (hopefully one day) find that one special Beanie Boo that shares their name or even their birthday. So far only Harriet has been in luck after adopting Harriet the Horse but we’ll keep looking!

Huge and huggable, mini and magical, fluffy and funky, sweet and shimmery… there are so many Ty creatures to choose from. Real Ty Beanie Boos fans can now partner up with their Ty friends in even more ways with the stylish Ty Gear collection. They can complete their favourite outfit with bags, purses, wristlets and even slippers and slides, you’ll be guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.

Miss Sybbie never leaves the house without some tiny treasures stuffed into small pockets so she is completely in her element with her new ‘Whimsey’ Ty Fashion Backpack (RRP $39.99) to keep things safe, doesn’t her smile say it all? Juliet decided on the colour-changing Ty Fashion Purse (RRP $34.99) which turns out to be an excellent way to sneak one of our baby rabbits out of the house, it blends in perfectly! Of course I know my girls very well so her cheeky grin gave her away and bunny was safely returned to its mum.

These three lucky girls slid their feet into some eye catching Ty Fashion Slides (RRP $24.99) and I love how their footwear shows their personalities so well. Shiny and sparkly for Juliet, rainbow pastel magic for Olivia and the cutest kitties (complete with pink bow) for Hattie, there really is a perfect Ty character for everyone. What is your Ty Fashion style?

To find out more about Big Baloon, to take a closer look at the Ty range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

And off she goes… with Crocodile Creek

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Jan 222018
 

Crocodile Creek

One week from today our miss Sybbie will be starting school and I am not exactly sure how to feel about that just yet. Long time readers will remember that she has had quite a few challenges to overcome, so as a result I am a bit extra protective of her. Thankfully her confidence has grown a lot this year and as you can tell by this photo she is very excited about the adventure ahead of her:

Even though Sybil’s Crocodile Creek kindy backpack and lunch boxes from last year were still in top shape (big thumbs up for durability!) I felt the transition to big school deserved some cool new school gear, so our little student got to take her pick and instantly fell in love with this adorable bunch of backyard friends. Obviously everything needed a proper try out this week, making sure it lives up to the expectations.

Miss Sybbie is a real girly girl who loves wearing twirly skirts, pretty dresses and sweet headbands, the pastel colours of the Backyard Friends backpack really suit her style. It’s an ideal size for our nearly 5-year old, big enough for her lunchbox, bottle and homework folder but still lightweight and comfortable to wear thanks to the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and did you spot the handy front pocket for some little treasures and special notes from mummy or the teacher?

On the side of the backpack a stretchy pocket ensures a refreshing drink is always within hand’s reach, at the same time it keeps messy spills or wet condensation safely away from school work, library books or homework assignments. The no-spill Backyard Friends bottle (475ml) is a perfect fit and the strong and durable Tritan material is totally kid-proof. Double win: Sybbie adores the animal print and how simple it is to flip open and close, mummy loves how easy it is to clean with a removable straw and being dishwasher safe.

As Adelaide summers get very hot an insulated lunch bag is a real must, this spacious Backyard Friends classic lunchbox has practical wipe-clean lining (that’s free from nasties like PVC, Phthalate free and BPA) and there is plenty of room inside to pack your child’s lunch, fruit and some ice packs to keep lunch fresh and cool for even longer. On the front a zip pocket safely stores cutlery and some spending money for the school canteen.

Speaking of cutlery, I have no doubt these adorable Backyard Friends big kid utensils will be the cutest fork and spoon in class (no mix-ups). They are made for small hands and allow for a greater variety in lunches, think pasta, salad, yoghurt, rice or noodles; after all sandwiches do get a little boring after a while!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Dec 182016
 

Smiggle

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer, Special Surprises… it’s hard not to see a pattern when it comes to the festive Season. If you’re searching for a Christmas gift that hits the right note every time look no further than Smiggle:

I don’t know about you but we never seem to be able to pass a Smiggle store without popping in. It’s always so colourful and inviting and filled with cool stationery and other treasures that are fun and quirky, the kids could browse our local Smiggle store for hours if I let them. If your kids love Smiggle too today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway is perfect for you:

An ideal size for upcoming holidays trips and going back to school the cool Junior Character Backpack (RRP $49.95, Bat or Butterfly) is sure to deal with any ‘Can you carry my bag for me? complaints. Available in either a pretty pink and purple butterfly or a scary blue bat design this Smiggle backpack is perfect for boys and girls it comes packed with practical features like padded shoulder straps, two drink bottle sleeves and lots of handy pockets and zips.

With the weather quickly warming up it is very important for children to drink plenty of water so they can stay hydrated throughout the day, it turns out making it fun is the key. This funky 700ml Silicone Drink Bottle (RRP $24.95, Woof or Meow) is a great tool to help kids keep up their H2O intake and you can even roll it up to save space. Our kindy girl is totally in love with her Meow flip spout-bottle, especially when I freeze it so her water stays extra cold for longer.

One of our girls’ favourite holiday activities is ‘art and craft’: from drawing to painting, from glueing to cutting and everything in between, they love using their imagination to create something original. These Scented Pencils (RRP $16.95, 12pk) are sure to add an extra special touch to your child’s next drawing by infusing the lines with delicious scents like strawberry, grape, sour lemon, chocolate, cola and more. With 12 colours/scents per pack the final artwork is guaranteed to be a fragrant surprise!

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

For your chance to win a Smiggle Prize Pack (total RRP $91.85, Junior Character Bat Backpack, Woof Silicone Drink Bottle and Scented Pencils 12pk) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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25% off Skip Hop

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Aug 192016
 

Skip Hop

With such a big trip coming up it’s no surprise I have luggage on my mind. Huge suitcases, safe camera pouches, practical nappy bags, small passport holders and of course backpacks for all five kids, when a family of seven goes on vacation it requires luggage in all shapes and sizes. If you are on the hunt for an awesome kids’ backpack or lunchbox you might want to pop over to Bright Star Kids today:

Right now you can save a huge 25% on all Skip Hop accessories at Bright Star Kids. Simply enter the code ‘SKIPHOP25’ at checkout, offer ends August 19, 2016. Excludes already discounted items, nappy bags & gyms.

Skip Hop Forget Me Not

How gorgeous is that sweet Heart Backpack and Lunch Bag Set (RRP $79.95)! The clear window at the front of the backpack allows you to see if you’ve packed lunch before you walk out the door. Now isn’t that convenient for sleep deprived mamas and forgetful students?

Skip Hop Specs Food JarNot only are Skip Hop products super duper cute but they are very clever too. Whether you are packing a nice warm salad, a serve of soup or a big helping of crispy salad, this Insulated Food Jar (RRP $29.95, choose from 10 designs) will keep the temperature just right (cool for up to 5 hours and warm for up to 7 hours). It even has a handy utensil holder on the side so that the included ‘spork’ is always within reach when hunger strikes.

To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the Skip Hop range and to order online visit www.brightstarkids.com.au.

Groovy gear for travelling tots

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Aug 122016
 

Crocodile Creek

Just 16 sleeps until we leave for our big holiday, it feels like we’ve been counting down for years but now departure day is almost here. Of course travelling with five young kids is no walk in the park and it does take some preparation but I trust that the reunion with my family will be totally worth it. Miss Sybbie has already taken her new Crocodile Creek travel gear for a little test trip and she’s given it the big thumbs up:

CC Backpack

Thankfully the four older kids are big enough to help out by carrying their own backpacks filled with travel must-haves. Especially for the holiday miss Sybbie picked herself this pretty Crocodile Creek Owl Backpack with more than enough storage space for her favourite toys, tasty snacks, some colouring books, markers and even a change of clothes.

Crocodile Creek

I particularly love that the backpack has an extra zipped pocket at the front and a handy side pocket so she can keep her water bottle within hand’s reach, this will be a great help at the airport and on the plane. Crocodile Creek backpacks are strong, sturdy and spacious yet still lightweight making them perfect for young children aged 3-8. The padded shoulder straps can be adjusted so the backpack is comfortable to wear.

CC Lunchbox

With Sybbie’s feeding issues in mind we can’t afford to take any risks so we plan to bring her own food from home, that way we can all enjoy a drama-free meal and she won’t go hungry. The matching Owl Sandwich Keepers are the ideal size for a Sybbie-sized lunch or dinner, there are even special Owl Ice Packs available that fit into the sandwich keepers perfectly. Just keep them in the freezer overnight and pop one in your lunchbox in the morning to add some extra chill to your food on warm days.

CC Picnic

We’ll also fill the handy Owl Snack Keepers with some special treats for those peckish moments on the plane or in the car. Some dried fruit, crackers, a few biscuits and some bliss balls will hopefully keep Sybbie entertained and her tummy happy. Yay for reusable containers that you can use over and over again! The one piece design of the Crocodile Creek containers is just brilliant (no more lost or dropped lids) and they are completely free from nasties like BPA and Phthalates.

CC Lunch Bag

For little Harriet this will be her very first plane trip and she will also be the youngest baby we’ve ever taken overseas so it’s a bit new to all of us. Being just 11 months old we might avoid the airplane food and pack a range of snacks that she loves, are healthy and fit her developmental stage. Being fully insulated this cute Double Decker Lunchbox will help keep Hattie’s food cool and fresh while we travel and it is super spacious so it should hold more than enough for the journey. I think the extra zipped compartment is great for storing bibs and cutlery when out and about.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Feb 022016
 

Hippo Blue

And off she went, as of yesterday our Juliet is a big schoolgirl. As we walked to school I couldn’t help but worry about how she would settle in at school. We found her name on a little desk, we located her tray and spotted a special hook to hang up her new school bag, one more kiss and one more wave and then it was time for goodbyes.

Juliet backpack

With a big, long corridor full of bulky backpacks it can be a little tricky for a small 5-year old to find her way, but at least our bright, cheeky, kind-hearted girl knows there will definitely not be another bag just like hers. Personalised with her own name this gorgeous backpack is perfect for our little ray of sunshine: Shine Bright Juliet!

HB JournalAt Hippo Blue they understand that every child is different and unique so they celebrate this diversity with a wide range of personalised back-to-school products. While most famous for their personalised name labels (that really stick!) they also offer awesome backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, stationery and more, all custom-made with the design and name of your choice.

Boys backpackKnowing how much the twins carry to and from school we decided on the Large Backpack (RRP $50) for Juliet. These spacious backpacks have plenty of room for tall folders and books, a large main compartment and a zipped front pocket. They also have soft, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, a loop for hanging and nice, deep side pockets so that drink bottles are easily accessible and kept away from expensive schoolbooks and homework.

Girls backpackStarting with a pink/green (girls) or blue/red (boys) base the backpacks can then be personalised with loads and loads of different designs and of course your child’s name. Animals, sports, vehicles, hobbies, foods… there are so many themes to choose from! I love how you can ‘try’ all the different looks before you place your order so you can see exactly what the bag will look like when finished. This preview feature made it much easier for our girls to make a decision.

Knowing that yellow is Juliet’s favourite colour and that she loves the sun and stars I was not surprised she had her heart set on the Shine Bright backpack, it turned out so well and it’s such a sweet, encouraging message for our new schoolgirl. Add to that the insulated Lunch Bag (RRP $32) to match and she’s all set for fun days at school.

Sybbie snacks

While miss Sybbie won’t be wearing a uniform for some time she will be bringing some snacks to kindy, so I planned ahead and ordered her the huge Mega Labels Value Pack (value $76.95, now $39.72). It contains regular labels, iron-on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels (so handy!) and more, with 222 labels in the pack we’ve got everything covered! These packs are such good value and using the same label everywhere make it easy for her to recognise her belongings amongst all the others.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Hippo Blue Facebook page to say up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. They often share special promotions and discount codes to help you replenish your personalised name labels and stationery throughout the year (Tip: They make great gifts too). Right now you can save 50% on Vinyl Name Labels and Clothing Labels, that’s a massive saving!

To find out more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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Dec 242015
 

JJ Cole Collections

Christmas Countdown – Day 24

And then it was December 24, Christmas Eve and the final day of our Christmas Countdown giveaway. I hope you have loved discovering all those fabulous gifts and awesome brands. We’re wrapping the event up in style with this gorgeous JJ Cole Collections prize with festive red details:

JJ Cole Backpack

If you are planning to visit family for Christmas or enjoy some fun days out over the holidays with the kids you will love the spacious JJ Cole Backpack (RRP $149.95). Measuring 38cm x38cm x 13cm in size it will easily hold all your baby must-haves, as well as a bunch of Christmas gifts!

JJ Cole Backpack InsideInside you’ll find four deep, elasticised pockets to keep your nappies, wipes, padded change mat (included), bottles and other baby goodies organised with lots of extra space in the middle for a change of clothes, snacks, toys and more. On the outside the bag is fitted with two zipped front pockets and two handy side pockets so you can keep little items eg. dummies, phone and car keys within hand’s reach.

JJ Cole Backpack Black Floret BlackDon’t be fooled by the term ‘backpack’ though, the JJ Cole ‘Backpack’ actually has three different carrying positions and can be worn as a backpack and shoulder/ messenger bag or it can be attached to your pram in a flash with the clever no-slip grips. This makes it an extremely versatile bag that is easy to carry wherever you go. When not in use the backpack straps can be neatly tucked away in the special back pocket.

JJ Cole Collections nappy bags and changing clutches are available at Baby Bunting and Toys’R’Us stores across Australia.

To find out more about JJ Cole Collections and to browse the range visit www.jjcolecollections.com.

For your chance to win a JJ Cole Collections Backpack (RRP $149.95, Black Floret) enter our giveaway below:

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