Pawesome PAW Patrol picks

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Jun 242019
 

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I regularly receive emails from both new and longtime readers asking me for advice on hip finds I shared in the past and one of the most popular questions is always: Does your family still love LeapFrog and which LeapPad should we get? I am working on a longer post about this (stay tuned) but our short and adamant answer is YES! Even after many years we still adore our LeapPads and I highly recommend them to everyone. We recently purchased a new LeapPad game for our littlest PAW Patrol fan and it is so much fun, I just had to give it a quick shout-out:

The LeapFrog PAW Patrol Collection learning game (RRP $34.99, ages 4-7) contains both a learning game and an eBook featuring your favourite PAW Patrol pups, offering kids two different ways to play and learn in one game cartridge. Although Miss Hattie is not four just yet and therefore a bit on the young side, she is very keen and the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game is definitely getting the wheels turning inside her little head.

The aim of the game is to solve practical problems, PAW Patrol style. On their way to find a bunch of missing kittens the brave rescue pups encounter a range of obstacles, time to put those brains to work and find the right pup and the right tool for each ‘problem’. From helicopters to fire trucks, from ladders to nets, from diggers to submarines, from hooks to hoses, this fun puzzle game helps develop reasoning skills, teaches cause and effect, practises problem solving and more and you even earn cool badges along the way.

Young readers can work on their literacy skills too with the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook. Ryder has created a super clever Robo Dog, but when his antenna gets damaged by a fall Robo Dog is uncontrollable and turns the whole town upside down. Ryder and the pups work together to catch Robo Dog and put everything back in order. Kids can listen to the story while flicking the pages and reading along. This is an excellent way to help kids practise common sight words, they can point at individual words to hear them and trigger cool sounds/reactions by touching the pictures on each page.

Hip Tip: If you like quick and easy you can also download these cool apps directly from the LeapFrog App Centre, meaning you don’t even have to leave the house. As with all LeapFrog apps when you purchase the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game and/or the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook online you can install them on multiple LeapPad devices yet you only pay once, perfect for large families like ours.

Another pawesome find is this flip-lid PAW Patrol Learning Watch (RRP $24.95, ages 3-6) which you can strap to your wrist and is filled with loads of interactive PAW Patrol fun. It is no surprise that Hattie had her heart set on Skye and proudly shows off her pink gadget to everyone she meets. I admit it is quite large in size so it can be a little tricky to combine with bulky winter coats but nothing will stop her wearing it anywhere and anytime.

Just like any good watch it tells the time, it has a timer/stopwatch and a working alarm. A little advice: Make sure you know how to turn the settings off or you’ll be woken by the cuckoo clock every hour, it took us a while to determine the source of the hourly cluck cluck and locate the noisy chicken! You can customise the look of your watch with 12 interchangeable digital clock faces and it even has a glowing light for midnight time checks.

Designed by the toy specialists at VTech the PAW Patrol Learning Watch is made with real children in mind so the design is not just practical but playful too. The watch plays sounds and phrases from the show and comes with four built-in PAW Patrol mini games that focus on different learning skills like making matches, basic addition and subtraction and problem solving. With only four different buttons the watch is surprisingly easy to master, which gives kids a great feeling of independence.

The PAW Patrol Learning Watch is available in Skye pink, Chase blue and Marshall red from your local Big W store and other good toy stores across Australia.

Sale Alert: A little birdie told me that the watch is currently on sale at BIG W for just $19, go and snap up a bargain!

No job is too big, no pup is too small. Whether you love Marshall, Chase or Skye, or adore Zuma, Rocky, Rubble or Everest, there is a perfect PAW Patrol pal for everyone.

Counting Down to Christmas with Ooshies

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Dec 062018
 

The Ooshies trend steadily continues and what could possibly be better than a soft, squishy Ooshie? 24 soft squishy Ooshies of course! I’ll admit we are a little late to the party but that’s easily solved: Just open 6 doors at once and your Ooshies Advent Calendar is back on track:

The Ooshies Advent Calendar (RRP $39.95) presents as a large colourful box that can stand up independently. Once you open the front cover the 24 secret doors are revealed while the open cover doubles as a cool pop-out play scene for your new Ooshies characters.

Forget about melted chocolates and unwanted sugar rush, behind this calendar’s 24 little doors you will discover 24 hidden Ooshies pencil toppers that are fabulously fun and functional too. Unlike sweet treats they will last long after Christmas and can be enjoyed over and over again. Big Ooshies fans will be pleased to hear that 12 of the calendar doors contain exclusive advent Ooshies, you can not find them anywhere else and they are a must-have for every Ooshies collector.

My little tribe can’t wait to find out which special Ooshies are hiding in their calendar. Miss 8 was super chuffed to find ‘Ken’ waiting behind one of the doors, so now there is finally a Barbie Ooshies wedding on the horizon. The kids play with their Ooshies all the time and still have a few must-haves they are hoping to add to their collection, so fingers crossed! I love that you can store the Ooshies in their little ‘homes’ like a pretty display cabinet, it looks adorable.

The 2018 Ooshies Advent Calendar is available in nine different styles. Whether you adore Care Bears, love Disney or admire Barbie, go crazy for Transformers or are Marvel mad, there is a perfect Ooshies calendar for everyone. Yes, even for large families like ours there is no need to fight!

Hip Tip: As the advent period has officially already started you can now scoop up an Ooshies Advent Calendar at a fantastic discounted price if you shop smart. Be quick and hunt down your favourite!

To find out more about Ooshies and to browse the range visit www.ooshies.net.

Sweet Sale: 3 for 2 storewide at Smiggle

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Nov 282018
 

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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.

Sales & Savings – Week 5

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Jan 312018
 

call-me-cutieCall Me Cutie
What? 30% off storewide (Excludes Little Smith Co. Hopscotch Play Mats)
How? Enter the code ‘TAKE30’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2018
Where? www.callmecutie.com.au

Glama Mama Maternity
What? 15% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘TAKE15 ‘ at checkout
When? Until February 7, 2018
Where? www.glamamama.com.au

Little Red Chick
What? Extra 20% off sale items
How? Enter the code ‘EXTRA20’ at checkout
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.littleredchick.com.au

Baby DonkieBaby Donkie
What? Extra 20% off sale items
How? Enter the code ‘EXTRA20’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2018
Where? www.babydonkie.com.au

Cake LingerieBean and Me
What? 10% off the Totally Devoted range
How? Enter the code ‘TD10’ at checkout
When? Until January 31, 2018
Where? www.beanandme.com.au

Il TuttoIl Tutto
What? 25% off storewide (Excludes furniture and already reduced/final sale items)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 31, 2018
Where? www.iltutto.com.au

Sales & Savings – Week 4

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Jan 242018
 

Zacalu ZooZacalu Zoo
What? 25% off Minti Summer
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.zacaluzoo.com.au

The Child Hood
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BACK2SCHOOL’ at checkout
When? Until January 24, 2018
Where? www.thechildhood.com.au

Bump N Baby Products
What? Up to 90% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.bumpnbaby.com.au

Hugs for Kids
What? 20% off Make Me Iconic
How? Enter the code ‘Aussie18’ at checkout
When? Until January 25, 2018
Where? www.bumpnbaby.com.au

Yellow Dandy
What? 40% off Mini Rodini End of Season Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.yellowdandy.com.au

Mini SandcrabsMini Sandcrabs
What? Spend $120 or more to receive a FREE Turkish Towel
How? Free gift automatically added to your order
When? Until January 28, 2018 or while stock lasts
Where? www.minisandcrabs.com.au

Sales & Savings – Week 3

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Jan 172018
 

Milky
What? 30% off all summer stock
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.milkyclothing.com.au

Bobux
What? Up to 40% off End of Season Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 21, 2018
Where? www.bobux.com.au

HootkidHootkid
What? Extra 20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘FURTHER20P’ at checkout
When? Until January 18, 2018
Where? www.hootkid.com

Buckets and SpadesBuckets and Spades
What? Extra 15% off sale items
How? Enter the code ‘EXTRA15’ at checkout
When? Until January 18, 2018
Where? www.bucketsandspades.com.au


The Bilby Bus

What? 15% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘FLASH’ at checkout
When? Until January 17, 2018
Where? www.bilbybus.com.au

Brolly SheetsBrolly Sheets
What? Free shipping Australia wide (Minimum spend $25)
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until January 18, 2018
Where? www.brollysheets.com

Sales & Savings – Week 2

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Jan 102018
 

Rainbows and CloverRainbows and Clover
What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘HNY2018’ at checkout
When? Until January 14, 2018
Where? www.rainbowsandclover.com.au

My Mini Me
What? Extra 40% off sale items
How? Enter the code ‘TAKE40’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.myminime.com.au

Cupcakes & ColaCupcakes & Cola
What? 30-60% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until January 14, 2018
Where? www.cupcakesandcola.com.au

Baby Bella
What? 20% off My Family lunch boxes and drink bottles
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.babybella.com.au

Minimacko
What? 40% off all clothing
How? Enter the code ‘EOS40’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.minimacko.com.au

Cheeky Little SolesCheeky Little Soles
What? 40% off all baby sandals
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.cheekylittlesoles.com.au