Sep 052015

Penguin Australia

It was few months ago that I first saw a sneak peek of a gorgeous children’s book called Suri’s Wall. I only got too see a few pages then but I loved it immediately and have been counting down to release date ever since. Yesterday Suri’s Wall finally hit the shelves and all I can say is this: it is even better and more touching than I expected.

Suri's Wall book

If you adore a beautiful book cover you will absolutely love the pretty, linen-style, textured hardcover chosen for Suri’s Wall. Suri lives in a small town surrounded by a big wall. Her extra long body makes her stand out from all the other children and the taller she gets the more she feels like she doesn’t fit in. Until one day she is tall enough to look over the town’s wall…

Suri's Wall inside 2

Now that she can see what’s on the other side of their sheltered world the children start flocking to Suri to hear all about the big mysterious world out there. She takes her audience on special journeys, enriching their lives and enabling them to imagine a colourful world of magic and beauty.

Suri's Wall inside

What the children don’t know is that what really happens outside Suri’s wall is far less pretty than the picture she paints, but in the end maybe that doesn’t matter at all. Beautifully illustrated by Matt Ottley, Suri’s Wall is a heartwarming story of acceptance, of finding your strengths in being different and the power of imagination.

To find out more about Suri’s Wall (RRP $24.99) by Lucy Estela, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit

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Dec 022014


Christmas Countdown – Day 2

The children’s Christmas outfits have been ordered and the presents on their wish lists are (almost all) ticked off so now it’s time for mum to pick her own pretty Christmas dress. Whether you’re going for black or colourful, short or long, dressy or casual, it is very likely that you will want to team up your new frock with a pair of strappy sandals or heels. I can hear you thinking right now: ‘My feet are far from Summer ready!’ Don’t worry, Scholl has got you covered (or should I say uncovered?) this festive season:

Scholl Footcare

As a busy mum of four I know exactly how hard it is to find time to give those hard working feet a little TLC. I am running around all day and often don’t finish my chores until late so quick treatments with (almost) instant results are a must. The experts at Scholl have developed a range of footcare products that will help you get the beautiful feet you dream of without spending a fortune at the beauty salon.

Scholl Heel BalmDry feet, sore feet or stinky feet, troublesome nails, cracked heels or blisters, Scholl has all your problem areas sorted. One of my (and my hubby’s) favourite products is the Eulactol Heel Balm Gold ($13.99), this non-greasy balm is absorbed quickly and you get to see results in just three short days. If your heels have seen better days you must give this magic tube a try, they’ll look smooth and refreshed in no time and it’s an excellent excuse to sit down for a few minutes and relax at the end of a busy day (you deserve it!).

Like most mums I have plenty of comfortable, everyday shoes that I wear all the time and one or two pairs of special shoes for parties and other occasions. While these special shoes may look fabulous they don’t usually feel that fantastic with painful blisters as a result. Obviously blisters are best avoided all together but if you do end up with one Scholl Blister Shield Plasters can offer relief and protection from friction and rubbing and even assist in the healing process.

Scholl Party FeetOf course Australian Christmases can be quite hot and sweaty so make sure you have some Scholl Party Feet on hand when you head to your next Christmas party. These great products are worth their weight in gold, they may be small in size but they are big in relief and comfort for tired and swollen feet. The clever reusable Party Feet Gel Cushions ($10.49) are ideal for heels and sandals, they are invisible from the outside and allow you to keep smiling until the clock strikes twelve (and beyond) by preventing the burning pain in the balls of your feet.

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