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.

Dec 202018
 

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For quite some time a large colourful box has been sitting on display in our kitchen. It was actually rather in the way, but I had to leave it in a clearly visible spot where miss 3 would see it over and over again. Eventually her love for Peppa Pig was stronger than her fear of the toilet and with her eye firmly on the prize she finally went on the toilet voluntarily. Oh the joys of toilet training a stubborn child!

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home (RRP $149, ages 2+) is a fabulous play house with 4 big storeys and 7 rooms full of pretend play fun. Measuring over half a metre tall the house is really impressive, it would make the perfect ‘main gift’ under the Christmas tree for little Peppa Pig fans.

Let’s get this tour started, shall we? As we enter the house through the front door and set foot on the doormat the light turns on: Welcome home! Downstairs you find the living room with a comfy couch and the kitchen where Peppa and George love eating spaghetti at the kitchen table. There are plenty of other yummy foods waiting in the fridge too. One floor up is Peppa and George’s bedroom with the famous purple bunk bed (of course Peppa sleeps in the top bunk) and the bathroom with a bath and a toilet (yes, Peppa is a big girl too).

Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig sleep on the third floor and that’s also where Mummy Pig does her work on the computer. A cool fold out ladder gives access to the attic, what a great place to play! You can even open up the attic window and look at the stars with the telescope! And don’t forget the outdoor space, there is nothing Peppa likes more than a good splash in a big muddy puddle. Loyal Peppa Pig fans are sure to recognise and enjoy the sounds and phrases that are played when using the doormat and puddle, eg.’Peppa, George, bath time’, ‘Goodnight my little piggies’, ‘the cookies are ready!’ and of course ‘if you jump in muddy puddles you must wear your boots’.

With so many things to do and discover and with 13 accessories and 3 figurines (Peppa Pig, George and Zoe Zebra) the Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home keeps kids busy for ages. Since finally earning her Peppa Pig House Hattie and Sybil have spent many hours (re)decorating, making up little stories and going on piggy adventures, without any fights! I think the large size and many pieces make this a great toy for siblings or friends to share. It really encourages young children to use their imagination and helps them recreate, process and understand every day situations through play.

There is plenty more fun to be had with the help of four additional Peppa Pig Little Rooms play sets. Get creative in the kitchen with ‘Cooking with Daddy Pig’, relax with ‘Movie Night with Mummy Pig’, have a giggle with ‘Playdate Fun with Suzy Sheep’ or enjoy a makeover with ‘Dressing up with Granny Pig’. These gorgeous add-ons are sold separately and allow you to grow your Peppa Pig home at your own pace.

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home is at Big W, Myer and independent retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Big Balloon, to browse the Peppa Pig toy range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Apr 142017
 

It’s a wrap! With term 1 finally done and dusted we can now look forward to a well deserved Easter break. It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a road trip with the family, indulge in a weekend getaway or even just discover some new spots in your local area. If you’re planning to hit the road with your little Teletubbies fan don’t forget to add these to your luggage:

We all know that travelling with kids can be a challenge, but it’s nothing the Teletubbies can’t fix. Featuring 8 exciting app buttons the Teletubbies VTech ‘My 1st Tablet’ (RRP $34.99, 6-36 months) introduces young travellers to music, nature sounds, numbers, letters and much more. They’ll be so busy swiping and tapping the light-up the touch screen and watching eye-catching animations and special light patterns there is no time to get bored!

There is plenty of off-screen Teletubbies fun to be had too, the sturdy Teletubbies ‘Let’s Go Up & Down’ (RRP $12.99) and Teletubbies ‘The Tubby Custard Ride’ (RRP $12.99) board books are ideal for that much-needed quiet time. The bright pictures and simple rhyming text are perfect for infants and toddlers. Curious tots are sure to love pushing, pulling and sliding the many tabs in The Tubby Custard Ride.

Whether it’s a quick nap in the car, a holiday far away from home or just a sleepover at Grandma’s, this soft and cuddly Teletubbies Supersoft Collectible Laa-Laa (RRP $17.99, 18 months+) will help your little one drift off to sleep peacefully. Designed for small hands and gentle against the skin it makes a perfect bedtime buddy, which of the four Teletubbies is your favourite?

Teletubbies books are available from Dymocks, BigW, Booktopia, Leading Edge and all good bookstores.

You can find all your favourite Teletubbies toys at your local Big W, Myer, Target, Toys’R’Us and Toyworld store.

To find out more about Big Balloon, to browse the Teletubbies range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

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Dec 212016
 

Christmas Countdown – Day 21

From Care Bears to Cabbage Patch Kids all the way to the Mini SNES, who doesn’t love a good childhood come-back? Back in the nineties the Teletubbies took the world by storm and this year they’ve returned to win a whole new generation of little fans including our little Hattie:

With just a quick push on her tummy the soft and snuggly Teletubbies Lullaby Laa-Laa (RRP $59.99, ages 18 months+) turns tears and tantrums into twinkles by decorating the nursery wall or ceiling with a colourful light show. It’s so easy even little tots can do it!

Not only is loveable yellow Teletubby Laa-Laa super soft, huggable and beams the most beautiful lights, she also helps little sleepyheads peacefully drift away by playing the famous Twinkle Twinkle Little Star tune. You can set Laa-Laa to sing for 5, 10 or 15 minutes or you can choose to use her as a reassuring night light only which turns off automatically. Laa-Laa makes a wonderful bedtime buddy for young children who could do with some reassurance in the dark.

Measuring just 8cm tall (or should I say tiny?) there is always room for a cute Teletubbies Deluxe Collectible Figure (RRP $10.99, ages 3+) or two in your child’s Christmas stocking. They are a perfect size for small hands and mama’s handbag and sure to keep little Teletubbies fans content if you are travelling these summer holidays. The only question is which one to get, or maybe just collect all five!

If you have always wanted to take a look inside the Home Hill Dome here’s your chance. Tasty Tubby toast that pops up, the Noo-Noo cleaner that slurps as it moves, a working lift, spinning seats and much more… there is plenty to see and do in this awesome Teletubbies Superdome Playset (RRP $79.99, ages 18 months+). With so many cool features and fun sounds this would have to be the ultimate Christmas gift for all Teletubbies lovers.

These Teletubbies products are now available at your local Big W, Myer, Target, Kmart, Kid Stuff, Toyworld and Mr Toys store.

To find out more about Big Balloon, to browse the Teletubbies range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

For your chance to win a Teletubbies Prize Pack (RRP $150.97, containing Lullaby Laa-Laa, a randomly selected Deluxe Collectible Figure and the Superdome Playset) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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