Apr 022015


A few months ago I told you about Australian designer footwear label FRANKiE4 and I showed off my ALiX sandals. Teamed up with jeans, dresses, skirts and shorts, I have been wearing those gorgeous leather sandals as much as the weather allowed. They are just so versatile and super comfortable, even when I am on my feet all day with the kids. Now that Autumn is here I knew I could count on FRANKiE4 to keep up my comfort level throughout the chilly season:

FRANKiE4 Winter

Pretty ballet flats, cool sneakers, trendy boots, beautiful loafers, no matter what style you like to wear this winter FRANKiE4 has got you covered with their stylish new Autumn/Winter range which has just hit stores across Australia:

LiZ CamelAs I grew up in The Netherlands I used to (and loved) wearing boots all Autumn/Winter, so even though I am living in Australia now I still dig up my boots as soon as I feel a little breeze. FRANKiE4’s first-ever winter boots are right on trend and available in neutral black and camel colour ways so you can mix and match them with your entire winter wardrobe. How stylish are feminine LiZ with her high heels and casual JAMiE with her elasticised sides?

I won’t lie, I am not a hero on heels so I generally avoid them, as much as I like the look I don’t like the foot pain most heels cause. But knowing that FRANKiE4 footwear is designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist I knew I was in for a welcome change and after trying on LiZ all I can say is WOW. I can not even describe how strange it felt to slip my feet into these beautiful boots, and I mean strange in a very, very good way. You immediately feel your feet being supported in all the right places, without being restrictive and squishy like many other closed in shoes.

FRANKiE4 Boots

Obviously I was already super impressed by the comfort and support of the ALiX sandal, but this season’s boots with their patented Custom Fit system are yet another level up from that. Whether you have ‘regular’ width feet, narrow feet or wide feet, using the complimentary footbed pieces (included with all FRANKiE4 shoes except sandals) you can create the ultimate correct footbed to support your feet perfectly.

Janelle GoldWith 5 weeks to go until Mother’s Day now is the perfect time to start dropping some hints for the hubby or kids and tell them about your favourite pair of FRANKiE4’s. I know it is not always easy to put yourself first and often we don’t look after ourselves (and our feet) the way we really should, so Mother’s Day is the ideal excuse to treat yourself to new pair of stylish and healthy shoes.

To find out more about FRANKiE4, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.frankie4.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

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Mar 302014

Circle of Love Kids

Two weeks ago I introduced you to Circle of Love Kids and we gave you the chance to win a $100 gift voucher to spend on your favourite goodies in store. If you haven’t entered yet there is still time left, click through to the Circle of Love Kids giveaway or take the easy way and enter below. I’ve already told you about a few of the stylish brands they stock but I’ve saved (what I think is) the best for last:

Hatley Plaid Horses RaincoatProbably the biggest name in store is Canadian label Hatley, well known all around the globe for its classic designs and high quality products. Our children own several Hatley pieces, they bring out gorgeous new styles each year and win me over every time. If you are the winner of our giveaway you can use your voucher to pick some Hatley gear for your little one too; rain boots, a raincoat or maybe an umbrella, what would you choose?

If there is a Hatley product you really love make sure you pop over and share it on the Circle of Love Kids Facebook page, they are giving away 5 great rainwear pieces to their fans. Don’t wait too long as this competition ends on March 31, that’s tomorrow!

Hatley Plaid Horses Rain BootsFor more than twenty years Hatley has been producing children’s rainwear that keeps little ones dry and warm in the rain without giving in on style. With cold and rainy weather just around the corner it’s time to get Autumn ready with some beautiful Hatley rainwear. As we often walk to school a good rain coat is a must-have for my kids and we have already had our first downpour to put our new Hatley gear to the test.

After years of research Hatley has created the ultimate kids raincoat: a soft, waterproof and PVC free outer shell combined with super cozy terry lining that keeps kids comfortable without getting sweaty and sticky. Finished with practical press studs for easy dressing and two handy pockets to store small treasures in (or to warm up cold hands) Hatley raincoats are ideal for kids who love exploring the outdoors.

A Sunday afternoon walk in the neighbourhood

A Sunday afternoon walk in the neighbourhood

Hatley Fire Trucks Rain BootsLittle adventurers stay dry from top to toe with Hatley raincoats, rain boots and umbrellas, available in a range of stylish colours and prints for boys and girls. With their very competitive prices starting at just $23.95 (umbrellas), $29.95 (rain boots) and $44.95 (rain coats) Circle of Love Kids is definitely the place to shop this Autumn. Please note that Hatley is extremely popular and sizes sell out fast so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.

Gentle reminder: When you place an order at Circle of Love Kids you will receive a gift voucher to the value of your order completely FREE. Your gift voucher will be issued to you after your order has been paid for. Hurry, offer ends April 9, 2014.

Hatley Trains Rainwear

To find out more about Circle of Love Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.circleoflovekids.com.au.

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Timber & Tamber

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Mar 312013


There’s no avoiding it now, Autumn is here and it is cold! While I am looking forward to sitting in front of the warm fireplace the kids don’t mind the cold and they love being outside. If your kids are the outdoor type too they are going to need a good pair of gumboots to keep those little feet toasty. Check out these adorable Timber & Tamber gumboots from Appleseed Lane:


TamberTimber & Tamber Gumboots are designed in Melbourne and available in two designs and four hip colours. Girls will go crazy for the cute bow gumboots, aren’t they just divine? Made with 100% natural vulcanised rubber and a sturdy skid resistant sole these rain boots are perfect for the wet Autumn weather. Both the sock and bow gumboots feature 100% cotton lining that’s anti-bacterial and quick drying, because no one likes splashing around in soaking wet boots.

The boots cost $45 (sock) or $49.95 (bow) and come in sizes US7.5 – US10.

To find out more about Appleseed Lane, to take a closer look at the Timber & Tamber Gumboots and to order online visit www.appleseedlane.com.au.

Jun 302012

I find it hard to believe that in just over a week we’ll be in The Netherlands, hopefully enjoying lovely summer weather. One of the things my husband remembers clearly about our past visits to Holland is the bikes, they are everywhere and everyone owns one. Kids learn to ride their bikes from an early age, they ride bikes all day and most of them travel by bike to school (even many adults ride their bikes to work). The twins are very interested in bikes too and I think that is why they loved watched the new Dora the Explorer DVD, Dora The Explorer: First Bike.

In Dora the Explorer: First Bike Boots rides his first bike and of course his best friend Dora is there to help him all the way, isn’t that what friends are for? Sometimes all you need is some encouragement from your friends to get you started whether is riding a big bike or jumping with the skippy rope. As always this Dora the Explorer DVD is filled with learning moments like counting and Spanish words.

And there is more, Dora and her friends also go on a holiday which is (obviously) a hot topic in our household at the moment. In ‘Vacaciones’ kids learn about planning ahead and ticking off everything they need to bring from their list. What do you need to pack for a summer holiday and what do you take on a skiing trip? In ‘Bouncy Boots’ there is a little mix up at the shoe shop and you have to help Boots get his own boots back.

All kids love a bit of magic but in ‘The Big Red Chicken’s Magic Wand’ they’ll find out that magic doesn’t always work out the way you want. The Big Red Chicken turn Boots into a chicken which is fun at first but then the Magic Wand breaks and Boots can’t be turned back. Time to find the Wand Shop and get it fixed. My oldest two absolutely loved this episode with all its rhyming jokes.

Dora the Explorer: First Bike ($19.95, by Paramount) is available from major retailers Australia wide.

To find out more about Dora the Explorer, to play fun Dora games and download free Dora printables visit www.nickjr.com/dora-the-explorer.

For your chance to win a copy of ‘Dora the Explorer: First Bike’ on DVD visit www.nickjr.com/dora-the-explorer and answer the following question: What was your child’s first ‘big bike’ experience like?

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Keep little feet toasty with EMU

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May 242012

From the very first cold day my three have been asking for ‘boots’: cosy, warm, comfy, luxurious sheepskin boots just like daddy. As you know I did not grow up in Australia and it was only after I moved here in 2006 that I realised how much of a wardrobe staple these boots really are. It may be a different colour, shape, style or brand but pretty much every Australian has or has had at least one pair. This winter my little half Aussies are proud to show off this iconic look too, their little feet planted in some beautiful, warm EMU boots.

Australian label EMU is extremely popular all over the world and many celebrities have been spotted wearing EMU so it is very likely you have seem some of their designs before. What you may not know is that the brand caters for children too, in fact there are a massive 28 different styles available in a huge selection of colours. From tiny babies (6 months+) up to size 4, there is great EMU style for every child.

In the kids range you’ll find several absolutely adorable animal designs, how gorgeous are these Little Creatures Koala boots with their dark nose and fluffy ears? Every little boy and girl I know would love stepping around with koalas, bees, butterflies or ladybugs on their feet. My kids are always arguing about the ‘koala boots’ because they all want to wear them at the same time.

After wearing their EMU footwear daily for a few months I was expecting to see some clear signs of wear and tear on them but I was pleasantly surprised. The rubber sole is proving to be very hard wearing, even for rough little monkeys like mine. If your little one is prone to smelly feet you will be pleased to know that the luxurious sheepskin  is a brilliant insulator that wicks aways 70% of moisture, so no more smelly boots.

Whether you like your boots high, low or in between, whether you like a classic chestnut colour or something a bit brighter, whether you prefer something plain or rather a more fancy, unique style, there is plenty of choice at EMU. All EMU footwear is made with the highest quality, soft, thick, 100% Australian sheepskin so you can rest assured they are keeping little feet super toasty this winter.

To find out more about EMU, to order your favourite EMU styles online or to locate a stockist near you visit www.emuaustralia.com, shipping is free for most destinations worldwide.

Jan 052012

Back in October I wrote about our new vegie patch in the making and how my daughter was loving her purple Rosie Roo gumboots. Well the vegies were planted and we are already enjoying our very first home grown rocket and cos lettuce, I think the tomatoes are not too far off either! Unfortunately the heat has been keeping us inside these past couple of days so we’ve only gone out to water the garden, dressed in style of course and keeping my feet dry in my very own Rosie Roo Designer Wellies.

Let me remind you of some of the great features of the fabulous Rosie Roo Designer Wellies: first of all they are designed right here in Australia, they are hand manufactured with a 100% natural rubber upper and sole which are bonded together so the wellies are completely waterproof. On the inside the Rosie Roo wellingtons feature cotton lining and foam inner soles to make them extra comfortable.

Because not every woman has the same idea about what is hip and what is comfortable or practical designer Jacqui has created a large selection of prints and styles to suit everyone. Gorgeous tall wellies or cute short wellies that are easy to slip on, which style suits you best? You can even grab a matching Rosie Roo umbrella so you don’t get caught out by sun or rain on your next bush walk!

The Rosie Roo Designer Wellies for ladies are available in size 5 to 10, with some styles going up to size 12. As the proud owner of a pair of Rosie Roo Tall Willow Wellies I am making a sport out of wearing them whenever I can, like when I quickly go check the mailbox or drop by at the neighbours. Everyone loves them! I love the extra length, it keeps my jeans clean and creepy crawlers out.

To find out more about Rosie Roo Designer Wellies, to browse the range and to locate an online retailer or stockist near you visit www.rosieroo.com.au.

For your chance to win a pair of ladies Rosie Roo Designer Wellies in your favourite style (subject to availability) visit www.rosieroo.com.au and answer the following question: Which ladies wellies do you like most and why?

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