Nov 152020
 

VTech

While having sisters is lots of fun, every now and then a girl needs a bit of quiet time away from her nosy siblings. Secret notes, locked diaries, little treasures… our four girls are generally great at sharing but some things are simply private property. So where do you tuck away your special belongings so your curious sisters can’t find them? VTech has your back:

From secret storage to special songs, from games to glowing lights, from tiny treasures to telling the time and more, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest (RRP $49.95, ages 6-11) is the ultimate all-in-one girls gift this Christmas.

Shaped like a sweet purple and pink jewellery box, this interactive Secret Safe is way too pretty to hide away in your wardrobe and deserves to take top spot on your bedside table. It even doubles as a talking alarm clock and you can change the clock front to suit your style, what a cool way to learn to read the time! When the alarm goes off you’ll hear your choice of sound or tune and the top of the chest lights up in beautiful rainbow colours.

On the inside the Treasure Chest offers a heart shaped mirror, a removable top tray to fit your smallest jewellery and a generous main compartment for more storage. Don’t worry, your valuables are well protected by your own unique password. Only the person who enters all four numbers or symbols correctly will be able to open this chest and unveil its bounty! Once the chest has been unlocked the light-up ring will show a colour display chosen by the owner. (Parents can rest assured: The secret code can be reset in case of emergency)

Aside from keeping your precious belongings safe from nosy sisters, there are plenty of other awesome features hidden in this treasure chest. The saying ‘It’s not all fun and games’ definitely doesn’t apply here but because this pink box is loads of fun AND it comes with 9 great games that teach important skills like spelling, logic and maths. Because the games use only the four gem buttons to control they are easy to learn even for young players yet they still get their brains working and different levels keeps things exciting.

Miss 7 especially loves testing and expanding her word knowledge by making as many four letter words as possible in Speedy Speller, and solving the mystery of the hidden butterfly in Hide and Seek. Miss 5 may not have excess to her sister’s precious goodies, but she is pretty chuffed that she can still play games without knowing the password. She enjoys practising her numbers in Order Challenge and she is a big fan of Magically Disappearing Cat.

Last but not least, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest comes preloaded with 20 different tunes in the Music Box and the ability to compose your own simple tracks in Music Creation with the use of the gem buttons. Stop, play, repeat and shuffle to enjoy a personalised musical experience. You can even use the Treasure Chest as a speaker by connecting an external music player like a phone or MP3 player, time to put all your favourite Christmas carols on repeat!

You can find the Secret Safe Treasure Chest right now at your local Big W store and select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Dec 192016
 

Christmas Countdown – Day 19

It’s a feeling all parents know too well: whether you are a soon-to-be, new or seasoned mother, getting a gift for your little one(s) is often more fun than getting something for yourself. We totally understand how easy it is for mum to be forgotten, so we have made sure our Christmas Countdown has the whole family covered. In fact, this sweet prize pack from Milk and Love spoils both mother and child in one go:

Lovingly put together by Milk & Love owner Corryn the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box (RRP $59.95) contains three fabulous products any eco-conscious mama will adore:

Made right here in Australia with nourishing goat’s milk this luxurious Billie Baby Goats Milk Moisturiser (100ml) will keep your family’s skin soft and nourished the natural way. The gentle, caring formula is ideal for people suffering from eczema and other sensitive skin conditions as it is completely free from colour and fragrances that often cause irritation, you can even use it on the delicate facial area.

Containing the same delicious Aussie goat’s milk, as well as a number of carefully selected skin loving ingredients, Billie Baby Goats Milk Baby Body Wash (240ml) is the perfect addition to your daily bath or shower routine. This gentle cleanser is free from questionable nasties like parabens, SLS, propylene glycol, DEA and petrochemicals, so you can safely use it on your precious newborn (and the rest of the family). One little pump is all you need, so this bottle goes a very long way.

Measuring a very generous 120 x 120cm in size the beautiful Little Bean Organics Baby Wrap will surround your precious bundle with layers of super soft and snuggly organic cotton that is free from pesticides and other toxic ingredients. You can use this versatile wrap as a swaddle, a light blanket in the cot or pram, a play mat or even a nursing cover when out and about. The gender neutral leaf print is perfect for both boys and girls and of course surprises, what a wonderful babyshower gift idea.

As the cherry on top (and to make your life a little easier) one of Milk & Love’s Celebrating Motherhood Gift Cards and complimentary gift wrapping are included, ensuring the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box is ready to be gifted to a special mama in your life.

To find out more about Milk & love, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkandlove.com.au.

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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.

Back to School with Décor

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Jan 212016
 

Decor

With just 11 days until the first day of school we are making the most of the school holidays. Arts and crafts, baking treats, playgrounds, bus trips and fun outings, we’re making this last week count! It is also a great opportunity to give our new school gear a little test-run before the big day, yummy picnic coming up:

Decor Lunch Break

Australian homeware specialist Décor has got meals on-the-go covered with a fresh new Back to School range. From small snacks to luscious lunches, from tasty treats to delicious dinners and even thirst quenching drinks, Décor keeps them fresh all day.

Lunch Break Decor

The colourful Lunch Break System is perfect for our big family, it allows me to pack a personalised, homemade lunch for each child to suit their taste, day and meal size perfectly. Featuring a range of Realseal boxes in different sizes and shapes it feels a bit like a fun game of tetris, but the end result is a well-filled lunchbox that will provide my little students with all the energy they need for a big school day.

Decor Lunch Bags

Don’t you hate it when your child’s healthy yoghurt spills into their backpack or when salad dressing runs over homework or expensive school books? As the name suggests each Realseal container features a unique seal in the lid making the container instantly airtight and leakproof, yay for no more mess! And that’s not all, the containers are also microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe and of course free from nasty BPA.

Realseal Cutlery SetLunch Break boxes are available in 125ml, 300ml, 650ml and 1L sizes and come in four bright colours that kids will love and are quick to recognise for mother and child (our school-aged kids can each have their own colour, no more mix-ups and arguments). Packing a serve of yoghurt, custard, pasta or salad? There is even a matching carry case with Realseal Cutlery Set available, how handy.

Insulated Cooler bagThe Realseal Compact 2 Insulated Cooler (smaller lunches) and Insulated Cooler Bag (bigger lunches) are specifically designed to keep all your little Realseal boxes neatly together and cool as a cucumber using an Icewall. I find the Compact 2 the perfect size for our children (aged 7 and under). Both styles are durable, easy to clean and free from BPA, Phthalates, Lead and PVC for lunches that are tasty, fresh and safe.

The Décor Lunch Break range is currently available at Spotlight, Howards Storage World and independent supermarkets across Australia.

To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.

A Warm Welcome in a Box

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Jun 272015
 

Eeni Meeni logo

Personally I love a good gift shopping challenge but I know not everyone feels the same or has the time to put together a thoughtful package and that’s OK. If you are on the hunt for a special gift for little baby on the way or a brand new arrival here’s your sneaky shortcut to a brilliant and classy gift that is sure to be received with open arms:

Eeni gift boxes

The style experts at Een Meeni Miini Moh have bundled their favourite Pure Newborn gifts into a range of luxury gift boxes with a real wow-factor. All gift boxes are gender neutral so they are perfect for boys, girls and gorgeous surprise babies. You can choose from different seasons, prints and price categories allowing you to select the box that is perfect for you.

Eeni box

With a Pure Newborn Gift Box your shopping time will be short but the impression will last. All gift boxes come complete with gift card and wrapping and can be delivered to you or straight to the lucky recipient, present shopping has never been easier.

Prices started at $125 for the Le Luxe Gift Box up to $375 for the ultimate Le Grandeur Gift Box.

To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.

Nov 252014
 

 

La Mode Bebe

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by all the Christmas preparations? Menus to plan, groceries to be bought, trees to put up, a house to decorate and an endless list of gifts to be purchased… so much to do and so little time. If there is a sweet newborn or expecting parent on your list of people to buy for La Mode Bebe can help you out quick smart:

Catasy Box Set

From the designers at Catasy comes this great collection of Catasy Box Sets, filled with gorgeous Catasy clothing and perfectly packaged for births, birthdays, Christenings, Christmas and any other special occasion that calls for a lovely gift.

Catasy BodysuitEach Catasy Box Set (RRP $38.50, 0-3 up to 9-12 months) contains four different short-sleeve bodysuits, handpicked for their matching colours and prints. Made from 100% cotton the garments are soft, breathable and comfortable for the little recipient to wear and easy for mum to wash. The bodysuits feature press studs between the legs for quick nappy changes and press studs on the shoulder to make dressing your baby as stress free as possible.

Catasy Boys BodysuitNot only does the Catasy Box Set work out to be much cheaper than purchasing the four bodysuits separately, you also get a gorgeous Catasy gift box completely free so it saves you wrapping your present yourself. There are currently 3 different Catasy Box Sets to choose from (CAT106, CAT107 and CAT108) to suit both boys and girls, which one do you like most? All bodysuit styles can be purchased individually for $11.15 per item.

To find out more about La Mode Bebe, to browse the range and to order online visit www.lamodebebe.com.

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Dec 272013
 

Speckled House

When people hear we have four kids they usually say the same two things: ‘Your house must be so noisy!’ and ‘I bet they make lots of mess’. Yes, the kids do make lots of noise, there are always little people chatting, laughing, singing, playing, dancing and of course sometimes crying or arguing. But when it comes to mess you’ll be surprised, I love an organised house and I’ve trained them well, they really are quite good at keeping things tidy.

Elephant Storage HamperI think our smartest move was to create a playroom, even if it meant I dom’t currently have an office to work in. Now the kids can keep all their toys, dolls, craft and books in one room as opposed to spread out over all the bedrooms. Little visitors know exactly where to go to play and the kids bedrooms are usually mess free, so there is no distraction at bedtime and it makes it easy for me to scoot in with the vacuum.

Star Storage HamperIn the playroom we use a few handy storage solutions to keep everything neat, clear and easy to find, our latest storage addition is a lovely storage hamper by Australian designer label Speckled House. Made from strong and sturdy canvas and fitted with easy carry handles (large tubs only) the stylish Speckled House Storage Hampers are perfect for neatly storing all those loose toys in bedrooms, playrooms and even your living room.

Our playroom cupboard is filled with toys for the three older kids and I keep all the baby toys together in our Mushroom Canvas Storage Hamper ($59.95). I can easily carry the hamper from room to room to keep baby Sybil happy while I do my chores, very handy! Measuring a generous 45cm high and 50cm diameter you can fit lots in and the hampers keep their shape really well.

Speckled House Mushroom Hamper

There are currently seven different Storage Hampers to choose from in two different sizes (small and square $44.95/large and round $59.95) and with different designs to suit boys, girls and gender neutral rooms. I love how these hip storage solutions become part of your room decor and add a warm, cosy touch (especially compared to cold plastics).

Speckled House Storage Hampers

To find out more about Speckled House, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.speckledhouse.com.

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