May 292012

When we bought our house 3 years ago we picked a so called ‘renovator’s delight’. Of course we could have bought a smaller ‘finished’ house, but I am really happy that we went for a house with character and plenty of space. Although far from finished my kids just love their playroom, a little domain of their own filled with toys, dress ups and plenty of other things to keep them busy. They especially enjoy cooking up scrumptious meals and treats in their toy kitchen, perfect entertainment for rainy winter days. So what’s on my little masterchefs’ menu?

The hot favourite at the moment are these adorable Wooden Macarons (Bright Buttons Toys, $14.95) by French brand Djeco. This set of six mini macarons comes in a cute wooden storage box so your little baker can keep them neatly together. The twins are always serving us and any visitors their ‘homemade’ macarons, they even ask you which colour you would like. What flavour makes your tastebuds tingle, is it chocolate, strawberry or lemon perhaps?

As little as they are they know very well that a healthy breakfast is the best start to the day and after the kids have finished their real breakfast they often continue their healthy habit in the toy kitchen. With this cute Qtoys Breakfast Kit (Coccinella, $27.95) kids can make their own toast in the toaster without the risk of burnt fingers. They absolutely love slicing the butter and bun, just like mummy. The set even comes with its own serving tray.

Now this gorgeous Educo Rise ‘n Shine Wooden Coffee Maker Set (Bright Buttons Toys, $34.95) has not arrived in our kitchen just yet but I have put my name down for one as I am sure they will absolutely love it. I am not a coffee drinker myself but hip daddy is, one in the morning to take to work and one at night when he sits down for a rest. Once our set has arrived he will no doubt be taking an extra cup to work.

Toy kitchens come in all shapes, sizes and budgets, see them as an investment as kids will play with them for years. These beautiful pretend plan kitchen toys will definitely add to the cooking fun and being made of wood they are durable and environment friendly.

What meals does your little one prepare for you in the kitchen?

On holidays with Seedling

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May 012012

As we are counting down for our much longed for holiday I am slowly collecting bits and pieces to take with us, and when I spotted these I’ll Write You! Postcard Sets at Bright Buttons Toys I knew the kids would love them. As a child I loved receiving postcards from family and friends who were on holidays and I think our nearest and dearest will really enjoy getting a card from us while we are away too.

The I’ll Write You! Postcard Set ($8.95) by Seedling contains six postcards and six coloured pencils, now all kids need are some stamps and they can create their very own designer post cards. The front of the cards is blank, so your little artist can make a beautiful drawing of something they discoverd on the holiday. On the other side the cards has a unique starting sentence to get them going, eg. ‘Do you know what I did today?’ and ‘I found this amazing animal! It had…’ How cool is that?

New Zealand label Seedling is all about enabling young people to use their imagination, discover new talents and explore the world around them. Seedling offers a great range of good old-fashioned, hands on products for kids of different ages, their craft kits are fantastic and a brilliant activity for holidays and rainy afternoons. Priced from just $8.95 Seedling products also make affordable gifts that will provide hours of entertainment.

Hopefully we will get to enjoy some lovely beach weather on our Europe holiday, even though we travel in the middle of Summer you just never know. As a child one of my favourite beach games was paddle ball so I think my twins will absolutely love the Seedling Design Your Own Paddle Ball Kit ($12.95). They can decorate it on a rainy day (which we’ll no doubt experience) and play with it outside on the warm days.

To find out more about Bright Buttons Toys, to browse the Seedling range and to order online visit

Sunday Coffee with Bright Buttons Toys

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Mar 182012

As a regular online shopper I have come across many fabulous businesses and in many cases I have been lucky enough to get to know the incredible people behind them. I love being able to put a face to a name or website and it makes my shopping experience so much more personal and enjoyable. Behind every store is a hardworking owner, a family, a dream and I would like to share some of them with you.

Every Sunday we will sit down for a quick virtual cup of coffee with the owner of one of my favourite stores and labels, this week’s turn goes to Amanda from Bright Buttons Toys. Bright Buttons Toys is a brilliant store with lots of educational and developmental toys for your bright buttons, handpicked by Amanda herself who is a trained Educational Psychologist. You can shop with confidence, knowing that every single item at Bright Buttons Toys is selected by an expert so you are making the right choice for your child.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
My ideal Sunday is being woken by a sweet ‘good morning’ and kiss from my two little girls, having a yummy breakfast in our pyjama’s and just relaxing with the little ones at home in the yard or pool, or local park. I love the sound of our girls playing and giggling. Just beautiful.

Why did you start Bright Buttons Toys?
I started Bright Buttons Toys as a way of combining from professional background as an Educational Psychologist and the love of playing as a way of teaching my girls. I was always looking for toys and products that taught a specific skill I was wanting to introduce or enhance. I thought this was a wonderful extension of my skills and a wonderful way to work from home and be with my family.

What do you enjoy most about running Bright Buttons Toys?
The thing I love most about Bright Buttons Toys is seeing children interact and grow from toys that I have selected and sold as a quality and valuable product. A happy and stimulated child is one of the most wonderful things to see in life.

What is your favourite item in store?
My favourite item in store at the moment is from one of my favourite brands called Dyles. I have loads of brand new stock arriving from Dyles this week. I will keep you posted.
I have so many favourites but I adore My Quiet Book ($45.95), it has been a firm favourite of my for quite a while.

Keeping preschoolers entertained at home can be tricky, what is your top tip?
At my home we just love the new cubby house that my husband and the two grandfather’s designed, built and painted for the girl’s for Christmas. We love playing home corner in there, with pretend kitchen and play food, fruit markets, dolly feeding and putting to bed. We also love making play dough and using this in the kitchen pretend play. Craft is also a very big love and interest in our home. The Easter theme is beginning already.

To find out more about Bright Buttons Toys, to browse the range and to order your favourite educational toys online visit

Bright Buttons Toys – 15% off storewide

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Mar 032012

After Dutch Sinterklaas, Christmas and quite a few birthdays my usually overflowing gift cupboard is starting to look a little bare. As the next party invites have already come in and our upcoming visit to Holland is just a few short months away I have a good excuse to browse the latest sale at Bright Buttons Toys. At the moment you can save 15% on your order by entering the code ‘Final15’, a pretty good deal I think but you better hurry as this offer ends March 10, 2012. This is what I have my eyes on:

With a 24 hour plane trip in mind I really like the idea of the My Kitchen Play Book ($56.95 now $48.41, 4+). This fabric book looks absolutely gorgeous and would definitely keep my twins entertained for ages. There is lots to learn about the kitchen: what are all the items called, what do you use them for, where do you store them and of course how do you spell the words. The pieces stick to the pages with velcro and the book closes all around with a zip, keeping everything safely together and making it perfect for travelling.

One of my other top picks in store would be the Balancing Baker by Alex Toys ($29.95, 2+), a colourful, fun game that can help teach children about weight, balance, counting, colours, size and no doubt many other things. This wooden toy is durable and timeless and I know my kids would love it! At the moment you can scoop up this friendly baker for just $25.46 if you enter the code Final15 at checkout.

The Rhyming Snap ($31.95, now $27.16) game would be a brilliant addition to our game cupboard, taking the classic game of snap to the next level by also training reading and rhyming skills. It comes in a sturdy storage box (a welcome change from the flimsy cardboard packs) and contains two sets of 80 cards so there is plenty of rhyming fun to be had. Plane, crane… snap! Down, clown… snap! Great game to use in the class room, to keep at grandma’s and of course for rainy days at home.

To find out more about Bright Buttons Toys, to browse the range and to order your favourites online with 15% off visit Promotion ends March 10, 2012.