Dec 162016
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 16

That’s it, another school year done and dusted! The kids are very excited for the big summer holidays to begin today and personally I can’t wait for a few weeks of family time either. In preparation for kindy next year Sybil has been practising the alphabet through song and play with this awesome toy by VTech, my little girl is definitely growing up!

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Young PAW Patrol fans will immediately recognise their hero Marshall, a friendly Dalmatian pup who is always there to help someone in need. All these rescue missions do make a little dog hungry, so what can we feed Treat Time Marshall (RRP $49.95, ages 2-5)?

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With 26 tasty treats there is plenty of food to keep Marshall going. Each treat represents a letter of the alphabet and a matching picture, just pop a treat in his mouth and he’ll tell you which letter and sound it is. You can even personalise your experience so that Marshall the first letter of your child’s name, now that’s a clever dog! When not in use all the letter treats can be neatly stored inside his suit.

treat-time-marshallOf course Marshall teaches more than the ABC, with four different ways to play and learn he is sure to keep little minds engaged for hours. He teaches colours, sings songs and recognises the picture on every treat, plus feeding him treats is a great exercise for your child’s fine motor skills. One of our kids’ favourite ways to play with Treat Time Marshall is the Search and Rescue mode, where Marshall asks you to find and feed him a specific letter.

VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

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Dec 092016
 

Tiptoe&Co logo

Christmas Countdown – Day 9

With just 15 sleeps to go until Christmas Eve the countdown is now well and truly on. We’ve already told you where to find the ideal Christmas outfits for your tribe but of course we want to make sure the entire picture is top-notch. From the top of their heads to the tips of their wiggly toes, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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When it comes to kids’ feet you can trust Tiptoe & Co to support them in all the right places with a fantastic range of baby and children’s shoes from some of the best labels in Australia and across the globe. From teeny, tiny baby feet up to a size 35, they have growing feet of all sizes covered.

freycoo-stella-sandalIf you are looking for the perfect summer shoe to complete your little girl’s festive outfit you will be pleased to know Tiptoe & Co is fully stocked for Summer with loads of gorgeous leather sandals. These pretty leather Freyco Stella sandals (RRP $39.95) are my favourites, I just love the pink and turquoise together. A handy size chart is available on each product page and if you need more help friendly owner Chelsea is only an email away, now that’s good customer service.

my-first-volley-goldAside from Christmas and New Year celebrations the upcoming months are also hot favourites for weddings and engagement parties, so many great opportunities to add a bit of extra sparkle and shine to your baby’s outfit. These totally adorable My First Volleys (RRP $29.95) in metallic gold are the ultimate party shoe for your bundle of joy. The stretchy opening and elastic laces make them a breeze to put on chubby baby feet.

babiatorsNow that Summer is here and the sun is out it is more important than ever to protect precious little eyes against harmful UVA and UVB. Tiptoe & Co is a proud stockist of the awesome Babiators sunglasses range: Made from high quality rubber Babiators sunnies (RRP $33.95, ages 0-6) are super flexible and virtually unbreakable, now that’s what I call kid-tough. With two different styles and sizes and a rainbow of funky colours to choose from there is a perfect pair of every cool kid and they all come with a hard-to-beat replacement guarantee.

To find out more about Tiptoe & Co, to browse the range and to order online visit www.tiptoeandco.com.au.

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Dec 022016
 

Bright Star Kids

Christmas Countdown – Day 2

Big Christmas trees with shiny baubles, sparkly tinsel and fresh green holly, handmade wreaths and beautiful nativity scenes… I love seeing little bits of Christmas pop up wherever we go and I particularly enjoy seeing my children’s faces light up with excitement at the beauty of it all. If you’re looking for a way to make your child’s Christmas extra special you’ll love these festive designs by Bright Star Kids:

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Bright Star Kids has got the whole family covered with a wonderful Christmas Collection full of gorgeous personalised Christmas goodies to suit everyone:

christmas-stockingWith so many deliveries to make in just one night it is easy for Santa Claus to get confused, that’s why Bright Star Kids is helping the old man out by personalising your child’s Christmas stockings and Santa sacks (RRP $19.95-$29.95). Imagine the delight when the kids recognise their own names on Christmas morning! From small gifts to big presents and everything in between, with more than 25 different designs and sizes to choose from there is a perfect stocking or sack for all.

christmas-gift-labelsWrapping parcels for our family and loved ones is one of my favourite things to do, I love thinking about their happy faces when they unwrap their surprises. Whether the gifts are delivered by Santa or you have made/picked them yourself with love, Bright Star Kids gift labels are the cherry on top of a beautifully wrapped present. Bonus: If you choose a personalised label suspicious kids won’t be able to recognise your handwriting so you can keep up the Christmas magic a little longer.

With all the kids excited and everyone in good spirits Christmas is a fantastic opportunity for some lovely family photos, that way you can remember these special moments for years to come. Bright Star Kids offers a great range of Christmas clothing range that can be personalised with your child’s name or even your family name; styles, sizes and price vary per design. I may have to get the pretty Christmas Angel Tee for our little Harriet, isn’t it cute?

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To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.brightstarkids.com.au.

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Dec 012016
 

razor

Christmas Countdown – Day 1

While the girls have been asking for quiet entertainment like dolls and art and craft supplies, our one and only son has been begging for a gift that’s a bit more exciting. He really enjoys spending his free time outdoors: running, kicking, bouncing, jumping, racing, as long as some speed is involved he’s happy. With this awesome Razor present waiting for him I have no doubt he’ll be spending the entire school holidays outside:

Snap, Strap and Roll! In just three simple steps Razor Jetts (RRP $49.99, age 6+) transform an ordinary pair of shoes into the coolest set of wheels.

razor-jettsJetts ‘Heel Wheels’ are designed for street-smart kids who love trying out different things and mastering a new skill, changing from walking normally to riding on your heels will require a bit of practice! Jetts are super simple to install, simply snap the ‘quick click’ frame onto your shoes, fasten the ankle strap for a secure fit and you’re good to go. The multi-fit design caters for shoe sizes US Youth 12 to Adult 12 and suits users with a maximum weight of 80kg, I think I might have to give it a try too!

jetts-razorTo add to the fun Razor Jetts come with removable spark pads that emit localised sparks when you’re cruising the neighbourhood and the spark pads come in contact with hardened outdoor surfaces. If that doesn’t make Razor Jetts the hottest Christmas gift of the year for active boys and girls I don’t know what will! Razor recommends leaving the spark action for ages 8 and up.

To find out more about Razor, to locate a Razor stockist near you or to order online visit www.razor.com.

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Dec 072015
 

ByKay Carry Your Love

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

It’s only the first week of December and we’ve already had two 40°+ C days here in Adelaide, I think we can safely say that Summer has arrived in all its (very hot) glory. On sweltering days like this there is nothing more refreshing than a splash in the pool or sea, which is why ByKay has given their famous ByKay baby carrier a wonderful Summer makeover:

As the name suggests the ByKay Aqua Water Carrier (RRP $69.95, black or turquoise) is specifically designed to be worn in and around water, allowing parents to keep cool on hot days whilst keeping their baby safe and nearby.

Aqua Carrier TurquoiseAs a mum of five little ones I love the freedom of baby wearing, I value the closeness and knowing our Harriet is happy and content. She is currently 10 weeks old and has her longest and most settled sleeps when I wear her on my chest (or hubby’s chest), as long as she senses a familiar smell and soothing heartbeat she is in her element. In saying that, on warm days it can get rather hot and sweaty in a carrier which is not very pleasant for parent or baby.

The 100% polyester, fine gauge knit fabric of the Aqua Water Carrier wicks away moisture and sweat and dries quickly. This reduces the chance of overheating and that yucky clammy feeling of wet fabric, making it perfect for our humid Aussie summers. ByKay carriers are easy to wear and soft against the skin, the adjustable wrap around design ensures a comfortable fit for wearers of different sizes and body shapes whilst being supportive and safe.

Aqua Carrier

As the high tech fabric blocks out more than 90% of harmful UV rays you can rest assured that your baby is not only comfortable but well protected too, one less things to worry about for busy mamas. The Aqua Water Carrier is designed for front carrying and is suitable for precious babies up to 12kg. Obviously water safety is important so please be aware of these simple rules when wearing your baby in and around water.

To find out more about ByKay, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.bykay.com.au.

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Dec 022015
 

Il Tutto

Christmas Countdown – Day 2

Hooray, Summer is finally here! Going to the beach is one of our favourite things about the summer season, so it’s time to dig up the bathers and shake out the beach towels. Of course it does take a bit more preparation when you have a little crew to get beach ready and a nice big beach big is definitely a necessity, check out this gorgeous number:

Queenscliffe Silver

You may know Australian label Il Tutto from its stunning collection of designer baby bags, but there is a lovely range of accessories to choose from too: handbags, wallets, key rings, umbrellas and this eyecatching beach bag perfect for the warm Aussie summer.

Queenscliffe InsideThe new Il Tutto Queenscliffe Beach Bag (RRP $129) combines the best of both worlds for trendy Aussie mamas, it is very spacious and super stylish at the same time. The Queenscliffe is currently available in a sleek silver finish with bright pink accents and a shiny golden version with fresh aqua details, two gorgeous styles that are sure to compliment all your favourite summer outfits.

The Queenscliffe bag is packed with handy features to make your next trip to the beach or pool a breeze, starting with the water-resistant waxed coated canvas outer (front and back) and clear PVC base. No more worries about unexpected splashes and wet puddles, just wipe off and go! Thanks to the large carry handles you can easily swing your tote over your shoulder and keep your hands free.

Queenscliffe Gold

On the inside the Queenscliffe Beach Bag is roomy enough to hold four beach towels and other beach must-haves. Your mobile phone, car keys and other valuables can be safely tucked away in the big zip pocket at the back or one of the two large waterproof zip compartments, away from damp towels, sticky sunscreen and sandy thongs. As you can tell the Il Tutto design team has thought about everything, helping you enjoy summer in style.

To find out more about Il Tutto, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.iltutto.com.au.

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Dec 272014
 

Maya the Bee

With four young children there is always lots of pretend play happening in our home and I love listening to them acting out their own imaginary stories. Often their little performances are rather interesting and very funny, just this week I heard miss 4 declare: I am a naughty hornet and I am going to catch you! I can see someone has been inspired by the lovely Maya the Bee

Maya the Bee Movie

A few months ago hubby took the 3 older kids to see the Maya the Bee Movie on the big screen whilst I took our wriggly 1-year old for some shopping. Featuring the voice of Justine Clarke, the Play School favourite every child in Australia knows and loves, as Maya I had no doubt they would give this Maya’s latest adventure the thumbs up and they all loved it.

Maya the Bee PlushIf you missed seeing Maya at the movies you’ll be pleased to know that she is ready to buzz into living rooms around the country too, the Maya the Bee Movie (RRP $19.99) is now available on DVD at retailers across Australia. Join your friends from the hive and help solve the mystery of the missing Royal Jelly… Does Maya have something to do with this? Everyone seems to think so but luckily Maya, with the help of her loyal friend Willy, miss Cassandra and a friendly hornet, is able to prove her innocence and expose the real thief.

To find out more about Maya the Bee visit www.mayathebee.com.au or get social on www.facebook.com/studio100.mayathebee.

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