Apr 122021
 

Smiggle

Term 1, done and dusted! Four of my students have settled in beautifully this year but the last little one is not so keen on this whole school business. We are trying our very best to change her mind and have been showering her with special treats and fun rewards, after all who doesn’t love a trip to Smiggle with her sister-squad?

Smiggle is home to a kaleidoscope of colours, pretty prints and funky finds, basically everything my girls could wish for. As a busy mum of six I love being able to find all I need in one place and Smiggle is cool, quick and the ultimate one-stop-shop for school gear, it’s a win for everyone! Here are some of the treasures my girls have collected:

Writing out your spelling words is suddenly a lot more interesting when you have a pretty notebook to write them in and Miss 8 has discovered her wild side with the Galaxy Notebook and Markers (RRP $24.95). This animal print spiral A5 notebook comes with a handy attached pencil case and 6 coloured fine-tip markers, the all-in-one homework solution. Now here’s to seeing more green ticks and less red crosses!

Miss 10 joined the jungle gang with the matching Galaxy Twin Zip Pencil Case (RRP $22.95), a spacious zip-up pencil case with loads of room for all her writing must-haves. With all her markers, pencils, pens and erasers within reach she is ready for lots more story writing, she is definitely the one with the wildest imagination! The black is a bit more grown-up and was popular with miss 12 too who scored the Galaxy Drink Bottle for this season.

With all the stress that comes with going to school, night time has become a challenge for our little Hattie. Audio books (and LeapStory) have been a real sanity saver for us and she loves snuggling up in a cosy corner to listen to her favourite stories with her own Smiggle Foldable Headphones (RRP $29.95) on. Her lovely mint green headphones have soft ear pads and an adjustable headband, so they can be made to fit her small head perfectly (just!). Peace of mind for parents: These headphones have a limited volume to protect young ears.

As always, just when you’re on your way to the shop counter you spot all those gorgeous pens, pencils and novelty erasers… we can never resist adding a few more stationery must-haves to our shopping basket! We have a soft spot for things with lovely scents and Smiggle has never let us down with all their fragrant options. This Unicorn Universe Scented Eraser (RRP $3.95) is rather sweet and at less than a fiver they’re the cutest little add-on for a birthday gift.

If your fussy tween is feeling too old for busy prints and patterns do not fear, Smiggle Sorbets is here to save the day (I told you you can find everything you need in one place!). These classy backpacks are plain in colour but full of personality, offering all the handy features of the famous Smiggle backpacks in timeless pastel colours for the girls and neat navy and grey options for the boys. The Sorbets backpack is available in three different sizes/styles (RRP $42.95 – $64.95) to suit every occasion. We’ve put them to the test and we’re giving them the thumbs up!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

Nov 052018
 

EK Books

As the school year is slowly wrapping up I am looking back at a very full-on year. We unexpectedly changed schools in the middle of term 2 so we’re still quite new to our current school but I feel very much at peace about our decision to move. Change is not always easy but the kids have settled in beautifully and are surrounded by lovely friends which makes my motherheart very grateful.

For a lot of children (including my own) school can be tricky and sometimes they feel a little lost in the midst of at all, like Jerry in this new EK Books release:

At school, on the street, at parties, on the playground, everyone seems busy with each other but Jerry feels like he is watching from the sideline. People simply don’t seem to notice Jerry, he is invisible. I think at times we have all felt a bit like Invisible Jerry and it doesn’t feel good at all.

Until Molly comes along. Molly does notice Jerry, she laughs with him and makes him smile, she shares with him and talks to him. Molly makes Jerry feel like a real person, she sees him. Jerry is no longer invisible, but he does remember what it felt like and soon enough he spots another invisible person… Now it’s Jerry’s turn to make a difference.

I know the joy it has brought my children to be ‘seen’ by others and to be made feel welcome and included and I hope they will show the same welcoming nature to others they meet. This beautiful picture book explains this in a way that is easy to understand and funny too and my children instantly ‘got’ the message. The illustrations are lovely, definitely a worthy addition for any school library or family book shelf.

You can find ‘Invisible Jerry’ (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Snuggle up in style with Pappe

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Aug 082017
 

As I am once again unpacking all my newborn things for the arrival of baby no.6 it is clear that our hand-me-downs hold many special moments and wonderful memories for our family. Touching the tiny clothes I remember quiet hospital cuddles, the ride home, sneaky snoozes, first walks outside and loads of precious photos and I feel incredibly grateful for the gift of our babies. Like its siblings this baby is sure to be showered with love and will enjoy plenty of pre-loved pieces, but of course some new treasures made it into our nursery too:

Each of our children has its own unique blanket, chosen especially for him/her, that has been with them since day one. Even now they still cherish their blankets, whether it is a favourite bedtime buddy for night time or naps, couch cuddles or just for pretend play. Not knowing the gender of our new addition just yet, this time around I went straight for my favourite neutral colour: classic navy blue…

As soon as I laid eyes on this stunning blanket by luxury designer label Pappe I knew it was meant for me. Not only does the Ottley Twill Blanket (RRP $129.95) ooze class, warmth and style and is gender neutral in colour, it also happens to match our pram perfectly! I think it will be the ideal welcome for our little bundle of joy and I can’t wait to see our darling baby wrapped up in it. Nice bonus: Being reversible you can create two different looks with just one blanket, how awesome is that?

Made from 100% high quality cotton poplin yarn with an eye-catching brushed finish the Ottley blanket is a real stand-out piece, you can expect lots of jealous looks when out and about with Ottley! I think the Italian leather Pappe label really is the cherry on top for this designer blanket. The generous 100 x 75cm size makes it a great choice for walks in the pram, naps in the cot or snuggling on the couch, it will keep the chills at bay wherever you go and is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Combining nostalgic charm with modern simplicity it is no wonder style conscious parents all over the globe are rapidly falling in love with Pappe’s timeless range of baby/toddler clothing and accessories. I love how Pappe handpicks the most beautiful cashmere, organic cottons, pure wool blends and tweed fabrics, chosen for their excellent quality, luxurious feel and wonderful durability. Whether you are shopping for your own baby or another special little person in your life, you can count on Pappe to deliver nothing but the very best.

To find out more about Pappe, to browse the range and to order online visit www.pappe.com.au.

Jan 102017
 

Smiggle

While the kids are still very much in holiday mode I am slowly starting to get ready for a brand new school year, the first year with 4 little ones at school/kindy. Uniforms, hats and school shoes are not really that special, but a trip to Smiggle is sure to get even the most reluctant student excited about going back to school.

To help you get in the mood too here’s a cool 5-piece Smiggle ‘Back to School’ giveaway just for you:

From little reminders to sweet lunch notes and from helpful tips to handy to-do lists, there is no tastier way to keep track than with the plush Hamburger Jotter (RRP $16.95). Doesn’t this cheeky spiral bound notebook look good enough to eat? With a massive 180 pages of printed and coloured paper (eg. bread, swiss cheese, tomato, meat and lettuce) you can whip up a delicious new combo for every message.

Of course you don’t want to waste your yummy burger notes by making silly mistakes, thankfully Smiggle’s Erasable Gel Pens (RRP $14.95, 6-pack) have got your back. These colourful gel pens allow you to write and re-write to your heart’s content, any errors can simply be erased. You get the smooth lines of a gel pen with the flexibility of a pencil that can be erased, double win! With six great colours per pack your next letter will be a joy to both read and write.

A rainbow pen would have to be the ultimate dream-pen for every child, so many colours in just one pen! Click, slide and change colours as often as you like, and when not in use the Snazzy Rainbow Pen Lanyard (RRP $7.95) can be safely hung around your neck so it’s always on hand when inspiration strikes. For the girls a pretty pink version with rainbows, hearts, stars and clouds is available too.

Make learning fun with the Snazzy Timestable Slapband (RRP $6.95), a funky slap wristband and time tables guide in one. What a great way to encourage a bit of math practice! You’ll be able to master the 1 to 10 times tables in no time, just don’t try to use it as a cheat sheet at school or you might get in trouble… Timetable Slapbands are available in 5 Smiggly colours to suit boys and girls.

In between all the serious studies, endless exercises and boring books you do need to make time for a bit of relaxation from time to time. This awesome City Magic Buss Pass (RRP $12.95) will have the whole class scratching their head, how on earth does it flip your card from the side to side? This classic magic trick never gets old and is available in five stylish colours: Pink, Blue, Green, Purple and Black.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

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Teacher gifts made easy: GroupTogether

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Nov 042016
 

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One look at your family calendar (or your fridge doors) and you know it’s almost December: End of year concerts and performances, invitations and sign-up forms, school camp, family BBQs, work parties and of course your Christmas shopping list, it’s hard to keep track of it all! As much as you try to remember everything you will find there is always something you forgot, like the famous ‘teacher gift’ that tends to sneak up on busy parents.

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The clever Aussie mamas behind GroupTogether understand that parents are often short of time, which is why they have created a fabulous online service that takes the hassle out of collecting money for a group gift.

GroupTogether is super simple to use, just set up your group collection online and they will take care of the rest. All contributions are safely made online, making it convenient and easy for every parent to chip in a few bucks. Our lives are so busy that we do not have the time to organise collections and to chase and remind other parents, that’s why GroupTogether does the regular reminding for you saving you any awkwardness or hassle.

grouptogether-cardGroupTogether will then bundle the contributions and transfer all the money to your bank account so you can buy an awesome present that is sure to wow the teacher. Instead of every child spending $10 on yet another mug, box of chocolates or a pot plant, a class of 25 could surprise the teacher with an amazing $250 get-away or shopping spree. You can even print off a card that includes personal messages from all the families who joined in, what a great keepsake!

There is plenty more to love about GroupTogether: Parents can choose to share the love by donating a small percentage of their contribution to charity, there is no paperwork involved making it environment friendly, you can ask all parents to contribute a specific amount (keeping it fair) or allow them to chip in as much or as a little as they can (respecting family budgets), you are never left short changed or out of pocket and, being an online service, GroupTogether is quick and convenient for everyone, including working parents, to use.

Hip tip: Do you want to see for yourself what everyone is talking about? Click this link to try GroupTogether for FREE, just in time to organise the perfect end-of-year gift for your child’s favourite teacher.

May 082016
 

Ecostore

If you are a parent of young children you most probably have mixed feelings about fundraisers, I know I do. On the one hand we know that many schools and communities rely on them but on the other hand there are only so many sausages, chocolates and donuts one can eat! If you have had enough of seeing the same familiar fundraising events over and over again you will love this fresh new idea by ecostore:

The clean and green specialists at ecostore have put their hands together to come up with an exciting alternative for your next fundraising project, allowing you to raise money for your school, club, group or charity in a healthy way.

Good Soap boxThe Good Soap for a Good Cause initiative involves the sale of ecostore’s special Good Soap (80g), available in fresh Lemongrass or Grapefruit & Mint. At a RRP of just $2.50 per soap they are affordable for people to buy and easy to sell and a huge $1 of every soap goes to your cause, that quickly adds up! I know I would much rather purchase a few bars of soap for our family (and put some away as gifts) than buy yet another sausage on a roll.

Good Soap LemongrassSo what makes Good Soap so incredibly good? Not only do these bars of soap smell amazing, they are also completely free from nasty chemicals like cocamidopropyl betaine, propylene glycol or synthetic dyes, they are cruelty free and proudly made in New Zealand. Good Soap is gentle on your children’s skin and on the environment they grow up in, making it a good choice all around.

Good Soap GrapefruitTo help you get started ecostore has developed a special SOAPport kit that can be downloaded for free from the ecostore website. The kit includes flyers, tally sheets, a certificate template and a bunch of handy tips that will help you to make the most out of your Good Soap for a Good Cause event. Cute tip: The box of the Grapefruit & Mint Good Soap features a blank panel so you can include a message about your good cause.

Like the sound of this fun, fresh and fragrant fundraiser? Grab all ecostore fundraising details here, pick your favourite fragrance and place your order online, delivery is free Australia wide.

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To find out more about ecostore, to read up on the ecostore Fundraiser initiative and to start raising funds for your cause visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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Feb 022016
 

Hippo Blue

And off she went, as of yesterday our Juliet is a big schoolgirl. As we walked to school I couldn’t help but worry about how she would settle in at school. We found her name on a little desk, we located her tray and spotted a special hook to hang up her new school bag, one more kiss and one more wave and then it was time for goodbyes.

Juliet backpack

With a big, long corridor full of bulky backpacks it can be a little tricky for a small 5-year old to find her way, but at least our bright, cheeky, kind-hearted girl knows there will definitely not be another bag just like hers. Personalised with her own name this gorgeous backpack is perfect for our little ray of sunshine: Shine Bright Juliet!

HB JournalAt Hippo Blue they understand that every child is different and unique so they celebrate this diversity with a wide range of personalised back-to-school products. While most famous for their personalised name labels (that really stick!) they also offer awesome backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, stationery and more, all custom-made with the design and name of your choice.

Boys backpackKnowing how much the twins carry to and from school we decided on the Large Backpack (RRP $50) for Juliet. These spacious backpacks have plenty of room for tall folders and books, a large main compartment and a zipped front pocket. They also have soft, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, a loop for hanging and nice, deep side pockets so that drink bottles are easily accessible and kept away from expensive schoolbooks and homework.

Girls backpackStarting with a pink/green (girls) or blue/red (boys) base the backpacks can then be personalised with loads and loads of different designs and of course your child’s name. Animals, sports, vehicles, hobbies, foods… there are so many themes to choose from! I love how you can ‘try’ all the different looks before you place your order so you can see exactly what the bag will look like when finished. This preview feature made it much easier for our girls to make a decision.

Knowing that yellow is Juliet’s favourite colour and that she loves the sun and stars I was not surprised she had her heart set on the Shine Bright backpack, it turned out so well and it’s such a sweet, encouraging message for our new schoolgirl. Add to that the insulated Lunch Bag (RRP $32) to match and she’s all set for fun days at school.

Sybbie snacks

While miss Sybbie won’t be wearing a uniform for some time she will be bringing some snacks to kindy, so I planned ahead and ordered her the huge Mega Labels Value Pack (value $76.95, now $39.72). It contains regular labels, iron-on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels (so handy!) and more, with 222 labels in the pack we’ve got everything covered! These packs are such good value and using the same label everywhere make it easy for her to recognise her belongings amongst all the others.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Hippo Blue Facebook page to say up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. They often share special promotions and discount codes to help you replenish your personalised name labels and stationery throughout the year (Tip: They make great gifts too). Right now you can save 50% on Vinyl Name Labels and Clothing Labels, that’s a massive saving!

To find out more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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