May 282016
 

Crayola

Yippee, with exactly three months to go until our European holiday the countdown is finally on! By now we know what to bring to survive a very long plane trip with young children so I have started filling their backpacks with little bits and pieces already. To add to the excitement I wrap some of the items in pretty paper and of course I keep the contents a secret until the plane has taken off…

Crayola Paw Patrol

A new colouring book is always an excellent boredom buster and Crayola happens to have some ‘PAWesome’ new arrivals my kids will love:

Paw Patrol Color WonderWith this clever PAW Patrol Color Wonder (RRP $13.99) set you don’t have to worry about your budding artists leaving their colourful mark on the plane seat, fold-out tray, their outfits or even their own skin. Like magic the included Mess Free Markers only colour on the special Color Wonder paper, keeping the colour exactly where you want it. With 5 different markers and 18 colouring pages featuring the furry PAW Patrol friends there is plenty of decorating to be done.

On our last holiday we gave each child his/her own Color Wonder pack which worked a treat, together we had a rainbow of coloured markers and they could swap colouring pages to keep things interesting. Color Wonder is such a fabulous idea, enjoyable and intriguing for the kids and mess (and sanity) saving for mum!

Paw Patrol My First CrayolaEven the smallest puppy lovers can join the fun with PAW Patrol Color & Shapes Sticker Activities (RRP $4.99), part of the toddler-friendly My First Crayola range. This well-priced activity book is designed for ages 12 months+ and uses adorable PAW Patrol stickers to help young children practise shapes and colours through play. It is also an excellent tool for parents to work on fine motor skills with their child in a refreshing way, and the best part is that you can do it anytime and anywhere.

Crayola Paw Patrol GCPDue to their generous measurements (32 x 49cm) the PAW Patrol Giant Coloring Pages (RRP $8.49) are more of an at-home activity than an on-the-go entertainment, they’re absolutely huge in size and big in fun too. Decorating these large pictures of Chase, Marshall, Rocky and the rest of the PAW Patrol gang will keep the kids busy for ages. Once done why not stick them on your bedroom door or wall and turn them into your own unique PAW Patrol poster?

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

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May 052016
 

Roadshow Entertainment

With all the big kids back at school I know there are many cheeky pre-schoolers feeling a little lost right now. With their older playmates away for most of the day these young adventurers may feel a bit bored, which usually means trouble for mum. Enjoy some quiet time on demand with ABC newest release, available in store right now:

Sydney Sailboat DVD

Put on your life jacket, grab your captain’s hat and hoist those sails, in ‘Sydney Sailboat: Ready for Adventure’ buddies Sydney Sailboat and Zip the Water Taxi are off for 8 episodes of fun at sea. As they battle storms, ride waves, rescue sea creatures and solve a range of tricky problems they learn the importance of working together, following instructions and even looking after the environment. Stormy Weather, Gone with the Wind, Seal of Approval and more, there is never a boring day in Bubble Bath Bay.

Bubble Bath Bay colouring bookAre rain, wind and storms keeping your little ones inside? Add a splash of colour to your day with this fun Anchors Aweigh! colouring book. Get out the crayons, pencils or markers and decorate your favourite Bubble Bath Bath characters, plenty of colouring fun guaranteed. You can pick up this great boredom buster at your local ABC store or stay warm and cosy inside and order one online in the ABC Shop.

‘Sydney Sailboat: Ready for Adventure’ is available on DVD (RRP $14.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Home is where Mum is

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Apr 292016
 

Little Bellies

With just 9 sleeps to go until Mother’s Day time is quickly running out to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you’re still looking for a sweet present that doesn’t require wandering a busy shopping centre or lining up at the checkout, here’s a great last-minute gift suggestion for you from Little Bellies:

Little Bellies Tea Towel

Now obviously I don’t want to suggest that a women’s place is in the kitchen, but most (grand)mothers do spend a fair bit of time there so I think this unique tea towel will be well received by mum.

Tea Towel GrandmaThe gorgeous new Colour Your Own Tea Towel (RRP $29.99) adds a special touch to the boring task of drying the dishes. It is made from 100% premium cotton and features a lovely ‘Home is where Mum is’ screen print. Young artists can decorate the tea towel to their liking with the included fabric markers, just remember to iron the reverse before washing so you don’t lose your child’s precious artwork.

Shopping for grandma instead? Don’t worry, Little Bellies has the older generation covered too with a ‘Home is where Nanna is’ and ‘Home is where Grandma is’ print.

To find out more about Little Bellies dinnerware, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlebellies.com.au.

Apr 212016
 

Crayola

With the school holidays now in full swing the kids are spending hours on end at the kitchen table with markers, crayons, pencils and a huge stack of paper. But they are not the only who enjoy a bit of colour therapy, I am quite loving the relaxation myself too. The art and craft experts at Crayola believe that colouring in is great entertainment for all ages, which is why they have expanded their range with a special collection just for grown-ups:

Crayola Colouring

The Crayola ‘Adult Colouring’ Range is designed specifically for creative adults with premium fine-line markers and pencils in a rainbow of beautiful colours. I am secretly hoping hubby reads this hint and surprises me with a lovely stash for Mother’s Day…

Crayola Coloured PencilsIf you love soft shades and the ability to control the depth of your colour the Crayola Adult Coloring Colored Pencils (RRP $19.99, 50 pack) are your perfect pick. A light touch will give you a lighter colour which you can darken by adding layers or shadows, there is so much room for variety. With 50 different colours per pack the options are endless, seeing all these pretty pencils laid out is a joy for the senses.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ClassicOn the other hand, if you like the solid look of a deep, warm felt tip marker you will certainly enjoy the Crayola Adult Coloring Fine Line Markers (RRP $7.99, 12-pack). Thanks to their fine tip you can pull off thin lines and tiny details with great precision, staying in the lines is easy with this colourful bunch. I have to admit I am usually more a pencil-lover but these vibrant markers really are amazing to work with.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ContemporaryThe fine line markers are available in two different colour ways: the Classic Colors 12-pack is filled with bold, traditional shades and the Contemporary Colors 12-pack contains a slightly softer, modern colour palette. Now if only I had a cleaner and a cook to take care of my household so I could spend a few hours dreaming away above my new colouring book…sounds like bliss to me!

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

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Mar 202016
 

FinalLogo

Being the preparation-princess that I am slowly starting to work on the kids’ backpacks for our holiday later in the year. Spending almost 24 hours on planes and airports (one way) our little travellers will need to come packed with entertainment that is big in fun yet small in size AND weight.

Crayola Syb

For the little two I have already popped a few Crayola goodies in their luggage. By the time we go on holiday they will be 1 and 3 years old which is the perfect age for the My First Crayola range:

Palm Grip CrayonAlthough she is still a bit too small for arts and crafts right now I can imagine Harriet will want to copy her older siblings soon enough. The My First Crayola Palm-Grip Crayons (RRP $9.49, 3-pack) are designed for the hands of tiny little artists aged just 12 months and older. The unique egg shape of these brightly coloured Palm-Grip Crayons makes them easy to hold and allows children to colour from every angle.

My First Color and Sticker BookWith 24 pages and 40 stickers the My First Crayola Color & Sticker Book (RRP $3.99) offers excellent value for money. Between the colouring pages and stickers there is lots of designing and storytelling to be done, so it’s perfect for keeping busy bees entertained in the car or waiting room. There are three different books to choose from: At the Farm, Under the Sea and Just Hatched.

Crayola Easy-Grip CrayonsWe’ve been using the My First Crayola Easy-Grip Triangular Crayons (RRP $6.29, 8-pack) at home for quite some time and I find they are a great tool to teach children how to correctly hold a pen or pencil. Even though she is only three Sybil has really mastered the correct writing grip and her drawings are very precise which will be a great preparation for kindy and primary school.

Crayola Washable MarkersAs precise as Sybbie is about drawing on paper, she is just as detailed when decorating our walls or applying ‘body art’, something I am not too keen on. The My First Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers (RRP $8.49, 8-pack) can be washed off walls, furniture and clothing so they’re a real sanity saver. The rounded, ball-shaped tip is a sturdy, durable choice for toddlers who press a tad too hard when colouring as it can not be crushed (or peeled off by inquisitive little hands).

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

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Get Outdoors, Australia!

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Mar 032016
 

Anaconda

When I think of Easter I always think of a nice long weekend in April, so I was a little shocked to discover that Easter actually falls in March this year, that’s soon! With just over 3 weeks to go it’s time to get your thinking caps on and plan a fun few days outside with the family. Need some inspiration? The outdoor specialists at Anaconda are here to help:

GOM

During Great Outdoors Month (February 24 – March 24) you can visit Anaconda stores across Australia for loads of outdoor fun. Whether you are an adventurous camper, a fishing enthousiast, a keen cyclist, a thrill seeking climber, hiker or relaxed walker, they’ve got you covered this Easter.

Anaconda Camping

As a mum of five young children I know the logistics of camping with kids can be a little scary, so if you are a bit nervous too make sure you check out all the Camp Out action at your local Anaconda store. The team is ready to ‘ inspire, equip and enable’ using helpful demonstrations on setting up your tent, packing your sleeping bag, cooking a camp meal and much more.

Anaconda FishingEven if you prefer to stay close to home there are plenty of ways to get active. Turn off those mobile phones, tablets and computers and set off to explore your own neighbourhood. Go for a ride on your local bike track (drop in for the ‘maintain your bike’ demo), catch a big one at a lake or beach (learn how to set up a fishing line in store) or play a game of tennis in your backyard or a park.

While parents are stocking up on expert knowledge the kids will have a ball in the special kids’ corner (selected stores). Activity tables, face painting, a bug garden, balloons, a yummy BBQ… there is nothing boring about a visit to Anaconda. Our kids have made a little start at home already with the Anaconda Colouring Competition; there are 4 different images to choose from and you can print them at home, quick and easy.

Anaconda Bikes

Hot Tip: Make sure to share your favorite outdoor adventure on the Anaconda Facebook page for your chance to win two nights at a Big4 Caravan Park + a $500 Anaconda Gift Card!

To find out more about Anaconda, to locate an Anaconda store near you or to order online visit www.anacondastores.com.

Sep 262015
 

FinalLogo

With three older, and very crafty, siblings it is no surprise that miss Sybbie is turning into quite the artist too. As soon as she gets her little hands on a scrap of paper and something that writes she is in her element. I have to say that while I appreciate her art I do not always agree with her choice of location (walls, couches and clothing are a hot favourite!). Her latest obsession is cutting with scissors, which luckily is completely safe with these colourful clippers from Crayola:

The extensive My First Crayola range has been specifically designed for the youngest of artists. My First Crayola products are the perfect size for small hands and of course totally safe, allowing kids to explore and create without worry.

My First Crayola Safety ScissorsThe My First Crayola Safety Scissors (RRP $5.79, 36 months+) are the perfect starting point for inquisitive toddlers who are working on their fine motor skills. The brightly coloured scissors are great for cutting paper yet completely safe for little fingers and even hair (thankfully, miss Sybbie tried the home haircut but didn’t succeed!). With three different patterns per pack, straight, zigzag and wavy, there is plenty of cutting fun to be had.

My First Crayola Jumbo CrayonsWhen you have children of different ages it can be a little tricky to pick the right toys. The big kids love using markers but Sybil tends to use them as food or to get in trouble and I had more than enough of taking them away over and over again. I found the My First Crayola Jumbo Crayons (RRP $9.49, 24 months+) keep everyone happy, they’re non-toxic, easy to hold, bright in colour and chunky and strong in case of accidental drops.

My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured PencilsNormally I stay clear from pencils for our youngest kids because they are too slim to hold properly and rather breakable, but these clever My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured Pencils (RRP $6.99, 36 months+) are neither of those. The unique triangular shape encourage proper gripping (and it stops the pencils rolling off the table) and the extra thick 4mm lead makes them much stronger. You’ve got to love a company that truly understands its (young) customers!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the entire My First Crayola range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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