Sleep and Snooze with VTech

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Aug 152017
 

VTech

It may have been a race against the clock but after many long, late nights Hip Daddy has finally completed the baby’s nursery, just in time! I have to admit I was starting to feel a little stressed, there’s nothing more pleasing to an expecting mama’s eye than a beautifully made cot or bassinet waiting for its new owner…

Time will tell whether our new bundle will be a good sleeper but VTech is ready to help him/her drift off peacefully with this cuddly bedtime buddy:

The Starlight Sounds Hippo (RRP $49.95, ages 0 months+) combines the soft hug of a plush toy with the reassuring comforts of sound and light, it’s a winner all around.

Starlight Sounds HippoIt is no secret that babies are intrigued by movement and a simple light can keep babies entertained for ages. With four different coloured lights and six different light displays the Starlight Sounds Hippo definitely has plenty in store to keep little minds busy as they nod off for a nap. Imagine your baby’s delight while watching a wonderful light show being projected on the nursery ceiling!

Does your little one need some more gentle encouragement to fall asleep? This happy hippo is up to the task with an extensive 100+ range of soothing lullabies, calming nature sounds and well-known nursery rhymes that can be played on a 10, 20 or 30 minute timer. The volume is adjustable so you don’t have to worry about the sound being too loud or invasive to sleep with.

The absolute best part of the Starlight Sounds Hippo is that he is voice activated, he jumps into action when your baby cries which could help settle your baby back into sleep before he/he is fully awake. I will have to get back to you in a few months time to report on our sleeping success, keep an eye out!

VTech toys are available at major department stores, 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.

Stepping out in style with Bobux

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Jan 312016
 

Bobux

With the spotlight on ‘Back to School’ it’s all about our oldest three kids at the moment. Trying on uniforms, picking new backpacks, testing out lunch boxes and drink bottles… it may seem like miss Sybbie is missing out on all the fun but with her 3rd birthday just two weeks away she is getting ready for her own dose of excitement.

Bobux Sybil

It feels like yesterday that we battled to get some food into our tiny baby who was struggling to grow, now she measures almost 1 metre tall! She is such a cheeky, active girl and sitting still is definitely not her thing. She is always on the move, climbing, running, chasing, jumping, skipping, hopping as fast as she can and ideally as loud as she can too.

Bobux climbing

Her long, skinny body is not always as coordinated as she would like it to be so not a day goes past without a little slip, slide or fall, it’s good I keep a big supply of band-aids on hand! A good supportive pair of shoes is an absolute must for her growing feet and preferably a design that looks lovely, is non-slip and able to withstand the rough and tumble of active kids as well… I know, we have quite a wish list.

Bobux wood

At Bobux they understand that when it comes to children’s shoes parents don’t just want ‘cute’, ‘pretty’ or ‘cool’, they want quality, support, durability and comfort to encourage healthy, strong feet. Those little feet have to last a lifetime so, even though they will be hiding in socks or shoes most of the time, they are not something to mess around with. Children’s feet are serious business!

Wildflower Mary JaneLuckily the foot experts at Bobux know that the eye wants something too so they have combined al those must-have features with awesome looks that kids (and their parents) love, no wonder Bobux footwear is a hit around the globe. After careful consideration we decided the beautiful Wildflower Mary Jane (RRP $80, size 20-29) ticks all the boxes for us and miss Sybbie is super chuffed with her ‘red flower shoes’, happy faces all around.

Bobux solesThese versatile Wildflower Mary Janes are sweet and strong, flexible and feminine, comfortable and cute, safe and supportive, leather and long-lasting… they simply have everything we look for in the perfect girls’ shoe. Sybbie can be quite fussy with clothing and shoes and if they are ‘not right’ she will let us know immediately and refuse to wear them. For her to be happy with these gorgeous shoes says a lot.

The vibrant red colour is bright and cheerful and the leather is soft and beautiful quality. They really go with everything in her wardrobe and look lovely with bare feet in Summer but awesome with tights in Winter too. Also important: Sybbie loves being able to put them on and take them off herself thanks to the Velcro strap, our little miss independent is growing up…

Bobux slide

To find out more about Bobux, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.bobux.com.au.

Nuna Pipa

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Jan 172016
 

Nuna

This weekend I tearily packed away baby Harriet’s bassinet and newborn clothes. Teeny suits, tiny socks and beautiful wraps that our little Houdini already breaks free from, how can she possibly be three months old already? Thankfully there are also a few baby must-haves we are still thoroughly enjoying and our baby capsule is one of them:

Harriet Hospital Nuna

Before Harriet was born I spent a lot of time researching baby capsules, our baby’s safety is very important to us and capsules are a costly investment so I wanted to make a well informed decision. Aside from the safety rating there were a few other factors at play and after lots of umming and ahhing we finally settled on the Nuna Pipa, a choice I am still extremely happy with.

Safety
Nuna PipaWith a 4-star safety rating (see Child Car Seats) the Nuna Pipa is without a doubt one of the safest infant capsules around, in fact there are currently no higher rating seats available in Australia. Featuring a heavy duty shell, side impact protection and a 5-point safety harness the Pipa ensures your precious cargo is well protected. For extra peace of mind the Nuna offers a generous (up to) 6 year warranty as well as Crash Protect Support.

Design
I immediately loved the chic look of the Nuna Pipa and I often get compliments from other mothers and storeowners who admire the sleek and modern design too. The neat black base and canopy are classy, timeless and versatile and the lightweight aluminium handle adds a trendy touch.

Nuna Joolz

Comfort
The Nuna Pipa seat is extremely soft and padded and the premium micro knit fabric has a real luxurious feel to it (unlike some cheaper capsules that feel plasticky and sweaty). I love the fact that Harriet is surrounded by gentle protection, particularly around the head area, and can sleep comfortably. Especially for tiny arrivals a cushioned newborn insert is included to offer a snug and safe fit, we used this for the first few weeks.

Nuna Harriet

With the sunny Australian weather in mind the innovative Dream Drape is a fabulous selling point. This inbuilt sun shade can be pulled down to cover the entire front of the capsule and automatically stays in plays with magnets, so clever. I use the Dream Drape all the time, not only to keep harmful UV rays at bay outside or in the car but also for added privacy from curious strangers and to avoid Hattie being exposed to nasty germs in public areas. When not in use the Dream Drape can be zipped away in the hidden hood compartment.

Nuna Dream Drape

Durability
Don’t be fooled by its compact size and extremely light weight (the capsule weighs just 3.5kg, a blessing for my back!), the Nuna Pipa can be used directly from birth up to a very generous 13kg. This makes the Pipa a great investment and our Hattie has plenty of growth left in her capsule. As your baby grows you can refer to the handy height marker on the seat to decide when to move your little traveller into a bigger seat.

Nuna Height Marker

Compatibility
With more than 60 compatible prams the Nuna Pipa is an extremely versatile capsule that can turn many different prams into a complete travel system (using the correct adapters). We have used the Nuna Pipa in combination with the Joolz Day Earth (city stroll) and the Thule Urban Glide (off road walk), allowing us to go from car to shop, beach or park with Harriet asleep in the comfort and safety of her car seat.

Nuna Thule

Price
The recommended retail price of the Nuna Pipa is $599, which considering the excellent safety rating, high quality and durability is a fair price. Of course you could save yourself some welcome change by shopping around, you’ll find that retailers regularly offer great deals especially if you purchase a pram and other nursery items at the same time. We purchased our Nuna Pipa at our local Toys’r’us and I was really happy with the service we received.

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

Jan 122016
 

Clarks

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While we are busy enjoying the school holidays the first day of school is slowly sneaking up on us. In a few short weeks the twins will be big Year 2 students and Juliet will start reception, I am not sure if I am ready to send another baby off to big school just yet!

Clarks 1

While she is very excited she is also a little nervous about the ‘big playground’ so last week we went for a little try-out at the school. We used these 5 simple tips to help her be confident and relaxed when it’s time for recess play:

  • Play Equipment – We took a closer look at the different climbing frames, slides, bridges and tunnels and tested them out thoroughly. Juliet is quite worried about falling or slipping so sturdy shoes with good grip will help her to safely cross wobbly bridges and climb thin ladders.
  • Playground Layout – When you are only 5 the school yard is one big, scary maze and it can be tricky to remember where you are. We’ve shown Juliet the easiest way to home base: her class room.
  • Toilets – When you are busy having fun children tend to leave toilet breaks until the very last minute. Making sure they know where and how far away the toilets are will help avoid messy (and embarrassing) accidents!
  • Heights – Juliet has a fear of heights, so after trying out the play equipment and checking the ‘escape routes’ she is less likely to get stuck up high and not being able to get down.
  • Office – Hurt, lost, worried or sad? There is always help available either from the teacher on yard duty or the lovely ladies at the office.

Clarks 3

We’ve also tried on a real school uniform, picked a nice backpack, labelled her pretty lunch box and bottle and measured her up for a good pair of school shoes. As you may remember from last year we have had a great experience with Clarks in the past so we’ve opted for the same quality and durability again for our next schoolgirl. Clarks has been around for more than 170 years, supplying Australian families with the original and best school shoes for growing children’s feet.

Clarks 4

Our bright and happy Juliet is a very active girl who enjoys running, skipping, climbing, jumping and swinging, so we need shoes that are tough enough to handle all the rough and tumble that comes with playing and exploring. As she’ll be wearing school shoes five days a week, seven hours a day it is more important than ever to be fitted with sturdy, supportive footwear that won’t fall apart after one term. When it came to picking shoes we gave her a few options and she decided on the Ventura, because ‘I can run very fast in them’. Pretty good selling point if you ask me!

Clarks 2

With its scuff-resistant leather toe and non-marking sole the Clarks Ventura (RRP $89.95, size 8 Junior – size 6 Adult) is a great sports shoe that is perfect for both school and play. It is available in 4 different colours to comply with most school uniform regulations, Juliet opted for the white/silver look which is nice and neutral. She hasn’t mastered tying shoe laces just yet so the quick and easy Velcro straps are ideal. The shoe experts at Clarks understand how quickly little feet grow, which is why the Ventura has a removable innersole to provide some extra growing space and longer wear; great value for money!

Clarks 5

If you are lucky enough to live near a Clarks store make sure you pop in for the 10-Step Check by one of Clarks specialist trained fitters, that way you are guaranteed to get the perfect, healthy fit for your child. If you live a little further away and want to order online make sure you refer to the Clarks website for some handy tips to confidently measure and fit at home.

Clarks 5

To find out more Clarks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.clarks.com.au.

If you would like to kit out your child’s entire class with a brand new pair of Clarks make sure you enter this awesome competition for your chance to win. Entry is super easy:

1. Follow Clarks on Facebook or Instagram
2. Share your School Proof Tip and tag @clarksaustralia and #SchoolProofTips for your chance to win!

Good luck! Competition ends midday February 24, 2016.

Apr 022015
 

FRANKiE4

A few months ago I told you about Australian designer footwear label FRANKiE4 and I showed off my ALiX sandals. Teamed up with jeans, dresses, skirts and shorts, I have been wearing those gorgeous leather sandals as much as the weather allowed. They are just so versatile and super comfortable, even when I am on my feet all day with the kids. Now that Autumn is here I knew I could count on FRANKiE4 to keep up my comfort level throughout the chilly season:

FRANKiE4 Winter

Pretty ballet flats, cool sneakers, trendy boots, beautiful loafers, no matter what style you like to wear this winter FRANKiE4 has got you covered with their stylish new Autumn/Winter range which has just hit stores across Australia:

LiZ CamelAs I grew up in The Netherlands I used to (and loved) wearing boots all Autumn/Winter, so even though I am living in Australia now I still dig up my boots as soon as I feel a little breeze. FRANKiE4’s first-ever winter boots are right on trend and available in neutral black and camel colour ways so you can mix and match them with your entire winter wardrobe. How stylish are feminine LiZ with her high heels and casual JAMiE with her elasticised sides?

I won’t lie, I am not a hero on heels so I generally avoid them, as much as I like the look I don’t like the foot pain most heels cause. But knowing that FRANKiE4 footwear is designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist I knew I was in for a welcome change and after trying on LiZ all I can say is WOW. I can not even describe how strange it felt to slip my feet into these beautiful boots, and I mean strange in a very, very good way. You immediately feel your feet being supported in all the right places, without being restrictive and squishy like many other closed in shoes.

FRANKiE4 Boots

Obviously I was already super impressed by the comfort and support of the ALiX sandal, but this season’s boots with their patented Custom Fit system are yet another level up from that. Whether you have ‘regular’ width feet, narrow feet or wide feet, using the complimentary footbed pieces (included with all FRANKiE4 shoes except sandals) you can create the ultimate correct footbed to support your feet perfectly.

Janelle GoldWith 5 weeks to go until Mother’s Day now is the perfect time to start dropping some hints for the hubby or kids and tell them about your favourite pair of FRANKiE4’s. I know it is not always easy to put yourself first and often we don’t look after ourselves (and our feet) the way we really should, so Mother’s Day is the ideal excuse to treat yourself to new pair of stylish and healthy shoes.

To find out more about FRANKiE4, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.frankie4.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.

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Mar 152015
 

Skeanie

While most days it is still a lovely temperature outside the nights are noticeably getting cooler which can only mean one thing: Autumn has begun! Personally I love this cosy season that sees nature’s colours change and leaves fall, I also very much enjoy snuggling up near the fire place and wearing warm boots. Make sure your little one doesn’t feel the chill during the cooler months with these gorgeous new Winter arrivals from Skeanie:

Skeanie Winter

Australian footwear label Skeanie creates classic leather shoes for stylish kids. Proudly named as an Associate Partner of The Australian Podiatry Association they value the health of growing little feet and use only high quality materials. Add to that the fact that the Skeanie range is Fair Trade made and you’ve got a winning combination.

Skeanie Infant Snug CreamFeaturing beautifully soft teddy bear fur lining the Skeanie Infant Snug Boot (RRP $39.95) is the ultimate luxury shoe for precious little baby feet. It’s super soft, comfortable and keeps small toes toasty warm during the cold season. Thanks to the adjustable velcro ankle strap you can ensure a correct fit for your child at all times and it makes it super easy and quick to get these little booties on (we all know how hard it can be to fit shoes on chubby baby feet!)

Skeanie Infant Riding Boot RedThis handmade Pre-Walker Riding Boot (RRP $39.95) is probably one of my favourites, I love the smooth, buttersoft leather and with a range of colours to choose from it’s a fantastic winter shoe for both boys and girls. The elasticised sides will help create a nice snug fit so that cheeky little tots can’t kick them off too easily. Depending on the size the Pre-Walker Riding Boots are fitted with a suede sole or split suede/rubber sole to provide excellent grip and flexibility.

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

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Fabulous and Functional: FRANKiE4

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Feb 022015
 

FRANKiE4

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of buying your children proper shoes and many of you agreed with me that high quality, supportive footwear is a must. Yet somehow we mums seem to care a lot less for our own feet and we settle for cheap, flimsy shoes ourselves that may be on trend but far from good for our feet. It’s time to step up to the plate this year and look after yourself with fabulous shoes that are fit for a queen:

FRANKiE4 range

Australian footwear label FRANKiE4 is all about comfort, support and quality, but they also understand that style conscious women want a classy look too. Designed by a podiatrist and physiotherapist FRANKiE4 shoes help prevent and treat common foot problems like heel or arch pain, plantas fasciitis and forefoot pain so you can walk around with a spring in your step (again).

ALiXThe latest FRANKiE4 collection offers a range of gorgeous styles that allow women to look stylish and fashionable this season while caring for their feet at the same time. From classic ballet flats to comfy slip-ons and from lace-up sneakers to strappy sandals, FRANKiE4 has your summer look covered. I live in dresses during the warmer months so I love a pretty sandal myself and this beautiful ALiX design ticks all the boxes for me.

The ALiX sandal (RRP $199.95, available in black, chestnut and blue) is made with lovely soft leather and wide adjustable straps that keep your feet comfortably in place when you walk. Unlike flat and floppy thongs the ALiX features a slight heel for a feminine look and a podiatrist designed built-in functional footbed with heel cradle, arch support and cushioning, it’s like slipping your feet into a comfy pair of slippers!

ALiX Logo Buckle

What I love about these black ALiX sandals is their timeless design and versatile colour, they look great with a dress or skirt but fabulous with jeans too. When you are on your feet a lot (as a busy mum of four I am always running around) you want comfort and these sandals really shape to suit your feet, the more you wear them the better they fit. I also love that you can easily adjust the pleated strap across your forefoot for a perfect fit for every foot and every time.

ALiX Pin Buckle

As a special treat the ALiX sandal comes with two sets of decorative buckles, a FRANKiE4 logo buckle and classic pin buckle, so you can dress up the velcro ankle straps or wear them plain. You can position the buckles as you please so that they do not dig or bump into your ankle bones and affect your comfort.

To find out more about FRANKiE4, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.frankie4.com.au, shipping is FREE Australia wide.