Nov 012012
 

As you have probably read the twins started kindy this term, they had a lovely start and really enjoyed their first week. However after that things went a little down hill and one by one they came down with bugs and viruses. The second week they didn’t get to kindy at all and only last week did they manage to attend half a day. Luckily everyone is healthy again this week so they are back in full force and determined to come home with some fabulous artwork.

It took a little while but hip daddy finally got out the drill and hung up our four Da Vinci Art Frames, one for every child. I chose the wall next to the dining table because I have no doubt there will be lots of story sharing during dinner and everyone can admire their creations. I think the frames look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see all their art on display (of course we will have to wait a few years before baby no.4 can add to the collection).

On the first day of kindy the twins brought home an interesting looking pile of glued papers (miss 4) and a piece of wood with a nail and a strip of cardboard (mister 4), they were very proud of their art and of course we were too. They were however a little disappointed that they didn’t get to make a special painting for the new Art Eater frames so they are definitely on a mission this week. I will make sure to share a photo with you once the frames have been filled.

Da Vinci Art Cabinets are available in White, Black and Cherrywood and come in three different sizes (A2, A3 and A4). You can store up to 50 sheets of paper in your cabinet, that’s a lot of children’s art! Hanging the frames up is very easy, the back of each frame is secured to the wall at the top and bottom so you can safely open the ‘door’ to add, remove or change the art on display without it moving or even coming off the wall.

As promised, here is a little update of our art cabinets in action. The paintings/drawing were a little small for the frame but it still looks absolutely amazing, everyone asks about them when they spot them on the wall!

Finally, some art on display!

To find out more about Art Eater, to take a closer look at the Li’l Davinci Art Cabinets and to order online visit www.arteater.com.au.

For your chance to win a $100 Art Eater gift voucher (can not be used on shipping) visit www.arteater.com.au and answer the following question: Which colour Li’l Davinci Art Cabinet would you choose and where would you hang it?

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Competition ends December 1, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Oct 222012
 

Right now Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals is running a fabulous competition on their Facebook page where you can win a Leafy Dreams Nursery Decal of your choice, with so many options you will no doubt have a hard time picking a favourite! Entries close October 31, 2012.

Here in South Australia we have finally seen a little bit of gorgeous Spring weather in the past few weeks and it always gets me excited about organising, renovating and decorating. There are plenty of delightful Spring themed wall decals available at Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals to give your wall a quick spring fix. This Tree With Birds Nest design ($115) would look just gorgeous in a baby girl’s nursery (No I do not know the gender of our new baby!).

I also love the fine details of the How Tall Am I? Height Chart, it comes complete with 21 height markers to easily stick down as your child grows. There are more height chart decals available in store but this one would have to be my favourite, the colours and patterns used go so well together and really turn it into something special. Take a closer look at the elephants, aren’t they cute?

To find out more about Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals, to browse the range and to order online visit Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals. For your chance to win your favourite decal visit the Leafy Dreams Facebook page.

Jul 132012
 

My children’s favourite shop to go to is Bunnings. Not because of the forklifts and the little trolleys but because I let them choose two colour cards from the walls full of paint colours. I know they would love for us to paint their bed rooms walls in some bright colour but I have realised that it is not that easy; to clear out a room completely, to prep the walls and let them dry during two or three coats of paint, only to be changed for another colour a few months later. The beautiful wall stickers from 41 Orchard are a much quicker and more practical way of decorating and they look amazing.

One of the first things you’ll notice when browsing the 41 Orchard website is the colours, an eye catching range of vibrant, fresh, happy colours that will put smiles on faces. All of the wall decals can be ordered in different colour combinations so you can select the look that suits your wall space perfectly. For some styles you can even make up your own custom colour combination, allowing you to create the room of your dreams.

In store you’ll find a wonderful range of nursery wall stickers, tree wall stickers, name wall stickers, chalkboard stickers and much more. Tree wall decals are very popular at the moment but often they are more suitable for girls, at 41 Orchard they have put together some beautiful ‘boy colours’ so hip boys can join in this trend too. My favourite would have to be this Nursery Tree Wall Sticker, I think it looks amazing!

The 41 Orchard wall stickers are made right here in Australia from a special, high quality fabric that can be moved over and over again. So when your kids swap rooms or even when you move house you can take your decoration with you. The wall decals are PVC free, biodegradable and made with eco-friendly, non-toxic inks so you can rest assured that they are perfectly safe for your little treasures.

To find out more about 41 Orchard, to browse the range and to order online visit www.41orchard.com.

For your chance to win a $100 41 Orchard gift voucher visit www.41orchard.com and answer the following question: Which design in store would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends August 13, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Jun 052012
 

Last week I wrote about our ‘renovator’s delight’ home and how happy we are with the extra space. On the downside it means there is still a lot to be done to make it ‘perfect’ and with little ones there is never enough time to do it all. We have been doing up bedrooms from the day we moved in and we keep playing musical bedrooms so there is always one bedroom free to work on.

A neutral wall colour makes it easy to swap from girls room to boys room, all it takes is some colourful accessories and a beautiful wall decal to make the room their own. If you choose wisely your new wall decals are reusable too so you can easily move them to another room (or even another house) later on. The latest addition to our walls is from Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals, a wonderful new Australian business that is passionate about creating inspiring spaces for little ones to play and sleep in.

From compact wall stickers for small spaces to huge, impressive decals for big areas, from boys to girls, from baby to teens, there are lots of designs available in store and everything on the website is actually in stock (no long waits). The Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals wall stickers are made from high quality vinyl or fabric and depending on the style you can reuse them again and again.

Speaking of reusable, these Glitzy Girls wall stickers take that word to the next level by letting your little miss dress up her own wall decals. With five girls per pack the combinations are endless. Your budding fashion designer will love these dress up girls and if you add the Design Diva accessories she might never leave her room. Check out the Interactive Wall Decals category for more fun interactive designs for boys and girls.

If you’ve fallen in love with the whimsical Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals range make sure you sign up for their newsletter, if you subscribe before July 29th you could win a wall decal of your choice (up to $150).

To find out more about Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals, to browse the range and to order online visit www.leafydreamsnurserydecals.com.au.

For your chance to win a Bird and Blossom Branch wall decal in Pink or Blue (RRP $77) visit www.leafydreamsnurserydecals.com.au and answer the following question: Which wall decal would you most love to see in your child’s bedroom?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends July 5, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Apr 282012
 

With just 3 months until our holiday and 4 months until the twins start kindy I am starting to feel a little unorganised. Several times a day I think of bits and pieces I need to do, pack or buy and I know I am still forgetting half. Sometimes I quickly jot down a little note on a piece of paper but more often than not my scraps end up in the hands of my little munchkins, never to be seen again. Luckily I spotted these fabulous chalkboard stickers at Bright Star Kids and I put my order in straight away.

Bright Star Kids range offers a range of chalkboard stickers in lots of styles, sizes and colours. I personally really like the look of the Chalkboard Dots Wall Stickers, they are perfect for making notes for multiple family members or different occassions. Once I have one dedicated spot for notes about the holiday, one for shopping and for kindy I will feel a lot more in control I think! There are three colour combinations to choose from.

My plan is to use up everything in our freezer before we go on holidays and menu planning is super easy with the Chalkboard Panels Wall Stickers. Simply write down your meal ideas for every day of the week and under each day any ingredients you might still need and you will have an empty freezer in no time. You can join both panels together to make one long chalkboard panel or use them as two separate stickers.

Now you probably know that blackboard chalk can be a little chunky to write with, and I am not even mentioning the smudges, dust and how quickly chalk breaks. You won’t have any of these problems if you just grab one (or a few) of the Stabilo Chalk Pencils when you place your Bright Star Kids order. They are available in white, red and yellow and you can sharpen them like an ordinary pencil.

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

For your chance to win a $50 Bright Star Kids voucher visit www.brightstarkids.com.au and answer the following question: If you were to be our lucky winner what would you spend your voucher on?

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Competition ends May 28, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Nana Huchy

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Apr 142012
 

With Easter behind us it will soon be time for Mother’s Day, a very special day to many and one that often sneaks up on us leaving us no time to buy a little gift for wives and mums. Now I have reminded you today that there is just under one month left until Mother’s Day (Sunday May 13th), plenty of time to pick something lovely so you have no excuse to face your mum or wife empty handed! For a whole range of sweet gift ideas check out Nana Huchy, a stunning Australian homeware label inspired by the beauty of France.

To start with my own mum (who doesn’t use a computer so my secret is safe here) I have already wrapped up this absolutely gorgeous Frill Apron ($61.60). Surely wearing this classic, long length apron you’d picture yourself in a traditional French country kitchen, baking soft bread and rolling dough for home made croissants. I know she will love it, an apron you use (nearly) every day so you might as well add some style to your cooking chores.

It is not just on Mother’s Day that you should treat your mum like a princess, she deserves to be a princess all year around. In saying that, being a princess is not easy and Nana Huchy understands that completely. How cute is this Princess Pillowcase ($30) with lovely pink flower detail around the edge? Add a home made voucher from the kids for a ‘free nanna nap’ and your very own princess will have a brilliant Mother’s Day.

But it is not just the mums who love Nana Huchy‘s French charm, the range also features a delightful kids collection with soft toys, bags, rattles, bibs and much more. This adorable bunny called Becca ($35.50) gives the best cuddles and when you pull her tail she plays music too, such a sweet surprise. If you are looking for a unique, high quality and classy gift for a special little or big person in your life the Nana Huchy store is well worth checking out.

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

Mar 052012
 

Often it are the simplest things that make kids smile, but did you know even something as boring and plain as a light switch can be used to turn a frown upside down? Every house big or small, new or old has light switches all throughout, offering a blank canvas for little artists using the Light Switch Stickers from Australian store Little Me Little You.

The Light Switch Stickers are a quick and easy way to brighten up an ordinary light switch, something you would normally not even look twice at. These stickers turn your light switch into little personalities that will put a smile on the faces of your kids and other young visitors. A set of Light Switch Stickers contains 4 A6 sheets of vinyl stickers, that means there is a lot of sticker fun to be had!

Within the range there are three different sets available: boys, girls and animals. Girls will love the adorable rosy cheeks and cute hair clips and boys will think the cheeky freckles and quirky moustaches are pretty cool. Of course you can never go wrong with the animal stickers (my favourite) featuring whiskers, wet noses, piggy and bunny ears and much, much more. With so many stickers the options are endless and your little ones will have a ball creating their own light switch characters.

To find out more about Little Me Little You, to take a closer look at the Switch Stickers ($14.95) and to order online visit www.littlemelittleyou.com.au.