And off she goes… with Crocodile Creek

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Jan 222018
 

Crocodile Creek

One week from today our miss Sybbie will be starting school and I am not exactly sure how to feel about that just yet. Long time readers will remember that she has had quite a few challenges to overcome, so as a result I am a bit extra protective of her. Thankfully her confidence has grown a lot this year and as you can tell by this photo she is very excited about the adventure ahead of her:

Even though Sybil’s Crocodile Creek kindy backpack and lunch boxes from last year were still in top shape (big thumbs up for durability!) I felt the transition to big school deserved some cool new school gear, so our little student got to take her pick and instantly fell in love with this adorable bunch of backyard friends. Obviously everything needed a proper try out this week, making sure it lives up to the expectations.

Miss Sybbie is a real girly girl who loves wearing twirly skirts, pretty dresses and sweet headbands, the pastel colours of the Backyard Friends backpack really suit her style. It’s an ideal size for our nearly 5-year old, big enough for her lunchbox, bottle and homework folder but still lightweight and comfortable to wear thanks to the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and did you spot the handy front pocket for some little treasures and special notes from mummy or the teacher?

On the side of the backpack a stretchy pocket ensures a refreshing drink is always within hand’s reach, at the same time it keeps messy spills or wet condensation safely away from school work, library books or homework assignments. The no-spill Backyard Friends bottle (475ml) is a perfect fit and the strong and durable Tritan material is totally kid-proof. Double win: Sybbie adores the animal print and how simple it is to flip open and close, mummy loves how easy it is to clean with a removable straw and being dishwasher safe.

As Adelaide summers get very hot an insulated lunch bag is a real must, this spacious Backyard Friends classic lunchbox has practical wipe-clean lining (that’s free from nasties like PVC, Phthalate free and BPA) and there is plenty of room inside to pack your child’s lunch, fruit and some ice packs to keep lunch fresh and cool for even longer. On the front a zip pocket safely stores cutlery and some spending money for the school canteen.

Speaking of cutlery, I have no doubt these adorable Backyard Friends big kid utensils will be the cutest fork and spoon in class (no mix-ups). They are made for small hands and allow for a greater variety in lunches, think pasta, salad, yoghurt, rice or noodles; after all sandwiches do get a little boring after a while!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Dec 072016
 

Fridge-to-Go

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

Summer or winter, rain or shine, the Fridge-to-Go range of portable snack, drink and lunch solutions for young and old is popular all year around. From lunch for one to a picnic for the whole family, you can count on Fridge-to-Go to keep your food and drinks fresh and cool. Because the Fridge-to-Go team knows we’re all about families they’ve offered this fantastic family-sized prize for our Christmas Countdown giveaway:

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Just like the name suggests the Fridge-to-go MF24 Carry All ($79.95) is one of Fridge-to-Go’s largest cooling bags with plenty of room for all the food and drinks you need for a BBQ at the park, visit to the pool or day at the beach. Big enough to store 24+ cans or 6 wine bottles it’s a family favourite that will be enjoyed again and again.

fridge-to-go-mf24-carry-allThe MF24 Carry All is made with durable ‘TempGuard’ fabric and convenient wipe clean lining and can be transported by the practical carry handle. The three removable chilling panels offer surround cooling for a very generous 8 hours, that’s your next day out covered! Because your family’s health is important this Fridge-to-Go Cooler Bag is free from BPA, PVC and lead so you can enjoy your snacks with peace of mind.

To find out more about Fridge-to-Go, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.fridge-to-go.net.au.

For your chance to win a Fridge-to-Go MF24 Carry All (RRP $79.95) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Sip in style with Steely

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Jun 092016
 

Steely

When it comes to mealtimes our little miss Harriet is getting better by leaps and bounds. She now happily enjoys three small meals a day and her tongue tie is no longer causing any trouble, I am so glad we decided to go ahead with the procedure. She is also getting more confident with drinking from a cup and has sips of water throughout the day using this baby-friendly drink bottle by Steely:

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The trendy Steely bottles and cups are made from strong, high-quality stainless steel making them not only stylish but safe too. Unlike many plastic bottles they are completely free from BPA and other nasties so they are the perfect healthy pick for parents who want only the best for their child and the environment (and surprisingly budget friendly!).

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With Hattie’s initial feeding issues in mind we felt the Steely First Sipper (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) was a good starting point for independent drinking. The non-slip handles are the ideal size for small baby hands and the easy flow spout makes drinking a breeze, there is no super strong sucking required. I think the 250ml capacity is spot on for young babies, big enough to last the day without too many refills and small and light enough for them to hold.

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Thanks to the durable 18/8 surgical stainless steel the water stays cool and fresh for longer and the material does not discolour or smell like plastic often does. One of my other favourite features is the ease of cleaning, the First Sipper comes apart in three separate pieces (cup, spout and ring) that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, less scrubbing for me!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Steely range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Breastfeeding Booster with Mix & Go

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Apr 242016
 

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Maybe it’s the many broken nights, maybe it’s the nasty cold I am battling, Hattie teething or just a growth spurt, either way I felt like my milk supply was not meeting Harriet’s demands lately. Obviously there are plenty of so-called ‘lactation cookies’ recipes out there to boost your milk production but as a busy mum I needed something a little quicker. With the help of George Foreman I whipped up this easy peasy breastfeeding booster in just a few minutes.

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Fitness FriendThe limited edition Mix & Go Fitness Friend Pack (RRP $49.95) is a perfect present for health conscious mamas this Mother’s Day and, the even better, it doesn’t cost a fortune. This super value pack contains the Mix & Go blending system with 2 drinking bottles (600ml, 1 transparent/1 purple), 2 flip lids and 2 purple Chill Sticks to keep your drinks cool for longer. Fruit, vegetables, milk, ice, juice, yoghurt, spices… the Mix & Go instantly turns your favourite foods into a healthy smoothie that you can take with you as you run out the door in the morning.

Health MillTo give your smoothies some extra power the pack also includes the handy Mix & Go Health Mill (120ml), a clever Mix & Go add-on that crushes and grinds nuts, spices and herbs. Add them to your smoothies to make them even healthier or create nut butters, spice blends, dressings or pestos from scratch (a keep-fresh lid is included for easy storage). I love how the compact Mix & Go system hardly takes up any space on your kitchen bench yet it is so versatile, the options are endless.

Health Mill Peanuts

Want to make your own quick, health and totally yummy Mama Milk Smoothie? Here’s how to do it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp brewer’s yeast (If you can’t find it at the supermarket, try your local health food store)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chill SticksSimply add all ingredients to your Mix & Go drink bottle, screw on the powerful crushing blades and place it on the Mix & Go unit. Without any effort the Mix & Go will blend all those nutritious ingredients to perfection, now that’s an easy homemade smoothie! Attach a Chill Stick to the drinking lid for some extra cool, close the bottle and your grab-and-go Breastfeeding Booster is ready. This makes quite a large smoothie that’s nice and creamy and of course very delicious, enjoy.

To find out more George Foreman, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.georgeforeman.com.au.

Simple Steps to Starting Solids

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Feb 172016
 

Heinz Baby Basics

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No matter how much I wish she would stay small forever, our beautiful little Harriet is growing up fast and she is definitely no longer a newborn. Now that she is almost 5 months old and weighs in at an impressive 7kg this gorgeous girl is starting to get very interested in all the ‘grown-up food’ she is missing out on, I think her first try of solids is just around the corner.

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As cute as that ‘first bite’ photo will look on your wall, after four kids I know that starting solids also comes with a fair bit of work and a huge amount of mess. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this stage enjoyable for all:

Cook in bulk
Instead of preparing one tiny bowl of fresh food every day it is much more time efficient (and budget friendly) to cook larger quantities and store them in your freezer. If you freeze your baby’s meals in bite-size portions you can simply take out a single serve when needed; quick, easy and less wasted food.

Freezer Pod TrayThe practical Freezer Pot Tray holds six convenient 60ml pods, an ideal size for little tummies. Hungry baby? Simply pop out the frozen food to defrost your nutritious home-made meal or microwave the contents directly in the container, yay for less washing up! The tray keeps all your pods neatly organised while the individual pods are great for on-the-go too, the secure clip-on lid avoids messy spills in your nappy bag.

Tip: Use the coloured lids to ‘colour-code’ your meal stash, eg. green for vegetables, pink for fruit/dessert and blue for breastmilk.

Heinz Freezer Tray

Drip, drop, splash
Babies + Food = Mess, and lots of it. Whether you like it or not, as soon as you start solids you are in for a whole lot of gooey, sticky, slippery, crunchy, caked on mess. Thankfully there are a few things that could help limit the damage like a good absorbent bib, a non-spill cup, a splat mat under the table and of course this clever invention:

UnbelievabowlThe innovative Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl uses super strong suction to safely secure your baby’s bowl to the high chair or table. Not only will this keep the bowl from tipping over by accident, it also makes it much easier for baby to scoop out dinner without having to hold onto the bowl AND your cheeky eater can’t throw the bowl on the ground in protest. Now that’s what I call a sanity saver!

Heinz Suction Bowl

Make mealtime fun
You may have heard the saying ‘Food before one is just for fun’, for now it’s all about introducing your baby to different flavours and textures and basically letting them have fun with food. It is no secret that babies love bright colours and interesting shapes so make sure you bring those to the table too.

Heinz Baby SpoonsThese funky Weaning Spoons are available in a range of attractive colours and are sure to appeal to inquisitive babies. The easy-grip handle is specifically designed for small hands that are still learning and the Flexisoft tip is gentle on sensitive gums. As babies grow and gain independence they can start their self-feeding journey with the First Feeding Spoons, the feeding experts at Heinz have all stages covered.

You can find the Heinz Baby Basics range in the baby aisle at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

To find out more about Heinz Baby Basics, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.nicepak.com.au.

Dec 162015
 

SodaStream

With just ten days to go until Christmas many of us are starting to feel the pressure. Decorating the house, organising a festive family dinner, doing the shopping and of course sourcing that one perfect present for each of your guests. People often say it is impossible to make everyone happy but is actually surprisingly simple thanks to SodaStream:

SodaStream Power

Most people will remember SodaStream from their childhood, making instant fizzy in their retro orange kitchen. However there is nothing old-fashioned about SodaStream: these days the drink makers and reusable bottles look sleek and trendy, the range of delicious flavours is always growing and (very important) SodaStream is doing an amazing job reducing the number of drink bottles headed to landfill.

SodaStream bottlesThe durable SodaStream bottles have a three year lifespan which means they can save the average Australian family (and the environment) up to 2,190 bottles and cans, now that’s what I call environment friendly! Even the gas cylinders are reusable, once empty you can take your cylinder to one of the many SodaStream retailers across Australia for a direct swap at a reduced rate instead of purchasing a whole new gas cylinder. The cylinders will then be refilled by SodaStream ready for another round of fizzy fun.

Whether it’s a tonic for Grandpa, an ice tea for Grandma, a cola for hubby, lemonade for the kids or simply a sparkling water for the health nut in the family, SodaStream is sure to please everyone this Christmas. There are currently more than 40 different SodaStream flavours (including diet and sugar free options) to choose from, making SodaStream the perfect fit for everyone and every lifestyle. That’s Christmas gift giving made easy!

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As you may know I am on a slow and steady mission to reclaim my body after giving birth to our little Harriet 11 weeks ago. I said goodbye to unhealthy snacks, cut down on unnecessary carbs and replaced unhealthy soft drinks by water and so far I am doing very well. In saying that, I do miss the refreshing tingles that come with a nice cool glass of soda so bubbles in my water are a must. The bubbles really help quench my thirst on a hot summer day and make it much easier for me to reach my 2-3 litre water a day goal, plus they hide the yucky taste of Australian tap water.

SodaStream Power

Instead of buying expensive bottles of sparkling water (3 litres a day quickly adds up) I use our SodaStream machine to make my own freshly carbonated water, it is always there when I feel like it and I can add just the right amount of fizz, perfect! At the same time hip daddy can still enjoy his choice of soft drinks and make them fresh on demand, after all no one likes flat soft drinks in the fridge. We have been using our SodaStream drinks maker for more than four years now and I still love it at much as when I tasted my first home-made soft drink.

SodaStream Raspberry

Because I use it so often and SodaStream is a real fixture in our kitchen the stylish new mains powered SodaStream Power (RRP AUD $199.00) feels right at home on our kitchen bench, I am loving the update. I really like the modern designer look and the way you can carbonate your water with the touch of a button and I very much appreciate the quietness of the SodaStream Power particularly when our Hattie is asleep nearby.

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

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Breakfast with George

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Apr 062015
 

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With four young children to get ready our mornings are generally a crazy rush. Making breakfast (often different types to please everyone), packing lunches, dressing kids, changing nappies, braiding hair, last-minute homework and presentation checks, doing up shoe laces… there is lots to do and very little time to do it in. Quite often I end up walking out the door without having had breakfast myself which is obviously not very healthy. A few weeks ago things changed and I have been having breakfast with George most mornings.

George Foreman Mix & Go

‘George? Who is George?’ I hear you wonder. Don’t worry, I haven’t swapped my wonderful hubby for a new man. I am talking about the clever Mix & Go by George Foreman. ‘Breakfast with George’ is easy, quick, healthy, convenient and versatile, just the way I like it!

Mix & Go SmoothieThe Mix & Go (RRP $39.95, 300W) is a compact personal blender that allows you to create yummy smoothies at home in a matter of minutes. It’s the perfect kitchen gadget for busy people on-the-go as it blends single serve drinks directly into a 600ml, travel size drink bottle. Just grab a Mix & Go bottle, add your favourite ingredients and screw on the Mix & Go top with ice-crushing blades, pop this on the Mix & Go base and within no time your drink is made to perfection.

Milk, yoghurt, fresh fruit, juice, frozen berries, ice cubes, breakfast sprinkle… the Mix & Go enables you to create a drink that suits your needs, preferences and mood perfectly and as they are single serves you can make something different for everyone, after all not everyone likes the same things. Not unimportant, using the Mix & Go is also much more budget friendly than buying a smoothie at the shops and you know exactly what goes in your drink!

Mix & Go BottlesThere is no need to tip your drink over into another container, glass or bottle, just replace the Mix & Go blades by the Mix & Go bottle lid and you can run straight out the door with your fresh, healthy breakfast in hand. The Mix & Go comes complete with two 600ml, BPA free, dishwasher safe drink bottles. Additional Mix & Go Drink Bottles (RRP $9.95 each) are available in a range of fruity colours, so every family member can have his/her own personal Mix & Go bottle.

To find out more George Foreman, to browse the range and to discover delicious recipes online visit www.georgeforeman.com.au.