Apr 122021


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.

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Jan 262015


Shirts washed. Pants ironed. Shoes polished. Backpack labelled. Just one more sleep until the first day of school for many children across Australia. If you left it all a little late and discovered today, when all the shops are closed, that your little student could do with a new lunchbox or drink bottle you’ll be pleased to know that Where Did You Get That? is always open and they will ship your order out promptly. On top of that they’ve got a fantastic Back to School deal on right now:

Save 20% on the entire ‘Back to School’ category at Where Did You Get That?, simply enter the code ‘GETBACK’ at checkout. Offer ends January 31, 2015. 


Over the last few years parents worldwide have discovered how easy it is to make varied, healthy lunches using a divided lunchbox and the Goodbyn range is perfect for those yummy bento lunches. Available in range of sizes, shapes and colours you can create your own ideal set of reusable lunch containers or you can go for quick and easy and grab one of the ready-to-go sets. With prices starting at just $2.95 this is a well-priced range and when you use the ‘GETBACK’ code you get an even better deal!


You can also use the ‘Back to School’ offer to shop the Contigo BPA-free drink bottle range, our children use Contigo bottles at home and at school and they are absolutely fantastic. Contigo bottles come in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes to suit boys and girls and even mums and dads, the family can drink Contigo style! I can highly recommend the Swish Autoseal (leakproof, perfect for younger children) and the Addison Sports (for older children), I love the hardwearing, durable design and think they are worth every dollar.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

Jan 112014

Back 2 School Target

Confession time: In two short weeks my babies are starting school and I am terrified, in fact I am losing sleep over it. Kindy was sort of okay but now they are going to (insert scary voice here) ‘the big school’. Since I never went to school here in Australia I am extra nervous about it all, probably more nervous than they are! Everything about school is different in The Netherlands, from the age they start school (there is no such thing as kindy, Dutch children start primary school at 4 years old) and what/how they teach to the fact that Dutch children don’t wear uniforms and come home to eat their lunch.

This whole Aussie school business may be totally new to me and I am feeling completely lost on most fronts, but when it comes to shopping school supplies I think I’ve got it all under control:

Boys RunnersWith the school booklet in hand and some helpful advice from other mothers under my belt I managed to put together a complete shopping list that covers absolutely everything, or so I hope. From school uniforms and school shoes (don’t forget the runners) to lunchboxes and drink bottles and of course all the necessary school stationery bits, almost all items on my list are now ticked off so we’re good to go.

Master 5's pick: Printing Paper and new textas

Master 5’s pick: Printing Paper ($3) and new textas ($3 per pack)

NotebookWith only two weeks of school holidays left you’ll probably find that you just don’t have time to go from store to store to collect (amd compare prices for) all your school supplies. Luckily Target is offering a helping hand with a huge range of Back to School products at the best prices, allowing you to enjoy a one-stop-shop and be done in a flash. You can even shop ‘all the tools, all the cool’ online so you don’t have to leave home!

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Lexar USB StickTimes have changed a lot since I went to school (and that’s not even that long ago!) and these days kids need more than just a nice pencil case filled with a new set of pencils, a gluestick and an eraser. It won’t be long before my little students will need USB sticks, endless supplies of printing paper and even their own tablet, call it the digital days. I was glad to see Target has those areas covered too with affordable options that won’t break the family budget.

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

To help you with your Back to School shopping we are giving away a $50 Target gift card, get your entries in below.

To find out more about Target, to browse the Back to School range and to shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

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Jan 292013


Especially in these hot summer months it is very important that kids drink enough water so make sure you pick a safe, good quality drink bottle for the kids to take to school. My son has been using a Contigo drink bottle since starting kindy and we LOVE it! You can find a great selection of Contigo bottles for the whole family at the fabulous Nic-Nac store.

Contigo Runabout Lime GreenContigo bottles are well known all around the world as ‘the best non-spill bottles around’ and I can fully back that up. The 100% spill- and leak-proof Contigo Runabout bottle (250 ml) is created for children aged 3-8 and features the innovative Autoseal technology which makes sure there are no accidental spills between drinks. The Autoseal concept is simple yet effective: Just press the button to sip and release the button to automatically seal. Voila, no leaks!

Contigo Runabout Hot PinkOther great features include a non-slip base, one-piece lid (no parts to come apart or go missing), easy-grip shape for little hands, no BPA, Phthalates or PVC and to top it all off the bottle is dishwasher safe too (top shelf). I think we can safely say the Contigo Runabout is a real winner and at just $11.95 per bottle you can’t go wrong. The Contigo Runabout is available in six stylish colours to suit both boys and girls.

To find out more about Nic-Nac, to browse the Contigo range and to order online visit www.nic-nac.com.au.

Question: Which colour Contigo Runabout bottle would your little student like most?

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Sep 032012

As you all know it is very important to drink plenty of water, especially if you are pregnant like I am, but ever since moving to Australia in 2006 I have struggled with it. The taste of Australian tap water really puts me off and when pregnant I am always extra sensitive to unpleasant tastes and smells. Bottled water may be more tasty but it is also rather expensive and using a new bottle every time is not eco friendly at all. A few months ago I stumbled upon a fantastic solution, meet the ‘Bobble‘.

These funky looking drink bottles are called Bobbles, and they make drinking water enjoyable once again. Simply fill one of these babies with ordinary tap water and when you are ready for a refreshing drink the water will flow through the filter and comes out super delicious, time and time again. Instead of buying filtered water you can filter your water on the go, such a simple but clever concept!

Hip individuals will find that the Bobble Water Bottle ($14.95) is a perfect size for at home and out and about, it holds 550ml and you can fill it a massive 300 times before the filter needs to be replaced. For families, the office or if you simply prefer not to fill your bottle that often there is the Bobble Jug ($29.95), its 1.9 liters capacity should get you through the day nicely and you’ll nearly reach your daily quota of 2 liters before it needs a refill.

On top of being super stylish and delivering tasty water the Bobble is of course safe too. Bobble products are made in the USA and contain no BPA so you can drink you water without a worry. Bobbles are reusable so better for the environment, they are made of recycled materials and can be recycled themselves. Lots of top features if I say so myself! You can find the colourful Bobble range at many stockists all over Australia including Woolworths, Myer and Officeworks.

If you would like to be part of the Bobble trend why not ‘like’ Bobble Aus NZ on Facebook? Every week they give away a Bobble Drink Bottle so go and give them the thumbs up and try your luck in the weekly competition. You could just be this week’s winner!

To find out more about Bobble, to take a closer look at its great features and to locate a stockist near you visit www.waterbobble.com.au.

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