Apr 012018
 

Most years it feels like Easter sneaks up on us, but this year there has been so much bunny hopping that we can’t pretend we didn’t see it coming. Last week Peter Rabbit and his friends popped into cinemas around the country with the heartwarming Peter Rabbit movie, winning the hearts of people of all ages and getting everyone in the Easter spirit at the same time.

Easter might be over in a matter of days, but if you can’t get enough of Peter and his exciting adventures you can enjoy them over and over again with this gorgeous Peter Rabbit bumper DVD box:

The Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection consist of four separate DVDs: One Big Adventure, Brave and Strong, I’ve got a Plan and The Tale of The Missing Egg. Together they hold 27 Peter Rabbit tales based on the works of the talented Beatrix Potter, get ready for well over 5 hours of forest fun for the whole family.

From (hazel)nutty troubles to meeting friendly and not-so friendly characters, from daring escapes to secret plans and from last minutes rescues to valuable lessons, there is no time to be bored when Peter is around! My little ones love seeing Peter in action, they think there is no cuter rabbit than Lily Bobtail and they adore Benjamin Bunny, I think you can safely call the Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection the ultimate Easter gift.

‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ is now available as 4-DVD pack (RRP $24.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABCkids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Mar 282017
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

With Easter rapidly coming closer I find we’re surrounded by chocolate eggs, bunnies and chickens wherever we go. Thankfully these days parents are more and more moving away from sugar-loaded chocolate gifts and hunting for healthier (and more durable) presents instead. Here’s an egg-celent Easter gift idea featuring the adorable Charlie Chick:

Made from strong, sturdy cardboard and featuring bright, happy colours Charlie Chick Wants to Play is a perfect picture book for little hands. Charlie Chick wants to play, but first he needs to find his ball… The yellow chick searches the farm to find his ball and on his search he comes across a range of lovely farm friends. Young readers will love learning about different animals, finding out where they live and of course lifting the flap to look for the ball. Once he’s found his ball the whole menagerie joins in for a fun game of football.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at Charlie Chick Wants to Play (RRP $14.99) by Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Top 5 Books for the Easter Break

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Mar 252016
 

Dymocks

You’d think our kids would be excited about the prospect of no school for two weeks, but they’re actually a little sad. They very much enjoy school and they particularly love our (almost daily) visits to the library. If your kids are avid readers too make sure you pick up some great new reads to keep them entertained during the holidays.

Here are our top 5 books for the Easter break:

Tiny TimmyNot a day goes by where our 7-year old son doesn’t read a book or two, he is known to even read a book while walking to school! He also loves to kick the footy with his friends so Tim Cahill’s latest book Tiny Timmy Makes the Grade! (RRP $12.99) really is the best of both worlds. If your sporty kid needs a bit of encouragement to open a book this is an excellent pick that is sure to win them over.

Tim is determined to make it onto the famous rep team, but first he will have prove his worth on the field. Earning a spot in the school squad is not easy so he better put his best foot (and his head!) forward if he wants to succeed. It’s a great story about teamwork, perseverance, doing your best and of course being active, something all kids can learn a lot from.  Featuring a fun, appealing font and filled with cool illustrations this Tiny Timmy adventure reads very easily, even the most stubborn reader will read his way through all 124 pages without realising.

Room on the BroomLearning to read is a tricky job and can be quite exhausting too so our miss 5 is not always in the mood to do her reading before bed. We find the best way to keep her focussed is by choosing a book about something she already knows and loves, it makes the story much more fun and real. She has seen Room on the Broom (RRP $14.95) on TV before and thinks it is terribly funny (and a little scary too!) so this is a real winner!

Written by Julia Donaldson (creator of The Gruffalo) this gorgeous book is a joy to read and listen to. It tells the story of a witch on a flying broomstick, who picks up a bunch of interesting passengers on her way. The text flows beautifully and rhymes, which invites young listeners to join in and ‘guess’ the next word. The pictures are colourful and detailed so there is lots to look at and spot on every page.

Pig the PugNext up is miss Sybbie (3), our little busy-bee who struggles to sit still. She recently spotted Pig the Pug (RRP $16.99) at the ‘big school’ so she thinks it is pretty awesome that we now have it in our own ‘library’ at home as well. We have read Aaron Blabey’s hilarious book ‘The Brothers Quibble’ over and over again and his writing style is so appealing to kids, he really knows how to engage young children.

This interesting looking character is called Pig the Pug, a round and wrinkly dog who hates sharing his food or toys with anyone. Then Trevor, a friendly sausage dog, comes along… will Pig learn to share and play together after all?

Dear ZooRight now she’s more into chewing books than reading them but, if she is anything like her siblings, I am sure it won’t be long until baby Harriet falls in love with reading too. Dear Zoo (RRP $14.99) by Rod Campbell is a great choice for the smallest family members, this sturdy board book introduces children to different animals and their characteristics through a fun game of lift-the-flap. Can you guess what animal is behind the flap?

If I Were The Easter BunnyJust in time for Easter we can’t go past If I were the Easter Bunny (RRP $14.99) by Louise Gardner, a colourful hardcover picture book about an exciting egg hunt, scrumptious chocolate eggs, fun and games in the park, pretty handmade bonnets and of course the Easter parade, after all the best Easter is one spent with friends. What would this weekend look like if you were the Easter bunny?

The book experts at Dymocks are here to help you stock your bookshelf in time for the upcoming school holidays with this awesome book deal: Buy 3 picture books for just $30! There are more than 30 great titles to choose from, offer ends end of April.

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

Baby’s First Easter

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Mar 182016
 

Ragtales

Easter weekend is just a week away which means your time for online Easter shopping is almost up. If you are still looking for a sweet little gift for your baby’s first Easter check out this gorgeous find from Ragtales:

Alfie Booties

These fluffy Alfie Baby Booties (RRP $24.95, size 0-6 months) are sure to add a touch of bunny-cuteness to your baby’s Easter outfit.

Fifi BootiesBrown coloured Alfie and his lovely white sister Fifi keep tiny toes toasty warm and have a soft and stretchy cuff around the ankle to keep cold breezes at bay. This rabbit pair comes beautifully packaged in a neat gift box, ready to gifted to a lucky little recipient on Easter Sunday. Handy to know: To freshen up these bunnies from time to time simply pop them in the washing machine, easy as pie!

You can find the adorable Alfie booties in store at Australian online boutique Miss n Master.

To find out more about Miss n Master, to browse the range and to order online visit www.missnmaster.com.

Hop into Easter with Buddy + Bear

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Mar 052016
 

Buddy + Bear

Every year it amazes me all over again: the insane amount of sugary treats that is being promoted as a must-have Easter gift for young children. Personally I much prefer a non-edible surprise that lasts longer than a sugar-rush. If you do too and you’d like some inspiration check out these gorgeous finds from Buddy + Bear:

Buddy + Bear Easter

The Buddy + Bear Hoppy Bunny Plate (RRP $15.90) and Hoppy Bunny Tumbler (RRP $12.90) are not only totally adorable and a perfect fit for the Easter bunny theme, they are very kid-friendly too. Made from strong and durable BPA-free melamine Buddy + Bear dinnerware is built to survive mealtime with hungry little eaters and it’s even microwave and dishwasher safe.

Bunny Egg CupIf your Easter is not complete without an egg or two you can always swap the chocolate ones for a tasty, much healthier, chicken version. Why not plan a fun family activity and decorate them yourselves, the kids will love it! Cook your (free-range) eggs to perfection and serve your Easter breakfast in style with the Bunny Egg Cup (RRP $8.90), how cute is that little heart shaped bunny nose?

You can find the Buddy + Bear range at Australian online store Jack & Willow, shipping is $9.95.

To find out more about Jack & Willow, to browse the Buddy + Bear range and to order online visit www.jackandwillow.com.

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.

Mar 222015
 

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One upside of these cooler nights is that you can rug up in toasty warm pyjamas, preferably straight after coming home from school. We just love snuggling up on the couch with the whole family to read a book or watch a movie. This Easter relax in style with these gorgeous bunny pyjamas from Eeni Meeni Miini Moh:

Eeni Meeni Easter

Made from high quality 100% rib cotton this Eeni Meeni Miini Moh sleepwear range is super soft, comfortable and breathable, perfect for a restful night’s sleep. Can you believe our third girl is still wearing some Eeni pyjamas from our first daughter, that’s how well these jammies wash and wear!

Eeni Meeni Le Lapin PJ SetThe bunny (or in chic French: Le Lapin) pyjamas are available in size 6 months up to 12 years, I could just picture my three girl lined up wearing these! The smaller sizes consist of a bodysuit with pants, while the bigger size contain a top and pants. I absolutely love the wide cuffs on the ankles and wrists, just what you need to keep night time chills at bay. Buy one pair for $49.95 or stock up and purchase two or more pairs for $39.95 each.

To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.