To the rescue with LeapFrog

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Nov 292019

Dump trucks, cherry pickers, buses, motorbikes, ambulances, diggers… Ted loves them all! Unlike many other young children Ted thoroughly enjoys car trips and is easily entertained by spotting all kinds of transportation. At home he has his own collection of cool vehicles to play with too, with this funky firetruck being his new favourite:

Emergency, emergency! The bright red Tumbling Blocks Fire Engine (RRP $49.95, ages 1.5-4 years) is always on standby to help a desperate toddler in need of distraction. Siren? Check! Flashing lights? Check! Ladder? Check! Water hose? Check! Get your fire fighting gear on and get ready for a rescue mission that is both exciting and educational at the same time.

Created by the learning experts at LeapFrog this emergency vehicle is packed with educational features, helping playful toddlers develop important skills whilst having fun. Sounds and songs, letters and lights, buttons and blocks, wheels and words, if you’re looking for a quality, versatile Christmas gift that will be enjoyed long after Boxing Day this is it.

There’s a fire at the Bakery, send help! There’s a cat stuck in a tree, to the rescue! Firefighters Scout and Violet are on their way to yet another incident and could do with a helping hand, let’s give the engine a push and get started. Kids can turn on the siren and flashing lights, turn the hose reel and check the water gage to hear the corresponding number.

Knowing your ABCs is a must for any good firefighter. The five coloured blocks represent all 26 letters of the alphabet, 26 different animals as well as 4 types of emergency vehicles. Simply pop the interactive block in the driver’s window to learn more about the letter, the sound and the picture of your choice. Using the music button kids can also hear and sing along to several alphabet themed songs and other catchy tunes.

Ted’s favourite part of the Tumbling Blocks Fire Engine is by far the tumbling ladder mechanism: When you push the ladder down it automatically ‘picks up’ the next animal block and when you lift the ladder up the block tumbles down back into the truck and repeat. It’s like magic! Super easy to do for little hands and virtually fail-proof, this is a brilliant design feature that brings endless joy to curious toddlers.

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit

The key to keeping your keys safe

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Nov 232017

Call it baby brain or just being forgetful, but a little while ago I found myself crying on the doorstep after I locked myself (and the kids) out of the house. Generally I am quite good at remembering my house keys, but a combination of circumstances resulted in me closing the door behind me with my keys still sitting on my kitchen bench… que panic attack and big pregnancy tears!

We all know prevention is better than cure, so my best tip is to always store your keys in the same place. We put up one of these cute birdhouses right next to our kitchen door, that way I can hang my keys up as soon as I come home and grab them on my way out. You can purchase a single or double bird house and there are lots of different colour combinations to choose from.

If you do end up on the wrong side of a locked door a hidden key could instantly solve your problem. The days of hiding a spare key under your doormat or in the letterbox are long gone, but there are plenty of other sneaky hiding spots around the house (or you could just leave one at your trusty neighbour). I’ve seen wall thermometers with a hidden compartment, a magic pot plant with a double base or even a fake rock with a secret opening to slot your key in, how clever!

Of course a lost or forgotten key can happen to the best of us so be prepared and, depending on where in Australia you live, add Perth Locksmith (or another friendly rescuer that’s local to you) to your phone contacts. That way your helping hand is always just a phone call away, no matter what time of day emergency strikes, and they’ll have you safely back inside your home in no time.

Do you have a fabulous way to store, remember or hide your house keys? Let me know, I’d love to hear your tips.

Oct 202015

Kids First Aid

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It’s a simple case of doing the numbers: the more children you have the higher the risks of accidents. As parents of five young children (aged 0-7) that means hip daddy and I have to be prepared for absolutely everything and know what to do in case of emergency. I’d like to think we are always cool, calm and collected but I know I panic easily so to boost our confidence and refresh our knowledge I sent hubby along to a Kids First Aid course on Sunday:

Kids First Aid offers the only first aid courses in Australia delivered exclusively by experienced paramedics, designed to teach parents and caregivers how to respond calmly and confidently to 10 of the most common first aid emergency situations involving children. Kids First Aid courses are currently available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth and Adelaide.


Over the course of three hours (a ‘do-able’ time for busy parents) the friendly Kids First Aid paramedics guided participants through a range of childhood emergencies that any parent will most likely experience at some point in time. In our family we have so far ‘ticked off’ choking, fractures, fevers and burns and while I obviously hope we will never encounter any of these horrible situations it is very important we know what to do when it does happen.

KFA DVDThe hand-on approach, the obvious experience of the course leaders and the fact that the course tailored to the specific needs of young families have left hip daddy more confident and prepared. It had been several years since he last attended a first aid course so it was a valuable and practical refresher, hubby was especially grateful to learn the latest CPR instructions (which have changed considerably over time) and how to deal with cases of drowning and bleeding.

At the end of the session participants were given a handy poster that you can hang up at home as a quick reference guide, for the participant but also for any other caregivers in the home who may need to act in a case of emergency. As I was unable to attend the course myself the poster helped hubby talk me through the different situations with all the information still fresh on his mind, now we both feel better prepared for the scary side of parenting.

To find out more Kids First Aid, to browse locations/dates near you and to book a course online visit For a welcome 10% discount get in touch with Kids First Aid via email today.

For your chance to win a First Aid Kit (RRP $35.95) AND a free ticket to a Kids First Aid course near you (RRP $85, subject to availability) enter our giveaway below. Please note that by entering this competition the lucky winner agrees to answer six short questions about his/her experience with Kids First Aid.

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May 222012

When I go out with my three little ones people often ask me if they are all mine (because they are so close in age), usually followed by a comment along the lines of ‘you’ve got your hands full’. I admit it is quite an adventure going out with them all and they just love running in opposite directions. I always try to keep an eye on them (and myself) but last week I was so busy gathering my tribe and directing them into a store that I totally missed a very heavy door that automatically fell close on my finger.

There was blood, and not just a little bit. I tried not to upset the kids and hid the ‘damage’, scanning the store for an employee to get me a bandaid but it took ages until someone finally came to my rescue. All I could think was that I was so relieved it didn’t happen to one of the kids, and why on earth I didn’t have a bandaid with me for emergencies like this. From now on I will never leave the house without the Kiss It Better Wallet.

We all know a kiss from mum can solve a lot, but in some cases you need a little more which is where the Kiss It Better Wallet is a life saver. This compact first aid wallet is filled with all your must-have emergency needs: from bandaids and bandages to gloves, thermometer and a mask, from wound dressing and burn gel to jelly beans and stickers to put help those little tears dry up quicker.
The Kiss It Better Wallet has been developed by mum and first aid educator Vanessa so you get the best of both worlds: all the products a professional recommends and some lovely extra’s from mum that will cheer up sad faces.

All these supplies are neatly packed together in the fold-out Kiss It Better Wallet which is a perfect size, it won’t take up much room at all. If you really are short of space you can take out one of the compartments to keep in your handbag. I made sure to put the kit in our pram, that way we always have it on hand when out and about (even if it is just for scraped knees at the park). A fantastic product that every parent should know about!

To find out more about the Kiss It Better Wallet ($40), to take a closer look at the contents and to order online visit

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