Sweet Stocking Stuffers

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Dec 152018


With just 10 sleeps to go until the big day parents across the country are madly getting organised, doing a last count of presents and wrapping them in secret. The time for online ordering is quickly running out, but here are fabulous little stocking filler ideas that won’t break the bank and are readily available at local retailers:

Our 3-year old Peppa Pig fan was over the moon to receive a Peppa Pig ‘Peppa’s Secret Surprise’ (Ages 3+, RRP $20) box which, I admit, didn’t actually fit in her shoe! These adorable cubes are like Pandora’s Box, there are little drawers galore and you never know what you’ll find inside. Each drawer holds a blind bag, so it’s a true ‘secret surprise’. The box is reusable and the perfect storage for small treasures.

Hiding inside the 6 drawers we found Rebecca Rabbit wearing a sparkly Christmas dress, a party crown, the most adorable little fairy wings, a hair brush, a toy present and a sheet of gemstones to jazz her up for the festive season. Who is coming to your party: Is it Peppa Pig, Suzie Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit or maybe Zoe Zebra? There are six different figures to collect for super Peppa fans.

Peppa Pig Peppa’s Secret Surprise is available at Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

I know they say you should never gift a pet for Christmas, but how can you possibly resist these cute TLC Kritters (Ages 3+, RRP $18)? These tiny kitties, puppies, bears and bunnies are looking for a forever home and someone to spoil them with lots of Tender, Loving, Care. Each little kritter comes in a small incubator to keep it warm and brings along a bunch of miniature pet accessories to help you care for your new adoptee.

All TLC Kritters have their very own nappy, with a colour change icon that appears when you clean your little friend in cold water. With the help of the incubator, nappy, dummy, baby bottle or medicine dropper and bow or bib your TLC Kritter will be thriving in no time. Each character comes with a special dissolving envelope to reveal your pet’s gender and adoption paper to make everything official. Check out the collector sheet to see which other kritters are still waiting to be adopted.

TLC Kritters are available exclusively at your local Kmart store or on www.kmart.com.au.

My big four absolutely loved finding these scented Bananas (Ages 4+, prices start at RRP $8) in their shoes. These tropical toys are available in a rainbow of colours to suit boys and girls and come as a single serve or a bunch of three (three serves of fruit a day, keep boredom away?). You can connect your bananas to each other and make your own big colourful bunch, just click them together at the top as your collection grows.

Once you peel your banana you’ll discover a quirky character living inside, accompanied by two mini mates. Will you get Pipo Panda, Lucy Leopard or Hermione Hamster? With 96 different characters to collect there are plenty of fun friends to find. You can decorate your banana with the included gemstone stickers and hang it up with the vine hanger. Bananas can be peeled over and over again.

You can find these fun fruits at Kmart, Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Toymate, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Smiggle

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Nov 142018


After 12 years in Adelaide I know the tradition: once the Christmas pageant has been and Santa has been welcomed into town the Christmas tree goes up. With just six weeks to go until the big day there are lots of people eagerly staring at the calendar and Smiggle is ready to help you count down in style:

The brand new Smiggle Advent Calendar 2018 (RRP $39.95) is here and it’s packed with awesome Smiggle goodies valued at over $70 that will have young Smiggle fans squealing with excitement!

Let’s start by saying that I am usually a very patient person. I love surprises, not knowing what’s ahead is so much fun and the waiting is definitely part of the whole experience. Every year people ask if me if I know what’s going to be hiding behind these 25 little doors and the truth is that I simply don’t know!! All I know is that in previous years my kids have been thrilled with their little advent gift every single day and that they end up with so many cool Smiggle finds at the end of the countdown. They love getting stationery items that are fun and useful and I am glad to avoid the traditional advent calendar sugar overdose, it’s a double win.

But, because I love my readers and don’t want to let you down I have allowed each of my little people to open one magical calendar door and have a quick sneak peek… I had to promise our friends at Smiggle not to give too much away but take it from me, it’s looking mighty fine behind the doors this year! We’ve spotted rainbow highlighters, a spy pen, a mini stapler, a fruity scented slap band, tiny sticky notes and there are plenty more limited edition items to be discovered.

The Smiggle Advent Calendar sells out every year so make sure you grab yours in time to avoid disappointment. Bring on December 1 so the official count down can begin!

Bonus: As if 25 gifts is not enough each Smiggle Advent Calendar comes with a special envelope that could hold 1 of 25 lucky tickets. If you are the lucky finder of one of these highly coveted tickets you will take home a Christmas gift to remember: a $1000 Smiggle shopping spree! Sadly we didn’t find one but I have my fingers crossed for all of you.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

Sweet Seven birthday buys

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Jul 022017

Now that we’re in July the countdown is on until our big birthday month, with four August birthdays (maybe even five depending on when baby no.6 arrives) I have my work cut out for me! Over the last few months I have been writing down some gift ideas for miss nearly 7 and I think I am slowly getting there. I am yet to decide on a fun new board game, which is always one of the best received presents in our house, but I have already come up with these hip finds:

Rain or shine, our wonderful school is a big fan of nature play and the kids love getting outdoors in the school garden and looking after the school pets (we now have free range chickens, goats and even a lamb!). In this cold and wet season a good raincoat is a must, so I’ll be getting miss 6 the next size up in this cute Nordic Apples Raincoat (RRP $64.95). All our children wear Hatley raincoats and I can not recommend them highly enough! They are snuggly warm, keep kids dry and last really well, the quality is just amazing.

Donut Charm BraceletBeing the bright and happy girl that she is Juliet loves to add a pop of colour to her day. Whether it’s a colourful scarf, a pretty bow or a gorgeous piece of jewellery, anything that has rainbow colours is a hit. The talented Lauren Hinkley designs the most delightful Charm Bracelets (RRP $29.95) that look good enough to eat, I think this tropical combination would make the perfect birthday bracelet. There are many different looks to choose from and new creations are being added all the time.

Now that she has discovered Mathletics and WordMania Juliet happily does her numeracy and literacy homework, what a welcome change from that grumpy frown. As careful as she promises to be, accidents do happen so I might invest in a sturdy, shock proof iPad cover like this child-friendly style from casehaven.com.au (RRP $29.99). That way I know our iPad is well protected, it’s a perfect fit for small hands and she’ll love the funky pink colour.

If you have a great gift idea for a sweet 7-year old girl I’d love to hear from you, it might just make it onto our birthday shopping list!

Dec 092015

Annabel Trends

Every time my family in The Netherlands sends us a parcel they fill the box to the rim with typical Dutch goods: delicious Dutch cheese, liquorice and stroopwafels, Dutch magazines and of course some cute items featuring the famous Dutch bunny Nijntje, also known as Miffy. If you are a big Miffy fan like we are you are sure to love this gorgeous Dick Bruna inspired collection by gift and homewares specialist Annabel Trends:

Miffy Annabel Trends

The Annabel Trends Miffy collection currently consist of five adorable Miffy gifts that are not only sweet but budget friendly too. Prices start at a very affordable $3.95, that’s your Christmas stocking fillers sorted!

Miffy Money BoxWhether it’s a donation from the tooth fairy, well earned pocket money or just spare change, the stylish Miffy Money Box (RRP $29.95-39.95) is the perfect keeper of all your cash. Depending on your savings you can choose between the medium Miffy Money Box (18cm tall) or large Miffy Money Box (26cm tall) to guard your loot, you can even pick from the traditional orange, yellow or blue outfit.

Miffy Photo HoldersPersonally I really love the Miffy Photo Holders (RRP $6.95, orange, yellow and blue), they’re a lovely way to display your favourite snaps on your desk, the mantelpiece or a book shelf and changing photos around is easy as pie. It would also make a great secret santa gift, Miffy is loved by young and old so smiles are guaranteed and with such a pleasant price tag it definitely won’t break the bank.

Miffy Tooth BrushesWith Santa delivering generous amounts of chocolate and candy canes to most children this Christmas good dental care is even more important than normal. You don’t have to worry about grumpy faces and complaint with these cool Miffy Toothbrushes (RRP $6.95). With three classic Miffy colours to choose from kids can easily recognise their own tooth brush so no mix-ups, unless you have a big family like ours of course!

To find out more about Annabel Trends, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.annabeltrends.com.

For your chance to win a $110 Miffy Prize Pack (product/colours randomly selected) enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 162015

Baby Gift Works

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 16

For me with the joy of a new arrival always comes the sadness of missing my family who, due to living in The Netherlands, unfortunately are unable to share in our happiness. How wonderful would it be if they could just pop in to meet the new addition! Of course living far away doesn’t stop my family from showering baby with sweet gifts and (while a real visit obviously would have been nicer) those little surprise parcels are always well received.

Baby Gift Works

Whether you live just around the corner or on the other side of the country, if you want to spoil a special little person with a handpicked gift look no further than Baby Gift Works.

Gumigem JewelleryAustralian boutique Baby Gift Works is the ultimate online gift shopping destination for little people aged 0 up to 3 years old (and their mamas!), the virtual doors are open 24/7 and if you order by midday your gift will be dispatched that same day. From clothing to accessories, from playtime to bath time, from feeding time to bed time and much more, you’re sure to find something lovely in store that fits the occasion perfectly.

Maud'n'Lil Bouncy BirdMum and owner Kyla has carefully selected a wonderful range of much loved Australian and international brands like Little Green Rascals, Gaia Organic Cotton, Little Bairn, Sapling and Plan Toys. Modern green families will be pleased to hear that most of the labels in store are eco friendly too, so they are kind on the environment and your baby (no need to worry about nasty chemicals near your precious bundle).

My personal hot tip would have to be the award-winning Frugi clothing range. I can not speak highly enough of the quality and fit of their beautiful garments and the organic cotton is really soft and luxurious. I love Frugi on my kids (particularly on my little eczema sufferer) and I may even try one of their breastfeeding dresses myself soon too!

Baby Gift Works Frugi

To find out more about Baby Gift Works, to browse the range and to order online visit www.babygiftworks.com.au.

For your chance to win a $150 Baby Gift Works gift voucher enter our giveaway below:

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May 022015

Baby Gift Works

Big Baby Shower – Day 2

When you find out you are expecting a new baby it is very tempting to go all out and buy every adorable piece of baby clothing you see, but you may want to think twice and give your fabric choices a little extra thought. Your precious bundle will have sensitive skin and airways and all those nasty chemicals hiding in many baby garments will be absorbed by that tiny body. One lucky mum will be able to wrap her gorgeous bubba in beautiful clothes that are super soft, safe and stylish thanks to Baby Gift Works:


Baby Gift Works is the love-baby of Aussie mum Kyla and home to a wonderful selection of organic and eco-friendly products from much loved Australian and international labels. From cute baby clothes to cuddly toys, from sweet gifts to organic skincare, from gifts for mum to nappy change essentials, if you’re shopping for a lovely baby shower gift Baby Gift Works is the place to go.

Sapling RomperAs we are not planning on finding out the gender of our new baby I am keeping an eye out for some unisex pieces to add to my hospital bag. I am thinking this gender neutral Sapling Dove Grey Romper (RRP $32.95) would make a great start, I chose Sapling for our last baby too and the fabrics are so soft and comfortable. If you do know the gender of your unborn baby you can find the same romper in blue and pink in store.

Green Toys Twist TeetherIf you want spoil a new arrival with a present but you don’t want to gift newborn clothing (again!) you can take your pick from a range of toys. Many are suitable from birth and others can be kept for later when those first little teeth start to come through. Babies will love the bright colours of this Green Toys Twist Teether (RRP $19.95), it is easy to hold for little hands and made from 100% food-safe recycled milk containers, it’s the perfect eco-friendly baby gift!

To find out more about Baby Gift Works, to browse the range and to order online visit www.babygiftworks.com.au.

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50% off storewide at Coccinella

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Feb 122015


With school back in full swing it won’t be long before the first birthday invites start coming in. A little gift here, a little gift there, I make sure we have a well-stocked gift cupboard all year around so that I always have a quick present on hand. If your shelves are looking rather empty after the Christmas period here’s your chance to stock up big at bargain prices:

It is with a sad heart that Coccinella will soon be closing its virtual doors so they are clearing out with a huge 50% off storewide. This fantastic offer is valid for a limited time only so stock up while you can!


From sweet baby gifts to cool kids toys or games, no matter who you are shopping for you are sure to find something gorgeous in store and with such great prices you will be left with more money in your family budget.

Betty the Tightrope DollAs you may remember we have the gorgeous Betty Tightrope Doll (was RRP $44.95, now $22.45) and she is so very cute, she would make the perfect friend for a special little girl. With her sparkly tulle tutu and purple velvet cape decorated with stars Betty is pretty as a picture and offers lots of dressing up fun. Betty comes packaged in a lovely gift box, ready to be presented to a lucky recipient.

Ebulobo Pound a Ball WolfIf you have a cheeky tot who loves exploring and working things out this colourful Crazy Wold Pound a Ball (was RRP $64.95, now $32.45) by Ebulobo is just what you need. Children can practise their fine motor skills by placing the three balls in the holes and give them a tap with the hammer, after which they will re-appear in the big mouth of the crazy wolf. It’s one of those toys that will keep kids busy for ages, they’ll want to try it over and over again.

When I first wrote about Plus-Plus (now from $4.95) it was a huge hit, this fun and interesting take on the traditional building block encourages kids to use their imagination and come with creative designs. It’s a brilliant boredom buster on a rainy day and suitable for girls and boys. In the current clearance sale you can pick up a pack from as little as $4.95, what a steal! Plus-Plus sets make really great gifts and are available in basic, neon or pastel colours.

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Neon

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au/coccinella-eco.