Secret Christmas Wishes

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Dec 012016
 

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With all eyes on the kids on Christmas morning it is easy to forget about their wonderful mamas, who (usually) have been very good yet often miss out on presents. Of course it is totally normal to put your children first and spend your entire December budget on fulfilling their Christmas wish lists (meanwhile Santa takes all the credit!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few sneaky Christmas wishes too. Just in case there is a generous Santa reading along, here are my five secret Christmas wishes:

kirstin-ash-bespokeFor some time I have been admiring the stunning Kirstin Ash ‘Bespoke’ collection, a gorgeous range of mix and match jewellery that allows you to create your own unique look. I have been picturing a pretty silver and rose gold combination of five initial charms (to represent my precious tribe of kids) and two or three add-ons, I think it would look fantastic and I would definitely wear it with pride.

sneaking-duckWith the new year just around the corner I always feel the need to change my look and make a nice fresh start. Getting the big chop at the hairdresser is generally followed by regret, so this time around I might going for a less drastic change with a new pair of glasses. I am currently coveting these trendy Sneaking Duck spectacles, the classic blue and traditional bamboo mix is just my style and would go with pretty much anything.

endota-spa-gift-voucherAs much as I adore my big family, being a mum of five young children is hard work and there is rarely any time for relaxation. The thought of some proper pampering, a good massage and a quiet room (and maybe a tiny snooze…) is pure bliss to me, so to find an Endota Spa gift voucher under the tree would be absolutely amazing. The only small problem will be to find the time to actually go there, but I will just have to lock it in on the family calendar.

love-my-teethAnother secret little Christmas wish of mine is whiter teeth. Although I thankfully have quite straight teeth thanks to wearing expensive braces as a teenager I would really love to brighten them by just a few shades. The high costs of in-chair treatment at the dentist (and the fact that success is not guaranteed) have been holding me back, but maybe a safe, in-home teeth whitening kit will fit within Santa’s budget?

brother-sewing-machineLast but not least, and I know this may sound a little dorky, I have always wanted to learn how to sew and make my four girls some lovely handmade dresses. Right now I can just sew on a lost button and fix a broken knee on school pants but that’s about it, to own a good, easy-to-use sewing machine would be a dream come true (and if it came with a few classes for beginners that would be even better!).

Go on, tell me about your secret Christmas wishes…

Oct 142015
 

Silikids

Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 14

When it comes to baby and kids essentials a lot has changed over the last few years, gone are the days of cheap plastic and easy disposables! Not only have modern parents discovered the joys and benefits of recycling and reusing, this new generation of kids products is much safer too.

Silikids range

U.S. label Silikids uses silicone to create a range of trendy children’s products that are innovative, non-toxic, practical, safe and durable with a stylish designer look.

Silikids Sippy TopsTake for example the clever Silikids Sippy Top (RRP $17.99, 2-pack), a stretchy silicone cover that can be placed on top of ordinary cups and glasses to create an instant sippy cup. Keep one in your baby bag so your little one can enjoy a spill-free drink anywhere and anytime, it’s perfect for restaurants or visits to friends and family. Bonus: The tops are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Silikids SilispoonsThe high quality silicone used by Silikids is free from nasty chemicals like BPA, lead, PVC and Phthalates so your precious little ones are not being exposed to potential dangers while eating or drinking. Whether your cheeky tot uses the funky Silispoons (RRP $17.99, 2-pack) for a first messy attempt at self-feeding or to soothe sore gums when tiny teeth come through, you know you’ve made a healthy choice.

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

For your chance to win a $50 Silikids Prize Pack (Assorted items) enter our giveaway below:

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Clean baby bottles the easy way with Boon

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Jul 182015
 

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With less than 3 months to go until our new baby is due I have started nesting early and dug up all my baby gear. Looking at piles of tiny baby clothes makes me very excited, the sight of a breast pump and lots of bottles that need to be cleaned not so much… I remember vividly the broken nights and endless pumping and bottle cleaning we did when our twins were small, in all honestly it is a miracle we made it through without going crazy! Luckily this time around Boon Inc. is here to offer a welcome helping hand in the cleaning department:

We’ve come to know stylish label Boon Inc. for its colourful range of practical, nifty and super trendy baby products and Suds is definitely a game changer, watch the video and see for yourself!

Boon SudsIf you like the sound of less work and more play (or sleep!) you are sure to love the clever new Suds Bottle Washer (RRP $19.95), a handy kitchen gadget designed to take the hassle out of cleaning your baby bottles, toddler cups and even your own (wine) glasses. Doing the washing up is as simple as placing your bottle on the pump and pressing it down, now watch the water jets and spinning, scrubbing bristles do the hard work for you. Thanks to the flexible bristles Suds is suitable for most baby bottles.

The base of the Suds keeps the soapy water neatly contained, but just in case a drop or two splashes out of the bowl you can conveniently sit Suds in your kitchen (or bathroom) sink. Like all Boon Inc. products this new addition to the range is free from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalate and you can simply pop your Suds in the dishwasher (top-rack only) for a thorough clean. Priced at less than $20 this Boon Inc. creation is a small investment that will save you a bucket load of precious time.

You can find your favourite Boon Inc. products at Baby Bunting, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bubs Baby Shop and Baby Village.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.

Dec 212014
 

Silikids

Christmas Countdown – Day 21

I can’t believe it has been 4 (four!) whole years since I last wrote about Silikids. Back then I was raving about their child friendly glasses with silicone sleeves and four years on we are still using the same fabulous Siliskin glasses at home so I have no doubt the winner’s of today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway is going to love this fantastic Silikids Prize Pack:

Silikids range

U.S. label Silikids uses silicone to create a range of trendy children’s products that are innovative, non-toxic, practical, safe and durable with a stylish designer look.

Silikids GlassesSo what’s the deal with Silicone? Silicone is basically made up of silicon (a natural element present in sand, quartz and rock) which when combined with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen transforms into silicone. It’s non-toxic, hypo allergenic, does not promote bacteria or fungus growth and it does not transmit taste to food making it the perfect safe choice when it comes to mealtime products for your precious little ones.

Silikids PlacematThe flexible and foldable Silimap (RRP $14.95) protects your table from any spills and it keeps your little eater busy, kids can even draw on this cool placemat with a non-permanent marker for lots of drawing fun dinner after dinner. Its compact folded size makes Silimap ideal for meals away from home, just slide one in your hand bag to keep grandma’s special table safe (and the kids from getting bored), after dinner simply wipe clean and its good as new.

Silikids bibNot only does Silikids keep your conscience clear by being free nasty toxic chemicals like BPA, PVC and phthalates, it keeps clothes clear too with the very sleek Silibib (RRP $11.95). Any accidental spills will be caught by the handy fold-over pocket so there will be less mess to pick up from the floor. This funky design is soft to touch and easy to wipe clean, you can even wash it in the dishwasher!

To find out more about Silikids, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.silikids.com.

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Kiddie Concepts giveaway

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Aug 262013
 

You may feel ‘real’ summer is still a little while away but it won’t be long until you hear the first ‘slip, slop, slap’ ads on TV. Even if it doesn’t seem very sunny yet you always have to be aware of harmful UV rays and protect your little one’s eyes when out exploring the beautiful Australian outdoors. If you are struggling to find sunglasses that stay put during all that running and jumping I’ve got good news for you, check out the awesome new Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses:

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses $22.95

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses $22.95

Just like the rest of the Kiddie Concepts range these cool sunnies have been designed by a clever Aussie mum who knows what works and what is really important. The first thing to look for in good sunglasses is the level of UV protection, anything less than 100% is not good enough and if no details are mentioned please assume they are unsafe! Luckily Kiddie Concepts offers great peace of mind as all new Kiddie Concepts sunglasses provide full 100% UV protection, including UVA, UVB and UVC.

Miss 6 months testing her new shades

Miss 6 months testing her new shades

Also, because these sunglasses are created especially for children they have to be absolutely safe. Another tick for the new Kiddie Concepts arrivals as they have passed Australian Standards Category 3, AS/NZS 1067:2003 with flying colours, they are free from BPA-free (yes they know children like to ‘taste’ the legs) and the lenses are shatter resistant. The flexible, shock-absorbing frames are built for busy kids with an active lifestyle. If you have experienced the nuisance of sunglasses with straight legs that just slide of the ears you will love the innovative ‘wrap around’ legs that follow the natural curve of a childs head, keeping them nicely in place.

Clever wrap-around legs keep the sunnies in place

Clever wrap-around legs keep the sunnies in place

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses are available in sizes 6-36 months and 3 years+ and you can choose from a range of different colours to suit both boys and girls. Also available is a handy Sunglasses Strap ($4.50, sold separately) which you can attach to your child’s new sunglasses so the chances of them slipping off or getting lost are even further reduced. With a friendly $22.95 pricetag these hip sunnies are very affordable and definitely a must-have for the upcoming summer seaon.

Yes, they stay on even when you jump!

Yes, they stay on even when you jump!

As a mum of four little ones we have gone through quite a few pairs of sunglasses already. Some of them got lost but most of them died a tragic death by breaking, twisting, bending, being crushed, jumped or sat on. So far these cute pink Kiddie Concepts Sunglasses are proven a real hit, as you can see miss just-turned-3 even tested if they would stay put when you jump and they do! Our youngest daughter has just turned 6 months old and the ‘baby size’ is a fabulous fit for her, she did not pull them off which means they are comfortable and the lenses sit extremely well around her eyes leaving very little gaps for sun to sneak in. I am absolutely thrilled by the great fit as that is something that’s hard to get right for wiggly babies.

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

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