Jul 182018

EK Books

The strange thing about moving countries is that somehow in your head you think of everyone exactly the way they were when you left. This years marks 12 years since I moved to Australia and the unfortunate fact is that people have changed and gotten older. My beautiful Opa is now an impressive 95 years old and sadly suffers from dementia. I know that he will not be able to fully understand/remember me when we visit next month but I will treasure every moment I get to spend with him and he will always be very special to me.

In Finding Granny a little Edie has such a special grandparent too. Her lovely granny is funny and fearsome, creative and courageous and Edie finds comfort in knowing her granny is always the same. Until one day Granny has a stroke and all of a sudden Granny is ‘different’…

At first Edie struggles to find her familiar Granny in this strange lady, she doesn’t sound like her Granny at all and she can’t do the things she used to. But with lots of love, patience and art class not only is Granny finding her new self, Edie is also finding her Granny.

There is so many things to love about Finding Granny and the important messages is shared with young readers: The importance of family, the impact of (sudden) illness/accident/age and how it may change people from the outside, but how they stay the same on the inside. Patience, the value of art therapy and how you should never give up on people. And of course never judge someone by their looks or abilities! This gorgeous picture book features colourful illustrations that children will love and it is a fantastic conversation starter for families with young children.

You can find Finding Granny (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Oct 232016


Grandma, Grandpa, Oma, Opa, Nanna, Pop, Gramps, Pa… No matter what you call the special grandparents in your or your children’s life, they are sure to wear their title with pride. All year around they put their grandkids in first place, but next Sunday the spotlight will be on them! Here’s how to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day (October 30) in style:

wild-paNot that there is anything wrong with a sit-and-read-the-news Pa, a trim-and-tidy-roses Pa or a balding, comb-his-three-long-strands Pa, but you have to admit a Wild Pa (RRP $24.99) does sound pretty exciting! There are no two days the same with this loveable, groovy Pa. If you are blessed with a slightly silly grandfather who is always full of ideas that makes ordinary days amazing this gorgeous picture book is your perfect match.

miss-maes-saturdayWith rain keeping her inside Miss Mae’s Saturday (RRP $16.99) is looking rather boring, but then Grandma gets out a big cardboard box… Grandma and Mae climb on board the box and set off on a wonderful trip around the globe and even the milky way: They spot lions in Africa, have tea in Korea and float around in space. This lovely Grandma has the biggest imagination, I wonder where the box will take them next?

grandpas-big-adventureWe all understand the importance of knowing how to swim, but what if you’re afraid of water? Thankfully there’s no one like a big, brave grandpa to turn a scary situation into a cool adventure, like when Grandpa tells about the time he swam around the world, met the Prince of Whales and bumped his head on the equator. One things is sure, after hearing about Grandpa’s Big Adventure (RRP $19.99) you’ll jump straight in for an adventure of your own.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Home is where Mum is

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Apr 292016

Little Bellies

With just 9 sleeps to go until Mother’s Day time is quickly running out to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you’re still looking for a sweet present that doesn’t require wandering a busy shopping centre or lining up at the checkout, here’s a great last-minute gift suggestion for you from Little Bellies:

Little Bellies Tea Towel

Now obviously I don’t want to suggest that a women’s place is in the kitchen, but most (grand)mothers do spend a fair bit of time there so I think this unique tea towel will be well received by mum.

Tea Towel GrandmaThe gorgeous new Colour Your Own Tea Towel (RRP $29.99) adds a special touch to the boring task of drying the dishes. It is made from 100% premium cotton and features a lovely ‘Home is where Mum is’ screen print. Young artists can decorate the tea towel to their liking with the included fabric markers, just remember to iron the reverse before washing so you don’t lose your child’s precious artwork.

Shopping for grandma instead? Don’t worry, Little Bellies has the older generation covered too with a ‘Home is where Nanna is’ and ‘Home is where Grandma is’ print.

To find out more about Little Bellies dinnerware, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlebellies.com.au.

Apr 012014

Mrs. Darcy

Maybe it is just me but I always struggle to keep up this time of year. There are a couple of public holidays, Easter, the school holidays and then all of a sudden it’s Mother’s Day. In many households it’s up to mum to buy the Mother’s Day presents for both grandmas and if you’re very unlucky you even have to buy your own gift (I have in the past!) so if you don’t want to get caught out now is the time to get organised.

Mrs. Darcy Hello Hamptons Hand CreamBecause we mums seem to spend more time shopping for our little ones than for ourselves (if ever) the lovely Dong-Maria at Baby Donkie has decided to help you out. When you’re browsing the online boutique for hip kids pieces you can pop your own Mother’s Day gifts in your basket at the same time! The brand new Mrs. Darcy range has arrived in store and it’s the perfect gift of luxury for mamas of all ages.

Mrs. Darcy Soiree Spa BagAt Australian label Mrs. Darcy they believe that everyone deserves to be spoilt every once in a while so they have created a gorgeous collection of delicious hand creams, pretty spa bags and scented candles perfect for that quiet moment of relaxation. With names like Hello Hamptons, May We Dance and French Pear you know you’re in for a real treat, the only question is which one to pick?

Mrs. Darcy Hello Hamptons CandleI myself am a big fan of scented candles and especially now that cold and cosy weather is around the corner I would be thrilled to receive one of these beautifully packaged candles (hint hint). They look and smell just divine, are Australian made and with a burning time of up to 60 hours + you are sure to get lots of enjoyment out of them. Bonus: Once your Mrs. Darcy candle has finally finished burning you’re left with an elegant reusable glass jar. Prices start at $27.95.

To find out more about Baby Donkie, to browse the Mrs. Darcy range and to order online visit www.babydonkie.com.au.

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