Mar 072017
 

One of my family’s favourite things to do on the weekend is to head outdoors, there is just so much to see and hear in our Australian backyard if you keep your eyes and ears wide open. As a foreigner I feel especially blessed to live in this amazing country (I will never get sick of waking up to the song of the kookaburra!) and I am always excited to show family and friends around when they visit. Talented artist Gwyn Perkins has done an awesome job capturing some of Australia’s most wonderful wildlife in his very first picture book:

Come join Grandad and little Iggy as they go for A Walk in the Bush (RRP $24.99), I wonder what they’ll spot on the way? From the distinctive sounds of Aussie birds to the quiet of little streams, from large hoppy creatures to tiny insect tracks, from stunning lookouts over impressive hills to the fragrant smell of the eucalyptus tree and so much more, what’s not to love about going on an adventure with a special person you love.

Words can not describe how delightful Gwyn’s illustrations are, they are detailed and fun, friendly and warm and really speak to young readers. ‘A Walk in the Bush’ shows that you don’t need many words to capture a child’s attention and get their minds working. This gorgeous picture book is an absolute treat for little Aussies and would make a fantastic souvenir for children living overseas too.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘A Walk in the Bush’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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Oct 282016
 

Globber

One of the awesome benefits of being a parent is that you can join in all the fun kids’ stuff, our children always love it when I bounce with them on the trampoline, go on the swing, play with dolls and build cubbies (and so do I!). Seeing how much they enjoy riding their scooters it was only a matter of time before I tagged along with the cool kids and set off on my own set of Globber wheels:

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Goodbye to ‘You’re too big for that’ and hello to ‘You’re never to old to have fun!’, Globber is maximising scooter fun with the awesome Globber 18.0 by Kleefer (RRP $350, black or white). Designed for riders measuring between 1.45m and 1.90m and with a height adjustable handlebar this trendy and tough scooter is perfect for both adults and children who have outgrown their smaller rides.

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This top-of-the-range Globber scooter features only the very best, strong, high quality materials to ensure a pleasant ride and durable construction that is made for everyday use. Made from sturdy, extruded aluminum the spacious deck offers great balance and sits close to the ground so you can get on and off easily. The Globber 18.0 by Kleefer has a generous weight limit of 100kg to accommodate most adults comfortably.

globber-kleefer-foldFolding the Globber 18.0 is a breeze and done in just a matter of seconds, all it takes is a gentle kick of the foot to activate the clever piston-assisted Kleefer fold mechanism (No strong muscles required!). Not only does the scooter have a neat, compact, vertical fold that is ideal for transport or storage in small spaces, you don’t even have to carry it as you can just wheel it along like a trolley.

I was super impressed with the reliable feel and the smoothness of the ride, in fact the first time I rode it its fast speed really surprised me and I (secretly) felt a little nervous! Of course I didn’t show the kids, I put on my cool mum face and put my trust in the front and back brakes. The lever of the front brake sits conveniently on the ergonomic handlebars making it quick and simple to use.

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The Globber 18.0 is a great choice for older children/adults travelling with public transport, people who work in the city, those who enjoy a ride through the park with the wind in their hair, parents who want to explore the outdoors with their children or even just grown-ups who are a big kid at heart.

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

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CRU camps, a holiday to remember

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Jan 282016
 

CRU Camps

And that’s the Summer holidays done and dusted, didn’t those weeks just fly by? I have to say I love having the kids home but I can see how the older they get it does get trickier to keep them entertained. School holidays are all about relaxing, having fun with friends and making awesome memories so get in early for the next holiday break and gift your kids a holiday to remember with CRU Camps:

CRU Camps (part of a non-profit Christian youth organisation The Crusaders) is the largest provider of Christian holiday camps in NSW, running more than 60 camps per year and giving 3,300 campers an amazing experience to look back on. With 80+ years of experience under their belt you can safely call them the camp experts!

From horse riding to cooking, from snowboarding to fishing, from rock climbing to surfing, theme parks, campfires, craft and much, much more… there is no time to get bored on a CRU Activity Camp. There are so many cool activities lined up and no two camps are the same but one thing is sure, at the end of the camp you will have plenty to talk about. CRU Camps are a fabulous tool to help children build confidence, explore the outdoors, make new friends, learn about teamwork and communication, extend their horizon and discover new interests.

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Don’t worry, aside from being super fun and exciting CRU Camps are of course safe too. With at least 1 camp leader to every 5 campers children are extremely well supervised and cared for 24 hours a day. CRU camp leaders are trained in child protection procedures, reference checked and screened in accordance with government child protection legislation and activity instructors are fully qualified.

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CRU Camps are suitable for school years K to Year 12 (depending on the choice of camp) and all activities are carefully selected to suit the age and stage of the attendees. Some camps include overnight stays but there are day camps available too, ideal for children who prefer to sleep at home. Good to know: At all primary age camps a special camp ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ will be present to care for the emotional needs of young campers.

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As a child I spent many school holiday going on camp and I love looking back at the photos of all those special times, such fond memories! In fact I am still in touch with some of the many friends I made along the way, the time at camp may be short but the friendships and memories last a lifetime and have made a big impact on my life.

Don’t just take my word for it, in the end the real proof is in all the raving feedback from CRU campers who share their experiences on the website and the CRU Camps Facebook page. So many happy campers who can’t wait to come back, bring on the next school holidays!

To find out more about CRU Camps, to find a camp near you and to register online visit www.crucamps.com.au.

Oct 132015
 

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Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 13

Two months ago I introduced you to the fabulous Thule Urban Glide and told you all about our family’s outdoor adventures with this sporty ride, if you missed my original post you can read up here. With an impressive 34kg weight limit the pram is an excellent pick for children for all ages and after testing it with our two middle girls I couldn’t wait to try it out with our smallest addition too:

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With the help of the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter (RRP $99) you can turn your Thule Urban Glide into a complete travel system. From home to car, from car to pram and vice versa, transporting your sleeping baby is an absolute breeze.

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The Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter clips snugly onto the frame of the Urban Glide, providing a safe and sturdy location for your capsule. The capsule can then be secured by fastening the adjustable strap for a nice snug fit. Unlike most other capsule adapters the Thule adapter doesn’t just hold your capsule on the sides, it offers a secure position all around and therefore reduces movement when pushing the pram.

Thule Car Seat AdapterWith your most precious cargo on board safety is very important so make sure your capsule is compatible with the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter. There are currently an impressive 29 different capsules from a range of popular brands listed on the handy Compatibility Chart, downloadable from the Thule website. Luckily for us the capsule of our choice, the Nuna Pipa, was a perfect match so I can confidently click our baby in for the ride.

The Thule Urban Glide (RRP $749) and a range of Thule accessories are available at Baby Bunting, Babies’R’Us and leading independents retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Thule, to take a closer look at the Urban Glide and to locate a stockist near you visit www.thule.com.

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For your chance to win a Thule Urban Glide (RRP $749, choose from Dark Shadow, Mars or Thule Blue) enter our giveaway below:

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smarTrike Explorer 5 Trikes in 1

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Sep 152015
 

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Now that the weather is warming up I love doing school drop-off and pick-up by foot, in saying that being 8 months pregnant and wrangling a strong and inquisitive 2-year old walker are not a great combination. Obviously I could strap her into the pram but we all know bikes are much more fun, here’s how I keep my little adventurer safe and restrained on our trip to school with smarTrike:

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The smooth and stylish smarTrike Explorer 5 Trikes in 1 (ages 10-36 months) with patented 360° full swivel wheel is designed to help young explorers enjoy the outdoors in a fun and safe way. The clever 5-in-1 design will grow with your child through different developmental stages, making this stylish baby tricycle an ideal investment for growing families with an active lifestyle. Sybbie is enjoying the trike now and I know after her our new baby will happily inherit, that’s called excellent value for money!

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Starting at just 10-months old, tiny travellers can go out for a trip around the block being safely strapped in using the padded seat belts and safety bar. When the steady rhythm of the road and the fresh air sends your precious cargo off to dreamland he/she will be comfortable thanks to the supportive seat with (110°) reclining back rest. With the upcoming spring and summer season in mind concerned parents can keep the bright and harmful sun at bay with the extendable UV canopy.

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Baby can rest its little feet onto the foldable footrest and hold onto/steer the handles while mum, dad or grandma stays fully in charge of the driving using the telescopic parent steering handle. There is even a handy parent bag attached to the handle so you can keep your travel must-haves within reach during your trip. Young cyclists can keep their gear on hand too, how cool is the bottle holder at the front and the fun toy phone (this is miss Sybbie’s favourite feature!)?

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As your child gets older he/she will be itching to take over more and more of the driving job. SmarTrike makes this toddler transition smooth and safe through little steps, for example the removal of the safety bar, tucking away the footrest, folding in and out of the pedals, the red navigator button (to change between stroller mode and trike mode) and eventually complete removal of the parent steering handle.

smarTrike Explorer TrikeOur Sybbie is ready to take on the roll of main driver so at times it can be a bit of a battle to navigate the bike when our determined little girl puts her weight on the pedals. My mother heart says to keep her close but I know she will soon be ready to become more independent and move up to the 5th and final stage of the smarTrike Explorer: ride her own trike… Here’s to new adventures!

The smarTrike Explorer 5 Trikes in 1 (RRP $199, choose from a range of stylish colours) is available at Target and Toys’R’Us stores across Australia.

To find out more about smarTrike, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.smart-trike.com.

Jan 252015
 

Mozzigear

One of the things we love most about summer is that the days are longer and we get to enjoy extra family after dinner when it is still light outside. We usually stick to a strict bedtime routine but during the holidays we grab the opportunity to enjoy a game in the garden or explore the neighbourhood together, lots of fun if it wasn’t for those nasty mosquitoes!

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Mosquito bites may be small in size but they can have a big impact on my children’s mood and sleep (and therefore on me too). If you want to make sure those pesky mozzies fly straight past you but you don’t want to use nasty chemicals on or around your family look no further than Mozzigear.

Mozzigear BandsMozzigear creates non-toxic, deet free mosquito repelling products for the whole family so you are protected from mosquitoes without having to worry about harmful chemicals. Keeping mozzies at bay is a breeze with the brightly coloured Mozzigear Mosquito Bands (RRP $19.95, 6 pack), available in adult and children’s (4+) sizes. Just pop one on your wrist when you head outside to create your very own ‘safe-zone’. For up to 48 hours the pleasant citronella fragrance keeps mosquitoes away so you can fully enjoy the outdoors and even the water.

Mozzigear Mosquito PatchOne of my favourite Mozzigear products is the super clever Mozzigear Mosquito Patch (RRP $9.95, 10 pack), the perfect mosquito deterrent to protect newborns and babies. You can stick these adhesive patches on virtually anything like your child’s clothing, bedding or pram. Our 2-year old is too small for the Mosquito Band (and would most likely try to taste it or lose it anyway) but I can just pop this patch on her back without her noticing, a safe and simple solution.

Mosquito WipesIf you prefer an invisible mozzie barrier instead (the brightly coloured wrist bands may not be the ideal match for your pretty evening gown) you can simply wipe the exposed area down with all natural Mozzigear Mosquito Wipes (RRP $9.95, 10 wipes). These convenient, waterproof wipes are effective for up to 6 hours and thanks to added aloe vera and vitamin E they are even gentle enough for faces and delicate baby skin.

Mozzigear Mosquito RepellerNot a citronella fan? The Mozzigear Portable Ultrasonic Repeller (RRP $19.95) clips onto clothing and uses fast and powerful 5-20 KHz multi-frequency sound waves that stun and cause discomfort for most mosquitoes, encouraging them to stay out of your way. The compact (5.5 cm) battery operated device is reusable, works up to 3 metres and can be set to work for 4, 6 or 12 hours at a time, it’s the perfect odourless and chemical-free weapon against mosquitoes.

Mosquito ClickIn the unfortunate event that a mosquito (or another little nuisance like a sandfly, bull ant, horsefly or flea) does manage to nip your skin you don’t have to settle for days of scratching, the handy Mozzigear Mosquito Click (RRP $19.95, 6 months+) will take care of that itch real fast. This clever device is easy-to-use, perfect handbag size and will work instantly to reduce itching and inflammation. One single Mosquito Click can treat up to 5,000 bites!

To find out more about Mozzigear by Intelligent Health Systems, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.mozzigear.com.au.

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Explore the outdoors with HABA (+ save $15)

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Dec 222013
 

Haba

Next week we’re off for a few nights away in beautiful Halls Gap, it’s is such an amazing place and even though we’ve been there a few times before we never get bored by it. From kangaroos and emus to cockatoos and lizards, from waterfalls to mountain tops and of course wonderful flowers, there is so much to see and do! If your kids like exploring the outdoors too they will love these fun HABA toys from Where Did You Get That?:

Terra Kids Key Ring CompassI don’t know about your children but I know my little tribe would absolutely love a real compass like this Terra Kids Key Ring Compass ($14.95). Both fun and educational this cool gadget is a real must-have for your mini Bear Grylls, take it with you on walks in the neighbourhood, while out camping or when visiting your local park. Just like a real adventurer you can clip your compass onto your belt or backpack so it’s always within reach.

Terra Kids Beaker MagnifierWhether you are playing in your own backyard or are out in the real bush, there are always plenty of creepy crawlers around that make a very interesting study object. If you’re game enough you can pop the little wrigglers in this Terra Kids Beaker Magnifier ($8.50) and inspect them up close, or if you prefer to leave them in their natural habitat just use the Terra Kids Key Ring Pendant Magnifier ($7.95) instead. Like the compass it attaches to belt/backpack so you won’t lose it.

Other items in the range include a whistle, nesting box, camping light, LED lamp and more. The HABA Terra Kids range is designed with real, active children in mind and with prices starting at just $4.50 Terra Kids products make great gifts for birthdays, stocking fillers and even party favours.

HABA 'Terra Kids' range

HABA ‘Terra Kids’ range

Simply spend $60 or more at Where Did You Get That? and receive $15 off your order. Enter the code ‘THATGIFT’ at checkout, offer ends December 24, 2013.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the HABA range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.