Dec 182016
 

Smiggle

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer, Special Surprises… it’s hard not to see a pattern when it comes to the festive Season. If you’re searching for a Christmas gift that hits the right note every time look no further than Smiggle:

I don’t know about you but we never seem to be able to pass a Smiggle store without popping in. It’s always so colourful and inviting and filled with cool stationery and other treasures that are fun and quirky, the kids could browse our local Smiggle store for hours if I let them. If your kids love Smiggle too today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway is perfect for you:

An ideal size for upcoming holidays trips and going back to school the cool Junior Character Backpack (RRP $49.95, Bat or Butterfly) is sure to deal with any ‘Can you carry my bag for me? complaints. Available in either a pretty pink and purple butterfly or a scary blue bat design this Smiggle backpack is perfect for boys and girls it comes packed with practical features like padded shoulder straps, two drink bottle sleeves and lots of handy pockets and zips.

With the weather quickly warming up it is very important for children to drink plenty of water so they can stay hydrated throughout the day, it turns out making it fun is the key. This funky 700ml Silicone Drink Bottle (RRP $24.95, Woof or Meow) is a great tool to help kids keep up their H2O intake and you can even roll it up to save space. Our kindy girl is totally in love with her Meow flip spout-bottle, especially when I freeze it so her water stays extra cold for longer.

One of our girls’ favourite holiday activities is ‘art and craft’: from drawing to painting, from glueing to cutting and everything in between, they love using their imagination to create something original. These Scented Pencils (RRP $16.95, 12pk) are sure to add an extra special touch to your child’s next drawing by infusing the lines with delicious scents like strawberry, grape, sour lemon, chocolate, cola and more. With 12 colours/scents per pack the final artwork is guaranteed to be a fragrant surprise!

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

For your chance to win a Smiggle Prize Pack (total RRP $91.85, Junior Character Bat Backpack, Woof Silicone Drink Bottle and Scented Pencils 12pk) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Apr 212016
 

Crayola

With the school holidays now in full swing the kids are spending hours on end at the kitchen table with markers, crayons, pencils and a huge stack of paper. But they are not the only who enjoy a bit of colour therapy, I am quite loving the relaxation myself too. The art and craft experts at Crayola believe that colouring in is great entertainment for all ages, which is why they have expanded their range with a special collection just for grown-ups:

Crayola Colouring

The Crayola ‘Adult Colouring’ Range is designed specifically for creative adults with premium fine-line markers and pencils in a rainbow of beautiful colours. I am secretly hoping hubby reads this hint and surprises me with a lovely stash for Mother’s Day…

Crayola Coloured PencilsIf you love soft shades and the ability to control the depth of your colour the Crayola Adult Coloring Colored Pencils (RRP $19.99, 50 pack) are your perfect pick. A light touch will give you a lighter colour which you can darken by adding layers or shadows, there is so much room for variety. With 50 different colours per pack the options are endless, seeing all these pretty pencils laid out is a joy for the senses.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ClassicOn the other hand, if you like the solid look of a deep, warm felt tip marker you will certainly enjoy the Crayola Adult Coloring Fine Line Markers (RRP $7.99, 12-pack). Thanks to their fine tip you can pull off thin lines and tiny details with great precision, staying in the lines is easy with this colourful bunch. I have to admit I am usually more a pencil-lover but these vibrant markers really are amazing to work with.

Crayola Fine Line Markers ContemporaryThe fine line markers are available in two different colour ways: the Classic Colors 12-pack is filled with bold, traditional shades and the Contemporary Colors 12-pack contains a slightly softer, modern colour palette. Now if only I had a cleaner and a cook to take care of my household so I could spend a few hours dreaming away above my new colouring book…sounds like bliss to me!

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Jan 112014
 

Back 2 School Target

Confession time: In two short weeks my babies are starting school and I am terrified, in fact I am losing sleep over it. Kindy was sort of okay but now they are going to (insert scary voice here) ‘the big school’. Since I never went to school here in Australia I am extra nervous about it all, probably more nervous than they are! Everything about school is different in The Netherlands, from the age they start school (there is no such thing as kindy, Dutch children start primary school at 4 years old) and what/how they teach to the fact that Dutch children don’t wear uniforms and come home to eat their lunch.

This whole Aussie school business may be totally new to me and I am feeling completely lost on most fronts, but when it comes to shopping school supplies I think I’ve got it all under control:

Boys RunnersWith the school booklet in hand and some helpful advice from other mothers under my belt I managed to put together a complete shopping list that covers absolutely everything, or so I hope. From school uniforms and school shoes (don’t forget the runners) to lunchboxes and drink bottles and of course all the necessary school stationery bits, almost all items on my list are now ticked off so we’re good to go.

Master 5's pick: Printing Paper and new textas

Master 5’s pick: Printing Paper ($3) and new textas ($3 per pack)

NotebookWith only two weeks of school holidays left you’ll probably find that you just don’t have time to go from store to store to collect (amd compare prices for) all your school supplies. Luckily Target is offering a helping hand with a huge range of Back to School products at the best prices, allowing you to enjoy a one-stop-shop and be done in a flash. You can even shop ‘all the tools, all the cool’ online so you don’t have to leave home!

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Lexar USB StickTimes have changed a lot since I went to school (and that’s not even that long ago!) and these days kids need more than just a nice pencil case filled with a new set of pencils, a gluestick and an eraser. It won’t be long before my little students will need USB sticks, endless supplies of printing paper and even their own tablet, call it the digital days. I was glad to see Target has those areas covered too with affordable options that won’t break the family budget.

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

To help you with your Back to School shopping we are giving away a $50 Target gift card, get your entries in below.

To find out more about Target, to browse the Back to School range and to shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

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