Starting School with VTech

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Jul 232017
 

VTech

After a shaky start at kindy due to a 12-month speech delay we were very curious (and a bit nervous!) to hear how miss Sybbie has been getting along in this first half of the year. We were so thrilled to see her excellent results and she has worked really hard at catching up, as of this month she has mastered her final tricky letter and she has settled into the kindy routine beautifully. Now we can make a careful start at getting her ready for school and this cool VTech find is a perfect tool to get there:

From letters to numbers, from spelling to counting, from shapes to instruments, from animals to foods and much more, with 30 interactive activities the VTech My Zone Laptop (Ages 3-6, RRP $34.95) really is the Pandora’s Box of learning fun. What a fabulous way to introduce your pre-schooler to a wide range of subjects, even hesitant learners like our miss 4 will be gaining knowledge as they play!

To ensure your curious pre-schooler doesn’t run out of things to discover too quickly VTech has come up with progressive learning levels, so the difficulty will increase gradually as your child develops and grows. The My Zone Laptop teaches valuable skills like logic, number and letter recognition, problem solving and prediction and at the same time is great practice for that important fine motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Since Sybil has recently mastered the letters of her own name and can confidently write it herself we are currently working hard on recognising the rest of the alphabet. She finds the little pictures on each of the letter buttons really helpful and she loves the wide choice of letter games, eg. find the Beginning Letter and the Exploring Letters. Some of her favourite number games are Shapes Counting, Bigger or Smaller and Number Quiz. Now that she has gotten to know the keyboard and direction keys she is getting faster at it by the day!

Good to know: Even though this child-friendly computer is aimed at 3-6 year olds, our 8-year old twins have been grabbing a turn on it whenever they can as well. They may be well past the early learning games but they still very much enjoy having a go at Fishing Journey, Music Quiz or Crossing Iceland. Seeing how one toy appeals to all of our kids really proves it is a fantastic toy for siblings to share and great value for money.

During the last school holidays this interactive laptop has provided us with hours of entertainment for our little busy bee and therefore some much needed sanity for this tired mummy. I love that children can enjoy the My Zone Laptop both at home and on the go, it’s the perfect compact size for a kids’ backpack, holiday suitcase or even to slide in the back pocket of your car seat (for when boredom strikes on long car trips). Just remember to bring the batteries (2x AA batteries)!

For a more personal learning experience your My Zone Laptop can be customised with your little learner’s name, age, an avatar, favourite food, melody and more, this ‘All About Me’ function is a wonderful way to make kids feel special and speak to their imagination.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Sleep tight with ‘Delight’

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Jan 082016
 

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While Sybbie is chuffed to now be sharing a room with her two older sisters (imagine the chatter at night!) she does still come out of bed regularly. We are trying to make her feel at home in her new bed with her favourite teddies, a musical toy and a sweet light to keep her company. On my search for the perfect night light I stumbled upon these cuties at Fairy Blossom & Friends:

Delight Decor Ice Cream

The scrumptious looking Ice Cream Nights Lights ($19.95) by Australian company Delight Decor are battery operated and cool to touch, so they make a great portable buddy for midnight toilet trips. Measuring 14cm hight and made from durable non-toxic plastic these lovely lights are perfect for little hands. I might have to get all three colours for the three sisters!

Toadstool Night LightThere are several other Delight Decor night lights to choose from so you will have no trouble finding a look to suit your child’s bedroom or nursery. Smiley pears or tropical pineapples, a friendly bunny or a magical toadstool, which one is your favourite? I love how they turn a night light into an eye-catching decor piece: during the day a stylish bedroom accessory and a comforting glow at night.

Delight Decor night lights

To find out more about Fairy Blossom & Friends, to browse the Delight Decor range and to order online visit www.fairyblossom.com.au.

Oct 082015
 

Fly Babee

Almost a year ago I gave you a sneak-peek of an exciting new baby product called Fly Babee, designed by a clever Aussie mama called Emma. The past year has been a whirlwind of exciting developments for Emma with Fly Babee appearing on Shark Tank (and locking in an investor!) as well as scoring a Bronze Award at the latest St George Banking Group Ausmumpreneur Awards. Clearly people all over the country are falling in love with Fly Babee and it’s time you do too:

Fly Babee

Hailed as a real must-have for travelling families Fly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover designed for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. It’s compact, portable and extremely light-weight (just 600 grams!), yet big enough to comfortably fit around airline baby beds and large prams and provide your baby with a private place for a little snooze.

Fly Babee Storage BagThe practical pop-up design makes Fly Babee extremely easy to use, it unfolds in the blink of an eye and attaches to the bassinet or pram frame with simply clips. This same strong pop-up frame creates a safe, spacious ‘dome’ around your baby without a claustrophobic feel or the risk of collapsing. When not in use you can keep your Fly Babee cover safely tucked away in the handy carry bag (included) which attaches to your pram with two velcro straps.

Fly Babee Pram CoverFly Babee is packed with plenty of other great features to make travelling with a baby a little easier, for example block-out fabric that locks out over 90% of surrounding light, 100% breathable fabric to avoid overheating and a convenient ‘Chance a Glance’ window so parents can have a little safety-peek without disturbing your tiny dreamer. So with the holiday season coming up, make sure you pack your Fly Babee and take the stress out of your next family adventure.

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

For your chance to win a Fly Babee (RRP $99.95) enter our giveaway below:

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Feb 072015
 

Epson

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People often ask me if life with four kids is crazy and I won’t lie, it is rather busy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my big family and there are lots of small things you can do to make life a bit easier and your days run a tad smoother. Being organised is the key and something as little as a label can make a big difference.

LabelWorksName labels help the kids recognise their bottles and lunch boxes while content labels make it easy for them to find the right art and craft supplies in the playroom (less mess to tidy up!) and pantry labels help me grab school snacks and dinner ingredients without wasting time. Creating and printing your own customised labels is now easier than ever with this clever gadget from the printing experts at Epson:

The Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer (RRP $129) is a small, portable label printer that can be controlled from your desktop PC (using the included USB cable) or smartphone/tablet using Bluetooth making it ideal for busy parents on-the-go. The compact Epson LabelWorksTM 600P operates on batteries so you can easily carry the unit around the house, garage, office and caravan and print as you go, or you can plug in the included AC adaptor.

Using the handy Epson iLabel App (which is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play) you can create and print personalised stick-on labels, iron-on name tags, barcodes, date labels, QR code stickers, custom gift ribbons and much more, all from the comfort of your couch. There are several different speciality labels to choose from in fun colours and finishes to suit your project and taste perfectly.

Quick and easy name labels

Quick and easy name labels

Setting up the Epson LabelWorksTM Label Printer was a piece of cake and took less than a minute. First I clicked in the label tape (a sample size tape is included) and made sure the end of the roll was fed through the print opening. Then I downloaded the iLabel App, turned on bluetooth on my iPad and the printer so they could connect to each other. Et voila, you’re ready to print!

Personalised gift ribbons

Create personalised gift ribbons

Aside from the compact size and ease of use there is plenty more to love about the Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer. One of our favourite features is the ability to print labels with your own handwriting. It’s so simple even the kids can do it and the end result is really sweet, it’s a great way for children to claim ownership of their belongings. Or imagine wrapping a gift with a ribbon showing your child’s handwritten message, such a personal touch. You can add symbols, borders and even photos too, once you get started you’ll never want to print a plain label again.

Organise your 'Art & Craft'

Organise your ‘Art & Craft’

As a budget-conscious parent I very much appreciate the fact that you can view your design before you print it so you can check spelling and placing and avoid mistakes. At the same time Epson LabelWorks offers a significantly smaller lead margin (up to 60%) compared to other brands and you can manually set the length of your label up to the millimetre which means a lot less waste and more economic use of your labels.

Handy iLabel App for 'printing on-the-go'

Handy iLabel App for ‘printing on-the-go’

The printer is automatically set to print one label but you can change the quantity to suit your needs, individual labels will be neatly cut by the built-in automatic cutter. You can also save your designs to print them again later if you were to need some more which keeps things neat and uniform and saves you precious time.

Disclosure: I received a free Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer to test and write about.

To find out more about Epson, to locate an Epson stockist near you or to order online visit www.epson.com.au, you can find the Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer at your local Officeworks store.

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Dec 222014
 

Boon Inc

Christmas Countdown – Day 22

If you are a trendy new or expecting mama you have no doubt discovered Boon Inc., a hugely popular US label known around the globe for its innovative baby products. Boon Inc. is all about making the life of parents easier and today’s Christmas Countdown prize is sure to do just that:

Boon Naked Baby Bath Tub

The sleek and stylish Boon Inc. Naked Baby Bath Tub (RRP $69.95, available in green, blue or pink) is designed to take the stress out of baby bath time and add a touch of cool to your bath room at the same time.

Boon Naked Baby BathThe clever collapsible design of the Boon Inc. Naked Baby Bath Tub (suitable from birth to 18 months) allows you to create the perfect support position for every stage of your baby’s growth: the reclined position is ideal for newborns as it keeps their head above water and cradles them for a safe, comfortable feeling while the fully-expanded position offers a bigger bathing area to suit sitting infants and toddlers.

Boon Naked Baby Bath PostitionsUnlike many other baby baths the Naked Baby Bath Tub is slim to fold and compact to store or hang up, it is a convenient one-piece design without separate parts that can get lost or forgotten. Like the rest of the Boon Inc. range the tub is free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates so you can get your baby squeaky clean without exposing your precious bundle to nasty chemicals.

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.

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Dec 122014
 

Fridge-to-Go

Christmas Countdown – Day 12

With the school holidays upon us most Australian families will be planning their share of picnics in the park, days at the pool and trips to the beach. We are so luckily to have such a beautiful country to live in and I think we should all make the most of it by spending lots of time outside. No matter where you go, this summer you can keep your food and drinks cool in style with Fridge-to-Go:

Cool Tote

At first sight the Fridge-to-Go Cool Tote (RRP $59.95) looks like a trendy carry-all with plenty of storage space and handy pockets, however there is more to this shopping tote than meets the eye. The real magic is on the inside, using a simple flap you can divide the bag into a top and bottom half to change the lower compartment into a special cooling area.

Fridge-to-Go Cool ToteThanks to the clever removable chilling panel (included) you can keep the contents of the bottom part cool for 4 hours, exactly what you need for a nice lunch away from home, a bottle wine for a party or to keep baby’s meals or bottles cool when out and about. It is also very useful when you do a quick grocery shop, just pop the chilled items in the bottom half and your regular products in the top. Additional side chilling panels are sold separately if desired.

Not only does the tote keep your food fresh, it keeps it safe too with BPA-free, lead-free and PVC-safe lining that won’t leak nasty chemicals into your foods and drinks. After use you can simply clean the micro fibre interior with soap and water so it’s good to go for your next on-the-go meal. With its sweet floral print the Fridge-to-Go Cool Tote is the ideal Christmas gift for mums, grandmas, aunties, sisters and even teachers, finally a gift they will actually use and love!

Fridge-to-Go Cool Tote

To find out more about Fridge-to-Go, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.fridge-to-go.net.au.

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Fly Babee, first class flying for babies

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Nov 302014
 

Fly Babee

When people hear we recently travelled to Europe for a whole month with four children under six they usually call us crazy. Because all my family lives overseas plane trips are simply unavoidable so (while I admit it is not the most relaxing journey ever) over the last few years we’ve become quite experienced in air travelling with kids. The key is to be well prepared and there are some fantastic products out there to help you make your next flight enjoyable and stress free.

Fly Babee

We’ve flown with all four children when they were babies, even with the twins, so we know first hand how tricky it can be to stick to your normal routine and settle your (newborn) baby into a good sleep. The in-flight bassinets are fantastic but unfortunately they are usually located under a brightly lit TV screen, near the frequently visited toilets and next to noisy kitchens so there is a lot of disruption. Invented by one very clever Australian mama the brand new Fly Babee is here to rescue your baby’s (and your own!) sleep:

Fly Babee Storage BagFly Babee (RRP $99.95) is the world’s first sleep-easy cover for airline bassinets, pram carry cots and strollers. The brilliant breathable design blocks out 97% of hindering light, offers UPF 50+ protection against harmful UV rays, protects your child from the looks of well-meaning strangers and reduces your baby’s exposure to nasty germs. It’s compact, portable and light-weight (it weighs just 600 grams!) and the universal fit will make this every mum’s must-have travel accessory.

Fly Babee Pram BagSetting up the Fly Babee is a piece of cake, thanks to the handy pop-up design it unfolds itself automatically and attaches to the in-flight bassinet or pram frame with one simple clip on either side. Returning it to a compact package and back in the included storage bag takes a bit of practice but after a few tries you will have mastered this technique too. The storage bag conveniently attaches to your pram handle with velcro.

Fly Babee Pram CoverThe dome shaped canopy gives your baby plenty of room to move and breathe and you can check up on your sleeping bundle at any time through the super quiet ‘Chance a Glance’ flap. Once the Fly Babee is in place you can easily put your baby in and take baby out via the big zippered openings. Fly Babee is such a fantastic invention, if you are travelling with a baby this Summer you have to put this great Aussie product on your packing list for sure.

Fly Babee ClipsAs the Fly Babee is the world’s first airline bassinet cover it is hard to compare but it also doubles as a pram cover which makes it a great multifunctional product. Compared to many other pram covers it is a lot quicker and easier to use, all it takes is two clips instead of endless ties to do up or press studs to close. It also offers much more room thanks to the dome shape whereas other covers often stretch tightly across the frame leaving little moving space which can be scary for young children.

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