Sep 052015
 

Penguin Australia

It was few months ago that I first saw a sneak peek of a gorgeous children’s book called Suri’s Wall. I only got too see a few pages then but I loved it immediately and have been counting down to release date ever since. Yesterday Suri’s Wall finally hit the shelves and all I can say is this: it is even better and more touching than I expected.

Suri's Wall book

If you adore a beautiful book cover you will absolutely love the pretty, linen-style, textured hardcover chosen for Suri’s Wall. Suri lives in a small town surrounded by a big wall. Her extra long body makes her stand out from all the other children and the taller she gets the more she feels like she doesn’t fit in. Until one day she is tall enough to look over the town’s wall…

Suri's Wall inside 2

Now that she can see what’s on the other side of their sheltered world the children start flocking to Suri to hear all about the big mysterious world out there. She takes her audience on special journeys, enriching their lives and enabling them to imagine a colourful world of magic and beauty.

Suri's Wall inside

What the children don’t know is that what really happens outside Suri’s wall is far less pretty than the picture she paints, but in the end maybe that doesn’t matter at all. Beautifully illustrated by Matt Ottley, Suri’s Wall is a heartwarming story of acceptance, of finding your strengths in being different and the power of imagination.

To find out more about Suri’s Wall (RRP $24.99) by Lucy Estela, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Feb 192015
 

Dyson

After eight years in Australia I have gotten used to many things. I am used to speaking, reading and writing English day in day out (I still prefer Dutch), I eat BBQ dinners, Tim Tams and Sunday roasts (but not Vegemite or kangaroo) and I no longer freak out when I see a big spider or blue tongue lizard (although I’d rather avoid them). However there is one thing I am still not entirely comfortable with: the hot climate.

Old fan

Adelaide Summers can get really hot, the hottest day I have experienced since moving here was 47°C and it was far from pleasant. Luckily most of the rooms in our home are air-conditioned but unfortunately the bedrooms located in our extension are not so they can get rather warm in the Summer months. Previously we tried using an ordinary fan at night time and while hubby quite enjoyed the fresh breeze I found it too noisy to sleep with. Add to that the danger of one of our four inquisitive little ones sticking their fingers in between, or getting their hair wrapped around, the spinning blades and you can see why our fan ended up gathering dust in our storage (read dump) room.

Dyson CoolA few weeks ago we finally discovered a solution to our sweaty problem so, even with the thermometer predicted to hit a hot and horrible 38°C this weekend, we can now sleep cool and comfortably. I can not begin to tell you how relaxing it is to hop in bed at night and not be hot and bothered all night long, kicking off the sheets and getting up for a drink just to cool you down. The Dyson Cool has really come to the rescue for me this season.

The Dyson Cool is a revolutionary new fan designed by the talented engineers at Dyson, known around the globe for their innovative and high quality vacuum cleaners. Not only does the powerful and energy friendly Dyson Cool effectively cool down your room, it is also super stylish to blend in with your decor, it is 100% safe for children to touch without rotating parts that could injure little fingers AND it is up to 75% quieter than traditional fans.

Dyson Cool AM06

The sleek, modern design is surprisingly compact and light weight so it is easy to move from room to room, the fan can be gently tilted and rotates to cover a wider area. I love that it is super easy to clean, there are no small gaps where dust can gather (making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers like our daughters) and you can just wipe it down with a soft cloth.

Dyson Cool remote

Another great feature is the timer function, using the small remote you can program the fan to turn off after a certain period of time (up to 9 hours) so that you can save even more energy. It also means when we put our baby to sleep with the fan on we do not have to disturb her later at night to turn it off manually. With the remote you can customise your Dyson Cool experience to suit your needs and when not in use you it ‘magically’ (magnetically) attaches to the fan so it’s always within reach when you need it.

Dyson Cool range

Dyson fans are available in different sizes and colours so you can choose the design that’s perfect for your needs and fits home decor beautifully, prices start at RRP $449. For added peace of mind the Dyson Cool comes with a generous two-year warranty.

To find out more about Dyson Cool, to read up on all the technical facts and figures and to locate a stockist near you visit www.dyson.com.au.