Sweet Stocking Stuffers

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Dec 152018


With just 10 sleeps to go until the big day parents across the country are madly getting organised, doing a last count of presents and wrapping them in secret. The time for online ordering is quickly running out, but here are fabulous little stocking filler ideas that won’t break the bank and are readily available at local retailers:

Our 3-year old Peppa Pig fan was over the moon to receive a Peppa Pig ‘Peppa’s Secret Surprise’ (Ages 3+, RRP $20) box which, I admit, didn’t actually fit in her shoe! These adorable cubes are like Pandora’s Box, there are little drawers galore and you never know what you’ll find inside. Each drawer holds a blind bag, so it’s a true ‘secret surprise’. The box is reusable and the perfect storage for small treasures.

Hiding inside the 6 drawers we found Rebecca Rabbit wearing a sparkly Christmas dress, a party crown, the most adorable little fairy wings, a hair brush, a toy present and a sheet of gemstones to jazz her up for the festive season. Who is coming to your party: Is it Peppa Pig, Suzie Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit or maybe Zoe Zebra? There are six different figures to collect for super Peppa fans.

Peppa Pig Peppa’s Secret Surprise is available at Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

I know they say you should never gift a pet for Christmas, but how can you possibly resist these cute TLC Kritters (Ages 3+, RRP $18)? These tiny kitties, puppies, bears and bunnies are looking for a forever home and someone to spoil them with lots of Tender, Loving, Care. Each little kritter comes in a small incubator to keep it warm and brings along a bunch of miniature pet accessories to help you care for your new adoptee.

All TLC Kritters have their very own nappy, with a colour change icon that appears when you clean your little friend in cold water. With the help of the incubator, nappy, dummy, baby bottle or medicine dropper and bow or bib your TLC Kritter will be thriving in no time. Each character comes with a special dissolving envelope to reveal your pet’s gender and adoption paper to make everything official. Check out the collector sheet to see which other kritters are still waiting to be adopted.

TLC Kritters are available exclusively at your local Kmart store or on www.kmart.com.au.

My big four absolutely loved finding these scented Bananas (Ages 4+, prices start at RRP $8) in their shoes. These tropical toys are available in a rainbow of colours to suit boys and girls and come as a single serve or a bunch of three (three serves of fruit a day, keep boredom away?). You can connect your bananas to each other and make your own big colourful bunch, just click them together at the top as your collection grows.

Once you peel your banana you’ll discover a quirky character living inside, accompanied by two mini mates. Will you get Pipo Panda, Lucy Leopard or Hermione Hamster? With 96 different characters to collect there are plenty of fun friends to find. You can decorate your banana with the included gemstone stickers and hang it up with the vine hanger. Bananas can be peeled over and over again.

You can find these fun fruits at Kmart, Big W, Myer, Toyworld, Toymate, Kidstuff and independent retailers.

A Santa Sack with a twist

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Nov 212014

Mon Petit ZoReol

A Christmas wreath on the front door, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with an angel on top, sweet Christmas carols playing on the background, a nativity scene, all that is missing is a big Santa Sack filled with presents…

Mon Petit ZoReol Bags

This year the traditional Santa Sack has had a super trendy makeover, how awesome do these gorgeous paper sacks from Baby Donkie look?

Designed in France by the talented Audrey from Mon Petit ZoReol these stylish bags (RRP $20) are unique, practical, durable and reusable so they can be enjoyed again and again. They are made from strong paper and able to carry up to 65kg, that’s a lot of Christmas presents! There are eight different designs and colours to choose from, which one do you like most?

Mon Petit ZoReol Paper Bags

The awesome thing about the Mon Petit ZoReol bags is that they will last well beyond Christmas, they are perfectly suitable for presenting birthday gifts, party goods or just every day storage.

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

Nov 212013

Tiger Tribe

While it is usually very easy to pick gifts for your own children it can be quite tricky to find the right gift for little friends, class mates and neighbourhood buddies. Often there are quite a few little people to buy for (costs add up quickly!) and you don’t always know exactly what they like. The clever team at Tiger Tribe knows all about these tricky receivers which is why they have designed a huge range of affordable kids toys and gifts that will get the thumbs up from every child.

To help you with your Christmas shopping we have put together our Top 5 ‘Gifts under $20’ for both boys and girls and the best part is: you can win them all! For your chance to win all of the items featured below make sure you enter our giveaway, we’ll make sure this fabulous prize packs gets delivered to the lucky winner in time for Christmas.

Piccolo Colouring Set Big GirlsThere are lots of gorgeous girly goodies to choose from with popular themes like fairies, princesses, mermaids, forest animals and of course dress ups. This Piccolo Colouring Set ($11.95) is specifically created for girls aged 5+ and I think our 5-year old would love it. The gorgeous little kits with 2 handy storage drawers are filled to the brim with art supplies to keep kids busy these school holidays: 48 colouring-in pages, 5 sheets of stickers and 10 markers. Perfect for a visit to grandma’s house too!

Make & Play FairyAnother hot favourite for the girls is the Make & Play Fairy Activity Set ($14.95, 3+). This lovely activity kit is double the fun, first kids can get creative with paper, markers and stickers. Then parents can help them put all the pieces (wings, tiara, wands, treasure chest) together to make a real fairy costume, after all there is nothing more fun than a magical game of make believe. Bonus: No glue or scissors needed (ideal for the plane).

Piccolo Magnet Book Dress It UpWhen you are travelling by car, train or plane you want to pack light and pick toys that can be used again and again, like this Piccolo Magnet Book ($9.95, 3+). More dressing up fun ahead but this time it’s two adorable little magnetic dolls that need a new outfit. The handbag sized Magnet Book contains one magnetic scene and a sheet full of magnets, just pop them out and have fun playing fashion designer with this stylish mini wardrobe. Move, mix, match, swap, change, it’s all up to you!

Sweet Thing Forest FriendsI have to admit that I had a hard time picking a favourite from all the cute stamp sets (one can never have enough stamps!) but I eventually I decided on the Sweet Thing Forest Friends ($11.95, 6+). Forest animals are very popular right now and with these sweet little stamps you can add them to all your drawings, letters and cards. The set contains a pink and red ink pad and 4 adorable stamps: a fox, bear, squirrel and raccoon.

Bluebird HandbagMy girls love being ‘just like mum’ and of course that involves carrying around a beautiful handbag. This month Tiger Tribe has released this colourful Bluebird Handbag ($14.95, 3+) which I think will be a top seller this Christmas. It’s the perfect size for all those special treasures that little ladies like to take along when they get out and about. The cheerful red handles make it the ideal accessory for a wonderful Christmas outfit.

Move over glitter and pink, time for the cool boys to have a peek in the Tiger Tribe treasure chest:

Super Clay Mini Tub RobotI think you’ll have a hard time finding a cooler boys gift at a price like this. The brand new Super Clay Mini Tubs (4+) cost just $7.95 each so you can afford to stash a few away in your present cupboard. Each little tub contains super clay in different colours and the robot parts you need to create your very own robot. The clay is non-toxic, mess free, easy to mould and air hardening. It’s even reusable so it’s endless fun in a tub.

DSC_2232Fasten your seatbelts, get ready for take off and off you go! If you’re looking for a great stocking filler you can’t go past these classic wooden Pull-Back Aeroplanes ($11.95, 3+). No batteries, no flashing lights and no noise (except for the sound of your child’s imagination), it’s back to the good old days of decent toys. The Pull-Back Aeroplanes are available in four different designs, so if you have multiple boys to shop for this will avoid arguments and mix-ups.

Piccolo Magnet Book RobotBecause I liked the girls Magnet Book so much I also selected a Piccolo Magnet Book ($9.95, 3+) for boys, featuring planets and robots this time. Who said boys can’t be creative? Bring out the artist in your little man with these colourful magnets, all the pieces are there to make a family of quirky robots. The compact size of this set makes it perfect as on-the-go entertainment while you wait at the doctor’s office or during the church sermon.

Inflatable World GlobeWith our own 5-year old son in mind this Inflatable World Globe ($14.95, 3+) would have to be my number 1 pick, he is very interested in different countries (especially because half of our family lives overseas) so he would go crazy for this. When all they see is ‘flat’ world maps it can be hard for kids to understand that the world is in fact round. It’s fun to play with, fun to learn from and fun to look as decoration in your bedroom too! Packs up flat and inflated it measures an impressive 50cm in size.

Piccolo Sticker BookLast but not least I chose the Piccolo Sticker Book ($9.95, 3+), I don’t know what it is about stickers but kids always get excited about them. With 8 pages of scenes and more than 50 reusable stickers young transport fanatics are sure to appreciate the On the move Sticker Book. There are three different Sticker Books to choose from and because they’re flat packed they make a perfect present to post to family interstate or overseas.

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

This is a sponsored post for Tiger Tribe who have kindly provided me with free product in exchange for this post, no financial compensation has been accepted.

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Nov 052013

Bean and Me

With 7 weeks to go until Christmas it is time to start organising the presents and plan with whom and where to spend this special time of the year. When it comes to December gifting I am the super organised kind, I start early in the year and keep everything in piles so I can see easily who will be receiving what and if the scores are even (for both number of presents and budget). I am well on track with only a few missing pieces left to organise, no stress here.

Personalised Santa Sacks ($49.95)

Personalised Santa Sacks ($49.95)

I don’t know about you but I just love the sight of traditional Christmas sacks popping up every where, it always looks so magical, warm and full of happy memories. If you haven’t gotten your child his/her own personalised sack just yet you’ll be pleased to know that you have until the end of the month to order your favourite at Bean and Me.

Santa Sack SpotsThere are four different personalised Santa Sacks ($49.95) to choose from, featuring cheeky dots, classy stripes, stylish chevron or classic Christmas trees. To make your little ones feel extra special each sack will be embroidered with your child’s name in seasonal green, what a lovely way to start your own family Christmas tradition. These fully lined sacks will be enjoyed year after year and would make a lovely keepsake to look back at later.

To find out more about Bean and Me, to browse the range and to order online visit www.beanandme.com.au.

Save 25% storewide at Itty Bitty Box

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May 172013

Itty Bitty Box

Two cousins, our lovely neighbour’s boy and three of my own little ones, we have so many kids birthdays coming up and of course I want to find the perfect gift for everyone. Because I am pretty busy as it is (four little ones are hard work!) I prefer one-stop-shopping: one shop, one stop and everything ticked of my to-buy list in one go. Itty Bitty Box is one of those fabulous versatile stores with something on offer for everyone and at the moment you can save 25% storewide, double win!

Save 25% off storewide Itty Bitty Box, simply enter the code ‘mumslounge’ at checkout. Hurry as offer ends May 30, 2013.

Peek, Seek and FindMy little boy is totally into the ABC at the moment, he knows the alphabet and is now learning to recognise words and match words with pictures. He would really enjoy this Peek, Seek and Find Activity Bag ($24.95), with no loose pieces it is perfect for car rides and plane trips. There are lots of ways to enjoy this toy, just make up your own games depending on the age of your child. There is a Girls Activity Bag available too and with the current 25% off offer you might as well get both.

Beetle GameMister 4 is also crazy about the outdoors and is always hunting for creepy crawlers. He loves studying them in his bug catcher and looking up their names in his children’s encyclopedia. I have no doubt he would be stoked to get this vintage style Beetle Game in which players build their own insects by rolling the dice, collecting all the different body parts. It costs just $15 and can be yours for only $11.25 if you use the discount code.

Ballet Doll BackpackThen for the girls, how gorgeous is this Angela Ballet Doll Backpack ($30)? Angela is super soft and squishy, very cute and perfectly sized for little girls. There definitely won’t be a mix-up at daycare of kindy with such a unique backpack and you can count on lots of admiring looks. The sweet birdy hat and two cheeky little buns are just adorable. The zip can be found at the back, fill her up and off you go.

Since you’re browsing the store anyway, make sure you tell us about your favourite item in the Itty Bitty Box store for your chance to win a beautiful custom made Miss AnnaSophia tutu and headband in our Itty Bitty Box giveaway. Entries close May 21, 2013.

To find out more about Itty Bitty Box, to browse the range and to order online visit www.ittybittybox.com.au.

Mar 072013

Itty Bitty Box

When I gave birth to the twins in 2008 my life changed in many ways, one of them being the way I shop. Instead of pushing my way through busy shopping centres I started to discover calm and peaceful online shopping. I love browsing the virtual aisles, racks and shelves for unique finds so I was pretty chuffed to discover online store Itty Bitty Box, the much loved ‘8th baby’ of gorgeous mamas Eleni and Zoe.

Eliza DollThese two clever ladies have 7 children between them so they know what to look for when selecting their goods. At Itty Bitty Box you’ll find, well, a bit of everything but every single product has one thing in common: It is unique and you won’t find it in every other store. From funky clothing to sweet baby presents, beautiful toys to fun craft and games, there is something for boys and girls, big and little, so make sure you remember this store when it comes to gift shopping.

Breakfast Play SetWhat I love about Itty Bitty Box is the absence of noisy, flashing electronic toys, they have managed to source durable, high quality pieces that offer traditional fun and encourage little ones to think and use their imagination without being boring or old fashioned. This colourful wooden Breakfast Play Set comes in a cute tin suitcase (no missing pieces, easy to tidy up) and costs just $24.95, such a great price!

Cupcake GameAs you know our family really enjoys playing games and while the classics are good fun I love discovering games that are a little different. Itty Bitty Box stocks some fantastic kids games from well known brand eeBoo, the gorgeous packaging alone is enough to get you excited. I especially like the look of the Cupcake Game and I never forget a face and would love to add them to our game shelf. The detailed artwork is stunning and the games themselves will keep little minds busy for hours.

Vehicle Tap TapYou might remember this type of game from your childhood, the Djeco Tap Tap kits are just as much fun as in the olden days but with a new modern look. You can choose from a Space Tap Tap or Vehicle Tap Tap kit, each theme comes in a storage box and contains all kids need to start ‘tapping’. Using all the different building parts and a hammer they can recreate the images on the idea cards (supplied) or make up their own creations.

To find out more about Itty Bitty Box, to browse the range and to order online visit www.ittybittybox.com.au.

Sinterklaas (+ Buy one toy, get 50% off the second at Target)

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Dec 092012

Last Wednesday it was finally time to celebrate Sinterklaas, one of my favourite Dutch traditions! Now before I start let’s make clear that Sinterklaas and (who they know there as) Santa Claus are not the same person so Sinterklaas and Christmas have nothing to do with eachother. Unlike Santa Claus Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) actually existed and although over time the story has changed somewhat it is still a tradition based on true events.

Sinterklaas is celebrated on the evening of December 5th, the day before St. Nicholas’ birthday. In Holland this would be Winter time, so it is always pitch dark outside and people gather around fire places and heaters, this year they even had snow! Very handy when you try and pretend that Sinterklaas just knocked the window, left the presents near the door and headed off in the dark, but very tricky for us here in Australia! The best we could come up with was to pull down all the blinds and use the remote control from our doorbell.

Miss 4 over the moon with her new memo block

Either way the kids were way too excited by the two big bags of presents at our front door to look up the street where Sinterklaas had gone off to so quickly. We decided to only give the kids presents this year because admit it, looking at them unpacking their gifts is more fun than getting something yourself and it is much cheaper too. Hearing Miss 4 declare she was ‘soooooooo happy’ (while holding a $4 memo block to her chest) and ‘this is such a wonderful day’ was my favourite part of the evening.

Master 4 unpacking his cars

Although I has already picked all the presents weeks ago I sent hubby off to our local Target on Tuesday on a last minute hunt for some toy cars, as it was the only thing on Master 4’s wishlist. He has plenty of cars already but I didn’t want him to be disappointed that Sinterklaas didn’t even grant his only wish. This Hot Wheels 5-pack cost just $11, which I thought was pretty good. Of course hip daddy searched until he found a Ferrari themed pack, he’s still a big kid himself!

Miss 2 unpacking the doctor’s kit

Miss 2 was the hardest to shop for as, just like most children with older siblings, she has so much already. When I spotted this Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Medical Kit on special at Target for just $10.50 a few weeks ago I knew straight away she would love it and what a good price! I believe this set has been part of the Fisher-Price range for years (many of you will recognise it) and it is still just as popular!

Miss 2 studying her new Golden Book

Some of the other big winners this Sinterklaas evening were two sets of ‘stompers’ (those old fashioned upside-down buckets with ropes that kids can walk on) for the twins, ABC writing/colouring books, stickers, a new LeapFrog game each, a fabric necklace, a game of Domino and Memory and some Golden Books. Later they did ask why Sinterklaas didn’t have time to come inside but quickly forgot about it again while playing with their toys.

It was a great Sinterklaas evening and we did well on a budget (it pays keeping an eye on the Target catalogues!).

Until this Wednesday you can scoop up some great toys bargains at Target in their current promotion: Buy one toy, get 50% off a second toy! As Australia Post and other couriers get really busy in December going into your local Target store is your safest choice for Christmas gifts, pre christmas delivery for online orders from the Target Online Store ends today (for some states the cut off date has already been).

To find out more about Target, to browse the latest catalogue and to locate a Target store near you visit www.target.com.au.