Top 5 Books for the Easter Break

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Mar 252016
 

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You’d think our kids would be excited about the prospect of no school for two weeks, but they’re actually a little sad. They very much enjoy school and they particularly love our (almost daily) visits to the library. If your kids are avid readers too make sure you pick up some great new reads to keep them entertained during the holidays.

Here are our top 5 books for the Easter break:

Tiny TimmyNot a day goes by where our 7-year old son doesn’t read a book or two, he is known to even read a book while walking to school! He also loves to kick the footy with his friends so Tim Cahill’s latest book Tiny Timmy Makes the Grade! (RRP $12.99) really is the best of both worlds. If your sporty kid needs a bit of encouragement to open a book this is an excellent pick that is sure to win them over.

Tim is determined to make it onto the famous rep team, but first he will have prove his worth on the field. Earning a spot in the school squad is not easy so he better put his best foot (and his head!) forward if he wants to succeed. It’s a great story about teamwork, perseverance, doing your best and of course being active, something all kids can learn a lot from.  Featuring a fun, appealing font and filled with cool illustrations this Tiny Timmy adventure reads very easily, even the most stubborn reader will read his way through all 124 pages without realising.

Room on the BroomLearning to read is a tricky job and can be quite exhausting too so our miss 5 is not always in the mood to do her reading before bed. We find the best way to keep her focussed is by choosing a book about something she already knows and loves, it makes the story much more fun and real. She has seen Room on the Broom (RRP $14.95) on TV before and thinks it is terribly funny (and a little scary too!) so this is a real winner!

Written by Julia Donaldson (creator of The Gruffalo) this gorgeous book is a joy to read and listen to. It tells the story of a witch on a flying broomstick, who picks up a bunch of interesting passengers on her way. The text flows beautifully and rhymes, which invites young listeners to join in and ‘guess’ the next word. The pictures are colourful and detailed so there is lots to look at and spot on every page.

Pig the PugNext up is miss Sybbie (3), our little busy-bee who struggles to sit still. She recently spotted Pig the Pug (RRP $16.99) at the ‘big school’ so she thinks it is pretty awesome that we now have it in our own ‘library’ at home as well. We have read Aaron Blabey’s hilarious book ‘The Brothers Quibble’ over and over again and his writing style is so appealing to kids, he really knows how to engage young children.

This interesting looking character is called Pig the Pug, a round and wrinkly dog who hates sharing his food or toys with anyone. Then Trevor, a friendly sausage dog, comes along… will Pig learn to share and play together after all?

Dear ZooRight now she’s more into chewing books than reading them but, if she is anything like her siblings, I am sure it won’t be long until baby Harriet falls in love with reading too. Dear Zoo (RRP $14.99) by Rod Campbell is a great choice for the smallest family members, this sturdy board book introduces children to different animals and their characteristics through a fun game of lift-the-flap. Can you guess what animal is behind the flap?

If I Were The Easter BunnyJust in time for Easter we can’t go past If I were the Easter Bunny (RRP $14.99) by Louise Gardner, a colourful hardcover picture book about an exciting egg hunt, scrumptious chocolate eggs, fun and games in the park, pretty handmade bonnets and of course the Easter parade, after all the best Easter is one spent with friends. What would this weekend look like if you were the Easter bunny?

The book experts at Dymocks are here to help you stock your bookshelf in time for the upcoming school holidays with this awesome book deal: Buy 3 picture books for just $30! There are more than 30 great titles to choose from, offer ends end of April.

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

School Holiday Fun on a Budget

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Jul 022014
 

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I don’t know about you but I always struggle a bit in the Winter school holidays. In Summer we’re outside most of the time: playing in the garden, at the playground, the park, the swimming pool, the beach, there is so much choice the holidays are never long enough. In winter it is a different story, we all know there is only so much craft and puzzles you can do!

Scoopon Mini-GolfA quick and easy way to score amazing bargains on kids activities is by signing up for daily deal site Scoopon. Every day they deliver a bunch of fabulous offers from businesses in the area of your choice (just enter your postcode at signup) straight to your inbox. It’s not only a great way secure discounts for your favourite stores and entertainment venues, it’s a fantastic way to discover new ones too.

Scoopon Movie TicketDiscounted entry to your local children’s play cafes, movie tickets, a game of paintball or mini-golf, a day at the zoo, fun at the railway museum or a dolphin cruise, if you keep an eye on your Scoopon emails you’ll have your school holiday filled with awesome outings in no time without breaking the bank. I always have a sneaky collection of Scoopons stashed away for boring weekends and rainy days, very handy!

Scoopon DinnerYou can even give yourself a day off from cooking by buying one of the Scoopon dinner deals. As a family of six we don’t go out of dinner or get takeaway often, mainly because of the costs, so if I spot a good dinner deal I always grab it. It is nice to have some of these special treats on hand and knowing the Scoopons have been paid for already makes the dinner taste even nicer.

Tip: Just make sure you keep an eye on your expiry dates and any exclusions, it would be a shame to let your Scoopons go to waste.

To find out more Scoopon, to browse all current offers and to receive daily deals for your area by email visit www.scoopon.com.au.

May 092013
 

You may have noticed that over the past few weeks and months several big Australian (online) kids stores have closed down, so very sad but unavoidable in the current economic situation. With that in mind it is even more special when fabulous Australian brands do really well and grow bigger and better every year. This month the awesome Cheeky Little Soles label is celebrating its 8th birthday, such a great milestone! As a thank you to all their wonderful customers they are running a fantastic promotion:

Buy one pair of Cheeky Little Soles shoes and get a second pair (of equal or lesser value) completely FREE! This offer is only valid on the Cheeky Little Soles website, simply enter your choice of style/size for the extra pair in the comment section. Hurry as offer ends May 11, 2013.

198LIf you’ve had your eye on one of the brand new Cheeky Little Soles designs now is the time to order. The latest arrivals are selling like hot cakes, the new Cowboy Boots in particular are winning hearts all over the country. They are made from soft leather with a soft sole and are suitable for hip boys and girls. The Cheeky Little Soles Cowboy Boots ($49.95) come in four stylish colours and are available in size S-XL.

208LAlso new to the range are the gorgeous Party Time Baby Shoes ($39.95, size S-L), perfect for your little girl’s next birthday party or special occasion. This cute style is available in classic black/white or white/silver, timeless colours that will compliment your lovely party outfit beautifully. The soft leather soles are non-slip to reduce the risk of accidents so they are the ideal shoes for those first wobbly steps.

TweedIf you have been on the hunt for a stylish, neutral coloured shoe the Cheeky Little Soles Tweed Baby Shoe ($29.95, size S-L)  is just what you are looking for. These shoes feature a tweed fabric panel on top and a matching leather back, you can dress them up or down as you please. There are four natural colours to choose from and with the current ‘buy one, get one free’ offer you might as well order a few!

To find out more about Cheeky Little Soles, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cheekylittlesoles.com.au.

For your chance to win a pair of new designs Cheeky Little Soles of your choice (subject to availability) visit www.cheekylittlesoles.com.au  and answer the following question: Which of the new designs Cheeky Little Soles shoes would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends June 9, 2013. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Celebrate & Win with Nana Clair’s Gifts

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Feb 082013
 

It seems like February is not only a party month for us with the arrival of a new baby, it is also time for a party at Nana Clair’s Gifts. While many businesses are sadly closing their (virtual) doors this fabulous online store is proudly celebrating its second birthday this month, a fantastic milestone! Nana Clair’s Gifts has been busy preparing for this month’s festivities and there are lots of ways to share in the birthday fun:

Sparkle T Puzzle Stand FarmIf you place an online order this February you automatically enter the draw to win a $100 Nana Clair’s Gifts gift voucher, who wouldn’t want to win that shopping spree? (Competition ends Feb 28, 2013, click here for Terms and Conditions). And because everyone loves getting a party bag at the end of a birthday Nana Clair’s Gifts is giving every customer who places an order in February a complimentary Birthday Present.

Dino Zone Marina SetEach week during February you can enjoy a different product on sale, this ‘Special of the Week’ will be revealed on the Nana Clair’s Gifts Facebook page so go give their page the thumbs up. As if these great birthday specials are not enough you can also enter to win the product of the week, how cool is that? This week you can grab any of the Dino Zone Sets for $24.95 (normally $34.95) and the winner of this week’s giveaway will receive the fun Dino Zone Marina Set, don’t forget to get your entry in.

Bobble Art Babubushka Bowling BagWhile you are browsing this gorgeous online store make sure you subscribe to the Nana Clair’s Gifts newsletter. Not only will you always get the latest news and specials delivered straight to your inbox, if you sign up this month you will also receive a FREE $10 gift voucher to spend in store. Don’t worry, current newsletter subscribers don’t have to miss out and will receive a gift voucher too.

To find out more about Nana Clair’s Gifts, to browse the range and to order online visit www.nanaclairsgifts.com.au.

Save 25% storewide at Looking At You Kid

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Nov 162012
 

Don’t you love it when you’ve had your eye on something for a while and then you spot it with a great discount? Keeping track of sales and specials offers from your favourites stores is so easy when you shop online, there is no lining up at the checkout and you know straight away if they’ve got your size in stock. Plus you get your order delivered to your door, it doesn’t get much easier than that! When I noticed the current Christmas offer at Looking At You Kid I quickly grabbed some items from my wishlist:

Enjoy 25% off storewide at Looking At You Kid, simply enter the code ‘present’ at checkout to redeem your discount. Offer ends December 25, 2012.

One of the pieces that arrived on our doorstep this week was this gorgeous Hide & Seek Party Frock ($49.95) in a delicious watermelon colour. I loved the dress from the moment I first saw it so I am very pleased to finally hold it in my hot little hands. I think my oldest daughter won’t stop spinning around when she gets to wear this, the ruffles are so sweet and the adjustable shoulder ties let you create the perfect fit for your daughter at any time.

I also jumped at the chance to order a stylish pair of Kiniki jeans for my son at 25% off, he has quite a few Kiniki pieces and I love the quality and fit. These cool Super Skinny Denim Jeans ($69.95) look awesome on! To be honest I regret not getting miss 4 the pink Kiniki Skinny Jeans too as they look so hip. The discount offer is valid until Christmas day so I still might end up ordering them in the next few weeks.

If you have shopped at Looking At You Kid before you have no doubt discovered their Sale section and Nothing over $10 category, you can even use your discount code on all those fabulous buys! I picked up some really lovely pieces that will come in very handy this summer and at such low prices I couldn’t say no. These adorable pink Alex & Charli Harem Pants are reduced to a tiny $15 (and with the code down to $11.25), they are going to look so cute with a white top and sandals.

To find out more about Looking At You Kid, to browse the store and to order online visit www.lookingatyoukid.com.au.

Happy Birthday Hootkid! 30% off storewide sale

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Sep 252012
 

I thought we were done with birthdays for this year but it looks like I forgot about one! Hootkid is celebrating its very first birthday this week and you get to join in the fun with a fantastic birthday offer:

If you have already discovered Hootkid you’ll know all about their exciting range of funky clothes and accessories for hip Aussie kids. There is always new stock arriving at Hootkid so you are sure to spot something new at every visit and the best part is that the prices are very affordable and shipping is free, what more could you ask for?

This fantastic 30% off storewide sale is on for 3 days only, so stock up on awesome Hootkid goodies before it is too late! And don’t forget about the HUGE First Birthday Giveaway Bonanza, there are amazing prizes to be won (including this stunning Incy Egg chair) and winners will be drawn on October 2, 2012. To enter visit the Hootkid Facebook page and fill out your entry form, you can even share with friends to earn more entries.

To find out more about Hootkid, to browse the range and to order online enjoying free shipping Australia wide visit www.hootkid.com.

Check out the prizes

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Aug 022012
 

Let’s take a closer look at all the fabulous prizes that are part of our Christmas in July Baby Girls prize pack.

For your chance to win enter the Christmas in July giveaway – Baby Girls.

$50 Sustainababy gift voucher
About: No matter what you pick for your $50, you can rest assured that you are making an eco-friendly choice as everything at Sustainababy is carefully selected by the ‘queen of green’, mum Laura.
Value: $50

Rockabye Baby album
About: Have you had enough of boring nursery rhymes? Now you can put baby to bed to the tune of your favourite rock bands, baby style of course. Check out the different albums at A Little Bit Of Cheek and pick your favourite.
Value: $29.95

Ebulobo Anemone Cow Doll
About: Anemone the Cow is part of the colourful Happy Farm by French brand Ebulobo. She is a lovely soft toy friend with a gentle rattle in her belly. Check out her other farm friends too, they are a great bunch!
Value: $34.95

Personalised Hoodie (size 0 or 2)
About: Personalised doesn’t have to be boring, this snuggly warm Sticky Biz hoodie (pink) will be printed with your daughter’s name and favourite picture. There are 23 colourful images to choose from: flowers, butterflies, cupcakes, you will have trouble choosing.
Value: $39.95

Nutri Rich Prize Pack
About: Suitable for dermatitis, psoriasis, nappy rash, stretch marks and much more the whole family can enjoy this lovely Nutri Rich prize pack containing Nutri Rich Oil (60ml), Nutri Rich Oil Shower Gel (200ml) and a Nutri Rich Soap bar.
Value: $106

Josie Skirt Blue Roses (size 0)
About:
This adorable handmade Josie skirt would make a lovely addition any little girls wardrobe. The crisp white and soft blue colours are perfect for the upcoming Australian Summer, and if you’re a little impatient just wear it in spring with a pair of tights.
Value: $45

$100 Master & Miss gift voucher
About: At Master & Miss you will score a double win; their beautiful 100% certified organic cotton clothing is not only safe and soft, it is also designed and made right here in Australia so your are supporting an Aussie business. (Sorry, not valid on cot blankets)
Value: $100

Qtoys Snail Coat Rack
About: Designed by Melbourne mum Cathy this colourful wooden coat rack will be the ideal spot for your little lady to hang up her jacket and hat. You can hang it up in the kids bedroom or maybe in the hall way at a height that is perfect for little arms to reach.
Value: $12.95

$50 Mini Sandcrabs gift voucher
About: Summer might still seem very far away but sun protection is important all year around, grab $50 worth of cool UPF 50+ protective gear from Mini Sandcrabs and you know your little sandcrab is safe from harmful UV rays while playing in and out of the water.
Value: $50

Wean Meister Freezer Pod (Coral Pink)
About: Storing homemade baby food was never this easy, no more fiddling with numerous pots and lids in all different shapes and sizes. The silicone Wean Meister Freezer Pod is BPA-free, bacteria resistant and holds 9 perfect portions that pop out easily.
Value: $19.95

Colour Change Natribottle Glass Bottle 240ml Twin Pack (Girls)
About: These clever glass bottles by Cherub Baby are 100% BPA-free and feature a heat sensitive colour changing silicone sleeve. That way you’ll always know instantly if your baby’s milk is too hot, how easy!
Value: $29.95

On The Go Baby Food Pouches 20-pack
About: The Cherub Baby Food Pouch lets you feed your baby nutritious, homemade baby food from a convenient pouch, perfect for on the go and no mess! Microwave, bottle warmer and freezer safe and of course BPA free.
Value: $17.95

LeapFrog Peek-a-Shoe Octopus
About: All kids love balls and playing hide-and-seek, combine this with learning colours, numbers, songs and sea creatures and you definitely have a winner on your hands. Do you know where the ball is hiding?
Value: $54.99

LeapFrog Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout
About: Twinkle Twinkle Little Scout is a soft and cuddly bedtime buddy that plays baby’s favourite nursery rhymes. The soft light from the glowing moon will help your precious little one fall asleep in no time.
Value: $24.99

LeapFrog My Discovery House
About: It is all about opposites and daily routines in this Discovery House, and there is definitely lots to discover. A fridge that opens and closes, a doorbell to push, a window to slide back and forth, the house features more than 75 learning responses.
Value: $34.99

Rosie Rabbit or Peridot Personalised Mug and Plate Set
About: The sweet Rosie Rabbit and Peridot Pig ceramics have just arrived in store and you’ll be one of the first to own these treasures. Lovingly handmade in Australia this mug and plate set will be personalised with your child’s name, birthdate or special message.
Value: $47.95 (Mug) and $52.95 (Plate)

$50 Finlee and Me gift voucher
About: Finlee and Me is like a candy store, you won’t know where to look first when you visit this lovely store filled with beautiful and cool, practical and original, funky and fun products for babies, kids and even mums. What ywill you buy with your $50 gift voucher?
Value: $50