Sweet Stocking Stuffers

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Dec 152018
 

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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.

Sweet Sale: 3 for 2 storewide at Smiggle

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Nov 282018
 

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While Australian children are still impatiently waiting for Christmas celebrations to begin, my little half-Duchies are in luck. Every year on December 5th our family honours the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and the weeks leading up to it are filled with excitement and little gifts.

On several nights we’ve had six little shoes lined up in front of the fire place filled with drawings, craft, wishlists and even a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse. These are some of the little shoe-stuffers lined up for my girls this year:

So far this has been the biggest hit of them all, this Bow Alphabet Keyring (RRP $9.95) was a major success with my girl. She absolutely adores her glitter keyring and was so proud to show her friends at school. She instantly attached her to her schoolbag and has mentioned over and over again how much she loves it. This is a real sweet and personal gift and a good size to tuck in Christmas stockings (and shoes!). You can buy the Bow Alphabet Keyring in (almost) all letters of the alphabet.

If pink is not your colour and glitter not your thing, do not worry. There are loads of different alphabet key rings to choose from to suit both boys and girls.

The unicorn craze is still going strong here so this cute Bath Fizzy (100g, RRP $5.95) was a perfect pick. Nothing like a bit of fizz and fragrance to make bath time fun! The bath fizzies are available in unicorn, mermaid, star and heart shape and smell like strawberry, blueberry and berry vanilla. At just over $5 they’re a fantastic price and a great little add-on for birthdays too. If your girls enjoy a spot of DIY there is a great Make Your Own Bath Fizzies kit too, it would make a cool school holiday activity.

I’ll be honest, this pretty Time to Shine Clock (RRP $34.95, ages 6+) is a bit of a selfish gift. I’m secretly hoping that this sparkly sequin alarm clock will help my early risers stay in bed a little longer on weekends. It’s probably a Christmas wish that won’t come true but at least it looks awesome. When you press the button it lights up the room with a beautiful glow and even tells the time, day and temperature out loud! Our ideal ‘Time to Shine’ is 7am or later, what about you?

Just like their mama my girls don’t leave the house with a tube of lipgloss in their bag. They are always looking for different scents so this Shine Gift Pack (5-pack, RRP $19.95) is sure to be well received when it comes to unwrapping time. Raspberry, bubblegum and ice cream, balm, roller and gloss, it’s a fabulous haul for little beauty queens. You even get some cute hair chalk and nail stickers to complete the look!00

Hip Tip: There is no better time than today to stock up on stocking fillers, with a fabulous 3 for 2 offer on all Smiggle goodies. Be quick, offer ends November 29, 2018!

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

Jan 302016
 

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I won’t lie, after seven weeks of school holidays with five kids at home even my patience was starting to run a little thin. We’ve made Lego castles and Mecano cranes, we’ve held tea parties and dressed up, we played puzzles and built forts, we baked cookies and created art but I was slowly running out of ideas. So how do you keep two 7-year olds and a 5-year old happy for less than a tenner? Check out Top Trumps:

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Top Trumps (RRP $9.99) by Winning Moves is a fun, affordable, easy-to-play card game for kids and a perfect example of ‘good things come in small packages’. Each pack of Top Trumps consists of a plastic storage case with 30 themed cards based on the topic of their choice, this could be characters from a TV show or book, different countries or animals and much more.

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Players pull a card each and compare their statistics, the highest number comes up ‘Top Trumps’ and wins both cards, easy! While the concept is simple there is an educational side to it too. Top Trumps is a very enjoyable tool to practice recognising numbers (and learning about higher and lower), reading words and of course pick up some interesting facts in the process.

ShopkinsThe compact game is an ideal size for your handbag, kids’ backpack or even the dashboard of your car, it’s an excellent way to keep the kids entertained (and save your sanity) when you are out and about. You’ll be surprised how much they’ll love it and how long they can play Top Trumps without getting bored! Our kids even love just looking at the cards and checking out all the facts; peace and quiet, pocket size.

Countries of the WorldWith more than 40 different Top Trump titles to choose there is a fun pack for everyone. From popular characters like Barbie, Frozen, DC Comics and Doctor Who to educational gems like Countries of the World, Space, Dinosaurs and Volcanos, Top Trumps has got all interests covered. Priced at just 10 bucks it’s a fantastic pocket-money buy and kids can save up to collect all their favourite titles.

Top Trumps are readily available at some of Australia’s biggest stores e.g. Toys’R’Us, David Jones, Dymocks and ABC Stores, so pick up a new pack on your next shopping trip.

To find out more about Winning Moves, to browse the Top Trumps range and to order online visit www.winningmoves.com.au.

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Dec 112014
 

'Lil Fairy Door

Christmas Countdown – Day 11

As we near the end of the year I can’t help but look back and see how much our kids have grown these lasts 12 months. O how I wish I could keep them small for longer, I love their innocent trust in all that is good and the way they believe in magic. Children have the biggest imagination (especially this time of year!) and often the littlest things lead to big adventures like this gorgeous ‘Lil Fairy Door:

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Three years ago Australian mum Sally created the very first ‘Lil Fairy Door, her own little girl loved everything ‘fairy’ and this gorgeous miniature door opened up to a delightful imaginary world. Three years on ‘Lil Fairy Door is available in 400 stores across Australia and overseas, allowing children of all ages to explore their fairy fantasies through pretend play.

'Lil Fairy Door GreenTo create a special fairy entrance in your home you need to attach your ‘Lil Fairy Door to the wall, somewhere low to the ground or high on a shelf (an ideal location if you need to keep it away from young children who may cause damage or eat small parts). It would look gorgeous in a little girl’s bedroom, playroom or reading corner and with choice of 12 different colours there is a perfect ‘Lil Fairy Door for every child and every decor, prices start at $36.

'Lil Fairy MushroomsLittle by little you can grow your little piece of fairy land using the adorable range of ‘Lil Fairy accessories. From mini mailboxes to tiny footsteps, from small mushrooms to a teeny teaset and petite tooth fairy notes and much more, at ‘Lil Fairy Door they know how to capture a child’s imagination. With Christmas in mind there are also some brilliant Christmas themed accessories available, once you’ve seen this frosty evidence you will be a believer for life.

‘Lil Fairy Door will be exhibiting at the annual Kids Instyle trade event at the Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (19 – 22 February, 2015).

To find out more about ‘Lil Fairy Door, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlefairydoor.com.

For your chance to win a ‘Lil Fairy Door (RRP $36, yellow) enter our giveaway below:

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Mar 252014
 

Earlybirds

Maybe it’s your niece or nephew, maybe it’s your little cousin, your neighbour’s baby or even your own precious bundle, we all know a special ‘earlybird’ who arrived a little (or a lot) ahead of his/her due date. In many cases these earlybirds face difficult challenges and have to spend time in hospital before they are ready to enter the big wide world. Three of my own babies were born prematurely and spent some time in the special care nursery, they were so tiny and absolutely adorable.

As you may know the beautiful baby clothing by Australian company Earlybirds is specifically designed to suit these early arrivals, their Earlybirds range caters for the tiniest of babies weighing just 8oo grams up to 4.5 kilos. But they don’t stop there, when premie babies get older and bigger they often struggle to fit into main stream clothing so Earlybirds has got them covered too with a special Bigger Birds range.

The Bigger Birds collection is available in sizes 3 to 18 months and features navy blue and raspberry colour options to suit both boys and girls. Bigger Birds garments are comfortable to wear, easy to put on and take off and offer an excellent fit for the narrow hips and legs of many early arrivals. The collection consists of popular basics like rompers, jumpsuits, bodysuits and even undies (2-5 years).

Right now you can pick up one of the lovely Bigger Birds jumpsuits for just $22.50 (normally $29.95), that’s a saving of 25%! Be quick though, this offer ends March 31, 2014.

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

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Nov 302013
 

Every December there are many families looking forward to spending a first Christmas with a gorgeous new addition to spoil with fabulous presents but it is not that easy for everyone. While most are dressing up their little bundle in a special Christmas outfit and taking happy family snaps other not so lucky parents are spending the festive season in Special Care Units/ Neonatal Intensive Care Units across the country, often watching their baby from behind glass and worrying what the new year is going to bring them.

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If you are (or know) a parent of one of these very precious early arrivals I highly recommend you check out Australian company Earlybirds. Not only does Earlybirds make the most beautiful clothes specifically designed for teeny tiny babies (as little as 800 gr!) but they are also long term partner of many great causes that support babies, children and families that need it. So whether you want to put together a lovely gift for a new baby or are searching for helpful information Earlybirds is the name to remember.

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The Earlybirds range consists of a wonderful selection of clothing and accessories in boys, girls and gender neutral colours. Created by a mum of a premature baby each garment has been carefully designed to be easy to open so that doctors, nurses and parents can check and dress baby without too much hassle. All products are made from soft, 100% cotton that is light weight and breathable and there is even a special Earlybirds Organics collection available made with pure certified organic cotton.

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As three of our babies spent time in the Special Care Unit I know what it is like to leave your baby in the hands of hospital staff, and while most hospitals supply baby clothing for those in care parents (including myself) really value being able to dress their child in its own clothes that fit well and look beautiful in photos too. If this Christmas brings your family or a family you know a surprise early bird you know where to go for a thoughtful, practical and much appreciated gift.

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

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