Jul 222016
 

Globber

There is no surprise our kids love more than an unexpected day off with Hip Daddy, especially if it involves going out for an outdoor adventure. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny winter’s day so we bundled all the kids into the car, packed their scooters and helmets and enjoyed a lovely ride along the river. The kids (and I) had so much fun that they didn’t really want to leave, I think we can safely say we’ll be back for another roll in no-time!

Globber MyToo 12.5

As the twins have really shot up this last year (Can you believe they are turning 8 next month?) we recently upgraded their scooters to a bigger, better design to suit their growing bodies perfectly: the MyTOO 12.5 by Globber.

Globber Olivia

The Globber MyTOO 12.5 (RRP $170, ages 8+) is a seriously stylish, sturdy scooter designed for riders up to 100kg and with a minimum height of 1.30m. Created from durable, high quality materials with an aircraft ALU technical deck and ultra reinforced front structure this new Globber ride is made to last. Globber clearly understands how adventurous kids can be at times so they’ve created a scooter that is safe, strong and suitable for an intensive, active lifestyle.

Globber Tommie

The 125mm wheels in transparent HQ and High Rebound PU with nylon cores and high quality bearings ensure a super smooth ride at all times, one light push and you’re off! Olivia generally prefers to play it safe, so it was great to see the deck was wide enough for her to feel confident and the steering and back brake easy so she felt safe and in control.

Globber Olivia 2

Thanks to the height-adjustable handlebars and generous weight limit the MyTOO 12.5 is a fantastic investment that will grow with your child. It was immediately clear that this Globber scooter is very well constructed and built to last the distance, it’s most definitely not a cheap or flimsy ride. I can see many enjoyable scooter rides in our future, bring on the weekend so we can test out the next track.

Globber Booth

While the scooters are a definite upgrade in size and height they thankfully don’t take up more room in storage or transport. The foldable design is ideal for a family car with limited booth space and even the handlebars can be folded in. The MyTOO 12.5 is also surprisingly lightweight so the kids can easily lift and carry it themselves when needed, for example to cross grass or gravel.

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

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May 082016
 

Ecostore

If you are a parent of young children you most probably have mixed feelings about fundraisers, I know I do. On the one hand we know that many schools and communities rely on them but on the other hand there are only so many sausages, chocolates and donuts one can eat! If you have had enough of seeing the same familiar fundraising events over and over again you will love this fresh new idea by ecostore:

The clean and green specialists at ecostore have put their hands together to come up with an exciting alternative for your next fundraising project, allowing you to raise money for your school, club, group or charity in a healthy way.

Good Soap boxThe Good Soap for a Good Cause initiative involves the sale of ecostore’s special Good Soap (80g), available in fresh Lemongrass or Grapefruit & Mint. At a RRP of just $2.50 per soap they are affordable for people to buy and easy to sell and a huge $1 of every soap goes to your cause, that quickly adds up! I know I would much rather purchase a few bars of soap for our family (and put some away as gifts) than buy yet another sausage on a roll.

Good Soap LemongrassSo what makes Good Soap so incredibly good? Not only do these bars of soap smell amazing, they are also completely free from nasty chemicals like cocamidopropyl betaine, propylene glycol or synthetic dyes, they are cruelty free and proudly made in New Zealand. Good Soap is gentle on your children’s skin and on the environment they grow up in, making it a good choice all around.

Good Soap GrapefruitTo help you get started ecostore has developed a special SOAPport kit that can be downloaded for free from the ecostore website. The kit includes flyers, tally sheets, a certificate template and a bunch of handy tips that will help you to make the most out of your Good Soap for a Good Cause event. Cute tip: The box of the Grapefruit & Mint Good Soap features a blank panel so you can include a message about your good cause.

Like the sound of this fun, fresh and fragrant fundraiser? Grab all ecostore fundraising details here, pick your favourite fragrance and place your order online, delivery is free Australia wide.

Good Soap Ecostore

To find out more about ecostore, to read up on the ecostore Fundraiser initiative and to start raising funds for your cause visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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Jan 122016
 

Clarks

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Clarks Australia

While we are busy enjoying the school holidays the first day of school is slowly sneaking up on us. In a few short weeks the twins will be big Year 2 students and Juliet will start reception, I am not sure if I am ready to send another baby off to big school just yet!

Clarks 1

While she is very excited she is also a little nervous about the ‘big playground’ so last week we went for a little try-out at the school. We used these 5 simple tips to help her be confident and relaxed when it’s time for recess play:

  • Play Equipment – We took a closer look at the different climbing frames, slides, bridges and tunnels and tested them out thoroughly. Juliet is quite worried about falling or slipping so sturdy shoes with good grip will help her to safely cross wobbly bridges and climb thin ladders.
  • Playground Layout – When you are only 5 the school yard is one big, scary maze and it can be tricky to remember where you are. We’ve shown Juliet the easiest way to home base: her class room.
  • Toilets – When you are busy having fun children tend to leave toilet breaks until the very last minute. Making sure they know where and how far away the toilets are will help avoid messy (and embarrassing) accidents!
  • Heights – Juliet has a fear of heights, so after trying out the play equipment and checking the ‘escape routes’ she is less likely to get stuck up high and not being able to get down.
  • Office – Hurt, lost, worried or sad? There is always help available either from the teacher on yard duty or the lovely ladies at the office.

Clarks 3

We’ve also tried on a real school uniform, picked a nice backpack, labelled her pretty lunch box and bottle and measured her up for a good pair of school shoes. As you may remember from last year we have had a great experience with Clarks in the past so we’ve opted for the same quality and durability again for our next schoolgirl. Clarks has been around for more than 170 years, supplying Australian families with the original and best school shoes for growing children’s feet.

Clarks 4

Our bright and happy Juliet is a very active girl who enjoys running, skipping, climbing, jumping and swinging, so we need shoes that are tough enough to handle all the rough and tumble that comes with playing and exploring. As she’ll be wearing school shoes five days a week, seven hours a day it is more important than ever to be fitted with sturdy, supportive footwear that won’t fall apart after one term. When it came to picking shoes we gave her a few options and she decided on the Ventura, because ‘I can run very fast in them’. Pretty good selling point if you ask me!

Clarks 2

With its scuff-resistant leather toe and non-marking sole the Clarks Ventura (RRP $89.95, size 8 Junior – size 6 Adult) is a great sports shoe that is perfect for both school and play. It is available in 4 different colours to comply with most school uniform regulations, Juliet opted for the white/silver look which is nice and neutral. She hasn’t mastered tying shoe laces just yet so the quick and easy Velcro straps are ideal. The shoe experts at Clarks understand how quickly little feet grow, which is why the Ventura has a removable innersole to provide some extra growing space and longer wear; great value for money!

Clarks 5

If you are lucky enough to live near a Clarks store make sure you pop in for the 10-Step Check by one of Clarks specialist trained fitters, that way you are guaranteed to get the perfect, healthy fit for your child. If you live a little further away and want to order online make sure you refer to the Clarks website for some handy tips to confidently measure and fit at home.

Clarks 5

To find out more Clarks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.clarks.com.au.

If you would like to kit out your child’s entire class with a brand new pair of Clarks make sure you enter this awesome competition for your chance to win. Entry is super easy:

1. Follow Clarks on Facebook or Instagram
2. Share your School Proof Tip and tag @clarksaustralia and #SchoolProofTips for your chance to win!

Good luck! Competition ends midday February 24, 2016.

Nov 212015
 

Penguin Australia

A few months ago I introduced you to the Sporty Kids book series for young readers. Each bitesize book puts a different sport in the spotlight using a short, engaging story that children can relate to. Since then two new titles have been added to the range, which team will you be rooting for?

Sporty Kids TennisStefan loves a good game of tennis and is always practising his moves in the backyard, playing against the shadow monsters on the wall. The Smashing Demon, the Lobbing Lizard… they’re great competitors who put up a real fight but nothing beats a real friend to play with. In Sporty Kids: Tennis a new neighbour called Emma pokes her head over the fence and all of a sudden tennis becomes even more fun.

In Sporty Kids SoccerSporty Kids: Soccer Abby discovers the hard way that no one likes a show-off and that you have to work together in order to win. No matter how hard you can run, in the end soccer is a team sport and that means every player is important and has a role to play. Will she learn this valuable lesson in time to patch things up with her friend and teammate Pete so they can beat their opponents Luca and Sofia?

To find out more about Sporty Kids (RRP $9.99 per book) by Felice Arena, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jun 162015
 

Penguin Australia

Every Sunday afternoon we pack the entire family in the car and head to the pool for swimming lessons. Thankfully all four kids have their classes at the same time and they absolutely love their time in the water; it’s fun for the whole family and an excellent way to fit some exercise into their week. For now swimming is their only sport but the kids are already discussing their next after-school activity, ballet and soccer are the hot favourites at the moment. The Sporty Kids book series is fun, quick and easy to read and a great way for young kids to read up on different sports:

Sporty Kids SwimmingIn Sporty Kids: Swimming Emma is determined to turn her embarrassing belly whacks into proper dives, after all no one likes being the laugh of the team. By picturing different animals and the way they get around in the water Emma soon slides to the water like a real pro. Our miss 6 is not usually very keen on reading but this short read was just perfect for her and she was very proud of herself when she finished.

Sporty Kids FootyWe all know it is not about but winning but having fun, in saying that when Joe feels it is his ‘fault’ his team doesn’t win he is not very happy. In Sporty Kids: Footy Joe spends his week practising his handball skills so that he won’t let the team down at the next match. Not everyone is pleased with all these test throws but it is all worth it in the end when his last-minute handball leads to the winning goal.

Keep an eye out for more Sporty Kids titles later this year.

To find out more about Sporty Kids (RRP $9.99 per book) by Felice Arena, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Making school days easier

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Jun 022013
 

Rudy and the Dodo

Now that the twins are in their third term of kindy they are getting pretty excited about starting ‘big school’ later this year. I myself am a little less excited, I really enjoy our ‘home days’ and on the three kindy days I am often struggling to get ready on time. Make lunches, pack snacks, check for hats and jackets and what about the shared fruit on Wednesdays, the library kits and all the bits and bobs for show and tell? There is so much to remember and it will all get even harder when they start school and join extra activities.

Bag Tags

Daily Planner Bag Tags ($9.95) at Rudy and the Dodo

Daily Planner TagsThese clever Daily Planner Bag Tags ($9.95) from Rudy and the Dodo are designed to make it easier for you and your child to get organised in the morning. The five colourful tags are clearly labeled with the days of the week and on the back of each tag you fill out what goods to pack for that day. So simple but so handy! They help little students become more independent and they’re a great aid for carers and grandparents too if they need to fill in on a weekday. Choose from a boys or girls design.

To find out more about Rudy and the Dodo, to browse the range and to order online visit www.rudyandthedodo.com.au.