Secret Safe Treasure Chest

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Nov 152020
 

VTech

While having sisters is lots of fun, every now and then a girl needs a bit of quiet time away from her nosy siblings. Secret notes, locked diaries, little treasures… our four girls are generally great at sharing but some things are simply private property. So where do you tuck away your special belongings so your curious sisters can’t find them? VTech has your back:

From secret storage to special songs, from games to glowing lights, from tiny treasures to telling the time and more, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest (RRP $49.95, ages 6-11) is the ultimate all-in-one girls gift this Christmas.

Shaped like a sweet purple and pink jewellery box, this interactive Secret Safe is way too pretty to hide away in your wardrobe and deserves to take top spot on your bedside table. It even doubles as a talking alarm clock and you can change the clock front to suit your style, what a cool way to learn to read the time! When the alarm goes off you’ll hear your choice of sound or tune and the top of the chest lights up in beautiful rainbow colours.

On the inside the Treasure Chest offers a heart shaped mirror, a removable top tray to fit your smallest jewellery and a generous main compartment for more storage. Don’t worry, your valuables are well protected by your own unique password. Only the person who enters all four numbers or symbols correctly will be able to open this chest and unveil its bounty! Once the chest has been unlocked the light-up ring will show a colour display chosen by the owner. (Parents can rest assured: The secret code can be reset in case of emergency)

Aside from keeping your precious belongings safe from nosy sisters, there are plenty of other awesome features hidden in this treasure chest. The saying ‘It’s not all fun and games’ definitely doesn’t apply here but because this pink box is loads of fun AND it comes with 9 great games that teach important skills like spelling, logic and maths. Because the games use only the four gem buttons to control they are easy to learn even for young players yet they still get their brains working and different levels keeps things exciting.

Miss 7 especially loves testing and expanding her word knowledge by making as many four letter words as possible in Speedy Speller, and solving the mystery of the hidden butterfly in Hide and Seek. Miss 5 may not have excess to her sister’s precious goodies, but she is pretty chuffed that she can still play games without knowing the password. She enjoys practising her numbers in Order Challenge and she is a big fan of Magically Disappearing Cat.

Last but not least, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest comes preloaded with 20 different tunes in the Music Box and the ability to compose your own simple tracks in Music Creation with the use of the gem buttons. Stop, play, repeat and shuffle to enjoy a personalised musical experience. You can even use the Treasure Chest as a speaker by connecting an external music player like a phone or MP3 player, time to put all your favourite Christmas carols on repeat!

You can find the Secret Safe Treasure Chest right now at your local Big W store and select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Jurni, taking kids’ luggage to the next level

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Oct 012016
 

Trunki

Sadly for us the holiday fun is coming to an end today as we get ready to fly back to Australia this afternoon. Saying goodbye is always the most difficult part and not knowing if and when you’ll see each other again makes it even harder! Back at home the school holidays are just beginning with families getting ready for fun road trips and faraway vacations. See how Trunki is taking kids’ luggage to the next level:

From storing and sliding to sitting and gliding, the exciting new Jurni (RRP $199, red, blue or pink) is the ultimate travel-accessory for young adventurers.

Jurni BlueThe Trunki Jurni is a stylish carry-on suitcase that is packed with clever features to make your next journey as simple and smooth as possible. Compact enough to be cabin-luggage approved this strong suitcase has a generous 25L capacity, one large storage compartment and a super handy pop-out pod that allows you to keep your most important must-haves on hand all the time. I just love how you can use the Jurni like a stand-up storage locker with a flexible shelf.

Trunki RedWhile on-the-move the Jurni also doubles as a sturdy seat, it even has in-line skate wheels so you can glide along and give your tired legs a well deserved rest. Thanks to the generous 100kg weight limit the Jurni comfortably holds kids and (most) adults. Whether it’s waiting in line at the airport check-in, on a train station or at the bus stop, you’ll never find yourself without a seat again.

Jurni

To find out more about The Stork Nest, to browse the Trunki range and to order online visit www.thestorknest.com.au.

A tidy house with Minnie Mouse

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Jul 032016
 

Worlds Apart

Whether it’s a piece of Lego, a Barbie shoe, a crayon stub or a scrap of paper, if you leave anything small on the floor Harriet is sure to find it. Now that our little Speedy Gonzalez can cross the room in the blink of an eye all non baby-friendly toys have been banned to the playroom so that the lounge room is safe all the time. Harriet’s own toys have found a neat new home too thanks to Worlds Apart:

Minnie Mouse 1 copy

This adorable Minnie Mouse 6-Bin Storage Unit (RRP $109.95) allows Harriet to have all her toys within reach and keep our living room tidy and organised at the same time. As small as she is she can easily see all of her toys and pick something she would like to play with, although just tipping out everything seems to be a favourite activity for our little mess-maker.

Minnie Mouse 2 copy

While the Storage Unit is compact in size (60 x 64 x 30cm) I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of storage space it offers, you can fit quite a lot in the six boxes. The fact that the boxes are made of fabric (as opposed to hard plastic) is a big plus for me, it makes them soft to touch and quiet in use. Sometimes I take out one of the boxes and sit her down with it to browse through and play with, it keeps her busy and makes tidying up simple too.

MInnie Mouse 3 copy

The Minnie Mouse Storage Unit comes as a flat-pack and is very easy to put together, the MDF frame is sturdy yet lightweight so you can simply lift it up and move it around the house if needed. The unit is the perfect height for young children, allowing them to safely reach the top boxes and see inside and therefore reducing the chance of accidents.

Minnie Mouse 4 copy

And of course the design is not just practical, with its bright, inviting girly colours and cute Minnie Mouse print with floral details this toy storage unit is every little girl’s dream. It would look lovely in a bedroom, playroom or even the living room and it suits a range of ages. Hattie’s older sisters Sybil (3), Juliet (almost 6) and Olivia (almost 8) are all asking for a ‘Minnie Mouse cupboard’ for their own bedroom, it’s a hit with everyone!

Minnie Mouse 5 copy

Not into Minnie Mouse? Don’t worry, Worlds Apart has all little Disney fans covered. The Bin Storage System is available in other licensed Disney characters too eg. Disney Princesses, Monsters University and Cars, which one is your favourite?

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Worlds Apart range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Ready, Get, Go!

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May 202016
 

Get Go

Getting dressed in the bedroom, doing the washing in the laundry, brushing the girls’ hair in the bathroom, putting clothes away in the wardrobe, making lunch in the kitchen… these everyday tasks are normally quick and easy, except when you have a cheeky 7-month old who is on the move…

Get Go Ball Pit 5

Harriet is getting around pretty speedy these days so I need to make sure I have an eye on her all the time. Instead of lugging around a heavy highchair or bulky rocker to entertain her we’ve found a super fun, fast and featherlight solution to keep her happy so I can quickly get things done.

Get Go Ball Pit 3

The ‘Get Go’ Ball Pit Bag (RRP $59.95, 6 months+) by Worlds Apart is a light-weight pop-up ball pit that provides instant fun for little ones. It is a great all-in-one design that is a breeze to set-up and can be packed away in a flash too with all balls neatly tucked inside. The bag closes using four simple press studs and when you undo them the ball pit almost automatically pops open, it even has a handle so you can carry it with ease.

Get Go Ball Pit 2

When folded the Ball Pit Bag is nice and compact but it surprising spacious when opened up, there is even room for two babies to play together so it’s perfect for little visitors! The older kids like playing with Hattie from the sidelines too by putting balls through the holes on the side and returning any balls that have escaped (thankfully she is not into throwing just yet!). The sides are the perfect height to keep the balls in whilst allowing the child to easily peek over the edge and keep an eye on mum.

Get Go Ball Pit 4
The Ball Pit Bag comes ready-to-play with 50 coloured balls, this leaves more than enough room for your baby to comfortably sit or lay in the ball pit and move around. Of course you can always add another layer of fun by adding more balls, these can be purchased separately.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Worlds Apart ‘Get Go’ range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

So long, stinky storage smell!

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Feb 272016
 

If you have a big family like ours you will probably find that there is always a lack of storage space. With seven people our wardrobes are getting rather full so instead of rummaging through overflowing cupboards to find the right outfit I always sort the summer clothes from the winter clothes and put away the garments that are ‘not in season’. This makes it easier and quicker for myself and the kids to see what they can wear.

Clothing piles

If you are not blessed with a spacious attic, cellar or backyard shed you can always look for an offsite storage solution like accessselfstorage.com where you can rent short or long term storage space to suit your needs. Unfortunately clothes that have been packed up for a while can develop a yucky musty odour so taking a bit of extra care when storing your family’s clothes for the season could save you a lot of work later on.

Before you pack away your wardrobe there are a few simple things you can do to keep that musty storage smell at bay:

Scented Lavender Bag

  • Make sure you only store clean clothes that are freshly laundered and use plenty of fabric softener. If you pack away dirty, stained clothes you’re chances of rescuing them later are very slim!
  • Invest in a few large vacuum bags that close well and are transparent so you can easily see what’s inside. Not only will they help you stack and store more efficiently, they will also keep the nice odour in and dirt and dust out.
  • There is nothing wrong with old-school: Tuck in a traditional scented lavender bag or a few bars of fragrant soap, they are both affordable and effective.

When the time has come to unpack your long lost treasures you will hopefully be greeted by a pleasant smell, if you aren’t not all is lost just yet. Here’s how to tackle the job:

  • Start with a nice warm wash and add a cup of vinegar to your load. Vinegar is a natural astringent and disinfectant and will help get rid of any mould or mildew that may be hiding in the fabric.
  • Hang your washing up outside and let the sun and wind do their job, it’s completely free and works a treat!
  • Here’s one you probably haven’t heard of before, neither had I: If you have a few particularly smelly garments simply pop them in a plastic bag together with some (clean!) unscented cat litter in and close it, the cat litter apparently deodorises and eliminates yucky smells.

Clothes on the line

If you have a fabulous storage trick to add do let me know, I’d love to hear it.

Simple Steps to Starting Solids

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Feb 172016
 

Heinz Baby Basics

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No matter how much I wish she would stay small forever, our beautiful little Harriet is growing up fast and she is definitely no longer a newborn. Now that she is almost 5 months old and weighs in at an impressive 7kg this gorgeous girl is starting to get very interested in all the ‘grown-up food’ she is missing out on, I think her first try of solids is just around the corner.

Heinz Baby

As cute as that ‘first bite’ photo will look on your wall, after four kids I know that starting solids also comes with a fair bit of work and a huge amount of mess. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this stage enjoyable for all:

Cook in bulk
Instead of preparing one tiny bowl of fresh food every day it is much more time efficient (and budget friendly) to cook larger quantities and store them in your freezer. If you freeze your baby’s meals in bite-size portions you can simply take out a single serve when needed; quick, easy and less wasted food.

Freezer Pod TrayThe practical Freezer Pot Tray holds six convenient 60ml pods, an ideal size for little tummies. Hungry baby? Simply pop out the frozen food to defrost your nutritious home-made meal or microwave the contents directly in the container, yay for less washing up! The tray keeps all your pods neatly organised while the individual pods are great for on-the-go too, the secure clip-on lid avoids messy spills in your nappy bag.

Tip: Use the coloured lids to ‘colour-code’ your meal stash, eg. green for vegetables, pink for fruit/dessert and blue for breastmilk.

Heinz Freezer Tray

Drip, drop, splash
Babies + Food = Mess, and lots of it. Whether you like it or not, as soon as you start solids you are in for a whole lot of gooey, sticky, slippery, crunchy, caked on mess. Thankfully there are a few things that could help limit the damage like a good absorbent bib, a non-spill cup, a splat mat under the table and of course this clever invention:

UnbelievabowlThe innovative Unbelievabowl Suction Bowl uses super strong suction to safely secure your baby’s bowl to the high chair or table. Not only will this keep the bowl from tipping over by accident, it also makes it much easier for baby to scoop out dinner without having to hold onto the bowl AND your cheeky eater can’t throw the bowl on the ground in protest. Now that’s what I call a sanity saver!

Heinz Suction Bowl

Make mealtime fun
You may have heard the saying ‘Food before one is just for fun’, for now it’s all about introducing your baby to different flavours and textures and basically letting them have fun with food. It is no secret that babies love bright colours and interesting shapes so make sure you bring those to the table too.

Heinz Baby SpoonsThese funky Weaning Spoons are available in a range of attractive colours and are sure to appeal to inquisitive babies. The easy-grip handle is specifically designed for small hands that are still learning and the Flexisoft tip is gentle on sensitive gums. As babies grow and gain independence they can start their self-feeding journey with the First Feeding Spoons, the feeding experts at Heinz have all stages covered.

You can find the Heinz Baby Basics range in the baby aisle at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

To find out more about Heinz Baby Basics, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.nicepak.com.au.

Jul 252015
 

Decor

There is no denying it, life with a family of six (soon seven) is BUSY. There is always something happening, books to be read, hair to be plaited, jokes to be shared, tears to be dried, chores to be done, meals to be cooked and much more. Most days I manage to stay sane (some I don’t!) thanks to my organised nature. I am a planner, someone who thinks ahead where possible and gets things sorted in advance to avoid chaos.

Decor 5-piece SetLike all mums I have many jobs and some I am better at than others, I’ll be honest and admit that cooking will never be my big talent but of course my hungry tribe still needs to be fed so it has to be done. Thankfully it is okay not to be good at everything and there are some wonderful mamas out there who generously share their gifts and ideas to keep you inspired like the lovely Katrina at The Organised Housewife.

Decor Fridge

Grab & Go, just the way I like it!

I often jump onto Katrina’s blog to discover new recipes and meal ideas and I particularly love her helpful Lunchbox Ideas section. Prepared with a big stack of Décor containers and inspired by The Organised Housewife I regularly fill up my freezer with delicious meals, lunchbox snacks for our kids, that way I never find myself empty handed! I love opening my fridge or freezer and seeing a stack of red containers full of yummy, homemade food waiting for us.

Decor Oblong 1

Easy left-overs for hubby’s lunch

The reusable Décor Microsafe range is ideal for storing meals in fridge or freezer and even defrosting, heating and steaming in the microwave thanks to the handy steam release vent. Doing all of this in one single container means no need to transfer food and create more dirty dishes, yay! The stackable containers are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes (perfect for family meals, single meals, cakes, soups and sauces) and you can use your fridge and freezer space as efficiently as possible.

Tellfresh Tag SetTo help you keep track of your stash you can label your meals with Tellfresh Tags that can be attached to the  side of each container. The Tellfresh Storer System Tag Set (RRP $3.49) comes with 12 waterproof tags, a little pencil and eraser (yep, they’re reusable) so you will never be guessing what exactly is inside and when you cooked it, that means there will be less wasted food. Décor Microsafe products are made right here in Australia and are free from BPA so they keep your food fresh AND safe.

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

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