Nov 172014
 

Target

I know some people say Christmas decorations shouldn’t go up before the first of December (or if you are Dutch like me you have to wait until after Sinterklaas) but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your shopping yet. Most of the items on my December gift list are already ticked off and last week I dropped by Target and purchased some lovely pieces for our Christmas lunch:

Celebrate Christmas Table

White and sparkly, purple and glittery, pink and shiny, there are plenty of modern Christmas colour schemes to choose from but personally I like the traditional colours. I love a beautifully made up table and as a family of six I have plenty of big family gatherings ahead of me, it’s so much fun setting the Christmas table for a lovely group of special people.

Celebrate Share Plate

Especially for the December celebrations Target has released a festive range of tableware in a classic red and white colour scheme, just how I like it! The exclusive Celebrate collection captures the essence of Christmas (or any other special occasion) with words like joy, share, friends, celebrate, family and enjoy printed on beautiful and practical tableware. From porcelain plates and serving platters to glass tumblers and champagne flutes and from cake stands and butter bowls to table cloths, placemats and much more, they’ve got your next party covered.

Celebrate Butter Bowl

With 4 young children and a bunch of cousins and little friends I am afraid lengthy, fancy meals are out of the question so we’re keeping it simple this year with lots of yummy ‘easy’ dishes that can be enjoyed in between games, play and stories. Homemade herb butter in this sweet Celebrate Bowl with Spreader ($10) with freshly baked baguette served on the Celebrate Sandwich Platter ($15), a refreshing fruit salad, quiche, vegies and dips, Dutch cheese and plenty of other tasty treats to fill hungry tummies of all sizes, it may not be your traditional Christmas lunch but I have no doubt my kids will give the menu the thumbs up.

Celebrate Serving Platter

Of course you all know I like to shop smart so I made sure to combine some of the special Christmas pieces with a few ‘plain’ items for everyday use. The red table runner ($5) and large Canteen Plates ($7) can be purchased all year around and with their bright red outside these simple yet elegant plates are the perfect match for the smaller Celebrate Plates ($15 per 3-pack), they look just beautiful together. Next to the plates I will pop a Celebrate Christmas Cracker ($7 per 6-pack), I know the jokes are usually not the best but my kids love them anyway and the little hats make for the cutest photos.

Celebrate Enjoy Plate

Now that the twins have learnt to write they are very keen to give each of their school buddies a Christmas card on the last day of term so on my way out I quickly grabbed a few packs of these Handmade Christmas Cards ($4 per 10-pack), they are very strategically placed next to the checkouts so you can’t miss them. The cards feature the same beautiful words as the rest of the Celebrate range and they’re very well priced, bonus!

Celebrate Christmas Cards

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

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Spring Party Style (on a budget!)

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Oct 142014
 

Target

Spring is here and so is party season. When you have four children like me you are bound to receive a big pile of party invitations and of course the kids love wearing something special which can be a costly business. Don’t worry, thanks to Target‘s Everyday Low Prices you can get the kids party pretty with a pleasant price tag:

Target Kids Spring Dress

Miss 6 is a real girly girl and would be horrified to be sent to a party in anything else but a dress. She would wear dresses every day if she could so I am not surprised by her Target pick, the Girls Star Print Pleat Dress ($25, size 1-7) was made for her. I absolutely love the navy colour, so classy and timeless and very forgiving when it come to little spills, after all a party wouldn’t be a party without a few accidents. The dress closes with buttons at the back for easy dressing and has an elasticised waist to add a nice shape, the pleated skirt always falls down nicely so there is no need to constantly pull on it to keep it neat.

Target Girls star Print Dress

Now I couldn’t find the Girls Spotted Playsuit ($20, size 1-7) online so you’ll have to pop into your local Target store for this one. This super stylish playsuit was the first thing I spotted in store and I knew it would be perfect for miss 4. It was a bit tricky to find the right size, size 4 was just too long in the leg so I went with size 3 (she has a gorgeous ’round’ shape so it’s a tad tight around her belly but I think it only makes her more adorable). Nice bonus: Being a bit more fitted at the ankle the suit won’t drag over the ground so it won’t get damaged or dirty as easily.

Target Girls Spotted Playsuit

The youngest of our bunch is always moving, still a bit wobbly on the legs and needs regular outfit changes so I decided to go for two separate pieces. This will allow you to change just the top or just the bottom if needed. Comfort and easy dressing is a big priority when shopping for a baby so the soft cotton Girls Sorbet Lace Back Tank ($8, size 1-7) and Girls Nautical Daisy Tiered Skirt ($15, size 1-7) are ideal, they’re both easy to mix and match with other items in her wardrobe and the lace detail on the back of the singlet is so cute.

Target Girls Lace Back Singlet

Master 6 sees a garden party as the perfect opportunity to run, climb, jump, roll and be silly with his friends so I went for casual and practical with the Boys Woven Shorts ($15, size 1-7) in green and the Boys Number Print Tee ($8, size 1-7). They are comfortable, easy to wash and wear and toilet breaks are a breeze thanks to the soft, stretchy waistband. As he is the most boisterous of our kids I know clothes may not last that long and with affordable price tags like this I don’t have to be too upset about a stain or a green knee (in saying that I didn’t pick green shorts for no reason).

Target Boys Woven Shorts

I couldn’t resist scooping up an extra little outfit for miss Sybbie, as soon I as saw these gorgeous Girls Floral Print Shorts with Belt ($15, size 0-24m) I knew I couldn’t leave the store without them. The pastel colours are very much on trend and the floral print just screams ‘spring’, how sweet is the plaited belt? (I would like one for myself too!). I teamed the shorts up with the Baby Girls Stripe Tee with Pocket ($10, size 0-24m), together the set cost me just $25 which I think is a very fair price.

Target Girls Floral Print Shorts

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

Jan 112014
 

Back 2 School Target

Confession time: In two short weeks my babies are starting school and I am terrified, in fact I am losing sleep over it. Kindy was sort of okay but now they are going to (insert scary voice here) ‘the big school’. Since I never went to school here in Australia I am extra nervous about it all, probably more nervous than they are! Everything about school is different in The Netherlands, from the age they start school (there is no such thing as kindy, Dutch children start primary school at 4 years old) and what/how they teach to the fact that Dutch children don’t wear uniforms and come home to eat their lunch.

This whole Aussie school business may be totally new to me and I am feeling completely lost on most fronts, but when it comes to shopping school supplies I think I’ve got it all under control:

Boys RunnersWith the school booklet in hand and some helpful advice from other mothers under my belt I managed to put together a complete shopping list that covers absolutely everything, or so I hope. From school uniforms and school shoes (don’t forget the runners) to lunchboxes and drink bottles and of course all the necessary school stationery bits, almost all items on my list are now ticked off so we’re good to go.

Master 5's pick: Printing Paper and new textas

Master 5’s pick: Printing Paper ($3) and new textas ($3 per pack)

NotebookWith only two weeks of school holidays left you’ll probably find that you just don’t have time to go from store to store to collect (amd compare prices for) all your school supplies. Luckily Target is offering a helping hand with a huge range of Back to School products at the best prices, allowing you to enjoy a one-stop-shop and be done in a flash. You can even shop ‘all the tools, all the cool’ online so you don’t have to leave home!

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Lexar USB StickTimes have changed a lot since I went to school (and that’s not even that long ago!) and these days kids need more than just a nice pencil case filled with a new set of pencils, a gluestick and an eraser. It won’t be long before my little students will need USB sticks, endless supplies of printing paper and even their own tablet, call it the digital days. I was glad to see Target has those areas covered too with affordable options that won’t break the family budget.

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

To help you with your Back to School shopping we are giving away a $50 Target gift card, get your entries in below.

To find out more about Target, to browse the Back to School range and to shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

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Nov 112013
 

And that was the end of my December shopping, everything on my list is ticked off. I’m pretty chuffed I am all organised, just the wrapping left to do and I can pack everything in the big sacks ready to be opened by my excited little bunch. As you may know we do the gift giving with Sinterklaas (on December 5th) instead of Christmas so I have to be ready earlier than other families. On Saturday I picked up the last five missing pieces at my local Target store and I even found a little something for hip daddy and myself (not the plan!):

Despicable Me 2Probably the most exciting (and most anticipated) gift was a copy of Despicable Me 2 on Blu-ray ($25). We watched this movie at the cinema a few months ago and the whole family loved it and thought it was so funny. Now we are not usually the kind of people who run to the store the minute a new movie comes out but this time we had been counting down, it’s a perfect gift for all of us to enjoy together.

Nice bonus: The Blu-ray disc comes with a special ‘Ultraviolet’ voucher which enables you to download the movie to your iPad, iPhone etc. You can put the movie on up to five devices, really handy for road trips these Christmas holidays.

LeapFrog Tag Dora Goes To SchoolLike most families we worked out a December budget and my intention was to stick to gifts under $30 which was surprisingly easy. For the kids I scooped up two reduced LeapFrog Tag books to keep them entertained in the car: LeapFrog Tag Story Activity Book Dora Goes to School ($15) and LeapFrog Tag Story Activity Book Cras 2 Project Undercover ($10). The Dora title covers the alphabet, numbers and a bit of Spanish and Cars teaches about different countries, at such low prices I couldn’t resist.

We don’t usually buy presents for the adults of the family (in an attempt to keep the costs down) but as we were walking through Target I spotted a lovely stripey tee on a mannequin and when I realised it was only $19 I decided hubby could do with a little something too. These colours are perfect for him and I think he’ll really like it, I better wrap it before he finds it!

Last presents ticked off!

Last presents ticked off!

It’s a technique that works a treat on kids but Target knows how to catch the eye of a woman on her way to the checkout too. I didn’t plan on buying anything for myself until I caught the faint smell of something sweet and delicious. I followed my nose to find some beautiful Planet Earth gift packs stacked in the middle of the aisle. These huge (reusable) gift boxes look lovely and are filled with 12 full size bath and body products that look very inviting and luxurious.

Planet Earth Gift Basket

Spoilt mummy

All products are completely free from parabens, mineral oils, PEGS, SLES and artificial colours so there are no nasties to worry about. Sweet detail: The Planet Earth gift basket even comes complete with gift tag ready to be gifted, how handy is that? Normally this pamper pack would cost $50 (great value for so many goodies) but it’s currently on sale for just $25, such a bargain.

To help you score some fabulous Christmas gifts under $30 too we are giving away 2 $30 Target gift cards, get your entries in below.

To find out more about Target, to browse the range and to locate a Target store near you go to www.target.com.au. To shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

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Double Duty Dress

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Oct 182013
 

While I (obviously) love shopping for our little ones I am afraid I am not that keen on shopping for myself these days. Like many other mums I know I rarely (read never!) have a free minute to go into a shop alone and calmly browse the aisles and I also feel a little guilty spending money on myself. But with spring now in full swing and a lovely summer holiday in Europe on the horizon I couldn’t resist buying myself this cute little dress when I spotted it in the Target Online Store:

Frill SundressThere are currently lots of lovely trendy spring dresses to choose from but this Frill Sundress ($39) really jumped out to me: it’s bright and cheerful, colourful, easy to wear and very forgiving for my post baby shape (just what I need while I work hard to shift the last baby kilos). I always look for garments that I can wear on different occasions by simply changing the accessories and this dress is absolutely perfect for doing that double duty.

Perfect outfit for a day at the beach

Perfect outfit for a day at the beach

We love visiting the beach and with four young children I am always short of hands and eyes, there is definitely no time to carefully fold clothes or fiddle around with zips and buttons. The stylish Frill Sundress by iconic surfwear brand Piping Hot is obviously ideal for the beach, just slip it on over your bathers, slide your feet in some sweet thongs and off you go. When you’re heading for a swim simply stuff this dress in your bag and if you have to wear it over wet togs the fabric will dry quickly.

Cute Melon ThongsTo save myself time I ordered the dress online and chose Click & Collect, a free service that allows you to pick up your order at your local Target store without having to pay postage. Once they sent me an email and SMS confirmation I just popped into the store to pick it up and while I was there I chose these cute Spalding Thongs ($15) in fresh melon colour to match the dress. These thongs are super comfy and surprisingly supportive (clearly a quality product), I may have to get them in another colour too.

Dressing it up

Dressing it up

Turqoise Peeptoe WedgeLazy summer days often include a picnic in the park, a yummy barbeque with friends or simple eating out, you can take the beach out of this dress by adding a pair of on-trend wedges (or dressy sandals if you prefer flat) and an eye catching necklace. Because I wanted the second look to be different I avoided going for the lovely melon colour again but chose to highlight the crisp blue and teal colours instead. I chose this necklace ($20) which looks lovely on, now to find the right shoes!

To find out more about Target, to browse Target’s Ladies range and to locate a Target store near you go to www.target.com.au. To shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

Sep 142013
 

Fisher-Price

For many years Fisher-Price has been the world’s most loved kids toy brand, I think you’ll have a hard time finding a young family in Australia that doesn’t own any of the big Fisher-Price favourites (who doesn’t have the famous smiling toy phone and stacking rings?). But even the best brands know you shouldn’t get complacent, it is good to shake things up a little every now and then which is why Fisher-Price has come with a refreshing new range of wooden kids toys.

My First Bending Giraffe PuzzleThe choice for tradional wooden materials will be welcomed with open arms by many (grand)parents, wooden toys have that classic, timeless charm to it that simply doesn’t exist with plastics. The Fisher-Price ‘My First’ Collection is exclusive to Target Australia and consists of eight great puzzle and building toys specifically designed for little ones from 6 months to 3 years old. Age recommendations vary per product.

My First Counting Worm PuzzleFrom practising colours and shapes to counting, stacking and sorting, each design covers different developmental areas so these toys are not only fun to play with but they are also skill building. The My First Counting Worm Puzzle ($29, 18 months+) is a very sweet way to introduce tiny tots to numbers. When this friendly worm is not being played with it would also look lovely as decoration in the nursery.

My First Animal Friends Wooden PuzzleThe design that first caught my eye was the My First Animal Friends Wooden Puzzle ($49, 18 months+), it almost looks like a mini book shelf but it actually a puzzle. Five cheeky animals need to find their spot on the shelf, a great exercise for little hands and one that’s sure to get little minds working. As they play kids can learn about each animal and try matching them with the right shape.

My First Stacking Nest PuzzleAt first sight the My First Stacking Nest Puzzle ($25, 12 months+) looks quite ‘simple’ but you’ll be surprised by all there is to discover. Colours, sizes, sorting, stacking, animals, numbers, counting, there are so many different play angles with this toy. It would make a perfect 1st birthday gift for a special little someone, one that will be enjoyed for hours and could easily turn into a cute keepsake for later too.

My First Puzzle Block SetOur daughter Juliet just turned three last month and she absolutely loves the My First Puzzle Block Set ($49, 24 months+), even the twins (5yo) like sitting down with her and they all play the game together. The aim of the game is to match and place the 27 blocks to the pictures on the cards. Some designs are easy but others are quite tricky and with so many blocks it really is a fun and challenging game. The blocks can be neatly kept together in the handy storage bag.

To taker a closer look at the new Fisher-Price toy range, exclusive to Target Australia, to locate a Target store near you or to order online visit www.target.com.au.

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Baby on the move

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Sep 062013
 

All of a sudden time seems to go even faster, the twins have turned five and are getting ready to start school, Juliet is three going on thirty and then there is little Sybil… Six months ago she was a tiny little bundle who just needed milk and sleep, now all she wants is to play and explore. Especially around dinner time, when I really need to hurry up and gets things done, I could use an extra pair of hands to keep her entertained, so we popped into our local Target store at Newton to see if we could find a solution there…

Plenty of choice

Plenty of choice

The Target Nursery Department was full of fun and colourful toys for little people, from bouncers to swings and from walkers to activity centres. Going by her age and weight we decided on a walker so she can sit up, look around and even practise moving those little legs about if she feels like it. In time it will also allow her to follow me or her siblings around the house which is entertainment in itself. There were quite a few options to choose from, all quite similar in features but very different in price, starting at $79 all the way up to $149.

Taking one of the samples for a spin

Taking one of the samples for a spin

I was glad all the walkers were on display, so we could see for ourselves what the toys were like and even let miss Sybil have a test ride. From the past we know that once babies learn to walk by themselves they will not use a walker anymore so we went for best value for money: the Target Lights & Sounds Walker ($79). So far our experiences with Target branded products have been really good, great quality and of course a fantastic price too.

Someone is excited

Someone is excited

Setting up the Target Lights & Sounds Walker was a breeze: just click in the wheels, screw in the front and side wings and attach the seat. The seat is padded for extra comfort and is both supportive and flexible so your baby can move around safely. Last but not least we fitted the toy tray which just clicks into the dedicated spot. The battery compartment is hiding underneath, neatly tucked away from curious little fingers. If you can get to the toy tray that is because our little girl got her hands on it first, isn’t it amazing how much babies love a pop of colour?

The setting up can't go fast enough

The setting up can’t go fast enough

The brightly coloured toys are great for fine motor skills like pushing, sliding and pulling and it teaches young chilren about cause and effect eg. press a button and music will start playing, she loves how the three ‘piano buttons’ light up while the songs play.

So much to touch, feel and look at

So much to touch, feel and look at

I know it is probably a bit silly but I felt more attracted to the Target Walker because of the neutral colours of the frame and the seat, somehow it felt more calming and with all those happy colourful toys there really is enough going on already. The toy tray can be removed, which leaves you with a generous sized tray which can be easily wiped clean. This will come in handy later on when she is able to help herself to finger food, nothing like a tasty snack on the go.

Perfect dinner time entertainment

Perfect dinner time entertainment

And there we go, a happy baby means a happy mum! For the first time in weeks I was able to cook dinner without a baby on my hip (that cuts the preparation time in half!) and managed to get dinner on the table in time. Smiles all around.

To find out more about Target, to browse Target’s Nursery range and to locate a Target store near you go to www.target.com.au. To shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.