Mar 012018
 

Well, what can I say? Life with 6 kids under 10 is hard work. It’s good our darling Ted has the most beautiful smile in the whole wide world as he sure is keeping us on our toes! We are still battling with reflux, severe lack of sleep and sadly our first attempts at solids indicate that we will be going down the food allergy route once again. To add to Ted’s misery (and ours) his first teeth seem to be on the way, so it’s rosy cheeks and sad faces all around. Thankfully distraction and relief has arrived from ONE.CHEW.THREE HQ:

Aussie mama Elisa knows all about those bothersome little toothy pegs and the trouble they cause for tiny babies (and their families), which is why she created ONE.CHEW.THREE. This gorgeous online boutique comes to the rescue with a wide range of designer teething products that bring comfort to teething babies and class to their mamas, double win!

When you are surrounded by many grabby hands and chomping teeth your fancy jewellery quickly ends up at the back of your drawer, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on accessorising. Featuring my favourite shades of timeless blue this pretty Ruby Nursing Necklace (RRP $22.95) is stylish, safe and super versatile, it goes with absolutely everything! It’s such an easy way to keep Ted happy when waiting at the shop, the doctor, at school or anywhere I am holding him.

Made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone beads all ONE.CHEW.THREE necklaces are safe for young children to chomp and chew to their heart’s content. They are completely free from nasties like BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex and they are mould, fungus and bacteria resistant too. The lovely wooden beads used in some of the designs are made from untreated natural beech wood that can be oiled or waxed if you wish (coconut oil, yum!).

Ted may be five months old already but my heart still skips a beat anytime I see his name somewhere, doesn’t Ted look super chuffed with his very own personalised Shapes Teether (RRP $26.95)? It turned out absolutely lovely and the different textures, shapes and angles really keep him busy.

I love that the ONE.CHEW.THREE range caters for everyone, there are lots of different designs and colours to choose from allowing you to create a piece that suits your style and personality perfectly. They make great gift ideas for new mamas and the turnaround is super quick.

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To find out more about ONE.CHEW.THREE, to browse the range and to order online visit www.onechewthree.com.au.

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Play & Learn

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Feb 032017
 

After six long, noisy, happy, fun-filled weeks of school holidays our house is rather quiet this week. It may sound strange but I miss having the big four kids at home and I know Harriet misses them too, she loves having so many playmates around to make her laugh. On the other hand I am looking forward to spending more one-on-one time with her and seeing her grow and develop into a cheeky little toddler. Here are some awesome ‘Play & Learn’ activities to do at home:

All of our girls are big fans of pretend play and can spend hours cuddling their dolls or cooking up a storm in the toy kitchen. Combining many different ways of play this pretty pink Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Shopping Cart (RRP $79, ages 2+) is a delightful and durable investment for young families: Take a stroll around the house and practice your new walking skills, go on a pretend grocery shopping trip or enjoy a walk with your favourite dolly/ teddy. One thing is certain, Little Tikes sure knows how to keep both baby & kids happy!

Discover logic, learn about cause and effect and explore movement with this educational  Vilac House of Balls (RRP $75, ages 18 months+) game. The classic concept of the rolling balls never ceases to amaze little minds and kids will be intrigued by it for hours, watching each coloured ball make its way down the double sided house and finish its journey by ringing the bell at the end. This timeless wooden game would make a wonderful keepsake gift that will be treasured and enjoyed by generations.

Of course there is plenty of fun to be had outside the house too, when it comes to outdoor play equipment Harriet loves the swing, a picnic on the grass and messy water play. I am totally in love with this colourful Water Garden Activity Table (RRP $95, ages 18 months+), a fantastic design for shared play by siblings or friends as children can play on either side of the table and there are lots of accessories to go around. Young gardeners can plant their own flowers using ‘real’ gardening tools and water them with the watering can, what a great way to learn while having fun.

Do you have any other great Play & Learn activities to recommend? I’d love to know what’s keeping your toddler(s) entertained at home!

Gorgeous Gifts and Festive Finds

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Oct 292016
 

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Eight weeks and counting! Unless you enjoy the last-minute Christmas rush of long queues, full carparks, empty shelves and grumpy sstaff now is the time to make a relaxing start on your Christmas gift shopping. As a busy mama of five I am a big fan of online shopping: I love calmly browsing, picking my favourites and having them delivered to my front door without having to leave the house. These are some of my top finds for the upcoming festive season:

step2-swing-setWe all know fresh air, exercise and outdoor play is important for children and thanks to the wonderful Australian climate we can spend lots of time outside. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to surprise the kids with a new cubby, swing set or slide, it’s a great gift for siblings to share and an investment that will be enjoyed all year around. There are lots of Step2 Outdoor Swing and Slide Sets to suit different ages, yards and budgets. The 3-piece Swing & Play Backyard Combo (RRP $1099) offers top value for money, it’s like having your own big playground!

paris-puzzles-setWith six long weeks of Summer holidays in mind books, art and craft activities or wooden jigsaw puzzles make brilliant boredom busters for a lazy weekend or rainy afternoon. As we visited Paris just a few weeks ago the 3-in-1 Paris Puzzles Set (RRP $34) would be an excellent Christmas gift idea for miss Sybil (3 years old). I have no doubt she would recognise the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre from our recent trip and how gorgeous is the Eiffel Tower shaped storage box?

hape-butterfly-push-pullNow that baby Hattie is on the move she really enjoys following me around the house, her wobbly legs are still a bit shaky but quickly getting stronger and more confident. She is going to have a ball pushing this sweet Butterfly Push & Pull Toy (RRP $39) by Hape through our hallway and seeing the butterfly move, it will be the perfect Christmas present. A Baby Push Walker is a great way for inquisitive tots to practise their gross motor skills and it helps little ones find their balance whilst having fun.

fun-time-room-organiserOnce all the Christmas gifts are unwrapped you will most likely find yourself wondering where to store all these lovely new toys when not in use. When I stumbled upon this cute Fun Time Room Organiser (RRP $149) I knew it would be the ideal toy storage for my four girls, the pink and green toy tubs would look amazing in their bedroom. With 11 individual bins it offers plenty of storage space and they can take out one toy bin at a time, (hopefully) keeping their room tidy and neat.

Catch a falling star with Wood and Yarn

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Sep 302016
 

Wood and Yarn

I am sure you all know by now that I can never resist a gorgeous wooden find. If you too love the classic charm and smooth feel and appreciate the quality and durability of this natural material you are sure to adore this super duper cute creation from the talented Wood and Yarn:

Stars and Moon

Designed and handmade with love in Ukraine this pretty Star & Moon (RRP $35) set is not only a gorgeous decor piece for a special nursery or bedroom, it’s a fantastic developmental toy too. Double win!

The Star & Moon Set consists of a large wooden moon (16 x 8 cm) and 15 wooden stars in different sizes. The aim of the game is to stack all the stars on top of the moon, quite a challenge for little hands! Lost your balance? See it as your chance to catch a falling star or two. Made from beautiful plantation timber with rounded corners and finished with natural, non-toxic oil this wonderful design is both safe for your little one to play with and gentle on the environment.

You can find this delightful handmade treasure in store at Australian online boutique Moose in the Moon.

To find out more about Moose in the Moon, to take a closer look at the Star & Moon and to order online visit www.mooseinthemoon.com.au.

Fun at the Farm with BRIO

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Sep 022016
 

BRIO

As if preparing for a holiday for a whole family wasn’t stressful enough my wonderful tribe managed to bring home a nasty flu last week that took down all of us, one by one. I don’t think I have ever been that worried about the possibility of having to cancel a holiday! Packing suitcases with five sick little people around was not exactly quick but thankfully I was able to keep the big three entertained with movies and books and our 3-year old troublemaker was quiet for hours with this gorgeous set by BRIO:

Brio 1

The BRIO Horse Stable (ages 3+) is a gorgeous toy play set that contains all you need for some fabulous pretend play: A spacious and rather luxurious horse stable that fully opens up, 2 horses, 2 jockeys and some fun accessories for your day at the stables. Once the jockeys comes back from their ride they can dry off their horses and let them rest up in their individual stables while the riders head to the barn to fill up their wheelbarrow with fresh hay.

Brio 3

Watching my kids use their imagination to come up with new stories is so much fun, I will never get sick of listening to their little voices as they play. Pretend play is really important for young children as it helps them to develop their creative skills and use their imagination and I think the Horse Stable really encourages this kind of learning through play, plus it is a great tool for practising fine motor skills as well so it’s a double win!

Brio 4

The quality of this BRIO set is absolutely outstanding, you can tell immediately that it is super strong, durable and built to last. The doors and hinges are robust and smooth and the individual components click in and slot together perfectly. The different materials (plastic, wood and metal) are finished beautifully with rounded corners and lush, shiny colours.

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One of the things I really like about this fantastic range is that it is gender neutral and that you can grow your BRIO world one piece at a time. The BRIO Horse Table is obviously great fun on its own but you can also use the included connector piece and attach it to the wooden track and go from there. You can extend the track, add more buildings, welcome new animals, grow your vehicle park, build nature; structures, bridges, tunnels and much more so you are never short of new adventures. This piece-by-piece concept is great for families on a budget and it makes birthday and Christmas gifts a breeze.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Petilou by Le Toy Van

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Jun 042016
 

Le Toy Van

A few months ago I introduced you the lovely Petilou toy range, designed especially for the youngest of the family by the talented toy specialists at Le Toy Van. I was immediately smitten with the cute designs and quality materials and after seeing their latest creations I have become an even bigger fan, check out what’s new on the Petilou toy shelves:

Petilou Sensory ShapesWith miss Hattie’s first birthday coming up in just 4 months I have my heart set on this gorgeous wooden Sensory Shapes Set (RRP $54.95, 12 months+). The colours are bright, the pictures sweet, the shapes interesting and the sounds intriguing, I can see how this would keep her little mind busy for ages. There is just so much to see, feel and hear, I can’t wait to watch her unwrap and explore this pretty gift.

Petilou My Little HouseOne of my other personal favourites is the adorable My Little House shape sorter (RRP $28.95, 12 months+), doesn’t it look divine? This pretty wooden house is home to 6 colourful shapes and it’s a fabulous way to introduce young children to different shapes and colours. The shapes are the perfect size for small hands and children will love the challenge of matching each shape with the right hole in the red roof.

You can find these Petilou treasures, and other items from the Le Toy Van range, in store right now at Australian online boutique Sweet Creations, delivery is $9.95 Australia wide.

Petilou range

To find out more about Sweet Creations, to browse the Le Toy Van range and to order online visit www.sweetcreations.com.au.

Petilou by Le Toy Van

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Feb 262016
 

Le Toy Van

Our trip to The Netherlands may still be months away, but (in my opinion) it is never too early to start searching for gorgeous gifts to pack for family and friends. I am particularly excited about meeting some lovely babies for the very first time so I have started my hunt in the baby section.

Petilou birdy

This week I stumbled upon these adorable creations by the wooden toy specialists at Le Toy Van, aren’t they cute?

Petilou BoxDesigned specifically for the very young these pretty Petilou puzzles (RRP $14.50, 12 months+) are made with water based paint, have rounded corners and are easy to hold for little hands. They are a delight to look at and fun to play with and of course a lovely tool for encouraging fine motor skills in little people. Pleasantly priced at less than $15 they would make a sweet, affordable gift that won’t break the bank.

You can find these, and other items from the Petilou range, in store right now at Australian online store UrbanBaby, delivery is $9.50 Australia wide.

Petilou Puzzles

To find out more about UrbanBaby, to browse the Le Toy Van range and to order online visit www.urbanbaby.com.au.