It’s been a very long time in the making but now the wait is finally over, here’s your first look at the exclusive Girl Guide Uniform designed for the Australian Girl doll. My three girls are always asking for new additions to their Australian Girl wardrobe so I had no doubt this gorgeous new set would be a massive hit, doesn’t it look awesome?
The brand new Girl Guide Uniform (RRP $32.95) consists of three pieces: a lovely navy blue pleated ‘skort’ (a trendy skirt and shorts combination), a Girl Guide replica shirt and the unmissable sash, after all you wouldn’t be a real girl guide without it. Of course everyone has to start at the beginning, I wonder what the first badge will be? To create your badges you can use anything you like: Buttons, stickers, tiny appliqués, embroidery… use your famous girl guide creativity and put together your doll’s unique sash.
To get the ultimate Girl Guide look you can complete your outfit with the new navy/yellow Aussie Style Jacket (RRP $24.95). While this stylish coat with traditional Southern Cross embroidery on the sleeve matches the Girl Guide uniform perfectly it would also look fabulous on little athletes as they prepare for their next sport match or even the Olympics! Designed for chilly night the Aussie Style Jacket is warm and cosy and does up with a zip (as opposed to nasty velcro!).
Not only is today the last Monday in September, it is also the last Mama on Monday photo I got to take. I hope you have loved watching our baby grow these last few months and seeing what an everyday mama wears during pregnancy, I know I will enjoy looking back at these weekly updates later down the track.
For this last photo moment with my (rather heavy, round) baby bump I am dressed up for Spring in a light and feminine maternity dress by Australian label Szabo. If you’re looking for a pretty party dress that will flatter your bump (at any size) I can highly recommend it! To celebrate the arrival of our new baby we’re kicking off our big Welcome Baby Giveaway on October 1, we have lots of fabulous prizes to give away so stay tuned!
For an impatient person like me there is nothing worse than not knowing when things will happen. Even with a due date in hand you can’t rely on baby arriving exactly on that one day you circled on the calendar. Like most expecting mums I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ahead of time and it surprises me every time how much space you need for all your little things. If only this beautiful, spacious new gr8x arrival made it here in time:
The new gr8x ‘Escapades’ Holdall (RRP $179.95) in stylish charcoal is currently en route to Australia and due to arrive in October. The bad news is that I couldn’t get my hands on one in time for my hospital stay, the good news is that by entering our giveaway below you may well be the first hip Aussie mama to own this fabulous new style!
Picking the right baby bag is a personal decision: some mums like small and compact, while others prefer large and roomy (and if you have twins or lots of young children like I do you have no choice!). Personally I prefer a larger bag with lots of storage space so I can throw in everything I need without squashing and squeezing. The Escapades Holdall is the ultimate large baby bag, it’s ideal for mums of multiple children and it makes a fabulous weekender too.
Featuring a trendy canvas laminate outer that’s easy to wipe clean and four large external pockets the Escapades is both good-looking and practical. On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, perfect for larger items, a change of clothes or baby blanket, as well as elasticized and zipped pockets for your smaller pieces. As a lovely bonus each Escapades Holdall will come with a complimentary soft, waterproof change mat and zipped, insulated bottle traveller, that’s your next day out with baby sorted!
With three older, and very crafty, siblings it is no surprise that miss Sybbie is turning into quite the artist too. As soon as she gets her little hands on a scrap of paper and something that writes she is in her element. I have to say that while I appreciate her art I do not always agree with her choice of location (walls, couches and clothing are a hot favourite!). Her latest obsession is cutting with scissors, which luckily is completely safe with these colourful clippers from Crayola:
The extensive My First Crayola range has been specifically designed for the youngest of artists. My First Crayola products are the perfect size for small hands and of course totally safe, allowing kids to explore and create without worry.
The My First Crayola Safety Scissors (RRP $5.79, 36 months+) are the perfect starting point for inquisitive toddlers who are working on their fine motor skills. The brightly coloured scissors are great for cutting paper yet completely safe for little fingers and even hair (thankfully, miss Sybbie tried the home haircut but didn’t succeed!). With three different patterns per pack, straight, zigzag and wavy, there is plenty of cutting fun to be had.
When you have children of different ages it can be a little tricky to pick the right toys. The big kids love using markers but Sybil tends to use them as food or to get in trouble and I had more than enough of taking them away over and over again. I found the My First Crayola Jumbo Crayons (RRP $9.49, 24 months+) keep everyone happy, they’re non-toxic, easy to hold, bright in colour and chunky and strong in case of accidental drops.
Normally I stay clear from pencils for our youngest kids because they are too slim to hold properly and rather breakable, but these clever My First Crayola Easy-Grip Coloured Pencils (RRP $6.99, 36 months+) are neither of those. The unique triangular shape encourage proper gripping (and it stops the pencils rolling off the table) and the extra thick 4mm lead makes them much stronger. You’ve got to love a company that truly understands its (young) customers!
To find out more about Crayola, to browse the entire My First Crayola range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.
One of the comments that keeps coming up during our parent-teacher interviews is that our children are very creative, they just love ‘making’ things and come up with the most interesting designs. It is so much fun to see their little brains work and watch their hands turn their plans into something unique and amazing. Construction toys are therefore a big favourite in our house and as soon I spotted Geomag I knew the kids would enjoy the challenge:
Geomag is a Swiss designed construction toy range that uses the timeless fun of magnets to open a whole new world of building opportunities. The range is suitable for ages 3+ and consists of lots of different designs, shapes, colours (yes, even pink and glitter!) and accessories that are sure to appeal to creative minds of all ages.
We started our Geomag journey with Geomag Panels, a collection that combines the magnetic fun of Geomag Classic with brightly coloured panels in basic shapes. To help you on your way the back of box shows a selection of projects you can make with the contents of that box, but obviously the sky is the limit and you can use your imagination to build your very own creations too.
With the school holidays around the corner Geomag will be a fabulous boredom buster and of course you can use and reuse the pieces over and over again or combine different sets. Our 7-year old twins have recently been exploring the world of geometry at school and how much more exciting than seeing shapes on boring paper is bringing them to life by building them yourself!
This is a fabulous example of why Geomag is not just a toy, it’s an excellent educational tool too and a great exercise for fine motor skills. The Geomag ‘Magic Rocker’ is one of those quick, simple but fun projects that teaches kids the basic of magnetism, our 5-year old thought it was amazing and wanted to build it over and over again.
Geomag Panels are available in five different sets and prices start at a very affordable RRP $20.
While a lovely princess story will never truly go out of fashion, (luckily) more and more people understand that there is more to a princess than pretty dresses, delicate shoes, sparkling jewels and of course prince charming. Wave goodbye to the poor, helpless beauty and meet a bunch of smart, strong, determined princesses instead in this inspiring story collection by Steffani Raff:
Coated with an attractive sauce of old-school fairytale goodness The Ravenous Gown (RRP $19.99) is a sweet bundle of princess stories with a twist. These funny and refreshing tales will teach young readers that real beauty is not defined by perfect looks and there are many ways to be a princess with girl power, even a prince might learn a wise lesson along the way.
As a professional storyteller and mother of six the author has done a wonderful job getting such an important message across in an engaging, enjoyable and humour-filled manner. The stories are bitesize and easy-to-read, they would make a lovely bedtime read to inspire young girls!
To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Ravenous Gown’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.