Jun 292017


The transition from primary school to high school is not easy for anyone, let alone when you are a nerd who has to earn his spot at a selective school full of super-nerds. Former primary school teacher, stand-up comedian and author Oliver Phommavanh is back with a brand new, rather funny and slightly nerdy Con-Nerd adventure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by young readers:

After making his way through a gruelling selection process clever Connor, also known by his friends as Con-Nerd, has been accepted at an exclusive school for high-achievers. To his great shock he discovers that he is longer one of the smartest kids in school and needs to work extra hard to even earn a decent mark. Making new friends is also a lot harder than he thought and he immediately bumps heads with cocky Andrew, who seems to be the no.1 student in every subject.

With all the extra school work, the struggle between holding onto old friends and finding new ones and an important challenge with Andrew to win Con-Nerd has little time to draw his famous comics, just when the awesome Comic Smash convention is coming up. In Super Con-Nerd (RRP $16.99) he learns the importance of friendships (old and new), of playing fair and of staying true to yourself.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Sales & Savings – Week 26

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Jun 282017

Cheeky Chickies
What? 50% off storewide EOFY Sale + FREE shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘EOFYS’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? cheekychickiesfrc.bigcartel.com

Living Textiles
What? Up to 75% off sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.livingtextiles.com.au

What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY17’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.cleverstuff.com.au

Elle J
What? End of Financial Year Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.ellej.com.au

What? FREE Småland Winter Garden (RRP $76.50) with all orders over $250
How? Free gift will be added to your order automatically
When? Until June 30, 2017 (or until stock lasts)
Where? www.lundby.com.au

My Mini Me
What? 40% off all clothing (Excludes Hugo loves Tiki)
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY17’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2017
Where? www.myminime.com.au

Jun 232017


I totally get it, after five babies my friends and family really don’t know what to get us anymore for baby no.6. Baby’s wardrobe is already filled with gorgeous clothes and we are fully kitted out with pram, carrier, car seat and other baby gear, all that is left is for baby to grow bigger and stronger before its arrival in September.

However one thing you can always make me, and any other expecting parent, very happy with is a new supply of ecostore goodies. As a big family of ecostore-fans who uses their natural skin, boy and haircare products every single day we always welcome a stock-up, I think it makes the perfect baby shower gift:

ecostore has lovingly developed a fabulous range of baby products that are gentle on your precious bundle and kind on the environment too. Wave goodbye to yucky chemicals, synthetic dyes and perfumes, mineral oils and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients and go green with ecostore. Of course it is not just a great choice for little ones, our whole family uses ecostore Baby Body Wash (RRP $8.99, 200ml). It’s soft on the skin and the lavender/geranium scent is not too overwhelming.

ecostore has your daily clean covered: we used the Baby Body Wash in the shower and for the kids’ bath we add a splash of playful bubbles with the ecostore Bubble Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) for extra fun. Hopefully the soothing ecostore Sleepytime Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) lives up to its name and will help us get some much-needed sleep when baby has arrived! Did you know the ingredients used in these bath products are so gentle that with proper greywater systems in place your bath water can even be re-used on your flower gardens, lawns and trees?

ecostore Baby Shampoo (RRP $8.99, 200ml) is a plant-based formula that cleanses your child’s hair whilst carefully protecting its natural properties at the same time, it gently strips away the dirt but not the important natural oils. A small amount goes a long way so a 200ml bottle lasts ages, especially if you only have a fine layer of baby hair to wash (unless our new baby surprises us all and is born with a full head of hair!).

I know the ecostore Baby Moisturiser (RRP $9.99, 200ml) was officially created for babies but I often reach for this nourishing moisturiser for my own sensitive pregnant mama-skin too. It is absorbed quickly and the light fragrance is really pleasant and not too strong. Once our baby has been born I can hold him/her close to my skin without worrying about what the baby is breathing in, if it is safe for baby it is safe for me too! This moisturiser is also perfect for a post-bath massage.

It may be small in size and in price but the ecostore Baby Soap Goat’s Milk & Lavender (RRP $2.99, 80g) is by far one of my best finds. This soft, creamy and natural soap is ideal for our older kids who wash hands countless times a day, there is no allergic reaction like they experience with many popular liquid handsoaps (and a block of soap is a lot less wasteful) plus I know they won’t be transferring yucky chemical nasties when they touch our tiny newborn.

To be honest I think the ecostore Nappy Balm (RRP $9.99, 60ml) could do with a new name, as this little jar of magic can be used for so many more things than red bottoms. Yes it does work wonders for nappy rash, but it can also bring welcome relief for cradle cap and other little skin problems, it is one of my first go-to products when our children’s skin is playing up. ecostore Nappy Balm is a wonderful non-greasy, non-staining barrier cream that helps protect your baby’s skin the natural way.

To find out more about ecostore, to locate an ecostore stockist near you or to order your favourite ecostore Baby products online visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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Sales & Savings – Week 25

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Jun 212017

KidslifestyleKids Lifestyle
What? Up to 50% off EOFY Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 23, 2017
Where? www.kidslifestyle.com.au

Hip KidsHip Kids
What? Extra 20% off all sale items
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until June 26, 2017
Where? www.hipkids.com.au

Milt & JoeMilt and Joe
What? 30% off all full-priced shoes
How? Enter the code ‘EOFY’ at checkout
When? Until June 22, 2017
Where? www.miltandjoe.com.au

The Little Kidz ClosetThe Little Kidz Closet
What? Up to 80% off Mid Year Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.thelittlekidzcloset.com.au

Bokkie Kids
What? 30% off EOFY Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.bokkiekids.com.au

Little Lola Boutique
What? FREE Le Toy Van ‘Starter Furniture Set’ (RRP $69.95) when you purchase the Le Toy Van ‘Sophie’s House’
How? Free gift will be added to your order automatically
When? Until June 30, 2017 (or until stock lasts)
Where? www.littlelolaboutique.com.au

Jun 192017

EK Books

After spending twelve fun-filled months with our five little friends in A Canadian Year it’s time to continue our world trip. This time we’re going to explore a destination a bit closer to home in the latest A Kids Year adventure, New Zealand here we come!

In A Kiwi Year (RRP $19.99) we are taken by the hand of tour guides Mason, Charlotte, Oliver, Ruby and Kaia who can’t wait to tell us all about life in New Zealand. Come discover the special traditions, favourite places, typical New Zealand foods, fun celebrations and other unique things that make their home country so amazing.

In Summer Kiwi kids spend time at their bach or crib (a holiday house), they wear their Jandals, eat Hokey Pokey ice cream and celebrate Waitingi Day. They also love exciting activities like tramping and biking in the mountains, black water rafting, bungy jumping and you can even dig your very own hot pool at the beach, there is no time to get bored.

When the weather cools down and the rainy season starts you have to wear your gumboots and take a brolly but don’t worry, there is still plenty to do! How about a tram-trip to Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology, a look-out from the Sky Tower, a dip in in the Hot Springs of Rotorua or a visit to the Orana Wildlife Park? You may spot one of New Zealand’s many native birds (eg. Kiwi, Kakapo, Weka or Takahe) or see beautiful nature like silver ferns or Kowhai trees.

I especially love New Zealand’s December festivities. Kiwis have their own native Christmas tree (a pohutukawa), they sing along to Te Haring, enjoy a Christmas Hangi (a traditional Maori way of cooking) and wish each other a Meri Kirihimete. Merry Christmas everyone!

You can find the A Kids Year series in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse more Tania McCartney books and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Jun 162017


What’s better than a musical performance from The Wiggles? A magical duet between The Wiggles and all your favourite artists of course! Over the last three decades The Wiggles have teamed up with many amazing performers from Australia and across the globe, and for the first time ever they’ve bundled their most loved duets for you to enjoy. Get ready for double the fun:

From Jimmy Barnes to Slim Dusty, from Kylie Minogue to Steve Irwin and family, from Guy Sebastian to Lou Diamond Phillips and many others, The Wiggles: Duets promises to introduce young The Wiggles fans to a stellar cast. I just love how the ‘new’ generation of Wiggles was able to bring some of the older songs back to life while adding a fresh new wiggly touch, well done! Filled with 17 wonderful duets and with a runtime of 70 minutes there is plenty of sing-along fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Our five little ones adore The Wiggles (and I am sure baby no.6 will do too) so they really loved singing along with this new DVD/CD release. Bonus: It has also brought us some much-needed sanity in the early hours of the morning when miss 1 insists on keeping the night watch, as soon as she sees The Wiggles she is happy as Larry and hums along to the familiar songs, ‘The Wiggles: Duets’ is definitely a winner!

‘The Wiggles: Duets’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Duets’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Sales & Savings – Week 24

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Jun 142017

Little Treads
What? Stocktake Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.littletreads.com.au

Little Toot’s Lunchbox
What? 20% off storewide Closing Down Sale
How? Enter the code ‘TAKE20’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.littletootslunchbox.com.au

Baby Gift WorksBaby Gift Works
What? 50% off Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 19, 2017
Where? www.babygiftworks.com.au

What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘Yay’ at checkout
When? Until June 16, 2017
Where? www.mollycoddledbaby.com

Little StylesLittle Styles
What? 40% off storewide EOFY Sale
How? Enter the code ‘snowflake’ at checkout
When? Limited time only
Where? www.littlestyles.com.au

What? 50% off discontinued products
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.minimink.com.au