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Celebrating Midwives With Medela!

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I met my Mid wife when I was 30 weeks pregnant, I actually had intended on hiring a midwife earlier but every time I mentioned to someone that I wanted a mid wife I was looked at as if I was going to have a backyard birth.

As it was my first pregnancy I didn't really know which way to go, I knew I wanted a calm as possible birth, natural and if possible at home. To some this may be scary especially for a first time mum, but it's how I had always envisioned my pregnancies. So at 30 weeks I finally bit the bullet and decided not to let outside influences affect my decision, my husband I agreed that we would meet with one and see how things went.

My first appointment with my mid wife, was actually beautiful she did all the things that I would normally get done in a hospital visit, but she took time, she placed her hand on my belly smiling as if I was bringing one of her own family members into the world, I automatically felt at ease with her. She explained the whole process in a kind and gentle manner and I couldn't help but feel connected to her after one visit, besides feeling like I connected with her I also felt really secure that she knew what she was doing.

Not only did she help with the planning and birth but she was also there after the birth to help me with breast feeding and adjusting to being a new mum. Using a mid wife might not be for everyone but I am glad that I followed my gut and used one.

Medela recently showcased the survey they conducted with 7,800 Australian mothers to better understand how midwives supported them on their motherhood journey. You also would have seen the interview they conducted with a few mums in this clip, to show how everyone’s experience is different.

 

 Medela is not only a leading global producer of technologically advanced breast pumps and vacuum technology. They also conduct a lot of research and provide education to the community and breastfeeding mums. Medela have been reaching out to the community through various exciting innovative programs assisting breastfeeding mums. Medela are excited to extend their support of mums through their new mobile app MyMedela, their free blog site and education for mums and health professionals.

 

Medela have also been kind enough to offer a $100 Medela voucher to their store www.medelastore.com.au To enter In 25 words or less let us know how did a midwife support you during those first few days of motherhood?” Please email your entry to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Competition closes 10th August, 2017. 

 

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The Reason Why I Let My Kids Have Unlimited Screen Time!

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We are a pretty high tech family, my husband's background is in I.T and tech and I work full time in social media and online, so to say that we are tapped into some sort of device at any given time would be an understatement.

Our kids 5 and 7 also love technology, I love that my 5 year old can pretty much work most devices easily.

It's no secret that technology is addictive, I mean you only have to look around you at any given time and you are sure to see someone looking at their phone. I use to feel super guilty that our kids were being raised in a world where it seems everyone is locked into some sort of device over engaging, interacting with other people and outside activities, but the truth is, it's the way the world is going.

Teenagers now can spend 20 minutes taking the perfect selfie to upload to social media and I am sure in 20 years time when we don't even have to leave our homes for anything we will be longing for the days when our kids chased Pokémon's and took selfies. My era was lucky in the fact that we had a childhood pre internet, where our kids now have been raised with the internet and have never known any different.

My kids also go to a school that promotes technology, at any given time they can send me a video recording or take a photo of their work that I can log into see it. In addition to traditional schooling they also do a lot of work on ipads and know how to navigate google and the internet, probably better than most adults do.

I never really had an issue with my kids being on technology but I definitely had an issue with them not wanting to do anything else but be on technology, I felt like I was going a bit bonkers when I would ask my children to hop off a device as it was always followed by a tantrum, it was also a real struggle to get them to play outside, do homework, chores or anything else for that matter.

I knew something had to change, It wasn't until my husband said jokingly one morning, oh let them have as much tec time as they want, that's when a penny dropped.

I thought yep that's what I am going to do, I am going to let them have as much tech time as they want provided that they did the following.

I put together a chart that had everything on it that they needed to do before they could touch any device, this included, Ipad, computer, my phone, and TV. I spoke to them and told them that they could have as much technology as they wanted and it was actually up to them how much time they got to spend on their favourite devices,  but they had to make sure that everything on the following list was ticked off first.

 

In mornings they had to:

Breakfast

Clean teeth

Get dressed

Make bed and make sure room is neat < this doesn't have to be perfect just done.

Lunch and bag packed

Shoes on

Hair done

As soon as this is done my kids are free to go on ipad, computer, tv phone etc.

 

In the afternoons they have to:

Read / homework

Unpack bag

Uniform in wash or hung up if not dirty.

In summer 30 - 45 mins play outside

Bath/shower in winter they have bath soon as they get home.

This is normally all done before 4.30

After that they are allowed as much tech until 6pm dinner, at this time we all put tech away, my husband and I put our phones up until kids are in bed.

 

We have never done tech at night so they don't know any different as far as going on it after dinner, I like this to be a wind down time for them and we normally read, talk or sometimes play a game.

I swear this has been the best thing I have done in a long time ha! My kids get up at 7am every morning  and we leave the house at 8.20am and they at least have 30 mins screen time in the mornings, this is because they know if they don't move they don't get screen time. Even when I have trouble getting them out of bed, all I have to say is you won't have much screen time and they normally jump up < and to be honest most times they are already up and dressed before my alarm goes off.

I have found by giving my kids the feeling that the are allowed as much time as they want provided they have done everything really makes them more responsible, again my issue was never the time they spent on the devices but the fact that it would take them forever to get anything else done. I don't ask for perfection with their jobs etc but they have to have a good go at it.

The key is to follow through, if my 2 don't do what's on the list they don't have any tec that day, and yes they cry and carry on but normally the following day they are back ticking off that list ha!

On the weekends we are pretty cruisey with tec time in saying that we do get out and do a lot of family stuff. We do plenty of outdoor activities, both my kids do karate, swimming and gymnastics and we regularly cook and play sport together, so it's not all technology, but in the era we now live in, tec is not going anywhere so for us it was good to find a balance sooner rather than later.

This is what I have found works for us, do you have any tips for tech time in your house?

Oh I should also add that although we let our kids use technology we are well aware of what they are watching or playing :)

 

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Give Your Opinion And Go Into The Draw To Win $1000 With Café Study!

Give Your Opinion And Go Into The Draw To Win $1000 With Café Study!

Café Study is looking for mums and mums -to - be that would like to give their opinion and feedback on a wide range of products, from parentling, entertainment, travel and general lifestyle products. The best part is by simply giving your feedback you will be rewarded with points that you can redeem for cash or vouchers and its FREE to join.

 

Sign up before December 31st 2017 and you will also go in the draw for $1000, sign up CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

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Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

 

One lucky parent can win a Mustela pack simply enter HERE

New scientific research reveals each baby is born with a specific skin type and need. Introducing the next generation of skincare adapted to each skin type by Mustela®.

Mustela® is the first skin care company globally to embark on a research program that analyses the physiology of babies and children’s skin from outer layers of the epidermis all the way to the deepest epidermal layers. Using advanced, non-invasive imaging technologies and the development of the world’s first reconstruction of babies and children’s skin, Mustela® researchers discovered that a baby’s skin is most fragile between birth and age of two and scientifically demonstrated babies each have different kinds of skin with different needs, deserving of its own care.

The breakthrough insight shows children are born with either: Normal skin that needs to be hydrated daily; Dry skin that needs to be hydrated and nourished, and Extremely dry/eczema-prone skin, subject to extreme dryness and sensations of itching, that needs to be hydrated, soothed and replenished daily. With this insight, Mustela® developed patented specific natural ingredients - clinically proven under dermatological and/or paediatric supervision - to be effective for each type of skin.

The ingredients in the new range include:

  • For Normal skin: Avocado Perseose®, a patented natural ingredient that deeply hydrates skin epidermis, protects the skin barrier and preserves the cellular richness of the skin.
  • For Dry skin: Avocado Perseose® and a dermo-nutritive complex that deeply nourishes the skin.
  • For Extremely dry eczema-prone skin: Avocado Perseose® and a patented natural ingredient, Sunflower Oil Distillate®, which replenishes and soothes eczema-prone skin.

Already an established brand with a global cult-like following (number 1 baby dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe), Mustela® has taken the range to the next level with this new generation of hygiene and skincare products adapted to all skin types from birth onwards. Products available, priced between $7.95 - $34.95 rrp, include Foam Shampoo for Newborn, Gentle Cleansing Gel, Body Lotion, Face Cream, , Vitamin Barrier Cream, Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, , Travel Set, No Rinse Cleansing Water and fragrance-free skincare products like Stelatopia Emollient Cream, Stelatopia Cleansing Cream and more.

The baby skincare expert for over 60 years, Mustela® guarantees safety from birth onwards and is committed to minimising environmental impact with eco-designed products that are conscious of people and the environment at each stage of their life cycle. With a priority given to ingredients of natural origin, there are no parabens, phthalates or Phenoxyethanol. Light textures and delicate fragrances add to the appeal.

The new Mustela® bébé-enfant *range is available in Chemist Warehouse, Babies "R" Us, Amcal, Chemmart Terry White, Priceline, and all good pharmacies. To make it even easier for parents to work out what skin type is right for their baby, Mustela® has created an online 2-part skin diagnosis questionnaire. With Mustela®, it all starts with skin.

And for one lucky parent we have a Mustela pack up for grabs simply enter HERE

You can find out more about Mustela here: www.mustela.com.au

 

 

 

 

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GIVE AWAY - 1 X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs

 GIVE AWAY - 1  X - Tend Sleepsuit up for grabs ENTER HERE 

I love this sleep suit as my son hates blankets and is a little too big to wear a sleeping bag. I can never find the matching tops and bottoms for pyjamas either - so this is the perfect solution! 3 kids and I finally have the solution for my 3rd child! 

Today was the first day this school term that I have looked half decent at school drop off, you see for the past couple of weeks my 3 year old has been climbing into bed with us at all hours of the night, sleeping on me with limbs I didn't even know he had haha. As any mum who has little ones climb into bed  with them knows that you don't get a lot of sleep at all, if you are anything like me you roll out of bed in the morning, rush around to get kids ready for school and its not before you are dropping kids off and talking to other parents that you realise you didn't even brush your hair ha!

My husband and I have tried everything to get our 3 year old to stay in his bed, we noticed that since the weather has changed and gotten cooler that he has been coming in and saying that his cold. < no matter how many blankets we put on him.

So we were pretty excited when we received the X - Tend Sleepsuit in the mail, these suits are great they have removable sleeves for the warmer nights as well. The X -Tend Sleepsuit is perfect because he is not one for keeping his blankets on, hence him coming into bed with us every night.

Well what do you know the last 3 nights he has slept through, which means I have as well, which equals a happy mum

These suits really are amazing and  they are luxurious, super-soft, certified organic cotton; no polyester, no harmful chemicals and pesticides, creating a healthier option for baby – while being super practical for parents.

The X-Tend Sleepsuit is an Australian-first invention that grows with baby! Simply extend the arms and legs of the suit once the baby is ready for the next size. Boasting handy features such as removable sleeves, hand and feet mittens and two way front zippers, it’s suitable for babies 6 months up to 7 years of age. For babies 18 months and up, a unique extra-large drop seat feature makes nappy changes or middle of the night toilet stops so much more convenient. The X-Tend Sleepsuit keeps baby safe and comfortable all night without the worry of kicking off blankets.

You can find more about X - Tend Sleepsuits here:  sleepycompany.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

Raising Wild Kids: The Benefits of Outside Play

I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl. If there’s an opposite to “outdoorsy”, that is me. Indoorsy? Is that a thing? Let’s go with that. I am indoorsy. I choose dinner parties over picnics, yoga over hiking, and reading on the couch over laying on a beach towel in the sun. The sun-kissed, brown-as-a-berry skin I enjoyed up to the age of about 11 is but a distant memory. Pale and proud; that’s my jam.

For the last 18 months, this indoorsy girl has also been a mother. As an immobile baby, my son became very familiar with the confines of our home, of cafes and shopping centres, of friends’ houses and the local library. When he began walking, he was initially content with laps around the house and trips to indoor play centres. But pretty soon, he wanted more. He would stand banging on the back door, begging to be let outside. It was ingrained in him; he yearned to be outside. And so we began making trips out into the yard. Trips to the park. Trips to the beach. And my son became a wild boy.

When he goes outside, he comes alive. He runs, he tumbles, he explores. He gets dirt on his hands and knees. He sits and watches beetles in the grass. He splashes in the mud. He cries when it’s time to go back inside. And despite my indoorsy tendencies, going outside with him has become one of my favourite things.

I recently watched the short film “Canvas of my Life”, featuring the actor Jason Momoa talking about his creative childhood, and the way he is now raising his kids to be wild, free creatives. And despite the fact that it’s actually just a super-long ad for Carhartt pants, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Because for all my love of air conditioning and cups of tea, nothing beats a shot of a pack of happy kids racing through the woods and climbing rocks with big, wild grins plastered across their faces. That’s the kind of joy I want for my kid.

There are a number genuine of benefits to outside play, too.

1.     It’s active

Put a kid in the confines of four walls with a bunch of toys, and he will sit and play. Let him loose in a yard with grass, trees and dirt, and he’s unstoppable. Kids are natural explorers, and they just love to run. Being outside lends itself to active play.

2.     It’s sensory

They can smell the grass, hear the birds and cicadas, feel the wind on their face and crunch leaves beneath their feet. Outside play fully engages all the senses – yep, even picking up a handful of dirt for a sneaky taste counts!

3.     It’s healthy

They soak up some good old vitamin D, they inhales bucket loads of fresh air, and they stretch those little limbs in new ways, which contributes to their muscle development.

4.     It’s interesting

Our outside environments are subject to constant change – changes in the weather, new weeds popping up between the pavement, new leaves falling from the shrubbery. There are always holes to be dug, ants to be trailed behind and flowers to be picked. The engagement is endless!

5.     It’s confidence-building

Outside play is often quite independent, which gives kids a massive sense of self-confidence as they learn their capabilities and test their limits.

The benefits of outside play are endless, and so important for developing kids. These days I aim to get outside with my son at least twice per day – and I have to say I think I enjoy it almost as much as he does! So let’s hold that thought on my “pale and proud” skin – I just might end up revisiting that berry-brown glow after all!

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How To Help Your Little Ones Cope with Kindergarten Anxiety!

How To Help Your Little Ones Cope with Kindergarten Anxiety!

In no way are my children different than those around them; they have a good home, loving parents (yes, we do work too much but we try not to have it impact our relationships with the kids), almost all the opportunities they can imagine and – in all – a very healthy support system to build up their personalities from.

 

However, there are some things that aren’t really rooted in the family, per se; social anxiety (or any other type of it) is predominantly triggered through the child’s interaction with people/kids unknown to them, and surroundings that don’t instill them with confidence and security. It isn’t strange to have a small child develop a form of social anxiety from the early age, usually when starting kindergarten, preschool or school. Naturally, if the child is showing signs of anxiety even without obvious triggers, you should consult your pediatrician and establish roots of such behavior.

 

When my youngest started kindergarten, it was a very difficult time for us. I had already went back to work a few months prior and adjusting to all the changes made at the office while I was away took a lot of energy and time. Lilly wasn’t that happy about kindergarten from the get go, but we figured – she just doesn’t want to be away from her siblings. However, it turned out to be more than that.

 

Whenever she’d come back home, she’d be upset and sad; her teachers told us that she cried every day and avoided mingling with other kids. They didn’t want to alert us until it was every day, for a month in.

 

This is when we knew we had to address the issue and that the current state of things wouldn’t simply “go away”. Here’s what we did, and it helped.

 

Recognize the problem

 

Instead of just letting Lilly “find her way around things”, we actually took the time to acknowledge her feelings and see what the problem is. At first, she didn’t want to communicate anything. Slowly, without pressing her, we managed to learn what was happening. She told us that each time we left her at kindergarten, she feared we would never come back to pick her up. We were pretty surprised; after all, she lives in an adoring family, so her fear of being abandoned was very strange to us.

 

Rationalize their fears

 

After we had established the problem, we realized the best thing to do is rationalize her fears. Talking to her on several occasion got us to understand where everything was coming from. She told us a few kids from her class had similar situations and that it got her very sad and afraid. We managed to soothe her and explain we were not going to leave her, ever. Her amazing teachers at Little Learning School were fantastic in helping us communicate this to her, reassuring her with a positive and safe environment.

 

Be open about the experience

 

Even though she was very little at the time her anxiety got triggered, we weren’t condescending about the fear itself. While she still wasn’t mature enough to understand the complexity of the issue of being abandoned or living in a divorced home, we explained to her that divorces do happen, that mums and dads sometimes don’t live together, that parents die and that negative things can happen, for sure. However, we made her understand that no matter what happens, we’ll never leave her or neglect her.

 

Take a bright approach

 

A positive approach is a healthy approach. Make sure your child understands the benefits of kindergarten and see it as a place of happiness. After all, this is where they’ll gain new experiences, meet new friends, expand their horizons and have fun. Sports, dance classes, abundance of toys and activities, great playground designs, etc. – it’s all at their immediate reach and they should be reminded how blessed they are to enjoy this opportunity.

 

When your children are facing a situation like this or similar to this one, it’s important to stay calm and act confident around them (even when you have doubts). You are their guiding strength, and they need to read reassurance in your body language and hear encouragement in things you say – don’t ever forget it.

 

References:

 

http://www.parents.com/health/mental/dealing-with-anxiety-in-children/

 

https://www.littlelearningschool.com.au/

 

https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/anxiety-101

 

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Get Ready Australia! Mister Maker Is Coming His Brilliant, Fun And Interactive Live Show.

Get Ready Australia! Mister Maker Is Coming His Brilliant, Fun And Interactive Live Show.

Get ready Australia! Mister Maker is coming back with his brilliant, fun and interactive live show.

Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker when he tours Australia during the January school holidays.

Featuring new songs and makes, Mister Maker is returning to Australia following his sold out 2016 tour and will include encore performances in Sydney and Melbourne as well as first time visits to many new regions of Australia

Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big 'make' to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Yes, you'll be able to share the fun with Mister Maker's colourful all-dancing friends Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too! 

This show is tons of arty fun for all the family!

Mini Makers, get ready for some amazing arty creations and book your tickets today! https://www.livenation.com.au/artists/mister-maker

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***** The show is genius' 'Brilliantly put together, with sections flowing seamlessly from one to the next, full of fun and energy, and with lots of laughs this is a fabulous show' - South London Press

**** 'There is an educational element as well as an encouragement to actually use imagination and make things but most of all it was fun, children went home happy and thinking a theatre was a wonderful place' - behindthearras.com

'Mister Maker Live is like going to see Robbie Williams in concert whilst he does art and craft! What a superb family show and great audience participation!' - MummyFever.co.uk 

'Hilariously funny and inventive live show full of clever crafty makes, singing, dancing and audience participation.'

Derby Telegraph

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Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!

Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!

Our friends at Identity Direct have a NEW Personalised PAW Patrol Storybook that puts your child right in the adventure as they help Ryder and the pups save Christmas!

Imagine the look on your little ones face when they wake up Christmas morning to see that they are staring in their very own adventure with Paw Patrol!

They’ve also just released a new range of personalised PAW Patrol products featuring Skye and Everest. Little ones will love seeing their names on their very own products.

 

 For the perfect Christmas gift for any PAW Patrol fan, order now at http://bit.ly/2g17xMm + use code 34876 during checkout to get FREE standard shipping.

 Hurry, offer ends December 10, 2016. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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We Review One Of The Best Play Mats on the Market - Bubba Mat

We Review One Of The Best Play Mats on the Market - Bubba Mat

 

I have been through a few play mats with my little ones and Bubba Mat from SoftMats are the best by far.

I remember when my daughter was little I purchased a bag of these connecting alphabet pieces that turned into a mat, all you had to do was spend 2 hours putting them together to make the mat, to only then come out half an hour later and find that your little one had pulled all the pieces apart ha! It looked great but wasn't practical at all. Then with my son we purchased the car road track mat off ebay the print was awesome but it was carpet and my son didn't think it was great for pushing his cars on , especially when there was last week's Weet - Bix squished into it still < no matter how hard I tried to get it out!

Then we got onto Bubba Mat from SoftMats, these mats are seriously amazing, Soft, safe, non-toxic, comfortable for the kids and mum and dad, and simply wipes clean making it ideal for growing families.

But what I  love most about Bubba Mat is the fact that it is reversible, I love the Bubba Mat actually grows with your child. Take the 'Urban' BubbaMat below for instance. One side you have town and road set, and a train line with alphabet and numbers, which is perfect for a little one, and the other side has a more contemporary feel that can be turned over when you have visitors, it can even be used in a teenagers room. The fact that the Bubba Mat doesnt out date is a real winner in my opinion.

We use our BubbaMat for everything, we have taken it camping, to the park for a picnic, and to the beach. simply wipe clean when finished and then straight into the car. At least some stage throughout the day I can guarantee my children have sat on the Bubba mat.

The mats are great for sitting on, eating on, doing crafts on it really is very versatile.

Bubba mat is the perfect gift for any aged child.

I wish I had found these sooner, it would have saved me a lot of mess!

For more information about Bubba Mat from Soft Mats click here: More information please!

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14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

14 Kids Craft Ideas You Can Make With Balloons!

A party isn’t a party without balloons, but what do you do with those leftover balloons stashed in the cupboard? The perfect solution is to let kids use them to make fun balloon crafts. Each of these activities will keep the kids entertained for hours, plus they are all simple ideas using items you probably already have at home.

Wacky Sacks — Balloons filled with play dough from Somewhat Simple

Fill balloons with play dough, then squeeze, mould and throw. wacky sacks

Confetti Balloon Bowl from DIY Ready

Cover half of the balloon in glue and confetti, then pop the balloon and you are left with a colourful bowl. This also works well with assorted colourful buttons. balloon bowl

Water balloon painting from Meri Cherry

Paint water balloons, then give the water balloons a bath in a tub of water and start all over again. This is a great outside activity for those times kids feel like making a mess. water balloon painitng

Make your own balloon car from Cool Progeny

Make a car and watch how it moves when powered by the attached balloon. A balloon powered car is such a simple concept but still so much fun. ballon car

Balloon puppies from The Craft Train

Make These cute puppies with balloons, a texta, some crepe paper and ribbon. Kids love walking these puppies around the house.

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Balloon print spider craft for kids by I Hearty Crafty Things

Use balloons to paint circles, then turn the circles into spiders. Kids could also use their imagination to turn the balloon painting into any creature they like. balloon spiders

Balloon Rocket by Paging Fun Mums

Draw a rocket onto your balloon, then watch it fly on a piece of string. balloon rockets

DIY water balloon flip flops by About a Mom

Give ordinary flip flops a new life with a packet of colourful water balloons attached to the shoe straps. balloon flip flops

Balloon bracelets by Kids Activities Blog

Use balloons of any size along with a piece of thin elastic to create a colourful bracelet. These look especially great when made with narrow balloons. balloon bracelet1

Frozen Dinosaur Eggs by Paging Fun Mums

These dinosaur eggs looks like so much fun. Stuff a small toy dinosaur into a balloon, fill with water and food colouring if you want coloured eggs, an freeze. Then pull the balloon of the frozen egg, give the kids a hammer (and safety glasses) and let them smash their way through the egg to retrieve the dinosaur. dinosaur eggs

Balloon Yo-Yo by Tinkerlab

Fill a balloon with uncooked rice, small seeds or beans, attach some rubber bands and you have a balloon yo-yo that will keep kids occupied for hours. tinker lab

DIY pool noodle pom pom shooter by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

These pom pom shooters make a great rainy day activity. Put a pom pom inside, pull back the balloon end and a pom pom comes flying out. pool noodle

Paper mache globe by One Charming Party

What kids doesn’t love paper mache? Make this globe by sticking strips of newspaper dipped in glue to a blown up balloon. Then pop the balloon, paint the globe blue and stick on the continents. globe paper mache

Do you have any other craft ideas that you can make with a balloon? We would love you to share in the comments below X

    

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8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

8 Free Colouring In Printables, Kids Will Love!

Why buy your kids colouring in books when there are amazing free colouring in printables available online?

Never buy a colouring in book again, just print off these gorgeous free colouring in printables as you need them, and the kids will be busy for hours. These colouring printables also make great artwork to hang in kid’s bedrooms, that they will be proud to say they made themselves. If your children get bored with using pencils, try using other materials such as textas, crayons, paint, as well as sticking on sequins, colourful pom poms, googly eyes and anything else you have handy.

Ocean and seas animals colouring pages from Easy Peasy and Fun

These 10 sea animal colouring printables are adorable, including a turtle, an octopus, a jellyfish, a shark, a dolphin, a starfish, a clownfish, a tropical fish, a whale and a seahorse. Each printable also features the name of the ocean animal, perfect for younger kids learning letter recognition. kids colouring pages

Colour by letters from Kids Activities Blog

These fun printables are just like a colour by numbers activity, but instead kids use the colours that correspond with each letter to complete the picture. This is a great way to make learning letters fun. There are 5 printables, using the letters A, B, C, D and E. kids coluring pages 2

Christmas colouring pages from Crazy Little Projects

These 4 free Christmas colouring printables are perfect for helping kids get in the Christmas spirit. There are penguins, Santa, Christmas trees and snowmen to colour in. These will look perfect displayed by the Christmas tree. kids colouring pages 3  

Colouring in calendar printable from Itsy Bitsy Fun

This free printable includes a different colouring in page for each month of the year. Once kids have coloured the pages, these calendars would make the perfect gift for relatives. There are calendars to suit both the northern and southern hemispheres. colouring pages 4

 Owl colouring printables from 1Plus1Plus1Equals1

This free owl themed printable pack is full of owls to colour in, as well as a few owl colouring in based activities, including coulour to match and colour by number. This great set will appeal to slightly older kids. colouring pages 5

 Bugs and butterflies colouring page from Dabbles and Babbles

This bugs and butterflies colouring printable will keep any bug mad child busy. The bugs and butterflies look amazing when coloured with bright colours. colouring pages 6

 Dinosaur colouring pages from Learning 2 Walk

These 6 simple free dinosaur colouring pages are perfect for younger kids, and look great when coloured with pencils or paints. colouring pages 7

 Free Eric Carle printabels from Gymboree

What kid doesn’t love The Very Hungry Caterpillar? It’s a favourite in most houses, and kids will love these Eric Carl themed colouring in printables and activities. Printables include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear colouring sheets, as well as connect the dots, mazes, memory games and create a world cut outs. colouring in page 8

Simply print out the pages and watch the kids be entertained for hours < in an ideal world haha.

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Help Save the enviroment with Hippybottomus Cloth Nappies!

Help Save the enviroment with Hippybottomus Cloth Nappies!

 

To be honest when I had my children I didn't even consider cloth nappies, the thought of using pins to secure a nappy sort of frightened me as a first time mum. I was one of those mums who was scared at first to hold my baby in fear of dropping them so I definitly didnt want t go anywhere near them with a pin. I talked myself into it being ok to use disposable nappies as I was also a busy working mum and would need the convenience of disposable nappies, and the time I saved washing would give me more time with my little one. Up until this point I only thought there were 2 options with nappies, disposable and cloth with pins.

 Then I  came across a business called Hippybottomus that designed cloth nappies that weren't only easy to use < button clips not pins, but they are also great for the environment.

 We tried the nappies and loved them instantly. My little one was a lot more comfortable in them then the  disposables. I had noticed that from time to time my baby would get a little red around the sides of hips where the sticky tabs where on the disposable nappy but using Hippybottomus nappies stopped this.

I thought that using cloth nappies would be a lot more work, but honestly it isn't and the money you save on buying disposables is so worth it. We were spending at least $30 a week on nappies. Now the money we save on disposable nappies we can use on other things for our little one.

I love that the Hippybottomus nappies comes in a load of gorgeous colours and are super soft and absorbent, but what I love even more is for every nappy you buy Hippybottomus also donates a nappy to a child in need around the world < how awesome is that! You can read more about their "YOU DONATE WE DONATE" initiative here.

Some of the awesome features of Hippybottomus are:

Natural fabric – against the skin is a layer of white bamboo fleece, which is anti-bacterial (& mildew resistant), has great ventilation, helps reduce odours, and is really soft. It is also anti-pilling and anti-fuzzing, so it washes really well. This fabric is far superior to the synthetic fabrics generally used in stay-dry nappies. It is also known to generate anions, which are very beneficial to bub’s health (they activate the bodies cells, purify the blood, help tiredness, calm the nervous system & improve allergies)

Stays dry against the skin – Bamboo micro-polar fleece has the ability to draw moisture away from the skin, keeping your baby dry and helping prevent nappy rash. All moisture is drawn into the insert.

Pocket design – a removable insert is placed inside the shell which allows you to separate the two parts for thorough washing and to speed up drying. It also allows you to add an extra insert or two of a nighttime to increase absorbency (meaning no midnight nappy changes).

Highly absorbent – each nappy comes with one insert which is made up of 2 layers of bamboo fleece and 3 layers of microfibre, which are both highly absorbent fabrics.

Waterproof – the combination of the layer of PUL (polyurethane laminate) and the polyester outer makes this nappy as waterproof as they come, so no cover is required.  From our previous nappies we have concluded that this is the best outer fabric in terms of containing moisture and preventing wicking.

Fast drying – the fabrics that make up the nappy allow it to dry extremely fast (1-2 hours with wind and sun and within a day if not).

One size fits most – each nappy can be adjusted to fit from birth (3kg) through to toilet training (17 kg) so there is no need to buy a whole new set of nappies as your baby grows. There are also two rows of snaps for a snug fit around the thighs and the waist as your  baby grows. The snaps are also nice and sturdy so won’t catch in the wash or wear over time like velcro can.

Easy – no folding or pins and no soaking is required (see how to use for more info) which make our modern cloth nappies just as easy to pop on as a disposable and really simple to wash (especially if you use a flushable bamboo nappy liner to collect the solids).

 Great price – one of our main objectives at Hippybottomus is to provide an affordable price whilst maintaining the quality. We do this by keeping things simple, doing all of our web design and marketing ourselves and by only taking a very small profit margin. As an Australian company we also offer quick and friendly customer service and advice.

We highly recommend if you have little ones in nappies to give Hippybottomus a go, you wont be disappointed!

Australian Baby Card Holders also get 10% off their order, view here for more details: ABC

Not An ABC member? Don't worry you can sign up here and start saving today! Sign me up please!

 

 

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Certified Organic, Free from major allergens & Sugar FREE! - Why we love Baby Mum - Mum!

Certified Organic, Free from major allergens & Sugar FREE! - Why we love Baby Mum - Mum!

 

Before I had kids I was always going to be that mum that only  ever fed their kids organic no nasty foods. My kids would eat nothing with sugar and would be blissful little sunny humans . I thought I would make my own baby food from scratch and all would be bliss < Ha!

I soon found out pretty quick that I was flat out actually getting dinner on table then creating preservative  free foods for my little one. I try my best but let's face it we don't always grab the best snacks for our kids and often give into their demands of wanting something they shouldn't.

It is easier when they are babies as they are happy to try new foods and are not as fussy so kids tend to eat more veggies and things that are good for them, there is no fighting for them to eat something that is healthy as opposed to a 3 yr old who won't even look at anything green.

I knew if I didn't have time to make preservative free snacks for my baby that hopefully there was a company out there that did. I went in search and soon found an awesome company Baby Mum - Mum.

Baby Mum - Mum make a variety of baby rusks, that contain no nasties , babies love them and mums love knowing that their little ones aren't eating anything that they shouldn't be.

 

They are free of all the major allergens, milk, wheat, shell fish, fish, peanuts, soy, sesame, tree nuts and wheat. But what really sold me on Baby Mum - Mum was the fact that they have been developed with  food nutritionist specialists. They are also used  by day care centres and hospitals.

It can be scary when your little one first starts to try new foods you don't know if they will have any reactions to certain foods, so it definitely puts the mind at ease knowing that the major allergen foods are not added to Baby Mum - Mum products.

 

Baby Mum - Mum rusks come in 6 flavours and are certified organic.

But best of all my Baby loves them! So now I know I can give my baby a snack without feeling guilty, it sure does beat an arrowroot biscuit!

We highly recommend you try them for your little one, you won't be disappointed, to find a stockist near you click here: Baby Mum - Mumstockists.

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Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

Shop On Line With SIDS And Help A Great Cause!

We here at Australian Baby card are proud supporters of SIDS, we think the work they do is amazing and much needed.

Did you know that SIDS actually has an online store called Shop Red Nose that sells hundreds of baby and children's items. And get this 100% of shop red profits are reinvested into delivering the Red Nose mission of saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy, and childhood, through education services, advocacy, bereavement support, and world-class research. How awesome is that?

They stock lots of brands like some of our favourites below.

And guess what all Australian Baby Card holders also receive 20% discount (excluding Postage and Handling). You can view Australian baby card deal here: SIDS

So next time you are doing some online shopping, why not shop Red nose through SIDS, you will not only be purchasing items you want but also helping a worthy cause.

Not An ABC member don't worry, you can sign up here: Sign me up!

You can shop Redo Nose through SIDS here: Shop SIDS

 

Don’t just shop, Shop Red Nose and help save more little lives!

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Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

Fun In The Sun Reviewing Plum Swimwear!

 My kids are fish, they literally spend most of the summer swimming, you can guarantee on any given day if I ask them  what they want to do the answer is always either the beach or pool.

 We have the best of both worlds in Sydney, we have great beaches and we also have some fantastic  indoor swimming pools for the days that Sydney weather is temperamental, which means the kids can swim all year round.

 My little ones seem to outgrow swimmers yearly so I was really excited when Plum gifted us their swimmers out of their latest range for us to try.

 

 Plum is an Australian label and is the leader in kids swimwear worldwide, that is pretty impressive right?

 What makes Plum so great is the fact that they are not only on trend with their designs ranging from nautical, vintage and bright themes but they also have UPF 50+ protection from the sun, which is super important for our little ones in the Australian weather.

Their range is endless and includes the following;

 

•Swim Nappy

 

•Bikini

 

•Halter-Necked One Piece

 

•Rash Vests &Shorts

 

•All-In-One Swimsuit

 

•Swimming Trunks

 

•Legionnaires Hats

 

•Board Shorts

What surprised me the most was how well the swimmers were made, the quality is fantastic and they are very affordable and range in sizes from 000 to 7. They make perfect gifts especially for their price point. I know what I am getting the nieces and nephews for Christmas this year!

 

 

And if that isnt enough ABC card holders also receive 20% discount, click here for the details: ABC Discount

If you havent signed up for ABC you can do so here: Sign me up!

Keep your kids safe this summer while still looking fashionable with Plum!

 

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10 Tips For keeping Sane While Grocery Shopping With kids

10 Tips For keeping Sane While Grocery Shopping With kids

There is no denying that grocery shopping, or any type of shopping for that matter can be difficult with kids. But we all need to eat, so grocery shopping is a necessary part of life, no matter how much we don't want to do it. There is the option to go alone, but thats not always possible, and sometimes its good to teach kids that everyday activities can be fun too!

 

1. Take snacks

Snacks are always a great way to keep kids occupied and happy, and trips to the supermarket are no exception. Take foods that take a while to eat and don't make a mess; something that will keep the kids sitting in the trolley the entire shop if possible.

 

2. Avoid nap time shopping trips

Depending on your child, shopping during nap time might be asking for trouble. Shopping once kids have had a nap and are relaxed is going to make the whole experience a whole lot easier.

 

3. Shop when its quiet

If you can help it, its always easier to shop with young kids when the supermarket is quieter. It can be much harder to keep kids calm when there is so much going on around them.

 

4. Chose supermarkets with toilet facilities nearby

If you have a toddler or pre schooler who is toilet trained or in the process of toilet training, choose a supermarket with toilet facilities close by. A parents room within the shopping complex is a bonus, especially if you have a baby and need access to a change table or feeding room.

 

5. Adjust your expectations

Don't head into the grocery store with expectations that you will quickly be in and out with no fuss.  Shopping doesn't have to be a race. Expect that shopping will take a little longer with young kids in tow, and there will probably be a bit of whining along the way. If you head to the supermarket with a relaxed mindset there is a good chance the shopping trip will go a whole lot smoother.

 

6. Make shopping a game

Make a game out of shopping and it will make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. You could play a game of i-spy while walking around the supermarket, or ask kids that are old enough to take the items you need off the shelf and add them to the trolley. Older kids can read the prices on the shelf to work out which product is cheaper, and cross items off the shopping list as you go. It makes kids feel like they are important and part of the shopping process when they are given their own jobs. You can also use it as an opportunity to teach your kids about healthy food choices and nutrition.

 

7. Shop after a meal

Kids (along with some adults) get cranky when they are hungry, so shopping is never a good idea when it's been a while since the last meal. The best time to shop is soon after a meal when the kids are full and happy.

 

8. Always have a list

Its extremely hard to think straight while you are trying to keep young kids happy, so write a list of everything you need, plus how many of each item. Its even better if you can write your list in isle order, to avoid having to go backward and forward in the supermarket trying to find items you missed. It also means there is less chance of having to go back to the supermarket the next day because you forgot something.

 

9. Prepare kids beforehand

In the car on the way to the supermarket, have a little talk with kids that are old enough, letting them know what you will be doing and how you expect them to behave. Something like we are going to do the grocery shopping, you can walk if you are going to walk beside me, otherwise you will be sitting in the trolley.

 

10. Grocery shop online

If all else fails and shopping in your local supermarket proves to be too difficult, switch to online shopping. You can then shop any time of the day or night and have the groceries delivered to your door.

Do you take your kids grocery shopping with you or do you prefer to do alone?

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Líl Fraser Swaddle The Perfect Gift For An Expecting Mum!

Líl Fraser Swaddle The Perfect Gift For An Expecting Mum!

 

Fertile Mind has sent through a L’il Fraser Swaddle Wrap for me to try out. At 120cm X 120cm these wraps are huge so they will grow with your baby which makes them great value. I used the wrap as a blanket in the cot the other day and it is big enough to be used as a lightweight cot blanket, so versatile. They are also everything you want from a wrap with bright colourful designs and high quality, soft, stretchy, jersey fabrics. The other thing that is great about this product is that it comes in a beautiful little box (so great as a gift) complete with swaddling instructions, so a great reference for first time mums or if you are like me and have trouble getting it right.  This is definitely a product that I will be adding to my shopping list.

And guess what all Australian Baby card holders receive 15% off every order with Fertile Mind click here to see how to claim your discount: ABC Discount

Not an Australian Baby Card Member, don't worry you can sign up here: Sign up!

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We Review Bespoke Baby's Unique Nappy Clutch!

We Review Bespoke Baby's Unique Nappy Clutch!

 

Over the past couple of weeks I have been lucky enough to test a new nappy clutch. Bespoke Baby's nappy clutch is small enough to clip to the belt loop of your jeans and run out the door with baby in your arms. This clutch lives in my baby bag, containing everything I need to do a change nappies, baby wipes, plastic bags, hand sanitiser, a spare bodysuit and disposable change mats plus I manage to get my wallet and phone in there too. The clutch has two internal pockets and a durable external zipper which keep everything organised and safe from falling out. The soft, vibrate fabric stretches to ensure that you can fit in that little bit extra. As a busy mum running around all day with my older daughter and unlike other clutches in this one I can fit in everything I need for at least 4 changes and often up to 7 changes. This means that I do not have to restock this clutch every time I go back to the car.

 

As you can see from the photos it comes in a funky design which doesn't really look like your traditional change stations. The best thing about it is that it clips to just about anything, including the pram. My partner has also stopped complaining about our big bulky baby bag that is way to feminine for him. At $28.95 it is also one of the most affordable nappy clutches on the market and ABC card members get an extra 10% off. This is a great baby shower gift, I know that I am going to be getting one for any expecting mums in my life.

 

If you want to find out more visit Nappy Clutch!

And guess what all Australian Baby card holders receive 10% off every order with Bespoke Baby click here to see how to claim your discount: ABC Discount

Not an Australian Baby Card Member, don't worry you can sign up here: Sign up!

 

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We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

I don't know about you but I think play centres are one of the best business inventions to come out of this decade. I mean what is not to love, you get to meet up with other parents and have a chat and drink coffee while the kids go off and play in a safe environment < genius!

And although play centres are not a babysitting service, the fact that they have a lot of equipment to entertain children with and little ones can't run out onto the street sure does make a play date a lot easier.

I have taken my children to most of the play centres in Melbourne, we love getting out and exploring what different centres have to offer, so we were thrilled when we were asked to review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora.

There are a five key things I look for in a great play centre and they are:

  • Safety
  • Great Play equipment
  • Cleanliness
  • Friendly Staff
  • Great Coffee

Let's see how Lollipops stacked up!

Safety

We attended Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora on a Sunday, and from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member at the front desk. The lovely lady gave the kids a wrist band each and myself a ticket that corresponded with the numbers on their bands, this is so no one can walk out with your child without you knowing, the bands are checked when leaving as well, so hold onto your ticket. I absolutely love this idea and it definitely puts your mind at ease knowing that not just anyone is allowed to walk in or out of the centre.

Great Play Equipment

We live in a time where our kids get bored easily they have access to so many gadgets and things that they need to be stimulated all the time. Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has so many activities it would be hard for any child to be bored. From the toddlers section to the jumping castle to the main play area with slides there is bound to be something to keep your little ones entertained.

All equipment looked clean and well maintained and there is a separate  section just for toddlers that has plenty of sensory and development tasks along with bouncy balls and slides. Older children are not aloud in this section which makes it safe for little ones under 3.

 

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has two other major attractions in their centre which is the pirate ship that gives children rides almost hourly and also the rock climbing wall. Both these activities I have never seen in a play centre before, my kids loved these and lined up twice for a ride on the pirate ship < it is very safe as well, a staff member is there to supervise and make sure kids are strapped in.

  

Cleanliness

The centre was very clean and bright, I loved that it is well lit with good lighting and has a huge open space with lots of tables and chairs (lots of high chairs too). Staff cleared tables frequently. Toilets were clean and they have a clean baby room as well where you can change little ones.

Friendliness

The staff at Lollipops Playland & Café Bundoora were very friendly, from the greeting when we arrived to the end where they offer your child a lollipop, every staff member I encountered was polite and helpful. The centre is well staffed, I saw at least 7 staff walking the floor on the Sunday, helping children and adults when needed. 

Great Coffee

Ok so this might not be on the top of everyones list but for a busy mum like myself a great coffee can be a god send and the difference between me visiting a centre again ha! Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora definitely passed this one just look at that cappuccino below and ok I might of snuck in a sneaky scone, what can I say it was delicious!

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has a full café that caters for kids right up to adults, they have healthy options to choose from as well.

 

I can definitely say that Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora passed with flying colours for the 5 key things I look for in a play centre, but outside of this they actually have so much more to offer. Like most play centres they offer amazing birthday parties but did you know you can even order the birthday cake through them? I love this idea, no more balancing the cake on your lap on the way to the birthday party. My children have had their birthday parties at play centres for the past 3 yrs and I have always had to take my own cake, this would be so much easier. And just look at some of the cakes below they are gorgeous!

 

Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has 4 party rooms with different themes there is something for everyone, they take care of everything from the invitations to party food. You can view everything that is included in a party here: Lollipop's Playland & Café  Bundoora parties

There are currently 22 Lollipop's Playland & Cafe's across Australia, to find the nearest one to you and for more details click here: Lollipop's Playland & Café locations.

Lollipop's Playland & Café also has 2 very generous offers for all Australian Baby Card holders:

Offer 1: Buy one get one free on all child entries. (Not available during school holidays or public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)

Offer 2: 2 free guests when you pay for 12 children on any birthday party package. (Not available with any other offers)

You can view the offer here: Lollipop's Playland & Café offer.

If you don't have an Australian Baby Card and would like to receive this offer plus hundreds of other discounts you can sign up here: Sign Up.

We highly recommend you visit a Lollipop's Playland & Café next time you are heading to a play centre, we were very impressed with the Bundoora location, that much in fact I have arranged a play date there this week, cant wait to have another one of their coffees! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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