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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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I Miss My Husband!

I Miss My Husband!

 

“I miss you.”

I say these words to my husband far too often these days. Sure, the man gets home from work around 6 every day, watches TV with me for an hour or so most evenings, and sleeps beside me every night, but it’s not enough. Since having our son 18 months ago, our marriage has changed – in good ways, but also in challenging ways – and our quality time has suffered.

There is one other time in our marriage when this has been a problem – and it was right at the very beginning. We didn’t live together until after we were married, and within weeks of saying “I do” I realised that we were going days without connecting properly. Now that we were finally living together, we were both working on the assumption that we would just see each other all the time at home – which, in theory, freed us up to make lots of individual plans with friends and commitments to other people. But we quickly learnt that living together is not enough, and despite the fact that we were seeing each other regularly, we were not focusing enough on connecting regularly. It was our first lesson on marriage, and luckily we caught it quickly enough to change our habits before we did any damage.

Now with a little human in the Donovan family fold, we’ve fallen into the trap of taking each other for granted again. Don’t get me wrong – we’re fine, we’re happy, we’re very much in love – but still, we miss each other. That connection we’ve enjoyed so easily for over eight years now is a little harder to catch thanks to six o’ clock dinners, bedtime routines, teething, tantrums and toys all over the floor. When we flop down on the couch at the end of the day, it’s not often to spend quality time together – it’s to recover!

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you miss your husband as much as I miss mine? Here are some simple ways that may help you to reconnect.

Really talk

I can go days of building up things that I want to open up about with my husband, but never feel like there’s time to do it. I blame Netflix. Open conversation is so important in marriage though, and shouldn’t be reserved as something that happens once every few days. Go beyond the usual “How was your day?” small talk and delve deeper. Some couples have a set list of probing questions that they ask each other at the end of every day. I find it really beneficial to sit outside in our backyard when I want to have a good conversation with my husband in the evening. Something about the night sky, the lack of distraction and the openness of the space tends to foster our best chats.

Make eye contact

We can let a whole conversation slide by without ever looking someone in the eye these days – whether we’re loading the dishwasher, scrolling through Facebook, getting dressed or wrangling a toddler. Purposefully locking eyes while conversing instantly ups the connection and makes both people feel listened to and valued.

Laugh together

There is something wonderfully bonding about enjoying a laugh with someone – it aligns you for a moment and makes you feel like they just get it. Getting out of the house to enjoy a comedy show might not be the easiest when you’re deep in the throes of parenting, but watching a funny movie at home together (or heck, even dog videos on YouTube) should be equally satisfying.

Snuggle

A lack of physical connection is one of the quickest ways to grow apart from a spouse, so make sure to spend intentional time just holding (and being held by!) each other.

See a counsellor

Though I have not personally gone down the road of marriage counselling before, I have heard many people shouting the praises of a marriage ‘fine-tune’ once in a while, and it makes sense. Sometimes we need help to unpack all of our feelings before we can build our way back to a proper connection. Seeing a marriage counsellor is never a sign of failure – it’s a sign that you care about your marriage, and you want to put measures in place to protect it.

 

Our roles as parents are super important – but so are our roles as husband and wife! At the end of the day, our kids will grow up and leave home… but our spouses are in it for the long haul. Taking constant care of your relationship will help strengthen it and build a connection that will last for years to come.

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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 Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

How Swaddling Boosts Your Kids’ Development!

 

As a mum of three enchanting little girls (she said objectively and with a sigh of love), I’ve had my share of failures and successes with upbringing my kids. Not only does the process have a learning curve, but every baby has a unique tempo, personality and needs, so while there is much to learn with the first one, I had to reshape my mum-self to be better suited for my second and once again, for my third daughter.

 

Some things, however, such as swaddling and babywearing helped me stay sane and grow a deep, loving relationship with each of them. That doesn’t mean that all kids and parents enjoy these methods equally, so it’s important to always bear in mind your baby’s health and habits. Let me share with you how swaddling helped me be a better parent and my girls become as lively and happy as they are today!

 

Swaddling Calms Fussy Babies

 

All of my daughters have always had a temperament and they’ve never been afraid to express it! From day one with my oldest daughter, the wiggling and crying were almost endless, which of course lead to numerous sleepless nights. As soon as I started wrapping her up into a tiny burrito, she fell asleep more easily, reacted better to sleeping on her back, didn’t wake up so often and actually cooed more than cried.

 

While some medical experts wouldn’t recommend swaddling, others have recognized its effects on boosting your baby’s ability to sleep better and wake up well-rested and happy.

 

It Has Many Health Perks

 

The comfortable tightness of your swaddle encourages your baby to breathe slowly and mostly use belly breathing, which has endless benefits, from having a soothing effect, to increasing the amount of oxygen your baby gets. This, in turn helps regulate digestion and reduces potential inflammations and rashes. Once I learned all of this, I slept much more peacefully knowing that my baby is safe and sound.

 

It’s good to know that when your baby starts breathing only through the nose and starts trying to sleep on the tummy, it’s a good indicator that you can stop using swaddling and your baby will sleep, well, like a baby!

 

Warmth Boosts the Feeling of Safety

 

Just like when you keep your baby close, on your chest or in your arms, the feeling of warmth when you put them in swaddles naturally soothes your child. I imagine it would be like sleeping in a constant, cosy hug, embraced by that familiar fragrance of safety and cleanliness.

 

The comfortable, safe position of your baby’s hips, back and neck actually allows your baby to relax even when awake. The cotton is designed in such a way to provide a toasty protective layer in winter, and a light, breathable layer during summer, so your baby will be stress-free all the time.

 

How to Pick the Perfect Swaddles

 

If you are a newbie parent or you have many curious minds to confront like I do, door-to-door store shopping is out of the question. And again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get your kids swaddles to match their emerging personalities and find something that just looks like your little bundle of joy. Nowadays you can easily buy swaddles online, check out recommendations of mums who have already tried the brand and use the benefit of home delivery.

 

Look for swaddles that are made of 100% cotton, to ensure proper breathability and hip support, so that your baby can sleep in a natural position. Also, check if it’s a one-size-fits-all, or if you should first weigh your wee one. Remember, a quality swaddle will also serve as a feeding cloth, a light blanket, and a safe toy! You’ll have your gorgeously designed and perfectly safe swaddle ready for your baby in no time.

 

All in all, I now have my two girls already in school and the youngest one in kindergarten, all three curious and clever, emotionally very warm but independent, and they surprise me daily with their bright ideas and incredible imagination. I’m having a hard time believing that they have grown up so fast and that burritos can produce such extraordinary originality and character!

 

I owe at least some of their present confidence and healthy self-love to bringing them up with swaddles and all kinds of baby slings that let us bond and become close. It seems that letting them enjoy their burrito-selves was beneficial in many ways, for me as much as it was for them. Now, our relationship grows deeper and stronger every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for having three happy little girls that will surely grow up to be amazing people. The bottom line is, motherhood truly rocks!

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20050502/swaddling-helps-babies-sleep

 

http://www.normalbreathing.com/why-when-to-stop-swaddling.php

http://www.lilfrasercollection.com.au/collections/swaddle-baby-wrap

 

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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 a bonus Red Nose Aussie Animal plush toy with every AUSTRALIAN BABY CARD purchased from Shop Red Nose this January!

Get a bonus Red Nose Aussie Animal plush toy with every AUSTRALIAN BABY CARD purchased from Shop Red Nose this January!

How cute are these Aussie Animal Plush toys? You can receive one for FREE for the month of January when you purchase an ABC Card through the Shop Red Nose site!

Pop on over and grab your ABC Card today, not only will you save money for your family throughout the year but you will also help save little lives, as every dollar spent at Shop Red Nose goes back to helping little ones.

ABC Baby Discount Card – save money and little lives!

http://www.shoprednose.com.au/australian-baby-card.html

 

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Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs!

Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs!

Give your child a head start in school with ABC Reading Eggs, the multi-award winning online reading program for kids aged 3–13!

ABC Reading Eggs is designed by literacy experts and uses scientific research to make learning to read easy and fun! For a limited time only, claim an exclusive 4 week FREE trial at www.readingeggs.com.au/abcbabycard.
Don’t forget to SHARE this post with your friends and family!

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*Offer only available to new customers in Australia and New Zealand. Ends 28 February 2017.

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Support A Great Cause This Christmas And Shop With Red Nose!

Support A Great Cause This Christmas And Shop With Red Nose!

ABC Baby Card proudly supports Australian charity Red Nose by donating from card sales. Red Nose raises funds for research, advocacy and education to create a future where no baby or child dies suddenly and unexpectedly. Support this great cause by shopping with Red Nose. ABC Card holders get 15% off most items in Shop Red Nose, just use the code: rednoseABC

There are some great products to choose from, check out this silver photo-frame money box: http://www.shoprednose.com.au/silver-money-box-christmas-gift-with-bonus-ballerina-movie-activity-booklet.html was $29.95 now $12.72 (with rednoseABC code).

Also the new animated movie BALLERINA opens in Australian Cinemas January 12. Use rednoseABC at the checkout to get a free Ballerina Movie activity book and a 2-1 movie ticket voucher with your money-box purchase. Every dollar helps save little lives.

 

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Australia Get Ready For Giggle And Hoot’s Magical Christmas!

Australia Get Ready For Giggle And Hoot’s Magical Christmas!

 It’s Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. 

Trees are being decorated, presents are being wrapped and all that is left to be done is Twinklify the very dark night sky…… but what happens when all the stars suddenly disappear?

Will Jimmy Giggle and Hoot be able to brighten the sky again and help save Christmas? Will they need help from some special Owl Pal friends?

Find out in this live musical spectacular, Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas, this December.

Starring Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and of course……Hootoclaws and his singing and dancing Elves, Giggle & Hoot’s Magical Christmas promises to be the most…..well magical show of the season.

Giggle and Hoot, the much loved ABC4Kids preschool program, focuses on preschooler’s lives and routines through songs, stories, friendship, laughter and imagination.

The live show, incorporating these themes, will be one of the most anticipated and hottest tickets for families this year.

So Owl Pals, get your giggle-tastic selves ready because Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas is coming this December.

For full Concert and Event information go to http://lvna.co/GiggleandHootAU

Tour Dates

DECEMEBER

SAT 10                       QPAC, Brisbane

SUN 11                      Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

TUE 13                       Glasshouse, Port Macquarie

THU 15                      Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

FRI 16                        Q Theatre, Penrith

SAT 17                       Seymour Centre, Sydney

MON 19                    Frankston Arts Centre

TUE 20 & WED 21  Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

And Guess what ABC has 5 family passes up for grabs, 1 winner from each state will be lucky enough to go along and see this awesome show! 

Enter here and good luck!

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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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PRESS

***** 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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CleverPatch - free freight offer - don't miss out!!!

CleverPatch - free freight offer - don't miss out!!!
Over 4000 craft products to choose from!
 
Simply order over $29.95 (inc GST) and quote the promo code ABCFREE12 to receive standard freight free*! 
 
ONLINE ORDERS ONLY! 
 
*Additional freight charges may apply to certain remote areas depending on size, weight and final destination of your order.   
 
Ends Monday 28th of November 2016
 

 

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10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

We love December, not only is it Christmas but our Cheeky Elf On The Shelf Gary comes to visit. I love seeing the looks on the kids faces every morning after seeing what Gary has gotten up to in the middle of the night < secretly hubby and I love it more!

The internet is full of awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas and these are some of our favourites!

If you don't have an Elf On A Shelf and would like to purchase one you can do so here: http://amzn.to/2g4uimv

Even Elf's can sing, love this set up of the VOICE from Picklehead Soup. voice

This Elf doesn't appear to be as flexible as the rest in twister, from She Knows. twister

This Elf was up to no good even the army got called in, from Jennifer Saintz Photography. captured

Poor Cookie Monster that is just cruel, from Homes in Alaska. cookies

Lego to the rescue, lets stop Elfs mischief, from Picklehead Soup. lego

This Elf is a bit naughty doodling on a family photo, from She Knows naughty

Toilet paper the Christmas tree hope this Elf cleans up the mess, from Efficient Skills. toilet-paper

Nothing like a good game of connect for with La loopsy, from Lil Blue Boo. four

This Elf is all tangled up in the Christmas Lights, from Sweet shoppe designs.

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Rudolf Noses for everyone, from A mommys adventures. noses

Do you have an Elf on the shelf ideas to share with us? We would love to hear from you!  

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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!

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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.

balloon puppies

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!

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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.

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