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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.

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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

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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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Making Mums Life Easier, With Skip Hop Pronto Baby Change Mat!

Making Mums Life Easier, With Skip Hop Pronto Baby Change Mat!

 

Some of you might know that I have a new baby boy, little AJ. Over the last 10 weeks I have been lucky enough to test some new baby products that are designed to make life for mum/dad and bub a little easier. I will be posting these reviews and give-aways in the coming weeks. If you know a new mum or mums with a new baby share this page with them so that they can enter our giveaways.  

The Skip Hop Pronto Change Station is a funky change wallet, which comes in a variety of pattern colours. This has been a great addition to my baby bag and comes in handy for short trips to the shops and the daily school run when I don’t want to be carrying my bulking baby bag along. It is a compact change wallet that carries all the essentials, keys, wallet, phone as well as nappies, creams and wipes (with a translucent wipes case included).  I use the strap with the clip to hang it on my stroller or around my wrist when I have baby in the sling.

 

I have to say my favourite feature is the extra wide removable change mat. It is easy to use, wipes clean and includes a head cushion which keeps baby safe and comfy. The mat zips off so when baby is grown up use wallet section as a toiletry bag.

This really is a great buy at $49.95 and if you want to find out more you can visit www.haggusandstookles.com.au 

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

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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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Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo

Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo

I don't know about you but I have 3 boys and let's just say that toilet training has been messy business. Every time I've walked into the toilet I am met with a mess. We have tried a few things, reward charts, best aim games < haha you name it I'll give it a go if it means a clean toilet, but nothing has worked.

We have tried numerous toilet seats and gadgets with no luck, one toilet seat we tried even scared our 3 year old < go figure!

So you can imagine how excited I was when Familoo contacted us to trial one of their dual toilet seats, yep that's right Familoo is an adult and toddler seat combined in one unit.

Familoo is designed to make toilet training easy and drama free for both you and your toddler.

We were really surprised with how sturdy it was, yet lightweight.

And get this cleaning is a breeze with a one button quick release mechanism, just pop out and wipe over easy. This makes Familoo one of the most hygienic toilet training solutions on the market.

There is nothing worse than when you have to remove the toddler seat off the toilet when you need to go yourself. With Familoo there is no need to remove as the Familoo is held up by a magnetic catch when not in use. That means us mums can use the toilet comfortably without a toddler/training seat getting in the way.

Even dad is happy he can still lift the lid t go to the toilet easily, and put it  back down of course ;)

Would I recommend this product to a toilet training mum? Yes I would, hands down it's the best toilet training product we have tried to date. I also think these would make a great gift for a new mum.

You can find out more here: https://familoo.com.au/   Enter code MYFAMILOO10 to receive a 10% discount 

Now if only someone could invent a product that lets mums go to the toilet in peace ha!

 

 

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney next weekend and it's bigger and better than ever before!
 
Look forward to a smorgasbord of entertainment for your little ones with live performances by Hi-5, a life-size Thomas & Friends train, jumping castle, petting zoo and so much more!
 
But that's not all... you can shop from over 150 local and international brands, test drive a whole range of hot pram brands on our purpose built Pram Trial Track, presented by Jeep and even get top tips from Parenting Experts such as Pinky McKay. 
 
Register before 5pm AEST, 22 September to get your FREE ticket!
 
Tickets on sale now - click here

 

 

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20 Homemade Art Supplies For Kids!

20 Homemade Art Supplies For Kids!

There is no need to buy art supplies when you can just as easily make your own using items you already have at home. Homemade art supplies will save you money, and the bonus is you know exactly what’s in them.

3. Homemade glitter glue from Paging Fun Mums

Who knew it was possible to make your own glitter glue? This recipe makes 6 cups; enough to have a lot of fun with. home mase art supplies

2. Homemade kids paint from Happy Money Saver

It doesn’t get any easier to make your own paint than this recipe. All you need is 3 ingredients to get started. home made paint 2

3. Homemade water colour paints from All Parenting

Store bought water colour paints always say they are non toxic, but you never really know what’s in them. Make your own instead and you will always know exactly what’s on the ingredients list. water paints

4. DIY chalk from Babble Dabble Do

It’s incredibly easy t make your own chalk, it’s basically plaster mixed with water and paint. Easy! chalk 1

5. Natural homemade glue from Sustainable Echo

This glue is really easy to make, works just as good as shop bought glue, and will keep for a while in the fridge. glue

6. Homemade glitter from Growing a jeweled rose

Making your own glitter is so much cheaper than buying it from the store. All you need is some salt and food colouring. glitter

7. Homemade chalk paint from Nurture Store

You only need 2 ingredients to make this chalk paint, and once it dries you can easily brush it away with your fingers or a cloth. chalk paint

8. 3 Ingredient DIY foam paint from Dabbles and Babbles

Mix together some shaving cream glue and food colouring and you have foam paint. foam paint

9. Make your own kinetic sand by Gimme Freebies

Make your own kinetic sand for a fraction of the cost of the store bought version. There is even instructions for coloured kinetic sand. kinetic sand

10. Seriously easy homemade face paint from Popsugar

Rather than buy expensive face paint you can easily make your own. You can create an entire set using different colours, and even add a little shimmer for glitter face paint.

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9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

9 Activities To Develop Kids Scissor Skills!

Learning how to use scissors correctly is such an important skill. The activities below are great ways for kids to practice their scissor skills, and they are so much fun that kids don’t even realise they are learning.

1. Snipping Sammy Scissors from Laly Mom

Use a cardboard roll, such as a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll, and use scissors to turn it into Sammy Scissors. Kids will love giving him a haircut. develop - scissor - skills - 1

2. Flower scissor skills craft from Sugar Aunts

These bright flowers are made by using scissors to snip the edges of cupcake liners. Kids can practice their scissor skills by trying to cut along the lines, and then stopping at the fold of the liner. develop - scissor - skills - 2

3. Slime ribbons scissors activity from Homegrown Friends

To set up this super fun activity, first make some homemade slime, then place a rack over the table. Put the slime on top of the rack, and watch as the slime starts to fall through the holes, creating slime ribbons. Kids can then practice their scissor skills by snipping the slime ribbons as they fall.

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4. Dot and cut scissor skills from Powerful Mothering

This fun activity involves kids first painting dots and drawing lines on blank pieces of paper, which can then be used as a guide for cutting. develop - scissor - skills - 4

5. Watermelon scissor skills and paper plate craft from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Cut a plain paper plate in half, get the kids to colour it green, then they can cut up pink pieces of paper for the inside. This is a great way for kids to practice their cutting skills without any guides.

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6. What is hiding in the grass cutting activity from School Time Snippets

Print out a picture (it can be anything you like) and attach a sheet of green paper cut into vertical strips, glued at the bottom. Children can then cut the grass with a pair of scissors to find what is hiding in the grass. develop - scissor - skills - 6

7. Spring tulip name puzzle from How Wee Learn

To make this name puzzle, just draw a tulip, or any flower you prefer, onto a piece of paper, and divide it into as many sections as you need for your child’s name by drawing a mixture of zig zag and straight lines. Your child can then practice their scissor skills by cutting along the lines. If your child is old enough you could even get them to draw their own flower.

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8. Paper bag jellyfish craft fro No Time For Flash Cards

Turn brown paper bags into these cute jellyfish. Kids can paint the paper bags, then use scissors to cut the tentacles. develop - scissor - skills - 7

9. Improving scissor skills with play dough from Sugar Aunts

This activity is so simple, involving only scissors and play dough, but it’s a huge hit with kids. If your child needs guides to help them know where to cut, roll the play dough into a snake like shape and use the blades of the scissors to press lines into the play dough. Kids can then cut along the lines.

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Check out our kids craft posts here:

Kids Homemade Art Supplies

Ninja Turtle Crafts

Princess crafts

 

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10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

10 Of The Best Free Educational Websites For kids!

Kids learn to use computers from such a young age these days. While we might have use a computer once per week at school, for kids in school now using a computer is an everyday thing. It’s not all bad though, there are some fantastic resources that can be found on the internet, and best of all they are free.

These websites make kids feel as though they are playing, yet they are actually learning at the same time. These are the best free educational websites for kids voted by us.

1. National Geographic Kids

The National Geographic Kids website is packed full with fun online games and activities that help kids explore from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. The best educational websites for kids 1

2. Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis is a great educational website that answers all of the interesting questions about the world. Every day a new Wonder of the Day answer is posted, including answers such as: Why are flamingos pink, what would you pack for a trip to outer space and why do people get headaches from certain scents. The best educational websites for kids 2

3. Scholastic

The Scholastic website contains enough games, stories, printables and videos to keep kids entertained, and learning something new, for ours. The best educational websites for kids 3

4. Funbrain

This free website contains so much fun, there is a good chance kids won’t even realise they are learning. There are math games, reading games and even games for parents and kids to play together. The best educational websites for kids 4

4. Random House Kids

This website includes activities, books, games and videos featuring your children’s favourite Random house characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Disney Frozen and Horton Hears a Who. The best educational websites for kids 5

5. ABCYa

The games on this website are categorized by grade, which makes it easy to find age appropriate activities. The games help kids practice counting, graphing, patterns and more. Kids love this free website. The best educational websites for kids 6

6. Highlights Kids

This fun kids’ website includes games, art activities, stories to read, crafts, recipes, science experiments and more. The best educational websites for kids 7

7. NASA Kids’ Club

This website is perfect for any little astronauts. It’s suitable for kids of all ages, and includes games, videos and printable puzzles and colouring sheets, all of which are space themed. The best educational websites for kids 8

8. Disney Junior

This well laid out website is perfect for younger, Disney character obsessed children, and it’s on of our favourites. It contains games, videos and printable activities, all of which are Disney character themed. This site will keep the kids busy, and learning, for hours at a time. The best educational websites for kids 9

9. Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids allows kids to choose an area off interest, such as dinosaurs, science, animals, earth, space, food or health, and explore it with educational games, videos and activities. There are also articles that answer some of life big questions in easy to follow formats.

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10. Knowledge Adventure

This website has a huge number of games, which can be chosen by grade, age or subject. The games will help kids grow their skills in math, science, reading and spelling. The best educational websites for kids 11

Do you know any other great educational sites? We would love you to share in comments!

 

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5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

5 KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS YOU CAN DO AT HOME!

Science doesn’t have to be boring. Make learning fun with these 11 science experiments you can do at home with the kids. Some of these experiments are so interesting that even adults enjoy getting involved.

Rainbow jar kids’ science experiment from Play Dough to Plato Pouring different types of liquids into a jar teaches kids that certain liquids are heavier than others. The finished product looks pretty too! 1 Magic milk science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn This magic milk is a great introduction to chemical reactions. Start with a layer of milk on a plate and add some drops of food colouring. Then add a drop of dishwashing liquid and watch the colours spread and mix. 2 Make sugar crystals from Learning 4 Kids Chances are you did this experiment as a kid. A little patience is needed with this experiment, but kids love watching the sugar crystals grow up the stick each day. 3 Magnetic force science experiment from Laughing Kids Learn Kids will have so much fun watching these colourful cut up pipe cleaners stick to the magnet through the plastic container. You could also fill the container with other small metal items, and try using different magnets. 4 Lemon volcano from Babble Dabble Do Kids can make their very own volcano using a lemon and some baking soda. As the baking soda touches the lemon it causes a fizzy reaction, you can even add a few drops of food colouring for a colourful volcano. 5

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7 Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

7  Creative Uses For Bubble Wrap

Next time you receive a parcel in the mail, don’t throw away that bubble wrap. Not only is it fun to pop, and a little therapeutic, but there are also some fantastic ways kids can get creative with it. Even if you don’t have any bubble wrap laying around, it would be worth buying some just so the kids can get busy with the below arts, crafts and activities.

Bubble wrap stomp painting from Mess for Less Kids will have so much fun with this art activity. Grab a giant sheet of paper and sticky tape the bubble wrap to your child’s feet to make a bubble wrap boot. Then dip a paint brush in some paint, apply it to the bottom of the bubble wrap boots and start stomping. 1 Bubble wrap sheep from Crafty Morning This is such a cute idea to actually incorporate the bubble wrap into the art, rather than just using it as a painting tool. Cut out a piece of bubble wrap to look like the sheep’s body, then paint it white and the sheep’s head, legs and finish off with some googly eyes. 2 Cherry blossom tree bubble wrap print from Glued to my Crafts Blog Cherry blossoms would have to be one of the prettiest trees around. Kids can create their very own cherry blossoms by using this free printable, some pink paint and bubble wrap. 3 Bubble wrap rainy cloud from Red Ted Art These bubble wrap rain clouds would look lovely hung in a child’s bedroom. The cloud is printed using bubble wrap, and the rain drops are made from bubble wrap that has been painted blue. 4 Bubble wrap stamps from My Mommy Style These bubble wrap stamps are so easy; even young kids can make them. All you need is an empty toilet roll, s small piece of bubble wrap and a rubber band or hair tie. Then just dip into pain and stamp onto paper. 5 Bubble wrap roller printing from Art Bar Blog Wrap rolling pins in bubble wrap, fill some paint tray with paint and kids can get painting. This will keep kids busy for hours. 6 Bubble wrap corn sun catchers from Sow Sprout Play Kids will love to proudly display these bubble wrap corn sun catchers on a light filled window. Kids can paint the bubble wrap to look like the inside of corn, then attach it to contact along with the green cardboard husk. You could also let the kids get creative and make sun catchers using different colours and cut into different shapes. 7  

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6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

Kids seem to have a bit of an obsession with You Tube, but you don’t want them watching any old videos that pop up. There are some great educational You Tube channels offering videos that kids love and also happen to be educational at the same time. We have listed 11 educational You Tube videos that will keep your kids engaged while at the same time teach them a thing or two.

Minute Physics This You Tube channel answers many interesting questions in quick 2-3 minute videos, including; Why December has the longest days, Is it better to walk or run in the rain and Why isn’t it faster to fly west. 1 Brainzy Games by Education.com This channel has fun alphabet songs, shape songs and sight word songs. There are even videos sorted by grade, including preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It’s the perfect channel to help kids aged 3 – 7 years practice their math and reading skills. 2 Kids TV 123 This channel has some very popular songs that kids just love, like the Animal Sounds Song and the Phonics Songs. These educational videos suit children, toddlers and babies. 3 Full Time Kid Mya is a young girl who shares educational tricks, cute crafts and songs. Kids love watching videos created by other kids so it’s sure to be a hit. Even parents will enjoy watching these videos. 4 Adventures in Learning These simple yet fun videos will help grow your children’s math, literacy and social emotional skills. 5 The Spangler Effect This channel is great for slightly older kids. The videos are made by a science teacher who finds creative ways to make learning fun. 6

Do you have any educational You Tube channels to share?

 

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How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

Reward charts are one of the best ways to encourage good behavior, discourage behavior you don’t want, and rewarding your child for practicing new skills. If you don’t know how to get started, read on.

Decide why you are using the reward chart Before you start using the reward chart, you need to be clear on why you are using the chart, so that you can talk to your child about the change you want to see. Be specific, rather than say your child needs to tidy their bedroom, tell them they need to pick up toys and put them away. Choose a chart Once you have decided why you are using the chart, it’s time to choose a chart. The type you choose might depend on it’s purpose, but to help you out we have listed 5 free reward charts at the end of this page. Decide on the rewards A reward chart wouldn’t be a reward chart without some type of rewards. Young kids love stickers like a star or smiley face, whereas older kids would prefer something more tangible. Create some short term rewards It can be hard to keep kids motivated for too long, so it’s a good idea to create some short term rewards that help kids keep their mind on the end goal. Rather than a sticker it might be something like a new book or day out doing something they enjoy. Reward good behavior immediately Giving the reward, such as a sticker, as soon as your child models the right behavior will reinforce that they are doing the right thing. Don’t punish your child if they don’t get a reward If your child doesn’t earn a reward, don’t punish them or threaten to take a reward already given off them. Instead, encourage your child to try again next time.

After sorting out a reward system, you might be wondering if it will work? Reward charts are great for helping reinforce expected behavior. They can help turn a task or experience into something with a positive focus, and that’s going to make the experience better for everybody. Working toward goals and receiving a goal at the end is a part of life, much like going to work and receiving an income at the end of the week, and reward charts work in much the same way.

Now that you are ready to try using a reward chart, it’s time to choose one. We have done the research for you and listed the 5 best free reward chart printables below. Free kids chore chart system from Simply Designing http://www.simplydesigning.net/free-kids-chore-chart-printable/ This printable is perfect for rewarding chores, with space to add in chores to suit your child’s abilities.   Superhero reward chart from The Chirping Moms http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2015/03/free-printable-superhero-reward-chart.html#_a5y_p=3549132 These reward charts are the perfect multi use reward chart, no matter what behavior you are rewarding. There are two designs to choose from.   Free printable chore charts from Passion for Savings http://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/ These rewards charts are perfect for any age group. There is a chore ideas printable grouped by age, a daily responsibilities printable and daily chores printable.   Toddler chore chart from Dandee-Designs http://www.dandee-designs.com/2011/08/modern-toddler-chore-chart.html This chore chart is perfect for toddlers who can’t yet read. It features little pictures of simple chores that young kids can do with minimal assistance.   Weekday printable chore chart from The Vintage Mother http://thevintagemother.com/free-printable-chore-chart/ This free printable chore chart works well for those tasks that only need to be completed on weekdays, such as making lunch for school and homework after school.  

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7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

Learning how to recoginise and control feeling and emotions is such an important part of growing up. These 7 activities will help you teach your kids about feelings in a simple and fun way.

Emotion eggs from Laughing Kids Learn http://laughingkidslearn.com/tool-for-teaching-emotions-in-kids These eggs are a fantastic tool for teaching kid’s emotions, you can use them in so many different ways. You can use them to role play different feelings or to copy the faces drawn on each egg. It’s also great fun to copy the faces in front of a mirror, so kids can see how their faces look when they copy the expression of each egg. 1 Emotions scavenger hunt from Mosswood Connections http://mosswoodconnections.com/activities/new-socialemotional-page/emotions-scavenger-hunt-social-skills-activity/ This game is a great way to build awareness of emotions by people watching. Download the worksheet and find somewhere to sit and people watch, then children can identify people that match the emotions on the worksheet and mark them off. 2 Emotional animals kids game from Craftionary http://www.craftionary.net/guest-post-emotional-animals-kids-game/ All you need for this game is two square wooden blocks and a permanent texta. Next, choose some emotions and write those emotions on each side of one of your dice. Next, choose 6 animals that are easy for your child to mimic and write those on the other dice. To play the game, roll both dice and act it out. 3 DIY kids emotion matching game from B-Inspired Mama http://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-emotion-matching-game-with-free/ This game is so much fun, and is made personal by using pictures of your children. To put the game together, grab a camera and take pictures of your kids acting out each emotions, them print and laminate those pictures along with the emotion words from the free printable. Attach Velcro dots to each picture and emotion word, and children can match the words to the picture of themselves acting out that emotion. 4 Empathy Beads from Sugar Aunts http://www.sugaraunts.com/2015/05/quick-as-cricket-activity-teach-empathy.html These empathy bead bracelets are inspired by the book ‘Quick as a Cricket’. Pull out some pile cleaners and a range of different coloured bracelets. Ask your children to give each typs or colour of bead an emotion, and then create a bracelet made up of the different ‘emotion’ beads. 5 Printable Inside Out emotions board game from Strawberry Mommy Cakes http://strawberrymommycakes.com/2015/06/12/printable-inside-out-emotions-board-game/ If your kids loved the movie Inside Out the are going to have fun playing this board game. First of all, print out the game and cut out the pieces. To play the game, move the pieces as the cards tell you to. When you land on a ‘memory’ spot you have to tell of a time you felt that particular emotion. 6 Exploring emotions with slime from Little Bins for Little Hands http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/inside-out-exploring-emotions-activity-with-sensory-play/ Start off by making some homemade slime, and dividing it into 5 balls of slime. Next, add a colour to each to represent one of 5 emotions; joy, anger, sadness, disgust and fear. You can then talk to your child about certain situations, and as them to decide how that situation makes them feel, and express it by choosing the appropriate slime colours. 7

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2016 Most Popular Baby names

2016 Most Popular Baby names

 

100,000 parents submitted their babies names for 2016 to www.babycenter.com and these 100 below proved to be the most popular. Is your child on the list?

Top 50 baby boy names

Liam 

Noah

Ethan

Mason

Lucas

Oliver

Aiden

Logan

James

Elijah

Benjamin

Jacob

Jackson

Jack

Michael

Alexander

Luke

Carter

William

Henry

Gabriel

Daniel

Owen

Matthew

Wyatt

Ryan

Sebastian

Caleb

Grayson

Isaac

Nathan

Dylan

Andrew

Eli

Jayden

Samuel

Levi

Jaxon

David

Joshua

Connor

Joseph

Lincoln

Max

Cameron

Hunter

Julian

Leo

John

Landon

 

And let's not forget the girls, below is the most popular girls names for 2016. 

Top 50 baby girl names

Emma

Olivia

Ava

Sophia

Isabella

Mia

Charlotte

Harper

Amelia

Abigail

Emily

Madison

Avery

Ella

Lily

Sofia

Aria

Chloe

Evelyn

Scarlett

Riley

Ellie

Aubrey

Hannah

Addison

Layla

Elizabeth

Zoey

Victoria

Grace

Mila

Zoe

Brooklyn

Natalie

Lucy

Audrey

Nora

Claire

Penelope

Skylar

Stella

Lillian

Violet

Eva

Alice

Aurora

Maya

Savannah

Leah

Caroline

Source www.babycenter.com

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Tips To Dating After A Baby

Tips To Dating After A Baby

For those who have had a baby know what it’s like to try and even leave the house fully clothed let alone get out for a date night with your significant other. Some days it’s just not going to happen.

Hubby and I made the decision at Christmas last year that we wouldn’t buy each other presents and instead make more of an effort in spending time with one another. Since we had the little ones life seems to revolve around them, which is fine, however we never seemed to have time out just the two of us.

Not to mention the fact that Hubby can’t even kiss or cuddle me without being pushed away and told to basically “leave Mummy alone!” Poor Hubby! 

So we spoke to our amazing family friend and booked her for ‘date nights’ every 4-6 weeks. When booking with her we will lock in dates for the next 4 months, that way they’re in and we look forward to them. Let me tell you the first one was weird! We saw a truck on our way to dinner and said “Look it’s a truck” and cracked up as our little ones weren't in the car. How life changes when you have kids. 

Our first date night was pretty funny. We booked dinner at a local Yum Cha place and aimed to be at the movies by 8.30pm. Hubby and I were sending texts to each other all day psyching each other up, it was like back in our dating days. We felt like 20 something year olds.

We thought we’d have enough time to get to the movies and purchase our tickets at the booking office and more importantly that we’d have plenty of time to grab like a large popcorn and coke that I’d been craving it all day. What we did! For Plan B? We didn’t have one. So, we thought let’s go bowling, we had a blast.

It didn’t end there. After we’d finished bowling and thought, let’s stop for a coffee and cake on the way home. We went to our usual haunt, mind you this is going back almost 2 years and it’s only 10pm and they’re all closing for the night, seriously? Just our luck, first night out on our own and this happens. We haven’t been out of the game that long peeps.

Plan C? Stop off at Coles for a cake and coffee at home.  We had a good laugh and it turned out to be a great night. 

Remember these tips: 

Book date nights in a few months in advance with the babysitter, friend whoever you trust and can get.  

Compromise on what it is you want to do, take turns in choosing the movie you want to watch or better off surprise your partner with something you know they love doing.

Lock in dates on a calendar so you have something to look forward to.

Decide on what you want guys want to do. Book it (and if you decide on the movies…..pre-book your tickets)

Get excited, text each other; What are you wearing tonight sweet cheeks? Can’t wait to share a large popcorn with you.

And remember, who cares if it doesn’t go to plan, make the most of it and make your own fun.

I must say holding hands was a massive highlight,  given that we’re forbidden by our Children to have any form of affection toward each other in their presence! 

Why not recreate your first date, It’ll be loads of fun and bring back many fun and happy memories that you can reminisce about.

And, don’t forget to hold hands.

Tell us what your first date night was like after baby?

 

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WHY SWIM ALL YEAR ROUND PLUS TEN TOP TIPS FOR HAPPY WINTER SWIMMING

WHY SWIM ALL YEAR ROUND PLUS TEN TOP TIPS FOR HAPPY WINTER SWIMMING

Common questions when talking about the importance of learning to swim is “Why should children swim all year round? Surely it is only important to swim in the warm summer months? Won’t my child get sick?” These assumptions are completely incorrect.

Learning to swim is a long term, ongoing process, and consistency is the key to the development and maintenance of swimming skills. Attending swimming lessons makes up an important part of a child’s weekly routine throughout their infant, preschool and early school years, and should not just be limited to the summer months, as the skills and behaviours taught in lessons need to be practised all year round to allow children to develop at their own pace. Unfortunately the risks posed by drowning do not go away in winter, so neither should the lessons.
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