Wednesday, 29 November 2017

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Fun Gifts for kids

Christmas so soon already? It's such a busy time of year isn't it? We have had ballet concerts, school presentations, preschool parties, the list goes on and it's not over. Finding gifts for the little ones can be a bit overwhelming when you feel like they already have everything they need. I am going through this, this year, I feel like they have all they need and I'm attempting to make life more simple. We just have too much stuff and the mess is a constant battle. So before Christmas we will be doing a bit of a clean out and sending the least loved toys and things to charity and make a little room for a couple of new things that the kids would love. Here are 10 things my children love to play with or are on their wish lists this year.

KAPLA is a wooden construction toy 
Kapla is made up of a set of identical planks made from French pine. KAPLA is made out of 100 % untreated wood. KAPLA is an educational tool and is used in many schools all over the world. The game possesses a high educational value. Building with KAPLA enhances a child’s creativity and develops his/her architectural skills as it contains basic elements of both architecture and creative arts and crafts.

Sunhouse kids wetsuit
Rethinking kids wetsuits, Sunhouse have added unique and innovative value to the traditional design, making young families lives easier when it counts. A world first for little people wetsuits, they feature a front double zipper to make changing a quick and effortless experience. Secondly, back arm zips enable hassle-free, long-sleeve protection with ease. Both of these perks combine with the best manufacturing and materials you can find, to bring you the highest quality and the most innovative wetsuit for kids out there. They look awesome too. Miss Mabel loves her Sunhouse wetsuit!

Crayon Rocks Muslin Bag - 16 Colours
These beautiful Crayon Rocks are made from natural soy wax, palm oil free and encourage a tripod grip, which assists in the development of fine motor skills and handwriting technique. Easy to hold and fun to draw and colour with. Contains 16 crayons.

Everearth Ramp Racer
This ramp racer is made out of 100% FSC Certified wood and painted with non-toxic water-based paint. This eco-friendly toy gives hours of unplugged fun and helps to build concentration and hand-eye coordination. Includes 4 cars. Ages 18+ months.

No Nasties Pretty Play Makeup - Nala 10 piece Lavender/Pink
Palm oil free and An all-natural play makeup set perfect for those little ones who love to dress up and try Mum's makeup on. No Nasties Pretty Play Makeup is handmade in Australia. Includes 3 eye shadows (Lavender, Pink, White), 1 dusty rose  blush, 1 shimmer balm, 1 pinky rose lip balm, 1 applicator sponge, 2 double-sided brushes and 1 play mirror.

Comes with BPA-Free, Leak-proof Lid.
Double walled and vacuum insulated these child-friendly food jars are versatile and leak proof. Great for lunch box salads, fruit, soups, pasta or noodles they keep contents hot for up to 5 hours or fresh and cold for up to 5 hours. The 350ml jars are perfect for child-size lunches. A larger 480ml Food Jar is more suitable for adult size meals.

You grew up playing with classic wooden toy sets, spending endless hours creating exciting stories and fun scenarios to act out with the toys.
Brio is throwing it back to the golden days with its Classic Railway set, designed for endless hours of family fun.

Small Raised Garden Bed

SmarTrike® new smarTfoldTM
This is exciting as it's extremely versatile designed to grow with the child from 9 months – 3 years.
The new smart solution trikes, from the best-selling baby and toddler brand, is sure to be a big hit for mums/dads and bubs in Australia, as they are fully foldable (down to 85% less than the original size), portable and compact enough to fit into small spaces. This makes it the perfect travel accessory!
The smarTfoldTM comes in a various number of models: including the 400 and 500, which will be available in Australia from September onwards. Each trike from the smarTfoldTM line includes fantastic practical features, such as an overhead canopy, storage bags, accessory tray, and seat padding. The smarTfoldTM makes for an ideal investment item as it allows the trike to grow with the child from babyhood up to toddlerhood.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Choosing the perfect car for a big family

This post is supported by The NRMA

Big families mean big cars. It’s an interesting task, growing your family. It’s all fun and games when you’re creating kids but then the logistics of having to keep them can be a difficult task. I never wanted more than 2 children, after Sunny I was done. But then a couple of years later, this thing came over me and I just knew we needed another baby. It was then that I liked the idea of having 4 children, the family pictures online with any less just didn’t look comfy enough. I toyed with the idea but my husband was never sold, 3 was his number right from the beginning.

Then a year after having that perfect third child Miss Mabel, we were lucky enough to be gifted a surprise… YAY another baby. Hmmmm the idea was nice, the reality has totally freaked me out and put me in an overwhelming state where I now live, everyday. We don’t mind if the kids share rooms or we live on top of each other. We don’t mind cosy but we do need to cart this tribe around safely and this means we need cars that fit Soccer teams.

The Dad of the house currently has a 5 seater car that obviously won’t fit the whole crew and he’s been looking for something bigger for a little while. He’d love a land cruiser or a VW van. The problem with bigger cars is that they cost more money and having more children, you have less money to go around.

I’m a problem solver when it comes to making sure we have what we need and I like to make things work. I also like to make people happy so we’re still in research mode on how we can make this miracle happen.

Here are our 7 non-negotiables when we’re looking for a bigger car:

  1. It must have 7+ seats.
  2. It must have storage space for prams and other junk kids need on a daily basis.
  3. It must be a four wheel drive.
  4. It must be able to tow a boat.
  5. It must have less than 100K kms on the clock.
  6. Good service log book with a completed checklist for servicing, car history and repairs. 
  7. It must look reasonably pretty.

Using the NRMA’s car loan calculator, is the easiest way for us to find out our options, and give us affordable and flexible repayment methods, cool huh?
We have been members of the road side assistance for a while now but never considered NRMA for a car loan before. 

The application process looks great with no monthly fees, pre-approval within 5 business hours and funds available the next day. Eeeeekkkk! You can get a loan for a new or a used car and they offer a 21 day loan satisfaction guarantee. So if it’s not what you’re looking for, you can make other arrangements. It actually all seems just way too easy.
So now we have some more car research to do to make sure we find the perfect car for our ever so big and growing family. 

What are your top tips for buying a bigger car? Share with us in the comments. 
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