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Netflix Originals: What’s the deal?

Netflix Originals: What’s the deal?

If you’ve got Netflix, you’ve probably seen more and more Netflix Originals popping up in your menus. However do you know what these ‘originals’ are all about? Their originals are just that…original series that are basically only available on Netflix. These range from shows created and driven by Netflix, like “House of Cards,” and  “Daredevil.”  There are also series that have been reinvented and given a second lease of live, ones Netflix picked up from cable TV and made additional seasons of, like “Trailer Park…

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Living Like Lulu: Doll Accessories GIVEAWAY

Living Like Lulu: Doll Accessories GIVEAWAY

Dolls, dolls, dolls. Growing up I was obsessed with them. There is something about dressing up dolls, doing their hair, changing their outfits. For some reason, a love of dolls has never left me…it must be something about being in the Barbie fan club when I was young! Ella too has inherited my love of all things dolls, and recently, the rise of the 18 inch doll into the Australian market has seen an explosion doll amazing new outfits and…

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GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

To be a ballerina. Whether you are five, fifteen, thirty-five or eighty five. Those of us who have grown up dancing, twirling, stretching and practicing ballet have long admired those few who have gone on the make their passion their vocation. To be able to set foot into a real ballet studio at the Australian Ballet School has long been something that I could only dream of. Until last week when Ella and myself were invited along to have our…

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Christmas Toy Review #2 & Giveaway!: Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe and Scoop & Learn Icecream Cart

Christmas Toy Review #2 & Giveaway!: Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe and Scoop & Learn Icecream Cart

This Christmas, I’m thinking laterally and looking for toys that give me bang for my buck. Two for one. Killing two birds with one stone you could say (even though that sounds terrible!). No, all jokes aside, I’m actually looking for toys that both of my kids can play with. Together. Toys that develop oral language, role play, imagination and working together. I’ve found that Ella and Huddy are now at an age where they actually can, for a small…

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Introducing Disney Originals 2 Sleepwear – Exclusively at Big W

Introducing Disney Originals 2 Sleepwear – Exclusively at Big W

We all know that the sheer range of divine clothing for little girls is abundant and amazing. It should be no surprise then, that the one and only Disney have not only brought out an amazing range of sleepwear for girls, but also have designed matching / complimentary PJ’s for Mums. Featuring the classic Disney characters such as Bambi, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, in subtle pastel tones, Ella and I were lucky enough to recently try out some of…

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GIVEAWAY: Peppa Pig Nappy Pants available @ Big W

GIVEAWAY: Peppa Pig Nappy Pants available @ Big W

Just when we thought we couldn’t love (or live) with the great Peppa Pig any more, they have gone and released their very own Napppies. Recently announcing a brand-new range of Peppa Pig Junior, Toddler and Walker sized Wonder Nappy Pants, along with Peppa Pig Wonder Baby Wipes  – they are available exclusively at Big W stores, nationally. We are currently trying (very unsuccessfully to toilet train Hudson) and given the fact that he adores Peppa, I think that this…

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Christmas Toy Review #1: VTech Toys

Christmas Toy Review #1: VTech Toys

In the cray cray lead up to Christmas, I’ve decided to hire my own children and put them to work, reviewing some amazing toys to help you all know what the heck to buy (aka ask Santa for) this December. There is sooooo much variety out there, it’s hard to know where to start. This week’s first review is about two toys from VTech. Have you heard of VTech? They are world leader in developmental, stage-based, electronic learning products for…

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Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

This last weekend we travelled down to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Not quite two hours from Melbourne, it was the perfect spot to getaway on a Friday afternoon for one of the first real weekends in spring. Those who have a life long love of this beautiful part of Victoria will know, that it’s beauty stems from the sum of it’s parts. You see, you get not one, but many gorgeous towns, all a stones throw from each other. Based…

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A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Spring has well and truly sprung in Selvin! Yesterday, we had one of those glorious spring days as we headed to the Dandenong Ranges to check out the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is in its 64th year making it one of Australia’s longest running festivals. A proud family tradition, the Tesselaar family has been opening their farm to the public since 1954. I’ve seen pictures and heard about the festival over the years, but this was our first…

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Peppa Pig Giveaway

Peppa Pig Giveaway

After her cinema debut earlier this year, the world’s most famous and loved pig, Peppa Pig is back! PEPPA PIG: MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE: PEPPA’S AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAY will be available to own on digital and DVD from September 20. What’s even more exciting is the fact that we are giving away 5 Peppa Pig Prize packs to five lucky followers! THE PRIZE: Five winners will win 1 x Peppa Pig Australian Holiday DVD, Peppa Ears & a Peppa Bag Tag. TO ENTER: Simply head to our Facebook…

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Book Review: ‘The Birthday Thief’ by Wonderbly

Book Review: ‘The Birthday Thief’ by Wonderbly

You’ve surely heard of the ever popular ‘Lost my name’ series of books, where your child can star in their very own story, in search of their long lost name. In recent times, this clever company have also released ‘The Kindgom of You’ and most recently, have rebranded to become ‘Wonderbly’. Their latest offering is ‘The Birthday Thief’, a personalised story that changes based on the birth date of the child it belongs to. When their birthday is stolen, our…

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Silvers Circus Ticket Giveaway

Silvers Circus Ticket Giveaway

ROLL UP ROLL UP SILVERS CIRCUS IS HEADING TO MARIBYRNONG! with all your favourite acts and more!!…….. Established in 1976, Silvers Circus provides world class family entertainment and fun. Silvers Circus is a household name in Australia and after almost forty years on the road has evolved into one of the Top 10 Circuses of the World. Silvers maintains all the sparkle, glamour and death defying acts expected of Australia’s premier circus, dedicated to constant innovation and modernisation with extraordinary artists…

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My favourite bingeworthy shows on Netflix

My favourite bingeworthy shows on Netflix

If you are anything like me, then you rarely get the chance to have the entire house to yourself. When you do, there always seems to be this stupid Mum guilt where we put the laundry as a priority over relishing in the peace and quiet, and watching something on the telly. I literally cannot remember the last time that I had the chance to just sit down and watch my favourite shows. So much so, that I don’t even…

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Hood Mamma Edit Coolness

Hood Mamma Edit Coolness

You may or may not have recently seen the amazing collaboration shoot that we did with Motherhood Melbourne recently. An amazing idea that celebrate all things Melbourne : bloggers, businesses and services. Holly from Motherhood Melbourne brought together the most amazing team to help shoot and showcase gorgeous clothing and accessories for Mums and their babes. It was such an honour to be part of this team, to help shine some love onto some up and coming businesses. Having my…

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The Do’s and Dont’s of being a school parent

The Do’s and Dont’s of being a school parent

In the coming weeks, children and their parents everywhere across Australia will be visiting their new schools in preparation for Prep Transition. Whether you live in a state that knows the first year of school as Prep, Kinder, Foundation or Year 1, we will all be in the same boat. Chances are, your child is feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness about heading off to Big School. For some parents, this won’t be a new experience, having had other…

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Pop Up Globe Theatre Ticket Giveaway

Pop Up Globe Theatre Ticket Giveaway

Have you heard? A full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, will soon pop-up right next door to the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.  The world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first Globe theatre burned to the ground, is coming to Melbourne. From 21 September – 12 November 2017, Pop-up Globe will become the home…

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Hawaii with Kids Part 2: Aulani Disney Resort

Hawaii with Kids Part 2: Aulani Disney Resort

I was so thrilled to receive such positive feedback last week following my epic post about travelling to Hawaii with kids. I really hope it helps you to have a great trip! As you know, our trip included three stops: Waikiki, Maui and finally, the Aulani Disney Resort. The later simply needs it’s own post. It’s an epic place. It’s huge. It is, well, Disney. Disney, not in it’s stereotypical form. You see, this place is one of those once…

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How to have an amazing holiday in Hawaii, with kids.

How to have an amazing holiday in Hawaii, with kids.

Last week we left the sunny beaches of Hawaii and after what felt like an eternity, landed in cold old Melbourne. It was an amazing, long overdue holiday, fifteen days of fun in the sun. Time for us to just ‘be’ with each other. No work, no kinder, no daycare, swimming lessons, parties, play dates. It was my first time to Hawaii, and my husbands second. Albeit a very different one from the time he holidayed with his family when…

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Pocket Money: Give, spend, save.

Pocket Money: Give, spend, save.

Pocket money. Recently, Ella has started asking us if she can have pocket money. It’s something that some kids grow up with, and others don’t. It’s one of those things that some parents feel very strongly against, whilst others see it as a healthy way to teach children about hard work and the value of a dollar. Like all things parenting, there seem to be an endless array of rules, dos and don’ts when it comes to pocket money. As a…

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One year on

One year on

Today is a day that a year ago, I couldn’t imagine coming. A year ago today, we lost our darling Dad. Suddenly. The pendulum swung, in a moment. In those few weeks following Dad’s passing I searched for answers. For someone to give me a reason why it was ‘his time’. I learned so much in that time, but most of all, I learned that searching for answers that don’t come is hard. It’s really hard. So I stopped after…

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Choose your own adventure! Netflix Interactive Stories (and a little giveaway to boot)

Choose your own adventure! Netflix Interactive Stories (and a little giveaway to boot)

Just when you thought Netflix couldn’t be more awesome: they launch their new Interactive Stories. If you’ve ever been at school, you would be familiar with the concept of ‘choose your own adventure’. The concept is a simple one. Everyone starts the story in the same place, but at specific points along the way, the reader needs to make a decision. It may be about a character, a setting or a plot. Making small decisions transforms the story, and takes…

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Hypoxi: The Verdict

Hypoxi: The Verdict

If you’ve been following along lately, you will know that I’ve been trialling Hypoxi. No, this isn’t another ‘eye roll’ sponsored post that seemingly promotes a brand without really seeing what it is like. I need to start by sharing with you that this is NOT a sponsored post. I AM NOT being paid to write this review. I DID receive 12 sessions free to trial and share my own, honest experience with my readers. I WAS a total skeptic…

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Skate like Wonder Woman: DC Super Hero Girls Skateboard

Skate like Wonder Woman: DC Super Hero Girls Skateboard

As a child, I loved riding skateboards. It’s one of those things that knows no boundaries. Whether you are a girl or a boy, old or young, tall or short. Everyone can (eventually) learn to ride a skateboard and have fun. Overcoming your fears, persisting at a challenge, loving the reward of learning a new skill. We especially love seeing our children’s eyes light up when they work things out for themselves. In the 80s, skateboards were everywhere. Everyone who…

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KProduct Review: Custom by Bobux

KProduct Review: Custom by Bobux

Aw my gawd. These were the words that spilled our of my daughter’s mouth when she saw the new shoes before her eyes. Custom by Bobux are literally those shoes that every child has dreamed of. Shoes that they can colour in. Shoes that reflect who they are, their personality, their love of colour. Bobux have always been known for creating beautiful shoes that are the best quality. Recommended by Podiatrists, they fit well, move well and last well. They are…

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Local Legend: Lou from Honey and Co Club

Local Legend: Lou from Honey and Co Club

God knows I love stuff that helps Mums stay sane. What I love even more is stuff that keeps kids engaged and occupied, using their little brains to think, play and create. Businesses that can combine the two are, in my eyes, the best businesses on the planet. Happy Kids = Happy Mums. This year I have come to know some fantastic monthly subscription services that send wonderful ideas for kids’ play, straight to your door. No need to head…

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Celebrating Winter in beautiful Ballarat

Celebrating Winter in beautiful Ballarat

This weekend we escaped the city and headed to beautiful Ballarat. Known for none other than being the gold epicentre of Victoria, the region has this year decided to embrace the cold and welcome us all with their huge Winter Festival. I’ve been to Ballarat countless times as a teacher, but this was my first time as a Mum with Ella and Hudson. Given the fact that we are in the thick of packing, moving and renovating, my Hubby stayed home…

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Product Review: Wantu App

Product Review: Wantu App

As you know, I’m always, always on the look out for great products that are pitched at families dealing with young kids. In my house right now, Ella is the Queen of art and craft. She is forever searching for activities to do that are creative and involve her imagination. Even though I am a Primary Teacher, I find it hard to find just the right activities to keep her happy and engaged. Sometimes they involve me, and some times…

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Prepped for Prep: Schools these days

Prepped for Prep: Schools these days

Schools are not the same places they used to be. For many, school has not been a place that they have visited since they left school. That may well be thirty years ago.  Since those times, the world has changed dramatically. Advances in technology, communication, transportation, medicine. Education is no different. Education has, in most schools, changed in a number of ways over the last couple of decades. It can come as a shock to parents who, when sending their…

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Prepped for Prep – Preparing parents for school, again.

Prepped for Prep – Preparing parents for school, again.

Parenting. It is the hardest job in the world. Whilst it can bring us endless amounts of joy and happiness, it can also bring out the crazy side. Sometimes we can lose ourselves in the exhaustion. In the confusion, the frustration and the worry. The endless worry that sometimes brings out the inner alter ego who we ALL try to keep hidden. That side that we know can rear its head at any time, but desperately hope it doesn’t. We never…

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Product Review: Kingdom of You from Lostmy.name

Product Review: Kingdom of You from Lostmy.name

Chances are, that if you are a parent of small children then you read a lot of books. There IS nothing better than spending time with your children, and reading magical books.  In fact, it is recommended that all children read 1000 books before they start school. If you are like me, then you are always on the look out for beautiful, vibrant and engaging picture books that you know your children will adore. There are so many classics that…

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App Review: ABCmouse

App Review: ABCmouse

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from parents and friends is about the apps we use at school to help children in literacy and numeracy. There are literally thousands of apps that promote knowledge of letters, sounds, numbers, counting and the list goes on. The fact is, the more practice that you do to promote foundational knowledge, the better. Now that my own daughter Ella is starting school next year, there has never been a more important…

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Local Legend: Sam from The Empathy Gift Co

Local Legend: Sam from The Empathy Gift Co

Tonight’s post is one that is very close to my heart. For those of you who know me either online and real life, you’d know that this last year has been, by far, the hardest of both my and my family’s life. Last August we lost our beautiful Dad, very suddenly. Only three months earlier we also lost our beloved Nanna. Grief beyond words to describe the void that has been left. It’s been a very hard year. One that we’ve…

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Life’s a stage with Netflix

Life’s a stage with Netflix

I’ve always been an avid lover of the theatre. There is something about heading to a show and just losing yourself for a couple of hours. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Mathilda and have had the soundtrack on high rotation, so much so that my children know the words to many of the songs. Secretly, am loving this. What I find hard about the theatre is the fact that once you leave, you want to relive it straight away. You…

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Superhero Sleepwear with Warner Bros & Best and Less

Superhero Sleepwear with Warner Bros & Best and Less

Winter is coming and we all know that this means time to rug up and battle the cold. Nothing is better than putting on a new, soft pair of pyjamas. Kids love nothing more than dressing up as a Super Hero, so when Warner Bros. Consumer Products Australia and New Zealand (WBCP) and DC Comics decided to combine the two and bring out a new range of sleepwear featuring your favourite Super Heroes, they were on to something! Available through…

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Local Legend: Issy from Seriously Milestones

Local Legend: Issy from Seriously Milestones

Motherhood. Magic, Mayhem, Milestones. Some milestones are well known – first steps, first tooth, first sleep through the night. Then there are the milestones that we all love or hate, that never seem to be ‘celebrated’. Stuff like picking your nose for the first time, throwing your first real tantrum and becoming a threenager. I’ve adored milestone cards for many years as a way to help parents snap and document the incredible moments of joy with their children. However Seriously…

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What’s new on Netflix: Disney Classics

What’s new on Netflix: Disney Classics

With winter fast approaching, our days of playing and spending time outdoors are becoming a distant memory. Parks and pools are replaced with indoor cubbies and movie marathons. Think loads of pillows, thrown onto the floor, popcorn and PJs. There is sometimes nothing better than lazing around on the weekends and introducing your children to some of your childhood movie favourites. Cue Disney. I vividly remember Saturday nights at 6.30pm when Disney would be on TV. Whether it was Cinderella,…

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Local Legend: Tamara from Nit Clips

Local Legend: Tamara from Nit Clips

Nits. Nothing worse. As a child, I had them. Several times. Living in a household of four kids under six years old meant that if one got it, we all got it. So much so that my Mum actually became a ‘nit nurse’ for a period of time, travelling to schools, checking hair and letting parents know if the dreaded lice or nits had called their child’s head home. I vividly remember having my hair doused in KP24 (think strong…

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Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

*Please note that whilst this is a sponsored post, all opinions and findings are my own. If you have a child that suffers from allergies and skin irritations, then you know the heartache that comes with trying to ease your child’s pain and discomfort when it flares up. My Ella, with her Irish red hair and milky white skin, unfortunately suffered her first Eczema break out in her first summer, when sun cream was applied to her arms and neck….

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Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Lego is one of those toys that transcends generations. Whether you are 75, 35 or 5, chances are you’ve played with lego at some stage in your life, and it’s even more probable that you loved it. You loved it so much that you would jump at the chance to put together a few of those famous little bricks, to create your very own masterpiece. Whilst the infamous lego piece may be the arch nemesis of a parent’s foot late a…

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Egg-cellent Easter: cute craft ideas for kids

Egg-cellent Easter: cute craft ideas for kids

With Easter rapidly approaching this weekend, we are also in the midst of school holidays. That can only mean one thing. Bored kids! With the long weekend ahead, a great way to prepare, and keep the kids occupied is with some simple crafts. Not crafts that require you to spend a fortune and run around town searching for the latest and greatest materials. Just some simple, fun activities that use items that you are sure to have around the house. To…

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Local Legend: Polly from Piccolo & Peony

Local Legend: Polly from Piccolo & Peony

Flowers. We all love to give them, and squeal with delight when we receive them. Finding a great florist is a little bit like trying to find a great hair dresser. You want great service, great products and great value. They are often hard to find, but when you do, you stick with them for life! If you haven’t already heard about this next little business that I’m sharing as part of my local legends series, then you had better…

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Fast & Healthy Mid Week Meals

Fast & Healthy Mid Week Meals

 This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers but all thoughts and opinions including meal suggestions are my own. I’ve always been someone who has been super busy. When school heads back each year I’m swamped not only with work demands, but extra-curricular activities for the kids, appointments, washing, cleaning…the list goes on. In recent times my husband and I have really tried to focus on cooking quick and healthy meals for our family. Like everyone I guess, we do our best to…

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And then she was five.

And then she was five.

Somehow, a few weeks ago, our Ella turned five. Five years old. In some ways it seems like a small number. However in my eyes, five years feels like my who life. How did we ever ‘be’ before our Ella? Before this little princess was born into this world, into our life? As a parent, when your babies are new, people tell you over and over to enjoy the time as it goes too fast. At the time, in the…

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Losing Dad, finding Hope

Losing Dad, finding Hope

Three weeks on from losing our beautiful Dad, things are really only now becoming real. He really did pass away. Suddenly. He really isn’t coming back. I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Only four months ago I wrote about losing my Nan, after 93 years. A long and happy life. My Dad’s life was incredibly happy. However it was cut too short. Dad passed away in his sleep, something everyone ‘wants’ to do. Except when it’s 30 years too…

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Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

Christmas Toy Review #4: Micro Scooters

As you know, this year I’m on the hunt for gifts that I can get for BOTH of my children. Stuff that they will love, play with together and (if I can help it) get them outside. In our family, there is nothing quite more loved than our scooters. We took them to Hawaii (read about it here) and have used them in place of our pram for over a year. They get the kids active and are just generally…

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Christmas Toy Review #3 : Pop the Pig from Talkin Toys

Christmas Toy Review #3 : Pop the Pig from Talkin Toys

This Christmas my two children are getting to an age where they can start to play board games. Maybe not quite Monopoloy, but certainly games that involve interaction! You may or may not know, but this year I’m trying to find toys that I can buy for them together. Toys that they can both play with, and hopefully play without fighting #wishfulthinking. Whilst we were away in Hawaii, we played good old Jenga quite a few times, and I realised…

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