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Author: Kate Korber

I'm a passionate educator who loves helping teachers and parents understand how to engage our students in this digital world. I'm also a Mum who is learning to tackle the everyday challenges of being a parent of a our two year old Ella and new born son, Hudson!
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 Boys” or “Arrested Development’. These series are fantastic for those of us who love a cult binge, however you may not have realised that there is also a growing series of originals for children and families!

If you are keen to know more, here is my round up of my favourite originals for Grown ups and kids!

GROWN UPS: NETLFIX ORIGINALS

  1. House of Cards

  1. Daredevil

  1. Gilmore Girls: a year in the life

  1. Anne with an E: for Anne of Green Gables lovers!

  1. If your game….Stranger things (season 1 and 2)

  1. THE CROWN. My absolute favourite. This is the season two teaser!

  1. GLOW. Think WWE meets Flashdance

 

FOR THE KIDS: NETFLIX ORIGINALS

  1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots: this is an amazing ‘choose your adventure’ show. The kids can participate in choosing the direction via their remote!

  1. From Dreamworks: All Hail King Julien Exiled

  1. For parents of the 80s and their new children!! Care Bear and Cousins!

  1. Dinotrux

  1. Ever After High

There are so many more titles to choose from….you can check them out here! https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/originals/children/

You can also browse through the amazing catalogue of titles in categories such as documentary and comedy here! https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/originals

All the more reason to be nuts about Netflix!

 

 

 

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 accessories.

Living Like Lulu by Little Tinkers has recently launched onto the scene as a boutique distributor of stylish and affordable outfit ensembles for 18 inch dolls available everywhere. The brain child of Paris Stanley (from Little Tinkers fame), she took her daughter’s love of these beautiful products as inspiration, and decided to source her own designs and styles and make them available for everyone online.

Whether you have purchased your doll from a store, here in Australia or overseas, her range of outfits fit most dolls and can be mixed and matched with other outfits.

PRIZE: We are giving away a $100 voucher to use at the Living Like Lulu online store to purchase 18 inch dolls accessories and outfits

TO WIN: Head to our Instagram Page here 

*Open to Australian residents only. Giveaway closes Sunday 3rd December 2018

Styles include:

Disco skater girl! Look at those roller skates!
Little mermaid!
Look at that outfit! Does it come in size 10?
Christmas fairy
Look at that super cute umbrella!
Those bunny slippers are to die for!

Ella absolutely adores her dolls and the outfits from Living Like Lulu. This is the perfect prize for your little one this Christmas!

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 the coolest things you can give to kids. The problem is, like bikes, as they grow, so does the need to upgrade their scooters. There is nothing greater in the scooter world than a Micro.  If there is something I’ve learned these last few years as a parent, you get what you pay for. The quality, design and service provided by Micro is second to none. I’ve always wanted to get my kids a Micro, and was utterly thrilled when I recently had the opportunity to try them out for my own children, and am excited to share our findings with you today!

Micro Scooters

In case you don’t know, buying a scooter is kind of like buying a car. There are literally thousands of models out there, but you need to find one that suits your needs, budget and taste. Scooters come in all shapes and sizes, and the micro offerings are no different. In the past, we have used cheaper versions, but now we were ready to invest in the best. The problem is, Ella and Huddy are both at very different stages, skills and physical make up. Ella is super tall, but also still needs support to transition her to a two wheeled version. Micro made it easy, suggesting the perfect type for each of my children. Still having three wheels was our preference and they catered for our needs with no problems. Here is what we chose!

Hudson: 3 Years: Mini Micro Deluxe

The Mini Micro Deluxe is the reimagined version of the world renowned classic Mini Micro preschooler scooter. It features an adjustable t-bar, raised silicon deck for stability, and an anodised finish that looks great and protects from rust.

The Mini Micro Deluxe’s intuitive ‘lean and steer’ scooting style is perfect for younger children and helps your child’s balance and co-ordination which are vital for the development of early motor skills. It’s lightweight and therefore perfectly suited for little ones as it enables them to negotiate pavements, steps and doorways without the help of us Mums and Dads!

The brake is the best. It has been ingeniously designed so even the slightest pressure put on it will bring the scooter to a gentle halt. This is something Huddy needs! The Mini Micro Deluxe’s 3 wheels and sturdy deck provide stability, giving your child the confidence they need to master scooting.

Specifics:

• For ages 2 – 5 years
• Adjustable handlebars
• Unique silicon raised deck
• Anodised stem protects from corrosion
• Develops balance skills
• Stable 3 wheel design
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Lightweight design
• Wide non-slip deck, low to the ground
• Quality non-marking wheels
• Comes in  Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Aqua and Orange
• Please note: Mini Deluxe Red has a pink brake and pink deck logos

Ella: 5 years old: Maxi Micro Deluxe

The next step up from the Mini Micro Deluxe, the Maxi Micro Deluxe 3 wheel scooter is the ideal next stage kids scooter for kids who want all the fun, stability and good safety design of the Mini but are ready a larger, cooler and more robust scooter.

The Maxi Micro Deluxe version has a new weight limit of 70kgs, a unique deck with raised silicone Micro grip, and an anodised stem which not only protects your scooter from corrosion but provides a stylish look.

Your little one can cruise the pavements,  parks smoothly and confidently on their Maxi Micro Deluxe scooter, while further developing their balance and co-ordination skills.

With an adjustable handlebar the Maxi Micro Deluxe is the ideal scooter for the fans of the mini who want to keep riding what they already love.

Specifics:

• For ages 5-12 years
• New 70kg weight limit
• Anodised metallic finish
• Raised silicon non-slip deck
• Adjustable handlebar height
• Intuitive lean-to-steer action
• Superior stability
• Vibrant range of colours: Purple, Red, Green, Black, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Aqua
• Please note: Maxi Deluxe Aqua has a pink brake and pink deck logos

My kids fell in love with their scooters at first sight. I could not recommend Micro more highly. There is nothing better than a Micro Scooter. The perfect Christmas present for any boy or girl.  It is certainly a Christmas choice that will bring you and your family so much joy. All you need is a scooter for yourself!

I’ll finish with some action shots of the kids cruising and having the time of their lives!

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

Micro Scooters

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 that they haven’t really had the opportunity to play games like it, that involve the whole family. They promote turn taking, patience and strategy! So when Talkin Toys contacted me to try out one of their new offerings, I jumped at the chance to try out Pop the Pig!

Pop the Pig is a game that can be played by two or more players. The Pig sits in the middle, and each person takes the turn to roll the dice. The dice shows one of four colours: red, green, purple or yellow. The player then picks up a token of that colour and turns it over showing a number. The token is then placed in the Pig’s mouth, and pushes down on it’s head the corresponding number of times. Each time you push down, it pumps the Pig’s tummy a little larger. The game keeps going until you….Pop the Pig’s tummy!

This game has been fantastic in a number of ways:

  • Turn taking….obviously!
  • Rolling the dice and recognising the colour
  • Recognising numbers
  • Predicting who is going to win based on how many times the Pig’s head has been pumped

It isn’t a game of skill, which is also great at this age because it means that no matter how old they are, anyone can win!

Pop the Pig can be purchased at Kmart for $25 here! Suitable for years 3+

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 very own private ballet class with on of their ballerinas to celebrate the launch of the Australian Ballet’s story time : Sleeping Beauty. I have to admit, that I may have been a teeny little bit over the moon about my daughter being invited, and myself being able to ‘tag’ along. I felt myself floating when we walked through the carpark, and into the lifts to stand along side those girls and boys who, with their hair slicked into neat buns, and wearing block dance shoes on their feet, were about to attend their daily sessions of rigorous training. For an hour we would ‘dance’ along side them, and my daughter, in all her tutu glory would be able to be in her element in the most sought after dancing school in the country.

Evie from the company was our teacher for the lesson, and greeted the girls as fairy from the beautiful story of Sleeping Beauty. If you are not aware, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage the classical ballet for years three and up, featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Created especially for children, Storytime Ballet is sure to become an annual family favourite. Expect little ones to be dancing down the hallway with (almost) perfect pirouettes, long after the curtain comes down.
The production, which runs for a child friendly 50 mins and features a narrator to help kids navigate the storyline, will visit venues across Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from 13 December – 25 January.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that we are giving away tickets to see this Ballet in Melbourne!

THE PRIZE:

One winner will win two tickets to Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

TO ENTER:

Simply head to my Instagram Page and look for the comp post.

*Comp ends on Monday 13th Novermber at 9pm AEDST. Winner announced shortly after. Open to Australian Residents who are able to attend the Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

For more information about the story time ballet, and to purchase tickets, head to the Australian Ballet’s website here. Truly magical for all dancers, of all ages!

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 period of time, play together quite happily. Toys that encourage them to use their imagination and role play have been wonderful. They are also at an age where gender stereotypes have not REALLY set in, and so it’s a great time to encourage them to have fun no matter what they are playing with.

Leap Frog Sweet Treats Cafe

Recently we were asked my Leap Frog to review two of their new offerings; their Cafe set and Ice cream Cart. Leapfrog are known for developing toys that developing thinking. That encourage children to make decisions, to interact and be creative. So I was quick to say YES and get my kids involved. What’s even better is the fact that we are giving away a Cafe set to one lucky reader. Read on to learn more!

THE PRIZE

We are thrilled to be offering one lucky follower a  Sweet Treats Learning Café (for 2+ years), RRP $59.95.

See post below for more information about the product. Comp is open to Melbourne followers only who are able to pick up the prize from St Kilda. Comp Closes Monday 6th November at 8pm AEDST.

HOW TO ENTER

Simply head to our Facebook Post Here and leave a comment sharing your child’s favourite cafe treat and tag a friend!

*For a bonus entry , head to Instagram, follow us, like our Instagram Post for this giveaway and comment letting us know you have entered on FB.

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

(for 2+ years), RRP $79.95 Available for Christmas from Big W and selected toy retailers.

We’ve all grown up with the sound of Mr Whippy driving the streets, and this is seriously like having your own at home. The LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart lets your children create a variety of  tasty-looking ice cream combinations using four flavours of ice cream, three toppings and three syrup flavours. The magic scooper helps them scoop up the ice cream and toppings to build customer orders (ie. Mummy’s favourite flavours) and it will recognise the colours and flavours. Add toppings and syrup to complete the treat!

They also get to build memory and sequencing skills by choosing from six cute animal order cards and following the instructions. Playful phrases introduce colours, numbers, flavours and more while you explore the cart’s features and activity cards. The cutest part is the fact that it is mobile, and allows kids to move around whilst playing music.

This is a real winner in our house and I would highly recommend it for Christmas!

Sweet Treats Learning Café

(for 2+ years), RRP $59.95 Available for Christmas from Big W and selected toy retailers.

Weekends in Melbourne are not complete without a trip to our local cafe. With the sweet treats cafe, your kids can serve up learning with a double shot of fun! Fill cups, complete customer orders and serve tasty-looking pastries while learning numbers, shapes, colours and sizes; and running your own café. With four original songs, 10 touch points and 12 pieces including magic tilting cups, your little baristas will feel as though they really work in their own cafe!. Pick the right drink, choose the correct sized cup and set the right temperature. They’ll love learning about numbers, shapes, and colours, while developing listening and memory skills as they froth the milk, grind the beans and brew the coffee. Whether they’re hosting a tea party for their toys or role playing with friends, its espressos, hot chocolates and babycinos all round!

Another awesome toy that both my kids love playing with together, and with the whole family. It’s really compact and can easily be taken out for the day.

So be sure to enter our giveaway today!

 

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 the Disney Originals range for ourselves.

I’m not normally one to do the who matchy, matchy, mini me thing, but  Ella squealed with delight when she saw that I too was wearing Disney ‘jammies’. I love the fact that they are not exactly the same, but actually designed in both image and wording for Mums.

I love wearing a nightie in the hot summer months and made of cotton, these are just divine. The cap sleeve on Ella’s girl’s nightie is also too too cute.

The tee and shorts are generous in size, not too short and have an elastic waste.

Available at Big W with prices ranging from $16 to $22, they are the perfect addition for any Princess and her Queen Mother this summer!

To purchase your own, head here!