Browsed by
Category: Product Review

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 protagonist follows a mysterious trail to find it. This is a book designed for a child’s birthday that will show them how special they really are, on this day and beyond.

By far the best thing about these stories are the chance to completely personalise the story using not only your child’s name, but their favourite things, their likes, their dislikes. You also include your child’s birthday, as it tells the tail of searching through lost lands to find their true age. Every story is unique, with a curious cast of characters personalized to your child’s birthday. So little ones born in June will encounter his royal highness, Lord June. While September children will meet Sir September. And that’s just the beginning… Put them at the centre of their birthday quest by choosing the beautifully-illustrated character that most looks like them!

Ella was able to include her favourites including dolls, pizza and cupcakes! Each and every night, she not only reads the beautiful tale, but also the inscription on the front page. Written by us, especially for her.

It’s unique gifts like these that bring utter joy and happiness to families, over and over. Books that you will treasure forever, that you will read together and look back on in years to come, wondering where that time has gone!

To order your own book, head to WONDERBLY here! You can currently get 15% to celebrate their birthday! The Birthday Thief is $34.95 (before discount)


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 was anyone had one! Over the years, some things come and go, but skateboards have always remained a staple of growing up.

DC Superhero Girls Warner BrosIn my house we have also always loved Super Heroes. In recent years, I have loved the fact that Warner Bros. have also focussed on helping girls love and aspire to be Super Heroes themselves. The DC Super Hero Girls universe celebrates friendship, strength, teamwork and unlocking your full potential.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products in collaboration with Big W has released an awesome DC Super Hero Girls skateboard for every thrill-seeking kid in town. The DC Super Hero Girls skateboard features Wonder Woman (or “Wondy” as her friends call her) looking strong, vibrant and colourful; making every flip-trick look extra cool!

This week, Ella has been lucky enough to receive her very own Wonder Woman skateboard. Immediately, her eyes lit up and seeing her learn and conquer the skill was fantastic to watch. Just like Wonder Woman herself, she wanted to harness the strength and inner power that the DC Super Hero Girls encourage, to unlock her full potential! There is nothing better to get the kids off the iPad and active than riding their skateboard, either on the footpath (with parental help of course), in a skate park, or even inside down the corridor. Here are my own children carving it up inside the house!

The DC Super Hero Girls at Super Hero High include Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana, Starfire and Frost.

The DC Super Hero Girls skateboard is available in-store for a RRP of $30. Look out for it in Big W’s June/July Toy Catalogue.

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 they don’t. So when I came across Wantu, I was hooked. Much like we all struggle to think of what to cook each night, we also struggle to think of activities for our children. There are so many apps that help us to find great recipes that are quick and healthy for our families. Wantu is a mobile app designed to help parents find customised ideas for fun and interactive activities to do together with their 2 to 7 year olds. Whether you have just 15 or 30 minutes to spare, they’ve got your back!

Wantu is currently in free-beta, which means you can be the first to check it out, give feedback and be a part of their process to launch a more awesome app to keep helping parents find fun, learning centric activities to do with their kids.

For busy parents, this app is a must have that not only helps our brains, but also helps us spend quality time with our kids.

The idea is simple:

  1. you create a profile for each of your children,
  2. select whether you want a quick activity, or one that lasts a little longer
  3. select whether it is an indoor our outdoor activity
  4. select a few possibilities from a generated list, to help the app understand your child’s interests
  5. BAM! Do the activity!

Today, Ella and I created snowflakes from a simple piece of paper…


You can add each child as a profile to the app!
The Wantu app selected ‘Snowwflakes as our activity’
Step by step instructions…
Having fun together!!

With the school holidays coming up, you are sure to want something simple and fun to turn to, to help keep your little ones happy!

Download the app here and enjoy the endless fun. Best of all…its FREE!!! To find out more…check out the video below!

#sponsored #ad

Local Legends: My Creative Box

Local Legends: My Creative Box

My Ella who is almost five, could do art and craft all day long. I’ve lost count of how much money I’ve spent at $2 shops on paint, glue, pom poms and the dreaded glitter. As a Primary teacher, I must admit that I’m a partial to a little bit of creativity every now and then, and I love nothing more than creating something from scratch. There is just something about using your hands. About coloured paper. About…the dreaded but oh so captivating glitter. However what do you do when you’ve got no creative bone in your body? Or your little one asks you constantly for ideas on what do do with all the craft ‘stuff” you’ve got in your cupboard? Step in Leanne and Abby, two local Early Childhood Educators who have taken their similar love of craft to the next level, crafting ‘My Creative Box‘.. They have brought ‘easy’ craft to the masses. I can hear Mums sigh with relief everywhere!

Their little project has involved the creation of a monthly subscription box that contains 5 / 6 simple but engaging craft activities. What’s more is that they are themed and tie in with what is happening during that month. Think Christmas, Easter, St Pat’s Day, and next month…Valentines Day. Everything is included. Everything! From instructions, to glue, to pain. Each activity is individually wrapped in a plastic bag. You can do them all at once, or if you are a little bit smart…A couple at a time to make them last.

My Ella had the chance to try out their up and coming February Box, and needless to say she was hooked. She firstly had trouble deciding where to start, and since then has been telling me all day long what she is going to do next. Dead set…this creative box is the best thing ever for kinder kids. You will honestly love it!

MY Creative Box

I was intruiged to head about their story and process of creating this genius idea. So I was lucky enough to sit down with these girls and find out how it all started….

  1. Tell us a bit about your business, your dreams and your story

My Creative Box is a monthly art/craft learning tool, specifically designed for preschool children. Every month we launch a themed box full of 5-6 learning activities that come individually packed with everything you need in them. We provide easy to follow instructions as well as parenting prompts so parents can help teach their child while also helping them build important skills and development.

Our dream is to help parents raise creative, confident individuals. We would love to see a future of children learning through play, art and using their imaginations at home as well as early childhood settings. We wanted to create an easy and convenient way to empower parents to feel like they could take charge of their children’s learning and development at home while spending quality one-one-one time together and having fun too.

My Creative Box was founded by us, two Melbourne mums, Leanne and Abby. We both have backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. As well as being very passionate about Early Childhood Education, we both share an interest in creative arts and know how important the role of art is children’s lives. We love creating fun and engaging learning activities for our children at home, but it is hard work gathering materials for the activities and then storing the excess materials! We thought about how great it would be to have these activities already packed for us with everything we needed in them. This is how the ‘My Creative Box’ idea came to life! A simple idea to bring fun, creativity, learning and development to your door! We know that parents want the best for their children and that’s why we have created a product that is fun, easy to use and convenient for parents while parents also learn how they can further enhance their child’s learning and development.

2. What is the most magical thing that has happened to you as a small business owner?

The most magical thing that has happened on our journey as small business owners so far is the people it has connected us with. We feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful business owners who have shared their own journeys and experiences with us. Their insights into the business world have been invaluable and we have learnt so much already. The learning has definitely been the most magical part, but we also gain lots of magic from our customers who motivate us every day to keep going when they tell us how much their children are loving their creative boxes and when we see their beautiful smiley faces in photos. That is magical!

3. What has been your greatest challenge, moment or mayhem?

Our greatest challenge so far has definitely been working from home or should I say from 2 homes!!! We also have 5 little human obstacles who are often running mayhem in the background! We LOVE our working environment though and working around our busy families. It gives us such a sense of accomplishment seeing our children involved in our business and sharing their thoughts and ideas. They are also the best motivators in the world! And the bonus, they get to try and test most of our fun, learning activities! Another big challenge is ‘knowing when to stop’. Working from home means there are always unfinished jobs lying around and it can be so hard to resist the temptation to keep working!

4. What has been your greatest achievement, milestone?

Our greatest achievement has definitely been launching products that we are proud of! We put so much time and effort into our products and we are so happy that people are seeing the value in them, selling out our full allocation of December and January boxes with very little advertising. We also gain a great sense of achievement when we get positive feedback, returning customers and people subscribing to our monthly boxes. At Christmas time, we made up some boxes for children at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for our own children to take in and donate. This was such a beautiful milestone for us, as we see this as the first of many more opportunities to give back to the community in the future!

 5. Pay it forward- what small business are you lusting over right now?

We actually have 2 small businesses we are loving at the moment, one for mummies and one for kids!

Something very important to us is living a healthy lifestyle and we know that before business priority is looking after ourselves! We need to exercise and eat a healthy, nutritious diet to function to the best of our ability. We are absolutely in love with @thehiitmum AKA Colette McShane. She is an inspiring business women who has created a number of small businesses to help people get back on track to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

We both attend her @thehiitfactoryhq classes where she has created a fun, upbeat, friendly environment for mums to work out while being kid friendly. We get to do our workout in half an hour, while our kids get to have fun too. The Hiit Factory is also franchised so there are lots of new locations popping up around Melbourne, so worth looking into. They also offer regular challenges to motivate people to get back into shape and these also include meal plans and recipes. The recipes are easy and amazing, we now use so many of these recipes regularly. She also has a great app PT IN MY POCKET to encourage exercise anywhere when you can’t make a class. It’s a must have!

She also has a monthly box which you can buy as a one off or subscribe too. It is amazing! @thehiitbox is full of great fitness, food and skincare brands and there is so much value in these boxes! They are great for presents or just a great incentive to help you stay on top of your fitness and health!

Our kids business is @castleandcubby a family owned and run business. We love their cubby houses and the fact they use recycled materials to build great imaginative play spaces for children. We recently had a new cubby installed for a small courtyard space at our home that wasn’t being used. It is now a kid haven, where we spend lots of sunny days drinking homemade lemonade and eating cupcakes!

So whether you, like Me, want to stimulate your little one’s creative mind, without blowing your own then head on over and sign up here! It is also the perfect gift for Birthdays!

Hope you all enjoy! Stay tuned for more pics of my Ella creating her own Masterpieces!


Product Review: DC Superhero Action Dolls

Product Review: DC Superhero Action Dolls

So it’s a week before Christmas. For some reason, actually…because of my hip surgery, I have all my shopping done for my kids. I did it online and it was so much easier. But what if you haven’t done yours yet? Even worse, what if you haven’t got any idea what to buy? Well if you have to buy a gift for a girl between 4-10 then this one is for you! If you have seen my IG feed of late, you would have seen a snap of my Ella kitted out in a Wonder woman dress up from Warner Brothers. She was also holing a Wonder woman Doll: a DC Superhero Action Doll. These dolls are just fantastic. If you live in a household dominated by Superheroes (Huddy’s room is out of control), but your little lady loves them too, then these are your answer.


Warner Bros have brought out a range of action dolls, based on female super heroes. Beautiful quality, their outfits are bold, bright and colourful. They also make sounds and light up with the touch of a button. What I love about them is the fact they they encourage girls to be fierce. Brave, courageous and risk takers. They can take on the world and save the day! My Ella is somewhat shy and reserved at times, playing it safe. So when she dons her wonder woman outfit and grabs her doll in hand, she becomes invincible! Paired with the wonderwoman dress up, she will want to save the world!

So if you want to bring a sense of wonder and rebellion to a little girl in your life, then head to KMART and check out these dolls via this link. You can also see other fabulous offerings from Warner Bros via my ‘unboxing’ video below. Hope you like!



The products in the video

LEGO Juniors – Batman™ & Superman™ vs. Lex Luthor™

Suit up alongside Batman™ and Superman™ and prepare to take on Lex Luthor™! Get the Batmobile™ ready and arm the Batcave’s bat-disk shooter. Help Superman take to the skies with his launcher before Lex Luthor arrives in his robotic vehicle with grabbing claw and kryptonite-powered laser gun. Save the day with your favorite Super Heroes!

RRP: $29.99

Stockists: All major retailers


Mattel – DC Super Hero Girls 12-Inch Dolls

Unleash your inner Super Hero with these DC Super Hero Girls action dolls inspired by the students of Super Hero High! Available in Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Bumblebee

RRP: $32.99

Stockists: All major retailers


Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Hero Flight City

Double the fun and double the trouble as Gotham City and Metropolis combine! Let Batman and Superman take flight in the 360 degree flight pack with an additional Super Hero launcher. But be careful – Lex Luthor is always close by.

RRP: $149.99

Stockists: Target, Big W, Toys R Us


Product Review: Lost My Name Book Series

Product Review: Lost My Name Book Series

I’m always on the look out for unique, personalised and thoughtful gifts for kids. Aside from my own NAME IT Prints (excuse the self endorsement), I love nothing more than giving beautiful books to children to develop their love of reading. So it came at no surprise then, at my reaction when I came across the LOST MY NAME series of books. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have found a better book to give to a child. Completely personalised, this series takes your child on a journey where they are the star. They are literally jumping off the page and are the main character in the story.

Lost my name


The first book in their series is titled ‘The little girl (or boy) who lost their name’. You simply choose your character, add in the child’s name and it instantly creates a magical tale, all about them! This beautiful story helps your child develop an understanding of their own name, as they weave their way through a beautiful story of mystery and wonder. AS they journey along, they meet quirky and funny characters who help the little girl or boy find and rediscover their name. Letter by letter, they read on, beautifully rhymed and illustrated to help them find their way home. If your child is like mine, and has more than one of the same letter then you need not worry. The book cleverly tailors duplicate letters to different characters. As a family we read this to Ella almost every night. She is utterly obsessed and especially loves the personalised greeting at the front, which you can also add in yourself.

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.05.50

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.05.39

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.06.09

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.06.19


The second and most recent series is called ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’. This time, the book is tailored to your address of choosing. We created a book for our son Hudson, and he found his way home to our house in Melbourne. What is so fabulous is that they include not only a picture of your city, but a Google Map style birds eye view map above your house, and show the rocket zooming down to earth. It is honestly so beautiful and my children just love finding our house on the page where he almost arrives home.

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.06.34

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.06.44

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.07.02

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.06.55

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.07.16

Screenshot 2016-06-23 17.07.25

I have purchased and personalised so many of these books for my friends who have utterly loved them. There is nothing more beautiful and special than giving the gift of a book. What’s more, their books can be dedicated to your little one in the front cover, so it can be treasured forever.

Screenshot 2016-06-23 18.51.21

To purchase these beautiful books, simply head to their website here. They can be delivered to your door, or to the birthday girl or boy, and can even be gift wrapped. You will most certainly win the prize for best birthday present!!



Product Review: Vics Action Cold & Flu

Product Review: Vics Action Cold & Flu

If you’ve seen ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, you’ll know that the Dad claims that anything can be cleaned or cured with Windex. Got a sore arm? Spray it with Windex. Got a cough, spray yourself with Windex. Well if you know me, you’ll know that I’ve always got a jar of Vics close at hand. In my handbag, in the car, beside my bed, in my desk at work. I’ve been known as the ‘Vics lady’ for some time now, and my boss has even converted to the sweet smell of vapour rub when ever she feels a cold coming on. I’m telling you, there is nothing better to help clear your nose, and make yourself feel better.

Vics Action Day & Night

Well that is, until I was asked to try Vics Action Cold & Flu. As a blogger, I’m asked from time to time to review specific products and give my opnions. I always pride myself however, on only choosing and showcasing products that I truly believe in. Products that make a difference to my family and my life.

FullSizeRender 21

It barely helps taking medication that only helps with half your symptoms. Heaven knows that as a working Mum, I have zero time to be sick. Vicks Action Cold & Flu helps to manage the most bothersome of cold and flu symptoms, so you can handle both pain and cold.

Vicks Action Day & Night Relief helps relieve the following:

  • Blocked Nose
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever and Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Sneezing


Vicks Action Day & Night Relief has scientifically proven ingredients without Codeine or PSE, combined to address the symptoms of cold and flu.


As always, don’t be a dill and make sure you read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your doctor.

This new range is available at your local pharmacy.