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Friday Finds: Laugh & Learn with Fisher Price

Friday Finds: Laugh & Learn with Fisher Price

Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 9.36.31 AMBetter late than never, once again my Friday Find is a little late. This week I posted a photo of Ella playing with our iPad and I received a number of requests asking about the App that she was using. Fisher Price have a number of fantastic ‘Laugh & Learn’ Apps that focus on the simple skill of understanding Cause and Effect. Understanding that touching the screen can cause shapes, animals and colour to move and make noise provides children with a sense of awe and wonder. Ella loves these range of Apps because they are filled with colour, animation and familiar sounds. Most of their Apps are free and also can be paired with a range of great tools including the Apptivity Monkey and Apptivity cases for iPhone and iPad.

The following Apps are Ella’s favourite….

FP_ShapesHD_Icon512_tcm169-22414Shapes & Colours Music Show – Babies touch the variety of coloured shapes, each singing and dancing with their own personality

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Animal Sounds for Baby – Babies learn about different animals and the sounds they make

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Where’s Puppy’s Nose – Learn about the parts of the body by following the cute Puppy!

I hope that your babies enjoy these Apps as much as Ella does!

kate

*Images are sourced from www.fisherprice.com

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

get-the-new-youtube-design-with-this-google-chrome-extension-8bb4ae8a43When we were growing up, the Sherlock kids loved nothing more than watching all the corny and cheesy Christmas shows on TV. In the days leading up to Christmas, the TV would be littered with family movies and clay animations that told all of the beloved stories that we still talk about to this day. Over the years however, many of these shows have not made the re-run cut, and we were recently talking about how it would be great to watch them again, especially now that we have a baby in the house. Finding them however, would be a hard challenge!

imagesEnter YouTube. Somewhere around the world, someone could possibly share your equal love of a movie, and has taken the time to post it online. Needless to say, my brother recently sent us a link to our favourite ‘the night they saved Christmas‘. A 1980’s classic starring the gorgeous Charlie’s Angel – Jaqueline Smith. This video was watched over and over, and to our delight, the entire movie was posted online. Many movies and TV shows are cut into smaller snippets, but can be easily found. Another delight that we found was the good old ‘Pingu‘. Still a classic on Children’s TV in 2012, this show has stood the test of time.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEERFurthermore, my sister was recently talking about the beautiful ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer‘ clay animation that we used to watch. This 1960’s classic tells the story of how Rudolph came to lead Santa’s sleigh, as he overcame the fear of other Reindeer’s teasing him because of his Red nose. This gorgeous movie has also been posted online, in different sections.

Much to my delight is the ability to create Playlists on Youtube – thus being able to save all of your movies and shows in a convenient way. So far, I have created Playlists for Ella for Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, and other Christmas Shows. With the ease of our Apple TV, these shows can be viewed through our TV straight from the internet. We can also watch them anywhere via our iPad, iPhone or Mac. This feature really is fabulous for parents, and helps you save money by watching them for free. It’s also a great way for parents who were kids in the 80’s to relive all of their Christmas favourites!

For more information on how to create playlists via ‘My Channel’ on Youtube, click here.

Happy Youtube Tuletide!

kate

*Images are linked to their original source

Friday Finds: Minihappyme

Friday Finds: Minihappyme


When you have a baby, you are faced with many decisions. Funnily enough, one of the biggest decisions is which pram to buy. It’s like buying a new car. There are so many gadgets, accessories, colours. Walking into Baby Bunting for the first time was an overwhelming experience to say the least. There are over thirty types of prams to buy. For new parents, the site can make you feel every part ‘pram iliterate’, and I have to say that I turned right back around and found the comfort of the familiar Witchery much more inspiring. Things sure have changed in the world of prams since we were kids. The term ‘pusha’ is certainly not something that I hear flying around in the world of Mummas and Papas these days!

Before purchasing our pram, I decided to put the power of Facebook to good use and promptly sought recommendations from friends who had road tested their own. I quickly came to realise that the variety was endless and the factors vast. What did we want our pram for? (Um, to push a baby around?). Were we buying a pram to accommodate a second child? Did I intend on jogging with our pram? (ah, no…labour was enough excercise for one year!). It was however, great to see the pros and cons about a variety of prams first hand. When Dan and I ventured back into Baby Bunting a second time, we entered feeling well informed and quite knowledgable with the terms Bugaboo, City Strider and Phill& Ted in the back of our minds. We decided that our pram only really needed to carry one child as we thought that we might as well learn how to look after one, before we contemplated having more, let alone a pram that carried two!

I have to say that we were thrilled with our purchase and love our pram. Like so many new parents, it’s one of those purchases that you come to either love or loathe, and I’m pleased to say that we are still loving it. The pram we chose (Bugaboo Chameleon) came with both a bassinet and seat, rain cover and mosquito net. Although the pram was a little pricey, it folds easily, moves easily has some pretty amazing suspension (my husband’s favourite part). When Ella was born we used the bassinet, and she loved it. Slept peacefully and lay there in her cosy capsule. Recently, we have moved her into the seat, and it’s as though she now has a whole new world opened up to her. The pram now folds almost flat into the car and takes up much less room. This is something we cherish given that with two adults, a baby, a dog plus all of our luggage.

One thing however that really irritated me was when we moved her into the seat, I didn’t realise that the pram did not come with a seat liner / foot muff. This makes sure that your little bubba is comfortable and warm, especially in the warmer months. After asking several friends who had the same pram, they all agreed that whilst annoying to buy, it was a necessary accessory. So I trekked off to my new favourite store ‘Baby Bunting’ and got Ella a bright pink foot muff. Amazingly cool and funky, it would want to be, because at $180 I was a little flabbergasted! Especially when researched showed that they were selling for $70 in the USA but with postage, it would cost more than that to ship over.

Since then, I realised that a friend had actually recommended a website : www.minihappyme.com.au (thanks Charise & Mel). A very clever Mum had also been annoyed at the ridiculous prices that companies were charging for these accessories. She decided to start making her own pram liners, foot muffs and other accessories for a range of prams in funky fabrics. The best part is they are almost half the price of the same products made by the actual pram makers. I have several friends who have bought these items from Minihappyme and have been really happy with her products. I wish I had have read the Facebook recommendations more thoroughly and seen this site before I forked out an arm and a leg for my Bugaboo one.

I’m sure I’ll need to buy another pram liner / foot muff in the future and I’ll defiantly be buying one from this site. I know that many friends are moving their little bubs into bigger seats right now, so I’m hoping that this find will help you save some $ that you can spend on something else, maybe some shoes for Mum this time!

*Images are linked to their original source

*You can also find Minihappyme on Facebook here

Friday Finds: Babyology

Friday Finds: Babyology

I’ve been learning how to be a Mum this year, and recently, I’ve been learning how to write, maintain and develop my own blog. I’ve been blogging for a while now about technology in education, however it hasn’t been until the creation of this blog for Ella, that I have learnt about the real craft of blog writing. I have a long way to go in achieving my goals and helping this blog grow, however one of the things I have learned about is developing a schedule for posting so your audience can establish their own relationship with your writing.

My main purpose for writing this blog is a personal one. It’s primarily for my family as a way to document memories and celebrate milestones for our daughter Ella. However, I have also been sharing some great resources, websites, challenges and stories with friends who are also travelling on this journey of parenthood. It’s been great to hear about other people’s experiences, advice and general comments as they impart some of their own wisdom or frustration. I’m definitely a people person, and this blog has really helped to connect with others, some familiar, and some not. We all have one thing in common – we are doing our best to be great Mums and Dads.

In four weeks I will be embarking on a new phase of parenthood as I return to work part time. I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to fit everything in, and how I’m going to be able to keep a regular presence on this blog. So I’ve decided to set myself a target, no more like a routine, to keep myself on track. In some ways, this blog will just evolve as Ella grows and that won’t follow a routine (just like babies). Her milestones will just happen, and I will write about them as she grows. However I’ve thought about documenting other things in a scheduled way. So each Friday, I’m going to write about fabulous finds that I’ve come across that have made my job as a Mum a little easier. ‘Friday Finds’ will be devoted to sharing websites, apps, blogs, products, tips and anything really that I’ve come across either through the web, friends or other means. Hopefully these finds might help other parents find their feet!

The first fabulous ‘Friday Find’ has to be the team @ Babyology. Many of you probably already know about and follow the Babyology website, but if you don’t, do yourself a favour and check them out here. According to their Bio, Babyology is:

The place to find anything for children and parents that’s worth having, from the practical to the sublime and everything in between. If you love hunting down cool, innovative gear for pregnancy, babies, toddlers and kids, then Babyology is for you. An online arbiter of good taste for anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed when faced with buying for little ones, we’re here to show mums, dads and everyone else that good design and a sense of style don’t have to disappear when parenthood begins’.

This website certainly keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest products and releases. They post fantastic articles about every day parenting topics and host discussions about issues relating to everything from high chairs to breast feeding in public. The bottom line is – this site is Australian. It’s written by Australians for Australian parents. With all the information out there – this site is fantastic. It also has a fabulous pram and high chair ‘chooser’ tool that allows you to compare and contrast products to find one that suits your style and budget.

By subscribing to their site, you receive updates each week about the latest news, ideas and products on the market. They are also visible on Facebook and Twitter. What’s even more fantastic is that if you ‘like’ them on Facebook, they will donate 20c to the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association of Australia.

This is a simple, fun and informative site that has helped me make sense of the huge world of baby products! I hope it helps you too!

*Featured images are linked to their original source.