Friday, September 30, 2011

Lamaze Toys

Perfect for play or snuggletime, children will love Lamaze toys – and so will you! The range is safe to use from birth, while stimulating the development of little minds with sounds and colours. Based on the Lamaze Parenting principles, which endorse and reinforce the importance of parent-child connection, these brightly coloured toys will delight your little ones for hours.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Baby & Toddler Show

Want the best for your pregnancy, baby and toddler? Find it all at The Baby & Toddler Show on in Sydney Friday 30th of September and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of October at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour. 

Not your average baby expo, this is the essential event where you will find everything under one roof! Over three action packed days you can shop from almost 200 of the latest brands for your pregnancy, baby and toddler. From cool boutique finds to the latest big brands and everything in between, The Baby & Toddler Show has it all.  

Your little ones will delight in singing, dancing and laughing along with some of the best-loved characters from children’s TV (Shrek & Fiona and New McDonalds Farm). Or perhaps they prefer to have fun in the spectacular Fisher-Price Playground. Plus there is face painting, balloon animals, meet and greet My Little Pony and much more. Best of all: it is free for all kids (under 14)!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nutella Crumble Slice

This delicious Nutella crumble slice can be cut into squares or bars and is a great treat for the kids!

3 cups plain flour
3 cups rolled oats
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
375g (1 1/2 cups) butter, melted
600g Nutella or hazelnut spread
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 23 x 33cm baking pan with baking paper and set aside. 
2. In a bowl, place the flour, baking powder, salt, oats and brown sugar. Stir together. 
3. Pour in the melted butter and stir to combine. 
4. Set aside 2 cups of mixture and press the remainder into the bottom of the pan. 
5. Heat Nutella in the microwave for 1 minute and pour over the base. 
6. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the Nutella. 
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool and slice into squares or bars.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Onesie!

We just adore this gorgeous Bebe onesie from rosie pose. This onesie is the ultimate in comfort for your baby girl, featuring ties at the top and stylish frills. It can be worn in the daytime as well as at night.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Hints for Stress-Free Slumber Parties

As children grow older there comes a time when slumber parties and sleepovers are a vital part of their social life, so Homelife has given us the low-down on stress-free sleepovers. This school holidays be prepared with fun activities, plenty of food and a cosy environment for your young guests to enjoy. 

Let your children create a theme for the night that carries through to the games, decorations and even the snacks. A pink party for a girls sleepover, or a camp out under the stars for the boys. Provide enough food to avoid growling bellies: a good mix of healthy snacks and a few sweet treats will keep the crowd from getting hyperactive. Plan extra activities and provide board games and videos so that the children can entertain themselves quietly if some of the guests fall asleep earlier than others. 

Make sure your young guests know you are always available if there are any problems, but the most vital rule is to let them have their space just to chat, giggle and have fun. Transform the living room into an extension of their bedroom for the night. Make it cosy, and provide plenty of cushions and blankets. 

Children love having their own little hideaway, and building temporary constructions and tents is a must for growing kids. This tent was made with army blankets draped over a washing line and secured with pegs. If you are comfortable with the idea, let them sleep outside in their own creations, but ensure that a mosquito net is part of their building plans. 

For an overnight adventure in the great outdoors, it may be a good idea to invest in a quality sleeping bag that will take your child through many a slumber party, along with a sturdy backpack to store their gear. The backyard is the perfect setting for some creative activities and games. Why not organise a night-time scavenger hunt: simply hide clues and prizes around the garden, provide everyone with a torch and let the fun begin. 

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Smiley Cow

Smiley Cow is the embodiment of spring! With its bobbling hat and big smile makes, this cow is a very charming toy! The rubber wheels so it won't damage cork or floorboards.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Pizza Time!

We all know kids love pizza! Not only eating them but helping mum or dad make them as well. Practical Parenting offer parents some great recipes for kids, to make dinner time a little bit more exciting! Here are some great pizza recipes that we are sure your little ones will love to help and eat!

1 wheat tortilla wrap
2½ tablespoons tomato sauce (home-made or shop bought)
30g cheddar or mozzarella, grated
2-3 black stoned olives, cut into rings
1 cherry tomato, cut into rings
2 cubes drained canned pineapple, cut into dice
1 tablespoon diced red capsicum
1 tablespoon drained canned corn
1 green onion, sliced
2 mushrooms, sliced
3-4 very thin slices zucchini, brushed with a little oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan
2 sundried tomatoes, finely sliced
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Put the tortilla wrap on a baking sheet and spread over the tomato sauce. Sprinkle over the cheese and add any desired toppings – keep it to two or else it will turn into a mess.
3. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the base is crisp.
4. Cut into triangles and allow to cool slightly before serving. 

9cm focaccia square, split in half
50g cheddar or mozzarella, grated
2-3 toppings of your choice (see below)
Suggested toppings
Drained sweetcorn
Diced chorizo, salami or pepperoni
Mushrooms, sliced and cooked in olive oil
Zucchini, thinly sliced
Shaved ham, cut into strips
Pineapple rings, diced
Red or yellow capsicum, diced
Spring onion, thinly sliced
Tomato, sliced or cut into wedges
Olives, pitted and thinly sliced
Cooked chicken, diced
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ red onion, chopped
1½ tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon water
1. Preheat the grill to high. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a small frying pan and cook the onion for 5 minutes, until soft. Remove from the heat and stir in the tomato paste and water.
2. Put the focaccia halves on an oven tray lined with baking paper, cut-side up. Spread over the sauce and then sprinkle with your choice of toppings. Scatter cheese over the top.
3. Grill the pizzas for 4 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

1 small red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 teaspoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon hot water
2 small round pita breads
50g cheddar cheese, grated
1. To make the tomato base, chop and fry the onion in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato puree and sauce, and water.
2. Split the pitas in half and toast lightly until crisp. Divide the tomato base between the pitas and spread out right to the edges.
3. Scatter cheese over the tomato base. Use topping ingredients to make patterns or faces. Grill until cheese melts.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spring Clothing From Baby's Got Style

Spring has sprung, and with this hot weather its time for your little ones to bring out the shorts and dresses. Add some of these gorgeous pieces from Baby's Got Style to their wardrobe…





Monday, September 19, 2011

Yakitori Chicken Kebabs With Noodles

Introduce your kids to the tastes of Japanese food with this delicious chicken skewers and noodle recipe.  

3 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons oil
4 chicken thighs, boned and cut into large chunks
6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes
125g medium noodles
1 large zuchinni, sliced into batons
1 large carrot, sliced into batons
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 red onion, sliced
75g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
75 ml chicken stock
4 teaspoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce
1. Combine the mirin, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and garlic in a small pan. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring, until reduced by a third. Cool completely.
2. Mix the cooled marinade with the chicken and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Thread chicken onto skewers. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Brown the skewers for 1-2 minutes on both sides until golden, then place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through.
4. Meanwhile, cook noodles in boiling water according to packet instructions and drain.
5. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan or wok. Fry all the vegies for 3-4 minutes, then add noodles, stock, soy and chilli sauce, and heat through. Serve with the kebabs. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Trimester's Adore Wrap Dress from Queen Bee

Trimester's famous Adore Wrap dress in a gorgeous limited edition persian rose colour. This classic wrap amternity fress features cap sleeves and stylish asymmetric hem.
Loop the ties under the front wrap, through the side hole and tie at the back for an uncluttered summer office look. Team with ballet flats and tie at the side in the classic Diane von Furstenberg fashion or tie at the front over your bump and pair with jewelled t-bar sandals

The 'one size fits all' fits all sizes from S - XL and all bumps right through to the last trimester – you won't believe it till you try it! The exclusive wrap design fits all figures perfectly and is such a flattering style on.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rainbow cupcakes


Get your kids in the kitchen to party and cook up a storm!

125g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
Pink, green and yellow food colouring
Smarties, jelly beans, snakes, jubes and
100s and 1000s, to decorate

Buttercream icing
125g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
1 tablespoon milk
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3 cup-capacity muffin pan with paper cases.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in flour and milk to combine.
3. Spoon 1/4 cup mixture into each paper case. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand cakes in pan for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
4. Make icing: Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale. Gradually add icing sugar mixture and milk, beating to combine. Divide icing between 3 bowls. Tint each portion a different colour.
5. Place lollies and 100s and 1000s in separate bowls. Let kids spread cupcakes with icing and decorate with lollies. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From Bikes To Strollers & Back Again!

Taga is a multifunctional urban vehicle, uniquely designed to suit the needs of today's parents and children. Taga combines the benefits of a premium stroller and a carrier bicycle to create a new transportation modality. Safe, reliable and fun, Taga lets parents and kids move about with ease, transforming a typical daily journey into an exciting adventure for you and your little ones. 

Taga is converted within seconds from a bike into a stroller, allowing you and your child to conveniently ride an elevator or ascend steps. Taga can also be taken on the underground, train, bus or any other means of public transportation, offering continuous riding to and from any destination. 

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple Pikletes

The kids will love these little apple pikelets. Pack some in their lunch-box or make them as a special Sunday morning breakfast treat.
Ingredients (makes 24)
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
300ml buttermilk
1/2 cup (140g) apple puree
20g butter, melted
1. Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Whisk egg and buttermilk together in a jug. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Whisk until smooth. Stir in puree.
2. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Brush base with butter. Using tablespoons of batter at a time, cook in batches for 2 to 3 minutes or until small bubbles start to form on the surface of pikelets. Carefully turn over. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New From Nivea Sun

Nivea Sun has introduced three new sin care products, so you and your precious ones can safely enjoy moments in the sun together this summer.

Nivea Sun Kids Swim & Play Protection Lotion SPF30+ $13.95

Nivea Sun Ultra Beach Protect Sunscreen Spray SPF30+

Nivea Sun Light Feel Every Day Sun Lotion SPF30+

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mischka Aoki

Mischka Aoki – Couture for babies and kids have launched their Spring Summer 2011/2012 collection. Designed for the fashionista in mind, Mischka Aoki delivers luxury fashion for baby and kids range from as little as 12 months to 6 years old, with emphasis is creating a range that is limited and exclusive – unlike anything you have seen before.

Mischka Aoki is an Australian label known for luxurious fabric and unique designs. Many of their designs can be used as flowergirl dress in your wedding.