Saturday, 23 December 2017

Smart Sun Protection for the Entire Family with Solar D Sunscreens...

Summer is finally here in full-swing in Australia and with it, the countless outdoor pursuits of the season are open to us all to enjoy.

Australians are renown throughout the world for our love of the outdoors. We're blessed with an endless coastline, hot summers, an incredible landscape and our culture sees the bulk of us naturally gravitate into our vast and wild expanses when the warmer months arrive.

Australians are also acutely aware of the serious side to our climate and country. We're subjected to intense sun conditions daily and in order to protect ourselves while we play, it is virtually mandatory to wear hats, sunglasses and sunscreen in our day-to-day lives.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Tiger Tribe Toys Preview 2018 Plus Our Annual Tiger Tribe Toys Mega Christmas Giveaway Worth $255!

Are you familiar with the beautiful children's toy brand, Tiger Tribe?

Regular readers will recall that each year here on Six Little Hearts, we're thrilled to share with our readers the newest design releases from this exquisite toy label. We always host a stunning giveaway too, with thanks to the good peeps at Tiger Tribe, as a Merry Christmas to our readers!
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Friday, 1 December 2017

Christmas at Smiggle Plus WIN a Smiggle Prize Pack! Aussie Giveaway Linkup December

Christmas time is here at last! By now most parents are hard at work shopping for the big event and planning endlessly. There's much to do and just a few short weeks to achieve it all. For some tips on how to cope with the stress (specifically for mums), check out this post.

For quick and easy gifting ideas this December, don't forget to pop into your local Smiggle store or browse their collection online. At this time of year, a Smiggle store is crammed full of colourful and impressive gift ideas for kids which are destined to be hits. You really can't go wrong with a Smiggle gift. 
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe...

It's been a while since we've had a foodie post here on Six Little Hearts, so, given the rush in the weeks leading up to Christmas, there was no time like now to run this one when the baking urge came on recently. It was so lovely to just chill-out in my kitchen the other day, and put all other concerns aside to bake these yummies.

Everyone likes cookies, and chocolate chip biscuits are up there with the best on the comparison stakes. Double chocolate chip cookies are that one step further towards gloriousness!
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Worlds Apart Limbo Hop - An Active Game for Kids and Families. A Childsmart Feature...

*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep.

It can be challenging finding a new family-oriented game that is suitable for a multitude of ages when Christmas comes around each year. It's difficult to avoid the scenario where these items begin to double-up. After all, there are only so many bats, balls, racquets and similar items that any family needs before it all just becomes ridiculous backyard clutter!

For these reasons alone, we're all so pleased to have discovered a fantastic new family fun essential that won't break the bank this summer.
(And no batteries required either!)

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

BRIO® Family House Toy Review. A Childsmart Feature

*Six Little Hearts is a Brand Rep for Childsmart.

Just look at that excited little face! Do you remember the timeless fun of playing with a doll house when you were young?

Doll houses have always been a forever favourite with young and old, enabling children to act-out real life routines and circumstances in miniature with all the benefits of their active imaginations. Play-wise, there are infinite games to be enjoyed in these essential childhood micro universes. It's little wonder these toys are hot-sellers still.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cabbage Patch Kids Are Back In Stores!

Way back in 1983, the world was positively brimming with excitement at the toy craze of the now legendary Cabbage Patch Kids.

While I myself had grown out of the doll stage by the time these toys arrived on the scene, I do recall all the hype of the Cabbage Patch phenomenon in the news. These dolls were so popular that it was not uncommon for customers to physically fight for them in stores! Police were often required to supervise both the stock and shoppers. Some stores even ventured into hosting lotteries to allocate their stock of dolls with due fairness.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Stretch Justice League Batman Review. Retro Toy Fun For Kids and WIN!

Looking for something a little different for your child to enjoy under the tree this Christmas? Something memory-invoking and exciting, just like the toys that were around when you were a kid?

Right now in stores, you can check out the return of some enticing retro playthings from the '70's and '80's! Grownups can glean much joy from the return of classic childhood favourites such as the Cabbage Patch Kids, (stay tuned for a review here shortly) and now, The original Stretch Armstrong and his bunch of stretchy buddies!
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Bush Baby World - Meet the Bush Babies and WIN One of Two Bush Baby Dreamstars Prize Packs!

It's time to embrace the cute and cuddly Bush Babies of Bush Baby World!

Bush Baby World is the magical land of the Bush Babies. It's a wonderful place filled with a vast number of regions where the Bush Babies reside. Each district of Bush Baby World has its own story to tell and is filled with an array of unique characters... and they're all deliciously adorable!
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Christmas...

Christmas comes but once a year, and doesn't each passing year just seem to travel at an extraordinary pace these days?!

For mums in particular, Christmas is an undertaking of colossal proportions, often with many months of plotting and juggling preceding the big day. Not only do we carry the bulk of the planning, preparation and gift buying duties, but in there too, we're also mums who must shuffle our broods and our load of regular duties while we do.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Travelling with Children - Must Haves in Your Travel Bag. A Guest Post by Midwife Cath Curtin and a BabyLove Nappies GIVEAWAY

Midwife Cath – Cath Curtin – is a trusted expert in women’s health, pre-pregnancy, antenatal care and education, pregnancy, labour and birth, postnatal care, breastfeeding and parenting. She has delivered over 10,000 babies throughout her 42-year career. Trained and fully-qualified as a nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse, Cath has an incomparable depth of experience.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

ZURU Tangle and ZURU Mayka Review. Exciting New Toys for Kids This Christmas and WIN! Plus, Aussie Giveaway Linkup November

Yikes! Christmas is creeping closer by the minute and the heat is now on parents everywhere to get some organisation happening around this major event.
Have you made a start on your Christmas shopping yet? Good luck with it all!

It's time to think about collecting stocking stuffers and Kris Kringle presents, gifts for your kids' friends, classmates and everyone else.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Making Family Friendly Travel Plans...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bench Africa.

When it comes to travelling as a family, how brave are you? Do you prefer to stay close to home? Do you enjoy camping? Or are you excited adventurers, challenged by distances with unusual and unique destinations in mind?

For all parents, making travel plans that are family friendly presents a highly individual undertaking. What makes a destination viable and exciting for one family, will likely be an entirely different story for another. It all comes down to your own unique personalities, family size and ages, plus the essential dynamics of cash flow, general health and your parenting levels of tolerance and resilience!
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Worlds Apart Woofy Whoops! Review. A Fun Interactive Game for Families. A Childsmart Feature...

*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep.

Board games for families never grow tired. Add all the benefits modern gadgets to these age-old favourites and traditional games just get better and better.

Our latest review for Childsmart, is the hilarious Worlds Apart Woofy Whoops! It's a game that's bound to be a cult favourite with families of all ages. There's humour, suspense and technology driving its popularity and our kids can't get enough of it!
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Luna Dark Review. Enjoy the Halloween Thrills at Melbourne's Luna Park This Halloween!

Are you looking for thrilling fun this Halloween? Well Melbournites, Luna Park's Luna Dark experience is an attraction we think you may be craving!

Six Little Hearts were invited along to this exciting four day event for an exclusive peek at all the amazement. We were positively wowed by the fun to be had for families and encourage you to get yourself in on the action fast! Luna Dark is happening right now and this is one spooky event we recommend you get yourselves involved in.
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Smile with Smiggle Jewellery and Other Exciting Christmas Delights In Store... Psst! A Giveaway Too!

If you're a Smiggle fan, (and let's face it - who isn't?!), then your favourite stationery store has just got a whole lot more sensational. Whoop!

Smiggle are proud to announce a brand new range of playful and colourful jewellery for kids and ain't that just super-est exciting news for young fashionistas everywhere!

Smiggle's new Smile with Smiggle collection includes more than 150 accessories and fashion jewels to please kid-fans who already adore all the fun and excitement embodied within the Smiggle brand.
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Monday, 23 October 2017

FUN Halloween Ideas for Kids Plus WIN A Carnival Cruise for A Family of Four!

*Six Little Hearts is an Ambassador for Carnival Cruises. Collab.

Halloween is officially upon us with just over a week until the creepy fun begins for children and the child within us all!
Whether you like October 31st, love it, or are completely void of any feeling whatsoever for this occasion, kids everywhere, all undoubtedly fall into the love it camp.
What's not to enjoy where creepy costumes, scary games, giggles and tricks plus fun foods are thrown into the mix?
Outright, I'll tell you now, our own household looks forward to this creepy day all year long! 
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

BRIO® Ant with Rolling Egg Review - A Childsmart Feature

*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep.

For parents of young children, having beautiful and quality toys that both impress and entertain, naturally comes with the territory. It's sheer joy to decorate your child's spaces, and choosing their unique playthings is a hugely sentimental part of that fun for all parents.
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Luna Park Melbourne Review...

"Hey Kids! Wanna go and road-test Luna Park?!"

Silly question I know. (I do enjoy teasing our six little hearts at times.) After all, what child, (or adult for that matter), would not enjoy the pleasures that await during a visit to this one and only historic theme park in Melbourne's trendy suburban seaside oasis known as St Kilda?

And hey, it's a hard life being a blogger but someone has do it. Wink!
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Lonely Planet Food New Release 'From The Source' Cook Books Review and Win!

If you're a food lover, then the very latest release cook books from Lonely Planet Food are bound to make you very excited!

Owning a collection of quality cook books, which are visited time and time again for inspiration, is an absolute imperative for dedicated home chefs. Lonely Planet Food's newest releases - France and Mexico, in their popular 'From the Source' series, are a divine collection of reads that are packed with stunning images from around the world, coupled with a selection of famous cuisines to match.
The books in this series are a food-lover's dream!
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bodies, Babies and the Real Truths About Motherhood...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with TENA.
Trigger warning: Childbirth and medical themes.
For many women, motherhood is the greatest role in life we could ever hope to undertake. 
I am fiercely proud of being one of these women. I neither doubt this, nor question it. I just know this fact is wholly true for myself, plain and simple.
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Fruit Cake Slice Recipe. Easy School Lunch Box Treats

Firstly, for those of you who enjoy our recipes, big apologies for the lack of baking on this website of late. The final month of winter was, for us, chequered with various illnesses and ailments in our household. (Probably the same in yours?) In amongst it all were two children's birthdays as well. Phew!
Combined with everything else, August has just been one, big, whirlwind of busyness.
Good riddance winter!

Baking is always happening around here though...
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

How Using Spriggy Can Teach Your Kids All About Money and Saving...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Spriggy.

Teaching your kids all about money and finances is a life skill that certainly needs to be taught and practised from the outset. In a world ruled by money, helping kids master the skills needed to navigate a lifetime of financial know-how, is undoubtedly wise.

Your child's financial education can effectively begin as early as the preschool years, and it's a continual process of learning that will grow in complexity along with your child. With a bit of educational investment and practical application from day one, the bank accounts and financial knowledge of your kids should flourish together.
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Thursday, 31 August 2017

At What Age Should a Child Own a Mobile Phone? An Alcatel Pop 4 Smartphone Review and Giveaway, Plus the Aussie Giveaway Linkup September...

Exactly when is the right age to give your child the independence and responsibility of their very own mobile phone? Sorry! For all parents and their kids, there are so many considerations to explore, making any kind of straightforward answer here fraught with a myriad of 'if's, buts and maybe's.'

As a parent of six kids ranging in age from preschooler, to primary-aged and high schoolers, even I can tell you that the factors to determine the 'need versus want' of arming your child with a mobile, are considerable and varied and often different for each individual child. 
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Monday, 28 August 2017

Project Nursery Mum + Bub Smartband Review. Monitor Everything Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond...

Have you got yourself a version of the newest fitness gadget yet - a smart band?

So many people have embraced the ability to have their health goals and other conveniences on-hand in the form of these modern watches. Having a smart band allows you to not only monitor your health and wellbeing at a glance, but they also give you quick alerts regarding incoming mobile phone calls and messages. In our fast-paced modern times, these gadgets are a very desirable addition to both your wardrobe and lifestyle.

Did you know there's now a Smartband specifically for mums, (and parents), on the market?
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Worlds Apart® Hello Home Disney Frozen Fabric Toy Box Review. A Childsmart Feature...

*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Representative.

Finding attractive and practical storage solutions for your children's oodles of things is a universal parenting pursuit. Childsmart have plenty of visually pleasing and kid-appealing options in store to solve your most challenging storage issues. Whether it's for a bedroom, family room or kid's corner, you'll find a range of beautiful and practical styles to choose from, in a variety of popular children's themes, on the Childsmart website.

We're currently in the process of setting up a beautiful princess-themed bedroom space for our youngest in collaboration with Childsmart. (Stay tuned for the big reveal!)

Fittingly, our latest Childsmart acquisition for this room comes from their impressive range of select brands - Worlds Apart.

Worlds Apart specialise in children's d├ęcor and we've reviewed a number of their items here already. We opt for this brand frequently, because Worlds Apart are bang-on when it comes to pleasing both adults and kids. This brand epitomises personality, practicality and quality.

Mum and daughter (in particular!), are crushing on this pretty Worlds Apart Hello Home Fabric Toy Box.

This is a beautiful whimsical item for storing toys and games while keeping your child's space clean and tidy too. The sides and base of this sweet toy box, are made of sturdy weave fabric, while the robust sides are styled in a strong MDF. The box comes with built-in handles to make moving this lightweight toy box about your home, quick and easy.

For kids, their favourite Disney Frozen characters - Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christof and Sven, are faithfully illustrated around all sides of this dream play box, making it appealing to view from any angle.

Great proportions! Sized at 39.5cm x 39.5cm x 51.5cm.

This cute storage box has a soft top flap which seals with Velcro so that little fingers can gain easy-access without the dangers of hinged lids.
The Worlds Apart Hello Home Disney Frozen toy box holds loads and is able to store a whopping 20kgs of your child's stuff and things. Within the interior's cavernous space, are two stitched-in pockets to accommodate your child's collection of treasures; pencils or other smaller items they'd like to keep handy and separate from the rest of their haul.

Strong sides are decorated with pretty snowflakes that continue the Disney Frozen theme.

Assembling this Worlds Apart play box is a super-simple 15 minute build, and all parts are provided in the flat pack carton, along with full, illustrated instructions.

This toy box a very attractive accessory for use in any area within your home frequented by kids and in need of clutter control! Use it for anything from toys to books, craft stores, kids' clothing, footwear, nappy change accessories or as a costume storage trunk.

Shop for this adorable room accessory plus other items from the Disney Frozen range, on the Childsmart website.

Are your child's toys over-flowing in your home?

How do you store your children's playthings?

*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts was gifted the featured item for review.
All opinions expressed are our own and genuine.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bright and Beautiful in August With Bellabox and Bellababy. An Unboxing and Reader Offer...

Bring on Spring!

Bellabox has an appropriate title for the general mood this month. It's Bright and Beautiful. This theme holds so much promise of the season to come, and unboxing this month's refreshing parcel was exhilarating!
There's a touch of spring in every box, to push away the last of those winter blues.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Gro Company Grofriends Ollie the Owl Light and Sound Sleep Aid Review and Giveaway

A large chunk of our lifetimes are spent in the comfort of our beds, yet convincing young children that this is actually a wonderful thing can be extremely hard!

It's no news on the parenting front that bedtime is something that kids generally don't regard too highly. For some kids, it's the act of winding-down that presents a problem. For others, natural fears take hold when the darkness falls and these can make children very reluctant to relax and rest. Either way, any disruption at bedtime for parents who are themselves tired too, is an altogether undesirable occurrence for obvious reasons.
Why can't they just go to sleep?!
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Protect-A-Bed Protectors For Mattresses and Pillows Review

With so many allergens around during any particular season in Australia, it's vital for families to take preventative measures to protect themselves from the rising incidence of health issues such as eczema and asthma. While most allergy sufferers are at a loss to pinpoint exactly what triggers a reaction in either of these extreme health conditions, many believe that dust and mould are to blame. Keeping a clean home and environment may help to ward-off these afflictions and beginning with the source itself - our bedding, is a great starting point.
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Guide To Dealing With Colic In Infancy...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with BioGaia Probiotic Drops.

There's little else in life that can compare to the joy of welcoming a new child into your home. 

For most parents, the journey from conception to birth is a time that is both blessed with wonder and fraught with worry. It all culminates with the exhilarating act of cradling your new child in your arms, as you step over your own home's threshold to begin a new life together.
Let the parenting journey begin. New life is a sheer miracle.
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Bobux Custom Shoes Review And WIN A Pair of Bobux Custom Shoes!

*Six Little Hearts are Australian Bobux Shoes Ambassadors.
Would you consider handing over a shiny new pair of designer leather shoes to your child, plus a packet of markers, and then invite your kiddo to go crazy with both?!
Well, with a pair of Bobux Custom shoes, you can do exactly this and it's completely cool for all! Really!

Have you heard of Bobux Custom shoes yet?
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Skiff Neoprene Tote Bags Review and Win a Fashionable Skiff Tote Worth $99!

Are you looking for the ultimate tote bag to cope with the demands of your busy parenting life?

Let's face the facts - mums everywhere are eternally burdened by stuff to lug when they have children in tow. Anywhere you venture with a child, (or children), means there's always loads to cart about along with them - those spare clothes, wipes, snacks and drinks and favourite toys... you know the drill only too well!

All that stuff (and bother!), needs a trusty companion bag to carry it all around in. Something versatile, colourful, different, (always nice!), incredibly reliable and easy-on-the-eye, trendy too.
Skiff neoprene tote bags are set to be your new 'mum-life' bestie!
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Worlds Apart Spin To Sing Review - A Fun New Game For The Whole Family Available At Childsmart

*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep.

Ask any kid what they want to be when they grow up and nine times out of ten, famous is the answer!
In this modern age of selfies and mega-aspirations for stardom in particular, what better way to 'belt it out' than via the exciting new family game Spin to Sing by Worlds Apart.
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