Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Introducing BabyLove Baby Wipes Plus Win The Ultimate BabyLove Pack!

Motherhood is a frantic time no matter what the age of your children. It's all about rushing around and keeping up with your kids - especially so, when they're little and keeping you on your toes with all that necessary equipment - like nappies and other bits and bobs.

Keeping things simple for yourself in the early years is ideal and something new mums quickly learn, because without well-planned shortcuts, just getting out of the house would be near impossible!
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Puzzle Fun For Kids With Crocodile Creek. A Childsmart Review...

*Six Little Hearts is a brand Rep for Childsmart.

For guaranteed fun for children of all ages, pull out the puzzles! Like all kids, ours enjoy the challenge of sorting and the discovery inherent in the activity of puzzle building. Crocodile Creek puzzles are available at Childsmart, and in a large range of exciting themes for kids of all ages.
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Budgeting Tips To Own Your Own Home Sooner...

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

Buying or refinancing a home in one of Australia's crowded capital cities such as in Sydney or Melbourne has become an issue, and for those like us scratching up a deposit to afford an abode or even trying to manage steep mortgages, the trend shows that the dream of home ownership is steadily rising out of the grasp of the average Australian.
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

An Interview With Australia's LEGO Brickman, Ryan McNaught...

It's everyone's favourite plaything - LEGO has been equally loved by kids and adults for generations and the fun never fades. For a very select few, the joy of brick-building in childhood can eventuate into an exclusive dream job in adulthood. Ryan McNaught is Australia's very own 'Brickman.' He wears the coveted title of being one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals in the world. Further, Ryan has the prestigious claim of being the only LEGO Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Latest In Store at Smiggle Plus A Smiggle Stationery Giveaway!

Whenever we get the opportunity to collaborate with Smiggle here on Six Little Hearts, our kids just about pop. So when a whole new parcel of latest finds arrived in our hands, let me tell you - the package brought so much joy! Thankfully the Smiggle team always want to spread the stationery love, so we have a great pack of Smiggle gear to giveaway to one of our readers too. Read on for more...
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Aussie Giveaway Linkup July 2017 (With Added Giveaways!)

July is here and that means another great month of prizes to be won across so many Australian blogs! Visit the new-look Aussie Giveaway Club here on either Six Little Hearts, Agent Mystery Case or The Baby Vine from the 1st of each month, all month long, to enter the best of the best giveaways available across many brilliant Australian blogging websites!
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cooking For Little Ones With Rafferty's Garden - A Rafferty's Garden Food Hamper Giveaway for Two Readers!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Rafferty's Garden.

Having your pantry stocked with healthy options for the entire family is key to staying on the right track for dietary health. When it comes to your very young family members however, this need for healthy food requirements becomes especially important. Offering a varied and colourful diet, rich in the essential food groups of carbohydrates, dairy foods, proteins, vegetables and fruits is vital for growth and health in children and adults alike.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tonka Tinys Review and A Tonka 70th Anniversary Giveaway!

Tonka playthings have been a constant in the toy boxes of generations of kids since their inception in 1947, with 2017 marking a proud and significant, 70th Anniversary for the brand. Tonka trucks and car-themed toys are readily classed as a 'forever hit' by consumers, a fact which sees just about every kid coveting a much-loved vehicle or two of their own.

Our own boys have played long and hard with their collection of much-loved Tonka trucks which continue to bring ready smiles to their faces today.
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Lemon Glazed Cranberry and Oat Biscuits Recipe

Winter is all about comfort foods and cookies are just the thang for comfort in the cold aren't they? There's nothing nicer than the delicious waft of a home bake drifting through your home, mixed with all that artificially-induced warmth from your heater! While I am literally counting down the days until summer, I figure I might as well make the most of the 'season without reason' while it's here, and bake it all away by the warmth of my oven.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bellabox Bellababy Review, June's Parcel Unboxed...

This June's Bellababy parcel is a true bumper issue with loads of exciting inclusions and full sized try-me-outs. It's always a pleasure opening this parcel dedicated to mums and their children, and this month's arrival proved just as exciting to unbox as ever.
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Friday, 16 June 2017

Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash Review and Giveaway

While every child adores the blasting power of Nerf products, it can also be said that every parent enjoys the thrill of the Nerf range too! Nerf, by toy leaders, Hasbro, have now got a new combo toy range on the market that merges the thrill of the traditional Nerf blast with good old-fashioned stunt car fun in the new Nerf Nitro selection of toys which are in store now.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen - The Biggest Ice Show To Tour Australia Plus Giveaway!

These coming winter school holidays, get ready to experience the full story of the Academy Award-winning feature Frozen live, in the ice spectacular Disney On Ice presents Frozen!
For a strictly limited season this June and July, audiences will be transported to the beautiful Arrendelle as Disney On Ice presents Frozen travels to seven cities across Australia.

This special show is set to wow audiences of all ages, with the largest and most complex production of its kind to be staged in Australia ever, brought to you by Feld Entertainment, the creators of Disney On Ice.
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

An Interview With Lah-Lah - Tina Harris, Plus An Exclusive Celebrity Family Recipe Share and Giveaway!

All parents of preschool aged children will need little introduction to popular children's entertainer Lah-Lah, AKA the lovely Tina Harris, the talented star of Lah-Lah's Big Live Band!

Tina is instantly recognisable to most, with her vibrant personality and distinctive look. She's a singing talent who is backed by real-life husband and co-performer Mark (Buzz), and their group of loveable co-star musical friends in the popular children's television show Lah-Lah's Adventures. The show airs daily on ABC Kids, weekdays at 1 pm.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Lonely Planet Kids Book Review - New Releases for Kids and Win A Book Pack! Plus The Aussie Giveaway Linkup June

It's officially winter now and if you're anything like me, you're probably already counting the days until September 1st when spring swings around once again! Brrr!

It's been freezing here down south in Melbourne and that means it's the time of the year to spend more time indoors with piping hot cups of cocoa, open fires or heaters, lots of television and Netflix, hot, rich meals and... your kids!

The next three months of cold can be taxing on any parent, with little break from the constant need to feed your children with a steady stream of activities to prevent boredom. Thankfully, Lonely Planet Kids publishers have a brand new collection of titles to provide loads of entertainment for your young ones, even on the bleakest of days. These vibrant and entertaining books will ensure your kids stay happy and busy for hours indoors this winter.
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Bellabox Bellababy Review, A May Unboxing Plus Reader Discount Offer...

Have you signed up for Bellababy subscription parcels yet?!

We've been featuring Bellababy here each month for a good while now, and if you're a mum to a young one, this is the subscription parcel choice for you. Find treats for mama and bubba within each month's handpicked parcel, delivered right to your door. With winter officially just days away now, a Bellabox of any kind, (there are several themes to choose from), will see you loaded with supplies to keep you going. There'll be little need to pop outside in the cold this season, to top-up on much-needed supplies.
That's a good enough reason to sign up already don't you think?
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Parenting - A Reminder to Keep An Eye on Your Children's Eyesight...

Parenting is so much in line with the 'when it rains it pours sentiment.' In times of illness, one sick child can lead to many. When it comes to mess, the more kids you have the bigger the chaos and so it seems too, that when it comes to health issues such as eye problems, we can apply this same analogy here as well.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Little Eats For Little Ones, Baking With Rafferty's Garden

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Rafferty's Garden.

Being a mum is a busy business, especially during those early years when your younger child looks to you for everything. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are all strongly dependent upon their parents in every possible way, and that precious fact is both a source of pure joy - and exhausting!

Sleepless nights, teething, nappies, washing, cleaning and the endless calls for your attention are all typical examples of life for mums in these formative years. To top it off, there are a minutiae of pressures to weigh you down from every source, both inside and outside the home. It's no wonder motherhood is widely considered the world's most difficult job!

Personally, one of the trickiest elements of being a mum for me, is keeping my kids fed and content with the food choices that are laid before them. There is so much focus these days on living a healthy lifestyle and making positive food choices. That's a fantastic thing too. In theory it all makes so much sense, however younger kids can often have their own agendas. (Don't we all know it?!)

Little ones are renown fussy eaters so it can be an outright challenge feeding this age group. The trick it seems, is to keep it all simple and relaxed for both yourself and your child. Make healthy options available at all times, and don't stress when your child refuses to eat at the established ideal of set meal times. Small kids thrive on a constant source of energy, so regular, healthy eats are often the way to go with this age group, over the three meals a day philosophy.

You're on the right track by making sure you offer your child a good variety of eats from all of the food groups every day, and include as many options as you can from these groups within every snacking opportunity.

While it's wonderful and enormously satisfying to be able to make your own healthy foods for your child, rest assured that options available from companies such as Rafferty's Garden are there to offer their support.

Rafferty's Garden have a great selection of premium baby and toddler foods available in supermarkets, which can assist you to nourish your child during the busy times. Their convenient range is free of preservatives, artificial colours, flavours, GM ingredients and other nasties.

To help busy mums, Rafferty's Garden now has a recipe hub where you can find a vast and convenient collection of mum-approved, meal and snack ideas to make for your little one.

We thought it would be a great idea to get creative with some Rafferty's Garden pouches, and have come up with two delicious offerings that are bound to go down well with toddlers (and their older siblings!). Make sure you give these simple suggestions a try.

The following recipe for little vegetable quiches is especially delicious as a lunch or dinner option, but you can offer these at any time of day. Served warm or cold, these small parcels are packed with vegetables and an added flavour hit from the addition of a pouch of Rafferty's Garden Happy Tummies Vegetable Risotto. These are an ideal lunchbox inclusion for children of any age.

Little Vegetable Quiches
Makes 24. Preparation time 15 mins. Baking time 25 mins.
Not suitable for freezing. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You will need a 24 small muffin pan baking sheet and one large round scone cutter.
Optional: small star cookie cutter.

Approximately 4 sheets of puff pastry
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 medium carrot,
1 medium zucchini
1/4 red capsicum
1 cup of finely grated extra tasty cheese
3 small bunches of English spinach, finely chopped
1/2 a leek finely sliced
4 small Truss tomatoes finely sliced
1 pouch of Rafferty's Garden Happy Tummies Vegetable Risotto
3 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter for frying
Milk for brushing the pastry.

Set aside and defrost 4 sheets of puff pastry.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Using a blender with a shredding disc, finely slice the carrot, zucchini and leek. Also, finely dice the capsicum and English spinach.

Add the tablespoon of butter to a saucepan and lightly cook the leek until it becomes transparent. Then add the shredded (or finely chopped) vegetables and seasoning and cook for a few minutes until softened.

In the meantime, add the eggs to a bowl and the contents of the Rafferty's Garden Happy Tummies Vegetable Risotto and whisk together.

Using the scone cutter, cut rounds from the pastry sheets and line each muffin hole with these to form the base of the quiches.

First place spoonfuls of the cooked vegetables into each pastry base.

Then gently spoon the egg mixture into each cup on top of the shredded vegetables, before topping each mini quiche with a sprinkling of cheese, a sliver of tomato and a pastry star (if desired).

Brush each quiche with milk and place the tray in the oven for 25 minutes until golden.

Allow the mini quiches to cool before serving to your child.

For eats on the go, nothing beats the lure of a delicious cookie. Youngsters will love these healthy fruity oat biscuits. These are a soft cookie and it won't crumble either so there's little mess left in their wake. The cookies are sweetened with the addition of a pouch of Rafferty's Garden Blueberries, Banana and Apple puree and just a hint of honey. They're high in fibre and a great snack for toting-along in your nappy bag.

Fruity Oat Biscuits
Makes approximately 34 cookies. Preparation time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes.

1 cup of oat bran
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1 cup of self raising flour
1 egg
100gm salt reduced butter, softened
2 tablespoons of honey, melted
1/2 a tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of finely chopped raisins.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a biscuit baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl, add the oat bran, coconut, SR flour and cinnamon and mix together.

Make a well in the centre and add the Rafferty's Garden Blueberries, Banana and Apple puree, egg, butter, raisins and honey then stir well until all ingredients combine and form a wet dough.

Roll teaspoon-sized balls of the biscuit mix into balls and place these onto the baking sheet. Gently flatten each a little with your fingers to form a rounded cookie shape.

Bake in a moderate oven for around 15 minutes. The biscuits are ready when they become a light golden colour. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, visit the Rafferty's Garden recipe hub.
Find Rafferty's Garden on Facebook or follow them on Instagram @raffertys_garden.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Worlds Apart Bear Hug Stack Storage Review (and More!), Plus A Special Childsmart Giveaway in May...

*Six Little Hearts is a Brand Rep for Childsmart.

Kids and their stuff. How's that working out at your place?

We're always juggling kids and their things in our home and with six children in the house, space is understandably prized. It seems we're forever looking for storage solutions and will be into the foreseeable future. I really do appreciate that we're over-run with kid stuff for the time being, (it's a happy time), and I am more than happy to continue to find decorative and creative ways to cheerily store our children's possessions while we are.
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Quick Mix Chocolate Brownies Recipe...

Winter always means decadent eats for me. The way I see it, there's got to be some kind of positive pay-off for the miserably cold weather. Chocolate in all its forms is what gets me feeling spesh, and I swear, it wards off the yearly return of the SADs. (Seasonal Affective Disorder.)
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Knotlace Review, Fashionable Jewellery For All Occasions and Win a Knotlace Collection...

As a mum, when it comes to wearing fashion jewellery, I'll be honest with you - I've always steered well away from it and felt destined to admire it from afar. Despite the gorgeous fashionable designs and varied looks statement jewels can give, quite frankly where motherhood is concerned, most of it just doesn't cut it in the wearability stakes. Kids, motherhood, (AKA house cleaner), and the plethora of tasks women face each day, for me just hasn't fared well when combined with jewellery wearing.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Cherry Thumbprint Biscuits, A Special Mother's Day Bake

As a child I loved to visit or stay-over at my grandmother's house at every available opportunity. Like the grandmother most of us remember, (or are blessed to have around us still), my own was a kind and loving woman who was thoughtful, highly skilled the old-world arts of craft, sewing and knitting, and I recall that she was a great pleasure to be around.

In her youth, my grandmother was an accomplished pianist who shared her musical talents with audiences during the silent movie era at local movie houses. She continued to play her most prized possession - her piano, every day to keep her fingers limber, even into her later years. Her music was beautiful and it's impossible for me to think of this amazing woman without the memory of her being surrounded by music. To this day, if I hear a solo piano tune of the 1920's era, I still think of her with great happiness and longing.
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Friday, 5 May 2017

Handbag Essentials For Busy Mums From Laser, Plus WIN!

Mother's Day is almost here and it's an annual event that sees most of us scrambling for gift inspiration. While you can go the usual trusted route when sourcing gifts and buy your mum flowers, chocolates or slippers, you could also try thinking a little outside the box to find some specific gifts for mamas who prefer to live life in the fast lane.
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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Itchy Baby Co. Review - Target Eczema Naturally and Win

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Itchy Baby Co.

Any parent who has ever experienced the anguish caused by the eczema experience within their own home, will know only too well that the condition, though common, is an extremely difficult one to treat.

The prevalence of eczema is quite rampant in babies and young children. Most will thankfully, eventually grow out of the condition, but some will not. Either way, it's a long journey for all involved along the way.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

A SodaStream Mother's Day Giveaway Plus the Aussie Giveaway Linkup May...

It's May and for mothers everywhere, it's time to enjoy our big day! Mother's Day is just about here,  with Sunday the 14th of May only a couple of weeks away. Are you excited?!

Since becoming a mum way back in 2000, I have learned so much and also given an incredible amount of myself to my children. Through my own daily interactions with my family I have endured many times over, all kinds of life experiences via this one role. Motherhood is certainly one of life's greatest journeys and at this time of year, I feel incredibly blessed to have embraced this life wholeheartedly along with my husband of eons and our hoards of children. Together we've built an empire I am so deliciously proud of.
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Saturday, 29 April 2017

April Bellabox and Bellababy Unboxed Plus A Special Reader Offer & Mother's Day Gift Preview...

It's time to unveil the goodies within the little blue parcels that are Bellabox for the month of April. Can you believe the speed with which each month travels at this time of year? I seriously feel as though I just published my Bellabox March review and here we are again at the doorway of a whole new month!

Anyways, this Bellababe just loves sharing a peek within these monthly treats here, and I truly enjoy trialling all the latest in beauty goods even more. There's no better way to refill your bathroom cabinet, makeup bag, or, (in the case of a Bellababy parcel), your nappy bag or change table caddy too. There's always a pocket sized treat to give you convenience on the go, or a new product entirely to road test. You never know just what you will discover inside a Bellabox.
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Introducing Bobux Kid+ Shoes And An Exciting Reader Giveaway!

After 25 years of producing quality footwear for young kids, you'll be excited to learn that Bobux are now making larger shoe sizes!

On February 10th this year, Bobux proudly launched their new Kid+ range of footwear for bigger kids and we were so honoured to be a part of the big reveal at the official Melbourne launch a little way back.
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Gardening Made Easy with Bosch!

Autumn is easily the best time of the year to get outside and stuck into the garden.
With the extremes of temperatures for a short time blissfully under control, currently around our home, it's all hands-on-deck to get our outdoors looking spiffy before the big chill sets in.

Sadly our yard is far from swish at any time of year. (Please feel free to conjure-up images of weeds, leaves, children's toys, muddy holes and general junk spread artfully across our quarter acre block - all with thanks to our kids.) Believe me when I say our garden is far from Pinterest-worthy! We are trying bit by bit, to get there though. Lately especially, we've been buying plants and tools and getting our kids involved in all things to do with beautifying our own piece of earth and it's working beautifully on so many levels.
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Oobi Fashion for Girls Autumn Preview 2017...

One of the many joys of having a young daughter, is the opportunity to dress her! Clothing for little girls is abundantly varied, colourful and pretty, and after a long break between our girls, (there are four boys between them!), it's so lovely to have these precious moments over again. 

Seeing your girl all dressed up is something that brings happiness not only to your own child and yourself, but to others too. I can't recall the number of occasions where we have been stopped on the street on account of the outfits worn by our youngest. It's plain to see the happiness bright fabrics and adorable designs on a young child can bring.
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Celebrate This Easter and Beyond With New Release Miffy Merchandise!

It's hard to believe that the iconic Miffy stories we're all so familiar with, were first penned over 60 long years ago!

Way back in 1955, Dutch artist Dick Bruna created his multi-generational endearing bunny character Miffy. Her magnetic cuteness and longevity have stemmed from a winning combination of Bruna's simple, colourful illustrations combined with a childlike sense of adventure. It's a marriage which has seen the books continually loved the world over to this day.
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Monday, 10 April 2017

Easter Baking With Kitchen Warehouse - A Delicious Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

As a dedicated home-baker, I am always keen to have a playdate with my own kitchen. The art of regularly churning out sweet treats for my family, daily, (from muffins, cakes and cookies and other delicious treats) is a task I quite naturally enjoy. For me, the entire process of cooking - from the recipe creation itself to the coveted moment when my kids taste the (hopefully!) delicious results, is truly a rewarding experience.
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hosting A Fun Family Movie Night With Sing and Some Chocolate Vanilla Cookies to Bake!

*This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Australian families can now head in store wherever you buy your favourite family movies and find a Special Edition copy of the brand-spanking new film Sing on the shelves, ready to take home and enjoy! Woohoo!
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