Tuesday, 19 June 2018

LeapFrog New Releases For Kids Review and Win LeapFrog LeapPad Games!


Children learn through play and there's so much more to learn when kids play with LeapFrog educational devices. We've trusted LeapFrog to entertain and educate our own kids from the get-go, and these toys have well and truly proven their worth over the years within our family. They remain popular still, and with thanks to regular releases and updates from LeapFrog, they have remained current too. 
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Monday, 18 June 2018

New Learning Fun For Kids From VTech and A Toy Giveaway!


Kids and artistic pursuits just go together don't they? All children like to scribble and write from the time they can manage to grasp a pen or paint brush and it continues from there. Our daughter is a fine example of the hours of fun to be had participating in the leisurely art of drawing. One only needs to take a look at the floors in our home on any particular day when she's been at the task for just a few minutes. There's a perpetual mess of paper, markers, scissors and colouring books strewn everywhere by our young artist in our home. That scene alone speaks volumes on the topic! 
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Jasnor Bush Baby World Blossoms Review and A Bush Baby World Giveaway!


We couldn't resist sharing the fact that the delightful world of the Bush Babies has just expanded! Regular readers will know exactly what we're talking about - those endearing characters of the Bush Baby World which we have featured here previously, (also here). The BB's are back with a new and exciting range of characters and plots from the Bush Baby World YouTube sensation, Bush Baby World. 
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Kooki U Review. Makeup Especially For Kids And Tweens...


Have you ever had your child use your expensive cosmetics? Never a great idea! Kids can very quickly ruin expensive makeup with their inexperience, heavy-handedness or just plain clumsiness. If you've spent hundreds of dollars on the contents of your cosmetics bag, then chances are you're not going to enjoy it when your kids decide they need to 'have a go' with your designer brands!
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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Aussie Giveaway Linkup June 2018...



Visit the Aussie Giveaway Club here on either Six Little Hearts or Agent Mystery Case from the 1st of each month, all month long, to enter the best of the best giveaways available across many brilliant Australian blogging websites.  

Stay tuned for some great giveaways planned here this month, as well as reviews of products we love.

For starters, Melbourne residents can enter to win two, A Reserve tickets to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 years of Magic valued at $96. Just head over to the Six Little Hearts Facebook page and leave your entry on the pinned post. It's quick and simple! 
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

ZURU Toy Review. The Latest Fun Stuff For Kids From ZURU And A $117 Toy Giveaway!


When it comes to extreme fun and gimmicky toys for kids, ZURU are the leaders in their field! For young fans of the quirky and collectable, this brand have wants and needs well and truly covered. How do I know? Just ask my kids!

When a chunky box of ZURU goodies arrived recently, the attraction was instant, especially with my youngest three kids aged 5, 10 and 11. Read on because not only are our kids continuing to have a ball with the latest from Zuru - one of our lucky readers also has a chance to grab some fun of their own with our bumper ZURU prize pack giveaway worth $117! 
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Dinnerly Review. Healthy Meals, Home Delivered...


By dinnertime each day, I'm exhausted! We all are aren't we? Each of us are so often pushed to the limit to get things done, making it difficult to find the time and energy to do the essentials in life - like the shopping, cooking and healthy eating thing. (Even finding the time to write a shopping list can be a challenge!)

For many of us, weeknight meals are typically fast and dull and frequently involve cartons or cans. Alternatively, we might make an expensive take-out grab on the way home in our efforts to try and catch up with the clock and that nagging fatigue. It's by no means the most ideal way to live and don't we all know it! Thankfully, there are solutions these days to diminish our perpetual tail-chasing ways, and they're there waiting for us when we need them most.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mister Maker Chats With Six Little Hearts! Our EXCLUSIVE Interview With Phil Gallagher...


Get set to go craft crazy this July when Mister Maker visits Australia in a brand new national show – Mister Maker Returns - featuring all new crafts, songs and adventures. It’s the first time the show will be performed anywhere in the world and the man himself promises it will be “loads of fun and really exciting." Visit Live Nation for more details about venues and locations.
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Smiggle's 15th Birthday Limited Edition Review and Giveaway!


Can you believe Smiggle has been around around for 15 whole years?! Yup! Way back in 2003, Smiggle opened their colour-filled stores to a fan base that's been growing steadily ever since.

I can even remember my own, first-ever visit to a Smiggle store. Back in 2003, my two eldest kids were just one third their current size and safely strapped into our monster double pram. The third, (just a newborn), was huddled on my front in the baby carrier. (Dreamy moment...) Believe it or not, it was easier to browse the goodies in Smiggle with my kids in those days than it is now. Just think - they couldn't touch things or want stuff incessantly like they do now.
Those were the days. (Just a shame I didn't realise it then!)
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Lonely Planet Kids New Book Releases. Win 1 of 2 Book Packs Worth $105! Plus The May Aussie Giveaway Linkup


Whether you have travel plans on the horizon or not, Lonely Planet Kids publishers have educational books of all kinds to excite and entertain readers of all ages. Some of our kids' favourite reads and activity books are by Lonely Planet Kids, and we always look forward to new releases to share with our readers.

New releases for March and April offer a collection of fantastic books for kids and the whole family.
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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe. Winter Family Meal Ideas...


There's nothing quite as good as the homely comfort of settling down to a slow cooked meal in the colder months. The aroma and flavours of a dish that has simmered in its own juices for hours, is warming and delicious. A slow cooker is one kitchen essential every family should have for convenience and variety when it comes to food preparation and simplicity.
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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Jasnor Bush Baby World Dream Tree Review and A Bush Baby World Giveaway!


Just prior to Christmas last year, we featured the delightful Bush Babies who are a collection of adorable and fluffy, collectable characters for kids to enjoy. The Bush Babies have their very own YouTube channel and dedicated website - Bush Baby World. (For a complete refresher on these sweet little characters, please visit our earlier post here on Six Little Hearts to read all about the Bush Babies.) 
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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Travel Happy With Belkin Tech Accessories and Win!


How are your school holidays going so far? Got travel plans underway? Good luck!
Travelling in a car with kids for any longer than an hour is enough to send most parents crazy. Kids generally speaking, just don't travel well at all in the family vehicle. Driving to the tune of bickering, moans of boredom and complaints about petty issues is a pretty painful experience for us all! 
Thank goodness for the following tech innovations from Belkin to smooth-out the journey
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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Time For Time Out? Mums Can Take A Break With OneFlare and Win


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

There's no more exhausting role in life than motherhood. It's a wonderful and rewarding experience raising your kids and watching them grow. There are many highs to celebrate and countless lows to struggle through, but it's a role that still gets a highly regarded universal nod from everybody. Mostly from us mums ourselves.
When it all comes down to basics, the uppermost rewards of mothering are definitely worth the hard work involved. 
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Monday, 2 April 2018

New Tech From Laser. WIN a $150 Laser Tech Pack! Aussie Giveaway Linkup April...


When you're a parent, having an abundance of tech at your disposal is a lifesaver! Whether it's for your own personal use or for your children to enjoy, a good selection of tech in your household will serve you well. 

Taking a family road trip is one scenario that definitely calls for a supply of trusty tech to see you through, especially where kids are involved. Next time you travel, quit the 'moans' before they even have the chance to begin with your favourite tablet PC's, hand-held gaming devices and electronic learning gadgets to keep all ages entertained and sane on the journey. 
Consider adding a few further tech essentials, and you can make road travel far less taxing for all. 
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

How To Keep Kids Healthy This Winter...


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

Summertime has many glorious highlights for just about everybody. Sunny skies, beach visits and happy kids on holidays are just a handful of the joys we can all appreciate. For parents especially, warm weather is welcomed in addition to these fun factors because generally speaking, our kids' health in this season is also high. Come the cooler seasons though, and the sniffles, viruses and germs we had all but forgotten during the sunny months, can make a return with a vengeance. 
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sash And Belle Handbags Review - The Max Backpack...


With the cooler season approaching, it's time to make your seasonal handbag switch-over. The colder months require a sturdy bag that will provide protection by design from the wet, and colour schemes to match your clothing as the clouds roll in. Don't forget it must have tons of space to hold all those essentials too!

Gotta love a go-to backpack that fulfils all the needs of the season. 
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

How To Create a Teen Study Space On A Budget...


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

With our eldest daughter studying year 12 this year, having a dedicated space for her to studiously work is a must. Daily there are hours of homework tasks to plough through, so an area that's comfortable and welcoming in our home is essential to assist her to feel motivated, focused and hopefully, a little more stress-free.
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Monday, 12 March 2018

LeapFrog LeapStart Review and Win a LeapStart For Your Child!


Do you remember learning to read as a child? It was certainly a big challenge! Mastering all those basics; from the fundamental recognition of the letters of the alphabet, to phonetics, word-by-sight recognition and meaning. It's a huge step for all early learners. Learning to read never really stops either - from childhood to adulthood, there are always new words to discover and a greater understanding to be gained. With so many necessary factors in play (and all of them not necessarily fun), helping your child learn to positively approach language and reading skills with enthusiasm is a must to foster a life-long, head-start in all aspects of life. 
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Aussie Giveaway Linkup March...


The arrival of March sees another great month of prizes to be won across many fantastic Australian blogs and websites. Visit the Aussie Giveaway Club here on either Six Little Hearts or Agent Mystery Case 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 February 2018

Worlds Apart Disney Princess Bedroom Makeover. A Childsmart Feature


*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart brand rep.

Princesses are, generally speaking, a theme adored by many little girls and our own young daughter is no exception to this fact. 

A while back, Childsmart offered us the opportunity to experience the joy of the princess vibe in a very unique way within our own home, via a bedroom makeover. Naturally we jumped at the chance. We were fortunate enough to be gifted the prettiest bedroom suite imaginable for our youngest and it's a daily dream come true for our 5 year old! 
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Simple Steps To Planning A Life Audit...


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

Life is rarely simple and straightforward no matter how hard we try to streamline it. It can be incredibly difficult to control the smaller details of our lives in order to get a good grasp at the bigger picture. Yet it is so essential for our well-being to be organised and well-prepared for anything despite the day-to-day difficulties. Having your life in order allows a sense of feeling 'in control,' and doing so, makes the journey forward in life smooth and trouble-free. 
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Monday, 26 February 2018

Lonely Planet Kids New Book Releases Plus WIN 1 of 3 Lonely Planet Kids Book Packs Worth $55 Each!


When it comes to choosing educational and entertaining kids' books, Lonely Planet Kids have the themes and titles to impress. It's easy to see why. Whenever a fresh batch of Lonely Planet Kids book releases arrive on our doorstep, our younger kids come running with excitement. (Yes! For books!) They're always eager to get reading and drawing and make a start on the brilliant activities they know to be contained within. 
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Friday, 16 February 2018

Crocodile Creek® Review. Cool Gear for Kids. A Childsmart Feature...


*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep. 

Yay for the new school year and new school gear!
Our kids love this time of year. According to them, good things come in crunchy new packets, fashionable colour schemes and designs. As a mum, I find I am in full agreement. Choosing gear for kids is certainly a fun pursuit for all ages no matter what the occasion.

Our youngest child started Prep this year and she is currently in 'newness' overload. Every single inch of her on any school day is crisp, vividly bright and positive. Naturally her essentials are happy and colourful to match this exciting life stage.


Crocodile Creek® is a very popular brand under the Childsmart lineup, and their products for kids are truly adorable. Crocodile Creek® provide an array of colourful children's puzzles (we've previously reviewed one here), as well as backpacks, lunchboxes and drink and serving ware to please young kids.

We absolutely love this bright new school, (or daycare, kinder or wherever!) travel set for kids.

Make sure your kids have possessions that stand out in the crowd to ensure continued ownership.
Children are better at looking after their things when they can identify them easily.

This backpack is so cute! There's a magic castle and a girly-pink unicorn, even some ivy-type flocking to create a visual fantasy theme that really captivates. The quality is excellent too, with mid-weight canvas making the bag just right for little bodies to carry, also strong enough to withstand regular use - in this case as a school bag.

The backpack has a clever selection of compartments and pockets to keep kids' stuff organised. The front pocket has specially designated spaces for pens and smalls like bus passes and notices and there's even a key clip just like all good backpacks should have.

There are fully adjustable straps on the backpack and according to our little one, they're comfortable too. The addition of strong corded loops on the main chunky zippers makes this bag very easy to use where little kids are concerned.



You must have a matching lunchbox too! How cute is this one?!

This insulated carry bag is big and fun. We've no problem fitting loads of lunch in this one. There are twin easy-glide zippers and a strong carry handle.


Plenty of room and no squish factor!

Mesh pocket on the lunch tote's rear is great for extra storage of napkins, cutlery etc.

Happy school days ahead!
...And there's a Crocodile Creek® drink bottle to match! There are seven styles to choose from and they're all BPA free and Phthalate free. This bottle holds 475ml of liquid and it closes tight without spills. I wash ours in the dishwasher (because it's a good fit in there!). There's also a handle for clipping onto a backpack. This is one tough and pretty little accessory!


Take a look at the Crocodile Creek® range of kids' gear on the Childsmart website. Their accessories are delightful and come in a large range for boys and girls. (I particularly love this set - the Backyard Friends Bundle.

Parenting tip: It's wise to have a couple of school bag and lunchbox alternatives for your child on-hand to cope with the inevitable disasters of loss, last-minute spills and hidden mouldy sandwiches!


*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts were gifted the featured items for our consideration.
All opinions expressed are our own and genuine.















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Monday, 12 February 2018

Leap Frog LeapPad™ Ultimate Review. WIN a LeapPad™ Ultimate Valued at $199.95...


Kids these days always seem to want what you've got don't they? If you have a tablet PC and their little friends also have tablet PC's, then you're bound to have a child who will hound you for one too at some not-to-distant point on the horizon. 

Tech in all its forms is a huge factor in our world, (arguably for better or worse), and where kids are concerned, considerations such as safety, educational relevance and even strength are just three important points to think-on when making that first tablet purchase for your child. 
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Shopping AND Saving with Shop A Docket...



*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Shop A Docket.


No matter what your financial situation is, it can be said that we're all in the same basic frame of mind when it comes to cutting corners and saving money. The habit of actively preserving our precious cash where possible, is a universal one.
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Elektra Cloud9 Nap Mats Review...


Encouraging your young child to take a daily nap when they're tired can be one of the most frustrating moments in any parent's day. Little kids seem to enjoy bouncing along for hours, oblivious to their fatigue and the frustration this causes others. Successful nap times are all about finding and sticking to a routine that works for everyone and of course, having the right equipment on hand to keep the approach simple, comfortable and gentle.
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Aussie Giveaway Linkup February 2018...


Welcome February! It's back-to-school month for kiddos across Australia and time for parents everywhere to celebrate a few precious hours of peace each day from Monday to Friday! Hope you are enjoying your daytime alone if this scenario applies to you.
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Monday, 29 January 2018

Antipodes® Natural Skin Care Review...




If you appreciate natural skin care products, then the Antipodes brand of beauty care is something I strongly encourage you to look-into. Antipodes is a line of naturally sourced, organic, plant-based skin treatments from New Zealand. The Antipodes line differs distinctly from other natural brands in that their range of products are actually scientifically tested, giving real proven results without harming the environment. ...And of course, they're amazing in so many other ways with a heavenly mix of ingredients and scents!
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Monday, 22 January 2018

BRIO® Minis Toy Review. A Childsmart Feature...


*Six Little Hearts is a Childsmart Brand Rep.

The popularity of BRIO® toys today, has been a journey lovingly forged through decades of joyful play. BRIO® continue to successfully excite each new generation by re-invigorating and innovating the most popular of childhood play classics. Through a practical merging of materials like wood and plastics, their playthings come to life in both colour, form and function. Modern kids delight in these bright, traditional-styled toys that remain educational, fun and entertaining - just as their mums and dads found too, as children!
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