Monday, 29 September 2014

Missoni for Target

I have been waiting soooo long since hearing that Missoni for Target was coming to Australia.
I've always wanted a Missoni Target baby blanket that they had over in America and now I can finally get in on it and get one of the gorgeous blankets from Target in the upcoming days!

Missoni, one of the best known, loved and recognised fashion brands in the world is coming to Target. For over 14 months, Target and Missoni have worked tirelessly to bring together a collection that reflects their shared values of style and quality.

The iconic Missoni collection launches in store and online 08.10.2014. It’s limited edition, which means once stock is sold out, there will be no more to come. Make sure you don’t miss out on products you like.

Start your Wish List now online to help you shop the collection quicker once it's on sale!

Missoni collection includes patterns of geo, floral, stripe and wave.

Here are just a few of the pieces (along with the Missoni blankets above) that I love from the range:







Ensure you visit the website link below to view the full range.
Will you be at the doors on opening for the Missoni launch? I know I will be!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Funtastic HQ visit

Lucky little Niah & I were able to revisit Funtastic HQ where it is kids toys and merchandise galore!
Last year Niah & I visited the team when Niah was only 2 weeks old so she wasn't doing much at all that would require many toys but now that Niah just turned 1 at the start of September, our home is filled with many fun things from her learning toys that help her develop all those needed skills. 
I love watching Niah play and get so excited when she learns something. Just the other day Niah learnt to press a button in a book we were reading that allowed the dog to start barking, it was just a beautiful moment. 

Funtastic look after many fabulous brands like LeapFrog, Paw Patrol, Flutterbye, Floaties, Pillow Pets, Razor, CBK just to name a few. 

Funtastic show cased to us many toys that have just been released and toys that are soon to be released just in time for Christmas which is 90 days away! Can you believe it, how fast has this year just flown by on us! I'm so excited for Niah to understand a little bit more this year and to be able to open her own chrissy presents from Santa, there is many and I mean many toys that Funtastic presented to me that I will be putting under our Christmas Tree for Niah this year!

Cabbage Patch Kids (CBK) - have these gorgeous new arrivals with the collaboration with Sketchers - Twinkle Toes Shoes that have me wanting to put this on my own Christmas list. 
I adore the Twinkle Toe Shoes that Sketchers have and am dying to get Niah into them already! I remember when I was still pregnant with Niah and wanting to buy the shoes when I saw them when out shopping with Dan but he said we should wait until Niah is here and can fit them.. well Dan, we are sooo close now!!
These shoes on the CBK are sold in-stores so your little one can have matching shoes to the CBK. 
The retail price is about $89.

Kinetic Sand - 
98% sand and 2% magic - this sand will wow you if you haven't already experienced it!
This product I know has been taking off as it's something you can have inside the house without having to go outside and makes no mess what so ever as it sticks, never drying out also!
Kinetic Sand has been taken too by adults as well as it's some what therapeutic you could say.
With add on features to make this experience even better you can purchase colourful moulds to make figures with the kinetic sand.
At such a stunningly affordable price of $19.99 for the kinetic sand and $29.99 for the neon play set moulds. 

Air Hogs - The newest is the Roller Copter. This is the entry level starting toy before your little one will get their hands onto the remote controlled objects. This helps the younger children to be able to still enjoy the same playing but with the assistance of roller copter who can roll himself up walls instead of crashing, roll across the floor and more being a better use toy when indoors. 
Completely indestructible and heavy duty. 
This will retail around the $69.99 mark

You'll be able to visit LeapFrog, Paw Patrol and PILLOW PETS latest products with more in depth information to the products in separate posts:

Read the latest from LeapFrog here.

Read the latest from Paw Patrol here.

Read the latest from PILLOW PETS here

Be sure to check back soon to see all the upcoming products that will be out in time for Christmas! There is loads of things that you and especially the kids will want to get their hands on!!

Paw Patrol Latest Products

Paw Patrol rush to the rescue 
With wagging tails

These paws uphold the laws! 

Tackle the high-stakes rescue missions of the Paw Patrol crew with these cute action-figure pups, plush pups and transforming vehicles.

Team up with the six heroic puppies: Chase, Rocky, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, and Rubble who are led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old-boy named Ryder.

Paw Patrol uniquely blends problem solving skills, cool vehicles and loads of cute doggy humour, so kids will love helping the Paw Patrol work together on action-packed rescue adventures to protect the Adventure Bay community!

Paw Patrol Action Pack Pup and Badge | RRP $9.99
Need some Paw Patrol help? Collect each loveable Paw Patrol pup and work together as a team! Whether it's Chase, Rubble, Skye, Rocky or Marshall, each pup has a unique push button transformation. Your child will even discover the hero inside by joining the Paw Patrol and wearing the official Paw Patrol Badge that's included. Because with Paw Patrol, no job is too big, no pup is too small.

Paw Patrol Rescue Racer | RRP $9.99

Paw Patrol Racers to the rescue! Choose your favorite Paw Patrol character and rush into Adventure Bay action with their special vehicle. Race with Chase, zoom with Zuma, or ride with Ryder, and more. You'll find all of your favourite pup pals and vehicles with REAL working wheels. Just push and play.


Paw Patrol Vehicles with Pup | RRP $19.99
Get fired up with Marshall and the rest of the Paw Patrol by collecting the entire line of Paw Patrol vehicles. Together, your child's imagination will be lit up with pup inspired rescue missions full of friendship, teamwork and bravery. Choose from Chase, Zuma, Skye, Rocky and Rubble, each with their own unique transforming vehicles. Save Adventure Bay with the Paw Patrol. 

Paw Patrol Deluxe Talking Plush | RRP $30.00

Bring home your favourite pup with the real talking Marshall or Chase plush! These soft and cuddly adventurers are full of real sounds and phrases straight from Paw Patrol! Just give their belly a squeeze to listen to what your pup has to say! And when the adventure is over, you can easily remove his helmet for bed. Bring home the adventure of Paw Patrol with the soft and cuddly real talking Marshall and real talking Chase!
These are really gobsmacking prices for licensed merchandise and are very reasonable. They're cute and they can match your kids fav TV shows for a piece of real action that they can keep and play with. 

Available from Target, Big W, Toys-R-Us, Toyworld and Myer.

PILLOW PETS Latest Products

Just Pop to Swap 

     <-- Alien turns to Monster -->
Caterpillar turns Butterfly

Stockists: Big W, Toys R Us and Toyworld | RRP: $29.99*ea

The new PILLOW PETS Popables transform from one character into another!

At first glance, you have a pillow that’s also a very cute Pet. Pop open its head, flip it over and you’ll find the surprise waiting inside... another, very different, very cute friend.

The reversible PILLOW PETS Popables are two Pets in one.

Available in two designs, PILLOW PETS Popables come in Caterpillar/Butterfly and Monster/Alien.

Flip the adorable Caterpillar’s head and watch it transform into the beautiful Butterfly. Or pop the cute, but scary Monster into the funnily gruesome Alien!

And just like all PILLOW PETS, Popables are still the perfect buddy – offering children a fun, play activity by day and a sleeping companion by night.

Fun and easy to use, simply open the tab for your pet to pop open into a pillow. Made of ultra-soft chenille fabric and durable stitching, PILLOW PETS Popables are machine washable and will provide years of enjoyment.

It’s a Pillow. It’s a Pet. It’s two-Pillow Pets-in-one!

Remember, if you can’t find your favourite pet in store, check out the www.mypillowpet.com.au website. Shops may just have the latest characters, but all your favourite Pets will still be available from the Australian Pillow Pets website.

For customer enquiries or more stockist information please contact Funtastic’s free-call Customer Care Line on 1800 244 543.

LeapFrog's Latest Products

LeapFrog's latest products that are available in stores now with a few for close future dates.

Roll & Go Rocking Horse
Suitable for 6 to 36 months | RRP: $24.99ea 
Available from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia

Roll & Go Rocking Horse delights little ones with fun responses as they horse around. Tots can press the light-up saddle to hear playful sound effects and friendly phrases, such as “Let’s go on a ride together!” Patting the horse will set it rocking, playing fun songs, sounds and rhymes. Parents can also encourage active play by pushing the horse along to start a game of chase -- as the horse rolls, lights blink and songs play, encouraging bub to crawl and build gross motor skills.
With each touch, Roll & Go Rocking Horse provides charming responses, encouraging interaction, introducing new words, and helping little ones connect cause with effect. Wobbles teaches sitting, whilst rolling encourages crawling. Bub can roll along to classic tunes such as “Camptown Races” and the “William Tell Overture”, and silly pony sounds, keeping babies playing and racing along. Packed with learning fun, the Roll & Go Rocking Horse is a loyal companion that grows with your child.

Read our review here: Roll & Go Rocking Horse Review

Mobile Med Kit
Suitable for 2+ years | RRP: $34.99ea
Available from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia

The Mobile Med Kit will tickle the funny bones of little ones while encouraging learning, combining two popular types of play.

Toddlers can press the siren on the ambulance to launch medical missions, then race over to help patients, with their medical tools on hand -- a stethoscope, otoscope, thermometer and syringe -- to role play giving, and getting, check-ups at the Doctor.

Rolling the ambulance and pressing the siren prompts songs, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” as well as fun phrases that teach about the human body, health and hygiene. Friendly sound effects help prepare kids for real medical checkups with role-play fun.

This one here my little darl loved playing with at Funtastic HQ. Niah is 1 and has a little Sophia lamb at home that has a stethoscope that goes over its heart and makes sounds, Niah absolutely adores this and being able to play with her lamb. 
A toy such as the Mobile Med Kit is a fabulous way to role play with the kids and be able to get kids used to those 'tools' that doctors will use. Children will learn to understand what they are used for and how they help in a fun way. 

Fridge Phonics
Suitable for 2+ years | RRP: $39.99 ea 
Available from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia 

Learning is now back on the fridge with LeapFrog’s popular Fridge Phonics.

Ride with Tad on a learning adventure and sing along to the playful Alphabet song, teaching the sound each letter makes.

The magnetic lower case letter tiles combine tactile learning with letter learning. The big and bright letters are easy for little fingers to grasp and develop fine motor skills.

As soon as I saw this one I definitely knew it had to be put on the Christmas list for Niah. Niah is starting to stand up and reach all the magnets on the fridge - anything that she can reach will get ripped down and taken to her play area and claimed. 
This Fridge Phonics is a great way to keep the kids occupied if they love being close to you and end up visiting you whilst you are in the kitchen cooking dinner etc, whilst you are working away like the good housewife or housedad you can keep the kids entertained and out of the way with a fun activity that has them learning sounds, letter and singing the Alphabet song. 

LeapReader Junior Book Pal
Suitable for 1-3 years | RRP: $59.99ea
Available at all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia
Software is available separately, RRP $19.99ea
A love of books starts long before children can read, and its benefits can last a lifetime. Using the same touch technology as the LeapReaderTM Reading System, the LeapReaderTM Junior Book Pal is designed to encourage a toddlers' natural desire to explore. 

Parents can download audio for up to 10 books (sold separately) for the Book Pal, and each LeapReader Junior board book introduces reading basics or different preschool skills—such as letters, numbers and early vocabulary—through 24 playful activities and more than 150 audio responses.Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures or activities to life. And the Book Pal can learn a child’s name to make getting ready to read a personal experience!

After their child has played, parents can connect the Book Pal to the free, online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child’s progress and get printable activities to expand the learning fun!

An amazing library is available featuring preschool themes with favourite characters. Software in the form of hard board books is sold separately for $19.99ea, and includes:
Sofia the First: A Princess Thing; Bubble Guppies; Jake & The Neverland Pirates; 1-2-3 Dora; and Minnie’s Bow-tique.

Reading is something we love in this household. There is not a day that goes past that Dan & I don't read to Niah. It's a ritual book story before bed for Niah and it's a great way to engage with kids. 
During the day Niah will always pull out her books and flip through them. As Niah starts to get older it would be good to take books in the car or read them herself at home with the LeapReader Junior Book Pal who will be able to be there to read with your child whilst you are preoccupied. 

LeapPad 3 
Suitable for 3-9 years | RRP $169 ea 
Available from 1 October from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia Work with all LeapFrog Explorer software/titles

The popular LeapPad kids tablet has just got better!

Sleeker and thinner in design, the LeapPad3 is the fastest, highest-performance five inch tablet ever from LeapFrog.

With kid safe Wi-Fi, a new capacitive touch screen along with enough memory to store 20,000 photos, a two mega-pixel front and back camera, video recorder and lithium rechargeable battery, the LeapPad 3 has 5 times more power than the previous LeapPad iteration.

Still 100% kid tough, kid safe and kid appropriate, the LeapPad 3 has 4GB capacity to hold over 500 educator approved games, videos, and apps, offering an awesome multimedia experience.

“Parents searching for their child’s first tablet are confronted with many choices that say they are designed for kids,” said Dr. Jody Sherman Levos, director of LeapFrog’s learning team. “LeapFrog offers parents the perfect introductory tablets that are high performing, and have access to a kid-safe web experience designed for a child to explore their passions and interests along with a learning library of high quality games and apps.”

“Parents can feel confident that when they hand their child a LeapFrog tablet they are providing the perfect first tablet experience designed for kids – full of learning and packed with fun.”

This one is an exciting one. It's the beloved LeapPads that I used to hear so much about when I didn't have kids and would see/hear from others Mothers and my family members who had children all about them. This is basically a child's version of an iPad, children don't need those 'big adult toys' that allow them to get into anything. Having a LeapPad is a safe fun way to control what your child is looking at and doing on there.
Something I loved about this is that the girls from Funtastic showed you just how durable and kid smart it is by throwing it across the floor, banging it on the table and carrying it from the string pen - the LeapPad was fine, not a smashed screen or break in sight!
I know that this will be an item that I will invest in for Niah, being that we are going overseas early next year I think I'll invest in this a bit earlier then the suitable suggested age just so we can have something to play with on the plane and during the holiday time that I know will be safe.

Katie Holmes - Olay First Global Brand Ambassador


Olay, the world’s number one female facial skincare brand, announces actress Katie Holmes as the brand’s first Global Brand Ambassador. In her role, Holmes will represent the Olay global brand campaign, Your Best Beautiful, by encouraging women around the world to never settle and be their best beautiful in their lives and in their skin.

“I’m very excited to be the Olay Global Brand Ambassador,” says Holmes. “Olay is a brand I respect, trust and believe in.  I love the products and message to women to never settle and put their best face forward, every day.”

I don't know about you but for me Katie Holmes is someone who I have grown up loving. Ever since those young days of watching Katie on Dawson's Creek, I have always thought she was such a beautiful flawless looking woman. I'm excited to see Katie step into this title and be the face of Olay. 

Olay is available at leading pharmacies and supermarkets.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan LS - REVIEW

It's rare that a day will go past that I am not out driving around. Being a Mum now and attending to the social butterfly of the family (Niah) with her play dates, doing 50,000 emergency grocery pick ups because I feel like I'm already getting dementia from forgetting things, attending appointments or events, adventuring out to this town or that town - its full on, truly is a taxi job that comes under the belt when you have children.
I couldn't imagine myself without a licence and especially without a car. It's a necessity in my life.

I was asked to test out a new car on the market which I kindlyaccepted and was then handed the keys (and the car of course) to the latest Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan LS for a week to test drive out and report back on my thoughts.

To begin with I drive a Ford Territory and have never owned or driven a small vehicle for a long amount of time. My firs car began with a Mitsubishi Magna which I loved dearly, never let me down and had no issues what so ever with but then it was time to get a larger car to cater to my dogs and the family I had planned to come along in the future. Not only that but when you think of small cars, I just think of squashy, small, tiny and on top of one another and every feature in the car.
I will admit, I was sceptical due to the fact I'm a big car girl so I went into this thinking I wonder if I can be changed and convinced that small cars are ok to have.

It took a while to get used to the car in my first drives as expected. When I got back to my house I had a quick play around with the car so I know all the essential functions - like the air con, radio (to sing my heart out karoke style in the car!), windows, de-mister, boot and petrol cap openers.
Dan & I fitted the car seat in so easily into the Mirage Sedan it was really easy to clip onto the car seats harnesses. In my car it's completely down the bottom of the other side of the seat which is a struggle if you have short arms.

Something I noticed straight away was that the back windowsare tinted and the front aren't. I could easily drive with no window shades for Niah's window because they took care of that sun that always usually hits her eyes. I did find that you would need some shades for the back windscreen though because a lot of light did beam down on her through there.

I had the car at close to full passenger capacity later that night when I had myself driving, a sister in the front seat, a sister in the back seat and Niah in her car seat. My sister who is in her early 20's sat in the back and said it was really spacious in the back row, I didn't even have to move my seat forward which I was preparing to do for her. Although when she changed to the front seat later that night, she did mention that she thought the front seat had a lot less room then the back seat where she was previously.

Day 2 -
It was discovered today that the Mirage Sedan has a USB port
connection in the glovebox and I was able to play my own music from my phone or any other device that connects via a USB port. I was easily able to change songs, turn the volume up, randomise or repeat songs through the steering wheel controls or front display console making this a completely hands free from the mobile phone which shouldn't be touched whilst driving.
I did my grocery shopping early this week as I was super keento see just how much groceries I could get into the boot (which I stupidly forgot to take photos of). I have a large pram that to fold down separates into two (2) pieces and is quite wide. When I had all my groceries and brought it back to the car I was contemplating moving the pram into the backseat so I could have room but I thought I'ld give it a try and put it all in. To my surprise over $200 of groceries; about 15 bags of groceries went in there and I still had my pram in there! I was gobsmacked - it truly is a boot that keeps on giving and is what seems never ending with the space it provides.

I had my brother whose in his early 20's also sit in the front seat for a little amount of time whilst we went out for groceries and he said he felt like he was a squished sardine. I then did a little test on him to see how he felt when he got into the drivers seat - the steering wheel got lifted up for him and he had no dramas what so ever with the space behind the wheel which was good to report back.

Day 3 -
Driving on my own today into the city for a short course and
back gave me time to really listen to the car and pick up on a few things. I find that the car is loud when you accelerate and also loud when you're breaking as well, this would be the drum brakes from the rear of the car - it's kind of an alarming sound to me thinking that something was actually going wrong in the car as it didn't sound to good but after Dan telling me what it was and researching it I was rest assured.
In total the car has 5 drink holders - 1 on each side of the front doors, 2 in the middle console underneath the radio/controls display and then 1 at the end of the middle console closest to back seat passengers.

The Mirage Sedan offers bluetooth within the car but you will need to ensure you are paired before having the car in use as it will advise you that it's not safe to do so and to try again later - smart safety feature here!

I also found that when you're going around corners that you doreally need to slow down to a very low speed because the car is a lighter weight - which I wasn't used too and wouldn't have to go as slow around the corners.

Something that I was looking for but didn't notice in the Mirage Sedan was cruise control - I have this in my car, not that I use it very often but its good for those long drives especially when we head up to NSW to visit family.

Empty Boot

Mid capacity fill
Day 4 -
Travel Log: MELTON
I did minimal driving trips today for a change and was just run
around town where I was carting an excited little girl to her twin friends birthday party. It was a full backseat with presents!
Something I have noticed is that I am rarely reversing into carparking spaces now, the Mirage Sedan just zips in and out of parking spots. I don't have to take that extra look at the parking bays to know if I will fit properly on both sides to allow the family to get out. It's always a win in the parking lots with the Mirage Sedan. With the large back windscreen as well this makes for an easy reverse.

We had to use the windscreen wipers and de-mister for the first
time today as it was the least nicest weather we had for the past week with a little rain. The Mirage Sedan is very fancy with having auto sensor wipers, which I forgot to try out and am spewing as I would have looked to have seen this!
The de-mister for the front windscreen was like instant and I have never seen a window de-mist that quick in my life! With the click of a finger it was done, certainly doesn't happen like that in my car.

Day 6 -
Travel Log: MELTON
Last minute preparing for everything is me! I am never to schedule and always dashing out to
 get things at the last minute well today it was because its Dan's birthday and I haven't brought him anything and I am needing to pick up a cake. I always zipped out because I needed to finish Niah's birthday present shopping too which is the Friday coming.

The Mirage Sedan was filled all over today not with passengers but with shopping, I kid you not I placed shopping in the boot, on the backseat, on the front passenger seat. Not only were we preparing for our little families birthdays but we needed to ensure we had presents for all Niah's little friends who are turning 1 as well. I also managed to get this beautiful turquoise/teal porcelain owl bedside table for Niahs room that took up most of the back seat.

Day 7 -
Dan rode in the front seat and back seat today to test out some differences on what he thought space wise. Unfortunately Dan too thought the front seat was squashy and not spacious at all for him. Dan is 6'2 so his height was just a fit for the Mirage Sedan.
It's actually quite weird because I am not used to having someone so close to me when I am driving and the Mirage Sedan is very intimate in space and you are very close. I can pretty much reach my arm over with a little bit of stretching and get to the passenger vent near the window.

Today will be the day that we bid farewell to our little Mirage Sedan who will be going back home and departing from the 
Smith-Tasi abode. I am actually a bit sad as I have really truly enjoyed having the little zippy Mirage Sedan. I definitely think my opinion has been changed on small cars and that not all
small cars are sardine boxes.

OVERALL: Close to 1,000kms travelled in the Mirage Sedan and I am happily giving this the tick of approval of a car I would recommend!

I do believe this car is value for money, I would consider this car if I was looking for something smaller as it is practical and an amazing little car.
The price for the Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan starts at around $16k up to $20k.
The petrol consumption was just a little wonder on my pocket. My car takes up a lot of petrol and I feel as if I have to visit the petrol station every second day with my busy lifestyle. The Mirage Sedan had a full tank when I started with the car and I didn't have to put any petrol into the tank until Day 6. I would
say this tank would probably take around $40-$60 to fill which is a stunning price!

The boot is a large spacious 450L and as you would have read above I am very impressed with this space, a pram and a trolley load full of groceries and I could still go back for more!
The space inside the car was very giving apart from the front passenger seat which I had a fair few say that it was very squishy feeling for them. A five (5) seater car - with leg room for days in the back row.
'Not to big, not too small - its the happy medium'!

Passenger side door
I felt pretty safe in the Mirage Sedan and wasn't too concerned about being a car that others on the road could pick on - in terms of being smaller they can scare you by tailgating (which would happen in all sorts of cars).

I live near a few dirt roads and travel down them often to get to other suburbs in the north western area rather then going partially into town to go all the way back out - the Mirage Sedan handled the dirt roads well and gave minimal feelings towards the bumpy road for me in the front seat.

Drivers side door
I read the safety features of the Mirage Sedan and there is so many air bags that are really going to assist should their be any case when they need to go off.

The back seat comes with 3 tether anchors and 2 isofix hooks you to safely place your babies car seats into.

There is alarms that will beep when either the driver or the passenger do not have their seatbelt fastened and display behind the steering wheel screens where the speed is displayed.

Along with the large list of things I have chatted about above, my favourite feature and is pure convenience is the Keyless entry! Keyless drive! Just Keyless ahh! I loved this feature so much and I actually had to say to Dan when I got back in my territory how I turn the car on again, made me double think for sure.
I love that you can have the key in your person and just press the little button on the outside of the drivers side door and it will either unlock or lock the car for you.
No need to pull a key out and place into the ignition as it will register with the key in the car, place your foot on the brake and push the start/stop button and away you go!
I love this feature very much as I'm sure most people would - especially us Mum's or ladies who carry a million things in our handbags and it's a fight to find the keys to get into the car.

The Mirage Sedan is designed for families looking for affordability and value for money without compromising on standard features, latest technology, safety and space. For more information visit the Mirage Sedan Showroom here.

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