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28bySamWood: Win 1 of 4 Prizes

August 26, 2016
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When I was younger I could eat anything and everything and not put on a kilo. That’s changed after 5 children and hitting 40 at the end of last year. I absolutely hate gyms, I always have and can’t see it changing. A lot of mum’s that I speak to feel the same way – they have no time, feel self conscious, or don’t know where to start.

Sam Wood’s 28 day program, which starts at the beginning of each month is a complete and easy online health & fitness program that caters for all levels of fitness. On your tablet, phone or PC, you can access your daily 28 minute workout videos, meals, shopping lists and mindfulness tools. For additional motivation and support, you can also join the private Facebook Group to join the other 28ers community.

The program costs just $55 per month, with a 10% discount if you run the program back to back.

After training hundreds of clients, especially busy mums, Sam realised that the people that needed the most help had the least amount of time (or thought they did!)

His answer? Just find 28 minutes in your day for 28 days. Calling on his expert friends in nutrition and mindfulness, Sam has expanded his high intensity workouts (made famous at his Woodshed training facility) to incorporate a full health and wellbeing program. The web app launched officially in February 2016 and features Sam’s video training, tempting recipes, mindfulness podcasts, humour, celebrities and a really engaged community of 28’ers.

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28bySamWood is for those pressed for time. Spend just 28 minutes with Sam every day and get organised by exporting your workouts into your calendars- just let Sam know when you want to work out and let him take care of the rest. Throw in three square meals a day and snacks (to keep your strength up) and that’s all you need. In 28 days Sam promises you’ll feel great.

“My 28 program will fit around your life, not the other way around! Get your workouts done and dusted in 28 minutes, with nothing more than what you have lying around, and get on with your day (or night). Plus, access the workouts, meals, shopping list and mindfulness tools on your mobile, tablet or desktop. To stay motivated through the program, it’s too easy; get access to my private Facebook group to see messages from me, and all the other amazing 28ers, every day. We start a new 28 program on the first Monday of every month, and you’ll score a 10% discount for doing them back to back! We’re going again on the 5th of September, I’ll see you then!”

Check out the intro video and more information at this link: www.28bysamwood.com

I am giving away four prizes of one month access to 28bySamWood – for the month of September. The program starts 5 September 2016 and your code will give access for the entire month. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

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To enter: Comment once on the Facebook post. Like the Facebook post (sharing is appreciated) Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 8pm 24.8.16 and close 18pm 29.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – the winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
4 winners will receive a one month access to the 28bySamWood program online valid from 5 September for a month.  Winners will be emailed a code to access the website. The winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Peppa Pig: Win 1 of 4 Prize Packs

August 26, 2016
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Miss 2 is the biggest Peppa Pig fan in the world.  Every morning we start the Peppa requests, and they last all day till she goes to bed. Peppa Pig, Mummy Pig, George Pig and Daddy Pig – she doesn’t have a favourite she loves them all. Her room is full of Peppa stuffed toys and games, but as any Peppa Pig fan knows there is always room for more and new additions are always welcome!

These Peppa Pig toys are high quality, beautifully crafted games and puzzles that will exercise children’s fine motor skills, teach shape recognition and assist with eye-hand coordination with the appeal of one of their favourite characters.

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Peppa Pig Wooden Clock: RRP $25 Ages 3 and over. Learn the concept of a clock with this Peppa Pig self-correcting Lift & Look Puzzle. Learn hours and minutes with the double sided blocks. A fun and exciting way to learn to tell the time.

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Peppa Pig Snap Card Game: RRP $4.95. Classic ‘Snap’ card game featuring all of your favourite Peppa Pig characters. For two or more players.

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Peppa Pig Pile Up Game: RRP $24.95 Everyone loves a pile up! Be the first player to place your last game piece on the pile without any pieces falling off the game base and you win! Balance your piece carefully and don’t let it fall! Play it alone or with friends for more pile up fun!! Ages 3+

Selected items from the Peppa Pig range are available at ABC Stores, Big W, Kidstuff, Myer, Toys R Us, Toy World and all good independent retailers.

I am giving away four prize packs, each including the three toys listed above! Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

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To enter: Comment once on the Facebook post. Like the Facebook post (sharing is appreciated) Visit U.Games Australia on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 2pm 26.8.16 and close 2pm 31.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – the winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
4 winners will receive a Peppa Pig prize pack as listed above. Delivery to an Australian residence is included. The winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Bunch O Balloons: Win 1 of 5 Prize Packs

August 24, 2016
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I can smell Summer coming. My kids are very lucky that they have grown up with a pool all their lives in the houses we have lived in, I never had a backyard pool growing up. Despite having the pool luxury one thing they enjoy more is something I recall vividly from my own childhood: a good old water balloon fight. Master 4 is especially fond of buying, filling and smashing water balloons all over the backyard. As much fun as it gives the kids it is me who has to tie, tie and tie more balloons. Until now that is.balloonsIntroducing Zuru’s Bunch O Balloons: fill and tie 100 water balloons in 60 seconds. So much fun can be had keeping your children (and you!) soaked in the sun this Spring and Summer. These balloons are self-sealing and can be launched up to 15 metres in the sky. Don’t waste time refilling your balloons when you can use the rapid fill quick adapter.

Blast ZURU Bunch O Balloons spectacular distances with this all new Launcher, powered by X-SHOT. Throw water balloons up to 60 feet /15 metres with this light weight and aerodynamic launcher and blast the competition out of the water. This is guaranteed to be hours of backyard fun for kids of all ages!

Bunch O Balloons are available from Kmart, Target and Big W. The perfect new and unique gift idea.

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Giveaway! I am giving away FIVE prize packs! Each prize includes Bunch O Balloons 4 bundles, 2 Launchers and 2 bags (RRP $29.99) as well as a Rapid Fill Quick Adapter (RRP $9.99) Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

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To enter: Comment once on the Facebook post. Like the Facebook post (sharing is appreciated) Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 10am 24.8.16 and close 10am 29.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – the winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
5 winners will receive a Bunch O Balloons prize pack as listed above. Delivery to an Australian residence is included. The winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Sing-A-Ma-Lings: Toy Preview – Giveaway Coming Soon….

August 22, 2016
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Christmas is only a few months away, and as it draws closer I will be letting you know about new kids items on the market as well as bringing you more giveaways than ever before.

The Sing-A-Ma-Lings are a bunch of huggable goofy characters that have laugh-out-loud silly voices and get you singing! They can also harmonize with you and with each other. Just press their bellies to enjoy three ways to play: Sing, Jibber Jabber, and Harmonise.

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There are six Sing-A-Ma-Lings to own: Noodle who loves cooking spaghetti and mac & cheese who sings “On Top of Spaghetti”, Sawyer who loves the water and his best mate Bo who sings “Row Your Boat”, Frankie who adores her puppy Kevin and sings “Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone”, Blush the gorgeous pink Sing-A-Ma-Ling who sings “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, Bo who loves adventures especially reading about them. Bo tells his friends story songs every chance he gets. He reads all the time and gets lost in his books, and sings “Clementine”, and Darcy who is always looking up at the night sky to find the north star. She’s dreamy and loves to wonder about things no one else thinks of. Darcy sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Singamalings are $26.99 each and are available from October in all good toy retailers including: Big W, Toys R Us, Kidstuff, Mr Toys and all other speciality Toy Stores. Stay tuned for a giveaway coming up!

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The Great Dragon Bake Off: Nicola O’Byrne Win 1 of 4 copies

August 19, 2016
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I set the kids and I a challenge this week: read a new book every night for 6 months. One week in and we are going strong despite Master Four wanting to read his same old favourites every night. The last 20 minutes before bed each night is dedicated to reading time, and their love of books keeps on growing.

The Great Dragon Bake Off by Nicola O’Byrne is sure to have your little dragon lovers looking forward to bedtime. At the Ferocious Dragon Academy, dragons-in-training learn the arts of bone crunching and teeth sharpening. But there is one dragon who harbours a passion for a most undragon-like pastime . . .

Meet Flamie Oliver. To look at, Flamie is as terrifying as a dragon can get. But behind closed doors, Flamie is . . . a stupendously spectacular Star Baker! That’s right – choux, rough, salty, sweet and puff – Flamie loves it all. In fact, he loves baking so much that his studies at the Ferocious Dragon Academy are starting to suffer, and there’s a chance he won’t graduate! Flamie’s going to need a real showstopper to get out of this one.

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On your marks, get set . . . BAKE!

The Great Dragon Bake Off is available to purchase online now RRP $14.99 in paperback.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia I have four copies of The Great Dragon Bake Off to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.
To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Bloomsbury Publishing Australia on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 8pm 19.8.16 and close 8pm 24.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 4 winners will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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National Science Week: Win 1 of 4 Wild Science Prize Packs

August 8, 2016
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National Science Week is fast approaching (August 13-21) and Wild Science have some incredible DIY kits that are great for promoting science in the home.

These kits ask girls and boys to take risks, be brave, believe their own experiences, create and share knowledge, and test and test again. Wild Science is a range of collectable science kits with attitude. They are designed to have a great play value while exploring important scientific concepts and skills.

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Sleepover Party Mega Kit: Aimed at ages 8 and above this huge box combines three kits in one: make your own perfume, bracelets and bath bombs. Perfect for a sleepover activity this kit has a RRP of $44 and will keep the kids entertained for hours.

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Lip Balm Factory: Melt expensive berry wax beads, cosmetic oils and other ingredients together to make custom balms. Make multi-coloured, flavoured, shimmer effect lip balms in a Crystal Compact. Designed for ages 6 and over your kids can make lip balm to their hearts content. RRP $28.

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Magic Nail Factory: Make custom nails with unique solar colour change and glow in the dark effects. No dangerous solvents are used making this perfectly safe for children to create with. This kit has a RRP of $28 and is recommended for ages 8 and older.

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Bubble Builder Studio: Wild Science has found the BEST long-life bubble mix in the world made by a WORLD Champion bubble scientist. In this box you will find the tips and tricks of a champion. Designed for ages 8 and over and with a RRP of $16 your children can make and then play with their own bubbles for hours!

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Crazy Chemistry Mega Kit: Aimed at ages 8 and over with a RRP of $44 the Crazy Chemistry Mega Kit combines three kits in one. The Hyperlauncher, slime and crazy face are all included in this one huge box guaranteed to keep your little scientists occupied for hours on end.

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Exploding Volcano Workshop: RRP $16 – ages 8 and over. This kit will have you making your own volcanic lava flow, different kind of volcanic bomb and much more.

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Weird Slime Goo Lab: Master polymer reactions to make drippy and bouncy slimes and gels. Create Tadpole and Leech soup, Rat Guts Noodles, Jellyfish, Blood Clots and more. RRP $28 for ages 8 and above this will be a hit for lovers of all things disgusting!

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Fart Putty Workshop: For those kids obsessed with farts and all things gassy! Cook up heaps and heaps of custom coloured fabulous flubbery flatulent Fart Putty. Tools and containers included… and more! RRP $16 for ages 8 and above.

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Zombie Jelly Workshop: RRP $16 for ages 8 and over. Create jellified fingers, ears, maggots, hearts, brains and eyeballs! Perfect party food for ravenous young Zombies! Perfect for Halloween which is just around the corner!

Selected Wild Science items are available now at Australian Geographic, Big W, Kidstuff, Myer, Toys R Us and all good independent retailers.

To celebrate National Science Week I am giving away four huge prize packs. The first two packs include one of each of the following: Bubble Builder Studio, Magic Nail Factory, Lip Balm Factory, and a Sleepover Party Mega Kit. Each prize is valued at RRP $116. The next two packs include one of each of: Fart Patty Workshop, Exploding Volcano Workshop, Zombie Jelly Workshop, Weird Slime Goo Lab and a Crazy Chemistry Mega Kit. These two prizes are valued at $120 each. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

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To enter: Comment once on the Facebook post. Like the Facebook post (sharing is appreciated) Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 3pm 8.8.16 and close 3pm 13.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – the winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
4 winners will receive a Wild Science prize pack as listed above. Delivery to an Australian residence is included. The winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Sydney Santa Spectacular 2016: Win a Family Pass

August 7, 2016
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I just counted and there is 20 weeks till Christmas Day! I am a Christmas fanatic. Lights, Christmas trees, presents, family and friends, food, excited children in the lead up. I love every minute of it. This year has flown by and Christmas will be here before you know it. If you are in, around or coming to Sydney there is one event you don’t want to miss.

Sydney Santa Spectacular is back this year at Rosehill Racecourse Gardens from the 9th of December through to the 28th of December. Meet and greet your favourite Christmas characters. Share your wish list with Santa. Ride Australia’s only double decker carousel. Listen to Mrs Claus read you stories. Go ice skating and toboggan riding. Decorate Christmas cookies. Visit Santa’s reindeer training stable, and so much more. The best part? It’s all included in the one entry ticket price for your three hour session!

Included in your entry price of $38.50 per ticket is: free parking (valued at $25) unlimited rides, cookie decorating, entry to the Little Elves Craft Workshop, Snow World Ice Skating on one of Australia’s largest mobile ice skating rinks, toboggan rides, a free small gift from Santa, Christmas fairy reading time, roaming meet and greet characters, stage entertainment, a walk through Enchanted Forest where snow falls daily and much more!

Children aged two years and under are free of charge, and the Sydney Santa Spectacular is an all weather event – over 80% of the event attractions are undercover!

For full details visit the Sydney Santa Spectacular Website and follow the Sydney Santa Specatcular Facebook Page You can purchase your tickets online now here.

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One lucky Mum To Five follower is going to win a family pass to the Sydney Santa Spectacular. The prize includes four tickets (valid for adults or children) and they are for any three hour session over the event (subject to availability at time of booking) Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once on Facebook blog post. Like the Facebook post (sharing is appreciated) Visit Sydney Santa Spectacular on Facebook. Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 9pm 7.8.16 and close 9pm 12.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – the winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
1 winner will receive a family pass to the Sydney Santa Spectacular 2016. The prize includes four tickets valid for adults or children. The tickets will be sent to the winner during September 2016.  The winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Wolfish Stew: Suzi Moore Win 1 of 3 Copies

August 6, 2016
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Every night before bed my two youngest children have to have their bedtime story. At 2 Miss E will listen to anything and everything, but Master 4 is a different story altogether. Now that he is getting to understand what I am reading he wants excitement, interaction and he is a very harsh critic. A new book we were recently sent has been read over and over and over – and has been voted his favourite book ever.

Wolfish Stew by Suzi Moore tells the story of a gorgeous little rabbit called Grey who has been told stories about Blue: a mean old wolf who wants to catch and cook up Grey in his Wolfish Stew. To keep from being caught Grey needs to stick to the path at all times, stay right on the trail and look out at all times for Blue’s big bushy tail.

There once was a rabbit, his name was Grey
he went to the woods to pick berries one day . . .

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A gorgeous story full of rhyme, Master 4 loves spotting the sly Blue hiding waiting for the chance to grab Grey for his Wolfish Stew. And the ending leaves him clapping each time we read it. The book is beautifully illustrated by Erica Salcedo.

With a RRP of $14.99 in paperback, you can purchase Wolfish Stew online now here.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia I have three copies of Wolfish Stew to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.
To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Bloomsbury Publishing Australia on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 9pm 6.8.16 and close 9pm 11.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
3 winners will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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My Daughter’s Are Going to a Girls only High School…

August 1, 2016
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Next year my first daughter will have an interview to go to high school. She will only be in year 5, but we have had her name down at this school since she was two years old. They’ll hopefully send us an acceptance letter not long after, we will pay a fee to confirm her spot, and in 2019 she will start her higher school education. Her sisters will follow her later on. She will have already done 6 years of schooling but this school will be different for one big reason.

There will only be girls there.

The decision to send all my children to single sex high schools was made with my husband. He attended an all boys Catholic school where our sons did/will go, and I went to a public co-ed local school. He loved school, I was neither here nor there about it. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. It was just something that I had to do. One of the hardest things I found was dealing with the male students.

Don’t get me wrong. Apart from one turd who made my life a misery for two years the boys were a really good bunch. It wasn’t their issue – it was mine. I was self concious. I didn’t want to speak publicly in front of them for fear of embarrassing myself. I found it awkward to speak up when they were in class. So much so I threw a public speaking assessment in Year 12 to avoid doing it. I got zero in that task. I didn’t have male friends like other girls did. Despite being in a school full of boys. There was a huge emphasis on who liked who, which girl had a boyfriend.

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One of my daughters is like I was – shy around boys. The other prefers her male friends. They’re as different as night and day yet I still think both will benefit more from single sex education. Teenagers have enough to deal with during high school without worrying about what the opposite sex is doing. It is my view that boys and girls learn differently, and my daughters will do better academically without being distracted by male classmates, and vice versa.

I’ve explained my choice countless times over the years and the number one comment made by people who choose a co-ed education for their child is “I want my child to be able to relate to the opposite sex”

As do I. Her school will have dances with local boys schools. She will interact with boys on the way to and from school. She has a younger brother who will have his mates over, we have friends with sons. Her interaction with males will be plentiful. I have female friends who were educated in single sex schools. Some loved it, some hated it. Not one of them can’t relate to males.

Maybe she will thrive. Maybe she won’t. That remains to be seen. But the decision is the right one for us, and hopefully our daughters.

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Thanks Mum: Review + Giveaway

July 29, 2016
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Thanks Mum provide kid-friendly products that are designed to save your time, mess and sanity. All products have been tested by the founder Monica who is a mother of two young boys herself. I have been a long time Facebook follower of this page and when Monica gave me the chance to test out some of the products she sells it was a big yes. Anything that saves mess, time and sanity is definitely for me.

Re-Play Division Plates: 

I have kids that like their food separated. If mash mixes with meat all hell breaks loose and dinner time is over. We have had plates with separate compartments in the past but they have been lost or broken so I was interested to see if the kids ate more when trying these ones out.

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The Re-Play Division plates are approximately 19cm x 19cm x 3cm deep which is the perfect size for little ones meal times. My two youngest aged two and four got one each and we have been using them for lunch and dinner since they arrived. The first thing I noticed with these was the quality. They are strong (made from USA FDA-approved BPA-free recycled plastic milk bottles) If your child drops them, which mine do at least once every meal time, they are not going to crack or break. The sides are curved which means it is easy for little hands to use their fork or spoon to scoop the contents out and we had much less spillage at meal times. They hold the perfect amount of food in each section for both children. The plates are dishwasher safe (top shelf only) and BPA free. The best part is the price: they sell for $7 each and come in 12 different colours. And yes separating the meal contents has them eating more!

Re-Play Division Bowls:

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The perfect partner to the plates, the Re-Play Division Bowls have a diameter of approximately 12.5cm and a depth of 4.5cm. They are ideal for cereal in the morning, fruit and yogurt during the day and if you are a dessert family like us just the right amount of ice-cream at night. Made from the same material as the Re-Play plates they are strong, sturdy, dishwasher top shelf safe and come in matching colours to the plates. The curved sides make scooping out soft contents easier and with less mess. I serve the kids favourite spag bowl in these and the size is the ideal serve. The bowls retail for a very affordable $5 each. Both kids know which colour is theirs (one red one green) which means less fighting over meal times in our home.

ONTRAY Trolley Snack Tray:

This product was my favourite. If you are a regular on my blog you would know I despise shopping with my children. They muck up, cry and make it an extremely torturous experience. The only way to make them act remotely human is to feed them the entire way around the grocery store. I am not ashamed to admit that prior to now that would mean stopping at the bakery and more often that not buying them whatever they yelled the loudest for, which was generally a sugar filled finger bun. It kept them quiet for all of one to five minutes then the sugar rush would hit and I was in hell further than before.

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One thing about my kids is they love fruit and cheese and will eat it by the bucketload. The ONTRAY is a plastic container with a lid that clips onto your trolley handle, easily accessible to children sitting in the trolley seat. It comes with a lid that fits underneath it when in use and holds just the right amount of cut up fruit, cheese and crackers to keep a child quiet when doing a food shop. It fits easily in your handbag, comes in four different colours and retails for $12. The kids liked helping themselves to the contents, I liked avoiding the bakery and it is also dishwasher safe (top shelf only) Big winner for me and the kids.

You can shop the full range Thanks Mum offer on their website at www.thanksmum.com.au

Thanks Mum are giving one of my followers a chance to win a prize which includes the above three items: 1 x Re-Play Division Plate, 1 x Re-Play Division Bowl and 1 x ONTRAY. Choice of colours is subject to availability. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook page.

To enter: comment once on the post. Like the facebook post (sharing is always appreciated) Visit Thanks Mum on Facebook.
Terms and Conditions: entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 11am 29.7.16 and close 11am 3.8.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize pack as listed above with postage included Australia wide. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close, and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.