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February 27, 2017

Now that we are back from our extended overseas trip and the kids are back to their daily school routine it is a priority of mine to get the house de-cluttered and throughly cleaned. Regular readers of my blog would know if there is one thing in the world I hate more than anything else it is cleaning the house. Recently I have had to cancel our weekly cleaner so the job like a lot of households is up to me – and what a mammoth job it is with so many kids and the mess they create!

Despite my lack of affection for cleaning the home I am obsessed with cleaning products. I spend the most time in the cleaning aisle when shopping, looking for the latest and greatest products that will help make the job easier. So when Sabco offered to send me a delivery full of their products to help me with my mission it was like Christmas in February!

We have floorboards throughout our home which get a workout daily not only from the loads of feet but our dog too. Mopping the floors is the job I detest the most: it is an ordeal before you even start. Get the bucket, get the mop out and hope that little fingers or a dog face doesn’t go fishing in the bucket. The Sabco SuperSwish Spray Mop requires no bucket, fill the removable bottle located on the mop with water, your usual cleaner or like me disinfectant or eucalyptus oil. It has an ergonomic trigger that allow you to self-regulate the amount of cleaner you spray directly onto the floor and the Microfibre pad gives a great clean, even with water alone. It is suitable for a big range of floor coverings including timber, vinyl, linoleum, polished, concrete and tiles and the Microfibre pad is machine washable: throw it in the machine once you are done! This is an easy mop to use, gives a great clean and is easily stored with the cleaner topped up ready for your next use. The ease of this means I am mopping more frequently than with my old floor mop and bucket duo. See it in action below:

Window cleaning hasn’t happened for a long time here, and it was long overdue. We have floor to ceiling windows in the front of our home and they were filthy. Dog paws, kids finger prints, sticky hands. The Sabco 3-in-1 Spray Squeegee Window Cleaner  is so easy to use, fill the detachable bottle with water or cleaner, spray, wash with the Microfibre pad and squeegee the excess off for sparkling clean windows The professional quality rubber blade gives a streak free finish, and the easy 3-in-1 action meant the kids could even do this chore – Floyd my 4 year old was fascinated with this and spent an hour cleaning the windows (and did a great job) – a win for mum!

When was the last time you cleaned your roof or ceiling fans – or even looked at them? For me it was long overdue, and when I did finally look at them they were filthy. We don’t have fans in our home but the roof was overrun with cobwebs, bugs and grime. The Sabco Premium Cobweb & Ceiling Fan Broom has a handle that extends to 1.3 metres, making it easy to reach those places that haven’t seen any action for a long time. It took me half an hour to walk through the house sweeping every roof surface as well as the top of the walls, and the dirt it collected was astounding. The broom was do easy to clean – just grab the brush and wipe it into the bin.

Dusting was not in my cleaning routine. I recall my mother owning a feather duster she used to whack me with when I was a young one, but that is about as far as dusters and I went until trying out the Sabco Flexible Microfingers Duster. Apart from the obvious dusting shelves etc, this was used to dust our venetian blinds with ease, the top of our framed pictures as well as the lounge, bookshelves and bench tops. The flexible head means you can reach those tricky spots, and the dusting pad is machine washable!

The next big job I had on my list forever and a day was cleaning our walls. If you have small children I challenge you to get on your hands and knees and crawl around and just look at the mess your walls are in – we had marks, little artworks with crayons and pencils, in short they were DIRTY. I filled the Sabco Trigger Action Spray Bottle with water and 10mls each of vinegar and eucalyptus oil and grabbed a Sabco Kitchen Shine Microsfibre Sponge Cloth and got to work. The spray bottle holds 750mls of your favourite cleaner to be used time and time again, it would be ideal to have a few of those around the house for cleaning different rooms. The sponge cloths were one of my favourite products. Prior to now I had used cheap disposable cloths that were thrown out after either ripping or becoming too dirty after a use or two. These cloths combine Microfibre with sponge and are extremely durable, well sized at 17×18.5cm and multi purpose: cleaning, washing dishes, wiping benches and stove tops to name a few. They come in a multi-coloured four pack which means you can use each for different purposes and the biggest bonus is they are machine washable.

To get started on your own Back to School Clean up with Sabco – shop their great range of products at Big W, Bunnings and Woolworths and read more on their website at www.sabco.com.au 

Thanks to Sabco one of you will be winning a fantastic Back to School Cleaning Prize Pack to start your own clean up, getting your home clean and getting to #Keepitclean. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page by commenting under the Sabco Post. This prize includes one of each of the products listed in this post.

To enter: Like and comment on the post Visit Sabco Cleaning Products on Facebook. and follow the page for quick and easy cleaning tips!

Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. One entry per person per day is permitted. This giveaway ends 6.3.17 9PM AEST and winner is randomly drawn via random.org. Delivery to an Australian address is included. Mum To Five will not be liable for any lost, stolen or misplaced prizes. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Second Birthday Giveaway

February 15, 2017

This month Mum To Five turns two – how fast has that gone? It feels like it was only yesterday I sat down and decided to start this blog and page. I have had a lot of fun over the last few years, not only posting about our daily thoughts and life but also reading what you share with us – it is a very interactive page and that is because of the followers. Mention has to be made to my amazing five children who give me daily love, laughs and fodder. They might drive me insane, but without them I am nothing.

Very early on when I started this blog I was joined to numerous blogging groups. I read about professional writers, PR experts, and thought to myself holy cow – I have a degree in procrastination and breeding. I very nearly gave up. I am the worst photographer known to mankind, I am not a writer. Then a very close friend asked if people were reading what I posted, and I said yes – lots of them. I have never forgotten her next words.

“It doesn’t matter if your photos suck, and you don’t think you are good enough – because they do”

So I kept going. I am very glad I did.

Thank you for being here, I appreciate it. You know how much I love a good giveaway, and I have some fantastic prizes for you to enter to win. The generosity of the businesses you will read about below has been amazing, check them out and cross your fingers you get to win one of the below!

Much love,

Ali x

MyDeal.com.au launched in Melbourne in 2012, and since then has become THE place to go to find the best prices on Furniture, Home & Garden, Tools & Equipment, Electronics, and Baby & Kids products. Who doesn’t love getting the best price they can? With over 25,000 products, 1000 suppliers and an endless list of local and international brands MyDeal.com.au launch new products daily and thousands monthly for you to shop till your hearts content – at the best prices.

MyDeal.com.au are negotiators, innovators and trend forward individuals working hard to ensure your satisfaction exceeds your expectations. Shipping Australia wide is available with secure payments processed through the eWAY payment facility or PayPal. Sign up to the MyDeal.com.au newsletter to be kept up to date via your inbox, follow on Facebook and become an Instagram fan today.

See more and shop online now at www.mydeal.com.au

Thanks to MyDeal.com.au someone is going to win a 25 Piece Super Space Rocket Wooden Kid’s Play Set valued at $149.95! Featuring 25 wooden accessories & figures, this will keep your child entertained for years to come.

I have a new saying: ALL women not only need, but deserve to have underwear that not only fits well, but provides them with the comfort they deserve.

Using patented fibre technology, Modibodi provide​s​ you with superior comfort and the ultimate protection in a range of undergarments which include: maternity wear, active wear and everyday underwear. Girls and women of all ages and sizes are protected from life’s little mishaps including leaks, odour, discharge and periods no matter what stage of their life they are at.

Designed in Australia, Modibodi’s flagship underpants made with Modifier Technology™ are not only world-class but are exclusive to the brand. The Modifier Technology works by moving moisture away from the skin, so you feel dry, through to an absorbent middle layer. A waterproof film prevents leaks onto your clothes, and it is stain resistant and antimicrobial to eliminate odour. Modibodi’s flagship underwear is made from bamboo.

With a huge range of styles and sizes, Modibodi is Superior Comfort, Superior Style with the Ultimate Protection. It’s underwear reinvented!

Shop now online at: www.modibodi.com.au Follow Modibodi on Facebook to stay up to date.

Here’s your chance to experience underwear like no other. Modibodi Performace Underwear is giving you the chance to win a “best sellers” gift pack valued at $100!

 

Fridge-To-Go is a range of cooler bags that keeps its contents cold for up to 8 hours, using patented high performing chilling technology.

The bags are completely portable and require no external power source or messy ice bricks. The bags are durable, easily stored, environmentally friendly and reusable. Fridge-To-Go are BPA free and PVC safe, and so easy to use. Either pop the whole bag into the freezer, or remove the cooling panel and place it in by itself. We use our Medium Lunch Bag daily, two years on!

The Fridge-To-Go Mini 6 Bag is fantastic for a compact lunch,  or for transporting a bulk amount of medication for an extended trip with 3 separate panels. With dimensions of 14.5 x 22 x 12cm it is available in black, navy and blue.

The Fridge-To-Go MF Carry All is the mac daddy! The largest Fridge-to-go bag on offer is a must for any busy and social family! This is also the ‘super tradie’ lunch box for those with BIG appetites! The ideal BBQ bag for taking drinks, salads, meat and more on the move knowing it will stay super fresh! It won’t be hard to find a use for this super cooler bag and you may find you need more than one! It is available in black with dimensions of 26 x 32 x 19 cm.

Thanks to Fridge-To- Go two of you will win a Mini 6 bag each, and one of you will be receiving the MF Carry All!

Shop the entire range on the Fridge-To-Go website at www.fridge-to-go.net.au Follow Fridge-To-Go on Facebook here.

Got big dreams for your future? Plans for adventures, excitement, taking on the world? Then let’s get on with the fun! Smiggle has everything you need to kick start your year and kick start those dreams. From cool new bags, books and diaries, journals and jotters, plus all your stationery essentials. Smiggle has your dreams covered.

Looking for those little extras that make for awesome fun? Smiggle has a stack of fun and useful accessories just for you. From super lux wallets and clever media device pouches and handbags, to keyrings, lipbalms and slapbands, you’re going to be decked out with all you need from Smiggle.

The range of bags, backpacks, lunchboxes, and drink bottles at Smiggle is just about endless. Choose everything to match or mix it up, but either way keep it fun. There’s bound to be the perfect combo that’s right for you. The creamo deluxo classic Smiggle City Backpack will have every school necessity covered while the Teeny Tiny Backpack is just right for teeny tiny humans. Like things Funky? Snazzy? Prefer buckles or sequins? You’re sorted with Smiggle.

Just because school is back doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop. Smiggle keeps the holiday vibe going with fun games, DIY craft kits and activity sets, plus toys just for you.

Check out and shop the entire Smiggle range on the website at www.smiggle.com.au Keep up to date on the Smiggle Facebook page.

Thanks to Smiggle two of you will be taking home a prize pack (both pictured) – both packs are valued at over $50 each!

 

 

Tell-A-Tale Fairytale and Barnyard makes you and your friends the storytellers in a land of magic, fun and adventure. Roll the dice to get some ideas and then let your imagination run wild!

Work together to to set up the story, guide the plot to a great ending and along the way tell a great tale. The benefits of Tell-A-Tale include helping develop creative thinking, developing problem solving skills, improving verbalisation and communication and promotion of social interaction and language development.

Tell-A-Tale Fairytale and Barnyard retails for $30 and is recommended for ages three and over. 6 lucky winners are each going to be receiving one of these delivered to them – making your next story time a guaranteed winner!

Available now at all good retailers.

The newest in collectable play, Hamsters in a House enables kids to imagine, create and interact with Hamster sized worlds. The adorable Hamster characters come alive as they come as they buzz, scurry and zoom! With a range of tracks, playsets, hamsters and accessories kids can personalize their Hamsters’ world for endless fun!

Buy products such as: Hamster & Accessory, RRP $12.99 – Hamsters need some pampering and accessories, too! The Styling Studio handles the craziest of “fur” days whilst the Scurry Car lets your Hamsters scoot around in style. Collect them all! Little House Pack, RRP $19.99 – Make your hamster feel at home with the classic Little Hamster House. Link the tracks and let your hamster scoot through the manual doors into the Hamster World! Hamsters in a House Track Set, RRP $7.99 – For adventurous hamsters that like to scurry a little farther from home link your playsets together with the extra tracks! Now they can scoot, scurry and zoom all day long! Hamster Supermarket Set, RRP $29.99 – The Hamster Supermarket is the heart of the community. Enjoy a shopping adventure with 20 different pieces, a revolving turntable and interchangeable mall walls. Don’t forget to pay at the cashier! The Ultimate Hamster House Playset, RRP $39.99 – The Ultimate Hamster House features all the luxuries of the Hamster World. Hamsters can sleep, slide, exercise and more with 16 interactive sounds activated as your hamsters move through the house.

Discover more online at: www.hamstersinahouse.com Available from all great retailers such as Toys “R” Us, Target and Big W.

 I am giving away the ultimate Hamsters in a House prize pack! Included is:  1 x Hamster & Accessory, $12.99, 1 x Little House Pack, $19.99, 1 x Hamster Supermarket Set, $29.99, 1 x The Ultimate Hamster House Playset, $39.99 – valued at a huge $102.96!

 



Creepeez wall-crawling bugs have invaded and only X-SHOT Bug Attack can blast them with total accuracy! The Bug Attack arsenal offers powerful blasters and the chance to take on real moving targets for the ultimate target practice combo!

Products available include: X-shot Rapid Fire, RRP $14.99 – Unload the Rapid Fire blaster 6 dart barrel in less than 30 seconds, with the pump action handle and watch the bugs fall from the wall! Bug Attack Rapid Fire fires from a multi-load barrel and will fire darts up to 55ft/17m! Comes with x1 Rapid Fire Blaster, x8 Darts & x2 Bugs. X-shot Eliminator, RRP $19.99 – The Eliminators double barrel can drop a bug up to 55ft/17m! Comes with x1 Blaster, x3 Bugs & x8 Darts. Suitable for ages 8+.         X-shot Creepeez Wall Crawling Bugs , 2pk RRP $4.99– The ultimate targets to perfect you aim. Throw the bugs against the wall and shoot’em as they crawl. Bug Attack Bow and Arrow, RRP $12.99 – The latest addition to the X-SHOT Bug Attack arsenal, is a lightweight aerodynamic bow and arrow. Throw the creepeez bugs against the wall pull back your arrow, aim and blast the bugs to see them tumble. Perfect your aim with the Bug Attack Bow & Arrow.

Available from Kmart, Woolworths and Big W. Follow them on Facebook and see more on the website at www.x-shot.com.com

Two of you will win the ultimate X-SHOT prize pack, including: X-shot Rapid Fire, X-shot Eliminator, X-shot Creepeez Wall Crawling Bugs 2pk and  a Bug Attack Bow and Arrow. Each pack is valued at $52.96.

ABC Kids have been entertaining my tribe of children for a very long time, they go on first thing in the morning and run throughout the day – the kids all have all had their favourite shows over the years, and Master 4 and Miss 2 like to purchase the latest release DVD’s so they can watch their shows over, and over and over again!

Two of the latest releases are sure to give your little ones hours of entertainment:

The ABC Kids DVD Compilation All Aboard retails for $9.95 and has a running time of 41 minutes.

Toot toot! All Aboard! with your ABC KIDS’ friends as we go riding on trains! It’s Thomas’ turn to work with his good friend Whiff the Rubbish Engine! Children take a ride on a steam train in Teletubbies, Bob the Builder and his team are building a monorail system for Spring City, and there’s a thief on the Peg + Cat Express!

DVD Includes six ABC Kids episodes from the rails: • THOMAS & FRIENDS – Thomas and the Rubbish Train • TELETUBBIES – Train Ride
• BOB THE BUILDER – End of the Line • DINOSAUR TRAIN – Stargazing on the Night Train • IN THE NIGHT GARDEN – The Prettiest Flower
• PEG + CAT – The Train Problem

Teletubbies Messy Fun – Available on DVD 7 December 16 & Digital Download 12 December 16. Teletibbies stars iconic characters; Tinky Winky, Dipsy,Laa-Laa and Po. Their world is full of love and laughter as they explore Home Dome and the magical countryside of Teletubbyland through play. The new ABCKids DVD Messy Fun includes 11 brand new episodes and is available now with a RRP of $19.95.

 

To read more about ABC Kids For Parents head over to the website at: www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/ Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest releases and for some great giveaways.

Five lucky winners are going to win an ABC Kids for Parents prize pack, each with a copy of these two titles on DVD. Each prize pack is valued at $29.90

 

This hot weather we have been experiencing has meant our backyard pool has been getting a thorough workout, and ensuring our kids are protected from the scorching Aussie sun is vital.

HeavenLee brings style, colour and comfort to kids all around Australia, helping them experience the sea-side spirit in style. With a wide range of designs that suit all ages from toddlers to teens, you’re sure to find something that will make a splash.

HeavenLee Swimwear is not only designed to be comfortable, fashionable and durable, it’s also rated UPF50+ to give you superior sun protection all summer long.

So whether your kids are starting out in the water, or they grew up there — HeavenLee has got their cosies covered!

Protect your children this summer with www.heavenleeswim.com Keep up to date on the HeavenLee Facebook page.

One follower will have their child decked out for the water, I am giving away a HeavenLee prize pack  for your boy or girl that includes 1 x Long Sleeve Rash Top, 1 x Boardshorts, 1 x Swimsuit or Swim Hat all in your choice from sizes 1, 2, 4,  and 6! This prize pack is valued at an amazing $140!

 

Just back from an extended overseas trip, our children love hearing about and learning where we will travel to next, but a traditional world map with place names doesn’t teach us about the world does it?

Maphover launches the world map into the 21st century! Simply hover your smartphone over the map to view up to the minute information on over 200 countries. This includes a short history summary, along with 35 live pieces of information, such as time, weather, population, environment, the economy and healthcare.

You can also explore the exact location of over 200 landmarks and important events in history. See the resting place of the Titanic, or the runway of the first flight, or even the location of the world’s deepest hole. The Maphover map is interactive, durable and the first of its kind.

Sized at 118 cm x 84cm and with a RRP of $120, get your World Map For the 21st Century from maphover.com.au Follow Maphover on Facebook now!

Thanks to Maphover two winners will each receive one of these amazing interactive world maps!

With three daughters I am destined for a life of doing hair, taking care of hair and buying hair products. When Red Bobble rolled out into the world in 2011, it was a pony tail revolution. Every day, fun day. That’s what it’s all about.

Colour and every day fun was a must for all of our mini people. Since then, the rainbow has dipped itself into extended collections of jewellery, hair clips, hand bags and the ever popular BIY -Bobble It Yourself- Kits.

Swing your pony tail over to www.redbobble.com & join in the FUN! Every Day is a  Fun Day with www.redbobble.com

Shop now online and follow Red Bobble on Facebook!

One luck winner will score an amazing accessory pack that features the original hair bobbles in all 8 colours. Match any outfit with FUN accessories every day. Valued at $100 you won’t be searching for the right hair accessories again!

KAPOW! Smiles is Australia’s newest and freshest teeth whitening brand and the fun new way to whiten your teeth with the latest LED technology. Created by the pioneers of DIY home teeth whitening in Australia and backed with over 12 years experience,  only the highest quality ingredients are used in their kits and their gel is the highest strength bleaching gel available in Australia – meaning whiter teeth in a zaaap!

KAPOW! Smiles products are 100% safe, cruelty free, ACCC compliant, BPA free, FDA approved, kosher graded, gluten free, vegan and great for sensitive teeth.

At KAPOW! Smiles they want you to feel confident knowing their products are packed with a punch, which is why all their teeth whitening kits come with a GUARANTEE to make your teeth whiter!

The fun new way to whiten your teeth – shop online now at www.kapowsmiles.com.au Keep up to date and look out for giveaways on their Facebook page!

1 x KAPOW! Smiles Home Teeth Whitening Kit will be on its way to a lucky winner.  The KAPOW! Smiles home teeth whitening kit is valued at $100. The Agent Zero Kit is specifically designed for those who want maximum whitening results with zero fuss and includes everything needed to whiten your teeth fast and most importantly safely.

Books are an important part of our daily life – we have two primary age independent readers now, and two who get read to every night and often during the day too. Bloomsbury Publishing are often seen on my blog, giving away the latest and greatest kids titles.

Toy Story meets James Bond in this incredibly action-packed new series. Spy Toys are going to take the world by storm!

The world’s leading toy manufacturer makes playthings for the rich and famous, and every toy they create contains a tiny computerised brain and a unique personality. These toys are seriously awesome! But every so often there’s a faulty toy …

Dan is a Snugaliffic Cuddlestar bear – he should be perfect for hugging. But because of a faulty chip, Dan is so strong he could crush a car! Thrown on to the rejects pile, he meets Arabella, a Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll, who has a very short temper and is absolutely NOT good with children. Soon Dan, Arabella and Flax (a custom-made police robot rabbit gone AWOL) are recruited by the mysterious Auntie Roz, and together they make up THE SPY TOYS.

Their first mission: to protect the prime minister’s son from being kidnapped …!

Featuring hilarious, action-packed illustrations by Tim Wesson throughout, this series is perfect for fans of Pam Butchart and David Solomons’ My Brother is a Superhero.

Shelby Holmes is not your average nine-year-old. For one, she happens to be the best detective her neighbourhood has ever seen, using her uncanny analytical mind and sassy attitude to solve crimes which stump even the police department.

But when eleven-year-old John Watson moves in to her block of flats, Shelby finds a solution to the one puzzle that’s eluded her up until now: friendship.

This dynamic duo find themselves swept up in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.

See the latest and greatest book releases at www.bloomsbury.com/au/

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia, three lucky winners will win a book pack each containing these two fantastic titles! RRP $27.98 each pack!

BlossyBloom designs its range especially for teenagers who are buying their first bra. Buying a first bra marks a turning point in a young girl’s life. BlossyBloom wants to help parents and daughters through this transition by designing bras that girls want to wear and parents are happy to buy. BlossyBloom think you are perfect the way you are, so you won’t find any padding or underwire in their range. They have a huge range of colours & patterns so you are sure to find a design that suits your unique style.

Visit the online fitting room to order from the comfort of your own home with your daughter, browse the online shop and pay securely to receive fast delivery.

BlossyBloom: designed specifically for teenagers buying their first bra: shop online now at www.bloosybloom.com.au Keep up to date on the BlossyBloom Facebook page.

Thanks to BlossyBloom four winners will be receiving a matching bra and underwear set valued at $30 each!Super cute and extremely practical – Soul Trend Leggings creates beautiful and fun leggings from good quality nylon/spandex and poly/spandex fabric sourced from the US. All fabrics are 4-way-stretch giving plenty of flex for kids to play happily and not be restricted. If the leggings get dirty (and no doubt they will!) they’re very wash-friendly and keep their stretch and colour.

Soul Trend also create wonderfully vibrant and comfortable leggings for busy mums.

Another plus is that 10% of all profits are given to women and children who are forced into slavery giving them the choice of freedom and a chance to rebuild their lives.

Vibrant, durable leggings for mums and kids, shop now at www.etsy.com/shop/soultrendleggings Follow Soul Trend on Facebook here.

Thanks to Soul Trend two winners will get to pick their own leggings – one winner will win a $50 online voucher, the other a $70 online voucher! Have fun shopping!

With over 45 years of home-grown dermatological expertise, Nutrimetics pride themselves on using only the best ingredients to help women feel beautiful inside and out. As of December 2016, Nutrimetics is now Australia’s No.1 Direct Selling Brand! Nutrimetics Beauty Lab develops and clinically tests skincare products to ensure that they meet the demands of women across Australia and New Zealand and match their No.1 standards.

The Restore Anti-Ageing Extreme Duo is a part of the Nutrimetics’ no.1 anti-ageing skincare range, Restore. Inspired by Nobel Prize winning medical research and engineered with ground-breaking Grape Stem Cell Technology, this amazing Extreme Serum and Extreme Night Creme effectively target the signs of ageing. Improving skin’s vitality by over 60%, stimulating skin regeneration, reducing wrinkle appearance, fights photo-ageing and combating everyday skin stress.

Harness the EXTREME power of NEW Nutrimetics Restore Extreme today and see for yourself what it can do for your skin.

Restore youthful skin with naturally enriched products at Nutrimetics.com.au Follow Nutrimetics on their Facebook page to be kept up to date.

One lucky winner will be receiving a Restore Anti-Ageing Extreme Duo valued at $145!

 

A familiar household scene: your kiddo bursts through the door, shining with pride and presents you with their latest abstract masterpiece. The next day, repeat. The next day… you get it, right? But how to preserve these artworks when there is only so much prime refrigerator real estate?

Jimmy Halfpenny to the rescue!

Jimmy Halfpenny will help you to create a stunning book showcasing your young Picasso’s works. Think gorgeous, custom made photo book, but for art.

Jimmy Halfpenny is an Australian first and every book is original and beautiful – just like the child who illustrated it.

You simply collect up all the originals you want to include in the book and send it off to Jimmy Halfpenny. They will then work their digital magic to reproduce the art in book form and send it back to you.

You can also personalise the book with your child’s name, dedication and photo in print. It really is the perfect way to showcase your child’s year in art.

Jimmy Halfpenny has two book sizes to choose from and each book can accommodate up to 150 pieces of art. And…. their beautiful product line is expanding with a whole host of new and exciting artful beauties being launched this year!

Transforming your children’s artwork into stunning keepsake books with www.jimmyhalfpenny.com.au

One of you will win a Deluxe (26x33cm) Jimmy Halfpenny Book (Up to 30 pieces of Art) valued at $150!

Zoggs is a range of products my family has used for years. We have a pool and the kids all do swimming lessons, whenever we are near the water Zoggs is right there with us.

Established in Australia, Zoggs began by creating market leading swim goggles, and now offer everything from swimming equipment to swimwear. Zoggs swimwear provides confidence in the water, along with their selection of swimming equipment which assists new swimmers in learning and developing their skills further.

Zoggs goggles provide a comfortable fit and strong durability, building confidence and skills with each and every swim. Zoggs also has a range of training aids for the new swimmers and fun swimming games the whole family can enjoy.

You can view Zoggs range of products on their website here, locate a list of stockists here, and follow them on Facebook to keep up to date.

Thanks to Zoggs Australia I am giving away two prize packs. For the girls – Zoggs Floatsuit 2-3years & Little Twist Goggles, and the boys – George Pig Duffle Bag, George Pig Noodle & Little Twist Goggles!

When you are a parent sleep is the thing you crave and miss the most. As you finally crawl into bed at night, you need to make sure that bed is as comfortable as it possibly can be, and that starts with a quality mattress and pillows.

Ergoflex Australia is one of Australia’s leading online mattress brands. Since 2010 (and since 2006 in the UK) Ergoflex has consistently topped consumer polls with hundreds of 5* star ratings from existing users the length and breadth of Australia.

The new Ergoflex 5G Memory Foam Pillow is designed to provide the same performance that you get from the Ergoflex mattress, delivering ergonomic posture support for your head and neck. The pillow comprises of a fully moulded core of “Soft Touch” visco-elastic memory foam and is contained in a beautiful Tencel cover. The pillows are extremely comfortable and shape around your neck and head for immediate pressure relief , instant comfort and above all: deep restorative sleep.

See the full Ergoflex range and shop online at www.ergoflex.com.au  and keep up to date on the Ergoflex Facebook page.

Ergoflex are giving a sleep deprived parent a pair of these amazing 5G Memory Foam Pillows!

How to enter:

Entry is via commenting below the 2nd Birthday Facebook Post on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

  1. Like the Facebook post.
  2. Visit each prize sponsor on their website and Facebook pages -it is appreciated to give them a like while you are there!
  3. Comment under the Facebook post answering in 50 words or less: “What is your favourite memory of Mum To Five over the past 2 years?”

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to Australian residents only aged 18 and over.
  2. ONE entry is permitted per person.
  3. This giveaway is a game of skill not chance. Entry is via commenting on the Facebook Page post answering the question asked. Entries that do not meet these conditions are void.
  4. There is a total of 40 prizes to be won. Judging will be conducted by a third party not associated with Mum To Five. The top 40 entries will be put into a draw and the 40 prizes into a second draw – winners will be randomly matched with one of the prizes each.
  5. Judging will take place within one week of the competition close and winners will be notified under their entry on the Facebook post. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notice or a redraw will occur.
  6. Prizes will be issued within 4-6 weeks time to the address advised. If your prize has not been received within this time frame please advise as soon as possible.
  7. While every effort will be made to ensure delivery of these prizes, Mum To Five will not be held liable or responsible for any missing, lost or damaged prizes.
  8. This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.
  9. This giveaway starts 7am AEST 15.2.17 and ends 1159pm 22.2.17 AEST

 

 

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Luv Ur Skin: Review & Giveaway

February 10, 2017

In a few days my first daughter will turn 10. There is much excitement in the air about this milestone, the “double digit” birthday has been talked about for months, a party planned just for her special school friends and the realisation for not only her but also myself that she is no longer a little girl.

Miss M has always been a girly girl and this has become even more obvious the last few months, so when I was given the opportunity to test out a range of products designed just for girls like her, I knew just who to give them to.

Luv Ur Skin was created by Izzi, after being inspired when she couldn’t use her mum’s products – but there was nothing available that was suitable for her skin, and that wasn’t a baby product. Aimed at girls in the 8-14 years age bracket, and with the support of an expert team of formulators, Luv Ur Skin are naturally formulated to be safe and effective. Luv Ur Skin is the only tween skincare range to be formulated with the plant extract Plantolin® that comes from the Australian Native plant Centipeda cunninghamii. This has amazing benefits and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective on all skin types, including sensitive skin.

We took our Luv Ur Skin products on our recent long trip through Asia. The Luv Ur Skin Facewash (RRP $10.99) was a great introduction to face cleansing. This foaming wash was used quickly and easily in the shower, we left it in there so she remembered to use it daily. The Luv Ur Skin Bodywash (RRP $12.99) comes in a 100ml tube and was another product that stayed in the shower to be used easily, it contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to assist in soothing and calming irritated skin which was great with the large amount of sun we got on holidays. After the cleansing routine it was time to introduce the importance of moisturising. The Luv Ur Skin Body Lotion (RRP $12.99) is a lightweight lotion that she applied once a day after showering, and she only needed a small amount. It can be used on all areas of the body and can also double up as a hand cream. Little Miss sees me moisturise daily and loved the Luv Ur Skin Face Moisturiser (RRP $12.99) It soothed and calmed her skin, especially on the days where we got a little too much sun. The Luv Ur Skin Berrilicious Lip Balm (RRP $4.99) was definitely her favourite (and mine) Its fruity flavour and glossy look meant she loved it, and I loved it because she had her own and left mine alone! The Luv Ur Skin Wash Towel (RRP $2.95) can be used to apply the face and body washes for a deeper clean.

Miss M also received from the Luv Ur Body range the Bright Lights Glow in the Dark Nail Polish Set (RRP $12.99) like most girls she loves getting the chance to paint her nails, and the fact these were glow in the dark only appealed more. This three pack had her and her siblings playing beauticians for hours.

Our verdict on the Luv Ur Skin Range:

Miss 9: Loved the packaging, the fact she got her own age appropriate products and felt like a big girl using them. Mum loves: the first range I have seen for my tween daughters and especially the price point: completely affordable and available to order online.

To read more about the Luv Ur Skin and Luv Ur Body ranges and to shop online see the website at www.luvurskin.com.au You can follow Luv Ur Skin on Facebook and Instagram also.

I am giving away a prize pack full of products thanks to Luv Ur Skin. This prize pack includes: 1 x Face Pack, 1 x Body Pack, 1 x Bright Lights Nail Polish set, 1 x Light Up Your Night Nail Polish Set and 1 x Shoe Lace Set. Valued at $65.91, entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page by commenting under the Luv Ur Skin Facebook Post.

To enter: Like and comment on the Facebook Post. Visit Luv Ur Skin on Facebook. Visit Luv Ur Skin on Instagram. Terms & conditions: Australian residents only. One entry is permitted per person per day. Ends: 15.2.17 9PM AEST. Winner drawn via random.org. Delivery to an Australian address included.

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25 Days of Christmas Day 25: Win a Disney Tsum Tsum Prize Pack

December 25, 2016

The international collectable toy craze of Disney Tsum Tsum are now here. Disney Tsum Tsums collectable toys feature some of the most loved classic and contemporary Disney characters. Kids aged 4-9 years love to collect, stack and swap these multi-sized squishy Tsum Tsum characters to build their adorable Tsum Tsum families.

Despite being only two and a half my youngest child is besotted with these little toys. She sits and lines them up on the lounge, puts them on her shelf and carries them around in her pocket. They’re small and sweet just like she is! (sometimes)

Disney Tsum Tsum Special Edition Christmas Tin Ages: 4+, RRP: $16.99

Celebrate your holiday season will this Special Edition Christmas Tin which includes 6 of your favourite Tsum Tsums in their best festive dress!

The perfect Christmas gift for any Tsum Tsum fan! Miss 2 opened one of these in our early Christmas and has not stopped playing with this tin: in and out they go all day long. The Tsum Tsum tin even came overseas with us!

Disney Tsum Tsum Series 1, Toy Shop Playset Ages: 4+, RRP: $39.99

Create your ultimate Tsum Tsum Squishies world with the Tsum Tsum Toy Shop Playset, includes 2 exclusive characters. Take your Tsum Tsums on an adventure – stack and watch them pop!

Disney Tsum Tsum are available from Kmart, Big W, Target and Toys R Us in-store and online.

On Christmas Day and the last day of my giveaways this Christmas one follower is going to win A Disney Tsum Tsum prize pack with a Special Edition Christmas Tin plus a Series 1 Toy Shop Playset. This prize is valued at $56.98 and entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook page.

To enter: Comment on the Facebook post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 25.12.16 and close 9am 26.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $56.98. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 24: Win a Trolls Garden Gnome Poppy

December 24, 2016

Trolls again – we just can’t get enough. Neither it seems can the rest of the population. The kids are fascinated like we were as young things, and just quietly I think the adults still love them too.

Day 24 will see someone take home their very own Troll Gnome. Gorgeous Poppy stands at 25cm tall and is the perfect bedroom decoration or garden ornament. My two youngest got one of these each for Christmas and they are sitting on their drawers. I suggested we might put Poppy in the garden but she is destined to be an inside gnome at our place.

Poppy in her sculpted hair glory is available at all leading toy stores for RRP $44.95, and today we are giving one away to a Troll loving home. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment on the trolls garden gnome post on my Facebook Page. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 24.12.16 and close 9am 25.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $44.95. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 23: Win a Very Hungry Caterpillar 2 Sided Floor Puzzle Suitcase

December 23, 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of my favourite children’s books of all time. Every one of my five kids has owned a copy, and when #5 came alone her nursery was decked out in it. Hungry Caterpillar doona, sheets, toys and books – she adores the story and her siblings still stop and listen when I start reading it.

Day 23 of my Christmas Giveaways is a Very Hungry Caterpillar 2 sided floor puzzle housed in a gorgeous suitcase. The two sided 36 piece puzzle creates a 64cm x 92cm masterpiece when finished, and would be loved by any fan of this timeless kids story.

This gift retails for $24.95 at Kidstuff and all good toy retailers.

 

To enter to win a Very Hungry Caterpillar 2 Sided Floor Puzzle Suitcase, go to the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment on the Very Hungry Caterpillar post on my Facebook Page. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 23.12.16 and close 9am 24.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $24.95. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 22: Win a Danger Mouse Vehicle and Racing Figure Toy

December 22, 2016

At the very start of my Christmas giveaways I ran a Danger Mouse DVD competition. It was very popular, and I loved reading the entry comments and watching you all take a trip down memory lane. You all remembered Danger Mouse – and Danger Mouse is back!

Danger Mouse is an action and comedy animated series of the world’s greatest secret agent and his side kick Penfold. His mission is to protect the world, multiple parallel universes and Willesden Green from the villainous machinations of the evil Baron Greenback. Danger Mouse airs daily on free-to-air TV – the remake of the series launched in Australia February 2016 and just in time for Christmas comes a release of toys, books and DVDs.

The coolest range of Danger Mouse products has hit Australian shores!

Danger Mouse vehicle and racing figure toy Ages 6+ RRP $28.99
Danger Mouse’s top-of-the-line secret agent’s super car ‘Mark IV’ with pop out wings to transform into the Danger Plane at a touch of a button, with opening boot to store secret agent gear! Also includes exclusive Danger Mouse articulated racing figure. My Floyd opened this vehicle in his Christmas gift pile and loves it – Danger Mouse is becoming a favourite here.

On Day 22 a little Danger Mouse fan will soon be receiving this awesome vehicle to call their own. Entry is on my Facebook page.

To enter: Comment on the Facebook post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 22.12.16 and close 9am 23.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $28.99. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 21: Win a Little Adventures Ice Princess Costume

December 21, 2016

Dressing up was one of my favourite things to do as a little girl – a dancer, a doctor, a fairy and many more characters were created from old dress ups. Like most children mine love it too, the costumes they have these days are a big upgrade from the ones I remember.

Little Adventures is dedicated to nurturing the imagination and magic that lives in young children. Their  collection of princess dress ups, magical mermaids and boy costumes is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.

How do Little Adventures products differ from others on the market? These adorable dress-ups at affordable prices are the perfect fit for little ones. They are comfortable with no itchy underskirts or fabrics, completely finished seams and hems, and no buttons or ties to frustrate little fingers. The stretch bodices accommodate a variety of sizes making each size more versatile. All items are made with quality fabrics and trims that are comfortable, washable and guaranteed.

Little Adventures is available at: ABC online store, David Jones, Toy World and all good toy retailers.

On Day 21 I am giving away a Little Adventures Ice Princess costume, sizing recommended for 4-5 years of age. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook page.

To enter: Comment on the Facebook post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 21.12.16 and close 9am 22.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $43.99. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 19: Win a Foodie Pillow Dougnut

December 19, 2016

Christmas gift giving has been and gone for us, for the rest of you have you finished? In our house the kids get some large gifts then a bunch of smaller “stocking gifts” – if you are still on the search to fill those stockings look no further than the My Studio Girl range.

My Studio Girl is all about expressing yourself and having fun. They believe there is nothing quite as cool as making something yourself and being able to show it to your friends and say “I made this!”

Children can sew adorable food pillows with pre-cut fabric, pre-punched holes and child-safe needles. Approximately 30cm tall, everything you need is in the Foodie Pillow Doughnut to create your pillow on your own – no help from mum or dad required!

Available at: Spotlight and all good toy retailers. Day 19 I am giving away a My Studio Girl Foodie Pillow Doughnut valued at $19.95 RRP. Enter on my Facebook page.

To enter: Comment on the Facebook post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 19.12.16 and close 9am 20.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $19.95. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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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25 Days of Christmas Day 18: Win a Trolls Hooded Towel

December 18, 2016

Trolls Trolls and more Trolls! Have you seen the movie yet or is it pencilled in for the school holidays? It is all my kids and their friends are talking about. I remember my little Troll dolls from when I was a child, their crazy hair appealed then and it is making a comeback!

Day 18 is another prize from the brand new Trolls merchandise range: a Trolls Hooded Towel. Perfect for the Summer months, take it to the beach, pool or to swimming lessons to be the envy of every little Trolls fan. Towel measures 60cm x 120cm and design may vary from that pictured.

The Trolls Hooded Towel has a RRP of $19 and is available from Big W.

To enter: Comment on the Facebook post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you are following me for more giveaways! Terms and conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 5am 18.12.16 and close 9am 19.12.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 1 winner will receive a prize as listed RRP $19. Delivery to an Australian address is included. 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.