I’m 1 Year old!

February 20, 2016

I never thought I would get to say these words again in my life but here we go – “It’s my 1st Birthday!”

I am not going to ramble on – just know that I love that you all interact daily, read blog posts, enter giveaways and come and say hello. It makes my day and hopefully has put a smile on your face at some point over the past year. Parenting continues to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Non stop work 24/7. If you can’t have a laugh and a joke along the way at yourself and the kids with other mothers it can be even harder. Keep smiling, laughing and know that even after 5 kids I still don’t know what I am doing half the time.

Thank you to all the sponsors of the below prizes. They have been very generous not only for this giveaway but throughout the past year. Go and visit their pages, say hello and check out what they have to offer – I think they’re fantastic and I hope you do too!

Good luck, and thanks for being on the page.


Crayola have been featured on my blog many times in the past year, and they have been one of my favourite brands during my parenting journey. From markers to paints, pencils to scissors, paper to crayons and all those in between and beyond, Crayola has everything you and your little ones need to have fun creating while learning along the way.

Crayola are giving you the chance to win one of their Doodle Magic Lamp Desks. Available from Target, Toys R Us and Officeworks (RRP of $31.99)

Watch colors magically swipe away with Doodle Magic, the marker and drawing surface system! The contoured Lap Desk fits neatly on a small lap at home or on-the-go for worry-free creativity. Crayola Doodle Magic Ink provides color that disappears with water! No soap or washing needed for worry-free clean up. Special surface can be reused and eliminates the need for paper! Pick your colors and doodle, then swipe, wipe and color again! Includes Lap Desk, 4 Doodle Magic Markers, Color Eraser and Wipe Cloth.
Age 3+.

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You can browse the full range Crayola has to offer online at . Crayola products are available at major leading retailers.



VTech is a global leader in electronic learning products from infancy to preschool. Since 1980, VTech has been developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children’s development through fun and smart play. From the VTech Baby to the Preschool Learning range – there is something for every little one.

VTech are giving away 4 prizes to lucky followers.

VTech Learning Fun Party Set – Win 1 of 2 (Available at Target)

It’s time for a party! Your little one will love hosting their very own party with this super cute party set! Includes 4 interactive press buttons and 4 cute shape sorters; cupcake, wafer biscuit, cheesecake and chocolate cake. Put them on the corresponding shape and take them off again to trigger fun, interactive phrases, while learning about shapes and colours. Tip the friendly jug to ‘pour’ some delicious squash into the two cups and enjoy your party! Also features 20 familiar melodies, 6 lively sing-along songs and lots of party time sound effects. Encourages motor skills and language development.

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VTech The Kidibeats Drum Kit – Win 1 of 2 (Available at Target)

Get into the rhythm and enjoy rocking out with this drum set from VTech. The KidiBeats drum set includes a pair of drumsticks to tap the four different electric learning drums. Go freestyle or play along to the nine pre-set melodies. Follow the lights on the drums to learn about letters and numbers. With four ways to play, the drum set will be instrumental in encouraging your child’s development and love of music!


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You can browse the full VTech range on their website at



Ok, now it’s Yo-Kai?! What is this new craze of Yo-Kai Watch that my kids are now talking about?

The amazingly popular Japanese animated series has already started airing weekdays on Nine Network’s GO! Channel and has quickly gained popularity with Aussie kids, especially boys aged 4-12 years. The comical animated series revolves around a young boy named Nate who obtains a special watch that uses medals to enable him to interact with the mysterious and mischievous of Yo-kai spirits, which are based on Japanese folklore.

The world of Yo-kai Watch is not limited to the TV screen locally, with a fun range of toy products in-store now which will join the recent release of the YO-KAI WATCH video game for Nintendo. The animated series will also be released on DVD in March.

The innovative YO-KAI WATCH toy range is centred around Yo-kai and the collectible medals. The medals each represent a unique Yo-kai and can be inserted into the watch, collected in the Yo-kai Medallium Collection Book, or scanned using the Yo-kai Land app to discover new ways to adventure.

Any child that loves collectables will be excited to discover a unique new range and experience the playful world of Yo-kai.

1 winner will receive a prize pack which includes: 1 x Yo-kai Watch, 3 x Yo-kai Watch Medal Mystery Bags, 1 x Yo-kai Watch Medallium Collection Book &  1 x Yo-kai Watch Medallium Collection Book Pages – Total prize value: $97


You can find all the Yokai details on their website:



Gabe & Nix is an Australian based, home decor label, all about bringing cool, modern and affordable pieces into your home.

The brand is co-founded by Sydney based couple Hayley and Alex, who met whilst working for a designer furniture company in London. Together they strive to create fun, quality, on-trend pieces that make decorating easy.

The first collection is a mixture of prints and patterns that can be used to make a statement, brighten your home and help you create your own unique space. Shop for yourself or for a special gift for a loved one.

You can shop the Gabe & Nix range on their website at You can search for a stockist near you by clicking here.

The generous Gabe & Nix are giving 3 followers a $100 online voucher each to spend on their website.

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Keep up to date with Gabe & Nix on their Facebook Page and on Instagram.


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Fridge To Go have been another regular on the blog during its first year, with lots of very generous giveaways. 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. There is a huge range of products available on their website at . 12 months on my daughter still uses her lunch bag – and her food is kept cool and fresh for mealtimes.

You have the chance to win 1 of 3 Fridge To Go Mini Fridge 12 Bags in navy – valued at $49.95 each!


Fridge To Go can be followed on Facebook to be kept up to date.


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Lynne from Stylish You helps women and men uncover their Signature Style to dress with confidence and colour. She wants you to feel vibrant, self assured and happy in your own skin – ready to take on the world.

Lynne is a trained image consultant and personal branding coach, and an advocate for creating the life you want. Your clothes and your image send a message about who you are, before you have said anything. It is within everyone’s reach to look and feel great in their clothes.



With over 15 years experience in London and Australia from retail buying, store operations and retail training, Lynne brings the benefit of extensive and international fashion experience. Having completed Life Coaching and NLP studies, these skills serve to enhance her sessions – giving a better insight into her client’s specific branding and lifestyle needs.

Stylish You are giving you the chance to win a Colour Consultation Session via Skype -gain an understanding of your ‘wow’ colours and know which colours make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow! You will finally know whether you can wear black or not, understand the difference between cool and warm colours and know whether silver or gold jewellery works best for you. This session will change your wardrobe forever and give you the tools you need to create a powerful first impression with everyone you meet, and is valued at $250!

You can see how Stylish You can help you and contact Lynne via her website at



Discover a unique approach to modern contemporary, luxurious Italian designer jewellery with Tesoro. Synonymous with contemporary luxury, Tesoro is a leading Italian jewellery brand that specialises in combining fashion and Italian artisanship, creating sensual, chic and feminine jewellery collections. The Tesoro collections are designed for women who love being women.

Drawing inspiration from the different languages of modern fashion and governed by Italian creativity, the Tesoro collections are a labour of artisan excellence with an assurance of exclusivity, sophistication and Italian elegance.

Journey into the world of Tesoro with their defined style of Yellow Gold Earrings, White Gold Earrings, Rose Gold Earrings, Yellow & White Gold Earrings, Rose & White Gold Earrings, Yellow Gold Pendants, White Gold Pendants, Rose Gold Pendants, Yellow & White Gold Pendants, Yellow Gold Crosses, White Gold Crosses, Yellow & White Gold Crosses, Silver Earrings, Silver Bangles & Silver Pendants.

Teroro are giving you the chance to win a pair of their Limited Edition Black Silver Earrings valued at $129.95!



You can shop the full Tesoro range on their website at 

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At Banjos Bead House, you can find everything you need to create beautiful jewellery and gifts. The Banjos Bead House team run classes for children and adults from beginners to advanced. They also have a large range of unique ready made jewellery available and can custom design and make for you at very reasonable prices.

Beading is a great way for children to develop hand & eye coordination whilst exploring design. Banjos Bead House are offering a Mother and Daughter Beading Class – a fun way to spend some bonding time with your daughter producing beautiful hand made pieces of jewellery. Bring your daughter along and enjoy drinks and sweets and a jewellery making class. This class includes two hours of jewellery making tuition for mother and child and a selection of beads and findings to create jewellery of your choice. Project options include bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, key chains, bag name tags and book marks. The prize is valued at $120 and is Sydney based – the shop is located at 3 Bells Road Oatlands.


You can shop and check out all Banjos Bead House has to offer on their website at


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The Tropical Fruit Tribe makes handmade Frozen Fruit Iceblocks made from Nothin’ But Real Fruit! They are the perfect summer time, guilt free treat for little kids and big kids who absolutely love them!

Available in 4 delicious flavours including mango, watermelon and mint, pineapple and coconut water and green grape – they are dairy free, gluten free with no additives or preservatives, and no added sugars or sweeteners and made from all Australian produce.

The Tropical Fruit Tribe believes everyone has the right to know the truth about the food they consume and how it affects our bodies, so we can all live a happy, vibrant life full of energy, health and vitality! They empower our community with wholefood knowledge and alternative wholefood snacks.

This prize is available for Sydney residents only –  The Tropical Fruit Tribe is based in Sydney and as there are no additives or preservatives in their product, deliver their iceblocks frozen. The prize consists of a 16 Frozen Fruit Iceblocks Pack with 2 ice block holders and is valued at $76.



You can learn more about The Tropical Fruit Tribe on their website at




The Madel Night Light was launched in November 2015 to rave reviews, and allows you to create your perfect sleeping environment, setting the colour and brightness at the touch of a button. Each light includes three swappable designs from the following: Dinosaur, Rocket, Train, Owl, Butterfly, Fairy, Mermaid, & Woodlands Fawn.

Features include: Remote control, 11 colour options, Dimmer to 8 levels, 30 min auto-off + option to stay on all night, Motion Sensor, Sleep Mode, Rainbow and a BONUS set of white LED’s light up when in Reading Mode!

The Madel Night Light integrates state of the art technology and sophisticated aesthetics to delight children of all ages and seamlessly complements any decor.

Madel are giving you the chance to win your very own Madel Night Light – valued at $85.



You can learn more about the Madel Night Light range and and purchase direct on their website at


stylish little things

Stylish Little Things was born out of a love for creating beautiful, simple, stylish things. They specialise in beautifully minimal gift boxes and candles.

All of their candles are hand poured in Sydney using the finest natural soy and coconut waxes and high quality fragrances. Inspiration is drawn from nature and all the simple pleasures in life.

Stylish Little Things know the little things make big differences. Their mission is to bring a little happiness and inspiration everyday.

Stylish Little Things are offering you the chance to win a 3 month candle club subscription. You will have one of these amazing candles delivered to you every month for 3 months! Valued at $113.85 it is the perfect gift – or keep it for yourself.


You can learn more about Stylish Little Things and shop the range by visiting their website at



WILDHEART [wellbeing] is a proudly Australian, Perth owned and operated company that has developed scientifically driven natural skincare for healthy glowing skin.

The vision at WILDHEART [wellbeing] is to enrich the lives of others with products and services that actually deliver results for better health and wellbeing. They use a range of bio-active enzymes, peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, natural and organic wild-harvested pure botanicals sourced in Australia and around the globe which are highly “active”, ethical, cruelty free, eco-friendly and safe.

The WILDHEART [wellbeing] mission is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them, understanding deep within us that we are all one. We believe in the power of self nurturing. Through the ritual of caring for your skin with beautiful serums, lotions and creams, this time well-spent can feed your soul (as well as your skin). They encourage you to take time out, at the very least, each morning and night to lovingly use the WILDHEART [wellbeing] skincare.


You are being given the chance to win a WILDHEART [wellbeing] best selling antiaging skincare eye cream – valued at $99.

You can browse the full range on the WILDHEART [wellbeing] website at

lillie and capriLillie & Capri is the creation of two mothers, Kylie and Kasey. An online store with the philosophy “to endeavour to provide parents and caregivers with items of convenience, thereby giving more time with their children.”

Lillie & Capri stock a large range of nappy bags and accessories as well as their exclusive Lillie & Capri insulated lunch bag and Day Pack bag range – this holds all your normal baby fanfare of nappies and wipes, but also the added convenience of insulated storage for bottles, snacks and meals. I received and reviewed one of the day packs last year and we use it regularly – when we go out and about, for playgroup and the park and as a kindy bag.

Lillie & Capri are giving you the opportunity to win one of their bag combos – consisting of both a Day Pack and a Lunch Bag in your choice of pink or blue (subject to availability) This great prize is valued at $50.


You can browse and shop the entire Lillie & Capri range on their website at by Elevn was created by mum Emmy, who found after the birth of her first child found there wasn’t much affordable, edgy, comfortable street-wear around. So she decided to create her own.

Quality cotton fabrics are used on all designs, which are ethically made right here in Sydney. Well by Elevn’s main focus is to create relaxed, edgy pieces that are effortless in design and adaptable – pieces that are easy to blend into the modern woman’s wardrobe for everyday style, comfort and living. I was sent two pieces of the range recently – the La Vida Es Bella Tee in grey and the Harem Shorties in black, and they are the most comfortable things I own – and they look fantastic!


Well by Elven is offering you the chance to win their choice of a tee or tank top in the size of their choice to the value of $55!

You can browse and shop the Well by Elevn range on their website at

To enter for your chance to win the above prizes – click on the below link.

Mum To Five 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway

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  • Reply Helena L February 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Fantastic prizes A! Happy 1 year! Glad I stumbled across your blog and keep up the great work, entertaining all us Mummies 🙂 xox

  • Reply Bee Bowdlert February 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Congrats Mumtofive.

  • Reply nikki cashion February 21, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday Mum t0 Five
    thanks for the chance

  • Reply Liz Kaminski February 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Fingers crossed for me and congrats to you on one year!!!

  • Reply Amanda February 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you to both yourself and the businesses providing goodies for the birthday celebration

  • Reply marilyn February 26, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    even though i am a great granny aged 72, i love Mum to Five page it has given me many laughs and i enjoy hearing all the new mums stories as well as ali’s…keep up the good work ali

  • Reply Mandy Graham February 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday! xxx

  • Reply Veronica February 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Mum to Five 🙂

  • Reply Faye February 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Happy birthday to youuuuu! First of many I think!

  • Reply Margaret Ann Davies February 26, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Happy Anniversary

  • Reply sharyn w February 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    happy first year – thanks for the chance to win a wonderful prize 🙂

  • Reply paula Minniti February 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! They say the first year is the hardest, here’s to many more and easy times ahead x

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