I ordered this absolutely gorgeous Lamaze Playhouse gym from Crazy Sales. The delivery was super quick and now I’m just waiting for the baby to arrive so I can see this awesome toy in action.
The Lamaze Playhouse Gym is one of those awesome toys that grows with your child. There are 4 different configurations you can put the play mat into depending on your baby’s development stage. I love that! This one toy will last a couple of years.
I also love the bright contrasting and gender neutral colours. No pastel baby pinks or blues in sight.
The first configuration is the baby laying on their back staring up at the hanging things and the music and light show put on by the smiling sunshine. Baby hones their motor skills by batting and kicking at the toys.
A simple rearrangement changes the mat into a tummy time playmat. The toys are easily removed from the bar and clipped onto the appropriate loops, bringing them to baby’s eye level.
The bar can be removed when baby is at the sitting and playing stage. The toys are still fun and baby is a great age to pick them up and enjoy the rustling, squeaking, jingling and rattling that the different toys provide.
The mat then turns into a cute little house with a rustling opening door. One side has blank shapes which can be used for shape matching with the corresponding toys.
The mat is easy to change around to whichever configuration you like and also really easy to pack up and move, making this a great take-along toy for mothers’ group and play dates, as displayed by this random model. You can also pop it over your shoulder and use it as an eye-catching shopping tote! Ok, don’t do that. That’s just silly.
At $76.95 this is not the cheapest baby play mat on the market, but because of it’s versatility and longevity it is worth every cent. I also saw it on another website for $216 which is ridiculous, do not pay that. Buy it at Crazysales.com.au instead.
Now for the Giveaway!
You can win one $50 voucher to spend on whatever you like at crazysales.com.au It’s not just baby stuff!
Simply tell me in the comments below, what is the best toy you bought for a baby.
I will chose the best or most creative or entertaining answer after Midnight AEST on 1st November and the winner will be notified by email and sent a voucher code to use at Crazysales.com.au
Disclaimer: Dyson gave me a Digital Slim DC59 Animal to use and to keep. I use it everyday and seriously love it.
You know when you are looking for advice on what vacuum cleaner to buy and everyone, like EVERYONE says “get a Dyson!” and so you go and check them out and your wallet screams a little bit and you think to yourself…. really? Gosh… I think I’ll just buy this other one because it’s cheaper.
Less than a year later and you hate the guts of your cheaper vacuum cleaner and its incompetence and you want it dead so again you seek advice on what vacuum cleaner to buy from trusted friends, family and Facebook, and again they ALL say “get a Dyson!”. You should really listen. Really.
There is no denying that Dyson is not the cheapest vacuum cleaner out there so I’m not going to scoot around that. But they are not the cheapest, because, well, they’re not cheaply made pieces of crap. There’s a whole lot of technology and testing behind these cyclonic babies and they stand the test of time and do the job properly.
There is also no denying that Dyson are the best vacuum cleaners and you will struggle to find anything else that comes even a little bit close.
Here are some jaw-dropping facts about dust and yuckies thanks to Dyson’s research team.
In my house, I vacuum every day. Sometimes more than once. The children are messy people with their crumbs and glitter and their smuggling the school sandpit home bit by bit in their shoes, clothes and hair. There was also the added mess created by dog hair. So. Much. Hair. The living room rug is always in need of a clean and my Miele vacuum cleaner with it’s bag and it’s crapness was just not doing the job right.
On it’s first day in my house, the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal sucked up more than I thought possible. It was horrifying to see how much crap was in that rug.
Seriously, this was just from one large rug that gets vacuummed daily with the Miele. Amazing.
Here are some things I love about my Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal:
The most important attribute for a vacuum cleaner is that it sucks good. This baby sucks really good and even has a couple of settings to change the sucking intensity, so it has that covered. It will also never, ever loose suction. It is the perfect little stick vacuum that doesn’t know it’s a stick vacuum and sucks like the big boys.
If you vacuum something up which clogs the pathway, the Dyson will flash its lights at you and then stop so you can deal with the clog and then continue. It wont pretend it can still work like other vacuums try to do, making all that sucking noise and not actually picking anything up. (I’m looking at you, every other vacuum cleaner in the world). The Dyson is honest and tells you when it needs you to remove the lego ninja turtle from it’s throat.
It’s really, really light. Even for a stick vacuum, it’s so light. My kids love using it, and I really like them doing the cleaning.
It’s really easy to empty. Just push down this button here and the bottom pops open. Then, if needed, you can slide the whole thing off to get at any bits around the top.
You can also remove the turny brush cylinder thingo from the large head, so it is easier to clean. The filter can be rinsed under the tap and it has pictures of taps on it so you remember that handy piece of info.
I also love that it can be taken out to the car and used there too! I can remove the long stick and attach any head straight to the handle thing and I’ve got myself the best little car vacuum ever. I’m also going to take this camping with us next time we go.
My house is a pretty small 3 bedroom home, and this vacuum is perfect for it. I still vacuum the living room every day and when I do my full house clean, the Dyson can manage.
If you have a very large house and like to vacuum all at once and it will take more than half an hour, you might want to look at getting a bigger Dyson. Like the upright DC65 Animal.
It all clicks together really easily and clicks apart really easily.
It is also beautiful. I mean look at it! I love the colour and it’s just so sexy.
Look! Even attractive men wearing kids’ shoes can use it.
Dyson has 1,536 engineers and scientists working on a pipeline of technology that stretches out over twenty-five years.
Dyson invests £1.5 million a week on research and development and has doubled the number of engineers employed at its UK research and development laboratories in the past two years.
Dyson has expertise in fluid, mechanical, robotic, electrical, thermal, chemical, acoustic, motor, thermo dynamics, testing and software engineering, and is thought to be the only vacuum cleaner manufacturer with an in-house microbiology team.
Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59:
Testing: Dyson prototypes are subjected to 636 different validation tests. On/off buttons are punched 20,000 times. Prototypes are drop tested 10,000 times. Cleaner heads are slammed into iron table legs.
Patents:There are 350 patents and patent applications worldwide relating to the technology used in Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners, including patents relating to Dyson digital motors.
Run-time: This machine will run for 20 minutes, 17 minutes with the motorised tool, and for 6 minutes on boost mode.
Hygienic bin emptying: Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the bin.
Guarantee: The machine comes with a 2 year parts and labour guarantee.
Energy Star Rating: The machine’s battery charger has qualified for the Energy Star rating, due to its energy efficiency.
There is still that question about price though and I can’t give away a whole vacuum cleaner today, I would really, really love to but what I CAN do is give you your very own super discount!
If you want to buy the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal, then you can win a 30% discount right here. That’s a fair chunk of change off the cost of your brand new Dyson.
In the comments below, tell me the most frustrating thing about your current vacuum cleaner.
Entries close at Midnight AEST on Sunday 14th September and I will chose a winner and advise them by email on Monday 15th September.
The winner will be emailed a special code that they can use at the checkout on the Dyson website to get their very own 30% discount.
The Aztec word for gold literally means ‘excrement of the gods’.
It’s sometimes expressed more poetically as ‘sweat of the sun’.
That is one of many new things I learnt at the Aztecs exhibit currently showing at the Melbourne Museum. It is a fantastic exhibit and if you’ve always been intrigued by the Aztecs then you will love every little artefact and nugget of information.
Above: This is from the outside of a school building. I like it. It would look cool on my house. Melbourne Museum wont let me have it. Meanies.
The Aztec Empire ruled what is now Mexico and Central America from 1325-1521. Remnants from the Aztec Empire still surface every day in Mexico City. Fascinating!
The Aztecs were conquered by Spain, and the region still speaks Spanish today and celebrates both cultures.
The exhibition is nearly over! It finishes on August 10th so,if you are planning on seeing it, hurry up! Or you could win tickets right here. Keep scrolling.
Above: The face of youth behind an aged face and then finally the face of death.
Above: This guy is wearing the skin of another guy that he sacrificed to the gods. He would wear this skin for 20 days and then peel it off and emerge reborn and renewed. Lovely.
The exhibit is open from 10am – 5pm daily. Tickets are: adults $24, concession $16, children $12 with family passes and member’s discounts available.
To win one of three double passes to see the amazing Aztecs exhibit, simply comment below.
The winners will be chosen at random and emailed.
The winners must reply with their postal address within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
It will certainly help if you live in Melbourne or are planning on visiting before August 10th
Entries close Monday July 21st at midnight AEST. Winner drawn on Tuesday and emailed that day.
Do you have a Peppa Pig fan in your house? I have two of them. Both Millar and Xanthe love Peppa Pig and her puddle jumping shenanigans. They also like to sing the theme tune and snort. Loudly. The theme tune gets stuck in my head from time to time and I find myself humming it without thinking. Which is fine until I snort loudly in the middle of the grocery store.
If you don’t have kids or maybe you and your kids live under a rock, and you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a quick bio.
Peppa is a lovable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolutely favourite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles. Her adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.
If you DO know who Peppa is and you have a little Peppa fan then you will love to head on down to your local ABC shop this month:
You too can enjoy your own Peppa Pig adventure this May. Simply visit any ABC store this May to ‘find Peppa and her friends’. Collect an entry form from the till point and write down the name of the characters that you find. Once you have completed the hunt, hand your completed entry form to the counter to be entered into the competition and receive a Peppa Pig giveaway.