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Crazy Sales – Review and Giveaway

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 instead.

Now for the Giveaway!

  • You can win one $50 voucher to spend on whatever you like at 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
  • Good Luck!

ONCE: Melbourne’s Newest Favourite Musical and Why It May Get a Visit From the Tooth Fairy

I was given complimentary tickets to the show thanks to Nuffnang.

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The cast of ONCE get their musical on and bring the Irish Pub vibe to life.

At six years of age Summer Moore has a lot on her mind. It’s her first week back at school after the holidays so she’s getting back into the routine of school days and homework. She also has two wobbly teeth! This is all pretty normal six year old stuff, except that Summer may lose her wobbliest tooth on stage at the Princess Theatre tonight during a performance of Once.

After enjoying immensely successful seasons in New York, London and Dublin the multi-award winning stage musical has come to Melbourne and celebrated it’s official opening on October 4th, receiving a well deserved standing ovation.

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Tom Parson’s and Madeleine Jones making beautiful music together.

I was there in the audience on opening night and had fallen in love with the music a few bars into leading man, Tom Parson’s opening song. My adoration grew stronger as the show went on, the music uplifting and soul-filling accompanied by foot stomping, hand clapping and an Irish pub vibe that made me want to move to Dublin immediately.

Summer plays Ivanka, the child of the female lead, played by Madeline Jones. The age of Ivanka is one of the little things that they have changed when adapting the story from the much loved and likewise multi-award winning movie of the same name. Ivanka in Once, the movie, is a toddler. I imagine toddlers are just as hard to work with on stage as they are anywhere.

With this age change aside, the show stays pretty true to the original story, introducing several stronger characters and more humour, making it all a bit more “theatrical” yet maintaining the simplicity of the original love story behind the music and manages to do it all on the one set – the Irish Pub which only ever acts as a pub during intermission when the audience is invited on stage for their refreshments.

Summer shares her role of Ivanka with two other girls which makes it easier to juggle the late nights and early school mornings by performing only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Nights. Mum Melani has arranged with Summer’s school for her to come in late on Wednesdays and Fridays to ensure she still gets the sleep that she needs as well as making the most of this amazing experience.


Summer Moore plays Ivanka

When asked about the audition experience, Summer says she was so nervous as it was her first ever audition and she kept shrugging her shoulders. She must have done something right as she is now enjoying being a part of Once and is no longer nervous, saying that being on stage in front of all those people is not much different than being up on stage at her end of year dance concerts.

One thing that may set it apart is losing that wobbly tooth on stage. Ever the professional, Summer knows that if it happens tonight she needs to stay in character and remain cool. Assurances have been made that the tooth fairy will find it and all will be well.

Once, The Musical is currently playing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Bookings can be made online

I received complimentary tickets to attend the show but was under no obligation to write about it. Summer Moore attends school with my son and graciously allowed me to interview her. 


A Little Bit Of Luxury – Veronica Foale Essentials

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I’ve been using shower gel for as long as I can remember. So long in fact, that when we recently went on holiday and stayed in a holiday park, my kids were very impressed with the little hand soaps that were in our bathroom. They had never seen soap before and were very impressed. Hilarious.

They were even more impressed when a package arrived for me from my good friend Veronica Foale.

Veronica lives in Tasmania and makes soap. She makes it from home and has shelves full of soap doing it’s thing. “Curing” and such. Can you imagine how amazing her house smells?

The package Veronica sent me was full of soapy goodness and smelt amazing.

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Maple Sugar Candy, Lime, and Lemon Meringue Pie.

I have been trying a different soap every couple of days and they are little bars of luxury. My skin feels really good and I always smell nice. Some of the soaps smell intense, like coffee break, but it leaves only a subtle scent on the skin. I was afraid I was going to smell like a coffee canister, but no, I just smell awesome.

My favourite is the bar of lemon soap that I keep in the kitchen. My hands now always smell like a very clean lemon and they are also smooth and the dry scaly patches I used to get from washing my hands 7 billion times a day are disappearing.

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Coffee Break


It’s quite clearly the difference in ingredients that is helping my skin feel so good. There are about thirty ingredients in the liquid soap and shower gels that I usually use, that I cannot even pronounce.

In Veronica’s lime soap -for example- there is: Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Water, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance and Colour. That’s all.  All that oil. No wonder my skin is so silky.

Veronica recently opened her online store and I can already see a million new soaps I need to try immediately. Also lip balm. She does lip balm too! Check out the store and have fun trying to decide which delicious bars of luxury to buy. It’s a tough decision.

As well as using soap in the bathroom, and kitchen, I also want to put soaps in my drawers and cupboards. I want to be surrounded by these beautiful smells always. This will be my go-to store for gifts. Soap for everyone for Christmas!

You can also find Veronica Foale Essentials on Facebook and Instagram

Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal

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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.

I have been lucky enough to be given my very own Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal. I love it. Like totally, actually, very deeply love it.

Here are some jaw-dropping facts about dust and yuckies thanks to Dyson’s research team.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Look! Even attractive men wearing kids’ shoes can use it.

Dyson says:

About Dyson:

  • 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.
  • Weight: 2kg.
  • 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.