It’s no secret that I love to dress Ivy and Noah up.
I love finding clothes that suit their personalities.
Noah likes quirky and has a thing for hats
and Ivy, well she loves anything, so long as it is girly.
Dresses and shoes are her big loves.
It was the same with the other kids too, although I wasn’t as flamboyant as I can be with the pair
I still enjoyed picking their clothes carefully.
I love that now there are many different brands and styles geared specifically towards children.
What I love even more is that you can find places that have wonderful sales
or sell great brands at wonderful prices.
I’ve always dressed my kids in variety of clothes but each an every one of them has owned some good Osh Kosh pieces.
Immy and Maddy’s first walkers were Osh Kosh and they had these darling little dresses that they wore on their first birthdays.
Lily and Noah have both worn their overalls
and Osh Kosh are the only label that I can find a pair of jeans that will fit Ivy, with the adjustable waist, she fits perfectly into her size 3′s
(although hopefully that will change soon, with her having the growth hormone).
Since Ivy and Noah have been very little I’ve shopped at a store called Trade Secret.
There is one about an hour from where we live
and late last year another opened up, close to the hospital -
which, when you are running out of pjs and other essentials, is a good thing.
They are found in NSW, Canberra and Queensland and they have new stock arriving all the time.
Trade Secret pride themselves on offering quality label clothing at massively reduced prices – up to 60% off,
which is perfect for me and for my family.
My big girls love it too – Maddy just bought three new swimming costumes the other day for $37!
Starting this week, Trade Secret are having a huge promotion on Osh Kosh brand.
Up to 50% off Osh Kosh items from babies, right up to 7 years of age.
(the jeans in this photo were $19.95 and the top too, reduced from $45)
I’ve taken Ivy along to pick out some clothes in the next size up, in anticipation of her growth spurt
and some jeans and shirts for Noah too.
Do you have a favourite place to shop for your family’s clothing?
Have you tried Trade Secret before?
This post is sponsored by Trade Secret, although I was very happy to review and promote them as we are devoted shoppers of the store and long time lovers of the brand Osh Kosh.
A few months ago I was asked to review some Lego Heroica.
Well, actually it was more for the boys to review
and then things got a little crazy here.
The Heroica game has been out again these school holidays,
several times in fact,
which reminds me that I need to do the review.
Heroica is a board game made from Lego..
You build the game, pick your character and play.
It’s aimed at the 8 – 12 age range but Noah (who was not quite six at the time we first used it) understood the rules and loved every minute of it.
So much so that he asked for another city for his birthday and more Heroica pieces for Christmas
and there is the beauty of a Lego game – you can build and add onto it,
change the rules around with the different options and cities and the characters too.
To say it was a hit with Noah would be an understatement.
What was even better was that Dave got in and played too as did the other kids, so it is a great game for the whole family.
Even Mal (who is developmentally delayed) could play a simple game.
The little Lego men are quite alot smaller than your average Lego guys, so a little easier to lose
but aside from that, it is a great activity for kids (and husbands who still believe they are kids).
From my point of view, it was great for fine motor skills for Noah, communication skills and togetherness for the whole family.
It was also a great way to introduce Noah to strategy.
Would I buy it?
I already have.
Some days Ivy tells me she wishes that she was a fairy mermaid princess.
When I ask her why she tells me;
there isn’t any pain underwater.
Fairy mermaid princesses don’t get hurt,
and there is no immune deficiency.
She dreams of meeting Ariel from the Little Mermaid.
Disneyland is out of our reach and so it has been just that –
We’ve watched all of the Little Mermaid movies a hundred times over though.
So it’s all good, as far as she’s concerned.
During the school holidays, the Disney Live show is coming to our area and many others across Australia
and I think that I might take the small girl along.
She can lose herself in the wonder of the show and keep the memories close.
Noah will come, of course.
He loves all of the old Disney characters
but has a soft spot for Buzz and Woody from Toy Story too.
I’ve always loved Pluto.
I hope he’s there.
It looks like it will be a magical experience.
It’s something a bit different from our usual holiday activities
but I think the little kids will love it.
Thanks to Kelly from thurnhamteece
I have an amazing giveaway of four tickets to see the 1 pm Disney Live show
on the 17th January.
It’s at the Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, so you would need to live in the
Newcastle/Hunter Valley/ Central Coast area or be willing to travel.
All you need to do to enter is tell me;
If you could be one Disney character for a day, who would you be and why?
Entries will close after seven days and the winner will be announced
here, on this post the following day.
This is a chance draw, so a name will be selected randomly.
If you want more information about dates and times that Disney Live is coming to an area near you, you can find it here.
Good Luck (and see you there).
Congratulations to Jocelyn (Lifeasmummymax). You are the winner of the four tickets to see the Disney Live Show!
Last year both of the schools that the kids go to participated in the Coles Sports for Schools program.
For our little public school, it was a great success
and they were able to secure much needed sports equipment,
thanks to Coles’ initiative,
so when it came around again this year, we started collecting our vouchers.
Something like the Sports for Schools program is a huge opportunity
for any school
but especially for the smaller country areas,
where funding can sometimes be a little hit and miss.
All of the kids love sport.
AJ is a footballer and the girls all play hockey, while Mal and the littlies love to play around in the back yard.
As with many large families, we tend to spend a fair amount of money on groceries.
I love that Coles is trying to give something back to the communities and that,
by our shopping with them, we are giving back too.
Ivy and Noah had not participated before
and so we explained to them how it worked
but then we thought
what better way than to take them through the process from start to finish.
Ivy and Noah like to help with the shopping.
Okay, mostly Ivy
but Noah likes to think he is helping, in his own boy way.
This often means asking every five seconds if he can go and check out the toys
or placing random things that he likes into the trolley
when he thinks nobody is looking
*cough* matchbox cars *cough*
but some days, he will have a good crack at it.
I think of it all as training.
His partner will thank me one day.
on this day we needed to get some fruit and vegies
and also ingredients to make ‘Mum’s Special Spaghetti Bolognese’.
This spag bol was my mum’s recipe and it was one of the first things I learnt to cook.
I’ve adapted it so I can feed everyone, so it’s evolved a bit
and the sauce is gluten free
but the kids love it
and it can be ‘matured’ with parmesan cheese
and sometimes we add avocado in there too for the adults in the house.
I might put the recipe up here if you’re interested.
Maybe I’ll do it anyway.
First things first;
We hopped online and had a look at the Sports For Schools website
and we talked about all of the great equipment their school already has
and told them that some of it had come from the Coles Sports for Schools program last year.
Lily was in year six then, so they remembered the vouchers she collected.
Then we went shopping.
Taking (almost) six year olds shopping can be interesting.
Especially with Noah, who is a motor mouth at the best of times.
How many times can you tell someone that you are shopping
for “school vouchers”?
Noah was particularly interested in the process
and loved the idea of commodity and barter.
He is definitely David’s boy.
I struggled with basic economics when I was in high school,
so to have a kid like Noah who understands those concepts now
wigs me out just a little.
Usually, when I do the grocery shopping I wander up and down each aisle.
Dave has a more efficient way of doing things.
He has a list.
We stay in one place.
The kids buddy up,
Dave gives them a couple of things to get,
and off they go.
It works surprisingly well.
While they are choosing their products,
Dave and I will usually do the fruit and vegetables.
The trolley fills quickly and shopping time is limited.
We also have a system at the checkout,
Where one of the older kids will go and get another trolley,
Dave and I will stack things onto the conveyer belt
(with Ivy and Noah’s help, of course).
The other kids start putting the bagged groceries into the trolley at the other end.
Again, it works really well.
Everyone has a job.
This was Ivy and Noah’s favourite part – collecting the vouchers.
For every $10 spent you get one voucher.
Coles has days too, where you buy certain products and it doubles your voucher allowance.
Noah counted and recounted the vouchers all the way home.
The next day, we bundled up all of the vouchers up that we’d collected
and took them to the school.
The big kids took some to the high school too, which is also participating.
We talked to the teacher who was co – ordinating the initiative about what the school was hoping for,
how they were going with their tally and talked about what was on the wish list .
Last year the school collected around 20,000 points and are on par to earn that many again this year,
although the co – ordinating teacher is hoping to surpass that.
She mentioned that they had their eye on some of the bigger items this year like balance beams and netting for soccer
but that the children are encouraged to look through the catalogue that Coles provides and place the items they like onto the wish list.
She also talked to Ivy and Noah about some of the gear they received last year.
This included balls, tee ball sets and cricket sets.
I thought it was a good way to teach Ivy and Noah about philanthropy
and helping other people as well as doing something good for our community.
Coles has found an effective way of helping our schools.
Every little bit counts and we were happy to be a part of it.
Does your school participate in the Sports For Schools program ?
Do they have a wish list this year?
Please note: this post is sponsored by Coles and the Sports for Schools initiative.
Even though we were gifted some sports equipment and a Coles gift voucher and paymet for this post, our family already supported the program, regardless.
All ideas and opinions expressed in this post are mine.