Kidding Around Essentials: Protect-A-Bed Quilt Protector Review and Competition!

Following on from our BED WETTING AND TOILET TRAINING – TRAVELLING TIPS FOR FAMILIES post, I thought I would share with you what we use at home to protect our beds and bedding and give you a chance to win a Protect-A-Bed Quilt Protector!

For the past year, we have been using Protect-A- Bed mattress protectors and quilt protectors.

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We were disgusted to learn that humans sweat up to 1L of body fluid per night and lose millions of skin flakes each night. After 5 years, half the weight of a mattress can be made up of our own body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria that seep into our bedding. Pass me a bucket!

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After using the mattress protectors, we then upped our protection with Staynew Smooth Quilt Protectors. We didn’t even know such a thing existed!

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Quilt protectors assist in keeping your quilt stain free (think vomit, wee or worse), protected from dust mites, bacteria and allergens and is approved by the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice Program.

Protect-A-Bed’s® Miracle Layer™ is soft and comfortable yet waterproof and breathable and has a unique Breathe-A-Vent® allowing the quilt to breathe.

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The internal SecureClip™ System on the inside ensures the quilt remains in place, although the quilt cover did twist around the quilt protector when we took the the quilt off the bed and used it on the couch.

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COMPETITION TIME!

We are giving you a chance to win your own Staynew Smooth Quilt Protector (in your choice of size)!

To Enter:

FILL IN THE FOLLOWING ENTRY FORM AND ANSWER THE QUESTION “IN 25 WORDS OR LESS, WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CLEAN SHEET DAY?”

Entries close July 27th, 2018 at 11.59pm AEST.

MORE INFORMATION

www.protectabed.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/protectabedaus
Instagram: www.instagram.com/protectabedau
#ordinarymadeextraordinary #protectabedau

And the best bit? This guy can sneak up onto the bed and I’m not really mad! He can’t do any thing a washer and dryer can’t fix!

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SMASH STATIONERY – OTHER REALM REVIEW

As we prepare for Term 3, we thought it would be a nice time to update Alegría’s bedroom and add a desk for her to sit and write. She had her choice of a traditional desk or an old school desk and she chose the latter (compete with big flowers in a pot next to it)!

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A new desk calls for new stationery and Smash Enterprises have just released 4 new Big W stationery ranges! These are:

Urban Graphic

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This cool new range is sure to give you some serious street cred’!

Featuring everything you need to get the job done, these products walk the walk and talk the talk!

Paint and Play

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This fun and colourful new range is sure to make a statement and inspire creativity!

Perfect to brighten up your office or style your home this range is sure to turn heads!

Neo Galaxy

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*** COMING SOON! Available in-store from 15th July 2018.

This new range is out of this world! ‘Imagine, Explore and Inspire’ your next ‘Master Plan’ (and your ‘Plan B’!) with our new Neo Galaxy Stationery Range.

Other Realm

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Welcome to a world of imagination where dreams come to life!

Create a magical desk full of unicorns, glitter and sparkle to excite, delight and motivate both little and big girls!

Alegría’s selection was Other Realm:

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Alegría has been spending hours jotting notes down and making wish lists. It is fantastic to see her embracing her new space.

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Unicorns are very popular at the moment and Alegría is no different to every little girl who loves them! She loves the little 3D Unicorn eraser.

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Who doesn’t love a slap band, that doubles as a ruler?!

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And this little one? Well, this furry little critter is now pride of place on Alegría’s school bag – all ready for Monday morning!

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Happy Term 3 everyone!

MORE INFORMATION

Visit Smash Enterprises and Big W for more information.

#smashdeskstyling #stationeryaddict #bigwaustralia #bigwin

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N – Review

ATTENTION CADETS! Do you have what it takes to be a S.H.I.E.L.D operative?  Are you smarter than Iron Man or Hulk? Are you worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer? Are you a massive Avengers fan?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is a must visit attraction in Melbourne!

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Located in Federation Square (although not really in the “square” – you will need to walk along the river to get to the “paddock”), Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an immersive experience and exhibition showcasing the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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We really enjoyed exploring the extensive range of Avengers operation equipment such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit, The Hulkbuster suit and Thor’s mighty hammer and seeing original costumes from the movies.

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The interactive games were a huge hit, we tested our strength against the Marvel heroes (we were not quite in the league of Hulk), we fought the bad guys on the touch screen, participated in the Thor-inspired Bifröst Bridge simulation and the kids’ favourite? The  virtual reality Iron Man game, which scans the player’s body, dresses them in an Iron Man suit and then sends them into battle against evil robots!

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So, what are you waiting for? Your mission: To delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man and many more. Good luck Cadet!

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Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. closes on July 15, 2018.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information or to book, click http://avengersstation.marvel.com.au/

The Hunting of the Snark – Review

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If you are looking for something fun to do these school holidays, then head to the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from July 11 – 15 and you could go on a hunt for the legendary Snark.

If you, like us, have no idea what a Snark is or what it looks like, it might help to know that it comes from the magical imagination of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll.

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Don’t worry, you won’t be hunting on your own! You will be joined five high-energy actors and a puppet who will take you on a musical comedy adventure in The Hunting of the Snark.

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On the journey to Snark Island you will meet a Boy, his Banker father who is so rich he puts diamonds on his cereal, a knitting Beaver, a funny Baker who can’t remember his name, a crazy Butcher who has an appetite for exotic animals and a Bellman who is the world expert on Snarks!

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You will also get to know some larger-than-life characters such as the colourful Jub Jub Bird, a tricksy Bandersnatch who will steal literally anything (including your father’s favourite underwear), and the terrifying Boojum who with one touch ‘can softly and suddenly vanish you away’. Luckily for us, we survived and we’re sure you will too!

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The Hunting of the Snark is designed for four to 94-year-olds. It is funny, witty and will entertain the kids and provide animated tales to tell for show and tell next week!

DATES & TIMES:

Friday 13 July and Sunday 15 July: 10am, 12.30pm
Thursday 12 July, Saturday 1 4 July and Sunday 15 July: 10am, 12pm and 3pm

MORE INFORMATION:

For more information or to book visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic – MELBOURNE GIVEAWAY

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Celebrate 100 Years of Magic as Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses on the ice. Be dazzled by the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf.

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Sing-a-long to over 30 of your favourite Disney songs including “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Exciting moments from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories that will last a lifetime.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

We are giving away 2 x A reserve tickets (worth $98) to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic on Friday 6th July, 7pm in MELBOURNE!
Please make sure you can go on this day and time as we cannot change the date on the tickets.
FIRSTLY:
Make sure you LIKE the Kidding Around Australia Facebook and Kidding Around Australia on Instagram if you use these sites to keep up to date with all that we do. This is really important!
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SIMPLY:
Fill in this form and tell us who your favourite Disney character is! We would love you to ask your child to answer! Don’t forget their name and age.

*IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE ENTRY FORM PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AS SOME PHONES AND MEDIA DO NOT SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.

Entries close: 24 June 2018 at 11.59pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is coming to Hisense Arena these school holidays from 5th-10th July.
For more information visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 24 June 2018 at 11.59pm AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 26/6/2018 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

 

Wild Buggy – Review

If you haven’t been to Wild Buggy Driving Adventure Park then you need to put it on your list for the school holidays, or the weekend, or for birthday parties, or anytime really … just put it on your list of things to do!

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Wild Buggy is a purpose-built adventure track in Melbourne where kids aged 5+ can take a drive on the wild side and conquer over 30 hardcore obstacles!

On arrival we were given a safety briefing and then fitted with hairnets and helmets before hitting the track!

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Each non-licensed (5yr+) driver is accompanied by an instructor in a dual-control buggy to assist in turning, braking and acceleration and to guide them through the Wild Buggy track. The instructors are fantastic and fully engage with the kids – we know this because we had a GoPro in the buggy and we just loved watching the kids interacting with their instructor.

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After the kids had their turns, Tim and I also went for a spin! All licensed drivers (P+) enjoy full control over their buggies whilst being accompanied by an instructor. Tim and I are daredevils (I wonder where the kids get it from?!) so we may have heard “slow up around this corner” just a few times!

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We didn’t need to worry about our safety though, the Wild Buggy Tomcar is an Australian-manufactured vehicle that is in active military service today. They are built like a tank and designed to be parachuted out of a plane and survive! They are even able to drive on a 53 degree slanted wall and the purpose-built off-road track and obstacles are designed to take full advantage of the capabilities of the buggies!

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We definitely took a ride on the wild side and we all cannot wait to return! Alegría and Isaac was living every little wild child’s dream and you couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces. They were beaming!

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Please note: Wild Buggy is driving course only, with a small cafe and no extra activities located onsite. It’s the perfect place to start your adventurous day out!

Stay tuned for our Wild Buggy video! It will be released very soon!

MORE INFORMATION

Wild Buggy
433-453 Boundary Rd
Heatherton, VIC
P: 1300 945 328

www.wildbuggy.com

Sports Chiller Drink Bottle – Smash Enterprises Review

Exciting news! We are now officially Smash Enterprises and Nude Food Movers Ambassadors so we will be sharing with you some to their products and how you can use them to make your life easier. When it comes to making school lunches, we are all for easier!

Over the past week, we have been trialling the new Smash Sports Chiller drink bottle (which has just launched exclusively in Coles for $10 RRP) – I don’t know about you, but we go through a lot of drink bottles around here!

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The top features of the Smash Sports Chiller are the dual wall insulation that keeps drinks 2.5 times colder than regular reusable plastic drink bottles. We trialed the Smash regular drink bottles as well, and surprisingly we did find that the drinks stayed colder. I can’t wait to use them in summer where I am sure we will really enjoy the difference.

The Sports Chiller also has a sweat free design which boasts about it’s no condensation feature – this means no more funky, wet bags for school! It’s easy to clean because of the wide opening (which is also good for popping in ice cubes) and is light weight and squeezable even for the smallest of hands.

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There is a one-way performance valve which allows for fast flow and no leaks. We did a little leak test of our own, just to test! We trialled 4 bottles, and one of them leaked a little bit when we tipped the bottle upside down and jiggled it as hard as we could. When we tipped it up and just held it there it didn’t leak. What is so great about Smash, is that if there is a problem they fix it immediately – so never worry about your warranty.

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Whilst we have you here, as Nude Food Day Ambassadors, we wanted to let you know about their Nude Food Grant School Program where they are giving away $10,000 to schools, classes and students! Applications are now open and close on 22/6/18. For further information and register visit www.nudefoodday.com.au

What are your must-have features for a drink bottle?

More information on the whole Smash range can be found at www.smashenterprises.com.au

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STOMP, Melbourne – A Review

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STOMP is back in Melbourne this week, and it will have you stamping your feet, clapping your hands and laughing until your cheeks hurt!
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Alegria and I loved watching the eight performers use non-traditional instruments to thump out an explosively feel-good rhythm, although you need to be warned – the show is LOUD!

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For 90 minutes (there’s no interval), we were tapping our toes and wondering what they were going to do next! It really is amazing that a musical that doesn’t include any traditional instruments and is wordless could be, in fact, a musical. But it really is!

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One thing is for sure, I promise you will never look at supermarket trolleys, Zippo lighters, plastic bags and garbage can lids or even the kitchen sink the same way ever again!

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If you want to see what all the noise is about, then click on www.stomptour.com.au for more details!

Where: The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
When: 1 – 6 May 2018 – 8 performances
Book: www.StompTour.com.au or call Ticketmaster 1300 889 278

Splash Test Dummies (by Trash Test Dummies) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

If you think that the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is just for adults, then think again!

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We saw the the Splash Test Dummies (Trash Test Dummies) and they were so funny and seriously talented!

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The award-winning circus trio Jack Coleman, Jamie Bretman and Simon Wright are three lifeguards who will meet you out in the line and make sure you have sun protection before they set out to save you with their trademark blend of slapstick side-splitting circus, acrobatic, juggling, stunt work and imaginative comedy.

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Young and old were laughing until our cheeks hurt, there are bucket loads of audience participation, songs like the Baywatch theme song, Octopus’s Garden, Rubber Ducky and I’m too Sexy, unicycles, shadow puppetry, ping pong balls and water! We promise that it’s family friendly and the kids will LOVE it!

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We have a special code for you! When buying tickets, type in SPLASH for 2 for 1. Happy days!

When: 1pmSaturday 31 March – Sunday 15 April (Shows every day except Wednesday 11th April)

Where: Melbourne Town Hall – Lower Town Hall, Swantston Street, Melbourne
Cost: $20-25, click here to book

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