{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Dyson Cool

When Dyson approached us asking if we would be interested in reviewing their Dyson Cool Desk Fan we were excited to find out more! Before we agreed, we asked them “is it safe for our kids (and cat)?” and “is it portable?” As soon as they answered “yes” we agreed and became the proud owners of a Dyson Cool Desk Fan in black/nickel.

Photo Credit: Dyson
Photo Credit: Dyson

The fan comes in two pieces, which requires a simple ‘push and twist’ assembly and it’s ready to go! It is super easy to operate and the remote control is curved and has a magnet in it which attaches to the top of the fan.

Georgina Says

It is so light (you can literally pick it up with two fingers) which makes it great for moving between rooms and for going on road trips or camping holidays.

The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It's light weight and easy to transport.
The Dyson Cool is perfect for camping trips! It’s light weight and easy to transport.

The fan is whisper quiet and is perfect for children’s bedrooms – and because it is bladeless it is safe to put on the floor (no more worrying if someone will lose a finger). The fan tilts up and also oscillates from side to side.

Payno (Our Ring-In) Says

Dyson fans are the shizzle!

$74m was invested into developing the Dyson Cool™ fan range. Dyson spends $4.5 million every week on research and development and you can tell!

We love ours and would definitely recommend it!

Dyson Cool Features

Air Multiplier™ technology

Dyson fans use Air Multiplier™ technology to create a powerful stream of uninterrupted airflow. The air is accelerated through an annular aperture, creating a high-velocity jet of air. This passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp, channelling its direction and creating areas of low pressure behind and around the fan. The change in pressure forces surrounding air to be drawn into the airflow, resulting in a powerful stream of smooth cooling air.

Sound 75% quieter

Streamlined air channels for reduced airflow turbulence make AM06 75% quieter than AM01.

 40% less power consumed

Reducing turbulence makes the fans quieter, but it also means that less energy is required to move air through them. While the fans still produce powerful airflow, their motors are calibrated to run more slowly, drawing less energy.

Sleep timer

Fan can be programmed to turn off after pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours.

Remote control

With 10 precise airflow settings, sleep timer, on/off and oscillation control. Curved and magnetized to store neatly on the machine.

Oscillation control

Independent motor drives smooth oscillation.

Easy tilt

Pivots on its own centre of gravity.

Easy to clean

No awkward safety grilles or blades.

Safe

No fast-spinning blades.

AM06 Desk Fan 300mm Black/Nickel Specifications

Weight: 3.3kg

Cord Length: 1.8m

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.dyson.com.au/fans-and-heaters/cooling-fans.aspx

Cost: $449 rrp

Disclaimer: We were given a Dyson Cool Desk Fan to review. Our opinions are honest and our own.

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Kidding Around at the … Bloggers BBQ

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Last Saturday, we attended our very first event as Kidding Around Australia! We were all very excited and counted down the days! Kids Business presented the Bloggers BBQ that was held at The Park, Melbourne.

The Park was a great venue for the event, the room was the perfect size for the brands and the attendees, with the chandeliers giving the room an all over opulent feel. We were lucky enough to get parking right at the front door for $2.50 all day, which was fantastic because just 10 minutes into the event we had to go back to the car to off-load some of our goodies!

Photo credit: Kids Business
Photo credit: Kids Business

Georgina Says

The event was an opportunity for brands and bloggers to get together in a family friendly environment. I am sure many long lasting relationships were forged at the Bloggers BBQ and we can’t wait to showcase some of the products and services provided by the brands we met.

Giaan Rooney (Channel 7 presenter, Olympic athlete and fellow parent) was the MC and did such a great job capturing everyone’s attention in a loud and excited room. She mingled with everyone and was happy to take photos with anyone who asked. Georgina and Giaan bonded over shared parenting experiences whilst Tim told Alegría all about her athletic achievements! Isaac was just happy to play in the ballpit whilst all this was going on.

Giaan and Georgina talking all things parenting!
Giaan and Georgina talking all things parenting! Photo credit: Kids Business

The Bloggers BBQ was a great way to connect with the brands participating on the day as well as support Camp Quality. For those of you who don’t know, Camp Quality is a charity that creates a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. Giaan presented a cheque for $500 to Camp Quality on the day. More information can be found at www.campquality.org.au

Giaan and Christie present a cheque for $500 to Camp Quality. Photo credit: Kids Business
Giaan and Christie present a cheque for $500 to Camp Quality. Photo credit: Kids Business

Brand Highlights and Information

Cocobella Kids: Cocobella, the makers of Australia’s leading coconut water brand, have created a new healthy option to help keep those little monkeys hydrated. It contains around 40% less sugar than leading kids fruit juices and Isaac loved it! www.cocobellakids.com.au

Dyson: Dyson showcased their latest bladeless fan the Dyson Cool. It is up to 75% quieter than the previous generation, portable and easy to use.  The child and pet friendly technology is quiet and powerful. We are already big fans (get it … fans … Dyson … hilarious!) www.dyson.com.au

Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan: Annie Sloan developed Chalk Paint™ over 20 years ago. She called her paint Chalk Paint™ because of  the velvety, matt finish it produces. There is an impressive colour range and it allows both children and adults to enjoy decorative painting. Alegría is a painting enthusiast and loved this product! www.anniesloan.com

Life Like Touring presents the Octonauts Live! Operation Reef ShieldCaptain Barnacles and his crew are starring in Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield which is being presented by Life Like Touring. If you have Octonauts fans in your house, it opens in Melbourne this February before touring the rest of Australia. Tickets are selling quickly and we can’t wait to see the show! www.lifeliketouring.com

ASG: Australian Scholarships Group believe all children deserve equal access to education regardless of wealth, status and capability. They have a range of products, information and resources available for all children up to post-secondary education on their website. www.asg.com.au

Steggles: Steggles’ new range Just Eat It (is available in Woolworths from late January).The range of pre-cooked chicken and turkey products can be used for quick dinners, snacks and on-the-road meals. www.steggles.com.au

Passage Foods: The Passage Foods range consists of ready-to-prepare meals that make it easy for you to enjoy international cuisines. Tim loved the twice cooked pork belly (cooked using their Asian Master Stock)! www.passagefoods.com

Celebrate Health: The Celebrate Health range is gluten free, low fructose, dairy free, peanut free, soy free with no preservatives. It is 100% natural and contains no common allergens. Georgina and Isaac loved the Moroccan Quinoa Salad (using their Moroccan Quinoa).  www.celebratehealth.com.au

Closer to Nature: Closer to Nature is an internationally renowned baby products manufacturer, offering baby bottles, breast pumps, sippy cups, baby monitors and more. They introduced their new advanced comfort® range of bottles and teats at the Bloggers BBQ. www.closertonaturebaby.com.au

AVG: AVG are passionate about online security. They aim to protect families from online predators, viruses and hackers on all of your computers, mobile phones and tablets. www.avg.com

Inner Health Plus: The Inner Health range is suitable for the whole family; even infants as young as three months can take Inner Health for Kids to help put the balance back into digestive health, maintain immune health and improve general well being. The Inner Health range is only available from Pharmacies and Health Food stores. www.innerhealth.com.au  

Bizzibrains- Bizzibrain’s first children’s book app  I imagine is available on the Apple App Store now: https://itunes.apple.com/app/i-im The app is designed to help kids transition to school, kinder, pre-school or wherever they go to learn. It was released on January 7th this year and is already featured in iTunes Best New Apps. It looks great! www.bizzibrains.com

We had such a great time, if you are a blogger and would like to be invited to the next event please contact Kids Business ! Thank you to Christie and the team – it was such a great day!

MORE INFORMATION

Bloggers BBQ (VIC) 17th January
Hosted by Kids Business Communications
Saturday, 17 January 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM (AEDT)
The Park Melbourne (formerly “The Powerhouse”), 36 Lakeside Drive, Albert Park, Melbourne, VIC 3206  |

Kidding Around with … Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There are few words that conjure up more feelings of magic and wonder than Disney and Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales did not disappoint!

Princess Alegría and her friend Princess Julia were very excited to watch some of their favourite fairy tales come to life, and to be honest, lifelong Disney devotees Anita (Julia’s Mum) and I were excited to see them too!

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Princess Alegría and Princess Julia waiting for the show to begin!

The Plenary, at the Melbourne Convention Centre, was filled to capacity with princess dresses, tiaras and quite a few princely looking lads who were buzzing with excitement and animated chatter.

As everyone took their seats, the lights were dimmed, and our narrators Minnie, Goofy and Donald introduced themselves. The crowd erupted when everyone’s favourite narrator, Mickey Mouse, appeared on stage and together they introduced their magic book of fairy tales.

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The featured fairy tales were Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Each fairy tale ran for 20 minutes and concentrated on the most memorable parts of the stories. The entire show went for 90 minutes, which included a short interval in the middle that was perfectly timed for a toilet break for little ones.

There were many laugh out loud moments as the children were entertained with funny antics (especially from the Seven Dwarfs), audience participation through question and answer interaction and toe-tapping musical numbers.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Alegría says

Snow White didn’t listen to me – she ate the apple!

The voices and songs were straight from the original film scores and the staging, props, puppetry, special effects and pyrotechnics were very impressive!

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“Be Our Guest” – Beauty and the Beast

Georgina Says

The costumes were amazing. Seriously. Amazing. I know I shouldn’t be so amazed, after all this is a Disney production, but the dresses were breathtaking!

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There were some darker parts of the show where the Evil Queen in Snow White changed into the Old Hag along with the thunderstorm and lightning when The Beast and Gaston were fighting on the stairs during Beauty and the Beast. These scenes didn’t last for long but a reassuring hand might be required if your child/ren are prone to be scared.

Out in the foyer there were multiple concessions selling a variety of Disney merchandise with prices starting from $10 AUD. From what we could see the most popular items were a souvenir bag filled with popcorn ($16), snow cone drink cups ($16), programs ($18) and fairy floss with Mickey ears ($15).

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Snow cones are better with friends!

The grand finale was mesmerising with the glitter cannons at the end bringing smiles to everybody, young and old. The show was spectacular and will be thoroughly enjoyed by Disney loving children and adults wanting to take a magical journey down memory lane.

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Grand Finale

If you’re in Australia and in Newcastle, Brisbane, Cairns or Townsville then it is not too late to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales! To book or more information visit their website.

For us, this is only the beginning of our Disney journey! We are looking forward to seeing Disney on Ice in July!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.disney.com.au/disneylive/three-classic-fairy-tales/

For other live shows: http://liveshows.disney.com.au/

Ticket Prices:

Individual Family
Front Row $55.50 each (Limited seats)
A Reserve $42.50 $155
B Reserve $29.50 $112

Prices include booking fees.  Additional credit card, transaction or outside fees may apply. Family Ticket: Admits 4 people.

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Kidding Around with … Bay and River Cruises

Alegría loves going on adventures with Tim and she was especially excited to go on train, boat and car adventure! They were also joined by “Payno” who just happens to be one of Alegría and Isaac’s most favourite people – so it was guaranteed to be a great day!

Firstly, Georgina and Isaac (who didn’t go on the adventure because of Isaac’s nap time – and we don’t mess with the little man’s nap time!) drove the three adventurers to the train station in the CAR. However, there was a problem on the line, so instead of taking the train into the city they had to take a BUS replacement for half of the journey. So added to the modes of transport list was Bus – Bonus!

They then caught the TRAIN into the city and walked across Princes Bridge (which is on the corner of Flinders Street and St Kilda Rd in Melbourne) to Birth 1 Southgate Promenade to board Williamstown Bay and River Cruises “Yarra Shuttle 1”. The Yarra Shuttle 1 is an ultra-low passenger ferry (yes, we are aware we referred to it as a BOAT, please don’t send us hate mail!) which seats 36 people in the open air level and 36 in the enclosed cabin (although that would be squashy!).

What a great view of the city!
What a great view of the city!

The ferry stops at 7 locations (upon request) including Crown Casino / SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, South Wharf / Polly Woodside, Yarra Edge, Scienceworks and Williamstown.

The Polly Woodside
The Polly Woodside and Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre
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Alegría and Payno admiring the view

ALEGRIA SAYS

I saw the containers that go overseas. I really loved going on the ferry!

Alegría, Tim and Payno decided to do the full journey down the Yarra River from Southgate around Port Phillip Bay to Williamstown. From there you can have a picnic in the park at Nelsons Place, grab an ice-cream and walk up Gem Pier to admire the boats, ships and yachts. Other options include a visit to the farmers market (which operates on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9am – 1pm), playing in the playground or taking a short walk to the Williamstown Beach.

Disembarking in Williamstown
Disembarking in Williamstown and saying goodbye to our Captain

TIM SAYS

The Williamstown Bay and River Cruises “Williamstown Ferries” is a really handy, stress free way to get from the city to the beach. If you sit in the enclosed area you will be with the Captain. Our Captain was really informative and welcomed questions from passengers. He explained the history of local landmarks, docks and the city and gave information about the Yarra River. 

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MORE INFORMATION

Days and Times: Everyday from 10.30am – 5.30pm except Christmas Day

Location: Gem Pier Williamstown and Birth 1 Southgate

Cost: Adult $28 return or $18 one-way. Ages 4-14 is half price. Under 4 is free

Website: http://www.bayandrivercruises.com.au/ferry.html

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

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