Celebrating Mother’s Day with Holden Australia

Last Friday, I was invited to a pre-Mother’s Day function at Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley with Holden Australia and a select group of Melbourne Bloggers.Oakridge.jpg

We met at Holden HQ in Port Melbourne to pick up our vehicles and learn more about Holden’s important safety features, such as the new Isofix car seat system. The cars available for test-drive were the Cascada, Captiva, Trax, and Insignia and as we are in the market for a 7-seater I chose to take the Captiva for a spin.Holden Captiva at Oakridge Winery.jpg
We were all welcome to bring our children along, but as Alegría was at school, I opted for a peaceful drive and stress free lunch so Isaac stayed with our friend Payno. Thank you, Payno!Oakridge Winery 1

I drove out to the Yarra Valley with Christie from Kids Business (who worked with Holden to organise this fantastic day). The Captiva is equipped with the MyLink entertainment system with Apple CarPlay so Christie plugged in her IPhone (I’m an android user) and after figuring out the handbrake (don’t judge … it’s so easy, I found it tricky! For the record, it is a simple push/pull button!) we were off.

The car itself was easy to drive and has features such as a touch screen, reverse camera, USB connectivity and blind spot alert. My favourite feature was the keyless entry and ignition. You simply leave your keys in your handbag, touch the button on the door handle and turn the knob next to the steering wheel and you’re away. Perfect for when you have your hands full!

The weather was amazing – on a day surrounded by rainy days, we were blessed with sunshine. wine barrels.jpg

Once we arrived, we settled into a barrel room and had a pickling class with celebrity chef Matt Stone. Matt taught us how to make homemade vegan kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi, however, ours was made with fermented chilli paste, wombok cabbage, carrot, ginger, garlic, spring onion and pink lake salt (which is harvested by Mount Zero Olives and traditional land owners, the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, from a crater-like pink salt lake near the Grampians in Victoria). After getting our hands messy making the kimchi we all filled a jar so we could take home some of this goodness – I can’t wait to try it.Kimchi with Matt Stone

I’m sorry I can’t post the recipe here for you to enjoy, however, Matt has a cookbook coming out later in the year which will feature the recipe. Put it on your Christmas list!

After the masterclass, we went into the main building to a private dining room set up with beautiful flowers, a view of the Holden range and vineyards that went on forever. Those children who did attend were spoilt with a special guest appearance from Cinderella who made balloon animals and flowers, painted faces and played games. I did feel a little guilty for not taking Alegría and Isaac. Just a little.Holden at Oakridge

The food, as you would expect, was yummy. I could eat the entrée antipasto platter everyday and be a happy, happy lady! As we bid everyone goodbye, we were give a beautiful bunch of flowers and gift bag with a bottle of Oakridge chardonnay. What a special day it was.Entree at Oakridge

On the drive back, I joined Olivia from House of White and Tara from Branche and No Cake for Breakfast. They are both such nice people, but I made the error of sitting in the back and got terribly carsick. The lovely Tara swapped with me but the damage was done – it was all I could do to not spew in front of my new friends!!! Thankfully, I held it together but it was a long trip home!! Sorry that I wasn’t my chatty self ladies!

Kidding Around Australia will be working with Holden again in the future – we will be taking one of their vehicles on a road trip and we can’t wait to share that with you!

Thank you Holden for inviting me – I had a fantastic day!

MORE INFORMATION

www.holden.com.au


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Spotlight National Craft Month VIP Event

For as long as I can remember, I have been crafty! My Nanna was crafty, my Mum is crafty and now my kids are crafty!

You will have seen on Instagram some of my projects (I am especially proud of the Alegría and Isaac’s Santa sacks)! It is my aim to start sharing tutorials with you so that you can do simple (and not so simple) creative projects with your children at home and on the road.

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Spotlight and Kids Business invited us to a VIP event specifically for bloggers recently to introduce us to some exciting crafting trends as well as to celebrate Spotlight National Craft Month which is happening throughout the entire month of April 2016.

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Spotlight is an amazing place to unleash your creativity! They provide their customers with do-it-yourself supplies and know-how to learn new skills and techniques in sewing, baking, craft and dressmaking.

During the event, we enjoyed new product previews, live demonstrations and interactive workshops hosted by some amazing presenters.

The guest speaker was Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mikes who spoke about her new book “Craft for the Soul- How to get the most of your creative life” and the benefits of crafting for wellbeing. I loved Pip’s analogy of families crafting together from an excerpt from “Little House on the Prairie” , I fondly remember my childhood connection to craft.25644944060_ef606758a5_o.jpg

It was fantastic to go around the room, from table to table, meeting the presenters and doing hands-on activities. The creative buzz within the room was palpable!

Trixi Symonds (www.colouredbuttons.com) demonstrated easy sewing projects for kids – and I loved it! I made a felt toy and the kids have already put in their orders for a giraffe, elephant and tiger … best I get the felt and buttons out now!spotlight 4

Zorrato Designs demonstrated Wilton Colour Right, Colour Swirl and Treatology systems and I fell in love! I love cake decorating and now I know how to do the perfect triple swirl on top of a cupcake!spotlight 5

Carla Hackett (www.carlahackett.com) showcased hand lettering techniques and the new Heidi Swapp Mini Mic Machine. So pretty!spotlight 1.jpg

Rachel Burke (www.imakeyouwearit.com) demonstrated pom-pom making techniques using a horse-shoe shaped cutout as opposed to the traditional “donut” cutout we all learned as children! Rachel’s “Apomogies”- the art of saying you’re sorry with a pom-pom are fantastic!spotlight2

Alyce Keegan (www.kitandclowder.com) – Alyce is the Australian Craft Educator of the Year and 2015 Australian Small Business of the Year finalist and teaches over 9,000 people her colouring techniques for skin, hair and clothing and paper crafting. She is very talented – me, well … I have some practice to do!spotlight 3.jpg

If you would like to get involved, there will be two key in-store events taking place at all Spotlight stores:

Saturday 2 April 2016

Saturday 23 April 2016

Each in-store event will showcase hands-on DIY demos, free project sheets, awesome giveaways & prizes, plus amazing weekend-only specials. (Click on the photo above of the event you are interested for more information!)

Check out some fun projects on the Spotlight Stores project database and in their Get Creative magazine.

Join me in getting crafty this month and don’t forget the hashtags #spotlightncm and #imadethis to show of your creations!25644900090_1e954e1c03_k.jpg

Thank you to Spotlight and Kids Business for inviting me to this amazing event – I had a wonderful time!


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Kidding Around … with Medela

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We met Medela at the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch and were blown away by, not only their fantastic products for new mums, but also their work with charities and overseas projects.

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As you know, we are very involved in humanitarian ventures and like to do our bit on this website via our Random Acts of Kid-ness. We wanted to share the work they are involved in – you never know there may be a cause that they support that you might feel called to support as well! (We have a little competition at the end of this post that might help you do this!)

Medela have been reaching out to the community, connecting with organisations that fit with their passion of helping others and have a purpose that fits with our values. Medela sponsor Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, which was founded by Shusannah Morris, who are dedicated to supporting families of sick and premature babies.

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Shusannah Morris speaking at the Bloggers Brunch.

If you follow our Facebook and Instagram feeds, you will know that we have a nephew and twin nieces who were born prematurely. Our nephew was born at 30 weeks and his mum said that 12 years ago there was nothing like Life’s Little Treasures to help them navigate the scary world of NICU. They really do make a difference to the families of the seventy six babies born too soon each day in Australia #76borntoosoon.

 

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Medela has been teaming up with The Nappy Collective for the past two years. The Nappy Collective is an organisation that collects disposable unused nappies at drop off points around Australia. These nappies are then donated to womens refuges and to centres for families in crisis to assist mum’s to provide nappies for their kids.  They run two collections a year and Medela has enjoyed being able to provide support to this organisation through a Medela drop off Point and using social media to promote and raise awareness for this great cause.

So, don’t throw your nappies out when your baby outgrows them – donate them!

Medela have also been involved in many donations to great causes this year with donations to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for disposable bra pads that were in high demand, arrangements to donate product samples to the Dandelion Support Network to help families in crisis and donations to Dads Group Incorporated who provide support and networking for new dads.

Medela feel very proud of their involvement in the Bangladesh Project, and rightly so.

Scope Global and The International Centre for Diarrheal Research, Bangledesh, in response to the increasing numbers of infant mortalities and morbidities in Bangledesh, have launched an intuitive to enable mothers to give breast milk for longer. This high morbidity and mortality rate is due, in large, to poor sanitation.

With thanks to Medela, Australian volunteer – Alysha Harkins, is providing education and support for mothers, families and the employers to establish and facilitate ongoing expression of breast milk in the work environment.

Alysha was provided with intensive education on breastfeeding, breast milk expression and technical training on hand expression, using the breast pumps and cup feeding prior to her departure and will continue to provide ongoing support during the 12 month project.

Medela Australia donated 20 Lactina pumps and 200 Lactaset hand pump kits.

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Alysha is working with Bangladeshi mothers from a garment factory industry who often, due to the limited maternity leave, have to return to work once their baby is 2 months old. The mothers range from 15 – 35 years of age and they will typically have to work a 10-14 hour day, 5-6 days per week, which has proved extremely difficult to continue breastfeeding in the past. Can you imagine?

Along with high temperatures and humidity, there is poor electricity supply to homes and workplaces and a severe lack of refrigeration. The University of Toronto have donated a pasteurisation device to enable the expressed breast milk to be pasteurised and to be stored for longer periods in the Bangladesh climate.

We can’t wait to follow Alysha’s journey – I just know she is making a difference to the lives of many children and their families.

How can you get involved? Medela have given us a $50 voucher for The Pharmacy to give away to one of our readers! If you win you could buy something special for yourself or maybe you could make a purchase and donate it to someone in need this Christmas?

EDITED: CONGRATULATIONS TO JODIE P. – WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR PRIZE!

To enter, email info@kiddingaroundaustralia.com with THE PHARMACY in the subject line and tell us what you would buy with a $50 voucher by 5pm on December 13, 2015. Sorry, only Australian residents only. A winner will be drawn and announced shortly after the competition closes. Good Luck!

I hope you enjoyed learning about these different organisations as much as we did – it is great to know that businesses such as Medela are helping these wonderful organisations make a difference.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ― Dalai Lama XIV (1)

Kidding Around … Myer Giftorium

Alegría and I were excited to go on a Mummy and Daughter date to the launch of Myer’s Giftorium – which is a wonderful place that has Christmas all wrapped up!

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Upon arrival we were given a personalised gift bag – which, much like a kid on Christmas morning, we ripped right in to! In our gift bag we discovered toys, a custom Peanuts licensed print, a monogrammed mug, The Spirit of Christmas CD, Dilmah Tea, a leather pen, Roller Lash, gift vouchers and a personalised jar of Nutella. So. Much. Fun!

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We were welcomed to the launch by Myer Ambassador Kris Smith who is a self-confessed “Selfie King”. I was happy to take him up on his offer – Alegría, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with him! I apologised and told him not to take it personally … to which he replied “Don’t worry, I have that affect on women”. Yeah, sure you do Kris!

Kris Smith at Myer Giftorium 2015

Exploring the entire 6th floor of Myer Melbourne is a Christmas shoppers dream! There are gifts for everyone catering for every budget, from stocking fillers to music systems and if you don’t know where to start you can book an appointment with Myer’s trained “Gifticians” who will steer you in the right direction!

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Personalised gifts are definitely all the rage this festive season with everything from embossed leather goods, to embroidered Santa sacks and stockings, custom Mr Men, Little Miss and Peanuts licensed prints and the hugely popular Nutella jars.

Star Wars is set to be a popular gift choice this year – Alegría and I participated in a Jedi training at the launch, which I am sure will be a hit with the kids whilst Mum and Dad decide on gifts! We bought Isaac a Mr. Potato Head Star Wars toy as a consolation for not coming with us! Star Wars along with Build A Bear Workshops are setting up in-store pop-up shops in every Myer store.

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On November 10, Jennifer Hawkins will unveil the 60th season of the Christmas windows display at Myer’s flagship Bourke St store and Santa will take up residence in Santaland. Children can meet him, have a photograph taken and tell him all the goodies on their wish list. As a bonus, there is no more waiting in line with screaming kids! You can get in early and book* your time to meet him, so you can enjoy even more fun at Santaland. The Santaland Express train is only available at Myer Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Height requirements to ride the train safely: minimum 80cm, maximum 122cm. *Photo bookings are only available at Myer Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Hobart.

The Myer Melbourne Giftorium will officially open on November 14 with performances by Dami Im and Hi5. If you are not in Melbourne, don’t worry, the Giftorium experience will be available in all 67 Myer stores nationwide.

Thank you Myer and Kids Business for inviting us – on the way home, Alegría said “I had such a fun day with you Mum. Can we go again one day?”

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MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.myer.com.au

{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Closer to Nature

When we were approached at the Bloggers Brunch that was run by Kids Business to review the closer to nature® explora range we were excited to see how this range differed from the other baby weaning products that we have used. Alegría has graduated from “little kid” products however Isaac is all about food and feeding himself, so it was great to put these products to the test.

So what items were we lucky enough to review?

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closer to nature® explora Pack (for toddlers)

§  1 x explora Blender                                                                               

§  1 x explora Magic Mat                                                                          

§  1 x explora Cutlery Set                                                                          

§  1 x explora Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl Pack                                         

§  3 x explora Active Cups                                                                         

Total RRP $106

So how did they measure up to Master Isaac and his Mummy’s standards?

The explora Blender

Isaac didn’t have a go at the blender, but Georgina did! It is smaller than you would anticipate which made it perfect to take camping and on the road! It is powerful and did the job! Perfect for purees (or “soups” as we call them) and for making homemade icy-poles. We made some with hand-picked raspberries and yoghurt – Yummo!

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The explora Magic Mat 

The Magic Mat is fantastic! Isaac put it to the test and even tried to pick it off the table – alas it was to no avail! (Admittedly, it did lift off the first time we used it as I didn’t wet it enough when I stuck it to the highchair, the second time it stuck well!)  It is great to keep the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl in place which means that Isaac’s master plan of throwing his dinner on the floor has now been foiled. (Insert evil Mummy laugh!)

The explora Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

The Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl works with both the Magic Mat and by itself. It has a unique triangular base which makes it easy to get every last mouthful out. Fantastic! We don’t like to waste food around here! Isaac loves to feed himself and has loved using his special bowls! We love that the bowls are dishwasher, microwave and (if you’re so inclined) sterilizer safe. The pack we got was a 4 pack however they are also available in 2 packs that come with lids and spoons as well.

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The explora Magic Mat and Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

The explora Cutlery Set

Isaac has been using a cutlery set for a while now, and judging by the amount of food that went into his mouth and not down his front, he liked the explora set! Perfect for little hands and mouths!

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The explora Active Cup

Isaac was excited to try this one! Georgina was crossing her fingers that her handbag was not filled with water after throwing it in there as we headed out the door! Luckily, the explora Active Cup received two thumbs up! The straw bends over and the cap holds it in place. The cap was stiff to start with so Isaac couldn’t open it – annoying for him and us – but it has since loosened up and he can help himself to a drink whenever he likes – Happy Days!

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The explora Active Cup

We were very happy with the range and would recommend trying these as a budget conscious alternative to other brands.

ABOUT CLOSER TO NATURE

Closer to nature® is the number one baby feeding accessories brand in the UK and one of the top brands of infant products and accessories in the global market. Loved by parents and little ones, closer to nature® receives numerous awards and accolades year after year globally. The closer to nature® range is available at stockists nationwide. www.closertonaturebaby.com.au | www.facebook.com/closertonaturebaby
MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.closertonaturebaby.com.au

Disclaimer: We were given these products to review. As always our opinions are honest and our own.

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.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

Kidding Around with … Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield

EXPLORE! RESCUE! PROTECT!

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We were so excited to be invited* along to the preview of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. (The Drum Theatre is an amazing venue and any seat would be a good seat. It’s perfect for kids shows!)

Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield was created and produced in Australia by Life Like Touring (who bought us Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, Elmo’s World Tour and Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Australia to name a few). The show features 15 new songs, special effects and video animations.

The show is aimed at children 2-7 years old and follows Captain Barnacles and his trusty crew, (from the hit animated ABC4KIDS show Octonauts), who have joined forces with a host of colourful Australian reef dwellers on a mission to save the Great Barrier Reef and we were all invited to help!

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We don’t want to ruin the plot, but when the Octonauts deploy a new undersea medical station to keep the reef clean and healthy, they discover a problem that threatens the reef dwellers and their home.

Georgina Says

The costumes are amazing, and whilst some of the adults around us found the plot confusing in the first act, the kids LOVED it!! And, let’s face it, that’s the main objective!! Isaac loved the bubbles (and he was in good company – all the kids loved the bubbles!).

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Bubbles!

The musical numbers are catchy, feel good, tap-your-feet type songs which Alegría was singing long after the show ended.

Alegría says

I didn’t like it, I LOVED it!

The show is split into two acts, and after a short intermission we find that an outbreak of spiky and very hungry Crown of Thorns Starfish are on their way to eat the reef! There is lots of audience interaction and the question is: Will the Octonauts be able to ward off the advancing starfish and save the Great Barrier Reef?

Well, you’ll have to go along and sea (do you like what we did there?) for yourself!

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The live theatre production Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield is touring Australian capital cities from 25 February to 28 March 2015.

We loved it!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.lifeliketouring.com/octonautslive

For other live shows: http://lifeliketouring.com

* We were given tickets to the show by Life Like Touring at the Bloggers BBQ run by Kids Business, but as always, our opinions are honest and our own. Thank you to Life Like Touring and Kids Business – we really appreciated the tickets.

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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{Sponsored Post} Kidding Around with … Cocobella Kids

Oh, how excited we were to be sent some Cocobella Kids coconut water with fruit juice to review! We were first introduced to Cocobella Kids at the Kids Business Bloggers BBQ in January and the kids have loved it ever since! Isaac  drank guzzled down the entire drink box in one go. Something he would never do drinking water!

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It has been well documented that coconut water is great for hydration and contains many natural electrolytes along with minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Georgina Says

I was aware of the benefits of coconut water, however, I was never a fan of the taste of coconut water by itself. The added fruit juice in the Cocobella and Cocobella Kids ranges has fixed that and opened up a whole new coconut water world for me!

Cocobella Kids is Australia’s first range of coconut water for kids. Cocobella Kids is a lunch-box-friendly and healthy coconut water drink for kids made from 70% coconut water, 30% fruit juice and nothing else. Cocobella Kids is available in 200ml Tetra-Pak (BPA-free) and in two yummy fruit flavours (Apple Berry Breeze, Tropical Island). Cocobella Kids retails for $3.49 per 3-pack in Woolworths supermarkets nationally.

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If you’re into reading labels like we are then the brand comparison chart makes for an interesting read. It shows just what is and, more importantly, isn’t added to Cocobella Kids coconut water and juice.
Alegría and Isaac love Cocobella Kids and what we loved most was that there are no added nasties. What do you think? Would you try coconut water as an alternative for your kids?

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.cocobellakids.com.au

Cost: $3.49 per 3-pack in Woolworths supermarkets nationally.

Disclaimer: We were given samples of Cocobella Kids product to review. We were also given product to distribute to Alegría’s kindergarten class. We were not payed for this review and as always our opinions are honest and our own.

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.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.


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!

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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  |