Saturday, 1 May 2021

Tech Mother's Day Gift guide

May 01, 2021

Attention everyone! It's almost MOTHER'S Day! A day to celebrate how amazing Mother's are. Although I think we should be celebrated everyday am I right?! 

This year I'm sharing some fun gift ideas from Smart Home devices, to personalised cutting machine, a nice wide array of tech and lifestyle products! Perfect and unique for mum this year.



Cricut Joy | RRP $349 | Available at Spotlight, Big W, Harvey Norman & JBhi-Fi



For the mum who loves DIY and exploring her creative side, Cricut Joy™ makes it more convenient than ever to personalise your life. This compact smart cutting and writing machine creates customised labels, vinyl decals, iron-on transfers, birthday banners, and more. Start with a suggested project or create your own from scratch, Cricut Joy handles the rest. Small enough to take anywhere, and powerful enough to cut repeated shapes up to 6 metres long, Cricut Joy makes it possible to make something unique for you – or anyone – at a moment’s notice.


Suunto 7 | RRP $599 | Stockist: JB Hi-Fi & Harvey Norman



For the busy but active mum, the Suunto 7 Smart Sports Watch delivers the best in smarts and sports capabilities allowing you to smash your fitness goals and keep on top of any day's challenges. Providing access to 70+ sports modes for when you want to work out and Google Wear OS software for all your everyday smart feature needs, including Google Assistant, Google Pay, music and more, mums won't be left wanting with this all-encompassing device. The perfect smartwatch for people with an active lifestyle, the Suunto 7 offers easy access to steps and calories, the ability to customise your own sport modes, along with heatmaps to show where hotspots are for running, cycling, swimming or hiking.



TCL 10 Pro | RRP $749 | Stockist: JB Hi-Fi



For the Netflix-binger to the selfie-snapper, the sleek TCL 10 Pro smartphone delivers a wide range of color clarity and sharp picture resolution and a quad-camera array. The 10 Pro’s sophisticated curved design boasts perfectly symmetrical details, a matte finish on the back for a smooth-in-hand and an anti-glare screen with a unified, sleek profile. A cinema for your pocket, the 10 Pro is also part of a select group of smartphones that are Netflix-certified so that you can iso-binge your favourite shows and movies from the house or on-the-fly!


Laser Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock | Stockist: Target | RRP $59 | 





Wake up to the style and functionality of a sleek Bluetooth speaker that doubles as an alarm clock. Pair it to any of your devices and enjoy quality music at home, office or on the go. From pairing, switching between modes to setting up alarms and controlling audio, it’s easy and quick.

The affordable and stylish Laser fabric range also includes a number of other options of speakers and charging solutions. 


DEEBOT U2 | RRP $399 | Stockists: Bunnings. JB HiFi, Godfreys and The Good Guys 



The DEEBOT U2 is here to provide you with maximized cleaning performance. The Ideal entry-level option with premium features of newly upgraded vacuum and mop combo, DEEBOT U2 will keep the mess at bay. Max+ Mode enables increased suction power to handle the most demanding tasks.The ECOVACS’ HOME app enables users to easily schedule and manage cleaning routines and operating modes. Compatible with the ECOVACS Home App, and voice enabled via Google Home and Amazon Alexa – the DEEBOT U2 offers an easy and accessible way to spruce and smarten up your home environment.


Which gift do you think your mum would love?


Happy MOTHER'S Day to all the Amazing mums out there.

To my beautiful mum and best friend, my amazing Mother in law and to my caring grandmother. You are all inspiration and lucky to have such strong women in my life.






Thursday, 22 April 2021

Teslachair experience at Body Catalyst

April 22, 2021

 Hi everyone! If you’ve been following me over at @madeformadison you’ll already have seen my latest awesome find, Body Catalyst. Body Catalyst has been around for over 6 years now. They are Australia’s largest and leading body shaping and wellness company, combining a holistic approach with non-invasive and clinically proven body shaping treatments. As a mum of two girls, my body has never been the same, and I’m sure I’m not the only one! I suffer from bad lower back pain, so bad that I haven’t lifted my girls in the past three years. It’s very sad, but unfortunately, that was my reality. On top of the lower back pain, it turns out that my stomach muscles are separated by the width of three fingers—another common thing after childbirth. My bladder is worn, and I’ve been suffering from mild incontinence. It goes without saying that I wouldn’t trade my children for anything, but people don’t talk enough about how hard it is on the body, and how long it can take to recover. Not being able to lift my girls or carry things easily has been so hard, and I feel like I’m missing out on opportunities because of my pain.

 So when I was offered the opportunity to review the TeslaChair pelvic floor strengthening treatment at Body Catalyst and I learned that it could help with all my issues, I literally screamed with excitement! The process started with a very thorough consultation at their clinic In Burwood Westfield. The body shaping and wellness expert asked me a series of questions about my diet, Lifestyle, health issues or concerns, and any body issues including various aches and pains. My therapist was AMAZING! I absolutely loved how comfortable and at ease she made me feel. She addressed all my questions and concerns and made me feel calm and excited about the whole experience. 

Filing in my questionnaire


All the therapists were fantastic and very pleasant to deal with. The therapists at Body Catalyst also have knowledge and prowess in nutrition, which I think plays such an important part of recovering from the strain our bodies undergo during pregnancy and childbirth. Healthy living is critical in this whole process, and the Body Catalyst staff were very helpful in this regard as well. The TelsaChair technology is aimed at helping women who have experienced childbirth. Oftentimes childbirth results in abdominal separation and creates pelvic floor concerns. Fixing these problems requires muscle strengthening, and the TeslaChair is designed to do this with a series of simple treatments..

“The TeslaChair is a medical device (registered on ARTG) developed for treating weakened Pelvic floor muscles and urinary incontinence using Functional Magnetic Stimulation (FMS) Technology. The pulsed magnetic field generated by the device causes the muscles of the Pelvic floor to contract, which results in increased strength and endurance of the pelvic region and pelvic floor muscles. This therapy is suitable for all kinds of urinary and faecal Incontinence as well as chronic pain in the pelvis and back.”

First session on the Teslachair


I completed 6 sessions on the chair. In each 30 minute session the TeslaChair stimulates up to 50,000 muscle contractions, and it’s completely painless! I could feel the paddle on my lower back, buttocks and upper thighs.


Before I started the treatment

- I had to use a hot water bottle on my lower back every night;

- I couldn’t lift simple things like full shopping bags;

- Literally needed to run to the toilet so I didn’t wee my pants;

- Felt weak walking up the stairs.


At the beginning of my treatment I had to fill in a questionnaire that asked about the frequency and intensity of various issues such as incontinence and pain. After 6 treatments my questionnaire score that started at 4 was reduced to 0 points! I also benefited from the below results;


 - My tummy feels stronger;

 - I now can run up my stairs feeling strong;

 - Not only can I hold shopping bags, but I can even hold heavier items; -

 - I have not needed a hot water bottle on my lower back;

 - No lower back pain;

 - My pelvic floor muscles feel stronger;

 - No incontinence.


 This treatment has truly changed my life! I will forever be grateful to be given the opportunity to try this, but I'll also be continuing as a paying customer.

Next up, I'll be embarking on a personalised treatment plan with the TeslaFormer on my abdomen to help repair my muscle separation and improve my core strength, so stay tuned for more on this. If it works as well as the treatments have for my back and pelvic floor, I'll be overjoyed. I’m also pleased to let you all know I have two great discounts to offer you:


 4 sessions for $1000 for TeslaFormer/Chair treatments

 To activate this offer, please use code “MFMxTesla” to get 4 sessions for $1000 (each session will be $250 vs. the normal price of $700 per session). This offer is valid for both TeslaFormer and TeslaChair treatments. Alternately, you can use the code “MadeforMadison50” to get 50% off your first treatment, across all of treatments offered at Body Catalyst!

Check out Body Catalyst here




Tuesday, 15 December 2020

W salon Waterloo hair transformation

December 15, 2020

 Ahh, this mamma feels good! After years of wishing I had lighter hair, I’ve had to learn to love my dark brown/black shade – until now! I’ve finally started my lightening journey thanks to W Salon in Waterloo Sydney. 

I was there for 5.5 hours (!) but it was well worth it! The salon is absolutely beautiful and they have great Covid-safe procedures, with sanitizer available and a comprehensive check in and tracing system. 




I had foils put in my hair, then had a brown dye added, followed by a beautiful hair treatment which was done in their private room. Hello, silky hair! The private room was a first for me. I’ve  never seen or heard of this service anywhere else, but it’s ideal for a girls’ day out together, parents bringing toddlers or babies along, those who need breastfeeding space, or even anyone who feels self conscious in the open salon. 

There’s no additional charge for the room! Just pop it on your booking request.

While my hair began its lightening process, I was treated to lovely coffee and chats with the most friendly staff. It definitely makes a salon visit far more pleasant when there’s coffee and conversation!

I’m loving my lighter hair and I’m so excited to have found a salon I can trust with treating my hair with colour. 



For anyone wanting to treat themselves to a salon visit, there’s ample free parking, and they’re offering 30% off a Cut & Style service at the moment! It includes a wash and standard blow dry – such a treat! You can access this offer from Tues-Fri until 31 December 2020, using code ‘Madeformadison’. 

Visit https://wsalon.com.au/




Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Vtech Christmas gift guide

December 09, 2020


 It’s that time again – Christmas! And we all know what that means. It’s time for us to share some of our VTech favourites to help you tick some gifts off your list with ease. 


Myla’s Sparkling Friends, RRP $29.95 

Playtime is magical with Myla’s Sparkling Friends Mia the Unicorn,  Ava the Fox, and Penny the Peacock! These beautiful creative toys  Talk, sing, and light up with a kaleidoscope of colours. Touch the  magical necklace, then see the Myla’s Sparkling Friends’ eyes,  head, wings or tail change colour when you touch them. Sing  along to the songs you hear when you touch their mouth, and  trigger lights and fun responses when you squeeze their legs or  

move their wings or tail. Each Myla’s Sparkling Friends will react  with over 100 fun, magical responses about their mood, feelings, and lucky colours. Each magical creature comes with  additional accessories so you can add some extra flair. Collect all the friends for more colourful play (each sold  separately)! 

Myla’s Sparkling Friends are suitable for children 4+ years, and available from September at Big W, good toy stores and retailer. 




Why we love it 

This one is very sweet! The first thing the girls did was turn off the lights and watch their Myla friends  light up and sparkle in all different changing colours. They sing along to all their favourite songs, and they love getting real reactions from the Myla friends. As a parent it’s a really great feature to see in interactive toys, as it really promotes the idea of tuning into how we feel and not being afraid to talk about it.


Hope the Rainbow Husky, RRP $79.95

Meet Hope, she’s a beautiful Rainbow Husky and she’s hoping to  be your best friend! Hope has a lot to say, but her barks will need  translating through the magic stethoscope. Just hold it to her  chest so you can understand what it is she wants or needs you to  do! Hope talks, moves, and makes lots of different sounds to show  you if she’s hungry, has a cold or fever, has hurt her leg, or feels itchy.  

Use her fun accessories -- syringe, thermometer, bone treat and recovery collar -- along with seven buttons and sensors to make sure she gets what she needs. Hope encourages nurturing play and introduces health tips and medical tools, so she’s great preparation for visits to the doctor.  

Hope the Rainbow Husky is suitable for children 3 to  

8 years, and available from October at Big W,  

Kmart, good toy stores and online retailers. 





Why we love it 

Oh my, let me say this one is AMAZING! Both girls are absolutely obsessed with Hope! This toy teaches  your child the concepts of caring, patience and understanding, while also really highlighting the jobs of doctors and the importance of the work they do. Both girls are so gentle with Hope and work together to nurture her, which is really sweet to watch. The mini bag with all the doctor’s equipment is so cute, and they feel very official getting everything ready to treat Hope! Maybe I’ll have a couple of future doctors on my hands?!


Secret Safe Treasure Chest, RRP $49.95 

Keep your valuables safe with the Secret Safe Treasure Chest. This  beautifully designed Treasure Chest is great for protecting your most  precious stash. Unlock the Treasure Chest with your very own 4-digit  password to keep your secrets safe inside. Use the built-in alarm  

clock to help you wake up just in time to head off for the day.Play nine great learning activities that cover spelling, maths, logic and more. The built-in speaker allows you to play your favourite songs by connecting it to an external music player (not included).

The Secret Safe Treasure Chest is suitable for children 6 to 11 years, and available  from September at Big W, good toy stores and online retailers. 




Why we love it 

This is the perfect gift for any little girl. Madison feels so grown up with her secret safe and takes it very  seriously in hiding her passcode from Macie and everyone else in the family.  She has special toys and pictures stored in  there and absolutely loves playing the games. It reminds me so much of my secret diaries I used to have as a kid, and it’s really lovely to see her have something that she owns and watching her learn to set her own boundaries, too. 



Will you be picking up any of these VTech goodies for your Santa sacks this Christmas?! Let me know if you do and what your little ones think! After such a crazy year, it’s going to be so great to see the kids playing together at Christmas, and these goodies are the icing on top of a great and well-earned Christmas break.

http://www.vtech.com.au/








Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Leapfrog Christmas gift ideas

October 20, 2020

 It’s only 10 weeks ‘til Christmas, can you believe it!? To help you get up to speed on your Christmas shopping list, I’m sharing some new and exciting toys we’ve been trialling out in our household. There are lots of fun ways to learn and explore as a family, too! 


Magic Adventures Globe, RRP $129.95 



Young explorers can travel the world and see everything in it with  the Magic Adventures Globe. Way more than just a standard world  map, by using the stylus, children can tap on the 26cm interactive  learning globe to explore countries and capitals, plus experience new places, languages, cultures, animals, geography, habitats and more  with audio responses and videos. With the 7cm integrated video screen, animations and live-action  videos fully immerse children in the curriculum to provide a better  understanding of the world, through more than 5 hours of high-quality BBC videos. They can also play three interactive games called Around the World,  Quiz Show and Where in the World to explore the globe, challenge a  friend and solve mysteries. 

You can continue the learning fun by downloading additional expansion packs: Dinosaurs  and Ancient Beasts or People and Inventions from the LeapFrog App Centre. RRP $9.00  (each sold separately). 

For children aged 5 years and over, the Magic Adventures Globe is available now at Big W,  Myer, good toy stores and online retailers. 

For further information on LeapFrog and its products, visit www.leapfrog.com.au 

Why we love

This one is fun for the WHOLE family! Especially now more than ever while we are living in a pandemic  this has been amazing. The girls love their virtual trips travelling around the world, enjoying games, facts and cultures. It’s been the perfect escape from 2020 and got us excited to one day explore the world again as a family! 



Pick Up & Count Vacuum, RRP $49.95 



Count on picking up learning with the Pick Up & Count Vacuum. This smart  vacuum toy picks up 10 play dust pieces as kids roll the vacuum over them, encouraging motor skills as they easily manoeuvre the pretend vacuum around the room. As the vacuum picks up the dust pieces, it recognises each colour and helps children with colour recognition. Bouncing balls inside the spinning vacuum canister adds excitement to pretend tidying.Three play modes teach colours, numbers and counting with six learning games. Five light-up panels illuminate to match the colour of the piece the vacuum picks up, and the vacuum says the colour name and counts the piece to reinforce  

learning. A dust bin on the back collects and stores all 10 dust pieces. 

For pre-schoolers aged 2-5 years, the Pick Up & Count Vacuum is available 

from mid-September at Big W, good toy stores and online retailers. 

Why we love

Macie loves this one so much! The vacuum giggles and it makes her laugh every time, and hey, if she can love a toy vacuum this much, maybe one day she’ll love helping me vacuum for real!? A mum can dream! 

She gets so excited when she picks up the dust pieces, she counts and says out loud each colour and she’s picked up. If you have a little one learning numbers and colours I highly recommend interactive toys to keep them engaged and learning at the same time.




LeapStart 3D Lion King Simba’s Surprise book, RRP $19.95 



Play along with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King Simba's Surprise  storybook for LeapStart learning systems. While reading along, play problem solving games, search for clues, and listen to music and nature sounds.

Tap the  pictures and words on every page with the LeapStart stylus to magically bring the  storybook to life. Enhance the learning with amazing animations when you  play on a LeapStart system with a screen. Read  along with the storybook to learn about  teamwork and friendship as Simba, Timon and  Pumbaa go on a clue-finding adventure. Match and identify objects, determine similarities and  differences, and listen to sounds to discover what made them. Many activities are designed  with two levels so kids can move up when they’re ready. 

For pre-schoolers aged from 2-6 years, the LeapStart 3D Lion King book is available from mid-September Big W, good toy stores and online retailers. 


Why we love


The girls love all things Lion King, and it’s so nice for them to be able to learn with characters that I knew of myself when growing up! The stories and characters are so magical, it’s nostalgic for me and super fun for them!

LeapPad Digital Games 

For pre-schoolers and kids aged 3 years and over, the LeapPad Digital Games are  available from the LeapFrog App Centre as a digital download. 


Splurgle! Digital Game for LeapPad, RRP $15.00 



https://store.leapfrog.com/en-au/app-centre/p/splurgle/_/A-prod58131-96914 Help Splurgle the Raindrop navigate his way back to the lake. Splurgle the raindrop  got blown off course and needs help getting back to the lake to join his friends.  Transform Splurgle from water to ice and steam to propel him through a maze and  explore the unique characteristics of water. Shake your LeapPad to free splurgle  from sticky situations that could keep him from his mission to get home. Learn  how gravity, heat and motion can turn water into energy and sometimes an  awesomely powerful force. 

Suitable for 4-7 years, teaches physical science and problem solving.  

Polar Bear Run Digital Game for LeapPad, RRP $7.00 



https://store.leapfrog.com/en-au/app-centre/p/polar-bear-run/_/A-prod58299-96914 Solve 40 fun puzzles and help a baby polar bear find his way home. A baby polar  bear is stranded on an iceberg and needs your help to get back to his family's fishing  hole. Clear a safe path through the frozen water by solving 40 puzzles that increase in difficulty. Use spatial reasoning skills and minimise your playing moves  to navigate around arctic animals like seals and walruses.

Suitable for 4-7 years, teaches logic skills, spatial reasoning, and visual puzzles. 

Why we love 

All of leapfrog digital games are always so interactive and engaging. I love that it gets your child thinking  outside the box and learning a lot of new and exciting things. There are so many games available that your little ones will never get bored. 


Have you started your Christmas shopping? Be sure to check out these awesome toys and get ahead of the game. It’ll take so much pressure off come Christmas time, and you may even be able to snag some deals in the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Click Frenzy sales!

For further information on LeapFrog and its products, visit www.leapfrog.com.au, or check out  the LeapFrog news on Facebook LeapFrog ANZ and Instagram leapfrogtoys_anz




Monday, 28 September 2020

Relocating Homes During Covid-19 Tips.

September 28, 2020


 

There mightn’t seem like a worse time to move homes due to the current covid-19 pandemic, but for many it is the reason to have to uproot living situations. Some people or even you might be moving in order to be closer to family members during the outbreak or for others current accommodation can be unaffordable. If you or someone you know has found themselves in this situation, here is a list of tips and strategies on how to move homes whilst sticking to rules and restrictions during the pandemic.

  1. Is It Possible?

Absolutely. The trick is to not stress about the restrictions but to familiarize yourself with them. Each state has different Covid-19 restrictions and laws, so make it a priority to understand which restrictions there are that might affect the overall process. For example, the number of visitors allowed to assist in helping pack and move. Moving to a new house during Covid, you will want to avoid large numbers of visitors assisting in one location or house to abide by your states social distancing requirements.

  1. This Does Not Mean Do It All by Yourself!

Don’t let the restrictions overwhelm you. It is very important not to try and magically pack everything and move on your own. Get help! Although social distancing rules still apply when moving, in some states, workers do not count as visitors. So, using removalists might be able to help without adding to the visitor limit. At the moment, transport and logistics is still an essential service, so companies such as Hire A Mover are still readily available. Just make sure to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene practices. Such as, everyone helping is washing their hands regularly, including removalists, and surfaces are being wiped down to prevent the spread of germs.

  1. Moving Interstate? Don’t Stress!

Although getting over some boarders can be tricky, it is technically possible. Make sure you prepare yourself and your family in advance. This is necessary as most states you will be required to have a couple of things. To cross into most states, at the bare minimum, you will be required to have a border pass. To accompany this, you will most likely need to have proof of residence for your new abode with approved exemptions. Some states will even require you to quarantine for up to 14 days as well, whether that is in your new home or a government allocated location.

  1. Tips For if You’re Move is Only Temporary.

With many people moving due to job circumstances being on hold or moving to be closer to family to see out the rest of the pandemic, it is a smart idea to leave your things behind in storage. This can minimize the risk for any unnecessary spread of the virus and will also minimize costs for moving all your belongings one way just to eventually move them back.

If you use these tips and take a little extra caution during these difficult times, relocating homes doesn’t have to be the daunting or overwhelming experience you might be expecting it to be.

This post is in collaboration with Professional Removalist Company Hire A Mover Sydney & Influencer Management Service – #AsSeenOn.





Friday, 14 August 2020

The POWer Up Challenge with Prince of Wales Hospital

August 14, 2020

We’re participating in this year’s first ever POWer Up! Challenge! We are so excited to support this cause now more than ever, after such a challenging year for healthcare workers.This year marks the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation’s inaugural POWer Up! Challenge, an annual fundraising event to support the healthcare heroes at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Between the 14th and 20th of September, the POWer Up! Challenge will see participants pledge to complete 30km ‘their way’ – whether that’s walking, running, swimming, cycling....or even on a pogo stick! 



Funds raised will go towards supporting the everyday superheroes at the Prince of Wales Hospitals- the doctors, nurses and staff.. They do such an amazing job, not only in this current COVID crisis but each and everyday behind the scenes of our healthcare system. Their hard work often goes unnoticed, and initiatives like this are such a great way to show your support. As some of you know my hubby works in healthcare and I admire him for all his hard work – I really don’t know how he does it! This is another reason why we are so happy and proud to be taking part. 

We will be wearing a superhero suit doing our 30km to add to the fun, and we’ll be getting as creative as possible to rack up our kilometres and get donations rolling in! It’s such a great way of also teaching my girls the importance of supporting things that align with their values, and how a sense of community goes a long way in life. 

As we are living in a COVID world, “the POWer Up! Challenge has been designed to be as flexible and accessible as possible with COVID-19 guidelines, so that everyone participating can practice social distancing. It’s also a good opportunity to do something towards improving your own mental and physical health. 

Every dollar raised through the POWer Up! Challenge will go towards delivering new virtual models of care, such as telehealth services, that support patients and staff at the Prince of Wales Hospital. 

Take on the POWer Up! Challenge with the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation today! To sign up, donate or seek further information, visit: www.powhf.org.au. #POWERUP2020 #powhf 

Will you be joining us? 

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