Wednesday, 10 July 2019

BOOSTUP Power Bank 2K for Apple Watch- review

July 10, 2019
You guys would have seen on my insta page recently I’m trying to get fit, despite the winter chill. I recently started using an Apple Watch that was given to me by a family member, and it’s really helping me keep on track. BUT, does anyone else get lazy with charging the battery in their fitness trackers?! Sometimes I’ll have a great week, stay on track and be getting those steps in day after day, only to fall off the wagon when my battery runs out! It’ll be days before I put the tracker back on, all because I had to take it off to charge it.

WELL. If you have the same problem as me, you’ll love the BOOSTUP Power Bank 2K for Apple Watch.




BOOST↑UP™ Power Bank 2K for Apple Watch | RRP $99.95 | Available via Belkin.com.au

A compact, portable power bank designed exclusively for Apple Watch. The BOOST↑UP™ Power Bank 2K for Apple Watch adds the power of up to 63 hours of battery life. Keep your Apple Watch charged for days without the need to bring a wall charger. Light and compatible, it is perfect for travel on-the-go or a busy work life. Allowing you to track your fitness goals, use Apple Pay and received notifications from anywhere. Perfect for a quick boost while you get ready to staying charged while enjoying a weekend getaway. It’s compact size makes staying charged anywhere easy, just throw your power bank into your bag or pocket and you are ready for the day ahead.


I carry this around in my bag so that if I’m at work, in the car or on the go, I can power up my Apple Watch and get extra battery life. No more missed days of fitness tracking for me! I love Belkin products, too, because they’re always so reliable and I can trust them to work with my Apple products perfectly. I’ve already got all my family and friends on this hype, so I just had to share with you all.

What workout will you be doing this week?!



Monday, 3 June 2019

Leap frog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket review

June 03, 2019
If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know our family are huge fans of Leapfrog. The girls love their toys, and as a Mum, anything that they enjoy while learning is a total bonus. Today I’m sharing our experience with one of their newest toys – the Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket.


Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket, RRP $34.95
Fill up on fun with the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket Set. A place for fun, learning and sharing, this interactive basket helps little learners explore shapes and colours with food pieces, and more. Over 30 audio responses encourage pretend play, and the 14-piece set helps children build motor skills as they sort, match, stack, empty and fill.  Lift the basket lid to hear sweet instrumental music and fun sound effects.
There’s room for two to play and learn with two place settings for learning and sharing with a parent or friend.  Pack and Go!  Store everything you need right in the basket for a quick tidy-up every time.  Suitable for infant and toddlers from 6 to 36 months and available in Pink or Yellow from June in Big W, Target, good toy stores & online retailers. 




Wow, this was a hit. It was so cute to see the girls playing together and see Madison take on the bigger sister role with Macie. It’s safe and well suited to younger kids, so it’s a really nice way to encourage your older ones to guide the tots and learn leadership skills.
They obviously chose the pink set, and it’s great for interactive learning anywhere we go. So far we’ve taken it to the park, and to the grandparents!


For more information on LeapFrog and its products, visit www.leapfrog.com.au, or check out the LeapFrog news on Facebook LeapFrogAustralia and Instagram @Leapfrogofficial.



Friday, 31 May 2019

Remington i-LIGHT Compact Control hair removal review

May 31, 2019
Who has time to shave or wax!? Definitely not me, and if there are any Mums out there who find the time, please share your secrets! I’ve been trialing out  i-LIGHT Compact Control as a permanent hair reduction solution,  and loved it so much I had to share!
Life is busy with two young girls, I just can’t keep up with appointments for laser hair removal or waxing. Being able to do this treatment in my own home after the girls are in bed is incredible.




Here’s how it works:

When to use: A typical hair reduction plan during a full hair growth cycle includes:
Treatments 1-6: plan two weeks apart
Treatments 7-8: plan four weeks apart
Treatments 9+: Treat as needed, until desired results are achieved.
The efficiency of hair reduction varies from person to person according to body area, hair colour, and how the device is used. A typical full hair growth cycle may take 18-24 months. During this time, multiple treatment sessions are required to achieve permanent hair reduction.

How to use:
Check your skin tone against the chart
Ensure you have not been tanning in the sun. Sun exposure causes high levels of melanin to be present and exposes the skin to higher risk of burns or blisters following treatment
Ensure the area to be treated is clean and free from oils, deodorants, perfume, make up, lotions and creams. Shave the hair from the area to be treated, and ensure the skin is clean and dry
Select your mode from either power mode (default mode) or sensitive mode (for those who find the power mode to be too intense)
Before your first full treatment, test the i-LIGHT® Compact Control on a small patch of skin and wait 24 hours to ensure there are no adverse reactions.
Once all is fine after the test, you can begin your bi-weekly treatments

Treatment Tips:
For best results, avoid overlapping flashes. This helps prevent exposure to more energy than is necessary to suppress hair growth. It also ensures that you get the maximum use of the bulb
For the most effective results, always use the highest intensity operating mode that does not cause discomfort on the skin. The level you use should feel warm on your skin, but should never cause discomfort
You may notice that bony areas, such as elbows, shins and ankles, are more sensitive during treatment. This is normal and should not be cause for alarm. To avoid this sensitivity, try stretching the skin away from the bony area during treatment
To use the IPL you must not have had laser in the past 6 months and you can’t have had major sun exposure for 2 weeks

My Experience
Alright, so how did a Mum like me go doing her own hair removal?! Well, I can honestly say this worked wonders for me! I’ve been using for 6 weeks and the results have been amazing. I used on my underarms – the peskiest area for hair, am I right? – and next I’ll be tackling my legs.
It was easier to use than I expected, and I didn’t get any irritation at all, even with my sensitive skin. If you’re short on time and sick of trying to keep up with shaving, this is for you. Shop HERE





Friday, 24 May 2019

Calling all Coffee lovers

May 24, 2019
Ok guys... For those that know me I’m a BIG coffee lover! Like, I really, really love coffee. It’s my Mumma secret weapon!  So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to attend the launch of LOR Barista Coffee Machine. As if that wasn't enough, I got to meet Manu! Omg, double dream come true. We tasted the different espressos and checked out the new machine - epic, by the way! It’s ideal for catching up with friends, as unlike most capsule machines it makes two coffees at once (or a double shot if you like it strong like me!).




Manu Feildel, Australia’s most loved French chef, has teamed up with L’OR Espresso to create cocktails and dessert.



The greatest dessert you’ll ever sip on Café Liegeois au Kahlua It’s French for delicious 





Serves 6 Preparation: 20 minutes (plus 3-4 hours for freezing)


INGREDIENTS

Coffee granita
40g caster sugar
3 x double shot L’OR Barista Selection intensity 13 (freshly brewed, Espresso setting)
60ml dark rum

Mascarpone crème
 60g mascarpone
 60ml pure cream
 15g pure icing sugar
 1 egg yolk

To serve
500ml vanilla bean ice cream 100g Speculaas biscuits, half crushed and the remaining kept whole 3 x double shot L’OR Barista Selection intensity 13, ristretto pour freshly brewed and chilled 6 x 30ml Kahlua shots  Whipped cream, to serve Crushed coffee beans, to decorate

METHOD

1. For the coffee granita, dissolve the sugar into 3 freshly brewed double shot L’OR Barista Selection intensity 13 (using Espresso setting) in a bowl. Allow to cool before adding the rum and pour into a shallow container. Freeze for 3-4 hours before scraping with a fork to break up into small ice crystals and freeze until required.

 2. For the mascarpone cream, place all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until needed.

3. Several hours before serving, place 6 serving glasses in the freezer to chill.

 4. To serve, place 1-2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream into each serving glass, top with a spoonful of mascarpone cream, a spoonful of granita and a sprinkle of Speculaas biscuits. Drizzle over a single shot of chilled double shot L’OR Barista Selection intensity 13 per glass, a shot of Kahlua and finish with whipped cream, a whole Speculaas biscuit and crushed coffee beans as desired.

This recipe has to be my ultimate favourite!  I'm looking forward to my next family night, to really show off my barista skills and with a fabulous dessert like this I'm sure will really impress everyone.


Are you a coffee lover?  What's your favourite dessert using coffee?

More on LOR HERE



Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Vtech newest products we love

May 21, 2019
You know I’m committed to only sharing things we love on this blog, and  I can honestly say I have loved Vtech since Madison was a baby. We have tried and tested so many of their toys, and every single one is a hit with my girls. The quality of the toys is amazing, and all about educational, interactive learning. Perfect for kids to have independent play while Mum gets jobs done, but they’re also great for full family participation.

Today I want to share two new toys we have been trialling out: 

For Pre-Schoolers 

PAW Patrol Learning Watch – Chase, Marshall, or Skye, RRP $24.95 




The VTech PAW Patrol Learning Watch is a great wearable gadget for children featuring cool sound effects and popular phrases from the show. Like all good watches, along with showing you the time, it also has alarm, timer and stopwatch functions. Join the PAW Patrol and protect Adventure Bay with the four built-in games that help kids recognise patterns, identify animal tracks and pick the right tool for the job, introducing and reinforcing matching, problem solving, animals, basic addition and subtraction. The PAW Patrol Learning Watch includes 12 interchangeable digital clock faces and a glowing light. With the PAW Patrol, no job is too big, no pup is too small. It’s time to join the rescue team! The PAW Patrol Learning Watch, in Marshall, Chase or Skye characters, is suitable for pre-schoolers from 3-6 years, and available from May at Big W, good toy stores and online retailers.

Both the girls loved this, and it’s noticeably helped them improve their time skills. Lots of kids really struggle with telling time on a clock face, especially nowadays when everything is digital! The interchangeable clock styles help them interpret the time in different ways. The games are great for on-the-go, too, and give them all the fun of wearable tech without calls and messages.



Kidizoom DUO 5.0 Camera, RRP $99.95 




Take great photos and videos of you and your friends with the Kidizoom DUO 5.0 dual lens camera. The front and rear lenses can be swapped at the touch of a button, making it simple to take photos, videos, and selfies! Add fun effects, stamps and frames to your photos and videos, or use the auto-portrait feature to take photos automatically. Record your voice and apply funny effects too! Other features include: 4x digital zoom, built-in auto flash, fun learning games, voice changing effects, wacky photo shaker, photo editor, cool built-in games and more. All of this is easily seen on the large 2.4” colour LCD screen. You can also transfer files to your PC to edit and enhance your photos and videos. The Kidizoom DUO 5.0 Camera is suitable for children 3-9 Years, and available in blue and pink now from good toy stores and online retailers, and from Big W in June for a limited time. 

Oh wow, this was a hit! I think I’ve got two future bloggers on my hands, guys! Madison was copying Mummy everywhere we went. I’d find her taking photos of flowers, toys, animals and of course, she’s already nailed the selfie! This is such a great gift for your little blogger mini me!





Friday, 10 May 2019

Mother's Day gift guide

May 10, 2019
Finding the perfect Mother's Day gift can be tricky, but we are here to help! 
If your after the percfect gift for mum that wont break the bank, you have to come the right place! Our mums do so much for us, they deserve the best. 
We hope you enjoy our list of our Mother's day gift ideas.



Victorinox SwissCard Nailcare, RRP $95.95S
ShopHERE




Vaya Tyffyn Lunchbox RRP, Starting $75
Shop HERE




MODIbodi Activewear ¾ Legging RRP, $80
Shop HERE



Sunbeam New York Collection - Kettle and Toaster RRP $338
Shop HERE



Natura Siberica skin care range starts from $15
Shop HERE



Rosehip PLUS range starts from $19.95
Shop HERE


Ottoman3 Brow powder pencil $26
Shop HERE



Perfume starts from $9.99
Shop HERE



See any gifts you think mum would like?
Happy MOTHER'S day to all you fabulous mums xxx



Monday, 6 May 2019

Using the V fitness activity Monitor for our exercise routine

May 06, 2019
I love doing as many activities I can with my girls and have recently started to try and incorporate family walks – gotta get those steps in!  With the weather getting cooler and the evenings getting darker, we all need a little encouragement to rug up and get moving. So, we’ve been using the activity monitor by Laser. The girls feel like such grown ups when they’re using it – it’s so funny. I think I’ve got a couple of fitness fanatics on my hands!

We’ve been using the V-Fitness Activity Monitor and are absolutely loving it. It links to my phone, so I can keep track of our family fitness efforts as we go. No excuses here! The kids monitor is amazing, too – the perfect way to get them interested in staying active and understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle.



Here are the details:

V-Fitness Adult Activity Monitor – RRP $69.95 (NAV-ACTMA20)
Made for the fast-paced lifestyle, the V-Fitness Adult Activity Monitor tracks your steps, distance travelled, and calories burnt, while monitoring heart rate and sleep. Slim in size with a big screen that displays tracked activity, time and quick view of smartphone messages and alerts, stats can be viewed, and preferences set up via the easy-to-use free i-gotU Life app (Android/iOS). Packaged with a black and red interchangeable silicon band, the Adult Activity Monitor is IPX7 water-resistant and scratch-resistant, meaning it can go wherever you go. Featuring up to seven days of run time and easy to recharge via the included USB charger, it’s easy to stay on track with your fitness goals this summer!

Key features:
Tracks distance, steps, heart rate and calories
Waterproof and has stopwatch abilities
Notifications and call alerts
Four modes: Daily, sleep, sport and nap
o Daily mode: Analyses daily data, including steps taken and calories burned
o Sleep mode: Tracks your sleep pattern and quality, ability to set silent alarms
o Sports mode: Starts a workout and displays information including duration, steps taken, calories burned, and distance travelled during workout
o Nap mode: Awakes you via vibration after a short nap
Up to seven days of battery run time (Fully charges in three hours)
Includes two adjustable bands: Black and red
Ability to share results with friends/other users via social media
Uses GPS location from a connected smartphone to report accurate activity path
Bluetooth 4.0
LED screen

V-Fitness Kids Activity Monitor – RRP $39 (NAV-ACTMK18)
A great gadget for the sporty kid, the V-Fitness Kids Activity Monitor is slim, discreet and easy to fasten on the wrist. Tracking steps, distance travelled, calories burnt and telling the time, stats can be viewed via the free i-gotU Life app (Android/iOS). The interchangeable wrist-band made of soft silicon is comfortable and stylish, with black, red and blue colour options, set to suit different personalities and styles. With up to seven days of battery life and easy to recharge with the included Micro-USB cable, the V-Fitness Kids Activity Monitor is a fun, safe and affordable way for the kids to see how far they walk in a day and keep on track with their fitness.

Key features:
Counts steps, distance travelled, and calories burned
Sweat resistant and has stopwatch abilities
Notifications and call alerts
Up to seven days of battery run time (Fully charges in 1.5 hours)
Includes three adjustable bands: Black, blue and red
Ability to share results with friends/other users via social media
Uses GPS location from a connected smartphone to report accurate activity path
Bluetooth 4.0
LED screen


If you and your family are looking to step up your game and move your bodies more, the V-Fitness activity monitors are a great way to stay accountable. Make it a competition to see who can get the most activity in, and challenge each other to get fit and stay healthy!

How do you keep fit as a family?

Check out more HERE