Shop: Your dream sunglasses and where to find them

I’ve noticed over the years that people generally fall into two very distinct camps when it comes to sunglass purchasing.

The first crew use and abuse their glasses, preferring quantity over quality as they just can’t seem to hold on to a pair (or keep them in one piece!) for longer than 2 weeks.

The second camp, totally me, considers sunglasses an essential, non-negotiable part of leaving the house.  My Sunnies are
on every day, throughout every season, and absolutely every single time I get behind the wheel during the day.

As such, I’m happy to invest in a hero-pair each summer as I know they’ll go the distance – and I can trust myself to NOT lose them and NOT break them.

Hopefully lol.

This season, www.smartbuyglasses.co.nz reached out to me and invited me to try their service.  Initially overwhelmed by the unparalleled range (7234 pairs of women’s sunglasses!!!) I began using the seriously good search filter to narrow the results down to the shape, frame type and brands that I love.  It was like a Tinder for sunglasses that actually works lol.

With 319 contenders to choose from, not an easy task when the brands are Prada, Burberry, Kenzo, Tom Ford to name a few, I finally found my perfect sunglass match;

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The Michael Kors Polynesia in Black/Tortoise.  Amazing right?

This colourway has sold out but you can shop the same model in other colours here.

My order arrived within 5 days guys!  Perfect timing for all the travelling we are doing at the moment.  Offering free shipping and 100 day returns plus prescription and contact lens sales, I can’t imagine shopping anywhere else for glasses.

Totally happy to recommend www.smartbuyglasses.co.nz 10/10 service and quality.

We Love: Dough Queen Natural Play Dough

Here in New Zealand, the first school holidays of 2017 are very quickly approaching and if the recent unsettled weather is anything to go by, we better get prepared for some rainy days inside!

Nixon is our hurricane child, whom we often struggle to settle down into focused, prolonged play.  He tires quickly of traditional toys but, give him creative options and he’s good to go and engaged for at least half an hour – that’s amazing for our little guy!

Despite having to be carried out in the football hold under my arm during the show last year (epic, most public meltdown either one of my kids has ever experienced!), Nix LOVES Mister Maker and often asks for time with his ‘Making Box’ full of art supplies.  His other favourite form of creative play is sitting down with some play dough and letting his imagination take over – I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him play the same way twice when he’s working and squishing with dough.

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Over the past couple of years, it’s pretty apparent that as Kiwi parents, we are changing the way we choose and shop for products for our kids.  When we have the option to purchase great quality, natural products it’s a no-brainer, especially when it’s going to be a guaranteed hit with the kids!

Fellow Kiwi Mum Claire Shannon has taken this movement to market with her Dough Queen range of natural New Zealand made play dough.

Dough Queen’s NZ-made natural non-toxic play dough is produced with food grade ingredients you can find in your own kitchen. That means if someone takes a nibble there’s no need to panic. We like our little customers to have a good amount to play with so each resealable pouch has 500g of dough. DQ dough will last around 5 months, as long as it is returned to its pouch or stored in a sealed container after play time.

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We’ve been playing pretty hard out with Claire’s lovely dough since before Christmas and I’m totally hooked – as is Nixie.  I’ve made my own dough before, and whilst it’s not a particularly difficult thing to do, it is time-consuming and messy.  Let’s face it, the beauty of tactile play with play dough IS that it’s messy and you can smush it into a million little pieces (that get into every fibre of every fibrous thing in your entire house lol), so mess is good.  But avoiding a pre-mess before the Main Mess Event is much more my style.

In short, I’d rather buy natural play dough then make it myself – #LazyMum, maybe.  Time poor?  Definitely.

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Dough Queen Natural Play Dough retails at $9 per single pack, with bundle pricing available as well as lab-tested, gluten free options, making beautiful handmade dough safe and healthy for everyone.

There are two new colours in the Dough Queen range, DQ Colour #10 and DQ Colour #11.  Both come in the super generous 500gm resealable pouch, both are bright, fun colours, they last for ages, and they both need names!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Natural Play doughHelp Dough Queen name the two latest colours!

Come up with the winning name for either #10 (teal) or #11 (purple) or both, and a twin pack containing each of the new colours could be all yours!  There are two prizes to win so comment below with your name suggestions and Dough Queen will choose 2 winners 3/4/17.

NZ residents only.

Why I Love My Unstoppable Mum Life

5.40am  Subconsciously doing backflips because at the very least I won’t be waking up in the death hour of any time beginning with 4.

5.41am  Little hands slapping on my face.  “Mummay what’s inside woodlice?”.  

  • Inward groan and realisation that I’m going to have to actually dissect some woodlice so he’ll quit asking me this same question every day.

5.42am  Drift off pondering where one finds woodlice in our neighbourhood.

5.43am  “Mummay I have poops”.  

  • Yes, motherhood gave me spidey-senses, I can smell them, I’m acutely aware of the poops in your diaper Nixie.

Silence.

5.51am  “There’s poops on my fingers and DADDY, where’s my breakfast?”

Repeat 7 days a week except for those days that start at 4.40am, Nixon’s other favourite wake-up time.
Ethan was away on school camp this week so there was one less mouth to feed and lunch to make at 6am, but otherwise it was business as usual; the kindy run, work, housework, washing, life admin (I saved $300 per year on just one vehicle’s insurance today!  BAM!), I ran 5km, had a playdate, spent 3 hours at the rugby club facilitating registrations and I have a deadline tomorrow so am still working.

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I can’t remember the last time I actually thought to myself “That’s not going to happen, there aren’t enough hours in the day, there isn’t enough coffee, I haven’t had enough sleep, I just can’t do it”.

Can’t isn’t really in my Mummy Lexicon unless we talking about running 10km in which case I’m totally stuck in a 5km rut and I CAN’T run through it lol.  Doing ALL the things (whether we want to or not) is how many of us survive and thrive.  Limitations of what it was possible to achieve in a day flew out the window as soon as Ethan was born, and though, I undoubtedly would like a few more blank spaces on our family calendar, the last 12 years have taught me that everything and anything is possible and I can, in fact put one foot in front of the other (over and over again) and make it all work.

The catch-phrase of the moment, particularly applicable to Mums, is ‘self-care’.  I’m not good at this.  Giving myself a ‘break’ and letting the washing or the dishes pile-up does my head-in and any benefit to be gained from relaxing and not doing chores is instantly negated by mess-induced anxiety.  For people like me, who are active-relaxers, a run or an exercise class is a perfect way to take some time out and practice some of that self-care we hear so much about without the associated guilt of “doing nothing”.  Finding a way to take care of your Unstoppable Mum-Self and recharging your batteries is so important, but we all do this in different ways so if you’re not a zen yoga goddess every Sunday morning don’t sweat it, just find your own mummy-mantra and practice it.  Regularly!

My kids are the ones that drive my Unstoppable Mum Life, they are the sole reason why Dave and I can get out of bed at 4.40am with something resembling a smile and look forward to the day’s routine, domestic schedule.  Each day will undoubtedly be similar to the day before and will recognise tomorrow but it needn’t be mundane or boring.

As I am undoubtedly a YES person, the people I meet through throwing myself into MumLife and Yessing my way through the weeks, are the ones that remove any smidgen of boring-ness from the sometimes  l o n g  days – and equally long nights…..with Nixon!  Getting out and about in your community, doing, volunteering, meeting and helping other parents have a better day will give you more and more positive momentum and help you become the Mum you really want to be.

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I recently discovered a little message on the sole of a new pair of winter boots from Ziera;

Stand your ground”.  

I love little details like this! I’m picturing myself on a dark, cold night at the rugby club, waiting for Ethan to finish training, dealing with the minutiae of rugby committee life, my mental to-do-list rapidly overflowing as I remember (not to forget!) that it’s bike day at kindy tomorrow and that Ethan needs money for his school bus card so we can’t go straight home after training, that the truck’s RUC’s have run out and I still need to get the tyres balanced……..

Breathe.  Smile.  I am unstoppable.

Do something amazing today!

We’re ALL unstoppable right?  Here’s your chance to recognise a woman that inspires, empowers and motivates you every day……..with a little help from Ziera!

Ziera is searching for unstoppable women to win one of five prizes of $2,500 plus five pairs of shoes to give them a helping hand towards achieving great things. You can nominate as many unstoppable woman as you like. Each time you nominate, you’ll go into the draw to win one of 100 pairs of shoes, one for you and one for the person you nominate. Achieve the extraordinary every day. Be unstoppable.

Submit your nominations here and make a positive change in the life of a deserving woman, just like you!

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Because Ziera are all about YOU and supporting unstoppable women, I have a $250 voucher to spend with Ziera for one of you!  Head over to Ziera, pick your favourite style (mine are the Zorro) and let me know which shoes you’ve fallen in love with in the comments below.

Competition closes Sunday 2/4/17, NZ residents only.

Vlog – New Season Updates your Wardrobe will LOVE

Ok girlfriends, I’m rocking my Mum-Bun so you know it’s business time.  

Getting changed this many times in ONE hour (let alone one WEEK lol) was hard work, plus filming myself trying to model clothes in my lounge is excruciating – so you better love this video okay?

Seriously though, The Warehouse has put together another really easy-to-wear and accessible range this season which makes me excited about throwing some layers together and getting a bit of texture going on!

I went out on a limb and picked some items I usually wouldn’t look twice at – like that blush cami?!  Amaze, will go with everything, plus the Midi dress and Longline shirt – super easy to see how these will slip into my mum-wardrobe over the coming months.

Pro-Tip:  Shop across the various ranges to put together a fresh, new look for the season ahead.

Check out the vlog to see these pieces in action, I’ve popped full shopping links below as well as details on how you can win a $50 gift card to get your shop on at The Warehouse!

My New Season Shopping List

Garage Lace Up Back Jumper $25.00 (Awesome stuff sells fast and this is moving quickly!  Still available online though)

Garage Lace-Trim Cami $15.00

Amco Women’s Curvy Skinny Jeans $29.00

Garage Lace Trim Midi Dress $25.00

Maya 3/4 Sleeve Check Shirt $25.00

Maya Lace Up Back Jumper $29.00  (This is another super popular style selling out!  Still available online though)

Basics Brand Women’s Wide Strap Singlet $7.00

Maya Sleeveless Longline Shirt $25.00

Maya Mesh Panel Tunic $20.00

WIN with The Warehouse and The Best Nest!

I know there’s something in that stellar line-up that’s calling your name.  Tell me below what your wardrobe needs as we head into the cooler months and you’re in the draw to win a $50 gift card to spend at The Warehouse!

Make sure you’ve commented on the first New Season Fashion post as well for a second entry!

Entries close 19/3/17, NZ residents only.

New Season Updates your Wardrobe will LOVE

Poor New Zealand has undoubtedly had one of the craziest summers in recent memory.  It’s been warm yes, but mostly accompanied by rain and humidity resulting in more bad-hair-days than beach days!  The one *upside* of our punishing summer is that we can start incorporating New Season fashion goodness into our wardrobes a little earlier than normal.

Checking out the latest women’s ranges from The Warehouse each season has become somewhat of a regular editorial piece here on the blog.  I found some amazing separates in the Summer 16/17 collection so am super excited to be back with a curated look at some of my top picks in stores and online now!

As Kiwi Mums, our fashion requirements are not over-the-top but we do love it when retailers get it right across the board.  When I’m shopping I have certain key considerations in mind;

  • Functionality + Style – I like to dress with at least a passing nod to what’s trending but I’ve got to be able to actually be a ‘mum’ in what I’m wearing!
  • Price – I can be a bit fickle sometimes plus the budget’s not there for me to shop as a hobby lol.  I don’t want to feel guilty after picking up something new for myself.
  • Convenience – If it’s too hard it’s not going to happen!  I don’t want to have to pack a cut lunch and a compass to go shopping for a new top.  Easy is good and works when I’m juggling kids and family obligations.

The Warehouse have nailed the brief this season and delivered some great pieces, that work beautifully together.  

Pro-Tip:  Shop across the various ranges to put together a fresh, new look for the season ahead.

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Garage Lace Up Back Jumper $25.00, Garage Satin Bomber Jacket $25.00

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Garage Lace Trim Cami $15.00, Garage Tassel Hem Tee $15.00 – Hurry, selling fast!

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Maya Drape Front Maxi Skirt $20.00 – Hurry, selling fast!, Maya Hi Low Hem Skirt $25.00, Garage Jersey Harem Pants $20.00 – Hurry, selling fast!, Amco Women’s Curvy Skinny Jeans $25.00

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Garage Lace Trim Midi Dress $25.00, Garage Lace Up Festival Dress $25.00

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Basics Brand Women’s Freya Casual Shoes $15.00, Debut Women’s Korey Anklet Boots $25.00

WIN with The Warehouse and The Best Nest!

I know there’s something in that stellar line-up that’s calling your name.  Tell me below what your wardrobe needs as we head into the cooler months and you’re in the draw to win a $50 giftcard to spend at The Warehouse!

Look out for a second chance to enter on my fashion vlog coming soon x

Entries close 21/3/17, NZ residents only.

 

 

The Toilet and the Three Boy Household

When you’re a Boy-Mum, many habits around the house (need to) change.  You realise that vacuuming anytime before 4.30 pm when the children are home is pointless and only results in ‘why do I even bother’ angst.  You quickly learn to always check pockets before turning the washing machine on.  You discard any expectation that socks will be removed and put in the laundry in any manner other than in balls.  Eau de LYNX and preteen/teen boys go together like peas and corn and you should never, ever forget to check the toilet seat before sitting down.

This is a scientific fact.

As the only female in the house there are 4 risk factors that present themselves every time I enter the bathroom;

  1. A blind entrance with a still-raised toilet seat, means a splash entry no-one wants to make
  2. A rapid descent without checking for puddles on the seat often spells wet thighs and I HATE THIS SO MUCH IT MAKES ME SCREAM EVERY TIME!!!!!
  3. Entering the bathroom at pace if someone’s been spraying can lead to a painful slip ‘n slide that should never happen indoors :::::::ewwwww:::::::
  4. Boy-Mum, Girl-Mum it doesn’t matter.  A stranding is a less than ideal and I’m not sure whether they find it amusing or not but the boys seem to prefer a naked toilet-roll holder over one suitably equipped.  I’m straight up calling that laziness!

I’ve been a Boy-Mum and a wife for 12 years now and I’ve managed to implement many awesome habits amongst the Jack Family menfolk.  Folding towels in half, then thirds to put away in the linen cupboard is still a work in progress, but I’m hopeful in 2017 we will be triumphant in this area.  

Eliminating the three Female Risk Situations described above completely, is also progressing rather slowly.  Baby-steps were evident until an actual baby arrived in the house.  Nixon’s arrival and progression through toilet training has seen standards lowered across the board, and further evidence to support my assertion: toilet domination is a numbers game and a war I’m struggling to win.  Quite frankly I’m outnumbered and undergunned.  Your support and sympathy would be very much welcomed in the comments below ::::::::sobs:::::::

Last week did allow me a toilet-related giggle or two however.  We had a tradie at home doing some building work.  He started early in the morning, as is good practice, but he must have left home before he finished his ‘morning business’.  I popped out to drop Nix at kindy and he took this very small window of opportunity with gusto and acquainted himself with our bathroom.  

First and foremost, I have absolutely no problem with this.  Nature calls of course, what else can you do?  The situation was apparent when I returned home minutes later having forgotten Nixon’s bike and a very, very embarrassed builder rushed past me with cheeks ablaze as I ran smack into a toilet ‘smell’ that literally left me reeling!  I wasn’t going to put the man through any more embarrassment but I totally wanted to slip him a bottle of V.I.Poo and kindly suggest that a smart tradie never leaves home without it lol.

All you need to know is that Airwick V.I.Poo is a genius pre-poo toilet spray that creates a layer trapping odors under the surface before they escape – IT WORKS PEOPLE! And it’s available at your supermarket : )

One less obstacle between me and a state of bathroom bliss……………….that’s never going to happen in my house fyi!

Better living everyone xx

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That Retail Life – What’s Hot this Week + Win!

I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a regular ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – December #1


Farrah’s Super Duo – Chia and Quinoa and Sprouted Grain wraps RRP $5.49New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Farrahs Wraps

Many of us try to lighten up our menus over summer and some brands are just the perfect partners for a pantry makeover.  Farrah’s is one such brand, one our family LOVES as we go through multiple packs of their amaze, no-split, no-crack wraps each week.  Made using super grains and sprouted grain flour with the addition of chia seeds and quinoa, the latest two varieties to join the Farrah’s wrap family are indeed a Super Duo.

WIN with Farrah’s!

I have 3 Prize Packs to give away each containing;

  • Farrah’s tote bag
  • Farrah’s Chia & Quinoa wraps
  • Farrah’s Sprouted Grain wraps

To enter just leave a comment below and tell me how you’d get creative with your delicious wraps.  Comp closes 16/12/16, NZ residents only.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Mellow PaletteTararua Dairy Co. Dips with Bits RRP $4.49

I wasn’t sure that classic Kiwi Onion Dip could get any better but the proof is in the pot.  Dip is better with bits. FACT.

Tararua Dairy Co. have kicked summer off with three new delicious dips that will take the average pack of ready salted chips to new heights as we hit the entertaining season.  Find the tasty trio of Dips with bits in stores now; The Classic Kiwi Onion, The Smokey Cheddar & Red Pepper, and The Mexican Chipotle & Lime.  Yum!

Old El Paso Whole Grain Stand n Stuff Tortillas RRP $5.99New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Mellow Palette

Our family is bananas about tacos and in particular we LOVE soft tacos.  Old El Paso has added preservative free Whole Grain Stand n Stuff Tortillas to their range of Mexican flavours and they are just as soft and delicious as we’ve all come to expect from this brand.  We couldn’t wait to try these and whipped up some tacos as soon as they arrived.  Ethan, in particular, loves these as he struggles with the mess of regular tacos, I love them because they are just so damn tasty!

In supermarkets nationwide.

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New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Good George CiderGood George Scarlett Cider RRP $14.99 946ml Squealer (and on tap in selected bars)

Summer + cider = winning.  The good peeps at Good George Brewing have bottled summer in their limited edition Scarlett – apple cider and juicy Scarlett O’Hara peaches combine without any creepy fur ::::shiver::::: peach fur itching your chin is the worst!

Don’t miss out on this babe-town drink as it’s only available over summer.  Squealer too big?  Don’t fret, the bottle is resealable so you can share with friends or enjoy it over a couple of days.

Available in selected bars, good liquor stores, and specialty outlets.

Ice Age 5: Collision CourseNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Good George Cider

Just in time for Christmas (and those rainy summer days we always get around New Years!), our favourite prehistoric heroes are back for another adventure.  The 5th chronical in the famous franchise sees Scrat kick off a chain of events that put everyone in jeopardy.  Teamwork is required in this hilarious adventure that introduces new characters and reunites us with our old pals Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego.

Available on Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray and DVD.


New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Kindness and Courage Book StarshipKindness, Courage, and more Uplifting Stories RRP $20
 

A Christmas gift with a meaning and a message is a rare thing indeed and this delightful compilation of stories might just provide some context for many of us during this holiday season.

Written by the winners of the Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge and illustrated by some real kiwi icons (Keven Mealamu, Otis Frizzell, Benny Tipene and more), all proceeds from book sales go to the Starship foundation.

Nixon has had numerous stays in Starship and the support services offered by the Foundation to families and patients is invaluable.  This gorgeous book of short stories is gifted to children who spend a night in Starship or Whangarei Children’s Hospital and is available for purchase here.

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Much beloved salon brand Lonvitalite is available in NZ so we can all get closer to those amaze gold eye masks than the many #LonSelfie shots on Instagram!

Targeting dark circles and fine lines under the eye, Lonvitalite 24K Gold and Collagen eye mask is a mummy must-have receiving rave reviews and I can’t wait to try it out this morning. Available in selected salons and spas or online here.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Mellow Cosmetics Treasure Chest PaletteMellow Cosmetics Treasure Chest Eye Palette RRP $34

Seriously, this palette is a thing of beauty!  I’m slowly building up my Mellow collection and love the brand more with each new addition.  Including 12 shades, Treasure Chest is the perfect addition to any beauty-lover’s Christmas stocking.  

Like the entire Mellow range, Treasure Chest was designed in New Zealand and is vegan and paraben free.

Pro Tip – try the Liquid Lip Paints, they are amaze!  Shop Mellow here x

Shop Local – Undercover Sleeping Bags

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Coming up with super-stylish, innovative products is something kiwi women do amazingly well so it was no surprise to me to find out that the uber-cute range of Undercover Sleeping Bags for kids are designed, manufactured, and distributed right here in New Zealand by Marlborough resident, Kate Guthrie.

It’s almost our prime camping and glamping Summer season here in New Zealand and I can’t think of anything worse than trying to nod off to sleep in a sticky, hot sleeping bag made from entirely synthetic fabrics.  I actually wouldn’t be able to get Nixon to sleep in this way – the fuss would be unbearable.  And sweaty lol.

mummy-blog-new-zealand-blogger-mommy-travelblog-family-kids-sleeping BagsLittle peeps will LOVE curling up in their Undercover creations due to a few genius features that make these dreamy sleeping bags a kid-must-have that will be used and loved, year round;

  • 100% cotton outer and warm thermal padding – YAY, no more summer stickiness!
  • A pillow compartment!!!!  Soooo many time when camping I’ve been woken up because Ethan had lost his pillow in the night – usually because it’s slid off his slippery sleeping bag lol.  Once unrolled, you can pop a pillow into the all-in-one design.
  • No separate storage bag (to lose).  YAY, again lol.  The sleeping bag rolls up and is stowed into the pillow compartment.

I know many of you love to try and think outside the box when it comes to buying for your kids.  Shopping local, shopping small and supporting New Zealand creatives is an awesome endeavour and can make Christmas Shopping  SO much more fun when you can cut out the trips to the mall – and cut out the plastic fantastic toys that will be old news in a month anyway!  Undercover sleeping bags will be loved and used all year, for years, as they suit ages 2-12 ish – depending upon how quickly your pre-teen is growing of course.

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Shop the Undercover Range Now!

Available in 8 super stylish designs at $199 each, there’s an Undercover Sleeping bag to suit every little camper – or every little person having their first sleep-over at Nana’s –  How cute are these fabrics?

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That Retail Life – What’s Hot This Week + Win!

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I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a weekly ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – November #1

Marcel’s Happy Pancakes – Gluten Free RRP $4.99

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsMarcel’s have rebranded and launched Happy Pancakes – Gluten Free this month, perfect timing for our family as Nixon and I are gluten free right now as we try a diet modification to get our asthma under control.  The entire freezer range, Happy Pancakes, Ooh La La Crepes and Fancy Blinis, are sporting the cute new packaging so make sure you keep an eye out for the fun imagery in good supermarkets and specialty food stores nationwide.

Mac’s Brewhouse Non-Alcoholic Soda 4 Pack RRP $6.99

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I attended the launch for these new, low sugar, zero alcohol adult sodas this week and they are sooooo good!  This is brewed soda with a malt base combined with juices, spices and natural flavours and the result is freaking delicious!  My faves are the Citrus & Vanilla and the Lime and Coconut and these two are joined by Ginger Root and Lemon & Barley, perfect summer flavours for the season ahead.  I’m already dreaming up cocktail recipes using these as mixers, yum!

Available in a four-pack in supermarkets and single bottles at Z and BP stations.

Donovan’s Seasonal Collection RRP $8.99

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I lOVE Donovan’s Seasonal Collection for Christmas gifts!  These beautiful, limited edition treats are perfect presents for teachers, tutors, neighbours or are lovely to add to the dessert table on Christmas Day.  The kiwi flavours are what makes this range totally special; Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark, Chocolate Gingerbread Clusters, Coconut Ice Squares, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Double Chocolate Fudge and Almond and Cranberry Clusters will leave you wanting to try every variety in the range.

Available in leading supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide.

How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan RRP 19.99

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A new Christmas story each year has always been a tradition in our house and this Christmas Eve How-To guide is soooo cute!  How to Catch Santa is a super fun story but it’s also choc full of great ideas for ramping up the magic for your littles this Christmas!  This is a story your family will love and pretty much use as a roadmap to a festive Christmas Eve, this year and well into the future.

Manuka Doctor Cashmere Touch Cream RRP $49.95New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products

The third product to complete the Drops of Crystal range from Manuka Doctor has just launched and Cashmere Touch Cream is just as luxe and gorgeous as you would expect.  Tested over 10 minute and 28 day periods, the combination of Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey with crystal tears – oil extracted from the Pistacia Lentiscus tree is delivering 97% of respondents wrinkle reduction and increased firmness with 90% reporting increased skin elasticity after 28 days.

The sensation of applying this cream will have you converted after a single use, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Smirnoff PureSmirnoff Pure Pre-Mixed Vodkas RRP $12.99 for a four-pack

YAY.  I’m a BIG fan of vodka cocktails but can’t stomach the sugary sweet overload of many pre-mixed offerings.  Smirnoff have nailed these four flavours, I found it very hard trying to decide my fave but they’re are all delish.  Choose between my pick, Ginger, Lime & Soda and Classic Lime & Soda, Cranberry Apple & Soda and Passionfruit, Lime & Soda,

Available from all good stockists this month.

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Ernest Adams Slices, loaves, Cakes and Cookies RRP $4.99

One of NZ’s fave brands has been baking up sweet treats for over 80 years and now the good bakers at Ernest Adams have revamped their slices, loaves and cookies adding better quality ingredients, new recipes and bigger slices and cookies.  New additions like Rocky Road Slice and Salted Caramel and Pecan Slice are sure to make a big impression this kiwi summer.

I have two amazing Ernest Adams prize packs to giveaway, to enter just leave a comment below!

Competition closes Sunday 20th 10pm.  NZ residents only.
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