• #ASGsLittleLearner
    Family,  Kinder,  Product Reviews

    ASG Little Learner Pack – A Review

    *I received an ASG Little Learner Pack in order to complete this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.*  

    #ASGsLittleLearner

     

    Have your little one’s started school or kinder this week?  How are you feeling – anxious, proud, relieved?!  Our Ms 3 starts three year old kinder this week, and BOY is she excited.  For the past five days she has appeared next to my bed in the mornings declaring it is kinder day, and wanting me to get up.  She’s very gorgeous 😉 

    This will be our first year parenting in the world formal education.  So I thought, why not start a series about it.  With tips, hints, resources, product reviews etc that might just be helpful to other parents out there, new or otherwise.  I think I’ll call it The Kinder Files.  

    To kick the series off, I’ve got a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack.  When I was offered the opportunity to do this review, it was perfect timing, having just started planning this little series.  So let’s start with the nuts and bolts.  The Little Learner Pack comes to you from ASG. ASG is focused on supporting children’s education – it’s all they do. They’re typically known for their educational funds, however this pack is an example of the educational resources they provide.

    The pack contains the following:

    • The Cat in the Hat DVD
    • five hardcover children’s books from highly regarded education consultant, Michael E Bernard, featuring stories on how to get along, confidence, resilience, being organised and persistence
    • a membership to MY ASG, an ever-expanding source of articles and resources from parenting experts
    • discounted access to Parentingideas Club, an online parenting centre founded by Michael Grose – one of Australia’s leading parenting experts
    • discounts on CDs and DVDs distributed by Marcom Projects, ASG’s multimedia educational products division
    • discounted health insurance with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity

     The pack is targeted to pre-school kids, up to about six years of age, and contains $180 worth of products.  I’m really impressed with this pack.  Of course, MS 3 loves the DVD – Dr Seuss has been a hit in our household ever since we started reading to her, when she was just a wee bubba.  I love that she loves Dr Seuss stories.  They are such fun to read.  But the books have also been a great hit with her.  I thought they may have been a little ‘old’ for her – they’re stories about things like getting along, being organised and persistence, but she loves them.  She loves the story about getting along, all about Sally learning that other people’s feelings matter, and she loves the one about Lucy and her dream to play the violin.  Given that she is starting kinder, I really think these books will be a lovely way to talk with her about these subjects.  The fact that she keeps suggesting them at bedtime is a pretty good indicator that they’re a-ok  🙂 

    Something that I think is going to be of great benefit is not only the MY ASG membership but the discount to the Parentingideas Club.  MY ASG provides articles and resources aimed at supporting children’s education.  The subjects covered span from toddler tantrums to teaching children about social media and safety.  The Parentingideas Club provides support, information and resources covering age appropriate parenting strategies.  I think I’ll be signing up for this ASAP!  I’m finding this current stage of development with Ms 3 to be “challenging”, and the Parentingideas Club covers parenting styles, birth order of children, sibling matters and a whole lot more.  It looks to be a fabulous resource, for parents with children of all ages. 

    If you think any of this sounds like it could be of use to you and your family, head on over to the ASG site here, where you can purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack.  It costs $49.95 and has over $180 worth of material and resources.  

    As an added bonus, check out the competition ASG are running – you could win a share of $15,000 to put towards your child’s education.  Enter here.  

    If you decide to purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack, or are already a MY ASG member, let me know!  I’d love to know what you think.  And I can’t wait to develop this little series further – let me know if you have any topics you think would be useful and I’ll see what I can do 🙂 

    ASG website:  http://www.asg.com.au 

    Linking up with Mamma Raj Says #reviewroundup

     

     

  • #bloggers_bbq
    Blogging,  Family

    A New Year

    Welcome to my first post for 2015!  How was your festive season?  I hope it was lovely, and filled with relaxation and joy.  We had a lovely time – The Mister had three whole weeks off, and we managed to celebrate Christmas, my birthday,the New Year and the Mr 2’s birthday along with a little trip away and some laundry DIY – phew!  More on those in a few later posts. 

    For 2015, I’m taking some active steps for inspiration and organisation – both for here on the blog, and in ‘real’ life.  Here at Tully & Mishka, I’m going to be using the beautiful and super useful Blogger’s Bazaar 2015 Blog Planner.  Have you seen it?  So much organisation!  Hopefully, it will help me with some more regular blogging, and moving Tully & Mishka in the direction I would like it to (I have lots of plans in my head!!!).  Also, this weekend, I’m going to the Kid’s Business Bloggers BBQ.  Anyone else going – would love to catch up!  

    #bloggersbbq

    In the ‘real’ life department, Ms 3 starts kinder this year!  It’s three year old kinder – her birthday is in May, so she will be one of the older kids.  She is soooooooo ready for kinder!  And so am I, just quietly 🙂  I plan to blog a bit about this coming transition.  So 2015 brings busy times.  So organisation is really an over-arching goal for me this year.  Life is about to become very busy!

    Tell me, any big plans for you this year?  Does anyone have their first, or last, starting kinder?  

  • Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014
    Family,  Just For Fun

    Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway

     

    Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014

     * This is a sponsored post.  I received tickets to the opening night for myself and my family *

     It’s 10 Friday’s until Christmas.  Holy smokes, I don’t even know how the year has gone so quickly!  Have you started planning?  We haven’t, well not really.  I mean, we’ve worked out where and when we are having Christmas dinners – one of them is at our house!  Yikes, I really need to start planning!  

    It’s exciting, Christmas at our house.  Ms 3.5 is now old enough to get it.  She knows there will be a Santa visit, and that there will be presents and fun.  And that makes it so much more exciting for us.  Mr nearly 2 doesn’t get it yet, but he will love the tree decorating when we do it.  And they are going to LOVE Santa’s Magical Kingdom.  And I mean, flip their lids kind of love!  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Have you been?  We haven’t.  But we’ve heard good things.  It runs from 15th November until 23rd December and is being held at the Caulfield Racecourse.  Frankly, it looks amazing fun!  According to the information I have received, there be the following: 

    A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
    • Snow Castle and Activity Land
    • Meet Santa and receive a free gift!
    • A spectacular brand new Christmas themed circus show
    • Roving Christmas characters
    • A Christmas craft area where you can decorate your own gingerbread man and decorate your own Christmas decoration
    • Interactive story reading with Mrs Claus
    • Gingerbread land
    • Amusement Rides and laughing clowns including a carousel, Santa’s Slay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Platform Ride and Australia’s Largest Super Slide!

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Check out the website, it has more information.  And tickets are currently on sale.  

    So now for the giveaway!  You can win a family pass (tickets for 4, worth $130) to the opening weekend!  Woo!  All you need to do is comment on this blog post, and tell me, what is your favourite part of Christmas?  I’ll get the Mister to choose which comment he likes the most!  Also fill in the widget below.  Comp ends 9th November and I will email the winner.  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

     
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  • Family,  Parenting,  Self Care,  Womanhood

    The Good, The Bad and The Shouty.

    Yep, that’s me this week.  Especially the shouty.  And not much of the Good.  Urgh.  I suppose I could blame it on the ‘threenager’ (yup, totally a word, and very accurate) but that would be completely unfair and not very adult of me.  The shouty, I need to own it, and maybe that will help me breathe through it.  

    Breathing through the temper tantrum.  Mine that is.

    I’ve found myself incredibly short-tempered this week.  My poor little Ms 3 is not getting very good parenting from me.  I’ve been quick to yell, shouting out orders, and angry that she won’t listen.  She is three.  Mainly, I’ve been furious with myself.  And falling into bad self talk.  “I’m such a bad mum”.  “My kids are going to be so damaged from me”.  “How can I be like this.”  Mmmmmmmmm.  Breath out.  Shut my eyes for a few moments.  Check that spiraling, dark thought process and put it aside.  Let’s face it, it’s not particularly helpful.  Nor is the fact that I had forgotten to fill the antidepressant script, and therefore had not taken any for a week.  Riiiiiight.  It’s a pretty low dose, but clearly it’s still needed at this point.  What do you know, my (excellent) GP was right. 

    Medication

    There have been terrible events highlighted recently in the news.  Terrible incidents and wars where children have been killed.  Where parents have lost all of their children in one incident.  I cannot even read the articles.  My brain cannot comprehend the grief and trauma those parents must feel.   I look at my children and am overwhelmed with emotions and fears and hopes.  These terrible events remind me to breathe in, and step back.  Who cares if we are late somewhere?  Who cares if I have to change Mr 1.5 for the third time before we get out the door?  It doesn’t matter.  They are here, they are healthy, they are happy.  I’m not ruining them, I just need to not shout so much.  And I need to hug and kiss them multiple times a day.  Every day.  

    Hugs are Healing

    It’s Friday, which for us means the end of the Mister’s working week, and two whole days with all of us home together.  Swim classes, watching some footy, maybe even breaking out Star Wars for Ms 3 (for the first time ever!!) So I’m throwing the Bad and the Shouty off and heading into the weekend with just the Good.

    How about you?  Who has had a good, bad or shouty week?  Let me know I’m not the only one yelling at her 3-year-old!  Let it all out here, a virtual shaking off if you will!   

     

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  • Parenting Is So Worth It
    Family,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    The Little Things

    Parenting Is So Worth ItThey melt my heart.  We’ve had a bit of a rough fortnight here.  Colds, conjunctivitis, teething, upset tummies and lots of little kids parties.  It all amounts to tired toddlers and ratty parents.  Perhaps even the other way around.  

    Blocked noses and bubba’s who suck their thumbs, do not equal good sleep.  Mr 15 months had just worked out the sleeping through the night thing, when wham! Blocked nose, cold, conjunctivitis and a back tooth trying to come through all happened at once.  Urgh.  So one night, when I had settled him back to sleep for the fourth time, all before 3am, Ms 3 woke up and wanted me to come into her room.  Usually she comes into our bed and goes to sleep.  But the Mister was also sick, and this just wasn’t working.  

    So in I trudge, thinking I was never going to see sleep again.  She lay there, looking up at me as I sat down, then she patted the pillow and said “you want to lie down with me?”.  Heart melted.  Thoughts of sleep no longer matter.  God I love her.  She is so adorable.  Then she says “can you sing me a beautiful song to help me sleep?”  Good lord.  Cuteness overload.  I don’t really sing, it’s not that soothing really, but she requested twinkle twinkle, so I sang that and she nearly fell asleep.  Wow, this might be a winner I thought.  Her eyes popped open and she smiled at me again.  “Lie down a little bit mummy.”  Ok.  Why not.  An hour later she finally fell asleep and I went back to my bed.  Not caring one jot that it was only an hour and half before I was likely to be woken again.  

    It’s the little things sometimes, that make parenting so worth it.  

  • Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway
    Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting

    The Dinosaurs Are Coming! Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Oh my god! I’m so excited about this giveaway!  Do your kids like dinosaurs?  Do you like animatronics? Do you just love free stuff to entertain the kids??!!  Then this is for you.  

    Dinosaur Adventures is an exhibition coming to the Caulfield Racecourse in June and July.  You can explore a prehistoric world full of life-size moving dinosaurs! Woo! I don’t know about you, but I have two small people who love dinosaurs, all thanks to Peppa Pig.  They may be surprised when they see how big these dinosaurs are!!

    Dinosaur Adventures Melbourne

    As part of the experience,  kids will be get their own expert digger outfit and be a paleontologist for the day!  Also, there will be a whole lot of other dinosaur activities including dinosaur sand art, dinosaur library, fossil displays, dinosaur
    inflatable activity lands and rides, dinosaur sand pit, photographic souvenirs inside a
    life sized dinosaur egg and so much more!

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway Melbourne

    So to the prize itself!  I have one Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) to the Exclusive VIP Opening Night of Dinosaur Adventures for Friday 20 June, 6:30pm.  You have to be able to make it to the Caulfield Racecourse (Victoria) to participate.  Please fill in the widget below to enter and feel free to share the comp around!  Good luck!

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  • Nemo party hats DIY
    DIY,  Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting

    Nemo & a 2nd birthday party.

    Turning two way before I am ready
    Our Little Miss as a bubba

    Our Little Ms turned 2 recently.  How the hell did that happen so quickly?!  Not that long ago she was our little bub, with no hair and no teeth (for a loooooong time!).  Now she is running around having conversations with everyone and being way too smart for us.

    We decided to have a little party for her – family and some little friends.  And me, being me, kept thinking I had at least a month to sort it out.  Then we realised we had a week and two days.  Gah.  Amazing how time slips away when there is a new little one in the house.

    Somehow I was stumped as to what theme to have for her decorations.  Just a colour? Music? Hmmmm.  Then, when she was watching ‘Finding Nemo’ for the one hundred and eleventh time, it hit me!  Finally.   So ‘Finding Nemo’ it was.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  So many great ideas – check out my boards to see what I mean!

    So the goal was not to spend too much and not to get too stressed out.  Hmmmm!  Via Pinterest I found a great site that had invitation templates, decoration templates and ideas, name tags etc.  It also has ideas for games, face painting etc and covers all sorts of themes.  We used their invitation template and printed off some of the decoration prints and stuck them to our party bags.  I found blue and orange party bags going super cheap at Spotlight.  Speaking of the party bags, I added these free activity sheets to some balloons and treats.  

    DIY Nemo Party Bags

    We decorated the house with crepe paper and some Nemos that our Little Miss’ super clever Godmother whipped up for us, using this tutorial.  Yup, she is much more crafty (and patient) than me!

    Nemo party decoration DIY

    This link had some easy, printable Nemo party hats – easy to cut out, and staple together.Nemo party hats DIY

     So these were some easy, DIY and cheap decorations and ideas I found via Pinterest.  And best of all, Ms 2 had a great time!  She loved the decorations, and hats and party food – I put a drop or two of blue food dye in a jug of lemonade and bam! Ocean blue drink.  Mostly though, she had a ball running around with her little cousins and friends all afternoon.  Best part of the day.

    What successes have you had with birthday parties?  Do you go all out, or pared back?