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We regularly ask our members what their current concerns and frustrations are as parents. And we see issues around internet safety, cyber-bullying and kids’ screen time increasing every…

We recently spent an amazing couple of days in awesome Rotorua, and stayed at the equally awesome Hannah’s Bay Cottage. Find out why this lake-front, family-friendly accommodation just…

The Hapro Zenith Roof Box from The Roofbox Company is one of the larger, yet more slim-lined versions in the Hapro range. It’s a cinch to attach to most…

CUPPACOFFEECUP is a New Zealand-made reusable takeaway coffee cup. Instead of disposing of a cup every time you have a takeaway coffee, re-use your CUPPACOFFEECUP.

We recently had the pleasure of travelling return to Picton from Wellington with the awesome Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries. We sailed on the Strait Feronia, and choose to…

Stop, Think, Engage: Rethinking child discipline – methods that work is the fantastic parenting book by Dr Anna Martin. This is parenting discipline 101, but in the best…

Determined to protect his castle and its occupants, a little boy stands guard against enemy knights. This is the context of Sally Gould’s The Brave Knight.

Farmer Rochelle owns a cow that says ‘moo moo’, a sheep that says ‘baa baa’, a chicken that says ‘chick chick’ and a horse that says… ‘chick chick’!…

Mission to Motherhood is an inspiring story from Canadian born Kiwi, Amira Mikhail. Amira shares every detail of her struggle through fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, IVF and finally surrogacy.

Collectables are all the rage right now, and Muffin Break has joined the craze with their adorable little Muffin Misfit toys. The Muffin Misfits are available in all Kid’s Mini…

Look, a Butterfly! is a wonderful little picture book by Yasunari Murakami. Murakami is a Japanese writer, designer and illustrator who has won many awards for his work.

Fanny Limehead – the surprising wine with a very funny name. We thought it was timely to review a good wine product, with the long summer holiday in front…

The family were fortunate enough to try out the Toyota Highlander GXL recently. We took the Highlander for a weekender up to Foxton Beach, to put it through it’s…

My son Nathan is currently 9 months old and he is loving the swim lessons at YMCA Glen Innes. I thought I would write this quick review of…

My daughter has been attending the YMCA Auckland School Holiday Programme at the Massey Leisure Centre and really loves it. She went again in the April school holidays,…

BabyCues is one of those books that comes along and makes you think, ‘if only this was around when we had our first child.’

Bruce wants to go faster by Dreydon Sobanja is another great installation from the awesome ‘Inspirational Kiwis’ range of books. This is an inspirational story for children about…

The Happy Hormone Cookbook by Emma Ellice-Flint with Jill Keyte is a collection of balanced and delicious whole food dishes. Emma and Jill show that by shifting the…

At the end of last year I was lucky enough to receive a care pack in the mail from Skinfood New Zealand. I hadn’t used this product before,…

Australia: Illustrated is big, beautiful and diverse. This is a book with huge cross-over appeal, that will engage children and adults alike, in home and in schools. It…

The Hoppleplop is a beautiful book that takes the reader on a tour through a charmingly offbeat house.  The story’s narrator tries to show us that the only thing…

Or dear, Hare had an idea… but he’s lost it. Don’t worry though as the Kiwi forest is full of friends who want to help Hare find his…

Bud-e-reading is designed to begin children on the road to reading for themselves. It is a fantastic set of resources that are not only print-based but also available…

Ivan and the Lighthouse is the very well written story of a boy growing up in Devonport around the turn of the century. Ivan’s Father is a Lighthouse…

Feed Your Brain: 7 Steps to a Lighter, Brighter You! is the ultimate guide about keeping your brain in tip-top shape. Delia McCabe has spent over two decades researching…

I was lucky enough to try out Daipers Sensitive Nappies from the Nappy Warehouse. Daipers Sensitive are an economically priced nappy, but still with European made quality and…

Moranifesto is Caitlin Moran’s collection of some of her favourite pieces that she has written, loosely collected into topics “The twenty-first century, where we live,” “The feminisms,” and…

Kai Carrier make reusable food pouches that can be filled with homemade food so you know exactly what you and your children are eating while minimising the mess.…

Kung Fu Panda, you’re either going to love it, or not. I’m firmly in the love it camp. I think Jack Black is excellent, and he’s in fine…

Music Box 2016 is a selection of songs from the New Zealand children’s music awards 2016. Each year the APRA Best Children’s Music Song celebrates the songwriters and composers…

Snooze with Hairy Maclary is another installation from Lynley Dodd sees Hairy Maclary and friends looking for their favourite spots to take a nap.

Lonely Planet Kids London City Trails follows 19 themed trails through London to reveal the city’s best kept secrets. If you’ve got an 8-12 year old who dreams…

What Could It Be, by Sally Fawcett is a picture book about exploring shapes and the endless creativity that comes with this.

Reo Pēpi presents its first series of beautiful bilingual children’s books with the release of Kanohi – My Face, Kākahu – Getting Dressed & Kararehe – Animals. With…

Mister Maker is a real favourite in our house. There’s not much my kids like more than doing crafts and the crafts Mister Maker does on his TV…

It’s Dani’s first summer vacation—and the best ever! She is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but…

“The Girls” by Emma Cline is a hot new novel about Evie Boyd, a woman who grew up in California in the 1960s and 1970s. The film rights…

Emma Galloway of My Darling Lemon Thyme blog/book fame has returned with a new cookbook to inspire those who enjoy eating a vegetarian and gluten free diet. Full…

Cake Decorating Made Easy is a cake decorating book for beginners who want to add flair to their cakes. With completely manageable step-by-step instructions, this title is a…

“Vinegar Girl” is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern retellings of Shakespeare. It updates “The Taming of the Shrew.” I love a clever modern adaptation of…

Guji Guji is a crocodile, who, through the event of his egg rolling down a hill is born into a family of ducks. His family accepts him for…