Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wonka Chocolate Blocks - Four new Scrumdiddlyumptious creations

Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination …

I have found that there are two types of people in the world.

Those that like Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka and those that like the original Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

But there is one thing that they must agree on. Wonka Chocolate Blocks are absolutely delicious!

Everyone in my family loves chocolate. But I can see the youngest one, has chocoholic written all over him. I recognise the signs.

Have you noticed in your shopping travels, that there is a brand new range of Wonka Chocolate Blocks that are gracing the shelves?

Wonka Chocolate Tales: Mr Wonka has ingeniously made his chocolate bar into a book. But you may ask how do you read chocolate?  Why left to right of course!

Wonka Caramel Hat Trick: Smooth and creamy milk chocolate, but in two of Mr Wonka’s top hats is smooth, flowing caramel, but inside the third hat is crunchy caramel pieces. Which hat will you get? What a delicious caramel hat trick.

Wonka Nutty Crunchillicious: A block of creamy and smooth milk chocolate with the added crunch of hazelnuts, cookie and caramel pieces. Yummy!

Wonka Triple Chocolate Whipple: The chocolate factory pipes hold many delectable surprises. One pipe has smooth chocolaty fudge, the other has flowing chocolatey sauce, and in the centre they take turns to flow over crunchy cookie pieces. Simply irresistible!

Families can now enjoy a sprinkling of surprise, a dash of wonder and a hint of the preposterous, with these brand new wondrous Wonka creations.

They are just too delicious not to share.

“And as you know Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”

Mr Wonka and his tireless team of Oompah Loompahs have worked around the clock to make this chocolate 158 ½ % perfect.

Share in the wonder.

Visit Facebook at
Hashtag: #WonkaChocolate

And of course pick some up at your local shop.



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

School Photo Day Fun

This morning, for two of my tribe, Master 5 and Miss 8 it was School Photo day. That means that I have to ask them about six times in the morning to get dressed and find clean socks and wash their faces. They are usually pretty good, but on school photo day, they seem to have lead weights in their shoes.

Of course, I had to stop at the petrol station on the way to get the correct change in the little strange envelope. This makes us later than ever. I end up stressed to the max and start snapping at them, while they look at me with a slightly ashamed, but I would say more amused look on their faces. I know I should be better organised about things. That is the story of my life though.

Added to this is the fact, that one of the strange little photo envelopes is completely lost. I spent all evening searching around for Master 5s envelope. It was nowhere to be found. But then I found on their website that the school office has spare copies. So all good. Big sigh of relief.

I asked Angus to get his jumper on, after breakfast, when I was brushing his hair, then when I was putting lunches in bags, and also when I was getting some palm cards organised for a project that Miss 8 has today as well. Then when we were heading out the door, I noticed that he still didn't have his jumper on! I rushed back in the house and found it, flung it at him and at last we were off.

It was cold this morning. Yes, I know it isn't really cold, but for Brisbane is was cold.

Finally made it to school and had to park in the far away car park, which I hate. Because fast walking and 'rushing' in any sense of the word is not something that Master 3 does. It has been known for him to take 15 minutes to get back to the car from the classroom. Why he takes that long is another story entirely. I herded the kids into school, kissed the girls goodbye and organised another envelope for Angus.

All organised at last. Get back to the car and of course Miss 8 has left her project sitting on the seat. Arggh! Ok, all good, take it up to the classroom and back to the car again. 

Now all organised.

Miss 10s photos are tomorrow. Much easier.

How is school photo day in your house? Is it absolute bedlam like my morning? 

Do you remember your school photos? Do you still have them?


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Mister Minit Engraving - Personalising Your Precious Gifts

My husband always says that he is so easy to buy things for, and I am the hard one. I don't really agree!

I think the reason that men seem to get an abundance of socks and jocks as gifts, is because they really aren’t that easy to buy for at all.

But these are what I have come up with, after a bit of thought:

  • It has to be something that is from the heart
  • Something that is nearly always with or near him
  • Something special and unique
  • Something that he will treasure for a long time
  • Something more than monetary value
  • Something that shows him that you love him very much
  • Shows that you appreciate all that he does.
  • It doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, but something the kids can save up for and afford as a gift.

I think something that is able to tick all those boxes is a special item with a personal, heartfelt message engraved on it.

The awesome people at Mister Minit are very talented at engraving a loving message. They are inexpensive and quick, and you can find a Mister Minit kiosk in most shopping centres, so they are very convenient and easy to find.

You can engrave a special watch, key ring, ring, hip flask, wrist band, bottle opener, Swiss army knife, cuff links, pens, torch, belt buckle, medals, tie bars, zippos – The possibilities are endless.

Mr Minit does have gifts available to purchase in the store to make it that much easier for you.

Dads would really appreciate a thoughtful gift like this. Every time they glance at it, they will be reminded just how much you love them.

For your nearest Mister Minit store please visit


Friday, 16 August 2013

Ella's Kitchen - 100% Organic Baby Food - Giveaway!

I find that young children and bubs seem to naturally love the flavour of 100% pure fruit and veggies. Occasionally a bit of coaxing is needed, but usually not for too long.

Ella’s Kitchen is good in every sense of the word. Their pouches of yumminess are naturally organic.  And really appeal to little ones and not so little ones too. All my kids immediately were drawn to the colourful, vibrant packets with their simple easy names. 

Ella’s Kitchen really understands the role that all five of the senses play in getting our children interested  and helps them to discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool. It helps set them up for healthy eating habits that will last them a lifetime.

The Stage 1 Baby Food range, for babies from 4 months, contains 100% organic fruits and vegetables. Absolutely nothing else added, not even water. Pure undiluted goodness. Squished into a super convenient, handy, resealable pouch. Just perfect for weaning and perfect for little tummies just starting out on their solid food journey. No added sugar, salt or water, no additives, or thickeners, no gm, no gluten or wheat, dairy or lactose. No lumps or bits and nothing artificial.

The Baby Brekkie range Stage 1 (from 6 months) has no added sugar, salt or water, no additives, no thickeners, no gm, no gluten or wheat, No lumps or bits and nothing artificial.

Stage 2 Baby Food is ideal for the growing baby from 7 months on. The delicious organic, meals are perfectly balanced and are a great way to introduce your little one to the wonderful world of flavours like meat, dairy, and protein. The new flavours and textures are designed to encourage your bub to start to chew as their tiny tastebuds get used to the new flavours. No added sugar, salt, no additives, no thickeners, no gm, no concentrates or juices. No big lumps and nothing artificial. Contains naturally occurring sugars and nutritious organic food for growing babies.

Master 3 tried out Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie Fruits range. This is basically just 100% organic fruit, squished up and put into a pouch. It really goes without saying that they contain no added sugar, salt or water; no additives or thickeners; no gm, no gluten, wheat, dairy or lactose, no lumps or bits, nothing artificial.

Josh absolutely loved it. Master 5, Miss 8 and Miss 10 of course just had to try it out too. It was a huge hit all round. Kids just love these squeezie and easy to hold pouches. It is a lot of fun for them and of course great for me. No washing up! I know what they are eating is healthy and only helping them to thrive.

Ella's Kitchen promises to always be honest with their communications, put children’s needs first, and believe that it is better to pass on values rather than money to our precious children. They promise to never put profits first, never add sugar or salt, or E numbers or GM products. Please have a look at their other promises to you here.

This company has high standards and high morals. Their daughter Ella and brother Paddy have helped every step of the way and have been crucial to Ella’s Kitchens' development.

For more info please have a look at their gorgeous website. If you become a Friend of Ella’s Kitchen you can get offers and freebies too.

All their goodies are available at Coles Supermarkets.

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Now Closed - Monique, the winner has been notified Thank you!

This gorgeous limited edition up-cycled lunch bag filled with Ella’s Goodies could be yours to share with your children.

Just answer:  What is Your Child’s Favourite Fruit?

Like Ella’s Kitchen on facebook.

Like A Welcoming Hearth’s facebook page.

Giveaway will run until Monday 26 August, 2013 at 10pm

I will choose a winner via

Competition is only open to Australia.

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This is such a beautiful prize. All the best everyone!


Monday, 12 August 2013

New Water Buddies, A Fun and Healthy Way To Keep Kids Happy and Hydrated

When it comes to a drink that quenches the kids' thirst and is good for them, you really can’t go past a nice cool glass of water.

Of course the challenging bit is to get them to drink the water and leave the cordials, the fizzy drinks, and the fruit juices, which are all quite high in sugar. I do think that these drinks are still ok occasionally, if your children are at a party, or for a special treat once in a while.

But when they are thirsty, on all those other occasions, and they need a quick, healthy drink to rehydrate them, but they don’t feel like a glass of water what do you give them?

Water Buddies are a new water-based drink, with no artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. In fact, they contain just 1.8% sugar. This is about 80% less sugar than some fruit juices. The company proudly boosts a NO JUNK promise.

These fun and healthy drinks have nothing to hide. Kids can enjoy them any time of the day and parents can feel good about it too.

It helps encourage kids to drink more water and steers them away from the sugary drink choices.

They contain pure New Zealand spring water, with a splash of natural flavour. They come in four delicious tastes, including Real Yum Raspberry, Awesomely Orange, Goodie Goodie Grape, Kiwifruit and Strawbs, as well as a pure water version, Nothing But Water.

When my kids spotted them they immediately wanted to try them out. This was due to the gorgeous shaped bottles, with fun colourful characters on them, as well as a fun joke or fact. They are cleverly designed to be great for little hands to hold.

The bottle shape has been designed by kids for kids. They feature colourful tinted caps, and pictures of the very cute ‘Buddies’ characters. There is Milla in her magical crab suit; Bubble Merfriend; Carter the Deep Water Robot; Baloopa the Starfish; and Jam the Jellyfish. My kids now want to collect all five characters. 

Water Buddies are available Australia wide in Woolworths stores, New Zealand Natural Ice Cream stores and other leading independents across Australia for RRP $1.99 for a 300ml bottle.

For more info please visit and also follow on Twitter at @waterbuddies and facebook


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Jet Flight Simulator - Come Fly a Boeing 737 Aeroplane!

A few days ago my husband, got the chance of a lifetime. He took the controls and flew a Boeing 737 Jet Aeroplane!

He accelerated the plane down the runway and managed an almost perfect take off from the Gold Coast airport. He then manoeuvred the plane into position, correctly approached the runway and safely landed at Brisbane airport about 30 minutes later.

My husband isn’t a pilot. In fact,he has never flown a plane before!

But don’t worry, it was all completely safe. This was a Flight Simulator. It all takes place in a full sized exact replica of a 737 cockpit.

Stuart was given a pre-flight briefing by the very experienced instructor, who then became his First Officer when Stu took over the controls himself. He verbally guided him through the flight.

This is an amazingly unforgettable experience. I will let Stuart tell you about it himself.

Did you enjoy the experience and what was the best part?
I did enjoy this experience. The best part was sitting in the mocked up cockpit with all the controls used in a real 737.

Would you recommend it to other people?
Definitely – if you enjoy flight simulators this is the way to do it.

Do you have to have flying experience?
No, a knowledge of the principles of flying helps but it isn’t needed and not having any experience doesn’t take anything away from the experience.

Was the instructor friendly and did he explain everything?
He was friendly and explained everything clearly and in layman’s terms.

How is it better than a Flight Simulator game on the computer?
Sitting in a real cockpit that took the flight simulator to a whole new level. You weren’t sitting at a computer pretending to fly a plane with your mouse and keyboard or joystick it was as if you were flying the real thing.

Did you have fun? Was it worth doing?
It was fun and yes, I would definitely do it again if I had the chance.

Josh, my 3 year old and I were able to sit right behind Dad, the Captain, as he took control of the flight deck.

They have made sure that everything is very close to the real thing. It would make an awesome gift for the man in your life or indeed anyone who fancies themselves as a bit of a pilot and loves the idea of flying a plane for themselves.

There are Flight Simulators in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast and in Sydney.

Gift vouchers are available from and they have some great specials on at the moment.


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