Louisa Claire


Celebrating You! with Tarazz

There’s been one thing I’ve noticed over and over again this year, and that is that there are some incredible Mums around who are loving and serving, loving and serving and loving and serving.

Mums who keep sacrificing, and worrying and taking care of their families.

Mums who are tired.

Mums who are amazing.

I want you to know that I notice.

I see you. I see what you are doing and I think you’re really amazing.

I also want to celebrate you.

You may remember that last year I headed over to America with the fam for a few weeks and was introduced to a world of shopping I’d never experienced before. To be honest, it was a bit overwhelming! There are some incredible brands in the US, many of which we just can’t get hold of in Aus and it was a load of fun to explore something new.

But, we can’t all just jet off to the US when we want to (unfortunately, believe I have been trying to figure this one out!!)

So when I was contacted by Tarazz recently I couldn’t resist bringing this to you – for once, it’s all about you. You can use this online shop to simplify your Christmas shopping experience or to buy yourself a few treats for the holiday season!

Tarazz are the only online retailer where you can find and buy some of the iconic overseas brands to enjoy in your Aussie home. I asked Tarazz if they could put together a fab beauty hamper for one lucky Mum to enjoy – this is something just for you, to enjoy and pamper yourself as the New Year comes around! (But of course, if you are still looking for bits and pieces for the family then you might like their Walmart range…I mean, it’s Walmart!!!)

Without further adieu I give you…

Buy Sephora in Australia

1. Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush $20.61
2. NYX Costmetics The Curve Liner$19.32
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer $23.19Total Value = $149.42
4. Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Lip Balm $19.32
5. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette $66.98


To Enter all you have to do is tell me “What would you buy to ‘treat yourself’ these holidays?” The entry form is over on Facebook. Pop on over and enter to win!


Terms and Conditions:

The name of the promotion is: Tarazz Australia Blog Competition
The promoter is Louisa Claire in conjunction with Tarazz

The conditions of entry are:

1. Answer this question via the Facebook app: “What would you buy to treat yourself these holidays?”
2. Make sure you like the Louisa Claire Facebook page
2. One entry per person
3. Open to Australian residents only

Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
The giveaway will close at middnight on Wednesday 18th December 2013. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question {insert question}
The winner will be notified by email.
The prize will be the prizes listed above which will be sent to the winner once their delivery details have been received. Please note that due to Christmas-New Year holidays the delivery may not be dispatched to the winner until the week of Jan 6, 2014.
The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on Thursday 19th December 2013.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable

The total prize value $149.42
If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.



Enter here



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School Holiday Suggestion: The Wiggles Taking Off Tour!

The school holidays are upon us and The Wiggles are in town!



They are doing the rounds of Australia introducing the newest Wiggles! There’s new Yellow Wiggle, Emma, new Red Wiggle Simon and Purple Wiggle, Lachy, joining original blue Wiggle Anthony with all your old favourite characters – Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.

You can find the tour dates here (and I believe they will be introducing some new songs – how exciting!)

If you would like to win a family pass (2 adult and 2 children) for one of the upcoming shows leave a comment below telling me what Wiggles song is the favourite in your family!

Entries close Friday 5th July at 8pm.


Wriggle, Wriggle, Wriggle! {and your chance to win!)

This is a sponsored post.

You know those moments that stick in your memory as clear as day?! One of my stranger ones is around Bliss and nappies. She used to HATE having her nappy changed and would wriggle and squirm and scream and it was so frustrating and, well, demoralising really. Eventually we figured out how to approach it so that it was less of a nightmare for everyone involved but before we managed it, I have this really clear memory of The Architect changing her on the couch. She was calm, so calm, and I felt really ripped off because while I had to do the lion’s share of nappy changing during the day and deal with the screaming, somehow he managed to do it in this completely serene way.

Somewhere along that way with Little Bear I dedided to give Huggies Nappy Pants a whirl. I can’t remember why, but I’m glad I did because suddenly nappy changing was a whole lot quicker and easier. My only gripe about Nappy-Pants is that you can’t buy them in boxes!

(Note: Nappy Pants are not toilet training nappies – they are fully absorbent just like a normal nappy, however you put them on the child like you do a training pant/undies ie. they step into them)

I still love the Huggies Nappy-Pants and if you think they might be for you, you can ask Huggies to send you a free sample

Huggies have a great competition happening at the moment – they are giving away a  Cubby House to one lucky person. It’s not just any old Cubby House either, its a PlayCubb Koalia Blue Cubby House which will delivered and installed directly into your backyard and is valued at just under $5000! Each week they are also giving away $100 Westfield Gift Card plus the first 500 valid entries will receive a free pack of Huggies Nappy Pants.

To enter you just need to create a short video of your squirmy baby and upload it via the Huggies website. If you’d like to see some of the entries that have already gone up you can find them here.

If you are wondering why I am telling you all about this it’s not just because I use Nappy Pants but because Huggies have invited me, along with Christie from Childhood 101, Kate from Kate Says Stuff, Glow from Where’s My Glow? and Mandy from A Little Space Like Home to judge the competition.

Do you have a wriggly squirmy baby? How do you manage it?




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Have you ever been late to a party?

I must admit, I am often late to a party. Most recently I was late to the Offspring party…it totally floated off my radar until mid way through season 2. But once I found it, I quickly fell in love with Nina and her internal monologues, not to mention the rest of the fabulous cast! Thanks to Wikipedia, I was able to pretty much up to speed. Phew! What a fabulous show, not to mention incredible wardrobe!!

When we jetted off to New York earlier this year I forgot to set the DVD recorder to tape it while I was away and so missed the exciting second half of the season…for those who have watched it I know you know what I mean (and hey, even I don’t really know what I mean because I haven’t seen it yet!!)

When my lovely friends from Haystac got in touch to ask if I’d like to check out Season 3 and then offer you, my lovely readers, the chance to win the entire season 1-3 set plus soundtrack how could I say no?!?

Today I am beyond thrilled to give you the chance to win your very own Offspring Gift pack. Comp is open until Sept 9!

Just head over to Facebook for your chance to WIN!


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~Giveaway~ Teach Your Kids To Learn Another Language

{Giveaway closed: Congratulations to Beatrix from Beatrix Quills!}

Way back when I was at uni I spent some time learning about bilingual education for kids. I thought, and still think, it was a great idea. We all know that children are little sponges and so teaching them a second language from a young age is a wonderful gift. When I married a man who is half-Chinese I thought it was a done deal, our kids would grow up learning Mandarin.

It turns out it’s easier said than done.

It was a hard slog finding a bilingual school and when I did it was a 40minute drive each way and the kids needed to go at different times during the week. Sigh. Couple that with limited resources for to use at home to reinforce the learning and it all seemed too hard.

Enter Glottogon.

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Glottogon is a fantastic online store that sells books for children in a number of languages: Greek, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese and others…

This is one of Bliss’ favourite books – it introduces basic Mandarin terms into the story about being a good friend. We read it a lot!

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Glottogon have also released a range of their own books which introduce basic concepts to young children like manners, days of the week and parts of the body. The books are available in English as well as a number of other languages – Bear is often found, cosied up in a char, with these in his hands. They are made from a nice thick material, perfect for little ones with great images and very clear layout. We love them!


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Glottogon also run a really fun Facebook page which I highly recommend checking out: Glottogon on Facebook

Thanks to the lovely folk at Glottogon I have a $50 gift voucher to be used in their store. Wohoo!

To enter simply jump over to the Glottogon website and come back to tell me what you would spend your voucher on.

Competition will close on Wednesday 6th June.
This voucher will be valid for use until June 30

So tell me, what would you do with your $50??




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WIN: Inner B Mum Organiser 2012

Last year I was sent a gorgeous pink Inner B 2012 Mum Organiser.

I love that it has space for all the children, and gives you the ability to know at a glance what’s happening for the whole family with ample space for your daily activities as well as the monthly overviews, birthdays and anniversary’s and the like. I also really like that it’s a run bound diary as it means that you can easily transfer some of the ongoing sections like contacts etc… when the year rolls over.

A little bit of handwriting in a digital age is a beautiful thing and having somewhere lovely to write makes it even more special. This diary certainly checks all the boxes!!

For Mums with two or more children, and especially those with children at school juggling lots of extra-curricula activities this diary would be especially amazing!! For this mum with two little ones and a busy work and personal schedule – I love it!

The Inner B Mum Organiser retails for $44.95

You can enter to win with a simple click: visit Facebook to enter.

Comp is open until Sunday 19 Feb, 2012.

Thanks to MUM PR and Inner B for the chance to review and giveaway this great diary!