Fox McCloud is Back in a Re-mastered Nintendo Classic

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Nintendo announces that Star Fox 64 3D will be available exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on 15 September 2011.


Star Fox 64 3D invites players to take on the role of legendary Fox McCloud as they lead a fearless squadron of fighters in fierce aerial combat to battle the evil forces of Andross and save the galaxy from destruction. The rich 3D visuals provide a remarkable sense of depth, distance and position as players dodge meteors and blast enemy fighters out of the sky.


A complete graphical update brings a Nintendo classic into the era of portable 3D fun. The game makes effective use of the Nintendo 3DS system's dual screens: The top screen features 3D aerial combat, while the bottom screen displays characters and dialogue.


A new multiplayer option lets up to four players engage in fierce aerial combat via a local wireless connection (using four systems and one game card via DS Download Play). The multiplayer mode also includes new power-ups and special weapons. Players can use the Nintendo 3DS system's inner camera to display a live video feed of competitors' faces as they battle, bringing a new level of fun and personalisation to the multiplayer experience.


For further information visit: www.nintendo.com.au / www.nintendo.co.nz
 
Star Fox 64 SRP AU $69.95 and SRP NZ $99.00 (Based on currency conversion rates as at 15 July 2011).

Bellybuds to stimulate unborn babies development

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Love to love you, baby!

 

The benefits of playing music to the unborn baby have long been demonstrated. We’ve all heard the ‘Mozart effect’ can improve brain function. We also know that by 18 weeks baby can hear sounds and by the third trimester their hearing is fully functional. The new Bellybuds are helping parents to stimulate baby’s development in positive ways and are helping create voice recognition patterns, even before birth. Bonding with your unborn baby just got funkier.

Whether you’re into Leonard Cohen, Beastie Boys, Bach or GaGa, you’ll be able to share your musical passions with your little one. Simply plug your iPod (or equivalent) into your Bellybuds,stick them on your belly and turn them on. The music is transferred directly to your womb. The embryonic fluid acts as a sound conductor.

The Bellybuds can even be used to transmit voice messages from loved ones. Dads, siblings and grandparents can ‘speak directly’ to baby via the Bellybuds, making them more familiar to baby after birth. Bellybuds are being used to connect dads who travel a lot and to familiarise baby with new parents in cases of adoption or surrogacy.

Bellybuds are completely safe to use. The volume has been limited to safe levels. It is recommended they be used when baby is ‘awake’ in the womb, for up to an hour at a time. Soothing music can be played at night to help your baby settle.

Bellybuds are comfortable and discrete to wear. They come with four sets of adhesive rings and silicon covers dampen the external sound so you play to your baby, not your neighbours. Also included in the pack is an audio splitter which means mum can listen too. Why should baby have all the fun?!

In the States some obstetricians and gynecologists have used Bellybuds to entice baby to move positions for clearer ultrasound readings. Women are also using them to persuade breech babies to turn down.

If you’re keen to pass on your taste in music, as well as your genes get your set of Bellybuds today. (Quick before someone tries to tell them Justin Bieber rocks!)

Available from Bubs and My Baby Warehouse stores and online from www.bellybuds.com.au for $55.

GIVE DAD THE ULTIMATE GIFT WITH SMALLPRINT

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The second Sunday in September marks a day of celebration, gratitude, love, and an opportunity to thank your dad for all his help and support.

 
This Fathers Day, give him something to truly treasure with a personalised piece of jewellery from Smallprint. The originator of precious silver fingerprint jewellery has a range of personalised jewellery available just in time for Fathers Day.
 
Smallprint is a truly unique concept and the ultimate sentimental gesture that Dad can treasure forever. The range includes:
 
·         Fingerprint jewellery that capture a child’s fingerprint in fine silver
·         Mini Masters range with miniaturised replicas of a child’s artwork on silver keepsakes
·         High Fives & Little Kickers which feature tiny impressions of their hands and feets on silver pendants, cufflinks and key rings
·         Love Letters which involves precious jewellery with a child’s handwriting and little message just for Dad.
 
Each piece of jewellery in the Smallprint range is made using fine silver that is individually sanded, engraved and fired, before being finished with solid silver settings, creating a memorable Fathers Day gift that will remind dad of his children every time he looks at the jewellery.
 
Smallprint Fingerprint Jewellery retails from $70.00 and is available in a range of styles including cufflinks, key rings, dog tags, pendants, phone charms and Christmas decorations.
 
Smallprint Love Letters retail from $170.00 and are available in a range of styles including cufflinks, key rings, dog tags, charms and pendants.
 
Smallprint is available nationally. For more information or to find your local Smallprint representative please visit www.smallp.com.au
 
 

Could your beds be making your family ill?

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With above average rainfall, controlling moisture is the key to keeping mould at bay

 

 

With Australia experiencing one of the wettest summers on record and this above average rainfall set to continue across most of the country, a toxic new enemy is emerging for Australian families – mould.

 

According to prominent Australian mycologist, Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp, this ‘big wet’ is creating the ideal environments for mould to grow in our most intimate living environments, potentially leading to range of health conditions mums, dads and kids, including eczema and skin disorders to respiratory disease.

 

For the average family, the key area of concern is the bedroom.  We spend a third of our lives in bed and in normal weather conditions, lose up to 1 litres of bodily fluid per night, so controlling the moisture that provides the food source for mould to grow is paramount.

 

Dr Kemp explained: “The mattress is one of the most porous items in the house and readily absorbs any moisture it comes into contact with, but it’s also one of the hardest items to clean so if a mattress becomes severely infected with mould, we’ll often recommend people throw it away and start again.

 

“In these humid conditions, it’s natural for people to sweat more so our advice is that people take preventative steps to control the moisture and keep their beds as clean as possible.”

 

Three simply solutions Australian families can put into place to protect their mattresses:
1.       Cover your mattress with a waterproof mattress protector:  Most low-end mattress protectors provide a comfortable layer between you and your bed but are not waterproof and do very little to protect against sweat and moisture.  Australian bedding specialists Protect-A-Bed® have a full range of waterproof, breathable mattress protectors on the market that can hold up to 1.8 litres of liquid and will stop moisture from getting in.
2.       Ensure your bedroom is well ventilated:  Another easy measure is to ensure your bedroom is well ventilated.  Whether this is done naturally via an open window or mechanically using a fan, it’s important to keep the air flowing.

3.      HEPA vacuum your mattress: Dr Kemp that recommends vacuuming your mattress with a HEPA vacuum cleaner becomes part of a monthly cleaning routine to remove the dirt and bacteria that gets trapped inside and can also contribute to mould growth.

 

Laboratory tests recently conducted by Dr Kemp’s company, Mycologia, on three mattresses of different ages highlighted the effectiveness of a waterproof mattress protector in keeping the moisture out.

 

Mycologia measured the moisture content of two almost brand new mattresses (six months old) from homes in North Bondi and Gymea and compared this to a five year old mattress from a home in Barden Ridge.

 

Neither of the six month old mattresses had been fitted with a waterproof mattress protector; however the five year old bed had been fitted with a Protect-A-Bed® protector from the time of purchase.

 

Mycolgia’s lab tests showed the almost new mattresses from North Bondi and Gymea had comparable moisture levels at 10.55% and 10.53% however the five year old mattress from Barden Ridge – despite being almost ten times older – had a much lower moisture count at 7.95%. 

 

Treasure Vellis, Registered Nurse with Protect-A-Bed® commented: “If you start to notice yellow stains on you or your children’s mattress, quilt cover or pillow that’s a tell-tale sign that the moisture is getting in.  A recent survey conducted by Protect-A-Bed found that over 60% of households have noticed these yellow stains, but possibly don’t know where these stains come from or what to do about it.

 

“Mattress protectors are a simple and cost effective way of protecting yourself and your family against possible health issues and extending the life of your mattress.  Australians typically spend $8,000 on a new bed so it pays to take care of this investment.

 

For more information about Protect·A·Bed® please visit www.protectabed.com.au.

For more information visit www.mould.com.au
 
1.        The moisture content of the mattresses was measured by Mycologia in December 2011 using a Protimeter-MMS and prong attachment. 

Wet Ones 15 wipes Giving you more reasons to use wipes on the go

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Wet Ones, Australia’s favourite and most trusted brand of hand and face wipes, is re-launching this August with a fresh new look, new convenient sized packs and improved wipes! Introducing the new Wet Ones 15 wipes travel packs in Be Fresh Original and Be Gentle Sensitive, perfect for people on the go!

 

Wet Ones is the original and number 1 brand of portable hand wipes that you can trust to provide a quick and easy clean up when you’re on the go - anytime, anywhere. With Wet Ones you can control messy situations and be sure that they will keep your hands clean and germ-free no matter where you are.

 

This August, Wet Ones is launching two new and improved 15 wipes travel packs:

  1. Wet Ones Be Fresh – Perfect for a freshen up and clean up on the go, Be Fresh is suitable for hands and body and has been dermatologically tested & pH balanced.
  2. Wet Ones Be Gentle – Ideal for cleaning delicate skin, Be Gentle is the only anti-bacterial sensitive wipe on the market and is also fragrance free.

 

These new products have been designed to make it easier to carry, clean effectively by removing visible dirt and also kill germs and bacteria.

 

Improvements across the new range include the introduction of Spunlace to the fabric for a softer more durable wipe, all SKUs are now anti-bacterial and will kill 99.9% of bacteria, wipes are alcohol and paraben free and there is also an improved signature Wet Ones fragrance in the Be Fresh range.

 

Wet Ones travel packs are a must have product to pack when you’re on the move. From picnics, camping, a day at the beach, gardening or cleaning, to handling pets or when out fishing, chasing after the kids and general public contact like catching the train to handling money, there are endless options of potential messy situations.

 

The conveniently sized packaging now makes it easier for you to carry whether you keep them in your car or with you in your handbag, gym bag, camping gear or office desk.

 

The improved Wet Ones range will be available from 1st August 2011.
Wet Ones Be Fresh and Be Gentle Travel Packs (15 wipes) RRP $1.99
 
For stockist enquiries please call 1800 810 310
OR visit the website: www.wetones.com.au

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