Big little sister – Go Go Pepe giveaway

With steely-eyed determination and a never give up attitude, Miss Three tackles everything head on.

Don’t dare insult her with baby names, or call her little – she’s big and she’s strong and she can do it, okay?!

She watches her big sister learn to read, build with the big kids’ Lego, and put together her Frozen puzzle with the tiny pieces in record time.

She watches her sister with a fire in her belly. Whatever her big sister can do, she is determined to nail too.

Except she can’t always … because she is three and her sister is five and there’s a whole two years and three months’ worth of learning and development in there separating them. Try telling Miss Three that though and risk being stared down and growled at.

The two of us are lucky at the moment to have two days a week together for some delicious one-on-one time.

Sometimes we dine out for a highly confidential milkshake meeting, other times we run errands, or just veg out at home playing Barbies, stickers or practising her letters.

I’ve been using this time to encourage her to develop her own interests away from her sister and help her to recognise that there are plenty of things that she is awesome at too.

Puzzles have always been a favourite in our household, but we’ve found a gap between the wooden peg puzzles that she’s way too old for now and the more complicated puzzles her sister is loving. Everything in between that we previously owned seems to either have pieces missing or has been loved to the point of disrepair and thrown out.

Thanks to Go Go Pepe Toys, we were recently introduced to a floor puzzle perfect for her.

Packaged ‘handbag’ style in a cardboard box with soft cotton rope, Miss Three was thrilled to discover this puzzle was all hers and hers alone.

Anything mermaid related is a winner with this kid and the mermaid friends puzzle didn’t disappoint.

The artwork is bright and beautiful with plenty of treasures to discover from seahorses to starfish and a treasure chest laden with pearls.

It comes with 24 largish pieces that fit nicely in little hands. The thing I love about this puzzle is how sturdy the pieces are. It’s easy for kids in this age group to damage puzzle pieces as they attempt to jam them into the right spot. There’s no fear of that with this puzzle. You can tell it’s well made and designed to last the test of time. I also love that it’s made with recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks.

Aimed at ages 3+, Miss Three found the mermaid friends puzzle the perfect transition from her beginner ‘baby’ puzzles. Not too easy nor too hard, it was just the right level allowing her to challenge herself and in the words of her idol, Dora, ‘She did it. She did it. She did it. Yeah!’

When her sister came home from school she let her have a go too and she had just as much fun. This is something the girls, and Miss Three in particular, can enjoy for years to come.

Go Go PepeGIVEAWAY – This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Leanne, and thank you to all who entered!

I’m giving away 1 x Mermaid friends Petit Collage floor puzzle and 1 x Petit Collage pop out and play castle to one lucky reader.

All you have to do is head over to Go Go Pepe and tell me which gift you would choose for your little one and why.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 20 June.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 21 June.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a Petit Collage Mermaid friends floor puzzle in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

GoGo Pepe specialise in ethical and unique boutique toys for every occasion.

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

57 comments on Big little sister – Go Go Pepe giveaway

  1. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    June 14, 2016 at 6:36 am (1 year ago)

    How much fun are floor puzzles?! You have reminded me to get some more of these for my kids. They have always been a huge success.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      They are the best!! I think we’ll have to grow our collection.

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  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    June 14, 2016 at 6:43 am (1 year ago)

    I would love the floor puzzle for my grand-daughter. She is also three and has recently moved back to Canberra so we get to see her weekly (instead of once or twice a year). She’s been a bit of a random sighting until now which means that our little magical mermaid has finally grown her legs and can now sit by us always. No longer a figment of our imagination …

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

      Aww that’s beautiful, Leanne. I’m so glad you get to see her more often.

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  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 14, 2016 at 6:52 am (1 year ago)

    I have every confidence that she is going to achieve very big things! I really enjoy having one on one time with each of the boys too, it’s so lovely to interact with them without the shadow of a sibling around. It looks like she loved the puzzle!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

      It really is great to have that one on one time. Hard to find as you know and it will be especially hard for you in the very near, but not too near, future 🙂

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  4. Nicole@ The Builders Wife
    June 14, 2016 at 6:56 am (1 year ago)

    I have only just recently realised how difficult it must be at time to have children grow independent of their siblings. My 2 are 6 years apart and by the time The Builder and I got together, they were well grown and full of their own personalities. I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been if we got together earlier with the kids being so close in age. What a wonderful considerate job you are doing as a Mum, encouraging your girls to develop their own personalities. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:43 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Nicole. You’re lovely x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:46 am (1 year ago)

      Me too! I’m so glad the girls are into them.

      Reply
  5. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    June 14, 2016 at 8:03 am (1 year ago)

    Great idea. Our now Miss 8 used to love puzzles, they would keep her entertained for hours.

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  6. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 14, 2016 at 8:10 am (1 year ago)

    It’s so important to give them their own stuff and hobbies as they can get overshadowed by older siblings – what a cutie!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:46 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, it’s important to give them their own limelight 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:47 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, the threes come with so much good and so much … um … challenge 🙂

      Reply
  7. Ashlea | Glamour Coastal Living |
    June 14, 2016 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

    I had never thought of this – children growing up in their older siblings shadow and striving so hard to do what they can do. What a great activity and task for her to accomplish whilst big sis is at school! 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:47 am (1 year ago)

      It sure is, Ash. Thanks 🙂

      Reply
  8. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    June 14, 2016 at 10:06 am (1 year ago)

    How lovely you get that time with Miss 3. I crave one on one time with mine! There is always just something that needs doing or someone else demanding the attention.
    My 2, nearly 3 year old LOVES puzzles too. He is cluey, and likes to problem solve and figure things out for himself so puzzles are just perfect for him right now AND they give me some pockets of quiet! With that in mind I’d be choosing the ocean floor puzzle. Beautiful toys!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:48 am (1 year ago)

      They really are beautiful and that ocean floor one looks like it’s full of fun things to ogle over 🙂

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  9. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    June 14, 2016 at 10:08 am (1 year ago)

    I am such a big fan of puzzles – any sort of puzzle. The ability to see an image before it is there is wonderful.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

      It sure is, Natalie. I feel like doing a big one of my own 🙂

      Reply
  10. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    June 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm (1 year ago)

    So gorgeous. Puzzles are such little people pleasers aren’t they? We recently completed a 1000 piece puzzle as a family project and it was so much fun that I’m on the look out for another one. Master nearly 3 didn’t quite contribute as mr 7, but he liked putting the pieces in that we found for him.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

      What a brilliant idea, Robyna. I might try that.

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  11. Kylie Purtell
    June 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve been looking for some puzzles that would be suitable for both girls, they are both way beyond the baby puzzles, but not ready for “normal” puzzles just yet, if you know what I mean. Whenever I pick up Punky from preschool on a Thursday Zee heads straight to the the puzzle shelf and I have to drag her away. I didn’t realise how good she’d gotten at them until I saw her showing a kid 2 years older than her how to put one of them together!

    I think I’m definitely going to get either the Wild Rainforest or the Wild Reading floor puzzle for Zee for her 3rd birthday in July, she will love it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:50 am (1 year ago)

      She really will, Kylie. They’re perfect for that age group and excellent quality too.

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  12. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm (1 year ago)

    How lovely that you get one on one time with Miss 3 and how gorgeous is that puzzle! My god-daughter would be right into that!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:51 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Sam. It’s nice to be able to enjoy this time while we can 🙂

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  13. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    June 14, 2016 at 6:41 pm (1 year ago)

    We haven’t quite moved onto floor puzzles yet, but we’re very into chunky wooden puzzles at the moment. Looks like miss 3 loves this one, will have to keep it in mind for later on here.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:51 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, definitely do. They’re great.

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  14. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    June 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm (1 year ago)

    How nice are all the things on Go Go Pepe! I do love the Tiger Tribe wooden dolls house boxset. So sweet for my little one and so compact for me! 😀

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

      So many gorgeous things! I want them all 🙂

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  15. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    June 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm (1 year ago)

    The bigger the puzzle, the better for little hands and tired mummies!

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  16. EssentiallyJess
    June 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm (1 year ago)

    My Ava loves puzzles too, but we haven’t done as many now she’s at school sadly :(.
    It’s funny too, how these younger siblings become so determined. They are not content to miss out on anything are they? 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:52 am (1 year ago)

      They sure aren’t. They’re eager to pave their own way.

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  17. Emily
    June 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm (1 year ago)

    My little man would LOVE the Girafe Zo! (I looked at the puzzles, and he’d love them too, but how ADORABLE is Girafe Zo, and how could do the construction packs look? Like a 3D puzzle anyway!)

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    • Emily
      June 14, 2016 at 9:28 pm (1 year ago)

      P.S. #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:53 am (1 year ago)

      There is so much awesome stuff there, Em. It’s hard to choose.

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  18. Jo @ You had us at hello
    June 14, 2016 at 11:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Aren’t puzzles the greatest!? I remember friends would be amazed my 2 would happily sit for hours doing puzzles. Unfortunately they always pull out EVERY puzzle when they do but it’s fun watching them enjoy it so much. Good luck everyone – awesome prize Renee xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:44 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jo. I know, isn’t it a nightmare when they get several puzzles out together and then mix all of the pieces?!! Argh!

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  19. Sarah
    June 15, 2016 at 8:15 am (1 year ago)

    Hello. I love the train number puzzle for my 4 and 3 year olds. They’re loving learning to recognise numbers and letters as well as puzzles. They’re doing puzzles whilst I feed their new baby brother.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:44 am (1 year ago)

      What a great way to occupy them, Sarah 🙂

      Reply
  20. Bec Senyard
    June 15, 2016 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

    This looks fabulous. I’d buy one for Maggie. We love puzzles but the wooden ones are now too little for the older two. They’re perfect for Phoebe though.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:45 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, this would be ideal for Maggie. She would get a lot of fun out of it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2016 at 11:45 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, this would be ideal for Maggie. She would get a lot of fun out of it.

      Reply
  21. Karina L
    June 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Her royal highness would love Tiger Tribe – Wooden Boxset – Fairy House. She is currently obsessed with fairies and doll houses so this would be perfect!k

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  22. Stacey Shailer
    June 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm (1 year ago)

    It must be an 3 year old girl ‘thing’, my beautiful 3yo daughter also loves puzzles and mermaids! She’s also busting to get to ‘big school’ like her older brother, gets a bit sad when I tell her she’s not big enough yet (and I’m not in a rush for her to grow up either). I’d get her the Seedling – My Fairy Wand kit, a lovely little project for us to complete together while her brother is at school and the baby is napping.

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  23. Michelle
    June 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm (1 year ago)

    My kids would love the 100 piece dinosaur or ocean jigsaw. Thanks for sharing this website 100 jigsaws are hard to find with good themes/pictures.

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  24. Toni Chapman
    June 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I love the floor puzzles, but if I could choose anything from Go Go Pepe it would be the Automoblox C9 mini sports car in pink. There just aren’t enough pink cars or similar toys for girls.

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  25. Renee
    June 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Tiger tribe wooden box set hard to choose so many great toys

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  26. Elisa @ With Grace & Eve
    June 20, 2016 at 8:15 am (1 year ago)

    Three is such a challenging age – still babies yet fiercely independent, and understanding so much more! I think 3-4 brings the biggest growing up! Floor puzzles give us tonnes of fun here too x

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  27. claire evans
    June 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm (1 year ago)

    love everything but really like the Djeco – JoJo’s Picnic Set, as i love imaginary play and tea parties with my girls

    Reply

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