As a mum of four young children there is one important thing I have learnt and that I try to hold onto when things are hard and I struggle (more often than you think): Being a parent is a personal journey and we all try to do the best we can, we parent in a way that suits our personality and our child and just as every parent is different all children are unique too.
Our first three children slept like a dream and ate everything we ever fed them so, as naive as that may have been, we were expecting our 4th baby to slot in without much hassle. We couldn’t have been more wrong… Over the past 14 months our beautiful little Sybil has taught us more about sleep deprivation, patience, endurance, separation anxiety, food battles, allergies, sleeping while sitting up, hospitals, doctors, tests and tears than the other three children have done in (almost) 6 years but that is not what matters.
What matters is that she has enriched our lives more than words can ever say, my heart bursts with love for her and one look at her makes me weak in the knees. My love for her grows every time she wakes up crying, every night that we sit up for hours holding her upright waiting for her breathing to slow down and her to fall in a peaceful sleep, every time she holds onto to us like a scared little koala because she doesn’t like other people or new environments, every time we leave a doctor’s office without answers, every evening when she has her medication and every time she cries at a blood test, we praise her for every bite she eats (and don’t fuss about cleaning up and throwing out all the food she didn’t want), her smiles are so precious to me and I mentally capture every single one of them so I can hold on to them when we have a rough day.
Our miss Sybbie is a good baby, she is an excellent baby, she is perfect in her very own unique way and I am not letting anyone tell us any different.
Turn your roaring tiger into a purring kitten with the new Closer to Nature® soother range. There are 4 great new styles to choose from: Air, Anytime, Night Time and Fun. The soothers (RRP $11 per 2-pack) are suitable to use from birth and are designed with an orthodontic silicone teat to support healthy oral development. Be the first to trial the new baby approved soothers, register your interest for samples here.
To find out more about Closer to Nature, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.closertonaturebaby.com.au.
With the countdown for Mother’s Day now well and truly on you may find yourself a little lost with so many gift options. Finding the right present for your wife, mother or grandmother can be quite the challenge but luckily The Body Shop has got mums of all ages covered with an extensive range of products that are sure to add a wonderful fragrance to your Mother’s Day:
One of the latest additions to the The Body Shop range is the Brazil Nut collection which is proudly taking the spotlight this month. Selected for its excellent moisturising qualities Brazil nuts are the key to soft, smooth and supple skin, after all dry skin is not on anyone’s wish list! Brazil nut oil is rich in antioxidants and the signature Brazil nut scent will have you addicted to this range in no time.
From shower cream to body scrub, from soap to body butter and from body mist to a luxurious beautifying oil, you can experience the goodness of Brazil nuts from top to toe. Good to know: The Brazil nuts and Brazil nut oil used in The Body Shop products are sourced from Peruvian Brazil Nut harvesters, this wonderful Community Fair Trade partnership helps to preserve their traditional way of life so not only are you getting better skin, you are doing your share helping others to a better life too.
You can purchase the fabulous Brazil Nut range at your local The Body Shop store, order online or you can try it out in the comfort of your own home through the special The Body Shop At Home program. There are great gifts available for hosts and their guests, to book a party or to learn more about becoming a consultant yourself you can register your interest online. This month all new consultants who join can purchase the $199 Lifestyle Kit and receive $670 in products and business tools, awesome deal!
If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.
I don’t know about you but I have been so busy with the school holidays, Easter celebrations, Anzac Day and the start of Term 2 tomorrow that I have lost track of time. Mother’s Day is only 14 days away so if you don’t want to find yourself empty handed on the big day now is the time to start dropping some hints for the hubby and kids.
Don’t worry about drawing circles in shopping catalogues and leaving them around the house, go the modern way and use the handy (and free!) online Hint Hint service. Whether it’s a relaxing massage, a gorgeous piece of jewellery or a beautiful bouquet of flowers you’re lusting after The Cheesecake Shop is is on the mission to help mums all over Australia receive the Mother’s Day gift of their dreams.
All it takes is a few clicks and a cheeky hint is on it’s way to your partner, kids, family member or friend’s inbox. Bonus: As they’re coming to spend Mother’s Day with you anyway they may as well bring your favourite The Cheesecake Shop cake for everyone to share. When sending your hint you can indicate which cake really makes your mouth water, that way you can be sure they’ll bring your number one choice .
If you’re responsible for getting your own cake (as unfair as that is!) you can also opt to receive a gentle nudge to pick up your cake in the week before Mother’s Day. They say that calories don’t count on Mother’s Day and that sounds totally plausible to me, what do you think?
To find out more about The Cheesecake Shop, to order your favourite cake online or to locate a store near you visit www.cheesecake.com.au.
If you’re a proud mama of a little boy (or maybe a few) you may have noticed that there is often a field of pink, sparkly flowers to wade through before you get to the blue stuff. Save yourself time and take a short cut to get to your desired destination with Little Blue Lane:
It won’t take long for you to realise that Little Blue Lane is all about boys, from teeny newborn bundles to cheeky six year old dudes they’ve got you covered with a lovely range of clothing, accessories, toys, gifts and more. Every single item in store has been handpicked by mum Gemma for its unique style, quality, durability and fun factor. To make your shopping experience pleasant and hassle free you can search by category, brand or age; quick and easy!
One of the many fabulous brands you’ll find in store is La Queue Du Chat, a stylish eco friendly and fair trade clothing label all the way from beautiful France. Made from soft and safe 100% organic cotton and featuring on trend colours and comfortable cuts La Queue Du Chat clothing is a perfect choice for streetwise boys, particularly those suffering from eczema, allergies or sensitive skin.
Usually master 5 easily complains of itchy skin but not a squeak from him when he is wearing this blue Seville Crocodile Tee. He has already requested for it to be packed for our Europe holiday in August, he loves the silky soft feel and it looks great with a pair of jeans or shorts. The current La Queue Du Chat collection consists of t-shirts, singlets, onesies and shorts in sizes 3 months to 5 years depending on the garment.
Right now you can save a huge 40% on all La Queue Du Chat Summer clothing. Be quick and grab your favourites today, an offer like this won’t last!
To find out more about Little Blue Lane, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlebluelane.com.au.
Get ready for a wild African adventure with an adorable, and rather unique, young zebra called Khumba and join him on his journey across the Great Karoo desert:
Khumba, released by Transmission Films, tells the story of little Khumba, known within his herd as the half-zebra because he is only half striped. Some members of the herd even believe he brings bad luck, life is not easy for Khumba who is confronted with his different looks day in day out. When rain fails to fall and the water hole runs dry the blame falls on Khumba, it’s a heavy burden to bear and when he hears of a mysterious water hole that may help him get those missing stripes he leaves the herd.
On his hunt for the water hole Khumba meets a range of interesting animals, some friendly and some not so much. He travels the highs and the lows, the mountains and the valleys and the hot and dry desert, dreaming of finding his missing stripes. All he wants is to be the same as other zebras, believing that this will break the curse and solve the important drought issues.
Khumba is a lovely story about friendship, self acceptance and believing in yourself, it teaches children a very valuable lesson: don’t try to change who you are, real beauty can be found in being yourself and accepting your differences. At 82 minutes it is quite a long movie for young children so our 3-year old didn’t watch it completely but master 5 did and loved the story, he really got the message which was lovely to see.
Khumba is available on 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray Combo (RRP $34.99) and DVD (RRP $29.99) from leading retailers across Australia.
To find out more about Khumba, to learn all about the movie characters and to watch trailers online visit www.khumbamovie.com.
When the twins were born we were gifted quite a few pairs of shoes by lovely well meaning friends. Stylish as they may have been the cool mini Nikes and pretty Adidas sneakers stayed in their boxes and ended up never worn as the stiff materials and solid rubber soles just didn’t seem right for their soft, flexible, growing little feet.
Whether it’s a newborn, crawler or even an early walker you’re shopping for, it is important to choose shoes that stay as close possible to the natural shape, development and flexibility of little baby feet. Australian label Charli Bear has created a gorgeous range of soft soled baby shoes for stylish little boys and girls that not only look beautiful but are also great quality and fit all the important health criteria.
Charli Bear baby shoes are made from high quality, super-soft, genuine leather that is durable, comfortable and flexible. On the inside they are lined with cotton so little toes can breathe and sweat is absorbed, after all moving around all day is hard and sweaty work! Because no one likes missing shoes Charli Bear footwear features an elastic back so you won’t lose your new shoes (if only it was this easy to prevent losing your mind too!).
You can find a lovely selection of Charli Bear shoes in store at Avidiva. Mary Janes and ballet flats, sneakers and joggers, pink and red, white and silver, blue and brown, they’ve got all bases covered. All Charli Bear shoes are priced at $34.95 per pair and sizes range from Small (0-6 months) to XL (18-24 months). For shoe size conversions and measurements in centimeters you can refer to the Charli Bear size chart.
To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the Charli Bear range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.