Five ‘Acts of Kindness’ for 2016

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Dec 312015
 

2016

At the end of December I always take a moment to look back at the year that has been, so much has happened in the last 12 months! Like most people I also make a handful of New Year resolutions for the year ahead, but this time I decided to shake things up a little and put the spotlight on other people than myself. I have come up with these five Acts of Kindness for 2016:

Hallmark CardSend a handwritten card/letter

While I am grateful for internet and mobile phones I really miss the excitement of receiving a sweet card or long letter in my letterbox. I am lucky I have a few ‘old-school’ family members who spoil me every now and then but I have to admit I usually forget to write them back. Next year I will make an effort to surprise my loved ones with a handwritten treat more often.

Brownie on a plateLove thy neighbour

We are very blessed with two sets of wonderful neighbours who are always happy to lend a helping hand. From looking after the kids to helping in the garden or even sharing their garden fresh vegetables, they are real gems! I may not be able to return all their favours but I can bake them some yummy treats to show my appreciation, a simple plate of brownies goes a long way.

Coins AustraliaCare with a coin

I’ll be honest, when I am rushing into the supermarket I rarely stop for the man/woman with a collecting tin. My excuse is that we donate to several good causes already but usually do so online. I recently realised how important it is for our children to see that every coin helps (and virtual coins don’t count for them), so I will be making more of an effort to dig up my wallet and let the kids hand over real money for a real cause.

Red TelephoneMake a phone call

When you are 92 like my Opa in The Netherlands the internet is too much to master so it’s a phone call or nothing. With 5 kids, a busy household and a big time difference between the two continents there are few moments for me to make a quiet phone call, which I feel really guilty about. I love hearing his voice and am going to pick up that phone more often in 2016.

bouquetSay it with flowers

Whether it’s a few handpicked flowers from the garden or a gorgeous bouquet that has been expertly put together, everyone loves a floral surprise. Of course you may not always have time to hand deliver but you can send flowers through Flowers For Everyone with just a few clicks, easy as pie. I have jotted down a few important dates for special people (anniversaries, birthdays) who deserve a lovely bunch this year.

What will be you be doing for someone else in 2016?

Sales & Savings – Week 53

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Dec 302015
 

CocoonababyCocoonababy
What? 10% of storewide
How? Enter the code ‘XMAS10’ at checkout
When? Until December 31, 2015
Where? www.cocoonababy.com.au

Soon MaternitySoon Maternity
What? 30% off storewide (Excludes gift ideas, can not be used in combination with any other offer)
How? Enter the code ‘XMAS30’ at checkout
When? Until December 31, 2015
Where? www.soonmaternity.com

Baby Goes Retro
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘SALE’ at checkout
When? Until December 30, 2015
Where? www.babygoesretro.com.au

PatersonrosePatersonrose
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until December 31, 2015
Where? www.patersonrose.com

Mother's LoveMother’s Love
What? 30% off all Djeco, Tiger Tribe and Aden + Anais products
How? Enter the code ‘MLBOX’ at checkout
When? Until December 31, 2015
Where? www.motherslove.com.au

Eeni Meeni Miini Moh
What? Spring Summer Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.eenimeeni.com

Dec 292015
 

Over the past few months we’ve introduced you to some gorgeous new arrivals from the latest gr8x baby bag collection: Charlotte, Escapades, Ella… they are all so pretty! But of course we couldn’t end 2015 without introducing you to the lucky last design (and as always we are giving one away too!). Meet the beautiful Charlotte in classy charcoal finish:

gr8x Charlotte Tote

This season the new Charlotte Tote (RRP $159.95) has hit the shelves in three great looks: Avalon Damask Dove Grey, Avalon Damask Twilight Blue and last but not least Charcoal. This classic, neutral colour is easy to mix and match and doesn’t go out of fashion making it a smart and stylish choice for modern mums.

The Charlotte tote is designed with a high quality PU canvas laminate outer that is easy to wipe clean, no need to worry about grubby fingers and sticky messes ruining your lovely new bag. Even the bottom of your bag is well protected thanks to the protective feet that lift the base off the dirty floor.

The Charlotte Tote is fitted with a detachable front zipped pouch so you can carry your small valuables (phone, car keys, wallet) individually if needed. I particularly love the two end pockets that allow instant access to your and baby’s drinks.

On the inside there is plenty of room for the essentials like nappies, wipes, a change mat (included), bottle holder (included), a change of clothes and toys. Keeping your baby bag organised is easy using the handy internal pockets, a neat and tidy bag will save you precious time and sanity!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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Finn + Emma

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Dec 282015
 

Fin + Emma

I have to admit, as our house is filled with little kids our home often resembles a cross between a toy store and a playground. Luckily we have a playroom so the living room stays reasonably tidy and visitor-friendly. Of course baby Harriet is way too small for playroom madness with the big four so she usually enjoys a calm play in the living room. I recently stumbled upon this gorgeous find at Twigs & Blossoms and think it’s the perfect mix of class and play:

Fin + Emma Play Gym

The Finn & Emma Play Gym (was $119, now $99) is a delight to look at and play with and effortlessly fits into your home decor without being intrusive. The simple and clean wooden frame is classy and timeless and the soft, organic cotton toys are stylish and gender neutral.

Fin + Emma Play Gym ScooterWhere most other play gyms on the market are packed with bright colours, scratchy plastics, noisy sounds and electronic movement this eye-catching design takes a pure, back-to-basics approach. The Finn & Emma Play Gym frame is made from strong 100% birch wood and lovingly finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers, ensuring there are no nasties like lead, phthalate and nickel near your precious bundle.

All Finn + Emma Play Gym buddies are removable and interchangeable, so you can swap their locations or even attach them to your pram or car seat for entertainment on the go. The wooden toys are beautifully crafted from all natural untreated indian hardwood buffed with vegetable seed wax, how amazing is that deep, warm colour? The eco-friendly knitted toys are handmade with love by artisans in Peru (Fair Trade) using 100% certified organic cotton and non-toxic dyes.

Fin + Emma Play Gym toys

Finn + Emma is the ideal choice for those who want live green and clean without giving in on style and class, this beautiful piece is sure to be loved, cherished and enjoyed for years and it will make a very special keepsake.

To find out more about Twigs & Blossoms, to browse the Finn + Emma range and to order online visit www.twigsandblossoms.com.au.

Dec 272015
 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Are you trying to get the kids to open a book during the school holidays but not having any luck? Here’s a solution to that tricky problem: Jeff Kinney will win even the most stubborn readers over in a flash with his usual sense of humour in the latest addition to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid ‘Old School’ (RRP $14.99) Greg’s town is going back to basic and ‘unplugs’ for an entire weekend. People often say that things were better in the olden days, but is that really true? Join Greg as he sets up a lemonade stand, join the Homework Buddies, visits Rodrick at the Ice Cream Parlour, goes on school camp and discovers the secret of Silas Scratch. Filled with hilarious illustrations and funny stories that make readers laugh out loud this new Wimpy Kid adventure is the perfect holiday read.

To find out more Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to browse the different titles in the series and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Eeni Meeni Miini Moh – End of Season Sale

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Dec 262015
 

Eeni Meeni logo

Want to pick up a stylish Boxing Day bargain but don’t feel like facing the crowds and lining up at the stores? Simply stay in your PJs and shop from the comfort of your own home in the Eeni Meeni Miini Moh End of Season Sale:

Shopping Tip: Eeni Meeni Miini Moh account holders will save an additional 10% on their sale bargains, so make sure you are logged into your account (or sign up for one first). This special offer ends December 28, 2015.

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To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.

Dec 252015
 

Heavenly-Harriet

And then she was three months old, how fast did that go? This precious darling is an absolute joy and such a pleasure to be around. She loves kicking as fast as she can, being tickled and smiling at her siblings (especially 5-year old Juliet, who she looks like a lot), she loves sleeping in mummy’s arms as long as mummy keeps walking and she especially loves milk and lots of it (every 2 hours if she can). Harriet is turning into a beautiful chubby baby with gorgeous rolls on her legs and arms, too cute!

Harriet 1

Harriet 2

Harriet 3

Harriet 4