Bye bye nursery, hello toddler room

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Aug 282017
 

With the arrival of baby no.6 around the corner we are currently in a mad rush to finish our bedroom puzzle, something we always seem to leave until the very last minute! While we agreed that Harriet would have to vacate the nursery for the new arrival, at not even 2 years old (and still very much our ‘baby’) we also felt she wasn’t quite ready to move into a shared room with one of her older sisters. Our solution: A lovely toddler room fit for our little treasure…

As soon as I saw this dreamy StarBright Toddler Bed (Ages 18 months – 5 years) I knew it would fit our needs perfectly, it ticks every single one of our boxes! Designed for small legs the bed sits close to the ground, this makes getting in and out a breeze and will help your growing toddler feel safe, confident and grown-up. Harriet loves climbing in by herself and testing out her new bed (complete with fake snoring sounds), nap time or not!

Because safety is important to us I really appreciate the protective side panels that will keep little sleepyheads from accidentally tumbling out of bed as they sleep. Manufactured by Worlds Apart this easy-to-assemble bed is made with sturdy, high quality MDF and features a slat base, ensuring a durable and solid construction that is tested to the most stringent safety standards. The cute attached bedside table is even strong enough to double as a parent seat for that last bedtime story, how convenient is that?

Another delightful child-friendly feature of this sweet bed is the built-in night light that helps busy bees drift off to sleep peacefully and will turn off after 15 minutes. The moon-shaped light spreads a calming glow over the bed and projects a starry night sky onto the wall at the same time, it’s like sleeping in space! Unlike with separate night lights there are no dangerous loose cords or cables and it can not fall on the ground when little hands reach for it in the middle of the night.

The gender neutral colour scheme makes the StarBright bed a great choice for boys and girls, it easily fits in with any decor and you can simply dress it up with your favourite linen and wall decor to suit your taste. As I have a soft spot for cool, calming blue I made the bed with a crisp Starlight Blue Striped Fitted Sheet and the matching Pinwheel Quilted Comforter by CoCaLo. Although this bed looks and feels like a ‘big’ bed, thanks to the 140x70cm mattress size you can continue to use your normal cot bed linen which is great news for the family budget.

We have purposely kept Hattie’s room simple but fun with the addition of two pieces from the Worlds Apart BearHug range. To help keep the room organised and to encourage Hattie to tidy up after play we decided on the BearHug Stack Storage, a clever and compact storage unit that holds all her toys and teddies. When in use the three cubes can be separated so she can access all her treasures, and when packed away the unit’s small footprint leaves the room spacious and clean.

Inspired by her older siblings Hattie loves to get crafty which can cause a bit of trouble when she gets her hands on special markers, glitter paint, important paperwork and glue or when she climbs upon our high dining chairs to sit at the big table. This child-proof BearHug Desk solves all our trouble, she can sit at a perfect toddler height, the seat doesn’t wobble or fall over and she has access to her own crayons and paper. I just love this little art desk, I can already tell it will be one of her favourite spots in the house.

To add a pop of colour and brighten the plain walls Hattie and I added a generous sprinkle of the Multi Glitter Confetti Dots, it is like the colours were made to match the BearHug range. I loved how well the removable RoomMates wall decals came up in our girls’ room a few months ago and how easy they were to apply, so it was an obvious choice for Harriet’s toddler room. With 180 stickers per pack there was plenty of glitter to go around, our older girls instantly claimed the left-over dots for their room.

Harriet’s new room has turned into a pretty, playful and peaceful place which we think she will love and hopefully having her own special sanctuary will help make the transition easy and fun during this tricky time of becoming an older sister.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Meet our new RoomMates

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Jun 052017
 

It feels like we only just completed the last bedroom makeover and now we’re about to start all over again! With baby no.6 due in September we’ve had to rework our floorpan, rethink who sleeps where (and with whom) and of course create a brand-new nursery for our new arrival, so much to do and not enough time… Luckily everyone is excited about the upcoming bedroom shuffle and about getting a new bedroom buddy.

Once the renovations are complete miss 4 is moving up the hall into a girls bedroom together with miss 6 and they both can’t wait. We’ve picked out some gorgeous linen for their beds, some cosy pillows for reading and relaxing and we added a fresh sprinkling of love with these little pretties by RoomMates:

What better way to transform a plain wall into a girly delight than with a generous supply of love hearts? With a huge 180 individual decals Watercolor Heart Wall Decals in a range of pink shades there was certainly no shortage of love (to be honest we only used half, leaving plenty for the other girls room!). And guess what? Not only can you brighten up your walls with these beauties, you can also use them to revamp other flat surfaces like your furniture, windows and more.

Applying a RoomMates wall decal is as simple as peel, position and stick, if I can do it anyone can do it! It is quick, easy and non-permanent making RoomMates ideal for people who are renting or just want a stylish decor that can be reversed when people move house, swap bedrooms or change their style. If you want to update your decor the stickers can easily be removed without damaging your walls and you can reuse them in a different location, offering affordable design fun over and over again.

Another personal plus is that, unlike when you paint walls, RoomMates won’t leave you with strong paint fumes that can unsettle children or oversensitive pregnant mamas like myself. I really enjoyed our first RoomMates experience so I can’t wait to pick the perfect RoomMate for our baby’s nursery. There are so many different designs to choose from to suit any bedroom, playroom or living room but I am leaning towards this Modern Giant Tree or the Neutral Confetti Dots, what do you think?

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Worlds Apart range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Step inside Rose Petal Cottage

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Dec 312016
 

Isn’t it amazing how well the old man in red knows our children? Even though he only visits once a year he knows exactly what they’re into and how they like to spend their time. Beautifully wrapped and addressed to ‘the girls’ this large Worlds Apart gift delivered just the smiles we expected:

As soon as I laid eyes on the beautiful Rose Petal Cottage (Ages 2+) I could picture our four girls in there; making up stories, playing mums, dads, fairies and princesses, sharing secrets, having tea parties and enjoying the blessing that is sisters. Measuring a generous 108 x 98 x 70 cm in size this lovely home is spacious enough for siblings or friends to share and will provide hours and hours of pretend play fun.

While the old man with the white beard took all the credit for this amazing present Hip Daddy did the hard work and assembled the cottage so the adventure could begin. Setting up was a simple case of first connecting the metal pieces to build the cottage frame, then to slide the frame into the sturdy, wipe clean cover which zips up nice and snug so it stays in place perfectly.

What really makes Rose Petal Cottage so unique and special is that the decorative cover is printed with the loveliest little details on both the in- and outside. On the outside this delightful playhouse features cladded walls, a shingled roof, lanterns, birds, gumboots near the door, flowers and more. It’s pretty much the dreamy cottage you see in your favourite fairytales!

On the inside this sweet house is homey and welcoming with gorgeous details like a doormat, floorboards, a fireplace, a real mirror and a useable shelf complete with photo frame so you can display your favourite picture. It even has a window with country style shutters that open and close!

You can enter Rose Petal Cottage through the cottage door, which can be ‘locked’ with a latch. The door is attached with velcro so you can also remove it completely if you wish (something baby Harriet worked out very quickly). One of the metal poles is conveniently fitted with hinges, allowing you to fully open up the side of the cottage and in doing so extend your play area.

As a special bonus Rose Petal Cottage comes partially furnished with a homey cooking unit, perfect for whipping up a batch of pretend cookies, tasty muffins and yummy pies for little guests. The removable cooking unit has an oven door that really opens (you’ll find a cardboard muffin tray inside to get you started) and the stove top knobs turn like the real deal.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Worlds Apart range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Dec 222016
 

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Welcome Baby Giveaway – Day 22

Over the course of 8 years and five kids I have bought more than my fair share of baby goods, some were fantastic buys and others (in hindsight) a total waste of money. One thing I would buy all over again in a heartbeat is this fantastic b.box gem, for the past few years we’ve used ours daily and I still love it as much as I did on day one. If you want to see for yourself what I’m raving about make sure to join today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway:

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Designed right here in Australia by two clever mamas the award-winning b.box product range is fun, functional and fashionable, all rolled into one. Their innovative designs are all about making your life that little bit easier while adding a touch of style.

On one side the fabulous b.box Diaper Caddy (RRP $69.95) holds a huge stack of nappies and the other side is designed to neatly fit a big tub of baby wipes. Underneath a spacious slide-out drawer keeps your favourite nappy creams and lotions together so you have all your nappy change essentials within reach, every single time. The caddy even comes with a matching, fold-up, wipe-clean change mat, so handy!

While we do have a lovely change table in our baby’s nursery the reality is that I generally can’t be bothered to walk all the way to other end of the house (and leave the other kids by themselves). Our b.box Diaper Caddy has been living in our lounge room for several years where it has been my trusty change companion. The sturdy design is durable, strong and easy to keep clean, if it survives life in our big, busy family you can rest assured the quality is fantastic.

Long after your baby has grown out of nappies you can still enjoy your caddy as storage for eg. craft or sewing supplies, toiletries, hair accessories or toys. The b.box Diaper Caddy is currently available in five stylish colours to suit your decor and personal style perfectly. Which colours is your favourite?

To find out more about b.box, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.bbox.com.au.

For your chance to win a b.box Diaper Caddy in your choice of colour (RRP $69.95, subject to availability) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Nov 242016
 

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While I admit that breakfast time with five small kids is rather rushed, it’s often around dinnertime that things get a little ‘heated’ at our house. After a long day this mama is pretty tired, I generally have a grumpy, hungry baby hanging off my leg and a table to clear and set, no wonder I struggle to keep an eye on all the pots and pans at the same time! Thankfully Décor is coming to the rescue of busy parents by taking the hassle out of your next rice dish with this clever unit:

Don’t worry about caked on pans and endless stirring, with the Décor Microsoft® Rice Cooker and Vegetable Steamer (RRP $13.99, 2.75L) your favourite rice will be cooked to perfection every single time.

decor-rice-cookerUsing the Décor Rice Cooker is so easy even grandparents, babysitters and sleep deprived parents can do it: Simply use the included measuring cup to determine the right amount of raw rice and boiling water and pop the cooker in your microwave. Seventeen minutes of cooking and five minutes of resting later your rice is ready to be served, that’s just enough time to whip up a nice sauce, fry your chicken and set the table.

With a generous 2.75 litre capacity the Décor Rice Cooker is big enough to make up to four cups of cooked rice, perfect for a small family or side dish. It comes complete with steam release vent lid, transparent measuring cup and white rice paddle for stirring and serving. And there are plenty of other handy Décor features too: it has cold touch handles, is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, freezer safe and of course Australian made.

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While you can of course use your Rice Cooker to prepare ‘just’ rice, it is also great for cooking all-in-one meals. Yay for less dirty dishes afterwards! Add tasty vegetables, herbs, spices and/or garlic to your liking to create an entire meal in one single container, easy peasy. If you happen to have leftovers you can conveniently seal and store the closed Rice Cooker in the fridge and reheat it in the microwave later on.

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Tuesday’s Rice Cooker dinner of chicken, cucumber and Mexican inspired rice was a big hit with the kids. With added tomato, kidney beans, coriander and a mix of spices it was a very versatile dish that covered all the food groups, and hardly any washing up to do!

To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.

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Cuddle up with CoCaLo

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Nov 152016
 

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Before Harriet was born I carefully handpicked her a gorgeous soft baby blankie, hoping that it would be love at first sight and the two would become inseparable. Of course Hattie turned out as headstrong as her mother and she refused to have anything to do with it. Fast forward 13 months and she has finally found one she adores, she carries it around throughout the house and she is not in the slightest bothered by the fact that it’s more a blanket than a blankie. I have to admit, this wonderful CoCaLo comforter is quite the prize:

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Measuring a very generous 91 x 114 cm in size her beautiful CoCaLo Pinwheel Quilted Comforter is not only a great fit for a baby’s cot, it would also make a lovely soft spot for a precious little one to practise tummy time. Baby Harriet loves to nap with it but our 3-year old and even 5-year old like to snuggle up with it whenever they can too, it’s definitely a quilt that will be enjoyed well past the baby stage.

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This beautiful comforter has a cosy 100% cotton outer that is comfortable to touch and gentle against the skin with a lightweight polyester filling for extra fluffiness. Bonus: Because busy mums have better things to do than tediously washing their laundry by hand CoCaLo comforters can be machine washed (cold, gentle cycle), it’s the simple things in life that make me happy.

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Do you love the pretty CoCaLo look as much as I do? There is plenty more where that came from with matching sheets, blankets, bumpers and change pad covers to complete your stylish nursery. The Pinwheel Quilted Comforter is currently available in four stylish colours: Petal Pink, Orchid Hush, Starlight Blue and neutral Grey, which shade is your favourite?

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To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the CoCaLo range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Catch a falling star with Wood and Yarn

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Sep 302016
 

Wood and Yarn

I am sure you all know by now that I can never resist a gorgeous wooden find. If you too love the classic charm and smooth feel and appreciate the quality and durability of this natural material you are sure to adore this super duper cute creation from the talented Wood and Yarn:

Stars and Moon

Designed and handmade with love in Ukraine this pretty Star & Moon (RRP $35) set is not only a gorgeous decor piece for a special nursery or bedroom, it’s a fantastic developmental toy too. Double win!

The Star & Moon Set consists of a large wooden moon (16 x 8 cm) and 15 wooden stars in different sizes. The aim of the game is to stack all the stars on top of the moon, quite a challenge for little hands! Lost your balance? See it as your chance to catch a falling star or two. Made from beautiful plantation timber with rounded corners and finished with natural, non-toxic oil this wonderful design is both safe for your little one to play with and gentle on the environment.

You can find this delightful handmade treasure in store at Australian online boutique Moose in the Moon.

To find out more about Moose in the Moon, to take a closer look at the Star & Moon and to order online visit www.mooseinthemoon.com.au.