Sep 102015
 

Exisle Publishing

No matter how old you are or where you live, I think we’ve all seen pictures of the boy on the moon… but have you ever wondered how he got there? Incredibly talented Italian artist Rino Alaimo tells the story of the boy and the moon in this award-winning, and heartstoppingly beautiful, animation that has wowed people all over the globe:

Next time you tuck your precious bundles in at bedtime and tell them you love them to the moon and back, why not share Rino Alaimo’s story with them through the stunning picture book version of The Boy Who Loved The Moon.

The Boy Who Loved The MoonThe Boy Who Loved The Moon (RRP $22.99, 36 glossy pages) is an eye-catching hardcover book featuring magical black and gold illustrations from the hand of Rino Alaimo. See how the lonely little boy first discovers the moon and falls in love with this mysterious light high up in the sky. Then follow him on his journey to find the perfect gift for the moon, it’s a tricky task but he doesn’t give up easily.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Boy Who Loved The Moon’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Bounce for joy with Bombol

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Jul 242015
 

Bombol

Now that we have dug up most baby goods from storage we’ve finally put together a short shopping list for the last missing bits and pieces. Most items can easily do with some more squishy baby-love but sadly our bouncer has not survived its winter sleep, I am a little sad as it holds sweet memories but there is nothing we can do about it. On the hunt for a lovely replacement I stumbled upon this super stylish number at The Little Haven:

Bamboo Bouncer

The Bamboo, created by Italian designer label Bombol, is a beautiful modern piece of nursery furniture that would look stunning in any nursery or living room. Inspired by the famous properties of nature’s own bamboo this classy seat is light, flexible, durable and strong, in fact it is so strong it can easily hold up to an impressive 18kg (the weight of an average 4-5 year old). From baby bouncer to comfy ‘chaise longue’, what a brilliant investment for young families!

Bamboo SpringFrom sit and play to rest and nap, thanks to the patented Dynamic Backrest the Bamboo bouncer adjusts to your child’s needs effortlessly. Not only can parents adjust the position of the seat without disturbing a sleeping baby, children can also change their position independently simply by shifting their weight, how easy is that? This ability to move positions easily in combination with the ergonomic design encourages healthy development.

You can use the Bamboo from birth (3.5kg onwards) keeping baby comfortable strapped in by the safety harness. However smaller babies might lack the weight to bring Bamboo’s Dynamic Backrest down to the sleeping position so for those lightweight bubbas a special New Born Kit is available. The New Born Kit provides extra head support and adjusts the Bamboo’s performance to the lighter weight of smaller babies.

Bombol Bamboo

The Bombol Bamboo Bouncer (RRP $289.95) is currently available in three stylish unisex colours: Spring (lime), Elephant (grey) and Coconut (cream). Which one is your favourite?

To find out more about The Little Haven, to take a closer look at the Bombol Bamboo Bouncer and to order online visit www.thelittlehaven.com.au.

Apr 092015
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

As I am sure you know by know I love a good book. I am terribly content and blessed with the life I have but that doesn’t mean I can’t happily drift away to another world with a lovely read, just like I did last week with this wonderful new novel from the hand of Hannah Tunnicliffe:

Season of Salt and Honey

Season of Salt & Honey (RRP $29.99) tells the raw, real and rustic story of Francesca (Frankie) who is forced to deal with unexpected and overwhelming grief after the loss of her fiancé Alex.

It is not easy to get used to life without Alex and right now her typical Italian family (warm, loud and loving) is just too much for her, so Frankie escapes to a little old cabin hiding in the Washington woods. This new life, on her own and back to basics, opens her eyes to many things and she discovers a new Frankie.

Hannah Tunnicliffe has done a fantastic job capturing the essence of grief, the quiet peaceful nature, the enveloping (and sometimes overbearing) love of family and the beautiful smells, flavours and colours of Italian comfort food. When you close your eyes you can almost smell the creamy risotto, taste the sweet cannelloni and hear the crunch of almonds. If you (like me) felt a little bit inspired to try your hands at some Italian delights too you are sure to appreciate all the included recipes.

To find out more about Season of Salt & Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe, published by Pan Macmillan, and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Indulging Italian style at Gelatissimo

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Mar 082015
 

Gelatissimo

Like many families we always really look forward to a bonus day off, so yesterday we kicked off our long weekend in style with a lovely visit to Gelatissimo on the Parade, Norwood SA. Going out with four small kids can be a daunting task some days but the word ‘icecream’ magically made them behave like little angels.

Gelatissimo Norwood

Gelatissimo award winning gelato is made fresh in stores daily and when you see all those scrumptious flavours piled up high you know immediately you can’t stop at just one scoop. If you happen to see me around town today you may notice my pants are a little tighter after all that yummy gelato but believe me, it was totally worth it.

Sushi Gelato

Gelatissimo’s new Eat-In Desserts Menu is made up of 8 delicious dessert dishes (priced between $7-$12 each) that look like they come straight from the Masterchef Kitchen. Cookies, waffles, biscuit crumbs, strawberries, chocolate sauce, mousse, meringue, brownie and of course lots of gelato, there is a dish to suit everyone’s taste (and if you have a big family like us you can basically try them all!).

Pavlova Symphony

Most of the Eat-In Desserts can be served with your choice of gelato, which was especially nice for the kids. Yes their flavour combinations were slightly unconventional sometimes but it’s ‘their dessert, their choice’ and they finished everything up to the last drop. The Gelatissimo employee who served us was really patient while the children made their choice and she let them taste the flavours first if they weren’t sure, which I thought was lovely.

All About Chocolate

Hubby went with the All About Chocolate ($12), no surprise there, and according to him it was amazing, particularly the bourbon truffle. I may have stolen a little bite too and I can highly recommend it.

Popping Belgian Waffle Stack

As I grew up just 20 minutes from the Belgian border I couldn’t help but choose the Popping Belgian Waffle Stack ($10): Three freshly toasted waffles sandwiched together with (my pick) coconut gelato and biscottino gelato. This was a surprisingly large serve even with miss 2 eating half of the waffles!

Milk and Cookies

The three older kids each chose a different dish and they were all winners in a different way. Master 6 went with Milk and Cookies ($10) of which the biggest hit was the chocolate milk in a cute glass bottle while miss 4 enjoyed a plate of mixed delights called Pavlova Symphony ($10). She loved the tiny meringues and the fresh strawberries and there was plenty to share with little Sybbie.

Noughts and Crosses

In saying that, they were all a little jealous of miss 6 who was lucky enough to have chosen Noughts and Crosses ($8). This gorgeous dessert is the perfect kids treat as it consists of a plate decorated with chocolate and ten little cups with gelato so kids can play a game of noughts and crosses while they eat (and buy the parents some more time to finish their own dessert). What a great idea! We chose all fruity sorbet gelato flavours and they were absolutely divine, especially the passionfruit.

To find out more about Gelatissimo, to browse the menu and to locate a Gelatissimo store near you visit www.gelatissimo.com.au.

Avalina Leather

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Oct 272014
 

Avalina Leather

I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to you that becoming a mum six years ago meant the end of little luxuries for me, these days it’s just the kids that get spoiled and if I’m lucky I get a nice gift on Mother’s Day and my birthday but that’s it. When I do need something I don’t go out on a whim, I do my research and make sure I buy a quality product that is timeless, classy and sure to last.

Avalina Leather gift box

For the past 1,5 year I have been on the hunt for a new wallet, I searched near and far, even during our European trip, but couldn’t fit one that fit the bill (no pun intended). When you think of how often you use your purse, and how many years it generally lasts, I don’t want to settle for one I like, I want to find one I LOVE but that’s easier said than done. And then I discovered Avalina Leather

Tuscany Leather wallet

Avalina Leather is an Australian leather specialist store that’s home to a stunning range of leather handbags, clutches and purses, it’s basically a candy store for stylish mamas (I have already got my next handbag picked out, they’re all so beautiful!). They’ve got dads covered too with leather messenger bags and leather laptop bags, make sure you bookmark it for your upcoming Christmas shopping.

Tuscany Leather Wallet internal

I absolutely love tan leather so I decided on this simple, elegant Exclusive Zippered Leather Wallet (RRP $130, available in 5 different colours), it’s made from soft, luxurious calf skin Tuscany Leather and looks amazing. I felt very spoiled when it arrived carefully packaged in tissue paper in a pretty gift box, even a authenticity certificate is included so you know you are buying a high quality, genuine product.

Tuscany Leather zip charm

I had to force myself to take some snaps of this beautiful delivery before filling it up with all my cards (and little money), after all it’s not every day that I get to open such a lovely treat. Yes I still have to pay when I go to the shops but at least the gorgeous wallet makes the process of parting with money a little easier, my heart skips a beat every time I get it out of my bag and open it. What’s the last purchase you were this happy with?

To find out more about Avalina Leather, to browse the range and to order online visit www.avalinaleather.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.