Dec 022016

Bright Star Kids

Christmas Countdown – Day 2

Big Christmas trees with shiny baubles, sparkly tinsel and fresh green holly, handmade wreaths and beautiful nativity scenes… I love seeing little bits of Christmas pop up wherever we go and I particularly enjoy seeing my children’s faces light up with excitement at the beauty of it all. If you’re looking for a way to make your child’s Christmas extra special you’ll love these festive designs by Bright Star Kids:


Bright Star Kids has got the whole family covered with a wonderful Christmas Collection full of gorgeous personalised Christmas goodies to suit everyone:

christmas-stockingWith so many deliveries to make in just one night it is easy for Santa Claus to get confused, that’s why Bright Star Kids is helping the old man out by personalising your child’s Christmas stockings and Santa sacks (RRP $19.95-$29.95). Imagine the delight when the kids recognise their own names on Christmas morning! From small gifts to big presents and everything in between, with more than 25 different designs and sizes to choose from there is a perfect stocking or sack for all.

christmas-gift-labelsWrapping parcels for our family and loved ones is one of my favourite things to do, I love thinking about their happy faces when they unwrap their surprises. Whether the gifts are delivered by Santa or you have made/picked them yourself with love, Bright Star Kids gift labels are the cherry on top of a beautifully wrapped present. Bonus: If you choose a personalised label suspicious kids won’t be able to recognise your handwriting so you can keep up the Christmas magic a little longer.

With all the kids excited and everyone in good spirits Christmas is a fantastic opportunity for some lovely family photos, that way you can remember these special moments for years to come. Bright Star Kids offers a great range of Christmas clothing range that can be personalised with your child’s name or even your family name; styles, sizes and price vary per design. I may have to get the pretty Christmas Angel Tee for our little Harriet, isn’t it cute?


To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit

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Sep 032016


Airports, planes, beach houses, holiday cabins, spare bedrooms… when it comes to sleeping arrangements this holiday is full of diversity. Especially for young children sleeping in an unfamiliar environment can be a bit scary, so we’re trying our best to keep our tribe calm and comfortable the best we can. We’ve come well prepared with their favourite cuddly toys and night lights and miss Sybbie has even brought her cosy Elektra nap time buddy:

Cloud9 Syb

After the huge success of the original Elektra Cloud9 Nap Mat last year designer and mum Jessica has been busy working on an extended range of Cloud9 Nap Mat to fit kids of all sizes (and even mamas who are desperate for a snooze!).

Cloud9 Regular PlusThe Cloud9 Regular Plus Nap Mat (RRP $49.95) is the perfect value for money combo. Made from easy-care polyester this awesome on-the-go sleeping solution for little nappers is a breeze to clean (machine wash), dries quickly and is stain resistant which is a must for cheeky toddlers. Young kids love getting comfy under a soft blankie and thanks to the new 93cm long quilted blanket (total mat length 100cm) there is plenty of snuggle space.

Cloud9 Deluxe Nap MatIts bigger sibling the Cloud9 Deluxe Nap Mat (RRP $59.95) boosts an even longer blanket (100cm, total mat length 125cm) which makes it the perfect size for miss Sybbie. For a more luxurious sleep the Deluxe Nap Mat has a 100% soft and breathable cotton blanket and a thicker mat for added comfort. As with all Cloud9 Nap Mats the pillow is removable and the mats can be machine washed, yay for busy mamas who have no time for hand washing!

Nap Mats Rolled UpDesigned for use at home, daycare, sleepovers and holidays Cloud9 Nap Mats are lightweight and have a convenient carry handle for easy transport. The handy buckle closure helps keep the mats neatly rolled up and compact in size while travelling or in storage. With lots of great colours and prints to choose from and a neat name tag on the outside all kids can have their own unique Nap Mat with no chance of mix-ups.


To find out more about Elektra, to locate a stockist near you and to order online vist

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Aug 282016

Mad Alice Jewellery

Departure day is finally here! Tonight we will be boarding our plane and heading off on our long awaited 5-week European adventure. We’re starting our holiday with a bang as tomorrow is the twins’ 8th birthday and a little birdie told me the airline has organised a birthday cake on the plane, now that will make for a birthday to remember!

Party Jewels

We all know birthdays tend to fly by (quite literally this time) so it is always nice to have a little token of your special day to look back at later. Lovely mum and designer Lorraine from Mad Alice Jewellery has come up with the perfect unique thank you gift for birthday guests.

When musical chairs has finished, the tail has been placed on the donkey, pass-the-parcel is done and dusted and the last crumbs of birthday cake have been gobbled up it’s time to say goodbye to all the party guests. Now forget about the traditional lolly bags full of sugary treats and plastic nic-nacs and surprise your guests with Personalised Party Jewels (RRP $49, 12-pack), a thoughtful and unique gift that last longer than a sugar rush.


Each pack of Personalised Party Jewels consists of twelve shiny silk cord bracelets with a swarovski crystal flower, butterfly or heart element and each bracelet is lovingly handmade by Mad Alice Jewellery. Thanks to the handy pull and tie closure with adjustable silver plated beads the bracelets can be adjusted in size to fit the recipient perfectly. As a warm and personal touch every bracelet comes with a sweet Thank You card, personalised with the names of the party guest and the birthday girl. I am so pleased with how my girls’ custom order turned out, the bracelets look super neat!

I think the Personalised Party Jewels are great way to teach kids that while receiving presents is always nice, giving them out is an even better feeling! Being a custom made gift please allow up to 5 working days for your personalised jewels to be made and dispatched. Shipping is free Australia wide.

To find out more about Mad Alice Jewellery, to browse the range and to order online visit

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Aug 142016

Bright Star Kids

I don’t mean to alarm you but have you looked on the calendar lately? Father’s Day is only 3 weeks away so if you haven’t found the perfect gift for the super dad in your life yet you better get your thinking cap on. We may not be home on Father’s Day this year but I don’t want hip daddy to miss on out on his day of appreciation, look at these gorgeous gifts that I have tucked away in my suitcase:

BSK Suitcase

Known as the go-to store for all things personalised Bright Star Kids has put together a fantastic selection of Father’s Day presents that can be customised to suit your favourite dad. I think Hip Daddy is going to love our pick!

BSK Baby Tee

It may not be his very first Father’s Day but this will be hubby’s first one as a proud dad of five, now that’s pretty special if you ask me. Our latest addition Harriet has everyone wrapped around her little finger, especially daddy, so I have no doubt this cheeky I’m Cute Tee (RRP $24.95) with sweet puff sleeves will get a smile out of him.

BSK Daddy BearJust like with all the other personalised clothing by Bright Star Kids you can pick your favourite text colour and choose from a range of different sizes and garments; singlets, bibs, t-shirts and onesies, you can create your ideal gift and even see a preview of what the end result will look like. With prices starting at only $12.95 up to $24.95 it makes a great affordable gift for a lucky dad this Father’s Day.

Hattie won’t be the only one who will dress for the occasion, hip daddy will be dressed in style too. With a bit of luck the Road Massage Men’s T-Shirt (RRP $24.95) will get him a relaxing back rub by five small pairs of hands and bumpy tyres. I tweaked the ‘World’s Best Dad’ title a tad by crowning him Super Papa, a subtle wink to our half-Dutch kids. That’s the great thing about personalised clothes, you can make little alterations and create the design that suits your wishes perfectly.

Road Massage Tee

With more than 45 different personalised Father’s Day gift ideas to choose from there is a fabulous match for everyone. Be quick and get your creative juices flowing so your unique gift(s) for dad will get to you in time for the big day.

To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit

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Little Kirstin Ash

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Jun 112016

Little Kirstin Ash

When people hear I have four daughters they often joke that they feel sorry for me. Yes, I do spend quite a bit of time making plaits and washing hair and I dread the day they discover make-up, but there are plenty of things to love about my bunch of little ladies. They love pretty fabrics, prints and colours as much as I do and I get to indulge in divine creations like these by the super talented Kirstin Ash:

Little Kirstin Ash

The stunning Little Kirstin Ash collection is home to the most beautiful keepsake jewellery any little girl could ever wish for. Designed to be personalised and customised to suit the wearer, their taste and/or occasion Little Kirstin Ash is totally unique and every handpicked combination tells a personal story.

Kirstin Ash Liberty BraceletThe extensive collection consists of sweet bracelets, bangles and necklaces, delicate initials and adorable charms that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s desire. You can start with one charm or a few and add meaningful pieces to mark important milestones along the way. Made with timeless sterling silver and 18k rose gold, as well as a cute pop of colour here and there, Little Kirsten Ash is a stylish, classy and sweet way to celebrate the special little person in your life.

You can find the Little Kirstin Ash range in store at Australian online boutique Mocha, prices start at $22.

To find out more about Mocha, to browse the Little Kirstin Ash range and to order online visit

It’s about us

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Mar 122016

It's About Us

A few weeks ago I told you about the heartbreaking movie Miss You Already, in which Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore portray two best friends who are dealt a devastating cancer diagnosis. I shed quite a few tears while watching, being a mother myself it is one of my greatest fears to have to leave behind my family and for my children to grow up without a mother.

Sadly there are many beautiful families who faces this reality and who are forced to prepare their children for the difficult time ahead. The wonderful team behind it’s about us understands how hard this is so they have put their hands and hearts together to help cancer sufferers and their families bundle their memories and leave a legacy for those left behind.

It’s about us has developed a digital scrapbook that can be customised and personalised into something that is relevant and meaningful to you and your loved ones. Providing inspiration through simple, personalised template style pages will allow you to capture your most special memories, emotions, quotes, stories and feelings through text and photos within a supported framework.

MomentoCreating your unique scrapbook is easy thanks to the handy, step-by-step software from Momento Photo Books, who have generously supported this great initiative by offering a 50% discount on all it’s about us books. There is also the opportunity to purchase a Momento Photo Books gift voucher, allowing the recipient to put together a precious keepsake that will be treasured for life. What a thoughtful gift during such a difficult time!

To find out more about it’s about us, to take a closer look at the it’s about us book or to start making your own visit

Feb 022016

Hippo Blue

And off she went, as of yesterday our Juliet is a big schoolgirl. As we walked to school I couldn’t help but worry about how she would settle in at school. We found her name on a little desk, we located her tray and spotted a special hook to hang up her new school bag, one more kiss and one more wave and then it was time for goodbyes.

Juliet backpack

With a big, long corridor full of bulky backpacks it can be a little tricky for a small 5-year old to find her way, but at least our bright, cheeky, kind-hearted girl knows there will definitely not be another bag just like hers. Personalised with her own name this gorgeous backpack is perfect for our little ray of sunshine: Shine Bright Juliet!

HB JournalAt Hippo Blue they understand that every child is different and unique so they celebrate this diversity with a wide range of personalised back-to-school products. While most famous for their personalised name labels (that really stick!) they also offer awesome backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, stationery and more, all custom-made with the design and name of your choice.

Boys backpackKnowing how much the twins carry to and from school we decided on the Large Backpack (RRP $50) for Juliet. These spacious backpacks have plenty of room for tall folders and books, a large main compartment and a zipped front pocket. They also have soft, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, a loop for hanging and nice, deep side pockets so that drink bottles are easily accessible and kept away from expensive schoolbooks and homework.

Girls backpackStarting with a pink/green (girls) or blue/red (boys) base the backpacks can then be personalised with loads and loads of different designs and of course your child’s name. Animals, sports, vehicles, hobbies, foods… there are so many themes to choose from! I love how you can ‘try’ all the different looks before you place your order so you can see exactly what the bag will look like when finished. This preview feature made it much easier for our girls to make a decision.

Knowing that yellow is Juliet’s favourite colour and that she loves the sun and stars I was not surprised she had her heart set on the Shine Bright backpack, it turned out so well and it’s such a sweet, encouraging message for our new schoolgirl. Add to that the insulated Lunch Bag (RRP $32) to match and she’s all set for fun days at school.

Sybbie snacks

While miss Sybbie won’t be wearing a uniform for some time she will be bringing some snacks to kindy, so I planned ahead and ordered her the huge Mega Labels Value Pack (value $76.95, now $39.72). It contains regular labels, iron-on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels (so handy!) and more, with 222 labels in the pack we’ve got everything covered! These packs are such good value and using the same label everywhere make it easy for her to recognise her belongings amongst all the others.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Hippo Blue Facebook page to say up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. They often share special promotions and discount codes to help you replenish your personalised name labels and stationery throughout the year (Tip: They make great gifts too). Right now you can save 50% on Vinyl Name Labels and Clothing Labels, that’s a massive saving!

To find out more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit

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