Jan 072016
 

Toucan

As you may have read earlier this week miss Sybbie finally made the move to a big bed. After trying for 8 months to convince our stubborn 2-year old it was the temptation of the ‘big girl room’ that won her over. We’re lucky enough to have a huge room that easily sleeps three girls so it all works out well, they love each other’s company (most of the time).

Toucan sisters

All this swapping beds and bedrooms called for some redecorating and I am really pleased with how our ‘girls dorm’ turned out. We have chosen to keep our walls neutral throughout the house and decorate with accessories instead: matching bedlinen for all my girls, a nice rug, pretty wall stickers and this gorgeous ‘sisters make the best friends’ print, isn’t it lovely?

Toucan prints

Australian label Toucan offers a range of stylish home decor pieces that provide you with an instant designer look, but without the designer price tag (just the way we like it!).

Tribal FeathersWhether it’s for your living room or kids space, nursery or playroom, a boys or girls room, with more than 130 different designs to choose from the Toucan prints collection has got your wall covered. They even create personalised (birth) prints, a perfect gift for squishy new arrivals! Now that baby Harriet has moved into the nursery I am looking forward to making her room ‘hers’, I think the Tribal Feathers would look amazing.

Cloud and HeartsToucan prints are available in sizes A4-A1 and come unframed so you can handpick a frame that suits your taste and your space beautifully. Prices start at a very affordable $15 up to $45, allowing you to change your print as often as your style or decor changes without breaking the bank. All prints are made to order (doesn’t that make you feel a little special?) and are generally shipped within 10 days of placing your order.

To find out more about Toucan, to browse the range and to order online visit www.toucanonline.com.

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Oct 252015
 

Heavenly Harriet

One month ago today we welcomed our beautiful Harriet into the world. During my last hospital check-up I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia so to be on the safe side my obstetrician ordered induction of pregnancy that same day, quite the shock when you weren’t expecting anything to happen for another 2-3 weeks. In just a few short hours we organised a team of wonderful helpers to look after the four older kids while I was in hospital and off we went to meet our new baby…

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In the end it took well into the next day for our baby to make its appearance and, as opposed to the little boy most people had predicted, on September 25 we were presented with a gorgeous little lady. Even though I have given birth to four babies before that special moment of holding your child for the first time will never become less magical. How wonderful to hold such a tiny, sticky, slippery little bundle in your arms and finally lay eyes on the small person you’ve carried inside for 9 precious months.

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Less than 24 hours later we brought baby Harriet home and busy family life started straight away with a sick 2-year old and hip daddy who had to go back to work on day 3. At least it was school holidays so I was spared the school rush for two glorious weeks! Of course by now I can’t even remember life before Harriet and it feels like she has always been part of our family, everyone has settled in just beautifully.

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Filled with cosy cuddles, 3-hourly feeds and broken nights that first month flies by and no matter how hard you try you will not remember all of it so I am extremely grateful for the luxury of digital photography. How lucky are we to be able to capture an endless supply of special moments with the simple click of a button? Especially my parents (Harriet’s grandparents) all the way in The Netherlands are loving the many baby snaps arriving in their inbox almost daily.

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The only downside of digital photos is that they often stay locked in the computer and don’t make it into print. With Christmas slowly sneaking up on is now is the time to upload your favourite pictures to Photobox and turn them into prints, Christmas cards or even a special personalised gift for yourself or proud grandparent to enjoy. Some of my top gift ideas are the photo calendars, canvases or photo snow globes, so cute and original! Photobox always has excellent special offers and sign-up deals so keep an eye on the website for the next great deal.

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Treasure and cherish your babies for they grow up too quickly, I’m off to enjoy more precious hugs with our little Hattie…

Sep 152014
 

Little Big Room

With only one week to go until our 23rd Big Birthday Bash giveaway comes to end I am starting to get very excited about drawing the lucky winner of that beautiful Little Big Room bedding set from Where Did You Get That?. It’s so much fun reading all the entries and seeing which styles are the current favourites. If you missed the original giveaway you can still read it here and get your entries in but if you’re in a rush you can also take a short cut and enter below, easy peasy.

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A lot of votes are going to the gorgeous Flowers design and I have to admit I am not surprised, it’s my personal fave too. The soft green and pink tones are absolutely delightful and perfect for a sweet girl, no matter what age. Just like all the other Little Big Room linen this bedding set is reversible so you can enjoy these two pretty looks for the same price, which one do you like most?

Little Big Room ButterfliesTo help you create the ultimate Little Big Room you can add a few, or all, of the matching decor pieces and really complete the look. A feature wall (or even just one banner) of Little Big Room wall paper is a very easy way to freshen up a plain wall, there are lots of stunning wall papers to choose from. For a super speedy (and less permanent) makeover why not decorate a blank space with some sweet wall stickers or replace your boring light by an eye catching light shade, they’re small changes that can make a big difference.

Little Big Room Maltese Light ShadeFor the boys it’s neck and neck between the Graphic and Checks Quilt Cover Set but Checks is slightly ahead. The funky geometrical design featuring neutral base tones with a bright pop of yellow is a welcome change from the classic navy and red you see in many boys bedrooms. Sharp and edgy on one side and soft and rounder on the reverse, change the look every time you change the bed.

All Little Big Room bedding sets ($99.95) are made from 100% cotton and contain a single bed quilt cover and matching pillow case, other accessories are sold separately so you can mix and match to your heart’s desire.

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To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the Little Big Room range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

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Aug 232014
 

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Big Birthday Bash – Day 23

For months the lovely girls at Where Did You Get That? have been tapping their toes and biting their fingernails, impatiently awaiting the arrival of the stunning Little Big Room range. Now it’s finally here and it was most definitely worth the wait. Created by French designer label Djeco this divine range of children’s bed linen and room decor is sure to transform any kids bedroom from boring and plain into a wonderful space that’s full of character and style.

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The Little Big Room linen collection is split up in five beautiful themes to suit boys and girls of all ages. From vibrant Orient to pink Romantic and sweet Flowers and from funky Checks to bold Graphic, there is a perfect Little Big Room for everyone. The eye catching quilt covers and pillow cases are made from breathable, comfortable cotton and all styles are reversible, offering two stylish looks in one great product.

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What I really love about the Little Big Room collection is that the colourful prints are not too childish, they would look great on a toddler’s first big bed and they would look just as awesome in a tween bedroom. Each theme features multiple colours making it easy to find decor pieces in the right colours to complete the look.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the Little Big Room range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

For your chance to win a Little Big Room quilt cover and matching pillow cover set of your choice from Where Did You Get That? enter our giveaway below:

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Little Pop Studio

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Jul 112014
 

Little Pop Studio

When it comes to decorating a children’s bedroom or playroom it can be hard to get away from all the baby elephants, soft teddies, cute birdies and sparkly butterflies. At Baby Donkie they understand that the cool kids want something with a bit more spunk, something unique, hip and totally awesome so they have brought in the super stylish Little Pop Studio range:

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Designed in New Zealand by the very talented Bianca at Little Pop Studio this stunning range of watercolour pop art, prints and linen clearly gets all the ticks, it’s selling like hot cakes and new stock can’t be ordered fast enough! The Batboys and Batkids Art Prints ($40) are both eye catching and neutral at the same time and would fit in with any decor.

Little Pop Studio PIllowcases

They say real heroes never sleep but surely a short nap is okay from time to time? Send your little superhero off for lots of dreamy adventures and impressive rescues with a gorgeous Batboys or Batkids Pillowcase ($30), Each 100% cotton pillowcase is carefully and lovingly hand screen printed, I think they look just amazing.

To find out more about Baby Donkie, to browse the Little Pop Studio range and to order online visit www.babydonkie.com.au.

Feb 202014
 

Young and Moodie

Normally picking the right name for your very own fashion label is really tricky, but not for Narelle Young and Craig Moodie from Melbourne. Together they form new Aussie designer label Young and Moodie and once you’ve seen their range you are sure to remember this hip brand for its unique, trendy designs (and its awesome name of course!):

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Young and Moodie is designed with cool, streetwise kids in mind and caters for hip boys and girls up to 8 years old. The rompers, t-shirts and dresses feature limited edition, retro style illustrations that children will love: headphones and roller skates, sneakers and footy boots, fairies, dinosaurs and more. All styles are created to not only be very stylish but also comfortable, soft and practical to wash and wear.

Young and Moodie Headphones TeeWhat I love about Young and Moodie is how the designs are fun and interesting without busy prints and screaming colours, it shows that simple can look amazing too and it leaves room for the unique personality of the individual child to shine. There are lots of different styles and colours to choose from and they’re all very well priced, in the current sale you can pick up a Young and Moodie piece for as little as $15 and shipping is FREE Australia wide!

Young and Moodie Fairy DressSpeaking of interesting characters, our little miss 3.5 is most definitely a unique little person who wins hearts wherever she goes. She has the biggest imagination so I knew she would love this gorgeous Fairy on the Loose Dress (size 1-6) and at the moment it is on sale for just $20-22 depending on the size. It’s bright, happy, dreamy, super soft and I love that there are no tags to irritate her sensitive skin.

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Our daughter is 3.5 but quite a big girl so I picked size 4 which is a great fit for her and it even fits miss 5 too so that’s a lovely bonus. The Fairy on the Loose design is also available in a romper design for little stylistas. I was surprised by how soft the 100% cotton fabric is, it has a very luxurious feel to it and the attention to detail is fantastic.

To find out more about Young and Moodie, to browse the range and to order online visit www.youngandmoodie.com.au.

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Dec 312013
 

Snapfish Logo

It feels like I just blinked and all of a sudden it is the last day of 2013, another year gone by. So much has happened, so many beautiful and special moments that I want to treasure and remember forever. Like most parents we try to record all these happy highlights, wonderful firsts, adorable smiles, as well as ordinary but precious moments, with our digital camera and during 2013 we have gathered quite the collection of digital snaps.

Look how much they've grown!

Look how much they’ve grown!

Since moving to Australia in 2006 I have really come to appreciate modern technology and not a week goes by that I don’t send my parents a few images of their grand children via e-mail. They may not be able to see the kids face-to-face but at least they can see them grow up through digital photos and Facetime. However like most proud grandparents they also like showing off their offspring to friends and family so I know they love some printed copies too.

Last January baby no.4 was still 'in the making'

Last January baby no.4 was still ‘in the making’

I don’t know about you but I never seem to find a moment to actually sit down, go through our digital photos and make a selection to print off, let alone make a photo album with them. It’s a shame because we have so many beautiful photos yet we hardly look at them. A few years ago I decided to make an effort at the end of each year to put together my favourite photos for that year, create a photo book online with Snapfish and have it printed for us and for my family.

Sleepy smiles and playground fun

Sleepy smiles and playground fun

The task of sorting through all our photos was a little daunting at first but I think I’ve worked out the quickest and easiest way to do it: First I divide the photos for the year into twelve months, that way the folders become more ‘bite size’ (so you can stop in between if you need). I browse each month separately and select up to 8 photos that really jump out to me (and that include each of the children), I copy these and pop them in a brand new ‘Snapfish 2013’ folder. At the end I have a lovely collection of photos for that year, representing each month, each child and every special occasion.

My 'stack' of babies, one of my favourite photos of the year

My ‘stack’ of babies, one of my favourite photos of the year

Looking through the photos is the lengthy (but enjoyable!) bit, because there are so many but also because every time I have to stop and reminisce, admiring how much my beautiful babies have grown. Making a Snapfish Photo Book is actually very simple, starting with uploading your new photo folder to the Snapfish website (or if you’re a big social media fan you can upload straight from your Instagram, Facebook or Flickr account). From there you can simply drop your photos in your electronic photo book and completely personalise it to suit your taste, from simple photos to collages to words and descriptions and many other artistic details.

The perfect gift, it never gets boring

Our family, a year in review

This is the 5th time we have created a Family Photo Book this way and the result blows me away every single time. It is so much fun to make, there is no mess with glue, scissors, sticky tape and mistakes that can’t be fixed (don’t you hate that?), you can just shuffle, edit, chop and change until your Snapfish Photo Book is perfect. Place your order online and just a few days later your ‘handy work’ gets delivered to your door step. Our kids love flicking through our Photo Books and the grandparents really appreciate them, they make a perfect personal keepsake gift that will be enjoyed for a long time to come. Bonus: You can always order extra copies (of the Photo Book but also individual prints) afterwards.

Now is the perfect time for you to look back at the year that has been and create a unique Snapfish Photo Book for your family with these special Snapfish Australia offers:
 • Save 40% on 20x28cm Custom Hardcover Photo Book (20 pages) with the code ‘FUN20X28’
• Save 40% on 28x20cm Portrait (A4 size) Lay-flat Photo Books (20 pages) with the code ‘FUN28X20LF’
• Save 40% on 30x30cm Square Canvas Prints with the code ‘FUN30X30’
• Save 40% on 30x45cm Rectangle Canvas Print with the code ‘FUN30X45’

Offers valid until January 31, 2014. Each code can be used up to 10 times per customer. Excludes additional pages.

To find out more about Snapfish, to check out all the different photo options and to create your own photo book online visit www.snapfish.com.au.

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