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 www.mocha.com.au.

Baby Bites with BabyBjörn

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Apr 052016
 

BabyBjorn logo copy

Now that that nasty tongue-tie has been dealt with we can finally continue our solids journey, hopefully this time with more luck! Harriet certainly knows how to attack a teething rusk and she’s even had a crack at some toast soldiers yesterday, very messy but good fun. She has been sitting with us at the dinner table for a few weeks and now she can join in the eating part too, hooray.

Hattie High Chair

She may only be 6 months old but Harriet sits like a real queen in the new BabyBjörn high chair, it’s like a throne for little royals. Designed for ages 6 months up to 3 years this super stylish high chair is a perfect pick for modern families who want to invest in high quality, durable products that grow with their child.

BabyBjorn High Chair

There is lots to love about this trendy seat, like a curved backrest that helps young children to sit upright and an ergonomic fit that supports babies in all the right places. Initially I had my doubts about the ‘harness-free’ design of the BabyBjörn High Chair but my mind was immediately put at ease when I saw how the tray fits nice and snug around her body keeping her perfectly in place. Add to that the safety bar in between the child’s legs and there is no slipping away, even for a six month old.

Hattie BabyBjorn High Chair

The spacious, easy-clean tray can be adjusted to suit your little eater, it can slide closer to provide a tight fit for a small child and it can slide out to offer more room for older children. Unlike traditional rectangular trays that leave gaps around your child for food and cutlery to drop down in, this clever tray has a rounded shape that mimics a child’s body shape; no gaps = less mess! There are no small openings, seams or grooves on the tray or the seat, just a smooth surface that you can simply wipe clean after each meal.

BabyBjorn High Chair colours

The BabyBjörn High Chair is very easy to use: just sit your child in the seat, flip up the tray and turn the table lock to secure the tray and your child in one simple step. Once mealtime is over you can unlock the tray, fold it down and lift out your child. I also love the fact that you can detach the removable top tray for easy cleaning under the tap or dishwasher whilst the main tray stays in place for the next course or play time.

BabyBjorn High Chair Fold

Last but not least: storage! At first sight the BabyBjörn High Chair may not look like a very compact design but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you fold the back legs in and flip the tray up you’ll be left with a compact and narrow (< 25cm wide) package perfect for transport or storage.

The BabyBjörn High Chair (RRP $299.95) is currently available in three stylish colours: Snow White, Pink and Turquoise.

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

Times Tables made trendy by Love Mae

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Mar 112016
 

Love Mae

It feels like yesterday that we brought home our tiny twins, now they are seven and reading novels, doing homework and practising their times tables. Thankfully they love learning so they don’t mind all this studying and at the same time it’s a great refresher for me too. While they are many visual aids available to help with times tables they are often rather boring and childish, luckily Love Mae is here to make times tables trendy again:

Love Mae Canvas

A gorgeous Love Mae Times Tables Poster (RRP $35) or Times Tables Canvas (RRP $160-$220) would make a pretty and practical addition to your child’s bedroom, playroom, study or even the classroom. I just love the gorgeous pastel colours, such a welcome change from the bold primary colours used in many educational aids and perfect for older children too.

Each A1 sized poster is printed on high quality 150gms satin paper while the A0 sized canvas comes with a hand-crafted timber frame so it’s ready for hanging straight away. Love Mae Times Tables are available in several designs and colour ways to suit your child and decor beautifully.

Times Tables Love Posters

To find out more about Love Mae, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.lovemae.com.au.

May 232015
 

Boon Inc

Big Baby Shower – Day 23

When you look at magazines you may think that life with a newborn is all moonlight and roses (and of course your baby is totally adorable and gorgeous!) but there are sure to be some less glamorous things too. There is no way to avoid all the scrubbing of baby bottles and sterilising of dummies but you can make the process a lot more fun and stylish with Boon Inc.:

Boon Inc. Grass

Boon Inc. takes the boring out of everyday babycare with a contemporary range of baby feeding products that is sure to brighten your day, no matter how sleep deprived you are.

Boon Inc. GrassDitch your old-school, white wire rack and add a touch of colour to your kitchen bench with the Grass Countertop Drying Rack (RRP $29.95, 24 x 24cm). This fresh green patch of ‘grass’ holds your baby gear neatly upright so it can air dry and any excess water can drip down into the bottom tray. The rack is easy to clean and free from nasties like BPA, Phthalates and PVC so it’s both safe AND stylish!

Boon Inc. FlyYou don’t need green fingers to turn your patch of green into a mini garden, just plant Fly, Stem or Twig (RRP $6.95 each) for an instant transformation. These funky accessories for your Grass or Lawn drying racks offer extra drying space for little items like dummies, teats, handles and other small components of bottles and sippy cups while leaving plenty of room underneath for bigger things.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.

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Feb 192015
 

Dyson

After eight years in Australia I have gotten used to many things. I am used to speaking, reading and writing English day in day out (I still prefer Dutch), I eat BBQ dinners, Tim Tams and Sunday roasts (but not Vegemite or kangaroo) and I no longer freak out when I see a big spider or blue tongue lizard (although I’d rather avoid them). However there is one thing I am still not entirely comfortable with: the hot climate.

Old fan

Adelaide Summers can get really hot, the hottest day I have experienced since moving here was 47°C and it was far from pleasant. Luckily most of the rooms in our home are air-conditioned but unfortunately the bedrooms located in our extension are not so they can get rather warm in the Summer months. Previously we tried using an ordinary fan at night time and while hubby quite enjoyed the fresh breeze I found it too noisy to sleep with. Add to that the danger of one of our four inquisitive little ones sticking their fingers in between, or getting their hair wrapped around, the spinning blades and you can see why our fan ended up gathering dust in our storage (read dump) room.

Dyson CoolA few weeks ago we finally discovered a solution to our sweaty problem so, even with the thermometer predicted to hit a hot and horrible 38°C this weekend, we can now sleep cool and comfortably. I can not begin to tell you how relaxing it is to hop in bed at night and not be hot and bothered all night long, kicking off the sheets and getting up for a drink just to cool you down. The Dyson Cool has really come to the rescue for me this season.

The Dyson Cool is a revolutionary new fan designed by the talented engineers at Dyson, known around the globe for their innovative and high quality vacuum cleaners. Not only does the powerful and energy friendly Dyson Cool effectively cool down your room, it is also super stylish to blend in with your decor, it is 100% safe for children to touch without rotating parts that could injure little fingers AND it is up to 75% quieter than traditional fans.

Dyson Cool AM06

The sleek, modern design is surprisingly compact and light weight so it is easy to move from room to room, the fan can be gently tilted and rotates to cover a wider area. I love that it is super easy to clean, there are no small gaps where dust can gather (making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers like our daughters) and you can just wipe it down with a soft cloth.

Dyson Cool remote

Another great feature is the timer function, using the small remote you can program the fan to turn off after a certain period of time (up to 9 hours) so that you can save even more energy. It also means when we put our baby to sleep with the fan on we do not have to disturb her later at night to turn it off manually. With the remote you can customise your Dyson Cool experience to suit your needs and when not in use you it ‘magically’ (magnetically) attaches to the fan so it’s always within reach when you need it.

Dyson Cool range

Dyson fans are available in different sizes and colours so you can choose the design that’s perfect for your needs and fits home decor beautifully, prices start at RRP $449. For added peace of mind the Dyson Cool comes with a generous two-year warranty.

To find out more about Dyson Cool, to read up on all the technical facts and figures and to locate a stockist near you visit www.dyson.com.au.

Jul 282014
 

Little Urban

One month ago Meegan and Emma were ‘just’ two trendy Aussie mamas with a passion, or should I say addiction, for shopping and dressing their three kids in the coolest threads. Fast forward a few weeks and they are proud owners of their very own online store (as well as a soon-to-be-opened brick and mortar store), rapidly gaining name as the hippest shop on the block called Little Urban.

Little Urban

The shelves of Little Urban have been stacked, the drawers have been filled and the hangers have been covered with a handpicked selection of clothing, toys and home decor from dynamic brands from all around the globe as well as new and upcoming Australian designers. Expect labels that are unique, different, eye-catching, super stylish and full of character like Gardner and the Gang, Noe and Zoe, Filemon kid, Aspen and Arrow, Kira Kids and many more.

Kolor Storage SacksKolor Paper Storage Sacks (RRP $15) are by far the hippest storage solution around. Made from double-ply reinforced paper they are strong, durable and reusable and very trendy, they make a fantastic decor piece in your contemporary home. Kolor Storage Sacks are available with different prints for different uses eg. toys, paper and stuff, they look fantastic on their own but even more awesome as a set.

OMY Design & Play Giant Colouring PosterThe amazing OMY Design & Play Giant Colouring Posters (RRP $49.95) are fabulous boredom busters for rainy afternoons, school holidays and quiet weekends in. Measuring a very generous 1,15m x 0,80m in size they are perfect for siblings or friends to share, pop the poster on the ground, use it as a tablecloth or even attach it to the wall, your little artists will have a ball working their magic on this gigantic colouring poster. Choose from a range of great themes.

Created with love right here in Australia by talented designer Amy the One in a Melon linen collection is one of my favourite finds in store. These stunning art pieces are hand screen printed on 100% linen, they are limited edition and sure to sell out in a flash so make sure you don’t miss out. I think they would look amazing in a nursery, children’s bedroom or playroom, which one do you like most?

One in a Melon Prints

To find out more about Little Urban, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littleurban.com.au.

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JJ Cole Collections

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Jul 152014
 

JJ Cole Collections

The closer we get to our holiday the more I get overwhelmed by the logistics of it all. Four small children under six, 5 big suitcases, 5 pieces of hand luggage, a pram, a camera and a laptop bag… I am already tired just typing it out! Surprisingly enough baby Sybbie will be the easiest to look after because I have found the perfect nappy bag from JJ Cole Collections:

JJ Cole Backpack Black Floret

US label JJ Cole Collections knows what it is like to go out with a young family so they have created a fantastic range of baby bags that are both beautiful and practical. There are lots of different styles and prints to choose from but with our holiday in mind I decided on the very spacious JJ Cole Backpack (RRP $149.95) in Black Floret. Measuring 38cm x38cm x 13cm in size it will easily hold all the must-have items for our 27 hour trip and the red details will match our pram perfectly.

JJ Cole Backpack InsideInside you’ll find four deep, elasticised pockets to keep your nappies, wipes, padded change mat (included), bottles and other baby goodies organised with lots of extra space in the middle for a change of clothes, snacks, toys and more. On the outside the bag is fitted with two zipped front pockets and two handy side pockets so you can keep little must haves eg. dummies, phone and car keys within hands reach.

JJ Cole Backpack Black Floret BlackDon’t be fooled by the term ‘backpack’ though, the JJ Cole ‘Backpack’ actually has three different carrying positions and can be worn as a backpack and shoulder/ messenger bag or it can be attached to your pram in a flash with the clever no-slip grips. This makes it an extremely versatile bag that is easy to carry wherever you go. When not in use the backpack straps can be neatly tucked away in the special back pocket.

I am so pleased with my choice, there is so much storage space and the bag is very light weight. I am not usually a fan of backpacks but with all our travelling I knew it would be the best choice and it looks really lovely (so much better than I expected from a backpack). I love how easy it is swap between the different carrying positions because I hate wasting time adjusting buckles and straps. The JJ Cole Backpack is sure to get a great workout next month, keep an eye out for it in our holiday snaps.

JJ Cole Backpack

JJ Cole Collections nappy bags and changing clutches are available at Baby Bunting and Toys’R’Us stores across Australia.

To find out more about JJ Cole Collections and to browse the range visit www.jjcolecollections.com.