Around the table with Jack & Evelyn

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Jun 142015

Jack & Evelyn

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a fabulous sale at Jack & Evelyn, offering their gorgeous wooden table and chairs sets at such a great price it was almost too good to be true. Our old table and chairs set (lovingly nicknamed ‘the little table’) gets used every single day for breakfast, homework, games and more so after a couple of years of heavy use it was starting to look a little worse for wear. It was time for an upgrade and this sale came at the perfect time.

Jack & Evelyn table

The great thing about Jack & Evelyn Table & Chairs is that you can mix and match within the range to suit your family perfectly. A table and 2 chairs, a table and 4 chairs or even just single chairs or table to expand/replace a setting you already have. The neutral white table and chairs fit in effortlessly with your living room, play room or bedroom decor and if you like a pop of colour you can choose pink or navy chairs too. Prices start at $39 (single chair) up to $189 (table + 4 chairs).

Wooden Table & Chair Set

Within just a few days our new small people table setting was delivered by courier, neatly packed in sturdy cardboard boxes padded with foam for extra protection. With lots of curious kids and grabby crabby hands around I left the assembling for hubby to do on the weekend. All was very straight forward, easy to do and fitted together beautifully and I could not be more pleased with the end result.

Jack & Evelyn Table Chairs

The kids are really chuffed with their new table, it’s just perfect for indoor picnics and sweet tea parties, board games and craft. Measuring 60 x 60 x 50cm in size the table is plenty big enough for my four little people and being square it is actually larger than our old round table, bonus!

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Nov 172014


I know some people say Christmas decorations shouldn’t go up before the first of December (or if you are Dutch like me you have to wait until after Sinterklaas) but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your shopping yet. Most of the items on my December gift list are already ticked off and last week I dropped by Target and purchased some lovely pieces for our Christmas lunch:

Celebrate Christmas Table

White and sparkly, purple and glittery, pink and shiny, there are plenty of modern Christmas colour schemes to choose from but personally I like the traditional colours. I love a beautifully made up table and as a family of six I have plenty of big family gatherings ahead of me, it’s so much fun setting the Christmas table for a lovely group of special people.

Celebrate Share Plate

Especially for the December celebrations Target has released a festive range of tableware in a classic red and white colour scheme, just how I like it! The exclusive Celebrate collection captures the essence of Christmas (or any other special occasion) with words like joy, share, friends, celebrate, family and enjoy printed on beautiful and practical tableware. From porcelain plates and serving platters to glass tumblers and champagne flutes and from cake stands and butter bowls to table cloths, placemats and much more, they’ve got your next party covered.

Celebrate Butter Bowl

With 4 young children and a bunch of cousins and little friends I am afraid lengthy, fancy meals are out of the question so we’re keeping it simple this year with lots of yummy ‘easy’ dishes that can be enjoyed in between games, play and stories. Homemade herb butter in this sweet Celebrate Bowl with Spreader ($10) with freshly baked baguette served on the Celebrate Sandwich Platter ($15), a refreshing fruit salad, quiche, vegies and dips, Dutch cheese and plenty of other tasty treats to fill hungry tummies of all sizes, it may not be your traditional Christmas lunch but I have no doubt my kids will give the menu the thumbs up.

Celebrate Serving Platter

Of course you all know I like to shop smart so I made sure to combine some of the special Christmas pieces with a few ‘plain’ items for everyday use. The red table runner ($5) and large Canteen Plates ($7) can be purchased all year around and with their bright red outside these simple yet elegant plates are the perfect match for the smaller Celebrate Plates ($15 per 3-pack), they look just beautiful together. Next to the plates I will pop a Celebrate Christmas Cracker ($7 per 6-pack), I know the jokes are usually not the best but my kids love them anyway and the little hats make for the cutest photos.

Celebrate Enjoy Plate

Now that the twins have learnt to write they are very keen to give each of their school buddies a Christmas card on the last day of term so on my way out I quickly grabbed a few packs of these Handmade Christmas Cards ($4 per 10-pack), they are very strategically placed next to the checkouts so you can’t miss them. The cards feature the same beautiful words as the rest of the Celebrate range and they’re very well priced, bonus!

Celebrate Christmas Cards

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Aug 102014

Toosh Coosh

Big Birthday Bash – Day 10

Anyone who has ever been to our house will agree that mealtimes are a tad crazy. There is lots of talking and laughing (and sometimes also arguing), rattling of knives and forks and shuffling of bottoms on seats, just the everyday hustle and bustle of a big family. Our kids are still quite young but thanks to Toosh Coosh they can all eat at our large dining table:

Toosh Coosh RedToosh Coosh designer Jo is determined to make family mealtimes easier by bringing little kids to the family table, you’ll be surprised how much more enjoyable dinner can be if you all sit together. If your child is ready to get out of the high chair yet a bit too small for a big chair a Toosh Coosh Booster Seat is exactly what you need. We have been using our Toosh Coosh seats for several years now, multiple times a day, and they’re still going strong.

Toosh Coosh PileToosh Coosh Big Kids Booster Seats are soft, light weight, strong, durable, easy to clean and portable, the modern look is very attractive and does not look childish at all. Use your seat at home, when visiting family or friends, when eating out at a restaurant and even at the movies, anywhere your child needs a bit of a lift. There are no straps or buckles to do up, the Toosh Coosh seat simply stays put with just the weight of your child.

The $49.95 price tag is fantastic considering it is a product you will daily for several years and for even better value there is also a Toosh Coosh Sibling Pack available containing two Toosh Coosh seats for $90 (a saving of 10%).

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Oct 042013

Now that baby Sybil is 7 months old and eating three meals a day like the rest of us it was time to play musical chairs again, something that never ends when you’re a family of six. Luckily miss 3 happily vacated the highchair to make room for the baby and moved onto a proper dining chair. I say happily but at first she wasn’t too keen to give up her spot in the tower, it was only once she discovered she was getting a Toosh Coosh seat like the twins that she jumped out and she hasn’t looked back since.

Toosh Coosh Support Seats

Toosh Coosh Support Seats

We first discovered the Australian designed Toosh Coosh Support Seat 1,5 years ago when the twins got too big for their highchairs but at the same time were too small for our dining table. Since then we have used our two ‘red seats’, as they are known in our house, every single day, not only at mealtimes but also when doing craft, puzzles or baking and of course when eating out. These cleverly designed wipe clean booster seats have proven to be worth their weight in gold and when we have little visitors parents often ask me where to buy them as they see how practical and high quality they are.

Toosh Coosh PileThe twins are now five, they still use their seats and I think they will be doing so for quite some time which meant we had to get Juliet her own Toosh Coosh seat. Since it was first released the Toosh Coosh seat has had a little makeover, the new and improved design has a more rounded, modern looking shape, is lighter in weight and features a handy built-in carry handle so you (or even your child) can easily carry the seat around.

Toosh Coosh BottomWhile many other boosters seats have straps or clips that needs to be attached to your chair Toosh Coosh seats are completely strap free, making them quicker and easier to use. The seats are fitted with an innovative circular grip pattern on the bottom which keeps the seat from slipping and sliding around. We have smooth leather dining chairs and the support seats always stay put, without leaving any damage to our chairs.

Toosh Coosh RedToosh Coosh Support Seats are currently available in red and charcoal and are priced at $49.95 for a single seat or $90 for a sibling 2-pack. When I think of how long we have been using ours for and how many more years we will enjoy them this is such a good price, these seats are worth every cent. For a limited time you can order your Coosh Toosh seat (with free carry bag) online and receive FREE DELIVERY Australia wide.

Mealtimes without MayhemBut that’s not all, you will also receive a free download copy of the book ‘Mealtimes without Mayhem’ written by the talented designer and mum behind Coosh Toosh Jo Turner. This fantastic book is a must-read for Australian families who would like to start eating their meals together. Research has shown there are many benefits of families sharing meals, yet a lot of families struggle with this for various reasons. Mealtimes without Mayhem is full of handy tips and tricks that will make mealtimes more fun and less stressful.

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