Home is where the heart is!

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Yallingup

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Margaret River Bakery

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Cheeky Monkey

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Millers Icecream

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Settlers Ridge

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New Years Eve

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Cottesloe Beach

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May Street Larder

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Rottnest Island

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Rottnest Bakery

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Just 4 Fun Aqua Park

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Jetty Jumping

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Made Juice

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Rottnest Hotel

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Maylands Waterland

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Sayers Sister

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Solomon’s

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Nature’s Harvest

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Post Emporium

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The Great Escape

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Family Time at the Alpine Winter Village

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Recently we attended the Alpine Winter Village in Adelaide’s parklands. Almost all Adelaidians would have heard about this wonderful popup providing an ice skating rink with markets, food (and drink) and live entertainment.

Ice skating is certainly not something you get to do every day with the kids so we were super excited to hit the ice with our littles ones. With the sunshine beaming we had so much fun on the ice. Apprehensive at first, Miss O and Hurricane Harry slowly found their confidence and it didn’t take too long before they were off! As for Bas Man, he was an absolute natural from the start and wasn’t afraid to try some maneuvers that you’d expect to see at the Winter Olympics. Even Daddy had a wonderful time but that doesn’t come as too surprising given the giant kid he is at heart. Me on the other hand, I felt a lot more comfortable holding securely onto the side rails and enjoyed taking snaps and watching the children laugh and smile.

It’s great to see new festivals pop up around our city especially during the winter months. These ideas are great and allowed our little family to spend some quality time together, which these days is incredibly rare with busy schedules. It’s so important to put aside some quality family time together, as families expand, work demands increase and out of school extra curricular activities increase, you can easily begin to miss out on those moments together.

Radelaide certainly delivered a wonderful family moment for us on this occasion!

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Bas man wears;

Paperwings Bat Tee

Cotton on Vest

Nike Sb Portmore shoes from Jr’s Surf & Ski

Miss O wears;

Paperwings Heart Ruffled dress + Denim Bunny jacket + Hearts & Bows Knee High socks

Next Mary Jane shoes

Hurricane Harry wears;

Paperwings Bat tee

Cotton On vest

Alfie Apparel pants

Walnut Melbourne James Boot

Grimm’s at Dear Friend

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So excited to finally see our Playroom come together with more educational based products. We’ve been shopping up a storm at Dear Friend Kids + Lifestyle Boutique who now stocks out favourite range, Grimm’s Spiel & Holz wooden toys. These natural and sustainable wooden toys not only look amazing but are perfect for learning and playing within the home.

After gaining some wonderful inspiration from one of my favourite bloggers “Her & I” aka @2.melbourne.mummas who share lots of wonderful Montessori based learning activities that you can introduce to your children within the home. Make sure you check out her hashtag for some wonderful at home ideas #camteaches1

We were faced with challenges with our Miss O and more recently with H man, so I wanted to create a more appealing space for the children to ponder, create and learn at the same time. I absolutely love the connections you make with other wonderful Mumma’s on social media. Getting ideas and tips that I would not have thought of myself. That are easy to implement at home and put into our daily routine, all to help with allowing our little ones to become more independent and confident with their learning.

Grimm’s Spiel & Holz products have endless possibilities which can help with letter and language recognition and development, numbers, counting, mathematical reasoning and fine motor skills.

These products don’t just cater for the younger children, even our 10 year old Bas Man has been getting involved! Make sure you follow our 2 little ones on Snapchat (minibots_ls) + Insta Stories as they create + learn through play.

We cannot wait to get more from Dear Friend‘s wonderful Educational section online!! Head over and check out their wonderful range www.dearfriend.com.au and BEWARE you will end up shopping up a storm as they have the best collection of brands. A one stop shop!

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Kidnique

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Looking for a unique way to present your children’s abundance of art work they bring home from day care or school? Look no further than Kidnique.
Kidnique gives you access to super fun art/kit designs that recreate your little ones art into something that looks great within the home.
I’m not going to lie, I totally throw out the 20 million pieces of art that come home (no joke our recycling bin gets filled weekly by Miss O’s bring home art + craft!!!) But now I can put all that art to wonderful use!
I decided to make new artwork with my kids over the school holidays so that they could be super proud of what we create, knowing that they had helped … and boy did we have fun! The art/kit designs we worked on were the So Sketchy Pencils, delicious and coloursome Just Chill Popsicle and the Rainbow of Light. Our Harry (4 yo) was absolutely thrilled to create the ice-cream and was even more thrilled by his efforts (I think he was disappointed he couldn’t eat it!).
These art/kit designs are a wonderful way to get the family to all sit down together and talk and laugh without the distractions of modern day luxuries such as iPads, iPods and anything else beginning with an “I”. In addition, it allows our younger ones to explore colours, shapes and objects whilst also developing their  fine motor skills with the use of painting, scissors (kid-friendly), gluing and more.
The end result speaks for itself and the kids were all so proud to have their handmade art creations placed in their playroom to view daily.
We caught up with Krystal from Kidnique to find out more how this new venture came to life;
“I’m a graphic designer and I’ve been working in my own home based studio for 6yrs (Orphan Design), I’ve taken a bit of a break from this to launch Kidnique. We also have a very busy cafe on the Gold Coast (Daark Espresso, which we own with my SIL and her husband), it’s coming up to it’s 3rd year, luckily we don’t have to work “in” this business. My husband is a cabinetmaker and at the start of this year he started a boutique custom cabinetry business (Eldhus Modern Cabinetry) which is going great. He makes amazing custom furniture for our kids rooms/house and is super patient with my Pinterest inspired furniture requests haha. Needless to say we’re pretty busy, the kids go to kindy 3 days and we spend the rest of our days exploring the Gold Coast and finding new ways to learn through our need to be creative. Thank goodness for coffee is all I can say!
Collaging with the kids artwork is something I’ve been doing for about 4yrs. We always have an abundance of paintings around the house and coming home from kindy and the graphic designer in me needed an original way to display this so that it looked great! Friends constantly commented on the designs I was making and I quickly realised that other parents wanted to do the same thing with their kids artwork but needed a helping hand. This is where my Art Kits came about, the templates make it super easy for parents to repurpose those splatters, smudges and scribbles into something incredible. Creating with kids is fun but the process of using the Art Kits is really for parents. As a busy Mum I find it quite therapeutic to sit down and put the puzzle together, it can be very relaxing and rewarding.
I’ve launched Kidnique with simple designs to get people used to the process of collaging and using the templates but as it becomes more popular I’ll be releasing new designs (to compliment the existing ones) and more complex designs for those who have realised they are pretty great with a pair of scissors! We’ll continue to post fun and creative things to do with your little artists and start to introduce customers to the amazing education benefits of doing art with kids.”
We know you will have just as much fun as we did with Kidnique Art Kits. And be sure to head their website and signup to receive a Free ‘Rainbow Of Light‘ Art Kit!!
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Tinitrader Pop-Up Market Melbourne 6-7 August

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The Tinitrader Pop Up Market Returns to Melbourne and is the Place for Mums to Go, Discover and Shop.

Australia’s favourite online destination for babies and kids products is coming to life from 6 August to 7 August, with a special Tinitrader shopping event in Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Called the Tinitrader Pop-Up Market, visitors will be able to browse beautifully curated spaces styled by Aimee Tarulli and shop from over 30 brands selected from the 300+ online sellers found on Tinitrader.  The brands selected will showcase the best in interior styling products, toys, gifts, homewares and fashion. Everything on display will be available for sale – from clothing, prams, bunk beds and everything in between. In short – see it, love it, buy it. With over 2000 visitors expected to attend across the two days, shoppers will be able to select from the latest range of unique toys, gifts, homewares and fashion.

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CEO and co-founder Kerri Turner is once again looking forward to bringing Tinitrader and its sellers to the masses in physical form.  “Tinitrader has always been about bringing together the best in children’s products and we wanted the concept of the pop-up event to reflect this,” Kerri said. The Tinitrader virtual marketplace offers a one-stop-shop for busy parents, with more than 30,000 baby and kids products available from hundreds of retail stores and sellers. The Melbourne event will give people the chance to see and shop the range in real time within an edgy industrial setting.

In addition to a great place to shop, the pop-up will play host to a number of activities planned over the two days including: craft events hosted by Habitots. Visitors can enjoy coffee and cake at the pop up Café. As part of Tinitrader’s continuing commitment to educate and empower retailers, the Tinitrader Pop Up Market will host a business seminar on Friday afternoon prior to opening to the public on the weekend. ‘We will bring together a talented mix of experts to cover business related issues relevant to retailers and sellers including: branding innovation, social media, ecommerce, PR and more,’ says Kerri.

The Tinitrader Pop-Up Marketplace has been developed in conjunction with major sponsor Bugaboo. Tinitrader is delighted to announce that Bugaboo will launch a range of new prams never before seen at the event. The Tinitrader Market for 2016 will be launched with an Opening Night Champagne Reception on Friday the 5th of August from 6.30- 8.30pm. Each guest will be gifted a $50 shopping voucher on the night to put towards their purchase.

What: Tinitrader Melbourne Pop-Up Market

When: 6 – 7th of August
Trade will have exclusive access on Friday the 5th and doors will open to the public on the Saturday and Sunday.

Where: 245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Trading Hours:

Saturday 6th of August: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 7th of August: 10am – 4pm

TO REGISTER: Pre-register at tinitrader.com.au to go into the draw for some great prizes.

For media enquires please contract Sarah Cichy at Piccolo PR, Sarah@piccolopr.com.au

About tinitrader
Tinitrader is Australia’s most comprehensive online marketplace for finding, buying and selling the best babies and kids products. Offering a one-stop shopping solution for busy mums and dads, over 30,000 products are available from hundreds of retailers and private advertisers across Australia. For more information, visit tinitrader.com.au

Cotton On KIDS + Free By Cotton On Gets Active

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Cotton on KIDS + Free by Cotton On have launched their latest Activewear Collection!

The range comprises of leggings, tees, shorts, shoes and accessories and these all come in an assortment of bright of colours for girls and pantone’s for the boys. True to its name, the Activewear Collection is perfect for your children to get active. The fabric and style of the garments, provides the type of free range of motion required for the busy child. The real beauty lies in the fact that style has not been compromised at all for the functionality and practicality of these clothes. Further, this range of fabulous products is not just for the little ones, as it extends through to teens which is such an important age to encourage a healthy lifestyle and being active every day.

Our little ones cannot get enough of their new leggings. We literally had to pry off our Miss O leggings when she was in bed asleep she loves them that much. Perfect for the current cooler months, the active leggings matched back with the batwing jacket ensure we can still get outside. Oh, and don’t worry, the range has your feet covered too with Retro Trainers which are all kinds of WOW! Doubly WOW is the fact that her new runners glow in the dark!

Hurricane Harry as the youngest boy in the house just adores and aspires to be like his big bro and Daddy. The look on his face was priceless when he first donned his tights and running shorts!!!!

Bas-man headed straight down to our local football oval to practise his footy skills and goal kicking, showing off his new activewear to all the locals (as you do at 10yrs old). May we add that the teen range is totally on point and that little more edgier with bold colours and fun styles. It’s been given a huge thumbs up by our Bas-man.

We love to promote a healthy lifestyle to our children and that’s about educating them to make the right choices. Sounds great in theory but its easier said than done, so when CottonOn releases a product that encourages kids to get outdoors and be active, we think it deserves an applause. This range gives them so much excitement of finally being able to look and feel athletic whilst doing what they love outdoors!

If you don’t already, follow our journey on Snapchat minibots_ls where you’ll catch our 3 getting active on a daily basis.

Be sure to get Active and head to Cotton on KIDS + Free by Cotton On to shop the full range, where Little Teams Dream Big!

See below for style links;

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Miss O wears from Cotton On KIDS;

Retro Trainer – Perry Pink/Silver

Active Batwing Jacket – Electric Pink

Active Tee – Bubblegum Pink/Heart

Active Leggings – Mid Grey Marle/Jump

Hurricane Harry wears from Cotton On KIDS;

Boys Active Tee – Speckled Grey/On Your Mark

Boys Active Running Short – Black/Yard Blue

Boys Active Tech Pant – Black/Haze Marle

Bas Man wears from Free By Cotton On;

Free Active Tee – Mid Grey Marle/Run

Free Active Tee – Haze Marle/94

Free Active Tech Short – Black

 

 

 

Tots and Mor

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Thrilled to have come across gorgeous store Tots and Mor for children. Their gorgeous selection is perfect for our Miss O and making any girl look sweet and angelic. We went for the divine “RUFFLE T-SHIRT” in pink. The detailing of the frilled neckline makes wonderful winter layer and perfect for every little girls wardrobe. We matched back with a favourite skirt or pinafore dress which perfectly accentuates this wonderful Tee. We love adorable pieces for our girl and we know this piece will be a regular outfit for her this season. The “RUFFLE T-SHIRT” comes in the beautiful tones of Ivory, Pink and Grey and is available in sizes 1 through to 7.

We caught up with the lovely Morgan from Tots and Mor;

Tots And Mor began in April 2016. It came about after the birth of my first daughter Arianna. She is what has fuelled my passion for children’s fashion, along with also wanting to be able to make a contribution to the family whilst being a stay at home mum. Originally from North Queensland, my now husband got an opportunity to move to Sydney for work back in 2009.

I love to see all of the customer love on social media! Our customers are just the best and incredibly cute. Currently I am working on our very own label which is our next step. This is very exciting and also very daunting. I can’t wait to share this with everyone!!

We cannot wait to see what’s next from Tots and Mor, in the meantime make sure you follow their journey on Instagram and shop all their gorgeous range online www.totsandmor.com.au as we know you’ll love as much as we do!

See below for outfit and bedroom details;

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Ruffled T-Shirt from Tots and Mor

Market Pinny from Sweet Jane

Condor Socks from Mabel’s Garb

Shoes from Next

Dream Kanin Doll from Dear Friend

Giant Wall Tassel from DD Brand

Our Little Dreamer print from Lily Loves Luka

O Letter print from Letterville

Bed from Incy Interiors

Swan Linen from The Lowercase

Kip and Co Velvet Pillowcase Global Kidz

Bow Cushion from Mae Engelgeer

Down To The Woods Cloud Hanger from Home Supply

Down To The Woods String Lights from Home Supply

Clothes Rack from Such Great Heights

Maileg Princess and the Pea and Dolls Bed from Wild and Whimsical Things

Tooth Fairy Holder from Macaroon Kids

Lapin and Me Dolls from Leo & Bella

Lucky Boy Sunday Cushion and Doll from Leo & Bella

Djeco Castle House from Kidzone