make it mine : the right angle

posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013

Are you appreciating the latest triangle trend for the nursery too? Interior guru, Belinda from Nest Design Studio said, "I love the way simple design ideas can transform a room. I've used these Mur wall decals in my sons' new room -- they are so easy to use and make such a big impact!"

You can recreate this edgy look at your place with: 1. Sputnick Light from Regency Shop. 2. Ludde Sheepskin Rug from Ikea. 3. Triangle decals from Mur. 4. Replica Eames Rocker from Sokol. 5. Print from Raw Art Letterpress.

Original image by Oh I Design.

wee books : 8 stories for father's day

posted on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What are you planning for Father's Day this weekend?

Celebrating the dad in our house, aka my mister, often means giving him time away from dad duties. But when he's back on again he's quite fond of reading to the littles, often letting them choose a quick story before he scoots off to work in the morning.

Our resident book expert, Erin from The Kids' Bookshop has some lovely suggestions for celebrating dad at reading time.

"Reading with their kids is one of the best things that dads can do. And what better way to celebrate dad’s special day than by reading a book all about the special relationship between fathers and children? Here are some of our favourites:

Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
This gorgeous picture book is about a toddler we’ve all probably encountered – one that does not want to go to bed. Daddy Bear asks for a kiss but Baby Bear is grumpy and refuses. We follow them as Daddy Bear entices Baby Bear to have a bath, clean his teeth and hop in to bed and by the end, Baby Bear is chuckling and offering hugs and kisses. Very, very sweet.

My Two Super Dads by Bronny Fallens
This is a personal favourite. A little girl introduces her family, which consists of two dads. She talks about their home and their weekends and how they like to spend their time – all complemented with fantastically bright illustrations. A wonderful celebration of unconventional families.

I Love My Dad by Anna Walker (pictured at top)
Part of Anna Walker’s ‘I Love My…’ series, this one follows Ollie the zebra as he tells us all the things he loves about his dad. Walker’s illustrations are divine and this one makes a lovely gift.

I Love My Daddy by Emma Dodd
This one has lovely rhyming text and humour, perfect for the very young.

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins
Cousins is the creator of Maisy and she is a master of creating colourful and fun books for babies and toddlers. This one follows a baby woodpecker whose daddy is teaching him how to peck. Cut out holes in the cover and pages show where baby woodpecker has been and will delight small children.

Daddy Is My Hero by Dawn Richards
A child plays dress-ups with dad and together they go on amazing adventures. Celebrating the joys of imaginative play.

My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein
You’d be hard pressed to find a dad who doesn’t like to pull out a “dad joke” every now and then. These books are hilarious and celebrate all those dads who think they're comedians.

My Superhero by Chris Owen
Dads have lots of superhero attributes but they may not always be as obvious as you think. A charming look at all the things dads have to offer.

For more books about dads, and all kinds of families, take a look at our 'Families' theme. You can refine by age to find the perfect book for your child…and dad."

Thanks for these fabulous choices Erin! Which book do you think the dad-type in your wee one's life would like? I'd love to hear!

giveaway : little bellies snacks {closed}

posted on: Monday, August 26, 2013

This post is sponsored by Little Bellies and Digital Parents Collective.

We've been having some delightful pre-spring sunshine so this past weekend we gathered up our big patchwork rug and headed out for a wee picnic before the start of another busy week.

We brought along some Crispy Choo Chews and Hoops and Loops from Little Bellies to taste test. The gang was very excited about this.

The kiddo about to devour a handful of Hoops and Loops. 

Little Bellies products are certified organic snacks made especially for wee ones with no refined sugars, minimum processing and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

The lady enjoying a Crispy Choo Chew.

That last one is a biggie, I find it easy enough to buy packaged foods without artificial colours or flavours but sadly many still have preservatives. Begone overly-long-lasting foods! We want as natural as possible. But convenient too (yes, we want it all).

I can see the Hoops and Loops being a great go-to for a healthy movie night snack, while the individually wrapped Choo Chews are perfect for wee lunch boxes or for throwing in my bag in case of a hunger/distraction emergency (which, let's face it, with a toddler is likely to come up).

And the verdict from the littles? Max was a big fan of the Crispy Choo Chews while the lady said 'More, more?' about both. A fan for life ;)

And you can win your own Little Bellies goodies too. Yay!

Just comment on this post and tell me what kind of snacks the little one in your life loves and you could find a lovely package of Little Bellies goodies valued at $50 AUD delivered to your door. Too easy :)

what will you win?
1 x reader will win a Little Bellies Snack Pack valued at $50 AUD

what do you need to do?
Simply comment on this post and tell me what kind of snacks your little one loves.

Be sure to include your email address or email it to me at

Good luck!

p.s You can buy Little Bellies products at these stores and keep with all the yummy news on Facebook and Twitter if you fancy :)

Apologies to international readers, this competition is open Australia wide only. Giveaway closes at midnight, Sydney time on the 9th of September 2013. If the winner is not contactable via email within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn.


posted on: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Portraits of one or more of my kiddos once a week, every week in 2013.

Her: Yaaay! Having a brilliant time playing ball with her gogo (grandma), uncle, brother and 6-months-older cousin.

Him: Concentrating mid-ball game.

This week he had a night of dancey sparkling fun performing in the local School Showcase. I love these funny organised activity parts of childhood (I used to partake in many of these performances myself way back when). He was so excited and said when they went backstage after their dance he and his friends high-fived the other school's kindergarten performers. How adorable is that?

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week project.

giveaway : heidi walks shoes {closed}

posted on: Friday, August 23, 2013

What are these? Adorable shoes from All About Heidi? Hand made in divinely super-soft leather with velcro or laces?

Available in around 13 different shades of the rainbow? Amazing for little pre-walkers or toddlers from ages 1 month to around 18 months? And seamless? Made seamlessly? 

Yes! And we're giving a gorgeous pair away thanks to All About Heidi. Hooray!

The lady received her first pair a few weeks ago and she absolutely loves them. Or rather, I absolutely love them and she's as happy as a pig in mud to wear them. They are so lovely and tactile to touch, delicate to look at and yet wonderfully hardy to wear. How many shoes can I say that about? Not many, if any.

I chose a pair in blueberry for her and she also had the chance to try out a honey pair back when she had her model for a day (or hour) moment. My other fave colours are the deliciously named cherry, olive and fairyfloss.

So, would you like to win a pair?

You can enter via Pinterest or Instagram (or both!).

what will you win?

1 pair of Heidi Walks shoes of your choice.

what do you need to do?

If you're on Pinterest pin one of the images from this post with the hashtag #heidiwalksbabyspace


If you're on Instagram head over to baby space and share the giveaway with your followers with the hashtag #heidiwalksbabyspace

Or do both for two entries :)

Good luck!

This giveaway is open internationally and closes at midnight, Sydney time on the 7th of September 2013. If the winner is not contactable via email within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn.

book love : em + kids {from the beetle shack}

posted on: Thursday, August 22, 2013

Em from The Beetle Shack is a newly minted mama of three too. She said, "My fave book to read with the kids is Bare Bear by Miriam Moss."

Thanks for sharing your fave Em! You can find Em over at The Beetle Shack.

This week we're celebrating Book Week in Australia with a couple of lovely mamas, their kiddos and their books.

book love : bron + kids {from maxabella loves...}

posted on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Because I loved hearing about all the toddler faves when it was Literacy and Numeracy week I asked Bron of Maxabella Loves... what her gorgeous school-age kiddos (Max, 8, Arrabella, 7 and Lottie, 5) are appreciating now that it's Book Week.

She said, "Our fave book as a family is Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking. We like this Lauren Child illustrated version. Max's favourite is The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon (but don't tell him it was written by a girl). Ari isn't a big reader, but right now she's loving Sally Gardner's The Strongest Girl in the World (she can probably relate!). Lottie's all-time, hands-down favourite book is Kate Knapp's Ruby Red Shoes. Kate has a new book coming out soon where Ruby goes to Paris and we can't wait!"

Thanks for sharing your family's faves Bron! You can find Bron over at Maxabella Loves... and Village Voices.

This week we're celebrating Book Week in Australia with a couple of lovely mamas, their kiddos and their books.

book week : parading in the '80s

posted on: Monday, August 19, 2013

Did your school hold these kind of parades back in the day too?

That's me, dressed up as a book. I think it was 1986.

My dad made the book and my mum accessorised me in matching red boots, gloves, hat and glasses.

The box was a bit unwieldy to walk around in but I thought it was fabulous.

Note the other kids' costumes: Card Hearts from Alice in WonderlandNoddy and the Policeman, Raggedy Andy, Popeye and a Very Hungry Caterpillar. Some things never change ;)

Do you remember your old book week parades? Did your parents help out with costumes or did you get creative yourself? I'd love to hear!

book week : 9 fun costumes

posted on: Sunday, August 18, 2013

Photography by Jennifer Pinkerton.

If you've got big kids they might be partaking in a book parade 'round about now. The kiddo has his very first parade next week, he can't wait! If you've got some time and are looking for ideas, your little may like to:

Dress up like one of the kids on The Wimpy Kid covers.

Be The Gruffalo (and the mouse! For kiddos with smaller siblings tagging along).

Be a rain cloud. Maybe the one from Winnie The Pooh? Cute.

Dress up like the adorable Madeline.

Pop on a stripy top and glasses and be Wally of Where's Wally.

Dress up in a white blouse, black braces and a black skirt like Eloise.

Go as one of the characters from Alice in Wonderland, like Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the White Rabbit (above).

And, last but not least, they're not originally book characters but what little doesn't want to be a Lego person?!

Have you been busy helping your wee ones get ready for book week? Which character do they want to dress up as? I'd love to hear!


posted on: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Portraits of one or more of my kiddos once a week, every week in 2013.

Her: She's been very attached to these two lately. 'Orse? Jessie?' she'll ask. She pops Jessie on Bullseye's back and pretends they're trotting along together.

And if you're wondering what she's doing in that second picture, she's copying me. I was crouched down to photograph her so she hunkered down too. They really do watch our every move. Funny little sweetheart.

Some beautiful captures elsewhere this week: gorgeous Neveah on Rebekka Seale, a pretty shadow on Taylormade and hilarious Olive on dear olive.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week project.

wee style : sweet pastels for spring

posted on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Here in Sydney the weather has been unseasonably glorious reminding me that spring is right around the corner! These cute threads and are lovely and light -- just right for sunnier weather. 

toddler : 18-19 months

posted on: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

well my lady, my heart face, my posy, my little one, this has been a couple of interesting months for me your ever-loving but somewhat weary mama.

you are so full of smiles, delightfulness and more new words everyday that I thankfully tend to focus on those and not on the other parts.

the other parts are quite trying.

For a few weeks I had started to feel a film of sadness wash over me. Just a day-to-day vague emptiness spiked with flurries of activity that I was starting to feel were hardly worth the effort.

Staying at home with a toddler is so hard but this 'so hard' is so hard to describe because it's just...nothing. It's just the daily routine but with more. More feistiness, more noise, more demands. Toddlers are demanding. And my toddler right now is adventurous and into everything.

Take the other day. I got home from doing a food shop and was helping the kiddo with something or other for all of two minutes, probably less. The lady trotted off to the kitchen.

When I walked into the kitchen with the grocery bags she was at the sink. Standing on the kiddo's stool. Little head back. Dishwashing detergent nozzle poised at her lips.

I rushed over, turned on the tap, scooped her up and washed her mouth saying, 'Yucky, yucky, yuck.'
She happily stuck her tongue out to be washed and repeated (with mouthfuls of water and I assume detergent), 'Yucky! Yucky!'

Then I rang the poisons line.

toddler : 16-17 months {and a story about a birthday}

posted on: Monday, August 12, 2013

Ohmy, I'm a wee bit behind with the lady's toddler updates.

So instead of a recount on how she behaved or how I was feeling or a list of milestones achieved, I have one little anecdote that will have to suffice for remembering her 16-17th month.

Because I do want to remember the little things even if they include poo smeared all over my white tee-shirt on my 35th birthday. Yes, that happened.

But also what happened is that she gave me a present (apart from the poop), she chose that day to put two words together for the first time.

'Happy day! Happy day!' she said over and over, all day long.

And it was.

p.s catch-up post of 17-18 months coming up.

{super-pink outfit all from cotton on kids}


posted on: Sunday, August 11, 2013

Portraits of one or more of my kiddos once a week, every week in 2013.

Him: Proud to be showing us his skills at school open day. Before the skipping his class did a dance.

Her: Getting amongst it with the big kids. When I take her along to the kiddo's school his classmates often gather round to play with her.

Some beautiful captures elsewhere last week: Mai having only child time at Olivelse, Nyla's first bath (oh my newborn sweetness) on Sass and Spice, Oliver and Zoe who remind me of my own kiddos at Hello Sisilia.

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! The weather is gorgeous here in Sydney.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week project.

inspired by : 11 love triangles

posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fancy bringing the soothing symmetry of triangles into your wee space? Then you might like to apply one of these angular ideas...

1. On the wall : create your own triangle shelves for wee bits and bobs like Josh and Sarah did on A Beautiful Mess.

2. One direction : complete a wee nursery with an adorable triangle mobile like this one from The Alison Show.

3. Good things come in threes: choose three triangular-patterned pieces that compliment. In this little space the throw and pillow bring the triangle motif off the wall canvas and into the room.

4. Triangular illusion: make your own patterns with triangle-painted blocks, like this set from Cuppa Colour.

5. Repeat in blue : collect and display key pieces in matching shades and patterns like the bed cushions and floor rug in this tidy room.

6. Pretty practical : keep toys and do-dads in attractive triangle crates like this one with handy wheels from Move Ur Art.

7. Get the look : with a lovely mustard triangle spread like this one seen on Mokkasin.

8. Temporarily beautiful : use moonish magnetic wooden tiles to add a backdrop of texture and pattern. As seen on SF Girl By Bay.

9. Winning trifecta : use a fun set of triangle patterned drawers as the focal point in the room, like this beautiful set from The Family Love Tree.

10. Open the door : add a tumble of triangles to add colour movement in white spaces, as seen on this door on Spring.

11. Or, make a statement with a rainbow quilt in bright rainbow hues like the one at top as seen on The Plastic Factory.

Have you seen any lovely triangle-patterned pieces or spaces recently? Would you use a triangle motif at your place? Are you also dying to bring home that set of drawers up there to your place? I'd love to hear!
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