Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I have learnt with my third child

I have learnt many many things along my journey with 3 children. But there is one thing that I have definitely learnt now I have come to number 3.

And that is that there is no rush for things. We seem to be in such a hurry to toilet train, to get them in a big bed, to get them talking, to get them reading.

But you know what? Who cares. What about enjoying the journey, and relishing the moments they are so small. Because it goes so very quickly.

With my third I am in no rush to toilet train, no rush to put her in kindy, no rush to turn her cot into a toddler bed. Because I know it will all happen with time. They all get there in the end.

I want to enjoy every precious moment with her. I'm by no means a perfect Mum, but where I wanted to rush everything along with my boys, I want to let my little girl find her own pace and her own way... and I think it will all work out in the end.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Skeanie Ruffle Tights

As a Mum of a girl after 2 boys, its tons of fun to be able to dress my daughter in lovely little girly clothes. But there is usually a downside of this and that is that cute girly clothes are quite often impractical. Girls, just as much as boys, love to run and jump and climb and slide, and being in a skirt  does hamper movement I think.

However there is some gorgeous little new tights out from Skeanie (you might remember I reviewed their darling little shoes a while ago) that combine girliness with practicality, and what makes these tights different is the funky ruffles around the bottom of the legs.



Made from 80% Cotton 18% Nylon and 2% Elastane, Ruffle Tights come in a range of sizes from 1-2 years up to 4-5 years, and are able to be machine washed. Although the instructions say not to tumble dry, I have to admit they went through the dryer in a load of washing and came out just fine.


We were sent a pair to review and there are lots of things I like about the Skeanie Ruffles:

  • You can dress them up with a dress over the top, or dress them down with just a tee.
  • Nice enough for dinner out, and tough enough for a day at the park or kindy.




  • Comfy enough to climb on things (yes even things that aren't supposed to be climbed on like lego) and play on the trampoline.
  • Nice and warm in the cool winter weather we are having at the moment.




The Skeanie Ruffle Tights are adorable and practical, and I'm sure your daughter will love wearing them as much as mine does!



Disclaimer: We received Skeanies Ruffles to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What do you need in a Nappy Bag for a Newborn Baby?

What do you need in a Nappy Bag for a Newborn Baby?

I remember vividly when my first son was born nearly 9 years ago having so much trouble knowing what to put in the nappy bag!! It sounds silly now, but for a new Mum heading out the door with my new baby, I really didn't know what I would need while out and about. Now after 3 kids it is second nature, but I was looking through my nappy bag the other day and thought I really should put a blog post up with some suggestions of what is good to pack when heading out with your baby.

So, what things do you need to pack in your Nappy Bag when heading out the door with your newborn baby? Here is my list for an outing:

  • A nice roomy nappy bag! You always need more than you think you do!
  • Nappies - always keep quite a few in your nappy bag
  • Nappy sacks
  • Travel pack or 2 of wipes
  • Nappy rash cream if needed
  • Change mat (either a nice fabric padded one, or disposable ones if you prefer)
  • Bub's Comforter (I always keep one permanently in our nappy bag so I don't leave the house and forget it)
  • Muslin 
  • Blanket
  • Change of clothes for baby
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • If Breastfeeding a privacy cover, or use your muslin
  • If Bottle-feeding, bottles already filled with boiled water, and a container with formula in (I take pre-warmed bottles in the insulated bottle packs)
  • A Sweet Dreameezz Black Muslin to drape over the pram when bub is asleep.
  • Dummy if you use one

Saturday, June 7, 2014

5 Essential Things for Bub You Didn't Know You Needed

Having a baby can open up a whole new world of gadgets and goodies you probably never even knew existed. Shopping for baby items can certainly be fun and exciting and daunting all at the same time! While you do discover newborns actually need very little apart from food, sleep, lots of nappies, and to be near mum and dad, there are a few things I have discovered as essential things to have on hand from my journey with my own 3 children.

1. A specifically designed baby comforter. While most parents end up giving their baby a soft toy or a muslin wrap, there is a whole range of safe and specially designed comforters to give to babies. These are made from breathable fabric, are easily replaced if lost or loved to death, and they are easily washed and dried. Safe to give a baby from birth, I recommend a Cuski Baby Comforter, Save Our Sleep Comforter, or Sophie the Giraffe Comforter – the shape is designed to be safe for your baby, absorb smells well, and they are easily washed in the washing machine. They are also very affordable. When you introduce a comforter to a baby, you are also introducing a signal to sleep, which makes naptime and bedtime routines much more predictable for your child and way less stressful for you. My daughter adores her Pinkee!

2. While we all adore carrying our babies, sometimes we do need to put them down to get things done around the house. There are many types of baby rockers and swings available, and one of these is a must in my books. Do your research and pick one according to your needs. For example, do you need to move it around the house easily? Would you manage with an electric one that plugs into the wall? Do you prefer the old-fashioned bouncers? Do you require organic fabric? Whichever one you choose, your baby and you will love the convenience and comfort. Just remember to keep it on the floor at all times rather than up on a table, bench or bed.

3. One (sometimes unexpected) thing that happens with babies is that they do tend to need to be burped a lot. Along with burps comes upchucks, and there is nothing worse than it ending up all over your shoulder and down your back (especially if you are out and about and can't get changed). Did you know though, there is an alternative to putting a daggy cloth nappy over your shoulder? They are called Burp Cloths, and are one of the handiest little things you will ever come across. So easy to pop over your shoulder when burping bub, they look great, and you can even use them for lots of other things such as under bubs head in the pram or to wipe up all sorts of messes.

4. A feeding chair for babies room. I never thought I would be including this one in a list of essential baby products. For my first 2 children I didn’t have a specific feeding chair, I just fed them on the lounge in the living room. However, my Dad kindly bought me a special feeding chair for my third baby – you know the ones, they rock and have a footstool as well. I can now honestly say it has been the best thing ever! My daughter is now 2 and it has been one of the most well used things I have ever had. Night feeds have been a breeze without having to put lights on in the rest of the house, its easy to get away from the noise of other family members, and it has been lovely sitting and rocking with my feet up with my baby. We still use it to this day for a cuddle before nap time and bed time.

 5. My last essential baby product you didn’t know you needed for this article is a night light for babies room. For all 3 of my children I have had different types depending what has been on the market at the time, but whichever one you do purchase, make sure it is easy to turn on in the dark and that it is only just bright enough to feed and change baby. It is so important to teach baby day from night, and this means keeping things as quiet and dark as possible when doing night feeds and changes.

I hope this list has given you some inspiration for your list of things for baby. If your baby is yet to arrive, I wish you a beautiful birth, and if your baby has been born, congratulations on your beautiful bubba!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Giveaway: Minty Cuski Baby Comforter

Yay another giveaway! Up for grabs is one of our best-sellers, one Minty Cuski Baby Comforter for one lucky Mum! Valued at $29.95, with easy entry via the Rafflecopter form below.






Please take a comment to read the T&C of the giveaway and be sure to do all mandatory steps. Prize is not transferable for cash, and is open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

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Winner - Jackie

Monday, May 19, 2014

Giveaway: Angads Cot Set

What a divine giveaway I have for you this month! Angads are kindly offering one of our readers a beautiful cot set for one lucky Mum (or Dad).

The Angads 'Bambini' cot set is valued at $89.00 and includes cot quilt with a matching pillow case. The Bambini cot set is 100% cotton and machine washable and has an adorable alphabet and doll pattern on it.

Enter via Rafflecopter Form below.... and good luck!




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Winner - Nikita

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Skeanie Classic Infant Pre-walkers

Put your hand up if you have a baby or toddler aged newborn to 2?? Well then please read on!

My daughter (who has just turned 2) has been wearing in a super cute pair of Skeanies Classic Infant Pre-Walkers lately. While she has been walking for quite a while, these soft little shoes are still fantastic to have in the wardrobe, especially with winter coming up, they are perfect to keep on her feet all day to keep them warm and protected.


The Skeanies super soft, light and flexible soles ensure natural movement of baby’s feet without obstructing soft bone cartilage, tissue, muscles, and nerves. Heralded as the “Transition Shoe,” the pre walkers feature “Flex-EASE technology (elastic around the back of the ankle) and textured suede soles which provides superior grip to prevent bone deformities later in life. As you can see in the picture below, the shoes are made of lovely soft leather, and have the gentle elastic around the back which means they actually stay on her feet. They are also recommended as the Preferred Provider of The Australian Podiatry Foundation (NSW & ACT), so you know they are good for your child's feet.


The pair my daughter is wearing are a Size L (EU22), which fit her perfectly, and they go up to an X-Large. I'll be checking out the Junior range also offered by Skeanies, which is for kids aged 1-5 years.


As you can see, Skeanies Classic Pre-Walkers are totally adorable little shoes for kids. They are well priced (RRP$29.95), they fit beautifully, they stay on, and most of all, they are obviously comfortable (or believe me, a toddler would not keep them on his or her feet!!). So in conclusion, they get a big thumbs up from us... and we wish we had discovered them sooner! 



Disclaimer: We received a pair of Skeanies to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

3 Things I have Discovered since becoming a Mum


  1. Your baby is born with their personality, and it has nothing to do with you as a parent. A difficult baby is not caused by anything you are doing wrong, and an easy baby is not that way because you think you are relaxed. While its really nice to credit our children's good qualities with something we are doing as a parent, I don't believe this is so. After having 3 children, all with vastly different personalities, one thing I noticed was that they were certainly born this way... in other words their core personality is nature not nurture. Definitely as they get older you need to channel their qualities and energy in the right direction, but we are all born with our own personalities and we need to support and rejoice in that, not try and change someone to the person you think they should be.
  2. You really don't have any concept of what total tiredness and utter exhaustion is until you become a Mum. Weeks and months of getting by on minimal sleep takes it toll on us Mums, and you really can't compare it to partying all weekend or missing out on a nights sleep for whatever reason BC (before children). I think most Mums have experienced the passing out in the middle of the night with bub on lap feeding, or driving somewhere and having no memory of getting there because you are so incredibly exhausted. But at least it does pass in time and become a distant memory (however even saying that my youngest is 2 and I think there is very few nights I haven't been woken by her at least once for various reasons!).
  3. Normal everyday tasks like having a shower, going to the toilet, and going grocery shopping are luxury activities if you get to go them on your own and without being uninterrupted in any way. I'd even go so far as saying I get absolutely desperate sometimes to do things ALL ON MY OWN. Just getting to pop to the library on my own is heaven (without taking a toddler who I know will throw a tantrum), or getting groceries (without my 2 sons who ask for every toy in sight).... or going to the toilet without ONE person needing my attention that exact second. Need I go on? Hehe.
So tell me, what have you discovered since becoming a Mum??

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Giveaway: Let's Get Boobalicious E-Book

If you are a new Mum or a soon to be Mum, you will be very interested in this new e-book which has just been released today (so exciting!).

Let’s Get Boobilicious is a New Mum’s Guide to Enjoying Breastfeeding & Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges.

Breastfeeding is a gift from nature, yet this gift isn’t always unravelled as easily or confidently for every new mother. We all prepare for a gentle transition into motherhood, but the initial baby storm can be an emotional tunnel and turbulent learning journey, particularly in breastfeeding successfully. Let’s Get Boobilicious is an informative, supportive and fun guide for new mothers wanting to enjoy nourishing their babies confidently, free of confusion, expectation & judgement. This is a one stop guide for breastfeeding basics, giving practical & helpful information to guide and progress mums through the early days from birth through to baby’s first year of feeding & gives tools to help mothers overcome any breastfeeding challenges that are sprung on them along the way. Anthea Thomas is a mother and a widely respected antenatal educator in Australia. She draws on her vast experience of caring for pregnant and new mothers and through this delightful book, Anthea shares practical skills and advice on pregnancy and preparation, the first feed, feeding positions, good attachment, coming home, getting into a routine, when milk supply is low & tips to increasing milk supply, unsettled babies, supplementation, expressing, biters, nutrition, weaning, introducing solids and much more. ‘New mothers have so many intricate questions about how often, how much, how to, when, where & why, that in the early days, these details can become overwhelming. ‘Let’s Get Boobilicious’ breaks this information down into simple and straight forward advice, so that you can get on with breastfeeding, enjoying the journey and trusting yourself to deal with each bump in the road as you reach it’ – Australian Birth & Parenting Network. Pick up your copy of Let’s Get Boobilicious today to learn to love your breastfeeding journey & have the tools & support to help it all come together.


WINNERS - KATE & APRIL






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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: Beetle Bottoms and the Eyes in the Night

You might remember a review I did a little while ago on the divine products from Beetle Bottoms? A glorious range of books, wall decals and story cards all based on the sweet little Beetle Bottoms characters that live in the garden (or 'Bubba's' as my little 2 year old calls them!).

Now there is a new addition to the family with another darling book called Beetle Bottoms and the Eyes in the Night, written by Madison Holroyd, Sarah Hill and Fiona Whyte.



With the surprise arrival of a new Beetle Bottom, the original character Pip is a bit shocked by his different skin colour, although that certainly doesn't stop them from liking each other straight away! An adventure then follows... illustrated with all the tiny Beetle Bottoms people that kids just adore looking at.





This new book in the series celebrates acceptance of people, races and cultures, as well as emphasising the beauty of seeing the world through a child's eyes. My 2 year old loves sitting looking at the pages and the beautiful illustrations. There is just something about the sweet faces and big eyes that she loves.

'Beetle Bottoms and the Eyes in the Night' is now available from the Beetle Bottoms online store for only $12.50. You can also join their Facebook page to stay up to date on all the Beetle Bottoms news.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Silly Sunday



New Parent Tip #168 When checking a babies nappy be wary of how far in you stick your fingers unless you want them covered in poo

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mammograms and Childbirth - Why the Negativity

I'm of a "certain" age now. It's that age where your doctor sends you off for the free mammogram. Which I duly went and had done last week. I'm waiting on the results, but I'm sure they will be fine.

On the morning of the mammogram, I was really nervous. Really really nervous. Because all I have ever heard is how much it hurts to have your boobs squashed in that machine. So I did NOT fancy putting myself through all that pain. Aren't you proud of me I still went and had it done.

But guess what. It really wasn't that painful. The lady that took the scans was lovely, and explained what was happening. I was in there for about 10 minutes so it was very quick. But it didn't hurt. Maybe uncomfortable, but it didn't hurt. When we had finished I told her how nervous I was because I had been told it hurt so much, and she got quite angry that the women that say things like that have a lot to answer for, because it makes some women to scared to go and get a mammogram... and what if they are the ones with cancer??? So I wanted to tell you please don't ever hesitate to get one if you haven't already - it really isn't as bad as they make out. A few minutes of your time and it could literally save your life.

This experience also got me thinking about the other issue in a women's life other women seem to take such pleasure in telling horror stories about. Childbirth. What is it with that? I know some women go through terrible experiences in childbirth (including my mum with me)... but do we really really need to make the young women in our life scared? I want to tell my daughter what an amazing experience birth is.... it is so exciting and so fulfilling and so beautiful... and you end up with this beautiful little baby at the end. Nothing else in life comes even close.

So please please ladies, re-consider your painful stories told in great detail, if a young women hasn't been through it herself, she really doesn't need that negativity in her life does she? What about the positives in every story... lets look for them instead.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Recipe: Apricot Satay Beef

I'll admit right away that I REALLY love satay. There are two downsides however - it is not the healthiest dish normally, and its not something my husband is too fussed on. So its not something I cook very often because the rest of the family turns their noses up at it, boohoo.

So I have been experimenting a bit, and I have come up with a dish that, while its not very pretty to look at, it satisfies the whole family... in fact everyone's plates are usually clean when I serve this.... yay!

It's also a favourite type of cooking of mine... throw everything in the slow cooker at once in the morning and then, tah-da! Serve it up at dinner time. So easy.

SLOW COOKER APRICOT SATAY BEEF

1kg diced gravy beef (my butcher has Wagyu gravy beef which is worth every cent, I recommend you try it if you can)
1/2 cup beef stock
1 can satay sauce
1 405g can apricot nectar
1 T red curry paste
1 packet French Onion Soup
Tin of diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 red capsicum, diced
4-6 potatoes, peeled and diced (depending on size)

Put all ingredients in the slow cooker, give a quick stir, and cook on low in your slow cooker for at least 8 hours.

Serve on brown rice.

For a toddler - chop everything up small and serve.
For a baby - Blend a small amount of stew and rice with a little milk to desired consistency.





Some other posts and articles you might enjoy: 
Oh Baby
10 Things to do in the First Trimester
10 Things to do in the Second Trimester
What products do you really need for your newborn baby?
My top bathtime tips for a new baby
BubbaLog makes those first few weeks easy
5 Common Herbs to avoid during Pregnancy
5 Top Tips for using a Baby Comforter 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Back to School with LeapReader

I really do have to admit that getting my sons to read books can be fighting an uphill battle sometimes. For me, reading is an absolute pleasure and I want all my children to feel the same way about books and reading. As my sons are going into Years 2 and 3, they are past the beginner reader age, and my daughter who is 22 months is not yet up to learn to read age.

On the other hand, the boys are completely obsessed with technology and there is no fight to ever get them to play with computers and video games! In fact it really is a constant effort to compromise about playing time.

So when a product comes along that combines technology and games with reading and learning, I am very interested to learn more. The LeapReader from LeapFrog ticks all these boxes for us... and I'm going to tell you why!



Before your child even opens the box, they are chomping at the bit to get inside and start using it. It really does look colourful and fun! I love the Interactive World Map that comes separately to the LeapReader... so much fun for kids to play with and learn at the same time.


Once set up and working you can use LeapReader to trace letters and numbers and write words stroke-by-stroke with interactive guidance as magic ink appears on special mess-free paper. On the special books, touch the LeapReader pen to any page to sound out words letter by letter, read sentences in lively character voices and play fun games that build comprehension. You can also certainly select books and activities to suit your own particular child's personality as well. For example, select a dinosaur book for your little boy, or a writing activity for your little girl who loves to trace around letters!



The only downside for me as a parent was that you can't just take it out of the box and use it.  You have to connect the Leap Reader to your computer to install the software and do any updates. For me, as a person who is not very computer savvy, this was definitely a bit of a mission and took me ages to figure it all out! But if I can do it anyone can, just keep in mind you need to do this before your child can use it so it might be a good idea to take it out and do all this before you give them the box.

Conclusion: We love LeapReader because it is easy to use for children, it combines learning with fun, and there are so many books and applications you can use it with... so you can work on an area they need help with such as writing their letters or learning cities around the world or learning to read words. Suitable for ages 4 to 8, they are also a fabulous learning aid to complement school work. I also love that while my boys are using it now, I know it will also be well-used in a couple of years by my daughter as well (and with LeapFrog you know their products are great quality and will survive being passed from child to child). You won't be disappointed with this incredible learning product for your child.


Disclaimer: I received a LeapReader to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mussi Cuski: The hottest new baby comforter in town!

As I'm sitting here writing it is one of the hottest days on record where I live... it's going to hit 40 deg C (it's 10am and already 36 deg). This hot humid weather has got me thinking about the amazing benefits of products for babies made of bamboo. Bamboo is a natural fibre that is breathable, wickable, anti-bacterial, it is the most eco-friendly fabric on the planet, and it is soft and gentle on the skin. And the top of the list for me is the brand new bamboo baby comforter from Cuski.

With the very cute name of Mussi Cuski, this new comforter is already gathering a lot of interest in the media for being one of the most practical yet gorgeous products out this Summer for babies.


Mussi Cuski is currently featured in Little ONE baby Magazine (Issue 11 Summer 13/14) in their opening article "I Love New Things" as well as My Child Magazine (Issue 31 Summer 13/14) in their "Eco" products section (see images below). What great recognition of a wonderful new product.





So why is Mussi Cuski proving to be so popular with both Mums and Dads and the media??

  • Funky patterns - set your baby apart from others with the original designs of the Mussi Cuski. No more daggy ratty blankies needed!
  • Made from 100% bamboo muslin - there is no other fabric around that is so soft and so breathable.
  • Perfect for cuddling in the Summer weather - many comforters available (including those from chain stores and licensed comforters) are made from synthetics such as polyester. Do your baby a favour and steer well clear of these products that don't breathe and are definitely not recommended for those children with eczema or other skin conditions.
  • They are the perfect gift for a new baby! Did you know Cuski is the only comforter with its own NICU protocol?
  • Mussi Cuski is the only bamboo muslin comforter in the world!
  • They are even machine washable to make life extra easy for Mum when it needs to be washed and dried.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Back To School with Smiggle

For those of us currently enjoying (or should I say cursing?!) school holidays, it will be no time at all and we will be preparing our children to head back to school for another busy year.

Top of our Back-To-School shopping list is essential things like school bags and stationery items. If you are looking for practical items that your kids will love to use, you can't go past the fantabulous Smiggle.

We just love the Backpacks from Smiggle. Really affordable at $39.95 they come in a range of colours and designs to suit your child's personality. What I love most about them is that, not only are they great quality, they have lots of pockets and compartments to make it easy to put everything in. We went to Dreamworld recently and our green Smiggle Backpack, pictured below, made life very easy as we were able to take just the one bag which we were able to fit everything into.




The Curved Drink Bottles ($12.95) are my son's favourite drink bottles. BPA-free, large capacity volume, a range of colours and designs, and a lockable flip top lid. Just perfect for active kids on the go!




Don't forget to include a Smiggle Rainbow Pen in your child's pencil case. Six pen colours all-in-one make these something your child won't be able to live without. My sons use theirs endlessly for both writing and drawing and love having different colours on hand without having to go digging about in a pencil case.




Smiggle is such a fantastic shop for both essential stationery products and gifts, and for both kids and adults. I love popping in for a browse around... but you can also buy all their products online as well. Oh, and Mums, I highly recommend getting one of their electric pencil sharpeners!!! Mine is the best investment I ever made ;-)



Disclaimer: I received a pack of Smiggle products to review. No payment was received for this post, and any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Giveaway: New Baby Pack

I thought I would slot a little giveaway in to say good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014!

If you are expecting this is a great little giveaway for you, or if you know someone having a Bub soon why not enter to gift to them.  All the items in the pack are gender neutral so it's perfect for either a girl or a boy. All the items are (of course) brand new.

I won't ramble on, so here's what's in the pack:

  • Current Summer Issue of Little ONE baby Magazine
  • aden+anais Muslin with green bird print
  • Easy Bubs Baby Care Multiple Use Microwave Steriliser Bag
  • Handmade Baby Beanie Size 0-3 months - Red
  • Charlie Banana Swim Nappy Size Small (5-7kg) - White with blue heart on the back
  • Beetle Bottoms Mini Removable Wall Decal Sample
  • All in a handy canvas tote 

WINNER - JOANNE R.




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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review: Itha's Puddings

One of the best things about Christmas is having the excuse to eat lots of yummy Christmas Cake and Plum Puddings!!  Fruit Cake is by far my favourite type of cake in the whole world.

So I was quite happy to be lucky enough to have the opportunity to review a Christmas Pudding from Itha's Puddings & Gourmet Foods.  Itha's Puddings proudly uses a recipe that has been in use in the family since 1912, and the puddings themselves are described as 'traditional puddings with a twist'.




I'll begin by being honest and telling you the package only arrived 2 days ago.  And last night (after all the kiddies were in bed so we didn't have to share) I got to dish up a totally delicious pudding complete with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce (ice-cream provided by me hehe).

I'm sure you will agree with me how delicious it looks... well it was! Gobbled down in record time I might add ;-)



I highly recommend Itha's Puddings if you are looking to buy a Christmas Pud or Cake either for yourself or for a gift... they are truly decadent and delicious... no wonder the recipe hasn't changed for 100 years!




Disclaimer: I was sent the above products to review for this post. No payment was received and any opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tips on how to balance work and baby

As Mums, we get told we can 'have it all'. In other words, that is code for being expected to not only look after children and the house but have to work as well and contribute to the household income. It's not all roses by any means (sorry suffragettes and other women's lib movements) and it usually results in us Mums being stretched to the limit in more ways than one.

However, we are extremely lucky to actually have the choice whether to work or not, and I have been one of the working Mums that for all three of my children have worked right up to babies birth, and back to work once bub is born (with bub in tow I might mention for all of them, my daughter is now 20 months and is still with me full-time, I just work around her schedule).

I thought I would share with you a few of my tips for balancing work and baby as there are definitely some strategies you can implement to make life a little easier for you and your family.


  1. Even if you are working, you and your family still need to eat dinner each night. Unless you have a husband or partner that helps out here, take the pressure off the evening routine by planning your dinners and making use of your slow cooker by throwing a meal in it early, so it is ready to go at dinner time. Loan some slow cooker cookbooks from the library and photocopy some recipes that suit you and go from there. Plan your meals for the week and cook in double or even triple so you can pop meals in the fridge or freezer and not have to cook every night.
  2. Be organised with babies needs. The night before, pack the nappy bag so that you are not having to do it as you are heading out the door.
  3. Make use of online shopping. Whether shopping for clothing or groceries, life is so much easier these days when you can do it all at night or over the weekend and not have to worry about fitting it into your busy work day.
  4. If you work in an office, ask if you can work from home for some of your days. Perhaps your workplace can implement some external workplace systems for you and any other parents that wish to do this.
  5. Don't feel bad about having your child involved in your work. The great majority of people understand when you have your children there... I have had many telephone calls with kids making noise in the background or having to talk to clients/customers/tenants with baby spew down my back!
  6. Make lists, keep a diary, and be as organised as you can. This is definitely one of my top ways of coping with everything in my life. It helps me not forget anything and keeps everything in perspective. 
  7. Differentiate between IMPORTANT and URGENT, and tackle things appropriately.
  8. Limit social media time if you feel you spend too much time on Facebook or similar. 
  9.  Realise some days will simply be dead losses if baby is sick or otherwise out of sorts. If this happens what will you do? Will you be able to not work and look after baby? Or do you have someone else who can?
  10. Finally, banish that Mother Guilt. Whether you work or not, know that you are a great Mum and that you are doing a great job :)


Do you work after having children? What has been your top strategy for coping?


This post is written in partnership with Goodman AU.



Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Beetle Bottoms

I am just so pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to the stunning imaginary world of Beetle Bottoms.

Beetle Bottoms creates a world where your children’s imagination can come to life,where your children know how amazing they are, where they know they are loved, and they know they can follow their dreams.

Imagine that in your garden, high up in the trees, are tiny little houses hidden among the leaves; and in these tiny houses live tiny little people just like you and me... Impossible you say, well there are somethings you just have to believe in order to see.

Created by an extremely talented family, the Beetle Bottoms world is brought to life for your children in a range of beautiful products. All the amazing illustrations are drawn by well known New Zealand artist Fiona Whyte (now living in Australia with the rest of her family who are the creative force behind the Beetle Bottoms stories and products).


The 2 books in the range are just so beautiful. "Where is Pip" is a board book and perfect for toddlers - my 19 month old loves the bright bold pictures, and adores lifting the flaps to see what is underneath. It is now one of her favourite books to look at. My 7 year old loves sitting with her too and reading the words for her.


"Beetle Bottoms and the Sticky Situation" is for older children and is a longer story of the Beetle Bottoms adventures. My sons love the storyline, especially the bit with the spider in it!! If you need to buy a gift for a pre-schooler or school aged child, this is definitely one book to add to your list. We just love it. When the review pack arrived my 8 year old immediately grabbed this book and didn't put it down again until he had finished it. Great praise indeed for my son to sit and finish the book in one go, it certainly held his attention from beginning to end


As a Mum, I particularly love the Beetle Bottoms Story Play Cards. For only $18 you receive a box of 36 Story Play Cards, which you use with your children to stimulate their imagination. Each card has a different picture on one side with a story starter on the other. For example one card reads "The wind was blowing leaves all around the garden. We....." This gives you a starting point to create a story of your very own. Why not grab an exercise book and write your stories down so you don't forget them! 


Beetle Bottoms also have a range of beautiful Removable Wall Decals. What a perfect way to brighten up your child's bedroom, wardrobe, nursery, or play area. Plus you don't have to worry about them damaging the walls or furniture as they easily peel off again! Like the rest of the range, these are so beautiful because of their innocent and fun themes.




Beetle Bottoms gets a big tick from myself and my 3 children. There is a decided lack of products out there these days that actually believe in not only stimulating our children's imaginations, but also making them feel good about themselves and others in the process. Beetle Bottoms fulfils all this and more.


If you would like to purchase any of the Beetle Bottoms products (just in time for Christmas!!) please use the code "cheeky" which gives 15% off across their range, and expires 31 Dec 2014.


Disclaimer: A pack of products was provided to conduct this review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.