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.


I have 2 copies of the e-book worth $9.95 each to give away to 2 lucky Mums! Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts and you will be in the running. Good luck!

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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.