Introducing Doo Wop Kids!

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What happens when a dance choreographer slash promotions manager slash radio host starts her own fashion label? Enter DOO WOP KIDS! Brand new on the kids fashion scene Doo Wop Kids encapsulate childhood in a nutshell. Fun and comfortable without sacrificing style, one word springs to mind. These kids are COOL! And let’s be real, they had me at POM POM SOCKIES!!!!!

The second our goodies arrived I was all inspired to get started on a little craft project. With Doo Wop designs in mind Ruby and I got busy decorating her a DIY cardboard cubby house. I painted one side, she did the other. The crazy messy fun we had! Ruby mayyyybe ended up looking more like a jelly wrestler in training… not sure what got more paint, the craft house, or Ruby! But that’s what it’s all about right? Just like Doo Wop Kids. The essence of this brand is fun fun fun, down to every last polka dot, every last squiggle.  Behind the scenes outtakes blog post on our crafty fun to follow, but for the meantime, you can check out the awesome Doo Wop Kids fashion range: HERE.

Ruby wears: Doo Wop Kids Squiggle Tee  Doo Wop Kids Pom Pom Socks Rock Your Baby Celebration Skirt Van High Tops Yellow Dandy Shop

Summer Starts Here

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Soaring temperatures in South Australia for the first week of school holidays has ensured a heavy schedule of beach / pool alternation for the last seven days straight. There is nothing my girls love more than exploring new jetty’s, chatting to the fishermen, and of course the swimming, ice-cream and copious amounts of fish and chips that go hand in hand with our endless beach outings. Summer you are most definitely our favourite! The new range of clothes from Alfie Apparel featuring ‘Coney Island’ could not be more perfect for us. Fun designs, easy wearing, can we even handle Ruby in that jumpsuit! All sorts of Flashdance vibes spring to mind! Teamed with their absolute FAVE retro Skipping Girl bags. Stuffed to the brim these bags go everywhere, EVERYWHERE with these two. And admittedly, so does mine. Nothing like a bit of old school fruity fun.
You can shop the Alfie Apparel ‘Coney Island’ collection: HERE
You can shop the Skipping Girl bag collection: HERE

Ruby got Star Wars’d

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My now 12 year old was the BIGGEST Star Wars fan when he was a little boy. I can’t even believe how quickly that time has gone and all of a sudden my lego playing figurine collecting darling little boy is all grown up and teenager like. SO when he said to me the other day could we go to the new Star Wars movie together I was like yassssss!!! WHEN!? Ha ha!! I of course proceeded to pull out alllll his old Star Wars merch so we could take a trip down memory lane.
In rolls Ruby, instantly OBSESSED with our quite possibly vintage lego collection I thought why not kit her out with some Star Wars gear of her own. Couldn’t believe my luck when I got to Target and they had this adorable costume. How cute is it!! I completely adore it. Her favourite pick was the plush chewy, the cutest, followed closely by the Storm Trooper and the PEZ, of course, was a massive hit. Target have the biggest range of Star Wars toys around. Such a hit with my girls I’m wishing I now saved it for Christmas but this was way too much fun to wait for, especially as the movie launched today!
When I was growing up (oh BOY do I feel old saying that, WEEP!) it was all about gender neutral toys. I had older cousins who were both boys, and all I ever ever ever wanted for Christmas were light sabres and basically any Star Wars gear I could get my hands on, so I could be just like them. I know right!? So funny! Seeing Ruby enjoying that magic, looking up to her brother like I did my cousins, getting dressed up and role playing different characters like we used to, it makes my heart happy. XX C

You can visit Target and shop the range: HERE


Our Christmas Wrapping – Surprise Disguise

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I don’t know about you guys but my kids are the BIGGEST snoops when it comes to tracking down their Christmas gifts. Aside from those from the big red man we always have a little gift exchange over breakfast with the presso’s we’ve chosen for one another wrapped under the tree. Eddie’s fishing rod last year….SUPER OBVS. Lily’s netball? ALSO OBVS!!

This year I’m determined to give them some element of surprise and delight on the day. They’ve both got their eye on fit bits and iPods, I just had to throw them off the scent, insert Australia Post Surprise Disguise wrapping kits!

Srsly, how fun is this idea. The handbag is genius, Lily will be certain she has her gift nailed. And that pyramid is going to keep Ed guessing for weeks! Check out the awesome range of creative gift disguise ideas from Australia post: HERE

This post was sponsored by Australia Post, click here to find out more about  how Aus Post is helping to keep Christmas a surprise this year. xxC

 


Beach hangs with Basil Bangs

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Summer has not messed around this year, we’ve been hit with extreme temps over the last few days in South Australia, could not have been better timing than to test run our new brolly and beach cushions from crazy awesome Basil Bangs. Let’s be honest, they had me at those super fun designs. Best i’ve seen, like ever. I don’t care about anything else! I mean just LOOK at my Calypso baby!!!! that said, the quality, the weight, the ease to erect and dismantle, all 10/10. A sinch! Check out the range and some super fun designs, I’m eyeballing the Serge for the beach house, can’t resist a bit of nautical stripe. And as for the Kip & Co collab banana print. That would have to be next in line, so fun that you can coordinate your cushions too. You won’t miss us on the coast this summer! Get your order in before December 13 for Christmas delivery!

Shop the radical Basil Bangs range: HERE

Watermlon coolerbag: HERE

 

 

 


Sunday picnics with Dress Temple

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We spent the weekend either beachside, poolside, or picnicking in the garden as Adelaide hit soaring temps of 38+++ all weekend long. I’m always on the hunt for comfortable yet flattering dresses to wear to all these activities and more whilst on the go with the kids. From the cafe to the beach the new range from Dress Temple is so easy wearing, super flattering and incredibly affordable. Easy to lug a toddler around in, and fun colourful designs that hide those ever sticky finger marks. These guys are an absolute keeper. And won’t break that bank! You can shop this dress and so many beautiful wearable styles: HERE xxC


On the first day of Christmas….

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Ruby and I got our festive on today, and gave her bedroom it’s very first Christmas makeover! After the arrival of her delicious new play mat (I mean, YUM, grey with pastel pom poms, actual perfection for Ruby’s room) we decided to run with the same colour scheme for Christmas this year too. Ruby set about ‘helping’ by loading the Christmas sacks up with all of her old toys, and practiced acting surprised every time she pulled one out. Beyond hysterical!

You can shop this lush pom pom play mat and loads of other styles from our friends at Mooi Baby: HERE


By the seaside | Talking Red

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We absolutely adore the latest designs from our all time favourite summer play suit label Talking Red. I can’t even believe how many times Ruby was stopped at the beach on Sunday and told how beautiful she looked. As she was lapping up the attention I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a million pictures. And can we talk about those delicious legs! You can shop this gorgeous play suit, and lots of other beautiful designs, HERE.


Ruby turns Two, Candy Mountain in the park

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Last Sunday we celebrated two years of Ruby with a sweet little party in the park. We originally weren’t going to throw a party at all as Ruby has been quite shy, scared of crowds, and has often burst into tears at other Birthday parties during “Happy Birthay” – has basically shown all the signs that parties just aren’t her thing. In the nick of time however, several weeks prior to turning two we noticed a complete personality change. All of a sudden she was talking fluently, listing off the names of her little cousins and favourite aunts and uncles and friends on the hour every hour. It was like she finally knew her place in the world and where she fit in with the people around her. SO with this realisation a very last minute party was organised. Mainly just family and her two best friends we had 11 kids in total and the morning could not have been more perfect. Determined not to stress myself out, a busy travelling husband and older children with lots of commitments means I’m spread pretty thin during the week days, I made the executive decision, for myself, that this was NOT going to be a stressful affair. And it wasn’t. It could not have been a happier day. So once it was over I thought, you know what? This really wasn’t the ‘best’ styled party in the world (or even close) but considering it was done without a single bit of stress… OR blowing out any kind of crazy budget, and still looked pretty damn cute, I thought I’d share some tips on how I plan my parties, A) so they aren’t too stressful and B) stay relatively affordable.

HOW TO THROW A PARTY WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND:

  1. Plan ahead: Not something I’m good at, and I say this to friends often. I plan 80% of ANYTHING way ahead, the last 20% of everything I ever do is attempted at the last-minute, of which I generally only achieve 10% of that 20, the result being, everything I ever do is only 90% done… SIGH. I’ve accepted this about myself, but the reality is, I’ve probably set my expectations too high in the first place (birthday party styled by 10 professional magazine stylists with three photographers and a team of helpers vs… ME – ha ha! you get my drift, go easy on yourself, there’s only so much you can do and there is no prize for the best styled kids party… who knew? haha!)
  2. Decide on a theme early but don’t feel like you have to stick to it COMPLETELY rigidly. The kids really aren’t going to care, or notice. My themes are always loose. This time it was Candy Mountain (after falling in love with the new range of beautiful party ware at Lark Store).. leaving it open to all things candy (der)  shades of pretty pastels, and unicorns (because clearly there are lots of unicorns hanging at candy mountain) so basically it was not difficult to find things that were suitable.
  3. Decide which aspects of the party you are going to photograph, and spend the money on the theming of THOSE things. Do not waste your time styling/theming everything and anything, nobody is going to notice, and if they do they will think you’re just plain weird. Most of our parties involve a lot of adults too. We are very social and our friends and family love to join in our children’s birthday parties. Does this mean I theme all the food, plates, drinks for the adults too? absolutely not… of course these things can still be done beautifully, but potentially money will be wasted on decorations for this element of the party. Instead focus on good quality food, and plenty of it, your guests will LOVE you for it. And perhaps won’t be quite as interested in the unicorn swizzle stick you’ve plonked in their champagne.
  4. Giant balloons – boy I LOVE them. I would buy a giant balloon for every occasion if I could. Nothing says party like a statement piece. They can be expensive to fill. But they still work out a lot cheaper than buying a million smaller decorations to fill a space and make an impact. The cheapest helium I’ve found is Spotlight. And they allow you to fill balloons you’ve bought elsewhere, like these gorgeous ones I used on the weekend  Jumbo Confetti balloons.
  5. For me, if my children have a party that doesn’t require a lot of organising on my part, I love to make the cake myself. Recently however I’ve hosted a decent number of people, ordering a cake has pretty much saved me every time. I’m the crafty type, I love to feel like I’ve been involved in the cake in some way… So this time I ordered an undecorated pastel marble cake to arrive the day prior, and set about making the decorations for the top myself. Easy, fun, and my kids looked SUPER impressed when they saw me supergluing together my bunting and those hats for the little animals. Time spent 20 minutes – time saved 12 hours!
  6. BLOGGERS, here’s one for you and I’m passionate about this. If you can, and are lucky like me, get a friend to photograph the day for you (Thankyou Kate). No article/feature/collaboration is EVER going to be worth not being ‘present’ at your child’s birthday party. Usually, I set up early, snap a few pictures of the set up, and then hand over the camera to a friend. We often do this kind of thing for one another and it’s literally the best thing ever, taking the pressure off us Mama’s having to be behind the lens at our own children’s parties. This time I unfortunately woke up super unwell, the setup I have to say was nothing like I planned, I didn’t get the table looking like the magazine spread I had imagined in my head and lusted over on party blogs for days leading up. Nothing like it. I’m sure loads have experienced the same feeling of, oh crap, this really isn’t looking how I planned…. Does it matter? NO!! it’s your beautiful child’s special Birthday. All that matters is they are having a good time, and that they can see that you genuinely are too. If you need images for a blog, or even just for your own personal use so you can print a birthday album to keep forever and you’ve run out of time during the lead up (pretty much standard for me) forget it! enjoy that day, soak up every minute, salvage a few decorations, and sort those styled shots when you get home. You will never regret this, and the extra styled images/mood boards (if that’s your thing) can be super fun to add to your albums and look back on too.
  7. And on a lighter note..pack a hair brush – or your birthday girl may end up looking like she walked straight off the set of Steel Magnolias – Can you even handle that hair, I can’t look at these pictures without laughing out loud!! But really, it kind of makes the memories even better.

So that’s it! We had so much fun choosing our decorations this year from the AMAZING Lark Store. The range is HUGE and they were literally my one stop shop this time around. After falling in love with the Laura Blythman partyware I basically built the ‘loose’ theme from there. Ruby’s Such Great Heights romper fit the theme PERFECTLY again tying in those beautiful Laura Blythman designs. We of course couldn’t resist adding the matching SGH Wonder Tent canopy to the mix. I then just chose a bunch of things to match from Lark Store, including the adorable ice cream piñata, pastel confetti, honeycomb balls in the same colours, and basically did my whole shop in one transaction. Being two years old, with cousins and friends ranging from 1 – 4 years old, I didn’t need too many games. The ice-cream piñata was a HIT, if you’re thinking about getting one for your child’s party DO IT. Even the one year old lined up and had a go. So much fun. My biggest ‘non essential’ splurge were the unicorn hobby horses I stumbled on in a local store a few weeks prior to the party. I could not resist, and they doubled as a totally brilliant game for the kids, and they could then take them home with them at the end of the party as their gift. They were so thrilled with them and the races were pretty much the cutest thing EVER. So that’s it, a beautiful morning in the park for my beautiful little girl with her favourite people, some super cute party decorations, and a totally UN stressed Mama. Turning two was FAB. And this is quite possibly the longest blog post I’ve ever written … SORRY FOR THAT!!! Goodnight! xxxx


Play Time with Ouch Clothing

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We are always on the hunt out for clothes for our spirited toddler that look good, wear well, and are most importantly, super comfortable. We LOVE the latest range from Ouch Clothing. Modern prints galore and super easy to wear. And even better, adjustable, so ideal for little kids that seem to grow another inch every week! Ruby has just turned two and can get away with a size three thanks to the adjustable waist band. Shop Ruby’s look, and loads more fun prints from Ouch Clothing: HERE