Friday, February 25, 2011

Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib



Doug-Dennis, a charming sheep, and Ben-Bobby, an elephant, are best friends. Bored one day, they go to the circus, and that's where the trouble begins. Doug-Dennis eats Ben-Bobby's popcorn and, worse, he tells a fib about it. As his lie gets bigger, Doug-Dennis floats up to find himself surrounded by fibs and fibbers, some small, some huge, some old, some new, and some very, very strange fibs ("I invented the interweb" claims a spider). Doug-Dennis realises there's only one way back - to tell the truth.

Available 1/3/11 from Angus & Robertson. Visit Angus & Robertson

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On to Baby


The creators of The Wedding Chicks have launched their latest project: On To Baby, a fabulous site dedicated to all things lovely for Mum and baby. Full of cuteness, sweet babies, and gorgeous products and ideas, On To Baby has some super cute things in their new shop.
Visit On To Baby

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bardot Junior



Keeping your kids decked out in the latest Bardot Junior fashion is now even easier with a newly redesigned online store and free express delivery for orders over $120…  From cute jackets to gorgeous knits, you are sure to find an oh-so-cute outfit, or 3! 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valco Baby Matrix…





New from Valco Baby is the stylish yet practical Matrix stroller… With its clean lines, padded interior and the easy operation of the ultra smooth swivel system, you will feel as if pushing your child is effortless... no matter where you choose to go. 

Available in Green, Blue, Pink, Grey and Taupe.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mozartkugel Music Ball



Chosen by the New York Times as a must-have item, this music ball will soothe your precious little bundle of joy with the sounds of Voi che sapete from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro… 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mushroom Pouf…



Turn your little girl's room into a whimsical Wonderland with this colourful crocheted mushroom pouf from Anthropologie… 

Visit Anthropologie 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pac Man Cookie Cutters



Make your next batch of cookies all the more interesting wiht these fabulous Pac Man cookie cutters. These great Pac Man cookie cutters are available at REMO for AU$26.40… a great little addition to your baking box this year.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hello Baby


 
 
 

Share the news of the birth of your little bundle of joy with family and friends with a fabulous birth announcement card from Hello Baby. With a great range of designs to choose from, you can customise the details to suit your baby's birth. Hello Baby makes it so easy to announce your baby's birth in style!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Babymoons…



Many mums- and dads-to-be are making the most of their 'quiet' time before the birth of their little bundle of joy by taking a babymoon, a special trip designed to provide parents-to-be with the chance totally relax before their baby arrives. Below is an article from Jetstar magazine about the latest travel trend amongst parents-to-be. 

WORDS SHERIDEN RHODES

You’re expecting and in nine months you’ll welcome the newest addition to your family, turning your social life, work and sleep routines upside down for some time to come. In order to prepare for this arrival, a growing number of expectant parents have jumped on the new trend of ‘babymooning’: taking time out as a couple and ensuring they’re well rested and prepared for the next phase of their lives, dirty nappies and all.

While the term was originally coined by UK author and midwife Sheila Kitzinger to describe the bonding time after a birth, babymooning has expanded to incorporate pre-birth breaks ranging from a few days to longer holidays. It’s a trend that’s fast gaining momentum in Australia with good reason; many couples are having children later in life, have a higher disposable income, and are frequent travellers.

Jetstar international marketing manager and mother of twins, Kate McCormack, says babymoons are definitely on the rise. “While wine tastings and jet boating are out, massages, yoga, scenic walks and other pampering are in,” she says. Mums-to-be can expect super comfy mattresses, soft pillows, late check-out and someone in the kitchen at all hours, ready to serve up pickles and chocolate ice cream, or any other craving you may have. It’s ‘pampering before the Pampers’.

While it’s not recommended that women fly after 36 weeks of pregnancy, that still leaves plenty of time (especially in the second trimester or early in the third) for a babymoon or two.

Emma Isaacs, chief chick of Business Chicks, and her husband Nathan are typical of many expectant couples heading off for one last hurrah before baby’s arrival. The couple, who recently gave birth to their first child, took several babymoons, including a luxurious stay at the Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, a Noosa beach holiday, and a relaxing break in picturesque Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island.

“Pregnancy is a time when your body and mind are doing so much processing, it’s healthy for you and your partner to relax and unwind,” says Emma. “A babymoon gives you time to talk about any fears or challenges you have away from your everyday life.”

A Beach Babymoon
Leave the stress of modern day living at the door of the Byron at Byron, a stylish, eco-friendly retreat which offers couples a “Mother Earth” package. The deal includes a three-night stay in a superior suite complete with a deep bath, self-contained kitchen (a life saver for satisfying cravings), and comfy chairs in the adjoining sunroom for catching up on reading.

One of the best things about this package is the thoughtful gift basket containing Sanctum bottom balm, baby wash, organic hooded baby towel and face washers, as well as your choice of either a pregnancy massage or foot therapy, plus a one-hour neck, back and shoulder massage for the dad-to-be.

Grab a sun chair by the pool, or take a long stroll along Tallow Beach. At night, enjoy a complimentary in-house movie together, dine at The Restaurant and drift off to sleep to the sounds of the resort’s own rainforest and distant waves crashing upon the shore.

• The three-night Mother Earth package costs AU$1,540 (twin share).

A Country Babymoon
The Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel offers one of the few babymoon packages in New Zealand. The package includes luxurious accommodation in a contemporary junior suite, breakfast, a locally made geothermal enriched mud mask and a 1pm check-out.

Upon check-in, a complimentary fresh fruit bowl will keep vitamin levels up, plus there’s a food and beverage voucher to satisfy pregnancy cravings. Indulge in pampering treatments at the hotel’s Royal Spa, or make the most of the hotel’s position near Lake Rotorua.

Stroll together through Redwood Forest, walk the circumference of the picturesque Blue Lake or take a guided tour of the romantic Mokoia Island, steeped in Maori mythology and legend.

•Babymoon packages cost NZ$385 (AU$306) per room, per night.

A City Babymoon
Tucked down a tree-lined street off bustling Toorak Road in inner-city Melbourne, the charming Lyall Hotel offers expectant parents a relaxing urbane retreat. Staying in one of its deluxe one-bedroom spa suites, mums-to-be can luxuriate in one of The Lyall Spa’s all-natural Sodashi treatments.

Give into nesting instincts at the nearby South Yarra stores — stock up on gorgeous babywear at Bébé, Seed and Noah’s Aeroplane, or pick up stylish maternity wear and lush body products at Egg Maternity, Pre Maman and Pea in the Pod. The Lyall’s “Exclusive Shopping Privilege Card” offers discounts at these and about 30 other stores in Toorak Road and Chapel Street.

Complete the break with a stroll through South Yarra’s leafy streets to the Royal Botanical Gardens, then enjoy a romantic dinner at Harveys located right next door to The Lyall.

• The two-night babymoon package costs AU$790 and includes à la carte breakfast in bed with the morning newspaper, late check-out, complimentary parking, a pregnancy comfort pillow, a double cinema pass and a Sodashi Vitamin Rich Oil, ideal for preventing stretch marks.

A Mountain Babymoon
Located in the Gold Coast hinterland on Mount Tamborine, Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers a two-night babymoon package which includes a three-course dinner for two, an in-villa couple’s massage, a baby basket and complimentary DVDs.

Songbirds’ self-contained, villa-style rooms feature all the creature comforts an expectant couple could want: a king-size bed, double spa bath, lounge area with gas fireplace and a large outdoor deck.

Dinner at the multi-award winning Songbirds in the Forest restaurant is a special highlight. Pregnant mums watching their diet will be pleased to know that dishes feature mostly organic produce, often from the retreat’s own garden. Try the roast breast of organic Bendelle farm chicken and ask operations manager Justin Leith to mix you up a scrumptious mocktail.

Activities here are low-key and ensure plenty of peace and quiet. Take a soothing walk through the ancient rainforest, or kick back with a good book on the deck with the sounds of kookaburras and lorikeets to serenade you.

A yoga session with local instructor Laurene Hassard is another great way to prepare for the upcoming birth. Or try an in-room massage with masseur Diana Heatherington, mum of five and a qualified “bodyworker” with expertise in treating pregnant women.

•The Songbirds babymoon package costs AU$980 for two nights’ accommodation (midweek).
 
PREGNANCY AND FLYING
  • Mums-to-be can fly anytime up to the start of the 36th week of a normal pregnancy. If you have experienced complications or are expecting multiple births speak to your doctor before booking. Pregnant women are strongly advised against flying during the last two to three weeks of pregnancy.
  • If you are intending to visit Singapore, new regulations mean if you are six months pregnant or more, you are not permitted entry into the country.
  • For peace-of-mind, Jetstar crews are trained to deliver babies in an emergency.  When you and your baby pass through security you go through a metal detector, not an x-ray machine; only your luggage and personal effects are x-rayed.
  • For more tips, see www.jetstar.com/au/en/travel-info/family-travel/mums-to-be.aspx
FIND IT
  • Byron at Byron | 77 Broken Head Rd, Suff olk Park, tel: +61 (2) 6639 2000
  • Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel | Tutanekai St, Rotorua, tel: +64 (7) 3463 888
  • Lyall Hotel | 14 Murphy St, South Yarra, tel: + 61(3) 9868 8222
  • Songbirds Rainforest Retreat | Tamborine Mountain Rd, tel: 61 (7) 5545 2563

Friday, February 4, 2011

Growth Charts


 

Your child changes from a tiny newborn to a toddler to a little person in the blink of an eye. Hanging a growth chart in your child’s room is a great way to keep track of your child's growth, and also serves as a wonderful keepsake for sentimental mummies! We just love these gorgeous growth charts from Olliegraphic… Choose from two cute designs – a pretty girly design for your little princess or a space theme for your little prince – and then customise the hair, eye and skin colour  to suit your child's features… perfect! 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Adorable Stationery



Little Red Riding Hood is a classic fairy tale and a great theming idea for your little girl's party. With cute ladybugs, flowers, toadstools and, of course, Little Red Riding Hood, set the tone with this adorable invitation from Bird Craft Shop.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Organic Baby Products


 Organic Baby Powder
 Massage Lotion
 Massage Oil
Little Innoscents Organic Soap

Nappy Change Cream

Natural, multi purpose, effective and completely chemical free, Little Innoscents offers a great range of organic baby skin care products that help you look after your baby's skin the natural way. Meeting the strict guidelines of the one of the world's leading organic certification bodies, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the Little Innoscents range includes shampoo, massage oil, nappy rash cream and even organic soap. 

Visit Little Innoscents to discover more about this great range of baby products and to find a stockist near you

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Back to School Lunchbox Treat



This Lunchbox Pastries recipe from That's Life makes a great lunch box treat for your little ones…

Ingredients
  • 2 small carrots, finely grated
  • 1 onion, finely grated
  • 3 small potatoes, finely grated
  • 300g beef mince
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 6 sheets puff pastry, slightly thawed
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Lightly grease and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except pastry. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cut each pastry sheet into 4 equal-size squares. Put a heaped tablespoon of the mixture into the centre of each square of pastry.
  3. Pull one corner of pastry to the other corner to make a pastie shape and pinch the edges together. Place onto baking trays and prick each one with a fork. Brush with a little egg. Bake for 20-25 min or until cooked through.
Source: That's Life