Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UV Natural Baby

Most sunscreens are not recommended for use on babies under six months. UV Natural Baby SPF 30+ is especially formulated to protect your baby’s soft and sensitive skin against sunburn. A blend of zinc oxide, grape seed oil, macadamia oil, green tea extract and natural vitamin E protects, moisturises and hydrates the skin. 2 hours water resistant. 150ml, $26.95.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sydney Boutique Markets Launches My Bambini Markets

The organisers behind The Hills Shire’s highly successful and renowned event, Sydney Boutique Markets will launch My Bambini Markets this month showcasing a range of baby and children’s fashion, accessories, homewares, toys and more.
Elena Saadie, market founder said, “After organising numerous events for Sydney Boutique Markets, we have noticed a demand for unique baby and children’s items. We’re answering the wishes of thousands of mother’s wanting something special for their children.”
My Bambini Markets will be held on Sunday 26th February from 9am – 2pm, with over 50 stallholders of either handmade or small production run unique items for those special little ones. The event will take place indoors rain, hail or shine. Unique market stalls, fresh cafe style coffee and refreshments, entertainment for the kids and lots of giveaways and prizes promise a fabulous Sunday for the whole family.
“The launch of My Bambini Markets will be a fantastic day out. The kids will be happy as they’re being entertained and the adults will love shopping in a beautiful atmosphere filled with original and sweet pieces,” says Saadie.
My Bambini is a free entry event  and will take place at Castle Grand The Pioneer Room, Corner of Pennant and Castle streets, Castle Hill. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Blankets & Beddings from Bébé

Bébé has a massive range of blankets and bedding for your little one. From summer blankets to quilt covers, their is something for little kids and big kids! Here are our picks…


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Bohemian Chic

We just love the Seraphine Matilda Floral Print Maxi Dress from Queen Bee. As worn by Jessica Alba, this stylish bohemian chic maxi dress features bra-friendly straps, deep v neck and elastic shirring at the back  to accommodate a growing bust. Wear it with a pair of sandals on a hot summers day or dress it up for a wedding or special occasion with earrings, necklace and a clutch bag.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nut-free Muesli Bars Recipe

Make these delicious nut-free muesli bars for your little ones to take to school! They are packed full of healthy ingredients and will save you money. Not only are they nut-free they are also dairy and egg-free!   

200g butter
1cup liquid glucose
1cup honey
1cup brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup bran (unprocessed)
1/2 cup pepitas
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1 tsp mixed spice 

1. Line 38cm x 25cm baking tray with baking paper and set aside. 
2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the glucose, honey and brown sugar. Bring to the boil and cook for 7-10 minutes until the caramel comes to the soft ball stage. (Using a candy thermometer, the soft ball stage is when the mixture reaches from 110°C-115°C.) 
3. While the caramel is cooking, in a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, bran, pepitas, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, apricots, raisins and mixed spice. 
4. When the caramel is cooked pour it over the mixture and mix quickly to ensure all of the mixture is coated well. Turn out into the pan and spread and press down the mixture firmly into the pan with the back of a metal spoon. 
5. Leave at room temperature to cool. Slice into bars and store in an airtight container. 

- Candy thermometers can be bought at discount stores for around $5.
- If you spray your measuring cup with cooking spray when measuring honey and glucose it will slip straight out of the cup.
- If this mixture starts to get hard as you are pushing it into the tray you can lay a sheet of baking paper over the top and run the rolling pin over the top to smooth it.
- You can also add chocolate chips.
- You can swap the dried fruit for your favourites such as craisins, dried paw paw or figs.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DwellStudio Wooden Owl Stamp Set

A classic toy that even today's kids will love. DwellStudio's stamp sets feature young artists' favorite motifs - zoo animals, the cityscape, forest creatures or farm life. Set includes 8 wooden stamps, 5 colored pencils, 2 ink pads, all in an adorable 20cms x 25cms pine box for easy storage. So let bright imaginations run wild!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nursery Tree Wall Decals & Stickers

A simple tree wall sticker is a beautiful addition to your nursery. 41 Orchard have several tree wall decal designs to match your nursery décor. For a modern look you might try the Enchanted Tree Wall Sticker collection or for something more classical, see the Whimsical Tree Wall Sticker. All of the nursery tree wall stickers come in parts that are easy to install, meaning your tree can be quite large adding a lot of character to the room.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

10 Steps to a Perfect Party


Got big party plans? Before you go completely wild consider Lana Hallowes' (from Kidspot ) top ten birthday party tips that will guarrantee your little ones Big Day is remembered for all the right reasons:  

Best friends
If your child has a best friend make sure they can come on the date you are planning for the party before you go ahead with bookings and invitations. The day just won't be the same without their partner in crime by their side.   

If your child is old enough, sit down with them and offer a few suggestions for the birthday party theme - to avoid disappointment perhaps write down the options you are prepared to invest your time and money in and then let her choose from the list. Don't ask your child to come up with the party plan because tears may follow when you say no to a petting zoo on your apartment balcony.   

Plan what party food the kids are going to eat, what party games they will play and what to give to each child when they leave. Start collecting party paraphernalia a couple of weeks prior to the big day and store it all in a plastic tub so it's easy to access when party time arrives.   

Guest list
Keep track of who you've invited to the party, as well as who has RSVPd and any special requests. Big is not always best - don't get trapped into inviting everyone your child has ever known. The rule of thumb is that the number of guests should be the age of your child plus one once your child is aged three and over. If you are planning party games make sure you invite an even number of children so no one is left out. Older children handle bigger groups better than younger children.  

Order personalised invitations six weeks before the party. Send out invitations at least three weeks ahead of time. Many venues provide invitations so make sure to ask if you're holding the party away from home. You can download and print your own invitations to send out to guests.   

Weekend parties are better for younger children and family can attend too, while older children will enjoy an after school party, if you can manage it. They love spending all day in anticipation of going home together, plus your party won't clash with Saturday sport. If you are planning a Sunday party, keep in mind some people attend church in the morning. The time of day you choose to start your child's party depends on whether you want to serve a party meal or cut straight to birthday cake.
If serving a meal, start the party between 11.00am -12.30pm or 5.00pm - 6.30pm If you plan to serve cake only, have your party two hours before or one hour after traditional meal times so your guests won't arrive or go home hungry.   

Home parties are generally less expensive than hired venues and you are free to hold the party at whatever time suits your family and guests. Venues, on the other hand, can be exciting and make your job a lot easier. 
If you want to serve a small meal, keep the party food offerings simple. Familiar snacks like pizza or sandwiches work well and can be turned into special party food by using cookie cutters to make star-shaped sandwiches or heart-shaped pizza. If parents are dropping off children at the party, be sure you know about any food allergies. It's best to avoid anything with nuts (including peanut butter sandwiches) because so many children are allergic to them.    

Sometimes old-fashioned party games work best for the youngest children. Pin the tail on the donkey and musical chairs are exciting for four-year olds because they may be discovering them for the first time. Six year olds may like more challenging games like Treasure hunt or pinata. Older children will be ready for simple crafts like making ribbon wands or making party poppers.

Present opening
Do you or don't you open presents with your party guests? Opening presents after everyone has gone home is much less stressful (there is no one to hear your child announce he or she doesn't like the present) and you are less likely to lose bits and pieces if you are on hand. It is also a wonderful way to end a day that may well have been filled with both laughter and tears. If you open presents after everyone has left, it's nice to send thank you notes. Ask your child to tell you why they loved each gift and include it in the note. 

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Tippy Toes Bamboo Kickers

These comfy, cosy socks are designed especially with children in mind, and they’re made from a soft and natural bamboo-cotton blend that is gentle on the skin.
Bamboo fibre is hypo-allergenic, antibacterial, chemical and pesticide free, and it has an absorbent weave that wicks moisture away from the skin. That means baby’s feet won’t get hot and irritated while they’re kicking about.
There are six different pairs of socks in the set, each with a co-ordinating design of stars, stripes and polka dots and all feature rubber grippers on the bottoms, so children will have plenty of grip as they begin to take their first tentative steps.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

For The Girls…

When it comes to girl's clothes there is nothing cuter then dresses! Baby's Got Style have an outstanding range of dresses for babies and bigger kids, from casual dresses to party dresses. With collections from the best kids’ clothing designers, there is a massive range to choose from.