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Nuts about Netflix: The Crown

Nuts about Netflix: The Crown

Since having my hip replacement, I’ve been forced to do, well nothing. Nothing involves having the chance to watch some television and get stuck into some of those TV shows on Netlfix that I never get the chance to watch. Normally it’s my kids and hubby who get to enjoy the variety of NETFLIX options, but this time around it’s me! A few days ago, I sat and watched the entire series of Netflix’s original series: The Crown. IF you are…

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Local Legends: Emma from Happy Hands Happy Heart

Local Legends: Emma from Happy Hands Happy Heart

It’s been a while since I’ve done a feature on a local business I love. I used to weekly post about a local gem in my series – Ella Loves Local. Since then, my blog and print business has evolved and grown to become something more than I ever imagined. My own, local, small business has thrived. Through word of mouth. Through local interest. So it’s time to give back and reignite one of my passions, that is supporting small…

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The Christmas guide: gifts they’ll want, need, wear and read!

The Christmas guide: gifts they’ll want, need, wear and read!

It’s almost Christmas time once more. Hashtag joy, hashtag chaos, hashtag busy. Busy, busy, busy. This year I’ve had to be extra organised as I recover from hip surgery. For me that has meant knowing that I can’t drive for 2-3 weeks and at Christmas time this could mean disaster. So if I can’t go to the stores myself to do my Christmas shopping, then I guess I need to make it come to me. I’m pleased to report that…

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Hipster Mum.

Hipster Mum.

So last week I got a new hip. A hip replacement to be exact. Yep. How old am I do you say? 37. Yep, a little young I know. Yep. Nod. I’ve had this operation on the horizon for a while now, and if you’ve been following me you would know that I’ve tried everything to avoid it, but have surrendered to the surgery. So last Thursday I checked in to hospital, got my gown and very sexy surgery undies…

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Sydney celebrations with Netflix

Sydney celebrations with Netflix

This past long weekend, we escaped the chaos that is the Melbourne Cup Carnival and headed north to Sydney. We were lucky enough to be guests of Netflix, who held a Christmas celebration for their blogging Stream Team. I’ve felt very privileged to have been a member of this team for almost two years, as we test out and share the fantastic variety of films and television shows that Netflix provide. If you’ve been a follower of Happy Ella After,…

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Losing Dad: Two months on

Losing Dad: Two months on

This weekend will mark two months since losing Dad. To be honest, if feels like two decades since I last saw him. The intense pain has started to ease in some ways, and yet in others it is actually worse. It’s worse because two months on, it is starting to feel real. The world that stopped momentarily in dismay to digest the news that Dad had been taken so suddenly has been replaced by a reality that everything and everyone still…

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You can’t beat Bobux: New Summer Range

You can’t beat Bobux: New Summer Range

If you know me, you know that one thing I love and look for if great kids shoes. Beautiful, good quality, hard wearing, funky. Some brands create fads: blingy new ranges that come and go. Some look great, but don’t last longer than a few wears. This is wear Bobux is different. Fashion focussed with foot health in mind. Many of you may not know that Bobux shoes receive the tick of approval from Podiatrists, meaning that your little one’s…

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Losing Dad, finding Hope

Losing Dad, finding Hope

Three weeks on from losing our beautiful Dad, things are really only now becoming real. He really did pass away. Suddenly. He really isn’t coming back. I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Only four months ago I wrote about losing my Nan, after 93 years. A long and happy life. My Dad’s life was incredibly happy. However it was cut too short. Dad passed away in his sleep, something everyone ‘wants’ to do. Except when it’s 30 years too…

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It takes a village to raise a parent.

It takes a village to raise a parent.

Today, I’ve been having one of those days. One of those days that we struggle to parent. Where everything goes wrong. When it rains, it pours, or rather buckets down. Today I had that twinge of guilt when I (fleetingly) felt like I didn’t want to be dealing with Motherhood today (don’t hate me). You see my day started off like this: 8am: Kids yelling and screaming at each other 8.10am: Ella started crying because Hudson tipped all of her Shopkins…

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Giveaway: Win one of three pairs of Bobux Shoes

Giveaway: Win one of three pairs of Bobux Shoes

If you know me, then you know I love Bobux Shoes. If you’ve read my previous post / review about these little gems then you will know that they are simply the best, most light weight, fashionable shoe that your little one can have on their twinkle toes. They are also recommended by Podiatrists! The clincher for me is the velcro. It’s thick, and wide and actually keeps those little suckers on their feet! Since last time we shared their…

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Product Review: Food Babies Love – Fresh Pots

Product Review: Food Babies Love – Fresh Pots

Mum Life = busy, crazy, love fuelled chaos. Before you have children you think that you will have it all sorted. Once you have them you realise that some days you’ve got things sorted (well, sort of), and other days you are just trying to survive. No matter what happens in our busy daily lives however, the one thing that I want for my children is to eat well. Eat food that is nutritious, but is easy to prepare. Despite…

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Product Review: Lost My Name Book Series

Product Review: Lost My Name Book Series

I’m always on the look out for unique, personalised and thoughtful gifts for kids. Aside from my own NAME IT Prints (excuse the self endorsement), I love nothing more than giving beautiful books to children to develop their love of reading. So it came at no surprise then, at my reaction when I came across the LOST MY NAME series of books. I can honestly say that I don’t think I have found a better book to give to a…

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Until we meet again….

Until we meet again….

This is one of those posts that I wish I didn’t have to write. That said, I write it with mixed emotions. Sadness, pride, happiness, gratitude. Last week we sadly lost our Nan, Nola Patricia Chadwick. 93 years young, she was an inspiration having raised (along with my Pop), 5 children, including my Mum. They then went on to have seventeen grand children and ten great grand children. By far one of my most treasured memories is the relationship she had…

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Product Review: Leisure Learning / Smart Games Developmental Toys

Product Review: Leisure Learning / Smart Games Developmental Toys

Sometimes an email finds itself in my inbox, and it’s fate. I have recently been looking for fantastic developmental toys for my children, specifically Hudson who, with his hearing loss, is at such an important age and stage for oral language development. I was looking for toys to help my children use their hands, talk about the process of what they were doing, and essentially allow them to play and talk together. I was thrilled then to receive an invitation…

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