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Month: December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A little late with my Friday Find this week…needless to say that finishing work, a crawling baby and last minute Christmas chaos has taken over! This week I wanted to share a couple of great Christmas finds that I discovered in my online travels. These tools have brought a wonderful sense of Yuletide fun to the Korber household this week. Even though I know that Ella is still a little too young to understand the meaning of this fabulous time of year, these little finds sure have made this Mummy very ‘festive’ and excited about the days ahead….

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The Portable North Pole App

This App is a gorgeous way to inject a little Santa fun into any household. Featuring both a parents and kids corner, the app has many features including:


Personalised video: 
The ability to create a magical personalised video message from Santa to your beautiful children. With the ability to tailor the message to include your child’s name, age, location and Christmas wishes, this video brings a spark of magic that helps any parent relive their childhood. This feature is free this year to celebrate their fifth year anniversary!

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Santa calls: Receive a call straight to your phone from Santa! The app includes fourteen different scenarios that can praise and remind any child at any time of year.

Other great features including an advent calendar, Christmas radar and countdown! This App is simply a gorgeous way to celebrate Christmas and get the children excited about the impending visit of the big man! To visit the Portable North Pole on iTunes click here.

Unknown-1JibJab Christmas e-cards

Jib-Jab has been around for quite a while, but this is the first year that I used them to create my own Christmas e-card. With many different templates to choose from, for all of the year’s celebrations, these e-cards make an old card come to life! This year, a combination of lack of time, together with the wanting to include Ella in the cards, led me to use Jib-Jab to create our own cute video. The only problem was trying to choose which of the following cards to use!

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To view Ella staring in the ‘Santa’s comin to Town’ Christmas Card, click the image below…. 

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And with that….I would like to wish all of our friends and family a wonderful Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to read this blog and keep up with Ella’s adventures. Each moment that she has grown has brought us so much joy. It really is going to be a wonderful Christmas. I hope that all of you experience joy and love this week, where ever you are!

kate

Korber Christmas Magic

Korber Christmas Magic

photoLast weekend we put up our Christmas Tree. Ella’s first tree and first Christmas. On the day we put it up, it was 39 Degrees – something which we are accustomed to here during Aussie Christmases. It reminded me of the day I went into labour with Ella – 42 Degrees! We got out all of our beautiful decorations that we bought in New York on our honeymoon, tested the lights, and got the tree to (finally) stand up straight in the corner of our living room. I am one of those people who tends to get a little sentimental when we put the tree up, and cannot do it without a little Bing Crosby playing in the background.

Ella sat and watched whilst I put each decoration in their place. This included:

a beautiful Waterford crystal ball, given to us for our wedding…

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a gorgeous silver baby bassinet by a parent from my school last year. It’s amazing to now put it on the tree, knowing that our beautiful bubba is here..

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those gorgeous stars we purchased in NYC on our honeymoon….

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I was also able to find a personalised Christmas bauble in silver in red with ‘Ella’ printed across the front…

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Last but not least, our Christmas star had to be placed at the top of the tree. Ella sat on Dan’s shoulders and ‘helped’ her Daddy put it on the top branch. Our gorgeous tree complete, I cannot wait for Christmas morning, when those presents will ‘miraculously’ appear under the tree….

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I hope all of our friends enjoyed dressing their trees with their new bubbas, as much as we did!

 

kate

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

Friday Finds: YouTube Yuletide

get-the-new-youtube-design-with-this-google-chrome-extension-8bb4ae8a43When we were growing up, the Sherlock kids loved nothing more than watching all the corny and cheesy Christmas shows on TV. In the days leading up to Christmas, the TV would be littered with family movies and clay animations that told all of the beloved stories that we still talk about to this day. Over the years however, many of these shows have not made the re-run cut, and we were recently talking about how it would be great to watch them again, especially now that we have a baby in the house. Finding them however, would be a hard challenge!

imagesEnter YouTube. Somewhere around the world, someone could possibly share your equal love of a movie, and has taken the time to post it online. Needless to say, my brother recently sent us a link to our favourite ‘the night they saved Christmas‘. A 1980’s classic starring the gorgeous Charlie’s Angel – Jaqueline Smith. This video was watched over and over, and to our delight, the entire movie was posted online. Many movies and TV shows are cut into smaller snippets, but can be easily found. Another delight that we found was the good old ‘Pingu‘. Still a classic on Children’s TV in 2012, this show has stood the test of time.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEERFurthermore, my sister was recently talking about the beautiful ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer‘ clay animation that we used to watch. This 1960’s classic tells the story of how Rudolph came to lead Santa’s sleigh, as he overcame the fear of other Reindeer’s teasing him because of his Red nose. This gorgeous movie has also been posted online, in different sections.

Much to my delight is the ability to create Playlists on Youtube – thus being able to save all of your movies and shows in a convenient way. So far, I have created Playlists for Ella for Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, and other Christmas Shows. With the ease of our Apple TV, these shows can be viewed through our TV straight from the internet. We can also watch them anywhere via our iPad, iPhone or Mac. This feature really is fabulous for parents, and helps you save money by watching them for free. It’s also a great way for parents who were kids in the 80’s to relive all of their Christmas favourites!

For more information on how to create playlists via ‘My Channel’ on Youtube, click here.

Happy Youtube Tuletide!

kate

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Friday Finds: Pottery Barn Kids Christmas

Friday Finds: Pottery Barn Kids Christmas


img10bPottery Barn Kids is the American Icon of kids’ homewares. Many Mums around Australia squealed with glee (this Mum included), when Babyology shared the great news that they were coming to Australia. Their first store will be in Sydney in 2013, and hopefully they will migrate south after this, and set up shop in Melbourne. However, even though we Melbournites cannot quite share in the joy of shopping at this fabulous store quite yet, we can benefit from shopping online and having our fabulous finds shipped to our door. Pottery Barn Kids have finally offered shipping to international destinations, and this little Mum is pretty happy about that.

For almost a year now, I have been dreaming of a Summer Christmas, decorated with these beautiful Pottery Barn Kids Christmas Stockings. For Ella’s first Christmas, I wanted to continue a Sherlock tradition, with personalised Christmas Stockings, hanging from our mantel. I have scoured through the web to find beautifully made Christmas Stockings that could be delivered Down Under, but have always been disappointed with the variety available. I had always come back to the beautifully personalised stockings available through Pottery Barn, and have found myself so disappointed that they did not offer international shipping…until now.

Screen Shot 2012-12-07 at 6.46.06 PMThis week, my prayers were answered as I not only purchased four gorgeous stockings (for Ella, myself, Daniel and our dog, Lloyd), but were equally excited to find that they were on sale, and shipping was 50% off. For any Mums and Dads out there who want to decorate your house with gorgeous stockings that will last a life time, I can only say….go to the Pottery Barn Kids site. There are gorgeous styles to choose from, all with the ability to be personally monogrammed in a range of colours and fonts.

I can only say that I’ll be waiting with baited breath for my delivery to arrive. I cannot wait to hang those stockings on our freshly painted mantel, and fill them with gorgeous gifts for Christmas Morning. These gorgeous stockings will be hung each year with love, just as my Mum hangs them each year, to this day. They are a gorgeous way to decorate your home, whether you have a ‘white’ Christmas, or a hot and sunny one, like we do Down Under.

To visit the Pottery Barn Kids site, click here.

kate

*Images are linked to their original source