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Little Tinkers Giveaway! Our biggest competition yet!

Little Tinkers Giveaway! Our biggest competition yet!

If you read my post on Friday, you will know that Happy Ella After Readers are in for a real treat this week, with Little Tinkers joining forces with Happy Ella After to offer our readers an amazing giveaway. Little Tinkers Home wares are just beautiful and can transform any child’s bedroom with a few stylish pieces. Paris Stanley from Little Tinkers has offered our readers the chance to win several items from the Living Like Lulu and Jetti Spaghetti ranges! This also includes some bright, colourful and hard wearing tableware. Such an amazing prize pack…it’s our biggest yet!

The prize includes:

A set of gorgeous Mother Ducks – worth $69.95


A gorgeous Mirror Hook to hang coats, bags and other gorgeous accessories – valued at $49.94


A set of colourful Sippy Sunday Cups – hardy and dishwasher safe! valued at $9.95


A set of mini sippy Sunday cups – valued at $6.95


A set of gorgeous brekkie bowls – valued at $11.95


A set of Sooper Dooper Spoons – valued at $4.95


and finally…a practical and stylish Jetti Jug – valued at $4.95


and finally…the gorgeous bicycle bookends from the Hunter’s Hut Range! (valued at $49.95)


What an amazing giveaway of beautiful prizes! That has a total value of over $200!!! Whether it be for your own children, or for a gift, this variety of home wares and practical tableware that will bring a smile to any family!

To win this amazing prize, readers will need to enter the competition via Facebook. Entrants can enter and earn points by liking both the Happy Ella After and Little Tinkers Facebook pages, and also by leaving a comment underneath this post with you favourite Little Tinkers product!

Please ensure that you use the following link to enter. This is open to Australian Residents only. Entrants agree to the T&C’s as outlined in the entry form.

The competition will close on Sunday 27th October at 6pm AEDST and the winner notified via this blog.

Good luck and be sure to share with your friends!

Enter the Little Tinkers competition via this link


Friday Find: Little Tinkers

Friday Find: Little Tinkers

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 3.12.43 PMThose who read Happy Ella After may know about my love for the beautiful childrens’ homewares form Little Tinkers. The brain child of Paris Stanley, Little Tinkers was born after she had her own children, and sought to style their rooms with beautiful furniture and accessories.  The home of Jetti Spaghetti Designs, Living Like Lulu and Hunter’s Hut, Paris seeks ‘unique and functional products to compliment the lives of our little ones’.Treasures for their rooms, funky dinnerware, our products incorporate practicality with a stylish flare. With the help of her brother Blake Millard, they have grown their business to supply the most stylish boutiques in Victoria and Australia.

Some of my favourite pieces from the Little Tinkers range include:

The Mother Duck and Ducklings set (RR$69.95)


The Tea Time Table and Chairs (RR$189.95)


The Bicycle Bookends (RR$49.95)


The Stanley Saurus – Large (RR $24.95)


The Mirror Hook (RR $49.95)


my all time favourite – Raspberry Apples (RR $89.95)


and to finish, they also stock a gorgeous range of kids tableware…


Ella is lucky enough to have a few gorgeous Little Tinkers items in her nursery. The Raspberry Apples look so beautiful in her room, and are practical too!


Little Tinkers products can be found in gorgeous boutiques, as well as online here.

You can also follow Little Tinkers on Facebook here.

 Paris has been kind enough to offer Happy Ella After readers an amazing giveaway next week. Stay tuned to hear all about it on Monday. Believe me, it is not one that you will want to miss! Her products are in great demand and as such sell out quite quickly. Do yourselves a favour and check out these gorgeous products as well as others at her website today.


Friday Find: Randomly cool finds

Friday Find: Randomly cool finds

This week’s Friday Find is a real random one. It’s a few simple ideas, that I think are pretty cool. Just some cute finds that I have come across on Pinterest – from food, to DIY puff paint. Hopefully you will find something you like! Click on the images to be taken to the links!

Banana Ghosts and Mandarin Pumpkins. Who would have thought fruit could be so scary…


DIY Apple Scented Puff Paint…nothing cooler than puff paint!


Reinvent your baby wipe containers! Hours of fun for any toddler…


Peg Pets! Simple and cute. A great alternative to puppets!


Hopefully you have seen something you like! Lots of Finds on Pinterest each day! If you want to explore more, you can follow my boards on Pinterest here.  Happy Friday Everyone!


Wild about the Toddler Safari @ Werribee Zoo

Wild about the Toddler Safari @ Werribee Zoo

IMG_0020Last Friday we had the pleasure of heading off to the new Toddler Safari experience at Werribee Zoo! As a guest of the zoo, we were there to check out the new experience, and my Mum and sisters were thrilled to tag along for a ‘girls day out’ with Ella and myself. I hadn’t been to Werribee Zoo since I was a kid, and I had whilst my memories were sketchy, I remember having a ball there on a hot summer’s day. So off we set down the Princess Highway to Werribee, picnic packed and sun cream in tow.

We were blessed with a beautiful day and arrived to find a newly renovated centre with beautiful open spaces and a real ‘savannah feel’. Booked into the 11.15 ‘Toddler Safari‘ tour, I was curious to find out how different it would be to the normal ‘safari tour’ offered to all visitors. We parked out pram, along with dozens of others in the special spot, and boarded the specially fitted out bus. Inside we found toys, vines and gorgeous little bags filled with samples of fur for the kids to feel. The driver clearly knew how to interact with kids as she narrated our way around the fabulous tour. What made this toddler tour different was the fact that there were songs to sing and dance to along the way. The driver made the experience so captivating for all of us and she asked the children lots of questions about the animals that they saw. The bus provided us with room to move and the window bars allowed the children to peek through to view the animals, whilst providing safety at the same time. When we arrived back we were so excited and amazed by all that we saw.

Here are some snaps from our favourite experiences at the Werribee Zoo!

A beautiful day, perfect for a visit!


Nanna trying to be a giraffe….


What can I see???


Up close and personal…


Family fun on the bus!


Beautiful open spaces for a picnic!


Only my Mum would bring a china tea cup and saucer for a cup of tea!


Whose a cheeky monkey?


Look at those HUUUUGE Hippos!


Lions and lionesses….IMG_0024

Decorating her own little Hippo and adding it to the super cool wire hippo!IMG_0027


What a day….she fell asleep within 5 minutes!


Honestly, our visit to the Toddler Safari at the Werribee Zoo was absolutely wonderful. I cannot recommend it more highly.

The Toddler Safari is an energetic 35-minute safari bus tour for young children and their families. The tours feature music and lots of animal action.

Price: Included in general admission price. No pre-booking required, but spaces are limited. Please arrive at the Zoo early to ensure a seat on the bus.
Times: Tuesdays 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:15am and 11:15am

The Zoo also offers a range of activities for Toddlers including a ‘village dance party’. Check out their toddler page here. If you are a Zoos Victoria family pass holder, the best part is it includes entry to Werribee Zoo!! Hurrah!

A huge thankyou to Kimberly Polkinghorne for having us on the day!


Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 7.55.34 AMToday we are thrilled to see Ella’s First Birthday featured on the super stylish Bondville Blog. The brainchild of Stephanie Bond, Bondville features a whole host of fabulous Australian products, designs and art for kids. Stephanie supports Australian and Hand made products and features a whole host of ideas that would inspire any family. The aim is to help Mums and Dads, whether it be with styling a new nursery, creating a magical birthday party on a budget, or featuring new fashions for kids.

Key categories on the site include:
Party Ideas (featuring real Australian kids parties)
Room Ideas (featuring real Australian kids rooms)
Stylish Kids (featuring Australian-designed kids fashion)
Gift Ideas (featuring Australian-designed products for Mum, kids and Home)
Printables (featuring Australian-designed print-your-own stationery)

It is with great pride therefore, that Stephanie featured Ella’s First Birthday Party. I was so excited to be able to share my tips and advice for creating a beautiful celebration without breaking the bank. When I originally posted about her birthday back in March, I wanted to share my ideas with parents so that they too could afford to create the perfect party for their kids. There are so many options out there…whether it be on etsy, a diy idea on pinterest, or a youtube clip. By using the power of technology, you can transform simple paper into a stylish creation!

Some of the ideas from the blog post include:

Creating your own personalised invitations with the help of graphic designers on Etsy. The one we used was J for Jordy.  The other stroke of pure genius is using a Cake Rescue Kit from Cake 2 the Rescue. Never again will I need to worry about the perfect cake…

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Simple, beautiful and personalised decorations from Vens Paperie on Etsy. All you do is send off your child’s name and age, and they send you a PDF to print and laminate! We also made the tissue Pom Poms by watching a youtube clip. All it takes is a little patience!

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And finally, the sweets were clearly the piece de resistance, so simple recipes like this one from Kidspot helped to make the sweet treats yummy! These mars bar teddy cars were a real hit!


I hope that Stephanie’s Readers enjoy the post and can benefit from the ideas and advice! It’s a great site with loads of suggestions for Mums and Dads! You can follow Bondville via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Thanks Steph!!