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Month: December 2013

Merry Christmas from the Korbers xxx

Merry Christmas from the Korbers xxx

With one sleep until Christmas, it’s time to slow down and take stock of a remarkable 2013. We have so much to be thankful for and at this time of year, that really hits home. My darling daughter is growing so quickly and we have another on the way. My husband is just the best Father and best friend. My family are happy and healthy. I have the best mates in the world. I have a job I love, and colleagues I adore. My blog is growing and there are so many exciting things on the horizon for 2014.

So whether you have read my blog once, or are a regular follower, I’d like to thank you for all your support. If you have commented, entered a giveaway, or represented a company who I’ve worked with…thank you for being part of this little community. I wish you all a wonderful time with family and friends. I wish you health and prosperity. I hope you eat great food and drink even better wine (have a few for me).

So with that, I’m signing off for a few weeks as we enjoy the season of family and fun.

Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Kate, Dan and Ella Korber xxxx

(click on the image below to view our 2013 Christmas Card!)

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Friday Finds: Last Minute Gifts made by the Kids!

Friday Finds: Last Minute Gifts made by the Kids!

If you are anything like me, things have just gotten away from you this Christmas! I normally send cards out, bake treats and generally have things to give to others! This year, a combination of work, having a toddler and being pregnant has meant that I’ve had no time to do any of these things (sorry friends and family). Lucky though, Pinterest saves the day with loads of little last minute gifts that can be made by the kids! I love the idea of giving Christmas ornaments to family and friends, as they bring them out each year and remember how little and precious our kids once were!

Here are a few of my favourites…

Salt dough hand print ornaments! Capture those tiny hands. Click on the link for the recipe!

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Decorations made from pipe cleaners, beads and other odds and sodds..

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Button Christmas Trees – cute as a button 🙂

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Hand print Snowmen –  in Australia we can only dream!

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Scrabble ornaments just for Grandparents!

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and my all time favourite…polystyrene sequined balls. This is something I made with my students each year. They take forever, but if you have kids old enough, you will appreciate this and relish the peace! (just make sure you have enough pins!)

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With only 4 sleeps to go, hopefully some of these ideas will save the day for you!

For my Christmas inspiration, follow my Christmas Wonderland Pinterest Board here.

kate

*Each image is linked to it’s original Pinterest source.

Friday Find: Christmas @ Cupcake Occasion

Friday Find: Christmas @ Cupcake Occasion

This week’s Friday Find is short and sweet. Very sweet. I was chatting with some great friends in my Mothers’ Group this week about what we were giving our kids’ daycare teachers for a Christmas Gift. With the benefit of being a teacher myself, I could tell them that we really do appreciate anything. It might sound cliché, but the thought really does make us smile. That said, Ella has quite a few teachers coming in and out of her room, and I wanted to make sure that we thanked them all. So I decided to this year, enlist the help of Jodie from Cupcake Occasion. Cupcake Occasion began as her passion and has now grown into a business that is high in demand. Cupcakes of every flavour that are decorated in any way you can imagine. Her Christmas range is just gorgeous and perfect for a group of people, or staff to share.

I’ve decided to give Ella’s Day Care teachers the ‘Joy’ box below. Gorgeous cupcakes that are almost too cute to eat! 25 mini cupcakes @ $65.

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I also love these gorgeous Santa cupcakes – 12 regular @ $65

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Or Chrissie Cookies may be your thing? 6 for $20 or 12 for $40

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or finally, you can’t go past this awesome Gingerbread House – $70

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You can contact Jodie @ Cupcake Occasion here. You can also follow her gorgeous creations on Facebook here. With Christmas around the corner…get in quick!

kate

Oh Christmas Tree…

Oh Christmas Tree…

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, and the silly season starts to take real flight, there is nothing that makes me happier than filling our house with beautiful Christmas decorations. Ever since being a kid, I have loved bringing out the same decorations each year, finding the perfect tree and lighting up our home with Christmas cheer. Needless to say, there are some times during this process that the happiness is tested. Normally this comes in the form of Dan and myself yelling at the Christmas tree stand, as it fails to hold up our real tree. Each year, this seems to happen and we were not disappointed in 2013 when it took us over an hour to screw the bolts in tight enough so that the tree would not fall over. 6 days later, the tree is still standing, so I think (touch wood), we are safe.

Christmas is obviously made so much more special with little ones around, and this year Ella seems to have an idea that this time of year is special. Her efforts at calling everything “Chrisas” indicate that she has a clue. She makes this time so joyous and its even more special knowing that this time next year, she will have a little brother or sister to share it with.

I thought I’d share a few of my favourite decorations that make our house feel, smell and look so festive. It’s just the most wonderful time of the year….

Each year, it is a Sherlock tradition to get a real tree. Nothing beats the beautiful smell. We have a red and silver theme happening and I just love it!

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Whilst in NYC on our honeymoon three years ago, I bought some special silver star and snowflake decorations from Macy’s and Bryant Park. It’s so lovely bringing them out each year and remembering that awesome trip!

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To celebrate Ella’s first Christmas last year, I couldn’t go past this gorgeous personalised bauble…

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For our wedding day, one of our guests clearly knew me well and gave us this beautiful Waterford Christmas bauble. It sparkles so much at night…

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Probably my favourite would have to be our mantle piece, and the gorgeous Pottery Barn Kids stockings that I got last year. It’s my ode to a White Christmas, even though it is summer here in Australia!. Our dog Lloyd even has his own. Next year, there will be another one hanging on the ledge…

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I was given this beautiful minature wooden tree a few years ago. Each tiny wooden figurine dangles in the sun. Ella loves to tap each one as it sits on our side table in the entrance…

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And finally, when I first moved out of home eleven years ago, my little sister gave me this metal Santa Claus. I love his rustic feel and brings back so many memories of celebrating Christmas in all the places I’ve lived since moving out of home.

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I would love to see how you decorate your own homes. Feel free to share your own special photos on our Happy Ella After Facebook page here.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

kate

 

A Christmas Giveaway / Pampering for Mums!

A Christmas Giveaway / Pampering for Mums!

1070071_427405380708504_1756099497_nChristmas is a crazy busy time for Mums and Dads. We are all thinking about spoiling our children and families, and don’t have much time to stop and think about taking care of ourselves! Bharti from Balancing Mind and Body is wanting to do just that, by offering one lucky Happy Ella After reader the chance to win their choice of:

One 60 minute treatment of:

  • Remedial & Deep Tissue Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
  • Advanced Reflexology
  • Ear Candling to include Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki
  • Ayurvedic Face-Lift Massage
  • Fertility and Pregnancy Support
  • Hot Stones Massage

or alternatively, the fabulous

  •  90mins of Pregnancy Bliss Package:  Massage/Indian Head Massage/ Reflexology

This wonderful prize is just what many of you need at this time of year! If you read my Friday Find post last week, you will know that I was lucky enough to experience a Pregnancy Massage and Indian Head Massage. It was wonderful and relaxing. If you feel that this is something that you, a family member or friend would love then this is the competition for you!

Entrants need to enter via the link below. Terms and Conditions are available on this link. This competition is open to Australian Residents Only. It will open at 9am AEDST and close next Monday 16th December at 6pm AEDST. The winner will be announced on the blog the following day.

Enter the Balancing Mind and Body Giveaway HERE.

Best of luck!

kate

Friday Find: Balancing Mind & Body (giveaway!)

Friday Find: Balancing Mind & Body (giveaway!)

Today I was lucky enough to experience a blissful pregnancy massage package, including  a fully body massage and Indian head massage. Bharti Odedra runs her own business called balancingmindandbody.com.au, and specialises in helping pregnant women throughout their nine month journey. Each week, I share with you a product find, or experience that has until this date, aimed at children. Today, I wanted to share with you a fantastic experience for Mums – whether you are expecting or not. It’s hard enough to find the time to go to the toilet or have a shower on your own, so being able to experience an hour of pampering by an expert in massage is just pure bliss. It’s also hard to come across a therapist that takes their time, and pays attention to detail. She didn’t rush and made me feel as though each part of the experience was calm and complete. Bharti invited me in today to experience her take on pregnancy pampering, and gosh was it work it.
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Barty has been in Australia for nearly 3 years and recently moved back to Melbourne after 4 months of checking out Western Australia and Qld. Working out of the Mandalay Centre in Montmorency in Melbourne, she offers her clients a range of therapies, including:
  • Remedial & Deep Tissue Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
  • Advanced Reflexology
  • Ear Candling to include Indian Head Massage
  • Reiki
  • Ayurvedic Face-Lift Massage
  • Fertility and Pregnancy Support
  • Hot Stones Massage
  •  90mins of Pregnancy Bliss Package:  Massage/Indian Head Massage/ Reflexology
Screenshot 2013-12-06 16.19.36Bharti is qualified in Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy in December 2012 after a 2 year foundation training. She is qualified at ITEC level in Anatomy, Physiology, Sports Massage, Sports Therapy, Thai Massage and Reflexology. I also practice Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage, Acupressure, Indian Head Massage, Ear Candle, Ayurvedic Facelift Massage, Advanced Reflexology and Theta Healing. She i salso a Reiki Master.Before working in Australia,  Bharti worked for many years in Central London and also in various yoga retreats in Europe and Turkey. She has a particular interest in treatments designed to support Fertility and many aspects of Pregnancy.For Happy Ella After readers, Bharti has generously offered to give one of my readers the chance to win your choice of 1 hour of any therapies from her website, or the 90 minute Pregnancy Bliss Package. I can honestly say that anyone who wins this wonderful experience, whether pregnant or not, will come away feeling relaxed, refreshed and refined.

A wonderful Christmas present for Mum during this crazy busy time of the year! Stay tuned for more information this coming Monday. In the mean time, please check out her website at www.balancingmindandbody.com.au or her Facebook page here.
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