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Friday Find: Boon Grass Drying Rack

Friday Find: Boon Grass Drying Rack

This week’s Friday Find is short, but very sweet (I’m juggling typing this with breast feeding and an active two year old!). A friend of mine had this a few years ago on her kitchen bench, and it is only now, that I am with second child that I truly appreciate her genius! The Boon Grass Drying Rack is a simple device that allows you to dry your bottles, teats and any old plastic item on your kitchen bench without mess or fuss.


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The clever grass like spikes keep the bottles in place, and the grass then can be removed to reveal a lower white tray that can be easily emptied into your sink. If you are anything like me, then bench space is gold and the last think I want is my sink clogged up with bottles.

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Available from Baby Bunting, they are currently on sale right now for $22.46. To purchase click here.

kate

Coming home

Coming home

This weekend we moved back into our house after a six month renovation. We had originally attempted to complete the renovation before Hudson was born, but as you know, he had other plans. We had decided to renovate our two bedroom home to accommodate a third bedroom and some larger living space. My husband Daniel, having a background in the industry, took charge and has done a truly amazing job to not only complete the job in six months, but to also create such a homely space that will be a wonderful place for our kids to grow and have fun.

There are many things I’ve learnt through this process. Namely, the need to have patience and care for your partner, especially when they are involved in the process. Daniel worked on the project seven days a week, before and after work, whilst running his own business. Weekends were focussed on completing work that he could do himself. It was a gruelling schedule and what he has created is a beautiful home for his family to spend many happy days.

Being an avid lover of the TV show ‘The block’, we were excited week in, week out to scope the new rooms and see how they brought together amazing products and finishes. One of the best things about renovating is being able to create spaces to your own taste. It was six months of tiles, taps, vanities, cabinetry, flooring, lighting, paint and interiors. Whilst it was an extremely tiring process, we were thrilled with how it came out.

There is nothing like being in your own home. It’s been delightful to see Ella run up and down our new corridor, and play in her new room. Hudson’s space was created by sub dividing our old living room, and I’m sure he will love the room as he grows. Our new bedroom incorporates the en suite that used to be in Ella’s room. It’s still a weird feeling to wake up at night and be in a different, but familiar room. Needless to say we are still unpacking,  and slowly we will get there.

Having a toddler and a newborn and renovating is certainly not for the faint hearted, but I have to say that I would do it all again in a heart beat. Thankfully, we have the support of an amazing family who helped us throughout the processes, and let us live with them for six months. I hope they enjoy having their house back, and the feeling of being able to walk around without tripping over a stray toy!

I think the person who is most glad it is over is Dan. Dan the man is all I can say. I can’t thank him enough for all he did. I hope he thoroughly enjoys seeing his family enjoy the home he built.

We still have some finishing touches to complete, and our outside area won’t even be started until Spring. However it truly feels like home already. I’ll be sharing some snaps of our finished rooms once they are ‘completely complete’, but in the mean time, here are some of my favourite spaces…

Our bathroom…those black taps…

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Cannot wait for that first bath…

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I’ve never loved a table and chairs so much! Mark Tuckey…I love you!photo 2-2

Hudson’s feeding chair…love those cushions from Kapow Kids and Little Pop Studio!

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Ella’s new big girl bed!

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My window splashback…

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Having an island bench!

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I’ll post more photos once we have completely set up. In the mean time, thanks to my hubby, I’ll just enjoy being home!

kate

 

 

 

Hard Yakka

Hard Yakka

Whinge alert – this post is my way of venting and having a bit of a whinge. Apologies in advance.

The last week has been really tough. The first few weeks of having a new born is really hard for any family, and we are now dealing with escalating colic / reflux / intolerance. Hudson’s irritability and unsettledness has escalated somewhat in the past week, and I have become ‘that’ Mother who searches for the answer by Googling, asking everyone and of course, relying on the experts. I’ve been told that time is really the only answer, and whilst this is hard to take, I know it is true.

Last night before we went to bed, I said to Dan that I both ‘love and hate’ night time. The feeling of putting your tired head on the pillow is pure bliss, until your brain hits you with the reminder of the night ahead. Right now I would love to be in a predictable night feeding routine. By predictable, I mean get 3/4 of hours sleep, wake, change nappy, feed, settle and repeat. Our nights have become a mix of musical beds as Ella has started to wake with the sound of her crying brother. I try to feed H in the lounge room, but am constantly scared of his whimpers waking his big sister. Hudson is generally unsettled most of the night from 2am. His grunts and strains are heartbreaking and they are starting to take their toll on all of us. Dan and I are doing our best to be there for each other. He checks in with me during the day, and I with him. This weekend we are moving back into our home after a mammoth 6 month renovation, much of which he has done himself. I’m not sure if we were adventurous, smart or crazy to time this all at the same time.

Emotionally, I am ok, but physically I am pretty exhausted. I think that I have been able to deal with this colic in a better (ie. rational) way, given the fact that I have had a baby before. The rule of thumb is that ‘this too shall pass’. I guess I’m feeling a little sad that we cannot enjoy his early weeks more, as we are both tired, worried and anxious about what is causing his pain. One thing is for sure is that I know we are not alone. I’ve had so many messages of support, advice and tips on how to treat these (for the moment) unknown conditions. Currently, we are using a reflux medication, and I am also going Dairy Free to try to work out if Hudson has reflux or intolerance to Dairy. I feel guilty to admit that I really struggle with the thought of not being able to have milk, butter, cheese (cheese!!) and a new Mum’s best friend, chocolate. After a night of no sleep, a cup of tea feels like pure heaven and I cried at the thought of not being able to do this. That said, I know that there are alternatives, and I also know that things could be far worse. I will do what ever I have to do for him. It’s just hard yakka when you are in the thick of it, and it simply feels really overwhelming.

I'll be putting Almond Milk in my tea for the next month!
I’ll be putting Almond Milk in my tea for the next month!

All we want is for our little man to be happy and healthy, and right now he is presenting as healthy in every sense of the word, except for this. He is putting on weight and feeding well. It’s just heart breaking to see him constantly squirm in pain, and as a Mum you feel helpless. I just have to trust that things will sort themselves out, and there will come a time that he will be a happy and contented baby who will not have to deal with this.

I take my hat off to any parent who has dealt with colic, reflux or intolerance. It truly sucks. There is no other way to put it. The last thing I want to do is wish away this time, but at the moment, I hope that the miracle ’12 week mark’ comes soon. As I take a photo of my little man at six weeks old, this feels like a long time away. Given the fact that he was 4 weeks prem, it may also be a little longer…

Hudson at 6 weeks old
Hudson at 6 weeks old

In the mean time, I will stay positive and trust that it will all be ok! If you have dealt with colic, reflux or intolerance, I’d love to hear from you!

kate

Friday Find: My Child Magazine

Friday Find: My Child Magazine

MC33 COVER Email Sig[27]This week I came across a new magazine online – My Child.  My Child is targeted at pregnant women, new mothers and parents of children aged 0-8. It is professionally produced, well-written, beautifully designed and features advice, articles, handy services and cool products for the modern mum. Plus it’s independently produced by a small team and the editor from the study in her home – a classic work-from-home mum scenario!

My Child has been published in print in Australia since 2006 and became the third-biggest selling pregnancy and parenting magazine in Australia plus the biggest-selling independently produced one. Now, with their June edition, they have moved from a quarterly print magazine to a free monthly digital-only format, so they can reach parents all around the globe!

What I love most about it are the simple to read features about every day Mums and brands that help families. Much like my own blog, it supports local businesses and features ideas and advice to help parents stay sane! I just love the fact that you can read it from the comfort of your iPad, phone or laptop. If you want to know more about a featured business or brand, you can click away and purchase if you like!

Here are a few  of my favourite snippets from their latest issue..

The most recent ‘best in websites’ for shopping online for pregnancy, baby and kids’ gear..

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A feature on the latest and greatest in stripes…

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Super cool leggings featuring my local favourite…Kapow Kids!

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So to read their latest June issue click here:  http://www.mychildmagazine.com.au/magazine/

You can also subscribe the get this delivered to your inbox each month HERE!

A great, local publication for Mums!

kate

New finds for Ella’s new oasis

New finds for Ella’s new oasis

Last week I was super obsessed with super heroes. I blame it on the fact that Hudson’s Dad has gone a little ‘batty’ (excuse the pun) about having a boy. I shared some of my favourite finds from local businesses and talented Mums who have created gorgeous decor with a super hero twist.

This week, my darling princess Ella gets a look in. We are almost about to move back into our house, and Ella’s new room is actually Dan and my old one. A large space for a toddler, her room has beautiful bay windows, polished floors and high ceilings. I’m keeping some of her things from her old room (as shown in a post link below), but it couldn’t be a new room, without some new stuff! So I’ve scoured my Instagram feed from my favourite new shops, designers and talented parents to integrate some cute touches. I’ve been completely inspired by Belinda from Petite Vintage Interiors, and have sourced some great products at a fabulous price.

I’ve listed my favourite finds for Ella’s new oasis below…

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  1. King Single White Iron Bed from Adairs Kids – POA. I also love, love the idea of a painted Bentwood Chair as a side table.
  2. Felt Ball Garland – I made my own using felt balls from Felt Foxes – Packets of 50 x 2cm balls are $15 each. I made a 4m garland using one packet. I also love these little house shadow boxes, and bought these from Cotton on Kids for $14.95 each. They are currently sold out, but are going to be restocked. I also love, love the pink Woodland doll, from Leo and Bella. Again they are sold out but are being re-stocked and are priced at $35.
  3. I have purchased the mint, pink and white child cloud hanger from Lime Tree Kids for $12.95 each. The grey is extremely hard to come by at the moment, sold out everywhere, but I got my hands on one from Hello Big Dreams for $10.95.
  4. One of my favourite purchases, this 200cm felt ball rug will be the highlight of Ella’s room. I did a post about it here. I purchased it from Silk Road Rugs, and at $650 it was a steal!
  5. This pink and red tartan cushion, along with the matching throw is from Country Road. It will sit adoringly on her big girl bed. Currently on sale for $29.95, and the throw at $79.95.
  6. Bed linen is always hard to come by, and if Ella had a single bed, it would be this Ashe Duvet set from Petite Vintage Interiors. Currently out of stock, it sells for $220. You can also see the gorgeous ice cream lamp in the house shadow box. I got this one from Leo and Bella for $29.99. Image from Petite Vintage Interiors.
  7. Always in need of a night light, this super cute toadstool is from Baby Donkie for a bargain $14.95.
  8. This image is from This Little Love – I loved the idea of painting the super cheap Frosta stool from Ikea and using it as a side table. Priced at $14.99, it is a no brainer. I also found these geometric letters on sale at Typo last week. Currently they have 4 for $10. And finally, the stackable crayons are not only practical, but look great too! These Playon crayons are available from Hello Big Dreams for $14.95.
  9. Finally, these amazing letter lights have just been released at an affordable $69 from the Little Letter Lights Co. Currently on pre-order, they are selling like hot cakes! I also adore the watermelon wall vase from Love Star for $69.

The new, along with the old will bring a new sense of love, wonder and awe to Ella’s room.  Ella’s old room was featured on Babyology last year, and it was such a beautiful space. See the feature here. Stay tuned for pics of how it all comes together, and see how her much loved items mix with new finds…

kate

Win a copy of the Healthy Mumma Healthy e-Book

Win a copy of the Healthy Mumma Healthy e-Book

On Friday I was delighted to share a new venture by my cousin Lisa. Healthy Mumma is a new brand bringing delicious, tasty and healthy food to mums and their families. It was established in 2014 by Lisa, who has always loved food and has a passion for health and well-being since becoming a mumma to her 2 children. She believes strongly that a happy, healthy mum leads to a happy, healthy family.

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Lisa’s Healthy e-cook book has recently been launched to great success. Incorporated is range of healthy, quick and simple recipes for families, this book has already proved to be a hit as samples of yummy dinners are shared across Instagram and Facebook. Her tips are really practical as she also helps you plan ahead for your busy week.

The e-book provides fantastic recipes that cater for all dietary requirements, including; gluten free, sugar free, vegan, dairy free, nut free and full paleo eating plan. It is divided into simple sections covering:

  • breakfast
  • smoothies
  • entrees and soups
  • salads
  • mains
  • sides
  • sweets
  • condiments and treats

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I am delighted that Lisa has offered Happy Ella After Readers the chance to win your own copy of this fabulous e-book. Simply follow the link below to enter the competition. As always, entrants need to like both the Happy Ella After and Healthy Mumma facebook pages via this link. You can also earn extra entry points by leaving a comment below about your tip for being a Happy and Healthy Mum!

Enter directly below…Good Luck!

kate

 

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Friday Finds: Healthy Mumma

Friday Finds: Healthy Mumma

Screenshot 2014-06-05 08.46.14As you know, I’m passionate about supporting local Mums and Dads who have found their calling and create fabulous products and experiences to keep parents and kids happy and healthy. I am sent products all the time for review, and only share those that I believe may help in some way. There is nothing more satisfying than sharing success stories of people who have made a difference and taken a leap of faith to pursue something they are passionate about. It gives me great pleasure this week to share the story of my cousin, Lisa who has recently created her own brand ‘Healthy Mumma‘.

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Healthy Mumma is a new brand bringing delicious, tasty and healthy food to mums and their families. It was established in 2014 by Lisa, who has always loved food and has a passion for health and well-being since becoming a mumma to her 2 children. She believes strongly that a happy, healthy mum leads to a happy, healthy family.

Like many women, Lisa started looking more closely at what she was eating when she was planning to start a family. Learning about clean foods and the health and lifestyle benefits they provide during conception, pregnancy, for young children and busy parents had Lisa interested. But, when she started looking into recipe ideas, she found the options out there were too focused on healthy eating, and not enough about enjoying good food. And this is where Healthy Mumma was born!

Healthy Mumma is here to show you that healthy food need not be bland and boring food. All her recipes are designed to be healthy AND delicious. Healthy Mumma is not a diet. She aims to provide easy to access healthy nutritional products, recipes, information and other tools to help you make some changes. All so that you too can build a sustainable lifestyle around providing delicious, tasty and healthy meals for you and your family.

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Lisa’s e-cook book has recently been launched to great success. Incorporated is range of healthy, quick and simple recipes for families, this book has already proved to be a hit as samples of yummy dinners are shared across Instagram and Facebook. Her tips are really practical as she also helps you plan ahead for your busy week.

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The e-book provides fantastic recipes that cater for all dietary requirements, including; gluten free, sugar free, vegan, dairy free, nut free and full paleo eating plan. It is divided into simple sections covering:

  • breakfast
  • smoothies
  • entrees and soups
  • salads
  • mains
  • sides
  • sweets
  • condiments and treats

Lisa also produces a range of clean eating products; including sauces and pastes, healthy treats, nut mixes, pantry staples, spice mixes and superfoods. Created from nutritional ingredients, these products make your cooking even easier as you simply use them to create your yummy meals. My favourite has to be the Laksa paste and Morocan spice mix! 

Moroccan Spic Mix - $10
Moroccan Spic Mix – $10

Subscribing to her website also keeps you in the know of all the latest advice, tips and ideas for clean eating for your family.

As  an every day Mum, Lisa has inspired so many Mums that I know to take better care of themselves and their families. Healthy Mumma can help you do this!

Follow Healthy Mumma on the web, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can download her Healthy e Book by clicking the image below. It is a bargain at $14.99!

Healthy Ebook Front Cover

Best of all, Lisa is offering Happy Ella After readers the chance to win your own copy of her Healthy Mumma e-cook book! Stay tuned for details of this great giveaway on Monday!

It’s always a great idea to support local, and this Mum deserves it!

kate