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Month: April 2017

What’s new on Netflix: Disney Classics

What’s new on Netflix: Disney Classics

With winter fast approaching, our days of playing and spending time outdoors are becoming a distant memory. Parks and pools are replaced with indoor cubbies and movie marathons. Think loads of pillows, thrown onto the floor, popcorn and PJs. There is sometimes nothing better than lazing around on the weekends and introducing your children to some of your childhood movie favourites. Cue Disney. I vividly remember Saturday nights at 6.30pm when Disney would be on TV. Whether it was Cinderella, Mickey or Lady and the Tramp, the iconic palace lovingly forged it’s way into my memory. It’s a memory that I’d love my children to have, as it means family. Family time together watching shows that bring song and sound to life.

Netflix are forever adding new content titles to it’s library and I’m thrilled to share (in case you didn’t already know) that they have added amazing classics including:

Aladdin
Aladdin
A Bug’s life
Finding Nemo 2
Finding Nemo 2
Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
The Incredibles
MONSTER UNIVERSITY
Monsters’ University (our favourite)
Ratatouille
Ratatouille
Tangled
TANGLED

 

One movie that I just have to highlight is the Parent Trap. As a child, I was OB-SESSED with this movie. The original, that is with Hayley Mills. In case you’ve missed it (how on earth could you not know this????), Hayley Mills plays two daughters. That’s right, two TWINS. Shot seperately, and merged together (which was totally amazing back in the day). The story goes that Mum and Dad had twin girls, sadly split up, taking one daughter each (sounds awful right? Well, in the movie it’s actually quite cute). One raise in the UK and the other raised in the USA. They end up randomly meeting at summer camp (in the US, and yes…one is from a very rich background and is sent half way around the world to attend). What starts out as a love, hate relationship, ends up being a match made in heaven. The girls conspire to swap roles, to meet their long lost parent that they’ve never known. In the process they plot to get them back together, and the rest is….well….you’ll just have to watch.

These days, it’s had a remake and stars the infamous Lindsay Lohen as a child. It’s a gorgeous remake.

My cousin Lisa and I, adopted the handshake that the girls did each time the left each other. Crossing their fingers, and then crossing their arms, it became our way of saying ‘love you!’. It holds such a special place in my heart, and I cannot wait to share it with Ella.

PARENT TRAP 2
PARENT TRAP 2
The PARENT TRAP

 

So this weekend, as the whether turns cold and rainy…jump onto Netflix and share one of the Disney classics with your own children. It’s simply the best!

Local Legend: Tamara from Nit Clips

Local Legend: Tamara from Nit Clips

Nits. Nothing worse. As a child, I had them. Several times. Living in a household of four kids under six years old meant that if one got it, we all got it. So much so that my Mum actually became a ‘nit nurse’ for a period of time, travelling to schools, checking hair and letting parents know if the dreaded lice or nits had called their child’s head home. I vividly remember having my hair doused in KP24 (think strong chemical shampoo) and lay on Mums bed, face down on a towel as Mum combed my hair and picked each one out. As a child it drove me nuts. I cannot even imagine how my Mum stayed sane!

Lucky enough, we’ve been able to elude the dreaded nit in the Korber household so far. I regularly check around Ella’s hair line (Mum taught me that this is the first place the lice lay their eggs), but to my delight, so far we’ve remained a nit free household. In part, it’s been due to an amazing product that I came across earlier this year – Nit Clips. A simple idea where you apply a couple of drops of tea tree oil (included in the kit)  to a specially crafted hair clip that Ella wears in her hair each day. What makes them even better is the clips come in bright and funky colours, and are able to be used time and time again.

I approached Tamara, Nit Clips owner to ask her about how her business came to be. A local Mum, Tamara saw the need to create a product that could not only serve the purpose of a regular clip, but also keep homes free from dreaded nits and lice. So let’s meet Tamara and learn a little more about this super cool product.

Nit Clips Nit Clips

1. Tell us a bit about your business, your dream, your story

Life is crazy busy, I am a marketing consultant, wife and mum to two girls in daylight hours who crazily decided to start a new business adventure in the few hours a day that remain. NitClips are a fantastic product I discovered and I just knew they were every mums’ dream come true. A simple, natural solution to keep the lice away that was too good to keep to myself, so I went for it. And the rest (like sleep) is history.

2. Magic: What is the most magical thing that has happened to you as a small business owner?
As a small business owner, each mini milestone has been magical – developing the logo, packaging, website, first sale but the most magical thing has been discovering networks of other working mums, who are all so supportive of each other and generous with their advice.

3. Mayhem: What has been your greatest challenge, moment of mayhem?
Lol, school holidays are always mayhem! The ongoing battle between work and family life, accepting calls from unidentified numbers and risking the shriek of children on the background, trying not to be on the phone and focusing on the kids, using your ½ hour of ‘me’ time to answer emails instead of cooking dinner. Everyday is mayhem when there are so many balls in the air.

4. Milestone: What has been your greatest achievement, milestone?
First online sale from someone who wasn’t family or friends.

5. it Forward: Who do you love? What small business are you lusting over right now?
There are 2 ladies in Sydney who have launched funnily enough a hairclip business. I don’t know them, they just popped into my Instagram feed and I love what they are doing online, offline and the brand they are building @omgitsmisscat check it out. Locally I am loving the @motherhoodmelbourne feed, watching the launch and growth of an amazingly supportive bunch of people. Lusting over artwork at the moment. Watercolours by @stefangevers are at the top of my list.

So head on over to Nit Clips if you’d like more information. Everyone will love them, except the lice!

 

Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

*Please note that whilst this is a sponsored post, all opinions and findings are my own.

If you have a child that suffers from allergies and skin irritations, then you know the heartache that comes with trying to ease your child’s pain and discomfort when it flares up. My Ella, with her Irish red hair and milky white skin, unfortunately suffered her first Eczema break out in her first summer, when sun cream was applied to her arms and neck. In the common ‘sweat spots’ her skin quickly becomes dry, scratchy and irritated. Often advancing quickly into red and raw sores that can be so painful. I quickly learned that particular brands of sun cream were her enemy, as were soap based cleansers. We have medicated cream on stand by for times when it gets particularly bad, but I’ve always kept my eye out for gentle products that help protect and nourish her fragile skin, particularly in her elbow areas.

So when I was approached by the Itchy Baby Company to try their range, I was excited to hear about their similar, back story. Developed in Australia by a pharmacist mum , Julia Simmonds, her son’s eczema is the reason behind itchy baby co. She ‘had hit rock bottom’. Admitted to hospital with her toddler’s infected eczema covering more than 75% of his little body. Despite having tried product after product, countless visits to the doctor and listening to anyone who had any advice to give, here she was. Felling guilty, helpless and utterly desperate to help her little boy.

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Eczema is so challenging and we deal with it every day through the emotional heartache and practical problems it throws our way. Julia’s product range contains only the goodness of natural ingredients to nourish and hydrate your child’s skin without any chemicals or irritants.

I was lucky enough to try the following products from their range:

  • Natural Oatmeal bath soak
  • Natural Oatmeal bath soak with goats milk
  • NAtrual Oatemal Bath Soad with goats milk and organic coconut
  • Natural Oatmeal moisturise with organic coconut
  • Natural Scalp Oil

I’ve been using the bath soak in the bath with both my children each night. I’ve followed this with using the moisturiser on Ella’s skin. I’ve noticed that the areas, particularly on the inside of her elbows have remained clear and free of any irritation. Ella would sometimes wake in the night with irritated and itchy skin, and this has not happened at all during the last fortnight. IT’s been wonderful and I would so far recommend the range to anyone!

I’m thrilled to be able offer one of my readers the chance to win their own chance to experience the Itchy Baby Co range. Thanks to Itchy Baby Co, I am giving away an amazing prize pack including:

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak ($14)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak with goats milk ($16)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak with goats milk & organic coconut ($16)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Moisturiser with organic coconut ($21)

1 x Natural Scalp Oil ($18)

Total Value of product: $85

 

To WIN:

  1. Head to Instagram
  2. like the image for the blog post, follow @happyellaafter & @itchybabyco
  3. List which product from their range you would love to try most, and how it would help your family.
  4. Tag a friend (no comp accounts please)

One winner will be chosen on (date to be advised)

To view their range and shop, head to : https://itchybabyco.com.au/shop/

Comp is open 8pm Thurs 18th April AEST and closes on Sunday 21st April at 9pm AEST. No comp accounts please. Australian residents only.

This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. By entering you are releasing Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to the terms of use.

 

Please note: For best results we recommend bathing in itchy baby co. bath soak every day and applying our itchy baby co. moisturiser immediately after the bath, while the skin is still damp. Our moisturiser can be used as often as needed throughout the day. · It is important you patch test itchy baby co. products first for allergies. Although they develop their products without irritants everyone’s skin can respond differently to natural products.

Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Lego is one of those toys that transcends generations. Whether you are 75, 35 or 5, chances are you’ve played with lego at some stage in your life, and it’s even more probable that you loved it. You loved it so much that you would jump at the chance to put together a few of those famous little bricks, to create your very own masterpiece. Whilst the infamous lego piece may be the arch nemesis of a parent’s foot late a night, during the day, we are all still in awe of the simple pleasure that comes from lego. I remember going to Lego exhibitions when we were young, heading into the city to see magnificent creations of sky scrapers, movie characters and the like, come to life. The feeling of going home with your very own box, filled with hundreds of pieces, waiting to be put together.

Today we had the pleasure of taking our children. Ella and Hudson to the incredible Melbourne Museum, to witness the lego phenomenon for themselves. The Brickman Experience is an exhibition of more than 50 awe-inspiring models on display at the ‘Wonders of the World’ exhibition.  Be taken on a hands-on educational journey through history, learning more about each attraction. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Titanic, Golden Gate Bridge and Pyramids of Giza. Kids of all ages can witness the amazing talents of professional Lego masters who spend thousands of hours, piecing together tiny lego pieces to create magnificent works of art. The Mona Lisa itself is even on show…in lego form that is!

The Brickman Experience Lego
The kids meet Lego Man!
 The Brickman Experience Lego
King Kong
The Brickman Experience Lego
The Kremlin
The Brickman Experience Lego
Kids alike: old and young
The Arch De Triomphe
The Brickman Experience Lego
Big Ben
The Brickman Experience Lego
The learning tower of Pisa

The Brickman Experience Lego

The Brickman Experience Lego
The Golden Gate Bridge

What is even better is the fact that each lego sculpture is surrounded by a moat of lego pieces, ready to be used to recreate the featured wonder. Adults and kids, together find pieces and make their own sculptures of wonder. A wall of wonder, with individual panels adorns the space, where each visitor can leave their mark. It’s simply, super cool.

The Brickman Experience Lego
The moat of lego around each sculpture allows everyone to create their own masterpieces

The Brickman Experience Lego
The gallery wall : Ella’s name in lego bricks!

Providing hours of fun for the whole family, visitors can even put their own building skills to the test in the master builder zones and help with some of the model making.

The exhibition opens daily in the Touring Hall from 10.00am. Closing times vary, please check preferred date on the Ticketek website for last entry.

Duration is approximately 1.5 hours, all customers are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their session. We went on to visit the Melbourne Museum itself, with the kids loving the Bugs Alive, Childrens’ Gallery and of course, they met Phar Lap!. It is such a fantastic day out. You can even go home with your own projects to master and treasure.

The Brickman Experience Lego
Ants, Ants, Ants! Bugs Alive in the Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum
The children’s’ gallery is amazing!

Melbourne Museum

The Brickman Experience Lego
The kids are happy! Their own lego creations to master at home!
Melbourne Museum
Meeting Phar Lap!

Lego never gets old. It is, as the movie says ‘awesome’.

 

Egg-cellent Easter: cute craft ideas for kids

Egg-cellent Easter: cute craft ideas for kids

With Easter rapidly approaching this weekend, we are also in the midst of school holidays. That can only mean one thing. Bored kids! With the long weekend ahead, a great way to prepare, and keep the kids occupied is with some simple crafts. Not crafts that require you to spend a fortune and run around town searching for the latest and greatest materials. Just some simple, fun activities that use items that you are sure to have around the house.

To give you all some simple and stress free ideas, I’ve created a Pinterest Board here.

Some of my favourite ideas need little to no explanation. Here are a few below (click on each image to be taken to the Pinterest board).

Thumb Bunny Loves You!!!
A mess free way to dye Eggs! Genius!
Possibly one of the simplest, yet cutest craft ideas of the all. Make one for each person celebrating Easter lunch or dinner!
What to do with all those old toilet rolls?
Bunny cups!
Easter craft ideas
Bunny Paper plate with pipe cleaners and cotton wool!
This gorgeous painted canvas is made by placing a rabbit cut out on a canvas. Once painted over, you remove the cut out, and voila!

 

For my ideas, head to my Pinterest Page below. Happy Easter!