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Superhero Sleepwear with Warner Bros & Best and Less

Superhero Sleepwear with Warner Bros & Best and Less

Winter is coming and we all know that this means time to rug up and battle the cold. Nothing is better than putting on a new, soft pair of pyjamas. Kids love nothing more than dressing up as a Super Hero, so when Warner Bros. Consumer Products Australia and New Zealand (WBCP) and DC Comics decided to combine the two and bring out a new range of sleepwear featuring your favourite Super Heroes, they were on to something! Available through Best & Less , their range caters for the Super Hero in any child, boy or girl, young or old. The sets not only include soft cosy pants and a matching top, but they are paired with their very own Super Hero mask to create the perfect sleep time costume! Your little Batman or Batgirl will go to bed dreaming of their favourite powers…. just like my two!

These awesome sets are available in sizes 3-7 for a limited time only. Whether you’ve got boys or girls, there is something for everyone!

Best and Less Super Heroes Warner Brothers Sleepwear
Batgirl!

Best and Less Super Heroes Warner Brothers Sleepwear
Batman!
What’s even better is the fact that I will be giving away six sets of pyjamas for six lucky followers.

To win, simply head to my Instagram account @happyellaafter  and:

  1. Like the image
  2. follow @happyellaafter and @bestandless
  3. Comment on which set you would like to win (Batgirl or Batman)
  4. Tag two friends
  • For an extra entry, leave a comment underneath this blog post indicating which Super Hero your child would be if they could choose anything they like!

Open to Australian Residents only.

T’s & C’s & Stuff

  • Comp opens Thursday 11th May at 8pm and closes Thursday May 18th at 9pm.
  • One entry per person (no comp accounts please)

This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age, and release Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to their terms of use!

*In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

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.

An awesome giveaway with The Gro Company Australia!

An awesome giveaway with The Gro Company Australia!

We loooorve everything from the Gro Company! From their famous sleeping bags, to their Gro Clock, their products literally save our lives!  To celebrate the launch of The Gro Company new Australian website (click here!) we have teamed up with this company to give one lucky follower the chance to win a hamper of their goodies valued at almost $500! It includes:

Insect Shield Grobag – 0.5tog – $59.95
Orla Kiely Grobag – 2.5tog – $84.95
Orla Kiely Swaddle Grobag – Owl Newborn, Light – $44.95
Grohush $49.95
Groegg $49.95
Groclock $59.95
Carrie Cat Breathable Grofriend $19.95
Gertie Guinea Pig Flat Comforter $16.95
Giraffe Teether Comforter – $19.95
Have a Giraffe Groswaddle $24.95
Be A Dazzler Grosuit – 6-9 months $27.95
Muslin 3 Pack – $44.95

Total Value $496.40

The perfect prize for a new Mum, or Mum to be!

To enter, it’s simple!

Head to @happyellaafter on Instagram here. 
1. Follow @happyellaafter & @thegrowcompanyaus
2. Like this pic
3. Tag two friends (no comp accounts please).

Open to Australian Residents only.

T’s & C’s & Stuff
Comp opens Monday 27th March @ 9pm AEDST and closes Wed 29th March @ 9pm AEST.
One entry per person (no comp accounts please)
To see the entire list of what is included, head over to my blog (link in profile).
This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that your are 18+ years of age, and release Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to their terms of use!

GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Giveaway: Win one of three pairs of Bobux Shoes

Giveaway: Win one of three pairs of Bobux Shoes

If you know me, then you know I love Bobux Shoes. If you’ve read my previous post / review about these little gems then you will know that they are simply the best, most light weight, fashionable shoe that your little one can have on their twinkle toes. They are also recommended by Podiatrists! The clincher for me is the velcro. It’s thick, and wide and actually keeps those little suckers on their feet!

Since last time we shared their range, Bobux is proud to announce the release of their latest styles- Aktiv & Xplorer City. This is the result of their exclusive partnership with Solène Roure, a French fashion designer based in London. Earlier this year, Solène – whose extensive portfolio includes companies as diverse as Nike, Yves Saint Laurent, North Face and Levi’s – turned her attention and distinct fashion design to kids’ shoes, collaborating with Bobux to create eight beautiful designs (ranging from Soft sole sizes S-XL and shoe sizes 18-29).

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Following months of brainstorming and development, Solène’s shoe designs were unlike any other; they stunningly challenged the idea of what a child’s shoe can be.

Lucky for you we are giving away THREE PAIRS from this new range to three lucky winners. This giveaway is run via Instagram, so you will firstly need to head on over there.

To enter, simply

1. Head to this link: http://bit.ly/29iK9VP and decide which style you like. 

2. Follow @happyellaafter and @bobuxshoes on Instagram (click here to head to my account)

2. Like the photo (the one posted that looks like the one above) and comment with the style you would like to win

*For an extra entry, tag a friend (no comp accounts please)

*for a double score entry, repost this image and tag with #ellalovesbobux

Other stuff:

*Australian Residents Only

*Giveaway closes Saturday 9th July at 9pm

*winners announced shortly after

Good luck xx

kate

The baby gear that saved our life…

The baby gear that saved our life…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my BC self. Before children. In particular, I’ve been thinking about all the things that I thought I had to have in order to be a ‘good’ parent, and survive Motherhood. The race to ensure that you have everything you ‘need’. So many questions, so many unanswered. What is the best nappy brand? Which pram do I get? Which bottles? Do I need a breast pump? Which size clothes do I buy? A vaporiser? Bumpers on the cot, or no bumpers? Swaddle or sleep suit? on, and on, and on the questions go……..

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Looking back at photos of myself in the early days of parenthood I know exactly what I was thinking. There is so much baby gear…where do you start?! As any new parent knows, you feel incredibly blessed to have been given so many wonderful presents, gifts and words of advice from those Mothers who have come with pearls of wisdom and years of experience. The thing is, that until you go through it yourself….you really will not realise just how much stuff there is out there, and most of it….you won’t use. I received so much advice that just went in one ear and out the other. I wish I had have listened to one thing, and that is….you really don’t need that much. They do actually grow really quickly, and you don’t need to get them an entire wardrobe before they are born. Sure, we are all different, but having had my second child come prematurely, we were thrown into the world of ‘quick, get some things together’, and this period showed me that you really only need a few things to get by, and thrive. Some of these things are indeed worth the investment, and some of these things are cheaper than a litre of milk.

In my world right now, there are lots of beautiful women I know who are about to embark on Motherhood for the first time. If I could step back in time and give my BC (before children) self some advice, it would be to make sure that you focus on fewer better quality things, than thinking that you need to fill your house with every type of product under the baby marketing sun. I remember stepping into Baby Bunting for the first time, and walking around looking at a million different types of dummies. Seriously, how many types of teats can you possible have? It’s good to be prepared, but far out, there is so much stuff out there that it is no wonder parents to be get overwhelmed, and that is before the baby even arrives. I recently read this great article by Zoe Blake. It’s real and true. It made me think about all of the stuff that I had, that I just didn’t need. It also made me think about the ridiculous money I spent on some things that was a waste of cash.

So with that, my advice to any expectant parent would be:

Worth the investment products….

  1. Buy the best pram you can afford. That sucker will get used more than your kettle. Well, maybe not quite. Yes, we invested in a Bugaboo chameleon, and then a donkey when we had two. However there are really a number a of great prams out there. I’d get yourself into a store and try one out yourself, or even better….ask you friends who’ve road tested them. I would simply have died without mine, and yes….I love my double pram. But that’s just me…

  2. Get a baby carrier. Whether it’s a Bjorn, a Ergo or another brand, they will save you arms from dropping off. I used mine a great deal more when I had two little kids, but they are well worth the investment, and your arms will thank you.

  3. Breast Pump. A good one. Trust me, you don’t want a cheap pump working in that area.

  4. The baby Bjorn portacot. A little $, but again…worth it in every way. It is only 5kg and folds down to a case, so when you travel it’s simply the best thing you could bring with you.

5. Boon Grass Drying rack. Sits on your bench and allows your bottles to drip dry in an ordered place, without clogging up your bench, Looks great too.

Its the small things….

  1. Terry Towing bath ramp: This is the shiz. Lay your little one in the bath on this ramp made of towelling. No more sore back, neck, arms. The towelling soaks up the water and so is nice and warm for little tushies to lean on. You can take the towell off and wash it to. I got ours from Target for about $15. Saved. My. Life

  2. Portable hose attachment: From Bunnings, or any hardware shop, this little hose connects to any tap and you can instantly fill your baby bath up from anywhere. Genius.

  3. BBox Sippy cup: for little ones, this cup will save your mind, and your toddler’s. The straw has a weight in the bottom, so if your child moves the bottle, the straw moves with it. No more getting confused about how to use this cup. Believe me. Worth it.

There are loads of other things that you will end up getting that you just don’t need. My only real advice on this is:

  • DON’T buy singles without press studs on the bottom. They simply ride up and get really annoying!
  • DON’T buy too many clothes in sizes 0000 and 000. They honestly fit into these for only a couple of weeks. Don’t waster your money!
  • DON’T buy wraps or bibs that are too small. Go for generous sizes as they will wear better, and help you to wrap your baby nice and snug.

mums-grapevine1So if you think that it is all too much, then you are totally in luck! New Mums, or Mums to Be can win your very own Goodie Bag worth $6000. You read that right! $6000! Mums Grapevine are currently giving one of their readers the chance to win some amazing goodies to help you get started. They are simply divine! To enter, simply head to http://mumsgrapevine.com.au/2015/09/win-elise-swallows-6000-baby-shower/. Now I know what you are thinking….that would be awesome! Entering this could just change your life…..or make someone else’s day!

kate

 

 

Rafferty’s Garden Giveaway

Rafferty’s Garden Giveaway

As you all know, of late things have been crazy in our household. Every family I’m sure has experienced non stop fun over the holiday period, and this was heightened with our little man putting us to the test with endless nights of no sleep. During this time, I admit that I have found it difficult to cook all the time, and this had me worried that I wasn’t providing my family, and in particular Hudson with everything that they needed. Then one day, I got  a delivery from Rafferty’s Garden, featuring a huge box filled with a vast variety of fruit purees, baby meals and snacks for Ella. I could have kissed them and was indeed extremely grateful.

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Over the summer, I have used these products to supplement the other meals that I have made myself. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve used ready made products, and have ensured that the ingredients are only the best, and contain no preservatives. Essentially, Rafferty’s Garden is the ultimate ‘baby hack’. Saves time, reduces chaos and helps make life more enjoyable!

With a huge range of products, Rafferty’s tailor their food to suit your baby at different ages. Starting at four months, they ensure that they think about the cooking process, just as much as we do at home. Whether its pureed, lumpy or mashed, they have it covered. Fruit, savoury, custards, smoothies….their range is huge. Boy did it help me as a Mum over the summer.

Some of Hudson’s favourites were:

Not only are they convenient, but they have an incredible range of flavours to ensure that your little one gets a variety of meals.

Best of all, Rafferty’s Garden has teamed up with us at Happy Ella After to offer my followers the chance to win a Baby Hack Prize Pack filled with loads of Rafferty’s food and snacks for your little one! All you have to do is head to Instagram, follow @happyellaafter and check out the details!

Best of Luck!!

kate

 

 

A Merry Korber Christmas

A Merry Korber Christmas

I can’t believe it’s here again. Christmas 2014. Seriously, how did that happen? This year, it is every so joyful in our house, as Hudson celebrates his first Christmas. Ella is of the age where this time of year is truly magical, and she is becoming a bit of a Christmas nut, just like me. We are also so incredibly excited to be celebrating our first Christmas in our newly renovated home. With the tree up, decorations hung and stockings dangling above our new fireplace, the scene is set for what we know will be a wonderful couple of weeks.

Each year, I bring out the old favourites, and add to my collection with a new few friends. Christmas in my house is all about memory. Each decoration, or ornament has special meaning. As we place them around the house, they remind me of happy times, and also people who have left us. It’s a time that I truly become a child again, as I remember all of the things that make this time special. Growing up in a large family, this meant getting our real tree decorated, watching Christmas cartoons, making gingerbread houses and chocolate trees and playing Christmas carols.

Here are a few snaps of my home…

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All I wish for at this time of year, is health and happiness for my family and friends. This week has been an incredibly hard one in Australia, and I simply hope that the following week can bring some happiness back into homes across our beautiful country. It’s time to enjoy the simple things with family, and truly appreciate the magical smiles on our children as they anticipate the arrival of the man in red! Tonight we’ll take our kids to the Boulevard in Ivanhoe to walk along and admire the lights that have traditionally been held for decades. On Christmas Eve, we’ll spend the night with Dan’s family – an Eastern European tradition. Christmas morning will be just us, fun with our beautiful children, and then we’ll head to my family’s home for a day in the sun, and hopefully a swim in the pool. There is nothing like Christmas in Australia.

So whether you are celebrating in summer, or having a white Christmas, I wish you all, a safe, happy and joyous time. I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks, but will be back, bigger and better in 2015! Our print store will also be closed until early January as we take a family break!

So until then, here is our annual Christmas Card! Click on the image below to see the animation!

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Merry Christmas and thanks for all your support this year!

kate