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:
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).
It’s the little things that make a big difference to everyday life: fresh flowers for no reason; a cheeky smile from your baby while enjoying the night time feed; a sneaky kiss from your eldest who is far too ‘cool’ for cuddles in public. As mums, we deserve to be surprised and showered with little treats every now and again.
Are you expecting or know someone who is having a baby? Would you like to have a box filled with beautiful products, vouchers and discounts to some of the best baby essentials? Babyology have created Subscription Boxes, filled with everything a Mum needs to take care of their baby and also themselves. Every three months Babyology hand-pick a selection of products specifically for baby and their Mums. Some are practical, some are decadent, but all of them are terrific products that we love.
Here is a sneak peak of this month’s box, filled with gorgeous samples, vouchers, products and gifts worth $59
Delivered straight to your door, these beautiful boxes are the perfect way to surprise yourself, or treat a friend, sister or any Mum who has a baby. The best thing is I’m giving away one of these beautiful boxes to one special Happy Ella After follower! Whether you want to give it to yourself, or as a present to a special Mum, or Mum to be…this is a gorgeous prize!
To be in the running to win, simple list below who you would give it to and why. This competition is open to Australian Residents only. The competition is open from 1pm Sunday 20th March and closes on Monday 28th March at 5pm AEDST. Entry is via commenting below this blog post, including who you would like to win this prize and why. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing.
Sleeping Bags are the best invention ever. Honestly. No worrying about your child getting cold, unless that is they get out of it. Sleeping Bags are the best invention ever. Honestly. No worrying about your child getting cold, unless that is they get out of it. With two young children, I’ve been through my share of various sleeping bags, from various companies. Expensive and cheap. What I’ve learned is that you get what you pay for. Recently I purchased a sleeping bag for Hudson from a well known, Australian brand and it was hopeless. The first thing I would say is that zips are king. No press studs (unless you want them to learn straight away how to get out of it).
So when I was approached by Love To Dream to try their INVENTA 2.5TOG Sleep Bag, I was curious and excited. Being winter, I was on the look out for a sleeping bag that would keep Hudson warm (first and foremost), and…well…contained. Before I share my thoughts after a few weeks of trialling this product…here is, well, a bit about the product!
According to their website, ‘The Love To INVENTA Sleep BagTM features our Genius Cooling System that helps you to moderate your little one’s temperature simply by opening or closing the mesh vents, without disturbing their precious sleep routine’
Other features include:
100% natural bamboo fill
100% cotton lining is brushed for a cosy feel
Ergonomic Design, soft stretch fabric for increased comfort
Longa ShortaTM length feature
The INVENTATM range of sleeping bags for babies & sleeping bags for toddlers is available in 3 TOGS, making the range suitable for all seasons: 0.5 Tog for the warmer months – 1.0 Tog for use all year round – 2.5 Tog for the colder months
So after we trialled the bag for two weeks, my conclusions are:
It’s great. Really great. Thick, heavy fabric that you know has been made and stitched together well.
It has zips. Hooray!! It’s on the front too which helps in the night if you need to change a nappy.
This one was unexpected. It features one shoulder with a press stud, and one that is sewn shut. This means that you can access your baby, but the baby cannot get out. Pure genius.
It is extremely long, and features the ability to fold the bag up and shorten the length with press studs. This means that you can keep it and use it for a very, very long time!
Whilst we didn’t use it, being winter, the mesh insert allows you to make the bag cooler in the summer months. Another great feature particularly when transitioning from cooler to warmer weather, and you still want your baby to be in a heavier tog bag.
So all in all, a fabulous product. Currently on sale for $59.95 (normal RRP $79.95), it is definitely worth the investment!
Firstly, apologies if there are any spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or general mistakes in this post. I’m also typing with one hand, as I hold my little one in my arms. I’m running on empty at the moment, or at the very least, the fumes from the first sip of a cup of tea in the morning…
They say that no two pregnancies, births or babies are the same. I certainly agree with the first two, and am quickly learning that the final one is also correct. Our little Hudson came home being declared a ‘windy’ baby by the nurses in special care. Given the fact, however that we did not experience a whole night solo with home until we came home, we really didn’t understand the gravity of this throw away phrase.
If you have every experienced wind pain yourself, then you know it’s painful. I can’t imagine therefore, the pain that a little baby goes through as their little organs try to cope with the gas that accumulates in their tummies. Our little man has, in the past week experienced terrible wind pain, and it seems to be getting worse. They say that wind pain and colic seems to peak at 6 weeks and then subsides by 12 weeks. Given that he was born 4 weeks prem, we also know that with most things, we need to add on time to correct his development. This inevitably means that as of yesterday, we are reset at zero. Hip hip hooray!
When we had Ella, we (like all new parents) struggled through sleepless nights as we navigated the world of night feeding, settling and nappy changing. Whether you have a baby who feeds and sleeps well, or not, the change is a complete shock to your system and everyone finds it hard to some degree. This time, we have come to realise that no two babies are the same. Ella slept really well until she turned one, and the we had a really hard time with her sleep routine until recently. Hudson suffers from terrible wind pain and we have found that night time over the last couple of weeks has been his most unsettled period. I’ve turned to everyone from family, friends and readers of this blog for advice. Infacol, Infant’s friend, massage, Osteopath, Physio, Chrio raise the cot, night bath, exercises, gripe water, smaller feeds….I’m grateful for all the advice, and I’m trying it all.
On the weekend we visited an old friend, Jade Harries who is the owner, directer and Osteopath at Western Region Health. Jade has tremendous experience with newborns, and has been labelled the ‘baby whisperer’. She gave us some great advice, exercise and general strategies to try to help us tackle Colic. She explained that Colic is debated amongst professionals as to it’s true existence. Whether or not it exists in it’s diagnosis, we are experiencing the full force of it’s symptoms at the moment, and her treatment of him made complete sense. Within half an hour he was calm, and his stomach had relaxed. Whilst I can’t recreate what she did exactly, I feel empowered that I know more and have some tools in my tool box. We’ll be seeing her a few times to get some treatment, and fingers crossed it helps him.
Needless to say, that at 3am it is really hard to stay calm and positive. I constantly worry that we are going to wake Ella, and I also worry for Dan given the fact that he has to get up and go to work, and also finish out renovation. I just need to stay positive and know that time will help everything. I generally hate the phrase ‘this too shall pass’, but I know that this is true. Excuse the pun, but I wish that he could ‘pass wind’ a little easier and not be in so much pain. It breaks my heart to see him struggling so.
Like all things, experience brings with it some relief. I’m glad that I’ve had a baby before, so I’m not feeling as anxious and trust that things will settle over time. I’m just happy to have the support of family, friends and readers to give me their advice and stories. Having an ear, or text message, or FB post helps more than words can say! In the mean time, this windy smile brings me so much joy!
I’ll keep you all posted and hope that if you are experiencing something similar, then it passes soon, literally!
It’s amazing to say this, but this week marks the half way mark of my second pregnancy. Amazing to say the least. It’s flown so quickly compared to my first. I guess you are just so busy with a toddler, and with work, the end of the year, Christmas etc. that you don’t have the time to stop and think about everything like you do when you are having your first baby. Everyone says it, but if you are experiencing your first pregnancy at this moment, then just enjoy the time to take care of yourself, and do all those things you love to do on your own. Whether it be watching an episode of Sex and the City, taking an afternoon nap, reading a book, or going shopping, do those things now, because it gets much harder the second time!
Yesterday we had our twenty week scan and I’m very happy to report that everything looks great. A very active baby inside my tummy, which can only mean that he or she is a happy little Vegemite. That brings me to the topic of what you can find out at your twenty week scan, namely the sex of your baby. As I lay down on the bed, I was asked by the Ultrasonoligist what ‘we wanted to find out today’. As I looked at Dan, I replied ‘we don’t want to know what we are having’. She smiled and said that is all she needed to know. Don’t get me wrong, we would love to know if we are having a girl or a boy. If we have a girl, we wouldn’t need to buy a thing. The pink will remain and the bags and bags of clothes will indeed be put to good use. And if we are having a boy, well that would just make our day as well. It’s weird, but if we found out, there is just something in me that feels as though I’m cheating. Like I’m finding out what I’m getting for Christmas before hand.
In this day and age, most people tend to find out what they are having. To be honest, it has been my experience that most people I have come across did find out. Whether they were open about it, or kept it to themselves. It has actually been quite surprising how few people do not find out the sex of their baby. I guess this time around, it would be easier to find out, but I just feel as though there are some things that in life that a truly a surprise and I want to keep it that way. There was something so magical about discovering that Ella was a girl when she was born.
It’s like wanting to know your future. Of course, everyone wants to know…but I guess…in this case…it just feels right for us to leave it a mystery for a few more months. As long as we know that it is healthy and happy inside my tummy, then all is well. In life, there are not too many things that keep us guessing…and I look forward to the time when meet our little ‘dos’ (number 2) as Dan calls ‘it’.
So when people ask me if I know what we are having….I say….’ We are having a BABY!’. Everyone is different, and whether you find out or not, we are just blessed that everything is going well.
Did you find out the sex of your baby, or did you wait? I’d love to know!
There has been an influx of new little babies again in our life lately. A new baby also means decorating a nursery. When Ella was born, we created a feature wall in her room with a gorgeous decal tree from Surface Inspired. This tree brings so much joy and interest to her room. Many friends have commented on the tree, and have also used similar ones in their own nurseries at home. There are so many gorgeous products out there, and with the power of the internet, Mums and Dads can preview products and ideas from the comfort of their own home.
Whilst creating our Facebook Page for Happy Ella After, I was browsing other great sites that other parents had created. I stumbled across ‘Tickle or Treat‘ via “Little Tinkers‘ and was immediately struck by the unique nature of their collections. A Mother herself, Tickle or Treat is a handmade range of children’s toys, homewares, accessories and clothing inspired the coastal living environment of waves crashing on the beach and birds chirping the huge trees that grace her backyard. They are inspired by memories of her childhood, dreams for her sons’ future and are all carefully and individually hand made. Each piece, be it a children’s toy or something for your home are unique and are created to be lovingly used and admired and then passed onto generations in the future.
A home grown business, the Tickle or Treat studio is nestled in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, where she is surrounded by the beautiful nature from where she draws her creativity. The individuality of the entire range means that there are pieces to suit any home, nursery or V.I.C. (Very Important Cutie!).
Here are some of my favourites from her collections…
Personally, the ‘Enchanted Wall Gardens’ are my favourite. These are a great alternative to a wall decal and very reasonably priced..
The handmade owls are a beautiful addition to any child’s room…
If I was decorating a new nursery, I would certainly be making a purchase from this range!
You can check out ‘Tickle or Treat’ via their Facebook page here.
*All images are linked to ‘Tickle or Treat’s’ Facebook page.
Tomorrow we are venturing off to Queensland for our first big family holiday. This also means that we are travelling with a baby on a plane for the first time! I’m not sure who should be more nervous….Ella or us. So comes the time when we become ‘those’ people who walk down the aisle of the plane, with our toddler in tow. The look on patient passenger faces is displayed with a slight ‘don’t sit next to me’ look. For 33 years, I have been that passenger, waiting with bated breath. Oh well, tomorrow, the shoe will be on the other foot. Whilst I’m more concerned about getting our daughter and selves through the two-hour trip, I do want the experience to be pleasant for those around us….
So, I’ve got my bag packed with snacks, a bottle for Ella to drink on the way up and down, and lots of flat toys and books to keep her occupied. All I can say is thank God for the iPad. It too is loaded with dozens of Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola and Play school videos..ready to occupy any one year old (hopefully).
So this week I set out to find some child friendly headphones that Ella could use to ensure that she both enjoys the trip, and does not disturb those ‘patient’ passengers next to us. Whilst watching tv this week, I came across the new Kmart adds, and bingo! I ventured into the store and purchased a fabulously bright pink set of child headphones. Whilst they are not up there with the Bose standard of quality, for $8 you cannot beat the price. Ella even seems to like them already….lets hope that she keeps them on for long enough to have some effect!
The headphones displayed are not on the Kmart Website, but similar ones are posted here. Say a little prayer for us!!!! 🙂