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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 Finds: Ella & Kate’s Christmas wish list!

Friday Finds: Ella & Kate’s Christmas wish list!

This Friday Find is epic! I have trawled the internet for all of the beautiful things that I think Ella would want for Christmas (if she could tell me that is!). Needless to say, most of the items I have chosen for her are a little girly…so apologies in advance for the lack of masculinity! I’ve also decided that Mums need to ‘wish’ as well, and have put together my Christmas wish list of all of the beautiful things that I would love under the Christmas tree. Even one would be lovely (hint, hint Dan….).

In 2013, I have been lucky enough to have been sent some beautiful products to try and test for review. Many of these products are featured on our Christmas wish list. I’ve tried to stick to products that are affordable and fun and include toys, clothes and homewares. I’ve listed the items below and included links to all of the gorgeous products so that you can buy them easily if you so choose!

Let’s start with Ella….

Ella’s Christmas Wish List

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1. Top Left: Country Road Bow Detail Dress: $49.95. Purchase via their online store here.

2. Top Middle: Spot’s First Christmas. $7.95. Purchase via amazon here.

3. Top Right: Victorian Dolls House with 6 rooms of furniture. $119. Purchase via ebay here.

4. Middle left: Kapow Kids Royal ‘T’. $27.95. Purchase via their online shop here.

5. Middle: The Kidstore Christmas Dolls. $15 each. Purchase via their online shop here.

6. Middle Right. Explore & Learn Wooden Shape Threading. $15.50. 25% from Sunday 1st December for 1 week. Purchase via their online shop here.

7. Bottom Left. Cocoon Couture Bean Bags @ Cotton on Kids. $41.96. Purchase via their online shop here. 

8. Bottom Middle. Sapling Child Cross my heart dress. $34.95. Purchase via their online shop here. 

9. Bottom Right. Cotton on Kids summer range. A range of prices. Currently 30% off. Purchase via their online shop here.

Now for Mummy’s Turn…

Kate’s Christmas Wish List

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1. Top Left: Mor Candied Vanilla Almond Scented Candle. $39.95. Purchase via their online store here.

2. Top Middle. Jelly Beans ‘The Lionel’ Sandles. $34.95. Purchase via their online store here.

3. Top Right. Witchery Leopard Print T Shirt. $49.95. Purchase via their online store here.

4. Middle Left. Sunglass Hut. Prada Sunglasses. $395. Purchase via their online store here.

5. Middle. Mimco Lucid Baby Bag. $249. Purchase via their online store here. 

6. Middle Right. Country Road Dante Stacking Boxes. Set of 2. $69.95. Available @ Country Road Melbourne Central.

7. Bottom Left. Seed Heritage Fan Leaf Maxi. $129.95. Purchase via their online store here.

8. Bottom Middle. Chloe Tote Bag (designed by myself) via The Bag Department. $350. Design your own bag via their website here. 

9. Bottom Right. ‘La Beleine’ Print via Galerie Montmartre Vintage Posters. This item is a real wish at $2200, but given the fact that we are going to renovate soon, maybe it can be a gift over a few years??? I spotted this print at the Design Files Open house in Melbourne last weekend. Just gorgeous. You can purchase and view others via their online site here.

So there you have it. A whole lot of wishes, but really…all I care about is having a lovely Christmas with my family. Health and happiness for all.

Happy Shopping!

kate

And the winner of our Explore & Learn Giveaway is….

And the winner of our Explore & Learn Giveaway is….

Congratulations to….

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Thanks to all for entering this fantastic giveaway! A huge thanks also to Janette from Explore & Learn. Beautiful toys at an affordable price this Christmas!

She also wanted to let Happy Ella After readers know that for a week from this Sunday 1st December, she is offering 25% off store wide, with reduced shipping rates! A fabulous way to save money this Christmas!

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Check out www.exploreandlearn.com.au

kate

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Christmas Market

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Christmas Market

mm_logoLast year I blogged about the fabulous Mathilda’s Market! This Sunday, they are holding their annual Christmas Market at Caulfield Racecourse. For any parent who simply loves beautiful, stylish and affordable toys, nursery items, clothing and manchester, then this is the market for you. Over a hundred stalls of mostly handmade products, from bibs, to wooden instruments, framed prints and bamboo sheets, the range at this market will please any fussy parent. I have been over the past two years and each time, I have found precious new things to adorn Ella’s room.

This year, some of the items I will be looking out for are:

These beautiful wall stickers from ‘Beautiful Online Boutique

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These gorgeous personalised aprons from ‘Marybelle’s Co

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and finally, these unique letter ‘toy bins’ from Little Big Designs

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With thousands more on show, be sure to get on down to the market this weekend!  Best of all you will be shopping local, and supporting families!

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Happy Christmas Shopping!

kate

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A little late with my Friday Find this week…needless to say that finishing work, a crawling baby and last minute Christmas chaos has taken over! This week I wanted to share a couple of great Christmas finds that I discovered in my online travels. These tools have brought a wonderful sense of Yuletide fun to the Korber household this week. Even though I know that Ella is still a little too young to understand the meaning of this fabulous time of year, these little finds sure have made this Mummy very ‘festive’ and excited about the days ahead….

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The Portable North Pole App

This App is a gorgeous way to inject a little Santa fun into any household. Featuring both a parents and kids corner, the app has many features including:


Personalised video: 
The ability to create a magical personalised video message from Santa to your beautiful children. With the ability to tailor the message to include your child’s name, age, location and Christmas wishes, this video brings a spark of magic that helps any parent relive their childhood. This feature is free this year to celebrate their fifth year anniversary!

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Santa calls: Receive a call straight to your phone from Santa! The app includes fourteen different scenarios that can praise and remind any child at any time of year.

Other great features including an advent calendar, Christmas radar and countdown! This App is simply a gorgeous way to celebrate Christmas and get the children excited about the impending visit of the big man! To visit the Portable North Pole on iTunes click here.

Unknown-1JibJab Christmas e-cards

Jib-Jab has been around for quite a while, but this is the first year that I used them to create my own Christmas e-card. With many different templates to choose from, for all of the year’s celebrations, these e-cards make an old card come to life! This year, a combination of lack of time, together with the wanting to include Ella in the cards, led me to use Jib-Jab to create our own cute video. The only problem was trying to choose which of the following cards to use!

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To view Ella staring in the ‘Santa’s comin to Town’ Christmas Card, click the image below…. 

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And with that….I would like to wish all of our friends and family a wonderful Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to read this blog and keep up with Ella’s adventures. Each moment that she has grown has brought us so much joy. It really is going to be a wonderful Christmas. I hope that all of you experience joy and love this week, where ever you are!

kate

Korber Christmas Magic

Korber Christmas Magic

photoLast weekend we put up our Christmas Tree. Ella’s first tree and first Christmas. On the day we put it up, it was 39 Degrees – something which we are accustomed to here during Aussie Christmases. It reminded me of the day I went into labour with Ella – 42 Degrees! We got out all of our beautiful decorations that we bought in New York on our honeymoon, tested the lights, and got the tree to (finally) stand up straight in the corner of our living room. I am one of those people who tends to get a little sentimental when we put the tree up, and cannot do it without a little Bing Crosby playing in the background.

Ella sat and watched whilst I put each decoration in their place. This included:

a beautiful Waterford crystal ball, given to us for our wedding…

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a gorgeous silver baby bassinet by a parent from my school last year. It’s amazing to now put it on the tree, knowing that our beautiful bubba is here..

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those gorgeous stars we purchased in NYC on our honeymoon….

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I was also able to find a personalised Christmas bauble in silver in red with ‘Ella’ printed across the front…

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Last but not least, our Christmas star had to be placed at the top of the tree. Ella sat on Dan’s shoulders and ‘helped’ her Daddy put it on the top branch. Our gorgeous tree complete, I cannot wait for Christmas morning, when those presents will ‘miraculously’ appear under the tree….

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I hope all of our friends enjoyed dressing their trees with their new bubbas, as much as we did!

 

kate