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Friday Find: Randomly cool finds

Friday Find: Randomly cool finds

This week’s Friday Find is a real random one. It’s a few simple ideas, that I think are pretty cool. Just some cute finds that I have come across on Pinterest – from food, to DIY puff paint. Hopefully you will find something you like! Click on the images to be taken to the links!

Banana Ghosts and Mandarin Pumpkins. Who would have thought fruit could be so scary…

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DIY Apple Scented Puff Paint…nothing cooler than puff paint!

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Reinvent your baby wipe containers! Hours of fun for any toddler…

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Peg Pets! Simple and cute. A great alternative to puppets!

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Hopefully you have seen something you like! Lots of Finds on Pinterest each day! If you want to explore more, you can follow my boards on Pinterest here.  Happy Friday Everyone!

kate

Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Ella’s 1st Birthday on Bondville

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 7.55.34 AMToday we are thrilled to see Ella’s First Birthday featured on the super stylish Bondville Blog. The brainchild of Stephanie Bond, Bondville features a whole host of fabulous Australian products, designs and art for kids. Stephanie supports Australian and Hand made products and features a whole host of ideas that would inspire any family. The aim is to help Mums and Dads, whether it be with styling a new nursery, creating a magical birthday party on a budget, or featuring new fashions for kids.

Key categories on the site include:
Party Ideas (featuring real Australian kids parties)
Room Ideas (featuring real Australian kids rooms)
Stylish Kids (featuring Australian-designed kids fashion)
Gift Ideas (featuring Australian-designed products for Mum, kids and Home)
Printables (featuring Australian-designed print-your-own stationery)

It is with great pride therefore, that Stephanie featured Ella’s First Birthday Party. I was so excited to be able to share my tips and advice for creating a beautiful celebration without breaking the bank. When I originally posted about her birthday back in March, I wanted to share my ideas with parents so that they too could afford to create the perfect party for their kids. There are so many options out there…whether it be on etsy, a diy idea on pinterest, or a youtube clip. By using the power of technology, you can transform simple paper into a stylish creation!

Some of the ideas from the blog post include:

Creating your own personalised invitations with the help of graphic designers on Etsy. The one we used was J for Jordy.  The other stroke of pure genius is using a Cake Rescue Kit from Cake 2 the Rescue. Never again will I need to worry about the perfect cake…

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Simple, beautiful and personalised decorations from Vens Paperie on Etsy. All you do is send off your child’s name and age, and they send you a PDF to print and laminate! We also made the tissue Pom Poms by watching a youtube clip. All it takes is a little patience!

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And finally, the sweets were clearly the piece de resistance, so simple recipes like this one from Kidspot helped to make the sweet treats yummy! These mars bar teddy cars were a real hit!

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I hope that Stephanie’s Readers enjoy the post and can benefit from the ideas and advice! It’s a great site with loads of suggestions for Mums and Dads! You can follow Bondville via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Thanks Steph!!

kate

Growing Girl

Growing Girl

I saw a fantastic idea on Pinterest last year…a great way of tracking your child grow by using letters describing their age. It all started out great, with Ella lying still and looking adoringly up towards the camera. You see, I soon realised that after each month, it was getting increasingly difficult to  a. lie on the ground, b. lie still, c. not eat the letters and d. actually get a shot that was not blurry. Not to mention actually remembering to take the shots!

Whilst I was creating Ella’s photo book over the last month, I came across some of these shots and decided to share them with you. I must admit, that I left out a couple of months…we were clearly too busy having fun! None the less, this idea is really adorable, and if you can do it, is a great way to show your cheeky little one changing each month.

Here are our efforts….

Six Months (this one is my favourite! look at that hand under her chin!)

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8 Months – wriggly worm

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Nine Months…

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Ten Months…

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A super cute idea…if you can keep them still!!

kate

Friday Finds: Shhhh….The Quiet Book

Friday Finds: Shhhh….The Quiet Book

I stumbled across something called a ‘Quiet Book‘ a little while ago on Pinterest  and was captivated instantly. I immediately pinned it to my ‘Being a Mum‘ Board for a closer look at a later time (when Mums have spare time). A ‘quiet book’ I discovered, was a hand made, personalised book filled with lots of ‘quiet’ activities to keep toddlers and young children occupied for hours. The idea is that this book can be carried anywhere – in the car, the pram, to appointments…anywhere where children will spend time and need some entertainment. Even though there are so many great apps available for iPads and iPhones, I also believe that children need (lots of) time out from technology.  What makes these books really special is the focus on fine motor skills and concentration. Little fingers, tying, buttoning, matching. The sense of touch is brought to life. No whizz bang sounds and animations, just textures and fabrics. Boy o boy  could my Mum and Dad have used a few of these books as they drove four kids to Queensland year after year!

After I found these fabulous books, I thought that one day, I would make one for Ella and any other possible little Korbers that may come along. Not in my wildest dreams did I think that a friend would get in sooner and present Ella with one.  My dear friend Kate gave Ella just that, her own Quiet Book. Beautifully personalised with her name and lovingly made by a 75 year old lady. This book is filled with beautiful little activities that will require Ella to use her eyes and fingers to do a range of things. Most of all, it will require patience and persistence….something that little kids need to learn!

When you open a quiet book, your are immediately struck by the gorgeous features and details. Each page presents a new challenge. Press studs, buttons, bows, velcro….each task uses common objects for little ones to manipulate. The book contains:

  • Clothes to stick and hang on a line
  • Baby lady bugs to count, zipped up inside their Mummy
  • A kitten’s collar to buckle
  • Flowers to button on their stems
  • A mitten for Ella to slide her little fingers into
  • Shapes to match and press onto studs
  • Button Wheels to count on carriages with animal passengers
  • A doll’s hair to plait
  • Shoelaces to tie
  • A clock with hands to change the time
  • A hand made abacus with sliding rods
  • A puppy’s leg to bandage
  • A clown face to make

Below are some shots that capture some of these gorgeous pages…

Using the big and little hands to make the time, counting the beads on an abacus. I just love the fact that they are lovingly handmade for tiny hands to move, touch and play with…

Counting and feeling the buttons, popping the little animals in the different carriages. I can see Ella giving each of these animals different names!


I am so grateful to my beautiful friend for giving this fantastic book to my baby girl. I can’t wait for her to grow up and use it on many an outing, hopefully in peace and quiet!! If you want to create your own, or get some ideas from the other Quiet Books I found on Pinterest, visit here and here. In fact, Stephanie Segal has entire Pinterest Board dedicated to Quiet Books! Etsy also has some great ones that you can purchase here.  I would love to hear from people who have create their own quiet books and their experiences if they really do work! 🙂