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Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Friday Finds: Cake 2 the Rescue!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.43.49 AMWith Ella’s first birthday just a few weeks away, my mind has landed in the world of Birthday Cakes. Growing up, we always got out the good old ‘Womens’ Weekly  Birthday Cakes‘ book and spent days picking and choosing our dream cake. I remember vividly the ‘witch’ laced in liquorice, the ‘duck’ with a potato chip beak and the good old smarty train. Most Aussie kids do not remember their birthdays without fond memories of this great book. I’m not sure if my baking skills are up to scratch to venture into this timeless tradition just yet, so thank goodness I stumbled across the fabulous ‘Cake 2 the Rescue‘ thanks to an old friend Veronica on Facebook!

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.23 AMCake 2 the rescue does just that…it rescues time poor (and skill poor) Mums and Dads who want their precious kids to have that ‘amazing cake’ on their Birthday. Without the hassle of forking out hundreds for an intricate cake, Cake 2 to the Rescue provide you with all you need to bake your very own masterpiece. Founded by two Queensland Mums – Lisa and Lou, aka ‘The Baker Girls’, this great service was created following their own experiences of frustration as they tried to make their kids the perfect cake.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 9.44.38 AMThe idea is simple…you choose the design (over 7o), and for a very reasonable price (starting from $29.95), they send you all you need to re-create the cake of your dreams. From the ingredients, to the candles and disposable, grease proof baking tin…this is a miracle in the post.  Inspired by a friend’s effort in making her own Peppa Pig cake (from scratch I might add), I have decided to give this idea a try and order my own Peppa Pig pack. I’m hoping that my excitement will be met with equal satisfaction when the final cake is complete….all I can say is…watch this space! I’m certainly hoping that this little package in the post ‘rescues’ this new Mum!

To view the many great designs available from Cake 2 the Rescue…click here.

The are also on Facebook where you can view testimonials and great ‘baking’ experiences.

kate

*images are linked to their original source

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

Friday Finds: Babyology

Friday Finds: Babyology

I’ve been learning how to be a Mum this year, and recently, I’ve been learning how to write, maintain and develop my own blog. I’ve been blogging for a while now about technology in education, however it hasn’t been until the creation of this blog for Ella, that I have learnt about the real craft of blog writing. I have a long way to go in achieving my goals and helping this blog grow, however one of the things I have learned about is developing a schedule for posting so your audience can establish their own relationship with your writing.

My main purpose for writing this blog is a personal one. It’s primarily for my family as a way to document memories and celebrate milestones for our daughter Ella. However, I have also been sharing some great resources, websites, challenges and stories with friends who are also travelling on this journey of parenthood. It’s been great to hear about other people’s experiences, advice and general comments as they impart some of their own wisdom or frustration. I’m definitely a people person, and this blog has really helped to connect with others, some familiar, and some not. We all have one thing in common – we are doing our best to be great Mums and Dads.

In four weeks I will be embarking on a new phase of parenthood as I return to work part time. I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to fit everything in, and how I’m going to be able to keep a regular presence on this blog. So I’ve decided to set myself a target, no more like a routine, to keep myself on track. In some ways, this blog will just evolve as Ella grows and that won’t follow a routine (just like babies). Her milestones will just happen, and I will write about them as she grows. However I’ve thought about documenting other things in a scheduled way. So each Friday, I’m going to write about fabulous finds that I’ve come across that have made my job as a Mum a little easier. ‘Friday Finds’ will be devoted to sharing websites, apps, blogs, products, tips and anything really that I’ve come across either through the web, friends or other means. Hopefully these finds might help other parents find their feet!

The first fabulous ‘Friday Find’ has to be the team @ Babyology. Many of you probably already know about and follow the Babyology website, but if you don’t, do yourself a favour and check them out here. According to their Bio, Babyology is:

The place to find anything for children and parents that’s worth having, from the practical to the sublime and everything in between. If you love hunting down cool, innovative gear for pregnancy, babies, toddlers and kids, then Babyology is for you. An online arbiter of good taste for anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed when faced with buying for little ones, we’re here to show mums, dads and everyone else that good design and a sense of style don’t have to disappear when parenthood begins’.

This website certainly keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest products and releases. They post fantastic articles about every day parenting topics and host discussions about issues relating to everything from high chairs to breast feeding in public. The bottom line is – this site is Australian. It’s written by Australians for Australian parents. With all the information out there – this site is fantastic. It also has a fabulous pram and high chair ‘chooser’ tool that allows you to compare and contrast products to find one that suits your style and budget.

By subscribing to their site, you receive updates each week about the latest news, ideas and products on the market. They are also visible on Facebook and Twitter. What’s even more fantastic is that if you ‘like’ them on Facebook, they will donate 20c to the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association of Australia.

This is a simple, fun and informative site that has helped me make sense of the huge world of baby products! I hope it helps you too!

*Featured images are linked to their original source.

I heart Pinterest!

I heart Pinterest!

My name is Kate Korber and I am a Pinterest-aholic. I never thought I would be, but I am. I admit it. I’m on this band wagon in a big way. When I saw all the talk about Pinterest (via Twitter and Facebook), I thought – yeah, yeah…another thing. Coming from someone who openly admits to loving social networking and the fantastic world of mobile devices, I was apprehensive to delve into this new ‘fad’, for reasons that I now seem to forget. After a year of learning to be a Mum (still learning and always will be), I was quite proud of myself for embracing Instagram and starting this little blog. I thought that I could not possibly be into something else – boy was I wrong.

I am always talking about (no raving about) the possibilities of Twitter in terms of networking and professional development for teachers.  It is such a fantastic tool to ask questions, share knowledge and resources. It really is an untapped resource for many who seek to broaden their networks, whether it be for a new business, community group or personal interest. I also used to love and use a fantastic resource called ‘Delicious’. Delicious was an online bookmarking service that allowed users to tag their favourite websites with keywords and save them to the ‘cloud’ (ie. the web). This means that all your favourite sites could be accessed any time, anywhere and be shared with anyone you like.


Pinterest brings this idea to a whole new level. As a teacher, and now a new Mum, interest has allowed me to browse the web and ‘pin’ ideas, resources and any new finds to virtual pin ‘boards’ that I have created. Instead of bookmarking a link, you basically bookmark an image from the site that you like. Thus you develop a fantastic pinboard of images relating to your topic of choice. As a new mum, this means that you can pin ideas for your baby’s room, cute clothes, recipes, art and craft ideas etc. If someone shares a great website with you – pin it! If you find a picture of a great birthday cake for next year – pin it! You can create boards for any topic you like!

Some of my favourite boards that I have created include:

  • Being a Mum
  • Kids Fashionista
  • Kids Wonderland
  • Fashion Style
  • Cool for School
  • Dream Kitchen
  • Dream Bedroom
  • Dream Bathroom
  • Education Inspiration
  • Awesome Interiors
  • Cool Images
  • Frames, Frames, Frames
  • Great Quotes
  • Technology in Education

The best thing about Pinterest is the ability to follow others, so you get to see what other people are ‘pinning’. You can follow every day people, friends, businesses, celebrities or anyone who inspires you. You can re-pin their ideas onto your own boards, email the link, share it via twitter or Facebook etc. You can browse through categories and look at what is hot in the world of interest at that point in time.

I think that the possibilities for this site are endless. If you were researching for your wedding, you could pin all your ideas to a board you have created! If you have a business, you could pin ideas for potential clients, or post images of things you are proud of within your own. If you are researching for ideas for your own home, you could create boards (like I have done) and save ideas for later. If you are a teacher, you could post ideas for the classroom for all areas of Education. This image is a snapshot of my board ‘Kids Wonderland’ which holds heaps of ideas for Ella’s bedroom. Some of these ideas I have used, some are for the future. Click on the image to be taken to this board.

As a Mum, I’m always on the look out for ideas and resources that make our lives a little more easier and fun. As a Mum on the go – Pinterest is a great way for us all to save the ideas that we would like to make happen, but always seem to forget. If you are like me, paper is the enemy – I never seem to remember where I put papers down. However I always have my phone or iPad handy and this site can help me to keep my ideas in order, even when my brain can’t. That has to be a good thing!

If you would like to share the love – follow me on Pinterest via http://pinterest.com/katekorber/