Louisa Claire

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Help A Mum Out: Costume Wings and other Cool Kid Costumes!

It’s a tough life being a Mum and choosing Christmas presents for an almost 6 year old girl. I am totally kidding of course, it’s the biggest privilege in the world.  I am beyond grateful!

My kiddos are big into dress ups at the moment but most of what we have are el-cheapo jobs that are falling to pieces or too small. Last night I came across a Melbourne business called Sparrow & B and have fallen head over heals for their amazing creations.

I’ve now spent several hours drooling over their site – I do love me a good locally made Chrissy present after all- and it just felt mean of me not to share them with you!! I sent the girls, Sandi and Belinda, a quick email today to get their permission to use their images and asked them a couple of questions…Sandi came back to me because Belinda was off in labour having her second bub (Huge congrats Belinda!!!)

How did Sparrow & B come about? What sparked the dream?  We started the business at the beginning of this year. I was making tutus and Belinda had the idea to join forces & make costumes, everything has moved very quickly since then!

What inspires you? We’re both utterly love with our children who would be own main inspiration! We are both very passionate about taking care of our beautiful planet, this & our distaste for mass produced junk is another big inspiration for us. We hope to bring creativity & fun to kids with unique, Comfortable costumes that will grow with them for many years.

Do you have a favourite costume? My favourite costume… oooh that’s tough! The bear capes are so cuddly & cute, the owls are lots of fun to make, all the wings are bright & fun. Sorry I’ve never been good at picking favourites!

 Butterfly Wings (come in a variety of colours)

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Super cute cat masks
Cat Costume SAB

 This amazing snake cape

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These divine wings which come in a variety of colours/styles

Golden Bird Wings SAB
Rainbow bird wings SAB
Today this Unicorn costume was updated and OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
Is this every girls dream costume or what?!?!
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 Which costume would your little one love?

 

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First and last at the same time…

I still can't get my head around the idea that each of Bluey's “firsts” are at the same time likely my “lasts”.

I'm trying to savour each moment and imprint it in my mind but I know that as our lives go on, the space for those powerful memories gets smaller and smaller. I think that's why I love to blog , it helps me recall the tiny but special moments that make up a life.

I'm thrilled to have started work with Heinz for Baby and recording some of Blueys first foods journey with them. I feel it's important to say that as a brand I'm really happy with the Heinz ingredients and the cooking process, I love that they have an organic range and was really impressed by their ethical shopping rating. (I was also a bit surprised to discover that the darling of baby foods, Raffertys Garden, has been bought out by an American company and now has a very bad ethical shopping rating).

I wanted to share this with you because i know for many of you first foods is something you are thinking about. I'd love you to pop over and read about this milestone for Bluey and some of my thoughts on it too. You can find the blog here.

 

xx

 


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5 Fabulous Buys for New Mums (that won’t break the bank)

When baby number 3 comes along it’s hard to know what you *need* to buy to add to the alredy overflowing cupboard and drawers, filled by the little ones who have already set up camp in what used to be your quiet and calm life!

To be honest when Bluey came along I didn’t think I needed anything but I ended up receiving a few fabulous gifts and I really wanted to share them with you because these five things are used/worn almost every single day and I think that’s a pretty high recommendation!

gifts for new mums

1. Hug-A-Bub I didn’t babywear my first two littlies but after a casual comment from a friend about how useful she found carrying her second I decided to give it a go. The gorgeous team from Hug-a-Bub sent me a Baby Carrier and I am simply in love! Bluey falls asleep almost as soon as I slip him into it, I feel genuinely hands free – comfortable to bend over & carry things – I can comfortably wear Bluey and carry Bear at the same time. It’s genius & I can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!!

2. Mumma Bubba JewelleryI first heard about Mumma Bubba Jewellery through a business friend and thought it sounded like a fun and practical thing to brighten up my wardrobe. I’ve been amazed at both Bluey and Bear’s reaction to it – they both instinctively reach out to hold it, almost like it comforts them. Bear has broken several of my gorgeous necklaces over the past couple of years so I am truly thrilled to have 2 Mumma Bubba ones that are babyproofed from breakage – one I gifted myself and one was a gift from a friend (thanks Alli!) that I can, and do, wear all the time!

3. Love to Dream Wrap Possibly the most amazing invention in baby wrapping EVER! I wish these had been around when Bliss was born, she would have loved it! I’ve used several for Bear and now Bluey and I just adore them. They keep the bubs snug while allowing them good movement to settled themselves. Love, love, love! The one pictured is part of a new range they introduced for Summer, the Love to Swaddle Up LITE and I have had Bluey in it almost every single day since December!! This is a limited edition wrap that I was gifted by the Love to Dream team – if you are looking for a baby gift or have a bub on the way then the very next thing you need to do after reading this sentence is buy a wrap. Seriously, they are that awesome.

4. Aden and Anais Wrap. It may seem strange that I am talking about this product after just raving about the Baby Wrap above but bear with me. My sister gave me these when Bluey was born and I use them constantly. I don’t often wrap Bluey up in one (because of the Love to Dream swaddles) though they are a great option if the others are in the wash but the thing that is so awesome about these wraps are the size. They are HUGE! At 1.2m x 1.2m they are perfect for a pram cover, a sun shield in the car, a lite blanket on warmer nights and days, a great breastfeeding cover and the list goes on. Can’t believe I hadn’t had these for my other bubs either! All the other wraps I did have are now totally redundant.

5. Bump, Baby & Beyond Cowl Neck Nursing Top Not only do I get lots of lovely compliments when I wear this top, I cannot tell you how comfortable and practical it is. It’s great for breastfeeding, is flattering and I would wear it every day if social graces didnt’ dictate that people shouldn’t really smell that bad, that often. Instead I will just be buying another one in another colour so I can alternate on a daily basis. Awesome! The Bump, Baby & Beyond store is actually full of awesome products, including this one, whichI wear on alternate days to the one pictured!

So there you go, this is my round up of 5 wonderful gifts to treat yourself to if you are an expecting or new mum, or to buy as a gift for a friend. Tell me mums, am I right or am I right??

Just to be super clear about it – I was gifted a Hug A Bub to review, a Love to Dream wrap to review and a gift voucher to spend at Bump, Baby and Beyond. I would (& have) happily spend my own dollars on all these items as well. The other items I either bought myself or received as gifts from friends and family.

What do you think of my list? Is there anything you would add??


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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Little Girls (age 3-6)

These gifts are all things that will be making their way under the tree for Bliss this year and I couldn’t be more excited! She is all about princesses, fairies and unicorns…oh, and the colour pink of course! I think she is going to be very excited to see what we have in store for her :)

If you are looking for a last minute gift idea for a little girl in your life perhaps one of these ideas will help. There’s only 7 sleeps to go so, happy shopping!!

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1. Glottogon Garden Faires BIG Puzzle $34.95

2. Shleich Unicorn $23.99

3. Seedling Princess Crown $24.95

4. Magna Carry Ballet set from Tiger Tribe $24.95

5. An just to keep things real, a fabulously different princess tale, The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp $17.50

One final thing… if you are looking for something particularly special then you really should have a look at the Australian Girl Doll range. These dolls are beautifully made and will be cherished by any little girl. They are located in WA so postage at this late stage might be difficult to receive for those on the East Coast but I have seen them for sale from other online retailers so if they take your fancy it’d be worth having a look around online.

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Does this gift list help you?
What will be making it under the tree for your daughter this year?

 
 
 

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What She Wore

Dad came home from his trip to China and turned our kids into Super(goregous)Heros!

 

While he was away we went to a party. And what’s a party without a party dress…not letting the rain stop her either! Do you love the cowboy boots she chose to complement the colours??


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What She Wore

My beautiful 4 year old is developing a very distinct sense of style and it’s really so much fun for me to see that I have decided to share it with you here too in a new (likely to be irregular) series called “What She Wore“.

Sandals over socks are all the rage for Bliss…mismatching socks no less! And a swan dress is surely part of every rockstar girls essential wardrobe isn’t it? But of course, let’s be sensible – it’s was still Melbourne winter here when this pic was taken, so any swan dresses must be worn over our princess horse t-shirt and red jeans…to match the sandals. Of course.

 Some of my other recent fave outfits include…

Do your kids have classic senses of style?


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