Luella Starts School with Mathers

I actually cannot believe I am writing this, Luella starts school in 1 week. Whaaaaaat?! It all seems to have gone so fast.  I started this little blog when she was only three months old and now my baby is heading to school (inserts an ugly Kim cry).

Over the Christmas school holidays i promised her that we would shop for her new lunch box and her school shoes.

Luella’s school Uniform structure includes black leather shoes.  I have always disliked the look of school shoes as they are always so clunky, wide and to be honest, not all that attractive. But, I suppose they have to serve a purpose right? Comfy, wearable and above all practical.  After trying some different styles of school shoes, Luella made it very clear that she wanted “Mary Jane” style shoes. She loves velcro too. Need i say more?

After trying a few different stores, we ended up at our local Mathers store. Seeing they are having 20% off available on all Colorado Resilience, Colorado and Clarks school shoes, i was keen to check out their variety. They made Luella feel comfortable and made conversation of what she might like to wear.  She was then measured correctly for her shoe size with room for growth and was given a pair of Colorados Glory Yths to try. They fit Luella like a glove, the velcro was nice and sturdy, easy for her put on and remove independently AND they look pretty on. They have Leather uppermoulds to the foot for perfect fit and comfort with wear. Soft and breathable leather lining. Also, Podiatrists designed moulded innersole for superior cushioning comfort and support. Durable and flexible rubber sole.

The proud/shy smile that beamed across her face when she looked at them in the mirror, will be something i will always cherish. Right there and then, we knew with Mathers help, we found the perfect pair of school shoes. i personally think Mathers really is the destination for parents out there that are looking for both affordable & quality school shoes for their kids. You can check out the Colorado Resilience range online and then head into your local store to get your kids properly fitted.

What are your favourite school shoes for your child/children?

Thank you Mathers for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Whit xx

P.s. (While in store looking at the Colorado range with the sales assistant, i was given a flashback to when i used to beg mum to buy me those colorado boat shoes with a heel for school back in the 90’s. Were you one of them too? Ha ha. They were the coolest shoes ever!).

My little Sunshine

I’ve been soaking up all her pure sweetness, I can’t even begin to imagine not having her with me when she starts school. I know it will get easier with time- but I want her to always know that she’s my sunshine and life’s such a lovely breeze with her in it….. whether she’s close or from afar 🌞

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Christmas shopping with TK Maxx

Do you hear what I hear?  Yes, the sound of rustling wrapping paper, carols being belted out in the lounge room, recipes being shared & lots of laughter! I LOVE Christmas!

Undoubtedly, Christmas can be one of the most celebrated yet equally stressful times of the year. First of all, we can really scramble our brains for great Christmas gift ideas followed by some frenzied Christmas shopping. Fortunately, Christmas gift giving and all that it entails does not have to be overly time consuming nor does it have to drain our bank account, especially when it comes to the little one! That’s why I’m so excited to share that I’ve partnered with TK Maxx to do my Christmas shopping with the challenge to find stocking stuffers for kids under $150. Without a doubt, TK Maxx is my new favourite shopping destination!

TK Maxx is famous for bringing big name brands and high-quality apparel and homewares to customers at exceptional value every single day. And, as new stock arrives multiple times during the week, TK Maxx offers an exciting treasure hunt shopping experience like no other.

I usually (and know I am not the only one) struggle with Christmas shopping at big shopping centres because I get so overwhelmed as to which shop I should even start at.  So, the first thing I noticed when I walked into my local TK Maxx was that everything is so organised with each section clearly labelled and the stock organised by category (e.g. dress, shirts, pants) and then size – this mama wasn’t stressed out in the slightest!

They have such a wide range of departments, including Women’s, Men’s, Kids, Shoes, Accessories, Active wear, Lingerie, Home, Beauty, Toys and Luggage so it’s the perfect destination to start (and finish) your Christmas shopping!

I was able to find some great stocking fillers for such bargain prices. I scored some really adorable designer swimmers for $16, dresses from $19, beach shoes for $27 and some lip balm packs for $3 for the girls and other kids in the family. I followed the TK Maxx mantra of “if you love it, grab it, because ones it’s gone, it’s gone” and I definitely did not want to miss out on these gorgeous pieces that I picked up for a bargain!

Christmas should be fun and a time enjoyed with family and friends while carving out precious memories to last forever, and TK Maxx makes that totally possible by taking away the stress involved with shopping for the little ones in your life.

Have you shopped at TK Maxx before? What did you score? I would love to hear from you!

Thank you TK Maxx for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Bubs Goat Toddler Milk for the win. 

When Emily was about 14 months old, we really had a difficult time trying to work out what was wrong with her bowel.  We had so many doctor appointments and had Emily on all sorts of milk such as Soy and Organic milk. It’s quite stressful to watch them try all these different things. I had so many of you ask me all kinds of questions about Emily’s transition from Cows Milk to Goats Milk, so I thought I’d dive into our decision-making process a little bit more. It’s of course just what we do and it’s totally up to you how you want to feed and care for your little darling.

I breastfed Emily until she was only about 8 weeks old, but by then she wasn’t settling very well with her Milk and was having troubles with her bowel. I talked with Emily’s doctor about Goats Milk and felt relieved when I knew the signs to look for if it was going to be a problem for her. Emily transitioned beautifully to goat milk and has been on it for nearly a year now. The Bubs Goat Toddler Milk is made with easy digestion in mind and is a nourishing and gentle alternative to cow’s milk based products, especially for children with sensitive tummies, allergies/intolerances, digestive issues, congestion and skin conditions.

Bubs Goat Toddler Milk is produced in Victorian pristine countryside. It is the only Australian made Goat Toddler Milk sold in Australian Supermarkets. We love Bubs Goats Milk for this reason. Bubs Goat Milk products are made with easy digestion in mind and are a nourishing alternative for toddlers with sensitive tummies. Naturally digested, our ADVANCED PLUS+ formulation blends the highest quality whole goat milk and goat whey protein with a balanced daily intake of essential fatty acids, vitamins, amino acids, and advanced supplements including Omega-3 DHA, Omega-6 ARA and Prebiotics GOS and FOS. Bubs premium formulation will help nutritionally support comfortable, gentle digestion whilst providing your growing child with all the balanced nutrition they need to support their immune system, growth and development. 

I’ve never felt so at ease to finally see that this Toddler Milk does wonders for Emily’s little sensitive tummy. It’s definitely been a tough journey for her. 

We buy Bubs Goat Toddler Milk for Emily to drink at my local Coles, also available at Big W, Costco or selected pharmacies. 

Emily normally drinks a cup of milk in the morning with her breakfast and a sippy cup of milk before bedtime. 

How much milk do you give your toddler? Have you tried Bubs Goat Toddler Milk? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Thank you Bubs Goat Milk for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.


Whit xx

Our Seaside Adventure 

I loved looking at these photos we took on our recent trip. I can almost feel the sea breeze blowing on my face. Feel the salt tickling my nose as i hear the girls laughing and the sound of seagulls flocking in the distance. This little holiday was just what we all needed. One I’ll always cherish. 

Whit xx

“I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.”

Marianne Williamson

Winter Cosiness with Marks & Spencer.

The girls have now come to that age where they loathe going to the shops. I mean loooooooathe! It’s almost impossible. Thank heavens for on line shopping. Hallelujah! I have teamed up with Marks & Spencer to show you some Winter cosiness with Denim kids wear. I have carefully chosen some pieces that can also be worn right through all seasons of the year (cuteness alert).

Luella is all about comfort and movement, so I was so excited to be able to find some pieces that would work with her little active adventures. Especially her new dress, it’s perfect for every day- a real wardrobe must-have! I’ve also came across some really fun touches that suit my girls darling personalities like the Kids Bunny Cross Body Bag, the bunny shape bag sits across the shoulder for comfort and easy access like lollies and secret treasures and Kids Star Sunglasses.
With a bonus of 100% UV protection. Winning!

Pale rose Cotton denim jacket with stretch This classic denim jacket is perfect for winter and will match everything. A wear – anything wardrobe staple. A cotton blend makes this extra soft and comfortable

Kids Leather Walkmate Shoes, leather make these shoes extra long lasting and comfortable. Freshfeet™ Tights, these soft tights are a winter wardrobe must have. Freshfeet™ technology keep feet fresh by combating the bacteria that cause odours.


These Pure Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirts are  great long sleeve tops are perfect worn with jeans or a pretty skirt. StayNEW™ technology reduces bobbling and colour loss, keeping your clothes looking newer and brighter for longer.
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Pale rose Cotton denim jacket with stretch

Freshfeet™ Tights

Kids Leather Walkmate Shoes 

Kids Bunny Cross Body Bag

Kids Star Sunglasses 

Pure Cotton Long Sleeve T-Shirt 

Pure Cotton Dress

Denim Pinny Dress

All pieces can be found at http://www.marksandspencer.com/au/l/kids/

Have you dived into the denim trend this season?

Love Whit x

This post has been sponsored by Marks and Spencer London and Shopping Links however all words, choice of product, styling and images are my own.

AMAZING NEW DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE PRECINCT ARRIVES AT WESTFIELD CHERMSIDE

Last week you may have seen my InstaStory from when me, the kids and Leigh visited Westfield Chermside’s new dining, entertainment and lifestyle precinct. And it’s all sorts of AMAZING! When we arrived, the first thing we noticed was The Urchin, an enormous and beautiful dome, where you can sit, relax and take it all in.
 

 

Our first stop was the wonderful new kids play area (of course!) – I’ve never seen Luella so excited, she loved the trampoline and little rolling hills. Whilst I was waiting for her to burn some of that ‘never-ending’ energy, I looked around and took in all the new surrounding restaurants and cafés and they were so inviting – there are loads of places where Leigh and I can have date nights too – Tapworks Bar & Grill, Fiery Deli and BiN 931, to name a few.

 

We made our way over to Betty’s Burgers and boy we were ALL in heaven! Leigh was stoked to see there were beers and the girls just wanted to jump right into the Concrete Co ice-cream. I was so happy when I saw shroom burgers on the menu, and it would have to be the best mushroom burger I have ever had! A must-visit for the whole family. 

 

After leaving Betty’s, Leigh offered to take the girls back to the play area while I had some ‘me-time’ to check out some of the new amazing stores (he scored major brownie points!). 

 

Westfield Chermside delivers the goods – they have all the stores you could want and under one roof including, Sephora (I’m so excited I don’t have to drive all the way down the Gold Coast anymore) H&M, Zara, seed, Decjuba, Witchery & Sportscraft and so many more!

 

 

There has been a special store that I’ve been waiting to visit for a very long time, White Havana – a doorway to homewares heaven. Think tribal coastal homewares and an amazing floristry all bundled into one dreamy shop.

 


 

I may have gotten a little excited and I chose quite a few gorgeous items. I got some crosses and feather decor for the lounge room, some divine cushions and a throw for the couch and a gorgeous sculpture and photo frame for the coffee table. All available at Westfield Chermside now!

 
I also had to get the girls a little treat too so I headed to Peter Alexander (just outside the dining precinct) and got them some must-have PJs and slipper ugg boots – they loved them and were all cosied up that evening!

 

 

Cream Rabbit Peter Alexander PJ Set AUD$39.95

Grey Ugg Boots AUD$59.00

 

So, make sure you check out the new precinct at Westfield Chermside, and let me know what your thoughts are!

 

Sponsored by Westfield Chermside

 

Whit x

 

Amart Home Of Kids


I was only just reading my letter that i wrote for Emily’s first birthday and here we are now talking about the day when she sleeps in her BIG bed. Where does the time go seriously?!
Emily has been co sleeping with me on and off since she was born, so transitioning Emily to her big bed was a big thing for us both. I had let Emily play an active role in making the transition by allowing her to choose her bed at Amart Furniture and her new bed toy. I wanted Emily to feel as safe and secure as possible. Allowing her to choose how her bed looks and feels gives her some much-needed control over the situation. And boy it really made the whole process so much easier.

I was so excited to see the new range of Home of Kids at Amart Furniture and Emily had a helluva tricky time deciding between the Kalesi House Bed and the Hopi Teepee Bed and with some help, we came down with the decision of getting the Kalesi House Bed!

Not only do Emily’s new Kalesi House Bed look ever so sweet, it can be also draped with fabric or a big blanket to create miniature play and sleep space that Emily AND Luella absolutely loves.

Watching our kids grow up happy and healthy is the greatest joy for us parents. It’s a time that doesn’t come back, so remember to embrace every moment and play with them as much as you can in this magical room you can create for them. Have fun with your kids and make beautiful memories.

Enter for your chance to WIN your choice of either a Hopi Single Teepee Bed or a Speedy Racer Single Car Bed!
There’s 7 prizes up for grabs with one winner per state.

ENTER HERE.

Whit xx

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