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Tips for moving with kids

Packing up and moving houses can made so much harder with young kids running around, making a mess and even unpacking boxes you’ve just packed. When moving with our little bubs there are a lot of things we don’t consider before beginning to pack. Some of us mums just don’t have enough time to care for our children AND move house at the same time – we’re great multitaskers but THAT is just too much.


So, I’ve put together a few tips on how to make the move swift, easy and as manageable as possible with kids:


1.         If you can’t find the time to both pack and manage the kids, you have two options; firstly you can get help from family and/or friends to look after the kids so that they’re not in the way and unpacking boxes as you’re trying to pack them. Your second option is hiring packing services like Hire A Packer who will swiftly pack your belongings while you keep the kids out of their way


2.        Building on the first tip, it is best to get the majority of the packing done whilst the kids are; asleep, at school, at day care or just away from the house in general (it’s a rarity, I know). This is because kids often have a hard time trying to understand why their toys are getting put away, or why their entire bedroom is disappearing. Getting their toys packed up quickly without the kids noticing is KEY to getting it done swiftly.


3.         Treat the move as a positive and fun adventure as a way to help children understand why you’re moving and that they don’t need to get upset about the situation.


4.        Get other mums opinions. Get on Facebook or any online mums’ groups and ask for their advice. A lot of people have been through this exact thing and many of them are always willing to help!


5.        Get them a house warming gift. If the little ones can associate a new toy or another positive feeling/memory with the new house, then they will be more open to the new house being a home.


6.        Say goodbye to the old house. Saying goodbye is a very touching moment but it also helps the young ones understand that it’s no longer their home and that the new place will be filled with just as many, if not more, amazing memories.


7.         RELAX!


This post was written in collaboration with professional home pack and unpack company – Hire A Packer & Influencer Agency – #AsSeenOn


Leapfrog Toy Review + Giveaway

I have to admit, poor Noah has second child syndrome.  I’m just putting it out there that I may have never bought Noah a new toy….oops!

With there being four years age difference between the kids we have a lot of toys already which we have looked after and that Noah has been enjoying.

So you could say that I’m a little out of the loop on what toys are new to the market for a child his age!

I was recently sent two LeapFrog toys for Noah to have a play and review.  If you read on you can learn all about them and be in the running to win them for yourselves!

My First Scout and Violet Books RRP $24.95My First Scout Book

This toy is suitable for babies from 3 months.

Each page of this touch-and-feel book is so cute!  There’s a shiny pond, crinkly flower, peek-a-boo flap and baby-safe mirror.  If you press the music note button you will hear a sweet welcome song and four sing-along songs that introduce your child to numbers, letters, colours and shapes.

You can then explore further learning on each page by pressing the 123, Shapes, ABC and Colour tabs to hear songs, sounds and learning phrases.  Little hands can also grasp the handle to take with them!

Scout’s and Violet’s Learning Lights Remote RRP $16.95

This toy is suitable for infants from 6 months old.

scouts learning remote

Noah loves our remote control and I’m sure you can relate that most kids seem to make a beeline for the remote!  Well now he has his own one that’s super cool!

It has a light-up screen, a ton of different buttons a French language channel and two modes of play.  The remote assists children with early learning concepts as they pretend play.

The remote has more than 65 songs, tunes and learning responses. You can toggle up, down, left or right to play a shapes game or count along.  You child can also learn simple French words to help shapes in the garden.

For more information about these toys and others check:

I’ve teamed up with Leapfrog so that TWO lucky people can win both of these toys.  To be in the running head over to my instagram and read how to enter, but make sure you leave a comment below as to why you’d like to win as a bonus entry!!


Micro Scooter Review

Micro Scooter Sprite

Hands up if your child is scooter crazy!!  From a young age Grace has always loved to go scootering anywhere and everywhere.

A couple of years ago my Mum started her off on her scootering journey with a mini micro deluxe as a Christmas present.  Over time, she’s got taller (much taller) and more confident in her adventures.  We realised it was time to get the next size up and Gracie was also adamant that she now wanted a scooter with two wheels as she’s ‘grown-up now.’

So I’ve teamed up with Micro Scooters to share with you the adventures that Gracie has been having with her new Sprite special edition scooter and all the fab features it has.

I love the fact it’s lightweight, so it’s easy for Gracie to pick up and carry if need be.  One of the other features that I love the most is that it’s foldable!  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve got to the park and ended up having to carry her scooter and push the pram around.  The Micro Sprite has an easy folding action,  so I’m actually able to pop under Noah’s pram or even hook on the handlebars of the pram if Gracie decides she’s had enough of scootering.

Micro Scooter Folding

It also has a handy kickstand, so it can be propped up once we get to the park and she wants to play on something else.

Gracie’s previous scooter, the mini micro deluxe lasted her for years and is still in good condition, I’m actually saving it for Noah!  The Micro sprite is from 5 years plus to adult, considering how sturdy it is, it’s incredible value.

Do your kids love to scooter? Check out the full range of Micro Scooters here.

Make sure you head to my Instagram page to be in for the chance to win yourself one of the Scooters!!

Please note this Scooter was gifted but all opinions are of my own.


Noah’s Food Journey so far

Baby Bellies Organic snacks

I’ve touched on it before, but I’m afraid to admit that Gracie is a seriously fussy eater.  Due to the journey we have been through with her gut health issues and food intolerances, it meant that we had to restrict certain foods for a couple of years and I’m convinced that this has played a huge factor in how hesitant she can be.  I was also too nervous to go down the Baby Led weaning avenue the first time around.

I had in my mind that when Noah was ready for solids that I would do things slightly differently and that I wanted to try and take a more Baby Led weaning approach to his eating.  He’s now ten months old and apart from when he’s teething (he has had periods of time when he isn’t as keen to eat food) he is actually a really good eater and is pretty adventurous.  I’m planning on keeping it this way and I’m hoping over time that he will actually encourage Gracie to be open to eating new foods.

I’m no expert, just a Mum doing her thing but this is what I’ve found has worked successfully for me so far with Noah and introducing solids.

My tips:

– Every time I feed Noah I sit and eat with him.  Not only does this mean this Mamma gets some time to eat, it also helps encourage him to eat.

– If it’s food that needs to be given on a spoon, I try not to spoon feed him, I pass him the spoon to feed himself. He now doesn’t like me helping and will happily grab the spoon off me and feed himself.

– With meals that require a spoon, I also try and give him a finger food to eat alongside this meal so he can play, explore and practise his pincer grasp

– I try and give him different textures each meal to keep exposing him to different types of foods

– As the months have progressed on our journey so has the shapes of food I have given him.

– I don’t worry when some meals he eats a lot and some meals he hardly eats much at all.  Even if he doesn’t eat much he’s still being exposed to different foods, playing and learning.

Baby Bellies Organic Snacks

Baby Bellies have a large range of organic snack options from 6 months onwards

I’ve been buying Little Bellies, which are a range of organic baby and toddler snacks since I got a packet in a subscription box a few months ago and Noah absolutely loves them! I’ve been using them to encourage him to play and explore with his food, especially during meals that require a spoon and of course they’re great for baby snack times!   I love that the range is organic and I don’t have to worry about the ingredients, but what I find unique about the products is the sheer variety between the ages. There’s different shapes for different stages of development – so perfect for little fingers, as well as an array of flavours. Another bonus is the fact that they dissolve in the mouth, which has put my mind at ease that he if he was to struggle it’s very unlikely he would choke.

What are your top tips for encouraging your babies to eat solids?

Please note this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are of my own.


Birde – Smart media player for kids

I don’t know about you guys but I’m always looking for ways to reduce Gracie’s screen/tech time.  Unfortunately with the world we’re living in today our children are very much growing up in a digital age.

So when I was approached by Birde to review their interactive media player I jumped at the chance.

Birde Media Player

Birde was created by two Aussie parents who were looking for a positive way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn without needing a screen, keyboard, mouse or remote control.

Birde includes a high quality speaker that can be paired with a compatible smart TV or used on it’s own.  The content includes music, audiobooks and videos.

Not only does Birde look super cool, it’s also wireless and has more than 8 hours of battery life before needing to be recharged (great for taking out on road trips!), it’s also waterproof, washable and if it gets dropped no issues because  it’s been made to withstand little hands!

Birde Media Player

We received a lovely starter pack (worth $60) which includes music, audiobooks and videos + a bonus Funky Chicken Seed Pack (valued at $14.95).  You are able to purchase more of the seeds via the app or purchasing Birde Seeds.

Gracie absolutely loves the fact that she can control the function, she’s not stopped playing with it since we got it and Noah has been joining in to have a little bop with her and I don’t have to worry about it breaking!!



Birde have kindly given my community $100 off a Birde Bundle.  The code is: MEL100 and expires 30th April 2019


Please note this product was gifted but all opinions are of my own.


Coles Back To School Lunchboxes and Accessories Review

I hope the first few weeks have gone smoothly for everyone and for the families who’s kids are starting school they’ve transitioned well.  Gracie is absolutely loving Pre-School, she’s settled in well and says she only misses me a little bit 🙁

With starting school comes all the fun of working out what lunchbox and drink bottle would be suitable for your child! I don’t know about you, but I actually find this whole process a headache in itself!  I tend to be an over-packer when it comes to food and I find some of the lunchboxes look way too small and Gracie would be complaining about being hungry!  I do not want a HANGRY Gracie at all costs ha!

Smash have set me an array of lunchboxes, bottles and cool bags for me to review and share my thoughts with, all these products you can purchase at Coles.

The two lunchboxes I was sent were the Bento Switch-up and Bento Bite 

The Bento Bite:

  • Has six sections which are spill proofBag and Bento Bite
  • Removable custom ice brick
  • Removable inner tray
  • Removable leak proof Snack Pot

Gracie loved the look of this lunchbox, especially with its funky colours.  From a mum perspective I find it slightly stiff to open and close – however this could loosen up with use.  I also found it overall to be a slightly heavier/bulkier lunchbox, so might not be as suitable for much younger children.




Bento Switch-up

  • Has removable and adjustable dividers to create 2,3 or 4 compartments.
  • Has a funky Cool Skin base that protects the box
  • Two silicone edged dividers

I have to say out of the two this was my favourite, I love the look of it and I thought it was the perfect size for Gracie lunch.  I also thought this would be a great size lunchbox for a parent to take to work as well.

Bento Switch-up

Switch up



Glitter Bottle

Both Gracie and I loved this bottle as who doesn’t love a bit of bling.  On a practical note, Gracie felt that it was too heavy for her before it held the water, which I agree with.  I feel this bottle would be suitable for an older child or for a Mum like me who loves sparkle!

Glow Bottle

A bottle that Glows in the dark for up to 6 hours!!  This one definitely got Gracie’s attention.

  • Twin wall insulated featuring fashion prints with GLOW IN THE DARK technology. Glows for up to 6 hours!
  • It’s lightweight and squeezable for fast hydration with a wide opening for easy cleaning.
  • Illumination provides comfort and helps children locate water in the night.
  • Perfect 420ml size



Selection of cool bags

I received a colourful array of cool bags, I love that each one has their ‘Blue IQ’ antimicrobial lining which inhibits the growth of uncontrolled bacteria, mould, and mildew.  My pick of the bunch that I was sent has to be The Fridge.

The Fridge cool bag keeps lunchboxes cool for up to seven hours.  It has 2 large removable gel ice, so you can pop them in your freezer! It’s designed to fit the Bento Bite, The Bento Switch Up and the Rubbish Free Lunch Box.




Overall a great selection at a reasonable priced and all can be purchased at Coles.


Please note these were gifted to me by SMASH Enterprises but all opinions are of my own.



Our Pre-School Journey

Gracie ready for school

The time is fast approaching, my baby girl who’s been my shadow for over 4.5 years is starting her educational journey and starting Pre-School at the beginning of February.  I’m super relieved that she got into our first choice as its a relatively small place and very nurturing.

We have a busy couple of weeks, with a parents evening to go through everything one more time and the chance to meet other parents whose kids are starting at the same time as well as a final playdate before she officially starts.

I’m feeling slightly flappy and emotional as my husband will be overseas for this period of time! I’m also feeling nervous about getting there on time and juggling with baby Noah needing his first nap around the same-time we need to be in the car etc…I have a feeling I will be doing lots of car naps in the first couple of months!

Because she’s never been in any form of care I’ve had to get a few bits to ensure a smooth transition which I wanted to share with you guys, plus I’ve been given some discount codes to share with you all!


Planetrover Lunchbox


Lunchbox and Bottle


PlanetBox Rover and Thermos FUNtainer

The PlanetBox Rover has pretty much been on my wish list for the past few years for Gracie.  I know quite a few people that have had theirs for years and it’s looking just as good, which was a huge plus for me.

Planetbox Rover

It is a more expensive box than the others on the market, but it’s 100% Stainless Steel and no chance of Gracie loosing the lid as it’s attached.

Gracie already has a Thermos FUNTainer and loves it.  It has a handy handle, spill proof and is double walled so keeps drinks cooler for longer.




Sandwich Cutters and Stix

Lunchpunch do a cute range of sandwich cutters to jazz up your kids sandwiches and do little stix, which I like popping fruit and veggies on.

Sandwich cutter



Bright Star Kids

The backpack and pencil case she will be taking are from Bright Star Kids.  I love that you’re able to personalise these back packs – Gracie loves that it has her name on it!  The back pack has two main compartments and a large front pocket.  There is also a mesh drink bottle pocket at the side of the bag.





Discount Codes:


Use the code ‘GRACIE’ for 10% off.



Discount: Receive $15 off when you spend $40 in one transaction.

Code: BES201

Expiry:  28 February 2019

Terms and Conditions: $40 in one transaction. One use per person. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Use: Simply add the code to the code voucher box at checkout and click apply.



Use code:FRIEND and get 15% off, no minimum spend needed and expires 30th April 2019.


Please note some items in this blog post were gifted to me, but all opinions are of my own.  This blog post contains affiliate links at no further cost to yourself.


If you’re looking for some lunchbox inspiration, check out these fab IG accounts:


How I create a healthy sleep environment in the home

Mattress protector

Lets talk about sleep baby, let’s talk about sleep….

As parents we try our best to assist our children in anyway we can to have good naps and a good night’s sleep.

Noah mattress protector

The problem is, there can be soooo many factors that affect a good nights sleep, especially when it comes to our precious children.  From my own personal experience of having a child who is what you would call ‘not a great sleeper’, I’ve had to assess every facet of her sleeping environment to try and improve her sleep.

Unfortunately, Grace our daughter who is nearly 4.5 years suffers from very sensitive skin, eczema and rhinitis and Noah, who is nearly six months has recently developed eczema too.   Grace recently had allergy testing and I was convinced that she had a dust mite allergy as she had all the symptoms, but it came back negative!  Although the testing came back negative, I’m still trying to minimise the amount of dust mites that might be lurking in our home for good measure. 

Mattress protectors

I’ve recently taken some proactive steps to try and create a more healthy sleep environment in our home, this is what I have done:

    • Regularly vacuum the carpets and dust surfaces
    • Yearly dust mite extraction on all mattresses
    • Placed a Dyson air purifier in the master bedroom where the air quality was captured as the worst
    • Infuse oils in both bedrooms for naps and bedtime (I love Lavender Peace by DoTerra)
  • Protect our beds with Protect-a-bed mattress protectors 

I was recently gifted Protect-a-bed mattress protectors for our bed, Gracie’s single bed and Noah’s cot.  It was a no brainer to try their TENCEL® Signature range as we’ve been using this brand for years already as they’re such good quality.   What I love is that they are designed to protect against dust mites present in mattresses.  They’re also approved by the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice Program and the Eczema Association as Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested.

As we always try and buy the best mattresses we can afford, I always try and buy the best protectors, especially now we have children.  These protectors do an amazing job in shielding them from accidents, spills and bacteria!  They’re also fitted with a ‘miracle layer’ that provides the ultimate waterproof, silent and breathable skin.

What are your tips for creating a healthy sleep environment in your home?

protect-a-bed mattress protectors

Please note:  I was gifted the Protect-a-bed mattress protectors, however all opinions are of my own.


Meal Preparation tips

Sarina of Fit Family Sydney, is mum to two beautiful children, her family own JAI Martial Arts in Maroubra, Sydney and at the weekend’s Sarina runs their Kinder Kicks classes.  She is also a fantastic cook and a ninja at meal preparation!

Recently I was chatting to Sarina about my concerns of being able to feed everyone once the baby is born, I’ve never been into meal preparation but I feel like this might need to change very soon!!

Sarina has kindly offered to share her amazing meal preparation tips:

One of the things that new mum’s worry about with the arrival of a new baby is the overwhelming feeling of meal times! I have to say that because of my experience with my son who was a very unsettled newborn for the first few months, I remember thinking during my second pregnancy “What am I going to do if my daughter is like that too?” How am I going to manage to prepare meals for my family if I have a rather unsettled newborn again?!?!”

My 1st born would cry non stop from around 1pm- 9pm every single day. My second didn’t cry as much however still wanted to be carried constantly. You can guess how I was cooking most days! She was in the baby bjorn carrier! I learn’t after that first week, something has to give and so I became quite proficient in meal preparation and years on, it has become second nature to me.

If you are reading this thinking how do I get started? My first advice is this: Now is not the time to create new recipes, to experiment or get pulled into this whole “healthy diet” strategies because you want to loose weight. There is one word I want you to focus on: “Wholesome” keep it BASIC and SIMPLE. I am going to share with you my top 10 tips that will hopefully help you to feed the family in the least amount of time and also help to inspire you, just remember you totally GOT THIS!



Sarina’s famous lasagne

  1. Before the baby is born get food into your freezer. My top ideas would be sauces, broths, crumbed meats and meatballs/veggie balls. If you can fit some ready made meals like pies, cooked lentils and bean soups that will be useful. As you batch cook, replenish your freezer stock.
  2. Work out a weekly schedule with your partner and practice tag teaming. I remember my husband cutting back on training and some private classes initially to help me re-group both times round.  Don’t feel guilty asking your partner for assistance, home life is a full time 15 hour a day job in itself and stay at home Mum’s need some help. When he was home on a Sunday, he would look after the kid’s whilst I batch cooked 2-3 dishes. We would always order takeaway on a Sunday night too, that way I didn’t have to worry about dinner on that day.  It actually became a bit of a ritual, as I was nearly finished with all the cooking he would go out and get me coffee and a cup cake and I knew he would organise dinner for us. It was my silver lining every Sunday and I urge you all to do something similar! Least you know the food you prepare will take you all the way to Thursday!
  3. Avoid meals that involve having to prepare different elements or where you need to chop up so many different vegetables. As nice as taco nights and poke bowls are give them a miss for now. When I had to baby wear, cutting up a lot of vegetables with a crying baby attached to me was not much fun.  Remember, you are looking for simplicity in the beginning, dishes like, roast meat with roughly cut up veg, one pot pasta, cottage pie with either meat or legumes are all big winners and leave a lot of left overs for future meals! But best of all is one pot/pan meals!
  4. Cook today for tomorrow! Get in the habit of whenever you roast meat, to roast double the amount! So don’t roast only 1 whole chicken, get 2 into the oven! So many things can be done with the left overs. Think a quick chicken soup with that handy broth you have in the freezer, chicken wraps or chicken stir-fry.
  5. Invest in a slow cooker.  What I love about slow cookers is all the beautiful soups and stews you can prepare and just leave it be!  If you can get into the habit of cooking soup you have to blend, you don’t have to worry about how you chop the veggies! WINNING! Think tomato, pumpkin, potato, parsnip and spinach and lentil soup!Veggies
  6. Use aluminium roasting trays, now before anyone says “It is not environmentally friendly” I totally agree BUT hear me out, I am 100% into reusable cookware however reducing your workload is a priority at the moment. New mum’s would agree if you have a newborn that needs to be cuddled a lot, that cluster feeds etc, washing up and scrubbing roasting trays is so tedious. I remember leaving them to soak and then dealing with all that grease in the morning. Second time around I used  aluminium trays for all those tedious dishes like pork shoulder, pasta and rice bakes, lasagna – basically food you know that will stick to the tray! Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for cutting corners initially, this is short term only so don’t beat yourself up.
  7. Online shop! Gosh I have said this to so many people it isn’t funny! With some stores, you have to kind of get over the whole delivery in plastic bags for the sake of your sanity. Ladies who have had a caesarian that care for their child with no unassisted help would benefit from home delivery services. I always say that mental health is the most important thing and at the end of the day this is all temporary. Some stores like Harris Farm do place all your items in a box for you which is great, but if they don’t, they don’t. Ease your stress levels and just do it!
  8. Ok so we know the advice “Eat the Rainbow” when it comes to fruit and veg consumption. Sometimes I feel it actually puts pressure on families that they need to eat this huge variety of veggies every day, so this advice might challenge that a little. When you have a newborn, you are stripping everything back to basics! For example lets not worry about filling your fridge with: Kale, English Spinach, Silverbeet, Chard, Mustard Greens etc etc etc,  you know where I am going with this. Every week decide on a few veg of each colour you are going to have in the kitchen. One week you may focus on some Asian Greens, the next week you may select some mediterranean ones.  Just keep them rotating so you are consuming a nice variety throughout the week, but don’t feel like every single day you need new vegetables.
  9. Canned veggies and frozen veggies are ok to use! Don’t feel guilty if you make a pasta bake with canned peas and corn, it still has nutrients, it is still good to use. If you are worried about BPA, there are actually a few brands on the market that are BPA free too. Again, do your research and stock up before bubs arrives.
  10. It is ok to eat takeaway! Pick up a roast chicken and have it with a simple salad, there are so many great options for takeaway nowadays. Even stores like Harris Farm have such great ready made meals. You are no less of a Mum for buying pre crumbed chicken, good quality fish fingers or ready made lasagna. My biggest advice is to make the best decision based on the nutritional panel of WHAT there is AVAILABLE.  Take note of any non ‘whole food’ ingredients, salt and sugar content and again make the best decision of what there is.

Bringing your baby home is such a life changing moment. It is especially more dauting when you bring a 2nd or 3rd baby home as unlike a 1st baby, you do have to feed and care for your older children too.  Honestly if you just want to make cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches with some avocado and spinach inside for everyone DO IT. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are cutting corners or not doing the best you can. The important things is getting full tummies! especially your’s Mum!




Sarina Kinder Kicks

Miss Sarina in action at her Kinder Kicks class



Fit Family Sydney Instagram

JAI Martial Arts Instagram




Get Ready For School Australia Review

t Ready For School Australia

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying, not only will Gracie be four in June but next year she will be starting pre-school.  I had been looking around for something to help ease the transition to pre-school and came across Get Ready for School Australia.

What I like about about Get Ready for School Australia is that their home program aligns to the Australian Curriculum.  The ‘how-to’ books have been cleverly written for Aussie parents to digest and use on their child’s learning and their printable materials use Australian School Fonts and are re-printable.

We were kindly gifted:  The Complete School Readiness Kit




What we received:

– A laminated Personalised Name Writing Set containing 6 write on and wipe off pages. 

– The book ‘How to Get Ready for English’ containing 70 simple, trialed fun activities.

– The book ‘How to Get Ready for Maths’ containing 97 simple, trialed, fun activities.

– The book ‘How to Get Ready for Science’ containing 36 simple, trialed, fun activities.

These How To guides are written specifically for Australian parents by an Australian Educator. They align to the Australian Curriculum and are parent friendly and easy to use. They act as a guide and journal for you to monitor where you child is at, and gather ideas of what you are going to do as a parent to support their next steps in learning at home.

– A printed Exploring Letters and Sounds Workbook in your State or Territory’s font.

– A printed Numeral Formation Workbook in your State or Territory’s font.

– A laminated Early Learning Sticker Chart for you to display on your fridge, or somewhere in your home, to monitor your child’s learning and celebrate their development.

– 90 Assorted Star Reward Stickers 

– A Write and Wipe laminated Personalised Name Writing Set

– A Write and Wipe Forming Numerals 0-10 laminated reusable worksheet in your State or Territory’s font.

– A Micador Early Start Safety Marker perfect to use on your laminated name cards.

– A plastic document box to house all of your learning materials


What we loved:

What Gracie loves:  The personalised first name writing cards and early learning sticker chart

What I love:  The way the pack has been simplified and created for parents to easily sit down with their child and do various activities.



Save 10% off storewide by using code ‘LOVE10’ upon checkout

Disclosure: Please note this pack was kindly gifted to me but all opinions on this product are of my own.