Melissa and Doug's Band in a Box

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

In every family, there is that one family member who gives the noisy toys to the nieces and nephews. Through the recorders and drums and bells, you swear that when they have kids you're going to give them exactly what they gave to you. For my family, that member is my boyfriend, T. He has always gone out of his way to find the noisiest toys possible for his nieces and nephews and I know that payback is on the way.

The funny thing is that after ten years as a nanny the noisy toys don't bother me anymore. That is mostly because I rotate out a lot of the toys so that I can get a break from them and also because for many of the noisy toys my nanny kids have had there is a reason behind them being given. They have some kind of educational value that is more than just the noise and it's because of this that I really get in on the gift giving with T and hand out musical instruments. 

Melissa and Doug's Band in a Box

Part 3: The Weight Issue

Monday, 13 May 2019

I like t think that I'm a pretty confident person. When it comes to the things that I know about and feel, I'm very happy to voice those opinions. However, like everyone, I do have those moments of self-doubt and low self-esteem.

This weekend was one of those moments when I went searching for something to wear to my BIL's engagement party. I had been looking in a few different places for something and eventually settled on a beautiful dress from City Chic.

Quick One Pot Quinoa, Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Friday, 10 May 2019

So I'd like to start this off by saying when it comes to cooking I'm very much a beginner. I don't do anything fancy, I just make sure it tastes alright and don't worry about much else. Baking I'm a little higher up with, but T is a better cook than I am!

However, soup is one of my go tos during the colder months for lunches as it helps warm me up. I love quick and easy soups that I can just throw together and take to work with me.

Babysitter Information Booklet

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

When you're leaving your children in the care of a babysitter it is always important to ensure that the person you're leaving in charge has all the information that they're going to need to make the night as smooth as possible. From emergency contacts to bedtimes routines, there is a lot of information that needs to be passed onto them. 

One of the things that I've found can be hard when babysitting for new families is ensuring that I have all the information that I need for that night. Even if I was just putting the kids to bed, ensuring that I had emergency contacts and allergy information just in case was important. 

Which is why I put together this booklet that can be used by parents and babysitters/nannies alike.

Part 2: Walking on Eggshells

Monday, 6 May 2019

I think the worst part of the whole TTC process is the waiting. While I have had instances in my relationship before now when contraception has failed, the waiting there has never been as excruciating as what waiting now feels like. Mainly that is because we have always used two forms of contraception and so the chances of falling pregnant were small. But now, waiting to see if we have been successful, it feels as if the days are longer. 


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

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Every month I find something's that I absolutely love! They're a mixed bunch, but even so, I would like to share them with you so you can experience them as well. So here are my favourites for April.

5 Great Toys for Your Baby Under $10

Monday, 29 April 2019

Preparing for a baby can be expensive. Between getting a cot and clothing them and ensuring that you have everything else that you're sure you're going to need, you can often find yourself in a pit of wondering where all your money is going. Thankfully, there are a lot of places out there now that give you a wide range of price options, so if you do have a tight budget you can still ensure the safety of your little one while you're at it.

One of my favourite places to go to find little gems is Kmart. While it is usually my go-to place to stock up on craft items they also have a lot of toys at cheaper prices that meet safety standards for your little ones. The toys in the Anko brand also tell you what they are to help in relation to skills so if you are a new parent (or even on your second or third child) you know what the toy can be used for.

Part 1

Sunday, 28 April 2019

This is a topic that I have been going backwards and forwards on whether to write about, especially as it's really just the beginning. What is really stopping me is that other than a couple of close friends and our doctors, no one else knows that T and I are trying for a baby at the moment. 

GARDENING | Growing Tomatoes

Friday, 26 April 2019

One of my Nanny kids is a huge lover of cherry tomatoes. To the point that she will quite happily just much on a couple as a snack or have as a side with a sandwich. We've really been lucky with her as she has always been a good eater and is willing to give anything new a try. She does have her favourites (weetbix, vegemite on toast, peanut butter sandwiches, etc) but she also loves her fruit and veg. So naturally, I want to keep fostering this love for all kinds of food as do her parents.

TOY REVIEW | K's Kids Block N Learn Blocks

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

If you're looking for a set of blocks for your little one that will last a while then I would suggest the K's Kids Block N Learn blocks. As a toy they're an amazing set to play with as they're good for all ages, and as a learning resource, they're fantastic.