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Our current favourite “toy” — Tell Me a Story. It Inspires creativity and imagination through pictorial story telling. 36 cards in all, they each depict scenes or characters (a princess, a castle, a witch, a wolf, a locked door, a key, a storm etc) fit for creating unique fairytales. I just love listening to each new farfetched and silly story Eva makes up.

I’m slightly obsessed with this new app, Waterlogue. It beautifully converts photographs into watercoloured images. I think I’ll have to frame one of them, now only to decide which one to print… 

Creating a Play Space for 6-18 Month Olds

I’ve always been inspired by the Montessori method, and while I don’t strictly follow the pedagogy, I borrowed many ideas when creating a little play space for Owen. Using a heavy blanket, Owen has a defined play area separate from the rest of the playroom. The black and white contrast images on the wall create interest and the open storage basket allows Owen to self select and keep small toys organised — books, musical toys and finger puppets. 

Each of the toys have been specifically selected to not only be ascetically pleasing, but to target development — stacking, clutching, motor control, object permanence and visual tracking.

Favourite Toys: Grimm’s Large Wooden Staking Tower, Plan Toy Wood Drum, Manhattan Toy Natural Skwish Rattle, Hape Little Copter, Wee Gallery Woodland Art Cards, Wonderworld Rainbow Sound Blocks, Bajo Wooden Ambulance

Favourite Lift-the-flap Books: Dear Zoo, Peek-A-Who?, The Robot Book

Lately

Christmas is just around the corner and things are getting busy. We’re preparing for our trip to the States — packing, packing, packing. And have been trying to do a little Christmas shopping before we leave. 

Last week we celebrated the kids’ “half-birthdays”. With birthdays a day apart we will forever be celebrating them together. We bought both Eva and Owen little gifts — a lovely bamboo dinner set, a new favourite red skirt and a book. It was just another day for Owen, but Eva of course took delight in telling everyone who would listen that she is now three-and-a-half. That half is a big deal. 

Loving — il Tutto — After Baby {Baby} Bag

These pictures were taken more than a couple of months ago and since they have been sitting in my drafts folder for so long, I thought I’d finally share them. And although it might be seen as being slightly pretentious to write one of these posts, I always enjoy reading them on other blogs! So here it is: What’s in my Bag.

Although this bag is designed as an “after baby bag” it fits all the essentials for two kids— nappies, wipes, change of clothes, burp cloth, snacks and a drink bottle for Eva, my purse, keys and phone. I could write more about how beautiful and functional this baby bag is, but I think it is better described here. Aside from the bag itself, these are some of my favourite items I always seem to carry around: an Aden & Anais muslin swaddle blanket, a Alimrose baby rattle and this Hello Kitty bento box.

1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs. 
2. Since I just upgraded to the new iPhone 5s, I needed a new case. I love the variety of cases on Society6 and finally settled on this one after much indecisiveness. So colourful and bright. 
3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations? 
4. il Tutto —  ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!
5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite. 

1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1K — Micro 4/3 Compact Camera. The 14-42mm lens is fantastic, but the 20mm pancake lens is simply stunning! I use the pancake lens to take the majority of my pictures and couldn’t be happier with the results. I still haven’t learnt how to use this camera “properly” — it stays on automatic and only recently I’ve started using Lightroom rather than iPhoto to touch up my photographs. 

2. Since I just upgraded to the new iPhone 5s, I needed a new case. I love the variety of cases on Society6 and finally settled on this one after much indecisiveness. So colourful and bright. 

3. Emily Green — Jane Necklace. I tend to wear neutral colours, so I love the splash of colour this necklace brings to an outfit. Owen of course is fascinated by it, so I might have to invest in one of those chew bead necklaces, any recommendations? 

4. il Tutto —  ”After Baby Bag”. This was a lovely gift from my in-laws. It’s the perfect size, plenty of pockets and beautifully made. It’s so perfect that I might have to do one of those “What’s in my Bag” post!

5. Seed Heritage — Silver Amber Sneakers. I finally realised I needed a pair of “sensible” shoes for the playground and these have quickly become a new favourite. 

1. Glitter Point Shoes — Colourful, sparkly ballet shoes? Yes, please. Eva isn’t a super girly-girl, but every time we walked into the Seed Heritage store, she would always point out how much she wanted these shoes: “they’re so lovely!”.
2. Doctor’s Kit — Eva received this for her birthday and it has to be one of her most played-with toys. It has been fantastic for imaginary play. 
3. Urbanears Headphones — These were perfect for our recent trip to Melbourne. Eva could watch videos or play with apps without disturbing the people around us. A few of her current favourite apps are: Little Red Ridding Hood, Endless Alphabet (hands down the best app), Play School - Play Time, Path Puzzler, Tangranimals. 
4. Zig-Zag Skirt and Flutter Sleeve Tee — Ok. So, this one is really my favourite!
5. The Day the Crayons Quit — a cute and quirky story, illustrated by our favourite author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. 

1. Glitter Point Shoes — Colourful, sparkly ballet shoes? Yes, please. Eva isn’t a super girly-girl, but every time we walked into the Seed Heritage store, she would always point out how much she wanted these shoes: “they’re so lovely!”.

2. Doctor’s Kit — Eva received this for her birthday and it has to be one of her most played-with toys. It has been fantastic for imaginary play. 

3. Urbanears Headphones — These were perfect for our recent trip to Melbourne. Eva could watch videos or play with apps without disturbing the people around us. A few of her current favourite apps are: Little Red Ridding Hood, Endless Alphabet (hands down the best app), Play School - Play Time, Path Puzzler, Tangranimals

4. Zig-Zag Skirt and Flutter Sleeve Tee — Ok. So, this one is really my favourite!

5. The Day the Crayons Quit — a cute and quirky story, illustrated by our favourite author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. 

Loving — Boys’ Clothes 
1. Munster Kids — original, unique, ‘street art’ style clothing. There sizing runs a little big, but there t-shirt designs are perfect to combine with a pair of jeans. 
2. Country Road — classic, great quality and styling. Country Road is where I stock up on stripes! I only wish there boys’ selection had as many options as the girls’.
3. Seed Heritage — cute designs without being too cutesy. I especially love there leggings. Aren’t these moustache ones awesome? 

Loving — Boys’ Clothes 


1. Munster Kids — original, unique, ‘street art’ style clothing. There sizing runs a little big, but there t-shirt designs are perfect to combine with a pair of jeans. 

2. Country Road — classic, great quality and styling. Country Road is where I stock up on stripes! I only wish there boys’ selection had as many options as the girls’.

3. Seed Heritage — cute designs without being too cutesy. I especially love there leggings. Aren’t these moustache ones awesome? 

Loving — T2 


By nature, I am a coffee lover. I love nothing more than a sitting down at one of our local cafes with a cappuccino, but getting out of the house with two kids isn’t always easy. And along with breastfeeding, I’ve had to cut down on my caffeine in take — hence my latest obsession: Chai.

It’s obviously not the same as coffee, but late in the afternoon or once the kids have gone to bed, I’ve found comfort in a warm cup of Organic Chai

* How to make the perfect Chai Latte

Loving.

Recently I had a bunch of Instagram pictures printed through Origrami. I love how they are made to look like polaroids and I’m super happy with how they turned out. Although the card stock is not as thick as I thought it would be, 36 prints for $19.95 + free shipping is a great deal. 

I also used the app A Beautiful Mess to create Owen’s birth announcement and thought it would be a cute idea to send a little “Polaroid”/”Origrami” to friends and family. 

*This review is my own opinion and I have not been compensated in any way (I wish!).

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