Friday, July 31, 2015

Dairy free zucchini and corn mini muffins

Having a child with multiple food allergies makes food really hard. I've been making all her food from scratch since she started on solids. To be honest I probably would've done that regardless of her food allergies, but the allergies have made it a lot more challenging. Because of this I've pretty much avoided baking for the last 18 months, but we're getting to the fussy eating toddler stage and I need to have an arsenal of different food up my sleeve to keep the food dodging toddler satisfied.

Bub is allergic to dairy, soy, eggs and a number of other foods so it makes baking difficult {which is why I've avoided it for so long}. However over the past few months I've found some great substitutes for all of these things and have started creating my own dairy, soy and egg free recipes so she can enjoy the same kind of foods as her friends. My most recent creation are these dairy free zucchini and corn mini muffins.

savoury muffins for kids

Two of the foods that bub's guaranteed to eat even at her fussiest are zucchini and corn and it just so happens that they go perfectly together so it was a no-brainer to combine them in a muffin. I've kept the recipe super simple with the least amount of ingredients necessary. You can of course add extra ingredients if you like {i.e. spring onion, spices or bacon}.


As an alternative to cow's milk we've been using oat milk as I find its gentler on her belly and it doesn't sweeten the food. You could also use unsweetened almond milk or rice milk. It took me a while to find a substitute for cheese, but I finally found Bio Cheese which is based on coconut oil {its also soy free}. You can make these as proper muffins, but because bub wouldn't eat an entire muffin in one go I made them in patty cake pans.

Dairy free {& egg free} zucchini and corn savoury mini muffins

INGREDIENTS


- 1 medium zucchini {grated}
- ½ cup corn kernels
- 1 cup grated bio cheese 
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup oat milk
¼ cup olive oil
- 2 eggs beaten {using egg replacer powder}

METHOD


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Line patty cake pans with paper cases

2. Combine zucchini, corn, cheese and flour in a large bowl.

3. Mix milk, oil and egg replacer in a jug until well combined. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the liquid into it. Gently stir all ingredients together until they're just combined.

4. Fill patty cases half way. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


They can be served warm or cold and are great as a snack for morning tea or afternoon tea. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months {just wrap each muffin in cling wrap and seal in a sandwich bag}. One batch made 18 mini muffins which will be more than a months supply for us so I've frozen ours and just re-heat them in the microwave when she wants one.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 30 - SITTING

Ahhh I can't believe we're at week 30 already! This year is going by really quickly. I know everybody says that every year, but it seems so much more in your face when you're doing a challenge that makes you count the weeks as you go. 

This week we went to Under Water World {now re-named to Sea Life but it'll always be Under Water World to me} for bub's birthday. She didn't get a party this year so we bought annual passes instead so we can take her on a fun day trip every now and then. We weren't sure how she'd go given its a big car ride and a long day for a toddler, but she did really well. She even sat relatively still while the seal show was on {there was a period of lap surfing between mummy and daddy, but it was nap time after all so she still did pretty good}. I've taken sooo many photos I'm going to do a whole blog post about it once I've had time to go through them all. 

30 | SITTING


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Baby Bee Hummingbirds First Curl Locket

I have an obsession with making memories and preserving memories in any way possible. When dad died when I was 10 I was taught a pretty huge life lesson that things, and people, don't last forever. It was a tough lesson to learn at such a young age and I've been obsessed with making memories ever since. Its one of the reasons why I write this blog.

Since bub came along my obsession has gone into overdrive. I want to hold onto every moment as long as possible, like most parents probably do. I take waaaaay too many photos and I probably over share too much on here, but its all part of a bigger picture to create a huge memory bank of her childhood, for both her and me. I want her to have lots of things to look back at so she can get a glimpse of the moments that will inevitably fade over time. I also want to have ways of remembering her as a "baby" because I know she won't be little forever.

Bub still hasn't had her first hair cut at 2yrs old because daddy won't let me get it cut. Consequently her hair is halfway down her back and her fringe is below her chin, but it still looks really cute so I can see why he wants to leave it the way it is. He made an exception however and allowed me to cut off a curl to get a personalised first curl locket made by Baby Bee Hummingbirds. I know the norm is to store first curls in a little keepsake box in a drawer somewhere, but I wanted to do something extra special. Plus a personalised locket means I can keep it with me and close to my heart each day.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds offer a variety of first curl gems including beads and lockets. There's a few standard options listed on the website, however you can customise your gem as much as you like. I created a custom locket combining bits and pieces of designs I'd seen created previously for other clients. I combined a clear glass silver locket with an initial gem and had her curl set around the outside of the initial gem. The ordering process was really easy {even with all my customisation} and sending off the curl was simple. A few weeks later I received my gorgeous piece in the mail {it actually came back to me a lot quicker than I expected and arrived in time for mothers day}.

Baby Bee Hummingbirds packaging

To say I'm in love with it is an understatement. I completely adore it! Its simple yet elegant and it'll go with every outfit I wear so I don't need to wait for special occasions to dress up and wear it. I bought a simple silver snake chain from a local jewellery shop to wear it on.


{yep I'm clearly camera shy}

Its exactly what I wanted and even though I personalised it a lot Amy could understand my vision for the piece and captured it perfectly. She's actually added it as a locket option on the website now as its received such positive feedback on the Baby Bee Hummingbirds facebook page. It can be customised with different initial gems or charm gems. The gems can also be crafted from breastmilk {mine is resin as I'm no longer breast feeding}. 


I've worked with Baby Bee Hummingbirds before when they designed a custom breastmilk gem for my friend. Baby Bee Hummingbirds is run by Amy who is a midwife and mother of three. Amy uses her individual preservation techniques to create unique and exclusive gems. In addition to first curl gems, she can also create beads from breastmilk, encapsulated placenta, umbilical stump and ashes. She can create a variety of different styles of pendants, gems, rings and earrings. You can see all of her design options at www.babybeehummingbirds.com.au and if you'd like to have your own personal gem made you can save 15% by using the code FMSY15 when ordering. She also ships worldwide. I can't recommend Amy's work enough and I'll definitely be getting more pieces in the future.



Do you have your babies first curl stored somewhere?

Toni x

Disclosure - All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on my experience with Baby Bee Hummingbirds, as per my disclosure policy. I was able to create my own personal first curl gem for the purpose of this review. I did not receive payment for this post.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Tomorrow you are 2

Dear bub,

I can't believe that tomorrow you are 2. It feels like you were just a little baby only yesterday. Then other days I can't imagine you ever being a baby because you're so grown up. You are growing into such a big little girl right before my eyes.

Photo by Katharine Maree Photography

You have learnt so much in two short years.

You now talk all the time and even though sometimes it doesn't sound like real words, I usually know what you mean. You know a few colours now and your favourites seem to be gween and lellow. And occasionally wed.

Your favourite shows are cheorge {curious george} and the nanis {bananas in pyjamas} and we watch them over and over and over and if I forget you point to the veeee and yell NANIS! And you love to watch miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing {bing} on abc.

Talking has come in very handy because you can tell me when you're huuuurt and a simple mummy kiss still makes it all better. In fact I think sometimes you pretend you're hurt just to get the kiss. You've started saying thankooo every time we give you something {unprompted} which makes me think that maybe we're doing something right as parents afterall. You also ask for tuddles all day which I love.

I will never ever get sick of your cuddles.

You have sooooo much energy. I need to survive off copious amounts of tea to keep up with you, but you just seem to have this endless supply. I wish I had as much energy as you. Although all that energy means we seem to be on the cusp of you giving up day sleeps and I'd really, really, really love it if you could hold onto those for a little bit longer. Trust me sleep is actually pretty dam awesome and one day you'll value it as much as I do.

You are very much into pretend play now. You come up with all sorts of scenarios for your toys and they now have conversations while you play. Its so nice to watch your imagination unfolding. I can't wait to give you your play kitchen tomorrow because I know we'll have hours of fun playing with it.

I'm so looking forward to your birthday tomorrow even though it apparently means we're entering into the terrible 2's. Just quietly I think we've been there for months already. You certainly aren't shy about throwing tantrums and getting your point across any way possible. Although it can be frustrating at the time, I'm actually rather proud of the fact that you're such a head strong little miss.

I so love being your mum and I'm loving the little person you're becoming. Your personality is infectious. You make me smile and laugh every day {and occasionally cry but that's ok}. You're my little buddy and we do almost everything together and I wouldn't have it any other way. The last two years have been the best of my life because you've been in it, and we still have many more to come.

Happy birthday baby.

Love mummy x

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 29 - INSIDE

What an appropriate prompt for this week! With my car being fixed during the last week {thanks to the guy who ran into it while reversing in the car park} plus the cold/wet weather, we've spent an unusual amount of time at home and inside. We usually go out at least twice a week so it was a bit of a {mental} challenge for me being forced to stay home for an entire week. So of course if I couldn't go visit people I arranged for them to come to me. Two play dates fell through, but we did end up catching up with Cate and Sophie. The girls had fun building blocks together and playing with Max and I was thankful for some real life conversation. Plus we set up my new camera finally {although I still need to finish setting up the wifi option}.

29 | INSIDE


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Plum Sleeping bag

Brr its cold outside! And inside if you live in a tiled house like me. Seriously, holy arctic vortex batman how flipping cold has it been in QLD the last week? I know its winter and all but this is unprecedented cold. And of course our reverse cycle air con downstairs has decided to die again {I swear its just an endless money pit} so we've been trying to heat the whole house with one tiny little foot heater, which isn't working at all.

The good thing though is that we have a new reverse cycle air conditioner in our bedroom so we're all set at night. Bub unfortunately doesn't have that luxury as she drew the short straw and has the coldest room in the house. There's no way I'm putting the small heater in her room at night though as I'm far too paranoid about fires. We used to have sheets in her cot when she first started sleeping in it at about 6 months old, but once she started rolling at night and crawling around her cot they were rendered useless. She literally doesn't keep still at night, I swear she has ants in her pants or something, she's constantly rolling side to side and crawling from one end of the cot to the other. So naturally blankets are a waste of time, they just end up screwed up in a ball at the opposite end of the cot. To combat this I've been using sleeping bags since she could roll. Thankgod for sleeping bags, they're seriously one of the best baby products ever invented.

I'd be a paranoid mess without sleeping bags and she'd probably be sleeping in our bed most nights just to stay warm. Thankfully a few weeks back we got a new 2.5 tog sleeping bag ready for winter so we were prepared {otherwise I'd of been running out to the shops to buy one this week}. Up until about two weeks ago she was still wearing her 0.2 tog sleeping bag with flannelette pjs, but the overnight temperature in her room has plummeted down to an average of 16 degrees now so it was definitely time to move to the 2.5 tog.

Her new sleeping bag is the penguin bag from Plum. It's got cute little penguins on the front which bub likes to point out to me all the time. The bag has a cotton jersey lining and outer layer with polyester wadding for warmth. It's so soft and snuggly and it doesn't affect her allergies which is a must for us.


It also has a double ended zip so there's easy access for nappy changes during the night without having to undo or take off the entire bag. Both ends of the zip also have tab covers for extra security and to protect little hands and faces from the zips. I actually do it up and then close both zip ends at the bottom and tuck them under the bottom tab. There's also press studs under the arms to make the arm holes smaller for smaller children if needed. Bub's arms can just fit with the press studs shut, but she's fine with them opened up so I leave them open. The sleeping bag comes in two sizes 6-18 months or 18 - 36 months {bub's in 18-36 months}.




The penguin sleeping bag {$69.95} is just one of many sleeping bags available at Plum. Plum collections is an Australian owned family business that's been in the Pepper family for three generations. Established in 1965, by Bob and Nell Pepper, the business is now owned and run by Bob's grandson Shane Pepper and his wife Eugenie.

Plum has two labels - "Plum" a fashion label for newborns to toddlers and "Precious" a label which specialises in clothing for newborns {0000-0}. Plum products include an extensive range of Australian designed clothing, sleepwear, swaddles and sleep bags. Plum products are designed locally by a small in-house design team. Plum is available both online and in major department stores Australia wide {including David ones and Baby Bunting}, you can view the entire range online.


Do/did you use sleeping bags with your kids?

Toni x


Disclosure - I was sent a Plum sleeping bag for review. All opinions expressed are based on my experience with the sleeping bag. I did not receive payment for this review.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Wild Collective is coming...

The Wild Collective Melbourne

You might remember back in January when I had my 3rd anniversary giveaway, I gave away a $100 voucher for The Wild Collective to one lucky reader. Well, its almost time for The Wild Collective to launch so I thought I'd let you know a bit more about it incase any of you are interested in attending. Unfortunately I can't make it {because its in another state and I'm at Problogger that weekend}, but if I could I would totally be all over it. Its definitely an event that's right up my ally and will likely appeal to most of you guys too.


WHAT IS THE WILD COLLECTIVE?


The Wild Collective is a premier two day shopping event, unlike any other, coming to Melbourne this August. It's a curated collection of hard to find high-end products from local and international designers who are standouts in their industry. There'll also be superb entertainment throughout the event.

The Wild Collective will cater for the whole tribe from big to small. Featuring the very best in eclectic and bespoke pieces including fashion, beauty products, homewares, furniture, toys, eco-friendly products, art, services and more. The Wild Collective will be wild but sophisticated and will capture the imagination of visitors while they roam the many stalls hunting and gathering. Sounds enticing doesn't it?


the wild collective aspirational hunting picture

SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?


Visitors will be transported into a magical wonderland of stalls from over 120 leading designers. Brands available at the event include Oobi, My Majestic Boutique, Arlo & Co, My Little Tribe, Fizzy Pop Designs, Thermomix, 2K Labware and many, many more. It's a dream come true for home decorating obsessed people like me!

If I was attending I'd definitely be hunting down Amindy {because clocks, obviously}, Gold Rabbit & Co {they have super cute kids stacking blocks}, Fizzy Pop Designs {cute kids art}, Little Puddles {the coolest felt garlands I've seen}, Pillowface {designer pillowcases} and Oobi {girl's fashion}. Of course that's just me, there's heaps more designers to seek out on the day. Find a full list of vendors here.

Leading children's clothing brand, and event ambassadors, Oobi will be showcasing their new Spring/Summer collection Barefoot Princess at The Wild Collective. The new collection celebrates the magic of childhood. The name Barefoot Princess is a reference to the casual Australian lifestyle which has a barefoot feel. The spring release features wands, tulle and crowns {necessities for any princess}. Oobi garments are for girls aged newborn to 13 years, all designed in Australia by Alexandra Riggs. You can find out more about Oobi here.

500 lucky attendees will be able to purchase a hunt and gather box {at the door} which comes with a treasure map and sends them on a treasure hunt throughout the event. Follow the map and search through the stalls collecting free goodies along the way.


INTERVIEW WITH EVENT ORGANISER AMY CIMINO


I was lucky enough to interview one of the event organisers Amy Cimino to get some additional insider information.

What makes The Wild Collective different to other shopping events like markets or fairs?

The Wild Collective is an experience for the whole family. It’s a shopping destination rather than just a market. With a pop up pub, a cool kids zone, a quiet area for mums to feed and change their babes – The wild Collective have thought of everything to give the family a great overall experience. The atmosphere from the minute you walk in transports you to a wonderland. With tepees, special lighting and over 100 vendors with their personally styled pop up shops offering exclusive products and services, its sure to delight all those that attend.

How did you and Renee come up with the concept for The Wild Collective?

We have both always attended fairs, events markets and the like and always found something was missing. We wanted to create a concept that covered it all. Something different from the norm – thus The Wild Collective was born.

What makes this a must attend event for readers?

Our vendors are mostly online, The Wild Collective gives a space for them all to come together and allow their shoppers to touch and feel their products in the flesh. We have exciting Masterchef names including Bernard and Alice doing cooking demonstrations, workshops and a secret challenge between Channel 9 block contestants against a member of the public. Its surely something people don’t want to miss.

Are you planning on expanding The Wild Collective to other states?

Yes, yes we are but that’s top secret at the moment.


The Wild Collective 2015 Melbourne event details

EVENT DETAILS


August 15 & 16, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm

$2 entry {kids under 15 free}

Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St Carlton VIC

More information on how to get there including the best public transport options can be found here


So are you going to head into the wild?

If you attend the event be sure to share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #thewildcollectiveau {so I can live vicariously through you}.


Toni x

Disclosure - In return for writing about The Wild Collective I will receive a hunt and gather box for myself. I did not receive any monetary payment for this post.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 28 - MAKING

We've done lots of making this week. Now that she's older {and needs constant entertainment} we've started getting into craft activities. There's always playdough on the go around the house and this week she left some out overnight {because mummy forgot about it and didn't pack it away} so there was lots of crumbly playdough mess everywhere the next day when she found it and tried to play with it. Crumbly playdough goes EVERYWHERE so I've taken playdough off our list of activities for the next week or so because I value my clean floors. Other than playdough we've also been making lots of block towers, pretty pictures with her special mess free pens, paintings with water and lots of "real" paintings. Seems she is quite a budding artist just like I was as a kid.

28 | MAKING {a pretty painting}


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Lucas Loves Cars + giveaway

There's a common misconception in society that toy cars are only for boys. Gender stereotyping and all that seems to be rife when it comes to kids toys. Well I hate to burst the bubble, but... kids don't like certain toys just because they're pink or blue, or meant to be for girls or boys. Kids like toys because they like them, go figure

I loved toy cars when I was younger. In fact I remember spending hours building cities with ramps and roads for matchbox cars with my brother {in my grandma's walk in wardrobe of all places}. So its no surprise to me that my daughter also loves cars. In fact she prefers to play with cars over a lot of her other toys.

Her love of male stereotyped vehicles isn't just limited to cars either, she also loves trucks, trains and planes. She has a toy train {which likes to make noise in the middle of the night just to scare me}, a few little planes and we recently added a truck to our menagerie of toy vehicles. This one comes complete with wild animals so the term menagerie is quite fitting.

Melissa and Doug jungle safari shape sorter truck from Lucas Loves Cars

Her toy truck isn't just a truck though, its a jungle safari shape sorter. I'd go as far as saying its probably the coolest shape sorter I've ever seen. I love the fact that its wooden and will last a lot longer than her plastic toys. And the fact that its unisex and not blue or pink is also a big plus {although I doubt she could care less about the colour}. Seriously is it not the coolest shape sorter ever?

wooden junge safari truck with animals from Lucas Loves Cars


The safari truck comes with seven wooden animals including a giraffe, zebra, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, elephant and rhino. Of course when there's wild animals involved its always a good idea to have a ranger around to keep them under control, luckily the set comes complete with two rangers. The back of the truck is also a gate to make sure the animals don't escape when they're not supposed to. 


Each piece has its own special place in the truck and can also stand on its own to be used for pretend play as well. She often uses the animals in conjunction with her farm house - feeding them yummy carrots and letting them mingle with the farm animals. The rangers also like to go for long walks around the lounge room and occasionally magically make their way upstairs to her bedroom. Surprisingly enough, despite the farm animals and wild animals frolicking together without the supervision of the rangers there haven't been any accidents, yet. They all seem to play together nicely {so far}.


As far as using it as a shape sorter is concerned, she usually cheats takes the easy option and just puts all the animals through the biggest hole to get them in the truck. I'm not sure if she's being lazy or smart. The more she plays with it though the better she's getting at matching the animals to their holes {or at least trying to}. Given its recommended for 2+ and she's not yet 2 I'd say she's doing ok and I'm sure she'll have it down pat in no time.



The jungle safari truck is made by popular toy manufacturers Melissa & Doug and we got it from Lucas Loves Cars. Lucas Loves Cars in an online business run by a Melbourne work at home mum. It was born from her son's love of cars and her frustration of not being able to find specific car related merchandise. Lucas Loves Cars sell anything car related for kids and I mean pretty much everything - toys, puzzles, clothes, dinnerware, games, books, night lights, wall decals and even light switch covers {see pretty much anything you can think of}. They're also not solely limited to cars, they also love planes, trains, trucks and tractors. If it has wheels then they've got it. While they do stock pretty much everything any little boy would want, there's nothing stopping a little girl from loving their products too. If you have a budding car enthusiast {girl or boy} at your place then you'll want to check out the giveaway below. You can connect with Lucas Loves Cars on Facebook and Instagram.


LUCAS LOVES CARS GIVEAWAY

Finding Myself Young Automoblox giveaway with Lucas Loves Cars
The team at Lucas Loves Cars have generously provided an Automoblox mini S9 Heather Blue Sedan for one lucky Finding Myself Young reader. To enter simply follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment letting me know which is your favourite product sold by Lucas Loves Cars and why?

Good luck!

Toni x

WINNER - SARAH NORMAN

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Terms & Conditions
Competition commences 12:00am July 14th 2015 and ends 12:00am July 28th 2015. Entry is open to Australian residents only, excluding ACT. One reader will win an Automoblox mini S9 Heather Blue Sedan from Lucas Loves Cars. Prize is not transferable. Prize will be delivered by Lucas Loves Cars, Finding Myself Young takes no responsibility for prize delivery. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Winner will have 72hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook.

Disclaimer - I was sent the jungle safari shape sorter for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own based on using the truck {well bub using it}, as per my disclosure policy. I did not receive payment for this post. 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

My most treasured item - my dad's ring

I don't usually value items for what they actually are, but rather their sentimental value. I can easily place sentimental value on most things {so much so that T calls me a hoarder all the time because I never want to let anything go}. I guess losing dad at such a young age made me want to hold onto everything in life, just incase. I attach memories to things and want to hold onto them so the memories stay alive forever.

My most treasured item is one connected to my father - no surprises there really. Its a ring he gave mum when they were younger and it became mine after he died. I'm pretty sure its a promise ring that he gave my mum when they were dating in the 70's. I've actually met a few people over the years who've had the same ring or who's parents had the same ring from around the same era so they must've been popular back then.

Inscribed inside is "{mums name} love Mark". I feel close to him when I hold or wear the ring. I know it sounds silly but I do. I think the fact that its inscribed love Mark makes me see it as a symbol of his love so when I hold onto it I feel like I can feel his love through it. Yep I know that sounds super corny.


I really do feel like he's connected to it though. I've lost it a few times and it always comes back to me. One time when I lost it, it was found in my aunty and uncle's backyard and I hadn't even been there for months at the time. They were his best friends his whole life so part of me feels like he must've made sure the ring was there for them to find so it got back to me. I know on some level it sounds ridiculous but if it was there the whole time in the grass being mowed each week how in the hell did it not get destroyed? Not to mention the fact that I don't even remember taking it there in the first place.

I really feel like that ring is meant to be with me. I don't wear it any more because I'm too scared I'll lose it and it won't find its way back. I'd be devastated if I lost it forever. Now I keep it in a very safe place and I hope to pass it on to bub so it stays in the family for generations.

I have no idea what its actually worth, and I don't really care, because to me its worth everything.


Do you have an item you treasure too?

Toni x

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Dreambaby® ladybug night light review + giveaway

Everyone's scared of the dark right? At least at some point. I know I was petrified of the dark as a child and it seems bub's not fond of the dark either. I can't really blame her.

Luckily I'd always planned to have a night light since before she was born so she's never had to go to sleep in the pitch black dark. Of course we've gone through quite a few night lights since she was born. A couple because the batteries would die after a ridiculously short amount of time and a couple that she didn't like. We've recently added the new Dreambaby® ladybug night light to her room and she's quickly fallen in love with it.

I mean why wouldn't she, how cute is it? Its one of the cutest night lights I've ever seen. I don't think she'd ever actually seen a ladybug before we opened the night light so it was interesting to see how she'd react. She grabbed it off me straight away and started making it walk all over her little table. Clearly she didn't care that it was a night light at this point {I hadn't even had a chance to put the batteries in yet} she just thought it was a new toy and an awesome toy at that. The cartoon style eyes really attracted her attention straight away.


Once she finally gave it back to me and I was able to put the batteries in {it takes 3xAA's} we finally got to check out the night light as an actual light. It gets even cuter when the light is on. The top of the shell glows red and the eyes and the side of the ladybug glow white. It provides a nice soft glow in her bookcase.

dreambaby ladybug night light on

The light turns on via the black button on the top which is really easy for kids to operate. Bub turns the light on herself each night when she goes to bed. As soon as we walk into her room she says "laly" {lady} because she wants me to hand her the night light to turn on. The light has a timer that automatically turns it off after 30 minutes which saves battery power. It can also be turned off earlier by pressing the button again. We just leave it on for the 30 minutes while she's falling asleep. The video below shows the night light in action.




The Dreambaby® ladybug night light {$32.95} would make the perfect night light for children of all ages. Its easy for children to operate themselves so older children can use it during the night for trips to the toilet or if they wake up and get scared of the dark. It also has decorative appeal being a ladybug. It saves money by being battery operated and is also energy efficient with the automated off function. Bub loves having it in her room and I'm already thinking of stealing it later on if we have another baby for during night feeds.

Dreambaby® products can be purchased online or at Big W, Target, Kmart, Bunnings, Baby Bunting, Toys R Us and a number of other baby stores and chemists.


DREAMBABY® LADYBUG NIGHT LIGHT GIVEAWAY


Win a dreambaby ladybug night light from Finding Myself Young

Thanks to the team at Dreambaby® I have 2 ladybug night lights to giveaway to 2 lucky Finding Myself Young readers. To enter simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below.

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> Leave a comment letting me know why you would love a Dreambaby® ladybug night light.

Good Luck!

Toni x

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Disclosure - I was sent a ladybug night light for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own based on experience using the product {as per my disclosure policy}.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

52 WEEKS OF MEMORIES | 27 - PRECIOUS

The most precious thing in my life is not an object, its bub, of course. I'm so grateful that I get to spend my time with her watching her grow up and learn new things each day. Each moment with her is precious, even if we're just sitting on the couch watching the Bananas in Pyjamas {for the 50000th time}.

27 | PRECIOUS


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Summer lane

One of the truly wonderful parts of having a toddler is watching their play grow and evolve. While babies play they're mainly doing things like moving objects between their hands, shaking a rattle or picking toys up and down. As they get older it evolves into pretend play and that's when things really get fun.

Bub is now using heaps of her toys to imitate things that we do during the day. Its super cute watching her put her dolly to bed or making her little people go for walks. She's constantly coming up with new imaginative ways to use her toys. Given her newfound love of all things pretend, we've got a few new toys to help spark her imagination. I'm still busting at the seams to giver her the play kitchen we have for her birthday, but these are doing a good job at tiding her over until then.

ALIMROSE DESIGNS AUDREY DOLL


Bub's really getting into dolls and stuffed toys at the moment. A few months ago a doll was just something she could look at for a second then throw onto the floor when she got bored. Nowadays she uses her dolls to imitate everything that we do. She feeds them, gives them cups of tea and tries to give them her bottle. She gives them big cuddles and also puts them to sleep with their own little blankie {a serviette from her tea set}. Needless to say we've been adding to her dolls lately.

Alimrose designs audrey doll in pink bunny dress

We've just added the Audrey doll by Alimrose designs. I've been eyeing off Alimrose dolls since bub was quite young, but I didn't want to get one until she was old enough to appreciate it a bit more. I like that its a completely soft doll with sewn on shoes and hair {so nothing can be ripped off and lost}. I also love that the dress is part of the body but the bottom still opens out like a real dress.


I chose the Audrey doll because she has blonde hair like bub {and considering I don't have blonde hair I thought it'd be nice for bub to have a doll that looks like her}. Plus how cute are her little eyes and pigtails?! Audrey is available in a few different styles, but I chose the pink bunny dress because bub loves all things pink.

Alimrose designs Audrey doll sitting

There's something so magical about hand sewn dolls compared to plastic ones {as much as we love the plastic ones too}. Hand sewn ones just feel that little bit more personal and special. Bub loves pointing at her shoes and saying shooooss!!!. We also point out where her eyes, nose, mouth and hair is. And of course give her big cuddles.

At 25cm tall the Alimrose dolls are the perfect size for a toddler to carry around. If she's good and keeps treating Audrey nicely {and doesn't draw on her face when I'm not looking} then we might get Audrey a sister for Christmas. 

SCHLEICH ANIMALS


Schleich animals review from Summer Lane children's boutique

Bub's also obsessed with animals at the moment. Well not just at the moment, its been quite a while now. A few weeks back we discovered Schleich animals at one of her speech therapy classes. She loved them and played with them for ages. It was one of the first times she displayed imaginary play. She was walking them along the table and making the sounds. Making the elephants stomp and the giraffes eat pretend food. I knew I wanted to get some for home, but I'd only seen cheap plastic animals at the shops which were all too small for her {i.e. she'd still put them in her mouth and try to eat them and possibly succeed}. I didn't know the animals were from Schleich at the time either {I never thought to ask the brand name} so it took me a while to track them down. After a few weeks of searching I finally found the Schleich animals online.


I may have gone a bit crazy and got a heap of animals, but to be honest I was quite restrained compared to all the ones I really wanted to get for her. Have you seen the Schleich collection? There are so many different animals. There's farm animals, wild animals and even dinosaurs. We got the african elephant, pig, akhal-teke mare, penguin, sheep, male labrador and giraffe calf {although the labrador and sheep were MIA when I was taking photos, obviously too busy playing with her other toys}.




The Schleich animals are my favourite brand of toy animals. They're nice and solid with a bit of weight to them so they stand up properly themselves and the legs and arms aren't easy to break because the plastic isn't cheap and flimsy. They're a bit on the dearer side for plastic animals {ranging from $4.99 to $14.99 a piece}, but they're definitely worth it for the quality. The attention to detail is also amazing with the animals featuring minute details such as feathers and muscle tone which you just don't get on other brands. They're a great realistic representation of the animals and I know they'll last for years.

Right now we're using them to learn different animal names and sounds. Well I'm injecting the educational parts into our play where I can anyway. A lot of the time she's too busy feeding them sultanas or playdough. Walking them up and down all our furniture. Making them race against the little people or giving them special cups of tea. She is a toddler afterall.

We got the Alimrose Audrey doll and the Schleich animals online from Summer Lane. Summer Lane is an online children's boutique that stocks a large range of popular children's brands covering clothing, toys, shoes and accessories. They cater for all things kids, educational and fun. Summer Lane also have a store in Dulwich Hill NSW if you prefer to shop in person.

The team at Summer Lane have been kind enough to offer all Finding Myself Young readers 15% off all online purchases, simply use the code YOUNG15 at checkout at www.summerlane.com.au. If you're already on the hunt for Christmas presents now would be a great time to stock up. Be quick though the discount is only valid until July 16th 2015.


Do/did you have a toddler obsessed with imaginary play at your place too?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was sent the Alimrose Audrey doll and 2 Schleich animals for review. I purchased the other animals mentioned myself. All opinions expressed are based on our experience with the products as per my disclosure policy.

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