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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Wow this week has flown by, I can't believe it is Wednesday again already. We had sooo much fun this week, but its becoming increasingly difficult to get a good shot of her doing things as she moves so much now. Most of them end up with her face or arms zooming across the screen. I did manage to get two good photos of her having fun and this was the one I decided on.

8 - FUN

- She has so much fun playing with her toys -

I'm so excited to see some new faces joining in with the photo challenge on instagram and the linky this week. If you would like to get involved or have a friend who loves taking photos you can find out how to play here. These were some of my favourite photos shared last week for the prompt love.

Instagram: @jemmariding

Facebook: Krystal Jade Whitney

You can follow me on Instagram @tones84 and join in on Facebook. When sharing via Instagram or Facebook don't forget to use the hashtag #fmy52weeksofmemories so I can see your lovely photos.  If you have a blog feel free to link up your photos via the linky below (please read the rules before linking) and come back each week to link up each new prompt. I will feature some of my favourite ones the following week.

Reminder - next weeks prompt is happy.

Toni xx

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Bree from Twinkle in the eye 
Raychael from  Ms Mystery Case

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Bump N Baby Products

I've been eagerly awaiting starting solids with bubba for months. She's been wanting to try food since about 4 months old. First she would stare intently at us eating, then try and copy us chewing. Soon after she started trying to grab my food off the table or out of my hands. I knew she was ready, but because of her allergies the paediatrician said to wait until 6 months so her belly was more equipt to handle solids. We also had to see the dietitian to go through what foods to avoid and what order to try certain foods in.

We saw the drs about 5 weeks ago now and worked out a plan for solids. I always planned on making her food myself, but after seeing the dietitian it's clear that it's pretty much necessary for me to do this whether I wanted to or not. We have to avoid anything which contains any form of dairy (obviously), any soy, flavourings and anything that states "may contain traces of milk/dairy/soy" or "made on machinery that also processes milk/dairy/soy products". The flavourings surprised me, but apparently most of them are based on milk powder, which I never would have thought before. So, with all those guidelines we can pretty much rule out 99% of the baby food on the market. The only baby food we have used is the Rafferty's garden organic rice cereal. I'm making all the rest, lucky I got a baby food processor at my baby shower.

I know lots of people use ice cube trays to freeze baby food, but there's just something about having my baby's food sitting in the same tray I freeze my ice cubes in that doesn't sit well with me. I think its the fact that I hate peas. I don't want there to be any chance of my ice cubes even remotely tasting like peas. Stupid I know, but I can't get the thought out of my head. I also don't think that ice cube trays are the right size for baby food and they're usually a pain in the bum to get the ice out of. In my search to find a different solution I found the perfect product to help me with my baby food production line. The Mumi & Bubi Solids Starter Kit from Bump N Baby Products is the perfect kit for parents who want to make their own baby food.

The kit includes 2 freezer trays and a step-by-step e-guide that also includes 27 recipes. In total there are 42 pods (ice cubes) so they're perfect for making up big batches in one go. Contrary to popular belief, making homemade baby food doesn't have to involve slaving away each day to prepare meals. I only have to spend one day making baby food and then I'm set for the whole week. It literally only takes about an hour to make up all her food for the week including prep, steaming and blending.

Pumpkin is her favourite
The Mumi & Bubi trays are perfectly designed for baby food. The pods are a half moon shape rather than a traditional ice cube (hence why I refer to them as pods). They have curved bottoms which make it so much easier to get the food out. All I do is run some warm water over the bottom of the tray which helps to loosen the food and then it can be removed by just pushing down on one end of the cube. It literally just slides out. No frustrating twisting of the trays to get them out. The dimple design also makes the trays stackable to save space in the freezer, which is great for us as we have a really small freezer. The pods are also the perfect size for baby food. We started out using only one cube mixed with rice cereal and have now worked up to three cubes per meal. I freeze up a big batch then separate them into meal portions and store them in glad freezer bags. It's so simple.

Our journey has been a little slower than others as we need to try one food at a time for a week to see if she will have an adverse reaction. CMPA babies are more prone to have reactions to other foods that have similar protein structures to milk. Eggs, gluten, corn, beef and chicken are particularly risky. We have been relatively lucky so far with only a minor reaction to avocado and apples. We have successfully tried pumpkin, carrots, peas, cauliflower and zucchini without any reactions. I also have pear and broccoli ready in the freezer for later on.

Pumpkin ready for freezing

Zucchini and apple

Carrot and peas after freezing

I highly recommend the Mumi & Bubi kit for anyone who is planning on making their own baby food. The trays are also BPA free so they're completely safe for storing all kinds of food. Once you're past the baby food stage you can use them to store other things like, left over stock, fruit juice or the most obvious choice, ice cubes. They are also suitable for freezing breast milk.

Bump N Baby Products website

Bump N Baby is an online store specialising in products for pregnancy, nursing, babies and toddlers. Owner Trudy started the business to make life less complicated for expectant and new mums by sharing the useful products she had discovered throughout her own parenting journey. She has tried and tested all of the products that she stocks and is also very conscious of the fact that the budget is tight after having a baby. She offers a range of affordable products that don't compromise on quality. Trudy is very approachable and always available to answer any queries customers have. I was very impressed with the level of customer service she provided.

If you need any prenatal or baby goods, Bump N Baby currently have 30% off store wide until Feb 28th.

Toni xx

Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on my experiences with the product.

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT

Monday, February 24, 2014

Let's reduce the stigma

[WARNING] - This post may be triggering for those affected by depression or suicide.

I don't normally write posts inspired by the latest news headlines, but this time I will make an exception. This story in particular has touched a chord with me. I have been having flashbacks because of it. I'm talking about Charlotte Dawson and the news of her suicide.

It's sad that people are only coming out in support of her now that she's dead. Now that those words and sentiments can't do anything to help her. Now that shes not here to hear them. Most of all its incredibly sad that she was so engulfed by depression that she got to the point where she would rather die than face the world any longer.

I hate how people presume to know what was going on in the minds of people who've committed suicide. Everyone is always so quick to say oh they should have talked more, they should have done this and that. What about society and everyone else? What could other people have done to help the situation? It's so easy for people to sit back and speculate about the situation, especially after its already happened.

Suicide is always a tragedy. Its tragic that the person who is gone felt there was nowhere else to turn. Its tragic for the family and friends who are left behind trying to piece together what's happened. Trying to make sense of the signs they missed, the things they think they could have done. The many what if's that will play over and over in their mind. I know exactly what its like to be left to live life after suicide. I also know what its like to live with depression, but I would never assume to be proficient on topics such as suicide, depression or mental health in general. Every case is different and every case is inherently personal. I don't think its appropriate for complete strangers or the media to be throwing around their opinions on a case they know nothing about. A case that by its very nature they won't ever know the real reasons or thoughts behind.

Instead, I think everyone should focus on what can be done to change the perception in society. To remove the stigma of mental illness and encourage people to seek help. If it wasn't seen as such a bad thing then maybe more people would seek out help instead of feeling so alone? Perhaps everyone should be looking at what they can do to help change society going forward instead of speculating about something in hindsight.

Charlotte is now at peace and so is my dad. I hope they are now free of their worries and troubles and are now happy flying free somewhere.

We can't change what's happened in their cases, but we can try to help others.

If you are suffering from depression and need support these services can help:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Suicide call back service 1300 659 467

Toni xx

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


This week saw another valentine's day come and go. I had a photo in my mind of bubs dressed in her heart onesie holding her heart block, but then valentine's day happened and that photo went out the window. We didn't have a typical loved up romantic valentine's day. T is great, but he isn't really known for his romantic side. Instead we had a family day out at the pool. Bubs is definitely a water baby, we go swimming every week at baby rhyme time classes, but so far daddy ha never been swimming with her. This was the first chance we had to go together so I took the opportunity to get some photos of them together. There was no way I could go past this photo for this weeks prompt.

7 - LOVE

- The two people I love most -

I love seeing the photos you guys share throughout the week. If you are new to the challenge and wondering how to play, you can find out here. These were some of my favourite photos shared last week for the prompt food.

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Facebook: Fiona O'Sullivan

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Reminder - next weeks prompt is fun.

Toni xx

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and Bree from Twinkle in the eye for Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mummy Must Have | ChamonixRain Organics

You may remember I have mentioned using organic products for bubs before. We are going down the organic road due to her allergies and sensitive skin. She reacts easily to fragrances, additives and petrochemicals along with her food allergies. We are being super careful with products and fabrics that come in contact with her skin as she is prone to eczema, heat rashes and welts from histamine reactions.

This has involved a lot of trial and error and a lot of reading ingredient labels. I never paid much attention to what was in things before, but now I think I have a degree in deciphering labels. I've also sorted through a heap of different brands to work out what she reacts to and what is safe. Originally we were using a lot of the well known baby brands, but I've found we definitely need to go down the organic route for skin products as she reacted to too many of the normal brands.

There are a lot more organic brands out there than what I first realised. Once you start researching there is a huge range available, you just need to know where to get them. I've found facebook and the internet have been the best place for me to source organic brands. I find there's not a huge range of them in the big baby stores and we don't have many boutique stores around here so online was definitely the best choice for me to source from (and you can easily compare them before buying).

One brand I have come across that I particularly like is ChamonixRain Organics. All of the products stocked are designed by owner Michelle. ChamonixRain Organics is an affordable baby essentials range made from high quality, eco-friendly organic ingredients and materials. Her signature product is the luscious coconut baby bath range (bath wash/shampoo and moisturiser). She also stocks gorgeous bamboo wraps, towels, sleeping bags, sheet sets, amber teething beads and bibs. We have tried and tested a number of her products and this is what we think in our household.

Coconut Bath Range

I have to admit I was mildly apprehensive when trying these products, but only because we have had reactions from a number of skin lotions and bath products before and I haven't been able to nail down the exact cause of the reactions. I have a feeling its either petrochemicals or fragrances that have caused her previous reactions.

The Chamonix Rain baby wash & shampoo doesn't contain any soaps, parabens, formaldehyde, SLS, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances so that put my mind at ease. I thoroughly checked the ingredient list (available in full online) before trying it and then also spot tested it on her skin before using them. I'm happy to report that she had absolutely no reaction to it whatsoever. She also really wanted to play with it for some reason (must like pretty packaging like mummy).

Oooooh.... what's this??
Loving her bath

After the bath we used the organic baby moisturiser. We have to moisturise her whole body everyday as she is prone to very dry skin from her cmpa allergy. Prior to using this moisturiser the only moisturising cream we've tried that she hasn't reacted to is QV cream. I was a little apprehensive about trying this cream as well because it soaks into the skin so if there is going to be a reaction it is likely to be worse with the moisturiser.

The ChamonixRain Organics Baby Moisturiser is made from all natural, certified ingredients. It is enriched with coconut oil, aloe vera and natural vitamin E. It also has Chamomile and Lavender. I thought if anything she may react to the oils as she has had a reaction to Olive oil (of all things) in the past. I did a spot test with the moisturiser as well. I'm happy to say that she didn't have a reaction to the moisturiser either.

The bath range is great for babies who have sensitive skin, are prone to eczema or have an allergy like bubba. They are also great value at $11.95 for a 250ml bottle. The moisturiser is more than double the size of the QV cream we normally use and only a couple of dollars more. Michelle is also in the process of designing a coconut bath range for mums as well.

X-Large Bamboo Wrap

The problem I found with a lot of wraps since becoming a mum is that they are too small and she grew out of them very quickly. I worked out after a few weeks that its better to pay a bit more for a larger wrap than buying the cheaper smaller ones from department stores. The larger ones fit for so much longer so they end up being better value for money anyway.

Pink wrap $19.95

We tried out the pink bamboo wrap in the x-large size as bubs is very long in the body and already six months old. She has loved being wrapped ever since birth. Its the only way she would sleep at night and during the day she always wants to have a wrap over her and touching her face (not sure where she picked up that habit). Although we were on the verge of transferring to a sleep suit when we got the wrap and have now completely transitioned her night sleeps to a bag, we still use this wrap daily (as you have probably seen on my instagram feed). She also still fits into it folded over and wrapped up at nearly 7 months old.

Snug as a bug

Day sleeps

I love the fact that the wrap is a bamboo jersey. It is extremely soft and feels similar to cashmere (no wonder why she wants it up against her face most of the time). Bamboo is naturally stretchy so it allows for her to be wrapped tight, but it's not too restrictive. Bamboo is also breathable and absorbent which are two very useful factors when it comes to sleeping products. She usually sweats a lot, but not in the bamboo wrap which is great because she is also prone to heat rashes. Bamboo is also anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic which prevents skin irritation as well. I am seriously in love with bamboo, its my new favourite fabric.

Bamboo Cot Sheet Set

We also have the ChamonixRain Organics cot sheets. They are made from 100% certified organic bamboo as well. These sheets feel so good I want them on my bed! I actually contacted Michelle and asked her if she's going to make them in an adult range like the bath products (unfortunately the answer is no, but maybe we should start a petition?).

The sheet set includes a fitted cot sheet and a flat sheet. They fit Boori and Australian standard sized cots. They are actually a little big for our cot mattress, but because of the stretch they tuck under and stay in place perfectly so it isn't an issue. I have been putting the sheet over the top of bubs sleep suit because we sleep in aircon at night. She wriggles side to side a lot throughout the night (just like mum) and yet she still doesn't manage to untuck the sheet. Which is great for reducing my anxiety levels (I'm always paranoid she will get stuck under sheets at night because others have come loose).

The antibacterial properties, absorbency and self regulating nature make bamboo the perfect material for baby bedding. Organic bamboo is grown without pesticides which means there are no chemicals so she won't be breathing in any nasties during the night. They will also last her right through to toddler stage (when her cot converts into a toddler bed) so they are great value for money. There is a tiny bit of piling right where her head goes as she sleeps, but that is to be expected as all fabric will pill when rubbed on. She also turns her head so much during the night and rubs against it more than usual. She literally has a bald strip across the back of her head (instead of a patch) because she rolls so much. Its easily fixed as I have a little remote pill remover so its not a big deal and I will rotate the sheet going forward.

I am so happy that I have found ChamonixRain Organics and their awesome range of products. They have been great for bubs and its reassuring to find more products that she doesn't have reactions too. It makes me feel like the allergy battle we are facing is not as big and that I can beat it. I would highly recommend their products for any new mum, but particularly for those who have bubs with skin conditions or irritations.

Toni xx

* Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on our experiences with the products.

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT

Monday, February 17, 2014

This is love

Once upon a time (not so long ago) my love was reserved for one man. My soul mate, my best friend, my lover. True I do love my family and a select few friends, but its not the same as the love I have for him. There is only one person that gets let into the deepest depths of my heart and soul. Some days he annoys me more than anyone else ever could, but still I remain drawn to him. An uncontrollable pull to be with him no matter how much he gets under my skin. For each annoying habit he has there is an equally endearing quality. So, that special love was always reserved just for him.

Six months ago that all changed.

There was no big argument. No split. No breakdown between us, but rather an evolution. We became three and while my love for him did not diminish, there is now another special someone who pulls my heart strings just as much (if not more than he does). She not only tugs at my heart from the outside, but she has also heard it from the inside and took a piece of it with her when she was born.

She has my heart

The love between us is different. It's instinctual. It's overpowering. It's all encompassing. I would do absolutely anything for her. I would run into a burning house for her. I would do everything to protect her from danger. I am always alert when I'm with her, I feel my back tingle and hairs stand up if I feel like she's in danger. I would put my life on the line to save hers.

No matter what she does I will always love her. Sleepless nights, tantrums and vomiting included. In my eyes she can do no wrong. Well actually she can do wrong and I'm sure she will as she gets older, but it won't affect how much I love her.

Our love is shown through actions not words or material things. A lingering stare from across the room. A smile as she sees my face. An awesome snuggly cuddle. The way she strokes me as she's falling asleep. The cute giggles as we play peek-a-boo and sometimes for no reason at all (I must just be funny looking?).

This is love <3

I also love him differently. I now love him as the father of my child as well as all the other roles he plays in my life. It warms my heart to see them interacting. It is also bitter sweet as I don't remember having such intimate moments with my own dad before he passed away, but I am so grateful she gets to experience that with T.

Together they are my everything.

So now my love is split in two. 

My ability to love has grown along with my family. My heart is bigger and it beats louder.

Toni x

Friday, February 14, 2014

An unusual love story

As a young girl I remember watching Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. Although they all have different messages and story lines they all end up with the main character overcoming obstacles and ending up with her 'prince charming'. For a couple of years I thought that's the way it worked, I would turn into some type of princess and meet my prince charming and live happily ever after. However, after watching mum and dad split up and then mum being a single parent for years after dad died the fantasy kind of disappeared. Dam you Disney for giving me false hope and dam you life for ruining it.

After my first marriage didn't go so well I didn't have high hopes of any fairytale love coming from nowhere and sweeping me off my feet. In fact I had completely come to terms with being alone for the rest of my life {a bit dramatic I know, but I had just gone through a divorce from a man who kept telling me this would be my reality if I ever left him}. I was totally happy on my own, in fact I was relishing my freedom to do what I wanted. I was going out because I wanted to. I was getting dressed up to look good for me, not for a man. I was definitely not looking for love. That old saying that you'll find love when you stop looking for it happens to be true in my case. I met my soul mate by accident.

I went out for new years eve with my best friend and some of her friends. We weren't looking for men or love or anything other than a fun girls night out. Towards the end of the night I was kind of over it. I'd had my fill of watching extremely drunk people doing ridiculous things because they were inebriated. It was entertaining at the beginning of the night, but after a couple of hours the novelty wore off. Clearly my alcohol had worn off by then too and I just wanted to leave. Lucky I didn't because I never would have met him.

This is the totally random moment we met.

My friends were arguing with this guy because they wanted his hat {one of those cardboard top hats that had NYE on it} and he wouldn't give it to them. He had his back to me so I just took it off his head {because I was over the stupid argument}. I didn't really care how he was going to react. Then he turned around and my first thought was oh shit hes good looking. It turns out he must have thought I was alright too because he spent the rest of the night with us. I went from wanting to leave at 1am to staying out until 5am, when they literally kicked us all out.

I was so out of touch with the dating game that he had to ask me for my number and my first thought was oh that's right, that's how this works. I guess I'd already come to the conclusion he would never want to see me again. That's pretty much how it worked back when I was 19 and I met guys in clubs. To my surprise he did call and we did see each other again. After a few weeks we succumbed to the fact that we were in fact "dating" and that we'd accidentally found ourselves in a relationship when we both weren't looking for one.

I can't really recall the exact moment I realised that I loved him, but the point I realised he loved me was one night when I was really drunk and vomited everywhere. He went inside and I assumed he was leaving and I wouldn't see him again. Instead he came out and cleaned everything up and looked after me. We'd only been "dating" for about a month. That's true love right there people. From that point on I knew he'd always be there to look after me.

Almost two years after we met we got engaged while on holidays in Sydney. About two weeks after that we found out I was pregnant, which was the most awesome surprise. She was very much a planned baby, but it was a surprise because we were literally just told we would need to do IVF to conceive. I went to Sydney with one love and came back with another already secretly growing inside of me.

Maternity photos taken by Jane Gilbey Photography

Now we're a perfect little family of three. I couldn't imagine life any other way. I often think what if I didn't go out that night? What if I never took that stupid hat off his head? Where would I be now? I had no idea when I met him that he would become my future.

Photo taken by Katharine Maree Photography

So, my prince didn't come riding up on an impressive horse, fly into my life on a magic carpet or rescue me from the ocean. There was no grand entrance or love at first sight moment for us and I was certainly not dressed like a princess when we met. It was just a simple fleeting moment between two strangers that coincidentally became the greatest love story of my life.

Toni x

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Firstly, yes I did totally time this prompt for around the start of solids for bubs. I have been waiting with baited breath for the time we could start solids, but have also been a little apprehensive at the same time. The paediatrician told us to hold off until she was definitely 6 months and had been re-assessed (due to her allergies) before starting her on food, because we had already had such trouble with breastmilk and formula.

The faces she makes when trying a new food are hilarious! At first its like what the hell is this you are trying to give me, then oh wait I might like this, followed by bashing on the high chair tray when I'm taking too long to give her more. Except carrots, she has decided she definitely hates carrots. She actually gagged and tried to vomit them back up and when that didn't work she pretended to have an allergic choking episode in the hopes I wouldn't give it to her again. It's funny how smart babies are.

We are now onto peas which is what she's having in this photo. I let her have a play around with the food once she's eaten most of it so she gets used to holding the spoon. She normally grabs the spoon, shoves it in her mouth (upside down so no food actually makes it into her mouth) and then bashes it around on the tray. The drs keep saying food is for fun before one, so we are having a lot of fun!

6 - FOOD

- She loves her food and playing with it! - 

I have loved seeing the photos you have shared throughout the week. If you are new to the challenge and wondering how to play, you can find out here. These were some of my favourite photos shared last week for the prompt hug.

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Facebook: Krystal Jade Whitney

You can follow me on Instagram @tones84 and join in on Facebook. When sharing via Instagram or Facebook don't forget to use the hashtag #fmy52weeksofmemories so I can see your lovely photos.  If you have a blog feel free to link up your photos via the linky below (please read the rules before linking) and come back each week to link up each new prompt. I will feature some of my favourite ones the following week.

Reminder - next weeks prompt is love.

Toni xx

Also sharing with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys 
and Bree from Twinkle in the eye for Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Luna Blu

One of the things I never gave much thought to when I was pregnant was a nappy bag. I'm not really sure why, maybe I thought I was never going to leave the house again? Which was kind of true for the first few weeks just quietly. Luckily my brother and sister in law gave me an old nappy bag they had hardly ever used so I never had to even contemplate searching for a nappy bag pre-baby. Which is good because it would have just been another thing to obsess stress over anyway.

The bag they gave me was an actual purpose built nappy bag. They told me they hardly ever used it though, which I didn't really understand at the time because I thought it was great. Once I started using it I soon worked out why. Having purpose built sections is great on one hand, but when the stuff you want to pack into it doesn't fit properly its a pain as you can't change it. It also had a fixed length strap and bulky shape, both of which meant it sat in exactly the wrong spot on my pram and kept bouncing off (and stuffing up) the wheels. As a first time mum I also didn't realise (until going to mothers group) that I should only use the one bag instead of having a nappy bag and a handbag. Here I was lugging around two bags still.

So, when the stitching on my handbag started showing signs of inevitable unravelling, I decided it was time to get a new nappy bag. One that I could use interchangeably as both a nappy bag and handbag. It had to tick all the boxes. It needed to be big enough to fit all my baby essentials and personal items, but not too bulky or heavy. I also wanted an adjustable strap so I could adjust the length if needed so it would sit at the right height on the pram. I wanted something stylish, because this was now going to be my handbag as well, so I didn't want it to scream boring nappy bag. I know I may be a mum now, but that doesn't mean I have to stop having a sense of style. It also had to be affordable, I'm not one of those mums who can afford an Oroton nappy bag (unfortunately). Probably sounds like a lot to ask for in one bag, but I found it.

The answer to my bag dilemma was the red spot Megan Bag from Luna Blu. It ticked all my boxes and more! The Megan Bag comes in a number of colours and patterns (spot or floral). I was also partial to the black spot and primrose hill options as well, but decided the red spot was more me. This bag is not a specific nappy bag, but rather a large tote bag. It is multifunctional and can be used as either an oversized handbag, overnight bag or nappy bag. Once I'm past the baby stage I will definitely keep on using it (for all those child free weekends away I'm already planning in my mind - ha).

The Megan bag is big enough to fit in all my necessary baby products as well as my own personal items, and they fit in a neat organised way despite it not being a purpose built nappy bag. It has a large internal zipper section in the middle which I use to store her nappies, wipes, nappy bags and nappy cream. On either side of the zipper compartment I can fit in her bottles, formula, spare outfit, bib, toys and a wrap. Then there is another internal zipper compartment which comfortably fits my purse and toiletries. There are also two more internal pockets which just happen to be the perfect size for my mobile and ventolin inhaler (two items I don't want to have to dig around to find in a hurry). The last essential item to pack is the car keys which I keep in the external zip pocket so I have easy access to them without going through the entire bag and it means they don't sink to the bottom. This saves me valuable time when loading everything in the car because I don't spend five minutes scrambling through my bag trying to find my keys (which I used to when using my normal handbag).

In addition the bag also has other practical features that make it particularly useful for those with kids. Like all bags sold by Luna Blu, the Megan bag is an oil cloth bag, making it water resistant and easy to wipe clean. A huge bonus when children and sticky fingers are involved. The handles are made of durable webbing and feature leather trims. It also comes with a detachable shoulder strap. I have always been one to go for shoulder bags, if the handles don't fit over my shoulder properly then I won't buy it. This bag is great because it caters for people like me, but also has carry handles for those who prefer to carry their bag.

One of the most important factors when it comes to buying a bag (or anything), for the majority of people is the price. I'd be prepared to pay up to $150 for a nappy bag that fit all my requirements. I'm not sure if that makes me stingy or extravagant? I've seen nappy bags that sell for $320 and even $450 in some cases. That would be well beyond my means. The Megan bag comes in at a very affordable $70. YES - you can get a durable, multifunctional, practical and stylish bag for under $100! Given that I am using this bag as a handbag as well as my nappy bag I think that is awesome value because I would normally spend up to $129 on a handbag alone.

Luna Blu is a lifestyle brand that sells a great range of vintage oil cloth bags and accessories, vintage floral purses, kids vintage floral backpacks, beach bags and overnight bags. They also stock vibrant 100% cotton Kikoy sarongs and towels from Kenya. Luna Blu products are the perfect fit for the Australian outdoor lifestyle. As an added bonus they also offer free gift wrapping.

I am extremely happy with the Megan bag as a nappy bag. It has proved to be very durable; handling babies climbing over it at mothers group, being hastily thrown into the car and packed to the brim on the days we go out for hours. Oh and I almost forgot, bubba has munched on the handles a few times and you can't even tell. The stitching is still in perfect condition as are the internal compartments and lining, which would not be the case with bags I've had before. It is the perfect combination of materials and design needed for a practical and durable nappy bag.

Luna Blu have kindly donated a green spot Megan bag as a prize for one lucky reader as part of our 2nd anniversary giveaway. For your chance to win this fabulous bag you can enter here.

Toni xx

* Disclosure - I was gifted the Megan bag in red spot for review purposes. All opinions are my own based on my experience with the product.

Monday, February 10, 2014

What do you think?

I must confess, I am probably far too honest in my blog posts a lot of the time. It doesn't really bother me that much because sitting behind this computer screen of mine I can pretend that nobody actually reads my blog. Its kind of like writing in an electronic diary. I get my thoughts out of my head and don't really think about who is going to read them. The only problem with that is that being a personal blog my posts usually involve experiences in my life and people in my life. Sometimes those people read my blog.

I don't really know how many of my friends and family actually read my blog. I know my mum has said that she very rarely reads it because my posts usually make her cry (not necessarily because they make her upset) and she can't handle how emotional they make her. I suppose in a way that's a good thing? To get an emotional response from people means what you have written has touched them in some way. That is one of my motivations to share my story. I hope to let others know they are not alone, and maybe in some small way inspire people with my journey. I hope that I am achieving this.

Recently I added my photo challenge 52 weeks of memories to the blog as well. This was to give me a creative outlet for my love of photography, but also to build a sense of community around the blog. Actually moreso to add another dimension to the community around the blog. I already have a great interactive community on Facebook (thanks for being a part of it) and this way I can also incorporate Instagram a little more.

I hope you all find my posts engaging and enjoyable. I know sometimes I write the emotionally heavy stuff, but rest assured the blog is also peppered with fun and humorous posts too. Possibly an acquired sense of humour, but if you are here reading this then you must love it! I have been working really hard since November last year to grow my blog (in the probably misguided hope that I will one day make money from it so I can stay home with bubs).

So, I would love to know what you all think? 

Do you like my posts?
Do you prefer the emotional ones over the fun stuff or vice versa?
Why do you come to read my blog?

Ok I think that's enough questions. I also want to say a HUGE THANKYOU to all of you for reading my blog and engaging with me on Facebook. You guys are the best!

Toni xx

*As a token of my appreciation I am running a huge giveaway to celebrate my bloggerversary and you could win one of 27 awesome prizes. I get nothing from the giveaway, it's all for you guys. You can enter here.

Linking up with Kirsty for I Must Confess.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I'm very lucky because bubba is my little cuddle buddy. She loves snuggling up on my lap or shoulder. I know there will come a time when I will have to beg and bribe for a hug, so for now I am enjoying as many as I can get. They're even more special at this age as she hangs onto me and snuggles her head in close. She also puts her arms out when she wants to come to me now which just melts my heart.

 5 - HUG
- Sleepy hugs are the best -

I have loved seeing the photos you have shared throughout the week. Loving all the baby smiles! If you are new to the challenge and wondering how to play, you can find out here. These were some of my favourite photos shared last week for the prompt smile.

Instagram: @littlebitdesigns

Facebook: Jodie Dobson

You can follow me on Instagram @tones84 and join in on Facebook. When sharing via Instagram or Facebook don't forget to use the hashtag #fmy52weeksofmemories so I can see your lovely photos.  If you have a blog feel free to link up your photos via the linky below (please read the rules before linking) and come back each week to link up each new prompt. I will feature some of my favourite ones the following week.

Reminder - next weeks prompt is food.

Toni xx

Also sharing with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys 
and Bree from Twinkle in the eye for Wordless Wednesday.

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1. Follow Finding Myself Young
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Nibbly Bits

After you have a baby its easy to lose your identity and feel like everything is about the baby. Everything you do now revolves around someone else. All conversations are usually about the little people in your life. Suddenly that past life you had where you could do what you wanted because YOU wanted to do it seems to very far away. It's ok if you get to the point where you want to cry in the shower and think what about me? I almost got to this point

I know everything featured as a Mummy Must Have so far has been aimed at kids, don't worry, I haven't forgotten that I promised there would be some for us mummy's as well. This is the week mums! Finally something for us, something that we can wear and enjoy (the babies will love them too).

The one thing I noticed once I had bubba was that I no longer wore jewellery. This was for a number of reasons. At first it was simply because I didn't really venture out of the house that much so I didn't see the point (this was the same period during which I didn't really change out of my pyjamas all day so really who needed jewellery). As I started to get my mojo back and feel like part of the human race again I started going out more, but then the problem was that I didn't want her to break all of my good jewellery. You see she has a habit of pulling things (including my earrings which she has ripped out). Apart from my engagement ring I avoided everything else for fear of breakage. Lately she is obsessed with putting everything in her mouth. Combine the grabbing with the obsessive need for everything to go in her mouth and my jewellery didn't stand a chance. But, I was still desperate to feel feminine again and less 'mumsy'.

That's when I stumbled across Nibbly Bits and their awesome jewellery. Nibbly Bits is a family run business that started operation in 2012. They stock a wonderful range of jewellery including necklaces, pendants and bangles for mums. They are all made from soft BPA, Phthalates and PVC free silicone, so not only are they perfect for fashionable mummas, they are also safe for inquisitive (and teething) babies. They are also super fashionable, you don't have to use them just as a teething solution, they are great pieces of jewellery in their own right. All items are personally designed by business owner Dee.

My Nibbly Bits pieces

I am in love with my Nibbly Bits necklaces (you may have seen them in my Instagram pics in the last few weeks). They make me feel like I'm dressed up when I leave the house (without actually going to much effort). I've had so many compliments about them and so many people have asked where I bought them. It's so nice to get compliments from strangers (gives me a little lift during the day). Most people didn't even realise they were teething necklaces, some people even pointed out that bubba was chomping down on my necklace (because they thought she wasn't meant to be). When I explained to them that they are ok for her they all commented on what a great idea it was and that they never would've realised, they just thought they were cute necklaces.

Chomping away
This one is our fave - it goes with every outfit and bubba loves that she can get the beads in her mouth

Apart from the teething benefit, they are also great for babies sensory development. The bright colours and different shapes draw babies to touch and play with them. Don't worry they can't strangle you, they have a built in safety clip that pops when pulled too hard. They are a good distraction if you have a difficult feeder. It gives them something to focus on while feeding so they are not looking here there and everywhere spilling milk all down their front or exposing your chesticles in public. I have also found they are useful when doing nappy changes on older babies who think nappy changes are for rolling around as much as possible. Bubba also loves them so much she holds them while she sleeps.

Bright colours and soft feel are great for sensory play

Nibbly Bits is also a socially conscious business that gives back to the community. In the first year of operation they donated almost $50,000 to various charities, organisations and fundraisers. They proudly support The Royal Children's Hospital as well as ASPECT Autism Spectrum Australia. From every sale of the Classic and With Love pendants $5 goes to the Royal Children's Hospital.

In the spirit of giving, Nibbly Bits are kindly giving one lucky reader the chance to win a heart pendant of their choice. You can choose any colour in the classic or with love style. All you have to do is like Finding Myself Young and Nibbly Bits on Facebook, then let us know which design you would like on the pinned post. The heart pendant would also make a great gift just in time for Valentine's Day!

Jump on board and support a great family run, socially responsible business. I love mine so much I have already ordered all of these as well.

Toni xx

* I was gifted the heart pendants and rainbow abacus necklace to review
* All opinions are my own based on my experience with the products

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT