I’ve still been quiet on the blog. I don’t feel like I’ve had anything big and special enough to share, though I do find myself using Instagram in a sort of ‘microblogging’ way – showing quick and cute things I’ve done without the need to write an elaborate post. But I still feel connected to this blog and feel I owe it some loving, so the least I could do is put a few of my Instagram photos up and offer a bit more of a detailed explanation!
1. My new Sinchies collection. They’re reusable food pouches where you suck the liquid from the spout on the side. I’ve noticed how much toddlers love those pouches but I couldn’t handle the waste! By having my own reusable pouches means I can fill it with all sorts of delicious and healthy recipes without all the added nasties. So far we’ve made smoothies, our own yogurt and healthy chocolate custard! You can also freeze them so you always have food on the go! Need I say more?
2. Also on the subject of food (toddler’s lives seem to revolve around food!) I bought these awesome Re-Play divided plates from Dandelion. How cute are they? I’ve found toddlers really like to think they have a choice in what they eat, and providing them with little sections of different food seems to make it more exciting. For me, I like being forced to provide a range (of at least three) different options for him to eat – I have actually found myself being ‘forced’ to steam veges to go along with a meal because I didn’t have enough to fill each section. Not a bad thing! BUT the exciting part is these plates are made from recycled milk bottles – how cool is that!
3. With Christmas approaching I’ve found myself really struggling with that blind urge to just buy my kid every cool toy I see. I mean spoiling a kid just feels so good doesn’t it? BUT spending a fortune on new toys is just ridiculous, spoiling him with something new and exciting all the time is not – especially when it’s free! Take this for example – I set this up to stop him from balancing on some dangerously stacked wooden planks we had stored ready for his future cubbyhouse (made out of scrap wood ofcourse!). He was so excited about something so simple and it took me all of a few minutes to put together.
4. Speaking of Christmas, I’ve been getting ready in the past few weeks. The first step was making a few gift tags out of paper (you can use recycled Christmas paper!) glued to the coloured side of food packaging cardboard (cereal boxes etc). So easy and didn’t cost me a thing!
5. And here’s one of the gift tags in use! This awkwardly wrapped present is a Bilibo. What’s a bilibo? Check out this awesome video. It’s basically an ‘elementary shell’ and it’s left to the child’s imagination as to what it can do. I can’t wait to see what my son might do with it!!
6. Well this was just for fun. Bike browsing at Captain Walker’s Bicycles in Fremantle. We kind of stumbled across the shop and practically drooled on the floor. I gave up bike riding when I first fell pregnant two years ago. I was about to get back on the bike, even started researching baby seats when I found out I was pregnant again! We have big plans to make bike riding an important family activity so I reckon give it a year and we’ll be back here picking up our new bikes!
7. If you live in Perth then you have to check out MYRE in Fremantle. Using the old abandoned Myer building in Fremantle, MYRE have transformed the space into a hub for awesome West Australian bespoke retailers. There are huge plans for this space (currently only occupying the ground floor of a four storey building) with a rooftop garden currently in the works! Love it!
8. And to show you what kind of things you can buy in MYRE, this is something I just HAD to have. A crochet cactus from Kate + Abel. How adorable is it? I’m all up for real plants, but I killed the last cactus I bought (I know, I know – how do you possibly kill a cactus?) so this is going to live very safely in my kitchen. Mkaes me smile every time I see it!
Now it’s time to get back to my Christmas decorating. I’m planning on decorating my alternative Christmas tree a bit different this year!
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