A new beach bag

15.12.17

Long gone are the days where I can head to the beach with just a towel.  A trip to the beach with kids can be seen as a mission for some but I’ve been doing it long and often enough now to get it down to a pretty fine art. I know exactly what to pack, and quickly  – snacks, water, changes of clothes, beach toys, flotation devices, towels, sunscreen, hats etc. Something I hadn’t mastered was a good bag to carry all that heavy stuff in. I’ve tried it all, even resorting to an IKEA bag once for the sheer size.

Yesterday, I took our new Basil Bangs Daily Tote for a spin and LOVED it. Designed with their waterproof stain resistant outdoor fabric,  it’s big, but the wide reinforced carry handles are so well proportioned it’s a really comfortable bag to carry. It features a generous sealed wet pocket ideal for stashing wet cossies & toiletries, two internal mesh pockets and a really cool mesh bottom for releasing all that sand easily at the end of your beach visit (my favourite feature for sure). I chose the Navy Botanica design as it was my favourite, and Mark met us for an evening swim last night and also commented on what a comfortable bag it was to carry – it’s really one the whole family can use. I’ll be taking it out again today for the kids swimming lessons!

Don’t you just love Summer?! Happy beach days! Briar x

SALE TIME

14.12.17

Who doesn’t love a bargain? I sure do love a sale, especially one before Christmas! I wanted to share with you that from 14th-18th December you can get 25% off ALL in-stock, full-priced items at West Elm, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids & Williams Sonoma Australia – in-stores & online using code JUSTFORYOU at checkout. Be quick peeps!

I thought I would have a little peruse and share ‘my picks’ (a totally random collection of things that I want/need), made even more desirable because of the generous discount available right now! Top Left: Our outdoor area is desperate for some new seating, especially after one of our old pool lounges collapsed recently. The Portside Lounger from West Elm has a lovely weathered grey finish on the timber frame for that laid back beachside vibe.
Top Right: I’ve got my sister’s renovation in Mudgee on my mind lately, and the Kensington mirror from Pottery Barn comes in two sizes and would be perfect for the bathrooms.
Bottom Left: I’m in desperate need of a new bathrobe and I love everything Monique Lhuillier does, and this collaboration with Pottery Barn is gorgeous.
Bottom Right: I didn’t know I wanted a marble wine cooler until I saw this marble wine cooler. The marble range from Pottery Barn is great quality and would be really beautiful for a festive table. Top Left: I’m always spotting things for the kids (as you do), and Raff would simply go nuts for this play food truck playhouse – it would be a really cute addition as play/decoration to a kid’s backyard birthday party too.
Top Right: If you haven’t ever bought food from Williams Sonoma, I highly recommend you do. Everything I have ever tried from their range has been delicious. I’m guessing the pecan and maple pancake mix would be pretty amazing too.
Bottom Left: Sunday has way too many sheet sets, but I couldn’t go past the sweet bow graphics on The Emily & Meritt Bow Sheet Set, which would be really cute teamed with a clashing printed doona cover. Quirky, a bit like Sunday.
Bottom Right: Completely random, but I think I would really like to have cork lining in my kitchen utensils drawer. So fancy yet so practical, don’t you think?

Happy shopping in the sale!

Briar x

Christmas at Bunnings

12.12.17

Since starting our renovation and living with a garden for the first time, one of us in the family will pay a visit to Bunnings at least once a week these days. Mark is even on a first name basis at our local one! It’s genuinely a fun place to visit for all of us. Sunday loves the free balloons, Raff loves a trolley ride around the power tools, and I love perusing the aisles for all the DIY inspiration.

Often the way after a visit to Bunnings, you’ll find something you didn’t know you needed. For example, I visited last week to check out the big range of Christmas lights stocked in store every year, and I came home with a gorgeous Staghorn (Mounted Moose Fern to be specific) too.

After chatting to the team member about caring for it, I learnt some handy tips:

To water, place the Staghorn plant-side down in a basin or sink full of room-temperature water large enough to hold the entire back plaque. Soak the plant for 10-20 minutes, or until the root-ball is saturated, and allow the plant to drip dry.

Feed the Staghorn monthly during periods of active grown (Spring and Summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (ratio of 1:1:1). During periods of dormancy (Autumn and Winter), reduce fertilizing to every other month. Some people suggest feeding a Staghornby slipping a piece of banana peel under the shield frond – I’ll definitely be giving this tip a go soon!

I mounted the Staghorn on the painted bricks off our back deck, I then strung some sweet battery operated LED Bud lights for a subtle nod to the festive season. I love the twinkly glow at night when the sun is setting.

Santa arriving on Christmas Eve is bigger news than ever for little Sunday this year, so she’s really keen to make sure the reindeer have a well lit point for a smooth arrival. I picked up a solar powered lantern at Bunnings that we will set up with carrots and milk to make sure Santa’s Reindeer are rewarded on their arrival. See the big range of lanterns available here.

Lastly, I also purchased a set of LED party lights with a warm white glow that will be a cool and budget friendly adornment for a festive table when I’m entertaining at night during the festive season.

As you can see, Christmas lighting plans don’t have to be garish and over the top if it’s not your style. I like a more subdued approach, but I have to admit I was pretty tempted by the adorable inflatable range – I have visions of the Santa Van on our front lawn. Maybe next year.

Briar x

A Night at The Sofitel

10.12.17

I’m trying to fit in lots of fun experiences with Sunday before she starts school next year, a Bucket List of sorts before she’s off to start the strict routines that school often brings. It was Taronga Zoo a few weeks ago, the Australian Museum and Yum Cha in the city last week, and this weekend we were were treated with some quality girl time –  a wonderful night away in the city, staying at The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. 

We booked the Disney Family Fun ‘Frozen’ Accomodation Package which included a Plush toy, Frozen Night Light and Story Book waiting on Sunday’s bed when for when she arrived. I can honestly say I’ve never seen Sunday more excited and happy, it seems she certainly loves the five star life (don’t we all)?. I couldn’t get her out of her fluffy white bathrobe, or wipe the little smile off her face the entire time.

A mini movie of our weekend away

The clip posted on the link above, taken from shots during our stay for Instagram will give you the best summary of our mini break. As you can see, we had so much fun!

Our mini break ended at the Sofitel with a decadent Frosted High Tea.

Kicking off with a glass of Veuve, we were both then treated to a truly delicious assortment of food including things like a Prawn Bao Bun, housemade scones and vanilla bean panna cotta. Our tummies full, we then strolled down to the ferry for our trip back home.

A truly magical weekend with my little girl, It made me realise the importance of one on one time with each other, and I’m going to try and make this treat a yearly tradition we do together.

Briar x

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR KIDS

05.12.17

I believe Christmas is all about creating magic for the kids and shopping for the little people in my life is definitely a highlight. I just wish my budget was more endless! I’ve created a gift guide with kids I know in mind, but I really feel some of these gifts could cross over in to other ages too. I hope you like perusing some of my favourite online shops too, there is so much cool stuff out there this year!

  1. ‘I Wrote You A Note’ is a beautiful little book that Sunday was gifted recently. It also looks sweet on display in her bedroom.
  2. A sweet timber puzzle will delight and look good for years from one of my favourite stores, Kido.
  3. I love the new clothing range from Decjuba Kids, and this straw hat is especially cool.
  4. This sweet dolls chair is part of the adorable timber range of toys available at Have A Nice Day.
  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a sweet bike – the range is from Banwood, and comes in great gelato colours.
  6. It’s no secret how much I love Pottery Barn Kids and I love this mini version of my kitchen so much. Sunny has the stand alone oven and it doubles as handy soft toy storage!
  7. The Kiko+ Kuruma wooden toy car by Kukkia is a great new twist to an old time favourite. Just pull back and vroooooom! Off it goes. A range of colours available from Leo and Bella.
  8. I was drawn to the cover of this lovely book, available at a very cool store, Third Drawer Down.
  9. I adore the colours in this rainbow cushion, also available from Leo and Bella.
  10. These gorgeous little shorts from one of my favourite brands, Printebebe would be perfect on Raff’s little tan legs for Summer.
  11. CAM CAM make the loveliest things for kids, including this doll carrier. A big range is available from a favourite store of mine, Design Stuff.
  12. I also love the colourful and whimsical basket range at Olli Ella – the little Chari bags are so sweet.
  13. Harley and Soo have a great range of kids clothes and these little overalls would work on either a girl or boy.
  14. The hooded towel range at Pottery Barn Kids are such great quality, Sunny has been using her bath wrap for a few years now.
  15. Sunnylife has you covered for any water baby in your life. Pool gear to really excite all ages!
  16. Both my kids love to wear sunnies, and the range from Milk + Soda is always awesome.
  17. A doll house I’d happily display in my living room – the modular design from Egmont Toys is very cool.
  18. My little Raff would love to give his cars and trucks a run on this cotton rug from Bloomingville.
  19. While on the topic of cars and trucks, this little backpack would be perfect for Raff on his first day at daycare next year. You’ll love everything available at My Messy Room.
  20. Sunny is all about the bikini these days, and the range from Dot Dot Swim is beyond adorable.

    Happy Shopping! Briar x

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