Hands down two tops of Sunday’s that really went the distance last year were from Australian brand Oishi-m. I sound like a television commercial, but wash after wash the pieces kept their shape and kept her warm through Winter. The label truly produces the opposite of fast throw away fashion. Oishi-m garments are designed for functionality and comfort, produced to endure hand-me-downs (which is so true, I have been able to pass on last year’s designs to Sunday’s smaller cousin). Sunday is pictured above in the lovely new Dreamers Crew Jumper. She calls it her new ‘exercise top’ for some reason (I’m guessing because of comfort), I just love the colours on her.
We were excited to be gifted again with a few pieces from their 2016 range, and Rafferty was lucky enough to score a little outfit himself. Not only will you find a big range of clothing for boys and girls 3 months to 6 years on the website, there is also the cutest range of footwear – from Bergstein Gumboots to Nikes, you really don’t need to shop anywhere else for little shoes.Don’t you just love a little pair of baby feet. Rafferty is wearing the Mickey P legging, and it won’t be long until he’ll be fitting the cute Open Ramp Crew top, pictured above.
We had a lovely week at my parents house on the South Coast recently, and Sunday was in heaven. There is something to be said for the outdoors where kids can get dirty and roam free. My little city slicker didn’t ask for the TV to be turned on once, and we discovered just how deep her obsession with gardening and bugs is. Butterfly catching took up a large percentage of the week (I’m not kidding, I think she has a slightly obsessive personality), as did fishing expeditions with Daddy and flower picking in my Mum’s abundant garden.
We worked on a very simple project across the week, documenting Sunday’s travels and finds with photos and drawings – and she was thrilled to be able to take it in to Preschool for Show + Share when she returned to Sydney. I highly recommend this little activity, she was so proud of her little purple folder!
I certainly love a beauty product, and am a little ashamed by the excess number of bottles and tubes that are spilling out of my bathroom cabinet at the moment. It’s safe to say I only use a quarter of the products, so I really need to do a cull. In the mean time, I thought I’d share my absolute favourite ‘go-to’ lotions and potions over the past month for myself and Rafferty while we’ve been resting up at home, slowly introducing my sweet baby to the big world.
Mac Lip Conditioner contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Extract and has a lovely shine to it too. I’ve been using it for years to keep my lips moisturised and smooth, I highly recommend it.
Chi Khi bare Wonder Cream is seriously wonderful. Buttery and thick, I’ve been using it on irritated red spots on the baby’s little body and face. It’s also apparently great for skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis. I love that it’s free from all the nasties too.
L’occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a product I used religiously a few years ago, and I’d forgotten how truly good it was. A lovely friend gifted me with a tube recently and I can’t get enough of it (I really dislike more than having dry hands).
Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is close to my heart as it’s what I used when bathing Sunday in the early months too. The wash smells delicious and is so gentle and creamy for baby’s delicate and innocent skin.
La Clinica Organic For Baby Massage Oil has been wonderful for giving Rafferty little body massages after his daily bath. He’s partial to a leg and tummy rub, and this is a nurturing and natural massage oil containing a soothing blend of Rose Geranium, Lavender and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch was given to me as a birthday gift in February just in the nick of time. Sleepless nights with baby are hidden (to a degree) with a quick swipe under the eyes with this wonderful concealer.
The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil is a new product added to my arsenal for the annoying pigmentation that appeared on my face during pregnancy. It’s too early to tell you if it actually works for the darkened sun spots but I LOVE the texture of this oil at night after I’ve cleansed my face.
Trilogy Everything Balm is a totally organic balm for super dry skin. I’ve been using on my cuticles and lips, and think it will be a handy edition to my handbag over Winter.
Chi Khi Bare Natural Nappy Balm is another all natural favourite that I’ve been using lightly on Rafferty’s bottom after every nappy change. It’s prevented any redness and I love that the cream glides on easily with no stickiness.
It’s safe to say the words ‘precious cargo’ could spring to mind when buckling up your children in to the car. I’m a stickler for safety when it comes to car seats, which is why I chose Britax for my most important passengers, Sunday and Rafferty.
A few weeks before the baby arrived we got the Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT installed professionally. The SICT stands for ‘Side Impact Cushion Technology’ which minimises impact – providing the child the ultimate side impact protection. I also love that the convertible car seat is designed to grow with the baby. The Safe-n-Sound range can be used in the rear facing mode from birth to around twelve months, and then converted to forward facing mode when Rafferty is 12 months old. I chose the colour ‘Khol’ (to minimise stains), but it also comes in a sandstone and charcoal.
Big sister Sunday has also been travelling in comfort for about a year now in her Maxi Guard. We use it in toddler mode for now, using the built in harness. Once Sunday is a little older, we’ll convert the seat to Booster Seat Mode, which is for children around 4 to 6/8 and uses a standard sash seat belt. As Sunday is on the tall side, I love the size of this seat and Sunday is a big fan of her cute little arm rests and drink holder.
My happy little travellers. I’m happy too, knowing my precious cargo is in safe hands.
I’ve been a fan of the Bugaboo brand since Sunday was a baby. I’ve mentioned before how much we struggled with her sleeping, it was so difficult in the early days I couldn’t get her to sleep a wink in her bassinette during the day. Our Bugaboo was literally my savior – I would head out in the morning and she would sleep soundly while I pounded the pavement and pushed (which was great for my fitness too). A few years later and with baby number 2 on the way, our strong and mighty Bugaboo Buffalo was still working for us perfectly for our taller than average girl. Some would say Sunday was getting too old for a pram, but I honestly still found it so handy for our longer walks and supermarket visits (I can load so much shopping in to the bottom carriage).
With Sunday’s baby brother on the way, it became obvious it was time for her to move on from the seat, and the wheelie board attachment was the perfect answer to getting our preschooler and newborn comfortably out and about.
Pictured above is a little mood board I’ve put together with items inspired by the latest and greatest accessories that have ‘pimped out’ our Buffalo, ensuring we head out for our family adventures in style.
Here we are, on our first official outing. Sunday has completely embraced the wheeled board concept (thankfully) and has been more than happy to give up her seat for her baby brother’s bassinette attachement. The high quality of Bugaboo products is so obvious in real life. Sturdy and solid, without that cheap plastic feel you get with so many other prams on the market.
I love our new grey melange tailored fabric set, which is a perfect colour for my boy – but also looks contemporary and stylish at the same time. The extendable sun canopy is also fantastic for keeping sun out of Rafferty’s eyes.
Pictured above is ittle Rafferty sound asleep and loving life. He’s kicking back on the luxe grey melange 100% extra fine Merino wool mattress cover and the soft and light cotton blanket, which is perfect for the warmer days.
On those really sunny days the Bugaboo parasol adds an element of fancy ‘chariot’ to the Buffalo, keeping the rays of the sun off your baby in style. Got to love being sun smart!
Our first visit to the beach as a family of four was made that whole lot easier with the Buffalo wheels – the stroller glides effortlessly across sand. As you can see, the generous size of the under carriage basket makes it so easy to cart things like beach towels and toys to the beach.
One happy big sister. We really do love our Bugaboo!