Sunday/Sunny/Sunny-Sue/Baby-Boo/Bubba. She’s sweet, she’s feisty, she’s passionate, and she loves her new room. We recently added some pieces from the whimsical new collection from Margherita Missoni and Pottery Barn Kids. A magical mix of gorgeous colours, the pom pom quilted bedding is really lovely quality, and the Designer Doll ‘Clara’ is Sunday’s new favourite. Floor play with baby Rafferty has been made that much sweeter with the beautiful floral rug and the luxe Daisy Pouf. As you can see these pieces have complimented the new room beautifully. Sunday’s one request was for a pink room (!!) when we moved – we settled on Taubmans Pink Sangria with the crisp Cotton Sheets white on the top half of the walls.
As you can see, she’s pretty happy with the new set up (and I really struggled to pick my favourite photo, so I’ve gone all ‘stage mum’ and shared them all). Plantation shutters were installed by Signature Shutters and Blinds and Sunday’s wearing a leotard and tutu from Cotton On.
It’s definitely a little girls room! Also pictured from Pottery Barn kids is the Kendall Dresser, the sweet Farmington Dollshouse she got from Santa a year ago and the adorable Sherpa Anywhere Doll Chair (which matches her living room chair). The cool denim jacket was a gift from my sister, Hannah made it up herself with all the cute badges.
I love the colours in the new Margherita Missoni collection – it really pops on the ‘Greystone’ grey wool Stonefields carpet I chose from Feltex. I can honestly say that Sunday loves spending time in her new little room, it’s an eclectic mix with pops of her favourite things – flowers and the colour pink.
I’d always thought my gene pool happened to be one of those ‘lucky ones’ that seemed to avoid cancer. Not anymore – aggressive brain cancer crept up on my Dad out of nowhere, and the family have racked their brains on what caused the tumour but the truth is we will never truly know. These days, cancer makes me sad, it makes me angry, and it makes me really scared.
Approximately 46, 880 people died from cancer in Australia in 2016, so chances are everyone who reads this blog post has been affected by cancer in some way.
With a recent birthday that has brought me one step closer to my 40’s and a young family to raise, ensuring I live a healthy long life is at the front of my mind more than ever. Improving my exercise habits is also something I’m focusing on for 2017, as I know how much better it makes me feel – I really am a better person (and mother) after breaking a bit of a sweat at the gym.
I’m taking it one step further and trying to do my bit for charity at the same time – I’ve decided to sign up to ‘The March Charge’, which is a fun personal fitness challenge that raises money for the Cancer Council. I figure every little dollar helps, and the initiative is a really nice idea. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, counting every kilometer as you go and by raising funds – you can help with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
If you’re keen to take on the challenge, simply follow the easy prompts and register here, where you can set your goal, then promote and get those donations from your nearest and dearest online.
Alternatively, if you are feeling more inclined to donate a tax deductible contribution, here is the link to my personal fundraising page:
With a baby brother now on the scene, Sunday has grown up so much in the past six months. As Rafferty is gaining personality and a bigger voice in the house, I have to keep on reminding myself that this is when Sunday might be feeling a little out of sorts. She was an only child for close to 4 years, so I’m sure sharing the limelight with her baby brother has been quite an adjustment in her little world. Luckily, she’s been nothing but adoring towards baby Rafferty (honestly, really amazing), however I have noticed her purposely shifting attention to herself lately if baby Raff is doing something cute, which is completely expected!
We are making sure she gets some quality one on one time and Sunday was lucky enough to be sent a Barbie pack recently that she of course couldn’t wait to open and set up. Personally, I was pleased to see Barbie was an inspirational farm vet, wearing work gear and not sky high heels ready for a night on the town. The gift was to promote a new campaign You Can Be Anything, which is doing great things. From Mermaid to Movie Star, Pet Vet to Police Officer, Barbie has had countless career choices over the years and the brand has (180 and growing) certainly always encouraged children to dream big.
The latest campaign aims to bring to life this philosophy through three incredible Aussie kids who challenge stereotypes and push the boundaries, redefining what it means to be a young person in the world. The campaign sets out to prove that you don’t need to be a ‘grown up’ to achieve your dreams with all three ambassadors featuring in short films about their extraordinary lives. The three inspiring videos starring Quincy the surfing champion, Cael – who single-handedly raised over $10,000 for charity by the time he was eight, and Grace the YouTube star can be viewed here.
To celebrate the campaign, Barbie is running a competition for one lucky kid to win a personalised $10,000 experience to help them with their dream. Click here for more information about the competition. Such an amazing opportunity!
It got me thinking about what Sunday would like to be when she’s older, and how it might change over the years (I originally wanted to be a newsreader just like Geraldine Doogue, which later changed to a high school art teacher). I’ve decided to document a series of questions every year to see how much her answers change. I’ll start the same tradition with Raff when he’s old enough. Funnily enough, her answer regarding what she wants to be when she’s older was the cutest.
Here are is Sunday’s questionnaire for 2016:
1. What is your favourite colour: Pink and Rainbow
2. What is your favourite toy?A Beanie Boo and Mermaid Barbie that we got in Fiji (Seriously, this is her strongest memory of our Fiji holiday from a year ago).
3. What is your favourite fruit?Rockmelon
4. What is your favourite TV show?I like Peppa Pig
5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?A ham, avocado and cheese wrap
6. What is your favourite outfit? A fairy dress Lexi gave me (from Pottery Barn Kids)
7. What is your favourite game?Pass the Parcel
8. What is your favourite snack?Baby tomatoes and popcorn
9. What is your favourite animal?Flamingo and Piglet
10. What is your favourite song? Advance Australia Fair and Let it Go
Long before the iPad was invented, I remember as a kid sitting at restaurants with a pencil case and drawing pad, sketching anything and everything. Drawing and painting was my favourite activity and it’s something Sunday has definitely inherited too. I’m lucky that she is pretty content at home if there is an art activity involved. Sunday can bring home up to 3 artworks after an average day at Preschool…so you can imagine the pile of creations that have accumulated over the past few years (heaven forbid if she catches me trying to throw one out)!
Trying to live a far less cluttered life at home these days, I jumped at the chance to order a Jimmy Halfpenny custom made book, especially for Sunday. A kid’s art collection made in to a beautiful hard cover book – the concept is rather genius, if you ask me.
The process is all very easy. You get started with a $39.99 deposit. Simply place your order online and then wait for the speedy arrival of your Jimmy Halfpenny Starter Kit. I then packaged up all of Sunday’s creations, and returned the pre-paid parcel to the design team. Balance is then paid, and you’re kept updated with informative emails to let you know the status of your book order. Not long after, like magic – the gorgeous and personalised book arrives.
The hard cover book is shiny and impressive with all the artwork digitised and printed on premium quality silk paper.
Sunday was thrilled with the surprise, and I’m just so pleased we now have an heirloom book for my little artist to cherish forever.
It was also a good excuse to sort through a mountain of artwork, and now we have a far more condensed collection of our favourite artworks to admire by simply opening the precious book.
I’m far from being a Martha Stewart, but I’ve got to put my hand up and say I keep a clean house. I blame my Mum – I was raised to continually pick up after myself, so tidiness is seriously ingrained in my sisters and I. Visitors will often comment on our tidy house when they come over, but it’s not like I’ve been running around like a mad woman beforehand, boringly – it really is just often tidy. Don’t get be wrong, we make a mess (Sunday’s painting and my cooking efforts are activities that spring to mind), but I’ll just clean up after it. So, as you can imagine – it was with delight I received a Resparkle hamper delivery recently. I’ve been trying out the range for the past week and I can honestly say I love this non-toxic and affordable option for cleaning that actually works. I’m especially impressed with their unique refill pods of active cleaning concentrate – all you do is fit a new pod to your reusable spray bottle and fill with your own tap water. Genius – you’re not paying for more excessive packaging!
Rafferty is putting anything and everything in his mouth at the moment, so I was especially keen to try out the non-toxic cleaner for Toys from the Nursery category of products. It claims to remove sticky residues, zaps stains and bacteria. Made from 100% plant based ingredients, I feel confident to use it on things like his high chair tray and teething toys. You can buy all these products online (you will be pleasantly surprised by the pricing), or you may be interested in the subscription bundles also available on the website.