Motherhood

Jimmy Halfpenny

07.09.16

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.

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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.

JimmyHalfPenny1The hard cover book is shiny and impressive with all the artwork digitised and printed on premium quality silk paper.

JimmyHalfPenny3Sunday was thrilled with the surprise, and I’m just so pleased we now have an heirloom book for my little artist to cherish forever.

JimmyHalfPenny2JimmyHalfPenny6It 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.

Briar x

Resparkle

15.08.16

Resparkle2I’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!

Resparkle2Rafferty 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.

Happy (and healthy) cleaning!

Briar x

A few things

27.07.16

It’s been way too long between posts on here. Life’s been good. Baby Raff (aka the cheeriest person I’ve ever met) is already 5 months old and having his first tastes of yummy things like carrot and pear. I’ve got a cute highchair that I’ll get a few snaps of him in once he’s got that big cute head of his under control. Sunday is growing up right before our eyes and making us laugh more and more each day, I love the kind and outgoing person she is becoming – someone I’d really like to be friends with, and that’s something Mark and I are really proud of.

I’m working on a few exciting decorating projects that I need to get better at sharing on here (watch this space), all made possible because I’ve found an amazing ‘grandma type’ nanny (and true baby whisperer) who watches Raff for a few hours at a time so I can punch some work out. Sleepless nights are a whole other story, but it feels different second time around, you realise that it eventually changes and there truly is light at the end of that sleepless tunnel. It also helps that Rafferty beams the most heart melting smile every time my head appears over his cot – no matter what hour.

Below is a game of catch up and a round up of a few things I’ve been loving lately.

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We had the most amazing lunch with my sister and family at the The Newport recently. It’s been recently renovated, or I should say ‘Merivaled’ and it is oh-so-cool. Built around gorgeous gardens with incorporated outdoor dining spaces and bars, we indulged in a delicious spread of roast chicken, seafood, salads and pizzas. Th kids ended the day with donuts and ice creams. A really beautiful family day out – a good tip is to get there at around 11.00am to score a great lunch table.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy parents came back from a month long holiday in France last week and Sunny scored a gorgeous paint set from Monet’s garden. I love how much time she’s spending on her art, I’m so impressed with her focus and pride in the work she does. The relative silence in the house also doesn’t hurt.

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetMy 10kg butter ball sure loves to nurse, so this lovely Mama Body Tea arrived in my post box at a great time. It’s an organic and caffeine free herbal tea range to assist women and their babies. I’m completely guilty of a morning coffee to get me functioning for the day (oh sweet jesus, never take that cup of gold away from me), so I’ve been loving this as an afternoon pick me up alternative.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Briar x

Winter Walk

02.06.16

Briar064Winter may have come on late recently, but it has come on thick and fast. For our walks, puffer vests and scarves are suddenly out of the cupboard in our house, and our strong Bugaboo Buffalo is working beautifully for chilly outings as a family.

BugabooWinterPictured above is a mood board I’ve put together with items inspired by some lovely Winter accessories that have ‘warmed up’ our Bugaboo Buffalo, ensuring Baby Raff isn’t too cold when we head out for our family adventures.

  1. Soft Wool Blanket from Bugaboo, which is in the nicest grey tone and truly soft for baby.
  2. Nikes from Style Runner are on my lust list – the cutest tennis inspired numbers.
  3. Fedora from Lack of Color, my cousin introduced me to this cool hat label, and I’m keen for one this Winter.
  4. Bag from Bugaboo, so handy as a nappy/carry anything bag, latches on to the pram easily too!
  5. Diary from kikki.K, I’m still old school for some reason – I handwrite all my appointments in a paper diary, avoiding the phone.
  6. Bugaboo Buffalo with grey malange tailored fabric set (with extendable sun canopy), which is perfect for keeping sun off the faces of those beautiful babies.
  7. Bugaboo Cup holder, which is vital for a drink bottle while walking.
  8. Scarf from Country Road, which had me at the polka dots.
  9. Reusable Coffee Mug from KeepCup, handy and I love the colour combinations the cups come in.
  10. Knit Gloves from Seed, keeping those hands warm for all that pram pushing.
  11. Seat Liner in Dark Khaki from Bugaboo, super comfortable and a practical protector form baby spills.
  12. Duffel Coat from Trenery, I just love this cosy jacket!
  13. Puff Bag Charm from Shopbop, serving as a cute addition to the nappy bag (Sunday would love this).
  14. Pinky-Nudy Lipgloss from Go-To SkincareBriar112
    I rarely leave the house without the Bugaboo, as it’s also my trusty carry cart – I manage to fit so much in the under carriage it’s not funny! Sunday has taken to the wheelie board like a pro, I’m really impressed by the weight the pram can manage, my babies aren’t what you’d call petite.A shot of the most precious cargo in his chariot – little Rafferty. Nothing says Winter more than a wool blanket and a cardigan knitted by your Nan.  Cosy, cosy, cosy.

    Briar x

    Image 1 + 3 taken by the talented Tealily. This post was written in collaboration with Bugaboo.

TEALILY PHOTOGRAPHY

29.05.16

I’m about to publish a load of family photos on here because I feel completely compelled to sing the praises of Trish from Tealily Photography. It was so hard to cull the numbers down to my favourites, so there’s a few! Trish visited our home early one morning last week and spent a few hours with the four of us, she photographed our movements in and around our local hood in the golden Autumn light. It sounds cliché, but the memories she captured will be something we will cherish forever, we couldn’t be happier with the story that the photos unfold. Pictured below is just a handful of the photographs – I love how Trish has managed to communicate the innocence of baby Rafferty, the sweet bond between Sunday and Mark, and the unwavering love I have for my little family. I am so in awe of her talent, Trish uses the camera like she could do it with her eyes closed, and with a completely laid back and friendly approach – all while managing to capture the finest details and the sweetest moments.  Ahhhhh…I just have so much love for these photos!

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Briar116 Briar122 Briar128 Briar129I love the final photo is of Mark kissing Sunday goodbye before he heads off to work.

If you’re feeling compelled to do the same with your loved one/s, Tealily Photography has kindly offered 10% off all family sessions for my readers, you’ll just have to book before the end of June.

Briar x

Clothing: Rafferty is wearing Seed Heritage, Sunday is wearing Printbebe.

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