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The Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide (to keep parents happy)

The Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide (to keep parents happy)

The Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide (to keep parents happy)

The Toddlers years are the most important years for learning and development for your child. Their physical, emotional and cognitive development is in overdrive as they grow from a baby to a toddler. They are learning social and emotional skills, their language develops from single words to complex sentences and they use play to explore and understand the world around them.  It can be an intense time for both parents and children, and for me, keeping busy and providing fun and flexible play options is one of the best things I can do to support my toddler’s learning and development!...

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My accidental home birth VBAC

My accidental home birth VBAC

My accidental home birth VBAC

My home VBAC… yep!  Let’s get this out of the way; a homebirth was not the plan. It wasn’t even in the realm of possible outcomes for the birth of my second baby. I’ll set the scene for you; we live in rural New Zealand, about an hour away from a hospital. In my 39th week I was crazy with ‘late stage pregnancy rage’ as I like to call it. I think if my midwife called me that day and said ‘I think there has been a mistake, you’ll be pregnant forever’ I would have believed her. I felt like...

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Insider || Mama Style Maker

Insider || Mama Style Maker

Insider || Mama Style Maker

We are lucky to work with some amazingly talented people and Dana, aka @mam_style_maker, is no exception! She's a creative mama of two boys with a passion for photography AND she's a huge fan of our Monochrome Toddler Book! She answered a few questions for me and shared photos of her Monochrome Toddler Book. What’s your style: Colour or Monochrome? Usually I am such a Monochrome lover but I have actually coloured in some of the pages and love how you can personalise the book in so many ways!  What is your favourite page so far? Ahh there is so...

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5 things I record every day about my toddler

5 things I record every day about my toddler

As a parent I am often blown away by the speed at which my children reach their developmental milestones. It is astounding (and amazing) how quickly they develop from helpless newborns into opinionated toddlers!  It all happens so quickly, I try and document all the significant changes. Here are my top 5 things to record; New words or phrases Between your child’s 1st birthday and their 5th birthday they will learn to say approximately 1300 words. Crazy right?! That makes the key toddler years of 1-4 years old an intense time of cognitive development. They start with single words like...

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Easter gift ideas without the chocolate

Easter gift ideas without the chocolate

Easter gift ideas without the chocolate

Is your Easter all about chocolate? If you’re looking for beautiful gifts for babies and kids, and avoiding chocolate, it can get challenging, so I’ve pulled together the best baby EASTER GIFT GUIDE!!   Warmth With the change in seasons, it’s pretty easy to get all snuggly. Easter is that last weekend for warm holidays (or, let’s face it- wet ones). Aster and Oak make the most amazing organic cotton clothing and blankets. Why organic? Because babies and small children have sensitive skin and organic cotton is low allergen and oh so soft!   You’ve got the outfit, so what...

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