The spinning teacup spin-out

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Just for the record, I hate those ‘rides’ at shopping centres that guzzle your money and the joy from the face of every parent whose child spots one from eight shops away.

“Have you got money?” Millie will now ask, hopefully, as I fumble in my purse for a gold coin while thinking about how I could own one of these machines with all the cash I’ve funnelled into these 90 second, spinning, rides of monotony.

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Roll up, roll up! It’s Show time!

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The Royal Melbourne Show was the highlight of my year as a child. My brother and I would have circled the showbags we wanted from the newspaper’s Show Guide – never missing out on the Bertie Beetle bag – and be bursting with excitement about the day’s adventure. The photographs taken each year of us in the Animal Nursery are among our most treasured for capturing a moment in time. At the Show I feel like a kid again – but it’s quite surreal that I’ll be taking my own children to the showgrounds this year. And I can’t wait.

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Gifts for mum & bub all wrapped up

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Having a baby is a big deal. Huge. And while it’s not about the gifts you can give a new mum and her precious bundle, it certainly is important to get it right if you do go to the trouble of finding something special.

I’ve always tried to look for quality pressies and go by the motto that I only buy things for others that I would want for myself. So when some parcels arrived for Finn and I, I know they would be appreciated by the person I choose to spoil because I absolutely loved them.

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Snuggle Pods for my cuddlepies

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I have a three-year-old and a baby. My hands are always full. There’s really no way out of that when you have a bubba unless they are content to have a big snooze in their cot during the day. And mine doesn’t.

When our Chibebe Snuggle Pod delivery arrived, I couldn’t open it to try it out quick enough. After filling with beans – into a kid-proof inner bag – we were quite literally ready to rock and roll.

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Out and about with the new Mountain Buggy Swift

There’s nothing swift at all about deciding on a pram once you find out you’re expecting.

There’s hundreds out there, all looking snazzy and user-friendly, but it’s not until you get them home and pop bub in it you realise it may not be as compact/comfortable/easy to push as you thought when wheeling around a doll inside a shop.

I’m a writer for parenting website Babyology and was invited to road test the new Mountain Buggy Swift with some other mummy bloggers. With baby number two almost here, I couldn’t wait to try it out and get used to how it manoeuvred and folded before our baby’s arrival.

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