Sweet dreams are made of these

Babies and children spend so much time in bed that it has always been important to me to have them sleeping on soft, natural fibres. I can’t bring myself to buy the cheap, scratchy bedding despite being tempted by the too-good-to-be-true price tag – hopefully my kids get a better night’s sleep because of it.

I’ve found two brands that design and make the softest, most beautiful bedding for all ages – from bassinet sheets through to bedding to fit a child’s king single bed.

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Keeping a growing family safe, sound and on the go

With our second baby on the way – soon! – I’ve gone into full nesting mode. I’m fluttering around getting everything ready for this baby’s arrival. Funnily enough, I’ve got most of the baby essentials already and it’s Millie who needs an upgrade on some very important items so bubba can move in.

The pram, the cot and the car seat will soon belong to the newest member of our family and that means Millie gets some new surprises. She’s successfully moved into her ‘big girl bed’ and a new, larger Britax car seat.

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Car travels with Millie safe and sound

We’re always in the car and on the go – weekend road trips and family visits to all corners of Melbourne – so it was especially important to us to find a car seat that was as comfortable as it was safe.

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The sandals for mums and minis to put a skip in your step

Summer’s almost gone, so there’s something odd to be wearing thongs from this point on. Leave the flip-flops for kicking off at the beach or public pool, I say.

The hot weather is still coming at us though, so what’s a mum and her little girl to wear on their tootsies when it’s mighty fine outside and you just want some mighty fine footwear to match?

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Mum and daughter dressing at its best

Let me introduce you to Alohas sandals.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s Millie’s third Christmas this year, but the first time she has understood what all the fuss is about.

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We’ve been to see Santa for a photo at Malvern Central (where Millie told Santa she wanted a “pink present” and a “new one Thomas”), visited the impressive Lego Christmas tree at Federation Square, the CBD and City Square lit up at night and lights on houses in the ‘burbs in our nearby streets.

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Community focus for Epping’s festive fun fair

There’s a community fair starting today that will focus on the two of the best things in life – laughing and eating.

Pacific Epping shopping centre in Melbourne’s north will offer something for every member of the family at the Pacific Epping Community Fair.

From today and running through to Sunday will be free family activities alongside shows from comedian Joe Avati, popular chef and TV personality Alice in Frames, and MasterChef winner Emma Dean.

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Local Label Love: Pappe

A gap in the baby and toddler clothing market for quality, hardwearing outfits with a design edge led Melbourne mum-of-two Karena Simpson to do something about it.

Pappe is a new high-end, luxury Australian fashion label and it is simply beautiful. The premium fabrics used in the Pappe garments are hand picked for softness and longevity – and it shows.

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Shopping for her two boys, Karena couldn’t find anything that met her high expectations for design and sophistication. Keeping with the brand’s signature to make clothing with a timeless, minimalist aesthetic, each Pappe garment is meticulously designed, sampled and tested.

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Where Santa goes to shop

There’s 40,000 square metres of Giftorium goodness across all Myer stores this year, leaving little chance for anyone not to find the perfect pressies this Christmas.

Offering more than 2.5 million products, Giftorium has toys, homewares, games and puzzles, fashion and cosmetics all grouped into seven themed areas. I plan to take my list to level 6 of Myer Melbourne and tick off all my Chrissy shopping in one afternoon. I’m super confident it can be done!

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Winner winner, delivered dinner

When it comes to the end of the day, my issue is not that I have to cook. It’s what the hell am I going to cook? It’s a battle for me every day. I’m either all out of inspiration or have a nice recipe in front of me that requires a lot of time to prep and/or I’m missing a major ingredient.

So when we were offered the chance to try Dinner Sorted, I jumped at the chance.

The Melbourne-based business, run by mums Anna and Karin, delivers a bag of fresh and healthy ingredients and the corresponding recipes to make four dinners.

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