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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Dummy dilemma: Where can I find a Happy Baby?

I received some disturbing news today.

The lovely assistant at my local Chemist Warehouse told me that Happy Baby soothers HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED.

Say it ain’t so.

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These dummies have seen us through otherwise sleepless nights, international flights, long pram walks, supermarket queues, car trips, illnesses and teething.

This news is enough to make me crave my own ‘soother’.

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Wild about a whimsical world of style

The Wild Collective hopes to set a new benchmark for large-scale shopping events – and the annual fair is about to land in Melbourne.

The premier event will showcase stalls from leading international and local designers and contain individual spaces to entertain every member of your tribe.

That’s right – while you shop, Dad can relax in the pop-up pub. Or the whole family can fill up at the Eatery and then parents can join their children in the Kids Zone to mix up the day.

More than 120 leading designers will bring their shop to the fair, the handpicked vendors offering homewares, fashion, food and everything in between.

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Absolutely mum’s best household friend

Tiny Teddies, dust, dried apple, fluff, yoghurt buttons, dirt, stickers, hair, glitter, a mini pom pom and sultanas.

All of this and more was sucked out of my car and shot into the clear chamber of a Dyson V6 Absolute.

I hadn’t given my car a proper vacuum since Millie was born and I shuddered when I looked at the crud that came out of my vehicle. But at the same time I’ve never felt more satisfied.

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Family wunderland at South Wharf

You don’t have to get yourself twisted into a pretzel worrying about a dining venue that will appease both adults and kids.

Munich Brauhaus at South Wharf has started a Sunday Family Fun Day, with a children’s entertainer ready to keep the kiddos amused from 12.30pm with games, face painting and colouring in all going on in a designated play room.

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Millie had a flower painted on her hand by Cinderella

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