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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Local Label Love: Gourmet Juniors

I’m big on dishing up home cooked, nutritious meals for Millie – but that’s in an ideal world. I don’t always have the time to cook! Melbourne’s Gourmet Juniors has taken the stress out of dinner time with a toddler by offering tasty food made from organic produce and free-range meat. The new Gourmet Juniors heat and eat meals are the perfect solution for mums with too much on their plate.

Name & business: Alecia Whitelaw from Gourmet Juniors: Real Food For Kids.

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Alecia Whitelaw and her daughter. Pic: My Mini Edition

Where are you based? We are proud to be a local Bayside business. Our commercial kitchen is in Cheltenham and office in Port Melbourne.

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On the ‘mono’ rail or riding a rainbow of colour?

As soon as Millie entered the world, she became my Little Miss Pink.

Pale pink swaddles, pink printed onesies, musk baby moccs and pastel pink dresses. I love pink on baby girls.

But as she has grown (*sob*), I’ve embraced a rainbow of colours and also the monochrome trend that’s so popular with many children’s labels right now.

Her drawers are still filled with splashes of pink, but now sit alongside a mix of brights and stylish black, grey and white.

Below is a pick of some of Millie’s favourite labels and the pieces that scream ‘colour me happy!’ or best show off monochromatic magnificence.

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Local Label Love: Little Wild Things T

It’s a new Melbourne fashion brand for kids with designer prints and styles mixing up a wardrobe basic. But Little Wild Things T is anything but simple.

Label: Little Wild Things T

Where are you based? Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia

What’s your background? Jacqui, a mother of three (4yo boy and almost 2yo twin girls) worked for 8 years as a senior buyer and designer for Myer’s Miss Shop then for Forever New. Charlotte – who has being a mum on her ‘to do list’ but for now is an unreal aunty – started her career working for Burberry in London and then became a senior buyer for Sportsgirl for over seven years. We are not just friends but also sister-in-laws, we live next door to each and both have our fashion backgrounds so having a label together happened quite naturally.

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Millie wears a Little Wild Things Cat Girl tee, sizes 1-6, $24.95

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