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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Be a star and treat mum to a wheely good time

From the moment Millie’s sharp little eyes spotted the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel from the window of the car, her legs started a kicking frenzy.

She does that when she’s excited (it turns into a happy stomp when she’s standing up).

I was excited too. For Christmas 2008 I received a gift voucher to ride the Southern Star from an aunty – I had to cash in my voucher soon after when the wheel closed due to faults caused by extreme heat.

Last week I finally got to see the views for myself as a guest of the Melbourne Star, hubby and Millie in tow.

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Local Label Love: Hubble + Duke

Leather moccs, linen smocks – it’s no accident that Freo-based Hubble + Duke label is worn by the most stylish tots around the world. The beautifully made moccasins, printed socks, accessories and clothing for babies and children has online shoppers eagerly awaiting each release and continually coming back for more.

Name and label? Rosie Flynn & Jo Hankin from HUBBLE + DUKE

What were you doing before starting Hubble + Duke? We started when our youngest bubs had just turned 1 year, Rosie is also an interior designer/architect and Jo has a degree in marketing, we had all mainly been stay-at-home mums for 6-7 years though!

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Millie wearing a Hubble + Duke pinafore dress and gold bow Mary-Jane moccasins

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Tree Change Dolls a happy toy story

Quite a few of my friends with children have liked a social media post that introduces the beautiful Tree Change Dolls.

Hobart’s Sonia Singh recycles, repairs and then upcycles dolls that are no longer played with.

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Tree Change Dolls after their makeunder. PIC: treechangedolls.com.au

But instead of brushing their hair and fixing the doll’s existing wardrobe, Sonia removes the glittery make-up and spindly heels and dresses them in miniature handmade clothing and sandals or gumboots for a more natural style.

The results are amazing.

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Hippity hoppity, your Easter gift hunt stops here

There’s been a bit of a lapse in my excitement levels at Easter for many years now (mostly due to the fact journalists have to work over the long weekend – the news doesn’t stop, people!)

It’s brilliant when you’re a kid and do Easter egg hunts. But once you’re old enough to buy choccy when you please it’s not quite as thrilling.

But fast-forward a few years and I’m on maternity leave, Millie is 19 months and full of wonder and I’m getting ready for a happy Easter. The thrill is back!

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Feeding time at the zoo

Mess. Lots of it.

It’s just the way it is at meal times with a toddler.

Millie’s at a stage where she no longer lets me shovel food into her mouth but instead wants to have her own utensils to do it herself. But there’s a small problem… she can’t quite do it herself. But she’ll get there.

So we’ve given some of the Closer to Nature products a whirl and it’s making things a lot easier for both Millie (19 months) and I.

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