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.


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!

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


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.

Tree Change Dolls after their makeunder. PIC:

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.


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!


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.



How the West has won

It’s getting a little trickier and takes quite a bit more planning, but Millie and I still enjoy regular mum and daughter shopping trips.

Ok, I enjoy it and my money is almost always spent on the tiniest member of the house, but we have happily navigated our way around some of Melbourne’s best shopping precincts.

But a Monday tour through Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong showed me there was lots to keep both Millie and I entertained as well as some shops where we could each find some treats to carry home.