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.


Twinkle, twinkle, my little star

As predictable as it might be, the first song I taught Millie was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

I was so pleased when it was the song that kick-started the Magical Music class at Habitots in Albert Park today.

Groove is in the heart…

We did a trial class (regular classes start February 2) and Millie was entranced from the get-go.


Local Label Love: Sapling Child

It’s often one of the first brands mums seek out for their newborns because of the soft tones, sweet prints and organic cotton softness. The label’s rapid rise in popularity (Prince George had Sapling in his newborn wardrobe!) is due to the hard work and beautiful, approachable nature of designer and owner Peta Stinson.

How long has Sapling Child been making bubs look (even more) adorable? We are about to celebrate our third year of being in this amazing business.

Millie in the El Gato dress (sizes 6-12m – 5 years)


Local Label Love: WallFry

Picture this – the perfect nursery or play room for your little one, the centrepiece being some original artwork hanging on the wall designed by Melbourne mum-of-three Kylie Jackson. If you haven’t seen these cute and colourful “wall art for small fry” prints, then have a peek. Picture perfect.

Name & business: Kylie Jackson, WallFry

What do you create? I create art for children’s spaces. We have a range of bold, modern prints and offer customers the option to customise their artwork to co-ordinate with their space.

WallFry's woodland animals with quotes
WallFry’s woodland animals with quotes

When did you start? I first started painting artwork for children back in 2008 when I was pregnant with my first child. We were living in Dubai and couldn’t find anything suitable so created my own. Not long after that WallFry was born and it has grown from there to become hugely popular.