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Where to shop online for the kids this Christmas

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I’ve just come back from a major shopping mall. It’s only November and I’m already in a tinsel-induced tizz. It was utter madness. The crazed clamber for a parking spot and the queue to buy or visit Santa has begun. Already. Did I mention it’s November?

So with that in mind, and to help spread the Christmas cheer to some of my fave small business owners by encouraging you to shop small and shop local, I’ve compiled a handy little guide to the BESTEST places to shop online this Chrissy. I’ll be purchasing a lot of my gifts this festive season from these stores. In the past I’ve bought some of our most treasured trinkets, outfits and shoes from these stores and every one of them rocks.

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Keeping a growing family safe, sound and on the go

With our second baby on the way – soon! – I’ve gone into full nesting mode. I’m fluttering around getting everything ready for this baby’s arrival. Funnily enough, I’ve got most of the baby essentials already and it’s Millie who needs an upgrade on some very important items so bubba can move in.

The pram, the cot and the car seat will soon belong to the newest member of our family and that means Millie gets some new surprises. She’s successfully moved into her ‘big girl bed’ and a new, larger Britax car seat.

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Car travels with Millie safe and sound

We’re always in the car and on the go – weekend road trips and family visits to all corners of Melbourne – so it was especially important to us to find a car seat that was as comfortable as it was safe.

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The sandals for mums and minis to put a skip in your step

Summer’s almost gone, so there’s something odd to be wearing thongs from this point on. Leave the flip-flops for kicking off at the beach or public pool, I say.

The hot weather is still coming at us though, so what’s a mum and her little girl to wear on their tootsies when it’s mighty fine outside and you just want some mighty fine footwear to match?

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Mum and daughter dressing at its best

Let me introduce you to Alohas sandals.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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Local Label Love: Acorn Kids

Hats off to Acorn Kids. For most of Millie’s young life her little head has been kept warm and cosy or cool and shaded – all while looking incredibly cute in an Acorn hat. Beautiful merino beanies or bright, reversible sunhats are adorning the heads of kiddies all over the country. We chat to the Melbourne mum behind the label.

Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat
Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat

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Caring for our foster carers

Speak to any foster carer and they’ll tell you exactly the same thing – it’s not about the money.

These people are a special breed. They put the needs of strangers before their own and take on a job most of us can’t imagine.

Melbourne foster carer Krysia Rozanska is one of those special people. (more…)