Simple, clean lines and colours for this little boys set.
A gorgeous fitted sheet in a time less fabric.
We were so very lucky to have the lovely Bree from Carter & Rose Photography take our family photos. We had such a lovely afternoon and so much fun with the kids! All Photos by Carter & Rose Photography.
Here are a few of the stunning photos taken by Bree. This is my lovely family, hubby Brett, the love of my life and wonderful Dad:), my oldest Lucca, 5 1/2 yrs, a giant I don’t know where he came from!! He is cheeky, fun and has a wonderful sense of humour and a way with people, for some reason he just makes you feel special being around him, my hubby is like that so I guess that is where he gets it from.
Photo by Carter & Rose Photography
And my little girl Lily, a truly unique little girl, she loves climbing, getting dirty and playing with the boys to dressing up in her ballet wear and coming to class with me. She can tell a story with her face alone and has us all in stitches when the family gets together.
I do feel truly blessed to be so lucky, to have such a wonderful family (and I include my extended family both sides in that!) And to think by the end of the year there will be a third bub to add to the Colombera Clan, busy times ahead!!
Photo by Carter & Rose Photography
And a gorgeous little video, brought a tear to my eye! Video courtesy of Carter & Rose Photography
This fabric simply is devine, here is a little preview of the design process:
And then when it is all finished!
I Loved working on this very special cot quilt, it was carefully quilted a the joins to create extra detail and made extra long so that it will fit a single bed when the gorgeous Miss April moves into her big bed.
I love creating a unique, individual piece for my clients here is one of my favourites!!
A single bed Quilt Cover with gorgeous strips of tilde fabric and of course a couple of pillowcases and a splash of Paris as my client loves Paris and I wanted to reflect that in her order.
I have been researching for a while about the possibility of adding a clothing range to mlh that matches my beliefs and style! I have come across this gorgeous Japanese brand of clothing that I think is unique, stylish and affordable, I would love your opinion of what you think. All of there items are made with cotton fabrics and to the highest standard. Penny for your thoughts….
Emma Pollard – The Goodnight Nurse
Effects of sleep deprivation
Sleep is really important for new mums as sleep deprivation has been linked to postnatal depression. Drastically, the potential for Shaken Baby Syndrome and other forms of physical violence are an extreme result of overtired, frustrated parents dealing with a crying baby. Other effects of sleep deprivation include:
•having trouble waking
•feeling groggy all day
•inability to concentrate
•nodding off at work or home or in the car while driving.
•mood problems, i.e. irritability, depression, anxiety
Adjusting your child’s pre sleep routine has a significant positive effect in helping both you and your child sleep more at night.
Pre sleep routine.
Avoid bathing in the evening as your child will enjoy this too much and it will wind them up as opposed to calming them down for their sleep.
The 6 B’s at 6pm
Bag (sleeping bag)
I love experimenting with design and so I thought every now and then I will pop a post up on a different colour scheme for decorating your little one’s room. This week the colour is raspberry.
Here is a little inspiration for you for colour palette : soft pink, greys and neutrals.
Add some gorgeous furniture
And a classic cot quilt, of course a room is never complete without a little piece of MLH he he he!!
To finish the room try your hand at purchasing some cute prints from etsy or the like and frame them all in simple white frames, create a wall of art for a focal piece. It doesn’t matter if the frames are all different styles just keep them all white and they will tie in. You could try searching op shops and garage sales for some inexpensive frames and then spray them all white, a bit of fun and worth the effort!
Have fun with that and let me know if you give it a go!
Until next time, this is my signing off!
Love Em x
What do you think about when you hear the word ‘cloth nappies’?
For some, the very thought conjures up an image of fluffy white square towels flapping out in the breeze at best, or buckets full of stinky cloth nappies at worst!
But for those of you in the know, modern cloth nappies are a wonderful updated version of the cloth nappies of old, and a viable alternative to commercial disposable nappies.
So why on earth would you use cloth nappies on your baby?
No pins – modern nappies use closures like snaps, Velcro or snappy fasteners, and can be just as easy as disposable nappies to put on.
No need to learn traditional nappy folds – modern nappies are shaped and easy to boost absorbency where required.
No soaking and machine washable – soiled nappies are simply stored in a dry pail, machine washed daily and lined dry! Modern washing machines are very efficient at cleaning, while line drying in the sun removes stains and kills germs.
Once you get into a good rhythm, they are as easy as disposables, only you don’t need to keep replenishing your supplies every week, and your bin stays clean.
So cute – modern cloth nappies come in all kinds of playful colours and soft textures, that on a hot summer’s day cloth nappies could be an outfit in itself
I have found that single use nappies can tend to be slower to absorb and easily leak wetter messes, especially those from a younger baby. If you have been washing baby’s entire bedlinen and clothing numerous times a day due to explosive messy ‘number 3’ leaks, you can be sure that a well fitting modern cloth nappy will contain everything, so that you end up washing ONLY the nappy.
The fabrics used in modern cloth nappies have been designed to work together to produce a nappy that is stay dry, highly absorbent, yet trim compared to big bulky cotton terries of yesteryears.
These modern fabrics such as hemp, bamboo or microfiber are several times more absorbent compared to traditional cotton terry or flanellette squares.
Some modern cloth nappies have a stay-dry fabric sewn in to keep babies bottom dry, and makes clean up easier too.
With the advent of superabsorbent disposable nappies, you may have come across babies and toddlers carrying around their portable toilet hanging down to their knees, to be changed only when ‘full’ or with a number 2.
Babies who are in cloth tend to be changed more regularly, and this is a good thing and this is normal. The WHO recommends babies to be changed at least every 2 hours. Doing this will help baby feel more comfortable, cleaner and rash-free.
I personally change the nappy as soon as I realise that baby wets the nappy.
Can you imagine opening up your purse, taking out $30 and throwing it in the bin? That’s literally what parents are doing weekly when using single-use disposable nappies!
Assuming disposables cost $90-100 a month, in a year you would have spent (and thrown away) around $1000-1200. If the average child toilet trains by two, you would have spent $2000-$2400! These costs do not include the use of disposable baby wipes, nappy rash creams and other bits and pieces.
Even if you choose a cheaper brand of disposable nappies, you will end up throwing at least $600-700 a year into the bin.
Instead of throwing away $1000 a year, you could use that money towards a high quality premium cloth nappy stash to be used for at least 2 years, plus have money left over to go towards other expenses. Most full time cloth nappy stashes would range from $300-$700 upfront, but you would have gotten back your money’s worth of nappies by around six months compared to disposables.
The added bonus is that not only money is saved, but there is less landfill too, which goes to my next point…
Did you know that every single nappy that has ever been used still exists in landfill somewhere? A sobering thought, isn’t it?
Single-use nappies that end up in landfill take up a lot of space and take centuries to break down. It is estimated that 10% of household waste is taken up by disposable nappies.
Eco-disposables made out of biodegradable materials and sustainable plant sources are a better choice, but only if they are composted in an approved composting facility or home composting system. They can cost a lot more than conventional disposables though, however they are an option for those who want the convenience and environmental-friendliness.
Rebecca is the lovely owner of Bean Sprout Bubba, to view here gorgeous goodies and for more info on cloth nappies, click here