We have a fabulous, growing list of stockists, so I wanted to spend a little time introducing the stores and their magnificent owners. I will start with Chrissie from Choose Joy, an online retailer located in Fremantle, with a view to become a bricks and mortar store in the future. To get to know them a little better we set up a little interview and it went like this:
Q: Please introduce yourself and tell our lovely readers about yourself:
A: My name is Chrissie and I have an online store Choose Joy. I am a Melbourne girl married to a Structural Engineer from Sydney, and we move…. A LOT. We finally built our first home in gorgeous South Fremantle in Perth where we are raising our gorgeous children Sadie Joy nearly 4 and William AKA Billy 10 months. Not forgetting our fur child, Bruce our Blue English Staffy he’s seven. We have been in WA for over three years now and we love it.
In my past life I was in corporate sales and training, I have also studied kinesiology, so I am a big advocate of natural medicine.
Q: when and why did you start your business?
I have only just started my business. After years of moving and having babies I’m finally putting my dreams into reality. At this stage of our lives I need a business that I can take with me… ANYWHERE. Being married to a bridge engineer we can move at anytime.
Q: Your 3 must have items and why?
Sunglasses – I hate glare… I will turn the car around and come home if I forget them
My Phone – not living where I grew up is hard at times. My best friends and Mum live in Melbourne, even though I have been away for over 4 years now I still talk to them regularly. When you have known people since you started school they are a part of your soul. Staying connected to them keeps my heart happy.
Trainers – Living in South Fremantle I am so lucky to be able to walk everywhere, I can go over a week and not drive my car. Today I put on jeans and flats and my daughter asked where I was going and why I didn’t have my “daggy walking clothes” on.
Q: Your passions?
I’ve always struggled with this question. I always wished I had a true big passion for something that I focussed my life and or career on. Now I’m in my 40’s (only just) I have realised that you can be passionate about a lot of things in your life.
- Good Bed linen – I wish I had more
- Handbags and shoes – again, wish I had more
- People being kind to each other
- My babies and teaching them how to be good humans
- Being a good example to my kids
- My husband – he is just the best person ever made
- Good food and wine
- Kinesiology and Naturopathy
Q: If there was one thing you could change about yourself what would it be?
I am in the process of changing what I don’t like about myself, my weight. I have struggled with my weight most of my life and after having two children I decided it was time to change things. So since Jan I have lost 14kgs so I am nearly half way there… My children are benefitting from a healthier happier, fitter mum. That makes me really proud of myself.
I’m a worrier too, I would love to change that… But I think that is just part of being a mum
Q: If you could have dinner with one celebrity who would it be and why?
Catherine Hamlin, she has worked tirelessly her whole life for women in Africa. Her passion and dedication is inspiring, and to be around a human being like that for an evening would change your life.
Q: what is the one thing you love most about your job?
I can bring all the things I love (clothes, babywear and bags) together, I can work from home, and I get to meet other amazing, talented, inspiring and helpful mummies who all love to see one another succeed.
We would like to welcome Chrissie aboard as a valued stockist of My Little Hands and we know you are going to love her online shop!! You can find her shop here
Bed wetting, (or nocturnal enuresis) most of us have been there with transitioning children from night time nappies to no nappies, for some its a breeze and for others not so much. What I want to do is try and shed the light on a few ideas from a personal perspective and a professional background, using my former job as insight. I am also a nutritionist and I specialised in consulting regarding issues with babies and children as this was (and still is) my passion. A passion to help, if I can.
For those of you out there at the moment struggling with night time wetting I want to say this to you. It is nothing to be ashamed of, yes it can be difficult but every child is soooo different and just because little Johnny from down the road is 4yrs old and your gorgeous kiddo is 6yrs old and having difficulties with holding on all night, does not mean there is anything wrong with, nor that they are less clever or less advanced.
Here are a few facts to make my point:
- bed wetting is very common, in fact effecting 1 in 5 children in Australia
- day time control of wetting usually comes before night time
- some children can still experience accidents up until the age of 7 and 8
What can cause bedwetting?
- not being able to wake up with a full bladder
- an overactive bladder that is unable to store urine over night and can not store it
Bed wetting myths/bedwetting is NOT caused by the following:
- caused by being “young for their age”
- rebellious behaviour
- bad behaviour
- drinking after dinner
When to seek help:
- a child that has been dry at night suddenly starts wetting
- it upsets your child or is making them angry
- frequent wetting in school age children
- the child wants to become dry
Diet and Bedwetting:
There is a lot of contradicting research out there about the roll of food in bedwetting, from my research and personal experience I believe it can play a vital role. Here are a few of my findings
- certain food additives need to avoided the most common ones 282 (in most store bought bread)
- salicylate containing foods can make the bedwetting worse, these are compounds found naturally in food like tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, citrus fruits and juices
- dairy can play a factor, finding alternatives can prove helpful, like rice milk, oat milk or some have been ok with A2 cows milks rather than your regular cows milk
If this is something you suspect, I would urge you to visit a nutritionist or naturopath for guidance about how to go about it, so your child isn’t missing any essential nutrients. It can seem daunting but there are ways to make it easier and the reward for effort can be huge in so many more ways than just in relation to bedwetting.
- Night Alarms – these have proven useful, seek professional medical advice
- medications: in some cases there can be a underlying medical issue, not very often but a visit to a GP is a good starting point to check
- homeopathy – there have been some great results with homeopathic remedies, visit a local practitioner for advice
- Diet: as pointed out above- seek professional advice from a qualified practitioner
- Try to avoid using rewards or reward chart style systems, as bedwetting is not something that your child has control of, so therefore incentive based reward will not help, they are not wetting to be “bad”.
- symptomatic treatment Brolly Sheets can be a life saver during the night and a product we will be adding tou shop soon.
I hope some of this has helped and here are a few other links you may find useful:
We are soooo excited about the upcoming release of our SS15 range. It will start going into stores over the next month or so and we are sure it will please and delight.
Featuring feathers and arrows and some of our most popular prints, there will be something for everyone.
We have had a HUGE response to pre-orders of our feather blankets, (which will also be available in a swaddle wrap very soon by the way so stay tuned!!) If you would like to pre order head here for the pink or here for the blue. Orders for these will post out week starting 15th June.
So to celebrate we have made a little feather printable for you!! You can use it to make a string of feathers as a garland or to make a hanging mobile by hanging strings of feathers onto a round wooden ring or go for a natural look with crossed twigs as your mobile. Whichever way you like, that’s the fun its up to you!! Print it onto white card and then using water colour paint, paint your feathers in your chosen colour scheme. Or print it onto colour card or cut out a template and trace onto pages from and old book and cut out the feather shapes from that!! Let your imagination run wild and over the next few weeks I will endeavour to bring you some DIY posts on some ideas I come up with.
So what are you waiting for? Get your printable here.
Its been a few weeks since I did a post on our reno! It has been crazy here! I have been trying to liase with India re our upcoming summer release and dance commitments, jujitsu and all the in between stuff has left me quite time poor!
But with out further ado, Mila’s room…. my dream nursery. Well nightmare to be honest :/ I didn’t get to make up a nursery for my first two kiddies, and this time around I was determined to do it my way, ha ha yeah right.
In the midst of a huge extension with a hubby doing all the carpentry work in his “spare time” outside of work hours I should have known it was a bit of a tall ask. But we got there in the end. I am not at home and so don’t have my file with all the before photos. The original room wasn’t bad, it had the old floor boards, they needed a bit of tlc, hours of sanding and then resealing, what a lovely job that is, I am still cleaning jarrah dust of the fan blades.
There is also a double sash window that was not working and had broken glass, I have since with the help of my dad and hubby, stripped back, sanded and mended the windows, we had tinted glass put in as it cops a lot of sun that side of the house and hubby installed new window runners so they are now fully operational in all their former glory.
And a few more photos for you around the room, and there you have it!! If you have any questions, feel free to ask
So many things I have forget about our reno. Like when we first started, I remember the three ugly HUGE palm trees that were out the front. We got a professional in to take them down and I was in our front room watching and all of a sudden there was a “PING”!!! One of the seed pods on the ground was hit by the stump grinder and flew up and smashed one of the glass pains in the old sash windows we have, scared the life out of me!! Needless to say they organised to have it replaced, but just one of the many events to encounter along the way.
I also remember now when we cleared and levelled the front yard, the old path was taken out only to find a second path hidden under it about 200mm under the top one!! Plus some hidden sunken garden beds that all needed to be smashed out!!
Work out the back began with the race on to get the deck area sorted by my 30Th, which was about 2 months away at the time. My brother came down to help with this and did an amazing job, aside from smashing a another window out the back!! This time most of the panels in a double sash window. Luckily that one was coming out anyway 😉
It all went up pretty quickly really, the deck boards them selves took the longest!! Such a tedious and back breaking job!
So Did we make it in time for the big bash? I am pleased to say, yes we did, it was a great party!! Had the cops called on us as we were still partying at 2am, and for those that know me, I was totally embarrassed!! I play by the rules, do as Im told, yes a bit of a goody two shoes!! SO if you live in my area, my apologies for the noise, but It’s about the only party we have had here in the four years we have been in our home.
Here are a couple of cheeky photos of the party:
Well I think I have blabbed enough for one day, will write again next week.
Where do I start!! We bought our dream home about 4 years ago, all be it a house that is over 65 years old, full of character and a lot of potential. It has been a HUGE roller coaster ride, with three kiddies, the middle one only a few months old when we started and the arrival of a third in the heart of it.
I must say it has nearly broken us. We have achieved so much and my poor hubby has worked tirelessly and at times to the point of breaking I think. However, we have become stronger and closer because of it. It is amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
I wont lie, it has come at a cost, to our bodies, our bank account and family holidays. We have had to put a lot on hold to do what we have and I hope that maybe, just maybe that might be about to change.
I thought I would start a little series of the journey. These are just a few photos I dug up early on in the piece. I was a little shocked we look a lot younger then when I was flicking through them all!!
I cant believe that this is where we started!! I think this could be a really good thing for me going over this and actually seeing what we have done, sometimes I think I can be a little hard on myself, and yes I know all my family and friends reading this are nodding your heads and saying “you think??” Well, you love me for it so what can I say.
I think that’s enough to digest for one night!! Will bring you more soon. If you are renovating and would like any ideas or inspiration feel free to comment or share your experiences, I would love to hear from you.