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Jul 03

Choose Joy

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

 

Jun 17

Bed Wetting

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
  • laziness
  • 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.

Treatment Strategies:

  1. Night Alarms – these have proven useful, seek professional medical advice
  2. 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
  3. homeopathy – there have been some great results with homeopathic remedies, visit a local practitioner for advice
  4. Diet: as pointed out above- seek professional advice from a qualified practitioner
  5. 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”.
  6. 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:

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Fed Up

Bed Wetting Alarms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feather Printable

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.

Feather Blanket Dusty Rose

Feather Blanket Dusty Rose

Feather Blanket Blue

Feather Blanket Blue

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.

I had to do a  little post about our upcoming release, I am so excited and eagerly awaiting its arrival, As usual there has been hiccups along the way which are incredibly annoying!  Not to mention stressful :/

What I am in complete awe of is how this has all come together.  And on such a multi national level.  What do I mean you ask?

Well there is me, little old mumma Em here in the south west of Western Australia with ideas, (I have lots of those and seem to have become a bit of a running joke in our family circles I think, “oh yeah another one of Emma’s idea” lol!! ) So I come up with these ideas and then I found this amazing lady and graphic designer in the Netherlands, yes the Netherlands, she has created the designs for me and has been an absolute pleasure to work with, we are currently working on winter ideas too!  On a side note its not too late to have your say in what we create 😉

Then there is the manufacturer in India, as much as I would have loved to keep making our sleeping bags we just cant do it anymore, My aunty and I nearly twitch when we see a sleeping bag pattern, we have sewn 100’s, I mean 100’s and us creative types bore easy, part of the package I am afraid!

So back to India, got a little side tracked, although there has been numerous delays and I would imagine this will not change, (I am working around this for future orders so bare with us while we get this in full swing) the quality of workmanship is amazing and they take great care and pride to create our range for us.  And for that I am very proud and grateful to be associated with such a fine company, a family run company.  Just like ours xx

So while we eagerly await our photo shoot with the AMAZING Bree from Carter & Rose Photography here are a few snaps I took with my little old camera, enjoy xx

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Oct 05

Nursery

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.

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And a few more photos for you around the room, and there you have it!!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask

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WARNING!!!  If crazy mumma rant’s get your goat I suggest you click the close button at the top of your screen as it’s going to get U-Gly!!

It starts of with pregnancy, everybody is so intrigued and happy for you and when you go out to restaurants, parks, shopping centres and beauty salons, strangers want to dote on you and tell you your glowing!!

Then many months later a baby appears.  Its cute and beautiful but be warned they are scary little alien beasts that should not be allowed in public places, where heaven forbid they might make a sound and disturb the peace and quiet of other customers, clients!!

But hang on second…. I am a paying customer too??  I didn’t realise that growing another human would make my right to go out null and void, I must have missed the fine print, just goes to show you should read over your contracts with a fine tooth comb 😉

Like this morning, I went to the beauty salon with my 10 month old, something I have avoided for the forth coming reason.  It is the first time in about 4 years and to get my eyebrows done a 10 min job.

First of all I was told that the pram might not fit, would I mind waiting to see and I suggested that I reschedule feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed in front of other ladies waiting.  “no no I suppose we can sort something” Hmm, sorry for being a mum, I really don’t want to be any bother!!  Then they managed to squeeze us in and missy (10 months old) sat in the pram, quietly and happily.  Then it happened, its like a scene out of a horror movie!!  She made a noise!!  “dad, dad, dad, dad!!”  Oh dear … The employee “hmm lucky there is no massages on today!”

Oh once again I didn’t check my manual, apparently once your womb has been occupied and then vacated you wipe your right to a little mumma upkeep!  Whilst the alien beast is still in the womb it is ok, but not after it has left the building!

Yes us mumma’s are known for being neurotic, blowing things out of proportion, but I say I think I have earned the right to be!  I have witnessed my child have several asthma attacks that got him several over night stays in PMH on constant night watch with me sleeping, well watching on a chair all night because alarms kept going off!!  I have pulled a toddler out of water because they get away from onlookers so quickly, actually twice now.  I have preformed first aid on several babies choking, I have shared pain with close friends over the loss of babies and children alike.

I am neurotic sometimes, I do over exaggerate and yes this episode this morning I have probably over reacted too also.  But you know what??   I think I have earned that right.  I’m a person too, I would like some time out, I would like a little up keep, so I don’t feel like a slobby, snot/spew/food covered mummy all the time and for a moment albeit a very short time, I can feel like me, like Emma.  A lady that loves Ballet, loves anything creative, enjoys seeing my friends and family and having some sort of life amongst all the craziness.

I would not trade my place for all the tea in china, so please take this post lite heartedly, its just one crazy mumma moment that I new I could share with you all 😉

Feel free to share your stories too, I feel really good now after my silly blurb!!

All my love, Em – homemaker, style creator and sometimes crazy b**ch!!  😉

 

 

 

Sep 11

Mr Fox

I love playing around with styling a room.  This morning I played around with a little nursery scene.  It could really be a unisex room, but slightly leaning towards a little boy’s in my opinion.  But could very easily be made a little more girly with just a few changes.

Colour Scheme: Blue, white and yellow

Style: woodland inspired but not exclusive to.

A few little photos to give you an idea.

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Product List:

  • Bunny Light – my little hands find it here
  • Bedside letterbox table – Mocka www.mocka.com.au
  • Cot – Ikea www.ikea.com.au
  • Mobile – my little hands find it here
  • Fox Blanket – my little hands – coming soon :)
  • Black and white cross blanket – my little hands
  • Cushion ABC Blue – my little hands find it here
  • Superhero Doll – my little hands find it here

So there we go, a bit of fun playing around with a design, what do you think?

Em x

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!!

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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!

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Site Supervisor- furry, playful, push over

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Kiddies watch on

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Master bedroom taking shape

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Men and their decks, something I will never understand!

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:

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Hubby and Me xx

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Little Cherubs having fun

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Family xx

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Family xx

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Speeches argggh!!

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Family xx

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My sis in law and hubby – She is going to kill me!! She had a great night but was one very sick girlie the next day

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All set up

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More speeches and my mum, only photo I can find. My mum and mum in law kept everyone fed and happy, I am one very lucky lady.

Well I think I have blabbed enough for one day, will write again next week.

Em x

 

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Aug 20

Our Reno

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!!

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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.

Night Night!

Em x

 

Paparazzi eat your heart out!!  My goodness my little girl is just like her father, LOVES being in the spotlight!

I had the lovely and very talented Bree from Carter & Rose Photography come do a photo shoot for our new sleeping bags.  Well Miss Mila thought she was famous!!   She gooed and gaad for Bree, but that is what I love about Bree’s style, relaxed, fun, natural shots and it shows in her work.

I first met Bree through a friend, I was then lucky enough to book her in for a family portrait session when I was in the early stages of pregnancy with Mila.  I have photos from this shoot up on our lounge room wall.  They are devine!!  Actually it’s an entire wall of photos, a Carter & Rose tribute really!!  Everybody that comes to our home comments on them and with very good reason, this is just one of the photos as I am sure by know you are thinking, well show us then!!!

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Photo courtesy of Carter and Rose Photography

And a couple more for you…

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In know time at all, Bree had captured exactly what I was after and with some amazing results, here are a couple of the photos from the shoot including some behind the scenes with me looking all glamorous NOT!!!

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You can find more info and some more photos of our baby sleeping bags here