Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Merino Baby Review & Giveaway

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Merino Baby}


I was recently given the opportunity to select and review items from the gorgeous and extensive Merino Baby range which includes all the baby essentials you could wish for - dresses, bodysuits, cardigans, coveralls, hooded tops, pants, vests, mittens, hats, wraps and sleeping bags.

Let me tell you, picking a few favourites was not easy - so many gorgeous things that I adored.

In the end I opted for their beautiful dresses, in a few different colours, and a cardigan in the range.



When I opened the parcel, my heart literally skipped a beat - they were divine and so super, super soft!


 
Living in Melbourne Merino Wool products are perfect - they are light and breathable for the warm weather (which is not often at the moment, it has been so cold!) and perfect to keep the heat in when it is chilly (which is most of the time).
 
Most people associate wool with itchiness and abrasiveness on the skin, but let me tell you pure Merino Wool is anything but. All Merino Baby products are so soft and cozy on a babies sensitive skin. Miss C is prone to rashes and execma, but this did not cause any irration on her precious little skin.


The products are also very comfy and non-restrictive, so as you can see bub can move around with the greatest of ease. Miss C is starting to crawl around everywhere as you can see!

 

The stunning navy and grey dress pictured on Miss C is sized as a 1 (12-18) months and Miss C is 10 months (tomorrow), and this is a great fit for her. Not only does it look pretty teamed with her ballet flats, but will look great layered with tights and leggings for the cooler weather as well.

I love the classic, timeless style of this dress so much (wish it came in my size!), that I couldn't resist ordering it in a few different colours in a size 2 (18-24 months), which will suit her for next Autumn and Winter time.

As a busy Mum, I absolutely love just how easy Merino Baby products are to care for, all are machine washable. I usually pop mine in a lingerie bag and pop in a normal cycle (with like colours) and it is washed to perfection!

Dying to try the range too? I don't blame you! For one lucky reader, I have one gorgeous Hat and Mitten set to give away! Perfect for newborns or for that ultimate new baby or baby shower gift, the lucky winner is going to love this (in their choice of colour of course).


Simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below for your chance to win this set, total prize value is $29.95.
 

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 - The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
- The lucky winner will have 5 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Pottery Barn (and Co!) comes to Melbourne at Chadstone Shopping Centre...

Today was a day that I had been counting down to for a LONG time. It was the opening day for the very first Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids store here in Melbourne.
 
It also so happens that it opened up at Chadstone Shopping Centre, which is where you will frequently find me doing my groceries or shopping (window of course!) on a frequent basis. I know, having a store SO close to me is going to be very dangerous.
 
As the opening day drew closer, I did debate whether or not I would go. But in the end, the emails and Facebook hype got to me and so I went...
 
Chadstone Shopping Centre was sheer madness today. I don't know whether it was the Pottery Barn stuff, the VIP Day or the fact that Hi-5 were there, but it was out of control. Much like the hysteria of 23rd of December or Boxing Day sales, this was on the same scale of crazy.
 
Once I finally got a park (and walked for miles, passing Livinia Nixon on the way), I was actually surprised that there was no queue or crazy crowds in the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm or Williams and Sonama stores.
 
I could have spent HOURS in these stores, they all interconnect to one another. But alas two grizzly kids definitely doesn't afford such luxuries, so it was a quick zoom around - not an easy task as these have not been set up in the most pram friendly fashion.
 
I actually didn't love Pottery Barn as much as I thought, but West Elm was divine and the prices weren't too out of control - on par with say a Freedom store I would say.
 
 
 
Pottery Barn Kids was just as I had always imagined - FABULOUS. It was amazing to see all of the products I have lusted over online, come to life in the store.
 
The rugs were amazing quality and so many gorgeous designs

These chairs are even more amazing in person!
I tell you what, this place is going to be a complete money pit for me - so many things that I adored and wanted for the kids. I will be definitely coming back here (on a quieter day with no kids) to look at some things for under the Christmas Tree and the kids birthdays too.
 
Sheets, Sheets and more Sheets!
The selection of kids bed sheets and linen was beyond gorgeous. I don't think you will get the same range, quality and gorgeous designs anywhere else and poor old Adairs Kids up the road was looking a wee bit quiet....

How cute is the tulle bed skirt?!
This will definitely be a regular stomping ground for me, so if you want me to check anything out for you in the flesh, please drop me a line - happy to assist with info or pics for those of you who don't have a store in your state and will be ordering online.
 
Did you venture to the opening day? What did you think?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

My Coles Little Explorer Nappy Review on the BubHub!

Eeek!!! I am a published author... well... sort of!
 
A little bit excited to see that the review I did recently on the Coles Little Explorer Nappies has just been published over on the BubHub website right here. The BubHub is such a fabulous online resource for Mummies, so if you haven't checked it out, definitely worth doing so.
 
 
Thank you to the readers that have already contacted me to let me know how they went with the range since my blog review a few weeks ago.
 
Anyone else take the 5 Day Nappy Change? Love to hear how you went if you did....
 
 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Our Trip to Santa's Magical Kingdom and Win a Family Pass to Go!

Last night we were so fortunate to be invited to the opening night of Santa's Magical Kingdom here in Melbourne.
 
When the invite arrived in the post a few months ago (from Santa), I wasn't sure who was excited more...
 
 
We have been literally counting down the days (and been doing a bit of Santa bribing 'if you don't stop annoying Mummy you won't go see Santa etc!!) until we could go.
 
This year Santa's Magical Kingdom is located at the Caulfield Racecourse which is a fantastic venue, easily accessible by the freeway and the train line. Living a wee way out of the city, we tend to give activities in the heart of the City a miss, so this was just perfect for us.
 
It is so hard to capture how amazing this is when you walk in (and just wait until you see your little ones face light up), it truly will take your breath away with so many beautiful lights, decorations and Christmas characters to greet you at the door.
 
 
With so many activities to see and do - it was hard to know where to start!
 
Being the ultimate sweet tooth, we headed for the Gingerbread Making area first up. Mr B loves helping me cook in the kitchen, so he absolutely loved this one - and he wasn't the only one...
 

 
Next stop were the rides - so many to choose from and these were all included in the ticket price. There was a giant slide (we had to do this so many times, great exercise though!), a Ferris Wheel, Merry Go Round, Jet Planes, Dinosaur Ride and a Magical Train that we all ventured on. There were another few rides, but Mr B was just a bit small for these just yet. You get to go on these as many times as you like, which is fantastic value! Although we tried to tell Mr B that there was a limit of two turns on each ride, otherwise we would have literally been riding these ALL night!
 
After a few rides (a few times), we headed in to the Circus tent. Included in the admission ticket is a 30 minute Circus spectacular (just the perfect length to keep kids amused for!).  The show featured Santa and a whole host of magical tricks, displays and illusions.
 
After the Circus Show we headed back for more rides and a walk through Snowland, the Lego Brick Zone and met a few Christmas characters along the way!
 
If Mr B (and Miss C) are anything to go by, your little ones are going to LOVE this as a special Christmas treat they won't forget. Tickets are priced at $39.50 for adults, $35.00 for kids aged 2-12, teenagers and seniors. There are also family tickets available for $130.00 (2 adults and 2 kids). Definitely worth every penny as you get so many amazing inclusions with your admission ticket.
 
For one lucky Melbourne family, I have a family pass worth $130.00 to be given away which is valid for any Friday evening session in December. For your chance to win, simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below....
 

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- The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
- There will be one lucky winner of this prize
- Prize includes 1 x Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 2-12 years)
- Ticket is only valid for a Friday evening session in December 2014 (no other sessions or dates available)
 - The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- The lucky winner will have 5 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize
- Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
- Entrants must like the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com
 
 
Good luck everyone and thanks again for having us Santa's Magical Kingdom - we had a ball and will be back again in 2015 for sure!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Project Extension: The End is Near, but SO Far!

These has been SO much happening in the world of Project Extension, I really don't know where to start...
 
When I last updated you, I was waiting on the bricklayer to start... well he started and is still going... This guy seems to come and go as he pleases and lays at the rate of two bricks a day - so it seems! So the brickwork is still going, much to our frustration... 
 
Looks a bit ugly at the moment, but we will have all of the outside rendered over the next week or so (if he ever finishes the job).
 
The inside has seen massive progress, at long last the plastering has been done. I had forgotten just how hard plaster dust is to contain - boy!

The new Lounge - the air con was where the old wall finished

 
 
A few hiccups, areas that required them to come back again (and again) to fix up, but we are almost there now.
 
The skirtings/architraves have been popped on - another drama which saw us a few days behind because they couldn't get the right style for us.


The new 4th bedroom

The much anticipated Walk In Robe!!!
 
 The doors have also been put on in the rooms, cupboards etc.
 
Looks like another HUGE week this week. We are madly trying to paint EVERYTHING in readiness for our carpets and flooring going down.
 
The roof is getting sprayed next week - finally goodbye to that horrid Terracotta!
 
I have selected the blinds for the new spaces, which are getting made at the moment.
 
We have ordered a new front door as ours just wasn't letting in enough light in the entrance way as you can see from the below.

The Old Door, just a wee bit dark!


The new entrance hall - the door ahead is the mud/storage room. Where the carpet stops is actually where our front door used to be, hard to believe!
The new door should go in this week too, I hope it makes a BIG difference with the light factor.
 
I have ordered a new couch and dining table - these get delivered on Friday and the old stuff has been sold and goes out on Saturday.
 
I need some advice on finalising an entry hall table and a mirror - so expect to see some posts very soon!
 
We have been busy trying to design our front landscaping. So many plans on that we need to finalise and book in so that we get it all done for Chrissie.
 
We have come so far, but I still feel like we have so long to go. We are all still sleeping in Mr B's room (on a mattress on the floor), tired and cranky with one another. I cannot wait to get our lives back, it has been 4 months and we have had enough!
 
And Mr Bricklayer if you are reading this - GET MOVING!!!!!