Thursday, 28 May 2015

Seller in the Spotlight : Boutique Brands

I came across this brand a long while back as they import the pieces we cant get in all the average baby shops..

For starters they stock the baby bags that all the celebs have in the UK and when you look at them you would never know they were baby bags and that is because they have been designed so you can just remove the inner lining and use it as a normal bag post baby stage..

I also adore the fact they cater to the men as my husband hated the fact we were gifted all these totally girly bits when we had our first child and it was his excuse to leave it hanging on the pram at all times.. Check this out for the Stay at Home Dads..

I found them when I was searching for sunglasses my kids would actually wear, that would stay on AND looked good. Its a pretty tall order when they are little but I found these..

There is so much to chose from you need to check them out yourself and have a browse but my newest favourite gift for parents to be is these stickers you stick on their bellies at different ages and stages for a fab memorable picture ..

 Hop over over and take a look yourself :) Shop the range here 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Five Brothers, Three Continents, One Race.


My husband wrote this post over on his LinkedIn page the other week and rather than tell you about the amazing adventure he has ahead of him I thought I would add his here..

In just under 12 months’ time I will be facing arguably the toughest physical and mental challenge of my life. It’s something that I've been motivated to do for some time but for various reasons, or should I say excuses, have put it off and off and off.

Early this year my beautiful Gran passed away, (fondly known as Granny Cus with her blue rinse bouffant) which was a catalyst for myself and my brother James to re-assess our priorities and we decided to make a firm commitment to this challenge in her memory. With full support from my wife, the challenge was amped and three of our closest friends were invited. These three friends are also my brothers.

In 2016, five brothers, from three continents will come together to race the toughest foot race in the world: the Marathon Des Sable (or simply known as the MDS). The MDS is a grueling, multistage adventure equivalent to five and half marathons in six days. A total distance of some 251 km (156 miles), it runs through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara desert. On top of all that, only water and shelter are provided. Everything else the competitors have to carry with them from start to finish.

One of our cultural tenants here at LinkedIn is to take intelligent risks and it is also our main business theme for 2015. The reason why it is an ‘intelligent’ risk and not just risk is that it comes with a formula: Evaluate upside to downside; consider expected outcome relative to cost; and seek balance.
Evaluate upside to downside: Upside: Competing in the toughest foot race on the planet. Downside: Compulsory equipment includes a rescue flare and an anti-venom pump. Need I say more!
Consider expected outcome relative to cost: It is an expensive race both monetary and the investment of time, but the enduring story we five brothers will be able to share, for me is priceless.
Seek Balance: This will be part of my personal journey, to understand balance and what it means to me.

The next 12 months will be a journey of a life time, where individually and as a collective we’ll test our mental resolve, our physical strength and our enduring bond. We will learn how to train together despite the distance and time, look to understand each other’s motivations to help maintain focus and use it as a time to reconnect, to listen and be inspired by to one another’s stories. One thing that won’t be in short supply during the race will be time.

We all have a Sahara Desert to conquer. It might not involve 5 1/2 days of sand running, but every challenge has its own special meaning to each of us. From how we start it and if we start it, to how we prepare for it and ultimately how we face and hopefully conquer it.

Over the next year I’ll be writing a number of articles on my journey and I’d like to invite you along with me and my band of brothers - to become part of our extended support crew.

For now, I will begin by asking you: what is your ‘intelligent risk’ this year?

You can follow my boys journey or give him a thumbs up because he would love that just here 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Win a Fabulous Inkless Kit to create magical memories..

When my little ones came along I desperately wanted to remember the tiny feet and hands. How fragile they were yet totally amazing that they even existed.

Well the best I got was dipping a foot in paint and trying to get it on paper.. hmm lets just say I do not own that piece of paper and it is definitely not framed anywhere in my house..

Baby Ink can not only let you get those foot prints with no mess but you can even have little imprints or put those cuties on your everyday items like iPhone covers etc

AND if you are more into the four legged babies than varieties of the two legged kind you can even do your pets paws!

This week two lucky winners will receive one of the kits in the image to create their own magical memories that they will no doubt be displaying forever or gifting to someone special.

All you need to do is tell us in 25 words or less Would you keep this keepsake for yourself or gift it to someone else like Nan & Pop?

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win.

Competition is open now and closes Sunday 7/6/15 at 11.59pm AEST

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Look who has joined the DTLL Team

Really I don't need to sling praise at our newest recruit as everyone I know adores her already and she is a perfect person for DTLL.

We sadly had to say Goodbye to Cherie (she will be back next year sometime we hope) as she needs some time to attend to family needs over those of her creative Mumma needs. Cherie was heartbroken, as were we, but her heartbreak was two fold.. leaving the family and also having to hand over her babies. Handing over the communities she hung out in with us and letting someone else be that voice.

I have taken over part of her role but we needed someone new for Instagram as quite frankly I cannot look after any more than the 3 I have and I just opened one for my daughters new little venture too!!

I knew immediately who I wanted to ask but had no idea if they would be interested. I like to keep my team tight and employ people I already know and love as it just makes things smooth. Some might say it is risky but my friendships are not like that. I don't have many but the ones I do are very open and honest.

I had Sonia ring her and do a hypothetical 'Um, if DTLL were looking would you want your name in the ring? sorta, kinda, maybe?'.. this was met with 'OMG I would LOVE that' and some excited chatter so the very next day I asked her and she said 'YES'.

I messaged Cherie and said I have found your replacement but want to see if you approve.. Lets just say she has a big personality, you know her as a massive Insta fan and she is a really rad Mum.

JAYDE she messaged back with huge exclamation marks, a million smiley faces and thumbs up icons. I was happy, she was happy and JAYDE is happy..

JAYDE as in Jayde, wife of amazing Steve, the gorgeous Iggy and Mint and the co owner of Little Paper Lane.

This Jayde..

So if you don't know Jayde already you can find her on our Instagram here  on her personal Insta here   and sometimes in her shop here .

Jayde is a ridiculously community driven person, she adores small business and is passionate about supporting lovely people so we are very honoured to have her join us and excited to have her radness part of our family..

One a side note and because that picture above is very mature.. this is what Sonia, Jayde and I look like out to dinner together ... bad photo, late at night with maybe a little too much champagne but you get the idea :)

Welcome to the team Jayde, its gonna be fun :)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Happy Anniversary My Love..


There is a reason two people stay together, they give each other something nobody else can 

My husband is not your average bloke.

He is handy around the house, he can capably play Mum when needed, he knows everything about me and still loves me.

Truly if I was forced to find something to moan about it would only be that he works too hard and this leads to far too much sleeping on the weekend.. AND the reason I get grumpy about the sleeping on the weekend is because I am jealous he gets in first so I stay awake in case the kids do something stupid!.

Today is our 18th Year together with 13 of them as a married couple.

We have shared everything from almost day dot, we were living together within a few weeks of dating, renting within a few months and bought our first flat in under a year from first date.

We have grown together and changed each other over the years, we have invested together and built businesses with each others support. Money has been a challenge a few times over but what I have known during all those times is that we would always be ok.

The family unit we are is my absolute ideal and there is no one I can thank for that other than my husband so today I am writing to you Marcus White. Happy Anniversary. I love you x