I love Gobstopperz!!! (And I love giveaways!)

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When our babe had a dummy, we used to have ten… and yet every bedtime was a struggle to find ONE!!! Every few days, Daddy would venture under the cot and come up triumphant with a handful of the coloured plastics!

 

 

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Brooke started making Gobstopperz to stop babes (and mums!) losing their dummies. What a fab idea!!!!!! The blankets connect to buggy and car seat straps and then to the dummy (or other toy or teether) so they cant get lost/thrown away/fall and get dirty etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m delighted to be able to give one away this week, with special thanks to Brooke and her gorgeous business Gobstopperz, which she runs as part of Stella Baby. I adore some of her creations (www.stellababy.co.nz) which includes kids clothes and accessories.

 

 

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To enter to win this gorgeous Gobstopperz with beautiful blue minky, simply enter here with Facebook: http://goo.gl/CYc3AA

 

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Children’s Clothing Part 4: Accessorise!

There are beautiful accessories out there, from photo props to stunning hats!

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https://www.facebook.com/SpillyBibs – for gorgeous bibs

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/hookchainandstitch
https://www.facebook.com/hookchainandstitch

Never mind my daughter, I want one of these gorgeous headbands for myself!! Hook Chain and Stitch also make beautiful character hats including Spongebob, Ninja Turtles, Minions, Spiderman, dinosaurs, Sesame St and Winnie the Pooh:

https://www.facebook.com/hookchainandstitch
https://www.facebook.com/hookchainandstitch

 

 

 

www.facebook.com/MeysMade
http://www.facebook.com/MeysMade

 

Meys Made has gorgeous handmade clips, purses, hats and more from newborn to age 6!
http://www.facebook.com/MeysMade and http://meysmade.co.nz/

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/perfectpoppetcreations
https://www.facebook.com/perfectpoppetcreations

Perfect Poppet Creations has beautiful handmade shoes and other accessories!
https://www.facebook.com/perfectpoppetcreations

Children s Clothing Part 3: Dressmaker, dressmaker, make me a dress!

I’m sure your mum/grandmother can tell you stories about making clothes themselves – a skill that is becoming rare! It makes sense to outsource many home skills for progress (we couldn’t expect working mums to also be crafting cupcakes every day and sewing clothes and crocheting tablecloths and growing expansive gardens…!) and yet I also feel sad that I cannot sew or knit (yet!). However, the owners of these businesses CAN! They’re mumpreneurs who have a talent, and they’ve turned it into a hobby or business making children’s clothing! Supporting NZ local businesses is a passion of mine – I would far rather be dressing my babes in homemade clothes than the chain store stuff! If you do too, check out some of these fab online shops for your children’s clothes!   pixieLittle Pixies Closet makes Pjs, dresses and matching dolls outfits, bibs, baby clothing, toys and other sewn goodies! https://www.facebook.com/LittlePixiesCloset

https://www.facebook.com/onesiebummsie
https://www.facebook.com/onesiebummsie

 

https://www.facebook.com/madebymama
https://www.facebook.com/madebymama

Merino Clothing for children from newborn to age 7. Hoodies, tops, singlets, leggings and beanies. https://www.facebook.com/madebymama

https://www.facebook.com/madebymama
http://www.lilygrace.co.nz/

Lily Grace makes beautiful dresses, skirts and pants for little girls. https://www.facebook.com/LilyGraceClothing and http://www.lilygrace.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/LesPommesRougesCreations
https://www.facebook.com/LesPommesRougesCreations

Les Pommes Rouges Creations makes gorgeous

 

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Betsy&Fred have skirts, dresses, ragdolls, purses and other treats!
https://www.facebook.com/betsyandfred and http://felt.co.nz/shop/betsyandfred

 

http://felt.co.nz/shop/therubyloushop
http://felt.co.nz/shop/therubyloushop

The RubyLou Shop has gorgeous pants from birth to age 5!
http://felt.co.nz/shop/therubyloushop

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/toastclothing
https://www.facebook.com/toastclothing

Toast Clothing has beautiful upcycled items for younger babes, as well as gorgeous brooches for mum. She wraps all parcels beautifully too!
https://www.facebook.com/toastclothing

 

http://www.CoochyCoo.co.nz/
http://www.CoochyCoo.co.nz/

CoochyCoo for NZ made merino!
http://www.CoochyCoo.co.nz/ and https://www.facebook.com/CoochyCooLtd

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/IzzyBearKidswear
https://www.facebook.com/IzzyBearKidswear

Beautiful clothing and accessories
https://www.facebook.com/IzzyBearKidswear and http://felt.co.nz/shop/izzybearkids

 

https://www.facebook.com/ArlieGirl
https://www.facebook.com/ArlieGirl

Arlie Girl makes gorgeous pants – if only they came in my size!!
https://www.facebook.com/ArlieGirl

 

https://www.facebook.com/LittleFaeHandmade
https://www.facebook.com/LittleFaeHandmade

Little Fae Handmade have beautiful little dresses!!!
https://www.facebook.com/LittleFaeHandmade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Clothing Part 2: Second-Hand

Sara from Little Poppets knows how frustrating it is to find nice and affordable clothing for children, so she came up with a novel idea… and developed Little Poppets Preloved Clothing store – an online second-hand clothing boutique!

Combining second-hand shopping with online shopping is just pure genius!!!Good quality, excellent condition, amazing prices, easy to use – what’s not to love?!

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The website is delightful and easy to use! All clothing is listed by age group, its easy to add to shopping cart, to pay (paypal)  – the function is fantastic!

But what about the quality? Sara has a 5-step process to ensure clothing is in top-notch condition, so you know you are buying clothing that is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or excessive wear!

I used Little Poppets, selected a few gorgeous items from Maternity, Girls and Baby… and they arrived on the courier just two days later! Oh the excitement!! The items were in fantastic condition and the prices for them were amazing! For $48, I received 5 items – and every order over $30 is delivered for free – that is unbeatable!

The very exciting thing about this online store is that is forms a cycle – you can also sell your outgrown  clothing BACK to Little Poppets!!! Request a courier bag, fill it with your freshly washed, clean and good quality clothing. Your items will be listed, and when sold, you’ll get some $$$ (or store credit!).

Washing helps eliminate some of the nasty chemicals in clothing, not to mention buying second-hand is ‘reusing’ and thus reducing waste – so second-hand wardrobe shopping is great on the environment!

Investing in good quality clothing is also good for your wallet. Rather than spending $10 on a cheap top that you get 5 wears from before it becomes holey and stretched, spend $20 on a top that you get 20 wears out of (and even then still looks great! EVEN BETTER, buy the quality at second-hand prices and get even more value for your dollars!

 

My conclusion: Little Poppets preloved clothing store is a god-send for busy budget-stretched parents! You can quickly and easily order items of clothing and have it delivered, at such a fantastic price. You can then sell your items easily and either make a little cash or earn store credit to get more clothing! I’m in love!

 

http://www.littlepoppets.co.nz/

https://www.facebook.com/LittlePoppetsPrelovedClothing

 

 

Introducing: Imagination Doors

When the fairies come to play…. and goblins make magic…. and pixies leave special treats…

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Ooooh, the wonder of childhood – the amazing imaginations that allow children to believe in things that we cant see – because seeing is not always believing!!

I decided to inject a little magic into our home. We’d become caught into a bit of a negative space, as happens every now and then. I dont know about you, but occasionally we all feel a bit timag1ired and run down, mama and papa feel stressed, the kids might be a bit of colour or extra busy at school… and it feels like we’re all fighting, yelling and just ‘surviving’. Anyway, this happened at the end of this Summer and I was keen to bring fun back to our family.

I have had a desire for a fairy door for sometime! I have ‘liked’ Imagination doors on facebook (www.facebook.com/imaginationfairydoors) and one popped up that appealed to me!!!! It was one directed at the interests of our boys, though, so I requested a pixie door be made in softer colours to appeal to me (i’m a real pink lover!) and my daughter.

Imagination Doors makes most doors to order – so you tell them the colour, style, little token on the door etc… and this talented couple gets busy! You don’t pay until you have seen the amazing creation they have come up with!

Soooo…. one day these doors appeared into our house!! I used blu tack to attach them (I ran out of Command strips!). One is located above our front door, and the other is above an internal door (I had put them lower but I know my children have sticky fingers 😛 !!).
The kids, when they noticed, were buzzing with excitement! A few days later, ‘snow’ appeared around both doors. And they may or may not find lollipops attached to the doors tomorrow morning 🙂

I had initially hoped to use the doors to introduce rewards for special achievements (like the Principals Award one child received last week, or when a child masters a tricky spelling word, or a child makes their bed without being asked). But without a doubt, the concept of magic needs no prerequisite, no task or chore, no conditions…. and so I have abandoned that idea, and intend to invoke a little magic whenever we need a boost in our family… and sometimes it might just be at a celebration of achievement, because after all… those fairies are watching!!!

 

http://www.imaginationdoors.co.nz – (and http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/9143798/Fairy-doors-find-big-market)

http://www.estellarose.co.nz

http://felt.co.nz/search/all/fairy+door