The Gro Company

This post is not sponsored and I wasn’t asked to write about it either. I just wanted to share some advice from one parent to another. 


Lets talk about sleep swaddles…now I’m not going to lie, my newest addition Max isn’t sleeping through the night BUT our nights are a whole lot easier since using the Grobag Swaddles.  With my first child Brock I remember laying out the wraps on the bed, trying to keep his arms tucked in, having to take the whole wrap off at every nappy change and trying to work out if he was warm enough or not.

So let me share with you why I love these Swaddles Grobags.

  • They are super easy to use! Just lay your child in the bag and zip them up.
  • You can unzip the bottom to allow for easy nappy changes
  • They have press studs on the arms to allow your child’s arms to come out.
  • Doubled lined chest for secure swaddle comfort
  • Chin/zip guards and no rough edges or seams to prevent rubbing
  • Unique curved seams allow for natural leg position; officially recognised as “Hip healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute
  • They also come with a nursery thermometer and guide so you know what your child needs to wear with the swaddle according to your rooms temperature.
  • Best of all for a busy mum of two and a child that spews a lot, they are machine washable AND can be tumble tried on low heat. WINNING





The Swaddle Grobag comes in two weights of fabric:

  • Cosy is for cool rooms between 16 and 20°C
  • Light is for warm rooms between 21 and 25°C


They have so many gorgeous prints in this range and the quality is amazing! We have been using them for two weeks straight and can’t see us not using them now.

The Gro Egg is a fantastic room Thermometer that you can purchase. Much easier to use then the nursery thermometer the bags come with. I also use it as a night light for my older son.

This gorgeous comforter is also a Gro Company item. (He doesn’t sleep with it yet as that’s a SIDS risk)

This product works for us and I hope that you have found this information helpful. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or check out The Gro Company’s website for more information.

Thanks for Reading

Annmaree xx


The W17 Boys Fashion Round up

 Here are some of our top picks for Winter Fashion this season that will have your little man looking super trendy and staying nice and warm!

For the Toddler 

The Park Edit


Clothes from Threads For Boys 

Shoes from Bobux Shoes

For the Monochrome Lover 

Clothes from Threads For Boys 

Shoes from Bobux Shoes

For the Little One

For the Monochrome Lover

Clothes from Threads For Boys 

Shoes from Bobux Shoes

For the Crawler (or faller)  

Suits from Skittle and Mouse 

Beanie from TFPR & CO

Shoes from  Bobux Shoes

Being a Mum of boys I tend to lean towards darker colours for winter but will sometimes choose a colourful piece to brighten up a gloomy day. Check out these colourful choices…

Blue Romper, Jumper and Long Sleeve top from Baby Harrison Apparel 

Shoes from Bobux Shoes

Mustard Romper from Frankie Jones the Label

Stay tuned for a some changes coming to Life With Brock and I hope you enjoyed my picks for boys Winter Fashion.

Life With Brock xx



You don’t have to look hard at our Instagram page to realise how much we adore Bobux Shoes. First brought to my attention as a birthday present for Brock when he turned one they quickly turned into his favourite shoes and since then we have added a few more to the collection! Safe to say I am a Bobux Convert.


 Bobux have been at it since 1991 so safe to say they have been around a while to know their stuff! Their key goals are to create footwear that is good for kids feet and have beautiful design aspects. They are constantly learning and striving to achieve the very best in foot care and as a parent this should be your number one focus, the wrong pair of shoes can do a lot more damage in the long run.


Some key facts to know about Bobux are that they are child safe and non toxic, tested to reach standards and endorsed by podiatrists. They also offer shoes from newborn to pre-schoolers and each shoe is developed for the appropriate age. Gorgeous soft soled leather shoes for the newborns and a harder sole (thats still flexible) for the older kids. There is also a fast variety of colours and prints on offer to suit any child or parents taste. Bold colours, on trend monochromes and more classic designs and colours. Your child will always look stylish in any Bobux shoe.



Since owning Bobux shoes they have been tried and tested. Brock is not gentle, he doesn’t sit still and yet our Bobux shoes are still going strong. They have been on Brocks feet through the muddiest of puddles, running down sand dunes and general beach play, on the farm, parks and all our other many adventures through forest, pavement and dirt. I’m also not one to carefully clean anything so I just hose them off in the sink, let them dry and they are back on his feet the next day ready for another exciting adventure. Brock is also a Bobux lover and loves to stop and show people his shoes, it was cute at first and I thought it was because they were new but to this day he is still pointing out his shoes to strangers.


I could really go on and on about how much we love Bobux shoes but take it from us, our many friends and kids from all over the world who also own a pair. Bobux are a winner for your childs feet!

Life With Brock xx





Miles & Tate


The perfect decor, keepsake or gift for new parents does exist!

When someone tells me they are pregnant I usually meet that with excitement and a hug, followed by panic, I now have 7-8months to find the “perfect” gift. You know the one that says “I’m up with the kid trends, its sentimental and I actually put a lot of effort in” not my usual “oh shit dash to target on the way to visit the new baby.”  Well let me introduce you to Miles & Tate. The very trendy, sentimental and most thoughtful gift you could give a new parent OR purchase for yourself like I did.

Miles & Tate create the most amazing personalised cushions and also have a great range of wall prints, head bands and blankets. So scratch your head no more and do yourself a favour and save this into your go to gift list. While I write this I’m also working on an apology letter to the lovely ladies who make all these cushions by hand, don’t hold me responsible for your hospital bill when your hands don’t work anymore. 😉


So who are the ladies behind Miles & Tate? Let me introduce you to Mel and Cindy. The creative sister duo whose products are showing up in bedrooms around the world. They started M&T in late 2013 as their creative outlet when they were both on maternity leave. What stared as a hobby making some extra money selling to family and friends grew from there. They have always enjoyed being creative together even as kids and would always feed off each others ideas. As they both have different strengths they use it to their advantage. Mel drives their marketing content via social media and basically all the hard work behind the scenes as this is her full time job and Cindy works part time at M&T as she is also an Art Teacher. Cindy also takes the lead on all things visual and also the more boring bits of the business as she’s the more “tech savvy” sister. They have also enlisted the help of their mum to join their little team as she crochets all of their beautiful blankets and headbands.

I really admire people who create something original and always wonder where their inspiration came from. Cindy and Mel found inspiration for their cushions from a variety of different sources. Their distinctive geometric patterns stem from their love of art. They blended inspirations from the traditional artworks of Piet Mondrian with art from contemporary graphic designers, like the colourful Reg Mombassa from Mambo to create something unique. They gathered inspiration for their Wall Prints from things around them such as the ocean or nature, their prints are all original and each season they release a new collection.


I feel their is something extra special about buying a product from someone who has put so much effort and love into creating into it. The process that Cindy and Mel go through to create your beloved cushions is amazing. They draw every design by HAND! It is then coloured, sewn together, heat set, sewn again, stuffed with stuffing and then closed shut. This process roughly takes 1-2 hours per cushion from start to finish. They try and do the cushions in ‘lots’ and have a production line happening. Their stream of cushions is never ending as Mel lives in Northern NSW and Cindy lives in Melbourne’s West and they both have their own work spaces set up.

I have no idea how they manage to run a business and a household but Cindy and Mel have let me know its all about finding balance, they allocate time to work on M&T whilst their children are at daycare or when they are sleeping in the evening. They have a lot of early mornings and late night hustles and they save weekends for time with their families. They say working from home has its advantages (like staying in their pjs all day) but success doesn’t happen without hard work. They are outdoors people and going for a surf or walk everyday is essential to maintaining a healthy work/life balance to recharge the soul.
So after receiving my personalised cushion I can let you know that I am incredibly happy and that I now have something to treasure and hold onto that has my little mans name on the front and birth details on the back. I also have some awesome new prints to brighten up Brock’s room. So if like me you usually struggle to find someone a thoughtful gift check out Miles & Tate because not only is it a trendy room accessory its a beautiful keepsake to remind a new parent of such a precious time.
Life With Brock xx



If your like our family and love to adventure outdoors then one thing you will agree with me on is that a great coat is a must. Finding a good quality, warm and durable coat for your little one was a little difficult…until now! Norte are the new brand on the block and have your child covered.

Norte was created by two very creative and smart sisters, Casey a mum of 4 very active youngsters and Amy a spirited Aunty who works in major events in Melbourne. Growing up they were lucky enough to spend countless hours at their family beach house swimming, hiking, surfing, snorkelling and riding their bikes until after dark when their parents would come to find them and call it a night. As kids they were always into surf clothes and as they got older turned their attention to art, design and music. They even have enough instruments between the two of them for an entire classroom (I might bring my recorder for a jam)


 So how did it all begin? As they are a close family they spoke on the phone everyday and many of their conversations began with an excited “hey we should totally do…” and they would both discuss an array of creative ideas. Well one day Casey rang and mentioned how hard it was finding a good quality, trendy and practical jacket for the kids, who like their mum growing up, are often outdoors. Casey had spent countless hours browsing the web and searching through stores trying to find something and then decided that they should make them theirselves! So it started as a thought bubble and before they knew it they were knee deep in ideas and designs and they started work in creating Norte. An exciting time for both sisters to work on a project together and use their creative minds.


The Norte Jacket designs started out with a sketch, they both pictured a “seriously cool and seriously comfy jacket” for the kids. They found inspiration in their childhood love of clothes that were perfect for beach and outdoor use. They had a clear concept in mind that was centred around some of their favourite colours. They then designed some great patterns for the linings which are a unique feature to their jackets and look very stylish with the sleeves rolled back. Apart from looking good they wanted the jacket to be functional, a jacket families could depend on. They are light, they have elasticated sleeves and hoods so they are designed to stay put while the kids play and this also makes it easy to roll the sleeves up. The jackets are made from a high quality, light weight polyester shell with a warm jersey lining. The insulation is a great quality poly insulation which makes the jackets warm without the need to use animal down, something they were both passionate about to avoid. Not only did they create a fantastic Jacket they also have a great range of beanies!


So lately with the crazy weather we have had Brock’s Norte Jacket has not been far from hand. It was easy and light enough to roll up and throw in the nappy bag and when we needed it Brock was snug as a bug and could move freely. The elasticised sleeves were also a massive hit! I hate wet or muddy sleeves and thankfully they stayed in place and didn’t get in the way of his mud patties! I would definitely recommend Norte to all parents out there. I’m also really impressed that such a functional jacket can also look so on trend. Don’t forget if your like us and live in Victoria its never to early or late to have a good coat as the weather down here makes up its own rules.


Now for all my readers we have some exciting news to share! Norte are currently working on some new designs for next winter and even more exciting have a new range of spring and summer gear coming really soon! You can expect the same high quality, durable kids wear to get you through the warmer months. YAY!

So they were so kind enough to offer a sneaky preview for my readers of their new tee and cap design….So here they are!

norte 4
Image supplied by Norte
norte 6
Image supplied by Norte

Be sure to stay tuned to for more news coming soon! Also a big thank you to the Casey and Amy for sharing their story with me.


Life With Brock xx

Photos by Life With Brock/Strattan Photography

Harry High Pants


I wish someone had come to me when Brock was born and said “make sure you buy a pram liner”…it was the one thing I kept putting off. I wasn’t sure where to buy one from and I was a little nervous about purchasing online incase the quality wasn’t great. Well that was stupid because my pram got covered in food, milk and all sorts of bodily fluids. It wasn’t until about 3 months ago we came across Harry High Pants. Not only do they stock quality pram liners they also stock multipurpose covers, baby moccasins, baby bibs and baby change sets.


It is so much easier to take off the pram liner and wash it then clean my pram! So please if you are expecting a baby put this on your baby shower list or do yourself a favour and buy a pram liner. Harry High Pants has a fantastic range of beautiful, stylish prints that are also reversible and come with matching shoulder straps. They are made from a premium high density foam for extra comfort and durability and are treated with Ultrafresh to keep away mildew (which is a big bonus for those with asthma or eczema). They will also fit most prams, strollers, rockers, high chairs and trolleys. Oh and machine washable! Win win in my eyes.


Harry High Pants is a wonderful business ran by Lauren, her tradie hubby and her two sons Harry & Charlie. It all started out when Lauren was frustrated by not being able to find good quality, practical, preferably Australian made and funky baby products. First she began designing and making her own accessories for her first son Harry via YouTube lessons to teach herself how to sew. Then it wasn’t long before she had requests from friends who soon turned into customers and Harry High Pants began.


Harry High Pants is still designed by Lauren but now made by a family run manufacturing team right in here in Melbourne. Their packaging is also made in Melbourne and they are passionate about being Australian made and feel that it sets them apart from the other leading Pram Liner/Baby accessories businesses. Though their leather moccasins are not made in Australia they made the choice to support ethically run leather making businesses.

Leopard suit from Frankie Jones the Label

Lauren is an incredibly wonderful, vibrant and creative person with a flare for picking on trend prints and creating the perfect pram liners and baby accessories. Lauren hopes that her prints put smiles on faces and if they don’t, then her business name certainly should!




Life With Brock xx

Threads For Boys


Like most mums of boys we often find ourselves walking into a kids store and are blinded by the amount of pink, floral prints and glitter. As we fight our way through cute accessories and tutus we see a glimpse of blue, hidden at the back of the store. The boys section, usually lacking in sizes and mostly out of date fashion. Well hunt the boys section no more…Threads For Boys is an online store with all you need to keep your little man looking his best.

The mum who decided to create a dedicated shop for boys is the lovely Daniella and her inspiration and sidekick is a strong willed 2.5yr old boy named Benjamin, soon to be joined by another gorgeous boy in September. Daniella quit her day job as a Myotherapist to focus on Threads For Boys and although she doesn’t have specific retail experience she has a background in e-commerce/marketing and a fantastic taste in trendy threads. Her journey so far has been self taught and she is loving every moment.

Shoes from Bobux 

Threads For Boys has a wide range of incredible brands such as Kipp Kidds, Harlow Clothing, Jr Cooper, Little Lords, Paxton and Co and Huxbaby and for me finding them all in the one shop is highly convenient. Not only that I can also do my shopping once Brock’s in bed (the beauties of online.) They also have a great selection of shoes and hats. Daniella looks for brands that are unique and edgy whilst still being practical. She’s after clothing that lets boys express their individuality and stand out from the crowd. Most of the brands that are stocked are Australian owned but some are from New Zealand & America. Daniella understands what it’s like to run a business as a parent and most of the brands are also fellow mums and dads with small independent business’s she feels this adds to the uniqueness as she doesn’t want them mass produced and widely available.

So next time your considering tackling the shops to find your little man a very cool outfit, check out ‘Threads For Boys’ and save yourself the hassle. Or if your a brand looking for a stockist, have a chat to Daniella she is always on the hunt for new brands. Not only that she has told me that she is toying with the idea of designing her own range of clothing…definitely a lady to keep your eye on!




Life With Brock xx_

Little Wuppy®


I feel extremely honoured to be able to share this brand with you and the story behind how it all started. This Little Wuppy® is not only a gorgeous little soft toy, it represents a bigger picture and I hope it brings much joy and comfort to those who need it or becomes the little friend that goes with your child on all their wildest adventures. The wonderful, creative and inspiring lady behind Little Wuppy® is Linda, she was kind enough to share her story on why she started this new business venture.


Linda originally worked as a primary school teacher and after suffering severe anxiety and panic attacks resigned. She was housebound for part of a year and needed to find her purpose again. She then started her own online business specialising in personalised artwork for children, this went on for five years. It was during this time that she had networked with many people and had some very deep conversations with parents about their children who were suffering from anxiety on a daily basis. This really touched Linda and she decided she wanted to help these children, so she closed down her art business and focused on her new business venture.

The Little Wuppy® has been carefully designed as an aid to help comfort children and ease their worries. It can help in many ways and for many different situations. Children can place the wuppy’s heart against their own to send their worries to the dog, or for children that might have sensory processing issues or have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) they can rub the soft minky backing or its textured, embroidered heart. This can help keep them calm or help them stay focused. It can also provide comfort to children who may be faced with school camp, time spent in hospital, separation anxiety, missing a loved one or even the loss of a loved one.


The name Little Wuppy® comes from a combination of ‘worry puppy,’ (wuppy) and the product is small in size so its discrete for children which is where the word ‘little’ comes into play. Linda designed the Little Wuppy® herself, she combined her love of drawing and her obsession with sausage dogs to create the cute soft toy. Although its very cute, Linda has also carefully put a lot of thought into this design. She wanted it to be simple so it didn’t overwhelm already anxious children and kept it as kid friendly as possible. The shape of the dog is designed so it can be held with one hand or kept in a pocket, bag, pencil case or even placed under a pillow. The ink used is non-toxic and its fill is hypoallergenic. Its front is cotton and has a beautiful soft minky backing. Want to know another amazing fact about the Little Wuppy®? It proudly holds an Australian Made licence as it’s manufactured by a local seamstress and packed by Linda herself.

Linda’s Purpose: “Through Little Wuppy® I want to help children manage their worries and provide comfort for them in times of need. I want to help break down the stigma associated with mental health issues, especially in regards to children. I want to teach children and adults, that anxiety is real and it can be managed. I want to encourage open dialogue about mental illness. And I want people to know that there is no shame when it comes to mental health, no shame at all.”



I cannot thank Linda enough for letting me share her story. What an inspiring woman. Not only has she created such a well designed gorgeous toy but she is helping children everywhere. So if you’re reading this and have thought about a child that could benefit from owning one of these, head over and check out Linda’s website. Something as small as a Little Wuppy® could really make a big difference in a childs life.

Life With Brock xx

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Baby Harrison Apparel

Let me introduce you (if you haven’t already discovered) to this gorgeous little brand,
Baby Harrison Apparel.
I don’t think this brand could have your child looking any cuter! From their beautiful rompers, overalls, shorts, leggings, harem rompers, singlets and soft comfortable jumpers, your child will be the best dressed in the playground. Not only will your child be looking the part, these clothes are designed for comfort. They are non restrictive so your little one can keep walking, crawling or wriggling around.


The amazing, creative and clever woman behind this brand is Chloe, and Baby Harrison Apparel was named after her 14month old son Harrison. It all started when Chloe had Harry, she went from working 12 hour days to being a stay at home mum and had no idea what to do. She was on her own, with no family around. She ended up suffering from post natal depression and spent the first six weeks of Harry’s life crying. She didn’t know who she was anymore and decided to change this and do something for herself.
Chloe has always been a creative person and during her primary school days she would make quilts and sew clothes for her dolls and bears. She also studied art during and after school. So when Harry napped she would sew, (lucky for her he napped a lot) she would be in her craft room doing what she loved and taking her mind off her post natal depression. Now when Harry started dribbling she made him bibs to match his outfits and from there other mums in her mums group started asking for bibs, cute nappy covers and so on. They would request and she would sew.
So from there Baby Harrison Apparel has grown and become the wonderful brand you see on your own kids or others. Chloe always sources out her own fabrics and looks for fun patterns and colours, she’s drawn to ones that make her feel happy. The designs she creates are also different from those you can buy at the shops. She also offers custom order spots, which is wonderful if you have something in mind and like me you can’t even sew your button back on your shirt.
So if your browsing the internet trying to search for the perfect 1st Birthday outfit or something fun and happy for your child to wear look no further then Baby Harrison Apparel. Not only are you supporting another mum, your child will be looking the goods.
Life With Brock xx
Ps: If your reading this and you too are feeling overwhelmed by the journey of motherhood, remember you are not alone. Reach out to someone, see your doctor or find your happy place. The combination of fatigue, hormonal changes and the psychological adjustment to motherhood can be little too much at times.

Gippsland Makers Market


What a turn out, everyone involved with the Gippsland Makers Market should be very proud of what they achieved. Fantastic location, amazing stalls and such a great day! Possibly the only down fall of the event was parking, you would of thought the amount of streets and the 200 car parks available in front of the market would have been sufficient but it was chaos. Imagine Fountain Gate at christmas time. People were even making up their own spaces. Through no fault of the market though. Crazy parking is usually expected at these events but could people please listen to their advice and don’t block the service road.

Brock and I decided (well I decided and he had to go along with it) that we would check out the stalls and round up our top picks for the day.

Timberland Tribes



This beautiful little store has the most gorgeous hand made wooden toys, perfect for growing minds and imaginary play. I of course was a huge fan of the turquoise camera, but I could easily buy it all. Those little mountain peaks would be the perfect accessory for any kids bedroom, especially if you love a good “shelfie.”



Lekkel & Co


Such vibrant colours and fantastic products. I’ll be adding those mini deck chairs to Brock’s Christmas list. The only problem would be deciding on a colour! Lekkel & Co offer lounge bags, mini deck chairs, beach clutches, outdoor throw cushions, swim bags, outdoor seat pads, outdoor floor cushions and waterproof totes! By the end of the market you could of found Brock and I curled up in one of these lounge bags!







Visiting this store and I could almost here myself “clucking” these items were perfect for a nursery/child’s bedroom. They make Teepees, baby clips, baby play gyms, teether’s, mats and blocks. Not sure if that fabric is for you? Well they also do custom orders. Definitely worth checking them out!




Potted Life


I think I could just leave the photos here…seriously how amazing are these pots? Handcrafted and the perfect added decor to any home.





Hello Sweet Mae


Beautiful handmade homewares and accessories such as fabric baskets and zipper pouches. Such beautiful prints and great quality. I’m pretty sure our house could do with a touch of colourful organisation.





Parkly Press


The last in our round up is Parkly Press, they create custom designed stationary. We will definitely be getting in touch with Erin. These would make the perfect gift for someone or if your like me you will just buy it yourself.



Thank you for taking the time to read our roundup of our top picks for the Gippsland Makers Market. Such a successful day and can’t wait for the next one.

If you missed this one make sure you follow them on social media or check out there website for the next one!


Images by Strattan Photography