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. 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Bobux

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Website: www.bobux.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobux

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bobuxshoes/

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Miles & Tate

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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. 😉

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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.

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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.
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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.
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Life With Brock xx

Threads For Boys

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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.

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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!

Website: www.threadsforboys.com.au

Instagram: www.instagram.com/threadsforboys_

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threadsforboys/

Life With Brock xx_

Little Wuppy®

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

Don’t forget to follow all our adventures on Instagram xx

No Kids: No Idea

Guilty, yes I am guilty of judging parents before I had a child of my own, but who isn’t?  As I watched on with judgmental eyes at the crazy looking mum, hair in a mess, food on her shirt whist she wrangled her child into a headlock as he bit her arm. I thought to myself… “that will never be me, my child will be a perfect angel” I envisioned myself sitting with my perfect little man eating carrot sticks on a park bench as we threw our heads back and laughed at the other mums with their misbehaving children “hahaHa.”

Boy was I wrong!

My perfect little Pinterest bubble popped pretty quickly. I’m currently siting here writing this as I think back to the last few months. My son has just turned one and we have already implemented time out. My hair is rarely ever done, makeup? who has time for that? Oh and carrot sticks!! Thats a laugh I can hardly manage to get him to eat anything that isn’t a chip.

Brock is as feisty as they come, a tornado, my little fire cracker but don’t get me wrong he can also be the sweetest, most beautiful boy! But today I ducked from him because I thought he was going to bite me but instead he gave me a kiss. To all those parents out there that may have caught my judgmental eyes I AM SORRY! Here I was thinking that you must of done something wrong, that you raised them to hit and bite, that they must of been living off McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

The reality of it all is, children can get frustrated. Brock is a fine example. He is incredibly independent.  He won’t stay still for very long and we have been quite strict with him from the start.

So if you see me wrestling my child as he repeatedly hits me in the face for taking him out of the shopping trolley and your thinking “my child will never be like that”…you never know they just might.

Life with Brock xx

Hello

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Life with Brock is a place for me to share my personal experiences, adventures and brands that we just can’t get enough of.

I’m a first time mum, long-term shopaholic and lover of photography. My son Brock is a beautiful boy but far from the quiet, placid child I had envisioned whilst pregnant. He is a fire cracker, a tornado and my world would be a lot cleaner without him BUT I wouldn’t change a thing.

As a family we do a lot together and I’ve had a lot of questions about some of the places we have gone from other parents regarding how “parent friendly” a place might be, which has inspired me to write about the places and include details that we think would be useful.

I will also be talking about Clothing Brands. As a mum it’s a little hard to resist a good find or a bargain at times. So I’m here to share my finds and experiences. I’m new to the Instagram world for kids and there are a whole lot of brands out there, so follow us as we sort through and discover some amazing small business’s and also share some great finds.

Please email me with any questions you might have or if you would like to work with us

Thank you

Life with Brock xx