Sunday Reflections – Surrounded by love

It’s been a tough few days…weeks…actually a tough few months…and while I rarely post on here about the relationship, health and general life events that sometimes make me feel blue, I thought I’d take a moment to acknowledge the mysterious ways in which He works. It’s just amazing. I’ve learnt so much about life through death these past few weeks and am so grateful for the people who have been there for us. 

Life has been overwhelming lately but note to self – things truly do happen for a reason. 

Here’s to a new chapter in our lives, one where we live simply, love whole heartedly and always forgive. Witnessing a family come together in celebration and reflection during the hardest of times has strengthened my faith even more of the importance of being in the company of, and cherishing loved ones. 

It takes a village not only to raise a child, but us adults too.


Sunday Reflections – The importance of gratitude

How can I be a blessing to others today?

Once there was a young man who never thought of donating blood. But then his father got very ill and was hospitalised. 

One day the son was sitting by his faher’s beside as he was getting a blood transfusion. As he watched the blood flowing into his father’s veins, he suddenly realised that somebody donated the blood that was now keeping his father alive. Straightaway he made up his mind hat he would become a donor and he was as good as his word.

Many are willing to avail of the generosity of others, but few are willing to give something back. This is why gratitude is so important. It makes us want to give something back.

(Excerpt from the parish’s weekly bulletin which can be found here)

Every night Mr D practices gratitude by telling us the things he is grateful for that day. It’s so heartwarming to hear what he has to say, which lately has been all about family and holidays!

Whether it’s an action that is big or small, how can you be a blessing to someone today? 

Style Saturdays – Brights

Hannah in Bonds and Big W

Loving this super bright patterned Bonds singlet! It captures perfectly how happy I feel when I see these two starting to interact with each other more and more each day . So in love with our little minis.
Bro and sis“Kuya, can I have some of your hair?”
Hannah Bonds and Big W

Cardigan – Pumpkin Patch

Singlet – Bonds

Leggings – Big W

Headband – a gift from my cousin from a cute little stall at Highpoint that sells hair accessories and also sunnies.

Mama Mondays – Planet Kids

Planet Kids Play Centre
10-12 Cecil Street, Southbank

The challenge – two mamas from opposite sides of Melbourne to catch up in a central location, comfortable for both kids and mamas to play and relax. The solution – Planet Kids!

It was my first venture out alone with my two little ones – a newborn and a 2 year old. It was a hot summer’s day and it was my first attempt at catching up with my sister in law who also had a newborn and a one year old in tow.

Planet Kids was air conditioned, spacious but not with a warehouse feel and had what us mamas needed – coffee! After what felt like half an hour of getting a parking spot and finding a ticket machine, making it inside this parents’ haven was a huge relief.

There were different areas for the kids to play in depending on their age. We loved the soft toddler play area for kids ages three and under and Daniel also loved the cars and the tall play gym structure with a huge slide. All the different areas felt clean and well looked after.

– Soft toddler play area
– play rooms with different toys in each
– party rooms where you can host a party for your little one
– open space in the middle of the play centre for kids to drive around the ride-on cars
– an interactive space also in the middle of the play centre for games and some dancing fun
– a cafe selling reasonably priced snacks and food (We had two ham and cheese toasted croissants and a cappucino. They use Five Senses Coffee.)

Planet Kids is adjacent to Cafe Ciel, and this is where you also enter the play centre if you’re entering via the ramp. It has a sophisticated, industrial feel to it and if you feel like more “grown up” snacks and food, you can purchase some here instead of the cafe inside Planet Kids. It can also be hired as a function space – we attended the launch of the Wonderful Mama online magazine at Cafe Ciel last year and the drinks and canapes were gorgeous.

Daniel had a great time!

Where are some of your favourite play spaces to take catch up with friends and kids?