The animals are ALIVE at Watergardens – Free school holiday fun!

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School holiday fun this April
This time of year is always one of my favourite long weekends as I get to spend time with family and also to reflect on the new gift of chance we have been given.
This year we attended special masses all week and Daniel also made his first Easter hat for their Easter hat parade at his childcare centre. He was so excited and proud to show his grandparents his creation and it was a nice opportunity for us to do some crafting together at home 🙂
For those of you who still haven’t been on the animal adventure at Watergardens, make sure you head down there for some free family fun! You can also snap a photo with a panda, create your own animal mask and win an overnight stay at the wonderful Werribee Zoo!
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“These school holidays, don’t miss out on seeing the first ever Animal Adventure Animatronic Display at Watergardens!  
The display, features lions, tigers, zebras, macaws and, gorillas, to name just a few, is a fun-filled way for children and adults to learn more about these intriguing animals. You will have the opportunity to get close to a zebra’s stripes, hear a lion roar, spot a giraffe standing tall, see the sparkle in a tiger’s eye, and listen to the calls of macaws and much more.

In addition to the animatronic display, Watergardens Town Centre will host an animal craft workshop, where children can let their creative side go wild, and make their own animal mask to take home. There will also be an animal cookie decorating workshop, as well as an opportunity to take a photo up close and personal with a panda.”

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AACUTE package with surprise melts and a handwritten message – love the personal touches!
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AACUTE – Handmade Candles and jewellery

With the arrival of the cold winter climate last month, a scarf, coat and the Klassic Kelly AACUTE necklace were just a few things I was could not stop wearing. Simple, unique and made in Melbourne. After missing AACUTE at a few markets I decided to visit their Etsy store and with such cool, pretty pieces I had just wanted to buy everything! After asking the Etsy ladies for a colour combo that wasn’t listed I was so excited when I received my purchase in the mail and super impressed with their customer service, speed of delivery and friendliness!

When I first wore my new AACUTE piece on a day out with Baby D I was surprised when two people in a row asked me “Is that AACUTE?!”, “Do you know Julie!!?”. I answered yes and, no I’ve never met the lovely AACUTE ladies yet – only through Etsy conversations 🙂 Seems like Julie and Kelly have made their mark here, next step, world domination! 🙂

 The above colour combination of peachy, and neutral tones with a hint of aqua and gold flakes is now back in their Etsy store as well as a whole brand new range for the season! -I am currently crushing on the Archipelagos necklaces. AACUTE will also be making an appearance at the Round She Goes market in Box Hill on Saturday 13th of July so don’t miss out and head on out there to shop their new range!

Curious Grace – 7a Kent st, Yarraville and Shop 3, 107 Victoria st, Seddon

“Danish style furniture. Scandinavian and Modern Industrial Designs” is the description on Curious Grace’s website and last weekend we went to the opening of their new Yarraville furniture store with special guests Kim & Matt from the current season of The Block. I’ve been trying to get my act together at home trying to fix up Baby D’s nursery and, with some helpful tips from interior designer Ally Batties the hubby and I eagerly explored Curious Grace’s wares. Not only do they stock quality solid timber furniture, they also have original art pieces, homewares and locally made jewellery (AACUTE stocked here!) adorning their new space in Melbourne’s inner west.

The service here is friendly and welcoming and I love their website where you can shop online and also get to know the artists behind their art collection through interviews they update regularly. Click here for the latest Curious Conversation with Kim & Matt 🙂

For inspiration and ideas make sure you visit this exciting new space and head down to Curious Grace.

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A cheeky day in South Melbourne

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Cheeky Cinos (photo from www.cheekycinos.com.au), pumpkin soup, catchup, exterior of Cheeky Cinos, lovely wares at the South Melbourne market.

Cheeky Cinos, happy mums!

What a beautiful Friday to end the week! Sunny, crisp and perfect for a stroll down the streets of South Melbourne and my first ever visit to the cafe that mums rave about, Cheeky Cinos on Cecil street. This is a parent’s haven where you can actually enjoy eating with both hands, have a straight-forward conversation with your friend, and sit still not having to push a pram back and forth in an effort to lengthen your baby’s nap time while you hurriedly scoff down your food before he wakes up (sound familiar?!)

It was 12.30pm and the place was roaring with busyness! I ordered a coffee and biscotti and it came out in what looked like a soup mug – nice and huge! 🙂 There were prams neatly parked in a row and plenty of highchairs if needed. The play area was amazing! Even as an adult I wanted to climb in there and explore in bare feet!

Although Baby D attends many play dates and Mother’s group outings, I have never yet left him completely on his own so being a little apprehensive we tested out the waters. The state-of-the-art developmental play area was so welcoming and Daniel made himself quite at home rather quickly though he did keep turning around to see if I was still there. After a few minutes I decided that he would be ok on his own so I bought him 15mins of surpervised play time ($5). He totally LOVED it! He watched all the other kids wobbling around and he happily tummy crawled his way around the padded maze of learning equipment. I was so excited to see him all independent and happily playing without me but also a little sad that he is growing up so quickly. No wonder everyone tells me to enjoy every moment – they really do grow up fast!

We must definitely visit Cheeky Cinos again so daddy can see Baby D in action and also to visit South Melbourne market again as there are so many pretty things to look at and lots of inspiration for home decorating. We ended this fabulous Friday in South Melbourne visiting a few more boutiques and pop-up shops in the area and filled our tummies with Wat Da Pho goodness! It was so good that I didn’t get the chance to take photos of what we ordered so more of an excuse to go back again next time!

In the evening we enjoyed some quiet time for reflection and to give thanks for all our blessings at St Francis.

What did you get up to last Friday?

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Christmas DIY – Personalized Stockings!


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felt letter cut-outs, craft scissors, different coloured felt, stockings from the Reject Shop and Spotlight, photo ledge from Ikea, the finished product!

I have always wanted to hang a row of stockings in my house but never had a fireplace or mantelpiece to do so. So this year hubby got his handyman on and put up some photo shelves that we can use to display all sorts of things including our personalized Christmas stockings!

Easy DIY Personalized Christmas Stockings 

You will need:

– a pair of quality craft scissors

– a pen or chalk

– double-sided tape

– plain Christmas stockings (from the Reject Shop or Spotlight)

– felt in the colour of your choice

Step 1: Draw the outline of the letters on the felt with a pen or dressmaking chalk

Step 2: Use your scissors to cut out the letters

Step 3: Stick the double sided sticky tape onto the back of your felt letters. Then peel of the other side of the tape and attach them to the ready-made stockings. (I bought 3 stockings from Spotlight and cut the pom-pom’s off them so that I could use the green space for our names. I bought the last stocking from the Reject shop for our dog’s stocking. It was very plain so I also cut paw prints out of felt – I think I made them a bit too big because they look like bear paws instead of a puppy’s paws! LOL!!).

And that’s it! Easy DIY Christmas stockings!

I wanted to personalize them even further by decorating the stockings with more shapes for example a treble clef sign on my stocking, a pair of headphones for hubby’s and a little car for baby’s! But for now our names will have to do as the days seem to get busier and busier.

They are so colourful and I like how they brighten up our lounge room!

What other Christmas decorations do you like to put up around the house?