Wellbeing Wednesday – 6 things we love sharing with Toddler D

  

We took D out on the long weekend to the aquarium (post coming soon!) and apart from noticing all the cool sea creatures I also noticed how quickly he’d copy what other kids were saying and doing. 

“What the!?” and “Oh my God!” are just some of the things I heard him say for the first time ever and I freaked out. You might think that it’s nothing but hearing it come out of his mouth was very new to me – he is so young and innocent and cute and it just took me by surprise. 

I know he didn’t really know what he was saying, he was just copying other people, but it got me thinking. Thinking that I too need to watch what I say and do around him as he is constantly soaking up everything he sees. It’s so hard as a parent to know how and what to teach our kids (they will someday be future politicians, doctors, analysts, social workers etc!) that we can only do our best. 

So here are a few things we’ve been doing with D and he’s been loving it!

  

1) Staying active – Saturday mornings usually mean bicycle rides with Daddy and he loves it! He loves the wind in his face, the speed that they travel, seeing all the different things passing by like cars, dogs, ducks, and just spending time with his dad. He’s also started to watch me exercising and doing some pregnancy Pilates at home and the other day he handed me a jump rope and said “You exercise Mummy!” LOL! 

2) Enjoying the outdoors – any time we can we try to spend some time out in the fresh air and sunshine. Feels so good to be not always locked indoors especially during this winter season.

3) Growing veggies, herbs and fruits – I used to have a veggie patch with eggplants, brocolli, tomatoes and basil in abundance. That is, until Lando our dog joined the family. But now that he’s no longer a puppy he doesn’t dig around as much and so we decided we wanted D to see where food comes from. Our backyard is too small for chickens so we thought we’d get the veggie patch going again! Hopefully we’ll have some Dutch carrots, broccoli, leek and kale sprouting up in the next few months! 

4) Sharing meals together – we always eat dinner as a family, it’s just something my parents always practiced with us and D loves it! Except for when he wants to play with his cars. But luckily he’s such a great water and what other way to bond than around food! 🙂 

5) Giving thanks – I posted about D’s night time routine of reading, prayers and saying thanks and I got a lot of positive feedback about it. Never too young to start and it’s so amazing to hear what he’s thankful for each night. Sometimes he’s thankful for his mummy and daddy and aunties, sometimes it’s for his cars and sometimes it’s for random things like his bedroom door, or the light or our hands! Blessed! It makes me thankful too when I hear him say thanks for the little things because it reminds me how lucky we all are to have a door to keep us warm and readily available light at the flick of a switch! (If you missed that post you can read it here. Share what you or your kids are thankful for! – I’d love to hear it!!) #graceandthanks

6) Showing care and love towards others – D is lucky to have a lot of family and friends around him and we hope the closeness between everyone is a constant in his life. Showing affection and communicating with each other strengthens these bonds which hopefully gives D a strong foundation as he starts to build his own friendships and relationships with others – including any pets and the environment.

What are some of the little things you do with the people you care about? 

Made in Melbourne – June edit

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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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Believing in People

Believing in people

It can happen that we lose interest in people,
and even become blind to their strengths
when we discover their limitations.
During his passion Jesus discovered the limitations of Peter.
Yet he didn’t write him off.
He continued to believe in him,
and in time he came good.
Like Peter, we are weak human beings,
who are inconstant in our beliefs
We need someone who understands our weaknesses,
who realises that it may take time for us to overcome them,
and who doesn’t write us off because we don’t produce the goods at once.

An extract from my parish’s weekly published bulletin. Click here to have a read! 🙂

Happy Sunday everyone! Make the first hour of your week a happy, relaxing and reflective one by giving thanks for all your blessings and listening to the word of God. See you at mass! <3