A week in review part 3: Tot Books

I think we have established that I am obsessed by books. Growing up, my mum was a journalist and loved reading. For me, I always saw books as a gorgeous Sunday afternoon luxury, a constant friend, a world of adventure just waiting for me at the end of the day.

When my mum gave me a personalised book called The Wattle Fairy for my fifth birthday, I thought it was magical. How did the author know my name? How did she know the name of my street and that I have two older sisters and a dog called Blue? It was my favourite book for years. I may or may not have a fairy tattoo that may or may not have been inspired in part by the story.

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The Wattle Fairy. I have a million books. My husband loves moving house with me.

So when the lovely Tracey from Tot Books contacted me about her local start up which uses your child’s photo and favourite activities to personalise a book, I couldn’t wait to see what she’d come up with for Mini. She sent me a free PDF and as I opened it, I could not stop laughing.

Ladies and gentlemen, she did not disappoint.

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They tamed her wild curls in ways I could only dream about

The simple, repetitive language used on each page makes this perfect for my little preppie to read to me. And her sister. And herself. And the cat. But come on, the best part about it is that little face. Let’s look at a couple more pages….

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I actually avoid taking her swimming and force Insta Husband to go instead but this book allows me to create false memories of excellent mothering so #winning
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Her face! I cannot get enough of it. This page is speaking truth.

So overall, All About Me is a big success in our household. If you’d like to order your own, pop on over to their website. It only takes a few minutes and who knows, maybe your child will keep it forever.

Now It’s Time For Something a Little Different

When I was invited down to Mount Eliza to visit Peninsula Endermologie to receive a complimentary Endermologie treatment I was slightly apprehensive. Would it be a clinic with nurses in white coats? Did it involve needles and stretched skin? Would the waiting room be full of women with perfect eye brows? But when I mentioned to my sister that I was considering having a facial treatment she growled “Do it” so enthusiastically that I quickly accepted the offer.

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Beautiful Niamh outside Peninsula Endermologie

Before we go any further, I can hear you asking “Miss Morni Penni, what are you even talking about? Nice brows by the way.” Well this picture will explain things approximately eleventy billion time better than I can with words:

And so will this:

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What does it actually feel like? Well to be honest, it kind of felt like a baby trying to feed from my face but with no dribble. A gentle suction sensation that left my skin feeling warm. Niamh (pronounced Neve for those wondering) and I chatted throughout the treatment about Paleo diets, the NBN, parenting, writing, collagen and life in general. Before I even looked in the mirror my spirits felt lifted by Niamh’s warmth. She’s a gem!

The results: This type of technique is an ongoing process but I definitely noticed a difference in my skin after one treatment. I sneakily took note of any compliments I received over the coming week to see if anyone else would see a difference.

“How’s the baby’s routine going? You look fresher!” -School Mum (the baby’s routine has gone to pot FYI. Teething, solids, life)

“You look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep” -My Mum (No mum….no. Baby. So tired.)

“Your skin looks great!” -Lovely Friend (over cocktails. May have been a  bit drunk.)

So in conclusion, would I continue having Endermologie treatments? I am not 100% sure. Probably not right now. Niamh did tell me a couple of times how great my skin is (love her.) I’m turning 36 next month so ask me again in 12 months.

If I did decide to have it again, would I choose Peninsula Enermologie? Definitely.

Would I pay good money just to hang out with Niamh and chat? Yes! She’s awesome.

The other thing I should mention is that I have very reactive skin – I often break out when using new cosmetics or shampoo. Because this doesn’t involve products, my skin loved it and I just got refreshed skin with no rash or breakout. Yay!

For more info on how to get in touch with Niamh, check out her Facebook Page or her website.

 

Bee a better person with Bee Glad Eco Wraps

I never knew how limited in creativity I was until I started making school lunches. How many ways can I chop a carrot and slice an apple? And how many different swear words can I come up with when the lids to all the containers fail to come home? The answer to one of these is ‘2’ and the answer to the other is ‘several’. I’ll let you guess which is which. So when Bee Glad kindly sent me some Eco Wraps to try out for free, I knew my lid finding woes were over!

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Amazing

The pack we got came with three varying sizes (genius) and each size came in a different print so they’re easy to recognise at a glance when you’re tired and running late for school.

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Even the packaging is compostable!

You can learn more about the process of how these beauties are created by checking out Bee Glad’s Instagram account here.

We used all three every day for a week and miracle of miracles, they came home each and every day. A quick wipe down and they were ready for the next day. Carrots, apples, sandwiches, baked treats, nothing was too awkward for these babies. That’s because the warmth of your hands moulds the wrap to the shape of your food. Huh! So cool.

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So, overall, these were a big YES in our household.

But something else started to happen during our first week of using the Eco Wraps. Having daily awareness of the amount of plastic I was no longer using made me more conscious overall about waste.

So I bought a reusable straw one day when I was ordering a juice. (Bee Glad sells these too I have since discovered.) It even came with a little cleaning brush.

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Who even am I?

Then I found myself ordering a reusable takeaway coffee cup from KeepCup. And always making sure I had my glass water bottle with me because disposable plastic water bottles are ridiculous.

Keep Cup for the win! Click on this affiliate image to be redirected to Amazon to buy your own.

 

And then I even started considering getting a few cloth nappies before I remembered that the laundry is already out of control with all the clothes in there. So now I’m having a garage sale on the weekend because it seems ridiculous to have SO many clothes.

It’s these small changes which can lead us to a more mindful way of conducting our routine activities. That makes ‘going through the motions’ feel more connected. I won’t say that I look forward to making school lunches now but I definitely hate it a little less.

Find out everything you need to know about how to take the first step to being a better human by checking out the Bee Glad website

You Little Beauty

It’s no secret that I am Frankston obsessed. So when I heard that the founders of the Emu Plain Market were spreading the love to Funky Town, I knew I had to get the low-down stat.

“We have been looking for a sister site for over two years and have finally found a space that conveys who we are and what our markets are all about” says organiser Vanessa Johnson

Little Beauty (I know, how cute) will be held in Beauty Park on High Street in Frankston and I for one cannot wait to check it out.

It’s an exciting next step for Vanessa and husband Joel’s newly formed events company Untold Events Co. This market will showcase 160 of Melbourne’s very best stall holders.

So who will be there?

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Haus of Health legends (photo used with permission)

The gorgeous Haus of Health will be coming along with their spice blends, hand-crafted tea and very cool food toppers. These are you go-to girls for vegan friendly, gluten free, dairy free, organic, delicious super food.  Yum! Plus, they are sisters! And they work with their mum. I love them already.

See their incredible work right here

 

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Peninsula Wildflower (photo used with permission)

How beautiful are these blooms by Peninsula Wildflower?

I had such a hard time choosing an image from them as they are all so gorgeous. You should just go check them out on Instagram immediately. See the pretty flowers here.

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Faery Emma (Image supplied by Untold Events Co)

 

 

 

 

Faery Emma is a face painting, art class running glitter ball of fun. What else do you need to know?

Okay, in case you do need to know more (like how to book her for a birthday party so you can focus on the champagne drinking to celebrate surviving another year with the little darlings) have a look at her magical Instagram by following the star dust over here

There will also be heaps of food options from Babajas Kitchen, Mushiki Dumplings, Gozleme Queen, Greek Masa, The Burglary and Flying Calamari Bros. just to name six!

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Yum. (Image supplied by Untold Events Co.)

So. Sounds amazing right? Well wait until you see the list of craft stall holders. My very favourite so far is Bianca’s Shop (she’s 16 years old people and she has her own business. Why have I wasted my life?)

Little Beauty will be on show on March 25th and April 22nd with free entry and parking. For more details check out the new Little Beauty Website

See you all there!

 

Free Art In Frankston

Frankston is cool.

Gone is the stigma of even just a few years ago. With the average price for a four bedroom house in Frankston hitting half a million dollars in February 2017, Frankston is on the up and up. (And that’s just Frankston PROPER including Frankston North. Frankston South was $787000.)

And like all late bloomers and underdogs, Frankston has attracted public and government funding for community initiatives just like suburbs like St Kilda and Fitzroy. This has created a wealth of free art across the suburb complemented by terrific coffee, creative boutique style stores and a wealth of community events. I heart Frankston!

Here are some of our favourite free art spots across Frankston:

Gallery Lane, Frankston Library, Beauty park and Frankston Beach are all home to some wonderful creations.

There’s also this public art and a great list of sculpture here and if you are willing to travel a little further afield you cannot go past our favourite art spot.

 

Fairy Trees of Mt Eliza

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Fairy door on Barmah St

I used to be a professional fairy. No, no, you read that right. I was a fairy. Wings, garland, glitter, the whole shebang. I was in my early twenties and I’d go to kid’s parties and cast spells and do treasure hunts and pose in photos with creepy dads. Ew. My stage name was Fairy Sparkle.

I’ve always been attracted to quirky treasures. The unusual. The enchanting. So you can imagine my excitement when Mini finally stopped going on about Peter Rabbit and finally delved into the world of princesses, pirates and of course FAIRIES.

I feel like there should be way more fairy trees out there but we are happy to have found two in Mt Eliza. Now before you get too excited, these trees are pretty basic but you know what? It doesn’t matter. As soon as you press a wishing stone into a tiny hand and whisper tales of Gumnut and Snuggle Pie into a little ear you child will be spellbound.

Our first discovery is the fairy tree in the park next to Kunyung Preschool. It features a couple of fairy doors and we recommend you BYO fairy bits and pieces to leave at the tree so it may one day be as amazing as it once was! As a side note, apparently a kinder dad was behind the magic of this tree. It once had a letterbox, door bells and other extras. Cute!

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Making wishes

The second fairy tree in Mt Eliza is within the play area within Linton’s Café (which is within the Eden Garden Nursery on Canadian Bay Road. Like a Babushka doll!) This play area is seriously cute and Linton’s does amazing cakes so plan enough time to spend an hour or so here.

This tree features a fairy door and what Mini calls ‘Fairy homes’ further up the trunk. The perfect place to daydream on a sunny day and waste an afternoon.

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The Fairy Door at Linton’s.

Miss Morni Penni tip: You can buy your glass wishing stones in bulk from Bunnings and use this official Fairy Wish (circa 1999 courtesy of Fairy Sparkle)

I believe in fairies

Yes I really do

I believe my dreams and wishes

Will come true.

Here’s hoping all of you little one’s wishes come true.

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Review: Soul Press, Mornington.

I don’t know about you but breastfeeding makes me want to EAT ALL THE THINGS. Which is fine except ‘all the things’ are usually toast, a stray muesli bar and a hash brown from the drive through. This is where Soul Press comes in to save the day. Quick food that is delicious AND healthy.

I first fell in love with Soul Press while frequenting their Edithvale store. It popped up like a funky mirage in the quiet shopping strip opposite the beach side of the station. A few juices, treats and amazing raw bowls and I was hooked.

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Matcha Maiden

Well headed in on Saturday morning and although it was busy, we received our takeaway order as quick as a flash. The friendly staff gave us a buzzer so that we could move away from the crowded ordering area and people watch from a table. The décor is fresh and cool and there is enough seating and room outside for a mother’s group get together or a casual chill with friends. Inside is compact yet carefully furnished for maximum use of space- you could fit in a pram or two in without crowding other patrons.

 

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“Like a cookie”

 

 

Mini chose a berry vanilla biscuit and declared that it ‘tastes like a cookie.’ I had the Matcha Maiden bowl and it was delish. Easy to eat with one hand while holding The Baby in the other. Win.

The perfect spot to grab a green smoothie on your lunch break, or you know, on the way home from school drop off. We’ll be back.

Soul Press Mornington: 105/6 Ross St, Mornington. Open 7 Days.

 

 

Little Libraries

Have you discovered the Peninsula’s trail of book boxes?

Being a family of book lovers, we began to notice these gorgeous little libraries popping up over the last few years.

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Mount Martha

Essentially running on a book exchange system, these gorgeous community offerings are a great way to broaden your reading repertoire and show your child the joy that can be found in a book. No membership required and if you love the book, you can keep it FOREVER. How cool is that? And it’s free!

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Hastings

We love discovering new locations and carefully selecting a book to exchange. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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Mount Martha

To help you find your closest Street Library, we’ve created a list of the best maps on offer here, here and here

Check them out and get reading!