Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Beautiful Girl's Room by Bubkess

Every now and then a gorgeous new room pops up in my instagram or facebook feed and makes my heart sing. This nursery from the very talented Deborah over at Bubkess is one such room. I could be a little biased because she's included one of my gold love cushions, but I don't believe so. I genuinely think this is my favourite kids room reveal that I have seen all year!

There are a whole lot more photos of this sweet space over on the Bubkess Blog, so many gorgeous details to pour over (along with a few fun DIYs)!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lincoln Loves Treasures (plus a Giveaway & Nursery photos!)

 ** This post is sponsored by Nuffnang and Treasures Nappies - All opinions belong to me, and all adorable chubby thighs belong to Lincoln**

A couple of weeks back I was asked if I would try Treasures Nappies, a thirty year old, leading New Zealand brand that has just hit the shelves here in Australia. Honestly, my first reaction was to say 'thanks, but no thanks'. I tried out a few brands of nappies when Max was little, found the ones I liked and have stuck with them ever since. I didn't even bother trying anything new when Link came along, I just stayed with what I knew. Then I got to thinking, soon I will have two babies in nappies... Which means double the cost (and double the poo...). I figured now was probably as good a time as any to give it a shot.

As I heard a little more about the nappies I actually started to get excited about giving them a try. My sister told me that she used (and loved them) when she was living back home in good old NZ and I found out they come in at a lower price point than my current brand. A recommendation and the chance to save money, win win!

So here's what happened when Link and I took them for a test run.

First Up - The Acid Test
The nappies arrived just before Link's naptime, so I figured that was as good a time as any to get started. I changed Link's cute little butt into one and put him down for his nap. Two hours later I heard him calling out 'Mum, Mum, Mum, Poo Poo, Poo Poo (as he does!). By the way it kills me that he's dropped the 'Mumma' and switched to 'Mum' so young. I'm sure Max was still calling me 'Mumma' when he was three! Anyway I went in to pick him up and was hit with a wave of poo so I knew it was going to be a bad one. And it was! It was one of those explosive poos that go all the way up the back, and the front of the nappy. Not great, but a perfect chance to see what Treasures could handle. I was seriously surprised (and impressed) when there was no leakage at all. Not one tiny bit. The entire mess was completely contained in the nappy. We were off to a very good start!

Round Two - The Overnighter
Feeling confident that the nappies could handle such a big poo, I decided to put them to the overnight test. Link still isn't a great sleeper and often wakes up in the night wanting a bottle. When he does I don't change him because it gets him too alert, I just feed him and get him back into bed as quickly as possible. Good for my sanity, but it does mean a really wet nappy in the morning. The two things I was hoping for would be that the nappy wouldn't leak (obviously), but also that there wouldn't be a really strong smell. Some of the other brands I tried with Max were terrible for that. When I went in and picked Link up in the morning the Treasures passed both with flying colours, they easily contained everything and there was no nasty all night wee smell. I've used them every night since and am loving them!

Last Up - The Pants Test (aka my baby has a big butt)
Link is a little chunky, in the good way that some babies are. He has deliciously chubby thighs and a big butt to match. Once you add in a bulky nappy some pants can be a bit of a tight squeeze, especially since a lot of his clothes are hand-me-downs and Max always looked best in slim fit clothes. As soon as I put the first Treasures on him I knew they were going to be a perfect fit. I actually found them to be a lot less bulky than our usual ones and I had no problems getting his pants on to his squishy little behind. Three out of three!

So even though I started out quite skeptical and very loyal to another brand I have definitely been won over. Their quality is on-par with the more expensive brands, they're cheaper and I actually like the look and feel of them more than our previous ones. Totally convinced! Plus they're stocked at IGA stores, which is super convenient for me as we have one just down the road from us.

Click the photo to visit the Treasures Page and find out more

Now here's the extra exciting part! I have a Treasures Nappies prize pack to give away valued at over $75. All you have to do is leave a comment (and your email address) sharing a personal tip on how to keep children sleeping through the night with the hashtag #sleepingtreasures. The winner will be drawn after 5pm AEST on 9 April 2014, announced on this post and contacted by email. Don't forget to share your experience with Treasures on facebook, twitter, instagram etc using #sleepingtreasures. Let's get the word out about these great little nappies!

{Click here for the full terms and conditions of the competition.}

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Times the Charm

So the thing is, when you neglect your blog you may also neglect to share the most important news you've had all year. You may have already seen this seeing as I did post it on instagram and facebook, but just in case you missed it...

We're expecting baby number three!!

I'm 16 weeks along now and thankfully most of the first trimester symptoms have passed. To be fair though, the pregnancy itself has been a lot easier than last time. I think it's been more about having a baby and a preschooler to look after and a growing business to run that have left me super exhausted.

In the last couple of days I've started feeling the little peanut moving around, which I love so much! Each night when I go to bed I'll just lie there for a while hoping to feel it move. Oh and when typing that I automatically wrote 'him' and had to go back and change it to 'it'. Sean and I both automatically think of this one as another little boy, it's so hard to imagine anything else! A couple more weeks and we will know for sure though :).

Thinking it's a boy hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about decorating a girls room! I have so many ideas that if it is a girl I have no idea how I would actually narrow things done to one design! I'm sure I won't have to worry about that though, and with Sherry and Katie recently sharing two very gorgeous boys rooms I'm definitely not short of inspiration for another bouncing baby boy.

Max is excited about getting another brother (he refuses to believe that it could be a girl too!), part of the excitement comes from the fact that Link won't be the baby anymore because he can't wait for Lincoln to grow up enough to play with him. He asks me all the time when Link will stop being a baby and turn into a 'real kid'. Poor little Link has absolutely no idea what's going on. He will be about 21 months when the baby arrives and I'm not sure that he will really understand until he actually sees the baby come home with us. That's probably what I'm most nervous about, Link is still my baby and I don't want him to feel replaced.

All in all everything is great over here in the Riley household and I promise I will be back sooner rather than later with another post!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Super Simple Blueberry Tarts

I made these blueberry tarts for Link's party and seriously they are so easy it's almost like cheating! With the sweet, fresh blueberries combined with rich white chocolate ganache they are absolutely delicious too.

Super Simple Blueberry Tarts

 - 3 punnets of blueberries
 - 12 premade tart cases
 - 1/3 cup of cream
 - 150g of white chocolate

Break chocolate up into pieces and place in a heat proof bowl with the cream. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (making sure the water doesn't touch the base of the bowl). Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the ganache into each of the tart cases and chill for 1 hour until the filling is firm. Add blueberries and serve. Yum!!

I hope you love these as much as we did!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Max's Dinosaur Party

This part of the year is such a busy time for us with Lincoln and Max's birthdays only two weeks apart. So when it comes to their parties I generally start planning months in advance, which means when they'e all over I get such a great feeling of satisfaction!

For Max's dinosaur party we packed everything we needed into our little car and drove three hours up the coast to Sean's parents place. Max's big request this year was to have his party at his Nona's place. A lot of our friends (and their kids) live up in Hervey Bay so it made sense to us and we granted his sweet little wish :).

Way back when I first started planning his party I came across these dinosaur cookie cutters and fell in love. I suggested a dino party to Max and was so excited when he said yes! I saved all my inspiration and ideas on Pinterest and am so happy with how it all ended up coming together. Shortly after we had everything set up and ready to go it started to rain so we had a quick relocation from the garden to the house, it was still perfect though. A fun day was had by all, especially Max who absolutely loved being the centre of attention for the day!

*** Sources ***

Invitations and Printables - Three Little Monkeys Studio on Etsy
Pom Pom Garland - Made by me
Dino Cookie Cutters - Little Bento Shop
Fossil Moulds - ebay
Wooden Boxes - Typo
Straws - Little Big Company
Wooden Spoons - Wheel and Barrow
Cake Stand - Maxwell and Williams
Party Bags - DIY details coming
Photos - My very patient and clever husband :)

Everything else I already owned or picked up from the dollar store.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lincoln's Picnic Party

Over the weekend my little Lincoln turned one and we threw him a small, family birthday party. I'd been planning his first birthday picnic in the park for months, so when storms were forecast for the entire week of his birthday I was so upset. I held out hope until the very last minute, but a big storm rolled in two hours before the party so I cut my losses and set up at home instead. I shouldn't have stressed though, it was still a perfect day. Link and his cousins had an absolute ball!

I went with a blue and yellow picnic theme and kept everything really simple. I focused on easy and (mostly) healthy food so that Lincoln could try out some new foods. On the table above we had fruit, berries, blueberry tarts, icy cold water, traditional lemonade and a lemon bundt cake with a lemon glaze. Later on in the afternoon Sean cooked up a big barbeque for all of us.

Invitations - Custom order from Paper Heart Company
Blueberry Tarts - Recipe Coming Soon
Paper Bags and Straws - Lark
Drink Dispenser - Wheel and Barrow
Ball Mason Jars - Big W
Wooden Stands - Typo
Everything else I already owned or DIYed (let me know if you want details though and I'll see what I can do!)