Mummy-Son Dates

mothersonYes, kids grow up so fast! Every so often I have a bit of a ‘moment’ and wonder what happened to my itty bitty babies? All of a sudden they are crawling/walking/talking/starting school and another year has passed!

Add to the mix having more kids and you probably find time flies even faster. I have been finding it harder and harder to spend any one-on-one time with my oldest.  But recently I had a day where my youngest was at preschool and Mstr 8 and I had the whole day together.  I was quite surprised how much he changed when spending time alone with me. He was a totally different kid without his “annoying” little brother around.

I’ve come up with a little solution to help preserve special memories and spend some quality time together: go on regular Mummy-Son dates! (You can also read last week’s blog post on Daddy-Daughter dates.)

Here are some ideas that will help create some fabulous memories, so grab a camera and pick a date:

  1. Take your son out for Devonshire tea (with milkshakes of course) – to a fancy café. I recently found an amazing vintage-themed café in a nursery which was just amazing. Try your local Botanic Gardens.
  2. Choose a tourist activity and do it together, exploring your local attractions together.
  3. Help him create something really special for “news” this week at school.
  4. Feed the ducks: find a local park or water area where ducks live and grab some stale bread.
  5. Help him bake his favourite cookies
  6. Fly a kite. This is such a simple yet fun activity – head to your nearest beach, park or footy field.
  7. A day at the zoo or aquarium.
  8. Build a puzzle or play his favourite board game.
  9. Go bowling or to miniature golf.
  10. Go see a play, musical, music concert or sports event.

There’s a lot more ideas on the blog article: Life Without Pink.

Make sure you plan these dates regularly but you might also have the opportunity to be a little more impulsive. If you find a spare hour or two one weekend, grab your boy and spend some one-on-one time with him.

Do you have any other ideas for some great Mummy-Son dates? If so please share them, we’d love to hear about it!

And the winners are…

It’s official. One of the hardest jobs ever was trying to choose a winner from SO many gorgeous entries in our recent Skip Hop Sleep Bag competition. All of you have the most amazing, adorable babies and they all look extra-cute in their Skip Hop Sleep Bags!

And here are our winners:

1st place – winner of the Kobi Pram package: Lauren B.

Judges runners up – each win $100 Bambini Pronto gift voucher: Allison S & John C.

Voters choice – each win $100 Bambini Pronto gift voucher: Cara C, Natalie M. & Tammy C.

Entry by Lauren B.

Entry by Lauren B.

Entry by Allison S.

Entry by Allison S.

Entry by John C.

Entry by John C.

Entry by Cara C.

Entry by Cara C.

Entry by Natalie M.

Entry by Natalie M.

Entry by Tammy C.

Entry by Tammy C.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered, we hope you enjoy your Skip Hop bib!

Our next competition is a special one for Mother’s Day – stay tuned when we announce it later this week.

Daddy-Daughter Dates

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Kids grow up so fast. Before you know it your little babies are fully grown and moving out of home! That’s why it’s important to spend time with your kids now and value the time you have with them as much as you can.

As a Father, spending one-on-one time with your daughter from a young age is a great way to form a bond and trust with her from a very early age. It’s a chance to make some very special memories that both of you will cherish forever.

“I suggest you begin taking your daughter on dates early on. Taking my little girl out as a baby was one of the best decisions I ever made. Today, as a pre-teen, she expects that I will take her out regularly because that’s what we’ve always done. I don’t plan to ever stop.” (from the Goodsirs blog)

What sort of date you go on will depend on how long you have and your budget, but sometimes it can be as simple as washing the car together!

Here are some ideas:

  • Make a “date idea box” such as the ones on this website. This is particularly useful if you have more than one daughter!
  • Teach your daughter a sport: tennis, golf, surfing etc.
  • Pull out the board games, some yummy snacks and have a fun afternoon together.
  • Go listen to some music together, a classical concert in the park, an all-ages rock concert or something else you are interested in.
  • Watch the sunrise (or sunset!)
  • Go to a play, opera or other show.
  • Go on an adventure hike or bushwalk.
  • Visit an aquarium, planetarium, museum or art gallery.
  • Teach her some of your car skills! How to change a tyre, jump start the car – it will be fun!
  • Go on a photo walk – grab a camera or two and go to a nice place to take photos.
  • Take a drive and share some memories from your childhood (if you live in the same town as where you grew up)
  • How about a nice breakfast together.
  • Go out for cupcakes and milkshakes!

Here are some other website with a whole list of ideas: coolestdates.com and goodsirs.

“Hold her close now and she will always know she can come to you and know what real love is.”

Next week: Mummy and Son Dates!

12 Tips on How to be Organised

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Being organised is certainly something I have had to learn since becoming a Mother. And talk about being thrown in the deep end! Just when I think I am getting the hang of it I’ll forget my son’s swimming lessons bag, his library books and to take dinner out of the freezer – all in one day!

I asked the question on Facebook this week: What are your tips for being an organised Mummy?

The two most popular suggestions are: make lists and be prepared:

1. “Lists, lists, lists! I love the reminders and calendar in my iPhone. I use them extensively as I suppose like most mums, I remember things to do at the oddest times so grab my phone and jot them in.” (Jennie)

2. The other thing is to prepare the night before: breakfast, lunches, pack school bags, get uniforms ready and even get your own clothes ready.

And here are other fantastic suggestions:

3. Never leave today’s mess for tomorrow (Melissa)

4. Some great tips from Clare (The Home She Made): Have a home for everything in to your house. If it doesn’t have a place, then turf it/donate/repurpose it.
Definitely plan ahead – menu plan before you grocery shop; put a load of washing on overnight so it’s ready to hang first in the morning; wash 2 loads of washing a day to stay on top of it – and fold it as you’re taking it off the line to save double handling.
Use a ‘peek at the week’ planner and to do lists. Work out where you can fit your cleaning and household stuff in and around the commitments of your week.
Bake and freeze snacks for school and morning/afternoon teas.

5. We have a rule in our house: if it takes less than 60secs, just do it. Stops little jobs turning into BIG jobs. (Ruth)

6. Always have the nappy bag packed. In case of emergency and also so you don’t need to worry before leaving the house (Sarah)

7. Never move from one room to another without taking something with you that also needs to be moved. (Carolyn)

8. I have a notepad by the bed so when I finally get there, if I remember anything I write it down without having to get up or stress that I’ll forget. (Kylie)

9. Reminders on my phone and sync with my partners calendar on his too. We can see what each other has on. (Elana)

10. Do one job each night. E.g. clean the bathroom when the kids are in the bath, vacuum the next night etc.  Means you never have to spend any one day getting it all done (Brooke)

11. I have just purchased a dirty washing organiser. So all loads are washing are already sorted into washing baskets for lights, darks, hubby’s work clothes and towels. This is the best thing I have brought in a long time. Not more sorting each load and no more piles of clothes on the laundry floor waiting to be washed! (Lori)

12. When I do grocery shopping I cut everything up and put in lock and lock airtight containers eg: cucumber, carrot, and small amount of tomato each time, lettuce – So when lunch / tea time comes it’s easy to make a sandwich or salad bowl. (Dinah)

If you want to read a great article on getting organised – have a look at this one from Babycenter. A lot of Bambini mothers love The Organised Housewife – a great website with daily emails to get yourself really organised and on top of things.

Do you have any tips you’d like to add? Please comment here, we’d love to hear from you!

15 Boredom Busters for Kids

School holidays. Let’s face it, there are some days when the kids are restless and it’s inevitable you are going to hear the words “I’m bored” or “Mummy, what can I do?”.

We’ve found some great ideas to keep them busy and occupied if you find yourself stuck for something to do:

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Alphabet Adventure Scavenger Hunt / Playdrhutch.

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Pretend Shop / Learn with Play at Home.

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Balloon Game / Activity Mom.

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Paper Plate Flying Sauce / Crafts by Amanda.

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Stone Matchbox Craft / Red Ted Art.

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Fingerprint tree Template / One Fab Day.

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Cardboard Cars / Not Just a Housewife.

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Dinosaur Fossils / Love Play and Learn

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Fish Game / Design Dazzle.

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Superhero Cuffs / Spaceships and Laserbeams.

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Seed bombs / Mademoiselle Chaos.

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Rock Monster Craft / Free Kids Craft.

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Build a Car Track / Krazy Lady.

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Tin Can Wind Chimes / Learn2Grow.

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If you want some more ideas we’ve got some great craft boards and fun and educational boards for kids on our Pinterest page.

Do you have any go-to activities for your kids when they say they’re bored? We’d love you to share them with us – leave a comment below.