27 April 2011

Baby Essentials: Tina from Noosh


I am loving this Baby Essentials series and have found out about so many new (to me) baby product designers from the very on-the-money Tina from Noosh. Tina designs amazing products for kids, including the killer-cool Frankie modular sofa, neat-o wall art and accessories. This is Baby Essentials #8!

Favourite Wrap: Sydney-based Lilly & Lolly Interlock Star Wrap. Made from a soft and stretchy 100% cotton, these wraps are enormous so they wrap around even giant babies, and the stretch allows them movement within a snug wrap without them breaking free and getting cold tiny arms... I LOVE them.

Favourite Rocker: Fisher Price 2-in-1 Swing & Rocker. Best. Thing. We. Ever. Bought. I won't lie to you - it's bigger than your average boucer/rocker - but it changed our lives! The super padded seat is really comfy for bub so our little guy would spend hours in there very happily. You can use them from newborn up to about 12 months so they have a bit of longevity about them for the price and they hold their value well for an eBay sale when they 're no longer needed. The seat reclines and it swings side to side and front to back with music and light shows to amuse and entertain. This swing allowed me time to do stuff besides breast-feed... like, eat!

Favourite Change Mat: For things like change mats I recommend Target and KMart - they're all pretty same same from where I stand - as long as you can wipe it, cover it and it fits your table, you're better off spending your $$$ on bigger things like a gorgeous cot that'll convert to a toddler bed...

Favourite Mobile: We're more of a projector family and have two Winnie the Pooh Nursery Projectors for the boys. They hang on the side of the cot - or bedhead now in Mr 4's case - and play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while they project a Pooh themed lightshow on the walls and ceiling. He still has his on every night at bedtime and if he wakes through the night he can put it on himself to get back to sleep. Perfect! There are lots of different ones on the market. Just make sure you choose something that isn't too stimulating.

Favourite Cot bedding: New Zealand company Merino Kids organic fitted cot sheets and sleeping bags. Once bub doesn't need wrapping anymore you can't go past the sleeping bag option. It's great for a restful nights sleep (for mum) knowing bubs isn't in the nursery kicking his/her blankets across the room!

Favourite Bath Product: Tasmania's Mizzle hooded towels. Oversized and SNUGGLY. Wraps kiddos up and gets them dry fast and the big size means you can use them right up till they're about 4! (I'm a sucker for the colour range too - soooo superficial!)

Favourite Nappy Rash Cream: Always Brisbane company Lucas Pawpaw Ointment. Works every time! Good for mummy lips too.

Favourite Bath Gel: Aromababy Pure Baby Wash for Newborns from Thomastown, Victoria.

Favourite Baby Carrier: Serena and Lily Market Slings. Fresh designs and a comfortable design to keep baby close to your heart...

Favourite Cot: My greatest love in this department is The Ioline Crib by Kalon Studios in New York. The cot retails for $1595US and they will ship to Australia for only $250. There's a conversion kit available as well. Made from contemporary bamboo, it's a simply stunning design that won Kalon the Time Magazine Top Green Crib in the world.

Favourite Pram: Phil & Ted's new Explorer. It does everything except make your coffee! We've been using our P&T for over four years and even when our 4yo wants to walk we take the double kit with us because its great for transporting picnics, shopping or my handbag!
Favourite Nappy Bag: The Storksak Jamie is my must have. It's tough, stain resistant, kid-proof, black leather with lots of thermo pockets and zippy bits, and it even has a spot for my iPad (for when I let them loose in the playground or just in case the boys decide to sleep!), and the clincher is that shipping in Australia is FREE!!!!

Other: Tasmania's Mizzle bibs. The hugest bibs I've seen on the market, which translates to: clean outfits for mum/clean outfit for bub/protects carseats and pram straps! They're soft organic interlock with thick terry backing so they soak up lots and, best bit, they're stylish! LOVE them.

Thank you so much Tina! Head over to the Noosh website to find great Australian-designed products for kids. You can also read more about Noosh here on Bondville. For more gorgeous finds by Tina, head over to the Noosh Kids blog where you will find stylish, fun ideas for kids.

26 April 2011

Come to my eBay Garage Sale!

I hope you had a fantastic Easter break. Apart from meeting the Easter bunny, dying eggs, seeing movies and visiting the Zoo, I also managed to clear out some of my baby items for eBay. Big tick for the to-do list!

Please head over to check them out if you are in the market for baby carriers (I have a cool green Baby Bjorn, a limited edition hug-a-bub and a designer aka pipik sling), a jolly jumper, winter baby clothes from Sooki, Minti and Bebe, a Scanpan dutch oven, and a bunch of DVDs (mostly region 1 - NTSC). Happy shopping!

Images: Steph Bond

24 April 2011

Happy Easter 2011


Happy Easter my friends! I hope you are having a lovely holiday, whether you celebrate or not. And I hope that the Easter Bunny is good to you. Make sure you enjoy yourself - a tiny bit of good quality chocolate is good for you!

If you're looking for some lovely things to do with kids, the lovely Draw! Pilgrim has some fun Easter printables over at Modern Kiddo and on her own website.

And if you're in the mood to play around online, why not head over to the Circle of Moms site where voting is on for the Top 25 Kids Style blogs. I'm sitting around #48 with 33 votes (#1 has 725 votes!) so every click of the thumbs up counts. You don't have to sign up :) Vote here.

Don't forget to comment here to be in the running to win a professional photo shoot by Milk & Honey Photography in my Mother's Day competition. Entries close 7th May, 2011.

Have a lovely long weekend!

Steph
x

Image: Steph Bond Hutkin

23 April 2011

Mother's Day Giveaway: Milk and Honey Photography shoot worth $480!









It's true. I know that many of us now how digital SLR cameras that have taken our family snapshots to super-sonic level. But when I look at my Family Wall Of Fame, it's always the professionally-taken images that stand out - the warmth, the depth, the use of light. These are the ones I send to far-off family; the ones I have framed.

That's why I'm so excited to be hosting a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway - a family portrait shoot plus print/digital image by the award-winning boutique studio Milk & Honey Photography based in Rozelle, NSW.

You may already know of Milk & Honey Photography for their gorgeous artistic wedding photography that is favoured by the big wedding magazines. Talented photographers Anni Payne and Matthew Duchesne also love to shoot portraits (kids, families, individuals) in natural environments, capturing unique personalities, eye twinkles and giggles forever. This might be one to forward to the Dads - what a perfect Mother's Day gift.

The Prize!
Milk & Honey Photography are generously offering a $480 prize pack to one lucky Bondville reader which includes:

A professional portrait shoot
+
three (3) triple-matted 5"x7" prints !!!!

PLUS! Anyone who enters (and all Bondville "likers" on Facebook) will be eligible for a huge $360 saving on a portrait shoot package ($840 value for $480). You will be sent a message with details after the competition closes.

To Enter
To enter, simply comment on this link on the Bondville Facebook page (you need to like the page first) with your favourite location for a family photo shoot. Entries close midnight Friday 7th May 2011, and winner will be announced (based on most interesting comment) on Saturday 8th May 2011 here on Bondville.

The Rules:
1. One entry per person allowed.
2. To enter, simply comment on this post about Milk & Honey Photography on the Bondville Facebook page (you need to "like" the page to comment) with your favourite location for a family photo shoot.
3. Include your email address or a link to your website where I can comment or find your email address.
4. This competition is open to entrants who can travel independently to Rozelle, NSW at a mutually agreed date with Milk & Honey Photography.
5. This competition is hosted by Steph Bond Hutkin via the Bondville blog and Facebook page.
6. The prize consists of a portrait shoot and three triple-matted 5"x7" prints, total value AUD$480.
7. Entries close 11:59pm AEST, Friday 7th May 2011.
8. This competition is a game of skill and the winner will be based on the most interesting comment as judged by the Milk & Honey Photography team, and notified by email and via a post on Bondville on Saturday 8th May 2011.

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To find our more about Milk & Honey Photography, make sure you check out the blog for the latest images to drool over, the website for booking information, and the Facebook page for news and upcoming giveaways and events.

Images: Milk & Honey Photography

22 April 2011

Happy Earth Day 2011!

I know that 20 years ago I wasn't thinking too much about long showers, recycling, food miles, organic produce, checking labels for palm oil, or buying carbon credits to offset plane flights.

What a long way we have come. It's part of our every day. So it's nice to spend one day a year to celebrate our conscious effort towards reducing waste and living a bit more harmoniously with our environment.

To mark this Earth Day, here are a few of my favourite posts from the last 12 months featuring Australian design-savvy, eco-friendly products and practices. Enjoy!

Cool Websites: 1 Million Women how to cut your carbon footprint

Peppermint Magazine for green fashion

Queen Bee eco-friendly candles

Tightology tights for kids and mums

Blueberry Paper greeting cards and stationery

Blossom Creations stationery and homewares

Bonnie and Neil eco-friendly home decor products

Remedy Products eco-friendly cleaning products.

21 April 2011

Made By Mosey nursery decor

I first noticed these gorgeous Made By Mosey decor and nursery products for kids in my friend Kim's online store, and was impressed both with the design and care that has been put into these pieces.

The range includes beautiful baby quilts made from handkerchiefs (do you still have yourse?), mobiles suspended from white painted twigs, and vintage fabric bunting. I love that the mobiles in particular are great for both boy and girl rooms, and I don't think I've ever seen a cooler baby quilt for boys! Lovely work.


20 April 2011

Leonhard Pfeifer awarded Design Guild Mark


Do you remember this fabulous desk that I wrote about last year? Designed by Brisbane industrial design alumni (QUT) and all-round fantastic guy Leonhard Pfeifer, it picked up an award at last year's Maison&Objet in Paris, and I'm proud to announce that The Farringdon Laptop Desk has just been awarded a Design Guild Mark (one of only 11 products for 2011) in the UK.

The Design Guild Marks were introduced by The Furniture Makers Company to recognise and award excellence in the British design of furniture in mass production. The Mark is awarded for excellence in design, use of materials, manufacture and function.

I'm so thrilled that our Aussie/NZ talent is being noticed by the big guys. Congratulations Leon!

19 April 2011

MOZI mini - clothes and accessories for babies








I was beyond excited to open my email yesterday and discover that much-loved Australian design brand MOZI has launched a collection for babies. Always on-the-money, MOZI's new design includes red, pink and blue bunnies, leaping lambs, pouncing cats, ambling elephants, and other sweet animals.

Aptly named MOZI mini, the collection includes clothing (rompers, long pant sets, booties and beanies), accessories (blankets, bibs, wraps, towels and toy bags) and bath and body products (body wash, body lotion, massage oil and soap). I have a feeling they are going to fly out the door.

You can find MOZI mini in the online store.

For more great Australian-designed clothes for kids, check out Bondville Kids. You can read more about MOZI here on Bondville (fairly extensive reading!).

Images: MOZI
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