Welcome to Bondville - an Australian lifestyle and kids' design blog, established in December 2003 and based in Sydney.
I am hugely passionate about supporting the local Australian creative community, through this blog, through connecting with other bloggers and creatives, and through helping businesses navigate the world of online marketing.
My personal philosophy is to live the very best life I can through what I bring to our home and family, whether that is food, products, education, parenting, art, beauty, values and ethics. I'm not interested in buying the most expensive products and brands, but I am interested in value, integrity and quality products that are meaningful, make a difference, or make someone's life brighter. I'm a big believer in creating and making as much as we can - from that is dinner from scratch, sewing, crafting, art, gardening, photography, DIY renovating, a cubby for the kids, to beautiful places to share things online.
We have two daughters, aged 5 and 7 and live in a 1970's Petitt & Sevitt home on top of a huge sandstone rock in the tree tops bordering on Lane Cove National Park in the northern suburbs of Sydney. I'm a conservationist and environmentalist, with a strong love for native landscapes and wildlife. We travel every year to see our family in the US and on the Sunshine Coast, and miss our little miniature schnauzer dog Molly who we had until she was almost 15 years old. I love yoga and bellydancing, but don't spend enough time on either. That's heaps about me - what about you? I'd love to connect with you on social media - see all the links below.
BloggingRight here on my blog Bondville, I'm showcasing the incredible amount of talent in this country designing, making and retailing Australian products, designs and art for kids. My aim is to inspire you to buy Australian-made and support handmade, and nurture creativity close to home.
Click on the categories at the top of the site to find:
- Room Ideas - featuring real Australian kids rooms
- Party Ideas - featuring real Australian kids parties
- Stylish Kids - featuring Australian-designed kids fashion
- Gift Ideas - featuring Australian-designed products for Mum, Kids and Home
I hope you love these Australian design finds for kids. Please leave a comment if you like the things you find here - I'd love to get to know you better.
Advertisers - learn more about working with me to showcase your products and business on Bondville here.
ConnectingIf you are interested in meeting with other creative-minded people in a casual setting to support collaboration and conversation, you may be interested in the abcd social events that I host in Sydney.
Let's Work TogetherPromoting your Business or Brand - I'm highly motivated by supporting and promoting Australian designers and businesses. I offer free editorial submissions to Bondville (here), and reasonably-priced advertorial opportunities and sponsorship for a real partnership and greater site exposure (here).
Consulting for Businesses - if you are looking to take your business to the next level and need some help navigating online marketing - using a blog to promote your business, improving your search engine results, connecting with your clients and customers online, getting a handle on email marketing, understanding the tools available to you to drive sales using the internet - read more about my digital marketing coaching business here.
Consulting for Agencies and Brands - would you like to understand how to work with bloggers to get the best outcome? I have a strong background in marketing and can bring together some of the best in the Australian online publishing industry to give your business an advantage in working with bloggers for mutual benefit. Give me a buzz.
Blog SubmissionsIf you are interested in submitting an Australian-based party, kids room tour, Australian-designed kids fashion label, or Australian-designed products for Mum, Kids and Home for editorial consideration, please check out the Submissions page.
CopyrightI own the copyright for all the content on this site and it is based on my own opinion. All images on this site are clearly credited to their owners. My own images are copyrighted content and may only be used with permission (please email me!). My articles may not be re-posted anywhere else on the Internet or in any form of media.
IntegrityI have a small stable of major sponsor advertisers that you can find in my sidebar. I write about each sponsor four times a year. Those posts are clearly marked as Bondville Partners, and the commentary and opinions are my own. Product reviews and Advertorials are also clearly marked. I have a directory of online shopping advertisers that I love, and create two gift guides a year using one product from each online store. I also use some affiliate links where relevant and appropriate. For promotional enquiries, please head to my Advertising page.
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