Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{Review} - Baby Bjorn Organic Miracle Carrier!

And the Winner is... 

Thank you to everyone who entered - there were so many wonderful entries.  I couldn't make a decision.  So I call in for some help.  I asked the lovely Daisy, from Daisy, Roo & Two, Jess, from Diary of a SAHM and Gemma from My Big Nutshell if they could have a meeting and decide on a winner.

It took them 2 days to each go through the entries, and then agree on a winner.

The decided on this one as they could relate to it so much:

                                                                                                                                                                         
How would this change my life? So my children don't think my only words are STOP mind the baby, NOOO DON'T RUN OFF... Godsend
                                                                                                                                                                        

Congratulations Beth! 


                                                                                                                     



There is only a couple of things that have been constant throughout having Five children.  The cot, an awesome playmat, and our Baby Bjorn carrier.  I tried a few different ones when Hayden was born, but the Baby Bjorn was the only one that was easy to use and consistently comfortable.


When I was asked to road test the NEW Baby Bjorn Organic Miracle Carrier, I knew that it would be a hit!

We have had our Classic Baby Bjorn Carrier for many many years and it has held up extremely well.  It has been machine washed numerous times and worn hundreds of times.  It is still holding up strong.

The main difference that I loved with the Baby Bjorn Organic Miracle Carrier is the extra back support. I have always thought that the original was very comfortable, but now that I have tried the Organic Miracle, I realise that the lower back brace is a must.  And the Organic cotton makes me happy!



The age recommendation is from birth to 15 months - however we used it from when our baby's were a couple of weeks - up until they were too heavy for us.  Camille is 18 months old and we still regularly use it.



Have you ever had a toddler run off on your while you tie your shoes?


Hands free - with security!


The awesome peeps at Baby Bjorn have generously given me one Baby Bjorn Organic Miracle Carrier to giveaway.  Valued at $229.95.

All you have to do is tell me How a Baby Bjorn Organic Miracle Carrier would change your life!  Leave your entry in a comment below.

Entries for Australian Residents only and competition closes Tuesday 10th April at 6pm.





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Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello Blogger Event - Brisbane Workshop

As I drove out of my driveway on Sunday morning, I was nervous, but also excited for my trip up to Brisbane.  You see, I was heading to Hello Event's very first Blogger Workshop.  What made it more special, was that I was honoured to be guest speaking at the event.  

I was chuffed when Danielle and Melissa asked me to talk about my tips on Photography for Blogging.  

Me?  

ME!

I drove up the highway to Brisbane, using the kid free time in the car to practice my Australian Idol audition.  

Loud.

Really LOUD!

As I zipped around in Brett's little car, the GPS sent me on a small, but wild goose chase.

{Mental Note:  Ken, our Australian GPS voice, needs upgrading.  He clearly hasn't taken a tour of the new roads.}

I arrived at Tenneriffe and childhood memories came flooding back.  I remember going to "Paddy's Markets" as a child.   Mum would spend many hours on the top floor, rummaging through fabric.  My brother and I would spend our time walking the halls looking for treasures.  

These days... Paddy's Market's is home to a new bunch of people.  Literally.  It has been turned into apartments, as has most of the other building in Tenneriffe.





Small trendy coffee shops laced the streets.  Anywhere else and sitting on milk crates, with another milk crate to rest a tray with your coffee and cake on, would not be socially acceptable.

Excuse the dodgy photo.  I had parked in the next street and felt like a real paparazzi taking this photo through the windscreen of my car!  :o

I teamed up with the talented Zoe from Little Harp Photography and A Boys Mumma and we shared photos and tips with the attendees.

It was my first time speaking in front of a crowd. 

Seriously.  First. Time.  Ever!

I felt very unprepared - even though I had run through my "script" many many times.

We shared some basic, but effective photography tips including:


  • The fact that you don't need an expensive, top of the range camera to take stunning photos.  A point and shoot and even an iPhone can give you beautiful photos.  Whatever you use, make sure you LEARN how to use the camera properly and try to take it off auto as much as you can.  Put the instruction book for your camera on your bedside table and read a page or two every night.  


Taken on an iPhone 3gs



  • Create a story with your photos.  Take a photo of the same subject from different angles.  Don't be afraid to lie on your belly, or stand on a table/chair to get a different perspective.  Creating collage boards is another way to tell a story with photos.

Step back once in a while to take a photo from the distance to give the view of the story.

Create a story board.

Take a photo of the same subject from a number of different angles.

Get down on the grass.

Think bigger when taking a picture of small things.  (Toes)



  • Watch out for photo bombing and busy backgrounds.  When taking the photo, don't just look at the subject, create a nice back ground.  Make sure that the object or person is the place that they eye is drawn to.  There is nothing worse than having a gorgeous subject only to have your eyes be lead to look at the ugly washing basket in the background.


  • I try not to do much editing, however for the internet, some simple brightening and colour saturation makes your photo POP.  Keep in mind that what you see on the internet won't necessarily print the same way.  




I also learnt heaps of things from the other guest speakers.

Thanks to TRX Photography.


Melissa from Suger Coat It started the day with some blogging basics.  She spoke about why we blog and how to find your niche to expand your blog.

Danielle from Hello Owl showed us some examples of "Who is doing it right".

Kelly from Be A Fun Mum and Jacqui from CRAP Mumma are both very enthusiastic ladies with so much information to offer.  They are both a very big inspiration.

Maddie from Li'l Magoolie is so very talented.  OMG.  Check out her blog.  She is a graphic designer and everything you see has been made by her.

Sass from Life of the Bees knows her stuff when it comes to blogs.  She has designed some gorgeous blogs and talked in HTML lingo like it was her second... no... first language.

Stacey from Veggie Mama had some awesome advice on the legalities of blogging.  From copyright information to deformation legalities, she knew her stuff.

Thanks so very much to Danielle from Hello Owl and Melissa from Suger Coat It for inviting me to attend and speak at the Workshop.

Thanks to TRX Photography.


I thought I was prepared, but looking back, I wasn't as prepared as I would have liked to have been - purely from the point that I had never been to a workshop, so I didn't know what was involved.

Thanks to TRX Photography.


I hope to be involved again in the future.  I will be bigger and better.

Promise!

x

If you are a QLD Blogger - either just starting out, or a Top Gun - Check out Hello Events.  They are going to put us QLDers on the map.  We have some pretty awesome bloggers up here!

See you at the next workshop!

Thanks to TRX Photography.








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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Our New Boudoir {The Big Reveal}

When Brett and I first got married, like most, we didn't have a lot of money.  We went to Super amart and picked out some nice, but cheap furniture.  We were also given a bunch of furniture from family.

It was nice and lasted, but just wasn't "us".  We did it in a hurry.  Picked the first thing in our price range and went with it.

About 5 years ago, we upgraded our lounge room into something more us.  The hand-me-down couch had seen better days, and the new couch didn't match the hand-me-down TV cabinet.

I was content with our bedroom until last year.  Our old bed was solid wood.  I hated having a bed end.  I hated it's dark colours.  I needed a change.  I wanted it to be more "us".

So, in a spur moment, I listed our bedroom setting on ebay.

And people bit.  Hard.  I ended up getting more than what I had hoped for the 4 piece setting.  Enough to buy our new bed.

And so the makeover started.

Brett's only request was that he could have a little writing corner.

And I think I delivered.






 I am totally in love with my Instagram poster. 


Brett's Marble inlay desk I picked up for a steal on ebay.  It was a horrible painted brown.  And the red chair... $10!  It was a horrible yellowy/white colour.

Brett's clock and "Keep Calm" print - both Etsy.



 His pen containers are actually plant pots from Ikea - and at $3.99 each they make him happy!



And of course, the gloss red Expedit with legs - from Ikea.  The white pot on the right holds computer things - Brett's USB's, headphones, spare hard drives etc.  The clear plastic box holds his note pads, disks and other writing materials.  I plan to replace this... one day... when I can find a WHITE box (Ikea only have a white basket... and it just wouldn't look right!)



A bedroom can never have too many candles.



 I love our new space.  No kids allowed.

Well... ok... night time snuggles are not encouraged, but won't be denied.



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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Checking in.

I thought I would check in to let you know how my Sugar free week went.  I am please to say that I haven't had ANY sugar.  No chocolate bars, no cookies, no cakes, no soft drinks (which I don't really drink anyway), no fruit what-so-ever, no desserts, no sugar in any of my coffee's.


No sugar.

At all.

Boo :(

Day 3 and 4 of the total sugar ban was excruciating.  Horrid.

Panadol was needed to ease the pain.  My head was exploding.



Today marks the end of the 3rd week (week 1 of the total ban) and I tell you what... the demons are starting.

I have done so well.  One teaspoon of sugar in my coffee won't hurt.  Right?

One snack size chocolate bar after dinner tonight is ok.  Right?

NO NO NO NO NO!

I can do this.  I will do this.

I have been so strong and have walked away from this, so many times this week.

Too many times.



I am looking forward to my 45 minutes of "Treat Time" tomorrow.


For those who have been asking.  I am doing Sarah Wilson's "I Quit Sugar" challenge.  After the 8 weeks, I will have kicked the habit and reprogrammed my body into not craving the sweets anymore.


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