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Review: The Woods Farm – Farm Stay in the beautiful Jervis Bay

Review: The Woods Farm – Farm Stay in the beautiful Jervis Bay

With my upcoming 30th I knew I wanted to plan a little family getaway. Somewhere we could relax but wasn’t too far from Sydney. We had been to Jervis Bay a number of times and loved the laid back lifestyle, beautiful beaches and friendly locals so when a friend had recommended The Woods Farm I decided to look into it.

The Woods Farm is described as Luxury Farm Accommodation. Their cabins are self contained and all have three bedrooms, air con, premium foxtel and more. There is also daily animal feeding, yoga classes, a country pool, free bike hire and a park for Rosie to play. This place really sounded and looked like the perfect place for us to visit as a family. So we booked up to stay for 3 nights.

Upon booking you can choose from a selection of their 8 individually styled and themed houses. The Flowerhouse instantly appealed to me as it had a pink door. And well….we all know I love PINK. So it was a no-brainer for me.

The day had came for us to travel down from Sydney, With a little pit stop it took us around 3 hours and as we arrived the heavens opened. It started absolutely torrential raining but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. We had been texted a code to simply enter into the door of our house when we arrived so there was no long check in process and we could get settled instantly.

The house really did not disappoint. It was styled to perfection. So quirky yet luxurious. I knew we were in for a fabulous few days. The rain soon cleared up, the kids went to bed and Robert decided to get the firepit going. We sat rugged up next to the fire, enjoying each others company whilst sharing a bottle of Red. The perfect end to my 20’s.

Our nights were so restful, The beds were SO comfortable and there was minimal fuss from our two girls. They clearly liked their surroundings too. Winning! The first morning i woke to a house filled with balloons as it was my birthday. Hello 30! I should also add, when we arrived there was a box of goodies waiting for me from the lovely management. Such a nice touch!

The rain cleared up and the sun was shining for the majority of our stay, there was kangaroos outside our window every morning and the grounds were stunning. There really is something about being in nature that is good for the soul. We went to the daily feedings of the animals every morning at 9am and what an experience it was! Rosie absolutely loved each and every animal and ensured they all got fed equally, bless her. The Goats were oh so cheeky with the two smaller Goats jumping up at us to get our attention and food pellets. They quickly became Rosie’s favourite. We enjoyed fresh eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast each day followed by a play in the park for Rosie.

Lunch times would roll around and we noted that there was a wood fired pizza oven in the herb garden. Robert was keen to give this a go so we made Pizza dough from scratch and started our oven. It was such a fun activity to do with our toddler Rosie, She loved helping us knead the dough and add the toppings. We did this twice as we loved it so much the first time. It was a little cold for us to use the pool but in summer this would be perfect for an afternoon dip.

Jervis bay itself is such a beautiful area. The beaches are just so stunning and the national parks are so fun to explore. One afternoon we explored Booderee National Park and stopped at some wonderful beach spots. Little miss Rosie, ever the explorer was splashing in puddles and fell right in, cutting our time there short as of course, I forgot to pack spare clothes.

With so much to do, see and explore in the local area, it really is the perfect spot for families.

We were approaching the end of our trip and I was so not ready for our little holiday to end so we decided to stay another night as they had some availability and they were so accommodating.

Our days were filled with enjoying each others company as a family without the need to be anywhere. The beauty and relaxed nature of the The Woods Farm really did give us such a break from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

I would recommend this farm stay to all and since returning have raved about it! It really does have it all and we can’t wait to go back! Have a browse through my photos to see just how gorgeous this place is! They also do weddings and events and honestly i now want to get married here. Just got to get a ring first haha. They even have Glamping tents that look so cool. So if you’re looking for a getaway not too far from Sydney either as a couple, with family or friends then look no further as this place is just plain fabulous.

Hit me up with any questions you may have as I’m always happy to answer! This isn’t sponsored at all just wanted to share with you all how much of fun time we had.

Happy Holidaying.

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Starting solids and baby food prep with Philips Avent 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker.

Starting solids and baby food prep with Philips Avent 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker.

You blink and they’re 6 months old and so begins the journey of starting solids. It’s a fun, exciting and a messy time for your little one as they try lots of different fruits and veggies. I found that with Rosie making my own baby food could be really time consuming. Now with Gracie I’m a lot better prepared!

We were kindly gifted the Philips 4 in 1 healthy baby food maker. This clever little machine can steam, blend, defrost and reheat all in the one device. We all want our kids to have nutritious food as its essential to their healthy development. The Philips Avent healthy baby food maker helps you prepare tasty homemade meals, tailored to your baby’s needs, in a simple way.



It supports every step of the way on your baby’s food journey. From very finely blended fruit and vegetables to combining ingredients of meat, fish and pulses and finally offering chunkier textures.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s definitely making my life easier as it saves so much time. Once your ingredients are steamed, all you have to do is lift the jar, flip it over and lock it in place, so you can blend to your desired consistency. Its super easy to clean too and is dishwasher safe which i was surprised about but is an added bonus.


Making your own baby food doesn’t have to be a hard task and I’m so happy that this is working so well within our family.



If you’re on your way to starting solids or looking at an easier option definitely check out their website for further information and where to buy.

https://www.philips.com.au/c-p/SCF875_06/4-in-1-healthy-baby-food-maker

Although we’re at the beginning of our solids journey i know this will be a staple kitchen appliance for us moving forward as we explore the wonderful world of food with our littlest love, Gracie.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I’m always happy to connect and help in any way i can.

Happy Cooking!

Danielle Lauren

xoxo





Easing the snack time dilemma with Chobani Gimmies

Easing the snack time dilemma with Chobani Gimmies

Snacking snacking snacking. If my mischievous toddler had it her way then she would happily eat cookies all day everyday. Now i don’t mind the odd treat of course but I’d prefer her to have at least some nutritional value to her snacks. She is a pretty good eater to be honest which is great but snack time is always a battle. Why won’t she eat these delicious looking carrot sticks i spent ages chopping up? Or the fruit salad i made? Having something we both agree on would be ideal and ease the snack time dilemma!

This is where Chobani come in. Chobani are Australia’s number one yogurt brand, and they are launching Chobani Gimmies. They’re a new range of Greek Yogurt snacks bringing the fun back to yogurt. They are high in protein, with no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours. Whats not to love! Chobani Gimmies also combines authentic strained Greek yogurt with fun mixins – delivering Australian kids seriously good yogurt, with a silly amount of fun.

Here are some interesting facts from research commissioned by Chobani Gimmies:

  • Nearly half of pre-school parents feel pressure from other mums regarding snack time choices
  • 74% of parents have had trouble with their kids because of food choices
  • 60% of pre-school parents have had a fight with their child over what snack they can have
  • 79% of parents would be willing to give up 1-5 hours of sleep if it meant making snack time easier

Have you felt these pressures? I certainly have. There has been many a time i have reached for the cookies in order to have peace and quiet for more than 0.3 seconds or to curb the public meltdown. I have felt the stares from other parents as i gave my toddler a kinder egg or a chocolate freddo. That’s why when i heard about Chobani Gimmies i was so intrigued to find out more.

Chobani Australia Managing Director, Peter Meek, said: “Chobani Gimmies was co-created with Australian parents and kids to create a range that gets the tick of approval from both.”

“We worked hard to craft a range that ticks all the boxes. We recognised that parents and children don’t always agree when it comes to meals and snacks, and we wanted to challenge the idea that “good food” can’t be “fun food”. Parents will love that they’re made with Chobani low-fat Greek yogurt and kids will love the crazy flavours and wacky characters.”

“We had a lot of fun with our new range. From developing flavours that connote Aussie party food, like fairy bread, to working with kids to co-create the range of loveable Gimmies characters and their personalities. We’re so excited for kids to meet their new go-to snacking friends for fun.”

So the lovely people at Chobani sent me some to try and I must say i’m impressed. Fun flavours and Rosie loves the cool packaging and exciting mixins. The convenient packaging separates the Greek yogurt from the dry mix-in ingredients, which allows snackers to flip in their mix-ins. Making it an easy, mess-free snack to have at home or on-the-go!

They come in some seriously delicious and fun flavours.

  • Poppin Fairy Floss
  • Chocolate Crackle Crunch
  • Non-Stop Watermelon pop
  • Choc Chunk Cookie Dunk
  • Airy Fairy Bread
  • Rainbow Sprinkle Cone

I obviously couldn’t let Rosie try these alone and i must say they are tasty. So it is no surprise that i like them too!

So Mums and Dads, If you’re struggling for snack time solutions then give these a try. They will soon become a must have for your household! Pick some up from your local Woolworths, Coles and independent stores now.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/chobaniau/

Happy Snacking

Danielle

xoxo

Bathroom Safety and my review of Dreambaby® products

Bathroom Safety and my review of Dreambaby® products

Do you have a mischievous and inquisitive toddler? I sure do! One thing that I’ve realised recently is the importance of home safety. One room in particular – The Bathroom! Pre-kids I had no idea just how many dangers were lurking in my bathroom that little hands can quite easily access. So I wanted to talk to you about some products that I use and that have really helped keep me and my little family safe. 

We have been using Dreambaby® products as they have many bathroom safety and care items to help keep your child safe and cared for in what is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. 

Slippy wet floors and bathtubs can be such a hazard, especially with children around which is why we use Dreambaby® Watch-Your-Step® Anti-Slip Bath Mat with “Too Hot’ Indicator. Its textured surface is designed to place on the floor of your bath to help ensure a safe and secure bathtub environment. It’s also Decorated with fun Aussie animals including a colour changing starfish which cleverly alerts you if the water is too hot which Rosie loves! it’s sturdy and held firmly in place by multiple suction cups. Durable and with an easy-to-clean surface and perfect for most baths. 

Another super handy item is the Dreambaby’s® Croc, Turtle and Duck Room & Bath Thermometers. These new Thermometers give a fast and accurate temperature reading, whilst doubling as a safe and fun toy for little ones! I always used to worry about water temperature so this is a super helpful item and the fact it doubles as a toy is even better!

Like many other parents of 2 year olds, this is when toilet training time tends to kick in. Creating a safe environment for our little ones can help build their confidence in becoming fully potty trained. I found The Dreambaby® 2-Up Step Stool is another bathroom item, which provides great help with toilet training, brushing teeth or simply looking in the mirror. Sure-grip surface coverage ensures a secure grip for covered and bare feet. I really like how the two small steps reach perfectly to the bathroom sink, the kitchen bench and other just-out-of-reach areas and of course the fact it’s easy to clean.

Another thing that’s helping our toilet training journey with Rosie is The Dreambaby® Easy-Clean Toilet Seat. It helps take the stress and mess out of toilet training. The cushioned seat comes away from the base for easy cleaning while the handle on each side makes it simple to manoeuvre and gives children something to hold. Which gives them a sense of security during this potentially “tricky” time.

The bathroom is also a place of self-care and teaching our little ones the correct hygiene is a very important lesson as part of their daily routine. Taking care of baby’s gums and teeth should start as early as possible to promote a lifelong commitment to healthy dental habits.

So we have been using The Three Stage Baby Gum & Tooth Care. 

The Stage 1 Brush is ideal for babies who have or who are just about to start teething. This brush consists of a textured rubber end, with no bristle, to gently massage sore and tender gums. A soft, slow rubbing motion on your baby’s gum can alleviate the intensity of the “teething” stage, whilst preparing baby for the next stage of toothbrush. 

The Stage 2 Brush is designed for the developing teeth stage, when crevices are starting to form on the gums, as teeth begin to erupt.  Again, this brush is intended for gently brushing and stroking of the gums, whilst the small rubber points work to clean gums, tooth rims and new tooth areas. 

The Stage 3 Brush is the perfect “first” real toothbrush for your baby. The gentle bristles insure great oral hygiene for developing teeth, every morning and night. This stage is the most important; to ensure younger children enjoy teeth brushing, and to start them on their journey to maintaining their own developing teeth and mouth.

Another item we have used whilst on the go recently during a family trip up the central coast is Dreambaby® 10 Piece Essential Grooming Kit. This kit is packed with the essential items to help keep your baby groomed and healthy. It includes: 1x Storage Case, 1x toothbrush, 1x comb, 1x brush, 1x scissors, 1x nail clippers, 4x emery boards. Perfect for trips away or family holidays.

Keeping your little ones safe and happy is every parents priority so assess what you can improve on in your home and check out the great range of products from Dreambaby®.

Overall we are so happy with how well their range fits into our busy lives and makes bathroom fun much safer.

I’d also love to hear any tips or tricks you use when it comes to safety around the home so please drop me a message or comment below.

For more bathroom safety tips and Dreambaby® bathroom safety solutions Visit the Dreambaby® web site at www.dreambaby.com.au

Or check out Dreambaby®’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Dreambabytv/search?query=Bathroom

Be sure to check out there socials too and show them some love.

Socials @dreambabysafety #dreambabysafety 

Enjoy!

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

Review: The Milk Genie by Pumpables

For a breastfeeding mama a good thing to invest in is a decent pump. Last pregnancy a friend gave me one of her old breast pumps. I was super grateful but it was so loud and didn’t work quite as well as I would like. This time around I knew I wanted a new pump but with so many out there I wasn’t sure which to choose. One of my Insta mama friends recommended The Milk Genie by Pumpables. Not only is it affordable it’s also really quiet meaning it doesn’t wake the baby or disturb my Netflix and pump sessions.

Here are some features I LOVE:

3 Breast shield sizes are in the box – meaning you’ll be able to ensure you get the right fit

Easy to assemble and clean

Rechargeable battery – Never run out of power!

SO quiet – Like seriously, super quiet!

Delivery is free and takes 1-4 business days so there’s not much time to wait between ordering and pumping!

2 year warranty – So good!

It has a Pump2Bag system so you can pump directly into breast milk storage bags.

I’ve had great results using the Milk Genie and I’m so happy with how its working for my little family and I. I definitely believe that this has been made with mums in mind as it really is so convenient. Another thing that I think they are doing right is there fabulous customer service which is so important for any company you’re purchasing from.

So if you or a friend are expecting and looking at buying a pump be sure to check out their range of products on their website using the following link: https://pumpables.co?raf=ref1013281

Happy Pumping

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

As a busy mum sometimes my jobs pile up without me even realising it. I’m a very organised person (well I like to think so) and love a good sort out but sometimes there isn’t enough hours in the day which I know all you mamas can relate too. As we are coming up to spring here in Australia I decided to have a big clear out, and tidy up every room in my house.

It was a daunting task but it had to be done. I cleaned kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, bedrooms, endless supply of clothes to give to charity and slowly but surely my house was becoming much cleaner and a lot more organised. Don’t get me wrong I tidy weekly, sometimes daily but there is no better feeling than a nice clean home. Am I right?

One thing that I feel like I constantly have to tackle is my floors. As you fellow mamas know they do not stay clean for long. I didn’t realise how much damage my toddler could do with a granola bar! I’m forever vacuuming, mopping, sweeping. I swear its easier to just keep them dirty but well you know…germs – I definitely do not want them hanging around.

One item that I have recently tried out is the VAX steam mop – Not only is it quick and effective it also can be used on different floors. Whether that be your bathroom, kitchen or even your carpets for a freshen up. The Vax Steam Fresh is a powerful steam cleaner ideal for hygienically cleaning sealed hard floors, which combined with specially formulated Vax Steam Detergent, breaks down grime, neutralises odours and eliminates 99.9% of harmful bacteria. It breaks down grease and grime which leaves floors sparkling. I also really like how lightweight and easy to use it is. It’s only 3.0kg and took very little time to set up and get started on my floors.

One feature I also LOVE is the detachable handheld steamer making cleaning grout within your tiles or shower super easy. No more scrubbing for what seems like hours. See some before and after photos below which show just how clean it makes tiles and floors.

Not heard of Vax before? Vax is a complete floorcare brand offering a range of products for all in home cleaning tasks. They provides products that provide both efficient and effective results.

If you would like to give this or any of their other products a try then Vax is sold through a range of retailers including;Bunnings Warehouse, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi Home, Bing Lee etc.

Cleaning made easy! Be sure to give it a go and let me know what you think.

Happy Cleaning

xoxo

Danielle

Support throughout your Breastfeeding Journey with Medela

When i found out i was pregnant with Rosie i knew that i wanted to Breastfeed. I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding so i signed myself up to my hospital breastfeeding class to gain more of an understanding and to try to prepare as much as possible for our breastfeeding journey ahead.

Fast forward to the day she was born and I remember that first latch she took so well. She knew exactly what she was looking for and latched on with minimal issues. Throughout our hospital stay we had our wonderful midwives taking the time to check the correct latch and guiding us through it but what about when you go home? Who guides you then i remember thinking.

Throughout our breastfeeding journey i used Medela products. Medela provide breastfeeding mums, families and communities with leading breastfeeding products, expert insights, and ongoing research and education to support the breastfeeding journey.

I felt well-informed, guided and supported through using their products and with the information they had available to us mums.  Our journey wasn’t always easy but by being supported really helped me overcome any issues we experienced,

Medela showcased a series of artwork produced for Medela by Australian Students depicting what ‘Mother’s Milk Means’ to them. I wanted to share with you my favourite piece from the series.

To me this image represents the unconditional love between mother and child. It shows the close and loving bond between you and your baby and that breastfeeding can be a deeply satisfying experience for both mother and child.

Learn more about how Medela support mums here:

 http://medelabreastfeedingblog.com.au/take-5-medela/

Happy Feeding

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Review: The Baby Unicorn Manifesto

Review: The Baby Unicorn Manifesto

We all know how much I love unicorns as well as anything magical. After all, Rosie’s first Birthday was unicorn themed so we do have lots of unicorn goodies in our home.

So when I recently received a book named “The Baby Unicorn Manifesto” I was beyond excited to read it to Rosie.

Reading is so important, It helps develop our little ones in many different ways. They learn different sounds, language and it can help them start to recognise words. It’s great for their curiosity and assists their imagination to grow. That’s not all, Reading can help children deal with their feelings and understand different emotions. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time, we all lead busy lives but I believe this is an important step in our children’s routines that can really help them in the long run.

 

We added reading to our evening routine early on and now she really looks forward to her bed time story, And if I’m honest, I do too. Its a nice way to wind down the day is pretty soothing for both of us, Oh and lets not forget daddy too. I also see it as a bonding exercise for us. I relish the cuddles I get as we snuggle up to a good book together.

My first impression upon opening this book was the beautiful illustration by Nathalie Beauvois on the front cover. Throughout the book the illustration gets better and better. Stunning colours and magical scenes. Enough to inspire us all. The story to go with this book is just as pleasant. The message is to help children understand how capable, special and powerful they truly are. To help build the self-esteem of our little ones and teach them that they can be anything they want. The possibilities are endless in this world and I want Rosie to know just how loved she is and that she can accomplish and be anything she wants to be, And this book inspires that. A beautiful story and a reminder to us that we have unlimited potential from the day we are born.

It is certainly a unique book with a very powerful message and I could not recommend this book enough to you and your little baby unicorns.

Let their imaginations run wild.

You can purchase this wonderful book at

https://thebabyunicornmanifesto.com

 

 

 

Information on the authors can be found at

http://drdainheer.com/

https://www.katarinawallentin.com/

For more information on the Illustrator go to

http://childrensillustrators.com/

Happy Reading

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Review: Paint and Play

Review: Paint and Play

We all want our kids to learn and grow but also be entertained at the same time. If you have watched any of my recent Instagram stories you will see that Rosie and I have been attending Paint and Play in Sydney.

I live local but had never heard about it, it wasn’t until one afternoon that I started to google ‘Things to do for baby and toddlers near me’ that I came across their information.

Located in Alexandria, they have both inside and outdoor activities. All the experiences and activities aim to allow children to express their thoughts and feelings, practice and develop their skills, help the children to think creatively and learn how to solve problems and to develop early language, numeracy and literacy skills, while having fun in a safe and stimulating environment.

The sessions run on a Monday and Thursday each week between 10am and 12pm.

The first hour is more of a free play, the kids can go around each activity and play until their hearts content. I was really impressed with the variety of activities that they had on offer. Everything from painting and playdoh to dress ups and puzzles. The activities are also rotated on a weekly basis to go along with the ‘theme’ that they are learning about which means there’s always something new. The location itself is very clean, bright and safe for all the little ones too.

The session is broken up by a small morning tea in a separate room with plenty of space and yummy snacks for everyone to refuel before a more structured play time for the duration of the session.

The kids then all gather around and they learn fun rhymes, songs and also play instruments such as tin can drums to music. It’s a great way for your child to interact with other children in more of a class style second half. However if your little one doesn’t quite have the attention span just yet then they are still free to play with the other activities or play on the equipment outside.

You can go for part of it or all of it and there is no booking required. It’s a wonderful morning for both you and you child and I can tell you from experience that your little ones will need a nice long nap after which is a total mum win!

For more information and details on pricing, whats on and parties visit their website:

https://www.paintandplay.com.au/

Here is a few snaps of us enjoying our time there:

 

 

 

So if you are in Sydney then be sure to visit, you won’t be disappointed.

​Happy Painting and Playing!

Danielle

xoxo