Thursday, 28 November 2013

WIN AN AWESOME PLAYGROUND VALUED AT $1099





Having 2 children and feeling the "is it time for a sleep again??" from the baby; getting out is becoming harder and harder. Gone are the days of my newborn sleeping anywhere and more of the days with an active little mover and quiet time at home. The days are getting hotter, and longer and park dates are sadly getting few and far in between. And the (almost) 3 year old is getting crazier and CRAZIER!!!!! Cabin fever may be setting in.
Our yard is huge and full of veggie goodness but only recently moving from a townhouse we haven't had a moment to make an outdoor kids space. We think its time to create a space for the big girl to enjoy some outside having fun while the baby naps and of cause give something for Sunny to grow into! 

Simple Answer = A SWING 'N' SLIDE from Awesome Playgrounds!!!

This has been an exciting week!!! This Swing 'N' Slide combo is a brand new product at Awesome Playgrounds and it is AMAZING! Isn't is pretty?

Looking forward to our delivery, I got a phone call from the delivery man at the bottom of my (very long) drive way to ask if there was a man home, a strong man. The answer being no; I struggled up the driveway, walking each piece to my backyard. Great exercise actually; I was sore the next day! HAHA!... This massive pallet consisted of Cyprus wood, bolts, screws, joiners and an instruction booklet. So next step; my husband and I became builders! It was a wet weekend but we were determined to get it up and running quick smart. We battled with the weather; one minute porring rain the next sunshine. Each burst of sunshine we ran out to join the nest bit. It was quite funny actually. After a few hours; and a couple of rain breaks, it was assembled. Surprisingly super easy! The simple instructions really helped to get it together very easily.

RESULT = The kiddies LOVEEEEEE it and I think I may love it just as much! I can actually go out the back and put the washing out without being nagged; WIN! It has definitely taken us outside more, having fun at home and Little P is running wild burning that energy that constantly bursts out of her. And Sunny; oh man he is so cute on that swing. He loves it so much, its adorable!

Awesome Playgrounds has stores all throughout Australia including some brand new stores in NSW; Albion Park Rail, Griffith and soon, Wagga Wagga! This is a big addition to the 8 stores in VIC and 2 in SA. Their stores of full of outdoor play equipment including cubbies, trampolines, swings, slides, the list is endless. If you want to check out the amazing, humongous, Big Foot 5 playground; it is now on
display at Albion Park Rail!!!! Now for some fun...

Awesome playgrounds has collaborated with us to GIVEAWAY a 'Swing 'N' Slide' valued at $1099!!! How cool is that? This is a fantastic Christmas for the family!

Don't have the room in your backyard? Don't worry! Awesome playgrounds has said that if you would like something different they would be happy to discuss other options on up to the value of $1099.

Make sure you share this giveaway with all your friends as the more entries, the more exciting things will get... After the first prize; Awesome Playgrounds wants to give 1 x FREE swing and Slide combo to every 1000 people who enter! So once we hit 1000 entries, we will give away another one... 2000, another one... and so on..

ARRRRGHHHHHH I'M EXCITED! Enter through the rafflecopter app below...

Terms and conditions...
  • We will give away a Swing 'N' Slide to one of your followers who 'likes' the Awesome Playground facebook page, using Rafflecopter.
  • This contest will be awarded on skill. You must answer the question, 'like' Awesome Playgrounds on Facebook and share this giveaway on your social media [platform to gain entry.
  • After the first prize; Awesome Playgrounds wants to give 1 x FREE swing and Slide combo to every 1000 people who enter! So once we hit 1000 entries, we will give away another one... 2000, another one... and so on..
  • Retail value is $1099 for the 1.2m deck height, stained unit, with 2.5m slide. (Swings are additional/optional, as people buy the exact ones they want, depending on age/ability of kids). 
  • If you would like something different from Awesome Playgrounds, you can discuss other options on up to the value of $1099.
  • The units will be delivered to their closest store for pick up, or winner can pay the freight to have it direct delivered to their door.  If the winner is from Melbourne metro, delivery will be free.

Make sure you head over to Awesome Playgrounds website to browse the amazing products. They have a whole heap of outdoor FUN for the family! http://www.awesomeplaygrounds.com.au/

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Disclaimer: I was gifted 1 x Swing 'n' slide from Awesome Playgrounds to review and more to giveaway.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

HELLO OUT THERE, I'm ready to meet you!


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When I first began blogging, I didn't know about "blogging". I didn't know about other bloggers, I didn't know that bloggers talked to each other or were friends, I didn't know mums blogged about day to day Mayhem, I didn't know bloggers could win awards. I didn't even know their were blogs about blogging.

When I began blogging (only just over a year ago); all I knew were a couple of healthy recipe blogs, these blogs I idolised, read, re-read and then read them again. They would post a weekly recipe, some amazingly healthy information and the gorgeous food picture to go with it to make your mouth water. It was what I wanted my blog to be; an educational resource for people to be inspired, definitely nothing about me... I knew quite a few people that started a blog at the same time I did, but they were more like online diaries, blogs about being a mum, sharing the day to day routine. I took a look but didn't get it, I didn't get why anyone would want to write about their life on the internet.
As I become more consumed in being a mum, less time to study and more consumed in blogging; I notice how my blog has evolved into something I never thought it would be... It's a mummy blog... And now I LOVE THAT! I love sharing my journey whilst still having an aspect of healthy parenting and sustainable living thrown into the mix. Being a mummy blogger and watching just how big the blogging community is and how tight knit they are makes me realise how out of touch I have been. I have a little look at other blogs and see so much conversation between bloggers and I just sigh with the thought of "How does everyone have the time to chat???" At times, I struggle to get my kids fed, bathed, into bed and then get onto my blog posts, let alone, read other peoples blogs and start e-meeting all these amazing people out there. Life is busy! BUT blogging can get a bit lonely and as I do see this amazing supportive environment out there, it makes me want to be part of it, it makes me want to meet other bloggers!

SO Yes, It may of taken me a while but to the blogging community out there, I have come out from under my rock and I am ready, I would love to meet you!

Do you have a a blog? I would love to check it out; please leave your link below!

Cass xo

Monday, 25 November 2013

47/52




 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Bath time... 

Little P: The fish - you fight me every night to get into the bath but when you get in; you swim and swim and swim!

Sunshine: You could stay in there all day... And I would let you if I didn't have to be standing right there waiting for your next ninja move.


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

10 awesome presents for your kiddies at Cotton On kids this Christmas!



I'm a big fan of Cotton On Kids. I love the brightness and fun that pops out of their creations! I really love the clothes they make for little people. They are so fresh and full of life, the bright colours would make any one happy! 
Doing some browsing as I get into christmas shopping online (the only way I can do it at all), I always get enthralled in what Cotton on has to offer, this is my pick of pressies from cotton on kids this Christmas.

For the girls:


1. LACEY RUFFLE SLV DRESS - Cute much? I just fall in love with anything blue and white with a stripe. The perfect addition to the summer wardrobe. It's definitely one for the park as well as a party dress with its cute frills! Love! 

2. KIDS SCOOTER - Zoom zoom zoom! An awesome scooter for an awesome price. A great gift to get the kids outside and moving! 

3. ISABEL RUFFLE ONE PIECE - FRILLS!!!! Any little girl would feel a bit fancy splashing through the waves in this little number!

4. JUNIOR CHEF SET - You all know how much I love getting our children into the kitchen and creating yummy real food. Cooking is a great way to spend time with our children and they just love being junior chefs!

5. CHALK HOUSE - This house is perfect for pretend play. Children can draw the little rooms and furniture on the walls. A great gift for Christmas.

For the Boys:


1. VINTAGE SKATE BOARD - What little boy doesn't want a skateboard? Loving the bright colours!

2. BOYS Ss PJ SET - I'm a sucker for stripes and these are gorgeous. Every boy needs a pair of summer pj's.

3. WAKE ME UP CLOCK - Robots, learning the time and a very bright green shell! Great!

4. WOODEN SKIM BOARD - Another gift to get your kids outdoors. This summer is going to be a hot one and I'm imagining endless days on the beach. As a kid, I used to see lots of skim boarders having fun in the shallow water and I ALWAYS wanted one. 

5. ROCKET SET - A fun game for christmas day!



SO now your job is to head over to Cotton on Kids Facebook page and vote for my blogger edit for the chance to WIN a $500 Cotton on Voucher. YAY! YES, I know you want to! 

You guys are the best! So what your fav things at cotton on at the moment? 


Disclaimer: Cotton on kids so kindly gifted me vouchers to their store to shop for christmas.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Nutrient Dense Hydration Inspiration...

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Todays scorcher of an afternoon had me knocking back lemon water like it was the last drop I was to find ever again and as I sat down to check emails a beautiful picture of fruit infused water popped into my facebook newsfeed . It made me begin thinking of summer to come and how fun and yummy it is to make such drinks with the kids. I love infusing water and its so simple; you just add your fruit of choice to a jar of water and let sit to infuse for an hour and its done. They not only look so beautiful but they taste amazing and are full of nutrient dense goodness! So if you haven't already, this summer PLEASE make a switch... Get rid of the cordial and store bought high sugar containing juices and experiment with natures vitamin water! Just check out the pics above... Isn't your mouth watering already? Get inspired!

Cass xo

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

WIN 1 of 2 MOOCHI BOO TEE PEE's + a special offer for all LIVE IT, DO IT readers.



I think I may be in love... If you haven't noticed already I do like a bit of nautical theme, who am I kidding? I LOVE nautical theme, I am totally obsessed with all things red, white and blue so you can imagine how much love I had for this littleTee-Pee when I first laid my eyes on it. It is amazing right? Those little whales, those big red stripes, amaze, amaze, amaze!

Moochi Boo was created by a fellow Northern Beaches Mum with a passion for getting kids off the couch to unleash their imagination to play. Yes parents, take the screens away and allow your child to pretend play, its so important for little ones to explore their imaginations and discover the world around them, lost in their own imagination. 

Moochi Boo inspires your children to create, imagine and learn! What makes Moochi Boo even more amazing is how affordable their products are! They have recently launched beautiful play houses and Tee Pee's and has many more additions to come so keep your eyes on this little gem. 

Now for the fun part...


MOOCHI BOO IS GIVING ALL LIVE IT, DO IT READERS A MASSIVE 35% OFF ALL ORDERS PLACED BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!! Just enter coupon code: liveitdoit1 at checkout... http://www.moochiboo.com.au/
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WANT TO WIN 1 OF 2 MOOCHI BOO TEE PEE's FOR A SPECIAL LITTLE SOMEONE THIS CHRISTMAS??? 

Yes you do! The amazing Moochi Boo team is so kindly giving 2 x Live it, Do it readers the opportunity to win their choice of tee pee. HOORAY!  Its simple, just enter through the rafflecopter app below. Any trouble just send me a holla!


note: PLEASE ENSURE YOU ANSWER THE MANDATORY QUESTION FOR VALID ENTRY INTO THIS CONTEST.
This giveaway is open to all residents of Australia excluding the ACT.

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The Secret Garden Tee-Pee

Rosy Posy Tee-Pee
Moby-Dick Tee-Pee


DID YOU START YOUR DAY WITH A GLASS OF LEMON WATER?



Squeeze some fresh lemon or a couple of drops of Doterra therapeutic grade lemon oil into a glass of water and drink first thing when you get out of bed in the morning.

Drinking lemon water in the morning is not only refreshing but it will Boost your immune system, balances pH, aids digestion, helps flush out toxins, helps with weight loss, clears skin and hydrates the lymphatic system. Yes, its a goodie!

If you would like to learn more about Doterra just email me; cassmichelin@gmail.com

Cass xo

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Pia-ballet-girls room tour






I have wanted to show you my little P's big girl room for a while now, well really as soon as we made it a little special and a bit pretty. 

I don't show many house-y things on the blog, because, I'm not really a house-y person. I'm a food person and I like things to look good but I'm not good with design and I don't create very well. I find it hard to see the great in something not-so-great , I find things amazing that are already amazing! 

When we moved into our retro home, we moved all P's stuff into her room, we put in a vintage wardrobe we picked up off the street and it looked ok but it was dull! Who am I kidding, it was super dull! Little P's room is in a shady corner of the house, very limited sunlight and big wiped out wooden built in that does the room no justice. As we began to create a space for our upcoming arrival; Sunny, his room looked amazing, so much colour, so much attention and P P was so involved and so excited! The prettier the babies room became the more drab poor P's room became... So after a chat with Mim (my mum), we decided little P needed a big girl room, a revamp, some attention to her !!!! 

So this is what we did; new curtains (made by my mum), white furniture, some cute pictures and way too much pink!!!!*

Next will be a "real" big girl bed but for now the trundle* will keep her from any midnight falls.

What age did your kids graduate to a big kid bed/room? Did you make any changes?


* I never wanted a pink obsession but its a little girls delight so I must run with it!
* This was my first bed!

46/52



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Little P: FASTER! FASTER! FASTER!

Sunshine: RAHHHHHH! ... PLEASE SON, LEARN HOW TO EAT PROPERLY ALREADY... 


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

GIVEAWAY: 4 WISHBONE 3 in 1 BIKES! 4 WINNERS!


This Giveaway is bought to you by the amazing businesses below! I am so excited as these bikes are the BEST and we are giving away 4 of them to 4 lucky Live it. Do it readers!!!!!! HOORAY!  Such a great Christmas present!


About the Wishbone Wooden bike and Trike:
This Innovative Wooden balance bike designed in New Zealand and winner of several awards is a 3 in 1 balance bike that grows with your child from age 1 to 5 years old! (2 in 1 now available in the standard Wishbone if Trike kit not needed). 
The 3 in one bike starts out as a trike with 2 wheels in the back, perfect to get started from 12 months old... and can transition to a small balance bike around age 2 - 2 1/2 and then flip the body over as your child grow to a big balance bike for ages 4-5! This is the widest range wooden balance bike on the market!
Made from kiln dried and preservative free planation birch and eucalyptus; non toxic dyes; orangic cotton; wheels from 60% recycled plastics as well as recycled packaging.
This bike is eco friendly and safe for your growing child!
Adjustable seat height from 11" - 18"
Light bike weight of only 8.4 pounds with trike weight of 12 pounds.
If you are looking for a wooden balance bike that will last, choose the Wishbone 3 in 1 balance bike and keep your child having fun for several years to come!


Go get entering here>>>
note: PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE A FACEBOOK FAN OF ALL SPONSORS and ANSWERED THE MANDATORY QUESTION FOR VALID ENTRY INTO THIS CONTEST.
This giveaway is open to all residents of Australia excluding the ACT.


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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THESE FABULOUS BIKES OR PLACE AN ORDER; EMAIL ME AT cassmichelin@gmail.com

GIVEAWAY CLOSED; A huge Congratulations to Anna, Marie, Layla and Sonja for winning the fabulous Wishbone 3 in 1 trike and bikes for their little ones this christmas!!!! 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

45/52


 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

THe Melbourne CUp Addition...
I was way to sick to take the kids to where we had planned to go in the fear of infecting someone else but the kiddies were getting cabin fever so we thought it would be fun to dress up at home anyway. YAY for pretty little people in pretty little outfits! 

Little P: What a stunner! Yes, I made her... She is perfection! 

Sunshine: Caption; "WHA???"... You make me laugh way too much! But that Bow tie and that little shirt from the Kidstore... WAY TO PRECIOUS YOU LITTLE MAN!




Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

What a shocker...



This past week has definitely been one that I wouldn't be fussed if I forgot it; and today has put the icing on the cake.

After a week of sickness and having no husband in sight to help pick up the pieces, it has been a struggle.

To my delight my mum came up yesterday and took the big girl off my hands for a sleep over at her great grandmothers (GG's) house. A quiet morning was to be had to get over the week that was until my hyperactive boy made a swing for the edge of the bed and launched himself straight off it. A bang that I never wanted to hear and a scream that could make me feel sick for days, yes, he fell off the bed!  Bruised and battered, he is totally fine but I took him to get checked over and then I spent the rest of the day at home just looking at his face. Looking at his sweet little smiles and listening to his funny sounds of chatter, it was just him and I, laying about, being together all day long. Something we NEVER get the chance to do.
It reminded me of when little P was a baby and the time we would spend together hanging out on a picnic rug, just loving each other... Having a 2 year old to keep eye at all times and a baby; Sunny doesn't get as many of those special times, Sunny doesnt get the same attention. Its hard not to get a little emotional about that, life has gone to a whole different dynamic and I'm not saying its bad, its just very different and I am taking some time to get used to it. Yes, I am finding it really hard!

Getting sick also gave me that big reminder that Mum's dont have time to be sick, we can't just roll into bed and sleep it off, we have to suck and up and keep at our job of being a mum. In the midst of my sickness, it made me think about how important it is to have a good support network around you. That, when times get really hard, we can phone a friend and ask them to come and grab the kids. I had one really bad day over the weekend and I felt stuck, I really did. I don't have family around the corner I can call, but I do have a couple amazing friends but I didn't call them when I should of. I think as mums, we feel we need to keep things rolling along. But when things fall apart, we need to remind ourselves that it's ok to ask for help when we need it. It's ok not to be ok!


I know its only wednesday but I have faith in the rest of the week to bring the sunshine back in and make everything ok... What a shocker!

So who are 5 people you could call if you needed help? Let's note these down on the fridge.

Cass xox

* I NEVER GET SICK, really I couldn't cope! 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

44/52



 
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Little P: The halloween fairy... What more can I say!

Sunshine: Boy, you are always on a mission. 




Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 
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