HELLO HARPER + RILEY

@helloharperandriley
www.helloharperandriley.com.au

We love a little sparkle in our lives. And we love fabulous people making fabulous pieces. So when we discovered Hello Harper + Riley. It really was love at first sight. They make rocking. Edgy. Stylish. Personalised Denim Jackets for your little loves. We had a chat to the lady behind the brand, and Mama to twins Harper and Riley. She really is a super star. One of those genuinely fabulous women who sparkle and shine.

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SWAGGIES

@swaggies_au
www.daycareswaggies.com


Roll on Nap Time. Heck yes. When we first fell in love with these little beauties from Swaggies. Our little loves didn't do daycare. But they did do holidays + nap time not at home. So we did take our Swaggies with us. The perfect little mobile bed-sheet-blanket-pillow set. Totally ideal for daycare. Rachel shares how it all began. Her business journey. And more.

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INSTAGRAM ETIQUETTE

Heck. Balls. Lately we have noticed people in general. And in real life. Have forgotten how to use two simple words. ‘Thank’ and ‘you’. The whole world has gone a little whack. 

Bugger trying to beat the algorithm. Shake off shadow banning. Grow your reach. Followers. Likes. Engagement. Let’s all dial it back a bit. And remember how to be nice. Let’s nail the niceties first. 

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LITTLE RAE PRINTS

@littleraeprints
www.littleraeprints.com


Not only is the lady behind the brand a true beauty inside + out. She is also amazingly talented. Summer creates the most magical watercolour paintings + prints for your little ones rooms. We have loved her girls range for such a long time. And now. She also has the perfect prints for your little boys. Summer chats all things mum. Art. And small business.

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FEELING THE PINCH

Lately we have been feeling a little disheartened. Discouraged. Confused. Our reach. Our engagement. Our likes. Our clicks. Have all dropped. Significantly.

Is it Shadow Banning? Is it a flooded market? Is our content dull? Are our images boring? Are we? Sigh. Or. Is it Instagram throwing us all out of whack. Dang. We share what's been happening. What we've seen. And how we've been affected.

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HUDDLE

@huddlesyd
www.huddlesyd.com.au


Like most of Mums. Ali was inspired to start Huddle for so many reasons. The main one being her family. So she left her job in finance. And started her own small business. With Heart. And passion. 

For us. We are big on quality. Big on fit. Big on feel. Big on style. And big fans of wool. The Huddle collections are all of those things. And more.

Ali shares the why. The how. The brand. And how a little crowdfunding kickstarter campaign. Went a long way.

 

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POUCH AUSTRALIA

@playpouch_kids
www.playpouch.com.au


We first fell in love with Pouch Australia when we visited Life In Style. Not only are the ladies behind the brand all sorts of awesome. So are the products. We try to be house proud. We try to dodge all the little ouchy-bits of lego left lying around the house. That is why we love our PlayPouches. The most stylish. Sensible. Durable. Ideal way to help us be clean. And clutter free.

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PND AND ME

www.luciademello.com

PND. Post Natal Depression. It happens to the best of us. It happens to those around you. It could even happen to you. And it happened to me. Sigh. I have shared parts of my struggle before. Not everything. Not out of shame. Nope. But because I like sort-of-kind-like to keep some things private. I like to be a positive person. I like to give out positive vibes. Now that I have fought the funk. And won. I can look back and realise with clarity. That I was not ok. That I needed help. And that it is totally ok not to be ok.

Humbled and honoured to be featured with other Real Mama's sharing their Real Stories. Struggling with PND and Anxiety. Thanks Lucia for sharing. And thank you for all that you do for all the Mums. Nationwide. Big love. Always x

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WORKING WITH BLOGGERS + INFLUENCERS

There has been a little broo-ha-ha about collaborations. Small Businesses working with Bloggers + Influencers. We've had a little experience on both sides. As a Small Business. And as a Blogger. Sometimes everything works well. For everyone. Sometimes. Not so much. Although we do not claim to be experts. We share a few tips we have learnt along the way.

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BEST DRESSED DRESSES

OUR FAVOURITES FOR YOUR LITTLE LADIES

We adore a good frock. Heck yes. Dip hem. Swing. Skater. Patterns. Colours. Pastels. Stripes. Spots. You name it. We love it. Thankfully there are oh-so many beautiful dresses for your little ladies this season. We share just a few of our favourites. 

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THEY SEE ME PRAM ROLLIN'

OUR TOP PRAM PICKS

We have been lucky enough to own a few prams and strollers. Borrow a few. And take a few special sets of wheels for a stroll with our babes. We know a good pram should be all about the comfort of your babe. And your budget. But. We also think it should have a bit of style. Plenty of function. Some extra's. And sometimes. A bit of bling. 

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K WITH HEART

@kwithheart
www.kwithheart.com


Karrie-Anne is definately one of our favourites to follow. She is rocking the small business world. And has such a happy positive vibe. You can't help but smile whenever you see her. Or her work. Her Hopes + Dreams organic hand brushed Swaddles and Blankets are some of our favourites. We had a chat to her about mum life. Business life. Her why. Her hopes. And her dreams. 

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SORRY TO MY FIRST

LANI FROM NEON LULU

After recently reading a few ‘Sorry to my second’ articles I began thinking about just how different the second time will be and have loved reading about the experiences of pregnancy and newborn life with a toddler. Probably because they’ve given me tonnes of evidence based research to show my husband as to why we should wait longer! For me though, at this point, it’s about being ‘Sorry to my first’.

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TRYING TO FIND MY MOJO AGAIN

LIZZIE FROM KIDS GIFTS AND TOYS

Anyone else out there a little bit stuck, a bit in limbo, without motivation and really finding it hard to get back into work after the festive season finished? I decided to take 2 weeks off from social media, no posting at all and wanting time with my family and friends after Christmas.

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TODAY YOU GET TO MEET YOUR BABY

MEAGAN FROM FAWN & FINCH

We have adored and admired this lady from the very beginning. She is kind. Supportive. Real. Beautiful inside and out. A wonderful Mama. With a successful business. And to us. A wonderful friend. We were beyond thrilled when Meagan shared her news. Pregnant with baby two. And we were super excited to 'meet' the newest addition. 

We followed her pregnancy journey and always sent extra love and light when she had a little hospital visit. And our hearts sank a little when we found out she would be having her baby early. At twenty-nine weeks and one day.

Meagan is beyond amazing. An inspiration in oh-so many ways. So strong. So brave. And we are humbled and honoured to share her story with you. To share the story of beautiful Baby Blair. 

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MINI MAKEOVERS WITH IKEA

We Love IKEA. And now. Our hearts are happy. And so are our rooms. They are all getting a little extra loving. IKEA style. Now that IKEA is making it easier to shop on the Apple Isle. We are unstoppable. Here are a few room-makeover favourites on our wish list.

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TWELVE DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS

Every. Single. Year. We think we are organised. Christmas Presents sorted. Gifts for everyone. Then whammo. 12 days out. We start to panic. And we start to buy more. Probably too much more.  Dang. But all the same. We get our Christmas Gift shop on again. We thought we would share a few of our favourites from Small Businesses. For both the big babes and little babes. Ready to ship. So you can wrap and pop under the tree with a few days to spare. Phew. 

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MINI'S FIRST SET OF WHEELS

Yes. We are 'those' parents. The ones who can not wait to buy a bike for their babes. And although it was meant for Christmas. We just could not help ourselves. We had to let her have it a little early. Whoops. We chose a Balance Bike for Mini's first set of wheels. And after plenty of research. We choose this beauty from Reid Cycles. The Girls Vintage Balance Bike.

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A VERY MERRY IKEA CHRISTMAS

We love everything about the festive season. Perhaps our favourite time of year. We love shopping for gifts. We love shopping for decorations. And finally. We love that IKEA is making it easier to get our shop on in Tasmania. Click & Collect is our new best friend. And just in time for Christmas. We share our top picks. Big and small gifts. For your big and small loves.

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