I really want to spoil my kids at Christmas time, I do. I want them squeal, and jump up and down and gasp at the sheer enormity that they find when they see their haul. I want them to cuddle random objects. I do!
But I also really don't love a lot of toys that are on the market. I'm a total toy snob. Things that are beautiful and useful, that kids engage in, that have been designed - not just made, that's the sort of stuff I want my kids to play with. And at this time of the year I find it hard to balance those two sides of myself.
When Tiger Tribe approached me to collaborate with them on a gift guide, I was so excited. Mostly because I LOVE small businesses and they are exactly that; a small family business who wholesales awesome stuff (that suits our play philosophy perfectly) to other small businesses. So many of my favourite shops stock their products, and we already own from their range. I knew that putting together a gift guide including their products would be super simple.
The one thing that wasn't easy was having to limit my choices, I could have shared so many more of their products but I had to cut it off at a $400 price tag...because everything in this guide is going home to one of you lucky readers. For realz!
Now have I got your attention?
Anyway, let me walk you through what I have chosen.
1) Our World Floor Puzzle $30 Tiger Tribe, 2) Racoon Animal Wobbles $15 Tiger Tribe, 3) A-Z Maganatab $45 Tiger Tribe, 4) Pull & Hop Bunny $55 Tiger Tribe, 5) Free Play Magnatab $35 Tiger Tribe, 6) Animal Pals Memory Game $25 Tiger Tribe, 7) Petite Collage First Words Book $20 Tiger Tribe, 8) Whale Squirter Toy $20 Tiger Tribe, 9) Crazy Eyes Puppy $8 Tiger Tribe, 10) Autogami Solar Car $25 Tiger Tribe, 11) Mini Ducks $7 Tiger Tribe, 12) Cement Mixer $16 Tiger Tribe, 13) Unicorn Play Ball $16 Tiger Tribe, 14) Ballo $25 Tiger Tribe, 15) Squadron Racers $20 Tiger Tribe, 16) Tambourine $25 Tiger Tribe, 17) Cuppi $12 Tiger Tribe.
Or if you want to win it all just follow the prompts below to enter. (Australian residents only)
Congratulations Kyla Battershill! I loved your comment so much, I maybe cried. Both times I read it, and again now just a little bit.
"My most vivid Christmas morning memory was Christmas 2014. My son was born on the 20th and we came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. As I'd had a complicated cesarean I was still unable to get in and out of bed and so my son and I had to sleep the night in the lounge room next to the Christmas tree. I did all the night feeds by the light of the tree lights. It was truly magical for my son to wake on his very first morning at home, on Christmas morning, by our Christmas tree. That is the Christmas I will never ever forget."
Enjoy your haul darling.
2) Tell me in the comments section below about your most vivid Christmas morning memory.
3) Keep an eye out on Instagram to see the if you have won, we will be drawing the winner on the 9th of December!
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You know those memes that say things like, "you have as many hours in your day as Beyonce" Well, they can straight up go to hell. I may have 24 hours but I only have two hands so yeah. There's that.
Here is my actual real-life guide to finding more time, no outsourcing, no big spends, no glamour. Just a regular mum who wants to show my kids that life is for living, you know? So let's get to it.
Get up earlier
This may seem blatantly obvious but bear with me. Getting up an hour earlier will usually gain you more than an hour in productivity. In that magic early morning there are no distractions and your brain is firing on all cylinders. You can answer emails, read a book, prepare food for the day, work out or just sit and drink a cup of tea. Even if it means you have to go to bed an hour earlier, you will gain more than you lose.
Hope you're all having a great day.
I just wanted to do a quick post to let you all know that over at Child Mags Blog we have 13 giveaways live right now.
So for everyone who has ever thought, man I like her kids clothes, this is your chance to win some for yourself. They are all Aussie owned, they are all super cool and they are all my faves. Head HERE to enter.
Featured Image by Jenna Templeton
Every fortnight I write a Happy List for Child Mags blog. It's one of my favourite things to do because it really makes me stop and think about my happiness. I thought it was time I brought it Patchwork side so here are SIXTY things that make me happy.
Also, her socks are from Mini Manikin - how cute are they?
Is there anything better than a deep dish pie? I don't think so. But I do think that you can optimise a deep dish pie, say with lemon curd? And good news, you literally can't go wrong with this one.
Remember last year when I shared my dad's stuffing recipe? Well someone's feathers got a bit ruffled and it wasn't the spatchcock. So here you go mum, now the world can know the wonder that is your lemon pie.