We’re slowly but surely acting on our plan to explore more of Australia.
Hubby & I have seen 7 out of 8 states/territories but we want to explore them all again as a family. We’ve taken Lottie to 4 so far.
This week we’ve been exploring Adelaide and South Australia. I can’t wait to write up all the details – free & frugal sightseeing, top tips for exploring the naturally pink Lake Bumbunga (baby wipes people – trust me 🙄), mixing wineries & whiny kids, and how my travel capsule wardrobe works for me.
Sick kiddo means mummy needs a little latte and a lot of love…
The little heart on my coffee actually cheered me up so much this morning so I thought I’d share it.
We just did our first ABC Reading Eggs lesson and Little Lottie is happily writing ‘m’ all over her notebook at the kitchen counter.
She’s turning 3 in a few weeks but loves singing the alphabet, pointing out letters and loved Jolly Phonics at daycare so I thought I’d give her a go at the preschool Reading Eggs lessons. The whole online lesson in a single letter was only 20mins and was set up in a series of interactive activities that made it seem like a game. A game with singing ants and lots of bright colours. By the end she was confidently pointing out the letter Mm, identifying pictures with M words as their names and making mmmmm sounds.
ABC Reading Eggs is a full learn to read program for ages 3 – 13 and it links to a math program called Mathseeds, and an online store of early reader material. I’m using the 14 day free trail available to parents and teachers worldwide and was honestly surprised at how popular the program is outside Australia. 12 month subscriptions are around $80 and the book packs are $80 for one level or $119 for both levels. I see them in ABC stores and book shops. We left it at one lesson today (they’re designed to do a few letters a day) but it was a success and I’m looking forward to trying out the next one tomorrow. We will definitely be purchasing a book pack very soon.
Turning a house into a home is more than just filling it with furniture. Lottie’s room being cosy, functional and easy to tidy is a priority of mine. She loves every doll and toy and book and spends hours playing and putting them in particular cubbies and drawers that mummy isn’t allowed to mess up!
A basic white cot from Target Australia turned out to be a great investment as it became a sweet little toddler bed. A family heirloom dolls house filled with Sylvanian Families is probably my favourite thing in her room. Nana was ahead of the curve with the Indigo Jamm workbench she got last Christmas and cubbies full of Fisher Price, Mellisa and Doug, and Little Golden Books make up the little girl’s room I envisioned when I was pregnant (almost 3 years ago!).
Ever walked into a baby store only to be visually assaulted by Leander, Stokke, Boori and 4 digit price tags? Yeah, me too. They all have wonderful products and the Stokke pop up baby bath is seriously underrated as far as baby crap goes. But quality comes in all budgets and I would’ve expected Hell to freeze over before Kmart became THE decor destination of 2015.
They chain I grew to hate growing up poor and dressed head to toe in their cheapest attire must have hired a designer who knew what they were doing. I can’t leave Kmart without an armful cushion, throw rugs, baking supplies and home wares these days!
Seriously, how cute are these cushions!?! At $7 a pop, it’s a splash of colour that won’t break the budget and they’re popping up on every Australian mummy blog and Instagram.
The happy sun cushion has made my day and will hopefully tempt Lottie into a nap.