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18 Sep '17

Jamie's Italian exclusive Kids in the Kitchen cooking class

Posted by Paulina Eaborn

Jamie Oliver is all about getting kids involved in the kitchen with easy, healthy, homemade food and so we were super lucky to get invited to a very special cooking class with Jamie's team.

The boys had a blast! They were all smiles through out the whole morning until lunch. - the amazing team including the head chef was just so incredibly lovely and hands on helping all the kids get comfortable, with their hands deep in pizza dough and pasta making. Not only did the kids learn loads about all the ingredients and the produce but they also got to taste all their hard work. - we got fed pasta and pizza and it was amazing!  

Jamie's Italian is hands down the only place my boys ask for seconds and that to me is proof that healthy and beautiful food can be enjoyed by little and big.

If you haven't tried Jamie's yet bring your kids down during the school holidays where the 'kids eat free' offer is ON! 

Thank SO much for having us guys! 

Paulie and the boys. X 

29 Aug '17

Our Byron Bay family weekend getaway with Ford Australia.

Posted by Paulina Eaborn

Our Byron Bay family weekend getaway with Ford Australia.

The weeks and not to mention the weekends are always so full on in our family. We never seem to have time to really enjoy time together or visit places we haven't been before. - so when Ford Australia asked us to test drive their family car; The Ford Escape, we took it as a sign! We needed a family getaway! We've always talked about wanting to visit Byron Bay and so we jumped online and booked the accommodation and off we went a few weeks later. 

We usually go camping so it was so lovely and different for us just to pack a few bags and get going, - instead of having to pack half the house. The boys were so excited and to be honest both my hubby and I were too. 

Needless to say that the boys were over the moon when they heard we were going to drive down in a different car to our own. - something new is always so much more fun. And they loved the car when daddy pulled up in the driveway. Boys will be boys and they had to push every button and sit in every seat before we could get going. 

After arriving in Byron we took the car out and about and drove around some of the places we had heard about. Our first destination on day one was the beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse. It was a chilly morning so the boys weren't too keen to get out from the sheltered car. But once we got walking we warmed up and enjoyed the beautiful walk and the fresh air. The Lighthouse walk was a short little track up to the actual house but then from there you could walk on down to a couple of lookout points where the boys insisted on going. - It was so worth it though and we all got to see dolphins and some beautiful panoramic views. All three boys were super tired when we got back to the car and Leon had a little snooze while we drove down to get some lunch in town.

On our way home to our little cabin which we had rented for the weekend we stopped by a surf shop. Tysi has done chores (emptied the dishwasher and gone out with the bin) for almost two years and he could finally afford his first board. It was such an awesome day for him as he got to choose it and put his own fins on. I loved watching my little man experience such a big milestone. He was in surf heaven!! Luckily the Ford Escape has plenty of room for a surfboard and we cruised on home. We stayed at a beautiful caravan park where the boys got to see big goanas and explore the nature. 

On day two we were so excited to take the kids out to The Farm at Byron Bay. We had heard such good things about this place, it's basically a working farm where you can see the animals, eat the produce in a beautiful restaurant/cafe and let the kids run around in the amazing surroundings. Being a Sunday the place was packed. - but we didn't want to stress and had given ourselves the whole day there to enjoy everything we wanted to see. The boys loved the animals, - it's so different from my childhood as I grew up with animals like these but my boys have never even seen a pig in real life. 

Unfortunately all things must come to an end. In this case it meant we had to head on back to Brisbane. We packed up our trusty Ford and with a suitcase full of memories from two big days we turned our heads towards home. 

 

About the Ford Escape. 

We loved testing out a new car and enjoyed all the cool features it had to offer. - being a family of 5 it is important to us that we don't feel squished in our car as the car seat for the little one can often take up quite a lot of room. We all agreed that we felt comfortable in the Escape and had plenty room to twist, turn and stretch our legs while driving to and from Byron.

Another important thing for us is how efficient a car is on fuel, - let's face it a family of 5 can't afford to waste money anywhere, - especially not at the traffic lights. So we loved that the Ford Escape is Auto Start-Stop. It shuts down the engine automatically when at a set of lights and restarts when you press the accelerator. Genius! Especially driving around Byron and it being an unknown place for us it was nice that we didn't have to worry about running low on fuel. The Ford took us all the way from Brisbane to Byron Bay, drove it around for two days and back to Brissy again on the same tank. 

 

Some of the features of the car we loved at first sight;

  • Awesome trays on the back of the front seats which fold up so the kids sitting in the back seats can use them for snack or play. 

  • The screen on the dash which shows you where you are, - what music you are listening to and gives you alerts.

  • The amazing panoramic roof which opens up with a touch of a button. The boys squealed about this feature!

  • Blind spot information system. Indicator lights in the side mirrors can let you know if there’s a vehicle detected in your blind spot when changing lanes. So you can see what you can’t see.

  • The back of the car is huge, - we could fit in so much and still be able to throw an extra stroller and our own blankets and pillows. 

  • Tailgate opens and closes automatically with a touch of a button on the back which makes it so easy when you have your hands full with kids or baggage. 

  • Park assist. - God knows I need this one. The screen shows you alerts and lines when you need them the most.

  • One of the things my hubby was super impressed about when we were driving down was the Adaptive Cruise Control. Instead of having to turn Cruise Control on and off, Adaptive Cruise Control adapts. If it senses traffic is slowing, it slows. When the traffic clears, it goes back to your pre-set speed. He thought it was such a clever and convenient feature of the car. 

Thank you so much for reading and following along on our adventures. A big shout out to Ford Australia for making this little getaway possible.

Paulie. XO

#ComeOutAndPlay 

 

 

22 Dec '16

Beach & Bandits Swimwear

Posted by Paulina Eaborn

Beach & Bandits

We've just been testing out the super cool swimwear Beach & Bandits and we are so in love with the fit and the quality. - It's awesome to have some stylish beach wear that is so super safe for the kids skin here in the hot Aussie sun. We spend every saturday morning on the beach while Tysi does nippers. - this means lots of hours in the sun for my two little ones who watch Tysi, play in the sand and run around in the water. The Beach and Bandit range has been so great and easy to use. - Leon's full body suit opens up at the legs for easy access to nappy changes. - the range also has a cool little backpack and towel. 

Check out all the photos from one of our days at the beach and read all about the brand below. X 

(Rixen's hat: Rookie & Co. )

(Leon's hat: Bedhead Hats )

 

ABOUT 

We are a seaside based brand, born out of a love for long summer days on the beach, which we aim to translate into cool, comfortable & sun-safe (UPF50+) pieces for your little bandits. Through our handdrawn illustrations we want to capture your little bandits imagination and encourage their wanderlust. We want your kids to come out of their shell, go to the beach, catch some waves, live in the sunshine...to stay wild! But above all, we want to keep your little bandits safe in the sun. Skin cancer is increasingly becoming the most common type of cancer worldwide. And with childhood sunburns being the leader in causing skin cancer later in life, we need to ensure our kids are protected from the sun's harmful UV rays.

The ' Sink or Swim ' collection was designed by the husband and wife duo, Hans and Jo-anne. Together with their two little bandits they spend most of their time on the beach. They wanted them to be safe in the sun, but also to look cool. In their search for cool & comfortable sun-safe threads, they got frustrated at the lack of these threads available. So they started their journey and set out on a mission. Beach & Bandits was born and believes that UPF50+ sun-protective threads can be cool and sun-safe at the same time! 

We keep them safe, they keep us wild!

Beach & Bandits
 

10 Aug '16

Brisbane Half Marathon with pram. 07.08.2016

Posted by Paulina Eaborn

It was a pretty out of the blue decision I made a few week after the GC marathon where I ran a fast 1 hour and 46 minute time, - that I thought of running the Brisbane half. - I really didn't want to push my body through trying to do another PB so I spontaneously thought it would be a good idea to run it with a pram as that would naturally slow me down. I was already pretty trained so it was just about keeping my k's up and worry about how I would get Leon to behave for 2 hours. 2 hours was the time I knew I could run it in if I pushed hard. So heres me hoping Leon will sleep for at least an hour and then maybe snacks? 

It took me quite a while to get over the GC half. - my body was tired and every run felt like such hard work so I didn't really enjoy it the few weeks leading up to the race. And a weekend before the race my back started to give me some issues. - I felt it first on my usual 5k parkrun and when I went for a 10k the day after I was almost in tears with pain. I saw a chiro monday and wednesday (the race was 5 days away) On the monday the chiro said he might be able to fix me on the wednesday he said my muscles were to inflamed and I would be in a lot of pain if I went ahead with the race. 

I was devastated. - and in a lot of pain. I was exhausted because back pain and a baby doesn't really make a great match. Everything I did was hurting me especially getting up at night to feed. And so I rested. I didn't do anything that week. - I only went to my physio to get a remedial massage on the Thursday which seemed to really loosen up some of the tightness in my back. So friday and saturday I rested some more. By Saturday the pain was still there but it wasn't radiating to my ribs which was the big issue as that made it painful to breathe which wasn't a good combo when running. 

By saturday afternoon I thought that if I could run without being in pain when breathing maybe just maybe I could get away with it? 

And so I packed my pram, - raced to woolies and bought dummies, snacks, yoghurt pouches. Cheese balls. I figured if everything else goes wrong feed the babe cheese balls!! 

I was seriously looking forward to the course but I was also super nervous for how my body would hold up. 

I got up at 4am on the sunday. The race was at 6am. - I got ready as quick as possible. - rubbed heat cream on my stiff back. And had my usual pre race coffee. I had everything ready to go. Pram in the car. All Leon's snacks. Socks, shoes, clothes. So I woke Leon, fed him, changed him. And number one mission of the day started; to keep him awake till the race started. I was chatting to him in the car, turning the light on every time he went too quite and kept the car cold so he wouldn't snooze away. I needed him to be tired for when the race started so he would go to sleep in the pram. 

 

We arrived and I was starting to get worried. I always worry about races with pram as the crowds make it super hard to get through. For those who don't know this, - runners with prams are asked to start at the back of the running pack but to me it doesn't make any sense. - us fast pram runners have to weave in and out through so many people and that makes it more dangerous. For some reason pram runners are considerate slow hence for safety reasons put down at the back. - but these days pram runners are fast, - heck some even win races. So I think there should be special considerations and even pram divisions so we get the credit for our efforts on paper. 

Anyway. - I quickly decided to start in the middle of the pack as I felt the atmosphere was right for it. - People were friendly and helpful and no one was having a go at me for rocking up with my pram. (my pram is quite long as its a running pram so sometimes people trip over my front wheel). 

I said good luck to my beautiful friends who were all running different things that day (5k, 10k, half and full marathons.) 

Photo below is my beautiful friend Elle (who ran an impressive 1 hour and 38 minute half that day) and me at the start line. 

The gun went off and I squeezed myself into the crowd. - I started my garmin the second my front wheel passed the start line. The crowd spread out and I had heaps of room on the streets of central Brisbane. I felt a moment of 'YES-this is gonna be a good race' feels. It was dark and as always at the 1 and 2 k mark the crowds were silent. Thousands of people running together in silence. In silence because the nerves don't let you joke around or chat yet. You try to feel the legs warm up and you don't dare to smile in case you feel a niggle or you feel too exhausted too early. It's all a mind game and your mind is just getting warmed up. 

Leon fell asleep during those first 2k's of silence. - I was stoked! 

I had my Garmin set so I couldn't see how many K's I had done. - I didn't want my mind to play games with me so I rather not know when running such long distances. Otherwise you start looking at your watch counting your steps meter by meter. - I loved the feel of the run and the streets of Brisbane. Such an awesome course but quite challenging with a pram. - the first 5 k of the run had a few hills already and I started getting quite a few encouraging comments from my fellow runners. People often feel amazed when the see me as they think: "If I'm struggling, imagine how the lady pushing the pram must feel" So people have a beautiful form of expressing their respect for a pram runner like me. 

There was plenty of room for me and my pram to run past heaps of people. Until a bit of a crowded spot at the story bridge. I had to shout to a few to keep left but gave up in the end and took the slow break as an opportunity to chat to some people. Who again were praising me for my efforts. A few of them told me they were going for sub 2 hours. As was I so we ran together for a few k's. 

Kilometers 5 to 10 were fine. Leon was asleep and I just enjoyed the slower pace (slower than usual) with heaps of energy in my tank. The sun was up now and I enjoyed running along the riverside. A man with a disabled person pram ran past me. He had a bell on his pram and was ringing it for people to make way for him. - I have a huge respect for people like him. He is taking a person who can't run themselves for such a great experience. It must be bloody hard to push a grown person. Its's at least an extra 60 kg's!! He smiled at me and said "you need to get a bell like this" - as he ran away I quietly responded: "but that would wake my baby :-) "

At just over 10k's I saw my friend Elle on the loop going the other way. - she looked strong and I knew she must have been doing well as she was 4k's ahead of me.

The loop between 10 and 14k felt long. - you always look for the turnaround point and it messes a bit with your head. I caught up with a fellow runner I know who was doing the full marathon. He was struggling and as we kept running up more and more little hills I lost him behind me. - the small hills are tough even for a runner without a pram. And so I had to put a lot of effort into it every time I climbed one. Both hands on the pram and straight back pushing every thing I had. 

See below  photo of on of the steep hills (this one is just before the bloody finish line!! - I was exhausted!) You can see the incline in the back ground. Also who the heck places a photographer at the top of a hill???! Surely he didn't get many people smiling at that point?

A volunteer saw me at the 12K mark and shouted "You are doing amazing! You are number two pram in the race!" This gave me a boost. - I thought to myself I'm doing alright!

When I reached the 'go between bridge' at the 15k mark for another incline leon started stirring. - he had been awake for a few K's but was just chilling in the pram. I gave him his drink bottle and continued over the bridge. 

This is where it started to get hard as he kept stirring and crying. I didn't want to stop as I knew the pain would kick in once you start and stop. It's a reaction from your muscles going: "hey this stoping thing felt good! - let's start hurting her so she will stop again".

And so I tried passing him a yoghurt pouch which he took and had to lean over and pop his dummy back in a few times. My back was really really starting to hurt and the leaning over wasn't helping. I had taken a few pain killers before the race started. So my back was starting to hurt through those. I also started feeling an annoying pain in my food. - it was a little fold in my sock that was starting to rub. Things like these are unpredictable and even if you try to put your shoes and socks on checking that theres nothing that might hurt you later on it's never certain it won't. 

I kept eating my jelly beans. I had two every few k's I think just to keep my energy levels up. 

From K 15,5 to 18 we ran on coronation drive and again there was another turn around point. - again this started messing with my head. We were in the hot sun at this point and people were struggling. I passed a few of my marathon friends. And kept trying to keep Leon happy. 

I have to say this course was just fantastic.- I loved every k of it and the cheering that was all the way through out the course. People were amazing. Shouting "go mama" and other encouraging things. I still had lots of runners constantly showing their respect for me and patting my shoulder as I ran past or as they ran past me. 

In these kind of races people feel strong and weak at different times so I might pass some people and then get passed by the same when I get tired and the other way around. 

So at this point with leon being all whingy I tapped my Garmin to see where we were at. - 18K !! - We had done 18K. - and I started feeling ok. In a lot of pain but ok. Because there was 'only' 3 k's to go. 

And so the last 3 k's is a bit of a blur to be honest. I was starting to feel the exhaustion taking over my body. - I was getting emotional. As the cheering crowds were just amazing. Shouting at me to keep going. It was also at this stage a guy ran up next to me. I could see the struggle in his face too. He said: "Do you realise how many of us you are an inspiration to?" I thanked him and had to look away because I had tears trying to make their way through. I was taken back by the kindness of so many runners that day.

I came around the corner of the botanical gardens and from the distance I heard my 3 best friends and a few others shout at me. They had spotted me and were screaming at me! COME ON PAULIE!! - I felt a tight ball of emotions gather in my chest and I had a hard time catching my breath. I knew I had done it and hearing them cheer made me loose it. Emotions just took over and I was in a world of pain. 

I remember one of them screaming: You've done it! At this stage baby Leon was just chilling in the pram looking around and taking it all in. I passed my friends and thought to myself: "Where's that damn finish line???!" - then in front of me was the steepest of all hills. NO WAY!? Why now? Why here? When all my energy is gone!! And so I climbed the hill with everything I had left. I was moaning at this stage and I could see the crowd look rather taken back haha. They must have thought what the hell is this crazy lady doing. 

I looked at my watch and I hadn't made it sub two hours. I felt a bit of disappointment but it was quickly wiped away by the fact that I had done it. A race that I wasn't going to run only the day before. I finished the race in 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

I cant help but look back at a few parts of the race where I could have pushed it a bit harder or if I just hadn't been stuck on that bridge I could have saved a few minutes. But hey I think I need to just stop and be grateful for finishing the race, - for Leon being pretty good for most of it and for being able to walk now 3 days after.

I've recovered pretty well. - my back was very sore the first two days but today it's much better. I've caught a cold both my two little ones had as my body is just tired and weak to all the nasty germs going around. And I've been eating non stop. - SO hungry! 

I'm not sure if I'll ever run a half marathon with pram again but I will run the Brisbane marathon again for sure! - It was an amazing course. And I think this has been one of my best races ever. 

I wore a pair of Nike running shorts, a bonds tee and sports bra, nike compression socks and the new Lunar Glide 8 running shoes. 

My pram is the Thule Glide running pram. 

And I ran the Brisbane Half Marathon

Thanks so much for reading along on my story. - I hope I have inspired you to try something out of the ordinary and if you have any questions please write a comment on my Instagram

Paulie. X 

 

 

 

 

 

08 Aug '16

Nana Huchy. - makers of classic gifts from a time gone by.

Posted by Paulina Eaborn



It's not often that my big boys fight about soft toys and blankets. - but for some reason this exact thing happened when the beautiful soft package from Nana Huchy arrived at the front door. - suddenly the boys both wanted a blanket that I secretly wanted for myself and both of them went head over heals with the papa knitted doll. - I thought the papa doll would be such a nice thing for them to have considering their daddy works away so whenever they miss him too much they could cuddle this beautifully made doll.

So needless to say that we are all big fans of Nana Huchy who (in their own words) make classic gifts from a time gone by, adding a touch of mischief to life's essentials. 

After traveling the world, it seems true inspiration can be found closer to home, or Nana's home to be more precise. It seems in a faster paced world, the delicate sophistication of yesteryear had fallen by the wayside, Nana Huchy's creators, Lucy and Hannah Morrison, sought to revive a world filled with warmth, fresh colours and unmistakable style, just like their Nana's.

It all started in 2003 when the two set out on an exciting journey, researching the products that were soon to become their trademark pieces. Beginning with an eclectic range of bags, demand soon saw them branching out to create products for the kitchen, boudoir and of course, for the little, cheeky ones. In 2006, Hannah left to pursue other dreams while Lucy continues to scour the world, and her Nana's house, for practical products and designs that bring that unforgettable elegance to anyone's home.

With the launch of their new blankets, designed in Melbourne by Sunday Ganim exclusively for Nana Huchy we took the opportunity to ask the designer Sunday a few questions. This blanket is such a beautiful piece. - Tysi was lucky enough to claim it to be his own. These 100% cotton blankets are perfect for the cot, pram, or around the house. Super soft, durable and made to last and snuggle up to for years.

I love hearing how brands start up and how designers find their inspiration. Check out how Sunday finds hers:

Who is Sunday Ganim? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a Melbourne based textile designer who creates baby blankets!

How did Sunday Ganim Blankets start?

Sunday Ganim Blankets began five years ago, when my nephew Max was born. I held an exhibition of hand woven scarves that I had produced and with the excess yarn I decided to create a baby blanket just in time for his arrival. He loved it and friends and family began to request their own blankets, so Sunday Ganim Blankets was born.

 Where do you find inspiration for your blankets?

The old saying, anything and everything can be inspiration reigns true.

I take a lot of photos of colours that I notice in everyday life, from nature to food to architecture. I also get colour inspiration from old films, or fabric stitch details from old library reference books. However, recently I have been getting a lot of inspiration from cooking!

What does your day look like?

I work on the business in a part-time capacity, the day is split between working in the mornings whilst afternoon are spent with my 18 month son, Remy. Work involves the constant trickle of emails then, there is the laising with my production manager, knitter and wholesale accounts.

 How did the project with Nana Huchy come about?

I have known Lucy for many years, since the beginning of Nana Huchy and I love the ranges she puts together for young people - the toys especially! I also am a fan of her charity work she runs with Nana Huchy, like the Easter Bunny campaign, so naturally I was keen to do something together when she asked.

We begun talking about extending her range to offer a cot blanket that sits within the nana Huchy family and over a few get togethers the Nana Huchy blanket range was created!

What future plans do you have for Sunday Ganim blankets?

We are currently developing new ranges for 2017 at the moment, but for the immediate future look out for the usual mix of classic blankets, with some varying colourways being released this summer. 

Thank you to Sunday for taking her time to open up to a bit of her world and to Nana Huchy for making these beautiful pieces. - Visit Nana Huchy's website to see the rest of the softest pieces. 

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