Shop Local – Undercover Sleeping Bags

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Coming up with super-stylish, innovative products is something kiwi women do amazingly well so it was no surprise to me to find out that the uber-cute range of Undercover Sleeping Bags for kids are designed, manufactured, and distributed right here in New Zealand by Marlborough resident, Kate Guthrie.

It’s almost our prime camping and glamping Summer season here in New Zealand and I can’t think of anything worse than trying to nod off to sleep in a sticky, hot sleeping bag made from entirely synthetic fabrics.  I actually wouldn’t be able to get Nixon to sleep in this way – the fuss would be unbearable.  And sweaty lol.

mummy-blog-new-zealand-blogger-mommy-travelblog-family-kids-sleeping BagsLittle peeps will LOVE curling up in their Undercover creations due to a few genius features that make these dreamy sleeping bags a kid-must-have that will be used and loved, year round;

  • 100% cotton outer and warm thermal padding – YAY, no more summer stickiness!
  • A pillow compartment!!!!  Soooo many time when camping I’ve been woken up because Ethan had lost his pillow in the night – usually because it’s slid off his slippery sleeping bag lol.  Once unrolled, you can pop a pillow into the all-in-one design.
  • No separate storage bag (to lose).  YAY, again lol.  The sleeping bag rolls up and is stowed into the pillow compartment.

I know many of you love to try and think outside the box when it comes to buying for your kids.  Shopping local, shopping small and supporting New Zealand creatives is an awesome endeavour and can make Christmas Shopping  SO much more fun when you can cut out the trips to the mall – and cut out the plastic fantastic toys that will be old news in a month anyway!  Undercover sleeping bags will be loved and used all year, for years, as they suit ages 2-12 ish – depending upon how quickly your pre-teen is growing of course.

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Shop the Undercover Range Now!

Available in 8 super stylish designs at $199 each, there’s an Undercover Sleeping bag to suit every little camper – or every little person having their first sleep-over at Nana’s –  How cute are these fabrics?

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Summer Style – Easy, Chic Mum Fashion

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Shop the Look > Busy Chic

Maya Spliced Stripe Skirt RRP $25 (available instore), Maya Chambray Shirt Dress RRP $39 (selling fast!), Garage Anglaise Bardot Top RRP $39, Garage Chambray Shirt RRP$30, Amco Knit Boyfriend Jeans RRP $49 (low stock, 2 sizes left online!), Debut Farae Casual Shoe RRP $20, Debut Cut Out Tote Handbag RRP $29, H&H Essentials Leaf Necklace RRP $15, Beach Works Women’s Round Fashion Sunglasses RRP $20, Fitbit Alta Blue Small RRP $229

You guys went crazy over my summer mood boards (here) so I had to show just how well these separates actually fit, and how awesome they look on…….ME! – I think lol.  I LOVE each of these pieces and can’t wait to mix them into my existing wardrobe.  I’m still totally gobsmacked that I was able to source 4 outfits in one 20 minute shop + fitting room session!  New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Summer mum FashionThat’s the beauty of shopping at The Warehouse, everything you need is in one place.

So, I’ve recreated the four Busy Chic looks as they will all serve me really well as I move between blogger events, Mum activities and the occasional date night.  This look is comfy but put-together and works well with a wedge or heel but can also be dressed down with a flat sandal.

I subbed out the Debut Farae Casual Shoe for the video as I saw the Rilla Sandals while I was shopping and instantly knew how essential an espadrille wedge is for the summer ahead, especially a pair as comfortable and versatile as these are.

I’d love you to check out the video below, I promise you’ll be surprised with how well these clothes translate off the hanger and onto the body of a very normal mum-bod.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

These styles have been super popular so head in store quickly to see the full range and the new styles that are arriving all the time!

 WIN > I have a $50 gift card from The Warehouse to giveaway so you can update your Summer Style!  To enter, tell me in the comments below what your favourite piece is from the Busy Chic lookbook.  Don’t forget, there’s another chance to enter on the first Summer Fashion blog post here x

Competition closes 30/11/16, NZ residents only.

 

That Retail Life – What’s Hot This Week + Win!

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I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a weekly ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – November #1

Marcel’s Happy Pancakes – Gluten Free RRP $4.99

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsMarcel’s have rebranded and launched Happy Pancakes – Gluten Free this month, perfect timing for our family as Nixon and I are gluten free right now as we try a diet modification to get our asthma under control.  The entire freezer range, Happy Pancakes, Ooh La La Crepes and Fancy Blinis, are sporting the cute new packaging so make sure you keep an eye out for the fun imagery in good supermarkets and specialty food stores nationwide.

Mac’s Brewhouse Non-Alcoholic Soda 4 Pack RRP $6.99

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I attended the launch for these new, low sugar, zero alcohol adult sodas this week and they are sooooo good!  This is brewed soda with a malt base combined with juices, spices and natural flavours and the result is freaking delicious!  My faves are the Citrus & Vanilla and the Lime and Coconut and these two are joined by Ginger Root and Lemon & Barley, perfect summer flavours for the season ahead.  I’m already dreaming up cocktail recipes using these as mixers, yum!

Available in a four-pack in supermarkets and single bottles at Z and BP stations.

Donovan’s Seasonal Collection RRP $8.99

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I lOVE Donovan’s Seasonal Collection for Christmas gifts!  These beautiful, limited edition treats are perfect presents for teachers, tutors, neighbours or are lovely to add to the dessert table on Christmas Day.  The kiwi flavours are what makes this range totally special; Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark, Chocolate Gingerbread Clusters, Coconut Ice Squares, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Double Chocolate Fudge and Almond and Cranberry Clusters will leave you wanting to try every variety in the range.

Available in leading supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide.

How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan RRP 19.99

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A new Christmas story each year has always been a tradition in our house and this Christmas Eve How-To guide is soooo cute!  How to Catch Santa is a super fun story but it’s also choc full of great ideas for ramping up the magic for your littles this Christmas!  This is a story your family will love and pretty much use as a roadmap to a festive Christmas Eve, this year and well into the future.

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The third product to complete the Drops of Crystal range from Manuka Doctor has just launched and Cashmere Touch Cream is just as luxe and gorgeous as you would expect.  Tested over 10 minute and 28 day periods, the combination of Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey with crystal tears – oil extracted from the Pistacia Lentiscus tree is delivering 97% of respondents wrinkle reduction and increased firmness with 90% reporting increased skin elasticity after 28 days.

The sensation of applying this cream will have you converted after a single use, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products Smirnoff PureSmirnoff Pure Pre-Mixed Vodkas RRP $12.99 for a four-pack

YAY.  I’m a BIG fan of vodka cocktails but can’t stomach the sugary sweet overload of many pre-mixed offerings.  Smirnoff have nailed these four flavours, I found it very hard trying to decide my fave but they’re are all delish.  Choose between my pick, Ginger, Lime & Soda and Classic Lime & Soda, Cranberry Apple & Soda and Passionfruit, Lime & Soda,

Available from all good stockists this month.

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Ernest Adams Slices, loaves, Cakes and Cookies RRP $4.99

One of NZ’s fave brands has been baking up sweet treats for over 80 years and now the good bakers at Ernest Adams have revamped their slices, loaves and cookies adding better quality ingredients, new recipes and bigger slices and cookies.  New additions like Rocky Road Slice and Salted Caramel and Pecan Slice are sure to make a big impression this kiwi summer.

I have two amazing Ernest Adams prize packs to giveaway, to enter just leave a comment below!

Competition closes Sunday 20th 10pm.  NZ residents only.
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Summer ‘16 – Beach Boho vs Busy Chic

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Mum’s are the undisputed multi-tasking masters.  Our innate ability to switch roles, tasks, expectations and juggle kids, work and life is what helps keep things moving on the home-front, and keeps us in front of the coffee machine every morning!

Summer comes with both it’s styling pro’s and con’s; less required layers means outfit components are minimised but, it can be so hot that it’s tempting to schlep it in a tank/shorts/jandals combo everyday!

Our clothes need to be as hardworking but as flexible as we are so I’ve created two capsule wardrobes for the Summer ‘16 season which can take us busy mums from beaching with the kids to Friday Wine-downs without batting an eyelid (or breaking the bank!)

I *shopped* both of these looks online at The Warehouse and will be heading in-store next week to pick up some of my fave pieces to show you in my Summer Fashion vlog post.  What I’ve tried to do with Beach Boho and Busy Chic is to use complementary palettes so you easily mix’n match pieces from each look.  Halve your investment and double your outfits ladies!New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Summer mum Fashion

Beach Boho is definitely a seasonal trend, albeit one that is forever reappearing and reinventing itself.  Think loose, flowing separates that are just perfect for casual, unfussy days.  But, just picture that blush maxi skirt with a chic black tank and you’re ready for date night.  Too easy!

Shop the Look > Beach Boho

Garage Embroidered Maxi Skirt RRP $28, Garage Aztec Waterfall Cardigan RRP $40, Garage Double Strap Batwing Top RRP $20, Garage Denim Overalls RRP $35, Garage Lace Chambray Shorts RRP $25, Basics Brand Women’s Recife Sandal RRP $10, Debut Cross Body Handbag RRP $29, Debut Women’s Wool Floppy Hat RRP $25, Debut Beaded Tassel Bracelet RRP $12, Garage Drop Hem Print Tank Top RRP $10, Garage Crochet Cold Shoulder Top RRP $20

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Busy Chic is my go-to look whenever I have to leave the house with the assumption that I’m going to have to interact with another adult lol.  Slightly more structured than Boho, you *may* need to use your iron on some of these pieces to keep this look polished and put-together, don’t be scared!  I LOVE the Knot Skirt in this look and shirt dresses are everywhere this season so The Warehouse is nailing summer trends at some amaze prices.

Shop the Look > Busy Chic

Maya Spliced Stripe Skirt RRP $25, Maya Chambray Shirt Dress RRP $39, Garage Anglaise Bardot Top RRP $39, Garage Chambray Shirt RRP$30, Amco Knit Boyfriend Jeans RRP $49, Debut Farae Casual Shoe RRP $20, Debut Cut Out Tote Handbag RRP $29, H&H Essentials Leaf Necklace RRP $15, Beach Works Women’s Round Fashion Sunglasses RRP $20, Fitbit Alta Blue Small RRP $229

WIN > I have a $50 gift card from The Warehouse to giveaway so you can update your Summer Style!  To enter, tell me in the comments below what your favourite piece is from either the Beach Boho or Busy Chic lookbooks.  There will be a second chance to enter coming up in my Summer Fashion Vlog post so watch out for that x

Competition closes 30/11/16, NZ residents only.

Step up your Mum Uniform – Summer Style from Ziera + Win a pair for yourself!

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With each new season comes an opportunity for a bit of a stock-take in both our lives and our wardrobes.  Compared to other areas in my home where I can be ruthlessly brutal during a ‘culling season’, I do tend to hoard a wee bit when it comes to my wardrobe – for good reason though.  I still have my original Levi’s denim jacket from my uni days 20 years ago and because I purchased a classic wash, it still looks great especially now it’s authentically vintage lol.  

This summer I’m getting rid of that which I do not LOVE – à la Marie Kondo, and adding more classic pieces to my wardrobe, styles which will endure and stand the test of time.

A (very exciting) addition to my summer wardrobe is my first pair of shoes from Ziera.

Metallics are a huge trend in footwear for the second summer in a row and this year I’m totally onboard!  The Lido was my first choice due to it’s classic styling and on-point silver finish, plus, a loafer is a versatile trans-seasonal shoe you can wear year round with jeans, trousers, skirts and shorts – that’s pretty much got New Zealand covered for spring and summer right?

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  1. Cost per Wear – There are certain things in particular that I’m happy to spend a little more money on when I’m shopping for myself or the family; sunglasses, purses and shoes.  My reasoning for this is that I wear/use each of these three things every day and quality options will last many seasons, easily bringing down the CPW (cost per wear) for each – (this is important financial terminology to note if you’re lobbying your significant other for a new pair of kicks!)
  2. Flexible Styling – Choosing the right accessories and footwear can also make or break an outfit or breathe new life into one past it’s prime – both great things to have up your sleeve when you’re living on Mum-Time and a family-friendly budget.  
  3. Expand your comfort zone – When you never sit down….. (because #MumLife), good shoes are an investment you’ll never regret.  Here’s a secret though, it is possible to find comfortable shoes that are NOT Chuck Taylors :::::::gasp!::::::  I know this because I have seen it with my own eyes – the comfy, stylish shoes live at Ziera.

Now you know.

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There you go Mamas!  All the motivation you need to upstyle your Mum Wardrobe and break out of your sneaker safe-place this summer!  

I’m going to help one lucky New Zealand lady on her way to fab footwear by giving her a $250 voucher to Ziera!

To enter leave a comment below telling me what pair of Ziera shoes are your favourite (see here) and cross your fingers!

Competition closes 20/11/16, NZ residents only.  Thanks so much to Ziera for this amaze prize and for sponsoring this post!

That Retail Life – What’s Hot this Week + WIN!

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I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a weekly ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – October #3

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsSunRice Brown Rice Chips – Sweet Chili RRP $5.99

Sure to become a summer fave, SunRice have added a new flavour to their existing range of Brown Rice Chips.  Sweet Chili joins Wild Rice, Sea Salt and Parmesan and Sundried Tomato.  These are the perfect gluten free, wholegrain option for entertaining or snacking with no artificial flavours or preservatives.

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Betty Crocker – Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie RRP $5.99

Full of milk and white chocolate chips, I’m soooo looking forward to whipping up this brownie next week!  These are such great ‘lifesavers’ to keep in the pantry for those unexpected afternoon teas or rushed desserts.  Available in supermarkets nationwide.

mummy-blog-new-zealand-blogger-mommy-travelblog-family-Retail-New-ProductsNice Blocks – Special Edition Watermelon & Lime 

The nice blokes at Nice Blocks are throwing their hats in the ring to help Starship Foundation this year.  They’ve created an amazing Watermelon and Lime Nice Block with 30c from each ice block sold and 50c from each multipack going straight to Starship Foundation!  You can also get involved by purchasing one of this years gorgeous tea towels designed by young cancer survivor Ruby Seeto.  Pick yours up or order online from www.wallacecotton.co.nz.

John Grisham – The Whistler RRP $37.99New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products

Fresh off the press!  Released on October 25th, the latest novel from bestseller John Grisham has gone straight to the top of my ‘Read Next’ list.  A young investigator is pitted against the most corrupt judge in American history with only a whistle blower and an indicted lawyer on her side.  How good does that sound?  Straight to the Summer bestseller list I think!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsBe Natural Re-launch

Yum guys!  Look out for the new packaging of re-launched plant-power brand Be Natural.  With a delicious range of cereals and snack bars, I’m loving these fab offerings with organic options.  The Protein Nut Bars are my fave as is the Coco-Nutty Granola!

Smashbox Colour Correcting Sticks RRP $45 easmashbox-color-correcting-stick-2016

Colour correcting is a mum essential – at least as far as this tired Mum is concerned!  Use under concealer or foundation, these four shades will help you to put your best face forward every day.  Green counteracts redness to reduce the appearance of blemishes, Lavender brightens yellowness so you look less dull (YES!), Peach works on lighter skin to fix dark circles and call in the heavy duty Orange to work it’s wonders on darker skin, dark circles and hyperpigmentation.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New productsDr. LeWinns Private Formula Day Cream Light SPF 15 

Available at Life and Unichem pharmacies nationwide, this modern light formulation from revolutionary cosmeceutical brand Dr. LeWinns is set to deliver your best skin yet.  Containing SPF 15 protection, the Super Berry Trio of Pepperberry, Riberry and Muntrie, Hydrovition Plus, Argan Oil and Vitamin A to encourage cell renewal and address aging concerns. 

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil RRP $139 Available November 1st 2016

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The launch for this revolutionary product from Dermalogica was almost as amazing as this little bottle of skin deliciousness.  Phytoactives solve dryness and dehydration while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier, leaving skin with a luminous, dewy finish that’s also protected against free radical damage.  Phyto Replenish Oil is like a complete toolbox for skin in one lovely product.  Don’t be shy about using oil on your skin, some are a bit thick and gluggy feeling, but Dermalogica has produced the lightest formulation here that absorbs super quickly.

Schwarzkopf Sun repair Range RRP $6.39-$11.99New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Retail New products

Summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming!  Get ahead of the warm weather with Schwarzkopf’s NEW Sun Repair Range.  Including Monoi-Flower Extract and UVA/UVB filters, this is the prescription you need this summer to protect you hair and prevent it from drying out.

Available from all leading department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

WIN > I have two sets of the Schwarzkopf Sun repair Range to give away!  Enter via the widget below.

That Retail Life – What’s Hot this Week + Win!

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I’m seeing a lot of awesome new products each week so thought it was about time I curated these new releases into a weekly ‘Hot List’ that’s short and snappy, giving you guys the lowdown on the latest and greatest from brands we love.

What’s New  – October #2

Omega Plus Salmon-based Pet Food

Our three little dogs received a delivery this week that they freaking loved!  Our largest producer of Salmon, New Zealand King Salmon has found a way to utilise previously wasted, fit-for-human grade salmon and produced a range of vet quality pet food at supermarket prices.

The Omega Plus range is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 which is just as beneficial to our furry friends as it is for us!  Available in South Island Pak ‘n Save and New World stores, the range will be rolling out nationwide soon.  

Example price point: Omega Plus Dry Dog Food 2.4kg – King Salmon + Beef RRP$25.99

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We all need MORE Nadia Lim in our lives and now, with the launch of her bi-monthly lifestyle magazine NADIA, we can enjoy more of her Nude Food philosophy – now in print!

October/November issue in store at magazine retailers now $7.99

Red Seal Body Right Teas

Garcinia Cambogia is a definite buzz-ingredient right now in weight management products.  Red Seal have complemented their delicious hot/cold brew range with 3 new ‘functional’ teas designed to support a weight management programme of a balanced diet and regular exercise.  Available in Pomegranate, Kiwi and Lime and Peach and Pineapple flavours, you can find these in all major supermarkets, RRP $3.99.

WIN > I have 2 packs of Red Seal Body Right Teas to giveaway, each containing all three yummy flavours!  To enter just leave the comment ‘RED SEAL’ below this blog post.  Comp closes 27/10/15, NZ residents only.

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Jacob’s Creek Pip & Seed Cider & Winepip-seed

Oh. My. Gosh.  This is the most genius (and delicious!) alcoholic beverage I’ve ever pulled out of my fridge!  A perfect blend of crisp cider and some of my favourite white wines, Pip & Seed has made it’s debut here in New Zealand just in time to totally dominate summer 2016.  Forget the sickly sweet ciders of summers past,  these three varietals will have you reaching for a Pip & Seed every time!

Available in Fruity, Crisp and Sweet blends, you can’t go wrong to be honest they are all amazing! 

500ml RRP $5.99

pack-leave-in-recreate-pro-fiberL’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber Re-Create

This delivery came at the perfect time for me.  I’ve been a shower martyr, suffering along with a shampoo and conditioner I really don’t like, Mama didn’t raise a quitter after all!  This new extension of the Pro Fiber range is designed to address thinning hair, often caused or exacerbated by external stressors such as colouring and heating.  Absolutely perfect for my treated, heated blonde hair!  

There are four Pro Fiber ranges, each specifically formulated to treat progressive levels of damage.  Pro Fiber Re-Create treats Stage 3 hair damage and is available from L’Oréal Professionnel salons from October 1st.

Manuka Doctor Cashmere Touch SerumNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Manuka Doctor Cashmere touch Serum

I loooove serum and I sure love Manuka Doctor!

More gel than serum (I think!), Cashmere Touch is the second product from the Drops of Crystal range and contains botanically derived firming actives that instantly make my skin feel like I haven’t been burning the candle at both ends over the past 2 weeks!

I just popped this on after cleansing and my skin feels firm and plump and now looks like I’ve had more than 5 hours sleep!    Powerful botanical ingredients include; Purified Bee Venom, Cassia Augusifolia Seeds, Crystal tears – oil from the sap of the pistacia Lentiscus tree and Tomato Stem Cells.  RRP $49.95 30ml

ESALARE Luxury Sleepwear

It’s (past) time to ditch the flannels ladies, www.esalare.co.nz launched on Monday, bringing some luxurious WOW back into the neglected sleepwear category.

This carefully curated collection of brands from around the world covers liquid silks, cashmere, merino, wool linen and the softest cottons you’ll ever feel.  I LOVE the Papinelle brand which is perfect for hot New Zealand summer nights.  Christmas wish-list stuff right here ladies!

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Beautiful, soft cotton separates from Pappinelle

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-8-07-20-pmDermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

Released earlier this month, I’ve been using the Age Reversal complex every day, it’s a Mummy essential!  

Using a 0.1% concentration of Retinol (pure Vitamin A) to accelerate cell turnover and renewal, Antioxidant Vitamin B3 to control inflammation and reduce dark under eye circles plus the AGE Reversal Firming Complex (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 strengthens collagen and firms tissue, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates tissues and softens appearance of wrinkles, Dunaliella Salina Extract, an algae extract that stimulates epidermal cell renewal, Panthenol/Provitamin B5 stimulates cell regeneration), Age Reversal Eye Complex is a super-hero product in a super strength little tube.  RRP$ 115 15ml.

WIN > I have 1 Dermalogica Age Reversal Complex to giveaway here and one on my Facebook page! To enter just leave the comment ‘DERMALOGICA’ below this blog post.  To enter on Facebook follow the directions on THIS post.  Comp closes 27/10/15, NZ residents only.

 

 

Know your numbers – Lingerie for your Mum Bod

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Lingerie Mum BodAfter I bared my Mum Tum online last week, I realised I wasn’t alone in the awkwardness I feel about my post-baby body.  You guys feel awkward too!  You often struggle to find bras in the right size, you’re perhaps not sure what size you actually are anymore, you find bra shopping an expensive ordeal, you love your body because it made you a Mama to your awesome kids but you may be a little mad at it for not looking quite as ‘svelte’ as it used to.

What you guys showed me was that it’s time to move on, get over it and buy some pretty underwear!

So I did just that, and lived to tell the tale.  Here’s what I learned;

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  • Know your numbers – Think you know what your bra size is?  I thought I did too, until I tried on a new brand which fit a little differently and was initially disappointed as I loved the bra.  This is where a fab retail assistant makes all the difference.  I went to the beautiful new Farmers Department store at Northwest and was fitted by Alicia.  No need to feel awks ladies, a bra fitting takes about 30 seconds – max!  I was wearing a tank top and didn’t have to strip any further than that.  Approximately 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra, thankfully this wasn’t me but, Alicia’s keen eye noted that I needed a larger cup size in the new Elle MacPherson range.  Had I been shopping alone I would have simply put this gorgeous pop of yellow on the “Next time” peg with a very sad ::::: sigh:::::

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  • Take your time – Shopping for new lingerie means you’re going to have to (potentially) interact with a sales assistant – I’d recommend this btw!  You’re going to have to decide what you need – T-Shirt/everyday bra, special occasion, something to work with a particular outfit, something to make your boobs look like they did 20 years ago……whatevs.  It all takes  t i m e.  Make sure you’re unrushed and unencumbered – e.g. without kids if possible!  
  • Try something new – The two bras I went home with were different brands and different styles to what I initially described to Alicia.  It’s the easy way out to just head for the brand that you always buy, and simply repurchase a style you’ve been wearing for the past five years.  Yawn!  You can do better than that Mamas!  Be brave, there’s more than one comfortable bra out there!
  • Know what you want – I’m sick of skinny straps that dig into my shoulders and I didn’t want any padding.  Being able to communicate your non-negotiables will save you heaps of time in the changing room.  This Bendon Smoothlines Bra is a dream across the shoulders and around the back, plus it looks great under a T-Shirt.  Not my usual brand, so I’m stoked that Alicia was on-hand to ‘encourage’ me with this one.  As soon as I put it on I knew it was coming home with me!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Lingerie Mum BodGuys (and by guys, I mean YOU, my faithful female readers lol!), those 4 tips above will work little miracles for you I promise!  I’ve never spent as much time looking at bras as I did last week whilst ‘researching’ this post and believe me, taking your time in-store makes a difference!

Nothing in this world stays the same – least of all our boobs – so a proper fitting and ergo, amazing underwear in the right size will do wonders for the way you feel.

I struggle with body-positivity, I really, really do, but standing in front of (gorgeous, young, lithe) Alicia and saying “This looks good right?  I LOVE this bra!” was some weird kind of therapy, one that I plan to repeat at Farmers again in the future.

Throughout October, Farmers is celebrating our womanly curves with the BeYOUtiful Lingerie event.  This is about acknowledging that we all come in different shapes and sizes, that we all need different lingerie to suit and support us and that, irrespective of the size or style, nice lingerie goes a long way to making us feel more confident.

Heck yes!  

There will be some unmissable lingerie deals between Oct 4th-13th so don’t miss out!

Head instore or online to find your perfect fit at Farmers this Lingerie Week and be in to WIN a $1000 Farmers Gift Card. Simply get fitted instore by one of Farmers trained consultants, make a lingerie purchase and swipe your Farmers Club Card between Oct 4 – 31 and you’ll automatically go in the draw.

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How I shopped the H&M Launch in Auckland

If you’re a fan of global mega-brand H&M you’re probably already planning your first look and the new store at Sylvia Park that opened it’s doors for the VIP shopping preview last night.

Guests were not disappointed.  The red carpet was rolled out, shopping bags, champagne flutes, gorgeous canapes and wonderfully helpful sales assistants were everywhere in abundance.  Mum and I were among the first through the doors so we got straight to work before the 500 other guests rolled in!

The store is huge, do not visit if you’re in a rush or have small children – you will either lose them or wish you could lose them lol.  I’ve been to H&M in Sydney in a hurry and left feeling overwhelmed and far too old to shop there, when in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  You just have to have time to look and be selective.  The Auckland store is spread over two spacious floors, Ladies and Menswear on the ground floor, more ladies, intimates, activewear and kids on the 2nd floor.

Mum and I were methodical and brutal, if we weren’t sure on size we grabbed two so we wouldn’t have to hit the changing rooms more than once – that’s where the lines were.  I’d say most things are true to the sizes that we know here in New Zealand.  I loved the women’s wear, the little boys section was cute but I wasn’t wowed and the men’s department was pretty great to be honest.  Not entirely to Dave’s taste but this is where I’ll be bringing Ethan to shop from now on.

The price?  Ah-mazing, pretty much exactly what you’d pay in Aussie.  My favourite pair of jeans are from H&M and they were in stock at $29, the same price I paid in Sydney earlier in the year.

The Best Nest Shops H&M

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L-R Off-the-Shoulder Dress $29.99, Chiffon Blouse $29.99, Jersey Top with Perforations $24.99, Skirt $59.99,  Vest Top with Frilled Sleeves $24.99,  Jersey Top with Puff Sleeves $14.99, Jersey Top $19.99, Patterned Cotton Cap $12.99, 5 Pack Socks $14.99, Printed T Shirt $12.99Blue Hat $7.99, Mustard Skirt $59.99,  Palm Tree Shirt $19.99, Cactus Shirt $29.99, Men’s Cap $14.99

So here’s most of my H&M Auckland haul, the red dress and Mustard skirt are definitely the stand-out pieces for me, the rest is mainly just comfy casuals.  Little things like nice socks for little boys that aren’t in goofy colours or overdone with patterns was a welcome respite and I LOVE the scorpion, desert-themed tee I picked up for Nix!

It was a really excellent opening party and I’m pretty sure 99% of those attended had a fab time – Mum and I sure did!

Good luck if you’re heading out tomorrow, it’s going to be absolute bedlam!  Have fun!

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Head to Toe Spring Shopping – Toddler Lookbook Part 2

Last week I shopped online at The Warehouse* and was able to pull together a super cute spring outfit for Nixon in literally, a matter of minutes (you can check it out here).

This week, for Part 2 of my Head to Toe series, I shopped in-store at The Warehouse as I wanted to take a good look at the whole Spring range and check out the new arrivals in person.

I mixed-and-matched a series of outfits from the boys aged 3-7 range that form a pretty comprehensive Toddler Capsule Wardrobe for the season ahead.  

Spring can be notoriously tricky for styling due to it’s transitory weather, fleeting showers and sudden cold snaps.  Layers are your secret weapon here as you can easily add warmth and long sleeves while doing away with the bulk of winter outerwear.

All of the pieces I’ve picked will do double duty in the Summer months ahead.  The long sleeved shirts and pants are lightweight enough to wear once the sun goes down and the drop-hem tees and denim shorts won’t be going out of style anytime soon.

Shop The Look

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Jeans $29, Denim Shirt $25, Lumberjack Shirt $20, Wide Stripe Tee $15, Yoke Mesh Tee $15, Hi Canvas Shoes $20, Cap $12, Chino Kanga Pants Pants $29, Yarn Dyed Printed Tee Shirt $15, Zip-Thru Hoody $10, WZ Denim Shorts $20, Velcro Shoes $15.

WIN

If you’d like a $50 Gift Card from The Warehouse to kick-start a Spring Style make-over for you or one of your Little People, just comment below with your favourite item featured above and you’re in the draw to win!

Competition closes 15/9/16. NZ residents only.

*This post was sponsored by The Warehouse.