{The Nest Favourites} The things we love twenty fifteen edit.

2015 was a really big year for our little nest, we welcomed our new little birdie, Coco and celebrated kid-bird’s graduation from kindy before heading to big school soon!

It has been a wonderful year filled with friendship, love and the best kind of sleepless nights.

Here are a few of our favourite things from 2015:

Stink it

The Glasshouse Bordeaux vanilla noir diffuser is a welcome addition to our home this year. Offering small hints of vanilla, dark chocolate and hazelnut it smells delicious. 500ml_Bordeaux_05_grande

You can grab your Glasshouse product online or from Sassy My Style.

We love it because it envelops our nest with touches of velvety reds from the vineyards of south-west France, it has notes of refreshing vanilla, dark chocolate and rich hazelnut. Each time I walk past it I feel like I am in an expensive boutique! Plus, it hides the stink of baby poo and regurgitated milk stink that seems to permeate our home.

Run it

I am loving myself sick in my new pumped up kicks. My new loves are the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 NYC and I got them from The Athletes Foot

They are bouncy and comfy and totes rad.asics shoe

Plus they tick all the boxes with support, flexibility and general durability.

Sleep it

Early in 2015 we purchased two of the Polly Beds from our friends at Incy Interiors for our toddler-bird and our kid-bird. They share a room and they have been brilliant.

Not only are the Polly Beds whimsical and coloured like lollypops they are sturdy and comfy. We have had adults who stay in the beds comment on how wonderful they are.

* NOTE not actual photo of our beds as they are currently covered with barbies, batman costumes and a moody toddler.

* NOTE not actual photo of our beds as they are currently covered with barbies, batman costumes and a moody toddler.

What makes the Polly Beds even better is the fact that are adjustable and are quite high. This means that I am able to utilise the storage space beneath them. We have stored all old clothes as well as the barbies, Sylvanian Families and dress-ups underneath. Plus one of my mates did the ultimate hack and used an IKEA bookcase on its side for storage straight under the bed. GENIUS.

Plus they look totally amaze.

Wear it

One splurge this year that I am completely loving HARD are my Celine Shadow Sunglassesceline

Whilst not the darkest lenses in my collection that just ooze modern cool. Each time I put them on I instantly feel a smidge bit hip.

Wrap it

The bestest most greatest thing I have ever discovered during my parenting journey are the Love To Dream – Wrap Me Ups.love to dream

They are without a doubt the best investment we have made. We have used these little miracle workers with all three of the little pink dragons and they have ensured many dreams from the littlest ones.

They are safe, help prevent SIDS and allow your little bambino to relax in a natural position.

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

Light it

Being on trend can be expensive but our latest find from Kmart is the complete opposite.

The Copper and Wood Lamp is a steal at only $20 and is bang on trend.lamp

It is adjustable and fits beautifully on the side corner of my mess desk.

Cook it

Admittedly I am not the world’s best cook and by best cook I mean I once burned steamed vegetables so bad that they near caught on fire. Having said that, since having my Thermomix I am a bloody champ in the kitchen. I blitz and mince and puree like a kween!

It is a pretty exxy purchase price but I use it A WHOLE LOAD. Even just the ability to make spag-bog on Thursday after swimming lessons but before basketball in 15 minutes is worth it for me. I can add a multitude of vegies and the little birdies don’t even know!

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The best feature for our little nest has without a doubt been the ability to make baby food. No longer do we buy baby food we simply add whatever we are eating to thermorelda and BAM SHAZAM she has dinner. We have not purchased pre-made baby food at all this time around and I certainly am loving that in the hip-pocket.

Work it

I got given a FitBit Charge HR and I love it.

The best bit about having one is that it helps keep you on track. I find that little bit of motivation when you are able to see how much you have moved during the day is brilliant. fitbit

Plus it tells the time, your heart rate and a whole bunch of other important stuff.

Having said that, the actual best part about the FitBit Charge HR is the fact that it tracks your sleep cycle. Sounds so not exciting but it is fantastic when the the hubby-bird says things like “Ah, the baby-bird slept well last night didn’t she” and without saying a word I simply show him my sleep graph and how many times his magical sleeping baby actually woke and needed attention.

Love it

The brilliant Chi Khi kidswear line launched this year and our little birdie has worn her Chi Khi messy dot romper and beanie more than anything else in her wardrobe.

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So, she has grown a smidgen since this was taken and by a smidgen I mean like 10 kilos.

It is fabulous from a mama point of view because it has a zipper that undoes from the bottom which make early morning changes easy and now that she is getting around it has sensational protection for her little knees.

I just wish they made these in big human size.

So what are you faves this year nesters?

{The Nest Loves} Chi Khi does skin care best

So, if you follow us regularly you will know that we are having an on-going love affair with all things Chi Khi.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s brainchild is a brand full of goodness, kindness and comfort.

So you won’t believe how excited our little nest was to hear that Chi Khi is kicking off a wonderful bare skin care range that includes our personal favourites, the Wonder Cream and Natural Nappy Balm.

Both products are made in Australia (and you know how much we dig local) and made from natural ingredients designed to protect your little birdies sensitive skin.

Chi Khi bare Wonder Cream, $24.95

Chi Khi bare Natural Nappy Balm, $19.95

What sets Chi Khi apart from all the others is that both products are made free from artificial fragrances, sulphates, parabens, and petrochemicals and include a unique combination of active ingredients and gentle botanicals that are known for their soothing and healing benefits.

The Natural Nappy Balm is a soothing cream that protects little birdies from nappy and heat rashes. Gently formulated, fragrance free and pH balanced, Natural Nappy Balm contains Beeswax, Shea Butter and Pomegranate Seed Oil to help nourishes the skin and reduce dampness to creates a natural, long lasting protective barrier on baby’s delicate skin without inhibiting its ability to breathe.

The Wonder Cream is an ultra rich intensive cream, developed to help calm little mini’s irritated skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis.  Containing Calendula C02  (an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ointment with soothing properties), Shea Butter and natural oils of Coconut, Pomegranate Seed and Rosehip Fruit, this nourishing emollient cream will help reduce redness and inflammation, while Vitamin E moisturises and soothes baby’s skin.

Plus, the packaging is pretty as a peach and a monochrome delight.

Because the genius team are always thinkers they have your next baby-shower gift sorted! Make sure you check out the Chi Khi bare Noo Bhi Gift Pack that contains all the goodies including the Nappy Balm, Wonder Cream, a Snuggle Bamboo Wrap and matching Beanie. The pack arrives beautifully gift wrapped with their blissful signature dot tissue paper, Chi Khi Sticker, branded box with a gift card.

Chi Khi bare Noo Bhi Pack – $99.95

You can find more information by heading over (and putting into your favourites!) www.chikhi.co

Happy shopping your gorgeous Nesters x

{The Nest Shopping} Hows about a freebie beanie?

We here at the Nest have a mad crush on the fabulousness that is Chi Khi.

Our own little baby-bird owns the Messy Dot Blanket as well as the gorgeous Messy Dot Romper and Beanie and to say we love them sick is the biggest understatement since someone said Bob Hawke might have liked a drink. beanie

Right now if you jump on the funk-wagon that is Chi Khi and order the Messy Dot Romper you can get the Beanie for free!

WOOT Woo!

Go there now.

Shut up and take my money.

 

{The Nest Loves} Hello Baby Buys

We are always on the look out for fantastic new buys and today we are searching for fabulous baby buys.

We demand quality, functionality and overall gorgeousness when buying for the littlest ones.

Here are some of our favourites:

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Avenue G (From So Beau Baby) Milk Thief Body Suit $34

Seed Heritage  Boys Whiz Fizz Hooded cardigan $59.95

Chi Khi Messy Dot Beanie $26.95 and Chi Khi Charlie Bamboo Romper $69.95

Country Road  Pink Check Bunny $19.95

Growing Footprints  Beanie $37

Blacklist Studio (From Incy Interiors)  #5 Love Print $149.90

Marquise Girls Knitted Bassinet Blanket $59.95

Master & Miss Organic Baby Skin Set $25

Happy Shopping Nesters x

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{The Weekly Nest} This week we endured tantrums, bunnies and the evolution of Mondee Night Trackie Night

This week has been a beautiful one in our little nest. We have received many new ‘likers’ on Facebook and we send out a massive high-five to all of you for sharing the love!CentralNestBlogNew

In our personal nest we are eagerly counting down the days until our new little birdy comes to say hello. I swear the last month of pregnancy has about 474,096 days..

It has been a testing week with the toddler-bird this week, the hubby-bird and I have started a daily announcement of ‘and today’s tantrum proudly bought to you by…’ tantrum

Here are some of the fabulous discussions we have entered this week:

                And today’s tantrum is proudly bought to you by:

  1. Because mummy refused to ring the firetruck people and tell them to come to our house so we can sign ‘hi’ to a fireman.
  2. Because mummy wouldn’t stop the rain
  3. Because the toy phone rang and Gracie wouldn’t take the call. Gracie is the dog.
  4. Because mummy wouldn’t ‘re-wrap’ the banana
  5. Because we wouldn’t paint our 4wd red instead of black
  6. Because we weren’t allowed to play with the garden edger
  7. Because we used the green cup, not the blue one.
  8. Because we used the blue cup, not the green one.
  9. Because they baby didn’t ‘hatch’ yet.
  10. Because we ran out of grapes.
  11. Because the cat didn’t want a hug.
  12. Because the mailman went past too quick.
  13. Because daddy went to work.
  14. Because the dog licked the door.

In other news, next weekend is a LOOOONG weekend (thank goodness!) and while you are sha-lumping around in a sugar coma from all the chocolate you will inevitably devour we have found some Black and White Bathroom inspo for you! Make sure you wrangle your own hubby-bird and head to Bunnings and get some shit sorted! ASAP.

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Gorgeous Bathroom Inspo for you!

We found a really interesting article that proved to be quite popular on the blog this week. The 6 Signs You’re Done Having Babies really hit home with some of our beautiful  Nesters. Some said they had that ‘gut’ feeling that they were done and some said they were still waiting on that feeling to hit. We love hearing from you and appreciate when you take the time to share your feelings and experiences with the little nest community.

 We discovered some brilliant Non-Chocolate Easter Gift Ideas this week for you, everyone gives chocolate but how about thinking outside the chocolate box this year? There is something in there for everyone! Something to keep, something to remember, something to keep the blood-sugars level!

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If you are looking for a tear-jerker read while sipping your warm cuppa then our story on The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say To Another Mother really tugged at the heartstrings. It shows that underneath it all we are bound by this invisible ribbon that ties all mama-birds together.

Another great style-go-to we learnt about this week was Chi Khi. To say we LOVE this new brand is the world’s biggest understatement! Kick-started by the beautifully talented Natalie Bassingthwaighte they offer funky, unisex designs for the most precious cargo of all, our little birdies. Add this site to your favourites like yesterday!

Whilst perusing our calendar (because you know, we are cool like that!) we realised that school holidays are only a sniff and fart away! If you are looking for something fun to keep your little birdie entertained these holidays then check out the awesome timetable from Bathurst PCYC. Offering everything from Circus Skills to Rock Climbing they surely have something to keep your mini-me occupied!

Another article that really resonated with you this week was our story about sisters.  Sometimes Sisters are like Blisters, Irritating and Annoying, But The There Are Other Times. Whilst bloody frustrating sometimes they are your ‘people’ and will always be there for you. Share this with your people.

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This week led to our life-changing discovery of Spylight. Now, let me break this down to you, you can actually purchase the look of your favourite TV star and have it sent directly to your home whilst in your trackie daks on a Mondee Night! How bloody sensational is that. Basically as soon as the episode airs the site uploads the look for you to buy!

Early in the week we found an article that while it discusses a less-than-fun topic it is really something you should consider. The reason why you should read 7 Signs You’re In An Unhappy Marriage is because it may just save your own relationship.

If you are looking to get out and about this weekend why not check some of these out?

  • Gold Crown is galloping forward this weekend! For more information check out www.goldcrown.com.au
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • On Friday 27 March 2015 the finals for the Elephant and Castle DJ of the Year are being held. Check out some fantastic talent.
  • The pioneer picnic is on Sunday 29 March 2015 from midday in Stanley Street opposite Old Government Cottage.
  • The PCYC has a safe drivers Course for Learner Drivers running this Sunday 29 March 2015 at 10am. Contact 6331 2191 for more information.weekend

With love,

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{The Nest Shops} Chi khi is your newest style stop

One of Australia’s most fantastic performers has changed direction and launched a brilliant, chic and funky children’s clothing line.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte, a mother to two gorgeous little birdies with sensitive skin says she always had trouble finding anything suitable for her little ones that wasn’t traditional or beige!

She says launching Chi Khi (pronounced Cheeky!) allowed her to offer cool, urban, unisex designs in a very popular monochrome palette combined with soft bamboo and cotton fabrics. She guarantees that everything is made to last, and as a mother of cyclones I appreciate those words!

Chi Khi offers clothing and accessories for little ones aged 0-4 years.

We are completely lusting after (READ: SOLID HINT to anyone considering buying me a baby present in the next few weeks!) this striking Messy Dot Blanket, talk about the bees knees and the ants pants! With generous sizing and created using beautiful products this blanket is destined to become a favourite!

messy dot blanket

The Riley Quilted Sweat is a sure fire hit in this household. My toddler-bird loves nothing better than the warm embrace of a comfortable sweater and this ticks all the boxes! riley sweat

Any little guy in your life would be lucky to be seen wearing the Leo Marle Cardigan. Talk about a stylish addition to any wardrobe.  leo cardigan

Thanks Ms Bass for bringing some sense and style to our little birds’ wardrobes.

You can shop here -> Chi Khi