{Raising Little People} Your toddler did what?!

Toddlers are turds. Look I said it.

They like boogas and inappropriate fart jokes and licking things in public. toddler tongue

Plus, you add to that delightful mix the sensationally dramatic toddler tantrums that accompany the little people and you have a one-stop-guerilla-warfare-tiny-tot.

The awesome team at Practical Parenting have put together a list to help you to Tame your Toddler’s Tantrums

It is pretty informative and helpful.

Happy parenting Nesters x

p.s please excuse me I must got explain to my toddler-bird why seeing how many lego fit in daddy’s pillowcase is a bad idea..

{Organise your Nest} 14 ways to wrangle kids clothes

Organising little people clothing is an ongoing battle. There can be lost shoes, hidden pyjamas and the I-don’t-know-why-you-bothered-ironing-those-beautiful-dresses-because-they-will-just-end-up-in-a-crumpled-mess-in-the-corner-of-the-doll-house moments.

Often children’s spaces are tight, shared and over cluttered. You add to that the fact that kiddies grow like sprouts and all of a sudden you have an abundance of clothes that need wrangling much like the bambinis that wear them.

That is of course, unless you take control and instigate some brilliant storage solutions!

 1. Display open-plan style on a stick

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We spend bucket-loads of casholi on beautiful children’s wear and it is a downright shame to have it hidden in a dark wardrobe, only seeing the light of day when it is physically being worn by your babooshka. So, why not take inspiration from Ifral Ahell and display your most precious pieces as works of art in your child’s bedroom.

2. Stand to attention

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During the cooler months, having those big, bulky items available for instant access is likely to decrease the arguments between kids that just want to escape outside and mamabears who actually want them to be warm. We love the Krokig Clothes Stand ($29.99) from Ikea. The stand’s benefits are twofold, firstly it will keep the clothes off the floor and secondly it is the perfect size for little mites to learn to hang up their own clothing.

3. Wrangle the princesses and dress-ups

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If you are a super duper DIY loving person then you could consider re-purposing an old piece of furniture to display your children’s clothing. Rouge Engineer offers a free do-it-yourself plan for a dress-up centre that any little princess would adore. Imagine keeping all those fiddly costume bits and pieces in one place!

4. Hanging out for the days of the week

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Howard’s Storage World offers a brilliant 7 Days a Week Organiser ($39.95) that showcases how great kids storage can be. Available in a couple of different colours the organiser also comes with labels that allow you to identify the items inside each pocket. You could even be motivated enough to spend your weekend sorting out outfits for the whole week. Easy!

5. Crisp, stylish organisation

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If clean, modern, lines are more your flair than take inspiration from 12 Oaks Blog who show that DIY really can result in the most beautiful of wardrobe spaces. We particularly love the use of the canvas and wicker baskets to help keep the mess under control.

6. Lock it up

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If you want to add instant hipster spunk to your youngster’s space then look absolutely no further than the fantastic Grey Locker ($990) from Incy Interiors. Offering three shelves it would be the perfect place to keep shoes, school bags or winter woolies.

7. Labelling up

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A fantastic way to encourage your little birdies to assist in keeping their rooms tidy is to invest in some gorgeous decals. These ones are available on Etsy from Wallapolooza ($24.26) and allow you to arrange your children’s clothing in an easily identifiable way. On top of all that, you look like a superstar parent because your kiddies are learning to read at the same time!

8. Spot the design

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If you are able to beautifully display your child’s clothing than logic suggests that you are more likely to know what is there and what hasn’t be worn for a while. This closet by Strawberry Swing and Things takes gold spots to a whole new level. A hip and fashionable display that makes choosing today’s outfit just that little bit easier.

9. Nature is where it’s at

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The Happy Home Blog showcases how simple items can look the absolute best in your babe’s room. Utilising a branch found in your yard you can display your delicious clothing all within arms reach.

10. Stop. It’s timber time.

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Agnes and You is an Australian company that offers these fantastic Clothes Rack ($140). Guaranteeing to smarten up any children’s space, we especially love the organic feel of the timber stand.

11. Bin there, done that

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Apartment Therapy show that organisation comes in many forms, including the use of many, many containers. We love the idea that you could use bins to suit your own needs, perhaps shoes and socks in one, arts and crafts in another. The options are limitless.

12. Cube love

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If you are lucky enough to have a big space for storage than you should look no further than the generous Cameron 6 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set ($2,279) from Pottery Barn Kids. This could store a multitude of items and with the clever use of baskets allows an organised space for even the messiest of kiddies.

13. Go out on a limb

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We are salivating over this vibrant Tree Hanger ($59.90) from Hip Kids. The perfect addition to any front door it makes the perfect dumping ground for those every day essentials such as hats and jackets.

14. Hanging with the clouds

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These whimsical Down to the Woods Wire Cloud Coat Hangers ($12.95 each) available from LimeTree Kids are the most perfect addition to any newly organised wardrobe space. Adding a touch of magic that light up anyone’s storage dreams.

Happy storage Nesters x

{Raising Little People} A letter of apology to my second born..

I can categorically say that any parent who has more than one child has at some point or another thought about writing this.

A letter of apology to my second born is an honest (and funny) account of the differences between first born children and the subsequent ones after that.

Here is one of my favourite bits:

‘I’m sorry I don’t know any facts about you – Your brother’s baby book contains so much information about his first year, he could look back to discover every time he farted. I was on him like a crazy woman. “Oh, did you see that. His lip went up like Elvis. Oh my God, so cute. What’s today’s date? What time is it?” “Oh my God! All his toes wiggled at the same time. What’s today’s date?” And just today, I turned the corner after your brother calls me to, “help wipe the poop off his butt,” and there you are. You’re standing up, holding the Swiffer, which is somehow helping you to balance. Wow. You are already a tightrope walker and I had no idea. When you open your baby book to reminisce when you’re older, it will read, “Place photo here”, and you will know that mummy didn’t have time to write down silly stats. I was too busy loving on you. And wiping your brother’s butt’

Written by the hilariously truthful Jenifer DeMattia and published on Mamamia it is certainly worth a read.

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{Raising Little People} The top 20 toys of all times

The fabulous team at Mums Grapevine have put together a fantastic list of the top 20 greatest toys of all times as voted by their readers.

You can find it here -> Top 20 toys

Christmas presents = sorted.

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What would you add Nesters?

{Raising Little People} Is being a good mother making you a bad wife?

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There is no one that will argue against the fact that being a parent is sometimes a stressful, difficult and hard job. Quite possibly the toughest gig in the world.

The little humans require so much from you, feeding, cleaning, entertainment. But most of all, time.

What happens to your relationship though? Is the ongoing strive to be a good mother making you a bad wife/partner?

Do you put your relationship second, even if unintentionally?  Then this article is for you – Kate Parlin’s – ‘Being a good mom is making me a bad wife’

How do you keep your relationship a priority? Or are you just content in the tomato-sauce-stained-tee-and-please-fix-the-lightbulb stage of your relationship? We would love to hear from you.

Happy reading Nesters xo

{The Nest Helps} Please help little GiGi’s family say thanks to Westmead Children’s Hospital

You should stop what you are doing right now and donate to this absolutely wonderful cause.

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You can find more information and donate here -> Team GiGi

{Raising Little People} It’s a boys club…

So, there is this exclusive little club I am not a member of. They speak their own language, have their own rules and eat a bucket load of lasagne.

The little boys club is a world of its own.

My nephew opens my eyes up to the way boys see the world very differently to little girls.

The clever Shauna Anderson has written a very funny eye-opening piece about the ‘7 things mothers of boys will understand‘.

It is quite a humorous eye opener as I sit here surrounded by barbie dolls and pretend make-up..

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Happy reading Nesters!

{Raising Little People} Is your little-birdie ready for school?

Making the decision to send your little-birdie to school is so tough. How do you know when they are ready? What will be expected of them? Is 5 old enough? Or should we wait until he is 6?

I started school when I was 4, my friend started at 6. We both survived. So what’s the right answer?kid-ready-school-jpg

Ivillage have put together a list of indicators that may help you make that decision. You can find it here -> ‘Is my child ready for school?’

While not an absolute checklist, it does assist the decision making.

Did you send your little-birdie early? Or hold them back?

{This is life} 11 things never to say to parents of a child with autism (and what you should say)

Sometimes finding the right thing to say can be hard.

Harder still is finding the right thing to say to a parent of a child who has autism.

You try and say ‘the right things’. You somehow end up with a massive case of foot in mouth.

The thoughtful Karen Siff Exkorn has put together a list of ’11 things never to say to parents of a child with autism’.

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Just read it. Note it. Remember it.

{The Nest Buys} Want to make shopping for little ones just a little bit easier?

Do you have a little one’s birthday coming up? or perhaps a christening or other celebration? Are you running a little late on time and/or ideas?

Then I may have found your saviour. The clever team at Nell and Oll have done all the hard work for you.

They categorise their products so you can buy all-in-one gifts depending on price and occasion!

Here are some examples of their 1st birthday collections:

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Or for the boys:

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For your little superhero:

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Or for your princess:

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Happy shopping Nesters!