Posts Tagged ‘kids’

This post is sponsored by Target


Our first order of business today is to announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.

The winner had to be Harriet who confessed her worst gift-giving moment:

One year my uncle asked for fertiliser (he was getting into gardening). So, I bought it and I thought I wrapped it up quite beautifully. When we arrived at the family christmas party, his flight was delayed and he was extremely late. Everybody was asking what the horrible smell was in the big package in the corner! In hindsight.. Who really wants a bag of poo for christmas? Wish I thought of that at the time!

Oh dear! I’ll contact you with details on your prize, which you could use to make up to your uncle with a less smelly gift this year!


We’ve covered the ladies and fellas, now it’s time for gift ideas for the young people in your life, starting with tweens:

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

1. Hat  2. Watch  3. Gold flats  4. iPad cover  5. iPod cover  6. The Sims game  7. Cake decorating kit  8. The Hunger Games  9. Headphones  10. Speakers  11. String lights  12. Votive  13. Cushion  14. Skateboard  15. Sneakers 


And for the little ones…

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

16. Suitcase  17. Ride-on car  18. Paddling pool  19. Max Steel DVD  20. Up DVD  21. Uno game  22. Lego  23. Monsters plush toy  24. Play-Doh set  25. Planes toy  26. Roald Dahl collection  27. Nintendo kit  28. Little Big Planet game  29. Bubble lawn mower  30. Football


I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite budget-friendly gift giving ideas and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 9th December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.


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I’m off galivanting around the world for a few weeks so I have lined up some some talented ladies to hold the fort while I’m gone. Hope you enjoy!

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Over my way, kids are more likely to be having a game of backyard cricket after Christmas lunch than building a snowman. So while I can’t speak from experience, I can say that this budget-friendly gift idea by Grace at Sense and Simplicity looks like a whole lot of fun. In fact, it’s rather getting me excited about seeing snow in Europe next week!

Anyone else struggle with thinking of what to give preteens and teenagers for Christmas? I have a slew of nieces and nephews ranging in age from 9 to 15 years and I wanted to give them each a Christmas gift. I needed to think of something that would interest a variety of ages, was gender neutral… and didn’t cost a fortune.

I decided to make them each a snowman lab in a box. I thought it might appeal to their sweet tooth/teeth and their funny bones.

Let’s see all the snowman parts:

I boxed all the snowman parts up, tied the box with some wool (my favourite thing to tie around packages), and added a tag.

Doesn’t that seem like something teens and pre-teens would like? What are you giving to children that age on your Christmas list?

– Grace

P.S. Thanks Alicia for posting my snowman parts on your very stylish and creative blog (and allowing me to say ‘poop’).  It was a complete honour to be included in your guest post line-up.

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About the guest poster:

Grace lives near Toronto and is a speech-language pathologist by day and a design-loving Mom of three by night. In her blog, Sense and Simplicity, she shares her love of decorating, family, photography, food, and travel.

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I’m off travelling for the summer so I have some lovely guests holding the fort while I’m away. Today’s post comes to you from Nicole Herrick of Kids Style Hub. Take it away, Nicole!

Kids Style Hub gift guide

It’s time to start collecting goodies for Christmas! If you’re a subscriber of this blog, you’re probably not the type of person to go shopping at Big W for your gifts. Instead, you trawl the markets and quirky stores for beautiful, unique pieces. This season, shop locally and buy gifts that are designed by your talented Aussie and NZ neighbours.

1. Tools Tote by Adelie Creations $29.95
2. Kids Stuff Story Starters by Leaf $19.95
3. Moops Heat-Mee Wheat Rabbit by MOOPS and hoops $29.95
4. Handstitched Puzzle Cube by Milk N Honey $35
5. Trilby by Pooki Boo $22
6. Reversible Bucket Hat by Pooki Boo $32.95
7. Milk Cotton Jumpsuit by Escargot $39.95
8. Custom cushion by Squiggle and Stitch $35
9. Bean chairs by Lelbys $99.95
10. DIY Necklace Kit by The Black Sheep $15
All available in the KSH store in Melbourne or online.
Kids Style Hub is a retail platform for emerging Aus and NZ designers, designed to give the little guys a go. They have a bricks and mortar store open 7 days a week as well as over 1500 products available online for kids of all ages. They also offer kids parties, mothers groups, workshops, and event space. And did I mention a DIY photo studio too?

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kids quotes mini book

I love hearing stories from friends of the funny things their children have said. Sure, it might be nice to share with the friends and aunties on Facebook, but after a while they will be lost.

Capture those little pearls of wisdom with this darling free printable book from Delightful Distractions.

You can find it here at her blog.

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Rapunzel game image

I recently created this fun ‘Pin the braid on Rapunzel’ game graphic for Janice‘s daughter’s Tangled-themed birthday party.

Here it is for you to use free for your own little princess. Just download the backdrop and braid and print them out out nice and big at your local copy shop. If you don’t have a big corkboard or similar, just use Blu-Tack instead of pins.

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Clear pouches for on the go

Organise anything that can be handy while out and about into clear zippered pouches. Store them near the door so you can grab the relevant bags as you rush out the door and you’ll always be ready for the day’s activities.

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There seem to be so many toys and characters from my childhood popping back up these days. One of them is Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungy Caterpillar. The book’s resurgence has spawned a fantastic array of merchandise and crafts ideas.

Obsess & Inspire - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Themed party food on Spearmint Baby | Cake by Coco Cakes | Portmerion biscuit jar from Peters of Kensington | Knit mobile via Craft Zine by flickr user spinthrift115 | Baby costume by Sweet Love Creates

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Lego cake and biscuits

Whose birthday did I make these for? Not a son, or a nephew… Nope, they’re for my husband. Who says 27 is too old for Lego?

Lego cake

The cake turned out much smaller and messier than I hoped (it looks like Van Gogh did the icing) but I hope you’ll agree it’s not too bad for my first attempt at doing a novelty cake.

My method, if you want to try it yourself, was to bake a plain sponge cake and trim the edges to make it square. I then used round biscuit cutters to cut the cylinders out of the cake off-cuts. I iced the plain cake, then stuck the circles on and iced them.

Lego biscuits

For the biscuits, I used my favourite only biscuit recipe, rolled out the dough and cut around a cardboard template I’d made. I am hopeless at piping, so a tube of ready-made black piping gel is my new BFF.

I think I’m still high on all the sugar and food colouring.

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Never mind baking, cupcake liners are a cheap and versatile craft supply. Check out some of these creative ideas:


Handmade Weddings pom poms
Handmade Weddings

Vlinspiratie garland

One Charming Party cupcake wrapper garland
One Charming Party

String light covers

Real Simple cupcake liner string lightsCupcake liner string lightsReal Simple | Rachael Ray


Intimate weddings bouquet Oh Hello Friend flower
Intimate Weddings | Oh Hello Friend

Pom poms

Martha Stewart pom ballsEmmaline Bride pom ballMartha Stewart | Kara’s Party Ideas via Emmaline Bride


Twig & Thistle cupcake liner tree
Twig & Thistle


Marry You Me wreath
Friday’s Child


DIY cupcake liner artworkDo It Yourself

Fortune cookies

paper fortune cookiesFamily Fun

Jar covers

The Kitchn jar coversGift jar coversThe Kitchn | Better Homes & Gardens

Gift toppers

Intimate Weddings gift topper

Sweet Paul gift topperMartha Stewart | Sweet Paul

Akimbo birthday sale

Check out examples of my work or drop me a line to enquire or place your order.

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I don’t have children but I imagine it would be pretty difficult to part with those itty bitty adorable baby clothes after they’ve been outgrown. Most of them can be donated to a friends or charity, but for those extra special items don’t just shove them in a box never to be seen again: treasure them every day with these ideas.

A year of baby outfits

Photograph them and make into a journal (That’s Happy)

Framed baby shoes

Frame them and hang in the child’s room (Liberty Biberty)

Martha Stewart baby clothes sunprints Quilt made from baby clothes

Create sun prints or make into a quilt (Martha Stewart)

 Have you got any ideas for cherishing your child’s baby clothes?

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