Izzy & Em, girls accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
As soon as I saw these sweet accessories from Izzy & Em, “sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of” popped into my mind. Do you remember that rhyme too? These beautiful clips and hair ties took me straight back to my Grade 1 school photo which involved little curls tied up in pigtails. I can’t remember what was holding them in, but I’d like to imagine it was lovely hair ties like these.

Izzy & Em come from my hometown of Melbourne and make lovely accessories for women and girls. Their hair ties and clips are adorable and come in all the colours of the rainbow, using gorgeous fabrics like Liberty and Japanese and organic cotton. What’s especially wonderful is that they’re only $2.50 each so looking adorable doesn’t need to cost the earth.

If you love lovely accessories too, be sure to pop over to Izzy & Em and make the tough decision of when to stop purchasing… is there such a thing as too many hair accessories? When they’re as pretty as these, I think not…

Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes
Izzy & Em, girls hair accessories; photography and styling by Natalie Barnes

 

Fibber and Googly Eyes family board games review by tiny & little

I love traditions and how we can celebrate family through simple pleasures, and the family table is one of my favourite places because of them. I think each of us have our own traditions and hearing what others do has always fascinated me. It’s like peering through an open window to catch a glimpse of another household and seeing into their life for a fleeting moment.

There are a few traditions here at tiny & little, some are old and go back generations while others were introduced by my own little ones. From using the same cake server for every birthday cake, a beautiful silver one that was handed down from an aunt and makes us wish she was at the table with us, to our daily ritual at dinnertime of each having a turn saying what our favourite thing was that day, we have shared and made many memories around the family table.

Each Sunday night we can be found at the family table, enjoying one of our traditions – board games night. After Sunday dinner, together we clear the table and set up the game of the week. It’s all in family fun. stopping only when the yawns appear signalling that we need to wind down for bed. These past few weeks we have been enjoying two new family board games, Fibber and Googly Eyes and have two new hits for our Sunday night fun.

Fibber board game, by Crown and Andrews

Fibber is a fun game aimed at 7+ years, but is a simple game to follow so younger players can join in too. In this game, you need to play your cards in an order and if you don’t have the card you need, you play a different card but say it’s the one you were meant to play… then hope you don’t get caught fibbing! In a nod to a classic children’s story, if you get caught lying your nose will grow. At the end of the game, the person with the shortest nose wins. This game is funny to play, especially with kids who aren’t good at fibbing…

Googly Eyes by Crown and Andrews

The other board game we’re loving right now is Googly Eyes, which is a drawing game with a twist. There are prompt cards of what to draw with three difficulty levels to choose from, and each level has a corresponding set of crazy, coloured lenses that make it hard to see while you’re drawing. The little artists here giggle madly as they look through the lenses to draw, all while trying to beat the clock. Some of the drawings are definitely keepsakes! If you like the look of these games too, both are from games specialist, Crown and Andrews and we’d recommend checking them out.

Do you do a board games night too? Or do you have other family traditions? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

 

tiny & little makes every effort to undertake reviews fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this review was not sponsored or paid for in any way, however we received a copy of these games for review purposes.

One of my favourite things watching children grow up is that time when they speak up and say “THIS is my style.” and then tell you how they want to dress or want their room to look. Those moments when they ask questions and suggest something different to what we’ve always done make my heart swell because I want them to do that. I want them to challenge me and what has always been as they discover who they really are and make their own authentic mark in the world.

Lately I’ve noticed this emerging more and more with Mr Little. He’s quick to say that he’s eight and a half and that he wants to wear black all the time. While he rides his black skateboard. He knows how he wants to look and he knows what feels right for him. It makes me smile because I love that he proudly says “This is who I am.”

With being a big eight and a half year old comes the desire to move from the room of a preschooler to something more grown up. He’s ready to move on from some of the things he’s always had in his room, and I get it. He wants to feel that his space is a reflection of who he is and the boy he has grown up to be. So, my head is in the space of planning and sketching for a room makeover for him. Nightlights and cuddly toys will make room for music speakers, his surfboard and his skateboards. His reading couch will give up its space for a quiet zone for him to continue the illustrative books he loves creating and to sort his footy cards over and over. He’ll move from blue and green to black and white.

Inspired by that, this week’s lovely list of rooms is ten beautiful black and white rooms for babies and kids.

black & white kids room
black & white kids baby nursery
black & white kids room
black & white kids room
black & white kids room
black & white kids room
black & white kids baby nursery
black & white kids room
black & white kids room
black & white kids room

Room sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

The black & white issue

Later this year tiny & little magazine will publish a black & white issue and in that you’ll find Mr Little’s room makeover and some fun DIY you might like to try at home!

 

Tell me when you

Who else thinks this bear pictured is simply fabulous? Titled “Tell me when you’re ready” this bear is part of an installation currently on display in the Federation Court at NGV International by Italian artist Paola Pivi. There are eight of these bears, each adorned in neon-coloured feathers and posing or frolicking in a way that makes you smile.

When I saw these bears a few weeks ago, I was amazed to hear from the Senior Program Co-ordinator I was meeting with that these fellows all came in as bare bears. The time and dedication it would have taken to adorn each of these fellows so beautiful is mind boggling.

It’s hard to do these bears justice in photos because they’re so intricate and interesting to observe and move around in real life, but here are a few snaps I took to remember them by.

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What’s my number? Paola Pivi, NGV International

Who am I? Paola Pivi, NGV International

Who am I? Paola Pivi, NGV International

I love my zizi, Paola Pivi, NGV International

I love my zizi, Paola Pivi, NGV International

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I’m a disco dancer, Paola Pivi, NGV International

I and I (must stand for the art), Paola Pivi, NGV International

I and I (must stand for the art), Paola Pivi, NGV International

If you’re in Melbourne these school holidays, I highly recommend stopping by the NGV to check out this free and fun installation. The bears delight all ages and the only thing you’ll need to be ready for is to strike a pose. In taking these photos I watched person after person mimic the movements of those on the ground level to capture their moment with the bears. The Paola Pivi bears will be at the NGV International until August 31, 2014 and and you can find out more about it here.

MYER MYKIDS Emporium giveaway

It’s a rainy and grey Monday here in Melbourne as the chill of winter kicks in. Last week was the winter solstice and I have thought a lot of the saying “As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens” and re-checked my children’s wardrobes to make sure they had everything they would need for the cold that lies ahead.

They didn’t, so I sent Mr Big off to the MYER MYKIDS Emporium and he came home with a fabulous Bauhaus puffy vest for one and cool Bauhaus tracksuit pants for another. They’ve worn them every day since, a daily reminder of how much I’ve been looking forward to brightening up someone’s Monday with the chance to shop there too.

I’m thrilled that thanks to the lovely people at Myer, one reader will receive a $50 voucher for childrenswear and a $50 voucher for children’s toys, perfect for adding essentials to the winter wardrobe and picking up some fun. It’s just the dose of lovely needed to start this winter week!

If you missed the giveaway post, be sure to pop over and check out our review of the new MYER MYKIDS Emporium in Melbourne – it’s a super-fun shopping destination for the young and young-at-heart: kids will love the amazing play zones and grown-ups the fantastic range of children’s clothing and toys.

Now on to that giveaway…

MYER MYKIDS Emporium giveaway

It’s school holidays here so the whole tiny & little team wanted to be part of this exciting draw. After popping all entries in a bowl – thanks so much to everyone who entered! – Mr Tiny ensured they were all mixed up.

MYER MYKIDS Emporium giveaway

Mr Little squeezed his eyes tightly shut and picked out one name… which was passed over to Littlest to reveal our lucky winner.

Big congratulations go to… *drum roll, please*

MYER MYKIDS Emporium giveaway

Congratulations Kylie!

Kylie’s entry said that she’d love to use the toy voucher for her little mister turning 5 to get some of his own ‘big boy’ Lego and to check out the Mossimo kids range. Both are fantastic ranges, and we hope you have a really fun time shopping at MYER!

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