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Dombo ♥

Dombo CupI recently came across this adorable cup via Thirteen Red Shoes and immediately ordered one for James (or was that for me?).  Bec even hand-delivered the Dombo directly to our door, beautifully wrapped.  Now that is service for you – thank you!

Dombo (a.k.a. Domoor) by Richard Hutten for Gispen is a happy cup with big ears for handles.

Dombo’s design refers to the human ear; the only part of the body that keeps growing during a lifetime.  The big handle offers grip, which suits young and old.  This decorative cup can also be used as a pen holder or herb container in the kitchen.

Dombo Cup - White

James and his Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo Cup

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Random Musings

Toybox Explosion

Another beautiful weekend in Hobart – it really does feel like Spring now!

Our weekend included an explosion of the toy box;  my sister’s birthday celebration;  our 6th Wedding Anniversary and James being entertained by a simple orange colander!  Xx

Toybox Explosion

Cath's Birthday

Magnolia Tree

Mr Colander

Mr Colander

Mr Colander

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Baby Chino ♥

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Poppy captured James’ first experience with a Baby Chino this morning, on my iPhone.  Here are the results with no editing!

James loved all that froth, but boy oh boy it was a very messy experience!  Sorry Tricycle Cafe.  X

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Sneaky Peek : A Book Picnic

Book PicnicI heard the sweet sounds of chatter from Poppy’s room this morning at a very respectable hour of 7am and on entering, I noticed she had laid her ‘blankie’ out on the floor with all of her favourite books displayed proudly.  It looked like a book picnic and Madam Constance was even invited (in her knickers)!  Poppy must have realised it is Children’s Book Week this week.

What a delightful sight – Poppy loves her books and they all looked so beautiful laid out, ready to devour!

Poppy and her book picnic

Madame Constance

Maisy

Animals

Mama Loves Me

Playful Poppy

peppa-pig

Peppa

First Pet

Little Library

Hairy

Hairy Maclary

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Out and About

IMG_4937James was in good spirits after his operation on Friday and so we were out and about, enjoying the winter sun over the weekend.  We went out for breakfast, hung out at Nick’s parents and went to the beach.  I also made a delicious Cauliflower and Prawn Soup in the Thermomix!

James even said “Poppy” for the first time as he hung out with his new mate Rex Dinosaur!

James in his trolley

Poppy

Cauliflower & Corn Soup

Smolt

James and Rex

Rex

Rex

Toast lover

Big Bear & James

Big Bear & James

Long Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

Long Beach

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Little Grommets

BSM-&-GrommetsOur brave little man had an operation this morning for treatment with ‘grommets’ (middle-ear ventilation tubes).  After numerous ear infections, rounds of antibiotics and months of unsettled nights it was time to call in the big guns.

Arriving bright and early this morning at the hospital he was the model patient – smiling and charming all the nurses.  I felt so helpless as they administered him with the anesthetic and I felt his little body go limp.  An anxious twenty minutes later I was called up to recovery where the magic of a mum’s cuddle and some breast milk did wonders (as did more drugs)!

On the plus side, he experienced green jelly for the first time and received a Bravery Certificate.  We are home now and he is back to his cheeky self.  X

James in hospital

James in hospital

James in hospital

I don't want to have an operation!

Surgery

Recovery and toast!

First smiles

Green jelly

Certificate

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UNIQLO ♥

UNIQLOAfter my trip to Melbourne I am now loving UNIQLO – the fabulous clothing store with its iconic logo, a distinctive Japanese flavour and the best customer service I have experienced for some time:

Our name comes from the words ‘unique’ and ‘clothing’ – simple and clever, just like our clothes, which are world-famous for being high-quality, innovative, functional and affordable.

From one store in Hiroshima, Japan in 1984, we have grown to more than 1300 stores in 15 countries. Through Asia, London, the USA and Europe, our life-enhancing apparel has been embraced and loved by all.

To keep such high standards and reasonable prices, we design and manufacture every single item ourselves, although we do like to collaborate with interesting and inspiring people.

Uniqlo

One could be perturbed by all those down jackets thinking it was just another outdoor store, but don’t give up because after a bit of digging I came across beautiful soft cashmere jumpers, stylish Oxford shirts in all the colours of the rainbow and these fabulous skinny cords that fit like a glove and were only $29!  Bargain!

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UNIQLO

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Eat : Shop : Laugh

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I’m back to reality now after having a wonderful weekend away in Melbourne with my dear girlfriends.  Welcome home to a brutal 5am wake up thanks to Master James; temper tantrums; numerous runny noses and a refusal of food that landed all over the kitchen floor.  Mmmm … take me back to The European for a loooooong brunch!

The European

I thoroughly enjoyed spending valuable time together with old friends, having many laughs and conversations about the delights and challenges of our lives with young children.

Jo, Jen, Cherida and I ate our way around Melbourne, sampling tasty morsels at the likes of Cumulus Inc.; Spicy Fish; The European; Journal Cafe; The Alchemist Bar; Taxi Kitchen; Cecconi’s and Dumpling Plus (sorry about link overload).  We were immersed in the razzle-dazzle of the Emporium Melbourne Shopping Centre and tried not to do too much damage to our credit cards!

I appreciate these weekends away ever so much and love returning home to my beautiful family after a rejuvenating break.  I also survived my first ever nights away from James –  thank you Nick for a super job with ‘Daddy Daycare’. 💋

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Melbourne Shoes

Melbourne

Uniqlo

Larni & Jen at Spicy Fish

The Alchemist Bar

Melbourne 41

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Melbourne : Shopping : Girlfriends ♥

Ever the sentimental one – this time exactly two years ago I was in the delightful city of Paris for four days to wander to my heart’s content.  Ah Paris how I miss thee!

Shopping-Paris-Michi-GirlIt may not be Paris, but this morning I am off on my annual trip to Melbourne with the girls.  Jo, Jen, Cherida and I converge on this cultural delight and are swept away with being in a big city, away from the dependable cries of our wee ones and most importantly … being with each other.  💋

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Sneaky Peek : Ahoy There

Pirate George

Ahoy there!  I am so sorry for my lack of posts this week – to be honest I am finding it a challenge to keep on top of my daily publishing now that I am back at work!  I think I will only post three times a week instead!


In regards to my recent survey on whether I should accept advertising on The Poppy Files or not, the results are now in and 64% polled NO to advertising!  So there you have it – the people have spoken.


On Monday Poppy, James and I met my friend Sam at The Machine Laundry Cafe for a cuppa in the afternoon.  Poppy was sitting beside the window when she noticed a gentlemen walking past with an eye patch on.  I took a little gasp of air, knowing what was to come and true to form she announced at the top of her voice:

Look Mummy – there’s a PIRATE!

Sammy and I could not stop laughing – a good old belly laugh indeed.  Bless xx.

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