Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Advent Calendar with a twist!

I love the whole Christmas season; it's summer, the whole world smells like delicious tropical fruit and tinsel, and Santa Claus is coming to town! When I was a kid my parents always went out of their way to make sure that Christmas was a truly magical time for us. Now that we have a child of our own I am keen to do the same for him. Nothing helps build the anticipation for Christmas Day better than an advent calendar but my little guy is still to little for the usual chocolate. So what is a mumma to do?

Books to count down the days until Christmas

Change it up! Instead of the usual chocolate-a-day advent calendar I have made one with a book-a-day. A child can never have too many books, in my opinion, and how much fun will it be to watch him unwrap a book and discover it each and every day until Christmas?

Pick a colour theme for your wrapping and number each package

I just scoured the local charity shops and picked up handfuls of books for 50c or $1 a pop in basically new condition, and also bought a few on sale from those little pop up discount book shops that appear in shopping centres. I chose a colour scheme and went to town with the wrapping and embellishing making sure each one was numbered. The little shelves are actually spice racks from Ikea that I painted with left over house paint. All up the entire project came in under $50.

Up on the wall in the playroom
I can't wait until December 1 so Luca can start opening one each afternoon to read with Daddy. An Advent Book Calendar is such a fun way to build not only the anticipation for Christmas but also to build bub's reading library too!

Monday, May 5, 2014

NEW PRODUCT: Sophie Savers

Introducing the newest product to the Dear Little House set; Sophie Savers! The ever popular teething toy Sophie Le Giraffe can be tricky to keep hold of when out and about, this simple solution allows you to attach Sophie to the stroller and save yourself the heartache.

Available in heaps of funky colours and to fit both big and little Sophies; check out the options in the Dear Little House Shop!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mothers' Day is not far away.

Mothers' Day is just around the corner! Here are a few things that are on my list (hint hint, hubby). But really I am just looking forward to celebrating with my little man; my first Mothers' Day as somebody's mummy.

1. Infinity Candle / 2. Potted Hydrangeas / 3. Polli Necklace
4. Dandi Serving Spoons / 5. Bill Granger Cookbook
6. Aesop Hand Cream / 7. Kate Spade Handbag
Covers all your bases, don't you think? Potted plants; so much better than flowers that will wilt and die, some amazing scents in the candles and hand cream, a delightful new cookbook and some fun utensils to go with it, and a fab necklace and an awesome handbag to take out for a twirl.

Of course, I got the handbag in BRIGHT PINK as an anniversary present (lucky me!) but I can't sing its praises highly enough. It is big enough that I can use it as a nappy bag but not so huge that it is way too heavy. Lucky girl! This might be a slightly more sensible version if you don't feel like you can pull off shocking pink.

How are you celebrating Mothers' Day?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mellow and Yellow

You know when it starts getting just that little bit too chilly in the mornings and just before the sun goes down that Autumn is setting in. Nothing like nature's colour palette as inspiration for your interior spaces so I found a painting on Saatchi Art that really took my fancy and went from there!

1. Frederic Baulbare; Oil On Canvas / 2. Concrete light fitting / 3.Candles
4. Replica Eames RAR Rocker / 5. Wire Basket / 6. Yellow cushion
7. Grey cushion / 8. Throw Rug / 9. Sofa / 10. Rug
If you pick something to start with that already has a few colours with yellow, such as the painting, and build your look around it then you know that everything will work together. If you ask me grey is the new neutral; so taking a backdrop of a few grey tones and adding some warm and cozy Autumn-inspired colours allows you to use such a bright and full-on colour as yellow without letting it get too over the top.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Long Weekend SALE!

We're having a snap Dear Little House SALE! 
Check out our Instagram feed and share the love to get a storewide 30% off discount code.

*code sent via Instagran Direct and valid until Monday 21 April, 2014

Mosey on over and check out what's happening in our Dear Little SHOP!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Retro Kitchen Re-do

The retro look certainly has its charm and it goes without saying that I love a bit of vintage in the kitchen, but here is a look at a few things that have that retro flare but are brand spanking new.

1. Blackboard Canister / 2. Pendant Light / 3. Lino Print / 4. Fluted Pie Dishes
5. Mason Jar / 6. Otto Coffee Pot / 7. SMEG Fridge Freezer
8. Enamelware Pie Dish / 9. Kitchenaid Mixer / 10. Belling Oven

The thing about retro styling is that you can add a little or a lot depending on the look you want to go for; I am not brave enough to go the whole shebang but I do have a bit of fun mixing contemporary finishes with some vintage collectors items and some new, retro-look pieces.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lactation cookies, or "Boob Bikkits", if you will.

Breastfeeding sure is a tricky business and even though it is seemingly the most natural thing in the world there are times when it doesn't seem that way! These lactation cookies, or boob bikkits, helped me out when I needed to increase my milk supply and in conjunction with upping your water intake and other supplements can be quite effective!

Lactation cookies, or "Boob Bikkits" as my husband says!


1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup almond meal
150gm coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 tbsp water
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brewers yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup dried blueberries


Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the coconut oil and sugar in a bowl, then add the agave, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, and egg; combine well. Add the flour, almond meal, baking powder, the flaxseed and water, the brewers yeast, and the salt and mix well. Finally, stir through the oats, almonds, and blueberries.

Shape the mixture in to little balls with your hands and place on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly. Bake at 175ยบC for about 10 minutes or until the top of the cookies begins to turn golden. They will still seem a little squishy to the touch but they will continue to cook and harden up a bit after you remove them from the oven and overcooking them will result in a dry cookie.

Feel free to substitute the dried blueberries for just about anything that will go in a cookie! Just don't substitute the brewers yeast for any other yeast because that is really the active ingredient. You can find it at health food stores. The oats, almonds, almond meal, and flax are all also useful to help boost milk supply. If you don't have agave then I would suggest adding a little bit more sugar as the sweetness offsets the bitterness of the yeast.

Hopefully these Boob Bikkit lactation cookies work out for you too!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear Little SHOP!

Ok guys; it is official! The Dear Little House shop is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Funky, quirky, cool... visit the shop and have a squiz! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hey, Little Bunny!

Hey how cute is this little bunny night light? Bought him on sale at Typo today! He was $5 with a purchase (usually $9.95) so I just bought a $1.50 pen...

Hey there, Little Bunny!

If you think about it he cost me negative $3.45! But he is really cute. Came with a battery and everything. I have yet to decide where to put him but I have a feeling he might end up in the baby's room. They also had a little fox, a little dear, and a teeny little dog.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tangy Green Salad

Nothing better than a crispy, super healthy salad with no added fats (nope, not even oil!) to accompany your meal. This super green salad is a quick and easy one that is sure to be a winner with everyone- it has a perfect balance of tart, sweet, nutty, and tang! Yum.

Tangy Green Salad
1 cup baby spinach
5-6 large lettuce leaves, torn
1/4 cup snow peas, cut in to thirds
1/3 bunch coriander
1/2 a Lebanese cucumber, chopped chunky
1 granny smith apple, sliced finely
3 tablespoons of tahini
3 tablespoons water
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Whisk the tahini, water and lemon juice in a small bowl or shake together in a jar with a tight lid. Chuck all your green ingredients in to your salad bowl and add the dressing. Add salt and pepper, toss the salad to coat with the dressing, serve to your adoring fans.

This recipe makes about enough for a decent side-salad serving for two. If you wanted to make is even sweeter you could add some sultanas and if you wanted a bit more crunch you could chuck in some celery and it would be amazing. Do both! Go nuts.

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