My ‘summer with kids’ must haves

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With summer fast approaching… actually – who am I kidding? It’s been 25 degrees here for the last 3 days, it’s HOT! So – with summer basically here, I thought I would share with you my ‘summer with kids’ must haves. My favourite products, what my kids will be wearing, what we’ll be taking out and about with us; the works! In no particular order – let’s kick it off!

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Brooklyn’s hat: The ‘Hunter’ hat from Fox & Lilly, RRP $27. Fox & Lilly has a heap of cute styles in these snapbacks, even some floral ones for the girls!  Marlo’s bonnet: from Buck & Baa, RRP $35. We’ve always been huge fans of Buck & Baa (formerly Beau Bonnets) bonnets, in summer and winter. This year I’ve chosen a bonnet with a snap closure so that Marlo is less likely to rip it off her head!

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Brooklyn’s: both from Cotton On Kids – Rash top RRP $29.95, boardshorts RRP $26.95. ‘Cool’ boys swimwear is always hard to find, so Cotton On Kids has always been my go to – they have a wide range of cute boardies and mix and match rash tops. Marlo’s swimsuit is from Seed Heritage RRP A$24.95. We actually have one from last season which I bought off a friend, but this season’s polka dot one is to die for… how many swim suits can a one-year-old get away with? 😉

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Brooklyn’s: Adidas kids Adilette slides RRP $35 – you can snap these up from your local Stirling Sports (they’re only online occasionally). Brooklyn has a pair for pre-school (the black) and has a white pair with his Christmas presents. They’re easy for a toddler to slip on and easy to rinse off if they get dirty, plus they’re breathable and comfier than jandals. Marlo’s: Mini Lulu’s RRP $75. Marlo thrashes her Lulus, and though she’s only a new walker – she walks fine in these hard sole sandals. And I can tell you that they’re comfy because I have the adult versions!

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Whether you’re heading to the beach, for a drive somewhere, or actually anywhere – snacks are always a must! Both of the above snack holders have been must haves for us for a couple of years now. To the left are the Replay Recycled Snack Stacks from And They Lived Green RRP $16.95 each. These hold more than the likes of other similar products we have tried and they’re built to last – you’ve heard me rave about this brand before, I’m sure! To the right are Kai Carriers RRP $10.99+  – they have a great range now, from snack packs to ice block pouches… and of course the traditional pouch that we use for things like smoothies and yoghurt. Great for keeping in the freezer and grabbing out the morning of a beach trip!

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Summer = sun. And in turn = sun protection. Of course hanging out in the shade is the ideal, but when your kids want to get down and dirty in the sand (literally, I hate sand haha)… they’ll need more than swimwear and hats. We’ve always been a Banana Boat family, we love how it applies and protects our babies’ skin from the harmful sun. The SunComfort range has just come out which I’m looking forward to trying, because there’s nothing worse than sand all through the car – and this new range is sand resistant!! Yay! We plan to use the lotion as our primary sunscreen first thing in the morning, and then top up throughout the day (every two hours) with the clear spray. Banana Boat SunComfort RRP $18.99+.

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An ideal beach trip is not complete without 1; a nice big round towel and 2; a beach shade. The towel pictured above is by a NZ business, Beach Bandit RRP $89. The awesome beach shade is from Mocka RRP $99.95. We currently have an old tent style one and holy moly, it gets so hot inside it! Definitely going to be snapping up one of the Mocka ones where you can actually feel the sea breeze!

Hope you like my list of ‘must haves’ for a summer with kids! Thank you to Banana Boat for making this post possible, they were also kind enough to give us a $50 Banana Boat Prize Pack to giveaway too! Head over to Facebook or Instagram to enter.

J x

#BananaBoat #SunComfort #NoSandMoreFun

Introducing the New Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

You saw the new kid on the block, she took over all the Facebook groups… the price, the size, the ease… it took the breastfeeding world by storm and you all loved it. So what if I told you it was even BETTER? BIGGER and BETTER! The brand spanking new and improved Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump has literally JUST hit the virtual shelves, and boy is she a goodie! Retailing for $29.90 – that’s only $2 more than the Original (which is still available also).

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I’ve talked about how awesome the original Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is HERE, where you can read about my first impressions all those months ago, exactly how it works and what not (I’ll add instructions below too). Given my supply has settled since then, I don’t express a whole lot. But there’s no way I was getting rid of that little beauty, I’m off on a girls weekend end of this month and my boobs will be in shock, so I will 100% be packing her or her new sister in my bag!

Let me tell you the cool new features of the new sister…

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1. It’s BIGGER! The New Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump holds at least 150mls, probably more like 180-200mls – 150mls is  just where the measurements on the side stop. Cool hey? Obviously that means the whole product is larger too, so less compact than the original.

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2. New designs. Haakaa’s logo is on the side so you know you’re getting the real deal, and it’s got washing instructions/icons so when you can’t remember because of foggy baby brain – you can see very clearly that you can safely chuck em in your dishwasher. Woohoo!

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3. It suctions to a surface! Multiple times I had expressed around 100mls, put the pump down, put Marlo into bed and knocked the thing over. Crying over spilt milk, yes – it’s okay when it’s breast milk… I swear. Anyway, now this isn’t going to be a problem because it has a suction cup on the bottom so you can stick it down on a flat surface while you fluff around with the baby. BEST feature in my opinion! The above photo is showing the breast pump FULL with milk, suctioned onto the tiles above my oven… Yes! A 90 degree angle full of milk! Which brings me to the last newbie…

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4. The stoppers. Haakaa now also sells these cute little silicone stoppers that you can pop in the top of it. Again – to help with the spillage situation. The flower (pictured in mine) is $11.50 and they’ll have a little strawberry soon too.

I had no idea what item would be arriving for me to review from Haakaa, so I was super excited when I opened the box and saw the new and improved breast pump. The original will still be my take out pump if I ever need to, as it’s more compact… but the larger one will definitely be my new fave at home – that suction has me sold!

If you wanted to know how they work, but can’t be bothered reading my old blog about it (fair enough haha), here are instructions off Haakaa’s website:

1. Sterilise your pump (caps are available online to purchase – caps keep the pump sterile after cleaning)
2. Place top of pump over your nipple – make sure your nipple is in the neck of the pump and comfortable.
3. Apply suction – you may need to adjust a couple of times. Once the pump is secure and comfortable you can squeeze the base of the pump (not interfering with the top/suction) to create some movement.
4. A warm flannel on top of your breast is also a great tip and gently massage the top of your breast.
5. Once milk begins to flow simply leave the pump alone to do its thing.
6. Once the pump becomes full empty into a glass storage bottle and reposition.


Tips:
Also attach in the same way while your child is feeding on your other breast and collect all let down and milk which would other wise be lost into a breast pad.
Waking up in the middle of the night or if engorged during the day also attach your pump for relief.

The new breast pump is available for pre-order HERE.

Any questions, fire away and I’ll try to answer them. I bet you’ll love the new pump design as much as I do!

J x