Eeeep!!!! I am over-the-moon excited to introduce you to a truly gorgeous NZ brand, Mini Hearts Club!
All their garments are made in New Zealand using beautiful linen and organic cotton in stunningly simple styles letting the silhouettes and fabric speak for themselves.
With a neutral palette of black and grey with the classic stripe and perfect soft pink thrown in for good measure, Mini Hearts Club are creating quality, timeless pieces for your mini one which say NO to the fast fashion trend. The collection is made to layer, made to last, made to be played in and definitely to be admired.
The perfect range of basics which feel anything but basic! A couple of my favourites are the Linen Lawn Dress and the Roam Harem Leggings (although it’s hard to choose!!)
Have a look through the range with us and then go and browse here!
The Indoor / Outdoor Playmats are made from natural tree rubber and are a completely safe and eco-friendly solution for little ones while learning to sit up and play. As opposed to other foam mats on the market, these are non toxic, free from nasty chemicals as well as being 100% biodegradable! Definitely a VERY useful item to use at home or on the go (includes a convenient carry bag for travelling and storage), non-slip, easy clean AND there is three beautiful patterns to choose from.
For a softer touch there’s also the new Reversible Quilted Blankets / Indoor Playmats! Made from organic cotton with four different ultra sweet patterns to choose from these are the perfect wee double purpose play mat and blanket for your own bub or baby shower gift (gender neutral options – hooray!).
Have a look through the designs with us and then check out the Indoor/Outdoor Rubber Playmats here and the Reversible Cotton Quilted Blankets here
Guys!! I am SO excited to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Rachel from Sweet & Savage! Humbly making the most delicious food, sharing recipes and beautiful photos, Sweet & Savage is a look into Rachel’s gorgeous family life in the country. You will die when you see her doughnuts, oh my goodness! Look through her Instagram!! Without further ado, here is Rachel and her recipe for White Christmas:
Christmas (like most social occasions where there are people around to witness the day’s events and remind you of them for years to come) is all about making an impression. Fortunately, I have demonstrated a clear gifting in this from a young age.
I had just turned three, it was Christmas of 1984. I was given a plastic doll. It’s name was “*#@%”, I declared! Despite numerous attempts at an alternate suggestion, I was absolutely unpersuadable. My parents were horrified. The extended family were delighted!
In thirty-plus years, I’m afraid not much has changed. Albeit, slightly a less cute version of my younger self- and we now have our own kids on hand to provide entertainment and ensure we are memorable. Oh, and THIS.
Our annual; tradition of three-whole-years; throw-together White Christmas.
Three words: it’s a hit.
(fills an oven tray approx 30 x 25cm, cut into 2cm pieces: about 48 pieces)
- 750g white chocolate
- 75ml coconut oil
- 75g coconut chips or shredded coconut, lightly toasted
- 100g marshmallows, chopped if required
- 150g soft berry jubes (and glo-harts if you can find them), roughly chopped
- 75g spearmint leaves, chopped
- 75g pistachios
- 100g macadamias
- 100g dried strawberries/cranberries/cherries
- Grease and line oven tray.
- Give yourself a bit of bench space. Measure dry ingredients and add to a large bowl. Once all ingredients are in the bowl, mix to combine so they are evenly distributed.
- Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl over saucepan with small amount of water in bottom. When chocolate is almost melted, add coconut oil and stir until combined.
- Pour chocolate into dry mixture and stir to combine. Once chocolate is mixed through evenly, pour into lined oven tray.
- Chill until set.
- Prior to cutting, leave to sit at room temperature to soften slightly, so it doesn’t crack when sliced. Cut into 2cm sized pieces.
- Place a few pieces in a box or cellophone bag (we made waxed fabric to line boxes). Everyone will love you.
Christmas: make it a memorable one. But for all the right reasons.
I hope yours is a lovely one – whoever you’re with and wherever you are xx
Written & photographed by Rachel Savage of Sweet & Savage
It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce you to the MOST beautiful baby blankets we have ever laid our eyes on! Clever Christine from Niche Textile Studio in Wellington is hand weaving a range of sustainably minded blankets from New Zealand wool, the result is incredibly well made and thoughtfully designed pieces which would most certainly be handed down for generations to come.
Naturally coloured wool (meaning no dyes are used and energy and water use in yarn production is reduced) complements the three different motifs available in the range. These motifs have been translated into a textured self-stitched double cloth weave structure with 2 layers of cloth on the loom woven together at little moments of pattern, creating loft and warmth.
Each blanket is available in either Wahakura (moses basket) size (65cm x 80cm) or Cot size (105cm x 120cm). We also spy Niche’s
equally beautiful range of hand woven cushions
) which would be just stunning in a nursery (or anywhere in the house)!! Come and look through the different motifs with us, I’m not sure I can pick a favourite (although the Ocean waves
is really speaking to me!)… Let us know your favourite in the comments!
Geotile – celebrates the universal language and elegance of pattern constructed on hidden grids of circles and ruled lines, and mastered by practitioners of Islamic design.
Ocean Waves (Seigaha) – derived from Japanese sashiko stitching, represents power, luck and resilience.
Seven Treasures (Shippo Tsunagi) – derived from the Japanese sashiko stitch tradition and symbolises good fortune.