instagram challenge winner #3

This week the winner just had to be this guy.

Thank you simonie and @hollylolly38 for this fab entry showing a terribly fabulous little gear wearing the Seedling Feather Crown he made.   

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Please contact us to claim your $50 gift voucher to spend in our store (I’ll leave it to you two to work out who gets to spend it!)

There is still one more chance to win so keep the entries coming. Entries from the first three weeks will be reconsidered in future weeks but we’d love you to add to the collection. Just remember to tag your instagram photo with #rudyandthedodochallenge

Thanks for playing!

meet a mama – belinda from nest design studio

I have ‘met’ Belinda through various avenues in my business and think she has terribly fabulous style.  So, of course, I had to share her with you guys … here you go!belinda portrait

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I’m Belinda from Nest Design Studio and I have a fabulous job designing nurseries and rooms for little ones throughout Australia (and internationally!).  I am married to a handsome man, Matt, and we have 2 handsome little boys; Hugh (4) and Charles (2).  We live in Bendigo in Victoria.

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Who inspires you?
I get inspiration from everywhere……I’m not sure there is 1 particular person or place.

What can’t you live without?
Obviously I should start with my family!  But there are lots of other things as well….fat coke, wine, my mothers group, my girlfriends (and the occasional girls night out!) and body balance.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I subscribe to way to many but I love reading The Design Hunter and The Lennoxx for design.  I also love Modern Parents, Messy Kids for great kids ideas.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
I haven’t had spare time for a long time, so I’m not sure!  When the boys aren’t around, I get stuck into designing rooms.  I have always loved reading books and I do enjoy going to the gym (when I can get there!).

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Online shopping is a godsend!  Be it the grocery, clothes or presents…….saves getting kids in and out of car seats and any arguments!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully our family will be complete (I think I’ve got room for 1 more baby!) and really enjoying the kids!  We are fixing up a shack out at our farm for weekend visits so I imagine in 5 years we will be spending family time out there.

As far as my business goes, I hope it’s much of the same.  I’ve been lucky enough to have had wonderful exposure and press (both nationally and internationally) and would love to be able to devote more time to designing rooms.

What is your favourite quote?
If you were to ask my sons, it would be ‘calm down’!  Whilst it’s not a glamorous quote, I regularly say ‘suck it and see’… everything you want to achieve is worth having a go!

Where can we find you?
You mean when I’m not indulging in a fat coke or wine?
Website
Blog
Facebook

BELINDA NURSERY

water colour painting (with a twist)

I’m sorry I’ve been a tad quiet over the past couple of weeks.  Internet hassles have made it trickier than usual to post fab ideas here.  So, now I need to make it up to you!

Let’s start with this gorgeous little project using water colours and lemon juice.  As you will see below, lemon juice has a terribly fabulous effect if you leave it on a watercolor painting. Give it a few minutes to soak, dab away with a tissue, and some crazy shapes are left as a result. You can find all the details over at the ‘art projects for kids’ blog.

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Happy painting peeps! x

instagram challenge winner #2

Firstly, I’m terribly sorry I’m a day late with this announcement however we have only had intermittent internet all week – not ideal for an internet based business, but anyhooo, we are all fixed now!

Once again, it was a terribly tricky choice with lots of gorgeous images of your little ones living a rudy and the dodo life – creating, exploring, painting, playing and using their imaginations! This week’s winner is tarsh97 for this fab entry showing her girls building a cubby and preparing for predicted rains.  I used to LOVE doing stuff like this as a kid!

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Please contact us to claim your $50 gift voucher to spend in our store.  Yay you!

There are still 2 more chances to win so keep the entries coming. Entries from the first two weeks will be reconsidered in future weeks but we’d love you to add to the collection. Just remember to tag your instagram photo with #rudyandthedodochallenge

Thanks for playing!

marble reward system

We’ve been having a bit of trouble getting to school on time this year.

Actually, ONE of us (who shall remain nameless) has been having a bit of trouble getting READY for school, therefore making it impossible for everyone else to get to school, and other various destinations, on time.  It has been going on all year and I am at the end of my rope.

So, after various (unsuccessful) attempts at rewards and incentive programs to improve school dressing times, we have now come up with the marble system.

Each little person has a jar or box with their initial stuck on it.  Something clear is great so they can see their progress.

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We have collectively agreed on ‘areas for improvement’ for each child, and we also have a special jar for Daddy who is working on improving some of his ‘words’ 😉

Rather than rewarding them for general good behaviour (which we do ways other than the marble reward system) we are remaining focussed on just one issue per child.  We are currently concentrating on improving;

–          Eating all my dinner

–          Getting dressed and ready for school in a timely manner

–          Turning off technology the first time I am asked

Each time one of these is achieved by the relevant child, they get a marble.  When they reach ten marbles they get a reward of their choice – for us that is a particular (small) toy or book they have been wanting, or $5 to save towards something bigger they would like.

It’s simple and achievable, meaning everyone can maintain interest, including me.  I have to admit, some previous reward systems have fallen by the wayside as I have not been committed to enforcing or maintaining them!  Sound familiar?

This one seems to be working. We’ve actually made it to school on time every day since we started it.  Hallelujah!

instagram challenge winner #1

It was a terribly tricky choice with lots of gorgeous images of your little ones living a rudy and the dodo life – creating, exploring, painting, playing and using their imaginations! This week’s winner was actually our very first entrant … congratulations XkittieX for this fun entry …

instagram winner 08 aug 13

Please contact us to claim your $50 gift voucher to spend in our store.  Yay you!

There are still 3 more chances to win so keep the entries coming. Entries from the first week will be reconsidered in future weeks but we’d love you to add to the collection. Just remember to tag your instagram photo with #rudyandthedodochallenge

Thanks for playing!

our instagram challenge

instagram crochetWe LOVE instagram and we know a lot of you do too!  So, each week in August we are giving away a $50 gift voucher for our little store to the winner of the best photo posted to instagram using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag.

We are all about kids making and doing, rather than spectating.

We want to see photos of your kids off the couch, exploring and creating, questioning and building, pretending, painting, playing and learning.

Simply upload your photos using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag.  If you happen to include any products purchased from our store (not compulsory – totally optional!) be sure to include the brand hashtag eg #seedling #djeco #janod

Each week after selecting our favourite and most creative entry, we will post the winning photo on our blog.

Follow us on http://instagram.com/rudyandthedodo/

Here are some of our own favourite shots to help get you inspired!

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Happy snapping!

Oh,PS … Here are the nitty gritty terms and conditions

  • Entrant must reside in Australia
  • Photos must be posted using the #rudyandthedodochallenge hashtag
  • Entrant can enter more than once (as many times as you like, actually!)
  • Entrant must be 18 years or older
  • The best photo will be selected each week and the image will be posted on www.rudyandthedodo.com.au (in the blog)
  • Winner must follow rudy and the dodo on instagram
  • Winner has 24 hours to respond to Julia@rudyandthedodo.com.au to claim their prize.
  • Participation in this competition indicates authorization for rudy and the dodo to share your images on our facebook page as part of the promotion.

Competition closes each week as follows;
Week 1 – 8th August
Week 2 – 15th August
Week 3 – 22nd August
Week 4 – 31st August

weekend project: mounted animals

If you love the array of mounted animals that are so popular in kids decor, you will love this weekend project!

The first one is this cute bear head.

blog bear head close up

 

The clever clogs mama over at Mer Mag blog made hers from styrofoam covered in ‘stiffy’ – a decoupage fabric stiffener.

blog bear head

Another method uses newspaper.  You can follow this tutorial from cute blog One More Mushroom.  Don’t you just LOVE this pink squirrel she made?

blog bear squirrel 2Whichever method and whatever little critter you choose I hope you and your little ones have a terribly fabulous time creating.  Happy days. x

meet a mama – andrea from kawaii kids

I love to find quirky clothes and accessories for my little guys.  I have been shopping at Kawaii Kids for a couple of years now so thought it was high time I shared them with you.  Andrea, is the fabulous mama at the helm.  You can meet her here …

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Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
My name is Andrea and I work at a fun little kids clothing shop called Kawaii Kids. We have retail shops in Horsham and Birchip, as well as a sweet little online shop. I live with my partner Dan and 3 kids Connor, Imogen and Anieka (6,5 and 2 years) in Birchip which is a small farming town (of a whole 800) located in the Mallee, Vic. Dan works on the farm and I work almost every day in our Birchip shop with my pretty awesome friend Fiona. I talk a lot, drink a lot of coffee and work is pretty much my life: if I am not working, I am talking or thinking about it. Around the kids of course …!

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Who inspires you?
There are many people that inspire me on lots of levels however for my business, Cotton On was my inspiration when I started and in many ways, still is.

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What can’t you live without?
Lip balm and coffee.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I honestly don’t have a lot of time to read blogs other than this (awesome!) one and {KID}independent so up for any suggestions you’d like to throw my way.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love to read, and read my Kindle most nights no matter how late I get to bed. Any spare time I have is usually spent with the kids and Dan, however I do love to go away for the odd weekend and shop.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
A time saving item would be a dishwasher: we got one less than a year ago and I seriously don’t know why we waited so long! I am also rather organised and the house has to be in order before I go to bed and before I leave the house: every thing put away, beds made, dishes done and toys picked up (getting the kids to help every time). I find that this makes me feel better when I get up in the morning and home after work, so definitely sanity saving!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Work wise, running 5 retail shops along with a big online store and manufacturing much of my own lines. Personally, to have built a new house with the room to work from home once again and running around after the kids … I am not sure that this ever ends?!

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What is your favourite quote?
Fiona is the queen of inspirational quotes however I probably say ‘one day it will be worth it’ at least every other day …

Where can we find you (website/facebook/twitter etc)?

Website
Facebook
Instagram