Dear Pauline. 

I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts after hearing the disgusting words Pauline Hanson stated about children on the autism spectrum. 
We have three amazing children on the spectrum. Our eldest, Dex happened to start school this year. Dex was diagnosed last year, just in time for early intervention. 
He struggled a lot with sensory issues such as loud, sudden noises, textures and smells. He would get a drop of water on him from his drink bottle and become extremely distressed, crying and running to hide. If he heard a loud noise, he would run away crying, looking for shelter to hide under. If he even SAW creamy textures such as glue, sunscreen or thickened cream he would start gagging to the point he’d nearly throw up. 
We struggled finding a school for Dex. I was worried he’d be bullied, he’d get lost in the system in the massive school we are zoned to and his speech scores were too high to go to a specialist school or support centre. My last resort was to home school, but I was worried he’d not get the best opportunities for his education if I were to home school. 
After a smaller MAINSTREAM school was mentioned to us that wasn’t zoned, we went to check it out. I immediately felt a calm rush over me. We enrolled him that day and he started grade prep there this year. 
Within a week of him beginning our entire family noticed a MASSIVE difference in Dex. The biggest stand out memory was on a hot day at his grandparents house, he was dipping his head in a bucket of water, drenching himself while fully dressed. My husband and I had never seen him do this, and I remember us both looking at each other thinking sending him to school was already the best choice we’d made for him. I had a lump in my throat, holding back the happiest tears. 
From there, he kept smashing hurdles. The meltdowns became less frequent. The sensory aversions became less severe and the amount of aversions have reduced. He is one of the top readers in his class and he went from crying at the sight of buttons on clothing to wearing it everyday. Yesterday he even ate CREAM on the side of the cake he had at a cafe, but I had expected him to look at it and start gagging! He has overcome his fear of sand and the beach and ran around with his brother and sister on the beach yesterday!! 
A lot of these hurdles he’s overcome are thanks to him attending mainstream school. 
So, Senator Hanson. I challenge you to find a parent of autistic children who Day by day isn’t trying to give their kids the best for them. The most opportunities for them. The best education within their means. 
Pauline Hanson, OUR CHILDREN deserve EQUITY. OUR CHILDREN are no less deserving of an education than a neurotypical child. If you’ve met one person on the spectrum you’ve only met one person on the spectrum. Each individual will benefit differently and that includes the option of mainstream school. Autistic people (or people with autism depending on what the individual prefers) ARE NOT A BURDEN. I invite you to come and see for yourself. ✌🏼

Fill Your Cup.

Unconditional love. They talk about it when it comes to parents showing unconditional love to their kids, but you never hear of the love these children show their parents. 

Lately I’ve been on a journey to find myself again, and to take care of myself. After my beautiful Nana passed away nearly two years ago now, I just gave up on myself. I became someone I didn’t know because I didn’t know myself without her, and I just stopped doing anything for myself. My grief consumed me, and from that point on our lives became harder as time went on. 


We had all three of our children diagnosed with ASD and then my days became running from psych appointments to OT appointments, to speech appointments and from kindy runs to school runs. So I let my cup drain and become completely dry. But for us to fill our families cups when our own cups are empty, is just impossible. So mums, take notice. Because it took me far too long to accept that for my family to be happy, I need to be too. For too long I saw it as being selfish and how dare I want to be a real person. 🙈 I’m a mum! How dare I exist outside of that “mum” world? So I’m trying to keep my cup at least half full so I have enough to share. 


To fill my cup, I’ve been trying to get to the gym and take care of my body as much as possible because for the longest time I’ve always come last. And I’m not just talking about “just behind everyone else by a hair” last. I’m talking everyone has packed up, gone home and gone to bed after the race while I’m still heading for the finish line. So now that I’ve seen that my needs are equally as important, I’m happier and healthier. And my kids who have seen me at my worst, and then trying to get to my best, have loved me and supported me this whole time. (And asking me if I went to an exercise gym or a Pokémon gym 😂) That is unconditional love. It’s not just about the parents showing it. It’s mutual. 

So parents, grandparents and carers, don’t ever think that doing something for you means that your kids are being let down or that they’re going to be worse off. The fact of the matter is that we all need a break sometimes. We all need to feel that glimpse of “holy shit I am actually a person and have an identity!” to keep our heads above water. It doesn’t make you a bad parent or a bad person. It makes you A HUMAN BEING. And if you see your partner struggling a little bit, TELL THEM they need a break. Send them out for some “me” time. We all need it. I know I did. 😘

The Little Range.

It’s back to school time! And you know what that means… those lovely germs being spread from child to child. But this year, we are prepared for the dreaded colds and other illnesses.

Ever since I can remember, we have relied on Little Noses to make sure our children’s noses were clear. The perfectly shaped nozzle on the bottle ensures the spray is able to get into the tiniest of noses, meaning clearing your children’s noses is a breeze! 

The amazing Little Range also has some other products that I wasn’t even aware of, after so many years of using Little Noses! Little Coughs is a brilliant syrup, based on an extract of ivy leaf. It helps ease the cough and reduce chest inflammation by breaking down the mucus caused by illnesses such as bronchitis. We will definitely be keeping a bottle in the cupboard for those restless nights when our poor kids can’t stop coughing!
We also have found Little Eyes. They are wipes that have been specifically designed to wipe away any secretions related to illnesses around the eye area. Little Eyes are free of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives and enriched with chamomile extract so are gentle on your children’s eyes. They are also ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and recommended! 

These products are trusted, and used by many parents around Australia. They are definitely must haves for your back to school preparation! 

Thanks to Morey Media for our amazing The Little Range back to school pack! 

Miniland Doll Review.

We had the pleasure of being sent a beautiful Miniland Doll from Axis Toys to review this week, and he arrived at the perfect time! It was Elsa’s birthday recently and she had received two gorgeous Miniland Dolls so he was able to join our Miniland family. 


When he arrived, the kids were so excited. (So was I!) Miniland dolls are so realistic, right down to the tiniest details. Their eyes, their little dimples on their knees and even the cute little bumps on their back from their spine! These anatomically correct dolls also smell amazing and are made from the softest vinyl. 


I’ve been asked a couple of times what sets these dolls apart from the rest? What makes them different? Well, as I said they are anatomically correct, but they also promote and normalise cultural and racial diversity and I’m big on that. Miniland dolls come in a diverse range and are an important educational resource, which help comprehend the concepts of family, population groups, the basic rules of relationships and coexistence, respect for racial and sexual diversity.


The kids loved that the head, arms and legs can be articulated so they can be sat, laying down, or used anyway that they please. These dolls promote imagination as they don’t speak or come with accessories so they don’t have a specific way of play, and no small parts mean they’re perfect for age 0 and up! Their realistic hair can be brushed, braided, or basically anything their mummy or daddy wants to do with it. (Let’s just hope they don’t get their hands on scissors!) 

I loved that with these dolls, my kids were able to mimic what we as parents do. I was able to see how much of an impact my style of parenting had on my children. I witnessed them baby wearing, pushing them in the pram, pretending to breastfeed and change their nappy. Nothing made me happier than watching them play this way. 

All in all, these stunning dolls made in Spain are perfect for all children to learn about a multitude of subjects, along with being fun and super cute. Who wouldn’t want one under their Christmas tree this year? 

For your nearest stockist, visit https://www.axistoys.com/ 

Baby carrier by The Littlest Starfish Boutique https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LittlestStarfish 

A Precious Day- Jessica Götz Doll.

Elsa is very doll and baby obsessed lately. So when Jessica arrived on our doorstep, she was stoked. We opened the box, and Elsa gasped. “Oh! DOLLY DOLLY DOLLY!” I couldn’t get it out of the box fast enough for her!

Once Elsa had her doll in her little hands, the first thing she noticed was her beautiful eyes, and how they opened and closed. She could see that if she lay Jessica down, her eyes would close so she was sleeping. She took such joy in telling everyone “shhhh, seeeeping!!” 


Her clothes were absolutely stunning. Even I had style envy! Jessica came with her own gorgeous little handbag, although Elsa has decided to use the handbag for herself. The amount of imagination I see Elsa use with her new Götz doll from Axis Toys is amazing. She plays doctors with her, and sings Miss Polly to her, she plays hairdressers with her beautiful, thick, long hair. Jessica actually reminds me of a grown up version of Elsa. Her brother even suggested we name Jessica “Elsa All Grown Up.” 


All in all, A Precious Day- Jessica is a beautiful doll that encourages creativity and imagination. She’s given Miss Elsa a best friend, and one she can relate to. 

I adore that you can go on the website and find a range of dolls that represent different nationalities, hair colour, skin tone, and we all know how much representation matters to our little people. 

You can find your own beautiful Götz Doll at http://www.axistoys.com/Goetz-Dolls and you’re bound to find one that will be your child’s best friend forever. 

Little Chiyo Tutus

I first came across Little Chiyo in 2011, just after I had our first son, Dexter. I sat there staring in awe at these fluffy, beautiful tutus day dreaming of perhaps one day having a daughter. I remember the feeling as it popped up in my Facebook. They were so full, the colour was so soft and delicate. I remember thinking if I ever have a daughter, THIS will be the place I get her a tutu from. I’m not sure what it was that drew me to this shop, or these particular tutus but they had a different look to ones I had seen in the past. (I later found out this was because the ones I was lusting over were hand tied with 100 yards of the finest quality tulle.)

In 2012 we fell pregnant and found out we were having a boy. We thought we were done after having Kingston, so all thoughts of a daughter had been removed from my mind, although I really would have loved to have a little girl. Well! In 2014 my husband decided we were going to have a daughter. Luck was on his side haha! When we found out we were having a girl, I stalked Little Chiyo’s FB and IG pages and picked which tutu I would buy for her first birthday. How I longed for the day where I could pick a beautiful luscious tutu from Little Chiyo. I contacted Sasha and she was amazing. She was willing to chat to me about the tutu, and the best way to go about purchasing, and how I’d been waiting for this day! 

When our tutu arrived, I opened the parcel. A beautiful aroma of musk lollies filled Elsa’s room and I immediately fell in love. It was well before Elsa’s 1st birthday but I HAD to try it on her. The stunningly soft tulle was layered, each tied by hand and perfectly placed with a satin bow pinned to the back by a diamanté love heart. And so began mine (and Elsa’s) love affair with Little Chiyo, and tutus in general. 


Since that moment, Sasha has helped us with birthday tutus, Easter tutus and the most extravagant full length Cinderella inspired tutu for Disney on Ice. 


When we went to Disney on Ice, we were stopped by numerous amounts of people asking where Elsa’s tutu was from, what her name was, how old is she, and some even asked to take photos of her! It’s a testament to Sasha’s amazing work. 


Not only does Sasha make these beautifully handcrafted tutus, but she takes the time to speak to her customers and make sure they are getting exactly what they want. Her customer service is impeccable. 

So, if you’re a tutu lover, you NEED to have at least one of these beauties in your home. 


Little Chiyo Tutus can be purchased by visiting http://www.littlechiyo.com/default.html


*Elsa also wears @little_hearts_ leotards @tootsietoesshoes and @clip_pa_dee_clip hair accessories. You can find these brands on Instagram. 

Little Makeup Lovers Review

It’s no secret that a lot of kids love playing with make up. When you see the hilarious photos of end results, of children getting into their parents make up bag, shimmer everywhere, misplaced lipstick, eyeliner and mascara smooshed in their hair and face! While that part is hilarious, it’s not so much fun trying to get that mess off your precious child’s face- and worse… THE CARPET! 


So you can imagine my excitement (and Elsa’s) when we received a parcel from @littlemakeuplovers in the mail! Not only is this small business creating cute make up for kids, but they’re creating FAUX make up! So it looks just like real make up, without the mess! Your little make up artist can play until their heart’s content without meaning you have to scrub for hours to get those pink stains out of the carpet. 


The set we tried was the deluxe set, in which you will receive: 

Completion compact (light/medium or dark) 

Blush x2 

Lipstick-pink and red 

Eye shadow pod x2 

and Makeup bag.


Elsa took great joy in having free range of her own make up! You have the option of also purchasing a set of make up brushes, which she thought was pretty exciting too. Even Kingston found the make up fun to use, and helped show Elsa how to use it! We especially loved the glitter shadows. 


Little Makeup Lovers items can be purchased from 

http://www.littlemakeuplovers.com.au

And as a special offer for my followers, Little Makeup Lovers has 10% off with the code MISSE10 

Please head over to check out little make up lovers on their social media pages:

Instagram @littlemakeuplovers 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/littlemakeuplovers/

Please note, Choking hazard. Contains small parts. Not for children under 3 and must be supervised by an adult at all times.