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. 

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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.

Picture perfect? 

I keep getting a heap of compliments on my photos lately, asking what camera I use. So I just want to throw it out there, I use my iPhone 6s+ and edit with FaceTune. It’s a wonder what adjusting the lighting and temp of a photo can do. Oh and occasionally the use of a defocus tool. From a warm, sunset photo to a crisp, cool and sharp close up. But for every 1 amazing photo that comes out of it, I have about 2537738 reeeeeally shitty looking ones 😂 ones that cannot be saved by adjusting the lighting, or the temp or even sharpening. So yes, you see some pretty amazing photos on my account (YOUR words not mine 😂😂) but then you don’t see the millions of grainy, blurry shots with terrible lighting. 💞 I really contemplated posting this, because I want the magic to stay alive. But I just want to make it clear, sometimes it’s not just point and shoot and my photos look good. It does happen a fair bit, where I only have to brighten the photo and I’m happy with it. But occasionally it needs a heap of adjusting because the sun is behind the person I’m photographing, or there’s shadows or its just too dark. I’ve copped shit in the past for editing photos because apparently it’s a bad example for my kids, but isn’t that what professional photographers do? They adjust lighting and edit their photos so you have a piece of art. I’m not making my kids skinnier or taller, just making the photo better quality. Anyway, I like the photos I create and I hope you all do too. 💞

The Other Side Of the Screen

Let’s talk Instagram. We all have different reasons for using it. Those tiny little boxes where we share our lives. Our manicured lives. Our stunningly styled children, where we can share our favourite online shops, and where word gets around about small businesses that we love. 

Where we can share photos, and lust over each other’s houses and gush over each other’s children. But there’s something else that inadvertently came with the mummy fashion community that I found. Something that we sometimes miss in every day life.

Support. This past year, through the brand repping, the competitions and ambassadorships, I have found these amazing mamas that share the same interest as me will stand up and be there for you no matter what.  Hey, you’re having a bad month? Here’s a surprise package to turn up in your letterbox. You found success in something? I’ll listen to your EXCITED raves. You got a gig representing a brand you are a huge supporter of? I’ll stand by you (while 18 hours away) and cheer and have a glass of wine to celebrate! You’ve started a blog? I’ll read the shit out of it! Considering we live in a time where women are tearing each other down only to uplift themselves, I applaud the women who can stand by their fellow sisters and support them endlessly. Imagine how amazing our world would be if everyone treated one another like this. Imagine what we could achieve! 

In this crazy and busy real life world, we have our friends and family and they’re great. But there’s some thing comforting about having someone on the other side of a screen, in a different state or even country, that you can talk to basically whenever you pick up your phone. During your hard times or best times. 

This community had blown me away with the amount of hands reaching out to one another lately. There’s no jealousy. No bitchiness. No drama. (That I’ve seen lol..) it is truly women helping women. Mothers standing by mothers. And I am so grateful for every single one of you. 


We Have Progress! 

What a day and what a week! 

Dex has newly been diagnosed with ASD, which has explained so much of what he has been experiencing and struggling with for a long time. He struggles daily with sensory issues, so loud noises, textures and things that would normally make others uncomfortable, are very painful or distressing for him. 
One of the things that distresses him the most is haircuts. Anyone only has to say the word “haircut” towards him, and he becomes anxious and a lot of the time will scream and hide. So for a while we haven’t even mentioned the word, never mind suggest he have one. I mean, it’s only hair right? Not a big deal if his hair is long. 


Well, last night we were talking with Kingston about haircuts, and that he could have a surprise egg after his next one. Well, Dex overheard and told me that he wants a surprise egg and a haircut too. I took it with a grain of salt. If he wanted one, great! If not, fine with me too. So we spoke about it, with no anxiety and no concern except that he only wanted scissors to be used and no water spray. We looked on good Ol’ Pinterest and found a few cuts he liked. Something I’ve learned along the way of raising a child with anxiety is when you include them in the process, they feel much more comfortable and are able to feel more in control of the situation. This is definitely helps Dex every day. So off we went to bed with excitement and wonder. 
The next day, we went to our local shopping centre and again, inviting him into the decision making, let him choose which salon we would go to. At first he was nervous, so we sat down in their waiting area and I told him we would just sit and look around, because he takes time to warm up to new surroundings. After about 10 minutes, the hairdresser came and spoke to us and asked Dex if he was ready for his haircut. He told her “maybe just one more minute and I’ll be ready!” I loved that he was able to verbalise his feelings and again feel as though he had control over the whole process. If he in the end decided he was too scare for one, we would’ve left and waited for another time. But after thirty seconds had passed, he decided he was ready to get into the chair! This was a HUGE deal in itself because I don’t even remember the last time he sat in a hairdresser’s chair. By now my nerves and excitement had kicked in. As they put the cape on him my heart started pounding for him. Would he start to get anxious? Would he meltdown because his little body and mind doesn’t handle these types of things well? Dex looked over at the little trolley with all their equipment and I could see in his face he was unsure. He told the hairdresser, Jess, “only scissors, OK?” And she promised him, only scissors. I could see his shoulders drop as though he could relax now. 

Dex was a champion. He sat there with a smile on his face literally the whole time. He even told Jess “I need you to cut more around my ears, I want to see my ears, oh and my eyes cut more there too.” I watched in amazement and had a giggle to myself as he stated to her, quite calmly and almost like an adult, exactly what he wanted. He used his manners, he kept telling her how good it looked and when she had finished he was SO excited. He high fived Jess the hairdresser who told him how proud she was of him. I think almost everyone he told about his haircut told him how proud they were of him! And so they should be. 


This little boy, who has had a massive fear of even the word “haircut” or being asked if he wanted a haircut overcame huge anxiety and sensory complications and took control of the situation. For any five year old I think that’s pretty freaking amazing. But for Dex, for who he is, this is a HUGE deal. For him and for those who love him. I couldn’t have been prouder for the way he dealt with today. We’ve overcame a hurdle today and we have many more to come. But one step at a time, and this was a big one. 


(Dex wears his new hairstyle by Jess, LilPigz jelly frames glasses, Target Star Wars hoodie and FromZion harems.)

Let me introduce… 

Hi!

My name is Katrina, and I’m a mum of 3 children, Dex (5), Kingston (3), and Elsa who is 18 months. We aren’t new to blogging, I’ve on and off ran blogs since Dex was born but have had a lonnnnng break. 

After breaking into the big wide world of influencers on Instagram, and having some success I thought why not revive my blogging “career” 😂 so here we are. 

We love fashion, adventures and I take way too many photos. You’ll find out more along the way, I’m sure. So welcome to our blog, 2mastersandamiss, named after our Instagram page @2masters_and_a_miss