Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Introducing Mr Earl Tea and An Apple Tea Cake Recipe - A Review and Giveaway

 
It's always nice
To take your tea with cake...
 
...So sings my baby's gorgeous toy teapot! It's a catchy little tune permanently stuck in my head on a never-ending loop. (The official term for a song you can't shake is Earworm I learned recently.)
 
I never used to be much of a tea drinker myself; not until I started taking High Teas at various stunning venues that is. (You can visit some previous posts for the equally fabulous Cristina Re, Chateau Yering and The Langham Hotel Melbourne by clicking on the links.)
 
There's something about the ceremony of tea drinking that is so relaxing, soul-soothing and down-right enjoyable. Maybe it's Motherhood and all its pressures that have finally forced me to sit down and enjoy the 15 minutes of peace a good cup of tea provides. It is essential to have that respite a cherished cup of tea offers these days. I even appreciate the fact that the kids know not to come near my hot cup, and so they too avoid bothering me while I drink - priceless!
 
While I have previously reviewed several subscription parcel services for children here on the blog, (See Funky Elephant and Babble Box), sadly, there have not been any for us grown-ups until now.
Did you know there is a subscription service for adult tea lovers called Mr Earl?
I was sent a box of stunning teas to road test here on the blog and I was so excited to test out these fabulous flavours (and scents) sourced from around the world. Receiving this parcel was a little bit of paradise in the post!
 
 
Inside my box were three exquisite loose-leaf tea samples: Deitea's No.7 French Earl Grey, the Informal Tea Co's Fresh Mint and Kenko Tea's Premium Matcha Green Tea Powder. (Kenko's brew boasts an impressive antioxidant level 137 times greater than regular green tea!)
All the teas arrived sealed in thick foil packages to preserve maximum freshness and the rich golden appearance of the packaging is just as delightful to experience as the flavours inside.  
The blends are an impressive international mix with petals, flowers and leaves sourced from as far and wide as NZ, Egypt, France, the United States and Japan.
Each monthly delivery arrives with a comprehensive sheet detailing the origins, ingredients and specific brewing instructions for each boutique label. There are also details on the cost per gram of your favourite blend which you can then purchase a stock of, from the Mr Earl website.
Tea subscriptions start at $20 for the Tea-Ser package (a one month trial) and a three month subscription is $15 per month (the Tea-Me-Up package). A six month subscription comes in at $13 per month and is appropriately named The Tea Addict. Orders are shipped at the end of each month and shipping is entirely free.
Tea enthusiasts are invited to review their favourite brews on Mr Earl's website. It's an entire tea universe for the dedicated tea drinker!
I am really impressed with the quality and variety of the teas available through Mr Earl, and the presentation and idea of the service in general. The flavours and aromas are simply delicious!
This is a truly fun way to reward yourself every month and I have attached the perfect giveaway at the end of this post for three lucky readers...woo hoo!
 
No tea drinking moment should be without the perfect cake to accompany the pause. (Ah, those high teas have permanently changed the way I do things these days.)
An ideal tea cake should be perfectly moist, sweet and add to the pleasure of the tea-drinking experience. Here's a recipe that is so simple and basic and ticks all those boxes for the best way to compliment your tea break. I promise you that you will already have all of the ingredients too. (For a hallmark of these treats is that they must be quick to create for unexpected visitor drop-ins.)
A tea cake should be simple, pretty and flavoursome and this one does not disappoint.
 
 
60 grams of margarine (or butter.)
1/3 of a cup of caster sugar
1 egg
1 cup of self raising flour
60 ml (1/4 cup) of milk or soy milk

Topping:

2 Granny Smith apples (any apples are fine but Granny Smith are renown as the best for cooking.)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon each of caster sugar and cinnamon (or cinnamon to taste.)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and dust with flour. Spring-form is best for this cake but use a regular tin if you haven't one available.


In a mixer, cream sugar and margarine or butter together and when pale add the egg, flour and milk.
Spoon this mixture into the cake pan.
Peel and thinly slice the apples and arrange on the top of the batter in a decorative pinwheel pattern.
Pour the lemon juice over the apples and sprinkle the extra caster sugar and cinnamon over the top of the cake's surface.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until visible edges of the cake appear lightly raised and browned and the apples look moist and cooked.


Baby Celeste loved making this blog post with Mummy. There were lots of freshly cut apple slices sent her way during the baking process.
Little Missy even learned to say the word 'Apple' for the very first time - clear as day!
(P.S. She loved the cake too - saying "Mmm!" many times over.)


 
 
***Giveaway***
 
Like to win a one month 'Tea-Ser' subscription to Mr Earl?
 
Thanks to the generosity of Mr Earl, three lucky Six Little Hearts readers have the chance to win a one month Tea-Ser box subscription to Mr Earl to try for themselves valued at $20 each!
(Total prize pool $60.)
 
Please share the love! If you know someone who would love to win this prize, please let them know about this giveaway by spreading the word using the social media buttons below. (Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, email and Pinterest - too easy!)
 
Entry is easy. Just follow the prompts using the Rafflecopter App below. (App may take a few seconds to load.) Please note: Two of the entry requirements are mandatory so be sure to follow the easy steps to ensure all of your entries count. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete all of their entries.
All winning entries drawn are screened to ensure they conform to these requirements and those that do not will be disqualified.
 
Entry is open to residents of Australia only.
The winners will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Individual prizes are valued at $20 each and are for a one month Tea-Ser subscription to Mr Earl. (Winners will receive the June box.)
Total prize pool valued at $60.
Prize cannot be transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash.
The winners' details will be forwarded to Mr Earl for prize distribution.
Six Little Hearts is not liable or responsible in any way or form for prizes that are subsequently not delivered by a third party or arrive damaged or late.
Judge's decision is final.
Good luck!
 
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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Dinosaur Adventures Comes to Melbourne - Win A Family Pass to Attend the VIP Opening Night!


Got some dinosaur obsessed kids at your place? ...Read on!

Really, what child is not obsessed with dinosaurs? Adults too, continue to hold a fascination for these magnificent creatures and with good reason.

I am excited to to be announcing the arrival of the spectacular Dinosaur Adventures show here on the blog, which launches in Melbourne at Caulfield Racecourse on June 21st and continues through until the 20th of July 2014.

Dinosaurs Adventures was the number one attraction at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and by popularity, will travel to Melbourne to thrill audiences here. One lucky family even has the chance to attend the Melbourne VIP Opening Night on Friday June 20th from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

 
Dinosaur Adventures is an amazing animatronics extravaganza where life-sized dinosaurs come to life, roaring and stomping to thrill and excite an audience of all ages. The spectacular exhibition features impressively sized dinosaurs with realistic and exciting animatronics. Watch dinosaurs move and hear them roar, venture into their 200 million year reign over life on Earth and experience a captivating set of additional entertainments and attractions set to delight everyone.
 
 
The event features include:
A realistic animatronics dinosaur exhibition.
Have your photograph taken inside a dinosaur egg.
A superb dinosaur excavation site where kids are invited to become a Palaeontologist and dress up to excavate their very own fossil.
Camp fire story telling
Dinosaur sand art and sand pit
Dinosaur inflatable activity fair with rides and more.
 
 
All press images courtesy of Dinosaur Adventures PR
 
You can find out more about this exciting exhibition landing in Melbourne in time for the school holidays by visiting the Dinosaur Adventures official website here.
General admission ticket prices to this event are $27 and under 3's are free. Tickets are available through Ticketek. Find the direct link here.
Venue: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East, 3145.
Follow the Dinosaur Adventures fun on Facebook or on Instagram: @Dinosaur_Adventures_Oz   #dinosauradventures

“We are extremely excited about bringing Dinosaur Adventures to Caulfield Racecourse. The Exhibition was seen by over 250,000 people in just 16 days in Sydney and we can’t wait to bring it to Melbourne! This is an inspiring show for the young and those just wanting to learn more about dinosaurs. We are very happy that we can deliver such a realistic animatronics show that can represent what the dinosaurs were all about.”

Keith Brown, Dinosaur Adventures Director.
 
 
***Giveaway***
 
Want to win a Family Pass for 4, (2 Adults and 2 Children) to the exclusive VIP Grand Opening night on Friday the 20th of June at 6.30pm? (Winner must reside in Melbourne.)
 
Thanks to the generosity of Dinosaur Adventures, one lucky Six Little Hearts reader will win a Family Pass to this exclusive event valued at $108!
 
Please share the love! If you know someone who would love to win this prize, please let them know about this giveaway by spreading the word using the social media buttons below. (Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, email and Pinterest - too easy!)
 
Entry is easy. Just follow the prompts using the Rafflecopter App below. (App may take a few seconds to load.) Please note: Two of the entry requirements are mandatory so be sure to follow the easy steps to ensure all of your entries count. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete all of their entries.
All winning entries drawn are screened to ensure they conform to these requirements and those that do not will be disqualified.
 
Entry is open to residents of Melbourne, Australia only.
The winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize cannot be delivered to a PO Box.
Total prize value is $108 and is for one family pass to the VIP Opening Night.
Prize cannot be transferred or exchanged or redeemed as cash.
The winner's details will be forwarded to Dinosaur Adventures for prize distribution.
Six Little Hearts is not liable or responsible in any way or form for prizes that are not delivered by a third party or arrive damaged or late.
Judge's decision is final.
Good luck!
 
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Babble Box - A Review and Giveaway


You would think that with six kids, I would have plenty of 'stuff' by now for my youngest child right? Well yes and no is my answer here.
One thing that younger siblings sometimes miss out on, is the pleasure of experiencing the ownership of new things, mainly because the older kids have already worn in the household shared stuff along the way.
Being the youngest child in any family can have some real bottom-scraping moments because of this fact. There's definitely a fight to establish some personal identity and notable worth there. (I was a youngest, believe me I know!)
Imagine the special identity-boosting joy of receiving a parcel of stuff by post, individually addressed to your child and expertly selected to bring happiness to just him or her - oh yes!

I was sent a fantastic box of surprises for my youngest Miss to explore thanks to the generosity of Babble Box. (Realistically speaking, Babble Box is not specifically for a youngest child at all but it was a cute angle to begin this review with!)


Babble Box is an Australian company who provide a monthly subscription parcel service specifically designed for children aged from birth to 4 years of age. Subscriptions are tailored to your chosen child's gender and age level. Babble Box can grow with your child.

Each monthly parcel is themed. The parcel featured in this review was sent to me in the height of Summer and is called the 'Back To School Box.' (Okay, so it took me a little while to get to it here on the blog and the good people at Babble Box were so busy with orders that they barely noticed anyway :D...)
Not to worry - Celeste has jumped straight into it on catch up duty!

So what's inside and what did we think?


Our Babble Box arrived as a big, glossy box spilling over with treats aimed at my girl baby from the Babble Box website's 1-2 year olds category.
There is so much here and all of it quality brand labels. In any given month, recipients can expect to receive 4-6 full sized, brand name items which have been carefully considered and hand selected for your child.


First up, I laid my eyes upon the big Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie insulated bag.
How did you guys know?
This is exactly what I had been needing to keep Celeste's lunches in when we are out and about. I already have another branded lunch bag for her but it is so fat and bulky that it does not fit in my nappy bag without major crush factor. This beautiful Skip Hop one is sleek and fine and Celeste is pretty impressed with it too. (Extra points on account that it has a face you see.) It fits inside my nappy bag like a standard inclusion too.
The adorable Skip Hop lunchie is zippered and handles both warm and cool foods or drinks in style and retails for $24.95 in stores.



No gift parcel for a baby should be missing a board book. Babies just love board books and this little padded Yum Yum book by Parragon Books was a very exciting little plaything for my banana obsessed baby to find. A nice little treat featuring many of baby's first food-related words and images to set them on a babbling course forever-more. Soft and squishy to hold and worth $6.95 in book stores.


For girls, this Summer box featured a gorgeous Intex Swim Tropical Shade. A totally stunning little shaded floatie for a pool or bathtub. Next Summer I will be popping my baby girl, all excited and slippery, into her own little floating paradise. I just know she will love this! This fun item retails at $7.95 and I can't wait for her to use it.


There will be so much fun to be had with this Fred brand Bites and Pieces Puzzling Crust Cutter. I have always wanted one of these and I just know that Celeste will love eating sandwiches and toast presented in interesting shapes. I know kids really enjoy fun looking food and I have never got around to buying anything like it so I am pretty happy to have one in the kitchen tools drawer now. I would say this will get well-used at our house. (RRP $9.95.)




To top it all off, Celeste's box delivery had a yummy Banana Blueberry with Yoghurt food pouch from Rafferty's Garden to slurp on while she explored.


Babble Box is a great fun idea. I like that the contents of each month's parcel are a surprise and that this special delivery can bring so much fun and entertainment on an otherwise ordinary day. Kids love parcels! I also appreciate that the items are so useful too. Babble Boxes contain items that parents would choose for fun and practicality. You can see some examples of previous Babble Box deliveries on their website here.
Subscriptions benefit select charities too with a percentage of every Babble Box sold being donated to a wonderful children's charity.
You can choose from a variety of subscription packages starting from $99.95 for a 3 month subscription to $189.95 for 6 months and a 12 month service for $349.95. These would make an excellent gift for a new baby, child's birthday or even Christmas present in the birth to 4 years age group. (It certainly takes the pain out of choosing your own gifts.)

Babble Box is a lovely way for Celeste to accumulate some exciting new books, toys, tastes and baby equipment that hasn't been pre-loved by her siblings already. Everything is hers and hers alone and she will get so much pleasure from her little stash. The value of the boxes in the subscription packages works out at roughly $33 per month and if you do the sums here you will see the inclusions add up to considerably more than that. Postage is free and the price of the boxes shrinks with the greater the duration of the subscription chosen. We love the Babble Box idea and I think this is a fantastic gift for any child to receive.
Babble Box is a great way for parents to replenish or replace existing items which they may already have from older children or discover new products that were unknown to them. For new Mums and experienced Mums, this is a fab opportunity to stock up and a service I would highly recommend.


***Giveaway time***
 
Like to win a 3 month subscription to Babble Box worth $99.95?
 
Thanks to the generosity of Babble Box, One lucky Six Little Hearts reader will win a three month subscription to Babble Box for their child!
 
Please share the love! If you know someone who would love to learn about Babble Box, then let them know about this review and giveaway by spreading the word using the social media tabs below. (Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, email and Pinterest.) Too easy!
 
Entry is easy. Just follow the prompts using the Rafflecopter App below. (App may take a few seconds to load.) Please note: Two of the entry requirements are mandatory so be sure to follow the easy steps to ensure all of your entries count. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete all their entries.
All winning entries are screened to ensure they conform to these requirements and those that do not will be disqualified.
 
Entry is open to Australian residents only.
The winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize cannot be delivered to a PO Box.
Total prize value is $99.95
The winner's details will be forwarded to Babble Box for prize distribution.
Six Little Hearts is not liable for prizes that are not delivered or arrive damaged in the post.
Judge's decision is final.
Good luck!
 
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Budgeting For The Cost of Your Child's Education...

 
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Yes Loans.
 
There is always so much talk about the cost involved in having a baby. Everyone would agree, children are from the outset, expensive little things and this is never more true than when they first arrive. There's lots of costly equipment to buy: clothing, feeding choices and accessories to consider, toys to buy as well as the crucial expense of nappies and a pram to name a basic few.
But what about the essential costs as your baby grows?
By the time your child hits the age of 3, you will already have spent a decent amount of cash just getting them there. It is around this age when the expenses really begin to climb considerably however and will continue to grow alongside them. To prepare for this you need to plan a financial future to cope with what is to come.


I am asked so often about how I afford to raise my six children. It's a challenge! A challenge made even bigger now that the latest budget has cut life-lines for so many families already struggling. I would be lying if I did not state here that we are very fearful at this point in time, about coping with the strains to come which will hit all Australian households in so many areas of life.

While you can trim many surplus expenses raising children simply by choice, (choosing cloth nappies over disposable, breastfeeding instead of bottle feeding and recycling kids' clothing between siblings for example), one area you cannot avoid paying out in, is in the area of education.
If you are a parent of a baby or very young children, let me tell you now - education will cost you a bucket-load!


My children all attend public schools. I am a great believer in the public education system. Great teachers are made - not paid. (All teachers do deserve to be paid very well considering the exceptional job they do.)
I have been employed previously in one of Melbourne's top private schools and never was this statement more apparent to me. Good teachers are everywhere and I don't believe you need to pay extra for the privilege. (By all means, enjoy it if you can afford it though!)

One of the biggest shocks about the education stage of your child's life will be the revelation of hidden costs which will arise even in the public school system. It is easy to view annual school fees on paper and believe that is 'all you will be up for' plus a 'little' more for extras. It is these extras however, that mount up to huge proportions and can really hit hard if they are not anticipated and accounted for in the form of a solid savings plan.

Some examples of real (public) education expenses we have encountered to date which lie ahead on your child's road to adulthood:

Kindergarten fees: Expect to pay $300-$450 per term in a public kindergarten for a 2 year placement.
Add in costs for excursions and incursions each term. (From a small $5 here and there to $25 for really big events.) Kinder uniforms, (usually optional but highly encouraged), can set you back $50-$100. Annual photographs are typically $100 or more.
Some kindergartens charge additional fees for maintenance which you can retrieve if you are involved in a working bee to improve the centre. Most of us are too busy to participate however and can kiss that $50-$70 good-bye. There are usually application fees too, in the vicinity of $50-$150 to secure your child's place at a kinder which may or may not be credited to your fees.


Primary school: Starting school is a big cost. Annual fees are around $200-$450 depending on your chosen public school. You may pay an excursion levy in there but don't be fooled into thinking you will not have to open your wallet again for the remainder of the year. Many excursions are not covered by the levy and each child's participation will set you back anything from $6 to $25 per outing. Excursions are regular.
Schools have loads of 'fun' days for the kids which have regular gold coin donations. School camps annually are a huge burden of $200-$500 per child. There will often be need to buy many items for school excursions like bathers, sleeping bags, coats and so on. Uniform and school bag costs will be around $300 per child. Annual school photos $30-$50 per child. Canteen and special food days $6 per child.


High school: Huge expenses!
By the time our Daughter walked into public high school on her first day of year seven last year, a whopping $2500 plus had been leeched from our wallets. Initially I made the incorrect assumption that the small $400 annual fee was going to be no issue but blow-out it did!
School books at this stage are a massive $500-$600 per annum. All high school kids require an iPad which costs $650. Uniform costs $400 plus. (A branded school bag alone costs $70!) Bus travel passes are $600 per year. School camps $500-600. Camps become more expensive each year too with greater distances and overseas adventures planned. Next year our daughter must have a whizz-bang $200 calculator! (Her calculator which cost $50 in year 7 is already redundant by this level.)
Furthermore, expect annual school photos priced at $30-$50 per child. Music lessons $25 per 30 minutes. Photocopying costs, locker fees, sick bay fees, extra and additional curricular costs depending on your child's interests - the list of fees is ongoing and painful.


So how do we do it?

Start on baby's birthday: In the early weeks of your child's life, open a trust fund account at your local bank. The account should be in your child's name as well as yours so that you can access the funds when the time comes to use them.
Choose an account that pays regular interest and charges no fees. (For a child under 18 there should be no bank fees anyway but confirm this with your bank.)
Feed money into this account fortnightly, directly from your salary or Family Tax Benefit account. I pay $40 per child into each account. ($80 per child, per month.)
Make sure you can access your children's bank accounts without hassle. Choosing a bank that has a mobile App for example, is highly recommended for convenience.
As each expense arises, I simply log in and transfer what I need to cover each child's expenses into my own account and pay-out from there. This regular system ensures that when 2 camp notices come home at once, I can usually pay both immediately. School fees, payable at the end or beginning of each year, are always available.
Regularly consider how these amounts are working for you.
As a general rule, each year I assess how expensive things have been and usually 'up' my payments $10 per child each fortnight just to try and make ends meet with less pressure.
With the new budget restrictions set to be introduced, we will have to re-assess these payments yet again to shield ourselves from the coming cuts.

Keep a jar of small change: So simple, so effective! Whenever I find gold coins about the house, they go straight into my secret piggy bank. When the regular slips from school come home requesting payments, I always have cash available no matter how tight things are.

Tax time: If you get a decent tax return annually and have a child starting at a new school in the following year, I strongly suggest putting as much of your return money aside for a boost to your funds when it will be most needed.

While my accounting system works for smaller anticipated costs, I know there will be times when these methods will not cover the bigger things to come. Overseas high school trips for example, can cost above $5000 and these we will absolutely not be able to afford under our current arrangement no matter how hard we try to save. For these times, I would consider taking out a personal loan to ensure my child does not miss out on any wonderful life experiences. Yes Loans are a loan provider who offer great solutions for situations such as these.

These are the basics of providing for my 6 kids at this stage of our lives. Like all good budget arrangements, constantly plan and re-arrange until you find a system that works for your family. This one, so far has been a good practice in ours.


Have you anticipated the costs of your child's education?
How do you budget your children's costs?
Were you shocked by the expense of school or kindergarten?

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Introducing Luna Blu Bags - The 'Megan' in Windsor Bag Review and Giveaway


I have this thing for bags. I really cannot have enough of them. Many of us females are the same are we not? (If not bags then the next best thing - shoes, and even both if you're really style-hunter savvy.)
In my spare time, I am always searching for bags online, visually caressing them and on occasion, buying them on sale, sometimes giving them as gifts and (surprise), sometimes 'self-receiving' them as gifts myself for no particular occasion at all. (Whether endorsed by the Other Half or not!)
Unsurprisingly, my go-to gift idea for myself when Mother's Day, my Birthday or Christmas Day rolls around - you guessed it - A new bag! No-one around here ever needs suggestions for gift ideas for me or questions my choice!
Bags and this Mumma go hand in hand (Or I should say - strap in hand). It's a passion that's here to stay and is showing no signs of going anywhere fast. I covet the whole bag thing far too heartily to ever let this intense relationship slip.


It was on one of my fantastic regular internet bag-hunting safaris that I came across the gorgeous Luna Blu website and met with their stunning range and designs. Hello new bag and welcome to my life:


Luna Blu is an Australian owned company that specialise in oil cloth, vintage-inspired bags. There are some truly stunning styles to choose from and there are just as many different types of bags available to cover the needs of most people both large and small.
The good people at Luna Blu sent me the stunning and very popular Megan bag in their latest style - the Windsor print to road test here on the blog and from the moment she arrived in my hands, it was love at first sight.
Though not essentially a nappy bag, the Megan has gained quite a reputation as a fantastic change bag in the Mummy market and for good reason. Not only is this bag super-pretty, but she has the versatility Mums crave in a bag fit for baby and child care purposes and without the ouchy price tag of many other specialised labels.


Being a bag crafted of oil-cloth (coated canvas), makes caring for this bag a cinch. Think wipe-able surface exterior and hardy, so capable of handling the tough life of Mums everywhere. Spills and rain just wipe straight off and upkeep is simple with a quick maintenance wipe every so often to preserve her prettiness and keep it looking new.
The Megan has strong woven canvas straps and genuine leather trimmings to add to her appeal. There's also a removable long strap for over the shoulder use and makes it perfect for draping over a pram.


Megan is generously sized and softly structured. This is a bag that can really expand too.
I decided to make my Luna Blu bag an everyday bag in my road test. I have a dedicated nappy bag which sits by baby's change table and is always packed and ready to go out for daytrips. I do carry another everyday bag though which is a cross between a regular handbag and a change bag and this is where I put the Megan to the test.


Just some of the everyday goodies I tote about in my Megan bag are listed. There are more items in here that I couldn't fit on my image: Celeste's snacks and drink bottle, toys, spare clothing and my Suppori baby sling to name an important few.
Not only did this bag expand to cope with my frazzled life, but it did so elegantly. I was still able to zip up her topmost closure and carry it comfortably too. Being canvas, this bag is a quality light-weight so I wasn't falling over while bearing my bag's contents. The two over the shoulder handles are roomy and comfortable and the bag sits neatly beneath my arm even when full. There is a good flat base on the bag making it capable of standing upright on its own too.


This is definitely a bag able to cope with the demands of Motherhood. There are plenty of pockets to keep everything organised in her satin-lined interior too. There's the regular open pockets for your tech as well as a central zippered compartment to store important items and another zipper in the side wall for smaller personals. The exterior rear wall has a zippered compartment too and is perfect for stowing a wallet or as an additional phone pocket (or baby snack compartment.)


And that design - so pretty! The Windsor is a beautiful floral on an egg-shell white background. (It was quite hard to photograph as it seems to change considerably in different light.) It is so very feminine and really attractive as a bag for a baby girl to hang with! There are plenty of beautiful pattern choices and bag styles on the Luna Blu website too so be sure to check them out.
I love the Megan and I am in love with the Windsor print! So English country and oozing so much timeless style.
There are many uses for this large tote. In addition to its example as a baby bag / everyday bag here, consider it as a perfect choice for the gym, a business bag (easy to fit a laptop in here), a bag for your child to use at day care, a craft bag, shopping bag, kinder bag, travel / overnighter / cabin bag, school or study bag. (Dimensions:46x32x15cm.)


This would make a fantastic and affordable gift too with a very reasonable price of just $70, it's clear why it is such a popular choice on the Luna Blu website.
Luna Blu is owned and operated by two friends, Loren and Levern, who founded their business on their passion for beautiful things. There are so many stunning styles of bags to choose from and beautiful patterns on their Luna Blu website. Other excellent incentives to shop include free shipping on orders over $100, free gift wrapping and gift vouchers for the undecided.
I am in love with my new bag and give it a huge thumbs up for practicality, beauty and versatility.

 
Giveaway time!
 
How would you like to win your very own Megan bag in the Windsor print?
 
Thanks to the generosity of lovely gals at Luna Blu, one lucky Six Little Hearts reader will receive this stunning bag delivered to her door! Yay!
 
Please share the love! If you know of another Mummy who would love to win this gorgeous tote (nappy bag), then let them know about this review and giveaway by spreading the word using the social media tabs below, (Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook or email using the links.) You can Pinterest my images too - just scroll over the image you want and share away. Too easy!
 
Entry is easy. Just follow the prompts using the Rafflecopter App below. (App may take a few seconds to load.) Please note: Three of the entry requirements are mandatory so be sure to follow the easy steps to ensure all of your entries count. Please play fair as others do take the time to complete all their entries.
All winning entries are screened to ensure they conform to these requirements and those that do not will be disqualified.
 
Entry is open to Australian residents only.
The winner will be notified by email and given 48 hours to respond.
If no response in this time, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize cannot be delivered to a PO Box.
Total prize value is $70.
Winner's details will be forwarded to Luna Blu for prize distribution.
Six Little Hearts is not liable for prizes that are not delivered or damaged in the post.
Judge's decision is final.
Good luck!
 
*Condition of entry number one: Sign up to receive email alerts from Luna Blu here.
(This is a mandatory entry requirement.)
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

*I received a Luna Blu Megan tote in the Windsor print in exchange for my thoughts presented in this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
 
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