Pre-Christmas Special Offer!

With only 6 weeks to go, it’s time to get your Christmas shopping sorted. So why don’t you skip the parking and fighting your way through the crowds, and take advantage of our pre Christmas offers.

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This week, if you spend over $50, you can claim 20% off your total shop, Spend over $100 and you will get a free gift with purchase too, which will be great for adding to the Christmas stocking.

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New on our shelves are more Tiger Tribe (including Petit Collage) and Glottogon, just in time for stocking filling! We love the beautiful additions such as the Animals and babies memory cards, the scallywag pirates (and mermaids) that will keep your little ones occupied in the bath, and some fabulous new puzzles from the fabulous world map, to an astronaut with an awful lot of swagger

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Glottogon and Tiger Tribe, because kids appreciate beautiful design too!

We still have a great range of Children’s clothing inluding the much loved Hux Baby, Perfect modern casuals by Baobab and our new Well Spotted Tees, Great gifts for your little ones. We also love our new – fabulously affordable and super cool brand, Five Little Faces. Who says girls can’t be pirates!

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We offer free gift wrapping, for whatever occassion you like,

and all orders over $100 to Australia allow for free delivery.

Get that shopping list done, so you can spend your time worrying about more important things… like where to seat Aunt Edna.  Happy Holidays!

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And the little one said is boutique online children’s clothing, accessories, toys and home decor website that specialises in beautiful, stylish and quality products, mainly sourced from small local Australian and New Zealand businesses.  And the little one said is run by two sisters, originally from New Zealand but now happily living in Sydney’s inner west.  They have 6 children between them and a love of all things creative and beautiful.

 

Celebrating our second birthday in style (& a special offer!)

We are TWO!  And with a little business, you need to take whatever milestone you make and celebrate the heck out of it – which in our case involved a picnic party with 6 kids in tow, champagne, the odd mishap … Continue reading

Christmas Gift Guide Kids 3-5 Years

Here’s a rather delayed but still time to order gift guide for 3 – 5 year olds. We have a few in this age group and it’s fair to say it’s a temperamental age but we have some pretty solid gift ideas that can help you out of a pickle.

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Flatout Frankie.
These guys get kids and have obviously not forgotten the power and wonder of a childs imagination. so easy and fun and I love that it encourages children to create the game rather than be fed it. We also have their latest offerings, the stack up dolls. my 3 year old gave them a crack this morning and adored them…

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Flatout Frankie Little unicorn head $29.50, Little racer $49.50, Stack up dolls $23.00 & Little roar head $29.50.

Kids in this age group are awesome learners, growers and love to puzzle things out.  It’s a great time to get them interested in words and writing and puzzles are always a huge hit,  Educational games by Little Tyro have been created by a lovely Melbourn teacher & Mum.  She has created games that are bright and interactive and give kids a fun way to develop their skills.

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Help support the correct formation and directional flow of letters with Little Tyro Pre writing patterning cards $19.95. Teach your child numbers with Number bingo $22.95. Teach months, dates, weather, counting, sequencing and number recognition with My learning calendar $20.95 and Use the playful Magnetic ‘Big Top Circus’ $19.95 Activity is a fun and creative learning tool that promotes confidence in Speaking and Listening.

A lovely stocking filler is the Tiger tribe inflatable globe. only $9.95 and sure to appeal to both the curious and the rambunctious.

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Glottogon Puzzles and games are perfect for keeping the kids happy while on holiday!

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Glottogon Ballerina people puzzle $24.95, Pets Domino $27.50, Robot people puzzle $24.95, Vrrooom Memory match $24.95, Knights & Dragons alphabet cards $29.95.

Another great brand that keeps the kids busy is Tiger Tribe, with colouring packs and games, all beautifully designed with gorgeous colours and excellent quality.

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Sevi is a brand established in Italy, they have been creating wonderful hand made wooden toys since 1831.  These gifts will last a life time and there is something special in giving a wooden toy, they seem to get better with age.  Great interactive toys like the construction airplane are sure to be a hit, The puzzle clock makes learning fun and the flute…  well, that might be for nephews and nieces. and despite the noise, they are always loved by little ones.

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Sevi Construction kit airplane $59.95, Puzzle clock $74.95 , Wooden flute $24.95.

And for those little ones obsessed with fire engines, it’s hard to go past the Snurk duvet covers.  Beautiful cotton with fabulous crisp images of a Fireman $159.95, Astronaut $159.95 and a Trampoline now only $75 for those willing to take on the challenge.

And for the more romantic… Haveli not only create stunning summer cotton hand printed clothing, they have a gorgeous line of linen. Starting at $48.00

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We still have time to get your orders to you before Christmas so order quick.  We also offer express post to get it with you in a few days time!  Happy Shopping!

 

And the little one said is a boutique online website that offers beautiful, stylish and quality made children’s clothing, accessories, toys & home decor.  Mainly smaller Australian and New Zealand designers and stockists – all carefully handpicked by us.  Because everyone needs a little style.

Christmas Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers!

We all know how painful finding the perfect gift at a reasonable price can be so we thought we would put together some gift ideas by age to give you a helping hand.

Here we focus on Babies and Toddlers, and we’ll follow with 3 – 5 year olds, 5 – 7 year olds, New Mums and our very own, subtle hint to husbands, Christmas wish list 🙂

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Apart from being squidgy and gorgeous and smelling divine (the top end anyway), these little beings are also perfectly worthy of beautiful gifts.  I can’t help but give clothes because they look so damn cute in them.  Babies are an excuse to find beautiful teenie weenie onesies and to sigh at their smallness.  We have always supplied and adored the brand Wilson and Frenchy.  Their cotton is super soft and their prints and colours are always beautiful.  Here are a few of my favourites

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1. Pretty Mandala tee $24.95  2. Pretty floral nappy pant $22.95  3. Little Whale growsuit $29.95  4. Floating feather tee $24.95  5. Charcoal stripe short $24.95.

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If you are after something a little less sweet but just as cute, try our ‘hello’ onuses.  I like the navy alphabet onesie (educational too ; )

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If bubs has been inundated with clothes, then the Tiger Tribe Alphabet flash cards $19.95 might be the better option.  beautiful and bright and perfect for keeping little ones entertained in the pram.

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The Dan300 softies are great for ‘the baby with everything’ and is a super cute addition to what is probably a stunning nursery already.  They aren’t too small either so good for a cuddle or just to look pretty as a mini pillow $29.95

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My last baby gift transitions beautifully into the little ones on the move because this gift will see you right from new bubs to toddler.  The gorgeous KidO Tug boat is a lovely gift that will always be appreciated.  Bath toys that won’t go manky or break are a mothers joy.  Kid O is PVC & BPA free and made with safety in mind. Tug Boat $24.95

 

Toddlers

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When they are on the move they need to be kept busy, otherwise terrible terrible things can happen.  Like finding a jar of sudocream, or removing all the photos from your carefully compiled albums, or drawing on your brand new quilt with textas…

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The Beginners Puzzle by Air by Petit Collage is a great way to start the kids on some seriously good skills like sitting… quietly… concentrating.  The bright colours and gorgeous illustrations are sure to be a winner $19.95.

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Sevi’s hand made wooden toys are also a lovely gift for little ones.  The Pull along croc $29.95 will be a constant companion, and the stackable cat also makes learning fun $24.95.  The Sevi Pull along Cowboy is a beautiful gift that will last a lifetime $59.95

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Safe in the knowledge that these awesome little diggers are made using sustainable plantation timbers, this Busy Builder excavator is only $16.95 “Push push and off they go!”

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And for the Dolly lovers out there, the adorable hand crafted rag doll by Tiger Tribe $39.95. ‘Hannah’  is a lovely soft and beautiful gift.  Soon to be a new best friend!

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And for an extra special gift for the tots, we have a small triple baby pink bracelet by the gorgeous Lindi Kingi from New Zealand $49.95.

Judging by the weather so far, we are likely to be seeing some rather hot days.  We are big fans of Haveli, the gorgeous clothing and decor range made by hand in the traditional block print method using cottons that are beautifully light and soft.  I adore how easy to wear it is and how lovely it is to see a floaty summer range with sleeves!  (So those delicate shoulders are covered in such searing temperatures – love it).

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1. Aqua pink medallion Kurta top $32.00  2. Assam Smock dress $38.00   3. Top & short set $48.00   4. Sun hat $18.00   5. Jaipur button kurta $35.00   6. Blue paisley kurta top $32.00

 

Loads of ideas for you this Christmas so you have no excuses for running to the shops at 8.30pm on Christmas Eve.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

 

 And the little one said is a boutique online website that offers beautiful, stylish and quality made children’s clothing, accessories, toys & home decor.  Mainly smaller Australian and New Zealand designers and stockists – all carefully handpicked by us.  Because everyone needs a little style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day was looking good.

So This post should have been filled with lovely photos of our trip but we did get rather distracted so apologies in advance.

Heading off for our weekend at Millthorpe markets, it was nice and early (having retrieved coffee). We should have probably checked our sources earlier as the apparent 5 hour journey to Orange is actually only 3. This brightened us right up.  I had started to recover from the horrible virus the girls had had over the week and having popped a few cold pills, berocca and coffee… the day was looking good.

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I should probably point out.  My sister and I, although similar in many ways, are pretty different,  Toni, being the older organised one brought a bag of goodies for the trip, including disinfectant wipes, grapes, apples, slice, muesli bars, Easter eggs, handy towels, berocca… etc.  I brought a packet of chewy fresh mints.  Together we make one heck of a combination.  Sometimes it’s startling how classicly we fall into the birth order steryotypes.  I couldn’t wait for a roadie.

We were very excited to arrive in Orange, In Toni’s last post she had highlighted a few places to go and we headed directly to The White Place.  We had a wee sigh as we walked in, every room has a new array of beautiful things.  Purchases were made, a lot less than we would have liked, and I walked away with a shiny new bracelet that my husband thinks looks like an old curtain toggle.  To be fair it does.

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We went to a lovely wine bar then had a wee rest at the hotel.  When we realised the only thing decent to watch on telly was Scooby Doo, we headed out for dinner.  I think this is when things could have gone seriously wrong had a family, or indeed just a husband have been brought along.

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We got into the car having both expected the other to have brought the food guide.  I ran back to the hotel room, retrieved it and started again, we drove around various streets, mainly because Toni loved the pretty houses, we went down streets because of the pretty trees, we followed a dog a little so it didn’t go onto the road, we did several 360’s on roundabouts, we drove past the restaurant we had already called but was fully booked just to have a looksie and when we eventually found our restaurant (or two in close proximity) we looked for a park, only to see that our hotel was a few meters away so we parked back in our hotel and walked to dinner.  I’m pretty sure both husbands would have opted to walk home to Sydney rather than have endured that.

 

The Millthorpe Markets is quite the event, twice a year, the little town of 650 explodes into several thousand, the que for the stall holders started lining up at 4 am and the market opened at 8.30.

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Obviously we were novices, I thought we were rather speedy with our tent erecting but by the time we had sorted our cords the neighbours had pretty much set up shop.  Our stall required a fair amount of improvisation and neither Toni nor myself are born sales people (which is largely why the online site had so much appeal) so we needed to work on our banter.  In the end we talked about our dodgy stand and how awesome everyone else’s stalls were… possibly we still need to work on that.

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We meet some lovely people though, it’s great to discuss the products, find out what people are looking for and it was always so encouraging to get lots of positive feedback. The Petit De Nimes Red Riding Cape was quite the hit, it’s hard to pass such an adorable wee jacket.  We also had the Petit De Nimes Boys Jacket which is such a smart look and perfect for kids as it isn’t too heavy with the warmth of wool.  Loving the check lining!

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Little Tyro was also very big at the markets.  I don’t think we showcase Little Tyros talents enough.  This very clever Teacher from Melbourne with kids of her own has set up a range that is Perfect for early learners.  We had many discussions with Mums that found their kids were entering into school without being taught basic pen techniques and headed straight for the patterning book. It is perfect for familiarising preschool children with grip, direction and control.  There are bright shape cards for feeding string through for hand eye coordination and shape play, and creative games to encourage imaginative play, comprehension and problem solving. These were even being bought as Easter gifts. they are so bright and fun, it’s nice to have something new for children to play with that helps them grow too.  We appear to have nearly sold out but we will be placing another order so let us know if you need anything soon.

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Wilson and Frenchy has always been a favourite of ours and it seems we aren’t alone, how can you pass such cute wee designs.  I love these navy striped pants too.

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We also had the chance to show off the beautiful Fox and Finch Navy party dress.  I possibly love this dress more than is normal, but it is a fruitless fancy as my youngest is nearly 3 and the sizes stop at 2.  (insert very glum face indeed)  We did squeeze her in for a photo, but she was so busy spinning we didn’t exactly nail it with the photo shoot.

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Other highlights…The weather held out wonderfully, I must have put my cardigan on and taken it off 50 times, but rain … it did not. Some beautiful stalls were at the markets, Toni got some ‘Borne in Bathurst’ relish and I bought some shoes, I spotted a company I have been following for sometime on Facebook – Olive and Clover (who I borrowed the image from) .  Some beautiful lost and found trinkets and a lovely old ladder I wasn’t allowed to strap to the roof of the car.  The pizza was devine and there were some wonderful capable kids collecting litter, organising stall holder lunch orders, selling tickets and drinks and generally being outstanding little citizens which must contribute to such a stellar market for Millthorpe Primary School.  The Marshalls also deserve a mention as it was a rather epic task arranging that many stalls and their cars from 5am with a great big smile and a fair amount of banter.  Superb.

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My sister and I sang equally poorly all the way home stopping only to coo over the new lambs ( and puzzle over the time of the year) Then home in time to see a few little rascals fighting sleep and a rather clever husband that had managed to tidy the house and have all 3 children happy and intact.

 

We will definitely be back in December and we will take what we have learnt to help bring you more beautiful creative products at andthelittleonesaid.com.au

 

Party time!

I don’t know about you, but for me, organising a child’s birthday party is a major undertaking.

My daughter turned the big 5 so I guess it’s only fair to have a party for such a momentous occasion!   It’s a right of passage isn’t it?

Her birthday is very early in the year, so difficult when you just start a new school – not quite enough time to make new friends.  Consequently we invited all the girls in her class (as well as a few boys thrown in for luck), and all her old friends from last year at preschool.  Very quickly we had 23 kids.  Arrghh!

Quick, hire the local community hall (yay!) and then I needed to start thinking about how to entertain them for 2 hours!  I could have gone down the hired princess/fairy/musician/animal tamer theory, but left it pretty late, so madly thought I can do this myself!

Craft!  That’s what’s needed.  Quick Google Kids craft idea’s and we’re off.  We ended up with pet rocks, animal masks, brown paper bag faces and multiple options for drawings.  We roped in my almost 8-year-old daughter and sister to do face painting (they were all lining up – always a hit, although some of the requests were a bit abstract – I want to be a fox please – oooookkkay, how do you draw a fox again??)  We also had the usual kids party food, sugary stuff, cupcakes, mini hot dogs and several fruit platters to see if we couldn’t balance out the bad with the good.  Parents got my favourite go to nibbles – mini quiches made a week before and frozen.  Yummy.

We managed to get away with only a couple of games – musical statues, what’s the time Mr Wolf and Duck, Duck, Goose –all the parents out there will know these beauties like the back of you hand.  Then of course the dilemma, whether to open the presents or not.  Hmmm, on one hand kids love to see their gifts being opened – and it does take up a good chunk of time!  On the other, you have no chance of writing down who gave what present so you can do personalised thank you’s.  And worse, you have to watch your perfectly pleasant child turn into a monster as she rips open her stack of presents with reckless abandonment, throwing aside one carefully picked present for the next goodie in the pile.  Fairly horrific.  Might not do that next time….

Anyway, thank goodness that’s over!  Sammy had a wonderful time and was exhausted afterwards, always a sure sign that it went well.

Now for the next one – only a month away – a first birthday party followed two days later by a 8 years olds birthday party (we didn’t time that very well).  Her request?  A slumber party for 8 girls.  Hmmm, not sure what is worse!

Wish me luck.

 

 

To be prepared

I don’t know about you lot but I struggle a little with planning, especiallyif we have been invited somewhere. I find it quite the achievement to herd all 3 cats kids in the car, let alone have them looking presentable with snacks, books and shoes. I run through the house turning off lights, throwing another load on and apply some lippy (I never actually apply lippy, I’m not even sure why I wrote that, I occassionally apply blistex but I don’t think that counts) so it is usually 5 minutes into our journey that I realise I haven’t brought a gift. We are inevitably running late and so we turn up with a tribe of hungry crazed children and not a crumb between us.  It’s not cool.

We have also just returned from a visit to NZ staying with and visiting family and friends.  Each requiring some sort of acknowledgement and only half actually receiving one.

I worry over what to give them, I worry that it’s not perfect and then I realise it’s too late, there’s no time and they have to make do with a packet of Tim Tams from the service station.

The thing is I don’t prepare, I don’t stash away… and it is a serious failing of mine that I plan to rectify.

During our clearance sale I met such lovely women, many of whom are just brilliant shoppers, they buy for next season, they pre-empt the next birthday parties, babies are always being born and they will always put away for Christmas.  It’s clever.  The time and frustration and money spent on last minute shopping needs to become a thing of the past.

So here are some excellent deals from our site and some ideas from around the web that might help you join me on my crusade (if you aren’t already an awesome stasher), they don’t have to be expensive to be winners and in the long run the money and time saved is huge.

For those expecting

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Nibbly Bits Abacus Necklace, fashion and function combined; the sweet little Bird Tee now only $12.50, Bella Buttercup Baby Bundles -just because we are changing bottoms, it shouldn’t mean you can’t do it in style; delicate wee organic cotton romper by Nurtured by Nature, and their beautiful organic cotton Snuggle Suit (in white to be safe) – half price! And finally the gorgeous Sevi Pull along Zebra that will be treasured for many years to come.

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Samba seasoning from The Spice Peddler, beautiful spices, peppers, chillies and rubs for your friends who love to cook; a big bunch of flowers from the local grocer is always solid, I’m a sucker for Peonies, and a little home made lemon and ginger which I found at Jillee.

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Obviously ages and sex will vary but here’s a bit of a head start.  You could also try making your own princess/super hero capes (I made my girls out of rather nasty pink velour with white fluffy trim, they love it).   Try this lovely site, I also recommend Atlas’s, because come on, who didn’t love those as a kid. Try this.

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6 in a row Pretty in Pink, Alphabet Soup Off Limits Tee, Little Tyro Magnetic Cuckoo Clock, Sevi Pull Along Cow, Flatout Frankie Little Roar Head, Playon Crayons, Seedling Good things for Busy People, Dan300 Nanas softie and Lindi Kingi Baby pink bracelet.

Congratulations on your new home/renovation!

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For a while there we found ourselves giving lemon trees to everyone we knew for house warming gifts… I suspect it had something to do with gin, there is something nice about a living gift though… Unles of course the renovation included an uber expensive landscape architect.

Gift hampers filled with practical things is always appreciated so stock up on lovely hand soaps other fancy smellies, throw together with herbs/tea towels or perhaps a big box of cakes and pies… cakes and pies mmm.  Finally, as every move is tough work, a beer or cider will inevitably be required and it may as well be handy, so I have included these nifty silver magnetic bottle openers for the fridge. I just quietly want one of these and so much classier than this … No.  Just… No.