In the age of digital disruption, many industries are undergoing rapid transformation and it was only a matter of time before someone came along to shake up the real estate market.
With a teething 8 month old I need to be careful with what I wear, anything that can be grabbed goes in the mouth. I have found that I don't tend to wear much jewellery anymore as it poses a choking risk. Then I came across Bubba Chew silicone teething jewellery.
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We took a trip up Bells Line of Road to go fruit picking. There are a number of orchards you can visit with most of them offering the opportunity to pick your own fruit. Apples are the main draw card in Bilpin but most of them don't ripen until later in the season (around late Feb to March). Also available from most Orchards is fresh apple juice, apple cider and a great selection of other apple products (like fresh homemade apple pies!).
As the Hawkesbury Farmgate Trail passes though Bilpin, there are also many providores with fresh produce such as vegetables, jams and preserves, specialty honeys and much more! Make sure you take your hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water during the hotter summer months as the temperature can climb quite high. Before you take a trip up, check the websites of the various orchards, they will give you details of opening hours and what fruit is available for picking. It is definitely a worthwhile day out and the kids will love picking fresh fruit!
Suitable ages: All Ages. We visited the orchards last year with an infant in a pram. We did take the rugged terrain pram, as you are walking down corridors of fruit trees and there are no 'paths' to use. We did take a stroller this year and although it was a bit difficult to push, it wasn't impossible to take it through the orchards.
Cost: Prices vary from orchard to orchard. Some charge a fee to enter and then will charge per kilo/unit of fruit or vegetables picked. Others will charge an entry fee which can be deducted off any purchases you make. The prices of the fruits and vegetables can vary throughout the season. We found that the prices were either slightly lower or roughly on par with what you would pay at a supermarket. It is more about the experience of picking fruit fresh from the tree (believe me you can taste the freshness) than buying cheaper fruit and veg.
What to take: hat, sunscreen, water, comfortable clothes and shoes, reusable shopping bags (some orchids don't provide plastic bags).
We love visiting Bilpin Springs Orchard.
Where: 2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, NSW
Cost: $5 per Adult Kids are free.
When: 7am - 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday, January to June. (check website as times can change)
We paid our own way through the orchards.
I’m putting myself out on a ledge here…. I’m a regifter. And this is why I think its ok.
Dictionary.com defines regifting as giving an unwanted gift to someone else. We have all been in the awkward position of receiving that gift that has provoked the thought “what on earth am I going to do with this?” My answer, regift.
Let me state from the outset that my primary motive for regifting is not greed or nastiness, it is a desire not to let things go to waste. As a society, we are becoming increasingly wasteful and it is scary.
Consumer products aren’t made to last anymore, and the majority of people – myself included- think nothing of throwing things away and buying a replacement when something breaks or no longer works.
I feel less wasteful when I regift. I consider myself extremely lucky that I am able to afford little luxuries like clothes, shoes, and entertainment. But how much is too much?
I was steadfast against regifting until a few years ago when I had the realisation that I had piles of stuff sitting around my house taking up space and essentially gathering dust. Then I had my first child. Again I count myself lucky that he has so many loving people in his life who lavish him with all manner of toys and gadgets, but sometimes its just too much.
I started to run out of space to keep all of my chattels and needed to find a solution fast. Also, being on maternity leave, the household income has taken a significant hit. With so many friends around me having baby showers I solved both my problems at the same time.
Regifting is not for everyone or everything so here are my own personal rules on regifting:
Only brand new items should be regifted. Where possible tags should be left on, original packaging should be in place and you shouldn’t attempt to alter the item in any way.
Put some thought into the regift. Don’t just dig in to your pile of unwanted gifts and come up with pot luck. Think about the recipient and what you have that would be the best gift for them.
If its not suitable for regifting, donate it. Every few months we take a few bags down to the Salvation Army or a similar charity for them to use to help people in need. Everything donated needs to be in a serviceable condition.
Have you regifted?
We were sent two VTech toys to review. The Feed Me Dino and the Turn & Learn Cube. I have always been interested in VTech toys as I associate them with learning through play and refining motor skills.
I had the opportunity to try the Geomag e-motion magnetic construction set. In the kit I got magnetic construction pieces, plastic framework pieces and a set of instructions.
One of the things I liked about the Geomag magnetic construction set is that the instructions are in picture form, so younger children who may not be able to read on their own should still be able to follow the instructions. It also allows your child room for creative play, as they can form the magnetic pieces in multiple other shapes other than what is detailed on the instruction sheets.
It took me about 5 minutes to make the shapes detailed in the instructions, but it would take younger children much longer than that. The e-motion set did have several small parts and would not be suitable for children who still like to put things in their mouth.
Geomag offers a range of products suitable for those from 10 months onwards.