Sugar Republic Review - Pop Up Dessert Museum in Melbourne

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

On Thursday last week the kids and I ventured into Melbourne to go to Sugar Republic - the new Pop-Up Dessert Museum in Fitzroy. Since moving from Perth to Geelong in October, we haven't spent much time in the big city! There has been so much exploring to do locally, weekends get busy, and honestly, I've been slightly scared to drive in Melbourne by myself with the kids, I'm freaked out by the trams and the weird hook turns! But, thankfully, we made it all the way to Fitzroy in once piece, with the help of a fellow Ex-WA friend leading the way! After years of watching cool things happening in Melbourne and feeling like we were missing out over in Perth, and seeing all the  wonderful images splashed over Instagram, I was pretty keen to make the effort to visit! 

 We spent about an hour and a half going through the different dessert themed rooms, taking lots of photos and enjoying the activities like playing in the giant gumball machine, jumping out of a three layer cake, swinging in the fairy floss room and swimming in the pastel pink ball-pit!  I did struggle to make them go slowly through the rooms, they were pretty desperate to get to that ball-pit!

There are some sugar-filled treats to be had along the way, but don't worry parents, not too many for the smalls. The kids loved spinning the wheel of treats, grabbing a Wizz Fizz, a bag of Fairy Floss and a Soft-Serve ice cream to finish off the visit! That was MORE than enough sugar for my three!

Entry times are staggered so it wasn't overcrowded, even in the middle of school holidays. We didn't feel rushed through the rooms! There are some amazing installations to admire and more photo ops in here than you can point a stick.. or camera in this case at! If you are looking for fun picture ideas and great back-drops it is definitely an Insta-worthy visit! The full wall off neon signs is incredible and the giant Make Me Iconic Bubble-O-Bill, Paddlepop and Golden Gaytime were so fun! 

Tickets Cost $35 for adults and $25 for kids over 3. Plus booking fees. I felt that the entry fee was a little over-priced for what it was. They did a great job in so many ways but I think there could have been a bit more polished and have a more upbeat atmosphere. For me, taking 3 kids (one who is only 2, so he was free) it cost over $90 for a relatively short experience. But, I do love to support ventures like this and people doing things that are different and original, so I was happy to pay.  I guess if they packed it out and opened up more tickets per time slot they could make the tickets cheaper, but it would have made for a pretty frustrating experience if you had to continually wait for all crowds to move to get your perfect shot! So they thought that out well! 

The kids had a great time, and are still talking about it. It was difficult to drag them out of the ball-pit after their 10 minute time allotment.. but at least I could convince them with the promise of ice-cream.

Sugar Republic Melbourne Review
Sugar Republic is on in Melbourne until the 17th of August. It Sold-Out originally, so they have extended the dates! And then I have heard it is moving to other cities in Australia! Yay! 
You can find out more info on Sugar Republic's website

Easy Mermaid Birthday Cake

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Easy Mermaid Birthday Cake

This year, my newly 5 year old, Willow opted for a Mermaid themed party! After I convinced her that she couldn't have a Unicorn theme two years in a row that is! She had never had a BIG party before, so this was her year. We made it a joint party with one of her close friends, hired a hall, invited their whole kinder class and more and had games, craft activities the whole lot!

Sharing a party with another family is great, sharing the party work load worked out so well for us! I volunteered myself to take on the task of the cakes! Because I secretly love stressing myself out about making them perfect and spending half the day in the kitchen!

But, actually these cakes were relatively simple and looked really cute! I probably would have made it even easier for myself if I had some of the proper baking utensils, like one of those handy metal scrapers for the butter cream, but hey.. it worked!

For the cakes, I used the same recipe I always use, the simple yet effective Butter Cake recipe from , always a hit! Basically, this recipe makes 1 cake layer in an 8 inch or 9 inch cake pan.

For the butter cream, its a mixture between guessing and reading too many recipes, I still haven't perfected the butter-cream, it is next on my to do list! If anyone has a fail proof recipe hit me up! But, this time what I did do right was to invest in some gorgeous gel colours for the butter cream, rather than trying to create something from the basic supermarket colouring. I used Ameri-color Violet and Dusty Rose and they both turned out gorgeous!

My favourite part of this cake though was making the little fondant Mermaid Tails. I haven't used fondant much before, mostly because I don't like the taste of it and I've been a little worried it wouldn't work out. But, I am here to let you know its actually pretty easy! Especially if you are good a playing with play-doh! I purchased the silicone tail mould/mold from Ebay. The tails were really just a matter of rolling the fondant around in my hands until it got warm and therefore soft enough to mold. I experimented with the two colours mixing them together before and after they were in the mold, and ended up with a range of cute colour combos. After ensuring they were pressed down enough in the mold, and removing excess fondant from the top and around the edges I peeled them out, and gently stuck the skewers almost all the way to the end and left them to harden. Here is a great You Tube tutorial that I watched before making them : How to make fondant mermaid tails

I then pulled out this champagne coloured edible shimmer I had purchased, and brushed it onto the tails with one of the kids unused paint brushes! And WHAT a massive difference it made, they became all shimmery and gorgeous! You can see the before and after shimmer pictures below!

fondant mermaid tails

Mermaid Party - easy mermaid cakes
Easy Mermaid Birthday Cake idea

Purple mermaid cakes

Fondant mermaid tails

Some of the other cakes I've made for my kids birthdays are :

Pastel Layered Ice Cream cake with White Chocolate Bark

Mini Rodini Home Collection - Yes.. Organic Cotton Bedding!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Mini Rodini Horse Bedspread Australia

For the first time EVER, Mini Rodini has released a Home (kids bedding) collection, that was available to stockists to carry! I have been soooo excited that we are one of the few Australian stockists of this collection! They arrived last week and as expected they did not disappoint!

As per usual, Mini Rodini has used GOTS certified organic cotton, meaning no chemicals for your kids skin and also much better for the farmers producing and harvesting the cotton as they don't have the negative health ramifications from pesticide rich cotton crops! They also have used recycled materials for the insides of the bedspreads!

There is a range of Quilt Cover and Pillow Sets available, in both Baby/Cot sizes and one that they call Adult size, which is just slightly larger than the standard Australian single quilt cover size, but fits perfectly on a single bed with a single quilt inside (at least thats what I've done and it works great). The pillow is slightly smaller that the standard Australian pillowcase size, but because my kids pillows are a lot flatter than the adult size, the Mini Rodini 50 x 60 cm pillowcase that comes as part of the set actually fits their pillows fine. Additionally if you would like a larger size pillow case we do have them available separately.

Additionally, there are some super cute little bedding nests for the little ones, great for traveling!! The Amazing horse/leopard bedspreads that you see pictured above. That comes in both the pink and the beige horses! And a delicious range of Velvet cushion covers!

There is just so much to love in this collection!

Mini Rodini Leopard Quilt Cover Australia

My boys picked (ok really, I picked for the 2 year old, but it got his excited squeal of approval) The Leopard Bedset and the Croc Maps Bed Set for the 6 year old. He's a bit obsessed with animals and maps and all of that fun stuff at the moment so its perfect for him! A bit like a treasure map. 

Mini Rodini Croc Maps Single Quilt cover

Mini Rodini SS18 - Mother Earth - Sustainable Kids Fashion

Friday, February 16, 2018
Mini Rodini SS18 Horse dress draco dress
Mini Rodini's latest season SS18 entitled Mother Earth is here! And as usual we love it! One of the BEST things about this new season is that it is their first season that is 100% sustainable! So, you might be asking, what exactly does that mean?

All of Mini Rodini's cotton is 100% organic! It means no GMO seeds and leaving a healthy soil a the end. Cotton is soft and fluffy and lovely on your skin, but conventional methods which used pesticides are harmful to both the people working in the fields and the lands, and of course, your children's skin. So 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, is kind to the earth and to our skin.

MIni Rodini Draco Lizard Tee
Mini Rodini Draco Lizard Tee 
Mini Rodini have also introduced a Living Wage project. If you know anything about the fashion industry, you would know that many manufacturers only pay Minimum wage. But, Mini Rodini have taken a stand against this and have a goal that they are working towards paying all of their workers a living wage. They have already implemented it in some of the factories that they are working with around the world. And these extra wages, are taken from their own pockets, not passed onto us the consumer, because Mini Rodini care about the people who are sewing and producing their clothes, its not just about the end product, but what goes into the entire process.

Mini Rodini strive to minimise their environmental impact, by using recycled polyester and modal. They also work to reduce waste and the use of toxic chemicals in the production of their fabrics. Plus they have waste management strategies, such as water treatment plants and sustainable chemical management.

Really, this is so impressive. When a company not only makes beautiful quality garments but also goes the extra mile in ensuring they are doing the best they can in terms of sustainability is inspiring. Just if more of the worlds textile manufacturers where this diligent and driven! We love hearing about their efforts and we are proud to be a huge supporter of what they are doing!!

Mini rodini donkey sweatshirt
Mini Rodini Draco Dance Dress Lizard Pink
Mini Rodini Draco Lizard Dance Dress 
Mini rodini Horse Tee Pink
Mini Rodini Horse Tee in Pink, and Soft Gallery Milla Cardigan now on SALE. 

Mini Rodini Donkey Dungarees
Mini Rodini Donkey Dungarees

Easy Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Cupcakes

Monday, November 27, 2017
Rudolph Reindeer Cupcakes

The words 'School Bake Sale' can strike fear in the hearts of many parents! I experienced our very first Christmas Bake Sale as a part of our School Fair this week. A few weeks before the fair I decided to make Reindeer Cupcakes (you know when you assume you'll be well rested and have plenty of time to make them), and promptly told my kid. Bad Idea, because they weren't going to forget it. A few days before the fair, in one of the busiest weeks we've had,  including my husband having to travel interstate last minute for work and one child breaking their arm!!!! I really started to regret my choice. Turns out however, that these Reindeer Cupcakes were actually relatively easy and didn't take much time at all. They aren't "perfect" by any means, but they are FUN and the kids loved them! Which is what Christmas baking is all about right!

Rudolph the Reindeer Cupcakes

Cupcake Recipe:

Vanilla Cupcakes
225g unsalted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
225g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

I put everything in my Cuisine Companion and mix on 3-4 for the first few seconds so flour doesn't fly everywhere , and then  level 10-12 for about 1-2mins with the mixing blade. But any good mixer will do, or by hand if you are that way inclined. Just mix until its all smooth.

Spoon it into cupcake cases. Bake for 20 mins at 175 degrees celsius (350 F) 

I iced it with a Chocolate Buttercream Icing, there are plenty of easy recipes online, I just used cocoa powder not actual melted chocolate as I was feeling a bit lazy!

Now to the Reindeer Faces.

The eyes are white chocolate chips with a dot of dark writing icing on top.
The Noses are White Chocolate Melts with a M&M stuck down with a dab of writing icing. 
The Antlers are Pretzels cut in half and just press them into the icing to stick!

Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

Plum NYC Tutu's in Australia

Monday, November 20, 2017
Plum Nyc Tutu's Australia

Plum produce some of the most gorgeous Tutu's around! Plum Tutu's are inspired by what little girls want in real life! And most little girls I know, definitely want a Tutu with a magical Poof, I mean look at all that tulle! As soon as I saw them, I knew we had to have them on our shelves, they make me wish I was 5 years old again. 

We have the Nellie and Naomi Tutu's from the new Holiday Collection that are Red and Grey Velvet! Amazing!! And the perfect dress for the Holiday Season! 

For ballet or dance classes, or style with a jacket and boots for a cool everyday look! Our opinion is that Tutu's are just too cute to be only confined to a dance studio! 

Shop Plum NYC Tutu's here in Australia HERE at Yellow Dandy Shop. 
With Free Australian and Worldwide shipping for all orders over $100 AUD
And of course we have Afterpay and Zippay available. 
Plum Naomi Red Velvet Tutu Australia
Plum Ophelia Tutu Australia

Plum Nyc Nellie Velvet Grey Tutu Australia

Mini Rodini AW17 Darling Britain Collection

Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Second Drop of the Mini Rodini AW17 Darling Britain Collection has just launched here in Australia, and globally. And, as per usual we are blown away by Mini Rodini's amazing designs and their commitment to sustainable and fair-work conditions, in their manufacturing. Which, is huge, considering a lot of the fashion industry has a terrible track record when it comes to those areas. Mini Rodini is above the rest! Not to mention their impeccable quality and super soft organic cotton. 

This collection features so many adorable prints, for both girls and boys. And, even though it is their Autumn/Winter collection and here in Australia we are heading into Summer, there are still some great Summery pieces and mid-seasonal items! But, don't delay, because Mini Rodini always sells quickly!!

MIni Rodini Butterfly T.Shirt

Mini Rodini Dog T.Shirt Beige

Mini Rodini Dog Sweatshirt - Pink

Mini Rodini Dog Sweatshirt

Mini Rodini Fox Velour Sweatshirt - Pink

Mini Rodini Fox Velour Sweatshirt - Green

Mini Rodini Butterfly Leggings

Mini Rodini Dogs Leggings

Mini Rodini Dog LS bodysuit

Mini Rodini Butterfly Dress

Mini Rodini Bluebel Wovenl Dress

Mini Rodini Knitted Dog Scarf

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