Make your own Lego Fidget Spinner

If you’re kids like getting creative with Lego, and if you’re kids (like the millions around the world) can’t stop talking about Fidget Spinners, then this is the tutorial for you!

As you know by now they’ve been selling out world wide, with line ups and wait lists at toys stores every where.  If you can’t find one, why don’t you make your own?

This tutorial goes through the process step by step, featuring basic pieces which I’m sure most of you have lying around in your lego box!

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkRBEAwb-1M

Picture and another tutorial from Frugal Fun for Boys:

How to Build a LEGO Fidget Spinner

5 Ingredients: Parma Garlic Spaghetti

Another SUPER QUICK and amazingly easy recipe for the fam.

I like to add pan fried Salmon to mine and hubsters….but the kids LOVE THIS (even with a little wilted spinach or grated zucchini snuck in).5 ingredients:

  • Spaghetti
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan

For the full instructions check out: http://rasamalaysia.com/parmesan-garlic-noodles/2/

State of Escape

Names:

Brigitte MacGowan & Desley Maidment (Co-Founders State of Escape)

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Live:

BM & DM: Sydney, Australia

How did you start:

BM & DM: One of those chance conversations when we were just hanging out with our kids that sparked a revolution in our minds! We thought our original idea was great, but soon realized it wasn’t going to work. We loved the research process so much we quickly moved onto our next idea and it wasn’t for another 12 months that we came up with the idea for State of Escape. Our prerequisite: opportunity to travel!

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Go to pieces in your wardrobe:

BM: Denim, t-shirts, sneakers, long necklaces and multiple variations on the same theme.

DM: Jeans, sweaters, Birkenstocks and of course lots of great T’s

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Go to pieces in your mini persons wardrobe:

BM: There’s at least 3 outfit changes each a day each between the 2 of my girls. Simple slip on dresses and sandals are the mainstays of their wardrobes. Oh and dress ups.

DM: Dresses in all shapes, lengths and colours. I have 2 girls… the youngest is very girly and the other has a mixed up eclectic array of whatever mood takes her on the day. Not to mention a serious amount of dress up clothes in both wardrobes.

Something we don’t know about you:

BM: I own a horse and still ride 2-3 times a week.

DM: I spent the majority of my childhood living overseas in various European and Asian countries.

Must have products in your handbag:

BM: Visine eye drops! Mecca Lip De-Luscious SPF 25 lip-gloss and Clarins handcream.

DM: iPhone, Sunglasses, Water Bottle & Kiehls Lip Balm

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Must have products for your small person:

BM: Sunscreen, spray in hair conditioner and a Tangle Teezer.

DM: A crazy amount of various water bottles, Trampoline, Micro Scooters, multiple hair ties, clips and tiaras

Secret spot:

BM: on my balcony with a tall glass of Campari and Soda!

DM: a walk along the beach… and when it’s warm enough a swim in the ocean is an instant hit!

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Tantrum tamer:

BM: The only thing that has ever worked for me is space and time followed by a big cuddle.

DM: Agreed, some time to vent the issue and then encouraging them to tell me what they “really” want.

How did you go from idea to product?

BM/DM: We had a very strong design philosophy and knew what we wanted the look and feel of the Escape carryall to be. As it was a totally unique design and we had no reference point to draw from, it took time, patience and experimentation to work through all the design components. Our original bag was stuck together with glue!

It was also critical to know who our market was, what their expectations were and develop a strategy to help us get there.

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Advice for others at the idea point?

BM/DM: Speak, listen and draw on the experience of friends and colleauges in the industry – they are a wealth of information. Stay focused, never give up, don’t get distracted and research!

Yoli & Otis

Name: Lena Catterick

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Live: Byron Bay, Australia

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How/Why did you start:

Bringing a child into this world requires a great deal of strength, both physically and mentally, and you experience all sorts of emotions.  Your capacity for love expands, and so does your mind, taking you places only a parent can relate.  For us, it was a constant “how can we provide her with the best life possible?”

Three things..

Good Health

Safety

Happiness

The Yoli & Otis Carrier was designed to cover all three of those things, through the initial stages of childhood.

By using only natural dyes, made from herbs, we eliminate any health risks, keeping right away from those nasty toxins and chemicals.  It was incredibly heartbreaking to discover, in detail, that the modern day dying process was essentially responsible for so many long term skin conditions, in babies.  This, is also one of our main objectives, to spread the word on chemical dyes and ultimately live out our dream of seeing chemical dyes banned from the industry all together.

Secondly; Keeping them safe

Through research, we had discovered a child’s sense of security and feeling safe, plays a vital role in developing a healthy, intellectual and stimulated mind, skin on skin contact is absolutely essential in creating this. i.e being held and just generally keeping them close, as much as possible. Knowing this, we knew the carrier would more than satisfy this requirement and our darling Yoli, is testament to that, we’ve never known confidence like it!

Thirdly; Happiness

We all know how a baby’s natural instinct is to feed off their mothers energy. When the mother is flustered, the baby then becomes flustered, uneasy to settle and very upset. We’ve seen this a lot, with mothers attempting to wear their newborn, struggling to get it right. Our carrier is designed to enhance the baby wearing experience in a more positive way, with no ties, buckles, clips or rings. It is essentially two loops of fabric, designed to grow with your baby over time, for maximum comfort and convenience, making baby wearing a breeze and ultimately creating a happy environment for you and your baby.

 

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Go to pieces in your wardrobe:

Cecilie Copenhagen twin sets… simple and fun!

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Go to pieces in your mini persons wardrobe:

Natural organic linen Ali baba trousers – she has a few pairs and just worn shirtless or with a soft cotton singlet, they’re ever so cute!

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Something we don’t know about you:

Worked in Spain for two years, on Super yachts. Although it was a lot of fun, the reality of it all, was awfully daunting. Discovering how much gets wasted in the industry; food, money, time. It was a huge eye opener!

Must have products in your handbag:

I don’t wear a handbag. I try to keep accessories to a bare minimum

Must have products for your small person:

Yoli & Otis Carrier, Hammock and a good swaddle blanket

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Secret spot:

The Ocean…it reminds me that my problems or concerns, really aren’t that big after all.

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Tantrum tamer:

Find a healthy snack they love. Yoli’s is Nori Sheets, we take them everywhere!

How did you go from idea to product:

Firstly, above all else, it is important that you believe in yourself and your product. To the point where it consumes your every thought, day in, day out.

From there it began with a google search; Organic Cotton, Natural Dyeing, India. Particularly India, because we’re very fond of Karma, an indian philosophy. Many aspects of Indian religions reflect the widely held belief that karma may be shared. They love children, babies are seen to be the purest form of innocents, which we have to agree with. Thus, leading us to genuinely believe our carriers are made with the sincerest form of love and an abundance of good Karma.

From there, we found the perfect team to continue with, on this journey to making our beloved carriers become a reality.

When everything fell into place, we knew it was meant to be, and that is the substance to our motivation.

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Advice for others at the idea point:

Do your research, find out whats out there, similar products already on the market etc.

Next find someone local to make up a prototype of exactly what it is you want. Changes are inevitable, so communication needs to be crystal clear!

Then, carefully select a manufacturer to help make your dream a reality, make contact, ask questions, and then ask more questions. Do background checks (there are a lot of duds in the industry, it’s important to get it right the first time, so don’t rush anything, take your time and like i say, ask plenty of questions)

Once you’ve found your match, you don’t necessarily need to start production immediately. Weeks, months, years could pass before you’ve saved enough funds, done enough research, or even allowed yourself enough time. but it is, however, very important you maintain contact, so it stays fresh in your mind and keeps you motivated, ready for your next move.

Best read this year:

i’ve just started reading my new penguin collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s work, designed by Coralie Bickford-smith.

Needless to say, The Great Gatsby has been my favourite, thus far.

Favourite article would have to be the teaching philosophy behind Rudolph Steiner

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Best advice you’ve been given:

Something Peta said, actually.. I received a lot of really good advice from her but the one thing that really stuck out, was to  “always surround yourself with motivated people, people that can help you along the way” As a result,  I am now in the process of joining arms with a close friend. Someone who shares my values, and vision, and can help take this dream to the next level with her ability to stay motivated and always keep me on my toes! – THANK YOU PETA! x

QUESTIONS FOR YOLI & OTIS? Leave them below in the comments section. 

Want to win a Yoli & Otis baby carrier? Check us out on IG @saplingchild @yoli_and_otis

Check Yoli & Otis out further at http://www.yoliandotis.com/

Not So Mumsy

Name: Marcia Leone aka Not So Mumsy

Live: Sydney, Australia

How did you start:

NOT SO MUMSY has been a work in progress since I was pregnant, but I only put the wheels in motion after deciding not to return to my pre-bub position in television.

I wanted to create an inspirational, non-judgmental space for like-minded, new- generation mama’s who love, embrace and celebrate motherhood but also place importance on retaining a sense of self and style.

Essentially I see NOT SO MUMSY as a hub to inspire and admire other mothers and also as a platform to promote cool stuff I discover along the way.

Blogging fits perfectly into my lifestyle- not only do I combine my love of fashion and photography with my writing and marketing background, but I can do it from anywhere- which means we can travel as a family when my husband is overseas. We just spent the Northern summer in NYC and hope to do Europe next year.

I hope to continue to grow and use my platform to share stories of inspirational mothers doing all sorts of fabulous things, partner with more amazing brands and continue to partner with charities and help do some good.

Something we don’t know about you:

In my early 20s I worked for a high end French bistro in NYC’s Upper East Side. I met many celebrities including SJP, Goldie Hawn, Cindy Crawford & Donald Trump.

Must have products in your handbag:

At least one pair of sunglasses, organic lip balm with an SPF, hand sanitiser (I’m an organic loving germaphobe), and of course my iphone (and camera, if it fits!) I also must add, that in addition to these items you will also find a bunch of useless receipts, half eaten crackers, random transformer limbs & a spare pair of spiderman undies.

Must have products for your small person:

Organic baby wipes, paw paw ointment and sunscreen, Archie’s blankie “nana” which is the beautifully soft organic Sapling Child snuggle wrap, ipad mini & a selection of capes and masks.

Secret spot:

Sydney has so many gorgeous hidden Harbour beaches that you have to walk down overgrown paths to find. Most of them are deserted mid-week. If we have the time, a day trip down south to Berry or weekend road trip Jarvis Bay is an instant re-charger.

Tantrum tamer:

Until 6 month ago- it was the boob! THE perfect tantrum tamer. I’m still working out what the new tamer should be. If it’s in public then straight up bribery usually does the trick #motheroftheyear- thankfully these are quite rare.

more on Marcia’s breastfeeding journey here: http://notsomumsy.com/our-breastfeeding-story/

What do you like about social media?

Connecting with and being inspired by so many like-minded, wonderful women. Instagram has a real sense of community and I have made some solid life long friendships.

What do you dislike about social media?

It can be addictive- and a time vortex. It’s important for me to make sure I have time away and spend a day or so off-line each week. I also find that having a public account you are kind of “open for criticism”- thankfully I haven’t really experienced it (yet?) but seeing the bullies and negative comments on other accounts makes me a little wary- especially when we are dealing with kids. Some people seem to forget there are real people, and families behind these accounts.

To sign up to Marcia’s gorgeous blog head here:  www.notsomumsy.com or on IG: @notsomumsy

Raw Choc Chop Cookie Dough Balls

Whaaat? Only four ingredients for these amazing raw, vegan, no sugar, crazy amazing cookie dough balls? Yep you heard it right!

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 cup of quick oats

1/2 cup of choc chips

1 heaped spoon of natural peanut butter

Method:

Mix well, plop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 15 mins. Delicious!

For full recipe instructions see:

http://www.averiecooks.com/2009/10/raw-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough.html

4 Ingredients: Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadillas

Another super easy 4 ingredient recipe for you.

Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadillas

All you need is:

  • Tortilla’s
  • Avocado
  • Hummus
  • Cheese (any cheese will do, cheddar, mozzarella, buffalo etc)
  • (and any spices you may want to add)

Instructions:
Cut out the large tortilla shells with a round cutter (if you can be bothered, or just fill a whole one and cut into slices)

Spread Hummus, sliced avocado and cheese on top of half the tortilla

Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the half with filling

Fry in a pan until cheese is melted

 

Ta da!

Dinner is SERVED!

For the full recipe, head to:

Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadilla Recipe {Healthy Snack}

Recipe found on Pinterest!