Under The Kitchen Sink

There are some parts of our home that seem to be harder to keep organised than others. Under our Kitchen Sink is one of them!  We had a bit of a makeover this time last year but after a year of living and using it is was shambles!

So what I have learnt….

1. Limit the number of cleaning products.  

It is easy to get overwhelmed by a miscellaneous assortment of products.  I have 4 every day sprays (on the top shelf) with a fifth occasional wood polish.  From Left to Right – Dishwashing Liquid, Daily Granite, All Purpose and Daily Wood. Naturally they are all Method products.  

Daily Granite –  for our black granite bench tops. Never have they been left so sparkly clean without any residue! If you are anything like me you clean your kitchen bench about 10 times a day!

All Purpose – I use this for the stove top, appliances and cupboards.  It is an oil and grime fighter! This one is a new “flavour” and smells incredible!

Daily Wood – For our dining room tables.  We have a small breakfast table and then a lunch and dinner table that get a good work out!  

Dishwashing Liquid- In a handy pump bottle as you can see we love it!  I hand wash lunchboxes, tupperware and kids plastics. 

2. Get rid of packaging and replace with reusable storage.

I take all the dishwashing tablets out of their packaging and empty them into this tin.  We use Method “Smarty Dish” tablets. It keeps them out of sight of little eyes and means I can declutter 3 packets into one tin.  Great for buying in bulk.

3. Containerise.  

I use some small plastic baskets from Kmart to hold all of our cloths and occasional use items like gumption, leather cleaner etc.  I also use one for our “wipes”

4. Keep the items you use daily at arms reach.  

This helps to ensure they are easy to put back into the right place! The ones you only use occasionally can go on the bottom or at the back and if you havent used it in the last 6 months THROW IT OUT! 

5. Enter our METHOD Giveaway.

So you too can throw out the rest of your cleaning supplies! 

Enter via Rafflecopter below and tell us

What is under your Kitchen Sink?  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a giveaway. Method supplied me with the products mentioned in this post.

Review, Rave and Giveaway – MediBuddy

Between “My Pigeon Pair” we have had bumps, scrapes, bites and even a broken leg!  
But worse still, is that all of these “accidents” have occurred whilst we have been out and about, 
with the First Aid kit (that is now so organised) at home!

 Lauren at “Handmade by Lauren” has introduced me to a great little travel first aid product! 
The “medibuddy” is an all in one travel first aid kit designed especially with kids in mind!
The handy little plastic container is sturdy and wipeable, easy enough for adults to open but hard enough for little hands to steer clear.  I love that they have really thought about the needs of kids.  The colourful bandaids would be a great to distract a crying child, with the cute little stickers included to cheer them up.  As every mother knows having wipes on hand is a must and the kit also includes soap cleansing wipes.
For me, this little kit is just perfect for my handbag.  But you could use it in the car, nappy bag, for airplane travel, or in the bottom of the pram! I have added some adult bandaids and Panadol to the “medibuddy” for Mummy Emergencies!  This is definitely a clever, child focused, practical product that is definitely worth its very affordable $12.95 price tag!


The Medi Buddy contains
* red, blue and yellow novelty crayon bandages (15)
* knee/elbow bandage (1)
* aloe vera packet (1)
* gauze pads (6)
* soap cleansing wipes (4)
* fun stickers (12)
* carry-anywhere case (1)
RRP $12.95

You can buy this Mummy must have
 from

But wait there’s more……


You can win one of these amazing MediBuddies!

Simply
1. “Like” My Pigeon Pair’s Facebook Page
2. “Like” The Handmade by Lauren Facebook Page
3. Leave a comment here on the blog!

DONE!!!
SIMPLE AS 1, 2,3!!!

AND…..

as a special offer to all of the “My Pigeon Pair” flock
Handmade By Lauren is offering 10% off the entire Handmade By Lauren store!
Tutus, chalkboard mats, wall art the lot!
Just enter the word
PIGEON
at the checkout!

This offer expires Midnight, Sunday 15 May 

COMPETITION CONDITIONS
Only open to Australian Residents (due to postage)
One entry per person
Winner chosen via random.org
Competition opens 7am, Monday, 9th May
Competition closes 7pm, Thursday, 12th May
Winner announced Friday 13th May
Good Luck!
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One Clever Chic – Owly Molly Print

Remember this sweet little birdie?

Owly Molly Print

This was a gorgeous “Owly Molly Print” designed especially for Little Miss A’s 1st Birthday.
It now takes pride of place in her bedroom.
I just love the vintage, shabby chic feel of the design!


Owly Molly Print is the creation of Sydney based graphic designer, Rosalin Kristiani.
Specialising in divine wall art for children, it is so lovely to find items in the home decor market that are unique, stylish and modern with not a Disney character in sight!

With a passion for graphic design and logos, Rosalin opened Owly Molly after finding it difficult to source unique wall art for her children.
“The only things available in the market were the vinyl wall art stickers, wooden names and a small  range of  canvas art. So, I designed a few prints, printed and framed them and Owly Molly was born!” 

Barely open a year this Facebook business has gone ahead at lightening speed!  Owly Molly not only create personalised wall art but also specialise in logos and have a massive range of individualised gorgeous invitations.  This Mum of 2 (Clarissa,4 and Nathan 2) loves the fact that “Owly Molly” allows her to work from home and be with her kids.

“I spend some of my time in the study, working with my Adobe Illustrator, whilst the kids are busy at their own table and chairs.  But like all Mum’s I also have to find time sto cook, go to the playground, play with the kids and do the housework!”

This successful mummy business has long been a supporter of “My Pigeon Pair” and we can’t wait to continue to watch this clever and cute business bloom.

But wait there’s more…….



We are giving away two divine Owly Molly prizes!

1st Prize
A  personalised series set of  Owly Molly Prints
Thats 3 prints!
Like this little beauty?

Or this one?



2nd Prize
1 Personalised Print
May be a little owl?





Winners choice!


How to enter:
ENTRY #1




1. Like the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook page.






2. Like the “Owly Molly” Facebook page. (Tell them who sent you!)
3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love about “My Pigeon Pair” 
AND which Owly Molly Design you love the best!
Once you have done all that, YOU HAVE ONE ENTRY!!!
OR
Because some people don’t have google,
4. Tag My Pigeon Pair in your Facebook Status Update and then let us know you have done so on the My Pigeon Pair- Facebook Page.
IT IS ONE OR THE OTHER FOR YOUR FIRST ENTRY

BONUS ENTRY 
Sign up as a follower on the “My Pigeon Pair” Blog
– Leave an additional comment on the blog when you have done so!
THIS IS YOUR SECOND ENTRY

BONUS ENTRY # 2
Write on the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook Wall – Telling us why you love “My Pigeon Pair” and which Owly Molly Design you love the most!
THIS IS YOUR THIRD ENTRY

THAT IS 3 POSSIBLE ENTRIES FOR EVERY ONE IN OUR FLOCK!!!

Conditions
Only open to Australian residents due to postage.
Two Winners will be chosen via Random.org
Competition opens 6am Thursday  28th April.
Competition closes 8pm Wednesday 4th May.

Good Luck!


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300 Liker Celebration

My Pigeon Pair” is now
3 MONTHS OLD and
we have reached over 300 “Likers”
to celebrate this milestone and thank our flock….. 

we are giving away two gorgeous sets of 
custom made “My Pigeon Pair” hair clips!



Miss Milly Ella create gorgeous hair clips,
 available through their Facebook page!


How to enter: 



1. Like the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook page.
2. Like the “Miss Milly Ella” Facebook page. (Tell them who sent you!)
3. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love about “My Pigeon Pair”
OR
5. Tag Miss Milly Ella AND My Pigeon Pair in your Facebook Status Update and then let us know you have done so on the My Pigeon Pair- Facebook Page.

BONUS ENTRY # 1
Sign up as a follower on the “My Pigeon Pair” Blog
– Leave an additional comment on the blog when you have done so!

BONUS ENTRY # 2
Write on the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook Wall – Telling us why you love “My Pigeon Pair”

THAT IS 3 POSSIBLE ENTRIES FOR EVERY ONE IN OUR FLOCK!!!

Conditions
Only open to Australian residents due to postage.
Two Winners will be chosen via Random.org
They will receive a set of 3 clips as pictured.
Competition opens 11am Saturday 9th April.
Competition closes 8am Wednesday 13th April.

Good Luck!!!


THE WINNER IS…..THE AMAZING VINTAGE KID GIVEAWAY!

Drum roll please….



Comment #13

dittal86 said…
“Oh and I forgot to mention I am a follower of your blog”

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
You have won an AMAZING prize from the gorgeous
“Vintage Kid”
Some divine Winter Pyjamas!

Please send me a message via Facebook to claim your prize!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered and most of all
thank you to the very generous Bernice from “Vintage Kid” for this fabulous prize!!


“My Pigeon Pair” have a full week this week, starting today the relatives are flying in for Little Miss A’s 1st Birthday!!!
The blog also has an exciting announcement later in the week!
Stay tuned…..

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Fashion Finds Friday – Vintage Kid

Vintage Kid Bib and Pants

I have often thought that I was born in the wrong era.  The fashion of the bygone days of roses, frills, and cutesy patterned fabric has so hastily been replaced by licensed “cartoon and movie” products that lack individuality and innocence.  Whilst searching for some “vintage” fabric outfits for my pigeon pair, I unearthed a treasure trove of goodies at “Vintage Kid”.  These gorgeous fabrics are reminiscent of a time when boys played cowboys and indians and not Buzz Light Year vs Ben Ten.  Roses and ice creams for our little pink pretties, which now at most department stores, you will struggle to find, amidst the Hannah Montanna and Hello Kitty.  

Boys Apron
Girls Apron and Ruffle Pant

 Owner of Vintage Kids, Bernice is a mother of 2 kids (Eli 4 and Eva 2). Bernice and her husband  Sean are both educators. He still works full time and Bernice (who was an Early Childhood teacher!) is fortunate enough to stay at home and follow another passion of hers Children’s clothing!   

After searching for unique products for her own children (sound familiar!) she stumbled upon Vintage Kid.

“Vintage Kid was actually started in 2006 and we bought the business in 2008 after starting our own online boutiquewww.thebeeskneeskids.com.au. I wanted to stock Vintage Kid products as I just loved how different and unique everything was. At that stage Vintage Kid mostly stocked hats, nappy covers, bibs and 2 styles of dresses. I have really enjoyed growing and expanding the range to include many more gorgeous designs in fabrics. We have also expanded our range of dresses have now included pajamas, library bags, long ruffle pants and so much more!”

Ruffle Pants

Vintage Kid and The Bees Knees Kids are located in the Northern Suburbs of Perth where Bernice operates the business from their family home. ” I have our games room set up as our stock room. I manage everything from the selections of fabrics and trims, labels to marketing, promotions, sales, customer service, postage everything even maintaining our Facebook pages!”


A creative Mum, Bernice loves to be involved in the design process, especially shopping for new fabrics and viewing the completed products.

“I really like our Long Ruffle Pants and Swing tops. My daughter has so many of these as they mix and match so well, as well as attracting many compliments about how great they look!  Our pyjamas are a newer product that have just passed through all the Australian and New Zealand safety testing.  My kids love their pyjamas!”

Winter Pyjamas


So what does a typical day look like for this clever Mum?

“Busy!! Usually I am multitasking as any other Mum with school runs, washing, cleaning and running 2 businesses from home. Some days it can be a real juggling act trying to fit everything in especially when we get lots of wholesale orders as well as retail orders that need to go out the same day! We also offer exceptional service.   The great customer service we expect to recieve ourselves, which is really lacking these days!” 


So what does the future hold for Vintage Kids? 

We would like to expand our range to include manchester and bedding so that is something to look foward to in the near future!


Vintage Kids is stocked in store and online throughout Australia and even in South Africa!  For stockists visit

or

But wait…….there’s more

 “Vintage Kid” are generously going to giveaway a pair of their
 divine winter Pyjama’s!!!
Valued at $44.95
Girl’s Pyjama’s

Simply

1. Like the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook page.
2. Like the “Vintage Kid” Facebook page. (Tell them who sent you!)
3. Visit the “Vintage Kid” website and find your favourite product!
4. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which product you love 
OR
5. Tag Vintage Kid AND My Pigeon Pair in your Facebook Status Update and then let us know you have done so on the My Pigeon Pair- Facebook Page.

BONUS ENTRY
Sign up as a follower on the “My Pigeon Pair” Blog
– Leave an additional comment on the blog when you have done so!


Conditions
Only open to Australian residents due to postage.
Winner chosen via Random.org
Competition opens 11am Friday 18th March
Competition closes 7pm Tuesday 22nd March

Happy Entering!

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INTRODUCING……milkbottles


Introducing……


Milk bottles is an online children’s boutique showcasing the very best of fashion, decor, homewares, gifts and acessories 
AND

OUR VERY FIRST SPONSOR!

It is a pleasure to welcome Jenna and Milk bottles to the “My Pigeon Pair” flock.

So why does “My Pigeon Pair” LOVE milk bottles?
I love shopping. Unfortunately as a mother of two extremely adventurous children, shopping in store has lost its lustre.  SO I have turned to online shopping.  How great is it to browse, in the peace and quiet, with a coffee and no one pulling at your skirt!

Milk bottles has it all.
I initally stumbled accross milk bottles whilst searching for a bean bag chair for Master O.
I found the chair AND a gorgeous bloomer and tank set, the groovy gripper and Tilly and Otto (it was along night of oohing and ahhing)
I was instantly in love with their eclectic range of unique fashion, homewares, accessories and gifts.
Many products are handmade, all are high quality, but what really had me sold was the number of Australian created, Mummy designed products!  (and the great postage rates!)

milk bottles was originally started by Jenna’s sister and was a site selling second hand designer clothes.  Jenna was looking for a way to have a career and be with her two boys (now aged 2 and 3) so when her sister decided to leave milkbottles for a new venture it was a match made in Mummy heaven!


So straight from Jenna herself…
Do you have a favourite milkbottles product? 
Everything on milk bottles I personally pick.  I only stock products that I LOVE. So all of milk bottles products are my favourites! If I really had to pick it would be the teepees.  They are such a classic play piece and have endless imaginative play possibilities! I love that they are bringing back old style play so kids are not  sitting in front of a computer. 
What do you love about having your own business? 
The freedom of being able to put my family first.  My work can be adapted around my family.
What does a typical day look like for you? 
My days are mainly spent packing orders,  updating the website, post office runs, and dancing around the house with my boys! 
Most of my computer work is done at night time once the kids are settled in bed and asleep, but most nights you’ll still find me on the computer at midnight browsing madeit.com, esty and the internet for new items to stock. It’s my form of shopping and its very addictive as most mums would know!


Antique Vintage Tank and Bloomers
Tank – $24.95
Bloomers – $26.95


Another birdie product for me!
Organic cotton Tweet Tweet top
$26

shhh don’t tell Master O..
This is his Birthday present from Nonna!!
Bluebell Stripes Bean Bag Chair
$99.95


Remember Master O’s Bedroom!
This would fit in perfectly!
Boys Red and Navy Hand Crochet Blanket
$63
One for Mummy!
Even if overseas travel is little more than a dream at the moment
Harmony Passport Cover
$12.50

but wait there’s more!
To celebrate our first sponsor….


To WIN A $50 milk bottles voucher 
simply

1. “Like” the “My Pigeon Pair” Facebook Page
2. “Like” the “milk bottles” Facebook Page
 (Don’t forget to tell them who sent you!)
3. Visit the milkbottles website.
4.Leave a comment on this blog post, telling us what you would purchase with your voucher!
(please leave your name in the comment as it appears on Facebook so we can contact you!)

BONUS ENTRY
Tag My Pigeon Pair in your Facebook status update for a bonus entry!

How to tag…
when writing your status update place the @symbol and then start typing My Pigeon Pair.  Now you have tagged!

Giveaway opens 7am Tuesday 8th February
Giveaway closes 7pm Friday 11th February
Open to Australian residents only
Winner chosen by random.org

Good Luck!

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THE WINNER IS…..THE GREAT FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

Lucky comment number 2;
Tara!!!!

I have purchased some fabric from there before, I loved it!



Id love to get some of the Gypsy Bandana Flower White fabric, it’s gorgeous!!”

Please email us at
mypigeonpairblog@gmail.com
to claim your FABULOUS prize!

Thank you to the gorgeous Twomonkeys fabric for an 
AMAZING GIVEAWAY!

Sew..a needle pulling thread! The GREAT FABRIC GIVEAWAY!

Oh how I wish I was a sewer!
Every time I stumble across the gorgeous handmade products on made it.com,
I once again get the urge to borrow the sewing machine, buy some gorgeous fabric and create!
If only that didn’t also involve, struggling to thread the needle,  having the cotton get caught around the bobbin, and eventually adding it to the pile of other half started projects.
I have the best of intentions, just not the patience!
But this is my year!
I will create!
 I have started simply and created a…..

Sheet Bag for Master O to take to Kindy!


Here are some of the gorgeous and clever ideas that others are creating with their fabric!

Phoebe Eloise on madeit.com.au
$42
Gorgeous shabby chic dresses!


AngelLea Designs – Tie and Skirt Pattern
Need a pattern?


Two Smitten – Cushion and Pinboard Set
Love it!  Two smitten also has framed fabric and cushion sets!


Cupcake Fabric Napkins, perfect for a tea party!



A wipeable mat for the kids!  What a great idea for dinners out.

Want your diary to be different?

Inspired yet?
Forget Spotlight, if you are looking for some gorgeous fabrics, available online you have to check out







Aren’t they divine!  

 “twomonkeys is a world of designer fabrics including Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Alexander Henry just to name a few. We sell our fabrics by the metre and at a price everyone can afford so you too can add that designer touch to your handmade creations”

So……because we are so sure that you will love twomonkeys as much as we do…

WE ARE HAVING A GIVEAWAY!

You could win some fabric from twomonkeys worth $18, to create your own masterpiece!

Simply
1. “Like” My Pigeon Pair’s Facebook Page
2. “Like” twomonkey’s Facebook Page – Let them know who sent you!
3. Visit the two monkeys website
4. Comment on this blog post, letting us know which twomonkeys fabric you would love to purchase if you win!

Competition Opens – Midday Monday 31st January
Competition Closes – 7pm Thursday 3rd February
Winner chosen via random.org
Open to Australian residents only


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THE WINNER IS…..

THE tilly & otto WINNER IS…..


CONGRATULATIONS…..

Teresa from “Amelie in Wonderland”

You have won a pair of statement “little man” shorts AND
a Josie skirt!!!!

Kavala from tilly & otto will be in touch!!!

Thank you so much to 
Kavala from tilly & otto 
for this amazing giveaway! 
Can’t wait to check out the 
tilly & otto stall at the upcoming markets!