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Tree Hut Village: The Parent-to-Parent Lending/Borrowing Community

Mummy Confession: I have a hard time letting go of things I’ve bought for babies, especially the “big ticket” items.

Disclosure: This post is not affiliated, sponsored, or otherwise endorsed by Tree Hut Village.

We’ve all done this, I’m sure. After having one child, and unsure about time between children, we put the car seat, the high chair, and maybe even other  large items in storage. They gather dust and appear useless until needed again for years. It’s either that or sell on buy/sell pages for a few dollars more than nothing

Did you know, though, there is a way to make some extra money off of those unused baby products you’ve packed away in storage, just in case you need it again?

Introducing Tree Hut Village, a parent-to-parent lending community! I’m excited to tell you all about this new platform, and hope you are as excited as I am about this opportunity to help others, and maybe make a little back in your pocket as well!

What is Tree Hut Village and why was this community created?
Why the name “Tree Hut Village”?
How can I participate in this community?
Why should I participate in this community?
Where do I find Tree Hut Village?

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Main Page

What is Tree Hut Village and why was this community created?

Tree Hut Village is Australia’s first parent to parent baby equipment
hire platform.^ It is a community designed to allow those who wish to hire their baby equipment to parents.

This initially was designed with traveling parents in mind, as they have the choice to either drag their bulky equipment around in and out of travel locations, or hire from a company. It can be quite a lengthy and expensive process to hire from big companies. Tree Hut Village provides a simple 3 step, all online, process for both lending and selling.

Listing your items is completely free, and there is no cost to start up. Tree Hut Village only deducts a 15% administration fee after you have approved a booking. I have to say that’s amazing, for the fact that they connect you to a community that would otherwise be very difficult to manage yourself!

I love the community that Tree Hut Village has created for parents, and the opportunity to support local families while we travel!

 

Why the name “Tree Hut Village”?

^Tree Hut Village was the name chosen because the creators wanted to express what’s important to them:

– Fewer items go to landfills (“the tree”)
– Enabling giving back to the community (“the hut” stands for tangible things)- that’s why we partnered with charities like St. Kilda mums
– Parents helping parents to travel hassle free or to earn some extra
(“the village”)

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Search Feature

How can I participate in this community? Why should I participate?

Firstly, you need to go online and register with the platform, and you just start either listing items you would like to lend (they must comply with Australian standards and be no more than 6 years old), or selecting items you would like to borrow.

The lending process is merely three steps:
1. List an item (it’s completely free!)
2. Approve bookings as they are requested.
3. Connect with borrowers when and lend your baby equipment.

Again for someone borrowing, just three steps required:
1. Search for an item and check its availability.
2. Book and pay via the security of the website.
3. Connect with the lender and confirm pick-up details.

Both lenders and borrowers are able to leave reviews, and the listing will remain active until changed by the lender themselves.

You should participate because it’s a good way to make use of your baby equipment while it is just around collecting dust! Be a part of the community and help others who would like to either trial a product before they buy it, use equipment while they travel rather than hiring elsewhere, or just have an item for a shorter period of time rather than buying it. We all know that baby equipment can be expensive to buy outright, and it’s only used for a small portion of time!

The community is growing, and it would be amazing to see people from all over Australia offering to lend their unused baby equipment in order to help others!

Screenshot of Tree Hut Village’s website: Item listing

 

Where do I find Tree Hut Village?

Tree Hut Village Website: https://www.treehutvillage.com.au
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/treehutvillageau
Instagram Page: http://www.instagram.com/treehutvillage

^Statements sourced from the creator of the platform Tree Hut Village

Mother’s Day: A Compilation of Ideas!

Mummy Confession: I’m pretty terrible at remembering holidays other than the “main” ones, so it came as a little bit of a surprise that Mother’s Day is indeed this coming Sunday!

I have compiled a list of ideas, thanks to some other bloggers who are more on top of it than I am, in case you haven’t quite found that “little something” or idea you were after. Please feel free to share this post, or any of the links with anyone who could use some inspiration!

I do also have suggestions around what I would like for Mother’s Day, but it’s not necessarily much of a gift list.

If you have a website or blog and would like me to feature you on this list, feel free to leave a comment or fill out the contact form! We can always use ideas for gifts!

Is it truly the last minute and you did forget to get something and you want to have it on time for Mother’s Day? Check out my ideas for Super Last Minute Gift Ideas. Yes, it was for Christmas, but the ideas listed are for year round last minute events!

Entertain My Tribe: Ideas across Australia to do for Mother’s Day

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Photo Credit: Gift Grapevine

Gift Grapevine: Some creative, FREE printouts for homemade Mothers Day gifts

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Love From Mim: Some lovely pampering gift ideas for Mum!

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Photo Credit: Mumma Morrison

Mumma Morrison: Gift Ideas from the Nursery Collective

Kidsize Living: A whole range of ideas from things to do around Sydney to gift ideas for mum

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Teacher Types: Some gift ideas for mums (and grandma) from Daisy & Hen

The Family Creative: A Mother’s Day “Interview” Idea and Three free printables

I will be updating this list as it gets closer as well, so feel free to check back if you haven’t found quite what you’re after!

Ten Ways to Say “I Love You”

Mummy Confession: The words, “I love you” are spoken often in this house. I’ve always wanted my family to be like this, too.

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As a tribute to the day, I have compiled a list (among the many) of ten ways to say, “I love you.” This is not solely for Valentine’s Day or other “special” days. I feel it is important to let those we love know this important message all the time!

10. Take a picture. Together.

Gone are the days where a camera has to be a heavy, expensive object taken out only for special occasions. Use your phone, use a camera, schedule a photo shoot, or go somewhere special and click to your heart’s content. Especially with the little loves, I’ve found that time goes by so quickly, and the kids have grown up, our hairs have greyed, and we wish we had recorded more in times past to reminisce and remember. I have plenty of pictures of the kids, but not enough of us together.

9. Go for a stroll, or a drive.

Walk hand-in-hand. This might be a necessity for those of us with small children, to prevent unwanted chases. Enjoy the scenery, take in the moments. Have a laugh, and catch up on the latest events. Make memories.  The outdoors are not only good for your health, but definitely help in feeling refreshed!

8. Do something nice.

Have you seen the dishes piling up, laundry in need of folding, or something your loved one keeps mentioning needs to get done? Do it for them without any expectations. The without expectations is a must.

7. Leave a note.

Write some kind words, encouraging quote, or just an “I love you” in a place for your loved one to find. Lunches, cars, bathrooms, or on the fridge. Be creative. Draw on the note if you have skills. Make a poem. Put it in a card. The written word is powerful, and so often these days, it seems to be used to hurt. Use your words for good.

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6. Give a gift.

It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just get a little something you know they like when you are doing the shopping. Make something yourself if you are blessed with the ability to create (I’m not good at homemade anything). Bake cookies. Knit a scarf. Anything can be given with love, and it always feels nice to give, as well as to receive something out of love.

5. Have a date. Just the two of you.

No, I’m not just talking husbands and wives. That’s a given, I think. Take your son or daughter out for some one-on-one time. This will look a bit different to an adult “date” but spending time together can be a great way to say I love you! Dress up, bring her flowers, open her door, and take her to her favourite meal. Yes, it may be McDonalds, but she will appreciate it. If your “date” is on the younger side, be sure to bring some entertainment along. (Just a wallet and some cards may even suffice.) You don’t even have to go out of the house!

4. Read together.

Reading isn’t just beneficial for you and your child, but read with your other half. Sappy poetry is a good suggestion but not necessarily all. Read books together. Dramatically recite song lyrics. Cuddle up together and enjoy! Better still, make it a family event!

3. Smile.

This one is so simple, and only requires a few seconds. Best done alongside another suggestion on this list. Look at them the way you did when you first fell in love, and smile. Take in their beauty all over again. (And no, again, I’m not talking only your partner, but also your children. Remember the day you fell head over heels for them.) Soak in and reflect on the moments you’ve made together.

2. Hug.

Hugs are powerful. The end. (Just be sure your love is ok with it.)

1. Just say it.

The most obvious way to say, “I love you” has to be just to say it. Nothing can be more simple than speaking the words to show you care. Words are powerful, so lets use them to build up and encourage, and to tell how much we appreciate the ones we love by just speaking those three words. I love you.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mummy Confession: I’m all for sappy, cliche, lovey-dovey things!

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So, I figured I would compile a list of suggestions for Valentines Day. Take note, these can be used Year-round anyways, but I know that many people buy gifts for Valentines as well. And, just in case you leave it until the last minute, check out this compiled list of last minute gifts.

Even if you don’t do “the Valentines thing” then keep these in mind for birthdays, Christmases, and other gift giving occasions!

This post was not sponsored by or paid for by any of the following companies, but it does contain affiliate links (see disclosure policy). If you prefer not to click the links, please be sure to use a Cashback website to purchase online for a little back in your pocket!

Subscription Boxes
Some of the gifts I’ve been checking out a lot lately have been the monthly subscription boxes, and it seems as good a time as any to consider purchasing a once-off subscription or ongoing subscription!

The Loot Crate is possibly the top box I am interested in- solely for the fact that my husband is a self-professed geek. He loves all Marvel, DC Comics and associated topics, so this seemed like a great pick for him! I just got the original Loot Crate, BUT there are a ton of choices for this box! From Anime to Gaming, Marvel to J.K. Rowling, and even Pets. Search all of their boxes to find the one you love for the one you love! You will not be lacking choices with this gift. Use the link provided for $5 off your first box!
Ships Worldwide

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J.K. Rowling Crate photo credit: LootCrate.com

The Dollar Shave Club is another subscription box, and as it may appear solely for men, I assure you women could use this, too! (But maybe not a great Valentine’s Gift for her unless she has hinted for something of the type.) Subscriptions range from $4-$10 per month for 4-5 razors and you are free to stop at any time! What a bargain for razors!
This club is available to Australia, USA and Canada.

BellaBox is a woman’s beauty sample box with 5 or more beauty samples. (Right now, subscriptions are open for $12.95, and they are nearly sold out!)  For the men, there is Bellobox. This is a men’s quarterly box filled with men’s personal care products. And, if you know someone expecting, they even have a BellaBaby with varying baby products. These all contain surprises that vary box to box delivered straight to your door! Right now, they have a deal going for $5 off your first box!
These subscriptions are available to Australia only. (Search Google and I’m sure you can find something close.)

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BelloBox Photo Credit: Bellabox.com.au

 

Wrappable Gifts
Ok, so if you prefer to have something to wrap up that’s a little more than just the typical card, flowers, and chocolates, here are some alternatives. I, however, love flowers and cards, too!

Yellow Octopus is a place to find unique gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. They have ideas in all price ranges. How neat is this scrabble magnets set?
Yellow Octopus does ship internationally, but the shipping rate is quite high (flat rate, $69)

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Photo Credit: YellowOcotpus.com.au

Frank Body for all your body pampering needs! I recently stumbled upon this site and thought it a great idea for coffee lovers! Why? Their body scrub is coffee based! How cool! Definitely something different! They also have lovely kits with a variety of products if you aren’t quite sure what to choose. This has to be my top pick personally (hint hint hubs)!
This one is available worldwide, so get shopping!

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The “Mix and Match Kit” Photo Credit: Frank Body

For a fitness-inspired gift, how about the Jawbone Up-Move or Up24 for under $50, or the Garmin Vivofit for under $100! I know fitness trackers can be pricey, but these ones are generally affordable! Shipping for these varies from country to cohntry

Need a little something for the kiddies as well? The Amazon list is lacking for the tiny ones, but my little loves picked some of their favourites! Obviously, use toys according to their age recommendations.


Do you want to have something simple or more personalised than the suggestions mentioned so far? Check out my Pinterest Board for more Ideas (oh, and there’s some cute craft ideas for the kids to do as well)!

Whether your budget is big or small, or even if you don’t do anything at all, I hope these suggestions help with your gift giving (even if it’s a non-Valentine’s deal)!

What are your traditions for Valentine’s Day? Do you give gifts, cards, or something else? What do you like to receive?

Happy New Year!

Mummy Confession: I often find myself unsure of the date, and now that’s even more difficult with a new year to remember!!
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Time seems to fly by, especially as a parent. Even so, sometimes we seem to wish those short moments away because of how difficult they may be at the time. Other times we may find ourselves longing to be back in the places where our lives may have seemed simpler and easier, or hang on to the years where we know everything will rush by so very quickly.

I recently read a post by Sara Wallace from a few years ago on how to enjoy every moment when not every moment is enjoyable, and it resonated with me. In her Blog she says, “There are a lot of people waiting to be content, waiting for the current stage to be over…But if we can’t learn to be content in our current stage, we won’t be content in the next one either. When it comes to contentment it isn’t about what’s next – it’s about what’s now.”

This is so applicable to us mothers as we may yearn for potty training to be over, the children to start helping a bit more around the house, or even just longing to be back at a stage where everything seemed simpler (like when the children weren’t invading the pantry, or we could get ready in 5 minutes). We need to first be content with where we are, and as we do that, it will overflow into all the other parts of our life. It is so much easier to have enjoyable moments, even amongst the chaos, when our hearts are content. This is a splendid reminder as we start a new day and especially a new year.

Let this year be a chance for renewal of joy, a lesson in contentment, and a reminder that life’s moments are just that, small brush strokes on a much larger canvas.