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Did you know that we have a Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest account?

 

We love to share everything that is going on at Wild & Whimsical Things over on these platforms, including new arrivals and stock updates.  I would love to see you around on these platforms, so please click 'follow' or Like our Facebook page.  If you have purchased something from us, I would really enjoy seeing your little ones play with it, just tag us using #wildandwhimiscalthings, don't worry, I won't share your images unless you have given me direct permission to do so.

 

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We Are Going On Holiday 0

Wild & Whimsical Things are going on a holiday

 

I don't know where you live, but we are in Melbourne and it is way too cold here!  

 

We need to get away to somewhere slightly warmer and will be heading up north to visit friends and family in Queensland from the 18th of July until the 26th of July.  This isn't the only reason we are taking a break though, we are heading up to celebrate with my super smart, totally talented and inspiring mother (couldn't think of an 'i' word to make this sentence just a little bit cooler).  She has just completed a Law degree!  I am so proud of her for following her dreams.

 

The shop will still be open for orders while we are away, but we won't be able to ship anything to you from the 18th of July until the 26th of July.  If you were wanting something super urgent during this time, just send me an email and I will ship it with express shipping at the standard shipping rate if you order during our week away.

 

I hope you are all staying warm if you live in the colder states of Australia and if you are in the Northern hemisphere - I am so jealous of your warm weather pictures on Instagram!  I would love to hear where you all from, drop us a line in the comments box below.

 

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Oli & Carol is here! 0

Bath Toys from Oli & Carol | Wild and Whimsical Things www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au

 

We have been keeping a big secret over here at Wild & Whimsical Things - the arrival of the amazing rubber toys from Oli & Carol.

 

They are finally here and we are so excited about it!

 

Oli & Carol is the brilliant creation from two young sisters - Olimpia and Carolina from Barcelona, who wanted to make a fun and happy range for kids.  You can read more about the brand and see the range <here>.

 

Oli & Carol range of rubber toys | Wild and Whimsical Things Blog www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au/blogs

 

These toys are just lovely with their natural rubber and that they don't contain any holes, making them perfect for the bath.   There is no need to worry about creating mould build up (or your little ones drinking mouldy water from bath toys)!  They're also perfect for younger babies - safe to have a chew on as they are made from non toxic materials (natural rubber from the Hevea tree) and coloured with food safe dyes.  

 

Oli & Carol rubber toys | Wild & Whimsical Things Blog www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au/blogs

 

The whole range from Oli & Carol help to stimulate a range of developmental skills including sensory skills with their bright colours, bouncy and textured material and because they are safe to chew on, they are perfect for stimulating the sensory receptors in your baby's mouth.  Development of your baby's fine motor skills occurs when practicing bringing the toys to the mouth and chewing on them (moving the tongue and lips around is a fine motor skill, as is the coordinated movement of the hands and fingers), and moving the toys around in their hands and between the hands.  Older children will further develop their fine motor skills when building with the shapes or engaging in imaginary play with any of the toys.

 

Development of gross motor skills are encouraged with this range such as kicking, rolling, throwing and catching the world ball or swimming around the bath and pool to chase after the duckies and other bath toys.  You can read more about the different types of skills that your child can develop with these toys in the 'Skill Development' tab for each product.

 

Oli & Carol rubber toys | Wild & Whimsical Things www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au/blogs    Oli & Carol rubber toys | Wild & Whimsical Things www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au/blogs

 

We have a feeling this range will be snapped up pretty quickly, so don't delay and head over to the shop to get one in your hot little hands now.  You can find the whole range <here>.  

 

If you missed out on getting what you wanted, just send us and email and we can let you know when we anticipate a restock and place a pre order if you wanted.  You can contact us <here>.

 

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Auction for Cystic Fibrosis Victoria 0

Supporting Cystic Fibrosis Victoria | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFV

Have you ever heard of the condition Cystic Fibrosis?  Do you know someone with this condition?

 

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threating genetic disorder in caucasians and affects one in every 2,500 live births in Australia.  Currently there is no cure for this disease and the average life expectancy is around 38 years of age (an average meaning some people live longer than this and others loose their battle earlier than this).  

 

The gene that causes CF, is responsible for making sure that the cells in our body which help secrete things such as mucous, sweat, tears and saliva, are well hydrated, so that they don't get too sticky.  There are many organs in our bodies that rely on mucous to be hydrated such as: the lungs, our digestive system, our pancreas (it produces insulin, among other things), our nose and even our reproductive system.

 

In the lungs, if the mucous becomes too sticky, it can trap bacteria inside the lungs and cause chest infections, as well as swelling and scaring of the lungs (an irreversible process).  In the digestive system, sticky mucous can cause blockages of the bowel.  Organs such as the pancreas help aid digestion of important things such as fats and vitamins - blockages due to thick mucous can prevent the pancreas from working and cause issues with growth.  The pancreas also helps to produce Insulin and people with CF can also develop CF related diabetes.  Blockages of mucous in the reproductive system can result in fertility problems.

 

Treatment for CF commences at diagnosis, which in Australia, is usually on newborn screening (a heel prick when you are born).  As there is no cure, treatment is aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease and can involve an intensive program of medications, food supplements and a diet high in fats, calories and protein, physiotherapy exercises - breathing exercises, nebulisers and physical activity and admissions to hospital to treat infections of the lungs.  

 

People with CF usually need to travel to a major hospital at least four times a year to ensure monitoring of their disease progression, spend many hours of their day doing physiotherapy treatments, exercise, swallowing many tablets and they are encouraged to eat a lot of food.  They also have lots of blood tests and other investigations such as  X-rays and CT scans, .  Services such as Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) aim to help decrease the financial and emotional burden that people and families with CF may experience throughout their journey with this disease.  

 

CFV are a not for profit organisation that relies heavily on donations from the community to help provide much needed support with a range of services such as - advocacy for the condition, support groups, financial support for medical costs, physiotherapy equipment, gym memberships, research for CF, support for other members of the family who don't have CF and much more.  You can read more about CFV here.

 

We want to help CFV out, so that they can continue providing support for people with CF.  We have organised an auction over on Instagram to raise some money - the account is @wwt_auction_for_cfv (you can find the link here).  The auction is starting tonight, the 4th July at 8pm AEST and will finish on the 5th July at 9pm AEST.

 

Here is a look at all of the bundles available:

 

Auction for CFVBaby Boy Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFVBaby Girl Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFV

Baby Boy Bundle #1 includes:

1.  In Bed with Fred cot sheet set in the ‘paper, scissors, ROCK’ print.  The sheet set includes a fitted sheet - 135 x 76 x 19cm, flat sheet - 150 x 125 cm, and pillow case - 73 x 48cm all packed up in a lovely carry bag (RRP $99)

2.  Pax & Hart Sir Scout print - measures approx. 50 x 70cm (RRP $49.95)

3.  Stitch and Shadow ‘Lion sleeps tonight’ banner - quote is hand stitched with black cotton thread onto a white cotton fabric and includes tassels and is hung from Tasmanian oak dowel rod using black and white bakers twine (RRP $34)

 

Baby Girl Bundle #1 includes:

1.  Miya and Ma pink crepe head wrap (RRP $14) + $25 voucher to their etsy store

2.  Moccs Made with Love $40 voucher to pick out your own little moccs.

3.  Blue Daisy Wares 3-6 month liberty print tunic and matching bloomers (RRP $50)

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Baby Bundle #1 includes:

1.  Anarkid organic cotton Lasso baby gift set which includes Size 000 romper, beanie and bibdana (RRP $75).

2.  Zilvi “Mummy Loves You Baby” mini plaque - a wooden plaque measuring 11cm x 14cm.

 

Boy Bundle #1 includes:

1.  Macaroon Kids large, black Darth Vader cushion (RRP $59) and Darth Vader wall plaque (RRP $39)

2.  Two Little Ducklings Strike the Day A4 print (RRP $19.95)

3.  Mister. I B-A-N-A-N-A-S sweater in size 2/3 (RRP $42.95)

4.  The Little Vikings Pray4Trax Necklace in blue with a lion (RRP $35)

 

Girl Bundle #1 includes:

1.  Clip Pa Dee Clip hair clip bundle:  lovely floral patterned hair clip board, three felt bows, two pixie bows and two large bows as pictured (RRP $57)

2.  Bramwell Designs Fallin in love with me pillowcase - 100% organic cotton with handprinted hearts (RRP $45)

3.  Flaming Pot I scream for donut crochet pillow and 2 minion crochet donuts with flavours of your choice (RRP $88).

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Mama Bundle #1 | Baby Girl Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFVBaby Boy Bundle #2 | Baby Girl Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFVBaby Girl Bundle #2 | Baby Girl Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFV

Mama Bundle #1 includes:  

1.  Made by Frank washable paper clutch (RRP $30.00)

2.  Pax & Hart Winnie print - measures approx. 50 x 70cm (RRP $49.95)  

 

Baby Boy Bundle #2 includes:

1.  Little Emperor Charcoal & Grey 100% organic cotton long sleeve tee in size 0 (RRP $29.95)

2.  Oly & Fox organic leggings in the cross pattern in size 0 (RRP $24)

3.  Noc Noc Wooden Toys Noli Noli retro wooden racing car (RRP $64)

 

Baby Girl Bundle #2 includes:

1.  Poketto floral spot, vintage inspired sunsuit in size 6-12 months (RRP $45)

2.  Little Scout Co. pair of handmade leather moccasins of your size and colour of choice (RRP $37) and set of 4 felt bows (RRP $15).

3.  Pikanini 100% cotton Eden reversible bib.  It has four strong fasteners to fit newborn to toddler (RRP $14.95).

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Girl Bundle #2 includes:

1.  Wild and Whimsical Things Maileg Bambi (RRP $63.95)

2.  Pipla Signature spotty crown with adjustable hook and loop band (RRP $25)

3.  Two Little Ducklings Cherry Fruit Face A4 print (RRP $19.95)

 

Mama Bundle #2 includes:

1.  Two Little Ducklings Cactus A4 print (RRP $19.95).  Please note frame isn’t included.

2.  A small monogramed ‘A’ Cinque Candle Co. candle in peony + marshmallow scent and 2x hexagon marble coasters donated by the lovely Sienna + Me (RRP $29.90)

3.  Zilvi mama bag tag with silver feather (RRP $25)

 

Baby Boy Bundle #3 includes:

1.  Pikanini Max and Asa reversible 100% cotton bibs (RRP $14.95 per bib)

2.  PaperKrane $50 voucher to purchase your own PaperKrane shoes when next preorder opens

3.  Sienna + Me Monkey Madness harem trackies in size 0-3 months (RRP $40)

4.  Two Little Ducklings Fox and Bear A4 prints (RRP $19.95 per print).

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Baby Girl Bundle #3 | Baby Girl Bundle #1 | Wild and Whimsical Things Auction for CFV

Baby Girl Bundle #3 includes:

1.  Little Maggie Moo cotton bloomers and top knot headband - your choice of fabric that is available (RRP $39.00)

2.  Chuck and Taz Snow Leopard standard sized pram liner (black on reverse) (RRP $62)

3.  Two Little Ducklings Pineapple and Strawberry Fruit Face A4 prints (RRP $19.95 per print).

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The Terms and Conditions are outlined below:

 

TERMS and CONDITIONS

 

All bidding will be done on the @wwt_auction_for_cfv Instagram account.

 

To bid on an item, please comment on the bundle image you wish to bid for with the pledged amount and your email address when the auction opens on the 4th July, 8pm AEST.  There will be a minimum opening bid for each bundle.  There are no restrictions in terms of increments for bids, just remember that it is for a good cause :)

 

The item will be sold to the highest bidder when the auction closes on the 5th July, 9pm AEST.

 

Winning bidders will be contacted via their nominated email address where payment will be organised (either by electronic bank transfer or PayPal invoice).  Payments must be made by the 6th July, 2015.  Once payments have cleared, the bundle products will be shipped to the winner.  Some shops have elected to send there donations directly to the winner, so you may receive the bundle items in several different parcel deliveries.  Please be aware that some items are handmade and may take some time to be prepared, while others have been specifically made for this event and will be ready to ship once the auction closes.

 

International bidders are welcome, but you will need to cover the extra shipping costs (we will arrange for the bundle items to be collected and sent as one delivery in this case).  Please be aware that those wanting the bundle shipped Internationally, the items will need to be shipped from the individual shops to Wild and Whimsical Things and then forwarded onto the winner, so there may be a longer shipping time than normal.  Please contact hello@wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au and let me know what bundle you were interested in to get a quote for shipping.  Shipping within Australia is covered in the price of the bid.  

 

In the event of a non payment, the next highest bidder will be contacted until the bundle is sold.

 

All proceeds will go directly to Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, so please dig deep and help out a wonderful cause that supports people and their families living with Cystic Fibrosis in Victoria.

 

All of the wonderful shops that have donated their time and beautiful products deserve some recognition for all of their hard work and generosity, so please show them some love by following along on their accounts. 

 

This auction is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram. 

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Hi there < insert wave emoji >.  That was long overdue!

 

Wild and Whimsical Things has been open for 5 weeks and I was planning on having an introduction ready to go when we launched the store, but…well, I don’t really have a good enough excuse other than, life.

 

Adrian Munro, Owner of Wild & Whimsical Things | www.wildanwhimsicalthings.com.au 

I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself, Adrian, the owner behind Wild and Whimsical Things.  I also want to let you in on my hopes and dreams for this little store of mine and what I am hoping to achieve with this blog.  Firstly, let me say that English was not my strong point in high school, so I apologise in advance for all of my grammatical and spelling errors and hopefully I don’t bore you to tears!  Please bear with me while I navigate the world of blogging and figure out my rhythm and writing style :)

 

Before I go into why Wild and Whimsical Things was started, I will back track quite a few years and let you in on a few details about me.  I am a trained paediatric Physiotherapist and have been working in the field of Paediatrics for almost nine and a half years (wow, that makes me feel a little older than I thought I was!).  I L O V E it!  It’s a very rewarding career and guess what?  I get to play games ALL day (well actually not all day, but close to it).  Plus there are all those cute kiddos to hang out with all day and I get to meet amazing people and families.

 

I LOVE Toys - Wild & Whimsical Things Blog | www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au/blog

 

You might also guess that I love toys.  I do.  I was still playing Barbies when my friends were more concerned about what boys liked them at school and what clothes they should wear to the movies (I have never said that out aloud to anyone).  I loved to colour in, draw, create and make things.  I dreamed of being a toy maker or a childcare teacher so that I could play with toys all day. 

 

So fast forward to August 2013 and I find myself at home on maternity leave with a beautiful little girl.  I went straight from school to University, to a Masters degree and then into full time work and now I had endless days (and nights) ahead of me with no real goal or structure in place.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved staying home (and would totally do it full time if money grew on trees), but I like working on something, having goals to work on that didn’t revolve around having the house clean and dinner ready (thank god for a house cleaning and food prepping husband!).

 

I was also frustrated about trying to find toys for my daughter (because as you now know, I’m obsessed with toys).  I wanted high quality toys that would last many years of play (because money doesn’t grow on trees) AND looked beautiful.  I wanted them to be environmentally friendly where possible and be socially conscious (not be manufactured in unfair work practices).  It was really hard finding all of these qualities.  I was finding that I had to shop around at 10 different stores, just to get what I would consider the toy basics.  This is where Wild and Whimsical Things came in.

 

I hope to build Wild and Whimsical Things into a magical wonderland filled with beautiful toys across the age ranges that stimulates imaginative and creative play.  I want to have a large range of the best quality, beautiful and unique toys from around the world that focuses on supporting our environment and the people who create them.  We hope to support other small businesses, help other mothers have the dream of working from home and watching their children grow up.  Plus, I want to play with all the cute toys!

 

Coming from a health background in child development, I understand how important play is in the development of many skills that help to build happy and healthy teenagers and adults.  I also keep this knowledge in mind when sourcing my products and want to pass this knowledge on to everyone that becomes a part of the Wild and Whimsical Things community.  You will find useful bits of information about how the products can help build and enhance certain child development skills (just click on the Skill Development tab on each product). We also have an icon key which highlights the main areas of child development that play can enhance - we hope that this makes your shopping with Wild and Whimsical Things easier. 

 

Wild & Whimsical Things Icon Key | www.wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au

 

Awareness of how skills can be developed leads to more purposeful play and gives parents ideas on how they can build and foster this further (particularly if your child is experiencing some difficulties).  I am hoping that this blog can help build on these ideas, by creating a community where people can share thoughts on enhancing child development skills through play. Do you have some great indoor games that keeps your little ones entertained?  Share them with us - either here, on Facebook or even on Instagram.  I also hope to have blog posts on typical childhood development and ways to help at each stage. 

 

I do want to make it clear though that I am not here to give you Physiotherapy specific advice in relation to issues your child may have been diagnosed with - it is important that you seek individualised medical and health advice by your local therapists and doctors.  Any information I provide is about how to promote and foster normal development to ensure your child can reach their full potential.

 

The other things to expect from this blog is information about restock of popular products, openings of preorders for hard to get products and what new brands are coming to our store.  I am also hoping to collaborate with other health professionals in the field of childhood health to give you some tips on childhood mental health, nutritious eating options for kids, school based issues such as handwriting, informative posts on common childhood conditions and many more.  But most importantly, I also want to know what you are looking for. 

 

Ok, so that was a rather lengthy introduction!  Hopefully you have made it to this point, which is great, because I would love to know more about you.  Tell me about yourself below and if you have any burning questions you would like to know :)

 

Have a magical day.

 

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