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Purchase At Your Own Risk: Schleich Collectable Figurines

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WARNING: These are addictive.

I felt I had to post about this amazing product because they are incredibly chic, beautifully designed, and are a collectible for the young and not-so-young alike.

One of the perks about being a mum is that you have the perfect excuse to buy (and play with) the really cool toys that you come across. I am itching to play with the Lundby Smaland dolls house my daughter has coming for Christmas, but like a good little girl – I must exercise some self-control and wait until Christmas rolls around. I wanted to share with you the latest addition to our toy collection – a Schleich figurine – as well as warn you about the potential damage you will be causing yourself if you purchase one.

The Company

Schleich products are developed with the assistance of parents, teachers and children and are therefore especially designed for children’s hands. They endeavour to make their products as realistic and naturalistic as possible in order to enable children to experience the large variety of nature – from domestic animals on a farm to wild animals in the jungle. Schleich also do comic figurines too but pay careful attention to their character and the message they carry before producing them. So while Schleich figurine’s may be cool to look at, they are primarily designed as an educational tool (another excuse to start collecting).

The Danger

Mummy’s beware –  buying your child a toy that forms part of a collection, particularly a large, expensive collection, is like chopping your nose off despite your face. Let me qualify that by saying I am quite fond of these figurines and,collection schleich having already taken the plunge in buying my first one for my little princess, you can consider me committed (or without a nose, whichever you feel is most appropriate). In fact, I’ve already purchased her second one as a reward for a good result at school. Whoops!

I think it’s the fact that they are so detailed and realistic in their miniature form that you want to collect and play with all of them! Schleich really do accomplish what they promise in providing a good quality, realistic product. As a parent, you want the best for your child – there is no doubt that Schleich make an excellent addition to the toy collection. When it comes to the cost, well each individual figurine is anywhere from $6AUD to $50AUD and then more again for the horse stables and other larger farmyard items. While purchasing one might be quite inexpensive, building a collection is a different story. I found the picture above on Aesthetic Outburst’s blog. This is only a portion of the figurines available… can you imagine the possibilities!?

* Mummy Tip: Before starting a Schleich collection for your little one, create a lovely space for them to be kept. That way your child will know how to take care of them from the start and the fun will grow as your collection does!

Schleich is the type of toy that your kids will have for years, and considering the quality, I imagine it would be something you could pass on to the next generation. I am certainly going to make an effort to keep our collection in the family.

Age Appropriateness

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Our latest addition: baby chicks!

My daughter is 6 and she is only just getting to that age where she is starting to take care of her things. Up until now, most toys would just end up trashed or missing (in part of in full) unless I kept a very close eye on her while she was playing with them. For my girl, 6 is the perfect age for her to start collecting these as she is taking an active interest in keeping them safe and together. However, Schleich figurines are manufactured for ages 3 and up and have been specifically created in a way so as to ensure that your Schleich toy worlds “do not put you at any risk of injuries whatsoever.” It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to start building a collection while your child is younger in preparation for when they are ready to play with them. They make great decorations in a child’s bedroom so you could even pop them up on a shelf until the right age.

Big Kids

And FYI, these figurines are not just cool for little kids… being detailed, high quality and chic they can make neat little additions to your home décor too. I would love to have a family of Zebra’s chillin’ on my coffee table, that’s if I were ever allowed to keep nice things for myself but I’ll save parenting 101 for another day! I have also heard of people using them as keep sakes on top of birthday cakes and if you check out Pinterest, you’ll find a heap of other cool ways to decorate with Schleich.

Location

I have hyperlinked to the Aussie website, however you can purchase Schleich in the US, UK and several other countries worldwide too. If you are in Australia, I have seen Schleich in K and K Creative Toys and Mumma’s Home (Qld). You will probably find them in the higher end kids toy stores or you can purchase online. Otherwise, check out eBay and you might grab yourself a bargain!

The next one on my wish list is the peacock – here’s hoping Bailey-Belle wants that one too!

With love,

Natasha x

Sing to God a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy Psalm 33:3

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October 31, 2014 · 2:33 am

Thrifted: RAINBOW BEADS

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I love op-shopping (aka thrifting depending on what part of the world you are from). Not  to be confused with a consignment store (for-profit, second hand resale stores), op-shops have provided me with endless unique bargains, and today was no exception.

I have recently started looking at designing my own jewelry, and beads have been my inspo… Bright, neon, shiny, sparkly, silver, gold, crosses, pendants and crystals! I am loving all that you can bring to an outfit with a beautifully imagemade set of beads! So I was totally pumped when I found this lovely little accessory in the window of my local RSPCA op-shop for $4!

Right on trend with spring fashion this year, I scored myself a thick collar of rainbow beads to brighten up my simple black shift dress. You know, that has to be the best thing about beads (aside from the fact that they look bomb), is that you really don’t have to put much effort into your outfit if you’re wearing a statement necklace – this may sound lazy, and it probably is, but there are definitely days where life (and my daughter) demand a little bit more of me than my styling regime can handle! And of course on those days, a basic t, skinnies and some in your face beads are my go to.

 * Mummy Tip: the op-shop is the best place to pick up sparkly trinkets and vintage treasures for your little prince or princess without hurting the budget.

Next time you’re at the local op-shop, check out the jewellery rack for some bright, big and beautiful beads! Another favorite of mine for buying beads is Etsy – but who doesn’t love Etsy! Or the much admired 3Strands, which I wrote about in a previous post, who employ women out of human trafficking to bead jewellery and then put all profits towards rescuing and restoring women still in the torturous circumstance.

Keep an eye on this space for more thrifted style buys and tips, and let beads brighten up your day this Spring!

With love,

Natasha x

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And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (John 14:3)

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October 25, 2014 · 7:50 am

For a Cause: Jewellery by 3 Strands

Hello Lovely Ladies!

I am very excited to take a look at the Cali-based not-for-profit 3Strands with you in this post – this is some awesome jewellery with an even more awesome mission! I first heard about 3Strands when my beautiful sister Madeleine bought me a set of bracelets from them as a gift. Her heart was moved to purchase several items from the shop and I was fortunate enough to reap the benefits. When she explained to me what each bracelet meant and that purchasing products from 3Strands helps to free people from human trafficking I quickly realised why she was so amped over a string of beads!

 

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Talk about guilt-free shopping – all of 3Strands’ products are made by the women who come out of human trafficking. Each piece has a signature red seed or bead that represents the life a Cambodian child rescued from sex trafficking, ready to grow because of the intervention of those who can help.  The mission of 3Strands, which they have clearly accepted, is to mobilize a worldwide community of individuals and organizations to positively change lives by investing in sustainable initiatives that fight human trafficking. Profits raised from all 3Strands sales are put towards the Agape Training Centre which offers a place for women aged 16+ to work and develop skills after they are rescued from human trafficking. What an incredible cause to get behind!

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Little Treasures…

The jewellery itself is beautifully made, with intricate detailing and very strong materials. Each piece is meticulously handmade by women artisans who pay close attention to the design, color and overall quality of each bracelet. Most of the pieces are made with colourful glass beads although silver metal beads have been introduced as well. These are the sort of pieces that people will ask questions about, giving you the wonderful opportunity to share the fight against human trafficking!

Nepal Mission Bracelets - Aztec Turquoise Love

Nepal Mission Bracelets – Aztec Turquoise Love

* Mummy Tip: these bracelets are well made and strong, I let my daughter wear mine without worrying about them getting broken. They are a great way for introducing our young ones to standing up for what is right in this life and getting behind causes that really matter.

The set my sister bought me cost $30 and included three individual bracelets (pictured left). There are so many different patterns and colours available that you are bound to find something you love! Plus, these are puuuurfect for stacking! Mix and match colours and patterns and add a touch of cool (and freedom) to every outfit!

If you would like to get involved with what 3Strands is doing, or to purchase their jewellery, check out their website and do your part to care, wear & share!

Be sure to check out my blog for more on beauty, lifestyle & fashion.

With love,

Natasha x

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Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed (Psalm 82:3)

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October 17, 2014 · 10:51 am