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LEGO Friends - your reviews

Posted by EB Product Panel in EB Product Panel, 04 February 2013 - - - - - - · 4,746 views

The LEGO brand has tailored the beloved construction experience by creating LEGO Friends which is a range designed for girls aged 5 and up. LEGO Friends empowers girls to build, play and be creative in a highly-detailed, character-based world that is based on the values of friendship, sharing, caring and beauty.

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About me

Posted by FeralMinx in FeralMinx's Blog, 20 March 2015 - - - - - - · 332 views

I've been a member of Essential Baby since almost the beginning.  Back when it was a tiny grassroots forum attached to a tiny online store run by an individual named Kylie.  The EB community has been a mainstay in my life for well over a decade and has supported me through the most challenging years of my life.

My first post (under an old account) w...

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Just waiting

Posted by MissyBlue in MissyBlue's Blog, 07 March 2015 - - - - - - · 190 views

Been awhile since I last wrote on here.
It seems so far away till the specialist appointment (May)
I am so excited about it but also abit scared because if things go the way we want, Our lives will change completely.
It will also mean I have to finally grow up, I am a mature responsible person but I have enjoyed being childfree (But I really do want to be...

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Too much antibiotics while pregnant

Posted by jmeredith87 in jmeredith87's Blog, 26 February 2015 - - - - - - · 494 views

Hey ladies..

I am 22 weeks pregnant with baby one and everything worries me..

For the last 7 weeks I have been sick, not really sick as still working and only feel the normal extra pregnancy tired but I have had this mean cough and lots of phlegm ..

The first round of amoxyl (antibiotics) which I took three weeks ago didn't do much so last week too...

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Our First OI Cycle

Posted by Babymurk in Back on the TTC Roller Coaster , 30 January 2015 - - - - - - · 492 views

Well here i am again on the TTC roller coaster after almost 2 years of not "actively" TTC.  Now when i say actively i mean with no a/c such as clomid or even looking at forums on here - but if i am honest it wasn't without the wishful thinking of "it may happen naturally".

So while i have been desperately wanting a baby for over 8 yea...

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I am such a bad mother or not?

Posted by lola_80 in The Band of Merry Little Women, 22 January 2015 - - - - - - · 960 views

I love my children. I do not live for my children. But I love them.

I am here to raise them, support them with their choices wants and needs but I am also here to live my life and support my own choices, wants and needs.

It is such a stigma in society to send a child to daycare whilst the parent goes home and has a break.

I love the look on my child...

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Any feedback about Stonington Primary School ?

Posted by Water_lily in Water_lily's Blog, 19 January 2015 - - - - - - · 836 views

Hi

I just found out my DS is eligible to go the Stonington PS. I live close to St Kilda PS but we have been zoned out. Any idea about this school?  I am also looking at Ripponlea PS and St Kilda Park PS.

Thank you.

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Ah, kids.....

Posted by Kid_fucius in Kid_fucius' Blog, 12 January 2015 - - - - - - · 735 views

How do you do it? How do all the mums who are SAHM manage to not want to sell their kids on eBay by the end of the day?

Ethel was particularly revolting this morning and her prior-to-needing-to-leave-the-house-to-catch-a-bus routine was priceless.

"I'm the blanket monster. I AM going to the toilet. See? I AM going to get me shoes. I told you the...

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17 weeks!

Posted by -Ria- in -Ria-'s Blog, 04 January 2015 - - - - - - · 933 views

So I am officially 17 weeks and 1 day today! I'm getting ridiculously excited, and I'm not even half-way yet! I'm starting to nest something shocking, and am fighting every urge to pull down DD's old clothes from the top of the cupboard and sort out all the 5 0's and 4 0's into gender neutral and girl clothes to start prepa...

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Getting pregnant on implanon

Posted by Joyvillegas in Joyvillegas' Blog, 01 January 2015 - - - - - - · 602 views

I'm not too sure what to think right now. I'm on the implanon birth control and took 5 hpt and all positive with all with faint lines. I read that if you get pregnant on the implanon it will likely be eptopic. Anyone been in my situation before? And was everything good?

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What company makes the safest kids' toys?

Posted by samuel.scott87@yah in samuel.scott87@yah's Blog, 12 December 2014 - - - - - - · 721 views

With respect to US, there's no such thing as the safest toy.

Almost all large companies have design teams that work on bringing toys to the market. These teams is not just one person who never fails - they are numerous individuals.

So, getting attached to the brand, let's say Mattel (company), can backfire since these companies are in the busine...

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IVF Survey

Posted by gabriellegarea in gabriellegarea's Blog, 04 December 2014 - - - - - - · 622 views

For anyone who has undertaken IVF, it would be a huge help if you could please fill out my questionnaire. My focus is on the physical and emotional wellbeing of a female patient during IVF and pregnancy. All questionnaires will remain anonymous.

Questionnaire link:
https://docs.google....viewform?c=0...

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Recurring Miscarriages

Posted by 3rdtimeluckyplease in Recurring Miscarriages, 03 December 2014 - - - - - - · 575 views

Hi all. We've has two MMCs and a third MC this year. The first two were due to chromosomal abnormalities and still waiting on tests for the third. We desperately need some answers and would be so grateful for any recommendations of anyone dealing with recurrent miscarriages in Perth. To be honest I'm too scared of trying again just now.

We have b...

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Types of Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted by donnawei in donnawei's Blog, 25 November 2014 - - - - - - · 1,152 views

Short numbers are great for young bridesmaids especially with a draped bodice and ruching along the sides. A shirred waist and a delicately pleated skirt can complete the look. More mature bridesmaids can be adorned in a wholly Grecian dress that flows down to the ankles, has a one-shoulder strap and a loose draped bodice.
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Campervan holiday while pregnant.

Posted by Grandee in Grandee's Blog, 20 November 2014 - - - - - - · 815 views

Well, I'm just throwing this out there - has anybody been camping/ caravanning/ campervanning when pregnant? 30 weeks pregnant.
I think this is our plan, but just not sure how practical it's likely to be.
Comforts - certainly not in the home class, but then the idea of Mr and myself spending time together near the beach, on a budget, has appeal....

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Raising Your Children is About Being Happy

Posted by vadriane in Ronique's Space, 19 November 2014 - - - - - - · 1,454 views

Raising Your Children is About Being Happy The insights of a 20-something stay-at-home mum who found her way through the cracks of her complex daily routine to enjoy life and raise her family in a better way.

Being a stay-at-home mum  can definitely put your character to a challenge. First month is just great, then the task flow of your weekdays starts repeating over and over again running you i...

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Negative PT and BT

Posted by Kelzor89 in Kelzor89's Blog, 09 November 2014 - - - - - - · 793 views

I have had atleast 5 people close to me and my partner (of 5 years) announce to us they are pregnant it came as a shock at first but when it sunk and I had a pregnancy scare not long after finding out my best friend was pregnant. I was 9 weeks late for my period neg PT and neg BT few days later my period came and it was brutal. I had a talk with my partne...

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How To Psychologically Prepare Kids For Relocation

Posted by danabarkerdavies in danabarkerdavies' Blog, 05 November 2014 - - - - - - · 966 views

How To Psychologically Prepare Kids For Relocation 1. Take a tour to the new place  - even two or three if needed and if your finances allow it. The kids need to get used to the new place they are moving to and who knows maybe they will associate the family trip with pleasant memories and when the day comes it won't be so stressful to the them. You can even take them a couple of times to exciting spot...

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Toby's 4th Birthday

Posted by ~*Lou*~ in LJ's Diary, 31 October 2014 - - - - - - · 401 views

13/4/14
Toby is 4! We had his party last weekend, because Claudia was at Joey Scout Kangaree over his real birthday weekend – usual party of friends & grandparents, usual party food of sausage rolls, rainbow jellies, tiny teddy cars, honey joys, fruit & birthday cake – digger cake for the 2nd  year running (at Toby’s request).
Claudia had a ba...

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Facing Changes

Posted by PippiSea in PippiSea's Blog, 28 October 2014 - - - - - - · 763 views

Facing Changes Welcome to You!

Yes, I haven't been here in a little while.  I have had to face some changes that are personal and have prompted me to consider things in my life.

It all started with a simple cold that kept returning and going to my chest.  After 6 weeks I felt that this was enough and went to see my doctor.  As I had just changed to a doctor cl...

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aWkWard eMMa

Posted by becominganaussie in Dressing the bUmp, 27 October 2014 - - - - - - · 2,334 views

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Emma and I were strolling through Bridge Road, Richmond, part of the vibe, happy just to be basking in the glorious spring sunshine.  We were glad we’d waited for the rain to clear.  It had been forever since our last chai latte on Hollywood Road in Hongkers.

Em carefully settled her stunning dress with its hundreds of skinny p-l-e-a-t...



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