Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween to All

Happy Halloween!
Have a fabulous weekend with your families.

Hey Bambini are up for a huge weekend and
cant wait to share all our adventures.
We are off to the Melbourne Derby Day, some great little
cafes and Springfest in Ballarat.

Woo! l think we'll need a holiday after all of that!

Also next week we have the scoop on FREE babycinos
at a great little place in the city.

Enjoy your families and the sunshine this weekend.


**Image from Belle and Boo**

Friday, October 30, 2009

Last Days to Win Curash Pack

Just a friendly reminder for all of you who haven't yet
subscribed to the Hey Bambini Newsletter.

When you subscribe this month you got into
the draw to win a fab Curash pack for bub.

Be quick only a few days left!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hit and Miss today

Another day another cafe conquered

We ventured over to Williamstown today to check out the lay of the land

l was with a friend so l usually let them choose
the place and l just go with the flow.

We went to Atomic Bar, Cafe and Grill for lunch.
Lovely lunch but not the most child friendly place l've been to.
They wouldn't give me a high chair as we were sitting outside,
maybe they thought l'd try to steal it?? And the service was terrible.
l hate giving bad reviews but at least you know not to drag the family there.

The scenery was beautiful.
That was the highlight - oh and of course seeing
my girlfriend of 20 years who is 30 weeks preggers.

Til next time

Something to make you smile today

This made me laugh. It's toooo cute!
l think I've watched it a dozen times already.
A friend sent it to me a few days ago.
Step aside Beyonce!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Out and About Again!

Today was a day in the sunshine.

We were suppose to be reviewing cafes in the city but instead my parents were down from the country.
My dad had a hospital visit. Nothing major.

All good.

So me and bub made a few pit stops on the way home. Sitting in waiting rooms is draining!

We had a sandwich and coffee at Jellybean Cafe on Victoria Pde in East Melbourne.
Very nice. Check out the cute mugs. They were like giant egg cups!

Then a stroll through Carlton Gardens on the way home.
Also very nice - it's one of my favourite parks in the city. l really do love it here.
So green and peaceful with the 'hum' of the city in the back ground.

Then to top it off we had an ice-cream at the Gelobar in Brunswick East.
They do $2 baby cones which my bubba loved - although l ate most of it!

It was a very low-key day today
Back to full swing "Bambini" adventures tomorrow.
I'm heading west of the city, should be fun.

Til next time
P.S **No changing facilities or anything for the bub today - just good old fashioned fresh air, love and a quick nuddie dash in the local hospital toilet!**

Monday, October 26, 2009

Films with Food

I'll admit it.
I'm a movie nut.
I'm the one still sitting at the end of the film watching the credits.
Sad l know.
So when my two favourite things are combined - food and film l get even more excited!

Here are a few films that involve food that l love.
Hope your inspired to hire them out to watch this week.

l love Chocolat

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small
French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community

l love Julie and Julia

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

And lets not forget the kids.....

The kids will love Ratatouille

Remy is a young rat in the French countryside who arrives in Paris, only to find out that his cooking idol is dead. When he makes an unusual alliance with a restaurant's new garbage boy, the culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy's family's skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans

And last but no least, a classic we all love....

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A poor boy wins the opportunity to tour the
most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all!

Ciao for now

Sunday, October 25, 2009

We love Envirosax!

l love a bag - always been a fan of a bag.
God knows l have at least 80 in my cupboard collected from all over the world.

So when l hear l can put a bag in my bag l get excited!
Envirosax bags are nifty little bags that roll up and are small enough to pop into your handbag or nappy bag. So when the time comes and you need an extra bag say when your grocery shopping, going away or popping down to the gym these bags can be easily rolled out and are great to pile all your stuff into.
Check out the designs and colours at the web site.

I've even had the idea that they would make great little Christmas pressie's,
with a variety of funky designs to choose from.

P.S Not only will you look stylish with these cute bags
but you'll be helping the environment too!!

Ciao for now bella's

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ye Olde Ballarat

l heart Ballarat.

A lot of childhood memories are kept up there.
Along with many young adult memories as well.
So if your ever passing through town here are a few cheeky cafes to visit.
They have no changing facilities but we still love them anyway.

Located in Sturt St is L'Espresso Cafe.
Creamy coffee, homemade cakes along with a great Australian wine list you'll settle into this cosy nook for the morning. Sorry ladies no room for the prams which means you take an outside table - weather permitting!

Then we have Oscars.
This art deco boutique hotel has a stunning restaurant/cafe attached to it. Everything is on offer from breakfast to lunch then some dinner and everything else in between. Why not make a weekend of it and book a luxury room upstairs and tour the sights and sounds of old Ballarat.
Room for prams but no changing facilities.

Seen somewhere you love?
Tell us!
Ciao Bella's

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We Love Belle & Boo

"Simple and stylish images that capture precious moments in time enjoyed by children. Whether it be feeding the birds and animals, hugging a tree or simply sharing a story with a friend, the experience conveyed is always pure, and often set in natural environments."

Belle and Boo have to be the cutest little characters around. Created by Mandy Sutcliffe they are a beautiful wall hanging to add to any nursery. Available in various styles, themes and colours.

Also available in this stunning range is stationary, soaps, bags and much more.

*Images from the Belle and Boo website*

Monday, October 12, 2009

Out and About

l had a moment this morning while peddling my little legs off at the gym. I visit so many great cafes in this beautiful city it seems such a shame not to list all of the ones we try regardless of being "Baby Friendly" Although that is the aim of the whole website, l thought l can still share some little gems with you through the blog. So if you out and about on foot this week in the north side of town try these little beauties.

For a coffee made to perfection pop into Enoteca Sileno. While your there you can pick up some great imported oils, sweets and wine all from Italy. A little pricey but truly an indulgent experience.

If your in the mood for something that involves pastry try Filou's Patissier in Carlton. The smell of freshly cooked bread, cakes and pies is hard to resist. Throw the diet out the window and enjoy a savoury croissant followed by a strawberry tart.

And finely, if your looking for a yummy Middle Eastern-Spanish influenced lunch look no further than Julio tucked away in the back streets of North Fitzroy.

They are all great but if your driving the "big" pram they are a little squeezy and also there no change facilities for little bums at any of the cafes.

We did however visited Kamel on the weekend in Albert Park which was AMAZING! So keep watch for that review to hit the website very soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Country Air!

We ventured out of town on the weekend. It was nice to get away from the big smoke. On the list of things to do was to find some little "gems" in the countryside and to pop onto the website - and we found three! They will be on the site very soon but here are a few snaps to keep you going. What a lovely weekend of good company, good food and a cheeky wine or two.....
Ciao for now!

Photos are from The Flying Teapot Cafe in Ballan

Monday, October 5, 2009

October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is hot off the press! We announce the Milk Baby competition winner and share all the latest news and other fun stuff. Also we can't wait to share with you all the new cafes we have been visiting.
Stay tuned! xo


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