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.YumBox review.

Ugh…school lunches! I don’t know about you, but packing school lunches is not one of my favourite “Mum-jobs”. My kids have such different likes/dislikes, it takes a lot of early-morning brain energy to remember what they will and won’t eat! Plus, I’m usually tired when I’m packing school lunches and stare blankly at the fridge/pantry looking for inspiration!! 

Just before school went back this term I received two VERY COOL YumBoxes from YumBox Australia in the mail for a blog review. They couldn’t have arrived at a better time – at the start of a new school term I was ready to put some effort into the lunches again!

YumBox is the bento of all bento boxes. It has a unique one-lid closure that is leak-proof and ensures that all of the food in each compartment stays separate. I get so sick of chasing after containers and lids in the kids lunchboxes, and don’t have to worry about that anymore! YumBox’s illustrated food tray is divided into five 1/2 cup portions of the key food groups: fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy – reminding you to pack a variety of different foods. As well as a small treat or dip well too. I don’t always stick to the five suggested food groups, but it is handy to have a quick reminder anyway.
My kids have always loved to eat picnic-style – in fact, our favourite weekend dinner is a “picnic” with cut-up bits and pieces of anything I can find! I can cut up a salad and they will hardly touch it, but if I cut the vegetables up like a picnic, with everything separate they will eat so much more! I knew that YumBox would be a hit with them for this very reason. They get so sick of sandwiches and the same things for lunch every day, I find that when I’m using the YumBoxes it is easy to fill it with little bits and pieces that I usually wouldn’t bother with because I would end up with too many plastic containers or bags. Here are photos of some of the kids YumBox lunches…some days their lunch might include a sandwich or bread roll or something else on the side – the cool thing about YumBoxes is that they fit snugly into most lunch bags so if I needed to include a fork or spoon or something else to eat, I could sit it on top of the box and zip up the bag keeping everything in the one place.

{pasta, apples, rice crackers, mini muffin, pretzels, mini marshmallows}


{greek yoghurt, grapes, dried apricots, baby carrot, shapes, chocolate biscuit, mini marshmallows}
{cheese, grapes, cabana, crackers, biscuit, marshmallow}
{cheese stick, grapes, celery, cereal, biscuit, marshmallow}
{cheese, grapes & kiwi, cherry tomatoes, cereal, mini marshmallows}
{lamington, grapes & kiwi, vegemite sandwich rolls, cereal, mini marshmallows}
{cheese, cherry tomatoes, salami, crackers, jelly}

For my children, the best way to keep school lunches exciting is not to do the same thing every day, it is so much easier to include different foods when there are compartments to fill. Using a YumBox really eliminates the temptation to include too many pre-packaged lunch treats and it’s such a good feeling to get rid of plastic bags and countless little containers to wash up each night – that’s if they even make it home!

If school lunches are a drag, then I highly recommend investing in a YumBox for your children (or yourself!) they are so easy to pack and clean and have really made my mornings so much easier.

YumBoxes can be purchased from YumBox Australia.
You can read more about YumBox here.
And visit YumBox Australia’s Facebook page for great inspirational photos of kid’s lunches!


.Lemon Tree Fabrics.

Fabric lovers – it’s time for me to introduce another great fabric store to you today…Lemon Tree Fabrics.
Lemon Tree Fabrics is dedicated to selling high quality designer fabrics at affordable prices. You’ll find a huge selection of quilting cottons to meet all of your sewing needs. Lemon Tree Fabrics has exceptional customer service and stock a great range of fabrics from your favourite designers and manufacturers.
I especially love these gorgeous Suzy Ultman fabrics from her new range “Suzie’s Dollhouse.” 
And take a look at these lovely fabric selections avaliable at Lemon Tree Fabrics:

Lemon Tree Fabrics is offering Make It Perfect readers 10% off their purchases from now until 31st March. Simply enter the code “PERFECT” during checkout to redeem your discount!

You can also stay connected with Lemon Tree Fabrics on Facebook and Etsy.

So, what are you waiting for – go and visit Lemon Tree Fabrics and make use of that great discount! 



I’ve recently discovered a new Aussie online fabric store and am excited to share it with you today:
Fabric2Go is your “go to” store for fabrics and trims. Specialising in gorgeous fabrics and trims produced by Riley Blake, you’ll find a rainbow of awesome designs at amazing prices right here in Australia.
Fabric2Go has a great range of fabrics, including the popular Riley Blake dots and chevrons, each in three different sizes. You’ll also find a great range of laminates and flannels for all of your sewing projects. 
If you’re looking for quality solids at an affordable price, there is a huge range of colours to choose from here. As well as a great selection of Shades *almost* solids if you want something with a big more dimension.
Not only does Fabric2Go stock awesome fabrics, they also have a huge selection of Riley Blake’s Sew It Together products including buttons, ric-rac, ribbons, lace and pompom trim
To suit all sewers needs, you have the option of purchasing fabrics by the meter, rolie polies, fat quarter bundles, 10stackers or 5″ stackers.
Take a look around their shop, I’m sure you will fall in love. To make things even easier for you, postage is free within Australia for all orders over $50! And if you order before 2pm AEST, your order will be shipped on the same day. Wondering if what your fabric choices are going to look like when put together? Simply add them to your shopping cart and move them around on the interactive design wall to see what they look like!
I got some lovely fabric from Fabric2Go before Christmas. My polka dot stash was running low so I stocked up on this gorgeous rainbow of medium dots. I use dots a lot in my sewing, they seem to coordinate with everything else and look great when put together. 

I also added these flannels to the stash – at $12 a meter, they will be great for some winter sewing.

I’ve got a thing for pompoms at the moment and love this pompom trim too.
Along with each product image, you’ll also find a photograph of the bolts in the range. I find it particularly helpful to see the fabric on the bolt when you are trying to determine the scale of a particular print – something I often struggle with when shopping for fabric online.


Fabric2Go is offering a discount of 15% off all orders placed between now and the 30th January. Simply enter the discount code Make it Perfect during checkout to receive bargain priced fabric! 


.Shop Review – ModeS4U.

I was recently sent some fabric and washi tape from a very funky Japanese store – ModeS4U.
ModeS4U specalises in all things cute and Japanese – fabrics, bags, accessories, washi tapes, and stationary. All imported from Japan and the USA. They have free International shipping for orders over US$78! How good is that?
Here is the gorgeous fabric I received – some lovely Nani Iro double gauze and Echino Cars.

I’ve worked with both of these fabrics a lot before, so knew that I would love them. The cars fabric has already been made into a pair of shorts for Oscar. Not sure what the double gauze will end up as yet – perhaps a soft blanket for the baby?

I used my trusty Long Boards pattern for the shorts. The boys love these shorts and both have multiple pairs and it seems that is pretty much all they wear.


The detail in these shorts are what really sets them apart from others, funky and practical knee patches, fake fly stitching and front pockets.  The ribbed waistband makes them super comfy and easy to wear and pull on and off.
Along with the fabric, I was also sent a couple of rolls of washi tape. I love washi tape so have happily added this to my collection! I  use it mostly to wrap presents and stick things up around the house, but there are thousands of creative ideas for using washi tape out there.

Thanks for my goodies, ModeS4U – and for introducing me to another cool online shop!


.Shaukat & Company – Liberty of London.

All good sewers love Liberty of London fabric, right? If you haven’t sewn with them before, save your pennies and choose a favourite pattern because I promise you will not regret it!

Liberty fabrics are more expensive than most other “common” fabrics. But they are worth every penny…135cm wide and luxuriously silky smooth. But still very easy to handle and sew with, they are perfect for all clothing sewing, have spectacular drape and feel amazing against your skin. Also great for sewing quilts and cushions or other homewares that you want to feel as good as they look.

 Shaukat, a fabric store based in the UK, sent me a selection of Liberty fabrics for my stash. They are just gorgeous, a little too small to make something for myself, but I plan on sewing a few light and cool skirts and tops for Lil before we go to Queensland in a few weeks time.

Shaukat stocks the entire range of Liberty of London fabrics – and there is A LOT to choose from! From the popular Classic Tana Lawn Cotton to Seasonal Tana Lawn Cottons to oil cloths, and printed jerseys there’s fabric for every occasion.

The best part is that Shaukat offers prices that are the cheapest I’ve been able to find (including postage!) which makes Liberty of London fabric and shopping even more affordable – maybe something to add to the Christmas list? 

So, if you haven’t paid them a visit before, be sure to check out the lovelies at Shaukat and get a wish list started! I’ll be sure to share my projects when they are done and have plans to make myself a special Liberty of London dress which will (hopefullly) take me through most of this pregnancy and beyond!