Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Cheer - Guest Post by Kate

Hello to Liz’s lovely readers! My name is Kate Torrance & I’m very honoured to
be asked to contribute to Liz’s Bizzy Dayz Blog!

I live in the Northern Coastal suburbs of Perth with my lovely husband Alex & 4 kids! Finn age 10, Noah age 7, Ayssa age 4 & Sibella age 3. So just like Liz, I have 4 wonderful kids with a very busy life!!!

I thought I’d share a little bit of Christmas from around our home! We are currently renting as we are about to start building our new home, can’t wait!




Firstly, so I am a big Ikea fan! Who isn’t really? When I saw their Advent Bags for Christmas I knew I had to grab them! At $12.95 they were such a great price & I knew we could use them year after year!
I decided not to use the number stickers that came with them. I remembered I had some gorgeous Christmas printable numbers pinned on Pinterest. You can find them HERE


So I printed them off, used my 3inch scalloped punch and was so happy with how they looked! Pulled out some wooden pegs from my craft cupboard & used some string I had also picked up Ikea to hang them up! Love those clear 3M removable hooks, come in handy for little jobs like this.


We have had lots of different items in the bags, Christmas pens, pencils & ruler set, colouring in books, bracelets for the girls, ABC & Number flash cards, chocolate Santa’s, a few lollies. Christmas Hair Accessories, Rolls of Christmas sticky tape (huge hit) little notebooks, Stickers etc. Also different Christmas activities we have going on.
We really are enjoying the excitement each morning of our little bags!

When it came to teacher presents this year, I was a little unsure what to get. I normally pick something up throughout the year but nothing had jumped out at me.
I like to buy gifts that the teacher can keep and remember our child when they happen to use it again at a later date, also I like to get something useful if possible…
So whilst wondering around Target a couple of weeks ago, I came across these 2 Tier Cupcake Stands at 50% off!
So normally a cute pretty buy at $15.00 but even better at $7.50 (such a great buy) As I needed to purchase 5 it was a great cost effective gift I thought.
Previous years I have bought Country Road Mugs (usually $9.95) Last year I picked up some Aprons at Typo for $5.00.
So they are all wrapped & ready to give to our teachers on the last day of school.


I hope they like them!!

                           Lastly, I thought I’d share some our Christmas Decorations from around the house.

We’ve also started the “Elf on the Shelf” tradition this year in our family, so our little Elf “Toby” makes an appearance each morning & the kids just love him!


Thanks again to Liz for asking me to share a little bit of Christmas with you today, if you have any questions just pop them in the comments & I’d be happy to help if I can! Merry Christmas everyone!!!



  1. You have a gorgeous home Kate and love your advent calendar! My bubs are 3 and not quite 2 so I decided to hold off until next year for an advent and love yours! Am pinning it now ;)

  2. Beautiful Kate!! Loved seeing a little more of your home. Thanks for the great guest posts Liz xx

  3. Hi Kate,
    Do you have your own blog? Lovely decorating :)

  4. Thankyou Nina! You'll love doing the advent calendar next year for your little ones, so much fun & it just adds some extra festive cheer to the house! Thank you Bianca, so lovely of you & yes Liz is wonderful for offering her little guest posts! Hi Melissa, thank you for your comment, no I don't have my own blog, I have thought of starting one many times, but just never taken the plunge...We are just about to start building our new home, so maybe that might inspire me to start...

  5. Amazing!!!!
    Where can one buy the gorgeous stamps you used for the teachers gift cards?

  6. Just in reply to the little alphabet stamps: I purchased them online from Chibi Run. Here is the link: http://www.chibirun.com/product/129


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