February 21, 2011

Kids Instyle - it was a blast!

Our blueberry spot nappywrap collection on display... pity i can't figure out how to turn the pic around!
What a big week it's been for us here in the nic-nac studio... launching our new website (and a myriad of teething problems), flying to Sydney for our first trade show - Kids Instyle - which was a bigger learning experience than anticipated and so inspiring, arriving back and unpacking, and now - to go through all the orders from the show.  Such an exciting time for us, I think we need a team of TEN not five!!!!!  But as we don't, and need to remember the work/life balance, I thought it appropriate to post on that topic.
What to do when work is screaming for attention, and there aren't enough hours in a day, BUT your family is also needing your time, energy and love, and you're torn limb from limb? Well, for me, I start by remembering to BREATHE!  Then I sit and write a huge list, and figure out what can get done after the family have gone to sleep, and before they awake in the morning, what I can do on the laptop in front of a (kids) movie during some quiet time (this way they THINK and FEEL that you're present with them as you sit beside them, but you're still typing away!) and then I put something in the slow cooker, so it's ready for dinner time with little fuss or effort. It's not easy!  Then I put off what I can, deal with what is urgent, make a few phone calls, send a few emails, and give out as many hugs as needed.  When kids feel important and that their needs are being met, they slowly drift back to a relaxed state and are happy pottering (in my experience anyway) on their own, enabling you to get on with what you need to, with them nearby. I let my daughter have a day off school today - she'd missed me for five days, and many more before that as I was preparing for the show, so I thought it was fine for her to have some me time - but needing her to understand that I'd also need to do some work too.  As soon as I involve her she feels important.  "what do you think of these photos of the nappywrap?" or "Why don't you be in charge of deciding what we'll make for lunch together?" and she loves it! Hope you manage to keep your work/life balance working well for you and your family, and if you have tips and ideas to share - don't keep them to yourself!  Share the love :-) The photos in this post are of our Kids Instyle stand - our theme was PICNIC and it was exciting shopping for goodies for our "picnic" from the food markets at Fox Studios, as well as the most amazing grocer (max something?) we found near our hotel in Surry Hills.  YUM! Have a great week everyone, Kylie xo


the nic-nac nappywrap display at kids instyle - come join our picnic?!  xo

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