4 of my favourite Perth family friendly Cafes.

4 of my favourite Perth family friendly Cafes.

Coffee. The universal fuel for parents everywhere. Every parent needs a good cup of coffee and some good food that someone else has prepared. We also want to be able to eat and drink in a relaxing environment where we feel the kids are not only catered for, but are welcome and not going to get bored in under 5 minutes…

So with little ones in tow – where to go?

Luckily Perth is full of places that welcome us and our tiny humans in with open arms. Here are just four of the many Perth family friendly cafes and restaurants to try!

SISTAS BURNS BEACH

This is one of my personal favourites; Sistas at Burns Beach. Set right in front of one of our beautiful beaches – here you will not only find a kid and dog-friendly venue but great coffee, freshly pressed juices, babycinos and delicious food with the very hearty portions. Let us not forget the friendly, accommodating staff who will have you feeling like one of the locals in no time.

Sistas Burn Beach is the perfect place to have a coffee and bite to eat with the family and afterwards there is the option of heading to the beach, take the kids for a play at the huge park and playground right across the road or even go for a ride or walk on the coast path all in one location.

Maybe you’re a Dog parent? Well rest assure your furry children will also feel quite at home here, water bowls available and they even have doggy treats on the menu that can be ordered for your special furry family members.

Octavia and I, in front of the mural at Sistas Burns Beach Photo – Insta hubby Craig

Inside they also have a selection of indoor plants and gorgeous children’s clothing available to purchase. This is a busy Perth family friendly cafe and it is easy to see why!

Find Sistas Burns Beach Cafe on INSTAGRAM or on FACEBOOK

Address: 35 OCEAN PDE, Iluka Western Australia 6028

Opening Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Get this for family Sistas have a baby Sista – Lil’ Sistas Yanchep in the outer northern suburbs

Located: 99 Lindsay Boulevard, Yanchep, Wanneroo

ESPREZZO

Esprezzo cafe is located inside the complex at Noranda shopping complex and has been embraced the local community. Focusing on fresh healthy food, organic fair-trade coffee and tea and friendly, personal customer service.

The coffee is incredible so be sure to have a cup to go along with the cutest babycinos for your mini. There is also a little play area for kids with chalkboard, books and some toys, plenty of high chairs and a toilets/parent room just adjacent to the cafe. Between 8 am – 2 pm they have a Kid Menu available, including Kids bacon and Eggs, toasties, Kid friendly pressed juices and milkshakes.

Photo Esprezzo

Esprezzo check the website HERE or take a look at some of the amazing food and coffee on INSTAGRAM

Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon-Sat)

Kitchen closes at 2 pm (Cabinet food still available after this time)

Address: Noranda Village S/C, Benara Rd Noranda

ROAR BAR AND GRILL

At Roar Bar and Grill, you can tell this restaurant was created by parents for parents! Here they are passionate about having a space that is for the whole family to enjoy a good meal, relax and ensure everybody is entertained!

Photo Roar Bar & Grill

Not only do they have a delicious menu for both the kids and the parents, but the standout and point of difference is the amazing playground and shaded bouncing pillow. There is plenty of seating to keep a close eye on your little ones while you get to finish enjoying your meal in full, without ANY complaints of the kids being “bored”, if anything they won’t want to leave. Perth family friendly cafes at its finest!

Photo Roar Bar and Grill

With a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and friendly service Roar Bar and Grill is worth a visit.

High Chairs and all parent/children facilities are available.

Located: 23 Port Kembla Dr, Bibra Lake WA 6163

Weekdays : Monday to Wednesday 7am to 3.30pm
Thursday to Friday 7am to 9pm

Weekends: Saturday 7am to 9pm
Sunday 7am to 9pm

Find them them online HERE or on Instagram

MASONMILL GARDENS

Masonmill Gardens is just an all-round beautiful place to visit with kids and family. The restaurant opens for breakfast and lunch till 4 pm with simple yet delicious favourites on the menu and options for Kids sized breakfasts and lunch. Alternatively, head down for tea or coffee and choose a piece of cake from their large selection before checking out all the activities you can do while here!

Masonmill Gardens has a playground which has a cubby house, rope ramp, stepping logs and slide. The play area is fully fenced off and protected by a safety gate that leads to an undercover patio area.

Masonmill Gardens playground. Photo Masonmill Gardens

While there definitely check out the Koi pond, which is fed from a natural underwater spring. You can even get a bag of Fish food from gift shop or main restaurant for $2.50 and feed the Koi fish!

The Koi Pond. Photo Masonmill Gardens

But there is still more! On the grounds across from the coffee shop there is MINI GOLF and bouncy castle which is free for the kids only haha

Mini Golf opening hours:

Saturday        9:00 pm – Last round at 3:30 pm
Sunday           9:00 pm – Last round at 3:30 pm

Prices

Adults (16 years +) $18
Children $12
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $45

Check out Masonmill Gardens online HERE

Location: 40 Masonmill Road, Carmel WA 6076

The “Socially Acceptable” number of kids.

The “Socially Acceptable” number of kids.

Our family… with one more due 2021. Photo- LALU photo
The “socially acceptable” number of kids.

I had NO idea but when you get people on the topic of children, the number you want to have or whether to have any at all, it brings out huge amounts of opinions in people. It’s a topic that should and shouldn’t get throw around and its thought to be acceptable to comment outright on somebody’s sex life. Crazy right?

Here’s what’s not acceptable is the belief that it is okay to comment on somebody’s choice whether to have kids or the amount which they have or may want

Personally this is how I’ve heard it go way too many times…

1 Child – It’s not enough “when will you have another? “Are you having any more?” “They will be lonely…”

2 Children – the perfect number especially if you have a boy and a girl because if you have 2 of the same sex – are you going to try for a girl? (or boy?)

3 Children – Acceptable but you are done now, right? Unless you have all one gender then you simply NEED to have another.

4+ plus – Oh wow don’t you guys have a TV? Oh wow, that’s a big family! You guys aren’t going to have anymore now, right? Oh was it planned?
You need to keep your legs closed (all of these I’ve heard in my last 26weeks)

NO kids / I don’t want kids. Well that’s a statement that most commonly prompts total disbelief! “When are you going to have one?” “Oh but eventually right?” “You will regret it later in life!” “Why not?”

It is not okay to comment on someone else’s personal choice
Yet some people seem to think it’s appropriate to ask deeply personal questions or make these statements.

Just stop. Think before you speak.

Children, no children its none of anyone’s business.

Put kindly, it simply doesn’t affect you and often there is a huge range of reasons that are behind these decisions, some being incredibly personal, even distressing.

And if you receive these comments or statements YOU don’t need to provide a explanation whatsoever. NONE.

You do you.
Your life, your choice.

Have you received these comments yourself before? Feel free to share them here or join the discussion over on my Instagram post HERE

Rose x

Photo- Fliss and Co
Baby Sleep Consultant – Our journey to getting a good night’s sleep.

Baby Sleep Consultant – Our journey to getting a good night’s sleep.

Butter wouldn’t melt right!? Octavia Knight 2 weeks old. Photo La lu Photo

Sleep. Something I took for granted and should have appreciated in my pre-motherhood days way more than I did.

My husband and I had our third daughter Octavia in September last year. I was that person that had two other children that had just naturally slept well through the night.

So having my third baby, I naively assumed Octavia would be the same – oh how wrong I was.

By nearly six months, Octavia was still waking every 2 hours or more during the night and only catnapping during the day.

Sleep deprivation was once used as a form of torture, so why was this miniature human torturing me?
Her naps barely gave me the time to run around to do a few chores and make a cup of coffee.
I was exhausted every day, and the fatigue was becoming overwhelming.

I spent the little time my baby was sleeping wondering what I was doing wrong.

What did sleep felt like again? I was drinking all the coffee, wishing my husband was capable of breastfeeding and googling “how to get my baby to sleep”.

One late night scrolling through Instagram for the thirtieth time, I found the account that would save my sanity and help give both Octavia and I the sleep we both desperately needed.
I had stumbled across Hayley from Slumber and Sprout.

In the newborn love bubble – tired but bursting with love. Photo Lalu photo

Hayley is a fellow Perth mum, certified paediatric sleep consultant and owner of Slumber and Sprout. She provides easy to follow tips, an abundance of advice on her socials. She offers a variety of packages to help get your little ones sleeping soundly through the night and napping well through the day.
I learnt so many new things about babies and sleep; for example, how much day sleep our bubbas actually need

  • 3 months: 4 – 5 hours
  • 6-7 months: 3.5 – 4 hours
  • 9-11 months: 3 – 3.5 hours
  • 12 months: 2.5 -3 hours
  • 18-24 months: 2 – 2.5 hours
  • 3 years: 1 hour

Our little humans will also go through FIVE sleep regressions by the age of two. At four months, 8-10 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months!

How did it work?

I started by explaining my babies current sleep situation, and Hayley devised a plan to set up healthy sleep habits and resolve the sleep issues, based personally on our family.
It is not a one size fits all approach which I loved, because as a mum of older children, Octavia’s sleep needed to work around school runs and other extracurricular activities.
I had access to a private portal online to log all of Octavia’s sleep and activity throughout the day. Hayley closely monitored her progress and made suggestions accordingly.

With just the simplest of changes within two weeks, Octavia was napping during the day like a champ!
Soon Octavia went from waking every two hours and only cap napping, to now waking only once a night and having solid naps during the day.
In turn, Craig and I stopped feeling like coffee-fuelled zombies every day, and the whole mood of the household lightened.

I found it hard to ask for help at first, but I’m so happy I did. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time mum or you are a mum of many, each child is different, so there is no shame in getting some help and support if you need it, especially when it comes to getting a good nights sleep!

Need some help getting your little one sleeping too?

Hayley provides a range of packages and services including in-home sleep consultations here in Perth

You can find out more about these services on her website HERE

Or follow Hayley and Katie on Instagram for daily tips and advice @slumberandsprout

Indi and Scarlett gushing over their new sister. Photo La Lu Photo
The Easiest Ice Cream Sandwich

The Easiest Ice Cream Sandwich

This is an oldie but a goodie. When I think about this recipe it brings back memories of my youth, big family gatherings and my Aunty, Zia Elle bringing out the mini ice cream sandwiches on special occasions. With a family full of sweet tooth’s both kids and adults would all be up scrambling to get a slice of this super simple dessert.

Its only has 3 main ingredients:

  • 600ml Whipping Cream
  • 400ml Sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • approx 1 ½ packets of Malt Biscuits

Now those are the main ingredients for the icecream itself but the extras…. well that is simply up to your taste and imagination.

Currently I have loads of Easter chocolate, so the kids helped crush it up and we used that but some other yummy options include: Cookies and cream using crushed Oreo pieces, mars bar and peanuts or a rocky road style. The combinations are endless.

Method:

Line a slice tray or long style container with baking paper or cling wrap. Place a layer of biscuits in the tin.

Whip all the cream in a large bowl and once done pour in the condensed milk and fold into the cream.

Then add chocolate (or your choice of extras) and fold this through the mixture.

Pour the mixture over the biscuits evenly and then top with the remaining biscuits in the same configuration as you placed them on the bottom.

Place in freezer overnight to set.

Once frozen, cut into sections and they are ready to serve!

Screen free activity for the Kids

Screen free activity for the Kids

Taking time out online and
getting the kids engaged in screen free, off-line play is so important, it’s easy to forget how much time they spend watching TV or playing on a device, especially when you are busy running around doing ALL THE THINGS. Activities that encourage screen free play don’t need to complicated or expensive, kids have amazing imaginations, so I’m making an effort to create fun activities for my kids in the most important playground in the world, our home!

We have the IKEA Pyssla beads and shape set and a very loved, worn Fabler Björn Teddy affectionately known in this household as `Boo Boo Ted’. Boo Boo Ted is well travelled and with his passport, has been with Scarlett on every holiday, spent countless hours being dressed up and celebrates his birthday in April each year.

With each item costing under $10 we have had hours of fun playing with these two simple toys.

With the Pyssla beads and shape set we decided to make Holiday decorations!

Holiday Decorations

1. Use the Pyssla Shape set the create a decoration using the colourful Pyssla beads.
2. Be sure to leave a gap/hole in the decoration for string to pass through to hang later.

3. When the kids (or your own 😉) design is ready, cover the beads with baking paper and iron over them with an iron set to medium warm/hot for a few seconds, so that the beads melt together.
4. Let the bead shape cool after ironing. Place it on a flat surface, so it does not bend.

5. Take your decoration and thread some string through the hole you left (don’t worry if you forgot a hole punch works too)
6. Lastly hang your decorations up!

These look cute on a tree or around the home!

Pyssla beads and shape set were kindly gifted from IKEA Australia.

For more play ideas, toys and inspiration check out the IKEA website HERE