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Mini Me Magazine – the home of everything little and lovely! Mini Me Magazine will be published online so is FREE to you and we hope will be a place where you can find little gems of information about parties, fashion, food, activities and so much more... To see each copy of the magazine all you need to do is like us on facebook (click image below) as each issue will be published on facebook or click on the green FOLLOW icon on the bottom left of your screen.

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julia & lara JULIA CLARKE & LARA WATERHOUSE Editors / Publishers

Julia & Lara

hello! We are so excited to bring you our thrid issue – since our last issue in December we have had a lot of exciting developments…. Julia had her little man Connor on the 2nd December ♥ and Lara became a partner in Mini Me Magazine. So there are now 4 of us bringing you Mini Me – Julia & Connor (5mths old) and Lara and Levi (13mths old). Between us we hope to bring you the beautiful magazine you love, but also a wealth of information about parenthood! We hope you love this issue as much as the last. Julia & Lara x Copyright © Mini Me Magazine. Mini Me Magazine contains general information only and is not a substitute for health or parenting advice. All resonable care is taken in the preparation of this magazine and its contents but the publisher, editor and authors cannot be held legally responsible for errors in content of this magazine or loss arising from such errors. Readers are advised to seek a doctors or health professionals advice on all health matters. The publisher, editors or any authors do not accept liability whatsoever in respect to action taken by readers in relevance to recommendations set out in this magazine. Opinions expressed or information given in this magazine should never replace medical advice and are only our opinions.

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Memories of childhood birthday parties filled with fun and laughter, and of course amazing birthday cakes, lead Kirsty Parker to create Sweet Pea Parties. Starting with stylish children's party tableware and decorations, Kirsty has since added wedding and cake decorating supplies to the online store. “As a mother of two young boys I know how busy life can be, so I wanted to make party shopping easy and avoid the stress of traipsing from store to store to find everything you need,” says Kirsty. Sweet Pea Parties now stocks over 3,500 products and offers free nationwide shipping for orders over $80. From birthday Parties and baby showers to christenings and weddings Sweet Pea Parties has everything you need to make your next party fabulous!

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Pop Roc Parties! Pop Roc Parties is an Auckland based online boutique providing unique products for customers to create personalised weddings, events and parties. We specialise in products perfect for creating bespoke dessert tables and stylized DIY events. Whether it be an intimate dinner party, a wedding or a child's birthday party, Pop Roc parties provides a wide range of products to allow customers to truly create exclusive party favors, table settings and other personal decorative touches. If a little lost for inspiration, customers can view our photo galleries, which showcase our products on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. And for a sneak peak behind the scenes follow us on Instagram

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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time is an online baby boutique where we sell gorgeous baby clothing, natural skincare products, accessories & gifts for little ones from 0-5yrs. Our range reflects a unique fairytale and vintage style with some of our brands being new to New Zealand. All of our products have been carefully and personally chosen by us. Our aim is to provide products that remind us of a beautiful childhood filled with LOVE, LAUGHTER & FUN!

questions about cloth Q: Why did you choose to cloth diaper*? A: I'm so glad you asked! The main reason that we chose cloth diapers is the savings. Babies are expensive, and this is a way to save a LOT of money. Cloth is also better for the environment and baby's skin. And also, it's CUTE. That might be the second most important reason. *I'm not sure anyone has actually asked me this. I just wanted you to know. Q: Isn't it gross putting poop in your washer? A: Well, no. I mean, haven't studies shown* that all underwear has traces of fecal matter on it? You don't put gobs of baby poop straight into your washer...that would be gross, of course. I have a toilet sprayer so I can spray the poop into the toilet, and then wash the diaper. You can also dunk your diapers in the toilet, but Gibson's poop is the consistency of really stick bread dough sometimes, so that doesn't work for us. If your baby is exclusively breastfed (no formula or solids), the poop is water soluble, so you can actually throw it straight into the washer. I have friends who still rinsed the poop, even though it technically could have gone in un-rinsed. *I have no evidence that studies have actually shown this. I think I read it somewhere on the Internet. Don't ask me to back that statement up, because I can't. Q: Is it really cheaper to cloth diaper? What about the money you spend on the extra water it takes to wash the diapers? A: Cloth diapering absolutely saves money. People claim that the increased cost of water negates any savings, but that's absolutely not true. Our water bill went up *maybe* $10 a month when we started cloth diapering...but we were also washing three loads of spit up clothes a day. So that extra cost is even less if you only count the diaper loads. We wash our cloth diapers every other day, so it's not like I constantly have a huge load of diapers going. We have spent less than $500 on all of our diapers (and we didn't do it as cheaply as we could have!), and we really won't need more diapers ever. We will probably buy a few more when another baby comes along, but for the most part, we have enough diapers to last through all of our children. According to my very scientific Google search, a parent can expect to spend $1500-$2000 on disposable diapers over the course of a child's diaper-wearing years. That's for one child. If I can spend $500 on diapers for all my children plus the minimal cost of water to wash them, I would say I'm saving money. Boom. Q: Isn't touching the poop GROSS? Blech! A: Um...I don't touch poop. I don't know how these people think I'm changing diapers, but it's exactly like changing a disposable. I wipe his butt, rinse the poop off (which absolutely does not require me to touch the poop), and throw it in a bag. Yes, poop gets on my hand every once in awhile, but I also got poop on my hand when we used disposables for the first month of Gibson's life. In my experience, there is no more poop exposure with cloth diapers than there is with disposables. Unless you're a weirdo and you put your hand in the poop on purpose. Read more at

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little booklovers! booklovers little WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE When Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all. This book is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, 1964. PEEPO Suitable for new babies and parents, this title continues to delight generations of babies and toddlers and their parents. It follows a baby through the day in a style full of wit, charm and ingenuity.

THE GRUFFALO The Gruffalo is a children's book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in the woods.

big booklovers! BABY WHISPERING This is the practical handbook that every mother needs when preparing for a new baby. Broken down into easyto-follow timeframes from preparing for arrival and birth right through to 12 months, you'll quickly find answers to everything you need to know. Find out all about: your baby's basic needs and development. THE SPARK Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. HOME FRONT Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life--children, careers, bills, chores--even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls.

Musings of a Toddlers Mummy This morning, I set my 14-month-old son up with his favorite toys in the lounge so I could have an absolutely necessary moment to myself in the bathroom. Now, this is usually a no go zone for my little cherub who has a fascination with my makeup brushes and putting un-identified objects in the loo. So this morning, while doing my “necessary” things in the bathroom, my son decided to pay me a visit. Needless to say, he lived up to the expectations of his gender and began tearing into anything and everything he could get his hands on. After a couple of minutes I was ready to tear my unruly, unwashed, vegemite smelling hair out. Was five minutes of alone time really too much to ask for? Feeling unaccomplished I picked up my big ball-of-cuteness and vowed to focus on only him for the next hour until naptime. Later that day, toddler all tucked up in bed for his second nap of the day, I dared a moment to myself to trawl my unattended Facebook timeline. What I came across was this video and let me tell you mumma, if you’re having a bad day, please take 5 minutes out of what little time you have to watch it. If you don’t have the time to watch as well as read this, the video is about a job interview for a mother, only the applicants have to no idea. What is discussed is the 24hour – 7days a week job with no breaks, no time off, and no pay. The applicant needed to have a high level of stamina, excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills, experience in medicine, finance and the culinary arts, be able to work in chaotic environments and have the ability to stay up all night with the “associate” when need be, among other things. Sound familiar? Now, by this time the applicants had made several comments on how inhumane, crewel and illegal this was. Here I am, wrapped up in this video with my cup of luke-warm tea, mouth gaping and tears in my eyes. Right there was a moment of recognition. This is what I’d been muddling through for the past year, all for the love of my son, for the immeasurable amount of joy he’s brought me. So, what I want to share with you is recognition. For those of you out there that have one, two, three or four under-5, I salute you, you brilliant beings. There will never be another mother out there like you. There will never be a better mother for your children than you. So, make yourself a warm cuppa, sit down and have a moment for yourself, even if it’s brief.

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a note from our pregnant mum Meet CJ, our soon-to-be Mini Me Mum! CJ recently got married and is pregnant with her first baby, who is due in October. Every issue we will update you on how she’s getting on. How far along are you? 16 weeks. How are you sleeping? I love sleep so I sleep fine, I have always been a side sleeper so I hope that will be fine through most of the pregnancy.

Best moment this month? Seeing the baby at the 12 week scan and seeing that it was a baby not a blob. At the same time it was the worst moment as that was when we found out the liver was on the outside in a sac attached to the stomach.

What do you miss? SUSHI! It was my once-a-week treat, you can make it but it's not the same. Have you had any food cravings? Salty and sweet things. Is anything making you queasy or sick? I can't cut raw meat because it grosses me out. I have been super lucky with the sickness thing. I had maybe about a week when I was 6-7 weeks pregnant of having the odd day being nauseous, apart from that I haven't "felt" pregnant.

Gender Predictions? First really wanted a girl (their clothes are way cuter), but think it might be a boy; that's what all the friends and family think. I guess the positive side of needing extra care and tests is that we have more scans, hopefully finding out the sex of baby will happen sooner. We still hope to do the gender reveal with our family and close friends.

Symptoms? Growing boobies! They are tender sometimes but definitely growing! That's it. Had a bit of crazy hormone skin with breakouts.

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Maternity Pads: This may be a given, but you are going to need them, and more than you think. In the last trimester of your pregnancy, get some every time you go shopping. Otherwise you WILL run out and it wont be pretty. Peri Bottle: If you have a vaginal delivery, things are going to be pretty sore down there. If you get stitches, it’s going to be worse. Keep a peri bottle next to the toilet and spay the area while you urinate, it will make the whole thing a whole lot more comfortable.

Frozen Pads: Put a few drops of water on a pad and pop them in a bag in the freezer. If you do get stitches or you are having some sore days, put them in your underwear and it will feel like heaven. Nursing Pads: If you are breastfeeding you are going to leak, maybe not in the hospital, but once your milk comes down its all go. You will experience “let down”, where your body will express milk from BOTH breasts, not just the side baby is feeding on.

Nipple cream & Cabbage leaves: Nipple cream is a must for breastfeeding mums, I recommend Lanolin. Also, try putting a cabbage leaf in your bra, it sounds strange but feels like heaven on swollen sore breasts. Drink Bottle: Again, for a breastfeeding mum, have a drink bottle where you nurse. You are going to get very thirsty.

Nursing Bra: If you can, splurge on a good nursing bra, especially if you have bigger breasts. You will be more comfortable and your “girls” will be well looked after. Make sure you ask for a sizing and go shopping no more than 6 weeks before your due date to get a good fit. Nursing clothing: While not essential, nursing tops and pajamas do make your life easier in your sleep-deprived state.

Snacks: You are going to be hungry on top of everything else, make sure you have things like muesli bars and nuts that you can snack on, time will be something you don’t have a lot of. Tummy Splint: This is not necessary again, but I am a big believer in these. I wore one from the day I delivered for 6 weeks. Originally it helped me feel more comfortable and tight, controlled my bleeding and in later weeks helped my diastasis recti, which is a separation of the stomach muscles. I used the Vespa Belly Wrap.


My goal as a photographer is to immortalize those sacred and special moments. That curly newborn with delicate fingers and silky skin, that bouncing baby engaged and fascinated and that toddler full of energy and curiosity. Family moments and delicate connections; like holding your baby in the palm of your hand. I am honoured to preserve these special moments to admire and share as they are gone in the blink of an eye. Specializing in newborn photography I have a creative passion for capturing the essence of your new bundle. The cohesion of a background in Interior Architecture and photography has given me a passion for finding that perfect balance between prop and pose. I look forward to working with you in the future. RUBY : 5months Talking, Marco (the dog), Wiggling, Bath-time and playing outside

1. What’s the one thing that you are most passionate about to do with parenting? Just wanting to give you the best opportunities and start in life, for your health, learning and experiences and wanting you to grow up a happy little girl. 2. Why did you choose to be with my Daddy? Your Daddy is the most loving man. When I first met your Daddy I thought, "What a sexy man and what a gorgeous smile he has". Your Daddy is a very thoughtful and generous man. He is so caring and supportive and over the years he has helped me over many hurdles to be become a stronger and better person. I knew he'd make an amazing Daddy one day, and I was right! 3. Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me but never have? I always tell you how much I love you but I am so proud of your my little princess, you amaze me every single day. You bring so much happiness into our lives and those smiles of yours are just magical. You are our world Ruby, and as your parents we are so grateful for having you in our lives.

Every issue we will star a little girl and a little boy as our Mini Me Star ‌

little stars HEATH : 3months loves chatting , smiling, music, sucking his thumb and being with mum

1. What’s the one thing that you are most passionate about to do with parenting? Doing the best you can, never judge another parent as you will be in their shoes one day, we should all be there to support each other

2. Why did you choose to be with my Daddy? He has a good heart, always puts others before himself; he would do anything to make me happy 3. In what ways do you think I'm like you? And not like you? You look similar to me and have a laid back personality, you like to be cuddled all the time ……not like me … lol 4. Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me but never have? From the second I held you in my arms my heart became yours forever, I live and breathe for my kids, I adore you and your sisters

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Cassie always has her Nikon D700 camera within arms reach, her phone is constantly on loud and she never goes away on holiday. She has travelled from Auckland to Tauranga and everywhere in between to be at the birth of over 50 babies. She is not there for the typical reasons; she is there to capture one of life’s most glorious moments, full inexplicable joy and love. She is there for all of those precious moments and feelings and immortalize them forever. Cassie is a Birth Photographer. Originally the mother-of-three wanted to be a midwife as she is passionate about birth, but with young children she decided to wait for a few years before beginning her training. In the meantime she pursued another passion of hers and completed a Diploma of Digital Photography. “To be honest I never actually knew what I wanted to photograph, until one day while browsing Facebook a birth image from a photographer in the USA came up in my newsfeed. It dawned on me at the moment, that birth was what I wanted to photograph!” Cassie admits.

So, merging both her passions, Cassie began her business, Capturing Life Birth Photography. Full of excitement and anticipation, Cassie set off to her first birth that she describes as being absolutely amazing. “Sweet baby Kaylin was born rather quickly, I’m pleased I even made it to the birth! What an honor to witness such a special moment for a family.” After being a part of such a special occasion, Cassie knew that she was born to be a birth photographer. 18 months on and many births later, she still feels this way every time. “Witnessing the moment that wee baby arrives and how much joy is in that room at the time. Blows my mind every single time.” Cassie, only able to take a limited number of births each month, often gets women booking in with her as early as their fourth week of pregnancy. But even then, typically woman will book with her within the first trimester. In a typical session with Cassie, she asks to be contacted when the mum-to-be is in established labor. She will arrive in the birthing room quietly and take a fly-on-the-wall approach. Cassie says, “I don’t tend to talk to anyone unless spoken to as it’s important for me to capture the birth as it would be if I wasn’t there. Many mothers have actually said they barely noticed I was present!” She will capture every moment, from laboring, the baby being born and around 2 hours after to catch those first precious encounters.

The birth of your child for the first time is an unexplainable experience, just as important as you wedding day. Memories can fade, weathered by time. Cassie says, “birth is something that goes past very fast and unfortunately many moments are simply not remembered by the parents, those important moments that should never be forgotten, the support a husband/partner gives his wife in labour, the first moments when their baby takes his first breath, has his first cry and they have their first cuddle.” These precious moments she is there to capture, so nothing is forgotten and families can experience that moment, pure and untouched for many years to come. “Just knowing what I have done for them by providing those one in a lifetime images and seeing how grateful they are, its simply priceless.” Visit Capturing Life Photograhy’s Facebook page for more images.

"I love photography that captures a moment of human emotion, which surround us all day, every day. It's these moments that show us the authenticity of a person or character. Portraits of children are particularly special, as their innocence and ability to be themselves illustrates the genuine essence of truth. Even when they think they are something else, such as Superman or just playing dress up, it may be make-believe to us – but there is always something honest and real while in that moment of make-believe"

Purchasing nursery furniture is a daunting task, at Roomie we can help you find the perfect investment pieces to fit your budget, suit your style -and to accommodate your growing family. When choosing furniture look for versatile pieces which grow with your child, as well classic, quality furniture that can be repurposed in other rooms. Flip Around Table:, Brutas Drawer:, Heirloom Blanket:, Vulu Cot and toddler bed:, Nursing chair:, Circular Rug:


Planning a nursery can be a juggling act – not only with cost, but there are so many choices available – from furniture to artwork, and everything in between. Taking time to plan and consider each purchase allows you to save for the things you need, and splurge on those special heirloom items. E-styling is a great way to tap into professional interior design services, without the price tag. Roomie offers a service for people who love design, but just need a fresh eye and a focused direction. If you are stuck for ideas or don’t want the expense of hiring an interior designer for a full design fit out, then Roomie can help style and organise your space. ROOMIE gives the client the control; it allows you to decorate in your own time, and to your budget.

Children's rooms are a fantastic opportunity to have a little fun. When styling a nursery the dÊcor rules are few – look for bright, bold, whimsical pieces; and mix new and vintage for an eclectic aesthetic. Over the Moon Print, Themis Mobile, Eccentric Table Lamp, Bear Cushion, Tassel Garland, Sophie the Giraffe, Squirrel Nightlight, Amazing Print

Owned and Operated by Hayley Smith, a Mother of one and Nanny from Auckland, Le Bébé & Me is a gorgeous brand new online store. "Le Bébé & Me was created out of my love for babies and children, and sourcing products that are functional without sacrificing on style. Catering to new families from pregnancy, to those very special early years. As we are a brand new store we are constantly evolving, and working on growing our range. It’s amazing to be partnered with so many incredible brands.

feather the nest, a new stylish and modern online store, proudly specialises in supplying affordable 100% organic cotton sheets, duvets, blankets and cushions for babies and children - delivered right to your door. feather the nest stock the incredible and colourful organic cotton children’s blanket and cushion range from Uimi. All Uimi product is made from organic cotton and is knitted in their factory in Melbourne, Australia. The colours in the Indiana and Dotty ranges are bright, bold and beautiful and would make the perfect addition to any nursery, child's bedroom or play room. feather the nest are also proud to be the exclusive New Zealand stockists of the new 'Oh Deer!' and 'Whale of a Time' ranges from Goo Collection in Australia. The collection is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

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Fact files - pregnancy During pregnancy, the average woman's uterus expands up to five hundred times its normal size

During Pregnancy, your feet can expand a whole size.

Each month there is a 20 % chance of conception.

Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date, and 90% are born within two weeks of the date

One in every two thousand babies are born with a tooth.

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