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You would already be aware that I divide my time between Melbourne and Bali which means when I am back in Melbourne for work, I hit the ground running and am in back-to-back meetings!

I barely have time to do anything and the massive list that the children give me of what to buy them as their (gifts) is ever expanding! I often also need to just grab some bits and pieces in general for myself and the family as a whole. Thank goodness there is a Target store near me when I am back and staying in Melbourne! It’s my one stop shop and in there I can get my hands on any number of things for the kids, as well as some basics and accessories for myself.

The children’s clothes at Target are so on trend and so affordable, and the fact that my children are growing at a rate of knots Target kids’ fashion is perfect for them! I love the t-shirts and skirts for Stella and this denim skirt is perfect for her. For Rocco, there are Batman costumes, great wearing t-shirts, shorts, and other basics. And for little Frankie, there is just almost too much to choose from!

Personally I find it a ridiculous waste of money to spend copious amounts of cash on children’s clothing as they trash them in half a second. With all the different collaborations that Target is involved in such as Ksubi for Kids and Collete Dinnigan for Kids there is also no fear of daggy looking kids hanging out in the playground!

While I am in there, let’s face it, there is also some things that I can grab for myself. Target has great basics and ‘essentials’ and some of the accessories on offer are great to pair up with an outfit.

In this trip I stocked up: all the basics like undies, bras and t-shirts and then of course I had to do the toy aisle too!! I don’t think I would ever be forgiven if I didn’t bring back something Batman-related for Rocco!!!!

You can check out all that Target has on offer here shop.target.com.au

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Day two on Hamilton island has to be one of the best days I’ve ever had.

We rode in a helicopter to Whitehaven Beach which was spectacular! It’s honestly one of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen (you don’t get beaches like this in Bali). We then got a boat to Chalkies Beach where we had the most spectacular seafood feast – all caught locally. The day ended with a BBQ on the sand where we were in encouraged to try crocodile and Kangaroo.. none for me thanks! I just can’t do croc but did eat the most amazing chicken.

We’re so lucky as Australians to have this amazing place right on our door step. I would encourage everyone to put Hamilton Island on their list of must-go holiday destinations! If you take a good crew of people with you, there is so much fun to be had!

Lindy x

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The best thing about living on a hoilday island is that you get to have friends come and visit all the time. One of our favourite people is John Kappa. He is always up for anything and goes with the flow. I find that this type of guest is always the easiest and most fun! Their one and only agenda is to have a good time and hopefully we can assist with this!

People are always asking my why I love Bali, well this is why!

I don’t know about anyone else but the last few weeks seem to have dragged on forever, and I think the kids are actually more sick of me than I am of them. It seems to me that Stella and Rocco start off as best of friends at the beginning of the holidays and this friendship slowly deteriorate throughout the weeks, until I notice sly pokes and kicks to one another in the back seat of the car. By the end of the holidays it is pretty much world war three.

I recently took the kids back to Australia (for the last 6 months the kids have been attending an international school in Bali) as it was an ideal time to get all the school paraphernalia sorted! We did the usual school fitting at a Clarks store which I find super important. Not only are the kids happier when there shoes actually fit properly but I can’t bear the thought of hot smelly feet in non leather s hoes! The trained fitters in the Clarks store used an expert fitting process, called the 10 Step Check to ensure Stella and Rocco had the perfect fit and right amount of growing room – you can see the full checklist online here. Rocco came away with the best-selling lace-up style, Daytona, and Stella picked up another pair of Mary-Jane style-shoes called Petite – she’d gone up two sizes.  After the shoe fitting we did a big shop for lunch boxes, pencil cases etc. The kids always have a great time helping me and I find it really helps with the preschool jitters if they are excited about using something new on their first day.

It will certainly be a lonely day next week as I even have Frankie my youngest starting play group! Lucky we are in the process of adopting a Bali dog for the kids (and to keep me company) or I may start thinking of baby number 4!

It will certainly be a lonely day next week as I even have Frankie my youngest starting play group! Lucky we are in the process of adopting a Bali dog for the kids (and to keep me company) or I may start thinking of baby number 4!

To find out more about the Clark back-to-school collect visit Clarks.com.au or head to the Clarks Facebook Page

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Okay…so I have finally got my hands on some items from the Ksubi Kids for Target range and I have to say Stella and Rocco are in LOVE!!!

My two eldest children have never been known for dressing conservatively (Rocco used to rock his Hi Top Trainers and tutu at the age of three – MK was a little worried there for a while…hehe) but I guess I am not really known for that either.

I have always felt that the way you dress reflects your personality and both Stella and Rocco are sooooo Ksubi Kids! Loud, fun and a little bit eccentric!

I have never made my children wear a particular type of clothing. Although I am the one who obviously buys the outfits they decide from day to day what to wear and have a strong say in what they like and don’t like. Stella particularly will often have several outfit changes throughout the day (much to my dismay as the washing basket continues to fill) and if she doesn’t like something that I have brought she simply won’t put it on. Discussion closed.

Although we all love to shop I have always found it hard to find kids’ clothing that is unique, durable and doesn’t break the bank… although it is tempting to spend a sizeable about of money on your kids clothes as they look so cute, it just isn’t practical when they will be too big for it within 6 months.

Thanks to the Ksubi Kids for Target range, we are thankfully sorted; and the best part is we love the outfits the kids received and the kids love them too! Check out the hashtag for some more pics #KsubiTarget2012

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Our company Milk & Co is currently re branding so watch out world, big things are happening!

Since we started Milk back in 2008 with the men’s skincare range we then moved into Baby products, then Protein and nutritionally balanced snacks, and more recently we have been working on my Skincare and Apparel range. No longer just a skincare range we really wanted to communicate this with some new imagery. We (MK the kids and I) had the pleasure to work with some of the most amazing and talented people for the shoot and we are so happy with the results.

The crew was made up of

Ben Sullivan- our photographer, Ben flew in from Sydney to Bali and in all my years as a model I don’t think I have ever worked with a better photographer. He made the whole family feel so comfortable and was such a beautiful person. The work he has done is also absolutely amazing!

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Tre Dallas aka Tre-yonce – came from Melbourne and helped with styling.  Tre did a remarkable job. I am a little insecure about my skin when being photographed and he did such and amazing jog working with me on this one. He was also able to source some beautiful clothing including Victoria + Woods and Aquila. Such a pleasure to work with you again Tre!

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The last member in our team was Bonnie (sorry Bon but I didn’t have one of you unless I got my sister to stalk you on facebook) from Paper Stone Scissors who did a fantastic job at Art Directing and was an absolutely delight to work with.

The day was an amazing success and we didn’t even have one minor hiccup despite working with three small children. God love them but they can be hard work when not entertained 24/7.

All in all it was a fantastic day and and we are super excited to show you all the results next year.

p.s  because I am so excited I have included a sneak peak of images below…Shhhhhh!

Enjoy.

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The family and I recently took a work / play mini break to Singapore.

We have recently launched our lifestyle range Milk & Co with a brand new stockists over there, Cold Storage so we had some PR to do and to be honest I didn’t want another business trip away from the kids, so we thought we would bring them along (ambitious I know).

The trouble began when I was planning the trip. Now back in the day I didn’t think three children families where unusual however we even found it hard to even find a hotel that could house us all (note, if you are interested in themed hotels that are super tacky – you are in luck as there where plenty of rooms free and big enough there).

It is bad enough that we now all have to catch a Maxi Taxi just to go anywhere (kinda like the family from Home Alone) but now it seems that we have to book 3 separate rooms just to accommodate everyone. Not only would this cost us $1,000,000 it really isn’t practical.

Anyway I put my google skills to good work and finally found some beautiful apartment suits that didn’t cost the earth…not only were they dirt and tackiness free but they had a fantastic kids club and a pool. They even went as a far as having a kids and adults buffet… all the boxes where ticked! Just in case you are looking the place is call Frasers Suits, you can click here for there link.

I have never been to Singapore at this time of year but it was absolutely beautiful and it had such a fantastic Christmas vibe about it. Although Bali is always fantastic the old palm tree with a bit of tinsel hasn’t quite been cutting it in the kids books….don’t even get me started on how I had to explain that Santa’s sled also goes on sand, water and not just snow.

MK and I had the pleasure of helping out at the George Jensen Gift of Giving where we  wrapped presents with some lovely Singaporean celebrities.

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The night previous to this we had a pre launch which unfortunately MK was unable to attend. As Stella in now almost 7 and always asking when she can come along I thought it would be nice opportunity to take her. Biggest mistake ever. I had to do a little speech and not wanting to leave her waiting on her lonesome she came up with me. Whilst I was talking she must have gotten a little nervous as she decided to put her hand up the back of my dress, exposing my butt to god knows who…might not try another event for another few years, although she did look very cute!

ImageThe next day we did the trek to Sentosa Island and did the whole Universal Studio thing.

Personally I found it to be really expensive, the kids got tired quickly and the lines for the ride were way way too long. I actually think MK got the most out of it. He keeps slipping it in that “he is so glad he went with the kids” I am thinking perhaps he would have had more fun on his own….just hanging out with Shrek.

I love love the food in Singapore, not only are there loads of cheap eats in the food courts and shopping centers. The restaurant choices are amazing!

We had a night out in the old part of China town (so old the cab driver couldn’t find it and he was Chinese!) and I had the best meal I have had in a very long time. The place was called Open Door Policy and I highly recommended it.

All in all it was a great trip, work…tick, shopping (I didn’t mention it but I did pick up a few great items)…tick and family time…tick, our job here was done and back to Bali we went.

Although always fun it was definitely enough of a big city fix for the time being.

Thanks Singapore for having us we will be back soon to launch Milk by Lindy Klim!
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I have got some exciting news!! I have just found out that Ksubi are doing a kids for Target range and I can’t wait to get my hands on them for Stella and Rocco!

Michael and I have always been huge Ksubi fans so I am very excited I can now get some Ksubi threads for our kids! I have found it hard finding cool clothes for the kids, especially boys, so now Rocco will finally look like the rock star that he is!

Stay tuned for some more info and watch out for my Tweets & Instagram pics #KsubiTarget2012

I know, I know, those toothy smiles are cute, right? But trying to get all those little teeth clean and brushed properly is proving to be quite difficult and I don’t know about you, but doing the breath test on two kids (and scrubbing away at Frankie’s little toothies) is not my idea of a fun morning or night!

It seemed to me that teeth time was becoming increasingly hard, plus I was worried about what I was actually putting in my little ones’ mouths. I mean I know it has Dora the Explorer on it, but it is bright blue and tastes of bubble gum. It can’t be good for you?

Anyway to cut a long story short my husband and I started working on Milk Baby Toothy Pegs, a certified organic toothpaste for kids. As always the product started with our kids and ends with our kids, they gave us the idea and we made sure they loved it!

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs is Australian made (actually an hour’s drive from where we live in Melbourne) and has a great orange tasting flavour that kids go absolutely crazy for!

Using all organic ingredients we were able to create a toothpaste to rival all others on your shelf at an affordable price ($5.99 for 50ml). I have listed some of the ingredients and facts below for you:

We use Aloe Vera juice which is shown to kill more bacteria than at least two leading toothpastes;
– Coconut oil which is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal. It is proven to be excellent for your gums, the oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis;
– Organic olive oil which is shown to limit plaque formation and strengthen teeth
– Organic stevia is known as a natural plaque inhibitor.

Most importantly it is free of sulphates, fluorides and mineral oils.

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs has received rave reviews and will be stocked in selected Woolworth’s, Baby Bunting, independent pharmacies and boutiques and of course online at www.milkskincare.com.

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs will be reaching shelves early September….