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19 Jun 2018

Kids Beds You'll Love!

We all know the whole 'kids room' thing has really taken off in the last few years, and kids beds have become much more friendly to the eye too ;) There are some really nice beds for kids that are reasonably priced, and they make a beautiful feature in the room too, here we've compiled a blog of our favourite kids beds for any budget - and any room!    Need a bed to take your toddler to tween? The Modena King Single bed from Fantastic Furniture will have you covered for years - and your tween will love it... Read More >

11 May 2018

We got it for yo Mama

Mother's Day is here. Whoo! Does that mean breakfast in bed and the day off? Probably not! But hey, we've got to take what we can get right? For me, my husband takes off to Soccer for half the day so that's always great (insert sarcasm here) but we compiled a little list here of some pretty things we are lusting after. We are only shopping local this year, we all must support small business right?! Darling x Two have really smashed out the gift ideas this Mother's Day, but the stand out is their Mother's day gift packs. Including... Read More >

05 Apr 2018

School Holiday Activities for Shire kids!

Well it may still feel like Summer in Sydney but we are coming up to Autumn school holidays! Yay! (i'm sure some parents are groaning) but we have put together a little cheat sheet if you will, of some awesome school holiday activities for the kiddies (and for your sanity) in the Sutherland Shire. One Off Studio on Cambrai Avenue in Engadine run kids workshops and art classes all year round, but they always put some great ones on in the school holidays, for both primary and high school aged children. Located next to the yummy Hugh John Manors, their workshops... Read More >

20 Mar 2018

Easter is here and its cuuute!

Well, Easter really has snuck up on us this year hasn't it - not only arriving in March, but also because the first part of this year has flown! We have many gift ideas in store - but have also found some real dang cute ones from other wonderful stores for you - to give you all the bunny-spiration you might need! Sunjeliies carnival baskets $19.95 - Love By Five ; Freckles Bunny headband $21.95 Arch & Ollie; Easter Egg Hunt Kit - Hello Kit Co $39.95 Ollie Ella Apple Basket $35.00 - Love By Five; Jellycat Aqua Bunny medium $39.95... Read More >

01 Feb 2018

Our Toughest Year Yet....

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For anyone working for themselves or running a small business, you all know it can be tough at times, it's not all smooth sailing, even though a lot of the time it can look like it is from the outside. Not only are you dealing with the stresses of everyday business, but personal life gets in the way sometimes too. Some of you may know that the past year dealt us some blows on the personal front. Brooke's marriage broke up in the first part of the year and it stopped us in our tracks. Not only did it cause... Read More >

05 Jun 2017

Winter Warmers - Baby Gift ideas.

Stuck for baby shower gift ideas?? There's just so much Winter goodness in store right now, and there seems to be baby fever in the air in the Sutherland Shire (all those Sharks grand final babies maybe?) so we've done a quick little wrap up of our favourite gift ideas for all these delicious babies due to arrive! Winter babies are seriously the sweetest. All wrapped up in cosy goodness for the chilly days, they are just so cuddly! Whether it be unisex, sweet girls or bouncing baby boys we have all your gift needs covered.  Unisex  It's a Wonderful Life... Read More >

02 May 2017

For Yo Mamma

Its the one day a year to celebrate all the thing's Mum's do for us - and we are lusting over so many cuties! Whether it be something small for yourself, the home, or handmade from the kids, a mother's day gift should be special, just like yo Mamma! Have a look at what's on our list of wants (not needs) this year for Mother's Day. I mean, the irony of what's written on this bag doesn't escape me, (pun intended), what Mum doesn't want to Escape sometimes?! Do it in style with this ESCAPE overnight bag from UR Place $299.... Read More >

12 Dec 2016

'Tis the season!

Christmas is almost here! Yah hoo! We love this time of year, so we thought we'd put together a wee little list of our most favourite things in store to make this years gift giving just that little bit easier for y'all! Check it out below - we are still sending for pre Christmas delivery, so order while you can :) SHANNON'S PICKS: FOR BABY: Pretzel blanket; Wooden Stacking rabbit; Chicco Shorts; Iconic Bickies; Miffy's 123 Book      FOR GIRLS: Flamingo Zie Dress; Unicorn Nail stickers; Gelato Set; Sequin Pretzel Purse; Unicorn Ball.     FOR BOYS: Click Clack Cars and Station; Spencer Sunglasses;... Read More >

16 Nov 2016

How To Create A Cool Boys Bedroom

I know loads of Mums who say they wish they had a girl so that they could do a beautiful bedroom. But boys rooms rock! There is so much cool stuff out there you can really have some fun. I also like my rooms to have a bit of a difference - not just same same, mass produced furniture. Take this bed... this has been my most-asked question on Insta. Where is it from?! It's a simple IKEA KURA bunk bed which I added ply panels to, to make it a little more Scandi and natural looking. And doesn't the... Read More >

20 Oct 2016

Sack Me! make Summer Fun

The wait is over for Sack Me! fans as the popular Australian kids bedding and soft furnishing brand unveils more tropical fun! Think slumber sacks, metallic doughnuts, bean bags and even goodies for Christmas! The Sack Me! Slumber Sacks are machine washable, and fold up into their own pillowcase, making them easy for kids to carry to their bestie's house for a sleepover! They're also reversible, so change of mood, change of print. Whoo Hoo! Sack Me! have thought of everything, and a pillow insert can also be purchased. Genius! The Sack Me! bean bags now come in new colours and two... Read More >

13 Oct 2016

Transform your girls room with new bedding

Nothing can give such a dramatic and instant update of a bedroom quite as much as new bedding! Love By Five are the exclusive Sutherland Shire distributors of Australian brand Sack Me! and here I show you how well their bedding mixes and matches. Vibrant colours, silky soft and clever reversible designs mean you can keep changing up your look. Take one Frankie bed from Domayne... Add the following: 1 x Green With Envy fitted sheet 1 x Alfie Chambray pillowcase  1 x Triple Sundae reversible quilt cover with ice cream sundae on one side and sprinkles (shown here) on the... Read More >

15 Sep 2016

Make Your Own Skateboard Shelfie

Get a great look for your child's room with a skateboard shelf! Kids love all their little things and you'll need lots of storage solutions in their bedroom - some to hide stuff and some to display. A skateboard shelf adds a little quirk which they will love and can show off their favourite nick nacks. I won a little "shelfie" competition on Home Beautiful's Instagram page with my vintage skateboard shelf - so when I saw Love By Five's new skateboard in store I just had to recreate one! Here's how... Head to your local hardware store Purchase 2 x... Read More >

08 Sep 2016

Mixing vintage with new at Love By Five

I'm Catherine from TUBU Kids and I style practical and beautiful rooms for children. I’m so excited to be working on a little collaboration with Love By Five! Mixing vintage with new is not only a great look but reduces landfill and I like to buy key second-hand furniture pieces to revamp for my clients. Not so much shabby chic, but more of a classic look, using beautiful mineral paint by Fusion (especially their new Tones for Tots range) The thing is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a space that both you and your child enjoy! Not only do I... Read More >

19 Aug 2016

The Land Downunder

We've just returned from a weekend at Melbourne trade fairs, and a HUGE trend we noticed was a nod to all things Australian.... And we LOVED it! Some of these amazing Aussie beauties will be landing at Love By Five over the coming months, so keep an eye out. We've compiled a list of our Aussie faves for you to see! One Two Tree Australia Treasure Board, and Australian Animals - arriving at Love By Five soon! All things Koala - Banjo Kippin $39 at Love By Five Koala Dreamers Print by See Interiors and Love By Five $34.95. Crochet Emu $39.95... Read More >

06 Jun 2016

Bunks - 7 of the best.

If you're anything like us you love the space saving appeal of bunk beds in a shared children's room. Here we are profiling 7 of the best. At this time of year you can bag yo'self a bargain with half yearly sales, so have a squiz below if you're in the market - or even if you're not!  Super A Mart Captain Jack Bunk Bed $399 Bunks like these are great for houses with low ceilings, and kids love the 'cubby' feel this design has. Also on sale - only $399 for single! Ikea Mydal Bunk Beds $249 We can always trust... Read More >

01 May 2016

For the Yummy Mummies

Mother's Day is fast approaching, and you all deserve many, many, many presents. Here we've put together a little list of all the things we are wishing for this year, and maybe some things you'll like too! Have a little look see and let hubby and the kids know what you're after!   Gypsy Water perfume Mecca Cosmetica; Pompom knitted socks Love By Five; Pyjamas Country Road.   Sugar Mama Candle Love By Five; Concrete Tray and Trivet Love By Five; Kirstin Ash Moon Crescent Ring Darling X Two;    Lingerie Set Ohhh Lulu; Noah and Bowie Bears Blanket Love By Five; Kubus... Read More >

10 Apr 2016

A Chat with Peta Stinson

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Today's blog is a little virtual sit down with the gorgeous Peta Stinson from the Sapling Child. With celeb Mum's like Teresa Palmer, Kate Waterhouse, Molly Sims, Rebecca Judd and Jade Jagger among their fans, Sapling's divine new 'Flight' collection featuring sweet prints, zip rompers and double stitched cuffs will no doubt be another must have for all babies of the world. Off the back of a hugely successful range co designed with American actress Jaime King, this year is sure to be another huge one for this amazing Australian brand. What has been the highlight on the journey Sapling has taken you on over... Read More >

28 Mar 2016

Budget Beauty Buys

So, you probably don't know but in my previous (meaning before kids) life i worked as a make up artist. Where i didn't mind travelling to the city everyday, or staying in for drinks after, and i spent my days primping and preening others. My mascara cost $42 and i religiously replaced it every 3 months. I experimented with bright lipstick and wore smoky eyes and liquid eyeliner on a daily basis.  Then i had kids. 3 of them. And started my own business. Let's just say life, time management and my budget have somewhat changed. No more gorgeous free... Read More >

14 Mar 2016

Startin to feel like Easter!

Easter is only around the corner, and i feel like it has really snuck up on us this year, seeing as it's a whole lot earlier than usual. Here's a few fun Easter themed ideas, full of yummy food and cute free printables to make your Easter that something spesh! You can shop Easter at Love By Five here (we are particularly loving the Arthur egg cup and Thread pyjamas). 1.Sweet as Bunny Ear Wrapping paper, A Subtle Revelry 2.Cute Carrot Easter Treat Cones, We Are Scout 3.Bunny Butt Cookies, Pillsbury. 1. Easter Bunny Treat cones ,We Are Scout. 2.Easter Bunny Popcorn Bars, Something... Read More >

25 Jan 2016

The Only Way Is Up

So, i'm back. And i'm not handling it well. Why does it have to be so hard to come home from holidays? Can't the transition back to everyday life be easy?  Our 10 day trip to sunny, tropical Darwin was amazing, and it flew by. I have so many people comment on how they'd love to go there when i mention we've been, so thought i'd chuck together a quick blog post on all the funs and excitements you'll find in the top end. There really is so much to do, we've been going up for over 10 years and... Read More >

11 Jan 2016

We're all goin on a Summer Holiday!

It's Summer! Yay! And there's nothing we look forward to more than the old Summer trip am i right?? This Summer 1 half of the Love By Five team is hitting up the N.T and holidaying in Darwin. For those that have never been, you must! There's a huge amount of fun things to do for kids, and lots of delicious places to eat and drink. Here, we've detailed our must haves for our Summer holidays, things we'd never leave home without, oh, and just some things we want.   For the Beach and Poolside 1. Wotnot Natural Sunscreen, a perfect... Read More >

05 Jan 2016

Cool for the Summer

While it might be raining here in Sydney, we have Summer holidays on our mind. We have a HUGE sale happening at the moment, and we have put together some Summer outfit ideas for babies, girls and boys, and included heaps of our goodies on sale so you can save - Check them out below! GIRLS 1. Scout Romper in Jungle White $34.95 2. Petilou Bird 3 Piece puzzle $13.95 3. Tan Crossover Sandal $59.95 BOYS 1. Leopard Onesie $38.95 2. Black Denim Nappy Cover $29.95 3. Electric Blue Moccs $49.95.  1. Starburst Jumpsuit reduced to $28.15 2. Rainbow drop... Read More >

28 Dec 2015

All Kids are Cool

The latest offering from Bandit Kids is all about Peace, Love and Acceptance. The new 'Peace Out' high Summer range is full to the brim with awesomeness, and demonstrates Bandit Kids ultimate message - 'All Kids Are Cool'. This range sees the release of their ultra cool tees emblazoned with this motto. At Love By Five we don't think anyone epitomises the Aussie summer Summer better than Bandit Kids! From Bandit Kids - 'This collection also marks the launch of our ALL KIDS ARE COOL tees, which is the slogan for our brand. ALL KIDS ARE COOL means a lot to us,... Read More >

21 Dec 2015

Christmas Picks From Brooke

 The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, so if you need some last minute inspiration, read on for Brooke's list of Christmas picks. Bedroom 1. Triple Sundae Quilt Cover $149-$189 2. Ricecream toy $35.00 3. Ice Cream Knit Cushion $59.95 4. Buddy Pom pom Blanket $119.00 5. Mini Tent $96.95 6. Colour Pebbles $35.00 7. Pear Dollhouse $150.00 8. Cloud Coathanger $10.95 9. Wooden Garland $39.95. For Mum 1. Square Concrete Tray $39.00 2. Chewellery Necklace $25.00 3. Concrete Diamonds $15.00-$19.00 4. Colour Yourself Calm $19.95 5. Watermelon Candle $24.00 6. Concrete Trivet $25.00 7. Flamingo Pens $5.95 each.... Read More >

18 Dec 2015

Christmas Picks from Shannon

Working in our gorgeous store everyday makes it extremely hard to pick just a few items for my list, but i've managed to put just SOME of the things i love in our shop (i love them all!) together for a few gift ideas. Read on to see! Baby Gift Ideas 1.Kid o Whale Bath toy $19.95 2. Acorn baby hats $36.95 each 3. Toucan Pram Blanket $59.95 4. Peace Teether $10.00 5. Tan Crossover Sandals $59.95 6. Rainbow Rattle $14.00  Gift Ideas for Little Boys   1. Rockstar Plates, bowls and cups $12.95 each 2. One Way Fedora $24.95... Read More >

14 Dec 2015

Christmas Picks from Sarah Knowles

Today's guest blogger is the gorgeous Sarah from @theinstashopper. Sarah is a long time friend of Love By Five and we are so happy she has compiled this delicious list of goodies from our website. Read on for her Christmas list! Less than 2 weeks to go & I must say I am not the slightest bit organised for Christmas!!  I absolutely LOVE love love Christmas! My family have always celebrated in such a big way & my Mum has always gone to so much effort to make it the most magical day ever so I really want to continue the... Read More >

30 Nov 2015

Christmas Picks from Alicia Bennett

  This week we have the divine Alicia Bennett providing us with her must haves for Christmas. If you don't already, go and follow her delicious Instagram feed at @leishbennett, you won't be sorry! Her amazingly beautiful house will provide endless inspiration (and envy!) Read on for her fail safe gift ideas. It is, without a doubt, the most wonderful time of the year! To me Christmas isn't about what you need... It's about what you want. It's about spoiling the ones you love with beautiful treasures that will make them smile from ear to ear, and make you burst... Read More >

23 Nov 2015

Christmas Picks from Emma George

  Todays guest blogger is Emma from Sophie and Millie. Emma is a wonderfully loyal customer of ours, and gets firmly behind the 'shop local' motto. You will also find her gorgeous Instagram feed at @emmageorge30. Read on for her delicious Christmas picks. To Wear - Girls Summer to me is all about crisp whites.  I can't go past these pieces paired with denim and gold accessories: 1. Athena Dress $49.00 2. Copper Wings Sandals $89.00 3. Ava Frill Tee $24.95 4. Unicorn Party Tee $39.95 5. Pale Wash Denim Shorts $41.95 6. Ultragirl Sweet Gold $79.95 7. Queenie Leather Crown $42.00... Read More >

16 Nov 2015

Christmas Picks from The Little Reading Room

This weeks guest blogger is Rebecca from The Little Reading Room! Rebecca has put together an ultra cute list of goodies for Christmas, and has even included a rhyme! Thanks Rebecca xx (You must sing this part) Handbags and headbands and dresses with looks Super cool toys and bright coloured books Sandals and sneakers and fairy wings These are a few of my favourite things… Here are my picks for the kiddies this Christmas. I own every single item on my list and they are all completely fabulous. The clothing items are durable and can survive an entire season at... Read More >

09 Nov 2015

Christmas Picks from @jpwilks

Today our guest blogger is a lovely customer of ours, Charleen.  With a fondness for all that is monochromatic, Charleen has put together an awesome selection of goodies from our website, her top picks for a WILD Christmas this year! You can follow Charleen on Instagram @jpwilks for more of her amazing style. Thanks Charleen xx Culminating my love of unisex baby products, monochrome, decor and supporting small business, here are my top 10 "WILD" themed picks from Love By Five. READ: 1. Black Cat, White Cat $24.95 WEAR & SLEEP 2. Sweet Child of Mine Black Wild Thing Onesie $29.95 3. Wilson and Frenchy... Read More >

26 Oct 2015

Trick or Treat

Ok so Halloween is nearing, and it's the only time of year we love Creeps! We've put together a little list of our Halloween loves here for you to peruse, as we're always one to jump on a party bandwagon, and Halloween is no exception.  It don't get much more fun than a good old pun (rhyme!) and we are loving these downloadable PUNkins from Studio DIY. Don't they look pirtty? If you haven't already discovered Fluffe, your teeth will be sorry i showed it to you right here. The masters of all things fluffy and amazing have come up... Read More >

09 Oct 2015

A Berry nice weekend...

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I was lucky enough to enjoy a girls weekend in Berry recently, and it sure was filled with yummy food, fun shopping trips and delicious wine! First stop was the cottage we had rented for the weekend. The Keepers Cottage is located in Prince Alfred Street and was built in the 1890's for the railway gatekeeper. You would think the name gave us a clue it would be next to the train line, but no,we discovered that when we arrived! Note to self, read the description, don't just book based on the charming pictures. The cottage is completely gorgeous, and... Read More >

07 Sep 2015

Childhood Eczema

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Today the blog is taking a little bit of a different turn. I wanted to share my experience with my son's Eczema with you all, i was wondering if there were any other Mum's out there who have or are currently experiencing childhood Eczema with their little ones. By no means am i saying that the approach we took will work for everyone, but it worked for us, and after months and months of frustration and sleepless nights i know how upsetting it can become when you feel utterly helpless in this situation. Levi was around 5 when his Eczema started... Read More >

21 Aug 2015

It's an Insta world.

Running a bit late with this month's blog - i've had 'blog block' - So this morning i thought i would blog about something we love - Instagram! So, anyone who knows me will tell you i love a good Insta session, there's just so much to be inspired by (and shop for!). Here we've collated a little list of our absolute fave Insta feeds, they're all worth a squiz. We really do have some very stylish and talented customers at Love By Five, one of them being the ever so lovely Alicia Bennett. You'll find amazing styled pics of her equally... Read More >

06 Jul 2015

That's a Wrap.

Brooke and I both love a good wrap at Love By Five, so we thought we'd share a few of our favourite ideas found on Pinterest for some inspiration. Everyone loves a bit of bling so why not jazz up your pressies with a touch of gold? Gold spot boxes stacked on top of each other then tied with a ribbon is a simple way to wrap precious goodies - no sticky tape involved. Take a Sharpie to some black paper and create your own wrap, or just whack a gold sequin Deer on your parcel! Too easy.  There are... Read More >

12 Jun 2015

Birthday month!

Yay! It's June, which means it's birthday month! My hubby has long learnt that we don't just acknowledge my birthday on the actual day, it is a month long event. My sister and i started our own 'wish list' boards on Pinterest a few years ago, so we can each steer the other's husband in the right direction when it comes to our presents. Cheeky? Yes maybe.... Effective? Most definitely! I also love to support small business and shop local where i can, so i have compiled a wee list here of all the goodies i want to be lavished... Read More >

03 May 2015

Sack Me? Yes please!

Even waaaaay before we decided to open Love By Five, we had our eye on the gorgeous linen from Sack Me! With designs including an Ice cream Sundae, fresh pasta and cool dude veggies (wearing sunnies!) how could we resist?  Li Ann and Samantha from Sack Me not only have the cutest kids in their shots for the range, they also have the most amazing ability to design such different options for both boys and girls that can all be mixed and matched to suit every personality. The quality is second to none - this bedding feels more amazing than my own!... Read More >

08 Apr 2015

It Don't Matter if You're Black or White...

There's no grey area here, Panda's are quite simply the shizzle don't you agree? We are currently loving all things Panda at Love by Five, so we've compiled a little Panda wishlist if you will...  We've used these amazeballs Panda invitations by the ever so lovely Brie and Karon from Sugarcoated Events as inspo for a little Panda soiree planning! There are so many cute Panda themed items for the perfect black and white bear party! This simple tissue ball hack found on Pinterest is a quick and easy idea to create Panda themed decorations. We also couldn't go past the... Read More >

22 Mar 2015

Life next to a patisserie...

If you have visited us in store, or read anything of ours online, you may know our shop is conveniently positioned next to Baked Patisserie in Marshall Road, Kirrawee. There are Macarons, Cronuts (Adam regularly adds new flavours!), Lemon Tarts, a range of delicious slices, and for Easter - Hot Cross Buns. They all come highly recommended, we've tried them all! Add one of their delicious coffees (we do!) and you're ready for the BEST morning tea you will ever have. For realz. Baked is run by Pastry Chef Adam Johnson and his wife Emma, who are singlehandedly destroying our good intentions of... Read More >

12 Mar 2015

It's Easter Mister!

I seriously LOVE Easter. Who wouldn't love a holiday that is celebrated with chocolate and fluffy bunnies?? I get more excited about the Easter Show in Sydney than I do about the fat red man visiting in December. For those that don't know i have a MASSIVE addiction to Cheese on a stick, and this just so happens to be easily found at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Our families always attend the show on Easter Sunday. Every year. Without fail. I've walked that show for 14 hours straight in all three of my pregnancies. No, pregnancy is not going to... Read More >

20 Feb 2015

We have a shop!

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So, we have finally done it. Bitten the bullet and opened a shop of our own. Our very own place to bring you the ideas and brands we love. We couldn't be more excited! Once we had made the decision to open the planning began. We would need a name! Brooke and I are sisters, and between us have five kiddies. So there came about the name 'Love By Five'. No more kids for either of us - 'Love By Five + 1' just doesn't have the same ring to it! Next on our list was to find the shop space.... Read More >
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