The Planning With Kids Book (styled by Lou

The official launch of the Planning With Kids book was on Friday morning. It was one of my happiest moments — it exceeded all my expectations.

I have some very important people to thank for making it such a wonderful day:

The Planning With Kids Tiffin

Lou – the “event stylist”, this fine lady has a talent. Lou brought together the look, organised the flowers, many other decorative elements, baked dozens of cup cakes and worked so hard to make The Cottage look beautiful.

My dear friend and MC Cath

My dear friend Cath who spoke with such energy and heart as MC, made rice paper rolls, worked the crowd and tidied as hard as she usually likes to party.

The Planning With Kids Tiffin

Cass – my younger sister came from Mildura for the launch and made about 1000 sandwiches, packed, unpacked, tidied and washed so very well. Also my youngest sister Steph for lending me lots of stuff and for putting up with me being a “little” vague.

Rosa, Stuart, Natasha and Lesley

The lovely Tash – made lemon slice, helped set up, served food and drinks and made everyone feel welcome.

The Planning With Kids Tiffin

My eldest sister Sam and my mum – for the most beautiful bunch of flowers and being there in spirit.

Phil, Nic and Leisl

My charming husband Phil – way too many things to list – xxxxx

Marita, Belinda and Leona

The gorgeous Belinda who made stacks of sandwiches, helped with set up and who is always such a great sounding board (even if it is on a treadmill!).

Alice, Laura, Sheena, Amanda and Sharon

To the bloggers who came along – thank you for your support, it was fabulous to have you there – Fiona, Amanda, Sharon and Sonia.

The Planning With Kids Tiffin

MC who made delicious lemon slice.

Dave, Cath and bubs

Dave Lee – from Nuffnang for saying so many nice things about me and giving the non bloggers an idea of what is happening in the blogosphere. Thanks to the lovely Vanessa for coming along too.

Celebration preparations

Deb who took all the photos for me – so of course there is no photo of this lovely lady!

Kristen Hammond from Wiley

Kristen Hammond – from my publisher Wiley for making such a warm and honest speech that really resonated with the audience. Thanks also to Alice, Laura and Lucy from Wiley for coming along and to my editor Sandra and her lovely boys!


Laine – delivered the sushi, helped set up, served food, tidied up – never stopped helping out all day!

Katie, Jolie and Lou
Katie (the mum of 8 who contributed so many fab tips in the book) Jolie and the talented Lou.

The Play Area

To friends and family – thanks for always supporting and encouraging me.

Nicole, Caroline and Fleur

To the many readers who came along – it was fabulous to finally meet so many of you in real life!

Jane, Dan, Leona, Marita & MC

To those who generously gave me tips for the book and who came along to make the celebration so much fun – Sheena, Fleur, Georgina, Julie, Marita, Danielle, Jane, Caroline, Karen, Katie, Lou, Leona, Laine, Tash, Cass, Bree, Belinda and Cath.

The Planning With Kids Book (styled by Lou

Thanks again to everyone who came and helped to launch the Planning With Kids book with such style and happiness. xx (You can see more photos from the launch over on flickr.)

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  • Danimezza May 01, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! Looks like quite a lovely and touching time spent with friends truly celebrating your achievement. Best of luck x

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Dani, it was such a fun time!

  • Kylie May 01, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    WOW Nicole – congratulations:) xo

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Kylie, it was great to see so many people who have been supporting the blog for a long time. Hope you and the kids are well!

  • Andrea May 01, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Congratulations NIcole. What a huge achievement for you! Andrea

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:49 am

      It does feel great to see the book make its way out into the stores Andrea.

  • Julie May 01, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! Can’t wait for the next book! Jules.

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:50 am

      I need to get some sleep first Jules… :)

  • Melitsa May 02, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Massive congrats!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Always appreciate your support Melitsa.

  • Melissa May 02, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Congratulations Nicole! It’s so lovely to see so many wonderfully-supportive people around you, and it’s also very nice to see your gorgeous teacup biscuits get some more airtime! The launch looked fabulous and the book is fabulous too, well done : )

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:52 am

      The teacups looked pretty and thankfully they are easy to make – I made so many. Thanks for all your and Kleenex Mums support.

  • keepcatebusy (Cate) May 02, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Congratulations Nic!!!! I am just so happy for you! I was so sorry to miss your fabulous event, but you know that I too was there in spirit :-)
    It’s such a great book, and you’re such a great friend!
    …so what’s your next project??

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:53 am

      I know you would have been there if you could have been – we definitely need to catch up soon. I will be in touch. xx

  • Donna @ NappyDaze May 02, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations on your book launch – it looks like it was a stunning, very special day xx

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Definitely a life highlight for me Donna, thanks for the support.

  • Veronica May 02, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It looks like it was fantastic. Congratulations!!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Thanks V and thanks for buying the book. See you tomorrow!

  • Deb May 02, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations! Looks like you had a wonderful celebration of all your hard work.

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:54 am

      It was a lovely celebration Deb.

  • Anita May 02, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I was so sorry to miss your event. It looks as though you had a beautiful wonderful time and I am really loving the book. Congratulations!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I am hoping we have more meet ups this year. I really enjoy catching up with other Melbourne Bloggers.

  • Brooke May 02, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations again Nicole. Looks like a very lovely and exciting day!!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Brooke for being such a long time supporter of the blog. Hope the pregnancy is going well.

  • Jacquie May 02, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! It looks like you had a fabulous time – so sorry I’m on the other side of the country and couldn’t make it ;-)
    Your book arrived last week and I’ve been reading all weekend and LOVING it – well done!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I would love to meet you if I ever make my way over the other side of OZ. Thanks for buying the book.

  • Kellie May 02, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Big congratulations. It looks like it was a big success!
    And the food! My goodness, these photos are making me hungry…. :)

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Kellie. Revisiting the photos today made me instantly want morning tea!

  • Cassi May 02, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    What a wonderful launch, what a wonderful book, congratulations!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 9:58 am

      You my gorgeous younger sister were a STAR!!!!!

  • Melanie May 02, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    That is a dream come true, I’m sure. Great job! I am anxious to read your book. As a mother of six, I am always using great ideas!

    On Wed. I post a Tip of the Day and have shared some things I’ve learned as I’ve went along that save time, money, my sanity, and make for happy, productive kids. I wonder if you mind me sharing some of your tips, (giving you full credit, of course!)


  • Sonia May 02, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    What a great day it was. Right down to the gorgeous table of beautiful and yummies bites to eat, the bowl of apples (yep, people notice these things!) and a lovely atmosphere.
    Congratulations. The book is wonderful.

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Sonia as I have said before it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Thanks so much for coming. And you are right the apples were such a great touch!

  • Magdalena May 02, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Congratulations Nicole for all your hard work on the book and to your family! The book is brilliant!

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Magdalena! And I am working on answers to your emails and will be in touch soon. Nic

  • Tammi May 02, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Nic,
    I just read about you over at Maxabella Loves….I don’t know how I have not come across you before now, but here I am and looking forward to having a browse around your blog :)

    Congratulations on the release of your book.

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Welcome Tammi and thanks for leaving a comment. I love Maxabella Loves!

  • Kym - Mumma's Mini Me's May 02, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Oh wow!! What a fantastic day!! I would love to read your book one day I could use all the help I can get with planning with my kids! lol

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Kym, it was such a fun and happy day.


  • jenny May 02, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    congratulations – what a huge achievement, and what a fantastic day it looks like you had. wishing you truckloads of luck with the new book.

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Jenny for the lovely comment and for being such a great supporter of the blog.

  • amandab May 03, 2011 at 9:11 am

    It was a great launch, Nicole, and wonderful to be there. We had to head over to the flickr stream to see if there were any photos with Miss 4 in it (because, you know, it’s all about HER! lol). So looking forward to getting started on the book, in particular the meals and finances chapters as we are starting to be a bit more organized about both those things around here and extra tips would be very helpful :)

    Have a small plug going live tomorrow :)

    • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:13 am

      So glad the tips are helpful Amanda. Looking fwd to catching up again soon and having more time to talk!

  • ickle Kids May 03, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Nic – what a fantastic event! I’m thrilled for you and what a huge achievement! Well done you!

    PS – always happy to help you x

  • PlanningQueen May 05, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Hi Melanie,

    Would be happy to do so, but can’t quite do it at the moment. If you email me in a month I can contribute then.


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