Dec 152016
 

Christmas Countdown – Day 15

If you are a modern, eco-conscious parent you have most likely heard of Sustainababy, a beautiful Australian online store filled with fabulous green finds for Aussie families. Aside from being the go-to lady for awesome eco-gear owner Meg also does an amazing job educating people about sustainability, responsibility and how your shopping choices affect both your health and the environment.

Sustainababy proudly stocks products and brands that put your family’s health and the environment first, like the wonderful Little Innoscents skincare range. Especially for our lucky Christmas Countdown giveaway Meg has handpicked her six favourite Little Innoscents products:

From the top of their heads to the tip of their tiny toes, the Little Innoscents Hair & Body Wash (RRP $12.99, 250ml) is bound to leave your little ones squeaky clean. The delicious Heavenly Spearmint & Sweet Orange scent will hang around long after the fun bubbles have disappeared, leaving you feeling fresh and fruity for longer. Perfect for everyday use and safe for all ages this lovely wash will soon be a family-favourite.

We all know the importance of ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ but do you know what’s really hiding inside your sunscreen and creeping into your skin? Completely free from nano-particles, chemical absorbers and preservatives and filled with natural goodness like Vitamin E, Organic Green Tea, Cucumber and Rosehip extract Little Innoscents SPF30 Sun Lotion (RRP $19.95, 100ml) is a gentle, natural and safe way to protect your family’s skin this Summer.

Like most children our five kids are experts at making mess so there is always lots of hand washing going on in our house. Instead of using liquid soap that would leave their hands (already painful and sensitive due to certain skin conditions) red and irritated we have been using the wonderful Little Innoscents Goat’s Milk Bar (RRP $3.99, 100g). Not only does it clean and nourish in a gentle way, it also lasts a lot longer than liquid soap (and fewer spills so less cleaning).

With its pleasant Mint & Strawberry Swirls flavour this Little Innoscents Milky Whites Toothpaste (RRP $4.99, 50ml) is sure to win over even the fussiest child at toothbrushing time. Being rich in calcium and free from questionable ingredients like fluoride, surfactants, artificial sweeteners and mineral oil this organic tooth paste provides parents with much needed peace of mind, knowing their children’s precious pearly whites will stay healthy and clean naturally.

Don’t let the name fool you, Little Innoscents Winter Blue Balm (RRP $10.99, 75ml) can be used all year around to help fight little sniffles, snotty noses and annoying coughs by making breathing easier. This 100% natural and baby-safe balm is made with medicinal essential oils of Wintergreen and Eucalyptus, bringing warmth to the body and alleviating nasal congestion. What a great alternative to greasy petrolatum based products!

Last but not least, the one product pretty much every mum uses multiple times a day: baby wipes. Unlike most other baby wipes on the market Little Innoscents Baby Wipes (RRP $6.50, 80pk) are free of alcohol, artificial fragrance, colours, parabens, phthalates and other nasty chemicals, so they can be safely used on little bottoms, sticky fingers, grubby faces and toys. Infused with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E they will leave your baby’s sensitive skin nourished and soft, wipe after wipe.

To find out more about Sustainababy, to browse the range and to order online visit www.sustainababy.com.au.

For your chance to win a 6-piece Little Innocents prize pack (RRP $59.45, containing the six products featured above) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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A Secret Safe to Tell giveaway

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Sep 042016
 

Empowering Resources

When people hear of a child that has been abused or groomed they often say: “Why did she not tell her parents?” or “How come his parents didn’t notice anything?”. The simple truth is that in many cases the child was too scared or confused to tell someone that something was wrong or they were told the abuse was a ‘special secret’ they should keep quiet. It is so important to talk to your child(ren) about keeping secrets and this fantastic picture book by Naomi Hunter is an excellent conversation-starter:

A Secret Safe to Tell

Using gentle, child-appropriate language and illustrations A Secret Safe to Tell (RRP $17) tells the story of a little girl whose special friend did things to her she did not like. He told her she was beautiful, he made her feel strange and guilty and told her no one would believe her if she’d tell. Her heart became heavy and she felt alone and embarrassed. Then she was brave and opened up, her heart became light again and she is finally free again.

If you have ever wondered how to discuss this tricky subject with your precious children but didn’t know where to start, this Empowering Resources book is an absolute must-read. It would be great for kindergartens, schools, libraries and community groups too.

To find out more about Empowering Resources, to browse the range and to order online visit www.empoweringresources.com.au.

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Jul 292016
 

Jergens

People often tell me that I have my hands full with such a big family and that’s exactly how I like it, unless of course one of my hands is bandaged up and out of action like it is today… After undergoing wrist surgery yesterday I won’t be able to use my hand for a few weeks, not easy when you are right handed! Luckily I have Hip Daddy home to look after me and the rest of the family, allowing me to properly rest up and recover (if it wasn’t for the pain this almost sounds like a holiday!).

Jergens Ultra HealingTo make sure the skin on my hands and arm doesn’t dry out during my recovery I will be smearing religiously with a nourishing moisturiser for extra dry skin. I first tried Jergens ‘Ultra Healing’ a few weeks ago after I burnt my hand on the fireplace and it really helped soothe and heal my skin quickly. My hands felt super soft and within no time the damaged layers were replaced by smooth, healthy skin.

Say goodbye to dry, tired skin and give it some much needed TLC with Jergens ‘Ultra Healing’ (from RRP $5.99 – $12.99). Packed with important vitamins C, E and B5 as well as a unique illuminating Hydralucence blend this luxurious moisturiser is clinically proven to repair dry, cracked skin, including famous trouble areas like heels, elbows and knees. Not only is it absorbed quickly (great for busy mums like me), results are visibly quickly too.

Jergens Moisturisers

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, Jergens is all about soft, smooth skin that is healthy and radiant. For a bit of extra glow there is even a dedicated Jergens ‘Natural Glow’ collection that adds a natural-looking colour to your skin, perfect for beating that pale, white winter skin.

You can find the Jergens range at your local Priceline pharmacy.

To find out more about Jergens, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.jergens.com.au.

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A mama treat from Molton Brown

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Aug 082015
 

Molton Brown

A week ago I celebrated my 32nd birthday, not really a special milestone but with four (soon five!) young children even those ‘ordinary’ birthdays are a big party. My wonderful hubby is an expert at putting together a surprise day filled with my favourite things to do, visit, see and (of course) eat and this year was no different. Of course I was spoiled with some lovely gifts too, includes these two Molton Brown treasures:

Molton Brown Honeysuckle White Tea Gift Set

While travelling the globe the bath and body connoisseurs from Molton Brown ended up in Sichuan, China where they found their inspiration for the new Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Collection. If you are like me and love a feminine, fresh, floral scent you will adore these delicious products.

Molton Brown Honeysuckle White Tea Hand CreamI’ll be the first to admit that I usually skip the body moisturising part after the shower simply because I have so much to do, but after trying this beautiful body lotion (and enjoying the fragrance long after) I think I may have to start making time for it. Featuring a delightful blend of mandarin, jasmine flower, honeysuckle, white tea and (one of my favourites) sandalwood it truly is a feast for the senses.

Molton Brown Honeysuckle White Tea Eau de ToiletteThe Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Collection currently consists of four products (Bath & Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Eau de Toilette and Hand Cream) that can be purchased individually or in gift sets ready to surprise someone special (or yourself) with a lovely treat, prices start at a very affordable RRP $15. All Molton Brown products are proudly made in Londen, UK and not tested on animals so you can enjoy their luxury range with confidence.

To find out more about Molton Brown, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.moltonbrown.com.au.

Mar 282014
 

The Body Shop at Home

As you may have read I attended the Adelaide PBC Expo last weekend and had a fabulous time. As I wandered the aisles and looked around me I saw the obvious (a whole heap of exciting products to tell you about) but even more so I saw mothers and women proudly representing their businesses, sharing their dreams and showing off their hard work. It confirmed something that I sneakily already knew:

We mums are an amazingly talented bunch of multitasking people!

As a mum who works from home I know how hard it is to juggle it all and for most of us there are no yummy businesses lunches, hard working secretaries keeping track of your diary, fancy business suits, nice make up and relaxing Friday night drinks with your colleagues. The hard truth is that many of us work-at-home-mums do a lot of it in between dirty nappies and sticky dishes, in our pyjamas, at night once we’ve finally put the kids in bed and really all we want to do is hang on the couch, while settling endless kids’ arguments and without talking to a grown-up all day long.

The Body Shop Gift PackUnless of course you are a The Body Shop At Home consultant, the more I think about it the more awesome that job sounds to me. You get to decide on your own hours, work with an amazing product range that everyone knows and loves (and that smells a lot nicer than stinky nappies!), you get to talk to lots of lovely mums often while enjoying a nice drink or two, meet up with other consultants and at the end of all that you get to take home a pay packet.

The Body Shop Pamper PackIf you are a friendly, social mama looking for a new challenge The Body Shop At Home could be the job opportunity you are looking for. Of course it is important to know all about what you’re signing up for and what better way to do this than by going ‘undercover’ and booking a The Body Shop At Home party for yourself and a few friends. You get to experience your very own pamper party (Go on, you deserve it!) and you can see first hand what the job entails.

This smooth April host offer is sure to get you excited:
Host a party in April and you can have the opportunity to enjoy incredible, softening moisture with a sensational scent. Dryness is locked out and moisture is locked in for skin that feels super-soft, ultra-smooth and totally-touchable. With a high concentration of antioxidants, Brazil nut oil is a skin saviour. Aside from soft, well hydrated skin you could also take home (of course you’re already home!) a special The Body Shop Brazil Nut pack (RRP $80.75) for the bargain price of just $20.

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If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop at Home™, to take a closer look at all the benefits of being a consultant or host and to register your interest visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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Feb 132014
 

Before our children were born I could easily spend a few hours in the bath, reading a good book surrounded by bubbles and thoroughly washing my hair, shaving my legs, enjoying a relaxing face mask and painting my toe nails. Those days have long gone and now I am happy with a quick five minute shower in the evening after a long day, showering on your own is a luxury when you’re a parent! The reoccurring task of shaving takes up time I’d rather spend on other things, so I decided to turn to Remington for a more time-efficient solution:

Remington Smooth & Silky

The Remington Smooth & Silky Cordless Wet/Dry Epilator ($99.95) is designed for quick and easy hair removal that leaves your skin ‘smooth & silky’, just the way I like it! Fitted with 40 stainless steel tweezers the Smooth & Silky effortlessly removes unwanted hair by the root, which means it will take longer for hair to grow back and you get to savour that smooth skin for longer too. Even the shortest 0.5mm hairs prove no problem and the built-in precision light will make sure no hair is missed.

Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator HeadOne of the features that makes this Remington Epilator a real standout is the fact that it is cordless so you can use it anywhere and anytime, even on holiday! Within 4 hours it is fully charged and it has a cordless usage time of (up to) 40 minutes, plenty of time to tackle your hairy legs, underarms and any other prickly areas. The whole handheld unit is 100% waterproof so you can safely use it in the shower as part of your bathing routine.

Remington Smooth & Silky Shaver HeadThe Remington Smooth & Silky comes complete with a range of accessories: 2 heads (one epilator head, one shaver head), 3 washable attachment caps (precision cap for smaller areas and facial detailing, massage cap with soothing Aloe Vera and bikini comb cap), exfoliating glove, cleaning brush and storage bag. These handy add-ons make this an extremely versatile product that will not only save you time but money too as it removes the need for razor blades and shaving cream.

I won’t lie, the first time you use the Remington Smooth & Silky you may need to bite your teeth while you get used to the pulling sensation but that soon passes and the next time you’ll hardly feel a thing. The epilator is easy to hold and move around and the pivoting head follows the contours of your body really well. My own little test (yes, I really shaved one leg and epilated the other) showed that once you have established a good cycle and all hairs have been epilated at least once you can go roughly three to even four weeks without epilating (unlike shaving!!). In my opinion fewer hairs grow back and they become easier to remove too. I am really pleased with the result and love how time efficient it is, so much more rewarding than shaving your legs knowing you have to do it again next week and the week after.

As a loyal Remington user I know I can count on Remington for great quality, durable products that are backed up by an excellent warranty. The Remington Smooth & Silky comes with a reassuring 30 day money back guarantee and a huge 2 year warranty.

To find out more about Remington and to browse the range visit www.remington-products.com.au.

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Jan 252014
 

The Body Shop at Home

With a new year just started and the kids going back to school this week it is the perfect time to make up the balance. December and January are not only busy but also very expensive months: Christmas, New Year, holidays, special treats and fun outings, school shoes, uniforms, school fees, it all adds up. As a stay-at-home mum I totally get the worry of a stash of bills, it can be a real burden when you are a one-income family and I know many mums feels the same.

Feet FantasyBeing at home with my children means a lot to me but it does come at a price and I’ll be the first to admit that an extra income (even if small) would be very welcome. Whether it is to pay for necessities, to be able to afford a little luxury or maybe to do something ‘just for you’, so many mothers are looking for that perfect flexible job that they can combine with the hustle and bustle of family life.

Since starting Hip little one I have come to know what it feels like to do something I enjoy, am good at, brings me in contact with other people, stretches my boundaries and makes me strive and add a few extra dollars to the family budget every now and then and it feels AWESOME. If your new year resolution is to make a change and start a new job you might want to check out this offer from The Body Shop at Home:

The Body Shop at Home Business Kit

The Body Shop at Home lets people experience the delicious, fragrant, pampering luxury that is The Body Shop in the comfort of their own home through a convenient party plan system. If you love The Body Shop products and you are keen to tell others all about it this might be the job opportunity you’ve been looking for! You can work from home, be your own boss, decide on your own working hours and work with a product that is high quality, well known and affordable and therefore easy to sell. How much you earn obviously depends on how much and how often you sell but the earning potential is there and some consultants take home six digit pay packets (wouldn’t we all love that!).

Tropical TreatsIf you join the team at The Body Shop At Home before the end of February you’re in for a bit of a treat as it means you can purchase the Mini Business Kit valued at over $200 for just $99. With this great kit packed with product and stationery you’ll be on your way to your very first party in no time. There is no need to worry if you’re feeling a little rusty after having been at home for a while, free training is available and experience is not necessary.

Mini Business Kit

If you don’t see yourself as a The Body Shop at Home consultant but would love to experience a bit of pampering and try some fantastic products why not host a The Body Shop at Home party for you and some of your friends? There are lots of great party themes to choose from (eg. Skin Sational, Make Me Over, Feet Fantasy and more) and like at any good party there are some free gifts and great rewards for the host too.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop at Home™, to take a closer look at all the benefits of being a consultant or host and to register your interest visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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