May 192016
 

Penguin

What started as one simple bookshelf when the twins were born has over the years developed into a mini-library, our kids are so crazy about reading that our collection just keeps growing! She may only be 7 months old but even Harriet is turning into a little bookworm already, sinking her teeth into every book she can get her hands on. Usually that calls for a quick book-rescue, but she can chomp and chew to her heart’s content on this gorgeous Beatrix Potter read:

Peter Rabbit Book

Made from soft, cuddly fleece fabric this sweet Peter Rabbit Cloth Book (RRP $24.99) makes the perfect first book for a precious little bundle.

Peter Rabbit Cloth BookYoung children will love touching the squishy pages, hugging friendly Peter Rabbit and looking at the lovely  pictures and bright colours in this baby-friendly cloth book. Not only are Peter’s long fluffy ears easy to hold on to for little hands, they are also gentle on sore gums and growing teeth if your young reader decides to have some rabbit for breakfast. The book comes in a cute see-through gift-box, ready to be presented to a new arrival.

To find out more about the Peter Rabbit Cloth Book by Beatrix Potter and to order a copy online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Pop-In Cloth Nappy love (+ save 15%)

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May 072016
 

Close

After trying almost 40 different brand and types of reusable cloth nappies in the last 7 years there is only one brand I can recommend with all confidence: Close. Like most mums who have tried their amazing Pop-In nappies it was love at first sight for us, there is just nothing like it! Over the years these brilliant nappies have only gotten better and the latest arrivals are sure to be well received by Aussie Pop-In fans:

Pop-In Nappies

Seriously, cloth nappies do not come any cuter than this! The award-winning Pop-Ins deliver big on performance and are super pretty too, what more could you ask for? The brand new Pop-In New Generation V2 (RRP $39.95) is made from a soft, eco-friendly bamboo fabric that is antibacterial, breathable and very absorbent. If you’ve always wanted to try cloth nappies but thought they were too tricky you will find Pop-Ins extremely simple to use: no pinning or folding, just close the velcro tabs and go.

Pop-In Parts

The winning combination of a waterproof shell with absorbent panel, a removable soaker and booster, together with double leg-gusset to prevent leaks, will keep your baby comfortable, dry and happy. There is no need to hide these stylish nappies under ugly nappy covers, they clearly deserve to be seen. You can find all 6 new designs in store right now at Eco Child.

Pop-In V2Pop-Ins clever press-stud design can be adjusted to suit babies weighing 7-35lbs, making them an excellent investment for growing families. Instead of wasting money on disposable nappies these adorable MCNs will last all the way from birth til toilet training, now that’s great value for money! We have found Pop-Ins really easy to wash and dry, a simple 60 degree machine wash does the job (no soaking) and they dry quickly.

Cheeky discount: Follow the prompts on the Eco Child website and sign up for the newsletter to receive a fabulous 15% discount on your first order. Awesome saving!

To find out more about Eco Child, to browse the Close Pop-In range and to order online visit www.ecochild.com.au.

ENJO Floor Cleaner (+ special ENJO offer!)

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Nov 282014
 

ENJO

Earlier in the year I told you how we keep our kitchen clean, shiny and germ free the natural way with Enjo. Ever since we discovered the magic of Enjo Fibres I have been tossing up about the Enjo Floor Cleaner; our floors need cleaning every single day (sometimes even twice or three times a day), it looks so easy to use and if it works as well as our Enjo Kitchen Glove and Cloths it would be absolutely perfect, but is it worth the expense?

As you know I like to do my research and compare my options before I buy so it is important to know what makes the Enjo Floor Cleaner (RRP $99) different than regular floor cleaners. The extra long Enjo Floor Cleaner Handle is light in weight, simple to assemble and use, comfortable to hold and manoeuvre and it slides under furniture easily. Giving the kitchen floor a quick wipe down after dinner takes just a few short minutes and requires very little effort making it ideal for busy mums and dads and well lived-in kitchens like ours. However the real difference is in the special Enjo Floor Fibres you use to wipe the floor with.

Enjo Floor FibresI know it is hard to believe, and I didn’t believe it either until I witnessed it with my own eyes, but Enjo Fibres work their magic with just a squirt of water. There is no need for nasty chemicals or detergent, there is no sticky residue and you can reuse the fibres over and over again, just wash them in the your washing machine and you’re ready for your next clean. Using nothing but water Enjo Fibres remove 95-100% of bacteria so can keep your home healthy and clean and children and pets can play on the floor safely.

There are six different Enjo Floor Fibres (RRP $99) to choose from, each type of fibre suits a different floor type so you can achieve perfect results on every floor. Wooden floors, tiles, bamboo, vinyl, lino, marble, concrete, there is an Enjo Floor Fibre that is right for you. The cleaner head simply slides into the floor fibre like an envelope and you’re good to go, unlike disposable wipes that come undone easily and need ‘tucking in’ repeatedly the Enjo Floor Fibre stays perfectly in place no matter what angle you use it on or how hard you push. When you’re done just unlock the cleaner head with your foot to remove the floor fibre for rinsing or washing.

Enjo Floor Cleaner Pack

The verdict? Considering the impressive 3-year life span of Enjo Fibres, the eliminated need for special floor cleaners and wipes full of nasty chemicals, the absence of chemical residue afterwards and the ease of use (and less waste) compared to other alternatives on the market the Enjo Floor Cleaner is well worth the investment. Yes it is a big expense at first but now I won’t have to buy any floor cleaning products for 3 years and it is healthier for my family too! Christmas has come early for me and I couldn’t be happier with our new floor cleaner.

Receive a FREE Limited Edition Green Floor Cleaner (RRP $99) when you buy any two Enjo Floor Fibres. Offer is valid while stock lasts so be quick and order your preferred Floor Fibres today.

To find out more about Enjo, to book an Enjo demo and to order your favourite Enjo products online visit www.enjo.com.au.

Jul 082014
 

Penguin Australia

As you may have guessed our bookshelf has a mix of English and Dutch books on it and of some titles we even have both the Dutch and the English version. I guess it says something about the popularity of a book when it is translated in multiple languages and the kids love comparing the words. Whether you call him Rupsje Nooitgenoeg (Caterpillar Neverenough) or The Very Hungry Caterpillar, everyone loves this adventurous little critter and his insatiable appetite and now even the youngest kids can start enjoying Eric Carle:

Eric Carle Cloth Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Cloth Book is a gorgeous soft and very huggable cloth book that makes a wonderful first introduction to the famous Eric Carle story. There are eight colourful pages featuring eye catching illustrations accompanied by some simple words and sentences, teaching babies a selection of fruits and other easy words like moon, stars and leaf.

Hungry Caterpillar

Whether you just read what’s on the pages, stick to the original Eric Carle story or use your imagination and create your own version, there is lots of room for variety. Practise the names of the fruit or talk about different colours, it’s amazing how much you can with this sweet book. Little ones will love flicking through the pages, you don’t have to worry about your baby bending or ripping them and there’s no chance of accidental eye poking with sharp corners.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Cloth Book comes packaged in a beautiful gift box making it a perfect present for a new arrival or a baby shower.

To find out more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Cloth Book ($19.99) by Eric Carle, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Easy as ENJO

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Jul 042014
 

ENJO

Confession time: I am not a cleaner, I have never been and probably never will be a big fan of cleaning. Of course I do what needs to be done but I prefer not to spend any more time on it than necessary. I need cleaning to be quick and efficient leaving me with as much time as possible to enjoy my little ones who grow up way too fast.

The kitchen is definitely the busiest room in our house and it is not just busy around meal times, we are in and out all day. Getting a drink, preparing a baby bottle, making a snack, games, homework, craft or puzzles at the big dining table, it’s the heart of our home. This may sound sweet and lovely but is also messy, sticky, wet and drippy, there is always something that needs cleaning up or wiping down.

The team at ENJO figured I could do with a bit of cleaning help so they sent me some great ENJO Kitchen products to try out in our messy kitchen. While I had heard of ENJO before I had never tried it as, I’ll be honest here, I expected it to be a bit of hyped up product (plus I dislike cleaning so I didn’t bother looking into it much). But I am always happy to try new things so I entered with an open mind, read up on the ENJO concept and got out the gloves.

ENJO Kitchen GloveENJO offers chemical free, reusable and effective cleaning solutions for all around the home, now who doesn’t like the sound of that? At the heart of the ENJO magic lies the unique ENJO fibre, created in Austria and 100 times finer than a human hair. The unique shape of these innovative fibres lifts, traps and holds dust, dirt, bacteria, grease and grime leaving your surfaces clean, spotless and free of nasty bacteria that lurk around your home.

There is no need for chemical filled sprays, wipes, soaps and foams that could harm your family’s health and it gives you much more room in your cleaning cupboard, nice bonus! After use simple wash your ENJO gloves and cloths in the washing machine to remove all the dirt they picked up while cleaning and they’re good as new again. I always thought our marble kitchen bench top was clean, but after using the ENJO Kitchen Glove ($49) I have come to realise it must never have been completely clean. It is so shiny and sparkly now and the same goes for our range hood, I don’t think it has ever been this glossy since we purchased this house.

ENJO Kitchen MiracleI am also totally smitten with the way our kitchen cupboard doors have come up now that we use ENJO. With six pair of hands touching them all day long they get grubby very quickly and it takes lots of rubbing to get them clean. I am very aware of the kids putting their hands in and near their mouths or faces so I didn’t want to use a chemical spray but water only just didn’t lift the fingerprints completely. Thanks to ENJO they are now shiny without the worry, it takes just a quick wipe to leave the doors clean and streak free.

ENJO benefits: Being able to clean without using chemicals is safer for your family, better for the environment and it reduces the number of cleaning products you need. I even found my husband browsing the ENJO website and looking at the items he thinks we should buy so I think we can safely say the cleaning results are absolutely fantastic. We are so impressed that we have decided to save up for the ENJO floor cleaner so I can keep the floor clean and safe for the kids to play on, in particularly the baby.

ENJO downsides: I will be honest, ENJO does come with a price tag that scares many people off, before I tried it myself I was a bit taken aback by the prices too. However when you do the maths ENJO comes out really well, the products are washable and reusable and just a few ENJO products can replace a large range of nasty chemical cleaners. You can also buy an ENJO bundle for even better value, it’s a great investment that will save you dollars and health in the long run.

To find out more about Enjo, to book an Enjo demo and to order your favourite Enjo products online visit www.enjo.com.au.

Splash and Save with Close

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Mar 112014
 

Close

I regularly receive emails from companies asking me to try out their modern cloth nappies on my children and write about my experiences but I always politely decline. It’s absolutely not that I have something against cloth nappies, in fact I am a big fan: cloth nappies look gorgeous, are great for the environment and save you big bucks on your family budget, however the simple truth is that after trying many different brands and styles over the last few years there is simply only one name that delivers excellent results for us and that I’m loyal to: UK label Close.

Pop-In Swim Nappy LionIn Australia the Close range is being distributed by cloth nappy experts OZ Baby Trends and you can find their products at many stores and online retailers across Australia. If you are a modern eco conscious parent you are sure to love Close, the range offers so many fantastic products and new designs are being added all the time. The latest Close gems have just been uncovered and they are currently en route to all Australian stockists, ready to be snapped up by you.

Pop-In Swim Nappy HippoSummer may officially be over but that doesn’t mean swimming season is over. Whether you are taking your baby out to the pool, have a beach holiday planned or have signed up for swim school the brand new Close Swim Nappy is a must have for your swimming bag. Created by the makers of the super reliable Pop-In cloth nappy you can count on these stylish reusable swimmers to keep baby (and mum) happy and the pool clean.

Pop-In Swim Nappy RobotThe new Pop-in Swim Nappy features a soft and colourful printed outer, a world of difference from the plain, sterile, crinkly plastic disposable swim nappies you pick up at the supermarket. Hidden on the inside are three carefully created layers designed to deliver superior reliability: a layer of fast wicking fleece and a stain resistant, water repellent layer sandwiched together with a hidden waterproof membrane.

Pop-In Swim Nappy Russian DollFor ultimate safety and cleanliness the legs and waist are securely ‘sealed’ by the unique Close Seal to Skin binding. These soft and flexible ‘cuffs’ fit nice and snug around your baby’s waist and legs so that any accidents stay contained without interfering with your baby’s movability or leaving nasty marks. After the swimming adventure rinse your swim nappy thorougly and it’s good to go for next time, so easy!

The Pop-In Swim Nappy is available in four sweet prints to suit boys and girls and comes in four different sizes: Small (from birth/3kg), Medium (from 4 months/6kg), Large (from 8 months/9 kg) and Extra Large (from 16 months/13kg). With a very pleasant $19.95 price tag you are sure to gets lots and lots of water fun for your money and you don’t have to feel guilty about adding more waste to landfill.

To find out more about OZ Baby Trends, to browse the Close Ltd range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

SnoozeShade

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Jan 272012
 

Just like many other families we thought Australia Day was a perfect day to venture out and explore this beautiful country a little more. Now that the twins are a bit older going out has become a lot easier, they can walk by themselves and with a bit of luck they can go without a day sleep. The baby can walk by herself too, in fact she’d love to walk everywhere if she could, but she definitely still needs her sleep during the day. Unlike the twins who only slept in their own cots the baby quite enjoys a little nap in the pram, nice and cosy under her SnoozeShade.

SnoozeShade was invented by mum Cara, who loved going out with her little girl but the older she got the harder it was to get her to sleep in the pram. Cara realised that there was a big need for a product that would allow babies and toddlers to take a quiet, comfortable, peaceful snooze in the pram without being disturbed by light, noise, activity around and even curious passersby.

After a year of brainstorming, researching and trying SnoozeShade was born, a blackout blind for strollers and prams. For me,  someone who used to leave the house with pegs and a gigantic muslin cloth (which never stayed put), this is a gift from heaven. The SnoozeShade has been designed to fit different pram sizes and shapes and to offer complete coverage. The breathable SnoozeShade blocks out 94% of light and 98% of UVA/UVB rays ensuring a safe and silent rest for baby.

The SnoozeShade is fitted with many clever features to help baby get a restful sleep and mum feel confident about baby’s safety and protection. My favourite selling points are the fast installation (it takes less than a minute for me to put up the SnoozeShade Plus) and the ‘Sneak-a-Peek’ zip for peace of mind. I also love how the look-out panel lets baby look out but sun doesn’t come in, perfect for the bright summer days.

I am currently using the SnoozeShade Plus on my phil&teds Vibe 2 but there are several other SnoozeShade designs to choose from. Thanks to the classic black colour the SnoozeShade suits every pram and doesn’t go out of fashion. The clever design features velcro straps for an ideal fit for your pram, on the website you’ll find an extensive list of prams that have been tested with the SnoozeShade. Prices start at $34.95 and when ordered online delivery within Australia is FREE.

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