Resoftables: Cuddles with a conscience

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Jun 152020
 

While the last few months have definitely not been easy, they have also taught people all over the world some valuable lessons. I have heard so many inspiring stories from people who soaked up this precious time with their loved ones, acquired new skills, reshaped their goals for the future, became more self-sufficient, discovered a love for nature and decided to make better choices for themselves and their families. If you would like to recycle, reuse, repurpose or refurbish more you are guaranteed to adore Resoftables:

Looking at how quickly our household plastic waste adds up each week, I am not surprised to hear that the world produces more than 275 million tonnes of plastic waste every single year. It is impossible to comprehend how much that really is, but it is roughly the body weight of a herd of 55 MILLION elephants!

We can all do our share: By sorting our household waste in the correct bins, donating unwanted goods and upcycling/recycling where possible, avoiding single-use items, bringing our own shopping bags and of course by consciously buying recycled products in store. Thanks to HeadStart now even the youngest family members can do their part, meet the Resoftables.

Not only are Resoftables hailed as the world’s softest plush, they are also made using 100% household plastic waste so they’re a safe and responsible choice for your children and the environment. Each adorable Resoftables toy (14″, ages 0+) is made from approximately 11 recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that? Next time you recycle your empty plastic bottle, your ‘rubbish’ might just turn into someone else’s Resoftable.

There are currently five different Resoftables to choose from: Bobo the Bunny, Sparkles the Unicorn, Snowie the Polar Bear, Kiki the Koala and Ted the Teddy Bear (a perfect match for our 2-year old Ted). You can find your favourite Resoftables toy at your local Kmart or Big W store. Bring on the cuddles!

To find out more about Resoftables by HeadStart and to take a closer look at the range visit www.resoftables.com.

Moments4me giveaway

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May 242018
 

I don’t know about you but this miserable winter weather is really weighing me down. The many broken nights, the dark, cold mornings and trying to keep up with life with six little kids… some days it is just about making it through the day and a few spare minutes to myself are hard to find. If you are in need of a little time-out too you will love this welcome treat from Chemist Warehouse:

Produced in France and warmly received in countries all over Europe, eco-friendly skincare brand Moments4me has now made it to Australian shores where it is rapidly becoming a big favourite with busy people desperate for fresh, revived skin.

Moments4me offers a range of high-quality, natural bio-cellulose face masks to suit many different skin types eg. rejuvenating, moisturising, anti-ageing, lifting and more. The range is completed by a de-puffing eye mask, perfect for tired mamas like me! Using natural, active ingredients and being cruelty free Moments4me is sure to appeal to those looking for ways to look after themselves the right way and achieve clean, pure skin.

Moments4me products are convenient, easy-to-use and surprisingly affordable with a pleasant price tag of just $10.99. Whether you are at home, on a business trip or holiday, make sure you always have one of the handy single use masks on hand for a quick pick-me-up. I love the fact that Moments4me is simple, straight forward and stress-free and mess-free too!

To find out more about Moments4me, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite products online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Moments4me giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Moments4me Pamper Pack (RRP $43.96).

Milkbar giveaway

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Oct 302017
 

It may surprise you but even after six kids and with more than 53 months of breastfeeding under my belt I am still learning new things. As someone who always has an oversupply of milk I have seen lots of precious breastmilk drip away, soaking piles of towels every day. Of course I realised this was a real waste, but I was also hesitant to start pumping and increase my milk production (and my mastitis risk) even more. Until I discovered Milkbar

Milkbar Breastpumps is an Australian online store that specialises in, you guessed it, breast pumps. Proud owner and mama-of-two Diana has selected only the very best brands and is dedicated to providing Aussie mothers with valuable knowledge and expert advise when it comes to feeding your baby and finding the right product for you and your situation. Diana definitely hit the mark for me when she sent me this awesome pack by New Zealand brand Haakaa:

Quick and easy to use the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump (RRP $27.90-$29.90) is not only a very effective but also affordable way to capture every valuable drop of breastmilk that comes out of your breast while you are feeding your baby on the other side. Based on the concept of suction you simply squeeze the Haakaa pump and place it on your breast, creating a vacuum seal around your nipple. Instead of your milk dripping away and going to waste it now flows straight into the Haakaa pump, it’s as easy as that!

On my very first try of the Haakaa pump I collected 90ml of breastmilk, without any effort and without the worry of overstimulating my breasts to make more milk. Since then I have been collecting my ‘excess’ milk at every feed which left me with quite a nice emergency supply in the freezer. It has also proven to be very handy for dissolving Ted’s daily reflux medication and even miss 2 (whom I had to wean six months ago) has been able to enjoy a little cup of breastmilk every now and then. Needless to say I am super chuffed with my Haakaa.

Featuring a simple one-piece design this compact pump is an absolute breeze to use and clean (great for sleep deprived parents), it can be cleaned in a steriliser, boiled water or dishwasher. There are no tricky bits to put together or go missing and no batteries or cords to mess around with, it’s always ready to go. You can store your breastmilk directly in your Haakaa using the funky Flower Stopper or Storage Cap or you can transfer the milk into milk storage bags or containers.

Especially for new mamas Haakaa has combined all your pumping essentials in the fabulous Haakaa New Mum Starter Pack (RRP $55), containing a 150ml Haakaa Breast Pump, Storage Cap, Flower Stopper and a box of 36 disposable Haakaa breast pads. Good to know: The Haakaa Breast Pump is made from 100% food grade silicone and is completely from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

To find out more about Milkbar Breastpumps, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkbarbreastpumps.com.au.

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May 202015
 

Avidiva

Big Baby Shower – Day 20

I don’t know about you but I love that newborn baby smell, that sweet, natural fragrance of a brand new bubba that simply cannot be captured in a bottle. More and more parents are becoming aware of the fact that artificial cleaners and chemical filled bubble baths, lotions and creams can damage your baby’s sensitive skin and even impact your baby’s breathing and sleeping. Luckily Avidiva has some fantastic gentle alternatives available that help you protect that natural goodness:

Ayana Organics Welcome Little One

Australian skincare brand Ayana Organics puts great care in selecting unprocessed, raw ingredients and essential oils from nature, to nurture and protect precious skin.

Ayana Organics Massage OilMany of their products are certified organic and the others contain high quantities of certified organic ingredients. All Ayana Organics products are 100% plant based, including the preservatives used, and certified cruelty free making them a safe and wonderful choice for your new arrival. The ‘Welcome Little One’ Pack (RRP $58.50) has been put together with love as a beautiful gift for newborn babies, it’s a perfect baby shower gift idea.

Ayana Organics Bottom CreamInside the handmade giftbox, made from recycled materials, you’ll find three great products for your new bub. The unscented, 100% organic Baby Massage Oil contains a blend of sweet almond oil, apricot oil and jojoba oil and will keep baby’s skin soft and supple. Enjoy the soothing and calming effect of lavender and calendula with the Baby Bottom Cream. Last but not least a soft bamboo washer is included for a gentle clean at bath time.

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au, shipping is free on Australian orders over $50.

For your chance to win an Ayana Organics ‘Welcome Little One’ pack (RRP $58.50) enter our giveaway below:

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Dec 082014
 

Avidiva

Christmas Countdown – Day 8

Australian online boutique Avidiva is home to a beautiful range of eco friendly, organic and lovingly handmade goods for the special little someone in your life. Owner and mum Jamie has carefully selected some fantastic Australian and international labels that are sure to be appreciated by both your family and the environment.

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Especially for our Christmas Countdown Avidiva has put together this lovely baby gift pack from the eco experts at Dandelion:

Dandelion Bear BlanketThis adorable Dandelion Bear Blanket (RRP $27.99) loves giving bedtime snuggles, hugs on the couch, going on car trips and walks in the pram, he’s the perfect cuddly friend for boys and girls. With his crinkly head and easy-grab knots and tags he is sure to keep small hands (and mouths!) busy. If your little one needs some help settling this could be just the comforting toy you need, he can go anywhere with you. Don’t worry, he is fully machine washable.

Dandelion Bib & Burper PackIf you are mum you will no doubt agree that babies are the cause of lots and lots of extra washing. Yucky poo explosions, teething dribbles, splashy burps, food spills, anything that can reduce your laundry load is welcome. Keep your, and your child’s, clothing clean with this sweet Dandelion Bib & Burper Pack (RRP $25), available in blue, pink, green and white. Made from the softest certified organic cotton and free from harmful chemicals it will not irritate your delicate baby’s skin or airways.

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au, shipping is free on Australian orders over $50.

For your chance to win a Dandelion Bear Blanket and Bip and Burper Pack from Avidiva (RRP $53) enter our giveaway below:

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My Natural Eco Teethers

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Apr 072014
 

My Natural

As I am someone who shares most big (and little) baby milestones with pride you may have been wondering why I haven’t done any teething updates these past few months. Well, it’s because we haven’t seen any new teeth for quite a while! We’re currently stuck at seven which is a bit unsettling for a balance freak like me but it doesn’t seem to bother Sybbie at all.

Pony Eco Teether

My Natural Eco Teethers ($16.99)

Even though (as far as we can see) there are no new teeth on the horizon there is plenty of chewing happening so I am thinking of grabbing her one of these gorgeous new My Natural Eco Teethers from Avidiva. Teething or not, they sure make a very sweet baby toy! Created from an innovative blend of corn, potato and sugar starch products these colourful animal teethers are extremely baby and eco friendly.

My Natural Eco Teethers

There is no need to worry about nasty BPA, Phthalates, PVC or latex, the plant based ingredients of the My Natural Eco Teethers are safe for your little bundle to bite, chew, chomp and munch on. The bright colour, interesting shape and texture and easy-to-grab design make the design attractive to young children, there are three different styles to choose from. Priced at a very affordable $16.99 each these lovely teething toys are a great baby gift idea, the only question is which one to choose?

To find out more about Avidiva, to take a closer look at the My Natural Eco Teethers and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.

Cliques by Ruben+Kosch

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Jul 092013
 

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Eco friendly, stylish, innovative and last but not least very cute, I am totally in love with Cliques. This fabulous concept by Australian designer Nicholas Koschade may still be a work in progress but I am convinced it will be huge hit. Check out the video below and be (literally) delighted:

Angel CliquesThe more the merrier definitely applies to Cliques. As soon as two Cliques units touch hands they light up and you can connect as many Cliques as you like. My kids would love some of these illuminating buddies to light up their bedroom! Using high quality LEDs (very eco friendly) Cliques supply over 12 hours of continuous light, after which they can simply be recharged via your computer’s USB port or even your iPod/iPad/iPhone charger. Of course they won’t get hot and there are no loose parts so they are completely safe.

Ninja CliquesHowever Cliques are not just a practical light source, they also spread the important social message of friendship, shared interests and teamwork, how cool is that? There will be a whole wardrobe full of Cliques gear available, from clothing to headpieces and from prints to seasonal dress ups. I especially love the fact that kids can even draw on their blank boy or girl Cliques and create their own unique design, they can change their Cliques’ look as often as they like.

Panda CliquesTo find out more about Cliques and to help speed up the production process by contributing to this great project visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/join-the-clique. If you make a small donation of $5 or $20 you are making this talented designer very happy AND you are in the draw to win your own set of Cliques plus two character outfits of your choice. Hurry as the campaign and competition will end in just 4 days.