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.

Jan 192016
 

Bobo & Boo

As most long-time Hip Little One readers will know food has always been a bit of an issue for our cheeky miss almost-3. While we have overcome quite a few challenges and outgrown allergies along the way it is still an ongoing battle to get her to eat so we are always looking for ways to help make family mealtime a success. Our latest find has been very well received, check out these sweet Bobo & Boo dinner sets:

Bamboo dinnerware

Bobo & Boo is a new Australian homeware label creating stylish eco-friendly dinnerware made from all natural, renewable and sustainable materials like bamboo, bran and cornstarch, making it a perfect pick for modern green families who want to look after the environment and avoid nasty plastics in their home.

Bobo & Boo PebbleSo why is bamboo the talk of the town? With more and more parents become aware of the potential dangers hiding in ordinary plastic the demand for a safer, greener solution has grown considerably. As a natural and renewable resource bamboo is a non-toxic and sustainable choice that is gentle on our our children and the world they grow up in, no wonder Bobo & Boo is such a hit with Aussie families!

Bobo & Boo PacificBobo & Boo dinnerware sets (RRP $25.95) consist of a matching bowl, plate, cup, fork and spoon and are currently available in 6 trendy colours. This means our five kids could each have their own special set or we could play a fun game of mix and match, miss 3 immediately had her heart set on the soft and happy sunshine yellow. Each Bobo & Boo set comes beautifully packaged in a nice gift box.

Officially Bobo & Boo dinnerware was designed with little people in mind but I have to admit I secretly enjoy a scrumptious Bobo & Boo bowl of yoghurt or fruit salad before bedtime too. The cutlery is an ideal size for small hands and it doesn’t feel cold and slippery like metal cutlery. I just love the soft, almost velvety texture of the bamboo, it’s rather luxurious! Good to know: Bobo & Boo dinnerware is dishwasher safe (top shelf), biodegradable and smash proof = Winner!

Bobo & Boo

To find out more Bobo & Boo, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.boboandboo.com.au.

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Dec 162015
 

SodaStream

With just ten days to go until Christmas many of us are starting to feel the pressure. Decorating the house, organising a festive family dinner, doing the shopping and of course sourcing that one perfect present for each of your guests. People often say it is impossible to make everyone happy but is actually surprisingly simple thanks to SodaStream:

SodaStream Power

Most people will remember SodaStream from their childhood, making instant fizzy in their retro orange kitchen. However there is nothing old-fashioned about SodaStream: these days the drink makers and reusable bottles look sleek and trendy, the range of delicious flavours is always growing and (very important) SodaStream is doing an amazing job reducing the number of drink bottles headed to landfill.

SodaStream bottlesThe durable SodaStream bottles have a three year lifespan which means they can save the average Australian family (and the environment) up to 2,190 bottles and cans, now that’s what I call environment friendly! Even the gas cylinders are reusable, once empty you can take your cylinder to one of the many SodaStream retailers across Australia for a direct swap at a reduced rate instead of purchasing a whole new gas cylinder. The cylinders will then be refilled by SodaStream ready for another round of fizzy fun.

Whether it’s a tonic for Grandpa, an ice tea for Grandma, a cola for hubby, lemonade for the kids or simply a sparkling water for the health nut in the family, SodaStream is sure to please everyone this Christmas. There are currently more than 40 different SodaStream flavours (including diet and sugar free options) to choose from, making SodaStream the perfect fit for everyone and every lifestyle. That’s Christmas gift giving made easy!

SodaStream

As you may know I am on a slow and steady mission to reclaim my body after giving birth to our little Harriet 11 weeks ago. I said goodbye to unhealthy snacks, cut down on unnecessary carbs and replaced unhealthy soft drinks by water and so far I am doing very well. In saying that, I do miss the refreshing tingles that come with a nice cool glass of soda so bubbles in my water are a must. The bubbles really help quench my thirst on a hot summer day and make it much easier for me to reach my 2-3 litre water a day goal, plus they hide the yucky taste of Australian tap water.

SodaStream Power

Instead of buying expensive bottles of sparkling water (3 litres a day quickly adds up) I use our SodaStream machine to make my own freshly carbonated water, it is always there when I feel like it and I can add just the right amount of fizz, perfect! At the same time hip daddy can still enjoy his choice of soft drinks and make them fresh on demand, after all no one likes flat soft drinks in the fridge. We have been using our SodaStream drinks maker for more than four years now and I still love it at much as when I tasted my first home-made soft drink.

SodaStream Raspberry

Because I use it so often and SodaStream is a real fixture in our kitchen the stylish new mains powered SodaStream Power (RRP AUD $199.00) feels right at home on our kitchen bench, I am loving the update. I really like the modern designer look and the way you can carbonate your water with the touch of a button and I very much appreciate the quietness of the SodaStream Power particularly when our Hattie is asleep nearby.

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

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Save 30% storewide at Sustainababy

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Jul 142015
 

As the birth of our new son or daughter is coming closer I have slowly started to go through my ‘baby checklist’. Of course I have held on to quite a few pieces (most of it to be honest!), but after multiple owners some items are looking a little worse for wear or are just not the right season. I recently ordered a beautiful stack of organic cotton baby clothes from Sustainababy and am so pleased with them! If you’ve had your eye on some gorgeous eco-goodies too now is the time to shop up a storm in the Sustainababy Birthday Sale:

Fill up your shopping basket at Sustainababy and save a huge 30% off storewide, simply enter the code ‘5THBIRTHDAY’ at checkout. Offer ends July 19, 2015, excludes gift vouchers, bulk nappy packs and mattresses.

Sustainababy

The awesome news is that Sustainababy is bigger than the name suggests and it holds treasures for the whole family. Get organised for your new bub, re-stock your gift cupboard, pack a re-usable lunch, go green on your cleaning supplies or treat yourself to something special, all at 30% off:

Purebaby Grow SuitI first discovered Australian fashion label Purebaby when I was pregnant with baby no.3 and have been a big fan every since. My two youngest girls have both worn the Purebaby newborn range and I can’t wait to see our new addition in these lovely soft Purebaby Grow Suits (RRP $29.95, now $20.97) too. Made from 100% certified organic cotton the range is free from nasty chemicals and gentle against sensitive baby skin. I love how the smallest sizes of these sweet suits have fold-over mittens, another great ‘safety’ feature for itchy bubbas!

YumboxWith school going back next week don’t forget to give your child’s lunchbox and drink bottle a little check-over and replace if necessary. Like many families worldwide our kids use Yumbox bento-style lunch boxes (RRP $39.95, now $27.97) which are absolutely fantastic and very practical, while available in quite a few stores these days I have NEVER seen them on sale at such a great price. Sustainababy currently has the awesome Yumbox Panino in stock in three different colours.

Plan Toys XylophonePersonally I love getting organised nice and early for birthdays and Christmas, it saves me running around in rush and if you shop the sales you can save yourself some big bucks too. The timeless wooden Plan Toys make lovely gifts that are high quality and durable, there are so many fabulous designs to choose from to suit boys and girls of different ages. What a great way to support your child’s development and support the environment at the same time.

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

Jul 052015
 

Goodness

When I think back to my life ten years ago I can’t believe how much has changed. Not only did I get married and moved to Australia from the other side of the world, we also welcomed four (soon five) beautiful children into our family. I absolutely love our busy household and while our big family means I may not be able to splurge on luxury items for myself anymore I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

Goodness range

I love discovering budget-friendly alternatives for luxury products and today’s find is a real winner. If you are looking for gentle skincare that is good for your skin, the environment AND your (tight!) wallet you are sure to adore the new Goodness range.

Goodness Natural Beauty LabThe team at Goodness Natural Beauty Lab uses natural skin enhancers like avocado, coconut and chia oil, as well as other eco-treasures like honeysuckle extract, shea butter, blackberry extract and many more, and bottles it up for us to enjoy. The affordable range currently consists of 5 great products that cover all your skincare needs from the moment you wake up with the light and breathable Every Morning Moisturiser (RRP $16.95, 75ml) to cleaning up before bed with the fresh and tingly Every Day Cream Cleanser (RRP $16.95, 150ml).

Every Evening CreamMy personal favourite is a wonderfully fragrant little jar called Every Evening Cream (RRP $19.95, 60ml), the consistency is perfect, it leaves my skin feeling soft when I wake up and the smell is to die for. I often find night creams too thick and suffocating so this a welcome change, I’ve even convinced hubby to add this slice of Goodness to his after-shower routine and that says a lot.

Goodness Chia Seed OilCertified Organic Chia Seed Oil (RRP $19.99, 20ml), also known as Goodness’ hero product, gives tired skin a welcome boost of healthy omega fatty acids without the expensive ‘certified organic’ price tag. Just a few drops of this easily absorbed silky oil deliver instant hydration and nourishment and the compact handbag size make it perfect for little refreshments throughout the day.

Goodness Face ScrubI generally avoid facial scrubs because I find them too harsh but like the rest of the Goodness range this wonderful Every Week Face Scrub (RRP $12.95, 50ml) is free from nasties like parabens, petrochemicals, PEGs, sulfates, silicons, harsh surfactants and other yucky ingredients so it is surprisingly gentle. Even my sensitive pregnancy skin, which seems to respond rather drastically to small changes at the moment, has given this new product the thumbs up!

You can find the Goodness range right now at all Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and selected Woolworths stores across Australia and soon Priceline will be joining the Goodness revolution too.

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

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May 212015
 

Big Baby Shower – Day 21

We all want to give our baby the best start in life, in the big things but in the small things too. Through her online ecostore and a range of fantastic e-courses eco-mama Laura helps educate Aussie parents on what’s best for their families and the environment, one simple step at a time.

Sustainababy

At Sustainababy you’ll find healthy, green and sustainable alternatives to your important baby needs, I am sure you will love all the brands and products Laura has sourced from around the globe.

Jack 'n Jill ToothpasteWhether you like it or not, at some point in time your baby’s first tooth will make an appearance and generally this involves quite a lot of tears and broken nights. Keeping that shiny white bud clean and healthy is easy with fruity fresh Jack ‘n Jill Natural Toothpaste (RRP $5.95), made right here in Australia. With yummy flavours like blackcurrant, banana and blueberry, xylitol to fight tooth decay and no sugar, colours, SLS and preservatives you can brush those little toothy pegs without worries.

VulliYou can also offer your teething baby some much needed distraction and relief for sore gums with these funky Vulli teething toys (from the makers of the famous Sophie the Giraffe toy). They are handmade in France from the finest natural rubber and finished with food quality paints so your baby can happily and safely chew away on Chan (Blue), Pie (Pink) or Gnon (Yellow). They’re the perfect size for little hands and suitable from birth onwards.

Baby BeehindsThis week the eco-spotlight is on cloth nappies, they are a reusable, eco-friendly, budget-friendly (and of course very cute!) alternative to disposable nappies and this week you can stock up with 15% off all Baby Beehinds cloth nappies. Whether you are just getting started or want to add to your cloth nappy stash, you’ll have a hard time resisting all this fluffy goodness! Simply enter the code ‘WEEKLYSPECIAL14’ at checkout, offer ends May 24 and excludes bulk nappy packs.

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