Feb 112017
 

I am sure it is no surprise to you that in a big family like ours space is always a bit of an issue. Wherever possibly I try to reduce and I love finding multi-purpose products, anything to make everyday life a bit easier and more organised for this busy mama. Recently I emptied out our overflowing cleaning cupboard and cut back to the bare basics, what a difference that makes! If you’re looking for a great all-in-one product to keep you and your house in top shape you are sure to love this gem by Dr. Bronner’s:

From hands to hair, from dishes to dogs, from face to floor, from teeth to toilets and much more, Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Liquid Soap is famous around the globe for its versatile cleaning properties. Made with gentle natural, certified fair-trade ingredients just a few drops of this powerful hemp 18-in-1 soap go a long way and it barely takes up any room in your bathroom cupboard. There are 11 great fragrances to choose from, if you love a light and floral scent the Cherry Blossom Pure-Castille Liquid Soap (RRP $12.95, 237ml) is your match.

Since ditching our soap pump for a traditional bar of soap the family bathroom is not only a lot less messy, my children’s sensitive skin has dramatically improved as well. The kids wash their hands many times a day and most ‘ordinary’ soaps leave their skin red, sore and irritated, but none of that with the delicious Cherry Blossom Pure-Castille Bar Soap (RRP $7.95, 140g). If only the school would start using Dr. Bronner’s too, now that would really make me happy!

Growing up in The Netherlands I used to think that chapped lips were more a cold country problem, but since moving to Australia I discovered that the heat can wreak havoc on your lips too. During the hot summer months we’re surrounded by unpleasant, dry air all day long and it sure ain’t doing delicate lips any favours. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balms provide a protective barrier to the elements without any synthetic ingredients, yay for soft, moisturised lips without nasties. We love the minty fresh Peppermint Organic Lip Balm (RRP $5.95, 4g).

To find out more about Dr. Bronner’s, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.drbronner.com.au.

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Mar 152015
 

Skeanie

While most days it is still a lovely temperature outside the nights are noticeably getting cooler which can only mean one thing: Autumn has begun! Personally I love this cosy season that sees nature’s colours change and leaves fall, I also very much enjoy snuggling up near the fire place and wearing warm boots. Make sure your little one doesn’t feel the chill during the cooler months with these gorgeous new Winter arrivals from Skeanie:

Skeanie Winter

Australian footwear label Skeanie creates classic leather shoes for stylish kids. Proudly named as an Associate Partner of The Australian Podiatry Association they value the health of growing little feet and use only high quality materials. Add to that the fact that the Skeanie range is Fair Trade made and you’ve got a winning combination.

Skeanie Infant Snug CreamFeaturing beautifully soft teddy bear fur lining the Skeanie Infant Snug Boot (RRP $39.95) is the ultimate luxury shoe for precious little baby feet. It’s super soft, comfortable and keeps small toes toasty warm during the cold season. Thanks to the adjustable velcro ankle strap you can ensure a correct fit for your child at all times and it makes it super easy and quick to get these little booties on (we all know how hard it can be to fit shoes on chubby baby feet!)

Skeanie Infant Riding Boot RedThis handmade Pre-Walker Riding Boot (RRP $39.95) is probably one of my favourites, I love the smooth, buttersoft leather and with a range of colours to choose from it’s a fantastic winter shoe for both boys and girls. The elasticised sides will help create a nice snug fit so that cheeky little tots can’t kick them off too easily. Depending on the size the Pre-Walker Riding Boots are fitted with a suede sole or split suede/rubber sole to provide excellent grip and flexibility.

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

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Eternal Creation A/W 2015

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Feb 152015
 

Eternal Creation

I love this busy time of year when all the new winter collections are being revealed, as a mum of four I have quite a few wardrobes to fill so I am always looking at new arrivals and stand-out looks. Back in December I showed you some lovely summer styles from fair trade label Eternal Creation and today I am sharing my favourite winter picks, fresh from the sewing machines in the Himalayas:

Eternal Creation Girls

The new collection brings a selection of warm winter hues with some welcome cheerful colours to brighten up a dark and dreary winter day. Pretty dresses, classic shirts, cool tops, sweet skirts, comfy pants, matching accessories and more, you can mix and match to your heart’s content when putting together your child’s new Eternal Creation winter wardrobe.

Retro Spot DressMy personal favourite for the girls is this Retro Spot Party Dress (RRP $53, 9 months – 4 years), made from 100% soft and breathable cotton. The colours (especially the dusty pink!) are divine and the eye catching ruffle hem is very cute, I also love the waist tie detail. A matching, and very adorable, little Retro Spot Dress Up Bag (RRP $17) is available to really complete the look, I know our little miss 2 would absolutely love it.

Mauve Dancer CordI know sometimes corduroy can appear a tad outdated but if you look around there are some stylish cord pieces out there, it is just a case of finding them. These floral Mauve Dancer Cord Pants (RRP $34, size 3 months – 3 years) are an excellent example, they are soft, comfortable and will keep little legs toasty warm on cold winter days. I think they would look very sweet on our littlest girl combined with a purple or teal top and the stretchy waistband would make nappy changes a breeze.

Night Owl T-shirtMy boys pick is this simple but lovely Night Owl T-shirt (RRP $34, size 2-14), a great wardrobe staple that will be worn over and over again. Wear it on its own with blue jeans or some cargos, add a touch of cool with a puffer vest or wear it under a hoodie for some extra warmth. Navy is one of my favourite colours and I love how forgiving it is when it comes to accidental spills and dirty marks.

Eternal Creation Boys

To find out more about Eternal Creation, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eternalcreation.com.

Dec 152014
 

Eternal Creation

Christmas Countdown – Day 15

For many families December is the most expensive month of the year: presents for loved ones, festive meals and gorgeous Christmas outfits for the whole family, it all adds up. When it comes to clothing is tempting to shop for the lowest prices, but without realising it you may be supporting unfair work conditions for employees (or even child labour!) through your brand selection. This Christmas (and all throughout the year) you can give the gift of a fair future by shopping Eternal Creation:

Rapture Sundress

Australian label Eternal Creation works with Tibetan refugees and local Indians to produce fresh, vibrant and high quality certified Fair Trade fashion. Putting people before profit, garments are made in a supportive and fun working environment in the Indian Himalayas. I love seeing the happy faces of the talented Eternal Creation tailors who lovingly create these beautiful pieces, how awesome that we can all be a part of that!

Red Heron PyjamasChristmas is all about special traditions and for many families it wouldn’t be Christmas without some new pyjamas or a special nightie to wear on Christmas morning. These boys Bold Red Heron Pyjamas (RRP $44, size 12m – 12y) are comfortable in cut, practical to wash and wear and festive in colour, they would make an ideal gift from grandma and grandpa. The button up shirt and pull up shorts are a classic style that are popular year after year.

Eternal Creation Pippen RomperThis gorgeous Perfect Pippen Romper (RRP $29, size 0-24m) is one of my favourite baby styles, I can just see our little miss Sybbie wearing this sweet summer suit. I love the pretty floral print and the delicate lace detail on the shoulders and being made with soft and breathable 100% cotton it is the perfect outfit for our warm Australian weather. To make nappy changes quick and hassle free you can simple open the suit at the bottom with three simple snap studs.

Eternal Creation Ruffle BlouseFor my bigger girls this fabulous Ruffle Blouse (RRP $44, size 4-12) would be my number one Christmas pick. The vibrant tangerine colour, cute ruffle front and little cap sleeves make this a very pretty top that will become a favourite in your daughter’s wardrobe. It can be quite tricky to find lovely clothing for older girls that is age appropriate and classy so I am glad to see Eternal Creation has got tweens covered in style too.

Most Eternal Creation pieces are made to order with love in the Himalayan Tailoring Centre and the turnaround is quick, shipping charges depend on the weight on your order and can be viewed during the checkout process.

To enjoy a very welcome $10 off your next Eternal Creation order simply enter the code ‘HIP’ at checkout. Offer ends December 25, 2014.

To find out more about Eternal Creation, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eternalcreation.com.

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Apr 262014
 

Little Blue Lane

If you’re a proud mama of a little boy (or maybe a few) you may have noticed that there is often a field of pink, sparkly flowers to wade through before you get to the blue stuff. Save yourself time and take a short cut to get to your desired destination with Little Blue Lane:

La Queue Du Chat Blue

It won’t take long for you to realise that Little Blue Lane is all about boys, from teeny newborn bundles to cheeky six year old dudes they’ve got you covered with a lovely range of clothing, accessories, toys, gifts and more. Every single item in store has been handpicked by mum Gemma for its unique style, quality, durability and fun factor. To make your shopping experience pleasant and hassle free you can search by category, brand or age; quick and easy!

La Queue Du Chat YellowOne of the many fabulous brands you’ll find in store is La Queue Du Chat, a stylish eco friendly and fair trade clothing label all the way from beautiful France. Made from soft and safe 100% organic cotton and featuring on trend colours and comfortable cuts La Queue Du Chat clothing is a perfect choice for streetwise boys, particularly those suffering from eczema, allergies or sensitive skin.

La Queue Du Chat Beige OnesieUsually master 5 easily complains of itchy skin but not a squeak from him when he is wearing this blue Seville Crocodile Tee. He has already requested for it to be packed for our Europe holiday in August, he loves the silky soft feel and it looks great with a pair of jeans or shorts. The current La Queue Du Chat collection consists of t-shirts, singlets, onesies and shorts in sizes 3 months to 5 years depending on the garment.

Right now you can save a huge 40% on all La Queue Du Chat Summer clothing. Be quick and grab your favourites today, an offer like this won’t last!

La Queue Du Chat Red

To find out more about Little Blue Lane, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlebluelane.com.au.

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