May 252014
 

The Body Shop at Home

I can hardly believe it but exactly two months from tomorrow we’ll finally leave on a long awaited holiday to The Netherlands to see my family. It has been two years since I have seen my parents, siblings, Opa, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends and none of them have even met our youngest daughter yet. I am sure we are going to have an amazing 5 weeks together and make lots of precious memories, the count down is on.

The tribe enjoying a walk in the forest

The tribe enjoying a walk in the forest

I can’t wait for the reunion at the airport, to introduce miss Sybbie to everyone, to hug my 91-year old grandfather, to play with my nieces, eat loads and loads of Dutch food and shop at a Dutch supermarket, to enjoy the beautiful Summer weather, visit the local markets, admire the Dutch scenery, talk Dutch from dusk till dawn, to swim in the North Sea and go for walks in the forest, to celebrate the kids’ birthdays with my family (for the first time ever) and so much more.

Just an ordinary Dutch supermarket (Oh how I miss my cheese!!)

Just an ordinary Dutch supermarket (Oh how I miss my cheese!!)

As you can imagine a big overseas holiday like this (for all six of us!) comes with a hefty price tag and we have to save up for our holiday for a few years. It’s worth every cent of it and the memories last a life time but it does take a fair bit of budgeting and self control, luckily I am very good at bargain shopping and the blog helps out a lot. The cost of a web domain, website hosting and newsletter service are not that high and the rest is my own time, it makes me feel so happy and proud when I can help with our savings. It’s a great example of how a small investment, a bit (or in my case a lot) of your time and a product you love can help you save up for something special.

Having fun in Opa and Oma's garden

Having fun in Opa and Oma’s garden

At The Body Shop At Home they understand this too and this month they have made it even easier for you to start saving for your big dream. For a limited time only if you join the team at The Body Shop At Home as a new consultant you can get your hands on the $670 Lifestyle Kit for just $199, that’s a huge saving of more than 70%! This well priced kit contains all you need to get your new venture on the way and before you know it you’ll be be putting your first easy-earnt dollars in your piggy bank.

$199 Lifestyle Kit

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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Apr 242014
 

Charli Bear

When the twins were born we were gifted quite a few pairs of shoes by lovely well meaning friends. Stylish as they may have been the cool mini Nikes and pretty Adidas sneakers stayed in their boxes and ended up never worn as the stiff materials and solid rubber soles just didn’t seem right for their soft, flexible, growing little feet.

Charli Bear

Whether it’s a newborn, crawler or even an early walker you’re shopping for, it is important to choose shoes that stay as close possible to the natural shape, development and flexibility of little baby feet. Australian label Charli Bear has created a gorgeous range of soft soled baby shoes for stylish little boys and girls that not only look beautiful but are also great quality and fit all the important health criteria.

Charli Bear Blue White SneakersCharli Bear baby shoes are made from high quality, super-soft, genuine leather that is durable, comfortable and flexible. On the inside they are lined with cotton so little toes can breathe and sweat is absorbed, after all moving around all day is hard and sweaty work! Because no one likes missing shoes Charli Bear footwear features an elastic back so you won’t lose your new shoes (if only it was this easy to prevent losing your mind too!).

Charli Bear Pink White Ballet ShoesYou can find a lovely selection of Charli Bear shoes in store at Avidiva. Mary Janes and ballet flats, sneakers and joggers, pink and red, white and silver, blue and brown, they’ve got all bases covered. All Charli Bear shoes are priced at $34.95 per pair and sizes range from Small (0-6 months) to XL (18-24 months). For shoe size conversions and measurements in centimeters you can refer to the Charli Bear size chart.

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the Charli Bear range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.

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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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Roshambo baby

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Mar 222014
 

Roshambo Baby

Like many other school mums I spent last week at the pool to help out with Swim Week. I was very relieved to make it through the week without forgetting or losing one of the towels, underwear or a pair of swimmers for one or more of the kids, there is so much to think of when you head out for a day in the sun!

Roshambo Baby, because little people deserve big people shades

Roshambo Baby, because little people deserve big people shades

Slip, Slop, Slap, we all know the drill, but what about Seek and Slide? Seeking shade and sliding on a pair of decent sunnies is just as important, luckily Petit Australia has got the ‘Slide’ part covered with their gorgeous range of Roshambo Baby sunglasses (0-18 months+). Made in Italy from high quality, durable and flexible materials these cool baby shades are not only super hip but built specifically for active little munchkins.

Roshambo KellySafety is top priority for Roshambo Baby which is why their lenses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection to keep those precious little eyes safe from the sun. Aside from keeping the sun at bay Roshambo Baby sunglasses also stay clear of nasty chemicals (they’re BPA free) and small parts so even munching, twisting, bending or pushing the ultra flexible frame will not put your mini adventurer at risk.

Roshambo tealRoshambo Baby has so much confidence in the durability of their product that their sunnies come with a full damage replacement guarantee if your frames break or get damaged in the first year of their use. Even if you clever little monkey manages to twist and turn the frame so strongly that one of the lenses pops out you don’t have to worry about it shattering, just pop the lens back in or in the event a lens gets lost it will be replaced for free.

Roshambo Baby CaseRoshambo BabyShades ($32.50) are available in twelve great colours to suit boys and girls and come in a handy little carry case to keep them clean and well protected. With names like Breakfast at Tiff’s, Punky Brewster, Gameboy and Simpons you will have a hard time picking a favourite. Sweet detail: With every Roshambo Baby purchase you are helping support the autism research institute, a very worthy cause.

To find out more about Petit Australia, to locate a Roshambo Baby stockist near you and to order online visit www.petit.com.au.

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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Kiddie Concepts giveaway

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Aug 262013
 

You may feel ‘real’ summer is still a little while away but it won’t be long until you hear the first ‘slip, slop, slap’ ads on TV. Even if it doesn’t seem very sunny yet you always have to be aware of harmful UV rays and protect your little one’s eyes when out exploring the beautiful Australian outdoors. If you are struggling to find sunglasses that stay put during all that running and jumping I’ve got good news for you, check out the awesome new Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses:

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses $22.95

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses $22.95

Just like the rest of the Kiddie Concepts range these cool sunnies have been designed by a clever Aussie mum who knows what works and what is really important. The first thing to look for in good sunglasses is the level of UV protection, anything less than 100% is not good enough and if no details are mentioned please assume they are unsafe! Luckily Kiddie Concepts offers great peace of mind as all new Kiddie Concepts sunglasses provide full 100% UV protection, including UVA, UVB and UVC.

Miss 6 months testing her new shades

Miss 6 months testing her new shades

Also, because these sunglasses are created especially for children they have to be absolutely safe. Another tick for the new Kiddie Concepts arrivals as they have passed Australian Standards Category 3, AS/NZS 1067:2003 with flying colours, they are free from BPA-free (yes they know children like to ‘taste’ the legs) and the lenses are shatter resistant. The flexible, shock-absorbing frames are built for busy kids with an active lifestyle. If you have experienced the nuisance of sunglasses with straight legs that just slide of the ears you will love the innovative ‘wrap around’ legs that follow the natural curve of a childs head, keeping them nicely in place.

Clever wrap-around legs keep the sunnies in place

Clever wrap-around legs keep the sunnies in place

Kiddie Concepts Kids Sunglasses are available in sizes 6-36 months and 3 years+ and you can choose from a range of different colours to suit both boys and girls. Also available is a handy Sunglasses Strap ($4.50, sold separately) which you can attach to your child’s new sunglasses so the chances of them slipping off or getting lost are even further reduced. With a friendly $22.95 pricetag these hip sunnies are very affordable and definitely a must-have for the upcoming summer seaon.

Yes, they stay on even when you jump!

Yes, they stay on even when you jump!

As a mum of four little ones we have gone through quite a few pairs of sunglasses already. Some of them got lost but most of them died a tragic death by breaking, twisting, bending, being crushed, jumped or sat on. So far these cute pink Kiddie Concepts Sunglasses are proven a real hit, as you can see miss just-turned-3 even tested if they would stay put when you jump and they do! Our youngest daughter has just turned 6 months old and the ‘baby size’ is a fabulous fit for her, she did not pull them off which means they are comfortable and the lenses sit extremely well around her eyes leaving very little gaps for sun to sneak in. I am absolutely thrilled by the great fit as that is something that’s hard to get right for wiggly babies.

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

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Sep 062012
 

Babies and feeding, this is always a hot topic and many mums feel a little overwhelmed by it all. There are so many different opinions and situations and of course every baby is different too. I myself have breastfed exclusively, breastfed and expressed (so bottlefed) and bottlefed exclusively (formula) and all of my babies are well and that is all that matters. When you do breastfeed your baby you might find it tricky to introduce a bottle whether it is with breastmilk or formula (I most certainly did), which is exactly where Closer to Nature comes in.

Although the brand has only just arrived on our shores Closer to Nature is quickly becoming well known under Aussie mums, you may have spotted the Closer to Nature range at your local supermarket or babystore already. It is not only in Australia that parents love this fantastic brand, in fact Closer to Nature is so popular that it is the UK’s No.1 newborn feeding brand! As the name suggests Closer to Nature is all about making both breastfeeding and bottlefeeding as natural as possible.

If your baby is bottlefed you’ll be pleased to know that the Closer to Nature bottle feeding range offers everything you need. From bottles and teats in different sizes to cleaning products, from steriliser to bottle warmer and more, Closer to Nature has got you covered. You can buy the bottles in single packs (ideal for testing the first time) or bigger sets for extra value. Save yourself multiple trips to the shop and get everything you need in one go! Prices start at just $9, a great price and as Closer to Nature is widely available it is a very convenient choice too.

Closer to Nature feeding bottles have been carefully designed to be as close to breastfeeding as possible (ideal for those combining the two!). To achieve this goal each bottle features a soft, flexible, natural feel silicone teat that is extra wide, making it similar to a mother’s breast. Combine this with a super-sensitive anti-colic valve, a wide shape that is easy to hold and clean and the reassurance of a BPA and phthalate free product and you can see why Closer to Nature is the UK’s favourite.

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

For your chance to win 1 of 2 Closer to Nature Bottle Feeding Starter Kits ($40) visit www.closertonaturebaby.com.au and answer the following question: Aside from baby bottles, name two other products from the Closer to Nature range.

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