Teacher gifts made easy: GroupTogether

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Nov 042016
 

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One look at your family calendar (or your fridge doors) and you know it’s almost December: End of year concerts and performances, invitations and sign-up forms, school camp, family BBQs, work parties and of course your Christmas shopping list, it’s hard to keep track of it all! As much as you try to remember everything you will find there is always something you forgot, like the famous ‘teacher gift’ that tends to sneak up on busy parents.

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The clever Aussie mamas behind GroupTogether understand that parents are often short of time, which is why they have created a fabulous online service that takes the hassle out of collecting money for a group gift.

GroupTogether is super simple to use, just set up your group collection online and they will take care of the rest. All contributions are safely made online, making it convenient and easy for every parent to chip in a few bucks. Our lives are so busy that we do not have the time to organise collections and to chase and remind other parents, that’s why GroupTogether does the regular reminding for you saving you any awkwardness or hassle.

grouptogether-cardGroupTogether will then bundle the contributions and transfer all the money to your bank account so you can buy an awesome present that is sure to wow the teacher. Instead of every child spending $10 on yet another mug, box of chocolates or a pot plant, a class of 25 could surprise the teacher with an amazing $250 get-away or shopping spree. You can even print off a card that includes personal messages from all the families who joined in, what a great keepsake!

There is plenty more to love about GroupTogether: Parents can choose to share the love by donating a small percentage of their contribution to charity, there is no paperwork involved making it environment friendly, you can ask all parents to contribute a specific amount (keeping it fair) or allow them to chip in as much or as a little as they can (respecting family budgets), you are never left short changed or out of pocket and, being an online service, GroupTogether is quick and convenient for everyone, including working parents, to use.

Hip tip: Do you want to see for yourself what everyone is talking about? Click this link to try GroupTogether for FREE, just in time to organise the perfect end-of-year gift for your child’s favourite teacher.

Sep 292016
 

BabyLove

After travelling across the globe with little miss Hattie on my hip I truly believe that changing a wriggly baby on a plane is an olympic sport. At the cheeky age of 12 months Harriet loves rolling away when you say no, not something I’d recommend on a wobbly change table above a dirty plane toilet! Thankfully I came well prepared and packed a generous stack of these new BabyLove lifesavers in my nappy bag:

Designed with active and curious boys and girls in mind the new BabyLove Wriggler Nappy Pants (size 7-11kg) take the struggle out of nappy changes with a convenient pull-up design.

Wriggler NappyWriggler Nappy Pants feel soft and comfortable and have a 360˚ stretchy waist, making them super flexible and ideal for little busy-bees who are on the move all day long. They are thoroughly tested for excellent absorbency so that they can be worn during the day and at night without having to worry about messy accidents. Thanks to the special ‘Tear Away Side Seams’ there’s no need to pull the full nappy down, just tear open and remove.

Wriggler Nappy PantsUsually Hattie would kick her legs, wiggle her bottom, pull away the nappy or roll over in an attempt to escape the dreaded nappy routine, but the Wriggler Nappy Pants quickly put a stop to all that cheekiness. Once her chubby little feet are in the job is pretty much done, just pull them up et voila! On a few occasions we even changed her standing up which is very handy in cramped spaces.

So far I have no leaks to report (both day and night) and Hattie’s skin is smooth and squishy as usual so it’s thumbs up from us. I am very pleased that there are now nappy pants available for this younger age category, they makes this busy mum’s life that little bit easier and they are simple to use for grandparents and babysitters (the print even indicates which side is the front/back, it doesn’t get more straight forward than that!).

Hip Tip: Do you want to put the new BabyLove Wriggler Nappy Pants to the test with your little wriggler? Request your free sample here and see for yourself what all the talk is about.

To find out more about BabyLove, to take a closer look at the Wriggler Nappy Pants and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babylovenappies.com.au.

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Get a FREE Lunch Puch at Mikki and Me

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Jul 172016
 

Mikki and Me

I don’t know about you but not having to pack lunches every morning is one of my favourite parts of the school holidays. The kids and I love our lazy breakfasts and improvised lunch (usually warm), so we’re going to make to most of it before school goes back. If you’re back into school routine already and you’re looking for ways to make lunch more fun this awesome Mikki & Me deal is perfect for you:

Yumbox SnackPurchase any Yumbox lunchbox (the brand new snack size or the original) and receive a FREE Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutter. That means the more Yumboxes lunch boxes you buy, the more of those cool sandwich cutters you’ll get too, score! Your bonus gift will be added to your order automatically and LunchPunch designs are selected at random. Offer ends July 22, 2016, or while stock lasts. 

The Lunch Punch is, well, a punch for your lunch (or breakfast, that’s fine too). Bigger than traditional cookie cutters the Lunch Punch is specifically designed for bread, in fact it punches easily through two slices of bread AND spread without crushing and flattening them. They are not only easy to use and clean (dishwasher safe) but they also cut very efficient with very little cut offs for minimal waste. Of course Lunch Punches are free of BPA, Phthalates and other nasties so they’re super safe.

To find out more about Mikki & Me, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mikkiandme.com.au.

Jan 132015
 

The Generous Shopper

I have said it many times before and I will say it again: I LOVE online shopping. I love not having to search for an empty parking spot in a busy carpark, no lining up at the checkouts, no forcing my way through crowded aisles, being able to shop from our comfy couch (dressed in pyjamas) at a time that suits me and getting my purchases delivered to my door. I thought I had discovered all there was to love about online shopping… until I got introduced to The Generous Shopper.

Destiny RescueThe Generous Shopper is a fantastic, and very heartwarming, concept that allows everyday people like you and I to donate to charity simple by shopping at your favourite stores and it won’t cost you a cent! Signing up is free and you even get to have a say in which charity you would like to support. We all know that shopping does wonders for your mood and now you can feel extra good knowing that your purchase has helped others too, what a wonderful initiative.

The Generous Shopper has already teamed up with more than 900+ shopping partners and the list is growing every day. Big stores you most likely already shop with and smaller stores that are waiting to be discovered, every single shopping partner has committed to donating a percentage of your sale to charity through The Generous Shopper. The Iconic, Amazon, Asos, Priceline, Bonds, Crossroads just to name a few… it is just amazing to see that so many fantastic brands and stores are joining hands to raise money for charity.

The Generous Shopper concept

How does it work? It’s as simple as downloading and browsing the The Generous Shopper plug-in (250+ shopping partners, desktop only) or clicking through via the The Generous Shopper Shopping website (900+ shopping partners) to be directed to the store of your choice where you shop, and pay, exactly the same as everyone else. Just make sure you are logged in for your purchase to count and your donation to be registered to your chosen charity.

As I was about to embark on my yearly Back to School shop anyway I figured I may as well use The Generous Shopper to access my favourite stores and do some social good at the same time:

Smiggle Summer

As you probably know our kids are big Smiggle fans (like every other child in Australia) so I was very pleased to see they have signed up as a The Generous Shopper partner too, great work. Next time you are looking for a stylish Smiggle gift why not shop through The Generous Shopper, that way you are surprising your chosen charity with a gift too.

Smiggle Sweet Eraser SetThis season’s bright and funky Smiggle school essentials are a fabulous way to add a pop of colour to a boring day of books and studying. Cool notebooks, awesome pencil cases, trendy drink bottles, quirky lunch boxes, eye catching markers, unique eraser and much much more… Smiggle has got all your school needs covered. I placed our order last Thursday and it arrived on Monday, you can’t wish for any faster!

To find out more about The Generous Shopper, to browse the list of shopping partners and to start supporting charities by shopping online visit www.thegenerousshopper.com.

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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.

Sep 182014
 

Disney Junior

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Spending 20 hours (one way) on a plane with four young children under six is probably not anyone’s idea of having a relaxing time and I’ll admit I had been quite worried about how the kids would go on such long flights. Of course I had prepared them a backpack each filled with little distractions but I was also hoping the Singapore Air in-flight entertainment would offer some relief. It was a lovely surprise to see their favourite Disney Junior shows were just a few clicks away, just what we needed to keep them happy!

Doc McStuffins

While we don’t have the Disney Junior TV Channel at home we regularly visit the Disney Junior website on www.DisneyJunior.com.au (only accessible via PC or Mac) to watch some short episodes online. It is also a fantastic resource for FREE games, activities, colouring pages and even reward charts, just print and enjoy! School holidays are just around the corner so if your child is crazy about the lovely Sofia the First, the adventurous Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the always helpful Doc McStuffins (like our two big girls) this is definitely a website worth bookmarking.

Lambie Soft Toy

Ever since miss 4 first saw Doc McStuffins on TV she has been madly in love with this friendly girl and her toy entourage. She has gathered quite the collection of Doc toys already and Lambie no.2 (oh the tears when she lost Lambie no.1!) is her favourite bed time buddy. Doc McStuffins may be small in age but she has big dreams and wants to become a doctor just like her mum, not a bad goal to have if you ask me! You’re never too young to learn so she is starting with her own home practice where she checks out, diagnoses and fixes any toy that needs a bit of special care.

Doc McStuffins Ball

As I would expect from Disney Doc McStuffins is innocent and age appropriate for young children so I can safely let my little ones watch the show and play the games. They enjoy the stories and at the same time they’re learning about simple but important things like caring for each other, problem solving, health, hygiene, doctor visits and friendship.

By the way, if you’re looking for some fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow (September 19) make sure you check out the Disney Junior website. There are lots of great Jake and the Never Land Pirates activities to download like colouring-in pages, a certificate, build-your-own puppet theatre, pirate hat, treasure chest and much more. Ahoy me hearties!

To find out more about Disney Junior, to learn all about the characters, watch videos and play fun games visit www.disneyjunior.com.au.

Magic Talking Doc and FriendsThanks to Disney Junior Australia we have an awesome Doc McStuffins Prize Pack (RRP $74.98) to give away. Just answer one simple question to enter but be quick as this speedy giveaway ends next Friday. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

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Sep 152014
 

Home Detox Boot Camp

A few months ago I told you all about Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM, we even spoilt one lucky reader with a free spot on this life changing online course. Now I know you’re all short of time so I’m not going to repeat all the details (if you missed the introduction you can read all about it here) but I do have a brand new and rather exciting offer for you:

Home Detox Boot Camp

Want to get a taste of Sustainababy’s Home Detox Boot CampTM before you sign up for the real deal? Now you can! The wonderful Laura Trotta, environmental engineer and founder of Sustainababy, has put together a fantastic FREE Home Detox Training to help you kick start the process of removing chemicals from your home:

Learn how to get a cleaner, healthier home and ditch the chemicals with only 9 natural products through this great three-part series:
1. 3 Reasons why a home detox will improve your child’s health
2. 3 Natural ways to kill bacteria and germs in your home
3. How to stop moths and silverfish from devouring your clothes, naturally!
PLUS How to detox your dishwasher and how to kill mould without bleach.

Just click the link to get the training direct to your inbox: http://sustainababy.leadpages.net/homedetox.

I have no doubt you will love Laura’s hands-on advice and practical tips, in fact I bet you’ll find this detox process is rather addictive and once you’ve started you just want to keep going. The next round of the Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM is just a few weeks away with enrolments closing on September 28, 2014. Go on, try before you buy and be convinced.

To find out more about Sustainababy, to try the FREE training and to sign up for the full 8-week Sustainababy Home Detox Boot CampTM eCourse visit www.sustainababy.com.au.