May 212018
 

Now that Ted has finally accepted the Neocate formula prescribed by the allergy specialist he is reducing his breastfeeds. Not only does this make me a little sad, it also increases my risk of mastitis which is something I am rather prone to. Knowing how horrendous mastitis is I am well prepared and making sure blocked milk ducts are dealt with promptly and effectively thanks to LaVie:

As the name suggests the LaVie Lactation Massager (RRP $49.95, rose or teal) is a clever little massage tool specifically designed for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. It is compact, it is clean, it is effective, it is waterproof and it is incredibly versatile! If you have ever experienced the pain and discomfort of clogged ducts or struggled to completely empty your breasts during a feed the LaVie may well be the life-saver you are looking for.

The rechargeable LaVie massager has a unique shape that is easy to hold in one hand while you can use your other hand to hold/feed your baby or to keep your breast in the right location for targeted massaging. Using the LaVie is simple and starts by charging the device at the power point. Once fully charged you can turn it on and push the button to select the massaging/vibrating pattern that suits your needs best.

You can then point, move, press and rotate either the narrow tip, long side or the wider end of the LaVie massager directly on those hard-to-reach problem areas in your breasts. The quiet vibration will help unblock those painful blockages and improve milk flow, without all the hard work of a manual massage and you can do it anytime and anywhere. You can even pop the LaVie in your bra before a feed to improve milk let down, so handy!

Obviously every mother and each situation is different and therefore results may vary. Personally I was very pleased with the results and will definitely continue using the LaVie. I use my favourite heat bag (a lavender filled MyOKi) to warm up my sore breast before feeding, then feed Ted from one breast while working on the painful areas on the other side with the LaVie. Being waterproof you can also massage in the shower when you are relaxed and the hot water helps milk flow easier.

Handy tip: If your shoulders get a little achy from breastfeeding your baby (or in my case sometimes two children at once!) you should try to use the pointy end of the LaVie massager on your shoulder. It works a treat!

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

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Dec 172016
 

Weanmeister

Christmas Countdown – Day 17

While you are preparing a delicious feast for your Christmas guests, don’t forget about the baby! Save yourself time and hassle on Christmas Day by planning ahead and whipping up some baby-friendly treats now to pop in the freezer. To help you store and serve your homemade babyhood safely and in style Wean Meister has put together a fabulous $75 prize pack for one lucky reader:

Wean Meister Freezer PodsFirst up is Wean Meister’s hero product and best seller, the Freezer Pod (RRP $25 each or $60 per 3-pack). These clever freezer trays are made from flexible silicone and divided over 9 handy 75ml serves. Fill them up with your own homemade puree, mash, sauce, yoghurt or even breast milk and pop the pod in your freezer, that way you always have fresh and healthy meals on hand in ideal portions for little eaters.

adoraBOWLSIf you are looking for all the benefits of the Freezer Pod but prefer one slightly bigger container look no further than the cute AdoraBOWLS (RRP $25, 2-pack). I absolutely love the beautiful colours of the AdoraBOWL range, my kids would love to pick a bowl each. With a convenient 250ml capacity the AdoraBOWL is perfect for baby and toddler meals, soups or leftovers from dinner and you can heat the contents directly in the bowl.

Not only is Wean Meister storage super pratical, safety is very high on the priority list too. The high quality BPA-free silicone is bacteria resistant and no tiny grooves and corners for germs to hide in). It can even safely be used in freezer, fridge, microwave AND oven (up to 240°C), now that’s what I call multipurpose. Once you’ve tried Wean Meister you’ll definitely want to stock up, make sure to grab one of the well-priced value packs while you are there.

Because baby feeding does tend to get messy Wean Meister has come with a great solution for that problem too. The new Easy Rinse Bibs (RRP $25, 2-pack) with crumb catcher tray are light in weight, prevent spills and crumbs from dropping down your baby’s clothes and have an adjustable neck fastening. Best of all they’re easy to clean, just rinse/wipe off and they’re good to go! The bibs are available in three stylish colour combinations and are suitable for ages 6 months – 2 years.

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

For your chance to win a $75 Wean Meister Prize Pack (Turquoise Freezer Pod, AdoraBOWL Greens 2-pack and Green Easy Rinse Bib 2-pack) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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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.

Sip in style with Steely

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Jun 092016
 

Steely

When it comes to mealtimes our little miss Harriet is getting better by leaps and bounds. She now happily enjoys three small meals a day and her tongue tie is no longer causing any trouble, I am so glad we decided to go ahead with the procedure. She is also getting more confident with drinking from a cup and has sips of water throughout the day using this baby-friendly drink bottle by Steely:

Steely 6

The trendy Steely bottles and cups are made from strong, high-quality stainless steel making them not only stylish but safe too. Unlike many plastic bottles they are completely free from BPA and other nasties so they are the perfect healthy pick for parents who want only the best for their child and the environment (and surprisingly budget friendly!).

Steely 2

With Hattie’s initial feeding issues in mind we felt the Steely First Sipper (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) was a good starting point for independent drinking. The non-slip handles are the ideal size for small baby hands and the easy flow spout makes drinking a breeze, there is no super strong sucking required. I think the 250ml capacity is spot on for young babies, big enough to last the day without too many refills and small and light enough for them to hold.

Steely 5

Thanks to the durable 18/8 surgical stainless steel the water stays cool and fresh for longer and the material does not discolour or smell like plastic often does. One of my other favourite features is the ease of cleaning, the First Sipper comes apart in three separate pieces (cup, spout and ring) that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, less scrubbing for me!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Steely range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Pop-In Cloth Nappy love (+ save 15%)

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May 072016
 

Close

After trying almost 40 different brand and types of reusable cloth nappies in the last 7 years there is only one brand I can recommend with all confidence: Close. Like most mums who have tried their amazing Pop-In nappies it was love at first sight for us, there is just nothing like it! Over the years these brilliant nappies have only gotten better and the latest arrivals are sure to be well received by Aussie Pop-In fans:

Pop-In Nappies

Seriously, cloth nappies do not come any cuter than this! The award-winning Pop-Ins deliver big on performance and are super pretty too, what more could you ask for? The brand new Pop-In New Generation V2 (RRP $39.95) is made from a soft, eco-friendly bamboo fabric that is antibacterial, breathable and very absorbent. If you’ve always wanted to try cloth nappies but thought they were too tricky you will find Pop-Ins extremely simple to use: no pinning or folding, just close the velcro tabs and go.

Pop-In Parts

The winning combination of a waterproof shell with absorbent panel, a removable soaker and booster, together with double leg-gusset to prevent leaks, will keep your baby comfortable, dry and happy. There is no need to hide these stylish nappies under ugly nappy covers, they clearly deserve to be seen. You can find all 6 new designs in store right now at Eco Child.

Pop-In V2Pop-Ins clever press-stud design can be adjusted to suit babies weighing 7-35lbs, making them an excellent investment for growing families. Instead of wasting money on disposable nappies these adorable MCNs will last all the way from birth til toilet training, now that’s great value for money! We have found Pop-Ins really easy to wash and dry, a simple 60 degree machine wash does the job (no soaking) and they dry quickly.

Cheeky discount: Follow the prompts on the Eco Child website and sign up for the newsletter to receive a fabulous 15% discount on your first order. Awesome saving!

To find out more about Eco Child, to browse the Close Pop-In range and to order online visit www.ecochild.com.au.

Krooom

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Feb 042016
 

Krooom

After the busy Christmas season and 7 long weeks of school holidays my ‘cupboard of tricks’, where I store spare gifts and surprise boredom busters, is looking rather empty. I generally keep a good variety of presents on hand for emergencies and with the first birthday invitations in the pocket already it’s time for a restock. If you’re looking for a fabulous gift that doesn’t cost the earth check out these fabulous creations by Krooom:

Krooom

The awesome Fold My Car range is cool, creative and priced at just $9.95 each surprisingly affordable too, I will definitely add a few of these kits to my gift cupboard.

Hippy VanThe Fold My Car collection (age 3+) currently consists of 4 different designs: Fire Truck, Police Car, Hippy Van and Ice-cream Van (my favourite!), don’t they look great? Made from durable, thick, waterproof board these colourful building sets are fun to make AND fun to play with, what a fantastic little project for a rainy afternoon. There are no tools or glue required so it’s easy and mess free.

Krooom Fire TruckTo make sure you can fold and unfold your car over and over again a reusable storage box is included, yay for no missing pieces. I love that the materials used are 100% recyclable and made from at least 60% post consumer paper for guilt-free fun. You can find the Krooom range in store right now at Australian online store Bubbalove, orders over $50 ship free Australia wide.

To find out more about Bubbalove, to browse the Krooom range and to order online visit www.bubbalove.com.au.

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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