Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The new member!

So we had plans of doing an "Ice cream parlour" party 50's style for Princess this year but she decided to opt out of a party and get a bigger gift.

After an hour long family meeting and discussing responsibility Mr Movie Maker decided that he thinks    Princess is ready! So started our hunt for the perfect addition to our family!

We found her!

Meet Makenna!
A few family members sent her money for her birthday and we added the difference and she got a Springer/Cokerspaniel mix = Sprocker Spaniel!

She's fitted right in and her favourite spot is under the jumpy licking baby toes much to Sweetpea's delight!

She has brought the munchkins much JOY and they LOVE her dearly! Of course she is a natural pup  so we will be reviewing natural pet products for her too!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Fluffy Friday! FANCYPANTS

Fancy, fancy, fancy! That's all I can say about these gorgeous bits of fluff! So they have a huge amount of  bonus features which I will detail in a minute but my all time favourite bit (other than the rainbow of colours!) is that you just throw it in the wash and the insert just agitates out while the load is going! Yip you said it.....FANCY!

Sweetpea loving her Fancypants! Of course with her Natursutten paci  too, read review  here

What we love about our FANCYPANTS:

  • Affordable
Disposable Nappy Cost Calculation
Size          Time in size          Changes / day          # of nappies          Average cost          Total cost
 1                12 weeks                        12                       1,008                        R1.88                  R1,895
 2                12 weeks                        10                          840                        R2.05                  R1,722
 3                12 weeks                          8                          672                        R2.37                  R1,593
 4                16 weeks                          6                          672                        R2.88                  R1,935
 5                24 weeks                          6                       1,008                        R2.95                  R2,974
 6                28 weeks                          6                       1,176                        R4.22                  R4,963

Total Cost                                                                                                                              R15,082
If you purchase 20 reusable nappies (at a cost of R3,200) you would save over R10,000!
  • Easy to use just stuff the insert in the pocket and you ready to go 
  • Gorgeous colours 10 in total
  • Super slim 
  • Durable they have strong snaps and a really durable PUL outer and the inserts can withstand tumble drying 
  • Easy to wash my favourite feature by far! The insert wiggles out all on it's own. Ours is always in the wash as we use it quite often as a night nappy and it ALWAYS comes out on it's own!
Need I say more.... Cuteness factor! It's double stuffed here for night time use.
This is what they said about their nappy:

Fancypants reusable cloth nappies are made with a soft stylish waterproof outer fabric, lined with a plush 70% bamboo / 30% organic cotton material and come with two highly absorbent microfibre inserts.
Our environmentally friendly reusable cloth nappies result in less non biodegradable waste in landfills. Unlike disposables, Fancypants nappies contain no harmful absorbency chemicals and are lined with a bamboo/cotton blend so that only natural materials touch baby’s delicate skin. This means they are comfortable AND healthy for your baby.
The all-in-one design is easy to use as there are no separate covers or pull ups, so changing your baby is fast and easy! 
Fancypants reusable cloth diapers are fully adjustable, fitting most babies from birth to potty training – saving you thousands of rand.

Love that they decided to put the tag on the back. No scratching baby plus everyone can see where they are from!

We've used this nappy over and over and it looks exactly the same as the day we received it! It "suns" beautifully leaving no stains and truly is an easy fit, even daddy can do this diaper change!

I'm in love with the Lollipop and Chocolate ones! Ai the choices...

 If you want to check out this fluffy goodness head over to:

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

NO BPA here! Green.Kid Stainless steel bottle!

Yip that's DEFINITELY true in this house! It's kinda funny how you change when you become a mom! I had this weird obsession with plastic containers before I had kids and now I'm really fussy about a little number under the lid or on the bottom of every bottle, cup, plate or cosmetic container! YIKES!

It's impossible to know all the damage that BPA and toxic plastic has on your little ones and not do anything about it! In all honesty I'm now dumping all the so called "safe" plastic for stainless steel or glass.

Having said that though......How practical is a glass sippy cup or bottle? I think not! That's why I LOOOOOOVE this next company!

This is the gorgeous lime coloured bottle from Green.Kid!

I had the best intentions of showing you this bottle in the hands of all 4 my munchkins as it really is pretty versatile and can go from their early baby days through toddlerhood and onto early "kiddihood"( yip I make words up like that ALL the time!). Little Man was having none of that! He saw me open the box, he commented on the green colour and that was that, it was his! He has a straw stainless steel bottle for water or diluted juice (which happens on friday's at our home) and then his Green.Kid sippy for a few sips of milk before bed however let me just say that this sippy (we've been using it with the toddler spout) has had a couple of trips up to the treehouse and back down again with only a few little dents but no paint chips!

What we love about our bottle:

  • No BPA
  • 100% Plastic free
  • Pthalate free
  • Lead free
  • Unbreakable compared to glass 
  • Super cute colours
  • Paint doesn't chip off
  • Comes with an infant teat and a toddler spout
  • Fits most wide neck teats on the market (I tried it with a NUK, Avent, Pigeon)

Sweetpea will be getting her own small pink (of course!) to give coconut water and milk a try soon!

Internal bottle measurements.
And of course the colours!

PLEASE check out their site, you won't be sorry you made a healthy choice for your munchkins!


Monday, 12 November 2012

Friendly Disposables from Eco Bambino!

So everyone knows how much this Mamma LOOOOOOVES her Sweetpea's fluffy butt but granted not every mamma feels the same (can't imagine why! lol). That's where ECO BAMBINO steps in! I am really grateful for a company like this that sells baby and earth friendly disposable nappies! We've tested the Moltex nappies on both Sweetpea and Little Man and they are as good as any disposable available in the stores on the absorbent side but WAY better and healthier for your baba and the earth!

This is what they had to say about them:

No perfumes, synthetic lotions, antioxidants, TBT, chlorine or latex (much better for sensitive skin). TBT (tributyl tin) is a harmful environmental pollutant. It has a hormone like effect and even the smallest concentrations of TBT can harm people's immune system and impair their hormonal system.  (TCF).  Tea leaf extract is used to reduce odour & irritation.Moltex Eco Nappies use pure natural green tea leaf to help minimise odour, which has also proven very effective in protecting against fungi, viruses and yeast, which can cause nappy rash. It naturally contains cell constructing substances such as vitamins A, B and C which are essential for cell metabolism.  100% degradable packaging and outer nappy lining.  Packaging used for Moltex’s Eco Nappies is made using 100% degradable maize starch and has perforations for easy re-use as a compost or bin bag. The 100% degradable outer lining of the nappy is permeable for air and vapours, enabling comfortable wear. Moltex Eco Nappies are compostable.  Conventional disposable nappies make an alarming contribution to landfill in Australia.  Moltex Eco Nappies can be added to compost sites instead of to landfill.  Most of the nappy will break down and makes excellent compost for a wormery.  The minimal amount of super absorbent material used in the nappy (polyacrylite) gives excellent water retention to the compost and is widely used as a soil wetter, which is especially relevant to our Australian climate. Quality-made and tested in Germany. Moltex nappies are made in Germany under fair industrial relations and rigorously enforced environmental policies.

I really enjoyed using these and will definitely look at getting them for when we go camping etc! We had no leaks  and no rashes!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Teething Troubles!

Ok so Sweetpea has started teething! YIKES! Now when I say teething I don't mean they've actually popped out but she has definitely started chomping on fingers, Sophie her Giraffe, fingers, her Hevea and Natursutten paci's, fingers, fingers and more fingers!

Thankfully she isn't irritable or in pain just itchy I think. We started using Amber beads for Little Man when he was 3 months old and although I've read all the Science behind it I never quite believed it till the 3 times we left it off! Let's just say I believe it now!

All 4 munchkins now own their own string of Baltic Amber Beads and they work!

Little Man and his beads! Love the Surfer look!

What really helps sooth and assists in the sleeplessness that sometimes accompanies teething is Sister Lillian's Chamomilla. This is vital for Sweetpea and the last few days I've been giving it to her a few times a day and I think it's why she has done so well. This is what Sister Lillian says about it:

Sister Lilian Chamomilla D6 is a homeopathic complementary medicine which assists in strengthening the constitution of babies and children prone to colic, frequent crying, teething troubles, ear infections, irritable digestive tracts and tantrums.


You can purchase or view her range here:

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

Little Man is turning into quite the Master Chef! Just about everyday he helps me with our meals!

A little squeeze of this! Finito!

Gem Gem Box! Wooohooo!

I LOOOOOOOVE surprises! Good one's of course! So I was really excited when GemGem Box let me know they were sending me one of their monthly boxes! Wooohooo!  The wait was pretty exciting as I had more or less an idea when their boxes went out so I just kept watching my post box! Yippee it finally arrived!

Oooooh what's in here?
I think it's an awesome concept! As a new mamma it can be quite mind blowing to see the amount of products available on the market for babies! Making a choice can sometimes be difficult so a monthly box with samples of new or existing products to test is a great idea!

With my GemGem beanie that came in my surprise box!
These boxes are crammed full of products, samples, discount vouchers, magazines and occasionally even a clothing item.

We received:

  1. 2 Purity Gold 3rd stage foods
  2. Babaderm samples
  3. Johnson and Johnson sample
  4. Vaseline handbag sized cream
  5. Hipp Organic Porridge ( my fav of course!)
  6. Your Family Magazine
  7. GemGem beanie (Sweetpea's favourite I think!)
  8. Discount vouchers

Yikes there's a lot of stuff in here!
This is a really special gift idea for a mom to be for her shower or even as a surprise to arrive a couple of weeks after the baby has arrived!

Their site is also so informative for mommies and creates a community of ladies surrounding each other in every aspect or stage of motherhood from pregnancy to toddlerhood!

I would love to see more natural products appear in these boxes or maybe even a GemGem Natural Box!

Keep your eyes peeled as there will be a competition running soon where you can win your very own surprise package from GemGem!

Did I mention that Princess our 7 year old has taken over the box as her little treasure chest of gems?!