Thursday, May 14, 2015

How to clean your dishwasher without any chemicals

I admit it..... in the past I have been silly enough to buy those bottles of expensive dishwasher cleaners you can buy. What are they... maybe $8 or so? What a waste of money! You can do it easily with items you would already have in the cupboard.

It is however important to occasionally run a cleaning cycle for your dishwasher to help clean the pipes etc of grease build-up.

What you will need:
White Vinegar
Bi-Carb Soda (I like McKenzies brand)
Eucalyptus Oil (I like Bosisto's brand as you know you are getting 100% pure oil)

First of all empty the dishwasher and manually clean the filter out.



Start with white vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser (you don't buy rinse aid do you?? Always keep white vinegar in the dispenser it does just as good a job). This is the compartment on the right in the image below.


Pop about 2 tablespoons of Bi-Carb Soda in the part where you normally put the washing powder or tablet, then pour in a teaspoon or so of Eucalyptus Oil. Shut compartments.

Then run the dishwasher (empty of all plates cups etc) on the hottest cycle. The house will smell like Eucalyptus!! 

And there you have it, how easy is that! And no need to buy expensive rinse aid or dishwasher cleaner either :-)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Guest Post: What would Sharia Law mean in Australia for our future generations?

Here In Australia we like to believe Sharia law does not exist.

But it does.

It is practiced in Mosques today. Against the laws of Australia. Practiced by people who when gaining citizenship and or visa, took an oath to uphold and obey Austraian laws. Yet they dont. WHY? Because they believe Sharia law is above any Law in any country. Many say we will be living under Sharia law If our government does not act soon.

They are correct.

I am often asked what would it be like to live under sharia Law. Well it would be polar opposite of what we have now. I think we should look at Sharia Laws and You can then see from them where we are headed should it not be stopped.

1- Jihad, defined as "to war against non-Muslims to establish the religion," is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule. 
This Rule orders all Muslims to join the war against the non believer. Christian, Jew, Buddism Hindu, You name the religion they are offended by it and wish to erradicate it. Islam is the only religion, and the religion of peace.

2- A Caliph can hold office through seizure of power meaning through force. 
You wont have to vote the Caliph into office like our politicians today. The caliph will thake the parliment by force such as a military coup.

3- A Caliph is exempt from being charged with serious crimes such as murder, adultery, robbery, theft, drinking and in some cases of rape. 
No laws really apply to the Caliph, but they will apply to everyone else including Non believers.

4- A percentage of Zakat (charity money) must go towards jihad. This is where the money you pay on Halal certified goods get to help Jihadists Home grown and overseas such as ISIS. Halal certification heads will tell you much of the moey goes to charities, which in turn, fund Mosques, Muslim schools and terrorism.

5- It is obligatory to obey the commands of the Caliph, even if he is unjust. Whatever the Caliph says is law even if you think its wrong and know its wrong he will always be right no matter what.

6- A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave and a male. So womens place in parliment forget it you will be ruled by the Caliph.

7- The Muslim public must remove the Caliph if he rejects Islam. Well that is the only way he can be removed from power. He has to reject islam and in doing so he will be dealt with under Sharia law/ This will allow someone else to become the Caliph.

8- A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately. This includes every Muslim who decides to leave islam. There is NO leaving Once a Muslim always a Muslim or be killed, Caliph included.

9- A Muslim will be forgiven for murder of: 1) an apostate 2) an adulterer 3) a highway robber. Vigilante street justice and honor killing is acceptable. Who needs a police force? your own family can kill you.

10- A Muslim will not get the death penalty if he kills a non-Muslim, but will get it for killing a Muslim. Unless it is an honor killing or the murder of someone they belive is an apostate or an adulterer or a Highway robber. But if you are Non muslim and they dont like you well its ok to kill you and they will be allowed to do so Under Shara Law.

11- Sharia never abolished slavery, sexual slavery and highly regulates it. A master will not be punished for killing his slave. You can and may very well be taken from your family especially women and children and forced into slavery which includes sexual slavery. If your master wants he can kill you.

12- Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery. Who needs Jails, Shoplifting will get your hands cut off. Other crimes will get you a public flogging. beheading, stoning. and yes non believers are controlled by these laws also. 

13- Non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law. They must comply to Islamic law if they are to remain safe. They are forbidden to marry Muslim women, publicly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures or openly celebrate their religious holidays or funerals. They are forbidden from building new churches or building them higher than mosques. They may not enter a mosque without permission. A non-Muslim is no longer protected if he leads a Muslim away from Islam. Under this Law you no longer have aby rights Muslims do though. You have to follow Sharia Law, Dont even think about marrying a muslim or try to convert one. Forget Christmas and easter, No pork or wine and If your church burns down dont expect to rebuild it you may have to look at the hight of it so no more cathedrals if they are taller than mosques.

14- It is a crime for a non-Muslim to sell weapons to someone who will use them against Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot curse a Muslim, say anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam, or expose the weak points of Muslims. But Muslims can curse non-Muslims. So you think taking up arms will help well no because guns cannot be sold for use against Muslims, and forget complaining about Sharia or Islam as freedom of speach no longer exists.

15- A non-Muslim cannot inherit from a Muslim. So for some reason your parents convert to Islam and then pass away, w3ell there will be no funeral and you can forget about inheriting the house or monies they left you in their will, Your a Non Muslim and you dont get a thing. But hey you could always convert to islam then you would get something, But you can never leave islam

16- Banks must be Sharia compliant and interest is not allowed. Well we already have this here so those who say Sharia law is not practiced here already is a liar or very uninformed.

17- No testimony in court is acceptable from people of low-level jobs, such as street sweepers or bathhouse attendants. Women in low level jobs such as professional funeral mourners cannot keep custody of their children in case of divorce. Now Under Sharia Law if you have what they class as a low level job your testimoney in court is worth nothing and forget gaining custody of your children if you are a woman in a low level job. Preferance will always go to the man.

18- A non-Muslim cannot rule -- even over a non-Muslim minority. leadership will be wiped out for non Muslims as they cannot rule over anyone even non Muslims

19- Homosexuality is punishable by death. For those that are Gay what can I say best get back in the closet because being gay you will be killed. Its the Law.

20- There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9. Pedophila will become the norm. It wont be a crime. 

21- Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband's obligation to support her, gives him permission to beat her and keep her from leaving the home. Dont go against your husband his the boss and if you rebel he can beat you and he no longer has to support you. Women who live under Sharia law are not much more than a possession, bound and hidden behind a head to toe mask. Now it os time to put on your burqa. You must be covered and you are no longer a person you are your husbands posession. You have no rights.

22- Divorce is only in the hands of the husband and is as easy as saying: "I divorce you" and becomes effective even if the husband did not intend it. You could have an argument cop a beating then be divorced just because your husband says so. He would have custody of the children and you would be left with nothing.

23- There is no community property between husband and wife and the husband's property does not automatically go to the wife after his death. Sons brothers male members of the family will get the greater part of your late husbands estate again you have no rights.

24- A woman inherits half what a man inherits. If you are lucky enough to get anything it will be half of what male members of the family get.

25- A man has the right to have up to 4 wives and none of them have a right to divorce him -- even if he is polygamous. If you wish to divorce your husband forget it you are his possession until he sees fit to divorce you. You may find yourself to be one of 4 wives, not one of you can divorce him. That will be his decision to make.

26- The dowry is given in exchange for the woman's sexual organs. You will basically be at the mercy of any man who will pay a dowry for sex.

27- A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in battle, and if the enslaved woman is married her marriage is annulled. If you happened to be captured in battle as this takeover begins and there will be battles, if married your marriage will be annuled and you will become the sex slave of your captors

28- The testimony of a woman in court is half the value of a man. If you have to testify against a man you will be un successful as his testimony will be woth more than yours.

29- A woman loses custody if she remarries. If you happen to get custody of your children and decide you wish to remarry you will loose custody of them.

30- To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses. Imagine being raped by a group of men then wishing to report it. Well unless 4 men are willing to testify for you you would be classed as an adulter and the punishment for that is death. 

31- A rapist may only be required to pay the bride-money (dowry) without marrying the rape victim. If you happen to be able to prove you were raped the man just needs to pay you what would be paid if he were to marry you. I will be his choice if he will marry you or not. Imnagine being married to your rapist.

32- A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body, which is considered "Awrah," a sexual organ. Not all Sharia schools allow the face of a woman exposed. Now even though the burqa is not a requirement of the Quran it is a requirement of Sharia law. so you will have to cover your body It is not always required for the face to be covered but in some circumstances it will be required.

33- A Muslim man is forgiven if he kills his wife at the time he caught her in the act of adultery. However, the opposite is not true for women, since the man "could be married to the woman he was caught with." Once again women are the lower class if your caught committing adultry your husband can kill you this is an honour killing. but should the husband do the same thing you have to olet it go you never know he may have divorced one wife and married another.

34- It is obligatory for a Muslim to lie if the purpose is obligatory. That means that for the sake of abiding with Islam's commandments, such as jihad, a Muslim is obliged to lie and should not have any feelings of guilt or shame associated with this kind of lying. Its fine to lie especially if it furthers islam infact it is an obligation to do so.

Now as you have seen above there are quite a few laws about women and their lack of rights. If Islam takes over as a woman you will have no rights. You will be the mans property he can beat you if you don't do as he asks, it will be your job to obey him and give him everything he wants when he wants it. Failure to do so will result in beatings and in some cases divorce. You must cover up failure to do so will result in severe punishment sometimes even death. These laws will apply to all muslim and non Muslims alike. Our laws and our freedoms will no longer exist. EVERY aspect of your life will be controlled by Islam and Sharia Law. It is already creeping into our society with Halal certification and Sharia banking. Sharia law IS being practiced in Mosques.

I spent the best part of my adult life as a Muslim, I now bear the scars and suffer from PTSD. Life as a Muslim is something each and every one of you need to avoid, it all starts out rosey but then reality hits and it is a living nightmare. As a man you get many rights, as a woman none. Imagine this, you are a stay at home mother, your husband comes home in a bad mood and he divorces you. Because you don't work you must leave the home immediately and leave your kids behind. You ex husband has no obligation to support you whatsoever your on the streets and on your own. TV will be regulated no more programs Like Home and Away or Neighbours, Radio will be regulated, as will all media. Fashion will be a thing of the past, women wont be able to wear track pants or jeans in fact pants period. You can forget about Christmas and easter they will be banned. The only religion taught in schools will be Islam and Sharia Law, your children will be brainwashed from an early age, many will become Muslims because of the schools, they will be taught Jihad and Halal Slaughter. Many will grow into young adults who will turn on their own families as they will be Muslims and their family are non Muslims. Why wouldnt they when they have been programmed to hate Non Muslims. People need to stand up now and fight to keep their freedoms and their way of life, we have too much too loose by hopeing it will just blow over because it wont. Laws need to be passed banning everything Sharia. Ban All radical islamic groups. Ban Halal certification. Ban FGM. (even though not a requirement of Islam it is often ordered all women and children under go it) We all need to think about the future of our children. Full islamification may not happen in our lifetime but we cant leave it for our children and Grand children to fight. It needs to be stopped now.

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This post is written by an Australian who needs to remain anonymous as her life is now in danger because she has left Islam and is speaking out against it.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Product Talk: Baby Bumkins

This product talk is brought to you by Nuffnang and Baby Bumkins.

As any new Mum soon figures out, baby wipes soon become a huge part of daily life. Changing dirty nappies a few times a day means you go through a couple of packs a week! As a Mum of 3 I have certainly tried all the brands out there, and can attest to how important they are when managing with a baby or toddler (or 2 or 3!).

I'd like to introduce you to the newest brand now on the market - Baby Bumkins.



What I like about Baby Bumkins Wipes:
  • They are good value at $3.99 for the single packs and $9.99 for the pack of 3. Wipes are a part of the weekly budget so a good quality wipe at a good price is a winner.
  • Easy to pick up at my weekly shop at my local IGA (I like shopping at IGA as they have a lot of brands the other supermarkets don't, and they are much more likely to stock smaller brands).
  • No Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in Baby Bumkins products. This is a toxic ingredient that could cause nerve damage - definitely a no no!
  • They pull out easily from the pack... a big plus when juggling a wriggly baby, dirty nappy, wipes, and nappy bag!
  • I like both the fragranced and un-fragranced - fragranced wipes usually smell a bit icky but these are not too bad.
  • Most importantly, they do the job! We went out to dinner on saturday night and my toddler had a runny poo blow-out while at the function (yay us). What a great time to try Baby Bumkins! She got wiped from neck to toe to clean up the mess, and they did the job without any problems.
  • I'd like to also see Baby Bumkins bring out a 'travel pack' size as well as their current range to more easily fit a pack in my nappy bag.



I highly recommend picking up a pack of Baby Bumkins next time you are shopping, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality, price, and ease of use.

Baby Bumkins are available now at IGA Supermarkets around Australia.


Disclaimer: I received the above packs of Baby Bumkins wipes to review for this post. No monetary payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Fast and Fun Activities to do with your Toddler


  1. Go outside and blow bubbles
  2. Bake a cake and let your toddler help tip the ingredients and mix the batter
  3. Ask them to find something of a particular colour e.g. blue, red, green
  4. Give them toddler safe scissors and some old magazines and let them practice cutting
  5. Then use the cut-outs from the cutting activity and do collage
  6. Put on some music and dance
  7. Play doctors and nurses with dolls and bears
  8. Go outside, lie on the grass and look at the clouds - do you see any shapes?
  9. Make toast and let them spread their own butter and toppings on
  10. Make a doll or bear bed from an old box or shoebox
  11. Sing nursery rhymes
  12. Go outside with chalk and draw on the pavement
  13. Let your toddler help you hang the washing up
  14. Keep plastic bottles and containers and let your toddler put the lids on and off (wash first)
  15. Do colouring and drawing
  16. Set up chairs in a row and pretend to be on a train
  17. Play dress-ups
  18. Have a teddy bear picnic
  19. If its warm have water play outside, set up a bucket and some toys, plastic jugs etc
  20. Play hide and seek
  21. Go on a nature hunt and collect different types of leaves
  22. Pull funny faces in the mirror
  23. Create an obstacle course - either inside or outside
  24. Fill a small watering can and let your toddler water the garden
  25. Throw or roll a ball to and fro with them
  26. Read a book
  27. Practice counting from 1-10
  28. Practice naming body parts - head, nose, eyes, shoulders, knees etc
  29. Empty out the toy box onto the floor for your toddler to re-discover toys in the bottom of the box
  30. Then get them to help you put all the toys away again 
  31. Find a toddler yoga class on youtube and do it with your toddler
  32. Give your toddler the clothes pegs and let them sort them
  33. Cut up fruit and let them dip the fruit in yogurt or custard
  34. Look at baby photos of your toddler together
  35. Give your toddler a piece of paper and an envelope and let them 'write' a letter and post it
  36. Make a letterbox from a shoebox or similar, cut the slot in it and decorate
  37. Make a necklace from pasta and a string
  38. Have a finger puppet play
  39. Tickle your toddler
  40. Make noises like truck, lion, elephant, etc
  41. Let your toddler give you a 'hairstyle'
  42. Make handprints and date them to file in your child's memory box
  43. Move like an animal - hop like a rabbit, fly like a butterfly etc
  44. Get out all your scarves and use them to dance around with
  45. Give your toddler a wooden spoon and an upside down pot
  46. Get a ball of string and run it as a wobbly line along the ground, then get your toddler to walk along it
  47. Make rainbow crayons from all the little ends of crayons you have around the house
  48. Pick some flowers from the garden or a park and put them in a vase
  49. Play chase around the house (not too fast!)
  50. Blow up some balloons and play with them
  51. Vacuum a room together
  52. Wrap a couple of toys in wrapping paper then let your toddler unwrap them
  53. Get out some old handbags and let your toddler play with them (yes boys too)
  54. Make a play tent with a sheet or blanket over some furniture
  55. Punch some holes in a card and use a shoelace for a threading activity
  56. Explore the house feeling different surfaces and textures
  57. Give your toddler some plastic kitchen implements to play with in the bath
  58. Buy a bird seed bell or cone and hang it in a tree to watch the birds come and feed
  59. Sit at the window and see what sort of birds fly by - name them if you can
  60. Check on a elderly neighbour to make sure they are ok
  61. Telephone a relative to say hi
  62. Pick out some old toys to give to charity
  63. Get them to match the socks while folding washing
  64. Make a salad for dinner and get your toddler to put the chopped ingredients in the bowl (it may be a messy salad)
  65. In the evening go outside and see if you can see the moon
  66. Jump up and down on one leg
  67. Learn to skip - step forward, hop, step forward, hop
  68. Rub your tunny with one hand and pat your head with the other
  69. Give your toddler all the plastic cups in the house to play with
  70. Play with the settings on your camera/phone and take a nice photo of your toddler
  71. Make a yummy warm milk drink and sprinkle chocolate on top
  72. Put some music on and make it fun to tidy up a room
  73. Go for a walk around the block
  74. Go hunting for bugs in the garden
  75. Find dry leaves and listen to the noise scrunching them up
  76. Read another book (can't do this one enough)
  77. Trace around your child's hands and feet on a sheet of paper.
  78. Then let them colour and decorate their hand and feet tracings
  79. Give them a cuddle when they least expect it
  80. Sit your toddler on the potty or toilet every so often if you haven't started toilet training
  81. Go out and check the letterbox together
  82. Pull off bits of sticky tape and let your toddler stick them onto a picture
  83. Go to the library and get out a heap of board books to look at
  84. Give your toddler a magazine and ask him/her to look for a picture that looks like Mummy
  85. Give your toddler the brush and pan to play with
  86. Let them play in the plastic container cupboard
  87. Build a tower as high as you can with blocks
  88. Have morning or afternoon tea in the garden
  89. Clapping hands - loud, soft, fast, slow
  90. Lie on your back with them and practice tummy breathing
  91. Open and shut - with eyes and hands
  92. Play peek-a-boo
  93. Practice washing hands properly
  94. Talk to them about their name - spell it, sound it out
  95. Walk around the house with giant steps (be a dinosaur)
  96. Lie on the bed together and have a cuddle
  97. Get your toddler to pick out a big book and a small book
  98. Ask them what their favorite animal is then find some pictures of one to look at
  99. When preparing the vegetables for dinner, ask your toddler what colour each one is
  100. Sit down facing each other, hold each others hands, and be a washing machine



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Handmade Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Wow it's really hard to believe that Easter is behind us and Mothers Day is the next occasion to be celebrated! Now if you are anything like me, Mothers Day is probably just about your favourite day of the year - we get to give thanks we are indeed blessed to be Mums. We also get to give little thank you gifts to the Mums, Grandmothers, and Mother figures in our lives. And what better way to do that than with an gift that is handmade and all the more special for it. So I put the call out in the handmade community for some lovely handmade gift ideas for all the special Mummies out there. Please have a read through all the gift ideas, and help a crafter and fellow business woman keep following her passion! All these handmade goodies are great value and unique - why not make up a gift basket of a few of the items :-)


Personalised Blanket in Kids/knee rug size, or Adult/bed size. The perfect idea for mum to feel your love all year round, whether to use on the lounge or on her bed. You choose the colours, design and personalisation and we make mum something unique this Mother's Day! Visit our website to order - http://blanky4me.com. Hurry, Mother's Day orders close 26 April.




Fluffy Lime Eye Cream is the perfect Mother’s Day gift because every mother deserves to be pampered. What better way than reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and reducing puffiness that comes from tiredness and lack of sleep (we’ve all been there!). As well as being natural so mothers of Australia don’t have to worry about applying a chemical product to the sensitive, fragile skin around their eyes. Postage is flat-rate $8 no matter how much is purchased. https://jolinatural.com.au/shop/fluffy-lime-eye-cream/





Tranquillity for People is a unique blend of Rescue Remedy and other calming flower remedies that naturally restore peace and harmony to the body, mind, heart and soul. Every home needs Tranquillity for times of stress, trauma, shock, emotional upset, worry and anxiety as it gently realigns us to a place of calmness within. Children love it, too, as it helps them feel settled and less upset, making it perfect for separation anxiety, attention-seeking behaviour, settling the kids before bed-time, and it’s also useful for cramps, pain, and any physical discomfort. Flower remedies are completely safe for the whole family, for all ages, and also for those taking medication or undergoing other treatments. Made from the flowers’ early morning dew, Tranquillity is gentle, safe, yet effective. Each bottle is lovingly prepared with the purest of ingredients, and your family’s wellbeing in mind. With no physical part of the plant present, there are no unwanted side-effects. Tranquillity holds the vibration of the flowers’ healing properties and is completely safe for internal and external use. Available in both 100ml and a handy 25ml purse size spray, I guarantee you’ll love it, or your money back. Visit our website for more information, and to read our customers’ comments on our first and favourite product, Tranquillity for People. http://www.sacred-space.com.au/tranquillity-sprays/tranquillity-for-people/ 100ml $29.99, 25ml $14.99



Handmade Lavender Bags are loved by Mums and Grandmothers alike! Stuffed with pure lavender flowers and finished with the most beautiful detail, they are great value at only $8 each (buy 4 get 1 free). Keep in your draw or wardrobe to keep the bugs away and your clothes smelling beautiful!  http://yourcheekymonkey.com.au/products/handmade-lavender-bags



Handmade Polymer Clay Necklace and Stud Earring Set. This gorgeous set would be a beautiful mothers day present to give. It complements many outfits and can be worn as either a formal or casual piece. It can also be made in a range of different colours. Price: $50 with free postage. See more here.



Don't forget a beautiful card to go with your gift! Mothers Day greeting card - Hand stamped, hand coloured card and the price is only $5.50. Click here for more info



Because all mums need a bit of everyday luxury, Tin Shed Soap Co offers handmade soaps - Australian made and Palm free! Goats milk, aloe Vera and coconut milk soap. www.tinshedsoapco.com.au



Wonder Woman Bag or Purse! The perfect gift for that hard to buy for mum as you can never have enough bags or purses! The purse is $55 and bag is $40 plus post. Click here for more info




Mother's Day Soy Wax Melt gift boxes. Each gift box contains 3 large soy wax melts - Japanese Cherry Blossom, Crisp Apple Rose and Vanilla Lavender plus a few small hearts in Vanilla Lavender. $10 each. Click here for more info




Handmade polymer clay personalised key chains. We will create a gorgeous, personalised gift featuring your chosen name(s) and colours, making it a very special gift that mum will treasure. $10 for two name beads and $4 for each additional name bead after that, plus postage. Purchase from www.thatwedo.etsy.com



Blue Glass Pearl Crochet Necklace - This necklace would make a fantastic Mothers Day gift. OOAK, Original, created by crocheting over 150 beads, glass seed beads, glass pearls and glass roundels with silver jewellery wire . This technique is so unique no two pieces are ever the same. $34.99 plus postage. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/226369433/blue-glass-pearl-crochet-necklace?




3D Papercut Art Poem - A medium (30 x 35cm) flutterby with a gorgeous poem BUTTERFLY WINGS!! Any mum would be thrilled to receive these sentiments from their offspring! The background colour and butterflies can be made in colours to suit your taste so feel free to get in touch to discuss options. This size is $65 but can also be made as a large for $75. It will stand on a shelf or is able to be hung. Click here for more info.




Well I'm sure there is something there that would be perfect for your Mum or Grandmother, let me know if there is one or more things here you purchase for a special gift xx



Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A little break - And a brand new store!

Hi everyone, you might have noticed its been a little while since I have popped a blog post up. I have been busy with kids and our businesses - including building a brand new store! I'd love you to check it out! The home page is the same at www.yourcheekymonkey.com.au but all the product pages are now different including the very popular Cuski Baby Comforters. What do you think??


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: White Soda Swimwear for Kids

Living in Queensland, good swimwear is certainly a big priority for all of our family. We are all big swimmers and spend many hours in the pool over summer. I definitely appreciate good quality swimwear, and know from experience the cheap swimmers you can buy only last a few swims and then they start to disintegrate.

White Soda Swimwear is an Australian business that makes swimwear for kids of the most impressive quality, and we have had the pleasure of testing out a one-piece for my daughter over the last few weeks.

What I love about this brand of swimwear:

  • Amazing quality - the fabric is really thick compared to other brands, plus it is chlorine resistant which means the life of the swimwear is excellent if you rinse after every use.
  • UPF 50+ - Fantastic protection from the sun.
  • The one piece bathers are SO cute with the frill on the back! Plus they have adjustable straps to allow for different body shapes and to last longer when your little one grows.
  • A great range available for both boys and girls including swim nappies, rashies, and one piece bathers for girls.









Your kiddies (and you!) will love the one piece bathers (see images above) – These carry the highest possible sun protection rating of 50+ to block the sun- they will not fade or stretch. Available in sizes 2-8 in an assortment of colours and bold prints, WHITE SODA has splashed into the season with style!

Conclusion - A big thumbs up from us for this brand, plus when you buy from them you are supporting an Australian company which is so important in this day and age.


Disclaimer: We received a one-piece swimsuit to use for review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hilarious things kids ask Santa for at Christmas

Every year I get a giggle from the crazy things my kids write on their Santa letters. A couple of years ago it was an iPhone 5.... my thoughts at the time was that perhaps I could write to Santa too asking for one! I posted this on my Facebook page along with "WHAT THE??" and my goodness, did the perfect Mums come out in force accusing me of being materialistic and that their child would never ask for something like that. Hmmmm yeah right.


 Another good one was a pet snake last year....  uuuummm NO I don't think so!



And here's some other good ones from some of the Mums over at the Your Cheeky Monkey Facebook page:

Jodi's son is requesting a "C5 Galaxy (apparently it's an airplane) and crickets for my scorpion"

Vicki's 17 year old also wants a pet snake!

And Karen's son wants to go to Disneyland because when they last went he was only 2 and didn't get to go on any of the rides :)

What are some of the funny/outrageous/unrealistic things your kids have asked for? I'd love to hear about them!

Finally, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful, happy, and safe Christmas and here's to a fantastic 2015!

Monique xx


Monday, October 27, 2014

Back to School with Name My Stuff

Are you like me and spend a fortune on name labels for your kids for school and kindy? I can't even count how many orders I have placed over the years for labels for THREE kids (because just having your surname is a no-no apparently). Plus they do tend to come off over time, or as in the case of one of my sons, they get picked off everything and you have to keep putting them on. Use permanent marker you say? Well, I guess that works sometimes, but I have found after a few washes permanent marker does fade into nothing which is a bit of a pain as you have to then keep writing names on things. And if you DON'T name things, they get lost in about a millisecond!

So.... you might get a little bit excited when I tell you there is a business that can permanently print your child's name on everything from dummies to drink bottles to lunch boxes and more. Name My Stuff is based here in Australia and sources the highest quality products to permanently print on.

I must admit I was a little unsure how it would work, but on receiving our Contigo Drink Bottle and putting it through its paces with washing in the dishwasher everyday, I can definitely say the printed name has not faded or rubbed off.

Each product has the name printed on it in a different spot according to what works best for that product. On the Contigo Drink Bottle it is right up on the handle part, quite unobtrusive but still obvious especially if sitting on a table with lots of other drink bottles at school or kindy.




A little note also about the Pink Contigo Autospout Bottle. My toddler LOVES it. She loves the handle to carry it, and likes drinking from the straw part. It is actually non-spill (have you noticed how many 'non-spill' bottles do leak?). And the parts I love as a Mum - you can wash the whole thing in the dishwasher, it is BPA free, there are no fiddly little bits to take in and out, and you can press the drinking spout down so it is protected from dirt and germs. It's really a winner and she is not interested in any of her other bottles now.


 


Name My Stuff is an absolutely amazing business idea, I love the option to now purchase permanently named things for my kids for school and kindy. The prices are all very affordable and I will be shopping there again soon as my sons are now nagging me for named drink bottles of their own!



Would you like to try out one of their products asap? Simply use the discount code "CheekyMonkey" for 10% off store-wide at Name My Stuff.

I also have a fabulous Personalised Contigo Autospout Drink Bottle to giveaway to one of our blog readers. They come in both pink and blue so you can choose which one you desire. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below and most of all, good luck :)



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WINNER - KAZ

Disclaimer: A Contigo Drink Bottle was sent to us to review for this post. No payment was received and any opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, October 20, 2014

5 Things to Know about your Brand New Baby

Unless you are a midwife or other birth-related professional, there are some things that really come as a surprise when you have a baby. I know that when I had my kids, there were some things I just had NO idea about.... and was a little embarrassed about as I really didn't know if it was normal or not. The following points are things I personally wish I had know before having kids, it would have made the whole 'brand new baby' thing a whole lot easier!


  • The genitals of both boys and girls are swollen after they are born. Well, you can sort of see with this one why no one really talks about it, but there we go. Due to excess fluid in the body and hormones, it is a little scary to see if you are not expecting it.
  • When some babies are born they are really wrinkly (and ugly). When my second son was born his face was so squished and wrinkly I was downright embarrassed. Luckily it does disappear and smooth out after a few days or weeks. Likewise, some babies can be covered in hair when born... which would also be a bit freaky if you are not expecting it.
  • Birthmarks are really common in newborns... about 80% have them in fact. Most fade eventually but others persist for a life-time.
  • New babies are extremely time-consuming... and can take up literally ALL your time. Whether feeding them or burping them or rocking to stop the crying or just sitting looking at them, life with a newborn just doesn't leave much time for much else. And that's the way it should be, I believe women are programmed like that to allow for proper bonding between mummy and baby.
  • There is a whole list of weird and wonderful skin conditions babies can have as newborns. One of my sons had the WORST skin I have ever seen, blotchy and red and sore looking. The paediatrician had some weird latin name for it, and luckily it went away after a few weeks. If your baby has less than perfect skin make sure to ask your midwife or doctor if it is something you are concerned about (better to be safe than sorry).
Did anything surprise you after the birth of your baby? Please share here so other Mums-to-be can have a read and not be surprised after the birth of their baby!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 Things to add to your medicine chest once you have kids

BC (that's Before Children) I don't think I would have believed it if you had told me the copious amounts of various medicines and other bits and pieces you need. I can certainly see that a pharmacist sees dollar signs when a Mum or Dad walks in the door. Our cupboards are overflowing with all the "stuff" you need to keep on hand in case one of our kids gets sick.

Busily writing yet another list for chemist shopping, I thought I would jot some of the essentials down here. Also, a quick mention that all families are different, and as such have different ideas on what you need... this is simply my thoughts on the subject :-)

  1. Nit Comb. I know there are heaps of chemical type applications, but I have always found a simple nit comb along with conditioner does the trick and gets rid of them in one hit.
  2. Baby Panadol / Baby Nurofen / Kids Panadol etc, depending on age of your child. When sickness hits, its hits quickly and if (for example) your child develops a very high temperature in the middle of the night you need something to bring it down as soon as possible.
  3. Band-aids. Yes, even when a toddler doesn't have a scratch, they are essential to soothe those little ow's. I have also found as my boys have got older, I need to keep a pretty extensive supply of various bandages, wound pads, etc etc, as they always seem to get injuries that a little old band-aid just won't work on.
  4. Daktozin. When the good old nappy rash gets out of hand this is the only stuff that works. Living in Queensland we do get hot humid weather and there is nothing worse than a raw sore bum from nappy rash so its best to clear it up quickly.
  5. Stingose or Calamine. It's hard for young kids not to scratch itchy bites (even as an adult its hard not to scratch!) so I always have this on hand in the event of bites... especially at bed-time when having itchy bites can make it hard for kids to sleep.
  6. Dettol/Savlon/Betadine. To soothe an assortment of scrapes and grazes!
  7. A Vaporizer and the essential oil liquid to go with it (I like the Bosisto's brand). When coughs, colds and flu's hit, one of these in your child's room can help them breathe easier and be more comfortable.
  8. Thermometer of some sort. We have ended up with about 5 over the years, but have at least one so you can keep an eye on your child's temperature if they have a fever.... if it gets too high it is very dangerous.
  9. Ice-packs or Cold Compresses in the freezer. Sometimes kids come a cropper and you need an ice-pack to get the swelling down a bit.... mind you with a young child it can be a challenge to keep it on long enough to be effective!
  10. Oral rehydration liquid or ice-blocks. These are for after vomiting and gastro's. Mind you, all my kids hated the taste when really young and it was really hard to get them to swallow it, but I keep it on hand just in case a bad gastro bug hits the house. Once opened I chuck it out and buy a new lot.



What are your essentials for children in the medicine chest?

Some other posts you might enjoy:
My Top Bathtime Tips for a Newborn Baby 
Not Putting a Name On It
Outside Play ideas for Winter 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: 'lil Fairy Door

In this day and age of technology and digital games and movies, it can sometimes be hard to give our children the opportunity to expand their imaginations. As busy parents, we sometimes forget to slow down and allow out little ones to create their own little worlds of fantasy and play.

And sometimes there is something really exciting about finding a simple little prop to encourage our sons and daughters to let their imaginations run wild. Enter this darling little invention - 'lil Fairy Door.



The first thing you notice about the 'lil Fairy Door is how beautifully packaged it is. A tiny little door along with a vial of glitter sets your thoughts running on how much fun it will be for your kids to have an entry into your home for the fairies.


So simple to set up, the package even comes with mounting tape and a fairy foot-print stencil to create your own fairy door set-up.


The detail in the door is just beautiful, it is just so well made and realistic. The colours are gorgeous too. I put ours on a bookshelf as we have big skirting boards around all the walls. It looks absolutely darling sitting there!



While my sons (at ages 8 and 9) are too old and my daughter is currently too young to understand (at 2) I'm going to keep our beautiful 'lil Fairy Door until she is just a bit older to appreciate it.

I think these Fairy Doors are an absolutely wonderful idea for the pre-schooler age group. The looks on their faces would be a joy to behold and I'm sure every child that has one would spend many hours watching for their own little fairies to come visiting through the door!


Disclaimer: I received a 'lil Fairy Door to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Jeanie B Beach Bags

Well I can't quite believe I'm writing this as Winter is still upon us (well for a couple more weeks anyway), but the way the weeks slip by it will be warming up soon and the hot Summer months will be here.

With the warmer weather, while we are not particularly beach people, we will again be braving Whitewater World at Dreamworld where we have season passes, and where I always seem to have to drag along 3 or 4 bags to hold all our towels and other things for 5 of us... which is such a pain!

Do you always end up doing the same thing when going to the beach or pool or even sports mornings for the kids? There just never seems to be a spacious enough solution. Ok, I have to admit I have used those horrid blue Ikea bags before, just because they hold so much stuff.

But now I have found an alternative... YAY! :)

The Jeanie B Beach Bags are not only funky they are HUGE! They say they fit at least 5 beach towels, and I have to agree, I put 6 in with heaps of space to spare. There is a little pocket inside to pop your mobile in and other little bits and pieces, and it also comes with a storage bag to keep it folded up in.





Made from 100% cotton, and triple stitched for strength and durability, you can even wash them if it gets dirty. While my favourite is the red stripe pictured, there are lots of other fabric choices too.

I love our Jeanie B Beach Bag, it really is the handiest bag I now own when heading out and about with the family :-)


Disclaimer: I received a Jeanie B Beach Bag for review on this blog. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I have learnt with my third child

I have learnt many many things along my journey with 3 children. But there is one thing that I have definitely learnt now I have come to number 3.

And that is that there is no rush for things. We seem to be in such a hurry to toilet train, to get them in a big bed, to get them talking, to get them reading.

But you know what? Who cares. What about enjoying the journey, and relishing the moments they are so small. Because it goes so very quickly.

With my third I am in no rush to toilet train, no rush to put her in kindy, no rush to turn her cot into a toddler bed. Because I know it will all happen with time. They all get there in the end.

I want to enjoy every precious moment with her. I'm by no means a perfect Mum, but where I wanted to rush everything along with my boys, I want to let my little girl find her own pace and her own way... and I think it will all work out in the end.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Skeanie Ruffle Tights

As a Mum of a girl after 2 boys, its tons of fun to be able to dress my daughter in lovely little girly clothes. But there is usually a downside of this and that is that cute girly clothes are quite often impractical. Girls, just as much as boys, love to run and jump and climb and slide, and being in a skirt  does hamper movement I think.

However there is some gorgeous little new tights out from Skeanie (you might remember I reviewed their darling little shoes a while ago) that combine girliness with practicality, and what makes these tights different is the funky ruffles around the bottom of the legs.



Made from 80% Cotton 18% Nylon and 2% Elastane, Ruffle Tights come in a range of sizes from 1-2 years up to 4-5 years, and are able to be machine washed. Although the instructions say not to tumble dry, I have to admit they went through the dryer in a load of washing and came out just fine.


We were sent a pair to review and there are lots of things I like about the Skeanie Ruffles:

  • You can dress them up with a dress over the top, or dress them down with just a tee.
  • Nice enough for dinner out, and tough enough for a day at the park or kindy.




  • Comfy enough to climb on things (yes even things that aren't supposed to be climbed on like lego) and play on the trampoline.
  • Nice and warm in the cool winter weather we are having at the moment.




The Skeanie Ruffle Tights are adorable and practical, and I'm sure your daughter will love wearing them as much as mine does!



Disclaimer: We received Skeanies Ruffles to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What do you need in a Nappy Bag for a Newborn Baby?

What do you need in a Nappy Bag for a Newborn Baby?

I remember vividly when my first son was born nearly 9 years ago having so much trouble knowing what to put in the nappy bag!! It sounds silly now, but for a new Mum heading out the door with my new baby, I really didn't know what I would need while out and about. Now after 3 kids it is second nature, but I was looking through my nappy bag the other day and thought I really should put a blog post up with some suggestions of what is good to pack when heading out with your baby.

So, what things do you need to pack in your Nappy Bag when heading out the door with your newborn baby? Here is my list for an outing:

  • A nice roomy nappy bag! You always need more than you think you do!
  • Nappies - always keep quite a few in your nappy bag
  • Nappy sacks
  • Travel pack or 2 of wipes
  • Nappy rash cream if needed
  • Change mat (either a nice fabric padded one, or disposable ones if you prefer)
  • Bub's Comforter (I always keep one permanently in our nappy bag so I don't leave the house and forget it)
  • Muslin 
  • Blanket
  • Change of clothes for baby
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • If Breastfeeding a privacy cover, or use your muslin
  • If Bottle-feeding, bottles already filled with boiled water, and a container with formula in (I take pre-warmed bottles in the insulated bottle packs)
  • A Sweet Dreameezz Black Muslin to drape over the pram when bub is asleep.
  • Dummy if you use one

Saturday, June 7, 2014

5 Essential Things for Bub You Didn't Know You Needed

Having a baby can open up a whole new world of gadgets and goodies you probably never even knew existed. Shopping for baby items can certainly be fun and exciting and daunting all at the same time! While you do discover newborns actually need very little apart from food, sleep, lots of nappies, and to be near mum and dad, there are a few things I have discovered as essential things to have on hand from my journey with my own 3 children.

1. A specifically designed baby comforter. While most parents end up giving their baby a soft toy or a muslin wrap, there is a whole range of safe and specially designed comforters to give to babies. These are made from breathable fabric, are easily replaced if lost or loved to death, and they are easily washed and dried. Safe to give a baby from birth, I recommend a Cuski Baby Comforter, Save Our Sleep Comforter, or Sophie the Giraffe Comforter – the shape is designed to be safe for your baby, absorb smells well, and they are easily washed in the washing machine. They are also very affordable. When you introduce a comforter to a baby, you are also introducing a signal to sleep, which makes naptime and bedtime routines much more predictable for your child and way less stressful for you. My daughter adores her Pinkee!

2. While we all adore carrying our babies, sometimes we do need to put them down to get things done around the house. There are many types of baby rockers and swings available, and one of these is a must in my books. Do your research and pick one according to your needs. For example, do you need to move it around the house easily? Would you manage with an electric one that plugs into the wall? Do you prefer the old-fashioned bouncers? Do you require organic fabric? Whichever one you choose, your baby and you will love the convenience and comfort. Just remember to keep it on the floor at all times rather than up on a table, bench or bed.

3. One (sometimes unexpected) thing that happens with babies is that they do tend to need to be burped a lot. Along with burps comes upchucks, and there is nothing worse than it ending up all over your shoulder and down your back (especially if you are out and about and can't get changed). Did you know though, there is an alternative to putting a daggy cloth nappy over your shoulder? They are called Burp Cloths, and are one of the handiest little things you will ever come across. So easy to pop over your shoulder when burping bub, they look great, and you can even use them for lots of other things such as under bubs head in the pram or to wipe up all sorts of messes.

4. A feeding chair for babies room. I never thought I would be including this one in a list of essential baby products. For my first 2 children I didn’t have a specific feeding chair, I just fed them on the lounge in the living room. However, my Dad kindly bought me a special feeding chair for my third baby – you know the ones, they rock and have a footstool as well. I can now honestly say it has been the best thing ever! My daughter is now 2 and it has been one of the most well used things I have ever had. Night feeds have been a breeze without having to put lights on in the rest of the house, its easy to get away from the noise of other family members, and it has been lovely sitting and rocking with my feet up with my baby. We still use it to this day for a cuddle before nap time and bed time.

 5. My last essential baby product you didn’t know you needed for this article is a night light for babies room. For all 3 of my children I have had different types depending what has been on the market at the time, but whichever one you do purchase, make sure it is easy to turn on in the dark and that it is only just bright enough to feed and change baby. It is so important to teach baby day from night, and this means keeping things as quiet and dark as possible when doing night feeds and changes.

I hope this list has given you some inspiration for your list of things for baby. If your baby is yet to arrive, I wish you a beautiful birth, and if your baby has been born, congratulations on your beautiful bubba!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Giveaway: Minty Cuski Baby Comforter

Yay another giveaway! Up for grabs is one of our best-sellers, one Minty Cuski Baby Comforter for one lucky Mum! Valued at $29.95, with easy entry via the Rafflecopter form below.






Please take a comment to read the T&C of the giveaway and be sure to do all mandatory steps. Prize is not transferable for cash, and is open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

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Winner - Jackie