Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Modibodi Underwear

My goodness, all I could think of when I heard about these undies was that why on earth has no-one ever thought of this before??

It is definitely a sad fact of life that being pregnant and having children adversely affects many parts of your body, with one major difference being losing strength in your pelvic muscles and bladder (yes yes I know we are all told to do pelvic floor exercises but who really does them?? I know I certainly didn't). During pregnancy and after kids you really have to be conscious of tightening up 'down there' before you laugh or sneeze - you learn your lesson pretty quickly what happens if you don't. So yes we all resort to using liners or pads right through pregnancy and also afterwards for many Mums.

So what are Modibodi??

Modibodi are undies - But undies with a difference! They have built in protection - so its just like wearing a liner but without having to put one in. The first thing I like about this is that it is great for the environment. I am a cloth pad user for this reason, so I just love the fact that you are not throwing all that rubbish in the bin (great for saving money too not having to buy liners all the time).



Modibodi have pregnancy style undies so you can comfortably wear them right through pregnancy (and all sorts of things happen 'down there' through pregnancy not just bladder leakage). Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience Light Bladder Leakage at some stage of their life? It is most common during pregnancy and after childbirth. 

They are designed to protect women against the common ‘unmentionables’ in life such as sweat, discharge, odour, light bladder leakage, menstrual overflow/spotting, while still being extremely comfortable and fashionable. Modibodi uses the best natural and synthetic fabrics with patented Modifier Technology for highly functional underwear.

Modibodi are currently only available online from www.modibodi.com.au 



Things I love about Modibodi after wearing them a few times:

  • They look just like normal undies so no-one will know you are wearing undies with built in protection.
  • They are really comfortable once you get used to the (very slight) bulky feeling in the crotch
  • They are a nice generous size - in fact if you hover between sizes go down a size
  • There is a style to suit everyone - pregnancy, g-string, sports, bikini, boy-leg, full brief
  • Suitable for all ages of ladies from teenagers right through to the elderly 
  • Easy to wash - I just put mine in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with my bra's.
  • Perfect to use in the times before and after your period
  • Use as a 'back up' during your period
  • Not expensive (I will definitely be buying some more soon). In fact prices are in line with most other brands of normal underpants.
  • Yes that's me in the image below rocking my Bikini Modibodi's - sorry you definitely don't want to see a full shot - but you get the picture, they sit nicely on both the leg and hip seams, and look cute to boot ;-)





Disclaimer: I received a Modibodi to trial. No monetary payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Choosing a Comforter for your Baby

Some things to think about when choosing a comforter for your baby:

A comforter for a baby and toddler is, I think, a vital part of growing up. Every child attaches themselves to something, so it is important for you, as a parent, to choose something for them that is SAFE and easy to wash and indeed replace if something goes wrong and it gets lost or ruined.

The most important factor when choosing a comforter for your baby is to make sure it is safety tested and meets all safety standards for your country. Many on the market DO NOT have the necessary testing done, so I'm sure you would not want one of those for your baby!


So, with these points in mind I think it is a great idea to buy more than one! I personally have 4 for my daughter and they get rotated around so one is not more washed than the others. You never know when your baby's favourite toy may be lost, or just need washing! This also is good as sometimes manufacturers change the style/colour/shape of the comforter you use for some reason, so if you buy enough to start with you don't have to worry about that down the track.

Choose a comforter which is simple and consistent, the less fussy the better. Babies and children (most children use comforters well into school age) love simplicity, consistency and routine. A round shape like a ball is the first shape a baby familiarises with, so the shape of a Cuski head is perfect for growing little fingers to discover and hold. The familiarity of a special comforter will help your child find their place in the world, and will help immensely with any changes or transitions in their lives. An infant needs simplicity and consistency and most importantly safety, so do Mums and Dads. For the first few months make sure this is the only toy in your baby's cot and pram while going to sleep. Otherwise he/she may adopt something else which may be impractical or difficult to replace!

If you've chosen a particular toy for your newborn baby's comforter, try to avoid anything bulky or furry, with loose fibers, removable parts or fussy adornments. Choose one made of natural hygroscopic material such as soft cotton toweling as this is the best material for retaining your scents and it is also breathable if bub puts it over her head for some reason. Teddy Bears and other soft toys are NOT recommended as a comforter, they are just too dangerous.


Before introducing your baby to his or her new comforter, sleep with it in your bed or carry it around in your clothes to absorb all those comforting mummy/daddy smells. When you place it in the cot it will help to soothe and calm your baby, feeling secure in the knowledge you are always close by...
Choose a different coloured baby comforter for your second baby so that there will be no confusion.
Keep a note of name and place purchased from or take website address off packaging, then if you need to buy another comforter exactly the same, it will make it easier to track down! Otherwise buy at least two I can assure you it will be a sound investment. 

So choose your child's comforter wisely and your baby will grow up contented and secure. It will make life a lot easier for you as parents if your child has their own special comfort item (while allowing you to be happy knowing it is safe for them to have), giving more precious quality time to spend with your little treasures.





Some safety issues to think about when choosing a comforter:

There are a few things you really need to be aware of when introducing comforters to your baby. 

  • Some babies like to sleep with their comforters over their faces. If this is your baby, make sure she can still breathe (a natural breathable cotton or bamboo fabric is ideal). 
  • Make sure your baby cannot get the comforter tangled around his neck. A good comforter size is about 38cm by 38cm. 
  • Soft toys are not the same as comforters. When choosing a comforter, please avoid ones with bean fillings or long fur that your baby might pull out and accidentally inhale. Pull at the fur a little to see how easily it comes away. Some companies specialise in making baby comforters. They have usually conducted a lot of research into the best comforter features for you and your baby. 
  • We also recommend that you have more than one comforter, and that they are machine washable for hygiene reasons. This also enables you to rotate and wash them periodically, as well as ensuring you have a back-up comforter in the event that you misplace one. 



We recommend:


YOUR CHEEKY MONKEY RECOMMENDS FOLLOWING THE SIDS SAFE SLEEP GUIDELINES - PLEASE SEE THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Monday, June 15, 2015

Product Talk: Crayola Color Wonder

If your household is anything like mine, you would have left your toddler or pre-schooler happily doing some colouring, then, as life tends to get busy, the phone or doorbell rings. What happens next? Yes, when you go back to your little one (even after just a couple of minutes) they have drawn either all over themselves or around your house. I personally have kids 'artwork' down the walls of the hallway and all over the back of our tan leather lounge. Not to mention the amount of times my kids have merrily coloured in themselves (usually just before we are due to go out to dinner).

Many times I have wished for a solution for these situations! Little ones do love colouring, but on the other hand it is impossible to watch them for every second they are sitting doing their drawing.

Luckily I now know about Color Wonder from Crayola - A handy pack you can pick up which contains a gorgeous 18 page Colouring Book and 5 Markers which ONLY work on the book. When I first unpacked the book and pens, my husband found it amazing that the markers are clear - but when you use them on the book the colour appears.




So it is with much excitement I don't have to deal with this again ::::::----------




And can leave my 3 year old happily drawing away with her special book and pens. And as she is so obsessed with 'Frozen' at the moment, she is taking her Color Wonder book with her everywhere!! Plus they are available in other designs such as Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so there is something to suit every child.





After a week or so now of having the Color Wonder in our house, I can say the product truly is mess-free and won’t color on skin, furniture or carpets! The special ink in Color Wonder Markers is clear on most surfaces, yet each marker 'magically' shows up a different color on Color Wonder Paper. This makes it an easy craft that children can do without supervision and also makes cleanup a breeze! Plus I love the peace of mind know they are also non-toxic (essential if your little one still has a tendency to put things in their mouth).




Check out my little video to demonstrate the clear marker tips and how the colour appears on the paper -

video




Our verdict: What an awesome product! At $13.99 per pack these are a very affordable item, your child will spend many hours happily colouring - And you can rest assured the colouring book is ALL they are colouring in, even if you get distracted with something else! A big thumbs up from us :)



This product talk is bought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: Spry Gems Mints - Lollies that clean your teeth!

Spry Gems Mints from Sweetlife

When I first heard about Spry Gems Mints I thought they sounded a very interesting product. A lolly that is not only sugar and gluten free, but also cleans your teeth and assists in the development of healthy teeth and gums!

So how do they work? The little lollies are pH balanced and are sweetened with natural xylitol and are totally sugar free. Xylitol in turn also produces an environment in the mouth that discourages the harmful bacteria that cause teeth decay. How clever is that!



Spry Gems Mints come in 4 flavours - Berry, Cinnamon, Spearmint and Peppermint. My kids (of course) love the Berry and I am very partial to the Spearmint! They are a yummy crunchy little lolly that you don't feel guilty about eating. I also like how fresh they leave my breath and mouth feeling.




I plan on keeping some of these in my bag for when we go out to dinner for the kids to nibble on after dinner when it gets late.... then when we can just pop them into bed when we get home instead of bothering them to brush teeth when they are so tired! I wouldn't do this every night of course, but what a great solution for those times when its just too hard to get the kids to brush their teeth. They would also be great for bed ridden people or the elderly.




I also love that they are suitable for vegans - I gather a lot of lollies etc are not suitable for vegans so their choices can be quite limited sometimes. They are also gluten free!


You can buy these great mints in packs over at their website - Only $23.70 for 6 packs of the ones I have pictured here in this blog post. It's a pretty good price for a great product! The leaflet also advises you can get them at health food shops, and some pharmacies and independent supermarkets. Our verdict - Definitely check them out, I think they are a super idea for a truly guilt free treat.


Disclaimer: I was sent some sample packs of Spry Gems Mints to try out for the purpose of this review. I received no payment for this review and any opinions expressed are my own.




Thursday, May 28, 2015

Giveaway: Welly's Wonders Onesie

A new brand of baby clothing has just landed on my desk, and I am just so sad all my kids are too big to wear these beautiful clothes! Welly's Wonders introduces some very sweet clothing pieces as well as other accessories such as prints and artwork.




A little bit about the clothing line:

Welly’s Wonders encourages our little ones to live in a world where imagination and adventure rule. Founded by Illustrator Adam Murphy and Storyteller, Demelza Haines, these gentle, timeless and charming characters were born out of a desire to teach our children to Love. Be Kind. Imagine. Collectables include a suite of A4 and A3 prints, baby and children’s clothing, accessories and artwork that enable our little ones to take a step back in time and enjoy a piece of this retro renaissance. Welly’s Wonders feature a collection of delicate, kind, cheeky, adventurous and loveable gender-neutral characters. ‘We wanted to capture the imaginative and enchanting world of characters and help stimulate imagination and adventure,’ says Demelza.


What I love about the clothing range:

  • Made from beautiful thick soft organic cotton
  • Gender neutral designs
  • Very sweet innocent pictures reminiscent of the 1970's era
  • Different and unique from other brands on the market



Welly's Wonders have kindly given us a Jenkins Baby Kiss Onesie (as pictured above) in a Size 0, valued at $32.95, for one of our lucky readers to win. Simply enter using the form below!


WINNER - SOPHIE 


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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 :)



a Rafflecopter giveaway


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.