Monday, November 30, 2009

The Cloth Pad Movement

I have to admit before I start this blog post that I really only am a very recent convert to Cloth Menstrual Pads. What got me interested was being a sponsor at the Diaper Decisions Nappy Hunt, and seeing not only the other stores that made and stocked them, but also the tide of customer's raving about how wonderful they are to use.

I never really thought about cloth pads before, they do seem rather dark ages don't they? And having to wash them all too each month rather than just so conveniently throwing them in the rubbish bin.

So anyway I took the plunge and purchased some Twinkle Lily cloth menstrual pads, and thought best case scenario I never have to buy menstrual products again, worst case I would hate them and that would be that money down the drain.

Ok so can I now use the word addictive? Because that is what I think cloth pads are. They are just so soft and gentle against your skin, and really surprising easy to use, just place in a small soak bucket in the laundry then throw them in with the rest of the wash. And BEST of all, they are wonderful for your budget (never buy menstrual products again after your initial investment), and for the environment (just think how much rubbish you are not throwing away each month clogging up the landfills).

So to make a long story short, I just had to stock Twinkle Lily at Your Cheeky Monkey - not only because I fell in love with the products, but because they are all Hand Made right here in Australia. And we all need to support each other don't we.

Find Twinkle Lily Cloth Menstrual Pads {HERE} and Twinkle Lily Cloth Breast Pads {HERE}

And join the Cloth Pad Movement with me!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The perils of working from home..

Last week I had an interview with the Gold Coast Mail. The article was in the paper Thursday 26th November 2009 - on Page 4!!

But I am writing today not to have a little brag (ok, just a little one)... but to tell you a funny story behind all this. The morning the journalist wanted photos to go with this article (ones of me with my products, which I didn't have) there was no-one around to help me take them. My husband was working, and I couldn't get hold of anyone else. So I spent most of the day mucking around with the tripod and timer. It was actually very stressful let me tell you, trying to get it all right and then not to feel like a complete idiot taking photos of myself.

But anyway, the end product was not too bad, and it was a super fantastic article.

Thanks again to the Business Mums Network (Your Cheeky Monkey WON the Parenting Section in the recent Blog Awards), and Connect 2 Mums (Your Cheeky Monkey WON The Most Popular Site in the recent AusMumpreneur Awards)!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Today's News..

Check out this weeks Super Set - all this for only $20!! You get a handmade toddlers bath mitt, funky kids face cloth with fully hand crocheted edging, Cherub Rubs natural soap, and a rubber ducky. You can choose boy or girl colours - don't miss out limited sets available!! Find them HERE.

Plus I just saw a fantastic giveaway at Retro Mummy - if you are crafty then this one is for you, 12 fat quarters are being given away (WOW), ends Sunday! Find it HERE!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Huge Giveaway on at Handmade Kids

Who wants to WIN a huge pack of handmade kids items??? Well, me for one!

Head on over to Handmade Kids - there are 2 huge packs up to be won by 2 lucky people, one for boys and one for girls. But be quick, the giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 27th November.

Included in the girls pack of this giveaway is one of my little mini totes in gorgeous purple jacquard fabric lined with blue love hearts cotton. You can find all my girls totes at Your Cheeky Monkey HERE! They make a very cute Christmas gift for a little girl, you can even fill it with lots of little goodies to make it extra special :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Some Christmas themed goodies

Well Christmas is only a bit over a month away. Can I admit to you I have not even started Christmas shopping yet? I think it has just come around SO quick this year I can't get my mind around the fact that the silly season is nearly upon us.

I have in-stock at Your Cheeky Monkey some super cute little Christmas Singlets, one in blue and one in purple. With the hot weather that seems to have hit most of Australia these are just so gorgeous with a funky nappy. No point in having your little Bub too hot and sweaty - available in sizes 000 right through to 2, and only $8.50 each!

Also don't forget our Christmas themed Finger Puppets - some have sold out with only a few styles left, don't miss out on these oh so popular little puppets - only $3.50 at the moment and FREE post!

Also check out these lovely Candy Cane bookmarks from Annette Piper Jewelery - how cute! And keep up to date on lots of jewelery happenings if you are interested at Annette's blog HERE.

Well I'm sure I will have some more little Christmas goodies to share with you soon - have fun Christmas shopping and take advantage of all the lovely online stores instead of braving those crowds at the shopping centres!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two Homes

Separation is a very stressful on-going event for any family to go through. It is a heart wrenching situation for both parents, however usually the ones affected most are the children.

So I was very interested to read an interview on Her Business Life with Rebecca Jackson of Two Homes. Rebecca runs Two Homes– an information and resource hub for separated parents.

Two Homes is Australia’s only free online resource that provides Australian single parents with information, tools and resources that guide and empower them to do what ever they need to, to help them and their children through this difficult time.

Find the full interview {HERE}

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Are you Pregnant?

Your Cheeky Monkey has teamed up with a heap of other great businesses such as Scamps Eco Boutique in NZ to form the Mums to Be club... Every month is a great giveaway and November members go into the draw to WIN a set of my oh-so-practical nursing cloths!!

All you need to do to be in the running is sign up to the Mums to Be Newsletter along with your valid Due Date - click HERE.

And you can check out the Mums to Be facebook page HERE to keep updated on the prizes each month.

Good Luck!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Melbourne Photographer Offer

Maree Jaeger Photography, based in Melbourne, has just put out a special offer:

"If you are pregnant or about to have a baby the first person to book a photo session- will receive a funky tiger burp/shoulder cloth from Your Cheeky Monkey!"

So if you are in Melbourne and are looking to book a pregnancy or new baby photo sessions, read the full offer on Maree Jaeger Photography's blog HERE..

Don't forget too the 2010 Little Lights Calender is out ~ ALL proceeds are going to the Starlight Foundation so it is a great opportunity to buy a beautiful calender for next year and support a fantastic charity. All photography in the calendar is done by Maree Jaeger Photography.

Find out how to purchase one HERE!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Great value baby products in this weeks super set!

I have put together a fantastic Super Set for you today - all products to suit boy or girl babies, and up to about 18 months old.

All 5 items have a RRP of approx. $50, today the pack is 40% off which works out at only $30!

Find them at Your Cheeky Monkey HERE!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The complete secrets of happy children

During the recent Diaper Decisions Great Down Under Nappy Hunt I was lucky enough to win this fantastic book from the fabulous website and resource The Natural Parent, just by signing up to their newsletter.

I am a huge fan of Steve Biddulph, and I do not have this one in my collection so I'm sure you can tell just how happy I was to win this book!

This version "The complete secrets of happy children" is actually 2 books in one:

In "The Secret of Happy Children" you will discover whats really happening inside kids minds, and what to do about it. And you will find out how to be a stronger, more loving, more definite and more relaxed parent. You'll learn how to let go of old, negative approaches, and free up more energy to enjoy your kids and your life.

"More Secrets of Happy Children" (written with Shaaron Biddulph) tackles other important concerns of parents today such as how to help toddlers and children feel secure and settled; discipline methods that work (without hitting or yelling); making sure your love gets through; being the best kind of dad; and the childcare dilemma.

I can't wait to get stuck into it now, thank you Sarah for offering this fantastic giveaway!

I highly recommend you have a look at The Natural Parent, be sure to join their informative newsletter, and you will find this book and many more soon in their Store Section.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cherry Mag Issue 10 Out Now!

The new issue of online magazine "Cherry" is now out - this months theme is Make It Fun - and as usual there are heaps of fantastic articles and competitions.

Get moving over to the Cherry Mag website and check it out!

You can go directly to the mag HERE!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Healthy eating for Kids

Every Mum knows what a struggle it can be to keep a balanced diet in place for the family, especially for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers when fussiness really sets in. On the other hand it is vital to set up good eating habits that will serve our children well throughout their lives. So I have put together here ten handy hints that I try to use to help keep a healthy balanced eating plan in place.

1. Small children have small stomachs. I have found that when at home it is very easy to leave a plate of cut up fruit, sultanas etc within reach of your children whether on the bench or in the fridge. This gives your child the encouragement to eat when hungry without any forcing. I personally find my sons love it when I do this - they like making their own choices about when to eat something and without it being an issue they tend to eat more anyway. Please note with this, I don’t include crackers or biscuits etc, it is only fruit or vegetables.

2. Eat dinner as a family. Life gets considerably easier when your children eat what you do – make the most of it and always try to serve your meals so the whole family eats together. This encourages your children to eat what you do – try and remember that you kids will do as you do, not do as you say!! Even if you think they won’t touch that salad or vegetable, always put some on their plate – you never know what will go down!

3. Make meals with lots of hidden vegetables. Stews, soups and pasta sauces are great to hide lots of vegies in – think puree’s, grated etc. In a big stew or casserole you can easily include as many as 10 different vegetables. Doing this also makes the meat portion of the meal stretch further.

4. Remember that what you don’t introduce into your family’s diet won’t be missed. For example, if you only ever serve brown bread its much easier to keep that habit rather than trying to switch from white to brown when your kids are old enough to know the difference.

5. Don’t use food as a bribe. Instead of saying “If you pick all your toys up you can have some chocolate” wait until they have tidied up then say “Thank you, for doing such a great job picking your toys up you can have a fruit jelly”.

6. Don’t “forbid” certain foods in your household like chips or lollies. Everything in moderation is usually the best approach, if you ban certain foods it makes it all the more appealing to children to want that food even more. This mostly applies to school aged children but it helps to have a balanced view of food from the outset.

7. When you offer a snack or meal to your child, be sure to be clear that is all that on offer and nothing else will be available until the next meal time. This is the best way to end up with a fussy eater, by being concerned your child has not had enough to eat and offering something “yummier”. They very soon figure this one out and will have you dancing to their tune in no time at all! No child ever starves of his or her own accord.

8. Stick to fruit for dessert. For toppings think yogurt or a dab of custard. You could even sprinkle some hundreds and thousands over the top for a bit of excitement!

9. In summer you can make your own ice-blocks. Simply blend up tinned or fresh fruit with yogurt for a yummy creamy treat. You can even buy special plastic re-usable ice-block kits to freeze your ice-blocks in.

10. Don’t turn mealtimes into an emotional battleground. If your child manages to get such an interesting response from you for not eating they will know that it is a fantastic way to get some attention from you. Just offer the food, and if it is not eaten at the end of the meal remove the dish without any threats or trying to force feed.  If they end up going to bed on an empty tummy don't stress, they are probably just not hungry.

I hope these hints give you some new ideas on feeding your toddler or pre-schooler, and feel free to leave a comment if you would like to pass on any of your great tried and tested hints!

Monique Nickalls JP BSc (hons) Dip Prof Couns
Your Cheeky Monkey
Baby | Infant | Mum

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WIN over $400 in prizes!

From now until 5pm on the 11th of December 2009, every purchase from Your Cheeky Monkey of the book "What I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Mother" goes into the draw to win a share of $400 in prizes for Christmas!

Don't miss out on this fantastic offer, make sure you grab your copy either for yourself or as a beautiful Christmas gift for a New Mum or someone who is pregnant.

Only $19.95 and you will find them {HERE}

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Free Masterclass Workshop!

I don't know if you've ever heard of I've enjoyed their website and have found it to have very useful business/marketing information.

Just the other day, I got an invitation from Melinda of WAHM Biz Builder that said Psychotactics were giving away a workshop they sell for $2500. And that they are doing a test and giving a limited number of copies away absolutely FREE...No charge. This workshop, the Brain Alchemy Masterclass, explains why structure—not marketing—is critical to grow a business effectively.

A free giveaway like this would normally have a catch of some sort, but this one (strangely) doesn't. I've made sure I've signed up to their waiting list, so that I can get my copy of these goodies soon. You should check it out, and if you find it useful, you should get on the waiting list before it's filled.

Here's the link: