Bullying. As a Mum of 2 young boys it certainly is a topic I think and worry about. I would hate my sons to ever experience being bullied - on the other hand I would also hate them to be the instigators of bullying towards another child. So I have been very interested recently to come across a program called "Learn to be Buddies", created by Amanda Gray. If this is a topic that is affecting your family I highly recommend the "Dave is Brave" products available through the Learn to be Buddies website. "Dave is Brave" tells the story of Dave as he defends himself from Golly, the bully. The products help children of all ages learn language, assertiveness and reconciliation skills. I was lucky enough recently to win a copy of the DVD, and I must say I was very impressed watching it with my Sons aged 3 and 4. It really gives you an opportunity to discuss this issue with your child and answer any questions they may have. A big thank you to Amanda for these brilliant products, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
As you all know I am passionate about all things handmade, all things Australian made, all things organic, and all things natural. If you love all these things too then have a peek at Thea & Sami - A Brisbane based design studio that hand screen-prints organic and natural fabrics with water based non-toxic inks. Their online store also offers some beautiful clothing and homeware items. And if you are in the Brisbane area Thea offers Screen Printing Workshops - they look absolutely heaps of fun!
Are you expecting a baby? Amanda at iLiv Cards does the most gorgeous Birth Announcements I have ever seen. Its such a super busy time after you have a baby, but it is also important to send out those 'Thank you' cards and what better way to do it than with a gorgeous photo announcement and thank you in one. She also does invitations of all sorts, and is happy to design something unique to your hearts desire!
And thanks heaps to Melissa of the Business Mums Network for recently posting Your Cheeky Monkey as the Business Mums Network Site of the Day. Melissa is very generously promoting businesses each day in this manner and even posts them on Facebook and Twitter. You can read Melissa's interesting blog post about how she is managing to fit all this extra work into her schedule HERE.
A while ago Your Cheeky Monkey was also featured on the "Grow~Achieve" Blog, which was just fantastic - a big thank you to the Grow~Achieve team!! And you can read the full post HERE.