Friday, November 26, 2010

Tea Tree Oil Spray Review & GIVEAWAY

Summer is on the way, and in Australia that can mean hot humid weather, which is in turn ideal growing conditions for mould and other lovely things.  If you are like me and hate having to turn to chemical solutions, tea tree oil is the best all-round answer.  I keep bottles of tea tree oil in the laundry (put a couple of drops in your wash to combat fungus and bacteria), in the bathroom (wipe a little on insect bites or cuts and scrapes), and in the kitchen (a couple of drops wiped over surfaces smells great and ensures there is no nasties left after chopping meat).  Now you can also - woohooo! - buy tea tree oil in a spray can.  This has been so fantastic for me lately, I've sprayed it around the dog kennel and bedding, used it on bathroom surfaces and the toilet for cleaning, in my husband's smelly work boots, and around the room where my sick son has been sleeping.  Best of all, the tea tree spray saves you money because it has so many uses, and you don't need to buy 10 different products for around the house!

If you want to try the Bosisto's Tea Tree Spray (RRP$12.95) you will find it in the medicinal aisle in Woolworths and in pharmacies - and if you would like more information you don't hesitate to contact FGB Natural Products directly through their website.

Now have a look at the picture below.  FGB is very kindly going to send one of my blog readers one of their Picnic Packs!!  This is valued at $120 and contains a 2 person picnic backpack set, Tea Tree Oil 50ml, Tea Tree Spray, and an information brochure.  What a fab prize!  And just in time for Summer too.

To enter (required): Simply leave a comment here on this post where you might use this fabulous prize pack over Summer.

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Australian Entries only please ~ Be sure to leave your email address in your comment if your profile is protected, if I draw you as a winner but have no way of contacting you I will re-draw the prize ~ Winner drawn randomly and contacted by email ~ Giveaway closes in one week's time on Friday 3rd December 2010 at 8pm (Qld time) ~ Prize will be sent directly to winner from FGB Natural Products.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Star Decorations

Welcome to the November Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.

The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Technology and Design". This is about being able to design or make something to solve a problem. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on T&D.


In this post I am doing a fairly easy but none the less fun craft - Christmas Stars made from ice-block sticks.  They are suitable for toddlers as well as older children to make.  I have just used what we had in the house without purchasing anything extra.

What you will need is:
  1. Ice-block or lollipop sticks - Craft shops usually have these in bulk and cheap.  You need 6 for each star
  2. Craft glue
  3. Ribbon or similar for hanging
  4. Decorations - glitter paint, sequins, jewels, etc.

Begin by gluing 2 triangles together and then let them dry (this is a good time to explore and talk about triangle shapes!)

Then glue one triangle on top of the other, each triangle the opposite way around to the other.

Then decorate as simply or as wildly as you (and the kids) like.

Some other ideas for these Christmas Stars are:
  • Use them as name place settings for the Christmas table - Don't put a hanger on, write the persons name on the straight bit, and decorate around.
  • Could also use as above on gifts.
  • Attach another ice-block stick to the bottom (no hanger) so you can stand it in a pot.
  • Attach lots along a string to make a special Christmas bunting.
This is a great craft for Christmas, simple but still effective. And a really fun introduction to technology and design!!


Visit Science@home to find out more about the Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival. Teach/Learn Please take the time to visit the other participants and find more Christmas themed posts on Technology and Design.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Beautiful Bamboo

For all the right reasons, bamboo is the newest natural fibre to revolutionize clothing manufacture.  It is wonderful for Eczema and Allergy sufferers, it is eco-friendly, and it feels divine!  A few of the many benefits of bamboo are:
  1. Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton, and has a texture more similar to silk
  2. It is a naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic product grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides
  3. Quick to absorb moisture which means it keeps you dry and odor free  
  4. Bamboo plants are very quick growers and do not require fertilisers or pesticides to grow well, they require very little water and can survive drought conditions as well as flooding
  5. Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource as it is so extremely fast growing
  6. Bamboo fibre also has an anti-ultraviolet function
So, i am just adoring some of the bamboo products now on the market.  I was recently lucky enough to win a yoga/sports top from Bamboo Belle (pictured below)... well I'm in loooove!  So soft, comfy AND flattering too.  I have now purchased the bamboo pants to go with the top, and to be honest I think they will be getting worn to death in time to come!

Our latest bamboo product in-store at Your Cheeky Monkey is the Shinwa Organic Bamboo Baby Wraps.  These are a large muslin type wrap measuring 115 x 130cm.  They are Australian designed and made from 100% organic unbleached bamboo with an organically dyed raw silk border. They are hand printed with natural pigments from hand painted original designs.  I am totally in love with these too, and I'm sure any new Mum will adore swaddling her little baby in one of these!

And don't forget about our other super gorgeous bamboo products in-store:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Easy Rum Balls Recipe

One of the things I really love about Christmas is the excuse to eat Rum Balls.  And what makes it even better is that they are so easy to make.  Here is a recipe I have had for ages (I can't even remember where I got it from), I recommend you make 2 or more batches.  Once made, you can pop them in fancy jars to keep in the fridge all ready to give on Christmas morning.

Easy Rum Balls
1 packet crushed sweet biscuits (I like arrowroot)
1 cup coconut
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
2 T cocoa powder
4 T Rum
1/2 c sultanas

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.  Roll into ball shapes in your hands, then roll through coconut.  Store in an airtight container.

Other Christmassy Links to get you in the Christmas Mood!
**Christmas shopping for gorgeous baby products online**

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    Christmas Gift ideas for Young and Old

    Well I'm trying to be organised and have started my Christmas shopping, I don't know about you but I'm a very practical sort of person (being a Capricorn), so I like most gifts I buy or make to have a usable and practical element about them.  Here are some of my ideas for Christmas gifts (including some ideas for those that are hard to buy for):
    • Get in the kitchen and start cooking.  One of my faves to make for gifts is Rum Balls, but you could also try something like Christmas Puddings to make and package up nicely to give.  Foodstuffs you have made yourself are great gifts for grandparents and men.
    • Colin over at Super Parents has mentioned recently that he doesn't like his kids to receive too many Christmas presents.  I'm in total agreement with that sentiment, and like him we give our kids a mix of things just for fun as well as things they need.  This year I think swim toys will be big for us, and they have on their wish lists things from Ben 10, Transformers and Lego.
    • I love the post Melissa from Business Mums has recently written about Charity Gifts for Christmas gifts, and I think its a fab idea. If you need to purchase corporate gifts for your business this is definitely one area to look into.
    • I just love the cute Kids Christmas Mug and Finger Puppet Gift Sets I have listed in-store - very cute, but very practical!  Great gift idea for a pre-schooler if you don't want to get into all the licensed things.
    • Jewelery is always a special option for that Mum, wife or girlfriend in your life.  If you are not sure what to buy I noticed a link to a Style Tips page over at the Annette Piper Jewelery blog - lots of great tips and ideas on face shapes, a persons style etc.
    • Who needs to buy gifts for teachers?  This year I am getting Sample Packs from Green Tea Frog for each of my boys kindy classes for the teachers to divvy up between themselves.  I usually struggle with what to get for their teachers (that doesn't end up costing a fortune), and I think these are a perfect idea.
    • If anyone has a tiny Bubba to buy for, what about Sophie the Giraffe - I am just passionate about Sophie and the range of Organic Baby Gift Sets currently out.  Sophie is a true icon, and is made from natural rubber, plus babies LOVE Sophie!
    Feel free to share any of your Christmas Gift ideas here, I love hearing what other people like to buy and make and hopefully getting some more inspiration for my Christmas shopping too!

    Other Christmas links:
    Christmas Gift Ideas
    Loving Christmas Crafts
    Christmas Music
    Photo Christmas Cards