Friday, January 29, 2010

Your Cheeky Monkey Popular Products

We have been very busy at Your Cheeky Monkey lately making and uploading lots of new products! And also re-stocking all the products that have sold out.

In the gorgeous image above (picture taken by very talented professional photographer Matt Murray) is our popular Applique Singlets (available in Sizes 000 to 2), Girls Tote Bag, and Handmade Soft Toy.

We are also fully re-stocked as of yesterday with the full range of re-usable cloth pads and cloth breast pads. These are always very popular (a couple of sizes have sold out already) so if you need any particular size I recommend getting in quick. If you want to know a bit more about these fantastic products read my post from a while ago The Cloth Pad Movement.

Lots of new Finger Puppets being listed too ~ And as always, our hand-knitted Finger Puppets are a free post item.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Australia Day!

A quick note to say a big Happy Australia Day to you all, I hope everyone is having a fantastic day however you are celebrating our amazing land. It is super hot today for us where we live, we have spent the morning playing outside early then off to Bunnings (for DH's work) and the butcher (for lamb chops for the BBQ tonight)! Everyone is now happily relaxing watching a movie, leaving a bit of peace and quiet for me.

I am also a proud new Auntie, my husband's sister has just had her third baby... I'm so looking forward to getting the opportunity to go and see them all.

I have drawn the winner of the buyster lighting Eco-friendly lamp giveaway... a big congrats to Renee who won! Renee if you read this please get in contact with me, I have left a comment on your blog but you have no email contact available.

If you haven't heard of it, there is a fantastic etsy fundraising drive on called "Hearts for Haiti" - An amazing idea and apparently raising terrific amounts of money to help re-build Haiti. I saw this in a post at the Annette Piper Jewelery Blog this morning.

Don't forget too any purchase during the month of January from Your Cheeky Monkey goes into the draw to WIN a Magnetic Song Kit from Kids Learning is Fun! Its the perfect time to check out our new CLEARANCE section... great savings to be had on last and discontinued products.

I'm also excited to tell you Your Cheeky Monkey has been accepted to be a sponsor in the Diaper Decisions Nappy Hunt for the third time in a row! It will be running from the 1st - 31st March.

There is a Giveaway on over at Bubba Chenille too you won't want to miss out on :-) Drawn 3rd February so you still have time to get your entries in.

Finally, below is a copy of a fantastic "Working Mum" write-up I had in the Gold Coast Bulletin last week... its always very exciting to be in the paper!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Guest Post: Are Ante-Natal Classes for You?

Today’s Guest Post is from Michelle Jackson - a Registered Midwife, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator & Mum of 3:

I often get people asking ‘do I really need to go to Childbirth Classes’ …. ‘My mother never went and she survived’ …. Or …. ‘I’ve learnt everything from books – why would I want to go to Childbirth Classes’!


My honest answer is that it comes down to personal choice.


Antenatal Classes come in various forms and often vary considerably in style – but they all have one objective: Childbirth classes allow expectant parents to build their knowledge about what-to-expect for their impending labour; it’s stages, pain relief options, pregnancy information, possible interventions and coping strategies. Antenatal Classes aren’t there to turn you into a midwife or obstetrican - they purely aim to build knowledge which allows parents to make informed choices and decisions about their labour and more importantly can go a long way to reduce the anxieties and fears often felt towards labour.


More importantly, Antenatal Classes teach you about how to cope when you take your beautiful and precious baby home. Knowing what lies ahead can be very helpful for the expectant parent. Baby’s don’t come with a manual and no two babies are alike. Taking a baby home will be one the biggest and longest learning curve you will ever experience. Before I became a mother I thought I knew it all …… how mistaken was I! Being a mum of 3 has definitely opened my eyes to life after taking a baby home and my antenatal classes now reflect this. Labour is 1 day ….. a baby is for life. Even as a midwife, I needed reasurrance too. I didn’t get to wave these babies goodbye from the hosptial door after 3-4 days ……. I had to take them home! I’m not saying that Antenatal Classes are going to completely prepare you for taking your baby home, but they should definitely arm you with the confidence to take your baby home, what they need and how to survive those first few weeks.


It is important to do your homework and research what antenatal classes better suit you. Ask your family and friends about their experience, and/or your doctor and Midwife about what they would recommend. In today’s society we are all very busy and to commit to 4 to 5 weeks of nightly classes can, for some, often be very difficult. For others, sitting in a room with 20+ people doesn’t sound very inviting. Others like the idea of meeting other pregnant women going through the same experiences to talk to. A lot of good friendships have been fostered through Antenatal Classes.


As I said before …… it’s all about personal choice.


This is why I established Parents 2 B. I found that a lot of people didn’t have time to attend hospital antenatal classes (some even opted to not to go because they couldn’t fit the classes into their schedules) but wanted and needed what they offered. Parents 2 B is unique form of Childbirth Classes on the Gold Coast. Birthing Classes are conducted in the privacy of your own home ensuring confidentiality, adequate time for personal questions and the benefits of the class being directed to your own personal choices of birthing (whether labouring or even an elective Caesarean section). Twin and Multiple pregnancy classes are also catered for.


A little about me …….. In the past 16 years, I have worked extensively in both private and public practice in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. My experience includes all facets of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. I have previously held the position of Antenatal Education Coordinator for one of the busiest Private Maternity Hospitals on the Gold Coast. Currently I am working in a leading obstetric practice ensuring my knowledge remains at the forefront of maternity care. It enables me to maintain good working relationship with many of the Gold Coasts’ Obstetricians and Paediatricians. To ensure continuity of care, I also work closely with a private child health nurse and lactation consultant.


My personal birth and parenting experiences are vast. They include a vaginal delivery and caesarean section. As a result, I strongly believe that individual birthing and parenting options / choice is paramount. I aim to support, respect and inform parents to be of their birthing and parenting choices no matter what that may be.


Labour is a amazing journey into the unknown. It is important to focus on what awaits you at the end of your long, hard journey!


Please visit me at www.parents2bgoldcoast.com.au

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm loving...

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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eco-friendly Lamp Giveaway


I am so pleased to be working in conjunction with buyster lighting to offer this fantastic Giveaway to the Your Cheeky Monkey Blog readers.

The gorgeous picture above is the giveaway on offer, it is an Eco-friendly Table Lamp in Turquoise valued at $65, alternatively if you are the winner you can choose to have a $75 voucher at buyster lighting if another product catches your eye.

How to Enter - You can leave ONE entry as a comment on this post for each of the following:
  • Tell me why you would love to win the lamp in this Giveaway
  • Sign up for the buyster lighting Newsletter HERE
  • Become a follower of this blog
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave post URL as entry
  • Tweet about this giveaway including my twitter id @Y_C_Monkey

This Giveaway ends on Friday 22nd January 2010 at 5pm Qld Time - Australian entries only please. Winner will be drawn at random and announced here on this blog.

Good luck!! And don't forget if you have any lighting needs to have a browse around buyster lighting, they have a very impressive range!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shoppe Girl Write Up

A big thanks to Vicki at the gorgeous new site Shoppe Girl for the lovely write-up of Your Cheeky Monkey.... pop over there and have a read... Find the post {HERE}

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Any Mummy Bloggers who have a new Bub?

Is there a Aussie Mum Blogger that would like to do a review and giveaway of my Burp Cloth Sets (especially those interested in handmade)?

Conditions are that you need to have recently had a baby (or are about to have one), and that you will provide a review write-up and giveaway with relevant links on your blog. Your blog needs to be well visited and active. Posts to twitter and /or facebook would also be fantastic.

I would also require a photo of product in use, as I will use this review on my website & blog along with your photo.

Message me at monique at yourcheekymonkey dot com dot au if you are interested :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Back on Board

If you have wondered why I have been MIA for a bit, it is because I have been SO sick this week with some sort of lovely bug and really haven't moved far from the bed or couch. It has been an extremely frustrating week, and one which followed on from my whole family having this bug in December - the 2 boys followed by my husband, then me lucky last!

So I will be back to my usual self next week I am sure - thanks for listening to my little whinge, and have a fab weekend!

Monique xx

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The history behind this product..

Most handmade products have a bit of a story behind their creation.  I thought I would share with you the special story behind my favorite handmade baby set product.


Handmade Baby Gifts
When I started Your Cheeky Monkey, I had an aim to share my love of certain products and philosophies - in particular with regards to certain things I have not only loved making, but loved seeing the enjoyment of use by my own children and that of others.  I have always given handmade gifts for new babies, they are just so much more special than mass produced products!

Why Crochet Bunny Rugs
The baby products I am most passionate about are my handmade Bunny Rugs - I originally made these for my own sons for when they were born (way before Your Cheeky Monkey came into existence), and they are probably one of the things I most enjoy making. The idea for these originally came from two flannelette baby wraps (or light blankets) that I have from when I was born that were made for me by MY Mum! These did not have a crochet edging, this is something I decided to incorporate as the craft I adore most.  I just love using flannelette too as babies LOVE flannelette - it is soft and snuggly and warm!

The Creation Of
Each one is unique, made from lovely thick flannelette with a co-ordinating crochet edging. They take me MANY hours to make, however it truly is a labor of love and I believe that each and every one goes to its tiny new owner infused with this love.  They are lovely and large (each one well over 1 meter x 1 meter) - large enough that you will find they get used right through to pre-school as a special blanket or lap quilt. Most newborn baby wraps measure a measly 75cm x 90cm!!

Bunny Rugs to Baby Sets
Now you know the history of these products, I am sure you will agree that the name "Heirloom Baby Bunny Rugs" is well suited... they are truly a handmade item that will not only be used and loved but will be put carefully away for the next generation.

So if you are looking for a very special newborn baby gift, or that something unique for your own baby, have a little peak at the Handmade Bunny Rugs I have available at Your Cheeky Monkey.  Plus you can incorporate most into matching baby sets with a Burp Cloth!

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What products do you really need for a newborn baby?
Why Cuski Comforters are so fabulous!
New Mum & Baby Bag
Slow Cooker Casserole Recipe

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Giveaway!


Your Cheeky Monkey, proudly in conjunction with Kids Learning is Fun, is excited to offer a fantastic educational giveaway for the month of January.

Every order from Your Cheeky Monkey in the period 1st January to the 31st January 2010 goes into a random draw to WIN a "Five Little Ducks" Magnetic Song Set from Kids Learning is Fun!

Magnetic Story/Song - 5 Little Ducks

Kids love to sing songs and will love singing along with all the characters from the five little ducks. The five little ducks is a great song for young children.

The five little ducks is a great product for all different learning styles - kids sing, use movement and actions and have lovely colourful characters for visual learning.

The five little ducks is a great reinforcer of the concept of counting backwards from 5 to zero.

This is suitable for young children up to lower primary age.

Five Little Ducks includes: 5 little ducks (approx 10cm x 7cm), a Mother duck (approx 13cm x 11cm), and one A4 sized song words page. All colourful, laminated and contain an adhesive magnet on the back - packaged in a durable, plastic re-usable clear case.

Visit www.yourcheekymonkey.com.au to enter....

Happy Shopping!