Monday, March 28, 2011

March Teach/Learn - Imagination

Welcome to the new Teach/Learn. Here are some of the posts bloggers across Australia and the world have come up with on this month's theme, 'Imagination.'
Check out some of these blogs for inspiring and imaginative posts.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spunky new shoes

I'm a huge online shopper.  I pretty much buy everything I can online - it's easy, you don't have to drag kids to the shops only for them to nag you constantly about everything they 'have to have', I find I usually spend less as there is not as much impulse buying, and you can even do it in your pj's.

But one thing I have never bought online is shoes for myself.  I've always been a bit scared of it, because if something is wrong I'm exceedingly lazy about returning things, which is then a big waste of money.  But this week, thanks to Westfield, I got to experience shopping for some shoes online

Hmmmm what was I to choose?  Some nice new wedges, or something a bit more practical (ie. flat).  Ok ok I went with the practical.  BUT have a peek at the picture, how's that for bling?  

I looooove my new sandals - they fit well, they arrived in super quick time, and they came with easy exchange/return instructions if indeed they weren't right for some reason.

Can you guess that I am now a converted online shopper for shoes too??

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oh Baby Baby!

There are sooo many babies on the way at the moment, so I have hunted out a few special little products and stores you might be interested in if you have a little Bubba on the way, or you need to buy a special baby gift.  Plus you can buy all these yummy things from the comfort of your own home!  You might also like to have a read of a previous post I wrote, what products do you really need for your newborn baby?  

Have a little peek at these ideas below, they are some of my favorite things at the moment.

yes winter is on its way for Australia and what better blanket to use for baby than a personalised Blanky from Rose-Leah at Blanky 4 Me.  Your choice of colours and your choice of name... too cute!

Birth Announcement Cards
are an absolute essential when Bub has arrived and you want to formally announce his/her arrival to friends and family.  Amanda at iLiv Cards will design you the perfect card and then have your order on its way to you in record time!
from The Toy Bug are a big winner - and considering how super popular the Very Hungry Caterpillar is at the moment I just had to share this activity toy with you. 

something I am so passionate about, it's a brilliant idea to pick a safe and easily replaceable comforter for your baby, and Your Cheeky Monkey stocks a range of the cutest and safest around. 

Angel's Touch

Have you ever touched an angel,
And nursed him at your breast?
Have your ever held his hand in yours,
And kissed each fingertip?
Have you ever looked into his face,
And brushed away his hair?
Have you ever studied his pouty lips,
And watched him slowly breath?
Have your ever held a sleeping cherub,
And touched his rosy cheeks?
Have you ever felt pure love,
Wrapped up in your arms?

(c) 1999 Sheila Preston-Ford All Rights Reserved

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ticklemedo Winner

Just a quick little note to let you know I have drawn the winner of the gorgeous Ticklemedo prints - and the winner is A Field of Dreams.... congratulations, I will be in touch shortly with more details.

And a big thanks to everyone for your entries!

ps. Given 'Hoot Hoot' was such a popular choice, I thought I'd share with you my handmade Owl Bunny Rug - it co-ordinates so nicely with Hoot Hoot, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Power of Imagination

One of THE most important elements of a child's play and learning is the imagination.  What is imagination?  From, imagination is defined as "the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced".  Left to their own devices, imaginative play is so often what children will do.  And it is a vital activity for their development and the formation of their thinking processes.  It gives scope for problem solving,  expressing emotions, applying knowledge to a situation, and becoming a better overall thinker.

I love watching my boys immersed in their own little worlds when playing and using imagination.  In this post I have simply had a look through our photo album and found some images of them doing exactly that.  And, as a parent, if you show a little bit of interest, they are usually more than happy to explain what is going on.  I'm simply amazed sometimes at the complex story lines!

So here are some things my sons have been doing in the recent past:

  • Invent silly games while swimming in the pool (I remember spending literally hours in the pool playing imaginary games while growing up). 

  • Turn a tree in the backyard into a rocket or a pirate ship (or a princess castle if you have girls).
  •  One we all know and love - when cardboard boxes get more use than the things that came in them!

  • Pretending to drive the truck like Daddy.  Complete with sound effects!

So don't feel you need to fill your child's life with structured activities, children need to be given opportunities to be 'bored' and fill those parts of their lives with the colour and fun of imagination.

“This post is part of the Teach/Learn Carnival, March’s theme is Imagination.  If you would like to join in submit your own post here, or check back at the end of the month for the links to lots of great posts.”

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ticklemedo GIVEAWAY

One of the loveliest and most original businesses I have come across in the last couple of years is Ticklemedo Designs.   Ticklemedo offers the most gorgeous prints for your nursery or children's room decor.

A little about Ticklemedo:

Ticklemedo designs was launched in 2010 by stay-at-home Mum Nicola Tsatsaris with a passion for art and decor.  We are a small, Melbourne-based outfit, working out of home so we can keep our
costs low… and therefore, our customers happy!  All of our prints are hand-drawn originals and developed with a variety of themes and colour schemes in mind. 


Nicola is very kindly going to send a reader of this blog their choice of 2 of her beautiful 8x10" prints (unframed).

To enter this giveaway (required):
Simply have a look at the Ticklemedo website, then come back here and comment which is your favorite print.  If you are unable or do not wish to leave a comment you can send me a message via my Contact Form.

You can also leave separate comments for each of the following for further entries:

1. Follow this blog publicly
2. Be a liker of the Your Cheeky Monkey facebook page  and the Ticklemedo facebook page
3. Tweet this giveaway =
Ticklemedo Print Giveaway from @YrCheekyMonkey

Conditions (please read):
~ Australian Entries only 
~ 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 18th March 2011 at 9pm Qld time/10pm NSW time.
~ Prize will be sent directly to winner from Ticklemedo Designs.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cellnique Review

A couple of weeks ago I received in the mail a couple of skin products from Cellnique to try out.  So after some days of using them here are my thoughts:

The Skin Action Sebum Gel is for all skin types to reduce blackheads and whiteheads, and to reduce oil secretion.  This product is not really suited to my skin as I don't really have problems in this area, but I can have a bit of an oily t-zone (mainly in Summer in the hot weather).  So, I can't really comment on it's effect on blackheads and whiteheads, and I didn't really notice any difference in sebum - however, it has been very hot here in Queensland lately so I'm not sure any product at all would affect the sweaty oiliness you get each day here.  I also have to admit I am very lazy when it comes to skincare and usually only cleanse and moisturise, any other steps in my skincare usually get forgotten about! 

If you would like to try a sample of this product you can register over at their website and mention when you are asked 'Where did you hear about us' (T&C: Offer 50 samples and ends on the 16th March 2011 with sample delivery within 4 – 6 weeks. Substitutions of sample will be made if sample is out-of-stock).

The Intensive Hydrating Oasis Gel is described as a highly concentrated aloe vera based skin soothing and calming formulation.  This product didn't have any instructions on how to use it at all on the packet/bottle or any sort of insert, so I had to go to their website to find out more.  You actually use it as a moisturizer after cleansing and toning (I assumed it was more of a treatment gel than an everyday product).  I liked this product, it was nice to use in the Qld heat as its a gel, especially after a day in the sun.  I'm not sure about winter though when I do prefer more of a comforting cream.

Both these products had a very light gel texture and a nice pleasant smell.  When on the skin the products soaked right in and didn't leave any oiliness behind. 

If you are interested in hearing more about Cellnique you can also join their facebook page to stay up to date with their news.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Toilet Training Pack Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered into the Ultimate Toilet Training Pack Giveaway, it certainly is a fabulous prize to win.

The winners have been drawn as follows:
1 x Ultimate Toilet Training Pack (major prize) - Vari L
3 x Can's of Bosisto's Spray - Dannii Beauty, Nicole Grant, Michelle

Congratulations!  I will be in contact with you all via email shortly.