Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mission for Health

As a child of the '70's, Dettol Antiseptic Liquid played a pretty major part in our lives.  Every time we got a scraped knee or other minor injury, out would come the Dettol in a bowl of warm water and cotton wool to wipe the hurt away.  I have to admit I still love the original 'Dettol' scent!  Now as a Mum myself Dettol still plays a big part in our lives (especially having 2 rough and tumble boys!) with their fantastic range of products.

Dettol is still leading the way in family health with their Mission for Health program, part of which is promoting community awareness of how easily germs are spread.  "Our mission is fueled by passion and backed by our expertise in disinfection and hygiene" is a great summary of Dettol's aims with Mission for Health.

One area of the website that I found particularly interesting and helpful was the 'New Mums' section - from information about Community Nurse Q&A sessions, to downloadable eduational booklets, to a section on advice from Real Mums.  It's all very user friendly and practical for expecting and new Mums.  I am always happy to see information that is easy to access for new Mums, its such a confusing time where you are bombarded with advice from well-meaning people, so its great to be able to do your own research and make your own decisions about things.

Dettol has some amazing new products on the market to help Mums practice healthy hygiene habits in their homes.  My top picks are:
  • Dettol Surface Wipes - These are SO handy to keep in the bathroom to quickly clean up little messes around the toilet... an essential for potty training or if you have boys in the house (someone always seems to be off target when doing a wee hehe)
  • Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser - While this isn't something I have used a lot of, its super handy to keep one of these in the car for those occasions where you might need to use a public toilet or something.  Just use a little after washing your hands to feel confident all the germs are gone.
  • Dettol Spray Surface Cleanser - Fantastic to have on hand to clean the bench with after cutting raw meat for a meal!
So its a big thumbs up for me for Dettol's Mission for Health Program.  It's a great example of a big company investing in the community and creating a program that is not required of them but instead using their position for education and awareness. 

I was sent an obligation free pack of Dettol products to use, there was no payment for this post and in fact no requirement for me to write a review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The perfect snack?

I am definitely a snack-a-holic.  You know, the sort of person that just can't last any length of time between meals without having to nibble on something.  Which in all honesty is not so good for the waistline.  As you probably also know, I have 2 little boys (now aged 5 and 6) who are pretty much eating machines already!  So I am constantly on the look-out for tasty and healthy snacks for all of us.

Table of Plenty have now come to the rescue with their brand new range of Mini Rice Cakes.  These are crunchy little wholegrain rice cakes, topped with one of 3 different toppings - Milk Chocolate (creamy Belgian milk Chocolate made with pure cocoa butter), Dark Chocolate (creamy Belgian dark Chocolate made with pure cocoa butter), and Triple Berry (berry yogurt).  To be really honest, I thought I would like the chocolate ones best being a chocoholic... but surprisingly the stand-out for me and the kids was the Triple Berry.  The berry yogurt is just delicious, so yummy without being sickly sweet.

Each rice cake has only 15 calories, plus they are gluten free with no preservatives or added colours or flavors, no palm or vegetable oil, and they are surprisingly good value at $3.99 a pack.

These are the perfect little snack for:
  • School lunch boxes
  • After school/kindy snack
  • To keep at work for a healthy nibble
  • Pregnant?  Perfect!
  • As a little treat when on a health kick or when trying to lose weight
  • Travelling
  • And the list goes on.
So what are you waiting for?  Get into your nearest Coles and try a pack yourself!

Disclaimer: I was sent the range of Table of Plenty Mini Rice Cakes free of charge to try out with my family, however no payment was received for this review and it is my honest and true opinion.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fun Kids Activity: Rainbow Crayons

Here's a really fun activity to do with your kids on a rainy day... recycled rainbow crayons.  It's a fabulous way to use up all those silly little bits of crayon left that no-one wants to use anymore.  It's very simple and is pretty much an immediate result, which is always good for impatient toddlers and pre-schoolers.  So here is how you do it:

1. Get together all the little ends & broken bits of crayons you can find.  Make sure any paper is peeled off them. Preheat oven to 120 deg C.

2. Put desired amount of muffin cases in a muffin tin, we used 6 for about 1/2 cup crayon pieces.  I find its a good idea to use 2 muffin cases in each muffin tin hole as some of the oils from the crayons does soak through when melting.

3. Put a few pieces of crayon in each muffin case. Mix up the colours, you will be surprised at the end results! You can make them quite thin for older children, or thick and chunky for younger ones.

4.  Put tray in oven.  It will take 10 - 15 minutes for the crayons to melt.  Keep in mind it doesn't take that much heat or time for the crayons to melt fully.  I'm not sure about you, but I vividly remember leaving a crayon in the back of my Mum's car when I was young and getting in a LOT of trouble when it melted everywhere on a hot day!

5. Take tray out of oven and leave in a safe spot to cool and harden, about 30 - 60 minutes.  Peel paper off when completely hard.

6. Finally, enjoy some rainbow colouring!