Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Busby Pure Tissue Oil Review + GIVEAWAY

Put your hand up if you hate stretch marks, wrinkles and dry skin!  Yes, all those lovely things that happen with age and pregnancy.

Well, there is a brand new product available in Australia that I have had the pleasure of using, and it is called Busby Pure Tissue Oil.  I am currently 19 weeks pregnant with my third, and I jumped at giving this product a go because in every pregnancy I have had I suffer from extremely dry and itchy skin on my belly (to the point of scratching so much I bleed).  Before the Busby Oil arrived, the dry skin had started.  After using this product every day for the past few weeks, I am so happy to say that I have no more dry itchy skin.  And I'm not just saying that for the sake of the review either.  Busby Pure Tissue Oil is also said to be excellent for stretch marks, but I am one of the very lucky ones that has never developed them (and no sign in sight either even though I am *a-hem* in my late 30's and onto my third Bub).

Busby Pure Tissue Oil is a Vitamin E enriched formula, combining a unique blend of naturally derived Avocado, Grape Seed & Rose Hip oils to nourish and revitalise skin.  It has NO harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, mineral oil, parabens, preservatives, artificial colourants or animal products.  So it is safe for all skin types including sensitive skin and during pregnancy.

After using this product myself, I can honestly say I will be continuing to use it throughout my pregnancy and beyond.

Would you like to try this product yourself?  We have 4 full-sized bottles of Busby Pure Tissue Oil to giveaway to our readers!

To enter, simply leave a comment here on this post.  Any comment will do!  Tell me something funny, or why you want to give this a whirl.  If you are unable or do not wish to leave a comment you can enter by email - find my email address on my 'About' page, or send me a message via my website Contact Form.

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

1. Follow the Your Cheeky Monkey blog publicly on Google Friend Connect and/or Networked Blogs
2. Tweet this giveaway =
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3. Like both the Your Cheeky Monkey facebook page and the Busby Tissue Oil facebook page

Giveaway Conditions (please read):
~ Strictly 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.
~ Winners drawn randomly and notified by email.  Prize will be re-drawn if winner does not respond within 3 days.
~ Entries for this giveaway close in one weeks time on Tuesday 1st November 2011 at 11.59pm (EST)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Innovative Products from Snazzy Baby

What Mum doesn't love a baby product that ticks all the right boxes - good value, safe, funky, easy to use, and most of all, designed to make Mum's life easier (because as we all know, being a Mum is damn hard work).  The Snazzy Baby innovative baby protection range of products is super practical and has won many awards.

As a Mum of 2 rough and tumble boys (and another Bub on the way), I know the value of practical, safe, and easy to use products.  So I'm sure you will love the Snazzy Baby range as much as I do.   I was sent the following products to have a close look at, and here is what I thought of them:

Snazzy Baby Mom's Deluxe 3 in 1 PLUS Combo Carrier

The Mom's Deluxe 3 in 1 PLUS Combo Carrier is exactly that.  An easy to use carrier that you can actually use in 3 ways - as a hip carrier for Bub, on a chair to keep baby safe and secure, and in a shopping trolley seat.  This carrier is suitable for babies between 5 months and 2 years (4.5 - 17kg).  It is made from mesh vented panel and breathable cotton mesh so you can even take baby into the water safely.  What I love about it is that it is light and compact enough to keep in your nappy bag so it is always on hand when you need it.  It's even got a zippered compartment so you can pop your keys, spare nappy, etc in to be truly hands free!  Anther great feature is that you can carry baby either facing you or facing out, on either hip, so you can truly find a carrying position that is really comfortable for both you and baby.  Oh, and its perfect for Dad to use as well.  I simply can't wait to use this with our next Bub!

"The Combo Carrier is one of the very few baby carriers to have passed or exceeded three Safety Standards the ASTM Safety Standard F2236-03( equivalent of the USA JPMA Accreditation), The EU Safety Standard BS EN13209-2-2005 and the Australian INPAA Safety Approval, giving you assurance and peace of mind your precious baby is secure when placed in 3-1 carrier"

Snazzy Baby Knee Pads

Oh how I wish I had a pair of Snazzy Baby Knee Pads when my 2 boys were crawling!  I remember cases of red raw knees from carpet burn, and thinking there must be a solution to this.  If you have a good look at the images below you will see they are a very clever design, and they are adjustable and easy to use due to the velcro fastenings.  Ergonomically designed, can be used indoors or outdoors, machine washable, and with non-slip traction beads embossed onto the neoprene to ensure babies legs don't slip out from under him/her.  And to top it all off, these are even able to be used on elbows too as your child gets older and is learning to ride a bike or skateboard.  Another fabulous multi-purpose Snazzy Baby product!

I was sent an obligation free pack of Snazzy Baby products to review, 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, October 12, 2011

10 Things to do in the Second Trimester

Following on from my post earlier in the year, 10 Things to do in the First Trimester, here is 10 things to do in the second trimester.

The second trimester is the one experts call the most comfortable and enjoyable out of the three trimesters.  You are past the danger of a miscarriage, the morning sickness and tiredness of the first trimester should have passed, your bump is getting big enough that people can tell you are pregnant, but you are not yet too big to enjoy life and be comfortable.

So, here are ten tips that you won't necessarily find in your pregnancy books but are things I enjoyed implementing in my pregnancies.

  1. Think about an exercise program to take you through your pregnancy.  A pregnancy yoga class is a wonderful way to exercise and prepare for the birth, and you also get to meet other pregnant Mums too.  Walking and swimming are perfect exercises for pregnancy as well.
  2. Not all salt is bad!!  Head into your local health food shop and buy a packet of organic mineral or crystal salt and have a sprinkle on your food each day (crackers with cheese, tomato, pepper and crystal salt are heaven!).  I use this type of salt permanently instead of processed table salt which has absolutely no nutritional value at all.  Currently in our household we are using Nirvana Organics Himalayan Crystal Salt which is unrefined and contains 84 minerals and trace elements (including iodine which is vital for pregnancy).
  3. Get shaking! If you haven't already got one, invest in a blender to make shakes.  Drinking a shake each day has so many benefits - they contain water, they can contain fibre (pregnancy can be a case of helloooo constipation), they are full of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients which are easily digested, and they fill you up which puts a halt on the appetite for a while.  My favorite recipe goes something like this: 1/4 - 1/2 cup ice, 1/2 - 1 cup milk of choice, 1 banana, other fruit if desired, 1 heaped teaspoon linseed meal, 1 teaspoon active manuka honey (from the health food shop), liquid fish oil (optional), metamucil or psyllium powder (optional - if constipated).  Whizz up in the blender and enjoy.
  4. Spend a little time each day either lying down with your legs elevated or lying on the floor with your legs extended up the wall.  Helps to combat swollen feet and ankles, which is to be honest rather a scary pregnancy symptom isn't it.  If your swelling is really bad be sure to talk to your health care provider about it.
  5. If you have older children (old enough to understand), start talking to them about the baby in a positive manner.  Say things in passing like "you are going to be such a great older brother to our new baby", but don't fall into the trap of saying things that will put a negative light on the new baby arriving like "the baby won't like you if you are noisy like that".
  6. A natural organic facial spray can be lovely to keep on hand to make you feel fresh and cool.
  7. Eat lots of fruit.  This not only provides you and your baby with lots of fibre and vitamins, but fruit is also high in water content which helps meet you daily water requirements.
  8. Why not start making a list of things you need in your hospital and labour bags.  Have a look at our Hospital Bag Checklist for some ideas. 
  9. Eat fish a couple of times a week or take fish oil tablets.  This is SO important for your babies development but remember to stick to species like fresh snapper or salmon, or tinned salmon, tuna or sardines.
  10. Take some long soaky baths (not too hot) with some salts or oils that will help your dry itchy belly skin.  Plus its nice to feel weightless and even be able to roll onto your front comfortably.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, and feel free to add your second trimester suggestions in the comment section below.