Cushie Tushies Gingerbread Man Nappy Giveaway

This Christmas, Cushie Tushies are releasing a gorgeous Gingerbread Man design nappy. It is a super cute design which is perfect for either boys or girls and by not going OTT with the Christmas theme it can easily slot into your regular stash rotation for use throughout the year.

Cushie Tushies Gingerbread Man Nappy

The Cushie Tushies Chameleon nappy is a one size fits most design that contains two absorbent boosters made from a seriously thirsty bamboo/cotton blend and topped with a stay-dry microfleece. The large booster snaps into the inside front of the cover and has elasticised gussets, which, when combined with the elastic leg holes of the nappy cover, provide double the protection from leaks and poosplosions!!

For your chance to win one of two of these gorgeous nappies, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions

This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

This giveaway will run from 7 December 2012 to 13 December 2012.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on this blog and will be emailed. You will have three days to claim your prize before it is redrawn and a new winner chosen.

Bumboo Luxury Bamboo Prefolds Giveaway

I am very excited to now be stocking the Bumboo range of bamboo nappies and to celebrate I am giving away two Luxury Prefold Nappies in size small to one lucky person.

The Bumboo range of nappies is so beautifully soft against your baby’s skin, made from natural fibres and is super absorbent. With a fantastic range of luxury flat nappies, luxury prefolds and PUL covers at affordable prices they are a great addition to any stash. Prefolds and flats are also perfect for using as a booster in other nappies when your baby outgrows them and are great to have on hand to clean up any little accidents or spills that can occur when you have little ones in your life. Being such a versatile product makes them fantastic value for money.

Bumboo Luxury Bamboo Prefold

Bumboo Luxury Bamboo Prefold

For your chance to win two of these gorgeous prefold nappies for yourself, simply follow the details below to get your entry in. This giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

 

 
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New Product and Review – Mum’s Secret

I first came across Mum’s Secret Soothe and Repair Cream when I met the lovely Emma at a baby expo in Brisbane about a year ago. It was winter and my hands were extremely dry due to the dry weather and washing my hands so often as well as always scrubbing and cleaning something – just the day to day mum stuff! My hands were so dry and damaged that the skin on my knuckles was bright red and cracking and even bleeding in places. The pain was terrible and I hadn’t been able to find any products to use. Every cream or moisturiser I tried would sting and I would have to rinse it off. When I stumbled across the Mum’s Secret display I was a little hesitant to try the cream but was so glad I did. It didn’t sting! It was instantly soothing and wasn’t greasy, it just rubbed right in. I purchased a tube then and there and have been hooked ever since.

Mum’s Secret has become a firm favourite in our house for every ailment from dry skin, rashes and insect bites to burns and even nappy rash and cradle cap. My two sons have since taken ownership of “mum’s special blue cream” as it has come to be know in our house. It is the only cream that they will allow me to put on them, no matter what their problem is.

I find it exceptional as a nappy rash cream. I pop a little on at the first sign of redness (using a flushable liner inside my cloth nappies) and it clears up within a few nappy changes. It is safe to use with your cloth nappies (always use a liner when using any creams with your nappies for additional protection for your nappies) as it is free from lanolin and petroleum which can cause your nappies to repel.

Another huge benefit for me is that is free from parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oils, nut oils, fragrance and parfum. Not to mention that it was developed by two mums!

Given my true love of this hugely versatile product (you only need one cream for many of the ailments your family will encounter), you can imagine my excitement when the wonderful Emma asked me to stock Mum’s Secret at Fluffy Tails.

Mum’s Secret is available online in the Fluffy Tails webstore now and I also have some samples of this fabulous cream that I will be including in all of the orders that I will be sending out so that you can all try Mum’s Secret for yourselves.

Lactation Cookies (aka the best chocolate chip cookies ever!)

Whenever I mention lactation cookies, people always ask me for the recipe so I thought I would write a blog post with the recipe so I don’t have to type it up constantly :)

Firstly, lactation cookies are a cookie that includes a few ingredients (flaxseed meal, oats and brewers yeast) that are said to help with a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. Other than that, they are a really yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe that I continue to make although I no longer breastfeed!

Flaxseed meal and brewers yeast (it must be brewers yeast and not normal yeast) can be found at most health food shops. Try checking out their bulk food section as that is where I buy mine. This means I can buy just a small scoop as only a little bit is needed for the recipe.

I was given this recipe from a friend so I’m not sure who to credit for it, but whoever you are out there – THANK YOU!!

Lactation Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Mix together flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3 – 5 minutes.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended.

Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chocolate chips. Add to butter mixture. Stir in oats then chocolate chips.

Form cookies and place on baking sheet.

Bake 8 – 12 minutes depending on size of cookies.

Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies

Small Business Organiser – Review

I must admit that I love being organised and writing lists, but as a mum of two very busy young boys this isn’t always possible, especially with my business. I was finding that I had dozens of little notes to myself on post-it notes, in notebooks and in my diary.

Recently I was introduced to The Organised Housewife Small Business Organiser and I am in L.O.V.E.

This simple planner comes as a PDF document that allows you to print the whole planner or just those sections you wish to use. I am finding it so much easier keeping everything in the one place and it saves me so much time in trying to find where I wrote that note or saved that email address. There were also sections in the planner for information that I wasn’t already recording but am now finding to be very useful. Using the planner for my business has certainly given me more time to spend with my kids as I am so much more organised.

Small Business Organiser

The different sections contained within the planner are:

- Calendars
- Planners – daily, weekly and annual
- Goals – short and long term
- To-do Lists
- Statistics – website statistics and sales data
- Advertising – list advertising and record rate and traffic info
- Products – wish lists and tracking stock orders
- Product Reviews and Giveaways
- Blog
- Expos and Markets
- Extras – password register, companies to contact, website maintenance log
- Procedures Manual
- Address Book

As so many mums are now working from home, I know that many of you will either have your own small business or know someone who does. Because of this, I thought I would share with all this fabulous resource that I have been using.

The Organised Housewife Small Business Organiser can be purchased online here for just $19.95.

Washing Your Modern Cloth Nappies

One of the biggest questions people often have about using cloth nappies is how to care for them. I am here to tell you that it is a very simple process and one that, once you get it right for your circumstances, will see your nappies always looking and smelling fresh and clean and lasting well.

Before using for the first time
When you first get your new nappies, you will need to give them a pre-wash to remove any dust and residue left behind from manufacturing and transit. It may take up to 8 washes for most nappies to reach full absorbency. You can help speed up this process by soaking your new nappies in a bucket of cold water overnight.

Everyday washing
Once you remove a soiled nappy from your child, you need to dispose of any solids into the toilet. Using a flushable liner or a nappy sprayer can make this a simpler process. At this point you can rinse the nappy if you wish (this is not necessary but it can help to prolong the life of your nappies) and then place it into a nappy bucket with a tight sealing lid. You do not need to soak the nappies in water and the use of any nappy sanitisers or soakers will actually shorten the life of your nappies. Once the bucket is full, or every couple of days, you simply wash all of the nappies on a cold or warm cycle (I recommend 40⁰C but 60⁰C is the maximum).

Choosing the right detergent is also important. You can either use a detergent developed especially for cloth nappies such as Rockin’ Green or you can use a detergent from the supermarket but you need to make sure that it has no added softeners or whiteners and that you only use around half of the recommended amount. If detergent builds up in your nappies it can affect their absorbency and if this happens, I recommend completing a strip wash (see below).

I recommend running a pre-wash followed by a normal cycle and then an extra rinse cycle to remove any detergent residue. I like to include an antibacterial rinse if my little one has been unwell or there hasn’t been any sunshine for a long period and the nappies aren’t smelling as fresh as usual. Using fabric softener is a big no-no as it also causes a build up on the nappies.

Once the nappies are washed, hang them in the sun to dry. Sunlight acts as a natural sanitiser and also removes stains from the nappies. Inserts and boosters may be dried through a tumble dryer but it is not recommended to place outer shells through the dryer as this can damage the PUL layer and also shorten the life of the elastic. If you must use the dryer for your outer shells, be sure to run them only on the low setting.

The amount of detergent you use, temperature and length of your wash cycle, and the amount of water in your washing machine (which can be affected by the number of nappies you wash in each load) all have an impact on your cloth nappy washing routine. You might find you need to adjust some or all of these factors to achieve the wash routine that works the best for you.

Strip washing
A strip wash can be performed on your nappies if they are showing signs of detergent build up (repelling and leaking) or if your nappies are starting to smell after washing (this can often happen when your baby is teething).

To perform a strip wash you simply place your nappies into the washing machine and add a couple of drops of dishwashing detergent (cheap brands often work best) and then complete a number of wash cycles until there are no more suds in the wash. I recommend using a warm wash cycle (40⁰C) when performing a strip wash.

If you find you need to complete a strip wash on a regular basis, you may need to look at refining your everyday wash routine to reduce detergent build up.

Cloth Nappy Pinterest Boards

I had such a fantastic time going through all of the entries for the recent Pinterest competition that I held.

There were so many gorgeous nappies and fantastic resources that were pinned by everyone that entered.

I would love to thank everyone who took the time to put together their wonderful entries and sharing them with me and now I would love to share them all with you. I highly encourage you all to spend the time to go through these boards and create your own Pinterest boards too. Please feel free to share your Pinterest boards in the comments section below.

Happy pinning :)

 

http://pinterest.com/heidibarden/fluffy-tails/
http://pinterest.com/franikins/cloth-nappies/
http://pinterest.com/saz81/cloth-nappies-etc/
http://pinterest.com/onemessage/nappy-love/
http://pinterest.com/bbsmummy/mcn-s/
http://pinterest.com/dooga/cloth-nappy-love/
http://pinterest.com/erynnecampbell/amazing-cloth-nappies/
http://pinterest.com/makeupurmind/cloth-nappy-love-3/
http://pinterest.com/sheristuff/modern-cloth-nappies/
http://pinterest.com/junglekidzd/cloth-nappy-mummy/
http://pinterest.com/delitda/i-3-cloth-nappies/
http://pinterest.com/shelles_/i-love-mcn-s/
http://pinterest.com/lisazed/modern-cloth-nappies/
http://pinterest.com/mrswooding/modern-cloth-nappies/

 

Close Pop-In Limited Edition Prints

The Close Pop-In is an award winning nappy and rightly so. It has an innovative design that gives excellent absorbency and the double leg gussets provide excellent protection against leaks. There was only one thing missing with these nappies – PRINTS. You all asked for prints, and Close have surely delivered with four of the most gorgeous prints imaginable – monkey, blue turtle, pink turtle and pink owls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy Tails are excited to be one of only FOUR retailers selected to offer the Limited Edition Print Pop-Ins before the main sea shipment arrives next month. The prints will be released at 10am on Tuesday 17th April. To celebrate, we are offering one lucky person the chance to WIN their very own monkey print Pop-In!! (Entries are only open to Australian residents)

To win, you need to create a Pinterest board and share the cloth nappy love.

Your Pinterest board will need to have the following items “pinned” to it to be eligible to win:

  • A Limited Edition Print Pop-In nappy from the Fluffy Tails website
  • A minimum of three other cloth nappies. These could either be the ones you already use and love or your dream nappies you would get if you could have any nappies in your stash that you wanted. These nappies do not have to be from the Fluffy Tails website.
  • At least two articles, blog posts etc regarding cloth nappy use. These could be advocacy articles, blog posts about use and care etc. Anything at all, as long it promotes the use of cloth or helps those using cloth.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board to give you an idea of what you need to do. http://pinterest.com/amie_codlin/modern-cloth-nappies/

Once you have a Pinterest board set up that satisfies the criteria, you will need to email a link to your board to amie@fluffytails.com.au. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday 18th April and the winner will be announced on Thursday morning. The winner will be selected via random.org.

After the competition has closed, a list containing links to all of the Pinterest boards will be published to allow everyone to visit the boards and share the information.

Good luck and get pinning!

Giveaway and Facebook 1000 likers sale

I did it. I have reached 1000 likers on Facebook and so to say thank you to my loyal customers and followers, I am celebrating with a sale and a giveaway!

The sale is on from now until midnight Sunday 26th February 2012 (QLD time). I am offering a HUGE 20% off storewide (excluding already reduced items). You can obtain the discount by entering the code FACEBOOK at the checkout.

I am also giving away a nappy to two very lucky followers. All you have to do to be in the running is to enter below. The more you do, the more entries you will receive! Up for grabs are one Seedling Baby nappy in Honeydew and one Close Pop-In bamboo nappy in Orange Peel.

Seedling Baby - Honeydew

Close Pop-In Bamboo - Orange Peel

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Home Management Binder/Command Centre – My Version

I have been reading a lot of posts lately about how to put together a Home Management Binder or a Command Centre lately and have spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I can best adapt this to fit my family and home life.

I decided that the best way for me would be to combine the two styles, Home Management Binder and Command Centre and use a bit of inspiration from each of the systems.

I like the idea of the Home Management Binder – being able to keep important and frequently used information together and in the one spot and thought it would be perfect for me if I combined that with a Command Centre that I could use to keep all of the other loose pieces of paper that come in and out of the house on a regular basis.

After doing a lot of reading, I sat down and thought about what information I needed to keep  (this is going to be ever changing, especially once my oldest starts school next year) and what sort of filing system I wanted to use. This can be dependent on the space that you have available to keep your system, so if you are limited for space, keep this in mind when planning your filing requirements.

Once I had done the initial planning, it was off to the shops to get the supplies. Here is what I came up with.

I have gone with a 3-ring binder with insert cover. As I am planning to keep the binder standing up, the 3-ring binder will keep the pages in more securely and the insert cover lets me easily customise a front cover for my binder. I have used extra wide tab dividers as I am planning to keep my printables and information inside plastic sleeves and the extra wide dividers allows the tabs to still be seen when using plastic sleeves so these were a must have.The label maker, plastic sleeves and pen I already had on hand. I purchased some pretty manilla folders to use inside the basket I purchased.

The basket I bought is slightly too narrow to fit the folders in lengthways but I purchased this anyway as the area that I plan to store my completed command centre is only small and the larger baskets that I found that would have easily fitted the folders were far too big for the spot I wanted to keep it. I decided that I would trim the folders down to the right size for my basket as they will still be big enough to hold A4 paper. This project is all about customising the system to fit in with your own family and the size of the basket or storage area is a big part of that. I definitely didn’t want something completely oversized as that would defeat the purpose of trying to streamline and cut the cluttter!

The folders are also not exactly what I had planned to get when I set out. I was looking for the type of folders that have tabs that you can label and clearly see each tab when they are stacked in the basket. I came across these cute folders at Big W which I liked, were cheap (important factor) and I decided I could simply cut tabs into the top of the files (I also had my two young sons shopping with me and they were completely over it, one of the deciding factors in me getting these folders and adapting them!).

Now it is time to put it all together. Firstly, I have printed out a variety of printables that I believe are going to work for me. I have sourced these from a variety of resources online. I started with Home Life Simplified and her fabulous round up of free printables. I also printed a cover for my binder from The Nest Effect.

The way you divide up your information is going to be different for everyone, but the tabs I have decided to use are Kindy (kindy rules, newsletters, upcoming event details etc), Extra Curricular Activities (details for swimming lessons, sport, playgroup etc), Information (perpetual birthday calendar, website password list and important phone numbers), Health (scripts, details of after hours doctor, copy of medicare card and private health insurance card) and Shopping (special offers & vouchers, gift suggestion lists, details of presents “stashed” for future birthdays, Christmas etc). I have decided to start with a small number of printables and adapt the binder as life moves along.

I know many people include their grocery lists, meal planning and bills in their binder. I keep my grocery list and meal plan on a clipboard inside the pantry and I already have a bills system set up that works for me. Putting the bills in a binder wouldn’t really work for me as I deal with our personal bills as well as all of the bills for both my business and my husband’s business. This is where customising comes into play, you are free to add in or leave out sections as you see fit.

Here are the links to all of the printables that I have used:

Binder cover page from The Nest Effect
Perpetual birthday calendar from The Project Girl
Things on loan from Life Your Way
Lunch Box Ideas: Snacks from Mummy Smiles
School Lunchbox Meal Planner from Home Life Simplified
Important Numbers from Everything Mom

I took further inspiration from this post at I Heart Organizing. I decided to use a basket to store my binder as well as some folders to keep incoming mail, outgoing mail and items to action. I hope that this will save on paper piles around the house as it will give me somewhere to put all of the mail, newsletters and other papers when I get home if I don’t have time to sort and file them straight away. I also plan to keep my weekly planner pad in the front of the basket. I often keep this on the kitchen bench during the week to refer to regularly but I am hoping that keeping it in the front of the basket will be just as handy but tidier.

I am planning to keep the binder and command centre on the bar which is situated in our dining room. This is a nice central spot as it is just at the entrance to the house from our garage and the bar tends to gather a lot of junk that gets put down as we enter the house. In front of the basket is a wooden bowl that we use to place all of our keys and sunglasses etc.

I hope sharing my solution helps you get organised. Don’t be afraid to take ideas from here and other blogs to come up with your best solution :) I would love for you to share details of your home management binder or similar organisation solution.