Many people don’t know this but I lived in the UK for two years and while I was there I fell in love with this company called Lush that sells the most amazing fresh handmade bath balls, perfumes, face treatments like masks and shower gels that will make you want to jump up and down like a kid! My bestie and I loved their stuff so much that we have a “standing order” with anyone we know who goes to UK to bring some things back for us. When we went to Dubai last night, one of my only “to see places” was to go the Lush shop in the one mall and I had to really restrain myself or I would have bought everything in the shop. The exchange rate helped with that.
And then I heard the most amazing news and got on the phone to call my bestie! Yes, Lush was coming to Cape Town and had opened a shop in the V&A Mall! Yes, Lush South Africa was here! Lord have mercy my poor heart nearly gave in! Of course I had to arrange a trip to go there to see what they had and hubby had to restrain me from jumping up and down like a banshee. I was so surprised as the prices are very reasonable and with the variety of things that they have, can easily fit into most people’s budgets.
The best thing about their products is that they are fresh and use wonderful ingredients in their products. The Ballistics or bath balls always come with surprises that make bath time really interesting. My favourite two balls did just that! The one released pink glitter into the bath as it fizzed and the other had hearts in it so my bath water was filled with little confetti hearts and rose petals! How romantic is that? Their solid perfumes are wonderful with my favourite being the Gorilla Perfume Vanilla which makes you smell really yummy! My new shower gel that I tried is called Snowflake and hubby says I smell like candyfloss when I wear it and he just wants to eat me up! They also have wonderful freshly made face masks for just about everything and you can also buy pieces of intricate soaps that are every colour that you can think of! They even have powders that can be used for lips, tints for cheeks and eye shadow!
Lush goodies are also great for presents, if you are willing to share! So do yourself a favour and go to the Lush South Africa shop at the V&A Waterfront! Have a look at them on Facebook as well! You will not regret it!
Bella has always had a love of music and watching the looks of amazement while listening to the Major for Minors Classical Lullabies made me smile and she was relaxed.
Major for Minors has 13 wonderful CD’s with a wide variety of classical music and they even have a CD on well known Afrikaans songs! There are CDs ranging from Lullabies to Nursery Rhymes to Baroque for Babies! As mentioned I listened to the Classical Lullabies and it was absolutely lovely! It has lullabies that I know as well as Brahms Lullaby and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Bella loved the music and when she woke up the next morning, asked me to listen to the music again! She even gave up Mickey Mouse Club for the music which is a big deal! I would definitely recommend it to anyone out there!
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Each of the CDs have been proven to have a calming effect on babies and children, almost like “Ocean sounds” and Majors for Minors worked with Dr Annette Lotter (BA-Ed, B-Ed, M-Ed, D-Ed (RAU), Organisational Specialist (SHL) who did research on the music and found that the music helped to reduce hyper activity and sleep disorders in babies and children! As a parent, you will probably agree with me that sleep is very important in any household! I plan on using it on our upcoming roadtrip!
One of the nice things about their website is that you can listen to tracksfrom the different CDs online. Almost like a “try before you buy”! Using PayPal you can buy their CDs from their website (insert hyperlink) and you will receive a link to download your CD. Alternatively y you can buy them at one of the following online places: www.calorababy.co.zawww.kalahari.com www.lookandlisten.co.zawww.musica.co.za or in their respective stores. They make wonderful gifts for friends that are pregnant or have kids!
Now we have a competition that you can enter for two lucky winners to each win a downloadable CD of your choice from Majors for Minors. To enter you need to like their Facebook Pageas well as Baby Bugs ‘n Berriesand share the page to as many people as you can! Competition ends on the 28 September 2012 and the winner will be announced on the 1 October 2012.
I must admit, I am a sucker for vintage and cute packaging and when I recently went to a craft market and saw these pretty toffees from Sweet Temptations, I had to try one. It was one of the best things I have ever done and I have encouraged my friends to try them too!
Now, you might be thinking that toffees are normally hard and that you don’t want to hurt your teeth but these toffees are anything but hard. They melt in your mouth like butter but aren’t too sweet that after having one, you feel oversweet. One is never enough and there are so many different toffee flavours that you can select from different collections that you might have a tough time choosing! Their range includes the Indulgent Collection , Nut Collection , Spice Collection , Berry Collection , as well as the range that they have with Diemersfontein Wines called the Diemersfontein Toffees which are inspired by the wines and with flavours like Chocolate Wine Toffees, need I say more? My favourites are the Chilli Toffees and the Cranberry and Cashew Toffees. The Chilli has a hint of heat but not so that you have to run and get a glass of milk after drinking it! Click on this link to take you to the listing of where to buy these fabulous morsels.
Sweet Temptations Toffees are also showing off their flair and so far this year alone have won 5 awards with the DSTV Food Network, Eat In Award Best Small Producer Confectionery 2012 Award being an example that this company is not to be taken lightly! Have a look and their very tempting website.
We have a great prize this month to win a basket of delicious toffees from Sweet Temptations. All that you need to do to enter is to share this post and Like Baby Bugs ‘n Berries and Sweet Temptation Toffees and the winner will be chosen through a lucky draw. The competition closes on the 30 July 2012 and is only open to South African Residents!
Have you ever been to a restaurant and requested a high chair for our child and when it has been brought to you, you can still see what the previous 5 children that used it ate? Or it is so grubby that you won’t put a dog on it never mind your child? Well with this following product, those days are gone.
The Totseat is a versatile chair for little ones made from durable cloth and can attach to just about any chair. It’s easy to fold so it doesn’t take a lot of space to transport it, can fit on most chairs and best of all, is a breeze to clean. There are easy to use instructions so you don’t have to spend hours assembling it or trying to figure out where parts go and when you are done, it folds up small enough to fit into a draw so that you can take it out at meal times and it doesn’t stand in the way. Another wonderful feature is that it comes in different colours and patterns so you can match it to your home décor and choose which ever colour you like and not have to worry about it standing out like a sore thumb! Your little one is also not restricted with movement and you don’t have to worry about them falling or slipping out like in conventional high chairs!
The Totseat has even won some fantastic awards like a Gold Star for Booster/ Travel Highchair from the Practical Parenting and Pregnancy 2011/2012 awards! That isn’t an easy feat! If you are a Grandparent or friend of a friend that has children, they are also wonderful gifts to give and with all the awards they have won like the 2009 Gift of the Year Award from the Gift Association, you will really be helping Mom and Dad by giving them this Totseat!
For more inspiration, have a look at their website www.totseat.co.zaand look at all the amazing testimonials from other parents that have used it. Some shops even have demos in them so you can have a look at them as well!
Before having Bella I had heard of children having allergies but never thought that it would happen to me! Boy was I wrong! We recently found out that she is allergic to small dogs and cats and as luck would have it, we have two of the dogs and one cat! This helped to explain all the nights when I had 3 to four hours sleep, sitting up with a little one that would wake up coughing, snotty noses and who seemed to be often sick. This had been going on for a year and while Bella can sleep at school during the day, her mum hasn’t been so lucky.
Queue my new best friend in a bottle React2Pets. I came across the product and as I had been using their MiteFree Allergen Spray in Bella’s room to help combat her allergy to dust, I thought that I might as well try it and see what happens. The bottle comes in a selection of two colours, green or purple and the packaging is really eye catching. I did the easy to follow instructions and sprayed our entire house with it. They recommend that you stay away from the sprayed area for at least 30 minutes so off we went for some fun. The next morning when Bella called for me I went to her room, half asleep and checked the time as per usual so that I could gauge how much sleep I could still try to wrangle. It was 06:30! Bella had slept through for the first time in a year! The poor child got soooo many kisses and hugs that she must have thought I was nuts! She has since slept through for the past 7 days! I have sprayed the house again as it is recommended to do it once a week but the difference is amazing! I wish that I had found this stuff a long time ago! Allergex would wake her up at night with cramps but since using the React2 Pets, she has not had it once in the past 7 days! Best of all, I am getting in some much needed rest!
Do yourself a favour, if you know of anyone that has allergies to pets, get this product for them now and see the difference that it makes to their lives! They also have a wonderful range called SoPure which consists of disinfectants that are not harmful to you or your family and come in easy to use spray bottles. All the bottles seem to have a safety feature on the front that you can lock the spray so if little hands get hold of the bottle, they cannot use it.
For more information on the React2 Pets, MiteFree Allergen Spray and the SoPure range, have a look at their websites:
What is cute, easy to use and navigate as well has wonderful freebies? Well it’s The ecoBaby Company website of course!
The ecoBaby Company is a company that cares about not only you as a family, but for the environment as well with all their products being environmentally sustainable. On their website you can find everything from accessories for Mum to Toys for kids, baby bags and eco-friendly nappies and their prices are very reasonable! They also have advice on how to use the new and modern version of the cloth nappies as well as testimonials from past clients who have only had wonderful service from them! They also have Freebies which in today’s day and age, is a wonderful thing! Another fabulous thing about the website is their free online magazine with tips for parents and ideas on health as well as things to make for you or your family.
Now, if like me, you don’t have a lot of time, shopping on this website is easy! The products are found in categories under the headings of: For Mum, For Baby and For Kids with a drop down menu so that you can choose which section you are looking for i.e. Accessories. They also have a Specials section where you will find products on sale! Creating an account takes 5 minutes and then you are all set to go! They even give you the option of choosing a delivery style and all purchases over R1500 gets free delivery in South Africa! Paying is also easy with credit card or via PayPal!
We are having a GIVEAWAY for R100 gift voucher from The ecoBaby Company and all you need to do to be entered into the draw, is to Like their Facbook page and ours by the 25 July to stand a chance to win!
So what are you waiting for? Have a look at their website www.ecobabyco.co.za and subscribe to their email so that you can be up to date with what they have! With The ecoBaby Company, you can’t go wrong!
Everyone has different taste but one thing that always seems to come back is Vintage. Recently I heard of this fantastic lady called Audrey who owns and runs Auds & Ends Creations. The cutest hats, head bands and clips are but a few to mention and the character ones like Hello Kitty, owls, frogs and strawberry hats will have your little one stand out in a crowd! Items are made according to your taste and specifications. But wait, there is more! Not only does she cater for the little ones, but she also makes wedding broaches, necklaces, earrings, headbands, bolero’s, shoes and tiara’s! Have a look at her website www.audsandendscreations.weebly.com
Best of all to celebrate their 1 year birthday on 30 June 2012, we have a give away for a Dino-Baby-Beanie as shown in the featured picture! How can you get it? Follow these easy steps:
If you hear of rhubarb and custard, what do you think of? To me it brings memories of fun filled Sunday lunches with my family and warm snuggles in the cold winter.
Family, bonding and closeness is exactly what the company Rhubarb & Custard evoke in their products. Their stylish but sturdy baby slings encourage bonding between the wearer and the baby while at the same time, allowing the wearer to have their hands free to carry on with their daily routines. The slings come in a variety of fabulous colours and to ensure closeness, they provide a guide on how to measure yourself so that the sling is the perfect fit! The material is of a good quality and the slings are the only pouch slings in South Africa to be certified to UK/EU Standards! Best of all, you can use them from birth up until 18kg! What an investment!
For breast feeding moms there is also the Nursing Cover so that you don’t have to go and hide in the spare room at braais and you can feed your baby at a restaurant without the fear of people looking at you strangely.
My favourite is the “Little Bunny” and “I love Boobies” t-shirts! They are cute and adorable and will bring a smile to anyone that reads them! They come in sizes from birth to 12 months so your little one will always have that something different from the rest and will brighten up someone else’s day!
If you are pregnant and suffering from trying to get the right position so that you are comfortable at night, try the ‘V’ pillow…your partner will be very grateful! It supports you in all the right places so you that you don’t wake up sore and tired from tossing and turning the whole night.
If your little one starts to teeth, get yourself a Dribblies Bib which protects your little angel’s clothes from getting soggy from saliva and drooling. Not only stylish, absorbent and colourful, the bibs have 2 poppers to be able to adjust the size as little one grows.
All-in-all, Rhubarb & Custard products are a must for pregnant ladies as well as mommies! Have a look at their website www.rhubarbandcustard.co.za for more information and to order your products! You won’t regret it!
Have you heard of Amber Teething Beads? Amber is associated with sunlight and warmth. It is reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds and thus as a natural analgesic is the perfect soother for babies and children when teething. Wearing Baltic amber close to the skin can help calm a baby without resorting to drugs.
Amber is not actually a stone therefore not cold to the touch. In reality it is fossilized tree resin from forests that were flooded by the sea millions of years ago .It is a very old custom for babies and children to wear amber in various parts of Europe and the Far East. Today we believe that the power to soothe pain attributed to amber properly lies in the fact that it creates an electromagnetic field which enhances the human frame of mind
Amber teething necklaces are suitable from about 3-4 months of age and the colour of the teething necklaces depends on the style and can be white, honey, butterscotch, cherry or a mix of colours and is polished stones.
Each necklace is approximately 32cm long and has a screw clasp. The screw clasp itself is a safety feature and is the weakest point of the necklace, and will break if undue strain is placed upon it. This is a design feature to protect against choking if the necklace is pulled too hard. As an additional safety feature, there is a knot before and after each bead so that in the event of it being broken, there is no risk of choking on the beads. We recommend taking the necklace off whenever your baby will be without close supervision as the onus is on the parents to ensure their child’s safety.
Please contact Marieta on 084 587 7292 or email@example.com find outmore about this amazing product at the affordable price of R170 per necklace.
Oh-Lief in English means Oh Love and after using these products, it is love!
I used to be interested by natural products but since becoming a mom, I read every label and try to make sure that everything I use for Bella is as healthy as I can get it. Also as Bella has allergies, I have to be careful as to what I use on her.
I found Oh-Lief at a baby expo that I went to and it is fantastic with so many uses for it! Made by a mom and her sister using a family recipe and only natural products, these ladies have a winning formula. I have used the Oh-Lief Olive Baby Wax as lip balm for us both when our lips are chapped, used it when Bella has a case of eczema or dry skin and found that it made my skin softer and lovely without a sticky residue or any odors. It has even entertained Bella in the bank while we had to wait in the queue, and she rubbed it all over herself much to the delight of the people around us!
Oh-Lief also runs a program whereby moms can bring back their used tubs to be refilled at their store at The Old Biscuit Mill inWoodstockand only use local products to decrease their carbon footprint! If you are conscious of the environment as well as your little one, you can’t go wrong using their products!
This is their story:
Who are the ‘we’ in Oh-lief, Christine Buchanan, mother of young Liam, and Louiza Rademan, sister and proud aunt. We were brought up in a family that valued the principals of a green and organic life style and our love of all things natural has certainly influenced our decisions in establishing our Oh-lief brand. Christine could not find a skincare range for babies, or for her self when she was pregnant, that she felt confident enough to use. We then decided to develop our current family recipes in to a full baby range, based on 100% raw natural ingredients, and hence, Oh-lief was born. Our name originated from the main ingredient in the Oh-lief waxes, which is Olive oil. Oh-lief is a word -play on Olive and the ‘lief’ represent our love for nature and eco-friendly products.
And Moms haven’t been forgotten, have a look at their range for adults as well!
For more information on products and what is in their range, have a look at their webstite www.ohlief.com for stockists or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a price list and place an order!