Monday, 26 November 2012

Enjoy Your Summer With Havaianas!


Summer holidays!


Long, lazy days spent relaxing and swimming in the cool, blue ocean, soaking up the sun. Evenings spent around the BBQ or taking a short stroll down to the fish and chip shop. Spending time with good friends and family. Living in your swimmers, shorts and comfy top, with a pair of Havaianas on your feet. Leaving all the worries and stresses of the real world far behind.

Havaianas are the perfect footwear for lots of summer loving people. They are so fun and colourful.

Havaianas were born in 1962 and inspired by the Zori, typical Japanese sandals with fabric straps and a rice straw soles. Something that I didn't know was that if you look at the footbed of all Havaianas it has a distinctive textured rice pattern.

Just in time for the holidays, Havaianas have put together a special gift pack, featuring their best selling licensed kids prints. Havaianas popular Transformers and My Little Pony styles now come in their own little gift pack with a matching toy! Just in time for summer.

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Available for the little man in your life is Optimus Prime and Bumblebee Transformer prints and My Little Pony prints for the girls! 

Each gift pack includes a pair of Havaianas and one of a selection of matching collectable toys!

Transformer bundles include Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ironhide, Blackout or Powerglide toys.

My Little Pony bundles include one of two ponies in Sweetie Belle's Ice Cream Train Car.


Havaianas x Optimus Prime Bundle
RRP$49.95
Available exclusively from: www.havaianasaustralia.com.au


Havaianas x My Little Pony Bundle
RRP$49.95
Available exclusively from: www.havaianasaustralia.com.au


I really hope that you get some great rest and relaxation these summer holidays. Enjoy yourselves!


Melanie

Sunday, 25 November 2012

My Week According to Instagram


I am finally linking up to 'My Week According to Instagram' at Tinagray.me.

It only took me half the day to display my photos into these cute little collages. I'm quick like that! Hehe! I seem to have doubled up on two of them. Sorry about that.




Monorail cat (otherwise known as Snuggles)  |  Queen Snuggles  |  Extreme closeup by Angus  |  COFFEE!!! nuff said  |  Talking Mums magazine and some gorgeous pinboards  |  One extremely handsome little dude  |  Stars and Rainbows  |  Surprised pussy cat  |  Star boy




Magic Mike magic show  |  Turning a poor unsuspecting victim into a rabbit  |  Angus Hippy (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) Graduation  |  Magic Mike's rabbit  |  Coffee again...  |  Talking Mums magazine





You are very welcome to follow me on Instagram. I am awelcominghearth or you can see my pictures here.



Melanie


Monday, 19 November 2012

Launch of the New Peristaltic Plus™ Teat




Tomorrow something rather special is happening in the world of baby bottle teats.


The lovely Jessica Rowe will be hosting the launch of a revolutionary new Peristaltic Plus™ baby teat by Pigeon, an award-winning world leader in baby care products.


It is made of super soft, super flexible silicon rubber that is able to stretch in the baby's mouth and so sits comfortably on the tongue. It is also uniquely textured to closely resemble a mother's soft skin and helps baby with the correct latch on.




Pigeon knows that there are three main factors in a breast feeding bub. Firstly, the baby initiates attachment or latching; moving the tongue forward, and the lips outwards to form a suction cup around the mother's areola. Secondly, peristaltic movement - the baby starts moving the tongue in a wave-like motion and starts sucking and drawing milk from the mother's breast, and then thirdly, swallowing - the back of the baby’s tongue rises to transfer milk down to the oesophagus. The Peristaltic Plus™ Teat has been designed with these three key factors close in mind.


It is quite a break through in the world of teats both for breast feeding and bottle feeding mums and aims to minimise any nipple confusion so that mums are able to breastfeed for longer and babies can enjoy the benefits of breast milk for as long as they can.


Melanie

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Dettol Power and Pure - {Product Review}


Product talk by Nuffnang


What is it with little boys and dirt? When my girls were small I used to put them in the bath together, and while the water used to get a little cloudy, it was never like the murky water that my two little begrimed boys leave behind! When I let the dirty water out of the bath, I am left with a bath ring every time.

It is hard to get rid of too. I usually have to scrub it quite vigorously to remove it. I have been sent some Dettol Power & Pure Bathroom and so I thought I would give it a try and see if it worked. I sprayed it on, left it for the recommended time, which is 10 minutes. I then ran the water into the bath and gave it a quick rinse and my bath was sparkling clean again. I was rather impressed.

It uses active oxygen to clean, has no chemical residue, even without rinsing. When it cleans it breaks down into water and oxygen. I hate using these super strong cleaners. So with littlies in the house, I felt quite safe using it. But it does kill 99.9% of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella.

So I then tried it out in the shower and the basin and it worked really well. The smell is pleasant, nice and fresh.




Then I moved on to the kitchen. I used the Dettol Power & Pure Multi Purpose with active Oxygen. It cleaned my benches amazingly well. Again is states no harsh chemical residue, even without rinsing. But I always make sure I rinse cleaning stuff off the benches. I can't help myself. It says you can clean the draining board, food prep areas, floor, sealed wooden surfaces, glass, cooker tops and lots more.




I have always liked and trusted Dettol. The smell of a splash of Dettol antiseptic in the bath water takes me right back to when I was little. Anything that isn't going to harm my family with strong, poisonous chemicals is a good idea to me.


Melanie




Disclaimer: As always the views and opinions expressed are 100% my own. No payment was accepted for this post. I received an item in exchange for a review.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Things That Inspire Me





These are the things that can help me, that can give me ideas, that can give me strength and let me move on. In no particular order.


Watching a sunrise.
People who are determined to see a plan through to the end.
People who finish what they start.
People who risk their own lives to save others.
People who give their own time, money, effort and belongings to help others.
People who take pride in their work.
Seeing someone fall or fail but they get up and try again.
Reading books.
Watching the Para-Olympics.
My children.
Seeing beautiful scenery.
Watching animals play.
Watching a horse gallop across a meadow.
Looking at a Tiger.
Listening to music.
Having absolute silence for a little while.
Walking along the beach.
Seeing a rainbow in the sky.
Hearing the rain on a tin roof.
People who stand up for what they believe in, even though the crowd is against them.


What are the things that can inspire you?


Melanie

Thursday, 8 November 2012

I Remember a Superbug called Herbie


This post about a bug and kombi graveyard from the inspiring tinagray.me has made me remember a little Mustard yellow 1600 Superbug Volkswagon that I grew up with. Dad bought it in 1973 and it was sold to a 'yuppie' businessman in Sydney. I think it was about 1989. A few tears were shed that day. We called it Herbie.


I remember how you used to run on the smell of an oily rag. When we arrived home mum would stop you abruptly and then wait for the slosh sound of the petrol in the tank and say you’re good for a little while yet.


I remember how we used to ride on the ‘running board’ as we went down the driveway. Gripping on tightly as we bumped over the uneven rocky ground. It probably wouldn't be allowed today.

I remember how we all used to pile into you to go to the pool on a 40+ day in Perth and how your metal seatbelts used to get unbelievably hot like a scorching hot coal taken straight out of a furnace.

I remember how mum always used to squeeze as many people as possible into you. I swear you could stretch somehow. 

I remember in the days before seatbelts were compulsory, my best friend and I would sit in the little compartment at the back and how the scratchy, hot, fuzzy material would give me an itchy rash.

I remember that distinctive putt.. putt.. putt.. of the volksie engine. I always knew when mum was coming to pick me up from the pool or a friend's house.

I remember the holiday to Kalbarri when we took you. Strapped surfboards to the roof and had the Beach Boys Greatest Hits blaring out.

I remember when mum would rev your engine at the lights and all the young hoons would look across and giggle and scoff. Then you would take off like a rocket and leave them for dead (or was that mum doing that...)

I remember you were more than a car to us kids. You were a friend.




Melanie


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Trying Hard to Get Some Quality (Unselfish) Me Time in My Life


I know that it goes with the territory. Being a mum you tend to put yourself last in pretty much everything.

Few burnt chips, oh that's ok I'll put them on my plate; running late, oh that's ok I will have my shower later; getting ready for school, that's ok I will have my breakfast when I get home again (even if that is at 11.30am). As long as my kids are fed and clothed and satisfied then that is great, and I can squeeze in some time for me, when I get a few spare seconds.

But then the problem is with me, those few spare seconds never come. I desperately need to shave or shower or brush my hair. Or I dream of taking a nice leisurely bubble bath, or putting on nail polish or even makeup, even if it is just a bit of lippy.


Those organised ones, say to be a happy mum you have to look after yourself. Make sure that you spoil and pamper yourself occasionally. I do agree with that, but I can't seem to put it into practise.

I have a copy of Pockets of Happiness: Creating Meaningful Moments in Your Life written by the beautiful Naomi from Seven Cherubs. It is all about how to find some time for You in a busy life. It is only 28 pages long. I need to read this ebook. But it is sitting there, unread. Why do I put myself so far down the list? I deserve some me time don't I?  

I used to be an avid reader. I would read 3 books a week, in my younger days. I love reading. But it is one of the many things that have been squeezed out and stopped. I tell myself when my youngest goes to school (he is two now), then I should have some time to read. But I really want a bit of time now. I don't want to sound selfish. My kids will always come first, and that is how I want it to be. But I need to find a little bit of time to read or relax in a bubble bath or paint my nails without the guilt that seems to go with it for me.

Is it a case of being completely disorganised? Having poor time management skills? I tend to go with an urgency list. Things tend to get done based on how urgent they are. So things are done at the last minute, and they have to make it to the top of the urgency list before I get to them. I really don't like to function like that, but that is how it goes at the moment.

Thankfully for myself, 'Pockets of Happiness' is getting to the top of the list. I will make sure that I read it in the coming few days. I need to. I am going to devour it and take it to heart and put it into practise.



Are you nice and organised about things? Do you spend some quality time looking after yourself? If you do, then please give me some tips. When do you find time to apply makeup, give yourself a manicure or read that book? Any advice will be humbly and happily accepted.



Melanie


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