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  I am a mum of 2 little girls, Harper is 2 1⁄2 and Bella is just 6 months old next week. Like any mum I have good days and bad days and yesterday was one of those days where you just feel like you’re failing at every turn and like you’re the worst mum in the world. Honestly last night I was feeling pretty defeated after a day filled with tantrums. After both girls were finally asleep (1 of them on the boob but that counts right?) I was sitting on the couch flicking through my phone and I decided to read some of the news stories on the events at Dreamworld this week, as I hadn’t had much of a chance to sit down and watch…

Cleaning with vinegar

When it comes to non-toxic cleaning products, vinegar can be a real savior for parents. You know how it is as a parent: There aren’t many multi-purpose products that have you jumping up for joy, are there?   Vinegar sure is one of them though. Why? It’s one of those natural cleaning products and using it instead of other household items, really does decrease your daily waste.   So what’s the best and easiest way to make chemical free cleaning products? While there are specific remedies we’ll look at in more detail below, the basic mix is this simple:   Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of water and a ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar.   Okay, so you’ve got your chemical free…

Coconut oil and your baby

Coconut oil and your baby

Looking back on my time as a mother, one of my favourite times has always been baby bath time! But I know how it is as a mother and parent: We worry about everything. Sunburn, overheated kids… You know the drill! And if you’re like me, reading labels on baby products doesn’t exactly put your mind at rest, especially when it comes to baby bath products. But have you ever given serious thought as to how you can use coconut oil? It’s natural, chemical free and is gaining a bit of momentum when it comes to being renowned as a super oil. Using it will not only save you money, but it’ll reward you with peace of mind, as coconut is a natural, wonderful smelling…

Our top baby finds

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ABC Arbonne Baby Care Set We’re all about baby love, so we always want to take care of them in the kindest, most gentle ways, with pure and simple goodness.  That’s why these new baby care formulas utilise the most mild, soothing ingredients from nature – parents can trust that they’re truly wholesome and safe for babies’ soft delicate skin.  Plus, all the products are paediatricians, dermatologist- and allergy-tested. And baby approved. ABC Arbonne Baby Care Set includes: Hair & Body Wash, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30, Body Lotion, and Nappy Cream. Check out the range by clicking here. Want to save a further 20-80% this month? Contact Sophie for more info on 0405 411 746 or via email  

How to wash baby clothes without toxic chemicals

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How to wash organic cotton? It’s the kind of question that could only keep a mother up at night. Yep, I’ll admit it: I can forget about counting sheep as my eyes stare at the dark ceiling in the bedroom. Often, I find myself asking the following questions: How should I wash organic cotton? How should I wash baby clothes in the washing machine? Okay, so I know what you’re probably thinking. I need to shut my mind off and get some sleep. Hold your horses because when you read about how toxic fabric softeners can be, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Sure, questions such as ‘how to wash baby clothes?’ may pop into our minds as mums on a regular basis, but do…

Formaldehyde in baby clothes

Formaldehyde in baby clothes

You may have heard that formaldehyde is dangerous and even that it is best to avoid formaldehyde in the baby clothes and baby products you buy for your little ones. Knowing what it is will make you understand why. Formaldehyde is a colourless, flammable, extremely noxious and toxic chemical that was first discovered in 1859. Due to its versatility, it’s become a common chemical ingredient since its discovery and is used to make different types of plastics, pesticides and industrial disinfectants among other things. Despite some individuals experiencing various short-term effects when exposed to formaldehyde, the reality is that formaldehyde is around us, day-in, day-out. I’m not sure about you but that paints a mental picture for me that I’m not entirely comfortable with. Little…

5 simple tips for a natural baby

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We all want the best for our kids and by being informed, you can ensure your most precious gift in the world grows from a natural baby, to a happy child, onto a strong teen and eventually, a healthy young adult. Sure, being a parent (especially for the first time) can be a daunting experience: Everyone you speak to has their own opinions about everything as you’re struggling to adjust to your new set of circumstances (yep, it is okay to think this is no Brady Bunch scenario). So, where should we start when trying to raise our baby in a natural environment? How about with the simplest and most natural thing in the world… Breastfeeding Let’s put aside thoughts about eco baby products and…

Babies with eczema: What you need to know

Alarmingly, 30 per cent of babies will get eczema at some stage during their first year of life. More concerning is the trend that the rates of babies with eczema are on the increase. Consider these stats: As many as one in four babies will suffer with it before they turn two (you could call this newborn eczema). For parents, coping with a child who has eczema (particularly in the case of newborn eczema) can be difficult to cope with given that children affected commonly suffer from itchy, bleeding and even weeping skin. Wrapping skin in wet bandages is one form of treating eczema, a disease that also commonly disturbs a child’s sleep. Looking at the state of affairs closer to home, Australia has one of…

Unexpected causes to childhood illnesses?

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It’s only natural that parents try to shield their kids from harmful germs and bacteria. Often, this sees parents using their eagle eyes to ensure that their children aren’t eating things off the floor, touching things they shouldn’t be and so on. But you’re about to read something that might have you stepping back and having a good think about the kind of bacteria lingering on items such as books, toys and cribs. Now, that’s hardly a list of items that’d ordinarily have you worried, right? Well, when a study out of the University of Buffalo in New York dug a little deeper, it found Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenese, both certain kinds of bacteria, can be linked to childhood illnesses such as ear infections,…

Is organic food best for bub?

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Is organic food best when introducing your bub to solids? Introducing your little munchkin to solids can be daunting and for good reason too. If you do happen to find yourself in this position at the moment, chances are, these questions are floating through your mind: What can my baby eat? What should I be feeding my baby early on? What if my baby doesn’t want to eat? If you’re raising your first child, everything can seem all the more difficult but there’s no need to panic. We’ve put together some pointers here and after reading this, you just might feel that going down the organic food only route, is the best option for you and your bub. It’s all about iron According to the…

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