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Product review- Bambeado

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20161021_1600081Most parents have heard of the benefits of amber teething necklaces for infants these days. It seems that every fourth or fifth child I come across is wearing one. My four children never wore one during their teething years, so when I was approached to review Bambeado products, I was a little hesitant as my brood are well passed that stage in life. So  I thought I would test to see what the effects are on an older child.

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Silicone teething toys

Bambeado was founded in 2010, by a mother at her wit’s end during her child’s teething years. They stock amber jewellery for infants, children and mothers, and in addition, silicone jewellery and silicone teething toys.

Eva, who is ten years  old, agreed to be the guinea pig in the experiment. She chose a beautiful amber necklace from the Bambeado website. It arrived fairly quickly (about a week or so) in cute little woven pouch and simple product care instructions.

We waited a week or so while Eva finished swimming lessons, as it is not advised to wear the products while swimming (or shower/bath) and also didn’t want it to get lost. Then, after finding it in the pocket of her school bag a few times, it took a week of convincing her that it wasn’t like normal jewellery that she can just take on and off when she wanted, as we needed her to keep it on to see any changes for our experiment. After a couple more weeks, she forgot she was even wearing it.

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Eva’s Bambeado amber necklace

Once she was wearing it consistently, we sat back for a few weeks to watch.

Now, Eva will probably kill me for saying this, but she is at a stage in her life where hormones are coming out to play a little more than usual. Her emotions have been a little all over the place –  temper tantrums, mood swings, lack of concentration, and though it sounds mean to say it,  kind of a cow at times!

While there hasn’t been a drastic, ‘OMG! WOW!’ kind of change since wearing the necklace, there has been a slight noticeable difference. Even Eva herself has noticed that she is calmer these days, she also feels that she can concentrate a bit better at school. She also claims that it has helped her make friends, as she feels friendlier.

With these changes, I feel confident to say that there is a benefit from older children, even adults, wearing amber jewellery. If the necklace was a little longer, I would branch out into experimenting on myself, to see the effects on an adult, but unfortunately, it doesn’t fit me.

After browsing the website at the other Bambeado products, I was impressed with the silicone jewellery. I wish I had one of the adult necklaces when my children were teething  so they had something to chew on, rather than my fingers, clothes, watch, hair…eew! I was covered in slobber back then!

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Adult silicone jewellery

I have looked around at other websites who sell amber products, and have found that Bambeado are pretty competitive in their prices. They are adamant in using only 100% Baltic amber, and provide helpful hints on their website for what to look for when testing for genuine amber.

Bambeado products are stocked all throughout Australia and New Zealand (plus a few places  in Malaysia, China, Singapore and most recently, the U.S), but their website offers international shipping.

All in all, this product test was a fun experiment, that both my daughter and I enjoyed taking part in, especially when the outcome is positive. Baltic amber is more than just a pretty stone (actually, it’s a resin) in some bling. It is becoming a widely popular therapeutic aid. Bambeado will certainly help serve those curious in the benefits of amber.

http://au.bambeado.com/

Bella

Missybella- product review

Here is a quick shout out for an online business that, if you are a parent or buying for kiddies, you definitely need to have a look at!

Some of the great merchandise at Missybella

Some of the great merchandise at Missybella

Missybella has been around for a while on eBay, but has recently started up selling on Facebook as well.

While mostly stocking brand new clothing for kids,  children’s accessories are also available, such as bags, jewellery, books and more.

Pretty much everything is characterised, from Dora the Explorer, to Batman…even older children can get something with One Direction merchandise available

Skylanders, Smurfs, Minnie and Mickey Mouse…if your child likes it, then it’s probably there! The prices are really reasonable!

I'm sure you can find something for all your child's desires!

I’m sure you can find something for all your child’s desires!

Head on over to Missybella’s Facebook page….hit “like” and browse around. Prices are mentioned in the photo, and a quick message to Melissa (the owner) to confirm your order and to find out postage fees. You can pay by Paypal and contact the seller for orders outside of Australia.

When you make you first purchase at Missybella, tell her I sent you!

Bella 🙂

 

One Direction is banned in my house...but there is a huge following out there....lots of 1D stuff!!

One Direction is banned in my house…but there is a huge following out there….lots of 1D stuff!!

Ruby Jade’s Creative Clip’s (product review)

School hair clips- requested colours available

School hair clips- requested colours available

Hi all,

I have a new business for you to check out!

Ruby Jade’s Creative Clip’s is a must-see for anyone with little princesses out there.

This full- time mummy of three gorgeous kiddies has started making hair clips for girls….young and the young at heart!

One of the different designs available.

One of the different designs available.

She has a wide range of designs to suit all purposes: school, sports, casual wear and designs for special occasions.

“Like” her Facebook page and have a browse of the albums to see what is available. You can request designs in colours to suit your need (school uniform colours, sporting teams, etc)

Prices are listed in each photo on her page.

One of my personal favourite designs!

One of my personal favourite designs!

To place an order, simply comment on the interested photo, or send her a message on Facebook…. voila!

It’s just that easy!

Happy shopping everyone!

As you can see, LOADS of different designs!

As you can see, LOADS of different designs!

Bella 🙂

 

Asthma Peeps (product review)

I have recently been given the opportunity to test a product that is aimed at children who have asthma. The reason I put my hand up for this project was because a lot of people who have cystic fibrosis also do inhaler treatments.

Asthma Peeps is an Australian business who creates nifty little stickers suitable for spacers to make treatment more fun for children. Imagine, a child who is excited and happy to have their inhalers because their spacers are customised to their budding personalities. No fighting. No excuses. Job done.

Pirate theme stickers

Pirate theme stickers

In our little sample pack, we were sent some pirate stickers, which was absolutely perfect as my CF son, Cameron, is obsessed with pirates at the moment. Every second day, he is dressed up as one, and I can never keep up with if he wants to be called by his given name, or “Mr. Smee” (which for those who dont know, is Captain Hook’s minion.)

Cameron...or Mr. Smee?

Cameron…or Mr. Smee?

Personalized spacer for inhaler treatments

Personalized spacer for inhaler treatments

Cameron was excited to help choose and place his stickers. Under each picture is a little space for you to be able to label their names.(A nice touch in my opinion.) We hit one snag with our testing phase though. Cameron doesn’t undertake any inhaler treatments for his CF! I still gave him the spacer to breathe through, which I didn’t mind as it encourages him to do deep breathing, which is also vital for CF physiotherapy.

So while I was standing there with another two sheets of stickers, I starting looking around for what else I could personalize. Then a brain wave came. Why stop at spacers? Cameron also uses other asthma tools for his physiotherapy. He has that little thing with the three coloured balls, that lift when you breathe in, and the idea is to get as many balls to the top as possible. (I’m sure there is an actual name for the device, but I have no idea what it is! We just call it the “Coloured ball thingy”)

Personalized PEP mask

Personalized PEP mask

Cameron also has a PEP mask. It has resistance when he breathes out. The better he gets at it, the more we increased the resistance. Stickers now decorate that too.

He giggles as he uses the mask, and the stickers we put on the “coloured ball thingy” are a good way for him to indicate how many faces he can achieve.

The stickers are fairly durable when you wash them – hand washing that is,not sure how they would hold up in a dishwasher (can these devices even go in a dishwasher???) This is great because there is no point on wasting your money on something that falls off in the slightest bit of water.
They don’t stick too well on silicone, as we did try them on another mask, but they fell off pretty quick!

"Coloured ball thingy" Does anyone know what it is actually called?

“Coloured ball thingy” Does anyone know what it is actually called?

Each pack of stickers retails for $9.75. There are other asthma related product available on the Asthma Peeps online store

Visit http://www.asthmapeeps.com/ today and check out all the different designs!

Bella 🙂

Funny Story

I won a copy of “The Mum Who Roared”  by Christie Nicholas in an online competition a while ago, and it finally arrived yesterday. After only a few pages, I was laughing and was able to nod my head in agreement. I highly recommend this book.

A couple of chapters in, I came across something I had to share.

Get a copy! It's a great read!

Funny Story about Motherhood (by anon.)

Your clothes:

1st Baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your ob/gyn confirms your pregnancy.

2nd Baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd Baby: Your maternity clothes are your regular clothes.

 

Preparing for the birth:

1st Baby: You practise your breathing religiously.

2nd Baby: You don’t bother because you remember that last time breathing didn’t do a thing.

3rd Baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

 

The layette:

1st Baby: You pre-wash newborn’s clothes, colour co-ordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

2nd Baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard the one with the darkest stains.

3rd Baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

 

Worries:

1st Baby: At the first sign of distress- a whimper, a frown- you pick up the baby.

2nd Baby: You pick up the baby when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.

3rd Baby: You teach your three-year-old who to rewind the mechanical swing.

 

Dummy:

1st Baby: If the dummy falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash it and boil it.

2nd Baby: When the dummy falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle.

3rd Baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

 

Nappies:

1st Baby: You change your baby’s nappy every hour, whether they need it or not.

2nd Baby: You change your baby’s nappy every two to three hours, if needed.

3rd Baby: You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.

 

Activities:

1st Baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing and Baby Story Hour.

2nd Baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.

3rd Baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

 

Going out:

1st Baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.

2nd Baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

3rd Baby: You leave instruction for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

 

At home:

1st Baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd Baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking or hitting the baby.

3rd Baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

 

Swallowing Coins:

1st Baby: When your first child swallows a coin, you rush to the hospital and demand x-rays.

2nd Child: When the second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.

3rd Child: When the third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his allowance!

 

Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did!

Bella 🙂

 

 

Furless Makeup Brushes & Accessories reveiw

A while ago, when I first started bogging my product reviews, I mentioned that I was going to test Furless supplies.

I was excited about doing this one. What girl doesn’t like testing makeup?? I have always wanted to try mineral makeup too.

 When the products came, I opened the package to find a brush kit, a sharpener, two eyeshadow and a blush.

I love makeup. I really don’t get to wear it very often anymore. Before kids, I used to wear it every day. I didn’t exactly plaster it on, but the bare minimum was eyeshadow, lipstick and eyeliner. There were days when I felt more elaborate and went for concealer and foundation. But again, I didn’t plaster it. I hate that look!

Now, concealer is one of my best friends! The biggest enemy is the dark circles under the eyes. The brush kit has helped me perfect the smokey eyes look. I think it also helps to hide the bags a bit more!

As I opened up the brush kit. I stood and looked at the various size and shaped brushes, and thought “What on earth have I gotten myself in for?? Have I really lost the touch of using makeup to even know what half of these are for?” But that was my whole idea pitch to the business. How would the average, busy,  Australian mum use the products? What are the costs? How long does it last?

So I sucked it up, opened the packaging, and started the application process.

I was very pleasantly surprised when I felt the brush heads. They were so soft!! All I wanted to was brush it up and down my face all day. I think they are even softer than my own hair! I have tried brushes in the past, only to be discarded after a short period. I love the fact that the brushes don’t use as much product as the applicator that come with eyeshadow. They have sponges on the ends, and what does a sponge do best? They soak things up! So not only are the brushes gentle on the skin, it is saving you money on your products!

Now, the two sample eye shadows. One was blue, one was yellow. Definitely not my colours! I usually wear neutral colours like browns, beige, maybe a slight shade of pink. Those colours really compliment my skin colouring and hair colour. But I guess I can wear them if the West Coast Eagles get in to the AFL Grand Final this year (although, in this household, we are Hawthorn Hawks supporters!) But of course, I gave them a go. In all honesty, I don’t find them any different to other eye shadows. It’s probably easier to apply as it is in loose form instead of compacted. I hate it when eyeshadow is compacted so much that you basically have to scratch it out to get any powder (but I guess that is a sign of an inferior product!) You just give the container a little shake so a bit of powder comes up into the platform, which is a great idea…this way you aren’t using too much powder by dunking the whole brush head into the mix.

The blush is very much the same as the eyeshadow. Give the container a little shake, grab your brush and apply. The colour I was given (pictured) isn’t too bad, and I can use it a lot more regularly!

So overall, I am very happy with my experience with Furless Brushes and Accessories. I think they are reasonably priced, and great quality products. You can order from their website (now open to the U.S and Canada) or have  look at their Facebook page, which hold regular competitions and updates their product photos constantly, so don’t forget to “like” them before you head away!

Your money will be well spent here!

Now….I just need to claim the eyeliner pencil sharpener back from my kids craft supplies!

Bella 🙂

**AFTER THOUGHT** I forgot to mention that the brushes are animal cruelty- free, and the mineral makeup is vegan. It’s great knowing that there are cosmetic companies out there that take animal cruelty very seriously. I even have a bit of pride in myself knowing that I am using cruelty-free products!

Honey Bear Bows

Time for another product review…

Last year, a friend announced on our parenting forum that she was launching her own business. She was making headbands and clips for her daughter as a hobby, but after getting a lot of interest, she took it online.

I have been lucky enough to win some of her bows during competitions on her Facebook page. They are so gorgeous, I am guilty of wearing some of them more often than my daughter! There is one in particular that we fight over (pictured)

Her prices are very reasonable and you can view her full range on her website where she has an assortment of colours and designs

They would make a great gift for all those little princesses out there (aren’t the octopus clips, above, absolutely adorable?) But as previously stated, there are designs for those “princesses” who are little girls at heart!

Before I finish, here is one more picture to show that designs aren’t limited to just hair bobbles, but she also makes very crafty clip holders.

There are just too many gorgeous and adorable photos for me to be able to share in this post, and I cant gush enough, so check out her website and/or Facebook page today!!

Bella 🙂