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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 🙂



Gratitude Jar

Howdy readers,
I hope you are all travelling along okay today, and not too sore from last night’s celebrations! It was a quiet and early night for us. A power outage at midnight for four hours made for a very uncomfortable night, as our usually cool-climate town is in a bit of a heatwave at the moment. My body just isn’t used to 30+ degree weather!! So no power= no fans = no sleep!!

Anyway, I digress!

I was lazily browsing Facebook this afternoon and came across a nifty idea that I want to use in my house for 2013.

It’s called a “Gratitude Jar”

gratitude jar

Every time something good happens throughout the year, or something that you are thankful for, you write it on a piece of paper, with the date,  and slip it into a jar. On the next New Years Eve, you open the jar and read the contents. (You could also use the same idea for a “Gratitude diary”, but I am less likely to keep up with that!)
I think it is such a sweet idea and will always make for a very happy night to remember all these good things from the past 12 months.

With everything that goes on with my family, (work, appointments, relationships….health!) I think this is a great way for us to start 2013.
Consider this as one of my new year resolutions…the ability to find something good in every day!

If you have done one of these before, have you enjoyed the experience? Any tips for our newbies?

Happy New Year everyone!
Bella 🙂

The Green-Eyed Monster

Green with Envy

EVERY special needs parent will go through this stage at some point.

A conversation that regularly pops up between by CF parenting friends, or development delay parent friends, parents of autism (ok, you get my drift here..)  is that we occasionally get jealous of other friends and acquaintances who have happy, healthy, “normal” (as normal as normal gets!) children.

The worst place for experiencing this is Facebook. You see all these pictures of happy smiling kids, and read statuses about the milestones other people’s children are reaching that your own haven’t reached yet (or reached at a much later age) and you think “Why cant that be us? Just for once!”

Facebook: great for socialising…and bring out the worst in everyone!

It generally doesn’t last long, and we hold no resentment to the individual person, but there is a bit of resentment at life itself.

It quite often crossed my mind of “Why cant I be one of these mum’s that can sit back and watch their children grow up?”Instead, I am pushing, pulling and dragging my kids uphill through life with weights on my feet, dragging me back to square one at every opportunity.

I recently went through a dark stage where I actually had to deactivate my Facebook account because it was bringing me down to see all these smiling, happy families. (Not saying that we aren’t a happy family, of course, but we have certainly had a rough patch lately…anyhoo, that’s another story!)

After a few days I realised that I had only isolated myself from certain groups of people who actually care and want to support me, and Facebook is my main source of communication for these gorgeous people. Those few days were all I needed to be able to get my head together, and was back in the thick of again.

Don’t sit there, reading this, and think “What a whinger!!” When you have gone through hours of  therapy appointments for your children, constantly been at a hospital bedside, have been constantly physically abused by your children (just because you said “No” or change their usual routine) or dealt with 4 kids of different ages, all in nappies at the same time, or have developed reflexes that rival Spiderman to prevent your kids from running away in public places, or had a string of medical professionals say “We don’t know what is wrong with your child and we are giving up!”…..you will feel entitled to “whinge” every now and then!

Which brings me to my next point, and a lot of special needs parents agree with this too, but we hate parents who really do “whinge” over how hard parenting is…..seriously??? You are going to whine about your healthy, developing normal child…..to ME?? Don’t tell me how hard it is until you have spent a week….no…a DAY….in my household!

Then you can tell me how hard parenting is.

Feel free to share your opinions or experiences on my topic tonight, but this is an aspect of special needs parenting that I have been wanting to share for a while. It’s an aspect so many of us experience but feel it’s taboo to talk about. But I want people to know….it’s normal!!

Bella 🙂



Loving Hearts for Micah

Recently, a very good friend of mine shared some devastating news. Her three-year old nephew, Micah, was diagnosed with a rare and incredibly aggressive type of cancer.

To quote my friend about his updates“At this stage we don’t think it is in his bones or his head however the cancer has wrapped itself around the major blood vessels that supply blood to the lower half of his body. The cancer has also grown in and around his organs to such a degree that it is very difficult to get to. The only chance of operating is if the tumor shrinks to a manageable size. Given that this happens, the surgeons would have to be able to extract every cell of cancer from every single part of the body that it has spread to”

This is a very grim and emotion situation, so when I was told about a fundraising bid to raise money towards a top of the line Dyson vacuum valued at cost price of $700 ( in order to keep their house immaculate for his fragile immune system during high level chemotherapy/) and I felt compelled to spread the word as much as I can!

Micah’s family are holding an auction Wednesday 5th October, 2011, till Wednesday 12th October, 2011. You can find all the goodies donated to the auction on the Facebook page that has been set up.

If you are a wholesaler/retailer who can find it in their hearts to donate towards this worthy cause, please contact them at auctionformicah@gmail.com I can’t urge you enough to donate!

Alternatively, you can donate cash via www.paypal.com to auctionformicah@gmail.com.

Please support this little man. He needs as many positive and healing vibes as possible!

Good luck to the family!!

Much love,

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!

Blooms so sweet

Here we have another local business, and I have actually received a sample from here! I won a competition on her Facebook page and was given a lovely chocolate bouquet…which, in this house,  lasted about 20 minutes!

This lovely lady and I met through an online parenting forum a few years back. We were both living in the same town, and had child around the same age (though we have both gone on to have more!)

Not long ago, she started turning her hobby, making beautiful chocolate bouquets, into a business.

Since then, her hobby has grown from strength to strength.

She makes unique gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, and they are a great idea for the upcoming Easter! Chocolate bouquets are a great gift idea for those who have everything and a box of chocolate just isn’t enough.

She can personalise the bouquets too! If you want one for a teacher, or sporting coach…maybe your recipient likes butterflies? She can try to accommodate!

Contact bloomssosweet@y7mail.com today, or head over to her Facebook page, have a look around, and don’t forget to press “like” before you leave!

I’m on Facebook!

Well, technically, I have always been on Facebook…I do have my personal page after all.

But after a little persuasion from friends, I have started a Facebook page for my blog.

So come like the page to get updates about the blog, and talk with others about the posts. I will even do the occasional competition!

At the moment, I will do a giveaway when we reach 50 likers

Bella 🙂