Some of it has been sent to me, but some of it I discovered myself (because I'm clever like that). ;)
MAXWELL & WILLIAMS MUG
The first item I found myself, and I LOVE that by purchasing it, I'm also helping to raise money for breast cancer research.
I love drinking tea from fine bone china. It just tastes all the better (she says as she lifts her pinky finger and sips her tea).
To be honest though, when I first thought of fine bone china, I instantly thought of expensive Royal Doulton tea cups, and figured I wouldn't be purchasing such cups for myself in the near future. However, it doesn't have to be expensive. The finer the china the better, but I found some mugs that I LOVE to drink out of, as does Hubby and my friend, Jen. (I bought her one too.)
|I bought Hubby the blue mug at the back on the right at Christmas. |
Cos' he kept stealing mine!
Maxwell & Williams are committed to donating over $100,000 per annum to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and if you purchase one of their pink ribbon mugs, you're ensuring this happens.
I used to have this one before the 4yo knocked it off the arm rest of the couch:
So then I bought myself this one:
I bought Jen the same mug, just in green. I noticed the other day there are even more designs on offer. Yippee! The mugs retail for RRP $9.95 each. I bought mine from my local House store. But you can also buy one directly from Maxwell & Williams HERE. There are a bunch of gorgeous designs.
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VENTURE VIEW - WATER VEHICLES
The next product was sent to me by TOYGURU.COM.AU - an online toy store in Australia.
The 9yr old LOVED constructing with this. He literally went off to his room, laid out all the pieces he needed and then put together the vehicle you see on the front of the box above. However - there are a further 12 pieces you can build - and it comes with a 40 page manual!
Having said that, the 9yr old has just enjoyed using his imagination with the set and building his own 'inventions'. RRP $79.95. Keeping it away from his brothers has been rather challenging. ;)
Order the Venture View - Water Vehicles online.
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JOYFUL CREATIONS - ONLINE STORE
Because I grew up with a very handy mother who liked to sew, I love homemade stuff. Can't do it myself, because I'm about as handy with a sewing needle and thread as I am with a flute and a cobra (ouch)...hence, I like to leave it up to those who have the talent. I shall just stand back and admire!
Now, the very lovely Christie, whom I 'met' through the blogging world has opened her own Made It store called Joyful Creations. You should see her stuff. GORGEOUS! Bags, dresses, hats and the cutest baby boots you've ever seen. She also has a blog by the same name. You can keep up with her latest projects there.
(BTW - it is her talented sister from Flufflepot who designed my blog banner! What a clever family.)
VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR products from The World of Eric Carle
Occasionally I receive emails about products and I saw these and just had to tell you about them. Check out the Very Hungry Caterpillar products you can now buy!
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Backpack from the World of Eric Carle RRP $26.95|
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Dome Umbrella from the World of Eric Carle RRP $24.95|
(This is my favourite!)
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Jack in the Box from the World of Eric Carle RRP $39.95|
Stockist info: 1300 881 940 or visit www.jasnor.com.au
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ALWAYS JACK - Susanne Gervay, Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox
A little while back now, Susanne - the author of Always Jack - was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, Always Jack (at my request - thanks Susanne!) about a boy who deals with the diagnosis of his mother's breast cancer.
Susanne is a multiple breast cancer survivor herself, so knows only too well how children can be affected themselves by such a diagnosis, as her own children were six and nine years old, and then teenagers when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Jack and his family deal with the diagnosis, treatment and aftermath of his mother's cancer. Conversations between family members help to explain what Jack's mum is going through, and this would obviously be beneficial for kids whose own parent or family member may be going through something similar - or for kids who know a friend whose parent is unwell.
However, even though the topic is obviously a heavy one, the book is peppered with humour and fun. The book even has a great recipe for Banana Cake in it! (Jack's notes next to the ingredients are so funny.)
The best bit? A percentage of royalties from the sale of Always Jack will be donated to the Cancer Council of NSW and the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre.
Always Jack - RRP $14.99
Purchase from Booktopia HERE.
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GILLETTE PRODUCTS - GIVEAWAY 1!
Hubby got sent this fun pack from Gillette:
The products include:
Gillette Series Thermal Face Scrub RRP $12.99
Gillette Series Intense Cooling Balm RRP $11.99
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power RRP $16.99
Gillette Fusion HydraGel Pure & Sensitive RRP $6.99
Hubby really liked the shaving gel, scrub and balm. The ProGlide Power razor is battery operated and has a MicroComb (5 blades, from memory). Hubby thought it worked well, although he thinks the battery operation probably isn't necessary. He couldn't see the added value in it.
But maybe you have a special guy in your life (partner, husband, father, friend) that you think might like to try it for themselves? I have two of the above packs valued at nearly $50 to give away!
HOW TO ENTER*: Just leave a comment below with Giveaway 1 somewhere in your comment. Make sure I can get you via an email address or on Twitter to let you know you've won. Giveaway will end Wednesday 27 July @ 6pm Aus EST. The winners will be announced up on my noticeboard the following day. Good luck!
365 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY by KYLIE OFIU - GIVEAWAY 2!
Towards the end of 2009, Kylie - a mother of two young girls - started a blog called Aspiring Millionaire. Her husband was working long hours, and she wanted to find a way to make some extra cash. Kylie sat down and listed 1001 ways to make money, which became the basis of her blog.
Not long after she started it, she was contacted by a publisher who asked if she'd like to turn those ideas in to a book. Hence, 365 Ways to Make Money was born! (How cool is that?)
Kylie was kind enough to send me a copy of her book. The book is fabulous. The ideas are listed under different sections ('themes' if you like) (eg making money from home etc), so you can head straight to a section that interests you. (Although, I loved going through the whole book - it was interesting to see all the ways you can make money)! It also notes if the idea will cost you an initial outlay, or cost you nothing; whether the jobs are something suitable for your kids to do (my 9yo was completely taken with that!). Reading through Kylie's book, I was amazed at how many ways you could make money just from home, so it's particularly relevant for - although definitely not exclusive to - the stay-at-home-parent.
If you think you'd like to make some cash on the side, I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Kylie's book. You can order a signed copy directly from www.kylieofiu.com. HERE for $20 (which includes postage if you're in Australia). The retail price is RRP $19.95, so great value if you make some cash after buying it!
One lucky reader though won't have to buy one, because I have a signed copy of Kylie's book to GIVEAWAY!
HOW TO ENTER*: Just leave a comment below with Giveaway 2 somewhere in your comment. Make sure I can get you via an email address or on Twitter to let you know you've won. Giveaway will end Wednesday 27 July @ 6pm Aus EST. The winner will be announced up on my noticeboard the following day. Good luck!
* You are very welcome to enter BOTH giveaways if you wish! Both giveaways are open to all Australian residents.