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Mum Cool: How About We?

CoupleThe idea of ‘dates’ is something that is more of an American concept – as New Zealanders we don’t have a long history of a ‘dating culture’.  Maybe that is why we have taken longer to come around to the idea of dating websites.

I do think however that the couples (and for all you singles out there the singles one is just as good) version of this website “How about we…” could really work in New Zealand. The website emails different ideas of good local dates to you every day.  You book the ones you like for you and your partner and (because you are a member) you get up to 75% off (which is awesome when you need to factor in funds for a babysitter).

Imagine – dinner at your favourite restaurant, a return trip to a favourite spot from your younger days, a rugby game, a wine tour even a foodie class. Good for the soul and good for your relationship there is nothing wrong with taking a break from the kids once in a while – even if it means you sit and talk about the kids….and what they are doing without you.

I love the idea, I love the fact you can suggest your own local dates (fish and chips on the beach at Raglan anyone?) and I think that a NZ based service like this could go off like a frog in a sock. Now all we need is for the lovely people at How About We? to go global or some genius Mum to get a similar business up and running.

Words for Mums: Weird is Rad

Weird is Rad

Words for Mums: All over My Face.

Make Me Smile

A Mum Did This: Jess

A Mum Did This: JessDescribe your business in a sentence. Weepals have all of your toilet training and aiming needs in one place.

How did it all begin? We were talking to our friends and saying we wanted a small business for us, they have Weepals at the time. They were keen to move on from Weepals so it was a great chance for us to take on another business that meant that I could stay at home with our little girl.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks? That I can design and make a product!! This has been one of the hardest things I have done and worked through. From the design stage right through to supervising the product of it. It is amazing to see all the hard work coming together.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a Home Economics teacher growing up or a chef in the Airforce. I went on to become a chef and travel with my job around New Zealand, South Pacific and onto Australia, I have cooked for movie stars and directors.

What’s your best skill outside of clever and quirky potty training incentives for kids? I love to cook (I was a chef for 10 years!). 

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday? If I am not at a market, I love to go out to the boats with my Husband and daughter to go for a walk, fly the kite and have an ice cream. Continue reading →

Win a Weemat from Weepals

Weepals - WeematOh the joys of toilet training.  If it’s not the continual stream (pardon the pun) of wet or worse clothes, then it’s constantly scrubbing accidents out of ANY items that your little one might relieve themselves upon accidentally.

Thank goodness for Weepals.  Weepals have just released their latest innovation – Weemats.

Weemats are a toilet training mat, they are ideal for car seats, prams, on lounge suites and chairs to prevent the seat becoming wet from toilet training accidents. The soft mat can also be used as a change mat. Weemats are machine washable, super absorbent with a waterproof  anti slip backing and they come with a wet bag.

They are available in three colours and are easy to use.

If you would like to go into the draw to win a wonderful Weemat from Weepals, then all you need to do is the following:

  • ‘ like’ Weepals on Facebook.
  • Leave a comment below sharing your best toilet training tip.
  • (Please note to be eligible to win you must ‘like’ Mums on Top on Facebook or be a member of the Mums on Top Community.

Entries close 5pm Monday the 23rd of September.

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.

 

A Mum Did This: A Mum HAS to have Done This…

We love seeing companies realise the ‘power of the Mum’. Understanding just how influential Mum are in how the family dollar is spent and then actually speaking to that audience deserves respect. We’re not sure if this Honda Odyssey is available in New Zealand but we LOVE the awesomeness of this ad.

First of all can we just say – vacuum cleaner inside the car – genius – a Mum had to be involved in that little design feature.

Second – check out this gorgeous ad…

Whoever chose the curly fry, the bubble mixture wand and the gummy bear with one ear as the main characters is pure genius.  Dear ad person – you have truly spoken to mums everywhere (and clearly you’ve been in our cars as well).

 

Win: A Constructive Eating Set with Squoodles

fairy garden set with platesNow you can actually tell your children to play with their food with a Constructive Eating Set from Squoodles.

What a fun time your little one is going to have pushing around peas, stabbing sausages and spooning in pudding – mealtimes suddenly become fun-times. I wish these fabulous sets had been around when I was a kid.

The two themes of Constructive Eating are Garden Fairy and Construction:

  • The Garden Fairy Constructive Eating Set includes: the garden hoe pusher, the garden rake fork and the garden shovel spoon, a placemat and a plate.
  • The Construction Eating Set includes: the fork lift fork, the front loader spoon, and the bull dozer pusher, a placemat and a plate.

construction set with plate

If you would like to go into the draw to win one of these genius Constructive Eating Sets then all you need to do is the following:

  • ‘ like’ Squoodles on Facebook
  • Leave a comment below sharing your funniest story involving food.  This can be either a memory from your own childhood or an experience with your own children.  I can’t decide which was funnier – my son trying lemon or wasabi for the first time.
  • (Please note to be eligible to win you must ‘like’ Mums on Top on facebook or be a member of the Mums on Top Community)

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.

A Mum Did This: Tracy

A Mum Did This: TracyDescribe your business in a sentence.  A fun place to find that educational toy and gift that is a little bit different for the child in your life (and their friends too!).

How did it all begin?  With my 3yo in kindy, and my 1yo sleeping all afternoon, I wanted something to do for ‘me’ – that involved using my brain and having contact with other adults.  With my strong background in sales and marketing, and a passion for all things kids, Squoodles was created on a sunny February afternoon over a glass of wine.  We launched 1st May 2013 and haven’t looked back!  I love my job!

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  You can never provide too much customer service.  All people want is communication and to know that they are special and not just a number.  We don’t take our Squoodle bugs for granted! Continue reading →

Words for Mums: How to Have a Beach Body

How to Have a Beach Body

A Mum Did This: Dani

A Mum Did This - DaniDescribe your business in a sentence. My other baby. Either that or modern and fresh prints to brighten both your home and your life.

How did it all begin? I had been creating prints for my son’s bedroom after I went on maternity leave as I envisioned having a frame wall, but I was so picky about the prints I wanted for it. People kept telling me I should start selling my work as they were really impressed by it, especially my sister-in-law! I couldn’t really afford to start things up, so the idea got put on the backburner for a while, but once I was back at work when my son was 8 weeks old, I realised I really didn’t want to miss out on any time with him, so I started seriously considering it again. I went out one day and found a $20 note on the ground, so I went and bought some paper and cardstock to print on, came home, designed a load of new prints to kick start things, and up sprouted Viva la Vector!

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks? Simultaneously the worst thing: never bank on your child to have their nap at the same time as usual when you have a lot of work to get done!

What did you want to be when you grew up? I think initially it was something really generic like a hairdresser or a singer or a ballerina. As I grew older I realised I definitely wanted to do something artistic!

What’s your best skill outside of designing affordable made-to-order printsA tie between drawing my eyebrows on perfectly every day and being able to spot avocado in food from a mile away. Hate the stuff! Continue reading →

Win this beautiful framed print from Viva la Vector

Viva la VectorEat, sleep, play, bounce, laugh, snuggle, bath, snuggle, brush, tickle, tickle, tickle, story time, kiss, cuddle, tuck, dream – what a wonderful list of words to live by – be you young or old.

If you would like to go into the draw to win this delightful framed print from Viva la Vector (in any colour of your choice) then all you need to do is the following:

  • ‘ like’ Viva la Vector on Facebook
  • Leave a comment below listing seventeen words you would like to live by (mine would be sleep x 17) but don’t cheat like me – we’re looking for some truly magical lists
  • (Please note to be eligible to win you must ‘like’ Mums on Top on facebook or be a member of the Mums on Top Community)

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.

 

A Mum Did This: Vicki

A Mum Did This: VickiDescribe your business in a sentence.  I set up Parents Online New Zealand to provide a brand meet blog community for Kiwi Mums and Dads in early 2013. We have already held our very first blogger training workshop in Auckland in early August and it was very successful with rave reviews from the attendees. I train small business owners on how to reach their audience and grow their business by using a brilliant content strategy. 

How did it all begin?  I started blogging in 2010 when I was restricted from working by the UK Border Agency, to keep from going nutso. I was mainly successful and Vegemitevix quickly grew from there. When I returned to NZ in December I was busting with ideas and info I wanted to share with other Kiwi blogging Mums so I established Parents Online New Zealand and our now famous BlogCamps.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks?  The value and beauty of silver linings should not  be underestimated.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  A nun, a mum, a foreign correspondent, a writer, a grown up. In that order. (I still would like to be a grown up….)

What’s your best skill outside of creating and sustaining an entertaining blog as well as providing support for the digitally dumb-struck? I can literally feed the many with a few fish, or a block of cheese a can of tomatoes and some pasta.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?  Coffee. Sleep. Hanging out with the teenagers and my Englishman.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?   The Flying Brazilian. The story here.

How do you jiggle the juggle?  I’ve been jiggling since 1993 when I fell pregnant with my first child and first business simultaneously. Accepting you will always be letting someone down – either family or clients – at any one time is essential.

What do the futures of Digital Discussions and Vegemitevix hold?  I have my memoir, entitled From Pavlova to Pork Pies, almost ready to publish and have some exciting speaking gigs coming up later this year.

How do we find you?  You can find me blogging or herding cats at http://www.parentsonlinenewzealand.com or being the consummate professional at http://www.digital-discussions.com

If you would like to enter to win a ticket to the Wellington or Auckland BlogCamp then click here.

 

 

 

Win a ticket to the Wellington or Auckland BlogCamps

Parents Online New ZealandCalling all bloggers or wannabe bloggers!

This might just be the perfect opportunity for you.  We are lucky enough to be able to offer you the chance to win one ticket to the Wellington BlogCamp which will be held this Saturday 31st August 2013 and one ticket to the Auckland BlogCamp which will be held on Saturday 7th September.

If you are keen to brush up on your blogging skills then all you need to do is the following:

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.

Win with Lunchbox Labels

Lunchbox-Label-Final-LogoAre you tired of your kid’s lunchbox labels peeling off after the first wash or having to re-write their names on their boxes and bottles with vivid at least once a week?

We have the solution for you – Lunchbox Labels create unique, personalised labels for your belongings without restricting you to selected pictures or themes. You tell them what you want and they will do their best to make it happen.

To be in to win either a personalised lunchbox label or a personalised wipes container all you need to do is:

  • ‘ like’ Lunchbox Labels on Facebook
  • Leave a comment below and tell us what your earliest lunchbox memory is.  A couple of ours include a favourite fluro-pink Wombles number or the not so fond memory of being hit in the head with the boring old plain brown lunchbox on the first day of school and getting a black eye – see if you can top those!
  • (Please note to be eligible to win you must ‘like’ Mums on Top on facebook or be a member of the Mums on Top Community

 

This competition is now closed.  Thanks for taking the time to enter.

A Mum Did This: Samantha

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 2.06.29 PMDescribe your business in a sentence. Lunchbox Labels creates unique, personalised labels for your belongings without restricting you to selected pictures or themes.
 
How did it all begin? It all began as a hobby, a creative outlet, that others saw and wanted too!
What’s the best thing you’ve learned in the last couple of weeks? There is always a positive side to everything :-)  
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Hmmmm…I can’t remember that far back!! 
What’s your best skill outside of designing cool lunchbox labels? Bargain shopping! And distracting my kids from the lollies at the checkout!!
What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday? Chill out in my PJs until I am ready to get dressed.
What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over? There are a few in my early teens…but I would rather not say!!!
How do you jiggle the juggle? I have 2 days a week when my preschooler and toddler are in childcare and my big boy is at school…so try and plan my work for those days…I also do some evening work and hubby is very supportive…however I could probably jiggle the juggle a bit better.
What does the future of Lunchbox Labels hold? Towards the end of this year/beginning of next year I am planning on investing more time/money into promoting and expanding the business. There are plenty more avenues to explore…
 
How do we find you? You can find me on the web  and on facebook.
If you would like to win your little one either a lunchbox label or a personalised wipes container then click here.