Monday, 28 September 2009

Real nappies v disposable nappies

I am currently using real nappies on my baby (I did the same with my little girl) as I firstly wanted to save money and secondly help our environment.

Here are five reasons why I use real nappies:

1. Real nappies are easy to use: No folding and pinning like my mum had to do (and she had twins!)! They are easy to put on they either come with snaps or velcro for the perfect fit, even dads will have no excuse for not being able to change a nappy. They come in a variety of materials, colours and patterns there is a great choice. (My county council also provides me with some free real nappies to get you started - does yours?)

2. No chemicals. Chemicals used to absorb liquid in disposable nappies are also close to your babies skin. With real nappies, no chemicals. Don’t forget these same chemicals end up in landfills and have an effect on our environment by also ending up in our waters.

3. Real nappies are easy to wash. I use persil on a hot wash and they always come out clean. I also use nappy liners to keep the nappies free from being soiled.

4. Gentle on the skin. The wicking action of real nappies pulls liquids away from your baby’s bottom. Baby’s gentle untouched skin needs to be treated with care, what better way than with cloth nappies.

5. Save thousands of pounds. I know I am paying for liners and electricity to wash the nappies but I think this outways the cost of disposable nappies and they go to landfill and will never decompose!

Lastly, it definitely helps with potty training as my daughter knew when she was wetting herself so she was dry during the day at 20 months! Then at 2 years old she was also dry at night...brilliant!

Just give it a go you will be amazed how easy it is to do.


Friday, 25 September 2009

New Baby and Mum Skincare Gift Sets

I am pleased to announce we are now selling three new skincare gift sets that are ideal for new baby, mum to be or new mum.

All the gift sets contain products that are made from the highest quality ingredients and contain NO parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or colourants. All products are easy to use and safe for you and baby.

Mother to be gift set - Includes Anti stretch mark cream, Rejuvenating Foot and Leg Spray, Soothing Nipple Balm and Luxury Bed Socks

New Mother Gift Set - Includes Anti stretch mark cream, Rejuvenating Facial Spritz, Soothing Nipple Balm and Luxury Bed Socks

Baby Gift Set - Includes Baby Balm, Mother and Baby Oil,Baby soft wash cloth (100% natural cotton - not organic)

I hope you like them as much as we do


Monday, 21 September 2009

Featured in I'm Pregnant Magazine

I am so pleased to inform you that Molliemoo has been featured in the I'm Pregnant Magazine Issue Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 in the Webwise section (page 120).

There is a snap shot of one of our pages from our website with an overview of our business.

Please take a look: Press Section on Molliemoo


Friday, 18 September 2009

Fantastic Customer Feedback

Cathy and I were so surprised and pleased to receive the following feedback from a customer. They sent an email and said the following:

"Thanks for sending the gift with message & thanks for your persistance with sorting it out! Very much appreciated, what a pleasant change to have great customer care...quite rare these days in our global retailing world!
Lots of luck with your lovely family business.. I'm sure you don't need it though.

Thanks again, Kath"

It makes it all worthwhile when you receive a lovely message from a customer and makes you work harder to ensure everyone gets the same great service everytime.


Monday, 14 September 2009

Save the Manatee from Extinction

When Cathy and I were trying to come up with our logo it was natural for us to choose animals and by mixing a manatee form with cow attributes we came up with our Molliemoo logo (which we think is very cute!).

For this reason, I want to highlight the Manatee's plight as they are close to extinction. Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal and their decline is largly down to human activity.

Since record-keeping began in 1974, more than 41% of manatee deaths where caused by humans and almost 34% were due to watercraft collisions (the largest known cause of manatee deaths).

They are beautiful grey aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two forelimbs, called flippers, with three to four nails on each flipper. Their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout.

My daughter saw a picture of them and told me it was an Elephant (which made me smile) but she was not far wrong as Elephants are a close relative to the Manatee.

Please take a look at the following website which tells you all about their plight and how money is being raised to save them.

Website: Savethemanateeclub

My understanding is that with increased awareness, education, regulations, and enforcement, manatee deaths caused by humans could be substantially reduced and this would lead to the eventual recovery of the Manatees.

I think they are beautiful animals and should be saved from Extinction


Friday, 11 September 2009

Organic Fortnight 5-20 September

I want to highlight the Organic Fortnight which takes place from 5-20 September.

This is a national campaign sponsored by the Soil Association and celebrates everything organic. The aim is to increase awareness on why organic is important for our health, animal welfare and the environment. Organic Fortnight runs from the 5th – 20th September.

An organic festival is being held this weekend (September 12-13) at Bristol's scenic Harbourside. It is Europe's largest showcase of the organic community, with hundreds of organic products, cooking demonstrations with Raymond Blanc and other top chefs, childrens taste workshops and a lively Street Food Bazaar and Organic Bar.

If you live close to Bristol I would certainly recommend you go and take a look.

To find out how you can get involved and for more information, visit the Soil Association today.


Thursday, 10 September 2009

Why not run 5km for Tree-Athlon 2009

I started running again on Sunday, 8 weeks after the birth of my son. I did a lot of run/walking which was a bit frustrating as I was quite fit before I became pregnant! :) It shall take a few months to get me back to the standard I was at but I do enjoy getting out in the fresh air and doing some exercise.

If I was fit enough I would have liked to have taken part in the Tree-Athlon 2009 which is a 5km run taking part in London (19 Sept), Leeds (27 Sept) and Manchester (4 Oct).


The London race is raising money to:

Create more outdoor classrooms in schools around the capital so that children can learn about and enjoy their local environments.
Plant thousands more street trees at sites all over the capital for residents to enjoy.
Improve London's woodlands for people and wildlife alike.

Please take a look at the website and if you are interested in participating there are still spaces for all races.


Monday, 7 September 2009

Looking for a child friendly family holiday?

I have spent the weekend looking for a child friendly venue for my fathers 60th birthday next year and have found a great website to share with you.

The website is Awaywiththekids

This website offers hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and unusual venues ie castles etc throughout the UK with children in mind.

I have found a great cottage in Norfolk that can sleep upto 12 people and has all children amenities from High chairs, cots, stair gates, games, dvds and childrens books.

I am putting this cottage to my family and I hope you like this website too