Mamasphere http://mamasphere.com.au Where do you fit in? Join us! Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:45:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.20 This was NEVER my plan…… http://mamasphere.com.au/feature/this-was-never-my-plan http://mamasphere.com.au/feature/this-was-never-my-plan#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:42:34 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1594 This was never my plan.

You see I run a successful music education business.  I specialise in teaching very young children, and I specialise in teaching voice.  I AM Little Stars Music, and I’m great at it.  At University I did Biomedical Science and I got honours.  I also have a Diploma of Politics.

In one week, I’ll be closing my music school in order to spend more time with my kiddos.  I have options.

This was never my plan.

Over the summer holidays I found myself twiddling my thumbs.  ooohhhhh 20 seconds spare.  I should do something.  I need a project.  What could it be…….

THIS was NEVER my plan. I just don’t go in for these things.

So I’ve seen it all play out via a friend.  It’s fun, engaging, brings people together and makes people feel great about themselves.  It’s a hobby, an income, a social outlet.

BUT IT WAS NEVER MY PLAN.

And then another friend started raising funds for a kindergarten in Kenya she was helping set up.  And I realised I could help.

So it became a thing.

Turns out I raised $150 for Naomi White’s Kenya Project and realised I like helping, I like working with people, and I like doing it while the kids are asleep.  It fits around my life, my profession, my goal to be at home with the kids as much as possible.  It’s good.

So Jamberry happened.

At worst I get my Jamberry wraps at a 30% discount, I meet people, I make them laugh, they meet people, we party and all is well.  That’s the worst case.  But that’s not what’s happening here.  There’s much more going on behind these little vinyl nail wraps.  I’m building a community, I’m mentoring others and helping them hit their personal goals.  We’re making women feel good about themselves, we’re spending a couple hours focussed JUST on ourselves.  We’re drinking tea, sometimes champagne and we’re laughing.  It’s cathartic.  It’s time out, it’s actually really healthy.  And I love it.

Jamberry is happening.  And it’s really fun.  In fact, my 2016 would have been catastrophic without the team I’ve built.

If you’re looking for fun, or new friends, pocket money or an income.  Mamasphere has you sorted.  We have a team.  We’re rocking it and you can too.  What’s the worst that can happen??? Shoot  us an email to info@mamasphere.com.au and we’ll get you sorted and on the path to nail happiness.

The starter kit is crazy good value.  R.R.P $AUD143/$NZD159 /$US99/$CAD119/£GBP99

do the math

COMPLETE KIT CONTENTS INCLUDE:

  • 20 Catalogues
  • Startup Guide
  • Jamberry Brand Book
  • 25 Host/Join Brochures
  • 25 Order Forms
  • Application/Removal Tear-Away Pad (100 pg.)
  • Contact Us Tear-Away Pad (100 pg.)
  • Mini-Heater
  • Rubber Cuticle Pusher
  • 50 Orange Sticks
  • 6 Nail Files
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • 3 Buffers
  • 3 Sets of Scissors
  • 1 Cuticle Oil Pen
  • 2 Nourish Hand Crème Sample Packets
  • 50 Sample Cards
  • 2 Full-Sized Sheets of Exclusive Jamberry Nail Wraps
  • 4 Mega Sheets of Accent Nails in Matte, Glossy, Metallic, and Sparkle Finishes
  • 3 Months of Use on Your Personal Website
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Run faster. MUCH faster. http://mamasphere.com.au/general/run-faster-much-faster http://mamasphere.com.au/general/run-faster-much-faster#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:24:20 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1580 I haven’t owned running sneakers in a while. I don’t like running. I walk places. And then I got my legs into a pair of runfaster capris (go bookmark www.runfastergear.com.au NOW) and holy moly, I needed shoes that could keep up.

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These leggings are like rainbow 4-way-stretch magic. You pull them on and THEY STAY PULLED UP.

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The double waistband does this lovely supportive thing that makes me look like the babysitter instead of the mum.

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The baby belly just zips back where it belongs and I am HELD IN. Magic. Life changing. Like I said, I HAD to go buy shoes to keep up with my pants. These are unicorn leggings that smooth out the wobbly bits and calm down the jiggly bits.

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They know all the right ways to embrace and they come in all different lengths and a ton of prints. I’m planning my next three purchases and then I’ll feel like I have one element of this “capsule wardrobe” thing nailed firmly to my posterior. Oh look, my black beauties even do the splits…

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Whether your thing is yoga, Pilates, sprints, sports or just looking sporty (‘fess up, we’ve all gone to the supermarket in “Active Wear!” like that makes it legitimate exercise), these will support you, love you, and have you loving yourself in no time. They wash beautifully, keep their shape perfectly, and keep on keeping on – even chasing kids!

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You will actually want to run faster in these glorious pieces of stretchy heaven. If you don’t happen to win some (yes! Truly!), just buy some. We even have a discount code for you ;)

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Actually, buy some now and consider your win a bonus pair. Come and thank us later ;)

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Donation cups http://mamasphere.com.au/general/donation-cups http://mamasphere.com.au/general/donation-cups#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 14:26:12 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1574 Mamasphere has teamed up with Australian charitable endeavor Sanitary for Sisters, working on supplying monthly solutions to women living on the streets, in shelters, and needing a little extra care to help them get through day to day. Disposal of female hygiene products can be a major issue for women living in stressed circumstances, as is the ongoing expense of dealing with menstruation (if you don’t believe me, tally up what you use every month and then go and buy a year’s supply. It’s not cheap.)

To help Sanitary for Sisters offer a range of solutions to women in need, we’d like to subsidize our menstrual cups; for $13.50 (that’s the cost of a few takeaway coffees!) YOU can supply a sister with a medical-grade silicon menstrual cup (with a lifespan of up to ten years).

The cup you purchase will go directly to Sanitary for Sisters. They will then distribute cups along with the pads/tampons/sponges/liners collected at their dropoff points. in short: save a sister some stress: buy her a cup!

 

1 x “donation cup” $13.50

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The quick road to peace. http://mamasphere.com.au/general/the-quick-road-to-peace http://mamasphere.com.au/general/the-quick-road-to-peace#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:50:30 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1564 I get frustrated easily. Repeating myself, negotiating, cajoling… These are the things that jam my buttons and send me into FURY MOTHER ON RAMPAGE. Knowing this, I’ve been trying to avert it and clear the triggers.

Stuff. 

Stuff stuffs me up. It steals time, patience, energy and joy from my day. So we cut down. I pared back the “stuff” on offer so Small isn’t overwhelmed by choice and I’m not overwhelmed by wading through crap that’s been chucked aside after five minutes. And then I realized that my wardrobe was the same disaster, just in a much smaller area. My makeup? Same godawful chaos, and every single day this costs me time I don’t have. Enter the life changing magic of tidying up. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but essentially the part that saved me was this: 

  • Pick the thing up.
  • Study it.
  • Does it spark joy? (Not a memory of joy, or a this might be useful in the future!, but actual YES! I LOVE THIS THING!)
  • If yes, make a home for it. 
  • If no, thank it and dispose of it. 

That’s the basic tenet. There is much more useful advice, especially to help you make order and sense of what you DO have or want to keep, but at its heart this helped me cut the crap. Recognize my attachments to “stuff” AND get to an existence that spends less time moving things I don’t particularly want, need or use from point A to B to C while placating my child with “I’ll just be a second!” and feeling guilty that I STILL haven’t knitted that blanket/altered that dress/sorted those toys. Suddenly, leaving the house is faster just because the things we NEED to facilitate that are all ordered, accessible and THERE, not hiding among three other pairs of small boots that don’t quite fit, or smushed between two sweaters I haven’t worn since uni.

I can just…

Let go. 

Now, if there’s a secret to mastering the million pieces of lego…

If you want to read the book, I highly recommend the kindle version; it’ll be one less piece of stuff to organise! 

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Baimeni skincare  http://mamasphere.com.au/general/baimeni-skincare http://mamasphere.com.au/general/baimeni-skincare#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:31:00 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1555 I hate my skin.

No, really. Freckles, dry bits, oily bits, flaky bits, monthly breakouts… And hitting thirty didn’t help. I think every few months  since age fifteen or so I’ve bought a new cleanser, a new toner, a new SYSTEM that promises to “balance and renew”… And then when it fails dismally (yet again) I’ve just bought the next shiny thing.

I recently surrendered to my crunchy flirtation with coconut oil and accepted that I would never use the hundred half-empty tubes in my bathroom cabinet. I filled a garbage bag and once again can find other necessities (like deodorant and mascara) without being buried in an avalanche of crusty bottles and miracle potions.

So, I merrily scrubbed with coconut oil and salt, cleansed, a little more oil for good measure, and all was ok. Until the dry weather hit. Zero humidity + breastfeeding = desert skin. And then I got a Baimeni sample. It promised to lock the moisture IN. Ok. Whatever.

Holy hydration, Baimeni. I didn’t change a thing about my “skincare regime” (HA!) except slap some serum on before bed. Premenstrual acne still came, but it went a LOT faster. I certainly haven’t had any more sleep, but I don’t have large sunken valleys below my eyes. Even my frowny line (you know, the vertical humdinger right between the eyebrows?) is easing off. Why? Simply put, this stuff helps to seal the moisture in. Brilliant in a harsh climate, awesome in airconditioned environments, and generally just a bit of help for faces that are feeling the strain. I like that I’m paying for a product, not fancy packaging or glossy marketing, but stuff that does what it says it will.

Get your Baimeni Eye & Face Serum with hyaluronic acid 15ml

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Save us from all the… Teeth.  http://mamasphere.com.au/general/natural-teething-relief-amber-necklaces http://mamasphere.com.au/general/natural-teething-relief-amber-necklaces#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:13:58 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1546 Your sweet babe is teething and you’d like to take the edge off, naturally. No, no, I don’t mean wine for you, I’m thinking more along the lines of an Amber teething necklaces for THEM.

Amber necklaces have been around for centuries and are believed to salve teething pain, combat inflammation and are even though to be helpful for soothing red inflamed cheeks and gums. Proponents also believe that Baltic amber necklaces may relieve eczema, accelerate wound healing and even prevent ear and throat inflammation, amongst many other ailments.

How does it work?

Amber beads contain a compound called Succinic acid. The theory is that when the beads are worn against the skin they become warm and release a minute amount of oil containing Succinic acid, and it is the suggested analgesic properties of Succinic acid that may help relieve teething pain.

Safety considerations

  • always supervise the infant when wearing the necklace or bracelet
  • remove the necklace or bracelet when the infant is unattended, even if it is only for a short period of time
  • remove the necklace or bracelet while the infant sleeps at day or night not allow the infant to mouth or chew the necklace or bracelet
  • seek medical advice if you have concerns about your child’s health and well-being.

Click below to purchase your own necklace in lemon or multi-coloured. Shipping is free!!

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Please get fresh with me http://mamasphere.com.au/general/please-get-fresh http://mamasphere.com.au/general/please-get-fresh#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:51:19 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1531 The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) has taken one of the largest Supermarket chains in Australia to court over claims that it misled consumers about the freshness of it’s bread.

You see, Coles Supermarkets have been claiming that their bakery bread products were “baked today, sold today”, “freshly baked in-store”, “freshly baked”, and “baked fresh”. However, often, this bread was  partially baked and then frozen rapidly for storage.  Which really begs the question, what the heck are we actually eating?

Coles SC claims that the marketing campaign sought to distinguish ‘in-store’ bread from commercially available bread and that it was never the Supermarket’s intention to deceive customers with the labels.

Some of these loaves were shipped to Australia par baked in IRELAND.  Now, I could be wrong, but as far as I know we haven’t yet cracked time travel.  If customers choose bread that is ‘baked fresh’, it should BE BAKED FRESH.

Since adopting a largely unprocessed, mostly clean diet I’ve become hyper aware of these sorts of claims.  I want to know my food is fresh.  I want to know the apples are THIS SEASON’S CROP instead of sad, lonely apples that have languished in a freezer for upwards of a few weeks.  I want to know I’m fueling my body with….well quite simply with the best choices I can afford.  Sometimes that will mean going ‘without’ for the sake of seasonal availability.  We need to be ok with that.  It’s madness to assume we can source the entire range of fruit and veg all year round without compromising quality and freshness.  Let’s eat stone fruits when they’re at their juicy best and apples when they’re crisp, crunchy and a few DAYS off the tree, not months.

Give me the fresh bread.  Give me the new apples and cut the crap.  If it’s been in transit for a week, I’m not interested!!

This is yet another reason to support local farmers and suppliers where and when you can.  They deserve it, and so does your body.

Where do you source fresh produce, and what concerns you most about food quality?

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Why I won’t recommend this carrier. http://mamasphere.com.au/general/why-i-wont-recommend-this-carrier http://mamasphere.com.au/general/why-i-wont-recommend-this-carrier#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:52:07 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1509

About a year ago I was sent a carrier to try and review. I never published a review, because I didn’t want to bring it to the attention of my audience. I tried it out, I took a few pics (with my petite 20mo), and then it was forgotten about. It would have stayed that way, except that I fell across a write up on Babyology which praised it to the high heavens, and I thought “Uhhhh, that’s not ok. Some impressionable new parent who wants a really easy carrier is going to buy one of those and… It’s not good.”

Because honestly, I can tell you how to carry your kid around (in a khanga, a selendang, a TABLECLOTH or an infantino mei tai) just fine for a lot less dosh. Or I can hook you up with a carrier (try a little frog, Yaro or Lenny lamb woven) for the SAME price which will get you from newborn to ow ow ow get off me you’re too heavy to go on my back now.

I am the first to admit Babywearing is a skill, but I think it’s a tool for the parenting kit that is worth acquiring- whether that’s how to adjust your ergo, tie your Mei tai, learn the art of a ring sling or dive into the frequently fiddly art of wrapping. With some time, effort and know how, there is a carrier for every budget, skill base, and body type. However…

When you put a OSFM (wearer and child) UNadjustable and very difficult-to-make-ergonomic carrier which doesn’t meet TICKS guidelines in my hands and tell me “That’ll be $79,” I’m going to laugh at you.

Yes, this is a very compact carrier (so is a ring sling, or a short piece of woven fabric like linen that can be tied with a slip knot in a rebozo) Yes, there’s a version that can be worn in the water (oh, hey, you can buy water ring slings for $50, or sport mesh for $10, or a hybrid water wrap for the SAME price). Yes, you “can” use it from 5-15 kgs. My child is currently 14kgs. I could get her (a compliant and happy wearee) IN but not out (I resorted to laying her down in the bed and wiggling out backwards. I tried it with an 8 kg demo doll and there was no way we met safe wearing guidelines (snug, close enough to kiss, etc). If you really know what you’re doing, you “can” get an “M” position and nice seat. It’s not easy. Apparently it can also be used for front-facing carries. Based on the position of the leg in the hip socket in an INWARD facing carry, I didn’t go there.

Here are the stats: I’m an Australian size 10. 5″6, 36-29-38 or thereabouts depending on the day of the month. Pictured is my 8kg doll, my then 20mo and then the same child a year later, nearly three and 14 kgs. The carrier states its suitability from 5-15kgs. The piece that supports the child’s back is sewn in one side and velcroed in on the other and has limited adjustability (especially if you and your child are on the petite end of the spectrum).

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What’s the verdict? Don’t buy this. I found it basically useless. There are better options at this pricepoint which easily meet TICKS (see below!) Happy shopping

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The best under-eye suitcase concealer EVER http://mamasphere.com.au/general/the-best-under-eye-suitcase-concealer-ever http://mamasphere.com.au/general/the-best-under-eye-suitcase-concealer-ever#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:06:41 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1503 I’ve been hanging out in a few makeup groups lately to get some Inspiration and OH the things I have learned. The trick I feel every PARENT needs is this:
Bright red lipstick is your friend.
Before you flip, I don’t mean for your mouth. That’s high-maintenance and can feel a bit OTT kicking around at home or doing school pickup.
I mean UNDER YOUR EYES.
Fess up, we ALL have that bright vixen red lurking somewhere in the makeup drawer – and if you don’t, go buy a cheapy. A light orange red is best for fair skin, a blue-based red better for olive tones. If I just started to speak a foreign language, go to a makeup counter and ask if you’re a blue red or an orange red. Then buy the cheap one. Ok. Back on track.
Using a brush if you’re picky or dabbing if you’re not, apply the red wherever you have dark spots.

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For me, this is the infamous eye bags, and some acne scars. Spread and blend with brush.

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After a minute, apply your foundation/BB/usual base as normal. I used a beauty blender and my Younique BB cream as normal.

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After that, brows on, mascara on, and a sweep of blush. Doesn’t take more than an extra minute but OH my goodness what a difference. Extra bonus: it works like a primer to smooth and fill those tiny wrinkles, so the delicate skin around your eyes looks smoother and plumper :)

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How to be crunchy and cashed up… http://mamasphere.com.au/feature/crunchy-cashed-up http://mamasphere.com.au/feature/crunchy-cashed-up#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:35:49 +0000 http://mamasphere.com.au/?p=1453 Aunt flo, riding the river, shark week.. doesn’t matter what you call it, menstruation sucks. Most of us will cop 35-45 years of monthly cramps, bloating, mood swings and – just to add insult to injury (because I’m reasonably dangerous when PMSing) it’s EXPENSIVE. Seriously! I talked about the dollars when trying out ‘mama cloth’ for the first time, and it’s also worth considering the environmental impact of producing disposable pads, liners and tampons.

If you want to get even more efficient and cut the washing part of the equation, consider a cup. There are a ton of brands on the market, and moving forward from ten years ago when I bought my first DivaCup from the US, they are now sized, coloured, and easier to clean, with less ridges, marks and pointy stems.

Unlike a tampon, a cup can be left in place for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow, so they’re especially useful if you’re unable to change often or don’t have access to disposal/washing facilities (camping trip, anyone?). Basically, you need to be able to wash your hands and wipe/wash the cup. Not terribly difficult. What’s it going to cost? Between $20-$60, depending on brand. If you maintain your cup properly it will last you up to ten years… that’s a fair chunk of cash saved. Ready to embark on more convenient monthly management?

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