Got a Messy Eater? Problem Solved!

When my children were younger, the thought of trying to feed them while out and about was not an appealing thought – all I could picture was food going everywhere, and on their clothes!

After speaking with other mums, I realised I was not alone in feeling this dread but for years I would carry around a change of clothes, spare bibs, wet wipes and a plastic bag. This was on top of extra nappies, toys and anything else the kids insisted on bringing along for the outing.  Usually I would forget a spare top for myself and have to walk around the shops with spills all over myself.  What a nightmare!

One thing I love about looking for new products to stock, is finding handy items that will make our lives just that little bit easier.  This is why I was thrilled to find the Little Green Pouch.

It’s a completely reusable, dishwasher safe food pouch that you can fill with baby food and smoothies for the older kids.  The best part is, it’s mess free!

Little Green Pouch SpoonTo make this product even better, you can attach these neat little spoons to the spout – it’s totally genius!  The patented locking clip and stimulating tip teaches your baby to flatten his tongue, encouraging the transition from to nipple to spoon.  Now that’s pretty cool!

If you are anything like me, you are always leaving the cap on the table and walking off…leaving it there.  It’s so annoying!  But never again!  Keep a few extra caps in your bag and you’ll never be cap-less again.

With this handy product, you never need to worry about your messy eater again!

Win a Baby Massage Pamper Pack

Baby Massage Pamper Pack Giveaway

This month I have got two baby massage pamper packs to giveaway.  Each pack includes:

Little Innoscents divine organic baby Massage Lotion; Provides the hydration, nourishment and protection that your babies skin is crying out for!  Combining luscious oils of Sunflower, Avocado and the moisturising benefits of Shea Butter, this luxurious lotion is suitable for all skin types, and is especially perfect for sensitive skin and is beautifully scented with floral Ylang Ylang.

Little Innoscents Massage Oil; This intensely hydrating oil is made of nutrient rich Sunflower and Jojoba carrier oils and therapeutic essential oils of Spearmint, Lavender, Lemongrass and Sweet Orange.
It has a delicious sweet candy scent and is perfect for all skin types – even grown ups!

Know someone who would like to win? Share our giveaway with them!

Need more baby supplies?  Go shopping with Scamps Boutique

Must Have Product Guide for First Time Parents

Must have product guide for first time parentsPregnant with your first baby and wondered what you really need for your little bundle of joy?  The team at Scamps have put together this product guide for first time parents.

Of course this isn’t a complete list but a really handy guide of what we believe are the most important products you should purchase besides a car seat and a cot.  Learn more about our baby layette list.

Onesie Extenders allow you to save money by making the onesies fit for longer and better.

Naty nappies are the number one selling eco friendly disposable nappy on the market in New Zealand.  Rarpz are the best slim fit one-size-fits-most pocket cloth nappy.

A baby carrier for going out to the supermarket or for walks.  Keep your hands free and baby close with either a Manduca or Moby Wrap.

Mini Swandoodles are  luxurious bamboo, beautifully soft multi-tasking muslins.

Organic cotton or bamboo is best for newborn skin as it is soft and gentle.  We recommend this super cute bamboo all in one and organic cotton sleep sack.

A must have product for all breast feeding mums are our nursing bands so you won’t forget which side to feed from and these delicious feeding cookies to help keep your supply up.

Every new baby needs a bamboo cuskiboo to cherish and it is a safe sleeping aid loved by parents worldwide.

Other interesting websites you should visit:

The Baby View – NZ’s best parenting magazine blog

Dorothy Waide – Baby Within Baby Help

The Baby Coach, Trish provides support and advice for parents

For a light hearted look at parenting you can’t go wrong with the Outie Blog

Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

This dairy free creamy pumpkin soup makes for a yummy lunch, it’s easy to whip up and will last for 3 days in fridge.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

Pumpkin (I used half)

Onion

Fresh Garlic gloves (I used 4)

Coconut Cream

Salt, Pepper, Herbs and Spice to taste (I used All Spice and Tarragon)

Method:

De-skin your pumpkin and cut into small pieces.

Chop onion

Peel and dice garlic

Add to a large pot with a little water and your herbs and spices. Bring to the boil, simmer until pumpkin is soft.

Once pumpkin is soft, tip out excess water, you only want a little left in the pot.

Using a stick blender, blend until smooth all lumps are gone.  Add enough coconut milk to make creamy, blend again and serve.

Win this Bib and Taggie Set

Scamps Boutique Bib and Taggie Giveaway

Win this matching Bib and Taggie Set

How to Enter: Answer the question below and click on the link to go in the draw

Question: How many children do you have?

Click Here To Enter

Entries close at 5pm 31st March 2014 - Scroll down the T&C’s of entry

Terms and Condition of Entry:

  • Open to New Zealand residents only
  • Only one entry per household allowed
  • Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email and announced above
  • If you opt in to join the Scamps Boutique mailing list, you will automatically receive our next monthly mail out
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged, returned or refunded
  • Winner must make contact within 48 hours of receiving notification of winning
  • The answers gained from this giveaway will be used for market research and your comments may be used for promotional purposes

Mama Scamps

Holistic Learning in Early Years

Sophie the Giraffe

What is Holistic Learning?

Holistic leaning is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace.

(Reference: wikipedia.org)

Holistic learning is play that stimulates the whole development of children so that they learn intellectually, physically and socially.  A good example of holistic learning is playing with playdough or crayons.  This allows a child to use their fine and gross motor skills, construction and creativity as well as language.

Infants and toddlers learn through all of their senses by touching, smelling, hearing, seeing and tasting the items in their environment. Choose natural toys that will promote these senses.  Ordinary (safe) household objects like a shaving brush, containers, measuring cups, pegs can be used in holistic play for little ones, even playing with a piece of shiny fabric like silk promotes all their senses.

Playing in the water with bath toys is a fun holistic activity.  It teaches them water safety, concepts such as wet/dry, float/sink and empty/full as well as fine tuning their fine and gross motor skills.

Getting the older kids helping out in the kitchen to bake bread or dinner is another holistic learning approach to teach them valuable life skills, maths and even science.

I would love to hear about what holistic play activities your little ones enjoy, leave me a comment below.

Mama Scamps

 

Wooden Toy Giveaway – CLOSED

Scamps Boutique Wooden Toy Giveaway

Win this WaWa Hammer and Ball wooden toy set!

To enter, answer the question and click on the link below to go in the draw

Entries close at 5pm 28th February 2014

Scroll down the T&C’s of entry

Question: What is your child’s favourite toy?

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, CK

Terms and Condition of Entry:

  • Open to New Zealand residents only
  • Only one entry per household allowed
  • Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email as soon as announced above
  • If you opt in to join the Scamps Boutique mailing list, you will automatically receive our next monthly mail out
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged, returned or refunded
  • Winner must make contact within 48 hours of receiving notification of winning
  • The answers gained from this giveaway will be used for market research and your comments may be used for promotional purposes

Mama Scamps

Is buying organic products important to you?

Organic Citrus Head 2 Toe WashDuring our January giveaway I asked our followers if buying organic products is important to you.  99% of the answers submitted came back as a resounding YES! That made me fairly happy ;)

I thought I would share some of responses with you.

“Yes buy Organic products for whole family when ever possible”

“Yes! Never use something on your skin if you can’t eat it!”

“I choose organic products wherever there is a choice. Unfortunately, there is not always a choice and I have to settle for non-organic. Hopefully this will change in the future as more and more organic products come on the market.”

“It’s so important that we start treating the planet better and not putting toxic chemicals on our produce is an important step”

“Yes,buying organic products is important to me because organic food tastes great and organic products reduce health risks!”

“Yes but with only being on one income I find organic products can be a wee but too expensive”

Do you prefer to buy organic whenever possible?  Share your thoughts below.

Mama Scamps

Organic, Natural and it’s all New Baby

I was looking for a fun new way to showcase our new products, so last night I armed myself with the laptop, a glass of red wine and got busy.  After a number of attempts (in part to train noises coming from Mr Scamps game and the cats knocking things over) I have completed my very first Scamps Boutique advert.

Watch the video below to see some of our new brands I have added during January.

The Parking Pal is my favourite, comment below and let me know which new product tickles your fancy.

Win an Organic Citrus Gift Pack – CLOSED

Made4Baby January Giveaway

Made4Baby January Giveaway

To go in the draw to win this Made4Baby Organic Citrus Gift Pack,  answer the question below and then fill in the form.

Entries close at 5pm 31st January 2014

Scroll down the T&C’s of entry.

Question:  Is buying organic products important to you? 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, Kristine C

Terms and Condition of Entry:

  • Open to New Zealand residents only
  • Only one entry per household allowed
  • Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email as soon as announced above
  • If you opt in to join the Scamps Boutique mailing list, you will automatically receive our next monthly mail out
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged, returned or refunded
  • Winner must make contact within 48 hours of receiving notification of winning
  • The answers gained from this giveaway will be used for market research and your comments may be used for promotional purposes

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