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Recycled Fabric Tote Bag - Moschino @ 'Your Cheeky Monkey'

Recycled Fabric Tote Bag – Moschino @ ‘Your Cheeky Monkey’

I belong to a interactive online magazine for Aussie Mums, called Connect2Mums. This site is filled with hundreds of MumPreneurs and an unending number of products. In this post I would like to share a review by the Editor and Founder, Paula Kuhnemann.

When I first saw the ‘denim totes’ available for women at ‘Your Cheeky Monkey,’ I instantly wanted one! Being the ‘Imelda Marcos of bags’, I knew straight away that that these were unique, chic and very LA cool. Monique Nickalls, designer of kids clothing & toys, mumpreneur & ‘YCM’ owner, immediately suggested that I wait as she was constructing four unique totes made from genuine MOSCHINO recycled cotton jeans. Oh, I was like a kid waiting or Christmas! As you can see from the pic, the Moschino makes up the quirky front panel and the sides, bottom and back of the tote are from animal print upholstery off-cuts, giving my tote a luxurious, velvety, winter feel. The bag lining is 100% cotton quilting Cheetah Swirl fabric, in a gorgeous silver/grey/taupe colour. The only ode to this being from a ‘kids label’ is the cute ‘doggy button toggle’ between the handles, which works with the quirkiness of this piece!

Handmade by Monique, the craftsmanship is superb and has banished any thoughts of ‘handmade equals second best’ from my mind once and for all! The ‘Your Cheeky Monkey’ label inside the tote gives the bag a professional finish, as do the ‘Your Cheeky Monkey’ care instructions. My tote is roomy without being obscenely large, dimensions being approx. 32cm W x 29cm H x 9cm D.

If you are a woman who loves the ease of entry and exit of items into a bag, you will love this one. I took it as my ‘afternoon bag’ on a recent hospital stay and 12 handy items, including a book and small items of clothing were easily accommodated…mind you I nearly lost it five times to Nurses! It could easily double as a ‘tres cool nappy bag’; it’s comfortable to wear and in my book, ticks all of the boxes. A steal at $39.95 for a unique, handcrafted tote, be quick as there are only 3 more available with the MOSCHINO panel, at http://www.yourcheekymonkey.com.au/

I have also subscribed to Monique’s newsletter so that I am kept updated on more hot products like this one and I follow her blog at http://yourcheekymonkey.blogspot.com/

This product receives ‘Paula’s choice Award’. Paula Kuhnemann is the Editor & Founder of ‘aussie mums interactive online magazine’, www.connect2mums.com.au

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We’re Back!!!

We got back to sunny California last Friday morning. Jetlag is a lot harder to get over with two young kids but I think we have bedtime back on track again, although we all need to catch up on some sleep.

I had a great time seeing family and friends, both old and new.

If you are flying between Sydney and Los Angeles I highly recommend flying Qantas and if possible the new A380. Having flown a few different airlines I really like in the on demand personal entertainment options along with still being allowed to bring 2 bags, even if the weight limit has been reduced. Another nice option was the built in foot rest in economy and the self service snack area at the rear of the plane. For those who love aviation there is a camera on the tail of the plane and you can watch the plane take off and land in real time.

I have spent the past week trying to unpack and get clothes washed and away in closets. Hopefully I will win this battle on Monday when JD has the day off work and can help. The kids are being kept busy with swim lessons during the week and recreational swim at the local pool in the afternoons. This is giving me the opportunity to do some much needed exercise in the pool whilst they play. I have managed to do laps 3 days this week!

There are 3 and a half weeks left until Hunter starts 1st Grade! I don’t know who is more excited about this and his attending school for the whole day, rather than just 3.5 hrs. With the new school year comes making sure he has enough clothes, shoes and then getting school supplies.

Please check back soon as I am going to add some more posts with photos and details of our trip in case you weren’t following our adventures on Facebook or Twitter.

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What Are We Doing To Women?!!

A friend recently shared this article with me. I have had hormone issues since I was a teenager and am constantly looking for more information to help me lead a more balanced life. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

Family Physician Reevaluates Traditional Hormone Treatment
By Dr. Deanna Osborn, D.O.

Hormone imbalance is an epidemic among American women causing many ailments from severe PMS to breast cancer. Estrogen dominance is thought to be the culprit of hormone imbalance.

Symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
Hot flashes
Difficulty with concentration
Hair loss
Vaginal dryness
Loss of sex drive
Certain auto immune disorders
Migraine headaches
Mood Swings
Fluid Retention
Irregular menstrual cycles
Heavy bleeding during menses
Thinning hair
Fibrocystic Breasts
Symptoms of slow thyroid
Sleep disturbances
Uterine fibroids
Unexplained weight gain
Dry, thin, wrinkly skin

A recent journal article published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) July 2002, entitled The Women’s Health Initiative Study, found that traditional HRT (hormone replacement therapy) increased the incidence of breast cancer, stroke, heart attacks, blood clots and pulmonary embolus even within the first year of therapy. The results were so overwhelming that the FDA ruled it was unethical to continue the study because it was putting women at too much risk for serious side effects.

Here’s how we were designed:

Estrogen is the dominant hormone during the first half of a woman’s monthly cycle. It is a growth hormone and is responsible for proliferation (growth) of cells in the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg can implant. Progesterone is the hormone we should find in the second half of the cycle. It is released into the body when a woman ovulates. It is responsible for sustaining the newly fertilized egg that has implanted in the uterine lining.

Progesterone also functions to:
Restore sex drive
Act as a natural diuretic
Stimulate /Build New Bone
Act as a natural anti-depressant
Normalize blood sugar levels
Facilitate thyroid hormone action
Protect against fibrocystic breasts
Normalize blood sugar level
Protect against endometrial and breast cancer
Restore normal vascular tone
Facilitate thyroid hormone function
Help use fat for energy

A 1996 Johns Hopkins study concluded that women low in natural progesterone have an 80% higher risk of developing breast cancer and that the risk of developing other malignant cancers increase ten fold.

How do our hormones become unbalanced?
Hormones and our health become unbalanced due to stress, hormone replacement, diet and environment.

1. STRESS: Studies show that by age 34, 50% of the women in America have no progesterone. American women are always on the go, go, go. This causes increased stress which depletes our bodies of its own progesterone. When our bodies are stressed, we make cortisol, a hormone that uses progesterone as a building block. In addition, when a woman’s body is stressed she may not ovulate, and therefore not produce progesterone, furthering the downward cycle.

2. RX’s: We consume a tremendous amount of prescription hormones in birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), etc. (Please note that Progestin – used in HRT is not the same as natural progesterone.) These prescriptions further add to the imbalance by adding more estrogen to the problem.

3. DIET: One of the most appalling contributions to the imbalance is found in what we eat. Beef, chicken and pork all contain estrogen. They are fed estrogen as a growth hormone to get them to the market more quickly. Sugar, refined starches, and petrochemical infused foods all add to the problem. (When plastics are heated in the microwave, they emit certain toxic carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals.)

4. ENVIRONMENT: Petroleum based products like mineral oil (baby oil); most soaps, skin care and hair care; plastics, pesticides, detergents, etc. are found to be sources of xenoestrogens (or “false estrogens”) – which bind up our estrogen receptors and cause hormone imbalance in the body. (Any product placed on the skin that contains mineral oil actually dehydrates the basal cell layer of the skin contributing to premature aging, not to mention that it is a gasoline byproduct and carcinogenic.)

What can we do to protect ourselves?
For starters we can balance the estrogen dominance by supplementing with natural progesterone cream. When looking for a natural progesterone cream it is important to look for USP grade progesterone, at 20 mg. per dose. Look for a product that is in an airtight, metered dose pump container such as Arbonne International’s Natural Balancing Cream. (Products in jars are oxidized when exposed to air; they are usually hand mixed which can separate, as opposed to machine mixed, and are usually formulated in a mineral oil base.) Arbonne’s Natural Balancing cream is formulated in a botanical (plant) base.

When possible, buy organic meats and produce. Many health food stores, co-ops, and local grocery stores carry organic. Never use plastics in the microwave. Do not use products on your skin that contain any mineral oil or petroleum based products.

What else can be done?
Supplement your diet with quality vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They must meet the US Pharmacopeia (USP) standard of 30 minutes disintegration time or they will pass through the digestive tract unused. Arbonne’s nutritional products meet those standards.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition released a statement on June 17, 2002 stated that mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products pose the highest cancer risk, due to exposures, to the general public – higher than smoking.

Use personal products for your body that are pure and safe.

Arbonne’s products contain:
NO mineral oil
NO SD40 Alcohol
NO animal products or by-products
NO chemical fragrances or dyes
And are:
PH correct
Botanically based

Arbonne’s skin care, hair care, make-up, and nutritional and specialty products are of premium quality and can be trusted to be pure, safe, and beneficial. Not only are they good for you, they make you look and feel wonderful!

For testimonials and general information log on to Arbonne.com

For research information on natural progesterone log on to JohnLeeMD.com

For product information and ordering contact:

Rebecca Doll, ID #18015599
Arbonne Independent Consultant

PhytoProlief Item #800 and Prolief Item #805

Books: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Pre-Menopause by Dr.John Lee
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause by Dr. John Lee
Hormone Balance: A matter of Life and Health by Kristine B. Klitzke, R.N., B.S.N.

Dr. Deanna Osborn is a family practice physician who practices in Springfield, Tennessee, in the Nashville area. The information contained in this article can be supported by medical research

If your Hormones are controlling you, I would like to have the opportunity to give you additional information about which product would best meet your needs and the appropriate dosage. I can be contacted at rebeccad@myarbonne.com

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