Sunday, December 6, 2009

Move over Tupperware - ecobabies is here!

I had a lovely surprise this week when one of our new stockists sent me a link to a super article on her new business ecobabies. This article ran in 3 papers - Check out the gorgeous clothing her beautiful children are wearing in the below photo!

Here is the text from the article (Courtesy of Ross McRae - In My Community news), and I know that Erin is going to be run off her feet once all of those WA mums get into full "ecobabies" party mode.

"OFTEN the best business ideas come out of necessity. Erin Edwards turned her back on the corporate life when she settled down just over two years ago to have her first child with husband of five years, Cameron. Being away from the concrete jungle gave Ms Edwards the opportunity to make her family’s life more environmentally friendly.

Already a strict vegetarian, Ms Edwards started growing her own produce in the back yard of her home. But it was while raising her two children, Alice (2) and 10-month-old Oscar, that she discovered how difficult it was to find eco-friendly baby products. And thus Ms Edwards’ business, ecobabies, was born.

“I started ecobabies to give people the opportunity to see and touch a range of natural, eco-friendly baby products in a relaxed environment,” she said.

“I am passionate about babies and caring for the environment and it was important to me to combine the two.”

Knowing all too well that new mums are time-precious, Ms Edwards has tried to make ecobabies an accessible and stress-free shopping experience. “The idea is that people have an ecobabies party where I come to their home and demonstrate the range of products,” she said. “They include cloth nappies, nappy accessories, bamboo clothing, baby care products and baby carriers.”

**end article**

I am delighted that Erin has chosen to introduce Babyjo (along with other gorgeous brands) to her rapidly growing market/clients, and I am so excited to see how well she is going already - What a fabulous idea, it is just like having a department store come to you (with carefully chosen items) in your own home - Too easy!

If you are interested in booking an ecobabies party - feel free to download/browse through ecobabies range in their online catalogue, or call Erin for further details (contact number is located on website)

Thanks again Erin and all the best for ecobabies in 2010.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sommers Home Made Muesli Bars

Hmmmm - too good to miss out on! I posted this on Love Ya Baby this evening, but then felt that I would like to share it with you all as well - simply the best muesli bars (easiest, yummiest and best) to make.

Personally, I like healthy - My little person has a savory tooth on her, and she is happy to eat almost any fruit and vege I put in front of her. She does have the occasional ice cream or bit of chocolate as a small treat, but generally, we eat healthy all the time. We love these muesli bars as they are relatively healthy *bit of honey and bit of butter* and we know exactly what is in them. (Just quietly, my "big person" loves them also and they are great to take to work.)

Recipe is courtesy of my lovely friend Sommer, hence the name.

You will need:

150 g Unsalted Butter

175 g Honey

3 Eggs

60 g shredded coconut

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

200 g pitted prunes or dates, chopped into small pieces

100g dried peaches/apricots, chopped into small pieces

75 g currants or sultanas

To make:

Pre heat oven to 170 degrees (Celsius) and line a sandwich tin or flat tray with baking paper. (NB - size doesn't really matter - I use a large one and just place mixture in part of it.)

Put the honey and butter in microwave until melted and runny.

Crack and whisk the eggs together (little people love doing this, and can easily help)

Combine all other dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine melted butter and honey with whisked eggs ans then stir into the dry ingredients. Spoon/tip onto tray and spread mixture to the edges (or spread and even up sides not touching edges)You can sprinkle extra sesame seeds on top for garnish.

NB - It is up to you how thick you make them, I usually try for about the same thickness as shop bought muesli bars or slightly thicker.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least half an hour before cutting into snack sizes or muesli bar size. (Makes approximately 12) - If you try and take the baking paper off the bottom of them before they have cooled - you will be in a huge mess, so don't be tempted! Just wait patiently....

I like to wrap individually in glad wrap and keep them in the fridge (or they can be stored in air tight container in the pantry for around 2-3 days.

Hope you and your little person enjoy as much as we do!