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28 November 2010 @ 01:16 pm
Did your Chimney come down in the September earthquake? Does you house lack a fireplace? How will Santa get in to visit you?

NEVER FEAR! Santa has asked me to help out in his busiest season and distribute these keys to Christchurch homes (and any one else who needs one). With a magical Santa key you can still have presents delivered to your tree on Christmas morning.

Just hang this special key outside your door and Santa will use it to get into the house. Because it's magic, only he can use it and if anyone else tries, it won't fit the locks.

Each key is hand crafted and unique and comes with a personalised letter (on Santa's letterhead) from Santa addressed to the child/children of the house explaining what the key is and how to use it. I can make them to order to suit any budget from $1 to $20, or even as high as $200 if you really want (that would be awesome, yes please).

The letter in the photo is an example of a letter to someone who lost their chimney in the quake, but every letter will be individually written (by Santa) to suit the circumstances of each household eg. living in an apartment without a chimney or the fireplace is boarded up, it might be a GPS key to tell Santa where you've gone on holiday or where you're living now, or to let him in because your house only ever had electrical heating.

a more basic key     the deluxe key
A $3 key and a $15 deluxe key

For an extra $3-5 keys can be packaged in a special gift box. I can even hand deliver them (in Chch) for a small fee too.

anna-maria.covich at pg.canterbury.ac.nz or 021 211 6124

*My regular (casual) job at Canterbury Uni has finished up for the year, so I'm left quite a bit short each week until I can find more work. If you know of any part time/casual work for someone with pink hair, I'm keen to hear about it too.
 
 
19 August 2010 @ 12:30 am
Hi. I'm not a mum and don't plan to be, but I have a 'public service announcement' *cough*plug*cough* that I thought might be erlevant to this community.

I have an online store selling reusable menstrual products, and I thought at least a few women here might be interested.

I specialise in menstrual cups (sometimes known by the brand name mooncup) and washable cloth pads at the moment, but may branch into other products, such as sponges and cloth tampons, at a later date.

I'm still getting up and running, so don't have every brand in stock just yet (international post is sooooo sloooooow), but I will be stocking these cup brands: Diva, femmecup, fleurcup, iriscup, lunette, ladycup, mooncup, Keeper moon cup, meluna, miacup, shecup, and Yuukicup (naturecup too when they are available). Some are here already, others are in transit.

I will also have as broad a range of locally made and imported cloth pads as I can, including some I make myself.

The website is www.environmenstruals.co.nz. (the pad related parts of the site are still under construction, as are a few of the more finicky details throughout).

If you're in Chch I can offer personal consultation with samples and all to help you pick the right products for you, and can even save you postage and let you pay in cash :-) For everyone else, I'm very happy to chat online or on the phone, and can be very flexible on payment methods for those without credit cards or online banking.

I hope to be saving you all hundreds of dollars each very soon.

*I'm also keen to hear from anyone who makes pads and pouches who may want me to stock their wares.
 
 
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11 June 2007 @ 04:20 pm
I hope it's appropriate to post here - I thought that some of you might be interested in this. :) We'll have a children's area with toys where another caregiver can entertain your sprog and have a drink or something to eat while you browse the fablous crafts if you'd like. :)

It's coming up soon!



We've organised this market to benefit The Lonely Miaow who care for stray and feral cats in the Auckland area. (We're unashamed cat people!) There'll be a raffle with pieces donated by vendors and also food and drink. The profits of both will go to the charity.

Expect to see all sorts of interesting, quality, handmade items by some fabulous artisans!

We have the fabulous Peter of www.warpart.co.nz to thank for the poster.
 
 
27 March 2007 @ 03:30 pm
does anyone know of a good relationship counselor in the south auckland region? we are hoping to find a free one but even counselors that charge we are willing to go to.


TIA
 
 
 
24 March 2007 @ 09:38 am
okay. I need some advice on keeping my 2.5 year old Lily in bed. I have tried her in her big bed, but she won't stay still ,and just gets up and bangs on the door, jumps on the bed and plays. Nothing I have tried, has kept her in bed. I've tried going back in everytime I hear her up, and putting her back into bed without saying anything. I've tried bribing her :P I don't know what else to do. Maybe she's just not ready for a big bed?..

Advice please. and you need to take into account that Lily is a VERY hyperactive child. She won't sit still for more than 2 minutes at a time, so if she see's the opportunity to get up, she will take it in a flash. which is why the cot is good..she knows she can't get out. But, I think she is old enough to be in a bed. Maybe I'm just being selfish.

x-posted
 
 
06 March 2007 @ 02:04 pm
http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/publications/cookbook.html

I thought some of you might be interested in this, it's a free download.
 
 
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
 
 
27 February 2007 @ 01:24 pm
What can I use to clean gingernut biscuit and banana off a high chair?  My daughter had some fun mooshing as much food as she could into the seat and now it has dried like cement! 

Any help would be much appreciated!
 
 
26 February 2007 @ 08:55 am
hi everyone.

my son started to crawl yesterday *claps*. so now, i need to baby proof the house.

my main concern is that we have two ranch sliders, one is the front door and the other is in the lounge, but since its summer, both are always open.

do you use the same safety gates for a ranch slider as you would for a normal door? or do i need to get special ones.

thanks!

x-posted to parenting101 and nzmamas
 
 
16 February 2007 @ 10:06 am
i disappeared for a while but am back with a new journal!

my name is debbie, and im a SAHM to my eight month old son cohen. we live in pakuranga. i would love to add some other mum's to my friends list :)