laugh, play and create Christmas issue 2010
Welcome to Moppet’s first issue! In between managing our businesses, raising our children and a few late nights, we have put together this little magazine that aims to brings you stylish, thoughtful products that make positive impact on our children and the environment. If you want to move away from buying disposable, mass produced clutter for your child, we have some great alternatives. In this issue, we are excited to share great gift ideas available at our retail store - Moms’ Cottage and also some unique creations from independent designers. Products such as Krooom, who produce eco-friendly kids furniture made out of recycled cardboard, CoutureLilBebe®, a talented mommy who handmade lovely apparel for little princesses and Alimrose Designs, toys designed in Australia and handcrafted in the Philippines under supervised and guranteed ethical manufacturing, will make great gifts for any children.
With the holiday season approaching, you would want to give gifts with confidence. Opt for ethically produced and environmental sustainable gifts that not only assured you of product safety but also help to preserve our environment. We believe that the everyday choices of individuals do have the power to transform our world. We hope you agree and enjoy this magazine as much as we had putting it together. If you share the same values as us and want to contribute to our next edition, do get in touch and tell us your idea or send a link to your work. Enjoy the holidays!
Holiday Gift ideas
Exclusively at Moms’ Cottage
SHARE ME A STORY Do you have books lying around the house which your child had out grown? Donate them to our book pool^! You can also bring home a maximum of 3 books from our book pool with a token donation. All monies collected will be donated to a charity organization of our choice*. Share your love for books.
A recycle initiative by Moms’ Cottage Please do not donate books with stains or doodles, missing or torn pages. Your kind understanding is greatly appreciated. ^
*The selected charity organization will be announced at a later date on www.facebook.com/momscottage
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arty little fingers With pottery classes for children 2 - 14 years old, Clay Cove is quite possibly the best place for your child to hang out. Enrol your child in Clay Clove’s fun pottery classes and watch his nimble little fingers tranformed boring clay into beautiful ceramic art. Clay Cove’s pottery curriculum is fun and interesting giving your child space to excercise his creativity. November and December holiday classes are open for registration now. www.claycove.com Tel: 6338 7769
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Make-to-order... with love From party costumes, flower girl dresses to casual chic, CoutureLilBebe® customizes each design to make that special occasion extra memorable. Every outfit is lovingly crafted to ensure perfect fit for your little princess. Mummy and child matching set is available too. CoutureLilBebe® www.bebelove.com.sg For viewing of sample designs and fittings, visit Moms’ Cottage at City Square Mall, #03-45.
Stock up on gifts from My Craft Place this Christmas! Specializing in needle felting, Japanese Chirimen and Kanzashi craft, Kristine the designer personally crafted every piece down to the finest detail. A showcase of handmade sweetness from hand-embroidered baby booties, Japanese style hair accessories to awesome wedding bearers, you’re sure to find something for your love one. If you are looking for exquisite handmade gifts, decorative items or heirlooms, look no further. www.mycraftplace.com.sg
CoutureLilBebe® exclusive: Chiffon Bloomies mix and match your own chiffon colour!
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Rockability Tired of the boring children clothes? Why not try some punk rock fashion for your lil’ rocker! Stand out from the crowd with Micro Me’s collection of cool clothes and tees that are bold, edgy and simply ROCKS! www.itsybitsyme.biz
Toothy Wipes Tooth tissues are the best product on the market for your baby’s oral health. They are uniquely textured for plaque removal, neutral flavored, fluoride-free, paraben-free and sugar-free, and 99% natural. This product was designed for our children, to be safe, effective, and easy to use for parents.
Retail: Dwudang and Friends VivoCity, #02-71
reusable, scrunchable, fabric wall decals Perfect for nurseries, kid’s rooms, or other softfeatured rooms, Mae’s delightful vinly-free fabric wall stickers are designed with children in mind and can to be moved around - and scrunched up, smoothed out and rearranged again and again. Using ‘eco’ inks and recycled cardboard packaging, Mae’s stickers are washable, reusable and with proper care (and even a bit of improper care) will last for years to come.
The boys don’t get it
Awesome girly girl accessories to dress up your little princess for Christmas parties.
Little Trunk Show
Retail: Moms’ Cottage City Square Mall, #03-45
(Do check out Little Trunk Show’s awesome collection of apparel too)
Retail: Moms’ Cottage, City Square Mall, #03-45
Helping our orphaned little friends Meet the Oomfies - an affectionate term for orphaned wild animal. A range of stuffed animals representing real orphaned wild animals made from non-toxic Azo-free polyester and stuffed with 100% organic cotton. Your little one will fall in love with these soft plush toys just waiting to be hugged. What’s more, each oomfy comes with a companion board book that captured the true story behind the rescue, rehabilition and eventual release of these animals. Part of the profits goes into helping orphaned and endangered animals. http://oomfy.com.corp
Aloe Vera is one of the oldest known therapeutic herbs and is renowned worldwide as a healing plant. “Dr Lily’s” All Natural aloe vera gel contains only natural and organic ingredients. Made from 100% pure aloe vera that is IASC certified, this multi-purpose first aid gel is great for soothing skin problems such as minor burns, eczema, insect bites, diaper rash and even stretch marks from pregnancy. For product information or to place an order, please email Jennifer at email@example.com
festive threads Party Stunners
FEST I V E T H RE A D S
Fashion from left: Oopsy Daisy Baby pettidress, RuffleButts knit bloomers with organza flowers, Mud Pie Lavender tutu dress, Oopsy Daisy Baby red pettiskirt Shoes from left: See Kai Run Marian, See Kai Run Sadie, Eleven Thea
FEST I V E T H RE A D S
Fashion from left: Knuckleheads shirt, Hudson classic shirt, Hudson Henley romper, Wonderboy short sleeve tee Shoes from left: See Kai Run General III, Eleven Eamon, Eleven Asher
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Is your child safe from toxins? It would seem that the last place a parent would think to be concerned about finding toxic gas in our child’s environment is in their clothing, bedding and toys. Children are especially susceptible to higher levels of exposure because they have smaller body mass, put items in their mouths, and have direct contact with bedding, flooring, and toys. Since children’s body and immune systems are still developing, they are more vulnerable to the potential risks these toxins present. In Singapore, a recent test of some 50 toys found that nearly half of them have excessive amounts of toxic chemicals that can cause severe health problems in our children. Chemicals such as Formaldehyde, lead and bisphenol A are just some from a long list of toxins found in our children daily products. Some are even not regulated. Why are these chemicals there in the first place? Formaldehyde is a popular “cheap” chemical used in clothing, shoes, furniture, fertilizer paper, toys, cosmetics (includind baby bath products) and food. It is commonly used in the textile manufacturing industry as a stain resistant mechanism, to fix color to a fabric,
to give a permanent press effect, to stop shrinking and to make fabric more flame resistant. Bisphenol A and phthalates are used to harden or soften plastic products -can leach out of the plastic in baby toys and products every time an infant puts it in its mouth, causing possibly severe health problems.
Baby bottles and sippers Avoid products made of polycarbonate plastic, which can leach bisphenol-A, a chemical that mimics estrogen. Choose bottles made of tempered glass, polypropylene plastic, or polyethylene plastic. Choose sippy cups made of polypropylene or polyethylene. Nipples, pacifiers, and teethers Choose silicone nipples instead of rubber, which can leach carcinogenic nitrosamines (silicone is clear, rubber is yellow). Choose pacifiers and teethers made without PVC; silicone pacifiers are available, and many companies have stopped using PVC for teethers.
How do we as parents reduce our child’s exposure to toxins? Toys Avoid toys that list vinyl or PVC as ingredients. Soft plastic toys like bath toys, squeeze toys, and dolls are commonly made of vinyl. When possible, choose plastic-free toys such as fabric teethers, wooden toys (unpainted), and cloth and plush toys such as Alimrose Designs, Raplapla or Baby Moov. When selecting wood toys, solid wood toy is preferable to one made with pressed woods, which may contain formaldehyde. Also look for wood toys finished with natural oils, such as linseed, walnut and beeswax. If you have painted toys made before 1978, test the paint for lead and replace if necessary.
Kate Quinn Orginics, Moms’ Cottage
Clothing and bedding Avoid products made of, or coated with, PVC, which can include various items such as bibs, hats, bags, raingear, and shoes. Opt for organic cotton (grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), unbleached cotton (free of dioxinproducing chlorine), hemp and wool colored with low-impact, colorfast dyes. Such as Kate Quinn Organics and Bebe Au Lait bibs Art and craft supplies Look for clays made without PVC, or make your own (recipes are available). Look for supplies that are labelled ‘non-toxic’.
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You deserve a good night’s sleep too.
Earth-saving Invites When sending out your Christmas party invites, you can save paper by sending out eCard invitations. Dispose of the disposables It has become very commonplace to buy a large number of non-recyclable and disposable plates, cups and eating utensils to facilitate an “easy” clean-up. However, many people don’t realize the vast amount of waste this practice generates. While using bio-degradable, disposable tableware is one way to address this problem, an even better solution is to avoid that waste entirely by using durable goods and washing them when you’re done. Green Christmas Decorations Instead of spending money on artificial Christmas decorations that won’t biodegrade, there are far more Earth-
friendly alternatives that look great and have a much lower impact on the world. Candles made of beeswax, organic soy or palm wax burn longer and are usually scented with non-toxic essential oils. Even the fairy lights on your tree can be made from super-efficient LEDs. Party Food and Drink Organic and local items support the people who are on the ecological front lines and save energy. Organic Christmas party food, whether homemade or buy prepared foods, can make a big ecological impact. There are even organic wineries popping up all over the world to make the Holidays bright for your guests. If you plan to serve drinks from cans, get ready a box or trash bag, marked it clearly for recycled cans.
Tuck your baby to bed in the Dream Bag, a safer alternative to loose sheets and blankets. Snug in the Dream Bag, your little one is kept warm and safe from risks while you sleep. The Dream Bag also helps to establish an effective bedtime routine for your baby. Now, with baby sleeping soundly in the Dream Bag, you can enjoy a well-deserved good night’s sleep.
Plan a Green Party With the Chirstmas season approaching, many of you will be hosting a Christmas party or attending numerous parties. It does not, however, have to mean creating a massive amount of landfill waste. You can have both a fun and a green Christmas party at the same time.
Losing sleep over the number of times you have to check on your baby, fearing that he gets tangled up in or kicks off the loose blanket?
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KROOOM – eco-friendly kids furniture that folds flat! Featuring storage boxes and chests, stool and table sets, book cases as well as a fabulous collection of dollhouses, including a castle and fire station. All of this made from laminated recycled cardboard that has outstanding strength and stability. Environmentally-friendly, with no toxic materials and a design that appeals to both parents and kids.
www.afterorganic.com After Organics firstname.lastname@example.org Moms’ Cottage, City Square Mall #03-45
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Stocking Stuffers Holiday Gift Ideas 2010
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From left: Noonoo Designs bamboo rattle, Alimrose Designs Sleepy Lamb rattle, Cloud B Twilight Turtle night light, Alimrose Designs doll, Raplapla handmade plush toy, Baby Moov discovery toy
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From top left: Snug As A Bug babywrap, Trumpette Mickey and Minnie box of six socks, Cuseberry legwarmers, Krooom Castle & Dollhouse bookcases cum playhouses.
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Isoki Limited Edition Glomesh nappy bag
From left: Eglan Wild Cow diaper bag, Balboa Baby nursing pillow, Pouchmiss diaper bag organizer, Beep Beep Sling Retro Watermelon
on selected Oopsy Daisy BABY pettiskirts* (U.P. S$99) *Valid only on ivory pettiskirts
on KROOOM storage boxes (U.P. S$25.90 - S$69.90)
13 - 19 Dec 2010
29 Nov - 5 Dec 2010
22 - 28 Nov 2010
6 - 12 Dec 2010
Terms and Conditions: Discounts is limited to the brands featured each week. Not applicable with other promotions and vouchers. Terms and conditions of the respective brand applies. Offer while stocks last.
on BEBE AU LAIT Double Reversible Bibs (U.P. S$29.90)
on POUCHMISS baby bag organizer (U.P. S$62)
20 - 26 Dec 2010
Need a little help with your Christmas shopping? Hereâ€™re some of Momâ€™s Cottage cool picks with irresistable savings.
savings* on the 2nd item with purchase of any 2 regularpriced RUFFLEBUTTS items (U.P. S$ 28 - S$38) *Applicable on the lower-priced item. Not to be combined with other discounts.
Here’s wishing you and family a very
Merry Christmas! from all of us at Moms’ Cottage