Nifty Product – Tranquil Home Waterproof and Washable Spillmats

Firstly a very Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. We have a few Easter eggs for the kids but I have never really liked Easter eggs so even though they are a no go on the Paleo Diet it doesn’t worry me anyway!

I have a fabulous nifty product to share today, especially if you have little ones that love play dough, painting and generally making a mess. I had been using a main stream brand PVC spill mat for activities that create mess but because they were plastic they were annoying to clean, folding them up just made them split and tear and they ended up looking tatty and grotty.

Recently I was lucky enough to come across the Tranquil Home range of products. They make kids spillmats, smocks, placemats and more from tough laminated cotton that is waterproof and machine washable – so when dirty just throw it in the washing machine!

The fabric is BPA and PVC free so contains no nasties. They also come in a range of designer prints too which are super cute.

Being a holiday today both of the kids are home so what better time to have some play dough fun! I had made several different colour doughs using the Thermomix EDC cookbook.


Play dough is serious work!


I love the cute owl print on the mat!


Woven cotton backing is super soft and stops the mat from slipping


Folds neatly!

Another thing I love about this mat is because it has a woven cotton backing it tends to grip to our table and not slide all over the place like the PVC ones and as it has a little weight to it is sits nicely and doesn’t kink up.

So if you are in need of some crafty supplies for your littlies check out Tranquil Home – not only are they a fantastic product they are also handmade by an Australian mum!



Nifty Tip: Clean Your Dishwasher The Natural Way

I hate buying chemicals to clean especially I have items in my pantry that will work just as well.

I tend to remove and clean my dishwasher filters before I put it thru a wash cycle and then repeat at the end.

Then sprinkle a good amount of bi carbonate of soda in the bottom of your dishwasher. Place about 1 cup of vinegar in a dishwasher safe container/jug and place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.


Close the door and set it to run on the highest temperature cycle. Press start……it’s as easy as that!


Bi-Carbonate of Soda + Salt = Clean Sink

You don’t need fancy cleaning products to clean your home. I remember spending many a day helping my grandmother clean with basic material that you find in your pantry – lemons, bi-carbonate of soda, salt, and vinegar.

When it comes to cleaning most things bi-carbonate of soda comes out on top.

Tonight I looked at my kitchen sink and realised it was looking a bit ordinary.

So all I did was sprinkled some bi-carb in and some ordinary old cooking salt (coarse kind) and just rubbed with a damp cloth. With a little elbow grease I was all done…


So give it a try….why waste money on expensive cleaning materials that are made up of who know’s what when simple methods and simple materials work wonders!


PS: I also use this technique to clean my shower 😀

Nifty Things – Sleepy Wings for Babies

A patient of mine (I do ultrasound) told me the other day she was having real difficulties getting her baby to sleep in the heat because she liked to be wrapped/swaddled. So I suggested she try out Sleepy Wings.

Sleepy Wings allow babies to feel wrapped but without them having to be entirely covered, thus allowing the body and chest to remain cool.


The unique design of Sleepy Wings means:

  • They can be worn during feeds
  • Stop babies scratching, especially those with ezcema
  • Allows for babies to retrieve their dummies/pacifiers
  • Great for all seasons

These are a great invention by a great Australian mumpreneur, who I have had the lovely pleasure of meeting 🙂

So if you are struggling with sleep issues, this may be the answer!


Nifty Things – Sock Ons for Babies

One of the reasons I started my Facebook page for mums (Nifty Mums Network) was to share products and tips that I thought made my life easier as a mum. One of my favourite products that I loved when I had my second child was Sock Ons.


Sock Ons are clever little things that keep babies socks on. The garment is worn over the sock and ‘locks’ it into place.  So no more loosing socks at the shopping centre!! Bubs are unable to kick or pull them off .

When I used them for my son they were only available in newborn size – but now have a larger size for 6-12 mths.

Sock Ons are available to purchase online from Outlook Australia.