Every now and then, right when I am in need of a solution, something amazing happens.
The day we brought our tiny baby boys home from hospital we didn’t even have cots to put them in. Just a hand me down bassinet that they would have to share.
They had come early and with 6 weeks in the hospital there had been no time to prepare for them, not to mention that after 6 weeks of travelling back and forth between three different hospitals our funds were completely exhausted.
We ended up having to borrow money from Pal’s Mum to buy just one cot for the Two to share.
And then I got home, with our tiny people, and checked my bank account before sending Pal for groceries. Where there was more than enough money to pay Pal’s mum back straight away and go and get a second cot after the baby bonus had come through.
Luck? You could say so.
But I like to think that the world decided that for once, we needed a break.
That we’d racked up enough good karma and we deserved some relief.
I ended up sleeping the Two together for another 3 months, but what the second cot allowed me to do was have a cot in our room for quick night feeds, and a cot in the loungeroom for day sleeps so that I could still check on them with ease, spend time with Roo without having my mind elsewhere (seeing as she was only 18 months old when we brought them home) and get my jobs done without panicking that I wouldn’t hear if something was wrong.
I honestly don’t remember much from those few months apart from breastfeeding, nappy changes and doctors appointments. Except that having that second cot in the loungeroom made me feel safe and connected to my babies in a way that hospital life doesn’t allow for. I didn’t want to have to be apart from them for more than a minute, and I didn’t have to be.
The universe provided.
Lately, I’ve been getting more and more concerned about the Two’s eczema. It flares up in reaction to washing powders, different materials, different foods and heat. And while we are still eliminating the ingredients that are causing reactions, we have to manage the flares.
Oscar’s is much more prominent than Fraser’s, and we have been prescribed a medicated steroid cream for the really bad spots.
I don’t like to use the medicated stuff if I don’t have to – I worry about the long term effects on their skin and I find I only use it if the skin is about to crack. And it does work, the cream clears the patch for a while – but then we inevitably come across something new and Flares’R'Us.
I’ve been looking for a more long term solution – something that I can use daily without worrying about long term effects. Something natural and affordable.
And then the universe provided.
When I heard from Felicity, the founder of The Karma Soap Company, I was more than interested.
After I went to the website, I was positively ecstatic.
Not only does Felicity handmake natural products, all ingredients used in The Karma Soap Company’s soaps are locally sourced, she also uses effective packaging and recycled boxes and fill for shipping to limit contributions to landfill.
My products for review came in a shoe box, with recycled packing nuts.
To say I’m chuffed to have The Karma Soap Company on board as a sidebar sponsor is an understatement.
But I’m even more excited about the goat’s milk soap and moisturizer.
For the past week I’ve been using the plain goat’s milk soap in the children’s bath, and the moisturiser twice a day (in the morning when we get dressed, and in the evening after their bath) – and although the Two’s eczema isn’t completely gone, it HAS calmed down and we haven’t had as many flare ups and itching as we usually would in winter (thanks to the necessary indoor heating).
I’ve been using the Coconut Ice Goat’s Milk Soap for myself. I’m in love. The scent is DIVINE and the soap also has ground up pumice and is exfoliating. I’ve been using it to remove my make up as well. This is the kind of soap you make an excuse to have a shower so you can go and use it!
I love this stuff, I love this company and their philosophy and I LOVE that you get the chance to experience The Karma Soap Company products for yourself.
I’ve got a $30 gift voucher for The Karma Soap Company to give away to one of you beautiful people!
Answer the following question in the comment section of this post:
Has the universe provided for you lately?
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Disclosure: I was provided with samples from The Karma Soap Company for the purposes of review, and have taken them on as a paid sidebar sponsor. However, these are my honest opinions regarding these products and this company. I don’t spruik stuff I don’t like.
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