Meet Lydia Persson – winner of the Kiwi Connect2mums Prize Pack

May 23, 2010 at 12:14 am | Posted in Competitions, Giveaways, Updates | Leave a comment
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Lydia Persson (R) with daughter Brylie and new baby Elijah. And that's me on the left with Aiden in a Kozy Carrier.

Last month I ran a promotion here on the Aquabub blog featuring prizes from some of our fabulous New Zealand Connect2mums members. Connect2mums is an interactive online magazine connecting and supporting Mums from all walks of life and especially Mums in business.

I was very pleased to be able to personally deliver the prize pack to winner and new Connect2mums member Lydia Persson of Tauranga and owner of LittleKiwis. Lydia’s daughter Brylie was excited to check out the goodies in the prize pack and quickly took a shine to the drum from Bubbalooz (see the picture above!)

Lydia started her business LittleKiwis at the beginning of 2005 when her friends started having babies. Tired of trying to find something ‘different and unique’ to give as gifts, she decided to make gifts herself. She started with bibs with a New Zealand flavour and was soon taking orders, including from some daycare centres. The LittleKiwis range now also includes Plunket Book covers, summer hats, winter beanies, booties, burp cloths, washable breast pads, play / change mats and more.

It was lovely to meet Lydia and her beautiful children. The prize pack was very well received by both Lydia and Brylie (Elijah’s a bit too little to notice yet ;0). Another big thank you to all the prize sponsors, Aquabub (that’s me!), Bubbalooz, Karyn Riley, MumCho, Onesie Bummsie, Scamps Boutique and StickyTiki.



Win a $350.00 prize pack from our Kiwi Connect2mums! – and the winner is . . .

May 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Competitions, Giveaways, Updates | 1 Comment
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Last month I ran a promotion here on the Aquabub blog featuring prizes from some of our fabulous New Zealand Connect2mums members. Connect2mums is an interactive online magazine connecting and supporting Mums from all walks of life and especially Mums in business. One lucky new Kiwi Connect2mums member who joined last month has won the prize pack worth $350.00 (see my previous post for full prize details).

And that lucky new member is . . .

Lydia Persson of Tauranga!

Congratulations Lydia. I will be in touch with you by email to arrange delivery of your prize pack. Thanks again to our Kiwi Connect2mums members who generously donated items for the prize.

And a warm welcome to all the new Kiwi Connect2mums members – I look forward to getting to know you and seeing you around on the Connect2mums website and at some of our upcoming live events!


Calling Kiwi Mums – join us at Connect2mums and be in to win!

April 15, 2010 at 12:34 am | Posted in Competitions | 18 Comments
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Whether you’re a working mum, a stay at home mum or a mum in business you’ll find mums like you at Connect2mums making new friends, building relationships and chatting about everything from babies to business, the bedroom and beyond! Connect2mums provides great support and information for mums with a range of regular weekly columns including the New Mum’s Diary, Connect2Travel, Connect2Fitness and Connect2Relationships to name a few. Connect2mums members say it’s one of the most welcoming and friendliest sites they’ve experienced! It’s free to join and a whole lot of fun with Friday night live chat parties, excellent real life events and great competitions!

I’ve been a member over at Connect2mums for almost a year and have made some fabulous connections on both the business and friendship fronts. We’ve even started having fun and fabulous live events with our next one set for May. Here’s what some of our current Kiwi members have to say about Connect2mums:

“Connect2mums offers amazing networking opportunities to anyone running their own business. Not only that but everyone is amazingly supportive of one another, genuinely interested in connecting with you and always friendly! I’m looking forward to seeing the NZ side of Connect2mums branch out and expand!”
Jacquie Shanks
Cheeky Cherubs

“I am extremely impressed with Connect2mums. In a highly competitive market, the support & positive relationships gained through this form of on-line media has been instrumental. The creativity of the platform to communicate & network has allowed us to quickly seize opportunities & leverage the talents of many WAHP’s to evolve our business. Thank you C2M’s, for continually steering us towards an outcome we are proud of!”
Maria Steele
NewBawn Limited

“Since becoming a member of Connect2mums, so many networking and business opportunities have presented themselves. The support and help I have been given by other C2M’s members has been invaluable. I love being a part of the C2M community and you will too! See you at Connect2mums!!”
Louise Deed
Scamps Boutique

We would love for more Kiwi mums to join us! We are so keen to meet you onsite that I, along with some of my fellow Kiwi Connect2mums members, have put together a fantastic prize pack that one lucky new Kiwi member will win! It’s valued at $350.00 and includes the following:

From Aquabub – a $50.00 store credit!

From Bubbalooz – a Dobbin & Drums ear friendly drum in red

These beautifully handmade drums are made in NZ from mostly recycled products. Drum skins are made from recycled rubber and creates a unique, deep, mellow sound (even when whacked really hard) and is pleasant to the ears. As a bonus they would even look great on the shelf or wall as a decorative.

From Karyn Riley – a voucher for a discounted coaching strategy session

Karyn specialises in helping mums and business women have time for their priorities, rediscover their identity and achieve their goals. She is author of the forthcoming book “How to Keep the YOU in Mum”. Check out her parenting tips on her blog!

From MumCho – a Chiffon Poncho ‘Pretty Flowers’

Are you pregnant and looking for a fashion garment that is functional and will save money in the long run? MumCho Poncho’s can be worn in 6+ ways during pregnancy and beyond. They can be used to discreetly breastfeed in public. There is no need to buy any other breastfeeding tops. MumChos are easy care and all prints are limited edition.

From Onesie Bummsie – a 3-pack of bodysuit extenders

Onesie Bummsies are Onesie extenders that snap onto baby bodysuits. They are extremely useful for the bulkier night time nappy or just with a cloth nappy in general. They will also extend the life of a bodysuit as well, especially when at that awkward “in between” size. Onesie Bummsie’s are made from Cotton Flannelette.

From Scamps Boutique – 1 x Made4Baby Sleep Tight Massage Oil

From StickyTiki – Pukeko removable fabric wall decals

These cheeky Pukekos (the New Zealand swamp hen) are a common sight. It is one of the few native birds to have enjoyed the arrival of man and can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups of these quirky birds are seen foraging for food in road-side areas. With bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out. The Pukeko is loved by kiwis and visitors alike.

Sheet size is 50cm by 70cm / 20 by 28 inches

Mural contents –

•1 x mummy pukeko
•3 x baby pukekos
•1 x cabbage tree
•3 x swamp grass
•2 x purple grass
•2 x green grass

All of the StickiTiki designs are original hand painted/crafted designs on fabric adhesive using only eco inks that are washable, kind to your walls, kind to the environment, and most importantly kind to our little people!

Whew – what a fantastic lineup of product! Would you like to win it? Three easy steps to enter. Head on over to Connect2mums and sign up for free! Leave a comment after this blog post to say you’ve joined us at Connect2mums, then email me using the email address on the Contact Us page over on the Aquabub website to let me know your Connect2mums username and you’ll be entered in the draw. Entries close at midday on Friday 30th April and a winner will be drawn at 5pm on the same day. Winner will be notified here on the Aquabub blog and by email. Good luck to all who enter and thanks for joining us at Connect2mums!

Note: To enter this competition you must be a New Zealand resident.


Huggalugs Giveaway – and the winners are!

March 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Announcements, Competitions, Giveaways | 3 Comments
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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win one of three pairs of Huggalugs as part of March Madness at Aquabub! Thanks again to Paula at Bumbles for donating the Huggalugs for this giveaway. We love having Huggalugs as part of our product lineup at Aquabub – they are perfect for the upcoming cooler weather.

The lucky winners are:

Renee – you have won the Huggalugs Eileen

mum2girls – you have won the Huggalugs Irene

Sarah R – you have won the Huggalugs Susan

Congratulations!! Please contact me using the email address that is listed on the Contact Us page over at the Aquabub website.

Still plenty more giveaways on offer this month as part of March Madness at Aquabub (have you checked out our current mad specials on the Aquabub website?). Keep an eye on our Facebook fanpage for details of the next one.

In the meantime our March major blog giveaway is still open for entries till 21st March 2010 – take a chance to win a MumCho Poncho!


Win with Aquabub – MumCho poncho up for grabs!

March 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Breastfeeding, Competitions, Giveaways, Pregnancy | 49 Comments
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MumCho Poncho - Sahara

We are very pleased to offer you a chance to win a MumCho poncho in the Sahara print. Thanks very much to Ute of MumCho for donating this poncho for our major March giveaway!

About MumCho:

When Ute Lorch travelled to Europe with her two-month old daughter Kara in 2006, she knew she would be breastfeeding her in all sorts of public places day and night. She was looking for something that would give her some privacy and Kara some comfort.

“I’m not prudish but I still find it awkward and sometimes it is other people who are uncomfortable. And in Europe there are few facilities for parents,” said Ute.

She found a light weight poncho in a drawer she had bought a few seasons previously and thought it might work.

“It was great. I was more relaxed and Kara really enjoyed the intimacy of being covered yet she could still see through it,” she said. “She would just go to sleep on the plane or we could go out at night. And I was not always thinking I have to get some where private to feed her.”

Her friends commented on how brilliantly the poncho worked and on her return to New Zealand Ute searched the market to see if they were still available. They weren’t and with encouragement from family and friends, MumCho was born.

Ute was a university science lecturer, although she was interested in fashion design at school. She did all the background work on the design, fabrics, manufacturing and the business case.

“I came up with two designs as I wanted the babies to be able to see out and not get too hot,” said Ute.

The traditional “over-the-head” style comes in silk or chiffon and in various beautiful patterns. Both fit into a pouch which fits into a handbag. The merino fabric is in a wrap style with a buckle, so the babies can still see out. These come in plain, earthy colours. And Ute has already had demand for these from women who are not feeding as an evening wrap.

“I think breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your children. It has nutritional value and is good for boosting their immune systems and also for bonding,” she says.

“I hope that MumChos will give women confidence and that sense of privacy in a public place that will encourage them to breastfeed and to breastfeed longer.”

For your chance to win simply leave a comment to this blog post saying why you’d like to win the Sahara MumCho Poncho.

Bonus entries:

For an extra chance in the prize draw, pop over to the MumCho Facebook fanpage and become a fan, then mention in your comment that you are a fan.

If you haven’t already joined the Aquabub Facebook fanpage, pop over and join us and then mention in your comment that you are a fan for an extra entry in the draw.

A winner will be drawn on Sunday 21st March at 7pm (New Zealand Time). Good luck to everyone who enters!

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