Monday, November 30, 2009

Organic Chocolate ERGObaby on sale

Yummy!! Who can ever say no to Organic Chocolate???

Not us, and here's a fab deal on the brilliant ERGObaby Carrier in glorious chocolate with coffee lining.

Don't eat it all at once.

Check out the special on

The one that didn't get away

Heidi had a well deserved (and very rare) weekend away and look what she landed!

Well done chickee :)

Belly Beyond TV

Belly Beyond TV has it's own blog!

Check it out :)

And in the meantime, here's a sneak peak of the new intro.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Isoki 2010 Collection is here

We fell in love with Isoki when we first spotted them in an overseas magazine. They are very popular on the site but customers have asked us for a smaller Isoki option.

Isoki have answered the call with their new collection; First an amazing 3 in 1 slouch. It's a backpack, a shoulder bag, across the body bag - and it's fully reversible!!

The Multi Messenger is for the funky urban Mum on the go. Kids are a bit older, still need a bag that will fit all the kids gear when you need it to but will double as a handbag when out and about without the little ones.

Since launching in 2007 Isoki has established itself as a multi award winning brand and leader in the baby bags and accessories market, and Belly Beyond is proud to be their number stockist in New Zealand!

Here's a sneak peak but you can check out all the details on the website here

A full review will be up on Belly Beyond TV soon too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Life as a Mumpreneur

Lots of people ask us what it’s like to run a growing business from home while being full-time mums to small children. Here is what we think life would be like if we translated it to a traditional office environment.

7am Turn PC on.
  • wipe the toothpaste and/or cereal smears off the screen.
  • Turn keyboard upside down and remove as much of the liquid as possible
  • Locate and reattach tab and spacebar key.
Between 9am and 5pm Attempt to work. Every 10 minutes (if you are lucky) be interrupted by a colleague telling you they:

a. Are bored
b. Are hungry
c. have done a poo
d. have tipped an entire bottle of water on the couch
e. have put their toothbrushes down the toilet

Deal with all of the above whilst replying to emails, packing customer orders and answering the telephone - all at the same time. For added authenticity carry a sack of potatos or small feral dog in one arm throughout the day.

6pm Wave to the nice man cooking dinner in cafeteria. Thank him for the meal.

7pm to 8 pm Break up fights, console and get to sleep two of your junior colleagues.

8pm to 10pm Reacquaint yourself with cafeteria man, who you recall having slept with on occasion.

10pm-1am Start work. Attempt to fit 8+ hours work into 3, turn PC off. Realize you don’t have to change into your PJ’s because they are still on from the day before - BONUS.

1am Sleep at your desk – that’s right you now live at work


Important Notes:

• There are no days off; a weekend is for people with real jobs

• There is no sick leave; if you or your child are sick please replace “cereal/toothpaste smears” in Point 1 with “vomit and snot”

• Pay rises are only applicable if you are paid something to start with

• You can technically fire yourself but you must be fully reinstated in under an hour

Sunday, November 15, 2009

MumCho entire range on SALE

Our MEGA sale just got even better.

-up to 60& off HOTmilk
-ERGObaby carriers from $185

and not the entire range of Mumcho, pregnancy and breast feeding top - 30% off!

Check out the sale here

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Things I am grateful for

In times of turmoil I think it's important to look on the positive side. It's not a natural reaction for me, despite my best intentions, I have always been a glass-half-empty kind of girl.

So to combat that, here's a list of the things I am grateful for today:
  • That our lovely back lawn doesn't have any prickles
  • Safety nets on the trampoline
  • Finding Nemo
  • Coffee
  • Huts made out of bed sheets and dining room chairs
  • My best friend and business partner
  • My gorgeous husband for his sensible advice and unshakable faith in my ability to do what needs to be done.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Feel like playing Santa this Christmas?

Check out what Baby Bites is up to!

We all hear the stories, families that are simply less fortunate than ours because of financial, physical or emotional distress and cannot celebrate Christmas fully. For a lot of us, these are more than just stories, they are our friends, our family, our neighbours.

Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, has a fabulous prize pack to give away to a family in need this christmas. The prize pack full of gorgeous gifts will hopefully boost their spirits and give them something that they would not be able to give themselves.

Please take the time to remember what Christmas is all about, and nominate a family you know that is less fortunate that yours now here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

the SALE of the year!!

Heidi and I were talking recently that this time last year we were boob deep (ha-ha) in our very first HOTmilk clearance.

It was such an exciting time for us and as we saw the orders come in like never before, it really gave us a glimpse of retailing on a larger scale. Heidi and I were up well into the wee hours packing orders for many many nights just to keep up and we roped in the Mr Belly Beyonds to help as well.

Our systems have improved somewhat over the past year since this shot - hehehe

We reckoned that given the new season HOTmilk is on the way, if a clearance was going to happen, it'd be this month. And HOTmilk have indeed decided they want to clear the shelves and have just confirmed today that it is SALE TIME until 23rd November (or while stocks last!)

Starting tomorrow: 10 HOTmilk styles, sizes 8A-20FF, up to 65%

HOTmilk bra $35,
HOTmilk brief $15

Yip, thats two HOTmilk sets for $100!!!!! Plus Nightie and PJ specials.

But wait, there's more (yes, I really just said that). Buy any two HOTmilk sets and you receive FREE nightwear worth another $85.

IN SUMMARY, over $250 worth of HOTmilk for the grand total of $100.

And for those that are undied out (from our back to back HOTmilk then Womama Sales) we are also specialing selected ERGObaby Carriers and Isoki Bags as well - watch out for a newsletter tomorrow!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Auckland Parent and Child Show

Thousands of mums and dads descended on the ASB Showgrounds last weekend for the Auckland Parent& Child Show.

It was our first time as exhibitors and it far exceeded our expectations! Our Ergo Baby Carrier specials and the Isoki Nappy Bags were definitely the crowd favourite and the gorgeous dulce&zoet slings were also really well received.

So many people commented on how busy our little stand was and we often had queues for people to get in!! Even our fellow exhibitors popped over often to tell us to send some customers their way :)

Fantastic job again to the boys - what fabulous men-folk we have in our lives and also to Judy and Jodie, you guys are STARS!! More and more I am so grateful to be sharing this business with our growing team, everyone adds value and brings something unique to Belly Beyond and we are a better business for it.

We highlighted a couple of new products and there was lots of interest in the Olli&Lime and Tummy Tie.

Lovely to have our specialist team on site too. A big thank you to Amy from Popit, Rebecca from Made4baby, Eva from dulce&zoet, Ute from Mumcho and Jane from Fine Lines.

And a special mention to so many of who you took the time to come up and give us so much amazing feedback about the site and our recent awards wins. It's such a cliche I know, but we literally couldn't do it without our lovely customers!

So enough chatter from me, here are the pics.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ergo Baby Carrier Heart to Heart Infant Insert

The all new infant insert from Ergo will be here mid-late this month.

It's the Heart2Heart and can been designed in conjunction with research studies, chiropractic support and customer feedback. This means you will be able to cuddle your newborn tummy to tummy, hence the Heart2Heart name.

More details coming soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Firing my assistant

So today was the last straw and I've taken the big step and fired my assistant.

Well it had been coming for while. He has no concept of deadlines, doesn't respect boundaries and his constant demands about time off for food breaks and naps just didn't mesh with the high standards the role requires.

We were doing a photo shoot and after I'd asked him three times to finish setting the product up and this was the result when I went back to check on progress.

I mean I ask you - what was I do???? Lucky he's so cute. Please excuse the bad fringe. He went to stay one night with my parents last weekend and came home looking like that. Needless to say Mum was given a written warning and staff discount privileges revoked until further notice ;)

Got the shot in the end though! New Ecotanka Covers with detachable straps - not a bad result for a home job huh?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Open Casting Call - Wellington

The fabulous Womama Maternity Lingerie, a great little local company making a name for itself here and around the world, is searching for a breastfeeding mother, a pregnant woman and babies to be a part of their 2010 catalog themed “home is where your heart is.”

Who do they need?

• Breastfeeding woman with baby aged 3-6 months
• Pregnant woman with a tummy at 5- 6 months in November
• Girl 4-5 years old with long, dark hair and dark brown eyes
• New born to six week old baby
• Baby 5-6 months old at the end of November

What do you need to do?

Register your interest THIS WEEKEND.

Where: Belmont Memorial Hall, Lower Hutt (just off motorway).
When: Saturday the 7th of November 2009 from 1pm to 4pm.

Come register your interest and have a snap shot taken.

Details: Photo shoot will take place in Eastbourne 23 and 24th of November.
Applicants must be available both days from 7am-8pm.

Applications for model search close November the 8th. Chosen models will be notified by phone.

Check out the previous collections here


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