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December 2009

Win one of 50 celebratory bottles of Weleda Baby Calendula Baby Oil worth £7.95
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This competition is run in association with the December/January 2010 issue of The Green Parent Magazine. Find out how to enter here.....

19 November 2009

TIPS Top Brand (Baby Skincare 2007) and Best of the Best (Baby Wipes 2009) both win Gold at the annual Mother & Baby Awards!

Weleda and Jackson Reece were both Gold Winners at the recent Mother & Baby Awards Dinner where I was lucky enough to be a guest of Weleda.

I am thrilled to see these excellent companies finally being recognised for their safe and responsible approach to baby skincare and would like to congratulate them both on their well deserved win!

14 November 2009

CLIC Sargent Blues Ball

A great night was had by all including TIPS prize winners Fiona and Iain (see picture below) at the yearly CLIC Sargent Ball held at the Princess Royal Suite at Ayr Racecourse.

The evening began with a champagne reception then we were treated to a delicious four-course meal. Entertainment was provided by local schoolgirl singing sensation Rebecca Shearing, Frank Sinatra sound-alike Paul Ellis and the excellent Glasgow Soul band ‘Counselled Out’ who kept us on our feet until the wee hours! Charity auctioneers Willie Hamilton and Robbie Taylor kept bidding brisk (including me!) during an exciting auction as dozens of amazing lots went under the hammer and not forgetting the HUGE tombola and raffle prizes making sure that most guests went home with an armful of goodies.

An update on next year’s Kilimanjaro Challenge in aid of our friend Allister Boyd (you can read more about this here) with 31 brave trekkers already signed up – good luck to all of you and we will bring you news of their adventure when the time comes.

Despite the credit crunch we are delighted to announce that this event went on to raise a whopping £46.000!

It is 20 years since Malcolm Sargent House opened its doors to help provide individual support to children and young people with cancer and leukaemia.

Supported by members of the fundraising committee, May Gilchrist, Community Fundraising Manager, succeeded in pulling off yet another success. By the end of the evening we were all ready for a seat (see picture of May and Sharon below) but it was worth all the hard work. A BIG thank you to all the sponsors, especially Brown Brothers printers who wowed us with the stunning programme which was cleverly presented in a mock LP cover (see picture below). This was a truly memorable night.

For more information or to make a donation go to:

16-18 October 2009

Congratulations to Greatvine on their Baby Show success at Earls Court!

Greatvine are just back from their first Baby Show, where they achieved a tremendous 468 signups in total - the equivalent of 1 signup ever 3 minutes over the course of the 3 days! An innovative website, offers individual advice, by phone, direct from the country's best experts - Sharon is one of Greatvine's many consultants.

Sadly Sharon could not be at there, but the stand was very busy and the team gave away 1700 Greatvine goody-bags with promotional materials for the site and the experts, including the TIPS Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet. Each bag also contained a £10 Greatvine voucher for people to use against a Greatvine consultation of their choice.

You can find out more or book your very own one-to-one consultation with Sharon here...

October 2009

Baby Wipes Awards 2009 now online…

Find out how we set-up the brand new 2009 Baby Wipes trial and read the final reviews here.

September 2009

Weleda need your vote…

Weleda Lavender creamy body wash has been nominated for Best Organic Product in the Bloom Awards 2009.

Weleda Lavender creamy body wash has been nominated for Best Organic Product in the Bloom Awards 2009. For your chance to win the entire selection of nominated products (worth £600!) all you have to do is take part in the consumer online vote at


Find out more about the survey here.

August 2009

And the lucky winner is....

Mum Jo won the main prize in TIPS e-newsletter 14: the ultimate bumGenius package to become a reusable family: 10 bumGenius One Size nappies, a pail liner, a travel bag, 100% unbleached cotton washable wipes and Baby Legs, worth £200!

Of the washable nappies Mum says: "I've been really impressed with them, i've had no leaks at all, they are incredibly absorbant and the fact that they dry in no time means they have a quick turnaround which is fantastic."

Thank you Mum Jo and Baby Evie for the lovely photo!


July 2009

Congratulations to our 600th Parent Tester!

We are delighted to announce that our family of Parent Testers has just broken through yet another amazing milestone!

Clare from Leeds was unaware she had become the 600th TIPS Parent Tester until Sharon called her up with the good news. To mark this special event, a signed copy of Sharon’s book, Breastfeeding: the essential guide and a huge soft and cuddly one-off celebration towel are on their way to Clare.

Perfect timing too because Clare recently gave birth to her first son who is now seven weeks old.

21 June 2009

TIPS double Award-winning baby wipes available from Superdrug - Jackson Reece Soothing Herbal Wipes coming to a store near you!

Lots of people ask where they can buy TIPS Award-winning products and we are delighted to announce that from today (21 June 2009) you can buy Jackson Reece double award winning wipes at your local Superdrug. Initially the wipes may not be stocked by all stores so if you can't find them in your local Superdrug, ask the manager to order some in for you.

More information on the Jackson Reece Soothing Herbal Wipes and the full TIPS reviews are available here.

June 2009

TIPS Award winning Tummy Tub goes stateside!!!
Tummy Tub clean up following US feature on the ‘Today Show’

Janis McKellar’s, hubby Brent and their 14 month old son John made an appearance on the Today Show. They joined presenters Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry Friday in New York Studio 1A to demonstrate the Tummy Tub, a baby bath new to parents in the US. Janis first used the Tummy Tub for her fourth baby in 2007 and loved it so much she decided to become a distributor in the US selling it on her website

You can read the full article here, or get more information on the Tummy Tub and see the video clip here.


10 - 17 May 2009

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week - win a set of Boobie Buddies....

To celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Week I am delighted to offer TIPS members the chance to win a set of Boobie Buddies dolls (worth £40). In the TIPS e-newsletter 7, I told you about Pip Wheelwright and her inspiring story about her Boobie Buddie breastfeeding dolls. These really are the most innovative dolls to hit the market and their ingenious use of magnets allows children to role play by letting the dolls hold hands, kiss and breastfeed (there is a mummy and a baby dolly in each set).


  • If you are a TIPS Member or a TIPS Tester email the words 'Boobie Buddies' to Brigitte for a chance to win a set of Boobie Buddies - the draw will take place on 22 May

This competition is only open to TIPS Members and TIPS Testers.

4 April 2009

Allister Boyd – tragic loss of teenage fundraiser!
Please donate to his favourite charities…

Our hearts go out to family and friends as they mourn the loss of their beloved Allister (see our 28 June 2008 stop press news). Having met Allister and heard his story I know his spirit will live on and the fundraising will continue so please support his two chosen charities and donate whatever you can to:

Allister was 19 years old and had been battling cancer for the last three years. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour just before his 17th birthday and since then has had cancer in his spine and, very recently, a second brain tumour was discovered. The doctors could not operate and Allister did not know how long he had left. He helped to arrange a full day of events on 5 April which sadly he did not live to see. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family at this very difficult time. Allister was a force to behold and I for one will never forget him.

5 April 2009

Natural & Organic Products Show
Olympia, London

BABY SKINCARE: BACK TO BASICS, NATURALLY - a seminar presented by Michael Bate (Weleda) and Sharon at the Natural & Organic Products Show.

Sharon's baby skincare guidelines have become policy in many maternity units. Sharon will talk about these guidelines and explain how natural products can promote healthy skincare. Weleda head gardener, Michael Bate, will give a profile of the Calendula plant, and explain why it is selected for use in baby products.

This is being organised in association with Weleda, the TIPS Top Baby Skincare Brand 2007-2009.

Even if you miss the seminar, come and see Sharon at the Weleda stand (number 3002) where she will be available to answer any of your baby skincare queries. So come along and say hello!


Find out more about this event here

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