Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Overseas Families

Hi Everyone!

I've just gotten off the phone with my best friend, my cousin....she's in Canada, I'm in Australia. For the past 10 years we've lived on either sides of the earth however, we still manage to see each other, in person, once a year. She has two little girls (6 months and 4 years) and I have a little boy (8 months). One of the hardest things about having a 'life' in another country is being so far away from friends and family. The benefit is that we get to make new friends wherever we seem to be. So, what's this blog all about? It's about how even though we are seperated by distance, we still remain close!

We own a baby boutique and being in another country, she tells us about all the new 'in-things' that we absolutely MUST stock. We take those into consideration, try them out for ourselves and if the items pass all the tests...they show up on our site http://www.bibsandrattles.com/

Recently, we were talking about how 'organic' and 'bamboo' everything has had a boom, she asked what it was all about...so, for those not in the 'know'...bamboo is an amazing material in which the more you wash it, use it, etc...the softer and more absorbent it becomes. We have bamboo nappies, bamboo blankets (super soft and cuddly...sometimes I even wrap it around my shoulders), bibs (see pic below), toys, rattles, and the list goes on. We decided to stock up on these items because it seemed that everyone wanted them and we totally understand why! Much like the word 'wedding' and 'baby', the words 'organic' or 'bamboo' naturally attract a higher cost but at this point in time, we think the additional cost is well worth it...especially once you feel the material! On our site, we have a whole section dedicated to organic and bamboo products. ( http://www.bibsandrattles.com/index.php?cPath=27&osCsid=27e4fca8be3578454311eecd6db83822 )

I've often picked up the phone to call my cousin...just because....and she's answered the phone in tears saying "I really just needed to talk to you...you can read my mind!" - Although it truly sucks having relatives on the other side of the earth, the technology of our current century allows for amazing communication. Just recently, I've had to educate my cousin about the benefits of Skype...it's FREE! We can video chat for FREE...if you haven't jumped on this bandwagon...you should! You can also sign up for Skype telephone...not a free service but pretty close...for a small cost, you can call anywhere in the world unlimited...beats out that large telephone company which has a monopoly over Australia, which will remain nameless.

So, for any of you who are in the same predicament of having friends and family on another continent or even another city, there's plenty out in technology-world to keep everyone connected...don't be frightened by the technology, embrace it!