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Conscious Brands

By Kate Vandermeer
on July 08, 2020
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Earlier this year, Noonie + I discussed what we wanted this year "2020" to be about for our biz. We wanted to bring more CONSCIOUSNESS + CONNECTION to TheSuperCool.

As a result, we've asked some of our brands to do short video's about what they're doing to be more CONSCIOUS as a brand in relation to climate control + social responsibility.  When watching and listening to these it dawned on me how important it is to share these stories with our customers and the community. 

We had planned to launch this in March and then a lil thing called COVID happened! So we've had a slightly delayed launch for this concept! 

We figure, if you're going to buy a gift for a family member or friend or new baby etc, you'd like for your purchase to have a dual purpose (providing joy for the receiver )but also supporting a small business and the brand that made the product in the process! Hopefully this video series will help you feel like your dollar spend really does count! 

We're kicking this off with Halcyon Nights - our fave kids brand. It's seriously the CUTEST video. You just need to jump over to our instagram to watch the video. We'll also have a SAVED Instagram Highlight area for watching all of these.

Each week we'll share a new story. YAY!

We'd love your feedback on these and if you could share these with others you think might appreciate it, we would love that too! 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR INSTAGRAM

Pay It Forward: Amazing Mums

By Kate Vandermeer
on June 13, 2020
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How great are Mum's? Particularly during Isolation. Playing peace keeper, organising ALL the snacks, homeschooling, dealing with all the MESS, trying to make meals stretch, trying to keep some sense of harmony in the casa and allowing emotions to be felt! 

For this month's Pay It Forward Campaign, we are focusing on Amazing Mum's who have done it tough during Isolation. 

If you want to nominate an Amazing Mum, follow the guidelines below and 3 x winners will be drawn at random and win a $100 gift pack. $50 gift voucher from us and a Beaker Candle by our mates at Alchemy Produx worth $50. 

Click here to email your nomination.... 

1. Your name and Email

2. Your nominations Name + Email or Mobile 

2. A lil message from you to them as to why they are amazing

Entries close Sun 21 June at Midnight. Winners will be drawn Monday 22 June. 

* Please note your email and your nominations email will not be added to any mailing lists - we're legit!  

 

 

 

Podcasts we're digging!

By Kate Vandermeer
on May 30, 2020
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Lately, I've been getting into podcasts - like ALOT! I'm pretty late to the game on this but finding time bymyself to listen to audio with a newborn proved difficult. As Luna is a bit older now, I've been listening to podcasts when I walk her in the pram and when I pick up Lola from school. During Isolation, I also listened to podcasts whilst doing personal deliveries for our SuperCool community! So I've found a few podcasts I've really been loving and wanted to share them with you all.

1. The Grace Tales - Georgie Abay host, editor + author of The Grace Tales website / online mag interviews some diverse mainly Aussie people covering all sorts of topics related to motherhood: i.e. Parenting, post-natal depletion, how to stop people pleasing, mindfulness and transformation, sisterhood and birth order! Fave's are: Jacqui Lewis, Teresa Palmer & Caitlin Cady. 

2. Lady Start Up - Mama Mia presents all sorts of inspiring women who have begun biz's. My fave interview thus far has been the creator of Canva, "Melanie Perkins". 

3. Second Life - Created by Hillary Kerr of Who What Wear and based in LA, this podcast interviews mainly Americans who have pivoted from one career to another.  Some of my faves have been Miranda Kerr, Justina Blakeney, Reese Witherspoon and Cindy Crawford on their respective changes from one career to another. 

4. Jumbled Loves a Chat - Pip has some great convo's with inspiring women from many different industries but mainly small biz about their lives and lessons learned! Fave's have been Phoebe from Sage + Clare, Rachel Castle, Jane Cay from Birdsnest. 

5. Imprint by Natalie Walton - Natalie has curated a gentle, inspiring bunch of women who have chosen to lead a slower, quieter life. She shares their stories as to why and how. Faves have been Courtney Adamo & Emma Lane. 

6. Offline - Alison Rice interviews a variety of people with Instagram profiles but likes to peel the layers behind their edited persona.  She interviews experts on sleep, facing fears, post-natal depression, human design, Ayurveda and what success means to them. Faves have been Kelly Muller, Pip Edwards, Deborah Hutton and Jacyln Michelle. 

I'm discovering new podcasts all the time, so I will edit this list as I find more that I dig but if you have any you recommend, please share! 

 

Creating a Calm Casa

By Kate Vandermeer
on May 13, 2020
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Setting the mood.... so important for creating the right vibe for the whole casa!

(Particularly at the moment in Isolation!)

Come 6:30-7ish, I put lamps on & turn off all bright lights... I have our diffusor going throughout the day so the house smells amazing and often burn candles 🕯 at night when the kiddies are asleep to relax our parental bodies!!

The oils I love to use are listed below:


1. Upper Oil - great for mornings, focus + homeschooling, getting it done! Upper oil has woody + citrus oils which make it grounding + uplifting! Boom 💥


2. Centre Oil - perfect for baths, chilling, night time wind down... (pure lavender: so its super relaxing!) Great for calming tantrumy kids!


3. Downer Oil - great to put on your feet + wrists before meditation, yoga or bed! The ultimate mix of relaxing oils inc Patchouli + Sandalwood (my faves)


4. Australian Native: Eucalyptus & Acacia
Wanna feel energised & also like you live in the bush? This oil is super uplifting but also fresh & a lil slice of “home”.

 

Click here to check them out...


PAY IT FORWARD: TEACHERS

By Kate Vandermeer
on May 09, 2020
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PART 3: TEACHERS 

Like many of you, Noonie & I have been trying to think of ideas to share the love (in a small but helpful way) for those affected by this Virus! We have decided to be inspired by one of our fave movies: Pay It Forward! 

So for the third in this instalment we are going to Pay It Forward for those who are working with challenging circumstances with homeschooling: Teachers! Presented with new technology and ways to educate our kids, Teachers are really flexing their creativity muscles at the moment. We want to honour them for doing a great job in these times. 

So if you know an incredible teacher, please nominate them via this email with the below. 

1. Their full name & contact email address or school name & contact email address. 

2. Your name & email 

4. A lil message from you to them 

We will pick THREE TEACHERS at random and contact them to let them know that you have nominated them to win this SuperCool gift with your message. 

3 Teachers will WIN $100 worth of Gift Vouchers: $50 from us and $50 from our friends at Jones & Co (the home of the rad face vases and one of our beloved brands we work with!)

Just in case you were wondering, we will NOT add your email or their email to our mailing list (this is legit - we're not trying to scam anyone!) 

So let's share the love and reward these special people helping our community!

If you like this idea & are a business who wants to partner up with us, we'll be doing a new version of this every week for the moment! Contact us here... 

If you're following this on instagram: the hashtag is #payitforwardsupercoolstyle

Nominations Close Sunday 17 May.  

Winners will be notified directly on Sunday 17 May (evening) + announced on Instagram!

Spotify Playlists

By Kate Vandermeer
on April 27, 2020
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So we have always had some seriously great tunes in store if we do say so ourselves! Noonie spends HOURS choosing the playlists and pouring over obscure remixes of infamous songs. We often get people asking us about the music in store, so we thought we'd bring our in store tunes to our online experience! 

We've got 2 playlists so far with MORE to come! 

1. LATIN CHILLAX: To remind us of a time 20 years earlier, pre-kids, when we were drinking Caipirinha cocktails on Ipanema beach in Rio De Janerio!

2. YO MAMA: Grooves for TheSuperCool Mamasita! 

Turn up the volume + enjoy! 

 

MAMA'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

By Kate Vandermeer
on April 23, 2020
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We've curated some Mama's Day Gift Ideas for all sorts of Mama's...

click on the links below to shop each item...

OR shop the full list of Mama's Day Gifts here.... 

1. Colour + Print Mama's: 

Minty Tartan Overnight Bag from Kip & Co

Pink Petal Cushion from Kip & Co

Love Oracles Cards

Mint Tealight Holder 

Zodiac Candles By Damselfly

Minty Check Cosmetic Bag from Kip & Co

Bath Salts by New Moon Blends 

 

2. Natural + Minimal Mama's:

Hazel Velvet Cushion by Bambury 

Travertine Oil Burner by Addition Studios

Alchemy Candles

Medium & Large Piki Baskets by Olli Ella

Strawberry Ceramic Coffee Cup by Indigo Love

Archer Ceramic Platter

Community Cook Book

 

3. Mindful Mama's:

Denim Nudie Rudie Bath mat

Maitland Cushion by Bambury

Roam Mug 

Seeking Slow Book

Crystal Essential Oil Rollers by Summer Salt Body

Bath Salts by New Moon Blends

Rainbow Pots by Jones & Co 

 

4. Frida Arty Mama's: 

Frida A-Z Book

Frida Art by Dom Gauchi Design

Frida Oro Face Vase by Jones & Co 

Hue Water Bottle 

Monstera Cactus Tote Bag by Kollab 

 

We are happy to gift wrap all Mama's Day Gifts for FREE and we are also offering FREE SHIPPING at the moment anywhere in Australia! YAY! 

 

PAY IT FORWARD: MIDWIFE HEROES

By Kate Vandermeer
on April 12, 2020
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PART 2: MIDWIFE HEROES

Like many of you, Noonie & I have been trying to think of ideas to share the love (in a small but helpful way) for those affected by this Virus! We have decided to be inspired by one of our fave movies: Pay It Forward! 

So for the second in this instalment we are going to Pay It Forward for those who are working with challenging circumstances to help birth new babies! Midwives are incredible legends at the best of times but during this virus, they are putting themselves at great risk to support women + families at their most vulnerable moments! So if you know an incredible midwife, please nominate them via this email with the below. 

1. Their full name & contact email address or phone number or hospital / practice they work with.

2. Your name & email 

4. A lil message from you to them 

We will pick THREE MIDWIVES at random and contact them to let them know that you have nominated them to win this SuperCool gift with your message. 

1 Midwife will WIN a pair of ROLLIE Shoes (valued at $169.95 - the best shoes for long hours on their feet!) + 2 Midwives will WIN $50 gift packs from us! 

Just in case you were wondering, we will NOT add your email or their email to our mailing list (this is legit - we're not trying to scam anyone!) 

So let's share the love and reward these special people helping our community!

If you like this idea & are a business who wants to partner up with us, we'll be doing a new version of this every week for the moment! Contact us here... 

If you're following this on instagram: the hashtag is #payitforwardsupercoolstyle

Nominations Close Sunday 19 April midday.  

Winners will be notified directly on Sunday 12 April (evening) + announced on Instagram!

Pay It Forward: HEALTH CARE HEROES

By Kate Vandermeer
on April 04, 2020
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PART 1: HEALTH CARE HEROES! 

Like many of you, Noonie & I have been trying to think of ideas to share the love (in a small but helpful way) for those affected by this Virus! We have decided to be inspired by one of our fave movies: Pay It Forward! 

So for the first in this instalment we are going to Pay It Forward for those on the front line of this virus: health care professionals! So if you know a Nurse, Doctor or Ambulance/ Paramedic worker who could do with some cheering up, please nominate them via this email with the below. 

1. Their full name & contact email address or phone number 

2. Their profession? Are they a nurse, doctor or paramedic? 

3. Your name & email 

4. A lil message from you to them 

We will pick THREE health care professionals at random and contact them to let them know that you have nominated them to win this SuperCool gift with your message. 

They will have a special HEALTH gift pack sent to them: $50 gift pack from us, TheSuperCool and $50 gift pack from Moses & Co (the awesome health food store in the South Melbourne Market) 

Just in case you were wondering, we will NOT add your email or their email to our mailing list (this is legit - we're not trying to scam anyone!) 

So let's share the love and reward these special people helping our community!

If you like this idea & are a business who wants to partner up with us, we'll be doing a new version of this every week for the moment! Contact us here... 

If you're following this on instagram: the hashtag is #payitforwardsupercoolstyle

Nominations Close Saturday 11 April Midnight 

Winners will be notified directly on Sunday 12 April (evening) + announced on Instagram!

 

KEEPING YOURSELF SANE

By Kate Vandermeer
on March 22, 2020
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There's a lot that's out of our CONTROL right now... but we can control some things... like how we respond to this... we've got a list of things you can do during social distancing to help you remain positive and SANE!

1. Have a BATH: Set up some candles, put some bath salts with epsom salts in (great for detoxing and cleaning up immunity) and add some pure essential oils like Lavender. Read a book, or just chill! NO SCREENS! Just relax and enjoy this bath. 

2. Learn a Language: Pick a language, learn a word everyday - put notes around the house with each of the words so you keep building on it! 

3. Read Books: Download some books on your kindle, borrow books from neighbours or free libraries (cause most libraries are shut now) and relax in your fave chair, bed or couch. Really take your time to slow down the brain that is used of cramming info in short time frames. Reading is pure mindfulness. Check out our collection of books here. 

4. Grow some Plants: It's a great time to really grow & nurture your plants. Look at books & online guides as to which plants are best for inside and for your bedroom to improve your sleep quality. We've got some great planters, books on plants etc here..

5. Stop following negative people on social media: If anyone you follow makes you feel less than, competitive, why me etc... UNFOLLOW. Clean up your social media accounts and find positive, normal, interesting, diverse people to follow. 

6. Limit your NEWS intake: go to trusted, non sensationalised news sources and check it once a day at the most. Don't let it DEFINE your thoughts and day. What you put into your world + thoughts is going to influence you. Like positive, uplifting tv, books & people make you feel good. Negative scary movies, people & books make you feel scared, angry and have nightmares. EDIT people! 

7. COOKING: Clean out your cupboards, research recipes that are resourceful, wholesome and easy to make. Compile lists of what you can eat for snacks, lunches & dinners and have this list easy to find. Feeding yourself well and nutritionally is a good ritual for NOW and for LIFE! 

8. EXERCISE: Get up and go for a walk, run, cycle, scoot etc or some fresh air as soon as you can in the morning. Being quarantined means you need to get out of the house each day, get some fresh air & define the day so you're not home ALL DAY LONG! Walk your pets, kids + selves!! 

9. MAKE HOME COSY: Make sure you make your home look and feel as good as possible. You're going to be spending alot of time at home, so rearrange furniture to make it operate as best as possible and feel really good. 

10. CLEANSE: Now is a great time to clean out wardrobes, work out what needs fixing, cleaning, donating. Go through old paperwork & shred/ recycle. Empty cupboards, wallets, handbags, backpacks - cleaning up makes you feel productive as well!

11. MEDITATE: If there is one thing you can do to help yourself right now, its MEDITATE. Scared to try? What if my mind overtakes? It definitely will... as someone who put this off for 37 years, I am testament that it works. I just keeping plugging away. I noticed a difference within weeks by sticking at it for a mere 10 mins a day. Now I REALLY notice if I don't meditate. I'm much calmer, more patient as a parent, go with the flow more, less anxious, my body feels better, my breathing is better, my overall decision making is more intuitive and less rushed. It's the best SLOWING down technique you can do and so so so good for you. I started with a free app called CALM... did the intro 7 days of calm and boom... then the 30 day program and then everyday! 

If you have any other tips you want to share, jump on instagram and share them with us. 

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