Monday, November 2, 2009

Aquabub, this weeks new showcase!

Hello everyone, this weeks small business showcase with Helen MacMillan of Aquabub, a wonderful New Zealand business!

Helen MacMillan lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her wonderful husband of 7.5 years and father to their two precious boys, Ethan (born November 2006) and Aiden (born December 2008).

Helen started her home-based business, Aquabub in mid 2007 by hiring out the super-comfy inflatable birth pool she'd laboured in with her son Ethan. Demand soon led to Aquabub having seven hire pools and then further expanding to offer natural parenting products, including baby carriers, natural fibre modern cloth nappies, Baltic amber jewellery, organic bamboo babywear and more.
Helen is very proud to be the New Zealand distributor for five product lines, one of which she also exports, and she enjoys sourcing new products and brands which aren't readily available in New Zealand in the natural parenting market.
Helen loves the autonomy of running her own business and finding solutions to customer problems, for example sourcing natural fibre modern cloth nappies for families who's children don't tolerate synthetic fibres against their skin (like her own boys). She also loves and feels very privileged to share birth stories on her website when her birth pool hire customers share them. She feels they are a great resource for prospective parents who may be considering birthing at home or using water for their labour/birth.

Helen says one of the harder things about running a home business around two young children is managing work and family life balance. Life is certainly a juggling act!

Because all Helen's products are also used by her family, its hard for her to choose a favourite, though the Kozy Carrier is very dear to her heart and is one of the brands that Aquabub distributes. Helen says its super comfy, ergonomic and supports baby's developing spine safely. Helen also says she has enjoyed and still does enjoy, carrying both boys in a Kozy as does her husband. She says its liberating to be able to wear the boys on her back, as the boys are comforted and she is still able to get things done around the house or with the business. She also loves to carry them on her front as Aiden has been worn this way since he was a newborn and he loves to sleep in the Kozy Carrier!

Another of Helen's best sellers is her range of Baltic amber teething necklaces - a great alternative for soothing baby's teething pain. They have been traditionally used in Europe for centuries, the necklaces are designed to be worn against the skin. As the Baltic amber warms against the skin, the amber releases oils containing natural analgesic (pain relieving) properties which are absorbed through the skin into the blood stream. Baltic amber also helps skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and is a natural remedy for many other conditions.

Helen's storefront is her website, but she also attends a local Artisan market once a month and enjoys being able to show selected items from her product range in person. In November Helen will be introducing a lay-by service to make shopping with Aquabub even easier!
So there you now know all about Helen and her wonderful business! Go and have a look at her website and see all the things she has to won't be disappointed!


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