Jennifer Douglas is a literary publicist who believes in the right of equality for all authors. With a vision of a world where positivity is the norm and negativity is long forgotten Jennifer works alongside authors creating a marketing and publicity plan that meets the needs of the individual.

With years of experience in publicity, public relations and the marketing industry, which includes working with Allen and Unwin and Palmer Higgs Publishing, Jennifer has become a well sort after reviewer. To work with Jennifer is to know you are working with someone who will not hold back on being open and honest about your book and its marketing possibilities.

Having undertaken many courses in writing and poetry over the years Jennifer has a vast knowledge in the field of writing and reviewing, being able to provide an efficient, effective and professional service. As a qualified Early Childhood Educator and a home educating mum with over 16 years experience, she has a passion for quality children's books and educational resources.

Having spent 6 years as the founder and managing editor of two magazines, Good Gabble and Rattling Reviews, Jennifer has an eye for marketing and sales, knowing what the consumer is looking for and how to reach them. She works individually with each client meeting their needs and the needs of their product. She has many years experience in critiquing websites, placing herself in the shoes of the consumer who is browsing. Many clients return time and time again knowing they will be receiving an honest, open and non judgmental review or critique. Jennifer prides herself on providing a friendly, non threatening and personal service. Her clients are able to contact her personally throughout the whole review process.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Finlee & Me

* As published in August 2011 Rattling Reviews magazine

Based in Brisbane Australia Finlee &Me strive to “ source and provide lovely, useful things for both kids and mum's.

Finlee & Me is the brainchild of Angela, mother to Finlee. As a mother she fully understands the need for quality products that make mothering more pleasurable and invite exploration and development in our children. Sourcing products from both Australia and overseas Angela is able to meet the demands of the busy parent. Finlee & Me is a site that is inviting and welcoming, using a blend of natural and soft pastel colours that leave one feeling serene and relaxed, a place that as parents we often find hard to be.

We found browsing Finlee & Me pleasurable and easy. The layout is gentle on the eyes and easy to navigate. All required information is easy to access with clear terms and conditions and shipping details. Shipping worldwide, Angela provides clear payment details and shipping costs by weight.

The range of products at Finlee & Me is diverse, meeting the needs of parents with children ranging from birth to pre-school. For the parent on the go there is the backpack and lunch bag collection with clothes, blankets and snuggles to keep the little one comfortable. When bathtime comes around Finlee & Me have it covered with their range of baby care products and bathtime fun collection. When feeding a bib from the Bumbkins range will have your little one wowing all with their style. I was impressed to see an organic range of product and muslin swaddling wraps that provided colour and flare.

As a mother of a pre-schooler and a qualified child care worker I am aware of the importance of safe products for the under 5. I found Finlee & Me take the guess work and safety concern out of the quota when choosing a product, laying their stock out online for easy selection,with clear photographs and explanation.

Overall the quality of all the products we tested from Finlee & Me were found to be of highest standard and when put to the test by little ones met their often harsh yet loving treatment without failing. We can proudly say that we would recommend Finlee & Me as the place to go for your next online shopping trip. When you shop at Finlee & Me you know you are purchasing products that have been chosen with love, care and passion for the safety of your little treasure.

Mimi Organic Teething Rattle - Toys, Toys, Toys! Kids just love them but parents often stress about them. Finlee & Me have it covered, from the baby rattle to the early learning, the stay at home and the on the go, even the cuddly toy is not forgotten. What impressed me the most with the range of toys was the environmental consideration, vibrant colours and consideration of safety in design. We test ran the Mimi organic teething rattle and although at first I found the face a little daunting, having what could be seen as only one eye with a cross as the other, I soon warmed to the smooth touch of the wooden handle and the soft clear rattle sound. These rattles have a polyfiber filling with a Kool-Aid dyed felt outer. Made of high quality that is sure to last it is good to see that these rattles are hand washable in mild soap, allowing for easy cleaning and sanitising. This rattle collection retails at $17.99 each.

Balloon Ball - My 4 year old loved the balloon ball and even my older ones where in on the fun. We have had balloon balls in our household before but this one from Finlee & Me impressed me due to the expansion size. These material balloon cases are easy to use and provide hours of indoor, safe balloon fun. Simply place the balloon inside the material pouch, blow up and tie on the end. This produces a lightweight, colourful and appealing ball that will have children of all ages squealing. Best of all should the balloon find the mouth of your little one there is no pop and no small balloon pieces for choking. Cleaning is a breeze as the pouch is fully machine washable. Retailing at only $14.95 these are great placed into the cupboard with a bag of balloons for a rainy day or when visitors kids pop over. With a great range of colours and patterns there is sure to be one that appeals to all.

DIY Family Kit - Arts and crafts is something that all children love to get into. At Finlee & Me there is a diverse selection of items to keep all ages amused. From colouring with crayons, painting at home and art on the go Finlee And Me have it covered. We did a test run on the DIY Family Kit which allowed the whole family to get involved and create a little bit of themselves. This kit includes all one needs for creative fun - 7 blank dolls, 6 paint colours, top coat, 2 brushes, sandpaper and an instruction booklet, all presented in a natural material pouch. Smooth to touch and of different sizes to meet the fine motor abilities of the individual child these wooden figurines are very impressive. As a homeschooling family, who engages in daily activities that must meet the needs of a vast age range, this activity was a blessing as it could be expanded to meet age differences.

Dabbawalla Lunch Bag - Well what can one say about the Dabbawalla lunch bag but Wow! Even the teenagers were impressed and commented on its attractive cute appearance. We found these lunch bags to be of high quality with strong stitching and a quality zipper. They are of a good size that expand nicely when packing and provide two inside pockets and one outer pocket for those little bits and piece. The animal character presentation adds appeal to the younger audience and pazzaz for the older. Inspired by the legendary system of dabbawallas delivering homemade lunch to thousands of office workers in India these bags are fun, versatile and practical as a tote for lunch, snacks, toys or a change of clothes. Dabbawalla lunch bags are made from soft eco-sponge, an innovative neoprene-like fabric that has earned the rigorous Oeko-Tex 100 standard of safety in textiles, an ecological certification process that tests for over 100 harmful substances. The fabric is stain resistant and insulated to help retain food temperatures. These bags are machine washable in cold water. Retailing at $29.95 they offer quality for their money and will impress any child.
Finlee & Me can be found at www.finleeandme.com.au