Baby Strollers or Babywearing?

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You feel the kicks inside, you are dreaming up the perfect nursery, and then you stop and stare at your registry when you get to strollers. Do you imagine yourself putting your baby in a stroller and going for a jog every morning? Or do you imagine putting your baby upon your chest and wrapping them or holding them tight?

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Almost 34 weeks with Zaedyn Tai in 2011

No matter which thought you leaned toward, every baby is different, and sometimes different settings change the preference of stroller or carrier from day to day. Zaedyn wanted nothing to do with strollers when he was a baby, however this changed when we traveled overseas and started using it more and more. It was a great convenience to be able to have no other body attached with space to toss bags underneath and save my back and posture. Zaya also spent a lot of time in an Ergo Carrier early on simply because it provided the convenience of feeding and continuing to carry on playing with a toddler. However, the positive side of being able to put her in a stroller was providing space. If Zaya was carried, she would want to be latched on continuously. Also as a single Mama, having one baby in a carrier and a toddler in a stroller also made life possible. Every day with these beautiful energetic children meant time outside in nature. We never stopped exploring and living our lives, but with the convenience of a stroller as well, I am not sure how I would have managed otherwise. Picture me, baby in carrier also holding a toddler on my hip, bag on shoulder, trying to move forward. This definitely happened at times, and I can’t say it was particularly comfortable! If I had to do that often, my back would not appreciate it, but of course I would do it for these cuties.

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For those of you who know me well, you would not really think of me going on about strollers as they were not even a part of my life. I wanted my baby nearby, or I didn’t want to push an empty stroller while holding a baby. Then I realized the positives of strollers as being convenient, walking freely, providing space for belongings during long outings, etc. Baby wearing and strollers have both played a part in my children’s lives, and I believe there is a time and place for both. I am a hippie Mama who is all about natural parenting and being at one with your baby, but it doesn’t mean that using a stroller is not as comforting. Sometimes even babies want their space! It is a great way to separate shortly while keeping that connection and closeness, beginning to provide learning of independence and freedom.

When deciding what stroller to buy, there is a lot to think about. My parents bought one in combination with a capsule carseat. The first one I had for Zaedyn was sturdy and able to travel through many terrains. At one point, I even tried a double stroller that we picked up at a garage sale. The evolution of strollers is remarkable. Within each category, there are even more factors such as is your double next to each other, below, even, or facing? Do you have a sunroof? Are the straps simple and easy? How many wheels are there? Can you remove the material to wash it? Plus so much more! Thought you were just picking a stroller. Think again. Almost every baby item requires you to think endlessly and wonder what the best possible option is for your precious baby.

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Many of our adventures might not have been as enjoyable if I was not able to have some time completely unattached, especially during those hot summer months! Usually our adventures involve a lot of walking and discovering new surroundings. I bet a lot of you have had similar experiences so I would love to hear from you and provide you with something special just for sharing your memory. Childhood is truly magical.

I am very excited to be able to offer you a $50 gift card simply by commenting below:

Where was your most exciting or memorable stroller adventure?

I cannot wait to hear about your lovely memories. You have until Friday, October 4 to enter just by commenting below. We would love for you to share with all your Mama friends as well!

 

“This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate”

Solti Tea Party

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Solti now has a SuperTea Line made with pure, clean water, chlorine and fluoride free, no metals or chemicals!

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The line up consists of two caffeine free teas: Rooibos Chai and Arctic Chaga. Jasmine Pearl contains 30mg caffeine, Ceremonial Matcha 34mg, and Dragon Oolong 60mg caffeine.

“Contrast to coffee which not only contains caffeine, acidity and low pH making for a burst of energy followed by a crash and contributing to acidosis, our organic tea combined with a higher pH purified water makes for a less acidic beverage. The tea containing caffeine will give you a boost without moving your body into acidosis. Pure energy in a bottle, giving you a boost with no crash and bringing you more vitality and hydration.” -Ryne O’Donnell, Founder & CEO of Solti

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Could it be time for tea? It’s ALWAYS tea time! Zaedyn was a huge fan of the previous African Rooibos Chai Latte so it isn’t surprising that he reached straight for the Rooibos Chai, a perfect choice for the fall season.

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Although I am all about these custom glass bottles with a hidden little surprise if you look at the bottom, we wanted to have a bit of fun with our little tea set.

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Zaedyn showed beautiful coordination and concentration as he transferred our vital liquids, not spilling a drop.

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It doesn’t get much better than this: learning at home with your Mama, having a private tea party taste testing the new Solti Teas while your sister sleeps, staying hydrating, and sneaking in a few little tea time raw vegan goodies!

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Not even coming up for air…

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That smile says it all🙂.

Drink Solti. Shine brightly.

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Let Yourself Shine.

A Taste of the Future

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Tea, re-imagined. Whole leaf tea, brewed, and crystallized.

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In collaboration with the most experienced tea masters and tea farmers around the world, Pique Tea sources the top 5% of tea leaves in the world to bring you one of the healthiest beverages in an easy to prepare option wherever you are. By combining modern science and ancient tradition, their slow brew process allows you to receive this crystal form packed with fresh flavour and even more antioxidants.

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“Tea crystals are the biggest innovation in tea since the invention of the teabag.” -Founder, Simon Cheng, http://www.piquetea.com

Yes, you may be having the same initial thoughts as I had when I was contacted to try out this new unique tea. Tea in a sachet? Why? The fact that they were organic gained my attention to look into these a bit more, and also simply for the curiosity of why and how you could put tea in a sachet. I love loose leaf tea. The process of brewing tea can be fun whether you are brewing a cup or a huge pot. I can, however, completely see the niche and positive reasons for why someone would want to drink crystallized tea. It is perfect every time, still allowing you to live your life to the fullest and on the go without missing out. Tea is health. Tea is life.

I have learned that this isn’t just another product trying to make it into the market with complete misunderstanding of what tea is all about. The founder, Simon Cheng, comes from a genuine place in loving tea and incorporating it into his healthy lifestyle as well as having a deep appreciation for ancient health. His drive created this new unique product that is actually real, sourced, and created on a deeper level and understanding. Pique Tea is spot on.

Available in 5 varieties of black and green teas ~ Pique Tea is all organic, pure, and delicious hot or cold. They have a sampler pack where you can enjoy them all, or choose your favourite from Sencha, Mint Sencha, Jasmine, Early Grey, or English Breakfast.

Quality Guaranteed! Pique even goes beyond to ensure quality by batch testing antioxidant levels and making sure that no heavy metals are present. When preparing my tea, I use reverse osmosis water so that I am not adding unnecessary and unwanted chemicals to this pure drink.

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I have been drinking my tea sampler, experimenting with hot and cold tea, and I am impressed. My favourite has been sipping on cold brew Jasmine in a mason jar. If you are a tea drinker who loves real loose-leaf tea, don’t be afraid to give Pique a chance. For all you busy parents out there who may not have an extra hand or even an extra second to make tea, Pique is the perfect answer. It also minimizes the desire to turn towards unhealthy drinks when it is so easy to make a cuppa with their sachets. Throw some sachets in your bag, or pack them on the plane, and you will always have quick tea on hand.

I am always all about being sustainable and although this doesn’t completely fall into that category, I understand the reality of busy everyday lives in today’s world. Plus, you don’t have to drink the sachets every time you want to enjoy a cuppa. Mix it up. Sometimes brew from loose leaf, and sometimes grab a sachet on the go. Just know, you won’t be sacrificing taste if you reach for Pique. I love that it tastes like genuine tea. Yes, you can add sweetener if you like, but I love pure tea, no milk or sugar added.

As far as I have personally seen, most packaged or quick teas involve sugar, something that I am simply not into. Other products available on the market taste like processed products. Fortunately, Pique sachets really do taste like a good cup of tea, so go ahead and energize your body, mind, and soul by remembering that it’s always tea time! Replace other beverages with this magical tea, giving you a more natural caffeine boost and antioxidants.

You can purchase flavours individually, as part of a tea sampler, or you can even create the perfect tea plan for you. It really doesn’t get much simpler than this. You can have organic single serve sachets delivered straight to your door. Add in hot or cold water, stir, and enjoy!

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Want to learn more and connect with Pique Tea? Follow this link!

Which flavour would you like to try?

Now onto the giveaway for those of you ready to experience Pique!

Follow their link, enter your email, and you are entered to win 2 cartons of Pique! Quick, you have until July 22.

FEEL WELL, DO GOOD, DO MORE, DRINK PIQUE.

*This tea was sent to me by Pique, however, my opinions are my own. I am collaborating with them to bring you this giveaway because I want you to try this amazing new innovative product.

Generation Mindful Affiliate

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Generation Mindful Affiliate!

These new PeaceMakers are incredible for littlies, children, & even adults! We are so excited to be a Mindful Maker Affiliate & know that you will love these cards just as much as we do. They are powerful whether playing a game, reading through, or even reading aloud to your little babies or babies in the womb.

Please order through my link if you want to own some, too!
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PEACEMAKERS
~ connection ~ focus ~ play ~
Inspiring mindfulness & compassion in all ages. There are 42 affirming messages to build emotional intelligence via play through endless possibilities. Where we focus, we create …

I’m excited to see the growth of Generation Mindful, a community of positive conscious beings: playing to learn, teaching by example, being enough, living in the little moments, holding heart higher than head, & nurturing the human spirit. Hello to the new generation …

“Building emotional intelligence PLAYFULLY!”

 

 

WABI-SABI BOTANICALS

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“Finding beauty in imperfection, valuing simplicity and authenticity, embracing the connectedness of all things, & respecting the integrity of natural objects and processes”

Wabi-sabi Botanicals is beyond what you would expect and imagine in beauty and skincare products today. Combining natural ingredients, many of which are organic, all cruelty-free, all vegan, and unique ingredients, these are created with unconditional love and packaged into reusable glass containers! Natural, beautiful, and sustainable.

One of my favourite facial masks as recommended is KUSALA ‘MERITORIOUS ACTION’. This gentle mask combines kaolin clay, pink rose, matcha green tea, and rosehip to provide a beautiful, purifying, anti-aging, feel good mask. Instantly after using the mask, my skin feels incredible. This is definitely my go to mask which I really need to make some time for this week. Just thinking about it makes me want to pamper my skin and make it look and feel beautiful.

The other masks also have a place depending on your skin tone and personal preference. I originally thought I would like ARAHANT ‘PURE ONE’ the best as I love seaweed. I only tried a sample of this which is possibly why I still prefer KUSALA, but I really felt like a mermaid. I love the combination of sea clay, organic kelp, and organic chlorella algae. I have such a love for the ocean, and these powerful ingredients combine to create a mineral-rich mask, mostly helpful for oily, acne-prone skin types. For those cacao and coffee lovers, SAMPAJANNA ‘PRESENCE OF MIND’ might just be your go to. It combines Moroccan Rhassoul clay, organic raw cacao, and organic fair trade coffee for a rich, energizing mask. I love that all of the masks come in dry form which can be activated with water for a fresh facial that is pure, preventing mold or bacteria growing, and extending the shelf life.

I was following up my masks with AKALIKO ‘TIMELESS’ until now when I have been experimenting with MAGGA. AKALIKO is an interesting combination of oils combining argan oil, rosehip see oil, vitamin e, and optional essential oils. I opted for no essential oils this time. A little goes a long way, but a few drops massaged into your clean skin is essential. Also, you can use it to fade and prevent stretch marks. I have not personally tried this, but I definitely think it sounds great for expecting Mamas or Mamas who need it. Akaliko comes in a beautiful eco-friendly amber glass bottle.

Another alternative oil I have tried is MAGGA ‘PATH OUT OF SUFFERING’, a light balancing and healing oil including kukui nut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e oil, and optional essential oils. I am currently using this one which I follow up after my cleansing grains. I am really loving it. I have yet to be dissatisfied with any Wabi-Sabi Botanical products. They all seem to amaze me. I love how beautiful my skin feels. My only disappointment to all of them, is simply the fact that I do not get to consistently use them as a busy Mama (which is partly why this post has taken me so long), but I am working on it. I am learning that self-love is important and essential when caring for others. These products have given me a little bit of me time and made me feel like a beautiful Mama.

SAGGA ‘Heavenly Realm’ charcoal + rose cleansing grains is my personal favourite at the moment. It combines gluten free oats, kaolin clay, activated bamboo charcoal, and pink rose. My skin feels so soft and is left feeling completely clean, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Another success to add to my growing Wabi-Sabi products!

Although I have not tried all of the products, I am extremely interested in many and can almost guarantee they are just as lovely. I love getting updates on new listings. The current new listing that really seems to catch my eye is JIVA ‘LIFE’ which is a mist that combines distilled water, Hawaiian black lava salt (with activated coconut shell charcoal), Bolivian pink sea salt, coconut oil, soy glycerin, and marshmallow root extract. This can be used not only as a toner, but as a mist through your hair to create a beach look.

What Wabi-Sabi Botanical Products have you tried or would you like to try?

Now’s your chance! Take advantage of the END OF SUMMER SALE which ends this Sunday!

Always natural, always vegan, always cruelty-free, & always handmade with love❤

“Fun Fact: Each product is named after a Buddhist term with it’s simplified English definition printed underneath it on the label”

Elysse Hannah, the creator behind Wabi-Sabi Botanicals is extremely dedicated and inspiring about what she does. Besides beautiful products, she has exceptional customer service and speedy delivery. She won’t leave you disappointed. Follow along Pinterest and Instagram for not only product updates and promotions, but inspiration and recipes! Yum! Thanks again, Elysse, for bringing beautiful natural products into the world. We love what you are creating!

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Mama’s Milk

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“Breastfeeding is a Mother’s gift to herself, her baby, & the Earth”

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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

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As we learn to acknowledge this, we develop a stronger connection and drive to respect the Earth not only for ourselves, but for our children and their future. We are beyond excited to introduce you to small but mighty, a mother daughter team who are bringing their hopes and dreams of the way we view children and the future of our world through organic tees and bodysuits. Their clothing is made of 100% organic cotton, eco friendly, and fair trade. They are conscious of their sourcing and their impact upon the health and wellbeing of littlies and the planet.

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“Children hold the keys to the future, and while they may not always be able to articulate important ideas yet, we believe it is important to start early in teaching them to care for the Earth, themselves, & each other.”

As a new shop they are continuing to grow and introduce more designs. These lovely soft tees currently have important adorable, fun, and cheeky sayings such as, “locally growing, old soul, dreamer, small but mighty, save the planet I’m just getting started, and give a poo about the planet!” Bodysuits are available in sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months while tees come in 2T, 3T, and 4T. In my opinion, they seem to run pretty true to size.

Here are a few photos of Zaedyn wearing the locally growing tee in size 4T…

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“I Pledge to: shop small, eat local, enjoy local, and support local businesses that support my community and I!

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Zaedyn loves his shirt so much, he wants to wear it all the time. He told me that it is his favourite. When he is wearing it, he makes sure to tell people that it says “locally growing” on his tee. He is continually becoming more aware of what locally grown truly means. We have been talking about the connection to our locally grown food and the impact we have by supporting local and living sustainable lives. I love seeing his big smiles as he understands these important relationships in our life and the impact upon the Earth.

Here are a few photos of Zaya wearing the “save the planet, i’m just getting started” tee…

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“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it”

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Zaya definitely follows in her brother’s footsteps with their love of nature and their dispositions of determination and perseverance. Although Zaya does not always understand everything yet, Zaedyn leads by example for his little sister. Together, they set examples on how to respect, love, and care for the Earth. Although they are just getting started, their impact is definitely mighty!

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As we walked through the nature center, we had many comments about their tops. Their messages were already getting through to others. I am excited to see their impact as they wear their tops which state their vision and further model this through their actions. They boldly send positive messages into the world, and I am so proud of my little vegans.

Although they are small, they are mighty!

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We are sure that you will love small but mighty’s tees and bodysuits just as much as we do! The planet and your littlies will thank you, too. Don’t forget to connect with small but mighty and check out their beautiful and expanding etsy shop…

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Zaya even tested her tee out in the dirt, and it was easily brushed off! These tees are not only soft and beautiful, but kid friendly, too.

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Drink Shakti

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Sun, sand, saltwater, & Shakti! Pure energy and love in a glass bottle.

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Shakti is the first glass bottled, FDA approved, cold pressed juice on the market.

~ Organic ~ Raw ~ Vegan ~ Cold Pressed ~ Local ~ Glass Bottled ~ Unpasteurized ~

“The energy that flows throughout our entire cosmic universe is said to be Shakti”

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Zaedyn and Zaya love Shakti Juice! Zaedyn was so cute turning over the bottle and pretending to read the label, letting me know that Shakti Juice was raw, vegan, unpasteurized, organic, and so so yummy.

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Zaya was struggling to hold onto the bottle when it was full, but it did not stop her from trying to carry it all around and bring it to me to open for her.

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We all enjoyed the beautiful morning sunshine and playing in the waves. Shakti Juice gave us so much energy and clarity. It really is beyond juice 😉

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Have you tried Shakti Juice yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Currently you can locate them at a variety of health food stores, supermarkets, & yoga studios in Southern California, or simply order direct for your nourishment program or juice fix needs of pure green, sweet green, Reishi turmeric lemonade, activated charcoal lemonade, watermelon, coconut, & unfiltered apple cider! Your body will thank you!

Connect with Shakti via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr.

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Stay Salty

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Dear Ocean, thank you for making us feel tiny, humbled, inspired, & salty…all at once.

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Only my little sharks today in this bay…

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“My life should be filled with wonder, discoveries, & adventure. Take me outside. Let me get to know & love nature. I will remind you what it’s like to see with a child’s eyes & open heart.”

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“Play builds the kind of free-&-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs.”

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“Let the currents guide your heart.”

Wabi-Sabi Botanicals

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