Monthly Archives: August 2012

Vegan Chocolates

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Peanuts, Almonds, and Brazil Nuts

Melted Vegan Chocolate

Peanuts, Almonds, & Brazil Nuts Covered in Vegan Chocolate

Chocolate & Coconut

Vegan Chocolates

Charlie Banana

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     “Sale items REDUCED AGAIN!!  As we are overstocked in small swimmers we need to clear I have reduced ALL prices again!” reads Tweedle Limited’s Facebook Page. Now at only $8 NZD, these Charlie Banana 2 in 1 Swimmer & Training Pants are a great deal. With summer not too far away, I couldn’t resist buying a few for Zaedyn and possibly some as prezzies. It was hard to decide on sizes, but knowing that Zaedyn has a small bum, I am glad that we bought mostly Medium. I am sure that he will grow into them a bit more before summer. Can’t wait to try them out at the beach.

     In our original hunt for nappies before Zaedyn was born, we had bought some Charlie Banana nappies from Fishpond only to be told that they were out of stock and would not be available. I am excited now to at least try some swimmers out. The lining is even 100% organically grown cotton and the outer layer is waterproof. Most swimmers are not actually absorbent, but the Charlie Banana swimmers are very well designed as well as eco-friendly. The bright colours originally attracted me to this brand. For those of you who know me will know that I love green, and Zaedyn’s new bright green Charlie Banana swimmer is by far my favourite. Look how cute he looks modeling it and pretending to surf on his Indo Board.

Don’t forget to check out Tweedle‘s website for great deals on Charlie Banana swimmers, cloth nappies, leg huggers, and more. We have always had great service from Tweedle, and the products are shipped out and arrive the following day. We are almost out of Rockin’ Green so we decided to add some to our order and try out Earth, Wind, and Orchids. Although I seem to be spending lots of money at the moment, I am impressed with all of the good deals and products that I keep finding. Continue to follow along as I will keep you posted with a few more items that will be coming our way.

Surfbaby NZ

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Surfbaby Triple Stringer Longboard Chalkboard, 100% Organic cotton My Dads a Better Surfer Than Your Dad Tee, Surfbaby cap, and Alphabet Surf book.

     Organic New Zealand made surfer and Kiwiana baby apparel and products for little surfers and surfers to be. For parents who want to pass on their love with the ocean and surfing to their little ones, Surfbaby has an exciting and growing range to choose from. With a new Surfbaby Family taking over, I look forward to seeing new items and old ones return. Last Christmas we missed out on Stoked shirts in Zaedyn’s size, but they are back again!

     Zaedyn currently owns a Surfbaby Triple Stringer Longboard Chalkboard, 100% Organic cotton My Dads a Better Surfer Than Your Dad Tee, Surfbaby cap, and Alphabet Surf book. From Aerial to Zzzzzz, the Alphabet Surf book is an easy read full of surf lingo to teach your little ones. Zaedyn’s Surfbaby cap has been so useful, wearing it at some of his favourite beaches around the world while being SunSmart & pretty rad. Hope that you will check out the Surfbaby website and Facebook page for more information and products for your little surfer.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap and pointing to the waves at San Onofre, California.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap at Marokopa, New Zealand.

Zaedyn Tai wearing his Surfbaby cap at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Zaedyn Tai’s Hang Ten

Zaedyn Tai Windsurfing in Rarotonga.

Zaedyn Tai at Raglan.

Zaedyn Tai surfing at San O.

Surfbaby Beach Bum

Surfbaby

Wet Bags for Sale

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Dinosaur with white zipper & two turquoise wet bags still available $10 each

     Wet bag: a waterproof bag made of PUL to store used cloth nappies, wipes, swimsuits, wet/dirty clothes, and anything else you can think of. The possibilities seem endless! They are a great eco-friendly and stylish alternative to plastic bags. Not only that, have you ever put everything in a plastic bag only to notice later that everything has leaked because there was a hole in it? Plastic bags very often have a hole or even holes in them, but you wouldn’t have to worry about that if you owned a wet bag. Or, are you one those parents who feels the need to carry your big heavy bucket around wherever you go, and even filling it with water and powder to soak? Besides not recommending soaking your nappies until they are ready for a wash, the invention of wet bags now saves you from the hassle of carrying around an unnecessary large bucket.

     Zaedyn has a variety of different wet bags in all sizes used for his cloth nappies and cloth wipes as well as for clothes or swimmers. We have found that we prefer a zipper over a drawstring as they hold in smells better :). If you have any concern, however, Rockin’ Green sells a Shake It Up! Pail Freshener that can be sprinkled in your wet bag to keep away any unwanted smells. Size preference depends on what exactly you are wanting to use the wet bag for and for how long. We have a couple very small bags that are great for shorter outings when we know that we will only need it for a few nappies. When you get home, you can toss it in your dry bucket to be washed along with your cloth nappies.

     The two monster and dinosaur with turquoise zipper bags have sold, but the other three small wet bags are still available for only $10. Shipping can be arranged. Please comment if you are interested or have any questions. I still intend to make a few more, but these are all that I have in stock at the moment and am uncertain as to when all of my new projects will begin. Will keep you posted as to when I put all of my eco-friendly ideas into creating new items.

     If these don’t suit what you are looking for, have a look around online as there are lots to choose from at a variety of prices. As with cloth nappies, feel free to start your own project and be creative in making your bub a wet bag. They are not solely for cloth nappy users. With so many practical uses, wet bags are a necessity, in my opinion, to have on hand for your little one.

Nutritional Discovery

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Organic Raw Spirulina Powder ~

Considered the greatest and most important nutritional discovery in history because…

~It has 26 times the calcium of milk

~Contains essential vitamin B12 and folic acid

~Excellent protein source

~Slimming

~Stress/PMT Relief as it is the richest source of antioxidants and GLA (the active ingredient in Evening Primrose Oil)

~Traditionally used for fatigue and to build the body up after illness as it is rich in vitamin E and biochelated iron (for enriched blood/cellular oxygenation)

~Used as a sports energy booster especially when endurance is required

~High chlorophyll source makes this an excellent breath freshener

~Safely used in pregnancy

~Blue green algae traditionally used in China for a multitude of health issues

~Cholesterol reduction

~Antibiotic, Anti-Fungal Effects

~Wound healing in creams, ointments, and taken orally

~Widely recommended nutrient in cancer support programs as well as HIV/AIDS

+ it makes smoothies a lovely green colour (unless you add lots of berries) and is super yummy! Scroll to the bottom of my Fresh Raw Almond Milk post to see what it looks like.

Need any more reasons? …

Thanks for the information from my favourite day spa natural detox centre using their own Kiwikitz products and my favourite health site Pure Wellbeing where the spirulina above can be purchased. Click on the Pure Wellbeing link to view a table of the full analysis of spirulina.

Zaedyn enjoying his Mango, Passionfruit, Coconut Butter, & Spirulina Smoothie at 11 months.

Vegan ABC Banana Cookies

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1 cup Almonds, 1/2 cup Brazil Nuts, 1/2 cup Cashews

Process Nuts

Continue to process until nuts have released oils to make your ABC Spread.

Vegan ABC Banana Cookie Batter using 1/2 cup of ABC spread

Spoon onto tray.

Vegan ABC Banana Cookie

Yum

     A vegan cookie with coconut and chocolate. Must be good! Inspired by Mum’s Pinterest posting Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Egg-free Peanut Butter & Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Rather than using peanut butter, I decided to process Almonds, Brazil Nuts, & Cashews to make Zaedyn’s favourite ABC Spread. Although it can take a bit of time, make sure to continue to process the nuts until the oil is released. Yum! Follow the link to the recipe above & replace peanut butter with ABC Spread. Sometimes oats can be questionable as to whether or not they are gluten-free so check the label. I bought organic oats. What a great way to use up some ripe bananas. Plus, I can’t say that I have experimented much with vegan cookies, but these are really yummy. Definitely worth making again.

Follow the Sun

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♥ At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. ~Unknown

Urtica Dioica: Nettle

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2 Handfuls of Nettle

Cover with boiling water and infuse overnight or at least 4 hours. Strain & drink 1-3 cups per day.

Urtica Dioica: Nettle

Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper, Silica, Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium, B3, B6, B complex, Vitamins C, D, & K

Also known as stinging nettle, this is a powerful herb rich in iron as well as so many vitamins and minerals for a variety of medicinal benefits and as a general health tonic. Considered a nuisance weed to some, others would be happy to find nettle growing as it can be picked from the wild with caution and then infused. I avoided the risk of getting stung and chose to buy mine from the Herbal Shop and Clinic. In all fairness, I only started drinking the tea within a couple days from giving birth to Zaedyn so I did not exactly have the time or energy to be out searching for nettle.

Why is stinging nettle so powerful for me?

     Sitting in the birthing centre with our newborn baby Zaedyn Tai and family all around, I received the phone call that I had been waiting for and was left with mixed emotions and confusion. Why? Well, after what seemed like a perfect natural childbirth with Zaedyn, things began to change quickly afterward. My placenta would not come away, and I began to fear being sent up to the one place that I wished to avoid: the hospital. I was filled with relief once Zaedyn was born into this world naturally, and never had I thought that I could possibly have a C-section or be put under just to get my placenta out. Anyways, we tried everything, but the contractions were just not there. Too much time had passed, homeopathy didn’t work at this point, and I was left to be injected as a final option before going up to the hospital. My midwife pulled on my placenta and was convinced that it was pretty stuck and wouldn’t come away. Having given it a good go, she asked for the ambulance to be rung while meanwhile I sat there concentrating and visualizing on what needed to happen. My placenta finally came away naturally, ambulance was called off, and my fear was gone only to come back again shortly. PPH, Postpartum hemorrhage. 1 Liter of blood lost, and off we went to the hospital leaving my husband, son, and family behind.

     I won’t go into detail now about my trip to the hospital as I have nothing positive to say except the fact that after a lot of convincing they finally let me transfer to the birthing centre on one condition: I needed a blood test by my midwife the following day as my iron levels were low through pregnancy and became extremely low having lost a lot of blood for a low BMI. When I received the phone call about my results, I was faced with a challenge. My hemoglobin was low, and the hospital was wanting me to have a blood transfusion. Besides not wanting to return to the hospital, I was not impressed about the idea of having a blood transfusion. In tears and surrounded by a mix of thoughts from others and myself and wanting to make sure that I could still manage breastfeeding and being a Mum, I further discussed my options with my midwife resulting in my decision not to have the transfusion. This is how I became to love nettle because I managed to get through this obstacle naturally with this powerful herb and high iron foods. I have my family to thank for being so supportive and helping me get through as well. Making me yummy wraps full of spinach and lentil sprouts & helping in every way possible. Now at 16 months, Zaedyn is still breastfed and keeping me very busy.

So why would I be infusing nettle tonight?

     Nettle is a great health tonic to help boost my iron as well as provide multiple essential vitamins and minerals for every day life. This is a herb that most people should have either growing, as a dried herb, or even in individual tea bags. Tea bags are an easy alternative if you forget to make more, or you just don’t have the time. I have a box of Claridges Botanicals Certified Organic Unbleached Nettle that can be found at Huckleberry Farms and possibly at many other health shops. Off to bed now with my tea still infusing in the kitchen, and I will be back in the morning to strain and transfer some in my cup and the rest in the fridge.