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eco peko bamboodie sale + giveaway *CLOSED*



I love how social media connects you to things that you may not ever come across through your own searches, but things that you absolutely love. Even through all of our organic searches, I had never heard about eco peko. Have you?

Eco peko is an Australian family business that I want everyone to know about.

eco : concerned with living things in relation to their environment
peko : Ancient god of crops. The protector of the fields.  

It can be really hard to find stylish organic clothing, but eco peko has a lovely range for children and adults. Made from 100% Certified organic cotton or bamboo with a super high thread count and even green knitting, stitching, and dyeing processes. With this kind of commitment to sustainability and pure products, what’s not to like? They are even members of 1% for the Planet so your purchases mean donations to local environmental groups.

Being good for your skin and the environment, I could not resist buying a few tops for Zaedyn. The top I would love to have which is not currently on their website is Gimmie ABCs not GMOs. It was a hard decision as I like quite a few things, but here is what we decided on…


a2 cow organic t-shirt, a picture of Daisy from the local organic farm

It's Easy Being Green

it’s easy being green t-shirt, of course we chose retro green!

Earth Baby

earth baby t-shirt to “take up the greenie cause by knitting themselves out in sustainable clothing”

I joked with David about buying the my dad recycles more than your dad t-shirt if only it were true. He quickly responded, “Depends on who you are talking to.” As a family we are actually very good at recycling and limiting our waste. We don’t even put trash out every week because we are conscious of the products we buy so that we limit the amount of waste that we send to landfill. I do not often like the sort of tops that compare Dads, however, I am somewhat regretting that we didn’t buy this top because it is quite unique. We enjoy leading by example, and I would love for Zaedyn to be quite proud of reducing, reusing, and recycling as I am sure that he will.

Check out the details for the items you like because most of them are generous sizing to get the most wear possible, but we ended up getting some of them in smaller sizes to fit now. Daisy the cow and it’s easy being green modeled by Zaedyn are size 6-12 months, and the earth baby t-shirt is 1 year. Plus, there are colour choices for each shirt. The smaller sizes come in an envelope neck while the bigger sizes come in a round neck.

I absolutely love the baby bamboodies! Go to the website to see what they look like. Zaedyn’s size was out of stock, otherwise I would have ordered him one. Guess what? You’re in luck! Eco peko has a new shipment that just arrived for the…


I just ordered a few so be in quick as the sale is all weekend for baby, child, and adult bamboodies and then the shop will be packed up until February!

What is a bamboodie?

bamboo + hoodie = bamboodie

*high uv protection, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, light and silky soft, superior breathability, dries super quick

Make sure to check out eco peko on Facebook, their website, & even join their tree free mail list to keep updated with upcoming products and eco-news. You might be interested in their adults range as well as their eco peko bags.

If you like what you see, which I am sure that you will, enter our giveaway to win your child or someone you know a green house music, not gasses t-shirt. As the Te Reo Singalong Giveaway is currently being run through Rafflecopter on our Facebook Page, I have decided to run this competition through my blog. The competition will end on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:00PM NZ time. Please write a new comment to gain an extra entry for each. You can gain entries by choosing one, a few, or all of the options by telling us that you have liked eco peko on Facebook, liked Arohanui Vegan Love on Facebook, shared the giveaway through Facebook, made a bamboodie or other eco peko purchase, following Arohanui Vegan Love blog by email and/or bloglovin’, tweeted the giveaway, re-pinned my eco peko link through Pinterest, following Arohanui on Pinterest, following Arohanui on twitter, following eco peko on twitter, telling us your favourite product from the eco peko website…


Again, this particular giveaway is only open to New Zealand, but if you like their range you can order online. If you are in Australia, check out the stockists page as there might be one near you.

Thank you so much to Justine, a mum of 2 little greenie’s, for creating this sustainable business and giving you a chance to win one of her green house music, not gasses organic cotton eco peko t-shirt for your little one.

Don’t forget to check out the bamboodie sale and other awesome products on the eco peko website! 

Te Reo Singalong Books + Giveaway *CLOSED*


“Learn Te Reo Māori the easy way with these innovative picture song books”

Te Reo Maori

Zaedyn Tai reading all of his Te Reo Singalong Books

Te Reo Singalong Books are easy to use Māori resources for young children that easily teach them the language in an exciting way. I have used them within an early childhood education setting as well as with my 19-month old son. I believe that they are a great resource for all ages. Tamariki get so excited about these books through the powerful illustrations and catchy music. Whether you play the CDs or follow the guitar chords, waiata is an easy way to learn and reinforce Te Reo Māori.

What sets these books apart is the gap they fill as useful Māori resources. As a teacher, I know how hard it can be to find resources that get used on a daily basis. I love the language and would include it within my practice as much as possible, but in mainstream settings it can sometimes be a challenge to move forward and find resources to help support your knowledge. There are often resources that attempt to teach children words, but Te Reo Singalong books help promote the use of sentences and making relevant connections. Not long after introducing them to the centre where I worked, I remember hearing a child later on in the day sing “Kei te Peke Ahau.” It was amazing to hear how tamariki were responding and using the language that they were learning through these new books.

As a Mum, I can provide my son, Zaedyn, with easy tools to learn Te Reo Māori and be able to support him. These books have helped me feel even more comfortable with my use of Te Reo and learn practical words that I normally do not use. They have also helped me continue to use words that I know and make me more conscious in using them more with Zaedyn. He has even taught my family overseas some of the words that he knows in Te Reo Māori. I can see the excitement on his face when we play these songs, and he looks through his books. Pakipaki was one of the first words and actions that he learned.


Kei te pakipaki, kei te pakipaki. Pakipaki, pakipaki.

The CDs are a huge asset to these books if you are unfamiliar or not confident with the language. Instead of getting left on the bookshelf, you can play the CD alongside each book. However, I am sure that you will quickly pick up on the language and find yourself singing along to these catchy tunes. I find myself randomly singing along throughout the day. The repetition and actions link together to help children remember their learning. We also use the CDs in a variety of ways as we have the songs recorded in our car and on our iPad so that they are always accessible. Born in California, I began to learn Māori through waiata and developed a passion to learn more where I decided to complete my Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2 from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. I am still continuing to learn and share my knowledge with my son, but I do not believe that I would have gained as much knowledge as I have without waiata, and these books continue to further support my learning. If you are from overseas or have not grown up knowing the language, these books are very useful tools.

All of the books include an English translation, Ngā kupu hou – New words section, guitar chords, a CD, and ideas on how to use the books. There are so many possibilities to keep everyone interested and using them on an ongoing basis.

Now for the books that have been published so far…

Te Reo Singalong BooksMaranga Mai!

Most children I know love learning about animals and hearing animal noises. Maranga Mai brings together animal illustrations that will capture your little one’s attention along with Te Reo Māori and the noises that each animal make. These work together to help your children remember and make these connections that they can relate to real life.

Te Reo Singalong BooksKei te Peke Ahau

This book is very interactive and fun through animal actions. Even if you or your children know words such as peke for jumping or oma for running, you can make these connections to animals as you jump like a rabbit and run like a pūkeko. There are even some animals that you may not have heard in Te Reo Māori before.

Te Reo Singalong BooksAnei Kē!

The sound effects help bring this book to life and support meaningful connections to real life. As you go through the seasons, you can learn how to ask where your hat is when the sun is out for summer or ask where your gumboots are when it is raining.

What I love about these books is that they are extremely relevant to children’s lives and allow you to learn words and phrases that can and will be used. If you want to hear what others have to say about these books, check out the Testimonials on the website. There is so much positive feedback about these amazing books that I am so happy to be able to share with you. You can even view sample pages from each book and listen to the songs through the website.

Besides learning Te Reo Māori, these books support many learning aspects embedded within Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum. I can think of many ways while using this book where tamariki will become more confident, develop communication which can be expressed through language and dance, gain control of their bodies, learn alongside others, and where their own culture is supported or they are learning about their friend’s culture. My friend that first introduced me to these books used them while on practicum teaching a new entrants class. The children responded very quickly. Now the older classes are even using these books. Although I found them useful within early childhood, they seem to be a great asset to older tamariki as well. Even as an adult, I think that they are a fantastic learning resource. No wonder they were a Māori Language Awards 2012 Finalist!

Thank you for reading, and thank you to Sharon Holt for providing a copy of one of her books to a lucky reader. Make sure to enter this awesome giveaway. I can’t wait until Book 4 about vehicles is published!

Kei te Peke Ahau

Did you already know about these books? Please share your feedback and what you, your children, or children you are working with think of them.

*Disclaimer: This post is completely my honest opinion about these books and is not sponsored. We just love them and want everyone else to know about these amazing Māori resources which we have been using since they were first released. The author, Sharon Holt, is kindly donating a book of your choice that will be sent to one of our readers who enters the giveaway.Te Reo Maori

Your choice of Te Reo Singalong Book 1, 2, OR 3

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Charlie Banana Swimmer Giveaway *CLOSED*


Charlie Banana Swim Nappy Size Small, 5-7kg, colour of your choice

If you win, which colour would you choose?

Check out the Giveaways tab on Facebook for more information on how to enter, & make sure to comment below with your favourite colour. It would be awesome if you could also share with others that might be interested.

Why do we love Charlie Banana Swimmers?

They are so absorbent unlike most swim nappies because they are a 2-in-1 swim diaper and training paints. The lining is 100% organically grown cotton with a waterproof outer layer. Besides wasting money on disposable swim nappies that will end up in landfill, Zaedyn gets to wear a stylish swim nappy that is eco-friendly, does not contain chemicals, and it is absorbent without becoming bulky.

We want to share some cloth love with you so please enter for your chance to win one of these super cute reusable swim nappies.

This is an amazing product that I do not know what we would do without. We love the beach, and we are so excited for summer! See Zaedyn’s one in use below…


If you own Charlie Banana swimmers, let us know what you think of them.

*Terms & Conditions ~ This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. This giveaway is not sponsored by Charlie Banana. Only open to New Zealand. The winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us a message!