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Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway Now Closed

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Another huge thank you to all of the amazing businesses involved! Whether you have won anything or not, I hope that you will support those that you have not heard of before, or continue to support the businesses that you love. If you do win something, please make sure to share with us what you think and also thank the businesses that have kindly donated everything 🙂

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A huge thank you to all of you for entering as well. It was amazing to see so much interest, and I am so happy that I was able to share some of these vegan and eco-friendly local products with you.

Here are all of the individual posts in case you missed some:

Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway

Angel Foods Vegan Goodies & Cherub Dairy-Free

BeBops Nappies & Amber

ecostore

ExtraFresh

Go Bamboo

The Hemp Farm NZ

Posh Puffs Gourmet Vegan Marshmallows

Wildflower Botanicals Storybook Selection Pack

Congratulations to the winners that were chosen through Rafflecopter!

(I will be emailing you if I haven’t already so make sure to check your inbox or spam folder)

~Brigitte A.

~Esther H.

~Ieva J.

~Gemma B.

~Madeleine B.S.

~Jean D.

~Tamzen R. 

~Lois M.

~ Jade M.

~Piha Sea Verge

~Gina P.

~Sara M.

~Sarah U.

~Elizabeth C.

~Jodz C.

~Melissa R.

Thanks again to Angel Foods, Cherub Dairy-Free, BeBops, ecostore, ExtraFresh, Go Bamboo, The Hemp Farm NZ, Posh Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows, and Wildflower Botanicals.

Eco friendly competition

We have entered one of the photos of Zaedyn, our little conscious consumer, drinking his Rock Star storybook tea from Wildflower Botanicals in the Conscious Consumer Photo Competition. We would love your support just by tweeting, liking, voting, or sharing our photo 🙂 Thanks!

BeBops Nappies & Amber

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Would you like to be sent a OSFA BeBops nappy and amber necklace as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?
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These are amazing pocket nappies that have worked really well for us. Here are some previous photos of Zaedyn wearing his BeBops nappy for the first time. Check out the post for more details. Basically, the combination of the microfibre and bamboo fleece seem to be a perfect combination. Plus, snaps or domes work much better for us than velcro. Zaedyn would never have a nappy on if we used velcro!

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Cloth nappies save disposables from ending up in landfill, are super cute, and they save you lots of money. We use them full-time, and I cannot imagine it any other way. If you need more convincing, check out my Cloth Nappy tab, Pinterest board, and Cloth Nappy Week.
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As part of Cloth Nappy Week, we were sent a new BeBops nappy to try. As we have received a few things for baby lately, Zaedyn seems to think that everything coming in the post is for baby. Zaedyn was so excited to see the nappy and tell me that it was for baby!

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We have also recently purchased a new amber necklace for my sister’s baby that is due to arrive in July, and our little bub due to arrive at the end of September or beginning of October. The healing green is not a colour you often come across, and I loved it as soon as I saw it.

Zaedyn has worn his amber necklace since he was a few months old, and they have been amazing. We have only used amber beads and Chamomilla for teething. The healing baltic amber is a perfect natural alternative for your little one, and they are not only helpful for teething. If you or your child suffers from eczema, you may find that amber will reduce your symptoms. Here are a few other ways they might be able to help you or your baby so be sure to check out the current stock at BeBops along with the new stock of teething jewelry.

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Check out the website and Facebook for more information. Go & like BeBops on Facebook to earn an extra entry in the giveaway and keep up to date with cloth nappies and recipes. There is also a competition open which will be drawn when there is 4,000 likes. Not long to go now at 3,939! Tash posts super yummy vegan recipes as well which always makes me hungry.

If you have been following along with Cloth Nappy Week, there were BeBops nappies being hidden around the country. It was awesome to follow along and be a part of it, and it is amazing to see all of the cloth nappy love which wouldn’t be possible without all of the sponsors. There was a huge nappy sale at 50% off so you will find that many of the new prints are out of stock, but there will be more to come :).

Make sure to enter for your chance to win a gorgeous BeBops cloth nappy and amber necklace.

Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway

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Wow! I am so excited about such a HUGE response from some awesome vegan and eco-friendly New Zealand businesses. I hope that all of you are supporting them already, but since some of them might be new to you, this is a great time to check out their websites and Facebook pages. They have all been extremely generous in offering some amazing products which you will have a chance to win!

Rather than do a bunch of separate giveaways, I thought it might be fun to combine everything together and run one big giveaway through Rafflecopter on my Facebook page in hopes to gain even more awareness. Please take the time to share the photo or giveaway links with friends as there are lots of opportunities to win. All of these companies are making a huge effort whether their focus is on helping to protect our environment or providing cruelty-free alternatives, and I think that we can all help make an impact by supporting these companies as well.

Below you will find the details, and throughout the giveaway I will write some individual posts to give you more insight and our personal thoughts about each. However, it will just give you more reasons to be excited as we love all of these businesses and have had such positive experiences 🙂

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To enter, go to my Facebook page Giveaway tab, or use this link:
https://www.facebook.com/ArohanuiVeganLove/app_228910107186452
Here is the mobile-friendly link:
http://bit.ly/Y3aH63

*This current giveaway is only open to NZ, but as soon as it is finished, I have 5 $20 vouchers from Veggie Grill. Yum! Wish we were in California to eat there!

Angel Food (Facebook, Twitter)& Cherub Dairy-Free (Facebook):  2 Angel Food Cheesey Sauce Mixes & 2 Cherub Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative

NZ Vegan

BeBops (Facebook): 1 OSFA pocket cloth nappy & 1 baby amber teething necklace (your choice of colour/pattern from stock available)

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Ecostore (Facebook, Twitter): 1 cleaning pack with 1 500ml laundry liquid, 1 500ml dish liquid, 1 auto dish tabs, 1 spray cleaner, 1 toilet cleaner, 1 lemongrass soap, 1 bucket

Ecostore

ExtraFresh (Facebook): 4 winners for a 6 pack carton each giving you 365 days of freshness for a one vegetable drawer fridge

ExtraFresh

Go Bamboo (Facebook): 5 winners for a pack each including 1 adult toothbrush, 1 child toothbrush, 1 box of 20 clothes pegs, 1 box of cotton buds, 1 wax comb

Go Bamboo

Hemp Farm NZ Ltd (Facebook): 1 250ml Organic Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Farm

Posh Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows (Facebook, Twitter): 2 winners for a box each of gourmet vegan marshmallows

Vegan Marshmallows

Wildflower Botanicals (Facebook): 1 Storybook Selection Pack

Organic Tea

Good luck with your entries, and please continue to support these awesome vegan and eco-friendly businesses. Keep following for more information about each business, and remember to leave your comments below on what you hope to win, what you have tried, or what you already love 🙂

Arohanui Vegan Love: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Fort & Teepee

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A few chairs, a blanket, and some beautiful sarongs…our lounge was transformed into a magical place.

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Zaedyn was full of excitement as he ran in and out of his new hiding place. Yes, with only one gumboot! I could not help smiling and playing along as I saw his big smiles and listened to his never ending giggles. They really are the best! We spent the entire morning playing in his new fort. He definitely had a few tickles whenever I found him.

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If that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, we decided to search our garage for some of the bamboo that David cut down for us. It was quite difficult trying to put our teepee together with little hands to help, but I love that he was so curious and interested in building our teepee. I literally just took some twine and wrapped it around lots of different ways. It worked for us. The bamboo alone was exciting, but I knew we had to find some sort of cover. Hmmm…

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Yip, our Winter sheet will do. We hopefully won’t be needing it for awhile anyways! Wrapped around and tucked under the twine, it completed our teepee and another new hiding place.

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After a bit of playing around, Zaedyn was telling me, “Yoga,” and went looking for the yoga mat. I helped roll it out, and we found his yoga book. He was super excited about the tree pose that he is still doing it in the picture once I turned the page. I love hearing him get excited about yoga and that he can tell me tree pose and show me what it is. I think he is a clever little yogi.

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Having a teepee is really exciting enough, but if you want another fun activity, why not have a tea party inside your teepee?!
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Add some gluten-free vegan scones, and your tea party is that much yummier than your pretend treats.

Can you tell how much fun we have been having? I was kind of getting used to our living room being crowded by a fort and teepee, but we decided to return our dining chairs back to the table until next time. However, we still have our giant teepee in our lounge, and with this much needed rain in NZ after a drought, I think it might be staying up for awhile. We are lucky enough to have a covered deck so that we can get some fresh air and still have some time outside even when it is pouring down. Do you and your little ones build forts or teepees? Possibly even some other cool hiding places in empty boxes? Feel free to share as you might inspire us in our next fort or hiding space.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS…

If you have been following us on Facebook, you may have noticed that we are going to be doing a very special giveaway with some awesome NZ businesses. A huge thank you to BeBops, ExtraFresh, Hemp Farm NZ Ltd, and Go Bamboo! I am still sorting out all of the details so feel free to check out their websites and Facebook pages in the meantime. These are all NZ based and are amazing in their efforts to support a sustainable future. If you are a vegan, eco-friendly, or gluten-free company who would like to share your products/services, please email me to be a part of our giveaway. To all of our readers, you will have some pretty exciting news coming soon and a great opportunity to win! Stay tuned for more details…

Gluten-Free & Vegan Chickpea Burger with Tahini Sauce

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Yum! This was sooooo delicious that we ended up making it again a few days later. I know it is taking me a long time to update my recipes page, but I just can’t seem to keep up. In case you wondered, I do not always make up new recipes, or I may just change them to be gluten-free so make sure to click and search the Kai tab on the right. I have definitely tried to be a bit more creative since having Zaedyn as well as trying to find food that David will enjoy. If it was just me, I would usually stick to quick food such as fruit, raw veggies and hummus, nuts, etc. Although I enjoy making food, I am usually too hungry to wait, or busy snacking all day to bother with “typical” meals, but the boys have changed things a bit!

Anyways as I mentioned on Facebook, Natasha over at BeBops posts some delicious recipes she finds across the web. Check out her page for some amazing cloth nappies as well as some yummy vegan food inspiration. Not many pre-made vegan burgers are gluten-free. After Natasha posted a link to this chickpea burger recipe, I quickly realised that all I would need to change was the bread crumbs and make a quick vegan tahini sauce. Yum! Zaedyn ate them in pieces or crumbles even after deciding to break it apart, David ate his on a bun, and well, I think that mine was by far the best. I went and picked some fresh kale from the garden and lightly cooked it in some avocado oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Even the kale as a side or made into a salad would be delicious.

{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Chickpea Burgers with Tahini Sauce
Follow this recipe, however, replace with gluten-free bread crumbs and use fresh herbs from your garden. The first time I made them, we only used fresh parsley from our garden because I love coriander/cilantro so much that we didn’t have any more! I definitely made sure to add some the next time. I even played around with different size burgers, and the bigger one still held together.
*tip: Adjust the amount of bread crumbs to suit your mix, or make sure you add a bit of water if you realise that your chickpeas seem a bit dry once processed. You can easily play around with the mix. As usual with my cooking, I made this twice and they came out different, but equally as yummy! We even ate our first cucumber from our garden. I love eating fresh veggies that we have grown.

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Tahini Sauce:
-1/4 cup tahini

-3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

-1/4 cup water

-fresh garlic or garlic powder & Himalayan Crystal Salt

*Can easily adjust to taste, or change it up by adding cayenne pepper or other spices and herbs. Adjust the amount of water to make the sauce runny or thick.

Let me know if you try the tahini sauce from Colleen. Am curious to see what it tastes like, but I was also quite happy with my simple sauce.

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Oh, and just wondering if anyone else has tried corn couscous? Made with gluten-free cornflour, it is another gluten-free and wheat free option. Reminds me of cornbread 🙂

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Cloth Shot a Day ~ October

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Thanks to Jacquie from Cheeky Cherubs who shared the photo of Cloth Shot a Day ~ October. I expected a lot more people to post photos and wasn’t sure whether or not to keep posting mine every day or not, but I did. We love cloth nappies and like to support them in any way possible. Although I have never bought anything from Cheeky Cherubs yet, they were a huge sponsor during Cloth Nappy Week 2012. I can just imagine how many Mums were excited to receive some items for their babies. Oh, and a close friend of mine from Gisborne ended up getting a few things while she was visiting over there and was quite impressed with the huge range of items so be sure to check out Cheeky Cherubs for all sorts for your babies and toddlers.

BeBops

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Zaedyn was super excited about trying his new BeBops nappy we received from the Nappy Lady!

As a OSFA nappy, this fits from birth to 17kg+. With a bit of adjusting snaps at the front, the BeBops nappy fits perfectly.

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As previously mentioned in CLOTH vs. Disposables, I love the idea of using a combination of inserts. BeBops uses 2 layers of microfibre and 2 layers of bamboo fleece with a very clever snap to keep them together. As a combination, these fabrics work together to create high absorbency and help prevent leaking. I did not keep track how long Zaedyn had the nappy on, but with a big sleep in between as well, he wore this nappy for quite awhile with no leaks at all.

When I took it off, the microfleece lining which sits against his skin felt dry which is exactly what I would expect. It was great to find that wees were not sitting against him. Then I pulled the inserts out and was quite surprised. Both inserts were saturated, however there were no leaks and the lining stayed dry. I only washed it once as well before our first use. What a fantastic nappy!

I am very impressed with how this nappy worked for us, and I hope that you will check out the BeBops website for a more detailed description of their one size pocket nappies to see if they might suit your needs. They also have other products including Rockin’ Green which is currently on sale. If you are following BeBops on Facebook, you will be able to keep up with current sales. Plus, there are variety of posts about yummy gluten-free, dairy, and vegan food at the moment due to Tash’s elimination trial for her breastfed baby.

As I was about to post this earlier, I came across a very cool video on How to use BeBops One Size Pocket Nappies which tells you pretty much everything you need to know! After watching it, I learned that I should be folding up the bottom of the inserts a bit as we have the nappy set on Medium at the moment. Thanks to the Nappy Lady and BeBops for this opportunity to try a very effective NZ made nappy.

CLOTH vs. Disposables

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On Friday, my friend Ieva and I attended one of The Nappy Lady Workshops held in Hamilton. It was like the excitement of cloth nappy week all over again. I left the workshop feeling so inspired and loving cloth nappies even more which I didn’t think was possible.

As part of the Council Nappy Scheme, The Nappy Lady first discussed the environmental impact of disposables. It was really fascinating to hear figures about the average nappies used a year ending up in landfill. The numbers are unbelievable. As a family, we are very conscious of the products we buy, but there are still definitely things that we can continue to be mindful of so that we are not producing a lot of waste to go to landfill. As a society, we are taking up the limited space we have by filling it with unnecessary products and packaging. I am going to challenge myself even more to make a conscious effort of what I buy. Yes, eco-friendly products are often more expensive, but you also end up paying more to get rid of all of your rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted. When I go shopping, I automatically look for eco-friendly and vegan products, not at the price. The more people begin using products, the cheaper they will become. It is amazing how many eco-friendly products are available now, and there are always better choices to make, or even reusing and composting everything yourself when possible.

Something that I already knew, but not everyone realises is that even the poos in disposables are supposed to be discarded. How many people take the nappy off and quickly discard it in the rubbish still with poos? Everyone that I know! So if you were to actually follow the directions on the packaging of disposable nappies, you might as well be using cloth. What I hadn’t completely realised was the fact that biodegradable nappies are not necessarily any better for the environment as they cannot break down in an airtight landfill. So as far as the environment is concerned, cloth nappies definitely win over disposables.

Look at the two new awesome modern cloth nappies we received in our pack from attending the workshop.
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We mostly use pocket nappies so I am really excited to try out our new itti bitti all in one. I love the colour! Cloth nappies are definitely more stylish than disposables. BeBops are made with love in New Zealand. I think it is important to support local companies, and it looks like a great nappy. I also love the combination fabric insert.

Have you ever wondered about what fabric insert is best? Cotton, bamboo, hemp, or microfiber? Kate Meads, The Nappy Lady, explained the properties of fabrics in a way that made a lot of sense and why I am pretty sure a combination of inserts such as microfibre to retain a higher quantity of wees along with a natural fiber such as bamboo for its anti-bacterial and soft properties as well as keeping the wees in would be very effective.

Another interesting idea was the fact that often people have problems with pocket nappies leaking around the leg and that we sometimes think adding more inserts will solve this when in fact it makes it worse. With a pocket nappy, the more inserts you add, the bigger gap you create making the ability to leak increase. I remember when we went through a period of time where Zaedyn’s nappies leaked, and we did not really know how to solve the problem. Especially since we were only using two inserts. Another option could have been to try 1 insert, use smaller nappies, try a different style, or just pop on a waterproof outer. The main type of nappies are fitted, pocket, all in one, birth to potty, and pre-fold. Do you notice the difference between the two types of nappies in the photo below?

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The itti bitti is an all in one because the insert is still attached. The snaps underneath allow you to easily add more inserts when needed. The BeBops nappy is a pocket nappy because the inserts go inside and can be pulled completely apart. It also has lots of snaps on the front to adjust sizing and get a perfect fit.

It is often easy to not know who to ask or how to solve problems such as these when they come up, but there are actually a lot of simple solutions. If you haven’t already, I suggest that you visit The Nappy Lady website as pretty much everything you need to know is explained. If you have the chance to attend a workshop, I highly recommend going. You will gain so much information and walk away with cloth nappies to try. Feel free to ask me anything as well as I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Our pack also included other samples and lots of deals to use on products. One sample that I was really excited to find was a small bag of SoapNuts. A few years ago, I bought SoapNuts from Huckleberry Farms to use with our regular washing. I had even looked up their website and found out that you could plant your own tree. We had considered this, but at the time we were uncertain of where we were going to be and whether it would be worth planting as we would not benefit until almost 10 years later. As some of you may have seen on our Facebook page earlier, SoapNuts are fruit that grow on trees and are environmentally friendly and effective as a sustainable cleaning product. They can be used in the washing machine, dishwasher, or even as a liquid soap for a lot of household purposes. As they are not sold where we live, I had forgotten how useful these little nuts are, and I am really excited to try them again. These few SoapNuts will wash up to 4 loads of laundry! Isn’t that amazing?

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This has ended up a very long post, and I could really go on and on about cloth nappies for a very long time so I think I will leave it at that for now. There are heaps of brands of cloth nappies as well as styles and choices to make, but every nappy will be a favourite to someone. We all have different preferences for why we like certain nappies or what might suit our babies the best.

Also, if you noticed a photo go up about wooden toys last night on Facebook, I am starting an album to promote natural, sustainable toys. Feel free to add or share information. I will get onto organising that album as well as a few other new exciting albums that I have been waiting to put up. Thanks for following along, and I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this site, Pinterest, and Facebook as well as like or comment on posts. Thanks heaps! x

In case you missed the poll when I first started this site, please take a second to go back to my post about The Nappy Lady and let me know how often your bub is or will be in cloth nappies. Just out of curiosity as well, please  answer below the answer that suits the best 🙂