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The Hemp Farm NZ

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Who would like to be sent a 250ml bottle of Organic Hemp Seed Oil from Hemp Farm NZ Ltd as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

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The Hemp Farm was started by Dave and Anna who are passionate about the many uses of hemp and its environmental benefits. It is an absolutely amazing plant that is extremely versatile, yet it has been given such a bad name from the association to illegal drugs which has caused many different laws throughout countries. By the way, all of the goodness that comes out of these plants are not actually drugs and are extremely good for you!

“Hemp seed oil is an amazing addition to a vegan diet as it does provide those essential fatty acids in the optimum 3-1 ratio, plus all your essential minerals, amino acids and vitamin E. Plus it is chemical free and environmentally sustainable.” ~Hemp Farm NZ Ltd

Their oil is cold-pressed and 100% organic packed with lots of nutrition. There are so many uses for the oil. An easy way to add hemp oil into your food is in a salad, kale, veggies, or smoothies. I would love to make hemp pesto.

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I really like hemp milk which is also extremely beneficial. I have even had hemp cereal, hemp butter, hemp seeds, and all sorts of yummy raw hemp desserts. There are plenty of opportunities in the future to see the benefits of this plant being used and being legal to consume in New Zealand, and I really look forward to following along and seeing The Hemp Farm grow and make this happen in New Zealand. If you come across hemp seed meal or hemp seed flour, it is a human grade product, but it is only legally able to be sold as animal feed in NZ. However, it is legal for humans to consume.

In case you missed it, The Hemp Farm was featured on Global Radar, and there is an article about their hemp seed on p.15 in the Nourish magazine. Hopefully all of the media coverage and people becoming more knowledgable about the uses and environmental benefits of hemp will help to gain more acceptance. Check out their New Zealand Hemp Crop Gallery. Recently they had their hemp fiber and hurd harvest which you can watch here.

Most of you know how much I like cloth nappies, and hemp is great for nappies and inserts. I would also love to use hemp in making body care, jewelry, and even in my house if I ever decided to build. The possibilities really are endless!

Have you tried hemp seed oil?

Enter our giveaway for your chance to win a 250ml bottle of Organic Hemp Seed Oil from Hemp Farm NZ Ltd.

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ExtraFresh

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Who would like to be 1 of 4 lucky winners to be sent a 6 pack carton of ExtraFresh as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

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We have only recently come across ExtraFresh, but we love the idea. We were given a single pack to try which was delivered to us with a range of other goodies from EcoDeals.

“Designed and made in NZ, especially for domestic fridges, ExtraFresh keeps fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, decreasing spoilage and ensuring that you enjoy the best possible eating experience.” ~ExtraFresh

To read more about how these packs work, check out the info section on their website. In short, these packs help reduce ethylene which you trap by putting all of your fruits and vegetables into a drawer. Without these packs, ripening occurs much more quickly which can lead to more wasted food.

I know that I do not like wasting food, and although we do compost what we do not eat, I do not like the idea of wasted money and food. Whether you put a lot of time and effort into growing your own fruit and vegetables or consider the environmental impact and labour from food production to supply in your local supermarket, there should be no desire to waste food and a lot more concern with the amount that ends up in landfill. The amount of wasted food is ridiculous in my opinion, and I am all for a product that can help preserve produce to stay fresher for longer. If you are buying produce from the supermarket, these will also allow you to buy a variety of produce without worrying about it not lasting. This will be better for a healthier lifestyle or save extra trips to the store which will save you time and money as well as saving you from contributing to the environmental impact due to more travel.

For those with one vegetable drawer, the ExtraFresh 6 pack carton will give you freshness for the entire year, or 6 months for a two drawer fridge.

Another way to involve the community in supporting sustainability is to fundraise with ExtraFresh. Whether schools or sport clubs want to be involved, this is a great way to involve the younger generation in protecting our environment and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Although ExtraFresh is quite new to us, I absolutely love the concept and the positive impact within the environment, our health, and the community.

Is there an ExtraFresh pack in your fridge?

Enter for your chance to have fresher produce all year long.

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ecostore

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Would you like to be sent an ecostore cleaning pack with 1 500ml laundry liquid, 1 500ml dish liquid, 1 auto dish tabs, 1 spray cleaner, 1 toilet cleaner, 1 lemongrass soap, and 1 bucket as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?
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We use a range of ecostore cleaning products throughout our house. The best part about these products is that they don’t test on animals. Ecostore products do not contain horrible chemicals, and they are a healthier alternative concerned with the environment and sustainability.

I think it is awesome to see how this dream began and how this local business has become so successful and contributed to protecting our environment. The products are easily accessible across supermarkets nationwide as well as many other shops. I have seen Bin Inn carry some of the bigger refill items. We try to reuse what we can by saving containers and refilling them rather than continuing to buy small items every time.

Besides their awesome products, ecostore has a blog which “discusses eco and health related issues, including natural parenting, allergies, art, culture, politics and the stuff that matters most…” It is definitely worth checking out, and I love the way that this company focuses on the overall well-being of the environment, not just specifically their products.

If you haven’t tried any ecostore products, make sure that you do. Eco-friendly products, especially cleaning ones, can sometimes be overlooked and thought not to work as well, but I can assure you that is not what we have experienced. They are definitely a much better choice than other products with chemicals because they do a great job as well as help protect the environment. We do not have any harsh chemical products around our house. You will only find ecostore!

Do you have a favourite ecostore product that you use or something that you would like to try?

It is hard to choose a favourite, but the product we definitely use the most is the hand wash. We have not actually tried the auto dish tabs yet, but we do use the powder. Make sure to check out the ingredients as a lot of products are vegan, but not all of them 🙂

Make sure to enter our giveaway for your chance to win this amazing ecostore cleaning pack.

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Love of Teepees

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Has anyone else planted a bean teepee (tipi) this year?

Ours is growing pretty quickly. It isn’t too late to start now.

Teepees can be so much fun. We love them.

They are great to sleep in…

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They are a fun place to read books…

Bamboo Teepee

and kanikani (dance)…

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They are great to drink smoothies in…

Bamboo Teepee

Plus, they are great for hiding away and eating some beans 🙂

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We are still waiting for ours to come in as we planted a bit late to avoid our lamb from eating them, but they are growing so quickly. I need to get a photo update. We have yet to plant our snap peas.

Beans and peas are an easy raw nutritious snack that are fun to eat. We bought some peas that David and I have been enjoying and so has Zaedyn. He showed a lot of concentration and coordination when trying to get them out. With each one full of different amounts, we also used them as a fun way of counting. Tahi, rua, toru, whā, rima, ono, whitu, waru, iwa, tekau. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.

Zaedyn is learning about being sustainable and growing his own food in a fun and positive way. I cannot wait to see how our bean teepee turns out and watching him pick fresh beans from the plant to eat. The garden provides so many wonderful opportunities to learn and care for the environment.

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There are so many teepees available to purchase and many opportunities for you to make them yourself. Do you or your children like teepees?

Regrowing Mint: Water or Soil?

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Ever wonder if this actually works? I have never tried to regrow mint as it does seem to grow in abundance on its own, but I wanted to regrow some cuttings for the tamariki at the centre. With summer coming, the teachers are sorting out the garden with intentions of building a sensory area including herbs.

Mint is a hardy plant that can be easily grown by children. It makes a great addition and aromatic aspect to playdough or clay by adding hot water to fresh mint leaves and using as an essence. Add mint to water in ice cube trays and freeze. This adds a twist of a natural sensory aspect to the understanding of the physical properties of water leading to curiosity, contribution, and exploration. I am sure that the tamariki will love picking mint from their garden and knowing that they helped it to grow. This also adds to their sense of responsibility and sustainability as they develop an appreciation for the environment. There are even more learning opportunities through science concepts, collaboration, patience, and observation. The list goes on.

Gardening provides children with a real sense of purpose and a meaningful way to explore nature.

I may have cut the mint a bit longer than I should have, but I was very surprised and excited as I walked past and saw the roots. I did not know if the cuttings would regrow and was uncertain as to whether or not they should be in water or soil, but it looks like this was a success. We will continue to watch the roots grow before planting them.

Anyone else need mint? Would love to hear if anyone else has tried this, or can share successful or unsuccessful experiences regrowing plants from cuttings.

***tamariki means children

Zaedyn Tai’s Nappy Stash

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Honey Child, Snappies, Cinnamon, & Bum Cheeks…Zaedyn wears them all! This only shows part of Zaedyn’s stash. He also owns a Punga Tails, Ones & Twos, and more of both Honey Child and Snappies Nappies. How did we end up with so many? ….

Well, on our search to find the perfect cloth nappy before Zaedyn was born, I was overwhelmed with the amount of options. I did not want to make the wrong choice. People seemed to claim that they tried cloth nappies on their baby, but that they just didn’t work and changed to disposables. Ultimately, I don’t know if you can completely make the wrong choice, but I wanted to make sure we bought quality nappies that would suit our baby.

I wanted to look for a pocket nappy with snaps and adjustability around the legs. Price was not necessarily a factor as I wanted the best cloth nappy for our bubz. There were only a couple of options in stores, and I was hesitant to purchase online as I was not familiar with any brands. Somehow through my search, I stumbled across Honey Child Nappies made by clever Kiwis. I said before that price was not necessarily a factor, although I did hesitate a bit seeing how much these ones cost. However, the more I found out about them, the more I knew that they were the ones that I wanted. Of course I would choose the expensive ones!

Nurtured carried them in stock so I was able to see them in the shop and be even more convinced that they were the ones. My husband and I walked out of the store with the Honey Child Complete Nappy System including: 24 nappy outers (12 Infant & 12 Toddler), 14 nappy inserts, 4 booster pads, and 1 nappy tote bag for $799.95 NZD. Considering that these would last us through to toilet training, this wasn’t a huge cost compared to what you might end up paying for disposables. Now our concern was whether or not to buy newborn cloth nappies. The Infant size range was 5-10 kg/11-22 lbs while the Newborn was 2-6 kg/5-13 lbs and they only came as a part-time nappy system with 6 nappy outers, 6 nappy inserts, and 2 booster pads. How big will bubz be? 6 nappies would not get us through a day, but if we bought 2 packs would baby even use them long enough to be worth it? Most people were telling me to start cloth nappies at about 6 weeks, however, if I was worried about the chemicals in disposables, why would I not want to start using cloth at the start when their skin is even more sensitive. In the end, we ended up with 12 Newborn, 12 Infant, and 12 Toddler Honey Child Nappies. The only downside was that they only came in a few colours and the newborn was limited to white, but the quality was well worth it. We were so excited to fold them and stack them up ready to go.

With a close fit around Zaedyn’s little legs, the Honey Child nappies were perfect. We loved them! They were very easy to use and wash, and Zaedyn looked pretty cute in them. However, with only 12 fitting at a time and starting back at work, I sometimes felt like I needed a few more. To buy Honey Child separately, they would cost a bit, and I could never decide on how many more I would need. Then Christmas came around, and to our surprise, Zaedyn had a package full of adorable and funky Snappies Cloth Nappies from Australia. I still smile when I think about the generosity and love for Zaedyn to have an ecobum and to save his Mum from washing so much. Now the stash has continued to grow with a custom made Very Hungry Caterpillar vegan version from Cinnamon (New Zealand Made Reusable Products) for Zaedyn’s 1st birthday party, a minky zebra nappy and blue retro circles nappy from Snappies because they were on sale, a special Beach Bum nappy from Bum Cheeks as a present, and a Punga Tails and Ones and Twos nappy from the Nappy Lady. With a decent nappy stash, we have been able to use cloth nappies full-time while camping, spending weekends away, and on a few holidays to California and Rarotonga without always worrying about washing and running out.

Our Honey Child Nappies seem to be the best quality which has become known as the “Night Nappy” in our house as it seems to be the only one that Zaedyn can wear through the night without leaks. Born 3290g, Zaedyn managed to get good use out of his newborn nappies and at almost 16 month still has yet to wear the Toddler size. His other nappies also have great adjustability as a one size and seem to be worn during the day so that he can show off his stylish bum. Through our cloth nappy journey, I have found that I prefer snaps over velcro and pockets with removable inserts rather than sewn in. I often double up the inserts for more absorbency. As with everything, you will find your own preferences.

Good luck with your journey to fill your stash with nappies to suit your needs.

The Nappy Lady

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Be in to learn and receive FREE modern cloth nappies from the nappy lady!

Kate Meads is “creating a buzz about cloth nappies” as she hosts workshops around New Zealand to promote modern cloth nappies and show people how to be waste free parents.

Cloth nappies these days are easy & pretty stylish, too! However, with so many styles and brands it can be a bit confusing on where to begin. There is not one perfect nappy. You will have to do a bit of research and find out which nappy best suits you and your babies’ needs. Locally made? Absorbency? Fast drying time? Durability? Eco friendly? Affordable? Stylish?

During Cloth Nappy week back in April, there were some awesome sponsors, prizes, and nappies being hidden around the country through a scavenger hunt. I could not believe the amount of followers, awareness raised, and cloth nappy love.

Sign up for a workshop and/or spread the word to receive valuable information and free modern cloth nappies. Visit The Nappy Lady website and join Facebook Pages TheNappy Lady and Cloth Nappy Week to find out about upcoming events and information.

If you don’t live in New Zealand, you can search online or in stores for cloth nappies in your area. There are countless numbers of nappies around the world now. If you like projects and want to be creative, you can even make your own. There are some available patterns online.

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have as Zaedyn wears cloth nappies full-time and has been in them since birth. Just curious to see how many bubs out there are in cloth and how often so please take a second to answer below. Thanks! I better go and hang Zaedyn’s nappies over the drying rack now.

Ka kite apōpo (See you tomorrow)