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Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

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Another day of exploration and opportunity to connect with our natural world. What a beautiful setting to develop natural learning, a sense of wonder, and magical moments in the sunshine.

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Socal Hike

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Socal Hike

Natural Curiosity

Socal Hike

Socal Hike

“Framed against a backdrop of urban development, the lakes serve as reminders of the fragility of wilderness”

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Barbara’s Lake ~ Natural Lake in OC

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Socal Hike

Socal Hike

“All flowers grow through dirt”

There’s always something beautiful outside. Go out and explore!

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?

Different Coloured Nasturtium

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Zenobia Barlow, “Confluence of Streams”
“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.”

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The Value of Pretend Cooking in Nature

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Homeopathy for Your Garden?

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Homeopathy for your garden? Has this left you in confusion or curiosity? I will admit to being a bit uncertain when first reading about homeopathy for plants, but it supposedly works! I am a strong believer in homeopathy and of course I am keen to see if it works. Why wouldn’t it?

We were busy enjoying the sunshine today and sorting out our garden. We were so excited about all of our plants, but most of them have been growing in our kitchen as we could not decide where to plant them. Our backyard is amazing, full of natural elements and a decent size, but the designated garden area has remained a bit of a mess. There are wooden boxes there, but the ivy and weeds from previous neighbours just seemed to be embedded in the soil when we first moved in. Every year, we start to tidy things up, but we only get so far. Last year, I ended up using tires with my parsley in a pot and my strawberries in one of the veggie boxes. Actually, my strawberries have been there for a few years now. I was not very good at pulling weeds out this year, and many of my strawberry plants have disappeared. I think it might be time to move the few left into a new area.

Anyways, the other day when we were out playing in the garden, I thought it would be awesome to incorporate some of the plants alongside what will hopefully become an inviting play area for Zaedyn. The entire backyard is exciting to Zaedyn, but I can see this area further developing, especially with a bean teepee. I did not want to block Zaedyn’s climbing area as he was resourceful in using these logs as a natural climbing frame.
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Zaedyn needs to be just a little bit taller, but he knows his limits. I observed as he was busy making his own fun and being adventurous. He is willing to give everything a go. I love how the aspect of nature brings out some amazing dispositions that are reflected though his play and cheeky personality.

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Some plants would look beautiful here…

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I will come back to a few more natural play ideas, but let’s get back to the garden. I put my kale outside yesterday and noticed a huge change today already from the wind. I have had great success growing plants in my kitchen only to put them outside not to thrive as they were previously. I remembered receiving a homeopathic newsletter talking about Arnica for transplanting plants. I quickly tracked it down and had a quick read. All you need to do is add a couple pillules or drops of Arnica to the water in your watering can and water your plants. As you would take Arnica for shock, plants benefit as well from the shock of transplanting them. Isn’t that amazing? It makes a lot of sense to me and is so easy as well.

I do not have any background with homeopathy and plants, but would love to read this recommended book Homoeopathy for Farm & Gar­den by Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj. You can even use homeopathic remedies as natural herbicides. Anyone else interested? Check out Homeoplant.

Now added to Zaedyn’s play area is kale, some nasturtium, and blueberry BlueMagic. I hope that it will manage the shock of being outside and continue to thrive. Our parsley is always in abundance! Having bought miso from the Herbal Dispensary yesterday, I almost have all of the ingredients I need along with fresh parsley from the garden to make Edamame Dip. Thanks for pinning it for me, Mum. I am very curious as to how this will taste. Will definitely share my thoughts once I have made this dip.

I was going to continue the post with Zaedyn’s exploration in the garden with natural resources and the happiness that comes with sunshine, but I have been sidetracked and it is far too late for me to still be awake right now. I will still post about this soon though and will leave you with a photo from today in case you have not seen it already on Facebook. Zaedyn is rehydrating with a fresh young coconut after running around heaps with Kai, our rāpeti/rabbit.

Young Coconut

As you make your way out into the garden, remember that you can use homeopathy for your plants as well as yourself for things such as hayfever or even bee stings (hopefully not something you will come across). Hope everyone continues to enjoy the sunshine.

Eco-friendly with Style

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“Embrace your inner nomad with colorful ethnic prints reminiscent of exploring bazaars and spice markets.”    Envirosax ~ the original designer reusable bag

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Envirosax Nomad Graphic Series reusable bags

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Amongst my numerous purchases from NZSale in the past month, I was so excited to purchase these Envirosax bags. I have looked at them a few times at Huckleberry Farms and always debated whether or not I needed them. I have a variety of reusable bags so I always figured that I should save my money. Plus, I could never decide amongst all of the colours and patterns! I am so happy that I made my mind up to buy some and even managed to use them at the grocery store tonight.

In California, it seemed so common to bring your bags to the supermarket. In fact, it was almost essential. You would even be in to win by bringing your own bags. Although there are a few stores in New Zealand that now charge 10 cents per bag, it isn’t necessarily normal to bring your own bags, or at least where I have lived. However, having stylish bags made me really excited to use them tonight. Actually, they are such a good size and hold the weight that I only ended up needing to use one.

I love how I was able to buy them as a set of 5 including a pouch. They each roll up and fit into the bag which I can keep in my handbag. No excuse for not using them now.

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Envirosax Organic Series hemp reusable bag

I couldn’t pass up buying one from the organic series as well. This bag is very eco-friendly and strong as it is made from hemp. I love the pattern, and the texture of the bag is so soft. Moving toward sustainability, this organic bag is even printed with vegetable based ink and also comes with a pouch for storage. This hemp bag probably has to be my favourite.

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Envirosax Slingsax Series reusable bag

In case you thought I had enough bags now, I still wanted to buy a Slingsax as well. With adjustable straps, this bag will suit as a messenger style bag making it easy when I carry Zaedyn. There is even a pocket to store my keys and phone. I can see this being a good bag for when we go to the beach!

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Zaedyn telling me all about them

Zaedyn loved the tag and was busy telling me all about the bags and Envirosax. He let me know about things like how they are fully washable without fading, convenient and water resistant, tested for strength and safety, fashionable and fun, solution to plastic bags, 100% guaranteed certified RPET, carbon offset by planting rainforest trees, and that they are ethically made.

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Zaedyn was pretty excited about our new reusable bags

There is a lot of meaning behind the Envirosax logo. Here is how the company expresses their meaning behind it:
“The three bags signify the environmental alternative to plastic bags. The leaf represents flora and the eco-friendly nature of the bags; the fragile butterfly represents fauna whose habitat is coserved through the eradication of plastic bags. The classic “recycle” logo is captured with a brush stroke which also recognises the artistic nature of the bags.”

You can read about the dangers of plastic bags and their huge threat to the environment on their website. Check out Envirosax to find some reusable bags that suit your needs and style.

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Zaedyn helping to unload the groceries

Detoxify, Re-mineralize, Energise

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Lotus Himalayan Crystal Salt ~ contains 84 of the 94 elements on the periodic table

“Lotus Himalayan Crystal Salt is a totally natural, organic and unrefined Salt, with amazing detoxifying & energizing properties through its primal light & crystalline minerals – It is a delicious healthy seasoning for your food, add to your drinking water as a mineral electrolyte tonic, an ideal for a mineral salt bath or spa, or it has many other uses which you can find by visiting our web site. We believe this is the purest and most essential element on Earth for humans, a 250 million year old miracle of nature, now brought to your home by Lotus Magik World”

Sole ~ Leave crystal rock in fresh water for at least an hour

Sole is a Himalayan Crystal Salt-water solution that “creates pH balance in the body by replenishing electrolytes, improving the body’s conductivity, and stimulating circulation” ~I Am Grateful:Recipes & Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart with Orchid. You can drink sole as a detox or add to your drink bottle for energy and minerals throughout the day.

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Add 2 Tablespoons Sole, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, & 2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar to 12 oz fresh water. Fill to 16 oz with frozen strawberries & blend.

I have not made this in a very long time, but I have been thinking about it through researching ways to use my fresh mint and coming across some yummy looking virgin mojitos which I have yet to make. The original recipe I Am Sassy Virgin Margarita comes from I Am Grateful:Recipes & Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart with Orchid, but as I didn’t have any ice in the freezer, I adjusted the recipe adding frozen strawberries instead.

*Water can be substituted with watermelon or cucumber juice, ice instead of frozen strawberries, other frozen fruit, or anything else you desire.

Pour & add fresh mint leaves for a yummy raw vegan virgin strawberry margarita

I highly recommend placing Himalayan Crystal Salt under running water to your bath for overall wellness and detoxification. Lotus recommends this to provide relief for eczema, psoriasis, rashes, bites, sprains, strains, and as a saline wound wash, remembering to drink plenty of water before and after. I used to love making Himalayan Crystal Salt Baths just because, but I also found it very relaxing after Zaedyn’s birth. I loved having that time to go and soak in the bath and know how amazing it was for my body. From food to baths to margaritas ~ what a wonderful product to stock in your pantry. No wonder Himalayan Crystal Salt is thought to be mother nature’s true electrolyte and an amazing 250 million year old miracle of nature.

Buzz & a Puddle: The Joys of Childhood

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Zaedyn Tai & Buzz

Buzz liked to follow Zaedyn…

…even to the puddle!

Pekepeke ~ Jumping in his Gummies

A bit uncertain about falling in the puddle

…though he decided to get up and happily carry on playing, even with his wet bum.

     What wonderful learning opportunities & excitement this morning: a lamb and a puddle! As sheep exist all over the country, it is great for Zaedyn to enjoy opportunities to learn about lambs. He has had a few visits from lambs already and is building his love for them as well as all animals. Even when Buzz was following him and getting a bit excited looking for his milk, Zaedyn remained curious and interested. Buzz just seemed to keep appearing near Zaedyn. I couldn’t help but wonder and try to interpret what he was thinking. I loved seeing Zaedyn so happy with this lamb. As an abandoned triplet, too common amongst sheep, Buzz has been given hope. He seemed to be quite happy drinking his bottle, and I think that he had a pretty fun day being loved by lots of little toddlers.

     Why not let tamariki jump in puddles? We can change wet clothes, but we cannot give them some of the wonderful learning opportunities that can occur in nature and the freedom to play if we stop them from exploring. I was actually really excited when Zaedyn started jumping in the puddle. His face was full of joy, & I believe that nature encourages children’s imagination. The puddle also provided for social interaction where he watched and jumped in the puddle alongside his good friend as they were both filled with pure excitement. There was even learning happening through Zaedyn’s fall in the puddle to getting past his wet bottom and happily carrying on to play. Who knew how much learning and fun could take place this morning with the surprise visit from Buzz, the lamb, & a puddle left from the evening rain.