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Mama’s Milk

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“Breastfeeding is a Mother’s gift to herself, her baby, & the Earth”

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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

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As we learn to acknowledge this, we develop a stronger connection and drive to respect the Earth not only for ourselves, but for our children and their future. We are beyond excited to introduce you to small but mighty, a mother daughter team who are bringing their hopes and dreams of the way we view children and the future of our world through organic tees and bodysuits. Their clothing is made of 100% organic cotton, eco friendly, and fair trade. They are conscious of their sourcing and their impact upon the health and wellbeing of littlies and the planet.

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“Children hold the keys to the future, and while they may not always be able to articulate important ideas yet, we believe it is important to start early in teaching them to care for the Earth, themselves, & each other.”

As a new shop they are continuing to grow and introduce more designs. These lovely soft tees currently have important adorable, fun, and cheeky sayings such as, “locally growing, old soul, dreamer, small but mighty, save the planet I’m just getting started, and give a poo about the planet!” Bodysuits are available in sizes 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months while tees come in 2T, 3T, and 4T. In my opinion, they seem to run pretty true to size.

Here are a few photos of Zaedyn wearing the locally growing tee in size 4T…

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“I Pledge to: shop small, eat local, enjoy local, and support local businesses that support my community and I!

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Zaedyn loves his shirt so much, he wants to wear it all the time. He told me that it is his favourite. When he is wearing it, he makes sure to tell people that it says “locally growing” on his tee. He is continually becoming more aware of what locally grown truly means. We have been talking about the connection to our locally grown food and the impact we have by supporting local and living sustainable lives. I love seeing his big smiles as he understands these important relationships in our life and the impact upon the Earth.

Here are a few photos of Zaya wearing the “save the planet, i’m just getting started” tee…

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“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it”

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Zaya definitely follows in her brother’s footsteps with their love of nature and their dispositions of determination and perseverance. Although Zaya does not always understand everything yet, Zaedyn leads by example for his little sister. Together, they set examples on how to respect, love, and care for the Earth. Although they are just getting started, their impact is definitely mighty!

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As we walked through the nature center, we had many comments about their tops. Their messages were already getting through to others. I am excited to see their impact as they wear their tops which state their vision and further model this through their actions. They boldly send positive messages into the world, and I am so proud of my little vegans.

Although they are small, they are mighty!

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We are sure that you will love small but mighty’s tees and bodysuits just as much as we do! The planet and your littlies will thank you, too. Don’t forget to connect with small but mighty and check out their beautiful and expanding etsy shop…

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Zaya even tested her tee out in the dirt, and it was easily brushed off! These tees are not only soft and beautiful, but kid friendly, too.

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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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Natural Curiosity

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“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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“All flowers grow through dirt”

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

Wooden Toys

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Since the beginning of October, I have been slowly adding photos to a Wooden Toys album. Yes, it is still a work in progress. Just to be a bit confusing, the point of this album is not to sell these items. It is just a way for you to see some of the wooden toys that we own & ask questions if you are interested in the product. Fortunately most people that know us are aware that we prefer wooden toys, and many of these have been given to Zaedyn as prezzies. If you have them as well, we would love for you to comment and leave any feedback to support other who may be interested. I know that there are plenty more wooden toys available, but I hope that what you see will be of interest or provide you with links where you can find other sustainable toys.

We believe that nature is the best playground and that there are lots of natural resources and environments that can provide open ended play experiences. However, wooden toys can also provide learning and interactive play experiences. Although I have provided some information and ways that each can promote learning, they are not limited to this. Each child is unique, and many dispositions can be learned depending on each child. The way they use them to learn will also vary through time depending on their current interests and development. Click on the photos below to find more details about each toy.

Why do we love wooden toys vs. plastic?

Most companies that sell wooden toys are green companies that play a part in environmental impact and awareness. If you are looking for toys that are more natural and sustainable, look for wooden toys. Yes, they can be expensive, but they are worth it. Wooden toys are also very durable making them last and not ending up quickly broken in landfill. We also do not have to worry as much about safety from broken parts or toxicity. We are not against all plastic toys, but with the huge rise of cheap, plastic toys, we like to make a conscious effort to support eco-friendly companies. There are some companies using recyclable materials/packaging, one of which we think is pretty awesome. Make sure you follow us to hear about it in a future post.

So, how many toys do you need? I do not believe in buying all of the newest toys that come out, and I can definitely say that we still have more than our fair share of toys. We have some amazing toys that simply do not get used because we are always outside, or there are just too many to choose from. This can seem a bit overwhelming for you and your child as all of the toys are pulled out and not used for any purpose. Recently we have moved some toys and books into Zaedyn’s room as everything was out in the lounge. We have a pretty big lounge so I made a few areas in the room where there were certain types of toys. He is now aware of what is in his room and will walk down the hall and bring out toys or books that he wants to read. This has made it a bit easier for him to find toys and spend time playing, but this will always be a work in progress as we shift toys around to create an exciting environment.

Some people might think that wooden toys are too plain and simple, though I would argue the opposite. Yes, plastic toys can be very colourful and there is a huge variety, but this does not make them more interactive. Zaedyn is always far more interested in the packaging and boxes anyways! Wooden toys provide open ended experiences. Some might think they are boring, but I think that they allow for more creativity. There is also a growing number of companies providing wooden toys, and there is a range of different types and availability.

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The other option is to make your own. We found this awesome abacus idea from Natural Learning. Zaedyn even helped us look for the resources to use. Check out their site for some amazing creative and natural resources you can purchase. These educational resources will definitely support your children to learn about nature and Papatuanuku.

If you are a company that stocks these products, please leave a link to your website or details on how to order.

Many people debate this topic, but in our opinion we prefer wooden toys in our home. What do you want your baby chewing/playing with?

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