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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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RAWR ~ Buy Local, Buy Fresh

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“The best way to eat and drink is one that makes you feel healthy and happy!”

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Buy local, buy fresh. 

Live in Orange County?

Rawr delivers creative and organic plant-based food right to your door. Whatever your personal goals or detox plans may be, rawr will work with you to create custom meal plans or even cater events.

Besides the creativity involved, Josh sources organic and often locally sourced ingredients to create these beautiful and satisfying plant-based dishes. As a classically trained chef, he brings his experience and gained insight toward health to deliver an incredible menu full of snacks, entrees, sweets, and sips as well as favorites that are always available, including: street tacos, pizzas, and nut mylks. I love the idea of ordering the kitchen sink which includes a few days worth of food; however, you can also order as little as you like if that suits.

As a raw vegan in Orange County (or anyone with an interest in health and keen to try new things), Shakti Juice & rawr have you sorted! The energy that flows within the organic, cold pressed juice and raw plant-based meals is amazing. Both companies reflect important sustainable practices and products that encompass holistic health. These companies may align for you whether you are coming off a juice fast and wanting to eat some raw gourmet food delivered to your door, or you may drink Shakti Juice and order the one off or weekly meal from rawr. The beauty is that these products are available and ready for whenever you choose! Locally sourced, locally made.

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Pizza Fiesta & Raw Street Tacos

I am incredibly grateful for crossing paths with rawr through Instagram and being able to try out some of their incredible food. Have you ever tried raw pizza or raw tacos? I love playing around in the kitchen and making my own food, but there is also something amazing about being able to enjoy fresh raw food that someone else has created for you. I love supporting local, raw, vegan, organic food, especially food made with love. The amount of detail and energy that goes into creating rawr food is noticeable with every bite. Even through lengthy processes of dehydration, fermentation, soaking, and sprouting, their intention for nutritional and flavorful food will bring you positive energy and make you feel good. Eat local, eat fresh.

Order from Rawr!

Don’t forget to connect with Shakti Juice & rawr via Instagram for yummy updates…

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to health & happiness ❤

Our Little Conscious Consumer

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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 :)

Eco friendly competition
Conscious Consumers is currently running a photo competition to bring their badges to life. If you do not already know about them, they accredit businesses and help you find and discover ways to be socially responsible and environmentally friendly. You can even earn free stuff by supporting businesses through the website or smartphone app.

The current badges fall under Community, Smart Waste, and Ethical Products which include: Local, Food rescue, BYO containers, Recycling, Eco-packaging, Composting, Eco-cleaners, Free range, Fair trade, Sustainable fish, Vege/Vegan, and Organic. I look forward to watching the expansion across New Zealand where you will be able to find accredited business wherever you go. Although I do not have a flash phone, anyone with smartphones can quickly find certain badges within regions throughout New Zealand.

Zaedyn is drinking Wildflower Botanicals tea which is organic and local from Kaikoura. He was also eating lovingearth raw vegan chocolate. The bag the tea comes in is also recyclable so this photo incorporates many Conscious Consumer badges. Thanks heaps for supporting our lil conscious consumer! We joined a bit late so have been trying to work our way up, but there are still 14 days to go if you wish to enter as well.

Go Bamboo

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Who would like to be 1 of 5 lucky winners to be sent a Go Bamboo pack including 1 adult toothbrush, 1 child toothbrush, 1 box of 20 clothes pegs, 1 box of cotton buds, and 1 wax comb as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

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We love Go Bamboo products, and I am excited that so many of you have now become interested in their products as well. This New Zealand company is doing an awesome job providing biodegradable and sustainable products to protect our beaches and the environment.

“Our mission is to offer biodegradable, sustainable alternatives to everyday, disposable, plastic items and so limit the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans, on our beaches or in landfill.” ~Go Bamboo

These are effective and affordable award winning products that can be found throughout many stockists around the country, even across Australia and in the U.K. We bought ours through Cheeky Cherubs. Jacquie wrote a pretty cool blog post about their Environmentally Friendly Toothbrush Graveyard! I am sure that most children would love to hammer their toothbrushes into the ground when they are finished.

We all use bamboo toothbrushes! At the moment we have them in different places so we can tell them apart, but I have been trying to think of a clever way to make them each our own. What would you do to make them all different in your household?

We were also sent a few samples of cotton buds with our order which are awesome. They are made from a sustainable bamboo stick. I didn’t realise that they even made little bamboo wax combs for your keychain which I am very excited to try out. Any other surfers out there?

Check out the throwaway facts and about bamboo to see what makes all of Go Bamboo products a much better alternative. They also have a school fundraising program which is a fantastic way to involve the community and to learn and teach others about being sustainable.

The clothes pegs have multiple uses! In case you missed my previous post, they are perfect for making an eco-friendly driftwood display.

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They are also great for hanging out cloth nappies and other laundry as well as keeping our gluten-free bread fresh.
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Enter our giveaway for your chance to win this awesome Go Bamboo pack thanks to Mick & Anna.
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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…

Copono:Valuable App for All Kiwis

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Vegan AppCopono’s mission: “to make conscious consumption simple.”

What is Copono?

As I mentioned in my last post, Copono is an app to track and rate vegan things in New Zealand. This will make life for Kiwis easier as you can scan barcodes of products to find out if they are vegan or not. 85 Kiwis are already using this app, but with your help they can share it with everyone in Aotearoa. There are 23 days left to reach their goal of $5000. Even a contribution of $10 will help them get closer to reaching their goal. Vegan or not, please consider contributing to this vegan campaign to help Copono assist you in not only buying vegan food, but also finding sustainable and ethical choices.

“Copono is quick.

Copono is simple.

Copono is easy.

Buy products that resonate with you.”

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Why Vegans should support this app?

Copono will make your life easier. Taking out the time spent reading labels and researching online to find mixed answers, this app will quickly tell you if a product is vegan or not by simply scanning a barcode. Isn’t technology amazing? We also have to thank the Vegan Society of Aotearoa for creating the Vegan Big Book of Products and inspiring Copono to turn this into an app.

Being vegan for quite some time now, I do not particularly buy a lot of processed foods, and I buy at a lot of food from specialty stores where I seem to be aware of ingredients and ethical products. However, there are always new products being made or recipes that require new ingredients. At first, I thought that this app doesn’t really affect me, but actually it does and in an even bigger way than I realised. One reason this app could be helpful is the fact that my husband eats quite differently than me. Although he knows the basics of what is vegan or not, he often texts me asking about ingredients or additives. I know that this app would be great for him, and I know that I could use the app as well to find out products that he might like. I have also found myself looking at new products and reading labels for products to feed my son. If I want to make others vegan food or get asked whether or not certain products are vegan, I can easily let them know with this app. Plus, if you have friends or family who are not vegan and want to buy you something or make you a vegan meal, they can use this app to be certain that the products they buy you are vegan.

The bigger reason for supporting this app though is that even if you do not think you will use it, think about all of the others that will. Everyone is at a different point in their vegetarian, vegan curious, or vegan journey. Some have more knowledge of ingredients than others, some might have more knowledge about ethical companies, some might eat more processed foods than others, but we are all on our own journey to live a conscious lifestyle. By supporting Copono, you not only help yourself, but you are helping animals, the environment, and others with similar goals. It is bigger than just the app, but through it you are helping to support positive vegan ethics.

Why contribute even if you are not vegan?

Copono is more than finding vegan products. Whether you look into healthy options or need to avoid products due to allergies or intolerances, this app will be beneficial to you, too. You might simply need to avoid dairy or eggs, but why not use this app to take out the guessing and make shopping easier. At least you know that vegan products won’t contain either. Let’s face it. Reading labels can be tricky even if you have been doing it for a long time. Companies do not always want you to know the truth, and additives can easily change.

If you don’t think this app is useful for you, what about for your children, family, or friends. You may find yourself needing to embrace changes due to an allergy within the family, or you may find yourself needing to make a meal for someone who is vegan or has allergies or intolerances. This is the perfect app to help you in all of these situations.

Although you might not be completely vegan, you may be interested in supporting sustainable, ethical, and healthy buying. Although some products might have clear labeling, you may find yourself in the shop hesitating whether to support a certain product or brand. Why not leave it up to Copono. They have done all the hard work to simplify buying for you. If you support this app, you will have instant answers at your fingertips.

Finally, curious or not, you might just be in the Christmas spirit and find yourself willing to make a contribution to something that will help a lot of people and support others who truly care about the environment.

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Beyond New Zealand?

Even if you find yourself across the world, imagine how Copono could help you when you come for a holiday in New Zealand. Not being familiar with products, brands, or food additive numbers, the last thing you want to be doing on your holiday is standing in the supermarket reading the back of every label. This app extends beyond the use of just Kiwis.

Check out the campaign to contribute to Copono Vegan for Kiwis. 

$10 Contributor, $10 Idea Lover, $30 Early Bird, $60 Auckland Champion, $60 Wellington Champion, $100 Eternal Bliss, $1,000 Transcendental

A virtual high-five, getting Copono early, enjoying a vegan dinner, becoming a lifetime member, or joining the team retreat and future, there’s perks for all contributions. With 2,000+ members in the Vegan Society of Aotearoa, even a $10 contribution from everyone would surpass the $5,000 goal. I will put a link up on my page and there are a few of the campaign already being shared around so please take a second to re-share on your own wall. The power of social media is huge, and together we can help support Copono’s 12 month effort by simply taking a second to contribute and share with others.

Who is bringing this app to reality for your convenience? Meet the Copono Team.

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Where can you find out more about Copono?

Most importantly, the current campaign: Copono Vegan for Kiwis

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Copono on Facebook

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I want to see Copono succeed…

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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…

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and kanikani (dance)…

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They are great to drink smoothies in…

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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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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 🙂