Curried Onion Soup for Winter Health

My first year, of a 3 year herbalism program here in New York City, is off to a great start. I am learning so much, and where I considered myself to have led a holistic life beforehand, my knowledge is so much deeper now. I am very excited about sharing relevant interest through Willy B Mum, moving forward. For this post, as we are deep into winter, I thought it might be nice to share this medicinal and delicious soup which is easy to make at home.

Eat onions and garlic every day and you’ll be well all through the winter, while they are both considered healing and protective to the lungs, they also taste wonderful together.

Onion is an example of a herb which can help immensely with coughing, in particular a wet productive cough with expelling mucous. By using food as medicine, one can help support the body to aid in thinning of mucous, thus making it more easily expectorated. Thyme, Ginger and Garlic also do the same thing, and all ingredients in this recipe.

Otherwise, onions are immune supporting, improve cardiovascular health and are known to be helpful with cancer prevention, and incorporating more of them into your diet is definitely not going to hurt you, quite the contrary actually.

I have most recently started incorporating ghee, cultured butter, into my diet which I included in this recipe too. Ghee is a nutrient dense food, containing healthy fat soluble vitamins, which are essential for good health.Consuming Ghee in the diet aids in enhancing and maintaining vitality, and treats exhaustion, liver disease and nervous system disorders. It also internally lubricates the body, which is helpful if you are an athlete, or just have aches and pains. Ghee is a traditional Indian ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine and cooking, which has a high cooking point, and a long shelf life.

What You Need, serves 6

Bay leaves

  • 5 large red onions
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee (I use Pure Indian Foods)
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 6 cups of porcini mushroom broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves (pictured)
  • 2 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoon high quality curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon of dried reishi mushroom powder
  • Chilli pepper, and sea salt to taste

What To Do

  • Heat a large pot over high heat

    Sautéed onions in ghee and vinegar

  • Add sliced onions with ghee, and cook over high heat, stirring often until onions are dark brown and caramelized, up to 30 minutes (pictured)
  • Add red wine vinegar and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan
  • When vinegar has evaporated, add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and 6 cups of the porcini broth **See broth instructions below
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 40 minutes
  • Add grated ginger, powdered reishi mushroom, curry powder, fresh chilli, and lemongrass
  • Simmer on medium-low for another 30 minutes
  • Remove bay leaves, and serve

**  Soak 1 small packet of dried porcini mushrooms in warm filtered water for 30 minutes before adding

This soup is a wonderfully delicious wholesome food which the whole family will enjoy. It definitely opens up the sinuses, and is good to make throughout winter to maintain health, and to ward off colds and flus. It also freezes very well, so if you cannot eat it all, save it for later.

I encourage everybody to use high quality ingredients, which are organic and non-gmo. If this is not an option, do your best. As this soup is intended as a medicine as such, it is detrimental to use ingredients sprayed or grown with toxic pesticides.

I hope you enjoy it!

Update for Willy B Mum

At this time, I am taking a break from writing on Willy B Mum. I plan on starting back up again around January 2017, however I am still active on social media, especially Instagram – HERE.

I am taking this year to continue my studies as an clinical aromatherapist and to also concentrate on my teaching responsibilities as a certified essential oil educator. If you are interested in seeing more on that you can visit my alternate instagram page – HERE.

I am still open to PR opportunities, in which case you can contact me at libby@WillyBMum.com

Thanks!

Meditation for the Modern Family

Every minute of the day counts when you’re juggling soccer practice, gymnastics, tutoring, piano lessons, work, real estate, finances and holiday planning. A high demand life requires us to consistently perform at the top of our game. How do we thrive and succeed without getting tense, depleted and stressed out?

Vedic Meditation is considered to be one of the most effective stress relieving techniques in the world. Effortless yet powerful in design, this practice can deliver the energy, clarity and focus required to elegantly balance the demands of balancing modern living as a Parent.

Not all meditation is difficult or requires hours of your day to experience results. With the right technique and instruction you can actually look forward to meditating every day. Daily meditation can help you become a better parent, a better partner and live a richer, fuller life.

Today, Hunter Cressman, shares 5 ways the modern family can benefit from meditation.

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1. More Natural Energy

If anyone can use more energy it’s parents. During meditation the body rests measurably 5 times deeper than sleep. This rest naturally energizes the mind, so that you’re ready to keep up with the kids and their activities all day. Daily practice can also increase your quality of sleep and reduce the amount of sleep needed over time.

2. Higher Quality Time

Children grow up fast. One moment they are saying their first word and before you know it they’re getting dressed for prom night. It’s easy to miss out on the full experience of parenthood when the mind is so easily distracted by last week’s mishaps and tomorrow’s to-do list. Meditation spontaneously melts away irrelevant thoughts from the past and future so that you can experience higher quality family time right here and now. 

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Many parents report that after learning to meditate not only do they feel calmer and happier, but their childrens’ behavior improves too. Children are sensitive to the energy of their parents and respond according to your moods. Most people learn to meditate for their own benefit, but a wonderful side effect of meditation is that it positively impacts the other people in our lives too.

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4. Blissful Babies

Women who meditate while pregnant are, in effect, meditating for two. These babies have an early head start to a blissful life.

Additionally, the restfulness from meditation helps a Mother prepare for childbirth, and also adapt to the new routines of early parenthood.

 

5. Better Sex & Romance

Meditation can do a number of things for your life in the bedroom. It reduces stress, which directly affects libido and fertility. It can refine the five senses, which heights pleasure and romantic connection. It also increases energy, providing the drive needed to meet your partners desires when they arise.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Hunter CressmanHunter Cressman is a qualified independent teacher of Vedic Meditation based in New York City. He is a skilled expert trained in the Himalayas of India under pre-eminent master-teachers. Hunter has taught hundreds of parents and children this effective stress relieving technique worldwide. You can learn more about Vedic Meditation and connect with Hunter at www.themodernmind.com

The Good Dinosaur, and some clothing too

Little boys and dinosaurs seem to go hand in hand. My Son is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment, he has dinosaur clothing, dinosaur books, and dinosaur toys. When I told him that we had been invited to a special screening of the movie – The Good Dinosaur – it was just the icing on the cake. What 5-year-old, doesn’t like a good Dino flick?

The Good Dinosaur

Spot and Arlo

The Good Dinosaur, is a new PG movie which is showing in theaters now. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney. The movie runs for 93 minutes, and is also available in 3D.

Last week, we attended a special screening of the movie here in New York City, hosted by The Moms – JCPenney MAMARAZZI®.

On arrival to the event, my Son picked out Good Dinosaur clothing from Okie Dokie, to wear throughout the movie, you know so he could really be in the Dino spirit! He enjoyed taking his time to look through the clothes, choosing pants to match a top, and then having a few photos taken.

JC Penney, has a whole range of Good Dinosaur clothing, and toys, which you can see HERE.

The Good Dinosaur

The animation, in true Pixar style, is visually breath-taking. While the story, is heart-warming and emotional. It is a tale of friendship, finding strength, facing fear, learning to forgive and moving on.

Arlo, is the runt of the dinosaur litter, who is scared of nearly everything, including the chickens he has to feed daily as one of his family chores. He is teased by his brother and sister because of this, and his Father trying to push him to be more confident, ends up dying tragically in an accident which young Arlo is witness too.

Some days later, Arlo falls into the river near his home, and ends up lost and confused many many miles from home. Scared he is befriended by an unlikey little sprite, named Spot. The 2 of them protect and help each other, resulting on an adventurous journey meeting fascinating creatures, to eventually make it back to their homes.

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Two things that I appreciated, is that there is a subtle reference noting the little realized fact that most of these great dinosaurs were vegans, and followed a plant-based diet. My Son also picked up on this, during the part of the movie where Spot brought Arlo animals to eat and was confused when Arlo would not eat them. Where did they get their protein, from plants of course!

Additionally, the movie also touches on the realization that you cannot predict or control Mother Nature, that you have to roll with the punches and be prepared for the unexpected, especially when spending time in the Great Outdoors.

These are both topics, which are discussed in my home often as a family – how to respect all beings and co-exist with our planet in harmony – and it is nice to have these examples for future discussions.

Follow the river, and you will find your way home

Follow the river, and you will find your way home

Although not an overly happy movie, my 5-year-old still very much enjoyed it. Being so young I feel that he was not able to grasp the severity of some of the situations, which is okay with me, as the beauty of the film and the fact that it was all about dinosaurs, kept him, glued to the screen.

I know that we are going to be watching it again and again.

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Natural Immunity Builders, from food with love

Hippocrates, considered the father of Western medicine, is often quoted as saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Most of us know that a poor diet can contribute to poor health, but there are also certain foods that can support your immune system and increase your body’s resilience. As flu season peaks, here are a few foods that can help you boost your immunity through your diet.

A to Z CoverSophia Ruan Gushée is contributing to this article for Willy B Mum today. She is a New York City Mother of three who, upon leaving a career in investment management to spend more time with her children, began a journey to build the healthiest and safest environment possible for her family. I am sure many of you can relate to wanting that, I know that I can.

Her mission to become a truly conscious consumer led her into 5 years of research on the many toxins we are exposed to on a day-to-day basis, as well as the possible effects these substances can have on our lives – now that is dedication!

What manifested from all of this is Sophie’s first book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. The book includes outdoor environments, your home, body, and diet.

Here, Sophia shares 5 commonly available foods that can help boost your immunity, are readily available and are easy enough to incorporate into your diet. By doing this, you can help ward off bugs, which are more prevalent moving into the colder months.

Foods to boost your immunity

  • Teas

Starting the day with teaStarting your morning with tea can actually help keep you healthy. Teas can be rich in antioxidants and polyphenols including flavonoids, which can help ward off illness.

Green, white, and black teas are great choices, as they have higher concentrations of antioxidants than other varieties. For the best herbal teas, choose ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea. Stick to varieties that are organic to reduce exposures to pesticides.

  • Orange Foods

Everyone has heard that vitamin C is key in warding off illnesses, and citrus fruits are known for their high concentration of the vitamin. Other orange-colored foods are also beneficial for immune support, containing antioxidants and nutrients like lycopene and beta-carotene. Try adding squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mangoes and papayas to your recipes.

  • Cruciferous Vegetables

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Cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, arugula, bok choy, brussels sprouts, and broccoli, offer a rich supply of vitamins – including vitamin K, vitamin E and vitamin C – that may help prevent and fight inflammation and illnesses, including cancer.

 

  • Mushrooms

While the cultivated white or “button” mushrooms commonly found in grocery stores actually include natural carcinogens, certain varieties contain valuable immune-boosters. Shiitake, Enoki, Maitake, and Reishi mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use, and are known to help prevent cardiovascular diseases and stimulate the immune system.

  • Garlic

Often called a “superfood,” garlic has been used to fight illness for centuries, and is known to combat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The active chemical, allicin, is not only responsible for garlic’s immunity-boosting power, but also its powerful smell. You can reap the benefits from eating cooked garlic: peel a few cloves, chop them, and then let them sit for 20 minutes before cooking. By letting the garlic rest, you will activate the immunity boosting nutrients, and allow the garlic to develop to its fullest potential.

We hope you enjoyed this article, thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Sophia Ruan Gushee
Sophia Ruan Gushée earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University. She is also a certified yoga teacher, living in New York City with her family.  A to Z of D-Toxing, is her first book and available on Amazon. For more information visit: www.nontoxicliving.tips

 

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Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, No Cook – Pink Passion Pie

With Thanksgiving only a few days away here in the United States, we are excited to share another vegan, sugar & gluten free desert recipe following Cara’s fruit-topped cheesecake, to be sitting pretty at your table this year.

This recipe is also from the book – Love On A Plate – which is filled with plant-based recipes which do not require cooking, also know as raw food. For raw food enthusiasts, this is a book which will nicely complement others in your library. Or, if you appreciate the benefits of uncooked food from time-to-time and need some inspiration, then Love on A Plate is a good place to start.

Raw Food Way of Life

The idea behind this lifestyle, is that if meals are heated above a certain temperature (approx. 118 degrees) enzymes in the food are destroyed, thus compromising the life enhancing nutrition which is provided otherwise – basically, you want to get all the good you can from the food that you eat and keep it as pure as possible. A diet such as this, is made up of grains, seeds, nuts, beans, fruits and vegetables, with the aim of eating the majority, if not all food uncooked.

People who follow a raw food diet report less disease, more energy, feeling younger, (like a turning back of the clock, rather than aging feeling), and an overall sense of heightened wellness.

Sounds wonderful.

However, if you are not quite there yet, and are curious as to what a raw food diet offers, you can reap some of the benefits by cooking foods on a lower temperature for a longer time, which will avoid carcinogens that are produced at high temperatures. Or, you can try substituting meals you would usually cook, with ones you do not need to cook, like a salad or this recipe right here, the Pink Passion Pie.

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Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free – Pink Passion Pie

Pink Passion Pie
Serves 6

Crust Recipe

  • 3 cup Brazil nuts
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup

What to do

  • Put brazil nuts into a food processor and pulse chop for 4 seconds, 3 times. You want the nuts to be in very small pieces, but not powdered. Pull out any large pieces of nut that have barely touched the blade and chop into tiny pieces
  • Pour into a bowl with maple syrup and stir, mixing very well
  • Brush a spring form pie pan with coconut oil and press the brazil nuts into the pan forming a very thin crust. So thin, it is one more push away from cracking. It’s optional if you want to go up the side of the pan
  • Set Aside

Filling

  • 1.5 cups coconut meat
  • 1.5 cups coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups unsoaked cashews
  • 1.5 – 2.75 cups maple syrup (depending on your preference)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 cups of pomegranate seeds (or any fruit)
  • 3 tablespoon chopped purple beetroot (for color)

What To Do

  • Place all filling ingredients in blender and blend on high for 7 seconds or until creamy
  • Place a medium size colander over a large bowl and pour filling through the colander to remove the hard seed bits from the pomegranate. Discard the seeds
  • Pour filling into pie crust
  • Put into freezer for 25 minutes to set, and then refrigerate
  • When ready to serve, release pie from the pan, place on a plate, garnish (see below) and slice to serve

Serving Suggestions
Raspberry Sauce 
Place one bag of thawed frozen raspberries in blender and blend on high for 6 seconds, pour into a squeeze bottle, and drizzle over pie

Toppings
Garnish with orange zest, candied almonds, or pomegranate seeds

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, we hope you enjoy this decadent, and plant-based dessert.

Love on a Plate

 

Reprinted with permission of Rothkranz Publishing from LOVE ON A PLATE: The Gourmet UnCookbook by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz; $29.97

 

Vegan, gluten free cheesecake, you can do it!

Okay, so Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with Thanksgiving comes the tradition of eating copious amounts of food. Thanksgiving is a bitter-sweet holiday for me, I am always so completely devastated by the by the estimate that close to 45 million turkeys are inhumanely killed in the United States for this day, each year. It is definitely not a thanksgiving for the turkey.

However, one thing that I am finding solace in, is introducing people to vegan and cruelty free foods, that are delicious and way healthier for you. This year is especially important to me that there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free desserts on the table because a few weeks ago my Son was diagnosed with a ton of allergies. Previous to this he was following a vegetarian/pescetarian diet. Not anymore though, his diet is now looking more like a vegan way of life, with fish included. He cannot eat gluten, eggs, or dairy products. On top of that peanuts are a concern, as well as corn, and a few other things.

I am sure, parents who are in the same position can relate to the feeling of not wanting your child to miss out on things like deserts at thanksgiving. I just want to see my Son happy, and know that even if there are certain foods he cannot eat, there are options, like this recipe I am sharing today.

The following vegan and gluten free cheesecake comes from the book, Love on A Plate, which is full of healthy recipes that do not require any cooking, yes you read that correctly!

Caras Vegan Cheesecake

Cara’s Fruit-Topped Cheesecake
Serves 6
Crust Recipe

  • 3 cup Brazil nuts
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup

What to do

  • Put brazil nuts into a food processor and pulse chop for 4 seconds, 3 times. You want the nuts to be in very small pieces, but not powdered. Pull out any large pieces of nut that have barely touched the blade and chop into tiny pieces.
  • Pour into a bowl with maple syrup and stir, mixing very well.
  • Brush a spring form pie pan with coconut oil and press the brazil nuts into the pan forming a very thin crust. So thin, it is one more push away from cracking. It’s optional if you want to go up the side of the pan.
  • Set Aside

Filling Recipe

  • 3 cup coconut meat
  • 2.5 cup unsoaked cashews
  • 9 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1.5 cup coconut water
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla

What to do

  • Put all the filling ingredients in blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour into pie pan.
  • Put in freezer to set for 25 minutes, and then let chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.

Serving Suggestions
Raspberry Sauce 
Place one bag of thawed frozen raspberries in blender and blend on high for six seconds, pour into a squeeze bottle, and drizzle over pie.

Toppings
Scatter dried pineapple, strawberries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, grated orange rind or mint leaves on top.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum, we hope you enjoy this decadent plant-based alternative to a cheesecake.

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Reprinted with permission of Rothkranz Publishing from LOVE ON A PLATE: The Gourmet UnCookbook by Cara Brotman and Markus Rothkranz; $29.97.

Healthy mouth care, with an ancient tradition thrown in

Looking after your teeth, (and your children’s teeth from an early age), is imperative to ensure you will all have a healthy set for the rest of your life, but  what about natural options? Most of the common sense steps you can take are pretty straight forward, like –

  • Brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day, aiming to brush for a solid 2 minutes of cleaning for the best results
  • Floss daily
  • Avoid eating damaging foods and drinks, such as fizzy drinks and sugary foods
  • If you drink coffee, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to avoid staining
  • See a dentist regularly, I take my Son and I also go every 6 months for a cleaning and a check up
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My Son brushing his teeth

The Benefits of Regular Check-Ups

One of the biggest benefits of having regular check-ups with your dentist is that you can address any problems with your teeth early, before it starts to become a problem. If a tooth starts to become slightly crooked, you can get braces or a retainer fitted early, to solve the issue and straighten your teeth. You can also help to avoid any damaging tooth decay or infections, which could lead to fillings or even removal of the tooth.

To give you an example, I had my last check up around 7 months ago. I had a cleaning and my routine X-rays, where everything looked great. However, when I went back last month for my next cleaning and check up, a few problems had arisen. I needed 2 fillings, with a possibility of root canal. The root canal was avoided thankfully, however if I had waited much longer, and had not made the time to go to my dentist for my regular check up, I might not have been so lucky.

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If my story has your worried, at least in this day and age of lighting fast technology, it is easy enough to find a dentist. For our Australian readers, I just tested this out looking for a Brisbane CBD Dentist and quickly found a clinic with reasonable out-of-pocket costs. It took all of 3 seconds!

Holistic Choices

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Additionally, consider incorporating the ancient Ayurvedic technique of oil pulling on a daily basis, which is where you swish, traditionally sesame oil, in your mouth of up to 20 minutes each day and then spit out. Coconut oil is also very popular.

The swishing motion is said to activate enzymes, thus “pulling” all manner of toxins out of your body. According to one study, oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, and modified gingival scores. Other claims are that it whitens your teeth, makes your mouth feel generally cleaner and can eliminate the dreaded morning breath. Just remember that the oil must not be swallowed as it contains bacteria and toxins.

Regular oil pulling is also a fantastic option for those who do not have dental insurance or who cannot afford to go to the dentist. You can read more about this on Wellness Mama.

Two different approaches to dental hygiene to keep you on the right track. Personally, I think if you incorporate oil pulling to complement traditional dental recommendations, you will insure healthy teeth till a ripe old age. I have so far, had much success doing both.

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Eco-Bonk toy for the win

The Eco-Bonk is a classic take on an old-school toy, with a modern green twist. Created by a mother of 2 boys, it is durable and long-lasting, providing hours of entertainment for your Little One. It encourages physical activity, while enhancing balance and reaction time. Not forgetting, strategic thinking and so much laughter.

Eco Bonk ToysSo, what is it?

Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best, and this is surely so with the free-standing Eco Bonk. At 36 inches tall, the toy it is weighted with dry rice (beans work too) inside the bottom of it to keep it stable. When knocked down, it bounces right back up again – it is that simple.

My 4-year-old Son is always trying to figure out, how to win over his Eco-Bonk! So far, no luck, but I love his enthusiasm.

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This toy is perfect for a child who has boundless energy, and for a parent who is looking for an outlet to help get some of that energy out! I also like it because during long winters here in New York City, living in an apartment with no outdoor space, the Eco Bonk is a really nice thing to have up your sleeve when you cannot go outside.

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Things you need to know

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This Eco Bonk has a removable plush cover

The Eco Bonk has to be set up once it arrives to you, however it is a little bit of a different scenario to your average toy! You have to fill up the bag with dry rice or beans first, and then blow the toy up. Depending on which kind you buy, you will place the plush character cover on top of the plastic cover or, the plastic cover will have the character image embedded on it.

The Eco-Bonk comes in fun characters like the wildlife series which has an owl, whale, gibbon and bear. Or the real life hero series, which has a soldier, a doctor and a fireman.

By the way, the Eco Bonk is not just for children, my husband (for example) loves playing with it too. Hearing this call, maker of the toy, Pueri Elemental, are hip to this by offering more adult-like Bops. Highlighting the political frenzy for the presidential place here in the United States next year, they are offering hilarious characters like Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Marco Rubio and President Obama. If you have ever felt like knocking one of these guys down, here is your chance.

Additionally, there is a custom option, upload your own design to be made into an Eco Bonk – love this idea!

Jackson the Eco Bonk bearThe Eco Bonk is made in the United States from ingredients that do not contain phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). There are 2 varieties of the toy – one kind is made completely with recycled plastic, and the other is made with a plush cover which goes over a recycled plastic cover. The plush covered toys are really easy to clean, just throw it in your washing machine with warm water on your fragile setting.

Where can you find one?

Head over to newly launched, Twined.com being a thoughtful website, where you can discover reviews from people you trust (like Willy B Mum). If you like what you read, you can then express interest in buying that product, not just the Eco Bonk, but a whole range of sort-out
goodies, with pricing discounts eventually
being unlocked to you. Go You!

We hope you enjoy the Eco Bonk as much as we do in our home. Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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The Learning Tower, love it so much we have 2

The Learning Tower, is one of those must-have items that I always recommend to parents of a toddler-ish aged child. It is not so known, as say a stroller or a crib, but it should be. It is a clever invention which helps children “join in” on grown-up activities, or on its own is a safe and sturdy contraption where a child can spend time enjoying activities. My 5-year-old Son, has used his since he was 2 years of age, and he is still happily spending time in it.

So, what is it?

The Learning Tower is a confined and easily adjustable platform, which elevates children to the perfect height, where one can take part in play with confidence and security. My Son, particularly loves to stand and eat in his. He also enjoys helping me in the kitchen cooking, and just observing the chores I do like wash the dishes.  Unfortunately, he is not helping me do the dishes yet – ha!

in his learning towerSurely, this tower is well used in our kitchen. Being a passionate foodie family with dietary requirements, my husband and I have encouraged and taught our Son about healthy foods, how to prepare them and where food comes from, since he was quite young.

Being a Stay At Home Mum having to find activities to fill the days, this helpful piece of furniture, has allowed me to expose him to a whole range of exciting and educational culinary experiences, all while letting me concentrate on my part. It sure makes it a lot easier to get through a recipe, without worrying about whether my Son is going to fall or slip off an alternate option, like a chair for example.

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  • It comes in a variety of colors including – natural, soft white, red and green. We have the white one, which over the years has accumulated growing stains which are challenging to remove. This is probably the only downer you will read here, and I am sure it only occurs with the white one. If you are worried about this, I suggest going with a different color
  • It is finished in a non-toxic lead-free paint, and is made from the wood of the birch tree, all natural
  • It grows with your Little One, being recommended for ages 18 months of age and up, until 6 years of age
  • The platform is easy to move up and down, adapting with your child’s body size
  • photo-3-1It is sturdy with a 4 sided railing and an ample 15″ by 18″ platform which offers a ton of support, this also assures that your child can independently climb in and out of the tower safely
  • It is an affordable piece of furniture, which is long-lasting and, I think, worth every cent at around $200 USD mark
  • It is reasonably lightweight and easy to move around from place to place, just be careful not to place it down on your toes, my husband has done this a few times – not pretty
  • You can purchase fun add-ons like an attachable art easel with a blackboard and white board. And, a one piece playhouse cover, to open up the magical world of imaginative play

So, what else do you need to know?

The helpful piece of furniture does need to be assembled by human hands, yes alas it arrives in a big box with many pieces. However, speaking from experience, it is really easy to do. I have put together 2 of them, with the help of my then 2-year-old child. In fact, I turned that whole experience into a fun activity too.

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One of the things I am appreciative for, is that this has given Miles Storm and I so many opportunities to bond together while engaging in learning experiences. Being a Mum, you learn pretty quickly that the days are long but overall time flies by, and these simple little moments like making kiwi-fruit covered icy poles or placing vegetables on a roasting tray, are actually really B-I-G moments. I am not sure I would have been able to spend so much time in the kitchen doing the things we do on a day-to-day basis, without the Learning Tower. It boosts creativity and confidence; not just in a child, in a parent too.

 

Get it!

Head over to newly launched, Twined.com being a thoughtful website, where you can discover reviews from people you trust (like Willy B Mum). If you like what you read, you can then express interest in buying that product, not just The Learning Tower but a whole range of sort-out goodies , with pricing discounts eventually being unlocked to you. Go You!

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**Grid photos at top credit - The Learning Tower