Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway, by Green Scene Mom’s

Green Scene Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway features top picks for Eco-friendly and innovative Christmas gifts for moms, kids and babies! Each of these items inspire Eco-friendly lifestyles, learning, and creative expression. Check out Green Scene Mom’s Gift Guides and enter to win these amazing prizes from our giveaway sponsors!

Giveaway Prizes

Buttons Cloth Diapers giveaway

Buttons Diapers – Diaper Cover, 3 Daytime Inserts & Flannel Wipes

Buttons one-size cloth diapers are soft, durable, and leak proof with double gussets around the legs. They fit babies 9-35 lbs and come in many colors and prints. The snap-in inserts are made from soft microfiber or a natural hemp/cotton blend, with a layer of soft fleece on top. Shop @ buttonsdiapers.com.

Oogaa giveaway

Oogaa – Plate, Placemat & Spoon

oogaa designs and manufactures non-toxic feeding products for kids. Their award-winning divided plates are stackable, soft, durable and easy to clean. oogaa’s silicone plane and train spoons make mealtime fun, featuring molded designs that kids will love using! Shop @ oogaa.com.

Yummi Pouch giveaway

Yummi Pouch Brights

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Yummi Pouches are easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and great for taking healthy snacks on the go. Shop @ yummipouch.com.

Artterro giveaway

Artterro – Collage Jewelry Kit

Embellish wooden pendants, beads and a bangle to create 6 gorgeous jewelry pieces, and proudly wear your own fashions! Shop @ artterro.com.

Pacific Baby giveaway

Pacific Baby – Natural Feeding Plate, Bowl & Cup – Green

Pacific Baby’s all natural feeding bowl and cup is completely plastic-free and made from natural bamboo. It’s strong, durable and dishwasher safe on the top rack. Made from biodegradable and compostable materials, this feeding set comes in several colors and is a stylish way to go-green at mealtime! Shop @ pacificbabyworld.com.

Austin Lloyd giveaway

Austin Lloyd – 1 Month Subscription Box

A 1 month subscription of engaging surprises from Austin Lloyd. Each box includes 3-5 toys and at least one book that are customized to the development stage of your child. Shop @ austinlloyd.com.

Preserve giveaway

Preserve – Mixing Bowl Set – Red

The Preserve Mixing Bowl set includes three nested bowls (2 qt, 3 qt, and 4 qt) made in the USA from 100% BPA free, recycled #5 plastic. Bowls are wide for comfortable mixing with an easy grip handle that aids pouring. Available in assorted colors. Shop @ preserveproducts.com.

Ubbi giveaway

Ubbi – Cloth Pail Liner

This Eco-friendly luxury liner is washable & reusable, pvc-free, waterproof, and odor resistant. Holds 7 gallons and closes with a drawstring. Shop @ ubbiworld.com.

pediped shoe giveaway

pediped Shoes – 1 pair boys or girls

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped is sold in over 2,500 US stores and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 36. Shop @ pediped.com.

MAM Holiday Pacifiers giveaway

MAM Holiday Pacifiers

MAM pacifiers are available in boy and girl holiday themed packages. Each pacifier is decorated with fun, seasonal designs and will help keep your little one calm during the year’s most joyous festivities. These pacifiers feature an anti-slip silicone nipple and curved shield with multiple small openings to allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe. Shop @ shopmambaby.com.

Wobabybasics giveaway

Wobabybasics Swaddle Me Blanket & Sweet Dreams Nursing Gown

Whether it is for swaddling, cuddling, warming or playing, this soft blanket will be a perfect companion for your little one. The unique hook and loop strap allows you to secure a pacifier, toy or to transform the blanket into a cozy cape. Mothers will appreciate the convenience of the simple yet stylish, pull-down nursing gown. Wobabybasics provides easy-to-wear, comfortable and practical organic cotton essentials for children up to 8 years old. As the healthiest option for babies and the planet, only GOTS certified organic cotton textiles and chemical free dyes are used. Shop @ wobabybasics.bigcartel.com.

Wishy Life Buddies giveaway

Wishy Life Buddies – Interactive Book Set

Children bring their ‘Buddy’ to life by naming him and sprinkling him with Wishy Dust. The book includes a ‘Buddy’, Wishy Stem, Wishy Dust and seven empty eggs that can be filled with stickers, treats and small gifts. Shop @ wishylife.com.

Wristy Buddy giveaway

Wristy Buddy – Teething Wristband

Wristy Buddy is designed for babies who haven’t developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. It is made of absorbent and non-toxic materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Shop @ wristybuddy.com.

Bert&Bratt giveaway

Bert&Bratt pure-Go Portable UV Sterilizer

Pure-GO by Bert&Bratt is a Portable UV Sterilizer for pacifiers, bottle nipples, small teethers/sippy cup tops. NO heat, water or chemicals required. Just push a button to eliminate up to 99.9% of harmful germs in 4 minutes. This small/light sterilizer is perfect for travel and easily fits in your purse or diaper bag. No more hassles to try to find soap and water or do the “drop and pop”. Just grab a Bert&Bratt sterilizer to conveniently help keep your baby healthy. Shop @ bertandbratt.com.

Enter to win this Amazing Prize Set!

This giveaway is open to United States entries who have a US mailing address, and ends on Sunday December the 14th

Green Scene Mom Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway
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YumEarth Holiday Giveaway Event

YumEarth Holiday Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Yum Earth Holiday Giveaway Event,
hosted by Easy Green Mom and sponsored by YumEarth!

Have a naturally sweet Holiday Season with YumEarth organic and natural gummy bears and organic pops!  YumEarth offers mouth-watering snacks and sweets made with organic and natural ingredients, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, and none of the major allergens, such as gluten, nuts and dairy. YumEarth snacks make perfect holiday treats and stocking stuffers!

You can purchase YumEarth online or in stores nationwide. Find where to buy YumEarth products this Holiday Season here.

You can connect with YumEarth on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Enter to win!

YumEarth will be giving one lucky reader a YumEarth Holiday Prize Pack Valued at $50.

This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only. The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on 12/15. 

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the YumEarth. Easy Green Mom and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact amber{at}easygreenmom.com with any questions about this giveaway.

Plant-Based Body Care; Nine Naturals (giveaway)

NN_Partnership-Logos_030313-01Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of mommy bloggers from across the United States and Canada.

We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm.

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For a health conscious mother or mother-to-be, most of us are well aware as to the dangers of eating genetically modified foods and foods sprayed with pesticides. We are aware of the dangers of drinking coffee, consuming alcohol, or smoking during pregnancy, and so many other things. However, not a lot of attention is spent on the dangers of slathering disease-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors on our bodies, which are found in most mainstream personal products. Especially, as these are used on a daily basis!

The skin is the largest organ, and it aptly absorbs whatever is put on it very quickly, traveling into the blood stream, moving around the body, and of course this can affect a fragile fetus growing inside.

So What is Available and Safe to use during pregnancy

New-Belly-ButtersmallNine Naturals are 100% plant-based products, which are free of all the nasties one wants to avoid like, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial preservatives.

All Nine Naturals products are derived from nature, there is absolutely nothing artificial in their formulas. Additionally, all the ingredients have been pre-screened to make sure that they are safe for Mom and Baby, which is very assuring. Nine Naturals also happily disclose all additives that they use, and we love that, as most companies do not tell you what they are putting in their products.

We appreciate that Nine Naturals offer an unscented body butter, as speaking from experience, at one point in my pregnancy there was a stage where I could not stomach a lot of smells! Other essential oil based fragrances that are used in Nine Natural products have been formulated to ease common pregnancy complaints like morning sickness and fatigue – so thoughtful!

screen_shot_2014-10-06_at_12.07.25_pmThe Nine Naturals website is also filled to the brim with information like their handy explanation of all ingredients used in their products which you can see HERE.

You can order Nine Naturals from their website easily. Free shipping is contributed on all USA orders of $50+, a 10% off coupon is emailed to you if you sign up for their email list, and they offer a $5 sample set to try their shampoo and conditioner (just in case you want to try it first).

Nine Naturals is caring small company, who are focused on making a mother’s pregnancy that little bit less stressful but don’t take our word for it, visit their website and check out their energy for yourself!

Giveaway Time

IMG_8700Thanks to Nine Naturals for offering this very generous prize.

One grand prize winner will win the full line of products from Nine Naturals valued at $280, including;

While, 5 additional winners will win a body balm, valued at $15.

If you are, fingers crossed, one of the winners, Nine Naturals will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse. This giveaway starts at midnight on Wednesday November the 26th, ending on Tuesday December the 2nd at midnight PST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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Disclaimer: The participating blogs, and Willy B Mum are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prizes.

 

Some tips, on starting out on a plant-based diet

Over a year ago now, I decided to follow a plant-based lifestyle, after dabbling between a pescetarian and a vegetarian diet for 20 years, and it has been one of the most enlightening decisions I have ever made.

Becoming vegan, prompted me to learn as much as I could from a nutritional point, giving me peace of mind that I am getting proper nourishment while on this delightful journey. Additionally, allowing me to discover new and exotic foods and flavors I had never experienced before. It has truly been an exciting time.

Sauteed kale in turmeric and olive oil, with sweet potato and garlic

Sautéed kale in turmeric and olive oil, with sweet potato and garlic

However, speaking from experience, I know that for some it is not so easy to make the switch to becoming a “healthy” vegan. When a person decides to follow a plant-based diet there is usually a thorough thought process behind that, whether it is because of health implications, wanting to reduce toxins in the diet, or like me an ethical choice. But, some just do not know how to make the change properly and as a result may return to eating animals, or become unhealthy, sluggish and overweight. I know when I first became vegetarian 20 years ago I relied heavily on processed carbohydrates like pasta, rice, pastries and breads.

Here are some hints and tips on sports nutrition and how to be a happy and healthy vegan, without feeling the need to consume processed and weight causing carbohydrates.

Make sure you eat enough at one setting, with an ample amount of plant-based protein, thankfully there are so many options, whether you cook at home or eat out;

  • Beans, nuts and seeds, tofu, brown rice, quinoa, farro, nutritional yeast, seitan and tempeh
  • Plant based milks; hemp, rice, soy, almond and coconut
  • Pre-made products which can be bought at a supermarket including veggie burgers, veggie slices, cheeses and veggie mince
  • Protein powders, spirulina and algae with you can add to smoothies and juices
  • High protein vegetables like, artichoke, brocoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, chickpeas, spinach, potatoes, and asparagus.
Pad thai, veggie burger and nachos (all vegan)

Pad thai, veggie burger and nachos (all vegan)

Start compiling as many vegan cookbooks as you can as inspiration, a few of my favorites are,

  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out, by Angela Liddon
  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, by Isa Moskowitz
  • The Vegan Cookbook: Feed your Soul, Taste the Love: 100 of the Best Vegan Recipes, by Adele McConnell

Be prepared, and carry snacks in your bag with you in the case you get hungry on-the-go and there is nothing suitable for you to eat. This has happened to me only a handful of times, but during those times I sure was hungry and kicking myself that I did not have something with me! Some ideas are;

  • Trail mix, like this recipe I found with pineapple HERE
  • My coconut chocolate energy balls, recipe HERE
  • Fresh fruit, like a banana
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Kale salad with beans, quinoa, corn and avocado

To boost energy and ‘fill in’ any gaps in nutrition, you can additionally take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement. They are available with built-in probiotic too, which can help with digestive issues and to control stomach bacteria. Most pharmacies, and even supermarkets, carry these supplements: Vegans are recommended to read the ingredients and the information on the box before deciding which is best for their needs. If there are other health issues, it is best to consult a doctor before taking any regular supplement, even if it is over-the-counter.

Following a plant-based diet is better for the animals, better for your health and better for OUR planet, and with the right preparation and understanding anybody can be on their way to a vegan way of life. Just like me!

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

Save energy in the home with no-cook chocolate coconut balls

There are many ways to cut energy usage in the family home, and surely taking the time to be more energy-efficient, not only helps our precious planet, it also helps cuts personal financial costs. Double bonus!

Image-1I am a Stay-At-Home-Mum, living in New York City. As I write this we are in the temperature range of the 20’s (farenheit); it is unbelievably cold. The frigid weather has come early this season, as we do not usually experience this kind of cold until January. With these extreme conditions comes a few concerns. Firstly we need the heat on constantly, the fact that we are in a loft apartment and up very high makes the temperatures even colder. Secondly, I cannot be outside with my 4-year-old like we usually do each afternoon, as it is very uncomfortable.

These 2 factors mean that I have to come up with indoor activities instead, to keep my little boy entertained.

There is not much that I can do about the heating, however I can cut energy in other ways to make amends for that. One way is minimizing use of electrical appliances.

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These No-Cook Chocolate Coconut Balls, are really easy to make being a wonderful hands on project for Little Ones, they are also protein packed (almond meal and chia seeds), vegan and relatively healthy. And, all you need is human energy to make them. Love that.

What You Need

  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips (I used Lily’s non-gmo variety)
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • dash of salt

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What To Do

  • Measure out coconut oil and put in a bowl, you want it to melt so it is easier to mix in with the rest of the ingredients, I let ours sit by our heater for 30 minutes and that seemed to do the trick
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  • Making sure hands are clean roll into balls
  • Place on tray and pop in the fridge until hardened

IMG_8667Yes, it is that easy.

And, what a wonderful idea for school lunches too.

Or, you can just fight over who is going to eat them with your little one…..

….like we did.

 

Visit the PG&E website HERE to learn about further ways you can reduce energy costs in the family home. Some examples are; changing air filters regularly, updating to energy efficient light bulbs, washing your clothes in cold water, opening curtains during the day, programing your thermostat and sealing leaky ducts.

Another resourceful tool from PG&E; take advantage of seasonal every day saving tips which are broken down by no-cost, low-cost and investment solutions HERE.

By all of us being more conscious of the energy we use in our homes we can “Be The Change” accomplishing; less strain on the grid which reduces outages, putting less strain on natural resources like water, and reducing emissions which harm the environment.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Upcycling ideas for around the home

I am always looking for new ways to reuse or upcycle items, that are not needed for their original purchase, around my family home. My husband has been known at times, to call me a hoarder like when I keep pretty glass bottles or jars around the house. But, I don’t know, I just feel a little uneasy throwing out something that can be reused.

If you have a stockpile of old materials lying around, and you have a crafty hand, well then keep reading. Here are 3 ideas, as inspiration for D.I.Y projects, to upcycle something old into something new.

Old T-shirts
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I love the comfort of wearing t-shirts and over the years, more and more of them have accumulated in my closet. Most of them hold special memories making it difficult for me to donate them to charity.
Here are some ways to re-purpose your old t-shirts;

  • Make a quilt by cutting t-shirts into small squares in varying sizes. Make a pattern by assembling all squares in rows. You can choose the number according to your desired length. Sew and join the first rows of squares together following your pattern. Continue on until you eventually finish the quilt.
  • Make a dress out of a t-shirt for that special little girl in your life. There are many ways you can go about this, basically though you will lay your t-shirt right side up and on top of it put the dress pattern and cut. Sew all sides and fastened seam lines as well as the necklines. We love this sundress tutorial from the website Prudent Baby, which you can see by clicking on the photo below. Sure to wow, this is a wonderful handcrafted gift which will surely be appreciated.
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  • Make a stylish baby bib. This is really easy, and what a wonderful idea as a gift, or for you own little munchkin. You start this by tracing a bib pattern onto an old t-shirt, cutting it out and sewing up. Here is a helpful tutorial from C is for Crafty on how to make your own.bib2

Old drawers

My 4-year-old already have a set of old drawers sitting in the basement collecting dust. We used them when he was a newborn, and now they do not go with the theme of his room. My husband would prefer if I gave them away, however as stated earlier, that is not such an easy thing for me to do.

Here are some inspirational uses for old drawers;

  • Old drawers as an under the bed toy keeper.  Repaint an old drawer and place it under the child’s bed to tuck toys away. The website, I Craft with Love, has a fantastic tutorial on how to do this, which you can see HERE.
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  • Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.40.34 PMOld drawers as little one’s room organizer. Nail old drawers into the wall, paint it with color matching the room’s hue and voilà, you have instant organizers, above the floor, to keep your child’s books, toys, hats etc neat and tidy! We love this idea.
  • Another green idea, is to turn an old drawer into an indoor herb garden for a child to nurture and watch grow. As it is a herb garden, this is also a wonderful opportunity to teach children where their food comes from, and how to incorporate the plants into food you make at home.

Old bingo cards

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 12.23.34 PMGrowing up in Australia, I remember seeing the older folk at the local town hall enjoying their chance to play bingo, and it was also a pastime I fondly remember playing with my brother and sisters while on summer holidays. Much laughter was shared over these simple cards.

There are so many different kinds of bingo cards out there, take the vintage ones, which are a part of a hard-to-find almost forgotten era. If you have some lying around, rather than throw them out or just letting them collect dust, why not turn them into handcrafted upcycled greeting cards, or name tags for presents. You can do this in the form of a collage with a scrapbook feel to it, like HERE. The bingo cards, shown in the picture above, would also make an adorable baby shower congratulations.

The main purpose of recycling is to reduce waste, and while it is better than just throwing waste in the rubbish-bin, it still does take a lot of time and effort for companies to recycle materials to be able to reuse them. Upcycling is more of creating new out of old in a D.I.Y sense, and what a rewarding feeling that is to see one’s ideas manifest without having to do much at all.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Upcycling Makes the World Go Around.

Meditation and Motherhood

My passion for meditation came way before motherhood, or even way before I knew what meditation was, or even before I knew I wanted to be a Mom. But that’s another story altogether.

When I became a Mom-to-be, it became so much more valuable (if that can be said about meditation), or maybe I should say it became more desperately urgent.

IMG_437368957It began during my pregnancy. There I was with a new life growing inside of me, with my body transforming in a way that I could never imagine (although “knowing” a lot about), my life changing drastically and a lot more questions about motherhood, far more questions, than answers.

It was really a very particular moment, and for me, very lonely as well, although not quite, since I was present with the baby all the time.

On top of this sea of emotions and thoughts and distractions and concerns that I created myself, there were the emotions and thoughts and concerns and distractions of other people around me and the “nest creating” craziness: the never-ending nursery buying list (don’t get me started on this one), the house move, the family’s anxieties and concerns, the birth plan, my partner’s own issues.

It was just a crazy mess. And meditation was then in my pregnancy, as it is now in parenting, both my rescue and the lens through which the “right” answer reveals itself. Not that there is a right answer, but one that came with clarity, from the true essence of being (rather than a choice based on fear, or vanity, or over attachment, or anxiety, or mere rationality – to name a few).

In pregnancy, meditation helped me breathe, remember myself, remember that it was ok, I was still there as an integral person – nurturing another life on my body, yes – but still an integral, whole person. Then I was able to decide, to forget about the crazy things, to instead focus my efforts on what made sense to me and the baby, as we prepared for his arrival into this world. It allowed me to bring more serenity into the moment. Even if that meant that in any given day I would just take time to do absolutely nothing, and just be.
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As the baby arrived and we got into a new level of craze. There was this beautiful intense interaction with the baby that is something huge in itself, and then there were baby books, parenting lines ( today it’s almost like you have to “buy” one from a shelf just like you do with a soap brand), milestones, clothes, supplies, help, exhaustion, feelings of being overwhelmed, isolation, breastfeeding (or not, until when, in public or not, etc)… Not to mention the effects of friends and family lovingly giving their opinions that are different from yours. It’s an ongoing list.

I can’t say enough about how much meditation brings my life to balance, and in parenting, even more than that, it brings my family to a more balanced place. With the daily practice, I get more in touch with my essence, without labels, parenting clubs, or any kind of social status – it’s just me, period. Only then can I see my child for his essence, and only then can I make decisions about our lives with more clarity.

The way I just wrote this, it seems simple, but it’s really not. Motherhood and the practice of yoga and meditation have together brought me to a complete new awareness of humanity, and of myself, in a way that is really hard to put in words.
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Having said all that, below is an easy meditation technique that can be done without much effort:

  • Find a comfortable seat, legs crossed, seat on a pillow or a rolled towel, or on a chair if that’s more comfortable (or in the toilet seat if you found some minutes of alone bathroom time – mothers???). Hands rest on your knees with palms facing up or down, see what feels more appealing to you right now
  • Close your eyes and find a straight spine from the inside out, pretend as if a cord was pulling your spine from the top of your head towards the ceiling, creating space between your vertebrae
  • Place one of your hands under the opposite armpit, and rest the arm against your body. Now cross the other arm on top and place the other hand on the other armpit. Observe your breath, your mind, and what the technique does to you. After 2 or 3 minutes, change the positioning of the arms by removing the arm that was on top of the other, to under it. Stay for another 2 or 3 minutes here and bring your hands to your knees again – this technique presses against main nerves and energetic channels (nadis) that help balance the activity of the hemispheres of the brain
  • Now observe your breath, as if you were an observer of yourself completely immersed on your breath. An unattached perception, but complete absorption on one unique thing: your breath
  • Do this observation for as long as it feels natural to you, until you reach a point where you might feel inclined to naturally let go of the exercise and just be on the present moment
  • If any thoughts come through your mind you can use the mantra “Om”, mentally chanting it as if it was a gong in the middle of your brain, bringing you back to yourself
  • When you’re ready to come back, bring your palms together in front of the heart, inhale and then exhale chanting a long “AUM”, and visualizing that this energy that you just came in contact with is brought back into your body and your life, represented by a line of energy descending from the crown of the head to the base of the spine (as you “AUM”)

For more re-grounding, meaning, to be back to real life more promptly, stand with your back against a wall (touching but leaving a little space between wall and lower back, protecting it’s natural curve), and step your feet a little forward bending your knees, as if you were sitting on an imaginary chair. Do it in a way that you work your legs and squeeze them together. Lift your toes and put them down a few times. Breathe a few times here, and you’re ready to go. If you feel any anxiety at all, or restless mind, doing this meditation, bring your right thumb and index finger together like a little clasp, and place them into the center of your chest

To know more about the benefits of meditation for life and health, here is a story from the renowned Yoga Journal (but if you google it there are many many reliable sources and studies nowadays).

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Peace, Love and Meditation make the World go Around.

IMG_8492Patricia Borelli is a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher, who thinks a whole lot and loves to write, as a way to help understand, and live, life.
She currently learns and teaches at Hosh Yoga (Brooklyn) where she hosts a donation based prenatal class Fridays at 5PM, among other classes.
She is also at Ishta Yoga (Manhattan).
Both facilities are located in New York City.

Natracare – A natural take on personal hygiene (giveaway)

Welcome to our 48 hour Natracare giveaway, which is being hosted by a variety of awesome Mommy Bloggers across the United States.


We are very excited to be giving away green-inspired hygiene products to one lucky lady out there!

Natracare is forward-thinking mompreneur company, offering women organic & natural solutions for personal health, which leave a soft footprint on our precious Planet Earth.

And, we love that!

We Live in a Toxic World

One’s health can be affected by a variety of factors that we are unable to control, like genetics, income, where we live, relationships, mental well-being etc. However, there are some things that we can control, like the products we use, which are in direct contact with our bodies.

Our skin, besides being the largest organ in our body, absorbs what we put on it very quickly. Think about if you sit in the bath too long, you will soon see your skin become wrinkly as a reaction to the water; so, what happens to our bodies if we put chemicals on them? Something to think about.

Let’s talk tampons for a minute

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Natracare tampons are rayon-free, biodegradable and compostable, and plastic-free. Additionally they are100% certified organic cotton, guaranteed to be GMO-free. This is noteworthy, as you have to consider the pesticides that are sprayed on cotton crops otherwise.

On the other hand, most tampons on the market are made of rayon, which is an abrasive fiber. When this kind of product absorbs inside a female body it can push around the cervical area, causing tiny cuts and imbedding pieces inside our human tissue. Additionally, rayon dries out the natural protective mucous lining of the vagina. Other ingredients found in mainstream tampons may include fragrance, alcohol, aluminum, and hydrocarbons. On top of all of this, when a tampon of this nature is bleached with chlorine, it leaves behind the carcinogenic dioxin, which you know, is one of most dangerous and deadliest chemicals known to humankind, which also wreaks havoc on our Earth in the form of pollution.

So how do Natracare bleach their products and make them so white if they do not use the mainstream dioxin way. I wondered the same thing, so I asked? Natracare only uses TCF processes for all of its products. Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) is the only 100% chlorine-free bleaching process, which uses oxygen from hydrogen peroxide. Oxygen bleaching is the safest process for the environment as it does not release toxins into the environment. This water and oxygen process is used to destroy any bacteria in the cotton or pulp, resulting in the purification and whitening of the raw material. You can read more about this HERE

Natracare makes wipes, maternity products, pads, tampons and panty liners, which are available in 54 countries. As the Natracare tampons are a safer alternative, so are all of their products across the board. You can find a stockist near you by using store locator HERE

Giveaway Time

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Want to win a $60 goody bag from Natracare including the following;

  • 1 Natracare Sisters t-shirt
  • 1 Makeup Removal Wipes
  • 1 Intimate Wipes
  • 1 Ultra Extra-Normal Pads
  • 1 Wrapped Panty Liners-Normal
  • 1 Regular Applicator Tampons
  • 1 by 10 count Super Non-Applicator Tampons

Or, as added incentive, what about a second prize, worth $40 from start-up Wythe and Berry Apothecary, including 1 organic facial steam mixture and a decadent handcrafted body cream?

You’ve got to be in it, to win it and maybe today is your lucky day, especially with 2 different prizes being given away!

If you are the winner, Natracare will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse. Respectively, Wythe and Berry Apothecary will send out their prize to the 2nd place winner.

This giveaway starts at midnight on Saturday November the 1st, ending on Tuesday November the 4th at midnight EST. It is open to the USA only.

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Sweet Potato and Pea Fillo Pastry Puffs

My 4-year-old started Pre-K this past September, which surely was such a change for all of us. He attends 5 days a week, till 1PM each day, which means I have to pack his lunch. If you follow Willy B Mum on Facebook and Instagram, you know that my husband and I promote very healthy eating habits, with a strong emphasis on an organic plant-based diet. My husband is a very talented cook, by passion. My Son follows a pescetarian diet, which resulted from my husband being a meat-eater, and me being quite the opposite not wanting him to eat animals at all. Our compromise was that our Son can eat seafood in his diet until he is old enough to make the decision as to his diet himself. However, when Miles Storm is with me, which is the majority of the time, he eats a mainly vegan diet which borders on vegetarianism at times.

As Miles Storm is getting older I feel like the same foods we feed him, although varied, might be getting a little boring to him, so I am on the quest to incorporate healthy vegan options into his packed lunches.

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As you can well imagine I have a lot of vegan cookbooks, and one of the most recent ones my husband gave me as a present for Mother’s Day is fellow Australian and inspiration, Adele McConnell’s book – The Vegan Cookbook.
The photos are beautiful, the recipes are easy enough to manage, not to mention delicious. There is also a ton of really interesting meals to make like vegan cheese, baked chilli vegetable chips, red lentil and beetroot burgers and a raw sesame fudge slice. Adele’s recipe – Potato and Coconut Samosas – is the inspiration for this recipe, and something I have made with Miles Storm quite a few times over the last few months. He loves helping out in the kitchen.

These sweet potato and pea fillo pastry puffs are a wonderful addition to school lunches as they are perfect for little hands, and it is also wonderfully hearty as a main meal with veggies, quinoa or a salad on the side when your husband gets home for the day!

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What You Need

  • 10 pieces of vegan filo pastry (I used Athens Filo Dough)
  • 1 cup of raw cashew nuts
  • Coconut Oil
  • 4 small Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 cups of Peas
  • I small Onion chopped
  • 2 cups Coconut Milk (Thai Coconut Milk)
  • Around an inch long piece of Ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry coriander (cilantro)
  • Coriander, fresh and chopped (cilantro)
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil and Water to help with sealing the triangles at end

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What To Do

  • Roast Sweet Potato ahead of time. Instructional HERE
  • Remove filo pastry from freezer and let it thaw out
  • Preheat your oven to 350 Farenheit
  • Blend raw cashews in food processor and set aside
  • Melt the coconut oil in a large pan stirring in the sweet potato, peas, onions and grated ginger. Mix well
  • Add the dry cumin, dry coriander, fresh coriander, cashew powder, shredded coconut and coconut cream. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper and set aside
  • Now let’s get started on the filo; on a clean surface lay one piece and brush gently with the olive oil, then place another filo piece on top. Each fillo pastry puff is made up of 2 pieces
  • Cut into 4 squares
  • Spoon some sweet potato and pea mixture into the center of each square
  • Brush the edges of the filo pastry with water, and seal with fingers pressing all around
  • With a spatula, transfer triangles to a baking tray, brush the top with olive oil and cook with for around 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven as you do not want them to burn

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A note on making the triangles; doing this is quite tricky if it is your first time so patience is key. Take your time and do not rush. The last time I made fillo pastries was at high school in home-economics class, and that was a very long time ago. The first few times I did this, the fillo either ripped or it just did not look like a triangle. Still tasted delicious but let’s just say they were not going to be sold at the local bakery!

This recipe can of course, me substituted with other vegetables. Sweet potato and peas just happen to be a family favorite in my home.

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