Stuck on You labels & personalized gifts (giveaway)

When he was 2 and at his first morning school

When he was 2 and at his first morning school

It seems like yesterday, that my husband and I put our Son into his first school-like environment for the first time. He had just turned 2 years of age. Personally, I thought it was way too young for him to be heading out the door, and on the other hand my husband thought it was normal. Maybe that is the difference of me being Australian and him being a born and bred New Yorker. In Australia, the accepted age for children to go to school is 5 or 6. In New York City, it seems the sooner the better.

Fast forward 2 years and Miles Storm is gearing up to go to Pre-K 5 mornings a week. Yes, children everywhere in the United States will be back in school if not already, very soon. For me, this is a first time experience and yes I am starting to freak out a little. I am going to miss him so much and being a stay-at-home-mum it is going to take some getting used too. Thankfully though, he is only in class for half days.

Making It Easier

I have his most important items labeled with Stuck on You labels; backpack, water bottle, snack bags (from Snackaby), sunscreen lotion and his little glass jars. There is nothing worse that losing one of my Son’s items, it creates a maddening situation ending with me either tearing the house apart, or having to go and buy a replacement. Either way it is not fun.

However, I am thinking ahead this time, by being prepared and labeling all the things he needs for school ready for Day 1. Fingers crossed, this reduces the chance of something getting lost. And, as an added bonus, I am pretty sure there are not many other children in the world called Miles Storm, so if something is lost it will easily make it’s way back to us.

Started by a Mother in Melbourne Australia, Stuck on You, is a fun website stocked with the coolest labels and gifts for children. Easily available the world over, Stuck on You was started over 10 years ago, and has grown at speed mainly by word of mouth; very honestly. Their products are high quality, protruding happy times, and this is why Stuck on You products are loved by Mums, Dads and Children alike.

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We are, thankfully, good to go in the label department

Stuck on You has so many different kinds of personalized labels, I mean if you can think of any kind of label, they surely have it; sock labels, book labels, shaped labels, clothing labels, shoe dot labels, address labels, pencil labels, and write-on labels. These labels are enhanced by being dishwasher & microwave safe, scratch resistant, applied easily and durable. Some of their labels are also made with eco ink — love that!

Not just that, the designs are adorably original, like the retro robot name labels we have for Miles Storm. If robots are not your thing; what about owls, birds, fairies, tigers, flowers, merry-go-round, flowers, submarines, super heroes, ice-creams, dinosaurs, astronauts or tractors? Priced at only $14.95 for a set of 50 labels, it is definitely worth the investment compared to losing something of more value.

He loves his personalized wooden puzzle

He loves his personalized wooden puzzle

Stuck on You offers a lot more than just labels, like the personalized wooden jigsaw puzzle shown above. This puzzle is a huge hit with my Son, being a colorful educational tool for him (in disguise) for him to learn how to spell his name and get used to the way it looks at a young age.

Additionally, they have the funnest stationary, bags (like this gorgeous library one), lunch boxes, personalized clothing, canvases, drink bottles, sun hats, towels, bag tags and party supplies.

There really is something for everybody!



How adorable are Miles Storm’s personal labels

Want to win one of 4 $30 gift certificate from Stuck on You, to put towards a purchase on anything you choose? Well today is your lucky day, especially with 4 different winners!

If you are the winner, Stuck on You will email you the gift certificate code directly which you can redeem on their website.

This giveaway ends at 12AM on Wednesday the 9th of September, and is open to all countries of residence.

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

Peace, Love and Labeling Your Stuff Make the World Go Around!
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Straight from the tree – DRINKmaple (giveaway)

Around 2 years ago, my husband had a fantastic idea. Well, we both thought so anyway.

It was around the time of year when maple sap started flowing from the trees (end of Winter/beginning of Spring), and we were at our friend’s farm to watch them make maple syrup to sell in their farm stand. This farm is over a 100 years old, which has been passed down from generation to generation, and they have always made the syrup from the maple trees on their property. Fair to say they are experts in the trade, as many farmers are in the Hudson Valley, upstate New York area where maple trees are in abundance.

My husband tapping one of our maple trees upstate NY

My husband tapping one of our maple trees upstate NY

Maple water AKA sap, is very tricky to obtain, and I write that meaning there is an extremely short window of time to be able to tap maple trees to get the sap; the season generally lasts for between 4-6 weeks. Not just that, the day time temperature must rise above freezing and the night-time temperature must fall below freezing, or else no sap here!

Maple trees store food in the form of  starch in their trunks and roots before the cold winter weather starts. Months later, with spring on the horizon, and the pressure of the rising temperatures the starch converts to sugar, and the sap starts flowing.

People tap maple trees by boring holes into the trunks and collecting the sap in buckets.

To make Maple Syrup, the sap is heated, evaporating the water which in turn leave the concentrated syrup behind. We saw this procedure done over a log fire which literally took days to produce maple syrup. As food for thought, astoundingly, it takes around 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 ounce of maple syrup!

We saw how maple syrup is made, and thought; why not just take the water from the tree instead of making it into syrup, bottle it raw & unpasteurized, and sell it? We saw it as a sustainable alternative to coconut water as it can be made local, rather than produced overseas and then shipped here to the United States. Alas though, somehow along the way we became distracted and it never came to fruit.


So good, I am easily able to drink this every day

Thankfully, the dedicated people over at DRINKmaple are better organized than my husband and I, and now we all have access to this wonderful real, natural and straight from the tree, farm-to-table beverage! Pure maple water is a refreshing, hydrating drink which is chock-o-block with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And, a big plus here, for the ladies watching their figures, maple water is low in calories — love that! My new favorite DRINKmaple maple water comes straight out of the tree, into the packaging with nothing added, and then makes it’s way to you.

So, I know that you are all very curious as to how it tastes? Well, to me, it tastes subtly sweet, with an earthy feel to it. You just feel healthy drinking it, and it is a nice nourishing alternative to just drinking plain water all the time. With my apothecary mind, I think that maple water will also be a wonderful addition to soaps, creams and scrubs, but that is a whole other article!


Want to win a delicious 3-pack sampling from DRINKmaple to try out for yourself? Well today is your lucky day! Enter below to win three 8.5 fl oz. tetra packs of pure maple water. If you are the winner, DRINKmaple will ship you the prize, direct from their warehouse, as soon as possible.

This giveaway ends at 12AM on Friday the 5th of September, and is open to USA residents only. Otherwise, you can buy a 3-pack direct (as well as other products) direct from the DRINKmaple website HERE for around $9 USD, plus shipping.

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

Peace, Love and Plants Make the World Go Around!

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Planning the Perfect Family Vacation

With my family’s annual family holiday to Europe coming up in less than 2 weeks, I thought now might be a wonderful time to write about how to plan the perfect vacation.

Cannot wait to be back in Dubrovnik Croatia soon

Cannot wait to be back in Dubrovnik Croatia soon

Family vacations can be full of excitement and adventure; however they can also be rather stressful if you do not plan adequately beforehand. This means carefully considering a number of important aspects regarding your trip before taking the plunge. It is worth remembering that, regardless of your children’s ages, organising a family vacation that will keep everyone happy is indeed possible by following a few simple rules. With this in mind, here is my guide to help you and your family plan the perfect vacation.

Decide on a Budget
When planning a family vacation deciding upon a budget is a great way to start. This will enable you to be realistic when it comes to choosing a destination and hotel. If you travel on a tight budget, consider staying in your own country and visiting local attractions. Alternatively, if you decide to go abroad, be careful not to exaggerate as you will need to take the cost of flights and activities into consideration.

Choose a Destination
Choosing a vacation destination that will please everyone is not always easy. Talk to your children and make sure that the destination that you choose boasts activities and attractions that will keep them busy and entertained. Avoid extremely hot or cold destinations when travelling with young children as this can lead to complications.


Running on the Beach with Miles Storm in Antigua

Book the Right Accommodation
When planning a family vacation you should always take care to book family friendly accommodation. If you are hoping to visit a busy city like Paris, it is always a good idea to have a look at hotel reviews left by families on online hotel booking sites like Be sure to research hotel options and their facilities in order to make the right choice for you and your family.

Healthy and wholesome food is a requirement for my family

Healthy and wholesome food is a requirement for my family

Research Attractions and Activities
Once you are all booked up and ready for departure, take a look at some of the most interesting and child-friendly attractions in the area that you will be visiting. By planning an itinerary, even roughly speaking, you will be able to ensure that you include something for everyone, thus leading to a relatively stress-free vacation.


Miles Storm meeting a kangaroo for the first time in Australia

Be Prepared
Although you cannot prepare for all eventualities, making a check-list of everything that you will need in the run up to your vacation is always an excellent idea. By doing so, you will be able to depart knowing that you have the situation under control and with the positive and relaxed attitude necessary for all great family vacations.

By taking these great tips into consideration you will be well on your way to planning and enjoying an unforgettable family vacation. Just remember to start the planning process early in order to ensure that you have plenty of time to simply sit back and relax during your well-earned trip.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. Happy Traveling!

New Mommy Giveaway worth $1200


Green Scene Mom has partnered with Guava Family and many other brands to bring you this fabulous giveaway featuring lots of great products for new moms and their babies! Each of these products was designed to meet a unique need and make life simple for mom and baby.

guava-familyGuava Family
Lotus Everywhere Crib – $249.95

The Lotus travel crib is so easy to use and easy to take with you, you will want to use it everywhere… places you never would even consider taking more traditional portable cribs simply because they are too bulky & heavy. Use the Lotus at home, at a friends house for dinner, or even in the airport terminal. The Lotus is more than a travel crib. It’s an Everywhere Crib.

bumble-collectionThe Bumble Collection
Brittany Backpack in Lace Floral – $99.99

The Bumble Collection is a family lifestyle brand specializing in children’s products including diaper bags and family accessories such as lunch bags, picnic baskets, and food/beverage coolers for our fashionable families. Since 1999, our diaper bags have graced the pages of magazines and have been carried on the shoulders of many A-list celebrities. Our products have been placed on the shelves of top retailers spanning the globe. All products from The Bumble Collection are made of the finest materials using an all-natural process without the use of synthetic preservatives as we respect and embrace the value of sustainability and it’s effects on the environment.

yummi-pouchYummi Pouch
Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches + cloth snack & sandwich bag set – $24.99

Yummi Pouch eco-friendly snack time solutions encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required! Yummi Pouch cloth snack bags are lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. Perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches.

belli-prep-glow-trioBelli Skincare
Prep & Glow Trio from Belli Skincare – $69.99

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is an invigorating scrub with peppermint that sweeps away old skin cells to reveal healthy skin. Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure facial wash featuring lactic acid that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying. Belli Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator is a lightweight moisturizer rich in Vitamin C and botanical humectants that help refine and soften skin texture.

philips-aventPhilips AVENT
Electric Bottle and Baby Food Warmer Giveaway – $45.99

The fast, safe way to warm expressed milk and baby food, the Philips AVENT Electric Bottle and Baby Food Warmer warms 125ml/4oz milk at room temperature in around 4 minutes.



buttons-cloth-diapersButtons Diapers
2 diaper covers + 2 daytime diaper inserts + 1 small wet bag – $36

Buttons Diapers feature a quality and affordable two-in-one diapering system that consists of wipeable PUL covers and super-soft absorbent inserts that snap into the covers to stay in place! Buttons Diapers fit babies from 9-35 lbs, have two layers of stretchy waterproof PUL throughout, and double gussets at the legs to keep messes in.

mixie Mixie
8 oz. bottle, 4 oz. bottle, 1 package each of Stage 1, 2, and 3 silicone nipple replacements – $51.95

Mixie is the first baby formula bottle that can be fixed now and mixed later. Formula goes in the little compartment. Water goes in the bottle. At the first cry, just push the button, shake, and blend. Simple. Yet really quite genius. On a flight, or in the middle of the night, Mixie has you covered. Because when baby wants a bottle, baby wants a bottle now.

lollacup Lollaland
1 Lollacup + 1 Straw Replacement Pack + 1 Mealtime Set – $41

Lollacup is a stylish and functional, drinking cup whose innovative design helps infants and toddlers successfully use a straw. Lollacup’s flexible straw has a weighted end that allows children to drink effortlessly, even when the cup is tilted. The straw is valve-free, which makes it easy to use and clean. Lollacup is BPA and phthalate-free and is proudly made in the USA. The Lollaland Mealtime Set is the perfect complement to the well-loved Lollacup. Lollaland’s Mealtime Set consists of a plate, bowl and dipping cup designed for smaller hands and toddler-sized portions.

Twin pack cloth liner – $29.95

Using washable diapers? We have exactly what you need! The Ubbi cloth pail liner is a necessity for cloth diapering parents. Bring out the green in your diaper pail with these biodegradable liners. Twin pack includes 2 bags that are washable, waterproof, odor-resistant and reusable. Using the Ubbi cloth pail liners add to the eco-friendly experience.


12 packs of 60 wipes – $42.99

WaterWipes are the world’s purest baby wipes. Made from 99.9% water & 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. And that’s it! Nothing else! Only 2 ingredients. Completely free from chemicals, WaterWipes are the baby wipes parents and healthcare professionals have been waiting for. All natural and pure, WaterWipes are safe to use on baby’s delicate newborn ultra thin skin. WaterWipes are effective yet ultra-mild, pure and gentle. WaterWipes are unlike any other baby wipe on the market, and have been produced using cutting-edge technology to give unrivalled mildness, purity and safety.

Babyprints Photo Frame – $24.95

This classic white wooden frame has spaces for your baby’s handprint, footprint, and adorable photo. It’s simply the easiest way to capture your baby’s prints. Just press your baby’s hand or foot onto the included “Clean-Touch” ink pad to reveal a detailed print. The baby’s foot never touches the ink, so it’s completely mess-free. Includes beveled mat stamped in silver with “My Little Prints”. This keepsake frame is the perfect gift.

Baby Teether – $19.99

Toofeze is recognized for its cutting-edge design and ability to soothe, calm and comfort fussy teething babies. Three distinct chewing surfaces made of food-grade ingredients. Stainless steel disk chills instantly in cold water for quick symptom relief. Soft silicone handle is never too cold to hold. Smooth contoured shape enables firm counter-pressure against erupting teeth. Toofeze allows babies to self-satisfy and self-manage their changing teething needs.

so-radSo Rad
Magic Romper – $25

So Rad’s romper has short sleeves for warmer days, even featuring a rear access entry door for easy diaper changes. This romper has no snaps, buttons, velcro or zippers! The kimono style front opens up so bebe can squeeze his little chubs into it and it’s made from bamboo and organic cotton.


itzy-ritzyItzy Ritzy
Infinity nursing scarf – $24.99

At Itzy Ritzy, we believe life on-the-go in style is possible. Our modern multi-purpose products pack a number of dazzling punches to provide attractive solutions to everyday challenges without making you do a lot of work. Now with a global presence with thousands of retailers, Itzy Ritzy is reinventing practical luxury for modern families around the world. We consider our job done when you get your job done in a stylish, exciting and refreshingly simple way.

1 monthly box – $50

Googaro is a subscription box service delivering the best, most exciting new products for tots 0-3 years of age. We want to simplify your life and help you discover incredible new products that are a perfect blend of practical, safe, stylish and fun.



ollie-and-limeOlli and Lime
Dots Decals pack of 50 – $20

Olli & Lime dots vinyl wall decals create a dramatic feature on your wall. Each pack includes 50 one-inch dots, in your choice of colors. Olli & Lime designs modern nursery bedding and decor, for design-conscious parents. All products are made in the USA.



earnest-eatsEarnest Eats
Superfood Snack Set – $130

At Earnest Eats we uncomplicated good food choices by creating whole food happiness in everything we make. You’ll feel great every time you eat one of our foods! Our Superfood Hot Cereals are made with Superfood Grains – Whole Oats + Quinoa + Amaranth – plus fruits, nuts and seeds like almonds, blueberries, chia seeds, cranberries, and unsweetened cocoa for an added powerhouse of protein, fiber and nutrition to fuel the day. Our Baked Whole Food Energy Bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds, whole organic oats and superfood almond butter, baked in small batches in ovens for a soft cookie-like texture. No spray-on vitamins or protein powders. No corn, peanut or soy oils. Our Superfood Chewy Granola Bars are made with their Superfood Grain Blend – Whole Oats + Quinoa + Amaranth – providing slow-release energy along with protein, fiber and phytonutrients. All in under 150 Calories and 9g Sugar.

Original Green PAK (28 of PAK’s on-the-go essentials) + Micro Black PAK (up to 16 of PAK’s most essential “pocket-sized” items) + a Towelette Gift Bag – $90

The ultimate Urban Survival Kit: Unique kits stocked with personal care essentials needed on-the-go. PAK’s product makes the perfect gift, ideal travel companion and a necessity for the girl on-the-go. It’s there for you in a pinch, keeping you ready for life’s “misadventures”. Moms are always doing a million things at once while going ninety miles an hour. PAK makes life a little less chaotic by putting all of your personal essentials into one compact place. Keep it together with PAK.

Prize Gift Set – Retail Value $1,200

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Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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#CrunchyKitchens Instagram Challenge – Game on

Welcome to the first day of August everybody, which besides being my birthday month, is also the start of our first ever “Crunchy Kitchens” instagram challenge, which Willy B Mum is co-hosting with a few other green-inspired Mummy Blogs. If you haven’t heard about the Challenge head over to our informational post for additional details!

Crunchy Kitchens Instagram Challenge Giveaways

The Crunchy Kitchens Instagram Challenge will run for the entire month of August, so in reflection of that, all of our giveaways will be a month-long, starting today. And, to make things easier, we have compiled all the giveaways on this same post, instead of bombarding you with many separate posts.

Below, you will find a little bit about each giveaway prize as well as the form to enter each contest on. There are 7 giveaways in all, so make sure that you scroll the whole way through.

Do not forget to make sure to come back daily so that you can enter your different Instagram pictures! Every day you participate in the Crunchy Kitchens Instagram Challenge is an extra entry for the giveaways.

01. A $25 Gift Certificate from Strawesome

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Here at Willy B Mum, we love all straws that are not plastic and are reusable, and this includes glass straws from Strawesome. Did you know that it is estimated by environmental groups that close to 500 million, yes I said 500 million, straws are used just in the United States each day. By using reusable straws, one can reduce the number of single-use plastic-ness from sitting in landfills toxifying our soils, or worse still, rubbishing our waterways and woodlands. If you want to read about the harmful effects of single-use straws you can read an article we recently posted HERE.

Strawesome straws come in a wide array of colors and designs, and this is surely one giveaway worth winning!

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02. Trio of Mina Harissa Hot Sauces

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Mina Harissa  pepper sauces are made of 6 simple all-natural ingredients; red chilli pepper, red bell (capsicum) pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and salt. These traditional Moroccan hot sauces compliment all kinds of dishes, like a recipe we posted recently – Morrocan Carrot Salad. So simple and so perfect. Mina sauces are a flavorsome addition to any kitchen.

Want to win a variety 3 pack of MINA pepper sauce to try out for yourself? Enter below to win our giveaway including the Spicy Red, Mild Red and Spicy Green pepper sauces. Valued at about $27.

3 lucky winners will win this prize, yes we said 3 winners on this one!

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03. Sili Squeeze reusable Pouches

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Sili Squeeze make practical reusable pouches that are perfect for use at home or on-the-go. The pouches are made of silicone and 100% toxin-free materials, they are also designed with a spill proof sprout – love that! Reusable products, mean less waste going into landfills which helps us all to “Keep It Green” as much as we can. They are designed to last for years with a growing child, saving money every time one is refilled with baby food, smoothies and more.

Enter to win a set of 4oz and 6oz Sili Squeeze Pouches in apple red!

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04. $50 Gift Certificate to Snackaby

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Snackaby creates reusable snack bags that are the perfect solution for reducing plastic bags in your home! Snackaby bags are made of food-safe materials that can easily be cleaned by hand or the dishwasher. Snackaby makes more than just snack bags, they also make sandwich bags, lunch sets, wraps and totes. Not forgetting their wet bags, which we are looking forward to using at the beach on our family summer holiday soon.

Replace the plastic bags, and enter to win this Snackaby gift certificate!

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05. $50 Gift Certificate to Mighty Nest


Mighty Nest is a company that strives to sell only the best products which are made up of  non-toxic materials. Mighty Nest interview all manufacturers about their product ingredients, manufacturing processes and safety testing to make sure each product they endorse meets their strict guidelines. They do all the hard work for us for us so we do not have too, and therefore one can rest assured about purchase choices. This saves so much time, so we have more time to do things like the laundry and the dishes. Ha! You will find a range of natural kitchen products at Mighty Nest from water bottles, to cookware, to food storage systems. They have so many beautiful things.

Enter to win this Mighty Nest gift certificate to add some more natural awesomeness to your kitchen!

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06. $20 Gift Certificate to Bambu

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has a whole collection of all things bamboo. Whether it is amazing cutting boards, eating utensils, or serving bowls; Bambu has you covered. This certified organic company is all about producing less waste and helping our earth stay green, and we love them for that.

You know you want some bamboo in your kitchen. Enter below to win some.

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07. 1lb bag of Wholesome Sweeteners organic Palm Sugar

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Wholesome Sweeteners Coconut Palm Sugar is a healthier choice when it comes to sweeteners. It’s lower in calories and glycemic index. Wholesome Sweeteners is committed to producing their coconut palm sugar sustainably so rest assures that there is no need to worry about any environmental issues.

Add a bit of this great natural sweetener to your life and enter the giveaway!

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Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. We hope you win prizes in this giveaway.

Peace, Love and Crunchy Kitchens Make The World Go Around!

This contest will run through August 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST (8:59 pm PST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on the blogs through Rafflecopter, once winner has been confirmed. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years or older to win. Open to US only. 
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the blogs and not to Facebook.
Please note that  the blogs are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Third Street Non-GMO Organic tea (giveaway)

The benefits of drinking the ancient elixir of tea are rumored to be many, being an efficient way to take in nutrients & antioxidants from plants we share this Planet with. From helping with diseases, weight-loss, and comforting the soul, it is a wonderful addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

My 3-year-old and I enjoy drinking tea. My Son especially likes fresh-cut mint tea, from our garden upstate New York, with some local raw honey. Personally, I am a big fan of Red Clover tea at the moment, which I wild-harvest from our land. However, the warmer months will soon pass, the snow will visit again, and we will not have the option to make straight-from-the-garden cold iced tea. Sure we can still make it from dried herbs, but if we are on-the-go we need a brand we can trust to get our tea fix. A brand who is making a good product which we agree with. And, that means; made with organic and non-gmo ingredients.

Third Street – a Colorado-based maker of premium, sustainable beverages – just introduced a line of organic, fair-trade, non-GMO and gluten-free ice teas which is right up our alley.
Available in 14 oz. sizes, these single-serve, ready-to-drink beverages include refreshing black and green teas from the lush region of Nilgiri, India, which are then micro-brewed in Colorado.

Serving tea to your children is a way better option than sodas for sure, and juice too (dependent on the situation). As a mother, sometimes I do not want to give Miles Storm fruit juice because of the sugar (natural or not), and water seems like it may be a little boring for him?

Third Street Tea has a few pros to help navigate through this; all of their beverages are either sugar-free or low in sugar content. The lemonade does not contain caffeine and the iced teas are very low in caffeine, between 10-30 grams per serving. To put that into perspective, there is anywhere between 34 mg – 55 mg of caffeine in a 12 ounce can of soda. By adding iced tea to a majority part of sparkling water, you can cut the sugar and caffeine even more. We also love the fun leopard packaging! So adorable.


Want to win a delicious 4-pack tea sampling from Third Street to try out for yourself? Well today is your lucky day! Enter below to win four 14 oz. bottles of Unsweetened Green Tea, Unsweetened Black Tea, Slightly Sweet Green and Half & Half Lemonade. If you are the winner, Third Street will ship you the prize, direct from their warehouse, as soon as possible.

This giveaway ends at 12AM on Thursday the 7th of August, and is open to USA residents only.
Otherwise, Third Street Tea, is available at Whole Food locations across the country, retailing at around $2 a bottle.

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

Peace, Love and Plants Make the World Go Around!

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#CrunchyKitchens Instagram Photo Challenge

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr — WIkipedia

Here at Willy B Mum, we are very excited to be co-hosting and participating in our first ever Instagram Challenge with a few other top green-inspired Mummy Blogs. The challenge starts in a few days on Friday August the 1st, so mark your calendar and get excited.

Photo challenges are a wonderful way to meet new people on Instagram, spread the word about things you love, and challenge yourself. If you have never participated in an Instagram challenge, why not join in and show us some support; it can be a first for both of us.

Here are all the details……

What: An Instagram Challenge themed around “crunchy” natural kitchens
When: Every single day in August
Where: On Instagram, of course
Why: As mentioned above, Instagram challenges are a wonderful way to meet like-minded people, challenge yourself, share things you love and spread awareness. In this case, what natural real-life kitchens look like! You also have the chance to win prizes for sharing with us


  • Take a daily picture of your interpretation of the prompt and post it
  • Include the hashtag: #crunchykitchens in each post so that your photo can be found easily
  • Check out the other participants’ photos under the #crunchykitchens thread to see what they are posting. Make sure to leave a comment here or there, this way everybody has fun and feels loved
Need some inspiration. Top left & clockwise, here are some images from the Willy B Mum instagram feed; Snack, Natural, Organic and Store

Need some inspiration. Top left & clockwise, here are some images from the Willy B Mum instagram feed; Snack, Natural, Organic and Store


We have real food, natural kitchen related giveaways from our generous sponsors which is super exciting. Take note though, to enter the actual giveaways you will have to enter here on As long as you are following us on instagram @WillyBMum, we will make sure you know when the giveaways happen and where to enter – all good!


  • Save the graphic to your phone so that you’ll have easy access to the daily prompts
  • You can participate whether your account is set to private or public however we will not be able to see your submissions unless your account is public. Daily submissions for the giveaways will need to be public, and not private, so we can verify. You can always change your account back to private after the challenge

Make Sure: Follow the hosts on instagram: @thepistachioproject, @akfabry, @willybmum@measuringflower and our generous sponsors: @bestrawesome@mina, @snackaby @wholesomesweet, @silikristinannie@mightynest @bambuliving

Feel free to help us spread the word, the more people who participate in this the merrier – grab the button below and share it on your website.

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In the garden with a Happy Caterpillar

Gardening is a wonderfully messy way for children to engage in an enlightening and healthy pastime. It is also one of the most important skills a child can obtain, period. As a family, it is a bonding and rewarding experience which starts with the excitement of choosing the plants from seed, then learning how to nurture and manage the ground as plants grow, and ending with a harvest of homegrown goodness which all can sit down to enjoy as a meal together.

My almost-4-year-old Son has been in our food garden each summer since he was born. I am very proud to write that he recognizes many flowers and plants, being able to point them out quiet easily; kale, mint, rosemary, red clover, tomatoes, dandelion, chicory, chamomile, basil, corn and sunflowers are all familiar to him. Some of those plants he will even be able to tell you what they are good for, such as red clover is good to drink in a tea. As his Mother, I spend as much time as I can passing my growing knowledge of plants on to him. I think it is so important, especially after I read this disturbing article about how preschoolers are able to recognize corporate signs before they are able to read and I just have to wonder, how many of those children recognize as many plants. Unfortunately, probably not many.


Unlike previous Summers, where Miles Storm was content just being with my husband and I pottering around looking at things while we were working in the garden, this year he expressed that he wanted to participate in the garden with us. Huge Step, but we did not have any gardening tools for him to use, so I started researching brands to find him the perfect set.

I eventually found, an Australian company Happy Caterpillar, who make a really cute gardening set which is made of natural products; I am very anti-plastic. The Green Fingers Gardening Set comes with a canvas tote, which is resistant to UV light, stretching, shrinking, and mildew, to carry the tools to and from the garden (plus any extra toys my Son wants to take with him). The 3 mini tools (shovel, trowel, and cultivator) have blunt edges — very important — and are perfect for little hands.

We believe that children need to explore the world around them, and gardening in the backyard is a great and safe way to start the adventure. By exploring the world for themselves, children gain confidence and learn that they can be independent and can tackle challenges. Gardening also teaches children about nature, the seasons, and the bugs and plants that inhabit their backyard and that it’s also fun to play in the dirt and get messy — Happy Caterpillar

IMG_1106I was especially comforted to know, that Happy Caterpillar was started by Father. James Robinson, who has 2 adorable daughters of his own spends a lot of time in the garden with his young family. He believes, and I wholeheartedly agree, that “it’s really important for kids to get their hands dirty in the backyard, and dig holes, plant flowers and veggies”.

Our budding gardener, was very excited when his gardening set came in the mail, like really excited! And, as you can see from the photos, is out in the sunshine very focused and confident, digging holes and planting sunflowers. I am very excited also, as it means less work for his Father and I!



81CIIVcEONL._SL1500_Want to win a Happy Caterpillar Green Fingers Gardening Set for the Little One/s in your life? Enter below to win our giveaway of 1 of 2 Gardening Sets which include 3 tools and a canvas tote. Valued at about $19. If you are one of the 2 winners, we will ship you the prize as soon as possible.

This giveaway ends at 12AM on Wednesday the 30th of July and is open to USA residents only. Otherwise, no matter what part of the World, you can order online from Amazon HERE.

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Keeping Safe in the Great Outdoors of New York State

Now that summer is here, we look for ways to spend time with our children and our families. Getting out in nature is a refreshing way to re-energize, re-center, and re-engage with our loved ones. New York City offers a wide variety of settings where you can feel a little bit closer to nature. However, go just outside the city’s gates and you will find rich landscapes blanketed with forests and sprinkled with lakes.

New York State hosts a variety of flora and fauna. To a novice this may make journeying into the great outdoors somewhat daunting, especially when we read news about the danger of ticks, mosquitos, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). It’s amazing that anyone would take their family into such wild and unpredictable places. However with a little ole fashioned know-how, you can leave your worries behind. Being prepared is the best way to ensure a safe and fun family experience.

Bartolozzi_NycAdventureMom-excited mom and remThe big three…

1. Ticks:
Keep it simple. Treat all ticks the same.  The reality is that ticks carry harmful “stuff” that they can transmit to people. Prevention is best. Wear long pants tucked into your socks, or high socks. The lighter the color the better so you can see them. Spray your shoes with insect repellent. I use Badgers Anti-Bug Sunscreen for my daughter because it has natural Citronella and Cedar to repel insects. Ticks like to crawl up, so frequently check yourself along the way.

You can find further information: HERE

2. Poison Ivy:
Poison Ivy grows almost anywhere and comes in many different sizes and colors, which can make identification difficult. However, like I tell my mommies and kiddies “Leaves of three, let it be. Hairy vine, no friend of mine.” Color can range from pale to deep green, dull or shiny, even reddish in the spring and fall. On some plants, you will see a reddish color in the center where the three leaves join. Vines can trail along the ground or meander up tree trunks, ranging in thickness from pencils to forearms. Poison Ivy is the only vine-covered in reddish hairs. Recognizing Poison Ivy can save you from an itchy rash, which is an allergic reaction caused by oils in the plant. Oils can linger on shoes, clothes, or even pets (!) that may have rubbed against the plant, so be sure to wash with soapy, warm water as it will break down the oils.

For additional information click HERE

3. Snakes:
The majority of outdoor enthusiasts will not encounter a snake. If you do happen to have a run in, it may be reassuring to know that most snakes in New York State are not venomous. In our area there are two exceptions: the Timber Rattlesnake and the Copperhead. Snakes are exothermic meaning they cannot regulate their own body temperature, so a sun-filled rocky cliff or “look out point” is an ideal location. Snakes also spend much of their time under logs or leaves and beneath rocks. The vibrations of a walking stick can alert a snake to move out of our way. If you know you are in an area where snakes reside, it may be best to keep your canine companion on a leash.

Click HERE for further information

Bartolozzi_NycAdventureMom-legs in carrierTaking a minute or two to familiarize yourself with “the big three” will prepare you and make you more confident on your next outdoor adventure.  Sharing these tips with your children can be a way to engage in nature together, while teaching them about safety and awareness. And who better to hear it from than you.

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head shotLori LaBorde is the Founder and Master Adventure Guide of NYC Adventure Moms – Guided nature day hikes for adventurous moms who want to get out in the fresh air with their little ones.
She has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire and a M.A. in Teaching Biology from New York University.
Keep up with Lori on instagram and twitter @nycadventuremom


Ice-climbing; not for the faint hearted

Ice-Climbing having evolved out of rock climbing is not for the faint of heart, and surely ascending a vertical surface of slippery ice does exhilarate the soul. Ice-Climbing is an adrenalin-rushing extreme sport, demanding your whole attention, which is rapidly growing as a Winter activity.


Being part of an active family with my husband, has its perks; I am healthier, fitter and stronger than I have ever been in my life, and I love that! We have also bonded, on a new level as a couple seeing our love of exercise as a daily necessity.

This winter just past, as a Christmas present, I organized a full day ice-climbing expedition for my husband. Having skied since he was a child, he enjoys nothing more than to be out on the snowy slopes. A friend suggested the idea; to develop his survival skills in such conditions. Lately he has been hiking by himself, up mountains in the dangerous off-limit areas, to ski down again, so this kind of experience was only going to compliment the time he spends doing so.

Being Australian, and growing up in a desert country, I am not a fan of the cold weather, put me on a beach any day, and I will be happiest. So, my heart kind of sank a little when my husband asked me to accompany him. A full day outdoors in the cold mountain ranges is definitely not my cup of tea, but I had to agree to go to keep him happy.

To back track; 6 years ago I committed to the sport of snowboarding. I loved the idea of it and was hoping to be able to spend time doing this while my husband skied. Unfortunately I kept experiencing circulation issues with my feet. After a short period, they became very cold to the point that they numbed and I would have to go back indoors. With this in mind, my main concern on this day trip was not how frightening it was going to be, but whether I was going to be warm enough to be outdoors in the snow all day, at a higher-than-normal altitude.

Preparing for sub-freezing temperatures, and wearing the right gear is so important in these conditions and knowing what could happen, I made sure I was well rugged up.
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Once we were at our destination

My husband and I met our guide in the closest town, signed a mandatory death waiver, and then hiked up the mountain range to where we were going to learn to ice-climb. Yes, we had to sign a death waiver, which was not so comforting!

The hike was very demanding physically, as the paths you create to walk up are so small, slippery and high up. My adrenalin was peaking and I really wanted to climb down the mountain, get in the car and just wait till my husband was done. I really was okay with that! But, alas there was no turning back!

Once we were at the base of the mountain, our guide strapped crampons onto our boots which are metal plates with spikes enabling you to get a sturdy foot hold, gave us a tutorial on the basics of ice climbing and we were off.

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCWhat happened over the course of the day was completely unexpected. I really excelled while my husband did not do so well. I easily adapted to the cold (if I was not dressed properly I do not think that this would have been the case), and managed to conquer my fear and climb to the top of our mountain. On the other hand, my husband really struggled with the exercise, almost giving up a few times. He eventually climbed to the top of the mountain but he needed a lot of encouragement and support to do so.

The whole experience was continually heart pounding and so so petrifying. We had to put complete trust into our equipment – ropes, crampons and ice picks – and our judgement on deciding which way was the best way to climb. It was so slippery, and ice breaks off so easily, it was just really demanding emotionally and physically.

However, once the daylight started to fade and we headed back down the mountain, I thought to myself — “Wow Libby that was so unbelievable”. Checking in with my husband it appeared he was of the same mindset, we both felt so invigorated, amazed and accomplished. It was so beautiful to be outdoors all day in the snow; for me this was a first. Nature truly is a beautiful thing whether hot or cold, and so is having a husband I have much to share with. I am truly so lucky! It was a phenomenal experience.

Readers – Would you ever try ice-climbing?

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