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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Fall Awards Giveaway

Together with Mommy Scene, we are excited to announce the 2015 Fall Green Scene Mom Award Winners, celebrating Eco-friendly product design and creative innovation, while bringing you an awesome giveaway featuring some of the award-winning products! Check out all the great award-winning gear below!

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Discovery Boxes

Prize: 1 Discovery Box, choose from Ocean Exploration, Rainforest, or Butterfly Garden

These fun sensory Discovery Boxes from Revelae Kids will introduce kids to a magical whimsical world of realistic looking animals & creatures, sparkling gems & crystals, and colorful plants & flowers. Kids will enjoy hours of imaginative play; scooping, collecting, and sorting the hidden treasures within each box. Award Details

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Fiddlediddles LullaBelay

Prize: LullaBelay Car Seat Strap & Cover

LullaBelay is the first and only adjustable strap system that safely secures an infant car seat to a shopping cart. LullaBelay allows parents to have worry-free & hands-free shopping experience! Even for those who exclusively baby wear, LullaBelay can give a helping hand. On days of inclement weather or if baby is sleeping, bring baby into the store in their infant carrier, attach the carrier to the cart with LullaBelay, then baby wear. With LullaBelay the carrier is out-of-the-way and cart is entirely open. LullaBelay comes with the adjustable strap system with hardware, protective cover with zippered access to baby, and a small bag to store it all in. LullaBelay is CPSIA certified and is made with eco-friendly materials. Shop safe, shop happy! Award Details

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Soft Skin Co.

Prize: Stretch Softly Stretch Mark Prevention Set

Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy is taken to an entirely new level with the Stretch Softly Stretch Mark Prevention System. Made from a special fabric designed to keep moisture on your skin rather than on your clothing. After applying our (good-enough-to-eat) all natural oil to your pregnant belly and bum, slip on the comfortable, lightweight tank top and shorts to keep the moisture on your skin as an ultra deep moisturizing treatment. Wear them for a few hours after a bath or overnight. It will keep your skin hydrated until you take them off. Not to mention that your skin will feel incredible! Award Details

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Pello

Prize: Pello Luxe Floor Pillow – Organic Hayden

Designed by a mom for a well-loved baby, Pello is a luxe floor pillow that goes beyond the standard play mat, positioning pillow, or baby gym. The pello provides comfort and support, promotes muscle development, and encourages independent play. Pello is unique because it meets a child’s ever-changing needs. The pello’s distinctive donut shape, with the raised edges and soft, padded center, has several benefits at all stages of a child’s life. Award Details

  • Babies feel cuddled in the soft center.
  • Babies with acid reflux experience less discomfort because they are laying at an angle, not flat on a floor blanket.
  • As a baby gets stronger and tries to sit up, his/her head is protected no matter which way they fall because of the circle design.
  • This is a perfect pillow for tummy time.
  • The organic Hayden Pello is washable and made of 100% organic cotton fabrics.
  • The two handles make it easy to take anywhere, anytime. Just fold it in half like a taco and go!

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Leaf Therapeutic

Prize: Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion

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Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion was developed by a mom who used ingredients that are hydrating and healing for damaged skin, without using toxic preservatives. Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion uses natural and safe (and expensive!) fermented radish root and golden seal extract. It is safe enough to use on babies and although this lotion was specially designed for people with eczema and other dry skin conditions, it works great on normal skin, too! Best of all, it has an extremely low toxicity rating on the Environmental Working Group website. If you are looking for an ultra-hydrating, hypoallergenic, unscented lotion, this is the lotion for you! Award Details

Buttons Diapers

Prize: 1 diaper cover and 3 microfiber daytime inserts

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Buttons Diapers make adorable cloth diapers in a wide range prints and solids, using a 2-in-1 system of cover and snap-in insert. They recently launched several new diaper cover prints and solid colors, including a darling fox print called “Sherwood”, a striking navy blue “Ahoy”, and “Sunshine” yellow. Buttons’ day time and night-time inserts snap into these covers for a universal fit for babies 6 to 35 lbs. Award Details

Liliputi

Prize: Liliputi 3-in-1 Babywearing and Maternity Mama Coat

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The Liliputi Babywearing and Maternity Mama Coat is trendy and practical, especially for easily keeping your baby cozy during the colder months. You can wear it without a baby or with the babywearing insert for front and also back carry. With an extra pregnancy insert you can also use it while you are expecting your little one providing with warmth and protection from the beginning. The SoftShell fabric resists moisture and provides effective breath-ability and windproof protection. It’s comfortable, convenient and pretty in any case. Its sleek design is sporty and elegant at the same time, therefore the coat is ideal for all occasions. Its vibrant colors lighten up the darkest winter. The Liliputi Mama Coat matches all the style lines of the Liliputi carriers and bags collections, but it does not really matter which carrier you pick, it is bound to work. Award Details

Sudsy Dough

Prize: 2 tubs of Sudsy Dough moldable bath soap, 12 ounces each

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Sudsy Dough is an interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing sensory soap! Sudsy Dough was created by a mom to make bath time fun for her own daughter. Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom shapes that will dry into soaps. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside! Award Details

BabeeTalk

Prize: Pink Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover & Toys

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BabeeTalk’s Eco-Teether Crib Rail Cover helps prevent baby from chewing on the crib rail and features a classic design that accents any nursery style. The exclusive, patented design was created by a mom of three for well-informed, eco-chic parents and chew happy babies looking for a safe, comforting way to teethe. Award Details

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Healthy Halloween Giveaway

This month, fellow blogger MommyOnTheMoney.com hosted her first Healthy Halloween Planet Playdate event. This event helped educate families on how to include children with allergies in Trick-or-Treating, and how to make healthier choices in the candy and snacks we give out to children

The Planet Playdate kids painted Teal pumpkins for the Teal Pumpkin Project. These pumpkins are a symbol that your home has non-food treats for kids who have food allergies. You can also download a sign here.

The kids at the play date snacked on USDA organic and Non-GMO Project verified foods from Bitsy’s Brain Food, and YumEarth, and the babies sampled Award Winning Bambo Nature Premium Baby Diapers. and Love Child Organics fruit pouches.

We are giving ALL readers a 14 Day FREE Trial of Grokker.com online yoga videos!

One Giveaway Winner will WIN products from the following companies AND a Year of Grokker.com Membership!

A variety pack of Love Child Organics products

Bitsy’s Brain Food cereal and another mixed case of Smart Cookies

YumEarth $20 Prize Pack

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It’s Giveaway Time

We are giving away a BIG prize pack of items for baby, kids, and Mum to have a Healthy Halloween! Not just for Halloween though, these prizes can be enjoyed long after the spooky holiday!

There will be ONE lucky Winner for the following Prize for a Total (ARV $358):

    • 1 year membership to Grokker.com online yoga (RV $118)
    • 1 case Bambo Nature Diapers (RV $85)
    • 1 Bitsy’s Brain Food Prize Pack (RV $75 )
    • 1 Love Child Organics Prize Pack (RV $60)
    • 1 YumEarth Prize Pack (RV $20)

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Tula Baby Carrier Giveaway

Tula logoHere at Willy B Mum we are excited to be teaming up with fellow parenting blogger Mommy on the Money to be  giving away a Tula Baby Carrier to one lucky winner. If you do not know what a Tula is, rest assured the brand has kind of like a cult follower, and is a very popular choice for carrying your Little One close to you while moving through your day-to-day business. One of the reasons I personally love it, is because there are so many bright colors to choose from, but there are many other pros to consider too.

This giveaway is not sponsored by Tula or any other brand. Instead, it is an amazing group of bloggers who pooled together their money and time to give away this awesome prize. Let’s shout out to Michigan Savings and More, This N That with Olivia, Live Life Naturally and Tales from A Southern Mom — this is a product that we all honestly love!

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Hard choices, so Kristi on Mommy on the Money chose 4 Tula carriers instead

So Why Tula?

We appreciate the award-winning Tula brand for its overall practicality. However, in particular for the carrier we are giving away; it can be used in both front and back positions to carry your Little One, it holds a child from 15 – 45 pounds, it is so easy to use and very comfortable to wear, and it can be used from birth by using the additional buy of the infant insert. Among many other reasons!

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As some of you are probably already aware, there are so many benefits to baby wearing and Kristi over at MommyOnTheMoney.com is enjoying wearing her second baby, right now. And, of course she is using a wonderful Tula baby carrier. No she didn’t win the Tula, or get it for free for talking about it on her blog. In actual fact she bought not 1 but 4 of them because she couldn’t decide which one she liked best! As an after thought, she figured she would choose one, return 2 and collaborate with some bloggers to give one away.

So which one are we giving away?

Well that would be, the beautifully colorful new Tula ergonomic baby carrier in the Parker design (seen at left).

 

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Healthy Family Giveaway

Willy B Mum is excited to partner with Mommy Scene to celebrate Autumn and the launch of a new product — Sudsy Dough moldable soap. What better way to celebrate than with a Healthy Family Giveaway featuring some great family focused products. Be sure to check out the Sudsy Dough Kickstarter Campaign and all the other prizes below and enter to win.

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Sudsy Dough
Prize: 2 tubs of Sudsy Dough moldable bath soap, 12 ounces each

0915healthy-family-sudsy-doughSudsy Dough is an interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing sensory soap! Sudsy Dough is a mom made product, created to make bath time fun for her own daughter. Children can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom shapes that will dry into soaps. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside. Sudsy Dough is offering some great rewards to thank their kickstarter supporters — all deliverable before the holidays for a great gift.

Piggy Paint Hug Life Gift Set & SOPHI Nail Polish
Prize: Hug Life Gift Set with 3 shades of non-toxic nail polish including Let’s Flamingle, Wild Child, and Periwinkle Little Star & 2 shades of SOPHi natural nail polish for adults plus SOPHi’s PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System

0915healthy-family-piggy-paintPiggy Paint is a natural, eco-friendly nail polish for kids. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic formula makes it safe to use on all piggies. Piggy Paint dries to a hard, durable finish that can easily be removed with the eco-friendly, low odor Piggy Paint nail polish remover. Both are made in the USA! See more at piggypaint.com

SOPHi is a natural nail polish in SOPHisticated colors for adults. These polishes are virtually odorless, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and made in the USA. SOPHi is free of all harsh chemicals and does not cause nails to yellow or become brittle. See more at sophinailpolish.com

Baby Comfy Care
Prize: Baby Comfy Deluxe Safety Nail Clipper

0915healthy-family-baby-comfy-careThe patented single-blade design of Baby Comfy Nail won’t cut baby’s skin. Baby Comfy Nail Deluxe safety clippers have only one blade! The bottom flat plastic ledge pushes baby’s skin out-of-the-way while the top blade cuts the nail… and only the nail. The unique ergonomic design and larger size makes it easier to hold and operate safely, protecting from cutting too closely to the sensitive nail bed. See more at babycomfycare.com

Leaf Therapeutic
Prize: Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion – 2 ounces

0915healthy-family-leaf-therapeuticLeaf Skin Therapy Lotion features a formula that is both hydrating and healing for damaged skin, without using toxic preservatives. Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion uses natural and safe (and expensive!) fermented radish root and golden seal extract. It is safe enough to use on babies and, although this lotion was specially designed for people with eczema and other dry skin conditions, it works great on normal skin, too. Best of all, it has an extremely low toxicity rating on the Environmental Working Group website. If you are looking for an hydrating, hypoallergenic, unscented lotion, this is the lotion for you! See more at leaftherapeutic.com

Little Standout
Prize: 100% Silicone Diamond Teething Toy

0915healthy-family-little-standoutAdd a little bling to your day with Little Standout’s 100% silicone Diamond Teether! Made for tiny hands and achy gums, this silicone teether is non-toxic and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium and all that other yucky stuff you don’t want to see your baby putting into their mouth. It is dishwasher safe, making them super easy to clean. See more at littlestandout.com

Young Living
Prize: One Bottle of OrthoEase massage oil, one Oola Book + samples from Young Living

0915healthy-family-young-livingOrthoEase massage oil soothes and warms tired and stressed bodies, helping to combat the damaging effects of everyday activities. With a calming blend of oils, it will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. OrthoEase contains: coconut oil, wintergreen, peppermint, juniper, eucalyptus, lemongrass, marjoram, thyme, vetiver, sweet almond oil, and olive oil.

Baby Buddy
Prize: Baby Buddy 360 Toothbrush (Step 1 & Step 2)

0915healthy-family-baby-buddyThe Baby Buddy 360 degree toothbrush is truly innovative – it is the world’s first 360 degree designed toothbrush. Developed in the Osaka University Dental Hospital of Japan, it has unparalleled cleaning power thanks to over 10,000 micro fine bristles – 10 times more than the average toothbrush. Works great for cleaning the tongue and for massaging gums. Available as Step 1 for ages 4 months of age through 24 months of age, and as Step 2 for 2 years of age through 12 years of age. See more at Smile4BabyBuddy.com

Genesis 950
Prize: Gallon of Genesis 950 & spray bottle

0915healthy-family-genesis950Genesis 950 is a green, all-purpose cleaner that makes cleaning your home safe. Free of harsh chemicals working as a concentrate with water to break the bonds of stains by making them water-soluble. When a stain becomes water-soluble, it can then be broken down and flushed from the surface. In doing so it removes the toughest stains and biggest messes. genesis950.com

Babycook Pro
Prize: Babycook Pro Original Baby Food Maker, prize color may vary – winner may be able to select preferred color if in stock

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The babycook pro is the original baby food maker. It makes almost 5 cups of food in a sleek, patented counter top appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one. Steam cooking locks in vitamins and nutrients, a multi-purpose mixing blade provides just the right texture, the timer has an audible alert to tell you when meals are ready, and all of this with total one-handed operation. This appliance has helpful features making any parent a “pro” in baby food preparation. See more at beabausa.com

Sip & Spin
Prize: Sip & Spin Straw Cup

0915healthy-family-sip-n-spinThe Sip & Spin straw cup has a unique fun-factor – a pin wheel in the lid that spins as you sip. Playful artwork on the pin wheel disc coördinates with the cup art, creating an engaging drinking experience for your child. The racing trucks and soaring butterflies can encourage playing kids to take a water break, cheer up and hydrate. As parents, we know what a pain it can be to clean kids’ cups, so we made sure all the components come apart easily for cleaning and are dishwasher safe. The Sip & Spin straw cup is a cute gift and a fun way to keep kids hydrated… Hydration Motivation! See more at nuspinkids.com

kidSTAT
Prize: kidSTAT First Aid Kit

0915healthy-family-kid-statkidSTAT was created with active children in mind. This kit is equipped with hospital-grade products to treat the most common childhood emergencies: aches+sprains, bites+burns, and cuts+scrapes. kidSTAT has easy-to-follow, first-aid instructions to reassure you when your child is in distress. Together with “red flags” warnings on when to seek medical attention, this comprehensive kit was designed by moms, who just happen to be ER doctors. See more at threemommydoctors.com

Pacific Baby
Prize: Natural Feeding Starter Set – Green

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Made from Natural Bamboo. Safe & Healthy. Machine Washable and Biodegradable. pacificbabyworld.com

Yummi Pouch
Prize: Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches

0915healthy-family-yummi-pouchYummi Pouch Brights (Set of 4) combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are great for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. Includes set of 4 assorted patterns. See more at revelae.com

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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
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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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$400 Medela breast pump giveaway

Medela Breast Pump Giveaway

Medela recycles and you win! This program encourages Mothers who have finished using their pumps to recycle them through a special program so that Mothers-in-need, with babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) have access to a pump to aid in nourishing their infants.

Each pump Medela received through this program supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breast pump which is then supplied to charity. Specifically women who have newborns in the NICU unit who have moved out of the hospital, and are nearby in an out-care facility to be close to their baby. The goal is to provide Mothers with the same high-quality equipment they used at the hospital during their stay, being one less thing to worry about it, in an already stressful time.

Returning my breast pump

Returning my breast pump

I returned my breast pump this week and it was so easy. All you have to do, is pull your pump apart, recycling with your rubbish provider the tubes and suction cups. Take the actual pump part, and put just that in a box. Keep the carrying bag if you have one. Print your free-postage prepaid slip on the Medela website HERE, and then drop it off to your post office to be on its way to help another Mother in need.

Medela has so far, received 4270 pumps from people like you and me, who have sent them back to be recycled.

I was so happy when I read about this program, as I just could not bear to throw my old breast pump in the rubbish to go into a landfill. Not to mention, this simple act of returning it, and knowing that it is going to help another Mother has put a huge smile on my face.

If you are interested in recycling your pump you can read more HERE.

Otherwise, it is ……

GIVEAWAY TIME

We are giving away a brand new Medela Freestyle Pump worth around $400.
Entries close on August 3rd 2015, and is open to US residents only.
Spread the word, and Good – Luck!

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Sleeping with the wolves, upstate New York

If you are looking for something unique and different to do with your children in New York, look no further than heading upstate to South Salem, to spend a night camping under the stars, at the New York Wolf Conservation Center. Here, you will be up close and personal with these majestic critically endangered creatures, which is an experience like no other. On top of all of this, It is a wonderful opportunity, to encourage understanding in children of how to live in harmony with nature and animals.

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Last summer, my husband and I took our then 3-year-old Son to camp overnight on a nocturnal adventure with Mexican Gray and Red Wolves, and he loved it! As you can imagine, me being such an animal-lover I was very excited about the opportunity too, and it is something that I highly recommend as a must-do activity in the New York State area.

Sleeping with the Wolves, which promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves and their role in our world, is offered from the warmer months of July through October, and fills up fast. The night we were there, I met people who had booked well in advance and had traveled from other countries to be up close with the wolves. Given, they were hardcore wolf fans, however the point is, is that it is a good idea to plan in advance.

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The cost is $285 for a tent which sleeps comfortably 4 people, and this is set up in advance for your arrival. However, you must bring your own bedding. The event starts at 6PM, and you are cordially asked to leave the next morning by 8.30AM. Once you are settled in, you are free to walk the property and view the wolves, from behind a fence! I was under the impression that we would actually get to interact with the wolves, like pet them, however as it was pointed out to me, they are wild animals and the caretakers do try to keep them in as natural as a habitat as they possibly can. Fair enough.

Attachment-1The evening is broken down, into firstly a welcome and educational talk by one of the caretakers, which includes a Q&A time. Food is then served (included in the cost), being pizza and soft drink. If you want healthier food or if you have food restrictions, make sure you bring it in yourself.

A movie is then offered, shown on an outdoor screen about wolves, their history, their beauty and the diminishing lives they live in the United States. I will add here, that this may be upsetting to some, I know for me it was and I had to leave. Given, I feel the struggles of what animals go through on a profound level and I become very upset when faced with the reality of how it really is. Otherwise, the movie was wholeheartedly educational and interesting.

Once that is all done, a camp fire is set up, where you can chat with others, talk to the caregivers and roast marshmallows, or just howl along with the wolves like my little munchkin did! Guests are free to walk around the compound as they please, and attending the activities is by no need mandatory. It is a very mellow setting. If you want to take a walk down one of the paths and just sit watching the wolves this is okay too.

Zephyr (meaning "light or west wind"

Hanging out with Zephyr (meaning “light or west wind”)

Some of the wolves are definitely friendly than others, and seem comfortable to come up close to the fence to say hello, like Alawa who kept giving me kisses through the fence. She is so beautiful.

Others though, keep their distance.

The wolves at the conservation center come from different backgrounds, some were born at the facility, like Zephyr and Alawa. While others, like Atka, arrived from other places. One of the caretakers told me that he has been there almost daily for many years, however there is one wolf in particular who just really does not like him, even though he feeds him. Because of this, he always has to be very careful.

The caretakers that I spoke with at the conservation center, clearly have a love, deep understanding and respect for the wolves, as it should be of course. I just wish more people were educated enough or brave enough, to understand that these animals really mean no intentional harm, and that we can live in harmony with them. There is no need to act out of fear and kill them, which unfortunately happens a lot in this country. We have taken so much from them, how are they meant to survive without a pristine environment as once was?

Attachment-1Being in nature, and hearing the wolves howling so close by is really amazing, especially as you know you are safe and sound behind a fence! We had a really wonderful evening, and it is something that as a family plan we on doing again sometime soon. Surely, my Son has fond memories and is eager to visit with all the wolves again soon. If he had his way, we’d sleep there every night.

The Wolf Conservation Center offers a live web cam of the wolves, so if you cannot make it there personally, this is the next best thing. Check out beautiful the Arctic Gray Wold, Atka HERE. Or, If you want to do more, you can find information HERE on what you can do to help with the preservation of these beautiful creatures.

If you do make it out to Sleeping with the Wolves, do not forget your bug spray. You are going to need it.

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Cantaloupe smoothie with tofu, sure why not

Let’s talk tofu – it can be grilled, baked, scrambled, broiled and eaten raw. Tofu also known as Bean Curd, is an adaptable food which is a good plant-based protein source. Additionally it is low in calories, has zero saturated fat, is cholesterol-free and provides minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium. In this article, we are highlighting, a more unique way to consume tofu and thus protein in one’s diet, in smoothies!

How Much Protein Should You Have A Day

The Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein here in the United States, is a modest 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, which translates to multiplying your weight in pounds by 0.36. The RDA, is the daily amount of protein one should consume to meet basic nutritional requirements, so the minimum amount to keep you healthy and not the targeted amount you are meant to reach each day. Nancy Rodriguez, a registered dietitian and professor of nutritional science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, suggests taking it up to twice the RDA of protein  “ is a safe and good range to aim for.”

It is important to remember that protein requirements also vary from person to person, with factors that need to be considered, like your sex, how active you are, and what age you are? Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need more protein. Try this online protein calculator to figure out the amount you should be consuming every day. And, if you have a child you can also see what their protein requirements are too.

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Silken Tofu is the tofu of choice when it comes to making smoothies, just as it is a lot smoother and easy to blend up in a more liquid form than harder types of tofu available. Tofu is made from soy beans, specifically by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curds into blocks.

Try this Smoothie

With summer days officially here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about healthy and delicious treats to help you cool down in the sun. Smoothies are a perfect snack that will keep you full without feeling stuffed. Instead of reaching for protein powders to add to your favorite blended recipe, try tofu instead as the protein additive.

Loved it!The brand that I used is packed with 12 grams of protein in 3 ounces, making tofu the perfect protein addition to any smoothie. Still hesitant to try? Well, to be quite honest, both my 4-year-old and I were both a little-bit-on-the-unsure-side, too. But, we were pleasantly surprised, you could not taste the tofu at all, it was all about the cantaloupe!

Adding tofu to your smoothie is a fantastic way to obtain protein in your diet, especially if you follow a plant-based diet, or are just trying to cut back on eating our precious animals we share this Planet with.

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Cantaloupe and Tofu Smoothie

What You Need, and What To Do

  • 2 cups of fresh chopped cantaloupe
  • 16 ounces of cashew milk
  • 1 scoop of vegan vanilla ice-cream, I used organic Vanilla Island from Coconut Bliss
  • 1/3 of a packet of silken tofu (just over 5 ounces), I used Nasoya organic, non-GMO silken tofu
  • 12 cubes of ice, give or take

 

  • Mix everything in a blender and serve ice-cold

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Low in calories, and high in the powerful anti-oxidant Vitamin A, cantaloupe it is a fresh, colorful and uplifting ingredient to a summer smoothie recipe. But, if cantaloupe is not your thing, be inspired by searching “tofu smoothie recipes” on Pinterest.

Next time, I plan on making it without the ice-cream to make it a little healthier. Honestly, I just wanted to try this idea out first, as tofu in a drink is out of my comfort zone, and I wanted to make sure it was flavored well so I could drink it and not waste it.

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