Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kids Konserve Lunch Kits 40% 0ff



I have spoken about making kids lunches waste free before and recently I have added some Kids Konserve stainless steel drink bottles to my collection to replace the kids' tupperware ones (as part of my getting rid of plastics). So I was super excited to see that Biome Ecostores have their range of Kids Konserve lunch kits on sale for 40% off. I've just taken advantage of this, and bought a caterpiller set for Stephen and a butterfly set for Irini, so I'll be all set for next year when both of the kids are at kindy. I still love my Laptop Lunchboxes, but sometimes it is just too big, especially if Stephen wants a sandwich for lunch since it a sandwich on its own is too small for the large inner container, and ends up coming apart as it gets tumbled around in his bag. I love the idea of a sandwich wrap to contain the sandwich, and I can see myself pairing the wrap with his Laptop Lunchbox as well as using it with its original kit.
PS: I have had some emails querying my affiliation with some of my posts that promote or mention products. If there is ever any affiliation, I will always disclose it. Posts like this are simply me trying to pass on products that I love!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Getting Rid of Plastic

I've spoken about greening my kitchen before, and while I've certainly come a long way from where I was, such as going paperless and making my kid's lunches waste-free, I felt that there was one more step that I needed to take, which was to get rid of plastic. Volumes have been written about the risks of BPA (and other nasties) which are found in a lot of plastics, and are of particular concern when food is warmed up in it. Given that pretty much my entire stock of food storage containers are relatively expensive, BPA containing Tupperware, I was both concerned about the health risk AND faced a dilemma!

The more and more I read, and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I could not ignore the health concerns, particularly when it came to containers that were used for heating up food, or storing foods high in fat, the two situations that seemed to pose the biggest risk. So my plan was to start saving money to replace these containers with glass, and re purpose the Tupperware containers for storing other things, such as my dry bulk storage of rice, beans, pasta, cereal etc. Every week I would put money aside for my "non-plastic" fund, and waited for the items I wanted to go on sale. Eventually, 2 wonderful Pyrex sets with BPA-free lids came up on huge discount, and just like that, I had taken one more step to a greener and healthier kitchen. One set I bought contained rectangular containers of various sizes, and the other round, but in hindsight I would definitely have bought only rectangles, as they store so much more efficiently in the cupboard and the fridge.

As well as the containers, I also replaced all the plastic that the kids use with either melamine, ceramic or glass. Following the Montessori principle of allowing children to take responsibility for their items, I bought child sized (but relatively heavy weight) glasses for their drinks, and ceramic or Corelle bowls and plates for their meals. I then purchased some melamine sets for when other children are visiting, as melamine is considered a safe and environmentally friendly option. The only plastic we are now using with the kids are their straws and their BPA-free lunchboxes.

Eventually, I plan to replace all my plastic containers with glass or metal, but for the moment, I am happy with the compromise I have made.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

I'm Studying Herbalism!


Over the last decade or so I have become more and more interested in natural medicine as a first port of call for both preventative health and acute care. And while I have dabbled in mild remedies, for coughs and colds and the like (most of which I have posted here), I finally took the leap and have decided to study it in a more formal, in-depth way. What I was looking for was an introductory course that could be studied by correspondence but I just couldn't find one that seemed right. And then I came across The Vintage Remedies Family Herbalist course, and I knew it was perfect.

I found the course in a round-about way and I have to say, these moments of serendipity usually work out well for me! Keeper of the Home had written a book review of The Handbook of Vintage Remedies a while ago and I had bookmarked it with the view to buying it down the track. A few days ago I was madly searching for the review (I really need to organise my bookmarks!) and came across the website for Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health, the herbalism school founded by the author. I was just casually browsing, and then I came the outline of the Family Herbalist course. It is an 18 month course that covers your whole family from pregnancy, childhood and beyond. I can't wait to get started!

If you are interested in natural health but are not interested in formal study, than make sure you tune in to Keeper of the Home's blog over the month of October. For the whole of October Stephanie is running a Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention month. This post, in particular, has some great links to some wonderful home made remedies to get you started!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Winners!

Obviously I have been a real blogging slacker, but these school holidays I have either been madly inspired to spring clean my house top to bottom, or the weather has been so nice that I have torn myself away from the manic cleaning to take the kids out and about. So while I have been badly neglecting my readers, rest assured that my house has never looked better and my kids have had some wonderful times at the zoo and various parks and playgrounds!

But now to the winners of the giveaways! And if you weren't lucky enough to win a prize this month, I will be running some more giveaways over the next few months in the lead up to Christmas. So without further ado, here they are:

The Life.Doc Organising Binder: Juliana (please email me as I cannot access your profile)

Milkshake Sugar Frosting: Kalee

Spring Clean Year Round: The Long & Winding Bobbin

So congratulations to the winners, and now back to out regular programming!

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