Green dream

The lovely lady at Bambino Green (100% world friendly) sent us some incredible soy crayon rocks to try out and we loved them! Being an artist and working with lots of different mediums I am not particularly fond of crayons. I know, I know, they are for children¬† but crayons just have this horrible scratchy feel and let’s face it, it is not easy to make something pretty with them is it? But Crayon Rocks are not like normal crayons, no siree.

Packaged in a small calico bag Littlelish took great delight at the small (2 inch) rainbow pebbles inside. Not only are they fun to look at but they are specially shaped for little fingers to hold and cleverly improve their tripod grip which is very important for when they start writing (this is excellent for us with Littlelish being a lefty). They also draw like a dream. The texture is much softer than normal crayons and the bright vibrant colours glide smoothly on the paper. Littlelish and I took them out to play in the sunshine yesterday….

Crayon rocks are made with American soy bean wax and other natural waxes and are available at http://www.bambinogreen.co.uk. Bambino Green is an online gift shop for children stocking 100% world friendly products (which means fair trade and created with respect for the environment). Their products are all carefully sourced and beautifully wrapped which means they are perfect for sending straight to the lucky receiver!

We are definitely planning on doing a style spot on Green Bambino in the near future because they have so many FAB items we want to share with you all but for now Bambino Green are kindly offering some Crayon Rocks to one lucky winner!

All you need to do to enter is fill in your details with the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be chosen on the 31st of May.
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I’ve been much more conscious about the food that I choose to eat and feed my family since having littlelish. My body is my temple and all :) As well as eating fresh, organic produce, I also have a preference for organic toiletries for her. I’ve often deliberated over the idea of buying organic toothpaste but for some reason I have never really followed through with it. I guess I was a little stuck on the fence as to whether it would clean as well as normal toothpaste does. I’ve also never really seen it for sale in the supermarket to even put it to the test. So when the lovely lady at Green People offered for us to sample their products we jumped at the chance to try their toothpastes!

They sent us 2 certified organic toothpastes (EcoCert) made especially for children. The toothpaste does not include any Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Fluoride, Triclosan, Sorbitol, Parabens, Phthalates, artificial sweeteners, petrochemicals or colourants all which are found in normal toothpaste. For those who aren’t in the know, it is very interesting to google the list above for more information. I did and was rather shocked! I’m now rethinking all our toiletries, not just the ones for littlelish! The toothpastes are made from calcium carbonate which gently cleans and removes plaque while using Vitamin C and Myrrh to fight gum disease and Aloe Vera as an antiseptic.

We were kindly sent both the spearmint and the mandarin flavour. We made the mistake of trying the mandarin one first and I’m afraid to say the minty one hasn’t had a look in yet. Well actually I tried it and it was lovely :) The mandarin one is perfect for little ones as it is not too sweet but just sweet enough to have absolutely no complaints about teeth brushing. She loves the fact that she can take the cap off herself and that it isn’t a bright white colour but rather an off white (she has always been obsessed with shades of colours a bit like her mother!)

I like that fact that although there is no foaming agents in the toothpaste it does bubble up quite nicely and is easy to brush with. Her teeth look lovely and white and her mouth is fresh. All the while I can rest assured she is not swallowing yucky chemicals because let’s face it little ones ALWAYS swallow their toothpaste even if you are stood by imploring them to spit, spit, spit!

The toothpastes are priced at £3.50 for a 50ml tube which is more expensive than a regular toothpaste but really worth it. Not only are all products 100% gentle, vegetarian and cruelty free, Green people also donate 10% of all net profit to health and environmental charities.  So you can feel proud you are doing a great thing for your little one as well as a little extra for the planet.

We are excited to see what else they stock. I think we are going to be total Green People converts – keep you posted! You can find more about Green People and their products at http://www.greenpeople.co.uk or on facebook.

Two things I am passionate about are food and raising children. Combining the two I am somewhat ‘obsessed’ when it comes to feeding my daughter. We try to eat organic or homegrown as much as possible. I actually slightly freak every time she drinks milk that is not organic. I know I’m ridiculous, I told you I was obsessed. As a baby she was breastfed and only once ate food that I had not prepared myself (from a jar, duh duh duuuuuuh – we were at our friends campsite – needs must and all).

Oh I forget to mention I am also a recovering perfectionist ;) I say recovering because being a perfectionist and having a child is nigh on impossible, believe me! But seriously bringing a child into the world is the single most important thing I’ve ever done, damn right I’m going to try and do it to the best of my abilities.

So this gentle introduction about me gets me nicely onto the controversial subject of breastfeeding. I have always been a firm believer that breast is best (excuse the pun). After all mother nature provides us with the kit to care for our babies and you can always trust mother nature – she rocks! My own experience of breastfeeding only serves to strengthen my conviction of how wonderful it is.

I will be honest, I did judge people who didn’t breastfeed their children. Sure I know there are plenty who cannot breastfeed for whatever reason (fine) but I also know there are plenty who can and well just won’t…. and for this I could never quite ‘get’ the reason.

Having said that I am pretty much a live and let live type, sure I have my high standards but I can’t judge everyone by them. I try to leave people to get on with things how and as they please.

Recently I have been confronted with a close friend who is breastfeeding but wanting to stop because she dislikes it. Admittedly I found it very hard to deal with, a huge lump forming in my throat as she told me “but, but, but…” struggling with “it’s her choice” and “noooooooooooooooooo”. I found myself feeling quite angry about it afterwards, again not understanding her reasons why. How could you dislike breastfeeding? She had her reasons but they all sounded like excuses to me.

Well today I saw for myself the reasons why and without going into too much personal detail, I understood. I saw her struggling, unhappy and upset with breastfeeding her own child and all of a sudden I felt very bad for judging her. She didn’t need my guilt trip as the cherry on the top of a newborn baby cake.

I will always maintain that breast is best for me but next time I judge someone who is not breastfeeding I will remember there might be a million reasons why, many I may not understand. At the end of the day only a mother knows what is best for their baby and if it is affecting their well-being and making them really miserable I don’t believe they should struggle through it.

After all a happy mummy = happy baby.

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