4 August 2014
As I type this post I am home with my sick Master 2 years on what was supposed to be a work day.
Another runny nose, yet another croupy cough, maybe even another ear or chest infection brewing. While he's no more snotty than most of the other kids at the Early Learning Centre he attends twice a week, my five years of motherhood experience has taught me that it's best to keep him home so he can rest and recover sooner, rather than packing him off and his cold turning into something more sinister.
As for the work I was supposed to get done today, it will get finished later this evening, when I should be sleeping and resting myself. Such is the life of a working parent.
Like me, are you tired of trips to the doctor with your sick kids?
Are you sick of losing work days and letting people down simply because the bug that just happened to be going through the playgroups and child care centres in town chose your child to infect?
Perhaps you're frustrated with your child’s behaviour or are simply confused about what you should be feeding your kids. After all, it's a rare parent who isn't weary from their child's fussy eating habits (despite your chickens or dog reaping the benefits of the food you're tossing).
If any of this sounds like you, I have some great news!
My friend and Naturopath Jessica Donovan has just opened the virtual doors to her AMAZING new program NATURAL SUPER KIDS, a 6 week online program to help parents nourish their kids and boost their health. You can check it out here.
Jessica is super passionate about using nutrition and lifestyle changes to help overcome health issues in kids which is exactly why she created the Natural Super Kids ecourse!
Natural Super Kids covers behavior issues, eczema, digestive problems, boosting the immune system and more. It is jam packed full of videos, audios, expert interviews, recipes, fact sheets, checklists all for a tiny price of $195 + GST. Note this price is a very special launch price and will never be repeated.
Plus, if you join before 8pm Monday 4th August you will receive an early bird bonus bundle worth $118 for FREE. Check it out here.
Your children’s wellbeing (and your sanity) is way too important to miss this!!!
P.S. I only ever recommend programs and products I truly believe in. Natural Super Kids is a no-brainer - especially for the special launching price of a $195 + GST. I am personally signing up as despite prioritising an organic, clean diet for my family I know I still have heaps to learn and I don't want my kids suffering more than they need to every winter. After listening to Jessica chat for just an hour in her webinar last week I know she will give me the info I need to ensure days like today happen but once in a blue moon.
Click here to see all of the details and exactly what’s included. Note I do receive a small commission for recommending Natural Super Kids however this isn't the reason I am sharing the course with you. I truly believe Jessica can help you help your children to achieve optimum health.
19 May 2014
After months in development I am so excited and thrilled to announce that the Home Detox Boot Camp is now open for registrations!
If removing chemicals from your home and reducing the toxicity of your household have been on your agenda, this e-Course is for you.
The Home Detox Boot Camp is delivered over an eight week period, however you can go at your own pace and complete the activities whenever suits you. Participants will receive a weekly video, workbook and activity sheets to guide them on their journey to a chemical-free home.
The one off fee includes lifetime access to the e-Course as well as a private Facebook Forum where you will have access to a supportive community of ecoceptional mums on the same journey.
As my valued subscribers I couldn't wait to tell you first and give you the opportunity to score one of the ecoceptional sign up bonuses for the first five subscribers.
Check out the Home Detox Boot CampTM and reserve your place today!
Click here to register.
11 February 2014
Cath Lousberg completed Sustainababy's January Endota Day Spa Eco Challenge to TAKE TIME OUT. This Eco challenge encouraged participants to consider where they come in the family wellbeing stakes and make an effort to put themselves first, at least once, during the month of January. By looking after themselves, ecoceptional mums are best placed to both parent and achieve their sustainable living goals without the risk of burnout. This is the story of Cath’s journey.............
The January Eco Challenge at first seemed like an open invitation to pamper myself, and although I think that all Mums are worth it, being on one family income and busy with a baby and a toddler, I was not able to visit the salon or spa. Instead, I took the challenge in a different direction and looked at how I could Take Time Out and set myself up to keep looking after myself.
Two children keep me on the move, but it is not the same as exercising for fitness. To Take Time Out, I have made a commitment to exercise every single day. This hasn’t meant a particular regime (and weeks of +40 degrees have forced me to be flexible), but there is nothing stopping me from doing a session of star jumps and stretches at 11pm if that is the first chance I’ve had for the day.
In terms of cash outlay, this commitment has cost a total of $200 for the season pool entry, a new pair of running shoes (that I will probably mainly use for walking), a decent sports bra and a pair of goggles. I found this to be cheaper than a monthly gym membership, not restricted to specific hours, and better for the flexibility I need to make sure I exercise. None of it left me feeling guilty, as even those runners have helped to remove one of my excuses for not exercising.
I realise that I am a lucky mother to have two children who sleep well. It is such a waste though if I do not, and the biggest reason for this is completely self-inflicted: I go to bed too late.
As part of the January Eco Challenge, I decided that I needed to focus on getting the sleep I need to keep me on my best game. My husband works long hours and enjoys the mind numbing familiarity of the TV. For a while, I have been fooling myself into believing that sitting down and watching with him was ‘together time’…it truly amazes me how successful we can be at believing our own stories. Realising this cycle has released me and I am happy to go to bed earlier.
With all the lifestyle ‘tweaks’ that I was implementing, I was still able to Take Time Out, by enjoying:
- Child free lap swimming, thanks in part to the fact that my youngest is just old enough to attend the crèche at the local recreation centre;
- Home pedicure – I know it doesn’t last as long or feel quite as good, but I sure enjoy having painted toenails;
- Lunch with friends once in the month and coffee every so often with other mothers and ex-colleagues;
- Family walks whenever the mercury has dropped to a reasonable temperature.
This month I have enjoyed Taking Time Out and I will definitely be doing more of it.
Congratulations Cath! It's great to see that you not only made an effort to Take Time Out during January but you've set yourself up to continue to make yourself a priority in the month's ahead. For your efforts you have won an Endota Day Spa Cocoon Gift Voucher valued at $120. This voucher can be redeemed in any Endota Spa across the country and includes a billabong foot bath, dry body brushing, warm oil cocoon, scalp massage and full body massaging. Enjoy!
If you would like to sponsor future Sustainababy Eco Challenges and introduce your product or brand to our large following of eco parents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
29 December 2013
This January, Sustainababy is eco challenging you to TAKE TIME OUT for your chance to WIN an Endota Day Spa Cocoon Gift Voucher valued at $120!
All mums work hard. Eco mums, due to the nature of bringing some tasks that are conventionally outsourced back into the household, tend to work a little harder.
Tasks such as using cloth nappies, cooking from scratch, planning your family meals, walking rather than driving are super rewarding for the environment, family budget and health, but they tend to rely heavily on mum to make them happen.
I know just how difficult it is for mums to look after themselves as it is something I personally struggle with, but it is SO important. If we eco mums don't put ourselves first occasionally there is the potential that we can burn out, become resentful of the extra effort required to live greener, and throw the towel in. To help you look after yourself and achieve your sustainabe living goals, we've teamed up with Endota Day Spa this month to offer you an awesome incentive to take time out and put yourself first for a change.
I'm not suggesting you ditch the family and escape for a week to a health retreat, but instead would like you to make a concerted effort during January to look after yourself, take a break, however short, and be mindful of where you come in the family's well being stakes.
How you Take Time Out is entirely up to you but may include:
- going to bed early or sleeping in at least once during the month
- soaking in a bath
- reading a novel
- having a girls night out with your mum's group
- treating yourself to a massage or facial
Document your journey of discovery through the month for your chance to WIN an Endota Day Spa Cocoon Gift Voucher valued at $120. The voucher can be redeemed in any Endota Spa across the country and includes a billabong foot bath, dry body brushing, warm oil cocoon, scalp massage and full body massaging. If these treatments aren't for you, you can exchange the voucher for a standard 1 hour massage or facial.
Endota Spa are top of my list of places to visit whenever we travel to Adelaide and my husband often gifts me one of their treatments for my birthday or our anniversary. Over the years I have been visiting Endota I have always looked forward to their treatments using their increasing range of quality organic body products, pleasant staff, welcoming organic tea and clean rooms. Endota is a brand I personally value and for this reason, I am even more thrilled to offer the January Eco challenge for you.
Keen to do the Eco Challenge? This is what you’ll need to do:
- Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook Group here. In this group you'll meet heaps of other like-minded eco mums doing the eco challenges who can help you along the way.
- For the month of January make an effort to take time out for yourself.
- If you'd like to be in the running for the prize, email a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and supporting photographs with subject line “January Eco Challenge” to email@example.com before midday AEDST Friday 7th February 2014. Please ensure your summary is grammatically correct as the winning summary will be published word for word on the Sustainababy Blog.
The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEDST Wednesday 12th February 2014.
So what are you waiting for? Put yourself first for a change and TAKE TIME OUT!
11 December 2013
Cathy McNab completed the November Sustainababy Eco Challenge to get her kids grubby. This is the story of her journey......
Finally!! The cold, wet weather has passed (well, mostly) and I can get some vegie seedlings planted. Well, I can as soon as I’ve done this job, and this one, and then this other one….. Suddenly, November is here and still not much has been done in the garden. Arrgghhh!!
But, along came the Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge and I was motivated to get my act together. Because not only was I (over)due to get into the garden and get things happening, it was also a timely reminder about how important it is to involve my 2 year old, Miss E, in the garden. I love being outdoors and pottering in my garden and I want to share the joys of nature with my daughters. While Miss Z, at 8 months, is probably a bit too young to be doing much, she still enjoys being out in the garden with me, Miss E and the dogs.
First things first, we needed to dig in the manure that had been waiting for weeks. Luckily, we had some help from the neighbour (also 2 years old) to help with the “dinging” (AKA digging) and to help break up the clumps. We found some lovely big worms, which was a good sign for the soil.
While the muscle work was done by me, the planting, feeding and watering has definitely been a team effort. I have talked with Miss E about what we are doing, and while the technical details might have gone a little over her head, it seems the best way to learn is by watching and copying Mummy.
I think I can safely say that Miss E’s favourite part of being in the garden is the water play. She’s been making “soup” (1 part dirt to 5 parts water), jumping in muddy puddles (that she created herself!) and helping with the feeding and watering. I now have a first class waterer to help me.
So, what have I learned from this challenge? I’ve learned to involve my daughter in what I’m doing in the garden, so that she can learn and enjoy it with me. I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter if she gets dirty – it’ll wash off, and she’s enjoying herself while learning. I’ve learned that things don’t have to be perfect to be right.
And what has Miss E learned? That strawberries taste best straight from the plant. That there are lots of creepy crawlies in the garden. That helping Mum means you get to water the plants – and stick your hand in the shower of water so it sprays everywhere!
And soon, she will learn about harvesting and eating our goodies (hopefully this year she’ll learn to wait until they’re ripe!!). I’m looking forward to some zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum and pumpkin with VERY low food miles.
Thanks Laura for the kick up the bum that I needed to get me and my daughters back into the garden.
Congratulations Cathy! For your efforts in giving Miss E her first gardening lesson you've won a Gardening 4 Kids Gardening Pack valued at $94.
Congratulations also to everyone who completed the November Eco Challenge. It was the most popular challenge yet and we received many entries; it was so hard to select a winner! I loved seeing how many of you got your kids outside and opened their eyes to not only gardening, but the wonders of the outdoor world. Keep up the great effort!
Thank you to Gardening 4 Kids for sponsoring the Sustainababy November Eco Challenge. If you would like to sponsor future Sustainababy Eco Challenges and introduce your product or brand to our large following of eco parents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.