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Category Archives: Eco Living

Next Step, Breatharian? Can’t We Just Eat Food?

Sulphur Dioxide smells like farts... good thing these grapes were sprayed with it!

Sulphur Dioxide smells like farts… good thing these grapes were sprayed with it!

My three year old arched her back and screamed as I struggled to buckle her into her carseat. Out of the corner of my eye, while I pinned her down into her carseat, I could see her stained green tongue. Read the rest of this entry

Quick Easy DIY ‘Fertilizer’ from Kitchen Scraps

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I asked an enlightened gardener friend of mine for his recipe for his ‘compost tea’ that he feeds to his plants. This is a really easy way to make fertilizer for your plants in a jiffy, without having to leave your house or wait for things to compost! I found this method really great because I have all container plants on my balconies and we have no yard or space for a real compost bin, other than a bokashi bin. Bokashi bins are great, but take some time and are potentially a pain and require some maintenance. Here’s how you make the tea, I’ll call it ‘Al’s Garden Tea’. Read the rest of this entry

Guerilla Gardening, Container Gardening, Community Gardening: Transforming Spaces

Guerilla Gardening at it's finest.
Guerilla Gardening at it’s finest.

Guerilla Gardening

See the pretty flowers in that ordinary traffic island? The Gold Coast city council has a few larger plants in there, but they didn’t plant those colourful things there… Nope, it was a local resident Kate M (not to be confused with me, Kate B), and her son. They bought a tray of dying plants from some gardening centre and brought them back to life, transforming this boring little piece of dirt into a vibrant little ‘guerilla garden’. My daughter (in the photo) helped plant a few of the plants herself, so she likes to think that it’s her garden too… and, well… it IS for everyone to enjoy!

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Why My Baby Doesn’t Crap in Her Pants

Sisters who pee together, stay together.

Sisters who sit on the potty together, stay together.

When I was pregnant with my older daughter, some four years ago, just about every prospect of becoming a parent sounded appealing to me.  Every prospect, except one… I absolutely could not get my head around, the fact that I could be changing diapers for at least the next two, three and possibly four years.  It just didn’t make sense to me.  Was there a more natural way?  What did the cave woman do when their babies had to poo and pee?  Did they just crap all over the cave? Read the rest of this entry

Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes from Nature’s Child Giveaway

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Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes

Certified Organic Washable Baby Wipes, pack of four!

Click here to enter the giveaway! (Australia and New Zealand only)

I’ve been using these washable baby wipes from Nature’s Child for about three months now and I have to say, I really love them!  My three year old daughter likes them too, and sometimes I can’t find any around because she’s used them all on her dolls!  They’re called ‘baby wipes’, as in, for use on baby’s bottom, instead of disposable baby wipes, but in reality, you could use them for just about anything.  When I got them, my little one was no longer a ‘young baby’ (sigh), but if she had been, I would have LOVED using these on her instead of the cotton wool that I had been using.  For one, they are washable, which means, you’re not throwing away anything after you use them.  And, the other thing that I absolutely love about these things is that they’re so super soft and absorbent.  Perfect for a newborn and young baby’s delicate skin. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

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My toothbrushing regime minus the floss.

My toothbrushing regime, minus the floss.

(Disclaimer-the following article on DIY toothpaste is only recommended if you have first checked with your dentist, some people may have sensitive teeth and if you feel discomfort after using, discontinue use.  Many people may want to only use this DIY toothpaste only for a short term tooth whitener)

I’m such a DIY (Do It Yourself) kind of gal, when I read a post that a friend of mine wrote on her own awesome blog, InformedMama, about making her own toothpaste, I was all over it.  I couldn’t wait for our $10 tube of organic toothpaste to run out.  We’ve now been using our homemade toothpaste for over a week, and I have to say, I LOVE it.  It makes my teeth feel so fresh and so clean and since one of the ingredients is salt, it makes me feel like I just went for a surf or something… all those lovely negative ions!  Oh my! Read the rest of this entry

How to Clean an Amber Teething Necklace

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Squeaky Clean!

Squeaky Clean!

When Margo first started teething I learned a lot. I didn’t know that teething and rashes sometimes happen at the same time or that there were things like teething necklaces that could make it easier for the baby (and my sanity). I first bought Margo this amber teething necklace when she was about 6 months old… That was just under 3 years ago. Once I put it on her, I rarely ever took it off… except for the one night when she was about 15 months or so, and I did take it off. She was waking up every half an hour that night! My husband and I were beside ourselves and he asked me if I had done anything different that day… After going through every account of the day, I finally remembered that I had taken her teething necklace off, but I didn’t know where it was at 2 in the morning. So, Art hunted it down, stuck it back on the baby, and in fifteen minutes she was asleep and stayed asleep for the rest of the night. Coincidence? Oh, I don’t know… Read the rest of this entry

A First World Reality Check Today: When My Washing Machine Broke

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Back to my roots???

Back to my roots???

You know when you load the washing machine up so much and you think, ‘Oh, I really shouldn’t put so much in… but maybe I can just squeeze one more thing…‘. That was me today, and today was the day that our washing machine crapped itself (well, it didn’t, luckily, but I thought it did, more on that later). I think that every single last cloth diaper was dirty, and that was the reason for my enormous load. It was really dumb of me to load it up so much, and I even mentioned to Art in passing that I was being really brave to fill the washing machine up so high. Because… a few days ago, it had been acting funny. I threw a load in early in the morning, went out for three or four hours and when I came home, the machine was still spinning… ‘That’s odd‘, I thought… ‘The machine has been stuck on the spin cycle for hours!’. I manually turned the nob to OFF, and hung my very spun (nearly dry) cloth diapers out on the line. Read the rest of this entry

Baby Jail: Babies Behind Bars and Other Baby Restraining Devices

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Baby Jail!

Baby Jail!

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, and then had the perfect photo op, while I was at Margo’s swim lesson! Read the rest of this entry

Undies and Pulling Up, Oh My! Elimination Communication and 8 1/2 months

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Big sis's undies

Big sis’s undies

I just randomly got sucked into looking at photos of the Duchess of Cambridge’s growing bump, then remembered that I had originally sat down to write a blog on elimination communication (EC)… oh to be a commoner 😉 Read the rest of this entry