Friday, July 30, 2010

WAHM introduction

I only had two returns of stories for our WAHM week planned months ago so I have decided to post these two at least for you all. I love to support WAHP's as much as I can and this is the story of one mum I just love to shop with! One of the most fave toys in our toy room is one of these sets pictured to the right. It still gets lovingly played with constantly.
I have had many great rewarding shopping experiences with The Natural Newborn and what better timing to introduce you to her than just before the big Facebook sale tonight?!
May I introduce to you, Jo from The Natural Newborn in Western Australia....

My name is Jo and I'm Mummy to 2 gorgeous girls, Emma and Ruby, wife to my fantastic husband, Todd and owner/founder of The Natural Newborn.

I started The Natural Newborn after a series of events. The first was my first daughter Emma had a bad reaction to disposable nappies. After using every bum balm on the market (none of which worked) I changed her to modern cloth nappies and haven't looked back since. They completely cleared up the rash she had and I quickly became obsessed with MCN's and was hanging by the letterbox for my "fluffy mail"! The transition to cloth nappies made me start to look at other areas in my life and how to change them to become more eco-friendly and natural. Then after Ruby was born I was looking for some biodegradable flushable liners for her cloth nappies and after going to my supermarket, health food shop and chemist I went home and said to Todd that if I couldn't find them then I was going to do something about it. So, it was that day that I decided to open an online store selling natural & organic baby & kids products.

Working from home on the business fits in well with my family. I mostly work at nights after the girls are asleep so I'm not cutting into time with them. I have considered opening a bricks & mortar shop time and time again but it always comes down to not wanting to tie myself down to working 6 days a week away from home. The kids are only little for a short time and I want to be able to go to school carnivals or help out at kindy which I couldn't do if I did open a shop. It does mean I work late nights and am tired a lot from trying to keep on top of everything though!

The Natural Newborn is an online shop that sells natural & organic products for mum, bub and kids. I stock everything from bum wipes to organic cot mattresses (and recently organic single bed mattresses for the big kids!). I try to stock products that are made in Australia but if I can't find them then I will go overseas to find a more natural alternative than that offered in mainstream baby shops.
Providing eco-friendly and natural products for babies and kids is definitely a passion of mine. I attend markets and expos in Perth as I have found that many parents really don't know that these products are available and how much better these products are for their children.

Some of my favourites are the wooden toys. I love the simple wooden rattles and the pretend play toys such as the birthday cake and fruit & vegie set. I also love the Hug a Bub is the one product I sell that really makes me want another baby! Just looking at gorgeous little newborns all snuggled up in a Hug a Bub makes me all clucky!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vax Detox Methods

Well, this was a slightly hard subject to find info on. I ended up consulting a friend who runs the Vaccine Resistance Movement website for a little information.

With such little info available I thought I would take a different angle with this post. After giving you a few ideas of what you can try I will tell you how to grow two of the plants listed.

Detoxing vaccinations can do only one thing, remove the heavy metals injected with the virus. As far as I know you can't take the virus away, that job is up to your immune system.
Your body will have fought that virus and will now have an memory of it for the next 5 to 7 years, hence the argument that vaxes do not make you immune and why you need boosters every 5 years.

One option you have is activated charcoal. This works in by binding heavy metals and is available from your doctor. Somehow I think it may be hard to get a doctor to agree that vaccinations are poisonous and you or your child are in need of activated charcoal.

Some more info on activated charcoal

There are a few food plants that have properties that will bind the heavy metals and toxins from vaxes to expel from your body. They contain Phytonutrients which boost your immune system and help to fight disease, free radicals and toxins. Try to eat a serve of them at least 4 times a week.

What are Phytonutrients?
Wickipedia Definition of Phytochemicals

Plants containing great ammounts of these properties include the Brassica family and Cilantro, also known as Coriander. Tumeric also contains properties useful in the detoxification of heavy metals.

So, off to the garden we go to grow.... Kale and Coriander! Both can be grown together as they are companion plants to each other.
At Martin Farm both of these foods are primarily a winter crop, but they can be grown all year around where there is a cooler summer.

Kale is a wonderful food. While for this specific purpose it is best eaten raw, there are plenty of recipes that can use Kale. Use it in place of Cabbage or Spinach. We love our young Kale leaves in salads and hamburgers.

Kale likes to be started in seedling pots. In autumn or spring plant 2 or 3 Kale seeds per pot or tube in a good seedling mix or compost. Pick out the weaker seedlings as they grow bigger. Plant out into your rich sunny garden bed when they have 4 to 6 true leaves.
Water daily for strong growth. Feed with seaweed solution every couple weeks, this will help it to grow more leaves and be resistant to frost and pest attacks.

Interplant with any of the companion plants that do well with Brassica's. Try Onions, Potatoes, Dill, Beetroot, Beans or Celery. Avoid Rue, Strawberries and Tomatoes.

Coriander (Cilantro) is a wonderful herb that tastes lovely in potato salad and thai meals. It also attracts bees and ladybugs when in flower, it has such a refreshing scent.

Coriander can be started in pots or directly sewn in the garden. You can even plant it where you want it to self seed and have a great patch of Coriander pop up every year in the same spot.
Coriander likes a sunny spot in good soil. Water regularly.

While they are good companions don't plant with Dill if you plan to keep the seed for future growth as they are so closely related they will crossbreed when the bees come to pollinate them. Avoid planting near Fennel as the two detest each other with a vengance and neither will thrive well while in company of each other.

I dont seem to have many pests attacking my Coriander, but the main pests that I find attack my Brassica's are cabbage moth caterpillers and aphids.
You can plant aromatic herbs in a border that will deter the cabbage moth from settling to lay eggs on your Brassiaca's. Dill, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Coriander will help keep those pests away.

Aphids are annoying little buggers that suck the life sap out of your plants. When they hit, they seem to hit in plague proportions.
Our neighbouring farmers all spray their crops to kill and deter aphids so our chemical free property seems to be a safe haven for them much to our dismay. However, the upside is where there are aphids you are certain to find ladybugs not far behind. Aphids are a favourite meal of ladybugs.

While you're waiting for the ladybugs to rock up to the feast you can deter aphids with Nasturtiams. Funnily enough orange nasturtiams repel aphids and yellow nasturtiams attract them. Both can be helpful as anything that attracts aphids from your plants are true blessings. If you find you still have some of those little sap suckers invading your plants, wash them off with warm soapy water. This will kill them I believe, by blocking their pores and suffocating them.

Get out into your garden and plant some late crops of Kale and Coriander. Both of which you can find the seeds at Diggers Garden Club