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Meals for Mums At Mommies On Main

Another inspiring day in the life of hanging with mom entrepreneurs.  I met so many lovely, Eco driven, knowledgeable moms at Mommies On Main today.  They’ve all created products that blossomed from their natural talent and passion from becoming a mother.  I got to spend a few minutes talking to Sarah, one of the talents behind Meals for Mums.   Is this company ever something!  The idea was ‘born’ when two Vancouver moms realized shortly after having babies, that friends and family stop bringing healthy, home-cooked meals by about week 4.  Working with two other women specializing in culinary arts and holistic nutrition, their company was started.  The goal is to create convenient food that is healthy, made from fresh, local, and when possible, organic ingredients.  So you can focus on being a busy mom (and wouldn’t this be amazing for mom’s that work outside of the home?) so you don’t have to feel guilty about quick and easy foods that are not healthy, but something we all do when schedules get busy.

They have incorporated so many other wonderful messages into this company.  Sarah mentioned that the majority of their clients opted to have their meals delivered in glass Pyrex dishes rather than plastic.  Concerns about plastic with food storage and thinking about reducing waste in the environment made this a standard feature of Meals for Moms.  Kudos on this environmentally responsible initiative by these moms – what a powerful message for other food establishments to hear.  When given the option, customers want to reduce waste for the environment, even paying extra to help our planet.

When you visit the Meals for Mums’ site, you can feel their passion for nutrition.  Like my nutritionist reference Jen, you can tell promoting healthy eating is their passion.  There is a section on their site that talks and educates customers about healthy eating.  I personally found the feeding a fussy eater article a good read!  Also, there’s a section that features a food of the month (spinach, rhubarb) with a description about why that item is healthy with an easy recipe to follow.  What an awesome feature for those of us who never think to try new ideas with our family (we just rotate the same 7 meals around here).

To begin ordering, you simply create a profile and start ordering meals.  This service is only available to certain areas of Vancouver, but I believe if you email about a surrounding area, Spud can assist with the delivery.  They have orders for large plates, kids food, lighter plates, and gift certificates!  Yummy…the smoked wild BC sockeye salmon pasta plate must be mine. The description and picture looks amazing. Wow – next time you visit your friend in the hospital with a new baby (or anyone facing a new challenge in life), take them a gift certificate instead of an expensive bouquet of flowers..wouldn’t that be the BEST thing ever?  Baby shower gift?  Helloo!  Offer your friend or loved one great nutrition as a way to send your congratulations.

I left this Mommies On Main symposium today, recharged that everyday moms are creating these magical businesses that help other families lead more sustainable and healthier lives.  A wonderful event that is well worth checking out for folks local to the Vancouver area.

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Etsy Comes Alive With Mommies On Main!

Thank you to Amanda who informed me about Mommies On Main.  I normally don’t write about events that are only local to my city, but this is something that could (and should be) recreated anywhere.  It’s very inspiring and I’m so excited to learn about it!

Vancouver is hosting a first annual ‘mamapalooza’ featuring creations from local Mom artisans and designers.  It is called Mommies On Main and will arrive July 12th and 13th.  I took a look at their Vendor-roll and OMG..it’s like Etsy has come to life here in Vancouver.  Many of these Vendors actually have Etsy stores.   What an awesome opportunity to support local moms who are using organic and eco friendly products.

Okay…hold up!  After looking through the Vendors again I haven’t been able to keep my drool inside my mouth.  There is an Etsy artist/store called Superfly Lullabies and they make Owl hoodies!  Oh my…do you think I could wedge my body into a size 4T?  It wouldn’t be pretty, but I’m sure I could make it happen!  <grin>  Not only is there a pink owl, but the fabric is my other Etsy learned favorite – Amy Butler.  Ray if you are reading this – maybe hide my wallet the weekend of July 12-13th.

Picture Source: Superfly Lullabies site

 

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Baby & You – An Organic & Healthy Introduction To Solid Foods

There are two things that change with every baby I have…how many immunization shots they’ll receive and when you can start them on solid foods.  With the boys, my public health nurses recommended solid food be layered at different intervals to ensure there wasn’t an allergic reaction.  With the girls I was told at 6 months, just start giving them everything!  But whenever you start your baby, you want to introduce them to healthy foods right away.  Here is an article written by Joanne B. Parrotta , she is a published motivational writer and the following is an excerpt from her fifth book, Baby & You: The Little Book of Mother and Baby Care (WiseAdviceBook, 2008) that is due to be released July 2008.  Check for her book later in the summer via Wise Advice Books.

As a new parent, you want to give your baby the best possible start in life, so providing nutritious food is a must. Set the stage for a lifetime of good eating habits by offering your baby the healthiest foods you can. When you make your baby’s food yourself, you can take extra care to choose the freshest produce.  Don’t believe advertising that says commercial baby foods are formulated to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. By making your own baby food—which is easier than you might think—you can provide your baby with a much healthier diet. You can make a variety of nutritious and delicious meals—with organic ingredients and no additives—quickly, easily, and relatively inexpensively. The benefits to your baby are many, including exposure to a greater variety of nutrients, tastes and textures without added preservatives. Continue Reading →

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My In-laws Are Eco!

My in-laws are Eco! With every passing week I remember things I’ve watched them do over the 15 years I’ve known them and by god, they are probably two of the greenest people I know! It’s a time in their life they probably didn’t expect to be so hip!

My very Italian father-in-law is the king of the 1 mile diet. Continue Reading →

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Organic, Safe, Non-Plastic Teething Toy!

After looking back at my BPA articles regarding baby products and the alternative solutions suggested by the experts, (glass bottles, stainless steel bottles, BPA free soothers, etc.) there is one product I wondered if they could ever replace…. teething toys.  How are earth do you replace all the plastic there?  Most baby shower gifts I received were complimented by one of these plastic toys that could be played with or mouthed.  I just found Organic Veggies and Fruit Safe Non-toxic Teething Toys for Baby that is so adorable!  Not only does this toy exist to help with the aches of teething, but it introduces children to the world of fruits and veggies at the perfect age.

These wonderful fruit and veggie characters are made with 100% organic cotton and are machine washable.  They are an amazing price point and if you’ve seen the basket of veggies this line carries…what an adorable shower gift?  Even just one item to accompany a gift for a newborn or 1 year old would be awesome!  What better message to send a baby or toddler to set them on a course to organic nutrition?!  <smile>


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