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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Kid's Easter Baskets Done Fair: Wholly Goodness with more than a Touch of Sweetness

Easter conjures up images of spring and new life.  Life.  Abundant Life. Life that is like a river that flows out of me. . .



This kind of celebration begs us to celebrate in a way that is truly life-giving.

Life-giving . . . meaning that it is giving to more than just me, giving more than than to just  my family; it is life-giving to a community that extends to the farmer in a far away land, to the artisan across the seas, and my local Canadian neighbour a province away.

Choose this handmade Easter card made with indigneous fibres to bring joyous Easter greetings.


This Easter I decided to rethink Easter baskets in a "neighbourly" fashion. Rather than do what is "cheapest for me, " we came up with some Easter ideas that spread some Easter joy beyond our family. These baskets are rooted in a joy of community-orientation.


We included items from our three core tenets

1) local,

2) fair-trade, and

3) used  . . .

(Click here for a post on Why this matters)


 

 

 

Okay, let's get on with the Easter hunt!


 

 The above Easter basket includes:

  • Good News Easter basket: Just the thing for Easter morning egg hunts. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making. This innovative use of an unconventional material fits the “trash to treasure” trend and creates a unique pattern with a distinct finished look.
  • Good News Easter Egg (seen at the back): Skip the plastic eggs and fill up this egg-shaped box with trinkets and treats on Easter morning for an egg hunt to remember. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making.
  • Duck Finger Puppet: A cheery spring character for loads of creative fun. And made fairly {grin}
  • Nuster Chocolate Treats: A sweet fair-trade treat: a creamy strawberry Greek yogurt filling surrounds a dry roasted whole almond and is coated in a crisp rice and cocoa wafer shell. Fair trade chocolate and GMO-free ingredients.
  • Pecking Chicks Toy: A wooden classic toy for all ages to enjoy. . .and fair-trade of course!
  • Handmade Chocolate pop on a stick made with fair-trade chocolate. Click here for recipe.

 

 

 The above Easter basket includes:

  • Good News Easter basket: Just the thing for Easter morning egg hunts. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making. This innovative use of an unconventional material fits the “trash to treasure” trend and creates a unique pattern with a distinct finished look.
  • Good News Easter Egg (seen near the front): Skip the plastic eggs and fill up this egg-shaped box with trinkets and treats on Easter morning for an egg hunt to remember. Strips of recycled magazines are wound and woven in a fashion similar to that of traditional basket making.
  • Puppy Coin Purse: My little guy needs a little coin wallet to carry his Sunday morning offering money to Sunday School safely {grin}
  • Rabbit Finger Puppet: A spring-y character for loads of creative fun. And made fairly {grin}
  • Handmade Chocolate pop on a stick made with fair-trade chocolate. Click here for recipe.

 

fair-trade finger puppets

And of course it gave us great joy to add a used item to beef up the sustainability aspect of this basket. And what could be better than the classic "Chicken Little" book? This used copy brings back many childhood memories. I know the characters from this book will bring much amusement to our home. I mean who cannot enjoy reading about Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, and Turkey Lurkey?



And finally we added a Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose. Check out her whimsy and adorable creations for your loved ones!

 


I actually went with my two little guys to Ten Thousand Villages (one toddling beside the other seated in the stroller) and we picked out the fair-trade treats together. At their age a bit of knowledge of Easter treats only heightens the anticipation . . . so I figured it was okay to make it a fun outing of it. My three year old is still talking about the giraffes he saw at the Ten Thousand Villages store. It was so lovely to connect with Lisa, the assistant manager at the Winnipeg retail location. When she started talking to my little guys I knew she had to be a fellow mama:)



Looking to make some of your own fair-trade chocolate treats? Check out our fair-trade Camino recipe here:


 

What are your Easter treat plans? Leave a note and tell us! Whatever they are I hope you take a page from "Chicken Little". . .



". . . She pecked and pecked at it until it was all gone."



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Lesson in a Kernel of Wheat: Death Precedes Life

While growing up in my home, my parents had a tradition of planting some wheat before Easter--and as children we enjoyed watching it grow. This family tradition became synonymous with the Easter season.  Now, it's such a joy to continue this tradition.

 

No need to buy grass seed; I simply used the wheat kernels that I mill in my on-the-counter grain mill. We used local organic wheat purchased at Prairie Foods in MB.


 


As I was doing this activity with my little guy I was once again reminded that death precedes life; I explained  that the kernel of wheat needs to die (to itself) in order to give life.  (This object lesson is great because it allows the little ones to get their hands dirty!)


 

Death precedes life. Such an incredible thought. Most of us seek fullfillment, and have this notion that true joyous life will follow our fullfillment or self-actualization. But actually nature teaches us quite the opposite; the kernel of wheat dies to itself in order to produce more life.


A kernel of wheat is a great Easter lesson.


Check out the fair-trade bashful bunny purchased from Ten Thousand Villages


In what ways do you need to engage in self-denial? In what ways to you need to love your neighbour, and even love your enemy in order to truly live?

 

A fair-trade Easter basket we made up. . .read more about it here


One of the ways we try to do this is make accomodation within our tight budget and buy local & fair-trade products (generally they cost a bit more) when we can; this essentially means less disposable income for us, and more for someone else (e.g. the farmer, the artisan, the textile worker across the seas) Click here for a post on why local & fair-trade matters.


 


Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)


Eugene Peterson in his paraphase beautifully says: “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal."

 

Drinking kombucha made with Camino fair-trade sugar from Ten Thousand Villages

After this "dirty" work we refreshed ourselves with a tall glass of homemade strawberry kombucha (cultured tea), which also happens to be so incredible for your health!  (A healthy gut belongs to a healthy person, which is why you want to get a healthy gut!) Kombucha makes for a fabulous spring-time drink, and its natural effervescence makes it a great soda-pop replacement.  


Looking to spring into some health this season? Shed some toxins? Interested in making your own kombucha? Kombucha cultures can be purchased here. And this spring we are offering an exciting Winnipeg-based cultured drink course.


 

Pictured above. . .a few wheat seedlings poking through the dirt--three days later.

 

 

 


We planted our wheat on Holy Week Tuesday, and it started poking through the ground on Good Friday. So beautifully poignant.


Looking for some quick & easy DIY Easter chocoalte ideas? Look no further! We've got a tasty fair-trade recipe awaiting you!

 

Make sure to check out all our Easter posts. . .

fair-trade finger puppets


  Check out this Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose.


Happy Easter!

 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Milk Chocolate Easter Treats: Fair-trade meets Local

Happy Easter Season! In the spirit of Easter (celebrating New Life), Wholly Canadian is excited to share how to bring life & community to your Easter treats.

By the way this recipe is wholly wonderful all-year round! You can simply make chocolate bark, or use other festive/ holiday candy moulds.



Instead of buying the cheap sugar-laden chocolate bunnies made with cocoa beans harvested by workers earning third-world wages, make your own with this oh-so-simple fair-trade recipe. . .with only 4 ingredients.



You can pour the chocolate in candy moulds, or simply make bark.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Canadian-grown raw hazelnuts
      • alternatively you can use any nut of your choice
  • 1 soft plump Level-Ground trading fair-trade vanilla pod
      • alternatively you can use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup locally-farmed cream (I used organic Harmony unhomogenized whipping cream)
  • 2 bags of Camino semi-sweet fair-trade chocolate chips; approx 16 grams total
      • alternatively you can use bitter-sweet chocolate chips if you desire less sugar

 Many fair-trade ingredients can be found at Ten Thousand Villages

This recipe is a variation of our Valentine's Dark Chocolate Bark



Step 1: Wholesome Food Prep

  • Soak & deyhydrate the hazelnuts

You can skip this step if you do not wish to do this to soak the nuts.


 

Step 2:  Putting it all together

  1. You can make a bark, or else pour chocolate in candy moulds.
    • Bark: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving a small overhang. If you are not using a stoneware pan, you may want to grease the pan prior to placing the parchment paper, so that the paper is easily lifted later. Set the pan aside.
    • Candy moulds: prepare and wash them. Make sure they are completely dry.
  2. Extract the vanilla seeds from the vanilla pod (or alternativley pour in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract once chocolate is melted)
    • See this link as a resource, or see this video for help on extracting the vanilla seeds
    • Research the many ways you can use the remaining vanilla pod
  3. In a double boiler, begin to melt the chocolate chips.
    • Add the coconut seed paste from the vanilla pod.
    • Add the 1/4 cup cream
  4. Chop/grind the nuts into smaller pieces--as desired
  5. Continue to stir the chocolate. Make sure no water gets into the pot or the chocolate will seize.
  6. Pour the mixture:
    • Bark: Spread the chocolate over the prepared sheet with a spatula; it may not reach to each corner of the pan. That's okay. Create a "puddle" of chocolate according to how thin you want your bark.
    • Candy Moulds: Pour in the chocolate. Tap the mould on a hard surface so as to remove any air bubbles.
      • Fill as many moulds as possible. You may also use the remainder of the chocoalate for bark as I did--in a small bar pan.
  7. Liberally sprinkle the chopped nuts on the warm chocolate. Gently press, with your fingers, the nuts in the chocolate using a tiny bit of pressue.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes; or freezer for 15 min.
  9. To serve:
    • Bark: Break into bite-sized pieces.
    • Candy Moulds: remove the chocolate and wrap attractively

 


Step 3: Enjoyment

To store, place in an air-tight container, or freeze for longer shelf-life.


Wrap them up to give as gifts.

Enjoy these bites of pure pleasure!



Easter decor:

  • vintage glass hen, vintage milk glass bowl, heritage eggs naturally coloured, and a re-purposed crate.
  • I planted wheat kernels (the same wheat that I mill for baking bread) 10 days prior to these pics.


 

Why makes this recipe outstanding?

1. Nourishment: Whole Nutrition

    • whole cream--no modified milk ingredients
    • simple ingredients--most chocolate treats and chocolate chips have added soy lecithin, but not this premium chocolate!
    • recipe uses organic non-GMO ingredients, but it doesn't end there. . .
    • this recipe also involves traditional wholly nourishing food preparation; this quality of product is generally not available on grocery shelves
      • the nuts have been soaked using traditional methods to aid digestion; eliminating the anti-nutrients (phytic acid)  that contribute to gas and digestive pain associated with seeds and grains


2. Social Justice: Community Orientation

    • this recipe uses all local and/or fair-trade ingredients. . .
    • every bite is a bite of community & goodwill. . . rather than buying what is "cheapest for me," it thinks "we". . . giving way to true joy
    • for a good resource on why this matters see "Why localism"; many of the same principles also apply to fair-trade

 

 


What type of Easter treats do you have planned? Share with our readers.


 

Make sure to check out all our Easter posts. . . here and here.

fair-trade finger puppets


  Check out this Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose.


Happy Easter!

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 3 Comments

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Past

 Christmas is so filled with consumerism. . .

I keep thinking of ways to keep a simple, yet community-oriented, joy-filled ways of celebrating!

Many parents feel overwhelmed with trying to make thought-full & care-full decisions regarding Christmas gifts.  My encouragement to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases with three questions:

  1. Who made it and were they paid a fair-wage?
  2. Where was it made?  (Go beyond the country. . .begin to question the standard of working conditions of where it was made)
  3. Are we consuming or gift-giving from the heart? (i.e. is this just another thing in our already full house?)

In 2013 was my first year with a baby, and like many parents, I can testify to the pleasure of shopping for babies! But I wanted baby's first Christmas not only be a blessing to him, but to the community around him. At that time, he had no toy box and only a few crib toys.  I knew that in the coming months he would be ready for play.

I'm a vintage-loving mama, and early fall last year I purchased the Golden Book's "Baby Christmas." Spending many hours in the rocker with my baby gave me a great deal of time to think. . .and I began to think about the lovely toys that the baby in this book got for Christmas. My initial thought was to see if I could mimic the gifts in this book. As I let this thought ruminate within me, I had another idea stir inside me. . .Why not re-make this book with my baby? But not just re-make it--but doing so in a paradigm of goodwill. I remember being so excited about it that night, I could hardly sleep.

I had no idea at the time how much effort and time it would require. . .but I sure had a joyous time doing it. The joy was fitting his gifts in the a paradigm of goodwill.

All the gifts he received for the "Baby's Christmas" book project,  fit into three categories:

  1. Locally-made/ North American-made gifts
  2. Second-hand/used gifts
  3. Gifts he already owned (Yup, I re-gave him gifts that already sat in his nursery. . .) {grin}

Let me take you on a visual-read of some of the pages of this book. . .hopefully encouraging you to think about upcoming purchases in a paradigm of goodwill.

 

 

 

The Christmas-tree page was the most fun to replicate. . .the tree is so full of such amazing details!


. . .vintage lights, glass candy canes, my sister's home-made baked gingerbread cookies, I located vintage glass German glass churches, my sister and I strung the popcorn {and lost a needle--ouch!}, vintage nativity set from my mother-in-law, second-hand star that I painted gold, wool felted snowmen from babazoobee in Ontario, and tree from our local Ron Paul Garden Centre.

 

 

 

 

I purchased a used, vintage music-box from Switzerland. . one that plays the same lullabye as in the book. This is one of the most treasured gifts. . .so simple and so sweet.

We crank out the tune every night for baby. It's his cue that's it's bedtime. As soon as he hears the music, he turns on his side and sucks his fingers. It melts my heart every night.  Many times I tear up soaking in the sacredness of the moment. As I watch him, all tucked in, my mama's-heart wrenches a bit because this day in baby's life is over. . . for as the familiar poem says, "babies don't keep."

This is the one gift that mama will keep for herself. . .I imagine myself one day as an old granny still cranking out the lullabye on the music box, wistfully wishing these memories back. Mary, the mother of the Christ-child, was said to "ponder these things in her heart." Maybe she had a tune in her heart as well. . .

 

 

 

"A little drum to beat upon. . ." 

Found this second-hand as well.

 

 

 

"A kiddie car that steers. . ."

Made in Ontario, Canada by Thorpe Toys

 

 

 

A ball to roll along the floor. . .

I wanted an identical ball, so I chose British Columbia Splat and Co to make an identical ball for baby with a jingle bell in the centre!

 

 

 

"A picture book. . . "

With some extensive searching I found the identical "Baby's Mother's Goose" Golden Book. . .it turns out that it is one of my baby's favourite books now. He loves the nursery rhymes. As it is a 1968 used edition, I have to keep the book out of his reach, as he really wants to love on the book! The illustrated pictures of the children in the book are so precious!



"A rocking horse. . ."

Granny had previously purchased him a used rocking-horse. . .so we gave it to him again!



I found a used vintage bouncy seat we used as a prop for the picture. . .it was a great deal of fun re-creating this picture at Granny's house with the garland, nativity set, and stocking.




"A shovel and a pail. . ."

A used vintage shovel & pail that was made in the USA.

 

 

 

"A little boat for baby dear to sail. . ." 

Hailing from Alberta, I purchased this boat from Jacob's Wooden Toys. We had to do many baths to take this pic, as we were on a real beet-eating streak, and the water was always pink. Finally, I cut out the beets!

 

 

 

"A milk truck. . ."

Undoubtedly one of his favourite toys! I found a used milk truck, and oh, what fun! We just have to make sure he does not chew on the milk bottles (they were already pre-chewed by a previous baby!) because vintage paint is generally not safe for babies.

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Now's a good time to talk about his outfit. Traditionally baby wore diaper shirts and diaper pants. I had one made by one of my favourite baby clothing shops: Mabel Retro from British Columbia. I'm thinking about getting some red Christmas pajamas from there for this Christmas. So cute!

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"And a train. . ." 

He already had this train sitting in his nursery. Prior to his birth, I found this used vintage train stamped as "H L Wooden Toy Company." Wonder if they are still around?    I think "Lil' Engine" was the second word he understood, as when he was just a wee baby, everytime we would enter his nursery, I would always roll it back and forth on his shelf and say "Lil' Engine." This, too, is one of his favourite toys. We are currently reading about "The Little Engine that could" and just took a ride on a steam engine in Assiniboine Park!

 

 

 

"Where will baby keep the toys. . .?"

 

 

 

"And that's where Baby puts the toys at the end of every day. . ." 

I didn't have a budget for a toybox. So we re-created one with one of our already-owned vintage wooden creates, painted it red, and put some castor wheels on it. I figued it would be easier to clean if it wheeled around. And true encough, now at 18 months, he's starting to clean up his toys when we make a game of it {I'm trying to make this his job!} 

The little red toy box was Papa's project, and he did a fantastic job. . .albeit we had to borrow our neighbour's drill when we couldn't find ours on Christmas Eve. . .oh, the pressure on Christmas Eve!

This is how he learned to walk. . .by pushing his toy cart around the house. It's proved to be a multi-functional toy. When we arrive home, the first thing he does is look for for his toy cart, and takes it for a spin!

 

 

 

We even re-created this picture at Granny's house. . .I had a wool red duster coaster made for me by a local seamstress with a vintage pattern.

 

 

Christmas 2013. Oh, what fun, we had. . .Again, just a sample of some of the pages from The Golden Book: "Baby's Christmas."

What amazes me is how much joy local & re-used gifts can offer.  While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I provide these examples to serve as a catalyst to get your creative juices going. . .How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year?

You see this paradigm isn't just for babies.  When you think about the conventional gifts that most babies receive, they're "cheap" imports that still cost a pretty penny. To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of you life you are in!

Start thinking about local, fair-trade, used, etc. . . (Click here for a post on Why.)


 


Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases with three questions:

  1. Who made it and were they paid a fair-wage?
  2. Where was it made?  (Go beyond the country. . .begin to question the standard of working conditions of where it was made)
  3. Are we consuming or gift-giving from the heart? (i.e. is this just another thing in our already full house?)

It always breaks my heart thinking about the countless children involved in child-labour to produce toys, candy, and food for North American children (and adults). . .

This post is itended to be an encouragment for artisans, parents, and the average Canadian . . .We hope you are inspired to give Christmas gifts in a true spirit of "peace and goodwill to all." Gifts are meant to bless more than just than the receiver. . .how will you make your gifts a blessing to community?



Wholly Canadian wants to challenge all Canadians this coming Christmas in their shopping!

What are ways that you celebrate Christmas?

 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 3 Comments

Friday, June 19, 2015

Baby Bag Packed: Wholly Canadian Excitement

We're getting excited to meet Baby #2. . . any day now!

Recently we've shared how we:

As many a mama knows, there's a lot of prep work that goes into preparing for baby. One of those is preparing the "hospital" bag.



Here are some Wholly Canadian treasures packed in this mama's bag.

 

1. "Gift" from baby to toddler

. . . a quiet activity for a little guy who loves cars, made by Market Eighty Nine in Manitoba. I let our little guy already play with it a few times, so that when baby officially "gives" it to him, he has reference for it and already loves it {smile}.

 

2. "Gift" from toddler to baby

. . . our well-loved Ringley rattle ball. I've been telling our little guy how he will shake this for the baby so the baby won't cry. {here's hoping}  We wrote about Ringley here; they are also listed on our online Canada's BEST Baby Registry.

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3. Used/Pre-loved Clothing. . .Re-using is a key tenet of Wholly Canadian

  • take-home outfit that my husband wore--for boy or girl
  • vintage Eaton's shawl blanket
  • vintage baby girl bonnet & cardigan I purchased at a thrift store
  • and a boy bonnet/cap that my late-mother used for my brother when he was a baby

 It's great incorporating something from each of our families . . .

 

 

4. Pre-loved case

I just picked up this week at the Old Revial Company in Winnipeg; it's a Samsonite case vintage 1962 and made in Canada!


 

I am using this as my essential oil's case for my diffuser and oils.

 

5. Made-in-Canada Snacks:

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Each one of these nutrition bars has a fantastic and enjoyable Canadian story . . . check out their websites!

 

6. Homemade Snacks

  • homemade chicken broth

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  • wild MB blueberry & hemp muffins

. . . blueberries I froze from Jardins St-Leon last summer, and hemp hearts from Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds


Hemp Hearts - 56g

 

 

  • homemade strawberry water kefir (probiotic bubbly drink). . . learn how to make it here, or get a kefir culture here

 


7. Mama's Beauty Bag

. . . okay I know I won't look like the Duchess of Cambridge after birth, but I have a few items Canadian-made beauty items packed for some pictures of posterity {grin}


  • Pure Anada lip gloss for pictures {smile}--read more about why we love them here

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  • Stylish Mode headband to keep my hair back: read more about why we love them here

Wide Navy Polka Dot Headband


  • Pure Hazelwood necklace for anti-inflammatory relief: read more about why we love them here

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We'll keep you posted with our news. . .

What do you think it will be? A boy or a girl?


 

 


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Soon-to-arrive Wholly Canadian Baby

 In just a few days we're expecting baby #2 . . . and it has been such a joy to do a "baby journey" in a #madeincanada community.

I thought I would briefly write about some of the baby delights in our nursery {grin}  Just recently we launched an online on our webpage with Canada's BEST Baby Registry. Have you seen it yet?  It's a compilation of incredible baby items. This is what Canadian parents have been waiting for!


But back to our nursery. ..As always, we have tried to incoroporate three of our major tenets:

  1. Shop Canadian-made . . .actively loving your fellow Canadian citizen/ "neighbour"
  2. Shop fair-trade . . .supporting your international "neighbour"
  3. Shop vintage/re-purposed/pre-loved. . . purposing to care for Creation and live sustainably.
         

See why a nursery filled with a true love for our neighbours mattersAs most Canadian parents, we have done this on a tight budget. We have purchased wisely & minimally. A small house requires intentionality.



So here's 1) what is new in our nursery, here's what is on a 2) "dream list," and here's what our nursery 3) currently holds.



New (Old) Finds: What's New in our Nursery

Our nursery will house two little "bears" soon . . . and so making space in a small space takes some forethought. We're trying to take advantage of vertical space, because, well there is so little horizontal space!

I purchasd some authentic antique hooks from Old Revival House in Winnipeg--to hang up towels, diaper covers, etc.  These four hooks make such a difference for us!

 

I also found a used/pre-loved handcrafted vertical organizer that I am using to store shoes. . .

 

And finally a little welcome for our soon-to-arrive bundle . . . some prairie daisies from mama's garden in a vintage bootie vase I found at a thrift store. This perennial daisy plant is originally from the homestead where my father grew up . . . so it makes for a rich rooted welcome. {smile}




 

Here's what is on our "dream list". . .

 

Layette & Clothing:

 

Accessories

For Mama:

Toys:

Bunny-Rabbit organic baby blanket Natural and Eco Friendly Teething and Nursing Necklace - Maple Yang Rainbow wooden stacker, wooden toy by Atelier Cheval de bois
Papoumpapoum bunny rabbit blanket Painted Turtle teething necklace  Atelier Cheval de bois rainbow wood stacker


As we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl (the old fashioned way), it gives way to some extra anticipation. . .

If we have a girl:

 

If we have a boy:

 

 Organic Cotton Bloomer with Ruffle Bum shown in Avnee Gray and Avnee Green ballet flats / frosted pink leather  Baby Blue Seersucker Shortall Set | Boys Spring Outfit | 2 Piece Set
.OM Home bloomers Ulla & Viggo ballet flats  Mabel Retro shortall set


 Our Current Nursery

Baby "Equipment"

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Carseat

Clek

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Carseat Accessories

Playful Peanut

  • carseat canopy--see here
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Babywearing

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Wraps & Carriers:  

Peapod Creations

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Bedding & Sleep Sacks

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Mattress & Duvet

Shepherd's Dream

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Sleep Sacks

Gurumama

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Clothing & Footwear

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Layette & Accessories

 

Kushies

  • change table, bassinett sheet, & playpen sheets
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Itty Bitty Baby

  • sleep sacks & sleepers
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Clothing & Accessories 
 

Mabel Retro

  • diaper shirt set, pajamas--see here
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Footwear

 

Padraig

  • wool slippers--see here
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ulla & viggo

  • moccasins
C

Soft Sole Baby Shoes

  • leather shoes
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Outer-wear:

   
  • Sun Protection

No Zone

  • one-piece sun suit
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  • Jackets & Snowsuits

Canada Goose

  • snow suit (we purchased thesed used)
C

 

Diapering & Bathing

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Bathtub

Spa Baby

  • bath tub
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Diapers

AMP

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Mother-ease

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Diapering

Accessories

   

Playful Peanut

  • wet bags--see here
C

 

Feeding & Nursing

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

High Chairs/ Boosters

Monte

  • high chair
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Bibs

Mally Bibs

  • baby & toddler leather bib--see pic here
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Nursing Accessories 

Mayukori Nursing Pillow

  • buckwheat filled pillow
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Peapod Creations

  • Infinity nursing scarf
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Health & Skincare

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Lotions, Balms, SPF & Soaps

Dimpleskins

  • See what we've used here
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Mama Pacha

  • See what we've used here
C

Rocky Mountain

  • See what we've used here
C

Anointment

  • Push ointment
C
   
Homeopathic Medicine & Accessories

Kid's 0-9

  • teething, fever, cold homeopathic remedies
C

Suro Elderberry Syrup

  • See what we've used here
C

St Francis Herb Farm

  • See what we've used here
C

Pure Hazelwood

  • See what we've used here
C

 

 

Laundry

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Dryer Balls

Splat & Co

  • see here for why
C
Detergent    

Nature Clean

  • see why we like them
C

 

Maternity & Nursing Wear

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Clothing

Carry Maternity (their in-house brand)

  • dress
C
Outer-wear

Make My Belly Fit

  • zipper extension
C
Second-hand wear Lots of used maternity wear
U

 

Nursery Furniture

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Furniture

Dutailier

  • see why we chose this rocker
C
Buying used in this category is also an excellent choice. . .We did a lot of that.

 

Nursery Organization

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Baskets Ten Thousand Villages F

 

Toys

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Teething toys Ringley C
Puppets & Dolls Ten Thousand Villages F
Wooden Doll House

Jacob's Wooden Toys

C
Wooden Toys    

Thorpe Toys

C

Purchasing used toys is a great way to save $, as well as purchase items that are no longer made; we purchased many unique used wooden toys for our little one.

See this post for Christmas baby gift ideas

U

 

 

Wool & Sheepskin Products

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Egli Sheep farm C
Wonderful World of Sheepskin C
Check out our blog post on baby wool items: "I love Ewe, Baby"  

 

 

What memories do you have of your nursery?

I have found this simple paradigm of love (local, used, and fair-trade) makes such an impact! And brings such joy to your nursery. During the endless hours of sitting in the nursery comforting and feeding a little one, allowing one's eyes to survey the impact of choices . . . one discovers a unique delight that comes only from thinking about others.

Preparing for baby is one of the most precious seasons of life. . .thus, being rooted in a shopping paradigm of goodwill for one's "neighbour" would seem to be a natural outflow of the love & joy of the season.  As Canadian mamas and papas prepare for their little one, they can be actively sharing love for their "neighbour" with some simple intentionality.


 

Stay tuned for our baby news. . .


Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:32 AM 1 Comments

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Best Canadian Baby Registry List . . . True Love

There are only a few times in life where a person has to engage in a major shopping spree to prepare for another stage of life. . .and one of those is having a baby!

Go straight to Baby Registry Categories . . .



So often Canadian parents are relying on imported goods to set up their nursery, not because they necessarily desire that, but just because these goods are so accessible. 


Photo credit: www.catephotography.com


Questions Canadian parents have:

  • Where do I find Canadian-made products?
  • I'm on a tight budget, won't it cost more?
  • I don't know have extra time to do research, can you help me out?

 


Wholly Canadian wants to help Canadian parents out by preparing a list that incorporates three of our major tenets:

  1. Shop Canadian-made . . .actively loving your fellow Canadian citizen/ "neighbour"
  2. Shop fair-trade . . .supporting your international "neighbour"
  3. Shop vintage/re-purposed/pre-loved. . . purposing to care for Creation and live sustainably.

 


This simple paradigm of love makes such an impact! And brings such joy to your nursery. During the endless hours of sitting in the nursery comforting and feeding your little one, let your eyes survey the impact of your choices. . .and discover a unique delight that comes from thinking about others.
Preparing for baby is one of the most precious seasons of life. . .thus, being rooted in a shopping paradigm of goodwill for one's "neighbour" would seem to be a natural outflow of the love & joy of the season.  As Canadian mamas and papas prepare for their little one, they can be actively sharing love for their "neighbour" (whether it be a fellow Canadian citizen, an international worker, or else caring for creation by buying used) with some simple intentionality.


Categories:"Best Canadian Baby Registry"

Click on any category

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Nursery Furniture

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Furniture

(rockers, cribs, bassinets, dressers, etc)

Dutailier C
Monte C
Natart Juvenile C
Buying used in this category is also an excellent choice. . .

 

 

Canadian-made: (Dutailier rocker that we love, Shepherd's Dream bedding & mattress that creates an ideal place to count sheep, and home-made curtains); and Second-hand items (crib, mobile, little chair, corner shelf, re-purposed TV Tray made into a laundry hamper, artwork)



Canadian-made: (Kushies change-table cover); and Second-hand items (re-purposed dresser, bookcase, wall shelf)


Second-hand chandelier


Toys

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Teething toys Ringley C
Painted Turtle C
   
Puppets & Dolls Ten Thousand Villages F
  Papoum C
Wooden Doll House Jacob's Wooden Toys C
Wooden Toys L'Atelier Cheval de Bois C
Thorpe Toys C
   

Purchasing used toys is a great way to save $, as well as purchase items that are no longer made; we purchased many unique used wooden toys for our little one.

See this post for Christmas baby gift ideas

U

 

   
Enjoying used toys, and riding his Canadian-made Thorpe Toys kiddie car


Clothing & Footwear

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Layette & Accessories

 

Kushies C
Itty Bitty Baby C
OM Home C
glo F
Glup C
Clothing & Accessories  Small Potatoes C
Mabel Retro C
   

Footwear

 

Padraig C
ulla & viggo C
Soft Sole Baby Shoes C
Mini Toes C
Kamik (toddler boots) C

Outer-wear:

   
  • Sun Protection
No Zone C
  • Mittens
mimiTENS C
  • Jackets & Snowsuits
Canada Goose C

Buying used in this category makes so much sense; we've frequented consignment, thrift stores, garage sales, etc to keep up with our growing little one!

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Vintage sweater I found in the thrift store, and vintage shoes my baby wore North American home-made outfit
Sporting vintage second-hand clothing 
Canadian-made Mable Retro PJs
North American home-made outfit


Bedding & Sleep Sacks

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Linens & Blankets Kushies C
Dream Designs C
OM Home C
Sweet Kyla C
   
Mattress & Duvet Shepherd's Dream C
Sleep Sacks Gurumama C
Kangapouch C

 

Diapering & Bathing

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Bathtub Spa Baby C
Diapers AMP C
Mother-ease C
Bummis C
Kushies C
Monkey Doodlez C
Apple Cheeks C
Boobles Bottoms C
Funky Fluff C
Ella Bella Bum C
Peepooie C
Maple Bean C
Jack Be Thimble C
   

Diapering

Accessories

Elari Diaper Wallets C
Playful Peanut C
Colibri C
Buying used in this category is a great way to save money.  U

 

Diaper Stash with pre-owned & Canadian-made diapers


See why we cloth diaper in this post


Baby "Equipment"

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Carseat Clek C
Carseat Accessories Playful Peanut C
Saucers/Playpens/Strollers/Swings, etc Has anyone discovered these items made in Canada? U

 

 Used saucer that came in handy when mama gardened


Feeding & Nursing

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

High Chairs/ Boosters Monte C
Bibs Mally Bibs C
Nursing Accessories  Mayukori Nursing Pillow C
Kushies C
Nneka Nursing Pillow C
Sweet Sparrow Design C

 

baby eating rice for the first time


In his used high chair; sporting his Canadian-made Mally Bib


Baby Health & Skincare

C= Canadian-made, F=fairtrade, U=used

Lotions, Balms, SPF & Soaps Dimpleskins C
Mama Pacha Tags used and repurposed  Canadian-made  fair-trade  baby 
Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 3 Comments

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bark: Bites of True Pleasure

 

A great deal of food that tastes good isn't good for us. . .this recipe is good for your health and good for community. . .and it tastes amazing!



Is it a candy, or is it a health food? You decide.

 

This is the perfect treat to wrap as a gift for the holidays, to give as a teacher's gift, to share as a hostess gift, or to offer in your candy dish (but beware that it will quickly disappear).


 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup local raw pumpkin seeds
      • alternatively you can use any other seed or nut of your choice
  • 1 soft plump Level-Ground trading fair-trade vanilla pod
      • alternatively you can use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2  teaspoon of Solay course fair-trade sea salt
      • if you use a fine salt, use less
  • 1 TB fair-trade coconut oil, and a bit more to pan-roast the seeds in your skillet
  • 2 bags of Camino bittersweet fair-trade chocolate chips; approx 16 grams

 Many fair-trade ingredients can be found at Ten Thousand Villages


 

 

 Step 1: Wholesome Food Prep

  • Soak & deyhydrate your pumpkins seeds.

You can skip this step if you do not wish to do this to soak seeds.

 

 

Step 2:  Putting it all together

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving a small overhang. If you are not using a stoneware pan, you may want to grease the pan prior to placing the parchment paper, so that the paper is easily lifted later. Set the pan aside.
  2. Extract the vanilla seeds from the vanilla pod. See this link as a resource, or see this video for help.
    • research the many ways you can use the remaining vanilla pod
  3. In a double boiler, begin to melt the chocolate chips.
    • Add the 1 TB of coconut oil
    • Add the coconut seed paste from the vanilla pod.
  4. Heat a small skillet on medium heat.
    • Once the skillet is heated, add a bit of oil/butter and then add your pumpkin seeds.
    • Stir the pumpkin seeds  in the skillet continuously so that they do not burn
    • They are ready once a few of them have a slight brown tinge, or you can begin to hear them pop
    • You do not want the taste of burnt seeds
    • Take the seeds out of the pan so they do not continue to roast
  5. Stir the chocolate. Make sure no water gets into the pot or the chocolate will seize.
    • Once the chocolate is melted, add the pumpkins seeds and gently mix.
  6. Spread the mixture over the prepared sheet with a spatula.
    • The mixture may not reach to each corner of the pan. That's okay. Create a "puddle" of chocolate according to how thin you want your bark.
  7. Let the bark cool slightly for 5 minutes. After it has rested, sprinkle the sea salt on top.
  8. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. Break into pieces.

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Enjoyment

To store, place in an air-tight container, or freeze for longer shelf-life.

Enjoy these bites of pure pleasure!

 


 

 

 

 

 

Why makes this recipe outstanding?

1. Nourishment: Whole Nutrition

    • minimal sugar by using bittersweet chocolate (71% cacao), but still yielding maximum pleasure
    • dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants;  pumpkin seeds are a source of manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, zinc, protein, iron
    • recipe uses organic non-GMO ingredients, but it doesn't end there. . .
    • this recipe also involves traditional wholly nourishing food preparation; this quality of product is generally not available on grocery shelves
      • the seeds have been soaked using traditional methods to aid digestion; eliminating the anti-nutrients (phytic acid)  that contribute to gas and digestive pain associated with seeds and grains


2. Social Justice: Community Orientation

    • this recipe uses all local and/or fair-trade ingredients. . .
    • every bite is a bite of community & goodwill. . . rather than buying what is "cheapest for me," it thinks "we". . . giving way to true joy
    • for a good resource on why this matters see "Why localism"; many of the same principles also apply to fair-trade

 

 

What feature would prompt you to try this recipe?

 

manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, zinc, protein, iron - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/food/recipes/soaking.cfm#sthash.ilZOuWts.dpuf

 

 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 9:57 AM 0 Comments

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Top 14 Valentine Ideas. . . Loaded with Love & Goodwill


"How do I love thee . . . let me count the ways . . ."

Or at least let me show you ways of displaying love. . . But not any kind of love.

Let me show you a way towards a love that is enveloped with goodwill . . . a love that is deeply rooted in action, a love that says "I love my neighbour as myself," a love that includes community (versus what is cheapest for me).

All these carefully picked Valentine gift ideas are loaded with love because they are either:

 

Wow, now that's active, true love!


So without further adieu, let's begin. May these ideas be a catalyst of love. . .


1. Organic Fair-trade Hot Chocolate: Camino

Organic Dark Hot Chocolate

Ah yes, let's start with chocolate. Chocolate stirs up passion. . .ensure your passion is interwoven with goodwill by purchasing fair-trade chocolate. This organic fair-trade hot chocolate can be purchased at a variety mainstream supermarkets as well as Ten Thousand Villages.

Guaranteed to satisfy the most intense chocolate needs, Camino Dark Hot Chocolate offers a smooth, rich chocolatey taste with just a hint of sweetness. Made with Fair Trade and organic cocoa from the Dominican Republic and organic sugar from Paraguay, this luxury beverage is both GMO-free and certified Kosher.

 

 

2. Splat & Co: Valentine's-themed dryer balls

Free dryer ball scent, Valentine's special, set of three wool dryer balls with free vanilla scent,100% Canadian wool dryer balls

Here's a gift for the sentimental pragmatic in your life! Valentine's-themed dryer balls.

Splat & Co has a Valentine's day special:  one set of red dryer balls with a free 10ml bottle of vanilla essential oil.

The locally-sourced wool on these dryer balls is sure to set this gift apart from the typical imported gifts.  Feel great giving a set of three Canadian wool dryer balls, handmade with  approximately 50 grams of durable wool... that will last for years.


See why Wholly Canadian loves Splat & Co dryer balls.


3. Naosap Wild Rice

Oooh la la! A gift for the gourmet in your life. . .or else for one who loves eating gourmet: Canadian-grown organic wild rice.

See why Wholly Canadian loves Naosap and our recipe for a "Wholly Canadian meets fair-trade" recipe of gourmet wild rice burgers! These burgers sizzle with local & international goodwill!

This gift nourishes the inside, and is surprisingly an incredible source of protein. 

We just made some wild rice organic pancakes infused with local raspberries and laden with butter and local birch syrup.  Yum!  See the recipe we adapted here.

Display your love to your sweetheart by supporting local farmers.

 

 

4. Heirloom Heritage Flowers: Heritage Harvest Seed

Instead of purchasing  cut flowers (that are definitely not local given our winter season!), give your sweetheart some flowers that will bloom for years. . .in fact they they can become part of your family's heritage. Purchase some heirloom flower seeds. While they may not be blooming now. . .spring is, finger's crossed, just a few months away. Oh, joy! 

Here are some of my heirloom favourites: morning glory (don't you just love the name?), heirloom poppies (some of whose seeds you can use for baking), heirloom sunflowers (nothing says "You are my sunshine" quite the same way), heirloom sweetpeas (aww, imagine how your sweetheart would be be impressed with the promise of the sweet fragrance of sweetpea flowers), and heirloom Sweet William flowers (I've got a very special reason why I love these. . see pic here.)

This Valentine's season, support this local business located in Carmen, MB that is dedicated to saving rare and endangered heirlooms vegetables and flowers. Also see why Wholly Canadian believes in seed saving.

Heirloom Flower - Morning Glory 'President Tyler' Heirloom Flower - Poppy 'Giganteum' Heirloom Flower - Sunflower 'Arikara' Heirloom Flower - Sweet Pea 'Grandiflora Mix'

 

 

5. Prairie Barnwood

Sustainably-sourced, locally-made furniture says love!  Imagine giving a gift with such a rich story.

Elias table

Who wouldn't enjoy giving the gift of a barnwood table over which to enjoy a romantic meal? 

Here are some other alternatives that are more moderately priced but spell sustainable luxury: end tables, bar stools, and benches.

Made in Morden, MB, Prairie-Barnwood is one of the leading Canadian producers of barnwood furniture.

 

6. Icelandic Wool Socks

Okay, nothing says love like warm feet! I love warm feet! The Canadian-made Icelandic wool socks are available from Egli's Sheepfarm. I've written about my favourite Egli's product in October's "Top Ten."  Egli Sheep Farm was also mentioned in the "I love Ewe, Baby" blog post.

These socks would pair well over skinny jeans and worn with muk luks or ankle boots. They are available in both men's and women's sizes.

 

 

7. Pure Cashmere Lace Scarf: Mountain Masche


Pure Cashmere Lace Scarf / Shawl for women This Canadian-designed and handknit lace scarf is light yet cosily warm, perfect for the lady in mind who takes pleasure in owning a special and unique piece in her wardrobe that cannot be found everywhere.

A double and two individual leaf panels travel along the length of the scarf, broken up by small cables.
The colour is a broken white; the natural creamy colour of the cashmere goat. No aggressive chemical dye products were used which makes this scarf ideal for those who are sensitive to itchy and prickly wool.

This is a gift that supports a local artisan, while keeping your loved one warm and uniquely stylish.

Read about Mountain Masche in the "I love Ewe, Baby" blog post.



8. Vintage Jewellery: Pre-loved!

The best places to find vintage jewelry for your special-someone is your local antique store, kijiji, etsy, or thrift stores. Say "I love you" with a piece that has a story. . .it glimmers all the more!  New is not always better. Love with a pre-loved gift!

 

 

 

9. Green Beaver Castile Soap

Castile soap is a lovely but pragmatic gift--a techique passed down from the ancients.

castile-bar-lavander

Green Beaver's soap bar is an authentic Castile-type soap, made from the traditional method of using plant oils. They chose to make their Castile soaps using locally harvested organic sunflower seed oil instead of the olive oil that is traditionally used in Castile soap recipes.

Sunflower oil is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and carotenoids, and we blend it with coconut oil for a gentle, silky lather that leaves your skin feeling fresh and soft. It’s so pure, you can use it to bathe in lakes and rivers! Also see their Liquid Castile Soap.

Give a gift that supports Canadian farming industry and artisans. . .

See our favourite Green Beaver product here in our September's "Top Ten.

 

10. Canadian-made Clothing

Womens dresses cotton dress waisted dress short sleeves belt  AH13RMC-Tissé

Why not support a Canadian seamstress or tailor when saying "I love you?"

Check out this cotton dress by Eve Lavoie of Montreal.

This dress makes me swoon. The 1950's flair of simple elegance makes this dress a versatile choice.

Browse through local boutiques to find "Made in Canada" clothing, or else use the refined search in Etsy. 

 

11.  Wool Filled Pillow for Heavenly Sleep: Shepherd's Dream

 This company has been one of my favourites for a while, and I wrote about them in September's "Top Ten" products when I shared one of my favourite memories. You can also read about them in the "I love Ewe, Baby" blog post.

Standard Sleep Pillow

My family sleeps on wool pillows (I use both their pillow and neck roll) because, wool:

  • Helps relieve back pains, arthritis pain, and painful pressure points
  • Biodegradable and healthy for the planet
  • Completely breathable
  • Warms without overheating, never clammy
  • Naturally flame resistant and safe for kids
  • Naturally hypoallergenic & dust mite resistant

Shepherd’s Dream produces the finest natural wool bedding available in Canada. They are committed to healthy sleep; they offer all the ingredients to create a breathable, supportive sleep system.

Say "I love you" with a pillow that will help the body regenerate each night, while also giving a gift that supports a Canadian business that uses sustainably sourced materials.

 

12. Constance Popp Chocolate

Of course we have to add some more chocolate to the mix. What's Valentine's Day without chocolate. . .oh, chocolate. I love chocolate.

Who is your favourite local chocolatier? My husband has repeatedly turned to Constance Popp (when purchasing his sweetheart a gift!)--Constance Popp is known for her fresh premium chocolates made with whole ingredients, and without artificial ingredients and preservatives.

award-winning-manitobar-chocolate-barTwo of my favourites from this local chocolatier is the Manitobabar: cut into the shape of the Province of Manitoba. Ingredients include Manitoba Harvest hemp seed, Ecofarm sunflower seeds, John Russell lemon honey, Manitoba Flax. Delicious and a source of omega-6 omega-3 and fiber!  Crunchy chocolate goodness for a local-lover!

And one of their chocolate bon bons: the Manitoba red beet with pepper, caraway seed and sea salt.  Unique-pairing of ingredients make for an unusually mouth-savouring experience.

 

 

13. Traditional Foods Course: A Gift of Health

Does living well resonate with your new year goals? Are you or your loved ones interested in regaining health and whole eating?

This is a gift that is an incredible investment!

Check out Wholly Canadian's courses:

 

 

  • Searching for ways to live healthier? 
  • Interested in a cleaner diet to boost your immune system?  
  • Interested in weight management?
  • Check out our courses!

 

14. Pure Anada Lip Gloss: Kiss worthy!

Give a locally-made gift that is naturally good for all involved. . .a natural lip gloss! Made of natural oils, plant waxes and shea butter, Pure Anada's gloss will not only protect your lips, it will heal them too!

No sticky silicones here! It is said the average woman consumes over 5 pounds of lipgloss in their lifetime!  Make sure yours is edible.

Pure Anada liquid glosses are highly pigmented. A small amount goes a long way! You’ll love their creamy consistency.

Many of the shades coordinate with a matching lipstick.  This makes it great for layering gloss on top of lipstick for long lasting wear and high shine. I recommend the "Morden's blush" colour for a lipgloss that works with both cool and warm skintones.

Made in Morden, MB., this company has made an impression nation-wide.  See our favourite Pure Anada product here in our September's "Top Ten."


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Interested in showing love with an act of service?

Make a drink fuelled with love & goodwill! Try this local & fair-trade exotic passionate Valentine's drink. . .serve this strawberry margarita! (using Level Ground Trading dried fruit)

sed Level Ground Trading exotic dried fruit purchased - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/food/recipes/view-recipe.cfm?Title=Passionate_Strawberry_Smoothie#sthash.oo0qnolh.dpuf


 

or


Make this amazing fair-trade chocolate bark (Level Ground Trading & Camino)



When Wholly Canadian husband asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day. . .I told him him to peruse this blog post for ideas! {grin}

What do you think he should purchase?


What would you love to give? What would you love to receive?

 

 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 1 Comments

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrate Good Things

This week we celebrate two months of Wholly Canadian! Wow.

It's been an incredible ride connecting with local & fair-trade companies.

Wholly Canadian exists to champion local & fair-trade companies, and we're doing exactly that. 

We've got an incredible offer for Canadian product companies for our "Best Shopping" directory. . .keep reading!



In just two months we've had 4,114 unique users, and 20,479 pageviews--from every province & territory in Canada! It would seem Canadians are really interested in whole-life local & fair-trade living!

Here's some of what has made Wholly Canadian great, according to our followers:

Favourite things

 

Celebration!

To celebrate two months on the 10 month, we're giving away. . .

10 FREE "Best Shopping" listings

to any Canadian and/or fair-trade product companies that resonate with localism and fair-trade principles.


Christmas is coming. This is a great time to join the list that Canadians have been craving. . .an easy directory for local & fair-trade shopping!


Local and/or Fair-trade companies:

To receive this offer, all you have to do is comment on this blog today, listing your company and website, and we'll get in touch with you!

-your listing will be listed complementary until Feb 1, 2015! No strings attached!

-if you see more than 10 companies that have commented, please still enter your company name just in case they do not qualify or send us their info. . .


Followers:

Do you want your favourite company to be listed on our "Best Shopping" directory?  Send them this blog post link and have them comment. Act fast!

10 FREE listings being given away today for our "Best Shopping" directory to the first 10 companies that respond.

Go ahead, let's celebrate local living today. . .

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 11:23 AM 4 Comments

Monday, September 22, 2014

Celebration & Best Shopping

Today we celebrate one month of Wholly Canadian! Wow.

It's been an incredible ride connecting with local & fair-trade companies.

Wholly Canadian exists to champion local & fair-trade companies, and we're doing exactly that.  See our blog posts that share this journey.

Canadian-made kiddie car by Thorpe & North American-made blocks

In just one month we've had 1,634 unique users, and 9,319  sessions. It would seem Canadians are really interested in whole-life local & fair-trade living!

Here's some of what has made Wholly Canadian great, according to our followers:

Favourite things

Ingriguing thing (as stated by our followers)

Celebration!

To celebrate our one month anniversary on the 22nd, we're giving away. . .

22 FREE "Best Shopping" listings

to any Canadian and/or fair-trade product companies that resonate with localism and fair-trade principles.


Christmas is coming. This is a great time to join the list that Canadians have been craving. . .an easy directory for local & fair-trade shopping!


Local and/or Fair-trade companies:

To receive this offer, all you have to do is comment on this blog today, listing your company and website, and we'll get in touch with you!

-your listing will be listed complementary until the end of the year! No strings attached!

-if you see more than 22 companies that have commented, please still enter your company name just in case they do not qualify or send us their info. . .


Followers:

Do you want your favourite company to be listed on our "Best Shopping" directory? . .send them this blog post link and have them comment. Act fast!

22 FREE listings being given away today to the first 22 companies that respond.

Go ahead, let's celebrate local & fair-trade today. . .

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 6:00 AM 24 Comments

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tell us your favourite local company

The Craft Sale Season is upon us. Which ones will you be visiting this season? The craft sale season connects beautifully with Wholly Canadian's Christmas Challenge. 


This year, I've decided to buy three gifts for baby and keep it simple. . .

 

1. Local/Canadian-made gift

2. Fair-trade gift

3. Second-hand/ Re-purposed gift

 

The great thing is that this paradigm fits every age.

Three gifts. Simple.

 

Want to join me in this? We're calling it the Wholly Canadian Christmas Challenge.

 

See us on twitter and join our hashtag: #WhollyCanadianChristmasChallenge

 


Last year I did a blend of used and local gifts via a remake of  The Golden's Book: "Baby's Christmas. You can read more aobut it here.

 

 

While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I posted this as a catalyst to get  creative juices going. . .

 

How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year? You see this paradigm isn't just for babies. See Why

 

 

To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of life you are in.

 Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases.


What do you suggest Wholly Canadian gives baby and husband for Christmas 2014?

Go ahead and do some publicity for your favourite local or fair-trade business by answering this question.  Make their day!

 

Wholly Canadian followers love learning about new products.  To make ethical shopping easier, we just launched our "Best Shopping" directory! 

Do you know a local business that would benefit from this?


Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM 58 Comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Christmas Present

Last week I posted about "Christmas Past." I posted about the joy that local & re-used gifts can offer via a remake of The Golden Book's: "Baby Christmas."

While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I posted this as a catalyst to get  creative juices going. . .

How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year? You see this paradigm isn't just for babies. See Why

To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of you life you are in!

 Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases. It's heart-wrenching thinking about the countless children involved in child-labour to produce toys, candy, and food for North American children (and adults).

This Christmas ask three questions:

 

  1. Who made it, and were they paid a fair-wage?
  2. Where was it made?  (Go beyond the country. . .begin to question the standard of working conditions of where it was made)
  3. Are we consuming or gift-giving from the heart? (i.e. is this just another thing in our already full house?)

 

Moving from Christmas Past to. . .Christmas Present

This year, I've decided to buy three gifts for baby and keep it simple. . .

1. Local/Canadian-made gift

2. Fair-trade gift

3. Second-hand/ Re-purposed gift

 

The great thing is that this paradigm fits every age!

Three gifts. Simple.

Want to join me in this? We're calling it the Wholly Canadian Christmas Challenge.

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Also, give us suggestions as to what Wholly Canadian's baby should get for Christmas 2014.

Our followers love learning about new products!  To make ethical shopping easier, we just launched our "Best Shopping" directory! 

Do you know a local business that would benefit from this?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nice! It's Sweet Rice for Canadian Babies

As per historical tradition, we waited until after a year to introduce our baby to grains. 

Historically babies refrained from grains until at least a year (note: molars can be an indication of readiness for grains) because babies do not have  sufficient digestive enzymes to digest grain. The enzyme, amylase, necessary to digest grains, is generally produced after a baby is a year old. Historically, babies were not fed grains until at least a year, despite ancient people's lack of knowledge about this enzyme. Talk about intuitive wisdom! Yet it's interesting how current North American conventional practice encourages grain as baby's first food, and ironically, many adults then suffer with irritable gut issues later on in life.

Read more about preparing grains and the gut issues that surround improperly prepared grains


Organic sourdough spelt bread.  Gentle on baby's tummy. Gentle on mama & papa's tummies.

At 18 months we started baby on his first grains. We started him out with mama's sourdough spelt bread and sourdough granola. He is loving it! Of course, like all kids, he liked to lick mama's homemade jam off of the toast. {It made me giggle} Then he started biting into the bread, and devoured his first slice.

sourdough granola spelt

Organic sourdough granola (spelt & oat) ready to serve! So nourishable and easy to digest.

After his introduction to spelt sourdough,  I decided it's now time for rice. But not just any rice! Canadian-grown rice. For serveral years, we have been patronizing Naosap Harvest organic wild rice. They are on the edge of the Canadian Shield, surrounded by boreal forest.  Naosap's organic wild rice is grown in the pristine, isolated lakes of northern Manitoba, Canada.   So of course, his first rice had to be Manitoba rice. I love re-thinking of rice as Canadian. Yes, rice does grow in Canada!
I decided to make his first dish a treat. In fact, it's a treat for the whole family!

A wild rice dish laden with a "clotted-honey" cream. . .and topped with fruit and a dash of fair-trade cinnamon. Yum! And it's a super nutritious dish laden with antioxidants, probiotics, protein, minerals, etc!


Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Wild Canadian rice
  • Organic cream--as close as you can get to real cream the way nature delivers it.
  • Milk kefir grain
  • Raw honey--always wait until baby is a year to introduce raw honey
  • Fruit--Canadian-grown, fresh or frozen
  • Fair-trade cinnamon

Instructions:

Step 1: Wholesome Preparation 

1. Soak wild rice with water & apple cider vinegar. Click here for a guide.

2. Culture your cream with a milk keifr grain for 24-24 hours. (Note, you cannot use a water kefir grain for this.) Cream is already heavenly. Now add probiotic strains to it, and you've got a match made in heaven!

Step 2: Putting it together

1. Cook your soaked rice according to grower's instructions--you will need 20% less cooking time and less water

2. Strain the milk kefir grain from the now "clotted" cream

3. Blend in some raw honey into the cream--per taste.

4. Generously top the rice dish with the "honey-clotted" cream.

5. Add some seasonal or frozen fruit.

6 Sprinke some fair-trade cinnamon on top

Enjoy!


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baby eating rice for the first time

18 months. Eating rice (Naosap Harvest wild rice grown in Manitoba) for the first time. . .and loved it!

Baby eating his Wholly Canadian rice-dish using his Mally Bib in his second-hand high chair. We love this made-in-Canada bib for so many reasons . . . especially the pocket. I put pieces of dried fruit in it as treats. That little extra time it takes in digging out his treat, gives mama few extra minutes.  It's to the point now that when I put on his bib, he immediately checks the pocket, hoping against all hope that there might be a treat! {It always makes me giggle}

We chose the bear bib, because right from pregnancy, we always called him "Baby Bear."  So here's to "Baby Bear" enjoying his first rice. . .

 

What's your favourite traditinally-prepared dish?  Let us know!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Front Porch Song: Feed the Birds

My front window has a story . .. Come on and grab a chair, neighbour, and listen in!

A few months ago my Aunt Sara (whom I was named after in my middle name), and former school teacher, encouraged me to set up some bird feeders for my baby to watch. I loved the idea. . .and the challenge. My mind immediately began spinning. . .how can I make this project full of shalom? I knew this would be a worthy project, because it is year-round and not just a summer venture.

Remember Wholly Canadian’s shopping paradigm of goodwill? Well, I incorporated it, and excited to share how. . .


Buying Local - Canadian:

I was so pleased to find many of the items on my wish-list made in Canada. And immensely enjoyed the journey of locating them.

  • Braecrest Design birdhouse. . . I got a Braecrest birdfeeder to match my house’s green shingles.
    • These artisans, from Winnipeg, came to deliver it to me personally at no extra charge. What incredible, friendly service. And they have no idea I am blogging about them. I love that. . .when people deliver good service without knowledge that they will receive public praise.

  • Three-arm garden hanger--sold by Lee Valley Tools
    • Made in Canada, I like that this hanger has multiple hook options. Also, very elegant.
    • I have to say I have simply enjoyed the customer service at Lee Valley Tools. Such friendly people with all kinds of tidbits to share.  It actually feels like a neighbourhood. The one man I met (who wasn’t helping me directly) just started chatting, telling me about this pony of his in the Maritimes, that escaped his pen, and ate from his bird feeder. He looked like “Heidi’s” grandpa with his long grey beard. I found out that he's into wood crafting.  {It made me smile} Another woman told me about her challenge with squirrels, and soon there were a few employees all gathered giving me tips. (I had not idea at the time what a challenge squirrels would be--but more on that later). It was like a conversation over coffee.
  • Victorian Scroll Wall Bracket--to hang my hummingbird feeder

    • I purchased this at Lee Valley Tools. I appreciate their emphasis on retailing so many made-in-Canada products.This bracket is made of strong cast aluminum--tough but still light.  And I love its traditional flair.

Buying used/ upcycling:

  • Vintage Canning Jar Feeder:
    • This upcycled bird feeder I found on Etsy. It’s main component is a canning jar. It amused me, because I am known for all my vintage canning jars. It's a great example of re-purposing.
    • This one happens to be the most popular feeder at this time. . .

 

Buying Fair-Trade:

  • Coconut bird feeder:
    • I bought this tear drop bird-feeder from Ten Thousand Villages. Crafted from a coconut shell--it not only is upcycled but pays fair wages to the artisan--love this double whammy of goodwill!


Curiosity and goodwill go hand-in-hand. People always say, everything is made in _____. Here's just one project that paints a different picture. 

Get curious--get curious about the journey behind your projects. Quick purchases are inherently connected with consumerism. And consumerism is about "me" not about "we." Give a fair trade to those around you--whether local or international. Get curious! Delight in purchases of goodwill!

Also check out Ten Thousand Village's plant & garden tools. We love our terracotta plant watering sticks.


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Now about the squirrels (as promised). . .we live in a nutty neighbourhood with many of these squirrelly critters, due to the old oak trees that surround us.   First I thought, being new to bird feeding, surely they won’t crawl up this tiny pole. . .yup, they did. And managed to clear the entire buffet. They tipped over every bird feeder except the squirrel-proof coconut feeder.  My baby was supposed to learn about birds, not squirrels! But that’s not all, they left a huge mess on the ground by tipping the feeders. . .and then the seeds started sprouting in my flowerbed, and making tons of work! For a day or two, we watched their antics, and I tried to make this educational. We are currently reading about Peter Rabbit and his friends, and so I pointed out “Squirrel Nutkin” and taught my baby the sign for squirrel. But these antics only amuse to a certain point, and then, you’re fed up (no pun intended).

So, I went back to Lee Valley and bought the squirrel baffle (made in the USA).  The squirrels were baffled--temporarily. They had a new scheme. They climbed up the post of our front porch and made a giant leap above the baffle, grabbing any feeder they could.  What a mess! The seeds flew--and the plants grew. (I was more shocked than amused at this point)

So, after several days of watching this new escapade, we moved the hanger further away from the porch. I didn’t want it too far so it was out of sight, and didn’t want it too near the neighbouring tree as another means to the feeder, and of course not near the porch post. It was a delicate balance.

It worked. And now I was highly amused. The squirrels stood on my front porch post and tried to psych themselves up. . .they would twitch their tails, do a little dance, do the hokey pokey and turn themselves around, all the while imagining the delicacies awaiting them. . .But they couldn’t bring themselves to jump!  Have you ever been in that same position? “Any moment now, any moment now, I will jump . . .” You tell yourself to move, and nothing happens! Ah yes, did I already say, I was amused?  I had outsmarted them--and it felt good. Temporarily.

Then one morning I saw a squirrel (I have no idea if this is the same squirrel. . .I’m no expert on identifying squirrels), on one of my feeders--making a huge mess. I charged out yelling--and this squirrel leaped for his life. I was in disbelief.  I watched out my window to see how this occurred. How had they out-squirreled me again? What I observed, minutes later, did amuse me. Their tenacity and agility is second to none. I saw a squirrel gather speed, run straight under the baffle (I thought he --or was it a she--would get a concussion), and then at the last second reach out one of his arms around the baffle (a really, really long reach), and with just a single claw, extend his arm far enough around to hang on the weave of my coconut bird feeder by what appeared to be a mere thread. And then in a second he was next to his favourite feeder--the wooden house--tipping it upside down.  I was in disbelief--baffled actually. The squirrel baffle was baffling me.  This trick was no accident--it was mindful intentionality exemplified.

But I was not done. I would not to be outsmarted. I had come too far. It was time for me to be intentional. My baby was going to watch birds! I moved the bird feeders around, so that the squirrels could not latch on to the weave of the coconut feeder.I put the coconut feeder on the highest hook. And it has worked--so far.  But I’m sure they’re devising a new scheme. But in the meantime, my baby and I are watching birds. I often face his highchair towards the window so he can watch . . . and then I sign bird for him, and a feeling of deep contentment washes over me. The joy of this project has been hard-earned. . .so much that I can nearly break into song: “Feed the birds, tuppence a bag. . .” (Mary Poppins)

The view from inside. . .


But this mama thinks this view is so much better!




Do you feed the birds?

Do you a have story?  A song?

How have you incorporated any of Wholly Canadian’s paradigm of goodwill into a project? Leave a comment and share!




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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Put your Money where your Mouth is

It's easy to talk to the talk, it's harder to walk the walk. Arlene Dickinson (from Dragon's Den), who, in my opinion, has just the right amount of entrepreneurial heart and edge, has on more than one occasion said: "Put your money where your mouth is. . ."

There have been so many opportunities for me to do exactly that. . .sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I let the opportunity slip . . .

It is the launching week of Wholly Canadian, and today I want to celebrate getting it right.  Early on, in the conception of Wholly Canadian, I would engage my community on this idea of starting an online social enterprise that would serve as an extension of social justice in the areas of localism and fair-trade.

After hearing my vision, what amazed me, is how many people would encourage me to source out my website to programmers overseas . . . telling me how I could save oodles of ca$h. {Ironic, I know}  I would respond, and say, well, that's exactly what I want to re-frame for Canadians!

Choosing to re-think the bottom-line. . .

Indeed, I could have saved a lot of cash by choosing cheap overseas website developers, and in the meantime, also created a lot of havoc. Just recently, I had a website designer share how he has to fix several websites due to the shoddy work of these "somewhere-out-there cheap website developers", as well as redesign logos because they were initially stolen from other companies. 

So yes, choosing local website programmers and designers was an intentional decision and a wise investment! So without further adieu, here's a rather organic way to saying thanks to some fellow-Canadians who have made this vision possible:

  • My Designer: Arae Design  I knew when I met Alison in her home, that our visions would coincide. The walls on her home resonated with the look I wanted for my social enterprise. It was love at first sight. Thank-you Alison for all your hard work to making my vision reality.
  • My Programmer: Modern Earth Web Design  I chose Modern Earth because they are local and a multi-employee team. So if an employee quits, my website continues. My website is not reliant upon one person. Thank-you Modern Earth for being so patient with me in this journey.

Here's a note for budding entrepreneurs interested in having a website: designers and programmers are two different type of people. Choose a designer whose style connects with yours. First impressions can only be made once. And then make sure the two (designer & programer) collaborate on specifics while working on your project.

There are so many reasons why it makes sense to live from a paradigm of local & fair trade living. Are you currently contemplating a change in sourcing your business needs? Is the thought daunting? Is the cost overwhelming?  My encouragement to you it to market yourself as a business that is dedicated to maintaining a local and/or fair-trade standard. There is a growing market of Canadians who are hungry for exactly that, and are willing to pay extra.   There is an increasing segment of Canadians who view the "bottom-line" as more than just solely dollar figures. There is a generation rising up that cares about social-justice . . .

Weave a story through your business choices . . .people crave a worthy-story in a day and age that is filled with trivial minutia. . .

Localism is not for the elite, it is not for those with extra disposable income, no, it is for grass-roots people who are hungry to make a difference despite their limited income. I share this as someone who lives in a home supported by charitable wages from a non-profit organization. I can truly say, there is a real cost to living this joy. . .

My journey of local and fair-trade living has not been easy or simple. Attempting to rid myself of the shackles of utilitarianism has proved a worthy challenge — a buying what is "cheapest for me" mentality has not been easy to shake off (Winnipeggers are notorious for their love of deals!). Buying locally and fair-trade has slowly become an integrated discipline . . . yes, even when it affects my wallet and schedule in ways it would not have otherwise. And I am still on this journey. I have not mastered it, but I am a pilgrim . . . on a journey.


So, yes, Arlene, I'm trying to put my money where my mouth is. . .

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 8:16 AM 2 Comments

Monday, August 25, 2014

Why We Cloth Diaper

He's responsible for this! Yup, this little baby, who we affectionately call "stinker" some of the time, is responsible for the contents of this  laundry line!  But at least there's a story of goodwill here. The diapers on this line include two aspects of Wholly Canadian’s Shopping Paradigm of Goodwill: 1)Buying Local, and 2) Buying used/re-purposing

 


1. Local/Canadian:

2. Second-hand/Re-purposing:

  • I've purchased used organic prefold diapers
  • Wool inserts (I purchased a vintage wool blanket on kijiji for $5, and had it re-purposed into inserts)

But that's not where the goodwill stops. Shopping locally and buying used is great. But there's more good news on this laundry line! Wholly Canadian is all about whole-life local living. . .


Why we cloth diaper. . .

People choose to cloth diaper for a variety of reasons.

Here are some of mine:

  • Healthy baby’s bottom: our baby has never had diaper rash. We've chosen natural fibre diapers for our babies (cotton, hemp, bamboo, and wool).  Would you want plastic tight wrapped around your bottom? That's essentially what disposables are. It's quite unnatural, really. No wonder rashes, and other ailments develop.  Baby's bottoms needs to breathe! If there is any area that needs breathable fabric--it's their bottom! It always amazes me when parents who cloth diaper choose synthetic fabrics (fleece, mircofibre, etc).  Synthetic fibres (made of petrochemicals) are akin to wrapping plastic around the bottom. So here's to natural fibre!
  • Sustainability: As a farmer’s daughter I have a heightened appreciation of land.  I understand land is a fixed resource. One cannot reproduce more land.  Water, on the other hand, is a perpetual gift (where I live). Even though I pay for it--it's a renewable resource. Thus, it’s a simple choice.  One professor of mine once shared that there is no “away.” When you “throw away” --there is no “away.”  When we travel, we use non-bleached disposables--and each time I dispose of the soiled diaper, I am reminded of the preciousnesses of land and that there is no “away.”
  • Cost: yup, we’ve saved a ton of $. I rarely need to go down that baby aisle.  I’ve got my own baby aisle blowing in the wind. {Giggle}
  • Simplicity: I blogged earlier about the tension between convenience and simplicity. Cloth diapering is the way of the simple life. It is not convenient. It is simple.

Why I hang dry the diapers in summer:

  • It keeps the diapers white:  The sun is a natural whitener for those stains.
  • It keeps the diapers fresh: We've never had yeast in our diapers.  The sun is a natural disinfectant, and boy do the diapers ever need a freshening after a long Manitoba winter!
  • It keeps the diapers in optimal condition. Dryers make the diapers soft, but they also destroy them--slowly and gradually.  What do you think all that lint is in your dryer? Yup, that's the fabric being gradually worn down. Dryers weaken the fabric's fibres, and if there's any item in our household that needs to retain all its strength and fibres for optimal absorbency, well, it's the diapers!  That's why, in winter, we also hang-dry most of them inside.
  • It keeps me in tune with nature: We wash and hang the diapers in summer based on weather. "Today is a sunny day--so, let’s make the most of it!" "It’s going to rain the next few days--let’s see how far we can make these diapers stretch!" {wink}  We work with nature. There is an understanding of cyclical pattern nature gives of work and rest. I can keep abreast the weather by simply looking at my smartphone. Our ancestors did it with merely their intuition and intelligence.  This is a lost skill indeed. . .
    • Just recently I saw dark clouds gather, and heard some distant rumblings. As I had nearly-dry diapers on the line, I looked at the weather on my smartphone to ascertain my next actions. It stated sunny skies all day.  Well, I thought, the storm must just be passing by.  The skies got darker, and the thunder rolled. My intuition (or just common sense at that point) told me it was going to rain and get the diapers off the line. Maybe, I thought, I looked at the wrong city. So I checked the weather report again.  Sunny skies it said--for Winnipeg. I made a split-second decision to believe the technological report.  A minute later the nearly-dry diapers on the line received a heavy 5-min soaking--I considered it a free second rinse.  The freshly rinsed diapers then proceeded to to dry in the sun. . .again. {smile}
  • Sustainability: The sun is a gracious gift, and renewable. Unlike running water (which is also renewable), I don't pay for the sun! But I do pay to run my dryer.  But more than cost-efficient, it's a way of living sustainably and living in tandem with the bounty around us.
  • Simplicity: As I mentioned with the reasons I cloth diaper, the reason I hang out diapers in summer, is that it is the way of the simple life. It is not covenient. It is simple. Do you know the difference? I find myself yearning for simplicity more and more . . .
  • Smiles: My neighbour told me this May (after a really long winter), I know spring has arrived because I see diapers on your line. Yup, we air out all our dirty I mean, clean laundry for our neighbours. . .and I get many a smile.  My dad told me recently that’s how it used to be. You would see a laundry line of diapers and know that family had a baby--and smile. Just the thought of babies make people smile. Sure, go ahead and smile at the thought. . .
  • The Joy of Living in the Footsteps of Those Before Us: What a joy it is to hang diapers. Hanging laundry is one of my favourite chores. It always reminds me of my late mother who hung her laundry out in summer. . .and in a way is a keeping of tradition with my mother, my grandmother, my great-mother, etc. My mother never got to see me as a mama. . .I sure wish she could see this laundry line of diapers now {Tears}.


And here’s a rather organic opportunity to thank my husband who is a vital member of "Team Diaper." He washes them once every 4-5 days, daily brings down the soiled diaper pail to the basement, and then sets us up with a fresh diaper pail (water, vinegar, borax, and a couple drops of essential oil) every day.  Did I already mention, daily? And never complains. And when he’s home, we take turns changing diapers (or we employ "paper, rock, scissors"). The reason I mention this is because he is not as passionate about the reasons behind this as I am.  A few months ago I asked him, so if you don’t feel so strongly about it, why do it? He said something that caught me off guard: “I do it for you.” {Heart melting}



If you have a baby, do you cloth diaper?
Why?


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

How? A Proposal of Wholly Canadian Living

A Shopping Paradigm of Goodwill

As much as possible, I buy locally/Canadian. Undoubtedly people ask me, what if the product I need is not available locally?

In such cases, I integrate three other "neighbourly" criteria into my purchases as much as possible:

1.  Buying locally—buying Canadian.

 

When not possible...

2.  Buying fair-trade:

  • buying products that give a fair wage to the farmer or artisan. . .instead of the mentality of "buying what cheapest for me and who cares about the story and people who made it")

When not possible...

3.  Buying second-hand/upcycling:

  • rather than buying new, re-use by buying-second hand from online classifieds, thrift stores, or garage sales. Re-purposing/upcylicng is also a key component to sustainable living.

When not possible...

4.  Buying terroir: 

  • a French term that infers that a product reflects its origin or its sense of place. This term can be borrowed for sustainable living in terms of consumption of goods. Examples of purchasing terroir would be cinnamon from Sri Lanka,  bamboo from China, or maple syrup from Canada. An example of the inverse of purchasing terroir would be purchasing a sheepskin processed in China that originated in New Zealand, and is now sold in Canada.

Whilst these four criteria may not always be possible, I am surprised more often when they do not, than when they do. Recently I sought to purchase a rain jacket, and I typed in the words "rain jacket" and "made in Canada," and was not disappointed.

So join me in a journey of living wholly Canadian... A journey of community, localism, and goodwill.

 
 
 

 

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