Some eco friendly ideas for mum for mother's day

April finds – products, posts and podcasts

Eco friendly gift ideas for mum

It is time for my monthly wrap up of fantastic finds I have found in terms of online products, post to read and podcasts to listen to in my travels on the internet. This month there is a touch of mum to the theme in a nod to Mother’s Day approaching!

April product finds

iSubscribe currently have a promotion on some fantastic magazine subscriptions for Mother’s day. There is up to 73% off some of their best sellers until 16 May 2019. I love both Frankie and WellBeing

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They also have Mother’s Day Bonus where you can receive 20% off personal and baby products at Thankyou. with any purchase on isubscribe.

Weleda products are amazingly good quality and they are also NATRUE Certified Natural, GMO & Cruelty Free and Certified Fair Trade. This Weleda Wild Rose Gift Pack is valued $48.90, but currently on sale for $31.96

Life Basics Bamboo Vegan Makeup Brush Set – Each brush is made with a sustainable bamboo handle and synthetic taklon fibres for a completely cruelty free, eco-friendly product. They are currently reduced from $59.95 to $29.98

Black Chicken Remedies Allsorts – this is the perfect gift for someone who is wanting to make the switch from conventional to natural products. The pack contains 12 top-quality Black Chicken products in mini sizes so you can test the products out before buying the full sizes. It is also on sale reduced from $149.00 – $104.30

Classic Glass & Stainless Steel Hand Drip Coffee Maker – produces a superior coffee experience. A beautiful and functional design this coffee maker includes a polished wood collar (with twine tie), stainless steel micro mesh filter and glass body. 400ml.

Pod Star reusable stainless steel coffee capsule double 2pk – can be used in Nespresso® machines (read the notes on the website about the coffee you need to use). Made from medical grade stainless steel, simply fill the capsule with your favourite specially ground beans and put waste grounds in your garden. Endlessly reusable, easy to clean and refill, while stopping coffee capsules going to landfill. Watch the video at the end of the page on the Biome website to see how it all works! Australian owned. Pod Star is zero waste, no sticker seals to buy.

Biome Insulated Glass Tea Flask 500ml – a versatile 2 in 1 stainless steel filter for making teas, fruit infused water, coffee and more. Keeps contents warm for up to 5 hours and cool for up to 8 hours. 500ml.

The Swag Tea Bags Set – Set of reusable tea bags made from 100% unbleached and unseeded cotton. Made for brewing loose leaf tea or creating your own herbal tea infusion with herbs or fruits.

April recommended posts

How ‘Mommy Juice’ Culture Is Normalizing Alcohol Addiction – as you can tell by the spelling of the word mommy and normalizing, this is an American article. From the stories I hear and from the memes etc I see on social media, I think there could be a similar trend in Australia.

Rates of drinking and alcohol addiction are on the rise among women. A 2017 study put high-risk drinking among women at a 58 percent increase in the last decade alone, creating what some suggest could point to a public health crisis.

The authors highlight the risks of mommy wine culture, particularly on kids who are growing up in a culture where heavier drinking is normalised. They don’t suggest parents should completely avoid drinking altogether. But they do point out:

what a parent does, that’s the most powerful message — more powerful than even anything their peers do.

How to Take Responsibility for Your Life and Change What Isn’t Working – I love the perspective in this article. If I find myself dwelling or feeling sorry for myself I often remind myself that I am in control and I can change how I feel about things. This post gives some solid strategies on how to take responsibility.

We all have the power to change our situation. The first step is take responsibility for our lives and make conscious decisions to steer ourselves in a new direction.

April recommended podcasts

  • The Perils of Following Your Career Passion – this episode is from the Work Life podcast. Work Life is a TED production, hosted by Adam Grant and is an exceptionally high quality production. I made my older kids listen to this episode as I think too often in the media we hear “follow your passion” when it comes to determining what you want to do for work, but that is not necessarily the best advice.
  • Ref, You Suck! – this is the first episode of a new podcast – Against the Rules with Michael Lewis. Michael Lewis is a journalist and author, best known for his books The Big Short, The Blind Side and Moneyball. I found this episode super interesting. He looks at rage at referees in basketball, why it is happening and the effect it has on kids.

What have you been reading and listening to?

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  1. Being an avid tea drinker, I LOVE the look of that tea thermos and those tea bags! A podcast that I think you would really enjoy Nicole, is Nourish Balance Thrive. It is American, but hosted by Chris Kelly, a very likeable and easy to listen to Englishman. As the name suggests, it’s about all things health: nutrition, fitness, running, strength training, supplementation, low carb/moderate protein/high good fat diet, the importance of sleep and how to get plenty of it, amongst other things.

    He or his fellow host, Dr Tommy Wood, interview the best in their respective fields: nutritionists, sports doctors, scientists, coaches (most of them have PhDs.) It’s been going for a long time so there is a heap of episodes, so I just pick and choose based on the title. I recently listened to the ones on the science behind why HIIT workouts are so good for you, and the one on why probiotics are so important, and how they help with so many different health complaints.  

    Plus, they have really extensive show notes, so if you are that way inclined you can read the scientific studies they refer to during the interviews.

    http://www.nourishbalancethrive.com/podcasts/nourish-balance-thrive/

    Another episode of theirs that I highly recommend for anyone struggling with getting to sleep, (and staying asleep) is this one:

    http://www.nourishbalancethrive.com/podcasts/nourish-balance-thrive/why-your-diet-isnt-working-sleep-and-circadian-rhy/

    Also, I’ve read a lot of books on running in the past, but one of my favourites would have to be 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower, by Matt Fitzgerald. I heard him on a running podcast a while back and was pleasantly surprised to find his book at the library. It’s a great read and does a good job of explaining why (and how), 80% of our running should be done at low intensity, and 20% at high intensity. This contrasts to how most people run (including me once upon a time!), which is constantly training at medium intensity, which typically leads to injury, burn-out, and stagnation in performance. He gives lots of training programs of how to go about implenting this, and it really does put the joy back into running!

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      Thanks for your recommendations Lynda! I have just subscribed to the nourish thrive podcast as it sounds like something I would really like.

      I haven’t read 80/20 but I have read How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald and I just loved it, so will reserve 80/20 at the library. Thanks again!

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