Pics from Less Is More Festival 2013

Back in February I was a presenter at what is fast becoming a stalwart of the Perth Sustainable Calendar: the Less Is More Festival. I ended last years (see the round-up here) and had no idea that a year later I would be asked to give a talk at the next one – to say I was flattered is an understatement. My topic of choice was indeed topical given the recent events of my life; Eco Babies! The presentation was an hour long and was chock-a-clock full of information and links so instead of creating one gigantic blog article I am going to post them over the next few weeks… I spoke about a whole range of things from nappies, to designing your nursery, homemade baby products and toys.

For now though I will just share some snapshots of the day. It was really amazing… such a fun variety of workshops and activities all focused around the idea that less can be more. Less waste, more fun. Less shallow, more fulfilling. Less materialistic, more creative. The way it should be.

The gorgeous setting - The Grove library in Peppermint Grove.

The gorgeous setting – The Grove library in Peppermint Grove.

Right this way.

Right this way.

Beautifully apt quote to have in front of the library.

Beautifully apt quote to have in front of the library.

What a fun schedule of workshops!

What a fun schedule of workshops!

Me with my tables of goodies!

Me with my tables of goodies!

Talking about the moment I lost my head and bought some useless baby merch... a shower cap. What all babies need right?

Talking about the moment I lost my head and bought some useless baby merch… a shower cap. What all babies need right?

Talking with some of the people afterwards... showing my DIY products.

Talking with some of the people afterwards… showing my DIY products.

A mending station was set up, where people could mend and sew to their hearts content!

A mending station was set up, where people could mend and sew to their hearts content!

Great old sewing machine

Great old sewing machine

We need to replace Spending with Mending!

We need to replace Spending with Mending!

Funky old upcycled jeans

Funky old upcycled jeans

There was also a movie lounge screening eco documentaries. Love these denim jean bean bags!

There was also a movie lounge screening eco documentaries. Love these denim jean bean bags!

REALLY cool junk mail art by local artist Rob

REALLY cool junk mail art by local artist Rob

More cool art and sculptures!

More cool art and sculptures!

The busy foyer.

The busy foyer.

Info about Living Smart

Info about Living Smart

The main mode of transport for the day. Love that even the bike has been yarn bombed!

The main mode of transport for the day. Love that even the bike has been yarn bombed!

And ended the day with a big ol' love heart leaf. Doesn't get better than that! :)

And ended the day with a big ol’ love heart leaf. Doesn’t get better than that! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWD 2013 – Wonderful Wellness Women!

Happy International Women’s Day! To tell you the truth I never really got on the whole IWD train… practically every day of the year is ‘Something Day’ and I just thought they were created willy nilly. But I looked into it and found out that IWD has actually been around since 1910, is on the agenda at the UN and is an official holiday in a whole range of countries (including Afghanistan which surprised me). So according to our trusty Wikipedia International Women’s Day is;

A celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women.
A celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.

That is something I can totally get on board with! And I’ve decided that in keeping with this blog I wanted to share with you 5 of my wellness heroes. When you have special women inspiring and motivating you they need to be shared…

My Mum

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Having become a mum recently myself the love and respect I have for my mum transcended to a whole new level. Mind you, I was also hit with a massive pang of guilt (see years 16 through 21). Back to my mum though, she has been a career mum (and a damn good one at that) and has devoted her life to me and my brother.

Recently, she stepped right out of her comfort zone and embarked on a career of her own (a reasonably scary one involving needles!) and despite some jitters about getting back into the workforce is doing amazingly! She has also assured me for as long as I can remember that the only time I will ever see her running is if a mass murderer is on her tail. Which is why it is particularly impressive that she has recently purchased a treadmill and is training herself on it every morning. She has decided to take her health seriously and is making some major changes accordingly. My mum has always been impressive but seeing her face some pretty major fears has been ultra motivational as well as incredibly satisfying.

I am so proud of you Mother Goose!

Dads pretty awesome too but it isn't International Man's Day!photo courtesy of White Tulip Photography

Dads pretty awesome too but it isn’t International Man’s Day!
photo courtesy of White Tulip Photography

Jessica Ainscough: Wellness Warrior (Surprise, surprise)

Photo courtesy of www.wellnesswarrior.com.au

Stuck record much? I can’t sing this girls praises enough. Jessica is a gorgeous young lady who survived a pretty grim cancer prognosis through a natural therapy that focuses on the unlimited potential of our bodies, and their abilities to heal themselves. Since this she has gone on to create The Wellness Warrior website (check it out here) which has achieved a cult like following from people around the world (including moi!).

She has also created the Lifestyle Transformation Guide (see that here) which I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to! This scholarship is slowly but surely leading me towards the life I have always wanted – where I am well, calm and following my dreams with a bit of self love thrown in there too! I will talk more about my journey on Monday… but imagine knowing that you are giving countless numbers of people the key to living life the way they were always meant to. That deserves a round of applause I reckon.

P.s. If you are living in Sydney, Jessica is going on tour with Earth Events and will be speaking with 3 other amazing girls (Amanda Rootsey, Tara Bliss and Mellissa Ambrosini) on Self Love and Sisterhood. I am so jealous it’s not coming to the west coast but if you are in the position to go, get your ticket here

Vegan Sparkles

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I dare you to read Bex blog without smiling… c’mon… just look at that face! Not only does she create absolutely delicious food but each post is full of health, happiness and (most importantly) sparkles. While some vegan sites can lean towards dogma, Miss Sparkles is a breath of fresh air who just inspires with her contagiously happy personality and her insanely delicious recipes. And the best is yet to come as she is currently studying at the Institute of Intergrative Nutrition. She also happens to now be a friend of mine and we are hoping to collaborate on some exciting projects this year.

You don’t have to be vegan (I’m not) to love Bex food! Some staples that now reside in my culinary repertoire include this AMAZING healthy, Mint Choc Chip Smoothie (see it here), the Good For Everything Tea (here) and this Quinoa and Mushroom Gravy Shepherds Pie (here). WOW. Must stop dribbling on the keyboard!

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Tara Bliss: Such Different Skies

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As a renowned (actually… maybe infamous) champagne guzzler, Tara is providing me so much inspiration to change my nasty habit. I have virtually conquered all the demons (sugar, grains, caffeine, dairy) but I still find myself very much craving my Friday night wine. Tara herself is a reformed party girl and she is trying to spread the word that has brought her so much peace. She motivates me with awesome blog posts that really drive home the fact that you don’t need alcohol to feel calm or have fun. And if you want to go further she has also created the aptly titled online program The Party Girl’s Guide To Peace.

She is also an awesome foodie who is very focused on raw and green too. Check out her awesome recipe that featured on The Wellness Warrior here (bit of cross-pollination never hurt anybody). If you want some sassy, spiritual vibes i really recommend giving this blog a read! (see Such Different Skies here).

Jodi Duval: Revital Health

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Another Perth local! Jodi is a Naturopath with a list of qualifications as long as your arm included Natural Science, Hypnobirthing and even Colonic Hydro Therapy. She is also a raw chef and raw chocolate entrepreneur and is one of the four co-founders of Revital Health – a team of holistic health coaches. (You can read about all of them here).

Jodi (and the wider Revital team) have a Facebook page (here) which provides me constant inspiration for raw food and general health inspiration and is well worth a look if you are dipping your feet into the world of raw as I am! She also helps run affordable workshops like this upcoming event which i hope to attend (and give you all feedback afterwards). The world needs more people that are helping to inspire and guide them to be the healthiest versions of themselves.

Do you have any wonderful wellness women inspiring you?

Less IS More

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Well tomorrow is finally the day… The Less Is More Festival is back! A celebration of anti-consumerism!!!

It is an incredible day run by the Western Earth Carers which involves hands on DIY workshops that will show you how to buy less and live better! It is family friendly and of course in the spirit of anti-consumerism… is completely free.

I will be there running two workshops on Eco Babies (they run at 10am and 12pm) and there are so many more amazing workshops…

  • Make your own natural soap, toothpaste and deodorant (bring jars if you can!)
  • Fix your bike
  • Declutter your life
  • Live plastic free (with the amazing Simone)
  • Eat raw food (with one of my favorite Perth wellness goddesses A Foodly Affair)
  • Grow a native garden
  • Keep chooks and bees
  • Mosaic making
  • Make your own ginger beer, yogurt, preserves and sourdough

View the schedule here of the entire day here.

Saturday 16 February, 2013 from 9:30am until 5:00pm
The Grove Library, 1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove, WA 6011
If you decide to come along beware that parking will be very limited. BUT the good news is, the library and community centre have ample bike racks and lockers, and excellent public transport links! (See Public Transport Links here)
Would love to see you all there!
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Hello 2013!!!

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Hello Beautiful People!!! I’m back and it’s 2013 – how futuristic! Being January and all I figured that it was time we talk resolutions but before looking at those I’d like to mention the inspirations I’ve drawn upon before making mine. But to do that we need to hop into our Delorean and salute last year…

Bon Voyage 2012!

Exhibit A.

On the 21st December the Mayan long count calendar ticked over and the much-dreaded apocalypse didn’t cause so much as a ripple. And without the threat of earthquakes or freaky unknown planets the Mayan calendar has been largely forgotten. And I probably would have forgotten it too had I not read what the actual meaning is. Carlos Barrios from the World Council of Mayan Elders explains…

 “This is not a time of apocalypse. It is a time to let go of old patterns. A time to heal the planet. The Mayans do not want people to believe this is the end of the world. They want people to take this very rare opportunity to come together to find balance and work to heal the damage we have done to Mother Earth”

How gorgeous is that? And why the hell did we all jump to the conclusion that led to mass carnage rather than enlightenment?

Exhibit B (E-A-UUUTIFUL)

Last year also brought the best gift I could ever imagine: our beautiful daughter Lucy Madeline arrived in our arms. Here is a picture of her first minute in the world…

Welcome to the world.

Welcome to the world.

For those playing at home… there’s the reason I haven’t blogged in a while! On my Facebook page (follow me here) I was teased for announcing a 2 week break from blogging ‘while getting this whole parenting thing down’. How wrong I was!

It has been such a wonderful and tiring and messy and funny time not to mention bloody emotional! For example I daily often find myself getting a bit teary when the overwhelming enormity of being a mum washes over me. The thought that I have this entire life in my hands and that it’s my job to teach her how to make the best decisions. How to not only get the most from life but also how to give the most! It’s a good sort of pressure though. The pressure that molds you into a much bigger and better person than you thought you could be.  Anyway, I will stop being drippy and try to focus my sleep deprived mind back on resolutions! But before moving on, here’s one more picture of my gorgeous little Goose…

Love.

Love.

Be Positive.  

Both those 2012 experiences got me thinking. Life is short and precious. I want to spend as much time celebrating it rather than complaining about this or worrying about that. I have far too much good in my life to be anything but absolutely off-the-charts chipper. I feel in the past few years I’ve lost a bit of my spark… getting it back is my primary goal this year. Passing that happiness onto Lucy is my resolution for every year after that.

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

I will be saying this mantra every morning!

My Resolutions

I love me a good list but that aside, making resolutions was particularly fun this year with addition of Lucy. She put a gorgeous perspective on everything and all of a sudden the standard “Lose 5kgs” just didn’t cut it! I won’t bore you with all of them but here are a few of my resolutions for this year…

My Lifestyle Transformation

For anyone who has read this blog before, you may have picked up on my mini (okay… major) girl crush on Jess Ainscough aka The Wellness Warrior (cancer surviving, health goddess). She has developed a cult like following of people wanting to emulate her ridiculously clear complexion and positive attitude and hence designed The Lifestyle Transformation Guide (read about it here) telling people exactly how to achieve it!

Back in December I was lucky enough to win one of these health scholarships and I am already feeling better for it. So a major resolution for me is to complete this course and reach my goal by my 27th birthday – April 13! I can’t wait to blog about it… hopefully the proof will be in the organic chia pudding!

I can't wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!

I can’t wait to pass all my good habits onto Lucy!
*illustration by Olive on Blonde*

The Blog

I get so much damn enjoyment out of this blog! I can’t tell you how many wonderful people I have met through it – be they readers or fellow bloggers within the online community. Not to mention amazing opportunities. For example, last year I was on a local radio station discussing my plastic free adventures (see that here) and this year I have been asked to run some workshops on raising Eco Babies at the Less Is More Festival (here is my write up of last years!). I love it and I am more inspired than ever to continue with it. I am dreaming big and will hopefully have some big surprises to announce before the year is out!

**If you want to attend the 2013 Less Is More Festival on February 16th, see the Facebook page here for details. 

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Gratitude Jar

As I mentioned before… I am far too lucky to have days where I feel miserable. Enter: The Gratitude Jar. Each of my family members has a jar in the house and every day we are going to write down something that we are grateful for and store it in our jar (obviously we will have to write little Lucy’s notes for her until she is old enough). Additionally, if we see something particularly beautiful or funny that we want to remember… that goes in the jar too. By the end of the year we will have a time capsule of beautiful memories and the fodder for a pretty epic craft project. I am thinking along the lines of this Sustainabilitree from the Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

People wrote there green dreams on recycled card before pinning them to the Sustainabilitree!

Turn off the negativity… literally.

News bulletins and websites exhaust me with information that I have absolutely no use for. It fills precious space in my storage-challenged brain which would be much better served with stories of love and kindness. So a simple solution. I got rid of our TV. I have also banned myself from looking at any news websites. I won’t be ignorant… just selective. If I want information I will search for it, rather than being bombarded with things I don’t need to hear. I am sure any major news that I need will find it’s way to me. And if all else fails Mum and Dad will always keep me up to date on any matters of global significance. For example… if it wasn’t for them I would never have heard about this…

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Bet this chimp has the best eyesight!!!

Lets be frank… we are all better for having seen that cheeky chimp stealing all his friends carrots? Au Revoir news… I shant miss you.

How about you?

What are some of your goals this year? How are you going to achieve them? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

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