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Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

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Hold Up….A Capsule Wardrobe for….Kids?!

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are thrilled to talk all about the amazing and innovative company that is changing the fashion world. One children’s capsule wardrobe bundle at a time.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainable and ethical brands from my closet to my littles closet, and our family is over the moon about this one. Standing applause for Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

Let’s break it down to the basics:

Most essential pieces

Functional pieces

Seamless Mixing & Matching

The entire point behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a smarter closet. One that works with you and not against you. A closet that, when you open it, has a bunch of ready to wear outfits that fit your lifestyle (your actual lifestyle – not the one we dream about).

What does this mean for a kids closet? It means a LOT less headaches, a lot less clutter, and a lot more time and money for the important things!

Let’s get educated on Rent-A-Romper!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Goal

Being a Parent is hard work. Why make it harder with all the added stress of shopping to meet our little ones needs? By subscribing to the Rent-A-Romper capsule wardrobe, you will have exactly what you need, when you need it! This capsule subscription grows with your child!

Environmental Benefits

We talk a lot about the negative effects of the fast fashion industry, but sometimes when we think of kids clothing, we tend to not associate fast fashion with it. It’s just so cute, right? You take a stroll through the well known fast fashion shops and you are instinctively drawn to the cute little outfits. No way this little knit sweater could cause any harm. It’s impossible!

Well, the sad truth is: fast fashion is fast fashion. By choosing a children’s capsule wardrobe by Rent-A-Romper, you are avoiding the chaotic back-and-forth conversations in your head. We can avoid the stress, the long lists of things our kids need (or what we think they need), and just get back to the good stuff.

Extra bonus: By limiting the amount of funds sent to the fast fashion industry, you are benefiting your child’s future by forcing these brands to step up. Money speaks so much louder than we could imagine.

Rent-A-Romber Founder: Lauren Gregor

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Lauren is all about helping parents. She knows how hard it can be, she is a mom herself! I loved reading her story of how she became an entrepreneur (reminded me of when I started!) and how she finally just jumped all in with a passion to help others. I truly believe there is no greater purpose out there other than to want to help your community. Whether small or large – it is such a great way to live your life and truly find your purpose.

Lauren jumped in, bought the domain, stocked up on clothes, and got to work. And that, my friends, is how dreams come true.

Trust in your self and jump in!

The Full Break Down of Rent-A-Romper

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Step 1

Tell the folks at Rent-A-Romper about your child and where you live.

Once they know the age/season/location of your child, the folks behind the scene can curate the perfect capsule wardrobe for your little one!

Step 2

Wear and Love the items!

Once your child is about to grow out of the items OR you are just looking for a change, return and get a new capsule! Anytime!

Step 3

Send back the capsule in the same box it came in (FREE)

Use the same box and send it back to the company to receive a brand new capsule!

Step 4

Log into your account and curate your next box!

The returned clothes will be checked for re-use, washed with organic & sensitive detergent, and steamed before sent out again.

 Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Options

Two Wonderful and Extremely Budget Friendly Options!

**No two capsules are ever the same**

Yes, you can customise to your specific needs!

$24.00/box: Just The Essentials Capsule Wardrobe

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3 onesies or bodysuits

2 pairs pants or leggings

1 shorts

1 pair of pyjamas

$39.00/box: The Complete Capsule

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5 onesies or bodysuits

3 pants

2 shirts

2 shorts

2 pyjamas

Rent-A-Romper: All Questions Answered!

Rent-A-Romper Customization

Rent-A-Romper understands that you may have specific needs such as seasonal needs and color specifications. Simply add this to your capsule request and let them worry about the rest!

Kids are Messy and that’s OK!

Don’t you even worry about your kids living their best lives and getting messy. Rent-A-Romper understands and does not penalise you for sending back clothes with stains or whatnot. Just relax, enjoy, and let the good times roll.

FREE shipping both ways!

Not going to lie, this was my first question with this company and I was so thrilled to see that it is free to send back and to receive! Woo hoo!

No Limit on Capsules

There is no limit on how many times you send back and receive your capsule wardrobes for the kiddos. The membership is super flexible and adaptable to our needs. Keep on sitting back and relaxing – this subscription is the bomb dot com.

Sit back, Relax, and Help Protect the World!

By joining this subscription, you are allowing clothes to have a much longer and happier life! Clothes were meant to be worn over and over again – not just tossed aside once a little gets too big for it. By extending the life of these clothes, we are limiting our impact on the environment. That’s what I’m talking about!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

p.s. Bonus: YES, you can add Rent-A-Romper to your Babylist baby registry! With the ‘Add to Babylist’ button in your bookmarks, you can drag a gift card subscription to your button and add it to your registry. This is a great way to ensure you have the clothes you need when your baby arrives. Perfect!

Oh goodness me, this was a joy to write. I truly hope you all loved learning about this amazing company just as much as I enjoyed getting to know it! I am blown away by this genius idea. So simple, so impactful, and so unbelievably helpful to all of the causes we stand behind. Thank you, Lauren, for following you gut and creating such a remarkable company. You rock!

Want to learn more about Rent-A-Romper? Follow them on their socials! Every follow and like helps these amazing companies grow and flourish. Let’s help them out!

This post is a sponsored post, but as always, I truly stand behind every company that we share on this website. Thank you!

Chat with you all soon!

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Eco-friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies
30 Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Welcome back to the blog everyone! Today we are super excited to have a guest contributor by the name of Alexandria Winner (from Ecoist) to share her advice on eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies. My school days may be over, but I need all the help I can get with my two children heading off to school in the near future! I love the thought of carefully choosing each and every school supply piece, with not only my children in mind, but with mother earth and the future state of our world in mind.

Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

 

The typical American school uses about 250,000 pieces of paper per year.

This equates to over 35 Billion sheets of paper JUST in the K-12 schools in the United States.

When you add in the school supplies that the children and teens are bringing into their classrooms, these numbers can easily be multiplied by well over 56 million – which is the number of children and teenagers in school this year according to the National Centre for Education Statistics. And this is “just” paper that we are talking about here, folks. Don’t even get me started on the plastic situation. The numbers are staggering and changes need to be made.

If you are looking to fill those school backpacks with responsible, well-made, eco-friendly, and zero waste items, then you have come to the right place!

 

psst….Short on Time?

Here are the quick links for our list of Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies:

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Pens & Pencils

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

Before ordering a bunch of pens and pencils for school, take a look around your house in your drawers and pen cups to see if you have a bunch of old ones lying around. Who doesn’t, right?! Use those first.

Once those are all used up, then choose one of the many eco-friendly options:

  • OHTO/JPT Pencil/Ball Pen
    • Natural Wood Pencil Ball Pen – 1.0mm
  • OHTO/JPT Stainless Steel & Ceramic Roller Ball Pen
    • Stainless steel pen with a ceramic roller ball, 0.5mm
  • Sprout World Plantable Pencils
    • The plantable Sprout pencils can grow into plants like luscious flowers, fragrant herbs and fresh vegetables once they’re too short to use.
  • Recycled Newspaper Pencils
    • These exquisite pencils are made from old newspapers and not from cut trees. Newspaper is tightly rolled over graphite. The high-quality graphite is strong and does not break when sharpening. A regular sharpener can be used with these pencils. It’s cool to see shavings of newspaper when sharpening!

The Accessories for your Pens & Pencils

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Crayons & Markers

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Whether you are shopping for the first days of kindergarten or high school, everyone is going to need some color in their lives!

Here is our list of eco-friendly crayons & markers!

  • Vegan & Toxic Free Butterfly Crayons
    • These beautiful butterflies are the larger of our crayon shapes, but still perfectly sized and textured for little hands. Handmade in the UK from Soy wax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter and coloured with natural occurring earth pigments they are suitable for veggies and vegans too (Crayola and other many other crayons contain beef tallow).
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 Crayons
      • The STABILO woody 3 in 1 is perfect for kids to draw and paint and ideal for parents too – it washes off windows and is suitable for many surfaces besides just paper or cardboard.
  • Eco-Friendly Recycled Permanent Markers
    • The tubes of these earth-friendly permanent markers are made with recycled paper, reducing the use of plastic by 60%. The markers feature polyester fiber tips that are filled with non-toxic, alcohol-based ink and contain NO Xylene, Toluene, or other VOCs.
  • Eco Text Marker Highlighter
    • The stock consists mainly of the renewable raw material sugarcane. The bright color is water-based, solvent-free and odorless.
  • Eco White Board Markers
    • Ethanol-based ink, free from aromatic or chlorinated solvents. Marker body made from Recycled Paper & wax instead of aluminium or plastic.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: All the Paper

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Even with the digital world that we live in, paper use in schools is still quite high, especially for the little ones. Choosing 100% recycled paper is a wonderful way to help support Mother Nature while also teaching valuable lessons to our children. Each time they see the recycled paper stamp, you will have left a little stamp of inspiration for their future choices.

Here is our list of eco-friendly paper products!

  • A5 Handcrafted Stapled Recycled Notebooks
    • The covers are made from reclaimed and recycled materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Since each book is personalised, you can pick what type of material your cover can be made from cardboard to PVC.
  • PrintWorks 100% Recycled Copy Paper
    • 100 percent post-consumer recycled printer and copier paper for everyday use at an affordable price
    • Made in the USA from recycled food and beverage containers and other paper-based printed materials
  • Natural & Recycled Drawing Paper
    • Natural Recycled 9″ x 12″ Drawing Paper – 500 Sheets. Crayons, pencils, markers and paints show up brilliantly on this natural unbleached paper.
  • 2-pocket Notebooks by Naked Binder
    • These Folders are sustainable eco-friendly folders made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste 22-pt. chipboard.
  • 3-Ring Binder by Naked Binder
    • EXTREMELY DURABLE. Made with one solid piece of heavy-duty binders board. The hinge has been tested (opened and closed) 250,000 times and it did not fall apart!
  • Handcrafted A5 Weekly Planner
    • cream 100 % recycled paper (Clairfontaine)
    • 80 gsm plain recycled boards with printed monstera leaves
  • Naked Binder 3-Ring Tab Dividers
    • 100% post-consumer fiber, and FSC certified Neenah Conservation Paper. 100% recyclable.
  • Yamama Memo Pads
    • Four Side Colored Memo Pad.  180 sheets
  • Yamama Metallic Sticky Notes
    • Metallic Sticky Notes. 33 sheets

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Accessories

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All those little accessories add up, don’t they? I gotta tell ya, I have no idea where all those paper clips, staplers, staples, scissors, etc ended up. Well….I think I do…they all ended up in the trash. So, let’s try our best to fix that!

Here is our list of eco-friendly accessories

  • Yamama Bamboo Paper Clips
    • These innovative bamboo paper clips project positive impressions for all of your presentations. And they are beyond eco-friendly, they’re 100% work-friendly!
  • Onyx & Green Scissors
    • These 5″/127 mm scissors have stainless steel blades and a rounded tip. The handles are made from corn plastic.
  • Staple Free Stapler
    • Easy to shred and recycle papers without the worry of staples getting jammed. Without staples just drop in the shredder or recycle bin. It’s environmentally safe.
  • Midori Storage Boxes
    • 11″x7″x5″ ht.  100% Recycled Paper Storage Container
  • Cork Desk Organizer
    • This desk organizer is a simple zero waste product.  It is made of cork and designed to hold cell phones, pens and note pads.
  • Vegan Recycled Felt MacBook Sleeve
    • The colorful felt is made of multi-color fabric. The waste textiles have been cut into tiny pieces and then transformed into a new fabric – colorful felt from recycled textiles.
    • The felt made of vegan fabric is non toxic, health and environmentally friendly (European Union REACH Certificate of Compliance).
  • Cell Phone Covers by Pela Case
    • COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE: Pela cases are made of a combination of flax straw ‘waste’, plant-based biopolymers and contain organic ingredients that meet rigorous standards for compostability in municipal and industrial composting facilities.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Backpacks

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What better way to finish off the school supplies guide than with the amazing bags to hold all your goodies?! Here are a few of our favorite environmentally friendly backpack options. Just remember, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own. If you already have a backpack, please use it!

Here is our list of eco-friendly backpacks

  • TerraThread Backpacks $
    • The Earth Backpacks are made using heavy-duty 14 oz organic cotton canvas. These fairtrade backpacks are spacious and feature one large exterior pocket, one small interior pocket, and a laptop compartment. The organic backpacks can be used for school, outdoor activities, traveling, and more!
      Each purchase of this backpack contributes 20 MEALS to children, families, and seniors in need in the United States through Feeding America.

      • Made with 100% Organic and Fairtrade Cotton
      • Processed and Manufactured per Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
      • Color dyed using low impact GOTS Certified Dyes
      • Manufactured at a Fair Trade Certified Factory
      • Hang Tags are made using recycled kraft paper
  • United By Blue Backpacks $$
    • 100% recycled polyester with water repellent finish
    • Padded laptop sleeve accommodates up to 17″ laptop
    • Interior zippered pocket and open pockets
    • Exterior flap pocket with magnetic closure, zipper pockets and side pocket
    • Adjustable, padded shoulder straps, haul strap and cross sternum strap
    • Water bottle sleeve fits bottles with a diameter up to 3.75″
    • Equipped with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • Kathmandu Backpacks $$$ (Children to Adult Options)
    • When it’s time for your kid’s first pack or to upgrade their current one, the Cotinga Kids’ Pack will be a welcome surprise. With an ergonomic harness and sizing to specifically fit kids, your growing child won’t want to remove it. There’s also a spacious front area for lunches – because books and bananas don’t mix. Made with 15 recycled plastic bottles.
    • Outer fabric contains REPREVE™ – polyester created from recycled plastic bottles
    • kidsFIT technology – an ergonomic harness with adjustable shoulder straps
    • Elasticated sleeve in the main compartment – for your kid’s books or portable device
    • Grab handle and reflective detail for safety

 

Use what you already have!

After all of our research and digging, I was so shocked by just how many companies are in support of sustainable school supplies. This is such great news!

Like we always say here at WonderMamas, please use what you already have first. Even if you have a drawer full of plastic supplies, I beg you to use those first before buying anything new. If you are on a tight budget and cannot afford the pieces listed above, please check out your local second hand stores, second hand online shops, or even second hand swaps. Join facebook groups in your area for second hand school supplies, yes they exist!

In the end, being a conscious consumer is so much more than buying the latest and greatest eco products. The first step is to evaluate what you got, extend its life, and then replace when necessary. I am so honoured that you have chosen us to help you on this journey. Have a beautiful school year!

 

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Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric
Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric Powder

I first heard about this recipe while researching Waldorf and Montessori ideas for toddlers and then it just seemed to follow me around everywhere. Just a few days ago I had one of my favorite Instagram Zero Waste Gals @PlantedInTheWoods post photos of her making playdoh with beetroot and turmeric powder and I thought to myself…ok…It’s time we do this!!

I do hope you all enjoy this recipe; it was so much fun!

Homemade Turmeric Playdoh

We like to keep our waste low by using things that we already have around the house to play with the playdoh. The boys love to use their knives, forks, and spoons from the kitchen as well as various seeds, dried fruit, rocks, sticks and even feathers from their nature table.

With just 20 minutes set aside (and enough food coloring or powders to go around), you can very well make an entire rainbow of playdoh for your children to enjoy! The dough will last about 3 months if stored properly.

 

What are the Benefits of Playdoh??

  • Enhances Fine Motor Skills! The constant rolling, squishing, flattening and molding of the playdoh strengthens and develops the child’s hands.
  • Improves Pre-Writing Skills by improving the pincer grip.
  • Imagination and Creativity with the unlimited possibilities that await them!
  • Soothes and Calms the child; Allows for concentration and a new way to express emotions.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Increases Curiosity; by blending colors and building whatever their heart desires!

Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric

Homemade Turmeric Powder Playdoh

This is such a short and sweet treat for your kiddos; just mix together the ingredients, knead and you have your very own homemade (and natural!) playdoh 🙂
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large ball
Cost: A few dollars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder Less or more; depending on the color you want
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Instructions

  • Start by combining the flour, salt, citric acid, oil and turmeric powder. Mix well and adjust the turmeric powder as needed for your color choice. Feel free to swap the powder out for some food coloring; just use as much as you wish for the color of choice.
  • Once well mixed, add in the 3/4 cup of boiling water. The water will take right to the mixture and seem like not enough but it is perfect; just begin to mix together until dough forms. I like to use my hands in the bowl and then transfer the playdoh to the countertop to knead.
  • Knead and knead until the dough is nice and smooth. Store in a wax wrap or an airtight container to keep. It will last about 3 months if properly taken care of!

Notes

**Do not dispose of the playdoh when it has reached the end of its life. Instead, check out these awesome tips from WonderBrains for old playdoh!

 

Check out these other amazing plastic-free parenting tips:

 

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Homemade Playdoh with Turmeric
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Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

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Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

Our children’s clothes are 90% second-hand goods passed down from generation to generation, but we do enjoy finding new companies to work with to promote sustainable children’s clothing via organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and even upcycling of materials.

I am honored to feature Petit Tembo, the gorgeous Canadian brand, in today’s sustainable children’s fashion feature. I cannot speak highly enough of this company and the softness of their fabrics. The boys have hit their #30wears within just a couple of short months!

I am a big believer in the words of Ms. Westwood…

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

// Vivienne Westwood //

 

 

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20 healthy popsicle recipes for kids and adults
20 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Kids and Adults!

The weather is heating up (good golly, miss molly) and it is officially ice cream and popsicle season!! Skip the ice cream stands and save your money because today on the blog we have 20 Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Kids and Adults! These are absolutely amazing (and easy!) recipes for you and your little ones. Enjoy! 

What you need to make our amazing Healthy Popsicle Recipes:

20 veggie and fruit popsicle recipes

Silicone or Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

High-Speed Blender or….: Most of the recipes just need a blender, but some have a carrot or beet juice. If you do not have a high-speed blender (Think Vitamix or Blendtec ) to blend some of these items into juice, then you can opt to steam the veggies first before blending OR use a juicer. I repeat, a good quality high-speed blender can turn FULL veggies into a juice (I’m still shocked about it!)

Clear space in your freezer: Popsicle molds need to stand up straight

Extra Popsicle Sticks (if needed)

Plenty of fruits, veggies, nut/seed butter, superfoods and more to play around with!

**This post may contain affiliate links, meaning we gain a commission with any sales through the links clicked (thanks!). I just wanted to let you all know that we only add the links to products that we actually own/use ourselves. I would never link to anything that I do not trust and love. As always, thank you for being here and choosing Wonder Mamas for your plant-based journey!**

The Silicone Mold

Silicone popsicle moulds
I went back and forth for far too long on whether to get the silicone or stainless steel molds. I ended up going with the silicone for two mommy reasons: first off, my children have access to the freezer and the silicone is much safer in case one of them decides to throw it at the other (Obviously I do not think this would ever happen, BUT I can never be too careful with two 2-year-old boys haha) and secondly, there were more slots so that I could make 10 popsicles vs 6. Turns out the second reason is null because I found out they make a 10 slot stainless steel holder as well here!

If my freezer was out of reach of my children (who are, by the way, addicted to these popsicles!), then I would have chosen the stainless steel 100%.

About the Silicone molds: These molds are made from food-grade silicone, BPA free, super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. If they ever break (which I do not see happening for quite a long time), you can easily slice these up and use them all around the kitchen for random things (I love to use them as heat protectors). You want to boil these in a large pot of water for a good 10 minutes before using.

Tips: To get the popsicles out without any hassle, simply run under lukewarm water for about 10 seconds. They slide right out after! These popsicles are quite large so the boys will have half and then we will simply put them back into the mold. You can also make these half the size by just filling halfway and then pushing the popsicle stick all the way down 🙂 

The Stainless Steel Mold

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Aren’t these beautiful!? I have to say, the stainless steel molds are just stunning. The stainless steel molds have more parts than the silicone molds and require a bit of organization on your part (if you find yourself losing small pieces easily, just come join me on the silicone mold side hehe).

The stainless steel molds are made of BPA free 304 food grade stainless steel. I have heard that these popsicles freeze much quicker than the silicone molds (our molds take a good 3-4 hours to freeze in the silicone molds). I have also heard that the rack for the popsicles is MUCH more stable than the silicone molds. If I do not have the silicone molds perfectly stable and upright in my freezer, they will spill out. These seem to not have that issue because of the heavy-duty stand!

Tips: Just like with the silicone mold, simply run some lukewarm water over the mold to pop out the popsicles 🙂 

 The Ingredients

The main reason that I went overboard with recipes is that I want to really make one thing clear: ANYTHING goes in popsicles. If you can make it into a smoothie, you can make it into a popsicle. If you can blend it, you can lick it haha!

Each Healthy Popsicle Recipe can be adjusted to your personal needs such as:

Allergies: If you are allergic to any ingredient listed, simply swap out! Do not fear the unknown here, it is so fun to learn new things in the kitchen.

Sweetness: We generally stick to bananas, Medjool dates, maple syrup or berries for the added sweetness in our popsicles. You can mix this up with whatever sweetener you prefer as well.

Butters: If your children are having friends over and you are worried about nut allergies, go ahead and stick with sunflower butter. You may need to add more sweetener additions to the mix but just taste test and adjust as needed.

Added Fats: I love to add extra fats to any of these popsicle creations. You can sub out 1/2 of the plant milk for canned coconut milk, you can toss in some avocado, or even soaked and rinsed cashew nuts.

Supplements / Powders / Superfoods: As I said before, if you can blend it, you can lick it! Do not be afraid to add your favorite daily superfoods to these popsicles. I love to add spirulina, chia seeds, hemp seeds, moringa, and more to my popsicle creations! If you are making these for children, just be sure to know exactly what you are putting into their popsicles. I do not give the boys moringa, but I do give them a small portion of spirulina. Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and more are always added to their mixes. Adult tip: Don’t forget to check out the last two recipes, JUST for adults!

The Healthy Popsicle Recipes

Refreshing Lemonade

lemondade popsicle

  • 3 cups non-dairy yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk (I enjoy almond milk)
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup, Medjool dates or your preference for sweetener
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

The Sweet P

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 medium/large, cooked sweet potato
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Bake/boil your sweet potato first. Let cool. Remove skin.

Toss all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and add topper/sticks. Freeze overnight.

The Green Monster

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 1 small knob ginger, grated
  • 1 cup spinach or your favorite salad greens
  • 1/4 cup parsley (lightly packed)
  • 2-3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large banana (ripe, please!)
  • 2 Medjool dates or 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp spirulina

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend. You can make this a smooth blend or a chunky blend! Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Beets by Mom

  • 1 beet, medium/large in size, juiced
  • 1 sweet apple, sliced
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 2-3 carrots, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

If you have a high-speed blender, toss in the beets and carrots and blend up! Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds, add the topper/sticks and freezer overnight.

If you do not have a high-speed blender, you can juice them!

Berry Bomb

  • 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 heaping cup frozen raspberries
  • 1.5 cups baby spinach (lightly packed)
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1/2 cup fresh water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

The Picky Eater

  • 1 sweet apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup kale, stem removed
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice OR any fresh squeeze juice (Beet juice was shockingly amazing in this)

Add the kale, orange juice, and celery first. Blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

Strawberry Banana

  • 1 large banana or 2 small bananas, ripe and frozen
  • 15 fresh strawberries, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Minty Fresh

  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (taste and adjust as needed)

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Creamsicle

  • 1.5 cups of orange juice
  • 1.5 cups vanilla non-dairy yogurt

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Lavender Infusion

  • 3/4 cup Oat or Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups non-dairy yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 3 Medjool dates or 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • For Adults: I find that adding Chai tea spice to this is amazing as well!

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Chocolate Addict

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I really enjoyed vanilla soy and almond milk)
  • 2 ripe and frozen bananas (the more ripe, the better)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 5-6 Medjool dates
  • 1-2 tbsp of any seed or nut works here

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

PB&J

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy plant milk (I enjoyed vanilla)
  • 3/4 cup all-natural peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3 Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (you can also use a ripe banana!)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Peachy Keen

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy plant milk
  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt, plain
  • 3-4 fresh peaches (1.5 cups amount when diced)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp flax meal

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until well mixed. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Raspberry Cocoa

  • 1.5 cups non-dairy plant milk
  • 2 cups Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1-2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Pineapple Express

  • 3/4 cups coconut water or fresh water
  • 1/4 cup kale (stems removed)
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe bananas, frozen
  • 2 cups diced pineapple
  • 1 tsp spirulina or favorite supplement

I like to blend the kale/spinach/coconut water first. Once blended, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Orange Carrot

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 small knob ginger, grated
  • 1 cup diced pineapple or mango

If you have a high-speed blender, you can just add the carrot in first and blend until smooth. Then go ahead and add in the orange juice, grated ginger, and pineapple/mango. Blend until smooth and pour into popsicle molds.

If you do not have a high-speed blender, you will need to juice the carrots first OR you can steam them and then blend them!

Lime & Coconut H2O

  • 1 lime, freshly squeeze
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1.5 cups diced pineapple
  • 1/2 banana, very ripe
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 heaping cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp chia, flax or hemp seeds

Simply add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or chunky (your preference). Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Cucumber Surprise

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1.5 cups diced honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Add the cucumber, honeydew melon and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth. Toss in the mint leaves and do a quick blend so that the leaves are just broken down. Pour into popsicle molds, add topper/popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

ADULTS ONLY

If you are craving some caffeine in your popsicle treats, be sure to try these out! I like to blend up a small batch of these and add to the mold with my sons veggie popsicles :). Martin adores these!

Mocha Baby

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • 3/4 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (adjust as needed)
  • An option that I never skip: 1-2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips 🙂

Brew your coffee and then let it cool (You can just make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the week if you like). Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Coconut Coffee

  • 1 can coconut milk (I like full fat but feel free to use reduced)
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 cup coffee, brewed and chilled

Brew your coffee and then let it cool (You can just make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the week if you like). Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold and add topper/popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Share your Popsicles!

If you would like to share your Healthy Popsicle creations with us on Instagram or Facebook, please tag us with the hashtag:

#WMPopsicles

I’m so excited to see all that you create and play around with!

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7 Ways Moms Can Save the Earth From Home
7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home

7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home

You’ve watched the news.

You’ve seen the climate strike videos.

You’ve often wondered what the future holds for your children.

What can we do? How can we help? Read more

7 Ways Moms Can Save the Earth From Home
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

Our Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom (Twin Style!)

Welcome back to the blog, loves! Today we are talking about our favorite room in the apartment; the boys Montessori inspired toddler bedroom! This was the room that took me well over 3 months to concentrate on in order to find exactly what the boys needed.

In those 3 months, the house was a bit chaotic and the boys just could NOT wind down. The family room turned into their playroom, my bedroom turned into their jumping room, the kitchen turned into their drumming room and we all needed a break haha. I realized that the one thing missing from our home was a room without distractions; a relaxing room for reading books, rubbing bellies and daydreaming. That is this very room!

Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

The Inspiration

When we moved into our new home, I had plans for every single room except for the boy’s bedroom…I just could not figure out how I wanted to go about decorating. For the first three months, this bedroom was simply two twin mattresses, the boys shared XL crib, a box of toys and cardboard boxes taped to the window to keep the light out. It was horrid haha.

After we completed the living room and kitchen, I knew that this room had to go with the flow of the house; primarily white and green, minimalistic (of course), very natural, and above all, relaxing. I had this crazy idea; what if this room was ONLY for sleeping and relaxing? What if, as crazy as it sounds, I created the most relaxing zone for my twin boys?

And it worked like a charm. An absolute charm.

Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

Montessori Inspired Toddler Beds

I fell in love with the idea of Montessori floor beds during my research to figure out which method I wanted the boys to be educated from; Montessori or Waldorf. We have not yet decided between homeschooling and traditional education or Montessori and Waldorf, but we have decided that we thoroughly love both, from the toys that are played with to the beds that the children sleep in.

Traditionally, Montessori floor beds are used from a very young age (I read a range between 4 months and 1 year). We started our floor bed experience at 14 months and I think it was a wonderful transition for Leo and Alessandro. They had just started to use each other to catapult out of their shared crib, so this was much safer!

The beds were purchased locally but you can find very similar (and even more gorgeous in my opinion) bed options on Etsy:

We found the braided linen bumpers on Etsy. We ordered these specifically for the rolling off of the teepee beds and it worked beautifully! I was able to tie the ends and keep the bumper in place.

For the blanket and sheets, we went ahead and used Martin’s blankets from when he was a teenager (his mother saves it all!) and just had them professionally cleaned. I purchased the duvet covers from Etsy. I opted for linen covers and it was a great choice! Of course, since then we have purchased a few more sheets and blankets: I have come to love the sheets from Little Green Radicals!

Linen braided bumpers
Image by KikaKids

The Storage

Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

When we purchased the beds, we also threw in the matching closet that is Montessori inspired as well. It is low enough in height for the children to reach and also to add some free cloth boxes at the bottom for various shirts, pants, and socks. This is another one that would work great!

Here’s a gorgeous bedroom penderie that you may also love:

We had a bit of trouble in the beginning (about 2 days time) with the boys throwing the clothes all around, but with a bit of respectful parenting and proper blocking, they have not mishandled the clothing since!

I snagged two wicker bedside tables from facebook marketplace for quite cheap and use these for onesies, pajamas and extra shirts. I keep their clothing amount as limited as possible for my own sanity as well as theirs. They really enjoy choosing their own clothes and we have lots of fun with it.

Lastly, I used a wooden coat wall hanging to hang their backpacks and heavy jackets. They love to take the backpacks on and off and stuff them with various toys from the living room.

Jackalo organic cotton Mac coveral

The Decor

I had a bit of a “relax” room in our previous home that had fake vines lining the ceiling. We carefully removed these and wrapped them around the top of the tipi frame. I also hung up a dream catcher that I snagged from Etsy while I lived in Hawaii, laid down a rug from Maison du Monde that was a housewarming gift from my family, and lastly hung up random decor that we had hung up in our old garden.

Here are some look-alike rugs you may like:

We only had my Peace Lily Plants in here for the initial photos. They are safely back in the living room and bathroom where they receive much more sunlight. We have since swapped out for Jade Plants!

The Effects of Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
 Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

My sons are extremely active; they run, jump, sing, scream, wrestle, cuddle, roll, dance and take bites out of every piece of fruit in the house and hide them in random places for me to find later. I created this space for them to wind down and take a breather.

Like I said earlier, it worked like a charm. The boys just turned two and use this space for quiet play (especially when they are a bit upset over a toy being taken by the other or just tired from a long day) and reading. Reading happens primarily in this room and occurs right before naptime or bedtime.

I adore the twin beds because I can fall asleep with them at any time of the day and all three of us are comfortable. Martin joins us a lot in family nap times and we each take one in our arms and cuddle them to sleep.

When the boys are sleeping alone, they simply wake up and open the door and join us in our bed (or wherever we are at the moment) and I believe this sense of freedom has truly opened up a new line of trust and respect between us. I trust them to stay in their bed until they need me, and they trust me to be there for them with just a “Mama” call.

Closing Thoughts

I believe I covered everything in this bedroom. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
New Mom Essentials
New Mom Essentials: A helpful list for minimalist moms

New Mom Essentials

First off, Congratulations you beautiful soul! Motherhood is such a magical time filled with chaos, giggles, stress, cuddles, bodily fluids, love beyond your wildest dreams, absolute freakouts over the simplest things, and lots of “firsts”! I’m sure you have read a lot of New Mom Essential lists so I do hope this one is a real breath of fresh air.

If you have reached this post, my guess is you need a little help in the “Materialism” department. You have read the books (or not), you have been drilled with advice ranging from parenting styles circa 1905-1995, and you are about to freak with all the options:)

Don’t worry! I got you, Mama!

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New Mom Essentials