Eco Dreams Sponsor and a Coupon Code for You

Eco Dreams Name I’d like to introduce you to Natural Suburbia’s new sponsor, Eco Dreams.

Here’s more about their business.

Hi,
I’m Justine and I run Eco dreams with my twin sister Laurene. Eco dreams is a website specialising in reusable menstrual products. Eco dream started out on Etsy under the names Green cycle pads and Butterfly cloth pads. When I was 15, I started sewing cloth menstrual pads to send to disadvantage schoolgirls in Africa, they miss up to 20% of their education due to not having access to affordable menstrual products. I enjoyed the creative process of making cloth pads, from choosing the fabrics to designing the pattern and finally adding on the snaps. When I turned 16, my sister and I opened our Etsy shops Green cycle pads and Butterfly cloth pads. After a year we decided that we wanted to move on from Etsy and create our own website, so Eco dreams was born on the 20th June 2014.

Eco Dreams Pads

We wanted to create a website that only stocked the best reusable menstrual products on the market today. This is what largely sets us apart from our competitors. We are the only website of its kind, we are extremely picky when it comes to the products that we stock. They must be animal testing free, have no harsh chemicals, be as natural as possible and made ethically and as environmentally friendly as possible. We favour products that are made in the EU and made by artisans and work at home mums. We also try to do as much as possible on site to reduce our environmental footprint, all of our beautiful hand dyed fabrics are died on site by Laurene and all of our cloth pads are made by us on site.

We are constantly coming up with ways to be environmentally friendly, such as, all of our packaging is biodegradable and our business cards are made out of recycled paper, all our fabric scraps get bagged up and sent to individuals for crafts or they go to a nursery for the children to make collages out of them. I think that a business should not just be there to make money it should give back to the community too. At the very heart of Eco dreams is giving back to the community,we have a non-profit project called AMPS for Africa which we run with our partner in company Emilla (AMPS stands for alternative menstrual products) we assist members of the public to donate cloth pads to girls in Africa by linking them up with the organisations that will distribute the pads to the girls and give them help and support via our Facebook group.

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Natural Suburbia: What is your creative process?

Eco Dreams:

It all starts by looking at my fabrics, I pick up the ones that call to me that particular day from my fabric stash then it’s a case of finding a matching fleece backing and cutting all the pattern pieces out.
I usually listen to music while I’m working too. After I’m done cutting, it’s off to the sewing machine to sew up all the pads. The last step is to add the snaps! Then I box them up in storage boxes ready to be listed on the website each Friday.
Natural Suburbia: What do you enjoy most about your business?

Eco Dreams:

It has to be talking to my wonderful customers, I get to see a part of womens’ lives that is usually kept secretive and shrouded in taboos. I get to hear stories of women right through adolescents to menopause.
Natural Suburbia: Are there any new exciting products you would like to tell us about?

Eco Dreams:

We were the first UK stockist to stock the Lily cup compact, an innovative collapsible menstrual cup. Lily cup compact is the world’s first collapsible menstrual cup that can fold flat, fitting neatly into its protective case. Collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow, it respects your intimate balance and doesn’t cause the dryness often associated with tampons. Lily cup compact is made from medical-grade silicone that is so soft, you won’t even feel it when it’s inside. It offers up to 10 hours of hassle-free protection, day and night. What’s more, because Lily cup compact is reusable, it is both eco-friendly and cost-effective.

Lily Cup
We are constantly adding new products to the range and there are always exciting things going on so if you want to know what new products we are bringing in follow us on our social media pages.

Eco Dreams Links:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Eco Dreams is offering Natural Suburbia readers a 10% coupon code:

The coupon code is natural, it expires on 8 February so it’ll be running for a week. The discount is 10% off for all orders. There is a little bar saying enter coupon at check out it’s exactly the same as any checkout system for larger websites.

Thank you Justine and Laurene for sharing about your wonderful business here and for offering a coupon code for your lovely products.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Natural Suburbia, you can contact me on lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

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Free Mouse Pattern in my Ravelry Store

Knitted Mouse

Hello,

I just wanted to let you know my Mouse pattern is FREE over in my Ravelry store from now until the 1st of February! If you’d like to download the pattern, type coupon code, Mouse1 in the checkout and this will convert the $5 to FREE. The link to the pattern is here.

Happy knitting!

There is a thread here on Facebook, if you’d like to share your project photos:)

Have a lovely weekend.

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Creative Friday

Pattipans

We picked these pattipans from our veg garden this morning, they are huge! That’s Erin’s hand in the background:)

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.


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School for all Seasons Curriculum and a Giveaway

Today it’s such a great pleasure to bring you news of a wonderful new publication by Donna Ashton called School for all Seasons.

Seasons EbookIn Donna’s words:

Waldorf with your Preschooler

I remember when my girls turned 4. It was the time when I started researching homeschooling options and wondering if I really could actually “do it.”

spring gardening

Waldorf landed in my lap and I was hooked. It seemed to be everything I wanted for my girls and I was eager to learn more.

For families with 4-6 yr olds, this can be a high pressure time. You are just trying to figure it out and other kids are off to school already learning to read. Your confidence is not yet there as you are going on faith that this approach to holistic education will work. It does!

Waldorf homeschooling doesn’t officially start until 1st grade- 6 1/2-7 yr olds)

So, what do we do with younger kids not yet ready for official school?

We see amazing photos of the Waldorf kindergarten with beautiful wooden toys, kitchen sets, playsilks and painting supplies and think “That’s what I want!”

toys

But, something you may not have realized is that the Waldorf kindergarten is set up to re-create the home. Yes. Read that line again.

So, don’t fall into that circle. Home is already a step ahead. You have a kitchen for chopping and kneading and baking. Your child can participate in keeping up the house by helping fold laundry, dry dishes, plant vegetables. Chores are a wonderful way to let your preschool aged child help maintain the home.

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The biggest tip I can give is to let them play. Their job is to play during these early years. The benefits of allowing your child free play are documented everywhere these days.

Exploring nature, climbing, running and “being” is what this age is about.

Yes, you can start creating a rhythm with circle time and stories.

You can sing and dance and play with silks and color.

You can celebrate seasonal festivals.

You an enjoy crafts, finger knitting and very
basic sewing.

Child wearing red rain boots jumping into a puddle. Close up
Just be patient and let them explore the world through child’s eyes. There will be plenty of time for academics.

Giveaway:

School for all Seasons Curriculum Guide & Training

For moms who need a bit more structure to their days schooling a 4-5-6 yr old.

This pack contains simple steps to creating a “school lesson” with your young child – which means stories, crafts, outdoor play ideas and much more.

Though playing is your child’s main job at this age, you may find getting a rhythm in place and having a base of ideas to draw from highly beneficial (saves time and energy!).

The pack includes:

* 10 month curriculum guide with weekly themes,
* Done-for-you Circle Time including songs you can listen to so you can learn them!
* Plus Bonus training audios that compliment the curriculum
* Bonus video How-to’s on painting, block crayons and storytelling.

Congratulations to: Keenan you have won the School for all Seasons curriculum guide from Donna Ashton!!

Donna is giving away one of these packs described above to one Natural Suburbia reader, to stand a chance to win, please leave a comment. If you would like to earn extra entries, please share on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest etc.. and comment here again each time you do for extra entries:)

Donna’s Bio:

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Donna Ashton is the founder and CEO of The Waldorf Connection, an online resource that provides workshops, courses, and training for homeschooling families all over the world. She is committed to delivering how-to guidance and support to moms seeking to educate their children in a waldorf-inspired, conscious way.

Donna offers mentoring, advice and resources to thousands of families worldwide. To get started with the very basics of homeschooling with Waldorf, download her Starter Waldorf Homeschool kit.
Her book The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook is a step-by-step introduction into how to homeschooling with Waldorf-inspired methods.

Thank you so much for sponsoring with Natural Suburbia, Donna.

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