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Our 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase Event – Photo’s

Our 1st “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” was a great success!!! So much fun thanks to all of you that came, participated & shared your adorable babies & beautiful pregnant bellies with us!

Yes, there are kinks to iron out,  but just knowing that there are so many of you interested in supporting local, healthy living, eco-friendly & safe products, as well as learning about new ways to achieve that goal, reaffirms that this is a show we would love to put on for you again!

I must give a huge thanks to the Forks Market for accommodating & supporting this event! To EQ3 Furniture for creating our mom’s lounge, to all my wonderful, talented, local manufacturers that participated in the event (AMP Diapers, Colibri Canada, Little Feather Designs, Mama Pacha Herbal Skincare, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Over The Rainbow, PeaPod Creations, Sew Dandee, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads) Click on their names to go give them a big “LIKE” on their Facebook pages!, as well as the presenters that took the time to come & educate us all! (Fit 4 Two, Tressa Main Health & Life Coach, Birth Roots Doula Collective & Winnipeg Baby Wearers Group). Also, thanks to Dandy Blend for sampling, First Food Organics & Anointment Natural Skincare for all the samples! Of course I must thank my amazing “granola girls” for “owning it” every time they step in our store! I couldn’t do it without them! And most of all to all the lovely people who shop local and support small, independent businesses! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; “It is because of you that we are here, and it is because of you that we will stay” Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some of the photo’s of the event & some of our prize winners!

 

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Naturally Mom & Me Showcase – Info & Schedule

We are starting the countdown to our first “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” coming up on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Everyone is getting excited to showcase their products, give us some “wow” presentations and create an enjoyable day for all who attend!

When talking about pregnancy, babies, children & families how can it not be wonderful!

Personally, it’s the highlight of my day when I get to meet a new customer who is expecting, and wanting to ensure that everything they are putting in, on & around their bodies is safe for their unborn child. It is of course a great reason to transition to a more natural way of living, but once my customers are introduced to the products we offer, it becomes a rolling snowball of excitement!  One that will have them wondering why they didn’t do this all sooner! When that same mother returns with their little bundle of bliss, I truly am thrilled for them and want to help in any way I can, with their continued personal healthy living journey now as a family. (Hence the reason for my ever expanding pregnancy & baby section!)

A showcase seemed like a great idea, as there really are so many amazing products from my manufacturers but I just don’t have the room in my little green store to showcase all of them!  I also firmly believe we learn and support each other best as a community, so bringing in some outside resources and experts is a wonderful addition to the event. Not to mention how wonderful it is being able  to put a face to the products we love,  and offer our ongoing support to these fabulous manufacturers!

Here is the presentation schedule:

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://www.fit4two.ca” target=”blank” ]Fit 4 Two Winnipeg[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]10:30 AM Presentation: “Prenatal & Postnatal Q & A” with Fit 4 Two Winnipeg Get all your questions on prenatal and postnatal fitness answered by Natalie Kulzycki, certified pre/postnatal fitness specialist, Fit 4 Two instructor and mom of 2. Fit 4 Two Winnipeg is a pre/postnatal fitness company offering 10 class types and more than 15 locations in Winnipeg. All instructors are certified specialists and make each class mom and baby friendly. [/box]

 

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tressa-Main-Health-Life-Coach/418149595012908″ target=”blank” ]Tressa Main Health & Life Coach[/button] [button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://manitobaharvest.com” target=”blank” ]Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]12:30 PM Presentation: Tressa Main Health & Life Coach & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods: Talking about Nutrition during childbearing years, while nursing & for busy mom’s on the go! Tressa will show you easy ways to load up on the nutrients you need for optimal health & energy![/box]

[button color=”green” size=”medium” target=”blank” ]Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc.[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]2:00 PM Presentation: Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc. Birth Roots offers a comprehensive range of services for the childbearing year. Providing education, information and support to families in Winnipeg and the surrounding communities. These services include: Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Group and Private Prenatal Class options, Newborn classes, Hypno-Birthing classes, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Birth Pool Rentals and more. Visit our website to see our full range of options.[/box]

 

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/winnipegbabywearers” target=”blank” ]Winnipeg Baby Wearers[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]3:30 PM Presentation: Winnipeg Babywearers Learn the basics of babywearing! We will present an overview of several different styles of carriers available, where you can find them and how to make wearing your baby work on any budget. Also, find out more about what Winnipeg Babywearers group is all about![/box]

 

Manitoba manufacture’s that will be set up at the event are: (Click on name to be taken direct to their website)

Generation Green will also be showcasing some other great products such as:

***There will be lot’s of opportunities to win raffle tickets for our prize giveaways, earn first entry by clicking attending on our event page & then be sure to pick up a passport when you arrive for bonus tickets! You will also earn 5 Tickets for ever $20 you spend at the event! The prize packs are amazing!!! (Check out our facebook event page to see some of them!)

***We will have a lounge area for mom’s that need to feed babies (Furniture/Carpet donated by EQ3), as well as a coloring area for little ones where they will all have a chance to enter the coloring page for a prize draw!

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Naturally Mom & Me Showcase at The Forks

MomandMe BannerWe are so excited to be hosting the 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase at The Forks!

Our local manufacturers & other Canadian manufactures will be showcasing their “Made in Manitoba” products that cater to moms, babies & children.
Come out and meet our wonderful creators, find out information on the benefits of using their products, watch demos and receive discounts & special deals this day only!

We are setting up shop in the Fork’s beautiful atrium, where we will also have scheduled presentations on nursing, nutrition, doula services, attachment parenting, along with baby wearing demonstrations.
Everyone in attendance will be entered to win an amazing basket filled with products that have been donated from our manufacturers and opportunities to get bonus entry tickets!

This is a free event, however  we have chosen to support the North End Women’s Centre, by accepting donations for them. They are currently in need of baby receiving blankets (new or gently used), or a voluntary monetary donation of choice is also gratefully accepted. Information on the North End Women Centre can be found by clicking here.

The David Suzuki Blue Dot Group  will also be handing out information about the movement. Believing and supporting the right to a healthy environment – clean water, fresh air, healthy food and a say in decisions that affect us.

Hope to see you there! Reply attending on our Facebook event page (using this link & get a bonus entry!)

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Be fair, buy fair!

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Be fair, buy fair!

Fair trade, something a little foreign to most, as it was to me when I had first heard about it. For a large majority of my youth I never once thought about where my toys, clothes and food were coming from. It wasn’t until my seventh year in the public education system when I was first introduced to the idea of fair trade.

So what is it?

Fair trade changes what we put in our stores, it allows us to purchase items that were picked, made or processed, by an individual receiving a fair wage, in a safe working condition. Fairly traded products can ultimately change the rules of trade, ensuring better deals for those who grow, make or process the items we consume daily. It is a way for all of us to purchase products to generate positive changes in the world we live in today.

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Fairtrade Canada and Fairtrade International are non-profit organizations, both work with various partners across the globe to help change the standards of the flower, food, coffee and other industries. Fairtrade certified producers must pay their employees a decent wage (at or over the minimum wage in the region in which they are located), hire no individual below the age of 15, guarantee the right for the formation and participation in trade unions, provide safe and suitable housing when relevant, and follow all health and safety standards set by Fairtrade international/ Fairtrade Canada. These producers, farmers and individual artisans who are partnered with Fairtrade Canada or Fairtrade International develop meaningful and lasting trading relationships, they also receive an additional sum to invest in the growth and development of their communities.

Not only products with a Fairtrade international or Fairtrade Canada certification are in fact fairly traded. Products which are direct trade have very similar benefits of those with Fairtrade certifications; there is even some debate as to which is more beneficial to producers. Companies that label their products direct trade most often work directly with the farmers who harvest and process their product. All standards are determined by the company themselves, who frequently visit the farms in which their products are from to ensure the quality of their goods. These companies often state right on their product packaging that they pay equal to or higher than Fairtrade prices for their products. Producers and farmers working with direct trade companies create strong and lasting trading relationships, much like those who work with Fairtrade.

Another way to ensure that your product was fairly traded is to buy local! Companies or individuals who grow, make or process their products within Canada are required to follow health and safety standards set by each province and to pay their workers the minimum wage of wherever they may be located.

What to be careful of

Clothing
In the garment industry, sweatshops are unfortunately alarmingly normal.Employees work at the W & D Cambodia Co. Limited garment factory in Phnom Penh

Companies have used CSR programs (Corporate social responsibility) to claim responsible treatment of workers in the supply chain, while rejecting legal responsibility for workers’ safety or welfare”

This has allowed the garment industry to become one where poverty wages, unsafe and often abusive working conditions, exhausting hours and child labour are standard. However, as more and more light is shed on companies who use such tactics to produce their products, advancements of both human and labour rights are occurring.

Speaking as a shop-o-holic, buying anything to everything, this was the industry which gave me the most trouble. After learning about the frightening realities of global sweatshops I took a pledge to only purchase clothing which was made by an individual working in safe and comfortable conditions while receiving a fair wage. This I admit was quite difficult, after looking in my closet to find that almost all of my clothes were made by a company who produce their clothes in sweatshops I had to do some serious research. Luckily I found a few larger companies who fell under my criteria. This allowed me to continue my shopping addiction while supporting companies who produce their clothing responsibly. If you’re unsure of how your favourite brand of clothing produces their clothes, do some research or send an email to settle your suspicions.

Many other products such as dishes, toys, shoes and area mats, to name a few can be made irresponsibly. Do some digging on a company’s website to determine how their products are produced, I find it rather suspicious when they provide little or no information whatsoever regarding production. Send an email or search the companies name on the International Labour Organization’s website to see what’s actually going on.

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It’s slightly overwhelming, but what’s not? It’s unrealistic to purchase absolutely everything fairly traded, but changing a few things that you buy is most definitely doable!

Switch out your regular morning cup of coffee or tea with a fairly traded one! I find that these are the easiest of products to find fair trade. Use direct trade cane sugar or fair trade cinnamon to make your cup a little more exciting. Trust me; it’ll make your day a whole lot better knowing that your entire cup of coffee is a fair one! Global Connections (at the forks) and Ten Thousand Villages are just some of the places in Winnipeg which offer an awesome selection of fairly traded items, including delicious coffees and teas! Not feeling the whole make your own cup of coffeetea, not to worry, try the Italian roast at Starbucks (certified fair trade by Fairtrade Canada) instead of your regular roast to ensure that your cup of goodness does well for all. Think local! Many local coffee shops and restaurants throughout Winnipeg offer at least one roast of fair trade coffee, if not tea as well. Check out Boon Burger Cafe and Black Pearl for some awesome Fairtrade certified coffees and teas.

Chocolate, another little something easy to find fair trade, you can now indulge into your weakness without feeling too bad about it. Taza and Camino have some seriously delicious fairly traded chocolate.

sew dandee magnetClothing, somewhat tricky, but also very doable. American Apparel is probably one of the most well known “sweatshop free” clothing companies out there, look there for basics and vintage inspired clothing. Up cycle! Thrift, make new shirts from old ones, cut pants into shorts or simply look in the back of your parents’ closet. This is a way to not only reduce our consumption but a way to wear original clothes without directly supporting companies who exploit manufactures who produce clothes irresponsibly. Look for local designers like Jill Zurzolo for Sew Dandee who design and produce their own clothes right here in Manitoba. Like I said, it may be difficult, but by supporting some of Manitoba’s very own designers, making a monthly trip to the thrift store, and up cycling those ratty old jeans into some sweet shorts it’s quite possible to make your wardrobe a fair one.

Part of why I love my job here at Generation Green is because of all the awesome local and fairly traded products that we carry! From direct trade cane sugar, vanilla beans, mouth-watering chocolate, dried fruit, spices, aprons and so much more, Generation Green has certainly become my happy place!

As consumers, we can create positive changes throughout the world just by altering 3 or 4 items on our grocery lists, they may be small changes, but it’s something. So start small, try a fair trade coffee and tea and see where that takes you. Even if it’s only one thing you buy, I know from experience that that item can truly get you thinking about what you consume.

~Dallas Gillingham