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One of those typical Lantau evenings on our beach watching the sunset along with the water buffaloes. We shared a picnic with our friends and played in the ocean. How blessed we are that India gets to grow up here. This simple, slow life - raising our little ones like this - it’s paradise 🙌🏼
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#thesimplelife #slowliving #islandlife #consciousparenting #consciousliving #gentleparenting #ourfolk #homekong #hkig #vegankids
For us meal times are not a time for strict rules. It doesn’t matter to us if India doesn’t finish her food some days she does and some days she doesn’t. What we normally do is give her some of whatever we are eating (we believe in eating the same foods, not separate meals for her and us and we prepare the meal together) and if she’s not interested in that then I offer her some fruit (whatever we have) and if she doesn’t want that either then I trust that she knows what she’s doing and I don’t push her to finish. Sometimes she likes to sit in a high chair but more and more (especially now she’s walking) she wants to either sit at her little table, or eat sitting on the floor or eat as she walks around and then comes back for more when she’s hungry 😂 She has always played with her food. She has always thrown some food on the floor (we have happy dogs 😬) and I think that’s all part of it. It might sound crazy to you but for us it works. She loves food and the time to eat. And more than that I believe we’re setting up her food culture and positive feelings about food and letting her consciously choose when she’s hungry or not and what she’d like to eat. As she gets older she will choose more and more what she would like (that’s my plan). Being vegan we are teaching compassion every day and I will always educate and be honest with her about animal agriculture. Baby led weaning has already given her such a positive experience with eating real food and for my part it has taught me to trust that she as a whole human being knows what she’s doing. This post is way longer than I intended it to be but I could talk for days about this stuff! I’d love to know what your experience has been with feeding your little ones! Let me know in the comments below ✨ India’s new bowl and plate are made from bamboo 🙌🏼 from @petittippi.organicbaby 💛 PS. This is just our experience and I’m not saying it’s what you ‘should’ do ✌🏼
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#veganblw #babyledweaning #sustainable #vegankids #plantbased #consciousliving #consciousparenting #gentleparenting #foodculture #compassionateliving #veganmum #toddlerfood #15monthsold #continuumconcept #blwinspiration #mumlife #motherhood
For us meal times are not a time for strict rules. It doesn’t matter to us if India doesn’t finish her food some days she does and some days she doesn’t. What we normally do is give her some of whatever we are eating (we believe in eating the same foods, not separate meals for her and us and we prepare the meal together) and if she’s not interested in that then I offer her some fruit (whatever we have) and if she doesn’t want that either then I trust that she knows what she’s doing and I don’t push her to finish. Sometimes she likes to sit in a high chair but more and more (especially now she’s walking) she wants to either sit at her little table, or eat sitting on the floor or eat as she walks around and then comes back for more when she’s hungry 😂 She has always played with her food. She has always thrown some food on the floor (we have happy dogs 😬) and I think that’s all part of it. It might sound crazy to you but for us it works. She loves food and the time to eat. And more than that I believe we’re setting up her food culture and positive feelings about food and letting her consciously choose when she’s hungry or not and what she’d like to eat. As she gets older she will choose more and more what she would like (that’s my plan). Being vegan we are teaching compassion every day and I will always educate and be honest with her about animal agriculture. Baby led weaning has already given her such a positive experience with eating real food and for my part it has taught me to trust that she as a whole human being knows what she’s doing. This post is way longer than I intended it to be but I could talk for days about this stuff! I’d love to know what your experience has been with feeding your little ones! Let me know in the comments below ✨ India’s new bowl and plate are made from bamboo 🙌🏼 from @petittippi.organicbaby 💛 PS. This is just our experience and I’m not saying it’s what you ‘should’ do ✌🏼 . . . #veganblw  #babyledweaning  #sustainable  #vegankids  #plantbased  #consciousliving  #consciousparenting  #gentleparenting  #foodculture  #compassionateliving  #veganmum  #toddlerfood  #15monthsold  #continuumconcept  #blwinspiration  #mumlife  #motherhood 
In the wake of #typhoonmangkhut walking around our village this morning I felt a mixture of emotions. Relief things weren’t worse, sadness for all the beautiful trees that have come down. Worries for the baby buffaloes in our village wetlands. Devastation for the local businesses who will be repairing and rebuilding. I have also felt so much love for the amount of people who have messaged asking if we’re ok. Thank you everyone, it means so much 🙏🏼 I have seen this morning a small community coming together to clear up the mess. I know we were lucky in comparison to what the Philippines must have felt from Mangkhut. But climate change is real and it is upon us. If you want to do one thing that can change the tide on the state of our environment that would be to go vegan ✌🏼 Did you know that cows produce more greenhouse emissions than oil companies? And even some countries? That’s so scary to me. How we eat is affecting our Earth 🌏 We must do better 💛🌱♻️
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#govegan #climatechange #ecowarriors #noplanetb #ecoconscious #consciousliving #compassionateliving #forplanetearth #veganlife #thefuture #climatechangeisreal #dietchangenotclimatechange #homekong #hkig #mangkhut
In the wake of #typhoonmangkhut  walking around our village this morning I felt a mixture of emotions. Relief things weren’t worse, sadness for all the beautiful trees that have come down. Worries for the baby buffaloes in our village wetlands. Devastation for the local businesses who will be repairing and rebuilding. I have also felt so much love for the amount of people who have messaged asking if we’re ok. Thank you everyone, it means so much 🙏🏼 I have seen this morning a small community coming together to clear up the mess. I know we were lucky in comparison to what the Philippines must have felt from Mangkhut. But climate change is real and it is upon us. If you want to do one thing that can change the tide on the state of our environment that would be to go vegan ✌🏼 Did you know that cows produce more greenhouse emissions than oil companies? And even some countries? That’s so scary to me. How we eat is affecting our Earth 🌏 We must do better 💛🌱♻️ . . . #govegan  #climatechange  #ecowarriors  #noplanetb  #ecoconscious  #consciousliving  #compassionateliving  #forplanetearth  #veganlife  #thefuture  #climatechangeisreal  #dietchangenotclimatechange  #homekong  #hkig  #mangkhut 
“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” — John Muir

So very very grateful for this life ✨🧡
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#johnmuirquote #naturelovers #beachadventures #beachnomads #lifeonlantau #raisevegan #raisinglittles #wildchild #consciousliving #gentleparenting #consciousparenting #urbanearthmama #homekong #hkig #islandlife #grateful
I believe it is really important for me as India’s Mama to teach her where food comes from; how it’s grown, the seasons, the abundance of plantbased foods. I also think as adults it’s important for us to make the connection between what is on our plates and how it got there. Did I contribute to any suffering for my own tastes, habits, traditions, or convenience? It’s important we make this connection to end ALL suffering. For example, why do we protect whales and dolphins and angonise over the amount of plastic in the ocean killing our fish, and then find it acceptable to put a sharp hook through a fishes mouth and end it’s life in pain? We must make the connection and teach our children compassion. Teach them to support local farms, how to grow fruit and vegetables and how to thrive without causing suffering to any sentient being. We only have a small rooftop but I can’t wait until our passionfruit tree and mango tree start bearing fruit that is perfectly ripened on the vine and can be picked by India to enjoy for her breakfast. I hope she teaches her children one day too 🌱
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#raisevegan #compassion #plantbasedliving #sustainableliving #passionfruittree #lilikoi #consciousliving #consciousparenting #gardening #rooftopgarden #gentleparenting #vegankids #littleecowarriors #thefuture #vegan #veganlife
I believe it is really important for me as India’s Mama to teach her where food comes from; how it’s grown, the seasons, the abundance of plantbased foods. I also think as adults it’s important for us to make the connection between what is on our plates and how it got there. Did I contribute to any suffering for my own tastes, habits, traditions, or convenience? It’s important we make this connection to end ALL suffering. For example, why do we protect whales and dolphins and angonise over the amount of plastic in the ocean killing our fish, and then find it acceptable to put a sharp hook through a fishes mouth and end it’s life in pain? We must make the connection and teach our children compassion. Teach them to support local farms, how to grow fruit and vegetables and how to thrive without causing suffering to any sentient being. We only have a small rooftop but I can’t wait until our passionfruit tree and mango tree start bearing fruit that is perfectly ripened on the vine and can be picked by India to enjoy for her breakfast. I hope she teaches her children one day too 🌱 . . . #raisevegan  #compassion  #plantbasedliving  #sustainableliving  #passionfruittree  #lilikoi  #consciousliving  #consciousparenting  #gardening  #rooftopgarden  #gentleparenting  #vegankids  #littleecowarriors  #thefuture  #vegan  #veganlife 
I’ve been a bit slack posting our food lately 🙈 Here’s what I prepared for our picnic with friends yesterday 🙌🏼 + Raw, spiralised zucchini noodles 🌿
+ Julienned carrots and red cabbage 🥕 + Halved cherry tomatoes 🍅 
The dressing was a simple basil pesto: basil, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil optional: nutritional yeast

I also topped the salad with garlic sautéed shiitake mushrooms (not pictured) 🍄 
For little ones (with enough teeth!) add avocado and mash into guacamole texture and mix through 🥑 
No animals harmed to satisfy our tastebuds 🙌🏼
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#veganrecipe #veganfood #plantbased #wholefoodplantbased #consciousliving #veganblw #toddlerblw #vegankids #raisevegan #plantpower #veganblwideas #blwinspiration #picnicfood #saladrecipe
I’ve been a bit slack posting our food lately 🙈 Here’s what I prepared for our picnic with friends yesterday 🙌🏼 + Raw, spiralised zucchini noodles 🌿 + Julienned carrots and red cabbage 🥕 + Halved cherry tomatoes 🍅 The dressing was a simple basil pesto: basil, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil optional: nutritional yeast I also topped the salad with garlic sautéed shiitake mushrooms (not pictured) 🍄 For little ones (with enough teeth!) add avocado and mash into guacamole texture and mix through 🥑 No animals harmed to satisfy our tastebuds 🙌🏼 . . . #veganrecipe  #veganfood  #plantbased  #wholefoodplantbased  #consciousliving  #veganblw  #toddlerblw  #vegankids  #raisevegan  #plantpower  #veganblwideas  #blwinspiration  #picnicfood  #saladrecipe 
One of our friends has aptly nicknamed India ‘baby Moana’ 🐚 She is a true Island babe. The ocean calls to her 🌊 Stay wild, little one 🌸🦋🐚🌴 PS India’s amber necklace is available from our shop xx
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#raisevegan #vegankids #islandbaby #babymoana #beachlife #lifeonlantau #hkig #homekong #mumlife #motherhood #rescuepup #adoptdontshop #alovelikenoother #urbanearthmama #parenthood #consciousparenting #gentleparenting
My husband walked our dog yesterday morning and within 50 metres along our beautiful beach picked up all this rubbish that had washed in with the tide from the South China Sea. Swipe 👉🏼 to see what was in our beautiful ocean 💔 I don’t really have the words to describe how devastating this is. What will we tell our children? Why is this happening? How can we stop it? We can do better! We must do better! Just making small, simple changes to your lifestyle can make huge waves of change. Bring a drink bottle for your water instead of buying single use plastic. Skip the straw. It’s really that simple. Who’s with me? What changes can you make to your lifestyle? Tag a bestie below and let them know what you’re going to change! 🌏♻️🌱💚 PS. So grateful for my darling husband, what an eco warrior he is @hashtagholt 💚
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#notosingleuseplastic #reduce #reuserecycle #plasticocean #5minutebeachcleanup #cleanouroceans #urbanearthmama #smallchanges #zerowaste #veganlife #earthmama #lovetheearth #earthlings #sustainableliving #cleanuphk #beachcleanup
My husband walked our dog yesterday morning and within 50 metres along our beautiful beach picked up all this rubbish that had washed in with the tide from the South China Sea. Swipe 👉🏼 to see what was in our beautiful ocean 💔 I don’t really have the words to describe how devastating this is. What will we tell our children? Why is this happening? How can we stop it? We can do better! We must do better! Just making small, simple changes to your lifestyle can make huge waves of change. Bring a drink bottle for your water instead of buying single use plastic. Skip the straw. It’s really that simple. Who’s with me? What changes can you make to your lifestyle? Tag a bestie below and let them know what you’re going to change! 🌏♻️🌱💚 PS. So grateful for my darling husband, what an eco warrior he is @hashtagholt 💚 . . . #notosingleuseplastic  #reduce  #reuserecycle  #plasticocean  #5minutebeachcleanup  #cleanouroceans  #urbanearthmama  #smallchanges  #zerowaste  #veganlife  #earthmama  #lovetheearth  #earthlings  #sustainableliving  #cleanuphk  #beachcleanup 
One of the things closest to my heart is consciously making decisions that will shape the world I want for India and her generation as she grows up 🌏🌱♻️ In today’s world our children live in a throw away culture. We unconsciously use the resources of the Earth and put aside the repercussions of it. That’s why I love supporting businesses that move with intention to make a better world for our little ones. I love the concept behind @retykle - there are so many beautiful things already created, we should reuse what we have! Most of India’s wardrobe are hand me downs and the rest are treasured items. So we love the idea of preloved pieces (although many on @retykle amazingly still have tags!) Thank you for our gorgeous gifts @retykle India loves everything 💜 .
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#weretykle #preloved #prelovedkidsclothes #reuse #recycle #shopsellrepeat #consciousparenting #ecomama #earthmama #mumlife #motherhood #urbanearthmama
One of the things closest to my heart is consciously making decisions that will shape the world I want for India and her generation as she grows up 🌏🌱♻️ In today’s world our children live in a throw away culture. We unconsciously use the resources of the Earth and put aside the repercussions of it. That’s why I love supporting businesses that move with intention to make a better world for our little ones. I love the concept behind @retykle - there are so many beautiful things already created, we should reuse what we have! Most of India’s wardrobe are hand me downs and the rest are treasured items. So we love the idea of preloved pieces (although many on @retykle amazingly still have tags!) Thank you for our gorgeous gifts @retykle India loves everything 💜 . . . #weretykle  #preloved  #prelovedkidsclothes  #reuse  #recycle  #shopsellrepeat  #consciousparenting  #ecomama  #earthmama  #mumlife  #motherhood  #urbanearthmama 
It’s been a rough last 48 hours for India and me with a pesky cold! She’s been attached to me for almost all of it - even when sleeping she cries when she’s not physically on me. Yesterday she managed to nap for 20 mins before she woke up crying. We’ve been diffusing oils, drinking green juice with lots of lemon and ginger, washing out her congested little nose and using natural balms. There’s been a lot of tears and not a lot of sleep. I say all this not because I feel down about it, instead because I want to tell you my heart is full. Being a Mum is hard. But even in the hardest moments the love I have for her is incomparable. The desire I have to make her feel better, to hold her and wipe away her tears is so strong. She is a part of me. And I am a part of her. Even in the hardest moments, I recognise parts of myself I didn’t know were there. When a baby is born, a mother is born too ✨💛
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#motherhood #mumlife #parenthood #gentleparenting #naptime #consciousparenting #alovelikenoother #motherslove #clothdiapers #clothdiapering #earthmama #urbanearthmama
It’s been a rough last 48 hours for India and me with a pesky cold! She’s been attached to me for almost all of it - even when sleeping she cries when she’s not physically on me. Yesterday she managed to nap for 20 mins before she woke up crying. We’ve been diffusing oils, drinking green juice with lots of lemon and ginger, washing out her congested little nose and using natural balms. There’s been a lot of tears and not a lot of sleep. I say all this not because I feel down about it, instead because I want to tell you my heart is full. Being a Mum is hard. But even in the hardest moments the love I have for her is incomparable. The desire I have to make her feel better, to hold her and wipe away her tears is so strong. She is a part of me. And I am a part of her. Even in the hardest moments, I recognise parts of myself I didn’t know were there. When a baby is born, a mother is born too ✨💛 . . . #motherhood  #mumlife  #parenthood  #gentleparenting  #naptime  #consciousparenting  #alovelikenoother  #motherslove  #clothdiapers  #clothdiapering  #earthmama  #urbanearthmama 
I’m taking a moment of gratitude for my incredible superwoman Mama friends who continually support me to be the best Mama I can be 🤗 In the same way that plantbased food nourishes my body, the support of like minded Mamas who give me advice, a shoulder, an ear and their hearts to India and I nourish my soul. I say it so often, but it’s so true...it takes a village. When I first started out with the whole ‘Mum gig’ I thought it was my job to get things done and be everything to India. Now I know better. I know I am a better Mum because I am surrounded, supported and lifted up by other Mums. If you’re in the throws of sleep deprivation, newborn life, toddler challenges or anything in between. You are not alone! And you’re stronger if you surrender, and lean on those around you. Talk it out. Cook for someone. Hold their baby so they can have a shower. It’s not grand gestures, it’s small acts of love that change everything. Thank you to my village, I love you so much and especially to the Mama who took this pic @deizija #mothersunite #ittakesavillage .
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#mumlife #motherhood #consciousparenting #gentleparenting #surrender #grateful #loveistheanswer #compassion #friendship #rainybeachdays #loveandalliscoming #mindfulparenting #thecontinuumconcept #parenthood
I’m taking a moment of gratitude for my incredible superwoman Mama friends who continually support me to be the best Mama I can be 🤗 In the same way that plantbased food nourishes my body, the support of like minded Mamas who give me advice, a shoulder, an ear and their hearts to India and I nourish my soul. I say it so often, but it’s so true...it takes a village. When I first started out with the whole ‘Mum gig’ I thought it was my job to get things done and be everything to India. Now I know better. I know I am a better Mum because I am surrounded, supported and lifted up by other Mums. If you’re in the throws of sleep deprivation, newborn life, toddler challenges or anything in between. You are not alone! And you’re stronger if you surrender, and lean on those around you. Talk it out. Cook for someone. Hold their baby so they can have a shower. It’s not grand gestures, it’s small acts of love that change everything. Thank you to my village, I love you so much and especially to the Mama who took this pic @deizija #mothersunite  #ittakesavillage  . . . #mumlife  #motherhood  #consciousparenting  #gentleparenting  #surrender  #grateful  #loveistheanswer  #compassion  #friendship  #rainybeachdays  #loveandalliscoming  #mindfulparenting  #thecontinuumconcept  #parenthood 
5 years ago today I married my best friend in the English countryside. He is my greatest supporter, my rock, my partner in life and best ever Daddy to India ❤️ Life is infinitely better because of you ✨ I love you @hashtagholt ❤️ This pic was taken by my ridiculously talented cousin who knows how to capture the magic of moments ✨ @dontsaycheese_photography 🙌🏼
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#weddinganniversary #whenwewereyoung #lifebeforekids #fiveyearanniversary #wedding #ivyandaster #thecotswolds #sheldonmanor #loveisthanswer #familylove #forever #theholts #itsaholtwedding
5 years ago today I married my best friend in the English countryside. He is my greatest supporter, my rock, my partner in life and best ever Daddy to India ❤️ Life is infinitely better because of you ✨ I love you @hashtagholt ❤️ This pic was taken by my ridiculously talented cousin who knows how to capture the magic of moments ✨ @dontsaycheese_photography 🙌🏼 . . . #weddinganniversary  #whenwewereyoung  #lifebeforekids  #fiveyearanniversary  #wedding  #ivyandaster  #thecotswolds  #sheldonmanor  #loveisthanswer  #familylove  #forever  #theholts  #itsaholtwedding 
She’s happiest when she’s in water 💦 Her energy is quite grounded but the water brings out a cheekiness, a playfulness. I was talking in a recent post about toys and the funny thing is as much as she appreciates the toys she has, her greatest joy always comes from being outside, in nature 🌿 I hope she grows continuing to enjoy these simple, extraordinary moments. Rock pool swims with Daddy are among the greatest of joys ✨ @hashtagholt .
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#waterbaby #rockpools #consciousliving #consciousparenting #gentleparenting #simplemoments #islandlife #naturebaby #outdooradventures #mumlife #motherhood #familylove #veganlife #14monthsold #unschooling #hkig #homekong #lifebase
She’s happiest when she’s in water 💦 Her energy is quite grounded but the water brings out a cheekiness, a playfulness. I was talking in a recent post about toys and the funny thing is as much as she appreciates the toys she has, her greatest joy always comes from being outside, in nature 🌿 I hope she grows continuing to enjoy these simple, extraordinary moments. Rock pool swims with Daddy are among the greatest of joys ✨ @hashtagholt . . . #waterbaby  #rockpools  #consciousliving  #consciousparenting  #gentleparenting  #simplemoments  #islandlife  #naturebaby  #outdooradventures  #mumlife  #motherhood  #familylove  #veganlife  #14monthsold  #unschooling  #hkig  #homekong  #lifebase 
We’re treating ourselves today to these 🙌🏼 The Queen of fruits ::: MANGOSTEEN 👑 Have you ever tried it? It’s white on the inside and deliciously sweet (but the skin is bitter, don’t eat that!) Swipe 👉🏼 to see the inside! I love in Hong Kong we get to experience the abundance of South East Asian fruits. I struggle with food being picked before it’s ripe and air freighted to its final destination, but I just try my best to buy local when we can and always avoid plastic. (These mangosteens hail from Thailand, but came loose with no plastic packaging). India loves them and couldn’t stop eating them! Vegan living is abundant 🌱 Fruit is filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients and yet people avoid fruit because of sugar 🤔🤷🏽‍♀️ By eating a variety of fruits and vegetables we can thrive 🌱 So, mangosteen anyone? 👑
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#mangosteen #queenoffruits #veganism #wholefoodsplantbased #tropicalfruit #raisevegan #consciousparenting #consciousliving #gentleparenting #abundance #veganlife #thaifruit
We’re treating ourselves today to these 🙌🏼 The Queen of fruits ::: MANGOSTEEN 👑 Have you ever tried it? It’s white on the inside and deliciously sweet (but the skin is bitter, don’t eat that!) Swipe 👉🏼 to see the inside! I love in Hong Kong we get to experience the abundance of South East Asian fruits. I struggle with food being picked before it’s ripe and air freighted to its final destination, but I just try my best to buy local when we can and always avoid plastic. (These mangosteens hail from Thailand, but came loose with no plastic packaging). India loves them and couldn’t stop eating them! Vegan living is abundant 🌱 Fruit is filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients and yet people avoid fruit because of sugar 🤔🤷🏽‍♀️ By eating a variety of fruits and vegetables we can thrive 🌱 So, mangosteen anyone? 👑 . . . #mangosteen  #queenoffruits  #veganism  #wholefoodsplantbased  #tropicalfruit  #raisevegan  #consciousparenting  #consciousliving  #gentleparenting  #abundance  #veganlife  #thaifruit 
Today we celebrated baby Kai’s first birthday! It is so beautiful to have a little one so close in age to India watching them play and grow together. It’s incredible watching these two and their laid back Island life energy 🙌🏼 It’s also amazing having a Mama to talk to, lean on for support and go through all the milestones with! And she organised so much vegan food for Kai’s birthday which is just beyond amazing to me! 🌱 We love you guys! @nikakaitravels As we always say - it takes a village and I’m so honoured you are in mine 💛
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#firstlove #ittakesavillage #islandlife #motherhood #oneyearold #mothersunite #gentleparenting #veganlife #lifeonlantau #beachadventures #consciousparenting #gentleparenting #toddlerlife #younglove #alovestory #clothdiapers
Today we celebrated baby Kai’s first birthday! It is so beautiful to have a little one so close in age to India watching them play and grow together. It’s incredible watching these two and their laid back Island life energy 🙌🏼 It’s also amazing having a Mama to talk to, lean on for support and go through all the milestones with! And she organised so much vegan food for Kai’s birthday which is just beyond amazing to me! 🌱 We love you guys! @nikakaitravels As we always say - it takes a village and I’m so honoured you are in mine 💛 . . . #firstlove  #ittakesavillage  #islandlife  #motherhood  #oneyearold  #mothersunite  #gentleparenting  #veganlife  #lifeonlantau  #beachadventures  #consciousparenting  #gentleparenting  #toddlerlife  #younglove  #alovestory  #clothdiapers 
Since I was pregnant with India my mind has been blown (and heart destroyed) by the kids toys industry. Such a fast paced, mass produced, high volume of plastic driven industry. From those days in my pregnancy my husband and I have made such an effort to buy wooden toys and ensure that the few things we did buy were from small businesses, handmade, didn’t come in plastic and either came with a beautiful story (many of her books are about yoga and mindfulness - one of our faves is pictured here) or otherwise was something we planned to keep forever. I have to admit since she has gotten older not every toy has fallen neatly into this ideal, but we try our best. We’ve been lucky enough to receive pre-loved toys from friends and we’ve also gifted on toys India is too old for now. The less we consume the more the demand for mass produced toys goes down. One thing I dreamed of getting for India was a doll. I had one when I was growing up that I loved so much and came with me everywhere. I wanted to find one that was handmade, that she would love forever. Thanks to your recommendations I found this beautiful brand @dottielottiecrafts in my homeland - New Zealand! And look - she arrived! India is so in love with her, she hasn’t stopped cuddling her! I know she will love her for a long time to come. I know her imagination will develop as their friendship grows together. Maybe she’ll even give it to her daughter one day! Buy less, support small businesses! Plant the seeds and watch them grow 🌱🌏
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#handmade #doll #consciousparenting #unschooling #zerowaste #keepsake #consciousliving #14monthsold #mumlife #motherhood #supportsmallbusiness #vegankid #mindfulness #babygirl #gentleparenting #kidstoys
Since I was pregnant with India my mind has been blown (and heart destroyed) by the kids toys industry. Such a fast paced, mass produced, high volume of plastic driven industry. From those days in my pregnancy my husband and I have made such an effort to buy wooden toys and ensure that the few things we did buy were from small businesses, handmade, didn’t come in plastic and either came with a beautiful story (many of her books are about yoga and mindfulness - one of our faves is pictured here) or otherwise was something we planned to keep forever. I have to admit since she has gotten older not every toy has fallen neatly into this ideal, but we try our best. We’ve been lucky enough to receive pre-loved toys from friends and we’ve also gifted on toys India is too old for now. The less we consume the more the demand for mass produced toys goes down. One thing I dreamed of getting for India was a doll. I had one when I was growing up that I loved so much and came with me everywhere. I wanted to find one that was handmade, that she would love forever. Thanks to your recommendations I found this beautiful brand @dottielottiecrafts in my homeland - New Zealand! And look - she arrived! India is so in love with her, she hasn’t stopped cuddling her! I know she will love her for a long time to come. I know her imagination will develop as their friendship grows together. Maybe she’ll even give it to her daughter one day! Buy less, support small businesses! Plant the seeds and watch them grow 🌱🌏 . . . #handmade  #doll  #consciousparenting  #unschooling  #zerowaste  #keepsake  #consciousliving  #14monthsold  #mumlife  #motherhood  #supportsmallbusiness  #vegankid  #mindfulness  #babygirl  #gentleparenting  #kidstoys 
Every couple of weeks we make our way over to @livezero.hk to do our bulk food shopping. I love taking India and watching her as she watches my actions - I see her taking it all in. This is one way I believe children learn, through curiosity and experience. She already collects jars in our house to bring and loves putting the bag on her little shoulder. I love that she’s learning this is how we shop. Treading lightly, only buying what we need. Voting with our dollar for a better world - consciously and with intention. Knowing she’s watching, learning and growing compels me to make more compassionate choices in our life, for our family and for the kind of world I want for her 🌱♻️🌏
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#consciousparenting #consciousliving #bulkfoodstore #zerowaste #gentleparenting #unschooling #mumlife #toddlerlife #14monthsold #raisevegan #plantbasedliving #veganmum #zerowastelifestyle #compassionateliving #livezero #hkig #vegankid
Every couple of weeks we make our way over to @livezero.hk to do our bulk food shopping. I love taking India and watching her as she watches my actions - I see her taking it all in. This is one way I believe children learn, through curiosity and experience. She already collects jars in our house to bring and loves putting the bag on her little shoulder. I love that she’s learning this is how we shop. Treading lightly, only buying what we need. Voting with our dollar for a better world - consciously and with intention. Knowing she’s watching, learning and growing compels me to make more compassionate choices in our life, for our family and for the kind of world I want for her 🌱♻️🌏 . . . #consciousparenting  #consciousliving  #bulkfoodstore  #zerowaste  #gentleparenting  #unschooling  #mumlife  #toddlerlife  #14monthsold  #raisevegan  #plantbasedliving  #veganmum  #zerowastelifestyle  #compassionateliving  #livezero  #hkig  #vegankid 
Every single day I invite joy into our life. I love doing simple things that will bring moments of bliss. Whether that’s watching India play with our friends dog in her sweet, compassionate way. Or taking her to watch Daddy off at the ferry whilst we watch the sun dance on the water. I always take a breath and give thanks for that moment. Of course she’s also a toddler - a little person with huge emotions! I feel the best thing I can do is honour all of those emotions and let her feel everything, with me there to hold her when she’s frustrated, and wipe away her tears when she’s sad. It’s ok - and wonderful - to have all the emotions. But our overriding setting is joy. Joy in slow, simple moments. In my personal experience I have also found that the food we fill our bodies with has a huge impact on this - on our mental state. Are we filling our body with high vibrational plants which turn our bodies into gardens? Or the pain and suffering of another being? We move consciously, slowly and with intention. We forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. And within us, we find peace ✌🏼
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 #vegankids #veganfamily #plantbasedlife #raisevegan #consciousliving #compassionateliving #gentleparenting #consciousparenting #14monthsold #toddlerlife #loveistheanswer #motherhood #mumlife #mothersunite #earthmama #yogamama #ahimsa
Every single day I invite joy into our life. I love doing simple things that will bring moments of bliss. Whether that’s watching India play with our friends dog in her sweet, compassionate way. Or taking her to watch Daddy off at the ferry whilst we watch the sun dance on the water. I always take a breath and give thanks for that moment. Of course she’s also a toddler - a little person with huge emotions! I feel the best thing I can do is honour all of those emotions and let her feel everything, with me there to hold her when she’s frustrated, and wipe away her tears when she’s sad. It’s ok - and wonderful - to have all the emotions. But our overriding setting is joy. Joy in slow, simple moments. In my personal experience I have also found that the food we fill our bodies with has a huge impact on this - on our mental state. Are we filling our body with high vibrational plants which turn our bodies into gardens? Or the pain and suffering of another being? We move consciously, slowly and with intention. We forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. And within us, we find peace ✌🏼 . . . #vegankids  #veganfamily  #plantbasedlife  #raisevegan  #consciousliving  #compassionateliving  #gentleparenting  #consciousparenting  #14monthsold  #toddlerlife  #loveistheanswer  #motherhood  #mumlife  #mothersunite  #earthmama  #yogamama  #ahimsa