Weantailer Spotlight-Eco Mom

Melissa, June 1, 2012

In a market full of disposables, harmful chemicals and convenience it is sometimes extremely difficult to find your way to the good products. Thankfully there are concerned individuals who take it upon themselves and their roles as business leaders that do the research and help us create educated opninions on the products that are good for our families. We are head over heels in LOVE with ecomom! Not only are they offering the best, healthiest and coolest products on the market they are also giving us all a cause to support…just by shopping! With the help of David Arquette (who, by the looks of this picture, does all the heavy lifting) they are organizing & donating to help feed children in America. Cheers to you ecomom!!

Wean Green Mama Travels WITH Weaners

Melissa, May 28, 2012

The pros of traveling alone: lots of sleep, long dinners with associates, uninterupted airplane movies (sometimes even with a glass of wine) a very quite hotel room…. The cons of traveling alone: I MISS MY FAMILY!! As you know from my little rant on traveling for work, I travel a lot! I LOVE bringing my family on some of these trips and find it has to be ridiculously organized to keep my sanity for this one;) Here are my tips: 1. Pack Snacks! Preferably in small, adorable tempered glass food containers. 2. Get Help. If you know you are working late or going to a kid-free zone, make sure you have the resources to find someone to help out with the kidlets! The hardest thing for my kids to learn the first time I started bringing them was that I was there for work, not a holiday. Let them know your plans and ensure you are prepared;) Even better-bring your husband! 3. Make it Fun. I try to take an extra day to hang with the kids without work. Normally we just lay on the beach or spend the day checking out local attractions. Low key, no computer! The days that I am working I make sure I can schedule breakfast in with the kids as well as a little pool time in the hotel. 4. Keep your cool. Traveling for work on your own is already stressful enough. The ‘missing’ trade show booths, late meetings and broken airplane t.v’s are all frustrating enough and when you add your kids into the mix you have to remember that YOU chose to bring them. They are still kids and will do things that will require parenting. Even with the added stress of working out of a 200 sq ft hotel room you are still mom (or dad)! 5. Set out the Law. When your traveling with mama you are working for mama. Behave or you will be fired. It works every time;) Check out our family/work photo albums. We managed to work every single day of each of these trips! Love these weaners! 🙂 ~Melissa

When there is no other option….

Melissa, May 14, 2012

Teaching kids to eat healthy is really easy….when there are no other options! As soon as the weather turns nice we are always packing up our picnics and heading outside. When you are packing your picnics (or even school lunches!) remember that if it is what is being offered your kids just may eat & love it. Do you have a picky eater? Check out some of these awesome resources! 5 Fun Ways with Food, Picky Eaters part 1 & part 2, 10 Things You Can Do To Make Feeding Baby Easier, Today I Ate a Rainbow    

Earth Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Melissa, May 8, 2012

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what can be better than an eco-friendly gift.   These gift ideas are thoughtful, personalized and will make a positive difference on our environment.   POTTED FLOWERS  It may be easier to pick up fresh-cut flowers from a local grocery store, but do you know where they came from? are they organic?  Instead choose a potted flower that will last longer like an Orchid, Mums or even Cacti. WEAN GREEN GLASS CONTAINERS Served great alone, or personalize these fantastic containers with homemade organic cream.   Tie a ribbon, add a handmade note and voila! – the perfect gift(pictured above).   RECYCLABLE ART The kids will love to help out with this one.  Use recycled egg cartons, paper, or even tin cans to make mom or grandma that extra special piece of art. ECO-BREAKFAST IN BED Cook up a delicious locally sourced or organic breakfast for mom and serve it to her in bed. CHARITABLE GIFT Make a donation to your mom’s favourite Green Organization, or search the web for a list of organizations that make a difference and help protect our earth. We hope these ideas help get your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy! d.p

Love for School Zone!

Melissa, May 7, 2012

Back in the days when I called myself a grade 1/2 teacher my favorite part of watching my students grow was watching their reading skills develop.  I was on a never-ending search to find books that would suit a class of twenty-seven 5-7 year olds. I needed the flexibility to go between the different stages the children were at as well as books that could keep them captivated and wanting to flip through the pages as well as books that wouldn’t just die off when the kids learned their first five site words.….SO I wish I would have been given the opportunity to review School Zone’s Start to Read! Complete Early Reading Program 18-Book Set earlier. Even with only a class of 2 I am so excited to be using these books! The youngest weaner turned 3 in September, making her an early reader. School Zone suggests that the level 1 books are for ages 4-6 but I was extremely comfortable using them with my 3 year old (with different expectations of course!). I will tell you what we did first and then get into the top ten list of what I loved! My experience: Starting with the first book, I would read it to my daughter every night for 3 nights and during the day I would leave the cd in the player and the book beside and she would go back to it during the day and ‘practice’ her reading. She would listen along to the story and ‘read’ the book. Either my daughter is a genius (probably) or these books rock (maybe both;) but by the third day not only could she point to the words as the cd read them to her that night she was also able to read me the book! She had memorized the entire book, word for word. Yes, this is a skill, a HUGE one! Part of learning how to read is learning that words on the page correlate with what is being said (and drawn in the illustrations). She now has a select few books that she loves more than the others and is happy to pick one at bedtime for me to read to her and then listens to some of them during the day when she is playing. We will continue to practice reading together and I am sure by kindergarten her teacher will strongly dislike me & School Zone because she will be bored and reading at a grade 5 level (totally teasing but it’d be funny). Now to the things I LOVED about this series. 1.    Repetition- Best way for kids to learn! Think about if you hear something once, twice and then again a third time. By the third time you are probably close to being an expert on the bear story your husband tells at every dinner party you attend. The more you see/hear/smell/taste/touch something, the more familiar it gets. The books use fantastic repetition throughout all the levels. 2.    Mathematical Elements- in many […]

Love to Your Mama!

Melissa, May 1, 2012

Upload your Wean Green pictures to our facebook and share with your friends. We will be awarding the most liked photo, a random ‘liker’ on that photo and the photo posters MOM with an entire set of Wean Green each! Get uploading, the contest closes Friday May 11th and we will announce all the winners on May 12th! BTW- Love to MY Mama!

Wean Green Mama Travels

Melissa, April 30, 2012

As you may or may not know I travel. A lot. Here is a peek at my schedule: January– Toronto February-LA, Frankfurt March-Anaheim, Chicago LA April-Miami, Vancouver May-LA, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Boston….and the list goes on. I also have two young weaners at home. And as some of you may or may not know, I love my life. Here is how I keep my sanity while traveling:  1. Hire a Dana (no, you can not have mine!). Having amazing people to work has made my life so much easier! My sincerest thanks to Dana, Katie, Jen, Awesome Reps, Verde, new Liz, Awesome Distributors, Everyone I am missing, and of course my amazing childcare saviour! 2. Marry a supportive husband….or convince yours to change;) Kevin has never questioned my desire to lead a WeaNation. In fact, he encourages it. I sync our calendars so that when I am away he doesn’t even notice (that much). 3. Watch a movie on the plane!! As a mama and a business owner it is ridiculously hard to sit still anywhere. The plane forces me to hang tight for a few hours. 4. Buy organic produce when you get to your destination! How many of you notice that as soon as we hit the road our healthy eating habits go with it? I love running into an organic grocer after I land to pick up a bag of fresh produce and some healthy snack foods. Of course I pack these into my Wean Green and bring them to my meetings;) 5. Pack up your family when you can! I love to travel for work, I love to travel for work even more when I have my daughters and husband with me. Often times there are scheduling conflicts and lack of childcare for the events but when I can make it work I always do! 6. Spend at least a half a day exploring. I always figure, if I paid for a ticket I am going to enjoy the view. (Huge thanks to my Netherlands distributor who gave me the entire country tour in the 13 hours I had on ground;) Makes it even better when you get the tour WHILE you work! 7. Call Home!!!!! Sometimes the time zones prevent me from calling home as much as I would like but in the end, every time I speak to my family I get a little more grounded and a lot more motivated to conquer the world one Wean Cube at a time! 8. BYOBedding! Traveling to Europe with a carry on and a duvet can be difficult so I have normally left my bedding behind BUT thanks to a new tip from Tracy I just bought one of these awesome 100% naturally organic silk DreamSacks.    Cheers! ~Melissa

Pack The Perfect Parfait

Melissa, April 18, 2012

The best meal as we all know is snacks. As a kid we looked forward to snack time, and as adults….well, not much has changed in that area. Who doesn’t love a little nibble here and there in between meals? But what makes snack time even better is when it can be packed into a container and have it all ready to eat whenever you see fit. When it comes to snacking, I always advise that you shake things up a bit. Getting bored of the same snack day after day is a common complaint. Sure, that may be trail mix in your container but don’t be afraid to try something new; something other than just the dried nuts and berries. Personally, one of my new favorite snacks (which some may call dessert) is making a parfait. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? All you need is some some yogurt (either sheep’s milk or coconut) or just pureed bananas. I fill up one of my many fun shapes of Wean Green containers and then sprinkle with granola, trail mix, chocolate chips – any topping that you’d prefer. You can consider freezing these parfait combinations and think of them as ready-to-go sundaes for that much needed snack when you get home from work or when you’re curled up on your couch watching a movie after dinner. These containers not only keep the portion sizes manageable, but it also takes the ‘thinking’ out of it – it’s all ready to go, ready to eat, and ready to enjoy. How It’s Made: ½ cup sheep yogurt, coconut yogurt, or pureed banana 2 tbsp nuts, seeds, cacao, goji berries 1 tsp chia seeds ¼ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp drizzled honey or coconut nectar To learn more about Marni Wasserman check out her bio and website!  

Show Some Love this Earth Day!

Melissa, April 17, 2012

Ditch The Fat Chat

Melissa, April 11, 2012

“When you say “I am,” the words that follow are summoning creation with a mighty force, because you are declaring it to be fact. You are stating it with a mighty force, because you are declaring it to be fact. You are stating it with certainty. And so immediately after you say, “I am tired” or “I am broke” or “I am sick” or “I am late” or “I am overweight” or “I am old,” the Genie says, “Your wish is my command.”” -The Secret Daily Teachings “I am…” I have seen great speakers lecture about the implications of ‘I am’ , I have read and studied the power of our thoughts, our words.  That being said, I’m not immune, my go to is I’m TIRED….it’s a struggle to keep these words from my lips!  When you declare that something is so, it is, you just SAID it.  Ya dig?So how about these declarations…  I am FAT.  I am UNMOTIVATED.  I CAN’T.  I hear these statements on a daily basis…over and over again from clients.  I understand where it comes from, we’ve all been there – but it’s got to go, enough with the fat chat!  When you hear yourself making an ‘I AM’ (or I Can’t) statement that doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies…acknowledge it and turn it around.  So instead of damaging dialogue you pump yourself up with…I am FIT, I am STRONG,  I am HEALTHY…you get the idea! “The way you think, is the way you feel, is the way you act.” – Unknown Lotsa Love! Stevie  Read Stevie’s bio and don’t forget to check out her website!

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