Giveaway: Get Back to Nature

March 28, 2013

Sponsored by Be Natural

I’m surprised I didn’t break a leg while doing the nutbush in these heels! It’s a funny way to start a post about nature:  with these shoes — but bear with me.

shoes

I danced the nutbush last week when I attended the annual Digital Parents Conference in Sydney thanks to my sponsor Be Natural.   It’s always great to get together with a bunch of bloggers who don’t mind if you tweet and talk at the same time.  I met people who I’ve communicated with online, discussed interesting topics and listened to powerful stories.

Be Natural day of changePosing at the Be Natural Honesty Stand at the Digital Parents Conference
with Jac from CRAPmama and Fi from My Mummy Daze

I was thrilled to partner with Be Natural for this project as my family loves Be Natural Cereals and bars, especially the ones with chia seeds in them. I often have a bar in my handbag for when I’m all day.  But I’m not here to talk about the products. I want to tell you about a campaign that’s close to my heart; it’s something I often blog about.

Getting in touch with nature

Enjoying nature is a big part of our family life.   When we realised how important it was to us, we looked (and found) many ways to value this beautiful world we live in.   The process is a continuing thing, and is happening in steps, and I like that, because it means it’s sustainable and real.

1. Notice

The first step for us as a family was to be aware of nature, and truly enjoy it.  I’ve written many of the ways we do this here: 105 Ways to Enjoy Nature with Kids.   Over the last couple of years, I feel we’ve achieved this, so much so, it comes effortlessly now, and so we’ve set new challenges.

2. Grow stuff

I love (LOVE) the idea of having a garden but when it comes to actually doing it, I struggle.  This year, I was determined to give gardening with the kids another try, and so we’ve started a rainbow garden (and it’s still alive!).  Next on the list is to grow herbs in pots.

3. Food Connections

I’ve been thinking about food and our attitude towards it.  There’s is much noise about high sugar, calories, low fat, low carbs, high protein, good fat, bad fat and salt.  It’s like we, as a society, have torn food apart into micro labels, and the connection is gone, way gone.

All that stuff: I don’t buy into it.  I try to think more about food in terms of value, so where it comes from; making more of my own food from scratch; the colour, texture and quality; plus what I feel good about eating. Strawberries: they always make me feel good when I eat them.  And natural yogurt with honey and sunflower seeds.  A nice piece of tuna and avocado on multi-grain sour dough toast.

I’m working on connecting knowledge about food, how it’s grown and where it comes from, with heart and goodness. This is an on-going process, but I’m loving the journey.

Be Natural — Day of Change

The Day of Change campaign fits so well with where we are at as a family, and that is why I love it so much. The idea is to encourage people to think about ways they can connect with the good stuff in nature. Whether that be starting a vegetable garden, having a backyard compost, growing herbs in pots, going bush-walking, eating new vegetables, or anything!  It’s a simple pledge.  It’s a start.

Be Natural Day of Change PledgeThere’s something about writing it down -
The Be Natural Pledge Wall at the Digital Parents Conference

Make a Pledge

If you too, want to take a moment to think about connecting with nature, hop over to the facebook page app here and make a pledge.

My pledge: To grow herbs in pots and bushwalk with the kids.

Giveaway

I’m giving two Be Natural packs away, and below is a list of what is in each pack.

Be Natural Giveaway

-          Be Natural 3 Grain Porridges range in Honey, Original and Pink Lady, Flame Raisin and Coconut

-          Be Natural Lunchbox Bars in Amazing Apple and Bouncing Berry

-          Be Natural Pink Lady Apple & Flame Raisin Fruit, Flakes and Clusters

-          Be Natural Manuka Honey, Spice Clusters and Flakes

-          Be Natural Four bar with Coconut, Apricot, Oats and Chia

-          Debco Kids Harvest kit

To Enter

For a chance to win:

1. Click over to the Be Natural facebook page and leave a pledge.  Plus you get a 50% Woolworths discount voucher for any Be Natural product when you leave a pledge (so everyone is a winner).

2. Come back here and leave a comment at the end of this blog post about your pledge.  I would love to hear about how you as a family plan to reconnect with nature.

That’s it!

Terms & Conditions:

1. Giveaway open to Australian residents only    2.  One entry per person.  3. Employees or family of the Promoter are not eligible to enter  4. Giveaway open from Thursday, 28 March 9 pm (AEST) and closes Thursday 4 April, 2013 9 pm (AEST) 5. Winners will be selected on the creativity of their answer and all decisions are final.  6. Winners will be notified via email, and first names will be updated on this post in red font. 7.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Be A Fun Mum and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for communications related to this promotion.

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LayaliNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I pledge to dedicate one shelf in my pantry to natural food.
can’t wait to get my pack!!! yay!!!

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MelNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I pledge to educate my kids on whats in foods (good and bad), where it comes from and the healthiest options to eat daily.

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Theressa MembreyNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

We need to talk about where food comes from, as well a demonstrate through to vegie patch. Even seeing corn coming from a fresh hairy cob has been a good learning experience. My girls haven’t been too impressed with where eggs come from, but they are warming to it!! I am trying to educate them to future independent survival in the basic form.

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shellyNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I pledge to have 2 vegetables for dinner and get rid of sodas and drink more water.

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NicolaNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I pledge to spend more time growing and creating our own food. I have food intolerances and need to value my health and dedicate the time in making food that is helping me to heal as well as be healthy and yummy for the kids!

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ClaireNo Gravatar March 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I pledge to plant a fruit tree for each family member and a banana passionfruit vine.

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HelenNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

After seeing a photo from Greenpeace of the amount of rubbish that ends up washed not the water every few seconds I pledge to buy some gloves for the kids so we are more thorough when picking up rubbish on our walk to school. We already do this most days, and talk about why it is important not to litter but we often don’t have a bag to put the rubbish in or some of the rubbish is a bit gross! So off to buy some gloves and keep them I the pram with some rubbish bags just for litter patrol as we walk along! Worthwhile for the world, our local community and educating my kids!

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NikiNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 6:25 am

My pledge is to do more bush walking with the kids and let them get dirty! Starting today!

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karina wNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

I pledge to not eat dessert for the next 6 weeks until I get married.

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Karen EdwardsNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My pledge is to plant some fruit trees :-) I wish I’d done it years ago so we could be enjoying the fruit now.

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SamanthaNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

My pledge is to buy and plant some geraniums in the hanging baskets I bought months ago. Geraniums are such happy plants – always brighten my day when I see them in flower. I’ll even try to do it with the younger kids who haven’t had so much exposure to gardening as the older ones.

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Kim mNo Gravatar March 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I have asked the kids and they are excitwed to start changing the garden over to as much edible plants as we can…

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Stacey ShailerNo Gravatar March 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

To extend the vegie garden and grow even more of my own delicious, organic produce!

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melanie wNo Gravatar March 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I pledges to start a herb and vegie garden with my children.

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Rachel Kriss-NewellNo Gravatar March 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I often drive home past our town skate park and frown at the rubbish the kids leave behind each day. I pledge to take along a rubbish bag when we go on our family walks and pick up the rubbish. A lot of this rubbish would blow around and eventually end up down the drains and into our waterways.

I also pledge to do my little bit for the PCYC. As they now have two locations in town, the original site is not manned very often. I pledge to pull out their weeds in their garden, otherwise it will become overgrown, unsightly and unappealing.

I also pledge to spend more time on the family farm camping with our children. We have just returned from two days camping amongst the stars, relaxing whilst watching eagles fly overhead and walking along the waterways through the property. Being serenaded to sleep by bleating sheep is just divine. Pointing out the features of the property, the wildlife, the different native grasses growing underfoot, sustaining the stock, is right up my husband’s alley. This gives him the opportunity to share his knowledge and love of the land.

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LarabelleNo Gravatar April 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I’ve pledged to continue going to the beach (for a leisurely walk, an energetic run or a quick paddle) even though summer is over!

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BevNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

we pledged to dedicate one shelf in my pantry to natural food. going shopping today with the kids :)

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JacquiNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

To grow fruit, herbs and vegetables, and visit farmers markets (already do). And focus more art and craft on nature

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Belinda BakerNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

I pledge to finally begin our veggie patch and start growing some healthy delicious foods for my family.

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Michelle WilkinsonNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

Pledge to eat healthy by growing own vegatables

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Kasmira DickinsonNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

i pledge to involve my children more in growing fruit and vegetables and in the preparation of healthy meals using homegrown food.

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JessicaNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

My Nanna has the most beautiful garden, she also grows her own herbs and veg. She brought some around yesterday and the flavour is incredible and they are all organic. Ive pledged to grow my own herbs and veg (as best I can in pots as I live in a rental property).

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AlysonNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

I pledge to grow my own hers and vegetables.

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AnjNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

I pledged to talk to my kids about the importance of buying local produce from farmers at the markets rather than imported. Like you, I’ve not been successful at gardening myself yet…reckon it’s time for another go at that as well!!

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AnnikaNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

I pledge to eat more food containing only one ingredient; fruit, veg, eggs, milk, nuts, all natural.

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MirandaNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

I pledge to dedicate one shelf of the pantry to natural foods. That way when the kids need a snack, they are free to grab anything from that shelf.

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LeahNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I pledge to start a worm farm with the kids and grow our own lettuce in abundance.

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TalithaNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I pledge to start a fruit and veggie garden with my kids, to teach them how wonderful fresh and healthy food is

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KarlyNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

We moved to acreage in 2012 so have already made a lot of healthy changes. I’ve been thinking about chickens…they can scratch around and cultivate the garden, fertilise the vege patch and give us fresh eggs. I’m prepared to plegde that a couple of Isa Browns will join our family by the end of the year.

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bubble936No Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I pledge to cook healthy nutritious meals for my family at least 6 days a week rather than eating out and ordering a take away almost every day and encourage my kids to play outside rather than watching TV all the time …

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rohNo Gravatar April 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Being 90kgs at the age of 35 I pledge to start running at least three times a week and reduce my weight and eat healthy things so that I can be a good role model parent for my kids.

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Jennifer B.No Gravatar April 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I plan to remove some mottley old shrubs and replace them with useful citrus trees – mandarins and limes.
As for reconnecting with nature, my children are in Cubs and Scouts and do that brilliantly already!

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