Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great Green Mother's Day Ideas

Since Mother's Day is coming up soon, and I'm hugely fond of both receiving and giving gifts, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite (inexpensive) ideas ... and where the cheapest places are to get them (around Brisbane, anyway).

*This is a revised version of a post I wrote last year on an earlier blog I was playing around with ... Hope you enjoy it!

Bought Treats
There are ethical issues surrounding chocolate that you may want to know about, so I really can only recommend organic/fair trade chocolate at this point. Not to say that I don't have chocolate desserts at restaurants, but I think it's always a good idea to be mindful of where the things you eat come from.

1. Green and Black's chocolate bars
- you can get them at any natural foods store and most supermarkets, and there are several varieties. Average price for a 150 g bar is $4-$7. Best value is the chain supermarkets where on occasion it goes on sale for (no kidding) $1.99 a bar. Then I stock up on the dark and the milk bars and use them for cooking and eating. (Have you looked at the ingredients in cooking chocolate? Shocking!!) I always walk past the Green and Blacks when I'm at Coles or Woolies just to see ...

2. Loving Earth raw chocolate bars
- you'll have to go to a natural foods store for these, and I've only ever bought them from Wray Organic. They cost about $7-$9 a bar, but if you love dark chocolate in particular, you must must must try it. Raw cocoa is higher in antioxidants than processed chocolate and is sugar and dairy free. There are several varieties.

(This is the chocolate I give my 3 year old ...  heh heh ... )

3. Loving Earth raw organic cocoa butter
- an all-natural moisturiser, great for winter coming up! Just rub a small bit on skin and lips - it melts at skin temperature. Find it at natural foods stores in Brisbane or online at Loving Earth.

4. Certified organic lavender essential oil
- great for the bath, for the laundry, for homemade beauty products. You can get small vials of 15mL for $10 at most natural foods stores, which is expensive but you only use a few drops at a time (so it lasts forever).

5. Subscription to Peppermint magazine - it's $44 for a year's subscription, and a new love of mine (thanks Renee!)
Make it Yourself
Making food and beauty products yourself is a great way to have high-quality products without the expense. Plus you know exactly what's going in them!

1. Yummy chocolate cake 

2. Check out Nigella Lawson's Feast from the library and explore the chocolate cake chapter (yes, a WHOLE chapter!!) with your mum

4. Easy face scrub from ground oats and almonds (50% each-put them in your blender and whizzzzzzzzz)

5. Coffee filter tea bags, filled with chai tea or with your mum's favourite loose tea and with special messages on the labels.

6. Take some special photos, print them out and frame them ... (like these Valentine's photos we made for my husband ...)

7. Lip balms and potions - I posted these for Valentine's Day, but between you and me, I'd love to receive them anytime of year ...

Recycled things
A green mum will appreciate secondhand things, plus reusing and recycling is great for the environment!

1. Unloved exercise equipment from Ebay (I've found a pilates machine, a rower and more ... )

2. Check out all the craft and decor possibilities at Reverse Garbage in The Gabba (I've found great paper and cloth scraps and a vintage stained glass window ... )

3. A great book at The Book Bank in Toowong Village (I found Nigella's Feast and Tessa Kiros' Apples for Jam there, but it's not just cook books, don't worry ... )

4. Scour op (thrift) shops for great clothes and dishes and housewares (I've found amazing serving platters, vintage cookie jars, games, and cute jewelry, among other things ... ) By the way, my fave op shops are the YWCA shop in Toowong (Sherwood Rd) and Vinnies in Paddington (Latrobe Tce) and any thrift stores in small, country towns ... 

5. While you're at the op shop, pick up a frame and put some of your fave kiddie art into it. My all time best mother's day present was one of these.

What are your fave Mother's Day ideas?

I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day, and spoil her rotten!
Amanda xx


Paula said... [Reply to comment]

That's quite the jump your little one is making off the step and it's a great shot! I love the photographs you did for her Daddy's Valentine's Day and she's quite the budding artist. At her age to have the eyes (I'm assuming she drew a picture of you) lined up like that is pretty darn good.
I love this post. So many wonderful ideas for Mother's Day and other special days. My sister's (5) are all coming to my place for our annual get-together in August. I am going to make them each jars of your Oat and Almond Easy Face Scrub, Your Coconut Make-Up Remover and your Coconut Honey Face Cleanser. So excited about doing this and just hope to find some cute little bottles...some...I'm going to need at least 15! Thank you for these gift ideas. I hope your Esty shop is doing well Amanda.

Where My Heart Is said... [Reply to comment]

I love to cook but I LOVE getting all my meals prepared for me on Mothers Day. This is the best Mother's Day gift I can think off. DH always makes blueberry pancakes for breakfast and I can bet dinner will be Cajun fish and prawn skewers with an avocado salsa. I know this because this is the extent of his culinary repertoire :).

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Paula Thanks Paula! I'm finding that my iphone takes really great pics in bright sunlight ... so I'm having fun getting action shots like these :)

Have fun making your gifts!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Where My Heart Is Jess. That is a *very* excellent culinary repertoire. You're a lucky girl!

Linda @ Stuff I Like said... [Reply to comment]

Loving the idea of your moisture bars and lip balms. Just in time for Winter. Perfect!

pampers coupon said... [Reply to comment]

I never knew about the ethical issues of chocolate. Quite scary really when you consider how much is consumed in the world and how much of a key ingredient Coco is.

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Linda @ Stuff I Like Oh yes, winter (as we know it) is in the air ...

Cacau said... [Reply to comment]

aaaawwww How Nelly can be this cute?? God bless you both!
I have posted a brazilian recipe you might like, in both english and portuguese ;)
have a nice week!

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