Locally-made Natural Organic Suscreen

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I had meant to write this review, what seems like, a year ago, but then life got in the way and my blog has mostly gone unloved. But, now it is heading in to the warmer seasons again, I’m reminded almost daily that I need to write this up!

Greenfoot Mama is based in the Northern Rivers, on the coast. She makes a line of organic products and is passionate about decreasing carbon footprints, living holistically and helping nature while becoming more attuned to nature and living ” naturally”.

‘The key focus was to create an indulgent choice of organic products that protect and nurture, whilst providing an array of holistic qualities without damaging our bodies or our natural environment.
Respecting and preserving our precious oceans whilst honouring our bodies with safer products is where Green Foot Mama is at.
It’s been such a pleasure creating produts, I hope that you love them too!’
– Olivia

Now, BallinaGirl has some weird genetic throwback that has given her a lovely light olive complexion. But, BallinaBoy on the other hand, is the definition of pale. I have used this product on both of them, and myself and the first thing I have to say is I love the smell!! I actually had one of her first tubs that didn’t have her new labelling on it before this new batch, and loved it too, but I find this one to be even better.

The main reason I love this (other than the smell) is that I can pronounce the ingredients (well, the unscientific names for them anyway) and actually know what they are, and while it isn’t ideal, I don’t have to be scared of the kids eating it (which has happened with other creams!).

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I have used it at all different times of the day, and have found that it works best when applied 10-20mins before you get to the beach, particularly for outings during the ‘UV danger zone’. Nothing scientific behind this reasoning, I have just found this works better for BallinaBoy. Also, reapplying a lot more often than those “4 hour waterproof” sunscreens you get in stores (we also make sure he has other sun protection on too, as this sunscreen alone does not stop the burn on him during the peak UV times). I’ve been caught out a few times, getting home from the beach with BallinaBoy looking a bit like a tomato. But, luckily you can also use the cream as an after sun balm, and it still smells good then too.

It can feel a bit oily when first applied, but still feels a lot better than normal store bought sunscreen. It feels lighter, like your skin can still breath. It feels good for your skin, like it is moisturising it at the same time. It doesn’t have that thick sticky feel when you are trying to apply it either.

It seems to work great for BallinaGirl, and have often considered giving the preschool the tub for her to use there, but I think I’ll have to get a new tub for us before I can do that.

If you want to get your hands on some, you can purchase some from her website (which seems to be currently undergoing some renos), through her facebook page, or you can email Olivia.. Or if you’re local to Lennox Heads, I believe a few stores stock it too!

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FFSC Mums & Bubs CrossFit

I started at CrossFit last year, when BallinaBoy was approximately 12 weeks, I think. The first session is free, and BallinaGirl seemed to love playing with the kids there, and I was able to tend to my kids when and if they needed, but there was also a lovely group of welcoming mums with warm hearts ready to try their best to comfort your children, while you were working out.

The session is (usually) broken up in to two groups, one group works out and the other supervises and cares for the kids, and then they swap. Seems logical. No over crowded under spaced crèche here. There is a kids area set up with toys, a TV, and a wooden kitchen. There is also the whole other half of the centre that they set up (with an obstacle course) for the bigger kids to be able to jump, climb and throw giant balls (in the “cage” or as some of the kids call it, the “trampoline”) at each other – what more could a preschooler or toddler want?
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The thing that made me decide to go back? The amount of pain I was in following – I could feel muscles I didn’t even know I had! That was a serious work out.
What made me continue to go back? The support, the individual attention and modifications (apparently I am, or was, really bad at squatting!), and the fact that I could see my babies, and tend to their needs if I needed to. If BallinaBoy needed boob, then I’d go in the second session. If I needed to calm my kids, I could throw them in a carrier and continue on (yep! I have done it with my toddler on, in testing week!), and if I had to exit half way through session one, I could continue in the next session.
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What makes me love it? It’s not only about a workout, it can be so much more. The people are welcoming, inclusive and most of all supportive. They organise cooked meals for mums when they are struggling, they organise social events, have a morning tea so you can chat and debrief, chat, and eat some yummy food, or chat more if you want. It is not just a workout it’s a community, a village, support and encouragement.
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I highly recommend coming down and trying it out, even if your kids are in school, you have one on the way, or don’t have kids but want to be around some warm hearted ladies (and sometimes men) and get your arse kicked (fitness and sweatiness wise).

Mums & Bubs sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am, and Wednesday 10:30am. Check out their website, or Facebook page, for more details.

On a side note: the Wednesday classes are quite small at the moment, as they are a new addition. If you are unsure about whether CrossFit works for you, are not good with big groups, or just feel you may be embarrassed by your fitness level (or lack there of) – Wednesday is a great session to get to, to test the water. But, you can also just come down and watch and hang out. When my kids have been having off days, out of routine, etc, I have just gone down to let them play with the other kids and ease back in to the routine (and catch up with everyone).
I hope to see you there! I’ll be the unco, sweaty, puffing, red in the face one – most likely with a kid strapped to me, haha.