Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Eco-friendly father's day gift ideas on Veggie Mama
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Yes, I can’t believe it’s almost September, either. 2015 is the fastest year I think I’ve ever lived. And that includes two years with newborns… I don’t even know how that is possible.
But September it is, and that means Father’s Day. And also Smalls’s birthday, but that’s a story for another day! Father’s Day comes hot on the heels of Lunchbox’s August birthday and it’s a stretch for me to find just the right thing when he never bloody wants anything, and I find myself running out of ideas for Father’s Day. I find a few themes work well: coffee, food, books, and sport. I hope my picks for this year sparks a few ideas for you too!

 Father’s day letterpress card printed on an antique printing press using 100% recycled cotton tree free paper.  Designed & hand crafted in Brisbane. $7.95 Get it here.

Alter Eco dark chocolate with sweet pastured butter and celtic sea salt – a bar to melt over. Organically grown, fair trade, GMO-free, gluten free. 70% cocoa, 80g bar. $5.95. Get it here. (Buy one for yourself while you’re at it!)

We go through so many water bottles in this house – it’s outrageous. The Mr is well overdue a new one and we like Kleen Kanteen, made from BPA-free, food-grade stainless steel. $26.95. Get it here.

↣ Dr Beegood’s tattoo preserver is rich in Tasmania’s leatherwood beeswax, honey and moisturising plant oils to help protect, soothe and heal your tattooed skin.  100% natural, safe and gentle.   Handmade in Tasmania by Beauty & the Bees. 40ml tin. $23.50. Get it here. Will most probably be used by me as he doesn’t bother putting anything on tattoos, most of the time. Crazy.

We used to play Finska in the lovely Queensland summer sun, so hopefully Melbourne plays along this year. Based on the ancient log throwing games from Finland, I still haven’t got the hang of it yet. $75. Get it here.

I’ve been dying to get the Mad Millie specialty cheese kits ever since I saw one in the shops. The boxes contain everything for the intermediate cheesemaker to create gourmet specialty cheeses at home (even vegetarian rennet! Double thumbs up). Includes reusable equipment and quality ingredients that are free from artificial flavours and preservatives. $135. Get it here.

Another thing we don’t have enough of – Keep Cup Brew limited edition is a tempered glass reusable coffee cup with a cork band that is beautiful to hold, antibacterial and insulates your hand from heat. $30. Get it here.

I’ve never heard of Beer shampoo, but apparently it’s very conditioning, especially good for dry hair, little hair, flaky scalps and dandruff. Ultra-convenient, shampoo bar no fuss hair care loved by all who try it. I think it would be rad 125g bar. $11.50. Get it here.

There aren’t many weekdays until liftoff, so make sure you get your orders in toot sweet – although Biome provide the option of express (next day delivery) shipping if you get your orders in by noon Mon-Fri, which should help you out if you find yourself in the “last minute” category! *cough cough* me.

Do you already have Father’s Day sorted? 

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Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Bowls + Win a Global Takashi Knife Set Worth $1199

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

I’m in Queensland at the moment, eating all the fresh fruit and drinking all the cold beer, because it’s WARM, y’all. Spring is sprung and all that. A very nice respite from winter’s end in Melbourne, which still won’t properly end until about December. The day before I left, it was heading into the 20s so I forced everyone outside in shorts and a t-shirt to finally get some sun on our skin. Glorious, I tell you!

When I made this burrito-style bowl for lunch the other day, and popped it on my cheery yellow outdoor mat, I could see my future: long, hot days; taking all meals outdoors, and eating colourful crunchy veg like my life depended on it. Cold beer too, probably. If you’re in good weather already, or you can feel it’s on its way, this one is for you.

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Spicy Black Beans

Spicy vegetarian black beans

I seriously use these beans for just about everything that calls for beans. For tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, to top rice, and as a side (and when I’m feeling less beany and more lentil-y, I use this chipotle rice and lentil mix). They’re easily freezable, easy to make, cheap as chips, and packed full of spicy flavour. You really can’t go wrong!

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A Confession, and Win $100 voucher to Booktopia!

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Do you remember when last year, you guys filled out the Veggie Mama Reader Survey?

That one where I banged on about  pickles for half an hour?

Well, it was the first time I’d ever canvassed your honest thoughts about what I do here on the blog, and I was a little bit terrified. I like to think I’m pretty hardy enough to cop some criticism where necessary but opening those survey results knowing you had been very transparent with me was a little bit daunting. I have this thing where in scary movies I actually squint so I can see what’s going on but it’s a little bit blurry and therefore not as confronting.

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A Cup of Tea With Me

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Poking my head out from 70 loads of washing to peep in and see how you are all doing? Seriously, it was only me gone this past week and I don’t know how I have managed to amass so much laundry. Hopefully it will be back to my extremely unrealistic goal of trying to do a load a day washed, folded and put away. Does anyone even actually do that? Do you?

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

A veggie version of a comfort food staple on theveggiemama.com

I  know the time for winter food is coming to an end (although we’re right at that moment in Melbourne where you think it will never be warm again HOLY SHIT FFS), but the nights are still plenty chilly enough for comfort carbs.

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How to Use Evernote at a Conference

The best way to get the most out of Evernote when you're at a conference. Note-taking, contacts, and more!

Along with 699 of my fellow blogging buddies, I’m off today to the ProBlogger Training Event on the Gold Coast. For the second year in a row, I’m on the PBEVENT team, which is a hell of a lot of fun.

I’ve had a few people ask me what they can do to prepare to get the most out of the conference, and overwhelm seems to be one of the biggest issues. How do you network, take in all of the information, remember to eat, and have a fabulous Shine party outfit all at once?

Well I suck at fashion and I never forget to eat, so I can’t help you there. What I can help you with is nerding out over information and how to note-take effectively. You’re welcome!

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So much drawing. Always with the drawing.

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