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This week at NCW we’ve teamed up with Woolino and we are offering one lucky winner  a 4 Season Sleep Bag to keep your little one warm and safe while sleeping.

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ENTER TO WIN VIP TICKETS FOR THE 2014 NCW CONSCIOUS STYLE NIGHT!

After last year’s great success, NCW Conscious Style Night is coming back on October 3rd to bring on the runway what’s new and what’s hot in the world of sustainable and socially responsible fashion for both adults and children.
Now we want to give you the opportunity to attend this star-studded event and we are offering 10 VIP tickets to 10 lucky winners!
Enter to win exclusive tickets to this invitation-only event, come behind the scenes, meet the designers and discover the latest trends in children and adult fashion!

The event will take place on October 3rd, at the Italian Culture Institute in Los Angeles.

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Way To Goat!

In the fall of 2010, I was invited by a former colleague to meet Dr. Kate Morrison. As I sat in a small condo boardroom in downtown Toronto, she spoke with heart-wrenching honesty about the trauma, depression and guilt she’d experienced when, as a new mother and naturopathic doctor, she hadn’t been able to breastfeed her son. Physiological reasons prevented her from nursing him and then on top of that, cow milk formula gave him severe congestion. Distraught, she’d racked her mind for a solution. She knew from her naturopathic practice that goat milk, with its gentle protein and fat composition, could be an alternative to cow’s milk, but goat milk formula didn’t exist in North America. That’s when she decided to make her own, and her son thrived on goat milk. By that day in 2010, James was a healthy five year-old and Kate stood before us, looking for a team to help her bring goat milk formula to the US and Canada so that other parents could also have a goat milk option. Her passion was tangible and I was sold immediately.

Even with all of the good reasons to get on board with Kate, I knew how challenging launching Kabrita would be. For six years of my marketing career, I worked at Nestle Canada Nutrition, ultimately leading the infant nutrition division. I knew the baby food category was a difficult one to enter, and that formula evokes strong political and emotional reactions. I could see the risks, but standing in front of me was proof of the need.

As a mother and infant nutrition executive, I related strongly to what Kate was saying – I had heard similar stories many times. So many mothers had expressed gratitude for formula when they couldn’t breastfeed, but they also expressed the guilt and frustration that stemmed from the lack of support for their choice. I saw that the way for Kabrita to succeed would be for us to integrate education right into our business model – to empower parents to make the nutritional choices that made sense for their family, with confidence and joy. As a mother, I had experienced first-hand that knowledge was the key to easing the guilt and pain that can come with circumstances beyond our control.

In 2005, my daughter Bryn was born almost seven weeks premature. I spent five days in the hospital preparing for an early delivery and another three weeks with Bryn in intensive care. Bryn needed infant formula to survive, and I was grateful for it. What struck me so powerfully at the time was that because of my experience at Nestle, I was able to have balanced, informed discussions with the nurses and lactation consultants, without guilt. I gradually introduced breast-feeding and happily co-fed Bryn for 10 months, until I went back to work.

Our personal experiences, belief in our product and our authentic desire to support other parents is what has driven us to work so passionately toward the goal of bringing this innovative range of products to North America. In 2013, we partnered with Hyproca Nutrition, a Dutch dairy company with over 70 years of infant nutrition experience, in order to make Kabrita a reality.

Kabrita’s naturally easy to digest toddler formula will be available for the first time in America this summer, with a wonderful line of naturally easy to digest goat milk yogurt and fruit following in July, and more gentle products to come. All of our products are non-GMO, hormone-free, and of course tested on the toughest audience of all, our kids.

Our website and resources are in constant evolution as we add new information, seek new experts and create resources to help parents build their confidence about nutrition and exploring the choices they have for feeding their families.

To learn more about Kabrita visit www.KabritaUSA.com

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Enter To Win A Kabrita Gift Bag!

We had the opportunity to explore in depth Kabrita’s story, learn more about their unique products and why they are a great choice for your little ones.

Now we want to give you the chance to enjoy Kabrita’s Goat Milk foods, and we are offering 3 Gift Bags filled with 28 oz Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula and Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt in three flavors: Mixed Berry, Mango Peach and Banana & Natural Vanilla Bean.

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The Baby Box Co.

Jennifer Clary and Michelle Vick–best friends since childhood–were inspired to start The Baby Box Co. upon learning about the boxes that are delivered to all expectant mothers in Finland. Michelle, a new mom herself, wished that she had been sent something just like it when her daughter was born, instead of having to figure out exactly what she needed and which products were the best through the frustrating, lengthy (and expensive) process of trial and error. She was also looking for a way to share her knowledge and experience with other moms. Meanwhile, Jennifer, a proud aunt and a founder of jenkev productions, Inc, was looking for a way to use her extensive entrepreneurship experience to build a company that helps new parents and babies. And thus, The Baby Box Company was born! Instead of having to tirelessly research to find all the best products they’ll need to welcome their new baby, mothers can now sit back and let The Baby Box Co. do all the work.

THEIR MISSION

The Baby Box Co.’s mission is to give expectant mothers throughout the world the very best start for their babies, enabling them to reduce stress and feel confident that they are well prepared (or, as well prepared as one can possibly be) for this new and exciting chapter in their life. For every box that is purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes towards helping a new mother who is struggling to make ends meet. It’s a priority for us to know that our company is providing shoppers with the best baby products available while simultaneously making a positive difference for moms living in poverty.

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Enter To Win A Copy Of The Kind Mama

We had the pleasure to sit down with the lovely actress, author and mom, Alicia Silverstone and chat about her new book, The Kind Mama and how it can change your life.

Now we want to give you the chance to enjoy a copy, and we offer 5 copies of The Kind Mama book to 5 lucky winners!

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Hollywood Dads

We recognize their faces, they are known for their roles in movies and TV-shows, but the most important role of their lives is at home: being Dad. Bill Rancic, Boris Kodjoe, David Alan Basche and Johnathon Schaech open about the amazing relationship with their children, their priority list and how they navigate fatherhood without a script.

DAVID ALAN BASCHE

Actor I Husband I Liv’s Dad

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NCW: How would your daughter describe you as a parent?


DAB: I just asked Liv what kind of Dad she thinks I am, and she said “he’s a very silly Daddy and he loves me more than like a quadrillion billion mint chocolate chip ice cream cones!” So there you have it.  

NCW: Name one sitcom dad that you think you are most like.


DAB: Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable. Strong but fair, serious but fun. And I love Jell-O pudding.

NCW: If you could give soon-to-be fathers one piece of advice what would it be?


DAB:  As the tattoo on my left wrist says: “There Is No Perfect.” Accept now that you will make mistakes in your parenting. You will miss some important moments, you will communicate poorly with your spouse, you will drop stuff and forget stuff and lose your temper and lose your patience. And still, you will be a great Dad, because if you truly love your children unconditionally, that’s the thing. Also, those up-the-back poops are horrific. Good luck.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…


DAB:  A better man than I ever thought possible, and I’m so grateful.

 

BILL RANCIC

TV Personality I Husband I Duke’s Dad

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NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?

BR: Giuliana and I both chose to live life in the public eye and to share our journey with others, but we definitely make a point to put our relationship and Duke first.  We try to frequent places where paparazzi don’t go, we have a great life in our home and we focus on family to keep us grounded.

NCW: If he could, how would Duke describe you as a parent? 

BR: Hopefully he knows that he’s loved and would describe me as responsible, rational and fun.

NCW: What is one thing that you learned from your father, which you would like to pass on to your child? 

BR: My dad died when I was young so I learned from him to make the most of every day.

NCW: If you could give soon-to-be fathers one piece of advice what would it be?

BR: GET PLENTY OF SLEEP NOW!

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…

BR: Appreciate the little things even more.

 

BORIS KODJOE

Actor I Husband I Sophie & Nicolas’ Dad

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NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?
BK: There’s no balancing. My family is my one and only priority. Everything else comes second.

NCW: How would your children describe you as a parent?


BK: Sophie & Nico said, “Nice, strong, protective, caring, full of muscles with an itchy beard.”

NCW: Name one TV dad that you think you are most like.
      

BK: Bill Cosby. A mixture of bad cop and secret ally.

NCW: Have you ever said to your kids, “Don’t tell mom”?  If so, what was the reason / adventure / mishap that prompted those words?

BK: I can’t share that information without incriminating myself, but it had to do with a huge bottle of bubble bath, an overflowing bathtub, and a foam party.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…

BK: Into a man with a true purpose, and the only legacy that matters to me – my children.

 

JOHNATHON SCHAECH

Actor I Author I Husband I Camden Quinn’s Dad

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NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?

JS: Stay grounded and put family first.  I try to be home as much as possible.  I traveled so much last year that I received a Companion Pass from Southwest Airlines

NCW: How would your son describe you as a parent? 

JS: At seven months, I don’t think he’d say I was his parent. I’m just his best buddy who he can count on.

NCW: Name one TV dad that you think you are most like. 

JS: Thomas Jane in HUNG! I’m starting to finally use the gifts God gave me for the greater good. Ha!

NCW: What is one thing that you learned from your father, which you would like to pass on to your child?   

JS: Keep God in your heart and you will make it.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…   

JS: Grateful for all those missed steps, broken roads and failed auditions.

 

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Naturally Connected

THE REASON BEHIND OUR ATTRACTION TO WATER

Have you ever wondered why we are magnetically drawn to water? Why we feel enchanted, or stress relieved when we drive past the ocean, dip our toes in water, or listen to the soothing sound of waves crashing? Many have tried to answer these questions, but an interesting explanation may come from neuroscience.

“I started having questions about the emotional connection we experience with the ocean, and I did not have the necessary training to answer them.  So I thought, ‘why don’t I hold a conference?’” says Dr. William “J” Nichols, a distinguished sea turtle biologist, ocean advocate and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He has made it his mission to shed new light on the ocean, and its great emotional power.  For the past four years Dr. Nichols has brought together neuroscientists, explorers, water practitioners, and ocean scientists to discuss and explore the intersection between our brain and the ocean.  Some of the research that preceded his findings has been remarkable.

THE DEFAULT MODE NETWORK

There is something that happens to our brains that makes any water setting appropriate.  Our energy and brain shifts into a relaxed state, also known as the Default Mode Network, which is a perpetual contemplative and relaxed state of mind. Dr. Nichols says it’s easy to achieve this mind state, “all you need to do is show up, observe the water, and it will do the rest for you.” That’s why the ocean view is such a desired facet when purchasing a property, or selecting a hotel room for your vacation.

THE FIGHT AGAINST DEMENTIA

Now, if you find it hard to believe “showing up” to a body of water gives you the capacity to free your mind, then read on.  Scientists at the University of Queensland, with the help of the Water Memories Swimming Club, challenged water’s capability to shift the brain, of people suffering from dementia, to the Default Mode Network . In order to claim dementia, one must show significant impairment in the following functions: memory, communication, ability to focus, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception.  After the patients were exposed to a significant body of water they were observed and placed through a series of cognitive tests. Undoubtedly, the team of researchers determined there was an overall improved functional capacity.  In addition, there was a direct effect on specific aspects of their  quality of life., “Sleep, appetite, behavioral and psychological symptoms, depression, and their sociability was positively enhanced,” says Christine Neville, Professor of Mental Health at the University of Queensland.

THE AQUATIC APE THEORY

Whether we are swimming in it, or just observing it, water is proven to positively affect our functionality, and it has been for years.  Some say this ancestral bond exists because we used to call the ocean our home.  In 1960, an Oxford professor named Alister Hardy first put the Aquatic Ape theory forward.  He contended that the evolutionary ancestors of modern humans spent a period of time adapting to a semi-aquatic existence.

Hardy suggested that because there are many characteristics that make humans so different from apes, humans must have evolved through a semi-aquatic phase of life.  For starters, our brains are nearly identical to that of cetaceans (dolphins and whales).   More interestingly, is the lack of hair humans have in comparison to apes. The Aquatic Ape Theory points out that the majority of hairless mammals are aquatic, and the only ocean mammals with hair are those that surface from time to time, such as seals.  The most notable similarity between humans and cetaceans is the fatty layer beneath our skin, which cannot be found on any existing ape.

One can argue for, or against each side of this theory, as there are plenty of differences between humans and ocean mammals.  If the Aquatic Ape Theory is proven to be true, it may further explain why we have such a familiarity and sense of peace when we see the ocean – Feelings that most of us share only when we go home.

As more theories emerge and more research is done about humans’ connection to water, there are a few facts that we cannot ignore:

  • We are born in water
  • We are made up of about 60% water
  • The Earth’s surface is 71% water
  • We cannot survive without water 

Article from The Aquatic Issue 2014

Q&A With Mark Jacobs

Director, Documentarian, Photographer, Activist, Story Teller at Heart

NCW: WHO IS MARK JACOBS?

MJ: I don’t like to talk about myself. I am usually on the other side of the camera. In general who is me is defined by what I am in search for. And I am in search of experiences that can enrich my life. I used to define myself as what I did for living, but now I am someone who uses what he does for living to bring awareness to subjects that need attention.

NCW: HOW DID YOU START?

MJ: My career started in Las Vegas when I was 14, I was really interested in television news, I don’t know why, so I asked for a tour of a television station. I took the tour, and I started hanging out there to learn more. In the summer, I was hanging out at the studio even more and learning about lighting cameras, news and production. I would sit there and listen, learn and asked questions. KLAS moved in to a brand new state of the art facility, this is 1978. They basically said, “you can’t hang out here anymore, here is an application, fill it out and we will hire you”, and so I was hired a year after my first tour.

NCW: WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH REALITY TV?

MJ: My goal in reality TV was to bring a sense of the real to it. In 2004, reality TV seemed so produced. I just felt that it was wrong and degrading to the viewers. I’m a firm believer that anytime you try to force things to happen the way you want them to happen, they blow up. Never fails. Just blows up! You can’t force things to happen. You have to sit back and you have to just let them go naturally. Just bring to the table a skill set that allows you to be in that position to let things happen. Observe. Listen. But, at the end of the day the budget really decides how schedules allow for that time.

NCW: LUCKY DOG WAS NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY. HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE?

MJ: Directing Lucky Dog was awesome. And not just for the concept: rescue and rehabilitating dogs from shelters, but also for the opportunity to work with Brandon McMillan, whose energy is contagious on and off screen. Shooting with animals is not like shooting with people, as you can imagine, so I just let Brandon “do his thing” and I “followed” him. He has a special affinity with animals and we were able to capture that on camera.

NCW: YOU ARE AN ACTIVIST. WHAT PROMPT THIS PASSION?

MJ: For me it’s about what my purpose in life is. Giving back is an amazing fulfilling experience that enriches my life and makes me want to do more. If I don’t, then why am I here for? It’s that simple.  Whether you believe in God or not, I don’t want this life to pass by, take things for granted and get lost in the superficial. Look at all we have been given.

NCW: WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PROJECT ABOUT?

MJ: I am working on a documentary about Swaziland. It is a small country in the heart of South Africa, a country within a country. When my wife and I first went there we were shocked to see that all the things we hear here in America about Africa, in Swazi were immediately noticeable: there is no food, water, clothes, shoes. Its population is being decimated by AIDS. Swaziland has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS per capita in the world. There are so many orphans, most of whom have HIV themselves and their outlook is not a positive one, as medications are not available. They calculate that by 2020 Swaziland may be extinct if something doesn’t change. It’s only six years away., it’s not very long. For these reasons I am committed to expose the facts and make people aware of this devastating situation. As human beings we could all be helping.

 

To follow Mark’s journey visit www.zzyzxfilms.com

Interview from The Aquatic Issue 2014