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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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.


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.

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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.


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.



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?


NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…

BR: Appreciate the little things even more.



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.



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.


Interview from The Daddy Issue 2014

Naturally Connected


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 

Exclusive Q&A With The Kind Mama – Alicia Silverstone

NCW:  What would you advise for being a Kind Daddy? 

AS: But there is so much that they can do, I mean from how they eat, in terms of their quality of sperm, because you want the real good strong ones, not the whimpy ones.  So you want that to be very healthy in terms of what they are providing in that department if you are trying to get pregnant.  And when a woman is pregnant there are so many ways for their partner to support, and to care for mom-to-be, and be a part of it. And then once the baby is born…there’s lots to do.

NCW:  How would you say your life has changed since becoming a mama?

A.S: But how has it changed…you can be so focused with your baby like when I’m with him nothing else in the world matters and time escapes me.  I can be with him for like two or three hours, just him and I,  completely connected, and I’m not doing anything else but being with him, and it feels like maybe a half hour went by, and I’m like ‘how did three hours go by?!’  On the flip side of that, is when you have work to do and you’ve now got only an hour instead of a day…your time has shrunk.

NCW:  How do you juggle it all? What advice do you have for other working moms trying to balance everything?

AS: I think that all of the principals in The Kind Mama will set you up so that you are resolved about the kind of mom that you want to be, and when you know the kind  of mommy you want to be, once you have read all of the information, and made the choices then you are so resolved in that, that it really becomes quite effortless to plan…  You know you’re nourished and you are eating well, so you are present with your child, and then you balance that with having to go do your work too. Whatever it is, and providing that work is fulfilling you and stimulating you and really provides a purpose.  Whether it’s absolute financial need or if it’s just because you love it and your projects make you happy and they change the world.

It’s just the balance of it all and making sure that whatever time that you do have in your life, to make sure that you are spending your time where you really  want to be.  If you love being with your child, then be with your child, and make the time for it. I think the main thing is not doing other things, like when I’m with Bear, I’m with Bear.  I mean of course sometimes we do laundry together, we do the dishes together, we cook together and all those things, but there’s a lot of times when I am just with him, I’m with him, watching him, being with him and available to him so that he is seen and he gets to have that quality time.

NCW:  If there was one thing that women could take away from the book, what would you want that thing to be?

AS: I want women to come away knowing that they really can have a blissful pregnancy, and that they can get pregnant with ease, and that they can have a  truly healthy child without all of the things that we have accepted as normal. And that there is a difference, there’s a huge difference, between the average child and the average person’s health versus following this path.  I want women to be their most nourished, their healthiest.  I want them to be the strongest that they can possibly be, so that they can do all of those things, and can get pregnant easily, and have that beautiful pregnancy and have the healthiest child.  And remember, being a mama requires every morsel of your being. I mean it is going to tap you in every single aspect, all of you is consumed by this baby.  So you want to be as present and available for every precious moment of that, and this lifestyle, this path that I’m setting up for you will make it so that you can be – not only for your kids sake, but for your sake.

NCW:  I love the recipes in the Kind Mama. Which recipe is your favorite?

The Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash with kale and smoked Field Roast Sausages is so delicious.  I like using the white sweet potatoes, not the yellow ones, I mean of course both would be good, but I just prefer the white flesh and then the kale, its just so good.

NCW:  How would you describe your pregnancy.  What was the worst part and what was the best part?

I was so happy and I didn’t have any of the stuff that people think are normal.  My husband would have people say to him, “Is she so hormonal?” and he would say, “not at all she’s really happy. Super balanced and happy”.  They would say, “isn’t she dying for the baby to come out?” That’s what

NCW:  How would you say your life has changed since becoming a mama?

So I always think, ‘My goodness! If I wasn’t eating well I know how I would be.’ There is so much ease because of the choices that you make with your food.  I just feel it is so important that women know that… If you eat well, you sleep well, and if you sleep well you can pretty much manage anything, and that’s the real key, and it goes in that order the way you eat is the most important thing.


Read the original interview with Alicia Silverstone from The Daddy Issue 2014

Q&A With The Kind Mama – Alicia Silverstone

Mother, Actress, and Author of The Kind Mama and The Kind Diet

Becoming a mom can be tough.  Some women experience very difficult and miserable pregnancies, births, and motherhood, but actress and author, Alicia Silverstone is here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can have a beautiful and healthy pregnancy, birth and child just by being a little, well…kinder to yourself.  In her new book, The Kind Mama, Silverstone guides you from pre-pregnancy to post-pregnancy outlining how to truly nurture and nourish yourself every step of the way so that you can be the healthiest, happiest and strongest mama that you can be. She shares amazing advice, helpful tips, delicious recipes and her own personal experiences all in one book, so that women can arm themselves with all the tools and information they need to truly enjoy every moment of this beautiful experience called motherhood.

NCW: Tell me about your new book The Kind Mama.

AS: Mainly I wanted to create a resource for women that had all of the valuable information, so that they could make the best choices for themselves.  I wanted to empower them, and these same choices would help them get pregnant with ease and have an ailment free pregnancy, free of all of the stuff that we have come to assume is unavoidable like swollen ankles, diabetes, and all of that business. And for them to know their birth options and to have the healthiest, happy, little love nugget they can! And I wanted all of that information to be in one place.

NCW:  You shared a lot about your own pregnancy in the book, was it difficult sharing that information and being that open?

AS: You know, I think yes and no.  No, because I really, really wanted to show women what was possible for them, and so much of my experience was this healthy, vibrant, and blissful…My experience was so good, and I knew that it was because of these choices that I was making so I really wanted to share that with everyone.  But you know because it’s me, sometimes I get shy and I’m like, ‘why am I even saying this!’

NCW:  I love the recipes in the Kind Mama. Which recipe is your favorite?

AS: Well that is tricky!  I mean they are all my favorites, and they are all things that I have been using for so long…during pregnancy and after, they have been really, really helpful for me.  But I guess its fun to talk about the ones that might meet those needs of women when we are kind of being a little crazy and want to have something wild, like that sort of meaty, salty, fried, hearty thing.  You can have the Fat Fried Udon Noodles with sesame oil, garlic and ginger…They’re good! Really you can’t stop eating them, it’s really impossible! And then of course if you are wanting something sweet the Chocolate-Dunked Coconut Delights…are pretty to die for, and the chocolate pudding doesn’t hurt either! But those are all the things for when you are just being a little bit more wild and playful, not for every day – the fun stuff!

NCW:  How would you describe your pregnancy.  What was the worst part and what was the best part?

AS: The hardest part was being nauseous for so long. That was not at all fun! I wasn’t nauseous all the way to the end, but I hated food all the way to the end.  So that when I was in labor, standing there, with my midwife, in full pushing mode I said to her, ‘Do you think I’ll like food ever again?’  I was wondering if there was a switch, like the moment the baby plopped out I would be able to eat again and love food…ha ha…That was my big concern in that moment!  It had been so long that I hated food, which was just so weird for me because food is such a huge part of my life.  I had nausea for a long time but everything else was blissful…Everybody says to you at the end of your pregnancy, “Can’t you not wait to get this thing out of you?”   And I was like, ‘no not at all’.  I didn’t feel that way, I felt very happy being pregnant and really truly loved it, and when I see pregnant women I long to have to have that experience again because it was so magical. And that is what I want for everyone to have and that is why I set up this book, because I know that it’s possible to feel that way. 

NCW:  How would you say your life has changed since becoming a mama?

AS: Well, I have never been more tired in my life!  That’s why I always go back to The Kind Mama, because I know that there are challenging moments, and you are pushed every moment to be the most present you can be.

NCW:  What would you advise for being a Kind Daddy?

AS: Oh, well there are tons of tips in this book for daddies!  We have whole sections for Kind Gentlemen, and these sections are for daddies/partners only.  There’s so much for them to do, and there’s stuff for them to do at every stage. There as vital in this whole thing as mommy is, the only difference is that they don’t carry the baby  in terms of the nine months, and they don’t have the boobies, ha ha, but they do everything else and they can, and they absolutely should for themselves because they’ll miss out so much if they don’t.

NCW:  What is next for you?

AS: I have been working on this book non-stop, and I just finished shooting a pilot on Lifetime called HR.

Catch more from the interview with Alicia Silverstone here.  Be sure to check out her new book The Kind Mama in stores now.


Interview from The Daddy Issue 2014


1. Human  milk  sells  on  the  open  market  for  $4  an  ounce,  more  than  the  price  of oil.

2. Precious  and  coveted  as  it  is,  breast milk is  actually  87%  water.
3. Although  more  than  85  percent  of  new  parents  in  the  U.S.  say  they  intend  to  breastfeed  for at  least  three  months,  only  32  percent  actually  do.
4. Nevertheless,  breastfeeding  has  been  seriously  on  the  rise  throughout  the  last  several  decades.    In  the  60s  and  70s,  only  20- 25%  of  women  were  breastfeeding.
In  the  year  2000,  35%  of  newborns  started  out  breastfeeding.Today  that  number  has  reached  a  current  high of  77%.
5. At  the  same  time,  the  rate  of  teen  moms  breastfeeding  has  decreased. In  the  last  decade,  the  use  of  formula  by  teen  mothers  has  gone  up  by  10%.
6. Babies  can  pick  their  mothers  out  of  a  line up  by  the  scent  of  their  milk.
7. Breastfeeding  consumes  25%  of  the  body’s  energy.    By  comparison,
the  brain’s functions  only  utilize  20%.
8. Metabolically,  breastfeeding  is  the  equivalent  of  a  7  mile  walk.
9. More  than  ¾  of  all  women  produce  more  milk  in  their  right  breasts
(whether  or  not  they  are  right-handed).
10. On  average,  babies  only  drink  about  67%  of  the  milk  available  in  a  breast
at  one  time.
11. While  some  women  carry  a much  greater  volume  of  breast  milk  than  others,  it  has  nothing  to  do  with  breast.