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Calendula Salve

February 21, 2019

We are so excited to announce that we have joined up with ‘Hila Herbs’ and created an all-natural, plant based salve that is gentle enough for even the most precious of baby skin, but perfect for everyone in the family to use….including you, Dad! Calendula is a flower that has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that it is really good for especially dry skin, eczema and atopic dermatitis. It heals redness and rashes and can be used on small scrapes or cuts. And now during winter it can be generously applied to cheeks for a protective layer from the elements. The salve comes in a handy 30ml travel size or 100ml size for the entire family. For more questions, just send us an email: rowanessentials@gmail.com. We will let you know when the product is available online!

Ring Slings vs. Technical Carriers

February 21, 2019

A lot of people ask me what are the advantages to the ring sling carrier versus say a Baby Björn….and my truthful response is always that they both have great advantages and if you have the luxury of owning both (as I did) you will realise quickly that they both have their place. For me the biggest advantage with the ring sling was the fact that I could ALWAYS have it with me and as my toddler started walking (only short distances) and got tired, it was always easy to pop her back into the sling, which i had in my bag or packed in with the stroller. (A technical carrier would never fit into my bag). Another advantage with the ring sling was the ease of wearing it at home. Given the softness of the fabric and the quick nature of popping baby in and out…it made life within the home easier, especially if my little ones were cranky and didn’t want to be put down. Now, onto what i deemed the biggest advantage and that was breastfeeding….which could happen basically anywhere with the sling. The ability to adjust my baby’s position to a comfortable feeding position and using the excess fabric to cover up allowed life to continue, wether I was at home doing laundry or out shopping groceries. Now, I would not say that the ring sling is ideal if you are heading on a 10 km hike….and again, i think the pros of each style of carrier are unique, but i wanted to answer the age old question of ‘why are ring sling?’ based on my personal experience. I also happen to think they look lovely which is just an added bonus. 🙂

An Ode to Summer

October 18, 2018

Summer is over here and as most Northerners like to frequently tell themselves…winter is coming. But no, we are not quite there yet! There is still fall…lovely, wonderful fall, and I am still hanging onto my recent memories of this past summer. My kids are finally old enough that mamma can sit in her chaise-lounge and watch while they play in the sand and they are careful enough now that being close to the water doesn’t pose as big of a threat. But as the weather turns, here is one last ode to summer and the finnish archipelago before we start talking about fall and the inevitable arrival of winter.