Eco-Stylish Wooden Sunnies

Have you ever heard about sunglasses made from woods or bamboo? Even, recently I’ve noticed sunglasses made from the recycled skateboard material. Sustainable development* is getting wide-spread. People are thinking about more eco-friendly products nowadays. Something that we can renew, regrow, reuse, recycle is more considerable to make a new trend. In addition, using an eco-friendly product, I believe will make us feel less guilty about polluting our lovely planet Earth.

I think everybody likes a good environment but even better when you can see natural elements make a really amazing fashion.

-Wooden Sunnies

By the end of August, I joined an Instagram giveaway held by the Wooden Sunnies. There were bamboo sunglasses as the prize, so I was really interested to join it. Then I won. Yes, I won the bamboo sunglasses!!!

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I got contacted via a direct message by the owner of Wooden Sunnies. He said that I would be the winner, but because of the bamboo glasses on the giveaway are quite big, he offered me a Lolita, instead. Wanna know which one is the bamboo sunglasses and which one is Lolita?

These are the bamboo sunglasses. Aren’t they cool to make you stand out?

And these sunglasses are Lolita. Oh so stunning!

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I bet the bamboo sunglasses would fit my husband rather than me because he has a big head, really a big head for an Asian man. I like the bamboo sunglasses because the bamboo material is eco-friendly and regrowable easily yet it is also sustainable. However, I wasn’t disappointed at all when Mr. Joel, the Wooden Sunnies owner, told me that he would send Lolita for me because he believed Lolita suited better for ladies rather than the bamboo ones.

Lolita sunglasses have a transparent plastic frame edge, but the arms are zebra wood. Zebra wood is kind of wood from Africa that has very noticeable stripes of zebra pattern. Mr. Joel told me that he was unsure about the Lolita as it has a plastic edge, but then it becomes favorite! He sells this one more than all others lately. Yes, indeed Lolita really looks great. Lolita sunglasses has surprised Mr. Joel because they are sold out the quickest. These sunnies are perfect for everyone. Fit men and women.

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My Sunnies prize is packed with a bamboo cylindrical container, just like a hollow big bamboo stem. It is also provided with a black fabric pouch and a lens cleaning cloth. As Lolita arrived at my home… My husband tried to put them on but they don’t fit my husband! Wow! His head is really big or Lolita sunnies are quite small? Even my son tried wearing them too and they fit pretty well on him! Hahaha… So actually Lolita fit everyone, except my husband. The head’s width of my husband is big enough for Lolita. So maybe, as I guess, the bamboo sunglasses will suit him better.

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When I get Lolita, I look into its wooden arms, they are engraved with “polarized” on the left side and “handmade” on the right side. Lolita is handmade and it is also equipped with polarized lenses. The front lenses have a mirror finish that reflects images just like a metallic mirror. It is handmade, so it is so special. How about “polarized”? what does it mean? Polarized is a term for the lenses of the sunglasses that help to reduce reflected glare from the water and flat surfaces.

How do polarized lenses work? Light usually scatters in all directions; but when it’s reflected from flat surfaces, it tends to become polarized – meaning it travels in a more uniform (usually horizontal) direction. This creates an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of reflected light that causes glare and reduces visibility.

Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. They provide superior glare protection – especially on the water. Polarized lenses also may reduce the visibility of images produced by liquid crystal display (LCDs) or light emitting diode displays (LEDs) such as digital screens. So, with polarized lenses, you may be unable to see your cell phone or GPS device (Reference: http://www.allaboutvision.com – Polarized Sunglasses).

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I have proved it myself, when I was taking pictures at the beach, it was hard to see my phone display with the sunglasses on. The display was totally dark. However, it was really cool to wear Lolita at the beach as it was totally sunny and the sunlight glaring from the sea water. The vision through Lolita lenses are clear but the sunlight is not strikingly bright to my eyes. They are lightweight and now are my best friends in this tropical sunny country. The wooden sunnies are perfect for outdoor activity and to protect my eyes from the sunlight.

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I am lucky I got these cool handmade wooden sunnies as a prize. If you buy these sunnies from Wooden Sunnies, $10 of every sale goes to plasticoceans.org. You are not only purchasing an eco-stylish product but also contributing to the sustainability of marine life too. Well, so many thanks to Wooden Sunnies who had considered kindly the suitable sunnies for me as a perfect gift and moreover for raising awareness to the single-use plastic that pollutes our planet. For a better earth for our children, grandchildren and grand grandchildren.

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Something renewable, regrowable and sustainable. It makes people feel a little bit better about what they’re doing.

– Wooden Sunnies

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If you are interested to seek wooden sunnies and be friends with the sustainable ecosystem, please go and check… http://www.woodensunnies.com they have various styles of sunglasses. Even more, this September Wooden Sunnies has launched a new range called ‘EmDeez’. The new ones are round sunglasses made from dark and light bamboo frame. Aaaww, another adorable bamboo sunnies… What are you waiting for? Let’s check it out!

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*Based on Encarta Dictionary, sustainable development means an economic development without polluting environment: economic development maintained within acceptable levels of global resource depletion and environmental pollution

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💚 Intan Rastini

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A Tour to Rainbow Warrior: a Greenpeace Ship Landed in Bali

A day after Kavin’s 3rd birthday, we went to port Benoa. A greenpeace famous ship has been landed on Bali, at the port Benoa. I didn’t want to miss this chance so I asked my husband to go there with the kids. It is a rare opportunity to see the Rainbow Warrior and even go inside the ship. Greenpeace journey has been started in Papua, the second place to land was Bali, Next is going to be Jakarta for a week on April 23-29 2018. The journey is called “Jelajah Harmoni Nusantara” Rainbow Warrior Southeast Asia Ship Tour 2018.

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From Angkah village in Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan to port Benoa it takes about 2.30 hours by motorbike. Our destination is approximately 50 km away. When we arrived on the Benoa highway, we had to pay the entrance highway fee for motorbike Rp 2,000. At the port, we didn’t need to pay any entrance fee or parking fee. It was all free. The Rainbow Warrior open boat event held by Greenpeace was also totally free. This event is held on April 14-15 2018 from 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. We came on Saturday, April 14 at 13:00.

Port of Benoa

When we arrived at the port Benoa, we had lunch first by the dock. We brought our lunch box and we shared meal with 4 persons: my husband, Kalki, Kavin and me. It was very hot at the port, by the way. We already prepared bringing 4 drinking bottle containing 3,1 L of water. And it was insufficient for the four of us. Because we were sweating a lot and we need drinking much water to rehydrate our body. We felt so thirsty almost all the time.

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After having lunch, we could visit the handycraft stands by local communities who care to the environment and their products are mostly eco-friendly or by recycled materials. Kalki and Kavin tried to chill out at the painting tent, there were some cozy beanbags for lying down or sitting down. We could enjoy the ocean breeze here, and let the kids paint on a cut unused posters’ backside.

 

At 1 pm we made a line to enter the Rainbow Warrior. A group of visitors that allowed to enter in every session was 25 persons excluded children.  We went inside the ship in the first session.  There was an Indonesian tour guide who explained about the Rainbow Warrior. This Rainbow Warrior Ship was the third ship of Greenpeace. The first had been bombed by the French intelligent agent and the second one was too old to be operated. Next, Greenpeace made its own ship unlike its two ships before that those are modified ships.

 

Something unique about the ship that it has a dolphin wooden statue, its name is Dave the Dolphin. And it was brought from the first ship. There was also a classic hand bell in front of the steering room. Ships used to use hand bell in old times to acknowledge its coming but nowadays because of radio, GPS and etc, we don’t need hand bell anymore. In Rainbow Warrior there is a tradition to ring the hand bell on a new year’s eve by the youngest ship’s crew.

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This third Rainbow Warrior is a sailboat with modern technology. It uses wind energy to sail, but it can use diesel too when there is no wind.This ship has big strong sail poles which form like the  alphabet “A” structures. Because of its huge sails, it uses machine to expand them and also with the help of the crews. There are some monitors in the steering room and as a controlling room also. Luckily, Kalki had the opportunity to sit on the captain’s seat! There were so many buttons and panels. Visitors and especially children were not allowed to touch anything there.

 

The Rainbow Warrior’s crew who explained about the ship was Reinoud, his position is 2nd mate – I don’t know what it means. Unfortunately I didn’t ask him what exactly his posisition was about. I just asked about where the captain was. And the captain was discussing something with the crews in the other room behind the steering room.

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Reinoud the 2nd Mate in the steering room and a translator

Reinoud explained that this ship has ever been followed by government war ships so close behind. He said that some government or companies felt afraid of the Rainbow Warrior. So, it’s good that they felt afraid because it meant that they did something wrong. Even their captain had also been terrorized too. The captain of Rainbow Warrior is a dutch woman named Hettie Geenen.

 

After going inside the steering room we went to the conference room. It was such a multifunctional room with a projector hanging on the ceiling. The crew could also set up some gym equipments there so they could do exercise. At that room, we watch a short video presenting about what Greenpeace had done especially in Indonesia.

 

Next tour was to the Helipad. Yes Rainbow Warrior has a landing deck for a helicopter. On the helideck there were some knockdown wooden wall for sticking posters about Greenpeace international. So we could read what kind of environmental issues that Greenpeace had been fighting for. From plastic waste to electronic waste, farming land that would be used as a mega electricity plan with coal, massive deforestation to start palm farming, air pollution, even about the bombing of the first Rainbow Warrior Ship.

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Welcome to Indonesia, Greenpeace!

The tour inside Rainbow Warrior maybe only took 15-20 minutes only. The next groups kept going on and on as the first group ended the tour. After I finished my tour, I took a rest by sitting down under the trees’ shadows. Because I had something to ask to the ship crew, I joined the next session for the second time. This time I went only with kalki. The tour was the same as the first. At the first session Kalki hadn’t got the chance for sitting on the captain’s seat, but at the second time, he got it.

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I met with Sabine Skiner from Germany this time. She is the mechanic of Rainbow Warrior. I asked her whether there were any Indonesian crew in Rainbow Warrior. She said there were 16 crews from 14 different countries. 2 crews are from Indonesia: 1 deck-hand crew and 1 as a volunteer. At last, I asked Sabine to sign on my notebook.

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Next, I skipped watching video in the conference room, I directly went straight to the helideck and read few articles there and then Kalki and I went to the land to meet Kavin and my husband. It was very nice to be inside of Rainbow Warrior and to meet the ship’s crews. Unfortunately I didn’t meet every crew of Rainbow Warrior and what I waited the most was to meet the ship’s chef, Daniel Bravo.

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It was said by the Indonesian tour guide that all crew in this ship weren’t not only activists but they were also scientist and researchers. Meeting the only chef of the ship is very interesting to me, to know about what kind of menu did he always cook for all the crew and… besides that, he also looked like Orlando Bloom to me, haha. Reminding me to Pirates of the Caribbean so much!

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It was a little bit disappointing that the visitors were not given a tour to every cabin and to the kitchen. We also couldn’t meet to every ship’s crew because only one crew that was in charge in the steering room to welcome the visitors. By chance, I noticed the other ship’s crew like Shuk Ning Cheung as a volunteer deck hand, Daniel Szony as 3rd mate and another crew inside the tools and equipments room, but I didn’t know who he was. Sabine said that Daniel was from Hungary. He appeared in the steering room at that time.

 

On the dock near by the ship was moored, we could enjoy dragon fruit juice and another fruit juice, but we needed to bring our own tumblr to get that juice. I didn’t know whether it was free or not so I didn’t  go to get that juice. There was also loud music by two DJs but they were gone at about 1.30 pm. There were a community which cared to the plastic waste named Bye Bye Plastic Bags, two persons came to me and asked a permission to interview about my concern to plastic waste.

 

There was also another community like Trash Hero, and the others that I din’t pay attention that much. However mostly there were communities that care to the environment and want a better change for Planet Earth. This time Greenpeace came bringing a campaign to use renewable energy, there was a giant phrase showed on the ship’s net: BALI GO RENEWABLE. And also on a long banner attached on the ship’s fence: “BALI SAATNYA BERALIH KE ENERGI TERBARUKAN”. Are you ready to use renewable and stop using plastic bags?

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Our Indonesia’s minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti had visited Rainbow Warrior when it was landed in Papua, how about you? To me it is a cool opportunity that I won’t miss! Let’s join to be an ocean defender!

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It was so hot! But a cool experience though

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Greenpeace lifeboat

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Balinese traditional offering to welcome the Rainbow Warrior Ship in Bali

♡ Intan Rastini

How to Make a Cartoon Wayang

Hello, weekend is coming and we will have more spare time with the kids. Here is one of my idea to make a creative activity with Kalki and Kavin. My sons need figures to play instead of dolls, so I tried to make them cartoon wayangs with their own characters, Kalki and Kavin. With wayang Kalki learns about storytelling and confidence 🙂

Let’s go, I’ll show you how to make some…

Tools and Materials

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  1. Piece of carton
  2. Palm sticks
  3. Tape
  4. Pencil
  5. Coloring Pencils
  6. Scissors
  7. Needle
  8. Thread
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I use the carton from my toddlers’ milk boxes to recycle them too

How to make

  1. Draw a character on a piece of carton. What I drew was my sons, Kalki and Kavin figures. You can draw your children figures or any animation characters.
  2. Color the character or let your children do the coloring.
  3. Cut out the character and then also cut off the joints: the arms, elbows and knees.
  4. Join each arm to the shouldres and join the elbows together as well as the knees by sewing them with the thread and needle. I just need to make two holes to sew the joints.
  5. Attach the palm stick to the character’s center body on the backside of the carton. Use the tape to stick it.
  6. Attach a palm stick to each hands and fix it with the tape.
  7. A cartoon wayang made on carton is done! Ready to play…!
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The backside of the carton, I use transparent tape to attach the palm sticks

 

Just after I have finished making the Kalki and Kavin cartoon wayang, Kalki asked me for Oma and Opa cartoon wayang. And then Maybe he would ask for more characters…

So I made him two cars cartoon wayang instead. Because they are easier, I didn’t need to sew the carton. I just draw, color, cut out and then attach the stick and it’s done.

 

Kalki played the cartoon wayang in the dark with a white screen and a shooting lamp behind the screen. So there were the shadows of the wayang on the screen. He made up a story while playing the characters. But you don’t need to play with the screen and lamp. You can make a scenery background instead.

 

Happy playing cartoon wayang 🙂

Intan Rastini.

Berpetualang di Alam Bebas

Seringkali si kecil bosan bermain di rumah saja. Bagaimana jika mengajak anak bermain di luar? Eh tapi yang saya maksud bukan bermain di arena bermain dalam pusat perbelanjaan atau tempat bermain anak-anak di restoran cepat saji. Memang tempat tersebut biasanya merupakan tempat favorit bermain si kecil.

Bermain di luar yang saya maksud adalah bermain di alam bebas. Selain bagus untuk kebugaran dan sistem kekebalan tubuh si kecil, bermain di alam terbuka baik untuk meningkatkan kecerdasan naturalis si kecil, lho! Kecerdasan naturalis ini berkaitan dengan kemampuan merasakan bentuk-bentuk dan menghubungkan elemen-elemen yang ada di alam.

Berjalan diantara semak bunga Seruni di kebun cokelat

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Bermain di sawah dan terus aktif bergerak!

Jika kecerdasan naturalis si kecil menonjol, sejak dini ia akan menunjukkan ketertarikan yang besar terhadap lingkungan alam sekitarnya, termasuk binatang. Mereka akan mudah menyelaraskan diri dengan alam dan tidak gampang jijik atau bahkan takut memegang binatang. Selain itu mereka juga senang memerhatikan fenomena atau benda-benda di angkasa seperti awan, pelangi, bintang dan bulan.

Bermain dengan Riki, anjing tetangga

Udah jelas kan manfaat bermain di alam terbuka? Untuk mengasah kepekaan si kecil terhadap lingkungan, menumbuhkan kepedulian akan kelestarian lingkungan hidup, agar tidak mudah sakit karena paparan lingkungan alam terbuka membuat sistem kekebalan tubuhnya berkembang, mengajak anak untuk aktif bergerak sehingga kebugarannya terjaga dan menyegarkan pikiran agar tidak penat.

Duduk di atas batang pohon yang rebah di atas sungai kecil

Untuk saya yang tinggal di desa, cukup mudah untuk mengajak anak-anak saya berpetualang ke sawah, kebun, sungai air terjun atau pantai. Tapi untuk Anda yang tinggal di perkotaan, biasanya memiliki sedikit akses ke tempat alam terbuka. Tetapi Anda tetap bisa mengajak si kecil ke taman kota, kebun raya, pantai atau tempat lain yang memiliki ragam mahkluk hidup saat berlibur ke rumah kakek dan nenek di desa.

Sebelum berangkat, perhatikan hal-hal berikut:

  1. Pastikan Anda dan si kecil dalam keadaan sehat jasmani serta rohani yaitu bugar dan bahagia supaya petualangan berjalan lancar dan menyenangkan.
  2. Siapkan bekal makanan, kudapan ringan favorit si kecil, air minum yang cukup dan untuk berjaga-jaga bawalah juga obat-obatan si kecil untuk keadaan darurat seperti Tempra Syrup penurun panas.
  3. Jangan lupa bawa topi agar tidak kepanasan dan bawa baju ganti beserta handuk jika berencana bermain air basah-basahan.
  4. Usapkan minyak telon di badan anak agar ia merasa hangat dan nyaman selama berpetualang serta tidak mudah masuk angin. Usapkan juga minyak telon yang mengandung anti nyamuk pada tangan dan kaki anak agar terhindar dari gigitan nyamuk atau serangga selama di alam bebas.
  5. Selalu lakukan pemanasan sebelum memulai kegiatan fisik. Ajak anak melakukan peregangan ringan untuk mengurangi risiko cidera.

Nah, jika sudah sampai di tempat tujuan:

  1. Berjalanlah pelan-pelan dengan si kecil agar ia tidak mudah lelah dan dapat melihat apa yang ada di sekitarnya.
  2. Ambil istirahat yang sering untuk minum dan makan sebab Anda akan punya banyak waktu untuk menikmati pemandangan dan terhindar daei dehidrasi serta lapar.
  3. Perhatikan tanaman liar, peringatkan si kecil terhadap tanaman yang berduri dan yang berpotensi menyebabkan gatal.
  4. Jika bertemu air, pastikan kedalamannya dengan mencelupkan batang kayu ke dalam air. Bila tidak dalam biarkan kaki Anda yang terendam untuk memastikan aman (apalagi jika ada arusnya) sebelum membiarkan si kecil bermain air.

Anda juga dapat membekali si kecil dengan tongkat kayu agar ia dapat memastikan kedalaman air dan membantu keseimbangannya saat berjalan di aliran air

Istirahat makan siang dulu buat isi tenaga

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Jangan lupa banyak minum air dan pakai topi rimba

 
Aktivitas-aktivitas edukatif apa saja yang dapat Anda lakukan dengan si kecil di alam bebas?

Bermain perahu dari sabut kelapa di atas aliran air anak sungai

  • Ceritakan tentang lokasi. Sebutkan apa nama tempat yang Anda kunjungi bersama si kecil dan tempat berlangsungnya kehidupan apa disana. Misalkan Anda mengajak si kecil ke sawah, jelaskan bahwa di sawah adalah tempat tumbuhnya tanaman padi dari bibit hingga menguning. Jika sudah menguning biasanya tanaman padi akan merunduk karena sudah berisi bulir-bulir beras yang bisa dipanen yaitu berupa gabah. Gabah yang diolah nantinya akan menjadi beras. Lalu beras dapat kita masak menjadi nasi yang kita makan sehari-hari
  • Ceritakan tentang hasil bumi. Jika Anda mengajak si kecil ke kebun seperti kebun teh, kebun stroberi atau kebun apel, jelaskan produk apa yang dihasilkan oleh kebun tersebut. Contohnya tanaman teh jika sudah cukup umur akan dipetik daunnya sehingga bisa diolah sampai menjadi teh seduh atau minuman teh.
  • Mengenal warna-warni bunga. Saat mengunjungi taman yang banyak dihiasi oleh bunga, kenalkan warna-warna apa saja yang ditunjukkan oleh bunga-bunga tersebut sehingga Anda dapat mengenalkan macam-macam warna pada anak. Ajarkan juga agar anak tidak selalu memetik bunga di tempat umum supaya keindahannya dapat dinikmati bersama-sama.
  • Menyentuh batang dan daun. Anda dapat menyentuhkan aneka tekstur daun dan batang kepada si kecil sambil menjelaskan nama-nama pohonnya. Ada daun yang kecil, ada yang lebar, ada yang bergerigi, ada yang berbentuk lurus dan panjang, ada pula daun yang bergerak menutup jika disentuh seperti daun tanaman Putri Malu. Begitu juga batang pohon ada yang bercabang-cabang, ada juga yang tegak lurus seperti pohon kelapa dan palem.
  • Ceritakan tentang hewan. Anda dapat menunjukkan berbagai jenis hewan yang tedapat di alam terbuka seperti yang ada dalam buku bergambar milik si kecil. Contohnya dalam ekosistem sawah terdapat burung bangau, ular sawah, tikus, katak, belalang, dan belut. Di kebun terdapat tupai, jangkrik, kupu-kupu, belalang, burung dan ayam. Ajak anak bermain menirukan gerak dan suara setiap hewan yang ada disana.
  • Hewan kesukaan. Minta anak menyebutkan hewan kesukaannya dan tanya mengapa ia menyukainya. Jelaskan daerah asal hewan tersebut dan dimana habitat aslinya jika hewan yang disebutkan oleh anak adalah satwa liar. Seperti orang utan berasal dari Kalimantan, gajah dan harimau berasal dari Sumatera. Deskripsikan kepada anak seperti apa habitat mereka dan cara mereka hidup di alam bebas.
  • Menyaksikan proses tumbuh kembang. Jika menemukan ulat atau kepompong, merupakan hal yang menarik untuk diceritakan kepada si kecil bahwa itu adalah tahapan kehidupan dari kupu-kupu. Perlihatkan proses tumbuh kembang hewan lainnya seperti telur menetas menjadi ayam atau berudu menjadi katak. Bisa juga proses kehidupan tanaman atau bunga dari kuncup menjadi mekar dan dari bunga memjadi bakal buah.
  • Bermain aliran air. Saat Anda mengunjungi sawah, Anda akan menjumpai saluran irigasi sawah. Di sana Anda dapat mengajak si kecil bermain perahu-perahuan dengan helai daun kering. Jelaskan juga bahwa air mengalir dari tempat yang tinggi ke tempat yang lebih rendah seperti pada air terjun. Jika Anda dan si kecil pergi ke sungai atau ke pantai, Anda dapat menjelaskan bahwa sungai mengalirkan air dari dataran tinggi seperti pegunungan hingga ke tempat yang lebih rendah yaitu ke laut sedangkan pantai adalah tempat bertemunya daratan dan laut.
  • Buang sampah pada tempatnya. Ajak anak untuk selalu membuang sampah pada tempatnya. Saat di alam bebas biasanya tidak tersedia tempat sampah, caranya dengan menyediakan kantong khusus tempat sampah yang nantinya akan di buang ke tong sampah selesai berpetualang. Jelaskan akibat yang dapat terjadi di alam jika anak Anda membuang sampah sembarangan. Contohnya, saluran irigasi sawah dapat tersumbat lalu tidak dapat mengalirkan air ke sawah lagi sehingga tanaman padi mati dan petani tidak dapat memanen beras, keindahan alam tidak dapat dinikmati karena kotoran sampah dimana-mana, sungai tercemar sehingga ikan-ikan jadi mati sampai ancaman terjadinya banjir. Cara itu akan membuatnya belajar tentang kebersihan lingkungan.

Belalang yang berwarna indah di tanaman pakis

Panen pisang satu tandan!

Nikmatnya tiduran di atas panen kelapa

Bunga yang bermekaran berwarna-warni

Belajar manjat pohon supaya berani dan tidak takut ketinggian

berdiri di atas aliran air saluran irigasi sawah

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Istirahat dengan duduk di atas batang kayu

Bermain air di pantai berbatu dan merasakan deburan ombak di laut

Menyentuh tanaman padi sambil melangkah di atas pematang sawah

​Bagaimana? Asyik dan seru ya, menghabiskan waktu bersama si kecil di alam terbuka? Anak-anak juga pasti akan menambah perbendaharaan kata mereka mengenai istilah-istilah lingkungan hidup. Tuh, yang masih ragu-ragu berpetualang di alam bebas, ada bonus manfaatnya, nih… yaitu secara tidak langsung dapat menambah kecerdasan linguistik anak.

Yuk, tunggu apa lagi? Ayo bersiap-siap untuk segera memulai petualangan dengan si kecil!

♡Intan Rastini

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Mooncup is Totally My Wonderful Bestfriend!

Udah 1 tahun lebih bersama Mooncup, nih. Rasanya seneng banget karena misi mengurangi limbah pembalut wanita sekali pakai sudah berhasil!

Kenalin, sahabat baru saya, Mooncup. Dia itu praktis dan nyaman banget menemani hari-hari datang bulan saya. Saya jadi nggak perlu ribet buang sampah sisa pembalut dan ga perlu beli-beli pembalut lagi. Saya dapetin menstrual cup ini sejak 28 September 2015.

Pokoknya puas banget berteman sama Mooncup. Dulu saya pakai menstrual pad yang dari kain, sekarang udah dapat temen baru, temen lama masih bisa menemani secara fleksibel, kok… tenang aja, teman-teman saya semua ramah lingkungan hihihi.

Ada yang belum tau Mooncup?

Ini adalah menstrual cup sahabat wanita berbentuk cawan terbuat dari plastik lentur berstandar untuk penggunaan medis yang berfungsi menampung darah saat haid. Jadi karena lentur dan lunak, letak penggunaannya seperti tampon, ada di liang miss V. Tapi tidak seperti tampon yang sekali pakai dan fungsinya menyerap, ini bisa dicuci dan pakai lagi hingga 10 tahun dan fungsinya menampung.

Ada kesulitan saat pakai Mooncup pertama kali?

Bagi saya sih kesulitannya untuk membuat Mooncup vakum saat masuk ke miss V. Karena kalo ga dipastikan dalam keadaan udah vakum, bisa jadi bocor. Untuk memasukkan ke dalam sih nggak terlalu masalah karena dilipat seperti bunga tulip gitu.

Selebihnya enak-enak aja kok, pakai Mooncup. Saya jadi ngefans banget sama produk ini. Penggunaan selama haid mudah, tinggal kosongkan setiap 4-8 jam terutama saat heavy flow agar tidak kepenuhan hingga bocor. Tapi kalo udah nggak heavy flow, pakai semalaman pun worry-free. Ngosongkannya dengan buang darah ke toilet lalu bilas Mooncup dengan air hingga bersih dan pastikan lubang udara kecil-kecil di tepiannya tidak tersumbat.

Jika sudah selesai haid, Mooncup bisa dicuci dengan mild soap non fragrance seperti sabun kewanitaan Lactacyd. Keringkan dan simpan kembali ke pouch kainnya. Nah, 3 bulan sekali bisa disterilkan dengan cara direbus, direndam dalam larutan pensteril atau tablet pensteril. Saya pernah pakai Sleek Hygiene Solution cairan pensteril botol susu bayi. Sisanya direbus pakai panci khusus buat sterilin Mooncup.

Tipe ukuran Mooncup ada dua, A dan B. Saya pakai yang A karena sudah pernah melahirkan normal. Bedanya begini:

Kalau usia di atas 30 tahun pakai size A.

Untuk di bawah usia 30 tahun tapi sudah pernah melahirkan secara normal pakai size A.

Di bawah usia 30 tahun belum pernah melahirkan atau sudah pernah melahirkan tapi secara Caesarean maka pakai size B.

Gampang kan menentukan size yang cocok kalo berminat pakai Mooncup?

Tambahan lagi nih, saya juga pakai alat kontrasepsi IUD di dalam rahim dan selama ini berbarengan dengan penggunaan Mooncup nggak ada masalah.

Beda dengan pakai pembalut atau menspad, Mooncup itu nggak “ganjel”. Rasanya bebas dan leluasa, nggak takut geser, nggak perlu risih karena lihat permukaan merah-merah di pembalut saat pipis atau risih karena si pembalut lembap rasanya. Totally clean! Bahkan bisa aktif olahraga seperti berenang, lho….

Dimana bisa beli Mooncup?

Saya beli online di Momselect Shop setelah baca review di Urbanmama.com 🙂 waktu beli bedah tabungan dulu… harganya Rp 600.000 mahal ya, tapi worth it banget convinience-nya. Malah pingin beli lagi biar pakai Mooncup terus sampai menopause hehe.

Selamat menjalin pertemanan baru dengan Mooncup, say hi to our friend from UK!

Ayo dong tahun baru, gaya hidup baru 😉

♡ Intan Rastini.