Category Archives: The Ulula Ethos

Ulula Life – Down on the Farm

Week beginning 18th February 2019

Hoorayswallows-amazons-book-cover!!! We’ve reached half term, for which we are all very grateful – the children are tired out but very cheerful; there was a play to perform twice to an audience before the holidays started, and then an older class were putting on a play of Swallows and Amazons – top stuff and well worth a late bedtime!! And now, the sun is shining, the dogs are so happy to have their playmates with them all day long, and to top it all, the snowdrops and cyclamen are making the garden look so pretty too – all in all, this week looks like it will be the perfect setting for one or two Winnie The Pooh’s Expotitions… “sing ho for the life of a bear”, or in our case, sing ho for some very happy children.

At this time of year our ewes have their ultrasound scan. This happens at around 3 months into their pregnancy which lasts 5 months in total. Scanning was scheduled for 8am on Sunday morning, with our lovely scanning lady Stacey, who set up her machine at the barn. Stacey’s sister Sophie is also trained in scanning sheep. She lives in New Zealand and scans around 250,000 sheep a year! It took Stacey just 45 minutes to scan all our 130 Ulula ewes. The good news is that we are expecting 1 set of quads, 18 sets of triples, 84 sets of twins and 23 singles with a due date starting around the 10th of April!

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Harbingers Of Spring – Poem by F. Kenrick

‘Springs just around the corner
The harbingers we see
The bulbs are pushing through the earth
And bulbs adorn the trees
Now days are getting longer
Nights not quite so dark
The sun rays getting stronger
And fields don’t look so stark
The hedgerow starts to thicken
As plants begin to grow
This forms a perfect hiding place
For the birds to go
They nest and fledge their young there
And fill the air with song
They know they’ve got to hurry
Spring doesn’t last for long’

 

ECOlunchboxes Silicone vs Plastic

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When it comes to choosing the right materials for their products, ECOlunchbox always do their research. They want to make sure you’re getting the safest, most eco-friendly options for your family. That’s why, when they were creating their leak-proof Blue Water Bento product lids, they chose silicone over plastic.

“Silicone is durable, and more ocean-friendly than plastic. It lasts longer, and stands up better against heat and cold than plastics. It’s safer for your family, too, with no estrogen-mimicking toxins like BPA to worry about. It is odourless, stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and has no open pores to harbour harmful bacteria.

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Yes, it’s recyclable like plastic even though you might not be able to leave it with your wheelie bin. Plastics recyclability however, is no panacea, since the global market for this petroleum-based material is sinking and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find buyers in China and elsewhere to recycle the discarded plastics. Another good option for end-of-life silicone is incineration, which converts silicone back into its harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water vapour.

 

Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about silicone breaking or cracking for a long time! It’s super durable, resisting melting, breaking, and warping. Chances are our Blue Water Bento silicone lids will outlast anything your family can throw at them.”

To read more about how ECOlunchbox decided to use silicone in their products and why they think it’s the best option when it comes to leak-proof food containers, click here!

Shop the complete ECOlunchbox Blue Water Bento lunchbox range and 100% Stainless Steel collection.

MOGLi Sustainable Packaging

It’s not only the content that counts!

Demeter quality in sustainable packaging

Sustainable product packaging is always an issue, because packaging waste is a major problem worldwide. MOGLi have made it their mission to continue to work on adapting all their product packaging into sustainable packaging and are constantly working to reduce plastic waste. MOGLi’s team has already achieved:

1. Packaging of 85% renewable raw materials

To keep product fresh and safe, plastic packaging is currently the “best” solution for packaging many of the MOGLi products. Nevertheless, MOGLi are constantly looking for sustainable packaging solutions. That’s why they’re especially pleased with their new Fruit Pouch packaging. Sugarcane-based and completely aluminium-free: this is their first step towards a more sustainable packaging future.

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2. Packed 100% aluminum free

All of the MOGLi Fruit Pouch and Spelt Bites packaging is completely aluminum-free. As a rule, deep-fried or oil-baked products, such as aluminium-free-logoMOGLi Spelt Bites, are packaged in aluminum-lined inner packaging. This helps to ensure freshness.

On the one hand, aluminum is harmful to the environment and energy-intensive, and on the other hand aluminum cannot be recycled when used in combination with other film layers of packaging. MOGLi are happy to have found an alternative packaging without aluminum what works as well in terms of freshness and continue to work hard to adapt their other products to more sustainable packaging.

Join us and MOGLi in making that first step and take a minute to think about packaging when you’re shopping.

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Christmas Decorations the Ulula Way!

 

 

Salt dough ornaments make special homemade gifts or just beautiful window or tree decorations, but the best part is that they are fun and easy and your children will enjoy making them. The chances are you will have all of the ingredients in the cupboard.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cook: 3 hours

  •     1 cupful of plain flour (about 250ml)
  •     half a cupful of table salt (about 125ml)
  •     half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
  1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a clean ball.
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface roll it out and cut out shapes using biscuit cutters. You can emboss the dough with stamps, handprints, leaves or use an embossed rolling pin to add texture. If you plan to hang them up afterwards, make sure to make a hole at the top for the string.
  4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and pop in the oven for 3 hours or until solid.
  5. Leave to cool. They are then ready to decorate as much or as little as you like! Why not add colourful cord or beads, or whatever pleases the heart.

Love, comfort & Holle – Happy 85th Birthday Holle!

Happy 85th Birthday Holle!

It has been 85 years since Holle began manufacturing baby food using Demeter ingredients. Conscious of the fact that, as a manufacturer of baby food, they bear a very special responsibility – for the environment, our babies and their future, sustainable management and social responsibility have always been among their core values. Within the Ulula family we’ve been using Holle foods for our family for two generations so we say hooray for Holle!

Holle themselves celebrated this milestone saying:

“Always ORGANIC- for all the right reasons.

We are proud of our brand Holle’s 85 years’ history, and of the fact that Holle has become one of the leading manufacturers of organic baby food. Click here to find out more about our company’s history.

Ever since our company was founded, we have consciously focused our attention on mankind and the environment – because we want our products to deserve being called “sustainable”. Click here to find out more about our commitment to sustainability.

Today, we have a comprehensive baby food range with more than 80 products representing the message “Always ORGANIC – for all the right reasons”. From the start, we have focused on naturalness: Holle baby food is being produced only with raw ingredients grown to biodynamic or organic standards. We do not use chemical processing materials and preservatives, flavouring and colouring agents, added salt or granulated sugar.

Our long-term partnerships with our organic raw material suppliers are very important to us. They are the basis for the particularly high quality of our baby food.

Holle baby food products are gently processed; they represent a wholesome, natural and balanced diet, from the very beginning.”

Ulula. The home of Holle in the UK. For your Holle Hugs, check out the whole range at here xx

credit for this gorgeous photo @thismelissaworld

Cradle Cap

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What is cradle cap

If your baby’s scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish / brown crusty patches, it’s probably cradle cap. Cradle cap is a skin condition that is very common. It might not be beautiful, but it is harmless and it’s not itchy and won’t cause your baby any discomfort and it isn’t contagious.

What causes cradle cap?

Cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or an allergy. It’s thought that it happens as a result of hormones left in your baby’s body from pregnancy. These stimulate secretions from the oil glands in the skin, making the dead skin cells, which normally fall off without us noticing, stick to the scalp. The secretions tend to reduce in the weeks and months after birth, which is why the condition usually clears up on its own a few weeks or months after birth.

Other thoughts are that it is caused by a reaction to a yeast called malassezia which occurs naturally on the skin.

Your baby may be inclined to have cradle cap if there is a family history of allergic conditions, such as eczema.

When does it occur?

Cradle cap most commonly occurs in the first few months and usually clears up of its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer. Older children up to toddler age can get it, too.

Cradle cap can also appear on baby’s face, ears and neck, and around the nappy area, armpits and behind the knees, although this is rare. It’s the same condition, but here it’s called seborrhoeic eczema (dermatitis) rather than cradle cap.

How can I treat my baby’s cradle cap?

For mild cradle cap, time is often the best treatment, as many children get better on their own by the time they are about a year old.

We left cradle cap to clear naturally in our little ones, and it eventually did just that.

The scales start to become flaky and come off easily, often with a few strands of hair attached, but the hair soon grows back.

However, if you want to try and treat it, never be tempted to scratch or pick at the crust because this could lead to infection.

While your baby has cradle cap, there are some ways to gently remove the scales:

  • Gently massage a mild baby oil into your baby’s scalp. If you want to, you can leave the oil on overnight, and then carefully and gently brush off the softened flakes in the morning with a soft baby brush or towel. Clean the remaining oil off by shampooing with a mild baby shampoo.
  • Stronger shampoos are available in pharmacies, but you probably won’t need them. If you do decide to use a stronger shampoo, make sure you read the instructions first and keep it out of your baby’s eyes.

Should I take my baby to the doctor if he has cradle cap?

There is usually no need to see your GP if your baby has cradle cap. However, you may want to ask them for advice if your baby’s cradle cap starts to look red and swollen as this could mean it is infected, or if the cradle cap spreads to your little one’s face or body. Your doctor can prescribe an antifungal cream or shampoo.

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www.nhs.uk/conditions/cradle-cap

Crafted wooden toys, made with Love

When we are looking for new products to bring to Ulula, we use our heads and our hearts equally, in the belief that if both are in agreement, we feel that we have found the right product!

When we started looking to expand our range of toys, our hours of buying and trying led us to Hohenfried.

In this modern world, Hohenfried Heimat feels to us a real gem in our midst. Hohenfried is an open community of learning for disabled adults and children, providing sheltered accommodation, schools, and employment in organic agriculture, craft workshops, carpentry, gourmet kitchens, and bakeries. Hohenfried is not simply a ‘place’. It is a home; a field of learning, a gathering of people, wildlife and most importantly of all, purpose.

Sitting in the Bavarian Alps, the landscape alternates between woodlands and meadows with flowing transitions between nature and the areas of living and working.

For Ulula, the wooden rattles that came to our attention made us fall in love! The rattles are made in the community workshops, and are made entirely of local timber, cut mostly (and sustainably) from trees grown in the communities own grounds; the toys are beautifully machined, and finished only using pure vegetable oils.

The various rattles or greifling (clutching) toys are handmade to the renowned carpenter, pedagogue, and educational theorist Hugo Kükelhaus’s original 1930s ‘allbedeut’ designs. Kükelhaus was a well-known German architect, educator and environmentalist, who designed a range of special baby toys which promote sensory, motor skills and the imagination.

Hohenfried Dreilochring Rattle
This beautiful, chunky, handmade wooden rattle, containing two balls of beechwood securely enclosed within an outer ring of strong cherry wood, makes a lovely, gentle sound when shaken. The silky, smooth surface is finished with a natural oil so you can rest assured it is safe for little mouths, and the size is perfect for little hands to grab, hold, explore and shake. A quality rattle, made with love, that is certain to become an heirloom. Comes packaged in an unbleached cotton drawstring bag.

Hohenfried Kugel Rattle

This handmade wooden ball rattle is made of pear tree wood with an inner ball of hard cherry wood. The ridged, textured surface is finished with a natural oil so you can rest assured it is safe for little mouths, and the size is perfect for little hands to grab, hold, explore and shake. Comes packaged in an unbleached cotton drawstring bag.

“My mum had a rattle just like this, and as soon as she saw it at Ulula she had to get it for my little one – it already feels like an heirloom because of the familiarity, and my LO loves it so much x” Johanna

Hohenfried Urfisch Rattle
This fun, eternally classic, quality handmade wooden rattle contains a wooden inner ball which makes a pleasing sound when shaken. The multi-textured surface is finished with a natural oil so you can rest assured it is safe for little mouths, and the size is perfect for little hands to grab, hold, explore and shake. A delightful rattle, beautifully made with love, that is certain to become an heirloom. Comes packaged in an unbleached cotton drawstring bag.

 

Hohenfried Greifling Rattle
This lovingly handmade wooden ring rattle contains a central bar holding three loose disks which make a lovely sound when shaken. The silky, smooth surface is finished with a natural oil so you can rest assured it is safe for little mouths, and the size is perfect for little hands to grab, hold, explore and shake. Comes packaged in an unbleached cotton drawstring bag.

“Love this so much – it is so beautiful to hold, and just brilliant for my son – he is teething, and he loves a good gnaw!!” Anna