I had such a fantastic day, attending the first ever Baby Purity Mother’s Conference in Vancouver! I wasn’t really sure what to expect of the conference, but it definitely surpassed my expectations!
The morning began with a 40 minute Skytrain ride in to downtown, where I peacefully watched the glorious fall leaves, with a hot drink in one hand, and John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life
” (an excellent read, btw) in the other hand. An enjoyable 15 minute walk through downtown Vancouver, in the brisk Fall air, and I was there.
I finally found the ballroom where the conference was being held, signed in, received my cloth shopping bag full of goodies, and made myself a cup of steaming hot Tazo tea. As I sat down to listen to the conference introduction, tea and notebook in hand, I suddenly realized… I’m here, all by myself. I hadn’t really planned on coming as a way to have a “day off”, but suddenly there I was, enjoying my morning immensely and feeling so refreshed and excited to be there.
The day’s lineup of speakers was excellent, and I took notes fairly furiously through many of them:
Lisa Frack (of EWG)- “Why and How We Should Reduce Our Everyday Toxic Exposures”
Dr. Chantelle Mitchell (local Naturopath)- “Childhood Allergies: The Gut Connection”
Margaret Evans (Healthy Child Healthy World)- “Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Rewarding Adventure or Daunting Disaster”
Nena Baker (author of The Body Toxic
)- “Getting Rid of Toxics: It’s Personal and Political”
During the breaks, I was fortunate to be able to speak with some of the speakers. I was also able to grab an interview with Dr. Mitchell, with I’ve recorded and plan to transcribe and share with you all, along with some of her great insights into allergies and their causes!
(l to r, Lisa Frack of EWG, myself, and Nena Baker, of The Body Toxic)
Additionally, I had a wonderful time meeting and networking with many of the women who were manning the booths representing many companies and organizations with natural and green products. I’m excited to tell you that there will be some great giveaways coming up in the near future, once I sort out the details (some natural kids and baby products, stainless steel water bottles and more)! As well, you can look forward to some product reviews, including a trial run I’ll be doing with the product Xango (similar to how Kimi is trying out Maca powder).
I think one of the best parts of the conference for me was a renewed excitement and some new inspiration for posts and series on this blog. Some topics to look forward to in the coming weeks include: allergies and their causes (a la Dr. Mitchell), digestion (this will be a full series), reducing toxin exposure in your homes, detoxification (some of the why’s and methods out there), along with a few other things percolating in my brain. 🙂
For anyone in the Vancouver, BC area, I would highly recommend that you check out the conference next year. This was just it’s first year, but it was done so professionally and had so much to offer, and I know next year will be even more worthwhile. I was blessed to be able to meet Syndey Carlaw, the founder of Baby Purity and organizer of the conference. She’s also a believer and part of a church in our area, and it was so encouraging to be able to share a little with each other.
Make sure you visit her site, as well. It’s BabyPurity.com, and she’s got some great articles and tips on green and natural living, baby and child topics, a library of common childhood ailments (and natural remedies), and a new feature called Sweet Wonders, where she’s looking for moms to share their stories of how they dealt with their child’s ailments or illnesses.
Sooo much more to come this week, if I can slow my brain down enough to start getting it out on paper screen…