Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Keiki Earth Day Line Up

Aloha Mamas,
As you plan your weekend, please take a look at our Event timeline. Its going to be a fun filled day!

10:30-10:50         Kachuzzi the Clown 

10:30-12:30         Face painting with Kiko

11:00-12:00         Uncle Wayne (2 -  20 min sets @ 11 and 11:40)

11:30-12:30         Foodscapes Herb Gardening - Mini seedling green houses from recycled materials!

12:30-1:30:          Re-Use Hawaii Craft time with Manny Pangalinan

1:30-2:00pm:       Bess Press Book Reading with Aunty Karyl

Hope to see your there!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Solving the Breastpump Mystery

Saturday, May 7th at 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
Led by: Pat Bilyk, IBCLC
Cost: $20/person or $35/couple

Have you ever asked yourself....

*Do I really need a breastpump?
*What is the best breastpump for me?
*How do I know the best breastpump for my    specific situation?
*How do I use a breastpump?

Then this class is for you!

Join Pat Bilyk*, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as she shares her expertise on the "hows" and "whys" of the breastpumps presently on the market plus go over the top and most popular pumps on the market today.

*Pat Bilyk is an IBCLC, masters prepared nurse who has practiced in Hawaii
for 27 years. Her experiences have been as a Lactation Consultant at Kapiolani and Kaiser Medical Centers, Executive Director at Hawaii Mother's Milk, Sales Rep for Medela and a Lactation Consultant in her own business-Healthy New Beginnings.

Please call 988-0010 or e-mail to RSVP

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Post-Partum Rejuvenation

Healthy Pregnancy Lecture

Wednesday, May 4th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Led by: Tara Mattes, LAc

Cost: FREE!

Join Tara Mattes, LAc and certified doula as she shares her wisdom and expertise on post-partum care.

The Postpartum Period is a vital time for a woman's present and future health. It is often considered the fourth stage of pregnancy as it is an essential time to heal, nourish and bond with her newborn baby. The mother's health and state of being is the foundation for building a new or growing family, but in this fast-paced modern world it is often the most neglected. This lecture will be about what all traditional cultures have known and practiced since the beginning of time; the importance of postpartum care and recovery. Understanding these universal and time tested traditions, we can adapt and apply them in a way that fits to our modern lives.

In the lecture, we will examine cover topics such as perineal care, nourishing foods, rest, warm therapy, proper support, mental and emotional well being, breastfeeding and cultivating energy. The aim is to best prepare mothers and/or their caretakers for the postpartum period that creates a positive experience and healthy start to a new life.

Tara Mattes is a licensed acupuncturist, certified doula, and certified detox counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Pre-medical Studies from University of Colorado. She later studied in Hawaii under Taoist Master Chang Yi Hsiang at the Tai Hsuan College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Her training in Chinese Medicine focuses on qi gong, acupuncture, herbal medicine and Taoist philosophy and arts. When not serving her patients, she enjoys receiving acupuncture treatments, dancing, hiking, swimming, and playing with her daughters.

TO RSVP for the lecture: e-mail

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book and Toy Exchange

Save time, money and reduce clutter by bringing your gently-used and loved children's books and toys to our BOOK & TOY EXCHANGE held during Keiki Earth Day.

How it works:
The idea is to give books and toys your family no longer uses in exchange for "new" books and toys your family may want. Bring your items for advance drop-off at Baby Awearness during store hours from April 18 - 21. You will be put on a list and given a bag.

On Saturday April 23, during our Keiki Earth Day festivities, you may peruse through our exchange tables to fill your bag and teach your children the joy of recycling.

Wooden, nontoxic, eco-friendly toys and puzzles -- no plastic or stuffed animals!
Toys must be unbroken and in working condition with all pieces intact
Toys & books must be clean
Books must not have ripped or missing pages

If you have questions about whether a toy is eligible for the exchange, please call the store first. Leftover toys and books at the end of the event will be donated to BAX and/or community nonprofit organizations benefitting children.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Must-Know for All Working Moms!

Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace and the New Health Care Law Regulations
Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Led by Pat Bilyk, RN, IBCLC

Cost: $20 per person / $35 per couple

Offered for the first time, this incredibly important and relevant presentation will cover all the essential issues working moms wanting to breastfeed need to know. Pat Bilyk, a seasoned lactation consultant, will share how women can influence their work environments to make it a more breastfeeding-friendly place, in addition to instilling the confidence to do so through informed rights and choices.
Learn about
  • What is a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace?
  • How to plan to return to work
  • The New Health Care Law Provisions for working, breastfeeding women, their rights, and their worksite.
Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

Pat Bilyk is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, masters-prepared nurse who has practiced in Hawaii for over 27 years. Pat has specialized in breastfeeding in Hawaii for nearly 30 years and her experience as a lactation consultant includes helping moms at Kapiolani and Kaiser Medical Centers, as Executive Director of Hawaii Mother's Milk, a Medela sales rep, and through her own private practice, Healthy New Beginnings.

Nicky Naoko Lawnsby, Baby Awearness's full-time, in-store lactation consultant, will also be present. Nicky is an IBCLC certified Lactation Consultant and has over 20 years of experience in midwifery, breastfeeding, and women's health.

To RSVP, please contact 988-0010 or

Coming up on May 7th: Solving the Breast Pump Mystery ~ a workshop on tips and troubleshooting breastfeeding and pumping issues

Kale Pita Pizza

Last week, at our Radical Homemakers Reading Group, I shared my easy, 30 minute Kale Pita Pizza Recipe. Although I love to cook dinner for my family, there are some nights when dinner is best when its made in under 30 minutes. Rather than reverting back to my college days and making a frozen pizza, these kale pita pizzas are made from fresh ingredients and I promise - the whole family will love them.

I've made the receipe as a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. for the picky toddlers, take the pureed route. Kids love dipping, so if you're open to a bit of a mess, let them dip in their own little dish of baba ganoush.


4 Whole wheat pitas
Mozzarella cheese – 2 cups
Feta or Ricotta Salata – ½ cup
Kale – 1 cup
Garlic – one clove
¼ cup finely diced onion
Cherry or Grape tomatoes – ½ cup cut in half, lengthwise
Salt pepper
Olive oil

Prep time: 15 minutes.

Baba Ganoush – Locally, Olive Tree Café in Kahala has the BEST baba ganoush – but if you’re looking to make your own, its easy.

Preheat Oven to 350.
Rub pita with olive oil. Set aside.

Sautee garlic and onion in olive oil on medium heat until slightly browned. Add in kale and ricotta salata until kale is semi-wilted (2 minutes).

FOR KIDS: Once kale is sautéed, puree in blender. This way they won’t be able to pick out the kale chunks. Spread the kale puree on the pita as though it were pesto or pizza sauce. If your child is notoriously anti-greens, start with less.)

FOR ADULTS: Layer mozzarella cheese, kale/ricotta salata, and tomatoes on top of pita.

Bake for 20 minutes until browned.

Now a recipe usually ends with a pic of the finished product - but in this case - the product was too delicious to take a photo!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Keiki Earth Day!

Saturday April 23rd, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  **FREE**
Baby Awearness will be hosting its Annual Keiki Earth Day to celebrate our planet, our children, and living green!

The event will be on Saturday April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers a free fun-filled day for the entire family. Join us as we sing and make music with Uncle Wayne, recycle with a book-and-toy exchange, enjoy a healthy snack-making demo by radical homemaker Ashley Lukens, as well as various DIY craft and skills sharing activities including recycled container gardening and toy-making.

Local publisher Bess Press will also present storytelling hour and showcase their new season's line-up of books with eco-friendly themes and stories.

There will be activities for adults too. Experts will be on hand to educate you on cloth diapering, baby wearing/sling techniques, preparing healthy meals and more. Enjoy the store's natural parenting resource center filled with eco-friendly educational materials and money saving tips.

For more information contact the store 808.988.0010 or visit