Happy Wednesday neighbours,
They were once forlorn teddy bear orphans, discarded to a charity shop – until a mother and daughter realised they could be the key to helping children cope with anxiety.
Nicky Buist and daughter Jaz Lotz have been re-purposing pre-loved soft toys by weighting them with sand and lacing them with lavender as a calming strategy for overwhelmed children.
Passionate about helping young people, the pair wanted to help combat what they see as an increasing need to help parents find ways of dealing with their child’s feelings of anxiety and sadness.
A month ago they formed Weighty Warriors after trials with weighted teddy bears proved successful with the children they worked with.
They have since begun selling the soft toys around New Zealand, including to schools in Auckland and Rolleston.
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Raspberry plants for sale - $15, $10 each.
All have been transplanted from existing Clutha, Heritage and Lewis plants.
The parent plants have been producing top quality raspberries for several years.
NOTE: A $50 spend will get you $55 worth of raspberries.
I also have some tomato plants going cheap.
Message me with your phone number to work out a pickup time - Rangiora pickup.
Concerned about growing Raspberries?
If you are concerned re how to grow raspberries and contain the roots,
read the attached doc - or ask for one on pickup.
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