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Keeping our Kids Clean without chemicals

17 January 2018

The good news is that children’s bodies are really good at taking care of themselves – just add water! Soap can dry out young skin and should be limited to hand washing. Their hair doesn’t need washing often – once a fortnight is plenty – and the rest can generally.....

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Supporting Porirua School Gardens

17 January 2018

Recently our managers visited a number of school gardens in Porirua that Commonsense is proud to support. The lovely Alicia Rich showed us fruit and vege plantings across Cannons Creek that she helps coordinate as part of the Porirua School Gardens Scheme, an organisation established to support and guide local initiatives...

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How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

17 January 2018

Eating well before conception, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding can have a long term positive effect on the health of your baby. In addition to a wide variety of organic fresh produce and dry goods we also stock supplements, oils and herbal remedies designed specifically for use before and during.....

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ANZAC Cookie Recipe - Gluten Free

17 January 2018

While these are a great alternative for those sensitive to gluten, these treats are full of goodness and needn't be limited to an annual occasion - they're great in lunchboxes too!..

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Celebrating our 25th birthday with Commonsense chocolate

17 January 2018

November 7th 2016 will be Commonsense Organics' 25th birthday. We’re going to be celebrating with colourful decorations in store, a big birthday bash, and a month of amazing specials and giveaways. But we also wanted to mark the occasion with something extraordinary...

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How to Introduce Food to Babies Under 12 Months

17 January 2018

Establishing a healthy framework for your child’s diet is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s growth and development. It will have an impact on their health for the rest of their lives...

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Marion's Plum Jam Recipe

17 January 2018

Summer and early autumn are plum heaven at our stores. In February, the dark-fleshed varieties like Black Doris and Omega start to arrive and you know it's time to start making plum chutney, plum sauces and plum jam...

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Harissa Dressing Recipe

17 January 2018

Harissa is a richly flavoured chilli paste popular in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. This harissa dressing recipe is based on the classic, lively flavour combinations found in these cuisines and goes wonderfully with salads, on cooked rice and vegetables, or as a meat marinade. ..

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Fair Trade: It's Just Common Sense

17 January 2018

This year we celebrated Fair Trade Fortnight from the 6th to the 22nd of May. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual celebration of all things fair trade and the difference that choosing to buy fair trade products makes for the farmers and workers in developing countries...

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Maximum Love, Minimum Rubbish: Jessica & Jim’s Waste-Free Wedding

17 January 2018

When you hear ‘wedding’, what do you imagine? You might think flowers, gorgeous dresses, fresh-pressed suits, bubbles, cake, loving smiles (and tears!) and lots of dancing. What might not immediately spring to mind? Rubbish. ..

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10 Unconventional Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

17 January 2018

Looking for a something a bit different this Valentine's Day? We’ve dreamt up 10 unconventional ways to show you care...

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How to make apple sauce and what to do with it!

17 January 2018

Don't know what to do with apple sauce? You're not alone: folks brought up in New Zealand have rarely used apple sauce, but it's a staple in many cultures around the world including North America and various European countries. ..

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