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Inspirational Wooden Toys

Bart Munro


 by Bart Munro

I first met the founders of Tegu, Chris & Will Haughey, about 2 years ago on brisk fall evening in upstate New York.  Seated at a hefty oak table near a roaring fire in the lodge’s great room, Will pulled out a box and said “would you like to see our newest product?”.  

What a perfect setting to be introduced to Tegu.  The company’s flagship products are wooden building blocks with embedded rare earth magnets.  Delivered in refreshing color combinations like jungle, mahogany (yes, real mahogany), and pastel tints, Tegu delivers on its vision to build toys which inspire adults and kids alike and last for generations.


Beyond inspiring with beautiful, well-designed and unique products, though, a core part of Tegu’s mission is to provide sustainable work, living wages, and life development for the people of Honduras.  The company’s factory (where all the wooden blocks are made by hand) is located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where co-founder Chris Haughey relocated to Honduras with his family to lead the operations.

In addition to its factory, Tegu partners with local schools in Honduras and donates a portion of its revenue to re-forestation of the area.

If you're looking for a safe, durable toy for the little ones in your life, or looking for a great gift for a colleague, these are a great option.  

Tegu’s products can be ordered from Amazon or directly from their website.  Their pocket pouch makes a great gift for business associates, and the 4-packs are perfect stocking stuffers!




Grain Grinding: A Healthy Alternative

Bart Munro


Grinding your own grain - simple, healthy, even beautiful.

By Bart Munro

I first encountered the concept of grinding my own grain while visiting my sister (who has 9 kids).  I was amazed -- with all the things happening in her family, how did she have time to grind her own grain?  “It’s easy, we make pancakes, cookies, muffins, bread, and more,” she announces,  “it’s no more effort than grinding your own coffee!”

There’s a lot of buzz around buying whole grain flour, bread, cereals, etc (which are much better than traditional “white” flour products.)  As it turns out though, we’re still missing out on significant nutrition and flavor benefits, unless we actually grind the grain ourselves.

Within 24 hours of grain being milled (broken open and exposed to air), 40% of all micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals are lost. By 72 hours, this is up to 90%.  By grinding your own grain right as you need it, all these nutrients are still intact!


Natural wheat germ oils also don’t preserve well on the store shelf, becoming rancid and bitter tasting.  Grinding your own grain delivers the freshest and best possible taste!

If you need help convincing your spouse, roommate, (or yourself), the LA Times makes a detailed case in  “Flour Power:  The joy of grinding your own”.

There are many types of grain you can try grinding at home:  white wheat, red wheat, spelt, kamut, buckwheat, oats … even rice and lentils.

One of my favorite recipe and how-to sites is Bread Beckers, so you can put your new flours to the test.

And you can find some electric grain grinders with stunning looks.  I LOVE my Komo Magic.

KoMo Magic Mill