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Ecotronic is Eco-Fun

z1-eco-radiobg.jpgRemember when people listened to music on portable radios? Chances are that at some point in the future our kids will probably be googling “boom box” to figure out what the heck we’re talking about, and they’ll be shocked to see how big our radios were “way back then.” But regardless of how dorky we may seem to our kids in the future, we’ve got a great little boom box for them to play with today. The EcoRadio by Ecotronics is fun little toy radio for ages 12 months and up, which is powered without batteries. Each button produces a different sound or song and is impressively loud considering that it is powered without batteries (did I say that already?). As you can probably tell, I’m pretty excited about that last part…almost as excited as my kids are about their new toy. Speaking of which, my three-year-old just snatched it out of his baby brother’s hands and exclaimed, “This is neat!” I guess he can already appreciate the inherent coolness of eco-conscious retro toys. Or maybe he just thinks it’s really fun to play with. Either way, we’re happy happy all around.

Find It Here: Cooler Choices

Deal! Receive 20% off at Cooler Choices using coupon code “GMF” at checkout. Excludes Nature Babycare diapers. Expires 1/31/08.

You’ll Be Drooling Over These Wipes

dscn04680.jpgBaby drool. It’s just a fact of life when you’ve got a child under the age of six months. And let’s be honest, your baby’s drool isn’t really that yucky. In fact, it’s kind of cute—because everything about your baby is cute, right? And yet, regardless of how absolutely precious your baby’s drool is, it’s still great to have something to wipe it up with—preferably something reusable and preferably something soft. That’s where Lauren Faye Baby’s wipes come in pretty darn handy.  In your mind, try to picture fabric that’s a cross between the softness of cotton candy and a super fluffy cotton ball. Turn that into a cloth wipe for baby and you’ve got Lauren Faye Baby wipes. Made in Texas of minky dot fabric on the front and 100% cotton terry cloth on the back, we think they’re especially great as an alternative to using disposable wipes during diaper changes.

Find It Here: Lauren Faye Baby

Frais and Fabulous

singlespa_beach_web.jpgI don’t know about you but I can hardly remember life before hand sanitizers, although I’m certain having kids figures prominently in my desire for cleaner hands, what with all manner of virii constantly  circulating through my son’s preschool. But, as much as we depend on them, conventional hand sanitizers aren’t known for being very…natural. Frais, however, is one hand sanitizer that happens to be free of unnatural chemicals such as parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, ethoxylates, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA, sodium lauryl sulfate or other sulfates, artificial colors and artificial fragrances. Frais uses pure sugarcane alcohol and a blend of eight natural essential oils to kill 99.9% of harmful germs including influenza, the common cold, tuberculosis, bird flu, MRSA staph and many others. As if that weren’t enough, Frais is also dermatologist-approved and cruelty-free and it’s my new first choice for all the germy hands in our family!

Find It Here: Frais

Maggie’s Organics Sock Monkey

129.jpgUnfortunately, even cute, cuddly stuffed animals and plush toys are not immune to being made from toxic materials. There is hope, though, from companies like Maggie’s Organics. Their Maggie’s Menagerie Sock Monkey is made from their “less than perfect” 85% organic cotton crew socks at a 100% worker-owned cooperative in North Carolina.These adorable one-of-a-kind monkeys are all hand sewn, they’re machine washable and the faces are also hand sewn so they’re are no small parts that could come off and be ingested by children. My son has one and he sleeps with it every single night. He has no idea how much I love his monkey, too!  Each Monkey is approx 9″ tall. Outside: 85% cotton certified organic cotton, 13% Nylon, 2% spandex. Filling: Polyester fiber from mill scraps.

Find It Here: Maggie’s Organics

Harmonious Decor

vivaterramessages.jpgThere’s nothing wrong with spelling out your love for the Earth and VivaTerra, which means “living earth,” has found a way to do that by offering a wide range of products that reflect the company’s passion for a healthier life and earth. They offer sustainable handcrafted pieces by artisans, organic gourmet items, natural holiday pieces, and unique kitchen decor. One of our favorite selections? The Misprint Messages pictured here. Celebrate family togetherness year-round by displaying an invite to eat and drink on your kitchen or dining room wall.  VivaTerra adheres to a strict criteria when choosing products to sell—products must be natural and organic, functional, eco-sound, distinctive and beautiful. Cheers to that!

Find it Here: VivaTerra Misprint Messages

Green Coupons!

We all know that organic foods cost a little more, but by using manufacturer coupons you can reduce the cost so you’re paying the same price as their non-organic counterparts. I’ve been using coupons for organic milk for the last several months and have noticed a significant savings. I’m saving about $1 per carton, and considering we go through 3 a week, that’s not too bad. I can use the extra $12 a month to support my Starbuck’s habit.

Don’t forget to check the weekly circulars for the grocery stores in your area. I’ve learned to plan my menu around their sales, and I always stock up when they put meat or chicken on sale. Those items (aside from diapers) seem to hurt the most when it comes to purchasing organic vs. non-organic. You can view all of your area circulars at My Grocery Deals.

Here are the manufacturers currently offering coupons (the specifics may have changed by the time you read this): Read the rest of this entry »

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