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Have a Sitt

handysitt_1jpg.jpgIf there’s one baby item I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to, it was the highchair. Yes, it served us well through two children but it’s ginormous footprint made it one of the few things I couldn’t wait to give away to some other poor, unsuspecting family. And the fact that it was 100% plastic? I can only plead ignorance. I simply didn’t know any better all those years ago. Now, if we’d had a minui HandySitt…I might be bragging instead of lamenting because the ultra cool and modern HandySitt is small, lightweight (5lbs), portable, adjustable and best of all made with steel and Forest Stewardship Council-certified birch. Additionally, all paint and varnish finishes are formaldehyde free, and the plastic guard contains no phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA). I’m actually a little jealous that new moms today have so many safer, greener options to choose from, but just to show you all that there are no hard feelings, we’re giving away a minui HandySitt portable highchair to one lucky winner!

Find It Here: minui HandySitt

Win It:  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter MH21 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: The HandySitt is safety-certified by what group? Open to US and Canadian residents. Enter by 3/6/09. $149 value. Contest closed. Congratulations, Melissa!

Starting at Square One

square_one_vodka.jpgWhen I think of organic products, I don’t think hard liquor has ever sprung to mind—but lookie! Organic vodka brought to the masses by the good people at Square One Organic Spirits! Let it be known, however, that Square One is not your usual big name liquor company. Why? Well, for starters, Square One vodka comes from organically grown American rye—not mass-produced corn, potatoes, or grapes—and is made with a certified organic fermentation process developed especially for Square One. Additionally, founder Allison Evanow chose to start a company where the bottom line was not profit but social responsibility to the environment and a living a life of quality which is why Square One donates a portion of profits to environmental causes and encourages work-life balance through flex-time and virtual office options. It looks like high-spirited fun and sustainability can go together. Cheers to that!

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Square One Vodka

In to Gardening? Read This!

gardening-supplies.jpgI know this is short notice but at noon today EST, a horticulturist from Burpee Seeds will be on The Motherhood site doing a live text chat answering questions about growing your own vegetables.

Post to The Motherhood that you’ll be planting a vegetable garden this year and you could win enough seeds to grow $650 worth of veggies. They’ll randomly pick ten winners by Wednesday (2/25).

Sweet!

300.jpgHave you ever seen a purse or tote bag made from recycled candy wrappers? I have, at an Earth Day festival, and they’re way cool—just like the one pictured, from by Sweet-n-Handy Handbags. Made of 100% recycled candy wrappers, bottle wrappers, and similar wrapping materials—most of which were misprinted labels that would  otherwise have been trashed, spending all eternity in a landfill—their bags are bright, colorful, sturdy and of course, green! All Sweet-n-Handy bags are handmade in a small Northern Mexico village by skilled craftspeople and Sweet-n-Handy is also Kiva Microlender. This means they use a portion of their profits to help make microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, empowering them to move out of poverty, which we think is REALLY sweet.

Find It Here: Sweet-n-Handy Handbags

Win It: We’re giving away the “Pinata” handbag by Sweet-n-Handy!  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SH7 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What are the names of the four Sweet-n-Handy handbag collections? Open to US residents. Enter by 3/3/09. $40 value. Contest closed. Congratultions, Paula!

Deal: Use the code “GreenMom” to receive a 15% discount on your entire purchase from Sweet-n-Handy.

Lead-Free Lips!

It has been more than a year since the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported that many popular brands of lipstick contain lead. The FDA said it would conduct an independent investigation but despite repeated calls from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and consumers, as well as pressure from U.S. Senators, the FDA still has not released any data on its own lipstick tests or taken any action to protect consumers from toxic ingredients in cosmetics. In Europe and Canada, cosmetics are regulated but not here in America, which is shameful, although not particularly shocking when you consider that our government also doesn’t see a problem with BPA in baby bottles. So what can you do? Well, one really easy-peasy thing you can do is send a letter to the FDA, letting them know you don’t want lead in your cosmetics. Just click here, fill out the form and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will send the letter for you. It will take about 15 seconds and your voice will be heard. With any luck, our lips will soon be lead free—but only if we all speak up!

Let’s Do Organic…Ice Cream Cones

cones1.gifIf there is one thing I can count on when visiting my mother, it’s that she will always have ice cream and ice cream cones on hand. Now don’t be jealous but when I was growing up, we ate ice cream cones practically daily and though I was not blessed with the same “skinny” genes as my mom, I still indulge in the occasional ice cream cone. If you think about it, ice cream cones are really one of the more wholesome novelty food items ever invented and what a clever invention they are because first, they keep you from eating out of the container—hello portion control! Second, cones are cost effective because you can splurge on decadent ice cream and make it last a lot longer with a cone. And finally, you have to admit there is just something fun and satisfying about an ice cream cone. Personally, I prefer a sugar cone and Let’s Do…Organic totally comes through with an organic sugar cone that satisfies every time. Oh, and if you’re craving a little treat, Let’s Do…Organic also offers a line of really yummy organic gummi bears that will tide you over until your next ice cream cone!

 Find It Here: Edward & Sons Trading Company

Nature is for The Birds

birdfeeder.pngBefore I met my husband, I never really thought of bird feeding as a hobby or something I would find enjoyable. Turns out a very basic peanut butter pinecone like the one I made in third grade was a simple way to be part of a popular and relaxing hobby. Of course, my husband prefers the more complex bird feeders that prevent squirrels from stealing the seeds but whether you go basic or become an avid birdwatcher, bird feeding is a great hobby for both kids and adults. My young kids enjoy watching the birds fly around and eat from the little feeder attached to our patio (so do my cats, for that matter) and I often find myself slowing down after a hectic day and watching the show. I know…you’re dying to ask what birdhouse is best for your family or backyard, right? Well, for those of us who lean green, a natural edible bird house is a wonderful eco-friendly alternative from those complicated plastic or metal feeders. I especially like the castle bird feeder made from a sunflower seeds, dried apple and orange slices, corn and other delicious treats—for the birds, of course! By providing a yummy little haven for birds to hang out, you get to enjoy nature and the stress relief that comes with it and who doesn’t need more of that in their lives?


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Zen Garden Bonsai

Teaching Green

teacher-w180-h2000.jpgWorkbook pages, dittos, Xerox copies…paper, paper, paper!

Anyone who has a child in school knows about the deluge of paper sent home EVERY DAY. Honestly, much of it is needless. I’m not just saying that as the parental recipient of all this stuff, but as a teacher myself.

From the teacher’s standpoint, we have all this great information to share. We don’t want our students to miss a bit of it! I could honestly make a textbook sized handout of all the good info I find for my students. No one wants to shortchange education for green, so what do we do?

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Thinkbaby’s Got it Covered

thinkbaby.gifWith all the reports out there about the dangers of certain plastics, I’m liking stainless steel for feeding products more and more, mainly because I don’t have to worry about remembering which plastics are the safer ones and which ones are NOT. To that end, I’m really very excited that thinkbaby has come out with a complete BPA-free feeding set that includes a bento box, two bowls, and a mug which feature a stainless steel interior and a polypropylene exterior, plus two polypropylene utensils. Yeah, it only comes in one color (bright orange) and yeah it has “thinkbaby” stamped all over it instead of duckies or airplanes but seeing as I’m more concerned with safety than style, I really love it because it’s BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, lead-free and melamine-free. As an added green-mom bonus—the containers are great for making a waste-free lunches or carrying snacks on the go. Now that? Is some pretty smart thinking!

Find It Here: thinkbaby

The Green Mom Review is at BlissDom

smileyface.jpgHi all! I just wanted to let everyone know that The Green Mom Review is representin’ the green here at the BlissDom 09 conference in Nashville, TN. For those who don’t know, BlissDom is a great conference for both novice and experienced bloggers and we’re here making new friends, as well as checking out ways to improve what we do here, which we do for YOU! We’ll be back to our regular posting schedule and awesome giveaways starting Monday, February 10.

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