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Sustainably Snuggly

stuffedbunny.jpgWe’ve mentioned this in the past but it bears repeating…even stuffed animals, which look so cute and harmless, can be toxic. Naturally, I find the idea of my children snuggling up to poison very disturbing but luckily non-toxic and eco-friendly plush toys are out there. and right now I’m quite taken with the Eco Stuffed Naturally Bunnies from Celery Street. Extremely soft and totally huggable, they’re made and filled with an eco-friendly alternative to traditional synthetics that is made from 100% soy fiber and the stuffing is 100% kapok, a golden silky fiber known for its hypoallergenic softness.  Additionally, kapok is a sustainable rainforest crop that comes from the seed pod of the kapok tree. Green and yet affordable, these adorable bunnies would look perfect in the center of an Easter basket but little ones (and their moms) will love them long after the Peeps tummyaches are but a distant memory.

Find it Here: Celery Street

Win It: We’re giving away two Eco Stuffed Naturally Bunnies. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter CS4 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What are the names of the three colors of Eco Stuffed Naturally Bunnies? Enter by 4/11/09. $30 value. Contest closed. Congrats to A.

There’s Something Unfishy Going On Here

1504.jpgI can’t speak for anyone else but I find fish oil to be, well, kind of gross. I mean it tastes how fish smell and I think we can all agree, that’s not good. But because I know that fish oil is really good for you, I force myself to take it regardless of how cringeworthy I find it. However, getting my kids to tolerate the stinky fish oil is another matter altogether. Simply put…they won’t. Well, they didn’t until just recently when I started giving them Nordic Naturals Tangerine Omega-3 Gummies, which they love. They’re like little gumdrops with the most awesome tangerine flavor and my kids and I would eat them like candy if we could. They’re that good and that unfishy (and are purified to the degree that environmental toxins are undetectable when tested). Yes, they contain a wee bit of sugar but in my opinion, it’s well worth feeding my kids a little organic sucrose/organic evaporated cane juice to be able to get the fish oil down their gullets with nary a complaint. Why do I say this?  Because the omega-3 essential fatty acids (DHA and EPA) found in fish oil support development of the brain, eyes, and nervous and immune systems in young children (and adults, too). If you’d asked me a year ago if I’d take a fish oil supplement that tasted like a juicy tangerine, I would have said YES! and then laughed at you for suggesting something so impossible but it’s no joke—fish oil CAN taste good. Oh, and just in case great taste doesn’t impress you, Nordic Naturals is also a socially and environmentally responsible company.

Find It Here: Nordic Naturals

Lights Out!

voteearth_en.pngTonight (Saturday, March 28, 8:30pm your time) Earth Hour 2009 takes  place. My lights will be off for an hour while I read a few books by flashlight to my kids and then send them off to the Land of Nod. Why will my lights be off for an hour? Because all the cool kids are doing it! Oh, and to show that I support action against global warming. A symbolic gesture that started two years ago with the World Wildlife Foundation in Australia, Earth Hour has grown into a worldwide event with more than 100 US cities and towns agreeing to darken some of the nation’s most famous skylines in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Around the world cities like Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Nairobi, Paris, Rome, Toronto and Sydney will also be participating in this popular once-a-year event. There are also Youtube, Flickr and Twitter activities going on so that you can show your green spirit in other fun ways. Will you be participating? I hope so 🙂

Earth

disney_earth.jpgI let my kids watch TV. I admit it. But I’m also very picky about what I let them watch, opting predominantly for science and nature shows. One series that we’ve enjoyed immensely is Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel. The cinematography is so groundbreaking that we’ve been able to see things we would never ever witness otherwise and so indescribably amazing that it regularly gave me chills. It’s because of our love of nature that I’m especially excited about a movie from Disneynature films called Earth. It tells the story of three animal families and their journeys across the planet over the course of a year. It was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the Emmy Award-winning creative team behind the Planet Earth series which pretty much guarantees it will be both epic and visually astounding. What’s really cool is that Disney is going to plant a tree for every person who sees the film during it’s opening week, starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. That’s some serious green potential and I’m really excited about it! To help kick off this awesome new film, we’ve teamed up with Disneynature films to give away an Earth reusable grocery bag, a biodegradable tumbler, and a tree seedling so you can plant your own tree! (details below)

Find It Here: Disneynature Films

Win It: We’re giving away an Earth reusable grocery bag, a biodegradable tumbler, and a tree seedling. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DE3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What, specifically, are the three kinds of animals featured in Earth? Enter by 4/07/09. $60 value. Contest Closed. Congrats  Sherry!

Bend-the-Rules Sewing

bendtherulessewing2.jpgMy new favorite hobby is sewing. Granted, I have yet to dust off the old Singer I bought ten years ago and never learned to use, but I just know it’s going to be my new favorite hobby. I have this itch to make something with my hands, something not purchased in a store, something of my own creation. My new beginner’s handbook is Bend-the-Rules Sewing. Written by the popular blogger and craft goddess, Amy Karol (known as Angry Chicken to her blog fans), Bend-the-Rules Sewing is the perfect book for the beginning seamstress. If you know absolutely nothing about sewing, this book would serve as a great primer. Read the first few pages and you’ll already know the sewing lingo and the exact supplies you need to get started. But what I love, love, love the most about this book are the incredibly hip projects. From cute handbags and aprons to cloth napkins and scalloped baby blankets, this book provides instructions for thirty projects with beautiful colorful pictures of each. Every time I flipped to a new page, I thought, “I want to make that!” and then I’d flip to the next page and think the same thing again! And really, what could be greener than making your own stuff, right? It’s sew true. Heh.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

True Green Cuddles

greenmonth1.gifHere at The Green Mom Review, we like green deals that help save you money and we love moms so we thought you might like to know about True Cuddles. Each week, True Cuddles releases a new baby or toddler product, in limited quantity, at a discounted price, and sells it until it’s gone. For the month of March, True Cuddles has partnered with over 20 eco-conscious companies to feature nine green “cuddle of the week” products (categories ranging from toys, clothing, skin care, stationary and more) at fabulous discount prices. In addition, throughout March, the cuddle crew of moms will also blog about some of their favorite green ideas, green products, green giveaways, green blogs, and more. True Cuddles is highlighting ways for moms to make more sustainable and affordable choices and to shine some light on organizations that are already doing this by keeping our earth in mind.

Find it Here: True Cuddles

Lean & Green: Live Sustainably on a Budget

save-money-green-living.jpgThis is a very stressful, yet hopeful, time in our lives. Due to the economy, we are forced to make changes in what we buy for our family, but can we also choose what’s best for the planet? “Green” seems to cost more, it takes time to learn and implement, it requires that we focus and prioritize. It may not seem like the best time to go green and eat healthier, but this is actually the perfect time to get healthy, heal our environment, and save money!

Especially under times of stress, we need to keep our immune system strong to ward off disease. Disease costs money, so there is a real savings there (avoiding doctor bills, medicines, days off) but it’s deeper than that because without our health, we have nothing. Being healthier keeps us within our budget. Making changes that impact our health, in turn, helps heal our environment. And the truth is, choosing healthier options for our body and planet does NOT have to cost more; there are ways to save money while making good choices. We can tighten our belts and still eat delicious nutritious food that allow us to tighten our belts a notch as we get healthy and lose weight.

Support your body to do it’s job to keep you healthy by:

1. Eating well
2. Sleeping
3. Exercising
4. Being Optimistic
5. Loving
6. Using Safer products On & Around Your Body

Eating Well Read the rest of this entry »

Break the Baggy Habit

401_freshsnackpackpicnicclosed.jpgPlastic baggies…we know they’re convenient for packing lunches because, well, we’ve used them. I mean who hasn’t, right?  There’s just one problem…they aren’t recyclable. The end result is that every day of the 180 day school year, millions of plastic baggies are thrown away and will live on for hundreds of years in a landfill. But it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. There  are lots of reusable options available for packing waste-free lunches and one that we especially like are Fresh Snack Packs. I like them because you can see what’s inside them but equally awesome is the fact that they’re phthalates, PVC and BPA and lead free. Oh, and did I mention they’re reusable? Yeah, they are and we think they’re so groovy green that we’re giving away a couple sets of Fresh Snack Packs to one lucky winner!

Find It Here:  Fresh Snack Pack

Win It:  We’re giving away two sets of Fresh Snack Packs (4 snack and 2 sandwich packs) to one winner. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FSP3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Fresh Snack Packs are made of what material? Enter by 3/25/09. $29 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Tammy!

Working Green

telecommuting1.gifTelecommuting. It’s a big buzzword these days but what does it actually mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means using the wonders of technology to work from home instead of getting in your car and driving to a workplace. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare but given the current job market, the cost of gas, and our love of all things eco-friendly we thought it would make for an interesting feature because telecommuting IS green.

Allow me to dazzle you with some factoids—according to the Consumer Electronics Association, a person telecommuting one day per week can reduce carbon emissions by 37-50 pounds per day. If that person telecommuted five days per week, the savings would be equivalent to the electricity consumed by an average household in 4 to 6 months. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, telecommuting can improve work/life balance, reduce stress (goodbye traffic!) and save you money on things like gas, wardrobe, dry cleaning, and buying lunch.

One excellent resource for finding telecommuting work is FlexJobs, an ethically-run service started by a green-centric mom who was frustrated with how difficult it was to locate real telecommuting opportunities among all the scams. FlexJobs finds and presents the best legitimate telecommuting opportunities (150-200 researched new job listings posted each week) in a well-designed, searchable web interface. Jobseekers pay a small monthly or yearly fee for access to the FlexJobs site but The Green Mom Review thinks telecommuting is so awesome that we’re giving way a one year subscription!

Find It Here: FlexJobs

Win It: We’re giving away a one year subscription to FlexJobs. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FJ3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is FlexJobs’ mission? Enter by 3/23/09. $49.95 value. Contest closed. Congrats Kathy!

Win a Non-Toxic Crib and Mattress

kiwilogo.gifBabies breathe in whatever is in their mattresses so it’s important to have a non-toxic one if you can swing it. The same goes for cribs—you don’t want your baby mouthing toxic finishes on cribs or breathing in the outgassing formaldehyde used in certain kinds of wood.

KIWI Magazine is having a contest where you can win an eco-friendly crib matttress and crib. Just sign up for the KIWI Green Baby Shower newsletter and be entered in a giveaway to win a Q Collection Junior crib and Naturpedic crib mattress.

The Q Collection Junior crib features:

The Naturepedic mattress features:

  • Provides non-toxic fire protection and waterproofing
  • Certified organic cotton and environmentally friendly materials
  • Made, tested, and certified in the U.S.A.

Contest open until April 30, 2009. Good luck!

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