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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

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