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Sierra Club Trails

sierra.jpgI’m not really an outdoorsy type. I mean, I love being outside, but by that I mean reclining on a chaise lounge under a patch of shade with a sweating Corona and a good book. And maybe a cheeseburger. So yeah, I’m not what you would call an outdoor enthusiast. Even so, I think the concept behind Sierra Club Trails is a very cool one. It’s a unique and interactive site; a wiki that’s not only a catalog of trails, but a source of information for several other activities, as well. Users can create profiles and connect with others, post pictures and chat on forums. And they can update trail posts with the latest happenings – the weather in the area or the trails’ condition, for example. So if I ever went for a hike (hey, it could happen…) on a trail that had been closed, I could go home, log on to Sierra Club Trails and update that trail’s status, for other hikers to see.

You don’t have to be at one with nature to enjoy Sierra Club Trails. The gallery is definitely worth a browse; some stunning photographs have been added already. There are also tips and advice for beginner hikers, and a blog, too. Think of it as social networking for hikers and outdoorsy types!

Find It Here: Sierra Club Trails

Reader Question About Cloth Diapers

We have many cloth diapering enthusiasts amongst our readers so we thought it would be helpful to have you all chime in on this reader question:

Hi, I’m new to cloth diapering and have no idea where to start or what would be best.  I was wondering if anyone could advise me on a good cloth diaper for an older child (almost 4) who doesn’t stay dry at night. He weighs around 37 lbs and is about 35 inches tall and wears a 6 in regular diapers, if that helps.

Thank you from a devoted reader!
Caroline

Giveaway ~ Adiri Natural Nursers

AdiriWith both my babies, finding a bottle they liked as well as my boobs was a challenge that involved multiple frantic trips, some in the wee hours of the night, to procure bottles that wouldn’t be flatly rejected by said babies. Even though I was breastfeeding, the bottle was key because HELLO? I needed rest; I needed my husband to be able to feed them so I didn’t go insane from sleep deprivation. With my son, we found exactly ONE type of bottle that he would take and I maintain to this day that he did because it was the only bottle that even remotely resembled a real breast.

Enter Adiri Natural Nurser…a bottle that really does resemble the real deal—I think if I’d had one of these gems at the get-go, we would have saved at least a Benjamin or two on all those other bottles that were used once, barely, and then cast aside by my tiny discriminating offspring. Not only are Adiri bottles the recipient of the iParenting Media Greatest Products of 2008 award and a Medical Design Excellence Award of 2008 winner, they’re more like a real breast than any other bottle. And equally, if not more impressive than fancy awards, is the fact that they’re BPA (bisphenol-A) and soft polycarbonate-free so you can bottle-feed without worry of giving your little one dangerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals at every meal. Toxic junk-free, award-winning and it mimics breastfeeding like no other bottle, reducing the dreaded nipple confusion… What’s not to love?

Find It Here: Adiri

Win It: We’re giving away Two Bonus Pack Adiri Natural Nurser Bottles (Slow Flow). Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter AD07 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Name three other awards the Adiri has won. Enter by 8/5/09. $26 value. Open to residents of US and Canada. Winner to be notified by email. Contest Closed.

Print*Pattern*Paper

371492f3908430184f6cd5fe5e641ef8.jpgBuying things today is more than just the purchase. It’s about making smart choices—ones that aren’t harmful to the environment and you can feel good about, like buying from companies who are as committed to the earth as they are to their product. Take, for example, Print*Pattern*Paper, a handmade art and textile company that not only believes in environmental responsibility, but practices it, too.

Designer Rebecca Peragine takes the term ‘made from recycled materials’ to heart—all of her original prints are created from scrap materials. They’re packaged in biodegradable materials and Rebecca uses soy ink and recyclable materials and many, of her products are made in the United States using locally-sourced goods. Print*Pattern*Paper chooses to support smaller, local businesses, and donates both their images and designs to raise money for children and families around the world.

From wall art (prints and canvas), number cards, posters, cotton bags and stationery, Print*Pattern*Paper is original and stylish and philanthropic and totally ecoguilt-free—NO compromising required!

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Bonus: Mention The Green Mom Review and receive 20% off your next purchase!

Wooly Baby

woolybaby.jpgOne of the perks of writing for The Green Mom Review is getting to drool over the awesome products we feature here. I’ve spent many an evening ogling web sites submitted for review, and last night was no exception. I spent a good amount of time over at the Wooly Baby web site, and am officially in LURVE with their slippers – not to mention the concept behind them.

In a stroke of recycling genius, Josie Marsh takes old sweaters and leather jackets and turns them in to the cutest, most practical little slippers I have ever seen. After she couldn’t find slippers for her baby that covered the ankle, Josie took matters in to her own hands. Her high-ankle slippers are made with felted wool, ensuring the slippers are dense, sturdy and warm. All-natural soap is used on the wool during the felting process, and the slippers’ bottoms are made from suede leather, resulting in a soft, non-skid sole.

Personally, I think Josie’s ankle-high creations are brilliant – I hail from Canada, a.k.a. The Great White North, where it’s cold. A lot. I’ve never seen high-top slippers that are handmade, cute and recycled to boot! Low-top slippers are also available for warmer climates, and Wooly Baby products are available in sizes ranging from six months to six years.

Find It Here: Wooly Baby

Babblebabies

jumper.jpgWouldn’t it be cool if there was a web site chock full of organic baby wares at wholesale prices? A site where each product has been researched and reviewed, with a wide selection of organic cotton and bamboo items at discount prices? (Basically, a web site that does all of the legwork, and finds the good stuff for you?)

As it happens, there is a site just like that and it’s called Babblebabies and you need to check it out if you’re looking for organic baby products like bedding, clothing and toys at really great prices.

Babblebabies offers unique products from organic brand names like Sckoon, Speesees, Bumkins, Generation Baby and more. The site is informative and easy to navigate, and the products are cute. Very cute. I’m quite taken with the jumpers (like the Speesees one above), and the Sckoon Organic Cotton toys are absolutely adorable—they’d make fantastic gifts and great lovies for little ones.

The folks behind Babblebabies are always looking out for new, organic products, and they want to hear about your favourite green companies. They’ve even got a Facebook page—post a picture of your wee one wearing gear from Babblebabies and receive a $5 discount. So what are you waiting for? Shoo!

Find It Here: Babblebabies

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