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Cyber Monday Green Deals!

Natural Home:  50% off everything with coupon code MMEEMAB6 Expires midnight 11/29/10

Speesees:  30% off everything through 11/29/10

Sage Creek Organics:  25% off your order with coupon code THNKU52. Expires midnight 11/29/10

Ecomom: Save  33% off the entire store through November 29th with coupon code 33OFF

Tiny Artichoke:  35% off all orders with coupon code greencyber

Three Potato Four:  20% off any order with coupon code 3P4HOLIDAY. Expires midnight 11/29/10

Gretchen & Grace: 50% off any order with coupon code GIVETHANKS50 plus $5 flat rate shipping to US and Canada. Expires midnight 11/29/10

Gaiam:  15% off your order with coupon code AFCM15

Cybermonday.com:  Find great deals by searching with terms like “eco-friendly” and “sustainable”

Craftsbury Kids:  Save 10% with code G2010. Expires 12/06/10

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Thanks to reader Jill for letting us know about these other great deals:

Get 25% off at Kate Quinn Organics, MobyWrap, BabyLegs,Chico Bags, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Babyfrenzy.com, and Happy Heiny by entering cyber8 at checkout—you can find links to all the aforementioned sites here! Expires midnight 11/29/10

Taking the Week Off!

My kids are off for the whole week and Thanksgiving is almost here so we’re closing up shop for a few days. We wish you all a safe and  happy holiday!

See you after Thanksgiving!

Recycled Sweater Stockings

What: Christmas stockings made from sweaters

Features: Bright, colorful 16 inch Christmas stockings that are personalized with a name.

Green Factor: They are made from recycled sweaters that would eventually end up in a landfill. Unlike the cheap, poorly-made-in-China stockings you’ll find at the big box stores, these one-of-a-kind gems are keepers!

Bonus: You can request a custom color palette.

Find It Here: Handmade Pretties

GoodSearch

What: A search engine portal

Features: When you use GoodSearch you can earn money for the charity or non-profit of your choice. Every search earns one cent which may not sound like a lot but every 100 searches = $1 and that can add up quickly! I have my GoodSearch set to earn money for Healthy Child Healthy World.

Green Factor: It’s a way to support your favorite eco-friendly charity without spending a dime or buying anything. What could be greener?

Bonus: GoodSearch has a toolbar you can download—the search form is right in your browser so you never forget to use it. Easy peasy!

Find It Here: GoodSearch

From Our Inbox

Parent Earth is a fun, informative site that features videos on various aspects of food for families, eco-friendly living, recipes and more. Check it out!

GrowingHero’s Héro plushies aren’t just super cute and unique dolls for girls and boys—they’re also made from organic cotton and hypoallergenic alpaca felt.

Reuseit.com (formerly reusablebags.com) has a new rebranded site that carries reusables for every part of your life. Get 20% off your Reuseit.com purchase of $50 or more for the next seven days with this code –> GREENMOM

HippeKingdom’s eco-friendly jewelry is made from clay, recycled paper and thread. We love the paper dragonfly earrings!

Dropps eco-friendly laundry tabs are now available at Target! Click here to download a $1 off coupon (Read our feature on Dropps if you’re not familiar with them!)

Compostable Dinnerware

What: Compostable dinnerware

Features: Disposable plates, bowls, cups, utensils and more made from natural materials like bamboo, sugarcane, wheat straw and cornstarch that will biodegrade and are safe to compost.

Green Factor: None of it is made from plastic, which conserves fossil fuels and keeps plastic garbage from polluting our oceans or sitting in landfills for the next 500+ years

Bonus: Buy it in bulk at Amazon.com and save yourself some green.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

Unpaper Towels

What: Non-paper towels

Features: A single layer of soft, absorbent birdseye cotton fabric meant to be used like a paper towel.

Green Factor: Similar in size, shape and weight to paper towels, these quick drying towels are made to wash and reuse yet their light weight and size don’t noticeably add to a load of laundry.

Bonus: You can also get  handmade towel dispensers in a variety of colors.

Find It Here: Made in the Red Barn

WIN: Reusable Birthday Banners

What: Reusable happy birthday banners

Features: These festive 14 foot long banners are bright, colorful and reusable year after year!

Green Factor: Banners are reusable and made of felt instead of plastic like most banners you’ll find at the party superstore.

Bonus: Crafted by artisans in the socially responsible Aid to Artisans trade network

Find It Here: EcoPartyTime

Win It: We’ve partnered with EcoPartyTime to give away one 14 foot felt Happy Birthday banner to one randomly selected winner! Just leave a comment telling us which of the two 14 foot banners you like best and what other banners are offered by EcoPartyTime. Giveaway ends at midnight on 11/12/10; $32 value. Open to residents of the continental US only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Cindi!

Extra Entries: Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include @greenmomreview in your tweet) and note in a second comment that you tweeted the giveaway to receive an extra entry.

Bye Bye, Jack!

Every year, one billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States alone. That’s a LOT of organic material that will just go rot in the landfill if not disposed of naturally.

If you don’t have a compost bin, this is a great time to start one—with the remains of your holiday pumpkin! You can find directions on starting composting here.

If you already compost, here are some things to remember:

1) If you carved your pumpkin and got rid of all the flesh and seeds inside it, you don’t need to worry about that stuff. Just remember to remove any candles/wax.

2) If you didn’t carve your pumpkin, you should open it up and get out all the seeds because they can sprout in your compost bin/heap!

3) Cut or smash your pumpkin into pieces smaller than your fist, if possible. If your pumpkin had a thick, hard stem, it can take a long time for that to break down—you may want to leave the stem out.

4) Put the pumpkin pieces in your heap or bin and add some drier material like leaves or grass clippings.

5) Turn your compost as frequently as you normally would.

6) If you live in a cooler region, you may want to move your bin to a spot where it will get some sun every day.