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Certified Organic Cotton Masks for Kids

Organic Cotton Covid Mask for ChildrenFeatures:  This is a 5 pack of organic cotton unisex children’s mask made to fit kids between 3-6 years and 6+ years. Features thin, soft elastic ear-loops and a comfortable nose bridge for a close fit. Made from two layers of cotton—the outer layer is designed to block larger particles and the inner layer is designed to block smaller particles. Both layers are extremely soft and are designed to help disperse moisture, making this mask comfortable for all day wear. These masks can be washed by hand and hung to dry or washed with a normal load of laundry.

Green Factor:  These masks are GOTS-certified, which is an international standard for organic cotton purity.

Bonus: There’s a 10% off coupon and because it’s available through Amazon Prime, you’ll have it in days— won’t have to wait weeks like masks made overseas.

Find It Here: Certified Organic Cotton Masks for Kids

Get Healthy, Organic Groceries Delivered Free

 

Do you have an Amazon Prime account? Then you’re in luck! You can now get a wide assortment of groceries, household necessities (and anything from Whole Foods) delivered without the extra fee they used to charge. It’s now included in your Prime membership.

The program is called Amazon Fresh and I’ve had great luck getting disinfectants from Fresh when they’re not available anywhere else. (Yes, Lysol isn’t organic or natural but given the pandemic we find ourselves living with, I do use Lysol and Clorox wipes when absolutely necessary).

But the best part is I can get all the things I normally get from Whole Foods delivered for free! If I want it within two hours, there’s a small fee but I’m never in that much of a hurry so I just make my $35 order, tell them when I want it and they deliver it fast and fresh every time. Just don’t forget to tip the Amazon Fresh delivery people…essential workers make this service possible!

BONUS: Get $10 off your first Whole Foods Market order of $50. Just select your favorite items from Whole Foods Market and enter this promotional code:  SAVE10WF

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Is it just me or or does it seem like it’s ALWAYS flu season or just about to BE flu season? As if that weren’t enough to worry about, we now have the Coronavirus to contend with pretty much everywhere in the world. Keeping our hands clean is always good but now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we wash them for 20 seconds with soap OR use hand sanitizer to keep ourselves and our kiddos healthy.

Well…I went to my local drugstore and they were sold out of hand sanitizer. So I went to, literally, seven other stores and they were all sold out, too. Then I checked Amazon and only third party sellers had any left and the prices were through the roof. The laws of supply and demand were in full effect *sigh*  Naturally, I had to immediately complain about this to my bestie, and she said “Just make your own.” My first thought was “Nahhh…I don’t feel like doing all that”  but then I remembered that hand sanitizer is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND and decided I’d give it a try.

So I did it and it couldn’t be easier. This recipe is simply aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. Are you shocked? Yeah, me too!

Combine in a bowl:

2/3  cup of rubbing alcohol (91 or 99% isopropyl alcohol – available in most pharmacies or from Amazon)
1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
A few drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil or any other scent you like (this step is totally optional)

Stir thoroughly and pour into a clean pump bottle or, if you prefer, a purse-size container to carry with you.

Remember, in order for hand sanitizer to be effective, you must cover your hands with it and let it dry.

Oh, and while we’re talking about sanitizing, don’t forget to clean your phone periodically with some rubbing alcohol. Phones are really germy!

Wee Sprout Glass Baby Food Containers

Glass Baby Food Storage ContainersWhat: Set of 12 glass baby food storage container jars with 4 oz capacity, durable measurement markings, 12 multi-colored leakproof lids that seal airtight for freshness

Features: High-grade food-safe glass. Microwave, freezer, & dishwasher safe. Germ Resistant.

Green Factor: Reusable and 100% non-toxic with a chemical-free finish. Free of phthalates, mercury, lead, cadmium, PVC and BPA.

Bonus: Dry erase marker included for easy labeling

Find It Here: Wee Sprout Glass Baby Food Storage Jars

Thrift Score: My Funky New Old Dishes

A few years ago, I’d read that some of the cheaper dinnerware produced in China was turning up with lead in it. I looked at my inexpensive and chipped (but very pretty) dinnerware and got a little concerned. Rather than spend a couple hundred dollars on what I really wanted, which was a set of lead-free Fiestaware for eight, I decided that until I could find something made in the US that was also not ugly or overly expensive, I’d go with something simple and safe—glass.

I looked at a few department stores and didn’t find much in the way of glass and what I did find felt flimsy so I decided to check my local thrift stores. I didn’t find any complete sets but I did find tons of glass pieces in a variety of patterns and suddenly it hit me…I didn’t need a matching set at all! I would mix and match and have a funky, eclectic set of with everything I needed for a next to nothing. I picked out 8 dinner plates, 8 salad plates, 8 bowls and 8 saucers in a handful of patterns —bamboo, florals, vines, contemporary, lattice, and textured.

I brought everything home, washed it and unceremoniously trashed all the old, chipped stuff. I put my “new” dishes away and have used them ever since. In that time, not one piece has chipped or broken. Once I realized how durable my funky, mismatched dinnerware was, I gave up looking for anything else. Best of all, though, is that it cost me less than twenty dollars for peace of mind that my stuff is lead-free.

The takeaway? Things don’t have to be new OR expensive to be awesome 🙂

Photo by Nancy Bea Miller

Yoocaa Reusable Collapsible Straws

What: Yoocaa Collapsible Reusable Metal Straw

Features: Portable, collapsible, reusable, dishwasher-safe and made from food-grade stainless steel and reusable at least 1,000 times.

Green Factor: Billions of disposable plastic straws litter our oceans and cause great harm to marine life, as well as our oceans. Bringing your own portable straw and foregoing the plastic disposable ones is one way you can help stem the plastic straw pollution of our planet.

Bonus: The Yoocaa collapsible straw comes with a keychain style case that you can attach to your belt, bag or keys so you always have it with you, plus a brush to clean the inside of your straw.

Find It Here: Yoocaa Collapsible Reusable Metal Straw

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