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Green and Gifty Personalized Books

picture-1.pngBooks are wonderful gifts and as moms, we especially love, love, love them. We can’t ignore, however, that the book publishing industry uses a lot of paper which requires a lot of carbon-eating trees and uses a lot of nasty chemicals. That said, we think book exchanges and libraries rock when you want to read something and not necessarily buy it brand new. But—if you are going to buy a new book, say as a gift for a child, we think the personalized books from Little Bunny Press are completely adorable, as well as being more environmentally friendly than the average book because they are printed on 100% recycled paper that was manufactured using sustainable wind energy, which, of course we love. Of course, kids will think their Little Bunny Press book is super duper awesome simply because…they’re IN IT!

Find It Here: Little Bunny Press

Ten Foods That Don’t Need to Be Organic

While it would be ideal to have all the foods we eat be organic, we know that’s not always possible. Oftentimes, budgets dictate that we cannot buy everything in organic form and sometimes, certain organic foods simply aren’t available. That said, The Daily Green ran a helpful piece today on the foods  for which buying organic isn’t critical because their pesticide loads are among the lowest. Hopefully this will ease your mind a bit when you’re shopping for produce!

Here’s the list:
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Swaddled in Style

images1211.jpgCloth diapering has come a long way since the days of diaper pins and today’s mamas have it a quite a bit easier with all the various cloth diapering options – prefolds, all-in-ones, pocket, fitted… Personally, my favorite diaper covers are those that grow with your baby from birth to toddlerhood, like the new econappi from Swaddlebees. Because it comes with three sets of height-adjustment snaps on the outside, this diaper fits children from 8-35 lbs. That’s like three years of use out of one diaper! Made with hypoallergenic organic cotton velour on the inside (sooo soft!), the econappi can be used two ways – as a regular diaper cover with an absorbent organic cotton/hemp pad (included) on the inside or as a pocket diaper with the pad inserted in the pocket. Bottom line: this diaper is super soft, versatile, easy to use and comes in some really cute prints, like “pink lemonade” for girls and “blue summer” for boys. Those tired old bad-for-the-environment disposables ain’t got nothin’ on these babies when it comes to style!

Find It Here: Swaddlebees

Kiddie Loungewear

aboutimage.jpgSome of my favorite times with the kids are the lazy days when we just stay in, relax and hang-out playing together. And on those days, I’m all about wearing comfortable clothing, which for me, means nothing with buttons, zippers, etc. That’s why I am now in love with a new shop – Rattled – that specializes in simple, mix-and-match children’s pieces in a variety of colors. Made of 100% organic cotton under fair-wage practices, these pieces are ultra soft and totally lounge-worthy. Choose from hats, pants, onesies and tees (short and long-sleeved). Perfect for layering on colder days…or lounging and cuddling on any day.

Find it Here: Rattled

Win It! Win a short sleeve onesie and hat of winner’s size and color choice, courtesy of Rattled! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SR43 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: How does Rattled give back to the community? Open to US residents only. Enter by 1/19/09. $32 value. Contest closed. Congrats, Christina G.!

Happy Green New Year Giveaway!

gift_wrap.pngIt’s a brand new year and to help you go even greener in 2009, we’re giving away a box of great green goodies!

1  CoolTote Non-Toxic Lunch Bag: A lead and PVC-free, reusable, insulated replacement for the old brown bag. Comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and handy inside net pocket. 8 oz. Freezer Pack is included. Made in USA.

1 Baby Blend “Surf Chick” Long-Sleeve Onesie: Made of 100% organic cotton and  eco-friendly water-based inks & dyes, Baby Blend’s babywear and tees are embellished with kid-friendly yet cool designs that don’t scream “My parents are hipsters!”

2 Showertime  Shower Timers: 20% of your home’s water usage comes from the shower. A 3-minute reduction in shower time, from the average 8 minutes down to 5 minutes, could save 6-15 gallons of water per shower per person per day. The cute little Showertime timer gently reminds you after five minutes, that well, you’ve been in there for five minutes already. Very handy!

1 YES to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter: Made with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil, C Me Smile lip butter is paraben, petroleum and phthalate-free, as well as certified organic and not tested on animals!

1 copy of Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet: Seven Wonders is a fascinating little book that uses everyday items, from the bicycle to the ceiling fan, the clothesline to the library book, to illustrate that we need to look no farther than our own backyards to find ways to change the world.

1 copy of The Hippy Gourmet’s Quick and Simple Cookbook for Healthy Eating: Bruce Brennan, the host of the hit PBS show The Hippy Gourmet shows you how to make easy, delicious dishes using freshly-grown ingredients. His vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian meals will transform your eating experience and help you change the world for the better, one meal at a time.

1 copy of The Compassionate Carnivore: How to keep animals happy, save Old MacDonald’s farm, reduce your carbon hoofprint, and still eat meat—a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely.

1 Verimeri “Go Green” Tee, size S: Verymeri tees are all designed by kids. They host t-shirt design contests for schools, camps and non-profits—kids submit ideas for tees, vote on their favorite, and the winning design is made available for purchase. The kid designers, Free Arts for Abused Children and other partnering organizations receive a portion of the sales. Verycool!

1 Goodnight Room Twisty Pals Teether: Made of unbleached, undyed, non-chemically processed 100% organic cotton, Twisty Pals teethers are easily washed and dried along with baby’s laundry. The twisted organic cotton body is pliable, providing the perfect texture for teething and can be wet and then frozen for extra soothing. Made in USA.

Win It!  Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “NYG09” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What would you like to see more of on The Green Mom Review? Open to US residents only. Enter by February 11, 2009. $150 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Denise!

Baby Cubes

babycubespackaged.jpgEvery now and then I come across a product that makes me wonder why I didn’t think of it first! Baby Cubes is one such example—it’s a freezer storage system for home-prepared baby food where each unit is stored and capped individually (total convenience anyone?). Made of non-toxic and recyclable polypropylene, they can be used for baby food, breast milk or anything else that requires airtight storage and they’re freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. Best of all,  they’re BPA, phthalate and PVC-free. I don’t even have babies anymore and I’ve already thought of a dozen ways I could use these genius little cubes around my kitchen!

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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