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Lean & Green: Live Sustainably on a Budget

save-money-green-living.jpgThis is a very stressful, yet hopeful, time in our lives. Due to the economy, we are forced to make changes in what we buy for our family, but can we also choose what’s best for the planet? “Green” seems to cost more, it takes time to learn and implement, it requires that we focus and prioritize. It may not seem like the best time to go green and eat healthier, but this is actually the perfect time to get healthy, heal our environment, and save money!

Especially under times of stress, we need to keep our immune system strong to ward off disease. Disease costs money, so there is a real savings there (avoiding doctor bills, medicines, days off) but it’s deeper than that because without our health, we have nothing. Being healthier keeps us within our budget. Making changes that impact our health, in turn, helps heal our environment. And the truth is, choosing healthier options for our body and planet does NOT have to cost more; there are ways to save money while making good choices. We can tighten our belts and still eat delicious nutritious food that allow us to tighten our belts a notch as we get healthy and lose weight.

Support your body to do it’s job to keep you healthy by:

1. Eating well
2. Sleeping
3. Exercising
4. Being Optimistic
5. Loving
6. Using Safer products On & Around Your Body

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Break the Baggy Habit

401_freshsnackpackpicnicclosed.jpgPlastic baggies…we know they’re convenient for packing lunches because, well, we’ve used them. I mean who hasn’t, right?  There’s just one problem…they aren’t recyclable. The end result is that every day of the 180 day school year, millions of plastic baggies are thrown away and will live on for hundreds of years in a landfill. But it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. There  are lots of reusable options available for packing waste-free lunches and one that we especially like are Fresh Snack Packs. I like them because you can see what’s inside them but equally awesome is the fact that they’re phthalates, PVC and BPA and lead free. Oh, and did I mention they’re reusable? Yeah, they are and we think they’re so groovy green that we’re giving away a couple sets of Fresh Snack Packs to one lucky winner!

Find It Here:  Fresh Snack Pack

Win It:  We’re giving away two sets of Fresh Snack Packs (4 snack and 2 sandwich packs) to one winner. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FSP3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: Fresh Snack Packs are made of what material? Enter by 3/25/09. $29 value. Contest closed. Congrats to Tammy!

Working Green

telecommuting1.gifTelecommuting. It’s a big buzzword these days but what does it actually mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means using the wonders of technology to work from home instead of getting in your car and driving to a workplace. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare but given the current job market, the cost of gas, and our love of all things eco-friendly we thought it would make for an interesting feature because telecommuting IS green.

Allow me to dazzle you with some factoids—according to the Consumer Electronics Association, a person telecommuting one day per week can reduce carbon emissions by 37-50 pounds per day. If that person telecommuted five days per week, the savings would be equivalent to the electricity consumed by an average household in 4 to 6 months. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, telecommuting can improve work/life balance, reduce stress (goodbye traffic!) and save you money on things like gas, wardrobe, dry cleaning, and buying lunch.

One excellent resource for finding telecommuting work is FlexJobs, an ethically-run service started by a green-centric mom who was frustrated with how difficult it was to locate real telecommuting opportunities among all the scams. FlexJobs finds and presents the best legitimate telecommuting opportunities (150-200 researched new job listings posted each week) in a well-designed, searchable web interface. Jobseekers pay a small monthly or yearly fee for access to the FlexJobs site but The Green Mom Review thinks telecommuting is so awesome that we’re giving way a one year subscription!

Find It Here: FlexJobs

Win It: We’re giving away a one year subscription to FlexJobs. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FJ3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is FlexJobs’ mission? Enter by 3/23/09. $49.95 value. Contest closed. Congrats Kathy!

Win a Non-Toxic Crib and Mattress

kiwilogo.gifBabies breathe in whatever is in their mattresses so it’s important to have a non-toxic one if you can swing it. The same goes for cribs—you don’t want your baby mouthing toxic finishes on cribs or breathing in the outgassing formaldehyde used in certain kinds of wood.

KIWI Magazine is having a contest where you can win an eco-friendly crib matttress and crib. Just sign up for the KIWI Green Baby Shower newsletter and be entered in a giveaway to win a Q Collection Junior crib and Naturpedic crib mattress.

The Q Collection Junior crib features:

The Naturepedic mattress features:

  • Provides non-toxic fire protection and waterproofing
  • Certified organic cotton and environmentally friendly materials
  • Made, tested, and certified in the U.S.A.

Contest open until April 30, 2009. Good luck!

Snackaliciously Healthy

astrawberrykiwi-2t.jpgLooking for kid-friendly snacks made from real food instead of multi-syllabic chemicals you can’t even pronounce? Well, there is nothing fake about this first snack! With a ½ cup of 100% fruit and no added sugar in each bar, Dakota Gourmet’s Real Fruit Jerky are the real deal and they’ll have you  happily waving goodbye to those artificial fruit roll-ups things. But even better, they are 100% tree nut, peanut, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, making them a tasty, healthy AND safe treat for kids with those types of allergies.

Find It Here: Peanut-Free Planet

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Looking for the perfect companion for your morning coffee or your kid’s yogurt cup?  Made from 100% whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, applesauce, blueberries and flaxseed meal, PistachiOats Blueberry cookies are wholesome, tasty and heart-healthy!

Find It Here: PistachiOats Blueberry Cookies

Happy Handmade Easter

il_430xn58999449.jpgIf there’s one thing we dislike about Easter time, it’s those awful baskets. You know the ones, right? Not only are they kind of um…ugly but they’re PLASTIC! This time last year we featured cool fair trade baskets handwoven in Africa (we love handmade stuff!) and this year we’re featuring these awesome handmade, hand-embroidered baskets made from reclaimed fabrics and buttons. Whimsical, adorable and reusable year after year, these one-of-a-kind baskets are a fun alternative to the plastic junk that’s available in most stores at Easter time and guess what? We’re giving one away!

Find it Here:  Devzbagz

Win It: We’re giving away a Devzbagz Easter ‘Bag’sket. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter DB3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What four designs does Devzbagz offer for Easter? Open to US and Canadian residents. Enter by 3/18/09. $25 value. Contest Closed. Congrats Deanna!

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