Oct
22

You’ve Got Mail

Remember how exciting it was to get mail as a kid?  Over the years, it has become less fun as the bills started taking over birthday cards and toy catalogs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive those childhood days with our own little ones!

Uncommon Goods’ Let’s Play Mail Mailbox Play Set is homemade out of felt and includes a gray mailbox, a large mailbag, three envelopes, three postcards, stamps, address labels, and messages.

With so many combinations, your children are sure to have a blast sending and receiving their own mail!

Find it at Uncommon Goods ($50)

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Oct
21

Pre-polluted newborns

We are polluted with hundreds of industrial chemicals - with little or no understanding of the consequences.  Babies are born with as many as 300 industrial chemicals and pesticides in their bodies when they enter the world.

The pollution in people is increasingly being associated with a range of serious diseases and conditions from childhood cancer, to autism, ADHD, learning deficits, infertility, and birth defects.

Sign the Kids-Safe Chemicals Act to protect human health today.

Also, watch this video!

I’ll let you know what I’ve done for one year, pre-pregnancy, to try to prevent this.

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Oct
08

What a Deal!

This one’s for all you attachment parenting, babywearers out there!

Right now you can get the Baby So Smart Mei Tai carrier for only $37.99 (regular price: $78.00)! That’s 51% off!

The Mei Tai carrier offers comfort and durability while you get the benefit of keeping your little one close. It includes a toy loop and easily holds a child up to 35 pounds.

Mei Tais are formaldehyde-free and lead-free. They minimize waste in their packaging, and all fabrics scraps from production are donated for other uses.

This deal is available at GreenBabyBargains.com.

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Oct
07

Pregnancy Paranoia: Priti Nail Polish

I just found the best nail polish remover!  By accident I met the owner of Priti Nails in NYC, I was looking for the salon, found her office instead, and had a great meeting with her.  Kim brings together green women entrepreneurs for monthly get togethers in NYC - I wish I lived there! - she is a great connector of people.

She gave me samples to review for Greenista, and I must say I’ve fallen in love with the nail polish remover.  I had recently bought one at Whole Foods which smelled and looked like any typical nail polish remover.  Priti’s smells like lemon, my friend Amy looked over at me and said what smells so good? - while I was doing something that normally stinks up a room with toxic fumes.  It is called Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, does not contain any petroleum ingredients, and has lemongrass essential oil.

I’ve also got blue and orange nail polish from her, I’ll be trying that on later this week… the nail polish does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP’s.  Check it out: www.pritinyc.com

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Oct
02

Wipey travel packs can be green! …and less expensive too!

If you are like me (and many other parents out there), you are probably easily persuaded to buy some nick nack or another that you see beautifully packaged in the stores.  It’s like a drug!  Well, one of the things that I always see people buying a ton of, is travel packs of wipes.  They are pretty handy since you can use the wipes for almost anything and they have resealable openings.   You can even find many different brands, including the “eco-friendly” brands like Earth’s Best, Seventh Generation etc.  But I have one big problem wit

h these: they are still small packs of wipes that are not easily refilled, and thus, end up creating more, unnecessary trash!

My solution: Make your own bag for travel wipes.

photo by: JAS Photography LLC at www.jasphotostudio.etsy.com

Here’s how: Get a quart sized resealable plastic bag (ziplock, glad - any brand works).  The zipper closure works better, longer than the press and seal type.  Then, take some wipes from your refill stash at home (you know, the big packs that you buy to refill your wipes at home) and put ‘em in the bag!  It’s that simple!  Fold the bag over and zip closed for an airtight seal that keeps the wipes fresh and  moist.  I use these EVERYWHERE.  I used to use this small hard box that I kept in my diaper bag, but it doesn’t fit that many wipes and it is not maleable when space is low in my diaper bag.  The plastic bag works great.    Even when I go on long vacations, I take a big pack of wipe refills from home, and keep refilling the plastic bag as I need.  I usually have a plastic grocery bag or two laying around somewhere, and I keep the open pack of wipe refills in there until I need them next.  They have never dried out on me.  I’ve been using the same plastic bag for several trips and on a day to day basis in my diaper bag without a problem!

Nothing comes for free: The one thing that is a little more difficult with this system, is taking out multiple wipes.  The store bought travel packs have a hard, small opening to take your wipes out of which keeps the rest of the wipes back and allows you to pull one wipe out at a time (keep in mind, this is more plastic that is wasted with each one you buy!).  The way I handle this is I take out 1 to 3 to whatever number of wipes I usually need before I get started, and then they are easy to access.  Makes me feel a lot better when I’m not throwing away those travel packs over and over again!  …and oh yeah…it’s a LOT cheaper too!

Any other ideas on how to save on resources?

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