Greenista Girl Shubhra livens up plain oatmeal by mixing in mashed fresh organic bananas and strawberries together, and her baby girl eats it up for a healthy start to her day.
Oct
14

Tiny Bites: Petit Appetit Cookbook

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Stumped when you hear the words “Mommy, what’s for dinner?” Allow cookbook author Lisa Barnes to save the day with her collection of healthy and organic dishes that make you and your little ones happy.  She has two awesome cookbooks, The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler and Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Easy, Organic Snacks, Beverages, and Party Foods for Kids of All Ages . We love how she gives fancy and flavorful food choices for your 4-month-old to 4-year-old.  Lisa really knows how to pair up her fruits and gives ideas on what fresh fruit puree combinations go well together such as mangoes with pears, kiwis with bananas, and papaya with apricot… hmmm. This sounds so gourmet and delish we are gonna make some extra “baby food” for ourselves too.

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

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Fresh bananas (make sure it’s organic) are readily available, easy to carry as a snack, and make an excellent fruit choice. They are an excellent source of potassium, which is beneficial for heart and bone health.
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Have an old book collection that’s collecting dust? Hold your own local book swap.
Oct
06

Book Worm: Eco-Friendly Book Reading

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Every inch of our lives can be eco-friendly, even your best book collection. Here are some handy suggestions on how to revamp your book collection and save some dough while you’re at it.

1.     Check out your local library; rather than ordering novels online reduce your books’ carbon footprint to borrow then return for other people to read.

2.     Try swapping books. There are even online swapping services like BookMooch that offer hundreds of thousands of titles and works on a points system where you get credits for each book you offer to swap which you can use to get other books.

3.     Check the clearance section. You can find tons of books even bestsellers after the final print run, or the store just ordered too many. You never know unless you try!

4.     Last but not least, E-books. Always in stock and much more convenient than a traditional book, these online versions are savings trees with every loyal reader.

Here are some of the Greenista Girls’ favorite e-books on our team ranging from our favorite cookbooks, making great choices, to must-read mommy books:

The Vaccine Book

The Complete Organic Pregnancy

Simply Organic

Raising Baby Green

Natural Capitalism

Gorgeously Green

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

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About 1 hour of energy spent on a laptop reading an eBook equals the same amount of energy spent to create just 4 sheets of paper. Just 4!
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Greenista Girl Brianne’s boyfriend is obsessed with T. Boone Pickens, a one-time oil power player who now advocates green energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Aug
12

Strike It Rich: Eco Barons

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Ever wonder what the rich and famous do with all of their millions? Well if you thought it was just spent on fast cars and designer clothes … think again. Check out Eco Barons: The New Heroes of Environmental Activism by Edward Humes. Starting from just $5 used, you can gain some insight on just who among the elite are advocating for a better world and how they are doing it. We often see celebrities in the limelight for being environmentalists as well as entertainers but it’s not always the A-list celebs who are making a difference. Other cash-heavy activists are putting their green in the right place like the former fashion magnate and founder of Esprit who’s saved more rainforests than anyone else to the Hollywood pool cleaner who became the leading force behind a worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … now who’s laughing all the way to the bank?

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

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Many Hollywood A-listers are trading in their fancy cars for simple hybrids. Cameron Diaz, Alicia Silverstone, and Paul McCartney are among the dozens of celebs trading in their benz’s for something more eco-friendly.
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Aug
11

Clean House: The Naturally Clean Home

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Summer grime like sand, dirt, grass, and bugs (eek!) sneaking up on your abode? Give it a deep clean with the help of The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning by Karyn Siegel-Maier ($7 used). Many household cleansing items contain harmful chemicals that are toxic to you, me, our babies, and pets. Avoid having excess pollutants in your home and stick to this guide for surefire ways to have a clean, organic abode. All you need are the essentials like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and borax (which sounds scary but isn’t, trust us) to whip up nontoxic, biodegradable, fresh-smelling cleaning solutions. The Greenista Girls love their cheap, easy, and organic remedies like DIY Rosemary-Geranium Floor Wipes for electrostatic floor mops, Thyme to Make Your Own Carpet Steamer, Weekend Warrior Wicker Wash, Telephone Dirty Talk Tamer, Clear the Air Room Spritzer, Lavender Lift Automatic Dishwasher Soap, and Shoo-Fly Shake. We’re ready for our white glove test now.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

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Twintern Aysha feeds her niece and nephew on normal household plates rather than going out and buying fancy baby dishes that they will soon grow out of.
Aug
10

The Money Pit: The Eco-nomical Baby Guide

Greenista Girl Shivani

Feel like your new babe is just sucking all the money out of your wallet? You’re not alone … babies are expensive. Instead, your bundle of joy can save you a bundle of moo-lah with The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet by Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley … the brains behind the Green Baby Guide. Did you know that the average family spends close to $7,000 per new addition to their family? Well, Hatch and Kelley only spent $1,000 on their new babies by going green. And for a mere $14.96 you can get their eco tips and tricks to a more eco-friendly and economical baby. This super useful book covers topics like tips on shopping for new and used green goods, blending homemade organic baby food, and limiting the piles of baby gear that threaten to overtake the living room and empty your wallet. Ka-ching!

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Americans throw away 570 diapers per second. That's 49 million diapers per day. Go for cloth reusable ones instead.
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