Product Review and Giveaway: I See Me personalized children’s book

The personalized I See Me book my five-year-old, Katie, received recently entitled ‘Katie Can Change The World’ might be one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Katie has asked to read this book every other day since she received it two months ago. She loves searching for her name throughout the book and pointing out her favorite details on each page. Maybe it’s the beautiful and endearing illustrations or maybe it’s the message (spread loving kindness as far as you can), but somehow I haven’t grown tired of this book yet either.  i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4

I was amazed at the large assortment of personalized items available for purchase on the I See Me website. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender. Or just do what I did and spend way too much time ogling each and every beautiful item and planning out gifts for nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids for the next 5 years.
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And The Zutano Giveaway Winner Is…

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Adorable Clothes for Babies and Toddlers

Congratulations to JJ!  You’ve won a $75 gift certificate to Zutano!  Be sure to let us know if you end up buying that Elf Suit and what other great items you pick out.

If you haven’t had a chance to read our Zutano review, check it out!  The make adorable clothes that are built to last, and make the only booties I’ve ever seen stay on a baby foot!  We encourage you to use our Zutano Amazon Affiliate Link to make your purchases and support The Green Baby Guide at the same time!

Thank to you everyone who entered our giveaway, and for reading our blog.   We’re doing another giveaway this Friday, and many other Fridays throughout the summer, so stay posted!

Recipe: Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

Salmon Cakes with Kale

The first time I made this recipe, I wasn’t expecting the rave reviews I received.  We’re not crazy about kale like some folks are, and unless I’m making a lot of smoothies we often don’t make it through a whole bag of pre-washed and chopped kale.  I usually don’t waste food and, come on, all the prep work of washing and chopping was already done for me!  I must really be on the fence about kale.

I was so glad that these turned out more delicious than expected, and it’s a perfect showcase for a side of brown rice and a squeeze of lemon.
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Outdoor Cooking for Summer

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor Cooking

Sandwiches and cold cereal might be fine and well for breakfast and lunch, but many of us prefer a hot meal for dinner.  Or at least a meal that has been cooked over a heat source at some point! Cooking outside doesn’t have to be an activity reserved for camping trips, especially when you have a fully stocked kitchen just inside the door.

Maybe you’re trying to keep your cooling bill down during the summer, or perhaps you don’t have AC to begin with, but setting up an outdoor cooking station might be worth the effort.

Barbequing

Grill pan

Grill pan


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Zutano Review and Giveaway

Booties that stay put!

Booties that stay put!

I first heard of Zutano kid’s clothing and accessories when I noticed my cousin’s 6 month old daughter wearing the best little booties.  Unlike all of Allison’s socks, these booties actually stayed on her feet!

It turns out that all of the kimono-style onsies I see his daughter wearing are Zutano as well!  I don’t understand while all infant tops aren’t this sort of wrap style.  I would much rather do up a couple of snaps than struggle with pulling shirts off and on.

A perfect fit!

A perfect fit!

Now that we have our own Zutano Booties, Allison’s feet have gotten plenty of notice from other parents. It turns out we aren’t the only ones with sock issues!  The booties have snap closures at two settings, so no matter the size of your baby’s ankles, they stay in place.  And the Cozie Booties are especially nice in winter.
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And The Bitty Cricket Flour Winner Is…

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Cricket Flour Blend

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Cricket Flour Cookies

Congratulations to Mandi!  You have won yourself a 1 lb bag of Cricket Flour Blend and a Package of Cricket Flour Cookies from Bitty Foods.  Let us know what you end up cooking with it!

For those of you who didn’t win, you can purchase your own Cricket Flour and Cookies from their website.  You can also buy the cookies and support The Green Baby Guide by purchasing the cookies on Amazon.

Thank you for participating and stay tuned for another giveaway this Friday!

How to Fix the Sound on a Stuffed Animal

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The beloved Pony

One toy that has been popular in our house is a little blue pony that, when hugged, makes a galloping noise followed by a whinny.  After much love, the sound got shorter and shorter until all you would hear were the first gallop.  It’s a tiny little toy, and wouldn’t be that expensive to replace, but I didn’t like the idea of throwing a perfectly good toy away just because the battery needs to be replaced.

Also, the idea of all those batteries ending up in the landfill just because the toy stopped making noise, made me uncomfortable.  I mean, how many of us tear a toy apart to remove the little batteries when they stop making noise?  Especially when it requires a tiny screwdriver and a bit of patience.
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Planning gifts for Dad, especially when they are not of the stay-at-home variety, is a bit different than planning Mother’s Day Gifts. He probably doesn’t need a spa day, or chance to get his hair highlighted. If you’re looking for something beyond an opportunity to watch the game uninterrupted, here are some ideas!

Soma Water Pitcher

Drink up!

Drink up!

For the design-minded man, we suggest the artful yet useful Soma Sustainable Pitcher & Plant-Based Water Filter.

The new, larger Soma pitcher holds 80oz of filtered water and is made of shatter-proof, BPA-free plastic. The wooden handle, made from sustainable white oak, is a nice design touch and the lid has a clever self-opening mechanism that makes refilling it fast and easy. The filter is made from coconut shell carbon surrounded by a plant-based casing and lasts for about two months.
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Recipe: Apple Breakfast Souffle

Apple Breakfast Souffle

Apple Breakfast Souffle

Before we had kids, it was easy to whip up a batch of pancakes or waffles for breakfast on a Saturday morning. We still do so, on occasion, but when we have house guests I don’t want to be standing at the stove or waffle maker, especially when the kids need help eating.

I was looking for recipes that would feed about 4 adults and a kid or two, that was vegetarian and baked in the oven. Ideally, I would be able to prep everything ahead and bake it the next morning. After trying out a few different french toast casseroles, I came across a Big Apple Pancake from Gourmet, and adapted it. It takes very little prep ahead, and cooks up quickly the next morning (or morning after).
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Kids and Backyard Chickens

chickensWe have had chickens in the past, along with goats, turkeys and ducks, but only when we lived in rural areas. We left our quasi-homesteading life three years ago so we could stop commuting and we now live in town and within a mile of our son’s school and our jobs. We love walking and biking everywhere and really like our neighbors but the thing we missed the most was chickens. So a few months ago I impulse purchased five baby chicks from a feed store when out and about with our son.  Three were Rhode Island Reds and the other two were unknown breeds but we were told they were cold-hardy and good layers.

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