Keeping a Clean House without Toxic Chemicals – Plus Giveaways!

We’ve tried cleaning with just Vinegar and Baking Soda, and it wasn’t for us.  The smell alone was enough to make us switch back to natural products we’ve liked in the past.  Here are a few of them, plus the only book you’ll need as a reference!

The Toxin-Free Home

toxin-free-homeKnowledge is power, so if you want to keep your home clean and free of toxins, you might need to hit the books.  There’s always the internet, but we prefer a more reliable source when it comes to something as important as our family.  That’s why we keep a copy of The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by Alison Haynes on hand to help us navigate everything from VOCs, eco-friendly materials and cleaning supplies, allergens and stain removal.
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Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and congratulations to our winners: Rosie, John and Amanda B.!

And a big thanks to our sponsors, Truly’s Natural, Good Earth Beauty and Numi Tea!  Please check out our review of their products and other great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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If you missed out on this giveaway, or weren’t a winner, be sure to enter our next giveaway later this week!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Giveaways!

Mother’s Day becomes twice the holiday after you have kids.  We still get to honor our own moms with a thoughtful gift they can actually use, and receive some macaroni art or undercooked pancakes from our own kids.  Whether you’re looking for something your mom will appreciate, or (like us) treat ourselves to something special in celebration of being a mom, here are some great ideas!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Mad Hippie Oil

mad-hippie-oilAntioxidants aren’t just good for your diet, they’re good for your skin, too!  That’s why we love the Mad Hippie Oil from Mad Hippie Skin Care.  Despite being an oil, this moisturizing blend doesn’t leave your face looking greasy. It has a light, pleasant scent and a little goes a long way.  The dropper makes it easy to extract just the right amount for your face and neck.
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Preparing For Cold and Flu Season

We started this post last November, but then we spent most of winter fighting off the colds and flues we should have been preparing for!  The winter storm we got last week reminded us that the season isn’t over yet!  If anything, it can be even harder on the immune system to go from snow pants to shorts in the span of a few days.

Here’s what we’ve been keeping on hand to help us through cold and flu season!

Chyawanprash

chyawanprashThe best way to make it through cold and flu season is to not get sick in the first place!  That’s why we love products like this Chyawanprash from Organic India that provide a daily immunity boost.
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And the “From Ouch to Ahhh…” Winners Are…

from-ouch-to-ahhhCongratulations to Kimberly and Tyneisha! You’ve each won a copy of the very informative book, From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby by Sarah Swofford

A book to help us navigate the transition back to sexual intimacy after childbirth, From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby is packed with the perfect combination of validation and practical advice.  Please check out our full review for more information.

If you didn’t win, you can purchase this book for yourself on Amazon or download the Kindle version.

 

Book Review and Giveaway: From Ouch to Ahhh…

from-ouch-to-ahhhHow glorious for all of us (and our partners!) that a book has been written to help us navigate the transition back to sexual intimacy after childbirth. From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby by Sarah Swofford is packed with the perfect combination of validation and practical advice

Swofford’s voice is consistently warm, humble, and best of all, helpful. This book should tuck this book beneath those mountains of flannel blankets at every woman’s baby shower.

Here is what some readers are saying about From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby:

“This book is a must read for any new mom. …I read the entire thing in one sitting, I could not put it down.”
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And the Edgar Winner Is…

edgar-tree-houseCongratulations to Karen B!  You’ve won a copy of Edgar and The Tree House of Usher.  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway! We appreciate your readership and support.  If you missed out on this opportunity, stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon.

For a review of Edgar and The Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams, and a review of the other great gifts for kids, check out our Easter Basket Gift Ideas.

 

Easter Basket Gift Ideas and Giveaway!

Who Loves Me? Personalized Book

who-loves-me-bookIf you’re looking for a gift that is more meaningful than a new dress and more lasting than a plastic egg full of jelly beans, we recommend the personalized book, Who Loves Me?, by I See Me! This colorful and thoughtful read includes the name of your child in the title, for example, “Who Loves Emily”.

Upload a picture of your child to be displayed on a dedication page along with their full name, and choose up to 6 names of those who love your child best to be incorporated into the story.  Each of these names is featured on a page spread along with a lyrical rhyme of that emphasizes the depth of their love.  For example – and this is a paraphrase – ” Mama loves you more than the mountains and more than the streams…”.  The sentiments are nature based and accompanied by a collage-style illustration that reminded me of Eric Carl.  Think colorful hand-cut painted papers that are layered to create vibrant images.
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And The Lunchtime Must Haves Winners Are…

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Congratulations to our winners J-me Nicole, craftyone, Laura B, and Nicole!

Please check out our review of these great items and other Lunchtime Must Haves!

 

 

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Repurpose Compostables

201-organic-baby-and-toddler-mealsIf you were hoping to win the CoolBag but didn’t, they are offering a promo code especially for our readers.  Just use the code greenbaby10 to get 10% off your purchase!

 

 

 

Lunchtime Must Haves and Giveaways!

Press Pouch

press-pouchOne lunchtime item that we can’t live without is the Press Pouch Reusable Squeeze Pouch. It works just like the ones you buy at the store, but has a zipper and bottom for filling it with your own smoothies or purees. I usually fill ours with Greek yogurt mixed with green powder for a nutritional snack.  I love that these allow my 15mo and 3yo to eat yogurt without making a mess, but also that it frees me up from sitting there with a spoon coaxing them to eat and not play.

I’ve also filled these with my Peanut Butter Banana Milkshakes and different savory purees.  After they’re empty, it’s a cinch to rinse them out and run through the dishwasher.  The Press Pouch is BPA Free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free and also freezer safe.  Just be sure to put a label on it saying “DO NOT THROW AWAY” along with your kid’s name if you send to to daycare with them.
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