Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Kids

Chuao Chocolate

chuao-chocolateWe usually stick to non-edible gifts at our house, but it’s hardly Valentine’s Day without chocolate!  Lucky for us there’s a lot of great chocolate available these days, since we’re going for quality over quality. One of our new favorites is Chuao Chocolate.  They have a great variety and fun flavors that appeal to grownups and kids alike.

Our current favorite is Chuao’s S’mores.  It combines two of our favorite treats, chocolate bars and s’mores; no campfire required!  Waffle Wild Strawberry is another great choice for kids, or how about Potato Chip?  Or Firecracker? As if chocolate needed help being more fun!
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And The bloom BABY Wipes Winner Is…

bloom-baby-wipesCongratulations to Amy Z. for winning a case of bloom BABY Wipes!  We like that the wipes are vitamin-enriched too!

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to Bloom Baby for sponsoring the giveaway.  If you’re searching for non-irritating wipes for your baby’s sensitive skin, check out our full review here and learn why we liked the  bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes so much.

Like the readers who commented on the review, we  love that they are: made with natural ingredients; made with pure glacier water; organic; made in the USA and are safe for Rash- & Eczema-Prone Skin; made with simple ingredients and seem like they would be gentle on sensitive skin; natural and hypoallergenic; eco fiber and non abrasive; safe and sensitive for baby; produced in an FDA facility free of nuts, gluten and wheat processing (great for Celiac households); and vitamin enriched.
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Product Review: bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes and Giveaway!

bloom-baby-wipesWe’re always on the lookout for non-irritating wipes for our baby’s sensitive skin.  At home, we use our own cloth wipes and homemade diaper spray, but on-the-go we use packaged wipes.  If we’re out of town for a week, the exposure to the so-called “sensitive” wipes usually results in an angry bottom.

bloom BABY Wipes is one if the new ones we’ve tried, and after a week of use we’re irritation free!  I’m always skeptical about claims of being “sensitive” or “gentle”, since it’s not always the case.  But bloom Baby has taken a lot of care to achieve a “Skin Safe Rating”, and includes the risk level and benefit of each ingredient on the outside of the packaging. The Skin Safe Rating is based on the Handbook of Green Chemicals and Whole Foods Premium Body Care Standards, which rates each ingredient based on evolving scientific and regulatory data to ensure their safety.
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Book Review: Doodle Lit

2015-06-29 16.54.07We like to mix it up a little here at The Green Baby Guide, so this book review was written by our 9-year-old correspondent, Audrey.

Doodle Lit By Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver is a book for ages eight to really anyone. The people who like authors, fun drawing, quizzes, and different strange activities would prefer Doodle lit.

Doodle lit is about literature (the lit is italic because of doodle lit get it!) and activities that have to do with the authors life time and books. In parts of the book scissors are needed, but I preferred to not cut, paste, or glue anything (a sign of laziness). But that’s your choice.
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Book Review: Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Spending-The-Holidays-With-People-I-Want-To-Punch-In-The-ThroatThe first thing I did when I got my hands on Jen Mann’s book of holiday essays, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, was look at the chapter titles. Right away I could tell I was going to thoroughly enjoy it, I mean, how could anyone not like a book filled with chapters like “Why You Wont’ Be Invited To Our Chinese New Year Party This Year, Or Ever” and “Like A Neon Virgin In Guess Jeans And Swatch Watches”? Well, maybe you…you probably don’t have the refined sense of humor that I possess. Even if you aren’t as funny as I am, you still might get something out of this clever book.
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And the Mineral Fusion Winners Are…

Congratulations to Nataly, Elizabeth and Blythe!  You’ve won a bronzer and a blush from Mineral Fusion!  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway and for supporting our blog!

Bronzer

mineral-fusion-bronzerAdd a hint of warm glow to your skin with a hint of this gentle bronzer that blends flawlessly and lasts all day. Not only do Mineral Fusion Bronzers add contour and definition to the facial features when applied, they provide skin benefits with its mineral-based ingredients including Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea, Aloe Vera plus Vitamins C and E.

This silky, lightweight powder provides natural UV protection and defends against free radical damage.

Blush

mineral-fusion-blushGive your cheeks a hint of color with Mineral Fusion Blush by applying to apples of your cheeks and provide contour by applying along your cheekbones. Use just a little create a healthy, youthful glow, or build layers of color until desired intensity is achieved.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Giveaways!

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral-fusion-nail-polishA jar of Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is the perfect size to fit in a stocking.  Their formulas are 100% Vegan, Toluene Free,  Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Cruelty Free.  Plus, they have some really sparkly colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

For extra variety, choose a Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Set and get three coordinating colors in one!

 

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

justins-peanut-butter-cupsAlthough we try and stay away from stuffing our stockings with sugary treats, it’s cruel to exclude them all together!  That’s why we love Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not only are they 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and have Zero Trans Fat, they are made with “Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa”.
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Holiday Gifts for Kids and Giveaway!

Strider Bike

strider-bikeWhat’s more classic than finding a bicycle under the tree Christmas morning?  If your kid is old enough to walk but not ready for a bike with pedals, there’s no better introduction to bicycling than a Strider Balance Bike.

Since both feet are on the ground, the rider gets to move at the pace that makes them feel comfortable, whether that be at walking pace or faster.  The best part of the balance bike is that the rider masters the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.bell-helmet

If you’re going to give a bike, don’t forget to include a helmet!  We like the Bell Toddler Helmet because you can adjust it for the perfect fit and it has extended rear coverage for extra protection.
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And The Holiday Book Winners Are…

Congratulations to our winners Caroline B, Amie, Christina P, Ali, Julie R, and Tran!  Thank you to everyone who entered, and for supporting The Green Baby Guide!  We encourage you to check out our original Gift Guide for Teachers for ideas on what NOT to get your kid’s teacher for the holidays, and a few good ideas on what TO get.

A big thanks to Sky Horse Publishing and Sky Pony Press, which publishes kid and middle grade books we’ve enjoyed at Halloween as well, for sponsoring our giveaway.

We’re starting another giveaway in a few days, so if you didn’t win this time, stay tuned!
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!

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Dsenyo Greeting Cards

I come from a family full of teachers and have seen the best and the worst gifts possible.  Generally speaking, they really do feel like it is the thought that counts, which speaks to the altruistic nature of teachers. Unlike your postal carrier, hair dresser or garbage man, society doesn’t expect you to gift teachers and the holidays.

It’s certainly most common for elementary teachers to receive holiday gifts, so keep in mind that your thoughtfulness will even more appreciated by secondary education teachers, teacher aids, and any of the support staff.

If you’re compelled to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work, there are a few do’s and don’ts.  Just remember that nothing is expected, and sometimes the best gift is just a heart-felt handshake and verbal thank you. Oh, and don’t be offended if they decide to re-gift it to their hair dresser.
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