Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner.  Here are some wholesome alternatives to conventional Easter products that are a little better for you (and the environment), and just as colorful.  The snow has melted and it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air!

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Especially if your kids like to help out in the kitchen, start by making your own Easter Egg Dye using easy to find fruits and vegetables like beets, blueberries and onions.  It doesn’t take too much time or effort, and makes the egg-dying experiment a multi-step activity.

If you don’t have the time to create your own Easter Egg Dye, try out Glob’s Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit. Their egg dyes are made from herbs and plants (annatto, radish and cabbage), are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant. They are packaged in Post Consumer Waste Paper printed with vegetable inks.

 

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Chocolate Bunny Bars

18 Rabbits Bars

Instead of filling your kids baskets with chocolate bunnies, how about a healthier bunny-themed snack? We have been enjoying 18 Rabbit Bars lately, especially the Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Almond Bar.  They are made with organic ingredients and are delicious to boot!

18 Rabbits also donates 1% of their products to kids without access to affordable, nutritious food, which is a great message to share with your children.

Play Love Laugh Nail Polish

Kid-Friendly Nail Polish

Kid-Friendly Nail Polish

If you’re looking for something colorful for the Easter Bunny to leave in your kids’ basket, Play Love Laugh Nail Polish is a great eco-friendly choice.  You’d never guess it derives its bright colors from fruit and vegetables. Unlike conventional nail polish, it doesn’t contain acetone, acetates or alcohol.  Not only is it non-toxic, gluten-free and vegan, it peels right off nails – no nail polish remover necessary!

 

Natural Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Natural Jelly Beans

Easter wouldn’t be the same without jelly beans, but we aren’t fans of the artificial colors found in most brands.  We especially like Trader Joe’s Gourmet Jelly Beans.  They contain natural flavors, and are colored with fruit and vegetable based dyes. If you want organic jelly beans, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are a good, albeit less colorful, choice.

Snipe Game

Go on a Snipe Hunt!

Go on a Snipe Hunt!

Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of raising Eco-conscious kids, and spring is a great time to get out of the house and have some fun.

If your kids can’t get enough of Easter Egg hunting, or if eggs aren’t part of their diet, then send them on a Snipe Hunt instead. This Snipe Game sends your kids out as a team or opponents to find the hidden Snipes and return them to their nest. After a bit, the Snipes begin to chirp and light up to help the hunters find them.

 

Live Grass!

Live Grass!

Living Easter Basket

Back in 2009, Joy wrote a great post about making a living Easter Basket.  Although it might be too late to plant grass seeds, you could buy some to use instead of the plastic kind that just ends up in the trash. If you have pets, you could use Pet Grass and let them in on the Easter fun!

Fun With St. Patrick’s Day

Fun With St. Patrick's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Waxelene Giveaway!

Forget the candy hearts, those are so yesterday! There are plenty of other gift ideas that are bound to bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Plantable Valentine’s Day Cards

For your Valentine

For your Valentine

These Valentine’s Day cards aren’t just for show. If you plant them in soil, they will turn into flowers! You can get a whole pack to hand out, or a couple just for your sweetheart. Either way, it’s a delightful change from the usual.

 

 

 

Fair Trade Chocolate

Try not to eat it the whole bag at once!

Try not to eat the whole bag at once!

If you’re going to give chocolate, why not make it Fair Trade and Non-GMO? barkTHINS are delicious and come in several different flavors.  I’ve seen the Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt at Costco, or if you’re really in love buy the pack of 6 different varieties (Dark Chocolate Almond; Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed; Dark Chocolate Mint; Dark Chocolate Pretzel; Blueberry Quinoa with Agave; Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds)  You can also buy them .

 

 

Flowering Plant

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Blooms year round!

Flowers are always a safe bet, but why not try something that will outlast the week? A live flowering plant will bloom over and over, reminding your Valentine of your love year round. Trader Joe’s always has a huge selection this time of year, as will any super market.

 

 

 

Waxelene Giveaway!

Win This!

Win This!

To keep your lips kissably soft this Valentine’s Day, we are giving away a tube of Waxelene, a petroleum jelly alternative.

Waxelene is made of Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E (from soybeans). Not only do they use natural and organic ingredients, but their jars are recyclable glass, the boxes are 100% recycled, and their facility is 100% wind-powered!

You can enter our giveaway up to four times, and the last day of entry is Friday, February 13th, 2015. Entries must be received by midnight, PDT.
Each comment counts as a single entry:

  1. Simply post a comment about the best Valentine’s Day gift you ever received and you’re entered in our contest
  2. Share any greenbabyguide.com blog post on FB and let us know which one you shared here in the comments
  3. Follow The Green Baby Guide on Twitter (and tell us about it in another comment)
  4. Visit the Waxelene website, come back and post a comment here on The Green Baby Guide saying what you like best about Waxelene

Remember, each comment you leave (up to four comments) is another entry! The winner will receive a tube of Waxelene. Open to US residents only.

Fun With New Years

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Merry Christmas from Latebloomer Comics

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Non-Gift Related Holiday Traditions

Homemade Ornaments

Homemade Ornaments

It may be the season of giving, but the holidays don’t have to be entirely about gifts. We like to focus on togetherness and shared experiences, since the memories will last so much longer than any gifts!

If you’re looking to start some new traditions this time of year, how about celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21st? Some years we’ve packed a picnic, or at least a thermos of hot chocolate, and driven out a dirt road to watch the sun set and the stars come out on the shortest day of the year.

The tradition of wandering from door to door singing Christmas Carols began in the Victorian Era, when a collection of carols was published in 1833. It might not be as common as it once was, but it is still a fun group activity that will put a smile on the neighbor’s face.

Decorating cookies with friends and family is one of my favorite holiday traditions. To make it all about the decorating, have each person bring already baked cookies while you provide the frosting, sprinkles, jimmies, red hots and other bits of flare.

If cookies aren’t your thing, why not make gingerbread houses a tradition in your home? Each year you can try and top the previous houses with a unique design or new trimmings.

Hosting an Open House doesn’t have to break the bank or exhaust your resources. Instead of trying to impress with fancy finger foods, buy a couple of cheese platters and some egg nog and let your friends stop by at their convenience. Then the focus can be about togetherness and socializing.

Trimming the tree is a tradition that most of us engage in this time of year, so why not try your hand at DIY ornaments? There are a million amazing ornament ideas to be found, and most of them are easy and cheap. Instead of hanging a bunch of store-bought ornaments, take the time to make a new one each year. If you get your whole family in on it, you have the perfect gift for your neighbors, postman, teacher, etc.

I would love to hear what traditions you and your family have, so please share! Now that our kids are getting older, I’m excited to introduce some new ones!

Fun With Crafts

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TBT: Green Holiday Gift Ideas

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Green gifts wrapped in reusable wrapping!

The most eco-friendly holiday gift is no gift at all, but where’s the fun in that?! If you’re looking to stay green this holiday season, whether that means making your own gifts, up-cycling used presents or buying new gifts that are greener than their counterparts, check out some of our old posts to get those creative juices flowing!

 

 

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20 Non-traditional Stocking Stuffers

  1. Air Plant


    These easy to care for house plants will look good sticking out of the top of a stocking, and are a great choice for people green and black thumbs alike!

  2. Refrigerator Magnets


    Cute magnets are perfect for any fridge, whether they are holding up a grocery list, artwork, or nothing at all!

  3. Green Powder

    For the health food nut, or someone trying to be more health conscience, a little of this goes a long way stirred into yogurt or added to a smoothie.

  4. Nail Polish


    A bottle of this season’s hottest color is sure to be appreciated.

  5. Petroleum Free Crayons


    What kid doesn’t love fresh crayons?

  6. Solar Car


    A perfect stuffer for the boy (or girl, or dad) that loves cars!

  7. Cookie Cutter


    The hardest part will be choosing what shape is the most fun!

  8. Bees Wax


    If you have a family member who is into DIY projects, bees wax is a great stuffer.

  9. Essential Oil


    There are so many uses for essential oils, more than there are oils to choose from!

  10. Thumb Drive


    Perfect for storing or sharing files, photos, videos, etc., it also makes a great stocking stuffer.

  11. Sea Salt


    A small tin of fancy salt is the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life.

  12. Temporary Tattoos


    Be warned that you will probably end up with one of these on your person before the day is through.

  13. Nut Butter


    For those low-energy moments or when you forget to eat breakfast, individual packets of nut butters will keep you going!

  14. Reusable Produce Bags


    Whether you get the kind for dry or wet produce, they are just what the eco-friendly shopper needs!

  15. Handkerchief


    Not just a stylish accessory, a handkerchief has endless uses!

  16. Paint Set


    Like fresh crayons, a fresh paint set is sure to get the creative juices flowing.

  17. Seed Packets


    For the gardener in your life, pick out some heirloom or non-GMO varieties for next growing season!

  18. Pocket Tool


    Everyone needs one of these in their pocket, purse, desk, car, etc.

  19. Culture Starter


    Whether you decide on a starter for kombucha, kefir or sourdough, nothing says I love you like healthy gut bacteria!

  20. Reusable Straw


    Perfect for the smoothie drinker or kid in your family, the hardest part is choosing between glass and stainless steel.