Product Review and Giveaway: Glob Colors Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Glob Natural Non-Nano Face Paint

My kids were thrilled when the box containing face paint from Glob Colors arrived in the mail. They knew it meant I would be forced to paint their faces, which they had been inexplicably begging me to do for some time. I was pleased to discover that Glob Colors seemed to be truly “all natural”. Their website lists such delightful ingredients as purple carrots, red cabbage, chlorophyll and gardenia fruit among others. This plus the fact that they are free of many of the toxic chemicals found in conventional face paints such as titanium dioxide and are cruelty free sealed the deal for me. I was excited to paint some squirmy, sticky faces.

facepaintI chose my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday party guests as my test subjects. There were only 3 guests, so it wasn’t going to be too hard, or so I thought. One of the girls wanted a lot of blue on her face, so that was easy as one of the colors in the paint kit was a beautiful blue. Two of the kids then asked for rainbows on their cheeks. The colors in the Glob kit were not exactly “rainbow” material, they seemed more like “earth colors”, aside from the blue. I attempted to mix the colors in an effort to get green and orange only to end up with a sort of “terra cotta” rainbow springing from a white cloud. The kids were just excited to have their faces painted so I let it go, only to discover an hour later when the paint dried it turned into a vibrant, traditionally colored rainbow! The paints were no easier or harder to mix than regular face paints.

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Because of the excellent ingredients and the fact that, when dry, the paint looks great I would definitely purchase products from  Glob Colors in the future.

And if you still haven’t purchased Easter Egg Dye and are looking for something natural, try out Glob’s Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit. Like the face paints, the 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.

 Glob Colors Face Paint Giveaway

We are giving away a set of Glob Colors Face Paint. You can enter our giveaway up to five times, and the last day of entry is Tuesday, April 7th, 2015. Entries must be received by 12:00 AM, PDT and is open to US residents only.

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!

Book Review: Llama Llama Red Pajama

Where's Mama??

Where’s Mama??

We were gifted a copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney and it quickly became a favorite.

After being tucked into bed for the night, the baby llama decides he needs his mama one last time. Baby llama calls for his mama, who is busy doing dishes downstairs and says she will be up in a minute to check on him. In the moments it takes her to finish up, the llama has scared himself silly over why she hasn’t rushed to his side. He basically has a conniption fit when she doesn’t come right away. Most of us parents can relate to this scenario, and so can our kids!

I glanced at the reviews for this book, and some parents thought it caused behavioral issues with their children. I was surprised (and maybe a little not surprised) at this. Some kids emulated the llama in order to manipulate their parents. Others were scared for the llama and had anxiety as a result.

These negative reviews were a pittance compared to the hundreds of five-star reviews. The illustrations that accompany the thoughts of this llama with the overactive imagination are priceless. The rhymes are clever and catchy and it’s the kind of book that you can read over and over and still enjoy it.

If you and your kids have a good handle on the difference between reality and fiction, I highly recommend this bedtime story!

Book Review: Baby Bear’s Chairs

Love This Book!

Love This Book!

For a few months now, Franci’s Nana takes her to the library once a week and sends her home with a batch of books for us to read until the next library day. Out of the dozens of children’s books we have read, we’ve only ever purchased our own copy of one title: Baby Bear’s Chairs by Jane Yolen.

The rhymes are unique and fun to read and the pictures are detailed and colorful. The story is relatable, especially if your kids call their father “Papa”.  It’s a great bedtime book, and Franci has requested it every night since we got it.  So far, I haven’t gotten sick of it which, gives it five stars in my book.

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Baby Bear is the littlest bear in his family, and sometimes that’s not so easy. Mama and Papa Bear get to stay up late in their great big chairs. Big brother gets to play fun games in his middle-sized chair. And Baby Bear only seems to cause trouble in his own tiny chair. But at the end of the day, he finds the one perfect chair that’s comfier and cozier than all the rest.

Spoiler alert: Papa’s lap is the baby bear’s favorite place to sit in the whole house. It’s such a sweet story that I think it took about 50 readings before I could get through it without tearing up.

If you don’t already own a copy, I highly suggest you check it out!

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.

DIY: LED Button Box

Enjoying the LED Button Box

I’m not the only member of our household that enjoys DIY projects, althought I tend to stick to the fabric-and-yarn varieties.

While most of us lounged around on Thanksgiving while the turkey cooked, Franci’s dad was busy making her an LED Button Box. All it took was an interest in electronics, a few basic components and very basic soldering skills.

With the press of a colored button, the corresponding LED lights up and you can press more than one at a time. Not only can your toddler work on identifying colors, you can practice numbers with it as well (“press two buttons”). When she is a little older, we’ll try out sequences and see if she can repeat them.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the button box, besides how much she loves to show it to everyone, is watching her discover new ways to use it. The other day I saw her flip it over and press the back into the carpet so that all the buttons were pressed at the same time.

If you are interested in making your own button box, check out the blog post for instructions!

Fun With Crafts

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Book Review: What Do Fairies Do All Day?

A Must Read!

A Must Read!

If you are a fan of our Latebloomer Comics, you will love
What Do Fairies Do All Day? (A Fairy Nice Series) (Volume 1).  Written by Jessika Lindstrom and illustrated by The Green Baby Guide’s resident Cartoonist, Jaime!

Your kids will love to see how fairies spend their day, and each page is richly illustrated with lots of detail.  Each time you read though it you will find a fairy you didn’t notice before.

This is the kind of book you can read through quickly, or linger on each page talking about what each fairy is doing and pointing out all the tiny details. This makes a great for toddlers and young elementary kids alike.

The best part is that it is not particularly girly, so even boys will enjoy the rhymes and illustrations.

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!

 

 

Top Eco-friendly Toys for Babies and Young Children

Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Baby

Green Holiday Gifts for Him

Wooden Toys for Babies and Kids

Low Cost Children’s Presents: Getting Creative With Thrift Store Gifts for Kids

Top Five Green Holiday Gifts for Pregnant Moms

DIY Last Minute Holiday Gifts

The Best Books for Preschoolers

Our Favorite Organic Cloth Dolls

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.