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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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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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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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 Oh My 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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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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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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