And The All Good Winner Is…

Healing Balm

Healing Balm

Kid's Suncreen

Kid’s Suncreen

Congratulations, Nancy, you have won a jar of All Good GOOP Healing Balm and a tube of All Good Kid’s Sunscreen from Elemental Herbs!.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and for reading our blog! If you missed the giveaway, please visit the post to read all about these great products from Elemental Herbs. You can purchase your own All Good GOOP Healing Balm and a tube of All Good Kid’s Sunscreen and support The Green Baby Guide by clicking on these Amazon Affiliate links.

Fun With Babywearing

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And the Endless Summer Package Winners Are…

Congratulations to Alyssa, Bryn, Bianca, Julie and Rachel! You have each one an Endless Summer Package from Idea Village!

If luck wasn’t on your side this time, you can buy your own hover ball, Snackeez, and Squishy Sand on Amazon. If you use one of these affiliate links, you can support The Green Baby Guide with your purchase!

For more information about these items, check out the review here.

If you didn’t win this time, check back soon for another giveaway!

Hover Ball

Hover Ball

Snackeez

Snackeez

Squishy Sand

Squishy Sand

Baby’s First Trip to the Beach

Beach Combing

Beach Combing

We’re headed to the beach next month to enjoy some fun in the sun, and I can’t wait!  I’m excited to watch Frances take in an assortment of new sights, sounds, smells and tastes on her first tropical vacation. I was hoping she would be able to run around on the beach, but I think it will be a more relaxing trip since she is not yet walking. Unless she has a huge breakthrough in the next two weeks, I expect her to spend most of her vacation time sitting.

Which brings me to my question. If I were 10 months old, what would I like to play with on vacation? And no, Mama’s cell phone is not an option. But it better be at least as exciting as all the flotsam and seawater she will be drawn to ingest.
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Black Friday

Get in line!

Get in line!

Do you plan on hitting the shops today? Or were you lined up last night with a belly full of turkey waiting for the doors to open. Maybe you are in your slippers on the couch with your laptop open and credit card near by as you read this post.

I’ve never been that interested in Black Friday, my self. I’ve been an off-peak shopper for years, since I have no patience for lines and I like to get my errands done as quickly as possible. I find the whole concept pretty fascinating, and I’d love to hear what you consider to be the pros and cons of Black Friday shopping.
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Playing with Fire

Forest fires blow!

I’ve seen some bad forest fires over the years, living in the west as we do, but this year takes the cake. I guess it was overloaded with one too many lit candles!

It’s been days since we saw the mountains just across the valley, and it smells like a campfire inside the house. I’m not sure what I miss more, the blue sky or opening the windows at night to enjoy the cool breeze.

Worst of all is being stuck inside all day! We’re grumpy enough from cabin fever, and the irritated throats and itchy eyes aren’t helping one bit. What’s a mom to do?
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Aquasana Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Michele F and  Seth for winning their very own Aquasana Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve and Cap. Expect an email from us shortly so you can pick your color.  If you didn’t win this time, be sure to check back for more giveaways later this summer.

Last week I brought four different glass water bottles on a trip with us to do some real side-by-side comparisons, and the Aquasana bottle was declared victor by both my husband and me.  Two of the other styles kept getting stuck in our car’s drink holder and were harder to drink out of, and one didn’t have the silicon sleeve.  Of the four, the Asquasana’s cap went on more easily than the others, which meant it was less apt to leak.
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Library Reading Programs for Babies and Kids (+ Book Recommendations!)

Babies really need to get off their iPhones and crack open a good board book every once in a while, right? The Multnomah County Library agrees, which is I guess why they hold a summer reading program for babies, kids, and teens. Read to them, or have them read to themselves for fifteen minutes, a half hour, or an hour (depending on the age group), and they (or you) color in a space on the game card. Fill out so many squares, claim a prize. If your kids fill in the entire card, they get a T-shirt and a bigger, better prize. Last summer Audrey chose a book, but there were also coupons for local ice cream shops and passes for activities around the city.
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for New Dads

How can you make Father’s Day special for a new dad while you’re sleep-deprived and have no time to shop? Honestly, I don’t even really remember our first Father’s day celebration as a new family, but after consulting my husband, these are the things he was most wanting back in those early days of parenthood.

Framed photos. Snap a couple shots of baby with dad (and grandpa too, if he lives close), print them out, and slip them into frames for an easy, but special, gift. If you have more time on your hands, make a bound photo book online.

A personalized picnic. Whether it’s gourmet potato chips or homemade pasta salad, your fellow has a few special entrees that may not cross the dinner table on a regular basis. Pick them up, pack them up, and head out for a hike..or just an afternoon at the park.
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Check Out My New Blog: Never Adopter

I’ve been busy the last couple weeks setting up my new blog: Never Adopter. According to the tagline, “I don’t believe in cellphones, the internet, or technology.” I rant against cellphones (but decide to get one), get nostalgic for cassette tapes, and otherwise try to adapt to twenty-first century life. Check it out, post a comment, and like Never Adopter on Facebook! I’ll get back to my regular Green Baby Guide posts next week!