April 7, 2016

How To: Decoupage Flower Pots

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New to the medium of decoupage, I ventured out and got my first bottle of Mod Podge to start exploring the art -- now I am officially addicted and want to decoupage EVERYTHING! The warm sunny weather in San Diego this past weekend inspired me to plant some new plants and give the pots I put them in a bit of flair. I decided to decoupage some Terracotta plant holders with materials I had around the house. It was very easy and very fun -- read on to learn how to make your own decoupage flower pots!

January 14, 2016

Merino Kids Wool Sleep Sacks For Toddlers Keep Big Kids Cozy Through The Night

There are plenty of sleep sacks and sleep bag type pajamas on the market for tiny babies -- but when your little one turns into a toddler who tosses and turns and kicks off his blanket during a long, cold winter night, what's a mom (or dad) to do? If you're looking for an easy way to keep your tot cozy, warm, snuggly and safe, Merino Kids offers awesome toddler sleep sacks for big kids.

Merino Kids sleep sacks are made from New Zealand's softest merino wool -- and wool creates a micro-climate around your child's body to naturally regulate his temperature and ensure that he doesn't overheat. These high-quality, allergy-safe wool sleep sacks are so much better than their cheap synthetic polar fleece counterparts because a) they are completely natural, renewable and biodegradable, b) Merino Kids wool sleep sacks are naturally fire resistant and they keep kids warm and dry -- whereas polar fleece gets damp when kids overheat and sweat, causing little ones to catch a chill.

December 22, 2015

DIY: Make A Gingerbread House Out Of A Juice Carton!

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Kids love to decorate gingerbread houses as a holiday season tradition -- but what I don't love are the expensive, wasteful gingerbread house kits! I can never get them to assemble correctly without the walls falling down, and the icing is a mess. I definitely do not have the time to hand roll gingerbread and score it into walls, etc., so here is a very simple, eco-friendly way to make an adorable gingerbread house out of a milk or juice carton using graham crackers for the walls!

December 13, 2015

Pura's Kiki Stainless Steel Toddler Bottle is an Ideal Transition to a Sippy Cup

Stainless steel is my favorite choice of material for bottles and sippy cups, and Pura's Kiki 100% plastic-free reusable bottles for babies and kids feature the clever and convenient ability to grow with your child from the infant through the toddler stage with a simple switch of the spout. Since kids get so attached to their bottle, you can transition them with ease from an infant bottle to a toddler bottle, by replacing the silicone nipple with a silicone sip spout.

November 22, 2015

How to Craft a Kids' Table for the Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the preparations must begin! Who's hosting? What dishes are being prepared? This occasion marks such a special time for families to gather in one place to give thanks and be together. One thing kids always look forward to at these large gatherings is their very own kids' table! But every parent knows how hard it can be to get their child to actually sit down and eat. That being said, you can make the kids' table a fun and exciting place for the children to be entertained while they eat. Here are some tips on creating a memorable Thanksgiving table for kids.

August 5, 2015

REVIEW: PlanetBox Eco-Friendly, Stainless Steel, Waste-Free Lunch Box

You know you're a green mom when it literally makes you giddy with excitement when your child's PlanetBox arrives in the mail. I have tried many different lunch systems for Miss O., and PlanetBox is my absolute favorite for its totally streamlined design that makes it effortless for kids to use and for parents to pack. I'm no fan of lunch packing, but filling up the PlanetBox actually makes the task, dare I say, "fun?"

I know people throw around the words "easy" and "fun" a lot... but in the case of packing a PlanetBox lunch, truer words were never spoken... and Miss O has tried many lunch box systems, and PlanetBox is by far her favorite to use too. Read on for my review.

June 16, 2015

Eco-Kids Eco-Dough, Green & Non-Toxic Modeling Dough

With summer in full swing, it's always a good idea to have art and craft supplies lined up, in the event you can't get the kids outdoors due to the heat. And parents expecting baby #2 or 3 or 4 for that matter, you'll want to stock up on fun indoor activities to pass the time with your older child(ren) when your newborn naps and you're all home bound! Read on for my review of Eco-Kids eco-dough!

June 13, 2015

Keep Your Floors Toxin Free with Shark Pro Steam and Spray

We love clean floors in our household (which is one of the reasons we have a no-shoe policy). Always on the hunt for a better, more efficient way to clean our stone tile flooring, we were happy to come across the Shark Pro Steam and Spray model, especially now that we have a dog whose dirty paws add considerably to the foot traffic across our home.

With options aplenty, you can use this evolved mop in three ways to deep clean your floors: steam, spray, or steam and spray. We opt to use the steam cleaning mode with distilled water to keep our sanitizing efforts pure and as nontoxic as possible. In steam only mode this powerful mop can eliminate 99.9% of household bacteria!

An awesome feature of this mop is its swivel steering which enables you to work around corners and get into nooks and crannies. The mop itself is also lightweight, which makes your entire cleaning endeavor easier.

Using the Shark is also a much greener option than using a Swiffer because Shark's reusable multi-layer microfiber cleaning pads are washable and can be used time and time again, typically lasting up to 20 washes -- eliminating the need to waste a bunch of disposable cleaning pads.

The Shark Pro Steam and Spray and its accompanying hard floor cleaner work on tile, wood, linoleum and stone floors. This mop is a wonderful tool for families who want to deep clean their floors with sanitizing steam -- which is a must with little ones who are crawling and spending most of their time on the floor.

June 6, 2015

Ruggable: Area Rugs You Can Toss in Your Washing Machine

We go shoeless in our household. It's a super simple way to rid your home of toxins and keep your floors clean -- especially when you have little ones crawling around, playing on the ground and picking up everything off the floor to put in their mouth!

We've been wanting to put a rug in our entryway at the front door so visitors can step inside and remove their shoes. But I didn't want a rug that was just going to get dirty collecting all the grime from outside. Enter Ruggable: a collection of innovative new area rugs that you can actually toss into your washing machine to wash and keep clean! Since the majority of rug and carpet cleaners are highly toxic and filled with harmful chemicals, I love the option of washing a rug with my safe, eco laundry detergent instead.

February 24, 2015

DIY Terrariums: Bring Beautiful Small Worlds into Your Home

I've been wanting to make a terrarium for quite some time, and thought I'd share the results now that we got around to doing it! These miniature green worlds bring a real pop of color and vibrant, lush green life into your home. Add a little deer to the mix, and it becomes a magical forest for kids to watch over and admire. Read on to learn more about how to make your own terrarium.

February 12, 2015

DIY Adorable, Kid-Friendly Homemade Valentine Cards

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and everyone loves receiving thoughtful Valentine cards. Today's craft highlights several great ideas for making your own special Valentines with your kids!

November 5, 2014

Repurpose Shoe Boxes into Tiny Towns

I've always saved shoe boxes, and my full closet has never been happy about it. But I always think, "I can't throw away, or even recycle a perfectly good box!" So up high on the stack they go! Then I came across this great idea to repurpose shoe boxes into play towns! The small cities that may be built would look even cuter if created on a more diminutive scale with kid's shoe boxes. The sky's the limit with how you can turn these boxes into toys. When not in use, they can still be used as shoe storage too!

via Ohdeedoh via Happy Things for Kids

August 11, 2014

Modern Twist Kidz Placemat Makes a Masterpiece Out of Mealtime

Mealtime. It summons an array of emotions from delight to dread. Will your tot actually eat what you put in front of her? Will baby throw all of the expensive, organic produce you chopped into finger-sized bits directly onto the floor? While sitting down with wee ones to dine can be dicey, you now have one surefire way to make the experience entertaining at the very least...

Stick a Modern-twist Kidz placemat at the helm of your babe's booster seat and let her learn her ABC's and hone her coloring skills while you work on sneaking eggplant into her quesadilla.  Made of hand silk-screened food-grade silicone, these stylish placemats may be colored time and again with washable or dry erase markers, and they are free of BPA, latex, lead, phthalates and PVC. Additionally, they are non-porous and germ-free.

Modern Twist offers so many adorable designs atop their kidz placemats, which may all be viewed here. I love that they are eco-friendly, will easily fit in with the aesthetic of any home, and may be handed down to multiple children so all may feed the appetite of their inner artist.

Back-to-School Teacher Bouquet (Score Your Kid Some Serious Extra Credit)

For those of you with kids who haven't headed back to school yet... here's an adorable, super easy way to brighten you child's teacher's first day back in business.

When I walked Miss O to her first day of school last fall, we were following closely behind a woman who had a bright and beautiful bouquet of sunflowers perched in a vase comprised of colored pencils. When I complimented her sweet offering, she told me she simply glued the colored pencils to a tin can, and voila, a teacher-friendly vase. The standard pencils above look great too...

Yet another "I wish I had thought of that" moment in my life. But I will be keeping this gift in mind for other occasions in which a teacher gift is on my list.


May 20, 2014

Make a Photobook of Your Child's Adventures with His Favorite Toy

Have Queen, will travel. Lightning McQueen, or Queen as he is known in these parts, is Mr. A's very favorite toy.  That's an understatement. He. Goes. Everywhere. with us. This gave me a great idea that I wanted to share with you so you can do the same with your child's favorite toy.

April 22, 2014

Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sunscreen is Our Top Pick this Summer

Hot sunny days have arrived, and the sunscreen is now being slathered on. Swim lessons and plenty of outdoor summer activities are around the corner, so I'm thrilled to have found my go-to sunscreen for summer: Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Kids Natural Sunscreen. Before I get into why this sunscreen is so great, I'd like to highlight the fact that Miss O is now at an age where she worries about her appearance -- so no more sunscreens that leave a white "ghostly" residue will suffice. Which is why I'm going to mention that I *love* this product because not only does it go on like lotion, it is sheer and completely soaks into the skin in mere seconds -- leaving no trace that it has even been applied. This is also a great thing for Mr. A, who squirms during the entire application, so the easier and more quickly it absorbs, the better!

You know by now how bad it is to buy chemical laden sunscreens which can actually cause more damage to your skin than not wearing sunscreen in the first place! But high integrity products from Goddess Garden Organics are made with certified organic ingredients, they're chemical free, and they boast the following qualities:

  • Water Resistant to 40 minutes with SPF 30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Biodegradable, Reef-Safe, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, and Non-Nano
  • Packaged in recyclable tubes!

Additionally, this sunscreen has received a top rating by EWG as one of the best non-toxic sunscreens on the market.

Goddess Garden Organics offers an entire range of sunscreen products for babies, kids, everyday use, and facial use. They also have spray sunscreens if you prefer that type of application -- and their variation is the only mineral sunscreen that goes on in a continuous spray without the use of hormone disrupting chemicals or flammable alcohol.

And of course I love that this company was founded in 2004 by mom and entrepreneur, Nova Covington who created Goddess Garden Organics for her daughter Paige, who was allergic to chemicals in traditional bath products.

Now lucky for all parents, we get to reap the benefits of this trailblazing mama. I am thrilled to have found such an effective, safe, worry-free and easy to use sunscreen for all of our adventures in the sunshine!

Purchase here!

April 6, 2014

Farm to Table Kale Chips

Growing my own food has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. So to see kale spring to life to produce such a bounty beneath our kitchen windowsill is a treat beyond measure. Mr. A calls these plants, "kale chips" because that's his favorite preparation of the leafy green. We love kale chips in our house- and it's a wonderful, easy way to get your kids to eat those often dreaded green veggies. Read on for the results of our first kale harvest!

March 21, 2014

Green Your Easter Basket with Washcloth Bunnies!

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Easter is quickly approaching, and here's another fun and easy way to make your Easter baskets more eco-friendly: make sweet little bunny rabbits out of washcloths! Choose new washcloths in a festive color, and bring them to life as cute inhabitants of Easter baskets, that may then be used as washcloths for bathtime. These washcloth bunnies are also a great alternative to plastic egg holders... stuff a few candy treats inside one of these critters instead! Read on for the super simple tutorial!

February 18, 2014

Organic Cotton Tweet Birds Sing for Spring

Whether you have a spring baby on the way and you want to decorate the nursery in due spirit, or you're looking for a way to mark the change of seasons or the Easter holiday around your home, these sweet little birds are singing your tune. They're designed in Brooklyn and handmade in India using organic cotton -- and they'll surely add some chirp to any perch.

January 24, 2014

DIY 3D Lollipop Valentine's Day Cards!

Looking for a super cute Valentine's Day card for your kiddos to hand out to their classmates? These 3-D lollipop Valentines will certainly be a big hit! Learn how to make them after the jump!