Green Kids’ Gifts on a Budget

I was at a birthday party last night and one of the gifts given to the birthday boy was a Green Art set. I thought how great that was, the consuming part of it maybe not so great but the fact that the art supplies were non-toxic, kid safe and environmentally friendly makes it a great gift for children.

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Adorable Sock Monkey from Maggie's Functional Organics

Well over at Eco Child’s Play they have a long list of Eco-friendly presents and stocking stuffers for under $30. Which is such a huge help in these economically hard times.

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Natural Paint from Clementine Art

From Art Supplies to Stuffed Animals and Blocks. You can find a plethora of Eco-friendly children’s gifts in this list, they haven’t missed a think. Check it out for yourself and you are sure to find what you need.

Halloween Costumes in a Box

bildeIf you have run out of ideas for kids costumes this halloween, check out these costumes in a box. Yesterday I found this great article in the Statesman Journal newspaper, in the Life section, about Costumes in a Box.

Trying to be green this Halloween requires that  I try to reuse and recycle and with these box costumes I think it would be fairly easy to do. With just a box, some paint and some clothing match ups you can be on your way to making a great costume. And as a bonus its on the cheap too!

bilde1Costume Ideas:

  • The Tin Man
  • Lego Block
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants
  • iPod

Click here for the complete article and instructions. And if your looking for an adult verion of any of these you would just need a bigger box, ask your local furniture or appliance store for boxes.

4th Annual Green Sprouts Organic Baby & Family Fest

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Coming up on September 26th is the 4th Annual Green Sprouts Organic Baby & Family Fest.

Green Sprouts Festival is a fun, festive and educational one-day event for the whole family that celebrates and promotes the nurturing of life through nature. From pregnancy to childhood, parents can learn about and explore eco-friendly, community-involved, natural, and healthy options to raising their families.

Place: Peninsula Park, Portland Oregon

Admission: $3.00 suggested donation that will benefit Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative.

Getting There:

  • Train – The TriMet Light Rail system has a stop just a few blocks from Peninsula Park.
  • Bus – TriMet bus lines #4 and #44 will take you within a short walk to Peninsula Park.
  • Bicycle – There are many designated bike routes that will take you right to Peninsula Park. Consult the City of Portland bike map (PDF) to find the best route.
  • Car – Peninsula Park is easily accessable from I-5. Just take exit 304 at N. Rosa Parks Way (formerly N. Portland Blvd) and head east 3 blocks.

Whats great about this event is that they are striving to make it a zero waste event.

Receptacles will be available for recycling common objects such as aluminum, plastic bottles, glass, and paper. Composting receptacles will also be available for food items. A diaper changing area will be available on-site for your convenience.

The Best All-Natural Sunscreens

847571_26770997Did you know that most of the sunscreen you buy at the store are filled with potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into your skin and cause long last effects when used over time? This is a bad thing for any person but when you think about putting this sunscreen on babies and toddlers who tend to put their hands and feet in their mouth, we are essentially letting them lick the sunscreen. So not only is it leaching through their skin, they are ingesting it too.

The best way to protect your family from the sun and from harmful chemicals is to pick an all natural sun screen to use. Below are a few suggestions to help you find the best sunscreen for your needs.

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen – Naturopathically based, using only all-natural and organic ingredients.

erbaviva – Completely natural sunscreen for children and adults. SPF 15. Lightly scented with organic lavender and chamomile essential oils.

Badger All-Natural Sunscreen – Highly rated for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group.

Aubrey Organics Natural Sun – Perfect for children and adults with sun-sensitive skin. With seven different kinds to choose from.

Marie Veronique Organics Creme Du Jour –¬† For sunscreen AND anti aging, their sunscreen formulas are non-comedogenic and are recommended for all skin types.

Purple Prairie Sun Stick – 100% Natural, biodegradable and environmentally safe.

Lavera Sun Block – Fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Certified all natural and contains organic ingredients.

California Baby Sunscreen – Unfragranced, PABA-free, non-chemical, perfect for any baby or child with skin sensitivities or fragrance allergies.

The No Plastic LunchBots

02If you are concerned about the toxins in plastic and are looking for an alternative to the regular lunch box, check out LunchBots.

Packing a healthy lunch shouldn’t stop at the food. If you are going to take the time to be concerned about the food that your kids ingest, you should be concerned also about the toxins that they ingest when their food is packed in items like plastic lunch boxes and plastic juice containers.

LunchBots are manufactured from high-quality, food grade Type 304 stainless steel. Stainless steel has great resistance to stain or rust due to its chromium content, making it the material of choice for food processing, dairy and brewing. Stainless steel is easy to clean, durable, and sanitary.

LunchBots are a healthy alternative to plastic containers for packing lunch to go. Made from the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, LunchBots do not leach chemicals like plastic does. Eco-friendly and reusable means saving money and the environment.

So when you are on the look out for lunch boxes for your kids or yourself, check out LunchBots, the safer alternative.

Piggy Paint – The Non-Toxic, Odorless, Kid-Friendly, Fingernail Polish

If you are looking for some non-toxic fingernail polish for your kids, try Piggy Paint. It came about when Melanie Hurley, a mother of two girls, was painting her daughters nails one day over a foam plate and saw what happened when the fingernail polish dropped onto the plate. It bubbled and eventually left a big hole. Melanie than decided that she would come up with a safe finger nail polish formula for kids.

Piggy Paint is:

  • Non-toxic
  • Odorless
  • Water-based forumla
  • Hypoallergenic

Piggy Paint is specially formulate from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

Piggy Paint Nail Polish Remover is:

  • Non-toxic
  • Odorless
  • Made from natural ingredients
  • No acetone
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable

Right now they are offering a special on their Valentine Gift Pack. Normally it sells for $26.50 but it is On Sale Now for Just $22.50.