Margaux and May Swaddle Blanket #Giveaway

Organic muslin blanket 3 copyMargaux and May, is a baby product company that has chosen to are avoid the typical newborn color palate and designs in favor of more mom-centric designs leaning towards style and sophistication. Check out the gorgeous animal prints to the left–it’s a picture of the same twin-set of organic swaddle blankets in the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

These blankets are incredibly soft and generously sized at 120cm x 120 cm/47″ x 47″, which are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as being made from 100% organic cotton. Not to mention, they are hand-woven by experienced artisans; with a practice dating back to the Bangladesh of Medieval Times.

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Bobble Sport Resusable Water Bottle #Giveaway & Coupon Code

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 10.38.30 PMWelcome to our week-long, bobble SPORT reusable water bottle giveaway, that we are co-hosting with a wonderful group of bloggers from across the United States.

Experts tell us that to be fully hydrated, we’re supposed to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (something which I am admittedly terrible at!)

The easiest way to make sure that you spend all day drinking is to always have a bottle in your bag and reusable water bottles are clearly a much more environmentally-friendly way to go than constantly grabbing a bottle of water out of your supermarket’s refrigerator case.

Did you know that Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year which, with a U.S. recycling rate for plastic of only 23 percent, means 38 billion water bottles are wasted each year3. ?  (from Ban The Bottle )


Nine Naturals: Toxin-free Skincare ( #Giveaway )

NN_Partnership-Logos_030313-01Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of  bloggers from across the United States and Canada.

We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products (which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm) using only natural and organic ingredients.

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Though many of us are aware of the dangers of eating foods and foods sprayed with pesticides, drinking excessive coffee, drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, we rarely think about the chemicals that we are applying topically via so many mainstream personal products.


Kid Crafts with Recyclables & the #Annedroids

My kids are crazily prolific crafters.  At any given moment, bits and pieces of half finished art projects could be covering at least 2/3 of my not-so-huge New York City apartment.

I buy construction paper by the ream, glue and tape in multi-packs and googly eyes in numbers that I don’t even want to think about.

That’s one of the many reasons that it’s nice when my kids decide to use things like empty egg cartons, wire coat hangers and toilet paper rolls to create some of their masterpieces–it saves money, gives them another outlet with which to be creative and leaves and opening for a good lesson about recycling and saving the earth.


Join with Seventh Generation for TCSA Reform! #FightToxins

**Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.**

Have you ever heard of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?

Despite the fact that I am virtually obsessed with buying only organic produce and dairy products for my family, I didn’t know that this act hasn’t been updated since it was first passed in 1976.

Take a minute for that to sink in. Nineteen Seventy Six.

Try to think about how many ways our world has been changed for better and for worse since then. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that there were disposable contact lenses, compact discs or personal computers. You think maybe a few bazillion new toxic chemicals have been introduced into our world in that time, as well?!


I Threw a Healthier Candy Office Party with Get Unreal! #GetUnreal

Is there such a thing as healthy candy?

Though nobody is suggesting that you replace broccoli with chocolate and nougat, there are a whole lot of chemicals and other garbage being mixed into most commercially available candy. Take out the hydrogenated oils, GMOs, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and a whole lot of the sugar and you have a significantly less bad for you product.

And, as with many smart ideas, it came from the mind of a kid. A 13 year old asked a question, his grownups took him seriously and UNREAL candy was born.

When my box of candy arrived in the mail, I very responsibly tasted each and every kind to make sure that I was happy serving it to my guests. After tasting, I almost decided that I wasn’t going to share 😉