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Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway -- one more week to enter!

There is one more week left before the Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway ends!  One lucky winner will win a fun, natural, kid-powered toy from Pure Play Kids.  All you have to do is sign up to be on a mailing list and your name will be automatically entered.  Click here for details.  Good luck!... read more

Captain Planet, He's Our Hero!

Who here remembers Captain Planet?  It was a cartoon that aired in the early 90s on TBS about a green-mulleted superhero out to save the planet.  I loved the Captain Planet theme song in particular ("Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!"), and I had a reusable lunch bag with Captain Planet on it. 

Get in touch with your inner 90s kid or grab your own kids and watch Captain Planet together...the episodes are now on the Mother Nature Network!  

Did you know that there's also a Captain Planet Foundation?  They offer grants, resources, projects for kids, games, and you can even become a "Planeteer!"  Check it out!   It's a really cute website and for an important cause.  ... read more

Green Book Club

Green Book Clubs

There has been some discussion of using ‘Green” books like the kindle or using the local library.  I have another perspective and that is the green book club. I think discussion with others is a great way to expand your knowledge of topics.   To help people better understand or to just grow in appreciation for the environment I would suggest a book club.  Instead of discussing the most recent fiction best seller why don’t we concentrate on sharing the knowledge of the world around us with our friends and neighbors and talk about a real life issue?

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Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway -- almost halfway there!

It's not too late to enter the Pure Play Kids Giveaway!  The giveaway ends on September 13, so enter and tell your friends!  All you have to do is sign up to be on a mailing list, and your name will be automatically entered in the drawing.  Your child will win one fun, natural, age appropriate toy!... read more

Green Baby Must-Haves

As my baby just past the 9 month mark, I've been thinking of the most important green baby items that have gotten me through the last 9 months.  I wanted to share them with you, and hopefully get some more input to help other moms of babies continue to live the green life.

  • Ergo OrganicFirst and foremost, I can't live without my Ergo organic carrier.  Seriously, this is probably the best baby product I bought -- hands down.  The organic variety is 100% organic, and it only runs a little more than the non-organic Ergo carriers.  It supports your back really well.  I can walk miles upon miles with 18 pounds of baby chub cargo without being in any pain.  I like that it's organic, because Isaac tends to chew on the straps, particularly when he teethes.  Plus, the cotton is super soft.  You can get plenty of use out of this carrier, because as your baby gets heavier, it converts to a backpack carrier.   Perfect for shopping, hiking, you name it.  I have absolutely no complaints about this thing!... read more

National Costume Swap Day: 10/9/10

Halloween Costume SwapHalloween is my favorite holiday.  Last year I wrote a list of tips for how to keep your Halloween eco-friendly.   This year, there's something else you can do.    

Saturday, October 9 is National Costume Swap Day.  According to their website, "swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce landfill waste by 6250, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-size cars."   GROSS!

Instead, attend a swap and find a cute costume for your little one while giving someone else the opportunity to reuse one you previously bought.  

You can find a swap on their website, but right now there aren't very many.  Start your own!  You can register a swap here.  This post might seem premature (even though my local Stop & Stop had Halloween candy out last week!) but if you want to start your own swap, do so soon so people can start making their plans!  ... read more

Living the Green Life

As long as I can remember, I've been living green in some sense of the term. It started as a teen in Minnesota when our neighborhood implemented a recycling program for newspaper and paper. Later we started recycling cans and bottles. We had separate cans in the kitchen for each of these, and were diligent in filling the recycling cans up.... read more

Cloth Diapers

What's your favorite type?  I like the BumGenius 3.0 even though they're now discontinued, but I know people who swear by prefolds.  

Pure Play Kids Toy Giveaway!

You've read all about Pure Play Kids and all of the awesome toys they sell.  Now, here's your chance to win one of their toys!


In order to enter, you must sign up to be on a Pure Play Kids mailing list.  To do so, fill out the following questions and email to [email protected].... read more

Green Company Profile: Pure Play Kids

Why they're Keen:

No more annoying kids toys that light up and play obnoxious music. (...and the parents sigh a breath of relief! I know there are only so many times I can listen to my son’s toys play “When You’re Happy and You Know It!”) The kid-powered toys at Pure Play Kids allow kids use their own imaginations and creativity. The toys are durable, safe, and non-toxic. They also don’t market to kids through advertising, licensed characters, film tie-ins, etc. The products are made in the USA or Europe.

From baby toys such as rattles, to puppets, wagons, and costumes for older kids, there is something for everybody! The toys are truly classic.

Why they're Green:

Since they’re so durable and made of wood, these toys can last for generations as opposed to getting broken and tossed into a landfill. Even better: many of the toys are wooden, recycled or made of other natural products. That way if your little one is in the midst of that “everything must go in the mouth!” phase, like mine is, you don’t have to worry that something toxic is going into the mouth.... read more

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