Happy Birthday Baby Girl

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She's been featured on my blog since she was just a baby and Sunday she turned SIX! I'm still not sure how time has gone by so quickly.  I'm now a mom of a six year old and an eleven year old.  My life is full and there is never a dull moment.  I know that sounds SOOOO cliche but it's true! She's in Kindergarten and reading like a pro. She still likes to sleep in our bed. She is independent...but really likes it when mommy helps her. She hasn't learned to tie her shoes yet. She's very artistic and loves to color, paint, and draw. She wants to be a vet when she grows up. She loves animals and always wants to pet any dog that walks by. She loves candy. She looks up to her big brother. She is the most beautiful, smart, and sassy little girl I've ever met.  Yes, I'm a little partial but it's true! She had a wonderful birthday with just our immediate family and asked for Outback for dinner.  She didn't have cake, but devoured the entire bowl of ice cream! Happy ... [ Read More ]

Best of 2014 on The Eco Chic

It's hard to believe that another year has almost ended and we're about to welcome 2015 in just a few more days! It's been a great year personally.  My blog continues to thrive and has me looking forward to some changes in the coming year. I find myself blogging more and more about life, family, traveling, and hobbies rather than eco-friendly living.  I hope you'll stay with me and share our families journey through life and I promise to still bring you some green living related posts. It's interesting to look back at the stats for the blog and see which posts were read most.  Many of my older content (from 2010-current) still brings in many of you; but I wanted to share with you my top 10 posts from 2014!  I left off the giveaway posts since those aren't really worth re-reading. My top post of 2014 is one I'm quite proud of.  As I continue to educate and share tips on cloth diapering (even though we haven't cloth diapered in several years), I felt it was important to share with you ... [ Read More ]

Techie Gift Gear Ideas

Techie Gift Gear

If you are anything like me, this is the week you scramble trying to find just the right gift for everyone on your list. I do most of my shopping online so this is THE week to get stuff ordered so it will arrive in time.  Here are just a few of my favorite techie finds this year that may or may not be found under the tree on Christmas morning. Powerslayer by Velvetwire: Can you ever have too many iPhone chargers laying around? In a house full of techies we're always fighting over the cords and you can never find them all when you need them.  With my old iPhone 5, I would constantly need to charge it because the battery was shot.  With the Powerslayer you eliminate wasted power because it automatically turns itself off once your device is fully charged.  Once my phone reached about 90-95% the Powerslayer would shut off; you could tell when the LED indicator on the front shut off.  The Powerslayer comes with a very long braided USB cable and a felt and leather travel case. I loved ... [ Read More ]

How to Bake the PERFECT Christmas Cookie

Christmas Cookies

I'm FINALLY in the Christmas spirit and in the mood to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies.  We don't bake much the rest of the year, but I always find time to bake cookies with the kids in December.  You probably won't stumble upon my recipes pinned on Pinterest or on the pages of a magazine, but I make the PERFECT Christmas Cookies!!  Do you want to know my secret? First, go to the baking aisle of your favorite store and pick up a few packs of morsels that look good to you.  I couldn't find our favorite mint chocolate chips from last year, but I did find some red & green morsels and a pack of toffee chips.  At least that will make up some good chocolate chip cookies, right!? Next, think really hard about what other key ingredients may be missing from your kitchen.  I know I needed eggs and I thought I was out of stick butter so I chunked those in our cart.  I can't possible think of anything else that I'm out of so we head to the checkout. After dinner is over and ... [ Read More ]

Ecocentric Mom Reveal Nov/Dec 2014

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Affiliate links present in this post. It's that time again, time for me to reveal the contents of this month's Ecocentric Mom box.  Ecocentric mom is an every-other-month subscription box for pregnant women, new moms, and babies.  Each box is filled with goodies and samples of different eco-friendly products.  Each box is only $24 and would make a great Christmas or baby shower gift. The Nov/December Pregnancy Box was quite a treat.  Here are a few of my favorite items... eInvite Holiday Cards - Christmas cards, birth announcements, or shower invitations made in the US.  Each card has double-sided adhesive for you to attach your favorite photo.  Save 20% off with code HOLIDAYECO20 at www.einvite.com/gifts (valid through 12/31/14) Urban Oreganics Makeup Remover - Handcrafted makeup remover from natural ingredients. Safe for your entire face, even during pregnancy. Save 20% off orders of $20+ with code ECOMOM20 (expires 1/31/15) at www.urbanoreganics.etsy.com. Little Pim CD - ... [ Read More ]

Thirsties NEW Ocean Collection {and a Giveaway}

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With the chill in the air across most parts of the country today, the new Thirsties Ocean Collection makes me want to pack up and move to a tropical island paradise.  I know I really shouldn't complain with highs in the 50-60's here in Florida, but those 35-45 degree mornings are chilly for my thin blood.  (I don't expect any sympathy from my northern friends.) Thirsties actually revealed their Ocean Collection earlier this Fall but they weren't done with production yet.  You don't have to wait any longer though, because retailers have them in stock starting today! There are 5 new prints and 2 new solids making up the Ocean Collection.  The prints are all soft tones of blue, yellow, grey and salmon on a white PUL.  The 2 new solids are Coral and Fin.  The prints include fun little fish, whales, squid, and sand dollars.  While the prints do have a lot of blue; they are very gender neutral and would be adorable on your little sailor or mermaid. The Ocean Collection are available ... [ Read More ]

#MenofTheBabyIndustry Live Chat Nov 25th – Revealing the Secret Project

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  About a month ago, Jen with Spray Pal approached me and a few of my friends about a project she was interested in putting together.  After a lot of private Facebook messages amongst ourselves, we decided to begin contacting some of the men in the baby industry. Kim (Dirty Diaper Laundry), Amanda (Green Child Magazine), Jen from Spray Pal, and myself coordinated to get some pretty amazing photographs of the men that were selected for this project.  Did someone say photographs of men? What kind of photographs?     Join us Tuesday night, November 25th as we reveal our first ever, Men of the Baby Industry calendar for 2015!!  If you've followed us around Instagram and Facebook you may have seen (and guessed) some of our hints and the brands that are part of this project.  You may see the men behind Planet Wise, AppleCheeks and bumGenius....and a few others we've kept secret...on the pages of the calendar.  Here's just a little teaser for you... Follow us ... [ Read More ]

Save Water, Drink Wine

Moms Drink Wine to Save Water

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything goes haywire?  It's been one of those weeks here for sure!  It started on Monday when my daughter decided to cut her hair at school. That was followed by a parent/teacher conference for testing our boundaries with our new teacher, then with a phone call that she had fell and scraped her face up pretty bad, followed by a stomach bug getting my oldest for 24 hours, delays at work due to other people's emergencies, and planning for Black Friday madness at work.  Oh, and I have to get all the laundry done today so that I can pack tonight for a trip. I've felt like crying on more than one occasion this week; but I saved the tears and drank wine instead! Now that both kids are back in school today and (so far) there have been no more accidents, I'm going to treat myself to a wine tasting tonight..... ...and you're invited!! Amista Vineyards, Frick Winery, and F. Teldeschi Winery have teamed up for a live Ustream (and ... [ Read More ]

Surviving Parenthood…..one bag of hair at a time!

Surviving Parenthood one bag of hair at a time

Parenting is hard, yo! There are no owners manuals to raising kids.  Just when I thought I was starting to grasp this parenting thing, my daughter thought it would be fun to write a new story in her childhood. It was just an ordinary day; I had left the house to go pick the kids up after school, stop off at home for a few minutes to change clothes before heading off to Girl Scouts.  We have our routine conversations on the way home.  You know, "How was your day?" and all that jazz. I had just pulled out of the school parking lot when I asked that question today.  My son started by telling me about a project he was working on.  We made it about 1-2 miles down the road when my life was changed forever!! It started with my son.  I honestly can't remember what he said, but my daughter must have handed him the bag of hair.  He asked her a few questions before I realized what was going on and he handed me the bag of hair. It was at this time that I think all the breath left my ... [ Read More ]

Flu Shots? Yes or No?

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While this post is sponsored by CVS MinuteClinic; all opinions are my own. Let's debate (peacefully please) flu shots!  Do you get them for yourself?  Do your kids get them? Why or why not?   I asked this question earlier in the month on Facebook and received a wide range of replies.  Many of you swear by the flu shot and get them every year for your entire family; while others are anti-vaccinations and never get the flu shot.  I can respect both sides of this debate. Post by The Eco Chic.   Fact: This is the first year that I can ever remember getting the flu shot myself. Fact: My children almost always receive the flu shot; although we haven't made it in to the doctors for them yet this year. Fact: My husband almost always gets the flu shot at work. Why did I decide to get a flu shot this year, but never have in the past?  I'm sure as a child and young adult that there were years when I probably received it; I just don't remember.  The last time I ... [ Read More ]