Cool Kids Gift Ideas

Cool Kids Gifts

  Affiliate links present in this post.  My kids are on different extremes when it comes to Christmas gifts this year.  My daughter is 5 (almost 6) and wants EVERYTHING she sees on TV or in the sales flyers. I seriously think if they came out with a LaLaLoopsy lump of coal she'd want it.  My son is 11 and a little more difficult to shop for this year.  There really isn't much that he's asked for.  Here are just a few gift ideas for kids of all ages... Lottie & Friends Lottie is a relatively new set of dolls for children ages 3-9.  Unlike traditional "Barbie" style dolls, Lottie is an actual child herself.  She doesn't have boobs, doesn't wear make-up, no high healed shoes! She's just a kid.  Lottie has some fun outfits that you can change and pets you can get.  My daughter has been playing with Lottie for a few weeks now and really likes it. She looks at Lottie like a friend, tells her secrets, and tries to sneak her to school in her backpack.  I happened to be ... [ 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 ]

A Cloth Diaper Baby Shower Gift for Under $30

Cloth Diaper Baby Shower Gift for Under $30 @TheEcoChic

Do you know someone who is having a baby?  Would you love to introduce them to cloth diapering without being too pushy?  My "go-to" baby shower gift these days is very simple and costs less than $30 (unlike my elaborate cloth diaper baby gift basket that was almost $300). Contents:  One bumGenius 4.0 one-size cloth diaper PLUS one copy of Changing Diapers, the Hip Moms Guide to Modern Cloth Diapers. Price: $17.97 for the bumGenius diaper (less if it's on sale) and $7.98 for the book.  Grand total: $25.95 I keep a few of these books on hand to give as gifts to all my pregnant friends.  By adding one simple cloth diaper it allows them to touch and feel my favorite diaper before they decide if cloth diapering is for them. Would you have loved a simple gift like this?  Did you get any cloth diapers as gifts when you were pregnant?  Leave a comment below and tell me all about it. ... [ Read More ]

Ecocentric Mom & Baby Discovery Box

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  Have I mentioned how much I love my monthly subscription box from ecocentric mom?  Each month I get a little box full of eco-friendly goodies for me (and sometimes a few to share with friends, family, and the kids).  For August I decided to try something different, instead of the mom box I got the mom & baby discovery box.  I have a few friends who are pregnant and the little baby items will make cute gifts. Some of my favorite goodies from the August box include: gao.  A natural wooden fish teether from Liku Gao on Etsy. Nature's Baby Organics.  Shampoo, Body Wash, Conditioner, Detangler, and aromatherapy calming spray.  The light scents of vanilla tangerine and lovely lavender are so sweet and calming. Rubbabu Natural Rubber Foam Toys.  I'm actually considering keeping these as stress relief balls for myself.  Did you know that Rubbabu is the World's only rubber foam toy maker? Truebar by Bakery on Main.  The ecocentric mom box would not be complete ... [ Read More ]

10 Things You Can Leave Off Your Baby Registry

10 Things You Can Leave OFF Your Baby Registry @TheEcoChic

I have a few friends who are pregnant and I'm trying really hard not to be too pushy on what they buy for their babies.  I was looking over the baby gift registry for one of the girls at BabiesRUs and attempted to give her my recommendations (again, without being pushy).  After glancing at the must-have list that BabiesRUs provides new parents I decided it was time to make my own list of must-NOT baby registry items.  10 Things You Can Leave OFF Your Baby Registry Disposable diapers.  What?  Don't babies need diapers?  Yes, but did you know that disposable diapers are full of toxins and chemicals?  Your baby is going to be in diapers almost 24 hrs a day for the first 2-4 years of their life.  Modern cloth diapers have come a long way since we were kids.  They come in fun colors and prints and are just as easy to use as disposable diapers.  What about the poop?  As a parent I promise you that you will touch poop - even with disposable diapers.  Put the poop where it belongs - ... [ Read More ]

The Gift of Wine

Give Wine from the California Wine Club

You may recall me talking about the California Wine Club before.  I received a 2 month subscription to their program back in mid-November and I'm going to be sad when my subscription is over.  (Hint: Need a gift idea for me??)  My November delivery was from Robledo Family Winery and my December delivery was from Daniel Gehco.  Both from California and both were absolutely divine! We cheered over the Daniel Gehco Merlot and Chenin Blanc over Thanksgiving with my husbands family.  It was a nice addition to our holiday celebration. Have someone on your Christmas list who is difficult to shop for?  Do they like wine?  The California Wine Club has memberships available starting at only $49.95.  Each gift membership comes with: 2 bottles of wine.  You get to choose if they are both white, both red, or one of each. Subscription to Uncorked! magazine. Personalized gift message. Bonus Gift: a handy wine tote. Bonus Gift: a gift credit for $25 off their next order. I've ... [ Read More ]

My Mommy is a Booger…I Mean Blogger!

Have you ever tried to sit down and explain to your kids what a blogger is?  Why you spend all day on Facebook?  Why you have parties on Twitter? Then you need a copy of "My Mommy is a Blogger" by Sommer Poquette (Green and Clean Mom).  I finally broke down and ordered my own personal copy and decided to keep it for my kids for Christmas so they haven't read it yet.  While they haven't read it I had to sneak a peek for myself. OMG - I was laughing hysterically as I was reading it.  I was afraid that I was going to wake up the kids and they'd see me reading it and want to see what was so funny.  Sommers' kids are about the same age as mine so I think I've had some of these same conversations with my kids (and my hubby).  I think next year for the Great American Teach In I'm going to convince my kids teacher to let me come in and read "My Mommy is a Blogger" and explain to them what I do for a living. If you are a blogger and have elementary age kids I think your kids would really ... [ Read More ]

Handmade Holiday Gifts

Giveaway alert! Enter to win a prize package from valued at over $50 in downloadable patterns. Do you make any of your own holiday gifts?  I always have big dreams of making lots of fun homemade gifts for friends and family but I usually end up with just one or two by the time the busy holiday rush is all over.  Last year I was fairly proud of myself for making my daughter a complete set of felt food and a few doll outfits, diapers, and accessories.  Not sure how much I'll actually accomplish this year. Where do I get my inspiration and directions to make my projects?  As you well know I'm a Pinterest addict so I do find a lot of projects on there.  If I'm really looking for something specific though I know I can usually find the pattern and directions at  I found this website a few years ago and it actually inspired me to buy a sewing machine and re-teach myself how to sew.  You can download a pattern (some are free, while others are ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Holiday Quick Picks 2010


  Do you have an eco-junkie to buy for this year?   Know someone who doesn't like stuff?   Looking for something non-toxic to get a special child?   Here are my top eco-holiday quick picks - with something special for everyone on your list.   1. Itsabelly Guide to Going Green With Baby - By Melissa Moog & Jennifer Lo Prete   2.  aden + anais Organic Muslin Swaddlers - Lil's blankie of choice is now available in even more varieties and colors.  3.  Global Green Pals - These eco-friendly dolls will become your child's new best friend.   4.  Piggy Paint - Project Earth - Safe nail polish for that tween in your life - now is Glow in the Dark too!  Use coupon code ECO10L to save 10% on anything at Piggy Paint through December 31, 2010. 5.  One Life Jewelry - A personal favorite homemade from a friend down the street from me whom I don't talk to enough. XOXO!  6.  Recycled Koby Jewelry - Made special for TerraCycle from 100% recycled silver by Canadian jeweler, Arthur ... [ Read More ]

Mother’s Day Eco-Gift Ideas

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**Giveaway Alert** Check out my second offer for a great eco-chic giveaway from kateylove jewelry!  ECO-ngratulations Sarah H! Mother's Day is just a week away - what are you getting your mom this year?  Do you have a wish list of your own?  Here are just a few ideas compliments of my beloved sponsors. 1.  Lillunia- If you haven't visited Lillunia yet you really should.  These find ladies make some adorable artwork and prints that are perfect for a nursery or child's room.  They have a new photo album on the front page that shows you some creative ways to display their work.  My favorite room in their album is the pink and brown room with the Koala print.  Laura from Lillunia has offered my readers a special discount for 15% off with code TheEcoChicMoms.  Don't forget that you can customize any piece with names and dates; just let them know when you checkout. 2.  kateylove jewelry - I wish I had a picture of me wearing my own kateylove necklace but I'm a little camera shy (I ... [ Read More ]