#GreenGifts Winners & Coupons

  Did you join the #GreenGifts Twitter party Tuesday night with @TheEcoChic (me), @EffBlog (Amanda), and @GreenChildMag (Amity)?  We had so much fun that I ended up in Twitter Jail for talking too much - oh no!!!  Yes, Twitter likes to control how much you talk to prevent spammers and sometimes innocent people like myself get put in the slammer!  Thankfully it only lasts for about an hour before they release me to Tweet once more. Did you miss the winners announcements?  Here's a quick breakdown on the winners as selected at random by Amanda (@Effblog) using Random.org and the list of RSVP'd guests.   Allegory Pen winners: @granolorents and @kaylalorri Grassroots Store winner: @beccajoy99 YoBlocks winner: @lovebuy_lucy59 EcoStore USA winner: @mycutegenes Earth Mama Angel Baby winner: @twinctnbottom Binky Spritz winner: @christyisttc Organic Baby Gift Boutique winner: @chellez437 Squooshi winners: @gloverkim9, @lapsley1, @vasleepcoach, ... [ Read More ]

Our Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

  After school today I decided to take the kids outside and attempt to capture the perfect holiday photo for our Christmas cards.  Mind you my children had been in school ALL day.  I was hoping that I could harness some of their energy and get some really cute shots. Instead I ended up with two kids who did not want to take orders from some crazy mama with a camera.  Here are just a few of the 55 photos that I took today that show just how uncooperative my kids were...  He was doing flips instead of cooperating with me. This last one was the best of the bunch and after a little bit of editing (not shown edited here) it ended up looking pretty nice. Lessons learned:  Don't attempt to take photos after school. Don't attempt to take photos when your kids are hungry. Don't assume you'll get a good holiday photo on the first try. Don't try to stage your photos too much. Do have a camera that takes really fast pictures (mine is slow). Do try to ... [ 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 ]

Tiny Prints & Christmas Cards


Every year our family gathers together to take some photos that we'll use on our Christmas cards.  I'm usually a last minute person and don't get them done until long after Thanksgiving has past.  This year I was provided an opportunity to use tiny prints to order our Christmas cards as part of a blog partnership.  I've seen their ad in magazines and drooled over their stylish cards for years but like I said I usually run out of time.  With a little incentive from tiny prints I dressed my kids up in their Sunday best and after church one Sunday we stayed on the grounds and took some photos. I like to pretend that I have some photography skills and I usually end up with a few photos that look really nice.  Out of about 50 pictures I found a few that I loved and decided to play around with PhotoShop.  I'm still learning that too.  Finally I sat down one evening and started looking through the thousands (yes, really - over 2,000 designs) of card styles that tiny prints offers.  I ... [ Read More ]

Happy New Years 2010!


Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Years! The family and I are just spending a quiet (haha) night at home! The baby was cranky and crashed before 7pm. Played (and lost) monopoly with hubs and the boy. Ate junk food and tweeted while watching the festivities on tv! Tis' an exciting life as a parent of two! Welcome 2010! I'm excited to see what you have in store for us! ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Holiday Shopping Specials


Here are a few deals and steals that I'd like to share with all of you!  Great eco-minded companies! Franklin Goose- Start a wishlist or gift registry during the month of December and share it with friends and family.  Franklin Goose will randomly selected winners to receive one item from their list!  Maybe they will grant your wish!  Great wooden, soft, and recycled toys for the babies and tots!  Coupon code 15077b61 for Free Shipping on all orders over $50.  See full review HERE. Sprout Baby - Use coupon code SBBL055to save 15% off your first purchase.  Sprout Baby sells organic baby food, cloth diapers, and much more!  Only 7 days left to register to win $2500 cash in their First Birthday Bash! See full review HERE. aden + anais - Great organic cotton muslin swaddle blankets and more!  Lil B doesn't go anywhere without hers.  From Dec. 3 - Dec. 18th you can save 15% off anything on their site with coupon code celebrate.  See full review HERE. Dittany Baby: Save when you ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway #4

Giveaway Alert! Win a limited edition Holiday set of (2) cloth napkins from Fabkins!    Giveaway ended but be sure to use coupon code CHIC15 for 15% off your purchase!  ECO-ngratulations Khrystina! Watch your email. It seems like it was just yesterday that school was starting and I was talking about Fabkins awesome cloth napkins designed for kids lunches.  My son has used his sports Fabkins in his lunch for 4 months now and loves them.  They wash well and since his are dark blue they don't stain either.  We have another brand of cloth napkins that are white and they are already dirty looking (but that's a boy thing...messy!).  Well Fabkins has expanded their line to include a cute holiday set.  The one's we received included a gingerbread man and a Christmas tree. They also a snowman and a stocking.  For a limited time you can purchase these holiday Fabkins for $7.95 for a set of 2.  At 13" x 13" they are perfect size to use as a wrapping paper for your child's small gifts.  ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway #3

Giveaway Alert! Win a starter set just like the one in the picture below from Your Baby Can Read. Eco-ngratulations Khrystina! Check your email! Your Baby Can Read! We've all seen the commercials...you know the one's with the babies watching the videos, playing with the word cards, and acting out the actions...reading!  I would have been all over this video with my first child but you get a little more relaxed with your second (at least I do) and don't push them as hard.  I have a friend of mine who has used this with her own child and she said it was cute.  She said her baby would see the word clap on screen and begin clapping along.    The set that I received (the same as the giveaway) is only 1/5 of the full intro set but it's plenty to fall in love to!  Based on Dr. Titzer's Early Language Development program the intro set includes a DVD Early Learning Workshop, the Parents Guide, Learn to Read Word Cards, and a starter book.  Having an older child who monopolizes ... [ Read More ]

Day 4: Red, White & GREEN


GIVEAWAY ALERT!  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the fourth contest and a great coupon code as part of The Eco-Summer Blog Party! CONGRATULATIONS STWILLIAMS07@XXXXXXX You are the winner of the To-Go Ware gift set! Happy 4th of July from The Eco Chic, To-Go Ware, and Green Planet Parties!  The 4th for many of us will be filled with backyard BBQ's, pool parties, and fireworks.  Along with all that fun comes tons of unnecessary waste.  When most of us host get-togethers at our homes (or anywhere) we typically run to the store and stock up on disposable tableware (plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, etc) for our guests.  Anyone want to venture to guess how long most of these items get used?  Less than 5 minutes...think about this today while you celebrate the 4th with your friends and family.  About a year ago I invested in some cheap reusable plastic plates and cups for a party we were hosting at the house.  We tend to host several of these parties each year and I ... [ Read More ]