You Are What You Eat

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This post is going to be hard for me to write because it's one area in my life where I'm still learning - eating green.  What does it mean to eat GREEN?  Does it mean eating locally?  Does it mean to eat organic?  Does it mean that I have to be a vegetarian?  Do I have to shop at a natural food store?  Do I have to eat raw food?  Do I have to eat only fresh food? Eating green is actually all of those things - and you may incorporate some or all of the aspects of eating green - I don't believe that there is a right or wrong way to eat green.  My history- I come from a family who likes food, a lot!  I can remember many family reunions with everyone huddled in the kitchen cooking for hours, making more food then we could eat in a week.  My fraternal grandmother was a tiny frail lady who knew how to cook - she didn't have a choice with 5 hungry kids and a husband.  My favorite family memories as a child involve turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, gravy, gravy, gravy, and ... [ Read More ]

Get a Kick Out of BabyKicks NEW Bumboo Pocket Diaper

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Giveaway alert! One lucky reader will win a BabyKicks Bumboo Pocket Diaper and a Premium Duz-it-All. Details following post.  Closed! Eco-ngratulations to DebbieLG @MSU_MOM_TO_2 you are the winner! Despite how lame I know this is going to sound...I got a total KICK out of BabyKicks newest diaper, the Bumboo pocket. I mean seriously, look how adorable it is when it arrives in the mail. BabyKicks is a small family owned business that hand makes about 90% of their products in Maryland. In addition to their new Bumboo pocket diaper they also sell fitted diapers, pre-folds, nursing pads, burp pads, and blankets. When the Bumboo first arrived I was in love with the softness of the inside and the interesting leg gussets. The Bumboo is a one-sized diaper that fits babies from 7lbs to 30lbs (comparable to most one-sized diapers). As you can tell from the picture above it has snaps but they are side snapping. Side snapping simply means you don't snap the diaper by pulling the side tabs ... [ Read More ]

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Eco Chic

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How was your Valentine's Day?  Mine was very low key and relaxed.  I've been battling a cold for a few days and have lost my voice, can't breath through my nose, and am generally pitiful.  Hubby and I don't normally exchange big gifts on Valentine's Day but he always does something special.  Today was really cute and unusual.  He got me a candy bouquet in a small white vase.  Each 'flower' is a different hard candy in red, pink, or white wrapper.  He also sent me a tweet and a Facebook message at midnight so I would see it when I woke up.  He knows me so well. I am such a slacker (that combined with the way that I feel) that I didn't even get him a card.  But I did make breakfast for him...his favorite...grits, eggs, and bacon!  He didn't seem to mind that there was no card or Hallmark inspired gift. My son got some wonderfully yummy chocolate treats.  While I am very eco-friendly around the house our food selections don't really follow suite.  I only buy organic food on rare ... [ Read More ]

Five Things I Don’t Want You to Know

My husband and I have a great relationship but like all spouses we pick on each others weaknesses when we get frustrated. This weekend he picked on my green weaknesses so I decided to turn it into a blog post. (Love you huney!) Whether you are green-minded or not you will appreciate knowing that I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. While I am The Eco Chic that doesn't mean that I am always living the perfect green life. I am human and there is no way that I will ever be 100% green. Our current lifestyle just does not allow for me to do everything to the greenest level possible. Like most parents out there I have real life responsibilities such as a career, a family, kids, house work, church, extra curricular activities, and so much more to juggle each day...being green is just one aspect of my life. Five Things I Don't Want You to Know About Me: 1. I'm a lazy recycler and I don't recycle everything. We pay to have our recyclables picked up once a week where we live. I am ... [ Read More ]

Sprout Baby Review & Giveaway

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Giveaway alert! Win a $25 gift certificate from Sprout Baby AND get a coupon code for 15% off your first purchase at Sprout Baby AND a chance to win $2500 in cash!  Details at the bottom of this post.  Eco-ngratulations Nancy! All of my readers can save on purchases at Sprout Baby and save 15% off your first order with coupon code SBBL055!! Sprout Foods! No, baby food does not have to be boring?  And it doesn't have to come in a glass jar!  If you have shopped the aisles of the local grocery stores lately you might have noticed that the baby food has been invaded by celebrity chef Tyler Florence.  His gourmet organic baby food line, Sprout Foods, is spoiling babies all around the country!  Babies just like Lil' B are loving the new flavors such as Peach Rice Pudding and Oatmeal with Roasted Cinnamon Applesauce.  Sprout Foods uses all USDA certified organic ingredients with no preservatives, sugars, or fillers.  Their resealable pouches are BPA-free and leave a smaller ... [ Read More ]

Gro Baby System Review & Giveaway

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Giveaway Alert!  The Natural Baby Co is giving away one Gro Baby Bio Soaker Intro Package to a lucky reader.  To enter see details at the end of this post.    ECO-ngratulatins Holly S! One of the newest hybrid cloth diapering systems out there is the Gro Baby System.  Check out there cute new animated short video HERE!  The original Gro Baby shell consists of a water proof shell and an organic cotton soaker pad that snaps into the shell.  The idea is that you purchase several soaker pads and reuse the shell.  Unlike most pocket diapers the Gro Baby has a unique quick drying layer between the soaker and the shell (it's sewn into the shell and looks like a large weave mesh).  The soakers attach to the shell with two snaps; one at the front and one at the back.  The original soakers are very thick organic cotton and are very absorbent.  They also come with a booster for nights and naps.  The other unique feature to the Gro Baby Shell is the closure.  It's a very fine hook closure ... [ Read More ]

Organic Muslin Baby Wrap

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Giveaway Alert!  Want to win a cute blanket like the one in the picture above? aden + anais is giving away one organic muslin baby wrap to a lucky reader.  See below for details on how to enter.  ECO-ngratulations Desiree! Watch your email for details on how to claim your aden + anais baby wrap! A picture is worth a thousand words, right?  I don't normally like to show pictures of my family but I couldn't resist, Lil B's smile just spoke to me here.  The gorgeous blanket that Lil B is cuddling is by aden + anais.  It's 100% organic cotton muslin and measures 47" X 47" in size.  I love that it's light weight which is perfect for our hot Florida weather.  It's all natural, organic cotton fabric so it's free of nasty chemicals and safer for my baby.  As if that wasn't enough, it's also machine washable. While the organic wraps only come in a few color options (for both girls and boys), they also offer non-organic wraps in a larger variety of colors.  The organic wraps sell for $34 ... [ Read More ]

We Care Clothing

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Don't forget to enter my Blogiversary Celebration Giveways!  These wonderful giveways all close on Sept. 23, 2009 at midnight (EST).  Tonight I'm feeling rather 'fancy' and 'trendy' so I thought I would share with you a new online green clothing store I was recently introduced to.  We Care Clothing!  This great little clothing store features beautiful designer clothing and accessories for women, mens, and kids.  Their clothing is made from organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp fabrics.  Why should you choose organic clothing?  We often choose organic foods because they are healthier for us.  Organic fabrics are made from plants that were grown without the use of fertilizers.  These fertilizers contain a lot of nutrients that help the plants grow bigger and faster but they are inefficient.  The majority of the nutrients from fertilizers are washed away and not taken in by the plants at all.  All of those nutrients seep into our groundwater, our streams, rivers, and eventually into ... [ Read More ]

Extra Baby Bonus! Swami Baby Boutique!

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Giveaway alert!  Swami Baby Boutique is giving away 3 organic cotton baby tee's/onesie's.  My absolute favorite is the Same Diaper, Different Day Tee.  Check out the other Think Green T-shirts at Swami Baby Boutique!  They are available in sizes 6mo-24mo only.  ECO-ngratulations Carol, Gwen & Alysia!! To enter to win all you need to do is visit Swami Baby Boutique and leave a comment HERE about your favorite Think Green T-Shirt!  Three lucky winners will be selected at the end of the Eco-Summer Blog Party!  Register by July 15th at midnight (EST). Swami Baby is a cute baby, toddler and mommy boutique that gives a voice to our own wise little ones.  You can even find cute matching tee's for you!  Good Luck! ... [ Read More ]

The Eco-Baby Shower

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This post serves two purposes.  1)  I am planning a baby shower for a friend who is expecting at the end of year.  2) My friends are planning a baby shower for me (I just don't have any of the details).  So I have found some cool ideas for planning an eco-baby shower that I want to include in my friends shower (and hopefully my friends will get some cool ideas too).  Invitations: *Use www.evite.com or other online invitation web site. *Print your invitations on recycled or other environmentally friendly paper. *Print your invitations on plantable paper. Decorations: *Use potted plants for table decorations. *Use actual baby gifts as decorations and give them to the guest of honor. *Don't use disposable decorations. Food: *If you are making or catering the food use local and/or organic food. *Select food that serves well at room temperature so you don't have to use electricity to keep things warm. *Don't use disposable plates, silverware, napkins, and ... [ Read More ]