Saturday, July 31, 2010

Adventures in Baby Food Making: Week 13 - Spaghetti Squash

In deciding to do Spaghetti Squash, I figured two things:

1) That Noah would not be allergic to it since he's been OK with all other squashes

2) Since they were in season, I'd be a little more eco-conscious

I was right on both accounts.

I must say, though, that I found that the spaghetti squash had less taste and was much more watery than the other squashes.  Noah really did not care for this squash at all.

You can feed cooked winter squash to babies starting at 6 months.

This is what spaghetti squash looks like:














In order to prepare it, as with other winter squashes, cut the squash down the center














and scoop out any seeds and stringy flesh:















Cut squash into one-inch squares and steam for 25 minutes.  Then remove from heat and cool.














Once cool, scoop out flesh and puree.

Fill up your ice cube trays and freeze.  Then bag and tag.



Yeah - This face is NOT loving it.....at least he didn't gag!

Spaghetti squash is good in the freezer for 2 months.

Note:  I totally forgot to take pictures while preparing this, so thank you to this website for the pictures:   http://chefinyou.com/2010/02/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash/


  

Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm a Guest Blogger at The Village of Moms

I was asked to be a Guest Blogger on The Village of Moms  as a "green" mom!

Today's article: The Skin We're In: Part I - Parabens

Make sure to come over and visit and check out my article! Yeah!






Village of Moms


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reclaimed Vintage Cloth Napkin Set - Review and Giveaway

In our home, we recently started the Cloth Napkin Challenge.

Our challenge was to eliminate (or greatly reduce) the amount of paper towels and napkins that we use on a daily basis.

I recently found Once Again Recycled Designs on Etsy and was so excited for two reasons.  First was the fact that she was going to send me a set of cloth napkins to use and review.  Yeah!  That many less paper towels to throw in the dump!  More importantly, and the second reason that I was excited, was that she makes her cloth napkins out of reclaimed vintage fabrics and linens!

For those of you who follow Going Green with Noah, you know that the purpose of this blog is to introduce green ways of living and to promote sustainability in our environment.  This, my friends, is how you do it.  Once Again Recycled Designs does not purchase brand new fabrics to make these napkins!  The reclaimed fabrics and linens reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing and shipping that would be necessary to purchase new linens.



I tip my hat!

The cloth napkins are 14" x 14" so they stand the test of a dinner mess!  The fabric is adorable and great for the summer.  They are designed and sewn with care and stand the test of the washing machine once dirtied.

These are great, durable napkins for a summer occasion, or just to replace a paper towel here and there while eating.

I can't wait to get more cloth napkins - saving the world - one meal at a time!


BUY:

Buy her napkins now at her Once Again Recycled Designs Etsy Store



WIN:


Now on to the  THE GIVEAWAY!  Enter to win a set of four (4) reclaimed vintage cloth napkins

HOW TO ENTER:

You have A TON of opportunities to enter! Please take the following steps to enter the contest, making sure to submit a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY ENTRIES (worth 1 each – Leave separate comments):

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OPTIONAL ENTRIES:
  • Visit  Once Again Recycled Designs and Favorite them on Etsy
  • Follow me on Twitter +1
  • Tweet this: I entered @mel2266 Reclaimed Vintage Cloth Napkins Giveaway - “Going Green with Noah” – http://tiny.cc/bq4oq


                   Tweet everyday for additional entries!! - Up to 1 x per day - +1

  • Sign up for "Going Green with Noah e-newsletter" and activate subscription. +2
  • Rate me 5 stars on Alexa.com +2
  • Vote for “Going Green with Noah” on Top Mommy Blogs! +4
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  • Blog about this giveaway (leave me the link) +5
  • Enter any of my other giveaways +2 per giveaway
  • Put this giveaway on a linky and tell me where to find it +1



Contest ends August 14th, 2010, 7 pm CST. Winner will be drawn via a random number generator.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Green Blog Hop Wednesday!

Welcome to our Green Blog Hop!

New to the neighborhood?

This blog hop is for anyone interested in going green, is a new greenie or has been a greenie for a long time!

The purpose of this blog hop is to network and connect with other people who share in the joy and commitment of trying to go green in their lives....even in the baby steps.

To take part in this hop, please read on:

 * PLEASE make sure to put the button on your site and make a quick blog entry - otherwise we will not be reaching the most number of people that would be interested in networking!



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* Follow the blogs of the ladies in the top three spots : Going Green with NoahTales of the Wife and And Then There were 4


* Add your blog name to the MckLinky below.
* Follow as many other blogs as you want. The more you follow, the more that will follow you back!  If someone follows you, it is common courtesy to follow back :)
* The weekly Green Blog Hop MckLinky opens every Tuesday night and will be open to add your blog link until Wednesday night. You then have all week long to visit blogs and return follows!
* There is a new list every week. The link you enter one week will not carry over to the next week's MckLinky. Please link up again each week to join in the fun.
Please remember to create a blog posting including the button after linking up - Please - It's the best way to get the word out about Going Green!


Adventures in Baby Food Making: Week 12 - Organic Peas

Well, I'm kind of behind on posting our homemade baby food, so I will try to update as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, I could never find organic peas, so I reverted to Organic Peas in a can.  Well...I guess its better than conventional still, right?

And with that said, there is not much to preparing canned peas.  I simply had to open the can - puree - and feed.

One thing that I did do, though, was left it a bit textured since he now has teeth and needs to learn how to eat more textured and solid foods.

I will say this - even after the week of trying peas - he STILL HATES THEM!

Whereas, I love peas.  Oh well.

Winners! Cloth Wipes Giveaway!






Congratulations to comments # 49 and 121!



You both are the proud winners of a set of cloth wipes from Boutique Little People












Comment #49



kyla g said...49

I'm a GFC follower!
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SAPsMaMa said...121

http://sapsmama.blogspot.com/

I have your button on my blog

Entry #5




I will email you to confirm your win and your address!

Thanks for entering!

Make sure to enter my other eco-friendly giveaways!


Monday, July 26, 2010

Terracycle - Sell your Trash? - Giveaway

Would you ever consider SELLING your trash?  


Do you think anyone would ever PAY for it?


What if I told you that I found an amazing company that would?






Terracycle pays schools, families, and communities to collect non-recyclable waste, which is then upcycled or repurposed to make fun, eco-friendly products like shower curtains, potted plants, and soon, baby bibs and diaper bags!  Amazing!





You can send Terracycle your trash - they pay the shipping - donate to charity - and upcycle the trash into cool reusable items!


A Free Fundraiser that YOU can participate in:

* 2 Cents to Charity
           This program pays 2 cents to charity for every used piece of diaper packaging (but not 
           the dirty diapers, please!) or baby food pouch a participant returns.  The programs are 
           funded by Huggies and Sprout organic baby food respectively, but both accept 
           packaging regardless of brand.  

Now, of course, this really doesn't impact those of you who cloth diaper and make homemade baby food - Kudos! You are already changing the world.



The collected diaper packaging and baby food pouches will be turned into products for new mothers and their babies, like bibs and diaper bags, but first we need help collecting enough material.  

Terracyle is trying to recruit daycare centers and young families nationwide to sign up, get involved, and start collecting.  It is an easy way to make a difference globally and locally all while reducing your household waste.  Interested parties can find more information or sign up for free at www.terracycle.net

Their website is full of informative brochures and information to educate the public about waste and its effect on the environment.  Teachers - they even provide a curriculum series!




THE GIVEAWAY

To increase awareness of their upcycled line of products, Terracycle has kindly offered 5 items to go to 5 WINNERS!

The items up for grab are:




  • A tote bag made from juice pouches
  • A pencil case made from juice pouches
  • A lunch box from juice pouches
  • A drink coaster made from circuit boards
  • A picture frame made form circuit board


The items will be randomly sent to the winners by Terracycle.





HOW TO ENTER:

You have A TON of opportunities to enter! Please take the following steps to enter the contest, making sure to submit a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY ENTRIES (worth 1 each – Leave separate comments):

  • Publicly follow Going Green with Noah via Google Friend Connect +1
                            If you already follow - just let me know!

  • Visit Terracycle and tell me one other great thing about the company that was not listed in this blog +1

OPTIONAL ENTRIES:
  • Visit the Terracycle and sign up with them +1
  • Follow Terracycle on Facebook +1
  • Follow Terracycle on Twitter +1
  • Follow me on Twitter +1
  • Tweet this: I entered @mel2266 #giveaway to win one of 5 upcycled products made from trash by Terracycle hosted at “Going Green with Noah” – http://tiny.cc/r2iob




                   Tweet everyday for additional entries!! - Up to 1 x per day - +1

  • Sign up for "Going Green with Noah e-newsletter" and activate subscription. +2
  • Rate me 5 stars on Alexa.com +2
  • Vote for “Going Green with Noah” on Top Mommy Blogs! +4
  • Grab my button and put it on your blog (leave me the link) +6
  • Blog about this giveaway (leave me the link) +5
  • Enter any of my other giveaways +2 per giveaway
  • Put this giveaway on a linky and tell me where to find it +1


Contest ends August 13th, 2010, 8 pm CST. Winner will be drawn via a random number generator.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Boon Catch Bowl Review

I contacted Boon a while back about doing a review, because I was given their tub faucet cover as a registry gift and absolutely love it!

The Boon Toddler Catch Bowl is such an amazing BPA free product, designed for even the youngest of eaters....and Noah does one thing really well - EAT!

He is now only 8 months old and eats about 8 tablespoons of homemade baby food at each feeding, on top of his 2 tablespoons of organic cereal and formula.  The perils of a growing boy!

Boon, Inc. was kind enough to send me an orange Toddler Catch Bowl to review with Noah.  Of course, the one thing that immediately drew me to this product was that it was safe - BPA free, Phlalate Free and PVC free!

Although Noah is still too small to truly benefit from ALL of the great features of this bowl, there were many that were so great!  I loved the design of the bowl and the catch feature.  I was able to catch a lot of the dribble and food that fell from his mouth ... before it destroyed the bib .... or became a toy to play with on the highchair!



Once he is a little older and is able to start feeding himself, the bowl is equipped with a radical suction cup on the bottom of the bowl to prevent the bowl from slipping....great for those early steps in learning how to feed themselves.  I tried the suction, though, and I need to figure out how to make it adhere a little tighter to the highchair before I leave it unguarded from his little hands.


Finally, the material that the bowl is constructed with is extremely easy to clean!  LOVE that part!  I had no problem running it through the dishwasher, but will probably hand wash it from now on so that the integrity of the shape does not diminish.








Make sure to check out all the great safe products that Boon has to offer!


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