Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Green" Fed Ex Ad: An Enchanted Forest




A shipping giant befriends a forest -- thanks to sustainability solutions from FedEx, including more electric trucks, more recycled shipping materials and a growing number of lower-emission planes.

Learn more at fedex.com/earthsmart

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mickey Mouse Band-Aid Collector Tin

I am stuck on Band-Aid cuz Band-Aid's stuck on me!


Who has not had this song go through their head once or twice in their life?


Band-Aid brand bandaids are one of the most recognized products on the market for adults and children alike.


From their wide variety of sizes to styles, Band-Aid has a huge market share in the first aid industry.


I was fortunate enough, recently, to receive and review Band-Aid's newest product - the Band-Aid brand Band-Aid featuring Mickey Mouse on the bandaids, as well come in a Mickey Mouse Limited edition Collector's Tin.



The tin comes with 20 Band-Aid in assorted sizes and a variety of different Mickey Mouse images. The sleek image of the tin is appealing to the eye, but is also compact (and durable) enough to store in the vastness of my purse and diaper bag.


Noah is your typical little boy - full of energy, which equals a lot of bumps and bruises, especially on his knees!


Noah loved the Mickey Mouse Band-Aids and since his vocabulary is still somewhat basic, he would relate the bandaids to "Hot Dog".... for those of you whose children watch the Disney Channel, the reference is directly related to the Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.


These Band-Aids can be purchased on Amazon.com for $7.86 or if you Subscribe and Save, the cost is reduced to $6.68.


Make sure to go and "Like" Band-Aid on Facebook and submit your best (worst) fashion malfunction story for a chance to win amazing prizes by Cynthia Rowley!!


These Band-Aids are great and a great choice for both the child and collector alike!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Shades of Green



It's interesting ever since we became a "green" family the comments that we receive - and yet the crazy misconceptions that people have.

When I mention that we try to be as green as we can - I am undoubtedly looked at as a mom who is holistic and practices attachment parenting. Please know that I find nothing wrong or peculiar about these lifestyle choices, it is just a lifestyle that is not right for my family.

I must then explain the shades of green concept.  There are those families who choose to do the bare minimum - good job! The bare minimum still helps our environment and is one step closer to bettering the world that we live in!  Then you have the other side of the spectrum - those families who choose not to vaccinate their children and refuse to own a bit of plastic.  Is there anything wrong with either end? That is up to individual interpretation, but as not to offend anyone - this simply means that they are different shades of green!




What I regularly remind people of is the fact that we are all on this Earth.  We all use and share water, resources and air - and yet there is only one Earth - we have no backup - no plan B. Therefore, it is our responsibility to conserve and sustain what we have.

Many people feel as if going green is a difficult process to begin - and even harder to maintain.  Know that although there are a plethora of ways to live green, it takes a first step - a conscious effort.  For instance, begin with recycling - Each week try to get better about your knowledge of how to recycle, what is recyclable in your area, etc.  The first week - recycle your newspapers, then extend into all of your glass and plastic jars that you use when cooking (don't forget to rinse them out first), then take on bigger and better things - electronics, etc.  Every time that you go to throw something out - ask yourself - "Can I recycle this?" If not, could you repurpose that item?

I recently found a great guide of 5 shades of green from MeasureforMeasureHome.com - Read through and see which one you fall into.  Then, take a challenge....how could you do better?

Being green is not as black and white as it may seem.  I'm my own shade of green - breastfeeding onlycloth diapering about 60% (using Earth's Best Chlorine Free Diapers the rest of the time), recycling (A LOT!), only buying meats, fruits and veggies and milk that are organic, only using the "good" plastics, buying non-organic foods using the guide, "The Dirty Dozen," we use Green Mountain Energy and then additionally donate to support wind power, along with a lot of other things.  We could do more, we choose not to do others, but however you practice being green - it is not wrong.  Every little bit helps this world become a better place!
Jennifer Boulden of IdealBite.com had a great statement, “Adopting a green lifestyle means doing what you can, knowing that no one is perfect and we don’t have to try to be."

Take charge of your own life - Then help others.

It's our duty - It's our livelihood - It's the only home we have!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Moms Meet Halloween Party with Kashi

As many of you know, I am blessed to be considered a Green Mom Ambassador for Kiwi Magazine!


I have the privilege of receiving and sharing new products with my mommy friends.


THE SAMPLING


The most recent sample that I received was a great sample pack from Kashi, which featured the amazing Kashi TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars, Cinnamon Harvest cereal and Kashi TLC Ripe Strawberry Soft Baked Cereal Bars.


I had the idea to hold off on the Kashi playdate get-together until Halloween, which turned out to be so much fun!


All the moms and Noah's friends loved the Kashi Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars!  What kid (and mom) doesn't love peanuts and chocolate!


My mommy friends loved the fact, too, that I only served granola bars at the party, rather than sugaring their children up before naptime!  The granola bars provided a healthy alternative to the traditional Halloween candy that is typically served.




A LITTLE ABOUT THE KASHI BRAND


Kashi began about 25 years ago and still only boasts a staff of around 70 employees, keeping the company small internally and allowing the focus to remain around the education and production of healthy and sustainable foods.


ABOUT THE TLC PEANUTTY DARK CHOCOLATE LAYERED GRANOLA BAR


Each bar starts with our signature blend of 7 whole grains for a hearty, natural wholesomeness. The chewy granola base is then topped with real fruit spread and hearty nuts. And with 4g of fiber, 4g of protein and real fruit, they're as nutritious as they are tasty.


THE TEST

Of course, I find that the true taste test is testing it on a toddler.  Now, Noah is not super particular or a picky eater, but he LOVED this granola bar....especially the chocolate!

He was quite funny, because he tried to eat off all the chocolate before he devoured the granola bar!

It was a hit with Noah and all of his little friends!



And here is some fun video of Noah eating the bar!


Original Video - More videos at TinyPic