Shopping Tip

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Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. I’m happy to say it’s because we are expecting another little one! I’m due in the early spring. I’ve been really tired and working to get Buddy’s big boy room ready so we can move this new one into the nursery.  The blog is going to be a bit sparse in the coming months but I will try to drop in occasionally with a small post.

In addition to this update I want to give a little tip that most people are probably aware of, but I’ve never realized. Discount stores are a great place to look for earth friendly and organic products! I usually see food containers in the dishware, but I’ve never thought to check the hygiene aisle for lotions, shampoos, make-up, etc. I stopped by Marshall’s Home Goods the other day and thought I would look through that section since I’m in need of a new shampoo. Before this baby, I started slowly switching to more organic personal hygiene products since it can be pricey. I already use Dr. Bronner’s soap and a sulfate free shampoo that was running low. I found, what I think, is a big score. A 28.6 fl oz bottle of Theorie shampoo for $15! This is going to last a long time. Just look at the label to see how earth friendly it is.

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The price tag said it is normally $30 and what I found online seemed to confirm that. I just started using it and it seems to work just as well as traditional shampoo. I might just have to keep buying it, even at full price.  Have you found any good deals in unexpected places? Any recommendations for a safe deodorant?

YumEarth Gummy Bears and Lollipops Review

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Hello! We had a wonderful week at the beach and it’s taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things. I thought I’d do a quick review of one of our favorite treats. I found YumEarth Gummy Bears at TJ Maxx a few months ago and was hooked. These are hands down the best gummy bears I’ve eaten and they’re not bad for you! Well, relatively speaking. They are a bit high in sugar at 15g for a snack size bag, but that really is the only downside. They are certified organic and free of all major allergens, including peanut and dairy. There is no HFCS and they use all natural flavors. There isn’t any food dye either. I have no problem giving these to Buddy when he’s wanting something sweet. I just make sure I brush his teeth extra good that night.

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I recently discovered their lollipops and love them too! In addition to all the wonderful qualities of the gummy bears, the lollipops are also kosher. Buddy loves these too and are a great, simple treat to bring on the go.YumEarth lollipops

Check out the YumEarth site for info on all their yummy products!

I was not paid or perked for my review. Yet another product that I love and want to spread the word!

The Dangerous Ingredients of Plastic Toys

Toys are something children can never live without! In fact, if you are the parent of a little one, you are expected to find and buy the toys of your tiny tot’s liking. But is it good enough if you buy some random toy you find in a shop? That would definitely satisfy your kid; but the fact is that you might be indirectly giving your kid a toxic substance!! Yes – you are reading right! Almost every plastic toy contains toxic chemicals and by-products that can harm your child and cause serious health issues. Read on, to know more about the toxic substances a plastic toy may contain.

You would be surprised to learn that each step in the process of making toys involves chemicals, some less harmful than others, but there are some that can cause serious health issues. The main purpose for using chemicals is to save the time and money during the manufacturing process for these toys. Lead is one of the major toxic substances found in most plastic toys available today, as has been seen recently in toys being manufactured in China. Lead is actually a component of the paint used to color the toys. The paint containing lead can cause severe health issues even in a fully grown adult. And this paint, which can peel off from the toy with time, can cause severe lead poisoning to your child. This can lead to terrible defects in the body or even death if the level of lead is too high.

Phthalates are the next type of toxic substances found in plastic toys. These are substances that are added to the normal plastic material, to increase its flexibility and durability. As far as plastic toys are considered, flexibility is very important, mostly because children love to play with something that moves and bends. But if this flexibility is attained by the use of phthalates in it, you should definitely say NO to those toys, as they can harm your child and cause health issues. Sucking or chewing a toy containing phthalates can cause this toxic substance to be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause serious problems. These substances can actually affect the development of your child, cause an early onset of puberty, cancer, stunt growth or otherwise negatively influence them.

BPA or Bisphenol A is yet another toxic substance in toys which can harm your child. These substances, if ingested through chewing or sucking of the toy, can imitate the body hormones and cause various unpleasant and unwanted activities in the body of the child, including retarded growth or early growth and development of the child’s body.
The presence of polystyrene in toys also cannot be disregarded, when looking for safe toys for your child. This chemical is present in most toys and has the ability to cause cancer in the body. It is also known to affect the nervous system, thereby damaging the nerves in severe cases.

PVC plastic, the 3rd most commonly used plastic in the world, is another material you should be conscious of. Due to its nature as a hard and brittle material, numerous chemicals must be added to it to make finished vinyl products. Whenever your child plays with toys made out of PVC and puts them in their mouth, they can potentially end up ingesting these toxic chemicals.

Testing has been done on PVC toys designed for very young children, which included teethers, for the presence of hazardous additives known by the scientific term phthalates, which are used to soften plastic. All soft PVC products contain these hazardous chemicals.
It is also important to point out that there are very little regulations on the manufacturing and distribution of toys and the harmful substances they are made of.

There are no stringent tests a children’s toy product must pass before being put on the market in most countries, including the U.S., unlike crash tests that new cars must endure before being allowed to be sold. Do NOT fall under the assumption that if it made its way onto a store shelf or is simply being sold that it is safe. You MUST do your due diligence and understand what is in the product.

So now that you are aware, make sure that you choose wisely when looking for your tiny tot’s favorite toy! If you want SAFE toys that are chemical-free, made by environmentally and health conscious companies, check out the store over at: www.earthfriendlytots.com

How to Teach our Kids to Go Green?

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Don’t you think it’s time to teach your tot’s to go green?  Because of people littering everyday, factories polluting, and not enough recycling, it seems like our planet is going one direction-and that’s down.

Here we list some ways to help teach you children to be environmentally friendly.

1. Replace the forest: Our forest are being taken down one at a time. When there are fewer trees there is less oxygen, and more pollution. Teach your children the importance of keeping and planting trees.

2. Teach your children to recycle when possible instead of littering. Explain how littering pollutes our land and water.

3. Buy eco-friendly toys: they are safer and most of the time last longer-and your children can hand them down to their children.

4. Reduce time using electricity: Teach your children the importance of spending time outdoors, explain to them why they shouldn’t leave the lights on, or leave their electronics on when not being used. Not only will your electric bill go down, but there will also be a reduction in energy used.

5. Use the library: Teach your children to use the library or download books when possible. Not only will you save money, but you will protect our forest and cut down on waste in our landfills.

 

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED HELP WITH BALANCE AND MOTOR SKILLS?

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Are you looking for a way to help your child with balance and motor skills? http://earthfriendlytots.com/PushAlong-Hybrid-Car could be your answer. The Push Along Hybrid Car aids young children in balance and motor skills. Shaped from a single piece of earth friendly Rubberwood, with smoothly finished edges this whimisical toy is a delight to hold and play with. Rubber wheels will protect your floor.  Measures 5x4x1

WE NEED YOUR HELP SAVING THE PLANET!

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Need help hauling a big load while helping save the planet? The Green toys dump truck is ready to get working.  Made from 100% recycled plastic milk container this really is the most energy efficient vehicle on the entire planet. The super cool eco-design has a workable dumper and no metal axles. Your little boy is going to love this dump truck. http://earthfriendlytots.com/Dump-Truck.

TRAVELING?

Bead Maze

Is your family planning on traveling during the holiday season? Children will delight in our bead maze while developing visual skills, eye-hand coordination, and color and shape recognition, made of rubberwood, and earthfriendly hardwood, these colorful toys provide hours of  play! Handcrafted and hand-painted using child-safe paints. http://earthfriendlytots.com/BeadMaze-Frog

WILL YOU LOVE ME?

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Will you love me, cuddle me and chew on me?  DR. SEUSS HORTON BLANKEE is going to make the perfect Chrismas gift for that special baby or little one in your life. DR SEUSS  is safe to chew on and loves to be cuddled. http://earthfriendlytots.com/Dr-Seuss-Horton-Blankee

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING THE EASY WAY

Ramp Racer

Why would anyone want to fight the crowds during the busiest shopping days of the year?  Earth Friendly Tots has the perfect toy waiting to be delivered to your door. http://earthfriendlytots.com/Jr-Size-Ramp-Racer

GIVE ME A LITTLE SECURITY

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Give the baby in your life a little security.  The baby in your life will feel secure and you will feel safe knowing our Lovie Blankie is made of certified soft organic cotton.  http://earthfriendlytots.com/Blankies/