Trying To Be Greener

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Homemade Yogurt – Easy as can be! July 14, 2011

Filed under: baby,baby food,children,health,staying healthy — Kirstin @ 2:05 pm
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A friend of mine shared this link for making homemade yogurt in a slow cooker. It couldn’t be easier and the yogurt is fantastic! Just keep in mind that the yogurt you’ll get from it won’t be like the store bought kind. It’ll actually be like a yogurt drink – just add your own fruit, a little honey, and you’re all set! I’ve just made my second batch. The first was with 2% milk and the second was with fat free. Both had the same consistency.

If you have a slow cooker, I urge you to give it a try!


Your Eco Friendly Gift Guide for Children December 9, 2010

Filed under: baby,children — Kirstin @ 3:16 pm

It’s that time of year again, when we all search high and low for gifts for our little ones, no matter what their age. With the economy as it is again this year, many people may be rethinking how much to spend for the holidays. It would be so simple to walk into “W Mart” and be done with your shopping but I’m going to ask you to reconsider if this is what you’re thinking of doing.

Instead of buying the popular large, plastic, musical toys this year, how about choosing gifts that will be just as fun, last for generations, and be safer for your children to play with? The key is going for quality, not quantity. Taking this route will also help teach your children to appreciate each individual toy, rather than an abundance.

Here are a few toy companies for you to consider this holiday season or try making your own!


Oompa Toys

Playstore Toys

Plan Toys

Green Toys

Under The Nile Toys

Etsy Organic

Want some specific “green toy” ideas? Check out lists from Safe Mama, Tree Hugger and Eco Child’s Play for some really great ones.


Graco Recalls 2 Million Strollers October 20, 2010

Filed under: baby — Kirstin @ 3:33 pm
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Inhabitots is reporting today that Graco has recalled 2 million of its strollers due to issues with the trays of some of their strollers and possible strangulation due to them. There have been four deaths because of the trays and an investigation is being done to see if the trays have caused other deaths.

Please see a list of the specific Graco Strollers being recalled at Inhabitots and what you should do if you have one.

Graco MetroLite Stroller


Homemade Lip Balm and Moisturizer October 8, 2010

Filed under: baby,children,personal care products — Kirstin @ 3:03 pm
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I started educating myself on safer personal care products when I became pregnant with my daughter. When ever I needs something new, I check in with Skin Deep to find better alternatives to cosmetics, lotions and deodorants to the ones I have.

When it comes to the products I use directly on my daughter, though, I really do my best to find the safest products. I know I can’t put her in a bubble and protect her from every toxin out there, but for things I have direct control over, I do my best to choose the healthiest option.

With fall weather and winter cold just around the corner, moisturizer and lip balm are a must in the coming few weeks. Many moisturizers on the “safer” side still often contain chemicals that I just doesn’t feel comfortable putting on delicate skin. I had heard about others making their own lip balm but I thought it would be time consuming and difficult. Well, it’s neither!

There’s no “icky” stuff like chemicals in these gems below. The most time-consuming part is purchasing all the ingredients. With your first batch, you may ask if it’s worth it with each of the individual purchases, but when you then think about how many batches you’ll get from it all, you’ll change your mind. These make perfect gifts, by the way, and they’re a great project to work on with children who you want to steer in the direction of “safer” personal care products. Visit your local health food store — they should have everything you’ll need.

The following recipes have been taken from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organic Living by Eliza Sarasohan and Sonia Weiss. The book is fantastic and has recipes for your face, body,hair and more.

Use recycled small jelly jars for the lip balm or other glass or plastic containers (#5 is best since they can take the heat) from used personal care products. Just be sure to wash them well before using them. If you need to buy containers, check out this site.

The “Balm” (lip or cuticle cream)

1 Tablespoon beeswax
3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon honey
8 – 10 drops of essential oil

1) In a small saucepan, melt beeswax with sweet almond oil over low heat. When the wax is melted, remove from heat. Add honey and stir well. When the mixture begins to cool, but before it gets too thick, add essential oils a few drops at a time and stir to mix. Pour into small jars and let cool.

2) The glossiness of the lip balm is determined by how much oil you use. This recipe has a slight gloss. If less is desired, reduce the amount of sweet almond oil by 1 teaspoon.

Variations: If making lip balm, try combining a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil with orange, lemon or lime; if making cuticle cream, benzoin essential oil helps heal cracked cuticles and works well with one or more of the following: lavender, Roman chamomile, tea tree, neroli, palmarosa, sandalwood, jasmine.

Yields: 1/3 cup balm
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serving size: 1/4 teaspoon balm

Lube Ya (moisturizer for hands and body)

A very rich, very smooth lotion with a slight coconut scent (smells like chocolate!) that dry skin will eat right up. A good one for areas that take a beating and where skin can get especially dry, like knees and elbows.

1/2 cup grated coconut butter
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 Tablespoons sesame oil
2 Tablespoons avocado oil
2 Tablespoons grated beeswax

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and set in a pan filled with an inch or two of water (this is a bain-marie, or water bath). Melt over a medium heat, then pour into a glass jar. Stir and let cool.

Yields 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons lotion.
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serving size: 1 Tablespoon lotion


Good question about BPA in glass baby food jars… September 12, 2010

Filed under: baby,baby food,BPA — Kirstin @ 4:36 pm

Safe Alternatives for Baby and Child has just posted a question from a reader asking if BPA in jarred baby food leaches into the food. Click on over for the detailed answer from them.

Photo from Flickr by jencu


A handy list of “green” summer links July 9, 2010

Filed under: baby,BPA,children,eco-fun — Kirstin @ 8:00 am
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At the moment, the temperature is 101° F outside and it’ll be the same for tomorrow. I’m really not into these hot temperatures – what can I say, I’m more of an “Autumn kind of girl”.

Here’s a list of some handy sites to help get you through the summer months of heat, sun, and “mom, what else is there to do????” on those lazy days of summer:

Keep cool everyone!

Photo from Flickr by Tibchris


Klean Kanteen Sport Cap 2.0 Recalled May 6, 2010

Filed under: baby,children — Kirstin @ 2:23 pm

Klean Kanteen is recalling its 2.0 Sport Cap. There have been six reports relating to the Sport Cap 2.0 spout tip breaking or cracking after being dropped. This can pose a possible choking or ingestion hazard. Click here to get your replacement cap.