March 29, 2010 (7:28 am)

Trying So Hard to Be Green… and Then This Happens

by Kristen Suzanne

My husband proudly walks in with his green Starbucks' BPA-free, 100% recycled plastic tumbler...

My husband recently picked up one of Starbuck’s new eco-friendly tumblers, (BPA-free and made from 100% recycled plastic) so that he would no longer be wasting the paper cups and corrugated heat sleeves every time he stops for some coffee. Last night we decided to take a fun trip to Starbucks to enjoy some decaf soy lattes under the stars with our dogs in tow. I grabbed one of the old travel mugs I had around the house so I could participate in saving a paper cup.

My husband went inside to order while I watched the dogs outside at the tables. He came out with the drinks and told me that, despite our best attempts at being green with our travel mugs, it didn’t exactly happen that way. You see, apparently, when a barista is given a travel mug, if he/she can’t remember the order, then the barista can use a specially designed post-it note that matches what the regular paper Starbucks cups look like (where they check off boxes detailing the order’s specifics). They attach the note to the travel mug, make the drink, and remove the note before giving the customer the drink.

... and they still manage to waste more of these.

Turns out, they were out of post-it notes last night, so you know what the barista did? She wrote our orders on two empty Starbucks cups, made the drinks, and then threw the paper cups away. Ouch! WTF? The whole point of using the travel mugs was to reduce. I think that the most she should’ve done was write the order on a small scrap piece of paper, or just simply ask my husband to repeat the order as she made the drinks (there was nobody else in the store, waiting in line, etc.), but… to write each order on a separate cup? Really?? Ai Yai Yai!

Source: LA Times

I don’t mean to come down hard on this particular barista who was just trying to do her job quickly, but this is what happens when people subconsciously think of the cost of garbage as “free.” But on the bright side, the fact that Starbucks now offers eco-friendly tumblers is evidence that the mentality is changing (by trash volume, Starbucks is an offender of epic proportions, but they are also making strides to improve, albeit much too slowly IMO).

If you’re a Starbucks regular, please pick up one of the green tumblers if you haven’t already. Starbucks gives you a ten-cent, “no cup” discount, meaning the tumbler pays for itself after about ~100 cups, and forever thereafter will save you money and the planet, one paper cup at a time.

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March 27, 2010 (8:10 am)

Green Mommy Blog’s 3rd Awesome Giveaway – MMI Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy

by Kristen Suzanne

It’s that time again for another awesome giveaway! As promised, we have a bunch of giveaways lined up to celebrate the launch of my Green Mommy Blog, and this is only the 3rd one! The prize this time? I’ll draw the name of one lucky winner who will receive a Zen Detox Hair & Scalp Therapy from Morrocco Method International. Here is what MMI has to say about their product:

This unique multi-purpose formula is a very gentle detoxifier to lift heavy metals and other toxins from the scalp and oil glands, and cleanse hair follicles. Safe and beneficial for the entire family! Available in a large 4-ounce jar good for three average spa treatments and a 1-ounce trial & travel packet.

100% complete ingredients list • MMi is fair trade

  • active, live healing clays
  • volcanic ash
  • plant proteins
  • rare trace minerals
  • cactus
  • Blood of the Dragon
  • wild crafted organic crystals
  • herbs and spices

This synergistic blend of enlivened, charged botanicals and hand-picked herbs are mixed, blended, and bottled according to the moon cycles used by ancient farmers.

It’s easy to participate! Simply answer the question (both parts) in the comments section for this blog post. Entries will be accepted until March 31st at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw a name and announce the winner on Green Mommy Blog April 1st. *Please note: this giveaway is open to United States participants only.

Question: Who is your favorite historical figure AND why?

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By the way, the winner of Green Mommy Blog’s 2nd Awesome Giveaway won as the result of her tweeting the giveaway. Yay!

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March 23, 2010 (12:50 am)

Organic Soy Candles. Ok. Here’s the Deal.

topics: Green Home
by Kristen Suzanne

Organic Soy & Vegetable Wax Candle. Isn't it pretty?

I love candles. A lit candle at my desk has a very calming effect on me. Suppose, for instance, I get a crappy email for whatever reason, all I have to do is look at my lit candle — day or night — and I’m like… “aahhhhh.” I also like to have one lit while I’m getting ready in the bathroom, even combined with the regular lighting. It’s a spa-girly thing. And, of course, candles are always nice for romance in any room. ;) All it takes is a little theatrics to lend a touch of the exotic to everyday life. Let’s hear it for mood lighting, every day! … Right?

Well, turns out, maybe not every day. Here’s the thing… wait, back up a moment…  I’m definitely not an expert in all things green (I’m learning more every day), but, on my journey toward living more sustainably, I’ve been wondering lately, “Are candles eco-friendly?” I mean, I frequently see black smoke coming from them, and what’s with those soot stains on the wall near where the candle was burning?! Breathing that can’t be good. Because candles were part of my daily ritual (as opposed to an occasional treat), I decided I needed to find out more about them. The last thing I wanted was to feel guilty for using candles — or worse, anxiety — when their very purpose for me is to create an atmosphere of relaxation.

Here’s the skinny: I’m at a candle crossroads. Read More »

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March 22, 2010 (12:15 am)

Winner of Green Mommy Blog’s 2nd Awesome Giveaway

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

Congratulations Averie! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 2nd Green Mommy Blog Giveaway. And, guess what? You won because of your Tweet entry. The prize: A Free Miessence Certified Organic Trial Size Rejuvenating Skin Essentials Pack. It consists of the three main products you need to start your organic beauty routine: facial cleanser, skin conditioner and moisturizer (+ a travel toothpaste) courtesy of Kathy from Miessence! Simply email me with your address so I can get the prize sent to you.

When asked, “What Miessence product(s) looks cool to you?”

Here is what Averie had to say…

A friend of mine in san diego sold Miess. She loved it and gave me some samples once…omg it’s the BEST! I would take or try anything, deoderant, esential oils, you name it!

My next Green Mommy Blog Giveaway is VERY soon, so check back for details!

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March 17, 2010 (11:30 am)

Green Mommy Blog 2nd Awesome Giveaway – FREE Miessence Beauty Products

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

It’s that time again for another awesome giveaway! As promised, we have a bunch of giveaways lined up to celebrate the launch of my Green Mommy Blog, and this is only the 2nd one! The prize this time? I’ll draw the name of one lucky winner who will receive a fabulous Miessence Certified Organic Trial Size Rejuvenating Skin Essentials Pack. It consists of the three main products you need to start your organic beauty routine: facial cleanser, skin conditioner and moisturizer. With this pack you are well on your way to having skin that radiates health and well being. AND!! Drumroll please!!! You’re also getting a travel-sized mint toothpaste (whoo hoo – I love this stuff!). All of this is a $40 value. How cool is that!? If you didn’t see my review of Miessence, check it out here. Thank you, Kathy, of Miessence, for sponsoring this awesome giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until March 21st at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw a name and announce the winner on Green Mommy Blog March 22nd. *Please note: this giveaway is open to US and Canadian participants only.

Task / Question: Head on over to the Miessence website here and tell me in the comment section below… What product looks the coolest to you?

Want another chance to win? Retweet a link to this post on twitter and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

Want yet another chance to win? Link to this post via your Facebook page and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

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You can check out the details about Green Mommy Blog’s first awesome giveaway here. The winner won because of her second entry notifying me that she tweeted about the giveaway. See? Those extra entries really do work!

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March 15, 2010 (9:00 am)

Review: Miessence Beauty Products

topics: Reviews
by Kristen Suzanne

Beauty products have such a special place in my heart – oh, how I get giddy with excitement when I play with them. That being said, this green mommy doesn’t mess around. I put the kabosh on anything that isn’t environmentally friendly, animal friendly, and super healthy for my skin (Basically: Can I eat it with my mouth? After all, my skin is eating it.) I like to review ingredients and products on Skin Deep to see how safe they are. Once it meets all of those criteria, I’m as happy as a kid in a candy store. ;)

You can imagine that I was thrilled when a rep from Miessence offered to send me products to review. I received quite the little assortment. She sent me everything from toothpaste to belly/breast balm for my pregnant body to face products to baby products to deodorant to lip balm to hand/body creams. Can anyone say “trick-or-treat?”

According to the literature that accompanied the products, Miessence products are made with cold-pressed, unrefined oils and herbs, without heat. The website reads, “The World’s first extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutritional products.” Pretty impressive, huh?

I originally had a concern about how environmental it was for me to purchase these products in the future knowing they’re from Australia. As a green mommy, I take that part of purchasing products into the equation. I emailed my contact about my concern and here is what she had to say… Read More »

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March 14, 2010 (2:45 pm)

Winner of Green Mommy Blog’s 1st Giveaway

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

Congratulations Maria Abanilla! Your name was chosen as the winner of my 1st Green Mommy Blog Giveaway. The prize: A $50 Shopping Spree courtesy of iHerb! Simply email me with your address so I can get the awesome prize information sent to you.

When asked, “What is your favorite eco-friendly product and why?”

Here is what Maria had to say…

My favourite eco-friendly product is Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap. it smells heavenly, it’s very very cost-effective and it works on EVERYTHING!

My next Green Mommy Blog Giveaway is soon, so check back for details!

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March 11, 2010 (10:07 pm)

Seventh Generation Toilet Paper

by Kristen Suzanne

Eco-friendly toilet paper is the toilet-paper of choice for us. Enter: Seventh Generation. Let me just start by saying that when I buy toilet paper, I like to stock up! I mean, really, who wants to EVER run out of toilet paper? Frankly, it’s too easy to do that when you buy the small packages at the store. Not to mention, it’s usually a much better deal to buy in bulk like this. So, yes, this is a 48-pack and there are only two of us in the house right now. Seventh Generation toilet paper is made of 100% recycled paper (minimum 80% post consumer) and it’s free of dyes, inks, and fragrances. That being said, there is an interesting discussion of how recycled TP can have BPA in it. Read More »

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March 10, 2010 (4:17 pm)

Bamboo 5-Piece Utensil Set

topics: Kitchen
by Kristen Suzanne

I love using bamboo products in my kitchen and this 5-Piece Bamboo Utensil Set is on my kitchen countertop. There’s something so lovely about the energy I get from using bamboo products like this while I’m making healthy vegan food for my family. It’s so pretty, too! And, most importantly, bamboo is an eco-friendly choice. It’s a renewable resource. The product features boast that these will not swell, split, or absorb moisture.

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March 10, 2010 (5:50 am)

Bamboo Clothing, Bedding, and Towels

topics: Green Home
by Kristen Suzanne

Our pet bamboo

For some time now, I’ve been gradually transitioning my family’s life to a greener existence. First, I  started with food. Then, I incorporated body/beauty care products and household cleaners. Then, I started tackling some more expensive items like clothes. When I became pregnant, I decided that the only thing I want touching my baby’s skin will be organic clothes — at least, to the extent that is realistically possible. Finally, I’m starting to address household items such as towels, rugs, bedding, etc., which of course can get quite pricey. One way I addressed the cost was by asking for these items during the holidays — they weren’t just on my wish list, they were my list — and from this, I received organic cotton kitchen and bath towels (yay!). Another time I asked for organic cotton sheets and received them for my birthday.

In the past, I have bought some organic sheets for our bed that I had found for cheap prices at places like Overstock.com. But I can’t help but wonder… are these really eco-friendly? In the U.S., the law requires that any producer wanting to label and sell a product as “organic” must meet the standards established by the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. That’s terrific and all, but — call me paranoid — if lead paint can show up in toys, I don’t put all of my faith in regulations to assure that a company has the same values that I do. There is a reason the term “green washing” was created after all. Therefore, I want to know more about a company’s culture and attitude about organics and sustainability. I want to know just how eco-driven they are, if that makes sense. For example, sometimes there are descriptions about a company and they make a point to describe the materials they use, proudly boasting an explanation as to their suppliers, materials used, and going above and beyond to assure buyers that the products are totally eco-friendly. But with other companies, sometimes it’s very vague and I can’t help but wonder if they’re just throwing around buzz words as an afterthought. I want to buy from a manufacturer or merchant that takes it as seriously as I do. Read More »

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March 8, 2010 (8:17 pm)

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox DVD

by Kristen Suzanne

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox DVD – For those of you who love Dr. Bronner’s soap (pretty much all of us, right!?), then this is a fun treat of a dvd that my family enjoyed. It’s unique, fun, inspiring, interesting, and touching. If you know someone who uses Dr. Bronner’s soap all the time, then this also makes a great gift. Throughout the DVD, you’ll get to check out the history of the company, enjoy the quirkiness of the founder, and learn the meaning behind all of those words on the label.

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March 8, 2010 (4:04 pm)

The Business of Being Born DVD

by Kristen Suzanne

Ricki Lake’s The Business of Being Born (DVD) is amazing. Watch this with your birthing partner. Lend it to your family to watch. It’s quite eye-opening and can help get the dialogue going. This DVD covers so many interesting and important statistics and thought-provoking ideas, plus powerful images. I’m so glad I saw this before we started our journey of conscious conception. Read More »

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March 8, 2010 (3:51 pm)

Evie’s Kitchen

by Kristen Suzanne

Evie’s Kitchen is a delightful book written by Shazzie (a UK sassy super star!). I have many pages in this book tabbed for future reference when my baby is here. This book contains recipes as well as her wisdom about natural birthing, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, natural immunity and first-aid, and more. It’s FILLED with fun and playful pictures.

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March 8, 2010 (2:02 pm)

Green Mommy Blog 1st Awesome Giveaway – iHerb Shopping Spree!

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

One of my favorite things to do is have giveaways on my other blog over at Kristen’s Raw (we do them a lot!). It seems only fitting that I carry on the tradition over here at Green Mommy Blog. To start us off – my first giveaway is from iHerb. This nifty online store, offering a number of environmentally friendly products, gave me a little shopping spree. Here are the cool things I picked out for myself (Dr. Bronner’s Soap in rose scent, organic cotton balls, vitamin B12, Spirulina tablets, Chlorella tablets, and Soap Nuts liquid soap). I haven’t tried the Soap Nuts liquid soap yet, but I love everything else.

Now, it can be your turn! One lucky winner will get a $50 shopping spree at iHerb to pick out $50 of merchandise of your choosing. All you have to do to participate is answer the following question (both parts!) in this post’s comment section. Entries will be accepted until March 13th at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw a name and announce the winner on Green Mommy Blog March 14th. *Please note: this giveaway is open to US and International participants, but if you live outside of the United States, you’ll be responsible for any customs fees that apply.

Question: What is your favorite eco-friendly product and why?

Want another chance to win? Retweet a link to this post on twitter and come back to let me know in a separate comment.

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But wait! That’s not all! If you’d like to do some shopping there in the near future, iHerb is also extending a $5 off discount for your first order. If you make a purchase while you’re there, be sure to use the code BUY123 when you check out (again, only applies if this is your first order with them).

WAIT! I have one more thing to share! I have a lovely line up of Giveaways that I’ll be posting this month to celebrate the launch of Green Mommy Blog. Check back for details!

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March 8, 2010 (1:55 pm)

Stretch Mark Prevention with Eco-Friendly Products

topics: Beauty
by Kristen Suzanne

I recently posted on my Kristen’s Raw blog about how I’m attempting to prevent stretch marks with eco-friendly, natural products. It’s important to me to only use products that are truly green, healthy, and safe for the environment, my body, and the growing life inside of me.

I’ve been using a number of products to help prevent them so while I’m trying some new products and getting variety… I can’t say for sure which are sure fire for helping – lol. I’m also not sure at what point stretch marks show up, if they do, but I don’t have any yet. I’ve had many people tell me that my healthy high-raw, all vegan diet is also probably helping. In the beginning of pregnancy, I stayed away from essential oils, but I’ve run these products by my midwife and did a little extra research which made me feel better about it. Plus, I’m not using any one of these products daily since I’m switching it up with plain, edible, purely natural products, so I feel safe in my plan. As always though, if you’re pregnant, you should consult your midwife or physician when selecting body care products to use while pregnant. Here are the things I’m using!

Read more here over at Kristen’s Raw Blog.

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March 8, 2010 (2:03 am)

Food, Inc. DVD – Great Documentary

by Kristen Suzanne

Food, Inc. is an amazing, eye-opening, jaw-dropping documentary that should be in every home library. I was fortunate enough to see this opening weekend when we were in NY and heard the director speak after the viewing. Throughout the documentary, I was moved to tears a couple of times. I was riled up. My blood boiled in parts. I was humbled. I was motivated. And, I was inspired. Food, Inc. is a MUST-SEE. I’ve heard a couple people say, “Oh, it’s stuff I already know and has already been shown.” It doesn’t matter. Food, Inc. is to be praised. Read More »

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March 8, 2010 (1:50 am)

Wildcraft! – An Herbal Adventure Game

by Kristen Suzanne

I received Wildcraft! – An Herbal Adventure Game as a gift for the holidays. I haven’t played it yet, but I did read through the directions. It seems absolutely darling! It’s for pretty much all ages and offers the opportunity to learn about medicinal and edible plants while having fun at the same time. I love the illustrations and that it’s nature based – that’s my kind of game!

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March 7, 2010 (10:18 pm)

Bamboo Wash Cloths – So Soft!

by Kristen Suzanne

Bamboo Wash Cloths – I like using a wash cloth on my face when I’m cleansing it. It helps to gently exfoliate as well, as get all of the cleanser and makeup off my face. I only like super soft, eco-friendly wash cloths though. That’s why I love these Bamboo Wash Cloths! They’re made from both bamboo and organic cotton. I love giving these away as gifts, too.

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March 7, 2010 (2:32 am)

Green Cleaning Products to Dazzle Up Your House

topics: Green Home
by Kristen Suzanne

The time is coming… for Spring Cleaning! Does anyone get a little bit excited about that like I do? When spring comes, I think we can’t help but to bust open the windows, air out our living quarters, turn our smiling faces to the sunshine, walk barefoot, and clean our houses. After that… cleaning doesn’t always sound so fun to me – lol. However, it must be done. On a regular basis. As a result, it’s imperative that we use non-toxic, green cleaning products so that our earth is happier and our health isn’t adversely affected. So, I have some non-toxic, safe for family and environment tips and ideas to share with you. Some of these are ready-to-use products that you can buy in health food and specialty stores, and some of these you can easily make at home (which usually saves money!).

Here are some of the things I’m doing to keep my home clean:

LAUNDRY

Dr. Bronners - For a long time now, I’ve used 1-2 caps of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap for our family’s laundry. I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this for my future baby’s clothes (the unscented version) when the time comes as well. It’s important to stay away from normal commercial clothes soap when washing your baby’s clothes because their skin is so delicate. There are some natural brands on the market just for baby’s, such as Seventh Generation (I think), and I might try those, too. I can’t imagine it getting any simpler than Dr. Bronner’s unscented soap though. Note: for extra brightening power, you can add 3 oz of chlorine free bleach by Seventh Generation as the water fills up (before adding your clothes) – you may want to test laundry soaps before using on a whole load to make sure they don’t alter colors or materials. Read More »

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March 5, 2010 (4:29 pm)

FoodSaver

by Kristen Suzanne

The FoodSaver is truly one of the best additions to my vegan kitchen ever. With a FoodSaver I can add shelf life to my foods, saving me time, and helping to reduce waste. One of my favorite things to freeze is peeled bananas. Using a food saver ensures that they freeze without freezer burn! After you buy your FoodSaver, hop over to FoodSaver’s website and buy the “mason jar attachment” so you can use it with your glass mason jars.

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March 5, 2010 (4:23 pm)

Go Green w/ Glass Mason Jars

by Kristen Suzanne

Using glass mason jars is a GREAT way to make your life a little more green. Glass is better for the environment and for your health (no toxic BPAs there!). I use glass mason jars of all sizes to grow sprouts, drink smoothies and water, store sauces, sauerkraut, dressings, and to keep all of the goodies I buy in bulk such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts, dried fruits, grains, and so much more (as you can see from the picture, this is a glimpse into one of my freezers). You can even use glass mason jars with the Food Saver machine to keep your foods extra fresh (you need the mason jar attachment from Food Saver for this).

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March 5, 2010 (1:11 am)

Bamboo Utensils On-the-Go

by Kristen Suzanne

When I’m using my tiffins I make sure to bring my own bamboo flatware, too. And, these are so adorable with their little carrying case made from recycled plastic bottles. Not to mention bamboo is a sustainable material. These scream eco-friendly all around. I love giving these to people as gifts and stocking stuffers. They’re just too cute (and the carrying cases are available in different colors. My husband has the black and I have the orange)!

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March 5, 2010 (1:06 am)

Groovy Tiffin Carrying Bag

by Kristen Suzanne

To make my tiffins extra chic, I found these awesome “3- tier” tiffin carrying bags so they’re easy to transport. I love showing off my tiffin in a tiffin carrying bag. The carrying bag is woven from recycled materials and made with Fair Trade Principles. Cool, huh? Note: These tiffin carrying bags are made by the company “To-Go Ware” (the links here take you to Amazon to purchase), and they make two sizes of tiffins and two sizes of carrying bags. Be sure you get the “3-tier tiffin with the 3-tier tiffin carrying bag” or get the “2-tier tiffin with the 2-tier tiffin carrying bag.”

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March 5, 2010 (1:01 am)

Tiffins

by Kristen Suzanne

I love tiffins! These travel containers are great for toting my food around. Sometimes I pack a vibrant kale salad in one tier and another tier with goji berries and nuts. Sometimes I toss a protein bar in one tier while another tier is filled with carrot and celery sticks. Other times I pack organic quinoa in one tier with another tier carrying a raw vegan dessert. I’m definitely NOT a plastic girl so you won’t see me using that stuff. And, while I love glass, I’d rather get my workouts at the gym and not from lifting my lunch bag. These tiffins are awesome. Pictured here is the 2-tier tiffin. You can also buy a 3-tier tiffin here. Read More »

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March 5, 2010 (12:57 am)

Green Ways to Eat on the Run

topics: Green Eating
by Kristen Suzanne

I love to eat. Like, really. I love planning what I’m going to eat, I love making recipes, I love organic fresh nutritious food, I love sharing it with people, I love dreaming about it, I love shopping for it, heck, I love making my shopping list! That being said, it’s not like I’m addicted to bad foods. No. I get excited about the prospect of eating uber healthy food. I smile from ear to ear when I walk into Whole Foods Market or when I’m at the farmer’s market and sniffing fresh local produce. With this addiction passion of mine, I like to be prepared, so I pretty much always have food on me when I’m out and about running errands, visiting family and friends, waiting in line at the DMV, going to the movies, etc. And, I like to be cute, stylish, eco-friendly, and organized about it. Enter: Eco-Sexy Tiffins, Groovy Carrying Bags, and Fun Bamboo Flatware.

Aren't these awesome!?

I love these travel containers for my food. Sometimes I pack a vibrant kale salad in one tier and another tier with goji berries and nuts. Sometimes I toss a protein bar in one tier while another tier is filled with carrot and celery sticks. Other times I pack organic quinoa in one tier with another tier carrying a raw vegan dessert while the third tier houses my veggies and dip. I’m definitely NOT a plastic girl so you won’t see me using that crap. And, while I love glass, I’d rather get my workouts at the gym and not from lifting my lunch bag. Tiffins are awesome. I have two-tier tiffins and three-tier tiffins. I have one of each for my husband and myself, and once our little bambino/a arrives (and he/she is at the eating stage), he/she will have one, too. Read More »

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March 4, 2010 (2:59 pm)

How To Grow Your Own Sprouts! Fun, Nutritious, and Delicious (Video, too!)

by Kristen Suzanne

I’ve been growing my own sprouts for many years and I love it. It’s such a fun process. One of my ultimate “green” goals is to grow more than just sprouts for my family. One of these days!

I know that when many people hear that I love sprouts, they automatically presume that I don’t shave my legs and that I hug trees in my spare time. And, when people hear that I grow my own… look out, because I might as well be from another planet – haha. But, when people learn how easy, fun, nutritious and inexpensive it is, they’re all too eager to ask me how to do it. Right now, I have alfalfa and broccoli sprouts growing in mason jars on my counter (I also grow radish sprouts and mung sprouts sometimes). They’re all just so adorable. (Oh yeah, and I “do” shave my legs!)

What is sprouting exactly? “Sprouting” is when you cultivate seeds in a non-soil environment just long enough for them to “wake up” from their dormant stage, burst into life, and sprout little, tiny stems and tiny leaves… and then you gobble ‘em up! Sprouting is one of the best tools you can use to helping you stay on a healthy path. I’m going to let you in on a little secret (the gardeners among you might know this already)… aside from the physical/health benefits of eating sprouts (which many people speak about) few people recognize sprouting for what it does to your mental outlook. The process of growing your own sprouts is simply amazing! When I walk into my kitchen and see these little babies growing from seed to fresh sprout, it makes me smile and I’m reminded about the wonderfully healthy lifestyle I lead… it’s impossible to miss it, because these little foods are growing and sprouting before my eyes. It inspires me and I reflect on the clean, pure, fresh, and green lifestyle I’ve chosen for myself. It imbues a kind of energy, like warm sunlight shining on me, that is hard to describe, but every bit as real as their food/nutritional benefits. And, if you have kids…this is one of the best activities that you can do together. It’s an awesome way to get kids excited about eating sprouts. Read More »

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March 3, 2010 (8:10 pm)

Sharkwater DVD – MUST SEE Documentary

by Kristen Suzanne

If you haven’t seen it, YOU MUST!!! It’s beautiful, educational, fun, scary, eco-adventure-like and everyone needs to see this. Get educated about sharks like never before. Here is proof of the amazing info you’ll learn: My husband wanted me to learn how to scuba dive and I used to be terrified…because of sharks. Not anymore! This movie makes me want to hug a shark (if only that were possible – ahhh, I can dream). Seriously though, sharks are incredible creatures NEEDING OUR HELP! This terrific documentary has already won 31 international awards!!! Check out the details about Sharkwater here and then buy it here or rent it from Netflix – whichever you want, just do it! It’s amazing! We bought it and lend it out to family and friends to keep sharing the information, not to mention we like watching it a couple of times a year.

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March 3, 2010 (10:22 am)

Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids

topics: Green Home
by Kristen Suzanne

Ahhh… the thought of children squealing with delight while they open gifts (well, fun and cool gifts that is – no underwear or socks – lol)… well, it brings me such a smile as I witness their excitement. It doesn’t get much better than happy children, eh?

When I buy gifts I buy them with real intent. My goal is to make the child happy, of course, but it’s also imperative to make the earth happy with my selection. To do this: I pick out environmentally friendly presents not only because it’s better for the environment, but also because it’s healthier for the kids! Most conventional toys these days are hard on our environment because of the amount of petroleum used in their production, the toxic ingredients included (BPA, phthalates, etc that can be harmful for health reasons), and the way they’re filling up our landfills is ridiculous. Plus, over the years, it’s been scary to read about the various recalls for toys coming out of China due to lead content. Read More »

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March 3, 2010 (12:31 am)

Fruit Scoopers – Best Friend in the Kitchen

by Kristen Suzanne

I don’t know what I’d do without these beauties – they’re awesome. They come three in a package, and while I’ve only used two of them, I use them a LOT! The medium size is for scooping out avocado flawlessly and the small size I use for young Thai coconut. I always buy them as stocking stuffers during the holidays. Everyone loves them! Here are some videos where I demonstrate how to use the medium and small size. Read More »

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March 1, 2010 (11:57 pm)

Food Matters DVD – A Must See Documentary

by Kristen Suzanne

I am inspired. I am motivated. I am feeling high after watching this documentary, even though it’s the fifth time I’ve seen it. When the publishers of Food Matters sent me a copy for review, I was elated because it had been on my to-do list for a long time. And, man, am I glad I saw it! I showed it to both my mom and husband and we all wholeheartedly agreed that this is a documentary we want to see a few times a year. It’s that good! Read More »

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March 1, 2010 (6:04 am)

Green Baby Shower

by Kristen Suzanne

As I write this I’m 25 weeks pregnant and I’ve been getting asked lately about my baby shower. I know this might sound crazy, but we’re actually not going to have one. We’ve opted to make this part of our pregnancy extra green and pass on the baby shower. When we weighed out the pros and cons to having one, it made sense for us to opt out.

However, if you want a baby shower, there are many ways to make a baby shower green-ish. Here are some ideas I thought about:

  1. Be sure that people understand your values and only buy gifts that are environmentally friendly no matter how darn cute some plastic and toxic items might appear. Therefore, be sure to register for green gifts and strongly encourage guests to follow the list (that’s the beauty of having someone else throw the shower for you, that person gets to “strongly encourage” for you). And, request that they use sustainable wrapping methods. Here are some ideas. Or, have a gift-free shower and ask all attendees to prepare a positive and happy list of useful parenting tips. Another great gift idea is to have everyone bring a homemade, organic, vegan dish that you can put in your freezer for after the baby is born. This will save you time and energy in the kitchen during a period when your time is best spent with baby or resting. Read More »

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