February 28, 2011 (7:08 pm)

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace For Kamea

by Kristen Suzanne

Kamea turned 8 months at the end of February and she is just now cutting her first tooth (looks like her second is close to coming in, too). For the past couple of months, I’ve been putting a baltic amber teething necklace on Kamea in an attempt to help her through any discomfort she might have from teething. I remember when I first heard of these necklaces, and decided I wanted to look into buying one… I thought they were for chewing on. No – lol! It’s a necklace that is worn. The warmth from the baby’s skin causes the necklace to release small amounts of a healing oil, which are then absorbed into the baby’s skin, helping with inflammation and teething. Baltic amber teething necklaces have high concentrations of sussinic acid in them and they’ve been used for hundreds of years (more details here). They can be worn by babies between ages 3 months to 2 years. Other reputed benefits are that they are soothing and calming for fussy babies, accelerate healing from the teething process, and have immune boosting properties. Makes me want to get one for myself! :)

Kamea wears her baltic amber teething necklace all day and she looks super stylin’. But, when she sleeps at night, I take it off for safety purposes. I sometimes let her wear it during her naps, but that’s because I’m usually next to her while she sleeps to keep a close eye on her.

Does it work? All I can say so far, now that I know she is officially teething, is that it seems to be working! Kamea hasn’t really fussed or acted as if she were experiencing pain or discomfort from teething. She has pretty much breezed through this first tooth. Now, does that mean it’s the necklace? I don’t know. Could be. Kind of cool if it is, eh? (I bought Kamea’s necklace through Amazon here.)

Does your baby wear a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace? What do you think of it?

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February 23, 2011 (12:00 pm)

SALE! 25% OFF At Sprout Wellness! February!

by Kristen Suzanne

Although I was only able to choose one winner for my Sprout Wellness Giveaway (congrats Jennifer Manzano!), I have good news! Sprout Wellness is generously offering all of my readers 25% off their awesome products (plus orders over $50 get FREE SHIPPING) – using coupon code: KRISTEN. This offer is good until the end of February 2011. Whoot! I’m excited. Thank you, Sprout Wellness!

Enter Sprout Wellness Online Store HERE!

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February 22, 2011 (5:35 am)

Our Longest Outing With Kamea – 7 Hours

by Kristen Suzanne

Over the weekend we had friends visit from out of town. On Saturday evening we met up with them at a local restaurant, Calistro Bistro (only a couple miles from home) so we didn’t have to venture out far, or for long. But, when Sunday rolled around, we knew we would need to do more than just meet up a few miles away. They did travel to visit us after all! Lol. So, we packed up Kamea and the car full of everything we thought we might need for a day away from home. I packed all kinds of stuff… just in case. And, boy, I’m glad I did because it made it easier on us to have options throughout the day. We had our Beco Baby Carrier, Orbit stroller, Orbit stroller seat (not the car seat that attaches. We opted to bring the more comfortable stroller seat and leave the car seat in the car), diaper bag with the normal stuff (diapers, wipes, toys, blanket, hat, changing pad, etc), the  normal nursing pillow I use at home, booster chair for restaurant, snacks for us, extra blanket… I think that’s it. Read More »

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February 16, 2011 (2:48 am)

Giveaway! Sprout Wellness Award Winning All-Over Cream!

topics: Giveaway
by Kristen Suzanne

It’s giveaway time on Green Mommy Blog and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to offer you the chance to win one of my all-time favorite body creams – Sprout Wellness’ Award Winning All-Over Cream. (Thank you for sponsoring this, Sprout Wellness!) I’ll be selecting one winner (details on how to participate are below).

I wrote about my love of their products here – be sure to check it out! Ever since I first tried this product, I’ve been hooked. I have a jar in my bathroom (I share it with Kamea) and a jar on my desk. It’s divine!

And, here is some great information about the product from their website…

Ever had this experience before? “Man, my skin feels dry. I need some moisturizer.” {Apply moisturizer.} {One minute goes by.} “Man, my skin feels dry. I need some moisturizer.”

Ya, that’s not supposed to happen. Many moisturizers are made with water as a base, which evaporates quickly from the skin, leaving you as dry (or drier) than before! Sprout’s All-Over Cream isn’t, obviously. It’s designed to actually moisturize your skin, so you don’t have to keep using it every three minutes.

Our ingredients:

-wildcrafted, fair-trade shea butter
-organic extra-virgin coconut oil
-organic extra-virgin olive oil

What it does for you:

-natural SPF of 6
-anti-inflammatory
-high in anti-oxidants
-aids in skin cell regeneration
-promotes skin elasticity
-treats blemishes, skin discolorations, chapped lips, wrinkles, rashes, stretch marks, and sun spots

Want the chance to win? Simply answer the question below by commenting in this blog post’s comment section. Entries will be accepted until February 21st, 2011 at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw one name and announce the winner on Green Mommy Blog February 22nd by responding to the winner’s comment in the comment section below. *Please note: this giveaway is open to U.S. participants only.

Question: What things are you doing (or have done – or plan to do) to be a “green” mommy?

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February 14, 2011 (5:12 pm)

Organic Fruit Basket Toy

topics: Kids & Toys
by Kristen Suzanne

As a green mommy I buy organic and eco-friendly toys for Kamea, to which there are quite a few options! Here is one of our favorites – Under The Nile Organic Fruit Basket. It is so super adorable, perfect for her little hands, made of bright colors, and I know she’s going to love it for years to come. I was hesitant to buy it at first because of the price (to be honest), but I finally decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did! It’s so stinkin’ cute!!!

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February 14, 2011 (5:04 pm)

My Favorite Baby Wearing Carrier – Beco Gemini

topics: Baby
by Kristen Suzanne

I did a comprehensive review on baby carriers here (with videos!). I’d have to say that my overall winner is the Beco Gemini. It fits and feels so great, and Kamea loves it the most.

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February 14, 2011 (4:54 pm)

Salt Lamp – The New Candle

by Kristen Suzanne

I love candles, but I love my salt lamps even more. I wrote about having a salt lamp as one of my postpartum must haves, and I also wrote about it in my birth story. As a cosleeping family, it’s been wonderful to have this on our nightstand. It gives the perfect amount of glow so that I can check on baby while sleeping, without keeping anyone awake. I buy our salt lamps here. They make wonderful gifts, too! I bought one for my mom, and she loved it so much she bought two more.

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February 14, 2011 (4:42 pm)

Cloth Nappies

topics: Baby
by Kristen Suzanne

For those of you in the UK, here is a great place to get cloth nappies (I’m partial to their SmartiPants that they sent me to try). They have a great website with all kinds of accessories and goodies. Check them out: Fill Your Pants

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February 10, 2011 (5:28 am)

Eco Fashion – Changing My Closet Over 1 Piece At A Time

topics: Fashion
by Kristen Suzanne

It’s been a long dream of mine to only wear clothes made from sustainable, fair trade materials whenever possible. That means that I would love for my closet to be filled with organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp clothes – wouldn’t that be just heavenly?! (I also wrote about how I’m slowly changing over other things beyond clothes to include bedding, towels, and such here. Be sure to check out that post, too!)

Image from organic-cotton.us

I would also like this to be the case for my whole family. Fortunately, for Kamea, it’s a reality. Her entire wardrobe is organic, hemp, and bamboo. I only want those fibers touching her delicate skin, and starting a closet from scratch for someone who only wears a few different things is easier than replacing a whole closet for an adult. (To help keep the cost down on Kamea’s clothes I’ve taken advantage of many awesome deals here.)

For me to entirely change over my closet, I knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight for two main reasons. 1) Cost. 2) Lack of choices. (Fortunately, both of these are improving as time goes by.)

The way I handle cost is by transitioning to eco-friendly fashion one piece of clothing at a time, mostly on an as-needed basis. A smart way to do that is by buying basic, staple pieces that can be worn in many ways. Enter: leggings. The leggings I’m wearing in the photos below are a great example of this. I can dress them up or down. They’re comfortable, sexy, and fun.

Another way I’m working on getting my closet filled with sustainable threads is taking advantage of holidays and gift time. Eco-friendly clothes are the main thing on my Christmas list and my family is really good about it. Check out what my husband got me in the pics below. He did his shopping both online (more about that in a moment) as well as shopping at Whole Foods Market.

I look forward to the day when eco-friendly fashion isn’t more expensive than conventional products. As demand increases, it’ll become more available and less expensive. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic cotton production grew 20% over the 2007/08 time period. I also grabbed this impressive information from their website…

According to the Organic Cotton Market Report 2009 released by Organic Exchange in May 2010, global sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009. This reflects a 35 percent increase from the $3.2 billion market recorded in 2008. Companies reported significant growth of their organic cotton programs, and increased adoption of standards addressing organic product traceability and sustainable textile processing.

Meanwhile, if I find myself uneasy about the cost at times, I remember buying organic is investing in my health, the earth, and the workers farming the cotton and materials for my clothes. Did you know cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops? It wreaks all kinds of havoc on the workers and the earth. I don’t want to be a part of that. I want to feel proud about what I’m buying and wearing and I’m willing to pay more for that, even if it means cutting back on something else.

Here is an outfit Greg bought for me during the holidays… he purchased the scarf, the necklace, and the top – all from Whole Foods Market. The necklace: Rainforest Native, the scarf: Global Girlfriend, and the shirt shown below: Threads 4 Thought, plus he bought me a great long sleeve green tshirt from Green Label that I love wearing with jeans.

The second issue — lack of choices for eco-friendly fashion — is improving very rapidly. Just a couple of years ago, it was hard to find organic clothes that I really liked without always looking like I was heading to a yoga class. Today, there are way more choices… very exciting. Unfortunately, for now, this still usually means buying online, which can be hard when looking for a pair of jeans (or anything else for that matter) – you just don’t know if it’ll fit right!? But so far, so good. I’ve been pretty lucky with my purchases and haven’t had to return many items.

Imagine my glee when I was approached by Melissa of Ecolissa (eco and vegan fashions) to pick out something to try out! I decided on a pair of organic black leggings. (I’m wearing them in the picture above as well as below.) I love the leggings so much that when Ecolissa had an amazing New Year’s sale, I bought an extra pair so I’d have a backup just in case. And as you can imagine, while at her site, I saw lots of other things I wanted. So, I put the blue top you see me wearing below on my xmas list and my husband bought it for me. This blue top — OMG — I love it as much as the leggings… maybe more. It’s soooo soft! I love how it drapes and flows. And, I LOOOVE the color! Mmmm… now I want it in the other reddish color they offer.

But one thing at a time. I need to pace myself as I gradually transition my closet.

So, guess what?! GREAT NEWS! Ecolissa is offering my readers a coupon for 20% off! Use coupon code “eco20″ when you check out. Sweet, huh?!

Oh, and the groovy sneakers I’m wearing? Love those. They’re eco-friendly, made from hemp and organic cotton, the soles are recycled car tire, and the laces are made from recycled PET (PET is made from recycled soda bottles). Bitchin’! (I bought them on Amazon.)

Have you attempted the organic threads transition? How is it going? Share your experiences in the comments box, below. We’d all love to hear!

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February 9, 2011 (6:08 am)

Protein Needs Met On A Vegan & Raw Diet While Breastfeeding

by Kristen Suzanne

I recently posted over on my Kristen’s Raw blog about how I meet my protein needs while breastfeeding and enjoying a raw and vegan diet. Check it out!

Baby Kamea getting her liquid gold.

Breastmilk I pumped to send to a friend in Texas for her baby.

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February 3, 2011 (5:19 am)

Homeschooling Journey Begins: Cognitive Development Activities, Part 2

topics: Homeschool
by Kristen Suzanne

In Part One of this post, I discussed the importance of stimulating babies’ brains during critical developmental windows, with shapes, colors, objects, and music.

Here are more things we’re doing…

 

A sampling of Kamea's books.

Reading – Even though it’s hard to imagine that Kamea is paying much attention when I’m reading to her, all of the studies in cognitive development say that she is. Experts agree that it’s never too young to read to your baby – even a newborn! According to the book Baby Read-Aloud Basics, reading to babies helps them understand the meaning of words and to learn words they are less likely to hear every day. According to one expert, ”Compared with ordinary talk between a child and parent, children’s books have three times more rare words.”

Moreover, reading with baby at this very early age starts to ingrain a deep, life-long foundational association between reading and positive emotions keyed to the voices and touch of mommy and daddy. In doing this, as the child develops, books are anchored as objects of comfort, fun, and joy, as opposed to work or tedium. Read More »

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