6 Organic Snacks for Kids

organic snacks for kidsIt’s back to school time, which means you’ll spend a portion of your morning packing lunches. If you’re like many houses in the world, your pantry is jammed with individually packaged lunchbox-sized snacks that aren’t as healthy for your kids as you would like. Fortunately, there are many organic and natural snack products available for your kids, you just have to look a bit harder. Here are six of my favorite organic snacks to offer your children.

1. Quinn Popcorn

These popcorn snacks come in a variety of interesting flavors, like maple & sea salt, or parmesan and rosemary. They are organic and non-GMO and they come in a biodegradable bag. They use a fake butter flavor, so there are no preservatives or additives. They come out to about $2.50 per package, which is a little more than I’d like to pay for a one-time snack, but the health benefits are worth it, I think. You can get them at Whole Foods, Amazon or Abe’s Market.

2. Giddy Up & Go Granola

This granola-based cereal packs a ton of protein and MUFAs that your kids need to start their day right. It’s the cleanest form of breakfast energy you can give them. It’s not bland like many organic cereals, either. They use organic agave and nectar to sweeten it just a tad for kids. You can find it at Whole Foods.

3. Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt

There’s still a bit of summer left, so your kids might enjoy a frozen treat when they arrive home from school. Unlike most frozen snacks, however, these Greek yogurt pops don’t come laden with high fructose corn syrup. They also use hormone-free milk. It’s a much healthier alternative to ice cream or even traditional frozen yogurt snacks with an overabundance of sugar. You can find them at Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco.

4. Way Better Snacks

It’s hard to find an organic potato chip, but your kids will probably ask for them because all their friends have chips in their lunch bags. Way Better Snacks uses organic whole grains, sunflower oil, and quinoa, among other healthy ingredients. They come in several flavors that are low-sodium, no cholesterol, no sugar, full of MUFAs, and gluten-free. Admittedly they’re pricey at $3.50 per bag. You can get them at Whole Foods, Wegman’s and some specialty grocery stores.

5. Silly String Cheese

The perfect on-the-go snack for toddlers will always be string cheese. It’s easy to carry, unwrap and eat, and it doesn’t make a mess. Organic Creamery’s Sill String Cheese is low in fat and cholesterol, full of calcium and protein, and made from organic milk. They come out to about a dollar per tube of cheese, so the price is good. You’ll find them at most natural food stores and of course Whole Foods.

6. Organic fruit and vegetable medley

The simplest and healthiest snack you can provide your kids will always be a selection of organic fruits and vegetables that you purchased, chopped and packaged yourself. You don’t have to worry about excessive sugar, fat or pesticides in their food. You can get them in any local supermarket and there’s a fruit or veggie that even the pickiest of kids like. (They also don’t make a mess, which is a win in my book.)

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Natural Ways to Get Your Home Smelling Clean

make your home smell cleanA funky smelling house is the worst. Back during our college years, cleaning wasn’t even on my chore list, but these days I can’t sit comfortably if there’s an odor about my home. Sometimes after years in one place, it’s easy to miss subtle smells. Here’s how you can get your home smelling fresh and clean.

1. Address the issue.

The first step you need to take in freshening up your home is to clean it up. In today’s world, everyone is running around all day long and most people don’t have the time to keep their house super clean and tidy. We take out the trash and wash the dishes, but when was the last time you scrubbed the grout between your tiles, or washed the drawers in your refrigerator.

Take a weekend to straighten up the house, clean all of your sheets, blankets and towels. Vacuum all of the rugs. Mop the hardwood floors and do your laundry with a safe, hardworking laundry detergent. If there’s something in particular that’s creating an odor, take steps to remove it. You can’t freshen up your home if all of your essentials are dirty! Starting here is a great way to begin the process. Plus, clean sheets are always a plus!

2. Open the windows.

Every once in a while, it’s important to air out your home. Open all your windows, especially those opposite one another. Position a fan to create a breeze if necessary. Leave them open for a few hours. You’d be surprised on how refreshing it is to have fresh air flowing through your home.

3. Bake something!

One thing that I love about my home is how warm and inviting it feels. In my opinion, that lived-in feeling is what makes a home special. Baking something yummy will create a delicious smell in your home and make it feel homier. The next time you have company over, put a backed good in the oven about a half-hour before they arrive. Nothing will feel more inviting to a guest than freshly baked cookies!

4. Clear the air.

Once you are finished cleaning up your home, it’s time to clean the air. This means eliminating the most offensive odors in your home.  If you smoke, or allow people to smoke in your house, you should ban it effective immediately. Cigarette smoke sticks to the walls, furniture and carpets, so eliminating it now will majorly freshen up your home.  Pets can also leave a long-lasting odor on everything. Also, avoid using aerosol products and check to make sure bathroom vents are going outside and not into an interior wall space.

5. Arrange fresh flowers throughout your house.

Since it is summer, you shouldn’t have a hard time picking up some fresh flowers for the kitchen table every week. You can even add them throughout any of the common areas of your house, like the kitchen, living room, or hallways. Fresh flowers smell great and make for beautiful décor. Your guests will love them, and your kids will love the fresh smell!

eco-friendly green laundry detergentGuest Blog by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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7 Ways to Repurpose Old Baby Items

reuse baby itemsWaste not, want not!

Just because your children are getting older doesn’t mean you have to toss out all those useful (and expensive!) baby items. An important part of living a healthy lifestyle means reducing your impact on the environment by limiting the number of new items you purchase. If it can safely be reused, you should find a way. Here are ways you can reuse old baby items.

1. Baby wipes container becomes an organizer.

Those plastic containers you’re always throwing out make perfect organizer boxes for all your little items, like makeup, hair accessories, art supplies, writing implements, sewing materials, and other odds and ends. Label their contents with a heavy marker and stack them easily in a closet or drawer.

2. Baby food jars become… baby food jars!

At some point you’ll buy those tiny baby food jars from the supermarket. If you ever make your own baby food, these jars (properly cleaned and sanitized, of course) are perfect containers. After pureeing your baby’s homemade food, refill the jars and store them in your refrigerator.

Baby food jars are also handy for spices and paints.

2. A baby’s crib becomes a toddler’s bed.

You can remove the front piece of the crib entirely or cut it down the middle (leaving room for your toddler to get in and out of the crib, but enough “fencing” to keep him or her from rolling out). This is a great way to transition your child into a big kid’s bed. They’ll adjust to a space they can get in and out of on their own, but it still feels familiar.

Click here for a detailed guide.

3. A changing table becomes a serving cart.

This will require some woodworking skills, but nothing you can’t learn on YouTube. By installing a heavy-duty set of wheels to one side of the piece, your multi-shelved changing table is the perfect way to serve food and drinks to your guests outdoors, or at a dinner party where there isn’t room to stock the table.

Click here for a detailed guide.

4. Baby socks become dusting rags.

Truthfully, you can turn any old piece of clothing into a rag, but baby socks are handy because you can slip them over your fingers or hands to quickly dust difficult areas, like bookcases full of items or the tops of cabinets. Once finished dusting, throw them in the wash with everything else.

5. The crib becomes a toddler’s desk.

By entirely removing the front section of the crib and mattress, you can create a toddler-height desk that’s perfect for arts and crafts, coloring and playing with table-top toys. Hang crafting equipment along the bars at the back and sides of the crib. Place one or two child-sized chairs in front of the desk. You could paint the surface of the desk a new color or let your kids draw whatever they like.

Click here for a detailed guide.

6. Send your baby clothes to a different family.

There’s never a reason to discard children’s clothing. Kids grow so quickly that buying everything new would put a tremendous burden on any family. Rather than throw away your child’s old clothes, bag them up and store them for your next child, or offer them to a family with new children of their own.

7. A diaper pail becomes a compost bin.

The diaper pail’s biggest benefit is that it contains odors. You can turn your old pail into a compost collector. Store organic and biodegradable materials within as part of your “go green” lifestyle.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

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5 Ideas for Stimulating Baby’s Senses

encourage sensory playWe learn best when our senses are involved, so it’s no surprised that experimenting with sight, taste, tough, sound and smell is an excellent way for babies to learn. This is called “sensory play.” To help babies better understand the world, we want to give them opportunities to discover by stimulating their senses.

Here are a few ideas to create sensory play, but don’t stop here. There are many cool designs and recipes all over the Internet.

Play Dough

Play Dough is fun, but you never seem to have enough to make anything big. Fortunately, it’s easy to make at home out of water, flour, and salt. Create a generous amount of several different colors and encourage your kids to build anything they like. Show them how to stick it together to make colorful objects.

Click here for a recipe.

Sensory Tub

A sensory tub is a simple ideas designed to give your child a plethora of options. In a plastic tub or bin, include a variety of objects. Some parents like to center the objects on a theme that the child likes so he or she will be inclined to explore. Your child will find the different textures and colors appealing, develop his/her fine motor skills, and play creatively.

Click here for a recipe.

Jell-O Finger Paints

These easy-to-make finger paints are non-toxic and safe to eat. Basically you’ll make watered-down Jell-O that can be spread all over and cleaned up easily. If you make several flavors, you’ll fill the room with lovely fruit smells, too. Offer your child brushes or encourage him to use his fingers. Don’t worry if he spreads it all over; that’s part of the fun.

Click here for a recipe.

Quicksand

Using cornstarch and water, you can create your own quicksand! Quicksand is simply sand that has been infused with so much water than it behaves like a liquid. You can make quicksand in a bucket or tray, or fill a small kiddie pool (but monitor your children while they play). Let them slosh, splash and construct with the odd substance.

Click here for a recipe.

Sensory Bath

Similar to the sensory tub, the sensory bath incorporates a variety of items, but in water. Fill your tub with a few inches of water and add a variety of objects that your child wouldn’t normally come in contact with, like filled water balloons or small rocks. Let her play with these items and interact with the water.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesGuest Blog by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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The First Steps to Go Green

steps to go greenIt’s fantastic that you’ve decided to “go green.” Living eco-friendly means reducing your impact on the environment, eliminating waste, and building a healthier life for you and your family. I’m not advocating you live off in the land in the woods somewhere, eating bugs and making your own clothes from leaves, but in a world where our natural resources are shrinking and our air is becoming polluted, we all have to take some action to improve the situation. These steps are easy to implement, cost little or nothing, and can make the biggest impact. Here are your first steps to go green.

Eat organic and locally-grown foods.

Buying organic foods is as simple as checking the labels and signs at your grocery store or supermarket. Organic food is healthier and doesn’t come with harmful pesticides and toxins. Locally-grown food doesn’t require energy for transportation.

Cut out the chemicals.

Switch to products around your home without toxins or harmful substances. This will require some research on your part. You’ll have to evaluate the ingredients of each item before purchasing. This isn’t just about food; many household products (toys, furniture, flooring, appliances, etc.) and cleaners come riddled with chemicals.

Drink tap water.

30 billion plastic bottle are sold in the U.S. and Canada, and less than 20% get recycled into something useful. In many places in North America, tap water is completely safe and perfectly drinkable. If you aren’t satisfied with your tap water, spend a one-time cost of $100-200 for a top-of-the-line water filter. You could also refill water bottles so you maintain the convenience.

While we’re on the subject of water: reduce your waste! Our fresh water supply is diminishing. We pour too much water away while brushing our teeth or waiting for it to warm up.

Reduce your junk mail.

In a world where we’re bombarded with advertising, this task will be tougher than you think. Select the e-newsletter option whenever possible for mailers and catalogs. Sign up for paperless billing and notifications from your bank, credit card company, energy company, etc. When you come across a new piece of mail, take any steps listed to get your name off the list.

Conserve your transportation.

This is a good time to mention that going green isn’t an “all-or-nothing” lifestyle. You won’t be able to reduce your environmental impact entirely, but you can lessen it to a responsible level. In North America, it’s pretty much required that you have a car to get to work, home, and schools. Reduce how often you use your vehicle by biking, walking or carpooling wherever possible. When you do use your car, make sure it’s running tip-top so it uses fuel economically.

Reduce your energy usage.

Like transportation, this is a broad category where you should focus on eliminating energy usage over time rather than cutting it all out drastically. Energy is becoming harder and more costly to produce every year. Before you use something that requires power, or buy something that required power to make or get to you, consider if it’s really necessary. For example, an electric ice cream maker is a unique and fun product, but a hand-cranked one makes the same ice cream. If you’re really into the green movement, look into installing solar panels in your home – they recoup their investment faster than most people think.

Educate, educate, educate!

Begin a habit of keeping up to date on eco-friendly trends and methods. You could follow environmental blogs and news sites, read eco-living magazines, or connect with a local environmental group. Never stop learning. Pass your wisdom to your friends and family, without being preachy, of course – no one likes that!

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

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Eco-Friendly Lessons for Toddlers

teach children how to be eco-friendlyIn your quest to adopt a healthy, green lifestyle, you’ll have to pass your environmentally-friendly skills on to your family. It can be tough to teach your small children abstract concepts, like why they should be protecting the environment, but it’s worth it to build lifelong habits.

If you like your home and the products you use to be eco-friendly, then your first task in teaching your toddler to do the same is explaining to them why it is important and how it can be done. Once you have mastered the why, you can move on to the what and how. Here are four fun ideas to teach toddlers to be eco-friendly.

Plant a garden

One of the best ways to teach is to show. Take a walk outside with your toddler and show them all of the beautiful flowers and trees in your neighborhood. Make sure you explain to them why they are so important and how mistreating the Earth can lead to problems. Once you have explained why plants and trees are important, you two can bond and plant a garden together! Your toddler will love watching their garden blossom! Make sure to give them their own spot so they can be proud of something.

Make recycling fun

After you explain to them what recycling is, make sure to show them what can and cannot be recycled. You can show them what the recycling symbol looks like and even make a game out of who recycles the most every week! Turn the whole thing into a game so he doesn’t dread the chore.

Go on a toy hunt

Do you have an older child who has outgrown their toys? Don’t throw those used toys away; give them to your younger child. Most times parents will hand down clothes, but throw away the toys.  Your child will love that they have “new” toys to play with and will learn the lesson that it is better to re-use than to buy new!

Take them to the zoo

Does your child know that not taking care of our environment can lead to animal distinction? Okay, so I know that they probably do not know what that means, but you can help them learn by taking them to the zoo. Have fun walking around and looking at all of the silly animals, but make sure you turn this fun trip into a learning lesson as well.

Show them pictures of animals that aren’t around anymore because of environmental changes. While there, let them know that these cute animals can become extinct, like many others, if we don’t take care of the land.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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