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A Nature Education: Recycled Plastic Bird Feeder

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

For homes who do not or cannot have pets, having a bird feeder nearby will do wonders for your child’s development. Observing animals are an endless education to kids who are just starting to see. On top of that, there is an Asian saying that homes who welcome birds are blessed. I remember when my kid was 3 months or 4 months old, he started noticing the birds outside. It was great visual and auditory stimulation, and I was in awe of his being in awe. Now that he is older, watching birds involve more a behavioral observation with more fascination. At any age, animal watching is one of the best teachings of nature one can get.
This bird feeder is not only slick, its use of natural earth colors allows it to blend in with the trees. It is wonderfully made from post-consumer recycled plastic (over 90% recycled plastic) and designed for easy maintenance and large feed capacities. Itholds up much better than a cheaper feeder, and it’s worth the purchase price.
You can get it here on Amazon: Audubon Going Green Recycled Plastic Ranch Bird Feeder with Suet Holder Model NAGOGREEN2

And if you live in a super urban area where there is NO WAY you can have a bird feeder like the one above, there’s an option for you too! Here is the Window Bird Feeder that can be perched just outside your window with two suction cups. It is also made of up to 90-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, with powder coated metal screen bottom allowing for drainage.

It can be bought here: Going Greentm Window Bird Feeder

100% recycled plastic Little Gardener Set

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

This is our go-to toy for the park, ever since my kid was able to walk on his own. It’s great for spending time together outside, and also easy to use for watering my plants at home. My kid loves helping and playing alongside me to watch our plants grow. It’s a classic set that encourages kids to help take care of the world around them. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, it features an easy-to-pour spout and cotton rope carrying handle. No BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings. It’s even Dishwasher Safe! Packaged using recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. You can’t get more eco-friendly than that.

You can get it on Amazon: Green Toys Watering Can Toy, Green

Renewable, sustainable, natural and eco-friendly table set for toddlers

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

My kid is starting to become old enough to eat on his own. But, when he is in a cranky mood (which is sadly often) he will, without hesitation, throw things on the floor. He will also accidentally tip over his cup, plate, spoon, fork, etc. quite frequently. I guess the rage and/or excitement is still hard to manage. So basically, I need to graduate from the baby dishware and move on to a more toddler dishware. But I need something durable, loveable, natural, and eco friendly. Enter this Bobo & Boo 5 Piece Kids Bamboo Dinnerware Set. A wonderful starter kit with various cute colors to choose from. They are made out of natural bamboo are non-toxic, FDA approved and BPA free. Perfectly sized for little fingers, these bamboo dishes are renewable, sustainable, dishwasher safe and very easy to clean. This is a great kit to start your kid’s independence at the table. And the price is reasonable!
Can be found $19.95 here: Bobo & Boo 5 Piece Kids Bamboo Dinnerware Set, Eco friendly Baby Dishes, Mint Green

Adjustable fruit bowl made out of hemp and cotton

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I love bowls. I can never have enough of them. Especially with kids when I need to throw in fruit, bread, snacks, or even toys, I appreciate a cute and functional bowl that I won’t be embarrassed placing on top of my dining table…and calling it “interior decoration”. This one is a nice deep navy color that matches almost any color palette, made entirely from hemp and cotton. Shape it, fold it, or roll its edges to modify its size for whatever you put in it. It will sit in your living room fashionably and sustainably. Apparently, hemp has some wonderful characteristics. It has 8x the tensile strength and 4x the durability of other natural fibers. It is mildew resistant and anti-microbial. Who knew?

You can buy it for $25.99 here: BambuAdjust-A-Bowl Hemp Denim Bowl, Blue

DEET free tick repellent made of essential oils

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Tick season is among us. And my kid goes into the woods daily. So the best we can do is at the end of the day, do a thorough check for deer ticks. On cooler days we dress him in long-sleeved shirts and pants, but on a hot steamy day like it’s been recently…T-shirts. So again, the best thing to do is to do a body check before bed. And those nasty ticks can be anywhere!
Although studies have claimed that small amounts of DEET is okay for toddlers (and quite necessary for repelling ticks), I still hesitate to put DEET material on my kid’s skin. This is because he may lick his arm. So I wanted to find a bug repellent that works for ticks, but something that with minimal contact to the kid’s mouth, I won’t freak out over. This one is an affordable $14.00 that comprises of 100% natural essential oils and is completely DEET-free, guaranteed. Ingredients include: Soybean oil, peppermint oil, sweet marjoram oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, rose geranium oil, Texas cedar oil, Himalayan cedar oil, inert ingredients (front label), water, acacia gum. All looks pretty natural to me, so I don’t have to hesitate using it for my kid and myself.

Offered on Amazon: TICK BAN – YAYA Organics Tick Repellent, Bug Repellent, DEET-FREE, 100% Natural, Organic Ingredients (4 oz) PROTECT YOUR FAMILY with this EFFECTIVE Tick Spray

Cute Mom and Baby Grooming Set made of bamboo

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Eco-friendly bamboo and beautifully designed brushes in natural materials make this a lovely baby shower gift for the eco-conscious new mom. Sturdy bamboo handles on all the brushes are comfortable to hold and the non-synthetic fibers are softer on baby and mom.  This probably not something that a new mom would buy herself, but is a nicely pampering gift to spoil her with, perhaps combined with a sumptuous natural bath soap or bubbles.
Currently on sale on Amazon Natural Bamboo Wooden Brush and Comb Set for Baby and Toddler Cradle Cap – Perfect Baby Registry Gift

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