What I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Had Kids

I have a few friends who recently became parents… One with twins born yesterday! Here is the advice I would give to myself five years ago on parenting particularly the early days.

Pic kids 052Dear New Mom and Dad,

Congrats you are probably a huge mix of emotions right now…excited and scared that is normal. You are worried about leaving the safety of the hospital and all the experts around you. It is comforting but your baby only needs you two… Even the friends who visit are really there to support you so you can take care of the baby.

Breast feeding is very hard but so good for the baby so try it. When you are in the hospital should use the help I the staff there to help you figure out positioning and feel more comfortable. If you still have a hard time ask a close friends for help or call a lactation specialist it is better money spent than almost any gadget you registered for I promise. [Read more...]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Green Deals

I put together a collection of coupon codes and links to sites with sales going on now through CyberMonday. I will continue to add more links and codes as I am aware of them so check back.

MADE IN THE USA *New*

Check out MadeInTheUSAChallenge.com to see a HUGE list of made in USA stores having Cyber Monday sales:

GREEN KIDS CRAFTS
Send the kids in your life a monthly subscription of craft projects they will love.

DOLPHIN ORGANICS

All the organic bath products you need for babies and adults are available at Dolphin Organics. Get 20% your purchase of travel sets and gift baskets using code: HOLIDAY2013 Only good on Black Friday

AMAZON **NEW**

Amazon Black Friday Deals you can use this link all season to help support this website too!!

Ebook adHEALTHY LIVING EBOOK BUNDLE **NEW**

Back by popular demand the Healthy Living Bundle. Click here for full details.

POWELL BOOKS ** NEW **

Save 15% off your purchased at the largest used book store in the US, Powell Books Code: FRIDAY15 (Friday only)

MIGHTY NEST **NEW** 

Save $20 when you shop the new MightyNest.com this holiday weekend with code: MIGHTY209 (Through Monday)

WILD MINT

Wild Mint is having a free shipping promotion through 12/2 with promo code THANKS. Also, certain products are 30% off!

CHRONICLE BOOKS

Chronicle Books 30% off sitewide CODE:  Friends ends 12/5

LIVE GOOD ON ETSY
Live Good Pillow
One of my favorite baby gifts is on sale… I love Live Goods baby blankets and pillows!! Stock up this is a great sale.
ULTIMATE GREEN STORE

Receive 10% off of your purchase at The Ultimate Green Store with coupon code: CLEANGREEN [Read more...]

Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Green Gift Ideas for KidsKids usually know what they want for the holidays but sometimes we need to think outside the box. Some of my favorite gifts from my childhood were things I did not ask for but was so happy I received. Kids also appreciate the gift of experience and your attention so a gift guide would not be complete without some ideas of “things” to give kids that are not a thing at all.

Babies

Live Good Organic Blanket: One of my favorite gifts for babies is a Live Good organic blanket. Live Good works hard to make organic, made in the USA products that honor the planet and is created in a fair work environment. My son has a Live Good blanket and he loves to sleep with it. This is a the perfect gift for a newborn to 5-year-old.

Dolphin Organics Shampoo and Body Wash: Sometimes mom’s and dad’s do not know about chemicals and what to avoid in babies bath soap and shampoo but Dolphin Organics has got you covered. They make organic and natural baby products that do not contain harmful chemicals that are found in many commonly used brands. My favorite is the Northfork Lavender set that includes Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, Bubble Bath, and Hypoallergenic Lotion and SPF32 mineral sunscreen. [Read more...]

Amazing Book Bundle For Less Than $30

Ebook adA few months ago I purchased my first ebook bundle and I was sorry I had not done it sooner. I loved the mix of recipes, green living advice and healthy living topics all put together for me. If I had to find all of these books on their own it would take me hours. Some of the best writers out there have put out books on topics that are near and dear to me (and I think you too since you are here).

What I also liked about the bundle model of purchasing books is it is practically free. At the low price of $29.97 for the whole bundle, if there are three books in the 87 book bundle you would have purchased individually the bundle is the worth buying. There is also a ton of free products included in this bundle that also make you want to download it immediately. My favorite products that comes in this bundle is from List Planet and Plan To Eat, I have wanted to try both and this a great opportunity for me to take them on a test run (see the details below).

Finally, if you want to get one for a friend you can get 50% your purchase! You can download all the way till April 15, 2014 so if you want to give it as a holiday or birthday gift you can purchase it now and then give them the code on the big day. [Read more...]

ERGObaby Carrier Giveaway | Thanks Mama

Ergo-zebra-giveaway-banner_zps6386fb92When I was registering for things when I first became a Mom I did not consider baby wearing but I registered for a baby carrier. When my daughter was born she did not care much for it. Then I had my son and he loved being held and always wanted me to hold him. I remember I ordered my ERGObaby because I had read up on recommended carriers since I did not care for the one I had, when he was just two months old and I have never regretted it. We (yes my husband has worn it too) used it even more than I thought and longer than I thought just two weeks ago my 33 lb 2-year-old was carried around the apple orchard in our ERGObaby. Since I purchased mine I have recommended it to women as one of the few things they should register for.

So if you have kids or are pregnant you will find baby wearing even if it is occasional so helpful. It can be very liberating to free up your hands for daily tasks and to have baby content and close to you. I am excited to bring you this opportunity to win an ERGObaby Carrier from Thanks Mama natural parenting store, I really think you’ll love it! [Read more...]

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