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Will You Shop With Your Heart?

Will You Shop With Your Heart?

With all of the garbage that is put in our food today, it is important to be conscientious about where your food is coming from. Not only that – but where your meat is raised is a BIG deal. By buying welfare-certified animal products, or more plant-based products, you send a strong message to food companies that you care about the treatment of farm animals. Most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Food Safety, Health, Organic, Socially Conscious

Discover The Forest on National Public Lands Day

Discover The Forest on National Public Lands Day

Did you know? Children who play outside are more creative, have lower stress levels and more active imaginations. They also become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, and have greater respect for themselves and others as well as the environment. It is easy to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of crazy schedules, work, school, and technology. But it is so important to take hold of those small moments and enjoy what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Travel

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

Plan Toys Pull-Along Snail

We’d like to share a wiggly tale About a friendly, playful pull-along snail His bright shell spins, he crawls up and down He shouts “love the earth!” as you drag him through town His paint is organic; his box’s ink made from soy He’s a recycled, recyclable, sustainable toy Made chemical free, with non-toxic paints & glue He’s a safe friend to bring EVERYWHERE with you! For kids one year and up, he helps build coordination, Gross motor skills, and HUGE imaginations! He’s a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Organic, Play, Pre-schoolers, Push Toys, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School)

Green Your Nursery

With their love of the outdoors, children are natural environmentalists. My preschooler loved the new Lorax movie. Afterwards, he wanted to plant some trees. Teaching your kids to be earth friendly is easier than you think. Reading books about nature, recycling, planting trees and gardening are all fun ways to teach your kids. Being earth friendly as a mom is a bit harder. Some of my friends use cloth diapers. I admire them for being so eco-friendly, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Featured

Living Like the Lorax

Living Like the Lorax

Since I’m a busy working mom, I love it when companies offer affordable, practical ways to help the environment. Seventh Generation is one of my favorite companies because they offer greener cleaning products that are priced competitively. I recently had a chance to test their Natural 4X Detergent. The formula “uses multiple enzyme systems to fight the toughest stains” according to the folks at Seventh Generation. Honestly, I’m not sure what that means, but I was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Featured

A Sixth Sense for Doing Laundry

Did you know that about 90% of the energy in a typical laundry cycle is spent heating the water? While hot water may be necessary for certain stains or for running a sanitizing/allergen cycle, using hot water to do laundry is a waste of energy. Plus, washing clothing in cold water allows fabrics to retain their color and strength longer. I love it when my husband helps around the house, but he mistakenly believes  laundry … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appliances, Cleaning, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Home and Decorating, Uncategorized

Contest: Elmo’s Green Thumb at Madison Square Garden

Contest: Elmo’s Green Thumb at Madison Square Garden

My son loves Elmo, and I can appreciate Elmo’s positive influence on him as well. We’ve used Sesame Street books, toys, DVDs and musical CDs to learn about manners, numbers, shapes, letters, the weather, dance, music, other cultures and even potty training. Seeing Elmo live is a magical experience for little fans. I took my son to see “Elmo’s Green Thumb, a Sesame Street Live Show, last March to celebrate his 2nd birthday, and we had … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Educational, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers

Last-Minute Christmas Deal: Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com Toys

Last-Minute Christmas Deal: Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com Toys

There’s still time to shop at one of Mamanista’s favorite stores. Order from Rosie Hippo by Monday 12/20 for Christmas Delivery, and you can get a special Friends & Family Deal. Get 25% Off RosieHippo.com using coupon code 2010HOLIDAY25. Candace and I discovered Rosie Hippo a few years ago and fell in love with their selection of natural toys, wooden toys and educational toys. The owner is now a friend of ours, but we want you to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Featured, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School)

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com is one of our favorite toy stores, and we’re thrilled to include their exclusive Wooden Highchair in our 12 Days of Giveaways. This heirloom-quality doll furniture is made by hand of solid pine by Amish craftsmen. It fits dolls up to 18″– including American Girl Dolls. Rosie Hippo is the source for beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics and eco-friendly toys. All Rosie Hippo toys are produced under conditions that are fair … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Contests, Coupons, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Made in the USA, Organic, Play, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Imagination Takes Off!

Imagination Takes Off!

My son got a special treat for his birthday in April: the Shuttle Imagination from KidsCraft Playhouses.  That’s him in the photo right after he first spotted his new “spaceship.” Since then, we’ve had lots of fun decorating his spaceship with stickers and crayons, and it has held up for many hours of “make believe” play. My son enjoys peeking out from the shuttle windows and opening and closing the doors.  Since he loves the Toy Story … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Play, Play Houses, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)