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sustainable | The Green Beagle - Part 3

Great Green Kids Gifts Under $30

I am sure you have running around like crazy trying to get the newest hottest gifts for the children in your life this holiday. I saw a target commercial last night for a children’s dino-toy that didn’t look like anything crazy that was $42! This may not sound like a lot for 1 toy for 1 kid but when you have to purchase multiple gifts for multiple children besides everyone else you have to get for $42 is way too much! I decided to go on a hunt for cool & fun children’s gifts that are under $30! I think I came up golden. Tell me what you think.

 

 

Mudpuppy Constructibles Building Set - Bold Patterns

Mudpuppy Constructibles Building Set - Bold Patterns

 

Mudpuppy Constructibles Building Set aren’t your normal old blocks! Not only do the colors and patterns make this building set super cool the set is aimed at improving hand/eye coordination which is always a plus for children. They can progress just by playing. I always loved building things as a child. I thought for a while I wanted to be an architect until I found out how horrible in math I was. Guess what greenies? This awesome gift is only $12.99

 

WorryWoo Monster - Nola

WorryWoo Monster - Nola

 

WorryWo Monster Nola I really just love this stuffed animal! I cannot get enough of it. Green is one of my very favorite colors obviously soo this little greenie of sorts just pushed a cute button in me! Nola is perfect for cuddling and loving for years to come and only costs $21.99!

 

 

Blue Orange Gobblet Gobblers

Blue Orange Gobblet Gobblers

 

 blue Orange Gobblet Gobblers is a cool new way to play tic tac toe! You can gobble up your opponent! This is a great gift for any child. We all remember playing tic tac toe for hours or when we were bored. It is a great travel game as well. This excellent gift idea is only $19.99.

 

 

Blue Orange Spot It

Blue Orange Spot It

 

Blue Orange Spot It is a super fun think on your feet game where you have to match the symbols together quickly before anyone else! Spot it has 4 different variations to keep you from getting bored and best part is it only costs $14.00!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Blue Orange Tell Tale

Blue Orange Tell Tale

 

Blue Orange Tell Tale is a super fun game! You can inspire imagination and creativeness all in one simple game. You deal out the cards that range from easy to complex and from competition to cooperation and the receiver of the cards has to tell a story using the illustrated cards! How fun! All for $13.99

 

 

Pop Bottle Science - 79 Amazing Experiments & Science Projects

Pop Bottle Science - 79 Amazing Experiments & Science Projects

 

Pop Bottle Science- 79 Amazing Experiments & Science Projects This may be for the nerd in your life but whatever this thing is way cool! Pop Bottle Science has 79 different projects right there! Ranging from weather to geology to the body and tons more! How cool is that? To top it off this magic science lab is only $15.00

Great Green Gifts for Her

The holidays are right around the corner and in case you are wondering what she wants here is a small list of awesomeness that I know I want and I am sure she will love too!!
Remember if you must purchase please do so as greenly as possible! I know it is difficult and some people you know and love my still be boycotting the green scene but try to change their minds!

Kaia House Gift Guide I have recently stumbled upon Kaia House and their gift guide has gifts for everyone at excellent prices! Kaia House bath and body gifts look soo delish I cannot wait to try them for myself so I know she will love them too!!

Save up to 40% off on Last Minute Gift Sets forHer. Find exactly what you need at Juara.  I have written about a few of  Jaura’s amazing products like their Coffee Body Scrub which is totes to die for! Juara offers an amazing selection of  Vegetarian skin and body care products that smell and feel sooo good! Perfect for any lady that likes pampering!

Pure Citizen or LovingEco are two of my fave places to shop and play! If you have seen all of the VIP sites like Beyond the Rack, Gilt or even Shoe Dazzle which sell fur, leather and other animal bits & pieces where you know the merchandise is less than ethical LovingEco & Pure Citizen are much better options! She can choose from cosmetics, accessories, clothes and even make donations if she chooses!! Get her a gift certificate from LovingEco and she will have regular access to soo many amazing ethical/green brands!

Fun gifts for her from Ecoist I know you are probably convinced that I work for Ecoist but I do not! I just love their accessories! If she isn’t in to purses look at their accessories or creative home decor ideas! I promise she won’t be disappointed if you get her a gift from here! Shoot even a gift certificate might just be the ticket!

FREE UPS GROUND Shipping From 12/8 Thru 12/19 On Any Order Now At Coyuchi.com! Click Here! Have you ever slept on organic cotton sheets? If not you needs to ASAP. They are the smoothest, comfiest, classiest sheets I have ever dreamed on! I promise you she will love them too! Easy to clean, great to sleep on and clearly excellent for the environment!

Pure Citizen

DIY Advent Calendar

 
Do-It-Yourself Advent Calendar
Do-It-Yourself Advent Calendar

 

 

 I am not religious but every year my mother would get me a candy Advent Calendar and give me a tiny gift every day until X-Mas Eve. To this day both traditions are extremely special to me. Not necessarily because I got gifts or candy everyday before the big day but because my mother was sooo excited everytime to give them to me. One day when I have little pups of my own I fully intend on sharing the tradition with my puppies!
I have noticed in the passing years the advent calendars I see are not up to snuff! As per usual I feel you can do it yourself and have a much better time with it. You can change up the calenders every year or keep the ones you make. This is an excellent activity to do since it is getting quite chilly outside! I found this excellent little ditty on FamilyFun.com which is an amazing resource all I did was add a little green!

Materials
Templates
Recycled Green paper in different shades (you can totes use any shapes or colors you want)
Double Sided Tape
Glue
Old Gift Bows or Ribbon
Small gifts or candy
Recycled Tissue paper
Marker
Any odd’s and ends you have around the house that can spruce up your little trees!

Directions:

1. Download the templates and trace the shapes on green paper. Use double sided tape the cones together. Make the other 23 trees of different colors and sizes.

2.Cut or punch out 24 paper circles and write the numbers 1 through 24 on them. Glue the circles to the trees. Add a star or bows to the tops of the trees or save them for the 24th tree.

3. Decorate the trees anyway you like using whatever craft stuff or odds and ends you have around the house to make them unique or leave them plain.

4.Wrap small gifts in tissue paper and place them underneath the cones. You can also use homemade coupons for special things like staying up later, a special dinner or dessert.

Trilogy Signature Trio

Trilogy Trio

Trilogy Trio

 

 

 

 

Save $22 on Trilogy Today Just in time for the cold weather and the holiday season you get a Trilogy Trio for only $29! This trio usually goes for about $51 total and you can have it for the awesome price of $29!

 

 

The Trilogy Trio comes with:
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil 20ml
Trilogy Face Care Cream Cleanser 20ml
Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream 50ml

This set is perfect if you have never tried Trilogy products before or if you want to give someone a sample of Trilogy items that may have never used their products before! The trio is a perfect stocking stuffer, Secret Santa or any holiday gift for that matter. Get it while the price is still hot! What is also super cool about Trilogy is that the packaging is biodegradable!! Just thought I might throw that in there.

5 Pretty Awesome Green Kids Toys

One of my favorite green stores is Wild Dill. They are a one stop shop for your green kids needs! Besides loving their children’s clothing (which will be addressed in a later article this month) their toys are outta site! I had to share some super cool toys I found while doing some holiday shopping for some friends and family. I hope you enjoy Wild Dill’s toys too!

Cut Veggies

Cut Veggies

 

 

This is probably one of the few times it is alright for your children to play with food! You can teach them how to be safe as well as the importance of eating their veggies all in one toy. This toy also helps increase their motor skills and coordination. This toy has used all child safe paints and was Fairly made in Asia.

Color Your Own Cottage

Color Your Own Cottage

 

 

I would have loved this when I was a little girl! You can paint and decorate your own playhouse any way you want! The set comes with non-toxic water colors. The cardboard is made from 45% post consumer waste. Your child can use anything they want to make this playhouse their own. Get creative and most importantly have fun.

 

RaceCars

RaceCars

 

 

You child too can have super race cars made out of recycled milk jugs! These cars are super detailed and can rival the likes of any other race car out there. The cars are made right here in the USA which makes them double awesome.

 

 

Dragon

Dragon

 

 

When I was a kid I hated being told I had to stay in the lines! I never wanted to draw anything “perfectly” where was the fun in that? Where was the imagination? This dragon among other styles can teach your child to color out of the lines and follow their own path. I love this little guy! Best of all when you are finished with the toy it is full compostable!

 

Butterfly Puzzle

Butterfly Puzzle

 

 

I’m a sucker for anything colorful and pretty but this simple educational game is really multi functional and is made to last long. The Butterfly Puzzle can be passed down and shared for years to come. The Butterfly Puzzle has been Fairly Made using child safe paints.

October’s Save Your Green

I know this one is a little late this month but better late than never when it comes to saving money right? I love this time of year and everyone is gearing up for holiday shopping! I hope these deals help you save!

Good Greetings LLC has awesome deals for holiday cards!

Coupon Code NATURALPET15 15% Off Only Natural Pet Brand Products – Limited Time!

Earth Mama Angel Baby® Holiday deals!!

Strapped for cash? Help Sierra Club for FREE.

Save Time, Save Money and Save Trees with Usedcardboardboxes.com

Check out BuyGreen.com for super holiday deals!

Fall Sales at Econcious.com
Overstock Items Marked Down Today at GildenTree.com! Shop Today!

Get $5 off per box of Holiday cards (exp. 11-1).

Holiday Deals at Eco Lunchbox
TheGreenOffice.com – Green Products, Great Prices!

Save 10% at Juara through 12.31.2010. Use coupon code HOLIDAY10

See what deals are going on at Fair Trade packaged coffee

FREE shipping when you spend $100 from Coyuchi.com. Use coupon code: Organic100

Get amazing deals on amazingly green fashion items at LovingEco

Save 10% on Kimberly Sayer of London

See what’s on sale at Clever Bean

20% Off Plus Free Shipping at Bottega Verde.

FREE Afterglow Cosmetic Shipping! Order $90+ and receive free USPS Priority Shipping inside the US.

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No Impact Man

No Impact Man

No Impact Man

 

 

 

 

I know there are other similar books like No Impact Man, telling the no waste time period story out there but I think it is important for us to read them all. We can learn something from everyone’s story. To take a no waste challenge on for an entire year is extremely difficult for anyone and more so in Manhattan which is a land of grab,go and throw. You notice is in the constantly over flowing garbage’s on the streets or on garbage day outside of apartment buildings. You can see many of the items being disposed of are items that are easily recyclable or reusable. When I lived in Manhattan I was totally one of those people who could take perfectly good items home to reuse. I know it happens in many more area’s than just Manhattan but living there gives you many good examples despite the green good works that do go on there.
As for No Impact Man, I respect a family wanting to take on this challenge. I haven’t read the book yet but I can only imagine what one would have to think of doing with items that may not be recyclable and having to find another use for them. I am looking forward to reading about this family and what they learned from this experience. I hope you do too.

Description:
This book chronicles the adventures of writer Colin Beavan, his wife and their one-year old daughter as they embark on a year long journey to live waste-free for one year in downtown Manhattan, while of course still working regular jobs and living as normally as possible. The author manages to capture his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations in the process that all of us can relate to in one way or another. It’s an impressive undertaken, engagingly told, which will absolutely inspire you to rethink your own lifestyle habits. An eco-activists must read!!

Chico Bag - Halloween Limited Edition

LovingEco

I am tired of all of the deals that everyone else gets with websites like Send The Trend, Beyond The Rack, Style Mint and the list goes on and on. When are the eco-conscious designers going to break out and give us a much less crunchy look! Our chance has finally arrived! LovingEco offers daily private sales that help you make smart and fashionable choices. We all know the greenest choice is not to purchase at all but if you have to why let our environment suffer in the process.
What I really like about LovingEco’s site isnt the sales at all but their team. You get to see their pictures and get a sense of who they are besides just forcing eco-fashionable sales on you. Not that that is what they do but many eco-businesses can write an excellent mission statement and provide you with that you want to hear to increase their sales but the LovingEco team gets personal. You can feel if you are unsatisfied you know exactly who you can hold accountable and that takes courage! Did I also mention that proceeds go to charity when you purchase their Style for a Change tank.  100% of the proceeds go to one of 6 charities they have listed but you get to choose which one you want to donate to.  That is a change I can definitely get behind.

LovingEco’s Mission:Our mission is to create a healthier planet. We are passionate about inspiring change, giving back, having fun and making eco stylish. LovingEco helps give people the opportunity to make better choices about the products they purchase so that we together can create a more environmentally and socially conscious planet. By choosing to shop here you will create conscious positive choices from organic, recycled, eco-friendly and ethically produced items. And with each purchase a portion of sales goes back to charitable causes. Now start shopping differently…small changes can make a big difference.

Have you ever tried LovingEco? If so what was your experience? I admit I haven’t purchased from them yet but I do plan on doing so! Keep in mind the holiday’s are coming and this is a great idea to get good deals on some great eco-conscious items.

Reclaimed Wood Organizer

Reclaimed Vintage House Wood Organizer with drawer

Reclaimed Wood Organizer

I keep telling you how school is here and getting ready is a must. Whether you are going away to school or just need to get better organized Chaba has designed a unique way of getting it done. Chaba’s Reclaimed Wood Organizer can help you keep your school work or project junk in one organized area with no mess and nothing getting lost.

About:

The word Chaba represents the beautiful Hibiscus flower that grows widely throughout Thailand and other parts of the Pacific. We take pride in our RECYCLED WOOD products. Why cut down trees when we can re use old ones. We retrieve the old wood from torn down buildings, schools, boats, and homes in Thailand.
We’ve turned something old, and turned it into a new unique form of art and home or office decor. Our handmade recycled wood products is reclaimed and refinished to perfection.
Each frame and accent item is one of a kind and in effect, an artifact due to the process of its creation. We are proud that these frames and other decor pieces are used to capture the memories, art, and the essence of life whilst being entirely eco-friendly. Chaba Decor promotes sustainability and fair trade by purchasing wood pieces from local woodworkers who set out to collect wood from torn down building sites including some old Tsunami wreckages. We then employ local artisans to make our items using their original craft and manufacturing methods.

Redflower Organic Birch Mild Soaking Plunge

redflower organic birch mild soaking plunge

Redflower Organic Birch Mild Soaking Plunge

I love taking baths! I have written a few articles before about herbal baths that you can do at home. There is nothing better after a stressful day than to sit in a hot bath and just de-stress. Baths or hydrotherapy is wonderful for the body for a multitude of reasons. Use any excuse you want to take some time out for yourself and help heal your mind and body all at once.
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About:

Organic Birch Mineral Hydrotherapy Soaking Plunge is a burst
of muscle and circulatory relief in the nature-based,
Finnish practice of purifying, replenishing and revitalizing
to create radiant skin, good health, long life and vigor.

the health benefits of hydrotherapy are pleasurable and profound. soaking offers a feeling of physical well-being, relieves the pain of physical wounds and aching muscles, calms the mind, and nourishes the spirit.
controlled studies from around the world document medical improvements in patients with low back pain, improved range of motion, psychological and emotional quality of life improvements and improvements with varicose veins.
hydrotherapy is the use of mineral water in various states and temperatures to maintain health and promote healing. steam, ice, hot, tepid, and cold water are all used in a number of ways alone or as part of a therapeutic regimen.
hydrotherapy takes advantage of water’s unique ability to store and transmit both cold and heat. cold has a “depressant” effect, decreasing normal activity, constricting blood vessels, numbing nerves, and slowing respiration. heat-based hydrotherapies, such as hot baths, have the opposite effect. as the body attempts to throw off excess heat and keep the body temperature from rising, dilation of blood vessels occurs, providing increased circulation.
contrast therapies, such as immersing in hot and then cold water, are used to dramatically stimulate circulation. for example, a thirty minute contrast bath beginning with soaking for four minutes in a hot tub and then dropping into a cold plunge for one minute, repeated for a total of thirty minutes, can produce a 95 percent increase in blood flow.

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