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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Plan Toys Sale!

The flash sale site Gilt has Plan Toys on sale for 50% off! Plan Toys are made from non-toxic, natural materials such as organic rubberwood. These green toys are great quality and will be sure to last for a long time! This sale ends 4/11/10 at 11am CDT or until the items sell out. Remember that items purchased from flash sales and deal a day sites are not returnable. Happy shopping!

50% off at Baby Star!

Baby Star is offering 50% off everything in their online store! This promotion is running April 1-5th, just use code HALF at checkout. They have some great quality items and all items are formaldehyde free. This code can also be used on sale items found here and on their soy/organic line found here. How adorable is the soy organic buddha onesie and pant set pictured above?!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Plan Toys Green dollhouse 56% off!

I stumbled upon this awesome deal on the Plan Toys Green dollhouse shown above thanks to the wonderful ladies over at the diaperswappers forum! This Green dollhouse which is made from eco-friendly materials is on sale for about 56% off at The Land of Nod! It is currently listed for $99 down from $229! This dollhouse even comes with furniture and accessories made from recycled materials! The doll families are not included but you can score this family on sale for $14.95 on sale from $19.95. That is a grand total of $113.95 for the dollhouse and the family! You might be thinking that shipping will be outrageous for this heavy item. NOPE! You can score FREE shipping with coupon code VISAS10! Plus, if you order through the ebates rebate site you can earn an additional 4% cash back in your ebates account! (The ebates site says 8% but when you follow the link the Land of Nod site says 4%). If you don't have an ebates account all you have to do is register and start shopping to earn cash back! So, with the sales, free shipping, and cash back from ebates this dollhouse and family will cost $109.40! (If you live in Illinois or Washington you will have to pay sales tax).

Here is the description of the dollhouse from The Land of Nod site....
Earth-friendly dollhouse is a natural fit for the eco-conscious family. House features a play wind turbine, solar cell panel, a barrel for collecting rain and recycle bins. Shade canopy can be pulled down to prevent or allow wind and sunlight (or little brothers) from coming through. Furniture sets included.
Details, details
Dollhouse is divided into several rooms that kids can customize with eco-friendly furniture and accessories
Furniture set includes living room, kitchen, bathroom, children's bedroom and master bedroom
Assembly required
Hardware and instructions included
Show 'em what you're made of
Made of replenishable rubberwood
Furniture and accessories are made from recycled materials
Doll families sold separately
Age range 3 and up

The website shows that quantities are limited so you may want to hurry over!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Franklin Goose - Earn $5 store credit for each review you write!

Franklin Goose released this promo last week and it's a FANTASTIC deal! Visit the Franklin Goose website and write legitimate reviews on products they carry. For each review you write you will earn a $5 store credit and there is NO limit! Obviously, the reviews are supposed to be of products you own, have used, or have experience with. Franklin Goose is an online store that offers organic, natural, and eco friendly baby/child products. I have been working on my reviews for awhile now and am honestly a little embarrassed by the number of products that we own or have experience with! This is a great way for the company to get their name out there and to promote their site. The Franklin Goose blog stated that they would rather offer credits to potential customer rather than to pay for advertising. If you ask me this was a genius idea! There are now tons of people who know their name and can probably name a number of items they carry! Here's what you have to do -
1. Visit the Franklin Goose site
2. Register for an account (you will see the option in the upper right hand corner of the screen)
3. Begin browsing the items
4. When you see an item you can write a legitimate review on click the 'Add Your Thoughts' link
5. Write your legitimate review
6. Click save

Franklin Goose has stated on both their blog and their facebook page that there has been such a great response to this promo that they are behind with approving the reviews. They stated that they are 3-4 days behind at this point. Once your review has been approved you will see the credit show up in your account. Once your credit posts you will see a box in your account details that will say "Store Credit". Please be patient, like I said it will take a few days for your credits to show. They are also offering an additional promo that if you decide to 'bank' your credits for 6 months you will earn an additional 10% and if you "bank" for a year you will earn 20%! They offer $5 flat rate shipping and you can even use your credit to pay for your shipping! I began writing reviews this past Friday and have not received my credits yet but I'm not concerned. Many people who began reviewing when this promo began have already received their shipments of products that they bought with their credit!

This offer expires March 31 2010. Please remember to be honest and to write legitimate reviews. They will be going through all the reviews and approving them. If you've used or own a lot of eco friendly baby products there will probably be lots for you to review! That means lots of credit which means lots of free product!

Here is was Franklin Goose said on their blog about why they are doing this promo...
"many people have asked why were are doing this. The answer is simple. We believe in our site. When we consider all the ways to let people know, we prefer to spend $500,000 on giving money to the people who need it in a creative way rather than to an ad agency for a series of magazine ads."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

45% off Melissa and Doug wooden toys!

Barnes and Noble is having a Spring Sale Spectacular! There are some great deals on wooden toys by Melissa and Doug. We love this brand in our house! Pictured above is the Wooden Take A Long Tool Kit, (which I know my son would just LOVE). It is priced at just $7.12 down from $12.95. Barnes and Noble is also offering free shipping on select items with orders of $25 or more. To sweeten this deal I found some coupon codes online that can be used too! Try K7P9P3X for an additional 20% off one item. PLUS, if you order through ebates you can earn an additional 4% cash back! Check it out, there is a pretty good selection of sale items with free shipping!

Ergo Baby Carrier 48% off TODAY ONLY!

The coveted Ergo Baby Carrier is 45% - 48% off TODAY ONLY and only while supplies last. The deal of the day site, Baby Steals, is offering 2 patterns of the Ergo for sale. The two patterns offered retail for $110-$135 and are on sale for $60.50 and $70.50 +tax and shipping. This is a fantastic deal on a carrier that you will rarely see on sale! The carrier pictured above is one of the patterns available for sale and it is also ORGANIC! I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with carriers even though my son isn't crazy about them anymore. It is taking all my willpower to not cave on this deal! I have always wanted an Ergo but can't justify adding it to my collection.

Halo Organic Coveralls $3.99!

Check out this SWEET deal on the organic cotton long sleeve coveralls by Halo (pictured above)! Kids Woot is selling these TODAY ONLY for $3.99 each + shipping. Amazon has these listed for $14.94 each and the recommended retail is $22.99 each. Kids woot is offering 4 different styles in various sizes. Snatch up a few before this hot deal of the day is gone!

Thanks to our reader Noel for letting us know about this fabulous find!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Half off Mama Cloth!

If your not familiar with the term "mama cloth"...mama cloth is reusable cloth menstrual pads. These are washable and reusable just like cloth diapers! Right now Cotton Babies has a great sale on the mama cloth pictured above. The 3 pack combo pictured retails for $20 but is currently on sale for $10. This combo pack includes a liner, a regular pad, and a super pad. Cotton babies also offers FREE economy shipping! Check HERE for this great sale! I have never used this brand and cannot comment on the quality but I have used the Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers and love them!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

GO FISH Brainy Kidz Vitamins 70% off!

Dr. Sears is currently offering 70% off of their Go Fish Brainy Kidz Children's Omega-3 Soft Chews - 60 count. These regularly retail for $22.95 each but with this deal you can grab these kids vitamins for $6.98 each! Plus, there is free shipping on orders over $60! The packages of these chews don't expire until November 2011 so stock up! Click here to order and enter code CH70 at checkout. This offer will expire on March 24, 2010 or when supplies run out. Here is a description of these vitamins from the Dr. Sears website.

GO FISH Brainy Kidz Children’s Omega-3 Soft Chews - 60ct

Go Fish™ Brainy Kidz Omega-3DHA natural fruit-based soft chews are a safe, great tasting and effective way to provide your little ones optimal levels of DHA to ensure proper growth, brain development, mood, focus, and cognitive functions.

* Supports Learning Capacity*

* Supports Focus and Behavior*

* Supports Cognitive Function*

* Supports Vision Development*

* 100mg DHA per Chew

* All-Natural Fruit-Based

* No High-Fructose Corn Syrup

I ordered 10 of these packages and paid $68.85, 10 packages normally would have cost $229.50! SWEET deal!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vaska laundry detergent - FREE sample!

Become a fan of Vaska Laundry detergent on facebook and sign up to receive a FREE sample! According to their website, Vaska products use natural botanical solutions that are non-toxic and environmentally safe. I have never tried this detergent but am always game for a free sample!
Don't forget to become a fan of Vaska Herbatergent on facebook to request your FREE sample!
Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for sharing this freebie!

Naturally Better Peter Rabbit

If you celebrate Easter today's deal of the day on Eco Baby Buys is an adorable Easter basket addition! You can choose from a stuffed Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, or Cotton Tail! They start at $16.50 for Peter and his friends are $10 each (regularly $30). These little guys are just too cute! All stuffed rabbits are sold separately. Remember, Eco Baby Buys is a deal ofthe day site so these adorable plush friends are only on ale for today or until they sell out. Naturally better Peter Rabbit and friends are:
- Made of Certified Organic Cotton
- Phthalate free
- PVC free
- Produced in a socially responsible factory
- Safe for All Ages

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tiny Artichoke Secret Sale! Deals under $5!

Tiny Artichoke is having a phenomenal secret sale with all items under $5! There are some seriously awesome deals!

Here are some I found -
- Green to Grow BPA free bottles for $0.99 regularly $8.99! PLUS, it looks like these bottles are buy 2 get one free! I don't see that deal reflected in my cart but it states that in the description. HOLY COW!
- Kimono dress for $3.99 regularly $28.00
- Earth Mama Natural Nipple Butter for $1.95 regularly $14.95

I have never ordered from Tiny Artichoke before but these deals were to great to not share! Thanks to Organic Deals for sharing this great sale!

BOGO Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion!

Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion is offering a buy one get one free sale through 3/2/2010! That's a savings of $24.95. I have never tried this lotion but I have heard great things about it. Plus it's all natural and organic! The very best for your little one!

BOGO Baby, Angel Baby Lotion

Buy One Get One Angel Baby LotionFREE! BOGO Baby, go!

Clinically tested, gentle Angel Baby Lotionwas formulated with extra care without toxins, artificial preservatives, fragrances or dyes, because what goes on your baby goes in your baby. And its natural and organic ingredients combine into one heavenly scented, pure, moisturizing lotion perfect for sensitive, delicate skin. One week only, get two bottles of Angel Baby Lotion for the price of one! Buy one 8 oz. lotion at the regular $24.95 price, and get one 8 oz. lotion FREE!

Offer available 2/24/2010 through 3/2/2010

Regularly two for $49.90
Sale Price $24.95
Save $24.95

GroBaby Seconds SALE! 50% off!

The Natural Baby Company is currently offering a seconds sale on their awesome GroBaby diapers (and seconds biosoakers) These shell sets normally retail for $24.95 but the seconds start at $15 (+$1 for the snaps and the prints). These are only available while supplies last. Here is what The Natural Baby Company says about their seconds -

SECOND QUALITY GROBABY SHELL SETS: Are marked as seconds due to minor flaws in stitching, pen/dirt marks, or damaged packaging. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please shop carefully, changes to orders, returns, exchanges are not allowed!!

Quanitites are limited and the sale will last only as long as we have product in stock. You MUST checkout to secure your purchase.

**All GroBaby Seconds will have permanent marks (black dot) on the woven labels on the front, right side of the diaper.**

The GroBaby™ one-size diaper is a revolution in cloth diapering. Our innovative shell design minimizes diaper waste and cost.

Shell sets come with:

* 1 Organic Soaker Pad

* 1 Organic Booster

Jackie and I both use the GroBaby system and love it! Scoop these up while supplies last! I'm sure they'll go quick!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Give your used books new life & earn CASH!

I recently discovered a great site - Cash 4 Books! You can turn your used books into money in your pocket! I had a bunch of books piling up that I was planning on selling at my spring yard sale and thought I'd give this site a try. I went through all my books and found 6 that Cash 4 Books was willing to buy back and I now have $40 coming to me! That's a heck of a lot more than I would have made on those 6 books at a yard sale! It really is super easy to do this, here are the steps -

1. Sign up for a new account at Cash 4 Books
2. Enter the ISBN number off the book to find out if they are buying the book (once you enter the ISBN number you will get the price that they will buy the book for)
3. Once all your books are entered click checkout
4. Choose your shipping method (shipping is FREE you don't have to pay to ship your books)
5. Print your packaging slip
6. Print your shipping label
7. Package up your books
8. Drop the package off at a FedEx location or at your local Post Office
9. Wait for your payment!

You can choose to receive payment via a check that is mailed to you or by having it deposited into your paypal account. If you choose the paypal deposit you will get a small bonus on your total cash back.

This is a great way to give your used books a new life and make some money off them!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Amazon deal on 7th Generation diapers!

There is a pretty good deal on 7th generation diapers going on right now on amazon. These diapers are chlorine free and are a tad bit more eco friendly than traditional disposable diapers. The 140 count of size 3 diapers will cost $39.99 (regularly $51.99). Plus, if you sign up for subscribe and save you will save an additional 15% bringing the price to $33.99 which equals just over .24 each. (All sizes except newborn are the same price). If you sign up for subscribe and save don't forget to cancel as soon as you receive your shipment. It really isn't a hassle to cancel - I sign up and cancel all the time! Free shipping is also available on these diapers. If you haven't already signed up for Amazon express checkout with your personal PayPhrase you should check it out! It's a super easy way to earn some cash back on your amazon purchases! This is a great chance to stock up on some diapers that aren't on sale very often. You may know that amazon deals and sales can come and go quickly. I would grab this sale while it's available.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FREE Bare Escentuals foundation coupon!

I LOVE Bare Escentuals BareMinerals makeup! It's a great lightweight makeup that offers awesome coverage and is fairly natural! Right now you can score a FREE sample (10 day supply) of the BareMinerals foundation and a baby buffering brush with this coupon. This offer is available through your Sephora counter inside your local JCPenney. Not all JCPenney's have a Sephora counter so check with your store before you head over. Limit one sample per person, per coupon, while supplies last. I'm super bummed that my JCPenney store doesn't have a Sephora counter so I can't take advantage of this offer.

Monday, February 8, 2010

FREE Burt's Bees Toothpaste Sample

Go HERE to score yourself a free sampe of Burt's Bees Natural toothpaste (Multicare with Floride Formula .5 oz.). It will take about 8 weeks to receive your free sample. You will have to check the box that says that you want to receive the sample and the HIVE newsletter. I always use my junk mail email address to sign up for these free samples.
Thanks, Hip 2 Save

Eco-friendly diaper bag sale! (Including Fluerville!!)

Check out the online store Leather and Bags for some great deals on eco-friendly diaper bags (including dad bags)!

Pictured above is the bag I am drooling over! It's the popular and coveted Fluerville re-run messenger diaper bag in the Ogo print. Each re-run bag is made out of recycled plastic bottle fabric. The re-run messenger bag keeps 10 plastic bottles out of the landfill. This bag retails for $105 but is available on Leather and Bags for $79.95 and you can use coupon code FF30 to take an additional 30% off. That will bring this bag down to $55.97! Plus, for a limited time there is FREE shipping on all orders! There are a number of Fluerville bags available. The Lexie Tote in the Loveknots print (available in both pink and blue) retails for $190 but is on sale for $122 and with the coupon code (listed above) it can be yours for $85.40 That is over 50% off! All Fluerville bags are made from PVC-free Green-LAM (and as stated above, the re-run bags are made out of recycled materials).

Check out the Amy Michelle EcoBaby Diaper Baby Tote. The green lining in this bag is made out of recycled materials. This bag retails for $90 but is available on Leather and Bags for $75 and with coupon code FF30 you can grab this bag for $52.50!

Let's not forget the dads! The DadGear backpack Diaper bag is also listed in the eco-friendly section. This bag retails for $110 but is sold on Leather and Bags for $89 and with the coupon FF30 (for an additional 30% off) this bag comes to $62.30! Although, to be honest with you, I'm not really sure what makes this bag eco-friendly. I couldn't find anything on the Leather and Bags site or the manufacturer site stating how it qualifies.

Don't forget there is FREE shipping on all orders!

(Disclaimer - I have never ordered from Leather and Bags so I can't comment on their customer service).
Check it out and let us know if you grab yourself a great diaper bag!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Berryplush Cloth Diapers on Baby Half Off!

Check out today's Baby Half Off deal of the day for a great deal on cloth diapers! The Berryplush diapers are 50% off! These won't last long so hurry over! These diapers are selling for $10.38 for the cover (regularly $20.75) and $4.75 for the soaker (regularly $9.50). There is a limit of one diaper per color and one insert per diaper. You will need to buy both the cover and the insert to make this a complete diaper. I have never used these diapers so I can't comment on their performance but they look great!

Friday, February 5, 2010

SWEET deals at BRU/TRU!

There are some great deals at Babies R Us and Toys R Us for some eco-friendly/organic products. This flyer shows 50% off Babyganics laundry detergent, 50% off Earth Mama products, and 5 for $5 on Earth's Best soup (2/5/10-2/11/10).

Let's see if we can make these deals even better....

Tomorrow only (2/6/10) you can score the Babyganics Loads of Love laundry detergent for just $1.99 a bottle! Pair the 50% off sale with this coupon for another $3 off! I've been searching high and low for a manufacturers coupon to pair with this but can't seem to track one down. If you find one please let us know!

I've heard fabulous things about the Earth Mama products but haven't tried any of the products yet. I'm planning on picking up some Natural Stretch Oil for my preggo belly! Again, I've been searching all over for a coupon to pair with this sale but can't seem to find one. Let us know if you have some luck!

Earth's Best 5 for $5 soup sale - pair this sale with this coupon for $1 off any 2 Earth's Best Sesame Street products. There is a one print limit on this coupon but that will bring your total down to 5 for $4!

Happy Shopping! Remember that in order to take advantage of the Babyganics super sweet deal you will have to head over to BRU/TRU on 2/6/10!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Free $5 Babies R Us Gift Card- GO QUICK!

Just saw this on Baby Cheap Skate:

Go to the Babies R Us Facebook page and become a fan for a free $5 eGift card that they say you can us online or in-store. They say quantities are limited for this offer valid today only. If you get the $5 eGift card by email (takes a few days before they send it) it will expires on February 20. If you are already a fan, visit the "Signup" tab to regsiter for it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

FREE insulated freezer bag! **GONE**

Wahoo! We LOVE freebies! Sam's Club is offering a FREE insulated reusable freezer bag. This offer is available for the first 30,000 registrants. You do not have to be a Sam's Club member to benefit from this FREEBIE! Fill out the request form HERE to sign up for this offer (click on the request your bag link).
Thanks hip2save!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When is the last time you opened up a phone book?

The other day, a bag of 3 GIGANTIC phone books was dropped on my front step. I was beyond annoyed; I know it is a business and they MUST be making money on these phone books, but I can't remember the last time I even used a phone book and on top of that, where in the world would I store these 4-5" thick books?? They immediately were dropped in the recycle bin.

My local cloth diaper store, The Giggling Green Bean, passed along this info on their facebook page and I thought it might be of interest to you:

Go to DexKnows and scroll down to the bottom of the home page; click on "select your Dex"; type in your ZIP code, which will bring you to a page asking for your address. The drop-down menu will let you select publications you want to receive or let you opt out completely.

The Yellow Book, which has been publishing directories for nearly 80 years, will let you opt out by going to www.yellowpagesoptout.com. Neither company's book delivery will be blocked until the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Kashi FREE Sample

Kashi is offering a free sample! Pick your choice of one of three products.
- GOLEAN Crisp!™ Toasted Berry Crumble cereal
- TLC® Dark Chocolate Coconut Fruit & Grain bar (my choice)
- GOLEAN Crunch!® Honey Almond Flax cereal
Fill out the request form here to select your free sample.

Wiggee's Infant/Toddler Shoes $5 Sale!

Wiggee's - Li'l shoes for Li'l feet is going out of business. They are currently having an inventory closeout sale with shoes being just $5 if you buy three or more pairs. Use coupon code 3ormore at checkout. There is a $6.95 freight charge applied to all orders. These are made out of leather so they are not vegan friendly. However, the colored dyes used are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. I have not seen or tried these shoes out so I cannot speak on their quality or durability. (However, I do have a few pairs on the way for baby girl arriving in May!)

A description from the Wiggee's site.....


All natural soft-touch leather, amazingly durable and the most breathable type for healthy little feet.
Wiggee’s are all hand made. Whimsical designs are embroidered on in colorful detail, not simply stitched on like other brands.
All color dyes are safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
100% cotton terry cloth inner lining to absorb moisture.Compare to similar shoes that have non-breathable synthetic lining or no lining at all .
Cotton terry cloth lining is soft and comfortable, wear with or without socks.
0 – 12 mos. sizes have a non-skid suede sole. 12 – 24 mos. sizes add a thin, flexible rubber sole for better traction when little ones start walking and exploring. Also protects little feet from pebbles or objects on the ground. Compare to similar shoes that offer no protection
Easy slip-on design that little ones can’t pull off. No laces to come undone.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friendly reminder...

If you haven't used your Gymbucks at Gymboree yet, this is the last day to redeem them! It's like getting 50% off on all merchandise- even sale and clearance- can't beat that. There are some REALLY cute Valentine's Day items if you are in the mood for a splurge- I picked up the above shirt for E, $16.75 before Gymbuck savings. It was just too cute to resist! Lots of sales items have been picked over in store, but be sure to ask the employees if they have anything in back in the size and season you are looking for- they are usually very happy to look for you. My stores in Colorado still have the Red Balloon sale going on as well- which means you are going to find clothes 60% off (Sometimes more!) and be able to get an additional 50% off that if you're redeeming Gymbucks, but Daniella said her stores ended their Red Balloon sale before Gymbuck Redemption time.

Another awesome sale going on right now is Aaron Brothers' Penny Frame sale. Today is the last day to take advantage of this sale, but it is a buy-one-get-one for a penny sale. Great time to stock up frames! If you are an artist, this sale also applies to their canvases as well. Their gallery wrapped canvases are one of my favorites. Stores are located in most western US states.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

50% off Bambino Land

Check out the great sale at Bambino Land (ends tomorrow 01-24). You can get 50% off nearly any product in their online store with coupon code SAVE50. Some exclusions apply - no shoes and no drop ship items. I have heard great things about their muslin swaddling blankets. Check 'em out, they have lots to pick from (toys, clothes, sheets, receiving blankets, etc.)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How About World Peace!

Wouldn't that be nice! Show your support for World Peace before 2021 with a FREE bumper sticker. Just fill out the request and 9 year old Axil Kollist, Little Humanitarian of the Year 2007, will send you one of his bumper stickers!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FREE 'organic' hand sanitizer / 'organic' note pad

Grab yourself some free 'organic' hand sanitizer and/or a free 'organic' note pad available through solarenergypittsburgh.com. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for the free product registration. I'm not exactly sure what constitutes the hand sanitizer and the note pad as organic as there is no product description. But hey, they're FREE! Who couldn't use another bottle of hand sanitizer this season! (available while supplies last)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Organic specials on Amazon

There are quite a few organic items listed under the "manager's specials". These items are on sale and in bulk so they can be pretty good deals. Plus, if you sign up for amazon's subscribe and save you can get a discount on the sale price (just remember to cancel the subscription)! I'm seeing savings on organic lollipops, earth's best baby food, pasta, Jungle Grub snack bars, Newman's Own pretzels, maple syrup, some cereals, apple sauce, and LOTS of tea. There are some great snack items for the kiddos. Check it out!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chico reusable bag SALE! (6 for $10)

Ditch those single use shopping bags and stock up on these great inexpensive reusable Chico's bags. Chico's has revamped their logo and discontinued all their old logo bags. Add the Chico's grab bag to your shopping cart and get 5 random bags for $10 (reg. price $24.95). You can also add this Gorgeously Green bag to your cart and enter code GIRL at check out to get the bag for free ($5.99 value), just pay the shipping! So, you can get 6 of these great reusable shopping bags for $10 plus shipping! There are countless uses for these bags! Think about stocking up on some to use as gift bags or green party favor bags!

A little about the Chico bag...

The Original is our compact reusable bag that started it all. A reusable bag is only valuable if it is easy to remember and the Original design makes it easy to stow by featuring an integrated stuff pouch, which allows the entire bag to fit easily in your pocket. The pouch features a carabiner so your ChicoBag™ brand reusable bag can be clipped anywhere. These two design elements can be found in all our products. The Original weighs only 1.5 ounces and stuffs down into a 3"x4" pouch. Its twenty-five pound carrying capacity makes it the ideal size for a trip to the grocery store or farmers market.

Materials: Made of durable woven polyester. Our fabric allows for easy opening and stuffing. No special folding is required

Dimensions: Bag 18"x14.5" Pouch 3"x4" (approximately)

Capacity: 25 lbs. (One gallon of milk is approximately 7 lbs.)

Washing: Machine wash cold and hang dry.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cloth Diaper SALES!

Who doesn't love a great cloth diaper sale? I know I do! It seems like this week there are some great cloth diaper deals out there. Check out The Fuzzi Bunz Store where the popular Fuzzi Bunz diaper is on clearance for $11.95 (reg $17.95 add $2 for prints). There are also many other clearanced goodies.

The Just Kids Store.com has a number of Bum Genius products at great prices. If you have been following Gaga Greenies for awhile you know how much we love our Bum Genius diapers! This online store is showing a sale price of $19.99 on the organic-all in one-one size-cloth diaper with snaps(which I LOVE and this is a great deal). The regular price on this diaper is $24.95 and you will be hard pressed to find these diapers on sale often. They are also showing the 3.0 one size cloth diaper on sale as well as some accessories.

Swaddlebees is also having a great sale! They are showing the all in one with hook and loop (velcro) closure on sale for $10 (reg. price $21.95). An organic pocket diaper with hook and loop closure is on sale for $10 (reg. price $21.95). They also have a fitted diaper on sale as well as some diaper covers. Check the site since there is lots marked WAY down!
Stock up on some new fluff!

100% Natural and Organic Oatmeal Bath

I first posted this 'recipe' for homemade organic oatmeal bath back in June. I figure that since it's now winter I would re-post it. This oatmeal bath will really help to soothe that dry and scaly winter skin.

Oatmeal baths are often recommended to soothe symptoms of: eczema, chicken pox, poison ivy/sumac/oak, dry skin, sunburn, windburn, insect bites, and a number of other ailments.
However, a store bought oatmeal bath product can be costly. Many of the store bought versions also contain chemicals which can irritate the skin. My son experienced a food intolerance this year which resulted in a full body rash. I thought that an oatmeal bath would help to soothe his skin but didn’t want to spend a lot on something that may not work. I did a little research and found that it was easy to make my own oatmeal bath with the oatmeal I had right in my pantry!

A popular name brand version is 12 ounces and will cost on average $6. This homemade version will make about 18 ounces and will cost about $3. You do the math! This version is all natural and organic, and simple to make.

All you will need is a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and about 1/3 cup of organic oatmeal. Instant oatmeal (unflavored), quick oats, or slow cooking oats will all produce the same results. If you are bathing a baby or small child, you will only need about 1/3 cup of the oats per bath. I like to grind up a couple of cups of oats and store in a sealed container in the bathroom so I always have some ready for the bath.

Blend, process, or grind the oats until you have a very fine powder. To check if the oats have been ground enough stir 1 tablespoon oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats give the water a milky look and a silky feel, you've blended long enough. Honestly, I always skip this step and just assume that the oats are ready when they are a fine powder and can’t be ground much more.

Sprinkle the oats into a tub of running water. Give the oats a few minutes to 'dissolve' before putting your child in the tub. Take caution because the oats will make the tub very slippery. Soak your child in the tub for 15-20 minutes.

That’s it! Homemade all natural and organic oatmeal bath.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stylish sustainable living

If you think "green" living means you're wearing dowdy hemp sacks as you eat your homemade granola and organic yogurt (although super yummy!), think again! I just stumbled upon this website and it totally spoke to my design bones (I'm a graphic designer by day): Ecofabulous: Sexy.Sustainable.Style! Although I am certain lots of the items featured on the site are super pricey, they are going to offer an "Eco Deals and Steals" newsletter that I'll be signing up for (you can sign up now to be one of the first subscribers. (There is a button in the upper-right corner of the homepage to sign up for their newsletters).

Check it out and let us know any ecofab items you come across and can't live without!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Often forget your reusable shopping bag? FREE window cling reminder!

I can't tell you how many times I have walked from my car to the store and once I'm inside I realize that I left my reusable shopping bags in the car! Thanks to Convserving Now, I never have to forget again!

Check out this offer to sign up for a FREE window cling reminder. There is a limit of 2 clings per household so grab one for each design if you have multiple cars. Never leave those reusable shopping bags in your car again! Now if only I could remember to bring them from the house to the car! Link
Thanks to The Screaming Penny for sharing this eco-friendly FREEBIE!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Green bag lunch

Whether you are packing a lunch for yourself or your kiddos, you're undoubtedly searching for little containers to stash all of the individual items or are grabbing a ziplock type of bag. Plastic baggies sure are convenient, but are not very reusable and end up in the landfill entirely too quickly. Luckily, many creative and crafty folks are now making reusable bags that are so super cute you won't ever want to pick up a box of plastic baggies again! I haven't tried any yet but am just dying to try these out for storing snacks in the diaper bag. Check out these adorable bags- all of which you can find on one of my favorite handmade sites, etsy.com. Not only will you be saving plastic from hitting the landfill, you'll be saving some money in the long-run and supporting a small business/crafter/artist!

These snack bags ($7.50) in the Groovy Guitar pattern are one of my favorites. From etsy seller Waste Not Saks:
WasteNot's reusable sandwich and snack sacks are convenient to use and are very easily maintained. Our Saks are made with a stylish 100% cotton exterior and are lined with water- and stain-resistant nylon. After using, you may simply shake out the crumbs, turn the bag inside-out and wipe the liner down, or if you have a particularly goopy PB&J that day just toss it in the washing machine and line dry. The sandwich Sak measures 6.5" x 6.5" and is closed using a generous strip of Velcro -- keeping your goodies securely inside.

Each eco-friendly bag is made with a stylish cotton exterior and lined with a water-resistant, FDA approved, food safe nylon. Our items contain no PVC, no Phthalate, no BPA, and no Lead. An added bonus of using nylon is that your food will not come into contact with polyurethane as it would with a PUL liner.

Or check out these little snack bags ($4) from Green Street Bags. I love the fun fabric- perfect for a little girl!

All Green Street's bags are made with 100% designer cotton fabric and lined with water resistant Nylon. The process that our bags are made is also different from others. Green Street Bags are very professional looking which means there are no seams showing (such as velcro). However there is no extra stress on the stitching because the liner and outside fabric are stitched together twice. The Velcro is located down a bit further so that they are easier to grip and pull open. And last but definitely not least, the gusseted Snack Bags are a trademark design to Green Street Bags.
**They contain no BPA, Lead or Phthalates.**
I also love the fold over style of this bag from EcoDitty. $6.79-8.99 for the snack version, $9.49-11.99 for the wich ditty- perfect for a sandwich.

The Cars sandwich bag up above is from seller Bells and Unicorns and would be just PERFECT for my little Cars-loving E.

There are lots of different sellers on Etsy making these reusable bags- the above are just a couple I fell in love with (search "reusable snack bag" and you'll get tons of results and options). The bags are so cute I'm sure you can find lots of other uses for them aside from lunch bag packing! Crayons? Lip glosses? Jewelry? I'm sold. :-)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life FREE book

I was checking the Stoneyfield website over the weekend searching for new coupons and found a great FREE offer! Each week for 5 weeks (began Jan 1) Stoneyfield will give away 200 copies of the Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's book, Anti Cancer: A New Way of Life. I signed up on Saturday night and was one of the lucky 200 for the week. This offer now (on Sunday night) says that the quota has been met for this week and that they are between sign up periods. I am guessing that the new week will be starting soon. So check here today to see if the new sign up period has started and sign up to receive your FREE autographed copy of, Anti-Cancer.
A little synopsis of the book:

In his bestselling book Anticancer: A New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber explains how organic food, regular exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices may help fight cancer.

"Cancer lies dormant in all of us," Servan-Schreiber explains. But we can do things in our everyday lives that help protect us from cancer or enhance the benefits of conventional cancer treatments.

We hope you're able to grab a free copy! Let us know if you're one of the lucky 200!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pampers Gifts to Grow points

Thanks to Deal Seeking Mom, I have some Pampers points to share with you. I don't buy disposable diapers very often, but when I do, Pampers is my go-to sposie. On every package of the diapers (usually inside the plastic sleeve), as well as on their wipes there is a sticker (or it is simply printed right on the package - as is the case with the wipes) with a code on it. Sign up for their Gifts to Grow program on the Pampers website and enter your codes. It doesn't take very long to get enough points to snag yourself something like a Starbucks Gift Card or Shutterfly photo prints or a toy for your little one. Here are some extra codes that you can enter in, in addition to the ones you find on your diaper packages:
  • JUSTFOROURFANS1, 10 pts.
  • WELCOMEBONUS089, 10 pts.
  • WELCOME2VILLAGE, 10 pts.
  • WELCOME2GTG0809, 10 pts.
  • WELCOME2GTG2010, 10 pts.
  • OHAMANDAAWGTG08, 10 pts.
  • JUSTBECAUSE2009, 10 pts.
  • JOINTHEFUNGTG09, 10 pts.
  • GRATUIT89102009, 10 pts.
  • XKCMYXFVD96VXVK, 30 pts.

Stackable coupons for Kohls.com!

You can score some great deals on kids stuff at Kohl's.com right now. There are 2 stackable coupon codes (yes you can use 2 at once!) each valued at 20% off and thru today (1-10-10) shipping is just $0.99 per item! Peruse the baby section as there are lots of items that are also buy one get one half off! These codes will work on anything in the baby section: cribs, car seats, clothing, bottles...anything us mamas (and papas) could possibly need!

You can score two of the Halo Moon and Star Organic Cotton SleepSacks (pictured above) for $27.42 shipped. They retail for $25.00 each! Sleep sacks are a necessity in our cold and drafty 1920's house. If you are in need of two nursery bedding sets you could pick up this adorable Kidsline 4 piece Willow Organic Cotton Bedding Set for $194.31 for two sets. That is a savings of $183.69 off the retail value of $378.00!

Kohls.com offers a pretty decent selection of apparel, car seats, highchairs, and other essential baby and kid gear. Check it out and let us know what deals you score!

Use coupon codes -
Baby20 - (expires 1-12-10)

Extra20 (expires 1-19-10)

Don't forget that shipping is only $0.99 per item (most items) thru today only 1-10-09

To make this deal even better shop through one of these online rebate sites:
Ebates for 2% cash back on your purchase
Mr. Rebates for 3% cash back on your purchase

Thanks for the tip Dealectible Mommies!

Edited to add - I just noticed that there is a shipping surcharge for BIG items such as outdoor playhouses and furniture. There are still great deals with the coupons but take into account the surcharge before purchasing.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Under The Canopy - ORGANIC SALE!

Thanks to my virtual friends on the Diaper Swappers forum for sharing this awesome sale from Under The Canopy! Under The Canopy is an online retailer specializing in modern and sustainable goods. They are currently having a seriously fantastic sale with final mark downs up to 75% off! There are some truly amazing deals on organic clothing, bedding, and linens. The duvet cover pictured above (in king size) retails for $350.00 but is on sale for $69.99! This duvet cover is made with:
- Sustainable coconut button closure
- 100% organic cotton
- Free of artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and insecticides
- Low impact and eco-friendly dyes
I am in love with that set but I'm pretty sure my hubby will think it's too feminine for "us". I think I'll spend my weekend convincing him that the silver smoke color makes it masculine! You can also find this organic queen sheet set for $29.99 originally $150.00, or this super cute organic shirt for $5.99 originally $28.00. Just imagine how incredibly soft those organic sheets are...I'm drooling!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Method Laundry Detergent Half Off!

I was shopping at Whole Foods last night and noticed that all of the Method Squeaky Green Laundry Detergent is 50% off! That made it $4.97/32 load bottle (that's just 15 cents a load!). The sale is good through January 26th, so you have a bit of time to hit up the store a few times as shelves are replenished. Hopefully this is a nationwide sale at Whole Foods- I hate to send you out there not knowing for sure, so probably a good idea to call your store if it is out of the way or an extra stop for you.

You can also save an extra $1 with this coupon (from the Method home page). There is also an in-store flyer with great coupons, one of which is another $1 off any method product, so be on the lookout for that as well!

Method is my favorite 'greener' laundry detergent. I think it cleans really well and leaves clothes much softer than other detergents I have used (Seventh Generation is one that I liked, but felt our clothes were 'crunchy' after using, I'm also a fan of the Kirkland/Costco Enviromentally Friendly detergent and fabric softeners). My absolute favorite Method detergent is the Rice Milk & Mallow scent MethodBaby Squeaky Green Laundry detergent. This scent smells sooooo delicious! And even the scented versions are extra gentle and does not bother E's sensitive, sometimes excema-ridden skin.

I picked up a few of the Sweet Water scented and a couple more free + clear, as pictured above. (Oh how I wished they had the Rice Milk & Mallow scent at my store!) More about free + clear...
free + clear's biodegradable, plant-based formula is tough on stains, easy on clothes and gentle on the planet. it's phosphate-, dye- and fragrance-free, and it's hypo-allergenic so it's perfect for people with allergies or fragrance sensitivities. the super effective, triple concentrated power deep cleans dirt so well, you'll forget it was there in the first place.

Juice Box Decor

I just saw these unique desk accessories from CB2 on a blog I frequent, My Mom Shops. They are actually made from recycled juice boxes- How fun is that! I think they would be very apropos for a kid's desk, but I think they are quite attractive and would use them for my own desk or kitchen counter. Check them out, they are on sale right now!

Reduce, re-juice, recycle. Juicy job. 100% recycled desk organizers are actually juice boxes shredded, compressed, refreshed. Each hardboard lidded storage box and pencil cup is one of a kind, but the overall color trends coffee/cream with fun bits of bright carton color and type. Water- and moisture-resistant; won't crack, splinter or chip.

100% recycled juice boxes
Each is unique

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese SALE!

What are your winter comfort foods? Mine are mac & cheese, tomato soup, and grilled cheese. These foods warm my belly (and my soul) on a cold snowy day (like it is here today in Chicago). Target has Annie's organic mac & cheese on sale for $1.09 until 1/9/10. Stack this sale price with this printable coupon for $0.50 off an item and score a box of this winter comfort for $0.59! Thanks for the tip Organic Deals!

Gotta love good grains

When Ethan was an infant I decided I was going to change the way we ate at our house, in hopes that he would grow up thinking brown rice was the norm and whole grain bread with flax seeds was yummy.

Why whole grains? If you are unfamiliar with the health benefits, here are just a few courtesy of the Whole Grains Council:
  • stroke risk reduced 30-36%
  • type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
  • heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
  • better weight maintenance

Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:

  • reduced risk of asthma
  • healthier carotid arteries
  • reduction of inflammatory disease risk
  • lower risk of colorectal cancer
  • healthier blood pressure levels
  • less gum disease and tooth loss
So, I cleaned my pantry out of refined flours, sugars, white rice, and the like. I replaced my white rice with brown rice and quinoa. The white flour is now whole wheat pastry flour (it has a finer texture than regular whole wheat flour and substitutes more easily in recipes), the pasta is now organic whole wheat pasta (from Costco at a great price), and the sugar now unrefined organic sugar (also found at Costco) or agave syrup or sometimes honey. I added in a variety of lentils and beans for making winter soups and side dishes. I also stocked up on wheat bran and ground flax seed to add into recipes like pancakes, quick breads, and muffins (I just reduce the flour a bit and replace with the wheat bran, and add a little flax in as a bonus). And you what? The food tastes great! Brown rice has such a nutty flavor and bite to it, it is more filling and tasty than its refined counterpart. I find that the whole grains, whole wheat and natural sugars are actually more flavorful and "real" tasting than what I had been using all those years.

Now, don't go thinking that we're munching on carrots and quinoa 24-7 here. We love our sweets and treats here too! BUT... My thinking is that even if I am making cookies or a cake or my homemade pizza, I know it is at least a little bit healthier than the original version since I'm using whole grains and more natural, unrefined ingredients. The revised pantry is now my norm and I just make my old recipes work with these ingredients (much to my mom's dismay - she begged me to buy some white flour for her to bake with on Thanksgiving!!).

I realize I have only touched the surface of the options for whole grains though. I just read this article on NPR that nicely outlines some additional whole grain options that you may not be familiar with and also offers some fairly easy recipes that incorporate these tasty grains.

In the course of this transition, I have fell in love with the bulk foods area of the market. Whether it be at Sunflower Farmers Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, or Whole Foods, I buy everything possible in bulk section: flour, sugar, lentils, beans, quinoa, rice, nuts, honey.... Bulk is awesome because YOU get to choose how much you want to buy. Need 1/2 cup of french green lentils for a recipe? You can buy exactly what you need with no excess left to sit in your pantry for years. Plus, there is very little packaging to be tossed! I purchased some clear reusable containers from Costco to store my bulk items in my pantry and labeled them, so everything is easy to find and organized. An added bonus to the bulk section is that the organic varieties are VERY affordable (I find that Whole Foods has the best selection for organic bulk items) - often cheaper than buying a packaged conventional version on the shelf.

Some of the inspiration for this change came from reading Dr. Sears' books on nutrition. I would highly recommend The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood; but don't let the title fool you- the information works for the whole family. This book is brief but full of great information. If you are looking for a more thorough book, The Family Nutrition Book is a great resource. I have both books and must say there is quite a bit of overlap between the two books. I actually prefer the way The Healthiest... is written and organized over The Family Nutrition Book, as it is more a quick reference guide. Don't forget you can get 50% off at Dr. Sears' store until the end of January with code J1050.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Organic Valley Coupons

I'm sure many of your know that feeding your family organic products can be costly. Finding a sale on organic items can be rare and tracking down coupons has been next to impossible for me. BUT, was I really looking hard enough? I have decided that I need to start seriously couponing for our organic groceries. I'm just not willing to cut out the organic so I need to find a way to fit it into our budget. In our household we try to focus on buying organic when it comes to dairy, produce, and eggs (I also prefer organic meat but only my little T eats organic meat as of now since it is too costly for the whole family). Anyway, I have decided that I will pass along any organic coupons I locate to our readers.

So here is the first batch....

Organic Valley has a number of printable coupons on their website. These coupons are available to be printed twice and expire 30 days after printing. The site states that the coupons only refresh about once a year (in March) so print these wisely. We love the Organic Valley cheese in our house. My little T can never get enough of his "cheeeessssseeeee".

Dr. Sears products 50% off!

Dr. Sears is offering 50% off the his children's supplement and snack products on his website through the end of January with code J1050. PLUS, free shipping for orders shipped in the continental US. Dr. Sears has great advice and philosophies on child rearing and nutrition. His books are definitely worth checking out too! I have not yet tried these products but would love to start my son on a daily vitamin. We would love to hear your input if you have tried these products with your children.