For a super fresh start to the day, juice together this delightful mix of carrots, apples, celery, and lemon – perfect for revving you up in the morning!

Tiny Green Mom’s Morning Rev-Me-Up Concoction

Ingredients

2-3 tart organic Granny Smith apples

2 peeled organic carrots

2-3 organic celery stalks

juice of 1/2 lemon, squeezed

Preparation

Peel and cut the apples and carrots so that they can pass easily through the juicer. Juice the carrots, apples, and celery together. Once mixed together, squeeze in the lemon juice, and stir. Pour in a tall, cold glass, add ice if preferred, and garnish with a celery stick, for additional stirring. Yum!

Keep little fingers busy with the Organic Busy Block by Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods! This soft, plush block made with tabs for pulling, textures for exploring, and various sounds to delight baby, will definitely be a hit! A new take on a classic developmental toy that has been made with organic cotton and filled with corn is safe for your little one to play with and hold. The Organic Busy Block helps to develop fine motor skills and sensory skills, and will enchant your little explorer as she learns about the world. Found online at www.dandelionforbaby.com.

*Company provided a sample and images for this review.*

The whole family will enjoy this healthy take on potato chips! Homemade and packed with beta-carotene, these Sweet Potato Chips are great for guilt-free snacking! Found in Mothering Magazine, this simple recipe by Lisa Barnes makes about 8 servings – just in time for an afternoon snack or for a movie night-in with the kids!

Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients

1 large organic sweet potato (8 to 9 ounces), thinly sliced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

Sea salt

Other dried herbs to taste (optional)

Preparation
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Thinly slice potato into 1/8-inch slices, using a mandolin or steady, sharp knife. Put potato slices in a plastic bag. Drizzle potatoes with oil. Move plastic bag around potatoes to coat all sides without getting messy. Place individual potato slices in a single layer on a foil-lined and greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or herbs, if desired. Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes. To make them crunchy, turn down heat to 325 degrees F and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes until crisp. Remove potato slices and place on rack to cool. Makes 18 chips.

You have heard some of them before – bring your own reusable cloth bag & bag your own groceries, buy locally grown produce – but what about these super tips for going green at the grocery store?

1. When picking out your favorite fruits and veggies in the produce aisle, do you really need to bag each item individually? The bags most likely get tossed when you get home anyway! Bring a smaller cloth bag with you for separating produce or just place inside a basket set in your cart specifically for fruits and vegetables.

2. Choose items in glass, cardboard or recyclable containers – all items that can in turn, be recycled once used. Also, choose products that are packaged in post-consumer recycled materials if possible.

3. Buy fresh! Stick to the outer edges of the grocery aisle, for cheeses & dairy products, fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. These items are not wrapped in plastic inside a cardboard box – what you see is what you get! Minimal packaging, maximum flavor and freshness. Your body (and the Earth!) will thank you!

*Image provided by Kangaroom Storage*

What’s not to love about this adorable, plush character named Yew Yew, part of the Greenzys family? Eco-friendly toy? Check! Plant a tree in your honor after purchase? Check! Super cuddly soft for extra cuddles at bedtime? Check!

Tiny Green Mom is infatuated with Greenzys, stuffed animals that are made from soy fibers and non-toxic dyes. Not just a toy, these cute stuffed animals are on a mission to teach children how to care for their beloved planet Earth! Think Care Bears, but for a new, global generation. Each animal is passionate about their pocket of the world, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.

Adopt a Greenzys character today with your child and have a tree planted in their honor in time for Earth Day! www.greenzys.com.

*Company sent a sample and provided images for this review.*

Ask any new mom what her baby’s favorite toy is and 10 times out of 10 you will hear rave reviews for the Trix Triangle! This vibrant and brightly colored toy is visually stimulating, and it is tiny enough to tuck in mom’s purse, and yes, even her pocket! Your little one will love to explore and change the shapes by flipping the pieces in and out, and if you have a teether, this non-toxic wooden toy is sure to be chomped on! At just $11, this classic toy is a definite must-have for any infant. Find the Trix Triangle online at Rosie Hippo, http://www.rosiehippo.com/p-786-trix-triangle.aspx#.

*Company sent sample and images for this review.*

For those that do eat meat, this delectable chicken will tantalize the taste buds for dinner this evening! Found online at www.Epicurious.com, you will love this savory dish that is made simply with ingredients that you have stocked in the pantry.

Roasted Organic Chicken with Moroccan Spices

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika

1 tablespoon ras-el-hanout*

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

1 Tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, peeled

4 3/4- to 5-pound whole free-range organic chicken

2 small whole lemons, pierced all over

Preparation

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Blend first 9 ingredients in blender to moist paste.

Remove neck, giblets, and excess fat from main cavity of chicken. Rinse chicken inside and out; pat dry with paper towels. Rub 1/3 of spice paste into main cavity and neck cavity, then rub remaining spice paste all over outside of chicken. Place lemons and garlic cloves in main cavity of chicken. Tie legs together. Place chicken on rack in roasting pan. Roast 45 minutes; tent with foil to prevent overbrowning. Continue to roast chicken until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 170°F, about 45 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter; let stand 10 minutes (internal temperature will increase by 5 to 10 degrees).

*A Moroccan spice blend available at some specialty foods stores, Middle Eastern markets, and by mail from The Spice House (312-274-0378; thespicehouse.com)

*Recipe and image found on Epicurious.com.*

Creamy, oh so dreamy! This rich, moisturizing full body cream from Baby Cow Organics is wonderfully soothing on baby’s delicate skin. Moms will love slathering on this decadent cream on baby’s skin after the bath or a long day of play in the sunshine to soothe parched skin. Made of a combination of shea butter, (which provides a natural form of SPF protection) aloe vera, and meadowfoam oil, this nourishing cream is 100% natural and is created using no parabens, no sulfates, no petrochemicals, and no artificial colors. Baby Cow Organics can be found online at http://www.cowshedonline.com/baby_cow_organics/.

*Comapny provided a sample and images for this review.*

Why buy store-bought, packages granola bars that are loaded with sugars? Try these chewy, delicious bars from Emeril, found online at http://planetgreen.discovery.com/! Easy to make but even more fun to EAT!

Emeril’s Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8- or 9- inch square baking pan and line with parchment. Lightly grease the parchment and set aside.

Place the oats and almonds on a large baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F.

While the oats are toasting, combine honey and butter in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted and honey is hot.When oats come out of the oven, transfer to a large bowl and add hot honey, dates, raisins, brown sugar, salt, and almond extract and stir to thoroughly combine. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan.

Cut a piece of wax paper and place on top of the granola mixture. Using your hands, press the granola mixture very firmly into the pan. Remove wax paper and discard.Bake the granola for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. Remove from the pan by pulling up on the edges of the parchment. Using a sharp knife, cut into 10 (or desired number) even bars.

Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Makes: 10 to 20 servings, depending on the size of the bars

*Photo taken by Joanne Schmaltz/Getty Images.*

Love the scent of lemons? How about using a lemon to clean your microwave? Yes, that’s right! Simply cut a lemon in half, squeeze the contents into a glass bowl, throw in the peels, and add water. Place the dish in the microwave and microwave for 1 minute. Take the bowl out of the microwave and wipe the inside with a clean, damp cloth. The bits and pieces left inside on the walls will come right off easily, and the scent of lemons will leave the air smelling fresh!

For an extra burst of lemon + cleaning power, place the rinds in the garbage disposal, and turn on! Voila! Your garbage disposal’s odors are now gone!