Mother’s Day is almost upon us, and “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom has compiled her eco-friendly favorites to give to the expectant or new mother!

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Chewbeads Safe Teething Jewelry
www.chewbeads.com

Stylish and chic, Chewbeads were created especially for moms with teething, chewing, and tugging babies! Chewbeads are a necessity for every new mom, as each gorgeous necklace and bracelet is made of 100% silicone and is completely chemical-free, heat-resistant, and safe for babies. With a huge selection of brilliant colors and styles to choose from, Chewbeads make an excellent gift for the expectant or postpartum mom! “Mom” loves that Chewbeads are dishwasher-safe, as after a day of little mouths chewing on them, sanitizing your necklace or bracelet can be done easily! Plus, Chewbeads do not contain BPA, phthlates, lead, cadmium or metal. www.chewbeads.com

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Milkmakers Lactation Teas & Lactation Cookies
www.milkmakers.com

Breastfeeding moms will appreciate the new Milkmakers Lactation Tea as a gift this Mother’s Day! Available in two delicious flavors, Coconut and Original, Milkmakers Lactation Tea is made with a unique, all-natural tea blend that does not contain fenugreek, a common ingredient in other lactation teas that can produce an unpleasant taste and unwanted side effects. Also unlike other lactation teas that require as many as eight cups per day – with new Milkmakers Lactation Teas only one to two cups per day are needed to achieve results! The new Milkmakers Lactation Tea joins the line of Milkmakers Lactation Cookies, convenient, nutritious and delicious cookies made with oats, brewer’s yeast, and flax seed – traditional remedies used to support breastfeeding moms. “Mom” is a huge fan of the lactation cookies – both the cookies and the tea paired together make the ultimate Mother’s Day gift! www.milkmakers.com

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Belly Armor
www.bellyarmor.com

The expectant or postpartum mom will appreciate a gift from Belly Armor, which offers apparel and accessories that shield everyday radiation with 99.9% effectiveness! “Mom” had the opportunity to try the Belly Blanket, which is the perfect choice for a mom who works from home on her laptop and uses her cell phone frequently! Soft, cozy and the ideal size, the Belly Blanket was made with the reliable protection of RadiaShield® Fabric. The Belly Blanket is a convenient and unobtrusive way to protect your child within against the risks of everyday radiation. Easily portable in your handbag, this maternity blanket is ideal for both the home and the office. It is available in three stylish color choices. https://www.bellyarmor.com/belly-blanket/

Simply Gum

Simply Gum
www.simplygum.com

Moms today are opting for more natural, organic choices in all aspects of their lives, and now gum can be a part of that choice! Simply Gum is a line of all-natural, biodegradable chewing gum! Not only do the all-natural ingredients make it better for Mom’s body than the average gum, but it is also better for the environment. Simply Gum is free from any artificial ingredients, including plastic, and with a variety of flavors such as mint, cinnamon (“Mom’s” favorite!), fennel licorice, maple, ginger, and coffee, you are sure to find one that will delight Mom’s tastebuds. www.simplygum.com.

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Keep Calm and Color On Adult Coloring Book
www.putmeinthestory.com

The expectant mom will love to color her stress away in this personalized coloring book where beautiful coloring pages are peppered with inspiring quotes to calm the mind and lift the spirits. A great personalized gift for Mother’s Day, each copy of Keep Calm and Color On is personalized with mom’s name on the front and back cover, a special dedication page, and a coloring page where mom’s name is a part of the illustration. www.putmeinthestory.com

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Dream Nursing Tank from Bravado
www.bravadodesigns.com

Expectant and new moms will appreciate a comfortable tank that takes them through pregnancy into nursing their little one! Perfect for wearing at home or on-the-go, the new Dream Nursing Tank is the ultimate ‘nursing bra and tank in one,’ providing coverage and support. “Mom” has used nursing bras from Bravado Designs when breastfeeding all three of her children, and was eager to check out their newest offering! The Dream Nursing Tank is just that, a dream for all nursing mommas! Outfitted with every detail to help moms feel comfortable and stylish, the hip-length tank is made of double layer cotton and provides full support for the expectant and postpartum mom’s ever-changing breasts. It can be worn alone or layered underneath another top. The best part? The tank features full drop away bra cups that provide maximum skin-to-skin contact with your baby that is so important for bonding! #supportherdream www.bravadodesigns.com

Wally's Natural Organic Body Oil

Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil
www.wallysnatural.com

The expectant or postpartum mom will love this luxurious organic body oil that keeps skin hydrated and naturally radiant! Made with Sesame Seed Oil and Essential Oils, the Organic Body Oil is “Mom’s” new favorite to apply after her little one was born! It is applied easily with a large roller ball so that it is mess-free! Wally’s Natural provides eco-friendly, high quality personal care products with a wholeheartedly green approach. The company honors nature through solar-powered facilities, green manufacturing, 100% recyclable packaging and sourcing that supports organic agriculture. The eco-friendly line also includes Ear Candles, Organic Ear Oil, and Organic Aromatherapy Blends. www.wallysnatural.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece. All opinions expressed are my own.*

With both strawberries and mangoes being on sale right now, this is the perfect opportunity to create this delightful smoothie! An excellent way to get you revved up in morning using plant-powered nutrition, this Tropical Paradise Smoothie is made using the new Berry Warrior Blend from SunWarrior, as well as “Mom’s” favorite almond milk by Orgain!

Tropical Paradise Smoothie

Ingredients

8 ounces coconut or almond milk (“Mom” prefers Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk)
1 scoop SunWarrior Berry Warrior Blend
1 frozen ripe banana
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango

Preparation

Add all ingredients to blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of SunWarrior.*

Bright, colorful, and fresh, this nutritious salad is filled with a variety of lively ingredients! Perfect after a long workout or for serving to summer guests, it is made with hydrating Invo Coconut Water.

Sencha Spinach Salad

Ingredients

For Salad:
4 cups baby spinach, rinsed
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 carrot, thinly sliced
3 oz grilled chicken
1 cup red cabbage, shredded

For Dressing:
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper, to tase
2 tbs Invo Sencha Green Tea Coconut Water

Preparation

Whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined. Pour dressing over salad ingredients; fold until
evenly distributed. Serve and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Invo Coconut Water.*

The smell of fresh, baking bread in the comfort of your own kitchen is a scent like no other! Warm, inviting and delicious, this gluten free, vegan sandwich bread made using Blends by Orly is a true treat! It can be enjoyed immediately or frozen to save for a later date.

Orly’s Gluten Free Vegan Healthy Seeded Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

2 tsp (7 grams) or 1 packet of instant yeast
1 cup (230 ml) lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups (300) grams Blends by Orly Tuscany Blend
1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons (34 grams) honey
1/4 cup (20 grams) chia seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1/4 cup (20 grams) flax seeds (“Mom” prefers Carrington Farms)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional garnish; “Mom” uses SuperSeedz)

Preparation

Mix: In the bowl of you stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bread machine, combine all the ingredients, and mix together to make a soft, smooth, slightly sticky dough.

Proof: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm temperate (approximately 90 degrees F) untill it’s almost doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Flour your work surface and the surface of your dough with Tuscany Blend or white rice flour. Gently shape the dough into a smooth log, and place it into the pan, smooth side up.

Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or with a warm towel, and allow the loaf to rise till it’s raised over the rim of the pan by about 3/4″, about 45 minutes. For a faster proof time, let your loaf sit in an oven set to a warming temperature of about 90-100 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Bake: Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. If you don’t mind that the bread is not vegan, adding an outer coat of egg-wash will give your bread a glossy and crusty finish. Otherwise, brush the top of the dough with water-wash and sprinkle it with pumpkin seeds. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are a golden color and makes a hollow sound to the touch. Remove the loaf from the oven, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Slice the bread in advance and freeze for up to 9 months. Makes 1 loaf.

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About Blends by Orly

Blends by Orly are made with the highest quality wholesome gluten free ingredients, and are also OU Kosher certified, nut free, vegan and corn free. Blends by Orly provides a simple way to prepare baked goods that are so delicious that people would have no idea they are eating something that is gluten-free. Blends by Orly allows you to make your exact favorite recipes by just replacing the wheat flour with one of the Blends by Orly. Blends by Orly are sold in stores throughout the USA on Amazon and online. http://blendsbyorly.com/

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blends by Orly.*

Clean, healthy eating at its’ most simple! Using nutritious ingredients found in most kitchens, such as quinoa, carrots, garlic, and onion, this dish can be made quickly as a delicious side to so many meals, or as an easy-to-pack lunch option!

Quinoa and Carrot Salad

Ingredients

¾ cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
2 tablespoons orange juice (or more, if desired)
½ seedless cucumber, chopped (optional)

Preparation

Bring quinoa and 1-1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Let cool.

In a medium bowl, combine quinoa, carrots, garlic, and onion.

Add oregano, mint, and orange juice.

Add cucumber, if desired. Toss to combine.

Serves 4 to 6.

*Created by Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, Anthony Stewart.*