With the longest day of summer officially behind us, treat yourself and your little one to skincare essentials that cleanse, moisturize and soothe. The team at Tiny Green Mom was recently introduced to the following body and skincare lines…and literally has had so much fun soaking them all in! From at home after the bath to after a day spent enjoying the beach, these lines are top picks in our home this summer.

 

Honey Buns Kit

Honey Buns Baby Kit

Leader of all things honeybee, Savannah Bee Company launched the Honey Buns Baby Kit, their first set of soothing and gentle body care products for babies of all ages this year. Designed with the delicate skin of newborns and infants in mind, this kit offers parents a combination of products to care for their little one’s skin. Each kit includes an award-winning Royal Jelly Baby Butter, a Honey Lavender bar soap (which smells dreamy!), a Bumble Balm Salve and a handy go-to guide written by two Savannah, GA board-certified pediatricians, “Baby, MD: The A, Bee, C Guide to Your New Baby.” Packaged in a darling ‘Honey Buns’ embroidered seersucker bag and retailing at $38, the Savannah Bee Honey Buns Baby Kit is perfect for summer travel as it tucks into a diaper bag or backpack with ease!

Belli Skincare Group

Belli Skincare

Whether you are an expecting mom or postpartum mom, your skin will love Belli Skincare, which has been designed for the specific needs of women! To moisturize parched summer skin, apply the luscious All Day Moisture Lotion which has a light, fresh & uplifting scent. We noted immediately how little lotion you need to apply to have a long-lasting effect…perfect for hydrated skin all day long! To help dry, cracked lips – tuck the Sheer Comfort Lip Balm in your beach bag or purse when out and about in the summer heat. In addition to these favorites, the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash has become a daily addition to “Mom’s” morning shower routine. There is nothing quite like starting the day with glowing, clear skin! If you haven’t heard of this line, head over to their website to find out why they are ‘Picky for a Purpose.‘ The Belli Skincare line does not contain artificial dyes or fragrances, and is paraben preservative-free.

Jojoba Company Baby Oil

Jojoba Company Australia Baby Oil

Your little one will love to receive a baby massage right after bathtime with this amazing 100% Natural Baby Oil, an exceptionally pure and gentle formula that absorbs deeply into baby’s skin to soften, soothe and moisturize. Made exclusively with 100% natural Australian jojoba, which is grown, nurtured and harvested on the company’s own farms down under, the 100% Natural Baby Oil contains absolutely no potential irritants including preservatives, artificial fragrances and parabens. The baby oil may be used for massage, as a bath oil, for cradle cap and diaper rash as well as for every day skin softening and soothing. In addition to jojoba, the Baby Oil is comprised of Organic camellia oil, Organic chamomile oil, Organic lavender oil, and Moringa oil. Did we mention it smells lovely?! Interesting to note – baby’s skin “recognizes” jojoba as its own, and allows it to absorb deeply for greater hydrating benefits. This is definitely a must-have skincare essential if you have a newborn or infant in the home!

LIve Clean Baby

Live Clean Gentle Moisture Baby Kit

This 4 piece set is all you need for a clean & happy baby! Having just launched in the US recently, Live Clean harnesses the beautifying power in plant-based ingredients to create gentle and effective products that are safe for you, your baby, and the environment. The Gentle Moisture Baby Kit contains Live Clean® Baby Shampoo and Wash, Baby Lotion, Non-Petroleum Jelly, and Diaper Ointment. We love the Baby Shampoo and Wash – it is silky-soft and cleans baby’s skin so gently! Plus, we appreciate the affordability of the line – all items are $4 – $6, which is a breath of fresh air when seeking high-quality, eco essentials for your family!

All products are Certified Organic, made of 98% renewable and sustainable plant based ingredients, and do not use petro-chemical based ingredients. The Live Clean line free of harsh chemicals, and all products are SLS Free, Phthalate Free, Petroleum Free, Silicone Free, Paraben Free, DEA Free, Phosphate Free, and Dye Free. Biodegradable, recyclable and cruelty-free.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

This Power Crunch Pasta Salad from Pasta Fits is fueled with superfoods like kale and chia. Make it ahead of time and pack it for a satisfying picnic lunch or an on-the-go dinner!

Power Crunch Pasta Salad

Ingredients

8 oz whole wheat penne
2 cups/1 1/4 oz. shredded kale, ribs removed
2 cups/4 oz. thinly sliced red cabbage
1 red apple, cored and finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup/1 oz. dried cranberries
1/4 cup/1 oz. natural sliced almonds
2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp. chia seeds

Creamy Yogurt-Herb Dressing:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

Preparation

Cook penne according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain.

Toss together pasta, kale, cabbage, apple, carrot and cranberries.

To make Creamy Yogurt-Herb Dressing: Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, parsley, chives, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well to coat. Sprinkle almonds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds over salad before serving.

Tips:

Add crumbled goat cheese if desired.
For added protein, add tofu, cooked shredded chicken or tuna.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Pasta Fits.*

Head to the beach fully prepared for a day of fun in the sun with your little ones in tow! We live in FL about 10 minutes from the beach, so a beach bag is almost permanently packed in the back of the car. Along with the obvious beach bag staples, including towels, sunglasses and sun hats, we have added in the following essentials for a stress-free day at the beach!BabyGanics swim diapers small

BabyGanics Swim Diapers

No beach trip is complete without swim diapers for our little guy! We love Babyganics Color Changing Disposable Swim Diapers, with a cute little frog that changes color when baby heads outdoors. The swim diapers keep baby covered and protected in water and on the beach, and the unique color-changing technology reacts when exposed to sunlight. The Swim Diapers are made with a core using sustainable materials that won’t swell or sag, and a water-resistant soft cover. We love that the diapers provide UPF 50+, as well! Available exclusively at Target.

PromiseBabySunscreen

Promise Organic Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Baby Lotion

Tuck this brand new SPF 30 Sunscreen from Promise Organic Baby into your beach bag, which is a NSF/ANSI certified organic skincare brand exclusive to CVS. Promise Organic Baby is free of parabens, phthalates, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances and artificial colors. To calm and soothe baby’s sensitive skin, the Promise Organic Baby line is packed with USA-sourced oatmeal and rich coconut butter, a custom blend of organic coconut oil and Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter. Not to mention, with prices ranging from $7 – $13, parents don’t need to make a tradeoff between organic and affordable. In addition to the sunscreen, the line also includes Coconut Butter Baby Lotion, Coconut Butter 2-in-1 Baby Wash, and Coconut Butter Diaper Rash Cream. Available exclusively at CVS.

Krafty Chix Summer Tote

Krafty Chix Stylish Summer Tote

Carry all your essentials for the beach or pool in a chic, monogrammed tote! ​Lightweight and spacious, the Stylish Summer Totes from Krafty Chix ​are the perfect summertime bag. ​They’re spacious and fashion-forward so you never have to sacrifice your style….no matter where you may roam this summer! Available in 4 bright & fun colors in a quatrefoil pattern, the totes are lined inside, and include one zipper pocket for keys, etc.​ With rope style handles, you will look stylish all summer long! Plus, they are easy to keep clean! Check them out on KraftyChix.com.

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EverEarth Beach Blanket Pool

It’s no surprise that this might be our favroite item of the summer! The EverEarth Beach Blanket Pool is you guessed it… a a beach blanket and a pool, all-in-one! it can be used either as a blanket while relaxing or playing on the sand or grass… or flip it over and it becomes an instant kiddie pool! Our little ones stay cool, refreshed and nearby while playing at the beach. It’s easy – simply dig a shallow hole, place the blanket over the top, fill with water, and the blanket has been magically transformed into your very own pool. The Blanket comes in an adorable & convenient bucket-shaped bag that also acts as a waterproof bucket to carry the water to fill the pool. The well-thought out design of the Beach Blanket Pool makes this a must-have for any beach outings this summer. In addition, EverEarth is made from TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) instead of PVC, which is in most kiddie pools. Instead, EverEarth uses a material that is phthalate-free, biodegradable, recyclable, and has helped reduce carbon dioxide output by 20% based on similar PVC outputs. It also features recycled packaging. You can learn more here.

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ciao! baby The Portable High Chair

Make sure the little ones have a place to sit and enjoy a snack beach or poolside… without their food ending up covered in sand! Portable and perfect for feeding your baby or toddler on-the-go, ciao! baby The Portable High Chair is the go-anywhere-highchair that is a must-have this summer. It is a time-saving, portable highchair created for babies & toddlers up to 3 years old. With a cup holder built-in and a clear vinyl tray cover, you are ready to feed your little one at a moment’s notice. We love that we can set up it up immediately upon arrival at the beach, place our little guy in it with a sippy cup and snacks, and set up our beach blankets, etc. ciao! baby unfolds easily, locks into place and folds up in seconds when we are ready to go. It has been tested and approved to meet ASTM high chair standards, and is available in a wide array of colors. Plus, they even have a handy clip-on umbrella to keep the sun off of your little one! See all the color choices on their website.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

School’s out for the summer! For the hungry beasts rummaging through your pantry and refrigerator, keep organic, all-natural and Fair Trade Certified snacks on hand and in plain sight for them to grab easily after a hard day at play! One of our go-to brands in the Tiny Green Mom household is SunRidge Farms! This family-owned company offers delicious snacks you can feel good about offering to your family. Whether you pack their Organic Banana Chips in your little one’s lunchbox for summer camp, or nosh on their Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix as an afternoon pick-me-up, SunRidge Farms has the entire family covered when it comes to snacking!

SunRidge Farms Hiking Pic

Some of our favorites include:

Organic Greek Yogurt Pretzels, Organic Quinoa Coconut Mango Granola, All Natural Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix, Organic Dark Chocolate Raisins, All Natural Women’s Vitality Mix, All Natural Men’s Energy Mix, and Organic, Fair Trade Certified Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (“Mom’s” favorite!)

SunRidge Farms Banana Chips

The organic snacks offered from SunRidge Farms contain no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in growing and processing, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and no hydrogenated oils or trans fats.

In addition to purchasing the snacks individually, you can also purchase SunRidge Farms foods in bulk! Did you know that organic bulk items are 89 percent less expensive than their packaged counterparts? SunRidge Farms can be found right in the bulk aisles of your local grocery or health food store, including Whole Foods Markets.

About SunRidge Farms
SunRidge Farms is a family-owned company based in Royal Oaks, CA. It’s manufacturing facility is powered by 2,500 solar panels, eliminating more than 1.3 million points of CO2 annually. The company also uses biodiesel delivery trucks and hybrid cars to power its sales team and offers employees $5 a day to bike to and from work. You can learn more here.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Fresh, lively summer veggies are perfect for grilling, and this chimichurri sauce dresses them beautifully! Handfuls of basil and parsley blended with finely chopped garlic gloves, olive oil, and a little salt & pepper…and you have a gorgeous sauce!

Grilled Garlic and Summer Squash Skewers with Chimichurri

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Skewers

Ingredients

12 large garlic cloves
Organic olive oil, for drizzling
1 medium zucchini, sliced ½ inch thick
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces

Preparation

For the chimichurri, in a large bowl, combine the parsley, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

For the skewers, place the garlic cloves on a small baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, and toss well. Roast until lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of sauce. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, and bell pepper to the bowl and toss well. Thread the vegetables and garlic cloves onto skewers and set aside.

Preheat a grill pan over high heat or an outdoor grill to high. Grill the skewers until lightly brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Drizzle with any remaining sauce and serve hot.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Organic and author of the Pure Food cookbook.*

As we head into summer, we have been on the lookout for this summer’s best picks for packing your diaper bag. Filled with eco-essentials that make traveling both near & far with baby on board a breeze, here are Tiny Green Mom’s 5 top diaper bag essentials!

Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe
Keep your sweet baby entertained on long outings with Sophie the Giraffe! ​Handmade exclusively in France, Sophie the Giraffe​ ​has been the go-to teether for parents across the world since 1961. She is made from 100% natural rubber and painted with food grade dyes so babies can chew and squish to their hearts’ delight​. We love how easy she is to clean, too!

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BabyGanics Pure Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Keep this handy, spill-proof SPF 50+ sunscreen stick in your diaper bag for when you are out and about in the sunshine with your little one! Made with plant-based and certified organic ingredients, Baby Ganics’ Pure Mineral SPF formula provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and glides on smoothly for easy application. It is non-allergenic and tear free, and does not contain PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles. A perfect solution for moms on-the-go!

Bloom Baby Wipes

bloom BABY Wipes
Tuck a pack of these biodegradable, natural baby wipes in your backpack, diaper bag, purse or in the car for diaper changes, sticky fingers, inevitable messes, and more! bloom BABY has made extremely soft, hypoallergenic and biodegradable baby wipes that “Mom” is loving – they don’t leave a residue or break apart in your hands. Plus, if you purchase a box of wipes, a convenient wipes pack for on-the-go is included in the box! Bloom Baby Sensitive Wipes are currently available in Sam’s Club (in-store and online) and on Amazon.

Green Goo Baby Salve

Green Goo Baby Balm
Keep this convenient balm in your diaper bag for easy-to-use application on babies and children! Made with 100% natural ingredients, Green Goo is safe to use on newborns. Green Goo Baby Balm is a gentle and soothing homeopathic salve designed to moisturize your baby’s sensitive skin while helping soothe a broad spectrum of baby skin irritations, comforting sensitive skin. This homeopathic salve helps to naturally relieve diaper rash, cradle cap, eczema, psoriasis and dry skin. We love that the non-breakable tins and stick are a no-mess solution for keeping on hand in a diaper bag!

Weleda Baby On the Go

Weleda’s Baby-On-The-Go Travel Kit
With the warm weather right around the corner, this travel-ready kit is ideal for parents trying to plan their weekend getaways sans the stress and hassle of packing every baby product necessary. The kit features a carefully formulated selection of calendula-infused products – Diaper Rash Cream, Body Lotion, Body Oil, Body Cream, Face Cream and Shampoo & Body Wash – which are ideal for delicate baby skin (and can even be used on mom’s sensitive skin)! Plus they’re all housed in a small bag that can easily be thrown into a backpack, diaper bag, carry-on bag, or purse! We are big fans of calendula – it truly is a little miracle worker on sensitive skin!

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thought expressed herein are my own. Cover image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*