As we enter the season of giving, there is no better gift than the gift of health, and what better way to show your loved ones (and yourself!) you care than to pamper and protect the skin with items from the little twig personal care line. little twig was founded in 2003 by Lenie Ramos, who teaches us all to go green in our daily lives!

An Interview with Lenie Ramos, Founder of little twig

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

One year I gave my niece a bottle of bubble bath and found out that she could not use it because of all the harsh ingredients. I became inspired to start a personal care line for children using natural and organic ingredients to nurture sensitive skin. I have always been committed to protecting the environment and found a way to incorporate this philosophy into my business plan.
How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I certainly go green in my own life. I drive a Prius because it is fuel effecient and better for the environment. I am very conscious of my paper consumption. I sometimes drive my book keeper crazy because I always want to print on both sides of paper! I have also taught my friends, family and customers about the importance of recycling.

Guilty green pleasure?

My guilty green pleasure is little twig’s Happy Tangerine Bubble Bath. There is nothing more relaxing than to end a long day with bubbles!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would encourage other business owners to pursue their dreams of starting a small sustainable business and to not get discouraged. The hardest part of running a sustainable business is making sure that you are eco-friendly but also making profits. If you business is not making any money, you cannot continue to educate people about the importance of going green or provide them with green alternatives!

*Image courtesy of little twig.*

Fun meets functional with this adorable Baby Elephant Chalkboard from WallCandy Arts! Just in time for the holidays for your future zoologist, this removable, reusable chalkboard helps everyone remember birthdays, homework assignments, and when the next circus will be in town. Your little one can draw and create art, right on the walls, and because it is easily removed, the pachyderm can migrate to any room in the home!

The wall decals from WallCandy Arts are printed on art book quality presses utilizing the highest quality material in the industry, and are non-toxic, lead-free, VOC free and made in the USA.

The chalkboards are available at www.wallcandyarts.com, and retail for $56.00.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

For those who want to add a hint of bling to the holiday season, JustJen.com offers high-quality rhinestone T-shirts for both moms and daughters! Get into the holiday spirit by donning one of their organic cotton t-shirts, customized with your choice of design. Made without chemicals or dyes in the USA, the organic cotton t-shirts are comfortable, ridiculously soft and just too, too cute!

JustJen.com holiday designs include: Christmas T-Shirts with sassy sayings like, Bah Humbug, Got Gifts?, Santa Baby, and Naughty or Nice. For those who just want to shimmer and shine, choose from classic winter designs with snowflakes, Santa hats, reindeer and wreaths.

Whether you are purchasing a t-shirt for yourself, or to give as a gift to a hip, eco-conscious friend , JustJen.com is sure to make the holiday season sparkle! Visit www.justjen.com.

*Company geneorusly provided samples and images for this review.*

Get into the holiday spirit with Olivia! Nickelodeon’s new 8 episode DVD, Merry Christmas Olivia, is an exciting compilation of Olivia’s many winter adventures, just in time for the season! The Olivia fan on your gift list can giggle and laugh along with this spirited 6 3/4 little girl as she creates her own backyard skating rink, enjoys a “snow day,” and spreads Christmas cheer as Olivia Claus! Fun for the whole family, this will definitely be a holiday favorite, played year after year!

To learn more about Olivia, download Olivia printables, play games, and more, visit www.nickjr.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Launched in 2009 by David Luks, Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages offers delightful, organic honey infused juices and tea. Very light and refreshing, the beverages were developed out of necessity by David Luks. Read his inspiring story below!

An Interview With Deluxe Honeydrop Beverages Founder, David Luks

Tell Us About Your Eco-Inspired Company.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Fortunately, I was able to survive that scare and due to my diagnosis, started to learn about the benefits of an organic and natural lifestyle. In 2008, while reading research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Memphis, I learned honey has many medicinal benefits such as:

  • Honey alleviates sore throats, soothes throat better an any cough syrup, protects against chronic conditions such as obesity and hypertension
  • Honey is lower on the glycemic index (64) relative to sugar (100), making it an attractive sweetener for diabetics
  • An alternative for athletes as it contains glucose and fructose; glucose burns slow for lasting energy, and fructose burns fast for instant energy and performance.
  • Honey also naturally contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

In 2009, I launched Honeydrop Beverages. Honeydrop currently includes three organic honey infused organic juices and one tea. They contain only 40 calories per serving (2 servings per 16.9 oz PBA-free, recyclable bottle). Each bottle has a ‘spoonful’ of honey with these heavenly flavors (more on the way by December 2010):

1. Bee Alive – Blood Orange

2. Bee Calm – Chamomile

3. Bee Strong – Blueberry

The flavors are USDA Organic Certified, sweetened ONLY with a spoonful of organic honey from Brazil. Honeydrop cannot use local honey because US farms do not have the 2-mile ‘drift” into crop that is required for certified organic requirements. Honeydrop also does not use honey with GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).
How Do You Choose To Go Green in Your Own life?

Getting diagnosed with cancer really scared me. I started to think about the choices I made in life, and specifically the hormones and genetically modified foods I was eating relative to my cancer diagnosis. Getting cancer was the worst but best thing for me as it made me “go green” with my life.

Guilty Green Pleasure?

Organic Vanilla Bean and Honey Ice Cream!

Can You Offer Any Encouraging Words For Those With a Small Sustainable Business?

Keep at it. It is very hard starting a small business, and one that is sustainable that might have access to less available ingredients or supplies. Nevertheless, it is important work that helps everyone who touches it.

*Image provided by Honeydrop Beverages.*

Tis’ the season to go green! It is time to start thinking about gift-giving during the holidays, and Tiny Green Mom is now accepting earth-friendly must-haves for everyone on this year’s gift list. From green beauty finds for Mom or planet-friendly gadgets for Dad to the newest eco-friendly toys, books and games for baby & kids, we want to feature your product.

Submissions are being accepted now through December 15th, 2010. Please use the contact form to submit your product for review and feature, or you can email “Mom” directly at tinygreenmom at gmail dot com.

For any further questions about the policy for product submission on Tiny Green Mom, please review the disclosure. Happy Holidays!

Luna Organics Pixie Magic Face Makeup offers parents and children a non-toxic alternative to costume make-up this Halloween! “Mom” was ecstatic to find this line of all-natural face powders, perfect for painting your little fairy or clown’s face without worry! Each convenient, reusable kit contains five organic, hypo-allergenic face powders, with a variety of bright colors to let your child’s character come to life! The Luna Organics Pixie Magic Face Makeup Kit includes Blue Fish, Pinky Piggy, Deep Purple, Green Day, and Cool Cat colored powders, complete with glitter for a magical, sparkly touch. In addition, two tiny sponge applicators are tucked inside, and can be used for multiple uses. The best part is how easy the face make-up is to remove. Simply wet a tissue or washcloth, and wipe-off!

Not just for Halloween, Luna Organics can be used for dress-up or play anytime! In addition to the Pixie Magic Face Makeup Kit, Luna Organics offers an Animal Medley Face Makeup Kit and the larger, Rainbow Face Makeup Kit. To learn more about these all-natural face powders, or to order, please visit ecomom.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Mom” had the distinct opportunity to interview Peggy Cross, the entrepreneur behind EcoTensil, a company on a mission to reduce the amount of “one-taste waste.” Peggy is an inspiration to us all to think about each action we make, even the seemingly small ones, and how they do add up to the bigger picture.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

Our new Ultra-green tasting spoon, EcoTaster Mini, is made from a silky smooth paperboard (feels like a milk carton). One easy fold creates a sturdy and fun spoon. It’s 100% biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, and composts in just a few weeks (while we love all biodegradable utensils, others can take over 6 months to biodegrade). EcoTasters are great at in-store samplings, events, trade shows, etc. Our full-sized EcoTensil is great for serving up anything from a big bowl of yogurt or frozen yogurt to a hot cup of chili. SpoonLidz comes attached to the top of single-serve cups, like yogurt. Great for lunch packing!


How do you choose to go green in your own life?

Since my business has become a huge part of my family’s life, we hope to replace the tons of plastic used for one bite, then lives for centuries in our oceans and landfills.

Besides this, we’re avid recycler/composters. At events I am the recycling maniac who puts the big “Recycle please” sign on the paper bag to try to get everyone to put their cups and forks in it!

Guilty green pleasure?

How can something green be guilty?!

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Stick to your green guns. Persevere. We are trailblazing and frequently we are pushing against the current, but the currents are shifting our way, and we are helping make that happen!

*Image courtesy of EcoTensil.*

Heard of agave nectar, but just not sure how to use it or what it is? Chef Stephen Richards, author of Delicious Meets Nutritious and BetterBody Foods CEO, has developed Xagave, a complete sugar replacement, for all of your cooking, baking, and sweetening needs. What is Xagave? It is a low glycemic food (meaning it will not spike your blood sugar levels) that is a Premium Blend of Agave Nectar derived from organic Agave Salmiana (White Agave) and organic inulin from Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave). Certified USDA Organic, Xagave nectar contains no absolutely no artificial sweeteners or additives. In addition, it has been processed at very low temperatures so it qualifies as a raw food. Raw foodists everywhere will rejoice! For those who wish to incorporate Xagave into their daily life, delving into Delicious Meets Nutritious is a phenomenal resource! Filled with family favorites, such as Banana (Nut) Bread, Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes (who needs brown sugar?!), and Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Chef Stephen Richards introduces you to a whole new way of enjoying food without the added sugar and calories. In fact, you will not even miss it!

What “Mom” has found is that cooking with Xagave actually makes some of the normally drier baked goods, such as breads or cakes, much more moist and delectable. Her favorite so far? The Whole Wheat Carrot Pineapple Cake! YUM!

To learn more about the health benefits of Xagave, or to order a copy of Delicious Meet Nutritious, which currently arrives with a free 25 oz. bottle of Xagave, please visit www.xagave.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

“Mom” is over the moon – her 2nd article was featured on the super popular SheKnows.com today! Please stop by to read the article on Eco-Friendly Holiday Fashion, and browse throughout this awesome, informative site for women. Read the entire article here.

*Image provided by JustJen.com.*