What color is your soul? That is the burning question that the founders of GreenSoul Shoes would like to know! Alastair Ong, Iris Chau, and Stephen Chen have taken the time to answer “Mom’s” questions about their mission to place shoes on the feet of underprivileged children around the globe.

An Interview with the Founders of GreenSoul Shoes

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

GSS’s mission is to shoe underprivileged children around the world in a sustainable fashion. We work with local artisans from developing nations to produce a 100% up-cycled sandal and for each one that we sell; we give one away to an underprivileged child in need in that same community.

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

I am a staunch advocate of composting even if you live in a small apartment: See my blog and a write-up in another blog here.

Guilty green pleasure?

I love recycled bags or any sort. I have a collection of bags made out of juice boxes, sailcloth, nylon, reused cotton.

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


Because it’s recycled doesn’t mean that it needs to be ugly or uncomfortable or not stylish. Green is chic in itself, and it is our job as inventors, manufacturers, retailers and innovators to make our sustainable products even better than non-sustainable products.

*Image provided by GreenSoul Shoes.*

HAPPYBABY goes gluten-free! Baby’s favorite snack is now offered in two varieties that are free of gluten – Sweet Potato and Strawberry. These tiny little organic puffs are one of the first foods that “Mom” reached for when starting her little one on the road to self-feeding and independence, so she was thrilled that HAPPYBABY has added these two new gluten-free flavors.

HAPPYBABY PUFFS are:

  • Certified organic
  • Rich in Vitamin D
  • The only baby snacks with added Vitamin B and Calcium
  • Lower in sugar, containing half the amount of sugar found in similar products
  • Free of artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, and GMO’s

These nutritious puffs work wonders on fussy children, too! “Mom” always has a container on hand in the car, or tucked into her diaper bag or purse – they can be used for counting, to keep little hands busy, or to entertain while the food takes a bit too long to get to the table while eating out at a restaurant!

HAPPYBABY PUFFS are available nationwide at major retailers or online grocery stores. Visit www.happybabyfood.com for more information.

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

As parents and designers of the haute, eco-friendly line REVEAL, Terry and Jiaying Omata are truly an inspiration to all! Founded in 2009, REVEAL is already making a statement in the fashion world, and “Mom” was thrilled to be able to glean some insight into their planet-conscious pieces. Take a peek at their collection online at www.revealshop.com.

An Interview with the Designers Behind REVEAL Handbags & Accessories

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

In 1999, REVEAL’s founders, Terry and Jiaying Omata, backpacked throughout Asia, South America and Africa. As they journeyed through some of the world’s most beautiful developing countries, everywhere they saw people working hard to escape poverty and give their children a better life. Realizing the common desire for people to attain a higher standard of living would ultimately lead to our planet’s deterioration, they created REVEAL to reinvent fashion in an eco-friendly and viable way.

Naturally, our beautiful handbags and accessories are made with the most innovative recycled and sustainable materials available. And our devotion to preserving the planet’s resources is shown through every aspect of our business, from our earth and animal friendly materials and manufacturing processes, to the corporate practices and causes we support.

REVEAL means being true to ourselves, our customers, and the world around us. We design for you – so that being socially responsible, like fashion, is fun and attainable. We design for today’s men and women, with the planet’s future in mind. And we do as our name suggests – we reveal how our products are made, empowering you to make well-informed choices. Finally, you don’t have to choose between fashion and a better planet.

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

I avoid driving as much as possible. I make sure to live in a neighborhood where I can walk to work, do my errands, shop and dine. When I absolutely have to drive, I drive my hybrid.

Guilty green pleasure?

Definitely the local farmers market- it’s so great to walk through our local market and connect with the artisans and farmers. Also, since I just had my first baby, I can’t resist purchasing cute little eco-friendly goodies for my baby girl. Seriously, who can pass up those cute little onesies?!
Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would just say that we are all in this together and our common goal is to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Sometimes it’s not easy to design and develop sustainable products and often times it is very difficult, because it isn’t the mainstream way of doing things. But I would like to encourage others to persevere and know that our efforts will pay off and our planet will thank us.

*Image provided by REVEAL.*

Founded in 2009, the Peek A Bamboo line is made from eco-friendly & super-soft bamboo, and features clever sayings on their bodysuits that have been screen printed using eco-friendly water-based inks. The creator of Peek A Bamboo, Tim Gilroy, took the time to answer some of “Mom’s” questions about this adorable new line of clothing for infants and toddlers.

An Interview with Tim Gilroy, Creator of Peek A Bamboo

1. Tell us about your eco-inspired company:

Peek A Bamboo is a creative clothing brand featuring the luxurious natural resource of bamboo. With the market growing for sustainable products, we have launched a line of baby bodysuits with the goal of providing an eco-friendly, premium quality brand. Bamboo clothing is extremely soft, breathable and cozy, just perfect for your little one. Our original artwork is fun, creative and conveys the message of living green through the whimsical nature of bamboo. We are proud to offer a brand that helps reduce the impact on the environment and lets people feel good about what their baby is wearing.
2. How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I make a very conscious effort to recycle, conserve water and buy organic products.

3. Guilty green pleasure?
In the process of developing the Peek A Bamboo brand, I have ordered many samples of bamboo clothing. My guilty pleasure is ordering samples of shirts in my size so I can wear them. Bamboo clothing is so soft, I just can’t resist.

4. Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?
Be passionate about what you do. Most people in the sustainable industry believe in what they are doing. If that energy carries over into your business practices, then clients and customers will want to support your business.

*Image courtesy of Peek A Bamboo.*

Do you ever just need a role model to inspire you as a woman to keep trying? Here is a list of 30 women who made a difference in a number of fields. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are artists, scientists, authors and singers of all races and nationalities, each one a woman who persevered no matter the odds against her.

30 Women Who Challenged the Status Quo

By Margo Smith

1. Jane Addams, created the first community kindergarten and was the compassionate founder of Hull House in Chicago, established in 1889 with her own inheritance.

2. Joan of Arc was a noteworthy woman. This is likely her most well known statement: “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” Her incredible story began when she was elected at the youthful age of 17 to be a leader of the French army. She successfully led them to several important victories.

3. Lucille Ball a well known comedienne with a famous show. Her spoofs and comedic talent have delighted audiences for years.

4. Clara Barton served as a nurse during the Civil War and founded the American Red Cross in 1881.

5. Her Highness, Begum of Bhopal, was the only female to ever rule India. Her rule began in 1901.

6. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree. She graduated from a Medical school in Geneva, N.Y. in 1849.

7. Anne Bradstreet, 1650: her poems published in Britain, so she became the first American authoress to be in print.

8. Carol Burnett. She hosted her own variety show in 1967, in an era of male show hosts. She is a talented and versatile comedian beloved by many for her humorous characters.

9. Willa Cather, chronicler of the pioneering experience. Her most famous works are O Pioneers!, published in 1913 and My Antonia, 1918.

10. Carrie Chapman Catt created and founded the League of Women Voters in 1920.

11. Madame Curie, a Polish scientist who made important discoveries about the uses of radium. Her research was instrumental in offering new treatment for diseases.

12. Amelia Earhart This female pilot is most famous because of her disappearance, but she had many firsts in her flying career. She was the first to complete a successful solo flight of 2,408 miles – from Honolulu to Oakland, California. Later she was the first person to do a non-stop solo flight from Mexico City to Newark. She was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

13. Mary Fields had many groundbreaking roles during her day. She was an African-American business woman, stagecoach driver and a pioneer as well.

14. Margot Fonteyn, a famous British ballerina, graduated in 1934, and her amazing talent won her the role of Giselle the very next year.

15. Indira Gandhi of India, she was the first female Prime Minister of India.

16. Zora Neale Hurston is the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and other works. She was a member of the Harlem Group, a foundation of African American writers.

17. Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, her coming of age book about a young girl and her growing awareness of class and racial issues in the South.

18. Dolley Madison, First Lady, and wife of James Madison, the fourth United States President. She is known for making the White House a particularly welcoming place during her years there. She started the tradition of holding a weekly reception open to politicians, citizens and diplomats.

19. In 1985 Wilma Mankiller was declared to be the first woman chief in Oklahoma. She led her people – the Cherokee Nation.

20. Golda Meir, an Ambassador from Israel to the Soviet Union in 1948, she became Israel’s Foreign Minister in 1956 and in 1969, at the age of 71 she became the 3rd female Israeli Prime Minister.

21. Dr. Antonia Novello, the first female U.S. Surgeon General. She filled this role beginning in 1990.

22. Sandra Day O’Connor – nominated by President Regan in 1981to be the first woman justice on the Supreme Court. She filled this position from 1981 to 2005 when she retired.

23. Annie Oakley is a better shot than her husband, Frank Butler. She proved this in a marksmanship competition in 1875 before they were married.

24. Anne Parrish, from Philadelphia, set up the very first American charitable association specifically for women, called the House of Industry.

25. Sally Ride, aptly named because she was the first American woman to be go into space. Her venture into the great unknown was in 1983.

26. Annie Peck Smith climbs the Matterhorn in 1895 and places herself in history in doing so since she was the first woman to have achieved this goal.

27. Madge Syers entered the men’s figure skating championship in 1902. Six years later she became the first to be presented with the first Olympic gold medal for women.
28. Mother Teresa, a hard working and empathetic advocate of the poor and downtrodden, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

29. Lady Margaret Thatcher was a tremendously influential political leader known for her forthrightness. In 1979 she was elected as the Prime Minister of the U.K.

30. Harriet Tubman was a woman born into slavery. She escaped in 1849 and during the 1850’s she returned to the South to help many other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad.

Hopefully you found some new heroes from this list of dedicated and resilient women. Do you have a famous female role model? Did you notice anyone who you think should be on the list? Limiting this catalog of accomplishments to only 30 means there are many more women worthy of inclusion. Leave a comment and let us know who you think should have made the list.

About the Author

Margo Smith earned her B.S. degree from BYU. She enjoys writing about a variety of subjects from gourmet recipes to online classes to ceramics. She draws from her own education, her years in college and an author’s perspective on life when compiling articles.

Mom’s” dream has come true – her first article was featured on the popular SheKnows.com today! Please stop by to read the article, and browse throughout the site. Read the full article here.

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Go green at the gym with the ARMPOCKET™, a new and innovative compact carry-all that is made from a blend of post-consumer plastic bottles (PET) and eco-friendly bamboo. Designed to carry all of your necessities while working up a sweat in eco-chic style, the ARMPOCKET™ can hold your cell phone, iPhone, iPod, MP3 player, keys, cash, and more! The Sport 20 ARMPOCKET™ is available with a front pocket or with a touch-through window for iPhone aficionados, like “Mom.”

This is a well-designed arm band, with moisture-wicking sports performance mesh for when you work up a sweat, and memory foam padding that helps to resist slipping. With 20 cubic inches of storage capacity, you won’t want to head to the gym or out for a run without it! To learn more about the ARMPOCKET™’s eco-friendly aspects, and the company’s commitment to the planet, click here.

The ARMPOCKET™ is available in a wide array of bright, bold colors and styles to suit your needs, and can be purchased online at www.armpocket.com.

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

Tiny Green Mom has teamed up with the website We Are Goodkin! The popular parenting site has asked “Mom” to author a few timely articles this summer – the first being an article on the best eco-friendly sunscreens for the entire family. Please check out the article here!

Goodkin is a lifestyle-focused website for today’s modern family.

We see the modern family as one that is progressive, inclusive, socially and globally aware, diverse, non-traditional and a leader in their community.

Learn more about We Are Goodkin on their website.

*Image provided by Avalon Organics.*

Looking for stylish yet eco-friendly invitations for your child’s birthday party or BBQ bash this summer? cocodot offers adorable online invitations and greetings that are simple to create for your next celebration. Going paperless has never been more fun!

SAVE FACE. SAVE TIME. SAVE MONEY. SAVE THE PLANET.

cocodot’s invitations and cards are beautifully designed and can be customized for your event in just minutes in 3 simple steps:

1. Design. First select the card or invitation that strikes your fancy from 1000’s of designs, which can also be customized by uploading a favorite image.

2. Create. Put together your event details and add in all the specifics, including date, time, address and RSVP settings.

3. Address + Send. Add your guests and send your invitations! You can also use Facebook through cocodot to alert your friends’ to the upcoming soiree!

Yes, it is really that simple. If you are looking for a site that is easily navigated, offers thousands of gorgeous designs, does not inundate you with advertisements, and is planet-friendly, then look no further than cocodot! “Mom” just created her daughter’s 1st birthday invitations and they turned out splendidly! It literally took less than 10 minutes to design, create and send them off!

For more information or to go paperless yourself, visit their website. You can register today and receive 3 free cards!

*Company provided samples, images, and information for this review.*

Recently, “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Rock Star Anand Bhatt about his upcoming cookbook, Rock Star Recipes. This fascinating Indian-American rock star is on a mission to change the way that rockers eat on the road by steering away from the fast-food and whiskey-loving nature of his predecessors. He intends to live a long, fruitful life, and is inspiring others to do the same.

An Interview with Rock Star Anand Bhatt

Mom: “It seems that you are truly a rocker with a conscience, having just recently raised over $40k for animal rights! Do you have any plans for future fundraising efforts? What other causes are you passionate about?”

Anand: “Lately, we’ve been trying to make a good education available to all kids worldwide. Many kids live in areas that can’t afford to have schools. This year we will be able to succeed in helping open a new school district in Vietnam and I personally will get to open a music school for children. It’s very exciting. Don’t worry; we’re still actively saving animals at http://www.tinyurl.com/anandrescue. I’ve been lucky that there are so many people wanting to volunteer and help out that these efforts have continued to be successful.”

Mom: “What inspired your cookbook? Do you have a family member that showed you how to cook?”

Anand: “People are always asking me about what I’m eating or going to be cooking. It seems to be a source of entertainment for most because I won’t eat the standard burgers/fries/white bread/ad infinitum. Both my parents and my Grandmother on my mother’s side I feel were an influence to my tastes and styles.

However, I’m an EXTREMELY picky eater. 1) For health reasons and 2) For vanity reasons. You just can’t look and feel good eating the everyday foods that we take for granted here in the U.S. Also, I require a lot of flavor in my food or it’s a chore for me to eat. BTW, my picky eating choices may be a source of entertainment for the public, but it’s probably a source of frustration to my mother when I go visit ;). Because of my pickiness, at a young age I started to learn to cook for myself. As I got older and was on the road with the band, I realized I needed to find a way to get my healthy and tasty food fix to avoid the option of fast food. Even if the tour/set has a caterer – the food most cooks prepare is just not satisfying to me. A caterer is not going to cook a flax-meal muffin with Stevia no matter how much he’s getting paid.

Also, because of their careless diets, my colleagues and predecessors were (and still are) getting out of shape, sick, and unable to handle the stresses and requirements of our fast-paced lifestyle. I just don’t want grow up to be another Vince Neil, Ozzy Osbourne, or Keith Richards. I’d like to transcend that “Rock Stars are supposed to deteriorate” philosophy; Especially in today’s world where our schedules and careers are much more demanding then in prior decades, and therefore require much more health and looks maintenance.”

The results of some of the recipes I came up with or discovered sound strange to many people, but the taste and benefits are undeniable and therefore have led to people asking me to share my eating habits and recipes. So instead of answering each email one-by-one, I decided to put it in the new upcoming book called, “Rock Star Recipes.”

Mom: “How do you find the time to cook while on tour?”

Anand: “Sometimes I’m lucky enough to get a hotel suite with a kitchen. Many times I prepare & pack snacks before shipping off. Some of things I make are Spicy Organic Peanuts & Low-Carb “Cliff” Bars made with almond butter, Stevia and ginger. I also do crazy things with microwave steamable broccoli. The key to eating on the road (or anyone with a busy lifestyle for that matter) is to be able to efficiently use a microwave. You won’t believe me until you try the recipes for yourself, but I’ve been able to cook Salmon as well as Eggs perfectly with just a microwave and you nor your guests will be able to tell that it wasn’t cooked in a restaurant oven.

Mom: “What’s your tried and true recipe – a crowd-pleaser, perhaps, or one that never fails?”

Anand: “I’ll give you two. A favorite of my friends seems to be the CAULIFLOWER-CRUST PIZZA. It is low-carb, low calories, and fun. Another favorite recipe with some Indian flair is my FAST & EASY MASALA CHAI (Spicy Black Tea)! It’s a variation of the method my Father uses to make his tea.”

A large thanks to Anand to taking the the time out of his busy schedule to answer the questions above and for providing Tiny Green Mom readers with some unique and healthy recipes!