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Summer is here in FL, with temps reaching into the 90’s already… and we are thirsty for ice cold water around the clock, it seems! Luckily for the Tiny Green Mom team, Contigo has some new water bottles that are keeping us refreshed and hydrated, with unique designs for every member of the family!

Contigo Gizmo Flip Blue

For little ones who are always grabbing for their older sibling’s water bottle and ditching their own sippy cup like my little guy, the Autospout Gizmo Flip is a game-changer! With no straw to pull out on top, and a new revamped design that keeps the straw attached inside the water bottle too, this pop-up design is pure perfection. It is 100% BPA-free, leak & spill-proof, easy to clean, and top rack dishwasher safe. Plus, my son is obsessed with pushing the straw down into place and pushing the button to ‘pop’ it back up…over and over again! Backseat boredom buster + water bottle in one! It’s a win!

Contigo Tumbler Blue

For older siblings who think sippy cups are for babies but for whom inevitable spills are still entirely possible, the Spill Proof Kids Tumbler does the trick! Available in 4 bright patterns, the tumbler features a no-spill valve in the straw makes it impossible to spill, and a seal around the straw offers extra protection against leaks. A soft grip bottom pad helps prevent the tumbler from tipping over on the coffee or dinner table, and it also fits most car cup holders, making it the perfect companion for car rides. At “Mom’s” house, our rule in the car is no open water cups, only water bottles or sippy cups for car trips. When you’re ready to wash the tumbler, the spill-proof straw twists apart to clean it easily, and the straw, lid, and body are top-rack dishwasher safe. It is 100% BPA-free.

Contigo Autoseal

Not to leave out Mom or Dad, Contigo’s new 24 oz. AUTOSEAL® Chill takes spill-proof to a whole new level. For “Mom,” that means daily weight training sessions are kept hydrated with cold water and no spills happen on the gym floor. Plus, you are in charge of opening and closing the top…once you stop pushing the button to take a sip, it seals closed. Made of stainless steel, drinks stay cold up to 28 hours with Thermalock™ Vacuum Insulation. Win!

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

March is National Nutrition Month, and what better way to introduce proper hydration + delicious fruits into your little one’s diet than through refreshing fruit infused water! Sassy makes it simple with their brand new Fruit Infuser Cups! Simply place the desired fruit(s) into the strawberry, close, and place in the cup. Fill the cup with cool, filtered water, and let your little one sip away! For our 1 year old son, we tried combos of strawberries + raspberries, strawberries + blueberries, and raspberries + blueberries. He’s a berry guy, as you can tell!

Sassy-Fruit-Infuser-Basket

Helping your little one transition to an open cup, promoting healthy eating and inspiring creativity in concocting their own fruit combination… yep, the Fruit Infuser Cup has got it all! The cup includes a strawberry-shaped fruit infusion basket to naturally flavor your little one’s water and a carry strap for attaching to a backpack, diaper bag, or stroller. Odor and stain-resistant, the cup and parts are top rack dishwasher-safe!

All Sassy feeding items are BPA Free & Phthalate Compliant. You can learn more about the entire line at www.sassybaby.com.

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

Mama & Little Logo

At Tiny Green Mom, we love finding new + innovative companies that really ‘get’ what modern mommas need and desire! For “Mom,” who has a teething 7 month old, this means finding baby safe jewelry that her little one can drool and chew on without worry, and that looks fashionable, too! With geometric shapes and beautiful color combinations that come together like a gorgeous piece of art you can actually wear, the stunning Mama & Little collection will have you dreaming up outfits you can rock with baby in tow!

Mama & Little 2

Mom” adores the delicate Teresa Silicone Teething Necklace in “Mermaid” above – isn’t it pretty?! Featuring a breakaway safety clasp and made from 100% silicone beads, this gorgeous necklace can be easily cleaned with soap and water after your sweet baby plays it with and chomps on it. It will keep little fingers occupied without compromising your style, and we love that it is non-toxic, as well as BPA, PVC, phthalate, latex, lead, and cadmium free!

Mama & Little 3

When you order a teething bracelet or necklace from Mama & Little, your jewelry arrives packaged beautifully in a cotton drawstring bag. Whether as a gift for yourself (it’s ok – treat yourself! You deserve it, moms!) or for someone who is expecting, Mama & Little will be a treasured gift!

To learn more about Mama & Little and the entire collection of teething jewelry, visit the Mama & Little website.

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

Nona Lim Group - All flavorsFall and winter weather always stirs up memories of freshly made sups simmering on the stove, ready to be enjoyed with a loaf of crusty whole wheat bread! For those who are time-crunched through the holiday season, or want to have something delicious, nutritious and simple on hand on days when they don’t feel like cooking, Nona Lim has created soups that are certified gluten-free, dairy free and vegan and never contain additives or preservatives. Available in 8 tasty and distinct flavors, each soup is packaed into handy BPA free pouches, ready to snip, heat and serve. From Carrot Ginger Soup to Thai Green Curry to a classic Tomato Soup, there is a soup to tantalize everyone’s tastes!

Nona Lim Carrot Ginger Soup

Mom” is loving the Red Lentil Veggie Soup and the Carrot Ginger Soup this Fall. Perfect for a light dinner, the soups are satisfying and warm the tummy!

Why Choose Nona Lim?

Nona Lim starts with a commitment to the best ingredients. The company sources up to ninety percent of its fresh vegetables from local California farms and one to two pounds of these fresh veggies are cooked down into every 12 ounce pouch of Nona Lim soup. Nona Lim also gets all its organic zucchinis from Alhambra Valley Ranch Farm just outside of San Francisco. All of these vegetables have been harvested only days before they hit the soup pots guaranteeing superior flavor and texture.

In addition, Nona Lim uses a blast-freeze process to preserve crispness and flavor. While frozen, Nona Lim soups are good for many months. Soups are delivered to grocery stores around the country and sold in the refrigerated section. Nona Lim also sells its soups online to consumers, where they are packed in cooler boxes with gel ice packs and shipped via UPS. While it may seem like a lot of effort to deliver soups cold, it allows the company to forgo preservatives that would introduce an off taste requiring additional salt and sugar to cover up. By ensuring cold delivery, Nona Lim is revolutionizing ready-to-heat soups with superior health and taste.

To locate a store near you, or to order online, visit www.nonalim.com.

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

Kneekers with BabyYes – these are like little cushions for baby’s knees as they cruise around crawling on all fours! “Mom” loves these adorable tiny knee pads designed for baby’s knees as your little one learn to crawl and walk. Ah Goo Baby’s Kneekers are the perfect anytime accessory for babies on the go – their soft, cushioned padding and protective outer shell cradles your baby’s precious knees to shield them from carpet burns, rough surfaces, and abrupt falls. With “Mom’s” baby now on the move, army-crawl style, these cute little knee pads have definitely come in handy – providing her baby with a sense of comfort and security.

Kneekers are made from BPA and Phthalate-Free soft materials, and available in a variety of colors and patterns for your stylish tot. At Tiny Green Mom, we are loving the Hoppy Frog and Monster designs! Plus, Kneekers are machine washable and available in two sizes for extra comfort: Lean Leg or Chunkalicious! 

You can learn more about Kneekers or order online at ahgoobaby.com.

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

non-spill cup orangeWith a toddler and a small baby, “Mom” is busy – working, creating meals, giving baths, changing diapers, potty training, and yes, cleaning up after the inevitable mess! Well, now there is one less mess to tend to, thanks to the ingenious and yes, super duper awesome, Spill-Proof Cup and Straw Cup from mOmma®! These award-winning, BPA and Phthalate-free cups make it fun to encourage your wee ones to drink from a cup with ease. “Mom” placed the mOmma® Straw Cup With Dual Handles in front of her baby, who reached for it immediately with both hands. It rocks and rolls a bit, due to the round shape, but does not spill, and within one minute, the baby was sucking from the straw and extremely pleased with herself! Yes, she even waved her little arm in the air with satisfaction – too cute!

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Why are we loving these new cups from mOmma®?

mOmma® Spill-Proof Cup With Dual Handles — A Parent Tested Parent Approved 2013 winner, this cup’s round, ergonomic shape is easy for baby to grasp, and the soft, 100 percent silicone spout is gentle on developing teeth and gums. New spill-proof technology prevents leaks, and since it is valve-free it eliminates the hassle of cleaning multiple parts. The Spill-Proof Cup is also available without dual handles.    

mOmma® Straw Cup With Dual Handles — This cup was voted Product of the Year 2012 in toddler mealtime by more than 50,180 consumers in a survey by TNS for Product Innovation. With the innovative In &  Out™ straw system that stores the straw within the lid, mOmma’s Straw Cup prevents leaks and ensures maximum hygiene when on the go. The Straw Cup is also available without dual handles.    
 
All mOmma® products can now be found at Target, as well as online. Visit www.mommarocks.com.

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

What You Should Know About BPA and Environmental Health

If you’re someone who has been following the news as it relates to environmental health, then you have probably heard “BPA” brought up in conversations before. It stands for Bisphenol-A and it is an industrial chemical that has been used for product packaging and the construction of many other items since the early 1960s. However, it’s been over the past several years that researchers have discovered that with BPA, there are some potential environmental and health risks that come with using it.

Health Concerns

Due to the fact that BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics, this means that it’s in many water bottles, baby bottles and other containers for food and beverages. Although research is continually being conducted, there has been evidence found that long-term use of BPA in our systems can detrimentally affect our brain, our behavior and the prostate glands of fetuses and young children. There is concern that it plays a significant role in affecting the health of a woman’s mammary glands and overall reproductive health. There have also been studies to support that it accelerates a young girl’s puberty cycles.

What Is Made with BPA?

Although it’s close to impossible to totally live a “BPA-free existence”, there are definitely some proactive measures that you can take to keep it from being a part of your daily intake. First of all, it’s good to know what items contain BPA. Aside from most water and baby bottles, the common coatings of metal foods cans and most water coolers also are made with BPA. But it’s not just used for containing food and drink. There are many sunglasses, CDs and DVDs and electronic equipment that are made with this substance, as well as bulletproof glass and construction glazing.

How to Use Less BPA

So, now that you see how much of a presence that BPA has in our everyday lives, you might want to some tips on how to avoid it. There are many centers for lab testing across the country that are working to provide answers to this very question. For now, the recommendations include looking for products that have a BPA-free label. For instance, the Thermos brand (Thermos.com) is one company that prides itself in making BPA-free items. Another tip is to buy less canned food; to purchase more fresh produce instead. Another idea is to use alternatives to plastic such as glass, porcelain or stainless steel. Still, another suggestion is to avoid microwaving items made with BPA. Research indicates that after heating food up in containers made from BPA, it can actually start to break down the components of it and integrate with the food. As far as the health and well-being of your child, there are BPA-free bottles that you can purchase. Evenflo markets a line of BPA-free bottles and glass bottles as well. So does, Dr. Brown’s, Born Free and Green to Grow. When it comes to items that you don’t eat, for obvious reasons, they do not pose the same kinds of health risks, but if you are someone who would like to see the world with less BPA in it in general, it certainly doesn’t hurt to contact the manufacturer of the DVD player that you are considering buying or the construction team that you are contracting to discuss with them if they have any BPA-free products and materials. If they do, that makes them all the better to work with. If they don’t, you just may have given them something smart to think about.

Love cooking with ripe, fresh tomatoes? Whether you enjoy creating homemade pasta sauces, pizzas, and soups, such as minestrone or “Mom’s” favorite, creamy tomato basil, Pomì Tomatoes makes it simple! Their Italian tomatoes are conveniently sealed in a BPA-free, stay-fresh package, and contain no preservatives, citric acid, or artificial flavors.

Why choose Pomì Tomatoes?

100% natural
Long shelf life without refrigeration
Not from concentrate
No preservatives
No artificial flavors
No citric acid
No water added
BPA-free packaging

Mom” loves to make this spicy version of tomato and basil soup with Pomì Tomatoes – you can adjust the red pepper flakes to your liking.

Tiny Green Mom’s Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

Ingredients

3 – 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

5 – 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

2 organic carrots, chopped

1 stalk organic celery, chopped

2 containers Pomì Chopped Tomatoes

Handful of fresh basil (10 leaves should be plenty)

Pinch of turbinado sugar

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

Red pepper flakes, to taste

4 cups organic chicken broth

1 – 2 cups organic plain soymilk creamer or organic whipping cream (omit if you do not desire a creamy soup)

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery; cook until just wilted. (about 10 minutes) Add the canned tomatoes, fresh basil, juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes more. Add the chicken stock, red pepper flakes and the allspice, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partially, and let the soup simmer for 50 minutes. Once simmered, puree the soup in a blender or food processor, to desired consistency. (some prefer it chunky!) It helps to have a separate bowl to place the pureed soup into as you blend the soup. Return the soup to the soup pot, add the cream if desired, and heat through once more. Add salt and pepper, as needed.

Serve with crackers, crusty bread, or sandwiches – enjoy!

To learn more about Pomì Tomatoes, or to locate a retailer near you, please visit pomi.us.com.

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Skip Hop’s two new additions to their adorable line of Zoo Lunchies and Packs will have your little ones heading to the classroom in style. The Hippo and Dinosaur come in bold, bright colors and “Mom” loves how each zipper pull features a cute embellishment, including a birdie on the Hippo and a leaf on the dinosaur. Both the lunchies and packs are BPA-free, and can easily be wiped clean after use.

In addition to the Hippo and Dinosaur, Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies and Packs include the Bee, Dog, Frog, Monkey, Owl, Penguin, Zebra, Elephant, Fox and Ladybug.

Skip Hop Zoo Packs and Lunchies are available online at SkipHop.com and at select retailers nationwide.

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

Chemicals in Baby Products and How to Avoid Them

It’s a concerning fact that baby products out there still contain BPA, phthalates, and lead; that’s why it’s very important to make informed decisions when buying any product for our children. You might ask: why is it important to buy non-toxic baby products? Take for example, research done by the Environmental Working Group that found that newborn’s umbilical cord blood has an average of 287 different chemicals, in which: 
- 180 cause cancer in humans or animals
- 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
- 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. A few years ago when fire retardant chemicals where being added to pajamas, we had to go and prove that it caused more harm than good. Now we must prove that many other toxic chemicals should also stay away from our furniture, linens, paint and any other products that we come in contact with daily.

Some things to look for are BPA, phthalates, and lead; stainless steel dinnerware is a great way to ensure that you are keeping your child’s food free from these leaching toxins that could be present in plastic dinnerware. Ecobold believes that if consumers take a stance against harmful and toxic products and demand safe alternatives with their buying power, these products can become the norm. So, thank goodness we have companies who share the same concerns and are able to produce better products!

There are some great companies that make it very easy to be a parent; these companies are committed to providing parents with safe, worry-free solutions to real-life challenges. When you buy these non-toxic products you are not only declaring your consideration for your children’s environment, you are also saving them from future health problems. Even if you’re not a parent, when you’re invited to a baby shower, make sure to introduce the mom to be to safe products.

You can find many non-toxic and stylish baby products that customers are raving about at Ecobold.com. Find tableware “must haves” for children, that are of excellent quality and that will not contain any toxic chemicals that can harm your child. One to love is the stainless steel Kid Kanteen baby bottle by Klean Kanteen, the contoured hourglass shape of this bottle is designed to be easy to hold by little hands and the nipple shape promotes proper oral development and healthy teeth. Furthermore, this stainless steel bottle is reusable and 100% recyclable, but most importantly it is non-toxic, which means you won’t expose your child to BPA, phthalate, or lead.

The ECOlunchtray also comes highly recommended! A stainless steel plate divided in three sections, this tray makes it easy to feed toddlers a snack, lunch, or dinner. This plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, and phthalate-free tray is a non-toxic alternative that is completely safe for your little one. This tray is recyclable, unbreakable, and dishwasher safe. And what to use for flatware? The Spoons & Forks for infants is a safe option that is BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free that is made from recycled materials and completely recyclable.