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Yellow Label Kids - Finger PuppetsLooking for creative, imaginative and inspired play this summer with your little ones? Look no further than Yellow Label Kids, a fantastic company offering fair-trade, earth-friendly and hand-crafted toys, puppets and animals that don’t need all the bells and whistles to engage little ones! It’s time to turn off the TV, iPads, iPods, computers, and more, and let your children perform an impromptu puppet show with these oh-so cute hand puppets! The finger puppets are lovingly stitched and have sparked the imaginations of “Mom’s” little ones countless times since they arrived to play. The tiny details of the finger puppets are absolutely darling, and what we love is how easy to they are to pack due to their size! The little puppets can be placed in a pocket, purse, diaper bag and more for fun on-the-go – perfect for a backseat comedy routine!

Yellow Label Kids - Lion Friends Rattles

Founded by entrepreneur Hillary Sciarillo, Yellow Label Kids is fast becoming one of “Mom’s” favorite earth-friendly toy companies! The knit toys are all made with bamboo yarn, and are extremely soft for little hands. The rattles make an excellent baby shower gift for the eco-minded parent!

In addition to the finger puppets and rattles, beautiful handmade dolls, toys, hats, and more are available. To see the entire collection of clothing and toys available at Yellow Label Kids, please visit YellowLabelKids.com.

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

Make a commitment to go green with your pet in 2012! Good for the planet as well as your trusted companion, these eco-fabulous products for pets are at the top of “Mom’s” list this year!

Top Five Earth-Friendly Pet Products

Planet Dog On the Go Food and Water Bowl

For thirsty canines on the go with their owners, whether hiking or just out for some play at the local dog park, the reusable On the Go Food and Water Bowl is a must! It is collapsible, rollable, stuffable, and very packable, and pops right open for easy access when needed. It comes in two sizes depending on your favorite four legged friend’s needs, and is available in seaside blue, sunset pink, harvest orange, forest green.

Planet Dog Biodegradable “Business Bags”

Walking your dog in your neighborhood means that at some point, your furry companion will have to attend to business. Now you can pick up the mess guilt-free, with no harm to the planet with Planet Dog’s Biodegradable “Business Bags!” Made from real corn, the bags biodegrade completely in just 45 days! So stop taking those unsightly plastic bags with you on walks around the block, and tuck a couple of these bad boys in your pocket instead!

Planet Dog EATS

Fido is going to love these new, all-natural treats from Planet Dog! The new EATS are available in dog-pleasing flavors, and made from 100% natural ingredients that aid in tartar control and offer super nutrients in every bite for optimal health and wellness. Made by their new local baking partner, Polka Dog Bakery in Boston, MA, the treats are are wheat, corn and soy-free and contain no wheat gluten. The new EATS line comes in two flavors that are sure to be a hit – Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie and PB & J. What’s not to love about the PB & J flavor – it contains barley flour, rye flour, peanut butter, blueberries, cinnamon!

KIDS ‘N’ PETS Instant All Purpose Stain & Odor Remover

This non-toxic, biodegradable and cruelty-free new stain and odor remover will become your best defense against those inevitable accidents that puppies or kittens will have as they navigate their new surroundings, and will keep carpets fresh & clean from the things that are tracked in from outdoors by Rover after a walk! Messes, poop on paws, litter box disasters – you have probably had one of these happen to you, and the new KIDS ‘N’ PETS cleaner is a must for any home with pets (and children!). It will completely eliminate any odors, not just mask them, so it will keep pets from making a certain spot their bathroom, which is wonderful.

Eco-Me Dry Dog Shampoo

Have a pooch who detests the bath? Try this Dry Dog Shampoo from Eco-Me instead! Just shake the powder onto your pet’s fur or onto a cloth, and brush through the fur or rub thoroughly with a cloth – no water is needed! For any excess, wipe away with a dry towel. For older pets or pets with sensitivities, this innovative planet-friendly shampoo will have tails wagging in no time! Eco-Me Dry Dog Shampoo is available in 4 scents in a recyclable container, including Lavender, Lemon Citronella, Grapefruit Sage and Fragrance-Free. It contains absolutely no dyes, parabens, surfactants, detergents, chemical preservatives or artificial fragrances. Both you and your pet will love this new product! Visit Petco.com.

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

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!

*Image provided by JustJen.com.*

Canopy Verde’s earth-friendly bags simply beam with personality. What sets the collection apart from the rest is the skillful attention to details. The line is made with fine stitching, solid construction, functional design and a unique touch of whimsy.

The creator of Canopy Verde, Linda Wong, grew up in China and had learned the value of a “waste not” mentality early in life. The entire Canopy Verde series is made using organic cotton, chrome-free leather, OEKO-TEX 100 certified dyes, and chemical-free embroidery. Thinking globally, the company encourages Chinese manufacturers to embrace an environmentally friendly approach.

It’s easy to see why the fashion world has taken notice of Canopy Verde’s line. From clutches to duffels and totes to weekenders, the line has everything that a style conscious enthusiast would look for. The bag collections were inspired by flowers and include fun names like “Juniper”, “Freesia”, “Dandelion” and “Dewberry”. Just in time for fall, the entire collection is viewable from www.canopyverde.com.

This review was written by Kirstin Robison, who has a passion for everything beauty and travel related. Often found scouring articles and store shelves for the latest must-haves, Kirstin prefers to stay on top of trends. Nothing inspires her more than to find extraordinary products that really work and make life easier. Having traveled to many exotic locations, Kirstin understands the value of products that offer practical benefits. Writing for “Tiny Green Mom” gives her the opportunity to discover new products that make a difference for the user and the planet.

*Company provided images and information for this review.*

Invisible Shoes offer a unique way to feel as barefoot as possible! Unlike other sandals which encapsulate the foot, Invisible Shoes provide a secure fit with minimal coverage. The shoes are modeled after traditional “huaraches” which are the barefoot running sandals of the Tarahumara Indians. Invisible Shoes are made using only two components – a rubber sole and string. The site offers two options to consumers interested in trying the sandals. The first option is a custom shoe which requires the user to mail a tracing of their feet to the company. The second option is an Invisible Shoe kit which provides almost everything needed to make the sandals. In addition to the kit, the wearer will need to supply a leather punch, a marker, a pencil, a lighter or match, sharp scissors, and a piece of paper to create the sandals. The kit may sound like a daunting task but thanks to the complete and easy to follow instructional video series on www.invisibleshoe.com, the process is simple to follow. The finished product is a comfortable sandal that is lightweight, waterproof and provides secure footing with minimal fabric.

Using very few resources, Invisible Shoes are an Earth-friendly option! The shoes are affordable too – the custom-made shoes are $49.95 and the DIY kits range from $19.95 to $24.95 depending on shoe size. To purchase, visit www.InvisibleShoe.com.

This review was written by Kirstin Robison, who has a passion for everything beauty and travel related. Often found scouring articles and store shelves for the latest must-haves, Kirstin prefers to stay on top of trends. Nothing inspires her more than to find extraordinary products that really work and make life easier. Having traveled to many exotic locations, Kirstin understands the value of products that offer practical benefits. Writing for “Tiny Green Mom” gives her the opportunity to discover new products that make a difference for the user and the planet.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review*

Looking for creative ideas to get your family excited about a greener lifestyle? The What You Can Do series spotlights fun and easy ways to make a positive impact on important green issues such as global warming, water conservation and deforestation. New one minute episodes screen online each weekday this year on the What You Can Do series web site (www.whatyoucando365.com), You Tube and Facebook. Challenge your family to join What You Can Do’s “one minute movement” to take small steps to solve big problems in our communities and around the world.

Note: For ideas involving electrical appliances, ensure that you or another adult perform the task and put the kids in charge of reminding you.

What You Can Do series: If you have even one minute, you can change the world.

Check out 10 favorite one minute ideas on going green with your family from series creator Jessica Arinella and production team On the Leesh. Click on each link to view the corresponding What You Can Do video:

1. Switch the light bulbs in your house to compact fluorescent (energy efficient) bulbs. If every family in the country changed just one bulb to an energy efficient bulb, we could save enough energy to light over 2 million homes for one year.

View What You Can Do video on Global Warming.

2. Unplug home electronics and appliances when they are not in use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that in most U.S. homes, 75 percent of energy used to power home electronics is consumed while the product is turned off.

View What You Can Do video on Phantom Power.

3. Recycle – even if it is just your newspaper. If every American recycled their newspapers, we could save approximately 25 million trees a year.

View What You Can Do video on Deforestation.

4. Make small changes in the way you use water – the EPA estimates that a family of four can use up to 400 gallons of water per day. A few ideas to start conserving water:

  • Shut off the tap when you brush your teeth or wash your face.
  • Instead of running the tap until you get cold water, keep a pitcher in your fridge.
  • Put a bucket in your shower to catch the run off and use it to water plants or wash your car.

View What You Can Do video on Water Conservation.

5. Consider walking your child to school, using public transportation or carpooling with other moms or dads a few times a week. The EPA estimates that using public transportation just twice a week will reduce green house gas emissions by an average of 1600 pounds a year.

View What You Can Do video on Green School Commuting.

6. Buy local! It has been estimated that the average American meal needs to travel approximately 1200 miles to get on your plate. Buying local cuts down on the fuel needed to move your food.

View What You Can Do video on Climate Change.

7. When you are dining out, decline your waiter’s offer to refill your water glass if you are no longer thirsty. If 25% of Americans who dine out declined the complimentary glass of water, 26 million gallons of water would be saved.

View What You Can Do video on Water Conservation at restaurants.

8. If you and your family enjoy seafood, you can download a pocket guide from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that shows the safest options for both you and the environment. Our oceans make up 97% of our Earth’s inhabitable space, and are home to most of the world’s wildlife.

View What You Can Do video on Sustainable Seafood.

9. When you and your family order food out, bring your own containers for the food and decline the napkins and plastic silverware. You can also bring your own “doggy bag” when you eat out for leftovers.

View What You Can Do video on enjoying a greener lunch at work.

10. Approximately 60-80% of all trash in our oceans is plastic, so cut down on plastic bags whenever possible. Always keep a cloth bag in your car for unplanned shopping; and if plastic bags are your only option, make sure to reuse and recycle if possible.

View What You Can video on banning plastic bags.

Watch What You Can Do videos at http://www.whatyoucando365.com/, to learn ways to go green at home, at school, at work and on vacation. The series also features important environmental and social issues such as ocean conservation, arts in education, wildlife extinction, and hunger.

*Image courtesy of What You Can Do.*

Each of us wishes to find better ways to be kinder to the environment for the balance of Mother Earth. Whether you are looking to purchase a vehicle that runs on alternate fuel or wanting to save resources by making your own clothes, you will find a multitude of suggestions on these blogs. Preserving the earth’s fragile resources is an intelligent way to be certain our children still have a place to call home. You’ll be given recommendations from crafting to planting a garden to finding more economical and responsible activities for your children on this vast array of blogs. Make good on your resolve to learn methods to make your life and diminish your impact on the earth.

20 Wonderful Places For Green DIY Projects And Upcycling Crafts

By Colleen O. Ridgely

Mother Nature Network – Do you have questions about going green? This useful site is almost guaranteed to have the answer. Find out about earth-friendly vehicles, many ways to green up your business place, and so much more.

Crafts at Kaboose – Realize just how many super simple crafting projects you and your family can do with items you have around the house on this enjoyable site.

Make and Takes – This site is filled with doable projects that you can save for your next rainy day activity.

Blog Craftzine – It won’t take you long to see that you’ll find nearly anything here. You just might not believe the variety here – from leather crafting to jewelry making to regional craft fairs. This spot will guarantee that you’re up to date with all that is going on in the crafting world.

Dollar Store Crafts – When money is tight, but you still need craft and gift ideas, turn to this site for creative notions.

Creative Jewish Mom – Journey along with Sara while she helps you to celebrate every day of living.

Fab Mums – This goldmine of a site offers a “Learn Through Play” section where you’ll find all kinds of methods to help your child with fun games that assist learning. You will also discover pointers to bargains on etsy sites and doable projects for you to make at home.

Hostess with the Mostess – will provide you with a made to order list of suggestions for your seasonal festivities and for hosting the perfect party. Glean ideas for your invitations, fun party favors and memorable centerpieces, theme and more. Learn how to be the hostess with the very best get-togethers anywhere.

Yarn Storm – Find loads of crochet guidelines on this blog by Jane. You may also enjoy being introduced to her world, learning more about stitching, brushing up on your quilting, and trying new recipes as well.

Do It Yourself Mama – Accompany this caring SAHM on her voyage to become as self sufficient, healthy, frugal and natural as possible, but continue to live her life with gusto.

Gingerbread and Snowflakes – is a darling crafter’s blog where you will learn all kinds of new approaches. Allow Pam to instruct you about her yummy food and how weave on your own loom, give your garden more pizzazz and celebrate little known holidays. Your happiness factor will increase when you stop by this engaging space.

Crafty Stylish – Is for your inner seamstress. Learn to sew almost any article of clothing with the tips and tricks on this beautiful blog.

Desire to Inspire – Find interior design tips and samples on this site. It is sure to make you say wow – I wish my home looked like that…

Cuteable – You will be directed to fun and helpful sites on the web to purchase items or inspiration to dream up your own perfect craft.

One Pretty Thing – Presents you with a pleasing array of craft ideas. You’ll find more kid’s crafts, sewing projects, crafts for you, decorating ideas and party helps than you would likely use up in a single lifetime. You’ll have so much fun!

Purl Bee – Catering to the knitters, if you are able to imagine it, you’ll likely find the pattern, instructions or pictures for it here. You’ll be overjoyed with the amount of first rate projects pictured for you.

Sarah London – Crochet ideas abound through this bright blog. Get ideas for pillow covers, sweaters, blankets, gifts and so much more here. Simply grab your hook and get started!

Not Martha – In the event you have not unearthed this website in your surfing, you’re definitely bound to fall in love at your first sight of this blog. Despite its humorous and catchy name, it is absolutely crafty, with a bit of foodie talent also. For all of us who do not feel like up and coming Betty Crockers or Martha Stewarts, find manageable craft and recipe inspiration on this memorable site.

Paper N Stitch – Looking for paper crafts to make or buy? You’ll realize you’ve run into on the mother lode when you go to this site.

Elsita – will widen your eyes to the wonders of making dolls. Revel in her winning creations – you might just even purchase a doll when she has finished it!

Craft Fail – Now for a tremendously entertaining bonus site. Here you can revel in the knowledge that it isn’t only you who makes crafting mistakes once in a while as you finish a DIY project

Fail Cycle – And just one more freebie for you as a reward for making it through this whole list! Note: this is particularly for anyone who participates in the Free Cycle program. This humorous look at some Free Cycle requests that were not exactly up to speed will have you laughing out loud.

Now that brings your list of recommended blogs to bookmark up to 22 more and counting! Get a kick out of going green with the hints given here, and laugh along with the 2 bonus finds.

About the Author

Colleen O. Ridgely writes and writes and writes. Her zest for life finds its greatest outlet in writing. She is interested in classes online and any other way to learn she can discover the world over.

Here’s an eco-friendly and stylish alternative to plastic water bottles so you can save money and save the environment – Earthlust Stainless Steel Water Bottles! Another eco-fabulous find on ReusableBags.com, these 20 oz stainless steel bottles are made of #304 food grade stainless steel so they will NOT rust, tarnish or stain, and come with a carabineer clip so you can attach it to your bag or bike while on the go. The Earthlust bottles feature gorgeous original artwork and come in a variety of designs and 3 sizes (13 oz, 20 oz, and 33 oz). For your next trip, pack one of these bottles rather than a plastic water bottle – remember, it is all about making one tiny earth-friendly choice at a time!

To purchase an Earthlust Stainless Steel Water Bottle, visit ReusableBags.com.

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

Today’s illuminating (pun intended!) article was written by Kristl, from The Budget Diet, to share with Tiny Green Mom’s readers! A HUGE thanks to Kristl for providing this article!

Stop Phantom Electricity

Discover almost instant savings with a tip that’s both budget friendly & earth friendly!

My daughter’s science project on “Phantom Electricity” showed us just how much electricity we waste.

What is”Phantom Electricity”? Phantom Electricity is the electricity that is used when a device is plugged in but not in use.

For example…you leave your cell phone charger plugged in all the time, but you only charge your phone every few days…did you know that your charger is still using electricity when it is plugged in but not charging? This is “Phantom Electricity”, and little bits are being used throughout your home everyday hence the name “phantom.”

My daughter used a device called the “Kill-A-Watt” to take exact measurements of “Phantom Electricity”. The results showed that we’re not talking about huge savings…only $5 – $10 per month, but The Budget Diet motto is: Every little bit adds up!

So, how do you save electricity without running around your house unplugging every little thing, everyday? Here are some easy suggestions:

* Use power strips for both your computer and television. When not in use…simply turn off the power strip.
* Unplug lamps & appliances that you rarely use.
* For goodness sake, don’t leave your chargers plugged in when not in use!
* It’s all about starting a new habit, so give it a chance and soon unplugging will become second nature just like turning off the lights!

As my 6th grade daughter said in her conclusion, it’s not just about saving money…it’s about saving the Earth! GO GREEN & SAVE!

The Budget Diet is a diet for your wallet…not your waistline! You’ll discover new money saving tips everyday to help you slim down your daily spending! The Budget Diet girl is not a financial planner or an accountant…just a mom that knows how to live the good life on a budget! Follow The Budget Diet on Facebook or Twitter.

*Image found on ClipArt.*

We all want to live a little greener, but many of us believe it is too time-consuming and expensive. The following ten tips will give you a little more know-how on ways you can make your life a more Earth-Friendly without much effort and by SAVING money as opposed to spending it. The following tips were written by Kelli of 3 Boys and a Dog, who authored this article today!

7 Earth-Friendly Tips to Help You Live a Little Greener


1. Start Recycling – Call your local recycling plant to find out exactly what they will accept and not accept. Then, dedicate bins to different kids of materials – blue for glass, red for aluminum, green for paper. Have your kids spread the word to family and friends! Most recycling places will pay you for your “trash” so your kids can make a bit of money!

2. Get Rid of Paper – Lose the paper filing system. Use electronic storage instead of paper files to save paper and space.

3. Use Natural Light – Open the blinds in your home instead of turning on lamps to reduce energy consumption. Guess what, it also cuts down on your electricity bill!

4. Pick Up Litter – Spend an afternoon picking up litter in your community, park or at your local beach. This helps the eco-system and teaches our kids not to litter.

5. Buy In Bulk – Purchase items in bulk when possible to reduce packaging waste. Also, you will find that bulk items are cheaper per net oz. than regular sized items.

6. Start a Compost Pile – Recycle organic waste by creating a compost pile. It will not only reduce landfill waste, but it also creates nutrient-rich soil for your garden!

7. Hit The Lights – Remember to turn lights off when you leave a room to conserve energy. In fact, switch all your bulbs to less wattage. You won’t notice the difference, but your electricity bill will! Quick, easy, and will make a huge difference!
Kelli is a homeschooling mom blogger at 3 Boys and a Dog. You will find her blogging about the boys and dog, reviews, giveaways, super cool guest posters, recipes, homeschooling, home organization, and pretty much anything that will help you on your journey as a Mom! A HUGE thanks to Kelli for this fabulous article written for Tiny Green Mom!