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Mom” was recently introduced to JuneBee Baby, an online boutique that offers gorgeous hand knit baby clothing that puts a modern spin on vintage knits, and the result is stunning! June Sayali, who founded the company in 2006, was kind enough to answer some questions about her business for Tiny Green Mom readers!

An Interview with June Sayali, Founder of JuneBee Baby, Inc.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

JuneBee Baby is an exclusive online baby clothing boutique that offers an exceptionally fresh look into the baby fashion world with its timeless heirloom quality pieces hand made with pure natural fibers.

We specialize in hand knitted baby clothes for newborns, infants and toddlers of ages 0-36 months. Our alluring collection features one-of-a-kind sweaters, dresses, cardigans, rompers, christening sets, blankets, hats and booties designed for ultimate comfort and crafted with the finest yarns of Cotton, Bamboo, Wool and Cashmere.

Each product in our baby clothing boutique is a piece of art touched by no single machine stitch and created with a characteristically genuine style that blends authentic original patterns and motifs with an eclectic and contemporary flair.

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

I always choose glass containers over plastic ones, purchase food in glass jars instead of plastic packages, use my AC as little as possible, walk or bike when running errands and teach my little one to recycle. Plan to grow my own tomatoes and green peppers in my patio soon.

Guilty green pleasure?

Purchasing fresh organic food from the local farmer’s market.

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

As a small business owner who has to be multi-task oriented and take care of many aspects of the work on her own, planning and determination are keys to success. It really helps a lot to plan your day, week, month and even a year ahead with an up to date To Do List. Put a timeframe to complete each item, start with the most important ones that you prioritize, and try your best to stick to the planned timelines. It almost follows the same pattern with exercising…first you push yourself hard to start and keep going, and then you become more and more motivated when you start to see results.

As John Denver said in song, “The season is upon us. A time for gifts and giving.” Who is the most fun to buy for at the holidays? The kids, of course! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom has chosen her very favorites for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-aged children for 2011.

Tiny Green Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide for Children

JuneBee Baby

For the youngest member of the family, JuneBee Baby offers over-the-top adorable, luxuriously soft, stylish children’s clothing, all made lovingly with pure natural fibers in one-of-a-kind designs! Each piece of whimsical clothing will have your baby or toddler warm, toasty, and eco-chic through the season. Plus, a portion of JuneBee Baby sales is donated to “Generation Rescue” to directly help families with autism.

Maple Landmark Push N Pull Bunny

For the tiny eco-explorer in your life, the Maple Landmark Push N Pull Bunny is an excellent choice! When your little one is a crawler, the Push N Pull’s large handle is sized for little hands to push the bunny across the floor. As your child grows into a walker, a string can be attached to the front of the bunny through the hole, and it becomes a pull toy. The Push N Pull is crafted from locally sourced, responsibly harvested maple with hardwood components and laser detailing on both sides. For ages 6 months +.

A-Maze Rain Rush

Shake, rattle and roll – this wooden rain maker from B. toys sounds like rain gently falling against the windowpane, and your budding musician will love to sing and dance to the beat! A perfect choice for children ages 18 months to 3 years, this is one musical instrument that will definitely be a hit with the whole family!

In the Indian Night Sky

Hathi Chiti uses eastern-themed characters and concepts as a gateway to educate little ones about different cultures around the world. Children ages 3 and up will delight reading about Indian folklore and culture through this beautifully illustrated book written by Reshma Sapre and illustrated by Jayme Robinson.

Gone Fishin Bath Toy

Encourage your future marine biologist or deep sea fisherman with this BPA-free bath toy from Munchkin! A magnetic fishing pole catches sea squirts and makes “reel” clicking sounds – making bathtime fun and enjoyable all through the winter.

Pengoloo

Children ages 4 and up will adore this all-wooden, eco-friendly memory game taking them on a South Pole Eggspedition! Be the first to collect six penguins with their eggs on an iceberg to win. This award-winning game teaches color recognition, memory, visualization, and social skills. It’s a gift that gives back too, as Blue Orange plants two trees for each one used in game construction!

hello paper dolls

For unplugged, imaginative fun for your granddaughter, daughter or niece, hello paper dolls are sure to inspire creativity! Choose from 4 paper doll princess kits – each comes with a large 6″ paper doll princess and royal pet, 2 sheets of punch out clothing, 1 sheet of fashion accessory stickers and a unique stencil for endless designs. Made with FSC-certified uncoated recyclable paper.

Plush Giraffe Hot Water Bottle

Kids love giraffes, and this particular Giraffe Hot Water Bottle is perfect for a bedtime cuddle buddy during the chilly winter months. Includes a removable travel size Fashy thermoplastic hot water bottle that has a large opening for easy filling, and retains heat for hours. It is odorless, recyclable and safe, and features an adorable machine washable cover.