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Updating your baby’s nursery to a more timeless, neutral space for your little one, or looking for more classic pieces that could work for more than one child? We have compiled some tips on creating an eco-friendly, modern space that will grow with your child that won’t break the bank!

Choose materials carefully. For the walls, opt for a child safe, enviromentally-safe, no or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, such as Real Milk Paint. Paint is one of the top indoor air pollutants, and VOC’s are the toxins that off-gas into the air upon application. Most major paint manufacturers now make a no or low-VOC line of paint with a wide choice of colors, so when picking out paint, read labels carefully or ask a store associate for assistance.

We all know that the color in a space can greatly affect our mood… and our children’s mood! For young children, opt for a color scheme that promotes a healthy night’s sleep & a calm, nurturing atmosphere for play. A neutral color can help to stabilize and ground, while green is an ideal color for any space. Green is neither hot nor cool & symbolizes growth & new beginnings. Use yellow sparingly, or not at all, as yellow is the hardest color for your eye to break down.

In addition to paint, carpet is another major indoor air pollutant, so instead look for hardwood, bamboo, cork, rubber or tile options for bedroom flooring. Adding an area rug made from natural fibers adds the needed warmth you want in a bedroom, plus offers a sound deadening quality to help sound from bouncing off the floor & walls. Wool is strongly suggested as it is a self-extinguishing fiber, an added bonus. We love this ABC Classic Rug from Peurobaby, as it is ethically made from 100% raw materials and non-toxic dyes. It is also washable, which comes in handy with little ones! It is extremely lightweight and easy to pick up and move, with anti-slip underlay to ensure safety.

When adding furniture pieces to your child’s room, such as dressers or chairs, look for unfinished wood furniture, and then stain/paint with a NO VOC stain or paint. This will limit any off-gassing of toxins that a finished piece of new furniture would emit into the space. Another eco-friendly choice is to choose a recycled or upcycled item from a family member or friend. For a fun, timeless piece that blends in seamlessly with any space, the Wooden Toddler Slide from Peurobaby is perfect for indoor use, and encourages exercise, motor skills and independence! Available in a wide variety of colors, the slide is made from molded wood and finished with water-dilutable finish, free of methylpyrrolidone and free of phthalate plasticizers.

For additional play items that grow with your child, choose items that delight their imagination and encourage independent play, from a wooden kitchen to an adorable Chalkboard Ride-On Wagon! This little wagon is a favorite with my children… my now 6 year old likes to decorate it with her artwork, and my little guy likes to pull his wooden cars around in it! It wipes clean easily, too!

When choosing new linens and bedding for a neutral space, think cool colors such as blues, greens, and lavender to calm and soothe, rather than jarring, bright colors! Organic cotton blankets, sheets and pillows give your child a soft, safe place to snuggle into at night, and if possible, opt for Naturepedic, a company that makes GOTS certified organic cotton sheets, pillows, and more… all allergen-friendly, as well! We also adore Aden + Anais, who make the softest, breathable, 100% cotton muslin blankets, changing pad covers, and sleep sacks.

It can be fairly simple to makeover your child’s space to create a delightful, neutral space in which to sleep and play! When in doubt, opt for eco-friendly, natural, and classics that grow with your child.

*Peurobaby provided a sample & images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Smooch - GroupSend a Smooch in their lunchbox! For children (and adults, too!) Smooch is a 100% natural fruit snack that’s made with a blend of three fruit purees (not from concentrate), containing 5% chia seeds and 1% acerola cherry puree to keep little ones energized. Smooch is low in calories, gluten, dairy and nut free and is vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Smooch comes in a single serve pouch, perfect for packing in lunchboxes, backpacks and sports bags!

Smooch At Lunch

While the creators of Smooch wanted to offer adults the same fun and healthy snack option that kids are enjoying, “Mom” found these to be quite a hit with her little ones! Plus, “Mom” loves that each Smooch has two secret (or maybe not so secret!) superfoods that pack an incredible nutritional punch – chia seeds and acerola cherry.

Smooch - Apple Raspberry Peach

Smooches are currently offered in three delightful flavors, including Smooch Apple, Raspberry, Peach, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry, Smooch Mango, Pineapple Banana, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry, and Smooch Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry. We are loving them ALL!

For more information or to order online, you can visit Smooch Snacks. We are hoping they come out with new flavors soon!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.

Organic Pharmacy Baby WashMom” is loving this new organic product line designed for wee ones and their mothers! The Organic Pharmacy makes it easy to care for your new arrival in the best way possible by using The Organic Pharmacy’s mother & baby natural, toxin-free products designed especially with delicate skin in mind. The Organic Pharmacy line is gentle on baby’s skin, while the range of prenatal and postnatal care products is ideal for mom’s health and beauty needs.

Mom” adores the Apricot & Chamomile scent of the lotion, wash, shampoo and conditioner! It is light and fresh, leaving baby smelling sweet and oh-so cuddly! The line includes eight essential baby and mommy care products, including Mother & Baby Massage Oil, Lavender & Chamomile Milk Bath, Miracle Nipple Cream, Stretch Mark Oil, Apricot & Chamomile Conditioner, Apricot & Chamomile Shampoo, Apricot & Chamomile Wash, and Apricot & Chamomile Lotion. All of the products make an excellent baby shower gift to pamper the new mommy and her baby!

Organic Pharmacy Baby Wash

Some of our favorites from the Organic Pharmacy include:

Apricot & Chamomile Lotion (made with Aloe, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Apricot Oil, Chamomile, Honey, Jojoba, and Sesame Seed Oil)

Apricot & Chamomile Wash (made with Aloe, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rose Hip, St Johns Wort, Apricot Oil, Chamomile, and Marigold)

Apricot & Chamomile Shampoo (made with Algin, Aloe, St Johns Wort, Chamomile, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Lemon, and Marigold)

These luxe new items from the Organic Pharmacy will definitely be loved by little ones and their mommies alike! You can learn more at The Organic Pharmacy website.

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

Salacia Product Group ShotWhether you are vacationing beachside this summer, or just want to escape for a few moments in the comfort of your own tub, the new Salacia Salts line of bath salts and body scrubs is the perfect choice! Capturing the healing power of the sea in reclaimed wine bottles, this elegant bath and body line is named after Roman sea goddess Salacia. According to Roman mythology, Salacia traveled through the ocean on a pearl-shell chariot pulled by seahorses and dolphins. Her name is derived from the Latin word “sal,” meaning salt.

Made in Savannah, Georgia, the line features fragrances inspired by native Southern botanicals, including Magnolia, Peach, Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan. “Mom” is enamored with the Georgia Peach fragrance! All Salacia Salts products contain natural exfoliants leaving your skin feeling smooth, rejuvenated and refreshed. After a run on the beach or an afternoon spent gardening, your hands and feet will thank you if you use the body scrub!

Salacia Med+Small

Why are we loving this gorgeous new line?

● Products are created from natural botanicals, essential oils and 100% pure Atlantic sea salt
● Line is vegan-friendly
● Free from sulfates, colorants, parabens, petrochemicals and animal products
● Made with recyclable packaging and biodegradable product labels
● Hand-mixed and packaged in Savannah, Georgia

Salacia Pecan Scrub

Salacia Salts also features a decadent new Hand & Body Scrub in Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan fragrances. Whatever bath or body product you choose to indulge in will certainly not disappoint!

Salacia Salts Logo FINAL

You can learn more about the Salacia Salts all-natural body care products online at SalaciaSalts.com.

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

Kiss My Face Kids SunblockWith kids spending more time playing outside or practicing cannonballs into the pool now that summer is upon us, it’s time to protect little ones from the harmful effects of the sun – naturally, of course! Kiss My Face Kids Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of “Mom’s” top picks this summer – this natural mineral sunscreen glides on evenly, offers SPF 30 protection and does not contain nanoparticles, phthalates, fragrances, artificial colors or any other animal ingredients. It’s an excellent choice for parents who are concerned about their children as well as the planet!

With a little one who could swim for hours in the pool if it was up to her, “Mom” tested the new Kiss My Face Kids Sun Collection and was very pleased! It did not wear off quickly, and provided her sun-kissed child with optimal protection, no matter how many times she dove into the pool!

To learn more about the Kiss My Face Kids Sun Collection, or to order, please visit Whole Foods and KissMyFace.com.

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

WaxeleneFinally – an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly! For those consumers (like “Mom“) who have chosen not to use products on their skin that contain petroleum, Waxelene is an excellent choice! It has the same protective, waterproofing, moisturizing and soothing properties that people have come to expect from petroleum jelly, but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oils.

Instead, Waxelene’s all-natural ingredients include vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil. These are delicately balanced to synergistically care for your skin. It is delicate enough to be used on babies and children, too!

Waxelene’s patent-pending aeration process gives it a silky smooth texture that won’t clog pores. Committed to the environment and healthy living, the makers of Waxelene endeavor to become more sustainable every day. From using natural and organic ingredients, to packaging in recyclable glass jars (no plastic!), to implementing energy-efficient practices, Waxelene is striving to do its part to prepare for a petroleum-free future.

Waxelene can be purchased online, as well at select Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Natural Grocers, Pharmaca, and CVS/pharmacy stores.

You can learn more or locate a store near you at www.waxelene.com.

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

Primavera Ginger Lime Body WashKeep the mid-winter blues at bay with this refreshing, energizing Ginger Lime Body Wash from Primavera! Start your morning refreshed with this luxe, creamy body wash that enlivens the senses. “Mom” has been enjoying her morning shower with this rejuvenating wash – it truly makes the entire room smell amazing after using due to the essential oils!

What are the benefits to using the Ginger Lime Body Wash?

•Organic Ginger Essential Oil has a unique warming effect to increase energy in the body and a spicy aroma to brighten the mind.

•Lime Essential Oil awakens skin with mild astringents and antiseptics, while the uplifting scent leaves the mind upbeat and refreshed.

•Organic Jojoba Oil moisturizes to leave skin nourished and protected.
 
•Organic Green Tea Extract is soothing and rich in powerful antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage.

•Organic Myrtle Water regulates skin’s sebum production and provides refreshing antiseptic properties.

Primavera offers 6 products in the Ginger Lime line, including Energizing Ginger Lime Roll – On Deodorant, Energizing Hand and Nail Cream (“Mom’s” favorite go-to hand cream in the harsh winter months!), Ginger Lime Bath Oil, Ginger Lime Body Lotion, Ginger Lime Body Oil, and Ginger Lime Body Wash.

To learn more about Primavera’s extensive line of natural body care products, please visit PrimaveraLife.com.

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

aden + anais daydream blanket

We are adoring this new luxurious blanket made for adults by popular children’s brand, aden+anais! They must have known that adults wanted to be wrapped up in comfort just like their precious babies! This adult-sized blanket reminds us of a coveted and well-worn security blanket, but much larger and stylish, too!

Mom” is crushing on this new find – it’s perfect for snuggling up in on chilly winter nights or worn on early mornings while drinking that first cup of tea or coffee of the day!

aden + anais is known around the world for premium swaddles, accessories, gear and bathing products designed to nurture and pamper babies – and due to popular demand by parents who covet their collection of baby-sized blankets, the brand has now expanded to pamper adults, too. The new daydream blanket features four luxurious layers of aden + anais’ signature 100% breathable cotton muslin, and it’s the perfect size for lounging on the couch with a book, or providing a little extra warmth to you & your child as you read together before bedtime. Designed in true aden + anais style, the chic and subtle graphic prints make the daydream blanket a stylish throw to enhance any home décor.

Learn more about aden + anais and their extensive line of luxe baby essentials at adenandanais.com.

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

5 Natural and Easy Ways to Improve Your Fertility

Any couple that has considered their options for increasing fertility is no doubt a little worried about the possible results of hormonal or pharmacological means. Just look at what happened to octomom Nadya Suleman. Messing with your body chemistry could not only result in way more kids than you’re planning for, but it can also lead to uncomfortable side effects along the way, and there is no guarantee that a pregnancy will occur. And for the green would-be parents looking to reduce their carbon footprint, natural options are no doubt preferable. So here are a few easy adjustments you might make in order to raise fertility and optimize your chances for conception, sans pills, shots, and other unnatural treatments.

1. Adjust your diet and exercise. Being healthy and fit can only help to prepare your body for incubation, so your first efforts to improve fertility should fall in this area. If your regimen currently includes a lot of processed foods and very little exercise, there are several simple changes you can make. For starters, consider switching to natural or even organic foods. A diet that features mainly lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (in proper portions) will help you to maintain or even lose weight. And adding moderate exercise 3-4 times per week in 30-minute sessions (as recommended by doctors) could help, as well. If you happen to be in good health already, you might consider whether or not your workout routine is rather extreme (90-minutes of intense exercise every day, for example) as this could also tip the scales. This applies to both women and men.

2. Take vitamins. Lowered levels of fertility may occur if your body is lacking essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So get tested if necessary and ask your doctor to recommend ways in which you can increase any nutrients you are lacking. You might be able to get them through the foods you consume, but daily vitamin supplements could also be an option.

3. Avoid extra fluids. This doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water – hydration is essential to optimum levels of health! But there are certain areas where extra fluids could affect your fertility. So if you’re using lubricants (which can kill sperm) or douching (which can alter your pH balance and adversely affect the conditions that facilitate conception) you might want to give up the extra fluids for a while and see if it helps.

4. Ditch the briefs. Sperm seem to flourish in cooler conditions, so if dad is a fan of the tighty-whities, he could try switching to boxers and wearing looser pants in an effort to lower the temperature and ensure maximum levels of viable sperm.

5. Watch the calendar…and the clock. As you probably know, your best chances of conceiving fall during ovulation, which generally occurs between days 11 and 21 of your cycle (although this will vary from woman to woman and even from month to month). So you’ll want to focus your efforts on this time of the month. What you might not realize is that the time of day could make a difference, as well. Studies have shown that, on average, sperm count tends to be higher in the morning, so if your nocturnal activities haven’t yielded much success in forming the family cord, you might want to shift the hour of your efforts. Of course, these steps won’t technically increase your fertility, but they could just help you to target your strongest natural window for conception.

Mom” recently had the opportunity to review Applegate Deli Meats through Green Moms Meet, and wow, did the meats make for an excellent healthy lunch choice! For those who enjoy turkey, ham or salami sandwiches, but worry about consuming nitrates and other artificial ingredients, Applegate is the way to go! Applegate natural deli meats are humanely raised without the use of antibiotics, and are free of nitrates, nitrites, and other artificial ingredients.

Mom” made a delicious chopped salad with the Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast – her husband ate almost the entire bowl! If you have leftovers, this salad packs well for lunch the next day.

Tiny Green Mom’s Chopped Salad

Ingredients

2-4 oz. Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast, chopped
1/2 bag of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 organic celery sticks, chopped
1/2 ripe, organic tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 can organic chick peas, chopped
10 kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 – 1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cage-free eggs, hard boiled and chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. freshly chopped dill
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2-4 oz. provolone cheese, chopped
Salad dressing of choice (“Mom” prefers balsamic vinaigrette)

Preparation

Place eggs in cold water and bring to a boil, letting the eggs boil for 18-20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool running water. Set aside until cool, and then chop.

Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl, adding chopped eggs and cheese last. Top with salad dressing of choice. Serve and enjoy!

For those who do consume humanely raised meats, Applegate offers these top 3 delicious choices:

Applegate Marinated Black Forest Ham is marinated in sugar and spices and prepared in the tradition of true German Black Forest hams: slow cooked with a hearty smoking. Moist and delicious, each 2-ounce serving of Natural Black Forest Ham provides 10g of protein with only 50 calories and 1.5g of fat.

Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast is low in fat and high in protein. Plus, it’s free of chemical nitrites and antibiotics.

Applegate Natural Genoa Salami is arguably the most famous variety of Italian dried sausage in the United States. Using a traditional recipe and time-honored methods,Applegate sausage makers have crafted a salami that the New York Times declares to be, “Wonderfully garlicky and richer in flavor than (those) made with nitrites.”

To learn more about Applegate, or to locate a store near you, please visit www.applegate.com. You can also visit
their Facebook page or follow Applegate on Twitter.

Please Note:

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.