Celebrate Yoga Month by saving a generous 20% off your purchase at Prancing Leopard Organics! Stretchy, stylish and comfortable (and one of “Mom’s” all-time favorites!) – Prancing Leopard Organics goes from the yoga studio to dinner with ease and flair! Visit www.prancingleopard.com.

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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.*

Perfect as an after-school snack, this Popcorn Trail Mix is definitely a kid-pleaser!

Popcorn Trail Mix

Ingredients

2 cups popped popcorn (preferably unsalted)
3/4 cup roasted almonds or roasted peanuts (preferably unsalted)
3/4 cups unsweetened dried banana chips
3/4 cup fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide between 8 small storage containers. Trail mix will keep about 5 days.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods Market.*

How cute is this bodysuit? “Mom” was recently introduced to Peek A Bamboo, a new line of bodysuits for wee ones that are made from luxuriously soft and sustainable bamboo! Each snapsuit has been screen printed with a clever, catchy design & saying using eco-friendly water based inks. Your child’s favorite nursery rhymes and songs have been given a whimsical twist, such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Wear Bamboo” or “Bippity Boppity Bamboo.” What fun!

Not just for little ones, Peek A Bamboo also offers coordinating hoodies, pants, tees for moms! Whether you want to rock “mommy and me” fashion with your tot, or just show off your eco-fabulous side, you will fall in love with Peek A Bamboo. This new line just feels so good against the skin – perfect for extra snuggles!

For more information, or to order, please visit www.bambooista.com.

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

Now you can spoil your baby with bamboo, too! Peek A Bamboo has generously offered Tiny Green Mom readers a whopping 40% discount on their purchase of one (or more!) of their whimsical bodysuits for infants and toddlers! Stock up – these make great gifts for the holidays, which are right around the corner, or for baby showers, birthdays. etc. Just use the code TINYGREENMOM at checkout to receive the discount.

Check out all of the styles available online at www.bambooista.com.

*Image provided by Peek A Bamboo.*

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.*

Cozy up to the table in the morning for these delicate breakfast muffins from Duncan-Quinn House Bed and Breakfast!

Vegan Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups self raising flour

1 cup sugar – white/soft brown mixed

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup apple sauce, unsweetened

1/2 cup soy milk

1/4 cup soft margarine (non-hydrogenated) can substitute canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or raspberries or other fruit in season

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray muffin cups with nonstick spray.

Mix first 3 ingredients together, then add other ingredients, adding the fruit last.

Divide mixture evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 30 minutes or until tops are firm.

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 24 small muffins.

Fruit can be mixed: i.e. raspberries and peaches are great together, mashed bananas also work well.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Duncan-Quinn House Bed and Breakfast .*

For the beauty and Earth conscious gal within all of us, Zuii’s new line of divine organic makeup satisfies the need to be green and actually works. Hailing from the land down under, the line is called Zuii, and each product is made from certified organic flower petals, essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins and minerals. The entire line is drool worthy but one product in particular deserves permanent purse residence: Zuii’s Certified Organic Flora Lip Tint. It is light on the lips and creates a perfect shine with just a hint of sparkle. Perfect for day to night wear, the lip tint looks chic alone or as a topper to your favorite lipstick.
What’s more, the lip tint is moisturizing thanks to a combination of Organic Rose, Beeswax and Aloe Vera. Zuii launched in the US recently making it possible for American ladies to rock their facial flora with pride. To learn more, or to order, visit www.zuiiorganic.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.*

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is loving these link picks!

Saving the World, One Face at a Time on The Green Beauty Guide.

Alphabet Exhibit on BABYBEARSHOP. Does it get any cuter than this?!

Raising Real Food Kids: 10 Tips for Dining Out With Your Child on the Nourished Kitchen.

ReUse Connection: Ideas for Repurposing, Freely Shared on Blue Planet Green Living.

*Image courtesy of BABYBEARSHOP.*

A nutrient-rich breakfast smoothie that is ready in seconds! Who knew pairing cherries and spinach would make for a delightful combination?

Get Your Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, rice milk or hemp milk
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach
1 1/2 cups frozen cherries or berries

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods Market.*