Wednesday, March 31, 2010

heidi, time to clean

Heidi said...

Ohhhhh, I would love to win this! I use vinegar and baking soda a lot, but haven't really tried any green products. picked you! Please email me so I can get you hooked up with goods!! :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

seventh generation giveaway

Because my over-40 brain loses cells by the second, I forgot to include vital info: All entries are due by noon EDT Wednesday, March 31. I will use a random number generator to choose a winner.

I love, love, love Seventh Generation. For quite a while now I have used SG’s Free and Clear dishwashing liquid as well as their natural all purpose cleaner. The products meet my personal requirements for eco-friendliness. However, the disinfecting products are new to me – and pure joy for an environmentalist germophobe mom of two kids and two dogs. :)

Seventh Generation sent me the pack pictured above, which includes Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner and Disinfecting Wipes, in addition to other goodies.* I love having a natural disinfectant option and I am happy to let others know about this company. (FYI, locally, I buy SG products at Publix. Watch for coupons in Publix flyers and also online at SG’s site. Good deals on good stuff, people. Also, our Whole Foods has coupons online right now on these products – not sure if that’s a national offer.)

And as always, if a product good for the environment, but doesn’t work and/or causes my eczema to flare up like the Towering Inferno, I have to move along. These disinfecting products seem to work beautifully and my hands are not on fire. :) Coolness.

One of my favorite things about Seventh Generation is that I can look online and find every ingredient in every product – full disclosure, right there at you. I also learned online that the disinfectant part of these new cleaners comes from CleanWell. (They make hand sanitizer! Who knew?) Learn about CleanWell’s sustainability here.

So, here’s where you come in… I get to give away a gift pack just like the one pictured above. Interested? Leave a comment below and if you want (not required, because I am all about NOT jumping through hoops), give the rest of us a tip for living green with kids –- because kids = dirt. I find that the more I learn about the toxins and waste we bring into and take out of our homes, the more I need to learn. Make sense? Comment on. (I also added a handy dandy Feedburner subscription widget right up there on the right. I am on a mission now to update this blog more often.)

*The gift pack includes a copy of The Conscious Kitchen by Alexandra Zissu. I am going through my copy now and I will post a review ASAP.

Seventh Generation provided me with the gift pack pictured above, as well as product information and a gift pack to give away, all through MyBlogSpark. I am a longtime loyal customer and my opinions are my own. Gracias.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

green guide families



©2009 National Geographic

Here’s a bit of crunchy awesomeness for you: Green Guide Families, by Catherine Zandonella and published by National Geographic Books. I had the chance to include some tips from this book in an upcoming Earth Day story. It is an excellent resource for practical “greenness”  in the home. I love that it doesn’t preach, but includes real tips that busy parents can incorporate in daily life. The book includes alternatives to household chemicals, tips for home renovations, choosing the best food, “greening” baby gear and more. There are also sections on the science behind the recommendations, as well as tips for making the greenest choices for every budget. All in all – a great resource.

Monday, March 22, 2010

drink up

It’s World Water Day. What are you drinking?*

And what are they drinking?

*In the interest of balance, the bottled water industry refutes the video. (Whatever.)