Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Little Peanut's First Green Christmas

This year, we tried to make our Christmas more green by becoming more Earth conscious in our way of celebrating and gift-giving.  We reused gift bags from previous years, stayed home instead of traveling, composted any left over food which wasn't much, recycled all gift boxes, bags, and wrapping paper that we could, and tried as much as possible to give only green gifts to our kids, including toys from Green Toys and this cute rattle for our Little Peanut from Sprig Toys, made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood.




Happy Holidays!  See you in 2012!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Takin' It Back To The Old School

On Sunday, my daughter went roller skating for the first time with her Girl Scout Daisies troop.
I think she had as much fun falling and getting back up to try again as much as my son did watching.






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: "Buddy" - Our Elf On The Shelf

This week's chosen spots:




Do you have an Elf on the Shelf in your home?  Where is he or she hanging out today?


The final days to enter the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event are here,
so enter to win great upcycled and reusable bags to help you be green and stay green in 2012!



Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fluff

Wordless Wednesday is always so fun,
super cute cloth diapers for my little one,
brown paper package tied up with string...
these are a few of my favorite things.


Don't forget to enter the TruKid and It's Our Earth giveaways to win some awesome prizes for yourself or for someone special in your life!

Also, the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event has officially begun, 
so enter to win great upcycled and reusable bags to help you be green and stay green in 2012!






Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Bloggers Needed to Review Cloth Diaper Products

If you are a cloth diapering blogger and would like an amazing opportunity to review cloth diaper products, Midnight Mommy needs you!  For more information, go here!  Have a green day!

 



"Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012!" Giveaway Event is OPEN!

The "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012!" Giveaway Event is officially OPEN!  If you don't already bring reusable bags to the grocery stores, toy shop, or your favorite children's clothing boutique, 2012 is your year to start!  One (1) lucky The Green House follower will win all of these awesome prizes:
  • one (1) recycled coffee bag burlap market tote from It's Our Earth
  • one (1) large reusable grocery bag from Clee's Handmade Quilting Essentials
  • one (1) recycled feed bag reusable tote from Farmtown Totes 
  • three (3) large Whole Foods A Better Bag™ reusable bags sponsored by The Green House
  • two (2) small Whole Foods A Better Bag™ reusable bags sponsored by The Green House

The Whole Foods bags are made from 80% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and can be used for all of your shopping needs.  Use the small bags as lunch or snack totes for your kids. 

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  You must complete the mandatory task first, then complete the other tasks to get as many entries as you'd like.  Good luck!  **If the Rafflecopter form does not show up, please refresh your screen, or click on the post title!

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Monday, December 05, 2011

"Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event Sponsor: It's Our Earth

If you entered (or plan to enter) the Recycled Record Bowl & Journal Set from It's Our Earth that is still OPEN right now, then you already know a little bit about the the Rahn family - Richard, Xristina, and their two daughters who were their source of inspiration to recycle what were once useful and/or enjoyable things into what are now repurposed, fun, and interesting gift items.  I am quickly becoming a huge admirer of their work!

While being in contact with Rich regarding the recycled records, I mentioned to him about the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event.  I honestly wasn't expecting him to participate in it, considering we were already working on another item in his shop.  So when he said that he wanted to sponsor this event, I was absolutely humbled by his generosity.

I received an upcycled market tote bag made from discarded Colombia Supremo coffee burlap sack.  The interior is lined with reclaimed durable cotton fabric, making the bag reversible and versatile.  Each of these bags are made strong with 26" Camo Green Army Surplus cotton webbing handles.  Whether you are headed to the farmers market or to the beach, these bags are definitely Earth-friendly and eco-fashionable.


Measuring at 15" wide x 14" tall, you can double this tote as a purse and diaper bag or as a wine and picnic basket.  I love the raw organic look and feel of this bag.  I definitely get looks when I use it, and every so often I get the occasional nod or grin of approval from a kind stranger.  The colors and designs on all the burlap bags are definitely eye-catching to say the least.  They're perfect for summer getaways.  The contrasting interior fabric colors are also pleasing and are a great match for the cooler months.



While this bag is one of my favorite items in the It's Our Earth Etsy shop, there are so many other ingenious products that are worth giving a look over, like their recycled record wall clocks, which includes items like "Twilight Saga," "Grease," and "Smurfs."  They make the perfect gifts for any occasion!

Come back here on Tuesday, December 6, because It's Our Earth is giving away one of their burlap market totes during the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event!

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


Sunday, December 04, 2011

"Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event Sponsor: Clee's Handmade Quilting Essentials

If there is one thing that I am definitely not good at, but would one day like to learn and possibly master, it's making anything out of thread or yarn.  In other words, I am not a sewer or quilter.  I am all right with basic hand sewing, but I can't, by any means, crochet or knit.  Now that's a different story for Christine Lee.  

Having been exposed to sewing since she was 9-years-old, it was only natural to take up quilting, which she did in 1999.  Since then, she has been teaching the art of quilting to others and donating the samples created in class to the nurses' offices of local schools in Fredericksburg, VA. Christine is proud to know that these blankets are used to comfort the sick kids in those schools.


For the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event, Christine sent to me a messenger bag, listed as a "metro bag" on her Etsy shop, Clee's Handmade Quilted Essentials.  I was super excited to receive this bag, because she had told me in advance that she had made the bag from a pair of men's pants.  I absolutely love that Christine upcycled this versatile, neutral-colored piece of clothing into a stylish bag that can easily be paired with jeans or a dress.  I have used it as an eco-chic purse, small diaper bag, and as a tote to hold my kids' snacks and drink cups. It's a great multi-purpose bag that I can wash clean with the rest of my laundry.


Christine also surprised me by including a handmade plastic bag holder.  Although we don't have any more plastic bags in our home, we do know other people who still do, namely my in-laws.  So, I believe this bag holder will wind up being their stocking stuffer for Christmas.


When you purchase any item from Christine's Etsy shop, you can be assured knowing that the proceeds go directly into the purchase of the fabrics used in her quilting classes that eventually get donated to the schools.  You can find some great gift ideas for the holidays - from beautifully sewn fabric coasters to one-of-a-kind table placemats.  


You can connect with Christine and get news on her shop by following her on Twitter and adding her as a friend on Facebook.  And if you'd like to win a large reusable grocery bag from Clee's Handmade Quilted Essentials, don't forget to come back here on Tuesday, December 6 to enter the "Bag It!  Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012!" Giveaway Event!

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

 

"Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event Sponsor: Farmtown Totes

One of the major changes my family has made this past year was bringing reusable bags when shopping for groceries, clothes, toys, etc. - name it, we've brought it!  I love knowing that I did my part in not bringing home plastic or paper bags.

"We recycle what we can and try to leave the environment cleaner than when we found it."  That is the thinking behind Julie Spon and her family.  Living in a small farm town in Oregon, Julie takes used materials such as feed bags and sacks and upcycle them into remarkable reusable totes.  These large, sturdy, and durable bags can be found at Farmtown Totes on Etsy.  I'm a huge fan of handmade upcycled products, so when I came across this shop during my Etsy browsing, I contacted Julie right away.

The first bag I received was a colorful and light-weight messenger bag.  The bag itself is not as wide in depth as the market totes, but since the walls are conformable to whatever you decide to carry, you can seriously put about as much in there as you could in a tote.  I had been using this bag, believe it or not, as a diaper bag.  I've been able to carry my tri-fold wallet, cell phone, small make-up (aka medicine cabinet) bag, wipes pouch, 3-4 cloth pocket diapers, wet (diaper) bag, nursing cover, burp cloth and light blanket, my two older kids' sunglasses, a couple of Hot Wheels cars, coloring book and crayon box, and small teether toys.  Not once did the bag feel heavy or bulky.  It feels natural around my body and hangs comfortably by my side.  Definitely a great new eco-friendly accessory to my closet!


The next item I was sent to review for the event is a large reusable market tote made from a used dog food bag.  Now this one has definitely started up random conversations at the store.  "What kind of a dog do you have?"  "Does this really hold groceries?"  "Is the inside clean?"  My answers? Corgi/Shar-Pei mix.  Yes.  And yes.  Both bags were entirely clean and had no lingering smells. Also durable and sturdy, this bag has been my go-to grocery bag for meats and heavier items. You can easily use these totes to hold books or laundry, pack a picnic lunch, or double as gift bags.

I just love how these bags are repurposed and have bright colorful designs.  Both bags have strong nylon straps and have been previously flattened and ironed, assisting with keeping the stiff sides open during loading and unloading.  The bag person at my local store loves this bag!


Check the Etsy shop to see the different kinds of wine bags you can choose from to gift wrap your favorite bottles this holiday season.  Unique and green - the perfect combo!


Come back here on Tuesday, December 6, to enter to win a market tote to keep for yourself or to share with someone else.

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

 

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Review & Giveaway: It's Our Earth Recycled Record Chip Bowl and Journal Gift Set

They say that with age comes wisdom.  But in the case of the Rahn family, knowledge on reusing, reducing, and recycling started out with their young children.  Inspired by their live-green-eager daughters, Richard and Xristina Rahn looked for ways to recycle materials (that would otherwise be disposed or discarded) into new products that people would enjoy all over again.  In 2005, It's Our Earth was born, and the first retail shop opened in downtown Wheaton, IL.  

With their philosophy, "Recycling only works when you are making and selling products made from recycled materials," It's Our Earth has more than 300 products on their etsy site, all made from recycled products.  One of their popular items for sale this holiday season is the record bowl and journal set.  Choosing from more than 100 great titles, I was ecstatic to receive the Beatles '65 set to review.


I'm a huge Beatles fan, and I couldn't be more impressed with how the bowl and journal looked upon arrival.  I love how the LP itself is still in great condition.  It's great for serving chips, popcorn, crackers, candy, or cookies for any party or occasion.  These bowls are perfect for a rock or disco party!  Don't want to use it for food?  It makes for a great display storage for hair accessories, jewelry, or keys.


The journal is spiral bound using the same titled LP jacket and is made from 100% recycled and acid-free paper.  The book can be used in the kitchen for recipes and grocery lists, at the mail area for quick notes and messages, for school, or the office.  I myself have been using it to jot down ideas and notes for this blog.  Repurposed and upcycled indeed!


The It's Our Earth shop offers other products that are fun, practical, and great conversation starters.  If you're looking for unique gifts for the those on your list this Christmas, you can find some awesome items that will surely surprise some people, including recycled floppy disk notebooks and candy wrapper purses.



It's Our Earth is one of our generous sponsors for the "Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event next week.  I will be reviewing one of their lovely upcycled market tote bags made from coffee burlap sacks.

BUY:  You can purchase a recycled record bowl and journal set at the It's Our Earth etsy shop.  Prices start at $12.99.  Use the promo code "GHB2011" to get 10% off your entire purchase, good to use until the end of this giveaway.

WIN:  It's Our Earth is giving one (1) lucky The Green House fan a bowl and journal set of their choice.  This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! You must complete the mandatory task first, then complete the other tasks to get as many entries as you'd like.  Good luck!  **If the Rafflecopter form does not show up, please refresh your screen, or click on the post title!

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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