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Green Christmas Gift Giveaway Hop: Win $25 from Down to Earth Toys! {Ends 12/7}

Green Christmas Giveaway

Welcome to the Green Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Going Green with Grizls and The Reynolds Mom. 50+ members of the Green Moms Network have come together to offer you tons of chances to win green-themed Christmas gifts! There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list. We hope you’ll discover some great new brands to add to your Christmas list too! Below my entry form, you’ll see the other giveaways to enter as well as information about entering to win the Grand Prize!

Our hosts are featuring 5 fabulous grand prize packages from these green and natural brands: For Your Bug-a-Boo, Blue Manatee Boxes, Bulk Herb Store, Snug Bug Diapers, Nosefrida, My Pretty Playhouse, Wonder Forge, Kelly Kits, Kerrific Online, LibreTea, Grounds for Change, Zulka Sugar, Justin’s Nut Butters, Better Life, ReuseIt, Strawesome, generationMe, Soybu, Purely Gorgeous, A Mothers Design, Dr. Bronner’s and Xmittens!. Click here to enter the grand prize.

Now, without further ado…

My Giveaway:

Win a $25 Gift Card from Down to Earth Toys!

I’m a huge fan of Down to Earth Toys and their wide selection of safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly toys (90% of them made in the USA!) If you want unique, educational, creative learning toys that inspire imaginative play, this is the site for you!

Check out my review of their Labyrinth Balance Board Junior here.

Down to Earth Toys has offered one lucky winner a $25 gift certificate! Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Happy Mothering, Going Green with the Grizls and The Reynolds Mom, and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Going Green with the Grizls, The Reynolds Moms and the Green Christmas Gift Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.


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ABE3 is here! Enter to win an eco-friendly toy prize package!

Welcome to A Blogtastic Extravaganza!


Just imagine it.

Fast forward to December, 2012. The holidays are here, and everyone you know is scrambling to shop for their kids. But not you. You’re calm, cool, collected. The gifts are ready, your budget is intact. And you didn’t even have to compromise – the toys you have, already wrapped and ready to go, are top quality, eco-friendly, non-toxic and COOL.

All you have to do is pour yourself some egg nog, sit back, and wait for the unwrapping to begin.

Sound too good to be true? No way! I did it last year, and now you can too! The answer is starting early. Super early. Like January early. No kidding. NOW.

And I’m here to help! With my January Jumpstart prize package, you’ll get that momentum started and be well on your way to a worry-free gift-giving season! Continue reading


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ABE Sponsor: Green your toybox with Green Toys!

Do plastics weird you out? They sure do make me feel icky. I think you start looking at them differently once you have a child taste-testing everything in the house. For a while, I said NO plastic. But then, with a little research, I learned that there are options out there for moms like me who want cute, fun stuff but still say NO WAY to BPA!

When I found Green Toys, I thought they might be too good to be true. But then I contacted the company, and asked a few questions. Then I checked some of the great eco-conscious websites I follow, and most of them endorsed Green Toys. I was sold!

Here are just a few of the fun, classically styled toys made by Green Toys.

Check out this chunky pink and lavender dumptruck. She’s cute, sturdy, and she means business!

I don’t think we could live without the tool set. We tried felt tools, but what little boy wants to play with a floppy screwdriver? :? My son loves that he can use these to be just like his Pop Pop, and I love that they have the names of the tools spelled out in big clear letters on each piece. (The set comes in pink, too! Not that I’m implying that there should be any gender assumption there, but it’s nice to have choices, right?)

From play food and garden sets to tableware and even a recycling truck, Green Toys has something to make every kid smile! (Mom, too! :D )

Here are some key things you need to know about these eco-friendly toys:

  • Made in USA (which also means less transportation, less energy wasted, and a smaller carbon footprint.)
  • All toys are made from 100% recycled milk jugs, which results in a plastic called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE), one of the safest, cleanest plastics around.
  • All Green Toys products are minimally packaged in easy-to-open corrugated boxes that are recycled and recyclable.
  • All Green Toys are tested by independent, third party labs in the USA, and they contain no traceable amounts of phthalates or BPA…and no paint! That means no possible lead. Ever.


Don’t forget to stop by during A Blogtastic Extravaganza on Jan 23rd when you can enter to win my January Jumpstart prize package, including a Green Toys tool set and pink dump truck!





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Sponsor Sneak Preview: EcoMom Review and Giveaway!

Why did I hook up with Blogmania 2011? Because I found SO many great retailers during the 2010 event! Some became regular favorites of mine, and now I’d like to help spread the word about them, too!

So, dear readers, I’d like to introduce you to Ecomom! (Eco-friendly baby products – EcoMom®(Stick around, foodie friends…there’s something in here for you, too! Stainless steel lunch carrier, anyone? ;) )

EcoMom is an online shopping site and eco-friendly community, as well as a sponsor of my One Whole Year Event!

How do I love thee, EcoMom? Let me count the ways...

I love that EcoMom carries eco-friendly baby toys, diapers, nursing supplies, and lots of other things that I need very regularly, and I don’t have to check each item to make sure it’s non-toxic or safe for baby. If EcoMom carries it, we’re good to go.

I also love that EcoMom offers a Daily Deal, which has turned me into a regular stalker… 8O

I really, really love the intro to EcoMom’s children’s toys and books selection…(you should read it. It’s fab.)

but one of the things I love MOST about EcoMom is that I can order baby food from their site, too!

Ok, yes, I like to make my own baby food. BUT, since going back to work full-time, I just can’t make ALL of it. And I like to have a few pouches (BPA-free, of course) on hand at all times for times when we’re out, or just need a quick snack for little man.

But I won’t bend on the organic factor, so I am so glad to be able to order Plum Organics and Revolution Foods through EcoMom. Anytime I plan an order, I can just add on some Red Lentil Veggie, Multigrain Super Greens, or Blueberry, Pear and Purple Carrot! (There are lots of other unique varieties, too. A great bonus because I like my boy to have a wide variety of foods, but specialty items like organic purple carrots aren’t always in my grocery budget. They’re so much more affordable this way!)

EcoMom carries organic purees, training meals, snacks, and more that you can feel good about feeding your kids, whether they are starting solids or packing lunches for school! (And there are vegetarian and vegan-friendly options too!)

Are you excited yet? Ready to go shopping? Well, EcoMom has graciously offered a special discount code for my readers! Use the code SBBL663 to save 15% off your first EcoMom order! (Offer good through 11/30/10.)

Wait! Wanna know how you can save even more? Sign up for the new EcoPass program! You can purchase a $99 annual membership and get a 15% discount on every order, as well as free shipping with no minimim order! Considering you can buy snack items, household and beauty products as well as baby food, toys, books and a TON of other stuff, an EcoPass membership could help you save BIG! (It can pay for itself in as little as 4 orders!)

And now, for the really fun stuff: EcoMom has generously offered a fun “pre-party” giveaway to help get everyone warmed up for the big One Whole Year event! This is an especially great prize, because EcoMom offers something for everyone! You’ll find everything moms need, but if you’re not a mom, you could choose makeup, shampoo, a stainless steel lunch carrier, cloth snack bags, unpaper napkins, gorgeous EarthLust reusable water bottles and more…all safe and non-toxic in keeping with EcoMom’s commitment to making eco-conscious living easy, affordable and rewarding!

Excited? Good! Here are the deets:

  • To enter to win a $25 gift card to EcoMom, you must first complete the mandatory entry: Visit EcoMom and tell me what product you are happily surprised to find there!
  • Bonus Entry #1: Follow EcoMom on Twitter
  • Bonus Entry #2: Become an EcoMom fan on Facebook
  • Bonus Entry #3: Like me on facebook!
  • Bonus Entry #4: Subscribe to my blog via email!
  • Bonus Entry #5: Sign up for the EcoMom newsletter
  • Tweet about this giveaway: Tweet must include a link to this post! Please leave a comment with the URL of your unique tweet. Only one per day, please!

Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada! :)  I will choose a winner using Random.org on November 25th. I will contact winner via email (so make sure you provide your email address!) and winner will have 48 hours to claim prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck, and don’t forget to grab my One Whole Year button!

Disclosure: I received a product sample of Plum Organics from EcoMom for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.


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Why CSN is even cooler than I thought…

A few months ago, I was introduced to CSN Stores through some of my foodie blog friends, and I spent a little time browsing through their 200+ online shops, looking at everything from ice cream makers and bedding to wardrobes and cool baby gear. I was intrigued by the huge selection available through CSN, and I promised myself I’d visit again soon…

Well, little man’s birthday is creeping up on me fast, and it’s time to do some shopping! So, I headed back to CSN to find some toys and other fun stuff.  I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but I had a few things in mind and I was hoping to get enough of my gifts there to meet the $69 requirement for free shipping (not hard to do, considering you can buy just about anything at CSN.)

I headed over to CSN Baby and clicked on the “Go Green” option (just look for the little leaf at the top of the page.) This is an AWESOME feature, because it enables you to put a “green” filter on your entire search. Priceless, especially if you’re also trying to make lunch while chasing a baby who has recently learned how to run…. 8O

Imagine my surprise when I found TONS of toys! :D I could do every bit of my birthday shopping here, and my holiday shopping too! I was thrilled to find Plan Toys, Green Toys, Wonderworld, and so many others. I promise you this goes way beyond any blogger/sponsor partnership. Anyone who has spent time searching stores for better play alternatives knows that this is a goldmine!

There were cute organic stuffed animals, sleek modern toys, old fashioned wooden classics…and I didn’t have to worry about screening them for yicky plastic and toxic paints, because CSN already did that for me. So what should I get?

This cool Svan Scooter?

This creativity-inspiring  Bilibo Play Shell?

This Wonderworld Rapping Kangaroo Push Toy?

I made a preliminary list of about 20 favorites. This coming from the mother who says things like, “I don’t think babies need a ton of toys.”

Oh dear. I think I’m in trouble.

Ready to shop? Head over to Crave to Save where you can enter to win a $35 CSN gift certificate! Ends Oct 23!

or, visit Psychic Mama, Indigo Child and enter to win a $75 gift certificate! Ends Oct 17!


I love shopping online! Do you shop online? Do you do it because you prefer it, or do you do it out of necessity?

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