Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another thought on healthy toys...

I came across a great web site that ensures the safety of toys. It is called . Check it out. You can search any toy you own or are thinking about buying to make sure they are safe and non-toxic. I recommend sharing this site with family and friends who purchase toys for your child as well. Happy, healthy shopping....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Toys Made in the U.S.A.

With all of the recent recalls of toys contaminated with lead paint here are a few great toys made right here in the U.S.A. Check out Sam & Bellie's web site for some fun, safe, and colorful toys. All of the items are handpicked by my close friend, Grace, who as a mother of three is concerned about the products she buys for her kids. She only endorses toys that she trusts. Grace also carries Siggs Water Bottles, a favorite of mine. So check out her site

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Eco Friendly Holiday Ideas

It is a known fact that individual waste production increases between Thanksgiving and New Years. So I thought I would offer up a few ways to keep it green. Here are a few of my favorite eco-friendly holiday ideas:

  • Instead of buying wrapping paper consider reusing things around the house. For example children's finger paintings make colorful and festive wrapping, brown bags from the grocery store, use paper from your shredder to pack fragile items. All of these items do not require any new production and can be recycled.

  • Decorate your tree with popcorn and cranberries which can be composted later.

  • Shop locally! Check out Global Awakenings, a fair trade shop, located downtown Charleston. Not only are you supporting a locally owned store, but the people who produce the products are paid a fair wage for their service. As Marin Anderson the shop owner says, "Shop locally, help globally!" The store is also environmentally friendly, providing lots of great eco-friendly gifts.

  • Give the gift of time, talent, or service.

  • Donate to a good cause in honor of a loved one.

  • Check out you can have a tree planted when you ship a gift.