Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
With one third of your life spent in bed (and even more for newborns – up to 20 hours per day) don’t you deserve to sleep in the best possible environment?
In the U.S., it takes nearly a third of a pound of chemicals to grow enough conventional cotton for one t-shirt so just imagine how much it takes to make a set of sheets (not to mention blankets, comforters, etc.). Additionally, conventionally-grown cotton occupies only 3% of the world's farmland, but uses 25% of the world's chemical pesticides.
And, to make matters worse, it’s estimated that less than 10% of the chemicals applied to cotton are actually accomplishing their tasks! The 90% that remain are absorbed into the plant, air, soil, and water.
What can you do to sleep better?
We chose to go organic and you should, too. It just sense. For all the time you spend in bed, make it count.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is the same cotton you’re used to it’s just grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The goal of organic farming is to replenish and maintain soil fertility and reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. And these are monitored and certified by third-party organizations.
What are the benefits of organic cotton?
1. Farms achieve and maintain a lower carbon footprint as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases.
2. Doesn’t use genetically modified cottonseed.
3. Grown with natural rather than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, no chemical defoliants used.
4. Eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers' health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes.
5. Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.
6. People with allergies and chemical sensitivity especially benefit from organic cotton clothing, as conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues. Even if you don't have sensitive skin, organic cotton will just feel better against your skin.
Where can you find 100% certified organic bed and bath items for your little one?
Well, right here of course! We are pleased to offer these luxurious, 100% certified organic cotton bed and bath items by Coyuchi. We carry the basics to as well as hand embroidered crib blankets, crib bumper covers, and pillow shams.
Coyuchi was founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small, rustic town on the Northern California coast (and if you’ve never been there, you must make the effort!). There, surrounded by ocean and forest, beach and bluff, they created a line of home textiles rooted in nature. Everything designed to comfort and rejuvenate - body, mind and spirit - to help you turn your home into a sanctuary.
So, stop by to outfit the your little one's bed with the most luxurious, 100% certified organic cotton bedding available.
Information was compiled using facts and statistics from the Organic Trade Association, OrganicCotton.com, and HAEnow.com
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Violet's Peapod offers a unique line of baby sleep sacks that are designed and produced in the U.S.A. using natural and organic fabrics.
Used in Europe for over three decades, baby sleep sacks have gained significant popularity here in the U.S. We've used them with each of our three girls and can't stress enough how easy they are to use and how well they kept our little ones snug through the night!
For those of you not familiar with the sleep sack, they are essentially wearable blankets which are worn over pajamas. And, since they replace loose blankets in the crib, it provides a safer sleeping environment for babies.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Having three little ones around guarantees that we will encounter our fair(!) share of sniffles... I ran across this post today and liked the DIY recipe for hand sanitizer (below). Check it out and check out the whole post on naturemoms.com by clicking on the title above!
DIY Hand Sanitizer
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
1/4 Cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
8-10 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a small glass jar, shake well. Dab on hands and rub it in for a safe way to sanitize hands and kill germs.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Um, by the way, do you know that chestnuts actually explode if you put them on a fire without scoring them...? But, I digress, and that's a story for another time.
A few years back we had the grand idea of cutting down our own Christmas tree. Here in Colorado there are several places run by the US Forest Service, where one can make an adventure of this annual event.
So, we loaded up the car with our two girls (we've had one more since then) and Grandpa (72 years young) and thought we'd make a day of it.
An hour car ride later, and another hour or so of trudging up and down hillsides, and then finding out that the farther you go into the woods the father you have to drag the tree back... Long story short, it wasn't the Norman Rockwell day, but it was our own. We can now look back and laugh at dragging our Grandpa all over kingdom come to look for our Charlie Brown tree.
What I'm trying to say is, even if things don't come off quite as planned don't forget to enjoy all the little mishaps of the holidays. They make up some of our fondest memories, after all.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
A little bit about Fierce Hugs...
Started by two friends, Fierce Hugs packs imagination, sustainability and a healthy eco-friendly lifestyle into remarkably soft organic baby clothes using 100% organic cotton. These high quality organic baby shirts are made with fair labor and are designed by independent illustrators for cool and original graphics. The result? Baby shirts that are delightfully eclectic and are playfully offbeat and mildly edgy in a fuzzy, baby-safe way!
These unique shirts make the perfect baby shower gift and come packaged in a cool eco-friendly gift box - sure to be the cutest gift at the party!
Check out the full line Fierce Hugs Organic Tees! We think you'll love them as much as we do.