Earth Day. The day the whole world supports environmental protection and we all vow to never again brush our teeth with the water running and think about maybe starting that compost pile. It can be hard to go green – half the time we don’t know how we are contributing to the ecological footprint and for the other half we don’t know how to change it.
We put together a few tips to enjoy with your children, to hopefully make it a little easier and maybe even a little fun!
- Walk or bike to school
Just leaving the car at home for one day can have a big impact on both the planet and your health. Kids tend to open up more on a walk, so the conversation flows easier than it does in the car with the radio on. Here are some tips for talking with your toddler.
- Plant a small vegetable garden
Watching something grow that you planted yourself, is one of life’s simplest pleasures. The sense of accomplishment and pride also means little ones might even eat what they planted.
- Get rid of the plastic sandwich bags
Wean Green makes these awesome glass containers in all sorts of sizes and colors. We switched our sandwich bags out a long ago and now our little ones take a sort of bento box with them to school, filled with small tastes of different foods. Check out Weelicious when in need of ideas for kid-friendly lunches.
- Reusable Bags
Our very own Wet & Dry Bags are one of the easiest ways to go green. Available in petit and grand sizes, they can be used for all manner of things such as a toy bag on-the-go (coloring book and crayons, read-along books, or filled with those tiny Shopkins that are so easy to lose), packing for travel (great for underwear, shoes or swimsuits) and even as a liner for this cute Cult Gaia bag.
You know that old comment about how kids get more fun out of cardboard box, than the toy that was inside it? Well, it’s true! With more and more people shopping online, those boxes are a-plenty and kids just love them! This is a great article with ideas on what to do with those boxes. Imaginations will go wild and the iPad will be forgotten…at least for a couple of hours.
There is something for all the senses in Spring – the smell of freshly cut grass, the feeling of the warm sun (after all that rain and snow!), the sight of blossoming trees. Our kiddos love to get crafty at this time of year. It’s the perfect season to teach them all about baby animals, flowers, even the weather, and crafts are a great media to do this with.
We’ve been pinning some really fun crafts on our Pinterest boards for both kids and adults. We are especially loving the yarn ones, such as little pom-pom bunnies and chicks. These pom-pom flowers are easy to make too, take little time, and add a simple impact to window ledges, coffee table décor or even the Easter table!
Which crafts do you make with your kids? We would love to see what you made.
To celebrate, we are talking kids books! There are so many wonderful books that can capture a little ones imagination and they will quickly have their favorites that they will want to read night after night. It’s important to foster their love of reading from an early age, because lets face it, they have many years of reading ahead of them! Here are several tips to help with that, along with some favorite book suggestions from our staff.
- Add reading to your little one to their nightly routine – if you create the time, you can actually get them into bed a little earlier and they will even look forward to it. When they start complaining about bedtime, change the subject by asking them “what book would you like to read tonight? What about the one with the great big turnip?” and before you know it, they will be telling you their book choices.
- Let your child see you relaxing and reading. It may seem like the wrong thing to do, like maybe you are ignoring them, but if your child sees you reading a book, they are more likely to follow suit and take time for themselves in the same way.
- Find books that educate your child about different times of the year –put them away when its no longer that season and rotate them back in the following year. Halloween, Holidays, Summer etc.
- It’s never to early to begin, so begin reading right away – it’s a great way to bond and is something to talk to your newborn about when you run out of oohing and aah-ing!
1.: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
2.: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
3.: Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton
4.: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
5.: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
6.: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
Valentine’s Day is about sharing love with your loved ones, whether by sending a card, buying a gift, or simply by letting the people you love, know you love them! We have selected a few ‘Things we Love’, to inspire your gift giving + enjoy 20% off from February 10th through February 15th. Simply use promo code VDAY17 at checkout.
Researchers recently found that women need to be hugged once a day for their health! I’m sure this is true for most of us, so when you can’t physically be there, the next best thing is our Snuggle Blanket – so soft and cozy, it feels like a real-life hug.
Alternative uses: great for trips – bringing something familiar from home to sleep with can help to settle a restless little one.
Pair one of our fun hooded towels with a rubber duckie and you will have just about the best gift for your little valentine! Bath times will be more fun, little heads will be warm and little bodies will be swaddled in a plush, water-wicking wonder!
Alternative uses: Perfect for the pool and great as a cape while running through the sprinklers!
What says ‘I love you’ more than breastfeeding? Nothing. So treat yourself to our pioneering product, the nursing cover. Multiple feedings, all day long, in perfect, serene privacy. No matter where you are or who you are with (hello, father-in-law!) baby can concentrate on feeding and you can gaze at your little darling, while marveling at what a great job you are both doing.
Alternative uses: Excuses: “I’m sorry, I can’t help with those dishes – I’m nursing”, we won’t tell. Seriously; wear over a baby carrier to protect from sun or wind.
Car Seat Cover:
Designed to stay-put, to protect baby from wind, rain and over-zealous visitors. The cover will not blow in baby’s face waking them from their much needed nap – a gift in itself!
Alternative uses: a full length zipper allows the cover to open completely and snaps at the back secure the cover open when baby is awake.