Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day 2015

Honoring our Earth Day tradition, this year we planted some High Mowing Organic Seeds to transplant to my father-in-law's farm in a few weeks. I was going to try and do a raised bed since we have clay for a back yard, but we have some pretty bad squirrels and I'm scared they may eat our veggies. I did plant a tomato plant in a pot on our porch and am hoping for the best! So we will see for next year.

Stonyfield Yo Getters got an awesome seed package from High Mowing Organic Seeds and I fell in love with their catalog! I can't wait to order some herbs and flowers. I am in love with their variety of organic vegetables! Check out how many varieties there are for each veggie!
Artichoke
Beans
Beet
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Corn
Collards
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Fennel
Garlic
Greens
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce
Melons
Okra
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Radicchio
Radishes
Rutabaga
Salad Mixes
Shoots & Sprouts
Soybeans
Spinach
Squash - Summer
Squash - Winter
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watermelons
Zucchini




















High Mowing organic seeds began in 1996 and now has over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds. Their organic seeds are grown without synthetic chemicals and are non-GMO. Even though all of High Mowing Organic Seeds are non-GMO, they have the first line of Non-GMO Project verified seeds!

The best part about buying organic seeds is knowing that you are helping support organic farming.  High Mowing Organic Seeds  has free shipping on all orders, so be sure to check them out!

Another fun Earth Day activity we did was put up a nest box for Brown-headed Nuthatch birds.
The birds are losing their homes due to urbanization and deforestation. Audubon NC hopes to put up 10,000 Brown-headed Nuthatch homes in 2015. I've seen some in our backyard, so I hope they decide to stick around and build a nest.
We also put up a cage with dog hair for the birds to take to the nest box! We are excited to watch our birds build nests in our back yard. 

I'd love to hear what did you do for Earth Day?

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fayvel Shoes

My inner 8-year-old-self geeked out when I was playing on Instagram the other day and came across these new kid shoes made by Fayvel. They are athletic shoes made for ages 3-9 that have plush fabric with velcro patches- Frieze Tags stick to so your child can accessorize to fit their mood or outfit!

Currently, there are 13 limited edition Frieze Tag sets (4 patches) to choose from. The patches can be traded between friends or collected since they will change the designs frequently. Here are the first 10 designs- they have added Valentine's as well as Winter Sports to the current list. They will release new tags during Fall 2015 and then will release more every season.
I love that you can change the designs! The tag designs are children-inspired, hand-drawn and then embroidered with a strong velcro backing so they won't fall off, but they aren't hard to take off. 

We are pretty picky when it comes to shoes. We opt for eco-friendly materials or made without formaldehyde, and I prefer vegan. I often like shoe designs I see online, but they don't fit my daughter correctly and they hurt her feet. So buying online without trying them on is tough for us. But I was excited to give Fayvel a try- especially since they are vegan and formaldehyde free- including the glues!!  

When they arrived, my daughter flipped out. She LOVED the shoe and the idea that she could decorate them however she wanted. She got the Fairies and Under the Sea Tags- which she will love wearing to the beach in a few weeks! 

She wore them to school and I was interested to see what she thought of them after having gym that day. When she got out of school she was bouncing off the walls telling me how these shoes made her run faster, jump higher, and they were the "best shoes ever!" Four days later and I can't get her to take them off. 

Fayvel shoes are top quality shoes that aren't just a novelty. They are great for active children and even have a a toe guard to protect their feet. Fayvel shoes are available with velcro or shoe strings in pink, purple, green, or blue in sizes 10-2. They will be making larger sizes (3-4) this summer! Fayvel shoes are $50, plus $12 per Frieze Tag pack. Totally worth every penny! 

Be sure to check out how Fayvel shoes got started on their webpage- I love their brand story

Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.


Monday, March 23, 2015

New Stonyfield Must-Try Products!

Stonyfield has been busy introducing several new products and I'm so thankful that I'm finally not dairy-free anymore so I'm not missing out!!

Now that it is getting warmer, frozen foods are on my mind. I absolutely love Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt and Yogurt Bars, but since both kiddos are allergic to dairy, I feel bad eating it in front of them. But some days, the craving for something sweet and frozen hits and I've found myself hiding in closets for a quick bite. But now, with the new Frozen Yogurt Pearls, I can pop one in without having to hide. It's the little things...

Frozen Yogurt Pearls come in 4 delicious flavors, though the Strawberry/Chocolate is my very favorite. They also have Strawberry/Vanilla, Coconut/Chocolate, and Peach/Vanilla. You must try them all! 

Frozen Yogurt Pearls are made using WikiPearl technology that allows the yogurt to be enveloped by edible skins, kind of like the skin of a grape. The outside layer has one flavor while the yogurt is the other. These organic treats don't need spoons or bowls- they are great portable frozen snacks that pop in your mouth. So no more hiding in the closet moms! 

Their next new product, Oh My Yog, needs to come in larger containers because it is DIVINE! I'm so sad my area hasn't begun carrying it because I can't wait to try all of the flavors. Oh My Yog is a trilayer yogurt with whole milk, a cream top, then fruit or vanilla mixed with yogurt. 
I'm in love with the Madagascar Vanilla Bean. I can't explain how deliciously yummy this yogurt is and it is by far my favorite that I have ever tried. I can't wait to cook with it!  I also got to try the Orange Cranberry and honestly I wasn't thrilled about trying the flavor, but I was surprisingly amazed at how awesome it tasted. The cranberries weren't hard like I had imagined and they blended very well with the orange.  I would definitely buy again. 


Be sure to check out the Stonyfield website and see their other new products like Greek and Chia and OP Organic Protein Shake.  

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Resolutions

I wasn't going to make any resolutions this year. Things seem to get so busy during the year that I often forget my intentions. Stonyfield asked its YoGetters to share their healthy family 2015 resolutions, so it got me thinking. Instead of drawing up some elaborate plan for our family, I'm just going to choose a word for us to focus on. This year it will be happiness.

When everyone in your family is happy, good things happen. You have more energy for projects. You are more playful. You have the drive to cook and eat healthy. You focus on the happy thoughts instead of what has you down or what is going wrong. Staying in a happy train of thought sounds a lot easier than it really is. You have to focus and not lose sight of the feeling. Because once you slip, it's easy to go down the spiral.

So to help keep us on track and thinking happy thoughts, I put together some of our favorite things that make our family happy:






















*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Things That Move Eco Birthday Party

So I'm a little bit behind on posting, but better late than never! For little man's 2nd birthday we threw a eco-friendly Things That Move party! Because we all know 2 year olds are nothing but on the move. Instead of getting sponsors this year like I have in the past, I decided to do it all myself. But the people I worked with are so awesome, I want to give them recognition because they have some amazing eco-party supplies!




I found an awesome custom printable company on Etsy called StorybookLaneCrafts. She had several awesome packages that you buy, download and print yourself- which I love because you can choose what to print instead of having items you don't need plus you can use recycled paper. 

She was able to make us a custom kit with several of her designs since she had several cars, trucks, planes, trains, and road signs. She also made our invites and thank you cards. Excellent customer service, great quality, and love that we can still use the printables in Keenan's room. 


The kit also included tent cards which you can have her customize or edit yourself.

In October, I won a giveaway from Susty Party. It happened to be black plates and cups, which were perfect for our party! I had a custom stamp made and with white ink, it looked awesome on the cups. 
Susty Party creates disposable tableware from renewable or sustainably harvested materials, and made in North America. 
The kit came with bowls, large and small plates, utensils, napkins, tablecloth and cups. I added some road tape to the tablecloth and to tape it to the table so the toddlers didn't pull it down. 

We also used the road tape to put on a white tablecloth and taped to the floor using road washi tape from 2Berry Creative for the kids to sit and eat their cake. 

I also used the washi tape on a wooden K that has been used at my babyshower and his first birthday. This year I decided to take it easy and I let Whole Foods make the cake. 

I have to say I am more than impressed with their customer service. They called me the morning of the party to let me know the cake wasn't ready and no one was there who knew how to make vegan icing. Of course I was freaking out. 15 minutes later the bakery manager called me to let me know she would handle it, deliver the cake to my door by the time of the party- for free, and asked if there was anything else she could bring. The cake was delicious! 

Instead of using disposable plates for the food, we used Green Toys trucks, trains, and some other trucks we had around the house. Here are some of the other organic and dairy-free themed food we had: 






The kids played indoors on small riding toys, played on our Ikea road carpet, and played pin the propeller. It was a blast! 


For recipes, you can check out my Pinterest board