April 6, 2014

Farm to Table Kale Chips

Growing my own food has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. So to see kale spring to life to produce such a bounty beneath our kitchen windowsill is a treat beyond measure. Mr. A calls these plants, "kale chips" because that's his favorite preparation of the leafy green. We love kale chips in our house- and it's a wonderful, easy way to get your kids to eat those often dreaded green veggies. Read on for the results of our first kale harvest!

March 21, 2014

Green Your Easter Basket with Washcloth Bunnies!

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Easter is quickly approaching, and here's another fun and easy way to make your Easter baskets more eco-friendly: make sweet little bunny rabbits out of washcloths! Choose new washcloths in a festive color, and bring them to life as cute inhabitants of Easter baskets, that may then be used as washcloths for bathtime. These washcloth bunnies are also a great alternative to plastic egg holders... stuff a few candy treats inside one of these critters instead! Read on for the super simple tutorial!

February 18, 2014

Organic Cotton Tweet Birds Sing for Spring

Whether you have a spring baby on the way and you want to decorate the nursery in due spirit, or you're looking for a way to mark the change of seasons or the Easter holiday around your home, these sweet little birds are singing your tune. They're designed in Brooklyn and handmade in India using organic cotton -- and they'll surely add some chirp to any perch.

January 24, 2014

DIY 3D Lollipop Valentine's Day Cards!

Looking for a super cute Valentine's Day card for your kiddos to hand out to their classmates? These 3-D lollipop Valentines will certainly be a big hit! Learn how to make them after the jump!

December 26, 2013

INTERVIEW: Lucy Postins, Founder & CEO of The Honest Kitchen

I am a huge fan of The Honest Kitchen, which makes all natural dog and cat food for fur babies. See our previous coverage of The Honest Kitchen products here and here. I love that The Honest Kitchen was founded by a woman, Lucy Postins, who is also the CEO. Her mission to produce healthy, high-quality, non-GMO pet food for beloved cats and dogs has taken off into a thriving and successful business that's enabling her to really make a difference in the health and the quality of life of countless animals. Please read on for my interview with Lucy Postins!

December 22, 2013

DIY: Make A Gingerbread House Out Of A Juice Carton!

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Kids love to decorate gingerbread houses as a holiday season tradition -- but what I don't love are the expensive, wasteful gingerbread house kits! I can never get them to assemble correctly without the walls falling down, and the icing is a mess. I definitely do not have the time to hand roll gingerbread and score it into walls, etc., so here is a very simple, eco-friendly way to make an adorable gingerbread house out of a milk or juice carton using graham crackers for the walls!

December 3, 2013

Eco-Friendly Nativity Scene For Children

I am absolutely *smitten* with this adorable Nativity Scene I just ordered from Etsy shop Treehouse Kids.

I have been searching for a kid-friendly Nativity Scene since Miss O was born, and nothing really enchanted me. But these precious peg people are so blissfully simple and sweet that I couldn't resist buying the set for Miss O and Mr. A so they can interact with them all season long and really learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

November 30, 2013

Gorgeous Advent Calendar Made from Toilet Paper Rolls from Maya Made

One of these years, I will get around to making a homemade Advent Calendar. And when I do, I hope it is as gorgeous, green and innovative as this beauty from Maya Made.

Who knew toilet paper rolls could be upcycled into something so classy, festive, and important --counting down the days to Christ's birth.

See the DIY details here!

Image via Maya Made

November 11, 2013

How to Craft a Kids' Table for the Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the preparations must begin! Who's hosting? What dishes are being prepared? This occasion marks such a special time for families to gather in one place to give thanks and be together. One thing kids always look forward to at these large gatherings is their very own kids' table! But every parent knows how hard it can be to get their child to actually sit down and eat. That being said, you can make the kids' table a fun and exciting place for the children to be entertained while they eat. Here are some tips on creating a memorable Thanksgiving table for kids.

October 21, 2013

DIY: Make an Ice Cream Stand out of a Cardboard Box!

We recently bought Miss O and Mr. A a bookcase, which arrived in a very large box. When I see the endless capacity for creativity inherent in cardboard boxes, I automatically dream of what they could become. In this case, I asked my husband to transform a box into an ice cream shop complete with ice cream cones to sell. And boy did he deliver! Read on for more details!

October 18, 2013

Gold Paw Series' Cozy Eco Fleece Pullovers Will Keep Your Pooch Warm this Winter

This post was written by Petite Planet pet correspondent, Tracie Berger.

With fall here and winter approaching, I needed to find a comfy, cozy, lightweight but warm jacket for my Dalmatian Nina. Being a single-coated breed, Nina isn’t exactly a fan of cold weather and she is often found slightly shivering in weather below 80 degrees! That’s why the Gold Paw Series Stretch Fleece is a great find. Made with recycled polyester, this popover fleece jacket is a superb year-round option to keep Nina snuggly warm and happy. With a high neck and spacious armholes, the Stretch Fleece hugs Nina in all the right places and fits perfectly. Read on to learn more about this fantastic coat for dogs.

October 11, 2013

DIY Terrariums: Bring Beautiful Small Worlds into Your Home

I've been wanting to make a terrarium for quite some time, and thought I'd share the results now that we got around to doing it! These miniature green worlds bring a real pop of color and vibrant, lush green life into your home. Add a little deer to the mix, and it becomes a magical forest for kids to watch over and admire. Read on to learn more about how to make your own terrarium.

September 15, 2013

Sip in Sustainable Style with Reusable Glass Straws from Glass Dharma

My motto: "baby steps toward changing the world" may be easily put into practice with the simple act of banishing plastic straws from your life at home and on the go. Did you know that around 500 MILLION disposable plastic straws are used in the United States alone every DAY? To give you a concept of what that looks like: this many straws would fill more than 127 school buses every 24 hours! Not to mention the fact that plastic contains the harmful toxin BPA, and that plastic straws never biodegrade.

So what's one baby step you can take to green the planet and your family's lifestyle? Opt for one glass straw that lasts a lifetime, as opposed to a disposable, one-time use straw that pollutes the earth and your body. Read on to learn about our new favorite mealtime accessory: glass straws from Glass Dharma.

September 2, 2013

Singing About the Solar System

This is such a cute, educational video and a surprisingly beautiful song about the solar system. We're watching this video and drawing the planets today!

August 27, 2013

Everyone Hand Sanitizers Tell Back to School Germs to Back Off

Self-proclaimed germaphobe that I am, I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer within close reach everywhere we go. When Miss O was in preschool, her teachers literally wrote "wash hands" in their daily schedule 3 times, which equaled once an hour. So I was surprised to learn once she hit kindergarten, washing hands became a luxury in a jam-packed day where going to the restroom to suds up and scrub away germs before eating was unheard of.

So I started sending Miss O to school with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in her lunchbox and in her backpack so she can always eat her snack or lunch with clean hands.

EO Products recently debuted a fantastic new line of hand sanitizers under their Everyone brand, that come in a gel or a spray and feature appealing scents of coconut + lemon and peppermint + citrus. These awesome sanitizers are made with plant-based ingredients and essential oils and they are completely non-toxic and sans chemicals and other harmful additives. They are free of parabens, triclosan, and artificial fragrances, and they contain non-GMO ethanol to fight germs, and plant-based glycerin and jojoba oil to keep hands moisturized as opposed to sticky. Miss O and Mr. A prefer the scent of Everyone hand sanitizers above and beyond any we have used previously.

Additionally, all EO Products are plant and essential oil based, made with only pure and organic ingredients, and contain NO ­ disodium EDTA, sodium lauryl, phthalates, petrochemicals, chemical preservative, silicone, propopylene glycol, detergent, mineral oil, EDTA, aluminum, sulfate, and  they are Gluten-FREE. No animal testing is ever done, and every product is non-GMO verified.

On top of all this goodness, Everyone Hand Sanitizers cost only $2.99 for a 2 ounce bottle of spray or gel. That's a huge bargain in the world of green hand sanitizers, which typically cost double that amount for the same size!

Stock up on these gems at Whole Foods or purchase them online for a discounted price of $2.24 -- especially before flu season strikes!

August 19, 2013

Organic Wabbit Baby Blanket from Mezoome Designs Wraps Kids Up in Sustainable Style

Summer is already coming to a close! That means crisp fall mornings and chilly evenings are just around the corner. There's nothing better than getting all snuggled up in a beloved blanket to keep warm and cozy. Mezoome Designs' sweet Wabbit baby blanket will wrap little ones up in sustainable style. The two-layered 100% soft organic cotton blanket features a bold, delightful design created using eco-friendly dyes. The sweet, personable little rabbit depicted on the front makes this baby accessory a blankie and a lovey all rolled-up into one.

August 3, 2013

Storybook Blocks Stack Up to Literary Fun

Stories have always been the building blocks of my life. Whether I was reading the Chronicles of Narnia as a young child, dreaming up tall tales, writing in my journal or cut to present day -- telling stories for my career.

So these clever Storybook Blocks really enchant me. The designer places illustrations from actual storybooks onto poplar wood blocks. Each block is finished with a water-based, non-toxic sealant. I love that kids can delight in a great book and then have a tactile experience with the pages -- manipulating the story into endless configurations. Available in a variety of beloved books, Storybook Blocks are also reasonably priced and would make a stellar birthday gift for the toddlers in your life.

July 23, 2013

Fit for a Prince! Royal Baby Spotted in an aden + anais Organic Muslin Swaddle!

We couldn't live without our aden + anais swaddles for Miss O and Mr. A, and we're traveling this summer using them as our in flight blankets. So we were thrilled to see that Kate and William's little prince is already being wrapped in these sweet, sustainable swaddling blankets! Read on to learn about our experience using aden + anais muslin swaddles!

June 29, 2013

Make a Photobook of Your Child's Adventures with His Favorite Toy

Have Queen, will travel. Lightning McQueen, or Queen as he is known in these parts, is Mr. A's very favorite toy.  That's an understatement. He. Goes. Everywhere. with us. This gave me a great idea that I wanted to share with you so you can do the same with your child's favorite toy.

June 27, 2013

Happy Summer

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and soaking up every bit of love and laughter with your children. I'm trying to drink up time spent with my kids like the last drop of lemonade on a hot day. Fairy festivals, swimming, arts and crafts, library jaunts, travels, long play dates with cherished friends. Here's hoping you and your family have a good old fashioned summer filled with all the people and activities you love the most.