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Green America Publishes Baby Resources

Looking for safe, well made baby products can be a full-time job. Luckily you have someone in your corner, ready to help! Green America publishes articles, magazines, scorecards and a web page, they can help guide your choices!  Some products and services may not be available in your area, but you can still get an idea of great innovations, what to look for and positive trends.

Start by looking at these:

Baby Eco-Trends

Bamboosa

Dhana EcoKids  (from Mill Valley, CA)

Hip Peas

Luke’s Toy Factory and the Eco Truck

Green Beginning Community Preschool (Los Angeles, CA) – they have some program & gift suggestions too.

Great Green Gifts for kids

Kids with furniture

Numi Tea – the perfect Gift

Tasty Warming Teas….. and so beautiful too, look at the flowering teas! There is also tea with cardamom in it, this spice will uplift your senses any time of the day!

 

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<http://numitea.com/indulgent-tea> Numi Indulgent Tea (NEW for 2014! SRP:
$7.99/box)

IndulgentTeaGroupShot LOWA new line of chocolate teas in four flavors –
Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Rooibos, Chocolate Spice and Chocolate Earl Grey –
that will launch in stores this fall.  Numi Indulgent Teas are certified
organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, and made with 100% real
ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including real cacao
powder.

<http://shop.numitea.com/Flowering-Tea-Set-in-Bamboo/p/NUMIS-80950&c=NumiTea
Store@FloweringTea@Gifts> Numi Flowering Tea(tm) Set in Bamboo (SRP: $39.99)

numis-80950.pngPackaged in an exotic, hand-made, dark mahogany bamboo case,
this gift set holds a box of Numi‘s Enchanted Blossoms Flowering Tea that is
filled with handsewn tea leaves and flowers, and a 16 oz. glass teapot
through which to observe the blooming tea petals.

<http://shop.numitea.com/Dancing-Leaves-Flowering-Tea-Set/p/NUMIS-80920&c=Nu
miTeaStore@FloweringTea@Gifts> Numi Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea(tm) Set
(SRP: $34.99)

numis-80920.pngThis all-in-one set provides the finest 5 Flowering teas(tm)-
handsewn tea leaves and flowers that blossom when steeped. It also includes
a 16 oz. glass teapot for a unique and affordable gift.

Numi Holiday Teas (SRP: $6.99 / box)

Numi‘s seasonal holiday tea blends feature premium quality teas blended and
balanced with festive ingredients. Flavors include: Holiday Chai, Holiday
Herbal Chai and Winter Spice.  Numi‘s Organic Holiday Teas will be available
again this year on numitea.com for a SRP of $6.99 per box.

About Numi Organic Tea
Founded in 1999 by brother and sister team Ahmed Rahim (the alchemist) and
Reem Rahim (the artist), Numi Organic Tea is a purveyor of premium quality
organic, non-GMO and fair trade certified teas and teasans. Numi blends its
organic leaf teas with only real herbs, fruits, flowers and spices-not
unnecessary “natural” flavorings or perfumes. All Numi products are packaged
in recycled-content containers and non-GMO verified biodegradable bags and
are available in retail outlets in more than 30 countries worldwide,
including the U.S., Canada, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and online at
www.NumiTea.com <http://www.numitea.com/> . An award-winning social
enterprise and founding B-Corporation member, Numi supports community
development projects worldwide. To learn more, visit NumiTea.com
<http://www.numitea.com/>  and follow Numi at Facebook.com/NumiTea
<http://www.facebook.com/NumiTea>  and Twitter.com/NumiTea
<http://www.twitter.com/NumiTea> .

Green Gift Wrap

green gift wrapWhat do you do? I like the minimalist approach and wrap many gifts with something usable, or newspaper (getting rarer since I don’t have home delivery) or colorful napkins. Here are some favorite creative ideas:

  • The easiest, some gifts don’t need to be wrapped, just saying…. keep this in mind too!
  • Rather than gifting an item, another way to give something wonderful is to give an experience. Write down what you want to share, put it in a festive envelope and you and your friend will be able to plan something great together. A gift of “time” is always appreciated.
  • Wrap the gift up in another gift – such as a pair of cool sunglasses in a pair of colorful socks, add a festive bow of raffia – done!
  • Wrap up bottles of wine is kitchen towels that match the kitchen of the recipient, tie at the neck with a bit of ribbon or festive hair rubber band. Everything is usable.
  • Wrap the gift for others that live far away in the local paper, comics are good, real estate ads are shocking, you choose! This is especially fun for friends and relatives have moved away from home. Give them a happy reminder.
  • Use all the left over funny shaped bits of wrapping paper and make a collage. Creative and goofy. Certain to be noticed.
  • Here is a list from a green group: Top 10 green gift wrap.

Warmer Green Gifts

Aquarirum of the BAYI think the best gift of all this year is … getting together with friends. Rather than gift things, how about an occasion. A group of us met for Holiday Cheer – Pizza, Wine and a movie shown at home. It was wonderful to discuss recipes, places to go, holiday plans, kids, and catch up. It was a great celebration! This is my number 1 choice. Here are a few more:
#2) Stick to useful gifts — maybe you have never given mittens, CFLs, mulled cider mix and draft catching door guards… but times they are a changing! These thoughtful gifts keep the recipient warm and happy and energy smart!
#3) Share your favorite book, from your collection and put a note in it on WHY you think the recipient will enjoy it – this is a great conversation starter!
4) Potlucks are my favorite gift from the heart, but you can do something simpler… how about homemade cookies, flavored vinegar (add garlic, or rosemary) in a fancy stop topped bottle, make a huge batch of granola and share bags of it or simply write down a favorite family recipe on a recipe card and give it to a friend (you can offer to make it with them as well).
5) Start a tradition: Caroling, Ugly Christmas Sweater cocktail party, White elephant exchange, Puzzle night, or decorate the tree gathering. There are dozens of happy occasions to celebrate.

One day you’ll see your kids repeating these traditions and you’ll feel great all over again. It doesn’t take a pile of money to give from the heart.