Friday, April 30, 2010

National Infertility Awareness Week

It is the National Infertility Awareness Week. Many of us have gone through very challenging times trying to conceive, or know others who have gone through this emotional journey.

We found a very helpful website with several links by subject, including Infertility, Diagnostics, Pregnancy, Loss and Adoption among others. The links lead to informational content as well as personal tales towards motherhood.

Click here to access hundreds of links.

Source: Stirrup Queens

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Green Building Project for Kids

Little kids will have a blast building this Cardboard Play Kitchen. And it is only the beginning of the fun, they will be able to play with it for years!

This Etsy store sells the illustrated instruction kit for this amazing green building project.
Corrugated cardboard is an incredibly strong and durable material, yet very lightweight and portable..

The dimensions of the finished kitchen are:
30" width
22" countertop height
38" total height

Made by FortyTwoRoads

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Toys Banned from Some Fast Food Items

A California county has become the first in the nation to ban toys from fast food kids' meals high in calories, fat, salt and sugar.
The ordinance will ban restaurants from giving away toys with meals that have more than 485 calories, more than 600 milligrams of sodium, more than 35 percent of total calories from fat or more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar. It would also limit toy giveaways on single food items with more than 200 calories or more than 480 milligrams of sodium.

Restaurants will have a 90-day grace period beginning May 11 before the ordinance goes into effect.


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Simplicity and Graco LaJobi Crib Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a Simplicity crib recall is linked to at least one death and involves thousands of cribs. The agency also announced the recall of about 217,000 Graco dropside cribs made by LaJobi. Both recalls involve hardware failure.

The recall includes, but is not limited to the following models:

Crib NameModel Number
Aspen 4-in-18755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-18740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib8910

Stop using the cribs immediately. Please click here for additional information:

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dancing Alligator

The Dancing Alligator is so much fun! While being pulled, the wooden pieces make rhythmic click-clack sounds.Ok, we are a bit biased because we love eco-friendly wooden pull toys!

PlanToys manufacture toys using wood from rubber trees that no longer provide Latex. This cute toy is made from non-toxic natural materials such as organic rubberwood.

By PlanToys

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Berries, Banana and Tofu? Really Good!

We don't usually think of Tofu as an ingredient for smoothies. Well, time to try new options! Tofu blends really well with fruits, and this smoothie tastes incredibly good. Do we need to mention how nutritious it is?

Ok, if drinking tofu is pushing your envelope way too hard (although kids won't even notice!), just substitute the apple juice and tofu with cow, soy or rice milk. Just as good!

Fruit Tofu Smoothie
Servings: 1 portion

- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup silken tofu

Combine berries, banana, apple juice and tofu in a blender; blend until smooth.

Source: Eating Well

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Be Entered at Least Twice to Win our Coola Eco-Giveaway!

The Coola Eco-Giveaway ends this Sunday!
As a request from some of our Facebook fans, we are offering the opportunity to be entered at least twice to win a basket of Coola Sun Care Products worth US$138! Basket includes:

- Coola Cucumber Face SPF 30
- Coola Total Body Plumeria SPF 30
- Coola Sport Mango SPF 45
- Coola Sport Unscented SPF 45
- Coola Vanilla Peppermint LipLux SPF 15

The sunscreen and sunblock products are crafted with care from the finest certified organic, natural and advanced active ingredients available. The moisture-rich signature products also contain age-defying antioxidants and vitamins!

Become Fan of Eco.Logical.Mom on Facebook by May 2, 2010 and be entered to win this brilliant Basket of Signature Sunscreen and Sunblock Products from Coola! 
All Facebook fans of Eco.Logical.Mom are automatically entered. The winner will be announced on May 3, 2010.

Invite your friends to become fans of Eco.Logical.Mom on Facebook, e-mail us the names of each friend, and you will be entered twice per person that you refer that becomes a fan, and stays until the end of the giveaway. E-mail us at

Good Luck!
Click here to become fan of Eco.Logical.Mom

Coola products are provided by Coola Sun Care.

Giveaway winner is chosen at random.

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Snuggly and Warm

Organic blankies are usually very soft. Well, these ones are cute and fun too! Kids can snuggle and play with them.
Available in 5 characters: (pink) bunny, (brown) monkey, (yellow) giraffe, (blue) elephant, and (green) frog.

Made by miYim

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Classic Wooden Toys

We love classic wooden toys, there is something nostalgic and fascinating about them!
Pull toys are a big hit with the little ones, and this particular one is incredibly cute. Check out their large selection of wooden toys.

Handcrafted by Real Wooden Toys

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Sensible Foods

Coming up with a variety of healthy snacks for kids is a challenge. From whole wheat toast with cream cheese, to banana and the good ol' Cheerios, variety is important so kids can acquire a taste for new foods!

Dried fruits are always a good compromise between plain fresh fruits and the sweet candy that some kids learn to crave in school (unfortunately!). While our preference is fresh fruits, we found a variety of dried organic options from Sensible Foods: Apples, Cherry Berry, Soy Nuts and even Sweet Corn. All organic, sugar and preservative free.

Made by Sensible Foods.

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Simple and Useful

When we learned about these two products, we couldn't stop thinking about all different ways to use them. Carabean and SpringBean are very useful for parents (and non-parents too!).
Simple devices that are very handy, to decorate nurseries, clamp blankets over sleeping kids in the stroller (they won't blow off!), hang toys on cribs, strollers, bouncy chairs.....endless. Made of lightweight aluminum coated with lead-free rubber paint.

Available online, in a variety of colors. Made by Mommy Toolbox

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Starry Sanctuary

We wish we were kids again with this amazing Twilight Turtle! It projects a complete starry night sky onto the walls and ceiling of any room. The soothing colors create a magical starry sanctuary, ideal to a pre-sleep relaxation. It auto shuts off with a 45 minute timer.

Comes in blue, green or amber.

Made by Cloud B

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Soy Beauty

Cute and extremely soft, this bodysuit is made with eco-friendly soy fiber.
The puff sleeves give it a very feminine touch for charming baby girls. Available in pink, white and purple, sizes 0-24 months.Machine washable.

By Babysoy

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Maryland Banned BPA in Children's Products

Maryland has become the fifth state to ban the use of the plastics chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products, including baby bottles and sippy cups.

Maryland joins Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington State, Wisconsin, Chicago, as well as Albany County, Schenectady County and Suffolk County, New York, among the jurisdictions restricting BPA in plastic food containers for infants and young children.


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Today is Earth Day!

Let's take a moment to celebrate the miracle of Earth!
Teaching our kids to respect the Earth is our best contribution.

EcoLogical Mom

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Food Rules

Food Rules is a fabulous book about eating wisely. Broken down into 3 key sections highlighting the "what and how", this is an easy, useful and fun read. Great value for $5 at Amazon, or about $11 in other bookstores.

Michael Pollan is a longtime contributor to The New York Times, and the author of five previous books, including In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan, also sold through Amazon

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wholesome Baked Fish Sticks

Kids love fish sticks, but store bought versions are many times greasy and unhealthy.

We found a recipe for baked fish sticks, delicious, wholesome and easy to make. Can't beat that!

Bake Wholesome Fish Sticks
Servings: 4 portions

- Canola oil cooking spray
- 1 cup whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs, or 1/2 cup plain Panko (Asian type of breadcrumbs, found in many grocery stores)
- 1 cup whole-grain cereal flakes
- 1 teaspoon pepper or lemons pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large egg whites, beaten
- 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 1/2-by-3-inch strips

Preheat oven to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.
Place flour in a second shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dredge each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the prepared rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.

Source: Eating well

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Handmade Baby Shoes

Baby shoes are always cute, but these ones are incredible! 100% handmade. Little shoes are lined with soft felt and suede, no glue used. All the materials are eco-friendly.
Available sizes 3-12 months.

These gems are available through Etsy, by KuteandCool

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Limits of Healthy Sugar Intake

"Too much sugar not only contributes to obesity, but also is a key culprit in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

The association warned last August that Americans need to cut back dramatically on sugar consumption, recommending that women eat no more than 100 calories per day of added processed sugar a day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while men should keep it to just 150 calories of added processed sugar or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams)."
The amount of sugar added to processed foods may be higher than you think, making the daily calculation of sugar intake sometimes quite confusing!

"Several states, including New York and California, have weighed a tax on sweetened soft drinks to defray the cost of treating obesity-related diseases."

Sources: American Heart Association and

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Round Kimono: Cute and Sooo Soft

While looking through Sckoon's catalog, we absolutely loved this round kimono! So stylish and comfortable...
Made with 100% Egyptian certified organic cotton, the extra long fibers bring exceptional softness. The more you wash (machine washable by the way), the softer it gets. Available in a variety of cute styles.

Also sold through Amazon

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