oh so heavenly - dr hauschka

oh so heavenly - dr hauschka

I have been using Dr. Hauschka products for many years, first being introduced to them by a friend and herbalist when I commented on how her skin looked. There have been times I have used them more and less, depending on my income, but I have consistently loved using their products whenever I can. As part of my recent dedication to try to incorporate more self-care into my busy and wonderfully full life, I have happily made more of a commitment to using their products.

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exceptional, ethically sourced down comforter by feathered friends

exceptional, ethically sourced down comforter by feathered friends

Winter is still in its full glory. Since learning about ethically sourced down thanks to reviewing and researching Patagonia’s ethical practices, if I am going to purchase something made from down, I try my hardest to purchase things made with ethically sourced down. This isn’t always possible because of cost, but I try to look for sales and be resourceful. In my search for a new down comforter for our little one, I found Feathered Friends.

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spindle all natural latex mattress

spindle all natural latex mattress

In searching again for a natural latex mattress, I came across many websites and got a bit overwhelmed with all of the options and configurations. I have a few already, but because it has been some time, I wanted to see what else was out there and what the prices were like. With internet searching and reading through an excellent resource The Mattress Underground, I came across the company Spindle. I immediately liked the design and clarity of their website, the uniqueness and creativity of their name Spindle, and the quality and pricing of what they offer.

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marpac dohm sound machine

marpac dohm sound machine

When we moved into the house we live in now one of the things we did not realize is that you can basically hear everything from anywhere, and although the floor is a beautiful dark hardwood, it creaks! With us trying to get our baby to sleep longer, these both posed a challenge. We didn't have any kind of sound machine before, when living in Brooklyn somehow the city sounds became their own kind of white noise. But with this new set of circumstances, I decided to look into white noise or sounds machines. 

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primary - baby and kids clothes

primary - baby and kids clothes

The focus of Primary, a baby and kids clothing line, is on simple and colorful clothing without imagery or text that can be a dependable, practical, and fun staple in a kid's wardrobe. I had seen ads for their company and had friends that had mentioned liking their stuff. I appreciate minimal and simple and wanted to try them out, although they are not organic (I don't think half of the clothing for my kids is organic. Yes, in an ideal world, but it isn't financially feasible).

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ergopouch organic sleeping bags and suits

ergopouch organic sleeping bags and suits

With colder weather approaching (and in some places here already), a sleep sack is a must have for a little baby! We used them with our first when she was a baby and are using them with our second now. They are so cozy, safe, and warm and come in varying weights and sizes. It is really important to have a sleep sack made of natural materials, as it is right next to baby's body. We have various sleep sacks that we love, one of them is the Ergo Pouch.

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sleep & beyond wool mattress cover and pillow

sleep & beyond wool mattress cover and pillow

With the arrival of our second daughter soon coming, I was looking for a mattress cover and protector for our new bed. We had recently updated to a king and we needed something to protect it from the various occurrences that happen with a baby! I also had found I was more comfortable on our guest bed that had a wool mattress pad on it (more obvious to me at 36 weeks pregnant). I looked to see what mattress pad we had on the guest bed and it was by Sleep & Beyond. I had done some research a few years ago when buying a pad for our old bed. It is really comfortable and made of wool and cotton (it is called the myPad). For our bed now (king) we got the myDual Pad and myWoolly Pillow from Sleep & Beyond. The myDual Pad consists of a cushy side that is 100% wool fleece with no other covering, and the soft side is 100% wool under 100% cotton.

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affordable wooden toddler furniture

affordable wooden toddler furniture

In our world, having our daughter's furniture made out of wood is ideal. It is also true that many people, including us, have to also think about cost and weigh multiple things when making a decision on what to buy. There are three things we have bought in the past year that I am going to talk about here. I think they are reasonably priced and also solid and strong. There are many beautiful handmade and locally sourced, completely non toxic products out there, and at the end of this post I will list some of them. These three items have fit very well in our home.

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patagonia's traceable down

patagonia's traceable down

We have had a very cold winter, and now that we are in the country the items we have from Patagonia have helped our little one stay very warm and cozy! I heard about Patagonia's Traceable Down from a friend and read about it online right away. I have to admit, this is not something I really knew about! I am glad that I am aware of it now because it is awful how much of the down is obtained in many companies. Patagonia is one of the few that ensures their down is plucked humanely.

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stainless steel toddler cups - thermos foogo

stainless steel toddler cups - thermos foogo

Thermos, an awesome and classic brand that started over 110 years agooffers various stainless steel insulated drinking vessels. Their products are made very sturdy and the design is simple and practical, including their infant lineWe wanted a drinking vessel that was not primarily made out of plastic, that she could hold and drink from easily herself, and could be taken in a bag without spilling. Our daughter loves the Foogo Vacuum Insulated Straw Bottle.

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acure - a natural and delightful skin care

acure - a natural and delightful skin care

I have been searching for a skin care line that is good for me, for the environment, that works, and that smells nice, without a high price tag. I came across Acure Organics on gimmethegoodstuff.org and have since tried out an entire skin care regimen of theirs. I am very pleased with their products and their company. Here are some of the reasons:

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crane teardrop humidifier

crane teardrop humidifier

Winter is a time when things can get really dry inside. I have read that dryness can sometimes make it easier to get a cold, although I don't really know that to be true. Based on experience, it does lead to dryer skin, and can even lead to nose bleeds. I have mixed feelings about humidifiers, but looked around for the best humidifiers that were also affordable when our daughter was an infant...

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alternative popsicle molds

alternative popsicle molds

With summer comes nice cool treats! Popsicles are an easy way to make something sweet, fun to eat, and with less sugar, if you prefer. When I was looking for popsicle molds, I knew I didn't want the mold to be made out of plastic, any kind of plastic. I found two that I tried and liked: Zoku silicone popsicle molds and Life Without Plastic stainless steel popsicle molds.

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favorite cloth diaper - grovia

favorite cloth diaper - grovia

We have tried a few cloth diaper covers and the Grovia Hybrid Diaper Shell definitely gets the most use and is very versatile. These covers can be used with the Grovia snap-in soaker, any prefolds or flats, or disposable inserts. I like that where the cloth diaper doesn't cover, soft polyester mesh is what touches baby's skin and not a PLU waterproof coated fabric which I would personally find uncomfortable, especially in the warmer months.

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organic baby clothes

organic baby clothes

There are numerous reasons to buy organic clothes, especially for babies! The cotton is not grown with the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, it is not produced with toxic flame retardants, they usually use low impact dyes. It's better for the baby, better for you, and better for the environment! The more organic clothes are purchased, the more companies that will make them and the more prices will go down (that's the idea right?).

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organic caboose nursing pillow

organic caboose nursing pillow

A nursing pillow helps baby and the person nursing (or bottle feeding) more comfortable. It raises the baby up closer to the caregiver and gives them a soft and supportive surface to rest on while nursing. Organic Caboose makes an organic cotton nursing pillow that is made with 100% organic cotton fill and a 100% organic cotton outer layer. All of the cotton is US grown and the pillow is US made. 

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