Archive | November, 2008

Hank&Cheef – Eco Chic Alternative For Sniffles

What a fabulous and practical product Vancouver mom, Regula Appenzeller designed at her eco chic company Hank&Cheef! (love that name!)  They have brought back the handkerchief in a truly modern way with their ultra cool designs and organic cotton.  Also, for this time of year, their cute 100% recycled packaging makes them the perfect stocking stuffer for the grandparent, mom, or dad in your life.  Check out these cute designs before we chat about how wonderfully practical these gems are. Pictures from the Hank&Cheef site:

Handkerchiefs shown below are 7 in a package.  Prints are Owl and Trees.  $34.95  Check out their site for more designs….the elephants are dreamy too!

Monkeys Single $5.25

This price tag doesn’t seem like much after you crunch the numbers of what an allergy season will cost a family in disposable tissues or the fact an average household will spend $30,000 on tissues during their life span.

For those light sniffles, drips, tears, or sweaty occasions – why reach for a virgin tree produced, bleached piece of disposable tissue?  Your household can help save thousands of virgin trees by putting one of these 100% organic cotton hanky’s in your pocket or lunch box.  Why not complete your child’s litterless lunchbox with this Hank&Cheef or use at the dinner table for those sloppy pasta nights?  Kids are attracted to these fun prints and love learning about how using them helps the planet.  And in the case of my boys, they get to feel just like ‘Nono’ when they reach into their pocket and take care of any drips. <smile>  What’s old is new again…but this time the ‘old hanky’ is just plain hip!

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Be Inspired, Shop & Save On Wonderful Stocking Stuffers & Gifts

Part of the mission when Green Planet Parties started was to source sustainable, well priced, and fun goodie bag options.  What does this mean this time of year for busy parents?  A very easy way to purchase wonderful, quality stocking stuffers and gifts for children.  Whether it’s a gift swap with little friends or trying to stick to a budget for your own children, Green Planet Parties is the place to shop.  A discount code has been created for all Mommy Footprint subscribers to receive 10% off their order!  This will expire on December 15th. Simply click on the following URL and shop  and the 10% if automatically deducted from your order.  There is no special code to input at checkout  – just click here:

http://www.greenplanetparties.com?code=Mommy Footprint

What are the hot items, perfect for stocking stuffers?  Here are our top picks from practical items, nature inspired, favs for girls and favs for boys …things your kid needs, but they’ll actually enjoy receiving!

Practical items:
♦ Stainless steel ‘first’ cup and feeding bowls: ranging from $7.50-$8.50
♦ BILT water bottles available in pink space bear and blue robot designs: $14 each
♦ Jean totes for girls: $12.50 each and perfect to carry a favorite treasure or snack
♦ Zippered coin purse with doggy design: $6

Nature Inspired:
♦ Wonderful books that capture the beauty of nature and promote children getting back to learning about trees and animals. Top picks are:
~ Jasmine The Butterfly Girl priced at $6.00
~ The Gaia Girls priced at $14.50 – great for the 9+ age
~ The Lorax priced at $16.50.  This Dr. Suess classic is perfect for ages 3-99….a must read at any age.
♦ Nothing says nature like giving a Tree In A Box.  Only $6.00 each – perfect in size & price for a stocking!
Made By Me Wooden Toy kits – sold individually for the stocking or in a box set, both with great price points and a wonderful activity/toy/craft for ages 3-6!  Race car or trucks are $4.75 and box sets are $15.00 with 4 wooden vehicles to paint, hammer, glue, and color!

Just for Girls:
♥ Give the girl on your list a magical, personalized tile necklace.  Nothing like a new piece of jewelry to make a little girl happy!
♥ New to the GPP site are hair accessories.  Ponytail holders with names like ‘Hedgehogs at Play’, ‘Wink! Matryoshka Doll’ or ‘Deer Friend’ you can feel the magic of this product.  Only $4.00 each – these belong in every little girls stocking.  Also, headbands for ages 2 – adult.  These functional and fun headbands come in three fun prints (love the retro ladybugs) and have been sourced locally on Vancouver Island. Price is $5.25 each.
♥ Aprons to get messy in the kitchen or for fun in the craft room.  GPP has sourced cute fabric (in Christmas theme too) to keep your little missy clean while ‘helping’.  Priced great at $12.50 each.

Just for Boys:
♥ New to the GPP site are Automoblox!  Recently described as ‘Playtime Rocks With Automoblox’ in the latest product review by Kindervibe, GPP is stocked with minis C9 Sportcar perfect for a boy’s stocking and the full-size M9 Sportvan comes with hours of fun with it’s interchangeable parts and 8 passengers. Minis price are $9.95 and full-size Automoblox are $38.00.
Endangered animal necklace that comes with the option to customize – all boys love these rugged and tough tiles…nobody is going to call this jewelry!  Necklaces are $12.95 each – a very special gift.
♥ Roll up a tough camouflage explorer bag and tie with string and card!  Boys now have a way to cart around their favorite possessions…book, water bottle, snack.  Great price at $11.00!

Full-sized Sportvan Model

With about 4 shopping weeks left until the magic of Christmas morning arrives for our families, take advantage of the 10% discount and purchase some special gifts. Don’t forget to wrap sustainably and add seed wrapping paper (plant and watch flowers bloom) or Santa Sacks to your order.  Reuse Santa Sacks every year or enjoy the eco activity of planting seed wrapping paper with your kids after the mayhem of Christmas morning is over.

New & Just in time for Gift Giving:

Save a tree and try GPP’s Santa Sacks. Cotton draw string gift bags in 2 sizes and 4 fabrics that are just for Christmas. Start an earth-friendly tradition this year by reusing these Santa Sacks in your family each year instead of buying and using traditional wrapping paper or gift bags. They also make a wonderful (green) presentation of hostess gifts and gifts for friends! Santa Sacks are $3.00 for small and $4.25 for large.

‘Of the earth’ Seeded Gift Wrap that is not only naturally beautiful looking, but also gives a second gift long after the gift has been opened. Plant this paper in your garden and wild flowers will bloom from the imbedded seeds. How magical is that? Two prints to choose from – 2 ~ 20” x 30” sheets for $8.00.

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Christmas Stocking Magic – Of Course It’s Etsy!

The two things that stand out about Christmas for me as a child was announcing after every Christmas “This was the BEST Christmas ever!” (and meaning it) and seeing the brimming stockings hanging on the fireplace as I made my way down the stairs wayyy too early in the morning.  Our stockings were truly magical Christmas decorations because they were handmade with felt.  My Mom was a little ‘Etsy’ and could accomplish anything she put her mind to. 

Well I just found this Etsy artist and her felt stockings will melt your heart.  Looking for the perfect stocking for this Holiday? Of course…you’ll find it on Etsy!  And if you order before midnight today (Nov 23rd) you can order 3 and receive the 4th for free at Rikrak’s Etsy Shop…the choices are endless. Check out this ‘fun’ line!  All pictures from Rikrak’s Etsy Shop:

 

Looking for a 1st Christmas stocking for baby?  Check out the detail on top:

Here is the perfect deal for my family.  Buy three stockings *until midnight Nov 23rd* and receive a 4th for free.  Look at this red, cream creme, ivory package that is perfect for my clan!  What a wonderful, festive, and sustainable time of year!

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Local Event: Emily Carr Student Art Sale

There are so many amazing things to start writing about for Christmas!  This coming week will bring articles about beautiful, natural, Etsy finds and greener options for the Holidays.  Locally we can kick off our weekend with the Emily Carr Student Art Sale. Thanks to Lauren from Whipstitch.Backstitch for reminding me about this wonderful event.  Get your Christmas shopping done for a spouse or that impossible to buy for person, as there will be a wide selection of paintings, photographs, t-shirts, pottery, collages clocks and of course Lauren’s vintage creations perfect for child’s room decor or to become your child’s next best friend.

Admission is free and it’s the perfect venue to help support local talented art students.  I’m betting the products are uniquely special and can’t wait to check it out!  Here are the details of this awesome sale. 

When:  Friday, November 21 from 1pm to 8pm
             Saturday, November 22 from 10am to 6pm

Where: Concourse Gallery, North Building, Emily Carr University. 1399 Johnston Street Granville Island

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Natural Pod – A Shopping Experience That Inspires Love Of Nature

Well, I’m back from the Vancouver Trunk Show, a little weary,  but happy to have networked and met some amazing momentrepreneurs.  I always find myself needing to write after these mom fairs because the women are inspirational and their products are so well developed and wonderful for children.  The usual case for mom’s starting web or home based businesses are to fill a void in the industry that was only discovered because they started a family.

One business that always catches my eye is Natural Pod.  This is an online store, but the heart of the business is local on Vancouver Island.  Their natural play items are mindful of the environment and very creative. One item I noticed by their table last Friday, is a product called Tree Branch BlocksNatural Pod first brought in this product from Germany, but in the quest to keep their footprint small and support local craftsmen, the product is now produced on Vancouver Island, from the fast growing Alder tree.   I’ve always said that the only toy I would invest in for the under 1 crowd are blocks.  I’m a big fan of creative play that helps with coordination and is fun for parents too!  Well, introduce your child to nature and building with this heart stopping beautiful stacking toy.  Ready for an image so you know what I’m gushing about?   Pictures from the Natural Pod site:

The edges of this building toy are totally smooth and this nature inspired building set is completely safe and non-toxic – no worries if a block (or stump I should say) ends up in a teething child’s mouth.  This toy is a very special investment and would make a magical Christmas or 1st Birthday present.  Presentation is everything and the very soft, locally crafted bag the blocks arrive in makes another subtle statement about the beauty of natural looking products, void of wasteful plastic packaging.  These are one of the most special toys I’ve seen for toddlers.  And yes, they are as beautiful in person as the two photographs in this article.

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