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Bogs Boots: Natural Rubber For All Elements

My first thoughts of getting out my kid’s rain boots is prompted by wonderful Fall activities: pumpkin patches, corn maze, and farm visits. This year my oldest son didn’t have rain or snow boots because of a big growth spurt so thankfully the timing was perfect when I recently heard about Bogs Footwear. Just the thought of going into the rain boot section of a big box store brings on a migraine with the stench of cheap plastic so after checking out the Bogs site and finding out the boot is actually made from natural rubber instead of PVC – I knew we’d be a great match. This isn’t the only eco-feature of these boots. They are made from natural rubber, neoprene, and with superior quality guaranteed to not crack or split like cheaply made boots. They are also heavy duty for winter (thinking ahead with snow action) because they are comfort rated from temperate conditions down to -20 degrees F. Because they are made with breathable materials, rather than PVC, they are comfortable in milder weather too – all the while looking incredibly hip too! The spider style was my favorite model for boys, although I stuck with the classic black for my 8 year old because I’m hoping for a few years of wear from these boots. Bogs footwear has made the kiddie styles so adorable for little girls and very cool for boys.  It’s pretty rare when a boot that could be used for extreme outdoor weather conditions is so stylish.   Kids also love the handles that they grab to easily pull on the boots in these waterproof rubber and neoprene upper. The Bogs Classic High Kids is the style Francesco is wearing and he loves them.

When you’ve been around the block with kid’s products – there are a few items that scream “you get what you paid for!” Footwear is one thing a parent learns to invest and research their time. I recommend purchasing Bogs boots a little big (if your child is a half size…got up to the next size) since they can always wear thick socks until the next year. These boots have some serious non-slip soles and it would take a lot to wear them out. When you add the cost of what two pairs of boots would cost for rain and snow, plus the fact these are made without PVC – the price is great!  I’ve found Bogs online around the $60 mark, which is not a bad price for 2-in-1 boots for Fall and Winter.

And moms…don’t drift over to the Women’s category of the Bogs site unless you’ve got some extra time and a bib to catch the drool. Who knew that outdoor sport boots could be so cute, fashionable, and easy! With a pair of jeans or tights – you’ll be rockin that pumpkin patch or just looking generally ‘cute’ for everyday footwear this Fall and Winter. Footwear doesn’t easily tempt me but I couldn’t resist getting a pair of Bogs for myself. My style of boots is the classic high handles with a fun print on the boot. I love them and can’t wait for the weather to get chilly so I can slip them on more often. Never mind for kids… I love how easy they are to get into . =)

Enjoy the weather change from chilly summer to glorious fall days and soak up all that nature has to offer during the month of October. This mild weather won’t be here for long and the pumpkins and hay rides keep calling our name. Get outside and enjoy.

Follow Bogs Footwear on Twitter @BogsFootwear or Facebook Fan Page by liking here. You can even enter yourself in their ‘Make A Mess’ contest – see their Fanpage for more information.

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Tips To Immediately Reduce Toxins Your Bedroom

In researching ways to remove toxins from your bedding, mattresses, and bedrooms, I received tips from the co-founder at Sleepy Sheep and  Saplings that I wanted to share. These tips are things you can do immediately that will ease your anxiety level with dust mites, bacteria, mold, and chemicals. I appreciate that these two solid business owners would pass along product knowledge and freebies that can improve the health of our homes. Here are some tips you can implement tomorrow from the experts!

Chelsea from Sleepy Sheep told me that sunlight is a natural virus killer. To immediately de-tox your bed, pull your duvet down and expose pillows and sheets to sun light.  Open your curtains in your bedroom during the day as this allows moisture to evaporate from your mattress and allows sunlight into your bedroom, which helps prevent mold and fungus from growing.

Wash your pillows monthly to keep dust mites and other allergens at bay. A clean pillow improves your sleep by helping you breath properly while you sleep.

When taking your bedding (or clothes for that matter) to the dry cleaner, try to find a cleaner that markets themselves as green. Why? Many dry cleaners will use a chemical cocktail to finish your items called sizing. Ask that this step not be used to finish your bedding so that sizing or Teflon agents aren’t being added to your ‘cleaned’ bedding.

Chris from Saplings Sustainable Kids Decor offered some great tips for removing common toxins from your bedroom starting with wall decals. These popular wall stickers are the hot decorating choice with parents because of their convenience and versatility, but most on the market are made from PVC (poison plastic that off-gasses chemicals). Look for decals that are stamped vinyl-free or PVC-free and are made from polypropylene or fabric.

One of the easiest ways to improve the air quality in your child’s bedroom is to use VOC free paint. Chris recommends the new Natura line from Benjamin Moore and Yolo Colorhouse in rooms they have done….both brands have great quality and are a safer paint choice.

Smell your room! Basically, your sense of smell is one of the best things you can rely on when safeguarding your room. If you are using anything that has a strong smell, be it your paint, bedding, decor ~ be cautious. Anything you put in your child’s room should be odour free straight out of the package (** great tip **)!

The last tip from Chris can be read in it’s entirety from this article and the great thing about it is you probably have most of the ingredients at home! A recipe to decrease chemical residues and smells from dyeing process and use of conventional scented detergents &/or fabric softeners:

Wash several times or soak overnight in a tub of water with one of the following:

1/2 cup of vinegar
1/2 – 1 cup of pickling salt (don’t use in an enameled tub as it will cause it to rust)
1/4 – 1 cup of baking soda (will have to rewash several times to remove residue).

For any and all organic bedding & decor requirements, the owners at Saplings are ready to answer your questions. They’ve done the research and put together their site to keep the confusing nature of shopping for organic bedding simplified.  Two of my favorite rooms from their site are below.

George Room to Grow


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