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She {hearts} reVetro

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Who doesn’t love pretty jewelry?  I know I love wearing statement necklaces, and my new piece from reVetro is an eye-catching addition to my collection!

reVetro offers gorgeous recycled jewelry made from glass bottles!  It’s so great to know that when you buy this jewelry you are saving a glass bottle from a landfill.  The jewelry is so stylish and fun!  These unique pieces would make great gifts for moms, friends, and coworkers.

The piece I received is called the Bombay Gin Mini Square.  It’s so pretty and versatile!

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There are tons of other pieces of jewelry to fall in love with.

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Shop reVetro eco-friendly accessories here, starting at $9!

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reVetro is giving away a necklace to one lucky She {hearts} It reader!

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She {hearts} MY ECO

 

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My primary grocery store is Aldi, which requires you to bring your own bags, so I’m a bit “seasoned” at using reusable bags.  I typically stuff a bunch of random-sized bags into the car before we leave and then shove all my groceries in as best as I can.  UNTIL… I discovered MY ECO Bags!  These reusable shopping bags are absolutely fantastic.

The MY ECO 4-in-1 bag set is a small pouch that unzips to reveal four HUGE reusable bags (which have been made from recycled yogurt containers!).  The bottom of one of the bags forms the zippered pouch so you’ll always be able to put it back together.

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The first bag is for groceries and dry goods, and it holds a TON. The second bag is for produce.  I buy lots of produce usually, so it’s nice that this bag is really large too!  The third bag is possibly my favorite: the insulated bag for cold and frozen items.  The top zips shut to keep groceries cold (worked for me on a 40-minute drive home!).  The fourth bag is for glass jars, bottles, and cans.  On my recent trip, I didn’t even end up needing this bag because the other bags had so much storage!  The cool thing about this bag is that it has mesh bands inside to keep the bottles and jars from clanking against each other and breaking.

The bottoms of the bags are square, which keeps them upright for bagging, fitting in the cart, packing in the car, and unloading without falling over.  All of the bags are quite sturdy and have wide straps which makes them easy to carry.  As an added bonus, the bags are all wipeable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning!  

The MY ECO 4-in-1 Bag Set holds the equivalent of 30 plastic grocery bags!  Did you catch that I fit ALL my groceries into just three bags?  So awesome!  I plan on leaving the pouch in the car so it’s always there when I shop!

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You can purchase your own reusable shopping bag set here for just $25.  (But be sure to check out the coupon code below!)

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MY ECO would like to give away one 4-in-1 bag set to a lucky She {hearts} it reader!

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She {hearts} Kiss My Face Suncare

Summer is in full swing which means the sun will be beating down on us on a daily basis (hopefully) and we will all be outside enjoying it! But don’t forget to protect the skin of those kiddos (and do’t forget yourself there to Mom!)

Kiss My Face has an entire line suncare products for the whole family. The Kids Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a thick, full coverage lotion that is paraben and phthalate free, with no artificial fragrances. I love how safe it is for my kids bodies and it certainly does the job by protecting their fair skin. My only complaint is it is almost TOO thick, and after some time in the pool you can see the white lotion on their skin. But if it keeps them covered, then I’m okay with that.

A good alternative to the Mineral Sunscreen that Kiss My Face makes is a Sun Spray Lotion. It has all the same great qualities of the Mineral Sunscreen, it is just easier to apply on to the kids. I just spray it on my hands and rub it in. Since it is a bit thinner, I can get it on the kids faces without having to work too hard, which in turn makes my life a little bit easier, and what mama doesn’t want that?!

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She {hearts} Little Green Pouch & Eco Ditty

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I am sure anyone out there with a little one beginning to eat, has experienced the “baby food pouches” available at almost any store around. These pouches are filled with a large variety of baby food’s and most of them are organic…. the one thing about them though that isn’t fantastic is their steep price tag. At over $1.20 a pouch, the cost of keeping these around can add up.

greenpouchWith my youngest Reed, who is just now 8 months, I have experienced some “eating” challenges. He honestly has very little interested in any sort of baby food. I have tried all sorts and even tried some sweeter types in order to “get his attention.” Nothing worked. If I fed him with a spoon he’d gag and refused to eat another bite.

One way I found he would eat, is by using these pouches. As long as he was given the ability to “feed himself” – he was good to go. He makes a royal mess but he enjoys it and has fun.

I love that Little Green Pouch gives those who enjoy making their own baby food an option to use it in this way. With a 6 ounce pouch to fill that is BPA free, freezer safe and dishwasher safe, it was an awesome item to have on hand or stored for convenience sake.

Also, just as a side note. You can even fill these pouches with YOUR SMOOTHIES!! So even if you aren’t a baby or kid, you can totally use these, freeze them with your healthy organic smoothies… then pack them up for lunch and by lunch time they will be thawed and ready to enjoy.

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ecoditttylogoNow! to go with these adorable green pouches, you of course need a cute eco-friendly lunch bag to store them in while traveling… or if you are like me and have older kids, some reusable pouches to store sandwiches and other snacks is a must.

Eco Ditty is a great company as well that specializes in reusable sandwich and lunch bags.

Their bags are made of 100% organic cotton. Even the tag is organic! They are printed with low-impact inks and dyes. The liners are un-dyed with no synthetics, plastics or chemicals touching your food. You can wash them by hand or throw them in your dish washer and even washing machine.

ecoditty2Eco Ditty even has a fun option that allows you to personalize your own pouches with fun stencil print outs and fabric markers (they provide for you).

One of my favorite items they sent was their “lunch ditty.” It is a great size and stores A LOT yet isn’t to big or bulky that you couldn’t shove it in a diaper bag along with your other every day items.

The Lunch Ditty I honestly have used more for carrying Reed’s baby items more than anything. I love how I can attach it to a clip on my bag and be on my way, keeping his things organized… but I also love how it has a divide inside it to store food on one side and drinks on the other.

I hope to update this post with a photo of mine in use. It currently is waiting to be washed after using it on a pool playdate the other day and Reed deciding he’d spit up all over it :) – cool thing is, its totally washable.

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littlegreen2The Little Green Pouch pays for itself in about a week. Enjoy the convenience and fun of these yet save and enjoy using your homemade baby foods at the same time. The Little Green Pouch even has a silicone attachment that makes it even easier for your kids/babies to eat from.

Eco Ditty offers snack, sandwich and lunch bags all in great organic fabrics. Reduce the use of plastic in your home but still enjoy the practicality of these great bags.

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The Little Green Pouch and Eco Ditty wanted to give away a few things on She {hearts} It.

ecodittyThe Little Green Pouch is giving away a 4-pack of their Little Green Pouches as well as a pack of their new Pouch Pops (4 pack as well). These items go hand and hand so you whoever wins will enjoy having both.

Eco Ditty is giving away one snack and one sandwich size pouch. In a winners choice print.

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She {hearts} little green pouch

 

My daughter is a super picky eater.  And the only way I’m able to get her to eat a good serving of fruits and veggies, is with those squeezable fruits and vegetable pouches.  She’ll eat them straight from the pouch and in her morning oatmeal.  But watch out, if I run out of them, it’s toddler tantrum time.  That’s why I was so excited to learn about Little Green Pouch!

Little Green Pouch was created by two moms who wanted to make getting those fruits and veggies to children easier and greener!  It is designed with a fill-able zippered seal to add your own favorite pureed foods.  The pouches are reuse-able and made of durable, BPA -free, PVC-free and phthalate-free plastic.  The pouches are even dishwasher safe.

 

You can find a list of great recipe ideas on Little Green Pouch website.  I created my own for my daughter with blueberries, bananas and plain Greek yogurt.  I must admit, it was pretty yummy.

Little Green Pouch also provides other utensils such as a funnel, brush, pitcher and labels to make your fruit and veggie puree making a little more easier.  Get connected with Little Green Pouch on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Little Green Pouch is giving away a four pack of the reusable food pouches.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
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She {hearts} Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two years, and I thought it was about time I shared my “recipe” with our She {hearts} It readers!  I got this recipe from Drea, who has been making her own detergent for years.

I wasn’t sure how I would like using this detergent, but after over two years of consistent use, I am positive I like it!  It’s pretty economical and it definitely takes up less space than a huge box or jug (which is great, since I don’t exactly have a laundry room).

For one batch, you need:
-1 cup super washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer brand)
-1 cup borax
-1 bar soap, finely grated (takes about 15 minutes)*
(note: I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap, scented or unscented, but I have also used Zote or Fels-Naptha in the past)

Mix all ingredients in a big bowl, then put in a large Mason jar!  That’s it!  I use about 1 Tbsp. in each load of laundry, unless it is especially heavy (muddy clothes, etc.), in which case I’ll use 2 Tbsp.  One batch lasts me about 4 months (and I do a lot of laundry).

*I bought a grater at the Dollar Tree so I wouldn’t have to use my cheese grater for this project.

Do you make your own laundry detergent?

she {hearts} eco-friendly living

EcoFriendlyThere are many ways we can choose to live more “green” or eco-conscious lives.  Sometimes we think that we have to have solar panels on our roof or drive an electric car in order to be green.  But there are many things we can do every day to be good stewards of our environment!

Many of these I do; some of them I don’t.  They aren’t listed in any particular order of importance.  Bonus: lots of these tips will save you money as well! Win-win!

1. Use cloth instead of paper

Paper plates, paper napkins, paper towels, paper bags, and other disposable items are filling up our trashcans and landfills.  Why not instead try using real plates, cloth napkins, rags for cleaning and spills, and cloth shopping bags?

2. Walk instead of drive

If you live in a small town or a close community, choose to walk instead of drive when you can.  Walk to the neighborhood park.  Walk down to the town hall to pay your utility bill or to the post office to mail a package.

3. Use cloth diapers

Using cloth diapers is a great way to be “green”!  They aren’t as hard as you might think to use.  I wrote a lengthy post about cloth diapering if you’re interested in learning more.

4. Keep a garden

I totally don’t do this (unless you count a small potted herb garden), but maintaining a garden can be a great way to save money and be eco-conscious.  You have control over what is sprayed/not sprayed on your food, and you don’t have to drive anywhere to purchase fresh food!  It’s in your own backyard (or side yard, or windowsill, or rooftop).

5. Recycle and upcycle

Instead of throwing away glass containers that come into your home (like jars from salsa, bottles from kombucha, etc.), save them to use again or take them to a recycling plant.  There are also many craft projects you can do with coffee canisters, toilet paper tubes, and oatmeal canisters!

6.  Buy used

If you buy something that is used (like a car, furniture, toys, or clothing), you are giving something discarded a loving, new home.  This tip will save you lots of money too!

7. Make your own cleaners

You can (truly!) clean almost any surface in your home with water, vinegar, or baking soda (or a combination of those ingredients).  Simply search Pinterest for DIY cleaners and you’ll find a ton of awesome “recipes” to try!  These DIY cleaners are much better for the environment than harmful chemicals.  You can also easily make your own laundry detergent (here’s my recipe for homemade laundry detergent).

8. Combine errands to save gas money

We mainly do this to save money, not necessarily to be green, but we try and combine our errands to save gas money (and time).  When we have to drive to the nearest “big town” 35 minutes away, we make a day of it and run multiple errands at once!

What ways do you live eco-consciously?