The Big Green Parenting Experiment

raising a healthy family in a toxic world

Review and GIVEAWAY: Zenoobi.com

I was very excited to be contacted by Zenoobi.com to do a review of their fabulous site and one of their products. If you’re unfamiliar, Zenoobi is an eco-friendly and organic online retailer offering merchandise that ranges from baby and kids to furniture and household items. After exploring the site I was thoroughly impressed with the variety of merchandise that they have to offer.

At first glance, the site is very well-organized and offers a perfect balance of simplicity and variety. It is extremely easy to navigate and very user-friendly. It is apparent that the website is thoughtfully designed for a pleasant shopping experience. I had a very good first impression of the site.

I loved browsing the various products that they have to offer, from adorable organic baby clothing to my personal favorite, Aden + Anais swaddle blankets! (If you don’t already own at least one of these, now is your chance! Great gift, too!) There are a variety of natural bath & body products including the Earth Mama line, unique toys and crafts and even furniture for your little one or the nursery. And if that’s not enough for you, they also offer a large selection of natural cleaning products, bedding and household items.  Zenoobi.com carries an array of reputable names such as Happy Baby organics, Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, GreenToys, thinksport and many others.

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Zenoobi.com carries a fantastic selection of items for mama’s and mama’s to be. I received a bottle of Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Spray to try out. I haven’t tried many aromatherapy type products so I was eager to give it a shot. Described as ‘bliss in a bottle’, this spray is specially formulated with a blend of oils to be uplifting during stressful times and to curb pregnancy nausea. As the mother of a toddler, I used it for the former. The fresh citrusy scent is indeed uplifting! A spritz in the air or on the wrist and it really does give a refreshing feeling of calm. I’m sure the deep breath helps too! I obviously didn’t get to test the effectiveness on nausea. I have a hunch that it would depend on the woman as we all have very different aversions during pregnancy. I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a try if I should ever find myself pregnant again. I thoroughly enjoy this ‘bliss in a bottle’ and look forward to having it handy when we get further into toddlerhood and I need burst of serenity now!

Zenoobi.com is a great site for those, like myself, who like to support eco-friendly retailers. Based on my experience thus far, I would highly recommend giving them try. If we all did our part to select environmentally responsible products and support retailers like Zenoobi, the world would be a better place!

HOW ABOUT A GIVEAWAY???

Zenoobi.com is generous enough to be offering one of my lucky readers a $20 gift code for their site! Great time to pick up one of those sweet swaddle blankets I was raving about!

You will get one entry for each of the following:

1. Like Zenoobi on facebook and leave a comment about the giveaway. Bloggers be sure to ‘like’ from your personal FB page for it to be counted.

2. Like the big green parenting experiment on facebook and leave a comment. (Again, from your personal account.) if you already like the bgpe, leave a comment saying so to receive your entry.

3. Sign up for the Zenoobi.com newsletter and mention it in one of the above comments.

All entrants will receive a gift from Zenoobi.com, so please be sure to leave your comments so I can contact you! Who couldn’t use an extra $20 towards gifts right now? I know I could!

Zenoobi.com also states that they plant a tree for every order placed! How sweet is that?!

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day 13: 30 days of thanks

Today I am thankful for the internet! What an unbelievably amazing source of anything and everything you never cared about! We are so lucky to have so much information at our fingertips. I remember, loooong ago, we had these giant sets of dusty books to use as references. How inefficient was that? There are so many things that have been improved thanks to our glorious internet. I’m able to share pictures, shop, look up recipes and research any current obsession in minutes. And all at the same time if I like. It’s such an incredible wealth of knowledge and I truly do not know what I would do without it. It is such a wonderful, powerful tool. I use it all day, every day and am always discovering new ways to use it. I am thankful for all of the things that the internet allows me to do and I look forward to what’s still to come.

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consign me up!

Babies are expensive! And as many of us know, things can be pretty tight when you’re trying to raise a child (or children) on one income. I just had a little bit of a reality check when Schy outgrew her first pair of shoes. Yep, the $40 pair of Stride Rite shoes that she has only had for TWO months! So, yeah, if her feet grow a half size every two months from now until who knows when (age 2? 3?) that is potentially $240 per year! And that’s just for one pair of shoes! Nevermind cute little holiday and special occasion shoes that she’ll only wear once or twice. Just another reason for those of you parents with late walkers to count your blessings!

Buying shoes and clothing at a rate like that are not exactly what I would consider to be environmentally friendly. They are worn just a handful of times, if that, and put aside to hopefully someday hand down. At least that’s how it works in my house. We had it good for a while when Schy was younger. She has a cousin just 5 months older than her. You remember… the one whose mommy graciously gave us the world’s most annoying toy? We were fortunate to receive all of her hand-me-downs and Schy wasn’t yet walking so there really was no need for a good pair of shoes. Not to mention we almost had enough clothing from the baby shower to last for the first year of her life. Ahhhhh. Life was good.

We are at the point now that we need to start buying new seasonal clothing and shoes for her. I have taken obsessively to ebay, just searching for a nice pair of gently used [quality] shoes for her so I don’t have to spend $40 on the next pair. I know that there are tons of moms out there in the same position… appalled that their child has outgrown these adorable little shoes that have barely been broken in. What a waste!

Last winter, a good friend of mine had taken to consigning her daughter’s clothing. She was able to bring in the clothes that her daughter had outgrown and essentially trade them for second hand, gently used clothing in the next size up. And they were nice quality, often name brand clothes. Her daughter was excited because she still got to shop for them and they looked like new and they were new to her. I could see myself getting into this, but not at the time. I had a dresser full of clothing that would last for a year. Well, that year has come and gone.

So, I’m now discovering the beauty of consigning. These shops are everywhere, as are parents whose child wore a pair of baby Gap jeans once before they outgrew them. Schy and I went on a shopping trip today to find jeans and pants for the fall. I ended up with 3 pairs of name brand jeans and two pairs of leggings for $21.85. They are adorable and look like new. These shops are generally pretty picky about what they will sell so you can expect to find nice quality items. After all, who wants to buy clothing that looks stained and worn out. I didn’t have any luck in the shoe dapartment, but I did just win a shoe lot on ebay, 5 pairs for $19.14 including shipping! Two of the pairs are new with tags and the other three are in excellent used condition. Score!

I haven’t been the consigner yet so I can’t report to you from that side, but this store was packed with clothing so I imagine that it’s not a bad gig. I have two or three totes of ‘like new’ clothing in the attic that i will have to go through someday. I’m sure someone else would just love some I the ridiculously cute dresses that she wore only once. So this is my green revelation for the day. Consigning rocks! There are so many great used items out there that have so much life left in them. It’s like recycling clothes. Chances are Schy will wear these pants a few times, outgrow them and they will STILL be like new.

Give it a shot. You may be able to pass along some of the clothes that you have stored in the process. If you don’t know where to start simply google consignment shops in your area. The guidelines and policies for buying and selling are generally on the site and if they are not, stop in. Check it out. You’ll be surprised, trust me.

Have consigning tips? I’d love for you to share!

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