Bamboo is well-known for its hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial properties, so it only makes sense that baby’s first towel should be made from organic bamboo. Not only is bamboo good for baby’s skin, it is good for the planet:
Would I buy this product? No. At over $50, it is well beyond my budget, even though the towel is super nice. Also, I do have concerns with bamboo is the chemicals used to remove the fiber from the stalk . Even though bamboo grows quickly and does not require pesticides, the chemicals are toxic used in processing. It can be processed naturally, and I do not have any information as to if this is the case for Bathing in Grace products. If so, that would explain the price!
Putumayo is well known for their compilations. This summer, the label released a children’s CD in tribute to the early days of rock and roll.
I am not a big fan of early rock and roll, but I do like Uncle Rock’s version of ”Magic Carpet Ride”.
Would I buy this CD? No. I think I would be annoyed by this CD if listened to repeatedly, as I am annoyed by some of these songs when done by the original artists. I am a big fan of Dan Zanes and Taj Mahal, so that is a bonus of this compilation.
Maggie’s Organics is one of the early pioneers of organic cotton apparel. Famous for their affordable socks often found in grocery stores and co-ops, in 2008 the company partnered with a 100% worker-owned sewing cooperative in the US called Opportunity Threads.
Opportunity Threads uses scrap socks and fabric with “Certified Organic Fibers & filled with Reclaimed Polyester Fiber” to create Maggie’s Menagerie Animals.
These animals are affordable at $15, but as my daughter described our tie dye chicken, “It is ugly.”
Would I buy this product? No. As much as I want to support Maggie’s Organics and Opportunity Threads, as well as support their mission to change the apparel industry, I can’t get over the aesthetics.
I’ve worked in public education for 15 years. In all of those years, our school has never had what I consider a successful school garden despite having parents and staff members that are avid gardeners. Why is it so hard to have a school garden? This book aims to help!
Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle, gardeners and educators, bring extensive personal experience and skill sets to this excellent manual for teachers and parents interested in creating school gardens. With step-by-step tasks, advice on everything from raising funds to garden designs, materials lists, and lesson plans that connect garden activities to curriculums and meeting school standards, this unique guide paves the way for getting a garden off the ground, so to speak, in a yearlong overview that covers ideas for building planting beds, delicious recipes, and composting. The bounty of information is presented in ways that will generate excitement and provide inspiration for teachers and their volunteer partners. Bucklin-Sporer and Pringle are also comprehensive in their approach to providing much needed guidance for communities and schools that have already embarked on creating school gardens, yet require assistance in moving forward. And for those new to the concept, the authors will awaken readers to the critical aspects of teaching children organic-gardening principles, the delights and solace of the gardening experience, and how to nurture a child’s understanding of ecology. –Alice Joyce
Given the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) , we should see more schools needing resources such as this book.
Given the challenges the school year not coinciding with the typical gardening season of summer, I think one of the most useful aspects of this book is the chart on “Easy School Garden Crops”. I also appreciate the recipes, ties to state standards, and sample garden budget, which would be very useful when applying for grants.
Would I buy this book? Yes! I am anxious to share this book with my school, as it will inspire us to get our garden in better shape as an integral part of our children’s education.
Fair Winds Trading has partnered with Macy’s and BRANDAID HAITI to feature handmade crafts from Haiti this holiday season.
Hearts of Haiti is helping artisans in the earthquake devastated country that is now being plagued by a cholera epidemic.
Would I buy this product? Yes. It is aesthetically pleasing, and it is a gift you and the recipient can feel good about. Plus, it is made from recycled steel, so it is eco-friendly as well.
Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples, unless noted differently in the review. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.