Yes, there is such a thing as eco-friendly beach toys! Every year I experience the same sense of dread come summer time. The time when I realize I am about to purchase plastic toys that will only last one season, and come with a hefty price tag to the environment and unfortunately to a certain extent, my childrens health. With Canada Day tomorrow, and the 4th of July celebrations just around the corner, we have compiled a list of eco-friendly beach toys to help you make some choices this summer when purchasing your toys. Here is a list of our […] Continue reading →

Old Navy and TerraCycle Inc. have teamed up and will be launching a new campaign next week- just in time for Earth Day – called the Flip Flop Replay. When you drop your or your children’s used flip flops at any Old Navy store in the U.S. between April 22 through May 21, TerraCycle will recycle them into four public playgrounds across the country. This will mark the first large-scale effort to recycle and collect flip flops! In the past, TerraCycle has led a few recycling programs that made a difference in a big way. Stoneyfield Yogurt was one of […] Continue reading →

The sustainable sneaker brand, Simple® Shoes (a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation), unveiled their new spring 2011 product line of stylish, vegan, eco-friendly shoes for kids last week. The girl’s ‘Poodle'(pictured above) comes in both pink and purple. Simple has now introduced their very first vegan toddler shoe line that is made from certified organic cotton, recycled PET blend (made from recycled soda bottles) and certified synthetic nubuck. All of Simple’s toddler shoes are fully washable and non-marking! If you are looking for a fun Mary Jane, the Doogie – Star Print is made of a star print certified organic […] Continue reading →

No need to feel guilty about painting your kiddies nails any longer. Recommended for ages 3 and up, Hopscotch Kids Water Colors is a safe, natural, eco-friendly nail polish that uses 0 toxic chemicals*. There is no formaldehyde, phthalates or fd&c (toxic colouring). Unlike many generic nail polishes, Hopscotch Kid’s does not cause yellowing or drying of the nails. There is no chemical scent and the formula is 100% biodegradable. Price: $13.50 from Lavish and Lime *Primary ingredients: water, water-miscible acrylic polymer emulsion, and non-toxic colorants (no fd&c). There is no formaldehyde, phthalates, toluene or other harmful petrochemical solvents found […] Continue reading →

Freeze pops are all the rage in my house! Since President’s Choice came out with the 100% fruit juice freezies, we’ve been eating lots of them – especially with the hot “Spring” we’ve had! The only problem with these cool treats is that they turn into juice before my kids get a chance to finish them. Hug Popz is a stylish and eco-friendly way to keep their fingers from freezing and their freeze pops from melting. Made by For Keep Sakes Designs, this neat invention is made from eco-fi, a high quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles […] Continue reading →

Lifefactory puts smart design to life with their BPA-free reusable glass bottles. For those who aren’t fond of metal bottles, glass is an excellent option! Lifefactory eliminates the ‘break’ factor by covering their baby and beverage bottles with patent pending silicone sleeves that have an excellent gripping surface. Our family uses both stainless steel and aluminum bottles for our beverages however after testing out the Lifefactory bottles have quickly become one of my favourites for a few reasons. 1. The width Unlike stainless and aluminum, these glass bottles have a wide neck which makes them perfect for smoothies and thicker […] Continue reading →

BY: NADIA CARRIERE Actress Arianne Zucker is loved by soap fans for her role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, as the mischievous and cunning Nicole DiMera. From baby stealing to boyfriend snatching, her character is forever getting into trouble but it’s her complex nature and underlying sensitivity that keeps us all captivated. In December 2009, Ari became a mom after giving birth to her beautiful baby girl Isabella Reece, her daughter with hubby Kyle Lowder (Rick, The Bold and The Beautiful). After taking a short 8 week maternity leave, Nicole is back and causing the usual stir in Salem! […] Continue reading →