10 Unique and Handmade Holiday Gifts under $25

Unique, handmade gifts for under $25 | Eco-Mothering.com

Yes, you can shop green while on a budget. If you shop Etsy while you’re at it, you support artisans and small businesses that focus on crafting handmade items. Here are ten unique gift ideas for the people on your list, and all are under $25! Sea Shell Hanging Air Plant, $4.99 Delight the plant lover in your life with these super cool tillandsias, or air plants. They hang encased in sea urchin shells and require only bright light and occasional water misting. Plants come assembled and gift wrapped and would add an exotic, conversation piece to any room. Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace, $20.00 Fill these handmade necklaces with your favorite essential oil. They’re made from allergy, lead and nickel-free stainless steel accented in your choice of nine colors with the words “only love” etched into the side. A few drops of oil releases its aroma for you all day long. … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 3 of 12 – Holiday Wreaths

DIY upcycled holiday wreaths | Eco-Mothering.com

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights five DIY Upcycling projects creating unique and beautiful holiday wreaths using leftover materials. Be amazed and inspired! Wreath of PVC Pipe from DIY Cozy Home Wreath of Toilet Paper Rolls from Bonnin Designs Wreath of Pine Cones and Nuts from Wonderful DIY (scroll down to see it) Wreath of Wine Corks from Wine Folly Wreath of Burlap from Home Decor Made EZ

Why You Should Consider Wearing Your Baby 

Benefits of Baby Carriers | Eco-Mothering.com

One thing I miss most about my daughter’s early years is wearing her in a wrap or sling. It was such a joy to carry Sofie around and be in close contact with her, yet be hands-free. As a family, we hiked, went food shopping and attended neighborhood events with seeming ease. We never bought one of those infant car seats, because I dislike the modern-day custom of carrying babies around in plastic contraptions that dangle from our arms—often leading to repetitive-stress injuries (RSI). Baby wraps were not so popular or varied when Sofie was born, but we invested in a sling, the Baby Bjorn and a handmade mei tai. I carried Sofie on my back in the mei tei until she was four years old. While we still cuddle and I can—sometimes—pick Sofie up, nothing beats the physical and emotional closeness of wearing her. {sigh} Benefits of Babywearing Makes … Continue reading

Tips for Dealing with Kids and Commercialism at the Holidays

Tips for Reducing Commercialism at the Holidays | Eco-Mothering.com

After learning a song about climate change at school, my nine-year-old has been following us around the house turning off a light the minute someone steps out of a room. She has also been heard to make comments like, “Daddy, you shouldn’t buy a new TV because it makes more carbon dioxide, and that doesn’t help the polar bears.” I am thinking this could be a good time to make links for her between those cute polar bears and the pollution created in the manufacture of plastic toys. Yet I know this knowledge will likely be cast aside as the holiday season approaches. Sofie naturally succumbs to the childlike quality of always wanting more stuff – the latest doll or fashion style, new books, another adorable stuffed animal. And many of those wants come from advertising, whether it’s via TV, a store circular or word-of-mouth (a.k.a. her friends). At the holidays, … Continue reading

DIY Upcycling Projects: 2 of 12 – OLD TIRES

DIY Tire Sandbox | Eco-Mothering.com

One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for  repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights five DIY Upcycling projects using old tires. Be amazed and inspired! DIY Tire Ottoman from That Was a What?!   DIY Garden Planters from Lushome   DIY Tire Sandbox from I Heart Nap Time   DIY Tire SeeSaw from My Fix It Up Life   DIY Tire Pet Bed from Fab Art DIY  

Cranberries: Benefits and Recipes

Cranberry Health Benefits and Recipes | Eco-Mothering.com

My family recently enjoyed Massachusetts’ annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration, during which we toured the cranberry bogs and watched the fruit being harvested. It was a gorgeous fall day to enjoy such festivities, and we learned a lot about the cranberry. History of the Cranberry Cranberries are one of three native fruits to North America (the others being blueberries and Concord grapes). Besides cooking with them, Native Americans used cranberries for treating urinary infections, fever, childbirth injuries and arrow wounds. They also used the fruit as a fabric dye and the plant leaf as a tobacco substitute. Early settlers ate them to fight off scurvy, which did help since cranberries are rich in vitamin C. The fruit was originally dubbed a craneberry because the Pilgrims thought the plant resembled a crane’s red head and bill. It wasn’t until 1816 that cranberries were first harvested successfully. Because the fruit requires such specific … Continue reading

The Greening of Pro Football

How NFL Teams are Going Green | Eco-Mothering.com

When you think of professional sports, you don’t usually get a fuzzy, green image. But I recently read that my hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the greenest sports teams in the National Football League. Going Eagle Green Inspired to make a difference by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, in 2003 Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and his then wife Christina launched the team’s Go Green program. They sought advice from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on ways to make their operations more sustainable. Over the past decade, the Eagles’ efforts have included: Eliminating fossil fuels and powering their stadium, Lincoln Lincoln Financial Field, completely on renewable energy. So far this includes 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines. Stepping up their recycling (in 2013, they were at 99% diversion from the landfill). Using green cleaning products. Converting cooking oil into biodeisel fuel. Using recycled paper products and … Continue reading

Guilt-Free Green Tip #441: Participate in a Halloween Costume Swap

Green your Halloween with a costume swap | Eco-Mothering.com

Welcome to a regular blog feature called Guilt-Free Green Tips. These will be easy action steps you can take to be a little greener, and each mini post will feature one tip. Choose the ones that appeal to you, and learn what eco benefits a single, simple step can make. Halloween costumes extend at least as far back as medieval times when people dressed up during Samhain as the fairies, ghosts and witches they feared as a way to ward off evil spirits. They went “mumming,” performing antics in exchange for food and drink. Our modern-day costumes have become much more diverse in their range of characters, often portraying whoever is popular in current media, and because of that, Halloween costumes have become a cheap, single-use industry. It’s becoming rare to see homemade outfits sewn by hand or pieced together from items around the house. This year, look for a … Continue reading