Friday, July 18, 2014

SckoonCup Reusable Menstrual Cup [Giveaway]

SckoonCup is giving away a free SckoonCup reusable menstrual cup to a lucky winner and her 3 friends!

SckoonCup is one of my favorite cups because of the design and the fit. Read more about my experience with SckoonCup

SckoonCup July Giveaway Rules:

To enter Sckoon's Facebook/Instagram giveaway:
1. Like one of their daily posts on Facebook and/or Instagram.
2. Tag up to three friends in the comment area and state why you want to win SckoonCup for you and your 3 friends!
3. Giveaway for US Residents Only.
Contest is from July 15 through July 31, 10pm ET
(No purchase is necessary. This promotion is for US RESIDENTS ONLY).
Disclaimer: No compensation was received to promote this giveaway. All Natural Katie is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. All opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Replacing Plastic with Glass and Stainless Steel [#CTWW]

Now that my baby is a toddler, he is on the move. As he is able to play more on his own, I can get a few chores done around the house. I have realized that I spend a lot of time doing chores and activities in the kitchen. From doing dishes to prepping food, the kitchen has become my most important room. I want to create an environment where family time means cooking and eating together. This week's challenge fits perfectly with creating a safe and loving environment in the kitchen.


This week's challenge:

This week, go into your kitchen and look for at least one way to make it greener. You might choose to do something simple like add an aerator to the faucet, convert to cloth towels instead of paper, replace a light bulb with a CFL or LED, or unplug an appliance (especially those with clocks). Maybe you are in the market for new cookware, dishes, etc. and could look for green options. Does your kitchen need paint? Perhaps you grab a brush and use non-VOC colors. You might even be considering a kitchen remodel and could search out the most appropriate Eco-friendly cabinets, counter tops, flooring, etc. The idea, this week, is to look around your kitchen and make a green improvement.

A lot of eco-friendly improvements have been made in the kitchen over the past few years. Let's recount:
  1. Natural dish soap (Tropical Traditions Dish Liquid)
  2. Natural dishwasher tablets
  3. Glass food storage containers
  4. Organic cotton towels
  5. Stainless steel and 100% silicone utensils
  6. Stainless steel and cast iron enameled cookware
  7. Unplugging most appliances when not in use (aside from oven and microwave)
As with any effort to improve our lives, becoming eco-friendly and green in the kitchen is a continuous effort for us. Yet, this effort also presents challenges and needs for compromise. After a couple of years of trying to transition away from paper towels, I have come to accept that it is just not going to happen. The paper towel roll still hides in the cabinet above the stove. I still put out small towels for wiping up spills. And I purchase recycled paper towels. Since converting to cloth towels is not in our future, I am currently focusing on food storage containers.

I have acquired a good collection of glass storage containers for storing leftovers and reheating. The beauty of glass storage containers is that they can be used to reheat food in the microwave, oven, or toaster oven. No need to dirty another dish. Since glass tends to get heavy, I have started purchasing stainless steel containers. Though these cannot be used in the microwave, they provide a lighter eco-friendly option for storing and transporting food. Next on my list is to purchase 3+ cup containers for storing food. This will eliminate the need for plastic storage containers that I currently use.

The plastic storage container cabinet is still overflowing. This cabinet has become one of my toddler's favorite play areas. He loves taking out the containers and lids, stacking them, banging on them, etc. Some of the containers and lids have cracked. These will be repurposed for other storage uses (nails, small toys, etc.), donated (if in good shape), or recycled. I try to repurpose and upcycle items before recycling. However, you can only have so many plastic containers.

>> What is one eco-friendly improvement that you can make to your kitchen??
  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lambie & Me Swaddle Blankets [Review]


I love baby items that can be used for more one purpose. Swaddle blankets made from cotton muslin, which a mesh or gauze-type open weave allow for breathability, movement and comfort. Swaddle blankets can be used for swaddling a baby, a nursing cover, a car seat or stroller cover, a changing or play mat, a travel blanket and for many other purposes. Muslin swaddle blankets become softer with each wash. They are easy to fold up and take with you wherever you may go. Lambie and Me Swaddle Blankets are a required accessory for your baby registry.

Swaddle Blankets    
   ($29.95)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
100% Cotton

Meets GOTS organic standard

Multi-purpose




I received the Lambie & Me Swaddle Blankets in the Just Dots design. I love that this design is gender neutral, which means that I can use them well into the future if my husband and I have more children. The fabric right out of the box was a little bit stiff, but softened up after washing and drying on medium heat. Cotton  muslin gets softer with each wash, which means that the blankets get better with age.

When the toddler was a baby, we only used muslin swaddle blankets to swaddle him for sleep. The cotton muslin allows for stretching, which makes it easier to get a good, tight swaddle. We have since used swaddle blankets for just about anything. Covering the stroller when he is sleeping is a great way to ensure that air flow gets inside. I always make sure I have a swaddle blanket in the diaper bag when I leave the house. The most common way I have been using swaddle blankets outside the home is as a lap cover for my toddler when we eat at restaurants. I have even used the swaddle blankets as a bib by trying two ends loosely around his neck.

Lambie & Me Swaddle Blankets are a big size, measuring 47" x 47". They did shrink a little bit after being washed and dried; this is expected with cotton muslin. The cotton meets the Global Organic Textile Standards for certified organic products. Lambie & Me have submitted for USDA Organic certification and are waiting on approval. I love that this product is made from organic cotton because it reduces the amount of pesticides and chemicals that my child gets exposed to.

Lambie & Me Swaddle Blankets would make a great gift for someone who is expecting or just gave birth. The design, size and quality are comparable to the top brands that you usually see at stores. For the only blankets you will ever need, choose Lambie & Me Swaddle Blankets.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Willamy Wrap Bracelet [Giveaway]


Welcome to the Willamy Wrap Bracelet Giveaway! 

Sponsored By: Willamy

Mami;'s 3 Little Monkey's reviewed the Neapolitan Willamy Wrap Bracelet. Willamy has fashionable genuine leather wrap bracelets for women and children and bracelets for men as well.
 
Prize: Willamy Wrap Bracelet of winner's choice up to $115 value!
Open to US residents only
Ends on July 16th at 11:59pm CST

  Disclosure: This blog and all other bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment of the above prize nor have they been compensated.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag [Giveaway]


Welcome to The Bumble Collection - Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag Giveaway! 

Sponsored By: The Bumble Collection

The Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag is very roomy with many generously sized pockets! This diaper is perfect for any mom of multiples! Pack everything you might need for a day out with your little ones in one bag! You can read Mami's 3 Little Monkeys full review of the Rachel Roundabout in Royal Ruby Montage here.

One lucky reader will win a Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag ($99.99ARV) in the print of their choice. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents whom are at least 18 years of age at the time of entrance. Giveaway will end on July 23rd at 11:59pm CST. All Canadian entrants must answer the skills test question in order to be eligible for winning this prize. To enter, simply complete one or multiple of the entries in the entry form below. Winners entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via the email address provided in the Giveaway Tools entry form. Winner will have 48 hours in which to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
GOOD LUCK! 

Disclosure: This blog and all other participating blogs are not responsible for the fulfillment of the above prize, nor have the blogs been compensated for this post. Mami's 3 Little Monkeys blog received a Rachel Roundabout Diaper Bag in exchange for her honest review. The Bumble Collection will be responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Sarh at mamis3littlemonkeys@yahoo.com


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