Big News! And A Great Green Holiday Giveaway

First the big news: I am moving! After 12+ years in our current home in Virginia, my husband and I are packing up the kiddos (and dogs and cats,) and heading to Pennsylvania. I won't lie. This whole process has been bittersweet. My husband got a great new job that he is very excited about, this is a new part of the world for all of us that we can't wait to explore, and PA offers a lot of … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gifts That Don't Cost A Cent

Feeling the pinch this holiday season?  Most of us are.  And sadly, one thing I've noticed this year is that the economy has brought holiday spirit to an all time low.  But if there is one thing we should all remember this holiday, its that you don't need wads of cash to celebrate the joys of the season.  More often than not, its the simple, non-commercial gifts, that are most appreciated.  And … [Read more...]

Easy Green Gift: DIY Eco-Soap

Need a quick and easy green gift idea that will fit anyone on your gift list?  Why not try your hand at making your own eco-soap?  It's a whole lot easier than you might think.  The awesome folks at Bramble Berry sent me this simple recipe: Ingredients Herbs (such as oatmeal, coffee, spirulina, or clay) 1 pound (16 ounces) Bramble Berry ‘melt and pour' soap, organic base 1 ounce essential oil … [Read more...]

How to GET A Green Gift

All week long we've been talking about green gifts...why we give them, where to get them, and how to know if they're really green. Today we're going to answer a question that is on the mind of many Green Parents... How can we get green gifts, for ourselves and for our kids, when it's our turn to receive? On Wednesdeay The Green Parent asked, "Is it OK to come right out and ask for green gifts?" … [Read more...]

How to Buy Green Gifts

Let’s face it, holidays and birthdays just wouldn’t be the same without the giving and receiving of gifts. But that doesn’t mean you need to go overboard or buy gifts that go against your conscience. In fact, you may not need to buy anything at all. The best gift is one that is perfect for the recipient and gentle on the environment, because nothing says, "You Rock!" better than the perfect … [Read more...]

Poll: Is It Tacky To Ask For A Green Gift?

It's Green Gift Week here at The Green Parent and we've been talking about the "green gifting dilemma" and green gifts that are not really green. There's loads of info on the web about buying green gifts, but this week we're trying to find out how you can GET a green gift when it's your turn to receive. Or more importantly, how you can get a green gift for your child in lieu of the cheap, … [Read more...]

When Is A Green Gift NOT A Green Gift?

We're shaking it up today for Green Gift Week with a guest post from Nick Kellet, Green Parent and creator of the Gift TRAP Game A proud green dad of three girls, ages 7,9 and almost 11, Nick believes that being green is about making sure we do our bit to save the world for our children and their kids. "It's our job to make them aware of the impact of our actions and choices and to follow … [Read more...]

Green Gift Week

We're talking green gifts this week...as in, what is a green gift, where can you get one, and how do you get your friends to give them to you (and your kids!) For starters, check out this post that teensygreen wrote over at 5 Minutes 4 Going Green on The Green Gifting Dilemma. It really hit home with me as my eldest will be six this October and I, too, am wondering how to have a party for her … [Read more...]