Fresh Thoughts and Ideas : Eco Friendly Parenting and More!
I'm Dreaming of A Green Christmas - 6 Eco Friendly Tips December 12, 2017 11:35
Christmas is just a few short weeks away and we wanted to share with you some ideas for an eco-friendly holiday season!
6 Ways to Go Green This Holiday Season
- Wrap your gifts in reused wrapping paper!
- Try out fabric wrapping, recycled paper, or reusable bags - you can get some beautiful christmas-themed fabric that feels festive and "green"!
- Avoid the tinsel - use paper or popcorn garlands instead.
- Give fewer gifts (and choose them carefully - be sure that each person really needs or wants what you are offering)
- Make your own cookies! It's a simple one but it means less packaging.
- Set up a real christmas tree - it's more eco-friendly than a plastic one!
What are the ways that your family stays green for the Holidays?
Get 10$ OFF Our Eco Friendly Baby Change Pads November 23, 2017 08:50
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Parenting is all about... November 08, 2017 07:00
What is parenting all about? Well, it really depends on who you are! However, we thought it would be fun to ask the question on our FB page and see what our fans think parenting is all about.
Here are the answers we got.
Parenting is all about ...
- ... love!
- ... making mistakes and starting over every day.
- ... flexibility
- ... letting go.
- ... patience.
- ... cultivating a life where kids can delight in truth, goodness and beauty.
- ... happiness.
What do you think parenting is all about?
Daylight Savings Parenting Trick November 04, 2017 17:16
Daylight savings is this weekend!
The daylight savings time change seems to drive some people crazy. I’ve heard stories of multi-week plans built to try to adjust kids and family schedules to the time shift. These people are tweaking bedtime for 5-15 minutes each day leading up to the change. They’re diligently working to try to sail through this event smoothly, and this is totally fine if it works for you.
For our family we take another approach. We do... NOTHING. Even when our daughter was younger, and sleep schedules seemed to be absolutely critical to family happiness, we still did nothing. It just seems to be ok. We may notice she falls asleep a bit earlier or later than we might have expected otherwise, but overall it works out. We often take the same approach to travel time changes. We just roll with the time zone we’re in, let our environment dictate the flow, and do our best. It’s never perfect, but it seems to be good enough. Fingers crossed that this weekend works out too!
Eco Friendly Halloween : How To Upcycle Your Jack-O-Lantern October 31, 2017 09:22
Halloween is such a fun time of year and making Jack-O-Lanterns is a big part of that! Did you and your family participate in this tradition this year?
If you did, and if you carved your pumpkin relatively lately (a few days ago), then it's probably still OK to chop up and turn into a purée tomorrow instead of tossing or composting it.
For us, upcycling our jack-o-lantern means making this AMAZING spiced pumpkin loaf. Try it out and let us know if you love it too!
Spiced Pumpkin Loaf
For the recipe, just click on the picture.
ECO PARENTS USA - our brand new FB group October 14, 2017 13:34
Do you love your kids and care about the planet?
We're pretty excited to announce that we've just started a FB group : ECO PARENTING USA, a community for eco-friendly parents. It's a space for sharing ideas about parenting in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.
Piperoos strives to be eco friendly in every way it can and creating a community of like-minded parents feels like a great way to fulfill our mission of helping parents reduce their environmental impact.
We're so excited to see how we can help each other in the common goal of being Eco Parents. Would you like to join us?
Three things I love about Encinitas October 05, 2017 09:00
Since we moved we've been mired in working on our new home and getting integrated to our new routines. It feels like we've barely had time to experience our community. That said, here are three things I'm already super grateful for.
- The breezes - that soft ocean breeze that seems to somehow be at the perfect temperature all day... pretty irresistible.
- The vibe - the chill hippy vibe mixed with incredibly passionate outdoor enthusiasts is such a treat. You get the environmental focus, the surfer cool, and the talented and knowledgeable athletes with experience in so many pursuits. All blended together it feels just right!
- The sunsets - I may experience some premature blindness due to their beauty. I just can't seem to stop myself from staring. Such a magical way to wrap up a day.
If you have a moment, we'd love to hear what you love about your community!
Game changer September 29, 2017 13:36
The baby carrier dilemma... when our daughter was born, we invested in a classic structured baby carrier. We were lucky enough to also be gifted a wrap style carrier. In my mind we were set.
Turns out I was wrong. The wrap style didn't seem to ever leave her feeling comfortable and the structured carrier wasn't a great fit on my body (better for my husband), but also wasn't that usable when she was an infant. Despite these challenges, I never considered investing in another baby carrier. It seemed redundant and wasteful.
Enter my wonderful friend and mother of two. She insisted she wanted to give us a gift of an ergo baby carrier. I refused and explained my already plentiful stable of carriers. She persisted, and one day an ergo baby arrived in the mail.
From day 1 my life changed. My daughter was at peace in the carrier and that meant I was too. I could have her snuggled in, but also maintain the use of my arms. I could do things with two hands again. She almost always fell asleep instantly in it. It had a perfect infant insert and was super comfy on my body. I could go walking and have her be happy. It was AMAZING!!! This single piece of equipment was such a major game changer for us as new parents.
I am eternally grateful for my friends wisdom and persistence, and I want to pass this wisdom on to others. This said, I want you to find the right carrier for you. For me, it's ergo all the way.
3 Ways to be Eco-Conscious Parents September 22, 2017 16:36
Piperoos strives to be eco-conscious in every way possible!! Doing our part for the planet means manufacturing locally, using 100% organic cotton and choosing to use eco-friendly packaging (recycled cardboard and soy-based ink, also printed locally).
We also want to help you be eco-conscious! Here are 3 ideas of ways that you can reduce your impact (based on the that came out on the most effective individual actions to act on climate change)
1) Eat a vegetarian diet
We know this one can be hard for many so without going 100% vegetarian, we invite you to eat more and more vegetarian meals. Angela Liddon's website Oh She Glows is a TERRIFIC place for inspiration. Plus, she has a kid of her own and alot of her recipes are kid-friendly such as this fast pasta recipe!
2) Be picky about what you buy
A few criteria should be in the forefront when making purchases. Here are three questions to ask: "do I need this?", "how is this manufactured/produced?" and "will this last?"
3) Use public or active transport when you can
This can be a real challenge with kids and public transport isn't always accessible. But when it is, or when the play group or the library is a 20-min walk from your home, take advantage of it!
It's so important to stay positive about these changes however so make sure you do what you can, but avoid beating yourself up about the stuff you can't do. We all have different realities and we can all do our part, in our own way.
Every action counts and intention can go a long way as it slowly makes its way into your everyday habits. We'd love to hear from you! What are your eco-friendly actions that you're already doing or that you intend on including in your life?
Inspiration for the Wonderful Journey of Parenting September 12, 2017 09:14
Parenting is a different experience for everyone, and there is no one way to go about anything when it comes to raising a child. Each decision will be based on your own values and beliefs, for sure, but sometimes it's nice to hear advice from other parents or get inspiration for the journey of parenting.
Our parenting board on Pinterest is filled with inspiration and advice on topics such as
- Teaching mindfulness to children
- How to boost your child's emotional intelligence
- Gardening with toddlers
- Raising a happy, confident daughter
Our goal is to gather advice, inspiration and tips that will help you be a happier parent.
We'd also love to hear from you!! What are some of your best pieces of parenting advice? Is there one thing that you think every parent should know? Do you have a blog post or article to share with us?
Eco-Friendly Lunch Ideas September 08, 2017 12:15
It's that time of year! School has started and vacation is definitely over. It's back to the meal planning and lunch packing fun of September.
In order to inspire you to make your lunches as eco-friendly as possible for you, your partner or your kid(s), we've pulled together some pretty terrific ideas.
Eco-Friendly Lunch Ideas
**these recipes are plant-based because plant-based is always eco-friendly.
- Coconut & Tofu Thaï Red Curry - 4 servings of easy-to-bring-with deliciousness
- Tofu feta & sun-dried tomato orzo salad - a big batch of family-friendly salad that can be used as a side or even a main dish.
- The classic "picnic" lunch : fresh veggies, hummus, crackers and veggie pâté
- Bean-based sandwich mixes
Tips For a "Green" Lunchbox
- Invest in some good tupperware that you can use and wash and repeat
- Choose reusable snack bags vs. plastic snack bags (for example these bags from Itzy Ritzy with adorable patterns)
- Avoid juice boxes and individual yogurt containers (or at least recycle them). Use instead small plastic or glass containers such as mason jars (you can get tiny little 4 oz ones that are perfect for small portions)
If you make just one eco-friendly recipe or put into place one "green" lunchbox tip, you'll be making a difference. We sincerely hope that your back-to-school/work experience is a great one and don't forget to focus on what's important : the people you love. It makes every day brighter.
Do I ever love Boba! (Local Treats) August 29, 2017 14:44
One thing I've learned about since moving to LA is the delight of Boba. Those slippery, perfectly sized balls of tapioca in an icy cool milk tea drink are tough to beat in the local treat category. Boba was not on my radar in my younger years, but in business school some classmates from Taiwan introduced me to the concept and I got hooked.
Sometimes called Bubble Tea, this drink was invented in Taiwan in the 80's and has become increasingly popular in the US with several large chains. My local vendor of choice is Brian's Shave Ice & Boba in Sherman Oaks. They are lovely and happily accommodate my request for a less sweet drink. My only complaint is that sometimes their hours aren't expansive enough to address my Boba needs. Doesn't everyone need boba at 9 am??
The addiction is spreading... I held off while she was a baby, but from a pretty early stage I also introduced my daughter to boba. It was love at first slurp.
What are your favorite local treats?
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