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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?
Piperoos is on Kickstarter! July 9, 2017 07:06
We have officially launched our kickstarter campaign!!
We're looking for 4,000$ to help make our 100% organic cotton baby change pads available to new parents everywhere. We plan on using the funds to cover design costs, fabric, packaging, and other expenses as Piperoos continues to grow.
Making The World a Better Place
Choosing to be environmentally conscious in everything we do (the cotton is 100% organic, the labor will be done by local seamstresses, and the packaging is recycled and uses soy dyes), we aim to make the world a better and more beautiful place for new babies and parents too!
How Can I Show the Love (Support Piperoos)?
In exchange for your support (starting at only 10$), we'll send you a variety of gifts, including an exclusive customized 3-pack offer where you can get your changing pads with your baby's name on them. All the gifts will be shipped anywhere in the US and Canada, except, of course, the Watermelon Party (which will be held locally in Studio City, L.A.).
FYI : the campaign ends on August 1st and it's an all or nothing situation. We'll only get your pledged funding if we reach the 4000$ goal. So, share with your friends - help us get the word out and thanks for backing this project - it means the world to us!
PS you can click here to land on our Kickstarter page and show your love.
Piperoos - An Eco Friendly Company June 28, 2017 09:00
Here at Piperoos, we are so proud to say that we are committed to being truly eco-friendly. Exactly, how eco-friendly you may ask? Well, let us count the ways.
How eco-friendly is Piperoos ?
- The fabric for the baby changing pads is 100% organic cotton.
- The manufacturing is done locally (in Los Angeles, California).
- The packaging is made of recycled cardboard and the printing is done with low impact, soy-based ink.
- The boxes are printed in La Mirada, California, just an hour's drive from L.A.
- Whenever possible, orders of Piperoos are shipped in previously used packaging.
- Every time Piperoos is sent, an extra fee is paid to offset the carbon footprint of the shipping!
Also, if you have any questions at all, feel free to ask! You can reach Cora at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah at email@example.com
You can also just check out our FAQ tab.
Piperoos on American Made Baby Brands April 25, 2017 09:35
"Sarah set out to create all-purpose pads similar to cloth diapers and the homemade flannel pads she received as a gift before Piper was born. Her “environmental compass” was to make Piperoos with all organic cotton, recycled packaging, low impact dyes — and locally made to cut down on transportation impact. She even pays to offset the carbon footprint of shipping."
Save 10$ on Earth Day April 22, 2017 07:00
Save 10$ on Earth Day when you buy a Violet 3 pack of Piperoos on Amazon.com (offer valid on April 22nd, 2017 only - don't miss your chance!)
Did you know?
We celebrate Earth Day every day through our eco friendly practices :
- the fabric for the changing pads is 100% organic cotton
- the manufacturing is done locally (in Los Angeles, California)
- the boxes for the packaging are made of recycled cardboard and the printing is done with low impact, soy-based ink
- the boxes are printed in La Mirada, California, just an hour's drive from L.A.
- and, every time a box of Piperoos Basic Baby Changing Pad is sent to a customer, an extra fee is paid to offset the carbon footprint of the shipping!
Make a difference by buying a green baby product that is both earth-friendly and gorgeous!
Three Things we Love About Gardening April 20, 2017 09:30
Gardening is such a fun activity and for so many reasons, but here are the three main reasons we love to garden.
1) It's fun!
Gardening is an activity enjoyed by many and it's because it is genuinely fun. Seeing your plants start popping out of the soil and being amazed by the speed at which they grow are a big part of it. The planning, the planting and especially the tasting contribute as well.
2) It's a learning experience
For toddlers, kids and adults, gardening means learning about how food is grown. When you take the time to garden, you learn what a pea sprout looks like and how long it takes till the plant produces the food. You also get to learn what kind of plants grow best in which climates and how much sunlight and water different plants require. For a quick beginners guide to starting a vegetable garden, read this article provided by the Old Farmer's Almanac. You can also just go the trial-and-error route but you may get less produce your first year.
3) It means local and fresh food at our doorstep (literally)
Gardening means that tomatoes, peas and other veggies can be enjoyed at their freshest ! The peak season here in California is summertime, but we enjoyed fresh tomatoes last year up until January. Eating locally is a very eco-friendly gesture, so be assured that the time and effort put into your little garden is also great way to be green.
Gardening doesn't require a big backyard or elaborate tools... it can easily be done in big pots or square "beds". You can even upcycle pallets to make a garden if you want an extra project to add to the fun. It's also possible to garden on a balcony, if that's the space you have. The only really big limiting factor when it comes to gardening is lack of sunlight. If your backyard or balcony is really shady, it'll be more difficult to grow your own vegetables. But, other than that, you can just get creative with the space you have and enjoy the process.
And if you're gardening with little ones but need some ideas as to what to plant, click here for a list of ten easy veggies to grow with kids. Also, we would love to see some pics of your garden if you decide to start one (or if you are already a fan of gardening), so please feel free to share!
Why we love Earth Baby March 23, 2017 02:00
Finding Earth Baby was such a victory for Piperoos! This charming, earth friendly boutique on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City is like a treasure chest full of green baby treats.
This store has so many adorable things that you have to allow yourself some time to really look and absorb what's in here. Also, Renee and her team have done such a great job on the decor that on one of my initial visits I tried to buy one of her decorations.
Best of all though, is that this store is filled with green products made by local moms! They source locally and are a great voice in the community encouraging people to invest in local businesses. They also focus on organic products and do a wonderful job educating people about green and eco-friendly options for your baby and home.
Speaking of local... it's always a treat when the team shares which local celebrity has recently stopped by.
A Green Tradition March 17, 2017 04:57
St-Patricks day is one of those Holidays that has changed SO MUCH over the years. Other than it being a day to wear green and decorate the house and/or office, do you know who St-Patrick is or why he has a place in our calendars?
A (very brief) history lesson
Saint Patrick wasn't born in Ireland and his real name was probably Maewyn Succat. His Romanicized name was Patricius and he eventually came to be called Patrick. He was born in Britain, but spent time in Ireland as a missionary. His life mission, after joining the Catholic Church was to convert the Gaelic Irish to Christianity - and he was very successful at it. He passed away on March 17th, AD 461, which is why we celebrate St-Patricks Day in the middle of March. If you're interested, you can learn more here.
Each family has it's own traditions to celebrate Holidays. As for us, it's the time of year we start choosing what to grow in the garden! Gardening is a way to connect to nature, eat locally and reduce the distance our food has to travel to get to our plates.
Taking the green tradition to a whole new level
Since this holiday has changed so much over the years, why not change it some more and turn it into a time of year where we choose to do something for the planet, where we choose to "be green"? Gardening, if you like, is one of the ways we choose to be green on St-Patricks Day.
There are other ways of course and we'd love to hear about your ideas and/or current green traditions. Let us know!
Joining a cult... the good kind February 19, 2017 15:00
(This post includes an affiliate link but all opinions are our own).
So we've joined a cult. In the best way. It took several coupons before we jumped on board, but since we did it's been food happiness. The cult is helping us be more eco-friendly, waste less, save money, and be exposed to a wide range of new things. "What is it?" you ask. It's Blue Apron.
What is Blue Apron?
Blue Apron sends you a weekly package of groceries and a recipe. Simple right? But no, the super yummy meals are designed to be easy to make, use seasonal ingredients, have an adjustable spiciness, use only basic kitchen utensils, and be different every day (for a full year)! They create recipes from a wide range of cultures and do a great job at veggie options. Oh and did I mention they use lots of perfectly fresh veggies in every dish. Not everything is organic, but they always try to use local farms, and sustainable seafood options. I wonder constantly how they can accomplish so many goals. I can barely do that for one meal, let alone doing that cost effectively with perfect portions day in and day out.
How Blue Apron fixes a bunch of problems
My first impression when I heard about Blue Apron was that it was going to be expensive and unnecessary for us. I can buy groceries and look up recipes right? Also, if I want groceries delivered, wouldn't I just use a grocery delivery service that lets me get ALL the groceries I need? I was mistaken. Turns out that Blue Apron fixes a bunch of problems we had. Firstly, it's helped us reduce waste and we're always looking for ways to be more green. The measured portions in each package means we're using exactly what we need with no food waste. This eliminates that situation where a bottle of mystery sauce gets used for 1 teaspoon and then sits in the fridge for 6 months until it expires. In addition, we had been in a pattern of buying groceries without a great meal plan and then having things go bad. We'd look in the fridge, realize we were missing key ingredients and opt to go out for dinner at the last minute. This meant wasted food and money. Enter Blue Apron to help us out.
Is it Eco Friendly ?
Now from an eco-friendly perspective, Blue Apron has received some criticism for their packaging. They do encourage people to recycle the boxes, as well as the bubble wrap and plastic that holds the ice packs. I am hopeful that they'll continue to focus more on their green efforts and find a way to work with reusable packaging. That said, generally I think their vision is on the right track. Also, when the alternative is restaurant eating, that can also present some green challenges. Overall, the benefits above have made it worth it for us to stick with the cult for now. Here's to happy eating, and a happy belated valentines day to all!
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Being Green in the Kitchen - A Few Recipe Ideas February 7, 2017 12:11
I was planning to chat with you today about a favorite winter recipe, but... I can't decide.
So instead maybe this set of suggestions will help you get out of a rut. Whatever season it is, our family can get to a place where we just buy the same groceries, week after week, but sometimes you need something to shake things up. Here's hoping this helps to mix it up for you:
Lentil soups: I'm super into lentil soup these days and if you do it in a crockpot it's so easy. You have maybe 15 min of prep time and voila - a protein filled, cost effective, eco-friendly, yummy, yummy meal. Add some cumin for a funky tweak and some spinach for some extra green. A side of warm fresh bread and a slice of cheese can be heavenly.
- Potato, lentil and spinach soup -
Buffalo cauliflower sandwiches: So we're lighter on the protein here, but we do really well in terms of delicious flavors. The melty blue cheese, the spicy buffalo sauce, it's all making my mouth water right now. Make sure you have some great crusty bread to set it off.
Veggie chili: Another crock pot favorite. As long as you have some beans, you should be in good shape. Our "designer" options are some frozen corn, maybe celery, and garbanzo beans in addition to your chili basics. This also freezes well which is handy.
Whatever you're making these days, please try to stay eco-friendly by choosing local, seasonal ingredients. Here's a hint - the things that are plentiful and reasonably priced in your grocery store are usually the ones that are in season. Of course, buying organic can be a little more pricy, but I'm happy to do it when I can for the health of our families and our food growing communities. Using the EWG's Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen Guide for prioritizing which fruits and vegetables to buy as organic produce is another way to be green without busting your budget. Lentils and beans are of course especially great options for the green diner as they pack so much protein into an eco-friendly package.
So there it is... a few ideas for you. Of course, reach out if you'd like more details on any of these OR if you have a recipe to share!