Happy Valentine’s Day! Confession: I used to be a bit cynical about this day. Wasn’t it just all about big corporations selling more greeting cards and gross plastic heart-shaped trinkets?
However, I’ve had a change of heart.
I decided to take back the day! Rather than seeing it as a hyped-up, over-marketed day of pink, I decided to look into the soul of the day and make it about a collective show of love. It doesn’t have to be about buying more greeting cards! It’s about your own expression of...
Take care — your ethics are showing
Vicky Sanderson: From child labour to kids’ products, social responsibility drives shoppers
REPRINTED FROM Toronto Star
“The prospect of having a little person sleep 12 hours a day with those products drove my desire to have organic products for kids,” says Dream Child bedding founder Shelley Smith.
By: Vicky Sanderson Homes, Published on Fri Aug 09 2013, Toronto Star
The horrific collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh this past April drew into sharp focus the...
I stuck to my buy local mission again this year. It’s stress-free (no mobs), supports small businesses and local jobs, and provides access to unique products that aren’t found in big-box stores. Avoiding the malls alone is reason enough!
I found some wonderful retailers that carefully curate their items with a focus on eco-friendly products. Here are some of my favourite picks.
Ava’s Appletree – Natural Parenting Store
My 5 year old daughter has developed a recent interest in knitting. I thought an easy way to get her...
It can be so hard for parents to keep on top of all the harmful chemicals in our kids’ products.
It sometimes feel we need to have a PhD in chemistry to be able to understand the contents of the everyday products in our homes.
To help narrow it down, here is my list of top 5 “bad guys” often lurking in our kids’ rooms
Polyester is made from petrochemical phthalates that attacks hormones. It mimics the female hormone estrogen, and exposure to phthalates has been linked to low fertility in men, early onset of...
I was honoured to have been asked to present at EcoParent Magazine’s EcoParent Village at the Green Living Show in Toronto this past April. The panel “Greening Your Nursery and Playroom” was organized by Green Moms Collective, a fantastic new resource and community for green-minded moms in Toronto and beyond.
Sara Vartanian, Green Moms Collective:
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your business and what you believe is important about creating a Green Nursery and Playroom for children.
Shelley Smith, Dream...
The ins and outs of a “green” birthday party.
For my daughter Jade’s fifth birthday I tried my best at doing her birthday a bit more “green”.
To me that meant trying to produce less waste, and use less plastic, junky stuff.
While there were a few misses along the way, here are some tips for a fantastic birthday party with an added eco-friendly (mostly) element.
There’s no place like home
Initially I proposed going out somewhere for Jade’s birthday party. The thought of not having to clean...
Earth Day weekend and there’s no better place to celebrate it then a day at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. It was their Earth Mudder weekend with lots of fun stuff on for the kids, hikes, bike workshops, guided hikes, etc.
We hit Chimney Court, the hands-on kid zone for some serious get your hands dirty fun.
Zoe loved all the fun buildings to explore. I think the yurt was her favourite.
Or maybe the clay house with the cool round windows.
There must be something about these round windows that...
While rummaging through my older daughter’s closet in prep for our trip to Mexico (more on this trip later), I realized that about 90% of her clothes are either hand-me downs or second-hand. And she’s a pretty styling kid. And her little sister gets the benefit of all these amazing hand-me-downs.
Here’s the thing – I love cute clothes on my kids. Who doesn’t? Who says I can’t love fashion AND be green? Not me.
Here are some tips for being eco-minded while keeping your kids in fun, cute clothes.
I’m making a list, I’m checking it twice. I want to find gifts that are eco-friendly, locally-made, experiential, and nice. Eco-Santa is coming to town.
It can be really hard to be eco-friendly at Christmas time with all the glittery temptations out there. But once you look beyond the plastic, and make a little effort, it can be a green world.
Here are my tips for a green Christmas.
Say “No!” to plastic toys
I do this by avoiding mainstream toy stores altogether. I mean forget about the big box ones (I have, long ago, and will...
This time of year means one thing for folks like me that love all things local and handmade: the One of a Kind Christmas Show in Toronto.
I’m planning on skipping all big box stores this xmas so this one-stop-shop makes life easy. It’s great to not have to check labels (too closely) because everything is Made in Canada or the USA. And it’s all handmade by artisans, so that means no sweatshops.
I loaded up on all kinds of yummy things to make food baskets for my brothers. Creams and pretty smelling things for my mom. And...