Just an idea … Gift Guide

Child to Cherish


The award-winning collection features items like piggy banks, handprint kits, christening and holiday gift items and more.  This too cute crayon apron is a must have.

LUSHious Gifts


Flower’s Barrow  Perfume
A nostalgic perfume inspired by the stories of an Iron Age hill-fort, taken over by Romans who are now said to haunt the place. Ripe, bursting blackcurrant and sweet geranium are the tang of sea air and the wild plants that entwine against ancient stone in a leafy embrace.

Rose Jam
A decadent, rosy shower gel made with vanilla pod infusion, goji berry juice and nourishing argan oil, Rose Jam leaves your skin soft, hydrated and sweetly-scented. Limited availabliltiy for Christmas.

Let the Good Times Roll
Made with maize flour and corn meal to gently exfoliate, and a dash of cinnamon powder to cleanse and warm cold winter skin. Oh, and it smells of carmel corn. Yummy!!

Gold Fun
Perfect for kids to use in the bath or Mom in a hot shower. Or crumble a bit on a bath pouf, lather up (that includes your hair), and inhale deeply. Its going to be a FUN gift giving season!

Everybody Cheer!


This sporty skirt will let you go out and play with the boys while winning points in style. Its winning streaks of color and texture come from reclaimed sportswear materials: bright panels of mesh, dazzle fabric, and more. You’ll cheer for the stretchy, pull-on waistband that’s made from reclaimed jersey cloth, and which allows for full, comfortable movement. All material is pre-consumer remnants from clothing production that otherwise have gone to landfills. Made in USA.

Cate and Levi Eco Products


No two Cate & Levi products will ever be the same. Each one is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Each item is as unique as the child who adopts it.

Priti Princess Polish


Siena, our eight-year-old creative director, had all princesses in mind when she came up with these sparkly, fun polishes!

The Priti Princess collection is non-toxic, free of toulene, formaldehyde, and DBP, and safe for kids. And they even glow in the dark!

Water Beautiful Idea


This wallet’s raw materials once spent their days lounging around the enchanted beaches of Bali. That sounds lovely, except that those materials are actually plastic bags. Billions of plastic bags are used every year, and many of them find their way to the ocean, where they can be damaging or fatal to marine life.

Hopscotch Kids™ WaterColors


Water-based formula goes beyond “3 free” and “5 free” nail polishes as we have replaced ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, alcohols and heavy metals with water and acrylic polymers. Free of the harsh, smelly chemicals that most
nail polishes contain, helping condition your little one’s nails with long-lasting, vibrant color.

Oh Baby! Gift Guide 2013

Try It, You’ll Like It!! Whether you have kids already, one on the way or are thinking about it, these products will boost your health and the health of your family. Natural, organic and just plain cool, these finds are for sure some to put on the next shopping list.

Spring 2013 Gift Guide

We Love All This Awesome Stuff

Perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any occasion. You’ll find something for just about anyone …


1. The Oona
Using its strong suction pads, stick your cell phone wherever you need to go: to your cabinets to cook dinner, to a whiteboard to teach, or to the nightstand to use it as an alarm clock. $30, uncommongoods.com

2. Under a Mother’s Wing
Inspired by moms but made for anyone, these newly redesigned, recycled sterling silver necklaces are sweet, simple, and bound to become an everyday favorite. $70 to $79, uncommongoods.com

3. Tea Tree Water Toner
Gently, but effectively, treat your skin with Tea Tree Water. The antiseptic tea tree oil clears out blemish causing bacteria, while grapefruit and juniper water balance oil production. $9.95 to $21.95; Lushusa.com

4. Novel Poster: Read the Fine Print
These novel posters turn iconic pieces of literature inside out by using the text itself to illustrate the story. Each one uses the complete text of a favorite book to create a bold a silhouette of one of their instantly recognizable characters. Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Fin, and others; Starting at $40, uncommongoods.com

5. Dirty Shaving Cream
Slather, shave, and soothe your face with a generous helping of Dirty shaving cream. Calming oat milk, shea butter, and honey are great for calming irritations and red marks on sensitive chins.  $12.95, Lushusa.com

6. Dirty Springwash Shower Gel
These shower gels are loaded with fresh, natural ingredients and contain very little water, so a little goes a long way. Also excellent shampoos. $9.95 to $28.95; Lushusa.com

Public Radio Gift Set for Moms

A great gift set combining three public radio–related items designed especially for MOM.

Motherhood: A Radio Collection
For years, A Prairie Home Companion has celebrated that one person who manages to make you feel that you’re special and that you aren’t living up to your potential—all in the same sentence. This funny, affectionate, poignant collection contains the best sketches, songs, and stories from Garrison and the regular cast. The Royal Academy of Radio Actors includes Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith.

Driveway Moments for Moms
This collection of radio moments is all about mothers, including the hilarious real-life messages Amy Borkowsky’s mother leaves on her answering machine, and Minnesotan Kevin Kling’s yearly conflict between Mother’s Day and the fishing opener. Hosted by Peter Sagal from Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Mom: A Celebration of Mom from StoryCorps
Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds and new truths about the mother-child bond become revealed. Meet mothers and children of all kinds—immigrants, adult children caring for an elderly parent, a woman remembering the sound of her mother’s laugh, and visit families in moments of profound joy and sadness, courage and despair, struggle and triumph.


Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no cleanup. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home, or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you’ll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any decor.

How Does SodaStream Help the Environment?

SodaStream is an active green product, meaning that consumers  are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda  or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from passive green products, which use green-friendly production processes but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.)

Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic is manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes.

Globally, 206 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in 2008 (Zenith International Global Bottled Water Report, 2008). The energy required to make water bottles in the United States only is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil (Container Recycling Institute, 2002).

According to the U.S. Recycling Institute, more than 80% of bottles in the United States do not get recycled and end up in landfills. Also, an estimated 4.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were produced in the process of replacing the 134 billion bottles and cans not recycled in 2005.
Using your own home carbonation system means:

• Less packaging waste from cans and bottles
• Less pollution caused by transport of bottled beverages

One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it.

More at foodandwaterwatch.org or sodastream.com

More Awesome Stuff!

1. iPhone Bike Mount: Look, Ma! No Hands!
The iPhone puts a miraculous number of digital tools right at your fingertips and your bicycle! Use the mount for easy access to GPS maps as you blaze your trail, display your speed or distance, or to make a video record of your travels. $40, uncommongoods.com

2. Grass Shower Gel
It’s time to cross over to the greener side and start indulging in a little bit of grass. Smell like a freshly mown lawn in springtime. Made with fresh, antioxidant wheatgrass juice for skin and neroli and bergamot oils to brighten moods. $9.95-$28.95; Lushusa.com

3. Happy Hippy Shower Gel
A perfect way to start the day, Happy Hippy smells absolutely delicious, bursting with organic pink grapefruits. Plus, grapefruit and bergamot oils give a dose of Vitamin C. $9.95 to $28.95; Lushusa.com

4. Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Washing with Ocean Salt is like taking your face on a trip to the seaside for an invigorating splash in the water. Fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, while the antibacterial effects of lime and vodka is ideal for blocked pores, blackheads, or blemishes. $21.95 to $35.95; Lushusa.com

5. Drinking Buddy
Now you can add some extra sweetness to your cup o’ joe, tea, or hot cocoa with this charming mug. Each charismatic little fellow holds your favorite hot drink and your attention since he stands upon strikingly lifelike feet, complete with ten adorable toes! $18-$32, uncommongoods.com

6. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Anyone
Turn alphabet soup noodles into a functioning keyboard, control your video games using a controller you draw with pencil, or play piano just by dancing on the stairs. Transform almost anything into a “key” that tells your computer what to do, whether that’s typing a letter or controlling a game character. $40, uncommongoods.com