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

Great Baby Finds!

Good Eats

Being a mom of two, I have my favorites when it comes to what my kids wear, eat, sleep on and all that jazz. Here are just a few of the awesome finds I wanted to share with you.

If you remember last year, we did an article on the different kinds of organic, puréed baby foods that are out on the market. Well, many of these companies are branching out to treat growing kids with good eats from baby, to toddler, to big kid meals and snacks. Check out some of these if you get a chance. They are all great and so good for the little ones.

Sprout Organic Toddler Meals
This Spring, Sprout Foods, Inc. introduced an exciting new line of 100% Organic Toddler Meals that are also free from preservatives and additives. Tyler Florence, Sprout co-founder, father and 15-year Food Network veteran, designed the recipes with toddlers’ nutritional needs and taste buds in mind.

These meals provide a broad variety of nutritious organic ingredients including quality meats, whole grains, wholesome beans, and colorful fruits and vegetables. This variety allows parents to select dairy, meat and wheat-free recipes to cater to their child’s dietary needs. These Sprout Organic Toddler Meals offer the convenience of being microwavable and have packaging that is both BPA free and recyclable. The following new, 100% USDA organic culinary creations can be found in the baby/toddler food aisle of your local store now!

Teensy Fruits
Teensy Fruits are made from all the natural goodness of real organic fruit. Perfectly sized for little mouths to chew, these soft bites offer a full serving of fruit, made simple for your teensy tot.

• Made from 97% real fruit
• Soft, toddler-friendly texture and size
• Unique, fun format, perfect for tots’ tiny hands
• Tot-sized portions
• Certified organic & GMO-free
• No high fructose corn syrup or trans-fats
• No artificial ingredients

Plumorganics.com offers ancient grain inspired meals with unique flavors and colors for baby to explore. Let us celebrate the goodness and giggles of great tasting food with real organic fruits and grains in delightful combinations.

Ella’s Kitchen
Ideal for growing babies from seven months old, Ella’s Kitchen meals are perfectly balanced and packed full of the best yummy organic stuff possible. They introduce chewy textures, new flavors, meats, dairy and protein for curious taste buds– plus a delicious dessert in a smaller pouch (a perfect portion for little ones). They are available at select stores nationwide and online.

• NO preservatives
• NO concentrates or juices
• NO big lumps & NO artificial ingredients
• JUST nutritious organic food for growing babies

Plum Organics
Plum Organics
has ancient grain inspired meals with unique flavors and colors for baby to explore. Let’s celebrate the goodness and giggles of great tasting food with real organic fruits & grains in delightful combinations. Plumorganics.com

Worker B Treatment Stick

“Spot Treatment.” Lips, hands, elbows and other trouble areas. Also works great on diaper rash. “Large tube” format makes it perfect to carry wherever you go! We use our propolis tincture for this long lasting balm.
$10.00, Worker-b.com.

Luscious Lusa Organics

Mama Massage Oil
As your body transforms during these nine months, take time to relax and connect with yourself and your growing baby. Massage is a wonderful and often overlooked addition to your prenatal care. Also enjoy in a warm bath to scent and moisturize. Relax, connect, renew. $8.75

Baby Bath and Massage Oil
This perfect, multi-use body oil is designed for baby’s sensitive skin. Use for after-bath moisturizing, baby massage, or in the tub. It is perfect for cradle cap, too. It comes unscented for your little one, but you may add essential oil drops when baby gets older. $9.25

Baby Wipe Juice
Makes two gallons in just one minute! That is all the time it takes to make a week’s worth of baby wipes to keep your little one clean (and that little bottom free of the synthetic fragrances and preservatives found in so many commercial wipes). $14.75

Belly Balm
Smooth Belly Balm onto breasts, belly, thighs, and hips. Use as needed to moisturize and tame the itch. Celebrate and honor your amazing, transforming body. $10.25  OUR BEST SELLER!!

Web: Lusaorganics.com

Four Elements Look, No X E MA! Moisture Cream

This is our best-selling product and it is relieving people across the country! It is perfect for babies’ sensitive skin, too. This product contains licorice root (which has cortisone-like components), cooling chamomile, comfrey, and calendula. Ingredients include: almond oil, pure water, beeswax, certified organic chamomile flowers, comfrey root, shea root, calendula flowers, shea butter, evening primrose oil, vitamin e, and borax. $15.00

Web: Fourelementsherbals.com

Green Lushiousness

16 years ago, Lush come out with its first-ever solid shampoo bar and secured its place as the leader of the eco-friendly “naked movement”. Today, they strive to continue developing new and innovative packaging-free products to reduce the need for preservatives and lessen the amount of harmful waste put into the environment. With the launch of all their NEW naked products this year, now over 70% of products are packaging-free. Sometimes, you’ve just got to grin and BARE it!

Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar
Herbal shampoo for eco-warriors.

Beat flakiness and purify skin with rosemary, nettle and peppermint. Your hair is immediately transformed by the antibacterial tea tree. Uses soothing rose, chamomile and vanilla to calm and balance out those powerful herbs. And is sold in a reusable tin so mother nature approves.

More Toners and Toner Tabs Token to the Forest Gods
A citrus offering for the sauna.

Our tokens to the forest deities are green, fizzing toner tabs with uplifting grapefruit, sweet orange and neroli oils. They were inspired by the Finnish tradition of enjoying a hot steam in the sauna to open up the pores.You can use these for the uplifting aromatherapy, or you can use them as a skin toner.