Friday, April 30, 2010
The crayons don't break and allow the children to make vibrant pictures; the window crayons gives the kids a whole new canvas to explore; the modeling beeswax provides an opportunity to use all their senses; and the fairy tale wool is a great way to introduce children to natural fibers.
We know that because these products are made with high quality materials, they do cost a bit more. We also know that it is well worth the extra money as these items last, as well as leaving a lasting impression on everyone who uses them.
To make purchasing these products a bit easier for you, we are offering all of our natural art supplies at a discount for the next week. This is your time to stock up on the stuff you love and try out those items you have been dying to try. There is no coupon code necessary, just pop on over to Hip Mountain Mama and check out the great selection!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thanks to the Loveland Chamber of Commerce for this opportunity. And a huge thank you to all our friends who showed their love and support at the event. We feel truly blessed to be a part of this community and all the wonderful folks who make it up!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A lot of people understand the importance of eating organic food. Obviously, we need to be aware of what we are putting into our bodies and into the bodies of our children, but why worry about buying organic cotton for our clothing, toys, and household items?
Growth of conventional cotton, as it is currently grown, is making a serious environmental impact. Globally, conventional cotton uses 25% of all insecticides, and 10% of all pesticides although cotton is only grown on 2% of the world's agricultural land. It is now estimated that less than 10% of these chemicals are accomplishing their tasks, the rest is absorbed into the plant, air, soil, water, and eventually into our bodies.Research shows that 1/3 of a pound of chemicals are used in the production of one cotton t-shirt. Multiply the number of cotton t-shirts in your home by that 1/3 of a pound and you can see what a huge amount of chemicals are released into the environment.
The good news is that the production of organic cotton in America is increasing. In 1990, there were about 900 acres of organic cotton grown in the U.S. Today that figure has grown to nearly 10,000 acres. Thanks to a serious commitment by growers, manufacturers and retailers, chemical-free clothing, bedding, toys, and other products are now readily available to the honest consumer who would rather not contribute to more toxins on the farm, in their home, and on their bodies.
By making the switch to organic cotton, you’re helping to support sustainable farming practices, and family farms who have been growing cotton without harmful chemicals for years. These farmers produce high quality cotton that is equal to or superior than conventionally grown cotton. The natural farming process supports biodiversity and healthy ecosystems because it often uses fewer natural resources. The elimination of these nasty chemicals, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves our water resources. Growing organic cotton can actually replenish and improve soil fertility, improving land quality and our planet in general.
If you care about what you put in your body, perhaps it is time to consider what you put on your body and how it affects the environment. All of our purchasing decisions have an impact on the environment but there are many eco-friendly options to lessen your families environmental impact. There are also many other options beyond organic cotton such as bamboo, hemp, and repurposed cotton.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Stop on over to our One Small Change Blog to see what others are doing to make a difference!
Don't forget to check out the Hip Mountain Mama Earth Day Sale for many earth friendly products at great discounts.
And finally, now is the time to join the Hip Mountain Mama Fan Page as we will have an Earth Day surprise just for our Fans. Don't miss out.
Last year we decided to forgo the goodie bags all together and we made a music CD for all our guests. This year we decided to have the kids decorate their own organic cotton lunch bag to take home with them.
As the kids arrived, we had them sit down with some fabric markers, stencils, and a blank canvas. They enjoyed drawing suns, peace signs, their names, stars, and more on their very own lunch bag.
The kids were all excited to put their own creations onto a bag that they will be able to use to take their lunch to school, a snack to the park, or to fill with treasures. I felt good about sending the kids home with something they will use and can be proud of.
If you are planning a child's birthday party and want to send the kids home with a goodie, consider one of the following ideas:
*A music CD filled with fun kids songs
*Have a play silk dying party and send the kids home with their silk as a goodie
*A little flower pot and some seeds
*Have the kids hand roll beeswax candles and send them home with the candle
*Homemade play dough either made by the kids or made ahead of time
If you have an idea...please let us know!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have recently heard many people talking about what they are going to do for Earth Day. What is the best way to celebrate the Earth for just one day? The problem with celebrating the Earth for one single day is that most of the things that we can do to make a difference involve changing our habits like in the One Small Change.
Of course you can get out in nature and enjoy it. But if you are looking for one thing to do on Earth Day that would make the biggest impact for the planet, plant a tree.
Trees are not just beautiful but they shade our homes from the sun, create wind blocks, remove carbon from the air and replace it with oxygen, give birds and squirrels a home, fruit trees can feed your family or the animals, increase property values, create privacy from neighbors, and provide for tree houses or swings.
Here are some remarkable facts about trees:
- "Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home." — American Public Power Association
- "If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%." —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research
- "In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a "strong or moderate impact" on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%." —Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests
- "One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people."—U.S. Department of Agriculture
- "There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs."—National Wildlife Federation
- "The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams."—USDA Forest Service
- "In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension."—Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University
- A tree windbreak can lower your heating bill by 10% to 20%- Arborday.org
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Maggie's Organic Cotton Scarves have been marked 30% Off. These adorable fashionable, and earth-friendly scarves are made of organic cotton. They are so soft and comfortable. We nearly sold out of these at Christmas. These make a wonderful gifts and they are light enough to be worn in late spring as a fashion accessory.
My 6 year old is a bright, sweet, kind, peace loving, ultra sensitive child. She wears her heart on her sleeve, cries at the drop of a hat, and worries about things 6 year olds should not be worrying about. Do I worry about her? Absolutely! But, I also know that she will do great things and will spread love and kindness to everyone she comes in contact with.
Happy Birthday Magnolia!!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I had this book from the library for one week, until I decided I needed to own it! The idea behind the book is that you can make up a large batch of dough (enough for 4 1 lb loafs or more) to be refrigerated for up to 14 days and baked when needed. The instructions are easy and fun and make the most delicious bread I have ever made! I have been experimenting with homemade pizza using this dough and the family has been very pleased! There are many recipes in this book using different variations of ingredients, rest times, and bake times. If you haven't checked out this book yet, I would highly recommend it!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Friday, April 9, 2010
The facts are..
~ Bottled water is up 10,000 times the cost of tap water
~ 53 billion gallons of bottled water is consumed globally each year which generates 61 billion dollars
~ 40% of all bottled water is taken from municipal sources (aka tap water)
~ 22% of tested bottled water brands contained chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits
~ 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles yearly...enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year
~It takes 3 times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it
~ Only 1 in 5 water bottles are recycled...the other 4 contribute to the 3 billion pounds of waste from plastic water bottles
Now that you know the facts, I challenge you to try and get out of the bottled water habit! Use a stainless Steel water bottle to fill up at home before heading out to work, the gym, a hike, or just to run errands. When you are at home, just fill up with tap water...get a home filter if you are concerned with the quality of your water.
At Hip Mountain Mama we are offering 10% off our stainless steel water bottles. We offer 2 sizes, small and large...the small size is perfect for kids! The designs are cute and offer inspiring messages such as "Peace", "Love the Earth", "Live Simply" and more. Use the coupon code "water" at check out to receive 10% off your water bottle any time from now until Thursday April 15th.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The deaths of these innocent babies is devastating. No Mother or Father would intentionally put their baby at risk but the tone of the CPSC statement and the medias coverage of this event is creating fear and is most certainly negatively affecting the number of people carrying their children.
The deaths associated with this recall were infants ages 7 weeks, 6 days, and 3 months. These babies were also reported to all have either been a low birth weight twin, born prematurely, or had a cold or other breathing problem at the time of death.
At Hip Mountain Mama, we strongly believe in the benefits of babywearing. We personally carried both of our children in multiple carriers. Our children are well adjusted, happy, and have a strong connection with both mother and father. Studies show that babies who are carried are less fussy and more content, studies show baby wearing promotes quicker brain development, and the increased bond between baby and Mother/Father is priceless.
There have been many more recalls over the years involving car seats and cribs. When those items were recalled people didn't turn their back and stop using them. Instead we focused on educating people about the risks and worked to make sure the products available were as safe as possible.
There is a risk in placing your baby into a baby sling, if you don't use it properly, just like if your improperly placed a baby into a car seat. It is important to know the right way to use a baby carrier and to use a carrier that doesn't increase the risks.
Here are some important tips for safe baby wearing:
2. Never carry a baby with it's chin curled against his/her chest.
3. Never allow a baby’s head and face to be covered by the carriers fabric or Mother's clothing.
4. Be aware of what a child could reach especially while wearing a child in the kitchen.
5. Be aware of how your movements are effecting your baby. Avoid bumping or jarring your child.
Mothers have been carrying their babies in slings and carriers for centuries. Babywearing is good for babies and parents. Please stay educated about these type of events so that you can help others make wise decisions for their children. You can find much more information on babywearing here.
Please join us in showing support for baby wearing by adding a photo of you wearing your child or baby to the Hip Mountain Mama Fan Page, changing your Facebook/Twitter profile picture to one of your wearing your baby, or simply posting a link to this article anywhere you can. Together we can spread the word that baby wearing is not only safe but also very beneficial for babies, kids, mothers, and fathers.