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Weekend Finds + Lovely Things

The lovely folks at Naturopathica recently sent me another goodie to sample and I totally love it! Their Aloe Cleansing Gel  I'm a total face wash snob and only like what I like, so when I tried this I went in with a little attitude, well it melted away, along with the oil and makeup from the day...lovely. refreshing and soothing.

Follow my boards on my newest obsession Pinterest oh it's so good.

The lovely daily happenings and of course, fashion of Miss James @bleubirdvintage and BleuBirdVintage

Sign up for free books for your kiddos, gifted from the lovely Dolly Parton here at her Imagination Library.

Need some inspiration, follow Joy at her lovely site Oh Joy!

Follow me on Twitter @ecomamalindsay + my soon to be children's shop Darling Clementine @drlngclementine

This super cute picnic tote from Branch Home. Oh so sweet. And eco friendly of course.

Swap out paper napkins for these super chic stripped ones from West Elm, in organic cotton.

The hilarious (and totally awesome) list of annoying words not to be used in NY Magazine as posted by Kurt Anderson when he took over at the Mag (Mag, wait is this word on there?). The lovely Joanna Goddard reposted this on her blog A Cup of Jo.

Enjoy and Happy Weekend!

Smiling Planet's Happy Plates + Bowls

Smiling Planet founder Olivia Haviland, who comes from a 150 year heritage of porcelain making creates whimsical, planet friendly, people loving plates + bowls for your little ones. The darling artwork on each plate and bowl are the creation of her husband (so sweet a husband + wife team!). All products are manufactured in the good old United States with safe, sustainable and recycled and/or organic materials. Their plates and bowls are made from sturdy #5 recycled plastic and are bpa free.

My favorite part of their line is the message of their products, which is peace, diversity + respect for the environment. They work with Healthy Child Healthy World to inspire parents to choose chemical free products for their children.

Smiling Planet makes happy bowls and plates, and are a true breath of fresh air!

They sent us the Circle of Life plate which has the sweetest artwork, I want an entire set for the whole family! They are perfect for toting to a picnic too. I also love the sweet heart bowl. So darling. Products are durable, made with love and are totally affordable. Once Darling Clementine is open you can bet I'll be stocking their entire collection! Stay Tuned!

The Hungry Caterpillar says Love Episencial

If you're like me and have a sweet little baby in your care, you slather them with sunscreen every time you step their little toe into the sun. I have a treasure trove of sunscreens for Juliette, 1 in her room, 1 in the diaper bag, 1 in my bag in case I don't use the diaper bag ... get my point. sun protection matters! Using a product you like matters too, not just for vanities sake, but because it really works and makes life easier + healthier. I have had a few sunscreens that go on nice, but end up taking forever to absorb and leave an icky white reside, turning my sweet olive skinned darling into a pale, ghostly version of herself. no thanks.

The lovely folks at Episencial sent me their sunscreen kit to try out and just in time too cause I was getting low on my diaper bag tube! I've used the Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 twice already and have really liked it, it's thin enough to rub in quickly, doesn't have any scent and rubs in without too much of a white reside, plus it doesn't have the Oxybenzone sunscreen ingredient we've all heard so much about (and if not please take a moment and Google the ingredient and see for yourself.) Sunny Sunscreen is full of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide as your sweeties sun fighting power! What more, it's SPF 35 and has nourishing organic sesame, safflower and avocado oils to help keep the skin supple and soft. And while we know water resistant creams are best for our wee ones (as they run in and out of sprinklers, pools and sweat up a storm) we don't need the chemicals that provide that bonus do we? Instead Sunny Sunscreen uses beeswax and organic shea butter to help increase the natural water resistance. Like magic right.

Their founder, Kim Walls created an entire product line including this awesome sunscreen all with the sweet illustrations from Eric Carle. You're sweetie will perk up at the sight of their darling bottles + tubes. Products include balms, bubble baths, foaming wash + soothing cream.

Products are sold at Target last I checked, but I am sure you can find out more right here. I think I'll be picking up some Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath next time I run to Target. Juliette doesn't know yet, but a fun, soothing and sweet bath is on it's way...

Give Heart this Mother's Day

Pick out your card, write a sweet note, but save the cash on mom this year, and spread the love to mother's in need around the world. She'll be proud trust me. The International Rescue Committee has made it easier than pie to help. Check out the details straight from the site:

  1. Choose a lifesaving gift for a refugee.
  2. If you wish, dedicate the gift to someone special and personalize a card to let them know.
  3. We can take care of sending the card.
  4. Your gift will be used where most needed in the world to provide lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

You can choose a variety of gifts including a safe birthing kit for only $24 or a prenatal package for $52. Think of what you are giving with this gift. It's heartbreaking, in the best way possible. 

They've got a printable card and an ecard you can include with details as to the gift you've given in the name of your mama (or anyone!). You can also include a gift of children's clothing, school supplies or cozy blankets. 

Here's the link directly to their site, check it out, share this post, buy the gifts and keep good going! 

DIY Spring Cleaning + Easy as Pie Recipes

It's that time again, time to get into all those nooks and crannies that dust bunnies just love to hide out in. If you're seeking new products look no further than your kitchen cabinets for some quick and easy DIY chemical free remedies to the dirt, grim and dust bunnies in your home. Use some old containers (jars, yogurt cups, etc.) to store your new cleaning products in and you're ready to go!

Floors scuffed? Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to the spots, then wipe excess oil up with a cloth, after that rub in distilled vinegar. Poof. Scuffs gone.

Gum stuck to something? Orange Oil is spectacular at removing this. Apply with cotton ball then toss item in the laundry (if it is a cloth item that is)

Floors dirty? Mop with this solution:
1/4 liquid Castile soap (I like Dr.Bronner's) and 2 gallons of warm water. If they are greasy just add about 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar to the bucket.

Use that same Castile soap  to clean stovetops + vents. Simply squirt a few squirts into 2 cups of hot water. Then you swipe up the grease that's gathered on your burners, stovetop and hood. Lovely.

Stainless-Steel counter tops/surfaces? Buff with a few drops of olive oil. yes olive oil. trust me.

Permanent marker stains (aka do you have children?) on your wood floors or countertops? Use rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball to remove.

Have an extra lemon lying around? Brighten whites by adding 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Or...use that same lemon and combat lime scale, rub lemon juice on spot, let sit overnight and wipe with a wet cloth in the morning. Easy as pie.

Got any DIY cleaning tips? Do tell....


Love Your Skin with Naturopathica

I can't count how many body lotions I've bought and used in my lifetime, really it's a lot. But the ones I find I go back to are the natural ones. The products full of real ingredients, not tons of chemical and that fake "lotiony" smell, you know the one I am talking about...

Naturopathica has been around for 15 years, working to create natural solutions that connect ancient traditions with the latest and greatest science breakthroughs. They have an entire line of face and body care to fawn over, I started with their Bourbon Vanilla Body Lotion lovingly gifted to me by the company! 

Here's the lowdown on the body lotion:

Ingredients include Bourbon Vanilla of course, which is deep, rich and oh so lovely (sourced from the Bourbon region of Madagascar), Massoia Bark Extract which helps improve circulation and Litsea Cubeba Fruit, an oil with an intense, fresh and sweet aroma which helps to tone and clarify your skin. Hm. Lovely. 

One week out, my skin is softer, the tone more even and the smell is making me happy every time I catch a wiff. :)

You must check out their product line up, you can search by skin type, product or classification to find exactly what you need + want. 

Ok, on my shopping list are the following to try next...Espresso Mud Body Scrub, Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel and their lovely Soothing Shave Cream for Kevin!