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Summer Surprises from Ecocentric Mom


My May/June Ecocentric Mom boxes arrived this week and, once again, they are packed with stuff I have already started putting to good use.  This time around, I received both the “Mom” Discovery box and the “Mom-to-Be” box. While I’m not expecting (yet!), as a Doula I like to know and share the latest safe and eco-friendly products available for mama and baby. This month I discovered some great new stuff. Check it out…


May/June Ecocentric “Mom” Box

~Playmaker Nutrition All Natural Gummy Vitamins – So far, this might be the best surprise I’ve ever gotten through my Ecocentric Mom boxes….TWO full-size bottles of Playmaker Nutrition! I received the multi-vitamin, as well as the Calcium Vitamin D. These typically sell for $13.99 per bottle! Talk about this subscription box paying for itself! Best part is…my daughter loves them. I love them because they give my active 7 year old extra nutrients she might need without any added junk most vitamins contain…and they are made in the USA. I also received a 20% discount code.

~Licious Organics Raw Honey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie – what a great treat. These unbaked cookies come from an old family recipe and are made with only the finest ingredients. They are gluten, soy and wheat free and made with organic chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, peanut butter…and Utah Pink Salt. You would swear they were baked. Each cookie costs $1.20. I also received a 10% discount code.

~All Natural Chocolate Caramel Swirl by The Lovely Candy Co. – sweet treats! Love that these are made with all natural ingredients and contain no GMOs, no gluten or soy, and no high-fructose corn syrup. My daughter and I truly enjoyed the soft, buttery chocolate caramel. I received 6 caramels. A full 6oz bag sells for $3.99-$4.99.

~Boiron Arnicare Gel -another favorite. I am a big fan of Boiron products and recently purchased the Arnicare Gel. It works great for when my daughter gets those inevitable bumps and bruises from playing in the school yard. Arnica montana is a homeopathic remedy that helps with muscle pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising. The gel is unscented, non-greasy, absorbs quickly and is paraben-free. I received the travel-size which sells for $1.99 and will be taking with me on my Summer travels. A full size sells for $10.99.

~The Sili Squeeze with Eeeze – what a great invention. This reusable squeeze pouch is ideal for toddlers and school-aged children. It is made of 100% toxin-free materials and has a free-flowing spout, making it safe and easy for them to use. You can fill it with smoothies, yogurt, applesauce and the like. Perfect for school lunches. I received one Sili Squeeze which sells for $14.99, along with a 10% discount code.

~ORGLAMIX All-Natural “Hot Mama” Eye Shadow – I love getting make-up samples and learning that there is a big variety out there that is safer than conventional brands. Orglamix is free of parabens, sulfates, synthethic fragrances and dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. The eye shadow I received is the perfect natural shade I typically use. It sells for $9. I also received a 20% discount code.

~Antioxidant Rich Organic Nightly Repair Nectar by La Mav – I received a sample of this serum and used a little the same night. I have to say, I noticed a little boost in my tone and firmness almost immediately. It contains omega 3 and 6 in Acai Pulp Oil and Lingonberry Oil and is formulated to fight signs of aging and protect skin. I’m hoping this “natural botox” really does help smooth fine lines and wrinkles with continued use. The full size sells for $49.95. I also received a 10% discount code.

~Monarch Farm Rose Complete Rejuvenating Face Cream – Another great skincare product! I used this face cream just this morning and my face felt very moisturized and soft. It absorbs quickly and smells like a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses. It is made with Rose petal infused Rosehip Seed Oil, Rose Absolute & Rose Hydrosol, all formulated to regenerate the skin and fight the advancement of skin aging. I received the  travel size which sells for $5. There is also a 1.75 oz for $15 and a 4 oz for $25. I also received a 15% discount code.

~Rise & Shine Organic Coffee Body Scrub by Simply Rustic – I love coffee, but coffee on the skin? YES! This scrub will truly awaken your skin. It is 100% natural, loaded with antioxidants, and has so many benefits. The caffeine can help reduce inflammation from fluid build up, promote circulation and even breakdown fat cells! I received a $3 value travel size. A full 8 oz size sells for $12. I also received a 20% discount code.

~LrCrem Naturals “LeRevital Riche Body Souffle” – I love this stuff! It feels so light and fluffy on your skin and has such a pleasant, light, cherry scent. It leaves your skin feeling revived, moisturized and soft. Best of all, it is all natural…made with neem, rosemary, jojoba, avocado and essential oils. There are no extra additives, petroleum or parabens. I received a travel size which sells for $3. The full size (8oz) sells fo $24. I also received a 10% discount code.

~Wild Orange Natural Organic Solid Deodorant by Natures Natural – Finding the right natural and/or organic deodorant can be a challenge. Well, thanks to Ecocentric Mom, this is the 2nd deodorant I learn about that truly works for me! It has a great citrus scent and is 100% organic. I wore it all day today and it did the job! I received a travel size which values at $1.95. The full size sells for $5.95.

~Along with all these goodies, I also received a $15 gift card for KISS ME ORGANICS.

~Last, but not least….the topics for the Ecocentric Mom May/June Expert Tips Postcard were: “Eco-Friendly Picnics” and “A fun family workout that you can do with kids of any age.”

As if all that wasn’t enough, I also received the “Mom-to-Be” box,which included several of the same items, but some great new finds too…


May/June Ecocentric “Mom-to-Be” Box

~Sunshine Organic Herbals Healing Herbal Sitz Bath – this will make a great recommendation for my doula clients. This blend of healing herbs will help reduce postpartum inflammation, aches and pains and help speed up the healing process. I received a 1 oz bag that sells for $4. There is a 1/2 lb bag available for $16 or a full pound for $30. I also received a 10% discount code.

~Ancestry Shampoo Bar by SoapMuffin Organic and Holistic Products – I have yet to use this but love it already. It is made with raw coconut milk, fresh herbs and….the secret ingredient…clay. This shampoo bar claims to be rich in lather, leave your hair soft and manageable, and rinse out with no residue. If for some reason it does not live up to its claims, I’ll make sure to update my post! 😉 I received a travel size sample. A full bar sells for $5.

~Novena Organic Anti-Aging Mineral Sun Block SPF 30 – A few months back I received a sample of Novena’s Eye Gel in my Ecocentric Mom Box and fell in love with it. I know I will definitely be putting this sunscreen to use this Summer too. It is made using high quality ingredients that are safer and more effective than conventional brands. I received a full size which sells for $26.99.

~Knocked Up Nails – Exclusive 50% Ecocentric Mom Discount Offer to shop online for this pregnancy-safe nail polish line that has been featured on E! TV, Baby Talk Magazine, American Baby Magazine, etc.

The following items were featured in the “Mom” box as well:

~Licious Organics Raw Honey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

~All Natural Chocolate Caramel Swirl by The Lovely Candy Co.

~ORGLAMIX All-Natural “Hot Mama” Eye Shadow

~Antioxidant Rich Organic Nightly Repair Nectar by La Mav 

~Monarch Farm Rose Complete Rejuvenating Face Cream

~LrCrem Naturals “LeRevital Riche Body Souffle”

~Wild Orange Natural Organic Solid Deodorant by Natures Natural

~Expert Tips Card

As usual, I was introduced to several products that I will most likely use again. Just about every single one I would recommend to clients, friends and family. If you’re interested in a subscription box service or know someone who would love to receive goodies every-other-month, I highly recommend Ecocentric Mom.  They never disappoint.


Monthly VIP Jewelry Service

Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE jewelry and accessories. I also like to shop for different items and deals online. Well,  I recently learned about a new jewelry line that delivers unique and beautiful pieces straight to your doorstep and had to share. Cate & Chloe Jewelry offers a classic yet fashion-forward jewelry line. Their pieces are chic and high-end, retailing from $69 to $135. However, when you sign-up as a Cate & Chloe VIP Member, you can receive C&C’s newest and most popular pieces twice a month…for only $39.99 per month!! One of the items will always be an exclusive, pre-release item that is only available to members.

Take a look at the first piece I received this month:


The Diana “Divine” Necklace is inspired by the sophisticated style icon, Princess Diana. The pear-shaped pendant has a 3ct CZ stone and hangs on an 18″ sterling silver chain. Retail Value: $115

This stunning necklace was such an unexpected, wonderful surprise. Even the packaging is chic! It is actually a complimentary piece welcoming me to Cate & Chloe. Once you become a VIP member, you can receive over $200 worth of exquisite jewelry like this every month for only $40. You will also get an additional piece for free in your first month just for joining. It’s a tough deal to beat. Additionally, as a VIP member you can shop the Cate & Chloe website for other products at a 20% discount. Free shipping is included. You can also easily exchange any items you do not fall in love with, though I personally think you’ll love them all. I can’t wait to see what my second package brings me!

Thanks to Cate & Chloe, I am happy to offer my readers a special 20% discount for a monthly subscription. Just enter promo code LittleGreenPlaypen20 at check out.

Give it a try…you deserve it! 😉 It would also make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift.

For more info and to browse the Cate & Chloe collection, visit their Website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you’re still looking for some unique gift ideas or stocking stuffers, check out these great Master Caster products from Shoplet I recently had the chance to review…


Clean Green Microfiber SMARTer Dual Action Gloves (MAS18041) – These fuzzy, soft gloves do a lot more than keep your hands and fingers warm. Not only can you use your touchscreen phone/tablet and not have to remove them, but the microfiber even allows you to clean your screen! I love that you actually get 3 uses in one and that they are also machine washable. Added bonus: they are odor, lint and static free. I had recently purchased some gloves from Costco that were designed for use with touchscreens. I returned them as soon as I got my hands on Microfiber SMARTer Gloves. They work much better, fit much better, and cost half the price! Of course, when using smaller smartphone screens, the added bulk won’t allow as much accuracy as you will get with larger tablet screens. Regardless, they work great and I definitely recommend these  if you’re looking for new winter gloves that are functional.


The Comfort Makers Rolling Wrist Rest (MAS99504) – This small and unique device sits on wheels, making it easy to rest your wrist while typing and move your hand from keyboard to mouse without having to lift your wrist. The soft padding supports it, helping to prevent awkward positioning that can cause unnecessary stress, pain and even damage to your wrist. I think this is a great concept, however, it’s not as beneficial if you are using a “mouseless” laptop or tablet.  I use a laptop and while I am able to rest my wrist at times on the pad, most of the time I have to reach up to get to my keyboard. The wheels do not end up benefiting me very much.  Of course, many homes and offices still use computers with a mouses. If you or someone you know spends several hours a day on these computers, you might want to consider purchasing the Wrist Rest. At less than $10, it makes a great and inexpensive gift.


Restor-it Furniture Touch-Up Kit (MAS18000) – As much as I love all the Master Caster products, this might have to be my favorite. I recently scraped up my wooden floor when I moved my couch so I could sweep underneath.  This touch-up kit literally saved me! With a variety of colors to choose from, I was able to choose an exact match for my floor. I love how easy it is to use. The touch-up pens work just like markers and are good for light scratches. You get 5 pens. For deeper scratches, you can use the fillers, which have a crayon-like feel. You get three of those. I wish there were a few more colors to choose from, particularly for my black wooden table. Regardless, I definitely recommend this product. It works on all wood and wood laminate and the kit won’t cost you more than $10. If you’re not convinced yet, just take a look at my before and after of one of the scratches on my floor… 


Green and Global Candles


I want to share with you about a wonderful company and product I recently learned about. Prosperity Candle offers beautiful handmade candles and other products manufactured by women entrepreneurs in and from distressed regions of the globe. They have been featured on Yahoo! Shine, The Huffington Post, in Ode and Forbes magazines and recently on The Today Show as part of “Bobbie’s Buzz” for International Women’s Day. More than candles, Prosperity Candle works to train women in candle production and empower them with entrepreneurial skills to build and manage their businesses. Their focus is on creating real and sustainable market opportunities for women in places like Haiti and Iraq.

Prosperity Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are available for sale through the website. The candles add a nice and unique touch to your home. They are made with a custom paraffin-soy blend which makes them a much more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and healthier alternative to traditional candles. Additionally, every purchase will grow the company’s impact by helping additional women participate in its growing success.







April Eco-Box for Moms

I just about counted the days until I received my April Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom. My first March boxes really set the bar high so I was excited to see what kind of neat surprises awaited me this month. When it finally arrived, I opened it immediately and once again, was very happy to find some incredible products. If you’re thinking about a unique Mother’s Day gift, I highly recommend signing that special Mom up for an Ecocentric Mom subscription. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…every month! Right now you can even get a 10% discount when you enter code ECOMOM10sign up: HERE

Check out my April Mom Box:


Good Greens Bar ~ The first thing I grabbed and gobbled up right away! (Hey, I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.) This organic, gluten-free, vegan bar was delicious. I had the Apple Crumb…tasted like apple pie. It contains a blend of dehydrated “Superfoods” and natural greens along with protein and probiotics. One bar goes for about $2.99. Came with a 40% off coupon too.

Linwoods Super Food Blends ~ I’ve been throwing a pack of these nutritious ground super food blends into my smoothies for the past few days. With essential omega acids, vitamins and minerals and made from organic, GMO free, yeast free and gluten free ingredients, it’s an easy way to get a variety of healthy foods in one shot. You can sprinkle some onto any meal. I received a 6 pk sample that includes flavors like Flaxeed Cocoa & Berries; Hemp and Flax; Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries. Sample pack goes for $6.99 and full size versions go for $9.59-$18.59.

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ~ I’ve been using coconut oil for just about everything lately. The uses and benefits are endless (cooking, dry skin, bug bites, diaper rash, home remedies, etc.). It was great to be able to try out this high quality brand. I received 2 sample packets. 10 packets usually go for $11.99. Also received a 10% off discount code.

Nature’s Kick Honeystix ~ My daughter loves these…environmentally-friendly drinking straws filled with all natural honey. Make for a great on-the-go treat, snack or sweetener for tea or coffee. One pack of 7 stix goes for $1.79. I received 2 packs along with a 15% online discount.

Fyrefly Organic Serenity Tea ~ 100% Certified Organic tea that is naturally caffeine-free. I am sipping on some as I type this. Smooth and subtle. Blend of 3 herbs that can help with relaxation, better sleep quality and support adrenal function during stressful times. A full size bag goes for $10.95. I received 2 samples and a 15% online discount.

Nature’s Gate Rice Bran Facial Moisturizer ~ How did they know I was out of face lotion? I received a full size moisturizer that typically sells for $14.99. Nature’s Gate has been around for a while and is known for products that are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, PEG, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and animal byproducts. The moisturizer is very gentle and light and hydrates my skin well. I also received a sample of their Biotin Shampoo, Biotin Conditioner and Acai Body wash, along with $1 and $2 off retail coupons.

Boring Goats Goat Milk Soap ~ Love the funny name and love this soap. Made with 100% real goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil and shea butter, it’s as pure as skin care can get. Boring Goats is a family owned farm in Boring, Oregon. I received a sample of their handcrafted natural Goat Milk “Non-Scents” soap and a 10% online discount. A full size bar goes for $5.50.

7th Heaven 100% Natural Face Masks ~ I have yet to use this mask but plan to this weekend. It contains no artificial preservatives and is made with 56% organic ingredients and 44% clay and minerals. I received the Moroccan Clay Gentle Exfoliating Mask. There are 5 other varieties available. Each packet sells for $2.99. I received a 20% online discount too.

WEXY Biodegradable Snack Bags ~I’ve been waiting to find a good reusable baggy. I love these eco-friendly snack bags which feature four little cute and colorful monster characters. The WEXY bags are biodegradable, BPA-free and recyclable, but if you just rinse with soap and water you can reuse them too. I received 4 baggies. A box of 28 goes for $3.99. That’s a huge value considering how much it costs to keep buying plastic baggies…plus you help keep unnecessary plastics out of landfills.

Bamboo Bailey $10 Gift Card ~An online store that features everything from organic clothing, baby safe bottles and toys for little ones to eco-friendly purses and natural make-up for moms.  You can find earth-friendly, recyclable, and natural products for your home, pets and the entire family. I definitely plan on using this gift card.

Frego $5 Gift Card ~ Frego is a food container system that is free of BPA, PVC, Polystyrene, and Lead. It is made of glass and cushioned in food-grade silicone which prevents breaking, as well as little fingers getting burned during food heating. Frego offers convenience, easy cleaning and freedom of worrying about chemicals and toxins.

The Ecocentric Mom April Mom box was packed with new products I can definitely use. I highly recommend you consider subscribing. Ecocentric Mom was recently named one of the top monthly subscription services by Redbook Magazine. Can’t wait for my May box! 

Eco-friendly Organic Clothing for Kids

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While browsing through a magazine recently, I discovered the Kiwi organic clothing line for kids.  The unique designs and colorful patterns captured my attention immediately.  With Earth Day approaching, I’ve been wanting to incorporate more environmentally friendly practices. Well, I soon learned more about Kiwi Industries and their dedication to protecting the environment and our children. I became an instant fan. Ironically, shortly after, I was introduced to Lila Mae


Lila Mae is a new online boutique that offers stylish, eco-friendly products that are made responsibly in the U.S.A.  They offer something for the entire family, even your home, and have some great gift ideas too. You can find about 70 brands from small businesses and artisans from all over the U.S. and the list continues to grow. It’s a great way to support these small businesses and our country’s economy.  It’s also a great way to protect our health and the environment. All merchandise sold on Lila Mae is safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly….and yes, Kiwi Kids organic clothing is sold on their site too!

Right now Lila Mae is offering 20% off all Kiwi Industries clothes and…


…I am excited to offer you an additional 10% off when you make a purchase before March 17th!

So if you’ve been looking for other unique ways to go green, are in search of  adorable outfits for your little one, or maybe just shopping for a gift for a special baby or toddler, you will want to take advantage of this coupon and great sale!

Just go to and enter this exclusive coupon code at checkout:   LILALUVSLGPP


“Kiwi Industries is passionate about social and environmental awareness; they try their very best to support their local economy, reduce their carbon footprint, and minimize waste every step of the way. Products are made from organic cotton, which supports sustainable cotton farming practices. This, in turn, helps to reduce contamination of the earth and increase the quality of our health. Kiwi Industries clothing is made to last a lifetime, to endure wild outdoor adventures, magical worlds of make believe, and all kinds of pure, natural fun. In addition, the company prints on recycled paper whenever they can, and offers reusable packaging when possible. Go green, go Kiwi!”

Luv your Baby Mor with this Giveaway!

I was recently introduced to a sweet new line of soft, organic and cute clothing for babies and toddlers…luv you mor.  The founder, Rushmi Mathur, was born in Hoboken, NJ. She was inspired to create luv you mor after the arrival of her first child. She realized the importance of dressing her baby in soft, durable, natural materials. Of course, she also wanted some stylish options.

Luv you mor Organics offers the modern, eco-conscious family a unique and fun collection that goes beyond the conventional pastel hues of pink and blue. They provide high quality, cozy products with a modern twist that explore bright colors to reflect a baby’s bright and unique personality. With their GOTS certified organic cotton and low-impact dyes, luv you mor strives to inspire families to make better choices for their babies…and the environment! The garments even come in their signature eco-chic gift boxes…no need to wrap, all ready to give!

Luv you mor products make the perfect gift for baby showers, birth of a baby, a coming home outfit, or anytime you want to say, “luv you mor”! Nothing says this better than wrapping your baby in materials that you can rest assured won’t put them at risk of skin irritations or other negative reactions.

While my daughter is well past the infant years, there’s always a time when a friend or relative is having a baby. I love shopping for this type of occasion and always make an effort to find something special, environmentally friendly, that they will appreciate. As a Doula, I also like to give my clients a special gift and I think that that these adorable pieces by luv you mor are perfect for baby and mama. The different logos and slogans and the beautiful colors offer a little something for everyone.

If you have or are expecting a baby, or know someone who is, you have a chance to win the royal blue unisex “dada luvs me” eco-friendly and organic onesie that is pictured above. Contest ends Monday, Sept. 17th. You can enter the raffle every day. You must be a resident of the U.S. Winner will be contacted via email within 24 hours.

To enter raffle: CLICK HERE

Good luck!

To shop other colors, styles and slogans visit: luv you mor organics