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Playmaker Nutrition Giveaway!

PicsArt_1405463522246In my May/June Ecocentric Mom boxes review, I mentioned how excited I was to receive 2 full size bottles of Playmaker Nutrition. This line of dietary supplements is designed for active kids and teens and is endorsed by some very famous athletes. Finding the right vitamin for my active 7 year old daughter has been one of my biggest battles in the past few years. We’ve gone from the teddy bear gummies to chewables to trying to get her to swallow capsules. The problem is, many supplements out on the market are full of sugar, preservatives and other fillers. Thanks to Playmaker Nutrition, we have finally found something we both like! She loves the taste of both the Playmaker Nutrition (Sugar-free!) Multi-Vitamin, as well as the Calcium-Vitamin D. I love that their products are made with all natural colors and flavors and are free of preservatives, corn syrup and added sugars. Playmaker Nutrition is also free of gelatin, gluten, milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts and animal derivatives.  While we may do our best to eat balanced, healthy meals, it is always a good idea to supplement with vitamins to ensure our active children are getting all the nutrition they need. At only $13.99 per bottle, Playmaker Nutrition is also a great value! You can find Playmaker Nutrition products in their webstore or nationwide at The Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts, Whole Foods (SoCal, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii) and Kroger’s chain of stores.

Wait…it gets better!

I am happy to announce the opportunity for my readers to win a free 3 pack of Playmaker Nutrition Products! Just click the link below to enter the Raffle and you can win a full size bottle of the Sugar-Free Multivitamin, the Calcium-Vitamin D, and the Immunity Vitamin C. That’s over a $42 value!

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Raffle ends on Tuesday, June 29th 2014 at 11:59 pm (est). One winner will be randomly selected and all entries will be verified. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. Please provide a valid email so you may be easily contacted within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! 


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Novica Giveaway


 I recently learned about NOVICA, one of the leading fair trade artisan online markets. Together with National Geographic, they give artisans around the world a place to share their talents and unique creations with the rest of the world. NOVICA offers a variety of products, from beautiful handmade jewelry to clothing, handbags, house decor and more.  I recently purchased the beautiful elephant earrings pictured above. They arrived from Thailand in a delicate pouch with a personally, handwritten note from the artisan. They also came with a brief description of the importance and symbolism of the Thai Elephant. I was very impressed and love my new earrings. Best of all, shipping is extremely reasonable and quick! If you’re looking for a truly special and unique gift for yourself or a loved one, I recommend browsing all the beautiful products on the NOVICA site. There’s something for everyone! Some favorites include: beautiful Wood Rings, stylish Blue Glassware, unique Abstract Paintings, and other Handmade Gifts.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am happy to offer one lucky reader a Gift Certificate in the amount of $37.50 that can be used toward any item on the NOVICA website. The winner will receive a digital code to be used at checkout and may be applied toward shipping too. To enter is easy! Just click on the link below to be taken to the Raffle:

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Raffle ends on Thursday, May 22nd  at 11:59 pm (est). One winner will be randomly selected and all entries will be verified. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. Please provide a valid email so you may be easily contacted within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

To learn more about how you can support talented artisans and purchase fair trade items, visit

Learn how you can make more of an impact by joining the NOVICA Community of Curators.


Organic Jewelry Giveaway

PicsArt_1376024712755Isn’t it gorgeous? Well, I’ve got the chance for you to get your own set for free! Before we get to the raffle though, let me tell you what made me really fall in love with Colombian Girl Jewelry.

Aside from the vibrant colors and variety of styles, the name itself caught my eye. Not only do I love jewelry, but I am also of Colombian descent. So imagine my surprise at learning that a group of unknown women on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia began what is now known as organic or eco-chic jewelry. Using seeds and fruit to make beautiful jewelry by hand, they forever changed the face of women’s fashion in Colombia and Europe. From earrings to bracelets to necklaces…they are each a work of art. Now, thanks to Colombian Girl Jewelry, this unique and “green” fashion statement is spreading throughout the United States.

All of the sets and collections found at Colombian Girl Jewelry are 100% all-natural and organic, made from fruits and seeds that are found in Colombia’s Amazon Rainforest. From orange peels to coffee beans…it’s been said that you can sometimes still smell the “ingredients” used to make the jewelry.

“Beyond the jewelry, it is the artisans behind the scene producing it by hand, one seed at a time, that are at the heart of our business. ‘Colombian Girl Jewelry’ is just that, jewelry crafted by a Colombian Girl, most of who are single mothers or young women without an opportunity for higher education, united in community by their special craft. The jewelry they produce represents more than a job, for them it is an art – an ensemble of color on a palette of seeds and fruit – and with it they are taken to new heights, above their overcrowded block in Bogota, to a place where they have a name and their face is finally recognized.”

As you can see, I am in love with this line of jewelry for several different reasons. You will love it too. Thanks to Colombian Girl Jewelry, here’s your chance to win a necklace and earring set like the one I received (pictured above) with a retail value of $39.99. It is made with corn, acai berries and tagua nut. Click the link below:

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Raffle ends on Friday, August 30th at 11:59 pm (pst). One winner will be randomly selected and all entries will be verified. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. Please provide a valid email so you may be easily contacted within 24 hours.

Good luck!

For more info:

Visit the Colombian Girl Jewelry Website

Follow Colombian Girl Jewelry on Facebook and Twitter.

Sibu Beauty Giveaway

imageI was recently given the opportunity to sample and share my thoughts on Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream. I used the daily moisturizer on my face for almost 2 months. The 1oz bottle of this lightweight facial cream goes a long way! Great value for the price. (See website for price list.)

I have mentioned before that I have very sensitive skin, but my complexion did well using Sibu. The key ingredient, sea buckthorn, is a small but resilient berry found in the Tibetan Himalayas. It is rich in Omega-7 fatty acids which aid in the production of collagen. It is also full of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, is a powerful antioxidant and natural source of Vitamins A, B, C and E. The cream felt gentle and absorbed quickly. My skin felt smooth and hydrated after each application and all day. My favorite thing about it was the refreshing citrus scent from orange and lemon essential oils.

I am happy to announce that Sibu Beauty has offered one lucky reader the chance to win their very own bottle of repair & protect daytime facial cream!!

The Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream helps promote tissue recovery, rejuvenates sun-damaged skin, helps restore blemished skin, preserves healthy skin tone and texture, protects against environmental stress, works well with all skin types and contains natural ingredients. Remember, great ingredients can often be mixed in with some not-so-great ones. Always look out for any questionable ingredients.

Sibu Beauty is made in the USA and offers a full line of personal care and supplement products. They feature Sea Buckthorn that has been sourced through fair trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet. Sibu Beauty products are also cruelty-free and 100% vegan. The company has been featured in Marie Claire, Elle and


For more information and a complete list of products and ingredients visit the Sibu Beauty Website.
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Earth Day Celebration of Books & Giveaways!


I started reading to my daughter when she was still in my belly. Now, at 6 years of age, she reads to me! We love to go to the library or book store and find stories centered on the holidays of the month. So, with Earth Day approaching, I am excited to be a part of the Earth Day Celebration Book Tour hosted by Candace’s Book Blog and CBB Book Promotions.

Through the Book Tour, I was given the opportunity to read and review two children’s books written by Stephanie Lisa Tara. Her books teach and inspire children to take care of Earth and the environment. I have included notes from the author on each book, along with my reviews from, and the Author’s Bio. In honor of Earth Day, you will find links to Facebook pages that have been created to help support some important causes that help inspire the author’s stories. Lastly, you will also find links to TWO great giveaways that I am helping to host. So…read on! 😉


——Gwynne Fair and Shining Cover for CS-4 copy(1)

Note from the Author: 

A traditional Connecticut childhood might have had something to do with my love of fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, Grimm, Edward LearLewis CarrollMother Goose and Aesop lined the shelves of my bright pink bedroom to be sure. Stories told aloud for thousands of years…goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, gnomes, fairies, pixies, brownies, wizards, witches and mermaids teaching children with their clever moral-of-the-story endings. Why, they were a parent’s best friend. Passed down from one generation to the next, and shared in front of the hearth at the end of a long day sounded like bliss to me. And so my own daughter and I carried on the tradition, sharing tales aloud, and even creating some new ones of our own. Of princesses, castles, forests, and magic flutes. So I really must credit a preschooler with the story of Gwynne, a brave girl who believes she can do anything she sets her heart to doing. In today’s neon digital world, it seems nice to reflect back to a simpler time, when imagination was all a child needed. Just one mom’s opinion, anyway.

With Love,
Stephanie Lisa Tara

My Review:

4.0 out of 5 stars Positive Message Told in Rhymes, April 2, 2013 by Daniella M Puccini

This review is from: Gwynne, Fair & Shining (Gold Ink Award Winner)

My 6 year old daughter really likes this book. She especially enjoys that it rhymes and contains fairy tale elements (knight, queen, princess, etc). The illustrations are great and it’s an easy read. I like that it contains a little bit of everything…fantasy, reality, humor, music, etc. I mostly appreciate the positive message it gives of believing in yourself. Recommend!

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Eliza's Forever Trees Cover

Note from the Author:

My eleven-year-old daughter and I often hike through the redwood forest located just outside our home here in Northern California. One of our favorite spots in the forest is within a magical natural phenomenon called a redwood fairy ring. A mother redwood reproduces by throwing off roots, sprouts, and burls from her body. Therefore, her children grow in a circle around her, and they are one with their mother, created from her very body. This ring of trees, called a fairy ring, is said to contain a very powerful energy and magic. I can certainly say that when my daughter Maddie and I sit inside a fairy ring, we can feel the magic. And, to be honest, it was not long before I started seeing Eliza peeking at me from behind the redwoods. I saw she was looking for something. Something very dear to her, I realized she was seeking her own mother. Then I immediately realized—Great Mother Redwood would be able to help. Of course. Yes, Great Mother Redwood—she, who started the redwood forest a million years ago. Her fairy ring of children-trees around her. Yes, help was close by. Indeed!

With Love,
Stephanie Lisa Tara
San Francisco

Facebook Page for Save the Redwood Forests

My Review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Finding love in nature, April 4, 2013 by Daniella M Puccini

This review is from: Eliza’s Forever Trees (Paperback)

I really enjoyed this book and it’s beautiful and powerful messages. The author does a great job of touching on the subjects of loss, death, nature, family, friendship and love. She really brings the animals in the story to life as characters that help Eliza, the main character, to grow and discover who she is and learn that love is forever. I think my 6 year old daughter is still too young for me to read this to her without some discussion, but I know she will definitely enjoy it when I do. It is an easy read with short chapters and once you start it, you want to finish it. I would definitely recommend this book to children ages 8 and up and to adults looking for a sweet and touching story.

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I’ve always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn’t have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I’ve come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy– those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I’ve lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I’m an adult, I’m still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you’ll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
–Stephanie Lisa Tara


(each supports a book’s vision)



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Amber Necklace Giveaway

When my daughter was just a baby, my sister-in-law give me one of the best gifts ever… a teething necklace. I remember what a frustrating time it was. My little was just a few months old and it pained me to see her fuss and cry because her little gums were swollen and red. At the time I was learning about the dangers of chemicals in plastics, especially in baby products. I wanted to avoid the typical plastic teething rings you stick in the freezer, but it seemed like the only thing that helped. Then I was introduced to the powers of amber. The healing and calming effects of the stone can be used as a natural alternative to treat everything from insomnia to fleas and ticks in pets. I was a little concerned by the choking hazard a necklace could pose for my daughter, but the necklace was specifically made so that if it were to come apart, the beads would not scatter individually. I loved how cute it looked on her and I immediately noticed a decrease in her fussiness and stress from teething. While my daughter is 6 years old now, she is still teething. Her lower molars are coming in and while they don’t really bother her, I know the amber necklace would help ease any discomfort.  I think many adults could even benefit from Amber necklaces!

I’ve been recommending teething necklaces for years now. That is why when Spark of Amber contacted me to review their products, I immediately jumped at the chance! I am happy to announce that I am offering one lucky raffle winner their choice from one of the following Baltic Amber Necklaces: Sunrise, Midnight, Seashore, Autumn, or Firefly.  


Participants must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the U.S.
Winner will be randomly selected via rafflecopter and must provide a valid email address. Winner will be announced via Facebook and Twitter and notified via email within 24 hrs.
All entries will be verified before winner is chosen.
Raffle ends April 12 at 11:59 pm (est)

From Spark of Amber:

Baltic Amber teething necklaces have been used by parents for centuries to combat teething pain and irritability naturally! Spark of Amber ( is a website launched by a work-at-home mom. We sell authentic Baltic Amber teething necklaces, as well as other Amber jewelry.

These teething necklaces are made of Baltic Amber pieces, polished, but left in their natural “nugget” shapes, so you get the most calming benefit from these products! Coloring may vary slightly from necklace to necklace, due to the natural variations in Baltic Amber.The necklace is hand-crafted of authentic Baltic Amber “nuggets”. These amber nuggets come straight from Lithuania. Each individual bead/stone is unique and special, so the sizes and shapes of each bead may be different. Every necklace is its own unique work of art. It measures approximately 13” long. Necklaces are made with care and quality inspected before shipping! Necklaces fasten with a special plastic screw clasp for safety.Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin. Europeans greatly prize this beautiful stone for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties. The healing oils of the Baltic Amber are said to relieve teething pain, tame baby’s irritability and relieve inflammation in the throat, ear, and stomach.Your child can enjoy this necklace worn against the skin to get the most benefit from the natural Baltic Amber, or as an accessory to his or her favorite outfit. Amber is very light and comfortable to wear!The calming properties of Baltic Amber may go a long way towards a calmer, happier child! The toddler years are full of turmoil, with lots of growth and change, so the natural analgesic of Baltic Amber is a wonderful gift!

For purchases, offers FAST and FREE SHIPPING (in the US only)! Ships from the USA within 3 business days!

(NOTE: Baltic Amber jewelry is not designed for chewing or sucking. The oils are released through contact with the skin. Parents should always supervise their child when wearing any jewelry, including Baltic Amber jewelry. Baltic Amber jewelry should not be worn to bed.)

For more info or if you are interested in purchasing a Baltic Amber teething necklace, you can find Spark of Amber on Facebook and Twitter or check out their Website (

Little Remedies Spring Giveaway

Happy Spring! While in some parts of the U.S. it sure does not feel like it, there is one thing that proves the change of season…another wave of colds, viruses and allergies!  One of the worst things ever, as a parent, is to see your little one sick and defenseless.  You feel useless and frustrated at not being able ease their pain. Sometimes a little help and relief can benefit child AND parent. However, prescription and over the counter medications can do a lot more harm than good.  Luckily, homeopathic and natural remedies are becoming more and more popular.

“A better way to get better”


I was recently contacted by Little Remedies, a company that supports the health and well-being of children. What makes them unique is that they provide safer, more effective products in comparison to other conventional brands. They believe that “less is more” and strive to make sure that each product contains just what is needed for fast, safe relief…no more, no less.  NO UNNECESSARY ADDITIVES, NO ARTIFICAL FLAVORS OR COLORS, NO ALCOHOL OR SACCHARIN, NO ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFIN, NO PARABENS….the list goes on.

Little Remedies offers everything from products to soothe gas or colic to stuffy nose kits to fever/pain reducers.  They were generous enough to send me the care package pictured above for my 6 year old daughter. The basket has anything and everything one might need or want when their “little” is sick. Best part, Little Remedies has authorized The Little Green Playpen to raffle off an additional FULL BASKET OF PRODUCTS to one lucky reader! That’s 9 products total…you don’t want to miss out on this! I must mention, most Little Remedies are safe and effective for newborns on up to adults! Please read labels and ingredients carefully.

You can find more information and a description of each product below and by visiting the Little Remedies website at They even have a cold and flu tracker map…just type in your zip code and you’ll find out the latest risks and symptoms to look out for in your area. You can also get discounts and coupons if your area is at high risk for illnesses.

To enter the raffle you must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. The contest ends Sunday, March 28th at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email the next day.



The Big Prize Basket Includes:

For tummies…

Gripe water– for babies 2 weeks and up, toddlers, children and adults too! This herbal supplement is based on a time-tested formula from Europe that is more than 100 years old. It contains Ginger and Fennel which are highly effective, safe and beneficial as an aid to digestion and easing tummy discomfort and gas that can occur from hiccups and/or “colic”.  Comes with syringe. Paraben, gluten and alcohol free, no artificial flavors or colors.

Gas Relief Drops – for newborns, infants and children over two years of age. Relieves tummy and gas discomfort that can be frequently caused by excessive swallowing of air or certain formulas or foods. Contains active ingredient Simethicone for safe, gentle and quick relief. Works in minutes. Dye and Gluten Free. Natural Berry Flavor. Dropper included.

For Colds…

Honey Elixir– To soothe a sore throat or cough naturally. This elixir contains honey so child must be at least 1 year of age. Dye & Gluten Free.

Soothing Syrup – Also for soothing a sore throat or cough. Contains Elderberry to help boost the immune system. Also contains Honey so child must be at least 1 year of age.  Natural Berry Flavor.

Honey Throat Pops – These were my daughter’s favorite. Basically a lollipop that helps soothe a fiery throat or irritating cough. So much easier than trying to coat her throat with a yucky spray or getting her to suck on a lozenge. No dyes. Gluten Free. One downfall…contains corn syrup. 😦 I only made this an exception because she was in severe pain from coughing and vomiting. Made with real honey so child must be at least 1 year of age. (Also due to choking hazard, child should be supervised.)

Hydration Crystals– An electrolyte supplement that you can easily add and mix with child’s water. Helps to maintain hydration levels balanced during a cold or flu, especially if vomiting is occurring or child is not eating well. Contains Elderberry and Grapeseed Extracts. Please read label carefully for other ingredients. Natural Berry Flavor. Preservative and Dye Free.  

For Fevers…

Infant fever/pain reducer – While I am not a Doctor, it is important to remember that a fever is a signal that your body is fighting off an infection. It is doing what it needs to do and suppressing a fever may actually cause an illness to last longer. Still, there are instances when a child is very uncomfortable and a little relief may be required. Little Remedies pain & fever reducer contains 160 mg of acetaminophen. If used responsibly it may be safe and effective at relieving discomfort for your sick little one. Paraben, dye and gluten free. Syringe is included to ensure safe and accurate dosage and minimize risk of accidental ingestion.  Natural berry flavor.

For noses…

Decongestant Nose Drops – Gentle formula to help clear nasal passages and ease discomfort associated with the common cold, congestion, hay fever or other allergies. No Pseudoephedrine or alcohol. Read label carefully.

Stuffy Nose Kit – Saline spray/drops plus nasal aspirator (latex free) – The saline spray is non-medicated and can be used as often as needed without worrying about harmful side effects or mixing medicines. The saline moisturizes dry and irritated or crusty nasal passage due to low humidity, heated environments, air travel, allergies or colds. It helps loosen mucus secretions to aid aspiration and removal from nose and sinuses allowing for easier breathing. It will not sting or burn delicate little noses and comes with a baby size applicator tip. Works great on adult size noses too!  No pseudoephedrine, alcohol, artificial flavors or colors. The Nasal aspirator is designed for newborns and infants. The soft, flexible, angled tip allows you to safely remove excess mucus and nasal discharge from baby’s tiny nasal passages so he/she can nurse, sleep and breathe easier when suffering from a stuffy nose.

 “Everything they need. Nothing they don’t.”


Disclosure: This post was not written to provide any form of medical advice. All information was taken from the Little Remedies website and packaging. The Little Green Playpen received the products as a gift and was not paid monetarily for writing this post. All products may not be suitable for everyone or all ages. Please read the labels and ingredients list carefully.