Give the Sustainable Gift of Cork this Holiday Season with Pelcor Handbags


I love Pelcor and their amazing chic handbags and accessories made from sustainable cork! I have their Sunshine Tote in turquoise which I love to use in the summertime and their Color Tote that I am using right now! Both are remarkably beautiful and have exquisite craftsmanship.


Pelcor’s products are touted as an environmentally friendly approach to fashion. This is because cork oak trees can only be harvested after nine years for their material, and by ‘harvesting’, we don’t mean that they are chopped down – only the usable material is taken from the trees, which they will then regenerate over the course of the next nine years. The processing method employed by Pelcor is remarkable sustainable too – the cork is dried under the sun and boiled in water to make it more workable.


In addition to its meticulous design and eco-friendly nature, the Pelcor Tote line is imminently functional with metal closures and an internal removable pouch. Since each cork skin differs in appearance, each of Pelcor’s pieces is unique.

If you are looking for a great sustainable fit for the gal in your life – give Pelcor a look. They have everything from beautiful bags to accessories that would make amazing stocking stuffers too!


Full Disclosure: I received a color tote to review – however, I would have shared Pelcor with you anyway (and I have before!), because I absolutely adore the company and their products!

Stubby Pencil Studio Earth Day Giveaway

Earth Day GiveawayYay! I have a giveaway today that I have been really looking forward to. I know you will love it! It’s sponsored by Stubby Pencil Studio, my go to spot for creative, eco-friendly products for the kids. The prize is a very generous $50 gift certificate!

The reason that I have been looking forward to this giveaway, is two-fold. First, summer is right around the corner, and Stubby Pencil Studio has all of the essentials necessary for a creative summer. Second, this is our first giveaway since the new website launch – hooray!

Stubby-Pencil-Studio-GiveawIf Stubby Pencil Studio is new to you, they are all about fantastic products to keep your children excited about getting creative. They have a large selection of art materials, school supplies, books, craft supplies, and classic games. We are huge fans of the art supplies, Eben especially loves the sketchbooks, colored pencils, and markers – his birthday is coming up next month, and he has already told me, all he wants is more art supplies.

It’s wonderful to work with Stubby Pencil Studio because when your child loves art the way mine does, you want them to only use products that are non-toxic and good for the environment. I know that Eben is safe using their modeling clays or paints for his sculptures and paintings.

I have to admit, I smile every time I walk past his closet art studio and see all of those colorful markers, crayons and pencils in the jars on his desk! It’s his happy place, and all kids need a happy place!

You can create a happy place for your kids with Stubby Pencil Studio too – visit them and enter the giveaway below, the winner will be announced on April 29th!

Extra Fun: Use the discount code SAVEGREENS to save 15% on orders through May 15th, 2014.
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month | Grab Your Free Tom’s of Maine Coloring Activity Book

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Yes, National Children’s Dental Health Month was designed to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. To jump start this important month Tom’s of Maine announced a free coloring and activity book called “Brushing Fun,” which supports Oral Health America, a national nonprofit dedicated to oral care and prevention. With each free coloring book download, Tom’s of Maine will donate 10 tubes of its Wicked Cool! natural toothpaste (up to 200,000 tubes) to children in OHA’s Smiles Across America program. You can find OHA Health America on Facebook and Twitter too! So cool!

You can show off your kid’s creativity and inspire others to get involved by sharing a photo of a completed page from the coloring book on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #NaturalSmiles (You can see Eben’s here!) for a chance to win a Tom’s of Maine natural oral care prize pack and a $100 Utrecht Art Store gift card to foster their child’s creativity. Five winners total, one each week.

We have been using Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and mouthwash forever – right now, our favorite is the Wicked Cool! We love that Tom’s of Maine is dye-free and doesn’t contain any artificial flavors while protecting our teeth from cavities too!

Eben had a great time with the coloring and activity book – any chance to just relax and doodle is great for him after a long day at school!

Full Disclosure: This information was provided through a #NaturalSmiles paid partnership. 

2013 Sweet Greens Holiday Giveaway Week in Full Swing!

Hello, Friends! Whew – that was a busy week! All 10 of the giveaways in this year’s Holiday Giveaway Week are live and ready for you to enter.

In case you missed one, here is a rundown of the prizes – $2000 in total:

- Sustainable Cork Skin Handbag from Pelcor
- Organic and Natural Meats and Cheeses from Applegate
- $100 in Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards from Paper Culture
- The Underground Chic Vegan ‘Birkin’ Style Handbag
- Deluxe Housewarming Kit Full of Green Cleaners from Better Life
- Your Choice of any Beautiful, Sustainable 5×7 Rug from FLOR
- HUGE Vegan and Vegetarian Cookbook Collection
- Stonyfield Organic Yogurt + Goodies for the Whole Family
- Children’s Library: Green Minded Book Collection
- Design with Benefits $50 gift card

I hope you enjoyed all of the giveaways as much I have. If so, please share with your family, friends and social media networks, I would really appreciate it!

Have a lovely weekend!

Sweet Greens

P.S. Thank you to all of the lovely sponsors who supplied amazing giveaway prizes for this year’s Holiday Giveaway Week – we really appreciate you! 

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Green Holiday Giveaway #10: Design with Benefits Gift Card

I have a really good giveaway for you again this morning. It’s sponsored by Design with Benefits, they are offering up a generous $50 gift certificate!

Of course if you win, you can choose to pick out anything from the wonderful collection of pieces offered by Design with Benefits. However, if it were me I would pick up some the following:

1. Wood Tie $39.99
I love these wood ties made from the best reclaimed Redwood, sourced from old barns and bridges all over Northern California. The ties are super light weight, allowing you to wear one all day and all night. The segments are held together by an elastic cord, giving you ultimate flexibility and comfort. Cords can be adjusted to suit your collar size. So fun!

2. Themis Mobile $37
Whether you have a child in your home or not, this delicate, geometric décor piece composed of five faceted ornaments, each with its own distinct palette of color: fluorescent neons, purples and browns. As designer Clara von Zweigbergk will add a little whimsy to your home.

3. Wood Six Pack $41.99
The Mister is a huge fan of craft beers – I think it would be so fun to surprise him with a wood six pack full of some of his favorites! It’s made from reclaimed Redwood from the Bay Area. This would also make a great gift to tote some of your favorite beers to that upcoming holiday party! 

4. Tall Enough $14.99
Tall Enough is a folk tale of a South African boy, Tshepo, who wishes to be tall like the trees. After planting his feet in the ground, and watering himself, he finally gets his wish and turns into a tall tree. Soon Tshepo realizes that being a tree is no fun, and with the help of a bird learns one of life’s most crucial lessons, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. And the illustrations are amazing!

5. BirdProject Soap $24
Looking for the perfect gift for that someone who has everything – look no further than BirdProject Soap. This adorable, all natural, vegan black soap is Fair Trade. The best part – there is a smaller white ceramic bird hiding inside! It’s meant to remind you of the lasting effecting of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and half of all sale proceeds go to the Gulf Restoration Network and International Bird Rescue for the environmental cleanup and care of animals affected.

6. Balletic Spin Earrings $46

In 1994, a portion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin was being re-roofed, and the copper sheets trucked off for scrap. That was when designer Scott Lesh decided to purchase large quantities of the material to create sculptural works, as well as a line of limited edition jewelry. Each piece is made from portions of the historic roof, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls.

Design with Benefits offers a curated collection of products with social and environmental benefits in mind. A percentage of all of their net profits goes toward creative projects using design to solve social problems.

Want to go shopping now? Design with Benefits is offering all Sweet Greens readers $5 off your purchase with the coupon code SWEETGREENS. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below first!

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Green Holiday Giveaway #9: Children’s Library: Green Minded Book Collection

Giveaway number nine is for any of the children in your life! A set of 5 lovely children’s books with bright beautiful illustrations, heart warming messages and beautiful stories. Here is a peek at what comes in the collection.

1. The Good Garden | How One Family Went from Hunger To Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway
This is a simple story about a big issue: hunger. It provides children with tools and information to help them make a difference, locally and globally.

2. Bully Bean by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck
This lovely book teaches children one of the most important lessons about life: to love and help everyone around us. Good stuff!

3. Fireflies and Shooting Stars “The Tale of Enzo” by Ed Raarup 
With beautiful art and included 12 song CD – The Tale of Enzo is the story of a little firefly who faces the challenges of being different. It’s a beautiful story of courage, truth and hope!

4. The Earth, The Alphabet, and Me by Christine Pesout
This is a simple little book filled with 26 small ways kids can make a big different in the environment.

5. Bimbambu by Ileana Katzenelson
Bimbambu is a fun, colorful story of friendship and is sure to delight your children. We especially loved the animals all dressed up in their winter gear.

Wouldn’t this be a super fun gift for the littles to open on Christmas Eve or Day! A collection of lovely stories that will delight them all year. Yay!

If you are picking up books as holiday gifts – these are some that are sure to please, check them out – however, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

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Green Holiday Giveaway #8: Stonyfield Organic for the Whole Family

Have a love for all things Stonyfield Farm? You are in luck – today’s giveaway is yogurt goodness from Stonyfield!

The prize package includes a Chicco reusable messenger bag full of Stonyfield fun: a Stonyfield cookbook, a YoKids cape, Stonyfield reusable water bottle, preserve reusable yogurt cup, and coupons for some of your favorite Stonyfield goodies!

We have been long-time fans of Stonyfield and our fridge is always packed with their organic yogurts, milk and frozen yogurt too! We recently made our favorite holiday coffee cake and replaced the sour cream with Greek yogurt – it was amazing and saved us a ton of calories and fat!

Every morning, Eben starts his day with Stonyfield yogurt – right now, he is completely obsessed with Banilla. He loves it – says that it tastes just like pudding for breakfast!

Eben and I have a little love affair with the Vanilla Fudge Swirl frozen yogurt – yep, that’s right, Stonyfield offers frozen yogurt! Uh-mazing!

Stonyfield obsesses over everything they put into our delicious organic yogurt, milk, frozen yogurt and smoothies, and everything they keep out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield says yes to healthy organic food. With a huge variety of smooth-and-creamy, fruit-on-the-bottom and blended yogurts, there is something delicious for everyone. Fans of thick and creamy Greek yogurt love Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt. And YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKids have the nutrition parents want and a taste little ones love.

Want to stock your fridge with some Stonyfield products, enter the giveaway below – good luck!

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P.S. As many of you know, I am a Stonyfield YoGetter – I was excited to partner with Stonyfield to offer this giveaway. However, I have shared Stonyfield many times because they offer a truly amazing product that my family adores!

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