What We’re Pinning Wednesday: Healthy Snacks for Kids

We know it’s not always easy to get kids to eat healthy. We’ve seen many-a-nights at the dinner table where the broccoli and brussel sprouts are pushed underneath and hidden beneath food. Even associating the word “healthy” to a food or snack can send a kid screaming in the other direction. That’s why we’re on a mission to find healthy treats and snacks that trick kids. Yes, we know…we shouldn’t trick kids into eating healthy. Right? Well, however you can get them to eat well.

Pinterest once again saves the day with lots of options for creating healthy, fun snacks for kids. Here are a few of our favorites:

Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit Pops via in sock monkey slippers

 

Microwave Potato Chips via Fat Free Vegan

 

Applesauce Muffins by Jessica Seinfeld via Helpful Daddy

 

Leap Froggies via Super Healthy Kids

 

Homemade Apple Chips via Babble

 

How Warmer Weather Might Affect Us

March has been a record-breaking month with over 25 cities having the highest temperatures ever–including cities normally covered in polar ice caps like Detroit and Milwaukee (only kidding). But what has this warmer winter brought us in addition to early blooming cherry blossoms in DC?

via The Washington Post

According to the Huffington Post writer Jan Mazurek, quite a lot of man-made heat-trapping pollution. Warming temperatures, she says, could put “some five million people in the United States at risk for increased coastal flooding.” This affects us in Charleston, as well as many other places in the South. Be aware of your emissions, especially during this critical time. Research ways to conserve energy and gas. Here are some easy ways: turn your lights off, turn your thermostat off and open the windows, carpool and buy local.

Eco-Friendly Home Decor Sale Items

We’re doing a little spring cleaning, which means lots of work for us and lots of savings for you! We’re featuring a lot of eco-friendly home decor items, so I thought I would highlight some of my favorites for you:

Home Port Flower Bowls (50% off). These pretty babies are sure to please any partier on the wall or on your table!

 

Home Port Silver Leaf Accents Card Holders (50% off set of 6). Fancy up your table with these adorable card holders that will impress any guest:

Last, but certainly not least, stop feeding your pet in that ugly plastic bowl. Check out this super adorable These Creatures Cat & Dog feeders that will brighten up any decor (30% off):

These Creatures Cat & Dog Feeder - Chrysanthemum Design

Charlestonians, Have You Been to Mixson?

Today we’re focusing on an eco-friendly story right here in Charleston. Mixson is a community in North Charleston that is devoted to greener living. We love it not only for the eco-conscious homes and dog park, but because it’s also home to food truck rodeos! Trucks like Roti Rolls and Diggity Doughnuts, who also have the earth and health in mind, are often present… along with lots of dogs, kids and booze.

photos via aspaceapart

Check out Mixson.com for more photos, an amenities list and home features!

Bring the Spring with Garden-in-a-Bags

Punxsutawney Phil has said there is going to be six more weeks of winter. That idea might make you slightly blue, but we’ve got something to fix the problem.

Garden-in-a-Bags from Potting Shed are great for people in colder climates that can’t keep a garden year round. They’re great for cooks who want to use fresh herbs in their succulent dishes. They’re even great for just providing your home with some color and some much needed oxygen.

Cute project alert: we also have Garden-in-a-Bag for kids, so it could be a great way to teach your kids about gardening while having fun!

Our Garden-in-a-Bags are currently on sale for less than $7 each, which is even better. You can pick up your basil, chives, lavender and more any time at our store in Mount Pleasant, SC or just order online!

New Customers Save 30% Now!

Did you think that 20% off just wasn’t enough? Well, we’re feeling even more generous. Right now, we are offering 30% off for new customers. All you have to do is enter the code “30%” at checkout. That’s 30% off everything from eco-friendly pet beds to eco-friendly hair care products. We’ve got everything you need for the good life without sacrificing your budget or your conscience.

Right now, we’ve also got a ton of sale items including tons of beautiful vases and other decorative home goods:

Gifts for home: birdfeeder, candlesticks, coasters

Celebrate home this holiday season, with eco-friendly gifts sure to please their lucky giftees!

Achla Design Bird Feeders ($30)- made from hand-forged iron, these birdfeeders are perfect for sunflower seeds and come in two designs – black owl and blue fish. Read more here.

Two’s Company Recycled Tin Coasters ($12.95) – This set of four coasters is made from recycled aluminum and each features eye catching designs. Read more here.

Chive Vases ($4.46-25.20) – choose from over 18 unique designs, which each highlight the beauty of flowers they display. Read more here.

Home Port Pine Root Candlestick ($12.48) – these candlesticks are cut from the roots of pine trees and come with two candleholders in each stick. Read more here.

RockFlowerPaper dish towels ($10) in fig or gerber daisy- made with 100% preshrunk cotton

Gifts for gardeners: Gardens, hats, sun protection

It may be winter, but the gardener in your life is just itching to get back out there. Give them hope at the holidays in the form of great products they’ll be eager to use:

Achla Design Herb Markers ($3.60) – available in basil, chives, dill, lavender, oregano, organic mint, parsley, rosemary, sage or a set of 10 for $35.95

Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Hat ($29.95) in natural or tan. This hat provides more than shade to a person’s face—it also contains UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor. Read more here

These Creatures Bird Feeder ($75) with a bird on branch design – this American made bird feeder was constructed with 12-guage steel and features two removeable bowls to make cleaning and refilling easy

Celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Heidi Klum and Megan Fox use Coola organic sunscreen ($12-34) to protect their skin. Coola’s line features products for various uses, like SPF 15 lip protection, SPF 45 Mineral Baby Unscented Sunscreen and SPF 45 Sport.

Ready-to-plant gardens from Potting Shed ($11.05-17) and Bloembox ($16.95-17.95) – come in vegetable, herb and pet varieties

Gifts for Outdoor Lovers: bug repellent, bird feeder and party lights

In Charleston, we love to host parties, meals and informal chats outside, so we’ve compiled this gift guide for outdoor lovers.

Attract birds to your yard with this Achla Designs Pineapple bird feeder ($30). Made from hand-woven steel mesh, this feeder has spots for birds to perch on the top and bottom.

Brighten up your yard with Achla Designs Sparkle Cone Lights. Choose from dark blue, dark green, light blue, light green, mandarin and yellow ($7.95), or purchase the whole set for $44.95. Just arrange the lights in your yard, fill the cone with a tea light or votive candle and you’ll instantly add a splash of color.

Biting bugs can put a damper on outdoors plans, but Amazon Lights to the rescue! Utilizing the natural bug repellent properties of Brazilian andiroba oil, Amazon Lights are made from 100% sustainable bamboo and 10% essential oils of Brazilian andiroba, citronella, rosemary and thyme.  That essential oil percentage is 100–400% higher than most comparable products!

There are several options available to keep a yard bug-free. Read more about andiroba oil here.

Incense sticks ($16)

Incense cones ($16)

Candle ($16)

Gifts for Cooks: Bamboo kitchen utensils, bowls and other gifts

Core Bamboo Classic 14-piece kitchen utensil set ($24.95) – These durable utensils are made with certified organic, 100% naturally grown bamboo. Each set is handcrafted by local artisans in communities around the world. Core’s sustainable practices benefit those communities. The 14-piece set includes: utensil caddy, medium spoon, large spoon, slotted spoon, spork, tongs, turner, pasta paddle, solid spatula, small slotted spatula, large slotted spatula, angled slotted spatula, pointed spatula, and angled spatula. Utensils are finished with natural oils, and should not be used in the microwave or dishwasher.

Bamboo bowls from Core Bamboo ($24.95-40) and Bambu ($52)

Salad Hands ($12)

Bambu All Occassion Veneerware ($7.95-9.95)- read more about Vaneerware here