Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mamatography week 38

9/7. White
9/7. White
I was taking the cardboard castle down because it was falling apart, and Davis was so sad about it, so I left the tower part up. I think we might try and make a box castle to go with it.

9/8. Made By Me
9/8. Made By Me
I bought the kids some sticker books for the airplane. I thought this recreation of our airport drop off (made by Davis with my help) was hilarious.

9/9. On The Wall
9/9. On The Wall
We went to Disneyland! I love seeing all the little scenery bits some of which aren't super obvious, like the map carved into our Jungle Cruise boat, and the Mickey I saw in the wood grain waiting in line for the Peter Pan ride.

9/10. Sweet
9/10. Sweet
Walker ended up wanting to eat at totally different times than the rest of us, so the kids and I shared a banana split while he had tacos.

9/11. What I Did Today
9/11. What I Did Today
We took the day off and stayed in the hotel this day. Moira and Walker went to see a movie while Davis napped, and then we all went swimming. Davis is not happy to have to wear a safety vest, but when it was time to leave the pool he kept trying to get us to put it back on, so that we would stay.

9/12. Shadow
9/12. Shadow
There's not a lot Davis can do at California Adventure, but the Bugs world had some things he really liked. I loved the giant fake plants everywhere.

9/13. Unexpected
9/13. Unexpected
The Columbia is now the only thing at Disneyland Walker has never done (he finally saw the Abe Lincoln show this trip). We saw it moving a couple of times, but never with passengers. Given that there were people in hardhats on the rigging, I'm guessing it was under repair.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Learning about water wicking

I decided to put a couple of repeating events on my calendar to remind me to do the specific kinds of activities Moira keeps asking for, but that seem somehow incredibly daunting when I'm suddenly trying to come up with an idea, and clean off the table so we can do it, while Davis screams for water. Right now, that is science (with our new science notebook and what I'm loosely calling "world studies."
I also remembered that I do not need to be the one planning all of this. After all, Moira needs to know how to look for and find information on her own, and it's never to early to learn how to Google. So, I asked what she wanted to learn about, and she wanted to try something we did last winter, where she drew on a piece of paper towel and we watched the water wick and how it moved the color around the paper towel. We sat down with my computer and looked through my Pinterest boards for the link we used before, but couldn't find it. There were multiple other pins that talked about absorption and water wicking and so we looked at those and Moira came up with a project that combined a couple of them.
Which will wick more
I suggested we start with different drawing materials and see which one would wick the most (tempera,watercolor, crayon, pencil, pen). Before we put the water on, Moira guessed which would wick most and least. The numbers in the boxes are the after water application numbers for the order of most to least. Tempera was hard to figure out because it was still a little wet, and so the paint did move around when we got it wetter. I did not make suggestions for what I thought was the right order.
Finished dry painting
Having seen how much the watercolor spread, she wanted to do some painting on both wet and dry paper towels.
Finished wet painting
She kept up a big running commentary while she was doing this about how she was working, and what the paint was doing. We also talked about why they yellow paint was getting used up faster (bigger brush) and what happened when the colors ran into each other. She really liked how the paint got all spidery on the wet paper towel.
After her paintings were done, we talked about how fast the watercolors wicked, and decided to use a pen for the final experiment.
Wicking water
I suggested lots of different colors of lines so that we could see them run together. This was the part she was most excited about when planning, but we had to run to gymnastics when we were done, and when we came back she didn't give it more than a glance. She did notice when I put the cup of water on a jar to prop it up, and so we talked about where all the water in cup went, and why, but that was it.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

We went to Disneyland

In Disneyland!
With our friends Pearl and Mirella, in honor of Mirella's graduation from high school. Walker planned the whole thing, so there were many complicated calculations to figure out where was the best place to stay and how to maximize the annual pass he bought so that we could get a discount on food and stuff.
I was a little (lot) worried that Davis would get overwhelmed and refuse to leave the hotel room.
Woah!
I didn't need to worry. He had a great time. Most days he tried to out last me. He woke up every morning asking for rides. The Teacups were a clear favorite.
Otter!
He really really liked it. He had a major language explosion, and now has approximately three times as many words as he did before we left, but since he keeps saying new ones, I've lost track.
So bored
Moira had a harder time, because there was a lot of compromising to do about which rides we were going on, and a lot of extra waiting because our group would split up to go on some of the bigger rides.
Mirella and Pearl enjoy the show
There was a lot of new stuff for me this trip. World of Color, which I wasn't expecting to be as amazing as it was, and the new Star Tours ride, which I also loved so much more than the old one. I also got to see the Halloween version of Space Mountain, which I thought was eh. We even managed a new thing for Walker (the Abraham Lincoln thing), who grew up in Anaheim, but still hasn't managed to ride on the Columbia.
Glow cube!
We also surprised Mirella with a special birthday lunch at the Blue Bayou. They have a new drink with a glow cube in it that goes through all the colors in the rainbow.
REady to ride
We timed our trip really well and had virtually no lines until Friday when they were unexpectedly (even for the park employees) swamped by people coming for the Friday the 13th/Halloween party. In fact, our stroller disappeared and along with a free rental, they gave us a special pass to get to the front of one line, but none of the park employees would let us use it because the line wasn't long enough. Even on the Indiana Jones ride.
Hello!
One last super cute thing! Davis discovered that you can say hello to various characters, and then he ACTUALLY DID IT. Multiple times.
Waiting
Walker's family joined us for the last two days, and Moira had a great time leading Grammy and Pickle around. She was also really excited that we got to see the parade three times, and the fireworks from our hotel room.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mamatography week 37

8/31. Dangerous
8/31. Dangerous
We had a get together with some other parents to play games, and someone brought these little cream puffs. Delicious!

(not)9/1. Together
Day of rest
I don't seem to have a picture at all from the first of September. Instead, enjoy this picture of Walker and this kids sitting on the couch together. Someone is taking up more than their fair share of room.

9/2. My Name Begins With...
9/2. My Name Begins With...
S is for sandwich! Usually I just make Davis a half sandwich, but Walker gave him this whole one and he was SO EXCITED about it. It's the little things in life, huh?

9/3. Lines
9/3. Lines
I love this game.

9/4. Alone
9/4. Alone
This was the day we had the family orientation day at the homeschool resource center Moira is attending. Davis and I get to take the pottery class with her and he is very excited.

9/5. Here Forever
9/5. Here Forever
We've had a lot of conversations about the fact that Davis is a part of our family, and no amount of wishing on Moira's part will make him go away.

9/6. Getting Ready
9/6. Getting Ready
Moira loves to help pack, so we spent this day getting the carry on bags ready for our trip to Disneyland. Then I had to spend a few days keeping Davis from unpacking them.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mamatography week 36

8/24. In The Background
8/24. In The Background
My aunts finally got married (and Moira was a flower girl). They had a very silly ceremony, and we are all very very happy for them.

8/25. Culture
8/25. Culture
We started our costumes for next year's Norwescon. Kimberly picked Nordic Deities, and requested that we all use linen. I did not expect to enjoy sewing with it as much as I did. Handkerchief linen is yummy.

8/26. Entrance
8/26. Entrance
He lined all the dinosaurs up on this goop and then said "tada!"

8/27. 10 Minutes From Home
8/27. 10 Minutes From Home
On our way to the park.

8/28. Corridor
8/28. Corridor
I didn't mean to have two tree pictures in a row, but we went to the Arboretum for nature school and I love all the twisty paths.

8/29. Lucky
8/29. Lucky
I've gotten most of my canning jars for free. And I didn't have to clean 20 year old food things out of them. Yay!

8/30. Cluttered
8/30. Cluttered
We need much better storage in our laundry room. Right now, I cannot figure out how to make it anything but a giant cluster of messy piles.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Be Brave


Welcome to the September 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Staying Safe

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and tips about protecting our families. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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We lost Moira the other day, at the Google Summer picnic. Walker and Moira went to the bathroom while I watched Davis eat watermelon, and she went out a different door than she went in.
She was only gone a few minutes, someone found her crying and took her to an employee, and they called Walker on the PA. As soon as we were reunited I praised her for knowing what to do when she got lost.
Moira: But I didn't! I was scared and I just cried and someone helped me.
Me: And you let them. You let them take you some place safe, and you told them Daddy's name so they could find us. We were worried, and you were scared, but you were also brave and you did the right thing.
Swinging
We have always allowed/encouraged our kids to know our real names, something which surprised and unsettled some relatives when she also started calling them by their names at 2. My parents made sure I knew theirs as a child, and I can remember needing that information a few times. I would certainly rather be called Shannon a few times than have a lost baby telling the people trying to to help her find me that my name is "Mommy." Moira knows our phone number, and how to dial 911. She knows how to crawl under the smoke, and why she should wear her seat belt.
More than all the details they should know to be able to contact us, (names, addresses, phone numbers) I want my kids to know that they can trust strangers who are trying to help them when they need it. That they should speak up and ask for help. That they are brave, and being lost is scary, but they can be scared and do what's needed to fix the problem. Knowing that I can speak up, or yell. That I can ask for help, and also fight back if I need to, is part of what has kept me mostly safe on dark streets and at giant parties. If I could only teach them one thing to keep them safe, this is it.

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated by afternoon September 10 with all the carnival links.)

  • Stranger Danger — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her approach to the topic of "strangers" and why she prefers to avoid that word, instead opting to help her 4-year-old understand what sorts of contact with adults is appropriate and whom to seek help from should she ever need it.
  • We are the FDA — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger makes the case that when it comes to food and drugs, parents are necessarily both their kids' best proponent of healthy eating and defense against unsafe products.
  • You Can't Baby Proof Mother Nature — Nicole Lauren at Mama Mermaid shares how she tackles the challenges of safety when teaching her toddler about the outdoors.
  • Bike Safety With Kids — Christy at Eco Journey In the Burbs shares her tips for safe cycling with children in a guest post at Natural Parents Network.
  • Spidey Sense — Maud at Awfully Chipper used a playground visit gone awry to teach her children about trusting their instincts.
  • Watersustainablemum explains how she has used her love of canoeing to enable her children to be confident around water
  • Safety without baby proofing — Hannabert at Hannahandhorn talks about teaching safety rather than babyproofing.
  • Coming of Age: The Safety Net of Secure AttatchmentGentle Mama Moon reflects on her own experiences of entering young adulthood and in particular the risks that many young women/girls take as turbulent hormones coincide with insecurities and for some, loneliness — a deep longing for connection.
  • Mistakes You Might Be Makings With Car Seats — Car seats are complex, and Brittany at The Pistachio Project shares ways we might be using them improperly.
  • Could your child strangle on your window blinds? — One U.S. child a month strangles to death on a window blind cord — and it's not always the obvious cords that are the danger. Lauren at Hobo Mama sends a strong message to get rid of corded blinds, and take steps to keep your children safe.
  • Tips to Help Parents Quit Smoking (and Stay Quit) — Creating a safe, smoke-free home not only gives children a healthier childhood, it also helps them make healthier choices later in life, too. Dionna at Code Name: Mama (an ex-smoker herself) offers tips to parents struggling to quit smoking, and she'll be happy to be a source of support for anyone who needs it.
  • Gradually Expanding Range — Becca at The Earthling's Handbook explains how she is increasing the area in which her child can walk alone, a little bit at a time.
  • Safety Sense and Self Confidence — Do you hover? Are you overprotective? Erica at ChildOrganics discusses trusting your child's safety sense and how this helps your child develop self-confidence.
  • Staying Safe With Food Allergies and Intolerances — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is sharing how she taught her son about staying safe when it came to his food allergies.
  • Don't Touch That Baby!Crunchy Con Mom offers her 3 best tips for preventing unwanted touching of your baby.
  • Playground Wrangling: Handling Two Toddlers Heading in Opposite Directions — Megan at the Boho Mama shares her experience with keeping two busy toddlers safe on the playground (AKA, the Zone of Death) while also keeping her sanity.
  • Letting Go of "No" and Taking Chances — Mommy at Playing for Peace tries to accept the bumps, bruises and tears that come from letting her active and curious one-year-old explore the world and take chances.
  • Preventing Choking in Babies and Toddlers with Older Siblings — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now gives tips on preventing choking in babies and toddlers along with Montessori-inspired tips for preventing choking in babies and toddlers who have older siblings working with small objects.
  • Keeping Our Children Safe: A Community and National Priority — September has many days and weeks dedicated to issues of safety; however, none stir the emotions as does Patriot Day which honors those slain the terrorist attacks. Along with honoring the victims, safety officals want parents to be ready in the event of another disaster whether caused by terrorists or nature. Here are their top tips from Mary at Mary-andering Creatively.
  • A Complete Family: Merging Pets and Offspring — Ana at Panda & Ananaso shares the ground rules that she laid out for herself, her big brown dog, and later her baby to ensure a happy, safe, and complete family.
  • Be Brave — Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about helping her kids learn to be brave so that they can stay safe, even when she's not around.
  • Catchy PhrasingMomma Jorje just shares one quick tip for helping kids learn about safety. She assures there are examples provided.
  • Know Your Kid — Alisha at Cinnamon&Sassfras refutes the idea that children are unpredictable.
  • Surprising car seat myths — Choosing a car seat is a big, important decision with lots of variables. But there are some ways to simplify it and make sure you have made the safest choice for your family. Megan at Mama Seeds shares how, plus some surprising myths that changed her approach to car seats completely!
  • I Never Tell My Kids To Be Careful — Kim is Raising Babes, Naturally, by staying present and avoiding the phrase "be careful!"

Saturday, September 7, 2013

NPN Green Back To School Guide&Giveaway Bash! ($440 US only 9/30)

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Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Green Back To School Guide!

If you still need to complete your back to school shopping or find a back-to-school gift for a friend, the NPN Green Back To School Guide is full of awesome products and essentials for back to school experiences. But what’s even better, the NPN Green Back To School Guide has eco-friendly choices for almost any Back To School products you will need! In addition, the companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses and Etsy shops.

Below you will find information on 9 awesome companies and reviews from 5 of our NPN Authors. These companies are giving away 21 products and gift certificates, for a total combined value of $441. There will be two Grand Prize Winners in this Giveaway: Giveaway Set One and Giveaway Set Two, worth $220.50 each. Each set will contain:

As you scroll through our Green Back To School Guide, we encourage you to click on the links for each of the reviews and read them in full. Our authors have crafted thoughtful posts on each participating company with pictures of and links to products that are simply perfect for our natural parenting families. 

You can enter to win every giveaway by using the Rafflecopter system below. Please note that every review post has the same Rafflecopter script, but you may enter only one time, and at one site.

Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prizes, please consider spending part of your Back To School budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling.

**Without further ado, here is the NPN Green Back To School Guide!**

About TreeSmart

TreeSmart is dedicated to the idea that all of us are responsible to our environment. We must promote the wise use of all our global natural resources. Everyone is interested in doing his or her part in protecting our planet

Our Experience

Pencils

I adore the package this mini color pencils come in. It is a very sturdy paper tube with a nice close fitting lid. The pencils are packed in tightly enough that they don't knock each other around, but not too tight that Moira can't get them in and out on her own. I think this would be a perfect travel pack of pencils. I was also excited to discover that the company is located in the Pacific Northwest, so it's local to me!
8/22. A Room

The colors are strong and vibrant and the small size makes them easy for both kids to use. Colored pencils in our house are usually used once or twice and then ignored, but these have been coming out over and over for different projects.
Excited girl
Moira seemed especially enchanted with the pencils, and had lots of plans for what to write and draw with them. The one problem we had was that some of the leads were a little loose inside their newspaper shells, but I've never bought a pack of colored pencils where that wasn't true.

Buy it!

You can purchase your own Mini Color Pencils in a Tube from TreeSmart for $3.95. In addition to their line of colored pencils, they make notebooks, rulers, and lead pencils, and they offer a school set called the All Star Recycle Set, which is just $10 and which two readers will be winning as part of a set! Plus they have classroom sized sets at very good prices. There is also a fundraiser kit available!

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a one of our two Green Back To School Prize sets worth over $220, each containing:

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Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Green Back To School Guide!

If you still need to complete your back to school shopping or find a back-to-school gift for a friend, the NPN Green Back To School Guide is full of awesome products and essentials for back to school experiences. But what’s even better, the NPN Green Back To School Guide has eco-friendly choices for almost any Back To School products you will need! In addition, the companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses and Etsy shops.

Below you will find information on 9 awesome companies and reviews from 5 of our NPN Authors. These companies are giving away 21 products and gift certificates, for a total combined value of $441. There will be two Grand Prize Winners in this Giveaway: Giveaway Set One and Giveaway Set Two, worth $220.50 each. Each set will contain:

As you scroll through our Green Back To School Guide, we encourage you to click on the links for each of the reviews and read them in full. Our authors have crafted thoughtful posts on each participating company with pictures of and links to products that are simply perfect for our natural parenting families. 

You can enter to win every giveaway by using the Rafflecopter system below. Please note that every review post has the same Rafflecopter script, but you may enter only one time, and at one site.

Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prizes, please consider spending part of your Back To School budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling.

Some of the companies have included coupon codes — take advantage of them! You can find the coupon codes in the heading of each company/giveaway listing. (Please note that coupons are not good on shipping fees unless otherwise stated).

**Without further ado, here is the NPN Green Back To School Guide!**

This is a Joint Review and Giveaway of Globiton Paint Set between Natural Parents Network and Pineapples & Artichokes.

About Glob Colors

Made in California, Glob specializes in botanically crafted paints made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs with natural ingredients and organic extracts. Glob's eco-friendly art supplies and natural paints are sourced from recyclable, and biodegradable materials. Safe and made from natural ingredients, these paints are fun, vibrant, and easy to use.

Our Experience

Making paint
My daughter was very excited about these paints as soon as I showed her the box. The paint set comes with everything you need except water and paper, including paint powder, little cups to mix in, and two beautiful bamboo paintbrushes. We decided on three colors to try out at first. Moira had fun mixing the colors, and then both kids settled in to paint.
Baby paints
My original intention was to do our painting while my toddler was finishing his breakfast, as the package says the paints are for ages 4 and up, and I was worried they would stain. I forgot that you cannot keep him away from art supplies, and so he ran over to help while still eating his sausage. After reading the ingredients listed on the package, which contain nothing more toxic than basil, I decided it was alright for him to keep eating and paint.
Everybody try!
Moira kept leaning over to smell the paints, which aren't super fragrant, so it's not a concern for anyone with allergies, but they do smell gently of flowers and herbs instead of like paint. Of course that lead to painting with their brushes in their teeth. Again, with the natural ingredients, I wasn't worried about either of them accidentally swallowing some, so I let them enjoy. We had to rush off after we were done painting, and I didn't do more than put the lids on the paint cups. Davis found them later and spent a little time pouring them back and fourth and painting himself, so I can happily report that the four colors we tried (purple, red, yellow, and green) do not stain clothes or children. Or floors.

Other

Glob Colors is a wonderful company, and they have a great product. I was excited to notice that they are currently accepting sign ups for their annual School Giving Program, so if you are a teacher you should sign up to win one of 10 packages for your classroom!

Buy it!

You can purchase your own Paint Set from Glob Colors for $18. They have a number of beautifully designed paints, brushes, and tins, but I am especially excited that they have a wooden ornament kit and Easter egg dyeing set. In addition, they offer face paints which would be fantastic for Halloween!

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a one of our two Green Back To School Prize sets worth over $220, each containing:

 Enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. Mandatory Entry is specifying which set you would want if you win, all other entries are bonus entries. 

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a sample product for review purposes.
Amazon links are affiliate links.
We try to seek out only products we think you would find relevant and useful to your life as a natural parent.
If we don't like a product, we won't be recommending it to you.
See our full disclosure policy here.

 

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Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Green Back To School Guide!

If you still need to complete your back to school shopping or find a back-to-school gift for a friend, the NPN Green Back To School Guide is full of awesome products and essentials for back to school experiences. But what’s even better, the NPN Green Back To School Guide has eco-friendly choices for almost any Back To School products you will need! In addition, the companies that have provided items for review and giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small businesses and Etsy shops.

Below you will find information on 9 awesome companies and reviews from 5 of our NPN Authors. These companies are giving away 21 products and gift certificates, for a total combined value of $441. There will be two Grand Prize Winners in this Giveaway: Giveaway Set One and Giveaway Set Two, worth $220.50 each. Each set will contain:

As you scroll through our Green Back To School Guide, we encourage you to click on the links for each of the reviews and read them in full. Our authors have crafted thoughtful posts on each participating company with pictures of and links to products that are simply perfect for our natural parenting families. 

You can enter to win every giveaway by using the Rafflecopter system below. Please note that every review post has the same Rafflecopter script, but you may enter only one time, and at one site.

Even if you don’t win one of our fabulous prizes, please consider spending part of your Back To School budget at one of these small businesses. By supporting small businesses, you are helping families, boosting local economies, and supporting ethical practices of manufacturing, production and selling.

Many of the companies have included coupon codes — take advantage of them! You can find the coupon codes in the heading of each company/giveaway listing. (Please note that coupons are not good on shipping fees unless otherwise stated).

**Without further ado, here is the NPN Green Back To School Guide!**

This is a Joint Review and Giveaway of  Ecojot between Natural Parents Network and Pineapples & Artichokes.

About ecojot

Founded by brother and sister team Mark and Carolyn Gavin in 2007, ecojot creates eco-friendly stationery, paper goods and custom products that feature whimsical and inspirational designs. Their love for paper, the planet, and art has enabled them to create a sustainable brand available in hundreds of locations around the world.

Our Experience

Jellyfish!
I had a very hard time picking a sketchbook to review, as there is a wide variety of totally awesome designs. We eventually picked this jellyfish one, because they are Moira's favorite sea creature. The notebook did not disappoint, with a lovely vibrant cover, plenty of nice thick, smooth paper inside, and a strong but flexible binding. We buy a lot of sketchbooks for various reasons, and I think I like ecojot's offerings better than the ones I've been buying from professional art stores at similar prices.
Moira's science notebook
After some discussion, we decided to make this the science notebook. Moira is just learning about letter spacing, so I was very happy that the pages are blank, giving her more freedom to write as big as needed to form her letters.
Waiting
The very first experiment that she wanted to do was based on a picture of paper flowers unfolding in water she'd seen on Pinterest. She wanted to see how fast or slow different kinds of paper would unfold. I was impressed that the paper could stand up to a little splashing water from our excitement when we were recording our findings. The paper was thick enough that the water didn't cause the paper to rip or leak through to the pages underneath. The only problem we have with this notebook is that I didn't get one for Davis too!

Other

Ecojot works with multiple organizations through their GIVE Program to donate workbooks and pens to students in Third World countries to encourage a love of learning and literacy in children worldwide. With the sale of each ecojot® Jumbo Journal a child in need receives a workbook or pen to build their literacy skills. They have so far offered 250,000 workbooks and 44,000 pens to children in Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Poland, Honduras, Niger, St. Lucia and Zimbabwe.  Click the link to see how you can help.

Buy it!

You can purchase your own Kids Large Sketchbook from ecojot for $11.50. Obviously I'm going to have to buy a small sized one (possibly this whale one) for Davis, but you should check out their full range of lovely, well-made & eco friendly products. They have paper goods from wrapping paper, to weekly planners, to baby books as well. 

WIN IT!

For your own chance to win a one of our two Green Back To School Prize sets worth over $220, each containing:

 Enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. Mandatory Entry is specifying which set you would want if you win, all other entries are bonus entries. 

Disclosure: Our reviewer received a sample product for review purposes.
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If we don't like a product, we won't be recommending it to you.
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