Saturday, September 7, 2013

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


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.


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!


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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