Valentine's Day Printables

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Looking for a great Valentine idea? Look no further! Gift a Little Green Pouch with one of our adorable Valentine's Day Cards and a tasty LGP recipe. 

 

 All you need is a few items (all of which are available on Amazon Prime so you can get them ASAP).   

 

    

-Baker's twine to attach the card to the pouch but any cute string would work: Red Baker's Twine

-Heavy cardstock (you can use any cardstock that will work with your printer - the heavier the weight the better): Neenah Premium Cardstock

-And, of course, our reusable food pouches: Little Green Pouch, 4-pack or 6-pack

Easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6): 

1. Print your cards using the free downloads below (both Valentine's cards as well as coordinating recipes). They're four per page so print as many as you need. Make sure you select the "scale to fit" option so that none of the cards gets cut off in printing. If you want to print double-sided, simply print the valentines first and then feed the printed page back into your printer so that the recipes will print on the back. 

2. Trim your cards.

3. Fill out the to & from section (or have your little one do this if they are old enough). 

4. Use a hole punch to make a hole in the upper left corner of the card.

5. Cut your baker's twine in approximate 5 inch lengths. 

6. Place your card on top of a pouch. Push a piece of twine through the hole and wrap around the spout (just below the cap) and feed twine back through hole. Tie a knot and then a pretty bow.

Done! Fun!

 xoxo

                  

Posted in Holidays, Printables, Valentine, Valentine's Day

Simple Ways to Go Green in 2015

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

The new year is all about making resolutions, cleaning up our diets and setting goals. If one of your goals is to go a little more green, here are 15 simple ways to #GoGreenIn2015. 

In the Kitchen

1. Go meatless one day a week: Did you know it requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef Going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. The Meatless Monday website is a great resource with more benefits of going meatless for you and the environment. 

2. Start meal planning: Planning your meals means less waste. Plus, you'll make fewer trips to the grocery store. Download our meal planner to help make planning a little easier. 

3. The slow-cooker is your best friend. A crock-pot uses 75% less energy than an electric oven. 

4. Toss your paper towels: Instead, stock up on cheap washcloths. Keep two bins under the sink—one for clean rags, one for dirty. When you need to wipe down your little one's face and hands after a meal, or clean a quick spill on the kitchen floor reach for a clean rag instead of a paper towel. 

5. Use everything: And anything you can't use, compost. 

6. Regrow your food scraps: Did you know that foods like green onions, celery, lettuce and more will regrow themselves? See a list here

Around the House

7. Unplug: Switch off appliances and electronics you aren't using. A powerstrip is a great way to make this easy. The blender, coffee pot, toaster all get plugged in to the power strip. With one flip of a switch you can save money and the environment. 

8. Clean Green: Switch to non-toxic cleaning products. Our favorite brands are Honest and Better Life

9. Chill Out: Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot and turn the thermostat down a couple degrees. Every little bit helps. 

10. Use a Shower Bucket: When you first turn on the shower, place a large bucket under the faucet while the water heats up. When the water is hot, remove the bucket and shower as usual. Use the collected water to water plants, wash the car, etc. 

 

At the Office

11. Recycle Your E-Waste: Electronic waste (or E-Waste) adds chemicals and heavy metals into the ground. Today it is so easy to recycle electronics, that this is an easy switch to make. Visit www.e-stewards.org for more information and to find a recycling center near you.

12. Recycle Ink Cartridges: Not only does this help the environment, it also helps your bottom line. Some office supply stores will even pay you to recycle your cartridges. 

At The Gorcery Store

13. Shop local: whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in. 

14. Shop the perimiter: The center aisles are where all the packaged food is. Packaged food means more waste. Stick to the outer edges of the store for the best finds for you and the environment. 

15. BYOB: Bring your own bags. Where we live, they are starting to require reusable bags, but regardless, bring your own. Not only are they better for the environment, they make it easier to carry your groceries into the house.  

Posted in Go Green, Holiday, New Year, New Year's Resolutions, Tips and Tricks

3rd Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on December 06, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again—time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide where we share what items we are loving for the kiddos and ourselves. Maggie, Melissa and I have each put together a few of our favorites things for newborns, toddlers, school age kids, expectant moms and all moms. Below are link to all the items. 

 

Gifts for newborns. Let's be honest—newborns don't need much. They won't remember this holiday season and can't open gifts. Plus, mom and dad have probably already been bombarded with so many gifts for little one. So keep the gifts small and go for more unique items that you can't find everywhere.  

(1) Birth Announcement pillow ; (2) Rattle ; (3) Cate and Levi Stuffed Animal

Gifts for toddlers. The challenge here is finding gifts the kids will like just as much as (hopefully more than) the box. Melissa's little ones love building things and then knocking them down and creating things from art to buldings.  

(4) Lil Paint Pods ; (5) Janod Kubix - 100 Dominos ; (6) Memory Game ; (7) Wooden Easel  ; (8) Mini Piano

Gifts for school age kids. Maggie's boys are loving anything they can ride or build. This is also a great age for kids to learn a new skill, like playing the guitar.

(9) Spot It Junior Animals ; (10) Ezy Roller Riding Machine ; (11) Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit ; (12) Confetti Guitar

Gifts for expectant moms. These are things I am loving or covetting this holiday season. A pregnancy pillow is a must for any expectant mom. If she doesn't have one, buy her one now! This was my first pregnancy purchase and worth every penny. The other items are gift to spoil mom-to-be that she might not buy herself.

(13) Pregnancy Pillow ; (14) Slippers ; (15) Hatch to Hospital gift set ; (16) Solly Wrap ; (17) Character Necklace

Gifts for all moms. Make mom's life easier with a robot vacuum. You can never go wrong with coffee, a cute new bag or sunglasses.

(18) iRoomba Robot Vacuum ; (19) Coffee Subscription ; (20) The Berliner Satchel ; (21) Boots ; (22) Sunglasses 

What are you and your kiddos wishing for this year? 

Posted in Christmas, Favorite Things, Gift Guide, Holiday

8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Travel

Posted on December 05, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Leslie Vandever shares tips for staying healthy when traveling over the holiday season. 

If you’re like most Americans, you face the holiday season—that period from just before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—with a mixture of pleasant anticipation and a sort of resigned dread. There are fun presents, goodies, feasts, pretty decorations, parties full of laughter and camaraderie, and the opportunity to spend time with the extended family. It’s the very definition of “the most wonderful time of year,” as the old song goes.

But traveling during the holidays can add its own, special challenges—and nobody wants to face them while fighting off a cold, or feeling run-down and generally unhealthy. This year, stop and take care of your health before you hop in the sleigh to Grandma’s house.

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Be physically ready to travel. Whether you’re going 200 miles by car or 1,500 miles by air, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. So, in the weeks leading up to the trip:

 

Get vaccinated. If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, get it at least two weeks before your trip. That way, you’ll be far less likely to catch it from someone. Vaccinating against pneumonia, whooping cough, and shingles is smart, too.

Drink water. Try for at least 8 measuring cups full each day. Water helps your body function at its best and flushes impurities that can slow you down from your system. You’ll look, move, and feel better if you’re well-hydrated.

Rest well. Make sure you hit the hay each night at a reasonable hour. Shoot for seven good hours of sleep. During the day, take frequent, short rest breaks—but avoid napping for more than 15 minutes. Consider deepening your rest with simple meditation exercises, like counting your breaths or slow, deep breathing.

Decompress the stress. As busy as the holiday season is, we often forget to take breaks for fun and relaxation, but they’re vital for good mental and physical health. Meditation is a good way to beat stress. So is playing a game, dancing in the kitchen, and doing a little last-minute work in the garden before winter descends.

Eat mindfully. Plan your time so you’re not stuck wolfing junky, high-calorie fast-food on the run. Instead, make it a point to sit down for tasty, balanced, nourishing meals. Mindful eating will help keep your energy levels and spirits high while helping your body function at its best.

Move your bod. Five short minutes of exercise, done five or six times a day, is just as good as 30 minutes of sustained exercise. It keeps your blood moving and oxygenated and helps your muscles, brain, and other organs work at top efficiency. Try running in place, doing jumping jacks, stretching, or using resistance bands or hand-weights.

On the Road

Once you’re on your way, there are a number of things you can do to stay healthy.

Dress in layers. Nothing’s worse than shivering or sweating with no way to get more comfortable. Dress in thin layers as you travel. It’ll make it simple to add or subtract clothing to fit the temperature and your activity.

Wash your hands. Traveling means being in heavily used public places, which are teeming with gazillions of viruses and germs. Avoid catching or spreading colds or the flu. Wash your hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds at every opportunity. Or, carry a small bottle of antibacterial gel in your pocket or purse and use it frequently.

Take care of you. Continue that mindful eating, resting, hydrating, and exercising. You’ll feel your best and have a really great, really healthy holiday season.

 

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience. She lives in Northern California.

References:
Holiday Health and Safety Tips. (2014, Feb. 5) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on November 26, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/

Posted in Holidays, Travel

The Best and Worst Things About Being Pregnant During the Holidays

Posted on November 30, 2014 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

Two of the most magical times are upon us (or me, at least)—the holidays and pregnancy. I am currently 5 months pregnant with my first child (a boy), and could not be happier. Being part of the Little Green Pouch team for over 2 years, I live and breathe all things babies and kids. But no matter how many moms and dads I talk to, mommy blogs or articles I read, there are some things you just don't understand until you are in the trenches yourself. 

I have really enjoyed being pregnany so far, and (knock on wood) have had a pretty uneventful 22 weeks. But being pregant during the holidays has its benefits and drawbacks, so I thought I would share what I have found to be the best and worst things about being pregnant during the holidays.

The Best

Maternity Clothes

Can we say elastic waistband? This may be the only time you actually enjoy wearing maternity clothes. I know my husband was jealous during Thanksgiving dinner. 

You're Supossed to Gain Weight

As a woman, pregnancy is possibly the only time in your life you will be required to gain weight. While I have been trying hard to stay active and eat healthy, it's still my job for 18 more weeks to gain weight. And what a fun job it is! 

Your Hair and Nails Have Never Looked Better

My skin may look like that of a teenage boy, but my hair and nails have never looked better. Not that anyone is looking at my hair and nails (hello, belly), but it makes me feel good, at least.  

The Worst

No Wine

Avoiding alcohol during this pregnancy has really not been bad. It's so worth it for what we get in the end. But, I'd be lying if I said there haven't been times a glass of wine would have really hit the spot. And when my family is gathered around the fire at Christmas drinking a really good Napa Valley Cabernet is going to be one of them. My seltzer water with lime just isn't the same. I just keep reminding myself how good it will taste in April. 

Everyone Wants to Buy Gifts For The Baby

What about me? I know, I know, totally selfish. But I am well aware that once this little man enters the world, it's going to be all about him—as it should be. So this is my last chance to score something for myself during the family Secret Santa exchange. 

The Hormones—My God, The Hormones

I have been lucky that my hormones haven't turned me into a raging lunatic (yet), but I will cry at the drop of a hat. I thought the Hallmark commercials were bad before, but this is a whole 'nother level. Any video or clip including a dog or a dad playing with his kids is totally off limits for me or else my husband will find me on the couch drowning in a puddle of tears.  

 

What do you think are the best and worst things about being pregnant during the holidays? 

Posted in Holidays, pregnancy

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