Friday, December 21, 2012

Fight Winter Skin Blues with Organic Skincare



It is that time of year when dry, chapped winter skin brings us down.  Our friends at episencial skincare have created a 3 step process to combat harsh everyday elements.

Did you know skin is the largest organ and plays a critical role in immunity.  And baby skin is 5x thinner than adult skin making it even more important to pay attention to what goes on their skin.  A staggering 70% of what you put on your baby's skin is absorbed into the blood stream within 30 seconds.  

episencial plays its part by supporting skin immunity with actively healthy ingredients in 3 simple steps - Cleanse, Nourish, and Defend.

Step 1 - Cleanse - Playful Wash 2 in 1 shampoo & body wash is great for every day use and patchy (heat sensitive) kind of eczema.  It has also been chosen by select hospitals as the exclusive all natural skincare brand for "baby's first bath". Retail $9

Step 2 - Nourish - Soothing Cream - "miracle in a tube" - must have cream for everyone! Soothing Cream is also a great eczema treater.  If eczema is severe with open wounds, use nurturing balm first until the wounds heal.  Soothing cream may cause stinging sensation if the wounds are open/oozing. Tip: Cloth diaper users can substitute soothing cream as a diaper ointment.  It doesn't contain zinc which breaks down cotton.

Step 3 - Defend - Sunny Sunscreen - Broad spectrum, physical sunscreen - ideal for skin of all ages.  Also an EWG Top rated sunscreen, and it's reef safe - perfect for tropical vacays.  Retail $15

What we LOVE:  No artificial fragrances - fruit extracts provide yummy scents. No additives, parabens, harsh preservatives, SLS, Phthalates or Gluten, Petroleum.

Healthy Ingredients: Neem, probiotics & essential fatty acids including flax, omega oils, and primrose. Primrose contains vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids that can improve the immune system's ability to manufacture white blood cells and fight infection.




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25



Apple park Farm Buddies collection - Meet Penny Pig and her six friends - Belle Cow, Boxer Dog, Poncho Pony, Pirate Piggy, Chef Cow and Ballerina Mouse.  Made from organic cotton, each character is available as blankie $13, teething rattle $10, and plush toy $15


Green Toys Seaplane $19.99.  Made from recycled plastic milk cartons in the USA.  Ages 1+
episencial playful wash $9 - A 2 in 1 shampoo and body gel. Free from all the bad stuff.  Made from natural ingredients in the USA. For ages 0 - 100! 

Rainbow pom hat $25 - Made from the softest organic cotton yarn and knitted into a playful gender neutral rainbow pattern. 


To shop organic baby gifts, visit www.organicbabygiftboutique.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Favorite Posh Jewelry for Mom

Give the stylish mommy in your life the luxurious gift of Posh Mommy Jewelry.  Available in sterling silver discs, loops, and vintage squares, each piece can be personalized with initials, birthstones, special dates or a child's name.  

We now offer Posh Mommy jewelry in gold vermeil. Gold vermeil is silver sterling jewelry that has been gold plated and a good combination for those normally allergic to plated items. 

Order soon so your gift arrives in time for the holidays.



Holiday Shipping schedule: 
12/5: Last day no rush fee for orders with stones ($35 rush fee after 12/5)
12/10: Last day no rush fee for orders with no stones ($35 rush after dec 10)
12/10: Last day to order products with stones for Xmas delivery
12/17: Last day to order no stones



To shop these and other gifts for mom, visit www.organicbabygiftboutique.com 



Friday, November 23, 2012

After Thanksgiving Special

We wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.  A huge and warm Thank-You to all of our customers for your continued support. 

Please join us in celebrating our after Thanksgiving Special:


From Friday 11/23 - Sunday 11/25 enjoy savings off your entire purchase.  No coupon code necessary.


$15 off Orders of $50 - $99
$30 off Orders of $100 - $199
$60 off Orders of $200 + 

To shop the special, visit www.organicbabygiftboutique.com 



Monday, November 12, 2012

Join Us - Green Gifts Twitter Party 11/13/12



Organic Baby Gift Boutique is sponsoring the #GreenGifts Twitter Party November 13th at 9pm ET with The Eco Chic, The Eco-Friendly Family, and Green Child Magazine.  Please join us and RSVP here: http://bit.ly/SuIxwh  

When: Tuesday, November 13th (11/13/12)
Time: 9-10pm ET
Hashtag: #GreenGifts


Lots of awesome prizes to be given away including a $50 gift certificate from Organic Baby Gift Boutique. 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Organic Baby Gift Set Sale!


In case anyone missed it, Jubi organic baby sets are currently on sale at unbelievable prices (60-70% off).  Sale pricing good through midnight 11/10.  

All Jubi products are made from certified organic cotton and designed New Zealand. 

Welcome Baby Gift Gift Set - Pink Blanket, Two baby bibs and hat - $30.00 


Baby Essentials Gift Set - All-in-One Kimono Footie and hat - $15.00



Baby Bib & Hat Gift Set - Two baby bibs and baby hat - Only $10.00 - A Great stocking stuffer or baby shower add on. 

To shop the Jubi baby sale, Organic Baby Gift Boutique 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bottombumpers Holiday Cloth Diaper Collection

Bottombumpers Holiday Diaper Collection for this year has been released.  Meet “Rudy The Reindeer”, “Gwen the Penguin” and “Pauly the Polar Bear”.  All designs are embroidered on a waterproof outer shell and organic cotton inner lining.  Made in USA.

Holiday Diapers are available in Sized Snap diapers $24.95 and All-in-One One Size $26.95. Preorders will be taken from now through 11/6 with diapers shipping end of November. 




To Preorder the holiday diaper collection,  visit www.organicbabygiftboutique.com
Monday, September 10, 2012

Sale on Bottombumpers Cloth Diapers!

Calling all cloth-diapering mamas....We are offering all styles of Bottombumpers diapers on sale through September 17. Choose from Side Snap, Hook N Loop or One Size Diapers.  $16.95 - $19.95! Stock up today. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week at Boobie-Palooza 2012

This Sunday in celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Week and Month The Pump Station & Nurtury will be hosting Boobie-Palooza 2012 - a special event to bring awareness and education to So Cal moms and beyond - the event will stream live on U-Stream - link here - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/informedpregnancy .
 
 Boobie-Palooza 2012  Highlights:
 
1) This event is  hosted by Berlin Wellness Group http://www.doctorberlin.com/ and The Pump Station & Nurtury http://www.pumpstation.com/pumpstation/  - Title Sponsor Medela http://www.medela.us/
    Event is Sunday August 5th 2012 from Noon-4pm at The Wilshire Ebell
 
2) Link to event website with more info....
 
3)  Event Highlights - tickets available at   http://boobie-palooza.eventbrite.com/
 
Throughout the Day:
*Panel Discussions -link to panelists - http://www.boobie-palooza.com/?page_id=1251
 
    *Panel #1 - Myths of Breastfeeding - featuring Dr. Harvey Karp, Wendy Haldeman, Dr. Rachel Kramer and Louise Tellalian - moderator Peg Moline Editor-in-Chief of Fit Pregnancy
 
    *Panel #2 - Myths of Pregnancy - featuring Ricki Lake, Dr. Stuart James Fischbein, Dr. Yvonne Bohnn - moderator Dr. Elliot Berlin
 
*Lactation Lounge hosted by The Pump Station breastfeeding experts
 
*Pamper Lounge hosted by Berlin Wellness
 
*Beer Garden (Free) - for dads (and moms too :)
 
*Jenny Bec's Kidz Zone - featuring Kidville's Rockin Railroad, Book readings by Books and Cookies, music from Birdie's Playhouse, magician from Phillip & Henry, face painter from Jamaican Beaded Wraps, crafts/activities etc
 
*Interactive Gear Zone powered by ClubMomMe
 
*Green Zone
 
*Book Nook - sponsored by Books and Cookies
 
*Red Carpet
 
*Our Amazing Vendor Partners have donated Over $80,000 in swag and raffle prizes!!!!
 
*Nation-wide "Nurse In" - women breastfeeding all at one time from 3-4 come for free - featuring Dr. Harvey Karp, Wendy Haldeman, Katie Hamilton ("Lacstravaganza" Breastfeeding Rights Advocate) and Jamie Lynne Grumner (Time Magazine Breastfeeding Mom) - to register - http://nurse.eventbrite.com/
 
National Media Sponsor - Fit Pregnancy
Local Media Sponsors - Red Tricycle, The Bump, Momangeles
Our PR- our newsletter (14,300 people) - social media from us and all of our 40+ sponsors
 
Also in attendance Stefanie Wilder Taylor author/actreess/host of NickMoms new TV show airing this fall - she will be filming moms throughout the day to use footage for future episodes! 
Friday, April 6, 2012

New Arrival: aden + anais organic crib sheets

Made from the same organic cotton muslin we have come to know and love in their baby blankets, aden + anais has created a new line of crib sheets.  Extremely soft and lightweight, the organic crib sheet collection is available in 3 prints (snugglebug, starstruck, and oasis) along with pure white. 

Both the blankets & crib sheets are made from muslin, an open weave fabric perfectly suited for warmer spring and summer months. 

For a complete gift set, pair an aden + anais crib sheet with one of the many coordinating organic swaddle blanket designs.  Crib sheet retail $39.95.  Swaddle blanket retail $26.00.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Eco-Friendly Spring Arrivals for Baby

For Spring or anytime, new arrivals in eco-friendly baby gifts. 

Apple Park Organic Cotton Corduroy Baby Bunnies - bunnies are available in six springtime colors - white, benny, carrot, cloud, cocoa, and pink.  Retail: $19.95

Apple Park Organic Musical Baby Bird Pull Toy - pull the top of the bird shell and a sweet lullaby song plays until the shells closes.  Available in yellow, pink, or blue.  Retail: $29.95

Apple Park - Bunny's Garden Book No. 2 - The latest in a series of books from Apple Park. The Picnic Pals help bunny plant a garden and learn the value of helping and sharing with friends. Retail: $8.50


To shop these and other organic baby gifts, visit www.organicbabygiftboutique.com
Thursday, February 9, 2012

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery


Written by: Maria Wen Adcock, BiculturalMama.com

Eco-friendly nurseries not only provide babies with safe and non-toxic environments, but also help sustain the earth by minimizing carbon footprints. Infants are particularly susceptible to toxins from baby products that used chemicals during the manufacturing process. When considering an eco-friendly nursery, look for items made of natural and organic materials.

Furniture
For cribs, dressers, bookcases and other furniture, search for products using certified sustainable wood or reclaimed materials. Avoid furniture made with pressed-woods, plywood, particle board, and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) as they often use resins and glues containing high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Though plastic furniture is typically lighter in weight and less expensive than natural or recycled materials, parents should steer clear of these as well. Plastics are made from petroleum which can be toxic and do not easily break down when disposed of.

Mattresses/Pads
Avoid mattresses, changing pads, and mattress pads that contain vinyl, PVC, phthalates, latex and polyurethane foam. Regular mattresses are typically treated with fire retardants, a substance banned in children’s clothing during the 1970’s due to harmful and potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Regular exposure to these toxins can accumulate in bodies and alter the endocrine and nervous systems.

Bedding
Since babies spend the majority of their first few months sleeping, it is important to ensure all products are safe that directly contact their delicate skin. Use organic 100% cotton crib sheets, blankets, and other bedding since conventional cotton crops are heavily treated with pesticides. For toddlers and kids using pillows, find those filled with natural stuffing such as untreated wool and organic cotton.

D├ęcor
Many parents prefer wall decals to decorate baby’s room since these products provide stick-and-peel ease and do not damage walls. Make sure decals are made of non-vinyl eco-friendly materials which will be free of PVCs. When decorating beds and shelves with stuffed animals and toys, organic materials are the best option as babies put everything in their mouths. These earth-friendly materials also breakdown much quicker than synthetic materials in landfills.

Organic Baby Gift Boutique holds these safety and eco-friendly considerations in mind when determining selections to offer parents. For a comprehensive collection of organic and natural products, please visit www.OrganicBabyGiftBoutique.com.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Episencial's 3-Step Approach to Healing Eczema

We receive many questions on natural and organic skincare products suitable for baby eczema.  I personally recommend the all-natural episencial brand, which has a 3-step process to healing problematic areas.  3-step information is provided by episencial's skincare experts. 

step 1 - bathe
AM - Wash baby with mild, non-irritating Playful Foaming Wash as needed
PM - Use Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath for nighttime bath.

step 2 - nurture
AM/PM - Apply Soothing Cream to eczematic area to heal and balance skin, and prevent future breakouts.

If skin is very dry and flakey, we recommend two products.  First, replenish moisture with Soothing Cream, a water-based product to hydrate and rebalance the dermal ecosystem.  Then lock moisture in with Better Body Butter, an oil-based formula, made with olive oil, shea and cocoa butters!

Note: Soothing Cream contains neem oil which may cause a tingling sensation on open wounds.  If your child has open wounds please use the regimen below until open wounds have healed.

step 3 - protect

AM - Apply Protective Face Balm SPF 6 to eczematic areas.
PM - Apply Nurturing Balm to irritated areas in the evening.
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