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The Ultimate Green Store Bracelet

The Ultimate Green Store Review

Being friendly to our environment is quite important these days, so many companies and people trying to re-purpose and re-cycle things.  Combine that with the most teen craved product- bracelets – and self expression and you’ve got the ultimate gift for any teen!  I greatly love that the bracelet is so easily customized!  It seems self expression is and always will be a top priority for people and this bracelet allows a good bit of that!

A few months ago I asked Monkey (18) what the cool thing for the teens was at the moment.  Being an amazingly verbal teenager, she replied with the most unique answer ever, “I dunno.”  Oh, how I love that little pain in my neck.  LOL.  Later on, she came back and told me that bracelets where one could change the words to whatever they wanted was the ‘in’ thing.  Problem is, most bracelets like that you have to buy the letters individually, costing a lot of money if you’d like to change the words!  Most people tend to get a few then leave them for the duration, til they get tired of the letters and throw them out.  With this bracelet, one can change the words every day if they wanted to!  It comes with 75 letters, 10 numbers and 15 little icon buttons and the font is totally fun and perfect!  The pieces are super easy to pop on and off of the bracelet and you don’t have to worry about them stretching out and not fitting again, as the plastic immediately takes it’s original shape again after you put on or take off a piece.  😀  You can even get different color bracelets so that here is plenty of self expression!  LOL

From The Ultimate Green Store

Kit Includes:

  • One Bracelet
  • 100 element charms

Got something to say?

This cool completely customizable bracelet, made of 100% recycled scrap materials, gives you the letters and symbols to say it! Make a statement about the planet, your true love or whatever happens to be on your mind. Adjustable bracelet easily fits most wrist and ankle sizes. Let your creativity run wild with sets which give you duplicates of the most popular letters plus cool icons so you can say just about anything.

Shains are recycled accessories that encourage and empower people to make their own statements and change them whenever they want! Shainsware, the company, is dedicated to producing eco-friendly products that are useful and empowering. They donate a percentage of net profits to environmental organizations. Shains products are made of recycled and recyclable parts and everything Shains produces is certified lead free. Shains packaging is also recycled and recyclable.

Starter Kits are the best way to get started with Shains.  This Kit is equipped with a Recycled Bracelet and 100 Elements including 75 letters, 10 numbers, and 15 cool icons making it easier than ever to wear your message right on your wrist.

Key Earth-Friendly Facts:

  • Shainsware products are made of recycled materials
  • Bracelets & Cuffs are made of recycled TRE (Thermoplastic Elastomer, a rubber)
  • Elements are made of recycled ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
  • Packaging is made of recycled papers and bards are polypropylene  (the least harmful plastic to the environment)
  • Shains are recyclable when you are ready to go and get new ones.

Colors: Black, Sky, Concrete, Sun, Earth, Grass, Orchid, Poppy, Vanilla, Lake, Strawberry, and Pink.

S.H.A.I.N.S. (State How Action Is a Necessary Solution): ‘say it wear it mean it’.

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About The Ultimate Green Store

As the ultimate web-based destination for eco-conscious shoppers, The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! We also have an incredible collection of gifts for any occasion and you may personalize your shopping experience by creating a wishlist or custom gift registry for your special event!

We carry products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind. Many of these companies are amongst the most socially responsible companies around. We also carry some green products made by companies that did not start out with environmental concerns in mind, but now realize the importance of sustainable practices and production in launching green lines within their category. We hope that in supporting these manufacturers, they will continue to move in this positive direction.

At the Ultimate Green Store, you will find that shopping green is hardly a sacrifice. Quite to the contrary, you will find beautiful, cool, hip, colorful, fun, effective, beautifully smelling, quality products that stand on their own. And, if you want to learn more, we have provided you with information about each manufacturer and their lines so that you can better understand the benefits to you and our planet of all the different products we offer.

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Originally posted 2013-12-06 09:11:37.

The First Christmas Night

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What a special story, that will be told forever!  I love the way this book was written, seems like it brings God back into a poem.  Nothing like making a story lyrical to remember it!  I don’t think that this story could ever be told too many times, and I love hearing the different ways from such creative authors!
About
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.  The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town

not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.

The moon shining bright in the heavens so high

gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.

The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places

with looks of contentment on each of their faces.

About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith is on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
 
About the Illustrator 

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!

 

The First Christmas Night 

Written by: Keith Christopher

Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki

Publisher: Ideals Books

Hardcover: 32 pages
$16.99

Originally posted 2013-12-05 09:12:22.

Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

The Sparkle Box

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Let me start this review with a confession: I had heard of this book before.  Last year, somewhere around Christmas, I heard an interview with the author on Focus on The Family.  It really touched my heart and I’ve literally thought about it all year long.  The author’s goal seemed to truly be the lesson the book teaches: to give to others.

It is not often that I am inspired by a children’s book.  I read the book in order to do the review and had to force myself to come in and write.  Not because the task is so daunting, but because the book has me so inspired I don’t want to sit down and write.  I want to do something.  Anything.  Make bread for the shelters, donate, something!  Not simply to fill a box, but to make a difference in someone’s life.  One of my favorite scriptures, and one my husband and I remind each other of constantly is this:  “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Matthew 25:40 KJV. 

This book will not only teach your children the joy of helping others, but it will make you want to go out and help someone else, anyone else.  My family has taught me throughout the years to help others.  Even my little brother who seems to be on a poor attempt at running from God has reminded me through his actions to do whatever I can to help others.  When we were kids we went through a period where our Mom couldn’t afford to pay the bills, much less provide for Christmas.  That year, a man we had never heard of, came to our home with a basket of fruit and a gift for my brother and I.  I don’t remember what my brother got, but I got a curling iron gift set.  I’ve never been a girly girl, don’t even know if I ever actually used that set, but what I do know is that I hold that as one of my fondest memories.  It was a great lesson and has been a constant inspiration for me to help others throughout my life.  Granted, I don’t wish that upon anyone, but the lesson could never be the same.  The closest I’ve seen to something teaching this lesson is this book.

About The Sparkle Box 

A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas

Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s mom explains that the things that they’ve been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him.

Author Bio

Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.

Illustrator Bio

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life.  After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Originally posted 2013-11-19 10:07:11.

1 Girl Nation CD Review

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About 1 Girl Nation

Landing in the space where One Direction meets TobyMac, 1 Girl Nation is an exciting blend of upbeat pop music, with lyrics that are totally focused on living life for God, even while you’re young. 1GN, as they’ve already been dubbed, stars Carmen, Kayli, Kelsey, Lauryn Taylor and Lindsey, five girls with a passion for telling their fans about Christ through their music. Their first single, “While We’re Young,” can be heard on radio stations across the country and their self-titled debut album is available now!

img3.2My Thoughts

Even after reading the description above, I expected to hear something that I really couldn’t enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised.  1 Girl Nation has a sound that reminds me of a mixture of 80’s girl bands, modern day secular music, and a hint of contemporary Christian wrapped up in a praise and worship band.  As their pictures suggest, their music is fun and joyful.  With their primary target audience being pre-teen, teens, and young adults I think 1 Girl Nation should be on their way to the top!  I don’t think it will be long before they are being blasted all over Christian radio stations.  They sing songs that make you feel good but aren’t like the typical music you hear.  It wasn’t far into the CD before I was bobbing my head and enjoying the music.

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Originally posted 2013-11-16 06:23:20.

Begin Again Artist Kit

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For Your Bug a Boo has some awesome products!  With so many to choose from, it took me a while to come to a decision!  There are so many things that will hit the spot on my gift list!  One such product is the Begin Again Artist Kit.

The Artist on the Go Kit is a great kit to keep the kids busy while in waiting for appointments, travelling or even in restaurants. Made for ages 3 and up, the Artist on the Go kit comes with a notepad, crayons, a 6 inch ruler, 4 stencils and 2 pencils all neatly packed in a convenient carrying case they won’t need Mommy to carry! Of course, when they do decide it’s just too heavy, it will fit easily in a diaper bag or medium/large purse. The stencils are made of a thick, hard cardboard so they are durable enough to stand up to the kids developing artistic talent! There are convenient little pockets to hold the crayons and pencils as well as an extra pocket on each side of the exterior. The carrying case is made of 100% cotton and is surface washable.

The case is well made and seems like it will stand up to some abuse. It’s very cute and perfect for on the go travel. I love that it is so light weight and can’t get over how convenient it is! The material is a little thicker than a tee, more similar to canvas. There isn’t much more I can possibly say about it, I honestly have no complaints to report about it. I think it would be a perfect gift for any boy or girl and it’s always good to encourage their creativity! While it is maroon and off-white, one could easily personalize it by adding an iron on of their initial or something they love. Of course, without it they are sure to love it just as much!!!

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Ages: 3 years and older

A complete art kit for families on the go. This natural cotton carry case with built in crayon holster, pencil holders and pockets is fully equipped with a 6″x9″ recycled paper notepad, 10 soy crayons, 5 drawing stencils including a 6″ ruler (metric and inches), 2 wood pencils, and plenty of storage! Perfect  for restaurants when waiting for your food, airports, and road trips. This 8″x10″ carry case fits in a baby bag and has built in handles for the little ones to carry proudly.

Originally posted 2013-11-05 21:44:07.

Audrey Bunny: A Great Kid’s Story Book

Audrey_Bunny_coverI must really be getting soft these days because Audrey Bunny almost made me cry.  LOL.  It’s such a sweet story!  It reminds us all that those little flaws we fear are sometimes just what other people love about us!  Audrey Bunny is a beautiful story about a bunny who had an imperfection which made her feel like she could never be loved.  A very good reminder of how we are so very loved!

Included in the book is a Parent Connection in the back so that you can interact with your child a little more about the story.  It shares some good talking points and I think that any little girl would love to have this book read to them over and over again!  It will keep you all grounded in knowing that you are special, no matter what flaw you think makes you unlovable you are not!  I think that this story is a great confidence builder and is especially great to help with insecurities!

Audrey Bunny

From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She’ll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.

About the Author

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), best-selling author of MendedI Will Carry You, and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.

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Written by: Angie Smith

Publisher: B&H Publishing

Hardcover with jacket:  32 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2013
$14.99

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Originally posted 2013-10-29 00:01:32.

Green Golly & Her Golden Flute

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What an adorable and fun little book!  I love the story they have created in this one!  It made my imagination go wild!  That’s always great in a story!  This book stands out from others in that it has a CD and story stickers.  The CD tells the story along with a flute accompaniment while the story stickers enable you to use a mobile device or computer to listen to the story and hear the music as they go from page to page.  Each book comes with a CD, or the disc can be purchased separately.

Having won the 2011 Parents Choice Gold Award and getting rave rewards across the board, this story is one you’ll want to enjoy with the little ones over and over again!  The book can be purchased on the website and will be available on Amazon after the book is available for sale (October 15, 2013).

About The Book

The book was written and performed by Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel and illustrated by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda.

For Ages 4-10

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Eifrig Publishing

SRP: $19.99

Length: 52 page book, 57 minute audio

The Green Golly Project – Green Golly and her Golden Flute 

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Originally posted 2013-10-15 00:01:00.

Imagination Play: Kaskey Kids Sports Toys Review & 20% Discount

Imagination Play: Kaskey Kids Sports Toys Review & 20% Discount Kaskey Kids makes adorable Sports Action Figurines.  You can get an entire kit of baseball, soccer (boys or girls), football or hockey.  The pieces areadorable and for a sport’s fan, it’s great fun to set up and play!  That’s why this one is making our 2013 Christmas Gift List!Imagination Play: Kaskey Kids Sports Toys Review & 20% Discount

The figurines aren’t limited to just toys, you can also use them to decorate for parties, bedroom decor, or even on cakes!  I love these little toys!  The fact that I can use them for decoration and then the kids can go crazy with them is quite pleasing!  No money wasted!  Our little soccer star will be having her birthday party full of soccer, no doubt, so the toys turning to decorations is definitely going to be a plus!  Of course, if your little future athlete is into football, basketball, hockey or some other sport, they’ve got plenty!

They are well made and you won’t regret buying them!  Well worth the money for the hours and hours of fun that will come out of them!  I love that the kids can work out plays with them also, for the more serious sports fanatics it’s a great way to visualize plays.

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Originally posted 2013-10-10 00:01:42.

Tego Audio- Sound You’ll Love!

IMG_4733With music being such an incredibly important part of our society, it’s crucial to be able to have great speakers!  Between that and the incredibly mobile world we live in, Tego Audio has created the product you aren’t going to want to miss!

The Cera Wireless Portable Speaker has amazing sound from such a small speaker!  You can connect via bluetooth or USB to enjoy your tunes wherever you are!  With a reach of up to 35 feet, you can wirelessly play your music as you go from room to room or work in your garden!

A perfect Christmas gift or treat for yourself!  Super simple to use so that even the newest of technology users can use it but those adept will love it too!  If you wanna get one now, or anything else from Tego Audio, use the code below for 20% off!

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Originally posted 2013-10-07 00:01:38.