One mama's Perspective on Living Lightly on our Earth

Sharing information, products and experiences to help keep our children safe, green and happy!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Making Easy Organic Apple Sauce


 Some days it's easy to forget the simple things in life. Homemade organic apple sauce is by far one of the easiest kid-friendly foods to make from scratch. I just can't bring myself to pay for the jarred stuff when this tastes better, costs less and gets eaten warm off the stove. Yum! 

We go through numerous apples weekly but I always find some Organic BC ones on sale and stuff the fruit drawer. I have a sale addiction- I'll admit it. Once the best and the good apples are gone the bruised, beaten and dropped ones get peeled, cut and tossed into some boiling water. Simple.
Depending on the kind of apple you're using you might have to mash it up a bit with your stirring spoon. My mom always used one of those old fashioned hand potato mashers. I don't have one but they work perfectly! Macintosh just falls apart into perfect sauce. Galas are more prone to keeping their shape. Makes great baby food too and no question about what's in it!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

See Our Scuba Search in Action!

Abby Sprouts began as a way to help parents find safer and more eco-friendly options at an affordable price. We test our products in our home and we are going to be featuring the ones we *love* here! Read on for our coupon code to save $$$!

Here's our Sprig Scuba Search Toy in action!

Scuba man as he's called in our house is  made by Sprig Toys from recycled food grade plastics and reclaimed wood. The 5 piece set comes with a boat (zodiac style), character, scuba tanks, scuba mask and flippers! My daughter loves dumping him into the water and throwing him out of the tub. I love that there is no BPA, phthalates, PVC or lead paint to worry about. I hate the typical bath toys that get filled with water inside and go mouldy. Yuck! Then, the kids inevitably end up sucking the water out or squirting it into the bath. Scuba man and his boat even have a great wood scent. 

My little one is still using her tub over the kitchen sink and this fits great. The Dolphin Explorer Boat is a bit too big for now. I just don't when I'll unload my dishwasher once I have to bath her in the bathroom!

Until February 28, 2010 us coupon code: Looney

Save $1

Scuba Search Play Set on our website.

Scuba Man is yours for just $8.95

Monday, February 15, 2010

Kids+Paint=Creativity, Messes and Laughs

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Let's Make BC Pesticide Free

The Canadian Cancer Society is advocating to support the ban of sale and use of cosmetic pesticide in BC due to the cancer causing chemicals. Carcinogens in these pesticides are even more threatening to children. The worse part is these chemicals are unnecessary!

Is a golf course lawn really worth infecting our children and our planet? I think not.

Feel powerless? Don't!

You can email your MLA and Environment Minister Barry Penner to support the ban of sale and use of cosmetic pesticides in BC.

Join the Canadian Cancer Society Facebook page

Sign the petition

Read more and find even more actions steps at Pesticide Free

Take a step further than eliminating toxins in your own backyard and help to minimize these carcinogens in our entire province!

This is a short less than 4 minute video (worth watching)!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Just arrived today!

These 100% organic cotton T-Shirts and Onesies just arrived today. I love the cute green sayings!


Clean up the air- Inside!

Did you know that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoors?

Exposure to pollutants including VOC's (volatile organic compounds) and mould can be the result of poor air quality.

  • Remember to open your windows, even in the winter to let in fresh and cleanse your home of pollutants.
  • Quit smoking indoors (actually just quit)!
  • Don't store paint, solvent or varnishes in your home
  • Use low VOC paint 
  • Remember to dust and vacuum regularly (does dust actually appear with kids?)
  • Control Humidity and Allow ventilation!
See what Environment Canada has to say about indoor air polution