Eco-Friendly Sand Toys.

Spring is finally here, and it will be summer soon, so it’s finally time to spend most of your day outside and enjoy the warm and sunny weather.

My topic today is about Beach, Sand Toys. I have been searching for the safe, eco-friendly beach toys from the time Sophia was born and found a few really well-made and affordable sets that we have been using for a year already.

I guess a lot of you heard about the toxic materials, plastic which has been used in kids toys and it makes me really sad, because our kids don’t deserve to play with poison toys, especially babies who takes everything in their mouth. When you walk in any toy store you can easily find a bunch of sand toys for the reasonable price. I actually recently got some cheap shovels in Michael’s for the playground. ( we have a playground in our neighborhood where you can leave some sand toys for the kids to play). Few of them broke at the first day, so no more cheap shovels for us.

To be honest, it’s not hard to find the safe and affordable sand toys for your kids, you just need to do a little research and there are a few brands who makes really cool and well-made, eco-safe toys.

 

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1. Zoë b Organic Biodegradable Beach Toys, 18 Months

Let me tell you a little bit about these toys:

1. They are made in US, not China.

2. Made of Mireland; bioplastic made from corn, not petroleum. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC.

3. Biodegrades in salt or fresh water, compost, or soil in 2 3 years (not 500 years like regular plastic).

They are a little pricey, but believe me, they worth it. These are my favorite beach toys. They are well-made, unique design and very comfortable for kids to play with.

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2.Hape Sea Creatures Sand Moulds

I love this brand and we have plenty of toys from them. Hape materials and finishes are all non toxic, child safe, and of the highest quality. These toys are pretty affordable too, I would say the same price as the toxic plastic sand toys in the regular toy’s store. We got different sets of them and Sophia enjoys playing with these colorful beach toys. One of her favorite one is: Hape Ice Cream Shop. She loves making ice cream for everybody.

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Just a little warning: IKEA has the same set of beach toys, but this set is not from HAPE!!!!So if you see it in IKEA, don’t be fooled, the price difference is maybe 1 or 2$, but it’s better to pay more and make sure your kids use safe toys.

Hape also have these cute sets that I am planning to get:

Hape – Sand & Sun – Beach Basics – Bucket, Sifter, Rake and Shovel

Hape Hape Collection Master Bricklayer Set

Hape – Sand & Sun – Watering Can in Yellow

Hape Hape Collection Baker’s Trio
So these are our favorite kid’s friendly sand toys which we like and use a lot.

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What’s in my Mommy Bag?

It’s been a while since my daughter was a baby and the inside of my diaper bag changed a few times. Sophia is 3 now, and my ‘diaper bag’ calls ‘mommy bag’ now, because first of all there is no diapers in our life for at least one year already. The traditional diaper bag changed to the regular woman purse, but comfortable enough to fit all the kid’s stuff in it. I am really happy to have some good looking purse, not just the huge diaper bag full of diapers, pacifier, toys, baby bottles etc.

My idea is to share the inside of my ‘mommy bag’, the most important things that I usually have with me when we are out of house. Sometimes the things change, but this is top 9, what I always have.

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1. Rule number 1: never leave the house with no extra set of changing clothes for your kid!!!!

The set of changing clothes. It’s always in my bag and changes by season. Usually it’s a pair of leggings or tights, underwear and  a long or short sleeves shirt.

2. Headband.

Holiday Bloom Headband by Polarn O. Pyret.  This is the only one headband that fits my daughter’s head, doesn’t come off and is well made. All the girls love hair accessories, and I always have some headbands or bows in my bag.

3. Sunscreen Lotion.

I tried different kinds of sunscreen lotions for my daughter but this one works the best so far.

Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen SPF 30, 3 Ounce

Smooth on this gentle, hypo-allergenic lotion for baby-safe, broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection that’s good for the whole family. The water-resistant SPF 30 formula features non-absorbing mineral sun filters that stay on the skin’s surface to defend against harmful rays. Contains no chemical sunscreens, parabens, gluten or PABA. It doesn’t have any smell. ( I hate the smell of the regular sunscreen lotion). It’s not greasy and totally rubbed in.

4. Lipgloss.

Lipgloss is my “musthave” piece of make up every day. If I don’t have time to put my make up on in the morning at least, I can make my lips look fresh and pretty.

Korres Lipgloss.
Cherry Oil Lip Gloss is a full color, lip conditioning gloss with a non-sticky texture that softens and cares for lips and provides a high-shine finish. Cherry Oil hydrates the lips while vitamins E and C offer antioxidant benefits. It doesn’t have any harmful ingredients and takes care of your lips making them soft and smooth.

5. Potty Wet Wipes.

Earth’s Best Organic Flushable Wipes, 50 Count (Pack of 12)

Earth’s Best TOTS Chlorine Free: Flushable Wipes: Chlorine-free, Natural aloe vera and vitamin E formula, Makes potty training easy and better for the enviornment, Hypoallergenic, Unscented, Alcohol-free, 75% less packaging than a plastic tub, Flushable mess-free! 50 wipes.

We started using them when Sophia was in the process of potty training but these wipes are the best wipes for the little kids on the market, so we use them all the time now.

6.  First Aid Kit for Kids.

MediBuddy – First Aid Kit by me4kidz – Medi Buddy (Assorted Color)

This kit is something every mom should have. It’s not so much that the products included (cute bandaids, a few antiseptic wipes, some antibiotic ointment, a little gauze and some bigger bandages for skinned knees) are fantastic – they’re just run-of-the mill stuff – but having a handy portable kit like this that you can easily re-fill with some additional antiseptic wipes (a need) and extra bandaids in additional sizes can be a lifesaver when you’re out and about and the unexpected happens.

7. Wet sanitizing wipes.

Cleanwell All Natural Hand Sanitizing Pocket Pack Wipes, 10-count Resealable Package (Pack of 8)

Cleanwell All Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes help to get rid of germs and dirt easily. Great for on-the-go; open, remove wipe and rub over hands. Cleanwell products are based on a patented formulation of natural thyme oil that kills germs. CleanWell products do not contain alcohol, triclosan, or benzalkonium chloride. This natural formulation is safe for kids and great for sensitive skin.

8. Snack reusable bag.

Resnackit Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag, Pink/Green/Brown

Reduce, Reuse and ReSnackIt. ReSnackIt reusable snack and sandwich bags are giving families the chance to dramatically reduce the amount of non-recyclable trash they produce each week. ReSnackIt is made with 100% cotton and an undyed nylon lining that contains no lead, no vinyl (PVC), no phthalates and no BPA. They have a folder over design that is snugly secured by hook and loop closure keeping contents and freshness inside. ReSnackIt is perfect for your on the go eats and an easy-to-use accessory for little fingers. Moms love being able to wash ReSnackIt reusable bags in the washing machine and dryer; Kids and adults love the cool designs.

This one is not the best snack bag, but we still use it a lot.

9. Water Bottle.

Klean Kanteen 12 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sport Cap 2.0 – Be Green

Klean Kid Kanteen 12oz. with Sport Cup 2.0 Every new parent wants to make sure their baby’s environment is as healthy as possible. Klean Kanteen can help with that. It’s BPA-free polypropylene and integrates seamlessly with our 12oz Klean Kanteen Classic bottle. The bottle is made from 18/8, food-grade stainless steel that’s totally free of BPA and other toxins. Because stainless steel itself is safe, they don’t need to coat the inside of the bottle with a plastic or epoxy lining, which is one of the main differences between a stainless steel Klean Kanteen and aluminum bottles. Food-grade stainless steel is used in the brewing, food and winemaking industries too. It’s the material of choice because it doesn’t retain or impart flavors.

The best water bottles on the market. We all have these bottles in our family.

It was a little piece of my “mommy bag” and what we can’t live without. Share your thoughts and experience about “must have” items in your purse.