Categories: Eco Friendly

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the time of the year to honor the woman who gave us the most. Bamboo Wall Art makes a great Mother’s Day present. Just choose your favorite photo of you and mom and upload. Customize with a variety of sweet designs. In addition to bamboo’s wide-ranging green qualities, Paper Culture plants a tree with each order, so it’s a win win. Click here for details. But perhaps you want to go even more DIY and make something from scratch for mom. Here are some easy ideas that will be sure to put a smile on her face.

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The Ever Evolving Crib

We at Paper Culture are all about raising our children green from Day 1. Whether by choosing eco diapers or finding innovative cribs that grow with our children, we love finding products that make it easy. But what about once your child finally outgrows that crib? Our friends over at Lil Sugar have put together a collection of repurposed cribs from creative mothers and scavengers.

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Monkey Around in a Pop-Up Forest AirHotel

Opening their doors for business this May in the UK is the AirHotel, part theater, part treehouse, all fun. Designed by the Time Circus, a Belgian artist collective, AirHotel lets visitors spend a night in the forest on the ground or in the air. This new type of Bed & Breakfast features tree-climbing room service staff, aerial hostesses to cater to your needs, and live performances throughout the night.

Like any nice resort, AirHotel features a Wellness Machine Room complete with sauna and bar. And one pod, the “Drop” room can be lowered down to the ground for anyone feeling dizzy up in the trees. We’re not usually looking for quite such a circus in our getaways, but the creative design and unique take on forest living has got us hooked. AirHotel is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and stays are limited to one night only.

 

Eco-Emi’s Green Goods of the Month Club

A slew of startups, from Birchbox to TestTube are allowing ladies to sample new beauty products monthly. You sign up for a subscription (anywhere from $10-$50) and get a surprise box with a selection of miniature or fullsize samples to try out monthly or quarterly. We tried out Birchbox, and were disappointed by the small size of the samples. (Why pay for free samples?) Although most people don’t need more toiletries to fill their beauty kits, it’s a fun service that feels like getting a surprise present in the mail every few weeks.

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Life Edited Simplifies Our Lives

Having just made a major move, I spent the last two months getting rid of most of my belongings, selling stuff, giving stuff away. It was a big realization for me of just how much I had accumulated in such a short amount of time. I had the space, so naturally I filled it. While it was very therapeutic to unload physical stuff, it was also very cumbersome. I made a decision to really start really thinking about my future purchases. Before buying anything new I would ask myself, is this going to take up a lot of space? Will I really use this? And is it worth the money? Buying for my new life, I hope to keep things pretty trim.

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Get a move on with the fitbit ultra!

I am walking everywhere — to the bank and to the post office — I am doing this all because of my Fitbit Ultra. The Fitbit Ultra is a super tricked-out pedometer that measures your daily steps and wirelessly tracks your efforts on your computer. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone take 10,000 steps a day. I thought that as a busy Mom, who is continually running in circles, cleaning and putting away toys, I was walking way more than that. But I got my fitbit and soon realized that I was only doing around 5,000 steps a day, which is what most people do. Now that I have my fitbit, I have become obsessed with taking 10K+ steps a day. It is amazing how it just takes a little extra stroll to get to 10k. Now I make a point of parking further away from the door to the supermaket and I will walk through the front door as opposed to the closer side entrance of my condo. [read more]

Furniture that Grows with your Baby

 

From maternity clothes to baby toys, unless you have a repeat pregnancy, it’s often difficult to reuse the many things necessary to purchase when having a child. One company, Gro Furniture, is trying to reverse that, at least when it comes to baby furniture. They’ve developed two special cribs designed to be used for generations, which many uses in-between.

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Tesla Model X Review: Cooler than a Minivan, Roomier than an SUV

One of our most popular Facebook posts this year was when we posted pictures of the then just announced Tesla Model X. I remember the post because we debated internally whether you, our awesome community, really wanted to hear about a car. Well, after the enthusiastic response, not only are we glad we posted, but we decided to do some more investigation. We sent our intrepid reporter, Baby B to the seen for one of the first public unveilings of the Model X this weekend at Santana Row in San Jose, CA. (apologies for the less than professional photos – hopefully it just adds to the authenticity ;))

Tesla Model X with Reporter Baby B
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Bamboo Water Bottle – Cool!

At Paper Culture, we have a love affair with bamboo (see our bamboo wall art). That’s why we got excited when we discovered this bamboo water bottle from the Bamboo Bottle Company. It works for both hot and cold drinks, is BPA-free (yeah!) and it doesn’t leave that funny water bottle taste in your drink. And while we’re stealing a quote from their site, yes, we WILL drink to that! Did we mention how we love that it’s made from bamboo? For those of you who haven’t heard us talk about bamboo before, it’s one of the most amazing plants on the planet. In a single day it can grow taller than our CEO’s 4 year old daughter (Baby B – no, that doesn’t stand for Bamboo, but he’ll have to discuss that with his wife). It produces more oxygen per square foot than trees (though we love trees too), requires no pesticides to grow and it sure does look good too!

Available at online stores everywhere including Amazon: http://goo.gl/0bcvY.

Instant popsicles are the perfect last minute holiday gift. I swear.

We are getting close to the Chanukah/Christmas finish line and I still have some outstanding presents. I try to plan ahead and buy gifts throughout the year when I see something interesting. I find it stressful to shop at the last minute. I don’t like to end up with gifts that are just ‘meh.’ But my planning is far from perfect. Sometimes, I end up a lot of Melissa and Doug cupcake decorating kits, or red moleskine notebooks, when I really need something for the whole family.
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