Yearly Archives: 2010



Happy Holidays

We have been super busy building snowmen and eating cookies! I can’t wait to share some news, recipes and cool products next week! I will be in touch soon! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday too!!

Flavor of the Week-Mally Bibs!

I am hoping that my sister in law doesn’t have time to read our Flavor of the Week this week:) I am writing about a present  that I have gifted often, used myself and am sending to the youngest weaner in our family for Christmas, the awesome MALLY BIB! I never could understand why mamas even bothered to put a cloth bib on a baby, its not like it is any easier to wash a bib than it is to wash an under shirt. I have changed my stubborn ways. I love Mally Bibs. They use a magnet to stay on, instead of the dreaded ‘hair caught in the tie’ strings.  Their designs will rock any babies world and they are reversible! These bibs don’t have to go into the dishwasher to get clean, you can just wipe them down with a cloth or even throw it in the dish water!! In all my Christmas craziness I am happy to see gifts that are useful and practical.  Every weaner needs a beautiful bib! The best thing about these bibs is that you don’t need extras for the days you don’t do the laundry.  You can just wash this quickly after each meal and wear it for the next. Genius? Yes, I think so! To personalize your gift Mally will customize them for you too! I am never on the ball for things like this but will do it for the next baby!! Have a product that you think would be a great Flavor of the Week, contact me, melissa@weangreen.com!

Flavor of the Week-This Little Piggy’s House!!

Still looking for the PERFECT Christmas gift?? I am in LOVE with This Little Piggy’s House Cardboard Playhouses! These houses are the perfect size for your busy toddler.  You can get them in colorable white, brown kraft or even have them hand painted by a Californian artist! My little artists will be coloring the white house on Christmas day! Or if you are really creative see if you can make a gingerbread house like the one pictured above!! “Playhouse walls are constructed with 275 pound corrugated cardboard to withstand huffs and puffs from big bad wolves” and are made with recycled materials in California!! These beautiful playhouses were designed by an Architect dad who saw a need for eco friendly toys and filled it! Calgary friends, you can see one of these beauties set up on display at Monkey Shines Books in Marda Loop! To order in Canada contact Grassy Knees, hello@grassyknees.ca to find out what retailer is closest to you! Ordering from the US? Go straight to the source! you can order from This Little Piggy’s House website! Have a product that you think would be a great Flavor of the Week, contact me, melissa@weangreen.com!

Flavor of the Week-ROCKABYE BABY

I love my weaners and I would do anything for them EXCEPT listen to kids music all day (Bobs & Lolo isn’t officially kids music in our house)!! Luckily for them, I ran into ROCKABYE BABY in Las Vegas at the ABC Kids Expo and they handed me a couple of discs!! My personal favorite, none other than the Green Day renditions!!! Babies love it, toddlers love it, school aged kids love it and best of all I LOVE IT!! I love playing guess the song in the car with the lullabies.  I also love how 9 times out of 10 it puts the baby to sleep! Not a Green Day fan (mom), then you can browse from their huge selection including The Beatles, Bon Jovi (who doesn’t love Bon Jovi??), Elvis, Pearl Jam and the one that I am ordering next, No Doubt!!!! Is this not the coolest company you have seen? With gift certificates, a huge selection of music, apparel and free gift wrapping, ROCKABYE BABY would make the perfect gift for even the smallest music lovers in your life! Go to their store today!! Have a product that you think would be a great Flavor of the Week, contact me, melissa@weangreen.com!

Game On! Snow Rumble Competition!

Wondering why I haven’t returned any calls or emails for the past 4 days? I had to practice my SnowRumble: Babybot vs. Monster skills so I could put out a little challenge to all of you lovelies! Although my competetive nature said “BOOYAHHH” to everyone who missed their chance at the 5% promo code for successfully whooping the first level of SnowRumble I was feeling a bit sad for those who wanted to purchase Wean Cubes for 5% off:( This is my cheap attempt at an apology:) I contacted Babybot and told them that I would give any player who beat me at the game 5% off Wean Cubes from their store. They have stepped up to the challenge and matched my discount. Yes that’s right folks, beat me at SnowRumble and you will be rewarded 10% off Wean Cubes until December 17th. Even better? For everyone who plays on Team Wean Green, you will be entered to win a Babybot/Wean Green gift set just in time for Christmas! I have also put out this challenge to some other lovely manufacturers that Babybot sells for! The larger team Wean Green is the bigger the chance that a Wean Green reader will win the gift set!! Read below for all the boring but extremely important info! How to play: 1. Download the game FOR FREE!! http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/snowrumble-babybot-vs-monster/id403376143?mt=8 2. Once you create your Posse, name it ‘Wean Green’ and then Your name- Mine is ‘Wean Green Mama’. **CHECKOUT BABYBOT’S INFO PAGE TO FIND OUT HOW TO PLAY!! 3. Remember to submit your high scores after you play! Go to the high scores area and submit your scores. 4. After you have submitted your high scores you can see where you stand on the online high scores!! If you figured out how to cheat and managed to hack your way into a higher score than mine, send me an email to info@weangreen.com and let me know your Posse Name. If I see that you indeed beat me I will email you back with your promo code.  If I discovered you were fibbing, watch for the giant snowball on your front window:) 5. Get your friends involved! Make sure everyone puts ‘Wean Green’ at the start of their posse name and together Team Wean Green will rock the world of manufacturers! If team Wean Green beats out all the other Babybot teams, all of our team members (regardless of their abilities or lack of) will be entered to win a Babybot gift set just in time for Christmas!! 6. Rate the game!!! You can rate the game on iTunes! Every person that rates this game 5 stars with a comment will be entered to win a limited edition Colin doll from Babybot & Monster Factory! Woot Woot. 6. Break a finger…ummm, I mean leg!

Flavor of the Week-Monster Factory’s Todd Movember Challenge

I have always had a secret crush on Todd. As a firm believer in Toddism I find this awkward, rockin’ monster a little…ummm…well….. cute?! Todd is a Monster Factory creation that makes me laugh every time  I look at him. Although Barbie will have nothing to do with him, my two little weaners love giving Todd a squeeze every once in a while (I think it is a sympathy squeeze, but nonetheless, he is loved in our house). As a true gentleman Todd is always thinking of creative ways to make the world a better place. This month Todd has signed up for Movember and his rather trying journey to grow a mustache has been documented in his very own Mo Space. Watch Todd take command of Movember in this short Monster Factory clip. Todd’s team released a statement on his behalf stating that, “Prostate cancer is the number one cancer affecting men – 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with it, but like most cancers, it’s highly curable if caught in the early stages. Movember is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health. The funds raised through Movember’s Canadian campaign go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada, which enables them to fund vital research that will lead to better screening tests and treatment options, and to run support services for men surviving prostate cancer.” Although I don’t doubt my ability to grow a stach as beautiful as Tood’s I have decided to continue waxing and instead just support Todd’s So for all of those of you that have decided to wax or shave this Movember, head on over to Movember Canada and give your support on Todd’s page!!!! Although I am not normally a jealous person I don’t know if I want to share Todd. You can however purchase your own Monster (there is an awesome line) over at Monster Factory!

Guest Recipe of the Week! Pear, Parsnip & Ginger Puree

Thank you so much to Kim Corrigan-Oliver from Your Green Baby for sharing her amazing recipe! Check out her website for tips on raising Your Green Baby! This is so delicious you will be steaming pears and parsnips to make an adult version of this puree. Hint – it makes a wonderful soup. I am a big believer in tickling tiny taste buds on a regular basis; you have to keep those little taste buds on their toes and by exposing your baby to a variety of tastes now may spell success at avoiding the picky eating stage. At nine months of age I challenge parents to add herbs and spices to their baby’s purees, it is such a wonderful way to tickle tiny taste buds and also provide an amazing amount of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals – yes herbs and spices are full of nutrition. Pear, Parsnip and Ginger Puree 9 to 12 months 2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped 3 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped ¼ tsp ginger Steam parsnips for 15 to 20 minutes, add pears and steam another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool slightly then puree with hand blender or in blender.  Add ginger and mix well. Nutritional Information Parsnips are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and manganese.  Pears provide a good source of vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A, niacin and potassium.  Ginger provides potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6. Hope your little ones enjoy it! Thank you so much to Kim from Your Green Baby for sharing her amazing recipe!

Free Shipping Promo!!

Christmas is coming faster than I am prepared for! This year we would like to make it a little easier for you to gift some Wean Cubes, we are so happy to cover your shipping for the months of November & December!  There are no special codes or anything, just checkout and enjoy the savings. Happy Shopping:)

A Pittance of Time-Lest We Forget

My daughter’s choir performed this beautifully yesterday. Amazing song.

Recipe of the Week-Slow Cooker Acorn Squash & Persimmon

Yes, thats right, Persimmons and Squash:) Squash is an awesome fall veggie and mixed with persimmons it gives it a sweeter taste.  So delicious! If you are making a really large batch throw some in the freezer to create some awesome sauces! Ingredients 1 large acorn squash, peeled and diced 3 persimmons, peeled and diced 1 cup water 1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. 2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 3. Puree. Yields Approximately: 3 cups