Wean Green Smack DOWN!

Melissa, July 2, 2012

Here is a little showing off. These are a few of our favorite smack down tests. This one was aired live on ABC 7 Chicago news! Our awesome Canadian Distributor, Soko, drops a container on the ground and loves the reaction;) These took a beating in the OhDeeDoh Test Lab. Check out the results here. And lastly, here is what we REALLY do on our work trips;)

Weantailer Spotlight-Sprout San Francisco

Melissa, July 1, 2012

Whether your in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City or on your computer you will have the opportunity to check out this amazing eco-friendly selection of baby products! Our top 10 reasons for this very public love fest. 5. Their founder, Suzanne, GETS IT!! This awesome mama has been invested in organic living for years and is now helping us mamas get to the bottom of providing our kids with the best! Read about her here. 4. Get a quick education online! Sprout San Francisco has plenty of info broken down into quick 101 classes on the topics that are relevant to you! With plenty Healthy Baby Guides including Bottles & Food Storage you will find it easy to make educated purchases. 3. Their EVENTS rock! Every time I have popped by to visit a Sprout San Francisco store I always hear giggling weaners in the back with smiling mamas. I love the entire store atmosphere that this creates! It is not a store that you simply go to for a baby present, it is a community of mothers that care! LOVE. 2. I don’t know how Sprout San Francisco does it BUT their staff is AMAZING! I would love to go to one of their staff parties;) We have yet to meet a staff member that isn’t wearing an ear to ear grin all day! 1. They believe in TAKING ACTION to protect our precious weaners! Check out their site to see what matters most to them and how YOU can help make a difference.  

Wean Idea-Cookie Cutter Storage

Melissa, June 26, 2012

An easy way to make sure your cookie cutters don’t slide all over your cupboard! Lock them up in a Lunch Cube.

Thai Coconut Curry Soup Recipe

Melissa, June 5, 2012

Ingredients: 1 can of coconut milk 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste 1 piece of ginger, grated 2 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced 4 cups of chicken stock 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 cup broccoli, chopped 1 large carrot, shredded, 1 cup red peppers, shredded ½ cup brean sprouts 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 1 pkg Rice noodles Instructions Scoop the heavy coconut cream out of the can into a large soup pot and set over medium-high heat until it melts. Add the curry paste and ginger and stir for a few minutes. Add the chicken and sauté until the chicken is cooked through. Add the remaining coconut milk and broth and bring to a boil. Add the lime, fish sauce, broccoli, carrot, red pepper, and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add the rice noodles, ensuring they are below the surface of the soup and let stand until noodles soften (around 5 minutes). Stir in the cilantro. Pour or spoon into Lunch Cubes and enjoy! Are you a picture person? You can see all the pictures from this recipe here.

Wean Ideas

Melissa, June 5, 2012

We love seeing all the unique and creative ways to use a Wean Green product. Watch every Tuesday to see some funky Wean Ideas! Have your own Wean Idea? Send it to Wean Green! If your Wean Idea is posted on the blog you will receive a $25 wean green bucks redeemable at www.weangreen.com. Have 10 Wean Ideas? Send in all 10, if we use them all you will get $250 wean green bucks! Bring on the Wean Ideas. SEND WEAN IDEAS TO info@weangreen.com. Please add Wean Idea into your subject line.  

Weantailer Spotlight-Eco Mom

Melissa, June 1, 2012

In a market full of disposables, harmful chemicals and convenience it is sometimes extremely difficult to find your way to the good products. Thankfully there are concerned individuals who take it upon themselves and their roles as business leaders that do the research and help us create educated opninions on the products that are good for our families. We are head over heels in LOVE with ecomom! Not only are they offering the best, healthiest and coolest products on the market they are also giving us all a cause to support…just by shopping! With the help of David Arquette (who, by the looks of this picture, does all the heavy lifting) they are organizing & donating to help feed children in America. Cheers to you ecomom!!

Wean Green Mama Travels WITH Weaners

Melissa, May 28, 2012

The pros of traveling alone: lots of sleep, long dinners with associates, uninterupted airplane movies (sometimes even with a glass of wine) a very quite hotel room…. The cons of traveling alone: I MISS MY FAMILY!! As you know from my little rant on traveling for work, I travel a lot! I LOVE bringing my family on some of these trips and find it has to be ridiculously organized to keep my sanity for this one;) Here are my tips: 1. Pack Snacks! Preferably in small, adorable tempered glass food containers. 2. Get Help. If you know you are working late or going to a kid-free zone, make sure you have the resources to find someone to help out with the kidlets! The hardest thing for my kids to learn the first time I started bringing them was that I was there for work, not a holiday. Let them know your plans and ensure you are prepared;) Even better-bring your husband! 3. Make it Fun. I try to take an extra day to hang with the kids without work. Normally we just lay on the beach or spend the day checking out local attractions. Low key, no computer! The days that I am working I make sure I can schedule breakfast in with the kids as well as a little pool time in the hotel. 4. Keep your cool. Traveling for work on your own is already stressful enough. The ‘missing’ trade show booths, late meetings and broken airplane t.v’s are all frustrating enough and when you add your kids into the mix you have to remember that YOU chose to bring them. They are still kids and will do things that will require parenting. Even with the added stress of working out of a 200 sq ft hotel room you are still mom (or dad)! 5. Set out the Law. When your traveling with mama you are working for mama. Behave or you will be fired. It works every time;) Check out our family/work photo albums. We managed to work every single day of each of these trips! Love these weaners! 🙂 ~Melissa

When there is no other option….

Melissa, May 14, 2012

Teaching kids to eat healthy is really easy….when there are no other options! As soon as the weather turns nice we are always packing up our picnics and heading outside. When you are packing your picnics (or even school lunches!) remember that if it is what is being offered your kids just may eat & love it. Do you have a picky eater? Check out some of these awesome resources! 5 Fun Ways with Food, Picky Eaters part 1 & part 2, 10 Things You Can Do To Make Feeding Baby Easier, Today I Ate a Rainbow    

Earth Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Melissa, May 8, 2012

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what can be better than an eco-friendly gift.   These gift ideas are thoughtful, personalized and will make a positive difference on our environment.   POTTED FLOWERS  It may be easier to pick up fresh-cut flowers from a local grocery store, but do you know where they came from? are they organic?  Instead choose a potted flower that will last longer like an Orchid, Mums or even Cacti. WEAN GREEN GLASS CONTAINERS Served great alone, or personalize these fantastic containers with homemade organic cream.   Tie a ribbon, add a handmade note and voila! – the perfect gift(pictured above).   RECYCLABLE ART The kids will love to help out with this one.  Use recycled egg cartons, paper, or even tin cans to make mom or grandma that extra special piece of art. ECO-BREAKFAST IN BED Cook up a delicious locally sourced or organic breakfast for mom and serve it to her in bed. CHARITABLE GIFT Make a donation to your mom’s favourite Green Organization, or search the web for a list of organizations that make a difference and help protect our earth. We hope these ideas help get your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy! d.p

Love for School Zone!

Melissa, May 7, 2012

Back in the days when I called myself a grade 1/2 teacher my favorite part of watching my students grow was watching their reading skills develop.  I was on a never-ending search to find books that would suit a class of twenty-seven 5-7 year olds. I needed the flexibility to go between the different stages the children were at as well as books that could keep them captivated and wanting to flip through the pages as well as books that wouldn’t just die off when the kids learned their first five site words.….SO I wish I would have been given the opportunity to review School Zone’s Start to Read! Complete Early Reading Program 18-Book Set earlier. Even with only a class of 2 I am so excited to be using these books! The youngest weaner turned 3 in September, making her an early reader. School Zone suggests that the level 1 books are for ages 4-6 but I was extremely comfortable using them with my 3 year old (with different expectations of course!). I will tell you what we did first and then get into the top ten list of what I loved! My experience: Starting with the first book, I would read it to my daughter every night for 3 nights and during the day I would leave the cd in the player and the book beside and she would go back to it during the day and ‘practice’ her reading. She would listen along to the story and ‘read’ the book. Either my daughter is a genius (probably) or these books rock (maybe both;) but by the third day not only could she point to the words as the cd read them to her that night she was also able to read me the book! She had memorized the entire book, word for word. Yes, this is a skill, a HUGE one! Part of learning how to read is learning that words on the page correlate with what is being said (and drawn in the illustrations). She now has a select few books that she loves more than the others and is happy to pick one at bedtime for me to read to her and then listens to some of them during the day when she is playing. We will continue to practice reading together and I am sure by kindergarten her teacher will strongly dislike me & School Zone because she will be bored and reading at a grade 5 level (totally teasing but it’d be funny). Now to the things I LOVED about this series. 1.    Repetition- Best way for kids to learn! Think about if you hear something once, twice and then again a third time. By the third time you are probably close to being an expert on the bear story your husband tells at every dinner party you attend. The more you see/hear/smell/taste/touch something, the more familiar it gets. The books use fantastic repetition throughout all the levels. 2.    Mathematical Elements- in many […]

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