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Enter to Win an Amber Teething Necklace! September 5, 2009

Filed under: Baby & Toddler,Giveaways — Rachel @ 9:20 am
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mized necklaceOne day a few local moms came in to shop our cloth diapers and non-toxic finds at  They came with their adorable toddlers, and I couldn’t help but notice that both children wore necklaces.  The little girl wore a solid cognac amber beaded necklace, while the little dude sported a multi-colored version.  Both looked adorable!  As we talked, one of the moms decided to share the story behind the necklaces.

What I initially took for funky, crunchy kid’s jewelry were actually beneficial necklaces made of Baltic amber.  Have you heard about amber teething necklaces or amber nursing necklaces?  I didn’t think much of them, but I had never really given them a chance or done any research.  These two moms just raved about how helpful they are.  They said the necklaces really help with teething and general irritation.  In fact, they can absolutely tell the difference when the necklace isn’t on!  One mom had loaned her necklace to a friend round cognacwhose baby was really struggling with teething.  That baby did better and kept using the necklace… all the while the toddler was acting irritable.  Mom ordered another necklace to replace the one she’d loaned and her son improved immediately.  I know it sounds crazy, “weird” and unlikely, but if you do the research, it’s not actually strange at all.

amberBaltic amber is not really a stone, it’s fossilized tree resin.  Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading ‘medicines’ of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.

How does it work?  When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.

Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it’s presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways:

  • Pain relief – it has analgesic properties
  • Immune boost – naturally increased the body’s healing abilities
  • Restoring energy – the salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state.
  • Maintaining wellness – enabling full oxygenation of cells
  • Anti-Inflammatory – helps break the cycle of chronic inflammation.  Inflammation is part of the disease cyle.

hazelwoodIf you have a chronically irritable child or one tortured by teething, you should try an amber teething necklace.  My kids are pretty well past that point, or I would!  You can purchase one from Inspired by Finn(the shop those friendly moms recommend) at 20% off with coupon code “blog.”  Inspired by Finn designs her necklaces with safety in mind, creating knots between each bead and offering necklaces with magnetic closure.  Check out the hazelwood necklaces too, which help in cases of acid reflux.  And, one lucky reader will win his or her choice of any 16″ necklace !  That’s just the right size for your little tike.

Enter to win! One lucky reader will win an Inspired by Finn amber necklace ($14.75-20.45 value) in the style of your choice, up to 16 inches long.  Enter now through September 30th (11:59 EST) by adding your comment to this blog post.  We’ll choose one random winner!

NOTE:  As of mid-Sept, our blog moved!  Please post your comment at the NEW POST.

Shipping included.  Winner will be notified by email, at which point a shipping address and preferred necklace  will be requested. Open to U.S. residents only.

For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to my blog.  Make sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for your two extra entries.


Enter to Win a Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow! August 3, 2009

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 2:24 pm

fadsfMamas, this is a GREAT giveaway!  I’ve already blogged about why the Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow is The Pefect Nursing Pillow – now you can win one this August.  Replace that toxic, polyurethane-filled My Breast Friend or that awkward Boppy!  Our Blessed Nest Pillows are filled with organic buckwheat hulls and covered with organic cotton fabrics.  You can pick your favorite Harmony Arts designer print too!  Each pillow has a removable, zippered pillow cover for easy washing.  And, when you buy a Blessed Nest nursing pillow, you’re supporting a sustainable mom-business too! 

For those first 9 months of breastfeeding one can never have too many nursing pillows.  I always wanted one in the nursery and in the living room.  Add to that one at the grandparent’s house too!  If you’re already using and loving your Blessed Nest pillow, I’m sure you’ll love to snatch up another – or gift it to a lucky new mommy friend.  Good luck everyone!

Enter to win!  One lucky reader will win a Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow ($88 value) in the print of your choice.  Enter now through August 31st (11:59 EST) by adding your comment to this blog post.  In your comment share one (or more!) of your favorite organic or eco-friendly products for mama or baby.  We’ll choose one random winner!  

Shipping included.  Winner will be notified by email, at which point a shipping address and preferred print will be requested. Open to U.S. residents only.


You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for EACH thing you do.

1- For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to my blog. 

2- Follow me (euphoriatweets) on twitter AND tweet about this giveaway. Please leave me the link in your comment to your tweet. Just following me does not count-you MUST tweet about this giveaway. You can copy and paste:  Win a Blessed Nest Organic Nursing Pillow for breastfeeding @Euphoria for the Green Mama tp://


Congratulations to Emily – Winner of the BornFit Ensemble!

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 1:51 pm

Emily, author of lucky comment #3, has won our Hot Mama BornFit Ensemble – her pick of size and color in the best-selling Challenger Shorts and a Lindsey Tee.  Emily wrote, “Cute outfit! My husband and I love walking around our neighborhood, saving gas/money and staying fit at the same time!”  You’re going to be looking and feeling good in this great gear from BornFit.  Enjoy! 

Note: this is not the same “Emily” who won our last giveaway – for a week of free organic baby food.  I guess if your name is “Emily” you have good luck on our giveaways!


Enter to Win a Hot Mama BornFit Ensemble! July 6, 2009

Filed under: Giveaways,Pregnancy — Rachel @ 2:51 pm
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Everyone knows a pregnant woman should stay active… but what do you wear to cover your bump while running, biking, or playing volleyball?  There’s no reason why your pregnancy should consign you to second-rate clothing that leaves you sweaty and uncomfortable.  BornFit is a new activewear line designed by two active mamas who grew up among the stunning Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Here are some words at the heart of their vision:

“We believe that all of us are BornFit. The beauty of being “Fit” is that it comes in all different sizes, shapes, interests and even passions. It’s that feeling inside your heart…that vibrancy for life – when you’re about to embark on a new adventure and it makes you feel alive, scared or even anxious.”

BornFit’s maternity clothing is designed in high-tech wicking fabrics with comfortable waistbands and plenty of stretch so they can be worn throughout pregnancy and well beyond baby ‘s arrival.  What’s more, the line features smart details like mesh panels to keep you cool, zipper pockets for your keys, and reflectors to keep you safe on the road.  It’s been a hit with moms in our store, and we know you’ll love it too!  Ready to get moving?  Enter below!

Enter to win!  One lucky reader will win the Hot Mama BornFit Ensemble: the best-selling Challenger Shorts and a Lindsey Tee in your choice of color.  Enter now through July 31st by adding your comment to this blog post.  In your comment share how you stay active during your pregnancy or where you would love to sport your BornFit clothes.  We’ll choose one random winner! 

Shipping included.  Winner will be notified by email, at which point a shipping address and preferred sizes/color will be requested.


You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for EACH thing you do.

1- For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to my blog. 

2- Follow me (euphoriatweets) on twitter AND tweet about this giveaway. Please leave me the link in your comment to your tweet. Just following me does not count-you MUST tweet about this giveaway. You can copy and paste: Win a Hot Mama BornFit Ensemble for pregnancy @Euphoria for the Green Mama


Congratulations to Emily – Winner of Yummy Spoonfuls Giveaway! July 2, 2009

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 2:18 pm

Today the Random Number Generator chose lucky comment number 8!  Emily has won a week of Yummy Spoonfuls organic baby food, delivered fresh, frozen, and pure to her door.  We wish you the best, Emily, as you wait on that adoption. 

Check back soon for July’s giveaway!


Enter to Win a FREE Week of Organic Babyfood! June 15, 2009

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 7:59 pm
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Ideally, you make your own baby food out of organic, local produce… but maybe not every week or maybe never!  If you’re like most parents you certainly buy some baby food.  But, what do you buy?  Choosing organic baby food means you keep pesticides, heavy metals and solvents out of your baby’s diets.  That’s a great start!  But, if you think about it, freshness matters too.  Fresher, just cooked foods have more nutritional value than other foods.  Also, fresh foods are the least likely to contain dangerous levels of bacteria.  

Question:  How to get fresh baby food (i.e. not canned food that can sit on the shelves in your local grocery store for weeks), without making it at home?

Answer:  Buy frozen, organic baby food online, with a regular weekly delivery to your house! 

My favorite source is Yummy Spoonfuls, a company out of Georgia who manufactures certified organic baby food.  Unlike other organic baby food companies, Yummy Spoonfuls does NOT heat treat their product.  Heat treatments damage the nutritional integrity of foods.  As such, their food is perishable.  And, folks, that’s a good thing!  Here’s a few words from Yummy Spoonfuls:

Why Yummy Spoonfuls?

Because our children’s bodies are in a state of growth and development, they need a constant supply of highly nutritional building blocks not only free of chemicals but equally high in protein, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, and a full complement of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which are all necessary to support healthy growth. A pure organic diet can be more beneficial during the first few months of life than at any other time but most IMPORTANTLY it is imperative we provide the freshest meals ever. Babies have immature systems and need the very purest and safest foods. Yummy Spoonfuls Baby Food PROVIDES JUST THAT.

Because given our hectic lifestyles with trying to balance work and parenthood or just trying to handle being a parent, it is not often easy to make all the delicious foods that we so lovingly want to provide to our offspring. Yummy Spoonfuls Baby Food is that invisible hand we all wished we had to make foods with the same loving touch we all would if only we had the time.

Because (we are very proud to say) our foods are perishable! Though it can stay fresh frozen for up to two months, there is really no need to keep it that long. Yummy Spoonfuls IS produced WEEKLY IN SMALL BATCHES and immediately frozen to lock in freshness. Order weekly or bi-weekly so that there is always fresh, homemade food available for your baby

You can buy directly from Yummy Spoonfuls here. Admittedly, frozen baby food is more costly than jarred organic food at the grocery store.  Fortunately, we’re giving it away! 

Enter to win!  One lucky reader will receive a week’s worth of delicious, organic baby food – that’s 12 containers of either stage one or stage two Yummy Spoonfuls baby food.  Enter now through June 30th by adding your comment to this blog post.  We’ll choose one random winner!  Shipping not included. 

You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for EACH thing you do.

1- For TWO extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to my blog AND to Yummy Spoonfuls. 

2- Follow me (euphoriatweets) on twitter AND tweet about this giveaway. Please leave me the link in your comment to your tweet. Just following me does not count-you MUST tweet about this giveaway. You can copy and paste: Win a Week of Organic Baby Food @Euphoria for the Green Mama


Enter to win a FREE Organic Baby Tee! February 19, 2009

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 9:58 pm

So often organic baby layette is available only in simple, solid colors.  When we came across Kiwi Industries’ new organic layette, which features modern earthy prints, we had to have it!  The collection includes long and short sleeve styles, a lightweight layering jacket, warm pullover sweater, onepiece romper, kimono dress, coordinating blankets and hats too!  To celebrate our newest addition, we’re giving away one free long sleeve baby tee in the Green Vine print, size 6-12 months. 

Kiwi’s layette is complete, 100% organic cotton.  We especially love that the sweaters are knit in a fair-trade women’s cooperative in South America, where women knit from their homes, often caring for their children and providing the sole source of income.  How wonderful! 

I have to say, it reminds me a little bit of, well… me.  I work out of my parent’s home part-time (my mother works the other half).  And, when I’m not working, I’m home with the kids!  I’m hoping to be home more in the future, so that I can enjoy homeschooling my little ones.

Enter to Win!:  Here’s your chance to give us some feedback.  Please take a look at our selection of organic and/or eco-friendly baby clothes:  Which collection or brand do you like the best, and why?  Your ideas can really help our family business improve our selection.  Just post your comments here on this blog and you’ll be entered to win.   Enter now through March 22nd.  We’ll choose one random winner!


Congratulations Bravado Breastfeeding Prize Winner! August 4, 2008

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 1:38 pm

Raluca, who is lucky poster #6, has won our giveaway for the Bravado prize package, which includes two great Bravado bras and the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank – my favorite nursing cami.  Congratulations, Raluca!

Check back soon for August’s giveaway!


Enter to win a FREE Bravado Breastfeeding Prize Package! July 1, 2008

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 3:53 pm
Tags: , , to breastfeed or already going strong? Either way you’d be lucky to win this giveaway! Euphoria is thrilled to offer one lucky mama three of Bravado’s best products for nursing moms: the Original Nursing bra, the Lifestyle bra, and the Essential Nursing Bra Top.

Look, the reality is that when you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be accessing your boobies all day long. Did you think you’d just pull down your normal bra or make due with a cheap nursing bra from a big box store? Think again. In the beginning it’s normal to feed baby every 1-3 hours! A conventional bra, not designed with nursing access, is sure to get trashed quick. What’s more, all that pulling and straining only puts pressure on your breasts, which can lead to infection. You need something made with quality fabrics and designed by people who know nursing. No one knows nursing like Bravado.

I love to recommend the Original Nursing Bra to new mamas. No other bra provides such thorough support, while still accommodating GREAT change in your breast size. Your size can be all over the map during the transition between your third trimester and baby’s first two months. The Bravado Original Nursing Bra has been around for a long time, and it’s still the most popular nursing bra on the market today. You can use it’s clip-down or pull-aside nursing access. It’s supportive enough for the day and comfy enough for a sleep bra too!

Bravado debuted the Lifestyle Bra when happy customers demanded a pretty nursing bra that still featured Bravado’s expert fit. The Bravado Lifestyle bra is more suited to established nursing moms, whose breast size has stabilized. It’s a seamless bra that’s great under t-shirts. Our lucky winner will win a white Lifestyle Bra to round out her breastfeeding support wardrobe.

Last, but not least, we are including a Bravado Essential Nursing Bra Tank in our Breastfeeding Prize Package giveaway. This is my favorite Bravado design. I hate how most tanks with built-in “bras” really give no support and create no separation. Bravado’s a bra company, so their Bra Tank has a REAL bra in it. You look great. You feel great. You don’t have to wear a bra with it!!! I wore this top to bed just about every night, because it’s the perfect all-in-one nursing top. Of course, it’s actually designed to be worn during the day, so pretty much wear it whenever it’s clean! We offer the Essential Nursing Bra Tank in white, black, brown, ice blue, pink, and ruby red. The winner may choose her favorite color and size!

Enter to Win! We are giving away one Bravado Breastfeeding Prize Package.  Entering is free and no purchase is necessary. To enter answer: “What are you looking for in the perfect nursing bra?” Do so by adding your comment below.  Enter now through July 31st. We’ll choose one random winner! 

Euphoria will pay shipping. Winner will be notified by email, at which point a shipping address will be requested.


And our Beco Butterfly Baby Carrier winners are…

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 3:04 pm

Jill Schalesky, who attests in comment #18 that the Beco Butterfly Baby Carrier is rumoured to be “the best thing since chocolate” and Mellisa, who shares her love in comment #57 for the style options and comfort attained only with Beco.   Congratulations, ladies!    Jill will be the proud owner of the Ethan carrier; while Melissa has won the Chloe.

If you didn’t win, I know your bummed…  We do have another giveaway to be announced later today.  But, really, nothing can replace a Beco.  I’m serious!  If you’ve been waiting, now’s the time to put down the cash to buy your own.  We offer free shipping on all Beco Baby Carrier’s with code “shipfree”.  Get it home and try it out.  If it’s not as comfortable and fun as you’d imagined, you can return it for a full refund within our return policy. 

My son is now 18 months and we use our Beco Butterfly carrier all the time while exercising, getting around at public places, and doing chores at home.  I agree with Janel…   When it comes to practical baby gear, the Beco Baby Carrier really is the best thing since chocolate!