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eco-friendly at target baby productsMommy loves Target, I just go along for the ride and hope she gets me something. My hope usually comes true. The Starbucks juice and milk are… juice and milk. They makes me happy. My favorite is the toy aisle. Oh! And The Dollar Spot. Mommy likes EVERY aisle. I mean EVERY AISLE. We go up and down them several times. I’m not exactly sure why, but it seems to make her happy. Of course we always visit the eco-friendly aisle and areas. These are the eco-friendly baby products that we love at Target.

Top 10 Eco-Friend Baby Products at Target

10. Baby Wipes

water wipes baby wipes eco-friendly baby products at TargetWater Wipes Sensitive Baby Wipes
Mom hates overly scented things, and I can understand why. There’s really no need to perfume your bottom. So here are mom’s top pick for unscented and gentle baby wipes. 

9. B. Toys

b. toys eco-friendly baby products at TargetB. Toys Alphabet Tiles
B. Toys has a mission to inspire kids and also protect the planet. They us soy-based inks, minimize the use of packaging, use recycled  and recyclable materials, and encouraging consumers to B. nice to the planet.

8. Diapers

seventh generation baby diapers eco-friendly baby products at TargetSeventh Generation Diapers
We use cloth diapers 99% of the time, but we buy Seventh Generation diapers when we ned disposable diapers!

7. Bath Products

Shea Moisture baby products eco-friendly baby at TargetShea Moisture Mommy & Baby
Shea Moisture is a small all-natural brand that has made it to to big shelves at Target while not compromising their natural values. 

6. Play House

little tikes go green playhouse eco-friendly baby products shopping at TargetLittle Tikes Go Green Playhouse
This is on my wishlist! It is a playhouse that uses playing to teach about eco-friendly concepts. Solar panel, LED lights, rainwater collection, living roof, gardening, recycling bins, and more. This is the playhouse of my mommy’s dream, too!

Read 1-5 on my Mommy’s blog – Old World New!

xoxo Mamas, Papas, & Tiny Earthling Caregivers!
Greyson (& Addie, his Mommy)

Home Decor, Thrift

Black, White, and Wood Tones

“Vintage modern gender-neutral nursery” – that’s Mama’s description of my all-white nursery with black triangle decal accent wall and vintage wooden furniture. Mom loves my nursery – it’s her favorite room in the house. Based on the amount of love and work she put into it, I see why! I like it a lot, too. My favorite part is the newly new “Montessori” area. It has a mirror, instruments, my rocking chair, and lots of wooden toys.

Mom took these photos to remember my nursery before we transition to a toddler room. Dad stayed up a lot of nights painting the walls and ceiling completely white and removing the door from the closet when Mommy was in her “demanding nesting” phase. Mommy didn’t finish the entire room before I was born – she kept adding to the design over the past year. Want to know how she create a vintage modern nursery all for less than $400? Keep reading to see how she made it happen! But first, the pictures:

My (Greyson’s) Vintage Modern Gender-Neutral Nursery

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Everything in the Room + Prices

Crib – $50 (friend)
Glider + Gliding Stool – $70 (resale app)
Dresser – $40 (estate sale)
Mirror on Dresser – $6 & then painted – old & from Goodwill
4 Framed photos on wall + 1 on dresser – $1/each ($5 total) at a thrift store half price sale – photos inside free during a Shutterfly promotion
Bookshelf – $6 at a local thrift shop + added remainder of contact paper to the back panel
Bib Basket in closet – less than $5 at a local thrift shop
Changing table turned closet storage shelf – $0, free from family friend
Blue Baby Rocking Chair – it has been in my family for over 70 years!
White sheer curtains – $4 at a local thrift shop
Wooden peg toy – $2 at a local thrift shop
Wooden xylophone – $2 at a local thrift shop
Wooden folding chair – $10 at a local antique shop
Ship on bookshelf – family gift

Black curtains – Mom has had them since she was in college
Mirror in Montessori Area – Dad has owned it for a long time
Bench below hanging shelves – Mom purchased it from a thrift store a long time ago and reupholstered it for her own room

Created by Mama
Mobile – A DIY by Mom (see: DIY Mobile for $10 – Mom blogged about if for the MommyCon website)
Suspended Leather Strap Wooden Shelves – A DIY by Mom (see: DIY Leather & Wood Shelf)
Updated Canvas Art – A DIY by Mom (see: DIY Artwork Makeover On A Budget)
Gold crown canvas art – Mom’s work – she owned the canvas and painted over her previous painting to create this crown to symbolize my middle name, “King.”
Pennant Flag, “you are my sunshine” – Mom sewed it and painted it using all eco-friendly products that she already owned (organic cotton cloth, organic cotton yarn, and paint that is less harmful than most)
“G” – $5 craft store purchase, painted
Crown on G – Mom crocheted it from a free online pattern with yarn that she already had
Arrow – $5 purchased from Target + stained with varnish that Mom already owned
Triangle decals – $11 for the black contact paper, and mom measured and cut the decals out herself (see video on DIY Leather & Wood Shelf for DIY instructions)

Purchased New
Gifts from others – drum set, stuffed animals, animal toy box
Batman framed art – $10 on sale at Hobby Lobby Sale
TeePee framed art $2 on sale at Hobby Lobby
Paint – $120 for 4-5 cans of generic brand white paint + painting supplies from Home Depot

Mom says:

“Aside from the sunken cost of things that I already owned an used in or revamped for his room, this came out to be $369 that we spent over the course of a year, with most of it being an upfront cost. Some cribs alone cost more than that!”

You can create an amazing room for your baby, even on a small budget! Mom & Dad did just that when they made my vintage modern gender neutral nursery. If you want to photograph your nursery, too, Caden Lane has some good photography tips to teach you how to do it. What type of nursery will you give your baby who you make their budget-friendly (and eco-friendly) nursery? Whatever you do, I know it will be amazing.

xoxo Mamas, Papas, & tiny earthling caregivers
Greyson King


Natural Childcare

natural baby products giveaway tiny green earthlingI AM ONE YEAR OLD!

That’s right, people. My parents did it – they kept me alive and even managed to teach me a lot over the course of my first year of life. We’re all so excited, and I had a wonderful first birthday party to celebrate (mommy will blog all about it soon).

Your gift to me

My first birthday wish from you all was to help me plant trees for reforestation right here in the USA. I’m so happy that we have so far raised over $115 between my donation page and Facebook donations. You can continue donating at any time!

My gift to YOU!

I’m so grateful for the love y’all show this lil’ one year old. Mom said “humbled.” It’s awesome. We should all keep giving, right? RIGHT! My birthday gift to y’all is a chance to win some pretty amazing natural baby products. Visit my Instagram page (this post) to learn how to officially enter. Here are the brands that were so gracious to help us with this giveaway by giving one of YOU some of their amazing products! The giveaway is open to US residents only from 06 September 2017 – 20 September 2017. Winner will be announced on 21 September 2017. Instagram has nothing to do with it.

Beachfront Baby

I am a beachfront baby rep and I have the exact same sling that they will be gifting to the winner of this contest! The Repreve material in this Beachfront Baby sling is a breathable mesh made from recycled water bottles. How cool is that?! Recycled Beachfront Baby Sling made with Repreve® (purchase here) Value: $65

The Tiniest Seeds

This shop is owned by a mama blogger like my mama! She makes fun, natural, and beautiful things for little one like me. This organic cloud will be so much fun (and SAFE) for your baby to chew on and play with. You can add it to your baby gym or even a DIY mobile above your baby’s bed. Organic Cotton Cloud Toy, Baby Gym Toy (purchase here) Value: $12  

Little Ocean’s Fluff

Mama loves other mama entrepreneurs like herself. Little Ocean’s Fluff is made by a mom who loves to cloth like we do! Who can say no to a UNICORN cloth diaper? Seriously. Galaxy Unicorn Pocked Diaper (purchase here) Value: $8

Susan Brown’s Baby – Naturals

What you put ON your skin matters because it affects what’s INSIDE. Mom avoided the overly-perfumed baby hygiene products (her words, she likes to “tell it like it is”), and went for all-natural alternatives. Susan Brown’s Baby happens to be our favorite because of how well it works and the amazing light and natural scents they have. Sensitive Baby Nourshing Lotion (purchase here) Value: $13.99

Hook & Loom

Natural rugs. I was eavesdropping as Mom was having a conversation with one of her friends the other day and I found out that her friend didn’t even KNOW that a thing like “eco-friendly and natural rugs” exists! Well, folks, as mama says: “Everything can be one [and made] sustainably.” Hook & Loom has eco-friendly process to make their rugs and to protect the planet, and they are an ethical company that empower their employees instead of using and abusing them. They are providing our biggest prize – a 5×8 rug! Rugs are expensive, according to mama, so this sounds like a GREAT prize. Mom and I love their motto: “flatter your floor. protect the planet.” We stand behind that phrase 100% Toulouse Green/White Eco Cotton Loom-Hooked Rug (purchase here) Value: $320


Enter the Giveaway

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to enter this natural baby products giveaway:

1) Follow these pages on instagram:

@tinygreenearthling @beachfrontbaby @susanbrownsbaby @thetiniestseeds @littleoceansfluff

2) Sign up!

Head to our current home page (click the tinygreenearthling logo at the top of this page) and enter your information in the appropriate area: natural baby products giveaway Tiny Green Earthling
There you have it! Mommy and I are so thankful for each and every one of you and your continued support. xoxo mama, papas, and Tiny Earthling caregivers, Greyson King

All Natural, Natural Pregnancy

tips to have a comfortable and safe natural pregnancy and birthMommy has some tips for you

Mommy says that all mommies experience each of their pregnancies differently.  No two pregnancies are the same.  She also told me to tell you that no matter how a pregnancy goes, there are a few things that can definitely help.  These things helped her to have a more comfortable time while carrying me in her belly, and we hope that they can help you, too.  If a more natural pregnancy & birth pique your interest, take these tips into mind to make your pregnancy more comfy, too. Disclaimer: I’m only one year old and mom has an architecture degree, so neither of us are doctors.  It is important that you always check with your doctor before starting anything.  And hey, you may even teach your doctor something if they don’t know these tips!

Papaya Enzyme Pills – Heartburn & Acid Reflux

papaya enzymes natural pregnancy tip heartburn acid reflux - tiny green earthling When heartburn finally kicked in for Mommy (she said it happened late, and I didn’t have much hair so that makes sense if you believe the old wives’ tale about heartburn meaning baby has a lot of hair), her midwife said that Papaya Enzymes were a more natural option to help with the pain.  Papaya enzyme chewable tablets are a digestive enzyme that help to support nutrient absorption.  Poor nutrient absorption can help cause heartburn & reflux.  Our midwife also still recommended traditional medicine if the papaya enzymes didn’t seem to help, but mom said that her heartburn pain was never severe.  The papaya enzymes always helped.  My mommy really recommends the papaya enzymes as a first line of defense.  Mommy also says that they taste really good! Purchase Mommy’s favorite, Radiance Platinum Papaya Enzyme (chewable, vegan, diary-free, dye-free, & gluten-free) from CVS, or Purchase Papaya Enzymes now from Amazon

Magnesium (with Calcium) – Restlessness

natural calm magnesium with calcium during pregnancy to help sleep - tiny green earthling Mom said this helped her to sleep like a tired teenager (since we know newborn babies don’t sleep through the night), and she couldn’t have made it without it.  Towards the end of her pregnancy, I was really big and moving downward into place to be born.  My new position made it difficult for her to sleep at night.  This powdery stuff mixed in water helped her to relax and get more rest than she could without it.  You can also create this drink with juice or warm water like tea. Purchase Natural Calm Plus Calcium now on Amazon

 Rice Bags – Comfort for Pain + Cuddling

diy rice bag to help with pain - tiny green earthling Bags of rice.  Sounds like the beginning to a yummy meal, but when you fill a small cloth bag with rice, it can work wonders.  Daddy would put the rice bags in the microwave for a few minutes to heat them up, and while they were still warm, Mommy would place them on her lower back when it was hurting.  They helped her during the painful days of pregnancy, and they comforted me early on in life.  When I was small, we couldn’t really afford a co-sleeper, so mom used the rice bags to make me feel cradled and to keep me from rolling.  I would even cuddle them sometimes!  They don’t get used very often now, but she says if she’s sore for any reason, they’re always good to have on hand.

Almond Oil – Soothing Stretching Skin

NOW natural almond oil for a healthy pregnancy and easy delivery - tiny green earthling This is a bit gross, yet fascinating.  Mom said that while I was crowning (while my head was being delivered), our midwife used almond oil to pour on the area to help stretch it out and prevent tears.  Mom said it was SO helpful!  Aside from mindfulness (being prepared mentally), it helped make delivering me painless for her.  Our midwife likes to note that I had a huge noggin when I was born, haha!  Mom also used almond oil on her belly sometimes when she was pregnant.  It helped to soothe the itching as her skin expanded to accommodate my body as I grew.  Almond oil, or even olive oil, can make natural pregnancy & birth a little less painful. Purchase NOW Almond Oil now on Amazon

Education – Empower Yourself With Knowledge

literature and notes to educate yourself for a wonderful natural pregnancy and birthmom reading ina may gaskins - tiny green earthling Mom says that learning more about her body and how it actually worked to carry, grow, and birth me was an intelligent choice for her and Dad to make.  The classes that she and Daddy took prepared them for natural birth and also for what would need to happen in case of an emergency delivery.  She says it is best to know all of your options so that you don’t get afraid if something happens in a way that you didn’t plan. My parents took classes with a local group of doulas at Natural Beginnings.  The class was a hands-on, in-depth, intimate, and informal learning atmosphere.  They met at the doula’s home with 3 other expecting couples a learned about everything from the phases of pregnancy to the best ways positions for labor (hint: it’s not on your back).  Like the cared says in the photo above, mom delivered me – “side-lying with top leg elevated.”  Dad held her top leg, our midwife made sure everything went safely and smoothly, and when it was time to “catch” me, Dad and the midwife switched spots and he delivered me! Books can be helpful, too.  Mom purchased a lot of books but she felt like they were all ultimately the same.  The only book that she read thoroughly, connected to, and enjoyed was “Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth.”  It’s not much of a guide – it is more testimonials and real stories from women who have had natural childbirth.  I think that’s why she really loved it!

Doula – Help From A Loving Source

dads as doulas - tiny green earthling A doula is a person who helps women in childbirth.  Mom says that doulas are usually women who have been trained to help pregnant women leading up to and during delivery.  They typically have also assisted several other women during their pregnancy and childbirth processes.  Midwives often serve as doulas, or you can hire a doula separately from your doctor or midwife.  Daddy was Mommy’s doula.  The midwives at our birth center encouraged partners (like dad) to be the doula because they are closest to the parents giving birth.  Dad did a great job delivering me!  You can hear him talk all about it in our birth story video.

Mindset – Manifest Your Ideal Natural Pregnancy & Birth

meditation manifestation affirmations during pregnacy for an easy birth - tiny green earthling Mommy really tried to focus on believing in herself and her body when she was pregnant.  She said it can be scary when you listen to people who only say that birth is horrible, so she chose to tune them out.  Mom tried to talk to people who encouraged her and who were genuinely excited about her choice for a natural birth.  She even wrote a list of Positive Affirmations for Pregnancy to help.  When she had the time, she would repeat them to herself.  Saying positive affirmations over and over helps you to focus on the good things that you want to happen and really believe in them.   Mom believes that having this positive and empowered mindset, helper her to speak an easy natural birth into existence.  I’m glad it was relatively easy for her to give birth to me!
I’ve been told that being pregnant is beautiful, but difficult.  The kind of thing that makes you want to laugh and smile, happy cry and ugly cry, and sleep all day long.  Mom knows that love/hate relationship with pregnancy – that’s why she wanted us to share these tips to help you love it a little more.  We hope that this post helps you or someone that you love during their pregnancy so that it is a little easier! xoxo Mamas, Papas & Tiny human caregivers, Greyson & Mom