Sunday, December 27, 2009
We are so excited to introduce Dish and Spoon Productions Wall Art! This fabulous collection is now available at GreenPea Nursery. We have just started to load the products to the website but you can get a glimpse of what is coming by clicking here. Dish and Spoon Productions, LLC is a dedicated team of talented artists offering an extensive collection of sophisticated and whimsical wall art designed to bring magic and style to your child's nursery, bedroom or play room. They have over 800 works of art, including name plaques, wall hangings, clocks, banners, growth charts, portrait decor and more. Their artwork has been featured in Sunset Magazine's popular decorator books, Ideas For Great Baby Rooms and Ideas For Great Kids Rooms, ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition, People Magazine, Access Hollywood, and Designer Showcase Homes. So come on by our baby store in Apex, just outside of Raleigh, NC or go online now to check it out!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Our Jamie Rae Hats fly off the shelves here at GreenPea Nursery and just look at this adorable picture of one of our customers Piper Kate and you will see why!
What a cutie!
Many styles and colors available. You can view some of them online but we have many more including cute hats for boys like our black rocker hat.
Check out the Pacific Rim Furniture here!
The paint was Yolo brand paint (> http://www.yolocolorhouse.com/index.php) for the walls and EcoTimber flooring http://www.ecotimber.com/woven-bamboo-flooring-honey.php).
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In a hurry? Here's the scoop:
- 40% off the regular price for our display model Bratt Decor Heritage red crib with airplane finials and/or bookcase.
- Double rewards points on any new Bratt Decor nursery furniture you order through December 15 (on a crib purchase, that would be like receiving a $60 or more gift certificate for other baby items!).
- And awesome new Bratt Decor crib designs...
At first, we were very disappointed to hear that Bratt Decor was discontinuing several of its very stylish baby cribs... but since it means the finishes are going to be tested to confirm their safety, and 2 great new styles, we really couldn't complain -- and now that we've seen the new Manhattan series, we're pretty darned excited for our customers!
The Manhattan nursery furniture line includes 2 cribs -- see photos above-- the Soho Crib and the Park Avenue Crib, and all the storage pieces you would want: dressers, changing top, etc. The Park Avenue has a very graceful, classic look. The clean-lined Soho could fit either contemporary or classic tastes, and is also available in a very handsome four-poster/loft style. White or sable finishes give you two great foundation options from which to design the rest of your nursery decor. These are primarily wood, with some MDF Grade 0-1 (the lowest amount of formaldehyde measurable). There are three other beautiful lines available too, so take a look at the Bratt Decor section on our site, and feel free to call if you have any questions.
And, if you're in the Raleigh, NC area come see examples of their quality craftsmanship (and that adorable brick red 4-poster crib with the airplane or globe finials and matching bookcase is 40% off -- until someone snatches them up). Plus, place your order for any new Bratt Decor items before December 15 and we'll double your rewards points (equivalent to receiving a $60 or more gift certificate for other nursery decor and baby items when you buy a crib!)
Friday, September 25, 2009
The Jingle Baby contest winner gets a super-duper holiday photo session, great images of their be-uti-ful baby, AND they'll model our holiday duds in photos we'll have in-store and on our site. Best of luck to all the cuties who visited us last week! And many thanks to Christa for all her great work!
(Also, voting begins in October for our Funny Face of the Year contest... stay tuned!)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Here's the main page for this series: http://www.madisonrabbit.com/story_enter
Let us know if you enjoy it, and if you have other favs. And have a happy, healthy day!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
As the autumn event season kicks into gear, with HollyFest, the NC State Fair, Halloween and other outings approach, I recommend keeping one or two packs of Write On SafetyTats on hand for some added peace of mind. What is the Safety Tat? These clever innovations in kid safety are fun rub-on tattoos, pre-printed with "if LOST, please call: "... just rub it onto your child's arm, and write your mobile number in the space provided. A waterproof-ink pen is provided too. The tattoo is waterless, so you can apply it quickly and easily, even while you're out and about. It's waterproof, so even getting caught in the rain won't obscure it. AND it's super durable -- one will stay on up to 2 weeks if necessary-- yet peels off readily if needed. They've even got ones to alert people about your child's allergies!
I'll be keeping a pack in each of our cars from now on. Because we know that taking care of babies makes keeping track of older siblings a little more challenging, you can find SafetyTats at our store for babies and beyond: GreenPea Nursery, in Apex NC or online.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Children's Car Seats – Infant and child car seats contain chemical additives that can have adverse health effects on babies and young children. Over half (58%) of car seats contain one or more hazardous chemicals, including PVC, BFRs and heavy metals. Three examples of car seats that had none of the chemicals tested for are: Baby Trend Flex-Loc; the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat; and the Graco Turbo Booster. Despite the toxic chemicals, it is vital to use a car seat for your child because they do save lives.
That's just one of the categories they studied, in addition to pet products, back-to-school products, automobiles, and women's handbags. (You can read their whole press release at:
While we don't sell car seats right now, when we hear of better choices, we want you to know about them -- and this is obviously an important product to all parents! As we often say, it's almost impossible to find chemical-free options in every category; 'til recently this has been one of them. Thanks for the news, Healthy Stuff.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
In Sweden and Japan formaldehyde is banned in cosmetics and toiletries. The European Union and Canada have placed limits on formaldehyde concentrations. According to the study, two samples of Baby Magic "Soft Baby Scent" lotion had high enough concentrations of formaldehyde that they would require a warning label in Europe. Unfortunately, in the U.S. there are no restrictions on the levels of formaldehyde allowed in any body care products.
In the European Union and in Canada, 1,4-dioxane is banned in cosmetics. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that even in trace amounts, 1,4-dioxane is a cause for concern. The EPA has classifed 1,4 dioxane as a "probable human carcinogen". However, the FDA has not set a safe level for 1,4 dioxane in cosmetics. In the study conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 67% of the products tested contained 1-4 dioxane. When various chemicals are processed with ethylene oxide to make them more soluble or gentler, 1,4-dioxane can occur as a byproduct. It is relatively easy to remove through a process called vacuum stripping. However, based on the results of the study, it does not appear that manufacturers are doing this.
It is time that we wake up in this country and demand better labeling and removal of harmful chemicals from the products that we use on our bodies. Trying to decipher the ingredient label on a product is not easy and very time consuming. Most parents assume that someone else is looking out for their safety. I see it all the time when I speak to a customer about healthier options. Other than lead and BPA, most people do not realize that there are chemicals in products that could harm them or their children. Did you know that more than 80% of chemicals in cosmetics have never been assessed for safety by the FDA? This study is a wake up call to parents. The list of well-known products tested that contain one or both of these harmful chemicals will be shocking to many. As parents we need to take a stand for our children. To find out more read the complete study.
Need help choosing products for your baby? Check out the Environmental Working Group's Parents Buying Guide.
Source: No More Toxic Tub: Getting Contaminants Out Of Children's Bath and Personal Care Products by The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. www.safecosmetics.org.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Toxic Bad Guys: 10 Most UNWANTED Ingredients:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Found in 90% of products that lather)
- Petroleum (cold creams, lipsticks, baby creams, etc.)
- Phthalates (listed under fragrance) - Can be found in plastics, nail polishes, creams, lotions (anything containing fragrance/parfum ingredient)
- Avobenzene (aka: oxybenzone, benzophone, dioxybenzophone or benzophenome-3; and Parsol-1789) Can be found in chemical sunscreens as UVA absorber
- Triethanolamine (EDTA) Found in shampoos, toothpastes, sunscreens, hair color and moisturizers
- Parabens - Found in 75-90% of personal care products
- Diethanolamine (DEA) - Found in creams, shampoos, lotions and other cosmetics
- Propylene Glycol (PG) - Can be found in cake mixes, soft drinks, lotions, creams, baby wipes, shampoos, deodorants and other cosmetics
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) - Can be found in most skin cleansers, toothpastes and oven cleaners.
- Formaldehyde Derivatives - (DMDH Hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea) - Can be found in shampoos and cosmetics to prevent molds, mildews and bacteria spoilage.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Do you have a preschool or elementary age child? Check out this fun, interactive site to teach your children about what fish are safe?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Naturepedic does not use PVC (vinyl) for the waterproofing of their mattresses. They use a food-grade polyethylene which is naturally soft and does not require a plasticizer additives.
Read more about phthalates and what the CPSIA means to crib mattresses in this article provided by Naturepedic.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Test my car seat now!
Watch these videos by HealthyCar.org to learn more.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Today the CPSC granted a one year stay of certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products. The CPSC implemented the stay in order to buy time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve some materials from the lead testing and to fine tune the testing guidelines.
There are four areas that the stay does not apply:
- Lead in paint and other surface areas.
- Standards for full-size cribs, non full-size cribs and pacifiers.
- Ban on small parts.
- Lead content of metal components of children's jewelry.
There is no doubt in my mind that we need to look at the products on our shelves and ask questions about all the unnecessary chemicals that we are exposing ourselves and our children to on a daily basis. Manufacturers that are more concerned about providing cheap plastic toys with little regard to their safety should be the ones that are punished not the manufacturers who care. This new law is a step in the right direction but it was given very little thought as to what the impact would be on smaller businesses and the homemade goods industry. Parents are becoming more and more aware of what to look out for in products. Those companies that are dedicated to providing safer products already test. They are proud to tell you that there product does not contain phthalates, BPA or lead. As a parent and a store owner, I ask you to support those businesses that care.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Check the white label on the seat back for the production date and seat model. The following models are recalled:
3001395A, 3001583, 3001633A, 3001669, 3001700A, 3001713, 3001713A, 3001730A, 3001732, 3001732A, 3001733, 3001742, 3001742A, and 3001756
The CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers stop using the chair immediately. Contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for a free repair kit. You can also visit www.majestichighchair.com for more information.
You can find the complete Consumer Report here.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Lead is not only found in products. There are other places that our children can be exposed without us even realizing it. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, there are over 16,000 industrial facilities across the country, including power plants, smelters and cement kilns, that emit lead into the air. This emissions eventually settle into soil and dust. Over 300,000 children today suffer from lead poisoning. For some ways to help reduce the chance of lead exposure the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests some simple steps. You can even locate your state to find out if there is a lead polluter near you.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
For more information or see how you can donate, you can check out her website at www.preemieonesiedrive.blogspot.com.
You can also watch a news story on it at http://news14.com/content/local_news/charlotte/602991/clothing-drive-to-benefit-premature-babies/Default.aspx?ap=1&Flash.
If you haven't heard yet, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was signed into law this past year in August. The Act imposes stringent safety standards for consumer products. It specifically targets children's products and restricts the use of lead and phthalates in them. In addition, products that are subject to these new rules, will also have to be tested by an independent third-party. Exciting news--right? While it is great that our Federal Government is finally seeing the light and taking steps to remove harmful chemicals from children's products, there are some unfortunate unintended consequences for manufacturers and retailers.
What products will be included?
What will be removed from products?
What other changes will the new law include?
With one law we have seen the complexity of this issue. It is not just about safer products. It is also about our economy. I want to see safer products in our stores more than anyone. We should not have to worry about things like lead, phthalates and BPA in products that our children play with, wear, or is absorbed into their skin. However, is this law the answer or are more companies going to go under, including those who have been dedicated to providing healthier alternatives all along but can't afford the testing? Let's not punish those who have worked so hard to provide families with better choices. We have always been about bringing healthier options to our customers both online and in our store locally in Apex, NC. We search out products that do not contain harmful chemicals. It is the core belief that our store was built upon. Here are just a few of the items that you can find at GreenPea Nursery: stainless steel sippy cups, Green Toys, organic clothing, safe feeding products, Greenguard Certified cribs, Naturepedic organic mattresses, and green cleaning supplies.
According to an article in The Green Guide, "The Bisphenol-A Debate: A Suspect Chemical in Plastic Bottles and Cans" by Catherine Zandonella1
Here it what we know:
- BPA was found in 95% of Americans that were a part of a biomonitoring study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2004.
- It can be found in can linings of food and soda, dental sealants and baby and other bottles (polycarbonate)
- BPA mimics naturally occurring estrogen. These hormones control things like the brain and reproductive systems in a developing fetus.
- Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., a developmental biologist at the University of Missouri published a paper that showed the following results:
- Industry Funded Studies - 11 in total - 100% found no harmful effects from BPA
- Government-Funded Low-Dose Studies - 104 in total - 90% found harmful effects from BPA
All I can say is hmmm!
There is no doubt that we are exposed to this chemical. Yet it all comes down to the "safe levels." The FDA has stated that the chemical is not harmful.
According to the Washington Post, a very critical report was released today that stated that the FDA did not use adequate margins of safety in their assessment of BPA. They did not use enough infant formula samples and did not take into consideration a multitude of studies that linked BPA to health problems in animals such as prostrate cancer. For the full Washington Post article click here.
For the complete report click here.
Personally, while the FDA is trying to figure out what level of a known hormone disrupting chemical is safe enough for my children to be exposed to, I think I will take matters into my own hands and reduce our exposure as much as I can. Here are some of the things that we have done around our house.
1) Remove plastic storage containers from your home. If you can't remove them all at once, remove the ones that are showing wear (cloudiness, rough texture, stains, cracks).
2) Buy soup in cardboard cartons.
3) Never use a plastic container in the microwave. Use glass or ceramic.
4) Use waxed paper or a paper towel to cover food rather than plastic wrap.
5) Make sure that the bottles and sippy cups that you buy state that they are BPA free. We carry the Safe Sippy which is a stainless steel sippy cup as well as BPA free plates and utensils.