The New ecobee Smart Thermostat

ecobee: A Smart (Canadian!) Thermostat

We’ve all done it.

Left the heat on, I mean.

You head out for the weekend, and then you realize: craaaaaap. I’ve left the heat cranked. (Hey, it was a cold winter!) Heating a completely empty house. $$$ pretty much flying out the air exchanger, not to mention using unnecessary fossil fuels. And the same applies to the air conditioning in the summer. Mmm, delicious power grid failure. Wait, what?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to adjust heating or cooling when you weren’t home? (more…)

Untangled Living

As a new(ish) mom, it’s really hard to know what you’re going to actually need for your kid. And when. And once you figure out that you need something, there’s usually about 15 different versions of that thing, and you don’t know what’s really good until you get the chance to try it out, and then you end up with a bunch of said item that you don’t like and one you do, so the one gets used and the rest get piled somewhere. (Much to the chagrin of my husband.)

So, I’m here to tell you, that here’s one item you will love.

Untangled Living creates stainless steel children’s dishware. They very kindly sent me a set to test way too long ago, ha. But at the time I received it, my kid wasn’t interested in using cups or bowls or plates or utensils; only now at 13 months is she starting to show some indication that she gets the concept that things like food go inside other things like bowls as opposed to just flinging it across the room. Now that she can be trusted within some level of reasonableness to not just tip her cheerios out of the bowl the second I give it to her, we’re able to use it. Hooray!

The set comes with a kid-sized square plate, little bowl, little cup and a knife and fork.  They’re very simply decorated with either a little gecko or a little butterfly (score big points for tasteful kids’ stuff!) and are perfectly sized for little hands. The plate I particularly love, because it isn’t just a flat plate: it has a nice wide lip all around the edge to keep things from falling off (at least, not falling off *easily*). They’re lightweight, dishwasher safe, totally non-breakable (hear that, glass?) and almost 100% perfect. The only downside: when they do hit the floor they’re kind of loud. But my daughter sees that as an upside, actually, so.

The set retails for $44 CDN. You can order the butterfly or the gecko set (or both!) from their online store, or from one of their fantastic retailers.

But you know what? I have one to give you. Aww. Just go to the Untangled Living website and come back here and tell me in the comments what your favourite part of Untangled Living is by Wednesday, August 25. Make sure you leave me an email address (if you put it in the format name AT domain DOT com it can’t be scraped by a spammer) or another way to contact you. Good luck!

Carry your own water: OtterBottle giveaway!

Congratulations to Alyjane who  said…”I love that some money goes to teh David Suzuki foundation and they that they look great, but I have to say, the fact that they are dishwasher safe is my favorite feature!!” You’re getting an OtterBottle!

And while we’re talking about water… remember OtterBottle?  Those awesome, uber-useful bottles from a Canadian company that come in most excellent, gorgeous designs? The ones with two lids – a screw cap and a sports top? The BPA-free ones, that are dishwasher safe?  The ones ranging in size from 500 ml to 1 l? The ones where a contribution will be made to the David Suzuki Foundation with every bottle sold? Yeah, I thought you remembered them. Well, I have a brand new OtterBottle right here to give away to a lucky reader.

Just head on over to the OtterBottle website and take a peek around. Then come back here and tell me your favourite thing about OtterBottles in the comments by Wednesday, April 28. The bottle will be given away by random draw and the recipient will be contacted via e-mail, so ensure you leave me a way to contact you. And, good luck!

Flip and Tumble is having a giveaway!

You may remember Flip and Tumble, the creators of fantastic reusable bags. Out of all the bags I own, these are my favourites, because of the easy way they stuff in to the little bag to get tossed back in to my purse – meaning these are the bags that get used the most around here because they’re the ones I’m least likely to forget. In a rainbow of colours and even some gorgeous prints like the one at left, these bags are sturdy, stylish and super fun to use.  They’re also reasonably priced and have good shipping rates to Canada. Nice!

But it’s always better to get things in a giveaway, and so to that end you should check out their earth day giveaway. All you need to do is drop them a quick email along with your address information to contest@flipandtumble.com before April 22nd. The winners will be notified on Earth Day – and I did confirm that Canadians are eligible. So get emailing and good luck!

Awesome Otterbottle: Earth Week Giveaway #1!

And the lucky, lucky recipient of this Otterbottle giveaway is Stisso who said…

The blue tree is a pretty one that donates to cancer and represents both the earth/sea and green land….but it’s not my choice. The green flowers are also pretty, and represent the beauty of nature, but it’s not my choice either. My choice is for the alien, because we’re all going to be living on Mars if we don’t start taking care of the earth, and that would suck donkey balls.

Amen to that, girlfriend.

For the rest of you… venture over to Otterbottle to get your own… they’re so amazing! Thanks for participating, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the Earth Week giveaways.

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You’re thirsty. You don’t want to use a plastic water bottle, because plastic sucks. But you’re still thirsty. And frankly, you’re also kind of girly, and you don’t want to drag around one of those hideous water bottles that looks like a leftover WWII torpedo or something.

This is why you need an Otterbottle. Not only are these 100% recyclable stainless steel water bottles uber-lightweight and easy to carry… not only are they aluminum-free… not only do they come with two tops – a sport top and twist top with lid, to suit your needs… not only do they come with a clip to easily hook the bottle onto your bag or knapsack.. not only are they a Canadian company… but girl, they are hot. Really, really hot. In 950 ml, 700 ml and 500 ml sizes and a series of gorgeous designs, this water bottle will be the envy of your yoga class. I’ve been getting compliment after compliment on mine, which of course I smugly bask in.

So… you want one? You could buy one from their website. You could buy one from one of their in-store carriers. (And if you buy one, know that a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold go to the David Suzuki Foundation.) Or, you could just comment on this post by Monday, April 27 telling me which one of their fancy styles makes the best eco-statement, in your opinion. Don’t forget to leave me a way to contact you such as an email address (sorry, this giveaway is Canada only). And if you do that, I might just send you one. Good luck!

Earth Imprints – your source for eco-friendly products and gifts

ecochick.caAre you in charge of getting promotional items for your company? Then you need to check out Earth Imprints. Based in Squamish, BC, Earth Imprints has a wide range of products suitable for branding that are also suitable for the earth. You can order something as simple as Lanyards made with recycled yarn, or something as unique as wheatgrass grow kits. There are hemp or organic cotton tote bags, water bottles, soy candles… basically, everything that you usually get for an employee promo item or to take to trade shows, except everything is eco-friendly, so has less impact on the planet than traditional items. Nice!

You can find everything at Earth Imprints and follow their newsy Blog here.

GreenBar: your eco-friendly browser toolbar

Are you interested in getting the latest in green news, straight from your browser? Then check out the Greenbar Toolbar. It installs right in to your browser and gives you easy access to blogs, feeds, links, green resources, and more.

The Greenbar also features embedded twitter, a built in email system, google search, and a popup blocker.

It’s usable in either Internet Explorer or Firefox, so should be accessible to most folks. Give it a try and enjoy your green news!

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