Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EcoStiletto - The Ultimate Guide to All Things Chic and Eco


School may be out for summer, but if you want to be in the eco-know we have a site you'll want to add to your summer reading list. A big THANK YOU to EcoStiletto for recommending Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in their enlightening piece on the hidden hazards of nail polish!




BYE, BYE BIG THREE: HELLO, RESIN
Most of the major polish brands are going “big three free,” meaning they’ve taken the most well known toxic ingredients—formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate(DBP)—out of their formulas. But some still contain chemical solvents, typically acetate derivatives (that’s the stuff that makes it stinky). And some have gotten flak for “hidden” ingredients like formaldehyde resin, which may not be listed on
labels.


The article starts off listing some of the bigger chemical offenders and then some lesser, let's say misdemeanor, options. And finally you get to the water-based category where you'll find us:



The Hopscotch Kids WaterColors line is designed for rugrats, but moms-in-the-know grab it first. Hopscotch founder and mother of four Ginny Cardenas says that when you first use water-based polish, you may notice that it peels and chips because the polish is drawing away the solvents that your old polish left behind, but after a few treatments with water-based polish, you’ll never know the difference. We’re not sure on the science, but our pretty polish stayed on and we’re counting the days until Scotch Naturals for adults launches next month.


We love that they saved the best--and safest--for last! Read the full article on EcoStiletto and be sure sign up for the newsletter and enter to enter to win a Hopscotch Kids WaterColors Twin Pack.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Livin' Large - Check us Out on Laura Day Living!





First of all, if you don't know what Laura Day Living is, please go check it out... I mean now... go ahead. I assure you you'll curse me later. We are driven to distraction by this webazine and could spend hours--literally--meandering through each room, enjoying her her visually stunning layouts and exploring the different sources of inspiration. It is truly a visual treat. Like a treasured and engrossing coffee table tome that changes content every few weeks.


So you can imagine how over-the-moon we are about being featured in Volume 3, which is all about summer and her home in the Hamptons. Check out Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Bubble Gum Bubble Gum in a Dish. We are in the Closet with the accessories... you can take your time and go room by room, or you can take the shortcut.


Main image from Laura Day Living Vol.3

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lovely Little Ladybugs




Now that we have some new colors in our lineup (and a great new formulation!) we're really starting to play around with fun and simple paint techniques that are so quick to do, even our busy girls volunteer to be testers. The ladybug is so simple, and adorable on little toes for summer:

You will need
Soap and water
Buffer
Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Red Rover Red Rover
Hopscotch Kids WaterColors nail polish in Miss Mary Mack
A toothpick (or small paperclip bent straight)
A rag or moist paper towel to wipe the toothpick if needed

1. Make sure hands are super clean to start.
2. Buff nails to remove surface oils, then rinse and dry well.
3. Apply 1-2 thin coats of Red Rover Red Rover.
4. Carefully remove brush from Miss Mary Mack and set aside.
5. Dip the toothpick into the polish and gently apply little black dots.

Keep your squirmer occupied for 3-5 minutes and then let your little buggies fly.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oh Canada... Here We Come!


We are so thrilled that you can now find us on two FANTASTIC Canadian online retail sites: Lavish and Lime and Raspberry Kids.


Countless hours and research have gone into finding products that embody Raspberry Kids tagline of Fresh, Healthy and Fun and we are very excited and proud of our Raspberry Kids collection. We have focused on quality, craftsmanship, usability and good value versus quantity, price and simply accumulating stuff. We look for unique products and products that tell a story. We are pleased to feature many products that are made in Canada, the USA & Australia, several items that are made By a Mom, For a Mom as well as many award winning products and products that are environmentally friendly and/or socially responsible.



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If you're looking for contemporary eco-friendly products to help you live life a little greener, Lavish & Lime is a great place to start. We source unique, contemporary products that look good. Green is no longer a fad, it’s a way of life and the smartest, most efficient way to do things when all true costs are taken into account. Everything at Lavish & Lime has been selected because of its inherent quality and style. Each product must successfully pass through one of three filters: Eco-friendly, Natural/non-toxic and Made in Canada.

Hopscotch Kids WaterColors on Lavish and Lime

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!





In honor of Flag Day--and as our own prep for the coming 4th of July holiday--we found a fantastic project for you and the kiddos, courtesy of Skip to My Lou. I never do anything quite put-together enough for the centerpiece, though I might have to this year because it is so adorable! However, we do love to make home made pinwheels and Skip to My Lou provides pdf instructions for three different sizes. They are fun and festive and you can use them in all sizes to decorate your backyard or beach BBQ. Or you can make little 4 or 6 inch versions as cake or pie decor. And of course they are an ideal, safe alternative to sparklers for your tiny tots.



Once you clean up the project mess, gather your girls and your Hopscotch Kids WaterColors. Our Ink a Bink a Bottle of Ink and Red Rover Red Rover will give your fingers and toes a little patriotic flair. Paint nails one color and toes the other, or alternate one red, one blue. If you're feeling really creative you could do red nails with blue dots (or stripes) or vice versa... the possibilites are endless!
Be sure to order the Twin Pack and we'll include a free buffer.


Centerpiece image via Skip to My Lou.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Color Me Safe - Home Made Play Dough





We are all about color... Obviously! But more and more we are trepedatious about the safety of the products our kids love, namely play dough and paint. Thanks to eco ike we've just come across this fantastic recipe for homemade play dough. Be sure to check out the link below for all natural (vegetable) food coloring.



1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 Tablespoon oil (any type)
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon peppermint extract (or cinnamon or vanilla)
1+ Tablespoon natural food coloring


(1.) In a pot, mix dry ingredients then stir in the wet ingredients while the burner is on medium heat.
(2.) Once it thickens a little, lower the heat and keep mixing until it looks almost solid and there are no gooey parts.
(3.) Dump out, let cool and wedge.
(4.) Keep in a glass or bpa-free airtight container.
* recipe courtesy of Simple Bliss