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Spit That Out! A book giveaway

Have you ever stayed up all night scraping lead paint off the walls (and then realized you’ve actually made the problem worse)? Googled every toy in the house to make sure they didn’t contain high levels of cadmium or lead? Searched every product in the cabinet for the mere mention of a paraben? As a new mother, Paige Wolf has been committed to living an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. But with the flood of constantly changing information, it’s become an increasingly difficult task. In addition to the age-old daunting task of raising happy, healthy babies, mothers are constantly bombarded with new and contradictory research concerning environmental toxins, long-term product effects, and the far-reaching impact of every product we purchase and decision we make. Spit That Out! answers the questions posed by mothers on the verge of a “green mom nervous breakdown” and turns to experts to present facts, debunk myths, and help parents stay on a reasonable and responsible course without losing their minds. Whether they are cloth-diapering, holistic mamas or moms who still can’t give up their designer duds, all modern mothers can relate to the desperation of wanting to do the best for their children – and feeling hopelessly overwhelmed in the process. Spit That Out! feeds an audience of mothers hungry for commiseration, direction, and relief.

Paige Wolf, the author of Spit That Out: the Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt, has graciously offered one of Mama’s Little Helper’s readers to win a copy of her book.  On her blog , Paige provides up to date info about being an environmentally friendly parent in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia.  She provides many green mom resources as well as her personal struggles to make the best green choices for raising her son.  Her recent post about play tunnels got me thinking about the play tunnel/tent we own and what materials it contains.  Her book also has a few tips from Mama herself, Chrissy Glen!

For your chance to win a copy of Spit That Out! please leave a comment below this post and share a “green” parenting tip or a question you have about being a greener parent.  (I can’t guarantee an answer, but maybe another reader will know an answer to share too!)  Or, if you can’t think of a tip or question, comment about why you want to win!  This giveaway will end on March 17th at 11:00pm EST.  One winner will be selected from the comments using and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, otherwise a new winner will be selected.  Prize delivery is the responsibility of the Paige Wolf.  Good luck!

Mama Diane

22 comments to Spit That Out! A book giveaway

  • Deb P

    This giveaway caught my attention because of a recent segment on NPR. They were talking about a study performed on plastics. They found that all plastics (including those bearing the BPA-free label) still emit estrogen-like chemicals. Does that mean all plastics are harmful?

  • Stephanie

    I try to buy bigger bags and containers of things, like pretzels and yogurt. I use my own dishes and bags to give my kids the smaller portions and cut back on the trash of all those individual serving sizes.

  • Angela

    My green tip for the contest: Instead of spending the extra money on snacks that come in individual packets (like goldfish or cheez-its) I buy they in regular sizes and use cute little tupperware containers for them. Much better on the environment that lots of packaging AND it’s cheaper in the long run (yes, it takes time but not as much as you think!)

    • KnittingZeal

      I do this too! I even got my husband into doing it for work snacks. We stock up at BJs on pretzels and other healthy snacks, as well as buy the 32oz yogurt containers and portion it out. It definitely has reduced packaging waste.

  • Michele Szper

    Polycarbonate plastic is clear or colored and typically marked with a number 7 on the bottom stay away from this one! Types 1, 2, 4 and 5 are safer choices and are usually readily available. Just look on the bottom of the bottle.

  • Samantha

    I tend to be a little leery of plastics, so I used almost all glass bottles. I like glass better- it really seems to come clean and I’m not stressed out about chemicals (in bottles, as least!). Never had a problem with them breaking, either. Would love to win this book!

  • Jamie

    As an upcoming first time mama (June!!) I have no tips but was wondering how other moms made green decisions for their newborns. What are some splurge “musts” and what do you pass on if you’re on a budget?

  • Sandra E

    I would love to win this book! One green tip would be to try different types of cloth diapers to make sure you get the right fit.

  • Karen

    I know everyone already knows this, but reuseable bags!! Seriously for everything, even like when you go to target or Old Navy or anywhere your gonna be given a bag with purchase! Also, we need more cloth diapering resouces closer to my area. When I had my first child and wanted to cloth diaper people looked at me like i had bugs crawling outta my ears! Funny now that i think of it, they looked at me liked that when I said I wanted to breast feed. Hmmmm. Hope I win:)

    • I just found a new cloth diaper service in our area. I’ll find it and post it. I did cloth diapering too and loved it. I too use the recycled bags :)

      • KnittingZeal

        I have her card: The Diaper Nanny. Her business sounds great…I would have loved to have had her around when my son was in diapers.

  • Danielle

    I have switched all of my cleaning products to “green” products. After doing initial research, I was shocked at the chemicals that were considered “safe” for in-home use. Now we only use natural, plant based cleaners such as the BabyGanics line or 7th Gen…love it! This book looks like a great read!

  • Christine Banford

    My green tip would be to use baking soda and vinegar to create a cleaning paste. It can be used to clean almost everything. I use it for the tub and counters.

  • Bindu

    I don’t heat food in any plastic container anymore even if microwave safe. I’m trying to use chemical free products most of the time at home which includes bath/shower products too). I use reusable bags all the time for all my shopping needs and I give all one-sided paper from my junk mails to my daughter to do her art.:-) I recycle as much as I can. I resuse most of the glass containers (pasta sauces, jelly, etc) to store my spices and pulses instead of buying new containers.

  • Jennifer

    My two school-aged children not only use lunchboxes instead of paper bags, but we have reusable bags to put their sandwiches and fruit in, instead of wasting plastic ziplock bags every day.

  • nancee

    My green tip would be to raise your child vegetarian, cant do better for the environment then that!

  • Lucy

    Two green tips: 1. use cloth diapers! 2. plant a garden. We just planted our seeds last week and are starting to prepare the area we plan to plant in. We can’t wait for the harvest!

  • Amy

    I would love to win this book…I am always looking for ways to live greener!

  • Su

    Fuzzi- Bunz cloth diapers!!!! using them again for my second son, and also they are great money-saver! re-useable cloth wipes rock too

  • Denise

    There are quite a few ways to make cleaning products out of relatively inexpensive ingredients. Like Christine (above) mentioned, vinegar and baking soda are great alternatives. Peroxide, borax, are other options. For a great furniture polish, olive oil and vinegar mixed in equal parts does a great job!

  • Lor

    Reuse! Reuse! Reuse! Registered & Protectedcopyright for video