Green Halloween National Costume Swap Day #CostumeSwap Twitter Party

I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. Dressing up, spooky decorations, candy and treats without the family drama of Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah. Whoot!

But the costumes have sure gotten away from the homemade costumes of my youth. One year my mom my a red wing blackbird costume for me, and hand sewed individual black feathers on the wings. Another year my sister was a circus performer, and my mom made a white horse out of foamboard and attached it to my sister’s tricycle. And yes, one year my mom made my sister and me lion costumes from felt and yarn.

But now most of us buy costumes from the store, and then get rid of them. Disposable Halloween. But there is something we can do about the waste associated with disposable costumes – National Costume Swap Day!

National Costume Swap Day is a partnership of Green Halloween, Swap.com and Kiwi Magazine. This year, the official day is October 8, 2011. Host your own (register here) or find a local swap.

In honor of and to spread the word about National Costume Swap Day, we are having a Twitter party with prizes (of course) on September 27, 2011 from 6 to 7 pm Pacific (that’s 9 to 10 Eastern).  Be sure to RSVP at Green Halloween to be eligible for prizes.

The following prizes will be given out during the #costumeswap Twitter party on 9/27/11:

Be sure to follow Costume Swap on Twitter (@CostumeSwapDay) as well as the fabulous special guests on Twi

  1. Angell Bars sample pack with sample Angell Organic Candy Bars in different flavors, an organic cotton t-shirt and stickers valued at $45 from Angell Bars;
  2. Copy of the fabulous book Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family valued at $24.95 from Celebrate Green;
  3. A Kiwi Magazine subscription (to the US or Canada) from Kiwi Magazine;
  4. A Nature’s Path Specialty Gift Basket with a collection of products and eco–friendly items from Nature’s Path Foods; and
  5. A Revolution Foods Healthy Halloween Snack Kit with 48 organic Mashups squeezable fruit for kids with a suggested retail price of $67.

tter – Swap.com (@Swap), Kiwi Magazine (@KiwiMagazine), Green Halloween (@GreenHalloween), EcoMom Alliance (@EcoMomAlliance), Practically Green (@PracticallyGrn) and Celebrate Green (@CelebrateGreen). And, of course, follow your hostess – @TheSmartMama.

When tweeting during the party, don’t forget the hashtag – #costumeswap. If you need some information on how a Twitter party works, check out this blog post.

#ecowed Twitter party with ecomom: Entertaining the Family for Spring Holidays

This Wednesday’s #ecowed Twitter party will focus on Entertaining the Family for Spring Holidays the eco-friendly way. We will be tweeting green partying for Spring with our sponsor ecomom on April 6, 2011, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific (that’s 10 to 11 pm Eastern). Our special guest expert is the wonderful Gigi Lee Chang, founder and CEO of Plum Organics.

ecomom is sponsoring a series of #ecowed Twitter parties in support of ecomom’s fabulous contest to win a $75,000 Healthy  Home Makeover. That’s right – one lucky family will win a newly refreshed and healthy home. This is week two – and it is about the garden and the family room. I love gardening, so I’m particularly excited about this party.

And spring is the time to think about a newly refreshed and healthy home! Spring always makes me want to clean out the old, go green with the new, and invite people over for parties! So we will be talking with the founder of Plum Organics, Gigi Lee Chang, about how to entertain the family eco-friendly style. We will be talking about simplicity, food and celebrating new life!

As always, we’ve got prizes. Our fabulous sponsor ecomom is providing three (3) $20 gift certificates to the ecomom website, and a $100 gift certificate as the grand prize! Woot! To be eligible to win, you must (1) leave a comment on this blog with your Twitter handle and (2) participate in the Twitter party (don’t forget to use the #ecowed hashtag). If you haven’t participated in a Twitter party before, here’s a run down on how to participate in a Twitter party

Tweet with you on April 6, 2011 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific. Don’t forget to follow me http://twitter.com/thesmartmama), our sponsor @ecomom and @ecomomkimberly, and our guest expert @plumorganics.

#EcoWed Twitter Party with ecomom – Uncovering Spring Beauty: Restoring Winter Skin

This Wednesday’s #ecowed Twitter party will be fabulous! Our wonderful sponsor is ecomom. And, just so you all know, we are going to have 4 #ecowed Twitter parties in a row sponsored by ecomom because ecomom has launched a contest to win a $75,000 healthy home makeover!

That’s right – a $75,000 ecomom healthy home makeover! Go check it out and enter to win.

Our first ecomom #ecowed Twitter party in this series is this Wednesday, March 30, 2011, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific (that’s 10 to 11 pm for you on Eastern time). We will be talking Uncovering Spring Beauty: Restoring Winter Skin with guest experts Kim Walls, MS and Sara Snow. I don’t know about you, by my skin suffers during the cold and windy weather, especially when you add in the dry air of indoor heating. With the advent of spring (although we just  had a series of cold winter-like rain storms here in Los Angeles), I would like to uncover some Spring beauty (actually, any beauty at all but that is an entirely different story) . . .

If you aren’t familiar with ecomom, then you really, really should go check out the website. ecomom has everything a green mama could want, and then some. Really – go check it out. And also check out the ecomom blog.

Kim Walls is the CEO of Episencial and creator of the Epicuren Baby and Episencial skin care products. She is also one of my favorite people to discuss ingredients. She knows everything, and gets into the nuances of petroleum based ingredients versus petroleum processing just like I do. We can talk fragrance components for hours. I’m so happy to have her as our guest expert as we discuss spring beauty and restoring winter skin. 

Sara Snow understands healthy and natural living and it is her mission to impart that knowledge and experience. She is an author, speaker and Discovery Channel television host. Her book Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home provides information on not only how but why to live green. She is also a mom.

And we’ve got fabulous prizes. Episencial has donated 3 Summer Skincare Kits. And our sponsor, ecomom, has donated 3 $20 gift certificates to ecomom.com and a grand prize $100 gift certificate to ecomom.com. That’s right – a $100 gift certificate to spend at ecomom.com for our grand prize.

To win a prize, you MUST leave a comment on this blog AND participate in the Twitter party using the hashtag #ecowed. For you comment, just tell us what you would like to talk about to uncover your spring beauty and beat those winter blahs or ask a question of our guest experts, Kim Walls and Sara Snow. To participate in the Twitter party, make sure you join us from 7 to 8 pm Pacific on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, and use the #ecowed hashtag. Follow me, @thesmartmama, and also @ecomom, @ecomomkimberly, @episencial and @sarasnow. If you don’t know how to participate in a Twitter party, just read this handy guide.

Fabulous #EcoWed Twitter Party – Cooking with Kids & Family Meals

We’ve got a fabulous #ecowed Twitter party lined up for Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific (that’s 10 to 11 for you Eastern peeps). EcoMom is sponsoring the party, and we will be talking about cooking with the kids and family meals. Our wonderful guest expert will be Diana Stobo, author of Get Naked Fast! A Guide to Stripping Away the Foods That Weigh You Down  (if you click the link and buy the book, I will get like $0.00025 or something like that from Amazon).

Diana is a raw foods enthusiast, award winning author, educator and motivational speaker. She uses her personal health struggles to help people live a life of health, vibrance and beauty. Her non-judgmental and honest approach to incorporating more unprocessed food into the diet is designed to help you Get Naked Fast.

I’m excited for this party. I am in the process of planting my rooftop container garden, and I really, really want to incorporate more interesting foods into my diet. I’m planting them, and now I want to focus on how to use them in a way that will make my kids happy.

So, get ready to party, Twitter style. Get your questions ready for Diana, and make sure to follow her on Twitter as DianaStoboLive. Also follow our fabulous sponsor, EcoMom on Twitter as @ecomom.  

If you aren’t familiar with EcoMom, then you MUST go check out the website. EcoMom has everything a green mama could want, and then some. Really – go check it out. And also check out the EcoMom blog.

And of course, we’ve got prizes from our sponsor, EcoMom. We’ve got three $20 gift certificates that can be used at the wonderful Ecomom website, and the grand prize is one heart shaped bamboo spoon (cutest thing EVER); Endurance heart shaped measuring spoons – set of 4; and a Love Reusable Stash It Bag. Now that is a great grand prize!

To be eligible to win, you must leave a comment below – any question you have about family meals, making foods kids friendly or going naked (raw, that is) and participate at least once during the Twitter party on 2/23/11 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific using the #ecowed hashtag.