GreenHalloween Twitter Party Extravaganza! Great Info, Fantastic Prizes!

Get ready for a awesome Twitter Party on greening your Halloween with GreenHalloween.org. That’s right – we are going to get eekofriendly on October 13, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm Pacific time!

Green Halloween is a program of the non profit organization EcoMom Alliance. The concept is to make Halloween healthier and safer for our children and for the environment.  In 2010, a record one millionpieces of candy were replaced with healthier and more sustainable treat options. This year, the revolution will continue, and the Twitter party will share information on just how to do that.

Plus, of course, there are prizes.

First, to be eligible for the prizes, make sure you are following @GreenHalloween and then RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle here in the comments. Then, join us for the #GreenHalloween Twitter party on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 6 to 8 pm. Don’t forget to use the #greenhalloween hashtag in your tweets.

We have a ton of special guests. The partners include HonestTea @HonestTea, Goodwin Heart Pine @GoodwinLumber, Kiwi magazine @KiwiMagazine, Red Tricycle, Practically Green @PracticallyGrnEndangered Species Chocolate @ESC_Chocolate, Nature’s Path @NaturesPath, Stretch Island Fruit Co. @StretchIsland, Revolution Foods @RevolutionFoods, Plum Organics @PlumOrganics, Surf Sweets @SurfSweets, Angell Bar @OrganicCandyBar, Mr. Halloweenster @MrHalloweenster, EcoMom.com @EcoMom, Celebrate Green! @CelebrateGreen, Today I Ate A Rainbow @eatingarainbow, Terra Firma Cosmetics MoMoGirl, The Damsel in the Attic @DamselInAttic and Neighborcare Health @Neighborcare. The nonprofit partner is Goodwill Industries International @GoodwillIntl. And, the event partners are Womentorz @Womentorz, LiveGreene @ShopLiveGreene, Natural Luxe @NaturalLuxe, Eat Cleaner @EatCleanerFood, EcoPartyTime @EcoPartyTime, Divine Events @AlyZDivine, Divine Moms @DivineMomz, Green Halloween Daytona Beach @GreenHalloween1, Los Angeles Costume Swap @LACostumeSwap and Anna Clark @annaclark.

And, of course, me. I’m hosting as @TheSmartMama.

The prizes are as follows:

(1) Angell Organic Candy Bar sample pack including 2 bars each Crisp, Dark and Snow; an organic cotton t-shirt and assorted stickers generously donated by Angell Bars.

(2) A copy of the book “Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family” generously donated by mother-daughter founders of @GreenHalloween and @CostumeSwapDay.

(3)  Stretch Island Fruit Co. package consisting of 2 cases of 30 fruit strips – winner can choose 1 or 2 flavors from Stretch Island Fruit Co.

(4) 1 Lunchbots Pico, a stainless steel divided lunch container from LunchBots @Lunchbot.

(5) A treat from Honest Tea valued at $64.

(6) A Kiwi magazine subscription from Kiwi magazine.

(7) A Nature’s Path Specialty Gift Basket with a value of more than $100.

(8) Revolution Foods is generously giving away a case of 50 Jammy Sammys.

If you need information on Twitter parties, please check out this informative post.

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 – Spring Cleaning: Creating a Toxicant Free Home

I’m so excited for this week’s #ecowed Twitter party! We will be talking Spring Cleaning: Creating a Toxicant Free Home with our sponsor ecomom and some very special extra guests, including mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell from Celebrate Green, Lisa Frack and Senior Scientist Becky Sutton from the Environmental Working Group, and Beth Greer from Super Natural Mom.

Spring always makes we want to clean, organize and start fresh. This #ecowed party will focus on how to undertake that spring cleaning and create a toxicant free home. Tweet with me @thesmartmama and our sponsor @ecomom and @ecomomkimberly to learn some tricks and tips for creating that toxicant free home and be sure to share your own tips.

Also, Social Media Manager Lisa Frack and Senior Scientist Becky Sutton from the EWG are also joining us with their expertise. Make sure you follow @ewgtoxics to learn from Lisa and Becky. And, go check out EWG’s 10 tips for non toxic spring cleaning.

Beth Greer, holistic health educator, radio talk show host, and certified Build It Green professional will also be joining us. She is also the author of Super Natural Home: Improve Your Health, Home, and Planet–One Room at a Time. Make sure you follow her at @supernaturalhome.

And, finally, we’ve got Lynn and Corey, authors of Celebrate Green. Make sure you follow @celebrategreen on Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter ecomom’s $75,000 Healthy Home Makeover contest and check out ecomom’s blog with daily giveaways.

We will have great advice for going non toxic and prizes to boot. That’s right – we’ve got three $25 gift certificates to the ecomom website and a grand prize $100 gift certificate to ecomom. Prizes will be randomly drawn from those who join us during the #ecowed Twitter party using the #ecowed hashtag. Get an extra entry by leaving a comment on this post about how you create a toxicant free home or a question you have about creating a healthy home.

So join us at 7 pm Pacific on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, using the #ecowed hashtag. If you aren’t sure how to join a Twitter party, just read about it here. And if you want some tips for reducing toxic chemical exposure, don’t forget you can always check out my book – Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure

#ecowed Twitter party with ecomom – Getting Organized!!

Get ready for yet another fabulous #ecowed Twitter party with sponsor ecomom.com. This Wednesday, April 13, 2011, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific time, we will be tweeting with @ecomom and our guest experts about organization!

Okay, so getting organized is always a hot topic. How does a busy family do it? Don’t you envy those families that never seem to forget anything? I do. But every time I try to get organized, I feel overwhelmed. And I feel frustrated because all of the organizing storage bins and similar items are made of plastic.

But, ecomom.com does have some options, such as the Way Basics Storage Cube. Or check out the Way Basics Tribeca Bookcase. It is made of zboard, which is made from 99% post consumer recycled paper and is lighter to ship than particle board so reduced energy consumption in the shipping. And no formaldehyde like particle board.

Plus, organizing isn’t just getting all of our stuff put away. I also need to organize the communications with my kids’ school, their sport teams, etc. And that is where one of our guest experts comes in. Guest expert Aparna Vasshisht-Rota is the founder of Parentella.com, a private parent-teacher social network. It is designed to improve communications between teachers, parents, and room parents. It is a lot better (and more greener) than send home notes!

We will also be joined by guest expert Molly Gold, present and founder of GO MOM! Inc. Molly Gold is a lifestyle media expert, spokesperson, communications consultant, consumer productsd specialist and online media mom.

So let’s talk tips and strategies for organization. Join us at the #ecowed Twitter party, 4/13, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific. Don’t forget to follow @thesmartmama, our sponsor @ecomom and @ecomomkimberly, and our guest experts, @parentella and @myGOMOM.

And we’ve got prizes. This week, we will be picking prizes only from those that participate in the #ecowed Twitter party using the #ecowed hashtag. It will be random draws from the participants and perhaps those answering questions. We’ve got three (3) $25 gift certificates to ecomom.com and a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to ecomom.com. So join us for #ecowed, 4/13, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific.

Plus, don’t forget to enter ecomom’s absolutely fabulous Healthy Home Makeover contest. You could win a $75,000 Healthy Home Makeover! Plus ecomom has daily giveaways – just check out the ecomom blog for today’s contest.

How to Participate in a Twitter Party

A Twitter party is a real-time conversation on Twitter on a certain date, at a certain time, using a specified hashtag. Basically, it is like-minded people tweeting (that is, talking) about the same thing at the same time. That’s it.

First, to join a Twitter party, you need a Twitter account. So, if you don’t have one, go sign up for one.

 Then, during the Twitter party time, just join in the conversation. You don’t need an invitation to join a Twitter party – Twitter is an open, public forum. However, some Twitter parties require you to RSVP in order to be eligible to win prizes. Usually, that information will be tweeted.

Also, make sure to use the specified hashtag to mark  your conversation as part of the Twitter party. The hashtag is a word or saying with the pound symbol “#” in front of it – so the EcoWed Twitter parties use the hashtag #ecowed.

Now, if the Twitter party is hosted, be sure to follow your host or hostess. To see what everybody is talking about, you can use Twitter’s search feature with the hashtag (that is one of the reasons to use the hashtag). You can also use a program specifically designed for Twitter – like TweetChat, Tweetdeck or Tweetgrid.

For some Twitter party etiquette, keep in mind that it is a conversation. Just like at a cocktail party, you don’t want to be the party-goer that only talks about herself. Or only promotes herself. Also, if the party is sponsored – which usually means that a company or organization has paid the host or hostess or given him or her some consideration – then really don’t spend all your timepromoting your products or services.

That’s it. Hope to tweet with you at an #ecowed Twitter party.

#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.

#Ecowed Twitter Party – Staying Healthy Naturally

This week’s #ecowed Twitter party is right on topic for this time of year – EcoMom Healthy Prevention and Remedies for the New Year with Dr. Alan Greene. As the title and topic suggest, this week’s #ecowed is sponsored by EcoMom, and our guest expert will be the fabulous Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four, and author of Feeding Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Program for Healthy, Safe Nutrition During Pregnancy, Childhood, and Beyondand Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care. Dr. Greene has a plethora of awards and media appearances, including an upcoming appearance on Dr. Oz.

If you aren’t familiar with EcoMom.com, you should be. EcoMom makes healthy living happen. As I always say, healthy living doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. Small steps matter and do make a big difference. EcoMom was founded to address the connection betweeen the health of our environment and the health of our children. EcoMom is committeed to making eco-conscious living easy and affordable. Plus, EcoMom has tips, tricks and information to make your healthy living easy.

So, this week’s #ecowed Twitter party will focus on health and wellness remedies and prevention for the whole family. EcoMom and Dr. Greene will gives us tips and tools to stay healthy more naturally. Get ready to ask your questions this Wednesday, January 19, 2011, from 7 to 8 pm Pacific. Just tweet with the #ecowed hashtag, and make sure to follow EcoMom (@ecomom) and EcoMomKimberly (@ecomomkimberly) as well as DrGreene (@drgreene) and me of course, TheSmartMama (@thesmartmama).

We have some fabulous prizes. To win, you must RSVP to the party by leaving a comment below – ask Dr. Greene or EcoMom a question, give a tip of staying healthy naturally, tell me something you love about ecomom.com, or just tell us you plan to join the party – and you must be present during the #ecowed party and use the #ecowed hashtag. Don’t forget – the party is from 7 to 8 pm Pacific on Wednesday, January 19.

The prizes are:

  1. Episenscial Soothing Cream (1 oz) (a $10 value);
  2. 1 bottle of SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins (a $24 value);
  3. 1 original and 1 orange and vanilla 1 oz Clean Well Spray; and
  4. a Grand Prize of Nature’s Artifacts Salt Inhaler (a $40 value) and a $25 gift certificate to EcoMom.com.

Tweet with you Wednesday, January 19, 2011! A link to the party’s tweetgrid will be tweeted at the beginning of the party.

Disclosure – If you didn’t figure it out, by having a sponsored party, EcoMom is providing me with compensation for hosting the party.

#Ecowed Twitter Party – Method’s New Antibacterial Cleaning Products

Do you think that bleach is necessary to kill germs in your house?

Do you want to cheat on your bleach but are worried that surfaces just won’t be clean enough without it?

Are you tired of making your own cleaners but don’t want to buy conventional cleaners because they can contain nasty chemicals?

Well, come learn about Method’s new line of anti-bacterial cleaners during this Wednesday’s #ecowed Twitter party. The party is sponsored by Method, and we will be talking about Method’s line of botanical based antibacterial cleaners. These products use thymol as the active ingredient to disinfect.

The #ecowed party is November 17, 2010 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific. You  just need to tweet with the #ecowed hashtag during they party and follow me, TheSmartMama, and our sponsor, MethodHome.

Now, I have to admit, the cleaners aren’t perfect in terms of ingredients from a green perspective. For example, the Method Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner has thyme oil, oregano oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, citric acid, copper sulfate pentahydrate (< 15 ppm Cu++), a fragrance oil blend, and water. Now, the sodium lauryl sulfate may be of concern to some. But, this isn’t sodium laureth sulfate, which can be contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane. No, this is sodium lauryl sulfate which has a reputation for being a carcinogen. But, there is no evidence that SLS is a carcinogen. In fant, that story persists online despite the complete lack of scientific support. SLS can, however, be an irritant in beauty products, but that usually isn’t a concern when it is used in cleaning products. Of more concern is that SLS is synthesized by reacting lauryl alcohol with sulfuric acid, and the lauryl alcohol usually comes from coconut or palm kernel oil. Since palm oil raises concerns about deforestation, Method only works with suppliers taht are part of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and is also working to develop a sustainable American source of palm oil. As for the fragrance oil blend, it is a combination of synthetic and essential oils. Synthetic oils can be problemmatic, and are derived from a non-renewable resourc. However, the synthetic oils are phthalate free. So, good, but not perfect.

But, all in all, these are pretty good products to buy if you want a greener product from a company committed to doing good things and trying to be green.

During the Twitter party, Method will have an expert environmental chemist to answer questions about the products and their ingredients, as well as concerns over sources of ingredients and packaging.

Not sure if the products will work? You can check out the reviews from some of the bloggers that participated in a tour of the Method Antibacterial products:

And we’ve got prizes to boot. We’ve got Method’s Fight the Flu kits and a dish soap/kitchen hand wash bundle. Just leave a comment to be eligible to win a prize about questions or comments on cleaning and fighting germs. Then tweet with us Wednesday, November 17, 2010 from 7 to 8 pm Pacific (that’s 10 to 11 pm East Coast). Follow me, TheSmartMama and MethodHome and use the #ecowed hashtag.