Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Essentials for Summer: Buddha Boards

According to one of Canada's leading online sources for Canadian moms, Savvymom.ca, our Travel Buddha Board is a must-have favourite summer essential.

The Savvymom.ca writers say the handy laptop style
water painting buddha board is good for entertaining the kids on airplanes, car trips and on rainy days.

Why did it make their list of essentials for summer? "The
Buddha Board is covered with a special material that allows you to paint on it with plain, old water. No mess, no waste, you paint with the special fillable water pen, enjoy your creation and then when it dries, start again. It’s very zen and the laptop-style with folding cover and pen holder is perfect for travel. ($25, available in blue or red at lavishandlime.com)"

The Travel Buddha Board is ideal as a travel activity in the car for those longer road trips.

At Lavish & Lime, we particularly like the 'no mess, no waste' bit plus the fact that there's no chemicals or toxins involved.

The buddha board also comes as the larger
Laptop Buddha Board in five great colours with a bamboo brush and in a handy pop-in-your-purse smaller gift size, the Mini Buddha Board.

The Travel Buddha Board Water Wizard is available at Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime. For more ideas about summer 2010 essentials, including natural sunscreen and natural DEET-free insect repellent, visit Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about buddha boards or water painting in general, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Healthy Summer Skincare Q&A on Facebook

Wondering what you should look for in a safe sunscreen? Why you should avoid DEET? And Triclosan - the potentially harmful chemical in everything from hand soap to toothpaste? What about the best way to treat sunburn? Find out the answers to all these questions and more at the Lavish & Lime Live Facebook Forum on Wednesday, June 23 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime is hosting a virtual Q&A with industry experts on sunscreen, insect repellent, fighting germs and first aid. Get answers to any and all questions about healthy summer skincare . Plus there will be lots of prize giveaways and special offers for attendees.

Join Lavish & Lime on Facebook now for reminders about the event which will take place on their Facebook page. You can RSVP directly to the event here - and also watch a great video from one of the guest speakers on Killing those Summer Germs...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Guilt-Free Glam: Hopscotch Kids Safe Natural Nail Polish

It's almost summer and time to get those toes out. Love to paint them but worried about all the toxins your body can absorb through the polish and the remover? Your worries are over with our exciting line of Hopscotch Kids Water Colors safe nail care products - they're brand new to Canada.

Straight from the Oscar swag bags to Lavish & Lime, our Hopscotch Kids natural nail polish is safe and free of harmful chemical solvents found in most polishes, ie. Toluene, Formaldehyde and Phthalates. It's completely water-based, free of noxious fumes, biodegradable and doesn't result in yellowing or drying of the nails. Hopscotch Kids nail polish is made in the US.

With names like Hands Up, Seven Up and Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish, you can tell the great range of colours are geared towards the younger set, but to be honest, we think this polish is ideal for adults too. We particularly love the lighter pale pink Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear and the Barbie-esque pink Ice Cream, Soda Pop. In fact, the owner of Hopscotch Kids tells us she paints her three girls' and her own nails - with just one easy coat - before running off to church on Sundays.

In addition to single bottles, we have a Hopscotch Kids nail polish twin pack - in two different colour ways available (comes with a free buffer), plus a party pack that includes two bottles plus remover and a buffer. Both packs make ideal birthday gifts for any glam girl. The Hopscotch Kids polish remover is all natural and corn-based. It includes Aloe and Vitamin E for extra moisturizing. The remover comes with a free buffer for a complete nail care pack. Go glam naturally - and safely - this summer.

Hopscotch Kids Water Colors Safe Natural Nail Polish is available in Canada at Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about nail polish or natural beauty products in general, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Green Hits the Big Screen in Sex and the City 2

A bag made from recycled candy wrappers made it onto the set and into the hands of Samantha Jones (played by Canadian actress Kim Cattrall) in the recently released Sex and the City 2.

Naturally the bag appeared in a shopping scene. It's called the Silver Mega and retails at US$178.

Want to buy one? Let us know and we'll see about bringing it into Canada for you. Contact us at customerservice@lavishandlime.com.

For more greener living ideas, visit Canada's online eco boutique Lavish & Lime. Have a thought about this bag or Sex and the City 2? Please leave a comment below - we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Best Teacher Gift to Show Appreciation

We worked closely with our local Canadian jewelry designer to come up with what is perhaps the best teacher gift ever.

It's the apple inspire necklace made of sterling silver and three charms, including a Swarovski crystal. We've already road tested it as a preschool teacher gift - and it's worked a charm. She said she loved it.

For the apple inspire charm necklace and more great teacher gift ideas, visit Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about teacher gifts in general, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you.

World Oceans Day in Canada

From Cheticamp, Nova Scotia to Tofino, British Columbia and lots of places in between, Canadians will be participating in World Oceans Day 2010 today.

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year. Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation.

Why should we celebrate
World Oceans Day?

The world's ocean:
  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!
Check out how you can get involved in Canadian events being held coast to coast here.

We're particularly excited to see pics from Victoria, BC of the more than 1,000 children who will form the image of a Marbled Murrelet, a threatened west coast sea bird - in an aerial art event organized by the Oceans Day Festival Society.

Interested in living life a little greener? Visit Vancouver-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime for hundreds of easy, small step ideas. If you have any thoughts or ideas about World Oceans Day, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Natural Art Supplies: Clementine Natural Felt Markers Now in Canada

We're so excited - our Clementine all natural art supplies have arrived! We're particularly keen on the NEW Clementine natural felt markers. They're made from all natural plant and animal pigments - no toxic chemicals. They're the first of their kind on the market and they're safer than most standard markers.

Say goodbye to worries when you see your little one hard at work doing some self-tattooing! These naturally non-toxic felt markers are not harmful.

Clementine natural markers currently come as a pack of four colours: pink, yellow, orange and purple. These are the first of the colours Clementine has been able to master with their vibrant natural pigments. They are currently working on a full range of colours including green and black, which should be ready for the fall.

Not only are these felt tips pure and simple, so is their packaging. The box is recycled, recyclable and made by with soy ink in a wind-powered facility.

We've also just received Clementine natural rocket crayons and Clementine paint is on its way.
We're certain you and your little ones will love these vibrant, natural art supplies as much as we do!

Clementine natural markers and a great selection of natural art supplies are available at online eco boutique Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or ideas about natural art supplies, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Top Eco Tip Giveaway - Win an Envirosax Pouch

Have a great eco-friendly tip? What about a greener living idea you've shared with your friends and now they're all doing it too? We're looking for the best, most useful eco tip ever.

Send us your best tip about living life a little greener - whether you've heard about, tried it, or live by it every day - and you could win a 5-pack pouch of Envirosax reusable shopping bags!

Simply post your tip on our Facebook page, email it to us at customerservice@lavishandlime.com or post it below as a comment. We'll compile them all, then post the finalists on our Facebook page for a vote. The best-loved tip will win the Envirosax pouch and runners up will receive a reusable sandwich wrap.

So go on, send us your tip - big or small - we're all ears!

Giveaway Details

All tips must be received by email or posted on Lavish & Lime's Facebook page or blog by July 12, 2010 to be considered as entries. Winners will be notified no later than August 1, 2010.
Actual Envirosax pouch prizes may vary from style shown.
By sending a tip to Lavish & Lime you are agreeing to allow Lavish & Lime to publish the tip and/or use the tip in their promotional materials.


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