Review & Giveaway: green.made.simple

*UPDATE – Giveaway is closed for entries. And the winner is? Click HERE to find out…

To those who were wondering about the radio silence for a week or more well…we’re back! And not only are we back from our travels to the beautiful beaches of Lake Huron or ‘Up North’ as us Michiganders call it, but we’re back with a little something from one of you lovely readers!!

When I moved to Lansing nearly three years ago it was really hard. All my family and friends were in Detroit, and though it’s only an hour away I felt so incredibly alone being pregnant and then bringing Cedella into the world without my usual support system.

So when I stumbled bleary-eyed and nervous into my first Lansing Babywearers meeting I was just treading water in the Lake of Mommy Despair. Everyone was so nice and welcoming and they didn’t think my parenting or lifestyle choices were weird and they just made everything ok.

But Lansing Babywearers was only the gateway drug. We only meet once a month. And I needed more. So next came the La Leche League meetings at Delta-Waverly. Where all my Babywearing friends (and more lovely pro-boobie mamas) met up a couple more times a month.

It’s at one of the LLL meetings that I met my lovely friend Cindy and her beautiful daughter Vada. Her warm smile and the soft and constant clicking of knitting needles are instantly friendly and comforting. She is a master sewer and all-around crafty gal. It was just so easy to become friends with Cindy, especially when she’s willing to hold your baby as you stuff yet another brownie into your postpartum pie-hole 😉

So when she started her new Etsy shop green.made.simple many of us were drooling over the possibilities of what she would come up with for her store.

Though many more earth-friendly housewares are on the way to her shop (like Un-Paper Towels) her first big project were making several dozen wipes for family cloth/cloth wipes. She still has several sets of wipes available like these adorable little heart ones.

Or these fun little froggies.

But she doesn’t just make cool, green, functional housewares. She makes these beautiful teething necklaces too.

How cute are those polka dots? These necklaces are all made with cotton fabric over untreated wooden beads. Babies love to suck on and chew on these things.

And the best part? You don’t have to be a mom of a teething baby to wear one of these lovely items…no one needs to know it doubles as a baby soother!

Sadly I have no pictures to prove how much Izzie loves to chew on this thing (because she’s usually buried in the Ergo carrier while chewing on it or I’ve got my hands full with dinner, or the ipad or while talking on the phone) but trust me when I say, it’s getting a lot of use!

Here’s me and my thumb-sucking, hand-chewing, put-something-in-my-mouth-already 3 month old.

And this is the gorgeous turquoise necklace Cindy made just for me…

So, now that I’ve tempted you…don’t you want one for yourself?

One lucky reader is going to win one of these lovely necklaces. And it could be you.

Now for the nitty gritty details: 
Go to green.made.simple at and pick out which necklace you’d like to win. Next go to Facebook and like green.made.simple and Babies & Bacon (if you already have ‘liked’ us then by all means tell me so!). Then come back here and tell me you ‘like’ us and leave your necklace choice in the comment section. The giveaway starts today and runs until this Friday 6.29.2012 at midnight. A winner will be chosen using and notified via facebook and email that they’re the big winner!!
But if you just can’t wait and really need to have one of those necklaces right now, or want to buy one for a shower gift (cause it would be such a cool and unique present to give) or you need some more wipes for your stash, Cindy is giving Babies & Bacon readers 15% off of their orders using the code ‘bbgiveaway’ for the duration of the giveaway.
So what are you waiting for? Somebody’s going to win! And wouldn’t it be great if it was you? 😉
I was given a beautiful turquoise necklace to facilitate my review. But these opinions are mine and mine only darlings.



  1. Kendra says:

    I “liked” both pages. I love the purple with polka dots necklace! Thanks for the giveaway

  2. Laura says:

    I “like” both pages! I love these necklaces, especially the orange swirl.

  3. Jenn F. says:

    These are great! I “liked” both pages :) I think Radek would love one of these. The green and blue is my favorite!

  4. Kait K says:

    I like both sites! :) And I would luv the white and blue polka dots!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I liked both pages and the purple multi dot necklace.

    Your story of moving from Detroit to Lansing while pregnant is exactly my story, Alexa! I definitely have found my tribe with the LBW/LLL ladies, but I still really miss the bigger city. Were you in the city or a burb? We lived in Ferndale, two blocks from downtown — we really left behind a lot of community and ease of living. Still adjusting over here. :)

    • Alexia says:

      What?! Can’t believe you’re from Ferndale and we haven’t figured this out before! I grew up in Oak Park and my husband and I used to live in Hamtramck before moving to Lansing. But we frequented Ferndale quite a bit. It was really hard to leave, especially since everything is so close together there. The Lansing area is so spread out. But we’re working on a building a community back up, sounds like you guys are too! How small is our world? So cool 😉

  6. Teresha says:

    the green & blue one. I like both pages
    thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Ann S says:

    I liked both of you – such talented and crafty women here in Lansing, glad I discovered your blog and her store! woohoo!
    Ann S recently posted..Roasted Provençale chicken salad

  8. Ann S says:

    Oh yeah, and I’d like the dark blue one if I win ;D
    Ann S recently posted..Roasted Provençale chicken salad

  9. Ann S says:

    last comment (yes I know, it’s not how many times I post…) where’d you go on Lake Huron? I’m headed up Sunday to Greenbush (a tiny burg on the lake between Harrisville and Oscoda).
    Ann S recently posted..Roasted Provençale chicken salad

  10. Nicole says:

    I liked both pages! I like the pale green necklace with stripes. I would love to send my chococanbana scrap and have a necklace made.

    • That is totally doable! Are you local to the Lansing area? If you are, we can always meet up for the handoff. The necklace would be cheaper for you, as well (I’m thinking $10?). Feel free to convo me on etsy or send me an email :)

  11. Andrea says:

    I’ve liked both pages, and my favorite necklace is the white and blue polka dots!
    Andrea recently posted..Infant/Toddler Neck and Head Support Pillow – Pastel Hearts by twolittlemonkies

  12. Mandy says:

    I just found green.made.simple! Love her stuff! I am new to your blog, but I am already hooked :). I liked both pages and LOVE the tan necklace from the etsy shop. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  13. Helena says:

    I “liked” both! I love the Grenn and Blue necklace :-)

  14. Nicole says:

    I liked both pages and I like the orange and pink dots!! :)

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