Wooden Swing Sets: Just in time for summer!

CSN is one of my FAVORITE places to shop! You can find almost anything you need in one of their 200+ stores! Now’s the time to start thinking about outdoor fun this summer and purchasing a new wooden swing set for your little one(s)! Whether you’re shopping for wooden swing sets, toys and games, or shoes, CSN has something for everyone! CSN Stores also offer options for every budget. They are your one stop shop for some of the top designers and stylish items to make your life easier and colorful.

I’m most excited to report that you will be seeing a review posted soon on
one of their many great products! Stay tuned to see which item I chose.
In the meantime, browse one of their 200+ sites during your online


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Keep Your Car Clean!

I’ve introduced a new fabric into my shop, Palace Designs. I’ve been using my own Auto Litter Bag in my car for about a year and it comes in really handy. We’re all guilty of having  some form of trash and/or recycling rolling around our cars at some point. Tissues, wrappers, cups, bottles, gum wrappers, etc. can pile up in a hurry! This keeps it out of the seats, off of the floor, and out of door pockets. I empty the trash/recycling every day into the containers on our carport.

I’ve added this new “Go Green” print and below is an example of a finished product. Terribly sorry for the grainy photos! I will be so glad to have my camera back!

New "Go Green" print

If it gets dirty, you just toss these in the washing machine. You could use them as a wetbag in a pinch, but they are not waterproof. I can add snaps to them as well.

This is just one of my efforts to Go Green this year and to encourage others  as well. You can check out all the prints and patterns at my shop here, and Right now you can get 20% off your orders with code: GOGREEN.

If you’re a fan on Facebook, there’s an even better code listed. 🙂


I loop mine around my drive shaft in the center of the car. Use this with caution. You never want to hang your bag where it can hinder your driving ability.

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30 Minute Slippers

I can’t take credit for this tutorial at all, but it’s too cute not to share! Alisa Burke shared this tutorial with everyone here on her blog. Personally I think hers are to-die-for, but I lack the patience to put as much effort as she did into her beautiful slippers!

These easy slippers took 30 minutes and only some felt and minky fabric that I had in my sewing cabinet!

As you can see by the blur of toes and blue pjs, I had a little help making these. 🙂

I traced my existing slipper onto felt.

I started by tracing my existing slipper onto some felt. For some reason, months ago I thought it was a good idea to purchase 2 yards of pink felt. (Probably because it was on sale.) I had no clear objective in mind for this, but somehow I must’ve known there would be a fabulous tutorial in my future. I also had some left over girly minky from a tag toy that I made B after he was born.

Minky layers on top of felt.

I cut the tops to be slightly larger than the bottoms, by tracing wider around the bottoms. I cut out whimsical hearts and used some felt ribbon to the trim them.

The Tops

These are nothing fancy and obviously homemade. As you can see by Alisa’s tutorial, you can really make these beautiful!

The end result of these is pretty cute. They are really warm and very soft. They can also be easily tossed in the washing machine for cleaning! Consider making some of these as gifts! I think they would make a fabulous Christmas present!

For me, these were eco-friendly. I used only materials that I already had. I realize not everyone has a sewing room with lots of fabric, but if you were to purchase to make these, you wouldn’t spend a lot! Felt sheets are on average 29 cents per sheet. You’d need 2 sheets for the bottom and one for the tops. One quarter of a yard would be plenty in your choice of fleece or minky fabric. You could cut up old sweatpants even! Be creative!

Happy sewing! I am off to finish Christmas pillowcases!

Again, this tutorial is NOT my own. Please view Alisa Burke’s original work here for your own inspiration!

Calling all Eco-Enthusiasts and Readers!

Journey to "Green"

I don’t always have the time to write the quality posts that I want to write or complete the numerous eco-friendly projects I have lying around the house and home improvement has come to a halt with the holidays here and money at a shortage. I want to keep the mix for you guys so that  it’s not the same reviews and product ideas all the time. I realize I’m not the only one with ideas on how to be eco-friendly and frugal so here’s where you all come in…

If you want a place to share your knowledge, Journey to “Green” is open to YOU!

Share your knowledge, crafts, WAHM products, eco-friendly upgrades, and so on with thousands of readers!

Some ideas of what you can submit:

  • A photo of your cloth diapered cutie
  • A DIY craft that’s eco-friendly (pictures, tutorials, links, etc.)
  • A tutorial on a personal beauty product that’s green (i.e. shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
  • See a great coupon? Let us know! Have a link for a related site? Share that too!
  • A recipe
  • A WAHM advertisement. If you make cloth diapers, upcycled clothing, mama cloth, etc., feel free to email me! I’ll be glad to help you advertise. I can post pictures of your latest products and advertise specials.
  • An eco-friendly art project
  • An eco-friendly home improvement project or upgrade! (i.e. a picture of that shiny new kitchen with Energy Star appliances, etc.)
  • Do you have a trash to treasure before and after!?! Let’s see it! Who doesn’t love a trash to treasure find? I do! I love seeing your projects as well!
  • Did you score an amazing deal while shopping today? Show us the goods and tell us how you did it!
  • Any ideas for living Green and Frugal are welcome! Feel free to send me whatever!

Will [you] receive credit for work published?

Yes! You will receive credit for that which you submit and/or write! I will link to your site, business, blog, or whatever. You will be named as the contributor unless you wish to remain anonymous. The idea is to help you out! I love hearing your suggestions and ideas and chances are that readers will as well! If I can help promote your creativity, products, or site(s), I am glad!

How to submit?

Send me an email at: palaciosamantha@yahoo.com with your stories, photos, coupons, links, businesses, projects, crafts, etc.

What to submit:

  • A way to contact you if I have questions
  • Applicable pictures
  • Links to reference
  • A full name (unless anonymous)
  • Your story, directions, explanation, how-to, etc.
  • Any other pertinent information

I  look forward to hearing from you ALL!

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Make it a Babo Christmas

Make it a Babo Christmas this year! Babo Botanicals that is…

Instead of lumping these guys into one of my Holiday Gift Guides, I’m going to make this Babo Holiday Gift Guide to give you an idea of ALL the Babo gifts you can give this year. Any one of these will make a perfect gift for that New Mom, Expecting Mom, or Little Tike on your Christmas list!

I received this adorable Detangling Set to try out. This would be perfect for the Little Girl on your list or someone with long, unruly hair – or medium unruly hair like ME! I actually used the detangling spray on myself instead of B because he is neither a girl nor has long hair, but it worked fantastic on me. Did I mention that it smells pretty as well? Berry primrose is the scent. It’s fresh, pretty, and clean. I don’t use conditioner unless it is Apple Cider Vinegar but I have to fight tangles as a result. This made after shower combing much easier.

You get a detangling comb, detangling spray, their famous Bunny Soap (love these!), and an Organic Stuffed Bunny.

Detangling Gift Set

How cute!

So what’s the price? You get all this for only $20.00! This is such a GREAT deal! It’s hard to find an Organic Stuffed animal for under $20, let alone such a useful little organic set.

If you’re in the market for an organic stuffed animal, you can get the adorable Babo bunny for only $12!

Babo the Bunny

My favorite Holiday Gift set is the Mommy and Baby Comfort Gift Set ($35):



Mommy and Baby Comfort Gift Set

It features the Babo Buny, and organic washcoth, the Bunny Soap, and the 8 oz. Oatmeal Calendula lotion. I reviewed the Oatmeal Calendula Bodywash and Lotion earlier this year and I love this set!

Make Mamas and Babies happy with these Bunny Soap Stocking Stuffers (5 for $20):

Stocking Stuffer Soap Gift Set

Any of these Holiday Gift Sets would be sure to please! Check out more Babo Botanical products and customize your own gift baskets! I would be happy to have any Babo presents under our tree! Check them out!

You can get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75!

About the Launch of Babo Botanicals:

With the launch of Babo Botanicals, my mission is to provide the highest quality, purest hair, scalp and skincare products for babies and kids. Both my personal and professional experiences have contributed to my inspiration for the line. After the birth of my first child and drawing on my 10 years of experience in product development for beauty companies such as L’Oreal, Parfums Givenchy and Avon, it seemed like most baby “grooming” products were long on chemical names and didn’t truly address our children’s particular hair and skin problems. I sought to develop a line of botanical products that offer parents the same level of choice they value in selecting products for themselves.

Brand Promise

  • Pure Flower and Plant Extracts
  • Sulfate Free
  • Formaldehyde Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Tear Free
  • Allergy Tested
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • No Icky Chemicals
  • No Synthetic Fragrances
  • No Synthetic Colors
  • Dairy & Soy Free
  • No High Allergy Nut Oils
  • Biodegradable Formulas
  • Color Safe for Mom’s Hair, too!
  • Recyclable BPA-Free Packaging


I received these products free of charge and all opinions expresses are my own.

FREE EcoMom Products

From Tuesday, November 23 to Monday, November 29, we will randomly choose FOUR ECOMOM ORDERS per day and make them ABSOLUTELY FREE. No matter the purchase size, you could be a winner and your whole order will be free! What’s more, we’ll duplicate every free order and donate it to Baby2Baby — a wonderful organization that helps support families in need. Everything in our store will be on sale, too, so even if your order isn’t one of the free ones, you’ll still be getting the best prices on our eco-friendly products for your family.

The Facts:

  • The 7 Days of Giving countdown begins November 23rd and runs through November 29th – in conjunction with our big sale. Winners will be announced daily.
  • The donation will be made at a Los Angeles shelter in collaboration with Baby2Baby the week of November 29th. 
  • 4 orders per day will be selected at random to get a free order. 
  • In total, 28 EcoMom shoppers will get their entire bill paid for by EcoMom
  • EcoMom will take care of their bill AND match the grand total with an equal donation to a Los Angeles shelter in collaboration with Baby2Baby. 
  • Event partners are: Ecomom, Baby2Baby.org, Plum Organics, SmartyPants and Episencial. 
  • Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children 0-4 years old.  They distribute new and gently used items through a network of community-based organizations.
  • Find out more.