the reading nook

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite brands for crunchy moms and lovers of simple and natural living. These companies create earth-friendly baby products that will cover many of your newborn needs, and they actually walk their talk.
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As someone who is incredibly passionate about the environment, I believe in a future where we all treat EVERY day like Earth Day. At Smiling Tree Toys, we are a green business who makes every effort to ensure our family's business is as environmentally responsible as possible.
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When creating my sons' nursery, I knew that I wanted the room to epitomize three things: curiosity, tranquility, and joy. So, I thought to myself, what is the ONE thing I want to utilize through his childhood that can produce such feelings? The answer: books.
This Friday, March 1 is the National Day of Unplugging. So join me in turning your phone off, hiding the iPad from the kiddos, and instead of watching a movie for family fun night, enjoy a board game, charades, or a new book with your popcorn. 
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In the spirit of introducing impactful changes into our families with minimum effort to positively effect the environment, we are ditching disposable plastic straws and opting for reusable stainless steel instead! It's a super easy practice to adopt, with great impact on the environment!
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Wow, 2018 was a remarkable year for Smiling Tree Toys and the Smith Family too! Join us as we take a look back on our top moments from 2018.
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With Christmas behind us, it's time to turn our focus on our goals for the New Year. Our New Year's Resolution is to make our home greener in 2019. One way we are achieving that is with the help of a MightyFix subscription, which is a monthly service that sends us a green product we can easily implement in our home.
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We get it. Christmas shopping can be fun, exciting, and...stressful. But here at Smiling Tree Toys, we mean it when we say we have something for *everyone* on your list, making your holiday shopping a breeze! From newborns who don't need much beyond milk and snuggles, to grandparents who already have everything, we've got you covered. Our keepsake toys and gifts are handmade in our family's woodshop on the Minnesota prairie, so you know you're not only getting beautifully crafted heirlooms, but you're supporting a small family business, too. Read on for our holiday gift suggestions, from our home to yours!
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