Monthly Archives

November 2021

  • Healthy Home

    Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals of 2021

    This year’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals begin NOW! Below I’ve linked some of my favorite non-toxic, eco-conscious brands along with a few I can’t wait to try.

    Don’t forget to check back as I will continue to update this list all week long with naturally non-toxic, eco-friendly favorites from small businesses, big businesses, Amazon and everyone in between.

    Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links” which does not cost you anything, but assists in running this siteAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read Full Disclaimer and Disclosure here. Thank you for your support.


    My Green Mattress (We love our Natural Escape and my daughter’s Kiwi!)

    • Now thru 11/29
    • $225 off Natural Escape Mattress and Hope Mattress
    • $150 off Kiwi & Pure Echo Mattresses
    • 10% off Emily Crib mattress & All Accessories
    • Code: HOLIDAYS
    • PLUS, a FREE $20 Amazon gift card!
    • Shop deal here.


    • 20% off
    • Shop deals here.


    • $250 off
    • Through 12/1
    • Shop deals here.


    • 25% off
    • Shop deals here.

    Holy Lamb Organics

    • 10% off select items
    • Now through 11/30
    • Shop deals here.

    The Futon Shop

    • 70% off mattresses and futons
    • Shop deals here.


    • Save up to 40% off sitewide
    • Now through 12/3
    • Shop deal here.

    Planet Box

    • 25% off sitewide
    • Shop deals here.


    • 25% off sitewide
    • Shop deal here.

    Lorena Canals

    • Up to 60% off
    • Shop deals here.

    Hydroflask (stainless water bottles – Lead free!)

    • 25% off sitewide
    • Shop deals here.

    Mary Ruth’s Organics Vitamins & Supplements

    • 25% off* your entire order
    • Code: BF25
    • Valid through 11/29.
    • Shop deals here.


    • Up to 44% off select vacuums on Amazon. | Shop here.


    • Up to 25% off select treadmills and bikes on Amazon. | Shop here.


    • Up to 15% off select Miele. | Shop here.


    • 20% off select Waterpik products on Amazon. | Shop here.


    • Up to 49% off Vitamix on Amazon. Shop here.


    • Up to 49% off Calphalon on Amazon. Shop here.
    • P.S. Just be sure to avoid the non-stick Calphalon!


    • Up to 55% off Citizen watches! Shop here.


    • Up to 35% off Roomba. Shop here.


    Finn & Emma (Babies & Kids)

    • 20% off site-wide
    • Code: BLACK21
    • Now through 11/30
    • Shop deal here.

    Colored Organics (Babies & Kids)

    • Buy one, get one free
    • Shop deals here.

    Primary (Babies, Kids & Family PJs)

    • 30 – 40% off select products
    • Shop deals here.

    Hanna Andersson (Babies, Kids, & Family PJs)

    • 40% off sitewide!
    • Shop deals here.

    Prana (Adults)

    • 30% off select items
    • Shop deals here.

    Burt’s Bees (Baby, Kids, & Family PJs)

    • 30% off sitewide
    • Code: FESTIVE30
    • Shop deals here.

    Monica & Andy (Babies, Kids, Matching Jammies)

    • 30% off sitewide
    • Shop deals here.

    Groceries Apparel

    • 30-70% off
    • Shop deals here.


    Safe & Chic

    • 15% off all orders | 20% off all orders over $200
    • Code: THANKS20

    The Detox Market

    • Spend $100, get $15 off
    • Shop deals here.

    The Natural Baby Co.

    • Save 15-30% Sitewide
    • Shop deals here.

    Credo Beauty

    • Free gift with $125 purchase
    • Shop deal here.

    Au Natural Cosmetics

    • 30% off sitewide
    • Shop deal here.

    Juice Beauty

    • 25% off
    • Shop deals here.

    Moon Valley Organics

    • 20% off sitewide
    • Shop deal here.

    100% Pure

    • Various sitewide deals.
    • Shop deals here.


    The Modern Nursery

    • Save 10% Sitewide
    • Code: BLACKFRIDAY  
    • Through 12/02/2021
    • Shop deals here.


    • Save $30 on Play Kits
    • Code: PLAYKITS30
    • Valid 11/29
    • Shop deals here.

    ERGO Baby Carrier

    • 40% off Omni 360: CAM – Black Tweed
    • Now through 12/26
    • Shop deals here.

    Willow Pump

    • $75 off
    • Now through 12/27
    • Shop deal here.

    Little Spoon

    • 50% OFF first Babyblends Box + 2 FREE Meals for life
    • Now through 11/29
    • Shop deals here.


    • Free shipping
    • Shop deal here.

    Sarah’s Silks

    • Up to 50% off
    • Shop deal here.

    Green Kids Crafts

    • Various Holiday Specials
    • Shop deal here.

    Little Spoon (Healthy Baby Food & Kids Plates)

    • Enjoy $75 off 3 shipments of Babyblends
    • $75 off of 5 shipments of Plates
    • Now thru 11/30
    • Shop deal here.



    • Up to 60% off for Black Friday
    • Shop deals here.


    • Cyber Monday Event: 25% Off + free shipping on everything with
    • Code CM2021
    • Valid 11/29-11/30 @9am PST
    • Shop deals here.

    Force of Nature (we love this and use it all the time!)

    • 40% off bundles
    • Code: SAFEBUNDLE
    • Shop deal here.


    • Free steak for a year
    • Shop deal here.

    Still can’t find the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out the What Mommy Knows Amazon Storefront for more ideas!

    As always, thanks for reading!
    Happy Shopping!

  • Babies & Kids, Healthy Home

    The 5 Best Non-Toxic High Chairs

    Stylish, timeless, functional, and safe are all words to describe the perfect highchair – according to me at least! After all, this new piece of furniture will be incorporated into your daily routine for years to come.

    When choosing a chair for your little one, you’ll want to consider the following:

    • Will this highchair ‘grow with my child’? Is it convertible?
    • Is the highchair and tray free of toxic chemicals (ie: lead, phthalates, BPA, BPS)?
    • Is it necessary to be travel-friendly?
    • How sturdy is the chair? Will it tip over?
    • Is price a factor?

    Continue reading as we discuss the 5 best non-toxic, environmentally-friendly options for your little one!

    Stokke Tripp Trapp

    The Stokke Tripp Trapp is my #1 pick when it comes to highchairs and I proudly own more than 1! The ‘grow with me’ design is perfect for every age – infant to adult – and helps bring your little one right up to the table (one of my favorite features). It is also extremely useful in the kitchen as a stool and has been used by everyone in my family – including my dad!

    Made from European beechwood and a non-toxic water-based finish, this highchair comes in both classic and colorful finishes to suit your personal preference.

    Best of all, the Stokke Tripp Trapp can be purchased as a full set or you can purchase only the accessories you deem necessary.

    And lastly, Stokke is committed to environmental health and uses responsibly sourced wood in all products and BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free plastic.

    Features | 5-Point Safety Harness, Adjustable Seat & Footplate, Gliders For Stability, Holds Up To 300 lbs, Made in Europe.

    Optional Add-ons| Convertible Baby Set, Newborn Infant Seat, Cushion, Tray, Storage Solution,

    Tip | If you’re looking to save $$, you really don’t need the cushion set. My daughter used it while she was a baby for a bit, but did just as well without it!

    JPMA certified and meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards.

    Purchase Stokke Tripp Trapp Set.
    Purchase Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair Only.


    With several low-voc lacquer finishes to choose from, this adjustable highchair is made from sustainable rubberwood and features a 3 point safety harness as well as an infant insert for added security.

    While the company claims this chair is free of PVC, phthalates, and other toxins, I wish they would disclose the materials used for the infant insert which is made from a proprietary foam-based material. Even so, this is still a good option and of course, the insert can be removed.

    Features | 5-Point Safety Harness, 3 Configurations, Optional Cushion, Holds Up To 250 lbs. Made in the USA.

    JPMA certified and meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards.

    Purchase Keekaroo.

    Stokke Steps

    Stokke Steps High Chair features a 5-in-1 seat and comes in 3 finishes. Made from plastic and solid wood, this highchair is adjustable and can be used until age 3 or so. Optional: Bouncer attachment.

    Features | 5-Point Safety Harness, Adjustable Seat & Footplate, Tool-Free, Holds Up To 187 lbs, Made in Europe.

    JPMA certified and meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards.

    Purchase Stokke Steps High Chair.

    Stokke Clikk High Chair

    Lightweight and travel-friendly, the Stokke Clikk works well for babies and children under 33 lbs. With four colors to choose from, this chair is a great option for those looking for a less expensive highchair to be used during your little one’s younger years.

    Features |5-Point Safety Harness, 3 Configurations, Holds Up To 33 lbs, Made in Europe.

    JPMA certified and meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards.

    Purchase Stokke Clikk.


    The Ikea highchair is one of the most affordable options on this list coming in at just $19.99! Made from one of the safest plastics (polypropylene) and powder coated steel, this highchair is easy to assemble making it a great choice for grandma’s too!

    The Stokke Clikk above is most similar to this Ikea chair, but there are some signifcant differences to note:

    • Ikea chair features a safety belt rather than a 5-point harness which provides less support and security for littles.
    • Not adjustable (to table or tray height)
    • No footplate (although I am sure someone handy can make one!)
    • Extremely lightweight.
    • Seems less sturdy than the others, but I cannot speak from experience.

    Features | Safety Belt; Holds Up To 33 lbs.

    Meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards.

    Purchase Ikea highchair.
    Purchase Ikea highchair via Amazon
    (more expensive than the store, but a good option if you cannot purchase direct).

    Thanks for reading!!

    Looking for more non-toxic, eco-friendly items for baby and the whole family? Check out my favorite products by visiting the What Mommy Knows Amazon Storefront today!

    Disclosure: This post contains “affiliate links” which do not cost you anything. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that have extensively researched; and products that we use personally, have used and would use in the future. We pride ourselves on honesty and integrity to our readers. Read Full Disclaimer and Disclosure here.

  • Beauty, Healthy Home

    18 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

    As life pulls us in a million directions, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed at times. But, when these feelings begin to affect our everyday lives, it is important to look for better ways to cope and healthy ways to manage stress.

    Disclosure: This post may contain “affiliate links” which do not cost you anything, regardless we only recommend products or services that have extensively researched; and products that we use personally, have used and would use in the future. Read Full Disclaimer and Disclosure here.

    1. Head outside.

    Feel the sun on your skin, the breeze in your hair! Research shows the great outdoors reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone!) and soaking up the sun gives your body a boost of essential vitamin D!

    2. Get moving!

    Go for a jog, meditate, practice yoga, or enjoy some simple stretches. Just get your blood flowing and you’ll start releasing those pesky stress hormones – even if it is just for 5 minutes. Exercise also improves sleep and self confidence too!

    3. Try self-care acupressure.

    Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but can be done in the convenience of your own home as a form of self-care to reduce stress. Simply apply pressure on three different ‘acu-points’ (wrist, forehead and sternum) for three minutes each. Check out the full details here.

    4. Close your eyes & breathe.

    When stress hits you hard, take a moment to breathe! Close your eyes. Take long, slow, deep breaths. Repeat 5-10 times.

    5. Sleep more.

    Sleep at least 7 hours per night! I am so guilty of being the worst sleeper on the planet, but I am going to make it a priority this year. Sleeping helps heal our bodies and minds!

    6. Identify the cause of stress & create a plan.

    Are your worried about work? A big holiday event? Perhaps you have more on your plate than you can handle? By figuring out what is causing us stress, we can anticipate how we can handle certain situations and create a plan as to how we can best manage these scenarios.

    7. Take a break.

    Our lives are in constant motion which can be exhausting! Try taking a few minutes throughout the day to regroup – ideally every hour or so.

    8. Practice gratitude.

    When you practice gratitude daily, your brain begins to recognize all the positive aspects of your life therefore reducing stress and leading to a more fulfilling life. Consider jotting down a few things you are grateful for each morning.

    Learn more about practicing gratitude here.

    9. Find balance through journaling (AKA ‘brain dumping’).

    Practicing gratitude and journaling go hand-in-hand. Begin by writing down a few things you are thankful for each day along with any other thoughts you may have. Literally anything – just let it all out!! This will help relieve stress by creating a sense of awareness. Take a few minutes each day to decompress.

    Find Your Calm: Mindful Lessons for Balance, Peace, and Harmony is a great book, with short chapters, that helps create a sense of calm from within yourself. Personally, I am not an avid reader, but love this book.

    10. Organize, organize, organize!

    Sometimes the stress in your life may come from being disorganized. Perhaps your office is full of clutter or you never can find anything to wear in your closet? Taking time to organize daily activities and your personal space can reduce stress in the long run. Daily, weekly, and monthly checklists are also a great way to stay organized.

    11. Try herbs for stress.

    Organic ashwagandha (powder or liquid), valerian root, kava kava root, and chamomile are all natural remedies used to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

    12. Politely decline.

    With so many of us struggling to say “no”, it’s no wonder we are all super-busy-people-pleasing-stressed-out-maniacs. We need to accept that it is perfectly fine to decline invitations and requests if doing so will cause more stress than it is worth. Mental health needs to be our priority.

    Check out this book, The Power of No, in paperback or Kindle form for more information on how saying “no” can help reduce stress and increase happiness in your life.

    13. Unplug… from your phone, computer, etc.

    Turn off the TV, toss the newspaper, throw your phone on the charger… and completely UNPLUG yourself! In this day and age, we spend so much time focused on social media and the news that we become “out of touch” with ourselves.

    Start enjoying things that really matter! When you spend time with the people you love, doing things you love, you’ll be happier, more confident, and a bit less stressed.

    14. Take a bath.

    Bathing in warm water is not only relaxing for your muscles, but it can also calm your nervous system therefore relaxing your body as a whole.

    Learn more about scientifically proven health benefits of taking baths here.

    15. Listen to your favorite jams.

    Whether you grab your guitar, crank up the radio, or plug in some headphones, music is an amazing way to connect with yourself. Belting out your favorite lyrics can also help – I know from experience!

    16. Laugh a little (or a lot!)

    Laughter really is one of the best medicines and science proves it. Watch your funniest video, phone a friend, or just enjoy a chuckle alone and witness your dopamine levels soar!

    17. Pet a furry friend.

    Simply petting your fluffy fur ball can help you lower stress hormones like cortisol, according to studies. 

    18. Eat healthy.

    Eat the colors of the rainbow by enjoying a wide variety of fruits and veggies. Leafy greens are especially important as are foods high in omega 3’s. To stay in tip top shape, reduce your intake of sugar, processed foods, and alcohol.

    Helpful Resource Recap To Reduce Stress

    1. Coping with stress at work (
    2. 14 Heath Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science
    3. Managing Daily Stress
    4. The Power of No (Book)
    5. Find Your Calm: Mindful Lessons for Balance, Peace, and Harmony (Book)

    Hope this helps you stress a little bit less!

    Disclosure: This post may contain “affiliate links” which do not cost you anything. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that have extensively researched; and products that we use personally, have used and would use in the future. We pride ourselves on honesty and integrity to our readers. Read Full Disclaimer and Disclosure here.