Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green Valentine Hotel Getaways in Portland, Oregon

Pamper your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with one of five luxurious singles and couples romantic getaway packages featured at Portland, Oregon’s The Avalon Hotel & Spa. Packages available throughout February.

The Pacific Northwest’s greenest hotel, The Avalon, invites guests to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul with packages including everything from gourmet chocolates and a dozen roses, to four-course Italian Wine Paired meals and 3 hour couples spa treatments. Makes me wish I was in Portland. Give me chocolate and Italian food and I am in HEAVAN!

The Pacific Northwest’s first USGBC LEED certified existing hotel building - the second in the World - The Avalon provides luxurious accommodations in a sustainable fashion.
  • The Avalon includes recycling bins in every room
  • Offers preferred parking to guest arriving in hybrid vehicles
  • Powers all hotel vehicles with biodiesel
  • The Valentine’s Is Not Always for Two and Cupid’s Couple Spa Package are sure to appeal to the environmentally-conscious and luxury-seeking traveler alike.

Valentine’s Day Special Accommodation Packages at the Avalon:

  • Valentine’s Is Not Always for Two: This one-night accommodation package features a four-course dinner for one at Aquariva Italian Kitchen, a glass of Prosecco Italian Champagne, a 35 percent discount coupon for spa treatments, complimentary parking, and late checkout at 2 p.m.
  • Two Night Valentine’s Package: This two-night accommodation package features a Friday, February 13, 2009, four-course dinner for two. Saturday then features three hours of relaxation treatments at the Spa, a complimentary bottle of wine in the room, overnight parking, and late checkout at 2 p.m.
  • Everlasting Love: This one-night accommodation package features a three-course dinner for two at Aquariva Italian Kitchen, a box of chocolates, a dozen roses, and a bottle of wine in room upon arrival, complimentary parking, and late checkout at 2 p.m.
  • Cupid’s Couple Spa Package: This one-night accommodation package features a couples aromatherapy massage, a box of chocolates, a dozen roses, and a bottle of wine in room upon arrival, complimentary parking, and late checkout at 2 p.m.
  • Imagine Me & You: This one-night accommodation for two package features a three course dinner for two at Aquariva Italian Kitchen, a couples aromatherapy massage, rose petals, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of wine, complimentary parking, and late checkout at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Book Mentioned on Wedded Bits and I Need To Ask a Favor

My book received a brief mention on the blog, Wedded Bits. Drop by and check it out.

Any brides or anyone that has read The Everything Green Wedding Book, I have a huge favor to ask of you. Can you drop by Amazon and or any online booksellers like Borders or Barnes and Noble and click on my book then submit a reader review.

Having honest reviews by readers, especially brides to be, will be really helpful and very much appreciated. I thank you for the reviews if you can take the time to do any.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Win a Free Signed Copy of The Everything Green Wedding Book

Want to grab a free copy of my book, The Everything Green Wedding Book? Stop by, leave a comment and you'll be entered to win.

Sexy Green Valentine Goodies

Here are several places to get some eco-sexy goodies for Valentine's Day

Good Clean Love is one of the first companies to create all natural lubricants and love oils. Read about my experience with their products on my review and be sure to check out the #1 organic love company for your eco-Valentine needs.

Earth Erotics is dedicated to selling natural, safe, and green sexual lotions, lubes, toys and more.

Love Me Naturally sells a variety of natural love products.

The Sensual Vegan this is an interesting site, if you can find them open. Half the times I visit them they are on vacation and the site is closed, but hey you can try.

Bikini Kitty- if you want a sexy smooth close and personal shave, down there, you have got to try Bikini Kitty. Read my review here then make sure to check them out. And don't forget to try their sexy aphrodisiac roll on Kat-Nip. OH meow! Kat-Nip will have you feeling like a sex kitten in no time.

Scandle Body Massage Candles sells the absolute sexiest and most scandle-lous candles around. They are a luxrious treat for a romantic Valentine's night. The candle melts into a massage oil/lotion perfect for getting or giving a sexy massage. Want to know more check out my entire review here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Get Started on Your Eco-Frienldy Valentine's Day Shopping with Eco-Undies and Lingerie

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, have you made any plans yet?

Have you considered making it a green Valentine's Day? It is easier than you think to go eco-friendly for this romantic day.

Through the next couple weeks I'll be adding green product reviews, links and suggestions to help you have a fabulously green and eco-romantic Valentine's Day.

Here are some eco-underwear and lingerie websites to get you started on your green romance research.

It's a shame, sustainable lingerie is still not extremely popular and most of the really fab places are in the UK, not here in the US.

I would love to see more eco-friendly lingerie choices that are sexier, available in the US and a little easier on the pocketbook.

At least there are eco-options, some is better than none. Enjoy shopping.

A UK line of super sexy, eco-friendly lingerie made from hemp, silk, soy and more. Their eco-sexy lineup is inspired by vintage and French glamour

A London based eco-lingerie company that ships worldwide. Their lingerie is made from a variety of sustainable fabrics like hemp, bamboo, and silk

Urban Fox
Discouraged with the availability of eco-undies in the US they decided to make their own from bamboo and organic cotton

The Oko Box
The Oko Box carries a variety of clothing and lingerie from many eco-conscious designers including Enamore.

Faeries Dance
Hemp, bamboo and organic clothing and intimate apparel for women

Good Humans
Small selection of undies, nothing extravagant

Eco Body Wear
Another small selection of eco-undies

This French company has some of the sexiest sustainable lingerie available, made from pine tree needles and scraps. Who knew trees could be so sexy? Available in the US at Noblivity and Nimli
Green Knickers
A UK store which sells green undies.

Has some basic organic cotton undies but nothing too sexy.

Check Out My Articles at Associated Content

If you are looking for some great green wedding planning articles visit my page at Associated Content. There I have articles on green wedding planning, green living, green books and so much more. I hope you'll stop by and check out some of the articles.

Here's a sampling of some of my articles at AC:

5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding Gown on a Budget

Easy Green Weddings for the Indie Bride

Books to Help You Plan Your Green Wedding

New Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: EcoDiscoveries

Simply Green: Easy Things You Can Do to Be Green and Save Money

Organization Strategies for Your Home: 12 Clutter Busting Tips

Home Gardening Makes Sense and Saves Dollars, Too

The Tantalizing Tomato: History and Facts

Are You Superstitious? - Friday the 13th You know in February there is a Friday the 13th this year.

Feng Shui for Wealth and Prosperity

Shady Solutions: Creative Ways to Use that Dark Corner in Your Garden

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Puridee- Beautiful and Natural Bridal Gowns

"puridee was formed from passion and purpose...a fusion of art, sustainability, and philanthropy wrapped in a gown...for the wedding day"

puridee offers a new collection of wedding gowns that fuses beauty, sustainability, and compassion.

All the materials & processes for the gowns are free of chemicals & synthetics. Color is achieved with plants & minerals. And the peace silk fabric is mostly woven in small villages in India by fair trade workers.

Construction of the gowns involves a lot of hand work by the owner, Lindee, and a team of local California seamstress.

These gowns are simply beautiful -what an amazing collection of natural gowns. What bride wouldn't want to be wrapped in such style and elegance?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ideal Favors Offers Biodegradable Vases and Plantable Favors

Ideal Favors has something truly remarkable for the eco-bride: "contemporary looking vases that are made 100% from rice hulls and contain absolutely no harmful chemicals. In short, these little vases are about as eco-friendly as you can get!"

"Each vase will last up to five years, and can literally be scratched into a dust or buried to nourish the earth." They are completely biodegradable. "These vases are light and have a hard shell making them very durable. Each vase comes with a matching saucer."

Wow. This is something I had not come across before. Super chic and very eco-friendly and amazingly beautiful. Who would have thought biodegradable could be so stylish.
Ideal Favors also offers plantable wedding favors and note cards. And they are adding natural muslin favor bags to their store as well.

Eco-Wine Tasting Bridal Showers

Looking for the ultimate in green bridal showers?

If you are in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut consider a Swirl Events Eco-Chic Wine Tasting Party.

"Tired of sitting through hours of the same old-fashioned bridal shower where the only thing to do is watch the bride unwrap presents for three hours while everyone “oohs and “aahs” out of obligation? Is she wearing an organic cotton dress but then wondering about all the waste at her bridal events? Why not break the mold—and break the ice—with a Swirl Eco-Chic wine-tasting shower where everyone will have fun? "

"Swirl’s “Eco-Chic” in-home wine tasting event packages feature organic and biodynamic wines paired with delicious, locally-produced cheeses and chocolates so that you’re not just living green but celebrating green…in style!"

Swirl Events offer:

A full-service solution that ensures you don’t have to lift a finger! A Swirl Eco-Chic wine tasting includes everything from hand-selected organic and biodynamic wines, perfectly paired local artisanal cheeses and melt-in-your mouth chocolates, to Riedel glasses and wine-loving Swirl experts who seamlessly guide you and your guests through the experience.

Swirl will help brides (and their exhausted yet cheerful friends) entertain effortlessly and organically, ensuring the most important events of their lives runs flawlessly and does not harm the environment.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Scandle Body Massage Candles

"A candle never felt so good"

They got that right.

Scandle Candles are eco-luxurious sensual delights.

Picture it, a romantic evening filled with eco-friendly candlelight, then you and your special someone decide to get a little closer, how about a massage - but massage oil?

No worries. Pour the Scandle Candle on your lover for a eco-erotic massage like nothing you've ever experienced before.

I bet you're thinking ouch, that's got to be hot.


Scandles burn at only two degrees above body temperature, perfect for a little warmth without feeling the burn.

These wonderful candles are perfect for honeymoons or any romantic occasion, like Valentine's Day that's coming up soon.

Not only are they perfect for those eco-romantic evenings but they make great gifts as well.

Anyone out there planning a green bridal shower or bachelorette party? Scandle Candles would make great game prizes or goodie bag fillers.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Win a Copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul Happily Ever After

Drop by to enter for your chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Happily Ever After, Fun and Heartwarming Stories about Finding and Enjoying Your Mate.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tin Pail Transformed Into a Flower Girl Basket

I have a new how to article up at Suite101. Want to learn how to make this cute flower girl basket/bucket?

Check out Tin Pail Transformed Into a Flower Girl Basket: A Fun Green Craft for the DIY Bride

In the coming weeks I will be adding more crafty how tos and DIY projects to Drop by often to check it out.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Real Green Wedding in Indiana

These beautiful photos were taken by green photographer Anne Ruthmann.

The wedding was held in Zionsville, Indiana at Traders Point Creamery, an organic creamery and dairy farm, that explains the cow.

The setting is absolutely beautiful. Trader's Point was even on an episode of Get Fresh with Sara Snow.

The couple Jessica and Ben, didn't set out trying to have a green wedding but they ended with a more eco-friendly wedding than most have.

The wedding and reception were both held at Trader's Point (which is a beautiful natural setting, and an organic creamery), the menu was entirely organic, the flowers were seasonal and mostly locally grown, and most of their entertainment was live and unplugged. And the photographer, Anne Ruthmann, is a known greenie.

Sounds like a fabulously green wedding to me.

These few photos do not do justice to the expanse of beauty and nature that Trader's Point offers.

And the flowers...I love the mixture of fruits, vegetables and lively and so very autumn. They were created by Bokay Florist.

The wedding was held in October of 2006. The fall colors are everywhere. In one photo snapped by Ruthmann you can see the leaves swirling around the wedding location. Stunning photo and great capture. I wish I would have known Anne back when I got married, she's a great photographer.

And let's not forget that yummy looking (organic) food, it was made by The Juniper Spoon. Makes my stomach growl just looking at it.

This shows a green wedding can be stylish, elegant and earth friendly at the same time, even without trying.

Are you in Indiana? Make sure you check out my green wedding article in January's edition of Indiana Living Green, Say "I Do" to Green Weddings.