For Sale.

I asked a dear friend if I could share one of her latest posts- such a touching testament to a single piece that holds such memories. I think of that often when a mama or daddy brings in such pieces for our CONSERVATION PROJECT...


For Sale: One gently, but greatly used Ergo carrier. Description: Black shell with green sun cover. Notable descriptives: The carrier of my most precious things. It is the sling that carried my first son across the U.S. border, and the backpack that allowed me to I wear my youngest as I hiked up the tallest mountain I have ever dared to climb. It has held every one of my babies from the day I knew them until the day they exceeded 30 pounds. It has traveled around the globe - crossing into at least four different continents. I can remember every side ally I walked down with a little person slung to my back. I has been used to wipe away tears and shield the sun. One time I even found $20 in the pocket. I guess for that reason you could dare to call it magical. Cost: Free to a good home. I hope that if you claim it, you will dare to find it to be as beautiful as I did - allowing you to carry your babies for many years. Please just take a moment to smell your baby's beautiful soft head for me and remember that they grow up. Someday they will be out on their scooters on a Sunday afternoon and won't be asking to be held anymore. Someday your babies might talk more about baseball or Mustangs than their teddies and capes. Someday you might pass this on, and it will make you so sad because it is the end of a really beautiful era. But while you're typing the description for someone else to decide if they want to take it off your hands, you'll also remember to be thankful that you get to be a part of this new era - an era that still seems so confusing to you because it is full of joy, but also teeny tiny bits of sadness. So you can have my Ergo for free. But the memories you make and the way it cradles your babies so close to you - that part is up to you. Just let me know.

Read Across America ALL MONTH with Bushbaby!

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Show us all the places you go with our books and you might just win a $50 Bushbaby gift card!

Anytime in March, pick up a book at Bushbaby and tag us on Facebook or Instagram with a photo showing us where you’re reading your Bushbaby books! Every photo/book you share (be sure to tag us so we know about it!) and every friend you tag in the comments gets you another entry to win a $50 gift card. We will select a winner at the end of the month.

Spring break? In your tent? Fireside? Out in your back yard? Even a selfie of you and your kiddo(s) reading on your couch is perfectly fine…we just want to see you all reading across America one awesome book at a time!

Good luck! We can’t to see what you read and all the places you go!

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The Clean Slate Club

An energetic new beginning

As the New Year symbolizes a clean slate and a fresh start, we at Bushbaby are excited to introduce our new Clean Slate Club: a membership that allows us to help fuel an energetic new beginning for you and your family through fun gifts and discounts on clean body care and snacks at Bushbaby. There are new possibilities on the horizon and we want to help position our Bushbaby tribe to approach these possibilities mindfully, ethically and in conscious balance with our health and the earth.

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January invites us all to make a clean break with the past and set a declaration – for ourselves and our families – that the old way is over. In raising a new generation to love the outdoors and respect nature, we hope you will join us in setting a mutual intention for 2018 to respect nature and our environment with the choices we make…starting with what we put in, on and around our bodies.

With this intention in mind, we are honored to invite you to join our Clean Slate Club.

The Club is free to join (sign up in the store or with the form below), and members receive a special introductory gift bag, free samples throughout the year, access to Bushbaby’s exclusive BeautyCounter membership, and a 15% club discount on all Erbaviva and BeautyCounter family body care products as well as 15% off all Thrive Life snackies.

Once you sign up (in-store or online), you will be able to enjoy very nice discounts on our top handpicked brands of family body care and snack products. We are fully invested in these three brands because of their meticulous ingredient selection processes, ethical production and business practices, and fully conscious impact on the earth and its people.

Read on to meet these wonderful brands.

Meet Erbaviva

Organic Skin Care

Part of daily self-care is being mindful about what we put in and on our bodies.

In addition to maintaining a balanced diet of nutrients and drinking plenty of water, we have to be aware of what products we apply onto our skin. Skin care products and cosmetics can contain toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin. We should consciously choose natural and organic products to consume and to use.

Those living the organic life have experienced the human body's amazing ability to heal itself. When we utilize the power of nature, the body works its own magic and we simply inspire positive results.

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Erbaviva consistently implements sustainable and environmentally responsible principles to create healthy products that better the lives of people while working harmoniously with nature.

We source our ingredients meticulously with great consideration of how they are are grown and harvested. From the particular region, to the particular part of the plant, from the health of the soil, to the transparency of the supplier, we know it ALL matters. Each product is crafted with pure living herbs, essential oils and botanicals, sourced near and far, and to the highest standards of organic certification, safety, efficacy and sustainability.

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It all starts with pure, rich soil, untouched by chemicals. Then add organic, biodiverse non-GMO seeds. Organic farming protects soil, conserves water, and safeguard wildlife.

Organic crops are grown and harvested without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic chemicals that break down plant’s natural defense and compromise human health.

Each botanical extract, essential oil and living herb is produced through clean, green chemistry ensuring pristine quality, superior aromas and the highest levels of therapeutic efficacy.

Erbaviva creates high quality organic products by infusing organic butters, oils and emollients with pure living herbs, essential oils and extracts. 100% chemical free and never tested on animals we practice sustainability, and social responsibility from “farm to bottle."

Meet Beautycounter

Clean Beauty

Beautycounter's Mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.

What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day, and to make their own judgments about safety.


At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our "Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.


Making safer products starts with safer ingredients. Beautycounter’s five-step Ingredient Selection Process truly sets them apart.

Step 1: Ban Intentionally

The Never List: 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients we do not use, no matter what (including nearly 1,400 cosmetic ingredients banned in the European Union).

Step 2: Screen Rigorously.

Using the best available data, we screen every potential ingredient, considering it both individually and within a mixture of chemicals, as it would be in a final product. After all, if a company removes one toxic chemical and replaces it with another, nothing has been done to actually protect our health.

Step 3: Learn Constantly.

We regularly review emerging data on ingredients and even commission our own studies. The absence of data does not mean that a chemical is safe.

Step 4: Source Responsibly:

  • Choose the best available ingredient options.
  • Work to source ingredients from non-GMO, sustainable sources, many of which are organic. Over 80% of our ingredients are natural or plant-derived.
  • Ask for certificates of purity, and test for heavy metal contamination.
  • Work to manufacture all products in the U.S.
  • Do not test products or ingredients on animals.

Step 5: Share Transparently.

Every ingredient we use is shared on our product packaging, online, and in EWG’s Skin Deep database. We share the source of all ingredients. 

Meet Thrive Life

Clean, safe and delicious.

"Helping families starts with a healthy meal, but our passion for helping people stretches past the dinner table."

We send 5% of our profits to developing countries, which means your dinner is helping build schools, empower women, and build communities around the world.

It depends on what’s important to you. If you’re a health nut, it’s the fresh taste, high quality standards, and natural health of our foods. If you’re looking to get a quick, nutritious, and tasty meal on the table it’s the convenience and versatility we offer. 

No matter what part of mealtime’s most important to you, THRIVE has something great to offer. 

It’s obvious that eating THRIVE is better for you than chowing down on processed or fast food. But have you thought about how THRIVE stacks up against the grocery store? THRIVE foods typically keep their fresh taste and nutrients better than their produce aisle counterparts, and they aren’t full of harmful additives and preservatives. You can rest easy knowing that THRIVE is the healthy choice for your family.

When you pick up a can of food at the store, do you know where it comes from, or what standards of quality it was held to? With THRIVE, you can. We painstakingly pick the very best products out there so you don’t have to. You can be confident that every can contains only foods with the flavor, taste, color, and appearance that will create the best possible eating experience.

Use the form above or stop in to join the club and save 15% with every purchase of these amazing brands!

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Guest Post by ANGELA: A Mission to Explore

Hi! I am Angela.

Born + Raised

I was born in Dayton, OH and went to school in the surrounding suburbs. I stayed in that area through college, and then moved to Cincinnati, OH in my early 20s to be closer to work.

University + Career

I could never see myself going to a 4 year school, so I went to community college. I got an associate’s degree in business management – network management from Sinclair Community College. While there, I worked a full time internship as a network administrator and fell in love with email systems. Yep, I’m super cool. I took a consulting position for a company in Cincinnati, OH. When I moved to Illinois, I worked from home, and then we bought a house out in the country. I quit my job. We had big dreams of living a more homestead lifestyle and seeking out new adventures on the weekends. Our expectations of what one person can accomplish proved to be a little unrealistic, but I’m still here… hustling to do what I can the hard way and trying to teach a couple littles how to be decent humans.


I love all things food. I am an aesthetic enthusiast. I am passionate about giving new life to things others have discarded. I love to create things. When you put all those things together, I become a pretty rockin party planner.

Meeting hubby + settling here


wo nemo toss a lasso to me now

Say what? That palindrome was the beginning of what my life looks like these days. In my mid 20s I joined a dating site even though I had no interest in a relationship. Some random guy that lived in Peoria, IL sent me a quirky email that started a 2 month long conversation. I decided it was obviously a good idea to invite him to stay with me for a long weekend and at the end of that weekend, Jamie and I had already settled into an old married couple dynamic. After doing the long distance thing for a while, I moved to Peoria, we bought a house on a little piece of land outside of Mackinaw, and here we plan to stay.


We have two little adventurers in our family. Finch is 3… soon to be 4 and Wren is 2.5. They love nothing more than when they get to help set up our tent or have the opportunity to get real dirty in a creek.

Best part of being their mom?

So much of my time as a parent is spent trying to channel the patient person I thought I was before small humans entered my life. I had this idealistic expectation of what an awesome mom I was going to be, and I am… but it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine over here. I am used to excelling at the things I undertake… being able to step back at the end of a project and feel proud of the work I have done. For me, parenting is nothing like that. Sure there are days where I feel like I am crushing this mom thing, but more often than not I am just trying to keep my head above water. By becoming their mom, my kids have forced me to realize that I have to let some things go, lower my own expectations of what I “should” be able to do, and how important it is to take the time to just get lost in all the wonder that is around us. Without them, I don’t think I would have pushed myself to slow down… but now that I have I am forever thankful.


Helpful Activities to keep your little ones active, to pass along to other local families?

This year we have been on a mission to explore a lot of different parks in the area. I have been focusing on one area at a time and then trying to make time to visit all the different places listed on the community’s parks and recreation page. Not growing up in the area, I have no idea what the “good” places to go are, so it has been nice to spend time finding what works best for our family. There are so many places around and many of them are underutilized. I prefer parks a little off the beaten path that don’t get a lot of foot traffic. That way, I can be more of an observer while the kids explore more independently.

As the weather gets colder, we will likely rely on some trusty favorites to run the crazies out. Last year, we really enjoyed the toddler time at the Morton Indoor Soccer Complex and our membership at the Peoria Playhouse.


Favorite fall adventures for your family?

The highlight of our fall is a big campout we host at our property. Since both my husband and I are imports to the area, it started as a way to see folks we otherwise don’t get the opportunity to visit every year and as we make new friends locally, the guest list grows. When we first started doing it, nobody had kids, but these days the majority of people who make it have littles. For a lot of them, it is the first place that they experience camping out as a family. Planning a camping trip with babies and toddlers can be an overwhelming step to take, but here there is a backup plan if it is just not working. For many of the kids, this will be their 4th year coming to the campout, and as they get older it is so fun to watch them truly excited to spend the entire weekend outside… becoming experts at “roughing it” in the great outdoors.