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The Façade Project… It’s {almost} FINISHED!

… And an exercise in patience. Stay tuned for updates*!!
More details on this coming SOON!
*Hint* I’m gonna need your input! {and that usually means – you guessed it – CONTEST}.
Attention creative types: get your thinking caps on. MBs needs a window slogan. Again, stay tuned :-)

And we cannot forget — BIG Ups to Veronica Hinkley Reck at Alameda based, Ignition Architecture, for this SWEET rendering. It’s what’s been keeping us going over the last year+.

We’re almost finished! Thank you all so very much for your ideas about what our window slogan should be! Aaaaaand, wait for it, the winner is…


Please join us for our Grand {re}Opening/Ribbon Cutting on

Friday, September 28th @ 5:30pm

Click here for a link to the Facebook Event!

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GIVEAWAY! Zoe Organics + Bamboobies = FREE stuff

SO many Babies right now! I see ya – & if you’re having one soon like me, this GIVEAWAY is just for you! Zoe Organics & Bamboobies to the rescue. All organic, made-in-the-USA goodies for you and your new baby. Keep it for yourself or re-gift it to your bestie. Here’s what we’re giving ya:

Five organic baby products plus an organic velour washcloths in a natural fiber gift box.
The perfect gift for any mama-to-be or new baby!
This organic baby gift box contains:

  • Organic Baby Bath Tea (2 / .75 oz tea bags)
  • Gentle Hair & Body Wash (5.25 oz)
  • Organic Baby Massage Oil (2.5 oz)
  • Organic Diaper Balm (2 oz)
  • Organic Baby Balm (.6 oz)
  • Organic Velour Washcloth (natural color)

These products come nestled in a natural fiber gift box with matching ribbon. {$70 value}

All this + more! And who doesn’t love BOOBS?!? We’re also giving away 2 pairs of Bamboobies organic bamboo nursing pads. They’re not just heart-shaped cuz they’re cute, they actually fit better that way. Not to mention the super-soft bamboo is like a “cashmere sweater for your boobs”.

*This Contest is CLOSED*

OK! Want in? Here’s how: Multiple ways to enter & each entry counts…

#1 – “Like” the Monkey Bars Facebook page & leave a comment on this post showing you’ve done so

#2 – Follow Monkey Bars on Twitter & leave a comment on this post showing you’ve done so

#3 – “Like” & post on Zoe Organics FB wall saying how much you ♥ MBs {or them, to be fair} & comment on this post showing you’ve done so

#4 – “Like” & post on Bamboobies FB wall saying MBs sent you {and naturally, how much you love them} & leave a comment on this post showing you’ve done so…

#5 – AND last but not least, Share *this* post on your own Blog, Facebook, Twitter or other social media site and let us know you’ve done so {and remember, you can do 1 or all 5 – each one counts as a single entry so GET ON IT}.

ONE Grand Prize Winner {the Zoe O’s + Bamboobies} will be chosen at random & there will be 3 runners-up who will receive their very own pair of Bamboobies to get them started. Winning comment action will be verified. UPDATE: Contest closes on April 15th

Happy Spring!!
p.s. Contest open to US residents only – Sorry Canada! I learned my lesson last time :-/. Shipping sucks.

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Weantailer Spotlight: Monkey Bars

- by Melissa Gunning, Founder of WeanGreen

Since being in the ‘biz we have noticed what a huge difference a little spunk makes. Monkey Bars is our #1 example of this little business tip. Wicked owner + funky business = Monkey Bars in Alameda California!

Here is our Q&A with Heather, the owner of Monkey Bars:

1. What is your favorite kitchen accessory (besides Wean Green)?

Hands down, I’m going with The Immersion Blender. I use mine all the time. Sauces, veggie purees, soups, you name it. Great for baby food too, and because we’ll be revisiting that stage in less than a year now, I’m keeping it handy for my homemade baby food (which then gets promptly popped into some wean cubes – naturally)

2. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

Well lately, it’s been my uncontrollable urge to pee, but before this pregnancy I’d have to say it’s the thought that I truly love what I do, and no matter what I look like each morning (or if I’ve even showered) I get to go to “work” and help people all day. This is really a tough one though, because we all have our crap days & if I didn’t have to pee or I wasn’t starving for breakfast, getting going in the morning can suck! My 6-y-o has become very adept at making his own breakfast, thus easing the pre school craziness. He knows how to use a toaster oven, and he’s got his own set of kid-friendly butter knives. That dude makes a mean PB&J.

3. If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you like to do instead?

Ironically, this is in the works. I love food. Eating it, cooking it, sharing it with friends and family. Cooking honestly relieves my stress at the end of the day. I’ve launched (well almost launched) my long awaited food blog! If I had my way though, I’d have a cooking show. It would be a cross between Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” & Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List”… Stay tuned.

4. What is your favorite Wean Green size and why?

I’m personally a pretty big fan of the Lunch Cubes. I think the first question I asked Melissa when we met was “ooo! do they come bigger?”… Again, I prefer these for grown-up/bigger kid stuff. When it comes to making baby food however, the 4 pack of cubes is the way to go. I’ve also managed to use these guys for my daily stashes of salad dressing & my at-work stash of prenatal vitamins.

5. Why do you sell glass?

I’ve been a fan of glass since I can remember. I was raised in the microwave era, and even as a 7-y-o latchkey child, I knew something was wrong with putting plastic in the microwave. Now with glass, I rarely worry about temperature changes or staining. This is especially awesome for someone who hates doing dishes. Glass is so easy to clean! Plus, there’s the whole safety bit – with all of the unknowns that still surrounding plastic, I feel that in most cases, it’s better just to go glass. As I mentioned, the biggest issue with plastic is heating it, whereas glass can be stored in the fridge, heated, and served all in the same dish. I just makes mama’s life easier.

6. What other products do you sell that compliment Wean Green?

We sell Lifefactory glass baby & grown-up bottles. I feel like these two lines are very complementary. Yes, your bag gets a little heavier, but everything does seem to taste better. The great thing about both lines is that they grow with your needs. For example, what I said earlier about the Cubes – use them for making baby food, then when you’ve passed that stage, put your vitamins in them. Lifefactory baby bottles have nipples, sippy caps and solid caps making it very easy for the bottles to stay with your child long term, thus making them a great value.
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Eco Easter Egg Kits are GONE! But send me your Photos…

Those of you lucky enough to grab your EcoEgg Kits before they sold out now have a job to do! Post your photos (action shots, completed eggs, mess-making, etc) on our MBs Facebook wall, and be entered to win another fabulous Spring Time Eco Kids product… Stay tuned for details!


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Skip Hop Tubby Bath Toy Organizer

“The perfect place for rubber duckies and squirty fish to call home. Made of mesh and neoprene (the fabric wetsuits are made of), TUBBY allows water toys to dry out-and stay mildew-free-between baths. Its stretchy, wide mouth makes toys easy to find and grab, and its cool design complements any bath.”

I cannot believe that I’ve sold nearly 30 of these things based only on customer reviews and haven’t taken one home for myself!

It seriously works y’all. Not playin’ around. Our bathroom tile is textured AND it’s been stuck there without moving for over a month now. Also it’s orange. Does it get any better? (more…)

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The 2011 BOB Revolution series has landed!

The new 2011 BOB Joggers have arrived.

The Revolution CE’s easy-fold, lightweight design makes it simple to transport and store in the city. With the latest innovative features, the Revolution SE is perfect for any sport experience. From the zoo to the beach, zip through congested areas and around tight corners with the revolutionary swiveling front wheel or lock it in place for increased stability when jogging or if the terrain turns tough. Also available in a Duallie two-seat model.

Revolution SE: $429
Revolution CE: $439
Revolution SE Duallie: $629


• Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability .
• Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
• State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
• Accessory Adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray.
• Ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seat for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harness.
• Multi-position canopy adjusts for protection against the elements. Large viewing window.
• High-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic tires and tubes take on tough terrain.
• Low Boy Cargo Basket provides plenty of undercarriage storage. Additional space in large seatback pocket.
• A simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knob keeps you rolling straight.
• When engaged, the parking brake helps secure a stopped position.
• Padded handlebar for comfort; wrist strap helps you secure stroller when strolling.

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Alameda Business Focus: Monkey Bars

-By Heather Lyn Wood, Alameda Business Focus

Mother of a 5-year-old boy, Monkey Bars owner Heather Reed is committed to providing eco-friendly, sustainably sourced baby and children’s products for busy parents.

Heather Reed is really excited about environmentally friendly baby products, and she’s not afraid to let it show. One visit with Reed at her store on Park Street confirms her enthusiasm. An Ohio native and longtime Bay Area resident, Reed was an employee of Monkey Bars in 2008 when she learned that its owners were planning to close the store.

“I was a single mom at the time,” she said in an interview. “I was really struggling. I had nothing, but I was like, ‘No, this store has to stay open. I’m buying it.’”

Three years later, she still has a gleam in her eye about Monkey Bars — the products it provides, the parents who trust her to find them, and the babies and children who use them.

The petite boutique on Park Street specializes in “feeding, clothing, and diapering solutions for the busy but Earth-Conscious parent.” Mother to a 5-year-old son, Reed says she has experienced firsthand the anxiety that accompanies wanting to keep a small child as safe as possible.

“It’s a balance,” Reed explained. “If you think about toxins and safety constantly, you drive yourself insane. But you want to know that the things you’re using are safe. I go crazy so you don’t have to.”

To fulfill this promise, Reed offers eco-friendly and toxin-free alternatives to conventional children’s wear, toys, and a wide selection of other supplies for parents. She purchases sustainably sourced goods and buys local whenever possible. When she does buy goods made overseas, she makes sure to have direct, firsthand knowledge about where and how they are made. Reed believes that many companies want to manufacture their products in the United States, but feel that it is not economically feasible to do so before establishing themselves in the U.S. market.

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Local, Eco-Friendly and Parent-Friendly

- by Renee M. Rutledge, San Francisco Reporter for HelloMetro

Monkey Bars in Alameda is a local gem for parents. After a day of hunting for eco-friendly toys in nearby specialty kid shops like Tot Tank, Toy Safari and Lauren’s Closet, I wished I had visited Monkey Bars first. The selection of environmentally friendly toys, apparel, tote bags, feeding accessories and other gear is easily the biggest and most carefully considered here, even though Monkey Bars is the smallest of the four on the Park Street strip.

Not only that, the attention I received at Monkey Bars was immediate and friendly; the owner herself, mom to a 5-year-old, addressed my questions about the green diaper phenomenon and could relate, based on firsthand experience, to all my concerns about leakage, comfort, convenience and price. Several other patrons who walked in during my visit at Monkey Bars knew owner Heather Reed by name, and this is definitely not a given with other independents. It’s no wonder this place won Best Clothes and Accessories Store in 2010 from Alameda magazine and the Best Shopping for Children’s Gifts on the San Francisco Chronicle’s BayList 2010.

Monkey Bars is currently the only baby bazaar on the beat with a highly sought-after ride – the orbitbaby Stroller Travel System G2, something that turns the daddy’s heads when they see one on the street. The planet-friendly stroller is made with green fabrics, but the real clincher is the base that turns 360 degrees. One-handed, adjustable handlebars and an advanced stroller suspension system aren’t bad either. But be prepared: the fancy name comes with a fancy price, specifically a whopping $900. Monkey Bars, however, keeps mark-ups to a minimum, staying within the realm of the MSRP.

Monkey Bars stands out in terms of having a local touch – find onesies with the word “Alameda,” written across the front, Oaklandish gear, and other goodies like the latest in wooden toys and plush dolls, and other fun stuff, for kids and their parents, too.

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