May 29, 2010

June Promotion: 40% Off Toys!

CGB knows what kids like, and what they don't like. Kids like toys. They like bright colors, animals, soft things and imagination. They don't like harmful chemicals, BPAs, and pesticides. That's why we carry a wonderful selection of natural toys made of wood, organic cotton, and other happy, safe materials. And this month, almost all of them are on sale!

There's almost too much to mention: adorable plush tool sets and gardening sets from Under the Nile, handcrafted dolls from Earth Friends, and classic wooden toys from Plan and Imagiplay -- all at a whopping 40% reduced price!

You won't want to miss this sale. Bring your little one into our play area and give our sale toys a test-run today!

May 27, 2010

Meet the CGB Staff!

Since our fearless leader will be M.I.A. for some of the summer months (as well as the fall), the CGB staff wanted to formally introduce ourselves.We're all very enthusiastic Crunchy Granola Baby-ers and Jennie has trained us well, so please feel free to direct any questions/comments/ideas to Amy, Erin, or Kim. After all, Jennie needs to concentrate on getting ready for the newest addition to her family!

Amy Tetreault is Crunchy Granola Baby's manager and marketing guru, as well as a marketing/pr coordinator at Tree Care Industry Association and freelance journalist. With a bachelors in communications and a masters in journalism, her work has appeared in various publications, particularly North Shore Art Throb. When she's not staring intensely at her iBook screen, Amy is reading, exploring, listening to NPR, riding her Giant bicycle, enhancing her concert resume, and plotting her next travel adventure. Learn more about Amy at her website,

Erin LeColst has been working at CGB intermittently for two years now. Erin is a history teacher for both middle school and high school students and an avid sewer. She makes everything from quilts to cloth diapering accessories! After having a baby, she took some time off from teaching and now works part time at CGB. She is passionate about veganism, politics, history, and the she loves to discuss cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and birth stories. Crunchy Granola Baby is a perfect fit!

May 18, 2010

"Babies" coming to CinemaSalem!

The highly-anticipated film Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. Capturing the journey of humanity that is both unique and universal to us all, the film follows Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Mari from Yokyo, and Hattie from San Francisco.

The New York Times says the film "might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species" and CGB thinks you will adore this film that highlights parenting around the world.

And to celebrate the premiere of this wonderful film at CinemaSalem, CGB is offering filmgoers 15% off one item* when you bring your CinemaSalem receipt to the shop! Plus, CinemaSalem is giving filmgoers $1 off their concession order with Crunchy Granola Baby receipt! Both offers good through May 27, so be sure to celebrate Babies with Cinema Salem and Crunchy Granola Baby!

Babies will be playing at CinemaSalem on the following days/times:

  • Friday: 5PM, 7:30PM and 9:25PM
  • Saturday: 12:30PM, 2:45PM, 5PM, 7:30PM and 9:25PM
  • Sunday: 12:30PM, 2:45PM, 5PM and 7:30PM
  • Monday through Thursday: 5PM and 7:30PM

*Please Note: Some restrictions apply.

May 16, 2010

Magical Postpartum Pads

CGB is happy to offer a new kit for making your own pain-relieving postpartum pads!

The natural ingredients in these soothing pads will help reduce swelling and ease discomfort after childbirth. You can use cloth or disposable pads. (CGB recommends NatraCare as a disposable choice.)

What You Need:
- Overnight maxi pads of your choice
-Witch Hazel
-Lavender Essential Oil (not perfume)
- Aloe Vera (the edible liquid, not the topical ointment)

- On each pad, pour 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, a dime-sized dollop of aloe-vera liquid, and 3-4 drops of lavender oil.
- Lay each pad in a freezer-safe bowl and store in the freezer (this way they will be cooling and formed to your shape!)
- Use as needed

[From Mothering Magazine, March-April 2010]

We offer all the ingredients individually, or as a kit at a discount.

Do you use any homeopathic or herbal remedies during pregnancy or after birth?

May 13, 2010

CGB Introduces Bicycle Benefits!

CGB is kicking off a new program: Bicycle Benefits!

Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community. The program's continual growth decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists' safety and health by putting more people on bikes.

Purchase a $5 reflective Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker from CGB and you're immediately entitled to discounts and rewards at local businesses and restaurants around town when you show your Benefits sticker.

For example: Bike to CGB and show us your Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker and we'll give you 15% off one item!

So far, CGB and Salem Cycle are blazing the trail for other Salem shops to join this innovative program. So if you like the idea, encourage your favorite shops to join! Together we can make Salem a more dynamic bicycling city!

And your Bicycle Benefits sticker isn't just good in Salem, it works in any Bicycle Benefits community. Check 'em out here.

Jennie's Prenatal Appt.

CGB owner Jennie Cudmore got a prenatal visit from her midwife Tara Kenny right here in the store! Learn more about Tara here.

May 11, 2010

New Products: Eco Paint and Eco-Dough!

We simply adore Eco-Paint and Eco-Dough from environmentally friendly and Mom-owned company Eco-Kids! Designed with natural, sustainable, and reusable ingredients (including fruit and vegetable extracts), these art-materials are fun and completely safe for baby. If you or your child have a gluten allergy, not to worry -- both the paint and dough come in Gluten-free versions! What could be better than that?

Buy your Eco-Dough here and your Eco-Paint here and get started with the creativity!

May 8, 2010

New Products: Bamboosa Cuddlesacks

We've got some brand new, adorable Bamboosa Cuddlesacks in stock and we're sure that once your baby gets this cute and comfy outfit on, you'll never want to take it off.

Featuring earth-friendly phrases (like "W for Windpower" and "C for Cagefree"), these sacks are made from certified organically grown bamboo. And have we mentioned that bamboo is naturally anti-static, hypoallergenic, thermal regulating and odor resistant? Purchase your Cuddlesack here.

Plus, all your favorites from Bamboosa -- socks, hats, washcloths, hooded towels and more -- are also back in stock.

May 6, 2010

Kleen Kanteen Sport Cap Recall

Heads up: Kleen Kanteen has recalled its Sport Cap 2.0. Read the company's statement below:

"For safety reasons and in cooperation with US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Klean Kanteen is recalling the Sport Cap 2.0. Klean Kanteen® has received six consumer reports relating to the spout tip of Sport Cap 2.0 breaking or cracking after being dropped, which could pose a possible choking or ingestion hazard. There have been no incidents of actual choking or ingestion reported.

We at Klean Kanteen apologize both for the inconvenience and the resource footprint of this recall. We take the health and environmental aspects of our products very seriously and the mere possibility of our product harming someone gave everyone at Klean Kanteen pause. The decision to recall and replace caps was really the easy part, running a smooth replacement program is the challenge we now are rising to. We really appreciate your patience and understanding; we'll get you your new Sport Cap(s) as quickly as possible."

If you have a Sport Cap 2.0, please click here for information on their return procedure. Any questions, please feel free to contact CGB at 978.741.0800.

May 2, 2010

We had a great time with Barbara Warren of Salem Sound Coastwatch this weekend! She taught us, and helped troubleshoot, everything we'd ever need to know about composting.

Couldn't make it on Saturday? No worries, swing by next Saturday, May 8 at 2PM for our next Green Speaker Series Event with Andrea Cohen from the film “Get To Know Your H20.”

Cohen will discuss how daily water choices affect the world. While bottled water corporations are spending millions of dollars each year to convince U.S. citizens to choose bottled water over tap, Cohen encourages consumers to be curious and think critically about their daily water choices and how they impact the world around them. Cohen aims to teach the community of Salem about their watershed areas, and connect the viewer with the resources to find answers to other questions or concerns about their drinking water."

We’ll also be raffling off a rain barrel!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ipswich River Watershed Association.

Mighty Aphrodite Maternity Consignment

We are SO excited to welcome Mighty Aphrodite Maternity Consignment to Salem!

Mighty Aphrodite is a new maternity store devoted exclusively to the pregnant mama. They carry gently-used maternity clothes designed to replace your pre-preggo clothes with a smokin' hot wardrobe that is sexy, stylish and won't cripple you financially.

Located at 244 Essex Street, the grand opening of this fantastic local shop will be Saturday, June 12, but the call for maternity clothes is on!

So clean out your closet, share the fashion love, recycle your clothing, organize your attic, make some extra spending money...all without leaving your house!

Mighty Aphrodite will happily travel to your home to collect your gently-used maternity clothes for consignment so that you don't have to balance your baby in one arm and a giant Rubbermaid tub in the other. Now that's thinkin'.

Contact for an appointment and learn more about this great new shop on their Facebook page.

*And don't forget: CGB is always looking for kids consignment clothes for Once Crunched! Contact Jennie at for an appointment!

May 1, 2010

Jennie Named 1 of the North Shore 100!

Congratulations to our very own Jennie Cudmore who was named one of the North Shore 100!

Each year
The Salem News compiles a list of 100 local leaders, businesspeople and volunteers making a difference in their communities.

Karen Anderson, publisher of The Salem News, says "...our great surroundings didn't all happen by accident. People are responsible for our vibrant North Shore. People here care, and give back, and go the extra mile for their neighbors. North Shore 100 ... salutes those people who work day in and day out to make our lives better."

Congratulations to Jennie and all her wonderful

[ Photo by Deborah Parker ]