November 30, 2011

Really Natural Beauty Gifts: Naturopathica Vitamin C Revitalizing Complex and Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum

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Are you looking for the perfect stocking stuff for the natural beauty in your life? Naturopathica is sure to please from a company you can trust:

Our approach to healthy skin care begins by eliminating harmful synthetics or skin irritants such as parabens, glycols or sulfates, and then adding clinically proven ingredients like antioxidants and peptides that provide real benefits to the skin.

We were sent two products to try out:

These are high quality, natural beauty products! These powerful, effective natural ingredients leave your skin feeling fresh and young. Made in the USA, these cruelty-free beauty products are sure to please any woman on your list!

Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.
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November 29, 2011

Green Stocking Stuffer Giveaway and Review: ITO EN Gifts for Tea Lovers


Do you know any tea lovers? ITO EN has many great gifts and stocking stuffers for those that adore tea. I love both coffee and tea and thoroughly enjoyed the ITO EN products we tried:

Ito En Teas' Tea Lemongrass Green Unsweetened Tea:



  • All-natural brew of premium loose Japanese green tea leaves and aromatic lemongrass--relax and rejuvenate with this refined and refreshing creation

  • Unsweetened tea with no calories, 45 mg of caffeine per 16.9 fl oz, more than 100% RDA of vitamin C, high in tea antioxidants

  • Drink for yourself to taste the distinction of a beverage alternative that is healthy and designed for an active lifestyle

  • ITO EN's knowledge, expertise, and experience help them in making an extraordinary ready-to-drink tea

Ito En Teas' Tea Mango Oolong Tea:


  • Has the full taste of oolong tea paired with the bright taste of mango--enjoy the pure refreshment of this invigorating blend

  • Naturally sweetened with a touch of cane sugar-- only 40 calories per serving, all-natural tea with no colors, powders, or concentrates

  • Good source of natural catechin tea antioxidants

  • Drink for yourself to taste the distinction of a beverage alternative that designed for an active lifestyle

  • ITO EN's knowledge, expertise, and experience help them in making an extraordinary ready-to-drink tea



Ito En Teas' Genmai Green Tea:
In a marriage of two classic Japanese flavors, roasted rice adds a mellow nuance to the bright notes of whole leaf and freshly ground green tea (Matcha).

Teas' Tea Polyfabric™ Reusable Tote Bag:


  • Reusable Tote Bag contains recycled content.

  • Material: Polyfabric™ is lightweight, durable, and environmentally-friendly.

Catechin Pens (made from recycled green tea leaves):
ITO EN has developed a wide array of methods for recycling used tea leaves and incorporating recycled tea leaves into a range of products and materials. Not only does recycling conserve resources but the antibacterial and deodorizing properties of catechins retained in the tea leaves can be utilized in products made from recycled tea leaves, thereby adding greater value.

We will be giving away one Teas' Tea Matcha Can to one lucky winner!


Matcha, or powdered green tea, is traditionally used for the tea ceremony. An ideal matcha for every day, our signature Teas' Tea Matcha welcomes with a crisply defined taste that finishes its flavor cycle with a measure of astringency. Used for "Ousu (usucha)" - Light matcha.

GIVEAWAY REQUIREMENTS

RULES


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


GIVEAWAY

MANDATORY ENTRY

Visit https://www.itoen.com

In your comment on ITO EN's Facebook page mention what product you would like and why, as well as which blog you read about this giveaway with a @tag back to this Really Natural's Facebook page.

EXTRA ENTRIES

+ Follow on Twitter ITO EN

+ Like http://www.facebook.com/Itoen on Facebook

+ Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging ITO EN's FB page

(doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)

+ Comment on another ITO EN wall post.

+ Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @ITO_EN

We also have a wonderful holiday coupon for our readers!


Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected from both blogs.

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November 28, 2011

Green Gift Giveaway and Product Review: Fair Trade, Handloomed, Naturally Dyed SLOWCOLOR Linen Scarves


As a weaver and fiber artist, I am fascinated by SLOWCOLOR. The video above not only explains the company's "trend toward more conscious gifting", but the natural, handmade processes of the weavers, spinners, and dyers inspire me. I would love to go and visit SLOWCOLOR's artisans! That would be my dream vacation!

We were sent a beautiful Boulder Scarf to review.



  • The scarf that goes anywhere. A treasured companion on your life's adventures: casual, elegant, for work, and for play. Men like this scarf as much as women.

  • Gauze Weave

  • 100% premium linen handloomed with pride and passion in India

  • Hand Made: As this is a hand made product, slight size and color variation only show the human touch of a soul and heart at work

  • Size: 24"x72"



I love my Boulder Scarf. It is the perfect size for how I like to wear my scarves, and the hand dyed linen is rich and beautiful. I can't help but think of the hands involved in making this product.  Handloomed, natural plant based hand dyed, fair trade...a perfect gift for the eco-conscious!

Good News! We have one SLOWCOLOR Boulder Scarf to giveaway to a lucky reader!

GIVEAWAY REQUIREMENTS

RULES


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


GIVEAWAY

  • One winner will receive 1 Boulder Scarf of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $85.00 (incl. shipping)



MANDATORY ENTRY

EXTRA ENTRIES
+ Follow on Twitter www.Twitter.com/beSLOWCOLOR
+ Like www.facebook.com/SLOWCOLOR on Facebook
+ Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging SLOWCOLOR's FB page (doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)
+ Comment on another SLOWCOLOR wall post.
+ Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @beSLOWCOLOR
Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected from both blogs.

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November 25, 2011

Green Gifts for Mom Giveaway: Krimson Klover Eco-Friendly Fine Merino Wool Clothing

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We are super excited about Krimson Klover!  Not only are these "knits with a twist" fashionable, the company takes their "commitment to environmental and social responsibility very seriously by using yarns from sources that respect their animals, employees and Mother Earth".

We were sent a luxurious Mrs. Rose sweater to try.  This washable merino wool is super soft and comfortable. There is no itch at all giving you the freedom to wear whatever (or nothing at all) underneath it.  The knitting is of high quality, and I love how the buttons do not go all the way to the bottom of the sweater giving it a more fashionable design.  The bold design works beautifully giving the sweater an overall chic, graphic aesthetic.  The Mrs. Rose would make a perfect gift for Mom!

Good news!  We have a beautiful Krimson Klover Poppy Hat and Scarf to giveaway to one lucky winner!  The Pippy Hat and Scarf are made with the same incredible "luxurious washable" merino wool as the Mrs. Rose sweater, plus the hat is lined with fleece for extra warmth.

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Krimson Klover Pippy Hat and Scarf Set GIVEAWAY!

RULES


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


GIVEAWAY

  • One winner will receive one Pippy Hat and Scarf set of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $28.00 and $65


Mandatory Entry

  1. Visit Krimson Klover's catalog

  2. Leave a comment on Krimson Klovers's Facebook page mentioning what your favorite product is and why, as well as an @tag back to Really Natural's Facebook page about the giveaway.


PippyScarves.jpg EXTRA ENTRIES

  • Follow on Twitter Krimson Klover

  • Like Krimson Klover on Facebook

  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging Krimson Klovers's FB page (doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)

  • Comment on another Krimson Klover wall post on FB.

  • Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @krimsonklover


Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected.

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November 23, 2011

Aroma Naturals: Holiday Candles Made From 100% Pure Plant Scents and Natural Vegetable Waxes

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People love to give scented candles as gifts, especially to hosts and hostess. I always view such gifts with trepidation, as I don't trust the candles synthetic, chemical fragrances. A natural alternative exists, thanks to Aroma Naturals:

While most other candle companies are still adding synthetic fragrances to their candles and claiming to be natural, Aroma Naturals® candles are made from 100% pure plant aromas and natural vegetable waxes (VegePure®) that are as good for the environment as they are for you. The pure plant aromas and essential oils are harvested at their peak to ensure freshness. Aroma Naturals® uses environmentally kind, lead-free wicks, and soy and vegetable waxes that burn clean and true.

Aroma Naturals® candles are presented by aroma: each scent evokes a particular mood based on the essential oil combination used. Essential oils are the very heart of every flower, fruit, herb, resin, tree and spice on earth. Highly concentrated and extraordinarily fragrant, they are extracted from the cells of the plants through a process known as steam distillation.

Essential oils register scent in the limbic system-the part of the brain where memories are stored, emotions are processed and moods are stimulated. The fragrances of certain essential oils can automatically encourage relaxation, energy or a calming and comforting effect. Best of all, essential oils have antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial qualities that make them as good for our bodies as they are for our spirits.

"We believe in total transparency - no artificial ingredients and no sneaky marketing jargon to make our candles seem more natural than they really are," says Jeffrey Light, President of Aroma Naturals®. "Each candle is hand-crafted in small batches and we are so proud of the purity of our product that I invite anyone interested in learning more to come make a candle with me at our factory in Irvine!"


We were sent the following holiday scents to try:

I love these products!  They smell beautiful and would make a very nice gift.  The aromas will give your home the holiday spirit!

 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 22, 2011

Gifts for the Eco-Minded Artist: Faber-Castell Self-Sustainable Forest Project in Brazil

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Faber-Castell has long been known for high quality art supplies, 250 years to be exact. To celebrate the company's long history, the company has shown its commitment to the environment:

Today Faber-Castell is not only CO2-neutral but also absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces, thanks to their reforestation project in Brazil.

Faber-Castell is a family run business for 8 generations and has factories throughout the world. Famous for inventing the #2 pencil, and the company currently produces 2 billion pencils every year. The present CEO, Count Anton von Faber-Castell is truly dedicated to the cause of "going green" and did so decades BEFORE it was a trend. In the 1980's they began a forest project in Brazil for both ecology and economic stability.

As the world's leading manufacturer of wood-cased pencils, Faber-Castell has always spared a thought for the future of wood as a raw material. In Brazil, the company uses fast-growing softwood from its managed forests, planted on former barren savannah, and maintains its own tree nurseries. Seedlings are continually planted out to replace each row of trees felled: a sustainable ecological cycle.

Faber-Castell's self-sustainable forest project in Brazil makes the company unique in that:
· The company is 3 times Carbon neutral (erases their carbon footprint) by re-growing trees everyday
· It is the first manufacturer in the industry to make water-based varnish (safer for factory workers and consumers; no waste bi-product)
· Their forest project offers 30% of the land as a refuge for endangered species in Brazil - over 280 species live on this land

Surprisingly, some pencils are actually made from clearcut forests. Faber-Castell gives you eco peace of mind while you give to your artist friends.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 21, 2011

Super Healthy Snacks: Navitas Naturals Cacoa Goji Superfood Power Snack

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Looking for a super healthy, superfood, super yummy snack? Navitas Naturals is full of "bite-sized goodness". Navitas is the Latin word for energy.  Raw, gluten-free, vegan, organic, high in vitamin C, the Cacoa Goji

Superfood Power Snack is great!
Grab a bite of energy and celebrate, because while your taste buds are singing, your body's feeling even healthier. These delicious snacks are made from the most nutrient-dense plants found in nature, packed with functional food stars like cacao, maca, chia, and camu-camu. At Navitas, our tradition is to globally source the most nutritious, wholesome, and sustainably-cultivated ingredients we can find. Now, we've combined these premium organic superfoods into flavorful grab-and-go snacks, making it easier than ever to enjoy their vibrant benefits.

At only 15 calories a piece, these are low calorie snacks. No guilt, only goodness!

Enter coupon code "navitas15" for 15% off.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 18, 2011

Gifts for the Healthy Cook: Superfood Cuisine Cookbook

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Superfoods are called superfoods because they are super for your brain! Adding a few of these ingredients to your pantry and learning to cook with them will create interest in your diet and health in your body.

Superfood Cuisine: Cooking with Nature's Most Amazing Foods by Julie Morris would make a great gift for any cooks in your life!


Superfood Cuisine is not your ordinary cookbook. But then again, superfoods are not your ordinary ingredients. From omega-rich chia seeds and nut-like sacha inchi, to antioxidant powerhouses like blueberries and exotic maqui berry (the #1 antioxidant fruit yet discovered!), to true energy foods like maca powder and cacao, and even everyday sprouts and leafy greens ... these are the most nutrient-dense foods on earth. Touted today by leading nutritionists and health gurus including Dr. Oz, these foods have been celebrated by ancient civilizations for thousands of years for their remarkable powers to heal and energize, promote radiant health, and enable high performance.

Now, discover their unique health benefits and exciting new flavors through learning how to use them in delicious dishes -- from breakfasts to entrees to desserts -- with this definitive guide to cooking with superfoods.

Beautiful photographs accompany the information and recipes in this fabulous cookbook. The Incan Patties look amazing!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 17, 2011

Really Natural Beauty: Bee All Natural Organic Hand and Foot Salve Plus Lip Balms

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Applying organic ingredients to our skin and lips is just as important to our health as ingesting organic foods. Bee All Natural uses food grade, organic ingredients:

Bee All Natural was founded in 2009 when I couldn't find the quality skincare products I was searching for. Tired of buying "natural" products that were petroleum based and filled with perfumes, I set-out to develop my own skincare that would be safe for every member of my family.

The daughter of an organic dairy farmer (www.thomasorganiccreamery.com) I already believed in the connection between diet and health. I wanted the products I chose for my family's skincare to reflect the same quality and goodness as those that I chose for their nutrition.

Working independently, I researched, tested and developed each of my products from start to completion. The ingredients are certified organic and are all "food grade" quality. I make each product from scratch and never use pre-made bases. Packaging each batch myself, I even design and print my own labels and carry each order to the post office or retail location!

I am proud of Bee All Natural and stand behind my products 100%. I won't sell a product that I don't use and believe in myself. If I can't make a product great, I just won't make it.

We were sent the Organic Intense Hand & Foot Salve (peppermint) and every variety of lip balm to try out.

My daughter loves the chocolate lip balm!  The salve really works on my winter hands and feet!

I like supporting small companies, and I trust Bee All Natural to be all they say.  There's nothing in these products hidden or a cause for concern.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 16, 2011

National Geographic Books: An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy

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As a race, we value manners. Culturally-specific, young children are taught early on to be polite, say please and thank you, keep your elbows off the dinner table, etc. Ever wonder why or where these common manner come from?

An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World is an interesting book.

With engaging and artfully presented text, including sidebars on media mavens throughout history, social gaffes, and archaic manners, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. Readers delve into cultural similarities and differences through lively passages, colorful photography, and sidebars on unique history. Topics include Courtesies and Greetings, Communication and Correspondence, Dining and Entertaining, Hierarchies and Protocol, Hospitality and Occasions, Amusements and Institutions, Boundaries and Cultural Differences, New Technology and Old Manners. Whether you are planning a trip abroad or just want a fascinating, browsable read, find out what is universal and what is merely a product of one's culture.
As with other National Geographic books we have reviewed, there is nothing eco-friendly about this book other than the work National Geographic does as a society. I would really like to see the company move towards using recycled materials in their books.

 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 15, 2011

Really Natural Books: Urban Green Architecture for the Future

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Ever wonder when buildings went bad? What are green alternatives for construction that go beyond materials to design as whole? How would the world be a better place if we just let our yards go wild?

Urban Green: Architecture for the Future by Neil B. Chambers explores many topics from energy to our role as a keystone species.

Sustainable design is booming, but the men and women dedicated to reducing their carbon impact have lost sight of what they are trying to save: the natural world. Author Neil Chambers has been at the forefront of cutting-edge, sustainable architecture for years, and Urban Green is his revolutionary vision for bringing the power of the conservation and design movements together. He advocates looking to nature for the missing components of the green revolution: oysters that can clean water at up to 5 liters an hour; beavers that reshape their environments while simultaneously enriching ecosystems; and mountains that offer a new way of imagining how a city could be built. By designing our homes and cities in harmony with the natural world, we can take the next step in the sustainable revolution.

Chambers takes green building beyond gray water and energy smart appliances to larger issues architects should consider when designing for urban ecology.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 14, 2011

Homeopathic, Natural Topical Pain Relief from Topricin

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Natural pain relief can be very effective at dealing with aches and pains. Topricin has a full line of products that utilizes homeopathy "Heal the damage that's causing your pain".

Our mission is to relieve pain and restore quality of life - safely and with no side effects. Topricin® is formulated without parabens, petroleum or other harmful ingredients....You have the power to take control of your life -- just imagine living pain free.

We were sent the following product:
Topricin:


  • Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and joint pain

  • Repetitive motion and other neuropathies

  • Lower back pain

  • Post surgical pain and injection site pain


Topricin Foot Therapy:

  • Nerve pain (Burning pain)

  • Heel spurs, joint and gout pain

  • Sports injuries:

  • plantar, Achilles tendon, shin splints

  • Dry or cracking skin of foot


Topricin Junior:

  • Muscle bruising & falling injuries

  • Joint pain of the hand, knees, back

  • Minor burns, insect bites, skin irritations

  • Preventative treatment for sports injuries

My body responds well to homeopathy, and it can be very effective for pain management.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 11, 2011

Gifts for the Runner, Athlete, Adventurer: Vibram FiveFingers Barefoot Shoes

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You might have seen people wearing these funny shoes and wondered what all the hype is about. My daughter has a pair, and she loves them! She is not a runner per se, but she finds they are fabulous for free form bouldering and just general lollygagging.

Vibram Fivefingers :

Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is different than any other footwear on the planet. Not only does it bring you closer to your environment, it also delivers a number of positive health benefits--by leveraging all of the body's natural biomechanics, so you can move as nature intended.
5 Reasons to Wear Vibram FiveFingers:
1. Strengthens Muscles in the Feet and Lower Legs--Wearing Vibram FiveFingers will stimulate and strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improving general foot health and reducing the risk of injury.
2. Improves Range of Motion in Ankles, Feet and Toes--No longer 'cast' in a shoe, the foot and toes move more naturally.
3. Stimulates Neural Function Important to Balance and Agility--When wearing Vibram FiveFingers, thousands of neurological receptors in the feet send valuable information to the brain, improving balance and agility.
4. Eliminate Heel Lift to Align the Spine and Improve Posture--By lowering the heel, your bodyweight becomes evenly distributed across the footbed, promoting proper posture and spinal alignment.
5. Allow the Foot and Body to Move Naturally--Which just FEELS GOOD.

Every person I have seen wearing these shoes says they love them!  They are made of synthetic materials. There is nothing natural about them except for they way they help you move.  

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November 10, 2011

Dancing Deer Baking Company: All Natural, Whole Grain Goodies

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If you are not a baker, Dancing Deer Baking Co. has got you covered. All natural, 100% whole grains makes these treats good for you. We were sent the following samples to try:


Unfortunately, we didn't get to try these treats, as we didn't open the box before they expired (our fault, not Dancing Deer's). They look delicious.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 9, 2011

Really Natural Cookbooks: Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook

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One of the biggest complaints of eating healthy is that it is more expensive than chemically flavored and preserved food, yet it doesn't have to be. Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook by Ellen Jaffe Jones makes it easy, affordable, and delicious to eat vegan. Whether your vegan choices are for health, the planet, or consciousness, not only is this cookbook filled with great recipes, but it also tells you how to stock your pantry on a budget.

Not only can a plant-based diet be good for health, it can also be easy on the pocketbook. At a time when many people are looking for a way to cut costs, Vegan on $4 a Day will show readers how to forgo expensive processed foods and get the most flavor out of delicious, high-quality basic ingredients. Author Ellen Jaffe Jones has combined passion, money savvy, journalistic expertise, and culinary skills into a consumer's guide for an economically viable dietary lifestyle. She has scoured the shelves of popular supermarkets and big-box stores and calculated exactly how much it costs to eat healthfully and deliciously. Readers will learn how to adapt their favorite recipes, cook with beans and grains, and use bulk buying to get big savings. Includes nearly 100 nutritious, delicious and low cost recipes and a week's worth of menu- planning ideas that show how the recipes can be combined to get a cost of $4 a day.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 8, 2011

Vermont Harvest All Natural, Unique Sauces, Jellies, and Conserves

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Made in small batches, Vermont Harvest sauces, jellies, and conserves are unique and handmade in small batches. We were sent the following products to try:


  • Jalapeño Pepper Jelly: "Heat-seeking customers single this product out as having the best balance of 'heat and sweet'. Although some may use this on their toast in the morning, most prefer it as an appetizer spread."

  • Apple Rum Walnut Conserve: "This best-selling conserve is a unique blend of fruit, raisins, walnuts and spices for a great breakfast spread or ice cream topping."

  • Blueberry Bourbon Balsamic Sauce: "A unique all natural product inspired from a recipe sent in by one of our customers. After many years of using Marybeth's blueberry bourbon balsamic sauce recipe in our recipe booklet, we have manufactured a the sauce to be in its own bottle. Its made with our favorite balsamic vinegar, blueberries , bourbon. "

  • Tiger Satay: "A unique all natural product inspired from a recipe sent in by one of our customers. After many years of using Jan's satay sauce recipe in our recipe booklet, we have manufactured a Peanut sauce that is extraordinarily great on flavor with a little bit of kick."

Our samples were shipped in styrofoam peanuts. These products are not made with organically grown ingredients, except the corn starch. The satay uses sodium benzoate, which has been identified as potentially carcinogenic.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 7, 2011

Really Natural Health: Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler

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Himalayan salt is the rage in gourmet and health food; however, it also has beneficial properties beyond food, especially when suffering from respiratory illness.

Squip Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler:

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How does it work? Rock salt crystals are placed between the filters inside a refillable inhaler. As you inhale through the mouthpiece, the moisture of the passing air absorbs microscopic salt particles which permeate through your respiratory system. The humidity in the air is sufficient to enrich the air with minute salt particles when the air passes the salt crystals. Hence a micro-climate of the curative salt caves has been created. Salitair contains the finest pure Himalayan salt crystals rich in minerals and trace elements. What makes Salitair unique? Salitair consists of a salt chamber, upper and lower filter, mouthpiece and cap. The mouthpiece, which contains the upper filter, is bayonet-fixed to the salt chamber so that it can be removed for cleaning and refilling. Unlike many other "salt pipes" in the marketplace, Salitair is reusable and does not have to be discarded after a certain period of time.

My daughter tried this product when she was recently ill. She didn't notice anything after using it, but she was able to return to school the next day. The next day, she fell ill again. I am not sure if the salt inhaler helped her rebound for a day or not.  She did not use it consistently.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 4, 2011

Tax Deductible Holiday Gifts: Environmental Working Group Gift Bag

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Sometimes it is hard to find the gift for those who have it all, and sometimes it is hard to find a gift that you feel good about. During the holiday season that often equates to overconsumerism, tax deductible donations are a great alternative to traditional gifts, especially one that comes with a great holiday gift bag that also will educate.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization I rely on for accurate information about healthful, natural living.

EWG is working overtime to give you the crucial information you need about the toxins that could be lurking in your food, water and personal care products. Our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce tells you which fruits and vegetables are lowest in pesticide residues. Our Tap Water Database tells you what harmful chemicals are in your water depending on where you live. Our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database helps you make smarter product choices, from shampoo to aftershave, to protect your family from harmful chemical ingredients.

By purchasing a gift bag right now, you'll help EWG meet our 2011 budget goal and ensure that we have the necessary funding to continue our groundbreaking research in 2012. And because a generous donor has agreed to match your donation dollar-for-dollar, you have the extraordinary opportunity to double the impact of your gift.

I know you'll love this year's gift bag because it's full of products that will help you eat better - for your own health and the health of our planet.

Our Eat Green on the Go limited-edition gift bag includes:

  • Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic Cookbook to help you cook yummy meals that are good for you and the environment.
  • A Klean Kanteen Reflect reusable stainless steel bottle that's 100 percent plastic-free and made with a bamboo cap - a first of its kind!
  • A To-Go Ware Snack Stack food carrier that's perfect for packing both hot and cold foods.
  • An EcoBags organic cotton canvas lunch sack that's reusable and machine washable.
  • A LunchSkins by 3GreenMoms reusable sandwich bag that is dishwasher-safe and free of lead, BPA and phthalates.
  • Earthbound Farm's new organic savory snack mix.
  • Organic seeds from Seeds of Change.
  • EWG's Quick Tips for Safer Cosmetics shopping guide.
  • EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce wallet guide.
  • EWG's Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change + Health wallet guide.
  • More than $50 in coupons from great companies like Organic Valley, Amy's Kitchen, Stonyfield and ChicoBag.
All it takes is a tax-deductible donation of $135 and you'll get an incredible gift bag while also helping EWG meet our end-of-year fundraising goal.
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November 3, 2011

Super Sustainable Sales: Pure Citizen Daily Deals

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Do you know about Pure Citizen?

Pure Citizen is a flash sale site with a heart. Created to use the power of the sale to give back, we have built giving back into the core of our business - from the companies we feature to the innovative donation feature on our site.

Every weekday members receive an email (our Daily Love) filled with the inspiring story of a company that is committed to making the world a better place. Not only do the stories inspire, but for 72 hours members have exclusive access on Pure Citizen to purchase a hand-picked selection of products from this company at 30-90% off.

Not only do purchases support these inspiring companies, but members have the option to save a little less and donate the difference to a featured non-profit. The beautiful thing? 20% of members have used this feature, raising thousands of dollars for charity since our November 2010 launch.


Today, I got a killer deal on a degree six dress! The short panel dress retails for $190, but if you act fast, you can get it for only $28.50 on Pure Citizen! That's a savings of $161.50 for this bamboo beauty ethically made in the USA!

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November 2, 2011

Holiday Gifts that Give Back: Native Trails Talaveras Coasters Support Kiva

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Are you looking for a great gift item that also gives back? Native Trails Talaveras Coasters are not only beautiful, but 100% of proceeds go to Kiva!

Buy our hand crafted Talavera Tiles, coasters, trivets, murals, house numbers and welcome plaques and you will be supporting Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Each Pure Talavera Tile is a distinct piece of art created using traditional hand-crafted methods that originated in Talavera de le Reina, Spain and were introduced to the indigenous people of Puebla, Mexico in the 16th century. This exceptional earthenware is exclusive to the Puebla region where local clays are blended to produce a unique composition that results in superior Talavera tiles like no other tiles in the world - these are Pure Talavera Tiles.
These tiles truly are beautiful! I really like them; however, our coasters were shipped in much styrofoam packaging to prevent breakage. We did not receive them in the gift packaging they would include if purchased online.

 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 1, 2011

Really Natural October 2011 Monthly Roundup

Alternative Energy

Beauty

Food

Gifts

Health

Herbal Medicine

Monthly Round-Up

Politics

Product review

Promotions

Really Natural Books

Travel

environment

technology

transportation

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