December 30, 2011

Really Natural Eating: Wildly Affordable Organic

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Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less by Linda Watson debunks all myths that healthy and organic eating is expensive compared to processed food. With 100 recipes and sample menus, Linda shows you simple, cheap, and delicious it can be.

Linda Watson, the founder of CookforGood.com, created her wildly affordable cooking plans after being inspired by a national challenge to eat on a food-stamp budget. She credits her background in project management helping her to not just survive but thrive on just a dollar a meal per person...

If you've wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn't afford it, Wildly Affordable Organic is for you. It's easy to think that "organic" is a code word for "expensive," but it doesn't have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible secret of how you can eat well every day--from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to peach pie for dessert--averaging less than two dollars a meal.

Get ready for wild savings! You'll discover how to:

• Ease your family into a greener lifestyle with the 20-minute starter plan

• Go organic on just $5 a day--or go thrifty and spend even less

• Take advantage of your freezer and freeze your costs

• Find the best deals at your local farmers' market or grocery store

• Cook easy, scrumptious, seasonal dishes from scratch


I like how Linda arranges her menus based on seasons, as it only makes sense that seasonal food will be cheaper than out of season food that has been shipped from different climates. It is also fresher and better for your health and the planet.

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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December 29, 2011

Really Natural Books: The Joy of Cheesemaking

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I have never made cheese, but I have friends who do. Homemade cheese is so delicious, and someday, I plan to try. Thanks to Jody M. Farnham and Marc Druart's book The Joy of Cheesemaking, I think I can!

Review
"Starred Review. Brush up on Chemistry 101 and be prepared to master all kinds of new techniques...In between the scientific lingo and the critical procedures of learning about the art of cheesemaking come some great color photographs, a few dozen recipes (e.g., Texas cheese soufflé, fromage flatbread), and introductions to "rock star" cheesemakers around the country that include personal histories, a cheese-featured dish or two, and contact information. And lest we lose sight of the end results, enjoying le fromage has its day in two chapters covering the how-tos of building a cheese board and pairings with wine or beer. The authors--one American, the other French--are affiliated with the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese, one of a handful of similar accredited educational institutions in the U.S." (Booklist )

The pictures make me salivate, and the instructions are simple enough I think I could do it! Now, maybe I just need to get a cow for constant cheesemaking supply!

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December 28, 2011

GMO-Free: SunRidge Farms Organic and All Natural Snacks Perfect for Holiday Travel

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Holiday travel can be a drag with winter weather and crowds. You don't need to add the feeling of being "hangry" to the mix. SunRidge Farms has many organic and/or all natural snacks to stave off those feelings and keep you in a positive mood.

Sunridge Farms Organic Cranberry Harvest

Ingredients
Organic Chocolate Chips (Chocolate Chips (Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Organic Peanuts, Organic Almonds, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cranberries (Organic Cranberries, Organic Sugar, Organic Sunflower or Organic Canola Oil), Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Raisins, Organic Apples.

Sunridge Farms Thai Curry Cashews
Ingredients
Roasted Cashews, Curry Seasoning (salt, maltodextrin, spices, torula yeast, onion, garlic, turmeric, extractives of spice, natural flavor), Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil

SunRidge Farms All Natural Dark Chocolate Almonds
Crunchy and sweet. Skillfully crafted in the time-tested European confectionery traditions Small Batch Roasted Almonds. Freshly roasted in house, then drenched in SunRidge Farms All Natural Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties Luscious Dark Chocolate and Fresh Roasted Almonds. Irresistible.

SunRidge Farms is committed to eco-friendly business:

From our beginnings to today, SunRidge Farms™ has been committed to green living. Our green commitment goes beyond our organic and all natural products, reaching through our business and beyond to make the world a better place for our customers, employees, and the planet. From offering sustainably produced products, to supporting charitable causes, to incorporating greener business practices throughout our offices and warehouse, our commitment to make a difference in the world will never wane. Here are just a few ways that we live green:
  • Our warehouse is equipped with a 99kW solar panel system
  • Seventeen delivery trucks have been converted to renewable biodiesel fuel
  • Low-flow water-saving devices have been incorporated into our offices and manufacturing plant
  • Recycling programs include corrugated cardboard box, ink-jet cartridges, office paper, plastics, and shrink wrap
  • Our state-of-the-art purification and ventilation system has imporoved air quality throughout our operations
Of course, the dark chocolate almonds are my favorite! Once again, SunRidge Farms does not disappoint, other than I wish all of their products were 100% organic.

 

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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December 27, 2011

Teas'Tea Pure Green Tea and Mango Oolong

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If you are looking for a refreshing tea beverage, Tea's Tea has some low calorie drinks that may quench your thirst.
Teas' Tea Pure Green Unsweetened Tea:


  • Distinct clarity and natural taste of green tea--brewed and bottled using ITO EN?s natural clear bottling technology

  • Pack of twelve 16.9 fl oz bottles

  • Unsweetened tea with no calories, 60 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


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

  • Pack of twelve 16.9 fl oz bottles

  • 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


These products are not organic, and I felt the need to sweeten the unsweetened green tea. If you have the time, better to just make your own cup of tea, but in a pinch, grabbing a cold Teas' Tea is definitely better than a soft drink.

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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December 26, 2011

BugBand Insect Repelling Band: Naturally Derived Ingredients

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Well it's too frosty here for annoying insects, but the BugBand looks promising.

BugBand insect repellent products provide protection from biting insects while avoiding the risk associated with irritating pesticides. It is safe for children and pets, and can be used around food. BugBand also doesn't eat away at equipment like repellents can.
The naturally derived insect repellent has been proven to be an effective alternative to traditional pesticides such as DEET. According to laboratory and field studies by the University of Florida, Geraniol, the plant-based active ingredient in BugBand, has been proven effective in repelling a wide variety of insects, including mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums and fleas. BugBand's sprays and towelettes are effective against ticks, as well...

Geraniol is a naturally occurring repellent that can be extracted from geranium oil through a unique refining process. For years, people have planted geraniums on their porches or in window boxes, believing that the flowers helped deter mosquitoes. Today, scientific data supports that belief. Geraniol, a natural oil derived from geranium plants, has been proven to be an effective means of repelling many blood-feeding insects.


Bugband also makes Natural Insect Repelling Towelettes.

I will have to wait until spring to see how effective this product is.

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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December 23, 2011

ally Natural, Gluten-Free Candy: Yummy Earth Sour Beans

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My daughter loves Yummy Earth's Sour Beans!
Have you ever had a Sour Jelly Bean? Neither had we! My little boys love the look of colorful jelly beans so they asked me to make jelly beans "our way"...and "can we
make them sour, too, Daddy"? Sergio and I tested and tasted and formulated and created YumEarth Naturals Sour Jelly Beans (not too sour) that will make your mouth dance!!! No artificial colors or artificial flavors, no gluten, no nuts or tree nuts and no dairy or soy!!! Vegan as well, though we forgot to print "vegan" on the bag.

They have the perfect sour bite and are really popular in my home.

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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December 22, 2011

BPA-Free: Pura Stainless Steel Sippy Baby Bottles

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If I had a baby and needed a baby bottle, this is the one I would get. Made of stainless steel, this unbreakable bottle works with nipples and spouts from your favorite companies. Pura Kiki Sippy Bottle Stainless Steel comes in many colors, but they also make colorful silicon sleeves.

Pura Kiki stainless steel bottles are the safe and environmentally conscious choice for your baby. Why? Pura Kiki bottles and collars are crafted from high-grade stainless steel (304), are BPA-free, naturally anti-bacterial, lightweight, durable, and will not leach anything into your child's milk, water or juice. Pura stainless was created with a simple vision: to make a difference by responsibly manufacturing a safe and durable alternative to plastic infant bottles and toddler sippy cups. We bring a strong spirit of environmentalism and innovation to our products. We strive to eliminate plastic waste, fund progressive environmental concerns with our Green15TM program, and develop compelling new products that help make life safe and fun. Pura stainless is proud to have been selected as one of the Top 50 small companies for 2009.

Features include:

•Smart: includes a Pura silicone no-spill sip spout, plastic and BPA free
•Compatible with the Avent Sport Spout (fast flow) and Nuk Latex Spout
•Compatible with nipples from Pura, Born Free, Dr. Brown?s, and Think Baby
•Functional: includes internal volume markings and silicone travel cover
•6 months and older


I really like these bottles and am pleased to see there are more choices for families avoiding plastic. I also am impressed that the packaging is PVC free. This bottle is "responsibly made in China".

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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December 21, 2011

Innobaby Stacking Bento: BPA -Free

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Are you looking for a convenient way to store those holiday leftovers? Innobaby has a unique solution with their stacking bento, part of the packin smart line.

Create fun meals and snacks for on-the-go. Divided compartments are perfect for packing sandwiches, pastas, veggies, fruits, snacks and more.

STACK filled compartments using the slim dividing tray.

LOCK containers to preserve mealtime creations & snacks.

NEST empty containers for easy travel and compact storage.

  • see through top lid with locking side panels
  • removable silicone seal for divided compartment
  • slim dividing tray for separating main compartment to divided compartment
  • main compartment = 12 oz
  • divided compartment = 8 oz (4 oz each side).
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • bpa-,phthalates-, pvc-, lead FREE.
This product is made of plastic in Vietnam. I do prefer glass or stainless steel food containers over plastic, even when it is BPA-free.

 

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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December 20, 2011

Natural Cleaning: Earth Friendly Products Stain Remover, Air Freshener, Furniture Polish, and Stainless Steel Cleaner

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Earth Friendly Products has been around a long time making cleaning products you can trust in your home. No 1,4-Dioxane hidden, nor formaldehyde or petrochemicals...just 100% all natural. Even though Earth Friendly Products have been safely cleaning our homes for decades, their product line continues to expand. We were sent the following products to try:
Earth Friendly Products Furniture Polish with Olive Oil


  • Made with naturally pure essential oils of olives and oranges, furniture polish is specially formulated to protect and clean your wood surfaces

  • Using the natural power of citrus it quickly penetrates and lifts dirt, grime, oil and grease, while the olive oil is an emollient that brings out the natural beauty of the wood

  • Ammonia-free, phosphate-free, chlorine-free, glycol and glycol ether-free, enzyme-free, dye-free, and free of petroleum ingredients

  • 100% natural, plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable household cleaners, made with renewable and cruelty-free ingredients, never tested on animals, and packaged in recyclable containers

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging


Earth Friendly Products Earth Friendly Products Uni-Fresh Air Freshener, Cinnamon
Uni-Fresh is a nontoxic concentrated air freshener. Helps eliminate odors. It contains 100% natural ingredients made from essential oils.

Earth Friendly Products Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

  • Polish and protect stainless steel and metal surfaces with this all natural product made with soy and other 100% sustainable

  • Quickly dries to a bright sheen without streaks or oily residue, neutral ph won't discolor surfaces

  • Phosphate-free, chlorine-free, enzyme-free, dye-free, and free of petroleum ingredients

  • 100% natural, plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable household cleaners, made with renewable and cruelty-free ingredients, never tested on animals, and packaged in recyclable containers

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging


Earth Friendly Products Stain and Odor Remover

  • Color-safe and residue-free, stain and odor remover is made with naturally pure essential oils of lemon, and is ideal for removing stains and odors from fabrics, carpeting, flooring, upholstery and athletic equipment

  • Safely removes coffee, tea, juice, grass, wine, fruit and vegetable, blood, grease and oil stains, vomit and urine stains and odors, and it is safe to use with septic and greywater systems

  • Ammonia-free, phosphate-free, chlorine-free, glycol and glycol ether-free, enzyme-free, dye-free, and free of petroleum ingredients

  • 100% natural, plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable household cleaners, made with renewable and cruelty-free ingredients, never tested on animals, and packaged in recyclable containers

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

 I really love all of these products! I feel safe using them around my children and pets. 
 
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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December 19, 2011

Organic Ancient Grains: Jovial Einkhorn Pasta

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I am really into ancient grains, as studies have shown modern wheat has been bred to be contain high protein causing more allergies and sensitivities. Jovial products are made from einkhorn:

Einkorn is very different from all other varieties of wheat. It was the first species of wheat grown by man more than 12,000 years ago. Now considered a relic crop, it has practically been forgotten because its yield is low in the fields and its type of gluten makes bread-baking a challenge...

Einkorn is genetically pure, exceptionally nutritious and surprisingly delicious. It is the healthiest form of wheat because it has never been hybridized.


I love Jovial's enkhorn cookies. Now I have tried the pasta:

Jovial Whole Grain Einkorn Pasta is a delicious foundation to a nutritious and enjoyable meal. Although Whole Grain Einkorn is a healthy source of dietary fiber, it does not have a grainy or gritty texture. Packed with protein, B vitamins and minerals, it will leave you feeling very satisfied. Our pasta is masterly crafted in Italy by expert pasta artisans, who only enhance the inherent goodness of this most ancient grain. We care about our products from the seed all the way to the package. Jovial Whole Grain Einkorn is packaged in a carton made from 80 percent recycled cardboard and is 100 percent recyclable. The window is certified 100 percent compostable, made from FSC certified wood pulp.

When I traveled to Italy last summer, I actually had Jovial enkhorn cookies in my carry-on for snacking. I never saw this product on the shelves in Italy, but I sure enjoyed eating them in their homeland.

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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December 16, 2011

Low Glycemic NuNaturals Stevia Products: Add Fiber, Not Sugar

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Stevia is quite the health food rage, especially for those that can't eat sugar because they are diabetic or are dieting. Although I am not a huge fan of it myself, I appreciate that an all-natural alternative to sugar exists, especially for those suffering from health problems.

NuNaturals is a leading supplier of quality stevia. They sent us the following products to try:
NuStevia White Stevia Powder Packets

White SteviaTM Extract Powder contains the flowing agent maltodextrin, a food grade carbohydrate derived from grain. Tasteless, maltodextrin is the perfect medium to use with the extract, making it easier to measure. This form is perfect for sprinkling on cereal, yogurt as well as mixing in beverages. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the recommended serving. White Stevia Powder contains 60% more Stevia extract than most other brands on the market. The cost to get the same sweet taste of other brands can be up to 2 1/2 times more expensive compared to NuNaturals. NuNaturals White Stevia Powder will save you money.

NuNaturals Morefiber Stevia Baking Blend Powder
As a dietary supplement use MoreFiber™ in your favorite recipe. MoreFiber makes it easy to reduce or take sugar out of your conventional recipes while adding high quality fibers.

NuNaturals Sweet Health Erythritol Crystals Powder
Sweet Health, Erythritol Crystals is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. It is as three fourths as sweet as sucrose, has no after-taste and is safe for diabetics.

NuNaturals Cocoa Bean Extract Liquid
The average 40 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 250 calories and 14 grams of fat! If the chocolate bar uses Dutch processs cocoa, some of the polyphenols will be destroyed. NuNaturals Cocoa Extract contains 15% of the polyphenols and 10% theobromines in Cocoa. Ten milliliters of our Cocoa Extract would contain the same amount of polyphenols and theobromines in a chocolate bar at about the same cost, but without the fat and calories!

NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia Liquid
NuNaturals Alcohol Free Stevia Pure Liquid is for individuals that are sensitive to alcohol here is a product especially for you. For everyone else the unique sweet taste that the glycerine imparts makes this a favorite of many NuNaturals Stevia Pure Liquid.

NuNaturals Vanilla Alcohol Free Stevia Liquid

  • A true vanilla extract made from premium bean that produces a product with incomparable taste.

  • NuNaturals has combined singing dog vanilla with our delicious Stevia.


NuNaturals Nustevia Nocarbs Blend

  • NuStevia white stevia nocarbs uses erythritol, a natural filler that is produced from corn.

  • Erythritol enhances the taste of stevia.

  • No effect on blood sugar levels and is safe for both type I and II diabetics.


NuNaturals Pure Liquid Clear Stevia
NuNaturals has developed this easy to use liquid that allows the most accurate measurement of Stevia Extract. This liquid is so concentrated, that only 5-10 drops are needed.

NuNaturals Nustevia White Stevia Quick Dissolve Tablets
Quick Dissolve Tabs contain our NuStevia White Stevia Extract and fiber. These marvelous tabs are a pre-measured serving. The tabs are very easy to break into halves or even fourths so that you can use as much as you want or as little as you want. NuStevia Quick Dissolve Tablets contains absolutely no calories or carbohydrates.

NuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract
Our NuStevia White Stevia Extract is our most concentrated form, and only a tiny amount is needed. This is a powder extact. This form is excellent for mixing up large batches of beverages or for recipes. The 1 oz bottle contains only the NuStevia extract and natural flavors. NuNaturals Pure NuStevia Extract contains absolutely no calories.

I prefer the liquid stevias to the powders. I think they have a better flavor. I like adding them to tea.

There are a ton of recipes on the NuNaturals website. https://nunaturals.com

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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December 15, 2011

Really Natural Skin Care: We LOVE EO!

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EO is my go to brand for skin care, and I have converted many a family member to switch to the company's hand soap. Paraben free, polysorbate free, disodium EDTA free, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free, and post consumer resin bottle, I feel safe using these products on my children's skin. In fact, it was my son's allergy to SLS that caused me to discover EO.

We were sent the following EO products to try:
EO Liquid Hand Soap French Lavender


  • Made with unique combinations of pure essential oils and nourishing herbal blends to effectively cleanse without drying your hands.

  • Our Coconut Cleansing Complex creates the gentlest, most effective and richly foaming soaps available. We do not use irritating sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates

  • Our Organic Herbal Blend is soothing and healing

  • Naturally antiseptic

  • Calming & Relaxing


EO Body Lotion Grapefruit & Mint
Nourishing and moisturizing with pure essential oils, mango seed butter and Vitamins A and E. Our Grapefruit Essential Oil is cold pressed from the skin of the fruit to preserve the refreshing, citrusy aroma. We blend it with Peppermint Essential Oil to stimulate the senses and promote mental clarity. From the tropical orchards of Florida to the lush Willamette Valley in Oregon, we source the highest quality ingredients from the regions where they thrive naturally. Pure Grapefruit Essential Oil has a sweet and uplifting aroma. Peppermint Essential Oil is revitalizing and refreshing. Our Organic Herbal Blend is formulated to soothe and heal dry, irritated skin. Nourishing Mango Seed Butter replenishes the skin's moisture and provides a protective barrier from external elements. Antioxidants Vitamin A and E aid in tissue repair and improve skin elasticity. Absorbs quickly for softer, silkier skin. Use as an all-over body treatment to nourish your skin and awaken your senses. Breath. Believe. Receive. Made in the USA.

EO Everyone Soap
A natural plant based soap made with pure essential oils, gentle and fragrant, a perfect shower, bath and shampoo for the whole family.

I like the new Everyone soap, in that it is so versatile.  A three-in-one (bath, body, hair) product safe for the littlest to the oldest in your family. Plus, it comes in three great flavors: lavender + aloe, coconut + lemon, and citrus + mint.

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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December 14, 2011

National Geographic Books Make Great Gifts: The Big Idea

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National Geographic books are always well done, and of course, the imagery is spectacular. The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future is set up in a timeline to show the progression of "Big Ideas" through time and beyond.
The Big Ideas are:


  • Information & Communication

  • Health & Medicine

  • Physics & the Cosmos

  • Chemistry & Materials

  • Biology & Environment

  • Transportation & Space Exploration


From the Pythagorean theorem to DNA's double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity--the big ideas of science and technology shape an era's worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the past, one big idea at a time. Meet the people who gave birth to these ideas--and those who fought against them. Meet the MIT electrical engineer currently developing a way to turn on the lights cordlessly, then move back through Nikola Tesla's visionary concept of the wireless transfer of energy, Thomas Edison's groundbreaking work in developing a nationwide electrical grid, Ben Franklin's experiments to capture electricity, all the way back to ancient Greece, where Thales of Miletus described static electricity as a property of naturally occurring amber.

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. 


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December 13, 2011

Really Natural Beauty Secrets: John Masters Organic Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner

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Shhhhh! I'm giving away natural beauty secrets!

I love John Masters Organics Hair products. I first got hooked with John Masters Organic Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner. This rich conditioner is just what my long hair needs. My hair can be dry on the ends but oily on top, and it just drinks up John's conditioner.

Lavender and avocado oil are combined with over 10 certified-organic plant extracts and oils to bring intense moisture and vitality to dry hair. Hair is left shiny, soft and luxurious. Wonderful, light lavender scent. Safe for color-treated hair. 7 fl oz.

Made with 12 certified-organic ingredients

• lavender oil- slows hair loss; treats eczema and dermatitis on the scalp
• avocado oil - moisturizes and conditions the hair
• soy protein - strengthens hair follicles; makes hair look thicker and fuller, improves shine
• white tea - detoxifies hair and scalp
• arnica - hydrates scalp; stimulates hair growth

John's products rank from two to four on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic database. Not only are these products safe and effective, I would rather support businesses like John Masters over major corporations like Aveda any day!

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December 12, 2011

Natural Laundry Care: Roux Maison Stain Remover

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This holiday season, there is sure to be a little too much cheer that needs cleaning up. Roux Maison Stain Remover has got your spills covered naturally.

Stains happen to the best of us and Roux Maison Stain Remover is the perfect product to treat them. It effectively treats and removes many different types of common and not-so-common stains that are both organic and inorganic. Roux Maison Stain Remover is specifically designed to work in conjunction with all of our detergents.

For best results: Apply directly to the stain as soon as possible and allow it to soak into the affected area for 15-20 minutes. Test on an inside seam if unsure whether appropriate for certain fabrics. Not recommended for wool, silk or many delicates. Follow with the appropriate Roux Maison detergent and launder as usual. If stain persists, repeat process prior to heat drying.


  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Free

  • Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) Free

  • Formaldehyde Free

  • Pthalate Free

  • 1,4 Dioxane Free

  • Paraben Free

  • Phosphate Free

  • Readily Biodegradable

  • Optical Brightener Free

  • Neutral pH

  • Not A Marine Pollutant

  • No Harmful Chemical Residue

  • No Animal Testing

  • Vegan

  • No Genetically Modified (GMO) Ingredients

  • Safe for Sensitive Skin

  • Ingredients Classified as Non-Hazardous

  • Safe for Septic Tanks


Made in the USA, this is a great solution to more toxic stain removers.

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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December 9, 2011

Gifts for Women: Ford's Warriors in Pink

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is behind us, but for those suffering from the loss or the disease, every month is a constant reminder. Ford has donated $3,063,453.00 so far through their Warriors in Pink program. We were sent the following items from the Warriors in Pink store:

Power of Pink Hoodie

This contemporary waffle-weave zip-up hoodie in a bright pink adds color to any closet. Great as a gift or a little treat for yourself.

100% of net proceeds ($24.10 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Sweet Dreams PJ Pants
Catch your ZZZZs Warrior-style and count symbols not sheep. Cotton and cuddly, these pajama pants have a drawstring waist for extra comfort.

100% of net proceeds ($11.50 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Power T-Shirt
Bold color matches the determination of the Warrior. This resilient 100% cotton tee is satin garment washed for a supersoft feel.

100% of net proceeds ($11.56 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Sun Hat
There are two sides to every hat - or at least there should be. Have twice the fun with this reversible sun hat. Perfect for UV protection during your favorite outdoor activities. Hand wash cold, reshape to air dry.

100% of net proceeds ($15.05 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


2011 Warrior Tie
Get down to the business of helping to find a cure with the 2011 Warriors in Pink® necktie. Whether worn for business or leisure, this tie will let everyone know where your heart is.

100% of net proceeds ($16.75 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


I really like how Ford discloses exactly how much is donated to the cause for each item; however, I am concerned that Susan G. Komen has been accused of pinkwashing.

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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December 8, 2011

Gifts for the Allergic or Diabetic Child: Even Princess and the Peanut & Even Superheroes Get Diabetes


Children's literature is a developmentally appropriate and fun way to educate about illness. Whether sharing with classmates and friends or individual children, we were sent two books that can help youngsters understand their potentially life-threatening health conditions.

 
The Princess and the Peanut by Sue Ganz-Schmitt is a very well done.  This delightful story is loosely based on the Princess and the Pea, only the pea is a peanut. Referring to several other fairy tales, this book not only informs but entertains children.

Every queen knows that in order to find out if a princess is REAL, one must send the "alleged" princess to bed on a magnificent pile of mattresses, slip in a pea, and see how she sleeps. But when the royal kitchen is fresh out peas, the queen tries a peanut instead. The princess turns out to be as real as her food allergies.

This vibrant and humorous tale inspires, and educates children with allergies, as well as those who live in, and around food sensitive kingdoms. Includes a food allergy guide for adults, and kid-friendly allergy definitions.

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes is also by Ganz-Schmitt. It is not as well done as the princess book, but that may just be my preference for fairy tales over comic books. I did learn a lot about diabetes from the book.

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes focuses on the gift within the illness. It is the story of a boy named Kelvin who loves Superheroes. His childhood days are spent in imaginative play--saving the day. One day, his fantasies are marred by the reality of getting diabetes...the incessant finger pricks, shots, and the constant doctor's appointments. When a mysterious doctor uncovers that Kelvin has superpowers, the story reveals itself as the genesis of a new kind of superhero. Kelvin is monikered 'Super K' and uses his superpowers to help other kids with diabetes. The discovery of Super K's superpowers is akin to the discovery of one's inner strength in the face of adversity--in the face of illness. The comic book style illustrations by Micah Chambers-Goldberg beautifully connect children and parents to the world of diabetes. The book includes a kid friendly diagram that explains type 1 diabetes, and definitions that discuss both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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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December 7, 2011

Really Natural Books: Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs: How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs (Why Were Sick)

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It's pretty much a common consensus that our health care industry needs to be overhauled. The fact that we even call it an industry alone should be signal. 


Dr. Brad Case in his book Really Natural Books: Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs: How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs (Why Were Sick) writes a compelling argument that corporate money is causing medical treatment to be the number one killer in the United States. Corporate greed wants us to be sick.

Thugs, Drugs and the War on Bugs, How the Natural Healthcare Revolution Will Lead Us Past Greed, Ego, and Scary Germs, by Dr. Brad Case is a scathing expose on America's "Sick Care" industry. This well-referenced tome covers topics such as: the history of allopathic medicine and its continued reliance on dogma over science, despite considering themselves "scientific medicine"; the American Medical Association's longstanding and ongoing war on the competition: natural healthcare providers; the drugging and brainwashing of America; the FDA/Big Pharma collusion and other conflicts of interest affecting healthcare; the huge issue of "iatrogenesis" or doctor-caused illness and death; the fallacy of Louis Pasteur's germ theory, which is slowly being replaced by a "new" germ theory that's sure to surprise and will completely change how you look at germs; the overuse of antibiotics and how this practice has led to the development of antibiotic resistant "superbugs" (like MRSA) and yeast overgrowth; parasites: how to detect them and how to get rid of them; the controversy surrounding vaccines and whether or not they are responsible for autism; what to do if you decide you don't want your child vaccinated; the media-generated fear around the outbreaks and "epidemics" of bird flu, swine flu, and seasonal flu, and what you can do to protect yourself; and it challenges the entire HIV=AIDS theory. It also gives an entirely new theory on what viruses really are. But Thugs... is not all doom and gloom. Case describes what's wrong with our healthcare system in an engaging and even humorous way and then gives us common sense approaches to either work within the system or avoid it altogether. What's more, he references Western medicine's own journals, Big Pharma's internal memos, and other credible sources, many of which were acquired through the freedom of information act, to back each of his amazing claims. An outstanding book for doctors and patients alike.

Wow!

The section on vaccines and autism is very interesting and sure to cause renewed controversy. The "20 Steps to Perfect Health Checklist" makes perfect sense. The reality of this book is a hard pill to swallow, sort of like the reality of global warming; however, information is the first step to change and empowerment.  This book is rather radical, and of course medicine does save lives, my son's for example; however, Dr. Case makes some very valid points in his book. 

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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Really Natural Beauty: Aubrey Organics!

aubreyrosamosqueta.jpg Aubrey Organics has a full line of skin and hair care products. Made with quality, natural ingredients, I have always loved Aubrey. We were sent the following products to try: Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta & English Lavender Facial Toner
Ingredients: Aubrey's Herbal Base (Deionized Water, Natural Grain Alcohol, Witch Hazel [Natural Herbal Extract], Vegetable Glycerin the Following Whole Herbals: Organic German Camomile Flowers, Organic Calendula Flowers, Organic Lavender Flowers, Organic Peppermint Leaf, Coltsfoot Leaf and Organic Nettle Leaf Extracts of Roman Camomile, Linden, Sage, Clematis, Coneflower, St. John's Wort, Watercress, Burdock Root, Lemon, Ivy, Soapwort, Meadowsweet, Bladderwrack, Horsetail, Blue Mallow, Pellitory Root, Cucumber, Elder Flower and Arnica Aubrey's Preservative [Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E], Organic Lemon Peel Oil), Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil and Rose Oil.
Aubrey Organics Lip Balm - Vanilla & Honey
Ingredients Cera alba (beeswax)*, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, virgin olea europaea (olive) oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, natural flavor, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, rosa rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta) seed oil*, tocopherol (vitamin E).* = Organic
Aubrey Organics Crème de la shave Raspberry Honey
INGREDIENTS INCl: Aqua, alcohol denat. (38b, lavender*), myristyl alcohol (coconut fatty alcohol), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, sodium palmate (palm soap), sodium cocoate (coconut soap), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, glycerin, rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, panthenol (vitamin B-5), aloe barbadensis leaf*, carmine, fragrance**. *Organic **Natural isolate blend sourced from essential oils
Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Hip Seed Oil
Extracted from a rose that grows high in Chile's Andes Mountains, a little of this rich oil goes a long way to nourish and revitalize dull, dry skin and scalp and rehydrate damaged hair.
Aubrey's mission proves they are a company you can trust:
Our mission is to provide all-natural, safe and effective personal care and lifestyle products to the consumer. We offer a true and authentic alternative to many of the mass produced synthetic products on the market today. We craft only the highest quality all-natural products without compromise as to ingredients, packaging or cost. We believe in education and transparency. A customer is best able to make an educated and correct purchasing decision only when armed with true and valued information. Part of our core purpose is to provide that information as best as we can.
I especially like the rose hip oil.

 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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December 5, 2011

Natural Laundry Care: Vaska Spotoff Advanced Botanicals Spot Remover

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I know plenty of green living folks who have resorted to toxic products when it comes to stain removal. Thankfully, you don't have to anymore.

Vaska Spotoff is a color safe, biodegradable, non-toxic stain remover.

Spotoff is an all-natural stain remover for spills and stains on clothing, rugs, and upholstery. Spotoff uses potent botanical cleaning agents to remove wine, dirt, and other tough stains without harming textiles.

Safe on colors, whites, and all natural and synthetic washable fabrics, Spotoff contains no dyes or fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin and harm the environment.


I tried Spotoff on a shirt I paid way too much for at Anthropologie that had a cooking oil stain. It had been through the dryer already, so I knew it was a hard one to remove. I followed the directions and left Spotoff on the stain for ten minutes before washing.

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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December 2, 2011

Holiday Travel: Gluten-Free, Vegan, All-Natural Ready-to-Eat Meals by gopicnic

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If you are planning any holiday travel, whether by plane, train, or automobile, gopicnic makes it easy to eat well, both naturally and gluten-free. These ready-to-eat meals are all about convenience.  They range in calories from about 400 to 500 calories, at least for the samples were sent.

gopicnic hummus + crackers:

A balanced meal featuring Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. All-Natural, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher. 400 calories, 12g fiber, 25g protein. The food in GoPicnic meals contains no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no added MSG, and no artificial colors or flavors. Each item inside is individually packaged with full allergen and manufacturing warnings. No refrigeration, heating, or preparation required. Just open and enjoy.

gopicnic sunbutter + crackers:
A balanced meal featuring Sunbutter Sunflowerseed Spread, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers, Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Trail Mix, Niagara Naturals Tropical Fruit Bites and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. All-Natural, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Free of 7 Common Allergens including wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg. Also made without sulfites and casein. Contains no soy ingredients, but SunButter is made on equipment that also processes soy (a shared roaster that is cleaned thoroughly between processing products). 490 calories, 9g fiber, 12g protein. The food in GoPicnic meals contains no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no added MSG, and no artificial colors or flavors. Each item inside is individually packaged with full allergen and manufacturing warnings. No refrigeration, heating, or preparation required. Just open and enjoy!

I recognize the convenience of these products, but the problem with snack size packaging is it not very eco-friendly. Fortunately, the outer packaging that contains the snacks is made from 100% recycled fiber content (35% post-consumer material). I appreciate these products are natural, but they would be even better if organic.


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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December 1, 2011

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