August 31, 2012

Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure Castille Soap: Still the Best!

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Dr. Bronner's was one of the first natural brands I discovered before "natural" was trendy and a marketing term. The tiny print quotes were a constant source of inspiration, and the multi-use formula is all you need.

Vita Cost, which beats Amazon's price by a few dollars, sent us Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap Baby Mild Unscented:

  • Enjoy 1 soap for 18 different uses!
  • Our unscented organic baby castile soap contains no fragrance.
  • It is also great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin.
Guaranteed no synthetic tea tree oils and 100% vegetarian. Super mild castile has outstanding water softening and cleansing powers. Preferable to harsh soap and defattening synthetics. It does no cut dirt, but dissolves it. It is the mildest pleasant soap you ever used. Enjoy body rub to stimulate body mind-soul-spirit and teach the essence moral ABC uniting all free in the shepherd. 100% Biodegradable! Not animal tested. Our unscented organic baby castile soap contains no fragrance. It is also great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin.
  • Made with organic coconut, olive, hemp & jojoba oils
  • All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program
  • Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles
  • Contains no synthetic surfactants, no petrochemicals, and no floral water fluff
Free Of Synthetic surfactants, petrochemicals, floral water fluff, detergents, animal ingredients, animal testing, artificial ingredients.
This is the only soap I will use backpacking!

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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August 30, 2012

BMW Electric Vehicle Sharing Coming to San Francisco

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It's really unpractical to own a car if you live in the city, but sometimes, you need one. BMW is introducing a new car sharing program in San Francisco utilizing their new electric vehicle ActiveE. GreenBiz explains:

Starting with a fleet of 70 vehicles, the program, known as DriveNow, allows enrolled drivers to take a car from one point to another and leave it, unlike other car-sharing programs which require vehicles to be returned to the same pick-up location.
Under the program, drivers can reserve a car online or through a smartphone app after registering as DriveNow members. They can pick up their cars at one of eight DriveNow stations in the San Francisco Bay Area, with plans to open more in the near future, and return vehicles to the nearest station.

This is a very cool idea. Not only is the car sharing program convenient, you get to drive a styley car!

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August 28, 2012

Prop 37: California's Right to Know Ad

 

Who is behind the No on 37 campaign?

 

Monsanto

, the top contributor to No on 37 with $4.2 million in donations, was a primary manufacturer of Agent Orange, as was Dow Chemical, which has contributed $1.2 million to No on 37.


Agent Orange was the code name for herbicides used by the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. U.S. soldiers were told that it was "perfectly safe" and often wore little protective clothing when applying it, as shown in our ad.

 

Agent Orange is now linked with various types of cancer and other diseases.


DuPont

, the second largest funder of No on 37 with just over $4 million in contributions, was the first major manufacturer of DDT.

 

DDT was marketed as "harmless to humans" but has since been linked to breast cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders and other hazards to human health. DDT was banned in the U.S. in 1972 due to health and environmental concerns.


Tobacco industry operatives 

are key players in the No on 37 Campaign, including:

 

No on 37 consultants, MB Public Affairs, worked for Altria (formerly Phillip Morris Companies, Inc.).

 

Donations to No on 37 go to the law firm of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk. Thomas Hiltachk was a key operative in the tobacco industry's misinformation campaign in the 1980s and 1990s, and is also:

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Treasurer of the No on Prop 37 campaign.

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Architect of efforts to dismantle California's global warming law.

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Author of union-busting Prop 32 on the November ballot which LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik described as the "fraud to end all frauds"

Also see: Big Tobacco Shills Trying to Stop GMO Labeling in California.

 

Henry Miller

 of the Hoover Institution, a lead spokesman for No on 37, has called for the reintroduction of DDT in the U.S. and is linked to atobacco industry front group that worked to discredit science on tobacco health risks.

 

Consider the Source: No on 37 is a Campaign of Lies

MYTH: "The World Health Organization, American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences and other respected medical and health organizations all conclude that genetically engineered foods are safe."

 Henry Miller, Hoover Institute fellow, in an op-ed in San Francisco Chronicle and highlighted in a No on 37 press release issued Friday, August 24, 2012

TRUTH: None of these organizations has concluded genetically engineered foods are safe.

 The American Medical Association and World Health Organization/United Nations have said mandatory safety studies should be required -- a standard that the U.S. fails to meet. Numerous studies in the scientific literature suggest genetic engineering is linked to allergies and other adverse health effects. Despite these scientific warnings, the U.S. federal government requires no safety studies for genetically engineered foods, and no long-term human health studies have been conducted. 

National Academy of Sciences report concludes that products of genetic engineering technology "carry the potential for introducing unintended compositional changes that may have adverse effects on human health."

MYTH: Proposition 37 will raise the cost of groceries by "hundreds of dollars" per year.


TRUTH: Disclosing the presence of genetically engineered ingredients on food labels will not force food companies to raise the cost of groceries

. In a recent study of the economic impact of Proposition 37, Joanna Shepherd Bailey, Ph.D., Professor at Emory University School of Law, concluded: "Consumers will likely see no increases in prices as a result of the relabeling required." 


MYTH: Proposition 37 will "ban the sale of thousands of groceries"

 

TRUTH: Proposition 37 does not ban genetically engineered foods

; it merely requires that they be labeled with the phrase "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."

 

MYTH: Proposition 37 will result in "shakedown lawsuits."

 

TRUTH: Proposition 37 will enable consumers to make informed choices about the food we're eating and feeding our children. 

The lawsuits argument is a red herring. Food companies accurately label for calories, fat content and other information required by law; likewise they will abide by the requirements of Prop 37. According to a legal analysis by James Cooper, JD, PhD, of George Mason University School of Law, Proposition 37 is unlikely to result in frivolous lawsuits.

 

MYTH: Prop. 37 would prohibit processed foods from being marketed as "natural." 

 

TRUTH: Proposition 37 applies only to genetically engineered foods, not other foods. Processed foods such as canned olives could still be marketed as "natural" as long as the food is not genetically engineered. See legal analysis by Joseph Sandler of the law firm Sandler, Reiff, Young and Lamb. See more information about this red herring storyline. 

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August 27, 2012

Affordable Dr. Woods Shea Vision Black Soap Prevents Wrinkles and Clears Up Blemishes

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I have never heard of Dr. Woods, so I was excited to try the Shea Vision Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter provided by Vitacost. Black soap? Why not?

Dr.Woods Black Soap also known as Anago Soap or Alata Soap, originates from West Africa. It has been used for centuries in Africa. It's methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and avoid exploitation & limitations. Many have tried to create their version of black soap with all kinds of ingredients. 
 For centuries, Africans, have used Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. Black soap has also been used to achieve beautiful skin. Africans have also used this natural soap for bathing and washing their hair. Today people from all walks of life are benefiting from this amazing soap. Great for removing make-up Dr. Woods Black Soap will leave your skin soft, clear and smelling delicious. This soap works against premature facial lines.
 Black soap comes from plantain skin. It is natural source of vitamin A & E and iron. (Plantain is a popular food in Africa, South America & other parts of the world. It can be found in ethnic or international grocery stores such as Latino, Caribbean or African. It looks like banana but much bigger. It does not taste like a banana & has to be cooked before eating. The skin of the plantain is gingerly dried to be precise texture under the hot African sun. It is then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be constant in order to achieve a particular color, texture & smell. 
 The next process is very delicate because if it is not done properly, with the right ingredients, there will be no soap. The roasted plantain skin is mixed with palm oil, palm kernel oil to form the soap. The roasting of the plantains determines the brownish-black color of the soap. The longer plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. Dr. Woods may be used by anyone who wishes to improve the quality of their skin.
It can also be used for cleaning!
 

This all natural soap is very affordable ($7.80 for 32 ounces!), and it does not contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates.

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August 25, 2012

Mrs Meyer's Aromatherapeutic Lavender Dryer Sheets

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Mrs. Meyer's has a lot of fans for her cruelty-free, biodegradable cleaning products. VitaCost sent us Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® Dryer Sheets Lavender to try:

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day® Dryer Sheets Lavender Description
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Dryer Sheets reduce static, soften and add a bit of garden-freshness. Our dryer sheets contain a vegetable-derived softening agent and natural essential oils on a new biodegradable paper sheet.

For years, the lavender herb has been valued for its wonderful relaxing scent that's soothing and believed to relieve fatigue. What more could you ask of an herb?

The Real Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer

People are always asking, "Is Mrs. Meyer a real person?" Well by golly, I'm here to confirm it once and for all. My name is Thelma Meyer, and my daughter started Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day to honor my good old-fashioned values. I'm retired now, but I have cleaned my own home for more than 40 years and believe me, after raising nine children I know a little something about cleaning. If only I had these products back then, it would have made our chores more enjoyable. Today, I use my cleansers around our home in Iowa as well as our camper in Arizona, where I go with my husband Vern in the winter.
Our fragrances are inspired by our gardens. We plucked essential oils from garden-fresh flowers and herbs that are especially powerful against dirt, grime, fingerprints and the like. Our philosophy is to make straightforward, honest cleaners that smell good and work like the dickens on dirt. They are also aromatherapeutic, which is another fancy word for healthy and good.

So no, I'm not a cleaning superhero, but I really do exist. And every once in a while, I show up at an event or drop by the office to answer some customer phone calls.


I don't use my dryer during the warm months, so I have not tried these dryer sheets out. When I do use this appliance, I do not use dryer sheets. I really am not sure of their need.  

This box of lavender Mrs. Meyer's dryer sheets smell really strong sitting next to my computer. I am not sure if the scent would be too much for my clothing or not.

Although the first ingredient listed Di-(palm Carboxyethyl) Hydroxyethyl Methylammonium Methyl Sulfate sounds super scary, the Good Guide finds no health concerns. The Good Guide gives this product an 8.2 out of 10. Mrs. Meyer's dryer sheets does earn a perfect score of 10 for lack of health concerns.

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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August 23, 2012

Make Your Own Soda Recipes: The Artisan Soda Workshop

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Sodas used to be homemade at local shops. These soda fountains offered unique flavors beyond the cola we are used to today. Now, thanks to Andrea Lynn, you can make your own unique, homemade, natural sodas.

The Artisan Soda Workshop: 75 Homemade Recipes from Fountain Classics to Rhubarb Basil, Sea Salt Lime, Cold-Brew Coffee and Much Much More is a cute little book that features many great recipes. At first, I was worried you needed a machine, like a Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker, to use these recipes. Fortunately, no machine is required, but you can use one if you have one.

FLAVORFUL FIZZY SENSATIONS Craft amazingly delicious and stunningly creative sodas using natural, gourmet syrups you make at home. Nothing is more refreshing than soda. But why settle for canned carbonation when you can make your own delectable sodas at home? Artisan Soda Workshop shows you how to take soda to the next level by making flavors like:

• Apricot-Cinnamon
• Riesling and Raspberry
• Mango Chile
• Prickly Pear
• Fizzy Cantaloupe Agua Fresca
• Lemon -Thyme
• Plum Vanilla
• Cranberry, Orange and Ginger

With step-by-step instructions and colorful photos, this book's palate-pleasing recipes make it easy to create your own bubbly concoctions from exotic combinations of fruits, herbs and spices. These thirst-quenching drinks serve up parties bubblier, fill hot days with fizzy fun, and impress even the most discriminating of tastes.


These homemade sodas would make wonderful cocktails!

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August 22, 2012

CA Prop 37: Which Organic Companies Support GMO Labeling?

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In November, voters in California will have a chance to vote on Proposition 37:  Right to Know Label Genetically Engineered Food.  It is surprising and shocking to see many "organic" companies on the wrong side of the fence in opposition to GMO labeling. 
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August 21, 2012

Take that Stinky Dog: Environmentally Friendly MrGreen Dog Deodorizer

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I have stinky dogs! They are country dogs that love to frolic and roll in whatever they find. They still haven't learned the skunk lesson.

MrGreen Dog Deodorizer is a "long lasting" that is "naturally derived".
Product Details
MrGreen Dog Deodorizer is an all-natural odor eliminator not a perfume. MrGreen works by attacking the odors at the source using proven organic technology for a safe and long lasting effect.

  • Eliminates dog odors
  • All natural, non-toxic, bio-degradable, EcoLogo Certified
  • Safe for use directly on dogs
  • Long lasting lemongrass scent
  • Ingredients: Vitamins, amino acids, organic compounds, minerals, and water
I will update on the claim of long lasting, but so far so good. A spritz of doggy deodorizer is much more convenient than giving your dog a bath. My dogs don't much enjoy the spritz; I don't much enjoy their smell.  They did not try to lick it off.  Plus, dogs should only be bathed once a month or else they can develop skin conditions. I wish I had time to wash my dogs one a month! MrGreen's will keep my dogs smelling a little fresher during the long stretches of time between baths.  

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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August 20, 2012

Reducing Beer's Water Footprint

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A cold beer on a hot day is many people's ideal for refreshment, but did you know it takes five times as much water as beer to make that beverage? Those five glasses of water would go a lot farther in hydrating you than the single bottle of beer.  What is the beer industry doing about it's heavy water footprint?

GreenBiz.com reports:

In recent years, most brewers have been using about a five-to-one water-to-beer ratio to make their beverages. But those figures are evolving rapidly. As water demand soars and supplies become limited, beer makers are rethinking their supply chains and sustainability goals. Two powerhouse companies -- MillerCoors and Heineken -- are focusing the best ways to reduce their respective water footprints. In its newly-released "Great Things on Tap" sustainability report, MillerCoors highlights some of its environmental stewardship and sustainability results. These include:

  • Reducing their water-to-beer ratio to less than 4:1 at five of their eight breweries..
  • Cutting water consumption by 100 million gallons per year at their Milwaukee brewery, through the use of a new cooling system that uses re-circulated water.
  • Saving 124.5 million gallons of water -- while increasing barley yields -- during the first year at its Showcase Barley farm.

We often don't consider the water footprint of the products we consume. Beer is just one example of how much water we consume beyond our home use.  As freshwater becomes scarce due to drought or higher demands on resources from growing populations, we will need to pay closer attention to water footprints.

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August 18, 2012

Do we have to fund our schools with soda contracts?

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In these tough economic times, schools have resorted to contracts with soda companies to add to their budgets. In fact, 80% of public high schools have contracts with either Coke or Pepsi to sell their products on vending machines on campus.  

Mother Jones reports:

Starting in the early '90s, cash-strapped public schools began selling exclusive "pouring rights" to one or another Big Soda company, which would then supply all the beverages sold in on-site snack bars, stores, and soda machines as well as at sports events. Along with sugary drinks, of course, the companies also stuffed the schools with plenty of advertisements... The soda deals subsidize other aspects of schooling, too. Here's how the Rockford Register Star describes a contract between the Rockford, Illinois school district and Coca-Cola:

Under the existing 10-year contract, Coca-Cola paid the district $4 million upfront and an additional $350,000 a year to sell its beverages in schools. The annual payments have funded field trips, gym uniforms, SMART Boards and other frills that individual school budgets may not otherwise have afforded.

I don't know if our local public high school has such a contract, and I wonder if such contracts prohibit schools from promoting anti-junk food education? 

My children would not be tempted by such vending machines, but they are not the norm. With obesity rates on the rise, it is irresponsible to be underfunding our schools to the point that they need soda companies. What's next? Tobacco advertising?

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Bravo Cookbook: No Sugar, Oil or Salt Vegan Recipes

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Are you trying to limit or eliminate SOS ingredients from your diet: salt, sugar, or oil? Bravo!: Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen by Ramses Bravo is filled with vegan recipes.

The growing popularity of a vegan lifestyle is exemplified in the profusion of superb recipes comprising "Bravo! Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen. A 160-page compendium of health-promoting and thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes from the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, ably compiled by executive chef Ramses Bravo, the dishes range from Coconut-Vanilla Granola; to Chayote-Apple Slaw; to Toasted Barley and Tomato Stew; to Peach-Blueberry Crisp. Enhanced with informed and informative opening chapters on 'Getting Started' and 'The Basics', Bravo will prove to be an exceptionally popular addition to personal, family, and community library Vegetarian & Vegan cookbook collections. --The Midwest Book Review - July 2012

There are some mouth watering photographs throughout the book, such as the mango banana pie. The photos are not placed right next to the text of the recipes, which I find annoying. The recipes are not hard, and I love that they avoid the SOS ingredients!

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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August 15, 2012

Healthy Snacking: Real Foods Organic Corn Thins

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I recently returned from a backpacking trip with my daughter. Her favorite snack on the trip was Real Foods Organic Corn Thins.

Original Corn Thins contain the great taste of golden sun-ripened corn, and are made simply by popping grains of maize under high temperature. Prepared with a great recipe for maximum crunch and flavour, they taste sensational on their own or with any number of delicious toppings. With more dietary fibre per gram than wholemeal bread, Original Corn Thins really are good for you.

97% fat free
Made with all natural ingredients
Free from artificial colours and preservatives
Gluten free
GMO free
Contain 10% dietary fibre


We love to eat Corn Thins plain, but they are also really good with toppings, such as avocado. They are a great alternative to rice cakes and are much tastier.

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August 14, 2012

Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

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Yesterday was the hottest day I have ever seen recorded on our thermometer in the shade of the apple tree. The summer of 2012 has been filled with record breaking temperatures.

As people try to stay cool and healthy in the heat, there are still those staunch believers that climate change is not real. I sort of equate this with believing in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. Why have so many Americans been convinced the global warming is fake?

Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hoggan should be mandatory reading for all deniers.

Talk of global warming is nearly inescapable these days -- but there are some who believe the concept of climate change is an elaborate hoax. Despite the input of the world's leading climate scientists, the urgings of politicians, and the outcry of many grassroots activists, many Americans continue to ignore the warning signs of severe climate shifts. How did this happen? Climate Cover-up seeks to answer this question, describing the pollsters and public faces who have crafted careful language to refute the findings of environmental scientists. Exploring the PR techniques, phony "think tanks," and funding used to pervert scientific fact, this book serves as a wake-up call to those who still wish to deny the inconvenient truth.
This is the kind of book that gets me riled up. David Suzuki describes the books as, "Climate Cover-Up documents one of the most disgusting stories ever hidden about corporate disinformation. What you'll discover in this book amounts to proof of an intergenerational crime."
 

If you can get the deniers you know to read this book, I am sure their minds will be changed. I can only handle little bits of it at a time and must use the information for empowerment rather than depression.

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August 13, 2012

CA Assembly Bill 298: Ban Plastic Checkout Bags

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I had plastic bags! You cannot travel anywhere without seeing one littering the side of the road or beach. I never take a plastic bag, but it can be awkward at times when family visits and brings one home from the store. Do I launch into my plastic bag tirade? If California Assembly Bill 298 passes and becomes law, I won't have to!

According to the Surfrider Foundation:

The California State Legislature is considering a bill the would ban plastic checkout bags at supermarkets, retail pharmacies and convenience stores statewide starting in 2014. Assembly Bill 298 would also require those retailers to provide reusable bags for sale and charge a fee for recycled paper bags as an incentive for customers to remember their reusable bags. California could be the first in the nation to pass a statewide plastic bag ban but it won't happen without your support!

What I don't understand is how I have been offered plastic bags in cities that supposedly have banned them? I've been told some stores are exempt.

If you live in California, please support AB 298. 2014 could not come too soon!

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August 10, 2012

Navitas Naturals Power Foods for the Modern Lifestyle

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I am a big fan of Navitas Naturals! They combine organic superfoods in convenient snacks. The Superfood Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks by Navitas Naturals are delicious, but be careful, you can eat a lot of them in one sitting, especially while driving! 

 We have just tried the Navitas Naturals Trail Mix, 3 Berry-Cacao Nib-Cashew:

Navitas Naturals organic three berry, cacao nibs, and raw cashews trail mix powder is a special trail mix, which contains high-energy cacao, healthy raw cashews, antioxidant-rich goji berries, sweet well-rounded mulberries, and vitamin-packed golden berries. Ancient nomads were the first to discover the benefits of trail mix--potent wild foods that are portable, full of energy, and do not require cooking. Today, Navitas Naturals extends this tradition by using only the most powerful superfoods available to create the ultimate organic raw trail mix. Excellent by the handful, or tossed into recipes for an easy gourmet boost, Navitas Naturals trail powder is a delicious way to fuel your lifestyle. All ingredients in this simple and healthy mix are raw, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and 100% organic.

Navitas Naturals has never let me down!

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August 9, 2012

ATMs Host More Germs than Public Toilets


Ever since I was a child, I've had a disgust of public restrooms. I would much rather hold it until the next "private" bathroom. The smell and germs cause me to strategically plan where I will go when running errands or traveling. This video shows how my germaphobia may be misplaced.

ATMs carry more germs than public restrooms!

It's important to wash your hands often, but remember, anti-microbial soaps are not necessary. Just natural soap and water is all you need to stay healthy.

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August 8, 2012

25 DIY Toys and Games Projects: Make: technology on your time

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One way of living a greener life is to make things rather than rely on Chinese factories. Making toys and games with your family not only allows you to upcycle materials, it also teaches important science lessons.

Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 28 has over 25 projects. I especially like the section on "Toys From Trash".

MAKE Volume 28 hits makers' passion for play head-on with a 28-page special section devoted to Toys and Games, including a toy "pop-pop" steamboat made from a mint tin, an R/C helicopter eye-in-the-sky, and a classic video game console. You'll also build a gravity-powered catapult, a plush toy that interacts with objects around it, and a machine that blows giant soap bubbles. Play time is a hallmark of more intelligent species -- so go have some fun!

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August 4, 2012

"No Nasty Chemicals" Baby Products from New Zealand's Eco Store

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They say never judge a book by its cover, but some product packaging just makes you feel good and imparts instant trust. Eco Store baby products not only have aesthetic labeling, these are quality, natural products you can trust on your little ones. They contain "no nasty chemicals".

We were sent the following products to try:


  • SLEEPYTIME BATH: "Our baby sleepy time bath is a plant-based infusion with Lavender and Geranium oils to soothe and relax your baby."

  • BABY MOISTURISER: "Our plant-based baby moisturiser contains nourishing cocoa and shea nut butters in an olive, jojoba and coconut oil base to gently nourish and protect your baby's delicate skin. Use daily to moisturise, soften and condition the skin, protecting it from dryness and potential irritation."

  • BABY SOAP: "Our baby soap is enriched with creamy goat's milk, lavender essential oil, wheatgerm and is rich in vitamin E."

  • BABY NAPPY BALM: "Our nappy balm is rich in antioxidants, is non greasy and non staining and helps create a protective barrier uniquely aligned to the skin's natural chemistry. Use for nappy rash, cradle cap and other sensitive skin conditions."

We were also sent baby massage oil, but I could not find it on their website, so it may no longer be available.

All of these plant-based baby care items are GE-free, made in New Zealand, and not tested on animals. The company receives very low hazard scores from the Environmental Working Group of zero to one!

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August 2, 2012

UM! Brands Nano-Suction Peel and Stick Hooks and Dry Erase

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No one wants to put holes in their walls, whether they rent or own their home. Um! Brands solves this problem with "nano-suction technology" that "allows users to peel and stick these small pads onto surfaces over and over again".

We were sent two samples from Um! Brands:


The PR company that contacted me to review UM! Brands found this on their website:
"The creative minds at UM! Brands work hard daily to design practical, aesthetic and environmentally-friendly housewares that make your life easier with our revolutionary material."

I could not find any specific information on these environmentally-friendly claims.

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.

UPDATE:  These products only work on smooth surfaces.  If your walls are textured, they will fall off.  We have successfully used them on the side of the refrigerator and a bookshelf. Even though our painted walls are smooth, they fall off.  

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August 1, 2012

Really Natural Monthly Round Up July 2012

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