Holiday

December 28, 2012

Eat Asparagus New Year's Eve to Prevent a Hangover

asparagus.jpg
In a few days, we will be celebrating the end of 2012. New Year's Eve is night when typically too much alcohol is drunk leaving many suffering from hangovers. Although it is not in season in northern climates, asparagus may offer some relief.

The Telegraph reports:

Scientists have found chemicals in the vegetable also protect liver cells against toxins.

Experiments on human cells found the minerals and amino acids in asparagus can replacing those lost through drink, which can often lead to a headache. They also relieve stress on the liver.

But for the greatest, scientists at the Jeju National University in South Korea recommend serving the leaves as well as the tender shoots.

Researcher B Y Kim, said: "These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells."


Order asparagus for dinner New Year's Eve and eat it for breakfast New Year's Day. Hopefully, you will feel a lot better.

Image:  License

Attribution Some rights reserved by La Grande Farmers' Market
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 12, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

Homeless-Veteran-Sign1.jpg

Via: US Veteran's Magazine

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 25, 2011

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

Screen shot 2011-11-23 at 9.06.41 AM.png
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.

PippyHat.jpg

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 23, 2011

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

aroma_naturals.jpg
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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 3, 2011

Really Natural Redux: 100% Recycled Valentine's Day Cards

vday_group.jpgValentine's Day is around the corner, and although I am not a big fan of greeting cards in general since they usually just get tossed out, the childhood tradition of giving Valentines to your friends is very sweet. Stubby Pencil Studio offers do-it-yourself, 100% recycled, chlorine-free, made with renewable energy Valentine's Day cards.

Eco-friendly cards for kids to color, trace the letters, and create their own greetings. Printed on heavy, 100% post consumer waste stock, our recycled cards feature crisp, black and white illustrations to encourage do-it-yourself card making for young children. Interactive, educational, and green!

Stubby Pencil Studio also offers earth-friendly art supplies, such as soybean crayons and eco-friendly colored pencils. Did you know that some crayons contain asbestos? Most companies have voluntarily phased out the use of asbestos containing talc from their crayon production, but there are no government regulations requiring crayons to be asbestos-free.

Don't forget to give your sweeties some organic chocolate for Valentine's Day!

For more ideas on having a green Valentine's Day, visit Crafting a Green World.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 29, 2010

Fight Holiday Relationship Stress Disorder with Natural Averna Herbal Liqueur

averna_02.jpg
With all the wonder and merriment of the holiday season, it can take its toll on relationships. Holiday Relationship Stress Disorder (HRSD) results, but Averna has a solution:

HRSD is often triggered in males when they view credit card statements around the Holidays, which highlight increased spending on questionable items (e.g. another snow globe). Females have encountered HRSD while having to make sure they're dressed appropriately for church and/or hoping the 25 hints they've strategically placed for the perfect present was actually noticed.

The recommended dosage to ease HRSD is a 4 oz pour of Averna Amaro neat or over ice. Richly textured and made only from natural ingredients, Averna is distilled from a delicate blend of flowers, herbs, dried fruits, spices and licorice. After these succulent flavors are soaked in alcohol with a touch of caramel, the final result is unique and complex spirit renowned for its ability to settle the stomach.

I enjoy herbal liqueurs, and I appreciate the origins of Averna. Founded in 1868 by Italian Salvatore Averna, drinking this liqueur is like drinking history. Although Jagermeister may be more popular with college crowd, a more sophisticated palette appreciates Averna.

Although this product is all natural, I must point out that our sample was shipped in a box full of styrofoam peanuts.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 19, 2010

5 Million Tons of Holiday Waste Will Be Created This Season


Although the holiday shopping season is not in full swing yet, it is important to consider consumption and waste.
Via: Organic Consumer's Association

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 15, 2010

Clif Bar Energy Bars Seasonal Flavors are Back!

With the holiday season getting into full swing, the return of seasonal flavors of Clif Bars has returned with an added bonus: 1 percent of net proceeds to benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance.

 

"Once again this year we received a lot of phone calls and emails asking when our holiday-inspired flavors would be available. Well, the wait is over," said Carly Lutz, Clif brand director. "And this year we're proud to support Winter Wildlands Alliance in its preservation efforts - a cause anyone who enjoys outdoor winter adventures can get behind."

Winter Wildlands is the only national organization focused on issues that affect "human-powered" winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding.

Clif Bars seasonal flavors are:

At first, I was going to critique the seasonal bars for not being organic, then I examined the label more closely. These bars contain 70% organically-grown ingredients. I think it is reputable of Clif Bars not to plaster their label with a USDA organic label when 100% of the ingredients are not organic.  That shows integrity often not found in times when organic has simply become a marketing term.  

My favorite flavor is the Cranberry Orange Nut Bread. There's no reason your energy bars can't get into 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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 8, 2010

Really Natural Green Holiday Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2010

The following recommendations for eco-friendly gifts come from our favorite products we've reviewed in 2010.  Happy Holidays!

Greek Revival.jpg

Gifts for the Cook:

  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Greek Revival: Cook for Life:  Greek Revival: Cooking for Life by Patricia Moore-Pastides is a beautiful cookbook filled with delectable recipes and incredible photographs.  From roasted cumin carrots to stuffed eggplant and zucchini, there are plenty of recipes to please any palate from vegetarian to omnivore.  
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes: From the makers of my favorite chocolate, comes an incredible cookbook! Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes, Revised Edition is the kind of cookbook that makes you drool. Not only is it filled with incredible organic chocolate recipes, it also gives you an education into cocoa (e.g. growers' associations, education, cultural information).
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm to Table: Every once in awhile I come across a cookbook that I get really excited about. The Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to Table is full of delicious, whole food recipes, as well as incredible photographs. It is motivating to me as a gardener to inspire new creations in the kitchen from what I have grown. From Miso Vegetable Soup to Brown Rice Cream with Dates, Cinnamon, and Vanilla, your palate will not be disappointed.
  • Really Natural Locavore Cookbooks: Emeril Lagasse Farm to Fork: If you have a garden or love to shop at farmers' markets, you know the value of cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Famous chef Emeril Lagrasse does to and has written a cookbook to help you stay creative while maintaining locavore ideals. Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh is an aesthetically pleasing cookbook filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.
ArrowContinue reading: "Really Natural Green Holiday Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2010"

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

October 13, 2010

Green Halloween Treats: YummyEarth Organic Gummy Bears are Gluten-Free

Family_Size_-Gummy_Bears_10_pack-231x300.jpg
Halloween is just a couple weeks away, and one thing I hate about this holiday, is all of the crappy candy my children collect. We make a deal in our home to trade the bad candy for good, and of course, we only hand out organic candy to the children we see trick or treating.

YummyEarth Organic Gummy Bears are certified organic, gluten-free, soy-free, contains no corn syrup, made from real fruit juice, peanut-free, etc.

Ingredients
Organic Rice syrup, organic cane sugar, gelatin, organic carrot juice, organic aronia juice, organic black currant, organic curcuma, natural flavor, citric acid, ascorbic acid, organic sunflower oil.

These organic gummy bears also contain 100% Daily Vitamin C.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 14, 2010

5 Last Minute Green Father's Day Gifts

Screen shot 2010-06-13 at 7.19.57 AM.png
In my family, we joke that giving late gifts for holidays and birthdays is genetic. Here are some last minute ideas if you feel compelled to give your Dad a green gift for Father's Day. Remember, just spending time with your Dad may be the best gift of all!

1. Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Although I don't know how eco-friendly the materials or construction of the Kindle are, the fact is e-readers save on paper! My daughter got an e-reader for Christmas, and she has already read over two dozen books on it. 

2. Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

Most dads I know take pride in their lawns. My own dad doesn't obsess over his green grass, but he definitely keeps it neatly mowed. I think the perfect eco-friendly gift for a lawn loving father is a classic push reel lawn mower.

3. Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Insulated Water Bottle with Loop Cap

An insulated stainless steel bottle keeps your water cool longer and makes a great gift for dad. It can also serve as a subtle hint that your father should ditch the plastic water bottle habit, if he has one.

4. Men's Chaco Flip EcoTread™

Dad's deserve good sandals, and summertime is upon us. I've seen a lot of dads wearing dorky sandals. Help your dad become more hip and eco-friendly with a pair of Chacos!

5. Fox River® Men's Organic Outdoor Sock

Ties may be the classic Father's Day gift, but Dad will get a lot more use out of organic socks!
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

May 4, 2010

December 31, 2009

Christmas Tree Recycling, Chipping and Composting

charlie-brown-christmas-tree.jpg
The coming of the New Year means it's time to take down the Christmas tree. If you chose to use a cut down tree, disposing of it ethically means making sure it doesn't end up in the landfill. Most towns have curbside programs where the trees are taken to a green waste facility where they are chipped into mulch or compost. Many communities are using disposed Christmas trees for great benefit. From electricity to wildlife restoration, christmastree.org features the following community programs:

  • Saving Lives with Vaccines - Toronto, Ontario
  • Wildlife Habitat - Porter County, Indiana
  • Mulch for Planting - Georgia
  • Dune Restoration - Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Rebuilding the Louisiana Coastline - Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
  • Home for the Herons - Cook County, Illinois
  • Giving Back to the Community - San Diego, California
  • Improving Fishing Areas - Keene, New Hampshire
  • Building Better Parks - Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Fueling Our Nation's Industry - Tomahawk, Wisconsin
  • One Man's Trash is Another Fish's Habitat - Oroville, California
  • Keeping Communities Beautiful - Reno, Nevada
  • Turning Trees into Electricity
  • - Burlington, Vermont

    One of my favorite Christmas tree recycling comes from Inhabitots, "Last year, even the Vatican went green by recycling the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square by using its wood to make toys for children." What's your community doing with their left over Christmas trees?
    Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

     1  |  2  |  3  |  4 

    next >>

    Mailing List
    Enter your Email


    Powered by FeedBlitz
    Subscribe - RSS

    facebook_badge.jpg twitter_badge.jpg

    Site Navigation

    Visit our other properties at Blogpire.com!

    Recent Reviews
    welcomeArchives

    EcoPire

    This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
    Powered by
    Movable Type 6.3.6
    All items Copyright © 1999-2017 Blogpire Productions. Please read our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy