February 21, 2012

Use Natural Enzymes to Remove Stains and Odors from Kids 'N' Pets

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We have a new puppy, and you know what that means! Cleaning up pet accidents can be a pain, and the smell can be difficult to remove from carpeting and fabric.

KIDS N PETS Stain & Odor Remover uses natural enzymes to work on an huge array of stains and odors. From skunk odors to red wine, this is the only stain and odor remover you will need.

Product Features
  • Guaranteed to completely eliminate urine odors with no cover up scents or perfumes
  • Discourages pet re-soiling by permanently eliminating urine stains and urine odors
  • Can be safely used on any water-safe surface such as carpets, upholstery, mattresses, clothing, auto upholstery and more
  • Safe, non-toxic and biodegradable formula can be safely used around children and pets
  • Exclusively recommended and endorsed by Animal Planet Pet Video in their series "Training Your Adopted Dog" and "Training Your Cat"
I really do need an effective stain remover for my children's laundry. I hate it when their new clothes start to look dirty just because they like to play outside.

 
Diaper blowouts, cat pee, puke, muddy dog paw prints, bird poop, and messy eating rituals... KIDS 'N' PETS Stain and Odor Remover can remove all these. With non-toxic ingredients (yep, ingestion just causes a little gas) this is one eco-cleaning product that really works. It eliminates the toughest everyday stains and odors completely (did we mention cat pee?) with no masking scents.

This product really does have so many purposes, and it is very affordable. It is made in the USA. It does contain Ordenone, which is "natural".  I am not familiar with this ingredient.

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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January 19, 2012

Zarbees All Natural Childrens Cough Syrup

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As a pediatrician and a father, Dr. Zak Zarbock found it frustrating when he wasn't able to offer any relief for his young patients with a cough. So, he set out to create a safe, effective and natural remedy that he could feel good about recommending. Dr. Zarbock's research led him to the amazing benefits of honey with its natural cough suppressing and immune boosting power.
 Made with a unique blend of antioxidant-rich dark honeys, and fortified with Vitamin C and Zinc, ZarBee's Cough Syrup is a proven and safe solution to naturally soothe your child's cough.

Why Honey?
Honey has been used as a safe remedy for ages. With its special blend of antioxidant-rich dark honeys (buckwheat & wildflower), Vitamin C and other unique all-natural ingredients, ZarBee's Cough Syrup is an effective remedy to calm coughs and take the sting out of sore throats.

Our All-Natural Formula is:
Gluten, dye & preservative-free
Safe and natural - contains no drugs or alcohol

My daughter tried this cough syrup and said it was good but a little bit bitter. She said it worked immediately and soothed her scratchy throat. My son tried it and did not like it.

It pleases me to see a pediatrician developing and recommending honey-based products for sore throats.

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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January 11, 2012

Really Natural Books: Rhythm of the Family

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The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule and Stepehen Soule is a well-organized book that provides month-by-month, quality projects for the family. From recipes to crafts, each month's seasonal activities are beautifully photographed and described.

Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids--one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives--the computers, the televisions, the cell phones--with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season--from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.

The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the earth, and closer to our children.


I really, really, really like this book and am inspired to try many of the activities with my family. For example for this month of January, the Soules suggest we make creamy potato soup, knit winter weather cowls, make frozen sun catchers, and plant herb seeds. Typically when I review books like this one, I find a handful of projects I would like to do; however with this book, I want to make them all with my children.

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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January 9, 2012

Seamless, Soft Clothing for All Children

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We've all experienced the annoying, scratchy tag on our clothes that begs to be cut off. This is minor compared to what some children experience. As published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Tomcheck and Dunn write:

Overresponsivity to tactile input also has been reported in the literature (Baranek, Foster, & Berkson, 1997; Cesaroni & Garber, 1991; Grandin, 1995). In firsthand accounts, touch has been described as an intense feeling that can be overwhelming and confusing (Cesaroni & Garber, 1991). Grandin (1995) noted that certain clothing textures could make her extremely anxious, distracted, and fidgety. Children with higher levels of tactile hypersensitivity in one study also were more likely to display inflexible behaviors, repetitive verbalizations, visual stereotypies, and abnormal focused attention (Baranek et al., 1997).
Soft Clothing for All Children has a solution for those that suffer from sensory issues, as well as typical children who just want soft clothing.
 

We were sent the the Soft Sensory Tee:

Perfect for children with tactile sensitivity, this is a reinvention of the classic T shirt. Now with special adaptations for comfort and style--for extra sensitive dressers. Made with 100% Soft cotton, constructed with flat seaming (for a seamless feel), a flat, wide fit bound collar (to prevent pulling at the collar), printed label and care info (tagless), and a classic t-shirt silhouette. Not too boxy, not too tight. Tested with children with sensory sensitivity. Colored with natural and enzyme washed for an extra soft finish. (UNISEX)

The only way this shirt would be better is if it was made from organically grown cotton. I am also not sure why it requires gentle cycle laundering.

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.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 19, 2011

Green and Healthy Back to School with Naked Binder

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Back to school time starts earlier and earlier each summer it seems. My kids went back to school on Monday. Unfortunately, many common school supplies are toxic and not environmentally-friendly. In particular, binders are often covered in PVC vinyl. The new binder smell alone is enough to make parents seek out greener back to school supplies.

Naked Binder to the rescue!

Started in 2008, Naked Binder emerged having multiple goals: sustainability, great design, preserving wilderness we love and giving back to education that helped us get here.

We designed the strongest, most sustainable 3-ring binders available - cutting waste in manufacturing, processing and travel. We make our binders, folders and tabs in Des Moines, IA in the US of A out of FSC certified, 100% post-consumer waste binders board, 100% cotton cloth, a few FSC certified papers and metal rings. No plastics, vinyls or toxins.

We designed our 3-ring binders to look so good you won't want to get rid of them. We have everything you might need to impress a client, store your taxes or decorate your office.

Naked Binder donates to support wilderness areas and schools around the US. Learning to think and space to think in are important for a better world.


These are great, sturdy binders that are aesthetically pleasing and sure to be the envy of all the green minded kids at school. Plus, Naked Binder makes more green back to school supplies with folders and dividers for those binders! These products are great for teachers too!

I love Naked Binder!

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

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March 14, 2011

Lucky Kids: Point6 Merino Wool Hiking Socks for Kids!

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Wool socks have come a long way since my youth, when after one washing they became a felted, itchy mass. Adults love point6 Hiking Tech Medium Cushion Merino Wool Socks, now kids can too!

The Point 6 Difference 
With a new spin on traditional merino wool sock construction, point6 is leading the way in the evolution of the merino wool movement.
 The spinning process turns our premium merino wool fibers into yarn, and compact spinning removes more air from between the fibers, creating a more compact, and thus softer, finer and more durable yarn. This is an expensive process, so other companies are content to use small percentages of compact spun yarns in their products. point6 uses compact spun yarns exclusively in our mens wool socks and womens wool socks. Once spun, our yarns are knit with fine gauge needles, producing more stitches per inch, to create exceptionally soft and durable mens wool socks and womens wool socks. We have created a superior wool sock with increased longevity.

Our company name is derived from 98 point 6 degrees fahrenheit (the body's optimal body temperature), and reinforces the benefits of maintaining optimum performance through the fantastic temperature stabilizing properties of point6 merino wool.


I've quit buying my children crappy, cheap socks. They do not last, and why should their feet suffer while mine enjoy fine merino socks? Lucky kids wear Point6!

Point6 also takes sustainability seriously.

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

January 12, 2011

Kids' Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games

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Kids' Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games is fun deck of large cards with great ideas to get your child outside (or bring outside in).

Get outside and grow with some child-friendly fun with gardening! Kids Garden includes forty activities and games and an eight-page booklet that contains information on gardening tools, year-round plant care and garden safety. These step-by-step instructions are enhanced by colorful collage artwork on each double-sided card and they create a fun and easy way for budding green-thumbs to plant, investigate, learn and experiment.

I strongly believe gardening should be part of every child's education, both at home and at school. Not only does gardening teach children about the natural world, it improves their nutrition and willingness to try new fruits and vegetables.   Products like this one help give you ideas and motivate families.  

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

October 13, 2010

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

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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 9, 2010

Tagless, Flat Seamed Soft Clothing for Kids

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We've all experienced the annoying tag on an item of clothing that drives us crazy! If you pull it off, you risk tearing a hole where it is attached. If you cut it, you risk leaving a little bit of the tag that will continue to bug you.

For many children, especially those with Autism and other sensory issues, clothing sensitivities are common. Soft Clothing has a solution. Take for example the t-shirts they sent us for review:

Reinvention of the classic T shirt with suspenders printed on the front AND back. Now with special adaptations for extra comfort and style--made with 100% Soft cotton, constructed with flat seaming, a flat, wide fit bound collar, printed label and care info (tagless), and a classic t-shirt silhouette. Printed with digital printing techniques and water-based ink for a smooth handfeel, and enzyme washed for an extra soft finish.

Soft Clothing's line is made in India from 100% cotton. The clothing is packaged in a great reusable draw string bag too! My only suggestion is that they switch to organically grown cotton fabric.

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

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