December 6, 2012

American Summits Spring Water: Purity in Sparkling or Still

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When I first opened American Summits Mineral Water, I was immediately taken back to Italy. Ironic a product with the name "American" would remind me of Europe, but the glass bottles and refreshing taste reminded me of the question at every Italian restaurant: naturale or frizzante? I always chose frizzante.

American Summits Spring Water is delicious and available in sparkling or still:

Our mission is to provide pure mineral water sourced from pristine American mountain springs. We use sustainable springs that are naturally recharged by rain and snowfall. We will never treat our water with chemicals or preservatives, or with distillation or reverse osmosis. Therefore, we will never use well water as our source. Instead, we seek out untouched springs high in the mountains in remote, protected lands. Our water is organically filtered through layers of mountain rock, and mechanically filtered to remove fine particulates, leaving traces of beneficial minerals and a natural alkaline level ideal for the body's pH balance.

Our commitment to identify and utilize springs in the American wilderness is designed to provide water of the ultimate purity and taste, while reducing the country's reliance on imported bottled water. With more than 98% of glass bottled water served across American hotels and restaurants originating in Europe and the South Pacific, an increase in consumption of American-sourced mineral water can reduce the industry's transportation footprint significantly. Our clear, recyclable glass bottles are produced in North America, as well.


Water from glass bottles tastes so much better!

I tried the sparkling water in a cocktail last night and loved it.

Most plastic bottle water comes from filtered city water, like Aquasana. Other mountain spring water companies wreak havoc on local aquifers. It is nice to find a refreshing, glass bottle alternative. American Summits is sourced in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming.

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, 2012

Really Natural Monthly Round Up November 2012

Beauty

Food

Green Cleaning

Health

Holiday

Monthly Round-Up

Organic Food News

Product review

Really Natural Books

environment

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December 4, 2012

Healthy Gift Giving: NatureBox's monthly snack deliveries

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For many people trying to eat healthier or lose weight, snack time is often a downfall. When the urge to munch hits, instead of grabbing potato chips or pretzels, nuts and dried fruit are a better option.

NatureBox is a monthly delivery service featuring snacks you will feel good about eating instead of guilt.

The company's 'healthy snack box delivered to your door' concept makes healthier snacking easier and provides busy people with a convenient way to have nutritious, wholesome, and minimally processed snacks always on-hand throughout the year. For less than $20 a month, a NatureBox includes 15-20 servings of 4-6 items 'curated' by a nutritionist and sourced from local growers and independent food suppliers across the U.S. Every snack included in the box is free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. With measured portions, NatureBox snacks make it easier on snackers to resist over-indulging in unwanted and unhealthy calories.

We were sent an October box to try:
It's the time of the year for pumpkin, crunchy leaves, and piping hot mugs of tea. The cool chill that sweeps through the air might also bring with it a few extra sniffles and we want to help you stay energized and healthy! This month's snacks will help to boost your immunity and pack in a serious punch of antioxidants anytime you grab a snack.

The October box includes:

  • Antioxidant Boost

  • Cherry Berry Granola

  • Sun-Dried California Apricots

  • Sticks 'N Stones

  • Blueberry Almond Bites


These snack pouches all look delicious. They blueberry almond bites are my favorite! My only concern is they are not organically-grown, but at least the apricots are gmo-free.

NatureBox donates one meal for every box sold, so not only is this a great way to ensure your friends and family eat healthy snacks each month by giving this gift, but you are also ensuring hungry families get a few meals.

Use promo code : REFER25 to get 25% off!

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 3, 2012

GMO Food Fight Continues: I-522 Label it Washington

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Although a GMO labeling law narrowly lost in California, the fight has been renewed in Washington state.

I-522 the People's Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. The initiative is gathering signatures; 241,153 valid signatures are required by 12/31/12.

We have a right to know what's in our food.

We have the right to an informed choice.
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than ninety percent, wants to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering. Without disclosure, consumers of genetically engineered food unknowingly may violate their own dietary and religious restrictions.

GMOs are not proven safe and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically engineered foods have not been investigated adequately. Accumulating research has prompted a growing number of countries to require mandatory labeling.

49 countries have mandatory labeling laws, including China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and other nations in the European Union. Many have bans or other restrictions against GMO crops and foods.


All we need is one state to enact GMO labeling for the rest of us to benefit. Companies will have to spend extra money to create labels or stickers for only one state, so hopefully every GMO product would be labeled in every state if just one can pass a law.

The fight to label GMO food will prevail!

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November 30, 2012

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers: Sweet Pure Honey Lip Balm and Perfume Stick


I love honey! I love supporting small family farmers! Sweet Pure Honey is the product of a loving family with 400 hives.

We were sent three face and body products to try:

SWEET PURE HONEY BALM & CREME
Sweet Pure Honey balm and creme are handmade with 2 ingredients. We gently heat and blend beeswax and organic coconut oil to make our signature lip and body balms.
Organic coconut oil is rich in antioxidant, nutrients and provides amazing moisture benefits for healthy looking skin. Raw beeswax is hypo-allergenic and scented naturally with honey. Containing both pollen and propolis, it is beeswax in its most natural form. Made fresh and never warehoused, Sweet Pure Honey balm and creme are hand poured and created with care.
LOVE SOLID SCENT ORGANIC PERFUME STICK
Using our signature 2 ingredient balm we combine organic lemon grass, orange, and vanilla sandalwood essential oils to create an uplifting, mood shifting sumptuous scent.
SWEET PURE HONEY MICA
Sweet Pure Honey MICA lip tints are made with 3 natural ingredients.

These gentle products are made of a few simple ingredients. I really like the perfume stick, of which I had never tried a honey-based one before. It goes on easily, so you don't overdue the scent, and it feels nourishing.

These are truly sustainable, handmade products made with love!  Plus, those kids are super cute!

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

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November 29, 2012

Bottled Water Facts: 28 billion bottles a year [infographic]

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Via: MoveOn.org

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November 28, 2012

SunRidge Farms: Organic, Antioxidant, 1% Donation to Defenders of Wildlife

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After all that holiday eating, trail mix is a great snack to give you energy and feel the goodness of raw food.

One of the first trail mixes I ever tried was from SunRidge Farms. It amazes me how this company keeps reinventing trail mix in new combinations.

We were sent the following four nut and dried food mixes to try:

Sunridge Farms Deluxe Trail Mix:

Great on the go, for hiking, biking and other activities. SunRidge Farms Organic Deluxe Trail Mix is Organic Trail Mix at its finest. a premium assemblage of the finest select ingredients, blended together for flavor and convenience. With Organic Dried Apricots, Organic Roasted Peanuts, Organic Raw Almonds, Organic Dried Apples, Organic Walnuts, Organic Date Pieces, Organic Sunflower Seeds and Organic Raisins. the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Sunridge Farms Organic Cranberry Harvest
SunRidge Farms Organic Cranberry Harvest is a lively combination of the freshest ingredients harvested, dried, roasted and mixed. A hearty blend of sweet and tangy Organic Dried Cranberries, Rich and smooth Organic Dark Chocolate Chips, Sweet Organic Apples, Golden Organic Almonds, Crunchy Fresh Organic Peanuts and flavorful Organic Pumpkin Seeds. great for holidays, parties, gift baskets, snacks and lunches. dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Sunridge Farm, Trail Mix Women Vitality:
All Natural Plump, Sun-Ripened, sweet raisins, dipped in premium SunRidge Farms All Natural Dark Chocolate. 65% Dark Cacao Solids great for holidays, parties, gift baskets, snacks and lunches. dark chocolate is recognized for its antioxidant properties the result is a snack that tastes delicious, contains fiber, iron and other nutrients.

Berries and Chocolate Antioxidant Mix:
Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, lycopene, and beta carotene, Berries and Chocolate Antioxidant Mix is 100 percent vegetarian. All natural, without artificial flavorings and preservatives, the mix includes a hand-selected blend of sun-ripened blueberries, dark chocolate stars, freshly roasted almonds, walnuts, cranberries, cherries, cashews and peanuts.

Only the deluxe trail mix and cranberry harvest mix are organic, and only the antioxidant mix sales are donated to Defenders of Wildlife. I wish all of the products were organic and a donations of all sales went to environmental organizations.

My favorite mix we were sent is the antioxidant one. I love chocolate and berries!

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

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November 27, 2012

Greenhouse Gases Hit New Record in 2011

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Last week while Americans were preparing their Thanksgiving feasts, a new damning report came out on the status of climate change. Unfortunately, we are not curbing greenhouse gas emissions fast enough.

Eco Watch explains:

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to a press release today by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)...

The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations--and not emissions--of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere. Concentrations represent what remains in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans.

CO2 is the most important of the long-lived greenhouse gases--so named because they trap radiation within the Earth's atmosphere causing it to warm. Human activities, such as fossil fuel burning and land use change (for instance, tropical deforestation), are the main sources of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The other main long-lived greenhouse gases are methane and nitrous oxide. Increasing concentrations of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are drivers of climate change.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, quoted in the bulletin, shows that from 1990 to 2011, radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases increased by 30 percent, with CO2 accounting for about 80 percent of this increase. Total radiative forcing of all long-lived greenhouse gases was the CO2 equivalent of 473 parts per million in 2011.

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November 26, 2012

Choice Decaf and Caffeinated Organic Teas: Korean Green, Masala and Rooibos Chai

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Do you love chai and green tea? I do, especially when I do not want a second cup of coffee.

The four new teas reinforce Choice Organic Teas' commitment to offer high quality teas from around the world while honoring their traditions.

Premium Korean Green (Green Tea) - This lush tea hails from Jeju Island, South Korea's "Island of the Gods." From fertile volcanic soil to subtropical forests, this pristine isle offers rich tea-growing terroir. The leaves are steamed, rolled and dried in the Sencha tradition, for a fresh and savory cup.

Decaffeinated Green (Decaf Green Tea)< - Delight in the best of both worlds with a cup that's both decaffeinated and flavorful. This crisp green tea grown in the mountains of India is gently decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. Enjoy the true essence of this refreshing and wholesome tea day or night.

Masala Chai (Black Tea) - Spice things up with this bold classic, featuring malty Assam tea from India's Brahmaputra River Valley. Choice Organic Teas blends rich, robust black tea with masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a spirited cup that warms your body and soul. It blends perfectly with milk and sweetener for an authentic chai.

Rooibos Chai (Herbal Tea) - Thrill your senses with this naturally caffeine-free twist on traditional chai. Choice Organic Teas blends rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a cup that's warming, robust and subtly sweet. It's a luscious treat that pairs wonderfully with milk and sweetener.

Although I prefer loose leaf tea, all of these tea bags are delicious!  The Premium Korean Green is my favorite of these four varieties.  

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

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November 23, 2012

Design Your Own Destiny: Are you in balance?

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As the days of of light are shorter and holidays bring out feelings of loneliness in some, it is a good time to reflect upon our lives. We do not need to feel as if we are not in control, and our choices and intentions make all the difference in the world.

Design Your Own Destiny: Life Planning for the 21st Century by Mary A. Molloy follows six steps for changing your life:

What if you could have the life you always wanted? What if it wasn't as hard as you thought? What if instead of always asking What if? you decided to dive in and design the destiny of your dreams? That opportunity is here now in Design Your Own Destiny: Life Planning for the 21st Century.

Whether it's looking for a job or trying to figure out the next steps to take in a relationship, award-winning author, speaker and life-planner Mary A. Molloy takes readers to a place where possibilities become realities. Combining years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies and clients all over the globe, Mary provides the answers to how people can make it happen. Examining the complete life with deeper connections Molloy helps people to:

o Find work/life balance
o Create tangible goals
o Put plans into action
o See results and measure success

Whether it's changing roles, changing perspectives or challenging the status quo, Mary helps readers take control and not leave what is most important to chance. She shows readers step-by-step how to break down the complex process of changing one's life so that everyone gets a personalized and manageable way to make their dreams happen.

Inspired by a talk she gave to twenty-five homeless women - many of whom took her Life Designs and were able to leave the shelter - Design Your Own Destiny will help you create the life you want to lead!


I am not really one for self help books or life coaches. My idea of self help is to practice yoga; however, flipping through this book, I saw ideas I would like to use with my students, like the draw your dreams worksheet.

Unfortunately, there is nothing eco-friendly about this book, that I can find, unless your life goals involve living a greener life, as mine do.

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