Valentine’s Day is a little less than a month away and to celebrate this charming day of amore I would like to gift away two “love-related” handmade beauties from my Etsy shop – 5 Loving You Greeting Cards crafted on recycled kraft stock and the Red Heart Wearable Art Choker Necklace crafted with recycled chipboard (winner chooses the color) . No purchase is necessary to enter this giveaway, however if you wish to make a purchase from our shop simply click here and use the code SAVE10 to take 10 percent off your order of twenty dollars or more. To enter the giveaway please complete one, some or all of the entries on the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will run until 2/6, and it is opened to all U.S residents 18+. Thank you for entering and good luck to you!
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Welcome to the Handmade & Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! To help raise awareness about the importance of giving eco-friendly and handmade gifts, we’re offering giveaways to help you get started (or continue) with your holiday planning. We hope you’ll discover some brands that would make wonderful gifts during the holiday season. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more handmade and eco-friendly giveaways!
We are excited to be a part of Green Moms Network Handmade/Eco-friendly Holidays Giveaway Hop. We are giving away two wonderful handmade/eco items from our etsy shop – our Checkered Love Jewelry Box crafted with the use of post consumer paper and recycled cardboard and five of our Merry Christmas to You Holiday Cards crafted with the use of recycled kraft paper. Here is wishing you a wonderful and sustainable holiday season and beyond…
To enter, simply complete one, some or all of the rafflecopter entries below. The giveaway is opened to all U.S residents 18+ and it will run until 11/24. No purchase is necessary to enter, Green Moms Network are not responsible for prize fulfillment – the winner will be contacted and the prize will be shipped directly from us to the winner within two weeks of claiming. Thank you in advance for entering and good luck to you!
Checkered Heart Jewelry Box
Merry Christmas to You Holiday Cards
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Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a $300 handmade, eco-friendly dress from Janelle Funari New York . A second winner will receive an eBody Cloth Set from e-cloth and a $50 BuyGreen.com gift card and a Berglund Cotton Women’s Scarf – a $154 value! Enter here.
If I had known that swapping my daughter’s regular cups for the adorably sophisticated, sustainable Kupp glasses would change her drinking habits so positively, I would have done so way before now. She drinks her fresh juices, nut milks and water with ease, now that she has her own line of colorful and chic glasses. Kupp is the invention of Kate Diver – a mother and an Eco-warrior. Kate’s mission was to create a line of drinkware specifically for kids made from chemical-free, non-leaching materials that would promote healthy drinking habits while teaching kids about responsibility and sustainability – and she has done just that.
The Kupp glasses are catered to children ages 3 and up – they are beautifully designed with a durable glass tumbler encased in a BPA/BPS-free food-grade silicone sleeve. The sleeve is outfitted with a handle and peekaboo cutouts in the center. There are four bright colors in the collection – red, blue, orange and yellow. My daughter is truly ga-ga for these glasses, she loves the non-kiddy look of them and the colorful tones. She requests the color that she wants to drink from and rushes to the kitchen to wash and put it away. I love the fact that it is plastic-free and easy to recycle. They are also sized perfectly to hold up to 6 oz. of liquid. The glasses are lightweight and easy for little ones to hold, they are also easy to clean and dishwasher safe. I would recommend the Kupp glasses to all parents of little ones, they will love the colors and the big-kid feel of them and you will love the health and environmental benefits of them. Visit their website for more information and to purchase and be sure to keep in touch with them on facebook and twitter.
When the conventional consumer thinks of snacks that are healthy, organic, gluten free, non-GMO, wholesome, kosher and vegan – words like “yummy” and “delicious” don’t typically enter their mind, in fact, words like “yuck” and “inedible” sounds truer. The fact is, when I first started out eating cleaner, I had a hard time finding healthy snacks that taste good, I tried a lot of brands that promised health and yummy-goodness and I was disappointed more than not. Nevertheless, I kept on searching until I found a collection of wellness snack brands that I actually crave, and now I have one more brand to add to that list.
A few weeks ago I received a generous sample of cookies, bake mixes, snack bars and minis from a wonderful wellness snack brand by the name of Ginnybakes – founded in 2010 by Ginny Simon, Ginnybakes is the result of the founder wanting to share her passions for nutritious snacking and healthy living. It was her mission to offer snacks to the world that were both healthy and delicious, and she has certainly done just that.
The snacks offered by Ginnybakes are handmade with the use of organic, non-GMO and kosher ingredients, and there are many vegan-friendly options available. The Ginnybars are great – I’ve been eating them after workouts and in between meals as a tide-over, and I toss a few in my husband’s lunch kits. My daughter’s favorite Ginny-snacks so far is the chocolate chip love mini cookies and the butter crisps. It is hard for me to pick a favorite because they are all so good, but the box of chocolate chip oatmeal bliss cookies where the first to go. They are generously stuffed with dark chocolate and toasted coconut, not too sweet and with the perfect touch of spice in the background -yum indeed.
The bake mixes are quick and easy to make – Ginnybakes did all the hard work, we just have to stick it in the oven and indulge in healthy goodness when it’s done. I have made the Lovely Brownie Bake Mix and the Peace, Love and Crumble Muffin mixes with my daughter so far and they too are yummy. They don’t taste like they came out of a box, in fact, you can actually taste the quality in the ingredients.
My family and I were really impressed by the massive selection of snacks and mixes to choose from, and I appreciate the dedication and the time that is spent in formulating yummy flavors that are healthy and kid friendly. We proudly added Ginnybakes to our ethical shopping guide for supplying us with non-GMO, organic and healthy snack options. Visit Ginnybakes on their website to make purchase as well as to find local retailers and for more information. Be sure to follow them on facebook and twitter for continual insights.
Disclosure: We received a complementary sample to facilitate this review from Green Moms Meet, the opinions above are our own.
Welcome to the Family Preparedness Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! In honor of National Preparedness Month, we’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that will help your family become more prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #FamilyPreparedness giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more eco-friendly and healthy giveaways!
Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a Wonderbag non-electric slow cooker; a Plant Therapy Essential Oil First Aid Kit and a Food Storage Made Easy ebook – a value of approximately $130! Enter here.
We are excited to be a part of Green Mom’s Network family preparedness giveaway hop. Unfortunately, disasters and surprising events can occur without warning, therefore it is important to always be prepared for such events. Preparing your basement or safe-space with essentials can help you quickly recover from injuries, call for aid and help you stay hydrated and energized. We are giving away 5 survival essentials in our preparedness box…
Family Preparedness Box Giveaway Items:
1 bottle of activated charcoal – Can purify water and expel toxins from your body
1 box of Airborne immune support – Can re-fuel the body with antioxidants and minerals
1 hand crank LED flashlight – Will illuminate darken spaces without the need for batteries
2 Ginny Bakes organic fruit and nut bars – Will fills you with protein and energy
1 tube of handmade antibacterial salve – Formulated with aloe, tea tree oil, honey, coconut oil and clay – this salve can cleanse cuts and burns while helping to speed up recovery.
How to Enter: This giveaway is opened to all U.S residents 18+ and will run until 9/16. To enter, simply complete one, some or all of the entries on the rafflecopter form below. No purchase is necessary to enter this giveaway. The coordinators of this giveaway hop are not responsible for fulfilling this prize. The winner will be chosen and the prize will be shipped directly within two weeks of claiming.
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I remember standing in my shower as a preteen many many years ago scrubbing my skin with kitty litter – I had read somewhere that clay based litter could help shrink my large adolescent pores and detox my skin. I made a big mess in the bathroom that my mom didn’t appreciate, but my skin did look and feel healthier. My joy for DIY beauty has intensified tremendously since then and today I like to fancy myself somewhat of an expert on the subject.
Sections of my dining room have been partitioned off to contain raw ingredients to formulate my homemade soaps, scrubs, lotions, perfumes and other natural products. I enjoy researching the properties of natural ingredients and creating my own recipes to nourish my skin, and I am also always on the lookout for new recipes to try which is why I was so excited to review Jessica Ress’s DIY beauty book titled 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes.
This DIY organic skin care book is stuffed with wonderful recipes to restore and nourish the skin as well as spa waters that can aid in detox, essential oil blends and a helpful glossary of ingredients. Some of the recipes featured include Coco-Spice Body Butter that calls for a blend of cocoa butter, chia spice infused oil and patchouli. The Citrus Blast Body Scrub recipe calls for a blend of citrus juice and sea salt to scrub dead cells away and the Head to Toe Pumpkin Mask recipe calls for pumpkin, oatmeal and cinnamon to help beautify the skin. I love the variety of recipes included in this book; there is a beautiful melody of face masks, scrubs, balms, moisturizers, butters, washes, soaks, infusions and tons more featured in this book that calls for easy to find natural ingredients. Jessica does a wonderful job of writing the recipes clearly with easy to follow directions so that both novices and experts can make their own organic skin care recipes without feeling overwhelmed.
I have made quite a few recipes featured in this book and my favorite has to be the Mocha Latte Scrub; it calls for a blend of coffee, sugar, almond oil and vitamin E that moisturized my skin while leaving it touchably smooth. A lot of the recipes in this book are luxurious enough to be gifted away as holiday and birthday presents, and the bonus content and metric conversion chart allows advanced knowledge. 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes is currently available on Amazon in paperback for $13.03
About the Author: Jessica Ress is the founder of Angel Face Botanicals organic skin care – I had the pleasure of reviewing her chamomile face cream, face toner and eye cream a few weeks ago. In addition to being an eco-friendly business owner and wellness author, Jessica holds certifications in aromatherapy and Reiki crystal healing.
Giveaway: Jessica Ress would like to give away a copy of 100 Organic Skin Care Recipes to one of my readers. The giveaway is opened to all U.S residents 18+ and it will run until 9/17. To enter please complete one, some or all of the rafflecopter entries below. Thank you in advance for entering and good luck.
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A few weeks ago I received Mommy’s Bliss Natural Upset Tummy and Nausea Relief for Kids to review, and now I would like to tell you what I think of it. This remedy is formulated with the use of organic ginger, catnip, peppermint, dill and fennel. It is safe for little ones two years and older, and it contains zero gluten, soy, dairy or alcohol. It should be used to help ease symptoms of indigestion, gas, nausea and occasional stomach discomfort.
I drank one of the single does packs, and I like the flavor of it, and the fact that it has virtually no aftertaste. It doesn’t taste medicine-like or chalky; instead, it has a naturally smooth flavor and texture that will be easy for kids to drink. I have yet to give it to my daughter because she hasn’t been experiencing symptoms that require this supplement, but the formula of ingredients leads me to believe that it will be effective at restoring balance and easing such symptoms. Ginger and peppermint are excellent for balancing the PH levels of the GI tract and fennel soothes flatulence.
A Little Bit About Mommy’s Bliss: Mommy’s Bliss was founded by RN and mother of three, Roshan Kaderali in 1999. It is her mission to offer moms and their little ones, safe, effective and all natural remedies to common ailments. In addition to their nausea relief, Mommy’s Bliss also offers Gripe Water and Sweet Slumber Baby Wash and Cream. Check them out on their website to make purchase and for more information, and be sure to keep up with them on facebook and twitter.
Disclosure: I received a complementary sample to review, however, the opinions above are my own.
Did you know, that even though they are all preserved fruit spreads, there are differences between jams, jellies and preserves? Jellies are made from the extracted juice of the fruits while jams are made from crushed fruit and preserves contain large chunks of fruit. History gives credit to the countries in the Middle East for introducing us to the art of preserving fruit; back then, they preserved the fruit in a concoction of natural cane sugar and fruit pectin. Today, the store shelves are lined with a vast inventory of fruit spreads; nevertheless, many of them contain excess sugar, artificial coloring and flavors as well as other synthetic ingredients. However, there is still a huge demand for the artisan made all natural fruit spread of yesteryear.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of telling you a little bit about Norm’s Farms all natural elderberry extracts and wellness syrup, now I am back to gush about their handcrafted all natural jams, jellies and preserves. Made with ingredients such as elderberries, blueberries, pecan and ginger, Norm’s Farms fruit spreads are healthy and delicious treats for your taste buds. I received four jars of fruit spreads for this review – Elderberry Jam, Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam, Blueberry Elderberry Preserves and Elderberry Jelly. Although there are no losers in this race of yumminess, my favorite of the four has to be the Elderberry Jelly. I love the balanced flavor and the smooth texture of it, this jelly is featured in the rice flour pancakes below.
The blueberries and elderberries marry well together in the preserves and it tastes heavenly on crackers and scones. My husband has been eating the Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam by the spoonful and my daughter loves the Elderberry Jam on toasted bread. They are delicious and wholesome, antioxidant rich condiments that the whole family will enjoy. All of the spreads are made from the same simple ingredients of yesteryear – natural fruit, pure sugar and fruit pectin, no chemical additives, no flavor enhancers, just pure, natural ingredients.
- 2 cups of organic rice flour
- 1/3 cup of Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly
- 1.5 cup of coconut milk
- 2 tsp. ground flaxseeds
- 2 eggs, separated
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup crushed almonds
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Non-stick skillet
- Mix the flour together with the cinnamon and almonds and then set aside.
- Meanwhile, separate the eggs and add the egg yolks in a separate bowl along with with the elderberry jelly, vanilla extract and coconut milk.
- Whisk the wet ingredients together until everything is incorporated.
- Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to incorporate.
- Set the batter aside and whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
- Now fold the egg whites into the batter.
- Ready the skillet with a little coconut oil and then cook the pancakes on low, flipping when circles form.
- Enjoy warm, either plain or with a dollop of fresh butter, vegan whip cream or pure maple syrup
Disclosure: I received a complementary sample of the products to facilitate this review, however, the opinions above are my own.
Giveaway: The generous folks at Norm’s Farms are giving away a four jars of their yummy all natural elderberry jams, jellies and preserves to one of my lucky readers. The giveaway is opened to all U.S residence 18+ and it will run until 9/3. To enter, simply complete one, some or all of the rafflecopter entries below. Thank you in advance for entering and good luck to you!
Welcome to the second annual Green Your School Year Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that will help your kick your child’s school year off on a green foot! After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #GreenSchool giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more eco-friendly and healthy giveaways!
We are exited to be a part of Green Moms Network, Green Your School Year Giveaway Hop. We are giving one of our readers a chance to win the hand painted eco-friendly binder pictured along with eco-friendly writing supplies. To enter, please complete one, some or all of the entries in the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway is opened to all U.S residents 18+ and it will run until 8/19.
List of giveaway items:
Hand painted binder: Titled “Reach for the Stars”, this binder is beautifully hand painted to portray a young girl reaching for the stars illuminating the night’s sky. The binder is made out of 100 percent recycled curated paper and it is painted with the use of vegetable based paints.
Five Recycled Paper Wrapped Pens: The pens are made with the use of post consumer kraft paper, hugatreewithme.com is printed on them.
Pack of Sustainable Managed Forests Pencils: This 12 pack of number 2 pencils are certified non-toxic and made from sustainably managed wood.
Three Pack of Green Room Notebooks: The Notebooks are made with paper containing 70 percent recycled fiber and it is printed with non-toxic soy based inks.
Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive an eco-friendly bookcase from Tidy Books; a Back to School outfit from KicKee Pants; a Waste Free Lunch Kit from Kids Konserve; $50 worth of YumEarth products; a $50 Gift Card to Swap.com and a $50 Gift Certificate to BuyGreen.com
Disclosure: This contest will run through August 19th. The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Hug a Tree with Me. No purchase is necessary to enter, the coordinators of this giveaway hop are in no way responsible for the fulfillment of these prizes. The winner will be shipped their prize within 2 weeks of claiming.
While getting older is inevitable, feeling and looking that way is totally optional! Since the beginning of time, man has been searching for the illusive fountain of youth – a special potion, elixir or cream that can magically deter age spots, straighten frown lines and frighten away aches and pains. Nevertheless, the fountain has been hiding in plain sight all along – amongst the artificial world we have created. Below are 3 natural ways to shoo away signs of Age…
3 Natural Ways to Shoo Away Signs of Age – An Angel Face Botanicals Review/Giveaway
- Eat Well: Over-processed foods such as fast foods, soda as well as over-salted and over-sweetened snacks have the degrading ability to pollute the body with toxins. The intrusion of toxins can stress our organs, disrupt the hormones and cause the growth of disease and age-producing free radicals. However, the opposite is true with natural foods – regularly consuming natural foods such as pure water, fresh produce, lean meats and homemade snacks can encourage stronger immunity, speedy metabolism and more youthful looking skin.
- Fix your Mind: You are what you think you are! Assaulting your mind with stressful, ugly thoughts is the quickest way to look and feel old and worn-out. Distance yourself from such negative thinking and fill your mind with confident, self-loving thoughts – eventually your internal and external self will start to believe it, and ageless beauty will radiate.
- Be Naturally Beautiful: Chemical based beauty products have a similar effect as over-processed foods. Because the skin is a breathable organ, it eats in almost everything we put on it. The chemicals used in conventional beauty care can disrupt the organs, alter our hormones and cause free radicals to formulate. The best way to avoid such degradation is to be naturally beautiful! A few weeks ago I was introduced to a natural beauty company by the name of Angel Face Botanicals, their products are formulated with natural skin loving ingredients that can shoo away signs of age without causing any toxic side effects. They were generous enough to send me their Chamomile Exquisite Cream, Grace Antioxidant Facial Toner and their Everlasting Under-eye serum to review and I would like to tell you what I think about them…
I’ll start with the Chamomile Exquisite Cream – this cream is a moisturizing, fresh smelling blend formulated with antioxidant rich chamomile, calendula, carrot seed oil, avocado oil, aloe juice and vitamins A, C and B5 just to name a few. This cream is truly exquisite – I have been applying a small amount to my face and neck, twice a week for the past 2 weeks and I can already see a difference. I love the impressive list of skin loving ingredients used and the fact that it holds the perfect consistency – not thick or oily and not thin and runny. My face looks healthier and I feel confident. The Grace Antioxidant Facial Toner is the perfect accompaniment to the Exquisite Cream – it contains aloe juice, cranberry extract, tea tree oil and lavender as well as vitamins A, B, C and E. To use, you have to spritz it onto your face and neck after cleansing and before moisturizing to help remove bacteria and promote cell renewal. I love it! this is one of the best natural toners I have used – it is light, non-drying, great smelling and really effective. There is less oil on my forehead and nose since I have been using it.
The Everlasting Eye Serum contains rose hip, jojoba, meadowfoam seed oil and evening primrose oil. I really like how non-invasive it is – I just gently add a drop or two under my eyes, rub it in and be on my way. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily or sticky film and it smells wonderful. I had a blast reviewing Angel Face Botanicals natural beauty products – it feels like I have been treating my face to natural spa sessions twice a day. In addition to these three products, they also offer natural bath salts, body oils, lotions, masks, shower steamers, organic perfumes and a lot more. We proudly add Angel Face Botanicals to our Ethical Shopping Guide for their continual dedication to providing all natural alternatives and for packaging in curbside recyclable glass jars. Visit their website for more information and to make purchases and be sure to follow them on facebook and twitter.
Disclaimer: I received complementary samples to facilitate this review and the opinions above are my own.
A Little about Angel Face Botanicals: Founded by Jessica Ress, Angel Face Botanicals is a U.S company based out of Santa Cruz, California. The company started from an interest to use ingredients found in nature to create products that naturally beautify and nourish. What first started as a hobby has since turned into a true passion for Jessica and her team. Their products are made in small batches with the use of organic and all natural ingredients.
Giveaway: Jessica and her team has generously agreed to gift-away a jar of their Chamomile Exquisite Cream to one of you. The giveaway will run until the 19th and it is opened to all U.S residents 18+. To enter, please complete some or all of the entries in the rafflecopter form below. Thank you for entering and good luck!
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