Natural Bath and Beauty Products Reviews and Giveaways!

Earth’s Care Sweet Almond Oil

Earth's Care Sweet Almond OilIf we could pack only one item in our toilet kit, it would be a high-quality cold-pressed oil.  Our favorite this summer is Earth’s Care Sweet Almond Oil. This 100% natural oil is expeller-pressed from dried almond kernels and is rich in Vitamin E, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc.

Earth’s Care Sweet Almond Oil is a great facial (and whole-body) moisturizer not just because it is light and absorbs easily, but the Vitamin E helps protect against UV radiation damage and can even reduce the appearance of sun spots and wrinkles. To maximize the moisturizing benefits of the oil, we apply it to wet skin before toweling off.
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Frego Glass and Silicone Food Storage Containers Review and Giveaway!

fregoWe made the switch to glass storage containers years ago, so we’ve had a chance to try all the usual glass brands.  Now it looks like there’s a new kid on the block, and this one comes with an outer layer of silicone!

Each Frego Storage Container has three parts: the glass insert that holds the food; an outer silicone layer that cradles the glass; and an airtight silicone lid.

Not only does the silicone sleeve protect the glass container from breaking, it also protects your fingers from the hot or cold contents.  We appreciate that feature because both the silicone and glass are oven, freezer and dishwasher safe, top or bottom rack.
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Picnic Essentials and Giveaways!

Whether it’s at the park, beach, river or forest, we love summer picnics!  Our kids jump at any chance to get away from home, even if it’s just for an hour or two.  The break in routine alleviates summer boredom and they get to run wild without wrecking the house, which makes mom (and therefore kids) happy.

The best part about picnics is that you don’t have to go very far to enjoy fresh air and a bit of nature.  Oh, and all that running around wears the kids out while we get to relax in the shade on a blanket!  With the right essentials, a picnic can be a quick and low-stress activity for the whole family to enjoy.
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Summer Must Haves for the Family and Giveaways!

Sunforgettable Brush

sunforgettable-brushIf you’re going to spend the day at the beach or a whole day in the sun, it makes sense to lather up the family with sun screen.  If you’re just going for a walk or hitting the park for half an hour, it’s tempting to just skip the sunscreen and save the time and effort.  Especially if you use “natural” sunscreens that are greasy or are a pain to rub in.

That’s why we love the Sunforgettable Brush!  We keep it in our purse all summer for quick applications or when we forget to put on sunscreen before heading out. It’s a brush-on powder sunscreen made with minerals and free of dyes, chemicals, colorants, and perfumes.  This means it can be used on adults, kids, and even family members with rosacea or eczema
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Keeping a Clean House without Toxic Chemicals – Plus Giveaways!

We’ve tried cleaning with just Vinegar and Baking Soda, and it wasn’t for us.  The smell alone was enough to make us switch back to natural products we’ve liked in the past.  Here are a few of them, plus the only book you’ll need as a reference!

The Toxin-Free Home

toxin-free-homeKnowledge is power, so if you want to keep your home clean and free of toxins, you might need to hit the books.  There’s always the internet, but we prefer a more reliable source when it comes to something as important as our family.  That’s why we keep a copy of The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by Alison Haynes on hand to help us navigate everything from VOCs, eco-friendly materials and cleaning supplies, allergens and stain removal.
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Book Review and Giveaway: From Ouch to Ahhh…

from-ouch-to-ahhhHow glorious for all of us (and our partners!) that a book has been written to help us navigate the transition back to sexual intimacy after childbirth. From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby by Sarah Swofford is packed with the perfect combination of validation and practical advice

Swofford’s voice is consistently warm, humble, and best of all, helpful. This book should tuck this book beneath those mountains of flannel blankets at every woman’s baby shower.

Here is what some readers are saying about From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby:

“This book is a must read for any new mom. …I read the entire thing in one sitting, I could not put it down.”
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Easter Basket Gift Ideas and Giveaway!

Who Loves Me? Personalized Book

who-loves-me-bookIf you’re looking for a gift that is more meaningful than a new dress and more lasting than a plastic egg full of jelly beans, we recommend the personalized book, Who Loves Me?, by I See Me! This colorful and thoughtful read includes the name of your child in the title, for example, “Who Loves Emily”.

Upload a picture of your child to be displayed on a dedication page along with their full name, and choose up to 6 names of those who love your child best to be incorporated into the story.  Each of these names is featured on a page spread along with a lyrical rhyme of that emphasizes the depth of their love.  For example – and this is a paraphrase – ” Mama loves you more than the mountains and more than the streams…”.  The sentiments are nature based and accompanied by a collage-style illustration that reminded me of Eric Carl.  Think colorful hand-cut painted papers that are layered to create vibrant images.
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Halloween Candy Exchange Ideas

candy

No thanks!

Our girls are a little young to be trick-or-treating, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about what we’ll do with all that candy once we do! Last year we wrote about our decision to stop giving out sweets and giving out alternitives to candy. We’ve actually been blogging about non-edible Halloween treats for years, which leads me to believe we’re not the only parents figuring out what to do with all that candy.

I was about to write up my own list of organizations that accept Halloween candy and other uses for the candy, but it looks like Kid’s Health has already done it for me.  One of the most well known and best organized programs is Operation Gratitude that encourages you to send your kids’ candy to our Troops. Find out how on their website.
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Recipe: Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

Roasted Beet and Cashew Salad with Feta

We’re pretty on the fence about beets at our household.  We don’t hate them, but we don’t exactly love them either.  When ever we’d find them in our CSA box, I’d usually shred them and add a tiny bit to our go-to house salad each night.

Then our friends brought over a delicious salad full of roasted beets, and we all loved it! I’ve actually made this several times since, and still can’t believe how good the beets taste in it.  It must be the salty feta and crunchy cashews.

This is a great lunch salad, since the cashews and cheese make it filling enough to be a meal on its own.
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Schwinn The Biking Game Review and Giveaway!

scwhinngameIt was a rainy, cold afternoon in May (a sad reality of life in the upper Midwest) when I found myself in the unfortunate situation of refereeing a screeching match between two five-year-olds and a six-year-old. Then I remembered…May is National Bicycle Month and we recently received a copy of Schwinn The Biking Board Game! I stumbled to the game closet, barely getting the box down before an entire room of my home was destroyed by maniacal, possibly cannibalistic, little girls.

“Hey guys, do you want to play a new game?”

I held my breath as they regarded me with suspicion.

“It’s about bikes”.

That did it. They were hooked.
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