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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Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and congratulations to our winners: Rosie, John and Amanda B.!

And a big thanks to our sponsors, Truly’s Natural, Good Earth Beauty and Numi Tea!  Please check out our review of their products and other great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

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If you missed out on this giveaway, or weren’t a winner, be sure to enter our next giveaway later this week!

And the “From Ouch to Ahhh…” Winners Are…

from-ouch-to-ahhhCongratulations to Kimberly and Tyneisha! You’ve each won a copy of the very informative book, From Ouch to Ahhh: The New Mom’s Guide to Sex After Baby by Sarah Swofford

A book 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 is packed with the perfect combination of validation and practical advice.  Please check out our full review for more information.

If you didn’t win, you can purchase this book for yourself on Amazon or download the Kindle version.

 

And the Edgar Winner Is…

edgar-tree-houseCongratulations to Karen B!  You’ve won a copy of Edgar and The Tree House of Usher.  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway! We appreciate your readership and support.  If you missed out on this opportunity, stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon.

For a review of Edgar and The Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams, and a review of the other great gifts for kids, check out our Easter Basket Gift Ideas.

 

And The Lunchtime Must Haves Winners Are…

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Silikids Cup

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Congratulations to our winners J-me Nicole, craftyone, Laura B, and Nicole!

Please check out our review of these great items and other Lunchtime Must Haves!

 

 

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Repurpose Compostables

201-organic-baby-and-toddler-mealsIf you were hoping to win the CoolBag but didn’t, they are offering a promo code especially for our readers.  Just use the code greenbaby10 to get 10% off your purchase!

 

 

 

And The Boken Diaper Bag Winners Are…

boken-bag-2Congratulations to Alicia and Kelly!  They have won a Boken Every Day Bag in their choice of color.  Thank you to everyone who entered for your participation and support!

boken-bagIf you didn’t win, you can still purchase this versatile, compact diaper for yourself.  We think this bag is perfect for busy parents, since it can be worn as a messenger bag, backpack or carried as a tote and is compact and machine washable.  The design and variety of colors are such that even Dad can carry it without feeling like he’s lugging around a “diaper bag”.

Check out our full review here.

Boken Bag Review and Giveaway

boken-bagIf traditional diaper bags are not your style, a convertible Boken Every Day Bag might be just the ticket.  It’s made from machine-washable, water-resistant material that easily wipes clean and can be worn as a cross-body messenger, tote or backpack.  For great pictures of the bag in-use, visit the Boken website.

The multipurpose bag features detachable messenger and backpack straps, a big mesh pocket and zip pocket on the inside, a baby bottle pocket and mesh water bottle pocket on the outside.  It has easy access pockets on the front and comes with an extra large diaper pad.

boken-bag-2As if it weren’t versatile enough, the Boken Every Day Bag folds into a small zip pouch perfect for storage and ideal for traveling since, when worn as a backpack, it distributes weight evenly to reduce back strain. That said, don’t confuse this for a travel backpack.  The straps are not padded and the bag isn’t structured enough to make it replacement for a traditional day pack.  Of course, it is much more compact and lighter than a day pack.
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And the Mineral Fusion Winners Are…

Congratulations to Nataly, Elizabeth and Blythe!  You’ve won a bronzer and a blush from Mineral Fusion!  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway and for supporting our blog!

Bronzer

mineral-fusion-bronzerAdd a hint of warm glow to your skin with a hint of this gentle bronzer that blends flawlessly and lasts all day. Not only do Mineral Fusion Bronzers add contour and definition to the facial features when applied, they provide skin benefits with its mineral-based ingredients including Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea, Aloe Vera plus Vitamins C and E.

This silky, lightweight powder provides natural UV protection and defends against free radical damage.

Blush

mineral-fusion-blushGive your cheeks a hint of color with Mineral Fusion Blush by applying to apples of your cheeks and provide contour by applying along your cheekbones. Use just a little create a healthy, youthful glow, or build layers of color until desired intensity is achieved.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Giveaways!

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral-fusion-nail-polishA jar of Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is the perfect size to fit in a stocking.  Their formulas are 100% Vegan, Toluene Free,  Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Cruelty Free.  Plus, they have some really sparkly colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

For extra variety, choose a Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Set and get three coordinating colors in one!

 

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

justins-peanut-butter-cupsAlthough we try and stay away from stuffing our stockings with sugary treats, it’s cruel to exclude them all together!  That’s why we love Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not only are they 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and have Zero Trans Fat, they are made with “Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa”.
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Holiday Gifts for Kids and Giveaway!

Strider Bike

strider-bikeWhat’s more classic than finding a bicycle under the tree Christmas morning?  If your kid is old enough to walk but not ready for a bike with pedals, there’s no better introduction to bicycling than a Strider Balance Bike.

Since both feet are on the ground, the rider gets to move at the pace that makes them feel comfortable, whether that be at walking pace or faster.  The best part of the balance bike is that the rider masters the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.bell-helmet

If you’re going to give a bike, don’t forget to include a helmet!  We like the Bell Toddler Helmet because you can adjust it for the perfect fit and it has extended rear coverage for extra protection.
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