Share Some Goodness this Holiday! Gifts that Give Back

Looking to give gifts that not are not only great gifts, but will make the gift-ee feel better as well? Life is Good, ORGANIC INDIA and Manduka make giving feel even better- and they are fantastic, ethical companies that also give back.  These are fantastic brands with really awesome items, you will love them.


Life is Good, lifestyle brand spreading the power of optimism, from t-shirts, self-help book, mugs to comfy pj’s, introduces  the Holiday collection ($10-78) and has something for the kids, mom, the office, and even the grinch who could use some positivity in their life. There is a lot to choose from, and the quality is top notch- nothing that will have to be quickly tossed. The clothing line lasts, and wears well.  They will have their items a long, long time. (I still have a t-shirt I got in high school!) It’s nice to be able to spread a nice message wherever you go. In addition, Life is Good donates 10% of their net proceeds to kids in need-that’s something to smile about. 

ORGANIC INDIA’s, Tulsi Tea Line ($5.99) have become one of my son’s favorites. He especially loves the peppermint variety, (there are several to choose from) and I like that it’s completely organic. These USDA organic teas are infused with a sacred Indian herb that’s packed with goodness + deliciousness in over 20 flavors. A cup of Tulsi tea warms up the soul – lowers stress, bolsters immunity, enhances stamina and promotes a healthy metabolism. He has some health issues, so I am all for anything that will give him any kind of a boost.  These teas are not only good tasting and good for you, as well as environmentally friendly- but they are good for the people who farm them. ORGANIC INDIA works directly with marginalized farmers in India providing healthcare, education, gender equality and empowerment programs. Sipping fireside, never tasted so good! 


Mandukaleader of yoga gear, offers the most sustainable yoga gear for the fitness fanatic in your life ($4-128). From eco-conscious eKO mats, fully recyclable LiveON Mats for kids and adults, one-mat-for-life PRO Mat, yogitoes towels made from recycled plastic bottles, hbands headbands, bags, to props, Manduka takes mindful gifting to another level.

My son likes his new mat, and so does mommy.  If it weren’t so grinchy, I’d be tempted to “borrow” it for my own class.  He also likes the color and the feel of it- he doesn’t like when his mats feel “sticky” to him, but this texture is great.  It’s also comfortable, gives enough cushion, and works well for him.  It’s easy to get into his yoga bag as well.

These are great “feel good” items for many reasons- they feel good to give, feel good to get, and are from companies who care and give back- which feels good to everyone.  This holiday season, give from the heart and support those that support others.

Happy Holidays from me and mine to you and yours!

Natural Dog Bed from Savvy Rest

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own and honest.  For more, see “I Disclose”.

Our dog Cooper is a bit of a bum.  He likes to lounge around all day, all over the place.  He’s not, however, a huge fan of lying of the floor- not his favorite.  He likes to be wherever we are, of course.  I don’t like him on the couch or in the bed, so what’s the next best thing?  A doggie bed of his own, of course.

pic6We recently got him the Natural Dog Bed from Savvy Rest.  It’s really a nice bed- I’m sort of jealous of it, LOL.  Super soft and smushy, it comes it various sizes and two bedding fill options.

About the Natural Dog Bed

The Savvy Doggy™ supports your pooch in pure comfort. Organic cotton twill surrounds a sturdy core of pressure-relieving, snooze-inducing natural latex. Choose formed or shredded fill.
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Zabada – Wonderful Cleaning Supplies

isclosure: The products from Zabada mentioned below were provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

I am all about finding wonderful cleaning supplies for my house that makes cleaning much easier, and does an exceptional job. With these new great products from Zabada, cleaning my kitchen has become extremely easy.

About Zabada

Zabada is on a mission to come into your home, and rid us from crazy poisonous chemical cleaners. They are taking a stand against the bad chemicals that leave yucky toxic residues and emissions for your skin to absorb and kids to breathe – chemicals known to poison and cause us serious harm.

They are crusaders with integrity and a solution that’s scientifically proven to clean better, faster, and healthier. And joining their mission are millions of households across Europe and Australia who’ve already shed the HAZMAT suit and converted to chemical-free living with the Zabada system.

Zabada Fiber Cleaning System:

It’s an Austrian-made and engineered range of advanced cleaning fibers and microfiber cloths, the likes of which no grease, grime or bacteria have ever seen before in the U.S. Zabada fibers are deeper, thicker, and superior in quality compared to your average microfiber cloth. They’re made and hand-sewn in Austria to exacting European ISO standards. They’re cut 100 times finer than a human hair to reach in and grab every particle from every kind of surface. And all they need to remove dirt and bacteria is a little water.

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Arts and Crafts With Kids: Top 5 Soap Making Tips

As a parent, if there’s one thing that you know about your kids, it’s the fact that they are always looking for something new and exciting to do. And while sometimes it can be fun to take them to a toy store, let them play video games or go to the movies, have you ever thought about teaching them some arts & crafts? It’s also something they can enjoy doing, plus it teaches them skills that they can have as they grow into adults.


Take making soap, for example. Not only is it a relatively easy thing for them to learn how to do but homemade soap is cheaper, it has less chemicals than commercial brands and it can also get their bodies cleaner (because it doesn’t leave behind residue). So, if this is something that you think you would like to try with your kids, we have a few soap-making tips for you below:

Look online for some recipes. The first thing that we recommend that you do is go online to look for some recipes that you would like to try. If you go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade soap recipes” in the search field, you will see that you can make everything from lemon and coconut soap to pumpkin and even chocolate soap. The options really are endless.
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So you’ve taken the pregnancy test and it’s official – you’re pregnant! Congratulations!

But is the excitement starting to wear a little thin? Are you feeling nauseous and

struggling with morning sickness? Don’t despair; we have some top, natural remedies

for you to try. See what works for you and banish the morning sickness blues so you

can focus on the fun part of being pregnant! Here are our top 5 natural remedies:

dealing with morning sickness

1) Iced ginger tea

Use fresh ginger to create a delicious ginger herbal tea. Simply grate a tablespoon.

Boil it for a few minutes and let it steep for 5 minutes. Add milk or honey to taste.

Store in the fridge and drink either as a refreshing iced tea or reheat it and serve it

hot. Or for something different, add some sparkling water to the ginger tea mix for

some zing.


2) Acupressure

There are many wristbands available that are designed to reduce sickness. These

work by pushing gentle on the pulse point in your wrist called the Pericardium 6.

This pulse point works to relieve nausea and vomiting. Visit your local pharmacist
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Hyland’s Assorted Children’s Products Review and Giveaway

I was lucky enough to receive an assortment of goodies from Hylands! The products that I received are necessities to get through the upcoming winter season!

“Hylands develops homeopathic formulas with the highest quality of natural ingredients following the strictest standards for preparation. With a century of commitment to homeopathy, Hyland’s tradition of excellence consistently provides quality and integrity in every homeopathic product.”

The products I received:

Allergy Relief 4 Kids

Calms Forte 4 Kids

Complete Flu Care 4 Kids

Sniffles n’ Sneezes 4 Kids

Cold’n Cough 4 Kids

Nighttime Cold’n Cough 4 Kids

All of the products are specially designed for children-Ages 2 and Up.

I was so excited to try out the products!

I was happy to give the Calm Forte 4 Kids a try! Ella is a VERY active child, and is always on the go. Most of the time she is able to settle down, but not all the time. There are nights when she just has a HARD time getting to sleep. This has worked great in helping her calm down and get to sleep!

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Monkey Brains- good food for healthy kids

Monkey Brains, not just a disturbing scene from Indiana Jones, but also a new line of oatmeal and granola bars! Monkey Brains include prebiotic fiber, which help give your digestive system a jump start to good health.

In our house there are quite a few of us with digestive issues, including but not limited to lactose intolerance, to trouble starting, and even stopping once started. (gross and TMI! ew!!!)
Prebiotic fibers feed the healthy probiotics in your digestive system. The probiotics help keep you functioning regularly and the way one would expect.

Enough of the healthy stuff- the taste of the oatmeal is very good. The best part is the smell while cooking. It fills the house with strawberry, blueberry or maple. The kids favorite varies from day to day but all I have to do is put one bowl in the microwave and both want one as soon as that aroma emanating from the microwave. Also it helps there is a big smiling monkey on the [Read more…]

Swanson Contest

What’s up, all?  What is more fun then being healthy and happy?  Being healthy, happy, AND having soft skin of course!  There are some great products at Swanson health products.  First we cover the healthy, with Resveratrol 100.  Resveratrol is a powerful herbal anti-oxidant.  What this means is, when taken it helps naturally slow down the aging process of cells.  Meaning it helps you feel younger/be younger one cell at a time.  This product is all natural and also important, isn’t a giant pill that is difficult to swallow or tastes bad an hour after eaten, I’m looking at you multiple vitamin.  It just makes you feel a little better.:)
Now some fun stuff.  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil & DMAE Hand & Body Lotion is a wonderful lotion.  The lotion is based on surprise olive oil and also soybean oil.  This lotion is very smooth and rubs right in getting your skin silky smooth.  Works especially well right after the shower.  Now something for the everyday skin care, Red Elements Daily Moisturizing Creme.  This cream not only moisturizes but also protects with spf 15.  I’ll say this right now i think all daily facial creams should have spf at least 5 in them.  The higher the better, and spf 15 is just the right number to get a little warm glow without burning or glowing in the dark from your lack of pigment. 
Alright all one more before your bed time rituals, this one is Vegecol Facial Toner Alcohol-Free.  This toner acts as a cleanser, soother and light moisturizer.  What I like about this is, no alcohol burn.  Just a light pleasant fragrance and an effective toner.
Okie dokie so there you have it, some great healthy products that won’t break the bank and work really well.  By the way if you order now, there is a flat rate $4.99 shipping promotion going on right now AND buy 1 get 1 on most products.  Enjoy everyone!
One of you will win a 10$ gift certificate to use at Swanson.
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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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