Stocking Stuffers for Teen and Tween Boys #GiftGuide

Looking to stuff your son’s stocking with items he will actually use? Check out Prep U Products (available on Amazon) for teens or boys.

natural soap for kids

Made for boys aged eight and up, Prep U is committed to providing all-natural body care products that are a clean-smelling, chemical-free and effective.  There is a full line of personal care products aimed at the males of the species- though I admit, I really, really like the deodorant and got one for myself. The body washes are also nice for everyone, even if they are aimed at boys. The smell is soothing and refreshing, and I like them as much as they do. I am the “rose amongst thorns” in the house and a bit outnumbered, so perhaps I lean toward things male, but hey. At least you know the smell is pleasant to both sexes. Here are some items to consider;

Back-to-Basics (Price: $32.00) 

Includes all of the signature products: Body Spray, Body Wash and Natural Deodorant.

TRVL Kit (Price: $29.00) 

Prep U’s travel sizes are great for any on-the-go needs from weekend trips to summer camps. The kit includes: 2oz Active Dry Powder, 2oz Body Spray, 2oz Body Wash, canvas travel kit.

Charcoal Face + Body Set (Price: $24.00) 

Prep U’s Charcoal Scrub and Charcoal Bar detoxifies and gently exfoliates skin.

charcoal body wash

I like the charcoal items for my youngest son, age 12, who has a skin condition which causes his skin to erupt in itchy red bumps and rashes. He has so many creams and soaps, but the charcoal also soothes his skin and reduces these breakouts. We use charcoal items often, and both he and I like these and give them our stamp of approval. They also smell nice- it says unscented, but to me it has a bit of a lemon-y smell.  The fact that they are chemical free and all natural makes them a no brainier.

If you have a smelly teen or tween boy in your life (and if he’s older then 5, you likely do, LOL) these will be quite useful gifts indeed. Try them out and shoot us a tweet or a comment, let us know what you think. We hope you like them as much as we do. Happy holidays, and enjoy.

Stocking Stuffers for Teen and Tween Boys #GiftGuide

 Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for pre-teen and teenage boys? Since (lets just be real here) boys are pretty gross in general, a personal care kit won’t go astray.  There are several kits to choose from by Prep U that help that “smelly boy” syndrome.

boys deodorant

It’s a fact of life that boys eventually start to smell. No matter how cute or precious they are, they begin to mature, their hormones change and odor caused by sweat and dirt naturally begins to appear with varying degrees of intensity. The idea for Prep U came from a frustrated mom of two active, smelly sons who couldn’t find a suitable solution for her boys. The only products currently on the market were designed for babies or left her kids smelling like a couple of frat boys. She created Prep U, a line of personal care products that are the perfect antidote to smells of boyhood, offering parents natural, quality products they can trust and kids a line of products that celebrates their growing independence.

I like that these are all natural products. There are plenty of options out there, but not many natural products that actually work well.

Prep U has 7 NATURAL products to choose from, with a different assortment of kits to suit the needs of different boys. There are also 3 kits to choose from;

boys bath and body

Travel Kit ($29) – Travel-size Body Spray, Active Dry Powder, Soap, and Natural Deodorant, all packaged in a compact Dopp kit bag offered in two colors

Starter Kit ($34) – A few of our most popular items including the Body Wash, Natural Deodorant, and Body Spray

Sport Kit ($32.50) – Ideal for the super active boy: Sport Soak, Natural Deodorant, and Active Dry Powder

We’ve tried several of these products, and my sons like them. My youngest, 11, tried the deodorant and body wash. My oldest, 19, tried the body spray and body wash. I prefer the smell of that body spray so much more then most others he has used- I really hate most body spray smells, truth be told. We all like the scents, and they both like the results. Check them out yourself and see what your boys think.

Happy Holidays!

Improving Your Energy with Natural Herbs

Herbs offer a natural alternative to boost energy levels and enhance brain function. Adaptogenic herbs increase resistance to illness by strengthening your immune system. Also knowns as “natural fatigue fighters,” herbs contain plant-based polyphenol antioxidants that clear your body and mind of toxins that slow metabolic function.

Are feeling exhausted all the time? The stresses of work and family life accumulate over time, resulting in physiological disorders that can disrupt your feeling of well-being, thereby reducing your quality of life.

Here are 9 examples of adaptogenic herbs to supercharge your diet and restore your energy levels.

 

  1.    Green Tea

Instead of reaching for an energy drink when you’re feeling tired, prepare yourself a steaming mug of green tea. Green tea contains natural caffeine to wake you up. Catechins, natural plant polyphenols found in green tea, balance the effect of caffeine in the body, providing a sustained release of energy. Green tea boosts metabolic function and alleviates stress, preventing anxiety.

 

  1. Rhodiola

This golden root assists the body in managing adrenaline production. Supplementing with Rhodiola suppresses feelings of anxiety while providing a boost of energy that eliminates fatigue. This adaptogenic herb balances your mood and boosts libido, making it a popular supplement choice for professionals and students.

 

  1. Ashwagandha

Well-known in Ayurvedic medicine, this herbal remedy is used to improve energy levels and stabilize mood. Regular supplementation with ashwagandha keeps your mind clear and increases levels of vitality. The polyphenols found in ashwagandha reduce stress and demand on the adrenal system. It’s a particularly useful herbal treatment for conditions such as adrenal fatigue, and hormonal imbalances.

 

  1. Panax Ginseng

Also known in Chinese medicine as “red ginseng,” the roots of this plant contain potent energizing compounds. Supplementing with 500 mg to 1,000 mg of red ginseng three times a day improves energy levels and enhances feelings of well-being while boosting libido. Panax ginseng is the most studied natural adaptogenic, with use extending back through millennia. Available in liquid or powder, you can find Panax ginseng as a stand-alone supplement, or blended into energy compounds.

 

  1. Holy Basil

Basil isn’t just a tasty herb used to flavor food; it’s also a powerful adaptogenic herb used to restore vitality. This traditional Ayurvedic herb contains polyphenol compounds that alleviate stress on the adrenal system. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory effect on the gastrointestinal system, basil helps improve digestion and colon health as well.

 

  1. Astralagus

Weak circulation of blood throughout the body reduces energy levels and exposes the immune system to infection. Circulatory issues can develop from environmental stresses, or as a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Astralagus enhances immune function and boosts heart health by improving circulation. Astralagus is used in Chinese medicine as an ingredient in energy tonics to restore mental and physical vitality.

 

  1. Oregano

Sprinkle this adaptogenic herb over pasta dishes, roasted veggies, or scrambled eggs for a taste sensation that’s out-of-this-world. Oregano, when combined with amino acids, decreases mental fatigue and improves feelings of alertness. Boost your immune function, detoxify your GI tract, and improve digestion by adding this essential herb to your diet.

 

  1. Supplement for Increased Energy Levels

You can find Mitochondria inside every cell in the human body. These microscopic, essential organelles, produce energy from ATP and shuttle it throughout your system. As we age, mitochondria lose their efficiency, creating feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. Malfunctioning mitochondria are responsible for your need to have an afternoon nap or the reason why you might feel tired after a full night’s sleep.

Supplements for mitochondria act as an energy booster, restoring the normal function of these organelles.

Win All-natural, Topical Pain Relief Creams

Looking for relief from pain, but don’t want all those chemicals on your body? Or those weird smells. Who wants to walk around smelling like a hospital.  There are other options available- check these out if you want all natural relief that really works.

Real Time Pain Relief – https://rtpr.com/, a U.S. company with decades of experience in skin care and topical pain relief, has just launched two new products for topical muscle soreness and pain relief for after workouts and other physical activities:


HEMP OIL PLUS ($40): is a rich cream that provides on-spot relief from pain and muscle stiffness. This homeopathic formula of Hemp Oil has a light feel when applied and pleasant smell from Turmeric Extract, Peppermint Oil, Wasabi Extract and 100% pure and organic Hemp extract (but does not have any trace of THC or any psychoactive ingredients).  You can see full product details here:
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REAL TIME SPORTS CREAM ($20): made with 25 all-natural ingredients including Wintergreen, Turmeric, Magnesium Oil and the lowest effective dose of menthol (0.5%). This sports cream provide a gentle cooling feeling where applied without any burn or medicinal smell. Use before or after exercise – it’s sweat resistant. Also free of GMOs, Parabens, SLS and Dye. This pain cream is FDA registered as an over-the-counter topical pain relief medicine. Full product details here: https://rtpr.com/sports-cream

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7 Best Smelling Laundry Detergent Products with Natural Oils

The longest lasting and best smelling laundry detergent should effectively clean stains, and work as a fabric softener. You might enjoy some fresh or floral flavors, but you begin your search by looking for the product that cleans all the stains that you and your family are exposed to.

If someone from your family has an allergy, then your search for the best smelling laundry detergent narrows down. You might believe you can only purchase products which have no smell at all. However, detergents with natural oils might be hypoallergenic if you know the substances you’re sensitive to. Detergents with natural oils are also suitable for those with sensitive skins who constantly run from irritation. Below you can discover more about 7 of the best smelling laundry detergent products and why customers appreciate them.

Lavender: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent

A detergent which contains surfactants (compounds which help the detergent mix with laundry for cleaning purposes) from plants and essential oils. These also provide the detergent with a subtle but fresh lavender flavor. It also works as a stain pre-treater which is compatible with most washing machines. You can check this review to see more of how the natural ingredients of Mrs. Meyer’s detergent work.

The product doesn’t leave the clothes stiff. Customers and reviewers are impressed of this detergent as it breaks the cliché that products with natural oils might not always provide remarkable results. You use one tablespoon per load. Manufacturers claim that it lasts up to 68 loads.

Lily of the Valley: The Laundress Signature Detergent

If you enjoy romantic and delicate aromas, then you will find no less than for of them in the Laundress Signature Detergent. It contains natural fragrances from lily of the valley, jasmine, citrus and sandalwood essential oils. Moreover, it allows you to effectively clean cashmere or even silk. The detergent may contain many natural ingredients. Yet, it is also concentrated enough to last for up to 64 washes.

Such a product whitens and brightens laundry, while preserving intense color. The stain-fighting enzymes help you clean wash laundry and towels while preserving their softness. You can us it in all water temperatures and for all skin allergies.

Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla: Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Even though it has 100% natural scents, the Seventh-Generation detergent doesn’t stand out for its aroma. The product impresses because it fights tough stains with 96% plant-based ingredients. The detergent even has a USDA certification for its quality and ingredients. As per its manufacturers, the product lasts up to 53 medium loads per bottle in a standard or high efficiency (HE) washing machine.

Geranium blossoms and vanilla fragrances are subtle but long lasting and hypoallergenic. You can use it for children, those with sensitive skin and who avoid synthetic ingredients. You will also feel gentle eucalyptus, lavender and citrus fragrances.

Beach Sage: Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Some customers have confirmed that this detergent is suitable for those with sensitive skin who no longer develop irritations. The aroma and cleaning power are natural-based and hypoallergenic. The detergent even comes in a 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled) materials bottle. You can use it for all laundry colors. However, it has been confirmed as being highly efficient when it comes to keeping white fabrics white.

The concentrated detergent can be used for all types of machines and cleans dirt and stains efficiently, according to manufacturers. On the other side, clients praise it for lasting for over 50 medium loads. The detergent is a bit pricey, but you can find discounts in supermarkets or online shops.

Lavender & Vanilla: Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods

There are so many flavors to this detergent derived from essential oils. You will recognize lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus and patchouli. The product is non-toxic, not tested on animals and contains no phosphates, dyes and chlorine. You can use it for septic systems and all water temperatures. It brightens clothing and towels without leaving them stiff.

Customers mention that the detergent isn’t disappointing even for those who have just switched from synthetic mainstream detergents to bio products. The smell is not intense but lasts for a few days on your clothes.

Lavender: Earth Friendly Products Ecos 2x Liquid Laundry Detergent

Those looking for balance between intensity and subtilty will prefer a detergent with a lavender flavor that lasts just enough to remind you that your clothes are fresh and clean. The all-natural product is free of phosphate, cocamide, DEA, dye, petroleum derivates and chlorine. You will us a product which is safe for both the environment and your skin. It also contains a fabric softener which protect your clothes.

Amazon customers even publish videos to notify others of their satisfaction. Many notice the immediate smell which remains on clothing even if they are air dried. Some confirm that it doesn’t irritate adult or baby skin.

Frankincense Myrrh: Indigo Wild Zum Clean Laundry Soap

It might not look friendly and colored, but this detergent is Amazon’s Choice in its category. It cleans based on coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, baking soda, natural borax and other essential oils. Also, it’s concentrated, so it also works for high-efficiency machines, as well as regular. Producers claim it’s parabens, phosphates, sulfates and petrochemicals-free.

You can also enjoy sea salt or orange fragrances, if you’re not a fan of frankincense myrrh. However, you should use this detergent with care, as it might leave a white residue if you pour too much in your washing machine.

Wrapping Up

Millions of Americans use detergents every day. Some of them are still in search of the perfect product or are disappointed by detergents which fail to remove dirt or stains. Moreover, many run from the powerful and too resistant synthetic odors.

You can find your best smelling laundry detergent in the above list and try its effects on different laundry types. Then, share your opinion with us!

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Happy shopping, and Happy Holidays.

How to Avoid the Creepiest Spring Pests with Natural Pest Repellant

Spring is finally here! By now you may have started to see the first signs of winter coming to an end such as warmer weather, flowers blooming and even the return of a few unwanted guests that have been hiding away all winter long. Spring brings out the pests, which makes the beginning of this season the perfect time to prevent an infestation before it begins, and doing so doesn’t have to mean exposing your household to dangerous toxins. Fortunately, Stay Away® by EarthKind® offers natural pest repellants that are both safe and effective.

If you are afraid of spiders, here’s a creepy thought- during the spring is when the spider population multiplies! Spiders mate in the fall and their baby eggs hatch in the spring. To prevent spiders and their babies from infesting your home, Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind® , recommends the following:

  • Use a spray made of half a cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and 20 drops of thyme oil. The scented mixture has been used to prevent them from attaching their silk to sprayed surfaces.
  • Invest in a natural spider repellent, like Stay Away® Spiders. Made with Citronella, Lemongrass and Rosemary, Stay Away® Spiders disrupts a spider’s sophisticated senses, keeping them out of treated areas with a scent pleasant to people, but offensive to the insects  that spiders eat. No food, no spiders! Use one pouch anywhere webs or spiders are noticed, such as basements, closets and attics, increasing the number of pouches until desired results are obtained.

A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes found spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. If you live in an area with a warmer climate, chances are you have at least one creepy crawler lurking around your home.

Not afraid of spiders? Finding a moving box of rice inside your pantry might be enough to make your skin crawl. The pantry moth is considered to be the true definition of the word pest. These pests can affect everyone no matter where you live or how clean your home may be. Pantry moths live in dry food products throughout the United States such as cereal, flour, grains and even pet food. It only takes one female to enter your home and she can quickly cause an infestation with her ability to lay 300 eggs at a time. Once the eggs hatch, they will feed on and infest all the dry food in your pantry. Kari has the following tips to prevent pantry moths from making themselves home in your food this spring:

  • Check all packages inside and out for small holes, cocoon webbing, or off-white moth larvae.
  • Store foods in airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers.
  • Place a non-toxic Stay Away ® Moths pouch in your pantry to prevent any moths you may have brought home from reproducing. Stay Away® Moths works by using a unique blend of essential oils that smell offensive to moths, but pleasant to people. It’s safe for your family, the environment and your food.

Stay Away® products are available for purchase online and at your local Lowe’s and  in select ACE locations nationwide.

Tea for Two: Bundle Organics Teas

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

Being pregnant it’s always tricky to find products that are both safe for baby and make momma feel great. Bungle Organics does a great job doing both.

About Bundle Organics:

Bundle Organics is dedicated to the well-being of expecting and new moms. Bundle Organics provides nourishment across a platform of beverages for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, and nursing. Bundle Organics created the first line of pasteurized organics juices, made with USDA organic, non-GMO fruits and veggies, fortified with OBGYN-recommended nutrients that complement daily prenatal vitamins. The juices are available at Babies “R” Us, select Buy Buy Baby stores and grocers, as well as many other online companies. In march 2016, Bundle Organics expanded its offering of nutritional beverages for pregnant and nursing moms with pregnancy and lactation support teas. The teas initially will only be available at www.bundleorganics.com

About the Bundle Organics Teas:

These amazing teas are blended by esteemed tea merchants Harney & Sons to provide expecting and new moms a nourishing, flavorful and tranquil tea-drinking experience. Our unique pregnancy blends are thoughtfully designed with whole-food based, OBGYN-approved ingredients to address moms’ needs during all stages of pregnancy. Our lactation blend is designed with ingredients that help support healthy lactation so that you can get back to connecting with baby.

bundle organics teas

About the Teas:

Organic Rooibos Pregnancy Wellness Tea:  A little bit of natural sweetness and a little bit of spice, Rooibos helps calm cravings and soothes heartburn, while cardamom, mango, and orange peel help ease nausea.

Organic Lemon Cardamom Lactation Support Tea: Ingredients like fenugreek, fennel, thistle, and coconut have been traditionally used to help boost milk supply for nursing moms, while ginger and cardamom add a subtle spice.

Organic Citrus Ginger Nausea Relief Tea: Light, lemony and easy on the belly. Ingredients like lemon, orange, and ginger ease heartburn, digestive issues and those bothersome morning sickness symptoms.

My Thoughts:

I was impressed by these teas. I first was worried that they would probably work, but that they wouldn’t taste very good. I was wrong, these teas had great flavors and seemed to work great. I have fought nausea and heartburn this pregnancy and was happy to find a nice way to receive some relief.

Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing this tea for yourself, head on over to Bundle Organics and purchase some for you or the pregnant/breastfeeding momma in your life.