Beauty, Earth Friendly, Gift Guides, Healthy Living, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural Beauty, Natural Products

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

I have partnered with Earth’s Organics in sponsorship for this feature

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

What do you do when you need a product that moisturizes and actually works all day on your skin? You would research and try new products. What happens when your infant child is diagnosed with eczema? You look for natural products, safe for him, that work and last! Are those easy to find? Some work but not all day. Some may last but the ingredients don’t soothe eczema skin. This was the dilemma that the creator of Earth’s Organics was in herself. Why are these products not lasting? She researched, asked around and now has a shop for you with the products she knows will nourish your skin all day and for all skin types, including eczema sufferers.

Lavender soap

At Earth’s Organics you can find soaps, lotions, facial scrubs, body scrubs and foot scrubs. Soap is in contact with about every part of our body and several times a week. Earth’s Organics soaps come in 4 varieties that all contain oils known to nourish our skin naturally and soothe as well. They even have the men covered with the Cedarwood, Amyris, and Vetiver Soap which is woodsy yet sweet scented leaving you with ultimate hydration and smooth skin. Even the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap has a pleasant scent. This soap is also woodsy but with more of a spice scent and will leave your skin toned and nourished.

The other 2 soaps with a more feminine scent are the Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Soap which is purple in color and leaves you with a refreshed feeling. The Tea Tree, Peppermint, and French Pink Clay Soap smells fantastic and is light and antimicrobial.

Organic soap

If you love scrubs, there are a few to choose that have you covered from face to toes. Like the soaps, these are infused with essential oils and familiar scents. From green tea, brown sugar and coffee to coconut, lemon, and peppermint these scrubs will exfoliate, nourish and leave you with soft skin all day. Just go peek at the ingredients, how could they not leave your skin nourished?

If you are shopping for someone who loves skin products or when you decide you deserve to buy yourself something special, Earth’s Organics make great gifts that will actually get used! Visit Earth’s Organics to see all of the benefits from each product they offer. The prices are great too!

 

Earth Friendly, Food/Beverage, Natural Foods

Featuring Honest® Tea for National Fair Trade Month

I have partnered with Honest Tea for the feature

October is full of recognition from Breast cancer to Non-GMO month. Did you know October is also Fair Trade Month? What does that mean? Simply put, we can stop to focus on who and where our products come from. In our part of the world we can celebrate brands like Honest® Tea and the retailers who support such brands; who support safe working conditions and the Farmers who crop without chemicals and pesticides.

When retailers and brands support these farms they can stay in business. No longer are the days where one could not afford sustainable products against factories and farms practicing recklessly for mass production. As consumers we want our food to come from safe places and we don’t want another human treated inhumanly to get us our products. We just don’t want to support that and the brands and retailers are listening. I can find sustainable brands right beside any other brand in my local grocery store.

My son is allowed to choose 2-3 lunches at school and the rest we make at home. Honest® Tea pouches for kids are always in my fridge ready for lunch days, neighbor kids when they are over, snack day for the soccer game and even all summer. They have plenty of flavor options so I can rotate flavors to give him variety. Honest® Tea products are USDA Organic-certified with sustainable ingredients and fair-trade certified cane sugar and tea.

Honest® Tea is the #1 organic tea in the U.S. and their products are:

  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Zero Calories per Bottle
  • USDA Organic
  • NON GMOs
  • Gluten Free
  • Kosher
  • Available in flavored Honest Tea, Honest Sport and Kids pouches

So, let’s celebrate these brands all year long! Start with Honest® Tea by visiting their website for more information.

Best Buy, Earth Friendly, Home

The Benefits of Energy Star Washers and Dryers

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

The Benefits of Energy Star Washers and Dryers

If you need to upgrade or purchase your first washer and dryer do you know where to start? Have you been in an appliance store or a Best Buy lately? There are so many to choose from. You have top loaders, front loaders, steam options, color choices, energy options. We just bought a brand new home this summer and we bought our new refrigerator, washer and dryer from Best Buy. How did we choose where and what to buy?

We knew the finish colors we wanted, we knew we wanted energy efficient because we get credit with our utilities and we wanted the best price and rebate options. Best Buy was the best and I am not saying that because I am a Best Buy blogger. We honestly walked into every appliance store within 60 miles and Best Buy had the best selections and rebates for what we were looking for.

The Benefits of ENERGY STAR Washers and Dryers

When you see that ENERGY STAR label you are getting a washer and dryer that is most effective. An efficient machine saves you on electricity. Who doesn’t want to conserve energy? It is only best for our environment no and in the future.

ENERGY STAR washers have many cycle options so you choose what’s the best way top wash your particular fabrics with the least amount of water. These washers are 25% more efficient and use 45% less water respectively, than standard models. The average lifetime savings is $490 with an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer. Did you know that if all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually? This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles.

Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Either way, they dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.

ENERGY STAR VIDEO

ENERGY STAR dryers are better censored so it uses only the heat it needs for the size of load. This also saves on wear and tear of your clothing and fabrics. These dryers are 20% more efficient, respectively, than standard models. You can save over $490 over the lifetime with an ENERGY STAR dryer.

Similar to the washers, if all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented.  This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles. Our new washer and dryer set we bought has the steam option. We love this option because we save time on ironing my husbands work clothes!

Learn more on the Best Buy blog so you can be even better informed about your purchase decisions.

 

Back to School 2017, Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Fashion, Gift Guides

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

This is a compensated sponsored post for prAna and all opinions are my own.

 

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

 

prAna logo

Last month we moved to a new town about 60 miles away here in Washington state. We lived in our previous town over 4 years. In those 4 years my son attended kindergarten-third grade. I took a small part time job at the High School kitchen and I also did my duties as VP and President on the elementary school’s PTA Board.

Working in the schools I got to know kids by name from the little faces that recognized me at fast food stops to the teenager serving me in local eateries who I serve lunch to every weekday. Now I have moved away. It is sad and yet an adventure I know we will enjoy and comfort matters all the way around.

prAna Clothes for Comfort Helped Me Start Over In A New Town

No more familiar faces and now I start a job at a new elementary school where my son will be for fourth grade. He wass a tad nervous about starting a new school but I was right there with him starting new myself. Yes! I have already turned in the PTA membership form and like I would do in the previous town, I will be a helping body at events and in the schools.

So, here is to a comfortable start in the new town and finding the back to school kick off outfit where I will meet new staff it’s an easy choice with prAna clothes for comfort  in my closet.

How prAna Clothes for Comfort Really Feel

Was that pitch cliche? I apologize but I am not kidding you when I say that having prAna pieces in my closet means assured comfort all day. I wish I had feel-o-vision through his blog so you can run your hands through the pants and tops and caress them the way I do when something feels so soft and durable.

prAna is made for women like you and me that just need a little comfort to get through new or familiar days. We have enough worries and people to care for we can’t waist time on brands that don’t keep us comfortable and confident in style. We need to put those pants on each day be able to focus on what really matters, not on clothing that is failing us.

Comfort! It’s all about comfort.

Starting over is scary and also a bit adventurous. That is the word we used with my son leading up to the move. We’d ask how he is feeling about this ‘adventure’? What he hopes comes from this ‘adventure’? Now we are settled into the house. He has been playing happily with new neighbor friends. His back to school shopping is done and so is mine. So we have started a new school year-one that is of many to come.

Shop for comfort and clothing that matters. And when your heart is big you shop brands that give back too like prAna.

In fact, during the holiday season, they donate a portion of the proceeds from select collections of to Outdoor Outreach. This gives underprivileged youth connections with the outdoors. They also do much more in local communities plus use materials that are environmentally responsible so you can feel good about what you are wearing all day. Visit prAna and see the styles that match who you are and your own adventures in life

Want to save?
Of course you do! So, fill your cart and enter the promo code: MS15ES at checkout to save 15% until October 12, 2017.



Beauty, Earth Friendly, Healthy Living

Let’s Repair That Summer Damaged Skin This Fall #NeverTooLate

I am a Goddess Garden Ambassador and have partnered with them for this feature, Story is my own

 

Let me start by saying that summer is not the only time of year we need to protect our skin. But, if there is a time we want that golden tan and tend to be lenient on our skincare routine, it is the busy summer months. If you can look back these past several weeks and say you were conscious everyday and kept the right SPF on consistently then give yourself a healthy pat on the back. If you are running to check if that moisturizer you use even has any SPF in it, don’t worry. We can work on repairing the damage the sun is doing to your skin – even the damage you can’t see in the mirror.

 
The sun causes 90% of all visible skin aging. And the majority of the damage doesn’t come from sunburns. Unlike a burn that is caused by UVB rays, damage from UVA rays won’t show up until years later. That’s because these sneaky rays go deeper into the skin. There, they mutate the skin’s DNA and scramble the structural matrix. If you were to lay a thin slice of cheese on top of scrambled eggs, it might hold its shape for a while, but eventually, the cheese will start to take on the shape of the scrambled eggs below. This is what happens to the surface of your skin! UVA is just as strong all day and all year long. They can also get through clouds and glass, making a broad-spectrum UVB/UVA sunscreen a must, year-round!

 
Try thee products nightly or right after all day sun exposure.

 
Face the Day Sunscreen & Firming Primer: 3-in-1 daily moisturizer that protects your skin from the cumulative effects of sun exposure. Worn alone or as a makeup primer.

 

Day Undone: This sun-repair serum is not greasy and absorbs quickly. Ideal after a day in the sun to heal UV touched skin and even great for wind-chapped and extra dry winter skin. If you use the Dream Repair Night Cream, this works great under that.

 

 
Erase the Day: This mineral removing cleanser will help wash the impurites and sunscreen away at the end of the day. Gentle enough to use at night.

 

Dream Repair: This sun-repair night cream is great after the Day Undone serum.This is a ‘night cream’ because it does contain AHA which increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun but it is these alpha hydroxy acids that help renew your skin that blends in very quickly.

 

Aloe Vera After-Sun Gel Spray: All the protective and healing power of aloe vera, without any sticky residue! Organic aloe vera provides a healing and protective benefit that is ideal for sunburns, but also works well as a daily moisturizer to soothe dry or irritated skin.

 

So, what do you think? This sounds like it could be a great skin regimen for you. Try them all in sets or buy what you feel will benefit you most at Goddess Garden.

Earth Friendly, Home

SANSI 22W Omni-directional Ceramic LED Light Bulbs

Thank you to Sansi for sending product for featureSANSI 22W Omni-directional Ceramic LED Light Bulbs

 

It is a long phrase that does so much, SANSI 22W Omni-directional Ceramic LED Light Bulbs. Sansi is the brand name and I will include more about the brand below. Omni-directional refers to the light that is dispersed in all directions. Ceramic LED refers to the material and energy-saving build of the bulb. It turns on instantly with no delay. The lumens in this bulb are great for daylight and reading at 3000 lumens, 5000k daylight brightness. This is what you would put in floor, table or ceiling lamps to replace those 250-200 watt bulbs.

Why choose SANSI LED bulbs?

  • Energy Efficient – Equivalent to a 150-Watt incandescent bulb, these 17-watt LED lights can help you save hundreds over the lifetime of the bulb
  • Quality – SANSI bulbs are crafted to international safety and reliability standards, including UL
  • Safe on the eyes: Along with dimmable adjustability that saves on energy costs, our LED bulbs offer no flicker and stable control to protect your eyesight
  • Warm Light- These gorgeous LED bulbs provide soft, warm white lighting to help reduce eye strain, increase visual range, and enhance décor.

I use SANSI LED lights in my home. Because the lighting is a big enough difference in crispness and more direct lighting I am in the process of replacing all of my lighting, especially in the kitchen with LED bulbs. You can find the SANSI bulbs on Amazon such as the SANSI Omni-directional Ceramic LED Light Bulb I am using in my home.