Tuesday, December 31, 2013

GE Reveal Lighting Coupon

Makeover Any Room with GE reveal’s Innovative Clean, Beautiful Light™ – now available at Target, just in time for the holidays and New Year!
We all know the holidays and New Years are the perfect time to consider a makeover. Did you know the quickest and easiest way to makeover your home for the holidays is with good lighting? With GE reveal® light bulbs, you can switch on the true beauty of life’s spaces and the people within them.
You’ll be amazed at how GE reveal® bulbs replace yellow, dingy lighting with crisp, white light that makes colors and patterns pop, transforming homes from ordinary to extraordinary with just the flip of a switch. GE’s new and innovative reveal® LEDs offer the same aesthetic benefits as the rest of the GE reveal® brand plus energy-efficient technology that allows them to last over a decade, based on three hours of usage a day.
To see how quick and easy a reveal® lighting makeover can be, watch this fun and stylish new video GE Lighting created featuring four hip West-Coast tastemakers who depend on the best lighting possible for their craft, as they complete a GE reveal® makeover and share their authentic experience. Learn more about our experts and their lighting transformations. Watch the video here.

Buy GE reveal® at a Discount at Target!
Not only are GE reveal® LED bulbs available almost exclusively at Target, but there you can find great prices and savings on all GE reveal® solutions. Target’s Cartwheel App provides savings for in-store purchases of GE reveal (as well as many of the other items you’ll likely need in the upcoming months).
Simply download Target’s money-saving Cartwheel app, (available on Apple IOS here and Android here), select the GE reveal (and any other savings you need) and head to your local Target for great deals! Starting on January 5th, there will be a coupon for 25% off GE reveal bulbs on the Cartwheel app. 

In addition to using the discounts on the Cartwheel app, you can also print off the coupon below for even more savings nationwide!

- GE reveal® Coupon - Enjoy $1 off any package of reveal® light bulbs. Good to print through December 31, 2013 with a 45 day expiration after print date.

As new energy-efficiency standards are set to take place January 1, 2014, consumers can choose among GE reveal® halogen, CFL, and LED bulbs in addition to GE Lighting’s other energy-efficient options.
About GE Lighting
GE is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation in lighting and hopes you enjoy your new lighting experience with clean beautiful light of GE reveal® bulbs. For more information, please visit GE reveal®. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by GE Reveal® bulbs. I was not compensated for this post other than receiving a product sample to facilitate a review.

Special Event Dresses from DressFirst

One of my favorite things to do is to wear dresses! A couple of years ago, I switched pants for skirts and dresses at work. Now that I am a stay at home mom, I still love to wear dresses as much as I can. I love a great fitting dress to boost my confidence. From holiday parties to wedding receptions, there always seems to be a reason to dress up for a special occasion. Dress First is the top online retailer for special event dresses, wedding party dresses, and accessories. 

Since, I will be a member of a wedding party in the near future, I decided to take a look first at the 2013 Bridesmaid Dresses. I really like that I can quickly shop by the category that I need: Bridesmaid, Mother of the Bride, Flower Girl, Maternity Bridesmaid, Junior Bridesmaid, and Wedding Guest. I can also narrow down by the type of dress. This feature helps to narrow down the huge selection of dresses to get the ones that I know will work for my body shape. The graphic at the right shows all of the categories for selecting the right dress for you.

I selected Sheath silhouette, Sweetheart neckline, and Knee-Length hemline and then started to look through the search results. The Sheath Sweetheart Knee-Length Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress with Ruffle is my favorite. The List Price is $227; Dress First is offering the dress for $114.99. I can save 50% by buying this dress from Dress First.

This dress comes in about 30 different colors so that I can select the right color for the theme of the wedding. I would like to see Dress First improve their website features to allow the color selection to show up in the photo so that I can see the whole dress in the selected color.

Buying dresses for special occasions can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Dress First offers dresses starting as low as $79 and including savings of up to 60% off competitors prices. Dress First ships globally with UPS or DHL so that you get your dress right in time for your event. If you are shopping for a dress for a special occasion, Dress First offers a huge selection of high quality dress for up to 60% cheaper than competitors.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DressFirst.com through Sverve.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

What To Do With Unwanted Gifts

One of the topics my husband and I have been discussing during the past month is gifts. I am always focused on offering natural toys for my baby to play with. I love wooden toys and organic cotton toys. On the other hand, my husband has proclaimed (half jokingly) that he is supporting the plastic industry. LOL. While some family members know that there is a preference towards non-plastic, non-battery operated toys, inevitably, we are going to receive plastic, battery operated toys.

The big question is: what do you do with the toys that you would rather not have your baby or child play with? How do you get rid of unwanted gifts?
  1. Keep toy and play with sparingly
  2. Return toy to store
  3. Regift toy
  4. Donate toy
I always have to look at the big picture and realize that the majority of our baby's toys are made from wood or fabric (about half of the toys made from organic cotton). I can compromise and keep some of the plastic and battery operated toys. Let's face it, some toys are not available in natural forms. Each parenting team should decide together how toys they would like for their babies to play with.  

>> Did you receive any unwanted gifts for the holidays?? What do you do with unwanted gifts??

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top 10 Posts for 2013

We are only a few days away from the new year. Wow! This year has been tremendous. My husband and I completed our family with a little baby who is growing up right before our eyes. I am so blessed to be able to spend every day at home, watching him learn about the world and teaching him all about life. I have started to write a little bit about green family life. I look forward to incorporating more green parenting topics in the coming year. After birth, I took a little bit of time to settle into being a new mama and was glad to be be able to get back into consistent blogging.

Here are All Natural Katie's top 10 posts for 2013, not including giveaway or review posts:
  1. 3 Ways to Make Time For Myself
  2. Sometimes You Just Have To...
  3. How to Green Your Husband
  4. Eco-Friendly Resolutions Update
  5. Can You Recycle Receipts?
  6. Yes, I Took That Out of the Trash
  7. Chipotle Ingredients List Published
  8. Compostable Plastic Cup?
  9. Random Acts of Green Kindness
  10. Garden Spring Cleaning

Here are All Natural Katie's top 5 review posts for 2013:
  1. Caffeine Free Energy Boost with Teeccino
  2. Smoothest Coffee from 100% Organic Coffee Co.
  3. Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is the Ancient Secret to Health
  4. Thirsties AIO Cloth Diaper with New Hook & Loop
  5. Oscillo Relieves Flu-Like Symptoms

Happy New Year 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The View From Above

There is nothing more precious and relaxing than having a baby asleep on you. Everything in the world just feels right.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Almondina Natural Cookies [Review]

I strive to snack on fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but sometimes, I need a light, sweet, crunchy snack to satisfy a craving. A snack that incorporates fruits and nuts is even better. Almondina brings you an all natural, low salt cookie that is perfect for snacking on its own or as an accompaniment to coffee, tea, soft cheeses, and light wines.

Almondina        (4 oz tray, $3.49)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
All natural ingredients

Low calorie

Pairs with other foods and drinks

Delicious and appetizing flavors

Almondina presents a delicious cookie without the guilt. Each cookie is less than 35 calories. The ingredients are all natural and include dried fruits and vegetables. Almondina cookies are made using an old family recipe passed down through the generations. Almondina cookies are available in the following flavors:

  • Original - America's all natural favorite with almonds and raisins.
  • Chocolate Cherry - We combined the world's finest dark chocolate with plump cherries to produce an irresistible, decadent treat without guilt.
  • Choconut - Rich tasting crunchy chocolate, but low in calories.
  • Cinnaroma® - The original biscuit for cinnamon lovers.
  • Gingerspice - Trend setting, with chunks of Australian ginger.
  • AlmonDuo® - Double-nut wonder with almonds and pistachios.
  • AnniversaryT - Award winning delight with a touch of anise.
  • BranTreats® - Made with oat bran and the finest cinnamon "Cookies For Breakfast."
  • Sesame - Irresistible, exotic, flavorful.
  • Seasonal Pumpkin Spice - A seasonal attraction with a delightful touch of fall spices combined with the highest quality almonds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Including new products: 
  • Chocolate Dipped – the Original® dipped in the finest, pure, rich dark chocolate is now available year round.
  • Delights – The Original® Almondina totally encased in Milk chocolate.
  • Yogurt Dipped – Brantreats® dipped on one side with a layer of all natural yogurt.

I received a sample pack of 6 flavors (bolded above). Each cookie has a distinct flavor and satisfied my craving for something sweet and light. I wanted to share my favorite flavor in this post, but I just cannot decide. I love that I can see the ingredients: big chunks of almonds and dried fruit. I have been eating these straight out of the 4 oz tray. Not only are Almondina cookies addictive, but they offer a healthy option for snacking.

Almondina cookies have the perfect crunch paired with delicious flavors that keep me reaching for more. I look forward to trying Almondina Original cookies with a soft Brie cheese and the Chocolate Cherry with a glass of red wine.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free to facilitate this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

High Cost Performance Android Smartphone Retail and Wholesale

We are a leading China Online Retail and Wholesale Company which is located in Shenzhen,China.The full name of our company is JASPER INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED.We registered in HONGKONG and our office and warehouse are in Shenzhen.Our HONGKONG company registered number is 1627311 and you can find our company on HONGKONG government website www.icris.cr.gov.hk .

Our products ranges currently mainly cover High Cost Performance Android Smartphone field and we are developing more and more products sorts to our website. You can get best products with very low wholesale price and all of the products we sell out have one year international warranty time. And All of the payment you make will be via paypal which is the safest way of payment in the world now and all of your money will get protected by paypal.

And for big quantity order, we accept bank transfer to our company bank account which is also very safe and protected by contract signed by both of our two parties, you can email us to inquiry the details of bank transfer and the contract we will sign.

Choosing us to be your retail and wholesale supplier must be your best choice and we will prove this by our best service and the close cooperation between us in near future.

Now go to visit our online store www.jasperstore.com and choose the cell phones you like and place order online!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbiased thoughts.

Monday, December 23, 2013

FREE Tropical Traditions Quart Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions is offering FREE Quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Through midnight EST Wednesday, December 25, 2013, Tropical Traditions is offering a Christmas Special of 1 FREE quart of Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.

Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link to where I usually shop. Your purchases support this blog at no additional cost to you. Regardless, I feature and recommend only brands and products that I myself would use.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Elite Therapeutics Natural Face and Body Wash [Review]

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The quest for natural body products continues. I do have a few favorite brands, and I am always looking to add more to my collection. During the cold, dry winter months, my skin begs for moisturize and nourishment. Even the most natural and simple soap will dry my skin. Even just taking a rinse with water. The oils are stripped from the skin and they need to be replenished. Elite Therapeutics offers high-end skin care and hair care based on natural and skin nurturing ingredients.

Elite Therapeutics Elite Body Wash        ($19.99)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Natural ingredients
Low suds
Light, gender-neutral smell

Rinses clean

Elite Therapeutics started as a company making products for people who were experiencing bad skin reactions from treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. After realizing the positive effects on skin, the company expanded its market. People starting realizing the visible benefits and improvements to their skin from the natural ingredients.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Sucrose Cocoate, Glycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tocotrienols, Leptospermum (Manuka) Honey Extract, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta Glucan, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract.

  • Paraben-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Physician-Formulated
  • Safe for All Skin Types
  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Cruelty-Free

I checked each ingredient on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. There are a few ingredients that are rated higher than 0-1, but are still within the Low Risk level. I love that the ingredients contain nourishing oils that replenish skin moisture. Honey is a great moisturizer for the skin. Grapefruit Oil provides restorative properties. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is a powerful antioxidant to reduce inflammation.

My husband is the body wash king, so I asked him to try Elite Therapeutic Body Wash. After he unscrewed the lid to remove the protective cover, he smelled the body wash. Light and floral and perfect for use by men or women. The body wash is clear in appearance, rinses clean (no soapy feeling left) and leaves skin feeling clean. My husband did notice that the body wash does not lather very well. A few soap bubbles, but not enough to make him feel like he's getting a good cleaning lather going. He did like the clean rinse and the light smell.

If you are looking for body products without fragrances or other toxic ingredients, look to Elite Therapeutics to improve and nurture your skin.

Connect with Elite Therapeutics' Facebook page to stay up to date on their products.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cable [Review]

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

There always seems to be one outlet that I use all of the time that is just out of reach. I end up doing yoga poses, extending and contorting my body, to plug something into the outlet. The outlet always happens to be behind a big piece of furniture, so I have to feel with my fingers to figure out where the prongs should go. The other problem I usually encounter is big, bulky plugs that take up 2 slots on a power strip. Premium Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cables liberate the power strip and allow for more efficient use of outlets and plugs.

PREMIUM Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cable (5 pack)    
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Convenient size (1 foot)

Heavy duty

Lifetime 100% money back guarantee

Premium Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cables come in a 5 pack. This is the perfect length and number of extension cables to extend a power strip. The extension cables allow you to utilize every slot of a power strip when big, bulky power adapters take up more than one space. Instead of having multiple power strips and a mess of cables, you plug each 1 foot extension cable into a slot on the power strip and then plug the power adapters into the extension cable.

The entertainment center in the basement was the first stop for the Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cables. The television and the stereo system come with big power adapters. I quickly plugged in the 1 foot extension cables and opened up a couple of slots for other electronics that were never plugged in because of no room. I don't have to play "musical chairs" with the slots anymore!

The next stop was the plug behind the bed. I charge my phone overnight every other day. I would keep the cord plugged in at all times, but I like having it with me when I leave the house. Therefore, I am forced to plug and unplug every other day. Sometimes, I have to move the heavy bed just to get the cord plugged in. No more! I plugged a Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cable into the outlet and can now easily reach the plug to charge my phone. My husband quickly realized the convenience and also took a Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cable to use with his phone.

  • Convenient & money saving
  • 5-pack 12-inch length to provide a clean, organized look
  • Equipped with a 16AWG wire gauge
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed
  • CSA Approved for top quality
  • Heavy-duty molded ends

I love the convenience of these Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cables. I can quickly and easily make power strips and hard to reach outlets more accessible. The cables are heavy duty and will last for a long time. If you are looking to make your cords and cables more organized and accessible, I would highly recommend Premium Solid Cordz 1 Foot Extension Cables.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winner Announcement

The giveaway for the Thirsties Duo AIO Cloth Diaper has concluded! Thank you to all those that entered! Winner is listed below and has been confirmed.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

How To Decorate a Christmas Tree ANK Style!

We FINALLY bought a Christmas tree today! I would call this a little bit last minute since we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas. Nonetheless, we have a real live tree in our house! If you have not gone Christmas tree shopping, it's not too late. On my way to the grocery store, I saw three lots with Christmas trees. Trying to decide whether to buy a real tree or a fake one, read my real vs. fake Christmas tree post.

Now that we have the tree, let's decorate! Our family strategy for decorating is below.
  1. Husband hangs lights
  2. Wife ensures lights are evenly spaced
  3. Baby watches lights being hung
  4. Husband, wife, and baby stand back and enjoy the lit tree (no ornaments yet)
  5. Wife selects first ornament to hang and recalls the origin of the ornament
  6. Husband selects second ornament to hang and recalls the origin of the ornament
  7. Baby selects third ornament to hang
  8. The remaining ornaments are laid out on the coffee table
  9. When someone walks by the tree, they select an ornament to hang on the tree
I do not remember how we came up with this strategy. Maybe we were too tired after buying the tree, setting it up, and putting lights on it that we decided to space out the ornament hanging. Maybe we liked the lights-only tree. Either way, we are starting a family tradition!

>> What are your family traditions for tree decoration??

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Deluxe LED Fogless Shower Mirror [Giveaway]


Welcome to the Deluxe LED Fogless Shower Mirror Giveaway

Hosted by Miss Frugal Mommy and Sponsored by ToiletTree

ToiletTree Products has taken their Original Fogless Shower Mirror and turned it into a “Deluxe Version”. This transformed mirror is now 20% larger then the Original Fogless Shower Mirror. The entire outside of the mirror is illuminated by LED lights. Look your best by taking care of your face in your shower. This patented mirror is guaranteed not to fog in the shower. No more suction cups falling off the wall! Our removable, soft silicone adhesive secures the mirror to all shower surfaces and will not damage tiles or shower walls! The mirror conveniently detaches from the bracket so you can easily fill the reservoir before each use. An included self-stored squeegee removes any excess water from the front of your mirror. An adjustable frame makes the mirror accommodating for multiple users and angles. The combination of heat and moisture open the pores and creates an ideal environment for shaving, exfoliating, tweezing and cleaning.

Features Include:

  • LED Illumination with 2 light settings. (Batteries Included) 
  • 20% larger then original mirror for easier viewing.
  • Shatter proof high quality acrylic mirror that adheres to virtually any wall surface with removable silicone adhesive.
  • Easily adjustable bracket accommodates multiple users and angles.
  • Built in shelf to store your razor, sponge or tweezers.
  • NEW & IMPROVED squeegee included to wipe away excess water drops.

You can learn more about this product in Miss Frugal Mommy's review!

One winner is going to receive a Deluxe LED Fogless Shower Mirror (RV $59.95)
Enter to win in the rafflecopter below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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Ozeri Instavac Green Earth Food Storage Container Set [Review]

Although I have slowly been transitioning from plastic storage containers to glass storage containers with the goal of 100% glass storage containers, I have realized that there is a time and a place for plastic storage containers. A good set of 1-4 cup glass storage containers is essential. They work well for reheating leftovers in the microwave and in a toaster oven or full oven. However, as the size of the glass container grows, they become heavy, especially when filled. When we travel for the holidays, I need to transport baked goods or prepared foods to contribute to family meals. For example, 16 scones need to fit into one container. I tend to be clumsy at times and carrying large glass containers full of food always makes me nervous. Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Containers are efficient and functional, saving food, time and money.

Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set    
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Large storage, nesting containers
Made from plastic
Instant vacuum seal

Stain resistant plastic

I look for three things with storage containers:
  1. Eco-friendly, green, and non-toxic materials
  2. Efficient storage
  3. Functionality (size, fit of lid, etc)
Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Container Set contains 4 plastic food storage containers (BPA-free). Each container is microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. Although, I would personally not microwave or put plastic in the dishwasher because the heat will cause the plastic to break down and degrade over time. The plastic is see through. The largest container can hold 21 cups and would be perfect for storing a whole batch of scones or muffins. 

The main feature that makes Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Containers unique is the patented valve system that allows you to quickly remove excess air to prevent growth of bacteria. This mean that foods will stay fresh longer. Remove excess air by pressing down on the lid, forcing the air out of the container through a one-way valve. Minimal effort for longer lasting food? Yes, please. I try to be diligent about taking inventory of the fridge, but sometimes, I miss containers that have made their way to the back. I can be confident that the food in containers that get "lost" in the fridge will last just a little bit longer when using Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Containers. Plus, the bottom of each container has a wave pattern that elevates food off the bottom to keep food from deteriorating from sitting in water or its own juices.

The feature that initially caught my eye about the Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Container Set is that the four storage containers nest within each other. I only have to create a little bit of space for the biggest size container. My cabinet space is already limited so I am constantly looking to consolidate my storage containers.

If you are sick of digging through your storage containers to find the best airtight container to keep food fresher longer and provide the most functionality, look to Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Container Set. This most effective vacuum-sealed container set will save food, save time, and save money. 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ergobaby 15% Off Discount Now Through 12/25


ERGObaby 15% off all purchases!

ERGObaby is offering the last major sale of the year. Get 15% of all purchases made through current affiliate links. Just in time for Holiday gift shopping. Discount will be automatically applied at the check out screen.

The ERGObaby sale includes a 15% off discount that starts NOW through Wednesday, December 25.

FREE shipping on purchases of $50 or more.

If you have any questions about ERGObaby carriers, message me for my experience. I would highly recommend an ERGObaby carrier to any current or expecting mother.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to where I usually shop. Your purchases support this blog at no additional cost to you. Regardless, I feature and recommend only brands and products that I myself currently use or would use.

Tropical Traditions FREE Shipping Coupon Code Today Only!

Tropical Traditions is offering FREE shipping TODAY ONLY!

I always wait for the free shipping coupon code to place a big order and stock up. Today, I ordered Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent, Household Traditions Dish Liquid and a Coconut Oil Shampoo Bar.

Through midnight EST, Monday, December 9th, all Tropical Traditions ground shipments within the United States will be FREE with the use of our FREE Shipping coupon! This special offer does not apply to refrigerated or frozen items, products shipped directly from our farms in WI (Eggs, Produce, Lady Finger Popcorn, Heirloom Dry Shell Bean Mix, Heirloom Cornmeal, and Heirloom Whole Kernel Corn), or to rebounders, which are shipped by the manufacturer. It also does not apply to 3 day, 2nd day air, or overnight shipments. Coupon does not apply to Healthy Buyer's Club discounted items. A minimum order of $12.99 is required.

NOTE: To take advantage of this special, you MUST enter coupon code 91312 in your cart before checking out and choose either Ground or SmartPost from the drop down list of shipping options! For customers in Hawaii and Alaska, please choose the USPS free shipping option.FREE shipping is NOT applied automatically. This coupon cannot be used in combination with gift certificates. Orders placed before today cannot be refunded for shipping charges. 

Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link to where I usually shop. Your purchases support this blog at no additional cost to you. Regardless, I feature and recommend only brands and products that I myself would use.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Melt Organic Lactose-Free Butter Spread [Review]

Although the myth about a low saturated fat diet being healthy for our bodies has been disproved by numerous studies and we are no longer afraid of real butter, we do not want to become the next Paula Deen add-a-stick-of-butter either. I prefer to cook and eat real butter, but also like to have butter alternatives on hand for family and friends. Of course, I look for natural and organic options for spreadable butter. Melt Organic is made from a Perfect Blend of organic fruit and plant based oils that are good for you. Say goodbye to butter, say hello to melt!

Melt Organic        ($7.98, 2 pack; singles available at retail stores)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Certified Organic
Contains natural flavor
Easy to spread


No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

Melt Organic is an improvement on butter. Melt is a new form of organic butter spread that is made from a Perfect Blend of fruit and plant based oils that are good for you in the following ways:

  1. Rich source of 'good fat" (MCFAs) optimally metabolized with Virgin Coconut Oil
  2. Perfect 2:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids
  3. 425mg of Omega-3 ALA (25% RDA) and Vitamin E (25% RDA)
  4. Certified Organic, Kosher and non-GMO project verified
  5. Soy-Free and Gluten-Free
  6. Contains Eco-Social and Fair Trade ingredients
  7. No hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  8. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

Melt Organic Buttery Spread comes in the following flavors: Rich & Creamy, Honey and Chocolate. My local Whole Foods only sold the Rich & Creamy flavor, so that is the one that I purchased. We have been using Melt Organic for several weeks now. Melt Organic Rich & Creamy spread reminded me a lot of the standard buttery spreads that are sold in grocery stores. The butter spread was soft right out of the fridge and melted quickly onto my toasted bread. The buttery flavor was a little bit lighter than real butter. I would like to see Melt Organic made with no natural flavors and offered in savory flavors like herbed buttery spread.

I like that I can use Melt Organic for cooking, sauteeing, baking or straight out of the container. I used Melt buttery spread as a margarine substitute in vegan cupcakes with frosting and I look forward toward using Melt Organic as the butter for baking scones and muffins.

Rich & Creamy Melt Organic does contain a small amount of milk (in the form of Ghee (clarified butter)), but is Lactose Free and Casein Free. Honey and Chocolate Melt Organic flavors are Dairy-Free, in addition to the above mentioned. If you are looking for an alternative to butter, give Melt Organic a try. 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

Bandaloom Make Your Own Bracelets [Giveaway]

Sponsored By: Bandaloom
Hosted By: Elitemama

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids entertained for a while? Bandaloom is a creative and sensory way for kids to make bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc. Bandaloom taps into their creative skills to create any pattern imaginable from the rainbow of colors. Adults can enjoy Bandaloom also. To learn more about Bandaloom, watch the video below.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Random Acts of Kindness

Imagine being the parent of a 10 month old baby who is told he would not live past the age of 1 because of spinal muscular atrophy type I. The baby grows up to become a teenager, 14 years old, but is left with no movements in his body. Lucas Hoelscher is this teenager, part of triplet sons, can only communicate through eye movements and sounds. Because his day is so routine, he enjoys being read to, which helps in dealing with a difficult disease.

Lucas's wish for the holiday is mail! From anyone, near and far. From you!

Lucas Hoelscher
3092 Wyandot Drive
Springfield, Ohio 45502

What a perfect way to perform random acts of kindness during the holiday season. Send a card, a letter, or some of your child's artwork!

You can also join Lucas's Facebook group, Letters for Lucas, if you prefer to communicate digitally.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CatchyClip No Need To Search For Keys [Giveaway]

Sponsored By: CatchyClips
Hosted By: Elitemama

Do you ever lose your keys, phone, credits cards? Now that I am a mama and I carry around ever more stuff, I can never find anything in the diaper bag. One would think that a wallet would be easy to find, but it can get lose among the cloth diapers, changing pads, and extra outfits. If you are looking to resolve the "fishing through the purse" dilemma, CatchyClips is the perfect solution! With CatchyClips, you can easily attach your keys or cards to the inside pocket of your purse, backpack or even your briefcase. Here's a video explaining the magic of the CatchyClip:

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