December Ecocentric Mom Box Review

February 5th, 2016

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I love getting my Ecocentric Mom boxes! Have you heard of them? Each box contains such a different variety of stuff, it’s always neat to see what they include each month. EcoCentric Mom is a subscription box, for $24.95 you get a box once every other month, and now you can also get it once a month. They have three different types of boxes you can get: Mom Box (what I got this time), Baby and Mom Box,and the Pregnancy Box. All of these boxes are packed with eco-friendly items for you to sample.  For me though, the value in what you get is so worth it.  That’s almost the most important thing to me…am I getting my money’s worth of stuff? This month’s box was all about ME. This Christmas season for us was super tough.  My dad passed away in November, the day before Thanksgiving.  The entire season was just sad, but we still worked hard at trying to make it nice for the kids.  Even though we all missed him.

When I got this box in January, it really couldn’t have been better.  It was a pampering box that focused on helping us rejuvenate.  So whether your holidays had been a blissful whirlwind or just tough like ours was, we all could use some pampering for ourselves.  Momma’s always seem to put ourselves last!  So here’s what was in the box.

 

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HelloMello Balance Body Oil

I don’t know about you, but in the winter my skin gets dry, rough and flakey. I get spots of eczema and it hurts!  This body oil is exactly what my dry winter skin needs. It’s soft fragrance isn’t overpowering, honesty barely noticeable which is exactly the way I like it. I put it on right after the shower so my skin just soaks it right in. It’s hand crafted made from natural ingredients. Just love. This sample size is valued at $12.

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The Laughing Tree Organic Lip Balm

 

I’m a lip balm addict. I admit it. I need multiple lip balms just to make sure I’m not caught with out in the winter time. Pennsylvania winters can be rough, and here is another natural product that ensures that I don’t dry out! It’s a gentle lip balm with pure natural organic ingredients. So thankful this sample was included. It’s value is $3.

 

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Smarty Pants Adult Complete and Kids Vitamins

I’m on the fence sometimes about gummy vitamins. Lots of times they are filled with food coloring, added sugar and other synthetics that really makes you wonder if you should be munching on these every day.  Not these though.  With no added sugar, you can feel good about this daily sweet treat. Sample packs for both kids and adults were included.  Yum! Sample values about $2.

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Coconut Organics Coconut Chips

Coconut Organics does one thing.  Organic Coconut! They are the coconut experts and they are doing it right.  These unsweetened organic coconut chips are perfect for your paleo cooking.  They are full of fiber, and healthy fats with no added sugar or salt.  Just plain old coconut, just the way I like it. Sample value $1.50

 

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Neelu Kaur Yogini Bliss

I posted this on Instagram earlier this week.  Possibly one of my favorite things included in this month’s box. I use this pure essential oil roller all the time.  It smells like bliss! It’s not overwhelming and it settles so nicely when it dries.  It’s not overpowering which is so important to me when it comes to fragrances.  Neelu Kaur creates these fragrances not to just smell nice, but for their aromatherapeutic benefits. It purposefully is created to give you a sense of bliss. Just right for anyone who may be blue during the winter.  Value $30

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My Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge

When I first saw this, my initial thought was “What is this?!” Momma doesn’t have time for a facial. What’s a charcoal sponge. Completely new to me, these sponges are fantastic at detoxing your skin.  Use it to wash your face in the shower, it contains minerals that help eliminate harmful toxins while it exfoliates your skin. Who knew? Not this girl. This is why I love these boxes so much.   Sponge value $10.

 

EcoCentric Mom box did not disappoint! This box’s value is around $60, not including all the discount codes for everything included! 

Why do I love this box? It’s so convenient, and there’s always such a nice variety of stuff each month.  I love that it introduces me to new products, because really, I don’t have the time or the energy to go find stuff like this in back woods Pennsylvania.  I’d probably have to travel really far to find anything like this.

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. You can opt to have the boxes delivered once a month or every other month.  They are $24.95 a box. That includes shipping! If you do a longer subscription, there’s room for savings too.

Ecocentric Mom Box Review

November 9th, 2015

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What a great box this month! I’m always so excited when my Ecocentric Mom Box comes in the mail. I just don’t have the time to go looking for great eco-friendly products so they do the dirty work for me.  Each box contains such a different variety of stuff, it’s always neat to see what they include each month. EcoCentric Mom is a subscription box, for $24.95 you get a box once every other month, and now you can also get it once a month. They have three different types of boxes you can get: Mom Box (what I got this time), Baby and Mom Box,and the Pregnancy Box. All of these boxes are packed with eco-friendly items for you to sample.  For me though, the value in what you get is so worth it.  That’s almost the most important thing to me…am I getting my money’s worth of stuff? This box was super super genius, but I’ll let you be the judge.  Here’s what I got in my box this month.

 

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Ecco Bella, Cocoa Soft Eyeliner Pencil

EccoBella’s founder created her company because she hated the use of animals for testing.  She has plant based formula’s for all of her products, and they are all cruelty free. I love the color I was sent, and it stays on all day long. Make up isn’t usually in these boxes, and I was pleasantly surprised by this addition. This was the full size pencil, valued at $17.95.

 

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Silk Intensive C Serum

Silk Therapeutics provides skincare products that benefit the skin with out harmful chemicals or preservatives. This Serum contains 10% of your daily vitamin C, and is said to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone. I love the way it leaves my skin feeling.  I use it in the morning after my shower, and my skin feels great.  I love knowing there are no chemicals to worry about.  This sample size is a $20 value.

 

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Bitsy’s Brain Food Smart Cookies

Guys, I’m going to be real with you.  I saw chocolate, orange beet cookies and the first thing I thought was…GROSS.  Being a paleo person, I almost just pawned these off to my daughter with out trying them.  But then I thought to have a fair and honest review I had to at least try them.  They were actually really good! I had to force myself not to eat the whole bag, and let my two youngest split the rest of the bag.  They come in cute little letter shapes too.  When my littlest is a bit bigger (he’s only 15 months) I will be getting more.  This sample bag was valued at $1.00.

 

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Hemp Hearts

I’m going to be real with you all.  I’ve never tried hemp seeds before.  In one serving there is 210% manganese, and 90% magnesium, 80% phosphorus, and it’s relatively low carb. Guys. Why haven’t I tried these before? Have you tried these before?  It is estimated that 68-80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  Go google it yourself.  This healthy little snack is so packed full of good stuff it is now a new regular in my diet.  I listened to the suggestions of sprinkling it on my salad, and in my yogurt. Add it to your smoothie, your baked sweet potatoes, seriously…it’s a mild enough flavor you can practically add it to anything.  Cooking it is fine, raw is fine, just eat it. Keep eating it.  This sample size was worth about $2.25, and it also came with a 20% off promo code. Win!

 

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Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm

Winter is coming, and I’m a lip balm addict. I admit it. This lip balm goes on smooth, and doesn’t have weird fake fragrance or flavor to go along with it. The best part, it’s not only organic, and sourced from small farms, but each purchase goes towards a cleft lip surgery fund. You can read more about their cause here.  The price for this lip balm is $4.99.

 

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Ellovi Mint Chocolate Butter Minis

Also, in preparation for winter. Like the label says, there are only 6 ingredients so pure you can eat this stuff. My skin gets so dry in the winter, this is exactly the kind of thing I need. They included a .5oz trial size valued at about $3.75. They’ve also included a coupon code for 15% off. 

 

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People Towel: On the go hand towel

This is a neat idea.  A light weight, small little hand towel to take with you on the go.  Keep it in your purse, your diaper bag, whatever.  Use anywhere you’d use a paper towel, then throw it back in your purse.  You can throw it in the wash machine, but the instructions say air dry. Fair enough, it’s so light weight it wouldn’t take long.  Nice and convenient, and organic too. This towel’s price is $3.99.

 

Total value for October’s box? Just over $50! That’s not even including the coupons that go with it.  Why do I love this box? It’s so convenient, and there’s always such a nice variety of stuff each month.  I love that it introduces me to new products, because really, I don’t have the time or the energy to go find stuff like this in back woods Pennsylvania.  I’d probably have to travel really far to find anything like this.

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. You can opt to have the boxes delivered once a month or every other month.  They $24.95 a box. That includes shipping! If you do a longer subscription, there’s room for savings too. For a limited time if you use the code “ecolove2015” you’ll receive $5 off your first box.  Enjoy!

Things you should know. I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive the box free for review. If you click on the links and order your own box, I will receive a small compensation for you doing so.  If you love the box, and love the blog it’s a great way to help support my blog at no extra cost to you.  I sure would appreciate it!  Xo!!

 

October Stitch Fix

October 5th, 2015

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I haven’t written about Stitch Fix lately, but I’ve still been getting my fixes. I hope to get back into a better habit of posting.  Last month my fix wasn’t very good.  I honestly only kept a shirt so I didn’t lose my $20 styling fee.  So this month, I decided to really do my part.  I posted on my fashion pinterest board and my stylist Alecia does her homework each month and checks. I just have to make her job easy by telling her what I want. She also reads my blog (hi Alicia!!), so she really gets an idea of what works best for me.

Before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitch fix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

I told Alecia this month I was attending a fall outdoor wedding, so I needed an outfit for the wedding that would be warm and cozy. My preference is black and greys, is that tacky for weddings anymore? Do people still care?  The bride and groom are dear friends, and I know they know I’m not mourning their union..right?? Anyway, here’s how Alecia did this month. 

 

Korbyn Geo Charm Layering Necklace

 

$28.00

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I’m not a big fan of jewelry. My stylist knows this, but also knows I should have some kind of accessory. I’m resisting, but as you can see it’s not terrible. It’s not one of those super chunky necklaces I wouldn’t ever where.  Honestly, it’s tasteful and I just might wear it. Verdict: Kept

 

 

Giani Mixed Material Pullover Sweater

 

$58.00

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I love this color, and I love how the patterned fabric also is slimming because of where it is. My daughter thought the pattern looked like old curtains, hah!! She’s 10 though, and I love it. It fits perfectly. Verdict: Kept

 

Freya Maxi Dress

 

$84.00

 

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I’m not a dress person, but I specifically asked for a dress for a wedding.  I had expected more than one dress to try, but had she sent more than one I don’t know that this fix would have been so fabulous. You’d expect a dress named after Freya to make you feel sexy, and it does! It’s slimming, the neck line is perfect and I’ll be able to wear it again later on to my husband’s company party in December. This one and only dress she sent was all she needed to send.  It was absolutely perfect. I just seriously can’t believe this dress! Verdict: Kept!!! (with enthusiasm!)

 

Bralie French Terry Asymmetrical Cape

 

$68.00

 

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When I first pulled this out of the box I was excited, but then I tried it on and wasn’t sure what to think.  I think if I’m not careful it will make me look considerably heavier than I am. I had to play around with how I wore it. It grew on me and now I wear it everywhere!  I absolutely love it. The only thing I wish is that it had pockets. Maybe if I have free time (hahaha…year right) I can add some pockets to it myself. Verdict: Kept

 

Kate Boyfriend Jean

 

$88.00

 

 

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When I first read my card telling me what I had received I was shocked to see the Kate boyfriend jeans included.  I had received them in my February Fix, and I was confused as to why she was sending them again. I almost dismissed them thinking that I wouldn’t keep them at all.  They were the last thing I tried on, and that’s when I realized..oh these are different! She is paying attention! They came rolled up, and maybe I’ll roll them up again come spring or summer.  In the fall I need to where them with boots, so I unrolled them. The holes that were present in the first pair were much less pronounced in this pair.  There were only a few little details in the pockets, and I can live with that.  Specially when I look at the receipt and realize that if I get everything, I’m pretty much getting these jeans for free.  You keep everything in the fix, and they give you at 25% discount. I’ve been getting Stitch Fix for a year, and I’ve never kept everything before!! Verdict: Kept

 

So, for the first time ever I kept everything!! Things I’ve learned, keep your stylist up to date on your pinterest board.  They do check! Make sure you tell them detailed what you like and what you don’t.  They do listen!

 

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

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August Ecocentric Mom Box Review

September 14th, 2015

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I’m always so pleasantly surprised when my Ecocentric Mom Box arrives in the mail. Each box contains such a different variety of stuff, it’s always neat to see what they include each month. EcoCentric Mom is a subscription box, for $24 you get a box once every other month. The best part is, you don’t even have to be a mom to get a box.  They have four different types of boxes you can get: Mom Box (what I got this time), Baby and Mom Box,and the Pregnancy Box. All of these boxes are packed with eco-friendly items for you to sample.  For me though, the value in what you get is so worth it.  That’s almost the most important thing to me…am I getting my money’s worth of stuff? This box was super super genius, but I’ll let you be the judge.  Here’s what I got in my box this month.

 

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Vance Family Soy Candles: First item is this beautiful Soy candle by the Vance Family. I’m pretty cautious about candles and other fragrances in my home.  Usually any fragrance comes from my essential oil diffuser.  This candle fits my natural style because it is only fragranced with pure essential oils and organic flavor oils.  This hand crafted candle is made with recycled glass that you can use again too. This candle retails for $18.99.

 

 

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Earthwise Beauty, Tangerine Skies: With fall coming I was super glad to see this beautiful sample in my box.  My skin gets super dry when cold weather comes, and Earthwise Beauty Tangerine Skies Facial Oil is such a beautiful natural product to help moisturize the dry spots on my face. I am so picky about products that I use on my skin, and this one has no artificial anything in it.  No fake smell to nauseate me. Just a natural clean oil to moisturize the dry spots leaving my skin feeling fresh and healthy. 1 oz. bottles go for $38, this sample size was .2 oz so this was roughly $7 worth of product.

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Boom Chick A Pop, Kettlecorn: Each box I’ve gotten has almost always included some kind of yummy bits to try.  This time they had Boom Chick A Pop’s Kettle Corn. My kids love this treat, and squealed when they saw this in the box.  What I love about this neat treat is that it’s organic, non-GMO certified, preservative free.  A simply made snack I’m happy to let my kids enjoy…and I might even have a bit of it too. This size is usually sold in large packs of 12 or 24, and it’s average price is about $.66 an ounce.

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Square Hue Nail Polish: Before opening this box I had never heard of hue before. It’s a nail polish subscription box that delivers full size limited edition colors every month. You can sign up for 2 or 3 polishes a month.  The collection sets are uniquely themed each month, their are 5-free, vegan-friendly & cruelty free. I got this awesome light turquoise color that really has stood the test of time on my toes! It’s hard to find high quality polish that doesn’t chip right off the bat that’s not full of horrible chemicals.  Give this one a try.  Not only did I get this polish, but I also received a 50% off code for my first collection set.  Altogether a value of $10.99.

 

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Elektra Magnesium Cream: Next was a sample of Elektra Magnesium cream. It’s a natural blend of butters and oils infused with magnesium to help keep you skin fresh looking and hydrated. It’s a moisturizer/supplement combo that’s great to keep your skin healthy. It’s free of parabens, petrochemicals, and animal ingredients. This sample bottle’s value is about $4.

 

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Ground 2 Table Spices: What a neat idea.  Little spice packets that are salt free, sugar free, organic and non-GMO. This little sample came with a salad dressing blend, a cinnamon spice blend, and a guacamole blend. These spices are sustainably sourced bringing you a wholesome addition to your kitchen. This new company is constantly expanding their product line, so hopefully we’ll be hearing more about what they’re up to. Each packet runs about $1.99, so this sample is worth $6.

 

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Branch to Nature Thyme Facial Astringent: Lastly, they included a sample of Branch to Nature’s Thyme Facial Astringent. This is a gentle facial cleanser that naturally cleanses and revives your skin. This formula is great for all skin types. This product left my face feeling clean and smooth, with out that tight chemically feel. The bottle doesn’t say what size it was, but it looks like a 1 ounce sample size.  3.5 ounce bottles go for $15.50, so I’m going to estimate that this bottle here is worth $4.50.

So far my darlings, my total comes to just over $100 in value.  This box was so generous I’m floored. I haven’t mentioned the 30 day free trial to Pilates Anytime ($18 value). Overall this box contained about $125 worth of products. I just can’t even right now. I can’t wait for October’s box.

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. Boxes are delivered once every other month and are $24 a box. That includes shipping.  For a limited time if you use the code “ecolove2015” you’ll receive $5 off your first box.  Enjoy!

Things you should know. I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive the box free for review. If you click on the links and order your own box, I will receive a small compensation for you doing so.  If you love the box, and love the blog it’s a great way to help support my blog at no extra cost to you.  I sure would appreciate it!  Xo!!

 

 

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Ecocentric Mom Box Review

April 10th, 2015

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A few weeks ago I received my April Box from EcoCentric Mom to review. I was so impressed with my last box that when they asked me to review another I was so glad to say yes! EcoCentric Mom is a subscription box, for $24 you get a box once every other month. The best part is, you don’t even have to be a mom to get a box.  They have four different types of boxes you can get: Mom Box, Baby and Mom Box (that’s what I get), the Pregnancy Box, and The Ecocentric Box. All of these boxes are packed with eco-friendly items for you to sample.  For me though, the value in what you get is so worth it.  That’s almost the most important thing to me…am I getting my money’s worth of stuff? I’ll let you be the judge.  Here’s what I got in my box this month.

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Bear’s Beauty Vegan Natural Deodorant: I was sent a travel size of the grapefruit/lavender deodorant to try. As a nursing mother I’m always happy to try new natural deodorants.  I don’t want those aluminum/chemical smelling ones near my baby’s head.  Value: $6

Country Choice Organic Steal Cut Oatmeal: I received one package of this to try (which my son absolutely loved). We got the maple spiced flavor. A box goes for $4.29 for 8 packages of oatmeal.  Value: $.50

Brigit True Organics Peppermint Lip Balm: I was delighted to see this.  First, they are an earthy pagan-like Virginia based company. It reminds me of my time living in the mountains of Virginia with my wild women friends. I miss them. I was sent their peppermint balm to try, and it’s smooth and cool on my lips.  Love it. Value: $5.00

EcoTrek Fitness Bar: Guys…they sent me a chocolate raspberry bar.  My nine year old daughter tried to steal it from me.  We compromised and cut it in half and shared it. Now I need to buy more of these.  It was so good, and guilt free. Eating that bar felt like a huge cheat (it wasn’t). Value: $2.30

EcoEggs: This was so cute, I wasn’t even sure if it was just a gift inside the box. It wasn’t until I read the card did I realize these were a sample of easter eggs. These eggs are made of non-toxic, plant-based plastic and they won’t sit in the landfill for years. They’re completely compostable. They even tucked some chocolate inside too. Yum! Value: $.40

Pure by She She Baby Wash and Shampoo. This was a nice, light citrus scented shampoo. All natural, plant based soap for your baby that you can feel good about. Love it. Great addition. The bottle I received was a 2oz. sample size. Value: $3.00

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Baby Bits Wipes Solution. Guys…this is so brilliant. I’ve never heard of these before. Their little sample contained 3 cubes which is enough to moisturize about 100 wipes.  In 3 cubes. 100 wipes. Guys. You drop a cube in a spray bottle with warm water and let them dissolve.  Then you spray your baby’s wipes, and wipe the hiney. Now I don’t have to use disposables when I go out…I can just bring his regular wipes and spray. I may just keep it and use it all the time. I’m sure you can tell.  I’m a fan. Value: $.80 (priceless)

Bright Baby Touch and Feel Easter Book: I read to my baby a lot, and he loved this little book.  I love that EcoCentric Mom always includes a little book in their box.  It’s like a little gift, just for my little boy. They always send perfect little books that fit right in the diaper bag. My little man liked his little Easter Book.  Value: $4.95

Camilia Teething Relief: My little boy is in the process of getting teeth number 5 and 6, so this was well timed. I have a few other homeopathic remedies that I got from a girlfriend who’s mom brought them for me from England. This seems like a liquid form of the same exact thing, and it doesn’t have to cross a pond to get to me. Definitely a useful addition. This sample came with 5 doses. Value: $2.00

Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen: These little packets are perfect for us. We are an outdoorsy family and I love the idea of having plant based sunscreen that doesn’t have harmful chemicals. I can use this on my baby with out worrying. I’m looking forward to trying it once the weather gets a bit warmer.They are even waterproof for up to 40 minutes. Love these. Value: $.60

Nourish with Style Reusable Food Pouch: I feel like this box understands that we are people on the go. We are a busy family and I love being introduced to items like this that help me continue to give my baby healthy food when we’re not at home. You fill up the pouch, and pack it away.  No need to buy expensive pre-made pouches that you just throw away when your done.  Value: $1.50

So far my total is $27.00 worth of items, and this isn’t including all the coupons that came in the box.

There was a 30% off coupon for Goddess Garden (yes, I’m going to use it!), and $1.00 off, 15% off Pure Natural Organics. 

Once again I’m very impressed with the kinds of things I received in this month’s box.  All these things are practical and stuff I’m interested in having and using. My only wish? That you could get a box every month!

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. Boxes are delivered once every other month and are $24 a box. That includes shipping.  For a limited time if you use the code “ecolove2015” you’ll receive $5 off your first box.  Enjoy!

Things you should know. I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive the box free for review. If you click on the links and order your own box, I will receive a small compensation for you doing so.  If you love the box, and love the blog it’s a great way to help support my blog at no extra cost to you.  I sure would appreciate it!  Xo!!

9 Easy Recipes for Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils

April 8th, 2015

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It’s that time of year again. I think nature purposefully makes us all crazy to clean this time of year. I want to open the windows, and get every spot in my house clean. Whether I actually do it or not is another story. When I do get busy, I hate using fake smelling, chemically nasty cleaners. Long long ago when I was in college I worked in a perfume store. Some of my friends thought I was lucky, but can you imagine spending 8-10 hours around fake nasty chemical perfumes? After I graduated college and left the job, I could NEVER stand the smell of fake chemical smells again. Thank goodness for the pure power of natural essential oils. After cleaning with these products my house smells so fresh and clean.

Most of these cleaners have a shelf life of 1-2 months unless otherwise stated. They don’t have all the chemical stabilizers that store bought cleaners have, so making them in smaller batches that you will use in that period of time makes the most sense.  Because oils have a tendency to separate, it also makes sense to shake them before you use them.

So, shameless plug here. I just so happen to really love essential oils, so much that I have my own store. However, retail buying is not the best way unless you want to get like…just one. So, if you’d like to get some amazing oils to go along with these cleaners just email me. I promise, I’m a horrible salesperson and just a better educator so you won’t feel like I’m pushing you. Like, ever. /endshamelessplug

 

Onward to having a clean house!

 

 

Dusting Spray:

1 cup of olive oil

3/4 cup vinegar

15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or Wild Orange Oil

To use: Add contents to a glass sprayer bottle.I spray this directly on a dusting cloth (usually an old washcloth) and wipe down any and all surfaces.

 

All Purpose Surface Cleaner:surfacecleaner

1 cup of water

5 drops of OnGuard Oil Blend

5 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

To use: Add contents to a glass sprayer bottle and spray surfaces that need disinfecting.  This is my go-to spray for my kitchen counters, bathroom counters, and my infant son’s diaper changing table. I use it every day.

 

Wood Floor Cleaner

1 gallon of warm water

2 tbsp liquid castile soap

15 drops of Citrus Essential Oil (Lemon, or Wild Orange)

**For a pine scent use 5 drops each of Cypress, White Fir, and Cedarwood.

To use: Mix in a bucket and mop on the floor, or use a sponge to scrub.  No rinsing needed. Make a new batch each time you scrub the floors, no storage necessary.

 

Laminate Countertop Cleaner (deep cleaning)

1 Quart of water

3 tbsp castile soap

2 drops of lemon essential oil

To use: Remove everything from your counter tops and and spray this cleaner to clean.  This is a one time use product, so no storage is necessary.

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Window and Mirror Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 cup water

10-15 drops of lemon essential oil

To use: Put contents in a dark glass sprayer bottle, and use when needed.

 

Daily Use Shower Spray

2 cups of water

1 cup vinegar

10 drops of Melalecua Oil (aka, Tea Tree a well known anti-fungal)

5 drops of OnGuard

To use: Spray in tub or shower after each use.

 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 cup castille soap

1 cup water

3 tbsp baking soda

10 drops of OnGuard

To use: I put this in a mason jar.  When I make this I shake it all up in the jar, and then pour some in when I need it. Usually about 1/4 of a cup per scrubbing.

 

Toilet Bombs: (for the big job)

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup white vinegar

5 drops Melalecua

To use: Pour contents directly into toilet bowl.  There will be fizzing! Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub as usual and flush away.

 

Homemade Bleach

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup of water

5 drops of lemon essential oil

5 drops wild orange

To use: Put in a dark sprayer bottle. Use to disinfect surfaces, pull stains out of clothes (works best if the stains haven’t dried or set in yet), and even lightens grout stains. This bottle will last 2-3 months and this recipe is easily cut in half. There is a slightly different recipe I use in the washing machine for laundry, so check back soon for my post about using essential oils for the laundry room.  PS:

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Photo credit: Windows cleaning supplies

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Love Muffins

February 25th, 2015

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For Valentine’s Day I connected with multiple bloggers for a caveman love muffin swap.  It was so fun! I was inspired to come up with a new recipe for muffins to participate and this, my darlings, is what I came up with. Paleo Chocolate Chunk Love Muffins! I made these up and shipped them out to my fellow bloggers, if you’d like to see what they had to say, find me on instagram and look for the hashtag #cavemanlovemuffins.  You’ll find us all. 

Since having my baby, I’ve had to work hard to balance my weight, milk supply and my cranial pressure issues. It’s been a struggle for sure, but then I can have little treats like this. It doesn’t feel like I’m missing much at all when I can whip up something this good.

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For the chocolate chunks, they are a tiny cheat.  Just a tiny one, but if you use the “Enjoy Life” brand, you can find it here, they are soy free, gluten free chocolate chunks. If you want to go light on the chocolate, you can do chips, or swap it out for some organic raisins.  It really is a special treat though to have that warm muffin with gooey hot chocolate. I won’t tempt you too much. Here’s the recipe, enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Love Muffins
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of almond flour
  2. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  7. 1/4 cup maple syrup/honey
  8. 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  11. 1/4 cup smashed macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the flours, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Combine wet and dry bowls in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chunks and the macadamia nuts.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Share with those you love!
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Ecocentric Mom Box Review

February 9th, 2015

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A few weeks ago I was approached by Ecocentric Mom to review one of their boxes.  I love doing these types of box reviews, specially for green/eco-friendly products specially geared towards moms. I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy work at home, homeschooling mom of three and I just don’t have the time to look for the best products for my kids.  Who has time to shop? Not this gal. Ecocentric Mom puts together a box every other month full of organic, eco-friendly products for you to sample at home.  Super convenient.

They have many different types of boxes, and I asked if I could review the mom and baby box since I have a 5 month old little boy. When I first got my little box, I wondered how much stuff you could actually get in such a small box.  I was kinda ready to be disappointed, but after I started digging in I was shocked at how many things were packed inside this little box.

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When I opened it up, right on top was a card with lots of information about the items packed inside.  This was new.

 

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And then I started pulling things out.  Unpacking, and unpacking…

 

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What you can’t see in this picture were my kids hovering behind me.  They wanted to grab all the snack bits and run.  So what was included in this box?

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1. Mama loves Me.  This book apparently is out of print!  Cute little book that is hard to find nestled cutely in this box. I googled other reviews for this box, and apparently little card books are a regular.  Love it. I’m already reading books to my little guy and these books fit easily in the diaper bag and are ready to go.  On the book it says it’s value is $6.99.

2.Natural Seal, 1 oz bottle. Never heard of this stuff before but I like having it on hand.  My daughter is a little swimmer, and we have a first aid kit that goes with us to practice and to every swim meet.  We got to try out the product first day (thanks to the dangers of homeschooling…paper cuts.  The struggle is real). My daughter was pleasantly surprised it didn’t hurt, her tearful protest ended right after I sprayed it on her.  I’m glad to see it came with a coupon….it doesn’t expire either, so I’ll be on the look out for this product when I ever get a chance to get out.  The 1 oz. bottle is valued at around $12.

3. One packet of Amara dried apples baby food. Another product I had never heard of.  What a neat idea to have dried baby food for whenever you’re out with baby.  We camp, and we travel and on our next trip I will be sure to stock up on these for my little man.  What a fabulous little find. Moisten it with water or breast milk and you have your little one’s lunch.  Love it. The one package’s value is about $1.50.

4. Pura Botanica Fusions “Pick me up” Bath salts. This one obviously for momma. After a long day of taking care of everyone else’s needs, we should take some time for ourselves and recharge so we can do it all again tomorrow.  Right? These salts are lovely! So refreshing.  They retail for $11.99, but I found them on Amazon for $7.50.  Either way a nice addition to the box. Four products in, and I’ve hit my $24.99 price for the box, and I’m done yet. MOAR!

5. Bum Boosa Baby Wipes.  I received two samples of these wipes, and they went straight into my first aid kit again.  This may not have been the most valuable addition to the box, but I love sampling natural products that I will use day in and day out.  Super useful to have these little packets to wipe bums or boo boo’s with, even if the value of them is negligible.

6. Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snack, tomato basil. I didn’t get picture of this one by itself because my hovering children took off with it after I snapped the group photo above. I didn’t even get to try them, they wolfed them down (because you know…I don’t ever feed them).  Apparently they didn’t read the part where it was healthy because it disappeared.  The value of the one package was $1.79.

7. Flavorz Organic Sports Drink Mix. I didn’t get a picture of this one either.  My daughter couldn’t wait to try it. Lots of the girls on her swim team bring gatorade and other sports drinks to practice and I don’t allow my daughter to drink it because of food colorings and other sugars that I think are just unhealthy.  We mixed it up right away and put it in her water bottle.  She brought it with her to practice that night even.  She loved it.  So glad we now have an alternative to gatorade! The value of the one package of mix is about $1.29.

8. Kelapo Coconut Oil, two pouches. Something I’ve actually seen before, yay for not being completely uninformed.  I’ve sampled this oil in the past, and was glad to see it in this box.  This got tucked away for future camping trips.  Loving the little pouches.  This valued at about $2.00.

 9. eInvite Idea Catchers. Cute little sampler of quality card stock idea catchers.  Perfect to tuck away in your purse to catch phone numbers or any other notes you need to take down. Great little addition.  Valued at about $5.o0

10. Coupons!!  Tucked inside was a 20% off coupon to O&N Collective. O&N Collective is an online apothecary specializing in certified organic and natural skin and personal care products. Something else to check out! 

Overall I’m pretty impressed with the quality and the selection in this box.  I love it when these boxes introduce me to new products for me to sample and try. The mom and baby box was perfect for me and my little man.  A subscription would make a lovely gift for a shower gift for any expecting mom you might know. Because really…new moms as much as we’d love to, just rarely have the time to get out there and get shopping.

If you’re interested in getting your own box just follow this link. Boxes are delivered once every other month and are $24 a box. That includes shipping.  For a limited time if you use the code “ecolove2015” you’ll receive $5 off your first box.  Enjoy!

Things you should know. I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive the box free for review. If you click on the links and order your own box, I will receive a small compensation for you doing so.  If you love the box, and love the blog it’s a great way to help support my blog at no extra cost to you.  I sure would appreciate it!  Xo!!

 

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February Stitch Fix Review

February 2nd, 2015

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My February Stitch Fix was probably one of my most exciting and disappointing fixes yet.  It was dramatic. I laughed, I cried…ok, maybe not. I always kinda sneak and see what I have coming when I get the notification, and I was pretty excited to see that I couldn’t google lots of what was coming.  It wasn’t popping up in other people’s fixes.  New stuff!! 

When I got my box, I was so excited to see the blues.  I love the color palate that was chosen this month.  Loving these blues!! When I opened the box I genuinely thought this would be the month that I’d buy everything in the box. This was the laughing part.  I was so happy!  I mean check these colors out!

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So, before I go any further let me give you a run down of what Stitch Fix is. Stitchfix is an online styling service. You get your own personal stylist who handpicks a “fix” for you with five items. You get either clothing or accessories that are unique to your budget, and tastes. You’ll get three days to decide if you’re going to keep anything from your fix. The styling fee is $20 and that goes towards any purchase you end up making. If you  buy all 5 you get 25% off the entire order. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s so fun.  You can sign up to get fixes whenever you want, or get them sent to you monthly, even bi-weekly. It’s perfect for a busy mom like me who has no time to shop for clothes. You can learn more about signing up for your first fix here!

Here’s what I got:

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Urban Expressions Maxwell Braided Zip Bottom Tote $48.00

I had requested again another purse.  I think I’m done requesting purses for now.  I asked for one that would be big enough to also be used as a diaper bag since I now have a 5 month old. They obliged but it wasn’t my thing.  I wanted to like it. I wanted the third time to be the charm, but charmed I was not. I didn’t mind the blue, I actually think I liked the blue.  I think it was the brass fittings, and the over all style of the bag. Genuinely, I’m not sure.  I didn’t love it. Verdict: Returned

 

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Bovina Dolman Knit Top $58.00

I had a love/hate relationship with this top. Sometimes I liked it, then other times I felt like it added 15lbs to my frame. I also wasn’t sure about the bottom half of the back being different fabric than the rest of the top. Being so unsure about it made me not want to spend almost $60 on it. Verdict: Returned

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Laila Jayde Arvin Knit Top $54.00

I don’t even know where to begin with this top.  I’m going to be real with you guys.  Since my last Fix, I lost 10lbs. I’m slowly working towards my pre-pregger weight, and this top makes me look bigger than I did last month. It easily added 20lbs to the way I look.  On top of that, it was weird and see through. I struggled to find something appropriate to wear underneath it and the style cards were no help. They didn’t even mention about wearing something under it. I threw on the nude cami that I got in my January Fix just to keep this family friendly. It also flared out in some weird way…this was beyond fail. I think maybe this shirt was meant for someone who was petite.  It really didn’t flatter AT ALL. Verdict: GTFO

 

Kut from the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean $78.00  

kutfromtheklothjeansThese jeans were a hard decision. They fit very nicely, and I felt they were very flattering. They were just right in regards to fit. Not too snug, not too lose. That alone would have convinced me these needed to stay.  My husband and my best friend though were my voice of reason. Reason 1: They had holes in them. At some point or another all my jeans end up with holes, I garden, I hike, and I play with my kids.  It just happens. To purchase jeans with pre-made holes just didn’t make sense.  Reason 2: I’m in the process of losing weight. In another month or two those jeans will hopefully be too big. So then I’d have baggy jeans with holes in them. Verdict: Returned

 

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Berneen Printed Dolman Sleeve Top $58.00

There you go!  Now you might be able to tell I’ve shed a little weight since last month. With a sea of no’s I think I finally found my yes.  This is very similar to 41 Hawthorn Dolman top I got a few months ago. I loved the Navy and Teal colors, and the pattern was interesting with out being over powering.  Easily dressed up for work, or worn with jeans for casual. Finally, something in this fix that was flattering and sensible. Verdict: Kept

I had such high hopes for this fix. I loved the colors, but I felt like nothing was fitting together until the last top. It may surprise you, but I requested the same stylist again next month.  I asked her to look at my blog (hi!), and I hope that the potential I see shows next month.

If you’re curious to see what I’ve gotten in the past you can check out my previous fixes:

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 If you want to try Stitch Fix, I totally recommend it.  You can fill out your style profile and sign up for your first Fix here.

 Something to know: I am not being paid for this post, I just really enjoy Stitch Fix. I think it would be great for any of my readers who don’t have time to shop, or people like me who can’t get past jeans and a t-shirt. If you sign up for stitch fix using one of the links I provided in this post it helps me earn Stitch Fix credits towards my next fix.  You can earn them too once you sign up for your first fix. You can help support my clothes habit by clicking here. Thanks!!

 

 

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WB Kitchen’s Paleo Snacks Review and Giveaway

January 23rd, 2015

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Another blogger friend of mine talked to me recently about WB Kitchens and their paleo snacks.  I was intrigued! It’s hard where I live to find snacks that I don’t end up making myself that stick to the paleo and primal diet. I have to drive nearly an hour to the closest Whole Foods…needless to say, that doesn’t happen often.bigcityburrito

When I wrote to them, I was pleasantly surprised they were a Colorado based company. This coming May will be three years since I left a piece of my heart in Colorado.  My husband’s job moves us quite a bit, and Colorado was one of my favorite places we’ve lived. It was a health food mecca, and eating clean, healthy organic food was so easy.  It was everywhere.  There’s practically a Whole Foods on every corner…ok, maybe not every corner. When WB Kitchens introduced themselves to me as a small company (love!), based out of Ft. Collin’s Colorado (LOVE!!)  I almost asked him to send me a burrito from Big City Burrito while he was sending me some of his products to try (not health food, haha!).  

A few days after emailing, I received a huge box of samples.  I couldn’t believe it.  My kids drooled over them, too.  Brownie, coconut shortbread cookies, honey nut bars and then my favorite, the Java Mocha bar.  It was hard for me to snap a few pictures before keeping them from digging in.  Seriously look at this box!

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The ingredients they use are the highest quality. Raw Unfiltered Honey from the a Colorado based supplier called Beeyond the Hive. I love that they use local honey. They label each bar if it is paleo, SCD or GAPS friendly which most are. Their facility is gluten free and they never process soy, dairy, gluten or any grains at all. Check out the nutrition information label. Most of the calories on here come from FAT. Perfect for those high fat, paleo dieters. The fat content also comes from coconut oil, which is great. Coconut oil is a great source of MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides), it’s easily digested, and improves the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.

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The only flours they use in their bars are organic almond flour and coconut flour, completely paleo/primal diet friendly. The bars and cookies aren’t super sweet, so if you’ve been eating a paleo diet for a while I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  They’re a sweet treat, with out being sickeningly sweet.  It’s just right.

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Currently they are working at getting the word out about their products. You can find them right now at Whole Foods, and other natural foods retailers.  Why wait for that though when you could win an entire box for your family to try? I’ve partnered with WB Kitchen’s to bring these right to you in my latest giveaway!  Fill out the entry form below for a chance to win a box of your own goodies!

 
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