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December Ecocentric Mom Box Review

Friday, February 5th, 2016



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.





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.




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.





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.



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





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



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.

August Ecocentric Mom Box Review

Monday, September 14th, 2015



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.





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.






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.



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.



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.




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.




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.




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!!




Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014



Every year my kids write a list of toys they’d like for Christmas, and my husband I go through and get them what our budget allows.  Christmas is a fun time of year for us, and that special morning is so fun.  This year though, I wanted to give my kids thoughtful gifts that promote creativity, fun, and family time instead of toys that they’ll play with for a day or so then forget about. So my goal this year is to give them a toyless Christmas.  When I mentioned this to one of my friends, I got a chuckle…almost like I was crazy, but if you could just look at my kids’ rooms in their current state, you would see…they doesn’t need any more toys!



1. Calendars. Kids love calendars like this one. I got my son a Minecraft Calendar last year and he requested another one this year. The best part is he actually uses it. He writes down special days, and events that go on throughout the year and it fits his style. It’s hung up in his room.

2. Books. Specially ones that fit their interests. My daughter is a little creative bug, and I found this gem that I know will give her hours of fun.

3. A kindle. Speaking of books, my children requested iPads this year.  Almost laughable because they are so expensive.  Instead as their big gift this year they are each getting a kindle fire. I like them because of how programmable they are.  You can set how many hours they can play games on it, read on it, and the parental controls are great. If you get the children’s version it comes with a year’s subscription to amazon prime (unlimited books?!) and if your dear one breaks it within two years they replace it no questions asked. Well worth the price if you ask me, and it beats the massively expensive iPad.

4.  Bikes! One of the best Christmases I can remember was waking up and seeing brand new bikes by the tree, like this one. It’s a great way to get those kids off the couch, off the screens and outside! Here in PA there very well could be snow on the ground Christmas Day, but..we have a rail trail not too far from here.  It’s a great bike path, and a great fitness plan for the whole family.

5. Events and plays. In the last twelve months we’ve taken our kids to two events.  One was a Disney on Ice show, which surprisingly even my son enjoyed.  The second was a bit mature, we took them to see Les Miserables at a local theatre. I think it was the first time they saw a live musical, and I don’t think they’ll forget it. They’ve been asking to go back, so Santa may be bringing them some tickets.

6. Craft Kits. I see them all over the place, and my daughter is a super creative type. She would make and decorate all day if I let her. Here are some I’ve found that we like: Make your own wind chimes, Owl Stuffy Kit and Target’s Craftabelle crafts kits are so cute.

7. Fun clothes. I’m not talking plain every day stuff, I’m saying like mine craft hoodies, or Hello Kitty hoodies, or dress up clothes. Yes I’m that parent who lets their kid go out in capes.  It’s fun! 🙂

8. Board Games.  We have a family tradition of doing game nights on some weekends, and one of our favorites is the classic Monopoly.

9. Lessons. Whether it’s music lessons, art lessons, martial arts, sports, whatever. What a great gift to be able to learn and experience something new.  Give it to yourself too.

10. Plant or a Pet. I hesitated with this one.  Kids dream of getting puppies for Christmas and it’s hard for me to recommend getting a pet lightly.  I’m assuming that you the reader are responsible enough to know whether a pet would make a great addition to your family or not. It’d really be a magical gift, just as long as everyone is in it for the long haul. One way I tested my children was to give them each a plant.  They want that puppy so bad, but can they keep a plant alive?  Prove it by keeping this plant alive.  Also, remember a pet doesn’t have to be a big dog.  A fish, a hamster, any smaller animal would be just as cool, and sometimes just as much responsibility.  I recommend this gift with caution.  There won’t be an animal under our tree this year.



The Big Announcement!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014




I’ve been silent for quite a few months. For those who have been checking in with me, thank you.  I appreciate that people are curious to see if I’m ok.  I am ok.  I’m more than ok.  I’m hormonal, and our life has been changing in a big big way. We are thrilled to announce that we are expecting a baby!  I found out last December…on the due date of the baby I had lost last year that I was expecting again.  I’ve been silent about it here, and I withdrew for a while.  Slightly because of last year’s miscarriage I think, and slightly due to just needed to withdraw and clean, tidy, and organize my own life.


So really this is a very delayed announcement, I’m due the first week of August and I’m already in my third trimester.  I’ve just been silently growing this amazing little life in my belly and I’ve done it quietly up until now.


No duckface preggo selfie.

No duckface preggo selfie.



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