Donate Stuff, Create Jobs: Goodwill Campaign

Hello Springtime! Finally it seems as if the winter in NY is over and along with sunny skies and budding flowers comes the urge to purge. We are in the process of redecorating our living room and before we bring anything else into the cleanly painted space, we are making a trip (or several) to Goodwill .  When we donate things we no longer have a need for to Goodwill, I feel good that we are keeping usable goods out of a landfill as well as giving a new life to our no longer needed belongings.  We are also reorganizing our den in the basement and are looking for a solid wood bookshelf to finish off the space, our local Goodwill offers so many pieces of furniture in great shape for an unbeatable price. Shopping at goodwill is good for our wallet, and Mother Earth (perfect in time for #earthday)

Goodwill is in the midst of their #7DaysofSpringCleaning campaign. In addition to donating some pieces of furniture, we are going room to room with a large basket and tossing in any thing that have not used in a while, no longer need (hello baby gear!) or no longer want. This is a great way for us to see an immediate impact and get more organized.

Goodwill is encouraging everyone to participate, if they like, in #7DaysofSpringCleaning by urging people to focus on cleaning different areas of their home for seven consecutive days.  I’m here to inspire you to get a fresh start too!

Day 1) Clear your closet clutter

Day 2) Time to tackle the kitchen

Day 3) Spread holiday cheer (holiday decorations, center pieces, Halloween)

Day 4) Downsize your tech toys (used laptops)

Day 5) Clean out your office supplies

Day 6) Provide quality entertainment (unused movies, video games)

Day 7) Downsize your bookshelf

I never stopped to think about just how much of an impact I was making until I used THIS  job calculator. I encourage you to click the link to see how many hours of service programs your donations could create right in your community.

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours.  Isn’t creating jobs a great excuse for spring cleaning?   Your donation of used clothing or household goods to Goodwill helps create jobs directly in your community.

That’s right: Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. It’s the tagline of Ad Council’s campaign with Goodwill®, which reminds people that their donations support people who are seeking to earn jobs and build careers. To see how the process works, just watch our “How We Do It” PSA.

 Here’s an interesting YouTube video about the impact your donation makes:  “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs” YouTube Video

A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.
Together with the Ad Council, we’re launching a brand new series of Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) that educate people about Goodwill’s role as a job creator. With the simple tagline, “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs., “the campaign seeks to highlight the role that Goodwill plays in promoting independence and dignity for people of all backgrounds.


Campaign  #7DaysofSpringCleaning

Visit www.goodwill.org to find stores, headquarters, job training centers and donation sites near you.


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Giveaway for Pumping Breastfeeding Mamas

As a fellow breastfeeding mama, I am so excited to share this giveaway hosted by one of my own “go to” blogging mamas, Emily from Our Knight Life, Family and Life in Las Vegas. Although I work from home and am usually able to feed my daughter myself, I still pump so that I have plenty of milk stored. I was so happy that I committed to pumping once a day because I had the flu and needed the extra milk when my supply dipped down. Pumping mamas need a stash of supplies to make the experience more comfortable, and convenient, whether she pumps once a day or  multiple times a day.

Emily rounded up her 5 top picks for pumping moms, products that she uses herself. I am sharing an amazing giveaway chock full of the recommended pumping products specifically geared towards pumping moms!

 

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Thanks to the generosity of several awesome companies who know who hard moms work at pumping milk I have put together a prize packaged designed to help you meet and exceed your pumping goals with comfort, function, and style in mind!

Amazing Prizes:

GRAND TOTAL: $593+ in Pumping Products that will help you rock your milk production!

Please use the below rafflecopter to enter this giveaway. Giveaway is open to US/CAN and ends on 4/24/14. All entries will be verified. Must be 18+ to enter.
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Prizes are as pictured above.  Winner will be able to choose pattern for Bebe Au Lait muslin cover, size for NuzzleHUG, and pattern for The Nurse Purse.  Lillebaby carrier will be the Original Designer COMPLETE Kimono Black.  Pumpin Pals comes with all sizes. Our Knight Life is not responsible for prize distribution, lost, or stolen prizes.

 

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Review & #Giveaway

Thank you to Earth Mama Angel Baby for this amazing giveaway!

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As a mama, I focus a lot of my time on making sure that the products I use on, with or for our children are safe, non toxic and contain only the best ingredients. Reading product labels can be a daunting (not to mention extremely time-consuming!) task especially when it comes to bath and beauty products. I use the EWG database, Skin Deep,  (my “go- to” reference) when I am contemplating a new product but for a busy mama, it is much easier to stick with products that I know work, am sure are safe and healthy for the littles. One such line is Earth Mama, Angel Baby. I love all of their all natural products not only for the things they contain, but all the things they don’t! I first heard about EMAB from my “lil” sister, during my first pregnancy she gave me Earth Mama’s Organic Morning Wellness Tea to help me through my tough “all day” sickness. It certainly helped me get out of bed and I have not tried a product of theirs that I have not found to do what it says it will do, from the EMAB organic teas I drank to ease my queasy morning sickness belly to the yummy smelling Orange Vanilla shampoo and body wash that I use on all three children. I even packed EMAB products in my hospital bag so that I could use only the best on baby girl from the beginning. ( I have started to use their products full-time as well and have received many compliments on the “scent” I am wearing!)

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I love Earth Mama Angel Baby products because the products are effective, work naturally with your body and are safe and 100% chemical free!

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EMAB has products for every stage of pregnancy from prenatal care to postpartum healings for mamas of c sections. You can find their full line by clicking here. Major retailers have started to sell EMAB and you can check that out HERE. The Earth Mama Angel Baby website has so much to offer, advice, healing products and lovely gifts. Sign up for their newsletter HERE, I love it and always find something new! You can even set up a registry to receive EMAB all-natural, toxin free certified natural and organic products.

One lucky winner will win an amazing prize pack from Earth Mama Angel Baby, chock full of all things heavenly for baby. Enter via rafflecopter below.
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Maty’s Cough and Cold Remedy Review & Giveaway

Cold and Flu Season is here and since my delivery I have battled a few colds. Of course, being a natural mama means I am especially keen to what I use as a cold remedy. I don’t want to put anything in or on my body that is unsafe or potentially toxic. But I also can’t be down for the count, so I rely on Maty’s full line of all natural remedies (they have products the whole family can use!). I had the pleasure of meeting founder, Carolyn Harrington at Blogher ’12 and she told me the back story of how Maty’s was founded. She and her husband wanted to find all natural yet effective products to help their daughter feel better, they couldn’t find anything that worked and thus Maty’s was born.
Made with all natural ingredients, no parabens, chemical or toxins, Maty’s has a full line of safe, and effective, cold remedy products that are also affordable and easy to find!
My two favorite Maty’s products are the “Breathe Better” nasal passage gel and the petroleum free “vapor rub“. I get immediate results from both of them no matter how stuffy my nose is or how persistent my cough. I love that I can understand the ingredients listed, that all Maty’s products are made in the USA and that not only do the products WORK, they work well!
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Visit the Maty’s website to learn more about the full line of al natural products, see the ingredients list and learn more about the effective, drug free, all natural cold remedies for the whole family!
Maty’s healthy products are sold in many retailers, to find a store near you, click here. To enter to #win a full prize pack to cover all your (and you children’s) cold and cough needs, enter via rafflecopter form below. Good Luck and Stay Healthy!
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Kretschmer Wheat Germ Review, Recipes & Giveaway

Eating right is important to our family. It is something we think about constantly and strive to make nutritious AND yummy tasting dishes for us and our children.

Kretschmer Wheat germ

The B’s love wheat germ and have grown accustomed to sprinkling raw wheat germ on their yogurt and I cook and bake with it as much as possible. We love Kretschmer’s Wheat Germ for the consistency, fresh, nutty flavor and smooth taste. (I also love the glass bottle!) My favorite surprise way to use Kretschemer Wheat Germ is in my turkey meatloaf recipe. I use it instead of bread crumb, DELISH!

Kretschmer Wheat Germ, an original superfood,  has released dozens of holiday recipes made with the nutritious ingredient. Holiday meals, though delicious and indulgent, can often be lacking in nutrition and high in calories (3,000 – 4,500 calories depending on portion size and ingredients!) But this winter, you can up the nutritional ante of your meals and boost health and wellness with wheat germ.

As an excellent source of nutrients including vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid, Wheat germ has been shown to help with everything from muscle function to mood to digestive health – perfect for post meal fullness! It’s also a rich source of zinc which fights off viruses and helps wounds heal, a must have when preventing or fighting winter illness.

With recipes like Pumpkin Waffles with Wheat GermWhole Wheat Cloverleaf Dinner RollsTurkey Pot Pie with Wheat Germ CrustProsciutto, Fig and Wheat Germ Stuffing, and Apple Turnovers with Wheat Germ, Kretschmer offers something for every occasion, while also cutting calories. We have tried the pumpkin waffle recipe and plan to try the Fig and Wheat Germ Stuffing with fresh figs from our neighbor’s garden (frozen fresh for tasty dishes no matter what the season!).
Cooking and Baking with Kretschmer Wheat Germ is simple, healthy and a delicious way to add a nutritional punch.

Don’t forget to “Like” Kretschmer Wheat Germ on facebook, and follow them on twitter @mywheatgerm for yummy recipes ideas and tips!
To #win your own Kretschmer Wheat Germ, leave me a comment and tell me which recipe you’d like to try!
Winner to be chosen by random.org, contest ends 12/27 11:59 PM EST.

 

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Lifefactory Limited Edition Bottles

We have long been fans of the reusable glass bottles by Lifefactory. We even use Lifefactory bottles for teeny tiny B. I love that the glass bottles are designed to grow with your child and transform to meet their needs with the simple change of a cap!  As a breastfeeding mama, I need to make sure I get plenty of fluids throughout the day. I always have my stylish, reusable, safe glass bottle with me whether I am on the go or not.
Lifefactory just released a collection of limited edition 12 oz Straw Cap Glass Bottles to benefit Healthy Child Healthy World. $5 from every Daren Joy Signature Series VI bottle sold will be donated directly to Healthy Child Healthy World. The Daren Joy Signature Series VI is available now at Lifefactory.com in two different color combinations for $19.99 each and just in time for the holidays!
Lifefactory Limited edition Glass bottles
The 12 oz Straw Cap Glass bottle is Lifefactory’s latest introduction – designed for one-hand, on-the-go operation and upright spill-proof hydration with a new raised oval design for extra grip.
Like all Lifefactory products, the 12 oz Glass Bottle is:
+ Made from non-toxic materials that are free of BPA, BPS and phthalates. Even the straw is medical-grade silicone rather than plastic.
+ All components are made in the U.S. or Europe.
+ Taste-neutral: When you drink something from glass, you’re experiencing the pure taste of that beverage – nothing more, nothing less.
+ Dishwasher safe and you can see inside to make sure it is clean!
About Healthy Child Healthy World:
Their mission is to empower parents to take action and protect children from harmful chemicals. We are proud to be partners with Healthy Child and look forward to contributing to their good work on behalf of healthy families.
For more info, visit www.healthychild.org.
About Lifefactory
Lifefactory was born when pediatric feeding specialist, Pam Marcus, grew concerned about the prevalence of harmful chemicals and plastics in the systems that feed and hydrate children at their most vulnerable stages. After years of wondering why there weren’t healthy and innovative alternatives for families, she helped create Lifefactory with integrative designer, Daren Joy. See more here.
Lifefactory fuses modern sensibility, eco-friendly composition, and exceptional utility to produce glass beverage bottles that are free of known harmful chemicals including BPA, BPS, phthalates, and PVC.Lifefactory was the first company to introduce a collection of BPA-free reusable glass beverage bottles with patent pending silicone sleeves for adults.
For more info, visit www.lifefactory.com.

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Le Salon NYC, featuring Organic Salon Systems, Review & Giveaway ($200)

When Le Salon NYC contacted me, and asked me to not only sample their Organic Salon Systems line of products but also bring my readers information on a more natural hair salon experience, I jumped at the opportunity.

I have been using the Organic Salon Systems shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks now and my hair is healthy, shiny and my wavy hair is under control. I love the smell of the products and how clean and light my hair feels without feeling dry. The conditioner has worked really well to keep my hair soft and shiny without feeling greasy and weighed down. As you know I just had a baby so my hair is going through many changes, and I have still been satisfied with the results I am getting from the Organic Salon Systems products. a huge bonus? I know the products are safer, healthier and “greener” than traditional salon products.

Now that baby girl has arrived, I am looking forward to a professional cut and style at Le Salon NYC. What new mama (or any woman!) would not jump at the chance to have a relaxing, professional and healthier salon experience?
A little bit about Le Salon NYC….

Le Salon NYC is a boutique hair salon located on Manhattan’s east side. Founded in 2008, Le
Salon is proud to exclusively feature Organic Salon Systems, a line of color, care, control and curl systems that contain certified organic ingredients and offer exceptional results.

Le Salon NYC offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to hair health, using an integrated
and scientifically engineered organic system designed to produce gorgeous, healthy and natural looking hair. Many traditional in-salon and at-home hair products contain toxic chemicals such as ammonia and formaldehyde that can damage the structural integrity of hair and may also irritate the scalp, eyes and skin.

Le Salon NYC is the perfect destination for those with sensitive skin and anyone who wishes to
avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals. Organic Color Systems products are different because they do not contain ammonia, parabens or sulfates, which means they are gentle on your hair, your body and the environment. Available in 64 beautiful and intermixable color options; Organic Color Systems offers gentle hair color without sacrificing style.

Organic Salon Systems high-performance hair products contain natural ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, sunflower oil and vitamins. Le Salon also features KeraGreen Keratin Smoothing System, a formaldehyde free smoothing system that eliminates frizz, softens curls and delivers high shine without toxic ingredients or irritation. The Organic Care Systems have also been certified as “Cruelty Free and Vegan” by People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA).

Le Salon NYC employs experienced hair stylists and Certified Organic Haircolorists including:

 Seasoned stylist Ashraf Ghashvand who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, including five years at Le Salon NYC. Ashraf believes one’s hairstyle is like the frame of a painting; it must complement the shape of your head as well as your facial features. Ashraf creates face-flattering styles designed to bring out each client’s true beauty.

 Certified Organic Haircolorist Marina Krupitskaya who has has been in the industry for 15 years. Marina joined Le Salon NYC five years ago. !

 Certified Organic Haircolorist Vincent BlueSky who has been in the industry for 20 years. Vincent joined Le Salon NYC four years ago.

Le Salon NYC is located at 310 East 44th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Please visit www.lesalonnyc.com to learn more about Le Salon and Organic Salon Systems.

One lucky Winner will get to experience Le Salon and the Organic Salon Systems for themselves! The  giveaway includes:

  • hair analysis
  • conditioning treatment
  • cut
  • blow dry
  • swag bag of products

The total value is $200. (Winner is responsible for all tips and gratuities, winner agrees to pay gratuities/tips when accepting the prize )

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Natracare: Do you Really Know What’s in Your Feminine Hygiene Products?

Why Not Say it Like it Is?

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Do you Really Know What’s in Your Feminine Hygiene Products?

We’re already overwhelmed with protecting ourselves and our families from toxins that we’re aware of, but what about harmful substances in products we don’t know about?   Feminine hygiene manufacturers don’t have to list ingredients on their packaging, and even though some products claim to be natural, they could contain bleach residuals, plastic and synthetics.  Women trust these products; however, using non-organic feminine hygiene products may cause skin irritation, itching, swelling, and burning which may lead to discomfort during intercourse.   While these symptoms might not be the case for all women, they are a serious issue for some.

There is a brand that provides women with a healthier option which has been a trusted and reliable choice for nearly 25 years.  In 1989, Susie Hewson, lifetime environmentalist, humanitarian and founder of Natracare, aware of the presence of toxins in sanitary products, recognized the need to create an alternative that would become the Natracare brand.  Natracare’s tampons are made from certified 100% organic, GMO-free cotton, and are free of harmful residuals from pesticide, sprays, and chlorine bleaches.  Natracare tampons and pads never contain plastics or synthetic materials.  Today, you can find Natracare tampons, pads, liners and wipes in leading grocery stores and drugstores throughout the United States right next to conventional brands.  Natracare’s organic and natural cotton tampons, pads, liners and wipes retail for $3.62 -$8.24.

About Natracare:

Natracare is an award-winning, ethical company committed to offering organic and natural solutions for personal health care that leave a soft footprint out of respect for future generations. All of its feminine hygiene and baby care products use only organic and natural materials and ingredients that are biodegradable and compostable and meet the highest environmental standards and certification.   Natracare is also committed to being a worldwide symbol for quality, innovation and ethics—available to all women as the natural choice for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preserving the natural environment. To learn more, visitwww.natracare.com.
Also, here is a link to an interesting video that shows what happens when a conventional brand and a Natracare pad are set on fire. (this video was not commissioned by Natracare). What happens really tells a story… http://naturallysavvy.com/care/conventional-feminine-hygiene-products-a-womens-issue-with-toxic-implications

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Baby Layette: Adorable Essentials for Baby

Who can resist itsy bitsy baby clothes? We have just four short weeks until we meet our newest member of the family, and snuggle for the first time. I am in full nesting mode~washing tiny socks, organic onesies and the sweetest rompers.

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I have picked my top pieces for a baby layette and shared them with you in my latest Syncing Your Style feature. Click the link to begin your ohhing and ahhhing!

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Climate Reality Project-Twitter party 10/22, #Climatereality

The Climate Reality Project - an organization founded by Al Gore – is  launching their 24 Hours of Reality global initiative, a 24-hour live broadcast that offers audiences the opportunity to join the conversation and learn how carbon pollution is affecting families around the world. This year, 24 Hours of Reality is focusing on the “Cost of Carbon” in the environment in regions around the world.

Join the Cost of Carbon Thunderclap (you sign up to send a tweet about climate change, and at a particular time – in this case, October 22 at 2p ET) – Thunderclap will send the tweet from all of the accounts that signed up.

Former Vice President Al Gore, who founded The Climate Reality Project, will be joining us next Tuesday, 10/22  for the Twitter party. #ClimateReality 

DETAILS FOR #CLIMATEREALITY TWITTER PARTY

What: Did you know that 90 million tons of carbon pollution enters the atmosphere every day? Chances are, you’re exposed to the cost of carbon pollution in ways you don’t even realize.

The Climate Reality Project chairman and former Vice President Al Gore will be on hand during the Twitter party, and others from the organization will be tweeting with us from @ClimateReality to bring attention to the cause. Learn effective tips to help all of us cut back on carbon pollution in our own lives to help make a difference. 

When: Tuesday, October 22, at 2p ET / 1p CT / 10a PT

Where:  Twitter – follow the #ClimateReality hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite, or HERE.

Hashtag: #ClimateReality

Hosts: @ClimateReality, @AlGore, @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Prizes! Five prizes will be awarded throughout the party, with winners chosen randomly based on correct responses to trivia questions. The prizes will help you spread the word about climate change – each consists of an I AM PRO SNOW hat and t-shirt from The Climate Reality Project.

Eligibility for prizes is limited to participants in the United States who are 18 years of age and over.

 

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