Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks

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Our Top 10 Earth Day Friendly Beauty Picks!

 
 

1. Everyone Face Exfoliate

$9.99 at eoproducts.com
EveryOne Face Exfoliate ­ a natural and unique product that uses Candelilla Wax to provide the exfoliating texture, not plastic beads. Candelilla Wax is naturally found on the shrub of the Candelilla Bush (native to southwestern US and northern Mexico). Never harmful to the environment or wildlife, and it’s biodegradable. This facial exfoliator is gentle on skin, but does a great job at removing dirt, and last night’s make-up!

 
 
2. Alba Tinted Perfector Lotion

$9.99 at albabotanica.com
This has quickly become my favorite moisturizer because it’s a tinted with just enough color to even out my complexion. I use this as my daily moisturizer now and I’m so happy with the results. No clogged pores, no breakouts, just happy, beautiful skin.

 
 
3.  Dr Hauschka Mascara

$30 at drhauschka.com
 When I started looking for an “all natural” mascara, I tried at least half a dozen before I found Dr Hauschka’s mascara. What a waste of money! I should have started with Dr Hauschka’s because it is hands down, the best all natural mascara that I’ve tried. It doesn’t flake off before the day is done and it doesn’t clump. I also like how it smells. Highly recommend this mascara for anyone looking to clean up their beauty routine.

 
 

4. UD NAKED ULTRA NOURISHING LIPGLOSS

$20 at urbandecay.com
With its additively creamy texture and gorgeous, high-gloss finish, Naked Lipgloss feels so luxe that you’ll want to keep applying it all day—even when you don’t need to. The best part? Unlike most addictive substances, it’s actually good for you! Nine gorgeous colors to choose from. “Naked” is my favorite shade. Perfect for everyday!

 
 
5. Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm

$30 at nordstrom.com

This soothing temple balm contains a powerful blend of essential oils to help promote harmony, tranquility and relaxation. I use this every night before bed or whenever I’m feeling stressed.

 
 
6. AHAVA Lavender Bath Salt

$22 at ulta.com
Rich in health-inducing minerals, these 100% pure Dead Sea salts contains 21 essential minerals. They condition skin by increasing moisture and nourishment levels, helping to ease muscle tension and soreness and relax both body and mind. Seriously, take time to have a bath once a week. It will change your life!

 
 
7. Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Body Scrub

$9.99 at ulta.com
SheaMoisture’s Superfruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub is a nourishing sugar scrub that exfoliates and purifies while leaving skin soft and radiant. Plus, it smells realllllly good and it’s affordable!

 
 
8. Authentic African Black Soap

$8.39 at alaffia.com
Authentic Black Soap is an “all in one” option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with a clarifying blend of citrus essential oils. Suitable for all skin & hair types. You’ll absolutely LOVE this one!

 
 
9. Herbacin Wellness Hand Cream

$5.99 at drugstore.com
Herbacin Wellness hand cream intensely moisturizes dry and chapped hands with powerful skin protectants and all natural ingredients. I use this every time I wash my hands to seal in moisture and keep them well hydrated.  The Herbacin Wellness Lavender hand cream combines powerful is the perfect daily moisturizer for your hands. (Good for feet too!)

 
 
10. Avalon Organics Shampoo

$10.50 at avalonorganics.com
Get your hair clean naturally with Avalon Organics Peppermint Shampoo. It will invigorate your scalp for a clean, fresh feeling. All natural ingredients strengthen the elasticity of weak, brittle hair while smoothing split ends and fly-aways for radiantly renewed bounce and length. Your hair will thank you!

 

 

 

ZOYA’S EARTH DAY Nail Polish Exchange!

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Even if you aren’t “into” Earth Day, you aren’t going to want to miss out on Zoya’s nail polish movement!

ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish for years now and every season they release the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available on the market. With Zoya Nail Polish, you won’t have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a fashionable one. You can go worry-free with a formula that is BIG5FREE**

This Earth Day, you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one beautiful Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! Collect all your yucky, chemical filled nail polish bottles and EXCHANGE them for a bottle of ZOYA!

The Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014 where you can swap out old, unwanted color for the world’s healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market. Not only that, they will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner at no charge to you!

This offer is only good for 1 week – so hurry – Don’t Wait!
Valid 4/21/14 – 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT THE ZOYA BLOG or visit zoya.com

Save The Earth, One Bambooee At A Time!

bambooeeYou can help save the earth by using less paper towels each day! Yeah, that’s pretty obvious, right? Well, you don’t just stop using paper towels, cold turkey. Just switch to Bambooee!

So, what the heck is a Bambooee you ask?

Bambooee is a reusable bamboo towel that replaces generic paper towels that helps reduce the 3,000 tons of paper towel waste people generate each day! They are thicker and more absorbent then even the “luxury” paper towels and Bambooee can be washed and reused over 100 times without losing integrity. Just one roll of Bambooee is equivalent to 286 standard paper towel rolls.

Just clean up your usual messes all day long and at the end of the day, toss it into the washing machine to be ready for the next mess in no time.

Here’s the commercial…

You can purchase Bamooee Towels on Amazon.com and www.bambooee.com

PACT Eco-Friendly, Organic Cotton Line of Clothing Basics

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with organic cotton. Especially when purchasing clothes for my new baby, who is expected to make an appearance shortly! So I was really excited to get a few baby clothing pieces from PACT, a super cool, eco-friendly, organic cotton line of basics for gals, guys and baby.

PACT is on a mission to make it easier for you to make a simple change in your life to make the world a better place. As PACT likes to say: You change your underwear, together we change the world.

Not only that, PACT is treating the world a little more kind this Earth Day (and year round!) by bringing eco-friendly socks, undies, and everyday basics to make you look good and feel good.

What is PACT all about?

  • Super soft organic cotton
  • Everyday essentials ethically manufactured to go easy on the environment
  • A design process followed from seed to shelf
  • Environmentally friendly packaging (even vegetable based ink)

With every purchase, you help PACT make a positive change in the world (it’s Earth Day everyday at PACT!).

Each season, PACT partners with a non-profit, all revolving around empowering people to make a lasting positive change in their community. For spring/summer 2014, PACT is going all the way back to the source – their farmers. In India, PACT organic cotton is produced by Chetna Organic, a cooperative of small family farms. PACT will be supporting a variety of social projects in cotton growing villages to build strong, vibrant communities.

I’m really excited to have discovered PACT and I hope you are too. Their products are well-made, eco-friendly and affordably priced from $8 – $40.

Available at Whole Foods, Nordstrom and wearpact.com

3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

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My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)


 

Idea #2: NAIL POLISH

What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids

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Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


 

Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

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Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)

 

Easter is Coming! Got PEEPS?!

love your peeps

It’s not really Easter without a big basket of PEEPS!

I’m not a huge fan of sweets and candy, and I’m not even really crazy about marshmallows, but dang… I gotta have a couple peeps at Easter time! It just doesn’t seem like Easter without an assortment of Marshmallow Peeps. I like looking at them more than I like eating them. They are just so darn cute!

Peepsters wholePEEPS have really kicked things up a notch this year with their yummy little Peepsters. These cute bite-size nuggets of goodness are a great tasting combination of rich chocolate and delicious marshmallow flavored crème.

Available in creamy milk chocolate or rich dark chocolate varieties. I like the rich dark chocolate best, of course.

I also love the chocolate covered marshmallow chicks. Just delicious!

The little PEEPS Marshmallow Bunnies inspired our homeschool easter craft last week!

peeps bunnies

Head to your local supermarket and grab your PEEPS, then visit their website for cool crafts and activities you can do with Peeps (if you don’t want to eat them all!)

PEEPS Brand provided me with the products for this review/post.
My thoughts and opinions are my own, regardless of monetary compensation.
My opinion is that PEEPS are awesome.

Get Prepared for Next Winter, Right NOW!

3 tips to make next winter a little easier

Spring has sprung, as they say, meaning that now is the perfect time to prepare for next winter.

Why? Well, just think about it. While you don’t want to be one of those irritants who crows about Christmas as soon as the last one is over, preparing for the cold snap now, when some stock is out of season and therefore cheaper, will save you cash and let you beat that winter rush.

You know the winter rush, right?

It’s that time when you’re walking through the town centre and people in shops look more like looters than customers. Panicked staffers on checkouts; clamorous customers pawing at the last iPads on store shelves– the winter is a nightmarish period of time to shop.

Which makes now the perfect time to get your winter preparations out of the way! You’ll meet calm people on shop checkouts, mingle with polite customers and, if you’re lucky, pick up some bargains.

 

1. Warm Your House Early

What is really irksome in the lead-up to winter is when the freezing cold kicks in. You’ve got ice cubes for feet, the big chill in your living room, and no heating to get you through it.

For a start, try getting new, preferably double-glazed, windows for your house. They’ll be easier to install in the springtime and will retain heat more cost-effectively than blasting a radiator on.

After which, make sure your home is adequately insulated and that your heating systems are top of the line. That way, you won’t have to suffer in the cold when winter comes.

We have new windows in our house, but that didn’t help when we ran out of wood pellets for our pellet stove in February! We will definitely be buying an extra ton of pellets this year because running around in the cold, looking for bags of wood pellets to buy was NOT FUN!

 

2. Pick Up a Christmas Bargain

It’s already been mentioned but, by crikey, shopping during Christmas time is stressful. Just walking down the high street makes you feel like a salmon trying to swim downstream when another thousand salmons are swimming up against you. And those salmons have Christmas shopping that they’re constantly bashing into you with, bloody hypothetical salmons.

So, the lesson is to get your Christmas shopping out of the way quickly, picking up bargains all through the year, to beat that festive stress.

 

3. Get Stocked Up

You see it like an annual event on the front of newspapers – “COLDEST WINTER IN A CENTURY”, exclaims the newsstand every winter.

Although they’re mainly setting out to scaremonger and sell papers, the tabloids are right that, as climate change causes fluctuations in weather, the temperature is becoming bitterer in those winter months.

To remedy this, you should stock up like it’s the coming apocalypse. Buy grit-loads of grit, keep provisions of tinned foodstuffs and maintain a backup generator in case the wild weather blows out your main power supply.

After which, you needn’t worry about the winter weather again…