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Monday, December 28, 2009

ECOSTORE USA $25 E-Gift Certificate Winner!


Thank you to all who entered and participated in this giveaway. The lucky winner is:

Comment #7
from my motorhome to yours said...

I follow ecostore on twitter

December 16, 2009 9:45 PM






Congratulations to from my motorhome to yours! The winner has 3 days to contact me for details, before I select another winner.

Please check out ECOSTORE USA for All Natural, Non-toxic products.

**The winner was chosen using the random number generator on, www.random.org**

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ECOSTORE USA REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

When I was contacted by Ecostore USA to do a review on their products, I was so excited! Not have I only heard wonderful things about their products, but I am always interested in trying new products around our home which are eco-friendly & natural. Ecostore USA is an extension of a 20 year old New Zealand company that makes plant based, non-toxic household cleaning, baby and personal products that contain NO NASTY CHEMICALS. Ecostore USA was kind enough to send me two of their household items to review.
Being a mother to a very active boy toddler, naturally...his clothes get stained or dirty OFTEN. Especially, his white shirts. Having a child with sensitive skin, I am very particular about what products I use to wash his clothes. When I received this, I immediately gave it a try on our whites, and it works wonders! The oxygen whitener actually works better than other whiteners I have tried, and not to mention it is all natural. The Pure Oxygen Whitener contains oil of citrus and Coconut and other plant based ingredients. We will definitely be purchasing this in the future. For more information, please click on the photo above.

The dishwash liquid was something I definitely wanted to try since I am looking for good natural dishwash liquids that don't irritate my skin. Most dishwash liquids tend to make my hands dry or irritated and I am constantly having to put lotion on my hands. After trying this dishwash liquid for almost two weeks, I have had no problems with my hands. The best part is that it cleans dishes very well. Put some hot water in a sink & a dash of the liquid, soak your dishes for a few minutes, and wash & dry. The liquid cleaned the dishes beautifully with no harsh fragrances and it is free of any synthetic chemicals. Fore more information on this product, please click on the image above.

~ECOSTORE USA GIVEAWAY~
Ecostore USA is giving away a $25.00 E-gift certificate!

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*PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ITEM, so I know it has been done. The giveaway will end December 27th, 2009 at 11:59pm. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator. GOOD LUCK!*

**No compensation was received to review this product. The opinions stated and the review above is solely my opinion only. Please read the disclosure policy at bottom of the page**


Thursday, December 3, 2009

EBEANSTALK TOY STORE ~ Solid Drum Toy REVIEW

Picking toys is not easy and there is a toy website called ebeanstalk, dedicated to selecting good, safe learning toys and toys for a 1 year old. BUT they need help from moms like me to help pick the toys. The toy they sent is called SOLID DRUM, one of their many unique toys. Here is the deal on this toy: Solid Drum.

My son, who is 18 months old, enjoys discovering new sounds and exploring many new things. He is at a very curious age. When we received the, Solid Drum, to review from ebeanstalk, we were so excited since we knew our son would get much enjoyment out of it. It helps him to learn about rhythms, develop motor skills, coordination, how to communicate with us and others, & much more. This toy is made by Plan Toys, and is made from replenishable rubberwood. The Solid Drum comes with a rubber mallet and the drum makes different sounds depending on where you hit the drum. The drum is very solid and even withstands my son's banging while he explores the different sounds. He has in fact, even stood on the drum and has not broken.

The Solid Drum is a green toy and Plan Toys is a green company. You can purchase many of their toys from ebeanstalk. We will definitely be looking into purchasing more toys from ebeanstalk for our son in the future as they have a wide variety of Green Toys to choose from.

**No compensation was received to review this product. The opinions stated and the review above is solely my opinion only. Please read the disclosure policy at bottom of the page**


Monday, August 3, 2009

Homemade Flour Tortillas - Easy to Make

Tonight, we made homemade fish tacos, and decided to make our tortillas from scratch! It is super easy, tasty, and not to mention cheaper! Try it yourself and see!

Ingredients:
3 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1tsp. salt
4-6 tbsp. shortening
1 1/4 cups warm water
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Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.


Add shortening. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just use your hands.


Add the warm water little at a time until the dough is soft and not sticky. Knead the dough for a few minutes.


Form small dough balls (10 to 16). let them sit for at least 10 minutes or longer if you wish.

Heat up the skillet. Set it between medium to high heat. IMPORTANT: If the skillet is too hot, tortillas will cook too fast.


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Place the dough in the middle of your tortilla maker and smash the dough. Line the tortilla maker with plastic wrap, if you wish. It can help prevent the dough from sticking to the tortilla maker.


Dust each tortilla with a little flour to prevent sticking, and place them in the skillet to cook. Flip the tortilla after a few seconds.


When they are done it should have brown spreckles.


Place the cooked tortillas in a towel or a tortilla warmer to keep them warm longer. ENJOY!

I used all organic ingredients in this recipe which I purchased mostly from Whole Foods. Check to see if there is a store near you!




Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Biodegradable Plastic Bags & Reusable Bags (dogs, diapers, garbage, etc.)

Garbage is a constant thing in our world today. The plastic bags we "generally" use to dispose of our garbage, just fills up the landfills more & more. They estimate, Americans alone dispose of 38 Billion Plastic Bags each year!! WOW!

My husband and I have been looking into "green" options for waste as much as possible. It's amazing how many biodegradable bags are out there. The cost may be slight higher than an average garbage bag, but my husband and I are firm believers that every little bit we do to preserve our earth can go a long ways. There are nearly 7 billion people on this planet, and if every one of us did small things each day it could make a HUGE difference! We buy our bags from BioBag occasionally, but we've also found biodegradable bags at specific stores for specific things. For example, e found biodegradable diaper bags for our son's diapers at Babies 'R' Us. We also found biodegradable potty bags for our dogs at pet stores.

I've also purchased RE-USABLE cloth bags from grocery stores to take with us when we go shopping or reuse the paper bags the stores gave us, so I don't waste anymore bags or plastic bags at stores. They're the cloth one piece bags. Trader Joes, Safeway, Whole Foods, Nob Hill, Raleys & many more stores have them. You can even make your own! They cost a few dollars but are definitely worth it. Also, if you shop at Whole Foods, they will give you a 5 cent credit for every bag you reuse when purchasing your groceries at the time.

BioBag has every kind of disposable bag you can imagine and they're 100% biodegradable and compostable. For pets, yard trimmings, kitchen bags, & more. They have also been recommended on the Oprah Show and the Martha Stewart Show. Check them out!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

As we are in the middle of moving, I unfortunately have not had a lot of time to post anything about being green lately. I apologize, but things should be settled in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a lil' story and a picture of our son.

We as a family often go to the parks in our neighborhood. Some of the parks are a few miles away. In the effort of being green, my husband and I either bike, put our son in the stroller, or in his wagon to go to parks or sometimes even grocery shopping. Depending on the destination we use different contraptions. Recently, we went to the park closest to us, which is about half a mile, and put our son in his wagon. Needless to say, he absolutely loves it. Every little bit we do to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions will go a long ways for our next generation!

Lovin' His Wagon...

For more Wordless Wednesdays, check out Jolly Mom, Extraordinary Mothers, 5 minutes for mom



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brownie Pudding

My husband and my son are avid chocolate lovers. Brownies have never really been on our menu, until recently. We haven't made brownies in such a long time since it usually comes in packages. This recipe literally takes at most 45 minutes to prep and bake. It's super easy and made from very simple ingredients. My husband & son absolutely love it!

BROWNIE PUDDING

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened coca powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
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1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups boiling water
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VANILLA ICE CREAM (optional)

My husband is particular about his chocolate, and we use Ghirardelli Chocolate cocoa powder. It is all Natural. You should be able to find it at your local grocery store.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease an 8x8x2 inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir in milk, oil, and vanilla. If you'd like, fold in the walnuts. Pour the batter onto the baking pan and spread evenly.



In a different bowl, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and the boiling water. Pour the water mixture over the batter.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Let it cool for an hour before serving. If you would like to reheat the brownie pudding, microwave for about 30 seconds (per piece) or leave in a warm oven for about 10 minutes.

Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream if desired. ENJOY!


and... last but not least...
can't forget my little helper!


Where's my pudding?

In this recipe, I used mostly organic and a couple natural ingredients mostly from Whole Foods Market. Check to see if there is a store near you.



Stuffed Cornish Game Hens, CROCKPOT STYLE!

Cooking from scratch and using all natural / organic ingredients can be quite a challenge. Not to mention, the time it takes to cook. Some cases, you have to actually tend to what you are working for a long periods of time. Realistically, in this day and age, it is so hard to find the time to be able to stay in the kitchen, let alone anytime to yourself. Ever since I've had my son, I've come to find that my crockpot is my best friend! You can actually cook some very nice meals, and all you have to do is prep it which can take nearly 15 to 20 minutes, and just walk away.

Tonight, we made Stuffed Cornish Game Hens. Below is the recipe and pictures. ENJOY!


STUFFED CORNISH GAME HEN

Ingredients:
Any stuffing recipe or package or....
1 cup cooked wild rice

3 teaspoons of citrus zest (I use orange, sometimes lemon)
4 cloves of garlic

2 - 1 to 2 pound game hens, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups vegetable or beef broth
1 cup red wine

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper



If using rice, cook the rice. After cooking the rice, add your choice of zest and the garlic. Mix.


In a small bowl, stir together the beef broth, red wine, mustard, basil, oregano, and black pepper. Set aside.


Stuff the game hens with the rice or stuffing.

Heat a large pan with the olive oil and butter over medium heat. DO NOT USE HIGH HEAT. Add the game hens and sear them on all sides to brown. Transfer the game hens (head down, or sew the bottoms) into your crock pot. . After placing the game hens in the crock pot, pour the liquid mixture over the top of the game hens.


Cook in crock pot on HIGH for 3 to 5 hours.

Serve with your choice of vegetable, with the stuffed WILD RICE (or stuffing of choice) and GAME HEN.


Bon App├ętit!

In this recipe, I used all organic and natural ingredients mostly from Whole Foods Market. Check to see if there is a store near you.


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