Posted by: suzan | April 23, 2014

World Book Night – The Love of Reading and Giveaway

WORLD BOOK NIGHT There once was a little girl who loved the beauty of words. They fascinated her, entranced her, and took her on impossible journeys. She took that unabashed love for words and used it for reading, writing, and eventually sharing the love of words to anyone she encountered. The love for words stayed with her throughout the years and oftentimes people wonder why her head was always buried in a book, looking up only when she had something important to say. What is it about reading a good book that can take you away to a far-off land ruled by fairies or frighten your socks off  right underneath your bed covers late at night? If you love the feel of those grainy rough papers in between your fingers or even sliding a page on your tablet, then you’ll know that the magic of reading goes far beyond anything your mind can take you. Books are magical yes, but it’s what you take from them that makes it even more powerful.

Each year on April 23, World Book Night (http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/) helps spread the love of reading to the general public. Launched in the U.K. in 2011, the worldwide phenomenon soon became so popular and sought-after that it spread to the United States. The mission is to help those who do not have opportunities to read on a regular basis or simply those who do not understand the importance of a good book. By sponsorship with authors, booksellers, publishers, and other professionals in the literary world, WBN finds “book givers” throughout the US to distribute carefully selected books to those who need a little nudge in reading. Recipients of these books could be children, teens, and even adults who need that extra push to open up a book and start falling in love with the beauty of words. BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA This year I was fortunate to be selected as a Book Giver and my chosen book is Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I read Bridge to Terabithia a long time ago when it was first published and watched the movie. Although I didn’t enjoy the movie as much as the book – but really, can you blame that the original book is oftentimes hard to translate onto film – it was still a lot of fun to compare the scenes portrayed on film to the descriptions in the book. I would consider Bridge to Terabithia a good book for preteens and those who want to embark on a little adventure with a boy and a girl. Two unlikely friends bound together to triumph in the end and may even remind all of us that our minds can take us on journeys beyond the farthest stars, beyond the greatest adventures in our hearts.

Reading isn’t just meant for schools or as mandatory homework. If that was the case then there wouldn’t be artists or musicians or writers. Our civilization would be dull and uninspiring and we wouldn’t appreciate how the colors of a flower can be described in a hundred ways or what would be the safest way to bungee jump off a mountainous cliff. Words inspire us, transport us, and changes us in ways that only words can do. So take up a good book, find a comfy chair and let your mind enter the realm of words. You won’t be sorry for it.

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Right now, you can download the World Book Night eBook for free ( for a limited time) at: http://eworldbooknight.org/ for brief stories of popular literature. Download and share. Read and share.

As a WBN book giver, I am also given the opportunity to give The Bridge to Terabithia to one of my lucky readers. For this particular giveaway, the winner has to share the book with someone who doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to read. For me, reading is very important – no matter the genre. So in order to qualify for future giveaways, I ask that you return to my blog and write a brief review of the book, Bridge to Terabithia. And the person you share the book with (if they are old enough to write a review) must share their thoughts as well on my blog. I will email the details to the winner after one has been selected.

So how do you win this wonderful book: Bridge to Terabithia? The entry is easy. Simply “Like” World Book Night on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/worldbooknightusa). Then tell me in the comments section what your favorite book is and commit that you would write a review of the book you won within 3 weeks of receiving the book. Please also share the book with someone and who you are planning on sharing it with.

*You can enter by providing the above comments in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

Contest Start Date: April 23, 2014

Contest End Date: May 8, 2014

Only  1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.

GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

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If you’re like most parents with young children, sleep is an elusive dream. I’m somewhat of an insomniac anyway and it doesn’t help when the lack of sleep hits me during the day and I’m walking around like a zombie. But besides a good night’s rest, sometimes I need a little help waking up in the morning and going to bed at night. When I learned about Kiss My Face’s newest Early to Bed and Early to Rise Shower Gels I was intrigued. Could an actual body wash help me wake up refreshed in the mornings as well as one that can help me sleep peacefully?

When the good folks at Kiss My Face (http://www.kissmyface.com/) sent me their Early to Bed and Early to Rise shower gels to try, I was a bit skeptical. How could shower gels actually help with waking up refreshed in the morning and soothing enough to give me a peaceful night’s rest? Well, that’s when the powers of essential oils come in – their wondrous therapeutic properties have been known for many centuries and are still applied to modern day uses.

 

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Both Early to Bed and Early to Rise shower gels contain specific fruit and herbal extracts that are meant to help and enhance one’s mood. With their Early to Bed shower gel the calming and soothing properties of Clove and Ylang Ylang are carefully blended with the stress-relieving quality of Lavender to put you in a relaxing and peaceful state of mind – something quite important to a good night’s sleep. When I opened the bottle cap the first scents that hit me were Clove and Ylang Ylang. Both have very powerful aromas that immediately brings tranquility to the mind. Some may not appreciate their pungent scents but I’ve been using natural essential oils and extracts for many years so I was accustomed to their fragrances. The lavender is very light but it’s in there and if you take a careful whiff, you’ll enjoy the melange of scents that is altogether soothing and intriguing. Although I can’t quite say whether it had helped me fall asleep faster than if I didn’t use it, the shower gel did create a natural sense of tranquility.

With the Early to Rise shower gel I was eager to try that right away. Using the essential extracts of Wild Mint and Citrus such as lemon and grapefruit, the fresh scents are both refreshing and invigorating. I definitely felt more awake the instant I stepped into the shower and poured some of the Early to Rise shower gel into my palms. I’m a major fan of citrus in my shower gels as they are delightful to the senses and reminds me of orchards and meadows.

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Kiss My Face uses naturally derived ingredients and do not contain parabens, phthalates, or SLS and are generally gentle on the skin. They do not use any artificial fragrances only essential oils and extracts and come in a variety of delightful scents. We’ve been using Kiss My Face products for many years and I even use their kids formulas for my son. I really like the fact that they harness the powers of essential extracts to use for therapeutic purposes as well as enhances one’s mood. The properties for the two shower gels contain the following:

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Chamomile – calms and soothes the skin

Ylang Ylang – soothing for the body and mind

Olive Oil – superb moisturizer for all skin types

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Basil – stimulates skin circulation

Lemon – uplifting and refreshing for the skin

Olive Oil – superb moisturizer for all skin types

Currently, Kiss My Face products can be found at most natural grocery stores, on their website, and online shopping sites including Amazon and Vine.com. 

For more info about Kiss My Face, please visit their website: http://www.kissmyface.com/

 

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Posted by: suzan | April 8, 2014

Earth Month – What You Can Do

PLANET EARTH

Our planet is a precious commodity and unless we can live on another planet, Earth is all we have for the next few thousand years or so. Or we hope.

April is officially “Earth Month” when we celebrate our planet and do things that help rather than hinder it. But I’d like to think that we should celebrate and take care of Earth every day and while that may be difficult for most, it only takes one small step to make a major difference. Whether it’s remembering to recycle or turning off the lights when not in use, we all can make some positive changes to help make our world a better place for our future generations.

This year’s post I’d like to dedicate it to recycling. Many people already recycle on a regular basis but do you know what’s recyclable and what’s not? Not everything can be thrown in the recycling bin and those that can may have to be placed in their own separate containers. Below is a list of items that are recyclable and are not. Happy Earth Month and remember that we can help improve the quality of our planet.

RECYCLABE:

PLASTIC BOTTLE

Plastic bottles marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) are recyclable in most communities. This includes: shampoo, conditioners, body wash, lotion, baby powder, face cleanser, and body oil.

PLASTIC

Plastic marked #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) may not be accepted for recycling via curbside programs. Check with your municipality and the Earth911 recycling locator. Some #5 (PP) plastics may also be recycled via drop-off or mail-in programs. 

CAPS

Caps and closures may be kept on plastic bottles and containers at the point of recycling. Caps are often made from #5 plastic and can usually be recycled through your curbside recycling program. Check with your local municipality.

PAPERBOARD ITEMS

Most paperboard items are recyclable: Toilet paper rolls; cardboard boxes and cartons for over the counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.

NON-RECYCLABLE

TOOTHBRUSHES

Toothbrushes are generally only recyclable through take-back programs, as most municipalities don’t accept them as recycling. 

TUBES

Most bathroom tubes (toothpaste, etc.) are made with plastic laminate, which most   municipalities do not accept for recycling.

PUMPS

Currently, the pumps on bottles are not recyclable due to the multiple components that are contained within a pump.  Please remove all pumps before recycling a bottle, then put the bottle in your recycling and the pump in your garbage.

DENTAL FLOSS CONTAINERS

Dental floss containers are usually made with multiple parts of multiple materials, so they generally cannot be recycled, except via the mail-in and drop-off programs.

*Always check with your local recycling programs to see what they will and will not take.

Posted by: suzan | April 7, 2014

Natural Products Expo West – March 2014

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST

Every year the natural and organic products industry does something unique – they all come together to showcase their products and enlighten us with something new and innovative. Besides what we already know of these natural companies, there are always many more coming out with products that help us live better and healthier lives. This year I had the honor of attending the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California and it was as entertaining and educational as the ones before. In the span of 3 days I experienced a melting pot of natural vitamins, frozen foods, and gluten-free energy bars among many other variety of health-promoting foods and trends. It was fascinating to see all the companies that I normally buy and see in stores to come together and show their goods in one giant building.

What seems to be on trend this year is the so called Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet, or otherwise known as “caveman food”. Based on a strict regimen of eating foods found only in nature, the Paleo Diet consists of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts. It excludes any type of  grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. Although a fairly new type of food trend, the Paleo Diet is quickly becoming more widespread similar to its predecessors – the Raw Food Diet, Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, and so forth. But the more prominent food trends are still gluten-free, vegan, chia seeds, quinoa, and a few others that are more or less accepted because of their unique advantages.

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It was great to see a lot of new companies sticking their heads out to test their waters on their newest products. We visited booths that included products ranging from freshly pressed juices to honey soaps. NPE even dedicated an entire floor to showcase these new up and coming products – some from fledgling companies, others are more well-known.

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As usual when you first walk up the main avenue to get to the Convention Center, you’ll find booths hovered collectively in a circle in the front ready for you to sample their goods. It doesn’t matter whether you are a vendor, an attendee, or just a curious passerby, these companies will inadvertently thrust their samples in your hands giving you a taste of what they offer. When you enter the building however, you are welcomed by rolls and rolls of display cases showcasing all the various hundreds of vendors and the products they sell and distribute. You’ll find companies like Stonyfield Farm, Wholesome Sweeteners, Itoen, Eden Foods, MELT Organics, Vans Natural Foods, and many others on display – the colorful arrays are eye-catching and breathtaking.

We met many companies during the three-day event and I hope to bring you some fun and new products to read about and try for yourselves. Going to the Natural Products Expo West event has always been a joy for me and to see some of the companies interact so favorably with my son is a lot of fun for him as well. We always come home tired but exuberant and full of knowledge!

Stay tuned for new products and new giveaways showcasing some of the companies I visited.

 

 

Posted by: suzan | April 2, 2014

Show Your DISNEY SIDE Home Celebration

SHOW YOUR DISNEY

Have you ever heard of the expression, “We all have a little Disney inside us”? Whether we’ve enjoyed watching their movies, visited their theme parks, or simply allowed the magic of “Disney” to make us believe a little more, there’s just something about the entire Disney franchise that touches our hearts. As a MomSelect blogger, I was fortunate to be chosen to host a “Show Your Disney Side” (http://disneyside.disneyparks.disney.go.com/) party where friends and kids came together to celebrate the unique entity known as Disney. Although the original party date was postponed due to unrelenting rain in my area, I was able to set it for another weekend where the sun was shining and warm accompanied by a gentle cool breeze. Hosting the party at a nearby park as sort of an excuse for the kids to play and the adults to chat, we had lots of fun and relaxed in the sun. The DisneySide Home Celebration is an ongoing event designed to celebrate the fun and creative aspects of all things Disney.

If you go online (http://disneyside.disneyparks.disney.go.com/) you’ll find plenty of ideas for creating your own parties or just enlightening your kids on the Disney characters they have probably seen at one time or another. Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, you’ll find lots of fun activities to enjoy on their site.

DISNEY SIDE PARTY

Thanks again to all the sponsors for the party and the chance for everyone to enjoy a little fun in the sun!

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Posted by: suzan | March 10, 2014

Boiron Oscillo – Homeopathic Cold and Flu Defense

BOIRON

I hate that initial feeling of body aches, runny nose, and a sore throat that just won’t go away. The dreaded thought that a cold or flu is fast approaching is never a pleasant one. But fear not, there are many ways to counterattack the onslaught of a cold or flu: getting plenty of extra rest, uptake your Vitamin C, and don’t stress out. It’s inevitable that we’ll all get sick one time or the other and with the horrible weathers throughout the nation, our bodies are really taking a toll.  And with a busy life keeping us from remembering to take care of ourselves, we subject ourselves to even the littlest ailment.

I like to keep my defenses up throughout the year only because I know that colds and flus don’t only flourish during the Winter months. I’m more prone to natural, homeopathic prevention which helps prevent those nasty bugs and germs from invading my immune system. But occassionally I’ll get a bit of a cold and I’ve learned long ago that it’s best to prevent that impending cold from taking over my body. Ususally for me, high stress is the factor but stress is also hard to prevent as well. So besides drinking lots of hot ginger tonics, uptaking my Vitamin C, and green tea, I’ve found other meaningful and helpful ways of fighting that first attack. And that’s when I also learned about a company called Boiron (http://www.boironusa.com/).

Boiron has been making natural, homeopathic medicine for both children and adults for over 80 years with a sincere and straightforward approach in providing excellent, natural medicine throughout the world. Originating in France many years ago, Boiron’s holistic approach that medicine should be effective and safe for all ages has made them a popular name in households. In fact, having used mostly natural remedies since I was young, I rather prefer medicine that comes from nature than from a test tube. From personal experience, most natural remedies causes no ill side effects but you should always consult a specialist if you ever have any doubts.

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When we discovered Boiron and their entire family of natural, homeopathic medicine, I had eagerly wanted to try their products. After hearing much about their Oscillococcinum line of medicine, which combats flu-like symptoms, I had to find out for myself if it would be as good as it said it was. Oscillococcinum’s medicine is to be taken right at the initial signs of a flu or cold, such as fatique, headache, body aches, chills, and fever. On one occassion when I was starting to feel downright yucky, I knew that I had better stave off any further attacks on my body so I popped open a tube of Oscillococcinum’s sweet-tasting medicine and waited. In a few hours and by the end of the day, I did indeed feel better and although I can’t say 100% sure if it was the medicine or my precautionary steps, I was overjoyed that my body aches and sniffles weren’t going to take over my life. And because Boiron backs up their medicine with a 100% guarantee, I felt safer at trying a new type of medicine.

Boiron believes that medicine should work naturally with your body. It’s pretty similar to drinking honey with hot water and lemon for a sore throat or mild cough, uptaking your doses of Vitamin C, or rubbing lotion all over your body during the dry, cold Winter months. All of these type of prevention and care stems from years of knowledge and experience that we’ve all come to appreciate. With me, I prefer to prevent an illness rather than take a bunch of unnecessary medication to get rid of it. I do that by trying to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and fight off any cold symptoms before they come full fledged. With Boiron’s 80 years of experience in the medicinal field, I can feel pretty safe about taking their medicne. I don’t really like taking typical pharmaceuticals that’s been engineered in a test tube and although they may be necessary at times, going natural is more suitable for me.

OSCILLO KIDS

When my son had a cough awhile ago, I decided to try Boiron’s Chestal for children and gave him the syrupy medicine as directed. Along with natural honey and a slew of impressive, symptom-targeted herbs, his cough subsided within a couple of days and I was glad that once again, that there were no side effects from taking Boiron’s medicine. Boiron also makes Chestal for adults too and their cough syrup is sweet, does not have that icky “mediciny” taste, and goes down smoothly. I even took the adult version when I had a cough as well and now we keep a couple bottles of Chestal in our medicine cabinet.

What’s really great about Boiron’s extensive lineup of natural, homeopathic medicine is that they have something for practically any ailment. From muscle pain to topical first aid, to cough and cold preventative medicine, they have a clean line of medication that would suit your everyday needs. Boiron’s medicine can be found at natural grocery stores as well as major supermarkets around the nation so it’s fairly easy to pick some up should you ever need them. The wonderful folks at Boiron and Naturally Savvy (www.NaturallySavvy.com)had sent me a box of their 6-count Oscillococcinum to try and review. And sure enough, with the harsh Winter months and flu season threatening us this season, the Oscillococccinum came in handy. You may not always be able to prevent a flu or a cold, but if you can zap it in its place before it takes over your body, then the better ways of doing it is with some preventative, natural medicine.

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Posted by: suzan | February 20, 2014

Toopy and Binoo – Children’s TV program

TOOPY AND BINOO

Kids love cartoons whether as a parent you want them to watch it or not. Personally, I think cartoons are fine as long as they are age appropriate and are entertaining in an educational way. Plus, with so many fun cartoons out there nowadays, you really do have a choice in what you want your kids to watch.

I was introduced to a show called Toopy and Binoo which currently airs on TV in Canada. Just recently they introduced the funny and adorable animated series to the US exclusively on the YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/toopyandbinootv. Toopy and Binoo chronicles the life lessons of Toopy, a tall funny friendly mouse and his best friend Binoo, a tiny, clever and lovable white cat. With each episode your kids will learn positive values such as friendship, good manners, creative thinking, and humor.

My son received a DVD with episodes of the show and he absolutely loved it! In fact, he asks to watch it every day. I’m so glad I found a new show that inspires kids creativity as well as teach them about important lessons in life that will encourage a healthy and happy lifestyle. Both Toopy and Binoo are funny, cute, and sweet creatures who have their own personalities but work well together as friends.

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I think what my son loves the most about the show Toopy and Binoo is that they are like opposites of each other but also it is their differences that make them both special and unique. What I love about the show is that the characters speak in clear and crisp voices and are delightful in their manners and actions. And the fact that they are a cat and a mouse doesn’t seem to faze the traditional stereotype that cats and mice do not get along. In the show, Toopy and Binoo help one another out as well as teach us the importance of life’s little lessons.

There are also other characters in the show that Toopy and Binoo interacts with and they all have a grand time together. They laugh and dance and they share and do things that can be unconventional yet integrated.

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Toopy and Binoo is geared towards kids ages 2-6 but I think it’s really great for any age. On the Toopy and Binoo YouTube channel, you’ll find 100 full, five-minute episodes with different stories that are funny, entertaining, and endearing. So head on over to YouTube right now and watch this animated and delightful new show: http://www.youtube.com/user/toopyandbinootv.

Disclosure: I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Posted by: suzan | February 19, 2014

Memoirs of a Kindergartner

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I wish I can say that my life is as organized as a Rolodex – each item has its designated section. But like most moms I’m sure, getting your laundry done, getting your kids out the door for school, and finishing up your chores all within that 3 hour time frame is already quite an accomplished feat! So when I started writing my own blog along with other various writing duties, my son would often ask me why I’m always writing, writing, and oh – writing. And then I thought it would help him love writing and reading as well. Well, it did get him interested in computers more than I liked, but it also started an entrepreneur in him.

So I told my son that when he started Kindergarten then maybe he can write his own journals or memoirs. Memoirs mommy, he asked? Yes, it’s a fancy French term for writing something to chronicle an event in your life. And then that’s when the excitement of spilling everything he’s done during school came into fruition.

Okay, so we’re already in the later half of the school year but I did promise him his own blog. So we’ll start here with mine just to get the creative juices flowing. Names have been abbreviated for children’s privacy.

Memoirs of a Kindergartner

I’m not sure if I really like school or not. I was just sort of thrown into it without mommy and daddy asking me if that’s what I wanted to do. Yeah, they said it’ll be fun and I’ll meet a lot of new friends, but what they hesitated to tell me was that there would be a lot of studying to do. 

Sure when I was much younger like maybe 1 or 2 studying meant whether I should play with the green ball today or the striped one. I didn’t care about my numbers or letters or if-you-put-c-in-front-of-a-n-what-do-you-get? I’m a kid and studying meant having fun. So big surprise to me when I had to learn A LOT of numbers and A LOT of letters and putting letters together to form words. No one ever told me that in order to buy more Legos and Transformers I had to learn how to read and write so that I can get a job when I grow up to buy those things. No one said that at school you actually had to sit still while your teacher talked and you had to be, uh-oh here comes that word – “responsible”. Okay, maybe my parents told me all those things but still…

Lucky for me my mom did a lot of word games and number games for me when I was younger, like 3 or 4. So numbers came easy for me and letters were fun as long as I wasn’t forced into learning them. And okay, I admit that kindergarten is a lot of fun too because I get to learn about nature and bugs and stuff and I get to draw and paint and do inventing stuff (because mom said I can be an inventor when I grow up). And I got new buddies too – although girls are still a bit yucky for me especially when they make kissy faces at me. You should have SEEN what they gave me for Valentine’s Day. I still don’t know why we had to celebrate it in school but I got to eat a lot of candy and cupcakes so I guess it was an okay holiday for me.

I made my mom and dad a card with a big heart in the front and I wrote that I loved them and I signed my name. Yeah, they were impressed as usual and mom said she would cherish it forever. I hope she wasn’t being “sarcastic” about it. Yup, big word I know but I learned it like 5 or 6 years ago.

One cool thing about kindergarten is that I get invited to a lot of birthday parties besides the ones from my other friends who aren’t in the same school as me. I like opening up my bin and finding a card tucked inside with my name on it. I rip it open even before mom has the chance to look at it and then of course I know it’s an invitation to a party. I plead with my puppy eyed eager face and she says I can go.

So I guess so far kindergarten is fun and there are some kids there that get into trouble A LOT, but not me though.  Mommy tells me every morning to have a good day at school and to learn a lot. Then daddy asks me when he gets home from work what I learned today. Seems that word “learn” is really a big deal when it comes to kids and adults.

But okay, I have to go now and watch some TV before dinner and then it’s homework – yuck. 

Mom I wanna watch my shows now!

Until next time.

MELT ORGANIC BUTTER

Have you ever picked up a loaf of bread in your fridge, dug in to take out sandwich condiments and then frowned, wondering what that essential something is to make a sandwich so delectable? Well I’ll tell you my secret, which may or may not already be a secret to you – but I like to use butter on my bread, spread joyfully after lighted toasted in the oven. There’s just something unique about butter that makes a dish sing and sends you into complete food orbit thanking the butter Gods for inventing such an unrivaled delicacy.

But alas, not all butter are created equal and if you’re looking for a supreme creamy spread, then you’ll have to step away from the conventional versions. Enter Melt Organic spreads (http://www.meltorganic.com/), a truly unique and delicious blend of organic and all-natural buttery spreads that’s designed to be good for you and good for your taste buds too. In fact, their butter alternatives is so unique in their creation that the company has dubbed their creamy spreads as “Organic Butter 2.0″, a newer, tastier, and healthier version that’s an advanced step into the future. Why are they called “butter alternatives”? Because in the true sense of butter, Melt Organic Spreads are made with an ultra healthy blend of organic fruit and plant-based oils instead of the usual fats that make butter, well butter. With Melt Organic butter, you’ll get healthier, good for you ingredients that are actually beneficial to you.

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Melt Organic Spreads are made with their own blend of organic virgin coconut oil, palm fruit oil, canola oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, and flaxseed oil. They currently have three versions of their organic spreads – Rich and Creamy, Honey Organic, and Chocolate Organic, and I have to say I fell in love with their chocolate creamy spread. But really, all of their three varieties are delicious and so easy to use. If you want to replace your regular butter and margarine with Melt Organic Spreads, you’re doing something good for your body and for those you cook for. My son loves their Honey Organic so I put a scrumptious dollop on top of his waffles and I spread mine on some freshly toasted English muffins.

Melt Organic Spreads was developed from an entrepreneur health expert who was tired of the conventional butters out on the market that does more harm than good. So she set out to develop something that’s not only healthier but could truly be even tastier than the conventional butters. Melt Organic Spreads is considered a light spread that can be used instead of your regular butter. And because they are full of Omega Fatty Acids including Omega 6 and 3 they are also good for your heart.  Melt Organic Spreads are also made without any genetically modified ingredients, are trans fat free, made without any artificial ingredients, and no hydrogenated oils.

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Butter isn’t necessarily bad for you as long as you eat the good kind – the ones made with healthy fats like omega fatty acids and other health beneficial ingredients. With Melt Organic, you get a step up in that organic ingredients are used and their 3 distinct flavors will probably become favorites in your household. The good folks at Melt Organic had wanted me to try their organic butter alternatives and I had picked all 3 varieties – Rich and Creamy, Honey Organic, and Chocolate Organic. We use pretty much the honey organic on almost anything you can put butter on and with very little calories but a whole lot of nutritional benefits, it’s okay to slather it on where you see fit.

Melt Organic also wants to give 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger the opportunity to win a MELT prize pack consisting of one cutting board, one spreader, and 2 VIP coupons of Melt Organic products of your choice. Melt Organic spreads can be found at most natural grocery stores as well as most supermarkets that carry natural food products. So how do you win this delicious prize? Read below to find out.

Here’s how to enter the Melt Organic Butter 2.0 Giveaway:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Enter here: http://www.meltorganic.com/blog-reader-giveaway-6/

*You must select Happymomblogger as the Blog You Follow drop down menu in order to be included in my giveaway. If you select any other blog you will not be notified if you are a winner and another winner from my blog will be chosen.

Then enter in the comments section of this post and let me know your name and that you entered the contest. You must also provide a valid email address to be contacted with.

Please read the rules and conditions on the contest page for further info. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: February 17, 2014

Contest End Date: February 28, 2014 – Congratulations to Holly L. for winning the prize!

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.

Good Luck and thank you for participating!

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Posted by: suzan | February 15, 2014

Xlear – National Children’s Dental Health Month

XLEAR

We all know that kids will want sweets no matter what we do to deter them. They see it on TV, when we take them grocery shopping, and most likely in school as well. But we don’t have to let our kids fall prey to candies that will eventually harm their health and their teeth. When you’re armed with knowledge that there are healthier alternatives to good old fashioned candies, then you can indulge your kids once in awhile. You’ve probably seen it in stores and read it in periodicals about the health benefits of Xylitol. Xylitol (http://www.xlear.com/about-xylitol-sweetener/xylitol-benefits/)is a naturally occurring ingredient found in most fruits, mushrooms, and fibers from certain tree barks. It is known to have great beneficial effects on the prevention of tooth decay and other dental problems.

SPRY TOOTHPASTE

I don’t deny my son sweets. I think it’s a natural progression of childhood and really, how can you prevent them having sweets eventually? But I do try and teach my son to eat sweets responsibly and to always brush his teeth right afterwards. A few years ago I learned about the benefits of xylitol and its exceptional assistance in preventing tooth decay as well as promote healthier tooth and gums in the long run. I started buying more and more products made with xylitol and it seemed that my son liked the taste of its natural sweetness as well. Xylitol is a natural sweetener since it’s found in most foods therefore it can be used in place of your everyday sugar. And if you’ve ever tried xylitol then you’ll know that it has a gentle sweetness to it and easily enjoyed.

One of the major companies who makes products with xylitol is called Xlear. You may have heard of them before as they make dental products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, xylitol candies and sweeteners, and sinus clear. Each of them contain the beneficial xylitol along with other naturally-derived ingredients. I particularly like the toothpaste as it’s naturally sweet and not very abrasive. It seems to clean as well as the conventional toothpaste out there and I like the fact that it doesn’t cause strange abrasions on my tooth enamel.

SPRY SPAR X

Xlear also makes Spry which is a comprehensive lineup of dental products containing xylitol. With Spry, you’ll most likely find yummy tasting gum and mints that the whole family will enjoy. My son really likes their miniature candies and gum and I like the fact that if we’re at someplace where he can’t brush his teeth right away, at least I have some Spry candies and gums to prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to his teeth. I know, it sounds like a contradiction in eating candy to prevent harmful bacteria, but that’s what xylitol is known to do. Studies have proven that when combined with regular dental hygiene, regular use of xylitol gums, mints and candy can reduce dental cavities by as much as 80%.

So if you’re in the market for a new way of cleaning teeth while giving your kids beneficial candies, then you have to give Xlear and Spry a try. For more info please visit their website: http://www.xlear.com/.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products. Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume. http://www.topmommyblogs.com/blogs/in.php?id=storm

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