Collagen and Why I Choose Poofy Organics

Annnnnnnd, a HUGE weekend sale coming up, read til the end for all the details!

I’m not an expert on collagen, but started using it after seeing others share the positive results they were seeing in their skin, nails and hair. At 42 my hair was increasingly getting thinner, so I was curious if collagen would help with that. And after I read all the other benefits it purports I knew it certainly wouldn’t hurt anything!

Some background info, from Poofy’s product description on the website (link is below): Collagen is a fibrous protein that serves as an important building foundation for skin, tendons, joints, other connective tissues and bones. Additionally, collagen helps keep skin, bones, teeth and blood vessels healthy. Dissolves in hot or cold beverages. Unflavored, grass fed and kosher. Collagen, the production of which declines as we age, adds many benefits to human health including: 
– Contains short chains of amino acids.
– Supporting bone repair
– Protection against or delaying symptoms associated with neurological disorders
– Repairing leaky gut
– Helping balance blood sugar
– Preventing joint pain

What else can collagen do?

  • RICH IN PROTEIN & AMINO ACIDS: Collagen naturally contains 18 essential amino acids and is packed with 7g of protein per serving
  • LOOK & FEEL YOUNGER: Decrease fine lines and wrinkles while mobilizing joints and cartilage
  • JOINTS, HAIR, SKIN, NAILS: Collagen proteins are different from other proteins. They’re vital for joint function and flexibility, muscle tone, energy and endurance, nail and hair growth, skin tone, digestion, liver function, wound healing, detoxification, natural sleep and much more!

Collagen has no reported “side effects”. Again, can’t hurt, YAY!!!!

My personal experience is this: As I mentioned above, my hair had really thinned down over the years. This was my 1st update after 4m of mostly daily use (I began in Nov 2021): I feel my nails are healthier, and my hair is growing more quickly and is healthier. I also was having issues with an achy elbow that I was *this* close to going to PT for, as it was nagging me for months, but just when I was about ready to go to the appt, it started feeling better (I had x-rays to rule out serious injury). I can’t be 100% certain this was due to the collagen, it’s correlatory, but it does have really beneficial properties for your joints, etc. And without any other intervention, it’s now healed. 2nd update (May 2022): It has now been 6m since I started almost daily use (I add a 2nd scoop if I have a 2nd cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon, maybe 3x/week) and I really, truly am happy with how thick my hair is. I feel like it has reversed ~5 years of loss/thinning. My nails are strong, my achy elbow has not returned, and I know it’s doing a bunch of good internally that I can’t necessarily measure.

I add it to my coffee or tea, cannot taste a thing. My Hubby had to do IT work in an ag-processing plant years ago, and is forever scarred of the smell associated with being there. They processed meat, made collagen and a bunch of other stuff. So he’s always had this fear of collagen tasting terrible, like the smell he associates with that place. He was super reluctant, but agreed after 1st try, couldn’t taste a thing. He takes it for the protein and because he’s super actively working out on a regular basis, lifting weights, working on building muscle mass, etc (in addition to his regular active daily stuff). He’s also aware of the need to keep his joints & bones healthy as he ages, and desires the positive gut health properties.

 If you prefer flavor, you may add in one of the USDA Certified Organic FLAVOR BURSTS. Flavors to choose from include: Birthday Cake, Caramel Swirl, Chocolate Milk & Fruit Punch. ($5 extra, flavors the 30 serving pack)

A few recent testimonials from my Poofy by Jess group:

Kristin:  I feel like the collagen has improved my digestion issues so I continue to take it daily. I also figure I can use all the anti-aging properties daily as well! It’s seriously the best one out there!

Shannon: I’ve added it to smoothies for the protein and it doesn’t have any taste or weird texture when added to things which I greatly appreciate.

Julianna: Some people say taking collagen supplements isn’t helpful but I’ve always noticed a huge difference! And I trust poofy to use good ingredients and practices in making it.

Ania: I am starting to love it as well! Using already a month and see a big difference. After giving birth 20 months ago my knees got very weak and many times, once I squat, I can’t stand up without supporting myself somehow. Initially thought it’s a temporary thing, postpartum related, but it become ongoing problem and my knees never really recovered nor got back to normal. Now, there are days that I forget I have knees at all! To be fully transparent I also take minerals from Fulvic & Humic Acid, but on its own they did not do much.

Poofy’s includes the following 5 TYPES OF COLLAGEN:
TYPE I: Anti-aging, skin elasticity, glowing skin & hydration, strong & shiny hair & nail growth, healthy digestion & gut health
TYPE II: Contains glucosamine & hyaluronic acid for healthy joints & stronger cartilage
TYPE III: Aids cardiovascular system & skin health
TYPE V: Supports joints & bones and healthy cartilage.
TYPE X: helps with new bone formation in cartilage

And while many of us have years of experience trusting Poofy products, you don’t *just* have to take my/their word that it’s the best out there. 3rd party testing is very important, and Poofy shares that info with us here: ReviveSpecSheet.pdf (poofyorganics.com)

Another potential issue is glyphosate (round-up) residue. It sneakily makes its way into SO many products these days. I 1st learned of the potential for collagen to contain glyphosate from a fellow group member who informed me of this: “since glyphosate residue is stored in bones and collagen. That is the reason why I stopped making bone broth.” She asked if Poofy’s had been tested and I was able to provide the fantastic information that it tested ND (Non Detect):

Awesome news is that this collagen will be a whopping 40% off during Poofy’s 3-day Beauty From the Inside Out sale! The Sale will be starting May 28th at 12:01 AM Eastern, and ends May 30th at 11:59PM Eastern.

  • 25% off FLAWLESS FACE, Polish & Lashes (includes all products in LASH category)
  • Also all cosmetics will be 25% off as well– everything under the Cosmetics category will be 25% off.
  • 40% off select supplements:  Revive collagen ,fit fast, detox support, relaxation & balance support  
  • FREE Travel Everything Salve to the first 200 orders
  • FB and Instagram Summer Bundle Giveaway (see Poofy’s main FB page for those details)

–Shipping is free over $70 (make sure that’s the subtotal after the discount).

–AND I offer an additional 5% rebate on all orders, all the time. If it’s your 1st ever order with me you can get 10% back on that order (then 5% on all subsequent)!

Link to collagen, and everything else from there: https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/products/2034-revive-multi-collagen-protein-powder.aspx

I’d LOVE to hear from you with your experience, testimonials, and/or questions!

Kaylaan toothpaste tablet review

Crunch. Brush. Smile. I recently came across this New York based small business via a wholesale website I was browsing while looking for new eco-friendly and safe personal care products to offer to my March buying club. Many of us are on a plastic-free mission (as much as possible anyway) and toothpaste is 1 product that we all use daily (I hope). So, I thought I’d give it a trial offering, and I’m happy to report there was quite a bit of interest in it. I divided some of the 90 tablet tins into 10ct samples, and many took advantage of that.

So far I have tried: cinnamon, strawberry, watermelon and blueberry. I honestly have enjoyed them all very much. They pack a surprising amount of foamy punch in a small little tablet. Some in my group who have sampled them have actually said they’re too foamy, or at least that it will take some getting used to. Many of us have switched to toothpastes that don’t foam at all (such as my coconut oil-based option) so foam is a new sensation again! You do just simply pop the little tablet into your mouth, crunch it and it basically dissolves into a powder, and brush!

They offer several flavors in a 90ct tin ($12), as well as refill pouches, starter kits, bamboo toothbrushes and duos which save you a bit of money. You can get them with, or without, fluoride (I won’t get into that debate, I trust you to come to an informed decision on the topic yourself, we don’t use it in our house). Deepti, the owner, has been wonderful to work with and has offered great customer service, which is very important to me.

So many bad things came out of the pandemic of course. But 1 thing that I appreciate and admire is the inventiveness of people who took the plunge and created a new small business. Maybe something brand new entirely or accelerating something they already had initiated. This is the story of Kaylaan (from their website). The Whole World Is a Stage– From an early stage, we found ourselves deeply caring about the use of plastic and climate change. During the peak of the pandemic we accelerated our project, we combined our passion for the sustainable lifestyle that we were already living and created one simple product that is used by everyone in the world: Toothpaste. But not the commercial kind of toothpaste that you are familiar with, you know, the kind that is filled with all types of chemicals, packaged in single-use plastic which cannot be recycled and ultimately ends up in a landfill after use.

What does Kaylaan mean? It’s a Nepalese word that translates into: “Wishing you good health”.

  • Ingredients:
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Xylitol
  • Erythritol
  • Stevia
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Magnesium Stearate

On the ingredients: 3 of them I use in my homemade paste as well (sodium bicarb (baking soda), calcium carb, and xylitol). Both xylitol and erythritol have known oral health benefits. I had to do a bit of research on sodium cocoyl isethionate as I wasn’t too familiar with it. About it: Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a surfactant based on fatty acids from coconut oil and isoethionic acid, a type of sulfonic acid. EWG rates it a 1. It is not expected to be an environmental toxin. It is classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful, nor is it suspected to be bioaccumulative. This ingredient is what gives it the foaming properties.

My husband and I are both enjoying it. And it’s definitely a very travel-friendly option! My kids don’t love it. I think they tried it once or twice. They said it has an after taste. And I do pick up a tiny bit of a soapy after taste. If you’ve ever tried tooth soap, it’s similar to that. But in my opinion, it’s very mild. I’m a huge fan of variety, so we have several options in my house. I think if it was the only option, my kids would use it without complaint. But I haven’t seen them reaching for it. I keep it in regular rotation with several flavors of my own, as well as Poofy Organics options.

I’d love to hear from those of you who’ve tried it and know how you’re liking it!

If you would like to order, here are some things to know:

— 100% Money-back Guarantee If our sustainable toothpaste tablets are not what you expected, get your money back!

–Almost 5000 trees planted: For every purchase, we join forces with Eden Reforestation Projects and we’ll plant a tree! Give yourself a good crunch & brush, because every single one of them matters!

–To shop: I have a 10% off coupon to offer! Deepti let me know they have an affiliate program. So if you plan on purchasing, please use my referral link and I earn 10% of your order: https://www.kaylaan.com/?ref=ecofriendlyusa. The coupon code to get 10% off your order is: JESSBRANDT.

And I do plan on offering these during my semi-annual Eco-friendly USA One-Stop Shop orders. The next one is in Sep. Here are the vendors/details for the most recently completed March order, to give you an idea: Eco-friendly USA One-Stop Shop | Eco-friendly baby/family products MADE in USA (ecofriendlymamausa.com)

Thanks for reading!

Poofy Organics Earth Day Sale

Poofy Organics 15% off Earth Day Sale info: Sale begins April 22 at 12:01am EASTERN and ends on 4/24 at 11:59pm EASTERN. There is no coupon code, you MUST be logged in as a customer and the prices will automatically adjust. Shipping is always free for orders $70, however make sure it’s $70 after the discount, not before! And finally, as always, I offer a 5% rebate on all orders to existing customers. If it’s your 1st ever order with me, you get 10% off. Again, you must register using my link, to get the rebate from me, and the discount from Poofy. For my rebate, order, then shoot me an email with that order# and let me know if you’d like your rebate via PayPal, Venmo, check, or Poofy gift certificate to use on a future order! Other exciting details:

EARTH DAY SALE limited edition products:

  • ASPEN Bath Bomb (to go with the ASPEN soap bar that is currently available)
  • MOTHER EARTH Bath Bomb
  • MOTHER EARTH Soap Bar 

MOTHER’S DAY products: You will definitely want to get your order in ASAP when the sale starts to make sure the products are still available, as well as that your order ships in a timely manner. There is a Mother’s Day Gift box, as well as a smaller set which contains a Pink Peony lotion, body spray, and bar soap (those products sold separately also). I personally have purchased all of these products, and I cannot find the words to convey how much I absolutely love them. I have not heard of 1 person who has tried them that does not feel the same. The Pink Peony scent is absolutely fabulous. It’s a perfect spring scent, and we are all hoping it sticks around and becomes part of the permanent line. It is SO great. The gift box has an awesome assortment of products in it, including a gorgeous facial oil that smells divine also! Check out these brand new products here: https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/search.aspx?searchterms=Mother

If you’re not already a registered customer, go to Login, then create a new account from there, it takes about 1 minute. This is the link to use for that, as well as to shop: ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/

Any questions, just ask: ecofriendlymamausa@gmail.com

1st ever Earth Day Sale for Pure Play Kids

Everyone else is doing it, so I decided I should give it a try as well. You can take 15% off any order $50+, and shipping is free for orders over $70. If you’re order is under $50 you’ll pay just a low $5 flat rate. And so you know, unless it’s going 1st class, generally the cheapest I can ship anything is $7.50. So this is a great opportunity to save some $$, while supporting my tiny little business, and the made in USA vendors that I purchase from as well! Time to grab a few items for an upcoming summer birthday possibly?! Sale is ON NOW, 4/18-4/24.

https://pureplaykids.com/

Review of A Remedy for That products

***Including tallow balm and Magic Elixir (fire cider).

I have offered products from this vendor to the buying club for a couple of years now, and they have become increasingly popular. It has been great watching her line slowly grow, if you haven’t checked out all her offerings recently, you need to! She originally started offering just tallow balm, elderberry syrup, and Magic Elixir (fire cider). She now offers a variety of personal care products, including starter packs and gift sets!

Last month I ended up testing out a new-to-me product as part of an oops, and I’m so glad that oops happened. Melissa shipped a boxful of her product to me, and the lid for 1 of the whipped tallow balm loosened up, so a tiny bit leaked. Mainly it just made a greasy mess of itself, the product was fine. But she told me to keep it, and she direct-shipped a replacement to the customer so it would arrive in perfect condition (something I always appreciate from the vendors I work with). Well, I feel like this oops was meant to be. It arrived in March, when both Hubby and I were experiencing pretty dry, end of winter skin. He had started doing a lot of spring yardwork and had perpetually dry hands from being in the dirt. The balm has a very greasy, wet feeling when you 1st put it on, but it absorbs surprisingly quickly. We much prefer the whipped to the non, which is much denser. We both feel like the whipped tallow balm has by far been the most moisturizing product we’ve ever used for our hands. I’m in my early 40’s, and look at my hands sometimes and feel like they’re starting to look like old lady hands, a bit wrinkly. No matter how much lotion I put on, it didn’t help with that. But I truly feel they have improved in that regard since using the tallow balm! I still like my good-smelling, all over body lotion (from Poofy) for the rest of my body. But specifically for our dry hands, I can guarantee we will be keeping Melissa’s whipped tallow balm on hand (pun intended!). My Hubby even commented that we cannot be without it!

A few other products I have tried: Magic Elixir. Many of you have likely heard of Fire Cider, this is Melissa’s version of it. I LOVE the flavor of it. I usually take a shot glass of it as often as I remember during cold/flu season, as each ingredient is selected for its immune-boosting properties. But I also use it as kind of a vinaigrette sometimes! One of my favorite dishes I used it for was a brussels sprout-based stir-fry with some bacon crumbles in it. Right at the end I doused it with a shot of the Magic Elixir while on high heat. It gave it such an awesome tang! Here’s her description from her Etsy shop page: Magic Elixir is my version of the classic Fire Cider. I use local and organic roots and vegetables to steep for a minimum of 6 weeks. Then I strain and top with true raw honey. The recipe for fire cider has been around for a long time. My version of this recipe is unique and the local honey ready pulls the flavors together. Ingredients: Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish, peppercorn, lemon, orange, spicy pepper variety, thyme, rosemary, fermented turmeric powder, raw honey.

I absolutely love this pic of her Magic Elixir steeping:

Other very popular items she offers are her ready-to-go Elderberry syrup as well as kits to make your own! I do make my own, and tried one of her kits last winter and absolutely loved it. It was super easy, and the taste was great. She takes all of the guess work out of it for you.

I plan on continuing to offer these products during each of the 2 buying club orders annually (March/Sep). So that’s a great time to stock up while getting products from many other vendors, and paying just 1 shipping fee. But if you can’t wait until then, here’s the link to shop directly from her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARemedyForThat

Wild, Sustainably caught, Alaskan seafood delivered to your door!

Facebook advertising got me again. But this time, I’m realllllllly happy I checked the ad out. It’s the Wild Alaskan Seafood Company. Upon Googling it, I see there are numerous companies along the same lines. This is the only 1 I have experience with. And being I’m very happy with it, I don’t feel the need to try others. Living in Wisco, we are surrounded by water. But honestly, I won’t eat anything out of the MS River. And fish out of Lake Superior or Lake Michigan is rarely seen in this part of the state (SW corner). My Hubby catches trout from local streams during the times of year that is happening, but we usually eat those immediately, and there are catch limits, etc. I have to drive an hour+ to get to a store that has any decent fish or seafood. Of course, it’s not cheap, and had to go through quite a journey to get to WI from wherever it came from. We really love seafood, and want to make it a more regular part of our diet. And now we are able to!

I can’t recommend the Wild Alaskan Company highly enough, for awesome fish/seafood delivered to your door! For our 1st order we got a sample pack of 12 filets (you can also get 24). It included Coho (4) & Sockeye(2) Salmon, Halibut (2) & Cod (4). They are 6oz filets, which honestly I feel is the perfect size! From there, they offer add-ons. I chose a 6pk of Sablefish + a pack of Prawns. Honestly, the Sablefish isn’t my favorite. Mainly, it’s a texture thing. I’ve tried it twice now and it’s just a bit soft for my liking. I really like a firmer, flakier fish. But that’s another reason I love this opportunity. I LOVE trying new things, have never seen Sablefish in Wisco in my life, and now I know I don’t love it. However, I learned that Wild Pacific Halibut honestly might be my favorite fish of all-time. White, flaky, absolutely delicious in 3 minutes per side. I enjoyed it with some sauteed broccoli + rice, the whole meal took minutes (rice was leftovers). I seriously, seriously love it and cannot wait for the next order, I will definitely be adding on more of that (there are many options for add-ons to your base box). The Prawns were very good, and I used the shells to make stock, which I turned into a seafood chowder. It was REALLY good!

There are some base boxes (like a 12 or 24 pack of this & that), and a bunch of add-on options. Also, their website is full of recipes & detailed info on each fish, the areas it is caught in, tips for cooking, all sorts of good info!! You can cancel at any time of course.

From their website:

What’s in the Box?

We proudly ship a wide variety of wild-caught species from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest including sockeye salmon, coho salmon, pacific cod, pacific halibut and wild Alaska pollock.

  •  12 to 24 Individually-Sealed Packs
  •  Ready-to-Cook
  •  Sustainably Harvested
  •  Caught & Processed in the USA
  •  Wild Caught
  •  Never Farmed or Genetically Modified
  •  No Antibiotics
  •  Flash Frozen & Shipped With Dry Ice
  •  Free Shipping

Here’s a pic of my 1st order. This all came to $200. Not cheap, no. It averages out to about $10 per serving. I always remind myself that if we were ordering the same serving in a restaurant it would be 2-3x the price. If you go with just the base 12 assortment, it comes to $10.99/portion. If you go with the base 24 assortment, it is $9.99/portion, and then you can add-on from there, if you choose to. I really, really am enjoying being able to reach into my freezer and pull out some seafood:

Comments from others in my group, when I reached out to ask if anyone else had tried them:

Nadine: “They’re a great company. Family owned & operated and the quality is great. I highly recommend. Especially if you eat seafood often.”

Kelly said: “We gifted this to my mom for her birthday. She was thrilled and spoke highly of it!”

From Anne, who ordered at the same time I did: “We’ve had two pieces of white fish, and 2 pieces of salmon. Very tasty! I like the portion sizes, too. Hubby has a hearty appetite and he finds the pieces large enough. For me, it was almost more than I could eat.”

Right now I have delivery set to every 2 months, but you can modify what you’re getting and/or change frequency. I ordered on a Monday, and had it by the end of that week. Once I got a ship notification, I had the order delivered the following day! Also, a fun bonus is it comes packed in dry ice. Which can lead to fun projects and experiments with kiddos 🙂

The random Fb ad I stumbled upon when I learned about them included a $15 off 1st order coupon. Once you order, you get a coupon for $25 off to share with others. So if you’d like to try it, use this & get $25 off your 1st order of any amount. Then you will get a coupon code to share with your friends/family too. And you get $25 of future orders if they use it!

Coupon for $25 off: https://wldaskn.com/w/Z6uRM4

Poofy Organics Black Friday SALE is ON!!!

MY CBD LINK: https://ecofriendlymamausa.poofycbd.com/

All the Sale Details:

Both sales are live NOW, and go through Cyber Monday, 11/29 @ 11:59pm EST! 

🛒 As always, everything sitewide will be 15% off. No code necessary, you must be logged in with your customer account and you’ll see the 15% automatically deducted.

📦 Shipping is FREE over $70 (free on any amount for CBD). 

The rest of these details apply to the main Poofy site, NOT CBD site:

🎁 All orders over $70 will receive a free gift this month!

✏️🍫 IN ADDITION, the 1st 1000 orders placed during the sale will get either a Poofy pencil, or chocolate bar added to their box. 

💝 As always, I offer 10% off your 1st order, and 5% off all additional orders. You must contact me with your order# after you place it and let me know how you would like the rebate sent. I also offer a 10% referral bonus. Refer a friend, they get 10% off their 1st order and you get 10% off your next order!

💵 Each week I will give away two $20 gift certificates, selected randomly from all orders placed that week. 

🎄 There are 20 gift sets, and a BUNCH of brand new scents and products. Kristina worked especially hard to focus on fun, awesome products for kids! What’s made is made, so when they’re gone there will be no more. Order early to make sure you don’t miss out! Check out just a few of the gift sets below!

REMINDER: All orders ship in the order received.

ANY QUESTIONS, email me: ecofriendlymamausa@gmail.com

Reminder on the power of being needed as a Mama

I have to admit, it’s been really nice getting used to being at the point in my motherhood journey that my kiddos frequently have sleepovers. For many years, until my Son was at least 7, they rarely happened, usually 1 night a few times/year, and he wasn’t super excited about it. Now, at 10, at least a few nights/week, their friends are here, or mine are at 1 of 2 of their best friends houses. One week, my Son had his friend over 2 nights in a row, then my Son was there 3 nights in a row! Us Mamas have a hard time saying no as long as the kiddos get enough sleep so they aren’t crabby, and the kids continue to get along well and help around the house as asked to. My Son and his bestie just can’t seem to get enough of each other. Often during the days and nights that my kids are away I’m working, either in the greenhouses during the day, or just getting stuff done around my home at night.

This weekend I had plans to see some friends from out of town who would be in my neck of the woods for the weekend only. I hadn’t seen some of them in close to a year. One of my friends is moving out of state next week so it was a good bye party for him as well. I had it on my calendar for weeks. None of them have children, and a few short years ago I would’ve said sorry, I’ll be home with the kids, hubby will come, you guys have fun. So it felt so wonderful to be able to say YES, my kiddos can go to their friends, I’ll be there. I’ve been missing this crew so badly. A couple of the guys I went to school with since kindergarten and they truly are like brothers to me. I worked during the day and my son was so anxious to go to his friends house I dropped him off in the morning, and said I’d bring his sister after work (they have 1 boy & 1 girl, same age as my kids, it’s so perfect!), then we’d go to the party. I was SO excited to see my friends, I was truly giddy. I pack up a bunch of snacks and other things for the kids, and go to drop my daughter off, and my Son is lying on the couch at friends house looking miserable. Oh no, what’s wrong I ask? I have a terrible headache 😦 And he looked just awful. He used to get headaches semi-frequently, and they would just take him out. I’ve never had a migraine, but it’s what I imagine a migraine would do to you. He seemed pretty hot so I grabbed a fan and asked if he could try to take a nap on their couch, but he broke down in tears and said can I please go home Mama? My heart sank. But there was no way I could make him stay there, nor could I possibly enjoy an evening with friends knowing my kiddo didn’t feel well. He kept apologizing: sorry Mama, I know you don’t get to see your friends often. Sorry Mama, I know tonight meant a lot to you. My heart broke for him. So I left my daughter there, told my Hubby to go the party without me (of course sick kiddos only have eyes for Mama), and went home. My Son took a bath and we snuggled on the couch, I rubbed his temples and he immediately passed out hard on our couch in front of a fan. I looked at the clock, hmmm, it’s only 5:30 (friends were playing yard games so wanted day light hours too), maybe my Son can still recover and I can go, the best of both worlds? We’ll have to see. I laid next to him feeling sorry for myself, but also remembering how powerful it is to be a Mama. He wants ME. No one else. The comfort of our home and his Mamas snuggles. How could anything in the world be more important? And he was just reminded that YES, I will drop anything, anytime, and be there for him no matter what. He’s 10, but I know those teenage years are coming fast, and he needs to know he can call me in the middle of the night and YES I will be there no matter what. He slept for 2 hours, woke up, sat up, and said: Mom, I’m ready to go back. I just needed a nap. And we loaded up, I took him back, where he actually spent 2 nights, he just got home a bit and had an amazing time. And I was with my friends by 8:00, got to surprise them with my presence and we had an epic night of reconnecting and laughing so much our bellies hurt. And not once did I have to worry about how my kids were doing, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I wanted to share this as a reminder that there will always be struggles, always the need to put ourselves last as Mamas, but there are also immense rewards and joys. As they grow, we are needed less and less, but we are still needed. It felt amazing to put my needs last, but then still be rewarded with the feeling that I did the right thing, and got to enjoy an amazing night with friends too. Heart & soul are fully recharged. At least for now 🙂

Toothpaste deal alert!

Toothpaste review and D E A L alert! Review: “I really am loving it and I would like to purchase a few more jars. I don’t want to be without it…best toothpaste ever!” She tried the cherry/vanilla which happens to be my favorite too! For a limited time, I’m going to offer this: instead of $9/jar + shipping, which ranges from $4/jar to $8 if you fill the flat rate envelope, I’m offering $10/jar straight up, shipping on me. I want to see how that works out. So, if you’d like to stock up or try it for the 1st time, please let me know ASAP. I’ll whip up a fresh batch between our Easter shenanigans this weekend. Details in the comments below (recipe, flavor options, etc). While supplies last, I know I’m low on some flavor oils, and don’t have a whole lotta jars on hand either. https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/recipes/eco-friendly-usa-homemade-toothpaste/

Art supplies made in the USA?

I’m going to chip away on updating my made in USA resources, most of them were created many years ago. So, I’d like to know what your favorites are? Safe, effective, and made in the USA, please share below.

We’ve loved Earth Paints for many years, and that’s still the case. We always use their egg dye kit at Easter, and we love mixing up the powdered pigments into paint. Add more for a water paint ty[e, add less for darker, thicker colors. Here’s my original review from way back in 2013! https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2013/07/29/earth-paints-review/

I keep them stocked via Pure Play too: https://pureplaykids.com/shop-now/ols/products/natural-earth-paints-kit

Here is what I have listed, I just deleted 3 brands that I had listed that apparently no longer exist!

Eco-kids: http://www.ecokidsusa.com (dough, paint, crayons, rolling pin, paste, egg-dye, art pads) –Here’s my review of Eco-Kids Crayons: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566925839989727&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Wee Can Too: http://www.weecantooart.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=category&virtuemart_category_id=6&Itemid=4 (finger paint, crayons, sidewalk chalk, egg-dye,  paints) My Wee Can Too crayon review: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=566931286655849&set=a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548&type=3&theater

Earth Paint: http://www.naturalearthpaint.com/shop/childrens-paint-kit/ (paint)

Comment below with any recommendations please!

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