I’m trying something different. As most of you know, my closed group page is SUPER active. I share a lot of links in there & especially with Black Friday-Cyber Monday a lot of you were requesting Amazon affiliate links for what you were purchasing. Yesterday someone informed me that affiliate links that start out in closed groups do not get counted. I’m not 100% convinced this is the case, but am not positive. So, I wanted to try this & see if I notice any differences. Please start with my link from this post. Many of you were interested in the Instant Pot, and it is on sale again today. Even if you don’t purchase this, anything you purchase after starting with this link I SHOULD get credit for. I appreciate it, it’s only a couple percent but it helps compensate for some time I’ve put into my blog over the course of the last 4.5 years!
23 Nov 2016 Comments Off on 15% off Poofy Organics Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale Extravaganza
Poofy Organics sales are rare. And when they do happen they’re almost always 10% off. So this 15% off, coupled with my personal offering of 1/2 price-free shipping on qualifying orders is too good to pass up! There will be many gift sets available too, something for everyone on your shopping list! ANY questions, just ask! Here are all the details: https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/parties/3209-poofy-organics-by-jess-black-friday-cyber-monday-special-event.aspx
12 Nov 2016 Comments Off on I was featured on Wisconsin Life
One of the greatest pleasures of my life to date, it’s going to be hard to top this🙂 http://www.wisconsinlife.org/story/natural-and-organic-product-blogger-exposes-greenwashing
10 Nov 2016 Comments Off on The Real Pantry Review
Review of The Real Pantry, based in Tampa, FL. When asking for new vendors to add to my November order of the Eco-friendly USA One-Stop Shop, someone recommended The Real Pantry to me & I was thrilled when Loriel, the owner, agreed to both send me some samples & be my newest vendor! With the Holidays right around the corner I thought this would be a perfect addition. About the products: The products are free from: preservatives, additives, artificial flavors and colors, “natural” flavors, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), soy, and highly processed salt and sugar. Basically, if you can’t find it in your pantry, you won’t find it in our products. All baking mixes are creating with an aluminum-FREE baking powder and our garlic powder is sourced from the United States instead of China.
Current product offerings include: a ranch & French onion mix, Italian seasoning, lemon herb, pumpkin pie spice, taco seasoning, a sampler pack, moist maple cornbread, chewy brownies, fluffy waffles. She plans to add more herbs & spices soon!
I was sent a ranch dip mix & a cornbread mix to try out. My family thoroughly enjoyed both! My kiddos are huge ranch lovers, I can get them to eat just about anything if there is ranch on the plate to dip it in, and I’m ok with that. If a little bit of ranch drizzled on top of an avocado does the trick, I’m all for it! You just mix the 1 oz packet with a 16oz container of sour cream for a nice dip for carrot sticks etc. or for a salad dressing Simply start with a small amount of sour cream, add whole milk or buttermilk to get your desired consistency, and then add Ranch season to flavor. Top it with a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice you have a delicious dressing. She has this recipe for a 5 minute Ranch Dressing on her website: https://www.real-pantry.com/real-food-ranch-dressing-5-minute-prep/
Here’s what’s in it:
- Organic parsley
- Organic garlic powder
- Organic minced onion
- Organic onion powder
- Organic dill
- Unrefined sea salt
- Organic black pepper
Available in a 1 oz packet for $5.25 or 2 oz for $10.
The cornbread is DELICIOUS! Here’s a description from her website: Not your typical cornbread, our Moist Maple Cornbread is fluffy and cake-like with a nice crisp golden top. Sweetened with real maple syrup and butter, it’s decadent, delicious, and makes you go back for more.
We use only 4 simple ingredients in our Moist Maple Cornbread mix: organic einkorn flour, organic corn meal, aluminum-free baking powder, and unrefined sea salt.
Simply add 2 eggs, some melted butter, milk & maple syrup & you have a very delicious corn bread. My whole family really enjoyed this with a bowl of chicken noodle soup for dinner last night. It is currently on sale for $7. We only ate 1/2 of the cornbread for dinner that night & I’ve been snacking on it for 2 days since, it’s still moist & delicious 2 days later! I enjoyed learning about einkorn flour, she has a whole blog post devoted to why she uses it. This is one thing I learned about it: What really caught my attention about einkorn was that it was completely unhybridized and one of the most ancient forms of wheat! Learn more here: http://www.naturallyloriel.com/why-i-use-einkorn-flour-10-einkorn-recipes-to-get-you-started/
I think these products could make excellent gifts (especially that sampler pack) for that hard to shop for person on your list, who doesn’t love the gift of wholesome food? Here’s the link to the website to purchase products: https://www.real-pantry.com/
Here is a link to her blog with many recipes: https://www.real-pantry.com/blog/
23 Oct 2016 Comments Off on Review of Essential Oils Use & Safety Guide by Ninette Jackson
Although only 89 pages long (with blank pages in back for notes), this little book packs in a ton of practical information for the average user of essential oils. I recently gave away my copy of Modern Essentials as it was just more info than I needed. I don’t need an encyclopedia covering every possible oil out there & all potential uses, I need to know the basics & not be overwhelmed with too much additional info. This book is perfect for my needs, and many of yours as well I do believe!
I first reviewed products from Josiah’s Oils way back in June of ’13 (will link to that below) and have offered the products via my quarterly buying club order for each of the 13 orders we’ve done now. So, we go way back! I’ve developed a deep trust & respect for Ninette’s advice, she is my go-to for any essential oil questions & I’m so happy to have her in my closed group where I can tag her for advice as needed. It is true that even amongst professionals you’ll get a variety of opinions as to what oils are safe for what age, etc, but for me, Ninette is the final word.
About the author: Ninette is a wife, mother of five (including her special son, Josiah), retired lawyer, and a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who has been working with essential oils for over 10 years and has undergone approximately 860 hours of study & testing to obtain her certifications. Her Aromatherapy shop, Josiah’s Oils, has been in business since 2011 serving her customers with the highest quality essential oils and therapeutic blends, as well as diffusers, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, salves and more – ALL hand-made with Ninette’s own recipes.
Her book covers the following topics:
- Which oils are safe for kids
- Which oils are safe in pregnancy
- Safe dilution ratios
- Why drinking your oils isn’t safe
- Blending Made Easy (with recipes!)
- Which oils help with which issues
- Research studies
- And MUCH more!
It is available via their website for $14.99: http://www.josiahsoils.com/store/p544/Essential_Oil_Use_%26_Safety_Handbook.html
Amazon for $19.99 (some used ones for cheaper): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534966382/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
And you could pick up a copy along with some of the very fine Josiah’s Oils products via your quarterly buying club order. They happen in Feb, May, Aug, Nov: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/buying-clubdeomy-poofy-organics/eco-friendly-usa-buying-club-2/
My original review of Josiah’s Oils products, I could/should/will update this as I’ve tried many more products & her line has really grown in the 3+ years since I’ve written this: https://www.facebook.com/397517646930548/photos/a.568349859847325.144572.397517646930548/678783912137252/?type=3&theater
11 Oct 2016 Comments Off on Butter Bay Review
The above photo is the Pomegranate Butter Bay I was sent to review. This pic is borrowed from the Butter Bay site. My camera takes lousy pictures!
I LOVE checking my email daily, I never know what I’m going to find. When I had this email: “I saw that you have an extensive list of products made in the USA and I wanted to make a suggestion for that list. Butter Bay is a butter dish that is 100% made in USA” honestly I wasn’t super excited. Cool I thought, a made in USA butter dish to add to my list. I always do enjoy adding to my Made in USA Master List, that’s for sure, but a butter dish wasn’t all that exciting at the time. THEN I started clicking around the Butter Bay site & I realized this is no ordinary butter dish, it is a French butter crock. I LOVE learning about new things, and indeed French butter crocks have been used for centuries, but are totally new to me. Suddenly, I was very excited about butter. If you’ve never smelled or tasted rancid butter, consider yourself lucky. It’s YUCKY! Read on to discover how a Butter Bay can help prevent rancid butter!
One of the 1st questions I ask of any type of ceramics is: is it lead & cadmium-free? I’ve learned it’s not safe to make this assumption. Here’s their response: Yes! Butter Bay has been certified to be 100% safe and meets California Proposition 65 requirements for no lead or cadmium. One thing all vendors who contact me have in common: they’re super, duper proud to bring us a made in USA product. The Butter Bay is made in Ohio, and you’ll see how proud of that they are when you visit their website as well as when you receive your Butter Bay. Made in USA is stamped all over the packaging.
So, the question: why do I need a Butter Bay? This link from their website explains why it was created: http://thebutterbay.com/pages/about-us
When I got it, I honestly was a bit confused. The stick of butter is larger than the vessel it is supposed to fit in. So I watched this very short video that clearly shows how to use it: https://thebutterbay.com/pages/how-it-works. But still, I managed to find my stick of butter floating in the water below after 1 day. That is the 1 & only time it has happened to me, thankfully. My mistake the 1st time was not letting my butter sit long enough to reach room temp, it was still too firm thus didn’t pack perfectly. Since then I have let it sit on the counter for ½ hr or so & it packs in there perfectly & I’ve had spreadable butter any & every time I’ve needed it. I change the water every 2-4 days.
We have our own flock of chickens so eat quite a few eggs with either a buttered bagel or toast. I occasionally use butter when cooking quesadillas or other dishes, otherwise we don’t eat a whole lot of butter but it sure is nice to have it there & spreadable when needed! What was I using before this? A small Pyrex dish with a lid & I’d take out a couple TBSP at a time. That works for sure, but I did find myself running out a lot. Now with the butter crock I can pull a whole stick out & that lasts us ~10 days give or take. As soon as I scrape the last butter from its sides, I wash & dry the crock & refill it (it is dishwasher safe, but I’ve only hand washed it). It truly is nice to have fresh, creamy butter any time you need it! And while I’m not a super fancy Mama, this Butter Bay certainly looks much prettier on my countertop than my Pyrex dish with green plastic lid…. I’m curious to see how the butter holds up during both the heat of summer & the heat of winter as we use wood heat & at times it does get quite warm in our house & my butter melts (will report back).
What I love about this: of course that it is made in the USA. As with any made in USA product, it takes a great deal of motivation, dedication, determination & LOVE to bring a product to market. In addition to being available online of course, there are numerous states which have retail locations carrying the Butter Bay. I hope you’ll check out this link & if you see a local retailer, support them with your purchase: https://thebutterbay.com/pages/butter-bay-is-now-sold-in-stores
And finally, here is a link to their website. They are running a shipping special now-Christmas: $1.99 shipping on any order of 2 or more, so grab one for yourself & one as a gift for that hard to shop for person in your life! https://thebutterbay.com/
02 Oct 2016 Comments Off on Greentober is here!
Most of you are likely familiar with Pinktober. But just like there are many companies out there that greenwash, many pinkwash too! This month, I’m sharing a new educational tidbit on a personal care product or ingredient of concern every day in my Poofy by Jess group, as well as a safe, effective Poofy Organics alternative. If you’re not already in the group, please come join us there. It’s a closed group so only those in the group see any comments or questions you add. Poofy Organics by Jess: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507106652868450/
THIS is what I’m talking about:
In addition, there is a great gift set this month, you save $7 vs full retail, and all proceeds from sales of this set will go to the Breast Cancer Action group! https://ecofriendlyusa.poofyorganics.com/products/1544-greentober-gift-set.aspx
As always, I offer 10% off your 1st ever Poofy order using my link, and always free shipping on orders $200+ (after you’ve used that 1st offer up). The shipping cap is $19.95, so it’s always nice to be able to place a large order & take advantage of that. I can’t create my own code so offer this via rebate. After you order, send me an email with your order # & let me know if you want your rebate via check or PayPal (towards product total only, tax/shipping excluded). ANY questions, just ask: email@example.com
Day 1 product highlight:
My 1st ever Poofy review 3.5 years ago now: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2013/05/06/poofy-organics-review/
My decision to become an independent Guide 2+ years ago: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2014/06/16/my-decision-to-become-a-guide-with-poofy-organics/