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 🙂

2 big Poofy Organics sales coming up this week!

Poofy CBD Sale – April 20
All CBD Products will be on sale at 15% off! April 20th only (12:00 am EST – 11:59 PM EST). Plus, FREE shipping on all orders! No promo code necessary, must be logged in as a customer.
Poofy Organics Earth Day Sale
Starts: April 22 (12:00 am EST)
Ends: April 25 (11:59 PM EST)
15% off everything, no promo code necessary!

Get your list ready and order early! The next site-wide sale is usually Labor Day, so now is the time to stock up!

All the Sale Details!

Poofy CDB Sale:
Poofy CBD will be 15% off, Tuesday April 20th only (12:00am EST – 11:59m EST). It is a separate link, and ships separately (but always free). I do not offer the additional 5% rebate on CBD. Shop Poofy CBD here

Poofy Organics Sales:

Poofy Organics will be 15% off, starting Thursday 4/22 @12:00am EST, and ending Sunday 4/25 @11:59pm EST. No code needed, 15% off will be applied when checking out (you must be logged in as a customer).Shipping is always free over $55 (after discounts and before tax), and I offer an additional 5% rebate on all orders – be sure to place your order with my link, then shoot me a message after you order to claim it and let me know how you want your rebate.

REMINDER: All orders ship in the order received.

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!

Check out Pure Play Kids!

I recently added new inventory and restocked a bunch of best-sellers that were sold out! I’ve got great items for Easter, many items under $10, reduced items too! As always, you can count on everything being made in the USA, with love & pride! https://pureplaykids.com/

Vitamix has awesome customer service!

Wow, I’m SO impressed with the Vitamix customer service. I bought a renewed one off Amazon last Feb (2020), and I’ve always questioned if it was working as well as it should. For reference, this is the one I purchased (https://amzn.to/3qUDsC1). And for the record, more than ever I’m on a mission to avoid Amazon as much as possible. It’s definitely worth comparing with the vendor directly and other outlets, sometimes you’ll find that Amazon is even more expensive!

Here’s the post I shared when I purchased the Vitamix in Feb of 2020: I did it… I took the plunge & finally committed to my forever blender, I’m the proud new owner of a Vitamix! While this may not sound that exciting to some, I’ve been wanting one for years. I’m so sick of buying a new blender only for it to conk out on me after 6-24 months. We make smoothies almost daily, and our old blender took forever to blend. We just made our 1st smoothie in our Vitamix, and everyone agreed it was the best ever. We had some heavy whipping cream in the fridge so added that, and it turned out like frozen yogurt, I ate mine out of a bowl with a spoon!!

Fast-forward several months, and I just wasn’t sure it was working like it should. It vibrated really badly on the counter. It kinda’ stalled out after it started blending. I’d turn it up to high after starting it on low and it would shut off as it was getting too warm. After making smoothies one day I decided I should check on the warranty and inquire, this thing was super expensive and I expected it to work with a bit more ease. The pictures in the manual show it making ice cream, and I didn’t feel mine would do that. But I was super nervous because of course the 3m Amazon warranty was up, and did I have to buy it directly from Vitamix to get the extended warranty? I went into my Amazon order and when I clicked on ‘get product support’ it gave me the contact info to contact Vitamix, which was reassuring. I called and they said 20 min wait, so we’ll call you back, which they did in just 10 min. She assured me that they stand behind their product 100%, and asked what the issues were. She spent 20 min on the phone with me giving me some tips to try, and if those don’t work, they pay for me to send it back, they will get to the bottom of it, and pay to send it back. I asked how long their warranty is: 3 years from purchase. I had already had it 6m, and she said: you know, since you haven’t been too confident in it since you purchased it, I’m going to start your warranty today, and extend it by 2 more years for you. I explained how I placed a special emphasis on purchasing made in the USA items, and that I intended this to be my forever blender. She assured me they are still fixing blenders purchased in the ’90’s!!!

Anyway, I’m a huge believer in amazing customer service, and my 20 minutes on the phone with her was so reassuring that my nearly $200 investment was worth it. BTW, it was $189 when I purchased it in Feb, it’s currently $269 (renewed), and new it is $384. She assured me that anything renewed should be exactly as good as new. Made in Ohio. Oh, and her tips made it work much better. I put an anti-slip silicone mat underneath it so it doesn’t vibrate my whole counter. And it was overheating because it is supposed to be turned up to high quickly, I was leaving it on low too long and that was making it overheat. So I left as a VERY happy customer. It was such a great feeling!

Contrast that with my Cuisinart customer service experience: they told me to throw away my 3 year old coffee grinder and buy a new one (that they’d give me a 20% off coupon for 😦 https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/2021/02/24/boycotting-cuisinart-the-search-for-the-last-coffee-grinder-of-my-life/

Boycotting Cuisinart & the search for the last coffee grinder of my life…

Ugggghhhh, coffee grinder woes! I spent $60 on a Cuisinart (yes made in China) grinder in 2018, hoping it would last many years. It’s flaking out on us. It comes with an 18m factory warranty and no I didn’t buy the 4 year extended warranty, was hoping for $60 I would be getting decent quality. In my 20 or so years of grinding coffee I’ve already gone through at least 5 coffee grinders, usually we just grab a cheapie. They never last more than a couple of years. I will always justify spending more money on something that will last many years. I didn’t find any electric coffee grinders made in the USA when I was in the market back in 2018, so went with the Cuisinart (this one for reference). It has 4.5 starts out of over 20,000 reviews (will be adding my negative review shortly). The on/off/grind switch is starting to flake out, we have to hold it down while inserting the plastic container all the way in. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

I called their customer service hoping I could send it in to be serviced, even if it was at my cost. She said no, it’s past the 18m warranty and there’s nothing they can do (I guess if I had bought the extended warranty they would’ve just sent a new one?). She said throw it out and buy a new one. They’ll offer me 20% off on a new purchase. It old her I will not be buying anything from them ever again if that’s their solution. I just hate the throw away culture. Anyway, what have you had luck with? I’m leaning towards a manual crank option or worst case, pre-ground! Of course, my 1st choice will be something made in the USA, does that exist? I’m imagining I can find some antiques off Ebay, might those have lead concerns? Comment below if you have knowledge on this topic please!

It’s my 9 year blogiversary today!

Wow! 9 years. 9 years ago today I decided to launch my own page on Facebook. I thought that I might as well start cataloging the info and resources I was finding along my mission to find the best & safest products on the market, that were also made in the USA whenever possible. If you’re newish to my journey, here’s an article from way back in 2013 that discusses what launched me on this path, my interview with American Made Insider.

What I really want to say today is what a great joy it has been to connect with so many of you over the years. Some of us go WAY back. My Son was 1 when I started my site, meaning he’s going to be 10 years old next month (say what!?). When I first began sharing my research findings with the online world I made a point to keep my personal life out of my posts. I desired to stay anonymous, and also not to have my kids childhoods be made public. But over time I could feel small connections being made with the conversations that were taking place daily in my group. As time went on, I learned more and more about your family, and felt safe and happy to share about my growing family too. The result of this is that we’ve truly grown into a wonderful community. I have actually met a few people from the group in real life, which is an INCREDIBLE experience. And I yearn for a lot more of that. But the fact remains, most of us will never meet. But it doesn’t diminish that I feel like we’re friends. I’ve asked for support over the past few years, both for my father, my friend with her struggling orchard, and many of you have stepped up big. When I posted yesterday about a Mama in the group whose 3 year old daughter is undergoing chemo for a rare type of cancer, several donated immediately. Stranger to stranger. That is something I will never take for granted. I firmly believe that human connection is more important than ever, and do know that feeling can be alive & well even in an online community.

I whole-heartedly started my blogging journey altruistically, wanting to connect with others who shared similar values. And I’m so proud of the path it has taken me down these past 9 years. And I’m eager to continue to follow this path and see what doors open next. As I get burned out and turn my back in one area, a door opens with new, exciting possibilities to pursue. And I will never, ever get tired of discovering new made in the USA products and companies. Each time I learn about something new (to me) my heart literally feels like it skips a beat.

So, thank YOU for being a part of my community. Thank YOU for continuing to vote with your dollars and considering the impact your purchases have on our communities, our families, our planet. Here’s to many more blogiversary posts in my future 🙂

A family in need of our help

Susie Z, one of my fellow Poofy Guides for many years now, my neighbor to the West in Minnesota, homeschooling Mama of 4, chapter leader for her local Weston A. Price group, is in need of help from strangers. You can read all the updates from her GoFundMe (click on ‘read older updates’), but long story short is: what they thought was an abscess in her daughter’s tooth turned out to be a rare form of cancer. Thus, she is going through chemo. She’s 3. I’ve been following the story for the past couple of weeks. When I asked Susie if there was anything she needed, anything I can do, she said not at the time. They were waiting to find out how much of the treatment insurance would cover, how much they would be responsible for out of pocket. Well, bills are starting to roll in, and $20,000 is their 1st portion, likely with higher numbers to come. I know we’re all like extended family here. And I know most of us are Mamas. Last week was Random Acts of Kindness Week. I know we’re not all in a position to donate financially, Susie knows that too. But even if a couple of us can chip in, we will help this family in need. My Eco-friendly USA group page has 5000+ people, if we all chipped in just $1, that would be a significant donation! And of course, keep this beautiful little girl, and their entire family, in your thoughts & prayers

♥

GoFundMe link, with many updates on what has taken place thus far: https://gofund.me/236e8d6f

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