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.


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!

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/

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