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Green Amethyst Gold-plated Sterling Silver Earrings Giveaway

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Hosted by Give Oh Giveaway & Sponsored by Sitara Collections

About:
Sitara Collections partners with extraordinary Indian artisans to bring their high-quality, handcrafted products to a global audience. These skilled artists specialize in jewelry and home goods, infusing each piece with traditional craftsmanship to create uniquely stylish items. Sitara Collections is committed to honoring its artisans through fair trade practices and by donating a portion of each sale to an educational foundation that benefits children in India. It’s our way of adding a little love to every purchase.

About the Sitara Foundation:
The Sitara Foundation is the charitable arm of Sitara Collections and currently has one main project: the financial support of the School for Educational Development (Shiksha Vikas Vidyalaya or SVV), located in the northern Indian village of Chanchali. Established by Vinay Singh, the Indian-born husband of Sitara Founder, Linda Singh, he created a vehicle to supplement the education for children in this village. Without additional help in subjects like English and math, most or all of the local children couldn’t earn a spot at government-run institutions of secondary education. For more information, please visit www.SVVIndia.org or www.SitaraFoundation.com.

The Giveaway:
Right now we are giving away a pair of Green Amethyst Gold-plated Sterling Silver Earrings!! Plucked off a table at a high-end estate sale or just off the runway at a Parisian fashion show? These green amethyst earrings set in gold plate somehow manage to look both classic and thoroughly modern. The icy green amethysts capture light (and envious stares), while the brushed texture of the gold plate provides warm sophistication. Earrings have a brushed metal finish and measure 1” L x .75” W

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Walgreen Gift Card Giveaway #SummerDreams

Do you shop at Walgreens?

This month, you’ll get 2,000 Balance Rewards points ($2) when you buy two or more participating Simple skin care products at Walgreens. Even better, when you use your card, Simple skin care products are BOGO50%. If you are a fan of the Simple line, you’ll be excited to know that there are two new Simple skin care products: Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer and Nourishing 24-hour Day/Night Cream.

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My favorite Simple product is the radiance cleansing wipes!

Speaking of Walgreens, we are joining with Drugstore Divas to give one lucky reader a $50 Walgreens gift card. You can use it to buy Simple products or anything else Walgreens sells.

The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on May 31. The winner must be a US resident who is 18 or older. The winner will be contacted via the email address in the Rafflecopter form and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

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Good luck.

My blog received no compensation for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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ShamROCK Your World Go Green Baby Giveaway

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Welcome to the ShamROCK Your World Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by turning our prizes GREEN! That’s right – each blogger in this Hop has a green giveaway just for you – so be sure to hop around the rainbow linky and enter them all, including the Green Grand Prize!

Those of you who have been fans for a long time of Mom to Bed by 8, know that I began on a green parenting mission. While I had dabbled in begin a natural mom throughout the years, I never fully took hold of the lifestyle until Low was born on March 25, 2010. Now my baby is turning 4 and I have managed to keep a hold of my eco-roots and can say without a doubt that I love every minute of it.

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So in honor of my little guys up coming birthday as well as celebrating St. Patrick’s day we wanted to go back in time and share a few of our favorite green baby products with you. So welcome all to our Go Green Baby Prize Package including:

Bumkins All-In-One Cloth Diaper, Green Eggs
Alva Baby Cloth Diaper Solid Wet and Dry Bags, Light Green
Rockin’ Green Classic Rock Motley Clean

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One lucky reader will receive a ShamROCK Your World Go Green Baby Prize Package.

Giveaway ends March 31st at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Remodeling To A Greener Home

What is it is about spring that causes people to suddenly want to deep clean and remodel their homes? Perhaps it’s the way that spring, with its blooming flowers and new baby animals that makes you feel like starting anew. Or perhaps it’s simply that after being cooped up in the house all winter, watching Netflix, by the time Spring rolls around you feel a burst of energy as the weather gets nicer and you come out of hibernation mode.

Not surprisingly, spring is also a time when many people decide to pursue those home remodeling projects that they have been putting off. Spring is actually the perfect time for many home remodeling projects. The weather is typically conducive to the work that is requires – especially for outdoor projects, such as rooftops, porches, room additions, and swimming pools. It’s not going to be too hot or too cold. This means that it is perfect weather for any contractors that you may need to hire. The mild weather means that they would be able to complete the projects faster. If you are paying them by the hour, that means that simply doing your home remodeling project during the spring months can save you a nice chunk of change.

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Do you have a home remodeling project in mind? Perhaps you have been dying to build a wraparound porch (or extend your back porch) for those awesome family gatherings that you have planned for the summer. Maybe you have decided to remodel your entire basement and convert it into a man cave. Or perhaps you have been dreaming of adding on a room or two to your house.  A guest room? A home office? A panic room? Maybe it’s something simpler. Perhaps you have been planning to install new flooring throughout your house. Whatever home improvement/remodeling project it is that you are considering, have you thought about pursuing more sustainable options. These days, being green is more important than ever as we realize that our resources are finite and that our actions leave a footprint on the Earth.

It doesn’t matter which step of the home remodeling process you find yourself in – simply planning, working on a design, or actually being ready to begin construction, you should seek a Chicago green construction company to make sure that your home remodeling project is executed in the greenest way possible. One that pays special attention to energy efficiency, health interiors (making sure that things are free of harmful toxins), and using sustainable products such as bamboo flooring. Green homes can help you to not only save money, but to lessen the negative impact that we have on our environment and planet.

What steps are you taking to green your home?

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Detoxing and Energizing Green Smoothie

It’s a New Year and I am celebrating a new me! Well honestly my wellness plan went into effect before the New Year, but getting in that BIG YEAR TO HEALTHY ME attitude going is very important. One of the biggest changes for me was the way I eat. Not how much but what exactly I was consuming. While smoothies have always been a big favorite of mine, I was shocked when I realized how bad for me the store bought consumer ones really were and even more so how lacking in good for you content. Thus I hope a few of my readers will take a que from a reformed look the other way ingredient eater and try out this amazing Green Smoothie!

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Detoxing and Energizing Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • approximately  2 cups or 2 handfuls of Kale torn off the stem (the stem is bitter)
  • 1 to 2 cups of Spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 3 inch piece of Cucumber
  • 3 inch piece of Zucchini
  • 1 to 2 stalks of Celery
  • 4 or 5 cherry Tomatoes (buy fresh then throw in the freezer)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of an Avocado
  • 2 thin slices of fresh Ginger Root
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of a frozen sliced Banana
  • 1/3 to 1/2 C of frozen Strawberries
  • 1 C frozen  fruit blend ( Pineapple, Mango, Peaches)
  • 1/2 of fresh Lime, (pulp  and juice only)
  • 1/2 of fresh Pear
  • 2 to 3 T Honey
  • 2 pkgs. of Truvia,
  • 1 T ground Flax seed
  • 1 T green tea powder (such as Got Matcha brand)
  • 1 1/2  to 2 C cold water
  • 2 to 3 C crushed ice

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  1. Rough chop all Fruits and Veggies, unless you are fortunate to own a really nice heavy duty blender!
  2. In a 6 Cup blender, put in all unfrozen ingredients first, and half of the water.  Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary.
  3. Add in all frozen ingredients, and blend until thick and smooth, adding a little more water as needed.
  4. Add in ice, flax seed, green tea powder, and blend.
  5. Taste first, then add in sweetener of choice.  Once you have made it a couple times, you will know exactly how much sweetener you prefer.

This makes about 6 or 7 cups, and will hold up in Fridge for 24 to 36 hours.

I drink half the first morning, and add more ice, and re-blend the next morning, to get that frosty texture.

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10 Green Tips Back to School

That time of year has come again! The kids are heading back to school and they are filled with excitement to see their friends and experience new things. The new school year is a new beginning filled with new teachers, experiences, and lessons. You can start off in the right direction by being environmentally friendly in your preparations for this school year. Take some advice from the Leafmen and follow these ten tips for going green to ensure you have an EPIC school year!

From the creators of Ice Age, the year’s funniest, most exhilarating animated adventure comes home as EPIC debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, and DVD this August 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Chris Wedge (The Ice Age Franchise) and featuring an amazing voice cast including Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, and Beyoncé, the blockbuster film comes home just in time to help families become one with nature and end the summer in Epic style.

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1. Before heading to the store in search of supplies, take inventory of what items are left over from last year that can still be used this time around. Shopping for school can be exciting with all of the bright, fun items! Try to make sure you aren’t forgetting what you came for and don’t buy any unnecessary products that will go to waste.

2. When you have reduced your list of school supplies to the necessities, ensure that you think about what you buy. Look for pens and pencils that can be refilled or supplies that are made from recycled product. Read the labels and make smart decisions to help preserve the magic of Moonhaven!

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3. There are so many ways to decrease the pollutants created by getting to and from school each day! If your child’s school has a bussing system, let them take the bus with their neighborhood friends each day. For older kids who live close to school, walking or biking each day not only provides them with exercise, but also completely eliminates any pollution from cars.

4. The Leafmen made their own clothes and armor from natural products to help protect the environment. You can also make a difference with your clothes by arranging a clothing swap party with some of your kids’ friends! Everyone will walk away with new clothes and a happy conscience when they realize they are helping the environment!

5. The end of the day can be quite hectic as you run around dropping kids off at various after school activities! You can save your sanity and the earth by setting up a carpool schedule with other parents. Bonus: your kids will love the extra time with their friends!

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6. When packing lunch for your little ones, keep the residents of Moonhaven on your mind. Invest in reusable water bottles, lunch boxes, and food containers. The kids will probably have tons of fun picking out lunch supplies with fun patterns and themes! Buying these products will also conserve tons of unnecessary waste!

7. The packaging isn’t the only part of lunch you can change to become more green! Send healthy, eco-friendly snacks and lunches with your little ones each day. Things like local, organic fruits and veggies are a great addition to your kids’ lunch!

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8.  In Epic, Queen Tara wears a gorgeous dress made from flower petals and leaves! You can get creative like her by changing the style of your backpack! Instead of purchasing a new bag every year, have a craft day and let your kids change up their bag with patches, paint, or other supplies.

9.  Find out if your school already has a recycling program in place. If they don’t, take a stand and help set one up for each classroom! If recycling is already part of the plan, be sure to inform your own kids of the benefits of recycling so that they will participate!

10. Consider buying used books for your young students! Look online for gently used books or visit a local bookstore. This tip benefits students from grade school through college, when textbooks get extra expensive!

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Green Baby, Green Mama Giveaway

Green Mama, Green Baby

Green Baby, Green Mama Event

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom

Prize Package Includes:

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Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit

A value packed box of cloth diapering essentials with everything you need to start using cloth diapers now! You don’t need to be cloth diaper savvy in order to appreciate it – but if you are, you will really love our beautiful new boxed kit. Flushable liners and our step-by-step guide to no-fuss cloth diapering make it easy for you. No rinsing, no pins, no stuffing and no big deal to wash this cloth diaper system.

The Infant size contains:

  • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers(4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small
  • 2 Super Brites – small
  • 3 rolls Bio-Soft liners – small
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag – large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

The Baby size contains:

  • 18 baby size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers (4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
  • 2 Super Whisper Wraps – medium
  • 2 Super Brites – medium
  • 1 roll Bio-Soft liners – large
  • 5 reusable Fleece Liners
  • Fabulous Wet Bag– large (available exclusively in the Kit!)
  • User Guide

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit

Mama’s Birth & Baby Kit Full Size will get you set with full-size must-haves. Worry-free products to comfort mama and baby? That’s a big check!

For mama:

  • New Mama Bottom Spray – 4oz
  • Mama Bottom Balm – 2oz
  • Organic Monthly Comfort Tea – 1 box
  • Natural Nipple Butter – 2oz
  • Cotton Tote Bag – 10” x 12”
  • Postpartum Bath Herbs – 1 box

For baby:

  • Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash – 5.3oz
  • Angel Baby Oil – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Lotion – 4oz
  • Angel Baby Bottom Balm – 2oz

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Thank you for visiting and entering to win this amazing prize package. Please take a moment to also visit our lovely co-hosts whom without them great things such as these would not be possible: Budget EarthMew Review and An Ordinary Housewife.

One lucky winner will a Bummis Organic Cotton Starter Kit & the Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth & Baby Kit!

Giveaway ends July 18th at 11:59pm, open US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This tasty dish is very simple to make and not expensive at all to make. These enchiladas have become a favorite in our home and we have to make them at least once a month. They are better than most restaurants and even kids like them. This is also a meal that you can freeze and bake it later, which is great for the busy family or one of those nights where the husband will the one cooking. These are not spicy and very flavorful so everyone can enjoy it. Here is what you will need:

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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 Soft Shell Tacos
  • 3 5oz can Hormel Premium Chunk Chicken Breast
  • 2 Cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 3 TBSP Flour
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Can Diced Chilies

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X13 Pan. You might need to change the size of the pan if you choose larger soft shells.
  2.  Begin to boil or grill the chicken, you want to be able to fully cook the chicken and the shred it to fit in the shells.
  3. Take the tortilla shells and fill them with the desired amount of chicken and cheese. Then roll it up and place in the pan. Repeat until the pan is full.
  4. In a saucepan, very carefully and slowly begin to melt the butter. You want to make sure that you do not burn the butter. Make sure it comes to a golden color.
  5. Once the butter is melted add the flour to the butter and stir for one minute.
  6. Then once you have done that add the broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  7. Then once that has been heated up stir in sour cream and the can of diced chilies. You do not want this to boil so you might want to lower the temperature.
  8. Then evenly add the mixture over the assembled shells in the pan. Once it has been added then top it off with the desired level of cheese.
  9. Bake for 22 minutes and then broil for 3 minutes to brown the cheese. Then enjoy!

* Top with your choice of black olives, avocado or guacamole and some sour cream. We usually have this with some vegetables and some Spanish rice. It is such a good dinner for the whole family!

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Green Choice Carpet Rug Cleaning

Carpets last longer and look better when they are regularly cleaned. One problem with carpet cleaning is the toxic chemicals used that can pollute the air inside the home as well as the groundwater. Green Choice, New Jersey, has 20 years of experience and understands this. It has a corporate commitment to environmental issues, which is why it offers natural, organic, green carpet and rug cleaning.

The organic products used by Green Choice are just as effective as toxic chemicals, but without the huge carbon footprint and health hazard. Organic carpet cleaning is available for all type of material including silk rugs, Persian rugs, wool rugs and synthetic rugs.

The cost of the carpet cleaning service will depend on the size of the rug, if there are any stains to remove and the type of material. A Green Choice technician will give a free in-home or office appointment, explain the type of cleaning required for the job and give a quote.

The process Green Choice uses to deep clean rugs is also eco-friendly. It requires less water and the rug is cleaned in the factory, so the entire process in environmentally friendly. Rugs are like new with the original color, and the stains and odors are removed after a thorough cleaning.

Green Choice will pick up the rugs and deliver them when they are cleaned. Its affordable service is one of the best in New Jersey and the surrounding area for eco-friendly results. It offers same day service also with free pick-up and delivery.

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Steps to a healthier lifestyle with NewGreens Giveaway

In today’s super busy world, I like many find that my diet is no longer what you could call healthy. While I have never been one to eat an excess of fatty foods, I do however find myself leaving out a necessary food group and often skip meals entirely.

Lately I have noticed that my body is not as productive as it once was. As a mom, I love to blame that on my children keeping me stressed and busy but deep down I realize I only have myself to blame. Thus I made a silent vow to be better to my body by watching my diet, adding daily exercise and increasing my sleep time. This is harder than I could have imagined to achieve  I mean training myself to break the habits that I took years to create is like fighting with a strong willed bull {<- my animal equal}.

One of the additions I made to my diet was NewGreens. Since I am having a hard time balancing my fast paced life with the need to honor the food group, it was a reasonable arrangement.

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NewGreens is a dietary supplement that can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to increase their intake of antioxidants and other nutrients that are deficient in their diet. Not only is NewGreens very high in antioxidants but it is also loaded with nutrients that improve gastrointestinal function and detoxification like probiotics, enzymes, fiber and ingredients that are known to support liver function.

NewGreens is an acquired taste. My very first go at this new dietary supplement was by mixing it with water. Needless to say this did not go well for me and I couldn’t help but spit it out in the sink. I bow to those who can drink it this way; you are much stronger than I. Next I tried milk; while better, I still couldn’t get through even half without stopping. Then we experiment with various juices and I found that it went well with both orange juice and V8 {yes, I know that is a veggie drink}. The oj mixed well and added just a tad bit of sweetness. While the V8 was like a match made perfect; the tomato base completed covered up the powdery taste.

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Even though you have heard my some what unpleasant story of trial and error, I urge you to keep in mind that those who see products like NewGreens are not purchasing them for their taste. The benefits alone are enough reason to find a mixture marriage that is right for you.

Since starting the NewGreens process I have noticed I have more energy  The good kind that is not falsely produced by energy products widely available on the deptment store shelves today. This burst of energy is light, however very much present and lasts all day and with the increase of my daily activity, my mood automatically shifts to a happier place. Another fantastic side effect of the increase movement is the weight loss. While I am seeing 2-3 pounds a week, it is gladly accepted as one more step in the right direction.

What suggestions do you have for mixing NewGreens?

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One lucky winner will receive your choice of NewGreens formula {Original, Berry or Organic}!

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Spring Clean and Keep Green

Now that Spring seems to have finally arrived, and the daylight hours are getting longer, it’s high-time to have a thorough sort out of our mounds of stuff which have accumulated over the past year or so. However, rather than throwing everything away, to save you time, money and the environment, here are some better ways to get rid of old junk:

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Recycle all the way:

To be eco-friendly whilst tidying and sorting, recycling is the obvious way to go. It will not only reduce the amount sent to landfill, but also reduce pollution, which contributes to global warming. Most towns and cities will have a local recycling centre, which will either collect or receive junk from you. Many forms of plastic, paper, glass, and even clothes, batteries and car parts can be recycled, turning them into new products. So you can lessen your impact on the environment whilst you make an impact on your junk.

Moving on Upcycle:

When you’re going through your stuff, see what can be reused. Upcycling is when sorting gets crafty. By making something out of what you already have you can turn seemingly useless objects into something very useful and creative. Old clothes, furniture, and of course glass, metals and plastics can be manipulated in this way to serve a new and rejuvenated purpose, such as painting glass jars and reusing them as flower vases. This lessens the demand to buy new objects from stores, helping to reduce energy and pollution from harvesting raw materials to produce them. Therefore, having a positive effect on nature with your fun and creative ability to waste not, want not.

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We E-cycle:

A growing problem worldwide is what to do with tech-trash. As new technology emerges, our old ‘bricks’ get chucked away, to build up and cause serious pollution issues by releasing poisonous chemicals. This electronic ‘e-waste’ can easily be e-cycled, which will conserve natural resources and prevent contamination of the environment. So, if you want to make a bit of cash whilst making a bit of ‘cyber’ space, you could, for example, sell Nintendo Wii, and it’s games if you wish, on websites such as Music Magpie. You will be offered a good, fair price in exchange for your tech, as well as CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, laptops and mobile phones and more. By accumulating each item you can receive a grand total, so make use of this growing trend to earn some green whilst being green!

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How To Make Green Eyes Even More Gorgeous

Of blue, green and brown, green is the rarest eye color. This makes the color more unique, exotic and appealing. The rarity also makes it harder to find make up tips and tricks in beauty magazines, blogs and other go-to outlets for beauty advice. Here are three tips to help you choose the right color cosmetics that will make your green eyes even more gorgeous and alluring than they already are.

Choose Warm Colors

When choosing eyeshadow for green eyes, look for warm colors with a red undertone. Red and green are opposites on the color wheel, making them complimentary to each other. While no one is suggesting you wear bright red on your lids; simply choose colors with red undertones that will brighten your eyes and enhance their natural beauty. Try experimenting with some of these shades.

  • Plum, purple and lilac are all universal color choices for day or night.
  • Dark Brown shades will play up the subtle flecks of color that are found in green eyes, day or night.
  • Metallic colors such as bronze, copper and gold will turn up the heat on a cold winter night.
  • Dark green shades with flecks of are also a good choice for night.

Even though shimmering silver shades are all the rage on the runway this season, people with green eyes should avoid cool colors such as these. You will look like a green-eyed monster instead of the exotic creature that you are!

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The Rule Of Three

No matter what color of eyes you have, you should limit the number of colors you apply to your lids to three. Start with a lighter color such as white, ivory or a light green just below the brow bone. Next, apply a medium shade of the warm color of your choice on the rest of your eyelid. Finally, apply a darker color in the crease of your lid starting at the outer corner and working your way in. [Read more…]

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Greenie Love ~ Joovy Scooter Stroller Review

 
Since I have started becoming more active in my strive for fitness and weight loss, I also had to accept that in doing this I had to make a few changes to even the baby equipment I use. So when I received the Joovy Scooter stroller in Greenie, I was more than anxious to find out how it would perform in not only my daily walks and shopping trips but in the great outdoors as well.
The weekend of the Scooter’s arrival we headed down to Heritage Days. Now this is an outdoor festival hosted in the same area as an animal conservation. I will be honest when I say it is bumpy, rough and beware there maybe a few holes. So how did the Joovy do, I am sure you are asking yourself.
It soared right over ever rough patch like it was as smooth as hardwood flooring. No doubt that the sealed bearings and 4-wheel suspension found in Joovy’s wheel base are to blame. In my 17 years as a parent, I have never before seen a wheel structure as sound and well thought out as Joovy’s. They made sure the scooter would take on the hiking trails as well as the shopping malls. This is a huge benefit to myself and family since we spend a lot of time camping and exploring state parks, etc.
You will also find the Joovy Scooter has linked brakes which add more security when the stroller is parked. If you are like me you will also appreciate the large basket underneath. You can store a lot of shopping bags this holiday season in that spot!
Now do not get me wrong the Joovy is tough but also classy in style. You get all the bells and whistles with their new Scooter. Their signature oversized canopy offers a retractable sun visor which adds a wonderful amount of protection for baby against the sun and wind. This also allows you to keep an eye on baby from above. The cup holder (which is very necessary if you walk great lengths or jog) is nice because it is also easily removable. There is also a nice size zippered pocket. I normally store my cellphone, a diaper or two and a package of travel wipes in there.
Another big plus I want to mention is that the 600D fabric used to create the seat and canopy could certainly be considered as a major point when selecting a stroller. My mother in law took the Joovy Scooter out for its second walk and I be darned, if it did not come back with a brown line of soda down the back. I was hot to say the least and grabbed a wet cloth. With no effort at all the soda was gone and I honestly mean gone. Several days later my little Elliot spit up a tad in the seat and once again a quick wipe and done. 
I also love the advantage of an easy to recline seat. The Joovy offers a one hand recline system that locks in infinite positions. Elliot likes to be sitting as straight up as possible when we first start our walks and the Joovy allows me to smoothly lay him back in a nap position when he falls fast asleep minutes later. The transition is done by a quiet, slide down cloth and clip. This makes no sound at all and Elliot remains unaware he is even changing positions. I find this very helpful when I aim to walk for long periods of time.
The seat also offer a secure 5 point harness to keep my baby El’ safe and in place. I know I will find this very useful as he gets older and becomes an escape artist like his older siblings have in the past. For now it keeps him from rolling over or sliding down. Both for which I am very thankful for.
Since I like to stay on the go, I am always looking for a stroller that is compact when folded up and also not a pain to get it there. I found that with the pull of two handles, the stroller is ready for placed away for travel or storage. It is fairly flat and fits well in the back of our suv.
One feature that we did not make use of but I am sure will benefit many of you is the bumper bar. This piece makes the Scooter compatible with Graco infant carseats. I find it nice that you can use this from birth to well into toddler years.
The Greenie has been test driven by myself, my husband and his mother. All of us found that we prefer different features, but we all three agreed that it is a great buy. I suggest purchasing it directly from Joovy online where they offer free shipping in the USA.
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AllerMates receives Mom’s Choice Approval and PTPA Approval {now available at Walgreens}

AllerMates® Colorful Wristbands for Kids with Allergies Receives Mom’s Choice Approval and PTPA Approval

Available in Walgreens

AllerMates®, creators of colorful wristband, dog tags and lunch bags for kids with allergies just received approvals from Mom’s Choice Awards (MCA) and Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA), national organizations that choose the very best in children’s products, it was announced today by Andrew Eisenberg, President, Awearables LLC, parent company of AllerMates.

MCA Judges are especially interested in products and services that help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually; are morally sound and promote good will; and are inspirational and uplifting. PTPA is the leading product awards program with the largest parent-testing community and seal of approval recognized worldwide.

Iris Shamus, a mother of a child with multiple food allergies was frustrated by the lack of allergy-related kid-friendly products so she took action and created AllerMates, a new line of bright, fun, whimsical character-driven wristbands, dog tags and lunch boxes that her son would happily embrace.

Parents of children with allergies can now enjoy the safety and security of knowing their young ones are better protected against unwanted allergens when they wear or use AllerMates products away from home in places like school, daycare, parties, sleep-overs and play dates.

AllerMates products are based on 15 fun, original characters that represent the most common allergies: peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame, cat and the newest – asthma. Shamus created AllerMates, in part to help kids feel positive about their allergies.

AllerMates products are hypo-allergenic, nickel and latex free and have passed rigorous safety standards and testing. The wristbands are adjustable and fit most children.

AllerMates products can be purchased at www.allermates.com, www.diapers.com, independent retailers and in the seasonal aisle available now at many Walgreens around the country until Nov. 1.

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Back to School Gear Gets Green with SnackTAXI

The mission at snackTAXI is to make high quality, affordable reusable bags that empower everyone to reduce waste, while embracing business practices that respect our community, environment, and Earth.

The first snackTAXI was invited way back in 2003 as a way to stem the tide of plastic ziplock bags that flowed from house to the landfill.

snackTAXIs are easy too – really! They are made in their rural Massachusetts workshop by talented (and fun!) local sewers. SnackTAXI is committed to keeping our business local, and will never outsource their labor.

snackTAXIs are a great alternative to plastic bags and wraps, especially when just one reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1000 plastic bags over its lifetime!

snackTAXIs are lined with coated nylon, and can be machine washed and dried, or simply wiped clean with a damp sponge.

From Mom to Bed by 8

As a mom of seven, I can safely say that in the last several years my family has probably come close to a 13 gallon trash bag full of wasted plastic baggie containers. It is clearly nothing to brag about. Then about this time (right before school) two years ago we discovered SnackTAXI and developed a fond love for reusable snack bags.

Our first three sets are still in use after at least 100 washes and scrub downs. That says alot about the quality of SnackTAXI! Do you think you could reuse a plastic bag one hundred times and it still function properly? I think not, unless you have a super power I do not posses. Let’s be honest they were made to be disposable and it is time to take charge of what gets tossed in the landfills of your planet and make changes even as simple as the one SnackTAXI offers.

Plus with SnackTAXI you can stay a little stylish in your love for the green. They offer friendly designs and so many it is safe to say there is really something for everyone. Not to mention new designs are added often. Don’t waste another $5 on a box of bags that are destined for the trash. SnackTAXI is reasonably priced at $8.95 for sandwich size and $7.95 for snack-sacks. Very quickly you will start to see the financial advantages of making the baggie change as well.

One lucky winner will receive a SnackTAXI Snack-Sack!

Giveaway ends July 26th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+.  To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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