Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mom's Best Bet Mondays!

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about. Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
There were some marvelous Best Bets from last week.

*Simple and Posh is giving away an ERGObaby Carrier . They are great!
*Head over to The Ahotaeiloa Family to win a Seventh Gen. Bundle

*Got Extra Coffee Filters? Stop by Shelley's Swag to get some creative tips on what do with your extras.

***Check out all of the Marvelous GIVEAWAYS on Mom's Best Bets (upper left corner) and be sure to share your links below!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tsunami Evacuation

photo by GEORGE F. LEE
photo by JAMM AQUINO

photo by GEORGE F. LEE
Images courtesy of Star bulletin


Well, I woke up this morning at 3:30 to hear about an 8.8 earthquake and then a Tsunami heading towards Hawaii. The evacuation siren went off at 6:00 am. Yikes, how do you pack up your house in an hour and head to higher ground? What do you take? Well, I ran around and through some essentials in some bags, grabbed my family and off we sped to the middle of island, armed with water bottles, flashlights, food, important papers, and of course my daughter's favorite doll-a.k.a. "Go Baby!"
Well, after 9 hours of waiting we got the best news, ALL CLEAR!
Home again...home sweet sweet home!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Giveaway: Orglamix Eyeshadows to Brighten your Eyes

Brighten your eyes with Orglamix
I am a fan of Orglamix eyeshadow. They will make your eyes "pop" with their alluring shades.

I tried three different colors in their collection. They carry a rainbow of color selections and also have a three-piece eye defining and lining collection takes the guesswork out of getting started with pure mineral eye colors so you can achieve effortless eye looks in seconds. Their prices are pretty fabulous too. Eyeshadows start out at $4.99 and the three-piece collections start out at $11.99. Are these prices outstanding or what?
Shape, shadow, line and define your eyes with three perfectly coordinated eye colors and textures to make your green, brown, black, blue, or hazel appear brighter. Choosing the right shades can be tricky for your eye color. Now it's easy when you combine complementary and contrasting shades for each eye color.
Mom's Best Bets likes that Orglamix doesn't contain: Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petro-Chemicals- Phthalates
♥ Orglamix 100% Guarantee:They guarantee you will love Orglamix, or your money back. It’s that simple! How many times have you wasted time and money (I myself have been there, done that) at the cosmetic counter? Things are different at Orglamix. If you're not satisfied with the color, the packaging, the whatever, simply return the item within 14 days of your purchase and Orglamix will give you a full refund.


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WIN 3 Orglamix Eye Shadows of your choice!!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Let's Go with Ergo Baby!

There are so many ways to carry a baby these days, from wraps, slings, and carriers to strollers and just plain in your arms. Babies thrive on being touched and held, so I strongly support baby wearing. What is Mom's Best Bet for baby carriers? It's got to be ERGO! Not only is this fabulous company located in HAWAII but they make organic carriers too!!! I didn't know about Ergo when I bought my first carrier and boy, I wish I did. The carrier I had was stiff and hard. There were pressure points on her legs and arms and it was not versatile enough to be able to carry a toddler on you back. I started to see more and more people with this new innovative and comfy looking design and finally asked what they were using. The answer was always the same: Ergo. When I finally got to try it, I was amazed how much more comfortable for me it was, not to mention for baby!

Using the ERGObaby carrier gives you continuous connection, fabulous feeling of freedom, and security knowing your baby is safe. This is the all-in-one soft baby carrier, assisting you through all the stages of your baby's growth and moving from front to hip to back position easily. The baby carrier also balances the baby's weight to parents' hips and shoulders, and alleviates physical stress for the parent.

They offer both Organic and Regular options:
Organic Baby Carrier Features
Ergonomic design
400 threads per inch organic cotton poplin lining and hood
100% cotton batting in body of carrier to soften edges
One inch, high density foam in shoulder straps
Quarter inch high density neoprene foam in waist belt
High Quality buckles tested by SGS
Waist belt circumference from 25" to 43"
Fits from 5' to 6.5' body height with adjustable shoulder and chest straps
Sleeping hood with elastic, adjusts in length for growth of baby
High quality webbing, matched to carrier color
Reinforced stitching used at all fabric intersections
Interior rip-stop reinforcements at critical intersections
Durability/strength tested up to 90 pounds
Machine washable

Why Buy Organic?
Organic cotton is produced without the use of harsh chemicals. Instead natural fertilizers, compost and the use of natural pest control have helped make the growing of organic cotton a viable enterprise.

ERGObaby is a family owned and operated company located on Maui, Hawaii. Since 2003, they have been providing parents with the most thoughtful, highest quality, and most innovative baby wearing products and accessories found on the market. It is Ergo's mission to educate parents about attachment parenting, baby wearing, and related topics, to improve the way our next generations of babies are introduced into the world.
The Nautilus also symbolizes the new wave of awareness guiding parents across the world: changing the old paradigm to the new parenting paradigm of holding our babies close to our hearts, and being willing to recognize and respond to their needs on demand.
More and more parents want to be physically active and productive during the early stages of their child's growth. Wearing their baby supports this need. Research on baby wearing has also observed great benefits to the child. The ERGObaby carrier holds the baby safely and closely to the parent's body, and provides the parent with the desired mobility. It also builds parent's awareness of their child’s needs.

BUY IT! ERGO Baby Carriers range in price from $105 to $135, and can be purchased online or at the following list of participating retailers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Poem to Inspire


Stay

Tether me to your shores
Before we have no history here
For the tides are our unbinding
Words written in running sand
Fires kindled with salt, with grass
Won’t ever resolve to hold the earth
Everything we want
And everything we have
Must change form
From sea to spray
pebble to silt
flame to ash
Firewood bobs away
and gulls gather the spoils
Suspend all movement—the drop of the sun—
the rise of the moon
And be with me
Stay.
Fold a note into my pocket
a ragged-edged record,
a blue-lined footprint
of time spent
falling into each other

My friend ..Alicia Z.

Organix for an Organic Shampoo Experience!

I have spotted Organix shampoo and conditioner in Target and Walmart here in Hawaii so far. Being a healthy living and buying mommy, when I see the name Organic on a label, I usually pick it up. It is important to remember to be a label reader and a smart shopper when it comes to buying healthy products. So, I was excited to try this brand and review it here.
Organix has wonderful scents that might lure you to buy them just by their exotic smells, like their Lavender Soymilk, Coconut Milk, or Mocha Expresso.
I tried the Lavender Soymilk and Passionfruit Guava. I enjoyed the smells so much I bought the coconut milk (which is my favorite btw).



Why Mom's Best Bets like this brand:
Sulfate Free & Paraben Free Formulas • Organic Active Ingredients • Amazing Scents • Safe For Color-Treated Hair • Safe For All Hair Types
...and Organix® bottles are Eco-friendly, manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. All labels are printed utilizing environmental inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals.

Fortifying Lavender Soymilk Shampoo & Conditioner An infusion of lavender, rich in essential oils to nourish your hair follicles while ultra whipped soymilk proteins instantly fortifies, heals and conditions, along with vitamins and marigold oil to moisturize your tresses, leaving hair strengthened, silky, and frizz-free. I liked the smell and my hair was shiny and soft after using this.

Energizing Passionfruit Guava Shampoo & Conditioner A sensual exotic blend of energy rich organic passionfruit extract to stimulate and hydrate your tired tresses, while organic guava adds essential vitamins and antioxidants to enrich your hair, along with orange blossom infused honey for a brilliant lustrous and frizz-free shine.
The pink bottle is sweet and it has a great scent but my favorite is the coconut milk...you have to smell it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser Giveaway!



I love to stroll around the makeup departments of Nordstrom and Sephora. I like Nordstrom because everything is displayed beautifully and in it's appointed place. I like Sephora because it's jammed pack full of every colorful beaty item ready to try. One line that I have seen in both stores is Perricone MD. I have to admit that seeing MD on a skin care line definitely gives it clout!

Do you have Acne, Redness, Discoloration & Damage, Dry & Sensitive Skin, Enlarged Pores, Lines & Wrinkles, or Loss of Elasticity? Dr. Perricone has products to treat all of these known skin issues. I have been using Dr. Perricone's Skin Clear Cleanser for a few weeks now. I decided to try this particular product because I have had a few readers email me about acne medications.
"This deep-cleaning acne cleanser helps to clear troubled skin by reducing excess sebum and eliminating surface contaminations. Skin Clear Cleanser contains the anti-aging ingredient DMAE, which helps to firm and tone skin. Green Tea Extract calms and clarifies while Allantoin helps encourage skin renewal."

Alpha Lipoic Acid is the ultimate antioxidant that diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration, refines skin texture, reduces pore size, puffiness, imperfections and uneven skin tone. Salycyllic Acid unclogs pores, clears acne breakouts, while Eucalyptus Leaf Oil is an anti-bacterial to combat breakouts and blemishes and cools and calms inflamed skin

I liked his use of DMAE, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. I am knowledgeable about both so I was very happy to put them on my skin. Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser penetrates the skin and really cleans your face and pores. I liked this product and now know why it gets such positive reviews. My only critique is that it does contains parabens. However, many of his other products are paraben free. I have enjoyed using this cleanser and think my skin looks a bit sharper and smoother thanks to Dr. P.

You might be wondering who Dr. NV Perricone is. He is a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. A brilliant scholar, Dr. Perricone completed medical school in just 3 years, graduating with distinction. He completed his internship in Pediatrics at Yale Medical School and his Dermatology Residency at Ford Medical Center. Dr. Perricone is regarded as the Father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging.He is the author of the three New York Times # 1 Best Sellers. He believes that this inflammation is responsible for skin-related problems like breakouts, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Dr. Perricone's holistic approach to aging treats this inflammation in three ways: through diet, nutriceutical supplements, and his award-winning line of skin care products and cosmeceuticals.

Perricone MD's website is also fabulous and a wealth of knowledge. I love how he focuses on diet as well topical remedies for skin issues. What is even more fabulous is that you can win this incredible cleanser now!
GIVEAWAY

Perricone MD is giving one Mom's Best Bets reader to their very own Skin Clear Cleanser!
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mom's Best Bet Mondays!



There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about. Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
There were some marvelous Best Bets from last week. Here are 2 kid friendly giveaways to check out:

*Simply Stacie has a sweet little girls giveaway going on. The clothes are dreamy-check it out.
*Guessing All The Way is giving away a Land's End Swimsuit! Summer, here we come!
*Oh..and don't foget to stop by Shelley's Swag to get some tips on what do with your left overs.
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Giveaway: Ecostore $25.00 of Products!



Ecostore’s purpose is to create a healthy sustainable world.

Ecostore sells eco friendly, plant-based household cleaning products that are effective. Their products are made from plant- and mineral-based ingredients, free of toxic chemicals that bring people closer to nature with non-toxic, environmentally safe solutions that also help to reduce their carbon footprint.

Citrus Spray Cleaner
I have been using this Lemon Spray Cleaner everywhere. It has very little scent and works well on my countertops, and even cleans by glass table without streaking.
Ingredients
D-Limonene (from citrus)
Palm and coconut based non-ionic and anionic surfactants
Fatty acid derivative
Ethanol
Filtered wate

Auto Dish Powder
I also use their dish washing powder. Again, no toxic chemicals that could be harmful to your health or cause skin irritation, just plant based surfactants, mineral salts, and essential oils. Did you know that using a dishwasher uses less water than hand washing. What a great excuse to run it!
Ingredients
Palm and coconut based non-ionic surfactants
Silicates and carbonates including sodium meta silicate (simple mineral salts)
Citrates and natural citrus oil
Cellulose (plant based)
Fatty acid derivative

Want to win products like these? Check out the Giveaway below!

GIVEAWAY: $25.00 to ecostore

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pomegranate Cupcakes and Martinis!

My Husband's Pomegranate Vanilla Martini with Agave!



Why is Pomegranate Juice so wonderful? Well, to start pomegranates are full of antioxidants called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals protect plants from harmful elements in the environment, like ultraviolet radiation and pests. They also provide plants with their sensory characteristics such as color, flavor and smell. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice is everywhere on store shelves. Have you tried it yet? It is well...wonderful tasting and great for you. My 4 year old doesn't like juice very much, but she does like whole pomegranates and likes when we squeeze our own juice! Pom now comes in little bottles as well as the larger kind. Their website has some great recipes. My husband makes a decadent Pom Martini with agave nectar! I also found this great recipe for Pom cream cheese frosting! I was very excited because my daughter loves pink and cupcakes, so now I have a pink frosting...the natural way! ENJOY!

POM Cream Cheese Frosting
juice from 3-4 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates,* or 1-1/2 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 cup arils from 1-2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates
4 oz. soft unsalted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
14 oz. powdered sugar

POM Cream Cheese Frosting: Prepare fresh pomegranate juice*, score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water, break open the pomegranates under water to free the arils (seed sacs), the arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top, sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside, (refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use), reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 3 fl. oz., Allow to cool, place butter into electric mixer bowl with paddle attachment and cream on medium-high speed for 1 minute, add the cream cheese and continue to mix for 2 more minutes, turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar and the pomegranate juice reduction, mix until the sugar is fully combined, remove icing from the mixer and place into a piping bag with a round or star tip.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mountain Green Giveaway! All Natural Laundry and Cleaning Products

What laundry detergent and fabric softener do I use? Mountain Green! They are simply the best and I have tried quite a few. I started using their lavender fabric softener (which is my favorite product they have) and then I recently tried their free and clear detergent and fabric softener which also works great, but I just love the soft and delicate smell of fresh lavender on my laundry!Mountain Green started small in Colorado back in the '80s. They left petroleum out of their products and made their detergent from renewable, biodegradable resources, their products were good for the environment, too. And because they had to be so gentle for skin’s sake, their products kept clothes looking like new-not faded or worn. With Mountain Green, you don’t have to sacrifice clean to be natural!


All Mountain Green products are Skin Sensitive and are compatible with HE washing machines. They are recommended by many diaper manufacturers for their Baby detergent. Also, Mountain Green products are free of harsh chemicals, phosphates, phosphorous, enzymes, PEG, polycarboxylates, benzene, cocamide DEA, chlorine, SLS parabens, phthalates, optical brighteners and alkyl phenols.

*NO petroleum, harsh chemicals, perfumes, parabens, chlorine, alcohol, or dyes
*Hypoallergenic, perfect for sensitive skin
*Refill pouch uses 85% less material & energy to make; they create 85% less waste!
*Ultra concentrated, less product does more loads
*Won't fade clothes, perfect for delicates
*Never tested on animals
*Biodegradable & Non-toxic

Try it for yourself, it's a Mom's Best Bet for laundry!
GIVEAWAY!!!
You can also have a chance to win a $35.00 Gift Certificate from Mountain Green

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Giveaway: 20 Organic Gourmet Dinners!!!!!



Want to win an organic dinner? Mom's Best Bets is choosing 20 winners!!!!!

You will have a chance to win Helen's Kitchen and Organic Bistro's amazing dinners!They make USDA organic, Gluten Free, GMO free foods. They re sold throughout the USA and Canada in Whole Foods and many health food and gourmet stores.
Helen's Kitchen is a gourmet vegetarian line of dinners that are good for you and tastes amazing. I have posted previously about the the "farfalle and basil pesto" which was creamy, delicious, and totally satisfying. The red thai curry was very authentic and the mac and cheese...we never tasted because my daughter confiscated it. I had their cheese enchiladas which was very good and had some spiciness to it. All I can say is," Thank-you Helen for giving people a night off of cooking and the peace to know what they are eating is safe and tastes great."


Organic Bistro are gluten free fabulous whole food meals. Flavorful, colorful and nutrient-dense ingredients make up each recipe. Selecting organic vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits and oils is the beginning. They balance each meal with wild-caught, sustainable fish or lean, vegetarian-fed, antibiotic-free poultry. Finishing with organic herbs, spices and nuts for flavor brings our ingredients together to become tasty meals. I love their wild salmon, chicken citron, and Moroccan chicken!

They contain ingredients such as Quinoa, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Cranberries,
Legumes - edamame, black beans, canellini beans, lentils, green beans and sugar snap peas, Ginger, Sundried tomatoes, Walnuts, and Matcha Green Tea.

So, take a night off and eat an organic wholesome delicious meal

20 lucky Mom's Best Bets Winners will receive an Organic Bistro or Helen's Kitchen gourmet Dinner!

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Aden+Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag GIVEAWAY!!!



The CJ Foundations for SIDS and just released a major study that links sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) with low production of serotonin in the brainstem. This breakthrough study could allow doctors and physicians to concretely identify babies at risk for SIDS, the leading cause of death for infants between 1 and 12 months in the United States.
Over heating is a leading risk factor for SIDS, which increases during the cold winter months due to parents and caregivers keeping the baby too warm. I cringe when I see babies here in Hawaii bundled up sleeping in a hot dark colored strollers that are in sun. Babies can overheat and become dehydrated very quickly.

So how do you keep babies warm enough on cold night but safe?




Aden + Anais has teamed up with the CJ Foundation for SIDS and inspired aden + anais to design products that answer the question: how do we design a product that keeps babies warm in winter months and yet reduces the risk of overheating? Aden + Anais has the solution with their new cozy sleeping bag. The cozy sleeping bag consists of four layers of aden + anais’ signature, breathable, muslin cotton in modern, fun prints.

I personally love this!! They also make thinner options available for warmer weather. Now, I want them to design this for older toddlers who do not like blankets!
You can buy one of these sweet Cozy Sleeping Bags here.
You can also WIN one here too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GIVEAWAY!
WIN A Cozy Sleeping Bag
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Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Chocolate kit Giveaway!

My cupboard is stocked with Navitas Naturals products. I even use recipes out of their health food cookbook. I use their coconut oil, acai powder, and dried mulberry. A new product that I got to try for the first time is their chocolate kit!
Here is some information on their popular products and stay tuned below for a chance to win this decadent Goji Chocolate Kit!
Mulberry is an ancient Turkish delight.
This super food fruit is still an important part of the Turkish cultural tapestry, and the berry’s unique flavor is enjoyed by people around the world. Navitas Naturals offers the white Turkish variety of mulberry, which is shaken from the tree and sun-dried to optimize natural sweetness. They are considered a protein source and are an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Mulberries also contain a high concentration of Resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that combats free-radical damage. It is chewy and soft with a fig-like crunch. My daughter an I munch on them all of the time.


Navitas Naturals Chocolate Kits contain everything you need for an authentic chocolate alchemy experience – including 100% Navitas Naturals superfood ingredients. Enjoy this chocolaty blend with goji berries: a synergistic combination of exciting power ingredients that's packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, essential minerals, and is sugar and dairy free

Acai powder~ Acai, deemed as the newest super food, is everywhere. I like Navitas Acai powder because is mess free, super easy to use, tastes great, and is USDA organic. (Navitas has amazing superfoods and seeds. I have not tried all of them yet, but their products are fresh and pure).
Acai is a berry from Central and South America and used medicinally by Amazonian cultures. It is a super antioxidant and contains omegas and amino acids. Studies have shown that extracts of acai have had a powerful effect on destroying cancer cells. I use it in yogurt, smoothies, desserts, and cereals.

GIVEAWAY! WIN A Navitas Naturals Chocolate Kit
To Enter: Tell me who you are going to make this yummy chocolate for and complete at least on entry option below

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Five Healthy Winners!!!

Where we stayed on the Big Island...Ahhh Vacation!


Drum Roll Please!!!!




EcoSmart Pest Control Bundle 2/17 winner #36 Bloomi
Organic Bubble Bath Roses 02/17 winner #4 phrannie
Smelly Towel ends 02/17 winner #22 Pineapple Princess
Bebe Dulce $25 G.C. ends 02/17 winner #93 Nature Manipulated
Happy Baby Food ends 02/15 winner #16 casey aubut

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gweneth Paltrow Shares a Fabulous Vietnamese Salad Recipe



This salad looks great. I like the idea of raw bok choy in a salad. I will be off to my farmer's market to pick up the ingredients to make this yummy recipe.

Hope you enjoy!

Théra Wise Natural and Effective Ointment


Want fast, effective, soothing relief...the organic way? Check out Théra Wise. They are available the CVS store online. Thera Wise is an all-natural plant therapy ointment that uses bio-active plant extracts found in nature to heal and restore delicate tissue.
Bio-active botanical extracts and therapeutic nutrients start the healing process from deep within the skin. Théra Wise uses all natural plant extract of organic chamomile, argan kernel, grape seed, barley beta glucan, witch hazel, calendula, seabuckthorn, organic rose hip seed and olive fruit to reduce inflammation and rejuvenate and restore delicate skin tissue.

Natural plant antimicrobial extracts ensure product safety and reliability.
All Théra Wise products are paraben and petro-chemical chemical free, what is good for your body is also good for the environment.

Théra Wise carries 4 products:

HmR- Bio Active Hemorrhoid Ointment-Helps relieve the discomfort and itching associated with hemorrhoids and inflamed tissues. Aids in protection of irritated anorectal areas and provides relief for burning and irritation. A Wise choice for hemorrhoids and hemorrhoids associated with pregnancy

SHO- Bio Active Skin Healing Ointment- Aids in wound healing.Reduce skin irritation and inflammation. Antibacterial properties. A Wise alternative to corticosteroids, anti-itch and antibacterial ointment.

VpR-Bioactive Vaporizing Decongestant Rub- Supportive therapy for coughs, colds, nasal and chest congestion.

Ac+- Bio Active Acne Ointment - Supportive therapy for acneic skin conditions, to reduce swelling and local inflammation. Antibacterial properties. A Wise choice for gentle, balanced supportive care for the treatment of Acne.
My favorite part about these products is their ingredients. Grape seed, rose hip, olive fruit, and the rest of the list are all so nourishing and effective. They smell great and I think they are a Mom's Best Bet for any medicine cabinet!
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Wrap-n-Mat Review


How many plastic bags do you go through in a day? Probably a lot and even more if you have children. They are so handy and easy to store snacks, leftovers, lunches, and even craft materials.
But if you add up how many plastic bags are being thrown away every day, the number is staggering.
What to do?
Well, I use a lot of reusable containers, but some items just don't warrant a hard bulky container....how about a reusable mat? I was just sent a Wrap-N-Mat to try out. It was very simple to use and my snacks never fell out as I carted them to the beach. When I got home, it was very easy to clean and air dry for the next use.
Here is how you can use it:
Simply place the sandwich or other snack foods in the center of the wrap and fold left to right, top to bottom and close the hook and loop fasteners. WRAP-N-MAT® Wraps keeps food fresh for hours. When needed, place a cold pack alongside the mat.
Some Facts about WRAP-N-MAT® Wraps:

WRAP-N-MAT® Wraps are the only RE-USABLE sandwich wrap and place mat in one.
Easy to clean, just hand wash and air dry.

Original sized wraps are approx. 13" x 13"
Grande' sized wraps are approx. 14" x 17"

Due to the lining, our WRAP-N-MAT® Wraps are NOT intended for hot foods, to be heated or to be microwaved. Their current "Made in USA" wraps are made with a lining of LDPE (Low-density polyethylene) #4 Resin Code
They are Phthalate free, Lead free, and BPA free
LDPE is the same material as the typical plastic sandwich bag but are made with a thicker grade of LDPE to ensure its re-usability. The thicker material allows less air to penetrate, keeping what’s inside fresher than the typical plastic sandwich bag.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Got Moji? The Best in Knee and Back Icing




I cannot say enough good things about Moji. What is Moji? It helps keep active people active. Injury prevention, warm-up, and recovery is core to their ongoing mission.
If you have ever had an injury or have suffered from knee or back pain you have probably been told to ice it right? Conventional ice packs can be cumbersome and do not allow you to walk around while you are icing the area. This is probably why most people forgo the ice or only leave it on for a few minutes. You won't have this issue with Moji because it's mobile. Moji is not an ordinary ice pack. I have found it to be innovative, comfortable, and a must for an active person. My husband is a surfer, stand-up, paddler, runner, and former professional body builder. Already you can imagine the strain that is being put on his knees and back! His Chiropractor always encourages icing but he would either not be able to keep it on long enough or wind up burning his knee because it would get to cold. He has been using Moji for the past month and has found it to be the best icing agent he has ever used. It is very comfortable, and allows him to do everything while wearing it. A big Mahalo to Moji for creating this fabulous product and for helping athletes and every day people get the relief they need. Hmmm...I wonder if Lance Armstrong and Kelly Slater know about this?
How It Works:
Moji Knee utilizes Moji’s patent-pending two-piece design, consisting of a Moji Compression Wrap and Moji Cold Cell, to deliver targeted cooling to your knees exactly where you need it. Moji to Go keeps your Cold Cell cool while you are on the move for convenient icing
This revolutionary two-piece design, consisting of a Moji Compression Wrap and Moji Cold Cell, provides icing around your knee to optimize recovery, prevent injuries, and ease minor aches and pains.
Why Use Moji Knee?
Targeted Pain Relief: Each Moji Cold Cell is soft and pliable right out of the freezer and remains cold for the recommended 20-minute icing protocol. The Moji Cold Cell was designed with Dri-Lex Fabric to wick away moisture making it comfortable to wear directly on the skin.
Mobility: Designed to articulate perfectly around the knee, giving you the freedom to move naturally while you ice.
Comfort: Moji Knee’s Compression Wrap features Polartec performance stretch fabric that allows adjustable compression.
Convenience: The Compression Wrap holds the Cold Cell in place for more effective icing as you move. Ice more frequently with the Moji Knee Double Ice. Ice on the go with the Moji Knee Bundle Pack.
Each Moji Knee comes with a Moji Compression Wrap, a Moji Cold Cell, a reusable storage bag. They also make Moji back and have an interactive library and blog.
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