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Entries in eco-friendly (10)


Enjoy Summer in a Box of Natural Goodies

What is the first thing you think of when you think summer?

Is it the beach or the pool?

Do you think of grilling?

Well my first thought is - ice cream!

Each summer I consume great quantities of ice cream. I justify it because it's filled with calcium, vitamin D, and other good - or not-so-good things like growth hormones and antibiotics that are fed the cows who provide the milk for all that ice cream.

Since I've been trying to eat 'cleaner' and have been looking for ways to buy more organic products. When Stonyfield came to me with the Summer in a Box filled with all kinds of natural products including 2 coupons for Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt bars, I gladly said THANKS!

Not only did they give me a box, they are giving one away to a TwoferMom reader!

Enter here to win a Summer in a Box prize pack

Here's what's in the box and a little bit about each one:

Two coupons for Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Bars in two delicious flavors: Gotta Have Vanilla, and After Dark Chocolate. These bars, made with organic milk, are dipped in rich dark chocolate, and contain four live and active cultures, keeping you and your twins healthy while enjoying a sweet treat.

Badger After-Sun Balm: A certified organic treat for sun-parched skin.

Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream: a 100% natural moisturizer formulated with extracts of melissa (lemon balm), extracts of anthyllis, carrot, witch hazel and English daisy.

Tom’s of Maine:  Simply White, the first and only clinically proven natural whitening toothpaste to earn an ADA seal, The Daily Moisture Body Bar that contains premium moisturizing olive oil, natural vitamin E and leaves your skin clean and fresh, and Beautiful Earth Deodorant works to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Uncle Matt’s Organic Lemonade and Juices: By buying Uncle Matt’s fresh fruit and juice you’re helping more than 20 small growers that make up their family of farms.


Here's how you can enter:

Leave a comment telling me how you are incorporating organic into your summer routine.

That's it! Nice and easy. And maybe you'll give me some ideas to try!

Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents 18 and over and ends August 19, 2011. Winner will be notified via email so be sure to include your email in the comment form (not in the comment itself). Winner has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

Good luck and thanks for entering!


**UPDATE 8/23/11**

Congratulations to Angel for winning the box of goodies! Thanks everyone for entering!


Hefty Basics Disposable Plates Are a Greener Alternative

How often do you use disposable plates?

I really try to limit it to just a few times a year because I can't help but feel guilty at how quickly my trash fills up when I do use them. And if my trash is filling up faster, I know that the landfill is too.

Hefty Basics Disposable plates are better for the environment.

Recently I had the opportunity to try Hefty Basics disposable plates that are free of inks, dyes and coatings and are biodegradable in home composting! These plates are strong and can hold whatever you are having for dinner. 

"Like" Hefty Basics and Help Plant Trees

image via Arbor Day Foundation

Hefty Basics has partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation to help plant 10,000 trees. For every 10 new "Likes' for the Hefty Basics Facebook page, a tree will be planted! Plus, Hefty Basics have the Box Tops for Education coupon so you can earn for your school too.

Try Hefty Basics for your next gathering and let me know what you think!


Disclosure: I received packages of Hefty Basics free of charge for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.


Win a $50 Lavish & Lime Eco-Friendly Shopping Spree!

UPDATE: congrats to the Lavish and Lime Winner, April Brooks!

Check your email April for details on claiming this prize.



What Green Products Would You Buy with $50?

What eco-friendly products would you buy if you had $50 to spend? Would you invest in quality, chemical-free lunch containers? Would you surprise your child with a super cool (and calming) Buddha Board? Or would you grab a mini crank lantern to use when the power goes out?

Lavish & Lime Offers Eco-Friendly Products Approved by a Review Panel

Lavish & Lime was started by a husband and wife who knew there were eco-friendly products out there, they just were not readily available in Canada. In 2007 they launched their company, and a panel of expert reviewers to find quality, eco-friendly products that are natural, non-toxic, and made in Canada.

I was given the opportunity to shop and review Lavish & Lime so that I could share the experience with you. I chose items that I had been considering for some time.

Natural soap-making kit for The Twofer

Natural soap kit and Lavish & Lime packaging

Notice the professional tissue-wrapped product packaging


Reusable produce bags

Reusable cloth produce bags size small and large

Yay! No more plastic produce bags! And the small bag is the one holding 2 heads of broccoli.


Reusable snack bags

Reusable snack and sandwich bags with Velcro closure

These are large enough to fit a sandwich or a ziplock baggie full of chips!

What would you buy?

Be sure to follow @Lavishandlime on Twitter and Like them on Facebook!

Enter to win $50.00 Lavish & Lime Shopping Spree!

Here's how to enter:

1. Visit Lavish & Lime and browse around.

2. Leave me a comment telling me what YOU would buy if you won the $50.00

3. Extra entries can be had (leave an additional comment if you do with links) by posting a link to this giveaway on Twitter (be sure to include @LavishandLime and @Twincident in the tweet)

4. "Like" Lavish and Lime on Facebook and post about this giveaway on the wall

Note - be sure to include your email in the comment form (it's not public) so that I can contact you if you win. I can't wait to see what you would choose!

Contest open to residents of US and Canada and ends Tuesday, October 19 11:00 pm ET. Winner will be chosen from all valid entries using Good luck!


Disclosure: I received a $50 gift code to shop at Lavish & Lime for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and this post was neigher reviewed nor approved prior to being published.


The Practecol line of eco-friendly devices are better for the Earth and your wallet

As a green blogger I'm always looking out for eco-friendly products that are EASY to install, and use. I'm not a rocket scientist like some of my friends, but I can read directions and use a drill. Lucky for me, I only needed to drill once for this review and The Mister was more than happy to help.

Practecol wants you to save money

The first thing you notice about the packaging is how much Practecol estimates you can save annually by using that product! If you add up all the savings it means a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choos for the holidays! (You like how I put it into terms we all can grasp, don't you?)

Practecol refrigerator kit, remote control surge strip, retractable clothesline and more

Putting Practecol to work

Here are some of the devices we've started using and my thoughts:

Energy Monitor 

Plug it into any outlet then plug in the device you want to test. It will tell you how much energy that device consumes and even the cost! Right now I have it in the outlet where The Mister plugs his laptop. I think he should unplut it once in a while. I'm trying to prove this point but so far it only looks like it costs about $1.40 for the amount of time it's been plugged in (maybe 2 weeks?)

Refrigerator Kit

Armed wtih a thermometer that sounds an alarm if the door is left open too long and a brush to get the dust off the coils, our fridge should be maintaining optimum temperature and using less energy. So far we have yet to set off the alarm! Maybe all you need is the power of suggestion!

Surge Strip

The remote control 8-outlet power strip has two always-on outlets. We have this for our TV/DVD/DVR setup since the DVR needs to stay on to keep recording while the other devices can be turned off. My biggest question was what if you lose the remote? Not to worry, Practecol can send you a new one or you can turn off those outlets with a switch on the device like a standard surge protector.

Remote Control Outlet Adapter

I have this installed in the outlet where I plug in my printer. The outlets around my des are all full and so I have to run an extension cord into this outlet on the other side of the room. I don't use my printer all the time and now I can easily turn it off with the zap of the remote! Easy and actually kinda fun!

Indoor Retractable Clothesline

We installed this device in our mudroom / laundry room. It's perfect to hang entire loads of laundry to dry when the sun isn't out. And it will be great during the winer to hang snow-covered coats, snowpants, and more! It easily retracts back into itself and even has room to store clothespins!

Currently Practecol products are availabe in Target stores and online at


Disclosure: I received Practecol products at no charge for purposes of a review. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.


Some of my new fave eco-friendly products and my Mom Central gig

So, I have a new gig. Well, not so new as I've been doing it since April. I'm now writing twice a week for Mom Central Goes Green.

You've seen lots of reviews and giveaways here that are sponsored by Mom Central. When they had a call for writers (a paid position) I applied and was accpeted!

The past few years I've dabbled more and more in the green lifestyle and many of the products I've been covering over there I've purchased on my own.

Here are just a few that I've written about lately:

Unbleached Natural Waxed Paper Sandwich Bags

I've traded in my plastic sandwich bags for these and LOVE them. We reused them over and over for dry snacks (chips, crackers, etc). Here's the full review over at Mom Central.


Biobag Compostable Trash Bags

Everytime I took out the kitchen trash I cringed. I've reduced the number of plastic bags around here by using reusable grocery bags and switching to paper bags for the kitty litter. So trash was the one place I would see plastic bag after plastic bag. I found Biobag at Whole Foods and feel much better when I bring out the trash. Read my full review at Mom Central.

Reusable Produce Bags

OK, I haven't tried these yet but they are next on my list. That's the 'other' plastic bag I haven't been able to completely get rid of. I will sometimes take one of my reusable grocery bags and designate one for produce but you still have to take the fruits and veggies out and put them on the dirty belt at check-out. Any of you purchased reusable produce bags that you love? Read the full article at Mom Central.

Do you have a suggestion for something I should cover over on Mom Central Goes Green? Do you have a favorite eco-friendly product? Let me know! And stop over there sometime and leave a comment when you get a chance :).