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Entries in organic (3)


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!


Applegate Means Yummy Antibiotic-free, MSG-free Meat


Remember last summer when I bought 1/10th of an organic, grass fed cow? My family is definitely a family of meat eaters and I like to buy meat that has no additives, no antibiotics, and no MSG.

But I can't fit any more meat in my freezer!

Good thing Applegate Farms approached me to review their deli meats and breakfast sausages because not only do the fit the bill, but I can buy them in much smaller quantities.

Here is what we sampled:

Applegate Roasted Chicken Breast
All-Pork Sliced Pepperoni
Classic Pork Breakfast Sausage
Savory Turkey Breakfast Sausage


All of these contain

  • No antibiotics
  • No added nitrates or nitrites
  • No MSG
  • No artificial colors or flavors

Plus they are gluten-free and the sausages are ready-to-heat.

Here is what the family thought:


The deli meats are a nice size...not too thick and not too thin. They were less salty thatn other brands of lunchmeat, with great flavor and resealable packaging. I notices the deli meats are available at Trader Joe's too which is convenient and they are priced competitively. The chicken breast was wonderful in sandwiches and salads while the pepperoni was delicious wrapped around a slice of provolone cheese and also homemade pizza.

The breakfast sausages gave the Twofer the big smiles though. I never buy sausage so these were a real treat and delicious. Plus, I can feel good about serving them because Applegate uses humane farming practices and feed the animals a 100% vegetarian diet without antibiotics.

Applegate Farms believes the flavor starts on the farm and I have to say I believe it now too! Twofer Thumbs Up for Applegate deli meats and breakfast sausages.


Disclosure: I received samples of Applegate deli meats and breakfast sausages at no cost for the purposes of a review. All opinions expresses are my own and this roost was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published.


Review: Can Steaz replace my 3:00 coffee fix?

Not sure how much I've blogged about my passion addiction love of coffee here but those who follow me on Twitter know I make a pot 'o Joe just about every afternoon. I love the bold, rich taste and I make it sweet so it cures that craving too. Plus, I perk up and can power through homework and dinner.

I have a new suitor.

His name is Steaz

A few weeks ago I was invited to join some fabulous bloggers at Whole Foods in Silver Spring, MD for a lovely dinner and an introduction to Steaz - part soda, part tea.

Steaz are low in calories (some zero calorie and sweetened with all-natural Stevia)

Steaz are made from tea

Some are bubbly

Some give you energy***

They are all-natural, organic and made with Fair Trade teas

I also learned that founder, Eric was raised in a completely organic household and the poor guy probably had to deal with kids making fun of him while he ate his seaweed chips and tofu during lunch, but his mother made him this promise:

"One day it will be cool to be organic"

And that mother of his gave him the strength to look those bullies with the partially-hydrogenated, orange-puff stained fingers in the eye and say, "Yea! At least no bully wants to steal my lunch!"

Wait, that might not be entirely true because I only heard parts of the story as I was busy sipping Steaz and eating some yummy vegetarian dishes but you get the point.

Steaz are cool. They are so much better for you than soda and they taste great! And they can also give you a little kick around 3:00.

***I'm talking about my new love:

The other day I replaced my cofee with one and I loved it! It gave me a little kick without the upset stomach I sometimes get with too much coffee. It took the edge off the sweet craving and I sailed through homework and cooking dinner. And I didn't have the I-forgot-to-empty-the-coffee-grinds mess I usually have each morning. And with that, I've rambled on enough. Now I need to grab a Steaz.


Disclosure: I received a fun visit with some local blog friends, free samples of Steaz as well as yummy food from Whole Foods. As if that weren't enough I got a cute little goody bag that had more Steaz and some organic beauty supply samples. All opinions here are mine and the part about Steaz founder, Eric, as a kid is made up based on the parts I heard him say because I was truly engrossed in drinking his Steaz. This post was not reviewed (obviously or there would have been some decent editing) nor approved prior to posting.