6 Tips to Transform Your Easter Eggs

Ever since you were a kid you have been dyeing your Easter eggs the same boring way. Sure, now they have cool sponges and other toys to make different textures but all in all they always turn out slightly… dull. Here are some ideas to help move you away from boring, manufactured egg-coloring kits to natural, fun dyeing techniques.

More Than Egg Dye

Easter egg decorating is for everyone, and is always one of the favorite activities for families looking to spend time together. Below is a list of several materials that will help you and your family to become egg decorating artists all while having fun and eating Easter treats.

1. Marbled: To give your eggs a fun swirly effect, wrap them in onion skin, place them in old pantyhose (tie the ends) and dye!

2. Stripes: Wrap your eggs in rubber bands of different widths before you dip then in the dye, and then take the bands offers they dry.

3. Sponged: Use different kinds of brushes to dab acrylic paint on your eggs for a sponged look.

4. Sparkly: Mix equal parts of glue and water, use it to cover your eggs, then roll them in very fine glitter.

5. Swirled: Wrap a piece of an old silk tie around the egg (printed side against the egg), then in a piece of white fabric and tie it shut with a twist-tie. Boil in water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar and let simmer for 20 minutes then take them out of the water. Remove the fabric once the eggs are cooled.

6. Pictures: Use a white crayon to draw pictures and designs on the eggs before dyeing them.

Go Green

Back in the day it wasn’t easy to find a cute little kit to dye your eggs with. Families resorted to nature and by grinding down certain ingredients they were able to achieve spectacular results with their Easter eggs. You will be surprised at the results you can achieve when you use natural ingredients.

To dye your eggs the natural way:

1. Place the eggs in a pan (only 1 egg deep) and add water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar, making sure the eggs are covered.

2. Add your choice of natural die. You can experiment with the amount of die you use to make the colors paler or more vibrant.

3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the eggs and water simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Remove the eggs from the water and let them dry.

Here are some natural ways to bring out the color in your eggs:

1. Purple: a little purple grape juice, violet blossoms and 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or red zinger tea

2. Green: boiled spinach leaves or liquid chlorophyll

3. Yellow: boiled carrot tops or chamomile tea

4. Red: boiled red onion skins or pomegranate juice

5. Orange: chili powder or paprika

6. Pink: beets or raspberries

7. Blue: canned blueberries or boiled red cabbage leaves

First, bring the water to a boil then add the dye ingredient and alum powder. Keep the water boiling and add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water. Next, carefully add the hard-boiled eggs. Let it boil for at least ten minutes, even longer if you want a deeper shade.

About the Author

Parker Boyack is a writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online courses and Online Schools they can choose from to reach their goals.

Dish up healthy servings of hope with the HopeFULL Gift Pack! Originally created by two sisters who wanted to provide a dear friend with nutritious and delicious options that would not turn her stomach while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, the HopeFULL Gift Pack is truly special. Designed to be sent or brought to a loved one, the contents of the gift pack includes 20 easy-to-make recipes, BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free HOPEfull Silicone Mold, 100 Birch-wood spoon-sticks, and 1 insulated neoprene cooler tote. The recipes are simple enough for any caregiver to make and freeze, and the frozen meal pops offer cooling relief as well as tasty nutrition!

Not just for those undergoing treatment for cancer or other illnesses, the frozen meal pops make a wonderful summertime activity and healthy treat for the kiddos, as well! Little ones will love to help Mom or Dad in the kitchen as they measure the ingredients, add them to the blender, and once blended, pour them into the silicone mold to freeze. What “Mom” loves is that these pops do not contain any added sugar or artificial ingredients, just delightful flavors and sound nutrition! With 20 unique flavors to make, you can choose from Greenie Pineapple Pops to Cocobanana Bean, and introduce your child to flavors around the world, as well, with the Taste of Thailand or Tropic Treat. Yum!

Mom” chose to make the Summer Fruit Pops with her daughter, pictured above, and they turned out marvelously! Measuring, blending, and pouring was easy, and the pops were ready in a little over an hour – just enough time to play outside!

Summer Fruit

Ingredients

1/4 cup vanilla soy milk (“Mom” used Vanilla Almond Milk)

1/2 cup silken tofu

1/2 cup fresh raspberries (“Mom” used 1/4 cup fresh raspberries and 1/4 cup fresh blueberries)

1/2 cup fresh strawberries de-stemmed and halved

1/2 cup vanilla whole milk yogurt (“Mom” used Organic Fat-Free Greek Yogurt)

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Pour into HopeFULL tray, add wooden spoon-sticks and freeze.

The pops tasted smooth and creamy, like a creamsicle, and are perfect after a long day spent playing! They can also be taken out of the freezer, left to melt just a bit in a bowl, and then eaten with the wooden spoon-stick.

Whether you are enjoying the pops as a treat, or sending cheerful goodness to a loved one or friend, the HopeFULL Gift Pack is sure to make someone smile! To learn more about the HopeFULL Company, the inspiration behind their business, or to order, visit www.thehopefullcompany.com.

*Company generously provided samples, recipes, and images for this review.*

Chef Kate McAloon wanted to make a moist and flavorful veggie burger and came up with this delicious recipe. We think you are going to really love it! You can make the patties any size you like, just cook them a bit longer if they are larger. Chef Kate has even made a “mock” meat loaf with this recipe when time was too short to make burgers. They’re sure to become a favorite! Please use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Black Bean and Spinach Veggie Burgers

Ingredients

1 Can refried black beans (or 1 ½ cup cooked black beans smashed well)
½ Cup cooked whole black beans
1 Cup cooked brown rice (or other grain)
1 Cup frozen spinach (thawed and as much moisture squeezed out as possible)
½ Cup frozen of fresh corn (raw and cut off the cob)
½ Cup ground cashew (grind in a food processor or blender)
¼ Cup sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 to 2 Tablespoons brown rice flour (you may need a little more or less to help bind the mixture)
2/3 Cup garbanzo flour
3 Tablespoons *Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or more sea salt to taste
*Sautéed veggies

Preparation

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients above well. You can use a spoon or your hands to mix. Add the sautéed veggies (recipe below) and mix well. Pick up a small handful of the mixture and form a ball. The mixture should hold together well. It may need a little more brown rice flour if it is too wet and sticky. If it is too dry and crumbles add a little bit of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Now you are ready to form whatever size patties you wish. This recipe makes several patties so you can freeze some before cooking to use later. Just thaw them and cook for a quick and easy meal.

*Sauté

1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil
¼ Cup bell peppers (finely chopped)
¼ Cup carrot (finely grated)
¼ Cup Yellow or red onion (finely chopped)
2 Tablespoons cilantro (finely chopped)
1 Teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Red Pepper flakes (to taste)
1 Clove garlic (grated or finely minced)
Olive oil for cooking the burgers
Arugula, tomatoes, onions, and your favorite toppings for serving

Preparation

In a small sauté pan heat the olive oil and add the veggies (except for the garlic) and seasonings and sauté over medium low heat for about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking about 2 minutes until tender, stirring often. Cool a few minutes and add to the black bean mixture and combine well. Form patties. Cook the burgers on medium high heat, in a little olive oil for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until brown. Depending on the thickness of your patty, after browning, you may need to reduce the heat and cook a little longer until they are heated through. If they are hot inside and brown on the outside they are done. You can keep them warm in a low temp oven, loosely covered until you are ready to serve. They’re great the next day too. Chef Kate has used them before as a base for Mexican Eggs Benedict instead of English muffins and they were great. Just add poached or fried eggs, salsa, and a little cilantro.

*www.bragg.com

Until next time “Savor Every Morsel of Life” xxx Chef Kate

Visit www.chefkatealiveandcooking.com.

Image By: Peter Turner

This Mother’s Day, pamper Mom and the planet in luxe, eco-friendly style! Tiny Green Mom has compiled a list of the latest eco-chic must-haves for Mom – with a little something for every Mom, Grandma, and special Auntie on your list!

Eco-Luxe Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Bialetti Aeturnum

Stylish and eco-friendly, the PFOA-free Bialetti Aeturnum cookware line will quickly become the foodie Mom’s favorite for preparing fresh, healthy meals for the family!

Features include:

  • Made with a pristine white nanoceramic nonstick coating. The unique white ceramic surface also provides excellent thermal properties and even heat distribution, so dishes are cooked to perfection every time
  • Italy’s #1 selling nanoceramic cookware line
  • Responds to consumer demand for healthier, greener cookware – PFOA-free (free of perfluorooctanoic acid), a harmful chemical used in the manufacturing of nonstick coatings
  • Attractive, eco-friendly and a breeze to use and clean

For more information on the Bialetti Aeturnum cookware line, visit www.bialettishop.com.

Brooks Cascadia 6 Trail-Running Shoe

Slip into planet-friendly comfort with the Cascadia 6 Trail-Running Shoe by Brooks! For the serious trail runner or eco-crusader, the Cascadia 6 is hands-down the top pick for the Mom on-the-move. Stable and sturdy, the Cascadia 6 offers unsurpassed traction, and every aspect of the shoe itself has an environmentally-friendly component. Available in two bold color choices, in women’s half and whole sizes ranging from 5 – 12. Check them out online at www.brooksrunning.com.

Earth Creations® Clothing

Mom will look and feel eco-fabulous in this trendy line of organic, sustainable, and clay-dyed clothing! From flirty dresses that can be dressed up or beach-ready to feminine organic cotton tank tops & tees, there is something to suit every style at www.earthcreations.net.

Edward Marc Chocolatier

Indulge Mom with rich, decadent chocolates from Edward Marc Chocolatier! Sinfully delightful, these handcrafted chocolate creations are made from high-quality ingredients including cocoa from West Africa, vanilla beans from the South Pacific and citrus fruits from the Mediterranean. Pure chocolate bliss! Choose from a wide selection of gourmet chocolate collections online at www.edwardmarc.com.

eyecandy Soothing Eye Coolers

Over-stressed Moms need a quick fix for tired, puffy eyes! For an appreciated gift this Mother’s Day, these reusable candy-colored soft gel rounds reduce puffiness, relieve allergy symptoms, minimize dark circles and fine lines, and provide an overall quick fix for busy mamas. Available in 4 styles, including Classic Chillin’ Cucumber, Sugared Ice Blue, Tart ‘n Tangy Tangerine, and Cotton Candy Pink. Visit eyecandycoolers.com.

Zulugrass™ Jewelry

Show Mom how much you love her, and celebrate other mothers, as well, with the Pink Show Your Love Bracelet from the Leakey Collection. A gorgeous pink porcelain heart (which is removable) is strung on eco-friendly Zulugrass™ intermingled with Czech glass beads, and is handcrafted by Maasai mothers. Simply lovely, this is a gift that gives back on Mother’s Day! To locate a retailer near you, go to www.leakeycollection.com.

Duca del Frassino

For an elegant Mother’s Day luncheon, or a worry-free picnic that includes wine but not a breakable glass bottle, look no further then Duca del Frassino, Italy’s premium wine in a box! Each varietal is the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine, contained in eco-friendly packaging. Duca del Frassino wines cost $19.99, and are available nationwide, in four blends to suit Mom’s taste. Durello/Chardonnay and Merlot/Pinot Noir are the newest additions to the line’s already popular Garganega/Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon/Corvina blends. Visit www.cantinasoaveusa.com to learn more.

Colure True Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner

Treat Mom to luxurious, green hair care products from Colure True Color Care! Made with certified organic botanicals and free from sulfates, parabens, SD-40 alcohol, petrolatum, sodium chloride, dyes and irritants, each Colure Hair Care system offers UVA & UVB protection, hydration and more! The packaging is 100% recyclable, as well. For more information, visit www.colurehaircare.com.

REI ecoSensitive®Trail 25 Pack

The trail-lovin’ mama will look pretty in pink with the REI ecoSensitive®Trail 25 Pack when she hikes with the family this Mother’s Day! Made with 100% recycled PET polyester fabric, each pack keeps 19 16-oz. plastic bottles out of landfills! With a roomy main compartment to hold all of Mom’s essentials (and everyone else’s, too!), a zippered front pocket, and side mesh pockets for smaller items, the pack also can accomodate a hydration reservoir with 2 exit ports for the tube for hydration on-the-move. Sleek and comfortable, Mom will be hiking and trail-blazing in style! www.rei.com

Spoonk ™ Acupressure Massage Mat

Ease Mom’s stress naturally and in the comfort of her own home with the Spoonk ™ Acupressure Massage Mat! Made of Organic Hemp and eco-foam, these unique mats contain no synthetic AZO dyes which can cause skin hypersensitivity and allergies. Spoonk™ massage mats are portable, making it easy for Mom to destress anywhere, anytime! www.spoonkspace.com

*Companies listed above generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Making Your Bedroom a Romantic Retreat

by DeAnna Radaj, Bante Design LLC

One of the most frequently asked questions DeAnna gets is “How can I add more ROMANCE to my bedroom w/out it being all red & pink, or looking like something out of the Playboy Mznsion?” It is very easy to utilize basic Feng Shui and interior design principles into your bedroom to create the “perfect” atmosphere for rest AND romance.

First off, you should locate the “RELATIONSHIP” area of your home and/or bedroom. This area is the FAR RIGHT corner of the home/room when standing at the doorway looking into the space. This is the area you really want to pay attention to if you’d like to attract/keep relationship in your life. (It should also be noted that relationships can mean friendships or business partnerships as well, however, for the purpose of this article, we are referring to romantic relationships). This area should feature items in TWOS-think a couple. If things are displayed in ONES (solitary) or in THREES (a third person will come between you and your partner literally or figuratively) change it! It is common for a single person to primarily have things displayed in this very way – CHANGE IT!

Think romance. This will differ for each person-what’s romantic for me, might not mean romance for you. Here you can place romantic pictures, fabrics, flowers…create a romantic vignette. For an older client in her bedroom: DeAnna placed a small table with 2 small chairs in her romance area. DeAnna then set a “romantic tableau” with 2 candles, roses and a picture of an Irish landscape. She had traveled to Ireland and thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever visited. She then lit the candles every night before she went to bed to increase or “bring light” to her intention of bringing more romance into her life. A few months later she started seeing a gentleman socially and is very happy.

Color also plays a part in this area. Use RED if you are in a committed/legal relationship, PINK if you are single and looking to attract a relationship or PEACH/CORAL if you are single and looking, but not for a relationship (be careful w/peach!). It should be noted that any tone, tint or shade of the above mentioned colors would work. Bring the color in with flowers, fabric, artwork, candles…be creative.

In Feng Shui, the relationship area is represented by EARTH energy. Items made from the earth symbolize this: tile, stone, terra cotta…or by earth tones or square shaped items. Look at this area to see if any of the above is visible in this area. If it is and you are still having problems, add FIRE energy. In the productive cycle (increasing) of Feng Shui, fire produces earth. Therefore, by adding FIRE you will be boosting the EARTH energy of the relationship area. To bring in FIRE add candles (!), pictures of famous couples or triangular shaped items. An example of this is: 2 pink/red candles-lit in a square holder. Easy!

The bedroom in general should be a place of refuge and sanctuary from the rest of the world. There should be no TVs, computers or exercise equipment in this room! There should only be 2 things going on in the bedroom and watching TV or working on the computer is not on the list. If you can’t move these items to another location, cover them with a screen or fabric panels to disguise them. Also, lie down in your bed and look at what you see from this position. This is, subconsciously, the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see before you drift off to sleep – make sure the view is good! Is it the bathroom? Close the door. Is it a blank wall? Hang some artwork. Get the idea? Speaking of artwork, the bedroom is not the place for pictures of your kids, family and/or friends – the only people in pictures should be of you and your current partner! No old boyfriends please! Again, you don’t want “outside disturbances” bothering you in your private, romantic sanctuary!

The bedroom is also a place to splurge and really treat yourself. Buy the most expensive sheets, blankets and pillow that you can afford. You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping so you should get the most out of it. Plus, a high thread count cotton sheet lasts longer and is softer and offers more comfort than it’s cheaper, low thread count cotton/poly blends. Buy organic cotton if possible if allergies or environmental sensitivities or concerns are an issue. These are available at most large bedding stores and comparable in price.

Clutter should not exist in this room – PERIOD. Anyone who has ever taken one of DeAnna’s workshops knows the dangers and ills of clutter and what chaos it causes, however, here in the bedroom, where you are trying to establish peace and calm – clutter does not fit. The rules again are: if you don’t use, wear it or love it, get rid of it. It doesn’t matter how much it costs or who gave it to you, it isn’t doing you any good sitting in the closet or (heaven forbid) under the bed. Donate it so someone who can use it, wear it or love it can have it. Clutter also collects dust and is hard to maintain-again, counter productive to the mood of the bedroom. This example has come more times than DeAnna cares to admit exist: knife and gun collections in the bedroom. This is a no-brainer – get them out of this room if you must have them. Knives and guns symbolize violence and (again) are not part of romance. If there is absolutely no other place for them, place them securely in a closet, not under the bed. Think of what this symbolizes whether you are romantically involved or not.

Lastly, if you’ve done all of these things and this area still isn’t working for you…check the floor plan of your home/bedroom and see if there is a missing corner. Your home/rooms should be square or rectangular. However, due to additions or attached garages, the home is L-shaped, thusly, there is a missing area. Check if this is the case and if the missing area is the relationship area. This was the case for another client. Her home, due to a kitchen expansion, now had no relationship area. This is an easy fix though! DeAnna really worked on the bedroom to make it a romantic sanctuary for her. Then they went outside and symbolically created a corner to square off the house with a bird feeder and some garden statuary and flowers. Three weeks after she did this, she met someone whom she started dating. They just got engaged this Christmas and are getting married! Now, if Feng Shui totally responsible? Maybe, maybe not. However, creating the intention of romance and bringing forth the feelings that this is what you want in your life and consciously making an effort to do so by manipulating your environment is.

About the Author

Please visit the Bante Design website at www.bantedesign.com. If you’d like to schedule a design consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact DeAnna at [email protected].

Made with organic sorghum, touted as the “break-out snack food of the 21st century,” this delightfully healthy granola recipe courtesy of JustPoppin.com will have everyone reaching for more!

Easy, Gluten-Free, Lower Glycemic Sorghum Granola

Ingredients

3 cups Popping Sorghum popped (and any un-popped or partial popped grains)

1 cup gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)

1 cup sliced or rough chopped almonds

½ cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)

¼ cup unsalted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) or shelled sunflower seeds

¼ cup PLUS 2 tablespoons agave nectar

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons canola oil

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup dried fruit (such as cherries, apricots, dates, figs, cranberries, raisins or currants)

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, Popped Sorghum, almonds, coconut, pepitas/sunflower seeds with the agave nectar, maple syrup, oil, and salt.

Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.

Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool.

TIP: The granola will keep for up to 3 weeks in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

For this recipe, it is OK to include any sorghum grains that remained un-popped or partially popped from the popping process as they will toast in the oven and add crunch.

*Recipe and image courtesy of JustPoppin.com.*

Mom” at Tiny Green Mom is excited to announce that the Winner of the CalNaturale Svelte Giveaway is Catharine R! We hope that you enjoy drinking to your health with these delicious shakes! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

*Image provided by CalNaturale Svelte.*

Tips on Creating a Healthy Nursery

by DeAnna Radaj, Bante Design LLC

Did you know that a nursery can be one of the most toxic rooms of your home? As parents-to-be strive to create the perfect room for their newborns, they go overboard with painting, new furniture & accessories, not realizing that some of their actions can actually do more harm than good. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are trying to decorate a nursery.

Walls:

Use a NO VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. Paint is on of the top indoor air pollutants (carpet & candles are the others). VOCs are the drying, anti-microbial & other toxins that off-gas into the air upon application. Now, all major paint manufacturers make a NO or LOW VOC line of paint with a wide color choice. If you don’t see it on the shelves-ASK.

Color: From a color THERAPY standpoint, color does affect your mental/physical well-being, it is imperative to choose a color scheme that promotes a healthy night’s sleep & a calm, nurturing atmosphere for the baby. Green is the perfect color for any space, and particularly so for a baby/child’s bedroom. Green is neither hot nor cool, & symbolizes growth & new beginnings. Use a PRIMARY color that you can pair with pink or blue. Use yellow sparingly, or not at all (!) as yellow is the hardest color for your eye to break down. Neutrals also work as a secondary color to help ground & stabilize the room. Do NOT use a contrasting color scheme here-save that for tween/teen room.

Floors:

Opt for HARD flooring choices as opposed to wall-to-wall carpeting. Carpet is part of the “big 3” indoor air pollutants, therefore, look for hardwood, bamboo, cork, rubber or tile options for nursery flooring. Adding area rugs made from natural fibers (wool is strongly suggested as it is a self-extinguishing fiber!) add the needed warmth you want in a bedroom, & also add a sound deadening quality to help sound from bouncing off the floor & walls.

Mattress/Bedding:

There are studies being done on the correlation between crib mattresses & bedding & SIDS (keep watch for updates as they become available)…this is an area that is vital for children, as well as adults, to be addressed to help prevent (or manage) any upper respiratory issues, sleep disruptions, headaches & fatigue as there are correlations. Due to this, there are more & more bedding/mattress manufacturers who are addressing this need for “natural and/or organic” bedding. (Check out Naturpedic as this company ONLY makes crib, T & F mattresses for children).

A quick Feng Shui tip: Choose bedding that is solid, and NO pattern. This will help promote a health night’s sleep. If you find a pattern that you “love”, make sure that it is flowing lines, organic shapes and/or nurturing pictures (i.e. mother/child, happy non-threatening animals). Jarring, jagged edges and patterns can subconsciously affect you when you are sleeping, disrupting sleep patterns. Look for COOL colors in bedding (blue, green, purple) to help lower body temperature & heart rate, again, to calm you & promote a good night’s sleep.

Cribs & Furniture:

Many people discount the effect of the material of what furniture is made out of & its impact on health. From a purely HEALTH affect, look for UNFINISHED WOOD furniture & then stain/paint with a NO VOC stain or paint. This will limit any off-gassing of toxins that a FINISHED piece of new furniture would emit into the nursery. From a “green/eco-friendly” aspect, look for a piece of furniture that is reused/recycled (a family member/friend) & from a local source to reduce transportation costs & pollutants in getting item to your location.

A quick Feng Shui tip: WOOD is the best material to purchase for a baby, toddler and child’s bed & furniture as WOOD corresponds with the FAMILY Life Area & symbolizes growth, new beginnings & opportunity. METAL would be second.

***If you purchase from a rummage/estate sale, make sure that item is safe (i.e. not recalled, all parts in working order…)! Also, from a Feng Shui perspective, try & find out about the “previous owner” & the story behind the piece. You don’t want to bring any “negative energy/chi” into the nursery.

Accessories:

You must remember that as parents you are decorating a nursery for you & not the baby…really, admit it…That being said, you WILL be spending a lot of time in this space, & it does set the tone for a happy baby. Therefore, choose a theme that is uplifting, nurturing & calming. Think mother/child, baby animals or nature (plants, flowers, water). Stay away from sky/clouds as a THEME, you can use to symbolize a “sky ceiling” but not clouds as a mural on the wall itself.

***Group pictures of family and/or accessories in 4s (grounded, stable) to represent “family.”

These are some basic, general tips that any parent-to-be can apply to their newborns new room to help promote a healthy, supported baby.

About the Author

Please visit the Bante Design website at www.bantedesign.com. If you’d like to schedule a design consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact DeAnna at [email protected].

*Image provided by Natural Mat and Bante Design.*

These homemade chewy granola bars are filled with lots of healthy goodies, including sesame seeds, rolled oats, brown rice flour, raw honey, and carob chips. They make an excellent “grab and go” snack!

Chewy “Chocolate” Granola Bars

Ingredients

1 cup raw or organic honey

2/3 cup SunButter

2/3 cup rolled oats

7/8 cup brown rice flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup carob chips

1/4 cup sesame seeds

Preparation

1. Combine honey and SunButter in a mixing bowl.

2. Add oats, flour, sesame seeds & cinnamon and stir until smooth.

3. Stir in carob chips.

4. Cover 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.

5. Press mixture down firmly into pan.

6. Bake at 350ºF for about 12-15 minutes – edges will begin to brown.

7. Remove from oven and cut into bars or squares, leaving them in the pan after cutting.

8. Allow bars to cool completely.

9. Remove bars from pan and enjoy!

Store in an airtight container. Makes 15-25 bars, depending on size of bars.

*Recipe and image courtesy of SunButter.*

Super cool toy alert! B. Toys, known for their brightly-colored, educational toys for children, has developed what “Mom” thinks is just plain SMART. Many of their favorites now come in recycled packaging, made from recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks, and the boxes wrap themselves for easy gift-giving! For busy families who want to make a difference, and cringe at the thought of buying yet another birthday party bag that may get tossed once the present is opened, this eco-friendly option is simply fabulous!

The B. Alphaberry is a learning tool which teaches youngsters the alphabet on their own handheld PDA! It arrives packaged in its’ own recycled paper box, and includes the following features for fun, anytime!

  • Push any button. A letter appears & is read aloud.
  • 3 screen colors
  • 4 musical styles of the alphabet song
  • Cozy in little hands
  • Auto-off and volume control (It can use its inside voice, too)

The B. Alphaberry can be purchased at Target, or you can visit justb-byou.com to locate a retailer near you.

The B. Okideoke is perfect for your budding singer! For family sing-alongs, or just to record your own voice, this little microphone comes in recycled packaging, and has 4 unique features:

  • Amplify your voice
  • 8 pre-recorded tunes
  • Record a message or a song
  • Control the tempo

To learn more about the B. Okideoke, which can be purchased at Target.com, please visit justb-byou.com.

*Company geneorusly provided samples and images for this review.*