Mom” is thrilled to announce that a winner has been chosen for the Good For You Girls® Skincare Giveaway! Congratulations to Monique R. whose daughter will be enjoying the Good For You Girls® starter kit as we head into the school year! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

Tips for Preparing your Trees and Shrubs for the Winter

Once Labor Day gets here, the summer’s over right? Many gardeners sort of get comatose when it comes to gardening chores in the fall. There’s always something else to do, the days are getting shorter and the night are getting cooler.

This is the time that you should be thinking about getting your landscape in order and preparing your trees and shrubs for the winter. A little work now will reward you next year when your trees and shrubs burst back to life.

Here are some tips for preparing your trees and shrubs for the winter:

Keep up the watering. Even though precipitation usually increases in the fall, make sure that your plantings get adequate water. They should get watering equivalent to an inch of rain up until the ground freezes.

If you are going to fertilize your shrubs, do so in late August to early September to avoid new growth going into the winter months. New growth will not be able to harden off before winter and will be more susceptible to winter kill.

Young or thin-barked trees should be wrapped to prevent sun scald or cracking of the bark. A light colored tree wrap is preferable to a darker one as it will reflect the sun’s heat better. Be sure to remove the wrap in the spring as soon as the weather starts warming up.

Protect young trees from animal damage by placing a hardware cloth collar around the base of the tree. Try to get it into the soil an inch or two and be sure it extends a foot or two above the ground (or the deepest that you expect snow). Again, be sure to remove this protection in the spring.

Mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs but keep from placing the mulch against the trunk itself.
If your evergreens are in an area that is exposed to de-icing materials such as salt, consider wrapping them with a burlap enclosure. Make sure that the burlap does not touch the branches of the tree. The use of de-icing chemicals other than rock salt such as calcium chloride will help prevent salt damage.

The fall is the perfect time to transplant trees and shrubs. Follow the above recommendations for protecting them from the cold. The plants are going into their dormant period and the increased moisture will help them get established. There are also great buys to be had at the garden centers this time of year if you are looking to add to your landscape.

The use of anti-desiccant sprays will help to protect your evergreens from the winter weather. These products form a film that helps to alleviate the drying effects of winter winds. Be sure to follow the label instructions.

Following these tips will help to bring your landscape plantings through the winter healthier and ready to provide you with another year of beauty next spring.

About the Author

Neal Klabunde and his wife Catherine live in North Eastern Ohio and are avid gardeners. They are the owners of Gardening at the Crossroads – a gardening website that covers all aspects of gardening and for the beginning as well as experienced gardener.

Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net *

Here’s an exciting way to get a serving of your veggies in for the day – by eating Zucchini Rice Bran Muffins!

Zucchini Rice Bran Muffins

Ingredients

2 large Eggs
1/2 cup Molasses
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups grated Zucchini
1 cup Rice Bran
1/2 Tb Sea Salt
1 Tb ground Cloves
1/2 cup Safflower Oil
1/2 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1 cup Water
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
3 Tb Pumpkin Pie Spice
2-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Regular Rolled Oats

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin tins with paper liners, set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs; add oil, molasses, maple syrup, buttermilk and water, mix well. Stir in zucchini and set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl blend flour, rice bran, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and coves. Stir in oats; add dry ingredients to the liquid mixture. Blend just until moist, do not overmix. Let muffin mixture stand for 15 minutes.

Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full; bake for 30 minutes or until center of muffins comes out clean when tested with a toothpick.

Makes 30 muffins.

*Recipe courtesy of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.*

Anyone who knows “Mom” personally knows that she is an avid gum chewer, so learning about a new product from RESCUE Remedy® that relieves stress while chewing gum just seemed to be a natural fit! RESCUE® Gum is stress relief for those on-the-go, and really, who isn’t always on the move in this day and age?! The newest offering from RESCUE® contains an orange and elderflower liquid center with 1 dose of Rescue Remedy in a convenient, discreet and delicious option to help relieve stress. Not only does it taste delicious, but it helps to take the edge off, naturally, of course!

What is in RESCUE Remedy®?

RESCUE Remedy® is made up of a five individual flower remedies that help you cope with the different emotional aspects of stressful situations:

  • Rock Rose is used for terror and panic
  • Impatiens addresses irritation and impatience
  • Clematis is for inattentiveness and a lack of focus
  • Star of Bethlehem is for shock
  • Cherry Plum helps with irrational thoughts and a lack of self control

To learn more about Bach Flower Essences and how they are utilized in RESCUE Remedy®, please visit www.rescueremedy.com.

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

How to Recover from a Threekend (3 day holiday weekend)

Everyone knows how to prepare for a 3day weekend, but not that many people know how to plan AFTER the 3 day holiday weekend is over. The Labor Day weekend is synonymous with relaxation, family time, barbecues, and the infamous day nap.

The day after the holiday is over, reality sets in and everyone goes back to their original scheduled program. Except, there is nothing normal about the day after a major holiday. You spend the first half of the day struggling to get up for work, school, kids or whatever your days consist of currently. Then of course you have to reminisce about how much fun was had, and how you wish this day never came. So the question is: How do I recover from a 3 day weekend?

Here are some tips to keep in mind!

Get enough sleep the night before. It’s easy to think “This is my vacation, I can stay up as late as I want”. It IS your vacation, but your vacation ENDS tomorrow AM. You have to treat it as a sunday night no matter what day it is.

Get as much work done BEFORE you start your vacation. A big part of why the first days after a vacation are so hard, is that there is a lot of work left over that was never finished. Do yourself a favor, get it done before.
Have a good breakfast the moment you wake up. You will need as much energy as you can get and a breakfast will help you get there.

Don’t schedule anything for the kids. Kids, believe it or not, also need to relax. Scheduling kids activity the day after you get back will add more stress to your day. Keep it light if possible. Have something to look forward to, Whether it’s a cake you’ve been wanting to bake, a friend you’ve been wanting to meet up with, etc. Having something to look forward to will make it easier for you to wake up and the day will fly by!

About the Author

Robbie Abed is the founder of Post Amigos: The best way to connect with other bloggers. Visit www.postamigos.com.

*Image: graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net*

Bolognese sauce made meatless and ridiculously simple using Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All-American Burgers for a weeknight dinner everyone will enjoy!

Orecchiette with Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 15-oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes in juice

2 8-oz. cans no-salt-added tomato sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

4 Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All American Burgers, defrosted, uncooked and finely minced

Cooked pasta

Ingredients

1. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Add onions and peppers, cook until onions are translucent and peppers have softened, 9 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook one additional minute.

3. Add diced Dr. Praeger’s Meatless All American Burgers, then add chili powder and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.

4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

5. Divide among 4 plates and serve over pasta.

Serves 4 (1 serving = 1 ¼ cups sauce)

*Recipe and image courtesy of Dr. Praeger’s.*

Not one, not two, but THREE winners will be chosen to win a set of the new SheaMoisture Baby Collection! Whether for your own precious little one, or as a gift for an expecting mom, this planet-friendly new skincare collection for babies & toddlers will be a welcome surprise! The SheaMoisture Baby Collection includes Baby Head-To-Toe Wash & Shampoo, Baby Head-To-Toe Ointment, Baby Healing Lotion, NEW Baby Oil Rub, NEW Baby Eczema Therapy, and NEW Baby Eczema Bar Soap. From September 1st – September 10th, you can enter to win daily on Tiny Green Mom!

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From a family’s legacy comes the rich, creamy SheaMoisture line of skin care products that uses certified organic ingredients and sustainable materials to make your skin happy after a long, hot summer. Richelieu Dennis, the Founder & Ceo of Sundial Creations, which makes SheaMoisture, recently answered a few questions about this family-run business that has been growing steadily since 1992.

An Interview with Richelieu Dennis, Founder of SheaMoisture

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

This company is a family-run business and the legacy of our grandmother, Sofi, who sold her handmade shea butter products in Sierra Leone to support her family. We’ve made it our mission to create culturally authentic skin and hair care, with organic, fair trade and sustainable raw materials.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I’m avid gardener. I grow my own vegetables, which reduces packaging and waste. I encourage my children to recycle and seek out eco-friendly choices when shopping. And, I ask them to not buy water in plastic water bottles, even if it is convenient!

Guilty green pleasure?

Organic chocolate! It’s the best.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Don’t underestimate the intelligence and engagement of your customers. Consumers have developed a new sensibility when shopping – they have educated themselves and demand products to be effective, eco-friendly and healthy. They research the ingredients and origins of raw materials. They want to support companies that give back as well do business sustainably. We interact with our customers via social networking blogging, shows and events and they help us get it right in terms of creating products that work for them, which also support eco-friendly and fair trade practices.

*Image provided by SheaMoisture.*

How to Get Healthy, Young Skin Before Your Wedding

You’ve probably pictured your wedding as the perfect day. Beautiful hair, flawless makeup, and a gorgeous dress… But have you given a second thought to the quality of your skin?

No matter how much you pay for a professional makeup application, your wedding makeup won’t be able to mask serious issues in your skin, like discolorations, acne, and scarring. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take in the months leading up to your big day to bring your skin back to health and look like a radiant bride-to-be walking down the aisle – regardless of your age.

• Exfoliate. This is the simplest step that you can take in the months leading up to your wedding. Exfoliating several times per week will remove dead skin cells and stimulate new, healthy cell growth. Make sure to use an exfoliant that is appropriate to your skin type for the best results.

Sensitive skin types should use a gentle exfoliant like a pineapple enzyme scrub, and oily skin types can use more aggressive products like glycolic or salicylic acid exfoliants. When exfoliating, scrub every other day at the maximum. It’s important to give your skin time to rest and repair in between exfoliating treatments to keep it balanced, fresh, and healthy.

Tweak your diet. Ever heard of the saying that you are what you eat? This couldn’t ring truer than for a bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. The first order of business for strong, beautiful skin on your wedding day is to amp up your calcium count to 1000 mg per day, which can come from low-fat dairy products.

Make sure to focus on eating omega-3 fatty acids for fresh, firm skin and shiny hair. If you struggle with acne, omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and avocado can help to decrease inflammation and reduce redness in your skin.

• Consult a professional. Preparing for your wedding is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself! But it’s important to choose your professional treatments wisely… If you have very sensitive skin, opt for a series of microdermabrasions, which deeply exfoliate the surface of the skin and stimulate cellular turnover to prevent wrinkles.

For more serious issues like scarring and hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider an IPL treatment or chemical peel to remove layers of damaged skin and stimulate healthy cell growth below the surface.

When it comes to looking beautiful on your wedding day, less is truly more. By taking the time to care for your skin before your wedding, you’ll be able to wear less makeup on your big day to let your true, natural beauty shine through. It doesn’t get any better than that…

About the Author

Bethany Ramos is a licensed aesthetician and wedding makeup artist who is passionate about healthy, beautiful skin. Please visit her HGH website for more information on health and nutrition.

*Image: Sharron Goodyear / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

A healthy start to any morning, this fruity smoothie is packed with protein, but from silken tofu, not added whey, rice or soy protein powder! Due to the silken texture of the tofu, the smoothie is light and creamy!

Fruity Smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups ice
2 ounces silken tofu
1 medium banana
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*