Falling For All Things Pumpkin

I went outside this morning and guess what? There is actually a (slight) coolness in the air here in FL! I am hopeful it is the start of Fall! But even if the weather doesn’t cooperate with my vision of cooler mornings & evenings or an end to the humidity… I’ve got my mind on all things pumpkin! Halloween is just around the corner, everywhere you look you see pumpkin spice…it’s time!

To celebrate the changing of the seasons and yes, all things pumpkin, I have included a few of my favorites to enjoy this time of year!

Barbara’s Pumpkin Puffins

Now that Fall is here, Barbara’s has debuted their Limited Edition Pumpkin Puffins! A combination of real pumpkin, corn, and whole grain oats and rice makes these crunchy pillows absolutely irresistible. Not to mention, these Puffins are non-GMO, gluten free, whole grain, and only contain 5 grams of sugar! Delicious and flavorful, Pumpkin Puffins can be enjoyed anytime of the day, whether starting each day with a bowl of cereal comparable to pumpkin pie, or needing a to-go snack for all of your autumn adventures. The kiddos and I really enjoy this yummy cereal!

siggi’s Icelandic-Style Yogurt – Pumpkin & Spice

Move over pumpkin spice latte! What’s not to love about siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice Yogurt?! Made with real Pumpkin, Spices such as Cinnamon & Nutmeg, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and packing in a whopping 15 grams of protein… this is one pumpkin spice snack you can feel good about indulging in this season!

Carrington Farms Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil

Made from cold pressed pumpkin seeds, Carrington Farms Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil can be drizzled on salads or used to craft salad dressings, mixed in smoothies & soups, or even enjoyed on ice cream! High in Oleic and Linoleic Acid. A light oil, it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids.

Perfectly Pumpkin Cake Mix with Cream Cheese Frosting from King Arthur Flour

Guys! This is THE most amazing cake mix for Fall! Everything is included in King Arthur’s Pumpkin Cake Mix with Cream Cheese Frosting… making it a breeze to bake bread, muffins or cupscakes with a delightful pumpkin spice flavor topped lovingly with cream cheese frosting! It’s an ideal mix to bake with the kiddos this Fall that shows off pumpkin and aromatic Fall spices. Kosher.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

It is back to the busy school season routine, with homework, activities, lunch box packing and dinner planning in full swing! I don’t know about you, but time seems to go quickly at this time of year, and I find myself stretched in so many directions! It is so important that I provide my family with healthy meals, but meal planning can be tough. Luckily, I was recently introduced to Dinnerly, which is perfect for busy families like ours, and it’s the most affordable meal kit on the market!

At only $5 per meal, DINNERLY is half the price of other meal kits, making it particularly attractive to young families who want to cook more at home or who want to try meal kits but find them cost prohibitive. Dinners are quick & simple, with only 5 steps and a maximum of 6 ingredients per recipe. Plus, Dinnerly is paperless, and you simply go to their website to view the recipes that you were sent that week!

We had so much fun trying 3 unique and healthy recipes with Dinnerly during the first week back-to-school… Red Pepper Flatbread, Za’atar Chicken, and the Beef & Broccoli Noodles.

Our favorite was definitely the Za’atar Chicken! Accompanied by a fresh cucumber and tomato salad and toasted bulgur wheat, it was flavorful, tender and healthy! Best part – it only took 30 minutes to make from start to finish! It reminded me of all the delicious Za’atar bread I enjoyed growing up as an expat in Saudi Arabia.

Each week, you choose the menu items you wish to make that week with your family. They have so many interesting choices that it was hard to pick only three! You can view more menu items here: https://dinnerly.com/menu

*Dinnerly generously provided a week’s worth of meals for this article & review. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~Robert Browning~

Finding a perfect Mother’s Day gift to embody all that you feel for your own mother can be tough – how do you wrap up love? We have put together our 2018 Mother’s Day gift guide, filled with items that pamper the mom in your life!

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FabFitFun Subscription Box

Does your mom love learning about the latest beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness finds? Each season, fabulous premium brands handpicked by the FabFitFun team are showcased beautifully in the latest box and sent to her door… all for a fraction of the cost at $49.99. Filled with 8-10 full-sized items valued at over $200, this is an exciting way to indulge and explore the newest items in fitness, home, beauty and more. You can learn more about this subscription service at fabfitfun.com.

A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.
~Princess Diana~

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Dreaming Tree Wines

Treat Mom to a delicious bottle of wine this Mother’s Day! Dreaming Tree Wines are produced by renowned musician, Dave Matthews, and New Zealand native, Sean McKenzie. We love that their lightweight bottles are manufactured with clean-burning natural gas, 100% recycled paper labels, and recyclable corks! With five distinct varieties to choose from, plus wine gift sets, Dreaming Tree Wines is the perfect choice to serve for Mother’s Day brunch or just give Mom as a gift. Visit dreamingtreewines.com.

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.
~Unknown~

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Desert Essence

Desert Essence’s bath and body range makes it easy to find just the right body lotion or sustainably-sourced, vegan, gluten-free soap bar to shower mom’s skin with delicious nutrients! Treat mom to a gift basket of goodies from this incredible line… with natural fragrances such as Spicy Vanilla Chai or Island Mango, it will be hard to select just one to delight mom! See the entire line at desertessence.com.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
~Unknown~

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

It’s true, on any given day I spend most of my time in workout wear…whether am I eventually headed to the gym for a weight raining session after dropping off my youngest daughter at kindergarten, running after my toddler son, or planning to attend a yoga class or walk with a friend later on in the day. I like to be comfortable and ready for anything active…and the stylish, sustainable clothing brand prAna is the perfect blend of function, fashion, and eco-conscious apparel!

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As a Mom Ambassador for MomsMeet.com, I recently had the awesome opportunity to try out a few new pieces in the prAna line of apparel! Wow – was I in for a treat! I received the versatile, comfortable Filament Tank in a gorgeous North Sea color, as well as the stretchy Kara Jeans. The jeans are the next best thing to yoga pants or leggings, offering just as much stretch and flexibility, but way more style!

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From swimwear to stylish sweaters and yoga tanks to accessories such as scarves and beanies, prAna is a one-stop shop for all your activities! Whether you are a marathon runner or yoga enthusiast, or just enjoy hikes during the Fall weather as the leaves change, prAna has something for everyone. You can learn more about their company here.

Love prAna too? You can save 15% off your entire order using the code MMTAF17, which is good for your entire order at prana.com. The only items excluded are sale items. This code can be used an unlimited amount of times.

*The company generously provided samples and images for this review through MomsMeet.com. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Introducing Q Drink Healthy, a quercetin-based powder drink mix designed to bolster everyday health, energy, and performance that delivers electrolytes to help the body recover! This new drink mix comes in convenient travel-ready packets, so you can tuck them along in your gym bag or backpack for quick energy & hydration on-the-go!

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Q’s synergistic blend is a superior alternative to high caffeine or sugar performance drinks and carries with it a laundry list of benefits such as increased endurance, a stronger immune system and decreased fat cell production. The best part – all the energy and health benefits come without the painful crash! Plus, it comes in 3 delicious flavors, including Wild Berry, Orange and Lemon Lime.

The quercetin, a naturally occurring compound found in fruits and vegetables, is accompanied by eight different vitamins and herbal extracts including potassium, B vitamins, green tea extract (catechins), ginseng, gingko biloba and rhodiola. You can view a full list on ingredients on their website.

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I found the Wild Berry to be my favorite flavor, and it was easy to take along the packets in my gym bag to enjoy post-workout, along with the handy shaker cup that Q Energy provided! I weight lift daily, so Q Energy has provided a much-needed boost at the end of my training session!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

We live in FL, and the local farmer’s markets open starting in October and run through May…to beat the extreme FL heat! We live right around the corner from one of the larger farmer’s markets in the area, complete with live music, tasty snacks, and craft boutiques. It’s a ton of fun!

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This year, I will be incredibly prepared to hit the market with ease with the new meori® Shopper Bundle. This handy, portable Classic Medium Box is simply perfect for light shopping and smaller spaces, and stores neatly in my trunk or or pantry. It comes with an adjustable Carrying Handle so you can take it from your vehicle to the market or store and back again…no need to unpack your groceries!

The meori® Shopper Bundle is made of high-grade, tear-proof, dirt-resistant polyester, and folds and unfolds in three easy steps. It wipes clean with a damp sponge, too! With one compartment that features two mesh pockets, the meori® Shopper Bundle can hold up to 65 lbs.

While the Classic Medium Box is made for organization while shopping, my little ones decided it was made for carrying around their treasured stuffed animals! Hey – if it gets them to clean up and organize, I am all for it!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

It’s late summer, and you’re feeling like changing things up a bit! Songa Designs’ handbags help you make that bold statement! They’re socially conscious, roomy, eco-friendly and anything but boring! Handcrafted by skilled artisan women in Rwanda, Songa’s handbags are individually unique and make a fashion statement with a meaningful purpose. We love that Songa Designs combines eco-friendly materials, international reach, and on-trend statement pieces to show how your personal style can have a profound impact across the globe.

Songa Designs Orenda Handbag

Songa Designs provides employment for more than 175 women artisans, giving underprivileged women the opportunity to earn their own money to buy land, healthcare or send their children to school for the first time. Songa’s statement bags like the geometric Orenda Handbag above or the minimalist Nia Tote below are made using all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter, re-purposed cow horn and upcycled fabric saved from landfills. With boho-chic designs and trendy shapes, Songa Designs’ accessories are a gorgeous accessory to any outfit!

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About Songa Designs International
Songa Designs International empowers a new generation women around the world with Urban Tribal accessories. It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa Designs is changing this dynamic. By working for Songa, under-resourced women are encouraged to pursue economic independence, simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Songa Designs provides jobs for over 175 women who in turn negotiate their own salaries and earn fair wages, which enables them to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans of Songa Designs in Rwanda in East Africa craft stylish, high-quality accessories inspired by nature. Each handmade item is tightly woven with all-natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter, re-purposed cow horn and upcycled fabric that otherwise would end up in landfills.

Defined as “the path forward” in Swahili, Songa Designs is synonymous with the journey toward economic empowerment for women in developing countries.

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

I admit it, I just love bags! Tote bags, beach bags, backpacks…you name it, I am a sucker when it comes to stylish ways to organize and carry my everyday items! But since I became a mom, there’s a new type of bag I get to add to my repertoire…diaper bags! Of course, not all diaper bags are created equal, and I have gone through so many in the last 8 years of having little ones who require so.much.stuff. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled to receive Skip Hop’s new Forma Diaper Backpack! It’s a backpack! It’s a diaper bag! It’s stylish…and it can also carry my laptop if necessary. Yep, I think I have found the bag that truly do it all, keep my hands free when wearing it so I can hold my childrens’ hands or push a stroller, and carry MY stuff as well as theirs!

Skip Hop Forma Backpack

Here’s why I am loving this roomy diaper backpack so much!

  • Front section allows easy access to storage cubes
  • Insulated cube is perfect for bottles
  • Multipurpose mesh cube for clothing and snacks
  • Changing pad pocket holds tablets and laptops up to 15″
  • Extra wide dual zip opening
  • Insulated side bottle pockets
  • Elasticized interior pockets and cell phone pocket
  • Cushioned shoulder straps
  • Stroller straps
  • Cushioned changing pad
  • Phthalate-free, PVC-free

Plus, it comes in 5 colors – there is something for everyone’s taste. Seriously, we are in love!

You can check out the new Forma Diaper Backpack on the Skip Hop website, as well as so many other favorites of ours from this iconic brand for parents & children.

*Company generously provided a sample and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

 

With the longest day of summer officially behind us, treat yourself and your little one to skincare essentials that cleanse, moisturize and soothe. The team at Tiny Green Mom was recently introduced to the following body and skincare lines…and literally has had so much fun soaking them all in! From at home after the bath to after a day spent enjoying the beach, these lines are top picks in our home this summer.

 

Honey Buns Kit

Honey Buns Baby Kit

Leader of all things honeybee, Savannah Bee Company launched the Honey Buns Baby Kit, their first set of soothing and gentle body care products for babies of all ages this year. Designed with the delicate skin of newborns and infants in mind, this kit offers parents a combination of products to care for their little one’s skin. Each kit includes an award-winning Royal Jelly Baby Butter, a Honey Lavender bar soap (which smells dreamy!), a Bumble Balm Salve and a handy go-to guide written by two Savannah, GA board-certified pediatricians, “Baby, MD: The A, Bee, C Guide to Your New Baby.” Packaged in a darling ‘Honey Buns’ embroidered seersucker bag and retailing at $38, the Savannah Bee Honey Buns Baby Kit is perfect for summer travel as it tucks into a diaper bag or backpack with ease!

Belli Skincare Group

Belli Skincare

Whether you are an expecting mom or postpartum mom, your skin will love Belli Skincare, which has been designed for the specific needs of women! To moisturize parched summer skin, apply the luscious All Day Moisture Lotion which has a light, fresh & uplifting scent. We noted immediately how little lotion you need to apply to have a long-lasting effect…perfect for hydrated skin all day long! To help dry, cracked lips – tuck the Sheer Comfort Lip Balm in your beach bag or purse when out and about in the summer heat. In addition to these favorites, the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash has become a daily addition to “Mom’s” morning shower routine. There is nothing quite like starting the day with glowing, clear skin! If you haven’t heard of this line, head over to their website to find out why they are ‘Picky for a Purpose.‘ The Belli Skincare line does not contain artificial dyes or fragrances, and is paraben preservative-free.

Jojoba Company Baby Oil

Jojoba Company Australia Baby Oil

Your little one will love to receive a baby massage right after bathtime with this amazing 100% Natural Baby Oil, an exceptionally pure and gentle formula that absorbs deeply into baby’s skin to soften, soothe and moisturize. Made exclusively with 100% natural Australian jojoba, which is grown, nurtured and harvested on the company’s own farms down under, the 100% Natural Baby Oil contains absolutely no potential irritants including preservatives, artificial fragrances and parabens. The baby oil may be used for massage, as a bath oil, for cradle cap and diaper rash as well as for every day skin softening and soothing. In addition to jojoba, the Baby Oil is comprised of Organic camellia oil, Organic chamomile oil, Organic lavender oil, and Moringa oil. Did we mention it smells lovely?! Interesting to note – baby’s skin “recognizes” jojoba as its own, and allows it to absorb deeply for greater hydrating benefits. This is definitely a must-have skincare essential if you have a newborn or infant in the home!

LIve Clean Baby

Live Clean Gentle Moisture Baby Kit

This 4 piece set is all you need for a clean & happy baby! Having just launched in the US recently, Live Clean harnesses the beautifying power in plant-based ingredients to create gentle and effective products that are safe for you, your baby, and the environment. The Gentle Moisture Baby Kit contains Live Clean® Baby Shampoo and Wash, Baby Lotion, Non-Petroleum Jelly, and Diaper Ointment. We love the Baby Shampoo and Wash – it is silky-soft and cleans baby’s skin so gently! Plus, we appreciate the affordability of the line – all items are $4 – $6, which is a breath of fresh air when seeking high-quality, eco essentials for your family!

All products are Certified Organic, made of 98% renewable and sustainable plant based ingredients, and do not use petro-chemical based ingredients. The Live Clean line free of harsh chemicals, and all products are SLS Free, Phthalate Free, Petroleum Free, Silicone Free, Paraben Free, DEA Free, Phosphate Free, and Dye Free. Biodegradable, recyclable and cruelty-free.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

Spring has sprung! It is time for a refresh around the home… so throw out those conventional toxic home cleaning products, and make room for greener, more eco-friendly options to clean and sanitize everything from the kitchen counters to your clothing & bedding! At Tiny Green Mom, we were given the opportunity to try an array of earth-friendly cleaning products & items that truly stood up to the test of a busy household with little ones!

Grab Green Tangerine All-Purpose Cleaner

Grab Green Home

This eco-fabulous line was recently seen at Natural Products Expo West… and the secret is out! With a wide range of green products, including a line of laundry pods and dishwashing detergent shown in third-party studies to outperform Tide and Cascade in several key cleaning tests, Grab Green Home quickly made an impression in our home. Not only do the products clean effectively, but the scents are a-mazing! Done with dinner? Quickly wipe up with their All-Purpose Cleaner in Red Pear with Magnolia, Tangerine with Lemongrass or Thyme with Fig Leaf! I know – hard to choose, right?!

Proudly Made in the USA with no harsh chemicals or phosphates, the line is safe, non-toxic, and uses naturally derived ingredients. You can learn more at http://www.grabgreenhome.com/.

Bright Endeavors

Bright Endeavors

Once your home has been cleaned and refreshed, create the perfect atmosphere with Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise that is lighting the way out of poverty for young moms with their flagship signature glass candles. Packaged in compostable boxes and made from recycled glass and clean-burning soy wax, these candles are packed with uplifting fragrances to brighten and freshen your home, including Lime Lemongrass, Sandalwood Patchouli, and Water Lily. Not only do the candles give off a delightful aroma (we loved the Lime Lemongrass!), but you can feel good about the mission behind this company every time you light one!

Bright Endeavors helps adolescent moms through their paid job training program. Each candle is handcrafted and signed by participants on a path towards professional success, and one hundred percent of the proceeds go to participants who are not only learning job skills to gain independence and raise their families, but make a difference in their communities and shape the future. www.brightendeavors.org

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Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner

Save yourself a trip to the dry cleaners (and $$$) and save the planet at the same time! Dryel is an at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing all in a home dryer. Dryel refreshes and renews clothes in 15 minutes or deep cleans in 30 minutes. Unlike conventional dry cleaners, Dryel does not use the harmful chemical PERC (perchloroethylene). According to the EPA, PERC is a synthetic, volatile organic compound (VOC) that poses a health risk to humans and a threat to the environment. Even minimal contact with PERC can cause adverse health effects on the nervous system that include dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, unconsciousness. PERC is not only hazardous for people who work in dry cleaning shops or bring home dry cleaned clothes. PERC can also get into our air, water, and soil during the cleaning, purification, and waste disposal phases of dry cleaning, according to the EPA.

Making it easy and planet-friendly to clean & deodorize your clothing at home, which is a sanity saver as a busy working mom, the Dryel Starter kit includes a reusable fabric protection bag that can be used up to 40 times and avoids stretching or damage to your clothes. For budget-conscious moms, that means you are cleaning garments for as little as 25 cents a piece! www.dryel.com

Enviroscent Bursts True Cotton

Enviroscent Bursts

Did you know that most home air fresheners contain cancer-causing solvents? To freshen up the home and rid it of harmful chemicals, turn to the sustainable and eco-friendly option for home fragrance – Enviroscent Bursts. “Mom” is loving these new alternatives to toxic air fresheners! Bursts are non-toxic and last up twice as long as wax melts without the fragrance ever changing. Enviroscent Bursts are entirely recyclable and sustainably sourced. Either place on a warmer for a more intense scent or place in a jar for an added pop of color (and scent) in any room! Scents include True Cotton, Wild Lavender, Paradise Breeze, Amber Woods, and White Winter Fir. Available at Wal-Mart or online at http://smellthegood.com/.

You can visit their website for a printable $1.00 off coupon, too!

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*