Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, but with cold and flu season in full swing, and the added stress of the holidays (good and bad!), “Mom” has compiled her top wellness must-haves for staying healthy all season long!

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Herbal ZAP

This is Ayurveda made easy! Simple to add into your daily wellness routine this winter, Herbal ZAP makes instantly dissolving Ayurvedic herbal beverages that support healthy digestion, which is the key to overall good health. Herbal ZAP formulas work by harnessing the power of ancient herbal formulas that have been transformed into instantly dissolving crystals infused with powerful herbal extracts. Containing 14 potent Ayurvedic herbs, Herbal Zap works according to the principles of Ayurveda, restoring balance to the vital energies, doshas, increasing Agni, “inner-fire”, and promoting a positive state of health. The product is sustainably and ethically produced and they are proud to be non-GMO Verified as well as Kosher, Vegan and Gluten-Free. Herbal ZAP is available at select Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, EarthFare, SuperSupplements, Central Market, and online at http://www.herbalzap.com/.

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Fit Radio

Rev up your winter workout to ease stress and combat the typical holiday weight gain in advance! With Fit Radio, manually putting together upbeat playlists for the gym this winter is now a thing of the past. Simply choose your favorite genre, push play and go! Designed to amp up your workout and stop you from spending time flipping through songs to find a high-energy track, FIT Radio provides users with mixes that maintain the same rhythm and BPM (beats per minute) throughout an entire set to keep you motivated and focused. FIT Radio is powered by real, professional nightclub DJs from around the world – available to you at the press of a button. DJs upload new mixes daily to FIT Radio, which helps to keep your workout fresh. “Mom” loves that you can try this app for one month to see how you are enjoying the tracks during your regular routine. http://www.fitradio.com/

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Hawaiian Essential Travel Gift Set

This line of travel-ready essential oils means that you can breathe more deeply and relax more thoroughly, even if for just a brief minute during the day, knowing that you are tapping into the earth’s most powerful natural remedies. The gift set is an extraordinary selection of the brand’s most-loved essential oil blends, with remedies for common ailments including insomnia, headache, insect bites, and hay fever. Each lovingly hand-crafted batch is tested and proven to be safe and highly effective. Tuck the Hawaiian Essential Travel Gift Set into a purse, laptop bag or backpack for on-the-go, too! $45.95. http://hawaiianessential.com/

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Tea Drops

A warm cup of tea is the perfect remedy after a long day! Tea Drops are pressed tea made with genuine tea leaves that dissolve in hot water. Each Tea Drop is handcrafted and infused with the finest organic teas, spices and earth-derived sweeteners. Simply pour boiling water in a cup, add a Tea Drop, stir and enjoy. Choose from caffeinated, caffeine-free and natural wellness Tea Drops. Flavors include citrus ginger, vanilla white, rose earl grey, turmeric, cardamom spice, matcha green tea, sweet peppermint and pumpkin spice for fall. “Mom” loves that Tea Drops come packaged in a paulownia wood box that is eco-friendly, sustainable and biodegradable. Sold online at www.myteadrop.com; $12 for an 8 pack.

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Ice Chips

To soothe a queasy tummy naturally, ginger and peppermint are always a top choice in “Mom’s” arsenal of home remedies. When you are so nauseous even drinking tea is making you grimace, Ice Chips® offers a delicious, all-natural and sugar-free candy in both Ginger and Peppermint flavors that may help! Place a tin in your purse, backpack, or purse for refreshment and to quell the queasies. Made with xylitol and safe for the expectant mom, Ice Chips® are available in 20 tantalizing flavors, such as Ginger, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Strawberry Daiquiri, and more! www.icechipscandy.com

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GoGargle!

With soothing ingredients like honey, chamomile, aloe & mint, GoGargle! is a simple, surprisingly tasty way to soothe a sore throat. GoGargle! comes in the form of an effervescent tablet that you simply drop in a glass of warm water to dissolve. Not only are GoGargle! tablets simple to use and perfect for on-the-go, GoGargle! tablets dissolve quickly, so you can start gargling sooner! GoGargle! can be used by the whole family. Available at CVS stores nationwide. $6.99. http://www.gogargle.com

Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes

Tuck these handy little wipes into a backpack, purse, pocket or diaper bag to help clean little noses wherever you are this season! Boogie Wipes are saline infused wipes that clean runny noses and get rid of congestion for instant relief. The moist wipes can be used by the entire family, and since they’re made with aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E, Boogie Wipes will prevent chapped noses which are caused by friction with the common tissue. “Mom” loves that they come in convenient packages just like tissues! You can download a Boogie Wipes coupon for extra savings here, as well. http://www.boogiewipes.com/

DripDrop

Staying hydrated is essential when working out in any climate. DripDrop is a powder electrolyte solution that you add to water to treat dehydration. Invented by Dr. Eduardo Dolhun, a Mayo-clinic trained physician, as an alternative to sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade) and pediatric solutions (i.e. Pedialyte) – DripDrop REALLY WORKS! It has been clinically proven to hydrate 150% better than plain water and 43% better than sports drinks and contains 3x the electrolytes and 1/2 the sugar of most sports drinks. DripDrop comes in powder packets that can be added to a water bottle and it’s easy to carry in your purse, backpack, laptop bag, or pocket. http://dripdrop.com/

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With Thanksgiving just days away, this weekend will most likely be spent freshening, cleaning and sprucing up the home in preparation for family and friends! Why not ‘green up’ your cleaning routine as you mop, dust, wash the dishes and launder the sheets? “Mom” has chosen a few of her favorite eco-friendly cleaning items to make the job an earth-friendly one!

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Buckaroo Organics Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent

Yee-haw! Treat your linens and your guests to freshly laundered sheets and bedding! Instead of using a synthetic surfactant or soaping agent, Buckaroo Organics’ detergent contains 100% USDA Certified Organic Soapberries, which are also known as soapnuts.

According to the company, “The soapberry not only cleans, but also possesses natural fabric softening capabilities. The saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry is our active ingredient for wranglin’ tough dirt and hard to treat stains and is gentle on delicate fabrics.”

All ingredients used in the detergent are organic, natural and safe for both family and the environment. It is also hypo-allergenic and a wonderful choice for those with sensitivities.

 

Frosch Dishwashing Liquid

Frosch Aloe Vera Dishwashing Liquid

Germany’s “Most Trusted Household Cleaning Brand” is now available in the US, and your dishes will sparkle and shine for your guests on Thanksgiving Day when you use this dishwashing liquid. The Aloe Vera Dishwashing Liquid gets dishes spotlessly clean while moisturizing hands, and smells amazing!

Frosch Lavender Universal Cleaning Liquid

 

Frosch Lavender Universal Cleaner

One of “Mom’s” favorite essential oils is lavender, and cleaning with the Lavender Universal Cleaner is like breathing in relaxation as you scrub, mop and prep the household. The Lavender Universal Cleaner cleans away dirt and grease while sanitizing floors and most washable household surfaces, leaving behind only a wonderful scent!

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Bravado Desigs Pink Yoga BraMom” is expecting her third little bundle of joy, so you can imagine her delight when trying out this new nursing bra from Bravado Designs! Throughout each pregnancy and afterwards when nursing, the Bravado Designs line of bras has been “Mom’s” top pick. The bras are seamless, incredibly soft and made to change with your ever-changing and shifting shape without discomfort. Now, they have brought this level of comfort to your yoga practice or workout routine! And yes, to answer your question, “Mom” has been practically living in this “pretty in pink” bra above since it arrived for review in her home!
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About the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
With convertible criss-cross straps and four-way stretch fabric that molds to a woman’s changing shape, whether in the third trimester or throughout breastfeeding, the Body Silk Seamless Yoga nursing bra is luxuriously soft, seamless and wire-free for added comfort. It also features removable foam inserts for shape and discretion, as well as easy open and close clips and full drop-away bra cups for skin-to-skin contact. The bra also comes with a conversion kit for extended usage. Now moms can indulge in their favorite yoga practice or activity, in total comfort and style.

The Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra also features patented Silverbreeze™ technology, an antimicrobial finish that is applied to the fabric which prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause unpleasant odors, premature decay of the fabric and discoloration. The active ingredient, silver ions, control the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the fabric surface, keeping it fresh through the most rigorous Vinyasa class, power walks and Pilates routine.

Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra is currently available in Charcoal Heather and Pink Heather for $55.00 in the US and Canada at www.BravadoDesigns.com and National and Specialty retailers including Diapers.com, Breakout Bras.com, Figure 8 Maternity.com, Bosom Buddies, The Pump Station, Yummy Mummy, and in Canada at West Coast Kids, Snuggle Bugz, andWell.ca.

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Sun Cups 2Allergies are on the rise, but it does not mean you have to give up your favorite treats, such as chocolate peanut butter cups! For oooey gooey chocolate deliciousness, try Sun Cups! Sun Cups serves as the ultimate guilt-free and allergy friendly chocolate indulgence. Be able to enjoy the delicious creamy & nutty flavors of Sun Cups, except without any peanuts, tree nuts, or gluten! Sun Cups are made from premium cacao of only Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and produced in the only completely nut free facility in America.

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Sun Cups uses sunflower seed butter to replace the usual peanut butter center most chocolate cups have, allowing those with nut allergies to enjoy the classic American treat. Sun Cups offers several different variations to satisfy any sweet tooth, including caramel, mint, and dark chocolate flavors. “Mom” loves the rich flavor of Sun Cups, from the traditional chocolate peanut butter flavor to the chocolate mint. Made with non-GMO ingredients, this is one treat you can feel good indulging in this summer!

Available in packages of 12 or 24, you can learn more about Sun Cups on their website.

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DeDe Lingerie 2Just in time to keep you cool underneath it all this summer, DeDe Lingerie introduces  a luxurious organic intimates collection, made out of ultra-soft organic cotton with a classic comfortable cut. This chemical-free, pesticide-free, and organic cotton line will be a favorite for any woman who likes to care of herself as well as the environment!

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The new line includes elegant camisoles with matching underpants. The soft organic cotton fabric makes a perfect second skin, keeping you refreshed and cool throughout the day. “Mom” loves how this cute set looks and feels! The Spring ’15 collection has five adorable patterns to choose from, including Fern, Black Polka Dot, Green Polka Dot, Stripe and White. The camis and panties can be purchased separately or as a set. To view the entire collection, visit www.dedelingerie.com.

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Nona Lim Group - All flavorsFall and winter weather always stirs up memories of freshly made sups simmering on the stove, ready to be enjoyed with a loaf of crusty whole wheat bread! For those who are time-crunched through the holiday season, or want to have something delicious, nutritious and simple on hand on days when they don’t feel like cooking, Nona Lim has created soups that are certified gluten-free, dairy free and vegan and never contain additives or preservatives. Available in 8 tasty and distinct flavors, each soup is packaed into handy BPA free pouches, ready to snip, heat and serve. From Carrot Ginger Soup to Thai Green Curry to a classic Tomato Soup, there is a soup to tantalize everyone’s tastes!

Nona Lim Carrot Ginger Soup

Mom” is loving the Red Lentil Veggie Soup and the Carrot Ginger Soup this Fall. Perfect for a light dinner, the soups are satisfying and warm the tummy!

Why Choose Nona Lim?

Nona Lim starts with a commitment to the best ingredients. The company sources up to ninety percent of its fresh vegetables from local California farms and one to two pounds of these fresh veggies are cooked down into every 12 ounce pouch of Nona Lim soup. Nona Lim also gets all its organic zucchinis from Alhambra Valley Ranch Farm just outside of San Francisco. All of these vegetables have been harvested only days before they hit the soup pots guaranteeing superior flavor and texture.

In addition, Nona Lim uses a blast-freeze process to preserve crispness and flavor. While frozen, Nona Lim soups are good for many months. Soups are delivered to grocery stores around the country and sold in the refrigerated section. Nona Lim also sells its soups online to consumers, where they are packed in cooler boxes with gel ice packs and shipped via UPS. While it may seem like a lot of effort to deliver soups cold, it allows the company to forgo preservatives that would introduce an off taste requiring additional salt and sugar to cover up. By ensuring cold delivery, Nona Lim is revolutionizing ready-to-heat soups with superior health and taste.

To locate a store near you, or to order online, visit www.nonalim.com.

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ID-100214179Two New Pregnancy and Postpartum Must-Haves

Mom” is always on the lookout for sound nutritional products or herbal remedies for pregnancy and postpartum. Two new products have made their debut in the last six months that have “Mom” raving – BabyCare Prenatal Essentials and MILKY!™

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BabyCare Prenatal Essentials
A healthy mom means a healthy baby! For complete nutrition through pregnancy and while nursing, USANA Health Sciences now offers BabyCare Prenatal Essentials, which are prenatal vitamins that provide the proper levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fill in many of the gaps in a mother’s daily nutrition. The new BabyCare Prenatal Essentials includes USANA’s Prenatal Mega Antioxidant vitamin supplement and Prenatal Chelated Mineral supplement with added iron to help support a healthy pregnancy for mom and healthy growth and development for the baby. www.usana.com

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MILKY!™
Celebrated TV stars and new moms Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley have a new product line, Need™, which includes healthy, innovative products for moms and moms-to-be. The first product in the line for postpartum moms is MILKY!™, a 2.5 ounce, lactation-enhancing herbal tea supplement created for moms who choose to breastfeed. MILKY!™ is a healthy and all-natural product to assist all breastfeeding women including those coping with milk production issues. When consumed twice daily, MILKY!™ increases both the quality and quantity of breast milk a mother produces. Moms can say goodbye to brewing and consuming a cup of harsh-tasting fenugreek tea three times a day and can now enjoy the same benefits with a delicious strawberry flavor (which “Mom” loves!) and on-the-go convenience of MILKY!™. www.needbrands.com. (Consult your healthcare provider about the use of herbs when nursing a baby. NOT FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY.)

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Britain BootsMom” has been rockin’ these new Naturalizer Britain Boots for the past two weeks, and has barely taken them off until bedtime. Talk about giving you an instant edge, no matter what outfit you wear with them! An instant classic that are comfortable from the moment they are placed on your feet, the boots continue to conform to your feet the more you wear them. With anything that shouts “royal” or “Britain” being a trendsetting piece these days, the new Britain Boots pair well with just about anything – from a great tee, to a motorcycle jacket, or even a fitted sweater or blazer.

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The Britain boots from Naturalizer are made of a faux leather upper in a casual mid-calf boot style with a round toe, and include decorative buckle straps and an outside zipper at the shaft. With a functional inside zipper for easy slip-on construction and a lovely smooth lining, the cushionined insole wraps your feet in comfort. They are available in Dark Taupe and Black.

Naturalizer’s new Britain Boots retail for $119.00. They can be found online at Naturalizer.com, and you can also visit the website for a store locator or additional new styles.

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This Fall, choose to use cleaning products around the home that are environmentally-friendly and less toxic! We have chosen our top three picks for keeping everything squeaky clean as you prepare your home for the approaching holiday season!

What’s New in Eco-Cleaning?

CleanWell Botanical Wipes

CleanWell Botanical Surface Disinfectant Wipes

Both antibacterial and antiviral, these new wipes are formulated with a patented formulation of thyme oil that kills over 99.9% of germs botanically on hard, non-porous surfaces. To wipe up a quick spill or to disinfect your child’s toy after it has been dropped on the floor, CleanWell Botanical Wipes are a busy parent’s new favorite cleaning product!

The CleanWell Botanical Surface Disinfecting Wipes come in fresh lemon and citrus scents, and are suitable to use around the whole family, including pets. The wipes do not contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, ammonia, alcohol or chlorine.

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BabyGanics Grime Fighter All Purpose Cleaner

Mom” likes to use non-toxic yet effective spray cleaners around her home, and the newest gem to add to your cleaning arsenal is the Grime Fighter All Purpose Cleaner from BabyGanics! This is a multi-surface cleaner that gets the job done just as well as the ones that typically use harsh bleaches and chemicals. “Mom” is pleased to report that your family won’t be exposed to harmful ingredients, thanks to The Grime Fighter’s specially formulated, plant-based cleaning agents. Plus, it contains no parabens, sulfates, phthalates or toxins. You can learn more about BabyGanics, which is fast becoming one of “Mom’s” go to all-natural product lines, at BabyGanics.com.

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Method Power Foam Dish Soap

Keeping things clean and sudsy in the kitchen sink is the new Power Foam Dish Soap from Method! Method’s new Power Foam Dish Soap is designed with an easy-to-use trigger spray bottle, which was designed to reach and clean even the toughest of spaces. As an added bonus, we all know that fun foaming soap is an ideal solution for getting kids involved in the dishwashing routine. (or any routine that involves cleaning!) The new Power Foam Dish Soap is available in French Lavender, Pink Grapefruit, and Lemon Mint and retails for $3. Visit MethodHome.com.

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KIND GreenWith the holidays right around the corner, families will be on the go between the grandparents houses, holiday shopping, and more! Why not pack some healthy snacks to curb reaching for unhealthy foods while at the mall or at cousin Suzie’s house, and tuck these little goodies in your purse or diaper bag instead.

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KIND Bars

To say we love these little bars of deliciousness would be an understatement! KIND Bars are our new favorite “go-to” snack for when we are on the move. Plus, if you struggle with getting your little to eat their daily dose of whole grains like buckwheat, amaranth, or quinoa, try sneaking them with KIND Healthy Grains in their hard to resist flavors like Peanut Butter and Vanilla Blueberry. We admit, we like to sneak them in too!

Flax Paks

Flax Paks

With Carrington Farms Flax Paks, you can now add Organic Milled Flax Seeds to a healthy diet on-the-go! Packed in portable and convenient single serve packets with a pre-measured daily dosage, Flax Paks answer all the needs for a busy and health-conscious family. With no refrigeration necessary, ready-to-eat Flax Paks can be used at after-school activities, in the car, at home, and more. It’s easy – simply add a pouch of Flax Paks into yogurts, cereals, oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods, or salads to ensure that the entire family is getting a healthy and beneficial serving of Omega 3s, Omega 6s, fiber, and lignans.

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Fruit Bliss

As good as the name implies, Fruit Bliss offers a selection of all-natural, unsulfured fruit that is just as sweet and juicy as fresh fruit! Made using high-quality whole fruit sourced from Turkey, France and Tunisia, Fruit Bliss’ sun-sweetened whole apricots, plums, dates and figs are infused with moisture to deliver a deliciously juicy fruit every time. Packed with fiber and essential vitamins, Fruit Bliss snacks are Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan and OU Kosher certified and available in five varieties in perfectly portioned 1.75 oz packages that will satisfy a sweet tooth and pack easily when real fruit may not be an option due to spoilage. We are loving the apricots – YUM!

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