OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo stay relaxed and calm as the kids are back in school and we head into the busy holiday season, Geranium essential oil is an excellent choice! With a vibrant scent of lemony rose, it delights the senses yet calms the mind, and can be used in a variety of ways for natural beauty and aromatherapy!

Aura Cacia offers several ways to use Geranium essential oil in your daily beauty routine, from massage to homemade cleansing facial wipes! As “Mom” is a former massage therapist, she tried the the massage oil blend using Geranium and Sweet Almond Oil. She found it to be a delightful choice for soothing tired soles or relaxing the body while being massaged!

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How else can Geranium essential oil be used? Here are Aura Cacia’s top suggestions:

Whether for use at home or while traveling, aromatherapy using Geranium essential oil is a 100% pure and natural way to relieve stress, keep emotions calm, and stay focused.

You can learn more about essential oils and their uses online at AuraCacia.com.

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Amala face polish setTo combat skin issues that have come about from a summer of sun and fun, and make the transition easily through the seasons, Amala’s Brightening Face Polish will help keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and radiant! “Mom” was recently introduced to this seemingly magical face polish that was created by Amala, which is known for their responsible skincare line. The new face polish is recommended to be used twice weekly to achieve a bright and beautiful complexion.

Amala’s Brightening Face Polish revives the skin with its unique blend of Narcissus, Raspberry Seeds and Algae Extract, peeling away pigmented surface cells and revealing a smooth, even skin tone. A little goes a long way to help your skin resist dark spots and depigmentation, and “Mom” loves the way her face feels after each use!

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What are the skin benefits of using Amala’s Brightening Face Polish?

Narcissus: has the ability to slow down the synthesis of melanin, the skin pigment that leads to dark spots. Also helps combat the appearance of fine lines.

Raspberry Seed: delivers gentle, effective exfoliation to smooth skin texture and dissolve pigmented surface cells

Algae Extract: helps inhibit melanin production, while infusing protective polyphenol antioxidants. Also boosts cell turnover and activates skin’s natural exfoliation enzyme, optimizing skin’s ability to eliminate dull, pigmented surface cells.

For more information on the entire line of Amala’s eco-beauty products, visit AmalaBeauty.com.

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2022582_CSVeggie_Sport_Protein_VNL_85Tub_stg2Mom” starts every morning with a protein smoothie complete with chia seeds, rice or soy protein, strawberries, 1 banana and all-natural peanut butter. So when she learned of the new CleanSeries™ line from Twinlab, she was excited to test it out! This new high performance line is Non-GMO and banned substance tested, certified gluten-free, and formulated without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

The CleanSeries line features five products, two of which have “Mom” raving – the Veggie Protein and Soy Protein Isolate. Although “Mom” is not a vegetarian, but traditional whey protein powders cause her belly to bloat and feel uncomfortable, so she sticks to vegetarian-based powders for her smoothies. She also loves the fact that the Soy Protein Isolate contains no sugar!

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The five new products in the CleanSeries™ line include:

CleanSeries™ Sport Protein
· 23g of high quality protein per serving to support lean muscle growth*
· Promotes muscle repair and helps aid recovery*
· Enzyme-assisted formula to aid digestion

CleanSeries™ Whey Protein Isolate
· 23g protein per serving from premium cross flow ultra filtered Whey Protein Isolate
· Promotes muscle repair and helps reduce recovery time*
· No fat and only 2g sugar

CleanSeries™ Soy Protein Isolate
· 30 grams of superior quality protein per serving
· 100% soy protein isolate, a complete vegetable protein source
· Zero cholesterol and sugar free

CleanSeries™ Pre-workout Activator
· Total energy activator features clinically-studied herbal complex plus caffeine to deliver energy you can feel*
· Concentrated formula helps fight fatigue and boost endurance*
· Timed-release carb blend fuels intense, extended exercise*

CleanSeries™ Veggie Protein
· 21g vegetarian protein per serving to promote muscle repair and recovery*
· Enzyme-assisted formula to help aid digestion
· No cholesterol and no lactose

You can learn more about the new CleanSeries™ line on http://cleanseries.twinlab.com/.

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Smooch - GroupSend a Smooch in their lunchbox! For children (and adults, too!) Smooch is a 100% natural fruit snack that’s made with a blend of three fruit purees (not from concentrate), containing 5% chia seeds and 1% acerola cherry puree to keep little ones energized. Smooch is low in calories, gluten, dairy and nut free and is vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Smooch comes in a single serve pouch, perfect for packing in lunchboxes, backpacks and sports bags!

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While the creators of Smooch wanted to offer adults the same fun and healthy snack option that kids are enjoying, “Mom” found these to be quite a hit with her little ones! Plus, “Mom” loves that each Smooch has two secret (or maybe not so secret!) superfoods that pack an incredible nutritional punch – chia seeds and acerola cherry.

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Smooches are currently offered in three delightful flavors, including Smooch Apple, Raspberry, Peach, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry, Smooch Mango, Pineapple Banana, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry, and Smooch Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana, Chia Seeds and Acerola Cherry. We are loving them ALL!

For more information or to order online, you can visit Smooch Snacks. We are hoping they come out with new flavors soon!

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Bai5 Molokai CoconutIf you are a fan of the 5 calorie superfruit beverages called Bai5 – you are in for a treat with their newest flavor to tantalize your taste buds – Molokai Coconut! The ninth flavor to make its debut – Molokai Coconut joined Congo Pear, Sumatra Dragonfruit, Brasilia Blueberry, Costa Rica Clementine, Limu Lemon, Malawi Mango, Panana Peach and Ipanema Dragonfruit. Yes – they are as delicious and exotic as they sound! “Mom” cannot decide which one is her favorite, as the Panama Peach and Costa Rica Clementine are tied in first place at the moment!

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The 5 calorie, 100% Natural beverage contains only 1 gram of sugar and is perfect for anytime of the year, especially on a hot day. Drinking Bai5 is a great way to rehydrate while replenishing your electrolytes after a workout and is a great alternative to soda or sugary sports drinks. Most importantly, Bai5 contains the lesser know superfruit, the coffee fruit, which is loaded with antioxidants.

Bai5 can be enjoyed over ice as a refreshing beverage, or the flavors make great mixers for your favorite organic tropical drinks, too! We thought the recipe below sounded pretty tasty, and would be just as good without the rum, too!

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Ingredients

2 ounces of Bai 5 Molokai Coconut
1 slice of fresh pineapple for garnish
2 ounces of organic rum
½ cup of crushed ice
2 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
1 tall, chilled glass

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in tall, chilled glass and enjoy!

For more exciting beverage combinations using Bai5, or to locate a store near you, visit drinkbai.com.

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SUN_01 SUNSHINE TOTE aqua (2)Momma’s got a brand new bag! Yes, “Mom” has a serious crush on the new summery canvas and cork totes from Pelcor®! Lightweight, versatile and available in bright, beautiful summer colors to make any outfit pop, we think you will be crushing too! Fresh and unique, the Pelcor® Sunshine Capsule Collection combines summery canvas with genuine water-resistant cork skin for breezy, effortless style. With an added removable zippered pouch inside the tote, this new bag has become “Mom’s” stylish purse and diaper bag for the summer – from travel to playdates it is holding up to day to day life as a busy mom! We also love the distinct use of sustainable cork on the totes – adding a very unique element to the bag.

Pelcor’s Sunshine Capsule Collection is available in four cheerful colors, including Hot Pink, Lemon, Aqua and Raw. “Mom’s” favorite is the Aqua – so fun!

This gorgeous collection is available for purchase online at PelcorUSA.com, Pelcor uses the highest-quality luxury cork in making its range of handbags and accessories for work, travel and leisure.

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Salacia Product Group ShotWhether you are vacationing beachside this summer, or just want to escape for a few moments in the comfort of your own tub, the new Salacia Salts line of bath salts and body scrubs is the perfect choice! Capturing the healing power of the sea in reclaimed wine bottles, this elegant bath and body line is named after Roman sea goddess Salacia. According to Roman mythology, Salacia traveled through the ocean on a pearl-shell chariot pulled by seahorses and dolphins. Her name is derived from the Latin word “sal,” meaning salt.

Made in Savannah, Georgia, the line features fragrances inspired by native Southern botanicals, including Magnolia, Peach, Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan. “Mom” is enamored with the Georgia Peach fragrance! All Salacia Salts products contain natural exfoliants leaving your skin feeling smooth, rejuvenated and refreshed. After a run on the beach or an afternoon spent gardening, your hands and feet will thank you if you use the body scrub!

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Why are we loving this gorgeous new line?

● Products are created from natural botanicals, essential oils and 100% pure Atlantic sea salt
● Line is vegan-friendly
● Free from sulfates, colorants, parabens, petrochemicals and animal products
● Made with recyclable packaging and biodegradable product labels
● Hand-mixed and packaged in Savannah, Georgia

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Salacia Salts also features a decadent new Hand & Body Scrub in Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan fragrances. Whatever bath or body product you choose to indulge in will certainly not disappoint!

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You can learn more about the Salacia Salts all-natural body care products online at SalaciaSalts.com.

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Ava Home 1Mom” has a new favorite when it comes to green cleaning products – Ava Anderson Non-Toxic! The Ava Home collection will keep your home clean but not toxic, and for “Mom,” who has two little ones, this is of the utmost importance. However, not all “green” cleaning products are created equal, and we were pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of the entire Ava Home line when testing out the products at Tiny Green Mom.

First thing to note – the incredible aroma of the cleaning products! The essential oil blend are not only powerful cleaning agents, but they make your home smell incredible right from the first spray! All of Ava’s Home products are a strong blend of the gentlest natural surfactants, minerals, and enzymes plus an essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils which offer strong cleaning results without harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrance. They are the safest and best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market, and are human & pet safe as well. The ingredients are as follows: deionized water, fatty acids from plants, coconut oil, folic acid, sustainably-sourced minerals and enzymes, essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree.All ingredients used in Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products score a ‘0’ on the Cosmetic Database’s toxicity scale- the lowest number you can be awarded.

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Our favorite was definitely the All Purpose & Glass Cleaner! Blended with gentlest natural surfactants, minerals, enzymes and essential oil blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree oils, this powerful cleaner gives strong cleaning results without the use of toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances.

We also adored Ava’s Dish Soap, which made cleaning dishes a much more relaxing experience due to the armoa! Made from naturally derived minerals, organic enzymes and biodegradable soda ash, Ava’s Dish Soap will clean your dishes without leaving toxic chemical residue.

For greener cleaning in the bathroom, the Hard Surface & Bathroom Cleaner is both family and pet safe, and cleans tough to clean areas easily!

What we also found interesting to note is that Ava Anderson is a young, savvy eco-entrepreneur! This talented and smart young woman founded Ava Anderson Non-Toxic when she was only 14. Now at 19, her collection of organic, non-toxic products enjoy a large celebrity mom following including Alicia Silverstone, Kelly Preston and Laila Ali.

To learn more about the entire Ava Anderson Non-Toxic collection, visit avanaturals.com.

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3Strands ImageWhat’s hot this summer in eco-style? 3 Strands Global! The woven, fashionable bracelets not only complete your summery, boho beach chic look, but they convey a deeper message – one of freedom, love and empowerment!

3Strands Global is an eco-friendly fashion brand created in 2012 working to fight human trafficking around the world. With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box, money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from the evils of human trafficking.  Profits from 3Strands helps to support organizations like Agape International Mission (AIM), based in Cambodia, that help to rescue and restore these young victims.
 
3Strands bracelets are handmade by rescued young women in Cambodia. The bracelets are made from wax-cotton cord that is dyed with eco-friendly chemicals and materials for treatment, processing, coloring and finishing.

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The woven bracelets each feature a signature 3Strands metal closure with the words “freedom, love and empowerment” appearing on the closure made to purposefully remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these women and how they are practically invisible to those who have bought and sold them in the past.

Every bracelet displays one fragile, red seed from the pods of Sandalwood trees, native to Cambodia. The discovery of seeds from the native Sandalwood tree were literally underfoot.  From this litter of dry, colorless pods, the women select a fragile red seed to include in each bracelet they make.  The natural beauty of this glossy, recycled, scarlet seed represents the beauty in each of the women who have been freed and empowered with a hope for the future.

Mom” is loving the bracelets she received from 3Strands Global. Reminscent of the friendship bracelets worn when she was young, these handmade bracelets make you feel proud to wear one, knowing the story behind them. What a wonderful fashion statement to make!

To learn more about 3Strands Global, please visit 3StrandsGlobal.com.

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Juice Beauty green-apple-peelBusy moms (like “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom!) can now bring the spa home with the new Green Apple Peel from Juice Beauty! It’s easy to exfoliate, refine and lighten areas of hyperpigmentation in the comfort of your own home with this bestselling affordable peel! Depending on your skin type, Juice Beauty offers three unique formulations, including Full Strength, Sensitive and Blemish Clearing. It’s simple to use, too – just apply a generous layer on cleansed face, neck and decollette up to twice weekly. Then, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse well. You may feel a slight tingling sensation, but this is completely normal.

The Green Apple Peel exfoliates and refines to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lightens hyperpigmentation and improves skin tone and texture. When using this product, take care to protect the skin from the sun when out and about this summer, due to the hydroxy-acids found naturally in the product.

Mom” loved how easy it was to achieve that glowing, fresh look after a facial right at home with the Green Apple Peel! There was only a mild tingling sensation experienced, nothing uncomfortable, and it rinsed off easily. “Mom” also loved that the peel is made with certified organic ingredients, such as Organic Apple Juice, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic White Grape and Organic Aloe Leaf Juice. You can learn more about the Green Apple Peel and other organic products from Juice Beauty at www.juicebeauty.com.

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