WaxeleneFinally – an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly! For those consumers (like “Mom“) who have chosen not to use products on their skin that contain petroleum, Waxelene is an excellent choice! It has the same protective, waterproofing, moisturizing and soothing properties that people have come to expect from petroleum jelly, but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oils.

Instead, Waxelene’s all-natural ingredients include vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil. These are delicately balanced to synergistically care for your skin. It is delicate enough to be used on babies and children, too!

Waxelene’s patent-pending aeration process gives it a silky smooth texture that won’t clog pores. Committed to the environment and healthy living, the makers of Waxelene endeavor to become more sustainable every day. From using natural and organic ingredients, to packaging in recyclable glass jars (no plastic!), to implementing energy-efficient practices, Waxelene is striving to do its part to prepare for a petroleum-free future.

Waxelene can be purchased online, as well at select Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Natural Grocers, Pharmaca, and CVS/pharmacy stores.

You can learn more or locate a store near you at www.waxelene.com.

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

Primavera Ginger Lime Body WashKeep the mid-winter blues at bay with this refreshing, energizing Ginger Lime Body Wash from Primavera! Start your morning refreshed with this luxe, creamy body wash that enlivens the senses. “Mom” has been enjoying her morning shower with this rejuvenating wash – it truly makes the entire room smell amazing after using due to the essential oils!

What are the benefits to using the Ginger Lime Body Wash?

•Organic Ginger Essential Oil has a unique warming effect to increase energy in the body and a spicy aroma to brighten the mind.

•Lime Essential Oil awakens skin with mild astringents and antiseptics, while the uplifting scent leaves the mind upbeat and refreshed.

•Organic Jojoba Oil moisturizes to leave skin nourished and protected.
 
•Organic Green Tea Extract is soothing and rich in powerful antioxidants that help prevent free radical damage.

•Organic Myrtle Water regulates skin’s sebum production and provides refreshing antiseptic properties.

Primavera offers 6 products in the Ginger Lime line, including Energizing Ginger Lime Roll – On Deodorant, Energizing Hand and Nail Cream (“Mom’s” favorite go-to hand cream in the harsh winter months!), Ginger Lime Bath Oil, Ginger Lime Body Lotion, Ginger Lime Body Oil, and Ginger Lime Body Wash.

To learn more about Primavera’s extensive line of natural body care products, please visit PrimaveraLife.com.

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

aden + anais daydream blanket

We are adoring this new luxurious blanket made for adults by popular children’s brand, aden+anais! They must have known that adults wanted to be wrapped up in comfort just like their precious babies! This adult-sized blanket reminds us of a coveted and well-worn security blanket, but much larger and stylish, too!

Mom” is crushing on this new find – it’s perfect for snuggling up in on chilly winter nights or worn on early mornings while drinking that first cup of tea or coffee of the day!

aden + anais is known around the world for premium swaddles, accessories, gear and bathing products designed to nurture and pamper babies – and due to popular demand by parents who covet their collection of baby-sized blankets, the brand has now expanded to pamper adults, too. The new daydream blanket features four luxurious layers of aden + anais’ signature 100% breathable cotton muslin, and it’s the perfect size for lounging on the couch with a book, or providing a little extra warmth to you & your child as you read together before bedtime. Designed in true aden + anais style, the chic and subtle graphic prints make the daydream blanket a stylish throw to enhance any home décor.

Learn more about aden + anais and their extensive line of luxe baby essentials at adenandanais.com.

*Company generosuly provided samples and images for this piece.*

Looking for a gift that will be appreciated by the mama-to-be? This affordable, luxe little gift set is the perfect addition to any gift to pamper the expectant mother. The Mom & Baby Gift Set Sampler by Dr. Hauschka offers a selection of nourishing trial size remedies for both moms and their newborns, and can be used on all skin types. “Mom” is loving the Rose Body Moisturizer – keeps your little one smooth as silk, and it makes her hands soft, too! An affordable $27.50, the set can be found online at Hazel Wood Children’s online store. We’re pretty sure your shopping won’t end there though with all of the lovely natural and organic choices for the whole family!

The Mom & Baby Gift Set Includes:

Rose Day Cream: has natural soothing properties, making it perfect for changing time, protecting baby’s skin from dryness often caused by diapering or harsh weather conditions, a moisturizing emulsion after bath time

Rose Body Moisturizer: Featuring precious rose ingredients to wrap baby’s skin in protective warmth. Sensitive skin is hydrated and kept as soft as a rose petal

Rose Body Oil: Damask rose extract and essential oil balance and harmonize, soothing and calming irritated skin while helping to soothe the senses

Lavender Bath: Perfect for Baby & Bath. Lavender essential oil imparts soothing warmth to the skin, relaxing the body, easing the mind, calming skin sensitivities and visibly reducing redness

Hand Cream: Softens, protects, renews. A daily moisturizer for dry, overworked hands. Protects hands from cold, harsh conditions

Blackthorn Body Oil: Care For Moms. Provides warmth and protection while supporting elasticity. Helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks due to weight loss or gain

Dr. Hauschka is a 45 year old German based, holistic skincare line that is made from 100% organic and biodynamic plant based ingredients offering products that can be used for moms, dads and babies alike. The line is truly a step above all others in terms of handcrafted quality and ingredients. They have been nurturing plant and mineral extracts since the 1930s. Their pharmaceutical expertise joins over forty years of pioneering work in holistic esthetics to create the purest, most effective natural skin care preparations available.

*Samples generously provided by Hazel Wood Children.*

Crunch on this! For healthful noshing in the New Year to keep weight loss goals in check, Crunchies® natural snacks are the perfect alternative to a bag of potato chips! The freeze-dried fruits and vegetables keep adults and kids alike crunching on a wide variety of fruits and veggies! “Mom” is loving that there are only 100 calories or less per serving, and the crunch factor plus the fresh, tart fruit & vegetable taste is extremely tasty.

The Crunchies® line of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are free of additives, chemicals, preservatives or unhealthy ingredients, and come in convenient resealable for easy snacking anytime. These make great nutritious additions to your child’s lunchbox, too!

Why do we love Crunchies®?

No sugar added
No Preservatives
Gluten/Wheat Free
Kosher Certified
Non GMO
Approved by Weight Watchers
Fat free fruits; low fat veggies
Less than 100 calories per serving
Crunchies have a 24 month shelf life and are in resealable bags so they stay fresh after being opened

Crunchies® are available in four varieties, including Fruit Crunchies®, Veggie Crunchies®, Organic Crunchies® and Corn Crunchies®. In addition, they now have smaller Munch Paks available in the following fruit varieties: Cinnamon Apple, Mango, Mixed Fruit, Pear, Pineapple and Strawberry.

Not just for snacking on, Crunchies® can also be used in recipes, and the website offers an interesting recipe selection using Crunchies® for more fun in the kitchen!

To learn more about Crunchies®, please visit www.crunchiesfood.com.

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

Stop! Don’t reach for that second sugar cookie this holiday season! Instead, choose a protein-rich and all-natural snack that is just under 200 calories! Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars makes it easy to curb your sweet tooth and stay energized through the season and into the 2013 without compromising on nutrition and great flavor!

Lighter on the waistline, “Mom’s” family found the bars to be quite tasty! Our favorites included Strawberry and Cherry Almond, but truly each bar is quite delicious. The toddler in the family gobbled hers up so that was the real taste test!

Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars are the first shelf-stable Greek Yogurt product, and combine all-natural ingredients (fruit, Greek Yogurt, nuts and granola) to create a delicious and nutritious on-the-go snack, making it the perfect healthy holiday snack for busy parents, excited children, stressed-out students and anyone attempting to stay healthy during the holidays. They are easy to throw in a purse, lunchbox, gym bag or car – offering everyone a mess-free and portable way to snack. Need a taste of the tropics this winter? Try the Toasted Coconut flavor!

Layered with the finest granola, real fruit and nuts, and authentic Greek yogurt, the bars are available in eight distinct flavors, including:

Blueberry Acai
Cherry Almond
Toasted Coconut
Cranberry Almond
Apple & Honey
Orchard Peach
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Strawberry

Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars contain all-natural ingredients, 5g of fiber, 7g of protein (except for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter which offers 10g of protein), and probiotics. The best part? Each bar is under 200 calories!

To learn more about Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars, visit RicklandOrchards.com.

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

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that the brand new Tom’s of Maine Naturally Clean Toothbrush would soon be placed in there! Looking for healthier stocking stuffers this year? Alongside all those goodies and sweetss, consider adding Tom’s of Maine new Naturally Clean Toothbrush, a chemical-free option that’s good for your smile and for your world. “Mom” is a longtime fan of Tom’s of Maine products, and her young daughter only uses the Children’s Silly Strawberry to brush her teeth! The toothpaste is flouride-free, dye-free and all-natural, making it an excellent choice for little ones!

Why choose Tom’s of Maine new Naturally Clean Toothbrush?

•Natural benefits include a BPA-free and dye-free plant-based handle made from renewable castor oil plants and colored with mineral-based pigments.

•The toothbrush also performs with multi-height bristles to clean between teeth and along the gum line and an angled neck for accessing hard-to-reach areas.

•Consumers can recycle the toothbrush through the Natural Care Brigade created by Tom’s of Maine and TerraCycle, which recycles packaging that may otherwise end up in a landfill into useful products like picnic tables and park benches.

This season, give the gift of good dental hygiene – a welcome present for any age!

The Tom’s of Maine Naturally Clean Toothbrush can be found at TomsofMainestore.com and will be available at health and specialty retailers nationwide in January.

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

Here’s a festive and appreciated earth-friendly stocking stuffer idea! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, the aromatherapeutic eco-conscious home care line, is now offering delightfully scented Holiday Candle Tins! Available in two seasonal scents, including Orange Clove and Iowa Pine, these exclusive tins cost an affordable $2.50! “Mom” is absolutely loving the Orange Clove, which fills the home with a warm and rich aroma.

 

In ddition to the tins, Mrs. Meyer’s is also offering a “Season’s Cleanings Set” in both Orange Clove & Iowa Pine. This will be a welcome gift for anyone who wants to be a little more green in the New Year!

Mom” is a long-time fan of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, which as you may know is an eco-friendly, affordable line of aromatherapeutic household cleaners, laundry care and baby products that combine hardworking, naturally occurring ingredients and essential oils that are tough on dirt, yet gentle on your home and earth.

The entire line is available in garden-fresh scents of Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Baby Blossom, Bluebell and Rosemary. We love that the products are biodegradable, packaged in recyclable bottles, don’t include ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens or phosphates and are never tested on animals. The line can be found at both Whole Foods and Target. Learn more at www.mrsmeyers.com.

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

Mom” was excited to take part in the DKNY Throw Décor Challenge this past month – we took a gorgeous, yummy DKNY Sweater Throw, and incorporated it into our décor at home! This neutral palate provided a background for natural, sea-inspired elements in the living room, and went from just a plain throw to an integral part of the décor!

Using the backdrop of a white coffee table, the sable DKNY sweater throw was twisted around a large piece of interesting driftwood, with large shells, a sand dollar, and a starfish placed in its folds. A colorful glass turtle sat gazing down at them all from the piece of driftwood!

While this lovely sweater throw is a warm and cozy blanket for chilly evenings, it can just as easily be used to decorate the home! What would you do with the throw, besides snuggle up in it, of course?!

You can check out the entire DKNY collection at Donna Karan Home Collections – the throw is available in ivory, charcoal and sable.

*A sample was provided for the DKNY Throw Décor Challenge. All thoughts expressed herein are from the author of the website.*

Mom” recently had the opportunity to review Applegate Deli Meats through Green Moms Meet, and wow, did the meats make for an excellent healthy lunch choice! For those who enjoy turkey, ham or salami sandwiches, but worry about consuming nitrates and other artificial ingredients, Applegate is the way to go! Applegate natural deli meats are humanely raised without the use of antibiotics, and are free of nitrates, nitrites, and other artificial ingredients.

Mom” made a delicious chopped salad with the Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast – her husband ate almost the entire bowl! If you have leftovers, this salad packs well for lunch the next day.

Tiny Green Mom’s Chopped Salad

Ingredients

2-4 oz. Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast, chopped
1/2 bag of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 organic celery sticks, chopped
1/2 ripe, organic tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 can organic chick peas, chopped
10 kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 – 1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cage-free eggs, hard boiled and chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. freshly chopped dill
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2-4 oz. provolone cheese, chopped
Salad dressing of choice (“Mom” prefers balsamic vinaigrette)

Preparation

Place eggs in cold water and bring to a boil, letting the eggs boil for 18-20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool running water. Set aside until cool, and then chop.

Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl, adding chopped eggs and cheese last. Top with salad dressing of choice. Serve and enjoy!

For those who do consume humanely raised meats, Applegate offers these top 3 delicious choices:

Applegate Marinated Black Forest Ham is marinated in sugar and spices and prepared in the tradition of true German Black Forest hams: slow cooked with a hearty smoking. Moist and delicious, each 2-ounce serving of Natural Black Forest Ham provides 10g of protein with only 50 calories and 1.5g of fat.

Applegate Natural Roasted Turkey Breast is low in fat and high in protein. Plus, it’s free of chemical nitrites and antibiotics.

Applegate Natural Genoa Salami is arguably the most famous variety of Italian dried sausage in the United States. Using a traditional recipe and time-honored methods,Applegate sausage makers have crafted a salami that the New York Times declares to be, “Wonderfully garlicky and richer in flavor than (those) made with nitrites.”

To learn more about Applegate, or to locate a store near you, please visit www.applegate.com. You can also visit
their Facebook page or follow Applegate on Twitter.

Please Note:

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.