Flamous Brands - Original FalafelSomehow, the words healthy and tailgating don’t really seem to fit together, but yet, Flamous Brands has made this a reality! Offering families everywhere a scrumptious yet healthy option on game day, the unique 21 ingredient blend of herbs, spices, vegetables and legumes are so tasty,  no one will suspect they are indeed good for you!

This is one chip that “Mom” loves indulging in, and the fact that all Flamous Brand Chips are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free kosher, as well as fee of most allergens only makes them all the attractive as a healthy snack option. Plus, ounce for ounce, Flamous Falafel Chips have 10 times the antioxidant value than that of green tea or vegetable juice. 
Flamous Brands - Spicy Fiesta

With several unique varieties to taste test, “Mom” tried the Sprouted Multigrain Chips, Original Falafel Chips, Spicy Fiesta Chips and Spicy Falafel Chips. The family favorite was definitely the Spicy Fiesta flavor, with the Spicy Falafel flavor coming in a close second. On game day, serve these as your ‘go-to’ chip, knowing you are providing a healthy snack for all!

Flamous Original Falafel Chips are available at Mother’s Market, Kroger, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Amazon.com and other health food stores throughout the United States. You can also learn more about the brand on their website, www.flamousbrands.com.

Flamous (which stands for famous for flavor) is a Los Angeles based company born in 2007. Family owned and operated, the founders sought to create a snack that was not only delicious but that they would be proud to offer to their own friends and kids. Their goal is to continue to grow in their industry – to be an internationally recognized brand that continues to develop innovative healthy options and exciting new flavors and concepts for the world to enjoy.

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Play Dough - Play 2If you are like me, you are always seeking easy and inexpensive ways to entertain the kiddos on long, rainy days! Homemade play dough always seems to be a big hit and a great one for the little ones to help you make, too! This 5 ingredient DIY play dough is made with all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, and you have the option of adding in food coloring for color and/or peppermint or vanilla extract for scent. What I love is that if your kids actually ingest it, it is made with edible, all-natural ingredients and won’t harm them!

Play Dough - Play 1Homemade play dough is softer than store-bought play-doh, and much easier for tiny hands to squish, mold and create. When stored properly, it can last quite a while!

Play Dough Ingredients“Mom’s” No Fail DIY All-Natural Homemade Play Dough

Ingredients

1 cup unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup water
All-natural food coloring* (optional)
2 drops Vanilla or Peppermint extract** (optional)

Preparation

In medium saucepan, place 1 cup unbleached flour, 2 tsp. cream or tartar, and 1/3 cup salt. Stir to combine.

Add the wet ingredients (water and canola oil). Turn burner on low to medium/low heat. Start mixing ingredients together, making sure to scrape the sides of the saucepan as you stir.

Play Dough - Coloring

Continuing stirring, and once the dough becomes more solid, add the food coloring and essential oil (both optional). Continue to stir until the dough becomes thicker and starts to stick to the spoon, lifting away from the pan. When it starts to do so, the dough is ready.

Play Dough - Done

Place the dough on parchment paper or wax paper to cool. Once cool, it is ready for little hands to create and play!

Store in a glass container, such as a Mason jar or glass bowl with lid, or a plastic Ziploc bag, when not in use.

* “Mom” prefers India Tree’s all-natural food coloring for a non-toxic play dough.
** Want to add a light scent to your play dough? Both peppermint and vanilla extract lightly scent the play dough by simply adding two drops to the dough when cooking.

Please note: Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on how much dough you want to make.

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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classic swaddle single radiant red product

When your little ones are too young to wave a flag on the 4th of July, show their love for the good ol’ USA with gorgeous stars & stripes patterns from aden + anais! From their signature muslin swaddles to blankets, towels, and bibs, aden + anais offers so many great ways for babies and kids to welcome Independence Day.

Mom” has been a fan of this line of swaddles, blankets, bibs & burp cloths and more since her first child was born. Their breathable 100% cotton muslin swaddles, bamboo swaddles, and merino wool swaddles are a must-have for any new or expectant momma, and will quickly become a family favorite. For snuggles, naps, playtime and long rides in the car – taking along a treasured blanket from aden + anais will ensure your child is comfy and cozy, anywhere!

classic swaddle 4 pack twinkle

To provide your little one with an extra layer as they take in the fireworks for the first time this year, the various stars and stripes patterns from aden + anais will definitely add to the festivities! Easy to place over a stroller to provide a light, breathable cover or underneath tiny bottoms on the grass, the swaddles are so versatile! Available in a wide variety of patterns and designs, for the 4th of July we are especially fond of Radiant Red, Brilliant Blue or Twinkle Pink in the Classic Swaddle. You can see all of the designs and products for babies and children at aden + anais.

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Mommy's Bliss KidsWe all know that summer colds and flu are inevitable, so it’s only natural to want a solution that works fast, especially when away from the comforts of home. “Mom” is always on the lookout for new, natural ways to keep her little ones healthy while traveling. With a toddler who gets motion sickness on long car rides, Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief by Mommy’s Bliss, is now a must-have for travel! This all-natural, sugar-free and gluten-free liquid herbal supplement for kids is designed to provide fast acting stomach relief in minutes. It also works great for indigestion, motion sickness, gas, and bloating. We are loving that it comes in extremely convenient single-serve packs making it a great choice for families on the go this summer!

Portable, convenient, and practically mess-free, the Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief comes in a light cherry flavor, which is pleasing to little ones. We love that it is made with organic ginger, fennel, dill & peppermint to soothe tiny tummies naturally! Plus – no refrigeration is necessary, just tuck a packet or two in your diaper bag, backpack or purse for use when needed.

For more information on Mommy’s Bliss and the brand’s entire line of products, please visit www.mommysbliss.com.

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

Soothe Baby Naturally PicIt’s not something any new parent wants to anticipate, but the reality is, infants and toddlers sometimes don’t feel well. Upset stomachs from gas and runny noses are common among youngsters and can happen at any time of the year. When children are not at their best, there are several easy, tried-and-true remedies that are safe for parents to learn to help kids start feeling better quickly.

Upset Tummies

Burping is best: Gently burping your infant or toddler is the easiest way to relieve discomfort from gas during and after feedings and meals. If your little one does not burp immediately, this is normal—just lay him or her down on his or her back for a few minutes before trying again.

Keep on moving: An active infant or toddler is a less gassy one! Supervised tummy time and keeping your little one’s legs and arms moving is another simple technique to keep the flow of oxygen steady to prevent discomfort from gas.

Experiment with food: Certain foods your infant or toddler enjoys eating, such as broccoli, beans and cauliflower, may cause extra gas. Because of this, products such as Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops and Little Remedies® Gripe Water are ideal for liberating pains from excess gas. Little Remedies® believes “less is more” and strives to make sure that each of its products contains just what is needed for fast, safe relief—nothing more. With no artificial colors, flavors, alcohol, saccharin or preservatives, these remedies provide a comforting relief to upset stomachs due to gas.

Stuffy Noses

Fluids, fluids and more fluids: Plenty of fluids, especially water, are a little one’s best friend when it comes to stuffy nose symptoms. For older children, warm broths, soups and other drinks can also work wonders.

Just add moisture: A little moisture goes a long way! Room humidifiers and saline nose drops such as Little Remedies® Saline Spray/Drops moisten the nasal passage and flush out unwanted mucus from little noses. This non-medicated product can be used as often as needed without the worry of any harmful side effects or drug interactions. Its specially buffered formula is alcohol free, will not sting or burn delicate nasal membranes, and has a baby-size applicator tip.

For more information on Little Remedies® and the full line of products, visit www.LittleRemedies.com, or join them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LittleRemedies and @LittleRemedies on Twitter for updates.

*Image and article courtesy of NAPS.*

Kiss My Face Kids Defense Lotion

Get prepared for an eco-friendly summer with these new finds! From play dates and picnics to long days at the park, “Mom” has compiled her top picks for the months ahead!

Kiss My Face Kids Defense Spray

Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection

With the new Kiss My Face Kids Sun Care Collection, kids can protect their skin all summer long with formulas that effectively block harmful UV rays with the use of Antioxidant Defenders™ that are free of parabens, oxybenzone and artificial fragrances. Whether mastering the biggest cannonball or setting up shops for the best lemonade stand, summer’s possibilities are endless thanks to Kiss My Face. “Mom” is loving the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ with Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50 – this provides a fast, easy applicaton for not only hard to reach places, but little ones on the move! Two more products round out the collection, which includes the Kiss My Face Kids Defense™ Mineral SPF 30 and the Cool Sport™ with Any Angle Air Powered Spray™ SPF 50. All products are biodegradeable, too! www.kissmyface.com

Posh Play Mat

This is a busy mom’s dream come true! This planet-friendly, PVC-free faux leather mat looks classy while providing little ones a sanitary place to play in an instant – both inside and out! With a large celeb following, the Posh Play Mat wipes clean in seconds and can be rolled up to tote anywhere, from the park to playdate to airport! www.poshplaymat.com

Desert Essence Baby

Desert Essence Baby

Afer a long day of playing in the summer sun, get your kiddos squeaky clean with this new favorite line of “Mom’s” by Desert Essence! Their new NSF-Organic & USDA Certified-Organic Babycare & Nursery Care products are simply awesome. The Oh So Clean 2 In 1 Gentle Foaming Hair & Body Cleanser smells delightful and is made from 100% Olive Castile soap blended with vitamin-rich Organic Sunflower Oil. The My Sweetie Pie Baby Lotion is also quite a hit! www.desertessence.com

Bitsy's Carrot Raisin Crunch

Bitsy’s Brainfood Cereals

Move over Raisin Bran! There’s an exciting new cereal called Carrot Raisin Crunch from Bitsy’s Brainfood that will have everyone clamoring to the table this summer! The popular Bitsy’s Brainfood has created a smarter cereal alternative made from organic ingredients and real fruits and veggies!. Bitsy’s cereal is available in three tasty flavor combinations: Fruit & Veggie 1,2,3, Carrot Raisin Crunch, and Banana Squash Squares. Kids can have a nutritious breakfast that will fuel them for the day of summer activities or the cereals make an excellent snack for on-the-go, too! Just place in a reusable container for something fun to nibble on! www.bitsysbrainfood.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.

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

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.

BabyGanics Cleaner

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.

Method Power Foam 1

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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Pirate's BootyParents can swap sugar-laden candy treats for Pirate’s Booty, a deliciously baked, all-natural snack that kids love and moms can feel good about adding to the Halloween treat bowl! Pirate’s Booty has less fat and fewer calories than traditional Halloween candy and zero grams of sugar. Also, Pirate’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for trick-or-treaters or classmates with these common food allergies. Pirate’s Booty is made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus, the Pirate is already dressed for the occasion! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom and her little ones love this fun and healthy little treat for an easy grab-and-go snack all October long. (Who are we kidding, all year long!)

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This year, it will be easier than ever to pass out Pirate’s Booty, as Target and Super Target stores across the county will be offering special Halloween 20-packs of half-ounce, 65-calorie bags of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar. The Halloween 20-packs of Pirate’s Booty will be available from mid-September through October.

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