Have a little one frightened of the dark? Monster Vapor offers “bravery in a bottle” – one spray and the monsters will surely stay away! Made of Organic Lavender, Organic Aloe, and witch hazel, this all-natural handy spray is a wonderful tool for parents to use with their child who experiences nightmares, has fear of being alone in the dark, or trouble sleeping. As lavender is known for its calming and soothing effect, Monster Vapor also makes a wonderful room spray to ease tension and stress. $8.50 a bottle, Monster Vapor can be found online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/zazzaro.
Check out this great “green” find! Fresh Wave Pearl Packs are non-toxic and natural odor eliminators for tucking into diaper bags, pet bedding, gym bags, shoes, laundry baskets, damp beach bags – anywhere you would like to vanquish unwanted odors! Rather than masking and covering up unwanted smells, Fresh Wave Pearl Packs simply rid the air of the offensive odor. This ingenious little pack lasts for approximately 30 days and contains powerful natural ingredients such as lime extracts to eliminate odors. Everyone will be breathing easier! $15.95 for a pack of 5. Purchase online at www.fresh-wave.com.
*Fresh Wave sent a sample for this review.*
Two of the most well-known names in organic products have teamed up! Earth’s Best, the leader in organic baby food and JASON NATURAL PRODUCTS, a division of Hain Celestial Group, are delighted to bring you Earth’s Best Baby Care by JASON! This 70% Organic & 100% natural baby care line offers a wonderfully pure line of products for baby – formulated with pure, gentle ingredients for the most sensitive skin. Free of synthetic ingredients, mineral oils, alcohol, petroleum, laurel/laureth sulfates, parabens, and other toxic chemicals!
This wonderful new line offers six products for baby, including Chemical-Free Sunblock (SPF30), Diaper Relief Ointment, Lavender Everyday Calming Lotion (moms will love applying this lovely scented lotion to their own hands!), Calendula Extra Rich Therapy Creme, Lavender Tear-Free 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash, and Toddler Toothpaste. Earth’s Best Baby Care by JASON has all of baby’s needs covered! Products start at $6.95 and can be found at Whole Foods and other natural & health related stores. www.jason-natural.com.
*Earth’s Best Baby Care by JASON sent samples for this review.*
To provide soothing relief for your little one’s aching gums while teething, Ringley Natural Teethers offers two teething tools for baby to gum, chomp and drool on! Made of both untreated Canadian Maple and 100% Organic cotton terrycloth, this wonderfully unique teether gives moms peace of mind that what their child puts in their mouth is free of dyes and toxic chemicals. Easy for baby to grip and tug, the Ringley can be used wet or dry, and can easily be carried along in mom’s purse. This gorgeous, all-natural teether is handmade in Toronto, Canada, and is available in knotted or straight designs. $14.99. Purchase online at www.betterbabybums.com/natural-teething.
*Ringley sent a sample for this review.*
For parents concerned about harsh chemicals, additives or dyes found in their children’s art supplies, Clementine Art offers gorgeous certified non-toxic soy crayons, natural markers, natural modeling dough, natural paint, soy crayon rocks, and natural glue. With all ingredients listed right on the box – there is no mystery as to what is inside the products! Moms will love that the paints, crayons, & other art supplies that typically end up in their child’s hair, on tiny hands and clothes are wholesome, clean, environmentally-friendly and safe. Clementine Art can be found at National retail locations such as Whole Foods, or online at www.clementineart.com.
Experience the BEST-EVER Carrot Cake recipe from Cooking Light! This is hands-down the most moist and delicious carrot cake recipe around! For an organic twist, substitute any organic ingredients into the recipe. YUM!
Carrot Cake with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
12 servings (serving size: 1 piece)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 (2 1/2-ounce) jar carrot baby food
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups finely grated carrot (about 4 ounces)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 325°.
To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a food processor; pulse 6 times or until well blended. Place flour mixture in a large bowl. Combine granulated sugar, canola oil, baby food, and eggs; stir with a whisk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Stir in grated carrot and raisins. Spoon batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
To prepare frosting, combine cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating at low speed until smooth (do not overbeat). Spread over cake; sprinkle with coconut. Cover and chill.
Calories: 262 (30% from fat)
Fat: 8.8g (sat 2.7g,mono 3.6g,poly 1.6g)
Christine Dohlmar, Valrico, Florida, Cooking Light, JANUARY 2008
Martha Stewart has now launched a green, eco-friendly line called Martha Stewart Clean. Yes, even Martha is socially responsible! The entire line is gentle, non-toxic, and fragrance-free, using 99+% plant & mineral derived ingredients, and perfect for those with sensitivities. It comes in recyclable packaging, and the best part is that the entire product line, from laundry detergent to all-purpose cleaner, is AFFORDABLE. For those of moms who are green-minded yet on a tight budget, this is fabulous news! All products start at $3.99 and up, and are available at Home Depot, Publix Supermarkets, Giant Eagle stores and online at www.marthastewartclean.com.