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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Mighty Oats GroupIf you have a tiny tot at home, then “Mom” hopes you have heard of the nutritious, organic snack & cereal line with the mission to provide kids with good food for a healthy lifestyle! “Mom’s” baby girl is a BIG fan of their Tiny Fruits, a full line of no-sugar added, bite-sized snacks made from 100 percent organic fruit using a slow drying process to preserve the essential nutrients and phytochemicals found in fruit. In baby language, that’s “num-num-num” and a whole lot of yelling when the bag is empty!

Mighty Oats Blueberry Cinnamon

In April, Little Duck Organics launched Mighty Oats, a certified organic instant cereal for little ones that comes in first-of-its-kind plantable and compostable packaging. Yes, you read that correctly! Adding a fun upcycling component, the plantable, biodegradable cardboard outer casing of the packaging is embedded with vegetable seeds – tomatoes, lettuce and carrots – giving kiddos the ability to grow their own vegetable gardens. What a perfect summertime activity!

This delicious, eco-friendly, no sugar added, Non-GMO Project-verified breakfast cereal is made with a blend of good-for-your-baby ancient grains (Quinoa, Amaranth, Chia, Buckwheat, Millet and Oats) and comes in three tasty flavors – Strawberry & Vanilla, Blueberry & Cinnamon and Coconut & Banana. “Mom’s” little one likes the Blueberry & Cinnamon! (num-num-num!)

Mighty Oats is ideal for children over four months of age. Each container takes just 60 seconds to make and is truly all-natural with no added salts, sugars, colors or preservatives.

Tiny Fruits - Blueberry Apple

Mom” is loving that Zak Normandin, the 29-year-old father-of-three founder and CEO (who created Little Duck after not being able to find no-sugar-added, organic snacks for his little ones), wanted Little Duck Organics’ take on baby cereal to be a product consumers can feel good about giving their kids. With function and convenience top of mind, Little Duck packaged the cereal in a compostable bowl that breaks down in less than six months for an eco-friendly, on-the-go meal. How’s that for feeling a little less guilty when hitting the road this summer with the kids in tow!?

At Tiny Green Mom, we love the fact that all of Little Duck Organics products are certified organic, gluten-free and Kosher, all-natural (no added salts, sugars, colors or preservatives) and Non‐GMO Project verified. As a Certified B Corporation, Little Duck Organics meets rigorous social and environmental standards, sourcing directly from certified organic U.S. farms. You can learn more at www.littleduckorganics.com.

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Lafes Organic Shampoo & WashMom” is absolutely loving the Lafes baby care line for her two young children! From the Lafes Baby Foaming Shampoo & Wash to the Lafes Organic Baby Oil – this paraben-free line truly takes the cake. You cannot help but snuggle your little bunny closer after using the Lafes Organic Baby Oil or Baby Lotion as their skin feels extra yummy! For pampering and protection, this eco-responsible line will soon be your favorite, too!

We think it’s fantastic that Lafes uses a “less is more” approach with its all-natural baby products and lists every single ingredient on their labels, many of which are certified organic. Parents can feel good about using Lafes Baby care products on their little ones!

Little ones’ skin needs special attention especially during the cold weather months! Lafes provides the most natural and gentle baby products to clean and soothe the most sensitive of skin, including: 

Lafes Baby Foaming Shampoo & Wash is ultra-gentle and will leave baby’s skin soft and refreshed. Made with certified organic saponified oils of coconut, sunflower seed, olive, and palm, Lafes Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash effectively cleans without harsh chemicals and is fragrance free.

Lafes Baby Lotion is formulated using all-natural botanicals and will soften and nurture baby’s skin. This product absorbs easily into baby’s skin and offers a long-lasting moisturizing effect. Lafes Baby Lotion contains aloe vera, sunflower, olive, coconut, and hemp oil that are all certified organic.                                                                                                                

Lafes Organic Baby Oil is formulated with USDA certified organic (95%), fragrance-free botanicals, including sunflower, olive, and hemp oils, which moisturize and soothe baby’s skin. It is perfect for daily use and ideal for locking in moisture.       

Why choose Lafes®?

Lafes® is committed to creating skin care and personal care products people can trust to be truly natural and genuinely healthy. The company has a complete line of deodorants, baby care, and hair care products formulated with only natural ingredients and no parabens, propylene glycol, or artificial ingredients. Lafes mission is to educate consumers about healthy alternatives to conventional synthetic, chemical-based products.

To learn more about Lafes baby care products, please visit Lafes.com.*

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Flu season is in full swing, with influenza activity remaining elevated in the US! Though the risk of influenza is decreasing in some areas, it is still a good idea to keep your immune system in tip top shape! One good way to do so is with what Dr. Oz calls the “miracle berry” — sea buckthorn! This small berry boasts a multitude of health benefits, and is quickly becoming “Mom’s” go-to supplement for well-being!

A cherished Asian health and beauty secret, the sea buckthorn berry is well-known for its impressive nutritional profile which includes the rare Omega 7, as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9. In additionto the essential fatty acids, sea buckthorn contains a host of vitamins and minerals, super-charged anti-oxidants, and more than 190 phytonutrients to support the immune system during this brutal cold and flu season.

SeabuckWonders offers USDA certified-organic products that are available in gel tabs or oils, so they can easily be added to juices, smoothies, yogurt, salads and more. “Mom” prefers the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil® in her morning smoothie – such an easy addition that her little one doesn’t notice!

To learn more about this small and mighty berry, visit seabuckwonders.com. The product line can be found online as well as natural retail stores nationwide.

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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.

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Introducing healthy organic fruit or vegetable purees and more complex foods to babies and toddlers just became a breeze with Sprout Baby Foods! “Mom” loves that each simple puree or food combination is available in a convenient eco-friendly pouch for families on-the-go. Toddlers love how independent they can be when eating successfully from the pouch, and parents love that their busy little one is eating a nutritious meal or snack. We are big fans of “squeeze packs” as “Mom’s” daughter calls them around here. Each wholesome pouch can be tucked away into a diaper bag or purse for a healthy, organic snack while out and about with your children.

Not just fruit or vegetable purees, Sprout Foods offers chef-created dishes to their line, including single ingredient purees in Stage 1 (the youngest age group), combination purees in Stage 2, more complex recipes that feature multiple flavors and textures in Stage 3, plus more meals for toddlers. They are also adding to its line of snacks new Superfruit flavors – acai, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry – to complement the meals.

Pouches are available in the following:

•Veggie-only blends
•Veggie & grain blends
•Fruit blends
•Fruit & veggie blends
•Fruit & grain blends

Mom” loves the flavors that are antioxidant-rich, including Acai Berry Superfruit, Peach, Berry, Oatmea & Quinoa, and Apple & Blueberry!

Plus, little ones can enjoy holiday-inspired flavors, as well, including Peach Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Vegetable Dinner, Peach Pumpkin Pie with Graham and Holiday Vegetables with Roasted Turkey!

For a complete listing of the extensive organic pouches available, visit SproutBabyFood.com. The foods can be found online, as well as grocery stores nationwide.

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Serving up vegetarian or vegan alternatives at your next gathering or upcoming holiday soiree is simple with Nate’s Meatless Meatballs! These savory organic meatless meatballs are made from soy, and contain 9 grams of protein per serving. Cholesterol-free, the meatballs can be simmered in a favorite sauce, or placed lovingly on a plate of whole-wheat spaghetti or in between slices of focaccia bread for a meatball sandwich!

Nate’s Meatless Meatballs offers three distinctly delightful varieties of meatless meatballs including Zesty Italian, Savory Mushroom and Classic. “Mom” fell in love with the Savory Mushroom, which paired well with a spicy arrabbiata pasta sauce!

All varieties keep well in the freezer for a quick option for dinner, and can be found nationwide. You can locate a store near you that carries Nate’s Meatless Meatballs by visiting Nate’s website.

To learn more about Nate’s Meatless Meatballs, please visit natesmeatless.com.

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Teaching Your Kids to Eat Local and Organic in College

Getting your child to eat right is nothing if not a chore, and once he flies the coop for the halls of higher learning you’ll have even less control over what he chooses to shove down his gullet. There’s a reason the freshman fifteen is the norm for first-year college students; the minute they’re out from under the watchful gaze of their parents they go mad with power, reveling in their ability to stay out late, attend frat parties on school nights, and eat whatever sugary, salty, greasy concoction of carbs and preservatives they want for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s enough to make you recoil in horror just considering it. However, you can find ways to help your college-bound kid adopt healthier eating habits even as he works to feed his mind.

There’s no denying that eating well in college can be difficult, especially considering that most kids are not at all used to fending for themselves when it comes to food. Sure you can get your college student a meal plan, but most campuses don’t offer the organic and locally-sourced options you’d like to see your child consuming. And the chances that he’ll actually eat every meal in the cafeteria are pretty slim anyway. It’s more likely he’ll survive on junk food from the vending machines and whatever cheap-o diners he can find within a few blocks of campus. However, you can definitely help him to find better options.

For example, you can take the time to research restaurants in proximity to campus that offer an organic menu or at least purchase goods from area farms (thus cutting carbon emissions produced through transport). And convincing your child to frequent these eateries is just as easy as loading up gift cards specific to the restaurants you’d like him to eat at. Any hungry kid that’s low on funds is fairly likely to make a beeline for the free food, so you can easily steer your wayward student towards restaurants that are better for him and the planet. However, you can also have food delivered directly to him.

Co-ops of farmers growing organic crops have sprung up across the country and you may be able to take advantage of the fresh, chemical-free produce they grow. All you have to do is sign your college kid up to receive regular deliveries (and pay for the service yourself). Many offer fruits, vegetables, or mixed boxes, and you may also be able to order ready-mades (like chopped salads or fruit smoothies) and even animal products such as eggs and milk. Although most college students don’t enjoy private kitchens in their dorms, a room equipped with a mini fridge and a microwave should do the trick since most of these items will require no cooking to enjoy.

You might have trouble pushing your college kid towards an organic agriculture program, a major in sustainable manufacturing, or a health information management degree, but you can help to ensure that he eats a little healthier during his time on campus. By providing him with healthy options and making them more desirable than the alternative you can encourage him to eat the local and organic fare that will nourish his body and protect the environment. The rest is up to him.

Those adorable little legwarmers that are seen adorning tiny legs and arms this Fall are available in soft, organic cotton, as well! BabyLegs® Organic offers vibrant stripes and pretty prints to mix and match with all of your child’s outfits, and one size fits most, so the legwarmers can be worn as your child matures. PLus, for added fun, the legwarmers can also be worn as armwarmers, too! What “Mom” loves about these cute styles is that they can help to transition your baby or toddler’s clothing from Summer to Fall with style. Plus, they make diaper changes a breeze!

In addition to keeping wee ones warm, the organic legwarmers are perfect for protecting tiny knees and elbows as babies learn to crawl and walk. Our favorites include the Duchess and Dorothy styles with tiny ruffles – could they be any cuter?!

To learn more about BabyLegs® Organic, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, visit BabyLegs.com.

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Teeny, tiny, perfectly-sized pieces for little hands is what Tiny Fruits by Little Duck Organics has made its mission. Well, mission accomplished! These certified organic, 100% fruit snacks are pure YUM. Made from fresh fruit from farms right here in the US, Tiny Fruits are gluten-free and do not contain added sugars. As they pack easily, they are a nutritious and healthy addition to your child’s lunch this Fall. Not just for school lunches, Tiny Fruits make an excellent addition to homemade trail mix and are a great snack for families on the move. We are lovin’ the Blueberry & Apple flavor at “Mom’s” house!

Tiny Fruits are available in four kid-pleasing combinations: Apple & Banana, Strawberry & Mango, Blueberry & Apple and NEW! Pineapple & Mango. Tiny Fruits are available at Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare, Hannaford, Fairway Market, Sweetbay, Central Market, Stop & Shop, Diapers.com, FreshDirect.com and other retailers nationwide.

For additional information, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit LittleDuckOrganics.com.

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