Back-to-school eco-fuel! GravelNuts are the perfect packables in your child’s lunchbox or backpack for a quick after school snack before sports. All-natural, gluten-free, and vegan friendly snacks are the ultimate “on-the-go” munchies for kids and adults alike. Delicious and organic, Gravelnuts will give your future microbiologist or sports star a burst of energy before any activity, during or after school! “Mom” is loving the GravelSins!

Packed with great flavors and nutritional benefits, Gravelnuts bars and gravel packs are available in 5 sinful delicious blends, including:

GravelNuts Go-Bars – An energy rich, harmful-free radicals bars. Great as a pre-workout snack!
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, brown rice crisps, a dot of brown sugar, vanilla, sea salt, blended with agave nectar to form this unique bar.

Gravel Tropics – Sit back, relax, and imagine you are lounging at a beach with this tropical mix.
Hazelnuts, almonds and sesame seeds dance with papaya, pineapple and mango in a lemon and agave nectar glaze.

GravelSins – A chocoholics’ Delight!
Walnuts and almonds, sumptuous dark chocolate, stimulated by a touch of orange extract, all wedded by agave nectar.

GravelSeeds – Nutless heaven those allergic to nuts.
Sunflower, pumpkin, hemp and ground flax seeds lightly blanketed with cinnamon and blended with agave nectar.

GravelNuts Granola – A nutritious addition to your favorite breakfast!
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, rolled outs, brown rice crisps, a touch of brown sugar, peanut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt unite with agave nectar.

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

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How to Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

Many parents are looking for ways to cut costs these days, especially when it comes to the many expensive items required to care for infants. Between diapers, clothing, and baby food, you’re likely spending a lot of money each month on the smallest member of your family. And if you’re also interested in eco-friendly living you could be shelling out even more for organic fabric and foods, as well as cleaning services and chemical-free detergents for your sustainable items (cloth diapers and organic clothing, mainly). But there are ways to save and still give your baby the toxin-free diet that will keep him healthy and happy, and it starts with making your own organic baby food.

The transition from breast milk to solid food can take a while to accomplish, but in the meantime you’ll want your baby’s digestive system to acclimate to the composition of the solid foods he will soon be eating. So baby food is a necessary step for most infants (although remarkably, some seem to go straight from milk or formula to whole foods). However, the products you buy at the store are fairly expensive to begin with, electing to buy organics will cost you even more, and often, you can only rely on general recycling options for the leftover jars. So it is both greener and more cost effective to make your own.

You may want to start by talking to your pediatrician about nutritional concerns in order to ensure that you’re feeding your baby the foods that will give him all the nutrients he needs. But you can also get a good idea by simply looking at the jars already on store shelves for reference. You’ll find that there are options for fruits, vegetables, and meats in the baby food arena, so these are probably the items that you’ll want to make. From there it’s easy enough to get started, although you’ll need some equipment, including a food processor and several reusable mason/jam jars.

As for making the food, you pretty much prepare it just as you would for yourself. Meats should be cooked, vegetables steamed, and then pretty much everything gets pureed in the food processor. You can easily prepare all the food you’ll need for the week at once to save some time and store it in mason jars in the fridge. Of course, you’ll want to keep it pretty bland for your baby’s delicate digestive system – it’s not like you’ll cook spiced meats or Shahiya recipes. So keep it simple and skip adding spices or preservatives like sodium and sugar that can counteract the healthy benefits of your baby food.

The only other thing to think about is where you’ll get your organic items, and you have a couple of options here. Although it is probably easiest to simply pick them up at your local market, you might not find the variety you crave and you’ll likely end up paying more. So think about frequenting a local farmers market, looking for co-ops in your area that can offer you organic meats and produce, or even growing your own organic garden at home to save a ton of money. And consider buying in bulk during summer months and then canning items for use throughout the winter.

For hydrated, glossy lips this summer, Aubrey Organics Lip Balm is “Mom’s” must-have to tuck in a pocket, purse or backpack! Whether you are heading to the gym for a workout, hitting the beach or the park for a playdate with your little ones in tow, these moisturizing lip balms certainly deliver!

Certified USDA Organic and made with coconut, olive, jojoba, and hemp oils to help rehydrate skin and condition lips, this luscious lip balm for all ages is available in five exciting flavors, including Peppermint & Tea Tree, Tangerine, Spearmint, Vanilla & Honey and Raspberry. “Mom’s” favorites are the Vanilla & Honey and Peppermint & Tea Tree, and her daughter enjoyed the Tangerine. As the balms contain only organic ingredients and no petroleum, “Mom” has no qualms about her little one using them on her lips.

To learn more about Aubrey Organic Lip Balm, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit Aubrey-Organics.com.

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Seeking the perfect snack blend of salty and sweet? Crum Creek Mills Brilliantly Blended Soy Nut Mix has it all – plump sweet raisins, organic chocolate chips, soy nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds! This high protein and high fiber organic snack mix comes in convenient single serving packs for tucking in lunchboxes, backpacks, purses and more – making it the ultimate mix for hitting the trail for an afternoon hike or just healthy snacking anytime.

Why do we love Crum Creek Mills Brilliantly Blended Soy Nut Mix? It is:

  • Organic
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Contains only 6 net grams of carbohydrates per serving
  • Conveniently packaged in 10 single-serving packs (1 oz. each)
  • Trans-fat and cholesterol-free
  • Vegan

To learn more about this affordable and delicious snack mix, visit CrumCreek.com.

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Anti-aging facial care at its’ most pure and natural, Weleda’s Pomegranate Firming Facial Care collection will help to keep your skin looking radiant and youthful! Proven to prevent and reverse the signs of aging, the collection is comprised of organic pomegranate seed oil and packed with high-level antioxidants, flavonoids and essential fatty acids to help protect skin against damaging free radicals, while simultaneously supporting its regenerating process.

The entire line is absolutely amazing – “Mom” is a huge fan of Weleda products, and this organic anti-aging collection has really proven effective. Not only do the products moisturize the skin, but they help the skin to regenerate using organic pomegranate juice, which is chock full of antioxidants.

Mom” especially loves the Firming Eye Cream, which is light enough to wear both day and night, and protects the sensitive and delicate eye area from the elements.

The Weleda Pomegranate Firming Facial Care Collection includes:

  • Pomegranate Firming Serum ($45)
  • Pomegranate Firming Day Cream ($33)
  • Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream ($33)
  • Pomegranate Firming Night Cream ($37)

To learn more about Weleda products, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit usa.weleda.com.

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Take a little trip to an Italian vineyard each time you wash your hands with the new, luxe organic Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap by Nudo! Known for their olive oil, Nudo has created a handmade lightly-scented bar that contains skin-soothing honey, relaxing lavender and organic extra virgin olive oil that leaves skin soft and perfectly moisturized.

The new Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap is produced locally in Le Marche, Italy, where Nudo’s olive groves are located, and is made entirely by hand, starting with the olive farmers who prune the olive trees and press the olives. “Mom” adores the gorgeous scent, and loves that the soap is produced using only Fair Trade and organic ingredients with environmentally friendly methods, and is never tested on animals!

The Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap is free of synthetic dyes and chemicals, and even the packaging is recyclable! The soap comes beauitifully packaged, and would make an excellent hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or present for your favorite eco-gal!

To order Nudo’s Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap online, visit www.nudo-italia.com.

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It’s not a thick Belgian waffle, but a light and crispy organic wafer that satisfies snack attacks anytime! Originally created in the Netherlands over two hundred years ago and called a stroopwafel, which was two thin wafers filled with syrup, the waffles have now had a healthy makeover by Honey Stinger! Instead of calorie-laden syrup, the wafers are filled with organic honey as well as other organic ingredients, and are available in three yummy flavors – vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

At 160 calories per serving, “Mom” is loving these airy chocolate waffles that help combat the mid-afternoon slump when you may be tempted to eat a candy bar! Chocolate is the newest flavor to the Honey Stinger family of Stinger Waffles, and we think it may be their best yet!

To learn more about Chocolate Stinger Waffles, to locate a reatiler near you, or to order, please visit HoneyStinger.com.

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PROBAR has debuted a delicious, gluten-free superfood snack bar that is designed to deliver 1 serving of fruit in every bar! Perfectly portioned at 160 calories per bar, fruition™ bars are 100% vegan, organic, non-GMO, and contain a gloriously gluten-free medley of dates, oats, chia seeds, and cashews. The new bars are rich in taste, with a lovely fruit base, and make a wonderful mid-afternoon or post-workout snack! You can pack them easily in a gym bag, diaper bag, or purse for when you are on-the-move, and they make an excellent healthy road trip snack!

Fruition comes in 7 flavors, including Blueberry, Cherry, Cran-Raspberry, Peach, Lemon, Strawberry (“Mom’s” favorite!), and Chocolate Orange.

To learn more about this award-winning gluten-free bar from PROBAR, or to locate a retailer near you, please visit theprobar.com.

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Ever wish you could wave a magic wand that would instantly relieve cracked and chapped lips, help soothe little boo boos and scrapes, nourish and protect the skin on your face during the winter – all at once? Well, now you can, with the Sweet Bee Magic Wand from Medicine Mama’s Apothecary! This organic, all-purpose healing stick is “Mom’s” newest go-to remedy for so many ailments! Made with 4 ingredients, including a propolis & honey blend, protective beeswax, extra virgin avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil, a little goes a long way when using the healing wand! It is the perfect size to tuck in a pocket, purse or diaper bag for on-the-go, too!

The Sweet Bee Magic Wand can be used to provide relief and soothing care for the following:

Chapped Lips

Shaving Burn

Dry skin on the face

Cold Sores

Cuts, Scrapes & Bites

Sunburn

Rash, Burn & Scar Repair

This is one powerful and practical balm, and “Mom” loves that it works quickly to heal and soothe. After an hour of using it on her daughter’s chapped lips and skin around the mouth, the skin was moisturized and the cracking she was starting to see earlier had vanished. What a little miracle balm!

To learn more about Medicine Mama’s Apothecary, their various products, or to order the Sweet Bee Magic Wand online, please visit MedicineMamasApothecary.com.

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Navitas Naturals has debuted yet another organic power snack to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks! You will love the new Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks, which are filled with a variety of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts. These perfectly-sized bite-sized cubes have a healthy whole food appearance, delicious flavor and rich chewy texture. Certified organic and gluten-free, Navitas Power Snacks do not contain refined sugar, dairy, preservatives, GMO’s or artificial colors and flavors.

Showcasing organic hemp powder and dried blueberries, Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are made with chia, maca, lucuma, camu camu and maqui, as well as other wholesome raw foods such as date paste, sesame seeds, cashews and sunflower seeds. These delightful snacks are perfect for packing on long hikes or camping trips this summer, or tuck neatly into your desk drawer at work for an energizing and nutritious treat! Each 1-ounce serving is approximately 3 or 4 Navitas Power Snack nuggets.

Offered in an 8-ounce re-sealable and recyclable pouch for $8.99, Navitas Power Snacks and other Navitas products are available at thousands of stores throughout North America including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans and HEB, and at many online stores such as NavitasNaturals.com and Amazon.com.

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