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Using delicious ingredients and a South African-inspired taste profile, the newest condiment line that needs to be in your pantry this Fall is CHUT UP! Having just introduced their inaugural three flavors, Beet Ketchup, Apple & Caramelized Onion Chutney and Peri Peri Hot Sauce, CHUT UP condiments are healthier, better for you and absolutely mouthwatering.

Handcrafted, all-natural and with no added sugar like many commercial condiments, each flavor of CHUT UP can be used on anything that needs a flavor pick-me-up. From topping hot dogs and meatloaf, to serving as a marinade or a salad dressing, each condiment will add depth and flavor to your meal. Instead of bland tomato ketchup, enliven your burger or veggie burger with Beet Ketchup! (The kids won’t realize they are getting an extra vegetable, either!)

The week that the condiments arrived, we made Chicken Pad Thai for dinner one evening, and we were out of the chili sauce we usually used to add heat to the dish. Guess what made an excellent stand-in? The Peri Peri Hot Sauce! It added the heat we needed to make the Pad Thai perfect!

To learn more about this new condiment company which was created by the South African-born entrepreneur, Chef Hugo Uys, visit chut-up.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article. All thoughts expressed within are my own.*

Five ingredients! That’s it! Whip up these no-bake, nutritious and high energy snacks in minutes as the perfect grab-n-go snack, made with protein-packed Pic’s Peanut Butter! Trust us, they won’t last long!

Tiny Green Mom’s Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Ingredients

3/4 cup Pic’s Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp. organic honey

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Baking Chips

Pic's PB & Energy Bites 1

Preparation

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl; stir to combine. Add in the chocolate baking chips and mix everything together.

Pic's PB & Energy Bites 2

Place the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple minutes, and then roll the mixture into 1 inch balls. Store in an airtight container.

Makes approximately 16 energy bites.

*Company generously provided samples for review and recipe development. All thoughts expressed herein are my own.*

 

 

Pamper Mom this Valentine’s Day with these eco-fabulous skincare and cosmetic finds! At Tiny Green Mom, we have rounded up some of the latest products and services that make wonderful gifts that will help mom feel luxurious and cared for daily – naturally, of course!

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EcoCentric Mom

Need a great gift idea for mom at any stage of the game? Check out this new mommy-friendly subscription box service that will help any woman on their journey through parenthood! Subscribers will receive an EcoCentric Mom box of 5-10 curated, non-toxic, eco-friendly products that range between beauty, skincare, home, baby goods, and healthy foods from a bevy of ethical & sustainable brands. Each box has a different theme and is delivered to the home at the end of the month. Moms will love the option to choose from the Pregnancy Box, the Mom Box, and the Baby Box.

Ecocentric Mom Box

Mom” received the Mom & Baby Box, which contained wonderful items for mom, including Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes by ACURE and Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets, as well as Begin Again Buddy Blocks for baby – swoon! Prices range from $22 – $24 per month. Visit www.ecocentricmom.com to learn more.

Sally B's Skin Yummies

Sally B’s Skincare

Sally B’s Skin Yummies blends non-toxic ingredients into luxurious skincare and cosmetic products that are people and planet friendly! Spoil the mom in your life this Mother’s Day with a new set of skincare that will make her feel relaxed and energized, you know she needs it!

From their decadent Healing Hand Butter to their lovely organic and petroleum-free B Glossy Lip Gloss, this wonderful line will have your mom feeling pampered all day! Learn more about the line at www.sallybskinyummies.com.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Mad Hippie Eye Cream

Moms will love to receive this all-natural eye cream to combat dark circles, bags under the eyes, and crows feet using the powers of Chamomile Extract, Vitamins C & K, Pomegranate, and more! Containing 16 actives, this light eye cream from Mad Hippie, one of “Mom’s” favorite skin care brands, certainly packs a punch! A little truly goes a long way! Mad Hippie products are available at select Whole Foods markets and online via www.madhippie.com.

Boppy Bloom

Boppy Bloom™ Skincare Collection

Delight the expectant momma with the Boppy Bloom™ Skincare Collection! This wonderful line ranges from Renewing Body Oil, Stretch Mark Cream and Whipped Belly Butter – “Mom” instantly fell in love with the entire collection! What we love at Tiny Green Mom is that Boppy Bloom understands how expensive having a baby can be, so every product to pamper Mom is under $15.

The Boppy Bloom Skincare Collection is hypoallergenic, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and great for pampering moms. All four products make an excellent gift set together for Valentine’s Day – Whipped Belly Butter, Soothing Breast Balm, Renewing Body Oil, and Stretch Mark Cream. The new or expectant mom in your life will feel pampered and appreciated!

ClarityRX Booster Pads

Clarity RX Pick Me up Skin Booster Pads

We get it – moms are busy! An easy way to wipe away unwanted black heads and blemishes quickly is to use Chamomile-infused pads from ClarityRX, which offers a full line of sustainable, plant-based, naturally-derived skin care products. Key ingredients include Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and Chamomile Extract. Use 1-2 times a week to see results fast – simple to add into your already existing beauty routine that won’t take much time at all! Learn more at www.clarityclinicalskincare.com.

Belli All Day Moisture Lotion

Belli All Day Body Moisture Lotion

Expectant and post-partum mommas will adore this deeply moisturizing All Day Body Moisture Lotion from trusted skincare brand, Belli! The lotion smells light and fresh, and not only makes skin soft and silky, but it is also Lactmed screened to avoid any ingredients that may be harmful if passed through breast milk. In addition, this luxurious formula is allergy tested, and free of parabens, phthalates, BPA and artificial dyes and fragrances. Exfoliate in the shower, and use immediately afterwards, while skin is still damp. “Mom” has fallen in love with this lotion! Visit www.belliskincare.com.

Silk'n

 

Silk’n’s ReVit and Eye Cream with Squalane

Treat Mom to a facial at home – an easy way to take care of her skin on her own time, no spa visit required! Silk’n’s ReVit and Eye Cream with Squalane is the perfect at-home facial for soft, smooth, kissable skin! Start with the diamond-tipped microdermabrasion device to dramatically improve the surface of your skin. The carefully designed “microdermabrator” fits neatly into problem areas in order to refine tone, texture and elasticity with premium vacuum stimulation technology. Suitable for all skin types, the ReVit is gentle enough for everyone but still delivers effective resurfacing and exfoliation.

After your DIY microdermabrasion session, apply moisturizer with SPF, and then take a moment to carefully treat the eye area. Protection and prevention is the best course of action to help keep that delicate skin looking young. Silk’n Eye Cream absorbs fast to instantly hydrate, lift and smooth lines as well as reduce dark circles and puffiness. Using innovative ingredients such as Persian Silk Tree extract and Squalane to stimulate collagen and effectively strengthen skin, the paraben-free formula counteracts sagging skin for bright, alert and beautiful results. Available at www.silkn.com.

*Companies 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.*

All About Baby Stage 2 HI RESSpring cleaning for wee ones! Getting your babies and children squeaky clean, (naturally, of course!) is the new BabySpa line of products! We like that this intuitive line caters to a growing child’s skin physiology through its stage program, with Stage 1 being for newborns and crawler and Stage 2 for walkers and toddlers. The science behind the product line is unique in that their formulations take into account that during your infant’s first months of life, his or her hair & skin are more sensitive to irritants and changes in temperature.

Bubble Bath HI RES

We especially loved BabySpa’s Bubble Bath Milk (Stage 2) which provided the right amount of bubbles to the bath and smelled fantastic, too! The all-natural ingredients include evening primrose, lavender and pomegranate to nourish and condition your little one’s skin. Did we mention how lovely this smelled?!

The Stage 1 line includes 3 in 1 Shampoo, Shea Butter Diaper Cream, Tearless Baby Shampoo, Calming Massage Oil, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Soapless Body Wash, and Soothing Face Cream. It features a Baby Fresh Scent to make your tiny tot smell delicous and snuggable!

The Stage 2 line includes 3 in 1 Shampoo, Bubble Bath Milk, Tearless Baby Shampoo, Nourishing Massage Oil, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Soapless Body Wash, and Soothing Face Cream. This line has a Citrus Fresh Scent.

For more information on this new line of all-natural bath and body care products for little ones, please visit www.babyspausa.com. Gift sets for new and expecting mamas are also available.

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

Mom” is crushing on the luxe, eco-fabulous gift sets from Noodle & Boo! Just the name alone evokes a smile! If you haven’t heard of this line, you are in for an eco-treat! The gift sets offer a variety of perfect products to pamper little ones as well as the new or expectant mom.

From body lotions, cleansing cloths, newborn gift sets and maternity products, Noodle & Boo offers essentials to keep skin soft, moisturized and supple the entire year. Noodle & Boo is the premier leader in luxury maternity and baby skin care. Made in the USA with the finest ingredients that are safe and gentle enough to be used on newborns and during pregnancy, the collection is also dermatologist and pediatrician-tested.

Mom” tried the Noodle & Boo Newborn Favorites Gift Set, which retails for $60. It contains a bevy of all-natural products for newborns and babies, and comes beautifully packaged, making it an excellent addition to any baby shower gift! The line can be found at Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Von Maur, as well as online at NoodleandBoo.com.

Noodle & Boo Newborn Favorites Gift Set contains:

Ultimate Cleansing Cloths

◦Cloths consisting of gentle cleansers and nourishing moisturizers that soothe and hydrate sensitive skin
◦Petal soft cloths are soaked in an ultra mild, all natural, no rinse solution
◦Alcohol free formula soothes and hydrates the skin with Vitamin E, aloe and chamomile
◦Film package with reseabable closure is ideal for travel and home use



Ultimate Ointment

◦Developed for cradle cap, eczema, and diaper rash, as well as cracked, ultra dry, and chapped skin
◦Creates a moisture repellent barrier between the skin and sources of irritation, helping to enhance the natural healing process
◦Pro Vitamin B and Vitamin E help to hydrate skin, bisabolol and allantoin help reduce redness and inflammation while zinc oxide protects and enhances the natural healing process
◦Fragrance and preservative free

Soothing Body Wash

◦Soap free and tearless formula rebalances skin’s pH while Pro Vitamin B and Vitamin E condition and moisturize skin
◦Soothes tender skin with allantoin and nutrient rich milk protein
◦Cleanses without stripping natural moisture
◦Can be poured directly into bath water to be used for a moisturizing soak

Extra Gentle Shampoo

◦High moisture, low suds formula shampoo with extra gentle bubbling agents
◦Nutrient rich milk protein nourishes and conditions the hair
◦Pro Vitamin B and E keep hair healthy and shiny
◦Tearless formula gently cleans and hydrates
◦Gently cleans fine hair and hydrates the delicate skin on the scalp

Super Soft Lotion

◦Sweet almond oil and Vitamins E and C moisturize leaving the skin sweetly supple
◦Natural formula hydrates and protects delicate skin
◦Provides a protective layer of natural antioxidants to help shield skin from environmental elements

To learn more about Noodle and Boo, and their smattering of all-natural product offerings, visit NoodleandBoo.com.

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

Tuck a healthier alternative to potato chips in your child’s lunchbox with G.H. Cretors Popped Corn! All-natural and absolutely delicious (yes, “Mom” found it nearly impossible to only eat a handful of any given variety!), G.H. Cretors makes popped corn the good old-fashioned way – by hand in copper kettles! Plus, all of their Kosher and gluten-free snacks are made with all-natural ingredients completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Mom” and her family thoroughly enjoyed the Just the Caramel and Just the Cheese varieties! The bags were gone fairly quickly. Then, to their delight, they discovered that G.H. Cretors had paired the two flavors for a perfectly salty and sweet blend in their Chicago Mix. Ingenious! Instead of having one bag of each flavor open to dip into, the Chicago Mix is the best of both worlds.

For the Just the Caramel corn, pure cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the Just the Cheese corn, real cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped corn.

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn is available in 5 mouth-watering varieties, including Just the Cheese, Just the Caramel, Kettle Corn, Chicago Mix and Caramel Nut Mix. To learn more, visit GHCretors.com.

G.H. Cretors’ Chicago Mix can be found at select natural food and mainstream grocery stores across the country, such as Fresh Market, and all GH Cretors varieties are available online at amazon.com.

*Samples and images were provided generously by G.H. Cretors for this piece.*

Fun-sized, nutritious snacks are an ideal item for placing in lunchboxes or in backpacks for after school sports this Fall! Sun-Maid has a variety of Mini-Snacks to choose from that kids will love and that are not overloaded with artificial ingredients or an abundance of sugar! Since Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks are all-natural, children will avoid a sugar crash later in the day. Packed with fiber and protein, kids will love these yummy snacks as a treat!

Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks are perfect for busy families on-the-move, as well, as they tuck easily into purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and more for a quick snack. Mini-Snacks are available in both Raisins and Vanilla Yogurt Raisins, which “Mom” really enjoys!

To learn more about Sun-Maid Mini-Snacks, to locate a store near you, or to order online, visit SunMaid.com.

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

Healthier lunchbox items abound with Bitsy’s Brainfood! As the little ones head off to school shortly, stocking up on nutritious foods that pack well for lunch is a big concern. Tuck these bites of goodness into your child’s lunchbox as a treat – they come in kid-pleasing flavors such as Zucchini Gingerbread Carrot, Orange Chocolate Beet, Lemon Broccoli and Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin. “Mom” found the Lemon Broccoli flavor to be quite tasty!

Key Benefits of Bitsy’s Brainfood include:

  • • Excellent source of Omega 3 DHA, Vitamins A, B 12, B6, D3 and Folic Acid
  • • Good source of iron and calcium
  • • No GMO’s

 

Bitsy’s Brainfood are made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients, and the combinations are excellent, if even a bit surprising! Who knew zucchini, gingerbread, and carrot could go together so well!

Bitsy’s Brainfood encourages children to make smart snacking choices, as well as makes learning fun with letter shaped cookies and a collectible sticker from Bitsy’s wacky superfood alphabet characters included in each box. We are big fans at “Mom’s” house!

To learn more about Bitsy’s Brainfood, or to locate a store near you, please visit BitsysBrainfood.com.

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

All-natural, Vegan and gluten-free – Orchard Bars were already a favorite snack in “Mom’s” house! With their two newest additions to the Orchard Bar family, including Cherry Almond Crunch and Banana Mango & Macadamia, Liberty Orchards has created their two best flavors yet! The Cherry Almond Crunch Rocks – what’s not to love about sweet cherries and crunchy almonds!?

The delicious bars are packed with nuts and fruit, sunflower and flaxseeds, making them rich in antioxidants (vitamins A & C), low in sodium, high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and a good source of protein. Plus, they do not contain preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, cholesterol or saturated fat! These are perfect for road trips with the family this summer, or to tuck in a desk drawer for an instant energy boost in the afternoon.

Orchard Bars are available in a variety of yummy flavors, including Blueberry Pomegranate & Almond, Pineapple Coconut & Macadamia and Strawberry Raspberry & Walnut.

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

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