Super Bowl Sunday gets a snack makeover with these healthy munchies from Popcorn, Indiana! All-natural and super tasty, Popcorn, Indiana snacks are trans-fat free, gluten-free and certified Kosher. Light and fluffy, all of the popcorn and chip’ins will look festive and fun placed in big bowls at game time for nutritious snacks within reach! “Mom’s” favorite? The Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn! The bag does not last long once opened and everyone dips in! Available in a range of sweet, salty and savory flavors, there is sure to be one crunchy option that will satisfy your game time cravings.

It’s a challenge for healthy snackers to pick a favorite flavor with so many yummy options to choose from, including:

  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip Kettlecorn – Limited Edition
  • Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn – Limited Edition
  • Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn – Limited Edition
  • Famous Original Kettlecorn
  • Movie Theater Popcorn
  • Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese Kettlecorn
  • Buffalo Cheddar Kettlecorn
  • Salt Popcorn
  • Bacon Ranch
  • Sweet & Tangy BBQ
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Our pick? The Popcorn Variety Sampler for the big game – there is something for everyone!

For more information on Popcorn, Indiana, such as nutritional information, or to locate a retailer near you, visit

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The Benefits of Raising Chickens for Your Family

Raising chickens is such a wonderful learning experience for kids. When I was a child, my grandmother always raised chickens and I just loved helping her. It is one of my fonder childhood memories. I loved the Springtime when she had baby chicks and I helped her feed and water them and watched as they grew feathers to replace their fluff. I loved collecting the eggs and dumping out the kitchen food scraps and watching them gobble up bits of vegetable peels and pieces of mushy fruit.

Learning how to care for and rear chickens is a great way for children to learn responsibility and to see how things really work- watch the animals grow and learn how many eggs a chicken can actually produce in a day or a week. From setting up heat lamps for baby chicks to the feeding to cleaning out the coop, your child will learn the value of labor and get so reap rewards for their work. Besides the fun of caring for them, you will can have your own fresh, free-range, organic eggs – a healthy addition to your diet! Another bonus is that chickens will keep the bug population in your yard down naturally!

Are you wondering if you have enough land for chickens? Raising chickens does not actually require that much land. In the country, my grandmother had a chicken coop and a long run area fenced in so they could forage for bugs. When she moved to the city, she just had a small chicken cage built for her with wood and chicken wire that provide a small, covered nesting area and a small run area. In the country, she had about 20 chickens and always had eggs to share with the rest of the family. In the city, she just kept 2 hens and they laid just enough eggs for her. She also used their nitrogen-rich chicken poop in her compost pile to make a rich fertilizer for her garden.

Raising chickens is educational for kids, lets you know that your eggs are actually fresh and organic, and can even offer you some food in an emergency situation! I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!

About the Author

This article was written by Scarlet Paolicchi of Family Focus Blog, a green family blog. She is a stay-at-home mom blogger from Nashville who reports on family fun, eco tips, travel, giveaways, and products that you may find helpful or interesting.

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This lively, inspired salad makes a lovely first course or a light lunch option served with soup!

Pear & Pine Nut Salad


1 small head of soft leafed lettuce, cut, washed & dry
2 small pears, cubed
200 gr pine nuts, toasted
Juice of half a lemon
Olive oil
Fresh Parmesan cheese


In a bowl, juice the lemon with a spoonful of good honey. As you stir drizzle in good olive oil apx twice the olive oil than lemon juice. Give it a taste – if its too olive oily- give it a squeeze of lemon, like wise in the reverse order. Set aside.

Toss lettuce with half the pears and pine nuts and the dressing add a crack of pepper and sprinkle of salt. Once in serving bowl, top with the rest of the pine nuts and pears.

Shave of parmesan over the top & serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Chef Jason Bartner of the La Tavola Marche (Organic Farm, Inn & Cooking
School) in Le Marche, Italy.*

Making its’ debut in bookstores nationwide on February 21, 2012, Jennifer Fosberry’s latest children’s book, Isabella: Girl On the Go, is full of adventure and surprise that will be a huge hit with your young reader! “Mom’s” little one especially enjoys looking for Isabella’s stuffed mouse on each page as he plays along in character to all of Isabella’s stories! From the Eiffel Tower to the Sphinx, this newest book teaches your little one all about the wonders of the world in an entertaining and amusing way.

Isabella, as precocious as ever, spends the day playing with her dad as she discovers that the far corners of the world are closer than you may think. She pretends everyday things (like the sandbox) are extraordinary places (like the desert and pyramids of Egypt).

Travel around the world to places like:

—Pyramids of Giza

—Eiffel Tower

—Great Wall of China

—Chichén Itza

—Big Ben

—Statue of Liberty

The back of the book is filled with facts about each place that Isabella discovers in one afternoon as she helps her father around the home. With a sweet and touching ending, your child will want to have this story read over and over again, just like “Mom’s” daughter!

To learn more about Isabella: Girl on the Go, or view any of Jennifer Fosberry’s other books, please visit

About the Author

Jennifer Fosberry first visited the Statue of Liberty as a child with her Girl Scout troop and climbed to the top of El Castillo on her honeymoon. She has waved to Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower on her way to Rome and glanced toward the Great Wall of China from Taiwan. And while the Great Pyramids are still a mystery she hopes to discover one day, she is always comfortable at home. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, and a little dog that keeps her company while she works on her next book.

Isabella: Girl On the Go

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-6648-5; Picture Book; $16.99

Fight the Germs: Make Your Own Natural Hand Sanitizer

A hand sanitizer made from natural ingredients is safer, and can be just as effective, as one containing the germ-killing chemical triclosan.

Make your own hand-sanitizing spray! Organic Nanny suggests that after you use up the store-bought sanitizer of your choice, you can make your own. Follow this recipe to mix up an effective germ-killing blend: An organic, non-toxic hand sanitizer is made by mixing vodka, water, and essential oils, creating a safe, anti-bacterial ointment, which is easy on the wallet and the environment.

Make a healthier alternative by mixing:

2 ounces vodka
4 to 5 drops essential oil such as tea tree or eucalyptus, or a combination
2 teaspoons water

Mix well, and pour into a spritzer bottle for a homemade hand sanitizer!

About the Author

Guest post by Barbara Rodriguez, the organic celebrity nanny. Her new book, The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids: Reclaim a Natural Diet and Lifestyle for Your Child, is now available. You can find out more great organic parenting tips and sign up for her newsletter on the website – The Organic Nanny.

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This easy, family-friendly dish was submitted by friends of Tiny Green Mom, the Brown Family! Thanks for sharing a family favorite with our readers!

Brown Family Turkey Dish


2 tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves

1 pound ground turkey

¾ yellow onion, chopped

Chopped tomatoes or tomato paste (optional)

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

2 cups low-sodium chicken stock

1 (5-ounce) bag triple washed spinach

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained

Seasonings – red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, thyme, Italian seasoning (all optional)

Brown rice or pasta, for serving


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the chopped onion until somewhat translucent and add garlic for 30 seconds. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the ground turkey and, using a wooden spoon, break up the clumps and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and preferred seasoning. Add the stock (and tomatoes if using) and scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring up to a boil, and then let simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cannellini beans and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve over brown rice or your favorite pasta, and add Parmesan cheese if desired.

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How Exercise Can Lead to Marital and Family Bliss in 2012

It is quite likely that you – or someone you know – decided to make getting more exercise their New Year’s resolution for 2012, either to lose weight or increase their level of fitness. But did you know that there are more than a handful or reasons as to why being more active can be beneficial to your relationship and family life?

Read on to find out more…

Exercise to Keep the Spark in Your Marriage

Exercising with your partner does not necessarily mean that you have to hit the treadmills at the gym together (“Thank God!” I hear you couch potatoes cry). Simply walking more often can be very beneficial for your health. Simply taking walks might not be enough to rekindle the closeness between you and your partner but when they are combined with seeing new places or indulging in unique experiences, exercise will help to keep your relationship fresh and away from the rocks.

Think about it; taking a long walk together through a town or district that neither of you have previously explored, or walking around a large them park for the day to ride the looping ‘coasters within is going to create far more stimulating memories for you both than watching yet another episode of The X Factor will! Boredom is one of the most regularly cited reasons a person will give for cheating on their life-partner and so keeping things interesting is imperative for the survival of your marriage.

And because exercise actually provides people with more energy (thanks to endorphins) and will improve the fitness levels of you both over time, you can almost guarantee that sparks will begin to fly – or fly more often – in the bedroom too.

More Exercise Means Less Arguments

As previously mentioned, exercise sees endogenous opiod peptides called endorphins released into the body. Endorphins are produced by the brain’s pituitary gland and act like a natural morphine, producing a feeling of well-being in both the mind and body. It should be obvious then, that those who exercise regularly tend to happier individuals. When people do not exert enough energy – and become unhappy as a result – they are less open to the viewpoints of other people and this can cause friction between them and their spouses, friends and/or family members.

When a person is low in endorphins, their brain can actually force them to be moody and argumentative in order to help their body realise extra feel-good chemicals. Endorphins are also released when pain is felt; whether this pain is physical or emotional. Although some endorphins will be released into the bodies of those involved in a full-blown – and probably loud – row, obviously exercise is far healthier option.

If everyone in your family takes more time to attend to their fitness levels each week, rowdy disagreements are likely to occur far less often.

Exercise for Stronger Immune Systems

There are plenty of medical research papers which conclude that regular exercise is fantastic for ensuring that a person has a strong immune system. You may be wondering how this fact relates to the happiness of your family and partner. Well; people are generally quite unhappy when they are feeling unwell and so by making sure that your family members are not prone to coughs and sneezes using exercise is ideal for encouraging a jovial atmosphere in your household. Having a forever-poorly partner is hardly attractive either – humans are designed to be drawn to healthy members of the opposite sex.

Think of poor mom too – she is sure to get stressed should she have to deal with work/the household chores and a sick child or husband!

It should be noted however, that excessive exercise can actually be detrimental to the strength of your immune system so be careful not to overdo it. The recommended amount of exercise for adults is a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, whilst children should have an hour of aerobic activity every single day.

Exercise Creates Happier Children

Since children should be getting an hour of significant exercise every single day, it is hardly a wonder that the behaviour and attitude of the western world’s youth is getting progressively worse as time goes on and kids become lazier! Obviously, forcing your child to run endless laps around a field is hardly going to make them happy (unless they are actually aficionados of running) but this does not mean that you cannot introduce more activity into their lives with ease.

Setting up some play equipment in your back garden – such as a Swing-Ball set, a slide, climbing frame and/or swing sets – can see a child become more active without too much encouragement. Another good idea is to check out the after-school clubs that are on offer from your child’s school. Not only are sporting clubs great for your child’s fitness – and in many cases; their self-esteem also – but they can also provide an excellent opportunity for your child to make some new friends.

This in turn will make them happier individuals and the chances that they will get into trouble at school and/or be bullied or become a bully (read as; bring any drama from school into your otherwise-pleasant home with them) will drop greatly.

About the Author

Katrina-Beth Green – a wife and the mother of two children – is the author of this guest post. Katrina always ensures to fit plenty of exercise into her day either through hitting the gym or running around the cubby house in her garden with her kids.

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This spicy dish is great on its’ own or served as a side to a lively salad – up to you on how hot you prefer it to be

Baked Quinoa Adobado


1 cup quinoa
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 medium white or yellow onion, small dice
2 medium jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup water
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco


Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under running water.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add onion, jalapeños, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper and cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add chipotle and cilantro and stir to combine. Add rinsed quinoa and remaining 1 teaspoon salt and stir to coat. Add water and broth and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, transfer quinoa mixture to an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Spread evenly, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and transfer to the oven. Bake until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Remove the foil, stir, sprinkle quinoa with cheese, and return to the oven. Bake uncovered until all of the liquid has been absorbed, the quinoa is tender, and the cheese has softened, about 5 minutes more.

*Recipe and image courtesy of*

If you are starting to introduce purees and foods into your baby’s diet, look no further than Baby Gourmet, which are nutritious and healthy organic offerings created by two moms who know what kids (and parents!) want for their wee ones! Designed for ages 6-12 months, these creative, organic pouches are simply fabulous – great for feeding your little one with no mess at anytime, anywhere!

What have the owners, Jen and Jill, come up with for your little ones? The purees, combos, and texture recipes include:

6mo – Simple Purees

Harvest Pear, Pumpkin, and Banana
Juicy Pear and Garden Greens
Orchard Apple, Carrot Prune

7mo – Yummy Combos

Baby’s Sweet Potato Pie
Roasted Squash and Fruit Medley
Apple, Sweet Potato Berry Swirl

8mo+ – Tasty Textures

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto
Tropical Banana Bliss

The favorites in “Mom’s” home include the Tropical Banana Bliss, Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto, and the Harvest Pear, Pumpkin and Banana flavors. Though the ages they recommend are 6 – 12 months, toddlers enjoy these tasty pouches, as well, which are especially handy while traveling or on-the-go!

All Baby Gourmet products are organic, and contain no salt, sugar, fillers, preservatives, or nuts. Plus, the products are dairy-free, except in the Old Fashioned Apple Crisp. Packaged in a specially designed pouch allows for less cooking time, locking in nutrient values and flavors, the Baby Gourmet pouches are sold nationwide in the USA and Canada.

To learn more about Baby Gourmet, to locate a retailer near you, or to order, visit

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

What You May Not Know about Beauty Brands that Aren’t Natural

Even though it might be easy to get caught up in cosmetics from popular beauty brands that seem like the perfect product to try, taking the time to investigate what each beauty item is made out of more importance. Women wonder why their skin is breaking out every day, but don’t realize that most brands use oil as their main ingredient for foundation and other products. Oil is a leading cause of breakouts on your skin, especially if you already have an oily complexion. So why would you want to invest in a beauty item that’s going to cause harm to your skin?

Natural Makeup is Water Based, not Oil Based

With natural makeup, most beauty items are water based and are overall better for your skin. Overall they work great for many different types of skin. Find a moisturizer that’s organic and made with essential ingredients that also provide your face with replenishing vitamins. Besides untreated makeup being made out of ingredients from the earth that keep your face and skin bright and beautiful, organic makeup also has other benefits:

Organic Makeup does not Test on Animals

Many of our furry friends are hidden away in cages where they are affected by not only animal testing, but cruelty. A vast majority of natural makeup companies do not support animal testing and if you look at the bottom of their website, you’ll find a cute bunny that comes from the site This means that the site is approved by Leaping Bunny and that they do not support animal testing. Even if a site does not have a bunny indicating they’re against animal testing, they still might be against animal testing regardless. Contact the site or research a bit about their company to find out more information.

Natural Makeup Costs Less Money

With natural makeup not only are you saving your skin, but you are also saving your wallet. Save up money and find the right skin care products that make your face feel revitalized. There are several different companies that have excellent products at a reasonable price. Plus they are happy to create foundation, blush, powder, and more designed with your skin in mind. Say goodbye to breakouts and say hello to all natural beauty products. Our furry friends will also thank you.

About the Author

Sierra is a freelance writer and blogger. Catch up on Sierra’s latest happenings at her Ocean Dreams blog.

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