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Is it me, or have movie theaters hiked prices up monthly? With more movie lovers opting to stay home to cut costs, enjoying fresh, warm movie theater popcorn while watching a favorite flick might be missed! Not anymore! Popcorn, Indiana has debuted Warm Your Corn, the very first ready-to-eat Movie Theater popcorn that comes in a microwave safe bag. It’s simple – just follow the instructions on the bag to heat up buttery popcorn in no time!

If you are a fan of Popcorn, Indiana varieties, like “Mom,” Warm Your Corn is only of many tantalizing all-natural, gluten-free flavors offered. Choose from 15 distinct and downright delicious options, including:

Kettlecorn
Aged White Cheddar Kettlecorn
Cinnamon Sugar
Sea Salt
Bacon Ranch
Caramel Corn
Almont Biscotti
Roasted Peanut Caramel Corn
Wasabi
Cocoa Kettlecorn
Dark Fudge Chocolate Chip Kettlecorn
Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn
Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn
Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettlecorn
Dark Fudge Peppermint Kettlecorn

In addition to the new Warm Your Corn, “Mom” has truly enjoyed the Kettlecorn and Roasted Peanut Caramel Corn varieties!

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

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Pack a healthier dessert option in your child’s lunchbox this Fall! This tasty, nutritious alternative will satisfy their craving for something sweet, and moms everywhere will love that their child is eating both fruits and veggies baked inside! Kashi’s new Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars are made with half a serving of fruit from apples and bananas and half a serving of vegetable from pumpkin, and boast 4 grams of fiber per bar! At only 140 calories, these bars are ideal for lunchboxes or as an after-school snack.

Think delicious banana bread baked with decadent dark chocolate chips – “Mom” tried warming the Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars in the microwave for 20 seconds, and the taste of the chocolate really stood out! We can see why this made Kashi’s Kid-Friendly Top 10!

To learn more about Kashi’s new Banana Chocolate Chip Soft n’ Chewy Bars, other Kashi products, or to locate a store near you, please visit kashi.com.

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Simple and Natural DIY Beauty Products You Can Make at Home

When it comes to the wide world of beauty products, you may find two aspects rather disturbing: the fact that most of the lotions, potions, and cosmetics you use are filled with chemicals, as well as the often outrageous prices manufacturers charge to poison you with these toxic wares. If you’re looking for ways to save the environment (and your own health) even as you save a little cash, there’s no reason to purchase beauty products that are laden with harmful chemicals. It turns out that looking beautiful can start at home. With just a few simple, inexpensive, natural materials you can make all the toiletries and cosmetics you might otherwise spend an arm and a leg for. Here are just a few of the products you can make on your own.

1. Shampoo and conditioner. These are actually some of the easiest natural, at-home products to concoct. For example, you can easily make shampoo with boiling water (3 cups), soap flakes (1/2 cup), and glycerin (3 tablespoons). In a pinch you could just add about ¾ cup of Ivory soap shavings to the boiling water since it already contains glycerin and is largely chemical-free (although it does contain some fragrance, according to the label). From there you can add ingredients like rose water or a few drops of essential oils for scent. As for conditioner, all you need to do is massage oil into your scalp (olive, coconut, or safflower, for instance), comb it through your hair, and leave it wrapped in a towel for an hour or so before washing it out.

2. Deodorant. You might be surprised to learn that all the ingredients for natural deodorant can be found in the average kitchen. By mixing equal parts baking soda and cornstarch (try ¼ cup of each) and then adding ¼ to ½ cup of coconut oil (for desired consistency), a tablespoon at a time, you can create a basic bar of deodorant that can be placed in a dispenser or jar and applied with your hands.

3. Lotion. Many people opt to simply rub on olive or coconut oil immediately after a shower for maximum moisture absorption (and adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil will give your skin a lovely scent, as well). But if you’re looking for something a little less oily, think about ordering some natural shea butter online and adding a bit of oil to it until it’s the consistency you prefer. It will make for a rich and creamy lotion that is free of the chemicals normally found in such products.

4. Lip/cheek tint. You may have noticed that certain food items tend to stain your lips naturally when you eat them (berries for example) and you can use this to your advantage when creating a tint. Beets are one good option because of their rosy hue, so chop up a couple, microwave them for 30-60 seconds to draw out the juice, then discard the beets and mix the juice with a couple drops of olive oil and some powdered sugar or cornstarch (the former will be rather tasty). Simply add the powder a bit at a time until your desired consistency is reached (although a product that is too thick may be hard to apply, especially to cheeks).

5. Fruity facial masks. While some women like anti-aging products filled with retinols (or a lunchtime trip to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon for Botox or a thread lift), you can endeavor to keep your skin looking smooth, firm, and wrinkle-free with a facial mask that includes specific fruits. The acid found in strawberries and citrus fruits will help to slough off dead skin cells and dry up excess oil, the antioxidants in blueberries will combat free radicals produced by sun exposure, and the oil in avocados will help to hydrate your skin without clogging pores. When mixed with oatmeal and honey, these items could also aid in exfoliation and kill bacteria that play a role in the formation of acne.

For hectic mornings getting the kids off to school in time, simpli has made a healthier choice for breakfast easy and convenient. No, we are not talking about toaster pastries! simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal comes in 3 flavors, Raspberry, Apricot and Plain, and is packaged in a perfectly portioned bowl. Made of whole grain, natural fiber, GMO-free oats, simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal boasts 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber in a single serving.

Mom” is loving the Raspberry flavor, and the oatmeal can be made in minutes. Topped off with almond milk, this makes a great “go-to” breakfast!

To learn more about simpli Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal, or to locate a retailer near you, please visit livesimpli.com.

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Safe and Natural Ways to Prevent and Reduce Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss is an issue that affects millions of Americans each year, and women aren’t immune to it. On average, you will lose 100 hairs from your scalp a day. Considering the average woman has more than 100,000 hairs, that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, and usually the hair is swiftly replaced by new growth through the same follicle. As with men, most women lose some hair as a natural part of the aging process. But women also experience premature thinning or hair loss. And the reasons for it are vast. Some women lose hair in the couple months following delivering a baby, and can see the hair loss continue for up to six months. Severe stress or a significant illness or operation can also lead to hair loss, as can crash dieting when your body doesn’t get enough protein. Genetic predisposition is another factor, as are changes in hormone levels. And while there isn’t a cure, there are treatments and preventative measures you can take. The goal is not to lean on chemicals that can cause as many problems as they fix, but to find safe and natural ways to prevent and reduce hair loss.

Most of the time, nutrient deficiencies are to blame. If you don’t get enough of the vitamins C, B6, folic acid, A and B12, or are deficient in copper, folic acid, biotin, zinc or iron, you could experience hair loss. Too much vitamin A can actually cause the same thing. So your first step should be making sure you’re getting the proper amount of vitamins each day. Start with a high-potency multivitamin and multimineral, and take them daily. Supplement that with 25,000 units of beta-carotene, 100 milligrams of B-complex, 400 units of vitamin E (and 100 micrograms of selenium to help it absorb into your bloodstream), 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C, 50 milligrams of Zinc, 50 milligrams of Iron, 2 milligrams of copper, 500 milligrams of silica, and 6 grams of amino acids. Check the labels to know how you should spread these out through the day, and whether you should take it with meals or not.

If you’ve suffered some sort of physical trauma, intense mestruation or a crash diet and are losing hair as a result, stick with the multivitamin and iron, but add in 50 milligrams of iron and 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C to absorb it all. If you’ve followed either vitamin plan for a while and aren’t seeing any results, you might not be absorbing the supplements well. You can turn that around by taking digestive enzymes to help increase your stomach acids.

Herbs can also be a huge help, and they’ll usually be applied directly to the scalp. Aloe can be very useful, as can arnica in cream or ointment form, jojoba oil, kalaya oil, licorice as a tincture in your shampoo, rosemary oil mixed with almond oil, sage or safflower. Check with an herbalist to make sure you are mixing everything correctly, and to determine what combination will be the most effective for your particular issues.

All of these options are natural, and completely safe. You won’t have any side effects, and don’t need to worry about physical issues that crop up with a hair transplant or other, more aggressive medical treatment. Just make sure you stick with the program every day, and do whatever you must to reduce the stress levels in your life.

Move over granola bars! There’s a new guilt-free bar in town that will rock your taste buds! Skinnygirl™ has introduced their On-the-Go Bars, which are available in two delicious flavors, Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel! “Mom’s” favorite is definitely the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel – it is hard to believe that these are good for you they taste so decadent, and Skinnygirl™ has placed two 100-calorie portions inside the package to make portion control easier throughout the day. However, once you eat one portion, it will be hard to resist the other one!

Skinnygirl™ On-the-Go Bars are all-natural, Vegan, and Kosher, and contain 4 grams of fiber per bar to keep you feeling full and satisfied longer. The Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate contain 3 grams of protein per bar, and the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel contains 4 grams of protein. For a snack-attack when you are on the move, these definitely do the trick!

Tuck these bars into your purse, gym bag, desk drawer at work, or diaper bag for a quick and healthy pick-me-up during the day instead of reaching for a fattening candy bar. At about $2 per bar, they are a nutritious, guilt-free indulgence! To learn more about Skinnygirl™ On-the-Go Bars, or to order online, visit SkinnyGirlDaily.com.

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One little waterless, non-toxic cleaning towel really CAN do it all! New to one of “Mom’s” favorites brands, ECOS Earth Friendly Products, is the Orange Plus Gentle Cleaning Towels! Safe for use on skin as well as around the home, these convenient towels will clean everything from kitchen and bathroom countertops to children’s dirty hands when on-the-go! The towels smell absolutely fantastic due to the orange oil, which is also an effective cleanser, as well as aloe vera, wheat germ and vitamin E so that your hands stay soft after use.

The cleaning towels come in a small, recyclable container that packs easily or can be kept in the car for use while out and about with the family. Plus, the towels can even be recycled in facilities that can separate HDPE #2 from paper.

Why choose Orange Plus Gentle Cleaning Towels?

•pH 6.0-7.0 (neutral pH), gentle on hands
•Pre-moistened, gentle cleaning towels
•70 small (5” x 8”) towels
•Gentle on even baby’s skin, but still tough on dirt
•Non-polluting/100% biodegradable/non-toxic/natural.
•Made of replenishable/sustainable ingredients
•Plant-based surfactants we use do not harm the item being cleaned, your body or the environment
•Will not etch, scratch, stain or harm most hard surfaces.
•Contains natural orange oil, rosemary, soap bark and chamomile for a refreshing scent
•Contains vitamin E, jojoba oil, wheat germ extract and aloe vera to smooth hands
•DEA free, free of phosphorus/phosphates, mineral acids, HCl, harsh chemicals and solvents, enzymes, chlorine and petroleum ingredients.
•Contains ethanol, derived from corn
•Easy to use, recyclable HDPE #2 container and lid
•Towels may be recycled in facilities which can separate HDPE #2 from paper.

Mom” is a huge fan of ECOS Earth Friendly Products, and these new towels are simply brilliant! To learn more about their entire line of environmentally-friendly household products, please visit ecos.com.

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Grease, blood, tea, coffee, grass stains, wine and other tough stains don’t stand a chance against this new Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover from Dirty Jobs™. Made to tackle anything and everything your household goes through on a daily basis with pets, kids, sports activities, stormy days, and holiday parties – stains are no longer an issue! What makes it so effective? Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover has a higher concentration of oxygen powered enzymes than any other stain remover on the market, making it extremely tough on stains, but gentle on fabrics and surfaces.

What “Mom” loves about this new stain remover is that it is biodegradable and non-toxic, and does not contain chlorine bleach or ammonia. It uses oxygen-powered enzymes to cut through even the nastiest set-in stains! “Mom” tested it on those strange, discolored stains that magically appear on carpets when you have pets and children – worked like a charm!

Why choose Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover?

• Safe for Colors. No Chlorine Bleach. No Ammonia. Biodegradable. Non-Toxic.
• Removes tough stains – laundry, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, upholstery, fabrics and carpet, blood, grease and grime
• Everyday laundry booster – color-safe and bleach-free
• Upholstery and fabrics – stubborn spots and stains
• Bathroom surfaces – removes stains and molds
• For Standard and HE washers

Inspired by his own show, Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, Mike Rowe became involved with MyDirty Jobs, LLC because of the effectiveness of the products are and the creators were open to a new way of marketing the products that appealed to him; they didn’t demonize dirt. The real message is whether it’s as a result of work or play, it’s okay to get dirty. After all, it washes off!

Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover is available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, and you can learn more online at mydirtyjobs.com.

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It’s time to get saucy in the kitchen with Saffron Road™! They have just debuted four new simmer sauces to create authentic world cuisine right in the comfort of your own kitchen. All-Natural, Halal Certified, and Gluten Free – the Simmer Sauces are and delicious and delightfully simple to use. “Mom” and her family make Chicken Tikka Masala quite frequently at home, and so she was excited to try the Tikka Masala. It was rich, spicy and authentic – and much, much quicker to make!

In addition to the Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, Saffron Road™ offers the following new varieties:

Moroccan Tagine – Magic happens inside the domed earthenware pot called the Tagine. Deep inside it, food and spices are transformed by a long oh-so-slow simmering that creates amazing sauces that are filled with flavor. Turn any meal into a Moroccan delicacy with this simmer sauce.

Lemongrass Basil – These are the true Kings of Siam: Lemongrass and Thai Basil. Together these two herbs produce flavor-filled dishes that make Thai Cuisine truly extraordinary.

Rogan Josh – When you see the fiery red color of Rogan Josh, you know you will be experiencing amazing Indian flavor. The blend of exotic Kashmiri peppers and authentic spices creates a sauce that’s just a little spicy and transforms any meal into an experience to savor.

Tikka Masala – The genius of Indian cuisine begins in the tandoori oven, and its most famous creation is Tikka Masala. Saffron Road™’s rich, creamy recipe features authentic tandoori spices that transform ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary meal.

Available in a single-use pouch, each sauce is ideal for simmering the meats or vegetables of your choice. To locate a Whole Foods Market that carries the new simmer sauces, please visit SaffronRoad.com.

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Seeking a cool, refreshing and all-natural beverage to enjoy poolside as the weather warms up? “Mom” has just discovered Sparkling ICE, a zero-calorie, zero carbohydrate and absolutely delightful beverage! A fabulous alternative to soft drinks, or when you want something bubbly and fresh without the calories or caffeine – Sparkling ICE definitely delivers!

Made with fresh mountain spring water, Green Tea extract, and natural fruit juices, Sparkling ICE is available in eight lightly carbonated flavors, including Black Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate Berry, Lemonade, and Coconut Pineapple. “Mom” really enjoyed the Pink Grapefruit! Sparkling ICE can be served alone over ice or used as a no-calorie mixer for your favorite cocktails.

SparklingIce.com.

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