Green Goodies

If you are an eco-enthusiast like myself, you know how important it is to purchase socially conscious products for the planet and humanity on an every day basis.  Whether it is making a huge change for your family and your lifestyle or it is something as simple as recycling when you can, each small effort can make the biggest change for the future!  I've got some really great goodies for the eco-enthusiasts of all levels.

Start with a Simple Change
Laundry, it never seems to get done (at least in my house).  I feel like I get caught up and then an hour later the hamper is piled back up again especially having boys.  Laundry detergent is a huge expense even if you are able to get it on sale.  Not to mention the expense and waste it causes the environment.  With billions of empty plastic jugs going directly into our landfills and the cost to ship these heavy and large jugs around the world, it makes little sense to me as to why we are still using liquid laundry soap.

Years ago, I discovered the brand Dizolve and my laundry routine hasn't been the same since.  If you haven't heard of the brand and all they do, you are going to love how easy it is to make this eco-friendly change even if you can't make any other changes to your lifestyle.  Dizolve is an ultra-concentrated, pre-measured strip of detergent that you tear off and use in your washing machine.  These are beyond easy to use and you never have to worry about using the correct measurement for you load of laundry.

These tiny strips make a BIG difference in TONS of ways.  Not only are they hypoallergenic but the strips are phosphate free and biodegradable.  I love the idea of just using a strip into the laundry without having to worry about spilling liquid detergent on my clothes, the floor, or even all over the washer (yes I've done it a ton of times).  I also find that between the liquid spills and trying to get everything out of the little cups or the last drops out of the bottle, I waste a good portion of my laundry detergent to begin with.  BUT not with Dizolve Detergent Strips!

Another benefit as a Mother, I can finally have my older kids help do the laundry.  Using this easy tear away strip of detergent, I don't have to hover over them or worry about them making a mess and using the wrong amount for a load.  Both my teenager and my 8 year old help a great deal with simple laundry I've sorted for them!  And just in case you were wondering, these work in both your top loading washing machines and the front loader HE machines!  I still can't imagine that nothing similar was made before this product and since changing over, I won't go back to buying the wasteful liquid I once used!
Facebook: Dizolve 
Twitter: @dizolve
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Plan for the Future
I truly believe we need to start teaching our children how to survive without all the luxuries they have become accustom to - you just never know what could happen in the future.  My husband and I have gotten into prepping in a lot of ways for these emergency situations.  But it hasn't been just because we are afraid of what "might" happen.  We also believe that going back to the same traditional homestead values we once had as a society would benefit everyone more than they might realize.

When we discovered the company Valley Food Storage, we knew we had found a brand which shared the same values we did.  "Valley Food Storage was established on the simple fact that there wasn’t a single food supply store that emphasized quality ingredients."  After the founder of VFS invested in a food storage package for his family only to find it had gone bad a few years later when it was meant to last for 25 years, he decided to find a better solution.  After thorough research, Valley Food Storage was born using "the best natural ingredients that contain the necessary vitamins, nutrients and dietary needs to not only allow you to survive, but to thrive!"

Valley Food Storage provides long term food storage available for purchase in yearly, monthly, or single meals.  In addition, they also have emergency supplies kits, food for camping trips, and water purification systems and storage solutions for purchase.  I would not have believed you had you told me these would taste the same as any other home cooked meal before trying it.  The Irish Pub Cheddar Potato soup was a group favorite and in fact I had a hard time telling the kids they couldn't have more than what we tried since it was for an "emergency only".   Here is an all in one shop for any planning for the future you might need!  Ask yourself the same question VFS asks with each product they make, "what good is food storage if no one wants to eat it?".
Facebook: Valley Food Storage 
Pinterest:  Valley Food Storage 
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Reduce, Reuse, and Gift Others
Most of us have heard of the three R's since we were little - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  But really how do we do that in a way that is both beneficial to ourselves and an enjoyable experience.  Recycling is easy when you've got the special bins to toss everything into and the garbage company does all the work for you.  Reducing means using less and wasting less of the bad products...also somewhat easy.  And while reusing any given product may seem somewhat simple of concept, some people don't really enjoy reusing the way they truly could.

With the brand Bottle Cutting Inc., recycling your necessary purchases (up-cycling), reducing your waste, and reusing products is beyond easy AND fun!  Individuals that enjoy "do-it-yourself projects, who love gadgets and creating unique and personalized items for their home" will love Bottle Cutting Inc.  The ultimate in up-cycling has just begun using one of the many Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Kits they have available.

Whether your like me and have tons of empty glass wine and liquor bottles that end up in the recycling bin or worse trash or you just have an preference for unique products, the creations are endless.  With very reasonable bundle offers, there is no reason you can't put your creative mind to work and help the planet at the same time!  Bottle Cutting Inc. has a variety of accessories which help bring your ideas to life and bottle cutting is easier than ever.

Take those empty class bottles and turn them into a new set of wine glasses using the Jabiru Bottle Top Stems.  Use their Soy Candle kit to make your own environmentally friendly candles.  Or simply sand your edges and use the empty class bottles as a beautiful planter for your kitchen window sill.  I can't wait to start creating my own terrariums, center pieces, candy dishes and gifts like a unique vase or glassware set.
Facebook:  Bottle Cutting Inc.
Twitter:  @CutWithKinkajou
Pinterest:  Bottle Cutting Inc. 
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Eat the Green Goodness Up! 
It doesn't get much better than getting to eat something sweet AND good for you.  GoOrganic uses "organic cane sugar and organic brown rice syrup for sweetness".  Their products contain "no trans fats, no preservatives, no corn syrup, no FD&C colors and no hydrogenated oils".  Produced in a nut-free facility, "GoOrganic’s hard candies are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, soy-free, casein-free, nut-free, and vegan (except Honey and Honey Lemon)".

I could not believe how powerful these were and the kids loved them.  My oldest son had the Apple Hard Candy gone within a few days.  Because I am pregnant and only in my first trimester, I am limited on any types of medications I can take (especially this early).  Early on and at the perfect timing for the arrival of our GoOrganic Candies, I ended up with a bad sinus infection and cold at the same time.

Because I know that Ginger can help in several ways when sick, I was psyched about being able to suck on the natural candy instead of loading up on meds.  FYI, the Ginger Extreme hard candy was extremely strong...but, it helped relieve both my sore throat and nasal congestion.  It even helped ease my stomach being pregnant with severe morning sickness all at the same time as being sick.

I am usually not a fan of candy at all but every once in a while mom has to satisfy her sweet tooth too!  This made me feel a lot less guilty about breaking my dieting and healthy eating trends which I work so hard to stick to!  I love that with GoOrganic, the kids think they are getting a treat but Mom knows they are a much better snack choice than any of the other candy they would normally be eating.
Facebook:  GoOrganic 

Twitter:  @goorganiccandy
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  1. I am most excited to win the Bottle Cutter Kit and Accessories. I would love to be able to upcycle bottles and I love learning new crafts.

  2. I am most excited at the chance to win the Big Bag Bed. We just came from the website and looking at buying at least one to try to plant a few things on our deck.

  3. I am an eco-enthusiast also! I love finding out about new and wonderful products like this!
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  4. I want to win because this is such an innovative product, and I wouldn't have to lug a big bottle of detergent around.

  5. I love how easy these will be for my teen when she heads off to college this fall! We haven't used traditional, store purchased laundry products in many years so this will work great as it's biodegradable and great for sensitive skin!

  6. I love how easy this is to use...tear and go!

  7. I like that they are biodegradable, work in HE machines and do not mess up septic tanks

  8. We try to be eco-friendly in the products we use so Dizolve strips fit in our family life!

  9. I love how environmentally sensitive this laundry product is. And gentle on sensitive skin!

  10. What an easier way to do issues of liquid spilling on clothes and leaving spots!

  11. I love how environmentally sensitive this laundry product is.

  12. I love how easy the left over packaging is to recycle! Cardboard is a guarantee recycle where plastics are limited in our area.

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  18. Dizolve is a unique and amazing product! So easy to use and eco friendly!

  19. I want to win because this looks very useful!


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