Organica Deluxe Baby Products

44If you are concerned about the toys your baby puts in their mouth, the clothes they wear that is rubbing up against their little bodies, or the lotions and bubbles that are used on their skin daily, then you should see the wonderful products that Organica Deluxe offers for your little bundle of joy.

All products are organic and made with your little one in mind. From adorable 100% certified organic cotton fleece or 100% certified organic cotton velour blankets to organic cotton baby wear to natural and organic baby cream. Even the stuffed animals are dyed with metal-free dyes, making them a completely safe and non-toxic snuggle companion for your little one.

Their baby creams that they sell are Veda Baby products which are all natural and honestly pure skincare for those families that need skincare solutions for their childrens rashes, sensitive skin, and allergy challenged skin.

Why You Should Drink Organic Milk

1163228_61960853Milk is comprised of water, lactose, fat, protein and minerals, and is a food rich in calcium, protein, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin and Vitamins A, D, & B12. And when its organic milk from sustainable farms, it ensures a body is receiving these essential nutrients without added hormones.

Most milk contains recombinant Bovine Somatatropin (rBST), also known as recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone(rBGH), which is an artificial stimulant that increases a cow’s milk production by 10-15% and causes undue stress to cows.

Monsanto and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk and safe to cows and consumers. However:

  • rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), excess levels of which have been incriminated as major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
  • rBGH milk is contaminated by the GE hormone which can be absorbed through the gut and induce immunological effects.
  • rBGH milk is contaminated by pus from mastitis induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.
  • rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 veterinary health risks on its Posilac label including mastitis and udder inflammation. Taken from Shirley’s Wellness Cafe, What is rBGH.

Organic milk is produced by cows on certified organic farms, fed organic feed, and never treated with antibiotics for rBST. Federal statutes require farms to restrict pest control and receive third party certification in regards to certifying that the milk is organic. Organic dairy farmers also focus on humane and holistic animal treatment.

There has been some controversy on whether or not its worth it to buy organic milk, but with all the research that has been done, its easy to see that organic milk or natural milk that is rBST free are much better for you.

Organic Soda! Is it possible?

377821955_1ca3aa95feOrganic Soda seems to be an oxymoron. How can soda be healthy, much less organic? Can the same substance that’s full of carbonation and leaves your teeth felling grimy be environmentally friendly? After doing some research, its apparent that there are quite a few organic soda companies popping up on the radar. So in case you want to be organically balanced, yet love the taste of soda fizzling in your mouth, here’s some products to check out:

Whole Earth Foods-Their organic cola is a winner, made with the African cola nut and 95% organic ingredients. It’s also suitable for vegans; many may not know that other cola producers (shall we mention Coca-Cola?) use ingredients that are tested on animals or derived from animal by-products like glycerin. This drink is not. It contains about 172 calories per can.

Santa Cruz Soda-With 95% organic ingredients,and 130 calories, it’s not a diet drink. That’s because it’s packed with great juice taste. Try their Orange Mango soda.

Nutrisoda-Produced by Airforce, it comes with names like Renew, Calm, Slender, and Energize. Each drink contains natural ingredients that claim to aid with anxiety, fat burning, and memory loss. And they contain 10-15 calories per 8.4 oz serving (250 mL). You can visit their website for more information, including a look at their ingredient lists.

Maine Root organic soda-A recent phenomenon produced by two brothers, Maine Root sodas are made with organic cane juice, purified water, natural extracts and spices. A favorite is their root beer.

Check these out and let us know what you think!

Your Home Harvests

basket-9If you live in Salem, Oregon and surrounding areas you are fortunate to have the opportunity to have Your Home Harvests create a garden for you. Many of us want to eat organic and would love to have our own gardens but most of us don’t have the time or knowledge to get it started. Your Home Harvests can help.

What makes Your Home Harvest such a great company to work with is that they plant the garden in your own yard and give you the choice of taking it from there or have them do all the hard work. This is great for older folks who can no longer do the physical work or for those business workers who just don’t have the time in the day to keep up with a gardens constant needs. Another option you have is to create your own package to fit your needs.

Price:

Most gardens will cost between $2 and $4 per square foot of growing space. Small gardens start under $300 and there are several garden configurations under $500 installed.

Services:

  • The whole kit & caboodle – They install, maintain and harvest your garden from installation through October.
  • Preparation and ongoing advice – They install your garden beds and prepare the soil, plant what can go in at that time, leave you with some seeds, plants, and a week by week garden calendar. They will track your garden in their system and be available by phone to answer your questions.
  • Just the Preparation – They install your garden beds and prepare the soil, plant what can go in at that time and leave you with some seeds and a garden calendar to help you go it alone.

Phiosophy:

They believe that children and adults should be able to pick a tomato off the vine and eat it without fear, so we use no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers in our gardens.

If you are interested in having Your Home Harvest start a garden for you, give them a call. Click here for their contact information.

Tips for growing organic herbs

herbsHerbs are one of the easiest and best type of plants that you can grow in your home or local garden. Farm Fresh Living has some great tips on how to grow herbs, where to place them and how to plant them. Don’t be afraid this summer to give growing herbs a shot. It can be done easily in small pots in your kitchen window or outside in a backyard or garden. You can also incorporate herbs into gardens with perennials or on the corner of a flower patch.

Farm Fresh Living suggests, When planting herbs either from seed or from established plugs and plants, always start with soil that has been amended with organic matter. For container plantings do not use garden soil as it is too heavy and will not drain properly, instead use a good quality organic potting soil that contains perilite for drainage. If you are growing herbs from seed, always use certified organic herb seed whenever possible. Certified organic herb seeds are not anymore expensive than standard herb seeds but are much healthier for you and for the environment.”

Here are a few of their basic tips for successfully growing organic herbs:

  • Most herbs will grow well with the same sunlight (6-8 hours), fertility, soil, growing conditions, and cultural techniques required by vegetables grown in hardy gardens.
  • The soil should not be extremely acid or alkaline; a soil nearly neutral is best for most herbs. A pH reading between 6.5 and 7.0 produces the best herbs.
  • Most herbs do not require a highly fertile soil. Highly fertile soils tend to produce excessive foliage that is poor in flavor.
  • Herbs grow best when soils have adequate organic matter. Add new organic matter every year to your herb beds
  • Growing herbs in raised beds is an easy way to correct soil and drainage problems.
  • Mints can be invasive; grow mints either in pots or in segregated areas of the garden.
  • Herbs make great container plants and can be added into container plantings with annuals such as violas and verbena for added splashes of color.
  • Grow herbs in a location that is convenient to harvest the herbs on a regular basis.

Happy Planting!

Green Your Mother’s Day

1127039_28731242Oh my, I almost forgot, Mothers Day is just around the corner, literally! Its this Sunday. Have you picked out something lovely for your wonderful mum? If not, can I make some suggestions? Below I have a list of green, eco-friendly gifts for mothers of all ages.

Candles – Try a scent of SCANDAL candle – Make your mother feel like she is all that with scents like Hot Mama, or Green Queen. Eco-friendly, hand poured, 100% soy wax candle and completely metal-free all-cotton wicks. Offering more than forty scents.

ChocolatesFINE & RAW is raw chocolate. Crafted using conscious ingredients with artisan low heat techniques to keep raw vitality. Cunningly absent of sugar, dairy and additives.

JewelryRecycled LP Jewelry from WrecordsByMonkey. They have a Heritage Collection with jewelry that is reminiscent of flea market relics and antique shop treasures, this collection’s unique combination of vintage imagery with recycled materials showcases another level of WrecordsByMonkey’s design style.

Bath & Body ProductsOrganic Bath Co. is dedicated to making high quality, organic, skin care products at an affordable price. They are committed to avoiding the use of the potentially harmful chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients. They use recycled and recyclable materials in all their packaging and strive to produce, market and distribute our products with the least possible negative environmental impact.

FlowersRecycled Newspaper Roses are an eco-friendly alternative to fresh flowers. Handmade by Girls Club members, these flowers never die!

Bedding – 100% Organic Cotton Duvets, Towels, Sheets, Blankets and Throws from Under the Canopy. They work with certified organic and sustainable fibers and manufacture with a focus on “human first” working conditions.

Baby Bean Vintage Daywear

home-taglineBaby Bean vintage daywear, one-of-a-kind, cool, girly clothing made with 100% vintage fabrics is based in Dallas, Texas, and was created in 2004 by Christine Visneau. Christine studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is inspired daily by her two little girls.

Each collection is crafted from and inspired by vintage fabrics. Each garment is handmade and truly one-of-a-kind. Our silhouettes are simple and modern, and the rich vintage textiles give each garments a timeless and classic feel.

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Their new 2009 spring and summer collection is now available. They have clothes for little girls ranging in sizes 6 months to 6 years. Each item is made by hand and no two are alike. You also have the option to choose your own fabric from the swatches they have available. Each cute little outfit is made so brilliantly and feminine, perfect for your little angel. Great attention to detail and use of contrasting fabrics. You are bound to love whatever you buy from Baby Bean.

You can visit the Baby Bean website, Baby Bean Etsy Shop, where she offers a a lot of the same items from the website but also has some other items; or you can check out the Baby Bean Vintage Studio blog where she keeps you informed on some of the new styles she is making.

Ely Organics

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If you are looking for organic products that you can trust and that come with the highest International food standards, try Ely Organics.

Ely Organics are made with only the finest organic cold pressed oils, essential oils, herb extracts and flower extracts; Ingredients so pure you could eat them. miessence® is currently one of a few skin care products on the planet that has submitted to, and complies with, the rigorous processing and labelling requirements for certified organic food products.

Erin Ely discovered Miessence products while reading ingredient labels.

I know I can trust the organic integrity of Miessence products because of their third party independent organic certification. Third party certification is the highest level of verification there is for an organic product.

In 2005 Erin Ely became an independent Representative with ONE Group and started her home based business; Ely Organics.

Ely Organics offers a variety of products for Hair, Body, Oral, Baby & Mother, Cosmetics, Health Care, and Household. They have each product in full size, travel size and sample size.

I’m impressed with the fact that these products are so pure that you can actually eat them. I don’t want to be putting a bunch of toxic chemicals on my face that can cause long term health problems. And the fact that these products are safe around babies and animals is always a plus.

Eco Linens

med-600sensuale-27Who doesn’t want to dry off with supple organic cotton towels or slip into a chemical-free linen clad bed? If you are like me, you probably slip into a bed that has been chemically treated with some of the worlds most hazardous chemicals. Some of your most precious parts touch those sheets and towels you use everyday. So why wouldn’t you want to buy the best for your naked body to indulge in?

Eco-friendly alternatives made from organic cotton now abound, and rapidly renewable fibers such as bamboo have expanded their reach with more colors and designs than ever before and they’re no longer thin or coarse.

Here are some naked body worthy Eco Linens to consider:

Anna Sova Luxury Organic Linens: Milled in Switzerland with 100% US organic Pima cotton; our linens are finished in Italy with eco safe cotton bleaching, dyeing and finishing processes. As some of the world’s first high thread count organic cotton sheets, these linens help to reduce the amount of pesticides used in the US, and processing chemicals used in Italy.

Amenity Modern Organic bedding: All of their dyes are eco-friendly, non-toxic, water-based dyes and our organic bedding is made from 300 thread count cotton that’s been organically grown and organically processed.

Gaiam Thick and Thirsty Organic Cotton Towels: Tightly woven with premium long-staple 100% organic cotton, these 800-gram weight towels make every shower and bath a spa experience. Rich colors are created with low eco-impact dyes. Chlorine- and softener-free finishing preserves the purity and softness of the cotton.

The Company Stores Organic Cotton Jersey Bedding: Luxuriously soft and comfortable, their jersey knit bedding is safe for even sensitive, allergy-prone sleepers because it’s 100% certified organic cotton. The solid colors have been dyed and finished according to strict Oeko-Tex standards.

NVEY Le Maquillage – eco organic makeup

winter_06Go green this spring with Australian cosmetic house NVEY Le Maquillage‘s eco organic makeup. Going green never felt so good.

NVEY ECO is one of the first organic cosmetics brands in the U.S market. Formulated with a careful blend of plant and mineral ingredients, natural botanical extracts and antioxidants, NVEY ECO products offer pure, gentle and beautiful make-up products for the most discerning beauty buffs. Ingredients from this unique line of make-up include Natural Beeswax, Rose Absolute, Jojoba Oil, Chamomile and selected prove vitamins such as A, E and C Known for their restorative and soothing properties. NVEY ECOs wide range of long-lasting eye shadows, bronzers, foundations, lipsticks, and mascaras run the gamut in hues, textures, and finishes offering eco-friendly make-up choices for sexy green consumers.

All NVEY makeup is:

  • Talc Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Preservative Free as of July 2008
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate Free
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • GM Free
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • No Petroleum Based Ingredients
  • No Nanotechnology Based Ingredients

Check out their Eco Exchange Program where if you return six NVEY eco primary components, NVEY will provide in “exchange” one complimentary NVEY eco organic eye shadow. For complete details click here.