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OrganicIndiaTea

Over the past few years, I have learned so much about eating healthy, local and organic and we feel so much better! I am always on the lookout for USDA organic products that I can trust to nourish myself and my family. Recently, as a member of Moms Meet  (greenmomsmeet.com), I received samples to try out from ORGANIC INDIA.

As a tea lover, I was very excited to see the USDA logo on some delicious sounding teas! ORGANIC INDIA makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea in over 20 flavors, and I tried out:

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Original
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose
I later bought the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger

My favorite may be the original Tulsi. I started with that one and just love it. The flavor is light and delicate, but seems to have a more robust flavor to me than a green tea, for example. I did not feel I needed to add lemon or honey to enjoy it, and it was not too strong or dense a tea flavor either. I was happy that I did not have to talk my family into trying our Organic India items. On the contrary, I had to share more than I wanted to! MY husband loved the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa, and pretty much used the whole box. My one daughter enjoyed the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose, and I was thrilled when she would choose that over something like hot chocolate. Seriously.

cup of tea

When I ran out of all my teas, I got the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger, and I like that as well. It has a definite ginger bit of spiciness to it. My least favorite would be the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green, that just did not taste enough for me. The teas are organic, caffeine free and just as much a herbal supplement as a cup of tea. The Holy Basil is noted for its stress relieving properties. Organic India website mentions that “modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress.

Support for the immune system
Increased stamina and endurance
Relief and protection from everyday stress
Abundant antioxidants”

video on tulsi:

Other tea flavors add additional properties, but after drinking the Tulsi teas for over a month, I agree they are stress relieving and I really look forward to my cup of tea.

I also realized that Organic India offers all kinds of organically grown herbal supplements. I began to try out several supplements that came in capsule form as well as a neat product, Moringa Leaf Powder.

As we enjoy smoothies very often, the Moringa Leaf Powder was easy to incorporate into our diet. I simply added a 1/2 teaspoon whenever I made a smoothie. I also would sprinkle it into stews and soups, occassionally pasta sauce. I think it gave my family some benefit. Research supports that it definitely can. I can say that my kids stayed healthy during a nasty round of colds and flu going around!

smoothie with moringa

Here are some details on Moringa:

  • Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.
  • Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
  • Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
  • This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
  • ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.
  • One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

How will you enjoy your daily dose of Moringa? You can sprinkle it in soups, smoothies, and over salads, or combine it with almost anything to create a power-packed punch of nutrition. Moringa can be mixed in with mac-and-cheese or other children’s foods to add a serving of the green superfood to kids’ diets as well.

The herbal supplements I tried include:

Moringa (in capsule form) -help to restore your imbalances, add concentrated superfood nutrition to your diet and help you to consume the recommended 6-10 servings of vegetables per day.

Joy! -uplifts mood, boosts energy and vitality, and reduces emotional tension and stress

Turmeric Formula -supports important blood and liver functions, healthy joints and overall well-being, which is ultimately reflected in a radiant, supple skin.

My husband has been using the Moringa and says he feels better when he takes it. I take the Joy! and Turmeric and I feel that they have helped keep me reasonably healthy during a hard winter. I love knowing that the supplements are USDA certified, that makes me more confident in their ability to work.

Video on supplements:

ORGANIC INDIA describes its mission as “To provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products.” ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops.

So far, I am very impressed with these products. The teas and supplements we tried are tasty and I feel they are of good quality. I like that the Organic India USA website offers ALL kinds of detailed information on their products, even videos explaining the health benefits of the various supplements. Try out their Organic India Herb Finder! #momsmeet

As well as online, I can find the teas in many of my local stores including Vitamin Shoppe and my local Food Co-op.

I really recommend these products. Check them out for yourself, and Save 20% on Organic India products by using the code kiwi20. This code is for one-time use only.

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*I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

British Soccer Camps

Heather —  February 25, 2015

British Soccer Camp

As we recently moved into a new area, my world is a bit upside down right now. And, while I am figuring out what activities are available for my kids at the moment, the Summer Camp programs and registrations are all popping up already! I know many camps fill up quickly, so I am sifting through some things, trying to come up with some plans for Summer.

One thing that caught my attention was the British Soccer Camp. Em has played Soccer for a few years and always enjoys it, so I think we will try this out. There appear to be camps for all ages, nationwide, and the prices look very reasonable. I am really looking forward to reviewing this opportunity.

Check it out:

British Soccer

British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America – 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

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*I will receive a promotional item in return for posting about British Soccer Camp.

Your Tea

Caitlin Webb —  February 1, 2015

I think by now we’ve all heard the varied opinions on detoxes. Some are for a strict juice detox or otherwise, and some say that our liver does a fine job of detoxing on its own – why starve ourselves?!

I am never one for starving myself so I am somewhere in the middle. I listen to my body as best I can and it is definitely not telling me to go hungry (big surprise) But if I can find a way to support my liver, sure!

FullSizeRender (7)I’m always keeping an eye out for small, sustainable things I can build into my daily routines, because if I make something a habit, I don’t have to use willpower to keep it up!! I came across Your Tea, and I was excited to test it out. Your Tea builds its blends according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles to bring together an effective fusion of herbs that can assist with:

bloating
indigestion
problematic skin
cellulite
increase energy
reduction of excess weight
increase energy

I regularly drink herbal tea (my usual is peppermint with raw honey and ACV added) so adding this to my routine was easy! The biggest benefit I noticed was that it helped me to pay attention to when and what I was eating, and it reduced my appetite – especially for sweets. After a few days I was actually craving the earthy tea instead of sweets. Most importantly, it does not have a laxative effect!

It gently cleanses and nourishes the digestive system, helping it to work efficiently and keeping you in tip-top shape. I believe that if your gut is unhappy – there is no doubt that symptoms will show throughout the rest of your body! I experienced this for years until I realized I was only treating symptoms not finding the root of the problem.

Initially, the Tiny Tea may stir up some…leftover stuff in your digestive system, so I experienced maybe two days of a weird feeling after the tea, but after that I craved it.

In addition to the Tiny Tea, they have tons of other varieties I am interested in that assist with fertility, hormone balance and more. Find them here.

Visit the site to find all the details and take advantage of a 5% coupon when you sign up for their newsletter!

Do you drink herbal tea for your health? What’s your favorite?

 

 

A Clean Slate! Your Health

Caitlin Webb —  January 20, 2015

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So, how are the resolutions going?

Whether you like to enter the new year with a list of resolutions for yourself or not – you can’t deny that a shiny new year is associated with a clean, fresh start!

I personally do not like resolutions. Only a mere 8% of people have success*, and the rest may feel badly about the “failure” and end up worse than before! A big new years resolution (they can be small but let’s face it, they are usually big ones) doesn’t exactly jive with the “baby steps” path to health that I subscribe to. For example, the top resolution is to lose weight. But that doesn’t associate well with the reason WHY you want to do that, or how. It’s a giant, looming, disconnected ambition without a plan. Instead, choose a baby step that focuses on happiness, or a small goal that is a part of reaching your weight goal. In time, the weight loss will feel like a coincidental by-product.

With that in mind, do take advantage of the clean slate and think about what baby steps you can take this month to start the year off right! Maybe this will be the year of lasting habits, not resolutions.

Keep an eye on your email – this month we have several giveaways coming up to help you on your way!

In the meantime, get into the mood for change…

Get excited with a new Sugar Paper calendar

This one is my favorite! I can’t resist gold dots…it’s a problem.

Let TED talks give you some ideas for more enjoyable resolutions

2014 still weighing on you? Learn how to get over anything

Add some happy habits to your life.

I love this post from Zen Habits – my thoughts exactly!

 

*Statistics Brain http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook

By Caitlin Grace Webb, Lifestyle Contributor

I have been on a real food, whole food journey for a while now. One of my favorite resources is the 100 Days of Real Food blog by Lisa Leake. Lisa’s blog combines the necessary resources for a whole food lifestyle with the common sense and simplicity needed for real life. For me, it is a reliable, comfortable resource.  Since I’ve been following her blog from the beginning, I am so excited to be a cookbook ambassador and review the book I received!

She recently released her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, and it is a perfect reflection of the blog. Not just recipes, but dedicated to making the recipes and lifestyle easy and natural for you and your family. No kids yet here – but if you are a parent you will love the tips! I have been in awe of what she is doing for her children for years.

This is not just how to cook healthful recipes, but how to make it happen and why.

My favorites so far are the Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan and the Chocolate Truffles made with dates. If you are not yet using fresh Medjool dates as a dessert option, start now! I could not live without them.

100 days cookbook eggplant pic

Photo by Caitlin Webb

I love the chapters designed to make this easy – grocery lists that aren’t confining, favorite brands and dried spices and tips for substitution equivalents. And the chapters that provide the facts and awareness needed for a whole food lifestyle  – details about whole wheat and whole grains, processed ingredients versus homemade ingredients and why food dyes are horrible (a personal favorite), among other things!

Gluten-free, Vegetarian and dairy-free recipes are included, as well as freezer friendly options (is anyone NOT taking advantage of freezer cooking yet?!). And, all the photos are gorgeous!

With any cookbook or blog I use, my favorite tool is Pepperplate. It is a wonderful meal planning app that syncs wirelessly so I have my shopping lists and recipes available wherever I go! If you feel stuck when you go to the grocery store – give it a try!

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Email me for my favorite tips!

Try my favorite recipe and share your comments below!

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

Photo by Carrie Vitt

Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan

If you do not already follow Lisa’s blog, check it out here. Or, find her on Facebook! That is actually my favorite way to check in and see the latest. Don’t wait to transform your idea of real food, buy her cookbook today!

Enjoy life!


 

Caitlin profile picLiving by the beach in Charleston, SC, Caitlin is an artist by nature and is inspired by the beauty in everyday life. You can find her doing yoga, making jewelry, working, cooking and decorating her new home.

 

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC, or the manufacturer of the product.

 weight management aid #shop

Recently, through a review with Moms Meet, I began taking Calorease. This is a stimulant free, weight management aid. I thought it sounded worth trying out, because it was stimulant free, and naturally sourced and didn’t contain anything that seemed like it could hurt my body.

Calorease is not a special diet, but exactly what is says, a weight aid. You eat normally (hopefully well) and exercise as usual for best results. But prior to each time you eat, you take two of the capsules. The active ingredient FBCx binds and eliminates up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat, reducing up to 500 calories a day from the fat in foods.

When I began using the Calorease in September, I was bad about remembering to take it before each meal. I was often going to “save” it for meals that I felt contained a bunch of fat. After about a week, I was better about remembering to just go ahead and take it.

After a bit, I noticed that they improved my regularity, and overall I lost about 5 pounds without changing my habits in any other way. One additional side effect was that I became more thoughtful again about my habits and felt more powerful about making more healthy eating changes.

They have blister pouches providing 1 serving (2 tablets) so it’s easy to take with you. A 90-tablet pack of Calorease retails for $29.99. It is available at GNC and also online.

Want a 50% discount?  Pay only $14.99 for a 90-tablet pack. Visit calorease.com/buy and enter code 4MOMS.

See calorease.com to see a video of how it works, and the research behind it. #momsmeet

You can stay updated on the latest offers and promos on Facebook.com/calorease, and find them online here:

Show us your OMGuac Lunch!

Heather —  August 20, 2013

Wholly Guacamole Creative Lunch Contest

You could win $100 gift card and FREE Wholly Guacamole® dip!

I love using Wholly Guacamole® in my kids lunches with the little packs. But now, even I am feeling extra creative after seeing the lunch ideas the people at Wholly Guacamole® have come up with!

I think this website and contest are fun and full of healthy ideas, so I’m proud to share:

“The Wholly Guacamole® brand wants to help you make lunch for you and your kids OMGuac-tastic!  After all, Wholly Guacamole is the Offical sponsor of the OMGuac Lunch!

Stop by eatwholly.com/omg for some great ideas, a coupon and a chance to win $100 gift card with FREE Wholly Guacamole products! Three winners are chosen weekly through Sept. 27.

The One Lunch, Two Ways gives you inspiration on how to create two completely different lunches with most of the same ingredients! Take a look and print out the shopping list for your favorite ideas. 

Wholly Guacamole One Lunch 2 ways

This is a great resource for healthy  & fun lunch ideas!

  • Get OMGuac Lunch inspiration and shopping lists to print
  • Watch fun videos to help break out of the boring lunch mode
  • Print your $1.00 coupon good for anyWholly™ product
  • Enter your OMGuac lunch photo for a chance to win $100 and FREE Wholly Guacamole products”

Go check out OMGuac Your Lunch! and make some fantastic lunches!

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The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help.

Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are, what they look like and how to treat them.

The site offers a variety of tools including:

So if you’re trying to get rid of head lice post-camp, or a parent who always likes to be prepared for next season, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice for more information.