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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.

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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!

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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.

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/

Weight Watchers Diary Day 2

Heather —  January 31, 2013
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Getting used to planning what I will eat

 

Weight Watchers Dairy — Login Day 2

Well, today was my true kick –off day! I was ready, after trying out the Weight Watchers 360 and the app last night. So far today, I am doing super well.

At 8 am, I was a bit shocked to realize my “bit” of milk in my coffee was actually a ¼ cup of milk and worth 1 point. I often have about 4 cups of coffee throughout the day, so there’s a cup of milk. I had a few light bulb moments like this as the day went on.

I did sit each time, while eating. I KNOW this will help me, because I am bad about eating little bits while fixing the kids meals. This way, nothing goes in my mouth unless I am sitting (except water/coffee!) I do better choosing all or nothing goals like this.

I had one frustration today.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I want to be brutally honest so others can see this from all angles. My frustration was with the barcode scanner. Many of my foods were not recognized by the scanner.

I have used My Fitness Pal before and I liked that scanner. For now, I figure it may be user error and I will keep at it, but I want to be able to scan and enter bar codes, not figure out every detail of a food myself. Even for some Natura Cabernet Sauvingnon…I could not find any calorie information even on the Natura website. I have not asked for help on the forum, so I should probably do that.

I guess my biggest wish right now would be that I could scan everything more easily. I’m about to make some homemade chili and I want my true calories not what someone else thinks may be in this. Hmmmm. This will take a bit of time.

But, nevertheless, I sit here today knowing I have eaten less and been more aware of my intake. I also did some cleaning, so a grabbed 1 extra weight watchers point for that. Tomorrow I hit the new Kinnect exercise video I got for Christmas.

I also got some things at the store to try a new recipe. This was a featured recipe on the app and is only 1 point!

weight watchers 360

weight watchers featured recipe

Another plus is that my children are watching and becoming more aware of portion sizes. I have always taught them that, but it is true that they learn what they see me do…not always the same as what I say.

“I received a trial of the WW online program to facilitate my review.” “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

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Weight Watchers Diary

Heather —  January 30, 2013
weight watchers online community profile

all set up!

So…my blog is looking so empty lately! I made a decision back in late Fall to pay attention to mainly the holidays and my family, rather than mess around with the blog.

I do love sharing things when I hear about great educational tools, or super deals, or a neat new organic product…but my family was missing me. So, I had a fantastic holiday season, and posted all my opinions and deals on facebook, then sat back and wondered what I wanted to do with this blog. Honestly, I am still not sure. BUT, I do want to share more about healthy living, from organic eating, to making sure our children are protected from environmental toxins, to just being fit through exercise. So, I will be making sure that things I post on the site are worthy for that end goal.

I also want to take care of myself better. And I have zero discipline apparently. Enter Weight Watchers.

Weight Watchers Login, Day 1 (1/30/13)

Put starting off all day. I wanted to start when I felt rested, relaxed.  To start on a day when I had already eaten perfectly and exercised. Finally, at about 8 pm, I just grabbed computer and started, no really good time to do this.

When I first logged on to Weight Watchers (WW) online, my browser made it impossible to upload a photo for my profile. This made me so frustrated. I actually thought about crying for a minute. Then, I got a grip and I changed from Firefox to Chrome and got a picture uploaded. I hate looking at those grey shadow boxes.

Well, that done, I logged in all my personal information, weight, and got all set up. A mediator for the site welcomed me, which was nice, but I still felt overwhelmed. There were so many places to begin!

I began to read some of the stories and articles. I watched a few “how to” videos on how to use the point system. I really liked the portions of the site that gave me great big visuals. (lame, I know) but I felt more relaxed choosing to add a new “routine card” to my file than reading about routines. I immediately chose three routines that I know I need:

  • To eat breakfast
  • To eat at a table (yes, I like to eat and blog) GASP
  • To eat free of distractions, Yes, no more eating while I feed the kids or clean the kitchen.

The first goal the site gave me for actual target weight loss is to lose 9 pounds at a rate of ½ to 2 pounds per week. Not sure why the site chose that, I’m sure I will figure this out as I go.

After all that, I uploaded the Weight Watchers mobile app and the barcode scanning app. You can download lite versions of these free, by the way.

I wanted to share about this on the blog, in the hopes that someone finds it at least interesting, if not helpful. I did get a free three month subscription to the online Weight Watchers tools in return for posting once in a while. I plan to post very often, mainly in dairy, journal form, because this is easy for me.

So, let me know if you are on any similar healthy journeys, whether eating organic or starting an exercise program or losing weight with a particular program. If you’re on Weight Watchers, comment and I’ll look for you in the online community.

Well, let me know if anyone has any questions about how this all works as I go, I am excited. I just decided this because there is actually a group doing this: my goal is to lose 26 pounds by July 4th.

*I received a complimentary 3 month subscription to Weight Watchers Online. “People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.”

 

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Applegate Natural Deli Meats

Heather —  October 25, 2012

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I recently sampled Applegate natural deli meats through Moms Meet.  

 Ordinarily I really try to stick with purely organic meats, and I was familiar with Applegates organic line. I do feel that Applegate has an understanding of healthful practices I care about and I was interested in the lower price point, so I tried their Natural Roast Beef, Smoked Turkey and Roasted Turkey.

12574I was most impressed with the Roast Beef. I thought that was delicious. The meat had good flavor and texture and was sliced a bit thick compared to what I ask for at the deli (a more slivered cut), still for the roast beef I liked the thicker cut. One slice was perfect for a sandwich. The kids also loved the roast beef. It was moist, but not wet and had little fat.

With the Natural Honey and Maple Turkey, I liked the flavors very much, but I didn’t like the thickness of the slice. I really like turkey sliced very thin. The turkey texture seemed too moist for me and the one package had a vein running through it that ruined that package for me. I just pulled all that off and used the other half. Sometimes, that happens with deli meats, but I usually ask the slicer and if the meat is not nice, I’ll try a different one. I do think this was random, because another package I got was fine. Next time, I will check the packaging more thoroughly.

I also have purchased the pepperoni and I like that one very much. The flavor is good and the size is perfect to make a pizza or two.

The price point runs about $3.99 to 5.99 at my stores and I think these are a good buy for my family as I trust this brand more than others when it comes down to being free of nitrates, nitrites, and other artificial ingredients, and of course, without antibiotics.

My daughter and I love having lettuce wraps with Applegate Turkey slices, carrots and cheese, dipped in a bit of blue cheese dressing. I feel that a slice of deli meat is a great source of protein in the middle of the day for all of us.

In fact, one day, while running errands, we realized we had forgotten to eat. I was near our local coop store, so we ran in and grabbed a bag of Applegate roast beef and the kids and I ate that in the car. We felt much better and I was glad to have that healthy option for a quick bite.

Guess what? I get to offer a giveaway of Applegate product for two readers thanks to Applegate and Moms Meet!

To enter, visit www.applegate.com and then come back here and leave me a comment about something you learned on their site.

(The giveaway will end on October 31, 2012. Two commenters will be chosen via random.org, limited to U.S. residents only)

Find out more about Applegate online: www.applegate.com and www.facebook.com/applegatefarms

Curious about Moms Meet? Visit their website at www.greenmomsmeet.com

“I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM 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.”

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Summer is here! My children make this abundantly clear, waving swimsuits and tennis rackets around me, begging me to come and play.

A long day of swimming, eating hot dogs and ice cream, smelling of sunscreen, wearing shades and hearing kids laugh is a good way to spend a Summer day.

And now we have the cutest sunglasses!  New Crocs™ Sunglasses. I heard of these and they sounded so great. So, as a treat for the kids, I asked to do a product review. They came right before Memorial Day. The timing of the box…and the sunglasses inside, couldn’t have been more perfect.

I loved all the styles we got. They are good-looking, really stylish. My favorite is the adult Aviator style. A nice extra is that the adult styles have eco friendly polarized lenses made of cellulose (natural and renewable resource) plus 100% UV protection. They are very smooth and comfortable as well as classy. My teenage son is a lifeguard and he looks awesome in these. On top of that they are very sturdy to survive all his Summer work  and sports.

(Honestly, I wanted these for the kids, but now I want some! so good looking and soft, with a neat little carrying pack that doubles as a lens cleaner.)

My teen daughter has the classic look with her new Crocs™ Sunglasses.

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Her colors are even more playful though, in white and a bright green. They look cute and she likes the idea of being able to mix and match parts to make her own unique color combinations – and maybe trade with her friends.

Check out this video that shows the unique way to switch up your shades!

My youngest loves having the same shaped glasses as her big sister! She has the playful popular shape and can mix and match faces and arms to create her own styles as well. She says they are comfy and that they stay on well. They seem to fit her little face well.

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I love that the kids sunglasses also have 100% UV protection. Because of Em’s epilepsy, we need to make sure her eyes are protected as they seem super sensitive to sunlight. It is important to make sure kids eyes are protected these days. Read more about the importance of UV Eye Protection with Kids.

Overall I think the Crocs™ Eyewear is good looking and very well made. Each style pair we received seem durable—even the aviators had a nice solid feel to them. I even dropped a pair from our top porch and they came up unscathed.

They have the 100% UV ray protection, tons of colors and styles. The special patented hinges that flex for an individual fit are comfortable, and the newest thing with the Jibbitz™ Hinges, being able to switch out the hinges and temple pieces to mix and match new colors, is great fun for the kids.

Really perfect and cool, just in time for Summer. Crocs makes life easy yet stylish again!

Buy them or get details on the Crocs™ Eyewear collection on the Crocs.com/sunglasses site. Prices range from around $19.99 to $39.99, optional hinge pack and temple arms sold separately.

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Visit Eyeaspire online or Eyeaspire on facebook. Read about Family sunglass style for the summer:

*I received sample product from eyeaspire to facilitate this review.

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Vintage Remedies for Guys

Heather —  December 18, 2011

Oh, wow. If you have any interest in living a healthier, more natural, green lifestyle, you definitely should check out the website for Vintage Remedies. While this review pertains to a particular curriculum on the site, Vintage Remedies for Guys, I find the overall site to be an amazing wealth of information on the basics of creating a natural and healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family.

Vintage Remedies has online tutorials and lessons and all sorts of things! Right now, though, I want to share about their workbook lessons/curriculum for kids. They have four books specifically for children. You can get one for little ones, or one for Girls ages 7-13, Guys ages 7-13…and even a new one for Tweens in general.

Nick and I (and sometimes Em) are working through the book for Guys. This is a spiral bound 201 page worktext, geared for introducing wellness concepts to boys. Included you will find chapters on nutrition, wellness, hygiene, herbal medicine, immunity, conservation and green living.

The course is formatted more like a book, where your son (and you) can read about certain issues such as what is healthy food, or daily hygiene or colds. Then, the author proceeds to show you how to create something to help with the topic for yourself, be it trying out some recipes for food or homemade skin care items, even medicinal herb preparations.

As an organic mom, I love this book! Since we have gone organic I am always feeling rushed to hurry and find healthier options for my kids for foods and toiletries and cold meds…things like that. Being able to work on this with the kids (and having a leader, through the author) is making my life easier!

Rather than standing in the kitchen, saying, oooh, I read something about a way to make herbal candies that might help your sore throat, let me figure that out, go to the store, then create it…(you get the picture). Anyway, now we can do these things together, before they are needed and my kids get to feel like the heroes!

The book is divided into three main units, then chapters. The three main sections are, Nutrition and Culinary Skills, Health and Body and Natural Living. We went directly to Health and Body when we got this book, as Nick and I have already done a lot of work regarding culinary habits and I wanted to let him dive right into using healthier things for his own body care.

So far, we really like this. I love having so many good recipes for items at my fingertips and Nick is impressed that we can create so many things from Herbs and such. I hope he is doing more healthy selfcare. At least this book brought up some discussion with specific answers.

Vintage Remedies for Guys retails for $45. See the site for more information and other options for purchase.

Also, go to the site for free coloring sheets for little ones with healthy food pictures as well as the link to buy Kitchen Herbal (a nice little gift to get someone). I also received Kitchen Herbal as a gift and I love this little book. Again, it is such a nice resource tool.

See what my crewmates have to say about Vintage Remedies.

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I received Vintage Remedies for Guys through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.