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Thrive Market Giveaway!

Caitlin Webb —  January 24, 2015

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I’ve recently discovered Thrive Market, and am happy to see such a place popping up online! It has a product lineup best compared to Whole Foods, with prices and a membership setup similar to Costco (price 25-50% off retail). They also aim to make “healthy living easy and affordable for everyone”, and for every membership purchased, one is given to a low-income family.

And for the readers here – they are generously giving one year membership for free, a $59.95 value! Enter for the chance to have access all year to 25-50% off your favorite organic and natural market items.

I love shopping at my local health food store, but love online shopping even more…so I felt right at home here. I did a little research for you via an order thanks to the kind folks at Thrive and I am really excited to report how wonderful my experience was!FullSizeRender (2)

First of all, the website is gorgeous. I love clean, simple lines and this site balances a full inventory with a surprisingly clean, minimal interface. Easy to navigate and shop – which makes the process faster and much easier than in-store shopping.

The product lineup is pretty extensive. I found all of my favorite teas, baking ingredients/dry goods, snack bars and supplements. There are a few things I may still have to go to my local health food store, like refrigerated probiotics.

Oh – and an important feature – once you have an account, your shopping cart syncs across devices! I love this since I often pause and pick back up later on my iPad.


They have my favorite tea for almost 1/2 price! I actually have paid even more than the retail price they list for it – bad!

A few of my favorites…organic_Moroccan_Mint_tea_-_Thrive_Market

Moroccan Mint Tea
Cocoa Chewy Bars
Pomegranate Rose Hip Argan Oil
Raw Honey
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

 

 

 

PROS
great selection
easy checkout (really, really easy)
beautiful site
great mission
get your organic goods while catching up on Scandal
membership prices

CONS
still get your refrigerated items at the store
shipping is average – not fast, not slow
can’t wait for even more products available

So, you can save money while eating clean, healthy foods. And, especially if you live in an area where organic foods are hard to find, Thrive Market is an essential site to check out! I am happy to share the below giveaway. Good luck!

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Weight Watchers Diary

Heather —  January 30, 2013
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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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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012

Heather —  November 8, 2012

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Dad & Em enjoy Tensi, a dice game for 7+, winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for 2012. Find in independent toy stores

Looking for something fun and local to do this Saturday?? Getting ready for the Holidays?

 I got it! This Saturday, November 10, 2012, is the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day!

Happy Neighborhood Toy Store Day!  Celebrate the benefits of shopping local. Participating toy stores will be hosting in-store events and activities. Find a store near you here: www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org. This event is coordinated by ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.

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I know you should be able to find a store participating, as even MY small town toy shop will be celebrating.

We have a favorite toy store where I can wander around for ages. It is fun to browse and find unusual, often educational toys that are eco-friendly or at least well made.

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Em playing with Loopdedoo, a creative arts ASTRA winner. A well made toy that encourages creativity. I love the concentration on her face!

I am excited to mention this event, as I do believe shopping locally really supports my community. When I can find good quality merchandise, for decent prices, in my own town, I feel good about making that purchase. I like having a vibrant downtown shopping area, where we can walk around and enjoy ourselves. Every time I make a local purchase, I am helping that happen.

I had a friend mention she thinks small shops are more expensive. I disagree. The last few times I have shopped locally, I have found great deals. In fact, the last time my daughter and I went into a small toy store, we had so much more fun than shopping in a warehouse store and I spent under $20 for two sturdy, educational and fun toys. And we got a mood ring. How cool is that??

We received two toys, toys that are typical of those found in a neighborhood toy store. Both of these are great examples of good quality toys.

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Dad and girls playing Tensi. Fun and simple, this is a great game when you have a few minutes

One is Tensi. When I first saw this I laughed. It looked simple, maybe boring. Not so! I have found my kids playing this all over the house. Based on a simple concept of getting 10 dice to land on the same number, this is fast fun. Yes, I’ve even played it! This dice game won a ASTRA’s Best Toys of 2012 award.

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Loopdedoo, an ingenius spinner makes beautiful bracelets, belts, anklets, etc. I like how the thread is stored inside the spinner.

And Loopdedoo. My daughter has made a ton of bracelets on this to give to friends. Loopdedoo by Ann Williams is a winner of Astra’s Best Toys for 2012 award. This is a creative arts toy that makes twisted braces, anklets, belts, etc.  I really like the quality of this toy. The directions are easy to follow and the kit includes the spinning tool and 18 skeins of embroidery thread. I noticed the colors, even of the embroidery thread – the colors were classy colors.

Find out more about Neighborhood Toy Store Day and the WhooHoo Factor, by checking out ASTRA’s new website about safe, creative and educational play for children:

www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org, on facebook at Facebook/TheWoohooFactor and on twitter @TheWoohooFactorHashtags: #toystoreday #localtoystore #shoplocal.

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*I received the above products free of charge, to facilitate this review.

In Read For The Heart, Whole Books For Wholehearted Families, Sarah Clarkson follows the delightful path her parents traveled as they shared their knowledge with books such as Educating the WholeHearted Child.

I still remember how my attitude towards how to teach my child changed after reading Educating the Wholehearted Child. (If you haven’t read that one, be sure to look for that—a new edition is due out soon)

Because I had enjoyed that book so much, I was very interested to get a look at this new book by their daughter, a homeschool graduate and lover of literature.

The book is above all a reference book, with a marvelous compilation of reading list recommendations. Clarkson includes reviews of hundreds of whole and living books for children 4-14. The books are categorized by age group and topics, such as:

  • Picture Books
  • The Golden Age Classics
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Fairy Tales and Fantasy
  • History and Biography
  • Spiritual Reading for Children
  • Poetry
  • Music, Art and Nature

However, the book is also much more than a reference book, as the author spends time exploring the reasons for and benefits of instilling a love of reading in your home, your homeschool.

Her enthusiasm is wonderful and I recognized so many books in her listings from my childhood. Many I had also shared with my children, but some I had forgotten, so I am so pleased to have these lists! The concept is simple, but having these listings actually makes my life easier and I love it.

Whether you have voracious or reluctant readers, this book can be an invaluable tool for your homeschool planning. You can find tips on how to engage the reluctant readers, and find new ideas for great books for book lovers. I can’t recommend it enough. You can see a sample chapter on the Apologia website, as well as the Table of Contents.

The book retails for $17 and can be purchased here.

See what my crewmates have to say about Apologia, Read From The Heart

I received Read For The Heart through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

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Circle C Beginnings!

We adore the Circle C Beginnings Books around here! My youngest carries them around and has done many of the learning activities they have available to download on their website (for free:)

I recommend these for your young readers. Children have the excitement of having their own chapter books, but these books are not too long for little ones. Circle C Beginnings also introduces lots of adventures and new concepts and ideas about American History in a fun, family oriented way.

My child really identifies with Andi as a young girl in a large family-although there are plenty of boy characters as well–one of Andi’s best friends is a boy and she has lots of brothers, so, boys should enjoy these as well.

One of my favorite parts of the series has to be the illustrations! Gorgeous, pen and ink illustrations with lots of tiny details to engage the reader. You can see these and download coloring pages on the Andi and Taffy website.

A few other points: the books are paperback and quite inexpensive. You can totally use these as read-alouds with your children–you will not be bored–the storylines are great!

I have more to say about these, but I saw this morning in an email that Books 3 & 4 are now available, so I am copying that email asap below and hope you will check these out and enjoy with your kids!

“Books 3 and 4 of the Circle C Beginnings are now available!

Just in time for spring, Andi’s Fair Surprise and Andi’s Scary School Days are here. Get your own copies of the two newest books here:

* Best deal for the books! FREE coloring pages and learning activites for the Circle C Beginnings are available for download on the Andi and Taffy website: www.andiandtaffy.com and from the Kregel website.

In addition, A Journey Through Learning has created lapbooks for each book. They’re full-color, with complete instructions for assembly. Tie in history and literature to make the books part of a unit study, if desired.

See sample lapbooks HERE
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Pirose, a Fashion Nursing Accessory

Heather —  February 28, 2011

IMG_4451_mediumI am so jealous of all the amazing items available lately for new mommies! I begged asked to do this review because someone special in our family is expecting and I got so excited watching the video about how this stylish scarf is a light airy nursing cover with full coverage.  It is even hands-free!

I would love to have a little bitty one again. And getting the Pirose Scarf in the mail definitely made me worse. While they have numerous designs, I got the Jordyn (see left). The print was so feminine and the fabric so soft and delicate –if I had to use one word, I would say, airy–that I could easily imagine using this (and looking gorgeous) while nursing a little one.

Designed for new mothers who refuse to sacrifice style for function, the revolutionary Pirose works as a multi-way nursing scarf and fashion accessory providing discreet coverage and a stylish touch.”

I love all their choices for prints and I was pleased with the design I received. I did get it with a new mommy in mind and I plan to send it to her to enjoy!

If you are a nursing mommy, or looking for a good baby gift, I TOTALLY recommend getting a Pirose scarf.

I have to admit, I love the fact that this fashion item is like a secret mom tool and you can go from Fashionista to modest nursing mama in just a second!

PS: Yes, I am a nursing proponent! No, family, I am not pregnant. Also, if you like to nurse without a cover, cool. I personally, liked my privacy when nursing and I wish I had had something like this instead of fussing with dumb blankets

You can visit the Pirose website to see many more colors and designs and click here to see how to wear Pirose while nursing. You can also visit them on Facebook to see how other women are enjoying theirs.

The Official word: Why modern mothers love Pirose

  • Functions as a nursing cover, scarf, shawl, head band and stroller or purse accessory
  • Lightweight and breathable for portability and comfort
  • Use as a stroller or car seat cover when on the go
  • Easily tucks into your purse or diaper bag
  • 100% polyester material allows for easy washing and drying
  • With more than 12 ways to wear, Pirose instantly becomes your go-to accessory

I hope my brother’s new baby likes this one–I’ll check back in a few months and let you know!

This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Reno Rose for this review. I have given my honest opinion on this product.

Yes, the little one is striking a pose with big sister!

I got the cutest celebrity sunglasses for my daughter recently, when we tried out the online store Sunglass Replicas. I do not often review products like this, but I thought it would be fun to think about summer as everyone was snowed in for the week.

As you can see from the photos, my daughter looks fantastic in these! These Dolce and Gabbana style replicas suit her shape face so wonderfully and are fun for a teenager.

There are tons of options on the Sunglass replica website and I could have spent a few hours looking through their inventory. They offer sunglasses for both men and women. Personally, I like the Aviator glasses for my shape face.

The glasses we got were pretty inexpensive at $16.95. They are attractive and seem pretty sturdy. The shipping was $2.95 which seems reasonable, and I got the glasses super quickly.

Guess what? I get to give away a pair of sunglasses!

For the mandatory entry, please tell me what type of sunglasses you would purchase. You can check out styles on Sunglass Replicas.

For additional entries you can:

I’ll choose a winner on 2/15. Giveaway is open to US only.

This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by Sunglass Replicas for this review. I have given my honest opinion of this product.