Thursday, September 30, 2010

Healthy, Natural, Green week KOPALI ORGANICS *CLOSED*



Kopali Organics is dedicated to supergood superfood. They have 5 different fruit varieties and 5 different chocolate varieties. Something for everyone's taste buds.
We received 2 samples in the mail

 I had never tried Mulberries before this and I thought they were really good. Avery enjoyed them as well and they made the perfect snack for a toddler on the go. They have 5 fruits and 5 chocolate varieties. I really want to try the chocolate ones!!!

There is a full serving of 100% fruit in these little 1.7-1.8oz bags




Fruits: Mango, Mulberry, Pineapple, Goldenberry, and a Gojiberry/pistachio trail mix
Chocolate: Chocolate covered gojiberry, Chocolate covered Banana, Chocolate Covered Mulberries, Chocolate Covered Cocao nibs. Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans.

Those espresso beans sound so YUMMY!!

Price: A pack of 6 1.7oz are $20 A pack of 3 8.8oz bags are $30. This isn't too expensive I don't think

Overall: ***** So yummy and a gret way to get in vitamins, nutrients, and fruit!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Healthy, Natural, Green week GLADRAGS *CLOSED*



Since making the switch to cloth pads I have felt amazing! I'm on Mirena so my periods are light as it is already, but they have been even LIGHTER with making the switch. What I love about my GladRags is that you can change the absorbency. It is an open backed pad with a pocket per say, and you can put in 1 or 2 of the included pads. 
They sent me the day 3 pack
This is the pad with it's 2 inserts
Like I said, there is an opening at the back and you stick in your inserts. Here is a stock photo of what it looks like
They come in 1 packs, 3 packs, and also in Organic Natural color or a Color color, like you see above. I got the Aubergine color and there are also dots and other colors as well
Here is the natural color
I like the absorbency change on these, at night and on my heavier day I use 2, even though I don't think I need them. And on a REALLY light day or every day use, I don't see why you couldn't just use the liner by itself. It's just enough to protect your underwear. 

These snap around, which holds the inserts in the pad. I like this concept. The pad is super soft and held up nicely. It washed nicely and didn't stain. It's VERY soft though.

Price: The 1 pack which is 1 pad and 2 inserts is $13.99. The 3 pack which is 3 pads and 6 inserts is $35.49. This is reasonable. I use 3 pads in 1.5 days, so it's not that expensive. An average period of 5 days you would need 4-5 of the 3 packs. You're looking at $150-$185 and they will last you a LONG time. You can cloth for cheaper, but I really like this concept.

Overall: *****

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Healthy, Natural, Green week DAPA DIAPERS *CLOSED*



*Somebody sent me a message this morning wondering how I adequately review diapers if Avery is out of them. To clarify, we ONLY use diapers at Nap and Bed. Most sponsors of cloth diapers know this ahead of time. If you as a reader think that it isn't an adequate review, PLEASE let me know and I will no longer review cloth.*

We received a lovely diaper and inserts from Dapa Diapers. We received the Sweet Pea Diaper and 2 of the Hemp Inserts. Hemp is the most absorbent (I think) material for inside cloth diapers. I have found it to work the best. It doesn't stink after a lot of uses like Microfiber does, it is more absorbent than flannel or bamboo. I like it best.
I love the green color they sent, very gender neutral. I love the inserts. They are a little shorter than I like, but they help accommodate for the smaller setting without being too bulky. For nap I use one insert and for bedtime I use 2 inserts. So far they have held up quite well. They absorb nicely. No leaks. The only thing Is I have to put a fleece cover on top that I made so that it pins closed. She can get velcro and snaps off, so if I pin a cover on top she can't get the diaper off. It has saved up a lot of cleanup in the morning.

I washed the diaper and inserts 3 times in hot water and dried 3 times on hot before putting the diaper on her, This gets all the manufacturer oils out of the diaper and makes it more absorbent. I have noticed that with every wash so far the inserts get more absorbent. Usually about 10 washes is the max for that. They are at a steady absorbency pace right now. 

I liked the way the diaper fit. It has a lot of sizing options between the rise and the waist adjusters this diaper will fit a wide range of babies and toddlers.

Dapa diapers sells a bunch of seconds diapers at a discounted price. They also sell a lot of name brands like Fuzzibunz, and Monkey Doodlez. You can also search by category like one size diapers and fitteds etc. So there are a lot of search options as well.

Price: Because it is discontinued that means the diaper is a SUPER cheap $10.95. That's almost unheard of for a one size diaper. The inserts are $4.49. Which is reasonable for a hemp or bamboo insert.

Overall:***** very happy!

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Healthy, Natural, Green week TROPICAL TRADITIONS *CLOSED*



You've seen them featured twice before here on my blog!!! I love all their items and this tie received something quite different than the other 2 times. This time I got the Laundry Detergent  from Household Traditions. It's a relative of Tropical Traditions! It's all their cleaning products and things for the house. 
5lb of Powdered Laundry Detergent. It's a LOT of detergent that's for sure. I really like it. It's simple with no scents or color or additives so I like that it's natural and non irritant. I enjoyed washing with this detergent. It cleaned my clothes, but didn't leave a residue or smell on them. I thought it cleaned nicely and rinsed out very well. I checked the machine in the rinse cycle and there were no bubbles!!!

Price: 5 lb on sale for $21.99, not bad!! You use 2 oz per regular load in a top loading machine. So that's 40 loads. But I was using half that amount which is supposed to be for a front loader, and it worked just fine. So 80 loads for a front loader, or a top loader, but smaller amounts.

Overall: *****

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

California Blooms Review



I love flowers, roses in particular. They add such a great look to your space and smell pretty too. I received 18 roses from California Blooms for review. They sent me the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Roses which are white with a teal ribbon. 

Mine didn't come with a vase, but we have plenty. They arrived so beautiful in a package.
I put them in my vase and put the ribbon around the vase
We've had them 2 weeks, and I'm just now ready to throw them away. They're getting brown on the edges. Still pretty though!!

We talked through email on a Monday evening and he told me he could have them here the next day, I opted for Wednesday and they were here via FedEx at 9:45 AM. So it was super fast!!!

Nice service. Love the roses, they did last 2 weeks after all. I'm very happy with them and they smelled so good as well.

Price: These 18 roses are $39. You can get 24 for $48. A normal dozen roses are $39. So they are giving you more white then color for the prize. I love their Mixed Roses
You can also opt for the vase or no vase.
Overall: ***** super fast, great service and they've lasted longer than the tag said.
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CSN Stores Review Coming Soon



You've seen them featured here plenty times before, well they're allowing another review!!

CSN stores has a LOT of stores you can choose from. They have over 200 stores. Most stores are for specific items like End Tables and many others. There are so many things to choose from and I'm sure you'd get lost over there. So what are you waiting for? Check out CSN stores today!


Healthy, Natural, Green week ALO SPORT *CLOSED*



Alo Sport is a website that sells athletic apparel and sportswear. They also have some outdoor apparel as well. I received a Yoga Relax Tank in Black and the Reversible Capri in Black/Spruce/White.

I included this giveaway in the Healthy, Natural, Green week because working out is healthy and we all need workout clothes to workout so it is HEALTHY!!

They arrived in a BEAUTIFUL box
It was very thick and durable. I loved the box and I kept it for Christmas gifting
But with Green and white at the top instead of grey
I love these pieces. The top id great over a sport bra, it has a built in, but it's not enough for me. 

The bottoms are a little big on me, but they are tolerable. I like these for working out in. They are perfect for my 1 mile runs. Especially in this early 70 weather!!! They are absolutely perfect. I love them.

They are lightweight and really wick away the moisture. So far I haven't had a problem with them. Had them for well over a month now, they've been worn and washed many times and are still in perfect condition. I'm very happy with them both.

They also sell a lot of outerwear pieces as well and they have for men and women.

Price: The Top is $36 and the bottoms are $59. These are a LITTLE pricier, but they are GREAT quality.

Overall: *****

Discount code for Alo Sport bloglove2010 will give you 20% off

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Healthy, Natural, Green week MOTHER-EASE *CLOSED*




Mother-Ease sells diapers, training pants, and covers for all your child's diapering needs. We received a Bamboo Terry OS Diaper and an Air Flow Snap Cover in yellow. We also received the Snap in Absorbent bamboo Terry Liner
When we got these items I thought they just looked HUGE! I know that diaper in a OS but it is big. and It really is. It's just big all around, but bulky, but covers a wide range. I LOVE this diaper though and it's my go to bedtime diaper. It's so absorbent, it holds 13oz and the liner holds 7oz. So altogether 20 oz and it works. When this diaper comes off after 14 hours of sleep it's barely damp on the outside. We tried on this cover and I liked the fit, but she can't wear PUL for breathability issues and she can't do snaps because she will get it off. So I made a fleece cover that I pin shut for over her diapers. Works like a charm. 

I love this diaper and I love the Bamboo Terry. It's very soft. This diaper fits from 8-35 pounds, Avery is about 28 and it fits her great on the largest setting with the snaps  just as they are pictured there, so she has a LOT of waist room to grow still before this will no longer fit her. This diaper dries really fast as well.

Price: The Diaper is $14.25 for Bamboo Terry, they have other materials and other colors as well. The liner is $3.70 and the cover is $12.25. All sizes are $12.35 except the XL which are $13.95. The covers are sized and not OS so that may stop some people!

Overall: ***** Love it all!!

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Mother-Ease has offered one Mommy Of 1 and Counting reader the chance to win a  OS Diaper in either White OR Unbleached Cotton Terry, a liner, and an Air Flow Cover in choice of print or color.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Healthy, Natural, Green week AMBER TEETHING NECKLACES *CLOSED*



Another natural item. The amber has natural healing properties. It can take away pain. It is also good for the Throat, stomach, spleen, kidneys, bladder, liver and gallbladder. It also alleviates joint pain. It's also great as a baby teething remedy as it takes away pain. 

We got a Mother/Child set from Amber Teething Necklaces. And might I just say WE LOVE THEM!
They fit us both about the same. Almost like a choker length. They are supposed to be. I measured mine and Avery's neck and I they give a size range they can be online, so I told him the higher end for the child's necklace and the lower length end for my necklace and He DID!! The range for the mother necklace is like 1" difference. Well I like mine shorter and Avery needed length to hers. But overall they are a great length and we like them A LOT.

I have arthritis, joint pain and I also heard it was good for acne. It did nothing for my acne, but I notice when I wear it, my knees feel 10X better than normal. Avery has nothing wrong, but it's cute and everyone compliments her on it. She likes to show it off that she now has her OWN necklace. 

We like them! They have so many to choose from. They have the sets, individual. Child Necklace/Bracelet sets. Adults only. They have a lot of different options and different colors.

Price: This set was $52.24. It was pretty darn worth it!

Overall: ***** Love them!!

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