hand-painted upcycled cans, repurposed vinyl record wall art, decoupage iPhone covers made from recycled ephemera, eco-conscious yogurt cup party favors, and MORE are featured on the wonderful blog "Can or Can Not"! Please check out my in depth interview and many thanks to Julie for interviewing me! It has been a pleasure; I am honored for this great opportunity and exposure for my beloved Etsy shop Eco-Friendly Freckles. Can or Can Not?!!! I think I CAN! Below is one of my favorite upcycled cans featured in the article titled "Paulie's Confession". Please also visit Julie's upcycled can inspired Etsy Shop "Can or Can Not"!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Thursday, December 19, 2013
|For $9.99 the 14.9 oz lavender conditioner being organic is a great deal. Source: BuyOrganicDirect.net|
I'm happy that more people are tired of GMO's and want to give back by buying more natural products however most stores won't get on the band wagon. Finding green and sustainable closer to my home is really hard. If I make a quick run to any grocery story, say the five minute away (Giant) it seems the organic and natural is limited to one aisle and selections are limited. Although there is a demand for it, most stores will only throw a few things in to appease us greenies. I have to read every package to be sure what I think I'm buying is what it is.
|I found twenty products on Passion Flower, and this supplement at BuyOrganicDirect is $12.89 versus the $14 I jut paid to get it after running four places in my local area.|
Then I have my supplement issue. CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Giant still don't carry the supplements I need. Try finding Passion Flower.... Four places later, I found drops but not the tabs I needed. Two health food supplement stores and they were out of teh brand I used, leaving me with one choice that had harmful binding additives.
|$6.99 at BuyOrganicDirect.net makes the pet collar the deal of a century|
Then I have the dog. The furry children are just as important when I want to find good shampoos safe for them, or sustainable products. Even my vet doesn't carry this kind of thing, and two pet stores later, I pretty much give up. The bottom line, I spend a lot of time trying to find gluten free, sustainable, or eco friendly items and in the process I'm wasting a lot of gas and time. The latter, is more valuable. There's never enough time in the day to complete what I'm supposed to be doing, so I think sites that offer a one stop shop are going to win out over shopping in five different places.
|Goat formula for toddlers, organic and sustainable, BuyOrganicDirect.net|
You have the kids. Your cosmetics. Your household products. So that's why I think sites like Buy Organic Direct are going to be the next big rage. They have all these things IN ONE PLACE . I admit I'm getting more cranky as I get older about where and how I spend my time. I would much rather shop this eCommerce store selling natural products and point, click and get a months' worth of my needs delivered for high quality supplements,cosmentics, bath and body, stuff for the kids, the dog and things for the home in one box. Cheaper than spending gas to run ten places.
Their selection is smart and the information is valuable. I can steal ten minutes out of my busy day and do half my shopping online. I'm telling everyone because it does save you in the long run. Saves you gas, time and frustration.
|Chocolate meal bars, stock up with a case of 12 for $41.88, compare paying $60 if you bought them individually at the health food store...|
Just check out the offerings on some popular categories:
Baby and Children
Bath and Body
Botanicals and Herbs
Food and Beverage
Pet Care and Supplies
Bath and Body
Botanicals and Herbs
Food and Beverage
Pet Care and Supplies
Now, some people I know won't buy organic or sustainable due to the overall cost factors. I totally understand this because I was one of those people myself before I realized that there are good deals out there but you have to know where to shop. Most people will see the one aisle in the Giant and the higher prices turns them off. Even if I try to explain the benefits and ultimately (need less get more) theory, sadly I lose out to the big box stores who have the consumers believing everything you save money on is good for you. I've got news for them, that ten for ten pasta I stocked up on? Not the best thing for my diet. Now I buy one box of gluten free made of rice flour and try to live healthier.
Truly if everyone created enough demand for these items the production prices could go down--and if the big box stores would create pricing for such things, but they won't. The smaller mom and pops can't afford the resale and the larger stores keep these products limited to one aisle. I for one will be routing for sites like BuyOrganicDirect who promote healthier, responsible living.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|Photo: Etsy , AmykeDesign, green teal.|
Energize Yourself Naturally
Caffeinated organic green tea infused with B vitamins and Amino Acids.delicious green tea! Available at AmykeDesign for $12.95 it makes up to 24 cups. She says, "This handcrafted recipe is naturally caffeinated, helps increase your metabolism, which encourages an active healthy lifestyle and is packed full of great necessities that your body craves."
|Pic: Etsy, SugarBakers Bakery, Healthy Weight Loss Bars, See Below|
SugarBakersBakery on Etsy offers a once a day weight loss bar, shipped to you priority mail and individually wrapped. This costs you $75 for a month's supply, but their bars offer Papaya. Brindle and Acai Berries, and are Freshly Baked ! Said to crave and cut hunger, the components are associated with health and weight loss.
|Photo: Etsy's HippieMom333, read why you need this below|
Get Plenty of Sleep and Stay Stress Free
It's a proven fact lack of sleep and stress helps you maintain your fat, get rid of it by eliminating the "I can't sleep" or "I'm stressed out" syndrome. HippieMom333 creates great tinctures, and the best part is they are alcohol free! This stress and relaxation one is only $11. She says, "Take 20-40 drops (depending on body weight) about 30 minutes before bed. You can mix into water, tea, juice, or take under your tongue. All organic ingredients including: Vegetable Glycerine, Valerian, Hops, Hibiscus Flowers, Chamomile & Mugwort ". She has plenty of other natural remedies, too.
|Organic cotton wraps at MommyBellyWrap on Etsy, see below|
Tone Muscles With an Organic Cotton Wrap
Although the store above is geared towards postpartum and new moms, the sheer idea of the organic cotton wrap is a miraculous one. First of all, this is all natural cotton so your skin can BREATHE. In ancient days the ladies wrapped their tummies with fibers to melt away excess fat and re-tone the skin by firmly holding the muscles in place. Now it appears you can do the same. For $38.99 at MommyBellyWrap this is must have for someone trying to lose weight. Unlike other wraps this is ORGANIC COTTON and would be great to wear while you are walking, working, or running to the store. The store has 100% positive reviews. This is a best kept secret!
|Etsy shop: Phalon Marie read more below|
Incorporate More Exercise Per Day
If you exercise now, even just a little, or maybe not at all, you still have room to improve your health and fitness goals for 2013. If you can't afford to hire a personal trainer, or even join the gym, why not do exercises in the comfort of your own home? PhalonMarie makes it super easy with five prinatable exercise routinest that target your abs, arms and butt for just $7.50. You have to start somewhere and this is a great investment. What are you waiting for?
Friday, December 6, 2013
|Fom's new Orange Blossom Facial Cleanser|
So many times beauty products contain harsh chemicals (usually in the first few ingredients if we ever take time to read the label) that actually cause more harm than good. Stringent cleansers or soaps can actually strip the skin and cause allergies. Fom boasts their orange blossom facial cleanser is a natural product and has no alcohol, is skin friendly, and packed with natural actives. The items is also non allergic and non fragranced. So how does it smell so scrumptious? They said, "It has a luxurious scent of orange blossom as we use floral hydrosols!"
Note: According to Wikipedia, hydrosols are herbal distillates , aqueous products of distillation. The are colloidal suspensions of essential oils as well as water soluble components obtained by steam distillation or hydro distillation from plants/herbs!
You can't get much fresher than that.