Thursday, April 20, 2017

This Earth Day #CareAboutYourAir With Fresh Wave

This Earth Day sign the #CareAboutYourAir pledge with Fresh Wave. Do you know what ingredients are inside air fresheners? Many chemicals that can be toxic to you and your family. And don't forget about the environment. We want to use non toxic products that are better for our families and the earth.

3 Steps to follow:

Learn: Read the labels. Ingredients in air care products, household cleaning supplies and laundry products impact your family and the environment.
Act: Swap harsh chemical products for those made with natural ingredients, even if it's only one product - like your air care solution.
Share: Encourage others to take the #CareAboutYourAir pledge

Take the pledge here on the Fresh Wave website.

We like using the Fresh Wave odor removing spray because it has no chemicals and the scent is easy on the nose. I'm not a big fan of fragrances. I like floral or natural.

Do you have any plans or projects for Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Harvest Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants Book Review

Harvest By Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

In the recent years of my life, I have been looking towards natural remedies and healthier products. Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis gives us 47 uses of garden plants. The recipes range from food to dye. All of the instructions are easy to follow and the photography is great.
I never realized how many garden plants could be used, especially for food. Before each recipe or DIY project there is a description of the plant being used. It also tells you when to harvest the plant.

3 Recipes/DIY projects I want to try this summer:

-Rosewater Facial Toner

Said to be the perfect scent for a fragrance minimalist like me. I have gotten quite sensitive towards smells, especially perfume. I like the more natural scents such as rose and lavender.

- Pomegranate Margarita

I love margaritas. Pomegranate flavor would be great for the summer.

-Smudge Sticks

Smudge sticks are dried herb bundles that are burnt as incense. In the book, rosemary branches are used. I also like the idea of mental clarity and calmness.

This book has such amazing ideas. I'd like to eventually try all of them.

The authors are co-founders of Homestead Design Collective. It is a design landscape firm that creates beautiful gardens that provide harvest. What a wonderful company. I dream of having a nice bit of land to have a garden and grow my own veggies.

This book would be great for any garden enthusiast.

Classic cocktail meets holiday tradition, compliments of Stefani’s mom, Garna, who took the margarita and dressed it with a splash of festive red. Whether you are making a single glass or a pitcher, the ratio of the ingredients stays the same. Use more lime juice if you prefer a tart margarita or more pomegranate juice if you prefer it sweeter. 


1 cup of your favorite tequila 
1 cup triple sec 
½ cup fresh pomegranate juice (from about 2 pomegranates) 
½ cup fresh lime juice 
Large-grained salt such as kosher or flake salt 
Lime slice 
Ice cubes 
Handful of pomegranate seeds, for garnish 

Combine the tequila, triple sec, and both juices in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. Pour the salt onto a small plate. Rub the lime slice around the rim of each glass, and then dip the rims in the salt. Pour the margarita over ice in the salt-rimmed glasses. For a seasonal festive touch, garnish with the pomegranate seeds. 

Do you have a garden? What do you like to grow?

(*Blogging for Books provided this copy for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own.*)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Second Chance A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean Book Review and Giveaway

Second Chance By Thais Nye Derich

Motherhood. Birth. All experiences are different for each person. There are mothers who have children through birth. There are mothers who have children through adoption. Some mothers give birth vaginally and others through cesarean. Which ever way your story goes, it is your story and nobody should ever judge you for it. Being pregnant and giving birth is one of the hardest things I've ever gone through.

Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean is a heart warming story about the Author's choice and quest for a different birth the second time around. She goes through a lot of self discovery through the process. I enjoy reading and hearing of other women's birth stories. In a way, its a sense of connecting and knowing that we all go through similar situations. Sometimes these experiences are hard and upsetting. 

In the beginning of the book the author shares about calling her birth mother/biological mother. There is a sentence that the mom says that seems harsh and sad. I already started crying and its only the beginning of the book. Being adopted the book already hits home. But as a 6 month old I luckily had no memories of my motherland. Thais was a young child, with 2 other siblings when her mother gave them up. I couldn't even imagine leaving my 3 kids. Sure some days they make me nuts and I want to jump in the car and drive. As mothers we go through many emotions and this starts at pregnancy.

In this book, you will see that the first birth can be scary and nerve wracking. You can read all the books and take breathing classes but situations can occur to make your perfect birth...well, not what you had hoped for. I too had a rough first birth, but it didn't end in a cesarean. Some of my family members think it should have. I wasn't happy with the first birth and with my 2nd and 3rd I did not want any more vacuum assisted births. My second birth happened to be the easiest...and when I say easy, it wasn't painless. It was the quickest. 

I really like that the author, Thais Derich has become an advocate for mothers to be more well informed. It is possible to have a natural birth after a cesarean but there are hospitals that do not like the risk. You need to seek out other sources and learn what is right for you and your family.

I have known moms who have had only cesareans, I myself have had 3 vaginal births. I also have a friend who needed to have a cesarean the second time around. I think the main thing is that we all want healthy and happy babies. 

Please pick up a copy of this book on Amazon, release day will be May 9. 

Find Thais Derich on Social Media:

-Follow on Instagram

-Like on Facebook

We all need to share our stories with each other. Not to scare each other but to know our choices. 

I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one of my readers. Maybe you know a mom who went through a similar situation like the author did or maybe you went through it too. 

Do you have a birth story or an adoption story? I'd love to read them in the comments.

This giveaway is open to US, 18+ only. Fill out the rafflecopter form.

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(*I received an advanced reader copy for this review. All opinions are my own.*)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bath Time With Fresh Monster

Fresh Monster

Fresh Monster makes non toxic hair and body care products for kids. They are safe, natural, and 100% toxin free. They come in different smells too. Or if you have a child who is particular about smells, opt for the fragrance free. My daughter who is 4 years old really likes the watermelon smell. 
We got to try the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner products. 

My favorite part about these products is that they are free of chemicals. Especially for the kids. I personally don't always pick shampoos that are natural for myself to use. When it comes to the children, I always get natural or organic bath products.

Make bath time more fun for the kids. There was a point in time that my daughter was afraid of the bath but now she loves washing her dolls and toys.

Fresh Monster has really cute decorative bottles.

Do you have any little monsters at home? 

No: Sulfates, Parabens, Dyes, or Synthetic Fragrances.

Find Fresh Monster on Social Media:

-Like them on Facebook

-Follow them on Instagram


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Win $100 Amazon Or Paypal Spring Giveaway


There is a new giveaway happening here on the blog. Spring is around the corner. Maybe you need a new wardrobe or some new shoes. Whatever the need or want, $100 dollars will be helpful. I have teamed up with a group of talented bloggers. Besides winning money, you get to check out all these great blogs and the social media accounts that go with them.
As always, entry is easy. 

Good luck to all my readers. 

What would you do with the money if you win?

How to enter: There are 20 ways to enter, each worth one entry into the giveaway. Do all 20 for 20 entries into this giveaway! If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts March 10 at midnight EST and ends March 23 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.


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