Friday, May 29, 2015

My Green Fills is YOUR Natural Detergent Choice!

You do your best to take care of your family and the Earth.  You avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning your home and seek out ways to recycle and reuse your resources.  But did you realize the plastic laundry jug you are using does NOT get recycled? 

 In one year, the United States alone uses enough jugs to circle the planet SIX TIMES, most of which never get recycled and end up in the ocean, polluting our beaches and killing animals.  Fortunately, there is an answer:

All MyGreenFills products are 100% non-toxic, hypoallergenic, great for HE washers, effective in cold water, affordable (less than 12 cents per load!) and 2X concentrated (50 loads per soap jug!)…  and BEST of all, refillable (One jug and done!)

Going green has never been so simple. With MyGreenFills, you will use the last laundry soap jug you'll ever need! 

Selestial began in 2008 when the Founder, Ruth, was tasked with finding green products that were effective and affordable for her children who suffered from severe skin allergies.  Meanwhile, Stephen, CEO was sick of using toxic chemicals in his home.  The two met and joined forces with a simple mission: create affordable, simple and effective eco-friendlylaundry cleaning products so all families can thrive!

We were sent the full line of My Green Fills laundry line to review: 

Unscented Laundry Soap
Everything you need in a laundry detergent, without the harsh chemicals and waste. This detergent is Nontoxic, Hypoallergenic, and 100% Natural. It is designed for standard and HE machines(use half the amount), and you can get 50 loads from each 2.5 oz. packet! It's 3x Concentrated power REALLY cleans great, without any harshness you don't need. Plus you can use it as a stain lifter, prior to washing! I washed my clothes, towels and blankets with the detergent, and all came out wonderfully clean and SOFT!  I was really amazed at how WELL it cleaned! And it was so easy to just fill the jug with lukewarm water, add the packet and shake to mix! Ingredients include: Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride, Tetra Sodium Salt, and Sodium Citrate

, Color Safe Brightener Detergent 

This non toxic bleach alternative detergent will leave your whites and colors looking vibrant! It also is Nontoxic, Hypoallergenic, and 100% Natural. With it's concentrated power, you get brightness with the power of oxygen, and no chemicals or optical brighteners, you get REAL clean!! One refill should last you for 25 loads. Ingredients include Potassium Persulfate Salt (Oxygen Booster). I used this on Miss Grace's clothes, including the last load of her school uniforms,and the whites. I was really impressed with how well it got minor stains out of her clothes, while keeping them bright! Even the whites seemed brighter than normal! Color me impressed!

Fabric Softener 

This all Natural Fabric Softener is Nontoxic, Hypoallergenic, and 100% Natural- free of dyes and perfumes that can aggravate your allergies! It's concentrated formula can last you for 50 loads (use half the amount for HE washers), while it reduces static and softens your laundry, just like the softener you've used for years. But it does it without harsh chemicals and fake scents. Ingredients include: Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Tetra Sodium Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Organic Essential Oils (Including Lemon Tea Tree & Lavender). I really LOVE that the product has the 3 essential oils in it! They are natural scents that help to repel bugs (good for when you're outside!) AND that provide calming, relaxing moods. We all loved the mild scent, and I have to admit the towels were JUST as soft and absorbent, and the clothes static free, as when I use any non-natural softener. I am sold on this softener! 

 Enzyme Stain Remover

Perhaps my FAVORITE item- this stain remover will cut through your toughest stains, while staying safe and gentle on clothes. Also Nontoxic, Hypoallergenic, and 100% Natural, it uses the power of natural enzymes to safely digest stains, providing powerful, concentrated stain removing cleaning power to your laundry! The 2.5 oz refill will last for 50 loads. This wonderful stain remover comes with an adorable jar and mini scoop, so you can have it sitting on the shelf by your laundry detergent, ready to use. It definitely got used on Miss Grace's dirt and grass stained play clothes, as well as for cleaning towels that were pretty nasty. ALL came clean. I was really surprised at how WELL it lifted the ugly stains, without having to sit on the stains themselves! Ingredients include : Sodium Bicarbonate and an Enzyme Blend, 

Overall I was REALLY impressed with how well the My Green Fills laundry products worked! It seems so SIMPLE. These are the products our ancestors used to clean their clothes, and they WORKED, juts like they do now. Why did we have to make things so complicated? Lately we've all gotten more sensitive to chemicals (I'm fighting an allergy to hair dye right now for example), and I know it is because the more chemicals we take OUT of our lives, our bodies have higher immune systems, that recognize bad stuff more readily! Once you try these products you will be sold too!

It is SO easy to join My Green Fills and never run out of laundry products! You just sign up, make your selections and your products are delivered right to your door. And once you set your delivery schedule, you never need to worry about running out again! It is so nice to be able to just pull a packet (!!) out of the drawer and make detergent AS you need it! No large jugs taking up valuable shelf/closet space! After your initial order, which includes the color coded jug (so you know which is which), you'll only receive the packets in your shipments. And with FREE shipping, you have one less worry too! Plus discounts are available when you buy 3 or more refills at one time. 

Besides Laundry products, My Green Fills also has natural products, under their Selestial Soap Line,  that you REALLY need this Summer:

I'll Fly Away - Non-Toxic Insect Repellent

This insect repellent is 100% Naturally Non-Toxic and Deet FREE! Mosquitos and Black Flies absolutely hate this stuff! It has the pleasant smell of eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella infused with aloe vera. All you do is spray it on your clothing and hair, and any exposed skin (avoid the eyes), and magically you are in your own mosquito free zone! Seriously. I've tried this on multiple nights after it's rained and the little buggers are out in droves, and I walked out and came back in with ZERO bites! Woo Hoo! You do have to reapply after swimming, or other water activity, but it is so pleasant smelling, you won't mind. Even Miss Grace can handle the scent! 

Bye Bye Doo Doo - Non-Toxic Deoderizer

This spray deoderizer is 100% Naturally Non-Toxic and is perfect for eliminating odors like smoke, animal, baby, cooking and more! It is Non-Toxic, and works at a molecular level to break down odors, and leave a pleasant lavender/lemon freshness behind. Tgey are loojing at changing the name, but it does what it says! It is made from Water, Potassium Sorbate and Essential Oils (lemongrass, lavener and citrus), so you have no worries about what you are spraying in the air that you, and your family,  breathe! It quickly gets rid of odors and you may find yourself wanting multiple bottles, so you can carry one around with you everywhere! 

They also have PROTECT- a natural sunscreen available alone and with insect repellent in ONE ALL naturall product! You definitely need that one your Summer vacation plans! 

Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more new product alerts, specials and fun facts! Once you try all these products I you will be hooked, like we are! 

Want the Kitchen of Your Dreams? How About a $50,000 Kitchen Makeover?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info,  free of charge,from Taste of Home. for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Bet I got YOUR attention with the $50,000 remodel, didn't I?

I know what I would do- knock out a wall, add French Doors leading out onto a deck for dining and barbequing, rearrange the layout, new cabinets and counter tops, a glass tile back splash, and a new dishwasher!  That should cover the $50,000!

Thanks to Taste of HomeAmerica’s largest cooking magazineyou can turn YOUR kitchen vision into a reality, just by entering their Dream Kitchen Sweepstakes !

·         One lucky winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $50,000 kitchen makeover and         Five Monthly 1st Prize winners will receive $500 gift cards to spend on groceries, new kitchenware or whatever you dream up

That $500 can go a long way with paint, new hardware and tiles! 

And your FIRST entry is FREE!

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All you have to do is to click ENROLL, and you will get a pop up that says enter your email to take a FREE class! Enter your email, you get a FREE entry, AND you get to check out a FREE online class from Taste of Home! 

Like the class (mine was  Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Mediterranean Chicken Pasta, perfect for Summer dining!) and want to take more? EVERY class you take means one more entry into the contest! AND I even have a discount code for you to save $6 off every class!

These classes are super to help you learn new techniques like gluten-free recipes, breads and rolls, canning & preserving, grilling and even dinners in 30 minutes or less! If you need to learn to cook, they have you covered with an  essential cooking class too!  

Discount Code:

Just use this code, TOHCooksat checkout, for $6 off each class!

 Note: you can enter once per day, and sweepstakes ends 9-14-2015

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and enter to win that $50,000 makeover today!
I did!

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Recipe Weekend: Power Snacks from Parragon Books

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Tired of reaching for a chocolate bar or a packet of potato chips to fend off the cravings? Power Snacks is packed with exciting ideas for nutritionally-dense snacks that will keep you going between mealtimes without loading up on empty calories. Focused on high-quality ingredients that are healthy, sustaining, and minimally processed, these recipes mean you can indulge in snacks without the guilt!

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There are over 50 snacks in this book for you to make for lunch snacking, taking on car trips, or for having around the house. Shh, don;t tell the kids, most every recipe contains either grains, veggies or fruit, that are GOOD for them! Older kids will have fun helping you to make the fun snacks, while younger kids will just enjoy eating them. ! there are a couple of kids included to help you grab quick snacks that pack the most punch per serving, as well (see above). Many of the snacks would also make great hors d'oeuvres for Summer picnics and BBQs too! There are color pictures for all recipes, as well as for many of the instructions. Just one look, and the pictures will have you wanting to cook!  If you are looking to keep the kids healthy at home this Summer, check out this new book!

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Here's a great cookie recipe that that kids will think are decadent, and you'll know are healthy for them!

Chocolate Bwonie Quinoa Cookies!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to TUNE at Home Over the Summer!

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So the school year is over and the kids will be practicing their instruments at home.

Oh oh.

What do you do when it comes to tuning them, now that your music teacher is off sailing the high seas on vacation?

I have JUST the thing for you!

Now musicians, from beginners to experienced ones, can easily tune their own instruments with ease, right at home, or anywhere! This new tuner from Precision Music, makes it SO easy,)even your kids will be able to tune their OWN instruments over Summer vacation (yeah!).Plus the tuner has a  Metronome feature, so you can always keep in time, even when not tuning! I love that!

Features of the Precision Music Clip On Tuner and Metronome include a Full color, easy to read display, and an ability to work well, even in ambient noise! With its powerful chromatic setting it can be used to tune a range of stringed and non stringed instruments.

And dis I mention it is super easy to use?

Select one of 5 tuning modes (mine was set to guitar), adjust for your frequency preference, and then for your flat preferences, and then place on your instrument, and it's ready to use: Ready in less than 4 minutes! Instructions re super easy to follow too! Check out a quick video I did:

As you can see, when you play a note, the note name and pitch is shown. Yellow means flat, red means sharp and green/blue means in tune! EASY peasy! What I discovered afterwards by checking with Miss Grace's guitar teacher, that I had used the wrong frequency for my test run. Oops. Once I did that, I got greens!  Whew! 

If you play the guitar whether acoustic, classical or electric, ukuleles, violins, trumpets, Venezuelan Cuarto, banjo, mandolin, you need this tuner! It also makes a super gift (Father's day is around the corner!). You can purchase it on Amazon, so you can always purchase and have it sent as a gift to your recipient! Father's Day or birthday present solved!

This is a great product and we highly recommend it!

Did You kKow MAY is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

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