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Win Aluminum-free Deodorant from Tropical Traditions! Ends 8.1

It’s no secret that I love Tropical Traditions coconut oil, and I also adore Tropical Traditions organic thick rolled oats (my favorite oats ever!)

So I was more than open to the idea of trying another Tropical Traditions product, especially after my recent promise to myself that I would work on using more natural health and beauty care products.

Of all the products I use over the course of my day, I would have to say that is the hardest to replace with a natural alternative is deodorant. Why? Because your deodorant has to work.

And if it doesn’t? Well, that just stinks. :lol:

But since I’m still nursing, and still trying to conceive baby #2, it’s more important than ever to me that I don’t put scary toxic ingredients on my underarms (one of the most absorbent parts of the body) or anywhere else, for that matter!

Since I was used to buying pantry items from their online store, I was surprised to find out that Tropical Traditions carried a deodorant that fit the bill. What a nice surprise! Their natural deodorants are chemical-free, paraben-free and aluminum-free, and the base of the formula is their organic virgin coconut oil (which I already use on my body every day.)

The sample I received was the (very pretty) Lavender scent, which includes:

ingredients: purified water, organic Virgin Coconut Oil, organic jojoba, plant based emulsifying wax, grapefruit seed extract, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and organic essential oils of lavender, lemon, and rosemary. (Other scents include Classic and Frankincense.)

I have to admit, at first I wasn’t sure how this stuff worked. I felt a little self-conscious the first day I wore it to work (probably should have used it on a weekend to start.) My old deodorant worked for me for years and I never smelled a thing, but with this product I did notice a little more perspiration than normal. Not that it left me sweaty – just enough that I noticed (I’m pretty sure I was the only one…)

But now, after having used it for a few weeks, I don’t notice any weirdness anymore. I really think the body just requires an adjustment period to a new deodorant – especially after more years than I’d like to admit using a mainstream version. I’m not sure Tropical Traditions deodorant would be the right thing to wear for an intense workout, but it’s very suitable, comfortable and reliable for day-to-day use – which I think is a fair trade-off for the peace of mind that comes from using a much, much safer product.

Want to try Tropical Traditions aluminum-free deodorant for yourself?

Win it!

***This giveaway is CLOSED! Congrats to my winner, Gianna, with comment #85! :)

The fine folks at Tropical Traditions have offered one lucky ABCGP reader their own full-size aluminum-free roll-on deodorant!

Mandatory entry: Just visit Tropical Traditions and tell me a product or two you’d like to try (that I did NOT mention above.)

Bonus Entries:

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Disclosure: I received a full-sized sample of Tropical Traditions deodorant for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and the opinions expressed above are my own, honest opinions based on my experience with the product.
Entry period will remain open until August 1st. I will then choose a winner via Random.org. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm or a new winner will be chosen. Open to US and Canada.





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Coconut Oil: Not just for butts anymore!

I’ve been using coconut oil as a cloth-diaper-safe butt cream for over a year now. Luckily, we haven’t had to deal with diaper rash, but teething sometimes makes Little Man’s bum a little angry, and a swipe of coconut oil calms it right down every time without causing my diapers to repel.

But this week, I fell in love with coconut oil all over again for a completely different reason. 

Those of you who tweet may have seen me mentioning the horrible case of hives I had last week. At least I thought they were hives. It turns out I had an allergic reaction to something (who knows what) that I had come in contact with, and I was a mess.

I had a red, itchy, swollen rash all over my face, neck, torso and hands. I think my right pointer finger was the worst, and it blistered so much I was actually afraid it might scar. When I went to the doctor, he seemed concerned about infection because it was getting pretty ugly.

He immediately prescribed a round of Prednisone. When I mentioned that I am nursing and we are trying to conceive, he decided against that prescription. (I was relieved because I just hate medication in all forms, and I have to be pretty much dying to agree to it…)

The rash seemed to be calming on its own a little, but he still wanted to prescribe Triamcinolone Acetonide cream. But only for my hands. Not my face, because it’s more vascular and too much could enter my bloodstream.

Sorry, but does that sound safe to you? Uh, no thanks. :?

OTC hydrocortisone? I think I’ll skip that too.

So I left and went home, happy in the knowledge that I didn’t have some kind of incurable skin crud, but not sure what to do about the severe itching and raw skin on my hands and face.

And then I remembered: A jar of Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil in my cupboard.

Could that work? Why not!? With all I’d read about the different uses of coconut oil, it made perfect sense. :idea:

I immediately put a thin layer on my face and a slightly thicker layer on my hands. On the really bad parts, I applied it a few times.

That was yesterday and, long story short, you can barely see where the blisters were. No lie – the parts of my hands that were affected actually feel better than the rest. This stuff is amazing: just one simple ingredient that’s 100% pure and safe for me as a mama, my baby, and the baby that we’re already looking out for, just in case. ;)

Prednisone disaster averted. 

Just one more reason I plan to keep a jar of coconut oil in my house at all times. Thanks so much to Tropical Traditions for a great product, and I look forward to finding out what other tricks it can do! :)

I was not compensated in any way for this post. I just really, really want you all to know how great this stuff is!


Have you ever used coconut oil? What is your favorite use for it?


Filed under Green Living, Parenting & Family, Product & Service Reviews, Recipes & Food

A Tale of Two Feet

Once upon a time there was a girl.

The girl was the proud owner of two very loyal feet.

The girl paid a lot of attention to the feet. The feet were always smooth and soft, pumiced and brightly painted. The girl put the feet in cute sandals and adorned their toes with pretty rings and sunburst nail appliques. The girl and the feet grew quite close, and the feet were always there for her.

Then, one day, something came between them.

The girl and the feet fell out of touch, and didn’t see each other for a long time.

Not to worry, though. After many months, the girl and her feet were reunited! But a funny thing happened…although the girl saw the feet again, she was more interested in her new little Prince Charming than in painting their toes or smoothing their heels.

Seasons passed, and winters came and went. One day, as spring was about to begin, the girl found herself sockless… and she noticed the feet. Much to her dismay, she realized that she had been avoiding the feet for nearly a year and a half! She felt terribly guilty for neglecting them so, and realized that she had to make things right between them.

But the girl wondered where she would find the time. Then, it dawned on her that she could soak the feet in little Prince Charming’s bubble bath! Brilliant!

The girl thought it was the best pair of birds she ever killed with one stone, and wondered why it had taken her so long to think of it!

After a long, relaxing soak in the bath, she slathered the feet in coconut oil and honey, and rubbed them with warm lime halves dipped in coarse sugar until they were soft and smooth once again.

The girl realized that although little Prince Charming was very, very important, the feet have their needs, too. And she felt good.

And the feet were happy. :D

And so the girl and the feet lived happily ever after, with no worries other than what color of pretty paint to choose…

Say, Say, Oh Playmate and Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater by Hopscotch Kids

The End. :)


So, what do you think? Should I sport purple or orange after my pedicure?


Filed under Green Living, The Everyday

TT Organic Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway! Great for cloth diaper moms, too!

I love coconut!

Let me clarify: I’m not such a fan of coconut in things like pies, cakes or Almond Joy bars. I prefer my coconut more savory, like in Thai food, or in drinks. I love coconut water, and rich soups made with coconut milk.

Several months ago, I started using coconut oil. I use it in my cooking and baking, and sometimes I even just mix a little bit into my oatmeal. It’s a beautiful cooking oil,  lending a faint, delicate coconut flavor that is just heavenly in fish, chicken and vegetable dishes.

The best thing about coconut oil, in my opinion, is that its uses extend far beyond the kitchen. Did you know that you can use coconut oil on your skin, your lips, and even your baby’s bottom!? 8O Yup, that’s right. Coconut oil is a 100% natural, extremely effective way to combat your baby’s red tush, and, unlike conventional diaper creams, it’s safe to use with cloth diapers! (I recommend keeping a separate jar in baby’s room, though. ;) )

So, I was really excited when Tropical Traditions sent me some of their Gold Label virgin coconut oil to sample!

The first thing I did was head over to their  free coconut recipes blog for ideas on how to use it. There were so many recipes I didn’t know where to start! So, I started with Hot Cocoa! (It is January, after all.)

I’m still experimenting, so I’ll be sending some more recipes your way soon…

I’m not going to throw a bunch of health claims at you, because you know how that goes: research is pretty subjective, and no definitive health claims can be made about a food without upsetting the FDA. But here are a few things I DO know about TT virgin coconut oil:

  • It’s made by family farmers, using good manufacturing practices benefiting rural families in the Philippines.
  • It’s certified organic under strict USDA standards, with no chemicals or GMOs.
  • It contains lauric acid, a nutrient found in breastmilk that supports the body’s immune system.
  • It tastes wonderful, and leaves my baby’s bottom soft, soothed and smelling super coconutty! :)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of virgin coconut oil along with recipes and more, you can acquire a free copy of the Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil book by taking part in their referral program! Click here for details, then choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter user ID 6878693 for your free book!  Contact their customer service department for assistance, if needed.

If you use coconut oil, or even if you’re just intrigued by its many uses, I have fun news! Tropical Traditions has offered me one 16-ounce  jar of their Gold Label virgin coconut oil to give away to one lucky reader! :D

And, this one is open to both US and Canada! :)


Mandatory entry:

Visit Tropical Traditions and leave a comment below telling me something you learned about coconuts, coconut oil, the company itself, or any of its products! Easy as pie!

Bonus Entries:

1. Sign up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. You’ll be first to find out about free product specials, discounts, news and new recipes! (2 entries – leave 2 comments for this one!)

2. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @TropTraditions (1 entry. Include your Twitter handle.)

3. Tweet: (1 entry per day. Leave one comment per tweet, including a link to each unique tweet.) Here’s a sample tweet you can use:

I entered to win @TropTraditions Gold Label virgin COCONUT OIL! Enter now @ABCGP http://wp.me/pTRQh-Bp Ends 2/16 #giveaway

Good luck!


Entry period is open until 8 pm on February 16, 2011. I will choose a winner via Random.org after entries close, and winner will be notified via email. Winner will have 72 hours to respond and claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada.

**UPDATE! My winner is comment #33! Congrats Nicole! Check your email…


Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


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Mama Soul Food: Honey Ginger Overnight Oat Pancakes with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches

Yesterday, I had a banana for lunch. Not a good idea. 

While a banana might be a perfectly healthy choice for a snack, it’s not exactly a well-balanced lunch, and I spent  most of the day feeling sluggish and tired, and frankly, uninspired. Can you really trace all that back to a meager lunch? I say yes.

It’s never a good idea for a nursing mom to neglect her diet for the sake of getting other “more important” things done. I usually do pretty well at making sure my bases are covered in the nutrition game, but I occasionally slip up and let myself slip down the priority list.

Note to self: The first step in taking good care of your child is taking good care of his mother!

So last night I decided that today’s breakfast would be a good one, and by “good” I don’t necessarily mean perfectly healthy, but good for my mama soul as well. A breakfast that requires me to take a few minutes to mindfully prepare my food and eat it on an actual plate. A rare thing lately…

Not that I don’t love my trusty overnight oats, but I just felt like something a little different. And, lunch usually gets lost in the mix on days off spent working at home, so a hearty and substantial breakfast is important.

My thoughts swirled around the good-sized nub of fresh ginger I’d been meaning to use up, so I decided to incorporate the oats I love (they are supposed to be a lactogenic food, after all…) and create a recipe based on the many overnight oats pancake recipes I’ve seen, along with the fresh ingredients I happened to have on hand.

What did I come up with?

 Honey Ginger Overnight Oat Pancakes with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches!


  • 1 cup old-fashioned hand-rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 T honey (to taste)
  • 1 T oil (your choice: vegetable, canola, coconut, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground ginger (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine oats and almond milk in a small bowl. Stir until combined and cover. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to cook, remove from refrigerator and add egg, honey and oil. (If using coconut oil, mixture should be at room temperature or oil will clump into a solid.) Stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. If batter is too thick, thin slightly with more almond milk.

Lightly oil a non-stick pan or griddle. Spoon batter onto griddle and spread to desired shape if too thick to spread on its own. When tops form bubbles and edges look dry, turn pancakes and cook until golden. Top with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches (see below.)

Yield: 5 medium-sized pancakes (These are dense and hearty pancakes; 2 was more than enough for me. 5 is enough to freeze or share!)

Tip: If baby is demanding attention, wiggle butt often during the cooking process and make up a  highly repetitive song about eggs, honey and oil until pancakes are the perfect shade of golden brown. It worked for me! :lol:

Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches

  • 1 fresh peach
  • cinnamon, to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp) 
  • 1 T butter
  • drizzle honey

Peel peach and dice into small pieces (to ensure a good bit of peach in each bite!) Melt butter in saucepan over low heat; add peaches and cinnamon and saute until soft, fragrant and beginning to caramelize. Remove from heat, drizzle with honey, and stir. Pour over pancakes and serve.

Tip: This topping recipe made enough for one, maybe 1 1/2 servings (I like a lot of peaches!) I would recommend one peach per person, adjusting other ingredients to taste as needed.

These pancakes were a lovely start to a morning that started out rainy, but has since turned sunny and bright. 

Hey...what’s that? I think I’m feeling inspired! :D


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