Alright, make lemonade first to satisfy your inner optimist, if you must.
But before you toss that squeezed lemon into the compost, dip it in some baking soda and scrub your sink! It’s the greenest way to get a really good sparkle, and if you put it down the garbage disposal, it’ll freshen that, too! Continue reading →
Bring it on, 2012. I have big plans for the new year. Probably too big, but it can’t hurt to aim high right?
One thing on my lengthy list is to simply stick to my guns on things like making my home as greentastic as it can possibly be. Developing a strong eco-conscious is a journey that certainly has its ups and downs, and it really helps me to reaffirm my commitment once in a while.
So there. Reaffirmation has begun.
Now, on to business. One paradox I’ve noticed since getting rid of toxic household products is that while I do miss lovely scented candles (pumpkin! sugar cookie! cinnamon stick!) and room sprays, I’ve become really sensitive to them when I do come in contact with them now. Especially when it comes to laundry. So I was excited to give Tropical Traditions powdered laundry detergent a go.
Tropical Traditions, as a company, is dedicated to offering high quality, eco-friendly, natural products, and this laundry detergent is one of them. The ingredients panel lists soda ash, sodium percarbonate, and mild surfactants. That’s it. No perfumes or fragrances, no dyes and no phosphates, and that means nothing to harm the environment when it decomposes. And, it leaves your clothes smelling like clothes, and nothing more. It’s safe for the environment, and safe for your family.
But does it get them clean, you ask? Yes! TT detergent safely cleans all types of clothes (except silk or wool) in all temperatures. Just add it to the washer while it’s filling, load with clothes, and wash.
Right now, you can get 5lb of Tropical Traditions powdered laundry detergent for the special low price of only $16.99! Visit their website to order now.
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Once in a while, I make a few dollars, and every so often, I get a free product to try out. That’s fun. But, the true treasures are found when I happen upon a new friend–a fellow conscientious greenie. No matter what your priorities are, life can get a little lonely when you don’t know many people who share them, so finding like-minded friends…well, it’s a gift.
So, when Jameson Morris contacted me to try out his new offering, the Conscious Box, I jumped at the chance. It was apparent to me right from the get-go that Jameson is 100% dedicated to introducing his customers to the best in eco-friendly, conscientiously and sustainably produced products. There’s no greenwashing here…the concept behind the Conscious Box is from the heart.
What is the Conscious Box?
“Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.” These products are carefully vetted by the folks at Conscious Box, and meet their strict criteria. A pretty, seasonally decorated box arrives at your doorstep, complete with an inspirational, heartfelt message and filled with sample sizes of pure and natural products from ethical businesses you can trust.
Sounds like a fun thing to find in the mail, huh?
I received the November and December boxes to review. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. Samples sizes don’t excite me all that much. I guess I just feel like you don’t get much of a chance to really try a product from a tiny sample. Well, when the boxes arrived, I found that these were no tiny samples. Many of the products seemed nearly full size, and the ones that weren’t were still generous enough to really give them a good try.
Here’s the November box:
I couldn’t possibly provide a thorough review of all the products I received – there were too many of them! But I can tell you that there were several that I already purchased faithfully, and a few that have become new favorites.
Good Earth lollipops, Honest Kids organic juice pouches, Kind fruit and nut bars, Eat Cleaner wipes, Justin’s nut butter – they were all staples in our home already, and I was happy to see them among my Conscious Box loot. (A huge sign that Jameson and I are most definitely on the same page.)
Several new products that piqued my interest, and then FAR surpassed my expectations, include BerryPlus laundry soap (made from soapberries!) and EarthFriendly Products cinnamon-scented room freshener spray. Love, love, love…LOVE!! Scented products are one thing that many toxin-conscious folks miss, and I was thrilled to be able to spray and scent my living room (and cinnamon is my #1 favorite scent!) SCORE! These two will definitely be joining my regular arsenal of household products.
I saw a few differences in the 2 boxes I received, and they told me a lot. The November box was great, but the December box was even better. More products, bigger samples, coupons…that tells me that the folks at Conscious Box are working hard to find more and more companies to share with their subscribers, and they are succeeding. This is a company focused on growth, so, in my opinion, this is the time to subscribe. I would bet that these monthly deliveries are only going to get better and better!
Get your Conscious Box!
Gift yourself or a greenie friend with the gift of sustainable surprises each month! Visit Conscious Box to subscribe now, and be sure to like them on Facebook where you just might find fun opportunities to get extra goodies added to your next box just by leaving a comment or sharing ideas on how to reuse the delivery box.
Jameson has generously offered one lucky ABCs and Garden Peas reader their own December Conscious Box! (Trust me…you will LOVE it!)
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The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form – Visit ConsciousBox.com and let me know what you’d like to find in a future delivery!
About 10 seconds after I heard my son run down the hall toward his very baby-proofed playroom, I turned to go find him (because I never, ever leave him alone. Not for a minute.)
I was heading down the hallway when I heard a thump behind me, in the kitchen. I thought my husband had come into the house.
I turned to see my son, sitting on the kitchen floor. How did he get over there? I swear toddlers have some kind of magic…
Then I noticed the spray bottle of bug spray. In his hands. Pointed toward his face.
His little face, with tiny droplets on it.
My heart stopped. For a minute, I thought I might throw up.
He looked at me, wide-eyed, surprised. But he did not cry.
He switched gears, smiled, got up and ran past me down to his playroom, and I ran after him, grabbing a towel along the way to clean him up.
Reason #45789203 to go a little greener:Orange Guard Home Pest Control, kills pests on contact with orange peel extract in a water-based formula that is safe for use around food, humans and pets.*
I was horrified that my son had gotten past me, and that I allowed it to happen. I felt like the worst mother in the world, and I’m still beating myself up for it. But, I gotta say, I’m pretty freakin’ proud of myself for making sure the product in that bottle wasn’t toxic. Because toddlers really do have a certain sneaky mischief magic, and accidents happen.
Even so, I’ll be hovering a little more from now on.