Archive for ‘Stuff I love’

July 5th, 2011

Stuff I Love- Green Genius Bags

The Green Genius
I have tried a lot of eco-friendly trash bags in my “green” life so far. It was a frustrating and costly search. Most of the bags I tried we not realistic for daily use, like for a tall kitchen trash can liner. Most were ill sized and of poor quality. They would tear easily, and start to disintegrate after being wet for a little bit. I would say most of the true eco friendly bags out there are not all that strong. Sure, they are prob. great for picking up poo, or as a diaper bag, but not for heavy duty use.

I found the powdery, delicate, expensive bags a waste of money, but I couldn’t stand the thought of using real plastic bags for the kitchen and other trash cans in the house. I gave it one last go, and I found The Green Genius! Hallelujah, my search was over! A true, biodegradable, strong, true to size, “plastic” bag! They are awesome, and I haven’t had a problem since I’ve bought them over a year ago. I use nothing else for my throw-aways.

I order mine in bulk off of amazon to save a couple of bucks. If you’re like me and can’t stand the thought of using plastic bags, try these!

June 14th, 2011

Stuff I Love- GT’s Kombucha

I love this stuff. Really, I do! It’s a treat for me. I don’t buy it all the time since it’s $3.50 a bottle.

It’s super fizzy and a little bright tasting. Some people think it tastes like it has a tiny bit of vinegar in it, but really it’s just a fermented tea with natural fruit juices and the kombucha starter. It’s a great, healthy soda-alternative.

Kombucha started in Russia I believe, and it’s used as a powerful health-giving elixer. It has vitamins and minerals and lots and lots of good bacteria (probiotics). It’s living, organic and raw. Whenever I’m under the weather, this is definitely in my arsenal of “feel good” products. It calms and relaxes me immediately.

During my “monthly” I always grab a bottle to ease cramping. It eases muscle tension and just makes things go much smoother.

A lot of people say they have increased energy and it tames their appetite. I can see how this happens because the drink it’s self it very filling.

My favorite flavor is Guava Goddess. It’s the smoothest tasting in my opinion. If you would like to give it a try, it’s in the refrigerated section at a lot of health food stores.

Check out all the flavors and info here at GT’s Kombucha.

May 3rd, 2011

Justin’s Nut Butters- Stuff I Love

Shame on them. I mean really, it should be a crime to make something this addicting.

Right before Easter, me and the Hubs were cruising the aisles of Whole Foods and stumbled upon some cute looking peanut butter cups by Justin’s. We got them, as well as some other chocolates. These were definitely the best peanut butter cups I had ever had. They were dark chocolate and had a great snap. They were also organic, which is always a bonus!

I had always seen the jars of Justin’s Nut Butters at the store, but I never bought them because I assumed they weren’t organic. I don’t know why, but I was compeled to visit their website. After reading about the company and the founder, I was excited! They were a responsible company, dedicated to doing their best for people, and the planet. They use great ingredients and they are passionate about their products.

I started to obsess over getting some. The next day, we were headed out of town for Easter, and we were running short on time. That night, I had tossed and turned, thinking about this freaking peanut butter!

We went to a grocery store out of town and it wasn’t there. I was crushed. 2 days later, when we got home, I finally got some! I bought a couple squeeze packets and a jar. I could hardly wait to try it, so as we were on our way home, I tried the honey peanut butter squeeze packet. I was a little bummed. It was good, but nothing out of this world. When we got home, I opened the jar of Maple Almond Butter (Justin’s favorite), and had a small spoonful. As I was trying it, I didn’t have high expectations, since the peanut butter wasn’t great. As I was tasting, I thought,” oh, this is pretty good….WHOA, THIS IS AMAZING!” I had B try it, and he had the same reaction! It’s the definition of nutty and warm. It’s so good, and worth every penny. We find ourselves, daily going into the pantry for a spoonful!

I have since tried their other flavor of Chocolate Hazelnut, and this is very reminiscent of the famous hazelnut spread. It just has better ingredients. They have several flavors, but the maple almond is my favorite. The squeeze packets are also super convenient for your purse, or travel. If it’s sold around you, don’t walk, run to get some!

April 20th, 2011

Stuff I Love

My posts seem to be getting fewer and far between, these days. I’m going to start posting about things I love. Things that make living a wholesome, natural and organic life, much easier.

Today, I want to let you know about Burt’s Bee’s Lip Tint. I LOVE this stuff. I’ve been a big fan of Burt’s Bee’s for a long time, since you can tell how natural their products are. The lip tint is just like regular lip balm, with a lovely blush of color. I was surprised at how much color came from a balm. It’s not too much, but it’s just enough to create some character.

When I was a kid, I felt like everyone but me had the purple and pink, bubble gum lip balm from Avon. I always wanted some, but my mom didn’t do Avon. This lip tint gives me the same feeling as the synthetic, and artificially flavored purple and pink stick, just with a natural, adult spin. It comes in a brown colored stick, and a variety of colors, from pinky reds, to light pinks. They taste and smell great too!

You can find Burt’s Bee’s products at most pharmacies, Amazon, BurtsBees.com, health food stores and some grocery stores.