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Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

Going Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day

Did you know there’s a special day celebrating just about everything! Of course, we don’t mind because we think celebrations make for a happier life. Take today, for instance, today is National Agriculture Day, also known as National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of agriculture and those who contribute to agriculture, which is why we’re highlighting the wonderful offerings from Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day. This amazing company, which we met at the Editors Showcase during the Fancy food Show, has made us realize that just because you live in the city (and most likely, a shoebox of an apt), doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. Two of their very cool products, which we’re highlighting today include the Garden in a Can, and the Organic Mushroom Mini Farm (they have so many other very cool ready-to-grow products, you have to check them out).

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These ready-to-grow cans make it fun and easy to grow and harvest organic herbs right from your windowsill or fire escape. All you have to do is plant, water, and watch it grow! Back to the Roots makes it easy to buy, offering a set of four herbs in its own can: basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. The set includes organic seeds, nutrient rich soil, biochar technology that helps your herbs grow for months. what you don’t get are no messy drainage holes, no chemicals, and no need for transplanting. Plus for every photo you share using the hashtag #GardenInACan, Back to the Roots will donate one to an elementary school classroom.

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Love mushrooms? Then grow your own gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box it comes in……..in just 10 days! This mini farm is truly the lazy person’s garden, just open the box, mist with water, and watch your mushroom harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making it a great gift for kids, families, foodies & chefs!  The kit includes organic plant-based soil (which can grow multiple crops!), oyster mushroom spawn, spray mister, and as a bonus: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit. How cool is that?

So my fellow city, and small apartment-dwellers, would you be open to trying out your green thumb? What are your thoughts on these Back to the Roots products?

Malie Organics: A First Class Ticket to Pampering!

Celebrate your own natural beauty and the cultural wonders of Hawaii with Malie Organics.  Founded in 2004, Malie Organics offers a luxurious line of all-natural and organic beauty products that are approved by the Natural Products Association.  Honoring their Hawaiin roots, all Malie products feature indigenous and local Hawaiian flora and  are all proudly made in the USA. Malie does not use petroleum, mineral spirits, sulfates or parabens in any of its products.

I had the opportunity to try the Malie’s Jet Set gift set that includes (TSA-friendly) 2.5-ounce bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream.  My experience was like a day at the spa.  Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar scents, this beautifully packaged travel set retails for $39.50.

Malie’s Jet Set Gift Set

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I’m always looking for all-natural and organic products to use on my hair. I found both and so much more with Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner. Are you looking for a color safe, sulfate free, rich lathering shampoo and moisturizing, hair softening conditioner?

Malie Organics Plumeria Shampoo 

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Malie Organics Plumeria Conditioner

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Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner left my strands feeling clean, moisturized and silky soft.  I also enjoyed the soft and gentle essence of plumeria. The shampoo gently, but thoroughly cleansed my hair without stripping hair of its natural oils. I love the conditioner as well as it is excellent for detangling my thick curly locks.  My hair felt so moisturized and soft after using this shampoo and conditioner combo.  Best of all, Malie products are 70% organic and don’t contain the harmful ingredients found in many hair-care products. And the nose-pleasing scent of the Malie Organics shampoo and conditioner duo lingered on for hours after use.  For only $23.50 each, this high-end quality shampoo and conditioner are a steal.

Malie Organics Plumeria Body Wash

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Close your eyes and imagine the most enjoyable and elegant shower or bath you could  ever experience. Now open them and find a bottle of  Malie Organics Plumeria body wash.  This sulfate-free body wash wrapped me in thick, rich, skin-softening suds and left my skin feeling soft and smelling beautiful.  My skin was not left feeling tight and actually felt very moisturized even after drying off.  I am so impressed with this body wash and my hubby loves the way my skin smells when I climb into bed.  Pamper yourself with an 8.25 oz bottle of pure indulgence for only $28.00!

Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream

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The moment I started to massage the Malie Organics Plumeria Body Cream into my skin, I knew I was saying goodbye to the dry itchy skin that often plagues my skin during the cooler months.  I am in love with the soft and fresh feminine scents of citrus, peach, and jasmine.  The Malie Organics Plumeria body cream left my skin feeling soft, silky and moisturized all day. Spoil yourself with this 70% organic luxurious body cream that can be purchased for just $32.00.

All Malie products are all-natural, organic and wild-crafted ingredients. They are  free of harmful ingredients. Malie does not use animal products or test on animals.

Turn Back Time with Nordic Beauty’s Organic Skincare

One thing women have been trying to do since the beginning is turn back time. For centuries, women have tried several beauty regimens and rituals in the battle against aging, with minimal luck – but here is one beauty label that is sure to make you feel like you’ve frozen time, without leaving you with a frozen face, and a body full of toxins. Nordic Beauty is a 100% natural and organic skin care line that will deem other anti-aging products obsolete, thanks to its special ingredient, Marine Collagen Peptide.

These products use nature’s beauty secrets to keep you looking young and beautiful, with healthy, moisturized skin. The Marine Collagen Peptide used in the Nordic Beauty line comes from wild caught Norwegian Cod skin, from the cold waters of Northern Norway’s deep seas. The brand uses Cod Fish Collagen because it contains much larger amounts of amino acids, glycine and proline than other proteins. These tiny peptides penetrate deep within your skin to help form new tissue cells, resulting in beautiful and youthful looking skin that is younger, softer and more radiant, with optimal results after 33 days of use. Other natural ingredients include Lingonberry Seed Extract, Sweet Iris Stem Cell, Edelweiss Extract, as well as organic essential oils including Frankincense Essential Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.  The products are gentle and non-irritating, which is perfect for those with sensitive skin. What more could you ask for?

Being able to read the ingredients of the Nordic Beauty products is a real treat that we don’t often get when it comes to what we put on our face. Natural ingredients are very important to Nordic Beauty CEO Mette Risdal, “I hope to elevate consumer awareness of the dangers inherent in the many synthetic ingredients found in so many beauty products today,” says Risdal. “It isn’t worth the short-term gain if a product degrades your appearance or the health of your skin a few years down the line. Our Nordic Beauty products not only make you look good; they are good for you, promoting skin that glows with health and resiliency.”

You can also feel good about supporting Nordic Beauty, as they give 10% of their profits to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan G. Komen Foundation, as noted by the pink bow and message stated directly on the packaging. By purchasing Nordic Beauty products, you are not only helping yourself, but other women as well! To learn more about Nordic Beauty or try it for yourself, head over to www.nordicbeauty.com. Let us know your results in the comments below!

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Make Thanksgiving Better w/ Shady Brook Farms & Honeysuckle White Turkeys

With Thanksgiving happening this week, we have one thing on our minds: FOOD! The star of the Thanksgiving dinner is of course, the turkey. We have great news: The well known Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White have been working with over 700 independent farmers to bring you fresh, whole bird turkeys raised without growth promoting hormones antibiotics – at an affordable price! Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White believe that everyone should have access to healthy, organic food that hasn’t been pumped with chemicals and hormones.

Look out for this packaging at your local grocery store when turkey shopping!

This is huge and amazing news – they are the first major turkey brands to implement this change on such a large scale. By buying a turkey this year from these brands, you can take a step in the right direction toward healthy and organic eating this Thanksgiving. We had the chance to sample this Gluten-free, MSG-free turkey from Shady Brook Farms and it is superbly delicious!

Now you can feel a little better about stuffing yourself on turkey day, because your turkey will be hormone antibiotic free! Living in a time where we barely know where our food comes from and how the animals that we consume are raised, Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White taking the initiative to give us turkey that is raised the healthy way is a breath of fresh air. You can look forward to even more turkey products without growth promoting antibiotics soon, because they will be removed from all turkeys by 2015. With Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White, you can be sure that you are serving your loved ones something that not only tastes great, but is great for them.

What We’re Loving – Maple Hill Creamery Creamline Yogurt

Maple Hill Creamery serves up yogurt that is not only great tasting, but also great for you! Their delicious Creamline Yogurt is made from organic milk from 100% grass-fed, cows. Living in a time when we barely know what we are consuming, Maple Hill Creamery is a welcome change. I was very eager to try this yogurt because the packaging is simple yet artistic and eye-catching.

When I opened the European-style yogurt, there was a layer of cream on top known as the “Creamline”, hence the name of the yogurt. This cream on top of the traditionally tart, full-fat, barely-sweet, smooth yogurt, is the result of a layer of milk fat that naturally rises to the top during the yogurt’s cooling and culturing process.

The cream on top is natural – just stir and enjoy!

You don’t usually see this naturally occurring process in other yogurt brands, because when theirs is being processed, they remove it for aesthetic reasons.

The cream on top of the yogurt.

Once the yogurt is stirred, its ready to eat! The first thing I noticed with the first taste was the tartness. The flavor is somewhere between regular and Greek yogurt. I did not find the pungent tang to be overwhelming, although it did stand out. The vanilla flavor itself was not overpowering, which allowed every aspect of the yogurt to shine through.

Maple Hill Creamery Creamline Yogurt has a very smooth and luxurious texture that I really enjoyed. I like the distinct flavor, and can definitely taste a difference between Maple Hill Creamery and other non-organic brands. Grass-fed cows make a huge difference, not only in the meat of the cow itself, but the milk it produces as well. Maple Hill Creamery’s yogurts make for  a great nutritious snack. I’m looking forward to trying their other flavors! Have you tried Maple Hill Creamery? What is your favorite flavor?

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Spread the Love | Crofter’s Organic Fruit Spreads

You know a fruit spread is amazing when you pass on all breads, crackers, etc and dive right in to the jar with a spoon. That was our immediate reaction the first time we tried the delicious Crofter’s Organic fruit Spreads. Crofter’s Organic boasts more than 20 certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified spreads, fair trade cane sugar sweetened Premium Spreads, high antioxidant Superfruit spreads, and Just Fruit Spreads, with no added cane sugar made from high-quality ingredients from the best sources on earth. The Ontario-based, family-owned manufacturer, he largest organic jam manufacturer in North America, has been gifting the public with premium fruit spreads for the past 25 years. We had the pleasure of sampling a few of their organic fruit spreads, which we can tell you, didn’t last long in our refrigerator.

Crofter’s Organic offers nutritious spreads that features 1/3 less sugar than traditional preserves, and are free of preservatives. The Premium Spreads come in thirteen varieties, from classics like strawberry, and blueberry to unique and exotic flavors like morello cherry, and mango, and are sweetened with Rainforest Alliance certified organic cane sugar sourced from the Green Cane Project. These premium spreads are available in 10 oz jars, with some flavors in 16.5 oz jars, and are only 30 calories er serving.

The Superfruit Spreads features a delicious blend of four unique superfruit combinations, and ten powerful antioxidants from four continents – Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Each jar boasts 1 pound of premium organic fruit and is also sweetened with fair trade sugar and contains one-third less sugar than jam. The Asia blend features yumberries, raspberries, morello cherries, and red grapes; the Europe blend features pomegranates, black currants blended with red grapes, and morello cherries; the North America blend features wild cranberries, wild blueberries blended with red grapes, and morello cherries; and the South America blend features maqui berries, passionfruit blended with red grapes, and morello cherries. The Superfruit spreads are available in 11 oz jars and are only 30 calories per serving.

Last but not least, the Just Fruit Spreads are available in eight varieties – Apricot, Black Currant, Blackberry, Raspberry, Seville Orange, Strawberry, Superfruit (red grape, morello cherry, açai berries, and pomegranate), and Wild Blueberry. They are made with 100% fruit ingredients, and sweetened by concentrated organic grape juice, sourced from an Italian winemaker. These all-fruit spreads will wow you with their delicious taste, texture, and spreadability, although as previously stated, you say be enjoying with a spoon and may not care about spreadability. Like the Premium Spreads, the Just Fruit Spreads are also available in 10 oz jars and only 30 calories per serving.

Healthy Hydration w/ Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters

We’ve shared several low calorie drink recipes of Cascade Ice made with Cascade Ice Cocktail Mixes and Sparkling Waters with Juice, today we’re highlighting the two new flavor addictions to their range of USDA certified Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters. With zero calories, zero grams of sugar, no sweeteners, and zero carbs, this sodium-free, caffeine-free, and gluten-free sparkling flavored waters will keep you refreshed and happy.

Who says your water has to be boring and tasteless. With the organic fruit oils and extracts that are in the Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, your taste buds will be delighted with every sip of this sparkling essence. Joining the current organic flavors of Mixed Berry, Lemon Zest, Citrus Twist and Lemon Lime, are Organic Blueberry, and Organic Grapefruit, two tart flavors for continuous guilt-free enjoyment.

If you’re asking yourself, can these make cocktails better, they can. If you love White and Red Sangria, pour in 1/4 cup of the Organic Blueberry Sparkling Flavored Water to cut your calorie intake and add the sweet and tart blueberry flavor because when it comes to Sangria, we think the more fruit flavors, the better. For cocktail ideas using the Organic Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Water, we recommend adding 1/4 cup to the classic Mimosa or 3/4 cup to a Grapefruit Margarita to instantly turn it into a sparkling margarita. You won’t lose the delicious tastes even though your cocktails will be healthier. For a list of retailers that carry Cascade Ice Organic Sparkling Flavored Waters, check out the store locator.