Mommy Greenest Approved: Blue Sky Family Farms Pasture Raised & Free Range Eggs

free range eggs in a crate held by a woman on a farmWhat’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better. [Read more…]

#ShopDrop2016 Gift Bag Preview

gift bags against white backgroundOn the fence about taking the Shop Drop Challenge? Perhaps the gift bag may convince you. What’s inside? Take a look! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: RareEarth Natural Perfume + Video

natural perfumeIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest for a while, you know that I like to make my own natural perfume. I made my first natural perfume video back in 2013, and when some readers commented that they were worried the natural vanilla extract base would stain their skin or clothes—never a problem for me, btw—I made another natural perfume recipe video, using rose water.

But my natural perfume formulas are typically two or three “notes,” meaning scents that I layer together. (I’m getting all perfumer-y on you know, I know.) So when natural perfume manufacturer rareEARTH challenged me to recreate one of their essential-oil based rareESSENCE perfumes—I went for it. Check out my DIY video and then enter to be one of 10 Mommy Greenest readers to win rareESSENCE‘s bestselling Beleza! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Goodbeing Subscription Box

A subscription box against a white background showing contentsThe subscription box is a big trend these days: I’ve shared a sneak peek at snacks from Vegan Cuts, eco beauty from Spa Heroesvegan style focused LOVE GOODLY, and the fair trade subscription Artisan Box from GlobeIn. I value all of these subscription box services for their ability to help consumers save money and make healthier choices through their “try before you buy” programs. But when my beloved Goodebox subscription box service announced a rebrand to become Goodbeing, I had to investigate—and scored a whopping THREE-MONTH subscription for THREE lucky Mommy Greenest readers! [Read more…]

Safe Ducky Protects Kids From Toxic Products

father looking for non toxic products in baby storeEvery so often an idea comes around that’s a game-changer. I feel that way about Safe Ducky. Founded by Josh Kasteler and based in Los Angeles, the company is identifying toxic products to create a safer world for parents—one store and family at a time. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Maty’s Natural Cough Syrup

natural cough syrup remedy with honeyWhen I was a kid, my father was a big believer in cough syrup, just not natural cough syrup. He bought the other kind—the stuff that tastes like a mentholated cherry popsicle and dyes your tongue bright red. My dad didn’t know about potential side effects like hives and seizures, or the links between food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Whenever I had a cough, he dosed me with a teaspoon every few hours until I was so woozy I slept it off.

But I’m a different kind of parent. There’s more access to information today, and I research everything that goes on my children’s bodies and into their mouths—often to their immense frustration. (Like the fair trade organic chocolate I insist on buying for candy-heavy holidays like Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Easter. But that’s another story.)

When it comes to medicine, I’m far more likely to look for a natural alternative than to grab a box of what’s familiar to me from childhood—especially after I learned that many cough medicines contain drugs so potent that they caused nearly 8,000 overdose emergency room visits in 2008.

That’s why I was so thrilled to hear that Maty’s Healthy Products has expanded their line of flu-season essentials to include a full range of natural cough syrups that are free of artificial ingredients and also nix alcohol, gluten, dairy, soy or wheat.Want to try? TWO lucky winners will take home a full range of Maty’s Healthy Products worth $40!* [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Allgood Provisions Healthy Snacks

Allgood Provisions healthy snacksShouldn’t all snacks be healthy? That’s what I think. But, like many of us, I often concentrate on cooking healthy meals, only to fail in the healthy snack department. That’s why I love organic, non-GMO Allgood Provisions, which are not only delicious–they’re nutritious, too. Want to try? Enter to win and you could be one of the first to experience an Allgood Provisions Oven Stoked Organic Roasting Kit! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: PASCHA Chocolate Fights Food Allergies

wrapped chocolate safe for food allergies against wood backgroundBetween 1997 and 2010, the number of people allergic to peanuts quadrupled and there was a 265% increase in allergy-related hospitalizations. Today, food allergies affect one out of every 13 children and send someone to the emergency room every three minutes, according to food activist Robyn O’Brien. Yet each Halloween, parents of children with food allergies have two choices: Send kids into a minefield of allergens or force them to stay home. This year, make yours a safe house with allegen-free, vegan, organic and fair trade, individually-wrapped minis from PASCHA Chocolate. Want to try? You can win some, just in time for Halloween! [Read more…]