Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

How do the sides of your roads look this Spring? Mine are littered with trash. It’s a very sad reminder of how we treat our planet. And plastic bags constitute a large percentage of this roadside waste. I’m proposing a personal ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Easy enough with a planet e bag, available in various designs to suit your style!

The Collapsible Shopping Bag. Or should I say BOX. This reusable is easy to store in the car and opens into a big useful cube (13 x 11 x 10). The reinforced bottom holds 30 lbs. It’s perfect for keeping groceries from spilling over or sliding around. I’ve also used it for miscellaneous things -like books- in addition to groceries. 

The planet e Basket. It’s made for the grocery store! Or how about a picnic?! This is my favorite replacement to plastic bags. Good for light shopping. Just set it in the cart and fill it up. From store to home, it’s easy ECO.



Eco-friendly. Re-usable. Durable. Easy to use.

Notes From Dawn received the collapsible shopping bag and the basket from planet e in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Xob Website

Icebox Knitting, maker of Dohm and Xob, is the picture of sustainability.
Made in Longmont, Colorado, USA, we have made Dohm wool hats on antique hand powered knitting machines since 1994. Our hats and accessories are made from world class yarns produced under the strictest environmental standards.
To further our commitment to the environment, we created Xob (say zob) an upcycled collection in 2006 . Pieces and parts of recycled wool blend sweaters and suit jackets are used to create fun and fresh designs you can wear.
We send production remnants to be used in another life cycle. Wool scraps are re-purposed into wool wiping cloths and trimming from fleece are used a filling for dog beds in an animal shelter. Sourcing previously loved sweaters, purchasing mill-end fabrics, and sending production remnants to be used in another life cycle, Icebox Knitting has diverted over sixty thousand pounds of waste from landfills.

How cool -& green- is Icebox Knitting! 

This Xob review is of the Soft Visor Hat and the Pocket Scarf. (check out their website for many more styles) The upcycled materials used for Xob hats and accessories are sorted in four different color families; black/grey, blue/green, brown/tan, or brights.  When you select an Xob style and color group, your new upcycled item will be an original.

It will be unconventional. Green. And made in the USA.

Both the soft visor and the pocket scarf (blue/green) are made of 100% upcycled wool/wool blend sweaters. (Be advised if you are wool sensitive)  I find them a little itchy but I like the warmth. I always have cold hands, so the scarf is perfect for slipping my hands into. Hint to Xob – I’d love to have a scarf style available in a lightweight summer fabric!!

Good For the Planet – Hats and Accessories – Made in the USA

Notes From Dawn received the Xob soft visor and pocket scarf from Icebox Knitting in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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With a long-time honey heritage (since 1949 and now the largest family owned honey company in the US), Honey Stinger’s goal continues to be providing great tasting, honey-based energy foods made with natural ingredients.

That sounds sweet to me!

And who couldn’t use more energy sometimes? I know I could. So, what was this assortment of Stinger products going to taste like? The following taste testing was conducted by myself and another qualified participant. We each tried a full size product and considered the appearance, aroma, taste, and texture. The product score was based on overall satisfaction.

1. Caffeinated Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Protein Bar (score:9/10) Loved the cherry- chocolate combination (but that goes without saying). Bee careful that you don’t eat too many of these.

Honey Stinger’s first caffeinated protein bar! Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry protein bars are coated with dark chocolate surrounding the perfect blend of mocha, cherry and almonds. Caffeinated with 30mg of coffee per bar make this a truly great-tasting meal replacement snack or after-workout recovery bar. Our protein bars contain gluten free ingredients and no trans fats. Honey Stinger protein bars are truly unique as we include over 30% USDA certified organic honey, 10 grams of whey protein – 20% of the daily recommended allowance, 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium and antioxidants. Made with gluten free ingredients, but processed on machinery that processes gluten products.

2.Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar (score:8/10) Energy bar or tasty treat? Both. The yogurt bottom had a good amount of sweetness. Love the blueberry flavor. Not too heavy.

Our newest energy bar, Blueberry Buzz has a new light and crispy texture paired with a delicious yogurt coated bottom. Just imagine a blueberry muffin and healthy snack alternative collide to create this great new addition. Our Energy bars are made with over 30% honey, 5g Non-GMO Soy Protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, whole grains, calcium, antioxidants, natural flavors and all the benefits of our energy gel. These delicious bars are great for a healthy snack alternative and before or during a workout.

3. Organic Lemon Waffle (score:7/10 ) More lemon in this one please.

A thin layer of honey infused with a zest of natural lemon flavor and sandwiched between two thin waffles. The refreshing taste of lemon and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favorite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea. Certified USDA organic.

4.Kids’ Organic Honey Waffle (score:8/10) Very much like a stroop waffle. 

Sandwiching honey between two thin waffle wafers, our Kids’ Organic Waffles are the only product of their kind that are certified organic and available in a box containing six individually wrapped waffles. This delicious 80 calorie snack is perfect for kids on the go, on the field or even adults trying to satisfy their sweet tooth!

5. Kids’ Organic Chocolate Waffle (score:10/10) Top scoring and our favorite Honey Stinger! The adult version of this waffle is, of course, bigger!

A thin layer of honey infused with natural cocoa flavor and sandwiched between two thin waffles. The delicious taste of chocolate and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favorite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea. Certified USDA organic .

6.Cherry Cola Naturally Caffeinated Chew (score:7/7) Definitely tasted the cherry-cola. Not soda fans so we didn’t get to excited with this classic taste.

Adding to Honey Stinger’s line of caffeinated chews, the new Cherry Cola organic energy chews offer a classic taste that everyone will love! Caffeinated with 32mg of white tea extract per package, comprised of 95% organic ingredients, certified gluten free and sweetened with organic honey, these chews provide a natural and sustainable source of energy with that extra boost of caffeine. Great on a bike, great for a run, great for anything you need to get done!

7. Kids’ Mixed Bery Organic Chew (score:9/10 ) Delicious, kid-sized chews. I like the mixed berry flavors. A lot. 

8. Kids’ Sour Citrus Organic Chew (score:8/10 ) A whole bunch of cheerful flavor in this gummy-type chew. 

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Chews are formulated specifically for health-conscious parents and kids seeking a great tasting snack. Our Chews are unique as they include Vitamin C, Potassium, naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from 100% organic tapioca syrup and honey. Smaller in size compared to our original Chews, Honey Stinger Organic Kids’ Chews are great because they don’t stick to your teeth and taste amazing, making them the perfect snack.

source Honey Stinger Facebook

I’m not training for a marathon but I’ll be eating Honey Stinger protein bars, energy bars, gels, waffles, and chews during busy, errand-running days. I love that they are natural and organic. 

Notes From Dawn received an assortment of products from Honey Stinger in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Use the website, WhenCanIReuseThisCalendar.comto find the calendar years that correspond. 

Your 2013 calendar is reusable in:

2019, 2030, 2041, 2047, 2058, 2069, 2075, 2086, 2097, and 2109.

In 2014, you can re-use calendars from these years:

2003, 1997, 1986, 1975, 1969, 1958, 1947, 1941, 1930, and 1919.

An older calendar can be a special gift when it’s for a year that’s significant to the recipient; i.e., a birthyear or the year of a graduation or a wedding.

Note: Some of the holidays may be on different day. And moon phases will definately be off. 


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Moby Wrap Inc. was started by parents looking for the perfect baby carrier. After extensive research and trying countless slings and wraps, their solution was a variation on a time-tested European carrier. Made from the softest of cotton fabrics, the Moby Wrap is by far the most comfortable baby carrier available today. It distributes baby’s weight evenly on the wearer’s shoulders and hips and aligns baby’s center of gravity as close to the wearer’s body as possible. Since its inception in April 2003, MOBY (MOther & baBY) has focused on sharing the benefits of babywearing with parents and caregivers worldwide. With informed parenting as its mission, Moby partners with other organizations that emphasize empowering parents. Moby Wrap moved out of the founders’ garage and into a warehouse in Chico, California in 2007 and currently employs 15 staff members.

This review is on the Moby Go, a baby carrier designed for older babies (15-45 lbs.) who are ready to GO.


Features include:

  • Wide shoulder straps continue the Moby Wrap tradition of superior comfort
  • Easy-to-reach side buckles adjust for the perfect fit
  • Cross-shoulder design evenly distributes weight
  • The carrier seat is designed to allow the correct support for baby
  • Unique dual foam waist belt provides comfortable support for parent

Color options:
Black & Gray – both feature a hood pocket

Barberry – features the Barberry print & embroidery design

Pros: So comfortable it can be worn for hours. 

Cons: Expensive.  But your purchase gets you a quality made, comfortable baby carrier

This post courtesy of Autumn, a Notes From Dawn contributor.

Notes From Dawn received the Moby Go from Moby® Wrap in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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May Designs

Here’s where you can get a customizable & eco friendly book for your new year 

Making custom May Books is a cinch.

Pick a book style – monthly agenda, weekly agenda, address book, budget journal, meal planner, calorie/exercise journal, kids coloring book, or a diary (pregnancy planner, wedding planner, baby journal)

Step One.

Choose your pattern from the swatches.

Step Two.

Customize it. Add a monogram or name.

Step Three.

Choose your Inside Pages. Agendas, Dots, Lines, etc.

Step Four.

Preview & Checkout. Voila – you are finished!


My May Book -a 2014 “blog book” for planning my blog posts, ideas, ect. Monthly Agenda style in the Vintage Bird Spa pattern. 

Q: How many pages are there in a May Book notebook?

A: Most books come standard with 80 pages. A few of inside pages have different a slightly different number. (He Loves Me Wedding Planner, Baby Diary, yearly calendar)

Q: Are the May Books canvas covers hard or soft?

A: May Books covers are made from a coated canvas paper, so they are flexible. Durable, but you can bend them. A week of use and it’s broken in like a pair of jeans. That’s the best part!

Q: Why are May Books sewn and not stapled?

A: We found that with stapled pages, the insides were more likely to come out. Plus, the thread makes the entire book completely recyclable!

Q: Why do I love my May Book?

A: It is a quality product from an eco-friendly company. The link below will take you to the May Desings website’s eco-friendly page to see it in action!

We love green

I received a May Book from May Designs to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. 

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Do you dread putting your flip-flops away in the fall?

Peeky Toes at a coffee shop


Peeky Toes™ are toeless socks made for your visit to the spa. They keep your feet warm while your toes get pretty. Now if the spa thing isn’t for you, Peeky Toes™ are great at other times. Personally, I like them to wear them with flip-flops for a warm, stylish look. And I like to wear them around the house and when in bed after putting lotion on my feet. Love the wiggle room.


These certified organic cotton socks are comfortable (arch support), warm, and Eco friendly! 

Chocolate Brown is one of three new winter colors. 


Environmentally Friendly and Responsible Citizens

Peeky is committed to using eco-friendly materials in our packaging and other areas of our business. We use 100% Forest Stewardship Council board for our packaging, soy and vegetable based inks, 100% recycled tissue, Eco-Bags with Fair Wage & Fair Labor, and recycled business cards. We opted to not use plastic hooks with the packaging, so as to reduce the waste materials in the environment.

Visit the Peeky Toes website to read more Peeky Pride good stuff like this.

I received Eco Peekys from Peeky Toes™ to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A postitive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. 

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