Posts Tagged ‘organic’

CallaCreative

►►►Attention parents. The Calla Pillow is designed specifically for your little sleepy heads.

It is…..

– Hypoallergenic
– Machine Washable
– Durable
– Organic Cotton
– Soft (but not too soft)
– Appropriate thickness based on the Pediatrician’s Guide

Designed for toddlers ages 2-4, it also makes a great adult travel pillow. I really love the feel of the USA grown, 100% organic cotton sateen shell. It is a washable, hypoallergenic pillow that’s oh-so-comfy. It has the “right stuff” inside for a comfortable snooze. Way way better than anything I’ve seen in the stores. Be sure to visit the CallaCreative website for a 15% off discount code. And rest assured, this toddler pillow comes with a 3 year “outgrow it guarantee”.

Although washable, I’d love for Calla to offer pillowcases. Just for the sake of it; in organic cotton, too. 

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All About CallaCreative~

When our daughter turned 2 she was ready for a big girl bed and started asking for a pillow to sleep with. We gave her an old flat pillow that we had laying around the house, and while it was safe – it just looked uncomfortable, oversized and old. We knew it was a short term solution.

After talking with many other parents in our circle, we found out some of the important things that parents look for in a pillow. Some themes that kept appearing were – Washability, Durability, Organic, Safe and Hypoallergenic. As we looked for pillows that met these criteria, we realized that there was a rather limited selection of pillows for Toddlers. 

We researched many different types of fills and found the advantages and disadvantages of each. We were disappointed with many of the organic fills out there. Cotton clumped. Wool wasn’t able to be washed. Memory foam couldn’t be put in the washing machine at all. We ended up going with a special blend of polyester cluster fiber that is hypoallegenic, machine washable and extremely durable.

 We chose an organic cotton sateen shell for the pillow that is sourced locally and certified organic. It’s softer and more durable than the traditional 200 or 400 thread count non-organic cotton pillows out there.

 After a lot of back and forth, we found a pillow that we loved and that Emilie (our daughter) loved. So we reached out to other parents to get feedback. The feedback was very helpful for us as we improved our design.

 We found that some parents thought the pillow was too thick. So we reduced the fill. And found that other parents thought the pillow was too thin. So we researched the appropriate thickness from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Original Calla Pillow falls within the guidelines set forth by the AAP.

 When the pillow arrives, it is at it’s fullest and will reduce in thickness by 30-35% within the first week of use and will remain at that optimal thickness until it’s washed again. When washed and dried, the pillow regains its full bounce.

 One challenge we’ve faced has been creating a pillow that will last a long time because we as parents value durabillity. That’s why we’ve chosen to go with the highest quality available. It’s machine washable in case the pillow gets spilled on or experiences any of the many unimaginable situations your toddler will no doubt put the pillow through. We’ve also decided to include a 3 year “OutGrow it Guarantee.” We’re certain your pillow will last.

 Also, we’ve chosen to partner with Amazon to fulfill our orders because of their trust and dependability. They’ve taken great care of us as customers and their support is top notch. We care about doing things right and this strategic partnership will allow us to reliably and dependably ship the pillows to your home.

 We are a husband and wife (and parent) team and live in Indianapolis, IN. We’ve been married for 6 years and have a beautiful daughter, Emilie. When we’re not making pillows and serving our customers, you’ll find us spending our time with our daughter, 2 black labs. We love food, craft beer, traveling and making new friends.

Notes From Dawn received a Calla Pillow from CallaCreative 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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Carina Organics

 

Take a look at this wonderful selection of chemical free shampoos, lotions, and body washes. Packed full of organic ingredients, they offer all-natural hair and skin care that you’re gonna love. Safe ingredients. No animal testing.

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From the Peppermint Collection, Peppermint Cool-Mint Scalp Stimulating Conditioner is a light feeling conditioner that hasn’t built up on my hair after repeated uses. It has a subtle scent but it wasn’t as “scalp stimulating” as some tea tree products I’ve used. It replenishes moisture and is a good dangler.

 

From The Nature’s Blend Collection, the Daily Moisturizing & Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion is my favorite of the Carina products. You just can’t get a better lotion! This lightweight skin cream hydrates right into the skin leaving no lotion after-feel. The fragrance is beautiful. FYI- contains beeswax so this is NOT a vegan product as labeled.

 

From the Botanical Therapeutic Collection, grab a bottle of the Shampoo & Body Wash for a nice lather that works great on hair and body. One product for a quick summer shower. Results are soft, clean hair. And body. Rub-a-dub-dub!

Notes From Dawn received the above mentioned products from Carina Organics 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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Shop Earth Creations for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fashions for the entire family. Super stylish. Earth kind. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also dye the clothes with natural clay avoiding the use of chemicals from synthetic dyes. Read more on Fabrics and Color Palette.
Eco. Pure. Simple. That’s why I love Earth Creations! I’ve featured them on Notes From Dawn several times and I am thrilled to share with you one of their beautiful new spring styles.
The Reef Dress
Reef Dress
A wonderful spring layering piece and adorable stand alone dress for hot weather. This sleeveless dress has a self made 6″ cowl neck and is made from our organic cotton slub fabric that adds a subtle pattern to the fabric. A fabulous stand alone piece, or layered with a belt and leggings.
I just about never wear dresses but this style works for me. I don’t think of it as a dress but like the description states, a “layering piece”. It can be easily dressed up or down. Add a hat and you’re ready for Derby Day!
True to all Earth Creations clothes, the cotton is noticeably soft! Choose from 6 colors. Modeled in Sea. Made in the USA. 100% cotton slub. (What exactly is slub?)
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I received the Reef Dress from Earth Creations 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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Kicking Horse Coffee

 100% Certified Organic- Fair Trade- Shade Grown

Arabica beans-Roasted in Canada

Kicking Horse Coffee offers 17 varieties of coffee for those who coffee. Their variety selections include names like Kick Ass, Horse Power, Cliff Hanger, and Mocha Yoho. 

KICK ASS® [DARK]

SWEET • SMOKY • AUDACIOUS
The name says it all: carpe diem, play to win, no regrets. Don’t let this cute little donkey fool you-he plays for keeps. This take-no-prisoners roast is popular with athletes who’d rather enjoy a good cup of coffee than choke down an energy bar before a workout. A great mix of Indonesian and Central American beans that is guaranteed to kick some sense into you.

Tasting Notes: Intense, full-bodied, dark-roasted attitude

 

I was lucky to get to review Kick Ass®. I classify it as a masterpiece! The aroma from the opened can was superb; the taste was SMOOTH and dark. (I drink my coffee black) This whole bean coffee came freshly packed in a tin container. Love this fresh coffee at the start -or finish- of my day. 

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(1)Leave a comment telling me you’d like to savor a cup of Kick Ass®. That’s all there is to it. 

Contest ends on Derby Day (May 3, 2014 @11:59 pm est. and is available to US and Canada residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from Random.org. Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

Life is too short to start drinking the wrong cup of coffee.

I received Kick Ass® from Kicking Horse Coffee 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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Haven’t heard of Waxelene?

Waxelene is a petroleum jelly alternative made from natural beeswax and the highest quality natural & organic oils instead of petroleum. It actually works better than petroleum jelly because our patented aeration process and natural ingredients allow the skin to breathe as well as being soft and creamy. Other balm-like products are usually either hardened or use hydrogenated oils or petroleum derivatives to be soft like Waxelene

Revolutionary skin care! Highly effective for moisturizing and soothing dry skin. It is also great for make-up, babies, sports, hair, sun, aftershave…..all that you would use petroleum jelly for. (IF you were to use petroleum jelly which I hope you WOULDN’T because petroleum jelly is yucky)

Waxelene has only 4 natural and organic ingredients. Really! organic soybean oil, natural & unbleached raw beeswax, natural vitamin E oil (derived from soybeans) and  organic rosemary oil. No hidden ingredients, such as synthetic preservatives, dyes, perfumes, thickeners, etc.

And get ready for even more good stuff!

Waxelene is certified cruelty-free by PETA and Leaping Bunny! Undisputably  sustainable, their ingredients are all natural, their facility is powered with 100% wind power, and their boxes are all 100% recycled.

I reviewed the Flip-Top Squeeze Tube (.75oz). This is the smallest size making it easy to keep on hand. I primarily use it for dry lips.  Waxelene also comes in a 9 oz. and a 2 oz. jar. 

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Notes From Dawn received a Waxelene Flip-Top Tube from Waxelene 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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Their Organic Farming (EN-38) T-Shirt sums up what SOS from Texas is all about.

That’s right. They “Grow T-Shirts” AND maintain old-fashioned, chemical-free farming practices. It doens’t get any better then this. 

USA farmer grown organic cotton. Great quality. Basic style. Good price. 

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While they mostly grow t-shirts, they do have a few baby products like this baby receiving blanket. It is 32″x40″ of SOS organic cotton thermal fabric. Very soft. Nothing we have comes close to how this one cozies.

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Grown in TX. Manufactured in NC. Loved in your home♥

Notes From Dawn received an SOS from Texas organic grown t-shirt and receiving blanket 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.

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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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My previous Earth Creations reviews have featured their stylish women’s casual wear. This time, I want to show you a sweet baby snappie and a good-looking guy tee shirt. Just remember that when you shop Earth Creations, you get super stylish and earth kind fashions for the entire family. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also use natural clay dyes that are biodegradable.

Head over to the Earth Creations website to check out their fall fashions. And get the dirt on their story, if you haven’t already. They are reasonably priced especially considering the quality of the products. They offer some terrific web sales, too!

little sweet Baby loves Eco Owl Snappie

Color: Sunstone, 55% hemp/45% organic cotton, Made in the USA, Clay Dyed

Eco Owl on Hemp Snappie

and lucky big Guy, the Warrior Pose Tee

Color: Stone, 100% Organic Cotton, Short Sleeve, Clay Dyed

Warrior Pose on Organic Tee

Earth Creations Kimmy Poncho and Hankerchief Top

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I received the items in this feature from Earth Creations 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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Shop Earth Creations for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fashions for the entire family. Super stylish. Earth kind. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also dye the clothes with natural clay avoiding the use of chemicals from synthetic  dyes. Their story:

earth creations evolved from an ordinary bike ride. One day after a storm, Joy took her mountain bike out for some off-roading and ended up covered with Alabama red dirt. Despite many tumbles through the washing machine, the shirt, socks, and shoes remained stubbornly stained by that mud! When Joy and Martin met years later, Martin was intrigued by the strength of that red clay. Where most people saw ruined clothes, Martin saw potential. Armed with his background in chemistry, concern for the environment, and a natural curiosity, Martin began experimenting with the clay as a dye for T-shirts.

That was almost 17 years ago. Our garments are still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed. From the first “Alabama Dirt Shirt” tinted with that infamous red clay, earth creations has grown into a full line of organic T-shirts dyed in a rainbow of colors for men, women, and children. We also have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.
This season I’m wearing the stylish Kimmy Poncho. Perfect as a cover-up, it can also be worn just as a top. I wear my Kimmy Poncho as a layering piece since I like to be snugly warm during the chilly months. It’s flowing design isn’t bulky or heavy; the mock turtle neck is also relaxed. This is a made in the USA item that is completely machine washable. It’s made from an incredible soft blend of hemp and organic cotton jersey with clay-dyed shades of earth. Available in black, celery, grape, mosaic blue, mud, pumpkin, and slate. This poncho comes in size S/M or L/XL, so determining size is easy. The Kimmy Poncho is a versatile piece that looks great either dressed up or styled down. What a great gift idea!
 
Autumn is wearing the Kimmy Poncho in Slate
I received the Kimmy Poncho from Earth Creations 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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I had the privilege to try another tea from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Peace Tea is an organic herbal loose tea.

 This is a gentle and calming nervine blend; a chance for reflection while providing an opportunity to imagine a peaceful world. Takes the stress out of life for a while. A wonderful infusion drink for meditation and quiet moments.

Contains: organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals.

In the bag, this tea had a heavy Spearmint scent. I reluctantly tried it, as I’m not a big mint fan. My hot cup turned out sensational. All the ingredients blended into a pleasant tasting, yellow-colored tea. With the diverse flavors of this tea, I forwent adding honey like I usually do.

I suggest this tea for the late afternoon or evening

with quiet conversation and feet up.

I received Peace Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs 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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