Giveaway - Baby Carrot Products, Part II (CLOSED)

>> Friday, April 30, 2010

Did you see my previous post about Giveaway #1? Just making sure you didn't miss it.

Here is Giveaway Number 2

This giveaway is a package deal - three products for one winner.

  • Goo-Goo Baby Bum Balm - retail $5
Mom's report that their babies seem to just smile and say goo-goo when they put this on. It works great for both preventing and treating diaper rash. Contains organic extra virgin Italian olive oil infused with organically grown calendula petals, local beeswax, fair trade raw shea butter, organic avocado oil, anhydrous lanolin and is very lightly scented with certified organic Bulgarian lavender essential oil-believed to be the most gentle of all lavender essential oils. 15 ml amber glass jar

  • Calendule Nipple Whip - retail $5 (a RAW product)
Does not contain any essential oils or fragrances, and all ingredients are food grade and safe for mamas and babies. Contains fair trade shea butter and organic extra virgin olive oil infused with organically grown calendula petals. We also have Moms who use this for babies with super-dry skin and conditions like eczema that need to be kept moisturized.

  • Jasmine and Carrot Seed Cuticle Cream - retail $6 (a RAW product)
Inspired to create the most vitamin rich, unprocessed cream possible, we broke out the old butter churn and whipped up this little jar of goodness to treat those tormented cuticles, cracked and aching hands, crows feet, and yes, even those dust bowl lips. Contains raw fair trade shea butter, raw certified organic hemp seed oil, soy lecithin, Vitamin E (tocopherol and tocotrienol) wild carrot seed oil, jasmine absolute, angelica root essential oil and benzoin.
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On this giveaway, ONE winner takes all.
 
**For each entry, please leave a comment here**

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment (too easy huh?)

Optional entries:
  1. Visit Wild Carrot Herbals website and peruse their products; tell me which products interest you (I seriously want them ALL)
  2. Fan Wild Carrot Herbals on facebook
  3. Follow me on twitter (@hihorosie)
  4. Tweet this giveaway; be sure to include my twitter name and/or provide link of tweet
  5. Facebook this giveaway
  6. Blog/post this giveaway (counts as 3 entries - leave a separate comment for each entry)
  7. Follow this blog via Google Connect
  8. Subscribe to this blog (I still sound desperate)
  9. Follow this blog with a reader, or if you already do tell me
Open to US residents, 18 years and older. Winner will be selected at random. Giveaway will end Sunday (Mother's Day), May 9th at 9:00 PM (PDT).
Good luck!

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Giveaway - Baby Carrot Products, Part I (CLOSED)

Please excuse the delay...I actually meant to post about this earlier in the day but life/work took priority so here I are. :) Better late than never right?

Hopefully, you've had a chance to read up on my reviews for the Goo-Goo Baby Bum Balm and the Borage Butter Eczema Cream. It's awesome stuff and I love it! I should point out that I was able to buy these two products at my local natural market, PCC. So for those in the Seattle/Eastside area you could check it out there. I also understand that Whole Foods carries some of these products but truthfully, WF confuses me sometimes that I get lost and forget what I'm looking for (this is both good and bad) so I don't know if they do for sure or not.

Anyway...

I have FIVE different products to give away. See? Wild Carrot Herbals is super duper! The owner was very generous to sponsor these products - I honestly have nothing to gain from this, just doing my thing of spreading the good word about them.

Anyway....again...

So I've got five products but to create less confusion I'm splitting this into TWO GIVEAWAYS for THREE WINNERS (separate posts) which will go on at the same time. With me so far?

Here is Giveaway Number 1.

I have two products to start, which means two winners, one of each.
  • Borage Butter Eczema Cream - retail $12
Borage seed oil is clinically proven to be anti-inflammatory and effective for eczema and psoriasis. Our number one selling cream, and a product we get a lot of feedback on-as Mom's rave at how well this has worked for the delicate dermis of many a babe. Contains cold pressed organic borage seed oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, cocoa butter, vegetable emulsifying wax NF, palm stearic acid, rosemary oleoresin, tocopherol vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, pure therapeutic grade essential oils of Albanian green myrtle and Moroccan blue chamomile.
(sorry, only have a pic of the pretty borage flower, the actual picture of the jar from the site isn't loading up for me but you get the idea)
  • Cubeba Mint Cream - retail $14
Inspired by the botanical goodness of our Southern neighbors, we created this cream rich with virgin organic coconut oil and organic palm oil for their essential fatty acids to nourish skin deeply. We also were delighted to find wild Brazilian Litsea Cubeba-a tropical shrub bearing pepper-like fruits that smell like lemon verbena. High in citral, the essential oil has uplifting and cell regenerating properties. Our peppermint, organically grown in Chile, can help cool the extremities and get oneself back into the body. Contains purified spring water, virgin organic coconut oil, mango butter, cocoa butter, vegetable emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, soy wax, organic palm oil, tocopherol vitamin E oil, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils of Brazilian Litsea Cubeba and organic Chilean peppermint.
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Those are the two products you're vying for. One winner for each product.
 
**For each entry, please leave a comment here**
 
Mandatory entry: Tell me which product you want to win - must be specific!
 
Optional entries:
  1. Visit Wild Carrot Herbals website and peruse their products; tell me which products interest you (I seriously want them ALL)
  2. Fan Wild Carrot Herbals on facebook
  3. Follow me on twitter (@hihorosie)
  4. Tweet this giveaway; be sure to include my twitter name and/or provide link of tweet
  5. Facebook this giveaway
  6. Blog/post this giveaway (counts as 3 entries - leave a separate comment for each entry)
  7. Follow this blog via Google Connect
  8. Subscribe to this blog (I sound desperate)
  9. Follow this blog with a reader, or if you already do tell me
Open to US residents, 18 years and older. Winners will be selected at random. Giveaway will end Sunday, May 9th at 9:00 PM (PDT).
 
Good luck!

 

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Product Review - Baby Carrot, Part II

>> Thursday, April 29, 2010

Yesterday I posted a review on Baby Carrot’s Goo-Goo Baby Bum Balm from Wild Carrot Herbals. You can check out that review here.

As a continuation of my review of Wild Carrot products, today’s post is on their Borage Butter Eczema Cream.

Review #2
 


The review of this product is actually from a friend, who gave me permission to share her story. I omitted names of course.

I loved the bum balm so much that I wondered about the eczema cream and thinking of this friend of mine who has children who suffer from eczema I picked up a jar for her. The levels of their conditions range from mild to severe at times.

Ingredients: Contains cold pressed organic borage seed oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, cocoa butter, vegetable emulsifying wax NF, palm stearic acid, rosemary oleoresin, tocopherol vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract, pure therapeutic grade essential oils of Albanian green myrtle and Moroccan blue chamomile

My friend’s eldest son called to tell me thanks for the cream and that it worked. I asked him if it stunk and he said, kinda. Ha ha! Well, my nose smelled the tester at the store and didn’t think it was stinky but then he’s a boy! *wink*

I talked to my friend later about it from her perspective and she said, “that stuff is AWESOME!!!” She told me that after ONE use she had noticed a huge difference, so much so that she tried it on her other child who sometimes experiences a more severe degree of eczema (i.e. open sores, etc). She said, “…it's FANTASTIC! We aren't going to use the chemicals and steroids on him anymore. Yay! I didn't think it was possible to find a natural product that would get such great results for [child #2] and I'm just thrilled! :)”

A couple weeks later, I followed up with her again to see how it’s working. She told me that with all three of her kids this works, especially with mild cases of eczema. Her oldest son’s hands cleared up and her youngest “who had really bad bumpy dry skin on his entire back is starting to feel smooth again...first time in a couple years.” Her middle child who has it more severely recently contracted a staph infection so they had to use his prescribed antibiotics and steroids to help clear it up.

So from all of this, she is sold on the Baby Carrot eczema cream and absolutely loves it. She told me it works on those mild cases of eczema. It seems based on my interpretation then that for more severe cases it does work but there might be times when one has to resort to their prescribed meds/steroids if necessary. A case by case sort of thing.

I just love the fact that there are wholesome, natural and organic products out there that work so you don’t have to use the smelly chemical stuff. I do believe there’s a time and place for OTC and prescribed meds so I don’t want it to seem that I’m against them but if they can be avoided, if you have a choice then I’m all for a holistic approach first. Plus with this cream using something that’s gentle is perfect for already sensitive skin; harsh chemicals on sensitive skin = not good.

As noted on the Wild Carrot website, this cream is also recommended for those who suffer from psoriasis. It’s $12 for a 2 ounce jar but as my friend told me, this will go a long way and she uses if for all three of her kids. Well worth the investment.

Stay tuned! Because tomorrow I’ll have more about Baby Carrot/Wild Carrot.

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WINNER: Spirulina

Today is the day I announce the winner of the 16 ounce jar of spirulina manna from Healthforce Nutritionals.

I have to admit I wasn't expecting all the entries I received (177!) but hey, I learned many of you want your greens! You want your spirulina! Well good call peoples!

Because there were so many entries this time around I had to pull out the big guns, aka Random.org to do the dirty work of choosing a winner.

Before I announce the winner (come on! Who doesn't love some suspense?) just want to say thanks to everyone participating and sharing some of your favorite superfoods in the process. If you want to know some of mine they are cacao, maca, spirulina and almonds (are nuts considered superfoods?). Also, want to thank Healthforce Nutritionals for sponsoring this giveaway. They have superior products as some of you saw on their website or know from personal experience.

Now, for the big reveal....

     True Random Number Generator
     Min: 1
     Max: 177
     Result: 106
       Powered by RANDOM.ORG

I don't know how you capture and paste the picture of the results but oh well.

The winner...or should I say winnerS is/are Lori and Michelle of Pure2Raw!!!  WOO HOO! Girls, email me your info and I'll get this shipped out to you.

Their winning entry:

     106. Pure2raw twins 04/23/2010 01:44 PM
             • we blogged about this amazing giveaway today on our blog :)

Congrats to Lori and Michelle!


Think they'll sport a green beard like Green Beard here? That'd be awesome if they did!

Thanks everyone! Thanks Healthforce!

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Product Review – Baby Carrot, Part I

>> Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I have a couple of reviews for you – two products made by the same company – but don’t want to overwhelm you with one mile long post so I’m splitting it up into separate posts. Now, this first post I talk about baby stuff however, even if you don’t have children you’ll still want to check back for the second review and then again for a giveaway.

Review #1

Goo-goo!

Every once in awhile my little babe experiences diaper rash. :( Fortunately, not often but still it can be painful and irritating when it does happen, although my lil guy is a champ and doesn't complain much I'm sure it can't be comfy...

Over the counter (OTC) creams are barf (sorry, but that's one of those funny words to me). They’re made of stuff no one should put on their skin let alone a baby’s skin, which is so sensitive to begin with. Things like BHA, and Methylparaben. Bleh!

We found an OTC product that was a step up from the “popular” brand but still not satisfied. We talked to his doc who happens to be a master herbalist (not sure what the official title would be) in addition to being a naturopath. She said that OTC products don’t work because they don’t correct the problem, only cover it (or smear it). Sometimes causing further irritation because those products don’t allow the skin to breathe which could lead to a breeding ground for yeast infections, believe it or not. Bottom line (pun intended), none of these products do their job well in the long run.

Like I said, diaper rash doesn’t happen often (I hear one cause of diaper rash can be from being too acidic - ??) but still wanted to find something more natural (aka organic) if possible.

Enter Baby Carrot from Wild Carrot Herbals.

I spotted a cute little round box of Goo-Goo Baby Bum Balm (say it fast it’s fun!) at my local natural market (believe me, it comes in a cute brown round box). They had a sample open – mmm, smells nice. Ingredients checked out too (this particular product does contain beeswax for those curious). I recall YS2’s doc saying something about calendula, which so happens to be a main ingredient in this balm.

Let me just tell you, this stuff WORKS! It’s not stinky or medicinal smelling (bonus). It contains wholesome ingredients like organic extra virgin Italian olive oil infused with organically grown calendula petals, local beeswax, fair trade raw shea butter, organic avocado oil, anhydrous lanolin and is very lightly scented with certified organic Bulgarian lavender essential oil-believed to be the most gentle of all lavender essential oils. It’s safe to use at anytime, not just for when the skin is irritated; costs $5.00 for a small jar but you don’t need much. I also love the fact this is made in the Pacific Northwest. Yay!

I believe in it so much I bought a jar for my SIL for her new baby. Goo-goo!

By the way, this is an honest review of my experience. It was a product I discovered and bought on my own to try. Thankfully, no babies were harmed in the process! :)

Check back for review numero dos tomorrow.



P.S. My giveaway for a 16 oz jar of spirulina manna sponsored by Healthforce Nutritionals is still going on but ends tonight! Click here for details.

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Blog Fave

>> Saturday, April 24, 2010

I picked up some organic strawberries today – don’t they look pretty and delicious? Ahem, please excuse the cell phone quality; it was the camera of choice at the time. Anyway, love ‘em! This particular batch was pretty good; not the best but they served their purpose. Looking forward to picking some fresh ones from our garden. Now, those are the best!

In case you haven’t seen my current giveaway, check it out for a 16 oz jar of spirulina manna from Healthforce Nutritionals.

Okay, this post isn’t about strawberries or spirulina, although strawberries are my favorite fruit/berry in the whole world and you know how I feel about spirulina but this is actually a post about another blog fave of mine. I’m admitting to hand selecting this one instead of being random but hey, there’s a purpose. And you’ll soon learn why for yourself.

::shine spotlight::

Amanda is her name and Live My Life NOW Trek is her blog. Amanda is about to embark on a trek ACROSS AMERICA! Hey, I’m impressed if someone is walking across their county but she’s going to cross the country! Whoa. She’s doing this because she can and because she wants to. Why wait for this or that before doing what you’ve always wanted to do? Make it happen now. That’s her attitude and I love it! You can read more about it here.

If you’re interested in donating to her trek you can find that info on her blog. Her husband Rawdawg Rory is selling his e-book too, which will help towards the trek. Act now and you might be able to purchase his e-book for only $10!*** But if the deadline has passed, you can still purchase it any time at the regular price, which is very reasonable.

You can also see if she’ll be passing through a town/city near you – she invites any and all to join even if it’s just down the street. I’m sure she’d appreciate any support you’re willing to provide (feel free to pass the word around!). I plan on being at her kick off party and at the beginning of her trek.

All the best to you Amanda! See you at the starting line.



***Rawdawg Rory extended the sale of his e-book till April 26th at midnight.

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Happy Earth Day, Mother

>> Thursday, April 22, 2010


Every day is Earth Day. ~Author Unknown

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben
 
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn, quoted in Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987
 
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977
 
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, July 1972

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace. ~Bourke Coekran

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. ~Juvenal, Satires

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. ~Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions. ~Daniel Webster

... do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth. ~Dave Foreman

For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death. ~Tom McMillan

It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live. ~Dalai Lama

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Spirulina - the giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Remember my recent post on spirulina? In it I mentioned that I'm a fan, along with YS2 (aka Green Beard), of Healthforce's spirulina manna. I'm tellin' ya, it's good stuff peeps!

I hinted in a few readers' comments that you might want to check back here...hint hint. Well, the time has arrived. Read on...

Healthforce has generously offered a 16 oz jar of their Spirulina Manna to one very lucky winner! Thanks Healthforce Nutritionals!


Here's how to enter.

***For each entry, please leave a separate comment so they'll all count***

Mandatory entry: Tell me why you'd like to win a jar of spirulina.

Extra entries:
  1. Tell me something you learned/know about spirulina (cheat: see my spirulina post).
  2. Name one or more of your favorite superfoods.
  3. Go to Healthforce's website and tell me what other products interest you or you'd recommend.
  4. Become a fan of Healthforce Nutritional on facebook.
  5. Follow HealthForce (HealthforceN) on twitter.
  6. Follow me (hihorosie) on twitter.
  7. Tweet this giveaway - be sure to include my twitter name @hihorosie.
  8. Blog this giveaway - share the link (3 entries! Post a comment 3x for this).
  9. Follow this blog via Google Connect.
  10. Follow my blog in a reader or subscribe.
Whew! That's alotta options.

Contest ends Wednesday, April 28th at 9:00 PM (PDT). Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen at random. Be sure to provide a valid email address I can contact you with. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another random winner is chosen.

Good luck!


P.S. I wasn't compensated in any form for my review or this giveaway. My original review was 100% my own opinions and experience - yours may differ.

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A Fave

>> Monday, April 19, 2010

I'm putting my "PS's" at the beginning here...

P.S. Before we get started here, I just want to say sorry for the "ghost post" I published last night. That's for those who caught it in their readers only to find it really wasn't there. I was distracted and hit publish instead of save. Normally, I can remedy any goofs like this right away because I'm about to submit it for real but I wasn't ready this time. Obviously. I type my posts out in Word before I go to blogger but I was getting it all ready because I only had one last thing left to do. Oh well. Here we are now. :)

P.P.S. Lauren at Ginger is the New Pink is the winner of my recent giveaway for a Kid Basix Safe Sippy cup! Woo hoo! Many thanks to EcoMom.com for sponsoring.

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There was a time, way back when, where blogging to me was a “no way.” I could read others’ blogs but I had zero intention of starting a blog myself. Well, two years later here I am. I just realized when typing that I passed my two year mark (in Feb) of blogging with no fanfare. That’s alright though. I feel like I’m still in the process of getting back into the swing of things.

A facelift to my blog is motivating and of course, getting back into raw foods is also motivating. Motivating in more ways than one. Turns out, I have something to say from time to time and I actually enjoy it. Yay for me, and hopefully yay for you too.

Because I blog, that means I also read blogs. I’ve even had the honor to meet some of you bloggers in person. Look forward to meeting more. Anyway, I understand some people feel that online relationships (platonic and/or romantic) are weird or have a sort of “disconnect” but I believe the opposite. To a degree anyway. I believe it is important to have “live” relationships and have hobbies away from the computer, etc. but having online friends is also real and valuable to me.

I see I keep going off on tangents here…but that’s me for ya.

I love going to others’ blogs and catching up on this or that or whatever the author chooses to divulge. I may be slow in catching up sometimes (YS2 keeps us busy around here!) but I love being able to have a peek into someone’s life. Some blogs I follow are educational, some inspirational or spiritual, while others are witty and creative but in all there’s always something to be learned.

Excuse my ramblings here but consider this a long introduction to a new segment I hope to feature on a regular basis: HiHoRosie's Blog Faves. There are so many great blogs out there that I’d like to share with you some of my faves time to time – a spotlight of sorts. This isn't one of those blog awards where you're expected to tag 12 friends and so on. It’s also not a list of faves in any particular order. Purely random (well, for the most part), although the one I’ll highlight this week to get started is on purpose. :)

While most blogs I follow are similar in nature and beliefs, some I might highlight won’t fall within any particular theme, subject or objective. I might like them just because.

Feel free to join in on this, whether sharing here in the comment section or on your own blog because I’m still discovering new blogs through many of you – ones new to me. I love learning from others, being inspired and having the support even if it’s not realized they are having this impact on me. So I guess you could say this is my way of saying thanks and I like you.

So to kick-start this series, this might be obvious to some as I admitted to handpicking my first spotlight, but it’s my husband Yardsnacker (Sam). He was one of the first to encourage me to start a blog - that I had something of value to share. Sam is my love, my best friend, my everything. I’ve learned so much from him. I mean, he helped me get into raw foods and want to learn more about them and know what I’m putting into my body. He helped me get into gardening. Now, that in itself is amazing! He’s the best papa with a mama’s-like intuition. Caleb adores his papa (I sense future shadow) and loves the smoothies and “squashy-squash” he makes. Sam and I have been on a journey together and continue to walk hand in hand through it with more love to share.

HiHoRosie's Blog Fave: Yardsnacker

Check it out and enjoy!

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

>> Thursday, April 15, 2010

No doubt you're very familiar with the many giveaways happening here and there and everywhere. Hey, speaking of which, have you entered my latest? You can enter for yourself or for someone else - you don't want to pass it up!

Anyway...

Thank you all for commenting on my new look here at the "Place." I loved the old blog but I outgrew it and it was time for something new. What you're seeing now is a customized (pre-made) template I won from MWYT and blog designer, Lena, at Premades for a Purpose. In fact, MWYT's blog is also a premade by Lena. It was hard to choose just the right one but I believe I did, don't ya think? Lena has some new templates available, all very reasonably priced, and they are so adorable. If you get a chance or are in the market for an uplift to your own blog, check her site out. She has other templates to choose from than what's shown on the home page. Sales of these templates and other services she provides go towards a very worthy cause (adoption! A cause I support as I'm adopted [did you know?] and have extended family members who are adopted. Yay!). Again, I encourage you to visit her site and help support her cause. Her blog button is also displayed in my sidebar.

I do want to clear things up from my last post or two. I'm a dork. A huge dork. Okay, that's actually nothing new but when converting from the old to the new I ran into some snags as you know. Normally, converting from one template to another shouldn't be a big deal. My problem was I was making things more complicated trying to add in Disqus comments but what I didn't realize is it was there the whole time! With my old blog I had to disable Blogger's comment settings in order for Disqus to work. I thought that rule carried over to the new template. By accident I learned that isn't so. I was enabling Blogger comments since I couldn't get Disqus to work because I had it on "good authority" (aka my head) that comments weren't working. I also failed to grasp the fact that comments will show up on NEW posts, not current or past posts. So I enabled Blogger settings, created a new post and viola! Disqus showed up. For past comments, which I thought were forever lost or inaccessible, I can go to individual posts and click 'allow' comments in post options. I did this for a few of my last posts but not all. I might go back and turn them all on but really, who's going to be commenting, let alone viewing, many of my old posts? What this all means is my giveaway is good to go. I didn't have to repost or start over with comments. It's all working now. The only thing I have left to do is customize my header (blog title) with the matching font as post titles and a few cosmetic things and possibly a few additions. Small stuff, fun stuff left basically.

I really appreciate all the positive feedback about the new look. I'm sure this makes Lena very happy as well (in more ways than one! *wink*).

So yeah, that was a fun giveaway win for me. Some of the other giveaways I've won recently was a jar of coconut peanut butter from Tropical Traditions I won from Cook.Vegan.Lover. Yum! The jar is now empty...it found a good place in homemade fudge. Time for more - both the fudge and the coconut peanut butter. :)

I just received a package yesterday from Biokleen that I won at Mommy is Green blog. I love Biokleen. No, really, I do. We currently use the dishwash liquid and have used the produce wash. Now, I get to try their bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner and stain/odor eliminator (please excuse the poor picture quality). Oh, and it came with a reuseable tote too. Mommy is Green did a review of all of these products if you'd like to check it out.

The book I won at The Daily Raw Cafe, Becoming Raw, is wonderful! It's loaded with great, useful information no matter what level of raw you're at. The information is detailed without being overwhelming or "too technical." From the book, I've been making their Thai spring roll wraps - yum! I'll do a follow up post about that. The book has some other recipes I'd like to try, like their salsa flax crackers. It's not a recipe book but does have some recipes and even goes as far as menu planning with the recipes so the book does a good job at covering a bit of everything to help one get started...or even those who've been at it for awhile. Love the book!


Of course, all of those wins have been so glorious! Nothing like seeing your name pop up somewhere as the winner of something fab! So I love and appreciate all the giveaways happening...but there have been many many giveaways that I didn't win. That's okay though. It's still fun to participate and hope.

For you faithful readers, I do have a couple more giveaways in the near future you'll want to be on the lookout for. Seriously. Okay, here's my final reminder to you in this post about my current giveaway for an ecofriendly, lightweight, stainless steel sippy cup from EcoMom.com. Good odds so far for those participating.

Now, that I'm emerging a bit from changing templates and doing other things I hope to (once again or should I say, per my usual) get caught up with blog reading, including giveaways! :) If you have a giveaway going on that I missed or haven't gotten to yet or know of others, let me know and I'll post in my 'giveaway' tab. I post 'em even if I'm not participating. I also have some things to post about that have nothing to do with giveaways...hope to do some of that soon too.

Happy Thursday and TAX DAY!

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My Blog - New Look

>> Monday, April 12, 2010

Well, whaddya think? Okay, it's obviously in a state of chaos right now but I'm working on it. I like the new blog template overall but I'll tell ya what. Installing disqus back onto my blog is turning into a NIGHTMARE. Because this template is customized, it ain't no easy task. I have to figure out how to edit HTML and googling it isn't helping thus far. So I'm back to my old commenting system. Sniff. This makes me sad. I will figure out the disqus thing. I have before and I will again! I have to turn that frown upside down.

Here's a problem though: no comments on old posts. This shouldn't be a big deal but when you're in the middle of hosting a giveaway to me that's bad. I think what I will have to do is resubmit that blog entry as a new one in order for people to comment if they choose. Fingers crossed that works. If any of you submitted entries for the Kid Basix stainless steel sippy cup courtesy of EcoMom.com, don't worry I still have your entries and they will still be counted I just can't get them to show up. Yet.

Sorry for the crazy land you have landed in while visiting my blog but I expect it to only be temporary. The poor woman who designed this template is probably sick of me and hand-holding was not what she signed up for. I like to think I'm smarter than this but think I officially have mommy-brain even though YS2 is nearly a year old. ACK!!

Please continue to bear with me. And if it works, I'll be reposting my giveaway shortly.

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A work in progress

>> Sunday, April 11, 2010

Okay, so I'm trying to convert to my new blog template and I'm having some issues I need help with so I reverted back to my old/current template until then. I lost some widgets in the process but figure I'll get everything squared away when I get some help with my new template.

I'm not totally dumb when it comes to computers but I'm not exactly techno-savvy either. Ah well.

Wish me luck!

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Guest Blog Post

>> Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Friday! Thought I'd let someone else take the reins today and share with you an interesting topic.
How Raw Diets Can Make a Difference

Transitioning to a raw food diet is often thought of as only a personal choice, as a journey that one individually decides to embark on for whatever reason, whether it be ethical or health-related or some other reason entirely. But the Examiner in Sacramento suggests an interesting idea involving raw food diets that could potentially make a difference in the greater community. The social problem that the Examiner discusses is the city's increased problems with homelessness among seniors.

The article reports that Sacramento has seen a sharp rise in the elderly being displaced, resulting from what many speculate the aging of the Baby Boomer generation. The article goes on to posit a refreshing new idea that would offer homeless seniors both a source of sustaining and sustainable nutrition and that would also give them something rewarding to do—gardening.


In a Sacramento Bee article, the problem of senior homelessness is further discussed. The National Alliance to End Homelessness conducted a new study, which revealed that homelessness among seniors will rise by thirty-three percent within the next ten years, and it will increase by as much as fifty percent by 2050. These staggering statistics are explained by the aging of those homeless who have been on the streets for most of their lives, whether because of mental illness or struggles with substance abuse. Now that more of these life-long homeless are getting older, traditional state and city measures to combat homelessness can no longer afford to service them, simply because this particular group of homeless is too old to work.

The other group of homeless seniors that the National Alliance to End Homelessness categorizes is those who are newly homeless as a result of job loss. In a weak economy, those who are traditionally laid off first are older. What's more, these particular seniors, more often than not, neither have the means nor support to access necessary medication and other items and services because state governments are so tightly strapped for cash.


The Examiner suggests that seniors be provided the tools to sample a raw food diet for an initial trial period. It supports the idea of implementing gardens in homeless and senior shelters and offering nutrition courses on how to balance one's diet, how to plant and grow foods, and how to prepare foods without cooking them. The reason that a raw food diet would be especially valuable to homeless seniors is obvious—it's low-cost, it's a do-it-yourself endeavor that doesn't require expensive cookware or expending lots of physical energy, and, bottom line—it's healthy. Seniors whose greatest risk is type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other common elderly ailments will be benefited even more, because a raw, plant-based diet would significantly lower their high risks for these diseases.

This guest post is contributed by Donna Moore, who writes on the topics of massage therapy training. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: donnamoore20@gmail.com.

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Thanks Donna for a well-written, interesting topic of how raw diets can make a difference.

I would love to see how this progresses. My thought is gardening alone is so healthy and invigorating and can do such wonders but to eat the organic whole foods you helped cultivate, wow! A program like this can be life-changing in so many ways.

I'd love your comments on this but if you can, take the time to share with Donna your thoughts to her email posted above.


P.S. You may have noticed a few changes with my blog over the last couple weeks or so but they were all for naught because well, I recently won a blog makeover (a premade template) thanks to Moms Wear Your Tees blog and Premades for a Purpose! Woo Hoo! You will soon see a new look to HiHoRosie's Place. Hope you'll like it.

P.P.S. I won some other great things too (don't you love giveaways?!) that I'll share when I've got the new blog layout up and running.

P.P.P.S. Speaking of giveaways, remember to enter my giveaway going on now for a very special, not-so-ordinary sippy cup (complete with review) sponsored by EcoMom.com.

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Product Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I recently volunteered to review a product from EcoMom.com. I felt like a kid in class sitting in the front row who is desperately waving her hand to answer a question the teacher asked. Pick me! Pick me! Fortunately, I was chosen. Hee hee! Lucky me. Lucky Caleb.

EcoMom.com (formerly known as SproutBaby.com) is an online company whose objective is to provide only the best, eco-friendly, and safe products for children (and some things for moms and dads too) at affordable prices. We’re talking organic foods, non-toxic skincare and bath products, BPA-free cups and water bottles, etc. The products they offer are extensively researched, tested and recommended beforehand. They do most of the homework for you so you don’t have to and when you’re busy, this is very helpful. Who doesn’t like buying with confidence?

When shopping at EcoMom.com, they offer free shipping (ground) on orders $75 or more, however, they have a new program called the EcoPass. Purchase a $99 annual membership and in return get a 15% discount on every order plus free shipping (ground) with no purchase minimum requirement. There are other perks included with the EcoPass too!

The product I had the privilege to review is the Kid Basix Safe Sippy cup. YS2 is still new to the world of sippy cups but he has one already that mama doesn’t love all that much – it seems more of a chew toy than anything, plus it’s a little leaky. The Kid Basix Sippy cup is one that actually lives up to its claim of no leaks, even turned upside down.

And what’s cool, this is made of durable, non-leaching, food grade stainless steel! Yeah, no naughty plastic. The plastic that is used (spout and handles) is BPA- and phthalate-free. A rubber sleeve is used to protect and insulate (FYI, the sleeve itself is reusable and recyclable).

It might get a minor dent or two went dropped (Caleb drops his all.the.time.) but that’s okay. No harm done. One of the purposes of the sleeve is to help protect it when dropped; we don’t have any dents on ours but I’m not worried if I do happen to see one. It’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Compared to his other (won’t mention the name here) sippy this has less parts and can be filled and ready to use in a flash.

Now, another interesting aspect of this sippy is the spout. It differs from most others because of the straw-like spout vs. a typical wide spout. Research by speech development experts found that a spout like this is more helpful and better as it’s designed to not interfere with babies’ physical and speech development.

Comes in three colors, is lightweight, and you’re helping the planet using this sippy cup. Nice huh?

BUY IT! If purchased today or anytime this month, use the code SBBL196 for a 15% discount on your first order with EcoMom.com! Discount code expires May 31, 2010.

How would you like a chance to win one of these Kid Basix Safe Sippy cups? You don’t have to be a parent to enter; maybe you know someone whose child could benefit from one.

How to enter:

Required entry: go to EcoMom.com and peruse their products; tell me what other item(s) interests you. Leave me a comment.

Optional entries (leave me a comment for each entry):
• Follow EcoMomCEO on Twitter
• Follow me, Hihorosie, on Twitter
• Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include my twitter name @hihorosie so I can spot it)
• Become a fan of EcoMom on Facebook
• Sign up for their newsletter
• Blog or post this giveaway on your blog; provide a link back
• Follow me via Google Friend Connect
• Subscribe to my blog via FeedBlitz or some other reader (i.e. Google)

Open to US and Canadian residents only!

Contest will close on Sunday, April 18th at 11:59 PM (PDT). One winner to be selected at random.

Good luck!

P.S. As mentioned above, I volunteered to review a product selected by EcoMom.com. I was in no way asked or expected to give a favorable review but to be honest with my opinions and experience. This review is solely based on my experience. Other than the product used for review purposes, I was not compensated in any way.

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It’s Easy Being Green if You’re Spirulina

>> Saturday, April 3, 2010

Before I get started on my post, I just wanted to mention that the winner of the $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods was Emily of Healthy Eating, Naturally – congrats!

Now on with the show!

When I was pregnant with YS2, I consumed fair amounts of spirulina and hemp protein (both powder and seeds, I prefer seeds over powder any day though) thanks to my wonderful hubby, who was so diligent in making most of my meals, including daily smoothies. He is after all, what I call, the Smoothie Master.

We think those two superfoods are some of the reasons we’re so blessed to have such a caaaalllmmmm baby. I ain’t kiddin folks! No, he wasn’t born with dreadlocks and singing Bob Marley but people always comment how chill and laid back he is. I’ve even been offered to trade kids. Ha ha ha! No.

Jump to the present – he still loves this stuff. He’s our spirulina boy. Most of the soft foods we feed him are topped with spirulina. I didn’t realize HOW much he loves it though until recently. I had made him squash, one of his faves, and went to top it with spirulina. I’m usually so careful to not dump a ton so I either “spoon” it out with a fork or sprinkle it into the lid before dusting it on his food. Not sure what happened exactly but I poured some in the lid but ended up dumping a ton on his squash! Whoopsie! Turned his squash the same deep dark green as the jar of spirulina itself. Gave a sample to Caleb and SNARF! I thought what the hey and gave him more. He continued to eat his portion with no problem before during or after. Atta boy! He even sported a ‘beard!’ That means it’s good stuff.

Maybe many of you know about all the goodies of spirulina but I only knew a couple of the basics so I did a little research. Here’s a sampling of the health bennies.
  • Supports and strengthens the immune system
  • The richest beta carotene food (10x more than carrots), so that means good for your eyes/vision and provides anti-cancer protection
  • Contains the rare yet essential fatty acid Gamma-linolenic acid aka GLA; GLA in mama’s milk helps develop healthy babies – bonus!
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-aging
  • Easily digested; 90% +/- digestible, compared to 18-20% digestibility for meat protein
  • Concentrated nutrient value
  • Antioxidants galore
  • Highest protein food (60%+ all veggie protein) with all the essential amino acids, meaning a complete protein (see article: http://www.naturalways.com/spirulina-analysis.htm)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Other trace minerals, including potassium, calcium, manganese, and zinc
  • Highest natural source of B-12
  • Perfect for everyone, including athletes, elderly, children, pregnant and nursing moms
  • Heart healthy
  • Lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL), raises the good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Improves digestion
  • Beneficial for those suffering from heavy metal poisoning or other toxins (see article: http://www.naturalnews.com/027740_spirulina_chlorella.html)
  • Accelerates detoxification during fasting/cleansing
  • Phytonutrients - including chlorophyll, phycocyanin and polysaccharides (see article: http://www.naturalnews.com/008421_spirulina_cancer_food.html)
  • helps protect Vitamin C from potency loss
(sources: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spirulina.html, http://spirulina.com/ and misc)

If you have a bottle, please follow the recommendations and dosage amounts listed to be safe. Take too much and you could experience problems as noted in this post. Another article talks about some possible side effects and is there such a thing as too much spirulina? I share this info with you because you should discover the pros and cons for yourself and as with most things there are always two sides. For me, spirulina is a good thing.

In our household, it takes a good long while to go through a jar. In fact, I’m not sure we ever have. So the cons in this case aren’t going to be happening anytime soon. The cost could deter some people but since it takes us awhile to go through a jar it's justified.

I will say eating spirulina is an acquired taste. Uh yeah. By itself or in larger amounts, it’s kinda nasty IMO but mixed in a smoothie is best. I get used to the flavor after a bit and I’ll admit I always feel so great after having it but sometimes I have to mentally prepare for it because it’s just kinda weird eating powdered blue-green algae. I mean really.

We’d been using the Healthforce spirulina since the beginning of our journey. Just plain ol’, good ol’ spirulina. Per their webpage I don’t see it listed so I’m guessing it’s way old. Doesn’t matter though as we recently switched to Healthforce Spirulina Manna and let me tell you, this stuff is awesome! Yes, you read that right, I said awesome. We did a finger taste test between old and new and the old stuff made me make ugly faces but the manna, nope. It was fresh and tasty. Made me feel bad that YS2 has been eating icky tasting spirulina when all this time he could’ve had something much more tasty (although, he never seemed to notice). So forget all the stuff I wrote before about it being kinda nasty.

No, I’m not being asked or paid to write this review. In fact, Healthforce doesn’t know me from Adam and has no idea that I’m writing this at all. I’m just letting the world know what we use. You might use something different that you love even more and that’s cool.

I think the switch to the new spirulina is a hit with lil YS2, still sportin' the beard! Even I have been known to snack on Caleb’s food because the spirulina is good stuff! We still don’t go overboard with it but I can comfortably add it to things or add a tad bit more without the fear of hurling. Okay, that’s going too far but no more ugly faces for sure.

Do you like spirulina? If so, how do you use it?

Disclaimer: I've said this before but this is a blog. My blog, which consists of my experiences and my opinions. A doctor I am not. What might be good for me may not be good for you or vice versa. Use your judgment or consult your doctor or naturopath if necessary.

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