Rockin’ Green

rockingreenWhat:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent

Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type.

Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable packaging, phosphate-free, SLS and parabens-free, free of optical brighteners, gluten and vegan friendly, not tested on animals

Bonus:  Rockin’ Green also has detergents for hard water, soft water and dishwashers, as well as formulas for babies, cloth diapers, bedding, athletic wear and more.

Find It Here:  Rockin’ Green

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Ella’s Kitchen Organic Smoothie Fruits

What: Fruit blends in a pouch

Features: Crushed fruits with no added water, sugars, concentrates or preservatives and free of dairy and gluten.. They come in a pouch so they can be packed in lunch boxes and diaper bags when you don’t have fresh organic fruit available.

Green Factor: Ella’s Kitchen Organic Smoothie Fruits are made with 100% organic fruits.

Bonus: Smoothie Fruits can also be used for cooking!

Find It Here: Amazon

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Surf’s Up!

jellybeans2.pngWhat: Surf Sweets organic gummy candy and jelly beans

Features: An all-natural, organic candy that provides 100% of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake and includes Fruity Bears, Gummy Bears & Worms, Gummy Swirls, Jelly Beans and more.

Green Factor: Surf Sweets candy is made with all-natural, organic ingredients and none of the bad stuff like trans fats, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), corn syrups, gluten and artificial colors and synthetic flavors.

Bonus: Surf Sweets are USDA certified organic, made in the USA and three products (Fruity Bears, Gummy Swirls, and Sour Worms) are vegan. Their candy is produced in a facility free of wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Find It Here: Surf Sweets

Win It: We’ve partnered with Surf Sweets to give away a variety pack of Surf Sweets candy AND a Surf Sweets t-shirt to one lucky winner!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SS05 as the giveaway name and tell us how many packages of Surf Sweet candy are pictured on the home page. Giveaway ends 05/19/10; $25 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules Giveaway has ended.

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Yummy Gummies

yummyearthgummybears.jpgWhat: YummyEarth Candy

Features: Gummy bears and sour gummy worms

Green Factor:  YummyEarth are the only gummies that are 100% USDA certified organic. YummyEarth candy is handcrafted with real fruit extracts, and contains no chemical colors, artificial flavors or corn syrup.

Bonus: In addition to being really super tasty (I’ve tasted the gummy bears), YummyEarth gummies are also gluten, peanut and tree nut-free and the lollipops and candy drops are kosher parve, as well.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

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Organic Sweet Treats

yummy earth vitamin C lollipopsTry as I might to control it, I have a terrible sweet tooth that frankly makes me wonder why haven’t developed Type 2 diabetes yet. In hopes of sparing my children from this curse, I’ve always tried to steer them away from junky, sugar-laden sweets in favor of healthier stuff. Yes, I’m a total hypocrite. Unfortunately, it’s gotten a lot harder since they’ve started school. Every birthday party and holiday is an excuse to sugar the kids up with cupcakes (covered with that nasty bakery icing) and then send them home with a buttload of candy. Suddenly the healthy stuff I’d always given them was more like a punishment than a treat *sigh* Since they’re now fully aware of the appeal of candy, I’ve tried not to make it out to be some forbidden fruit because I know that will backfire. Instead, I let them have it in moderation and only after they’ve eaten something healthy. Searching for not-totally-unhealthy candy, however, has been a bit of a challenge (particularly because it has to peanut-free) but I recently picked up a bag of YummyEarth organic lollipops and it’s the smartest thing I ever did. They taste awesome because they’re sweetened with organic fruit extracts, they’re colored with cool things like organic carrots and pumpkin instead of chemicals, they’re peanut-safe (also gluten, wheat, soy and tree nut-free) and the ones I got have 75% of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. So to recap…I can bribe my kids with give my kids these little YummyEarth lollipops and they’re totally psyched, getting a lot of vitamin C and best of all, NO high fructose corn syrup. Oh, and as a total bonus? They satisfy mommy’s sweet tooth, as well. WIN.

Find It Here: YummyEarth

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Snackaliciously Healthy

astrawberrykiwi-2t.jpgLooking for kid-friendly snacks made from real food instead of multi-syllabic chemicals you can’t even pronounce? Well, there is nothing fake about this first snack! With a ½ cup of 100% fruit and no added sugar in each bar, Dakota Gourmet’s Real Fruit Jerky are the real deal and they’ll have you  happily waving goodbye to those artificial fruit roll-ups things. But even better, they are 100% tree nut, peanut, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, making them a tasty, healthy AND safe treat for kids with those types of allergies.

Find It Here: Peanut-Free Planet


Looking for the perfect companion for your morning coffee or your kid’s yogurt cup?  Made from 100% whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, applesauce, blueberries and flaxseed meal, PistachiOats Blueberry cookies are wholesome, tasty and heart-healthy!

Find It Here: PistachiOats Blueberry Cookies

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Healthier Snacks For the Kiddos

spltmn1iprtz_jpg.jpgWhen heading to the park, a walk, or long car ride a snack becomes a necessity in my world. Sometimes, I even share them with my 3 yr old (ha!) which is why I like to make sure, if I am not packing homemade treats, that I buy quality organic and natural snacks.  Thank goodness companies are hearing the cry for wholesome snacks that are not loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other artificial additives I can hardly pronounce. Here is a rundown of a few sure-to-satisfy goodies.

If you prefer a little crunch and salt in your snack, then Happy Herbert’s offers over 30 fun-to-eat snacks. Happy Herbert’s Organic Spelt Mini Pretzels are a crunchy and tasty alternative to conventional modern wheat pretzels.

Find It Here: Happy Herbert’s

cherryberry_sm.pngOr maybe you are the fruit and veggie type person? That’s cool and lucky you, Sensible Foods offers a line of Crunch Dried snacks. Each bag is fat free, 100% natural, gluten and GMO free and nothing but fruit or veggie. Choose from flavors such as 100% Organic Sweet Corn, Cherry Berry, or Apple Harvest. Don’t be surprised if your kids mistake them for candy instead of something healthy. We won’t tell if you wont!

Find It Here: Sensible Foods

Finally, I know there are parents out there saying, “Hey, my kid is allergic to peanuts. What about us?”  Well, a mother in 2005 started a company for that very reason.  Nonuttin’ Foods is a family-run business producing 100% peanut-free snacks, including granola bars. Nonuttin’ Foods maintains very high standards for making sure their products do not come in contact with anything nut-related which means parents of peanut-allergic kids can dole them out, worry free!  As an added bonus, all three of the aforementioned companies are involved with giving back to the community and providing an environmentally-friendly workplace. Happy snacking!

Find It Here: Nonuttin’ Foods

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Green Vacay!

picture-1.pngImagine taking a beach vacation somewhere. Mmmm, nice. Now imagine having the peace of mind that your accommodations are not only designed with eco-awareness, but also designed to vastly decrease your exposure to the chemicals and toxins typically found in furniture, flooring, paint, water, linens etc. which is especially ideal for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities. At CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, you don’t need to use your imagination — all of the beds and furniture have been treated and off gassed to protect you from harmful chemicals and formaldehyde, all quilts, blankets, linens, and towels are 100% cotton and all cookware is safe and non-leaching. Other eco and health friendly features include:

  • Tile & Hardwood Throughout
  • Whole House H20 Filtration System
  • Air Filtration System
  • Non-Toxic Water Based VOC Free Paint & Sealers
  • Grocery store nearby with organic & gluten-free products

Additionally, guests are asked to please refrain from the use of tobacco, toxic fragrances, chemicals or harmful cleaning products while at CleanStay. Now, we haven’t actually patronized CleanStay but we still think it sounds pretty awesome, especially for folks who really need to stay away from nasty chemicals and of course, we’d totally love to visit for purposes of, you know, doing an in-depth review. Subtle, aren’t I?  ;)

Find It Here: CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals

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Marshmallowy Goodness

peanut_butter_crispy_rice_bars_productsmall.gifRice crispy treats have to be one of the all-time favorite desserts from my childhood. The gooeyness, the crunchiness, the rice crispiness of it all….Where was I? Oh yeah. There’s one downside. The marshmallows you get at the store are often made with artificial flavors and corn syrup and they’re typically not organic. That’s why I’m over the moon about the new Envirokidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars. They contain absolutely nothing artificial, they’re gluten free, trans fat free, low sodium, and they’re USDA organic. Plus YUM — they’re good! They also donate 1% of their sales to towards endangered species and environmental causes, which is cause to celebrate, no? The other cause to celebrate? You Your kids get to enjoy rice crispy treats again but this time? Without the artificial junk and that’s no easy feat these days!

Find It Here: Envirokidz

Win It! We’re giving away two boxes of Envirokidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars to two winners each! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter “EK54” as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is your favorite Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bar flavor? U.S. and Canadian residents eligible. Enter by 9/15/08. Contest closed. Congrats Grace C. and Marion B.!

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