October 31, 2012

French Meadow Bakery: Longest continuously running certified organic bakery in the US

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French Meadow Bakery is the "longest continuously running certified organic bakery in the US". Unfortunately, we were not sent any of the yummy looking baked goods to try, but the above pictured lunch set as part of a Back-to-School contest. As often happens, the review did not take place in a timely manner. Sorry.

Even though you can't participate in the contest, we still think you should know about French Meadow Bakery:

The bakery's vision, to create a variety of delicious, innovative breads and sweets goods, blossomed into an extensive and award-winning line of baked goods known for their great taste and texture. French Meadow Bakery offers a line-up of organic and all-natural products including yeast-free, vegan, sprouted grain and Kosher Parve options in many forms including breads, tortillas, bagels and desserts. We are certified USDA Organic by Quality Assurance International. The founder's passion for unique and trend-setting foods for all consumers still manifests itself in such popular products as Women's Bread®, Men's Bread®, Hemp Bread and Healthseed Spelt Bread®.

French Meadow also offers a line-up of delicious gluten-free baked goods that are certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, a program of Gluten Intolerance Group® that includes breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, tortillas, cookies and brownies. All products are sold nationally, and can often be found in your grocer's freezer section.


The lunch set was touted as "eco-friendly", but it is made in China of plastic and synthetic materials, so I don't really think it is. It doesn't even say if the plastic is BPA-free. Their baked goods look delicious, but I'd avoid the lunch kit.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 30, 2012

Cool Planet: Renewable gasoline at $1.50 per gallon


Green Car Congress explains:

Cool Planet's biofuel has already been successfully tested internally at its headquarters in Camarillo, CA and through a field trial by Google Inc. at their Mountain View, CA headquarters, with an OnDemand campus vehicle, known as GRide, which has operated seamlessly using this fuel for more than 2,400 miles.

By running on a 5% Cool Planet carbon negative fuel blended with 95% regular gasoline, the test car blend met California's 2020 Low Carbon Fuel Standard--eight years ahead of schedule. The control car used 100% regular gasoline. The test car successfully passed 5 smog checks with no significant difference between cars. The total mileage of the test car was virtually the same as the control car, driving a total of 2,490 stop & go miles in the test car compared with 2,514 miles in the control car. Additionally, both the test car and the control car were virtually identical in emissions testing.


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October 29, 2012

Teres Kids Clothing: Organic, Itch-Free, and Super Nice!

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I am really excited about Teres Kids Clothing! We were sent a Raven long sleeve shirt, and I can't wait for my son to wear it!

Crafted for comfort and ease, our boys t-shirt features a crew collar, easy on easy off, soft seams, tag-free and raw-edged for optimal comfort. 100% organic cotton. Made in the USA.

I love the exposed seams for their look, but they also make the inside of the shirt smooth for those with sensory issues. Even for those without such tactile sensitivities, it is nice to have a soft finish against your skin.

A New Mexico mom has created a kids clothing line - designed specifically for children suffering from tactile sensitivities. No more itchy shirts, tags that rub, or bothersome seams!

Alex Merlino created Teres Kids for the millions of kids who are bothered by the feel of regular clothes - including children with autism, eczema, skin allergies, etc.


I love this shirt! I wish Teres Kids would expand to Teres adults! Plus, the shirt is made from organic cotton!  I highly recommend Teres Kids!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 26, 2012

Peet's Coffee: Baridi Iced Coffee Blend Delicious Hot or Cold

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Peet's Coffee has long been my favorite place to get a latte on the road in the Bay Area and is a wonderful alternative to Starbucks. The beans used to be difficult to find in stores, but now it is quite prevalent even where Peet's coffee shops are not.

We were sent Peet's Baridi Iced Coffee Blend to try.

When we decided to craft our first blend specifically to be enjoyed over ice, we knew exactly what we were looking for: bold, juicy coffees that would awaken the taste buds. That's why we took extra care in selecting the beans and roast profile that would provide a crisp, refreshing cup for our new iced coffee blend.

After extensive testing and meticulous blending, we chose the highest quality East African beans for Baridi, where high elevations and volcanic soils produce beans known for their sublime aromas and bright, clean finish. We hand-roasted the beans to our traditional deep roast for an iced coffee only Peet's could make.

In Swahili, Baridi means 'cold.' In your cup, it means the perfect iced coffee, bold and coffee-forward, while remaining refreshingly crisp.


I am a big fan of iced coffee, especially as a later in the day pick me up. Although I don't often partake of this treat, I would recommend keeping chilled coffee on hand for those days when life is dragging.  I usually just make espresso, as it is stronger and does not get so weak in the ice, but this blend is lovely too. Of course, it would be better if organically grown.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 25, 2012

EWG: "Every American eats an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food annually"

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According to a new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), "Every American eats an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food annually." That's more than the average American weighs. The scary part is we don't yet know the health impacts of such GMO consumption. EWG explains:

These figures raise a question: If you were planning on eating your body weight of anything in a year, wouldn't you want tomake sure it was safe to eat?

Shockingly, virtually no long-term health studies have been done on consumption of genetically engineered food.

And there aren't likely to be any such studies anytime soon. The government isn't doing this kind of research and is not requiring it of the food industry. It isn't even making it possible for independent scientists to do it, since under the law, those who hold patents on genetically engineered food get to decide in most cases what testing can - and cannot - be conducted.

Via: Nation of Change


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October 24, 2012

Really Natural Cookbooks: Real Food Fermentation

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This is a book I am really excited about, as it is something I have wanted to learn about and make for awhile. Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen by Alex Lewin is a well illustrated, well described book about all sorts of lovely fermented foods.

Preserve your favorite foods through every season with Real Food Fermentation. Control your own ingredients, techniques, and additives. Learn a practical food-preparation skill you'll use again and again. And express yourself by making something unique and whole.

Inside, you'll find:

--All the basics: the process, the tools, and how to get started

--A guide to choosing the right ingredients

--Sauerkraut and beyond--how to ferment vegetables, including slaw-style, pickles, and kimchi

--How to ferment dairy into yogurt, kefir, crème fraîche, and butter

--How to ferment fruits, from lemons to tomatoes, and how to serve them

--How to ferment your own beverages, including mead, kombucha, vinegar, and ginger ale

--A primer on fermented meat, fish, soy, bread, and more

--Everything you need to know about why the recipes work, why they are safe, what to do if they go wrong, and how to modify them to suit your taste


This book even tells you how to cut a pepper!

I wish I had more ingredients in my garden to try these recipes, but the deer has wrecked havoc recently.  The dairy recipes looks great, and I finally know what creme fraiche really is.  

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 23, 2012

GMO Labeling: Genetic Roulette 10min Remix [video]

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October 22, 2012

Really Natural Snacking: Angie's Kettle Corn

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Looking for a snack with simple ingredients? Try Angie's Kettle Corn, Classic made from simply popcorn, corn oil, sugar, and sea salt.

It's the Perfect Balance
Angie's Kettle Corn has a classic kettle corn flavor - not too sweet, not too salty.

It's All-Natural
Angie's Kettle Corn is made with all-natural ingredients and does not contain cholesterol, trans fats, corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservatives.

It's Gluten-Free and Whole Grain
Angie's Kettle Corn is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

It's Kosher
Angie's Kettle Corn is certified by Blue Ribbon Kosher out of Minneapolis. BRK is an accepted Orthodox supervision which ensures that all Angie's Kettle Corn products are Kosher parve.


My daughter really likes this snacks. I think it is a little too sweet. Of course, it would be better if it was made from organic ingredients.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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October 19, 2012

Emily C Necklaces: Keep your rings by your heart

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Are you looking for a unique gift for a loved one? Emily C necklaces are "part puzzle, part magic!", as they allow you to attach a ring without taking off the necklace and unclasping. This is perfect for all those times we take off our rings, place them on a counter or yoga bag, hoping beyond hope they never get lost.

We were sent Scallop Pendant to try:

Every time you take off your ring, you risk losing it. But leaving it on all the time, even while cleaning, cooking, working, and playing leads to a dirty, dull, often scratched or damaged ring. Precious metals begin to lose their shine, and we all know diamonds don't sparkle when they're dirty... Emily C® has designed an elegant and luxurious solution: a ring holder necklace! It takes only a second to attach your ring, and your necklace not only holds it securely but showcases it in a whole new glamorous way.

Emily C® necklaces are a godsend for any woman with a cherished ring! They are an ideal gift, especially for the newly engaged, married, or pregnant, or for those who work in industries where they must remove their rings.


This is a pretty necklace to wear with or without a ring attached. I do not see anything eco-friendly about it, but it can save a lot of heartache and anxiety.  I do not know if the gold or diamonds (available on the couture version) are cruelty-free and ethically-sourced.  

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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October 18, 2012

Kellogg's: Remove Artificial Food Dyes from Kids' Snacks

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Just yesterday, we blasted a candy company for making health claims on the front of a package containing artificial food dyes suspected of causing health problems like cancer and ADHD. Today, we came across this petition "Tell Kellogg's: Artificial Food Dyes Don't Belong in Our Kids' Fruit Snacks"

Target: John A. Bryant, President & CEO Kellogg Company
Sponsored by: Erica Reid & Latham Thomas

We're both moms who care a lot about the food our kids eat. Kellogg's Fruit Flavored Snacks contain artificial colors made from artificial food dyes that have been linked to allergies and hyperactivity in some children. Kids like fruit snacks, particularly brightly colored ones marketed to them in the shapes of their favorite movie characters. Moms may choose to give their kids fruit snacks because they think they are healthier than candy -- but they're not.

Erica says, "I was absolutely one of those moms that gave both of my children fruit snacks thinking it was better than candy. At the time, I wasn't aware of the potential harm from food dyes and didn't think twice because the word 'fruit' was attached. Now, I know better."


Although I would never let my children eat Kellogg's "fruit" snacks, millions of children do. Please sign this petition!

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